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Mora County

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Highlands dining halls served up great food

    Our area school buses often turn around in our big drive-way. My hat is tipped, generously to our great neighbors and drivers of these big machines, Billy Sanchez and Alvin Martinez.

    Our three kids made enough noise riding in the back seat of our station wagon long ago to drive their father or me nuts as we transported them to town when necessary.

    And now, when these three adults get together they laugh about the fun and games of riding the bus. Things have changed all for the better now, starting with paved roads on most of the routes.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 4, 2016

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

    MONDAY
    Closed for Labor Day

    TUESDAY
    Frito pie, pinto beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and angel food cake

    WEDNESDAY
    Sausage pizza, spinach salad with dressing, mixed vegetables, pineapple, and peanut butter cookie

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

  • Palabras Pinturescas: All’s right with the world when green chile arrives

    All is right in my small world, and in my kitchen when the new crop of New Mexico green chile arrives in our local stores.

    Yes, the chile roasters have been parked by the store entrances for a while now, and there is no better smell, aroma anywhere to match this very special perfume.

    It takes an old fashioned wood cookstove to properly roast green chile, in my book. My wonderful neighbors and my mother always did it the same way.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Aug. 28, 2016

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

    MONDAY
    Irish stew, stewed tomatoes with green chile, cornbread and margarine, pears, and oatmeal cookie

    TUESDAY
    Chicken salad, creamy coleslaw, glazed carrots, crackers, and cherry cobbler

    WEDNESDAY
    Pork asada, buttered new potatoes, hominy, flour tortilla, and stawberry shortcake

    THURSDAY
    Taco burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, Mexican salad, broccoli and cheese, and strawberries and bananas

  • 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