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  • In the halls of Robertson High School many know her as Mrs. Brenda Ortega-Benavidez and in the internet world she is known as the woman singing “Las Vegas, New Mexico — The Real Las Vegas.”

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    The Board of Trustees of Ride To Pride will host  its Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner, Auction and Dance starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Night Owl. The evening will feature food, fellowship, laughter and music in celebration of 14 years of services provided to hundreds of youth and families from the communities.

  • By Elizabeth Karmel
    For The Associated Press

    I grew up in North Carolina, where sausage meant spicy sage breakfast meat and was mostly sold as bulk meat, then made into patties. Delicious, but more of a side meat than a meal.

    When I moved to Chicago, I was introduced to the wonderful world of German, Polish and Italian sausages. I quickly fell in love with sausages of all kinds, and though they are popular all year long, they are my favorite way to celebrate fall.

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    Every year the city of Las Vegas has a great Summer Youth Employment Program during this eight- week program these employees help beautify, keep the community clean and learn the importance of recycling.

    This year the employees had the opportunity to work at the City Recycle Area and also help the student volunteers at the Highlands University Recycle Center.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Members of the New Mexico Highlands University women’s basketball team and their coaches rolled up their sleeves last month and went to work painting a historic commercial building on Railroad Avenue, a MainStreet de Las Vegas Façade Squad project.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    The appeal of quick breads isn’t merely the ease. Though you have to love any baked good that is no more complicated than mixing a bunch of things together, then baking.

    But it also is the adaptability and flexibility of these recipes that have earned them such a coveted place in the home kitchen. They can be flavored with nearly any combination of ingredients, from sweet all the way to savory and spicy.

  • By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

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    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the 10th Annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. The theme for the pageant is Pretty in Pink.

    Nine girls will be competing for the title in four categories of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.  

  • From The Associated Press
    NEW YORK  — An enamel black-and-white brooch by Roy Lichtenstein that recalls his pop art designs. A bold gilt-painted necklace twisted into a bowtie by Frank Stella inspired by his sculptural forms and reliefs.

    These wearable works of art are at once different but recognizable as the designs of their creators, and are among nearly 200 one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry pieces in a new exhibition at the Museum of Arts

  • By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Fall inspires me to get back into the kitchen. Now if only it somehow also created lots of extra time for me to do that.
    This ridiculously easy pasta topped with roasted tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and sausage is a great example. Dump everything on a rimmed baking sheet, toss it in the oven, then go outside and play in the leaves. A little while later, boil up some pasta, spoon the “sauce” over it, top with grated Parmesan and you're done.

    AUTUMN ROASTED TOMATO AND SAUSAGE PASTA

  • By Candelora Versace
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE  — There are plenty of people in Santa Fe — not to mention greater Northern New Mexico, the entire state and probably the vast American Southwest — who make their own salsa. A significant percentage, too, have most likely fantasized about packaging and selling that salsa. One Santa Fe resident, however, will tell you it’s not a project to be taken lightly.

  • Free health screenings and information will be featured at the free Community Health Fair sponsored by Alta Vista Regional Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the city of Las Vegas Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

    “I look forward to visiting with community members at this years’ health fair,” says Maridel Acosta, chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on health promotion and health education.”

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    Hammered elongated rings connect with polished squares of earth’s time-forged beauty in Sandi Boyer’s Labradorite, astrophylite, fine and sterling silver wire-wrapped necklace or wrap bracelet.

    Originally from Pennsylvania, Boyer now relishes the natural beauty and diversity in New Mexico, where she finds inspiration in the rich variety of semi-precious stones that she arranges in original designs.

  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Deal era murals at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium were restored to their original beauty this summer, thanks to a partnership between the New Mexico Chapter of the New Deal Preservation Association and the university.

  • By Emily Withnall
    UWC-USA

    The heart of the small community of Montezuma, New Mexico stands at the intersection of Highway 65, leading up to Hermit’s Peak, and the road that dips down to the right and up to the campus of UWC-USA.

    A visitor arriving during the school-year is likely to see students walking across the foot bridge that leads to this center: the Montezuma post office.

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    More than 50 artists from New Mexico are scheduled to participate at the Cleveland Millfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend. There will also be native foods and baked goods, fruits and produce and continuous musical entertainment at the two-day event on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 at the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum.

    The museum is located just off NM Hwy. 518 two miles north of Mora, near the village of Cleveland.