Today's Features

    • In Observance of the Veterans Day holiday, San Miguel County offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 and will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

    • Valedictorian and Salutatorian  Policy Public Input Meeting, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Robertson High School Band Room.

  • The Crochet Ole Ladies of the Mora Senior Citizens spent weeks crocheting colorful caps to give to cancer patients. There is an array of different happy colors and styles. On Nov. 1 the group traveled to the Taos Hospital to present the caps to the Marketing and Communication Coordinator, Maria Meadowcroft. The caps are to be used as they are needed for cancer patients.

    The club is a part of the Mora Senior Center program with Carol  Westbrook as the instructor.


    5 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Posting the Colors Flag Dedication, Mora Valley Community Health Services
    10 a.m. — Mora Cross Country at State Meet, Rio Rancho
    10 a.m. — Sangre de Cristo Stock Grower meeting, Board Room Mora School Administration Building
    Add day — Fort Union and the National Park Service will honor all military veterans and their families on Veterans’ Day weekend by waiving the entrance fee and military and family members.

  • Hopefully the housefly invasion here will soon peak. The window on my back porch is covered, crawling with black flies. I have a remedy that seems to work. I put a few drops of dish soap in a shiny pan, fill it with water and put it on the windowsill. This contraption attracts the flies that  die quickly when they fly into it. Someone said the soap blocks their air vents. Our resident magpies love this dead fly collection when I dispose of it.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Sun and the Wind” retold by Mairi Mackinnon. Free and open to the public.
    • Fine Art Print Lecture Series by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of New Mexico Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The talk will be on “Fine Art Prints with a Musical Theme.” For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery features the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    The Ray Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15, 2013. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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    • Free afterschool programming will be offered by United World College faculty and students to Las Vegas youth. Aprender Jugando: From 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Old Town Mission. Learn Spanish through games. Open to ages 5 to 12, for any Spanish level. Homework Help: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Travelers Café. UWC students can help with homework in any subject for any grade level. Las Vegas Children’s Chorus: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Old Town Mission. Ages 6 to 12.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Sun and the Wind” retold by Mairi Mackinnon. Free and open to the public.

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    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, east of Las Vegas, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday in November the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. This tour allows visitors to enjoy the  spaciousness of the short-grass prairie in areas of the refuge that are not open for general public use the rest of the year.

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    The New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir will present a “Holiday Favorites” concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The concert choir will perform pieces such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, and The First Noel, among other holiday favorites.

    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral program, will direct the concert.

    Lydia Madrick of the Santa Fe Symphony is the piano accompanist.