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  • APRICOT CLOVE CRUMB BARS

    Start to finish: 45 minutes
    Makes 24 bars

    2 cups old fashioned oats
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    3/4 cup chopped pecans
    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
    12-ounce jar apricot preserves

    Heat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray, then line it with parchment paper.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    You can keep your decorated, stained glass, death-by-chocolate, triple-dunked biscotti bombs, or whatever this holiday season’s must-bake cookie will be.

    Any time of year — and especially this time of year — I’ll take the delicious simplicity and vanilla-ness (no, probably not a real word) of a chewy, soft and sweet snickerdoodle over just about any fancy, overwrought confection. Even better is to pair that simple, underappreciated cookie with the most perfect of holiday beverages — eggnog.

  • The Associated Press

    ALMOND SAFFRON PUFF COOKIES

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra presents a concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The award-winning mariachi group will perform a variety of musical selections, including huapangos, rancheras, boleros and sones. The group will also perform a number of classic mariachi Christmas songs as well as arrangements of Christmas songs for mariachi.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    It’s awfully hard to get excited about a food called “nutritional yeast flakes.” It sounds like something you either need a prescription to get. Or a prescription to get rid of. Even worse, it resembles yellow flaked fish food. But trust me, this is an ingredient worth looking beyond its name and appearance.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Nothing says “Yum!” like a bit of nomenclatural confusion... Especially with a side of near extinction.

    But that’s what you get once you venture down the culinary path with bison, an alternative red meat that is showing up at more and more grocers  nationwide. And these massive shaggy creatures are such a delicious — and good for us — meat, it’s worth sorting it all out.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Air Force Col. Joseph L. Torres, Jr. has retired from the U.S. Air Force.  Torres is the Chief of Logistics Readiness Division, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.  The Colonel has served in the military for 26 years.  

    He is the son of Joseph L. Torres, Sr. and Priscilla C. Torres of Coronado Drive in Las Vegas.  

    His wife, Angelina, is the daughter of Frances and Jose F. Esquibel also of Commerce Street. They have two children, Rachel and Andrea.   

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir will present A Classical Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The madrigal choir will perform Christmas anthems, oratorios and compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell, Camille Saint-Saëns, Samuel Barber, and John Rutter.

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    Luna Community College quilting and sewing students will be donating pillows, pillow cases and stuffed animals to children who are with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Las Vegas.

    “This is the second year we do this,” said LCC Quilting and Sewing Instructor Lin Chibante. “Last year we gave 18 pillow sets to CASA; our goal is to give them 80 to 100 this year.”

    Chibante said that the reason for the dramatic increase is to ensure that every child receives a pillow set and a stuffed animal.

  • By Anne D’Innocenzio
    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

    The world’s largest retailer is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It’s also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

  • By Mark Jewell
    AP Personal Finance Writer

    BOSTON — Thanksgiving could be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for the next big holiday. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and their adult children have conflicting expectations about issues such as elder care, retirement security and inheritance.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE – For Justin Montoya and his mother, Rosemarie Montoya, winning a New Mexico Lottery prize was a scream.

    The Las Vegas residents won $50,000 playing a $5 “Diamond Mine 9X” Scratcher that they bought after stopping for gas.  Justin Montoya, who paid for the ticket, let his mother play the game while he drove. 

    When his mother revealed the five-figure prize, he said she erupted.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization held its 11th annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant last month at West Las Vegas High School.  Six beautiful and talented little girls competed for the title in four phases of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery features the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    The Ray Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15, 2013. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • By Lindsey Tanner
    AP Medical Writer

  • From The Associated Press

    Suit brought over ‘death’

    CHICAGO — The parents of an 8-year-old boy who has had severe brain damage for years have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging that doctors pronounced their son dead, keeping him off his ventilator for hours, even though relatives continued to insist that the boy’s eyes and body were still moving.

  • By Lauran Neergaard
    AP Medical Writer
    WASHINGTON — Freezing human eggs can be successful in treating infertility, but guidelines issued Friday still urge caution for women hoping to pause a ticking biological clock.
    Egg freezing had long been labeled experimental, but the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared that’s no longer the case. The group cited studies that found younger women are about as likely to get pregnant if they used frozen-and-thawed eggs for their infertility treatment as if they used fresh ones.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents journalist and author Stephen Fried in a free public talk Oct. 23 about the local Harvey Houses at the Montezuma Castle and the Castañeda Hotel.
    The talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Burris Hall Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    Fried is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of five books, including the 2010 nonfiction Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West One Meal at a Time.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Who would have thought a little girl from Las Vegas would get to live in Spain at a young age?  Ten years ago Cheryl Conway was crowned the first Little Miss Las Vegas at the age of 12, and today she is living and studying in Granada, Spain.  

    “It shows that through vision, hard work and persistence dreams can come true” said Philip Ortiz, executive director, of the Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization.