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Mora County

  • Famed pianist once taught lessons at Gascon ranch

    Long-time residents of this area are often the best weather watchers around. I just learned from a neighbor that we probably  will have a good snow-pack on our mountains this winter, because the now-blooming (in profusion, I might add) sunflowers are very tall this year.

    The sunflower plants along the roads here are taller than I am. We welcome every flake when it comes!

  • Watrous Day full of fun for the whole family

    Watrous was booming on Saturday for Watrous Day at the village park. Several  hundred attended the celebration which included a free barbecue of beans, meat, and bread served around noon, along with music by Quemoso, and a horseshoe tournament.

    The event was started several years ago by a group of people including Johnny Duran, Richard Garcia, Nappy Duran. On Saturday, the attendees ranged from 88-year-old Jose Lopez to Kendan Coca, 10 months.

  • Mora County Senior Lunch Menu - Aug 22, 2014

    SENIOR LUNCH MENU

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

    Monday — Hamburger steak, brown gravy with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, green beans with onions, wheat roll with margarine, and pineapple chunks
    Tuesday — Fidelos con carne, salad and dressing, mixed vegetables, flour tortilla, and orange-pineapple mix
    Wednesday — Chicken fettuccini

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Have you read any good books lately?

    The tourists must love Las Vegas. Between music in Plaza Park (free, believe it or not) to a regal concert organ recital in Our Lady of Sorrows Church. The summer weekends have been busy, fun and entertaining for young, old and in between.

    And have you read any good books lately? I was a asked by a group of Mora neighbor gals to list recent books about our history here in northern New Mexico. I would need a whole page to list my general likes, choices here in the Optic.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora Fiesta marshals’ background impressive

    Miranda Serna left a legacy of the art of basketball to many. For Mora, she left a legacy that is personalized, as Mora is where her roots were. Her legacy continues with the annual basketball camp held in her beloved hometown of Mora.

    This year’s camp took place July 21 to July 23 at the Mora Elementary School gym. Fifty young basketball enthusiasts particpated this year.

  • New book highlights Valmora Sanatorium

    One of the lesser luxuries of life way out here in the country is getting a Sunday newspaper on Sunday. A friend and neighbor knows this and often drops off his copy of the Albuquerque Journal on a Sunday afternoon. I am reading the book section and discovered a “hot off the press” book signing was about to take place in Albuquerque. “Images of America, Sanatoriums of New Mexico” by Richard Melzer and a forward by Jake Spidel Jr. is dear to my heart, naturally.

  • Torres is fiesta mutton-busting champ

    Submitted to the Optic

    Janelle Torres can check Mutton Busting off her bucket list for the second year in a row. Next up for the 7-year-old Cleveland native? How about barrel racing? It’s the next logical step.

    Torres, who is starting second grade at Mora Elementary, rode to a championship in Mutton Busting on July 26 at the Mora Fiestas Rodeo.

    “This was her second time doing Mutton Busting,” her proud father Robert Torres said.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora Fiesta marshals’ background impressive

    By Kimberly Mares

    For the Optic

    Two well-known residents led the way during this year’s Mora Fiestas parade last Saturday morning. Matias and Joan Maestas’ work has benefitted the area tremendously.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: If only Gascon creek had salmon in it

    I really enjoy learning new ideas, new ways to do things. High on this list at the moment is the use of parchment paper to cook things like salmon or chicken. The recipe is so simple and so good. One just places a serving size piece of salmon, (or a chicken breast) on a square of parchment paper. Then one adds sliced onions, thinly sliced lemons and tops it off with a spring of fresh fennel. Bake in a moderate over for 30 minutes or so and you have dinner in a paper dish! The fennel probably wouldn’t work with chicken, but I plan to explore this idea soon.

  • Mora County Notebook - Jesse Romero celebrates her 92nd birthday

    A large group of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Jesse Romero in Chacon to help her celebrate her 92nd birthday last Saturday. Her children set-up a feast for all to enjoy as they congratulated Romero. Many different people played music and sang “Las Mañanitas” and “Happy Birthday.” The day was filled with good music, as the people played guitars and sang the old Spanish songs. There was lots of food for the guests to enjoy.