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Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The United States Air Force Academy Band’s Academy Winds will have a performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The stop is part of the groups week-long tour of New Mexico.

    The tour will be to perform free public concerts, work with college and high school students, and talk about education opportunities at the Air Force Academy as well as careers in the Air Force.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Students at Sierra Vista Elementary, Legion Park Elementary, Los Niños Elementary, Early Childhood Center, Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and Memorial Middle School may be eligible to receive free tutoring under Title 1 Supplemental Educational Services part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goals of this program are to help students succeed in school and do well on the upcoming state test, NMSBA. For more information, call the Las Vegas City Schools Bilingual/ Federal Programs office at 454-5700 ext. 111. Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 14.

  • TODAY HOY
    • Las Vegas Elks Lodge is holding a Veterans Day Breakfast, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at the lodge located at 2305 Collins Drive. All area veterans are invited and encouraged to attend. They will be served a full hot breakfast.


    • A Veterans Day ceremony is being held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Park. Members of the National Guard’s 720th Transportation Company who served in Desert Storm will take part in the ceremony.

  • Finding the most elite talent from New Mexico Highlands University is the goal of an upcoming event. On Monday evening there will be a battle for the title of Univerity Celebrity. Chris Burns, NMHU Student Senate President, developed this idea to promote and expose the talent at the local university.

    “University Celebrity finds the best college talent,” Burns said. “Other students have talent besides just the athletes.”

  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    For The Associated Press

    Steak and chimichurri sauce is a classic pairing that is legendary in Argentina. But you don't have to be a gaucho or cowboy to enjoy it.

    There are as many variations of chimichurri sauce as there are stories of where the sauce came from. My favorite story credits English-speaking colonists for speaking in “Spanglish” and asking for sauce with their meals, which they called curry.

  • By Rocco DiSpirito
    For The Associated Press

    When it comes to finding ways to reduce fat and calories, I favor reinventing a classic recipe rather starting from scratch.

    And many times, that's all it takes. For example, just a little innovation was all that was needed to reinvent an old classic like chicken cordon bleu.

  • The students and staff of Mora Independent Schools have been showing how well they can achieve not only in sports, but also in academics and the arts.

    Examples of the skills and hard work that go into the sports program at the Mora Schools, not only in the high school but junior high as well are as follows.

  • Community Calendar

    Friday
    5 p.m. — Dinner honoring former VFW active commanders, VFW Hall
    9 a.m. — Fort Union National Monument free fee weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, honoring Veterans Day, Fort Union National Monument
    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Stock Growers meeting-Mora School Board Room
    Sunday
    10 a.m. — St. Gertrude’s Church Mass, immediately following mass annual function, Mora High School Gym

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas author Edwina Romero will discuss her book, Footlights in the Foothills: Amateur Theatre of Las Vegas and Fort Union, New Mexico, 1871-1899, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Mora’s Tapetes de Lana Weaving Center.

    The Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection, co-sponsor,  will also be promoting their upcoming new book for the State Centennial Year, Las Vegas, New Mexico: Boomtown on the Southwestern Frontier.

  • That old adage “water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink” comes to mind as I review recent events in my busy life. Don’t we wish there was adequate and potable water nearby, as we watch this dry period continue.

    I was fortunate, in the right place at the right time sort of thing, when the Rotary Club toured our Gallinas River, Bradner and Peterson Dam water storage areas. Bernadette and Robert, along with councilman Andrew Feldman gave us a cram course in basically what’s right and what’s wrong with Las Vegas water.