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Mora County

  • New book highlights Valmora Sanatorium

    One of the lesser luxuries of life way out here in the country is getting a Sunday newspaper on Sunday. A friend and neighbor knows this and often drops off his copy of the Albuquerque Journal on a Sunday afternoon. I am reading the book section and discovered a “hot off the press” book signing was about to take place in Albuquerque. “Images of America, Sanatoriums of New Mexico” by Richard Melzer and a forward by Jake Spidel Jr. is dear to my heart, naturally.

  • Torres is fiesta mutton-busting champ

    Submitted to the Optic

    Janelle Torres can check Mutton Busting off her bucket list for the second year in a row. Next up for the 7-year-old Cleveland native? How about barrel racing? It’s the next logical step.

    Torres, who is starting second grade at Mora Elementary, rode to a championship in Mutton Busting on July 26 at the Mora Fiestas Rodeo.

    “This was her second time doing Mutton Busting,” her proud father Robert Torres said.

  • Mora County Notebook - Mora Fiesta marshals’ background impressive

    By Kimberly Mares

    For the Optic

    Two well-known residents led the way during this year’s Mora Fiestas parade last Saturday morning. Matias and Joan Maestas’ work has benefitted the area tremendously.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: If only Gascon creek had salmon in it

    I really enjoy learning new ideas, new ways to do things. High on this list at the moment is the use of parchment paper to cook things like salmon or chicken. The recipe is so simple and so good. One just places a serving size piece of salmon, (or a chicken breast) on a square of parchment paper. Then one adds sliced onions, thinly sliced lemons and tops it off with a spring of fresh fennel. Bake in a moderate over for 30 minutes or so and you have dinner in a paper dish! The fennel probably wouldn’t work with chicken, but I plan to explore this idea soon.

  • Mora County Notebook - Jesse Romero celebrates her 92nd birthday

    A large group of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Jesse Romero in Chacon to help her celebrate her 92nd birthday last Saturday. Her children set-up a feast for all to enjoy as they congratulated Romero. Many different people played music and sang “Las Mañanitas” and “Happy Birthday.” The day was filled with good music, as the people played guitars and sang the old Spanish songs. There was lots of food for the guests to enjoy.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The brief but severe hailstorm

    It is a beautiful July afternoon here in our mountains. The opportunity to open my office door wide, and soak in the sights and smells of a wind-free, cool July afternoon are becoming more rare every year, weatherwise, it seems.

  • Que Pasa - July 18, 2014

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • Women’s Retreat for female military veterans and female family members of veterans, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at Ride to Ride at 47 Alameda Road in Las Vegas For more information, call Lorraine Esquibel at 454-3738 or Nicole Olonovich at 454-2681.

    MONDAY
    LUNES

  • Mora County Notebook - Work camp at Mora Presbyterian church

    Last week a group of 27 adults and youth from Texas spent the week at the Mora Presbyterian Church repairing, painting, yard work and help in the Community Garden. They also held a three - day Vacation Bible School for local children and youth who participated in a few community service projects, as well as Bible study, which consisted of making table and wall decorations for Mora’s Senior Center and inspirational cards for the Mora Church’s food bank. The Bible School ended with a program and dinner for all families involved.

  • Mora County Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - July 18, 2014

    COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • Palabras Pintorescas: How my mind works: From kites to cows

    Our dense, conifer-rich forest dodged a bullet over our fourth of July weekend. The rains came, but the always- threatening lightening did not. That translates into no fires here so far, thankfully.

    Obviously, there is a little kid still in all of us, and that was very evident, right down the road from this ranch on the 4th.

    Our Pendaries neighbors hosted a kite flying event, in the open space behind the new John Harrington Memorial Garden.