Today's Features

    • Operation Christmas Child Collections, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 at the local Wal-Mart. Worldwide Christmas Project to Collect Shoe Box Gifts for Hurting Children Through Operation Christmas Child, locals are joining people across the U.S. to fill empty shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and necessity items for impoverished children around the world. Anyone can participate in Operation Christmas Child. For more information, or to find the nearest drop-off site, call 505-930-0146 or visit www.SamaritansPurse.org/OCC.

  • Rebecca Montoya started her county manger position in early July and spared no time in taking care of business. She began to work on the problems that are facing the county immediately.

    Montoya has had many and varied experiences and a long history of service to the different communities and programs that she has been in charge of.


    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Sangre de Cristo Stock Growers annual meeting, Sierra Bonita
    6:30 p.m. — Mora 4-H meeting, Helping Hands Inc.


  • It can’t get any better than this! That is just one of the remarks I’ve heard about our July weather here. I have measured 12.19 inches of rain in July. That might be a record for July here. The transformation from desert to lush, green and blooming mountains is unbelievable.
    Long-time friends from Dallas have just left after a fun week’s visit with me. David was a camper at Camp Davis when he was a kid, and his parents stayed with us that last week of camp when they came to pick him up.

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Elizabeth Karmel is a grilling and Southern foods expert and executive chef at Hill Country Barbecue Market restaurants in New York and Washington, as well as Hill Country Chicken in New York. She is the author of three cookbooks, including “Soaked, Slathered and Seasoned.”
    By Elizabeth Karmel
    The Associated Press
    BLT sandwiches are synonymous with summer. And the only thing better than a BLT sandwich is a grilled BLT pizza!

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Lions Club Glasses Collection Boxes are at the following locations: banks: Southwest Capital, Community First, Douglas Ave and Legion Park; Wells Fargo; State Employees Credit Union. Opticians’ offices: WalMart, Eye Associates, Mills Ave; Insight Optical, Highway 518. Also at Shoes ‘n Boots, Seventh Street. Used glasses are repaired then donated to charity groups serving those in need around the world.
    • Robertson High School Class of 1963 is having its 50th reunion in

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket. Free and open to the public.


    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees meeting, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12 at K-Bob’s Restaurant. The agenda includes naming delegates to the 2013 NMAER State Convention in Artesia. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.