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Mora County

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Optic’s new home has long and varied history

    One of the non-surprises in my long life is the idea that nothing will change. Change is inevitable, however, and very newest change I have just encountered is discovering the Optic has moved.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Column writer uses bachelor’s degree from Highlands every day

    I was surprised to find this ad in an old box of old papers, stashed away in one of our log cabins that is about to be moved. I graduated from High-lands Univer sity in 1954 and I agree with the text of today, 60 years later.

    The New Mexico Stockman is the major publication issues to and for ranchers like us here in Mora County. Highlands attracted rural students from all over the state back then and it still does.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — April 23, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Posole, salad with dressing, mustard greens, garlic bread, and pumpkin spice cookie

    TUESDAY
    Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and cottage cheese with pears

    WEDNESDAY
    Liver and onions, mashed potatoes, green beans, sliced cucumbers, wheat roll with margarine, and peaches and strawberries with topping

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Pendaries, once thought risky, proves to be a fine investment

    When visiting with friends recently I was asked about our neighbor to the south, Pendaries Village, as it was initially named. This old ranch is just five miles or so up the road from this resort and we had fun watching it become a full- time summer resort and much more.

    Back in the late 1950s the Salk and Sabin vaccines for polio became available to every doctor in this country. My doctor father, Carl Gellenthien, was selected to immunize every person living in this San Miguel, Mora county area.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — April 16, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Beef enchilada, lettuce and tomato, pinto beans, salsa, crackers, and chocolate pudding

    TUESDAY
    Chicken salad, creamy cole slaw, glazed carrots, crackers, and cherry cobbler

    WEDNESDAY
    Rio Grande pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, potluck roll with margarine, and spice cake

    THURSDAY
    Baked ham, yams, broccoli, wheat dinner roll, and apple

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Foreign exchange students reconnect with friends

    Surprises happen often and in different ways, thanks to this Palabras Pintorescas column. A phone call from Tim Knight, who lives in Peralta, surprised me. He followed this visit with a fun letter about his 1966 memory of his high school years at Robertson High in Las Vegas.

    His grandparents, Cordelia and John Thomas, had a 40-acre farm just north of Mills and Seventh Street here. They also had the High County Sporting Goods Store on north Grand Avenue back in the ‘60s. Some of us old timers will remember this store, I’ll bet.

  • Mora’s mariachi group performs at concert
  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — April 2, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Fidelos con carne, salad with dressing, mixed vegetables, flour tortilla, and orange-pineapple mix

    TUESDAY
    Chicken fettuccine, carrots and peppers in
    margarine, garlic bread, and pears

    WEDNESDAY
    Philly steak sandwich, french fries, broccoli, and cantaloupe

    THURSDAY
    Pork asada, buttered new potatoes, hominy, flour tortilla, and strawberry shortcake

    FRIDAY

  • Palabras Pinturescas: This place has maternity room ­— just for cows

    This ranch gets several ranch and agriculture related magazines in the mail every month or so. A recent “The Furrow” had an article about climate change that caught my eyes. Yes, this ranch family read this story with real interest because we rely on the weather (climate change) daily in everything we do here.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: History of Maximiliano Luna worth studying

    This column is fun to write because I (at this late time in my life) learn so much about our area history. A reader called me recently with a question. I had to admit I had no idea what or whom he was talking about. His person of interest had much to do with our Las Vegas area history.

    “What did I know about Maximiliano Luna?” he asked. I had to admit the only thing I knew about that was luna is Spanish for moon and Camp Luna is just north of Las Vegas.