Today's Features

    • San Miguel County offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
    • City of Las Vegas offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.
    • The City of Las Vegas Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All commercial routes will run as scheduled except for the Thanksgiving Day commercial route which will not run. For more information, call Mary at 426-3217.


    Start to finish: 1 hour
    Servings: 4 dozen

    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 egg
    2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups chopped salted peanuts
    48 cream center caramel candies (such as Caramel Creams)

    Heat the oven to 350 F.

    Noon —  Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. Dulce, home
    2 p.m. —  Mora High School Rangerettes basketball vs. Taos, home
    4 p.m. —  Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. Santa Rosa, home

    4 p.m. —   Mora High School Rangerettes basketball vs. Pecos, away
    4 p.m. —   Mora High School Rangers basketball vs. Pecos, away


  • Morphy Lake State Park is usually booming during the summer months, but in the winter it is quiet, as ducks can be seen gently floating across the calm chilly water.

    For numerous Mora County farmers the park means a way to store water that will be used to irrigate their fields during the growing season. The winter months are crucial to the farmers as the moisture is needed in the spring and summer.

    But there is a slight problem.

  • I have an audience of one as I write this column on Nov. 17. It is 10:30 in the morning and it has warmed up to 32 degrees. It was 1 degree at 8 this morning and there are 7 to 8 inches of snow on the ground. The snow has finally melted off the deck railing and because it is iron it is obviously the only warm perch around here at the moment.

    My visitor is a very cold mourning dove. Her feathers are fluffed out to the maximum, and she is watching the houseflies that have suddenly come alive and are crawling up the picture windows here.

    • No Story Time at Carnegie Library on Wednesday, Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. From November through March, the shelter is open for overnight stays. Their Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available. Call 454-1390.

    • La Plaza Little League Annual Meeting, 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The purposes of the meeting is to elect board members.
    • The Committee for Clean Water Air and Earth is having no meeting on Monday, Nov. 24 at the First Presbyterian Church on Douglas. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1.

    • No Story Time at Carnegie Library on Wednesday, Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.


    • The Tri-county Farmers Market will be opening a Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Mallette’s Farm Supply store on Highway. 518. For more information, call 426-1468.


  • From StatePoint

    Thanksgiving can mean too many cooks in the kitchen, so consider taking some prep outside. While grilling is usually associated with summer, more Americans are recognizing its year-round potential.

    In fact, 80 percent of North American households own a grill or smoker and 60 percent use it year-round, according to recent statistics from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. It’s no surprise that many Thanksgiving recipes can be reinvented outdoors.