Mora County

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Hippies of ‘70s found life harsh in wilderness

    A friend came by to borrow a book from my overloaded bookcase in my living room. There was an aged newspaper clipping in the book, so I sent the book home with him and I finally decided to check out this bit of newspaper memorabilia.

    The book is from my parents’ collection and from my big Valmora house bookshelf, a sort of timeline about New Mexico history.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: North of Dalbey was just pasture

    Seems as how when I happen to visit with folks I know here, around our Las Vegas, they have opinions. Opinions about our Meadow City and its growth or decline, depending on how one defines the life or possibly the decline of a town.

    Sixty years ago, big boss Jim and I lived on Dalbey Drive for a year or so, until we could move into the house we were building out near Montezuma. What an experience that was, particularly for me! I grew up in the Valmora Sanatorium hospital complex, with three meals a day served in the big dining room there.

  • Cleaning up Mora
  • In Brief - Mora - April 17, 2015

    Las Vegas Optic
    Archery winners announced
    On Saturday, the Mora Youth Hunter Education Club hosted a youth archery tourney at the baseball field at Mora High School. Despite the low turnout at the event, organizer Jack Rains said attendees had a great time learning the art and skills of archery.
    Participants were divided by age group and gender into compound bow or traditional bow competitions.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 17, 2015


    4 p.m. — Mora High School baseball vs. Cimarron, away
    3 p.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Tucumcari, double header, home
    3:30 p.m. — Mora School Board meeting

    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Community-wide clean-up, meet at Southwest Capital Bank or area fire departments. For more information, call Duane at 575-387-2800.

    4 p.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Jemez, away


  • Palabras Pintorescas: Doc: ‘I’ve been dying since 1924’

    The three-part series on the history of cancer caught my eye and I watched the whole six hours of the program with interest, to say the least. I remember my doctor father talking about the early days of his long medical profession, so I dug up an article written about him in 1985. His story almost parallels the story, the devastation of cancer a century ago.

  • Students design posters for community cleanup

    Get ready to roll up your sleeves and beautify Mora County.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 a community-wide cleanup will take place along Highway 518 and other county roads.

    Event organizer Duane Freeman said many entities have partnered to make this year’s cleanup a success, including the Mora Mountain Mamas and the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 10, 2015


    3 p.m.  —  Mora High School baseball vs. Mesa Vista, double header, home
    TBA — DWI Prevention Specialist Visit, Mora Schools
    11 a.m. — Mora High School softball vs. Walatowa, double header, home
    TBA — Mora track at Questa
    8:30 a.m. — Registration for the Youth Hunter Education Club Youth Archery Tournament, Mora High School baseball field

  • Archery tourney Sun. at high school

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Club is hosting a Youth Archery Tournament on Sunday at the Mora High School baseball field. The event will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. with the first end starting at 9 a.m.

    Organizer of the event Jack Rains said age groups will be divided by gender and into either a compound bow or a traditional bow classes. Age groups are seniors from 16 to 18 years old; juniors from 13 to 15; and sub-juniors for children 12 and younger.

    Adults may shoot during the parents’ and coaches’ competition the day of the event.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Sweet Brother Bill’s 10 rules

    This column could be called a hodge-podge of somewhat newsworthy items, or just what’s left in the Easter basket after yet another rite and celebration of spring.

    I start with a weather report...no surprise there. Our mountain winter started in November with the first measurable snows here at our weather bureau reporting station, unless we get a big storm here in April, we will have recorded 86 inches of snow with a melt down in moisture content of 7-1/2 inches.