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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • By Dorie Greespan
    The Associated Press

    Around the world, it’s time for holiday cookies: German springerles rolled out with patterned rolling pins; Dutch speculoos as tall as St. Nick and as intricately detailed as a stained glass window; internationally beloved gingerbread men, women, children and pets; and, of course, the icon of American holiday baking, the butter cookie, a cookie so satisfying we crave it all year long.

  • By Melissa D’Arabian
    The Associated Press

    When I was 5, my mom invited a bunch of my kindergarten girlfriends and their moms over for cookies, cocoa and caroling to celebrate the holidays. That tradition turned into an annual holiday ritual, and I grew up equating the holiday season with massive amounts of baking, particularly cookies.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Rough Riders 4-H club gathered last Saturday at the Mora VFW to end their year with an annual banquet. As a youth development program, the 4-H organization can be found in almost every school community. By supporting youth from elementary school through high school with programs and hands-on activities, the 4-H club is designed to engage them in science, citizenship and healthy living.

  • COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Saturday
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Raton, junior varsity and varsity, home

    Monday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School Rangerettes basketball vs. West Las Vegas, seventh and eighth, home

    Tuesday
    TBA —  CASSM meeting at Mora Elementary School, Chompers the Mastadon with Dr. Kate Zeigler, a paleontologist at Highlands University, and Sarah Brown of the forestry department.

    Wednesday
    12:30 p.m. — Mora Schools early release

  • It is fun to have new folks move into our area. I know from having guests here at the ranch for so many years, that all who come seem to be curious about this big area of New Mexico.

    It is no secret. When both individuals and tour groups come our way, they ask questions, walk our streets, read our signs and want more information. One good source of local and regional information is our Citizen’s Committee for Historic Preservation.

  • TODAY
    HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Turkey on the Loose!” by Sylvie Wickstrom. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY
    JUEVES

  • TODAY
    HOY
    • A hearing is scheduled for the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Landfill solid waste permit renewal and modification. The hearing will be held at  6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Wagon Mound Public Schools auditorium. Public comments will be taken starting at 6 p.m. A permit modification is requested for acceptance of five special wastes, vertical expansion of the landfill, and other operational changes. For more information contact the NMED Solid Waste Bureau at 505-827-0197.

  • Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.