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  • 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.”

  • Submitted to the Optic

    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.  

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    The Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation invites the public to nominate persons and businesses that have significantly improved their buildings this past year for CCHP’s annual preservation awards.     

    Awards and recognition will be given for renovations, restorations and general improvements of historic homes and buildings throughout Las Vegas. Recognition may also be given to individuals who have made a significant impact on preservation in Las Vegas.

  • By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas all but reeks of stories. You can hear the whispers of the lives of its forebearers rustling, all but forgotten, among its historic buildings.

    Traveling merchants from far and wide, covered in the dust of the Santa Fe Trail which nurtured them, lurk in the stones of the buildings on Bridge Street.

  • This summer, celebrate the power of music through the 28th Season of Music from Angel Fire, the Festival that brings chamber music to the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Renowned musicians will perform an impressive array of repertory to inspire and delight residents and visitors alike. The Festival will present 14 concerts this summer at the Angel Fire Community Center and the United Church of Angel Fire, the Taos Center for the Arts, the Shuler Theater in Raton and one concert in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium at Highlands University.

  • Within a year of  the railroad’s arrival, the population in east Las Vegas equaled that of west Las Vegas, and between the two communities there was great activity and bustling enterprise. As a result, businessmen in particular began to see the need for basic services which only a municipal government could provide.  

  • By Jesus Lopez

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    Silver Threads has recently completed a one-of-a-kind quilt to be raffled at the People’s Fair in August as a fundraiser for Friends of Carnegie Library.
    For June and July the quilt will be displayed at Community First Bank, Bank of Las Vegas, State Employees Credit Union, the City of Las Vegas city hall, Thread Bear and Carnegie Library.