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Today's Features

  • By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press
    If you’ve never tasted fresh lemonade, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s just so much more vivid than the supermarket stuff, much more about the lemon and less about the sugar.
    True, juicing the lemons can be a pain, but the process becomes very near painless if you start by softening the lemons in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then all you have to do is add sugar syrup — a mixture of sugar and water, heated until the sugar is dissolved — and some cold water. Done.

  • The Associated Press
    Who says salsa has to be made from tomatoes? Or dumped unceremoniously from a jar?
    With all of summer’s bounty, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that make fantastic salsas. Scoop them up with chips or crackers, or add them to sandwiches, salads, burgers and tacos. We came up with three simple salsas, but they are easily tweaked to whatever is fresh or happens to be in your refrigerator. Switch out the apples for peaches or plums, even chopped strawberries. Don’t like dill? Opt for basil or tarragon.

  • By Sara Moulton
    The Associated Press
    Just because summer seems to scream for pie doesn’t mean we are eager to crank up the oven. This is especially true at the Fourth of July, when we’d rather focus on the grill and preparations for fireworks.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Carnegie Public Library Summer Program presents Ken Karter Funny Dummy Show followed by the Veterans presentation of the U.S. flag starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at the park. Sidewalk chalk drawings around the park of the U.S. flag will be done by the children with lunch served afterwards. U.S. flags will be given out upon departure.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • Saturday Morning Bird Walks, 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, meet at the Farmway parking lot, 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, meet at the Montezuma Skating Pond and 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, meet at the Farmway parking lot. Sponsored by the Las Vegas National Wildlife Reduge and led by Will Jaremko-Wright. For more information, contact Debbie Pike at 425-3581 ext. 205.

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    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Summer Solstice Spiritual Service Including Ceremony for the Renewal of Body Mind Spirit, 5:45 a.m., 8 Treasures Exercise, 7 a.m., ceremony, readings and meditation on Friday, June 21. This service is an opportunity for individuals to cultivate and renew themselves through traditional Taoist methods. Everyone welcome. For more information and directions, call Peter or Jody Stege at 454-0003 or 454-1386.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball, A’s vs. Angels, Little League Field-Holman
    6 p.m. — Rockies vs. A’s, Field #1, Cardinals vs. Dodgers, Field #1, Holman
    Thursday
    6 p.m. — Closing Ceremonies Little League Field, Holman
    6 p.m. — Tee-ball, Angels vs. Pirates, Little League Field, Holman
    6 p.m. — A’s vs. Cardinals, Field #1, Rockies vs. Dodgers, Field #2, Holman
    Friday

  • The VFW Building and grounds was a busy place on Saturday as people set up their booths for the many people who came to enjoy the day visiting with friends and neighbors and shopping and playing games. Mora Summerfest was truly a family affair.

    There were two food booths where people bought food and many booths with cookies, pies, tortillas and even watermelon. There were  six games with prizes for winners that were popular. They included balloon bust, ring toss and so forth.

  • I have an old, intricately designed and sewed patchwork quilt. I have worked many a jigsaw puzzle, and I have admired many beautiful mosaics in many different places. It takes talent to line up all of those pieces into a real work of art.
    Such is the case with a very new book about Las Vegas. “Learning Las Vegas, Portrait of a Northern New Mexico Place” by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is an unbelievably good piece of journalism.