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enchantment April 1, 2018 • Vol. 70, No. 04 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 101,848

enchantment (ISSN 0046-1946) is published monthly by the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505. enchantment provides reliable, helpful information on rural living and energy use to electric cooperative members and customers.

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Nearly 102,000 families and businesses receive enchantment Magazine as electric cooperative members. Non-member subscriptions are available at $12 per year or $18 for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for delivery. Periodical Postage paid at Santa Fe, NM 87501-9998 and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Postmaster: Send address changes to 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4428. 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 for the 17 cooperatives that 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 Cooperative, Artesia George Biel, Vice President, Sierra Electric Cooperative, Elephant Butte Tim Morrow, Secretary-Treasurer, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Duane Frost, Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative, Mountainair William C. Miller, Jr., Columbus Electric Cooperative, Deming Arsenio Salazar, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Grants Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Clovis Cristobal Duran, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Taos Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative, Lovington Robert Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Mora Tomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative, Chama Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Cooperative, Cloudcroft Antonio Sanchez, Jr., Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative, Portales Travis Sullivan Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Clayton Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado Charles G. Wagner, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Oklahoma NATIONAL DIRECTOR David Spradlin, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE William C. Miller, Jr., Chairman, Columbus Electric Cooperative Arsenio Salazar, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative Cristobal Duran, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative Leroy Anaya, Socorro Electric Cooperative NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Phone: 505-982-4671 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505-982-0153 www.nmelectric.coop www.enchantment.coop Keven J. Groenewold, Chief Executive Officer, kgroenewold@nmelectric.coop Susan M. Espinoza, Editor, sespinoza@nmelectric.coop Tom Condit, Assistant Editor, tcondit@nmelectric.coop DISPLAY ADVERTISING Rates available upon request. Cooperative members and New Mexico display advertisers email Kim Vigil at advertising@nmelectric.coop or call 303-253-5255. National representative: American MainStreet Publications, 800-626-1181. Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the publisher or the electric cooperatives that are members of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER. Copyright ©2018, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

INSIDE READS The Power Behind Your Power

Honoring lineworkers for keeping the power on.

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DEPARTMENTS Co-op Newswire

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12 View from enchantment 5 Youth Leadership Council delegate visits Nashville. Tomorrow's Co-op Leaders

Chirp, Chirp Your Way to Birdwatching 14 Hale To The Stars Dust off the field binoculars and go birdwatching.

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Enchanted Journeys

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Fire Prevention Tips

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On The Menu

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Wild and Tame Photo Contest

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New Mexico's parched. Tips to keep our land fire safe. Submit funny animal expression photos.

The Seven Cooperative Principles Principles cooperatives follow.

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American goldfinch. Photo by Ken Christison.

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Book Chat

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Vecinos 20 Backyard Trails

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Co-op Newswire 2018 Farm Bill Update By Dan Riedinger

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very five years, the U.S. Congress considers the Farm Bill, a bill that has huge implications for America’s electric cooperatives. The bill sets food and agriculture policy for the entire nation, affecting everything from what crops are grown to funding for food nutrition programs. The Farm Bill is due to be reauthorized by the federal government this year. The Farm Bill is about much more than agriculture policy. It promotes rural economic development and allows co-ops to finance basic electrification activities, deploy high-speed communications and enhance smart grid technologies. Through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), our national service organization, America’s electric cooperatives are working to ensure lawmakers in Washington know what our priorities are for the 2018 Farm Bill. Here are a few.

Rural broadband Increasing high-speed internet access in rural communities is a priority for many co-ops. Broadband access isn’t a luxury—

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it’s a necessity. But 34 million Americans in mostly rural areas lack access to high speed internet. So, co-ops have asked Congress to use the Farm Bill to provide significant funding for broadband loans and grants to all viable Internet providers, including cooperatives.

Economic development Co-ops aren’t just electricity providers. They are engines of economic development - powering and empowering the communities they serve. The Farm Bill’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program is an important source of financing for economic development projects in rural communities. Over the last two decades, electric cooperatives have partnered with community stakeholders on hundreds of projects to renovate hospitals, build libraries and expand businesses. Co-ops have asked Congress to ensure ample funding for this program in the next Farm Bill and beyond.

Innovation Not-for-profit electric co-ops are natural incubators of innovation,

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because they are driven solely by the needs of members like you. The USDA runs a number of programs that help fund innovative projects, including the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). Co-ops use these programs to save members money by financing investments in energy efficiency, constructing new renewable energy resources and deploying electric grid modernization technologies. REAP and RESP help ensure that co-ops are poised to meet the evolving needs of their members.

USDA Rural Development The health of our nation is dependent on a healthy rural America. Rural America grows most of the food, generates much of the power and manufactures many of the goods consumed by the nation. USDA’s office of Rural Development operates many different programs that provide fundamental assistance to those rural communities. Co-ops have asked Congress to maintain a strong rural development in the Farm Bill to reaffirm the importance of these programs. We look forward to working with Congress and other stakeholders to pass a Farm Bill that promotes economic growth in rural America and allows co-ops to continue meeting the needs of their members.

Dan Riedinger writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

(Text edited in letters to fit in space) Veteran Service Officer Seeks enchantment Readers' Help in Reuniting Loved Ones My name is Troy Erickson and I am the Veterans Service Officer for Clear Creek County [Colorado]. The cremated remains of MSG (R) Martin Pianga were discovered in a storage unit in Clear Creek County. We have determined he passed away in 1997 in New Mexico. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Pianga, in Central City in 1996. Based on some personal effects located with the remains, it is evident these two were very close. It is my mission to locate either the final resting place of Anna or her remains, so they may be reunited. Any information greatly is appreciated. Please email me directly at clearcreekveterans@gmail.com or call me at 303-670-7543. —Troy Erickson, Idaho Springs, Colo.

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Navigating the Distributed Generation Disclosure Act

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The DGDA gives consumers rights. Any agreement must contain details about the buyer or lessee and about the person responsible for installing the system.

n March, the New Mexico Attorney General, Hector Balderas, filed a lawsuit against a New Mexico rooftop solar provider. The AG claims Vivint Solar, Inc., engaged in a pattern of unfair and unconscionable business practices, fraud and racketeering. As its basis, the AG says the company’s door-todoor sales tactics and power purchase contracts are misleading. The complaint states “Consumer complaints highlight the cumulative impact of Vivint’s multiple false statements and unfair business practices from the initial door-todoor sales pitch through design of solar systems to the billing for their production.” It also accuses Vivint of filing improper notices in consumer real estate records. In 2017, the Distributed Generation Disclosure Act (DGDA) became law. It provides for minimum disclosure requirements related to the selling or marketing for the financing, sale or lease of a distributed energy generation system. It also extends disclosure requirements to the sale of power generated from a third party owned or operated distributed energy generation system to a power purchaser. The New Mexico cooperatives were strong proponents of the DGDA. The DGDA gives consumers rights. Any agreement must contain details about the buyer or lessee and about

the person responsible for installing the system. It must contain details about the distributed energy generation system maintenance provider if different than the person installing the system. The buyer or lessee has the right to rescind the agreement within three days. The agreement must contain details about the renewable energy generation system and its expected energy generation and performance guarantees. The purchase price of distributed energy generation system, projected lease or power purchase payments must be clear and concise. The agreement should describe any one-time or recurring fees including the circumstances that would trigger them. The disclosure must also include financing or leasing details, including number and frequency of payments, payment amount, due dates and applicable annual percentage rate. Any restrictions on the buyer or lessee to modify or transfer ownership of the distributed energy generation system must be disclosed. This includes the options available in the event of the sale of the property to which the system is affixed or the death of the buyer or lessee. It also includes the description of all options available to the buyer or lessee, in connection with the continuation, termination or transfer of the agreement between the buyer or lessee. The agree-

Keven J. Groenewold. P.E. Chief Executive Officer New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association

ment must state the options for the seller or marketer in the event of the transfer of the real property to which the distributed energy is affixed. The DGDA requires the seller or marketer to provide proof, within thirty days, about obtaining all required permits and inspector approvals for the installation or modification of the distributed energy generation system. All financial and energy savings claims must be explicitly supported with the underlying assumptions and calculations. Any use of historical data must be presented with the stipulation that it is not necessarily representative of future results. This list of your rights is not exhaustive. A complete list can be obtained by contacting the New Mexico Attorney General’s office toll-free at 844-255-9210 or go to his website at www.nmag.gov. From this page, you can access the Solar Distributed Generation Disclosure Statement & Form. The majority of the solar system vendors and installers are reputable and conscientious. The DGDA helps to weed out the bad ones. And as always, if you have any questions about making a solar system purchase, call your local co-op. They would be happy to chat with you about it.

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Enchanted Journeys

Hale to the stars BY ALAN HALE

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he evening sky, which was devoid of any bright planets for a few months, is now busier. Venus climbs higher into the evening sky. At the beginning of April, it doesn’t set until after dusk is over, and this interval grows longer as the month progresses. Giant planet Jupiter rises about an hour and a half before midnight at the start of April, with this changing to rising before the end of dusk by month’s end. Jupiter is highest above the southern horizon an hour or so after midnight, and remains visible in the western sky until after the start of dawn. Saturn and Mars can be found in our southeastern sky during the morning at the beginning of April, near the “lid” of the “teapot”-shaped constellation of Sagittarius. They have a conjunction on Monday morning, the 2nd, but while Saturn remains near the “lid” of Sagittarius, Mars races rapidly eastward against the stars. Our solar system’s innermost planet, Mercury, is visible low in the dawn sky during the second half of April, however it will be difficult to view from the northern hemisphere. Probably the most prominent sky grouping visible in the evening hours during April is the Big Dipper, which rides high in the northern sky. The Big Dipper—the first star grouping this writer ever saw, when his father pointed it out to him when he was six years

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A portion of the “Hubble Deep Field” near the Big Dipper’s handle, obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope in late 1995. The bright object just to the lower left of center is a star in our galaxy; all the other objects in the image are distant galaxies far beyond our own. NASA photograph.

old—is not a “true” constellation, but instead is part of a larger constellation, Ursa Major, the Great Bear. While the “Dipper” shape is coincidental, the proximity of the various bright stars of the Dipper to each other is not; five of the Dipper’s seven bright stars are members of a nearby “cluster” of stars that travel together. When we look in the direction of the Big Dipper we are looking away from our galaxy into intergalactic space, and there are numerous distant galaxies in this part of the sky that can be detected with small to moderatesize backyard telescopes. In late 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope took a 10-day-long continuous exposure of a small nondescript portion of the sky near the Big Dipper’s handle. This “Hubble Deep Field” shows lots of galaxies out to the most distant reaches of the observable universe, demonstrating that the population of galaxies in the universe numbers in the hundreds of billions.

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On The Menu BY SHARON NIEDERMAN

Springtime Sunday Brunch The crocuses and daffodils bring color back into the garden, brightening our mood and encouraging us to make a special Sunday brunch.

Dairy Hollow House German Baked Pancake 8”x8” ovenproof dish. Layer asparagus, cheese, This delightful pancake was served to me by Kayleen Dowell at a springtime Sunday brunch in her charming Placitas home. She dusted it with powdered sugar and called it a Dutch Baby. Kayleen says: “I remember this recipe from The Dairy Hollow House, a bed and breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, one of my very favorite places in my world…” 3 large eggs ¾ cup unbleached white flour ¾ cup milk ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. vanilla or lemon extract 1½ Tbs. butter Preheat oven to 450 F. Beat together all ingredients except butter. When smooth, set aside. Then melt 1½ tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy cast-iron skillet. When skillet is hot, carefully pour in batter and put skillet in oven. Bake at 450 F for 15 minutes; then lower to 350 F and bake 10 more minutes. It will puff dramatically (your guests will exclaim with delight) but will eventually settle slightly. Also, the edges end up higher than the middle, making a crater perfect for any toppings or fillings. Serves 2-4. Source: The Dairy Hollow House Cookbook; Crescent Dragonwagon with Jan Brown; Macmillan, 1986.

Crustless Asparagus Quiche 1 lb. fresh asparagus, stemmed, washed and cut into ½-inch pieces 3 eggs, beaten 1½ cups half and half ¼ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper ¼ tsp. nutmeg 1 tb. vegetable oil 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded Preheat oven to 400 F. Steam asparagus. Beat together eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Spread evenly the vegetable oil in an

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and beaten egg mixture. Bake until top is brown and custard is firm, 35-40 minutes. Serves 4.

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Energy Sense

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Aim for Quality When Managing a Renovation Contractor

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Dear Bridget and Neil: Last month, I offered tips on how to hire a good contractor, but it’s smart to realize that after the hiring is complete, contractors need to be managed. First, you should decide who will be the main contact with your contractor. Clear communication is critical because a renovation that includes energy efficiency improvements comes with extra challenges. A single point of contact will help avoid confusion, conflicts and cost overruns. Before the work starts, have a discussion with your contractor about quality. You want the contractor to know you’ll be carefully overseeing the work and that there may be others involved in this oversight, such as building inspectors, your electric cooperative or an independent energy auditor. You can discuss the standards of a professional, high-quality job. And you can agree on the points at which the contractor will pause so you or someone you designate can review the work. At a minimum, an inspection should take place before you make an interim payment.

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Here are a few examples of interim review points: • The building envelope should be properly sealed before insulation is installed because air leaks increase energy use and reduce comfort. • Replacement windows should be flashed and sealed before siding and trim are installed, which prevents moisture problems and air leaks. • Some insulation measures can be inspected before they are sealed up behind walls or ceilings. Almost all efficiency measures require some kind of final inspection. For example, infrared thermometers can show voids in blown insulation, and fiberglass batts can be visually inspected to ensure there are no air gaps and the batts are not compressed. HVAC measures require special attention. Nearly half of all HVAC systems are not installed correctly, which often causes uneven temperature distribution throughout the home, along with higher energy bills. EnergyStar® has a special program to ensure quality HVAC installation. Forced air systems typically have poorly balanced supply and return air delivery that can often be improved. Air flow can be measured at each register, and

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The Power Behind Your Power By Anne Prince

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s April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While electric co-ops strive to provide reliable electricity to members, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst—co-op lineworkers.

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Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, lineworkers often must climb 40 or more feet in the air, carrying heaving equipment to restore power. Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., lineworkers must perform detailed tasks next to high voltage power lines. Lineworkers perform, their job today goes far beyond climbing to the top of a pole to repair a wire. They are also information experts that can pinpoint an outage from miles away and restore power remotely. Line crews use their laptops and cell phones to map outages, take pictures of the work they have done and troubleshoot problems. In communities throughout New Mexico, electric co-op lineworkers are responsible for keeping over 42,000 miles of lines working, in order to bring power to your home and your local community 24/7, regardless of the weather, holidays or personal considerations. While April is known for spring showers, there is also a day set aside to “thank a lineworker.” Lineworker Appreciation Day is April 9. So during the month of April, if you see a lineworker, please pause to say thank you to the power behind your power. Let them know you appreciate the hard work they do to keep the lights on, regardless of the conditions.

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igh school senior Joseph “Tyler” Overberger represented New Mexico at the Government-in-Action Youth Tour last June. He was sponsored by the Springer Electric Cooperative. Overberger was also selected to be the New Mexico delegate for the Youth Leadership Council for 2017-18. As such, he participated in the annual meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) held in Nashville, Tennessee this February. As a member of the Youth Leadership Council, Overberger met with other youth delegates from around the nation to learn about leadership skills and electric cooperatives for a week-long training in Washington, D.C. “We learned a lot about leadership,” says Overberger. He also learned about the values behind the electric cooperatives in the United States. “What I love about the cooperatives is how true their morals are. They treat their people very good. I found that very touching. That’s somewhere I would like to work, where you

“The other two days were really, really busy helping with whatever was needed,” says Overberger. Youth delegates handed out question cards, set up chairs and other tasks at the NRECA conference. Asked what he learned, Overberger says he was impressed by the diversity of people attending the conference. “There were so many people there with different backgrounds and they were all there for the same purpose. We all had one thing in common. I thought that was kind of neat.” Back at home, Overberger recently visited the state legislature to request funding for the New Mexico Main Street program which revitalizes downtown districts. Overberger is on the board of directors for Harding County Main Street which serves the towns of Roy, Mosquero and Solano. Overberger graduates May 19th from Roy Municipal Schools. He says he has enjoyed

Overberger has this advice for other youth: “We’re all presented with opportunities. It’s just a matter of if we go out and get them or not. It doesn’t take that much more to seize an opportunity to brighten your future… Don’t try to be somebody else. Just be the leader that you are. Seize opportunity.”

have a connection with your employer,” says Overberger. He added, “The co-ops have been around for a real long time supporting the rural communities.” Overberger also spent four days in Nashville as a youth delegate. The first two days were filled with touring the city. One of their most memorable stops was the historic Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry and the place where Johnny Cash met June Carter.

the extra attention he has received as the only senior in his small, rural school. “You learn a lot more because it’s literally one-on-one teaching,” Overberger says. This summer Overberger will keep busy building fences, branding cattle, mowing lawn, and cutting firewood for his various businesses. He plans to attend New Mexico State University this fall and major in Law and Society with a minor in Political Science. His long-term goal is to enter politics.


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Chirp, Chirp Your Way to Birdwatching By Gayle Gresham

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Backyard Birdwatching It’s great to start bird watching by simply looking out your window and seeing the birds that congregate in your yard or patio. Is that a bluebird? What type of bluebird? An eastern, western, or mountain bluebird? You can go old school by checking a field guide like Peterson’s or Sibley’s or you can look up bluebirds on www.allaboutbirds.org (Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Check the range map and see which is common in your region. Look at the markings and distinctive features. Many birds show enough variation to make an ID with ease. The “All About Birds” website also contains recordings of each bird’s song so identification can be made by the birdsong. Going high-tech with your identification tools can make it easier to take when you travel. Download the Merlin Bird ID app (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) to your cell phone. The app asks five questions to help identify a bird. It then shows bird photos matching the description. Or, take a photo of the bird, upload it to Merlin and it will identify the bird for you.

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Those who catch birdwatching fever often keep a list of the birds they have seen or heard. A “life list” consists of all of the bird species seen in your lifetime while a “yearly list” names every bird species seen in a year. You can keep a list in a notebook, a special birding notebook, or it can be a simple notation of date and place beside the picture in a guide book. Computer list options include Birder’s Diary software, which also allows photos; or use the eBird mobile app for cell phones which uses GPS coordinates for bird species sightings. As you become familiar with the birds in your backyard, you will be able to recognize when a bird not common to your area appears. When you see a rare bird, you can report it through eBird or the American Birding Society so other birders can visit your backyard and add it to their lists.

Local Birding If birdwatching has captured your attention and your curiosity has grown beyond the birds showing up in your backyard, then what? It’s time for some birding excursions. First, call someone you know who is a birdwatcher. Don’t know anyone? Start asking around. You might be surprised by which of your friends are birders. Ask at your library about birdwatching clubs or search the internet for local and state birding clubs and chapters of the Audubon Society for programs, events and field trips. You can go out on your own, but

it’s helpful to have someone teach you how to locate and identify the birds. Grab your binoculars, camera and cell phone and head to the wilderness or park. Tree swallows get into a tiff in a backyard tree. Photo by Ken Christison.


Birding in The Land of Enchantment Birding opportunities in New Mexico are as diverse as is the landscapes of mountains, prairies, river courses—and our yards. One can see long-billed curlews nesting and walking about in the short-grass prairies of eastern New Mexico and along some water courses. They are all leg and bill, the cutest bird, the kind you would expect to see wading along a shoreline. They are in fact a shorebird and make a living outside the nesting season foraging near water. In the spring and early summer they will surprise you—a two-foot-tall gangly bird with a three-footwide wingspan and a nine-inch sickle-shaped bill wading not in water, but in grass. These birds enjoy nesting on the prairies and will catch you unaware as they lift off in labored flight. A more common sight to see in New Mexico is the roadrunner. So aptly named. This member of the cuckoo family would rather run than fly. When they do take to the wing, they sort of show us why. Flight seems difficult. Labored. The roadrunner flies only short distances, a few hundred feet, when it’s startled. The birds forage on insects and reptiles and live from the Bootheel to Raton. It’s our official state bird and lives here the year-round. The coming season, more daylight and warmer temperatures, draw birds back home to nest. From mountains to the low grasslands, the birdsong will embalm the air and enliven your senses. Spring is here. The birds are nesting. Go look. Visit the Audubon New Mexico website for bird information: nm.audubon.org

One way to learn from an experienced watcher is to join the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count which allows beginner birders to take part. Participants count every bird seen or heard in a 15-mile diameter designated circle over a 24-hour period of time between December 14 and January 5. The count acts as an annual census of birds across the world.

Travel Birding Your interest in birds is now piqued and you’d like to see species of birds that are not local to your area. It’s time to travel! You can either travel to see birds in a certain locale or go on vacation and see what interesting birds are in your planned location. Once again, the internet can help you identify places to see birds. There are more than 562 National Wildlife Refuges and 38 wetland management districts in the United States. Visit the www.fws.gov/refuges website for locations and information. There are also 10,234 state parks and 58 national parks, giving you plenty of opportunity to travel and find birds. At least 38 states have American Birding Association Birding Trails. A designated Birding Trail system links wildlife refuges, state parks and national parks in a state, along with noted habitats found along the route. The trails may be hiking trails or highways to drive. Information on state birding trails can be found on the internet. The World Birding Center in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas features nine locations with more than 500 species of birds at the convergence of two major migration flyways. Bird festivals are another great way to see specific birds and take part in workshops and tours. (Many festivals coincide with migration to see the greatest number of species in a set place.

Competitive Birding You’ve learned to identify birds, enjoy the challenge and you’re ready to dive further into birding, perhaps on a competitive level. There are various events for all ages sponsored by bird organizations. Join The Big Sit! hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest— 24 hours of sitting in a 17-foot diameter circle with a team counting every birds species seen. “Big Day” events or birdathons are sponsored by bird associations and often raise pledges for their societies and conservation by counting how many species of birds can be seen in 24 hours. They can be done individually or in teams. The Global Big Day is sponsored by eBird and on May 13, 2017, almost 20,000 birders from 150 countries turned in 50,000 checklists with 6,564 species of birds spotted in one day. That is more than 60 percent of all of the species of birds in the world. Stretching that day to a year, The Big Year is the ultimate challenge in birding. It is a competition to see who can see the most birds in one year in a specific geographical area. A little curiosity and a greater awareness of birds can take you in many directions. Travel, see the country, see the world, see the birds as you go! Maybe a Big Year is in your future.

Photos of birds, top to bottom: A bristle-thighed curlew and a roadrunner. Photos courtesy of the National Park Service.

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“Death is a shadow that haunts us from that first moment in childhood” when we understand that all things die. Mattingley has collected hundreds of personal accounts of people who have experienced convincing communication with deceased loved ones. It might be a clue from nature, a butterfly or bird that follows you around. Or synchronous events, electrical disturbances, a vision or dream. She also includes a chapter on reincarnation. Eighty percent of her interviews were with women, but after death, an equal number of men made contact, she says. Dr. Raymond Moody, author of the groundbreaking book, Life After Death, calls this, “A wonderful new book I recommend highly…” Mattingley has a Masters in Consciousness Studies and has worked as a hospice volunteer. Her story begins with her deceased daughter speaking to her in the early morning hours. Mattingley says, “These mysteries are worthy of exploration… After-death contact is often profoundly healing. It’s medicine for the soul.” Five stars.

Elementary school children visit Spaceport America south of Socorro to learn about “space exploration, its history and its future.” The illustrations are charming, but it seems like a missed opportunity for a child to ask: “Where does SpaceShip Two actually go?” What would you see on a two-and-a-half hour suborbital flight? What does “suborbital” mean? There have been 39 vertical and seven horizontal launches from Spaceport, but so far, none of them sent up private citizens. Up to 400 customers have paid to take a ride on the SpaceShip, a spectacular adventure that would bring money into New Mexico and about 2,000 new jobs. Will ordinary people someday have a chance to orbit the Earth? Have any of the SpaceShips ever crashed? If you had a chance, would you go? NASA has given $500,000 to a program for students to design experiments that can be launched into space from Spaceport America. How cool would it be to have included that?

While editing the writing of the explorer John Wesley Powell at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, SMU-Dallas, de Buys became friends with David J. Weber who was researching 15 iconic sites in the Southwest including Grand Canyon, Zuni, Santa Fe, and Mesa Verde. When Weber died in 2010, his family asked de Buys to help finish Weber’s book. This fascinating culturally-layered literary account of first impressions of iconic destinations across Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, and southern Colorado, described by explorers, missionaries and non-native travelers, offers inside stories and stunning landscapes, some of which no longer exist. The stretch of the Grand Canyon now drowned by Lake Powell, is described as “Stately facades, august cathedrals, amphitheaters…tower, minaret, dome and spire …the vastness of every surrounding object, produces an impression of awe that is ultimately…painful.” A century and a half ago, scientists thought the Earth was only 6,000. First impressions of Grand Canyon altered their historical timeline. Five stars.

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BLACK SHEEP, WHITE CROW By Jim Kristofic 2017, 120 pages, $19.95 University of New Mexico Press 800-249-7737; www.unmpress.com When his father finds work in Texas, Kameron leaves behind his friends and his cell phone and moves to grandma’s sheep camp on the Navajo Reservation. He has to herd grandma’s sheep to the windmill every day. The boys at school say he stinks of sheep. They bully him and steal his stuff. But Kameron meets an old storyteller who teaches him about Diné (Navajo) traditional values: take care of family, work hard, embrace the struggles, and learn how to endure. Kameron becomes the hero of the story and wins favors from the animals by helping them in times of need. “We always take a risk when we are good to people,” the old man says. “But it is a risk that makes us so much stronger.” Kameron learns the two most valuable words in any language are, “I forgive.” The humble hogan begins to feel like “a place of family and forgiveness. A place where someone could build a fire and keep warm.” Five golden stars. To submit a book for review: include contact information and where to order.


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Comics, Poetry and Native American Superheroes sions and new artists as well as finding people already working in the field. The reception so far has been fantastic, both within and outside of the indigenous community. The American Indian Library Association gave the 2018 Best Middle School Book award to Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, while The Wool of Jonesy received an Honor award. Not bad for a publisher only three years old. Lee is an author himself; his first comic book comes out later this year. Six Killer is “Alice in Wonderland meets Kill Bill set in Osage County,” about a young woman seeking revenge for her sister’s killer. Lee was inspired by the Violence Against Women Act, which originally had gaps that failed to protect Native women.

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s a boy, Lee Francis loved both the Laguna Pueblo culture of his father and pop culture. “Dad saw that there was no stigma against comic books,” Lee says. “Reading is reading.” Lee went on to get a PhD in education, teaching middle school through high school at Laguna and Acoma Pueblos. He gives workshops around the world for Native and indigenous youth, discussing subjects such as comics, poetry, Natives in pop culture, youth empowerment, and leadership. Yet he wanted to reach even more young people. “I want my former students to find things they can take pride in,” he says. In 2015, he founded Native

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Realities Press to publish graphic novels and comic books featuring indigenous and Native American stories. “One of the prominent ways to reach young people is through pop cultural media,” Lee says. Comics allow a reimagining of Native images and storytelling. “They create a powerful expression that can undo centuries of negative associations of Native people. Unleashing the indigenous imagination is key to moving past the tragic existence we’ve been shackled to.” Lee notes that many people are creating indigenous pop art. He finds some of his writers and artists through news articles or Facebook, while others reach out to him. He tries to cultivate new expres-

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Realities books, posters, and T-shirts are also available online. Items feature historical and legendary characters, including Deer Woman and The Hero Twins. As if this weren’t enough to keep someone busy, Lee is also a founder of Indigenous Comic Con, which attracted about 2,000 people last year, Natives and non-Natives alike. The convention features all types of indigenous pop culture, including games, books, art, movies and television, puppetry, and interactive activities, as well as cosplay (dressing in costume). Vendors sell goods while guest speakers and panels discuss topics of interest. What does the future hold? The press will publish more books and perhaps interactive media. “We’re working on

Photos, top to bottom: Lee Francis and Jaclyn Roessel at the opening day of Red Planet in 2017. Photo courtesy of Lee Francis. Chris Ahmie, left and Lee Francis coverse about a book on opening day of Red Planet. Photo by Alice Ahmie, Given without reservation to Native Realities and Red Planet.

Last year, Lee and his team opened a retail store, Red Planet Books and Comics, in downtown Albuquerque. The store, which attracts visitors from around the world, sells new and used books, both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. Native

several projects that continue to push indigenous pop culture and indigenous imagination,” Lee says. “This work is rooted in trying to undo centuries of misrepresentation. Because of that, this is a very personal journey for me.”


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Backyard Trails BY CRAIG SPRINGER

Western Meadowlark a Sure Sign of Spring

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have to admit I was caught by surprise. On an early morning walk near my southern Santa Fe County home, I heard birdsong arcing through the cold air that awoke my senses that seemed to have been laid dormant by winter. Though I hadn’t heard the melodious notes for months, it was at once immediately recognizable. A western meadowlark, perched atop a gnarly fence post made from an old juniper branch thick as a thigh and grayed by wind and sun and time, gurgled his musical song. It sounded like notes from a piccolo, played by a musician warming up her chops at the beginning of a performance. All the notes were clear and sharp. But meadowlark’s song was no warm-up, it was the performance. The flutey call spoke one thing: spring is here. The long gold light of dawn backlit the bird, a welcome sight to see, the familiar silhouette of a bird of the plains. Meadowlarks are anything but plain. Though they are close kin to the rusty blackbird, a redwing blackbird and even the crow, the meadowlark is predominately yellow on the breast, as if stolen from the morning light. Its black bib spanned over the top of the breast in a crescent shape is the most black you will see. Its backside looks like the drab grasses and soil where it lives. In flight, white feathers tip the sides of the tail, a sure sign it’s a meadowlark and not a quail. They do have some similarity to quails in their habit: meadowlarks are a gregarious bird. You rarely find them alone. If you bump up one from the grasses, others are sure to follow. They will fly a hundred feet and alight on the ground and gather up again. Telephone poles and fence lines—usually the top strand of three-strand barbed-wire fence or the top of a post is where you’ll most often see a meadowlark perch. They’re comfortable alighting on a cholla or on a bulbous juniper at the edge of the prairie. Prairie is to the meadowlark what a pond is to a duck. It’s what they call home. You won’t find a western meadowlark in the forest. Their favored haunt is in their name: meadow. It’s there they make a living, walking on long legs eating bugs and singing a flutey song that keeps you in step with the season.

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A Western meadowlark in flight in Lamar Valley near Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service, Neal Herbert.

A bird snacks on some insects near Niobrara National Scenic River. Photo courtesy of National Park Service, Megan McCann.


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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 575-682-2308 or 1-800-603-8272. GREAT OFFER ON SOLAR SUBMERSIBLE SHALLOW/DEEP well pumps! ‘NRCS’ approved with 2-year warranty on selected pumps with affordable, easy installation! For a custom quote, call 505-429-3093 or email us at: sales@solarsubmersiblewellpumps.com; www.solarsubmersiblewellpumps.com to order online. 24/7 service. HEAVY-DUTY TRAILER: 12,000 POUND AXLES, GOOSENECK, 20 foot, steel flat bed, $6,500. Ford Tractor: 545C, Front-end loader, good rubber, starts and runs good, $8,750. Stock Trailer: 16 foot Gooseneck, covered, $3,000. Will also trade for cattle. Call 505-384-4380. 460 INTERNATIONAL UTILITY TRACTOR: WOULD LIKE to buy 460 a 460 International Utility Tractor running or not running. Also interested in other International/ Farmall Tractors: 706, 806.756, 856. Email: chaha88230@yahoo.com; call 575-317-7738. ROAD GRADER: WOULD LIKE TO BUY a small Road Grader and small Roller/Sheep Foot. Email: chaha88230@yahoo.com; call 575-317-7738. TRAVEL TRAILER FOR SALE. 34 FOOT, 2011, keystone sprinter. Has 2 slides, king size bed, two sinks in BR, two doors, front windows, power awning, levels and jack. In excellent condition. Call Helen at 575-403-5981. WINDMILL BROKE? THINK SOLAR! SOLUTIONS4U HAS the Solution for you! Solar submersible pumps to meet your needs for watering livestock or off-grid residential. Progressive cavity, centrifugal, and vibrating pumps are available for the most efficient way to pump water. Our systems are NRCS CS-UT-268 compliant! solutions4u@yucca.net; 575-7428050; www.solutions4u-solar.com IRRIGATION PIPE-6”, 8” & 10” PVC and Aluminum with new gates and gaskets. Bonnets, alfalfa valves, T’s, elbows, plugs & butterfly valves available. 1/2 price of new and delivery available. Call or text Sierra at 575-770-8441.

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BOUVIER DE FLANDRES DOG. LOOKING FOR healthy male stud for breeding with AKC female. Must have good hips. Call Dan at 505-775-3664.

Livestock Round-Up SHOW GOATS FOR SALE. LATE DECEMBER Boer wethers and doelings available starting at $200. Will be available for pickup after April 1st. Located near Tucumcari, NM. Contact Heidi Adams at 575-815-8909. ALPACA HERD REDUCTION! WE ARE MOVING and need to place some of our show, breeding, and fiber quality alpacas into new homes. Prices start at $500 per animal. Packages are available and very reasonable! Call or text Vivian at 575-430-4882. MINIATURE HORSES FOR SALE. CALL 228-265-0632 MOUNTAIN TOP GOATS. BABIES ARE ON the ground. We have Milkers, Bucks, Babies, Pets, Cabrito and Weed Eaters for sale. All 4-H and Show Quality. Nubians, Mini-Nubians, LaManchas, Mini-LaManchas and Nigerian Dwarfs. In Capitan, call 575-354-2846. BLACK ANGUS BULLS FOR SALE. THICK, Easy Fleshing, low maintenance, high elevation. Range raised, not pampered. Trich and fertility tested. Herd and proven low birth weight heifer bulls available. Two year old and yearlings starting at $1,600. Bobby Salvo, 575-642-0962. QUALITY HAY, MORA AREA. GRASS HAY (orchard Brome mix). Barn stored, not rained on. $7 per bale at my barn. Will deliver, minimum 100 bale load, for additional charge. Call 575-387-5924 or 575-779-7325. NOT ALL WATER TANKS ARE CREATED Equal! Is Quality, Value and Longevity important to you? Buy High Specific Gravity, Heavy Weight, Long Warranty, Superior Black NRCS tanks. Lowest prices only provide minimum standards, lower weights, and shorter warranties. Find out more! 575-430-1010. NEW MEXICO DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, Heavy Duty Black Poly. Fittings customized to your needs NRCS and EQUIP approved. High Specific Gravity, Heavy Weight, Long Warranty, Algae Resistant, Black NRCS Water Tanks. Call 1-800-603-8272 or 575-682-2308. MINIATURE HORSES FOR SALE. MARES, STUD and Foals. Call 228-265-0632.

YOUNG CHAROLAIS BULLS FOR SALE. 10 to 12 months old. Bargain price now! Will be $300 higher in a couple of months. Polled bulls, excellent bloodlines. Home phone: 575-461-3851, if no answer leave message. Cell phone: 575-815-8155. NEW MEXICO 100% GRASSFED BEEF. NO hormones. No growth stimulants. Processed to your specifications. From $2.85 per pound plus processing. Mention this ad for a discount. Edgewood/Cedar Grove, NM. 505-2860286, www.moonbeamranch.com

Odds & Ends HEADSTONES (I.E. CEMETERY MONUMENTS) IS OUR BUSINESS. Over 1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Email: taos_mt_heritage@msn.com or call 575-770-2507. Visit our website at: www.taosmountainheritage.com $CASH REWARD$ FOR OLD FISHING TACKLE, pre 1950, lures, reels, rods, catalogs. Free appraisals. Will pay top $. Send photos to: tacklechaser@aol.com or call Rick at 575-354-0365. Thank you! CASKETS: HANDMADE NATURAL CASKETS ONLY $399. Call Dave. Leave a message at 575-666-2140 or 505-652-0106. Located near Wagon Mound, New Mexico on Route #271. IF YOU CONTACT ADVERTISERS, TELL THEM you saw their ad in the enchantment! OCATE OASIS! A GREAT BIRDING DESTINATION so bring your life list, camera, and binoculars. We’ve done extensive timber management, plantings, water features and feeders. 16 years of work have made our montane forests and llanos more attractive to wildlife. Facilities include a private campground, an off-grid cabin which sleeps 6, or a full amenities lodge which sleeps 8-10. Hummingbirds return about the 15th, and male meadowlarks are already establishing territory. Call Jerry, 30 years on staff at Blanford Nature Center for recent sightings, rates and reservations at 575668-2103 or go to our website-Moleski Camp LLC (https://sites.google.com/ site/moleskicamp/) BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT: APPROXIMATELY 200 MED. SUPERS with frames, $5 each. 9 frame radial extractor-hand cranked, $550. 4 frame SS extractor with swinging baskets-hand cranked, $450. Other equipment available. Call Don Mason at 575-623-4858, Roswell, NM or cell: 575-626-7708.


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Roof Over Your Head 40 FENCED ACRES; 2300 SQUARE FEET, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. BLM 2 sides, solar well, shop, bunkhouse, storage shed, chicken house. Fruit tree orchard, cultivated field and garden. Columbus Electric service and 600-gallon propane tank. 1100 foot triangular loop ham radio antenna. $224,000. Near Rodeo, NM and Portal, AZ. Call 520-558-1187 or email: woutback1@yahoo.com VIEW OF BLUE WATER LAKE. HUGE shop, 2 bedrooms plus sunroom, 1.5 baths, large deck, 2-car carport, propanel roof, several out buildings. 5 fenced acres. Owner financing, low down payment, $99,900. Call 505-269-8179.

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• New Construction and Remodel for Solar, General Electrical, Water Well and Windmill Systems • Customized Stand Alone Solar Designs for both Water Systems and Electrical Systems • Supply, Test and Service Water Pump Systems • Maintenance and Repair • Water Purification Systems • Parking Lot Lighting nmwatersupplyinc @ gmail . com SMALL FRAME HOUSE IN MAGDALENA, NM. On lot with small old pond and 1 bath and 2 bedrooms. Handyman Special. $35,000. Call Donna at Old Westland Realty, 575-517-6170 or 505-401-4352. CONCHAS, 7543 NM 104. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath double wide with sunroom on 2.91 acres. Detached garage, carport, outbuildings, chain link fence with remote gate. Highway frontage with commercial potential. $135,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com CANJILON LAND FOR SALE, 1.9 ACRES, water, power, phone at paved road access, great views of Jemez Mountains, $35,000. Vigas up to 50’ lengths, cut to order lengths. Call 575-638-5619. HUNTERS, BIRDERS, CAMPERS. STAY AT MOLESKI Camp (https://sites.google.com/site/ moleskicamp/) There’s camping, an off-grid cabin which sleeps six, or a full amenities lodge which sleeps eight to ten. Lots of turkeys this year with the mild winter. A choice location for hunts in GMU 48 or GMU 46. We are located in northern Mora county just east of the crossroads in Ocate. Call Jerry at 575-668-2103 for rates and reservations. CLOUDCROFT VILLAGE, 211 CHIPMUNK. 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath, fireplace. $750 per month, plus utilities. $750 deposit. Year lease. Call 915-595-4021.

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CLOUDCROFT VILLAGE, 209 CHIPMUNK. 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath, fireplace, den, new paint/ carpet. Sell-$135,000, owner finance. Lease-$825 per month plus utilities, $825 deposit, year lease. Call 915-595-4021.

CONCHAS, 0000 BOAT DOCK DRIVE. VACANT land just over 1/2 acre. Water access at high mark. $49,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CONCHAS, TBD BIG MESA AVENUE. IMPROVED high level waterfront lot with septic on .83 acres. $98,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843. www.bigmesarealty.com or 575-760-5461.

FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE HILL ROAD. 2 bedroom, 3 bath log home on just over 60 acres, well, outbuildings, corrals, hunting opportunities. $385,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

WEST OF CONCHAS/GARITA, 134 PAISANO. 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with 1 bath guesthouse. Just over 7 acres, $34,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. www.bigmesarealty.com GRADY, 300 MARSHALL. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, attached carport, horse property on almost one acre, village water. $59,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. www.bigmesarealty.com CONCHAS, 000 BOAT DOCK DRIVE. VACANT land just over 1/2 acre. Water access at high mark. $49,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com MOBILE HOME SPACE FOR RENT. LLANO de San Juan near Peñasco. Deep well, beautiful views and natural beauty. $250 per month. Call 505-927-1264.

SAN ANTONIO, NM. ZANJA ROAD. 4.66 acres irrigated farmland in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. Has produced alfalfa and grass hay crops. Utilities nearby. $75,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com SOUTH OF CLOVIS, 4205 SOUTH PRINCE (533 US 70). Commercial potential on former irrigated farm land. Corrals, 3 phase power. $300,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com TORREON, NEW MEXICO. 30 MILES TO I-40. Mobile home, 14x70, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, carport. All utilities on 3 lots. $6,500 down, Real Estate contract for $27,000. 5% interest, 7 year contract. Hunting, fishing, hiking. Call 1-505-705-5239.

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WEST OF DATIL, 458 SOUTHERN TRAIL. Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision. Home, outbuildings and well on 5.82 acres. Beautiful views. $105,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CONCHAS LAKE: 3 BEDROOM, 2 FULL bath manufactured home, partial lake view, 36’x24’ steel garage. 1998 Chapparal 232 Sonesta. 1979 Dodge Ramcharger. All in excellent condition. All for $78,500. Call for more details or pictures. Contact Brad at 505-249-2750.

2011 CHEVY 2500, CREW CAB, DURAMAX, auto, 4x4, long bed, 1 owner truck, $26,950. Or 2008 Chevy 2500, crew cab, long bed, Duramax, auto, 4x4, leather, nav., 1 owner, $24,950. See pictures at www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106.

WANTED! FARMS AND RANCHES. LET US list and sell your rural property today. Broker has over 40 years experience in production agriculture and is a farm owner. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

SOUTHWESTERN STYLE ADOBE HOME. 2500 SQUARE feet, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, R-57 insulation, 2 fireplaces, vigas and corbels. 7 acres fenced in northwest Tucumcari. $210,000. Owner will finance with 10% down. Can text photos. Call 575-403-5936.

2015 RAM 2500 LARAMIE, CREW CAB, short bed, 4x4, leather, new Michelin tires, nice truck, 1 owner, $39,950. Or 2010 Ford F350, King Ranch, crew cab, long bed, single rear wheel, $29,950. See pictures at www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106.

TAOS, NEW MEXICO: FIXER UPPER HOME on 1.9 acres. 2 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths. $90,000. Call 575-779-7221.

FOR SALE. HOUSE ON 5 LOTS in Oro Grande, New Mexico, 40’x20’, all utilities on site. In desert, south of Alamogordo. Easy access to McGregor Range and W.S.M.R. Cash (or partial) ownerapproved finance. Call 575-682-2938.

2003 CHEVY TAHOE, Z71, LEATHER, ONLY 98,000 miles, 5.3 V8, auto, 4x4, $11,950. Or 2015 Subaru Forester, 46,000 miles, AWD, nice, $18,950. See pictures at www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106.

THEY MAY CLASSIFIED DEADLINE IS APRIL 9th.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE: 1999 GMC SUBURBAN, black, gray cloth interior, 6 or 9 passenger seating, 4-door, 4x4, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, 350 V8, GM Magnum wheels, panel rear doors. Very clean. Call Lee Cordova at 505-469-0181.

PROPERTY FOR SALE, EASTERN NEW MEXICO. 18 miles south of Tucumcari. 2-story rock house with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Huge rock barn. 19-1/2 acres. New refrigerator, new hot water heater, two new baseboard heaters. Asking $85,000. Call 505-347-8697. LINCOLN COUNTY, 6 ACRES NEXT TO national forest. Well maintained access. Mild climate. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Perfect for people with horses to retire. Owner will finance/discount for cash. Call 505-281-2598. TORREON, NEW MEXICO. 30 MILES TO I-40. 1200 square feet on 1/2 acre on Highway 55. Fishing, hiking, camping, hunting. Call 1-505-705-5239. LARGE BUILDING FOR SALE ON BUSY Central Avenue (Highway 54) Carrizozo, NM. Originally built as Hardware store and Lumber yard. Recently used as Antique store and Auction gallery last 15 years. 4,200 square foot main building with 2 bathrooms, 2 air conditioners, heater, recent new roof and well-lighted with lots of windows for display. Plus lumber yard out-buildings which have been rented as storage units. For sale with or without stock of very desirable pre-1900 antiques. Priced to sell. Phone Frank Walker, 575-648-3007. Visit website: www.theantiqueliquidators.com SOCORRO: CHOICE OF 2, 5-6 ACRE irrigated organic farms with homes. Located in city limits with direct access to Rio Grande. Mountain views, all water rights, mature fruit trees. New 30 million dollar levy with miles of trails and parks. Call for pictures or details. $190,000 OBO. Owner, 505-550-3123. RESIDENTIAL/RECREATION/VACATION PROPERTY-BERNALILLO, CATRON, AND CIBOLA COUNTIES. 10-100 acre lots for sale. Wild Horse-Sawtooth-James Valley. 40 acre lots in western Bernalillo County near Tohajiilee. Contact Bill Culler at 505228-6276, www.gculler.kw.com or Keller Williams Realty office, 505-271-8200.

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LOOKING FOR WATER? GIFTED TO FIND underground streams. Reputable dowser with 50+ years experience. To God Be Thy Glory! Contact Joe Graves at 575-7583600. In Taos, 75 miles north of Santa Fe. God Bless You! FOR SALE: 640 ACRE FENCED RANCH. 3 bedroom brick home, two car garage, 1993 Dodge truck, lawnmower, and all furniture. Located 5 miles West of Dora on Highway 114. Out buildings and two wells. Turnkey ready. $375,000. 941-447-9204, howen@comcast.net

Things That Go Vroom! 2004 CHEVY SILVERADO 2500, EXT. CAB, long bed, 6.0 V8, auto trans, 4x4, good tires, 1 owner truck, $9,950. Or 2012 GMC Sierra 1500, crew cab, 5.3 V8, auto, 4x4, 1 owner truck, $16,950. See pictures at www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106. 2013 CHEVY SUBURBAN Z71, FULLY LOADED, 1 owner, extremely clean, new Michelin tires, $19,950. Or 2007 Chevy Suburban, loaded, 4x4, 1 owner, nice, $14,950. Call 505-832-5106 or see pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com 2013 CHEVY EQUINOX, LT, FWD, LOW miles, nice, $14,950. Or 2011 Hyundai Tuscon Limited, AWD, loaded, very nice car, $12,950. Call 505-832-5106 or see pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com 2007 TOYOTA TUNDRA CREW MAX, SR5, auto, 4x4, very well kept, $17,950. Or 2009 Nissan Titan XE, crew cab, 4x4, one owner, nice truck, $15,950. See pictures at www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106.

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1930 CHEVROLET PICKUP PARTS WANTED: NEED pickup box and other parts for restoration. Send information, photos, location and prices to: bweiser3@outlook.com 2012 RAM 2500 DIESEL 6.7 PICKUP, 4x4, 6 speed manual transmission. Never driven hard! Crew cab, short bed. Needs nothing. Excellent condition. One owner (me). 92,000 miles. $31,000 cash. 575-682-2308. Tularosa, NM area.

Vintage Finds B & C TRADING COMPANY. NOW open for business. Buying, selling, trading authentic antique Western Colonial memorabilia, saddles, spurs, bronzes, Navajo tapestries, jewelry, rare collectibles. Cash paid for antique firearms! Open 10-5, Monday-Saturday. 397 Highway 518, Mora, NM. Call 512-571-7733.

RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: 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 575-356-6919 or 575-760-3341. THE MONTICELLO STORE IN HISTORIC MONTICELLO. Antiques, collectables, vintage, dishes, old tools, clothing, art and furniture. Live banjo music with Wayne Shrubsall. Musicians welcome to jam. April 28th and 29th. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cash or checks accepted. Call 505944-6785 for more information. $CASH REWARD$ FOR OLD FISHING TACKLE, pre 1950, lures, reels, rods, catalogs. Free appraisals. Will pay top $. Send photos to: tacklechaser@aol.com or call Rick at 575-354-0365. Thank you! WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1912-1959. Paying $100-$500 each. Also buying some New Mexico car plates 1900-1923. WANTED: New Mexico Highway Journal magazine, 1923-1927, New Mexico Automobile License Directory (”The Zia Book”), Motor Vehicle Register books, 1900-1949. See the New Mexico Transportation History Project website NMplates.com for 2,500+ color photographs and 100+ year history of New Mexico license plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 88052-0001. Email: Bill@NMplates.com or telephone 575-382-7804.

When Opportunity Knocks CRAFT SHOW MAY 5, 2018. IN Albuquerque at New Mexico Vet Memorial. 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Laurel at 505-296-5614 for prices and space sizes. Leave a message if no answer.

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.

OPENING SOON IN CHAMA: DOLLY’S TWICE New Thrift Store, 16306-B Highway 84/64 Chama, New Mexico 87520. Are you doing some Spring cleaning or just wanting to unclutter your house? I will be accepting donations for “Gently” used clothing, shoes, books, niknaks, kitchen ware, and more. Call Dolly Espinoza at 303-704-8175. Donations will be accepted on April 13 & 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No large furniture please!

VINTAGE WOOD STOVE, #18 ROUND OAK, approximately 6’x28”widex28” deep. Very decorative and nice condition. $1,850. Located in El Paso. Call 915-595-4021.

WORK FROM HOME OR ANYWHERE. SIMPLY return calls. No selling, not MLM, not a business. 14 year old organization. Full training and support. $500+ per week. Call 505-685-0966.


Colorful Bird Houses Our feathered friends will love these colorful bird houses. May is National Electrical Safety Month. For May, draw a kite and a power line. Maybe your kite has a safety message on it or an emotional face for getting too close to power lines. Remember: Safety First. A fellow Youth Artist suggested a fun topic for June: Under the Sea. Draw giant turtles, squids, jelly fish, or a sea monster. Have a great time diving into the sea.

Send Your Drawing by Email: We accept Youth Art drawings by email. Send jpg file and required information by the 9th to: enchantment@nmelectric.coop

Remember: Print your name, age, mailing address, phone number, and co-op name on your drawings. Otherwise, your drawings are disqualified. Remember: color, dark ink or pencil on plain white 8.50 x 11.00 size paper is best. Accept artwork up to age 13. Mail to: Youth Editor, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Entries must be here by the 9th of the month before publication. Each published artist receives $10 for his or her work.

Charlotte Aguirre, Age 7, Gallup

Alexis Bullington, Age 7, Mountainair

Jovie Castillo, Age 6, Socorro

Lucinda Flores, Age 10, Mescalaro

Melina Mendoza, Age 10, Lovington

Nancy Morales, Age 12, Lake Arthur

Elijah Sledge, Age 4, Mountainair

Kyle Terry, Age 7, Logan

Zoe Vela, Age 9, Lovington

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Feature story: Chirp, Chirp Your Way to Birdwatching.

April 2018 enchantment  

Feature story: Chirp, Chirp Your Way to Birdwatching.