Mora County

  • Palabras Pinturescas: This place has maternity room ­— just for cows

    This ranch gets several ranch and agriculture related magazines in the mail every month or so. A recent “The Furrow” had an article about climate change that caught my eyes. Yes, this ranch family read this story with real interest because we rely on the weather (climate change) daily in everything we do here.

  • Palabras Pinturescas: History of Maximiliano Luna worth studying

    This column is fun to write because I (at this late time in my life) learn so much about our area history. A reader called me recently with a question. I had to admit I had no idea what or whom he was talking about. His person of interest had much to do with our Las Vegas area history.

    “What did I know about Maximiliano Luna?” he asked. I had to admit the only thing I knew about that was luna is Spanish for moon and Camp Luna is just north of Las Vegas.

  • Mora Elementary students learn of Black History Month, Mardi Gras

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Elementary School students spent two days celebrating Black History Month by learning about the enslaved people in New Orleans.

    The students learned of how the people relentlessly toiled in an unjust system, while working and counting down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were able to congregate in Congo Square.  

  • Palabras Pinturescas: A Who’s Who among old rodeo/reunion sponsors

    The Rough Riders Cowboys’ Reunion program has sparked a lot of interest with my family and friends who come to visit here at the ranch. My last column was about the rodeo events and a description of the colorful brochure sent to me by long- time friends who now live in the Dallas area. I am so glad this place of our Las Vegas history wasn’t thrown away long ago. It is the August 1954 program and two pages contain a listing of contributors who made this big event possible.

  • Enjoying the new digs
  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Feb. 26, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Fidelos con carne, salad with dressing, mixed vegetables, flour tortilla, and orange-pineapple mix

    Sweet and sour pork, Oriental vegetables, carrots, fruit cocktail, peanut butter cookie, and gelatin with topping

    Salmon patty, baked potato with margarine, hominy, spinach, and wheat bread

    Beef stew, jalapeños, cornbread, apricots and gelatin, and apple

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Wal-Mart stands on grounds where rodeos were performed

    I continue to be surprised at what the next mail will bring. My fun readers surprise me with events that are obviously historic, as in old programs. And thankfully I am old enough to remember things, events of so long ago.

    I received a program recently for the Las Vegas, New Mexico Roosevelt Rough Riders Cowboys’ Reunion Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 6 through Aug. 8, 1954; rodeo events at Legion Park.

  • Who ‘dun’ it? Mora theater company, that’s who

    “Murder on the Petulant Express” was brilliant. Oh true, some New York theater snob would probably have sniffed, but this isn’t New York, and we are thankfully lacking in a preponderance of snobs in this area. The fledgling thespians of Mora Area Community Theater put together an outstanding dinner/mystery, performed at the Mora Valley Baptist Church last Friday evening. If this event is any indication, the company of Mora players has a bright future.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Feb. 19, 2017

    The lunch menu for the Mora/Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Closed for Presidents Day

    Hamburger steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, biscuit and margarine, fruit salad, and cottage cheese

    Oven friend chicken, braised onions, green beans and potatoes, carrot raisin salad, whole wheat bread, and mandarin oranges

    Pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, asparagus, bread with margarine, and applesauce

  • Palabras Pinturescas: Farmers, ranchers worry about lack of snow this winter

    What is going on, weather-wise? We should be showing snow this morning, as I write this. The temperature is 55 degrees and wind gusts have topped 50 miles per hour. This translates into all available soil moisture being sucked out of the ground. Those of us who are farmers and wildland firefighters are now very worried, rightfully so.