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Mora County

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The attack of the bark beetle

    The winds are less, and they are more-or-less warm, so my faithful dog companions and I have decided it is time to venture out into the forest once again. I hope it is between snowstorms, and, yes, there are still big snowdrifts on the shady side of the hills, but the big snowpacks needed to keep our mountains healthy and wet this summer still need lots of snow.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora High celebrates homecoming

    Last Thursday was a happy day for the town and the students of Mora High School. After the week of preparation for the big day it finally arrived with beautiful weather and a community’s backing.

    The students had their pep rally and talent show.  

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Feb. 3, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    TBA — Middle School Rangers basketball, Taos Tourney, Taos
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Saturday
    TBA — Middle School Rangers basketball, Taos Tourney continued, Taos
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Peñasco, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Valley Community Health Board, Administration Building

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Buggy rides — One of life’s simple pleasures

    Sometimes life’s pleasures come along in small doses. Very recently I had the pleasure of having both Bartley grandchildren here with their parents for several days of revisiting the ranch together. They are now in their mid-20s, and are interested in so many facets of this old place.

    Son John decided it was time for a slide show one night. My collection of slides that date back almost 50 years here paint quite a picture of life on the ranch, which included pictures of them when they were small. There are many pictures of horses and cows, of course.

  • Mora County Notebook: Schools busy with homecoming festivities

    Mora Schools are celebrating their homecoming. The results of the homecoming game and royalty will not be known until after the Friday Optic has gone to press. So we will have to wait for that until next week.

    In the meantime the school is gearing up for a great week looking forward to seeing many of its alumni coming home for the big occasion.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 27, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    5:30 p.m.— Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Santa Fe Prep, home, junior varsity and varsity
    Saturday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangers basketball vs. Mesa Vista, away, junior varsity and varsity
    2 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Mesa Vista, away, junior varsity and varsity
    Monday
    5 p.m. — Middle School Rangers basketball vs.  Peñasco, away

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The lovely photos of the past

    Surprise of surprises for me, when I turn to page 52 in New Mexico Magazine and discover a photograph of my parents, the Gellenthiens, in the Feb. 2012 issue. This is yet another very good issue of the magazine in that the photography alone is spectacular.

  • Mora County Notebook: Community Health Services wins award

    The Mora Valley Community Health Service’s medical clinic was recently recognized with a quality award from the New Mexico Primary Care Association for achieving the best outcomes for a small clinic (under 10,000 patients) in the area of diabetes control, blood pressure control, childhood immunizations, and PAP screening.

    They also had the best overall blood pressure outcomes of all of the community health centers of New Mexico.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - Jan. 20, 2012

    Community Calendar

    Friday
    5:30 p.m. — Mora Rangerettes basketball vs. Robertson, away, junior varsity and varsity

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The growing years of Carl and Coyote

    When a bunch of ranchers get together, no matter the occasion, the discussions are always lively. My most recent encounter with my longtime rancher friends was at Geraldine Huston’s memorial service. This was a very sad event, but she would have loved the homemade foods and strong coffee served at lunch afterward. Geri was one of many longtime ranching wives from this area.