Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Zoe Pregnancy Center will be hosting a Laugh For Life Comedy Night featuring Paul Aldrich on Thursday at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of Highlands University.

    The comedy show begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 and children 12 and younger are free. The event is a benefit for the Zoe Pregnancy Center.

  • 9.9.15
    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Teddy Bear For Sale” by Gail Herman. All programs are free and open to the public.

    • The Wagon Mound Bean Days festival takes place from Friday, Sept. 4 to Monday, Sept. 7 in Wagon Mound off I-25 between Raton and Las Vegas. The event features music, a parade, a free barbecue, dances and rodeos. For more information, call 575-447-1597 or visit www.beanday100.com. See Page 2 for schedule of events.


  • Mora County is the place to be for some music, food, and plenty of fun as summer comes to a close. In Cleveland, just two miles north of Mora off NM 518, sits a tranquil park that will be booming with action during the Cleveland Millfest. The fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    The three-story water-powered flour mill serves as the backdrop for festivities during the two-day festival. This year’s fest features more than 60 artists, food, dancers, tours and plenty of musical entertainment.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health are hosting a no-cost Domestic Well Water Testing event in San Miguel County today (Wednesday) and Thursday at the El Valle Water Alliance Office.

    This money-saving opportunity is the chance for San Miguel County households to check pH, specific conductance, and the levels of fluoride, iron, sulfate, nitrate, and manganese in the well water.

    •  Carnegie Library Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the children’s area of library. This week’s book is “Bob’s Pizza” by Luisa Campbellz. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • By Megan Favignano
    Columbia Daily Tribune

    COLUMBIA, Mo. — While some go to the doctor once a year, many residents at the TigerPlace assisted living community in southeast Columbia get a virtual checkup every day.

    Wireless sensor systems installed in about half of the community’s living spaces constantly monitor residents’ vitals and calculate their risk of falling.

  • By Lindsey Tanner
    AP Medical Writer

    CHICAGO — A pediatricians’ group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn 1.

    The interim guidance is in response to a major allergy study published earlier this year that found that exposure to peanuts in infancy seemed to help build tolerance — contrary to conventional thinking.

    Baby-suitable foods used in the study included smooth peanut butter, peanut soup and finely ground peanuts mixed into yogurt and other foods.

  • The Associated Press

    NM monitoring air quality

    ALBUQUERQUE  — State health and environment officials are closely monitoring New Mexico air quality in the wake of wildfires still burning in the Pacific Northwest.
    Officials from the state Department of Health and Environment Department say the air quality may change on a daily basis.
    They are advising residents, especially in areas where there is no air quality monitoring equipment, to check out the visibility in the air.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is encouraging New Mexicans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his Washington, D.C. office for tickets. Francis will be the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Sen. Heinrich will be allotted 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.