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Mora County

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Decades-old newspaper yields some interesting historic data

    Suddenly our big yard is full of birds. Yes, the barn swallows like our many barn and building sites here, and now all of their kids just left the nest and have learned to fly. The parents are quick to dive-bomb any of us who venture out, and the babies are trying their luck at catching anything that looks like a bug to eat. May they fly safely and unimpeded as they migrate to their warmer winter habitats.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 21, 2016

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

    MONDAY
    Beef steak ranchero, pinto beans with green chile, salad with dressing, and strawberry shortcake

    TUESDAY
    Ham and cheese sandwich, lettuce, tomato, mixed vegetables with margarine, and mandarin oranges

    WEDNESDAY
    Chicken corn casserole, pinto beans, spinach with margarine, flour tortilla, and orange

    THURSDAY
    Pizza, bean salad, pasta salad, cantaloupe, and oatmeal cookie

  • Mora shooters place in state competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, participants in the Mora 4-H Shooting Sports program participated in the state’s 2016 4-H Shooting Sports contest at the Whittington NRA Center in Raton. The objectives were to assist the 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle, pistol, shotgun, muzzle loading, compound and traditional archery, safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Sacks of sugar fail to quench thirst of many hummingbirds

    If it is August, some annual events are totally predictable. Dozens, and I do mean dozens, of hummingbirds have found my five feeders on my desk. A five-pound sack of sugar only lasts a day and at least a dozen more hummers jam each feeder. An occasional wasp also stops by for a treat, but I quickly swat him away. I’m sure we also have nests hidden in our lilac bushes, but I have not seen one. Oh, what tough little birds these cute things are!

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 14, 2016

    Senior Lunch Menu

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

    MONDAY
    Meatballs, wild rice, carrots and peppers, bread stick, and fruit yogurt
    TUESDAY
    Hamburger, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, potato salad, creamy coleslaw, and cottage cheese with pears
    WEDNESDAY
    Baked chicken, corn, asparagus, wheat roll with margarine, and pumpkin spice cookie
    THURSDAY
    Pork roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, asparagus, bread and margarine, and applesauce

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu

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

    MONDAY
    Baked fish, tartar sauce, tater tots, broccoli salad, dinner roll with margarine, and apricots

    TUESDAY
    Chalupa, onions, green chile, salsa, Spanish rice, green beans, and devil’s food cake

    WEDNESDAY
    Baked pork chop, stuffing, Parmesan potato rounds, carrots, and cottage cheese with peaches

    THURSDAY
    Mexican meatloaf, salsa corn, pinto beans with green chile, buttered spinach, and oatmeal cookie

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Apartment number seven suddenly gets a facelift

    Yes, I wrote this column nine years ago. And now the dear little wrens are back and the housekeeping chores are back in full swing. I realized I couldn’t paint a better word picture (palabra pintorescas) than this so perhaps it is worthy of a rerun. And yes, I discussed it with the little birds and they agreed with me. They were too busy nest building to be interrupted by some character carrying a notepad and a pencil.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Remembering good old days of Mom and Pop grocery stores

    The newspaper collection, housed in an old Del Monte canned green beans box provides all sorts of memories for me.

    The Oct. 16, 2002 edition of the Optic has historic column headed with “Lost in 1959” by David Wesner. He says “Many Las Vegans remember the Mom and Pop stores of yesteryear. It was a phenomenon of the late 1950s and early 1960s largely — in a small way. Mom and Pop grocery stores.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu — Feb. 21, 2016

    Senior Lunch Menu

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

    MONDAY
    Taco, lettuce, tomato, onions, Spanish rice, salsa corn, and gelatin
    TUESDAY
    Hamburger steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, biscuit and margarine, fruit salad, and cottage cheese
    WEDNESDAY
    Oven fried chicken, braised onions, green beans and potatoes, carrot raisin salad, whole wheat bread, mandarin oranges, and peanut butter cookie
    THURSDAY

  • Palabras Pintorescas: What will the new year bring in terms of the weather?

    It is almost “you can’t get there from here” at this old ranch. The end of December brought us a two foot snowstorm. Now that is like the old days, as the old-timers would say.