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Mora County

  • Palabras Pintorescas - For the love of books — about our state

    Oh my! I love it when a book finds me, in a somewhat circuitous route, I might add. In other words, Santa has a way of finding us, I’ve learned for the Nth time in my life.
    A big part of the fun of writing this column is delivering my typewritten columns to the Optic staff every week. I was surprised recently when the kids there told me I had a package or an envelope waiting for me. Oh, my again! The package contained a signed copy of “Las Vegas, New Mexico, Volume II” by Joseph Lordi, with a note tucked into the signed copy.

  • Annual Winter Fest a great success

    The 11th Annual Winter Fest was held in the Mora Elementary gym on Saturday.

    The holiday festival is sponsored by the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the community. Crystal Fort, the director, and her staff worked long hours to make it possible.

    It was said to be a huge success with more than 500 people attending. Attendees stayed and shopped at the many booths set up by local and neighboring vendors.

    Attendees also ate Frito pies served by the women of the Presbyterian Church and enjoyed the many goodies sold at the booths.

  • Palabras Pintorescas - ‘Oh, horrors… That tree is plastic’

    If you drive Highway 518 towards Mora this time of year (as I do) you probably will meet trucks and trailers filled with our local, homegrown Christmas trees. They are sold in tree lots throughout New Mexico. Mora County is famous for its beautiful Christmas trees. Almost all of them are natural, not planted, and they thrive on our mountain slopes here.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 14, 2012

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes Middle School basketball, Taos Tournament, away
    6 p.m. — Mora Valley Baptist Church Christmas Program, Cleveland
    Saturday
    Mora Rangerettes Middle School at Taos Basketball tournament
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Dulce, away, junior varsity and varsity
    1 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Dulce, junior varsity and varsity
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, away, Memorial Middle School
    Monday

  • Mora County Notebook - Agency completes 22nd year of service

    On Nov. 27, Esperanza Home Health Care and Hospice in Buena Vista completed their 22nd year in serving the area. At present, they are serving Mora, San Miguel, Colfax, and Harding counties. The staff covers more than 100 miles in their duties.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Dec. 7, 2012

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. West Las Vegas, away, junior varsity and varsity
    TBA — Mora Rangerettes basketball at Lady Lions Classic, Santa Rosa, varsity
    6 p.m. — The Christmas Story program, Mora Valley Baptist Church, Cleveland
    Saturday
    Lady Lions Classic Basketball continues, Santa Rosa
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Chamber of Commerce, Winter Fest, crafts, food, entertainment, Santa Claus, door prizes, Mora Elementary Gym
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, Los Alamos
    1 to 4 p.m. — Bingo, Helping Hands Inc.
    Sunday

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Memories of the drought and dust storms

    At a recent get- together, my friends and I seem to visit once again about the memories stirred up in our “older” brains about those horrific dust bowl days chronicled masterfully by Ken Burns on PBS. I popped into this world in 1934 so I was too small to actually remember those horror stories, but I do remember my parents often talking about that drought and the dust storms.

  • Mora County Notebook - Artist creates and teaches painting

    Sylvia Ortega, a talented artist, lives in Guadalupita, located in Mora County. Ortega has loved art all her life and has shown it in her beautiful paintings, water colors, oils and acrylic, are the media she has used to express her skill at different times.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Nov. 30, 2012

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

    Friday
    4 p.m. ­— Rangerette middle school basketball vs. Dulce, home
    5:30 p.m. — Rangerette basketball vs. Tucumcari, home, junior varsity and varsity
    Saturday
    9 a.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, away, Taos
    Tuesday
    6 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Roy, home, junior varsity
    Wednesday
    4 p.m. — Mora Middle School wrestling, away, West Las Vegas
    Thursday
    4 p.m. — Rangerette middle school basketball vs. Dulce, Home

  • Palabras Pintorescas - History in the making

    Yes, that was me you saw roaming through our pasture, following leader dog, Tinta, recently. We continue to investigate and try to figure out what is going on with our almost summertime weather (the very warm temperatures) and the lack of snow in our vast mountain chain. Sometimes I wonder if this is the start of yet another dust bowl. Ken Burns surely did a masterful job portraying the last one recently on PBS channel.