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Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Sept. 27, 2013, marks one year since the dedication of the Wind River Ranch as the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in Northern New Mexico. Last year former Secretary Salazar, established it as the 560th unit of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s refuge system.  

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    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • TODAY HOY
    • The Crypto Jews of New Mexico, a lecture by Charles Truxillo, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Lora Shields Science building on the campus of Highlands University. Free and open to the public.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Go to Bed, Monster!” by Natasha Wing. Free and open to the public.

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    If it’s October, it’s time for the annual enchilada dinner to support Mustard Seed grants in the community. This is the fifteenth year for the dinner, which has raised nearly $125,000 for nonprofit organizations in the Las Vegas Area.

    Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. Service will be provided by members of the First Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas, which sponsors the yearly event.  

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents local elected officials in the “Politics as Unusual” variety show to benefit the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Ilfeld.

    Ilfeld Auditorium, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, is at 900 University Ave. Tickets for “Politics as Unusual” are $10.

  • WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • The Crypto Jews of New Mexico, a lecture by Charles Truxillo, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Lora Shields Science building on the campus of Highlands University. Free and open to the public.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Go to Bed, Monster!” by Natasha Wing. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • If you think that “The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is mostly about Santa Fe, think again.

    The entry on Las Vegas, for example, doesn’t just mention that it was founded more than 25 years before the other Las Vegas or that it is known for its Victorian architecture.  

    It delves into the fact that Las Vegas got its start in the 1820s as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and that it prospered even more when the Santa Fe Railway came through in 1879.

  • Farmers in Mora Valley are working together to encourage one another to improve their ability to raise healthy locally grown food.

    Agriculture has deep roots in Mora Valley and the surrounding communities. Many families in the valley continue to raise gardens.

    One family in Encinal is supporting the effort to “grow more farmers” by offering their ranch as a demonstration site.

    Johnny and Peggy Boney and neighbor, Mabel Medina, are helping provide a place so that local farmers can learn by example.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    8 a.m. — Mora cross country, SF Indian School, away
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Services Board, Administration Building
    Tuesday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes volleyball vs. SF Prep, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Thursday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vollleyball vs. Monte Del Sol, home, junior varsity and varsity

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

  • Happiness is having what we call “always friends” come by, come back for a visit. Such was the case recently when our long- ago neighbors showed up to talk about our fun old times here when they lived just up the road from or ranch headquarters.