Today's Features

  • Submitted to the Optic

    It’s fall again, and several refuge ponds currently have sufficient water to provide safe harbor for waterfowl; calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4 1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Cow That Went OINK” by Bernard Most. Free and open to the public.
    • Career and Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Student Union Building ballroom on the Highlands University campus. More than 40 employers are scheduled to participate in the fair.


  • By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of employers will be at the Highlands University Career and Internship Fair for students and alumni from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The university’s Office of Career Services will host the fair, which is in the Student Union Building ballroom at the northwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street.

    • One of the last public hearings for the San Miguel County oil and gas regulatory ordinance is at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 in the Commission chambers - second floor of the courthouse. Commissioners are expected to take action on the ordinance during a meeting on Nov. 12. They are also hearing public comments about the amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. For more information, call 426-1468.


  • Submitted to the Optic

    Fourth Judicial District Judges Matthew Sandoval and Gerald Baca, along with Chief Judge Abigail Aragon, presented various certificates to attorneys during a luncheon last Friday at El Rialto Restaurant.

    • Fraternal Order of Eagles #3815’s  Halloween Carnival, 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 at  211 S. Grand in Las Vegas. Free and open to the public.
    • Fixit Friday, bring in broken items and have them repaired or repurposed, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Parachute Factory, 166 Bridge St. Free and open to the public.

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    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot

    5 p.m. —  Mora volleyball vs. McCurdy, junior varsity and varsity, home

    TBA —  Mora volleyball at district tournament, varsity, continues through Saturday, Nov. 8
    6 p.m. — Mora Clinic Board meeting, board room

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  • October seems to be my “fall behind” month, an not just because it is fall. My house is suffering through an invasion once again. Yes, it is a good invasion however.

    My cousin Yolanda spent several days here with me last month, and I welcomed her and her knowledge and interest in anything that grows, blooms or is green.