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Mora County

  • 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.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Summer is a fun time at Gascon Ranch

    Suddenly it is summer. Spring here in the mountains comes and goes quickly. The ranch chores and the farming chores keep all of us busy. Thankfully the days are long and warm so the work gets done without many complications.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Classical pianist was guest at Gascon Ranch

    I learned long ago that it is a small world out there, in so many ways. I have been a Rotarian for 20 years, and I have yet to hear a boring program at a meeting. Last month’s meeting was yet another reminder of that.

    The director of accreditation for Highlands University, E.J. Choe is a classical musician and an unbelievable pianist. The upright piano got a workout and then some at the Plaza Hotel during our lunch-hour meeting there.

  • Mora students attend Boys and Girls State

    Submitted to the Optic

    Five Mora High School students have been selected to attend New Mexico Boys and Girls state. They are: Alonzo Aragon, Eloy Roybal, Luzia Manuel, Adriana Alcon and Mariah Garza.

    Aragon is the son of Frank and Cindy Aragon; Eloy Roybal is son of Cindy Branch. The two are attendimg Boys State at the Eastern New Mexico University campus from May 28 to June 2.  

    Girls State was held on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Girls State took place from June 4 to June 9.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Friends, relatives visit to recharge batteries

    I know summertime is here. A quick check of my calendar points that out. Friends and relatives from near and far in our great country wonder when they can come to our mountains to “recharge their battery.” How could one not recharge their battery here in this fun and so varied part of New Mexico, I ask? No matter where one goes, there is something new to learn and something new to experience.

    After so many years of entertaining both dude ranch guests and family members,  we know almost everyone needs a real green chile fix.