Farm and Ranch Museum features heavy metal and horses

SWS Report | December, 2014 | Arts, Community Calendar

Our local state-operated museum is a great place to take your out-of-town holiday visitors to enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, farm animals, and a variety of activities and presentations. Culture Series: Stories of Holidays Past: December 11, 7 p.m. The museum’s annual December living history event will offer visitors a retrospective view o

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Organizations help match homeless cats with new families

Jackye Meinecke (SWS Contributor) | December, 2014 | Articles, Community Services

As the days grow shorter and colder, we all move indoors to enjoy more sedentary pleasures: a dreary day enlivened by a book and a cup of tea by the fire; dreams of spring with plant and seed catalogs can fill a rainy day; holiday shopping online and with catalogs. Our fur companions are delighted to join us for rest and naps. Adopting a cat or

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RGT presents The Santaland Diaries and Charlie Brown Christmas

SWS Report | December, 2014 | Arts, Community Calendar

The Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces offers a rich range of programs for the month of December, including Little Anthony, the El Paso Brass, and the Santa Fe Opera. Friday, December 5, 5 – 7 p.m.: Artist reception for Denise Barella An artists’ reception for December artist Denise Barella will take place in the El Paso Electric Gal

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Lithgow and Molina star in Love is Strange at Fountain

SWS Report | December, 2014 | Arts, Community Calendar

Each week, the Fountain Theatre presents a film you won’t see in other local movie theaters. The Fountain Theatre is one block south of the Mesilla Plaza at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe. Show times are evenings at 7:30, Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are regular $7, senior/student $6, member $5, child

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Don’t let special personal and family stories be lost to time

Karen Ray (Southwest Senior) | December, 2014 | Articles, Features

Has anyone ever said to you, “Tell that story again” or “You should write that down”? Most people have friends or family members who have begged them for years to tell about the time when… Many of us have spent significant time and money making sure we’ve taken care of our financial assets. But few have a plan in place to pass along

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Branigan Cultural Center celebrates culture of Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe

SWS Report | December, 2014 | Arts, Community Calendar

The exhibition Continuing Traditions depicts the culture and lifestyle of the Pueblo People of New Mexico, in particular, the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe of Las Cruces. The exhibit will be on display at the Branigan Cultural Center through the month of January, 2015. Tonio LeFebre, of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe, has been creating art since he was a chi

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Conrads create endowment to help others rediscover music

Cassie McClure (SWS Writer) | December, 2014 | Arts, Community Services

If you’ve ever played in a band, many times the tunes that you created with others stay in your heart long after you’ve set down your instrument. A local organization is placing the call out to all those who may still hear the tunes in their heart and who might be debating to see if they can still come back to the music they once loved.

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FDA ruling provides consumers with calorie labeling information to make informed food choices

SWS Report | December, 2014 | Features, Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a step to help consumers make informed food selections with two rules issued Nov. 25, 2014 that require calorie information to be listed on menus in chain restaurants. The final rules come after FDA considered more than 1,100 comments submitted to the agency and on the heels of new research illustrating th

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Study shows sleep apnea is linked to poor aerobic fitness

SWS Report | December, 2014 | Features, Health

People with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have an intrinsic inability to burn high amounts of oxygen during strenuous aerobic exercise, according to a new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. The study, reported in the current issue of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, shows that

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Marci’s Medicare Answers: Am I enrolled in Medicare automatically?

| December, 2014 | Columns

Dear Marci, I just became eligible for Original Medicare in January. I recently received a letter in the mail from Medicare called a “Medicare Summary Notice.” Is this a bill? —Sandra Dear Sandra, No, a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) is not a bill. It is a summary of all of the health care services you have received in the past three mon

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