Today's Features

    • Bernal Community Center’s Annual Fall Festival, 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. The event features an indoor flea market, music, and food.
    • San Jose Church Fiesta de Anton Chico, pageant from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the old school with music all afternoon by the band “La Familia Facio.” There will be a concession, bingo, games, and a cakewalk.

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    Mora Elementary School got a special delivery last Wednesday. New Mexico Highlands University basketball players Matt Logan, Drew Herig, Amal Wilson, and Kaylen Shane, with head coach Craig Snow and assistant coach Brandon Mason, handed out new, hard-cover Webster’s Dictionaries to each child in Deborah Lujan and Joe Gonzales’ classrooms, courtesy of the local Rotary Club. Club members Janet Remenyik and Editha Bartley joined in on the fun event.


    3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Farmers Market, Southwest Capital Bank parking lot
    TBA. — Mora volleyball at Santa Fe Indian School Tournament, varsity, away
    4 p.m. — Mora middle school volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home

    TBA — Mora cross country at Santa Fe Indian School
    TBA — Mora volleyball at Santa Fe Indian School Tournament continued, varsity, away
    Noon — Mora middle school volleyball vs. Dulce, away


  • Being a local weather observer for our National Weather Service is a regular and daily part of my life. My knowledge of meteorology is slim at best, but I watch our so varied weather patterns closely. Weather watching is an every-day event in our mountains and we do see seasons change, sometimes with a vengeance.

    I have been given several national awards for my many years of weather recording, and I had no idea there was yet another award out there in the clouds, so to speak.


    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Our Tree Named Steve” by Alan Zweibel. Free and open to the public.


    • Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge open for dove hunting this month until Sept. 30. Approximately 740 acres of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open to mourning dove hunting through Sept. 30. Dove hunting on the refuge is by permit only. Permits can be obtained at the refuge visitor center, during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

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    New Mexico Highlands University will present the Dr. Robert Bell Fine Art Print Lecture Series for fall semester, with four talks remaining in the ongoing series.

    All lectures except the Hogarth engravings lecture will be in the George and Sheryl Talbot Print Study Room in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. The public is welcome.

    All lectures begin at 4 p.m.:

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    The Tenth Annual Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge takes place this Sunday.

    This free event will be held on Sunday afternoon. Bring the kids, the old folks and your lawn chair; join the Friends and staff of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge for a Tenth Annual Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun in Nature Day.

    Kids Fun in Nature activities start at noon at the refuge visitor center on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas.