• 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Music from Angel Fire presents its Las Vegas concert starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University. The 2015 festival season, titled Made in America, celebrates American composers and music, as well as international composers that were inspired by America, or wrote special works while in residence here. Each program is hand-selected by violinist Ida Kavafian, now in her 31st season as artistic director.

  • The Meadow City Music Festival kicks off today with a free performance by Floozy at Plaza Park. The event will run until Sunday.

  • The Meadow City Music Festival kicks off next Friday with a free performance by Floozy at Plaza Park. The event will run until Monday.

  • A century ago, Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford, set off for the West with a group of friends. They traveled from Detroit to San Francisco in a 1915 Model T. During their outing one of Edsel Ford’s documented stops included an overnight stay at a Harvey House Hotel in Las Vegas.

    He wrote, “Arrived in Las Vegas at 10:30 p.m. — Harvey Hotel,” dated on Monday, July 5, 1915.

    The group arrived from Walsenburg, Colo., making its way down Raton Pass and stopping for dinner in Wagon Mound.

    From Las Vegas they departed for Santa Fe.

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    Officials for the Las Vegas Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration scheduled for the first nine days of August have announced that Gov. Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco will ride horseback in the historic non-motorized parade on Saturday.

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    10 a.m.
    Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration Parade will begin at the Railroad Roundhouse, north on Railroad Avenue until Douglas Avenue, west on Douglas until 12th Street, north of 12th Street until National, west on National and Bridge Street and ending at Plaza Park. For more information visit, www.lvcowboyreunion.com.

    1 to 10 p.m.

  • With the Centennial Cowboys Reunion just one week away, we’re taking a look back at some of the moments from past reunions that made the event such an enduring tradition for more than half a century.

    The first Cowboys Reunion was held in Las Vegas in July 1915. Cowboys from throughout the region gathered in Las Vegas for a rodeo and parade and other events that gave them the opportunity to get reacquainted and socialize. Those reunions continued in one form or another until 1967, although there was a time-out for the Great Depression years.

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    Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Las Vegas to give our children the opportunity to get up on stage and be a part of a musical theatre production. This year’s play will be Blackbeard the Pirate. Sponsors are Highlands University, Las Vegas Arts Council and corporate sponsor Southwest Capital Bank.

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    Being actively involved in many leadership roles in his community, Amador Gonzales knows the impact service has on others.

    Gonzales knows what it means to serve, and will continue to do so this year. Gonzales was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 New Mexico FFA District II President/State Vice President in early June during the 87th Annual New Mexico FFA State Convention held in Las Cruces.

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    Dr. Robert Anthony, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Alta Vista Regional Hospital as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist with more than 33 years of experience. Dr. Anthony offers prenatal care, annual exams, birth control, treatment for gynecological conditions and more.  

    “We are excited to welcome Dr. Anthony to our medical staff.” Chris Wolf, AVRH chief executive officer, said. “His knowledge and experience is a great addition to Las Vegas Medical Group – OBGYN and our community.”

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the Fine Arts Collection Summer Exhibition in the Ray Drew Gallery though Sunday, July 19, offering the public a chance to view a number of artworks that have not been featured before.  

    The university’s Ray Drew Gallery is in Donnelly library at 802 National Ave.

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    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is offering a fly-fishing workshop for beginners or experienced anglers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gallinas Canyon. The workshop was originally scheduled for mid-May but due to water conditions was rescheduled for Saturday.

    Fly-fishing, like hunting, helps keep us connected with reading the land and water ways. Discussion will focus on whether the river is healthy enough to support trout and how to enhance the river’s ability to sustain a healthy trout population.