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  • By Michelle Locke
    For The Associated Press

    The parade of retro treats marches on. And this summer it seems the foodie hipster scene has declared shaved ice is the hot “new” old way to stay — and be — cool.

    “We have lines. People are really excited about it,” says David Carrell, one of the operators of the New York City-based People’s Pops, which specializes in shaved ice, along with ice pops, both made with fresh fruits and herbs.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    As all-American desserts go, it’s hard to beat apple pie, especially for the Fourth of July.

    But celebrating a big holiday shouldn’t have to involve making a big healthy eating sacrifice. So in honor of our nation’s independence, we decided to create an apple dessert that lets us have our pie and our healthy habits, too.

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Pretty to look at, but what do you do with it?

    That about sums up how most of us feel about star anise. And that's why it's mostly been relegated to the backwaters of spice cabinets in the U.S. What most people don't realize is that star anise actually is a deliciously potent spice that can do amazing things for your cooking, especially for meat.

  • Solar power has been around for decades, but until recently most area residents have seen it as a novelty rather than a real option for their own homes and businesses.

    That view has changed in recent years with Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, and tax credits currently being offered that make converting to solar energy more affordable.

  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    For The Associated Press

    During a recent visit to a food festival in South Carolina, I was lucky enough to be invited to the home of Nathalie Dupree, cookbook author and Southern entertainer extraordinaire.

  • Burger King makes promise

    Burger King on Wednesday became the first major U.S. fast-food chain to pledge that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and eggs by 2017.

    The move by the world’s second-biggest burger chain helps it satisfy growing demand among customers for humanely produced fare and adds fuel to an industry-wide shift to consider animal welfare when purchasing food supplies.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    International Magicians of the Year-The Spencer’s Theatre is coming to the Meadow City with a show at 7 p.m. this Tuesday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Kevin and Cindy Spencer have been called modern-day Houdinis who leave their audiences spellbound with their unique blend of high-tech spectacle, drama and danger.

  • The public is invited to join the Mora Valley Community Health Services, a nonprofit organization, and the Mora Mountain Mamas, a local women’s organization, at the Senior Citizens Center in Mora for a fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children.

    The fundraising dinner is being held to benefit the ambulance service and the Senior Citizens Program in Mora. The Mora Clinic does receive some assistance for these two programs, unfortunately the funds do not cover the entire operation of either service.

  • The atmosphere was pleasant all around, and the westward view of Camp Luna from the front window only added to the ambiance as Liz and Paul Conescu shared their story.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Spring is starting off great; for Las Vegas, the town is humming with people everywhere. But, best of all, the citizens of Las Vegas joined with groups from all over to help Keep Las Vegas Beautiful by picking up all the loose windblown litter.

  • By Murrae Haynes
    Harley-Davidson

    So you want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. How are you going to do that?

    You may have tried a dirt bike once when you were a teenager and don’t remember a lot other than falling down. Ask a friend? Maybe your uncle or brother? The guy down the street who rides a sportbike?

    A great way to learn is to take a motorcycle safety course.

  • By Alecia Warren
    Coeur d’Alene Press

    COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho  — Weeks ahead, Tia Flynn is haunted by the race.
    At night, she dreams of the course she has tumbled her motorcycle across for years, the hills she has crashed on, the rivers where her bike has been baptized into competition.

    Feeding the addiction, she watches the online video of races past. She takes in the roar and growl of 1,000 bikes along an endless stretch of starting line.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    As Alvin Korte recently travelled his native land, he became aware of and puzzled by the public display of an image that was deeply imprinted on his mind as a youth — the swastika.

    With Korte’s special interest in images and their meanings, more questions were raised. Why were swastikas — which today are synonymous with the Nazis and with death and hate — displayed on the high corners of the El Porvenir Hotel in Gallinas Canyon?

  • Submitted to the Optic

    Friends of Contemporary Art, a support group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, announced its biennial juried exhibition, Art on the Edge, to be hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2013.
    Artists based in New Mexico or surrounding states — Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona — are invited to submit work online for consideration. The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on April 30, Mountain Time. Information and a prospectus may be downloaded from www.nmartmuseum.org/artontheedge.

  • Submitted to the Optic

    There is a new education director at the City of Las Vegas Museum. Kristin Hsueh (pronounced “shoe”) started in October and hit the ground running.

    She has already made contact with New Mexico Highlands University staff and faculty, the United World College staff and several other community groups and individuals in preparation for bi-monthly educational programs throughout 2012.

    As Hsueh emphasizes, these programs are to be cooperative education events working very closely with the Las Vegas Community at-large.

  • Submitted to the Optic
    Sustainable Las Vegas wants to give residents ideas about how to save money and conserve natural resources by improving their homes.
    SLV’s fourth annual Sustainable Homes Tour features local homes that provide examples of how electrical and heating bills can be reduced or eliminated by using the energy of the sun as well as various conservation measures.
    The SLV’s homes tour is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Las Vegas Arts Council building, 140 Bridge St.

  • By Kathaleen Roberts
    Albuquerque Journal

    SANTA FE — From the earliest Spanish explorers to Texas tourists, New Mexico was made for maps.

    Visitors to “Between the Lines: Culture and Cartography on the Road to Statehood” can trace the state’s route from territory to vacation destination at the Governor’s Gallery beginning this week.