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Mora County

  • Mora County Notebook: Chamber of Commerce holds annual meeting

    The Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce its their annual meeting Monday, Jan. 24 at the CHET Fire Department in Cleveland. The meeting was well attended with more than  20 people present.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Proud member of the lost and found club

    Us old farmers and ranchers never slow down, particularly when the “do you remember” topic comes up. Yes, this causes some of us to remember and record just one more story as we put pencil to paper.

    My down-the- road neighbors invited me in for a cup of hot mint tea (refreshing) and of course old time stories came up. Their horses were probably listening to us as they grazed just outside their picture windows.

  • Mora County Notebook: Commission gets update on Mora Complex

    The year started with two meetings. The first one on Tuesday, Jan. 4, was an organizational and community input meeting that was reported on in last week’s Optic besides electing officers and listening to public input they adopted the open meeting resolution which specified public notice requirements for meetings.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The adventures of grandma and Lem in Mexico

    Over the long haul, January really isn’t one of our best months in these parts. A recent travel section of the Albuquerque Journal brought back found memories of a change-of-scene trip I took a few years ago with my new just-graduated from college grandson, Lem.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Queen Mary and Aunt Elvira

    These cold and windy days of winter cause me to stay inside and, horror of horrors, clean out some old files and stacks, boxes of papers I have kept, seemingly forever.

    Just a year after our devastating house fire at Valmora, I was lucky enough (because of my parents’ diligent, almost extreme savings program) to do the great tour of Europe the summer of 1953. Because we lost everything in that fire, I decided that I’d keep all sorts of things to rebuild my life. In that collection is a scrapbook I started when I returned from that wonderful trip.

  • Mora County Notebook: Commission Holds Special Meeting

    The Mora County Commissioners, Paula Garcia, John Olivas and Laudente Quintana held a special community meeting at the Senior  Citizen Center last week. The purpose of the meeting was to elect officers and give the citizens of Mora an opportunity to voice their concerns and wishes for the commissioners to consider as they start the new year.   

  • Newly elected officials take oath

    Elected officials of Mora County were sworn into office at 5 p.m. on December 30 at the VFW Post 1131. The Honorable  Abigail Aragon, district judge, administered the oath of office to the officials.

    There were more than120 citizens of Mora County who attended the event and supported the swearing in of the elected officials of Mora County.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Stories from the old ranch

    Somehow one thing just leads to another around this old ranch and the many stories that go with it. I happened to be at the neighbor's ranch just up our road this week, and as I leaned on the corral fence post yet another time I remembered some of the old and fun times we have had with out neighbors.

  • Mora County Notebook: Mora native becomes successful business owner

    Paula Griego Pope, a Mora native and graduate of Mora High School  has become a successful entrepreneur in Albuquerque. Paula and her husband started a yogurt shop which has been unique in its service to the public. Paula is the daughter of David and Rita Griego, both retired teachers of Mora High School.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Looking forward to a new year and wrapping up 2010

    Yes, my priorities change as I get older. Christmas and New Year celebrations are fun, but my favorite day is December 21, winter solstice day.  Whew! We have finally celebrated the shortest sunlit day and now every day will be a few more minutes longer.

    This has been a crazy weather year, and nothing has changed. I’ll be back off on creating a skating pond at Montezuma for the moment because we have not had enough really cold nights to make that necessary, deep, hard ice.