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enchantment The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives


JULY 2021

Ancient Reflections In a three-dimensional world that seems to be getting smaller, a real and magical world awaits your discovery.

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Hale to the Stars Energy Myths New Latino Center Partnership ALSO INSIDE >>


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During these ever-changing and challenging times, Gallup McKinley County Schools wishes to do all it can to support the wellbeing of the student with enrichment of the mind and body by providing healthy and nutritious food options for all Gallup McKinley County Children throughout the summer. Curbside Grab and Go service is available from 10 am to 1:00 pm, at 13 designated school sites throughout the county. GMCS’s “Take and Bake” meal service over the weekends and holidays is also provided. For more information visit www.gmcs.org, click on the Parent tab to find the link to the summer’s Student Meal Plan. Nutrition is a key factor as a building block of educating your student. Please take full advantage of these opportunities offered this summer to help in the development of your child’s growth. Thank you, Gallup McKinley County Schools Food Service. All meals can be picked up curbside Monday through Thursday at the following thirteen sites:

Catherine A. Miller Elementary School Crownpoint Elementary School David Skeet Elementary School Del Norte Elementary School Indian Hills Elementary School Jefferson Elementary School Navajo Elementary School Ramah Elementary School Red Rock Elementary School Stagecoach Elementary School Thoreau Middle School Tohatchi Elementary School Turpen Elementary School The Friday, Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and Lunch Meals will be handed out to parents or guardians every Wednesday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.


JULY 2021 CONTENTS  We Are enchantment  View From enchantment  Hale to the Stars

 Research Team Joins the Cancer Battle  Energy Sense

 Book Chat  Ancient Reflections


 Your Electric Co-op


 On the Menu  NMSU Partners With Smithsonian Latino Center


 NMSU Nursing Students Become Frontline Workers  The Market Place  Youth Art

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During summer months, run large appliances that emit heat, such as clothes dryers and dishwashers, during the evening when it is cooler. This will minimize indoor heat during the day when outdoor temperatures are at their highest.

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enchantment (ISSN -) is published monthly by the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association,  Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM . enchantment provides reliable, helpful information on rural living and energy use to electric cooperative members and customers. More than , families and businesses receive enchantment magazine as electric cooperative members. Nonmember subscriptions are available at $ a year or $ for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for first delivery. PERIODICAL POSTAGE paid at Santa Fe, NM - and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Postmaster, please send address changes to  Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM -. Readers who receive the publication through their electric cooperative membership should report address changes to their local electric cooperative office. THE NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION provides legislative and educational services

to the cooperatives that are members of the association and deliver electric power to New Mexico’s rural areas and small communities. The mission of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association is to strengthen, support, unify and represent cooperative member interests at the local, state and national levels. Each cooperative has a representative on the association’s board of directors, which controls the editorial content and advertising policy of enchantment through its Publications Committee. OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Charles Pinson, president, Central Valley Electric Co-op, Artesia; Tim Morrow, vice president, Springer Electric Co-op, Springer; Duane Frost, secretary-treasurer, Central NM Electric Co-op, Mountainair. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Martinez, Columbus Electric Co-op, Deming; Keith Gottlieb, Continental Divide Electric Co-op, Grants; Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Co-op, Clovis; Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Co-op, Lovington; James Ortiz, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative; Thomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Co-op, Chama; Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Co-op, Cloudcroft; Antonio Sanchez Jr., Roosevelt County Electric Co-op, Portales; George Biel, Sierra Electric Co-op, Elephant Butte; Donald L. Wolberg, Socorro Electric Co-op, Socorro; Travis Sullivan, Southwestern Electric Co-op, Clayton; Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado; Charles G. Wagner, Western Farmers Electric Co-op, Oklahoma. NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION

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view from enchantment I By Keven J. Groenewold, CEO New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Shedding Light on Solar Options Co-op members exploring solar energy have options. Members can buy or lease solar photovoltaic panels on their own rooftop or property, referred to as residential solar. They also can buy power from a solar array developed by their utility or other entity. Members can choose to offset all their power use with electricity generated with solar energy or just a portion. Whichever route you choose, members must do their homework. Some door-to-door solar salesmen are extremely aggressive. These sales presentations sometimes are only presented on an iPad. Customers should always ask for the documentation and any contracts in writing for careful evaluation. A member should always consult with their co-op before signing a contract. In 2018, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sued Vivint Solar for “high pressure” and “illegal” door-to-door sales tactics. The lawsuit alleges consumers were trapped into contracts that cost them more than if they stayed with their local electric provider. The attorney general said Vivint sales representatives used aggressive marketing tactics involving 3,600 consumers. The lawsuit between the AG and Vivint was settled last year for $1.95 million. However, none of the settlement dollars went to the 3,600 consumers. They were left to fend for themselves in court actions. A few years ago, a New Mexico law was passed that required information disclosure by solar salespeople. The AG developed a four-page disclosure form that must be filled out at every sales presentation. That form is available at www.nmag.gov. While members with residential solar arrays often benefit from available tax

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benefits and incentives, they also are responsible for the system and all up-front costs, which can be significant. The cost of installing solar arrays has fallen dramatically and solar can be a cost-competitive option. It all depends on circumstances. Another contractual issue members should be aware of is lease versus purchase. In instances where the deal is a lease, be aware that some solar providers will place a lien on your home to protect their solar facility investment. This can cause problems down the road if you want to sell your home. For the developer, the cost of the solar array is a combination of initial costs and the operating costs throughout the projected life of the system, divided by the amount of electricity the system will produce. Systems in different regions of the country will produce differing amounts of energy. Even with the declining costs, many solar systems may take 10 years or more to return the investment. Size matters. Utility-scale solar can take advantage of economies of scale, including streamlined production, installation and materials. Utility-scale PV systems cost one-third on a dollar-per-kilowatt basis compared to residential systems. Both wholesale co-op providers in New Mexico, Tri-State G&T and Western Farmers will supply at least 50% renewable energy to all their member co-ops by 2024. These will be utility-scale renewable energy projects. While the efficiency of PV technology is improving, solar cells cannot respond to the entire spectrum of sunlight—up to 55% of the sun’s energy is wasted. The amount of energy produced by any given PV panel depends on four factors: the PV cell efficiency, the temperature response

of the cells, the module layout, and the anti-reflective coating. Residential solar arrays should use high-efficiency modules, which allow more power to be installed in a smaller area. Your local co-op stands ready to help analyze any solar proposal you receive. After all, you—the member—own your electric co-op. We work for you.

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{ hale to the stars I By Alan Hale {

A composite image of the center of our galaxy, made by combining more than 350 images in a variety of color-coded wavelengths taken over an interval of 20 years by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA/CXC/UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS/Q. DANIEL WANG


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Going Galactic in July O

ur neighboring planet, Mars, continues to be the site of ongoing activity. In May, the Chinese Zhurong rover touched down in the Utopia Planitia region, making China the second nation—after the United States— to perform a successful landing on the Martian surface. Meanwhile, NASA’s Ingenuity drone helicopter, which was deployed from the Perseverance rover that landed in February, has continued to make more and longer flights, and all the various functioning surface landers and orbiting spacecraft are continuing with their respective missions. Mars, which has appeared in our nighttime sky continuously for more than a year and a half now, is about to bid us farewell as it sinks lower to the horizon in the west after sunset. It disappears into the dusk by about the end of July. Mars shares the dusk with our other neighboring planet, the much brighter Venus, which continues its slow climb into our evening sky. The two worlds pass by each other during the second week of July, being closest together on Monday evening, July 12. Right around the time Venus and Mars set, our solar system’s two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, rise in the east, with Saturn leading the brighter Jupiter by about an hour and a half. They remain above the horizon for the rest of the night and are highest in the south during the mid-morning hours. The solar system’s remaining bright planet can also be seen this month. Mercury is visible in the eastern sky during dawn in the first part of July. It will be brightest and easiest to see shortly before the end of the second week of the month. It drops rapidly after that and is lost in the dawn by month’s end. July usually provides the best viewing of the summertime Milky Way—the combined light of multitudes of distant stars in our galaxy—which around midnight arcs from the northeast, through almost overhead, and then southward to where it is brightest and most prominent in the constellation of Sagittarius. When we look toward Sagittarius, we are looking toward our galaxy’s center, which is about 28,000 light-years away. Because of large amounts of dust in the way, we can’t actually see the center with the visible light to which our eyes are sensitive, but by using telescopes sensitive to other forms of light such as infrared, radio waves, and X-rays, we can see through the dust and examine the goings-on there. We have found the galactic center is a crowded and active—indeed, almost violent—place, with a large black hole present and powerful flares of energetic radiation emitted all the time.

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Local Research Team Joins the Cancer Battle National Institutes of Health awards $888,000 grant to NMSU researchers studying heart attacks By Carlos Andres López


very year, an estimated 805,000 Americans have a heart attack—one every 40 seconds—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not all heart attacks are the same, and the development of better treatment requires understanding the distinction between heart attacks that result from blood clots after a plaque rupture and those that do not. Research now underway at New Mexico State University seeks to advance the understanding of what causes heart attacks and differentiate between heart attack types at a molecular level. Patrick Trainor, assistant professor of applied statistics at NMSU, leads a team of physicians and scientists from three universities working on an in-depth study of blood samples from heart attack patients. The project is part of a long-term collaboration with Dr. Andrew DeFilippis, a cardiologist and clinician-scientist at Vanderbilt University. In February, Patrick’s research team received an $888,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the project over the next four years. The research team includes Tanner Schaub, director of NMSU’s Research Cores Program; NMSU post-doctoral researcher Maha Abutokaikah; and NMSU graduate students Hossein Mousavi and Alanna Cover. “Our work involves measuring thousands of molecules present in the blood of patients who were experiencing heart attacks to learn how to differentiate heart attack types from blood samples,” Patrick says. “We also want to understand the metabolic differences between heart attack types.”


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From left, Patrick Trainor, Maha Abutokaikah and Tanner Schaub stand near a highresolution mass spectrometry instrumentation platform housed in the Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Laboratory at New Mexico State University. NMSU PHOTO BY JOSH BACHMAN

Patrick’s work on the research began about a decade ago at the University of Louisville. As a graduate student working in Andrew’s lab, he collected blood and specimen samples from hundreds of heart attack patients. Patrick says he was initially drawn to the research because of the high prevalence of heart disease in America. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States,” he says. “The numbers are astronomical, and the consequences on families can be devastating when they lose someone following a heart attack. Most of us can point to someone in our lives who has died from heart disease.” The four-year NIH grant allowed Trainor, Schaub, their graduate students and postdoc to start analyzing the collected blood samples from about 225 patients using a measurement technique called high-resolution mass spectrometry. “For the first two years of the grant,” Trainor said, “we’ll be doing a lot of analytical chemistry to try to figure out how the composition of blood differs between these heart attack types. We’ll be measuring thousands of proteins, thousands of small molecules and thousands of lipids.” The team is using a high-resolution mass spectrometry instrumentation platform housed in the Chemical Analysis and Instrumentation Laboratory, which is part of the Research Cores Program at NMSU and the Office of the Vice President for Research. This approach provides detailed identification of

molecules present in complex mixtures and provides a detailed molecular “fingerprint” for each sample. “This instrument gives us a fingerprint that tells us whether it’s a specific protein, metabolite or lipid,” he said. “We’ll end up detecting tens of thousands of features, and then we’ll try to get a molecular fingerprint of those to identify what those features are.” It will take about two years to fully characterize all of the molecules present in the blood samples. “Once we’ve measured all these thousands of molecules in these different blood samples, we’ll use advanced bioinformatics and statistics to try and figure out what is different between these different samples and start building a model that can differentiate the heart attack types,” Patrick says. Patrick says he hopes the research leads to a diagnostic test that can determine heart attack types in a noninvasive manner and help ensure patients suffering from heart attacks receive optimal treatment decisions. Patients currently must undergo “invasive imaging procedures” to determine what type of heart attack they are experiencing. In some cases, he adds, the lack of an informative diagnostic can lead to severe or fatal bleeding events. “If we’re able to understand or detect the underlying cause of a heart attack through our research,” Patrick says, “then physicians can appropriately treat it without inappropriately increasing the risk of fatal bleeding events, which will save lives.” enchantment.coop

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ABOVE: Unwanted moist air in a shed can cause rust. PHOTO BY FLORIS VAN HALM, FLICKR

Should Outbuildings Be Insulated? Q: We have an electric wall heater in our outdoor shed. How much will our electric bill go up if we use this heater next winter? Should we consider insulating the shed at some point?

A: Uninsulated outbuildings can be quite expensive to heat or cool depending on where you live. Even though we currently are experiencing July’s warmer temperatures, I will focus on heating, since your shed includes the wall heater. Years ago, I worked on a home energy contest that selected homes with the highest energy bills and helped owners make efficiency improvements. One year, the home with the highest energy use had an uninsulated shed

that was heated to keep several cans of leftover paint from freezing. The cost of heating the shed each winter was more than it would have cost to replace the paint. The cost to heat or cool your outdoor shed depends on your climate, the size of the outbuilding and the price you pay for electricity. I conducted a quick calculation that showed heating an uninsulated 6-foot-by-8foot shed could cost twice as much as heating an insulated 900-square foot home. Some outbuildings are heated with wood, which is a sound choice if you have a free source of firewood. Another strategy often used in workshops is a radiant heater directed at the work

This column was co-written by Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen of Collaborative Efficiency. For more energy tips, go to collaborativeefficiency.com/energytips.


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area, perhaps in front of a workbench. If you are paying for your fuel and decide to keep an outbuilding heated, you should definitely insulate it. An important consideration—unless you live in a desert-dry climate—is the effect moisture can have in an outbuilding. Moisture enables rot, insects and mold to wreak havoc on your structure, and rust to degrade tools and other metals. When done right, heating and insulating an outbuilding can reduce or eliminate a moisture problem. But insulation installed incorrectly can trap moisture and foster mold growth. Moisture in an outbuilding is usually caused by three things: leaks where water can get through—typically through the roof, windows and doorway; seepage through floors and walls; or condensation when nighttime temperatures drop.

LEFT: Keeping a newer shed in top condition may require insulation and proper venting.


To prevent moisture buildup, you need to eliminate moisture sources and prevent condensation. As air cools, it cannot carry as much moisture—resulting in condensation, usually on the coolest object at hand. Insulating walls and ceilings can keep the interior wall or ceiling surface from getting cold enough for condensation to result. Insulated wall or ceiling cavities must be carefully sealed so condensation does not occur inside the cavity. I should note the cost of heating and cooling an outbuilding can be much lower if the thermostat is carefully controlled. Only you can decide if the value of heating and cooling your outbuilding is worth the cost and effort to properly insulate and seal. Even if your shed is not heated or insulated, it is worth keeping an eye out for mold and mildew. n

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Visit your local bookstores to buy books. Send your book for review to: Book Chat,  Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 5 Send a Runner Indian Running has a long tradition, particularly in New Mexico. This is what Diné (Navajo) runner Edison Eskeets celebrates. In 2018, he ran 330 miles from Canyon to Chelly, Arizona, to Santa Fe to bring honor to the 150th anniversary of the Long Walk—the equivalent of a marathon a day. He was 59 years old. Meanwhile, writer Jim Kristofic (Navajos Wear Nikes) intersperses Diné history, particularly that of the Long Walk (18631866) when the Navajo were forced to walk from their homeland near the Four Corners area to their imprisonment in Bosque Redondo. As Kristofic continues the saga, Eskeets runs the distance, making the Long Walk and the long run congruent. Kristofic reminds us when the people approached what was left of their former homeland in 1868, an old man said: “When we saw the top of the mountain from Albuquerque, we wondered if it was our mountain, and we felt like talking to the ground we loved it so.”

Anyone studying American Indian Rights will rely on Ebright and Hendricks’ rich collaboration. In this case, the authors make Native sovereignty understandable using the examples of four New Mexico pueblos— Pojoaque, Nambe, Tesuque, and Isleta, and yet another one, Ysleta del Sur (which found itself in Texas when the border crossed it). This work traces the complex jurisdictions and laws facing pueblos to defend land, water and welfare, especially in the Court of Private Land Claims and the Pueblo Lands Board. The authors emphasize the importance of the canes they were given—a symbol and promise of autonomy. The authors write: “On February 15, 1864, Steck [then Bureau of Indian Affairs Chief] ordered 19 ebony canes from John Dold in Philadelphia at a cost of $5.50 each.” This bit of trivia is anything but trivial. The Lincoln canes have come to be a revered symbol of pueblo sovereignty.

Cabañuelas The protagonist of this novel is Nena, who travels on a Fulbright scholarship to Madrid in postSpanish Civil War Spain. She sets out to research folklore behaviors and celebrations. Many facets of nonfiction are also firmly in place in this narrative—artifacts, photographs, folklore and research. Nena discovers the roots of the fiestas echo her own Hispanic culture back home. The story explores the passion a researcher feels and how academia can enable it to reach the larger world. The story is partly a personal almanac that crosses borders, too—in terms of genres. I love that so much Spanish language is used throughout. Nena falls in love with Madrid and with a young man named Paco. Should she stay? Aha. Readers will also learn much about the human heart along the way. Nena must come to terms with what’s more important in life—following romance or staying loyal to home, work and family.

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Life-Saving Gratitude: How Gratitude Helped Me Kick Stage IV Cancer I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book. The cover photo shows a perky blow-dried blonde—named Bunny, no less—revealing the horror of cancer, but, by gosh, beating it with a just-be-grateful attitude. I had to eat my words. Bunny Terry comes across as real—as a human and as a writer. Thus, this story is gripping, gritty, wise and funny. Terry learns to ask for what she needs: “I need another beer, Will. Can you get it for me, because, you know, I have cancer?” Not much of this grim diagnosis is a laughing matter, but if there’s anything funny about it, Terry


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will find it. Pink is for breast cancer, and blue is for colorectal cancer. Blue margaritas, anyone? Yes! Terry knows how to celebrate. Chapter titles such as “Movie Cancer vs. Reality,” “Why You’re Still Single,” and “I am not Grateful for Cancer” show her style. Maybe we should all be more honest—and grateful. Anyone suffering from a serious illness— or anyone who knows someone who is—should read this. By Bunny Terry bunnyterry.com


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Explore Zuni culture, traditions and historical sites such as the Zuni Cliff Dwellings. PHOTOS BY STACEY LANE

Ancient Reflections In a three-dimensional world that seems to be getting smaller, a real and magical world awaits your discovery By Stacey Lane and J. Adam Burch


he art of an ancient culture influences future generations. The structures reflect tests of time, and the crafts remain as proof of life and the existential questions of who we have become. They serve as reminders of the strength of humanity, in spite of the changes in season, landscape and devastating circumstances in the ongoing clashes of culture. They prospered and


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remained somewhere in the middle of it all. The songs may no longer be pop culture, but there is a language in the Land of Enchantment that has echoed for 7,000 years: the language of the Zuni. Remote areas ranging from Arizona throughout the mesa and pueblos reaching the heart of New Mexico have provided a unique and diverse range for ancient cultures to stand tall—examples of a continued right to freely and openly teach their native language through ancestral craftsmanship to the next generation. The Inn at the Halona Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of the Pueblo of Zuni, within the Zuni Indian Reservation of western New Mexico. The sunny topfloor room offers expansive windows and a great view of the large set of trees around the inn’s patio.

Nearby is a tribal museum dedicated to serving the Zuni community with programs and exhibitions that reflect the past and are relevant to current and future interest, transferring knowledge that exemplifies and honors the dynamic Zuni culture. Today, the remnants of communication remain etched in the sandstone of ancient Zuni territory. Pioneers and settlers intermingled in history with a native warriorfarmer race that thrived for millennia. While a quest for memories may take you into the Land of Enchantment, across the continental divide and through the Land of Fire and Ice, the sandstone of El Morro National Monument tells the stories of treks long complete, abandoned or pleas not to be forgotten. As some inscriptions fade, the memory of a most primitive time echoes on the limestone, floats on the lava enchantment.coop

FROM LEFT: Walk the Inscription Trail at El Morro and see why it was proclaimed a national monument as you pass hundreds of Spanish and Anglo inscriptions, as well as prehistoric petroglyphs. The Los Gigantes site takes its name from a nearby geological feature. Some of the earliest Spanish maps of the El Morro Valley note Los Gigantes on the map.

fields and surpasses the imagination. Relive the comfort of finding water at a reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff that made El Morro a resting spot for hundreds of years. Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers carved more than 2,000 signatures, messages and petroglyphs. Stroll the Inscription Trail and see why El Morro was proclaimed a national monument. Climb the Headland Trail and look into the ancestral Puebloan ruin, Atsinna. For those who seek it, there is a path to knowledge and power—a promise that an unexplainable, enigmatic force connecting all things has a reminder written in nature. Those in search of the unseen energy that forever remains in the world may begin to connect with the animals and plants while deepening the link with a spiritual energy to be used on their journey. Built into the curves of the leaves, the twists in the snail’s shell and the unique howl of the wolf hides a manual for success when you find yourself among the junipers and ponderosa. Rest assured, not only does the spirit of enchantment.coop

the wolf dominate here, but real ones as well. Near El Morro, take a backroad nestled in the protected territories of western New Mexico. Not far from the largest caldera in the state, Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary promotes the preservation, education and management of wolves. The preservation organization is a manifestation of care, love and gratitude for one of nature’s most savage and beautiful land predators. Meet the pack on a forested 120 acres—home to animals ranging from Arctic wolves and Australian dingoes to New Guinea singing dogs. The sanctuary—which reopens in August—offers several tours a day, six days a week, as well as customized specialty tours. Another exciting experience is the ZuniBandera volcanic field of New Mexico, nature’s perfect recipe for life glows from isolated, arctic ecosystems rarely seen elsewhere. In a world that seems to be getting smaller, a real and magical world awaits discovery, and it is endless. No matter what totem spirit presents itself in your own storyline, this is merely the beginning. This path to enlightenment

runs through the Land of Fire and Ice, with a chilling conclusion to the adventure lying near the edge of a volcano that last erupted nearly 10,000 years ago. Watch your step, and welcome to the ice caves of the Bandera Volcano. A year-round combination of perfect conditions maintains a constant 31 degrees, which has allowed ice to form for thousands of years. A fragile ecosystem has endured the test of time. A rare, arctic algae tints the ice. When illuminated by the sun, it creates a natural glow beyond anything created through special effects. From the smallest plants to the largest predators, all life remains and coexists in spite of ferocious chaos, violence and gnashing of teeth. Are there garbled messages that can be intuited through seemingly coincidental consequence and simple cause and effect, or was it the spirit world speaking on an epic journey through the Land of Enchantment? Learn more about the area and its history at www.ashiwi.org, www.icecaves.com and www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org. J U LY 2 0 2 1


Socorro Electric Cooperative

Tri-State Reduces Members’ Wholesale Rates General Manager Joseph Herrera


215 E. Manzanares Ave. P.O. Box H Socorro, NM 87801




800-351-7575 or 855-881-8159





Office Hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F)

Board of Trustees President

Anne L. Dorough, District 5 575-993-4180

Vice President

Luis Aguilar, District 3



Paul Bustamante, District 1 pbustamante.district1@socorroelectric.com

Leroy Anaya

District 3 anaya.district3@socorroelectric.com

Michael Hawkes

District 4 mhawkes.district4@socorroelectric.com

James Nelson

District 2 nelson.district2@socorroelectric.com

Donald Wolberg District 3 505-710-3050

Board Meeting The Board of Trustees meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at the cooperative. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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All savings will be passed along to Socorro members as wholesale rates reduced 2%. SEC’s wholesale power provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, has announced a 2% reduction in the wholesale power rate it provides to all of its rural electric distribution cooperative members. The full amount of this reduction will be passed on to SEC members. These savings began with the June bills. This reduction, which will be followed by another 2% reduction in 2022, was a goal included in Tri-State’s Responsible Energy Plan adopted last year. Tri-State has not raised its wholesale rate to SEC in the past five years, and these reductions are a part of Tri-State’s goal to decrease rates to members by a total of 8% by 2024. While SEC already has one of the lowest average residential rates among electric cooperatives in New Mexico, this decrease reflects the commitment Tri-State has made to affordability at a time when prices for most other life essentials are on the rise. SEC is proud to be a member of an organization that listens to its members, who have requested more renewable power, continued reliability and rate stabilization. SEC knows every dollar counts. Tri-State and your SEC, are examples of how the cooperative business model continues to deliver more value to our member/owners, the heartbeat of our rural New Mexico communities. This $300,000 in annual savings to SEC will be included in the monthly power cost adjustment calculation on future bills for all SEC members. The power cost adjustment reflects the monthly change in SEC’s wholesale cost of power compared to the cost of power at the time the present rates were designed and approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission in 2011. This adjustment changes monthly because of the different types of resources used to generate electricity and the changes in electrical demand. For example, in 2020 SEC’s monthly power cost fluctuated from a low of $0.073/kWh in January, to a high of $0.083/kWh in September due to the higher demand for air conditioning. The power cost adjustment is approved by the NMPRC and allows SEC, on a monthly basis, to either recover increases or extend any savings resulting from decreases, in power costs to our Members as soon as possible.

Closed for Independence Day Your Socorro Electric Cooperative is closed Monday, July 5, in observance of the Fourth of July. Crews will be on standby in case of outages. Should you experience an outage, call 800-351-7575 or 855-881-8159 at any time. On behalf of the Socorro board of directors and staff, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend.


Socorro Electric Cooperative

Managing Your Summer Energy Costs With summer here, it’s a good time to review energy costs and see how much you are paying for household appliances. Your electrical consumption may be higher or lower than the monthly costs below, depending on the age, wattage and efficiency of your appliances, how often you use the equipment and the number of people in your household. When purchasing new equipment, always look for the yellow EnergyGuide label, which provides an estimated annual operating cost. If it also has a blue ENERGY STAR® label, the product exceeds minimum national efficiency standards. While more expensive to purchase, this equipment costs less to operate. To more accurately determine your energy costs, do the following math. Divide the equipment’s nameplate wattage by 1,000. Then, multiply by monthly hours used to calculate kilowatt hours (kWh). Finally, for a monthly cost figure, multiply the kWh by SEC’s applicable rate for your home or business. Appliance/Equipment

Air Conditioner Room - 6,000 BTU Central - 2.5 ton

Ceiling fan (48-inch) Clothes Dryer (electric) Older, less efficient models Newer, more efficient models

Typical Wattage

750 3,500


5,000 3,000

Hours Used

Kilowatt Hours

(per month) (per month)

120-240 120-240


6-30 6-30

90-180 420-840


30-150 18-90

Monthly Cost

$8.76 to $17.52 $40.89 to $81.78

$0.88 to $1.75


SEC offers rebates for qualifying splitsystem air conditioners and heat pumps (air source and ground source) to residential and commercial accounts. In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space.

$2.92 to $14.60 $1.75 to $8.76

SEC offers a $30 per unit rebate for Energy Star-rated dryer purchases. The rebate increases to $90 per unit for hybrid dryers (ventless).

$0.78 to $4.48 $0.34 to $1.95

SEC offers a $30 per unit rebate for Energy Star-rated top-loading washer purchases. The rebate increases to $40 per unit for front-loading washers.

Clothes Washer

(excludes cost to heat water)

Older, less efficient models Newer, more efficient models

1,150 500

7-40 7-40

8-46 4-20

Dishwasher With hot water cost Without hot water cost

2,400 1,200

30 30

72 36

$7.01 SEC offers a $20 per unit rebate for $3.50 Energy Star-rated dishwasher purchases.

216 42

SEC offers a $30 per unit rebate for Energy Star-rated refrigerators and freezers. Units must be 7.75 cubic feet or larger.

Refrigerator Older, less efficient models Newer, more efficient models

Water Heater (40 gallon)


800 350


270 120



$21.03 $4.09

$39.43 to $65.72

SEC offers a $30 per unit rebate for new electric water heater purchases. Unit must be 30 to 55 gallons. An additional $50 per unit is available if the water heater has a lifetime tank warranty.

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Common—but False—Ideas About Energy Efficiency By Danielle Brusby

Despite what you may think or even have heard, energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult. By focusing on small changes, most people can reduce their energy use in a big way. Start on your own energy-efficiency journey with this list of energy myths. Myth 1: Setting your thermostat above or below your desired temperature will heat or cool your home faster. Truth: Setting your thermostat in hopes your home will heat or cool faster will cost you more money and make your system work harder. The kicker: It will still take the same amount of time to get your thermostat to where you want it. To avoid paying more, don’t set your thermostat beyond your desired temperature. 18

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room feel cooler. However, if no one is in the room to be cooled down by the fan, you are wasting energy. Bottom line: Keep fans turned off when you are not in the room with them.


Myth 2: Closing vents and registers in unused rooms saves energy. Truth: Closing air vents does not save energy. It actually does more harm than good. HVAC systems are designed to heat homes based on their size. Closing vents and registers forces your heating system to work harder to cool or heat the space it is designed for, increasing energy consumption. Myth 3: Keeping a fan on cools a room. Truth: Fans don’t cool rooms. They circulate the air in a room, making the

Myth 4: It doesn’t matter where your thermostat is installed in your home. Truth: Location, location, location. If your thermostat is on an outside wall, near a drafty window or in direct sunlight, it can be tricked into thinking it needs to run more or less often. Myth 5: Cooling a hot house costs more than leaving the air conditioner set at a cool temperature throughout the day. Truth: Running your air conditioner all day to keep your house comfortable uses far more energy than it does to cool down your house after the air conditioner has been off all day, during the hottest of days. The same is true for heating a cold house during winter months. enchantment.coop

PLUGGED IN Myth 6: If nothing seems to be wrong with your HVAC system, there is no need for a professional to inspect it. Truth: It is important to keep your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit performing at its peak. What might seem like a minor issue now could become a major—and expensive—one later if not repaired. Consider buying an annual maintenance plan to keep your system in good condition year-round.


Myth 7: Energy-efficient lightbulbs do not make a significant difference on your electric bill. Truth: LED lights use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the Energy Star, you can save $75 each year.” Myth 8: Leaving a light on uses less energy than turning it off and on several times. Truth: It doesn’t take any more electricity for a lightbulb to turn itself back on. If it is on, it is using electricity. If it is off, it is not using electricity. If you are leaving a room for more than a couple of minutes, turn off the light and you will save energy and money. Myth 9: Bigger is better. Truth: When it comes to choosing the size of your HVAC system, bigger is not always better. According to Trane, the size of your HVAC unit depends on the size of your space. A too-small air-conditioning system will have to work harder to cool your home and wear down sooner. A toolarge system will keep turning off and on until it breaks down. enchantment.coop

Myth 10: Electronic devices do not use energy when plugged in but turned off. Truth: Most devices continue to use power after they have been turned off. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates standby power accounts for 5% to 10% of household electricity consumption. The simplest way to make sure you are not wasting money and energy on devices not in use is to unplug them after you are done using them or plug them into a power strip that can be switched off. Myth 11: Leaving your computer, laptop or other electronic devices on sleep mode saves more energy than powering them on and off. Truth: Leaving any device running will always use more energy than turning it off when you are finished using it and restarting it when you return. Turning off electronics when not in use is the best way to save electricity.


Myth 12: Hand-washing dishes rather than running them through the dishwasher can save you energy. Truth: Dishwashers are designed to be more efficient than hand-washing dishes. According to Energy Star, certified dishwashers use less than 4 gallons per cycle. Washing dishes in the sink uses 4 gallons of water every 2 minutes. Myth 13: Windows are the source of the greatest amount of heat loss in a home. Truth: Windows typically account for 10% to 15% of heat loss. According to Energy Central, the major sources of heat loss are walls (35%), roof (20%), windows

(15%), ventilation (15%), floor (10%) and doors (5%). The good news for do-ityourselfers is that gaps around windows and doors can often be taken care of with a few supplies from the hardware store. Caulking and weatherstripping products are quick fixes.


Myth 14: Washing clothes in hot water gets them cleaner. Truth: According to Cold Water Saves, new detergent technology has introduced enzymes that work better in cold water. Some stains—such as grass, makeup and blood—should only be washed in cold water because hot water could make the stains permanent. If that wasn’t reason enough, about 75% of the energy required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water. Using cold water saves energy and, as a result, saves you money. Myth 15: Reducing my energy use is too expensive. Truth: Many people believe reducing energy use requires expensive upfront costs, such as buying new, more efficient appliances or upgrading an older home. While that will result in savings, people who make small changes to how they use energy can see a reduction in their overall energy consumption. Saving energy is about more than just saving money. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saving energy is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and meet growing energy demands, making energy-efficiency something we should all agree on. J U LY 2 0 2 1


on the menu I By Sue Hutchison

Options for Summer Celebration Few things compare with an old-fashioned malt when celebrating just about anything. According to historians, the first malted milk ice cream shake was created by drugstore employee Ivar “Pop” Coulson in 1922. Prohibition was in full swing, and as customers replaced their saloon visits with ice cream parlors and soda fountains, Pop’s creation rose quickly to the top of the list. Yankee Doodle Birthday Malts combine Pop’s idea and just about anything else in the dessert category in forming personalized creations. Kids will happily join in both the creation and the consumption. My granddaughter, Stella Caraveo, recently jumped at the opportunity to dive in. There is no better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with family, friends and malts! Honey is featured in both Honey Glazed Pork Loin Chops and Easy Veggie Apple Honey Slaw. Locally grown honey is well known for its curative effect while getting through extended allergy season across the Land of Enchantment. Busy New Mexican bees transfer area pollens into honey to assist in strengthening immunities, and regional produce stands sell homegrown honey. It is a great way to support local businesses as New Mexico recovers from a long season of isolation. Enjoy all things summer!

Honey Glazed Pork Loin Chops 4 pork loin chops 3 large onions, thinly sliced 2 cups mini peppers, stems removed and quartered 5 tablespoons butter

¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup honey 2 teaspoons chopped garlic Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and peppers. Caramelize until onions are lightly browned and soft. Remove to serving platter and keep warm. Mix soy sauce, lemon juice, honey and garlic until blended. Place pork chops in a skillet; pour glaze mixture over the top and turn chops once to coat. Fry over low heat, turning pork chops occasionally until liquid has greatly reduced and chops are browned and glazed. Place chops on onion/pepper mixture and serve warm.


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Easy Veggie Apple Honey Slaw For dressing: ½ cup Greek yogurt 4 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon spicy brown prepared mustard ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon pepper

For slaw: 1 10-ounce bag of prepared broccoli (or other veggie) slaw mix 1 10- to 12-ounce bag of prepared standard coleslaw mix 1 apple, cored and finely diced 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a small canning jar, mix all dressing ingredients. Attach the lid firmly and shake until ingredients are well blended, with no remaining lumps. In large serving bowl, mix both slaws, apple and cheese; drizzle with dressing and toss. Serve immediately.

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Yankee Doodle Birthday Malts Vanilla ice cream (3 generous scoops per shake) ½ cup half-and-half or milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract per shake 2 teaspoons malted milk mix Canned whipped cream 1 16-ounce tub prepared white cake frosting Sprinkles

Place desired serving glass in the freezer for 2 minutes. Prepare frosting by stirring until spreadable. Spread frosting 1 to 2 inches down the inside and outside of cold glass and press desired sprinkles into the outside layer of frosting. Return glass to freezer for 2 minutes.

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Add ins: Blueberries, mangos, pineapple, cherries, strawberries, frozen berry mix, broken pieces of candy, baking chips, leftover cake chunks, brownie chunks, etc.

Place ice cream and half-and-half/milk in a blender carafe or use an immersion blender. Add vanilla and malted milk mix. Pulse until just smooth, being careful to not over blend. Spoon ice cream shake mix into glass, stirring in desired add-ins. Add whipping cream, and decorate as desired.

Sue Hutchison was born and raised a block from the freeway in Southern California. She had an early start with industrial, largescale cooking before age 20. She's always been both a beach bum and at home in the kitchen, where she enjoys making new creations.

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NMSU Partners With Smithsonian Latino Center By Amanda Adame


hanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership during the next five years, New Mexico State University’s Museum Conservation Program students will have the opportunity to intern at the Smithsonian Latino Center. Since 1997, the Smithsonian Latino Center has successfully ensured contributions of the Latino community are celebrated and represented throughout the Smithsonian. The center received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support four NMSU students a year during the next five years with internships for up to six months each, including transportation, housing and a stipend. As director of a highly respected museum conservation program at a Hispanic-serving institution, NMSU’s Silvia Marinas-Feliner worked closely with the Smithsonian to open up the once-in-alifetime experience for her students. “The Smithsonian Latino Program and NMSU Museum Conservation Program created this internship to give our museum conservation students a unique opportunity to learn how one of the main institutions in the world applies preventive conservation, collections care and art conservation,” Silvia says.“This is an absolutely unique experience, and it will be a privilege for the museum conservation students to be able to go to the museums of the Smithsonian Institution to gain experience in the museum world.” NMSU’s museum conservation program started in 2005. It is one of only two universities nationwide that prepares students to be art conservators. Students gain practical experience while restoring bronze statues, religious retablos and other works of fine art. “Museum conservation program students need to gain as much experience as possible in museums and collections to be accepted into graduate conservation programs or museum jobs,” Silvia says. She has worked with the Smithsonian in the past, placing approximately 10 NMSU 22

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New Mexico State University graduate student Gina Utman, left, and Museum Conservation Program Director Silvia Marinas-Feliner restore an antique retablo. PHOTO BY DARREN PHILLIPS

students into other internships at the Smithsonian. Although many students were interested in internships, they could not afford the cost. This new program includes funding, so more students will be able to participate in the internship program. Josie Maldonado graduated from NMSU’s conservation program in 2012. She was a summer intern at the Smithsonian in 2014 and learned a variety of skills she continues to use today. During her time at the National Air and Space Museum, Josie worked under two conservators on various projects. “Other than learning about conservation treatments, I increased my skills in examination, documentation and analysis of modern materials,” Josie says. “It also taught me skills collaborating with curators, museum specialists and published literature related to spacesuits.” After her internship, Josie worked as a contractor at the Air and Space Museum’s off-site storage facility in Maryland. She now applies the skills learned to her job as a senior conservation technician with EverGreene Architectural Arts. “The hands-on skills I learned through the studio art courses have really been of use to me, even past the internship,” Josie says. “The museum-specific coursework has put me ahead when I did apply to various other internships with historic homes and museums because I already had an understanding of collections management and how museums work.”

Similarly, Lyndy Bush, who graduated from NMSU’s program in 2013, was a summer intern at the Smithsonian. “I feel this opportunity is a career changer for many students facing a highly competitive field after graduation,” Lyndy says. “While working at the Smithsonian, I was able to get an experience that very few people receive. I experienced behindthe-scenes tours into the collections storage facilities and the state-of-the-art conservation facilities. I learned directly from curators and conservators that managed the immense collections and worked to design and implement a comprehensive restoration plan on damaged botany specimens.” Since graduating and moving to Colorado, Lyndy worked with programming and preventive restoration for local museums and local art restoration businesses. She now is an administrator for a research institute at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus. “An internship at the Smithsonian makes you even more competitive for graduate programs and future job searches,” Lyndy says. “Silvia has worked diligently to create this partnership with the Smithsonian, and I hope students take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.” For more information about the museum conservation program, contact Silvia MarinasFeliner at smarinas@nmsu.edu or visit the program’s website at www.artdepartment. nmsu.edu/arts/academics/museumcons.html. enchantment.coop

Congratulations, NMSU “A” Staff Award Recipients By Nicole E. Drake


ew Mexico State University recognizes and presents staff members who demonstrate the NMSU core values of leadership, excellence, access, diversity and inclusion, and those who are student-centered, with the “A” Mountain Staff Award every year. Two staff members—Anna Nelson, social work college assistant professor, and Kathryn Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center—were named 2020 recipients of the “A” Mountain Staff Award in April. “I feel incredibly honored to be awarded the ‘A’ Mountain Award for 2020, particularly during COVID-19,” Anna says. “This time has been humbling as a social work college professor to see both significant need among our students and communities and their collective resilience. I hope to continue to uplift their strengths while honoring their struggles.” “I am so honored to be one of the recipients of this year’s ‘A’ Mountain award,” Kathryn says. “I am grateful to the panel and to those who nominated me for this award. NMSU has meant a lot to me both personally and professionally, and I am proud to be a part of its core values and to play a part in its success. As we move forward and all strive to ‘Be Bold and Shape the Future,’ I know NMSU’s success will only become stronger.” Anna has served students and NMSU community members for 12 years. She actively engages her students and community members and coordinates programs. She spearheaded the development of the NMSU-Online master’s degree in social work program and remains active in coordinating and developing social work programs for both undergraduates enchantment.coop

ABOVE: Kathryn Hansen, director of New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, received a 2020 “A” Mountain Staff Award. NMSU PHOTO RIGHT: Anna Nelson, New Mexico State University social work college assistant professor, was a recipient of the 2020 “A” Mountain Staff Award. NMSU PHOTO BY JANE MOORMAN

and graduates. Additionally, Anna is recognized as a national trainer and educator on issues such as critical trauma theory, allyship and trauma-informed supervision. In her research, she employs mixed-methods participatory action research grounded in critical race and intersectionality theories to understand cultural, cumulative and collective trauma, and studies its impact on communities with a strong focus on identity-driven resilience and resistance. She is regularly invited to speak throughout the nation. Kathryn leads NMSU’s Arrowhead Center and promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, creating economic opportunity. Arrowhead Center’s programming scope, client population and partnership network has expanded under her leadership because she has extensive involvement with each of the initiatives, programs and projects. Arrowhead Center is recognized as one of the state’s and the region’s finest resources for entrepreneurship and economic development. Kathryn also works directly with the NMSU Foundation,

Arrowhead Center’s suite of funders and staff members responsible for proposal development to increase fundraising. “These employees have shown they support the education of all NMSU students while providing the highest level of education, research, outreach and service in their individual roles,” says Joseph Almaguer, athletics human resources coordinator and Employee Council chair. “The employees selected are Aggies who have made the decision to ‘Be Bold and Shape the Future’ while encouraging our diverse student population to do the same. These employees continued to thrive despite a pandemic and have made the NMSU community proud. We hope they truly feel how appreciated they are for being exemplary employees.”

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NMSU Nursing Students Become Frontline Staff By Carlos Andres López Nancy Mestre and dozens of other students from New Mexico State University’s School of Nursing stepped up to the front lines during spring semester to join a massive effort to administer COVID-19 vaccines to thousands of New Mexico residents, contributing to the success of the state’s highly praised vaccination campaign. Altogether, about 80 nursing students volunteered more than 1,000 hours to help in weekly drive-thru vaccination clinics at NMSU over 18 weeks, starting in January. Nancy, a level-four nursing student, volunteered at several clinics throughout the semester. She gave so many shots she lost count. “It’s probably up there in the thousands right now,” she said in April. “In January— every Friday—we were doing at least 500 doses. But with most older adults now vaccinated and younger adults starting to come through, we’re doing about 300.” Led by Jon Webster of NMSU Facilities and Services and carried out by a small army of volunteers, the on-campus vaccination effort was a collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Health. Deputy Fire Chief Louis Huber of the NMSU Fire Department served as incident commander of each clinic. After the final drive-thru clinic wrapped up in May, volunteers had administered approximately 9,000 vaccines, collectively working an estimated 5,400 hours. Jon and Louis staffed each clinic with about 75 volunteers from the NMSU School of Nursing, Aggie Health and Wellness Center, NMSU police and fire departments, Doña Ana Community College, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, New Mexico National Guard, Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces Office of Emergency Management and the New Mexico Department of Health. Jon describes the effort as teamwork at its best. “We could not have accomplished this without all the many volunteers who braved the cold, heat and wind to 24

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Eriell Wallace, a nursing student at New Mexico State University, administers a COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic at NMSU on April 30. NMSU PHOTO BY JOSH BACHMAN

make this possible,” he says. “It truly was amazing to see so many people step up to help vaccinate our community through these trying times.” For nursing students, the vaccination effort served as a once-in-a-lifetime public health lesson. “This was public health nursing on the front lines of the COVID vaccination effort,” says Alexa Doig, director of the NMSU School of Nursing. “It was a great experience for our students to talk to people and engage in health education about the vaccine while giving out the shots.” Maria-Elena Armendariz, another levelfour nursing student, quickly discovered that volunteering at the clinics involved much more than giving shots. She first worked as a scribe, checking in people as they arrived at the clinic site, before assisting as an inoculator—a job she said she tried to perform with compassion. “A few times, I came across people who hyperventilated,” she says. “I tried to make them feel more at ease and comfortable by talking to them about anything else but the shot.” Nancy says the effort was unlike her hospital clinical experiences because it required patient education at a rapid pace. She interacted with hundreds of people each day, but only had limited time to

provide information and answer questions. “It’s patient-teaching on the spot,” she says. “That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from this.” New Mexico’s vaccination rates are among the highest in the nation. Earlier this month, state health officials announced 50% of eligible New Mexicans were fully vaccinated. To date, the state has administered more than 1.8 million doses. Nancy says she hopes people understand the significant role vaccines can play in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. “Vaccinations are super important, not only for stopping a pandemic, but also epidemics as well,” she says. “Anyone can make an impact with pandemics or epidemics by getting vaccinated.” New Mexico residents ages 12 and older are currently eligible to get the vaccine. To learn more or make an appointment, visit VaccineNM.org. The Aggie Health and Wellness Center will continue to offer vaccines to NMSU employees and students through its vaccination campaign, “Sleeves up, Aggies!” The center also provides vaccine mini-events to any Las Cruces campus department by request. To set up an event, call 575-646-3459. To schedule an individual vaccine appointment, call 575-646-1512. enchantment.coop


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For pets, show, meat, fur. Polish, New Zealand, Californians. Cages, feeders, door latches, urine and wire guards. Call Gene at 505-906-1291 in Jamestown, New Mexico, at The Bunny Farm. All calls will be answered.

SADDLES AND TACK. Everything for the horse. Western & English tack bought and sold. Rancho Elisa Stables LLC, 500 Route 66 East, Moriarty, NM 87035. Call 505-832-5113 or email ranchoelisastablesfr@swcp.com LET US MARKET YOUR LIVESTOCK. Live auction every

Wednesday at 11 a.m. View online at dvauction.com, country bid or live auction. If you’ve got ‘em, we’ll sell’em. Call 575-374-2505. fivestateslivestockauction@gmail.com

MOUNTAIN-TOP GOATS, babies are on the ground milkers, bucks, babies, boer show wethers, weed eaters, cabrito and pets. Show quality Nubians, Mini Nubians, La Manchas, Mini La Manchas, Nigerian Dwarf and Boer goats. Also, Hair Sheep, Royal White and Painted Desert Cross. In Capitan, call 575-937-0342.


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black poly. Fittings customized to your needs. NRCS and EQUIP approved. High specific gravity, heavyweight, long warranty, algae resistant, black NRCS water tanks. Call 800-603-8272 or 575-682-2308.

Business WANTED: Elderly couple on a ranch needs live-in health care worker/housekeeper. Call 505-419-6541 for more details. MECHANIC SHOP FOR SALE MELROSE. Ready for business with

customer list available. Two metal shops - plumbed, electricity, insulated, etc. $162,000. See pictures and information on website or call Stallard Real Estate Services 575-355-4454 or Kim Stallard 575-799-5799. (NMREL 16583) www.RanchesEtc.com

Equipment TROY-BILT ROTOTILLER, HORSE MODEL, forward rotating, rear-tine

DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, heavy-duty black poly,

proven algae resistant. 125 to 11,000 gallons, NRCS and EQUIP approved. Please give us a chance to serve you! MasterCard or Visa accepted. Call 575682-2308 or 1-800-603-8272.


“Antique” lures, reels, rods, tackle boxes. Pre-1950, please. Collector paying highest prices for “Grandpaw’s” tackle box. Lures $50 to $5,000 each. Reels $100 to $7,500 each. Send photos to: tacklechaser@aol.com or call Rick at 575-354-0365.

OVERHEAD FEED BINS. 1 to 4 compartment, 12 to 48 tons. Any size free standing cattle guards, no footing needed. Emery Welding, Clayton, New Mexico. Call 575-374-2320 or 575-2077402. Email: eweld98@yahoo.com IRRIGATION PIPE FOR SALE! 6”, 8”, 10” PVC and aluminum pipe. Half the price of new and ready for the field. More efficient and less time consuming. Also have alfalfa valves, hydrants, butterfly valves, T’s and Elbows. Delivery available. Call/Text Sierra 575-770-8441.

tiller. Has never been used and kept in garage. $800. Call 915-588-2204.

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BUYING OLD STUFF: Gas pumps and parts 1960’s or earlier, advertising signs, neon clocks, old car parts in original boxes, motor oil cans, license plate collections, Route 66 items, old metal road signs, odd and weird stuff. Fair prices paid. Have pickup, will travel. Gas Guy in Embudo, 505-852-2995.

Forklift, $6,000. Ridgid 300 Power Drive, $1,000. Ridgid 700 Handheld Power Drive, $700. Call 505-280-8322 for more information.


two-year warranty on selected pumps with affordable, easy installation! For a custom quote, call 505-429-3093 or email us at solarwellpumpsonline@ gmail.com, 24/7 service. Order online at our website: www.solarwellpumpsonline.com

FREE MOBILE HOME! 14X60, 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, needs work. Located in Santa Rosa, NM. Ready to be moved. Call 575-799-3159 or 505301-3038 for more information.



Kerosene lanterns, brass locks, keys, badges, uniforms, bells, whistles, and pre-1950 employee timetables. Always seeking items from any early New Mexico railroad, especially D&RG, C&S, EP&NE, EP&SW, AT&SF, SP or Rock Island. Call Randy Dunson at 575-7603341 or 575-356-6919.

WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1912-1970. Paying $100-$500 each.

Also buying NM car plates 1900-1923. Visit NMplates.com for history and 4,500 photographs of NM plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 880520001. Email: Bill@NMplates.com or call 575-382-7804.


“Antique” lures, reels, rods, tackle boxes. Pre-1950, please. Collector paying highest prices for “Grandpaw’s” tackle box. Lures $50 to $5,000 each. Reels $100 to $7,500 each. Send photos to: tacklechaser@aol.com or call Rick at 575-354-0365.


1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Call 575-770-2507 or Email: taos_mt_heritage@msn.com Website: www.taosmountainheritage.com


Metal chimes in various designs/ colors with beads and crystals $15 - $25. Original framed watercolor and oil paintings $25 - $75. Metal suncatchers $5 - $20. Southwestern style handbags and jewelry $8 - $15. In Carrizozo, call Dan at 505-582-8311 or email wittwer943@gmail.com


so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior. John 3:16-17 For more information, contact johnfitz2011@gmail.com enchantment.coop

SALE FAILED, REDUCED TO $22,500! Their loss, your gain! 40’

Park Model RV, three slides, like new condition. Pull trailer RV. Photos available. Call or text 575-915-7858 for more information.

ROUGH RIDER ANTIQUES welcomes you back to our clean, bright store. We have added collections from new dealers but your favorites are here as well: the coin man, the lamp queen, turquoise lady, the old tool guy, the artist who makes jewelry out of railroad china shards and silver. We always look for colorful, rustic furniture from New Mexico farms and ranches. You never know what you’ll find! 501 Railroad and Lincoln, across from the Castañeda, in Las Vegas. Open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. 505-454-8063. 2014 HARLEY MOTORCYCLE,

soft tail deluxe, 5,000 miles, $5,000 in extra chrome, like new. $15,000. 2001 Yamaha, 1,600cc, 10,000 miles, new tires and battery, $3,700 firm. Also for sale: tools, tires, fishing gear and antiques. In Edgewood area. Call 505-227-9957 for more information.


the mountains. 120 acres with 104-acre feet of water rights, home, barns. 82 acres mountain property with three homes, nice trees. 105 acres, pastureland, plus mesa with views and trees. 92 acres includes pasture and beautiful Ocate Peak. Scott Zunker, 575-455-0607, Home & Ranch Realty, Inc., www.HomeRanchRealty.com

CONCHAS, 0 AND 00 RIDGE DRIVE. Two tracts with two lots per

each property (lots are 100x100 or .23 acre). Each tract has a permitted septic that has never been used. Electricity and co-op water nearby. $50,000 per tract. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. www.bigmesarealty.com

2 MOUNTAIN CABINS, 25+ acres at 8,000 feet, Wildhorse Ranch Subdivision, Pie Town, NM. Well on stream with 5,000 storage tank and fire hydrant. New Mexico Hunting unit 13. To view this property, go to: https://fsbo.com/listings/listings/show/ id/520104/ RIBERA, 340 CR B41E. 32.674 acres with 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with custom accents, hay barn, two detached garages. Just over 20 of those acres are in alfalfa and grass hay production. Pecos River frontage. Scenic views and close to I-25. $695,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com CONCHAS, BOAT DOCK DRIVE.

3 lots just over 1/2 acre per property. Two lots starting at $32,000 each. One lot at $35,000. Close to shoreline. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CUERVO, 0 MESITA PASS ROAD. 148.13 acres in Mesita Ranch

Subdivision. Beautiful mesa views, perfect for homesite and or livestock. $85,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


site of Nogal. Co-op water and electricity nearby. $45,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


section with State Road 203). Just over 20 acres. Scenic views just west of lake. $18,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

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Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision, 5.5 acres vacant land. $8,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


Choice of 44 or 40 acres. Great for off grid living or hunting. Vacant land. $32,000 each. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


2-bedroom, 1-bath home with bonus room that could be used for bedroom on three lots. Well, stone fence. Great for hunting property or rental opportunity. $57,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


for $16,000 and 40 acres for $32,000. Vacant land. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com



sell. Broker has over 50 years of experience working on the family farm in New Mexico and has been a farm owner and operator since 1988. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


Tucumcari, or in the country. We want your properties to list and sell. Broker is life resident of Curry County and Clovis native. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE HILL ROAD. 60 acres with home, corral

outbuildings. $265,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

RAMAH, 281 CANDY KITCHEN ROAD, 42.26 acres with old stone home

(3 lots) in Lewis Ranch Subdivision. $100,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

land, fenced with cleared land in corner for homesite. Great views, close to US 60 and Pie Town. $120,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

HILLSBORO HOME, 3-bedroom, 2-bath, beautifully renovated on quiet county road in secluded valley on 1.9+/acres. Fifteen minute walk to downtown historic Hillsboro. Fantastic views in North Percha creek, prolific wildlife. For Sale by owner, $217,000, possible owner financing. Call 575-895-5154.

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Amazing view and quiet privacy! Approximately 1.69 acres surrounded by native trees and arroyos. Open spaces east and west. Close to state park trails and lake. Terry Real Estate. Call 575403-8522 or 575-403-8831.


over 20 acres vacant land located in Phase/Unit I. $29,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

MOUNTAIN VISTAS! RATON, NM. 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1/2 base-

ment home. Custom woodwork, large screened-in porch, large front porch, small acreage. All rooms look out onto beautiful mountain vistas, mountain lake close by. Wild turkey roam through year-round, hear the elk bugle in the fall. Approximately 5 miles from Raton, off of Highway 72. Call 575-447-5578.

CIMARRON, NM COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, 100+ year old, 3,500 sq.

ft. brick building with an attached 2,000 sq. ft. building. Located on 5+ lots in historic “New Town” with good highway visibility. Extensive electrical and plumbing work done on main building in 2004. Potential for a variety of uses: studio, gallery, retail. $225,000. Call 575-635-2829.

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21 ACRES OF RURAL LIVING in southwest New Mexico. Paved highway frontage. All utilities (well, septic, power and propane) for two home sites. Northern acreage has hook-ups for a manufactured home. South acreage includes a 2,100 sq. ft., 3-bedroom, 1-bath home with large addition, hot tub, lots of potential. Addition is not finished giving the new owner the chance to “make it their own”. Property is fenced and has several outbuildings. If you are looking for a peaceful rural property, give me a call and come see for yourself. Call Sandy at 575-590-3225. FORT SUMNER HOME. 3-bedroom,

1-bath, corner lot, stucco, metal roof, appliances stay, near park and school. Great starter home or rental property. $54,000. Call Stallard Real Estate Services 575-355-4454 or Kim Stallard 575-799-5799. (NMREL 16583) www.RanchesEtc.com


approximately 169 acres, great views just south of I-40. Water, electricity and windmill on premises. Call 575-8682243 for more information.

2.5 ACRES IN LOS CHAVEZ just five

miles south of Los Lunas. Excellent for a home! Fully fenced, private drive, barn, irrigation with water well, electricity and natural gas. For more information, call Ray at 505-319-4374.


electricity, two new 24’ colverts, circle drive, two acres cleared. $30,000. In Dog Canyon, 50 Cactus Wren Drive, Alamogordo, NM. Call Don Fudally at 903-581-2120 for more information.

EAST OF BERNARDO with 530 feet frontage on north side of Highway 60 approximately eight miles east of I-25 exit 175. From 12 to 20 acres available fall 2021. Fenced with power, interest in well included in largest package. Borders, but not part of Tierra Grande Subdivision. Plat and details will be mailed upon your request. For more information, call owner at 505-720-9519. enchantment.coop



minutes from Ruidoso. Electric meter loop on property, community water at street. Paved roads, nice area with beautiful views. $29,000. Call owner at 575-336-4629.

2001 JEEP WRANGLER, soft top,


JAYCO FLIGHT 26RLS - 2013 TRAVEL TRAILER. Electric jacks, new

178,000 miles, neon green color. $7,200. Photos available or see in Clovis, NM. Call or text 575-915-7858 for more information.

140+/- acres, 40 acres fenced, 1,984 sq. ft. custom home, off grid, metal roof, white oak floor, radiant floor heating, open floor plan, cathedral ceiling, large bedroom, bath, walk-in closet. Second bedroom has full bath. Some interior trim needed, all appliances, wrap around porch. 20x60 metal barn has concrete floor and roll up doors. $325,000. Call 575-576-2973, leave voice message or text 575-252-3571.

awning, anti sway bars, dual batteries and propane tanks. Excellent condition. $18,000. Call 575-354-1473 for more information.


Other than a new paint job, all original from factory. Smog pump has slight squealing noise. Other than that, excellent condition. 134,000 miles. $22,500 firm. Call 575-445-9529 or email larryrea2@msn.com

rooms, 1-bath, large country kitchen, two wood burning stoves in house. Casita can be finished into guest house. Three septic tanks, excellent well, full RV hookup and 20X30 pole barn. $399,000. Call 505-281-3028.

PORTALES FARM WITH WATER RIGHTS. 15 acres with two homes,

60’x100’ metal, insulated barn/shop with apartment, seven pipe horse stalls, tack shed, side row sprinkler. Great income producer. Stallard Real Estate Services 575-355-4454 or Kim Stallard 575-7995799. (NMREL 16583) www.RanchesEtc.com

GOLDEN, NM, HWY 344 & RANCHITOS ROAD, 10 acres vacant

mountain land with electricity. $19,000. per acre. Call 505-269-8479 for more information.


to whoever can remove it. Call Curtis at 575-421-3804 or 720-688-5483 for more information.


1984 U-HAUL FIBERGLASS EGG CAMPER. 13 ft., good condition for its

age, needs TLC. No time for upgrades, sell as is. $3,500 negotiable. Clean title. Located outside of Rowe, NM. Can send photos per your request. Text me at 650-416-4290.

2012 35’ KOMFORT RV TRAVEL TRAILER. Tons of storage, three slide outs, 1.5 baths, outdoor kitchen, flat screen TV and fireplace. $20,000. obo. For more information and photos, contact 575-706-1697.

SAN ANTONIO, NM. 0 ZANJA ROAD. 4.66 acres irrigated farmland

in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District with water rights. Produces alfalfa and grass hay crops. Utilities nearby. $69,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

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youth art

Star-Spangled Creations! Congratulations to the Winners Aurora Ayres• Age 9 Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative

Lillianna Garcia • Age 6 Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Layla Patricio• Age 10 Continental Divide Electric Cooperative

Eden Quintana • Age 8 Columbus Electric Cooperative

Rivers Sant • Age 8 Socorro Electric Cooperative

Alivia Velasquez • Age 6 Central Valley Electric Cooperative

August’s Topic: Summer Splash Make some waves this summer and share your best water/swimming drawing with us! September’s Topic: Favorite School Subject Draw a picture about your favorite subject! Send Your Drawing By mail: Youth Editor 614 Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87505 By email: enchantment@nmelectric.coop Deadline: Submit by the 9th, one month prior to publication. Hooray! Winners Get Paid: $15 Have a Youth Art Topic? Email or mail to the addresses above, or call 505-982-4671.


items to include on the back of your drawing, otherwise YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED: 1. Name 2. Age 3. Mailing Address 4. Phone 5. Electric Co-op *Accepted artwork up to age 13. DON'T FORGET THESE ITEMS!


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The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives

The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives





enchantment The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives


APRIL 2021

Winds of Change Williams Windmill founder Matt Williams, left, and his son, Kirt, maintain ranchers’ windmills throughout southern New Mexico. PHOTO BY CHRIS EBOCH

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The Original Las Vegas

First-Class Art The mural "First Mail Crossing Raton Pass" by Joseph Fleck in 1936 is one of many paintings commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Section of Fine Arts near the end of the Depression. Read about New Mexico's historical paintings on page 14.

An aerial shot of Centennial Park on the New Mexico Highlands University campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico. A circle of various countries’ flags fly at the university’s alumni tower to honor the school’s international students. PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW MEXICO TRUE

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Hale to the Stars Youth Art Winners


Increase Energy Savings Annual Meeting Notice


The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives

The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives



MARCH 2021

MAY 2021

A Breath of Fresh Air

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JUNE 2021

You can still still hear locomotive whistles in and around Mountainair as BNSF trains haul railcars up Abo Pass. PHOTO BY JOE MCMILLAN

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The Burros

Meter Training Goes Virtual Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative’s Jeremy Neal, AMI facilitator, instructing class on instrument-rated metering installations. PHOTO BY JANICE CASTILLO

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of Carrizozo Businesses and artists throughout the town of Carrizozo enjoy taking part in the painted burro tradition started by Warren and Joan Malkerson.

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Hale to the Stars The Anna, Age Eight Institute A Month of Celebrations


Easy Home Refresh New Opportunities at NMSU Rockin’ Youth Art


Hale to the Stars Make Spring Sweet and Savory


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