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Mora County

  • The Masonic Lodge and the Rainbow Girls

    I continue to be amazed at how fast time flies, particularly when I get into area history. This was brought home to me just last week  when I learned that the Chapman Lodge Number 2 of the Masonic Lodge in Las Vegas will soon be 99 years old. Yes, it is still active and does much for our community.

  • Wagon Mound school building dedicated

    Submitted by the Optic

    The Wagon Mound School community gathered earlier this month to witness the naming and dedication of the Wagon Mound Public School Administration building in honor of two long-time educators, Zack and Eloisa Montoya.

  • Mora County Notebook - The life and work of one of Mora’s patriots

    Amadeo Padilla was a well-known Mora barber. His shop still stands across the street from Pacheco Oil and Gas in downtown Mora. It is the red building with a tree growing in front of it now. For years it was the place to go to get your hair cut and have a nice chat with Padilla while he worked. Many people did not know about his background but he was well-known  for his skill in making men look neat and well-trimmed.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 21, 2012

    Community Calendar
    Saturday
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — First Fort tours, 150th anniversary of Civil War, Fort Union National Monument
    10 a.m. — Mora Cross Country, Pecos, away
    Monday
    5 p.m. — Mora 7th and 8th volleyball vs. Memorial Middle school, home
    Tuesday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Indian School, home, junior varsity and varsity
    Thursday
    4 p.m. — Mora 7th and 8th volleyball vs. Dulce, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Cramming a visit into a day in proper fashion

    A recent advice column that I read in some publication (I read all sorts of stuff!) addresses the proper way one is supposed to be and do as an overnight houseguest.

    The writer of that column may have had my very recent houseguests as her models when she wrote the column.

  • Mora County Notebook - Cleveland Park work praised

    The rainy morning last Saturday didn’t put a damper on the dedication ceremony for the newly restored Cleveland Park.

    Work on the park began on June 4 and continued for 10 weeks. Eight youth, ages 16 to 20, partnered with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp and the local restoration committee on the project.

    Mora County Manager Tomas Sanchez welcomed the group and made the introductions. Among those present were Carl Colonius, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp in Taos, and Mary Passaglie, assistant director of the RMYC.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 14, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday and Saturday
    TBA — Seventh and eighth grade Rangerette volleyball tournament, Tucumcari
    Saturday
    10 a.m. — Mora cross country, Taos, away
    1 p.m. — Rangerette volleyball vs. Taos, junior varsity, varsity, away
    Tuesday
    4 p.m. — Seventh and eighth grade Rangerette volleyball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home
    Thursday
    5 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes vs. Springer, junior varsity, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Where did our summer go?

    Nope, I don’t know where our summer went, either. Seems like only yesterday I was planting containers of spindly flowers and a few zucchini seeds, because that’s what we have always done both when I was a kid at Valmora and here on the ranch.

    My parents were too busy to work a garden, and I don’t think my doctor father knew a carrot plant from a squash plant. Furthermore, he really didn’t want to know, either. He thrived on good German foods, and he loved both sauerkraut and pickles of almost any kind.

  • Mora County Notebook - Labor Day weekend filled with festivities

    Last weekend was a beautiful three days in which the people of Mora County celebrated Labor Day.  

    Wagon Mound had its annual Bean Day weekend starting with the cleaning of the beans and a dance on Friday night. On Saturday they cut and wrapped the meat to be cooked in the firepit, in preparation for the big feast on Monday. There were dances all weekend, a breakfast at the fire department, horse shoe contest, races and the great rodeos for the three days. The mud bogging contest drew a large crowd also.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Sept. 7, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    TBA — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Tucumcari tournament, away
    Saturday
    TBA — Mora Rangerette volleyball at Tucumcari tournament, continued
    10 am. — Mora 7th and 8th grade volleyball vs. Taos, away
    10 a.m. — Grand opening of the Cleveland Park, Cleveland
    10 a.m. — Mora cross country in Taos, away
    Sunday
    5 p.m. — VFW regular meeting, VFW Hall
    Monday