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Mora County

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Gascon features weather recording station

    Yes, here at Gascon we have a national weather service recording station.

    Our station number is 29-3488-02 and we record that 24-hour maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation (time of day/night and amount) and whether we have experienced fog, ice pellets, glaze, thunder, hail, damaging winds, plus the time of these observations and snow depth in the winter.

  • Where were you in '77?

    Mora High School’s Class of 1977 recentlly held its 40th class reunion. It was a huge success after a year of planning.

    The class would like to thank Ben Bustos and American Legion “Pavilion” in Mora for use of its facility; Kendrick Martinez of Kenn’s Cuisine, LLC, of Mora for the awesome catering and Albert Bustamante of Las Vegas help with the music.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Outdoor northern N.M. weddings special

    I have been a guest at many weddings during my long time living here in Mora County. Our beautiful Catholic churches become a gentle, yet spiritual gathering place for such a very special event.

    The stained glass windows in many of them make a visit very special in many ways. I was invited to yet another very special wedding recently and this time the church, the site of this wedding was in a mountain meadow.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Thankful for drivers’ ed classes

    I am always grateful for our beautiful summer days, days with no wind, brilliant sun and not a cloud in the sky.

    I learned long ago to soak up a day like this as much as is possible, because winter is just around the corner. And here in our mountains the rains have come at just the right time so every flower that has a bud is now in full bloom.

    What treat it is to prowl through our high mountain meadows at this time of year! I was invited to a wedding recently and was happy to see old friends that I have known for ages from the Valmora and the Watrous area.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Moms usually have patience for goofy ideas

    By Editha Bartley

    The hummingbird population here at the ranch is now in very full swing. Friends asked me how many hummers I was feeding, and I have to say I have no idea.

    Counting hummingbirds at my four feeders is like counting the legs on a herd of cattle, then dividing by four, as an old timer told me a long time ago. I wish I had stock in a sugar producing company at this time of year. And thankfully we have lots of mountain flowers in full bloom now for these little birds to enjoy as well.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - ‘Herd Ware Store’ is an Old Town business

    The annual summer fun times are here at the ranch. Friends and relatives return to “recharge their battery” as my doctor father used to say here in our beautiful part of New Mexico. I am an unofficial tour guide for these younger generations.

    Yes, I have been here for a long time (now more than 80 years) and I have never tired of poking around in our Las Vegas with this younger set.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Aspens are durable; human feet, not so much

    It automatically is a given… July brings the beginning of monsoon season to our mountains.

    I realize our weather patterns are changing, and this is the first July 4 celebration here with no rain in the forecast. When our guest ranch was in full swing here we had more than one picnic rained out.

    We have a large cast iron grill, a cooker/smoker made long ago by big boss Jim for just such events and somehow the hamburgers were never as tasty as those cooked on the fireplace down the creek.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: In ‘50s, big-name rodeos performed here

    Ghosts,  — history ghosts — often pop up in my collection of “I wonder why I kept that.” Yes, I am a pack rat, and thankfully my kids continue to tell me not to throw anything away, particularly when it comes to our history as a family. I suspect that is why file cabinets were invented.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Program brings up memories of trip to China

    A recent PBS program featured both the history and the life in present day China. I can’t remember when in my long life I forgot about wanting to go to China. My only connection with this incredible part of our world had been going to lunch in a Chinese restaurant in Santa Fe when I was just a kid. I liked both the food and the Chinese wait staff. And I could never understand why sweet brother Bill would only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when he could have had Chinese food there.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: When flash floods beckon, don’t be a doubter

    When I step outside this morning I am so surprised at how warm, actually hot it is, so early in the summer. There are almost no clouds anywhere in the sky and the creeks are now quickly being reduced to only a trickle as that big snow pack on Gascon Point quickly melts away.