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enchantment The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives


Continental Divide Electric Cooperative

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04 We are enchantment 05 View from enchantment 06 Hale to the Stars 08 New Look for an Old Friend A brief history of the enchantment. 10 Energy Sense 12 Book Chat


14 3 Electrifying End-Use Appliances Make the switch to save money.


16 Your Electric Co-op 18 A World of Science A science program which encourages girls to pursue STEM. 22 On the Menu 24 Enchanted Journeys

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25 Stopping Scams for Better Service Helpful tips to avoid getting scammed. 26 The Market Place 30 Youth Art

30 On the Cover: As part of the Tech Trek New Mexico program, girls participate in the Designing, Building and Testing Their Own Landfill Workshop. Photo by Brie Logan.

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We live in the Land of Enchantment… We are

The Tree and the Trucking Company

How to contact enchantment

In the article published in the January 2020 enchantment, “The People’s Tree,” it was inadvertently reported that Wilbanks Trucking Services was from Questa. The Wilbanks Trucking Services is from Artesia, and is a member of Central Valley Electric Cooperative. Our apologies to Wilbanks Trucking Services on the error. Comments received: "Wilbanks donated many hours of time and equipment to make the Capital Christmas Tree project a huge success!" "Our community was very proud that they represented Southeastern New Mexico.

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Take a photo of you or someone with the magazine and email it with a few words about the photo. Include your name, mailing address, and co-op name.

One lucky member will win $20. Take a photo of you holding Submitting your photo(s) gives us permisYOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN! sion to publish the photo(s) in enchantEmail to: enchantment@nmelectric.coop ment, Facebook, and other media outlets.

Congratulations to… The Flores family who is reading the February 2019 enchantment (that's right, the February 2019 edition). Vasti Flores writes: “After a great hike in the forest, everyone sits down and relaxes to look through the pages of the enchantment. Including the doggies! The enchantment has helped us learn many new and interesting things." They are members of Socorro Electric Cooperative.

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February 1, 2020 • Vol. 72, No. 02 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 90,197 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. Over 90,000 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 please 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 to the cooperatives who are members of the Association 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 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 Robert Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op, Mora 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 Joseph Herrera, 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 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, CEO, kgroenewold@nmelectric.coop Susan M. Espinoza, Editor. sespinoza@nmelectric.coop Tom Condit, Assistant Editor, tcondit@nmelectric.coop DISPLAY ADVERTISING: Rates available upon request. Co-op members and New Mexico display advertisers, email Shaylyn at enchantmentads@nmelectric.coop or call 505-252-2540. 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 ©2020, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

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

We're Here for You: The Neighborly Cooperative Way


here are many ways to organize a business: sole proprietorships, stockholder corporations, and partnerships, to name a few. Cooperatives are on that list, but they are different from any other type of business structure. Cooperatives are the only businesses that exist to meet the needs of their members. They are the only type of business that provides services chosen by the members, that returns earnings to its members and that operate on the democratic principle of one member, one vote. The most common cooperatives—credit unions, grocery stores, agricultural, telephone, and electric co-ops—have the added distinction of being owned by consumers. That means the people who run the business are the people who buy its products and services. Think about that. The owner and consumer are the same person. Acting as an owner, the consumer chooses trustees to oversee the co-op’s management and policies, votes on changes to the co-op’s bylaws, and shares in any surplus the cooperative may have. Acting as a consumer, the owner buys products and services that he or she told the cooperative to offer. As a consumer, the owner holds trustees accountable for the quality of service offered by his or her company. As a

consumer, the owner also has the ability to direct the cooperative to offer new services to meet new or changing needs. The cooperative, in turn, responds to the wishes of its consumer owners. As their needs and expectations change, the successful cooperative offers new services. This is particularly true for rural electric co-ops. Our mission is to provide reliable and affordable electric service to our members. That’s obvious. What is not so obvious is that we also provide lifestyle choices. That’s because electricity is more than a product. It is the basis of our entire standard of living. We use it for lights to extend the day. We also use it for motors and appliances and other devices that make rural life sustainable. Providing electricity is no longer enough to deliver the 21st century lifestyle enhancements that are part of the mission of rural electric cooperatives. Depending on local conditions, this means electric co-ops may change dramatically. One community may require different services than another. Its co-op, therefore, may look very different from a sister co-op a few miles away. Wholesale power supply for co-ops is also transforming in a major way. Western Farmers, which delivers wholesale power to four of New Mexico’s cooperatives on the east side of the state plans on delivering 50

percent of its power from renewable resources by 2023, all while maintaining reliability and affordability. Tri-State, which delivers wholesale power to eleven of New Mexico’s cooperatives plans on delivering 50 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2024, all while maintaining reliability and affordability. In both cases, the G&T wholesale supplier will meet the renewable goals years before the 2030—50 percent deadline. At the distribution level, cooperatives are looking at infrastructure needs to accommodate the coming of the electric vehicle age. Billing and metering flexibility are also something we hear about quite often. This requires future upgrades in communications, grid monitoring and smart metering capabilities. This helps keep the grid reliable and resilient. Friends and neighbors formed our organizations because they lacked electric power and could find no one else willing to deliver it to them. Their counterparts today continue this tradition when they ask us to offer solar energy, or internet service, or any number of other products or services. That’s the best thing about being co-ops. We get to learn from our neighbors, listen to their needs and help them solve problems in their lives. It’s called being neighborly. It’s the cooperative way. enchantment.coop • February 2020


hale to the stars I By Alan Hale

Orion, the Mighty Hunter


fter a few weeks during which one or more of our solar system’s bright planets have been hidden in sunlight, February offers opportunities to view all five of them during a single night. The most obvious of these is Venus, which gleams brilliantly in our western skies during the evening hours, not setting until two hours after the end of dusk. During the first half of the month, Mercury also puts in an appearance in our evening sky, and sets in the southwest around the end of twilight. The remaining three bright planets are all visible in the morning sky. Mars, which will pass fairly close to Earth later this year, rises in the southeast between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m., and is located to the northwest to the “teapot” of the constellation Sagittarius. On Tuesday morning, the 18th, the crescent moon will cross directly over, or “occult,” Mars during twilight. Meanwhile, Jupiter rises half an hour to an hour before the beginning of dawn, and Saturn follows along about half an hour later. One of the most prominent and well-known constellations currently visible in our nighttime skies is Orion, the mighty hunter from Greek mythology, which is high in our southern skies throughout the evening skies this month. Orion contains many bright and prominent stars, including the three


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The constellation Orion, as it appeared on December 30, 2019. Betelgeuse is the bright star in the upper left. Photo courtesy John McConnell, England.

“belt” stars as well as Rigel, which marks the hunter’s western knee, and Betelgeuse, which marks his eastern shoulder. Betelgeuse is a type of star known as a “red giant,” a very large and massive star that is nearing the end of its “life.” Over the past several decades it has undergone small and irregular changes in its brightness, however starting in December, it has appeared dimmer than at any time since records began to be kept. Whether or not this trend will continue, or instead Betelgeuse regains its normal

brightness during the coming weeks, remains to be seen. At some point within the “near” future—which, in astronomical terms, means sometime within the next few tens of thousands of years—Betelgeuse is expected to explode as a supernova, and for a while may be as bright as the full moon or brighter. The current fading it has exhibited is most likely unrelated to this, but, one never knows.


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New Look for an Old Friend The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives

The rest of the interior pages were black and white. Four-color was then used on the front and back covers beginning with the December 1960 edition. The inside pages remained black and white. The monthly publication remained a magazine format through July 1969.

Name and format change


ood things come in small packages. That’s the philosophy behind the change that occurred with the January 2020 enchantment when it debuted as a new magazinesize and gloss paper stock publication. The enchantment marked it’s 60th year as a true magazine with the January 2020 edition. It joins 29 other statewide rural electric cooperative publications that were or have already made the change. The enchantment is published by the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NMRECA) headquartered in Santa Fe. Members whose electric cooperatives are members of NMRECA


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receive the enchantment on a monthly basis. Join us on a journey as we review a brief history of the enchantment.

The edition found in archives enchantment began in October 1960 (according to the first edition we have on archive) and was called New Mexico Electric News. It’s tag line was “Voice of Your Locally Owned BusinessManaged and Tax Paying Utility.” It is unknown how many electric cooperative members received this issue since no circulation was printed. The October 1960 issue was magazine-size, gloss paper stock, 22 pages. Only the front and back pages had a spot color, in this instance, blue.

In 1967, the magazine name and tag line changed to enchantment and “New Mexico’s Family Magazine.” In 1967, only four issues of enchantment were printed: January, Summer, Fall, and Winter. The enchantment became a tabloid format, newspaper stock with it’s August-September 1969 issue and remained so through December 2019. During this period of time, spot color was added sporadi0 JANUARY 202 cally, then with the January 2007 issue, more four-color pages were introduced.


Circulation and pages Since its inception, the circulation for enchantment has varied over the years from 90,000, to a whopping 126,000. enchantment has varied in page count from 22 pages to 28 pages. Today, the new enchantment is 32 pages.

Electric co-op pages Electric co-op pages occasion-


ally appeared in different issues in the 1960s through the early 1970s. Then in 1975, electric cooperative pages could be found on the back page of the enchantment. They remained in this position through December 2019. You can now find your respective electric co-op pages in the inside of the enchantment. The co-op pages were printed in black and white until April 2016. That month, color began to grace the pages, bringing photos and graphics to life. Electric co-ops use enchantment as an important and powerful communication tool to reach out to their members, which includes you. Through the co-op pages, co-ops inform their members of annual meetings, trustee elections, scholarship information, rate notices, Youth Tour, and many more articles from energy efficiency to safety to the newest technology.

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Twenty-seven years later In 1977, the enchantment’s tag line changed to “Voice of New Mexico’s 17 Rural Electric Cooperatives.” Then in 1993, the tag line changed to “Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives,” which remains so today, 27 years later.

New look, newfFeel After 50 years as a tabloid, newsprint publication, the enchantment made its debut as a magazine-size, gloss paper stock publication. It is circulated monthly and directly to the homes and businesses of nearly 90,000 co-op members who are member-owners of electric cooperatives, and whose electric co-op is a member of NMRECA. That’s 80 percent of the state! Our goal is to tell the story of the people, places and the heritage that make New Mexico special. We offer useful and reliable information about energy efficiency, renewables, and electric cooperation. In times of the digital age and thinking of the co-op members who prefer to read the enchantment

online, we have a digital edition on our enchantment website. Visit enchantment.coop or visit our enchantment Facebook page for the most current link.

Loyal readership Over the years, the publication has changed its name, paper stock, page size, use of color, but one thing remains, the enchantment has and continues to have its loyal readership. And, we thank our members for the that. Many have grown up with enchantment and now have families of their own. We receive phone calls and letters from readers who once drew Youth Art drawings for enchantment— now their children submit drawings. Let us know what you think about your new magazine and electric cooperative pages. Which articles do you enjoy reading? If you have story suggestions, send them our way. We sure would like to hear from you. Please send your comments to: enchantment@nmelectric.coop enchantment.coop • February 2020


energy sense I By Patrick Keegan and Brad Thiessen

Your Seven-Step Efficiency Upgrade Checklist


f you live in an older home, making it more energy efficient can be done by taking one step at a time, or all at once as a larger project. Either way, it’s helpful to have a plan before diving in so you don’t end up doing unnecessary work or repeating steps along the way. Here’s a checklist to help you get organized. Step 1: Set goals and constraints. First, set your primary goal. Are you looking to save money on your home’s energy bills, make it more comfortable, increase the resale value, or help the environment? Then, set a deadline for when you need the project completed. Lastly, set your budget. How much is it worth to you to live in an energy efficient home? Review your annual energy bills. If you pay $2,000 per year, how much would you be willing to spend to cut that expense in half. Maybe willing to spend $10,000 to save $1,000 each year? That would be a 10 percent rate of return on your investment. Step 2: Educate yourself. This step is crucial so you can weigh the costs and benefits of each potential improvement. There are helpful lists of efficiency upgrades online, great resources like the Department of Energy or Energy Star, or your electric co-op may have an energy advisor or helpful available literature. Step 3: Schedule an energy audit. An energy audit will help you priori-

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Inspecting and sealing furnace ducts are high-impact projects best left to the professionals. Photo Credit: United Cooperative Service. tize so you can spend your money on measures that will bring you the most benefit. And an energy auditor can help in other ways. A neighbor hired a contractor to do major energy efficiency upgrades. They asked an energy auditor to take a look at the work before they paid for it, and the auditor found it wasn’t even close to the level agreed to in the contract. It took three or four return visits for the contractor to get the work up to the promised level of efficiency. Step 4: Plan your projects. Now that you have a budget and priorities, and have a sense of the work and costs involved, make a list of the items you want to include in your energy efficiency upgrades. Step 5: Are there tasks you can take on yourself? Some work, like caulking windows or adding weather stripping to doors, can easily be done by the homeowner.

Other work, like insulating an attic, can be dangerous and may require special equipment or know-how. Step 6: Identify and select contractors. This can be challenging. You want a contractor who knows how to do energy efficiency work. And you may need two or more contractors, such as one for your heating system and another for insulation. Get several quotes if possible, as well as references from past clients. Create and sign a contract with guaranteed work and completion dates, with payments due only as work is completed and inspected. Step 7: Oversee the work. The quality of the work makes a big difference in the amount of energy savings and added comfort you desire. Keep an eye on the project and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Remember, it’s your home, and you pay the bills!


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book chat I By Phaedra Greenwood Visit your local bookstores to buy books. Send your book for review to: Book Chat, 614 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87502

Roots of Enchantment Seldom have personal stories of ordinary people been so aptly portrayed within the historical framework of their times. Romero is a ninth-generation New Mexican and native-born Taoseño. He taught history at five different colleges and served for seven years as president of the Taos Historical Society. The four men featured are his ancestors, viewed from the present back to the 1800s when subsistence agriculture was an ideal way to live, a time when children helped with chores, and families worked together to survive hardships. By 1880, there were 11 large-scale flour mills on the Rio Grande del Rancho that produced 100,000 pounds of flour and made Taos “the breadbasket of New Mexico.” In 1870, farmers produced 50,000 bushels of corn. The Romeros were farmers, weavers, carpenters, legislators, and entrepreneurs. Five stars!

Albuquerque International Sunport This informative book covers the evolution of the Albuquerque Airport from 1928 to 2010. The first two commercial airlines to establish regular flights were Western Air Express and Transcontinental Air Transport. In the 1930s, overlapping transports merged into Trans World Airlines which provided a cross-continental route between Los Angeles and New York. During WWII, the airport was used by the military; Kirtland Air Force Base was established and shared between military and civilian use. After deregulation in the 1980s, new airlines flooded the airport and a massive expansion began. The book covers the rural airports in New Mexico that connected to the hub of ABQ. Six legacy airlines merged between 2010-2015 and by 2018, ABQ saw 94 flights a day serving 5.5 million passengers per year. Impressive!

The Cactus Plot This is a delicious, layered Cozy Mystery/Women Sleuth paperback. Tall, gangly young Millie Whitehall takes a job as a botanist for the BLM to survey endangered plants in Four Corners country, New Mexico. An archeologist has just plunged off a cliff and died. But fellow BLM worker, Momma Agnes says, “That don’t make sense… He was strong as an ox and knew the back country better than most.” This suspicious death is followed by two more. Millie learns about fracking, contradictions in federal policy and how an oil field hand can back off from a rattlesnake. She is introduced to wild mustangs, Monster Slayer and Changing Woman, and how to make Navajo fry bread. The characters are vivid and eager to share their stories, but the plot is slow to develop. Nevertheless, it’s an informed cultural and ecological immersion rolled up in a mystery. Four stars.

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know no better,'” he writes. The idealized relationship, stilted prose and mistakes in grammar distract from what might be a compelling story. In the last chapter, Alicia disappears into parallel time. “The last time she kissed my lips, her lips were like wilted leaves upon a dying tree …” So sad. By A. Miguel Trujillo • Xlibris 888-795-4274 • www.xlibris.com

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Electrifying End-Use Appliances By Maria Kanevsky, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


any of the appliances in your home have the potential to be powered by electricity instead of gas, propane or any other type of fossil fuel. Switching over to electric appliances and technologies can help you save money over time since they never need to be refueled, and because these appliances are typically more efficient and less likely to break down. Not only do electric appliances create a cleaner home environment with less exhaust emissions, but they also help to create an overall cleaner community environment. Generally, electric appliances are also safer for the consumer since there is no direct contact with the oil or gas itself. There are three major electric technologies around the home that are changing the way we use energy, and those are the stove top, water heater and vehicle.

1 Electric Stove Tops: If you’ve had your gas-

powered stove top for years, an electric stove top could be the next step in making a change towards electrification. New induction stove tops can now warm up more quickly than gas stoves, can heat pans more evenly than before and are much more efficient than older versions of electric resistance stoves. Note that induction stove tops also require specific pots and pans to be compatible with the stove top, which can make them more expensive than regular electric stove tops.

2 Electric Water Heaters: A hybrid heat pump

water heater is another option to electrify an appliance in your home and is much more efficient than a traditional electric water heater since they use energy more efficiently. Households can potentially save hundreds of dollars per year, while also not having to worry about any combustion safety issues. Another key feature of the electric water heater is they can serve as a battery by storing thermal energy. Water heaters can retain their heat for hours, which provide the consumer-member and the utility a great opportunity to power their water heaters at night when electricity is the cheapest. This helps keep rates low for you and other consumer-members, since your electric co-op can better

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Electric vehicles, like the Ford Focus BEV shown here, reduce exhaust emissions. With many consumers making the transition to electric vehicles, air quality can be improved on a larger scale. Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company. Hybrid heat pump water heaters, like the one from A.O. Smith shown here, generally save money since they use energy more efficiently than gas-powered water heaters. Photo credit: A.O. Smith. manage its electricity demand. Check with your co-op to see if it has a demand response water heater program.

3 Electric Vehicles: Technology around electric

vehicles is changing extremely quickly, with prices now becoming on par with gasoline-fueled vehicles over the long term. While there are luxury options like Tesla, there are many other manufacturers coming out with hybrids that can be much more affordable, especially for used cars. Electric vehicles also reduce exhaust emissions, and with many people making the transition, air quality can be improved on a larger scale. Electrifying these various household appliances and machines is the idea behind beneficial electrification, which is the electrification of any end-use appliances. Beneficial electrification doesn’t call for electrifying everything, rather only when it benefits consumers and the larger community. Switching a product to electricity can bring several benefits to the consumer. No more maintenance and no more dealing with gasoline or oil. Over time, switching to electric appliances can save consumers money as well, creating a win-win situation for all.

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Continental Divide Electric Cooperative Nominating Committee to Meet Fri., March 6


Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Robert E. Castillo, P.E. Grants Office 200 E. High St.• P.O. Box 1087 Grants, NM 87020 505-285-6656 505-287-2234, fax Gallup Office 2500 N.M. Highway 602 • P.O. Box 786 Gallup, NM 87305 505-863-3641 505-863-2175, fax After Hours 877-775-5211 Office Hours 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M-F) Satellite Payment Offices Villa de Cubero, Zuni, Tribal Utility Dept. Website www.cdec.coop Board of Trustees President Keith Gottlieb, At-Large Vice President Grant Clawson, District 6 Secretary-Treasurer Joe Hoskins, District 7 Lyle Adair District 8 Alex Griego District 1 Wes Malcolm District 2 Lloyd Ortega District 4 Claudio Romero District 3 Alfred Saavedra District 5

irector elections are scheduled for Continental Divide Electric Co-op’s Annual Meeting on April 25, 2020. The nominations committee, consisting of Marla Malcolm, Kelsi Maynard and Robert Morin, will meet Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., in CDEC’s boardroom, 200 E. High St., in Grants to nominate trustees for the districts scheduled for director elections. Districts are as follows:

• District #2, now represented by Wes Malcolm • District #7, now represented by Joe Hoskins • At-Large, now represented by Keith Gottlieb Any fifteen (15) or more members—residents of any district in which a trustee is to be elected—acting together may make and file nominations by petition with the secretary of the Cooperative, at the Cooperative’s office in Grants, not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting of the members (April 25, 2020); and the secretary shall post such nominations at the place where the list of nominations made by the committee is posted. If you have any questions, please call CDEC’s Assistant General Manager Corina Sandoval at 505-285-6656.

CDEC is Now Accepting Scholarship Applications


pplications for Continental Divide Electric Cooperative’s Education Foundation scholarship are now available. Applications are available in the Grants and Gallup offices, from CDEC’s service-area high school counselors and from the co-op’s website. Deadline to return scholarship applications is May 1, 2020. For more information, contact Corina Sandoval or Rosanne Apodaca at 505-285-6656.

Commercial Efficiency Rebates Still Available


nergy efficiency incentives remain available for businesses in 2020. Among them include rebates for commercial LED lighting retrofits and new construction lighting, pole-mounted LED lighting, variable speed drive (VSD) retrofits and incentives for new irrigation motors. Visit CDEC’s website or call our Member Services Department for more details.

Protection From Winter Shut-Off Ends March 15


o avoid potential disconnection of services, please contact CDEC to make arrangements for payment. Members of New Mexico tribes or pueblos who need help with translations or other matters may contact the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s consumer relations division at 888-427-5772, which will contact the appropriate tribal or pueblo official for assistance. Para informacion en espanol llame 505-285-6656.

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Continental Divide Electric Cooperative Residential LED Rebate to be Extended Through 2020!


f you plan on taking advantage of Continental Divide Electric Co-op’s Residential Energy Efficiency Incentives, there is still time for the LED lighting rebate. The LED rebate incentive has been extended through 2020! The incentive is a 50% rebate—capped at $8—per lamp or fixture. A CDEC member can seek a rebate on up to 50 lamps and/or fixtures. The lamps or fixtures must be at least 500 lumens (the approximate equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent) to qualify. CDEC also offers rebates on electric water heaters and the following Energy Star-rated appliances: • Refrigerators and freezers that are 7.75 cubic feet or larger can receive $30, per unit. • Front-loading clothes washers are eligible for $40, per

unit. Top-loaders can receive $30, per unit. • Electric clothes dryers are eligible for $30, per unit. Hybrid dryers (ventless) can receive $90, per unit. • Dishwashers are eligible for $20, per unit. • Any electric water heater that is 30 to 55 gallons can receive $30, per unit or $50, per unit, if it comes with a lifetime tank warranty. To be eligible. Members must apply for a rebate within 90 days of equipment purchase and include a copy of purchase receipts. To learn about these incentives, as well as those for split-system air conditioners, heat-pump equipment and check out our website or call CDEC’s Member Services Department at 505-285-6656.

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ach summer, 60 New Mexico girls come together to immerse themselves in science before they enter eighth grade. They learn about stars and rocks, wildlife and explosions, and most of all, their own abilities to tackle challenges. Tech Trek New Mexico is sponsored by the New Mexico organization of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW has a long history of supporting girls and women in all fields, especially science and technology. Over 20 years ago, an AAUW of California member, Marie Wolbach, used an AAUW Community Action Grant to open a science camp for girls on the Stanford University campus. The program has since expanded to 10 camps in California, plus camps in several other states. New Mexico joined the group in 2014 and now hosts an annual weeklong camp at the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro. The program is


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designed for girls who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Camp classes cover building and programming robots, studying cybersecurity, or learning how computer simulations can predict weather patterns. The girls get hands-on experiences in science and technology, plus they meet role models in these fields. Dana K. Baylis-Aguirre, a PhD Candidate in the Physics Department at New Mexico Tech, which is a member of Socorro Electric Co-op, teaches a class called A Tour of the Stellar Life Cycle. “The girls learn how stars are born, how they spend the majority of their lives, and the different ways they can die. The first day of class I outline all the topics that we need to understand. They all stare at me wideeyed, and I can almost hear them thinking, 'We can’t do all that.' As we move through each day, I watch their confidence grow. I love helping

them see that even though a subject seems challenging, they are more than capable of meeting it head on.” Baylis-Aguirre got involved because she understands how society can discourage girls from going into the sciences. “Too often I have students in my freshmen labs tell me they had teachers who discouraged them from asking advanced questions. They have been taught to be afraid of math and afraid of science and that these topics are hard or impossible to learn. As a woman in physics, I believe it is vital that I show young women that physics and mathematics are not subjects to be feared.”

The College Experience During the camp, the girls live in the college dorms and eat in the dining hall. This may help them see themselves as college students someday. They attend classes and workshops with other girls from around the state. Their activities are scheduled throughout the day and evening, with two adults supervising each group of 10 at all times.

“Last year I volunteered to help with the DNA extraction lab,” says Lynnette Napier, retired nurse and a Socorro AAUW member. “The girls extracted their own DNA from their mouths, and processed it—pipetted, added reagents and centrifuged—and then put it in a necklace. It was such fun I made one for myself.” Field trips introduce the girls to more sites and experts. At the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, the girls learn about the biology of wildlife. One year they processed prairie dogs, taking data on urban

Photos, top to bottom: In a Crime Scene Investigation Workshop, girls identify DNA; learning about geology "Quebradas Backcountry Scenic Byway" field trip; and "hands on" learning about rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing techniques for polymers. Photos by Dana Roberson.

animals that would be released on the refuge. On geology field trips to the Quebradas and San Lorenzo Canyon, they learned about different geologic features. They take rock samples and look at them through magnifying glasses. The New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum also hosts a tour. The girls learn about both optical and radio astronomy through visits to the Very Large Array and a star party at Socorro’s Etscorn Campus Observatory. A program at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) includes a demonstration of different explosives. Introducing the campers to women who are working in science is important for providing role models, so whenever possible, the girls meet and work with female staff. Pnina Miller, Senior Staff Scientist for IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center, first volunteered for a panel of professional women. “The girls receive bios about the women on the panel,” Miller says. “The panelists sit with the girls during dinner for a chance at one-on-one questions. They ask about their careers, career paths, and education. The questions the girls asked were engaging and it was fun to hear how excited they were to be participating in a STEM camp and the exciting projects they were doing.”

It TAkes A Village Many people work to put Tech Trek together. An executive board made up of AAUW members from branches around the state organizes the event. Members around the state read enchantment.coop • February 2020 19

essays and conduct interviews. About twice as many girls apply as are accepted each year. AAUW would like to make the camp available to every interested girl, but Tech Trek can only host 60 students. Girls must be nominated by their science or math teacher. The girls then fill out an application that asks about their interests and experiences with sleepaway camp. The girls are also interviewed in person, both with and without their parents. There are no “right” answers. The application and interviews are simply ways to identify girls who would benefit from the camp and do well there. It costs about $1,100 per child to run the camp, but families only pay a $50 registration fee. AAUW branches hold fundraisers to cover the remaining costs, and the executive board seeks corporate and government grants. In an attempt to reach all economic groups, AAUW will even cover the registration fee for families who can’t afford it. Interviewers try to include girls from a broad geographic range, especially from small towns and rural areas who may not have access to other STEM programs. “Girls at

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rural schools don’t often get an opportunity,” says Napier. “AAUW aren’t looking for the smartest or most successful students. They want students who might not otherwise get exposed to science camps.”

Learning and Having Fun

For more details about Tech Trek Contact the board via email: techtreknm@gmail.com Teachers and families may visit: techtrek-nm.aauw.net/forms/ To volunteer for the program, visit: techtrek-nm.aauw.net/volunteer/

One thing the girls don’t get at camp: tests. The goal is to have fun. Campers rave about the experience. “This camp has got me interested in many different types of science that I hadn’t even known existed before I came here,” one said. The majority of Tech Trek alumni say that the program increased their interest in technology and boosted their confidence in their ability to be successful in science classes. Girls who attend these camps are more likely than their peers to take advanced science and math classes and eventually go to college. Another camper said, “This was a

wonderful, challenging, and fun once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that gives you the chance to learn and have fun at the same time.” Making science fun is what Tech Trek is all about. Some of the girls will go on to become scientists, engineers, and other technology experts, improving our world and inspiring the next generation. All of them will have a better understanding of science and more confidence in their ability to succeed. Photo above: Owl About Technology, learning how to track tagged birds. Photo by Dana Roberson.



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on the menu I By Sue Hutchison

Colorful Creations

With spring around the corner, thoughts turn toward enduring winter’s final cold blasts. Creating easy yet satisfying meals becomes less challenging when giving a few standards a new twist. While beef is the customary meat in a stroganoff recipe, using a pork tenderloin gives a new taste to a rather common dish, with the added benefit of a more low-fat result. Today’s cooks grill more than meat when cooking outdoors, and the following Cabbage Steak recipe adds an element of nutrition as well as a tasty option for grill-masters. And who knew a cake mix could be the base for delicious and moist cookies? Once created, a plethora of other options are available for any flavor cake mix. The sky’s the limit for adding ingredients of choice once a basic cookie batter is mixed. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies will be just the beginning of all sorts of new creations from the kitchen. 22 February 2020 • enchantment.coop

Pork Stroganoff 1 (1½) lb. pork tenderloin ½ cup diced onion 2 cloves chopped garlic ½ tsp. ground mustard ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground pepper 2 cups uncooked egg noodles 2 Tbs. butter 1 (10½) oz. can cream of mushroom soup 1 cup sour cream (plain Greek yogurt may also be used) Dried parsley to garnish 1. Trim excess fat off pork, cut into 1-inch cubes. Hint: slightly frozen pork is easier to trim or dice than fully thawed. 2. In large skillet, place pork, onion, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Fry over low to medium heat until onion is soft and pork is no longer pink. 3. In saucepan, add enough water to cook noodles. Add butter, and cook egg noodles until just soft. Drain, set aside. 4. To meat mixture, add both soup and sour cream. Stir until well incorporated. Bring mixture to warm without boiling. Remove from heat. Serve over cooked noodles. Garnish with parsley.

Grilled Cabbage Steaks 1 head red cabbage 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 Tb. minced fresh garlic ½ cup Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste 1. Wash, pat dry and slice cabbage into 1-inch thick “steaks.” 2. Drizzle with half the amount of olive oil and garlic. Sprinkle salt and pepper if desired. 3. Grill steaks on a medium-hot outdoor grill or an indoor medium-hot griddle for about 4-5 minutes on each side. When turning, ensure spatula is large enough to support entire steak. Drizzle remaining olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper on exposed side. 4. Remove from heat onto serving platter, sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies 1 box chocolate cake mix ¼ cup melted butter ¼ cup creamy peanut butter 2 eggs ½ tsp. vanilla ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips ½ cup peanut butter chips ½ cup raw sugar (large grain) 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In large bowl, place cake mix. Set aside. 3. In small saucepan, melt butter until smooth. 4. Add peanut butter to melted butter, stirring until smooth. 5. Pour butter mixture into cake mix bowl, add eggs, vanilla and stir until smooth. Batter will be stiff. 6. Add chocolate and peanut butter chips, stir to incorporate.

7. Roll batter between hands, creating about a 1-inch diameter ball. 8. Roll ball in raw sugar, and place on foil-lined baking sheet, lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten slightly with smooth bottom of glass. Note: Dip glass in batter prior to sugar should glass stick to dough balls. 9. Bake for about 14 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and cool on parchment paper. 10. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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enchanted journeys: Submit your community event to: events@nmelectric.coop February 1 • Portales

February 8 • Jemez Pueblo

World Thinking Day 2020 Memorial Building 505-554-5665

Valentines Craft Fair Jemez Valley Community Center 575-834-7630

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February 20-25 • Red River

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Mardi Gras in the Mountains Downtown 575-754-2366

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February 21-22 • Truth or Consequences

February Fun Fest Sipapu Ski Resort 800-587-2240

A Gathering of Quilts Ralph Edwards Auditorium 575-744-4669

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Stopping Scams for Better Service

By Derrill Holly, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


ur increasingly connected world is giving scammers more opportunities to connect with unsuspecting consumers; and local authorities, utilities and other businesses are working overtime to keep people informed. They suggest ‘if you see something, say something,’ is a vigilance adage that can help prevent you, your family or your business from being victimized. “The Federal Trade Commission has been hearing about scammers impersonating utility companies in an effort to get your money,” says Lisa Lake, a federal consumer education specialist. “Your reports help us fight these scams.” Electric cooperatives are among the businesses and consumer organizations supporting Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS). The international consortium of electricity, natural gas, water and sewer providers, and trade and industry associations is sharing information on payment scams, identity theft, sales and service schemes. Imposter scams are the most common type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to UUAS officials. “Impersonators call homes and small businesses demanding payment for supposedly delinquent bills and threatening to terminate service.” The frequency of the incidents picks up during peak heating and cooling seasons, in part because


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Here are a few reminders from your electric co-op. consumers are most concerned when temperature extremes increase the urgency of maintaining utility service. Variations on the scam are more common. Rather than making an initial claim that a consumer owes an outstanding balance, some scammers are now claiming an overpayment is the reason for a telephone call to a consumer. They will make contact in an attempt to get banking information so they can process a refund. “Never give banking information over the phone unless you place the call to a number you know is legitimate,” wrote Lake in an FTC blog. There has also been an uptick in door-to-door scams by people claiming to represent utility providers. Representatives knock or ring the doorbell offering to replace or repair a meter or other device, or solicit personal information to sign a consumer up for programs that could reduce their energy bills. They may try to charge you for the phony service, sell you unnecessary products, collect personal information for use in identity theft, or simply gain entry to steal valuables, officials said.

• Co-op employees will never show up at your door to demand payment. • Never give personal information to an unknown caller or visitor. Co-op representatives have access to the details they need to service your account. • Demands for immediate payment by wire transfer, cryptocurrency, gift cards or cash reload cards should immediately raise red flags. • If you think you’ve been contacted by a scammer falsely representing the co-op, please let them know as soon as possible.

High-pressure demands are a common tactic in many of the schemes. Urging immediate decisions or actions, like immediate payment, particularly by a specific option like a gift card, wire transfer, cell phone or third-party computer app should raise serious concerns. Utility-connected scams are common, because utility services are so common. Lighting, heating, water and sewage services are all essential to modern living, so any threat of service disconnections can provoke a lot of anxiety. Your first defense is personal awareness of your account status, including knowing whether balances are up to date. This is becoming more important as scammers use more automatic dialers or robocalls to phish for potential marks. “Even if the caller insists you have a past due bill, that’s a big red flag,” said Lake, offering an alternative response. “Contact the utility company directly using the number on your paper bill or on the company’s website. Don’t call any number the caller gave you.” enchantment.coop • February 2020 25


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2 MOUNTAIN CABINS, 25+ acres at 8000 feet, Wildhorse Ranch Subdivision, Pie Town, NM. Well on stream with 5000 storage tank and fire hydrant. New Mexico Hunting unit 13. Contact Dave, ddh1972ff@gmail.com for a DVD with pictures.

1960’S VISTA LINER SLIDE-IN camper-fits 8’x4’ pickup bed. Propane 3 burner stove with oven, 12V/propane fridge, 12V evap cooler, sinks, closet for porta-potty (potty not included), propane heater, electric heater. Can sleep 4. $900. Rodeo, NM. Phone: 575557-2343. Email: aviation@vtc.net

LOOKING TO SELL YOUR RV? We will sell your RV for a reasonable rate. Kay’s RV specializes in consignments for 5th Wheels, Travel Trailers & Motorhomes. Because we are a consignment-focused lot, we don’t have our own inventory competing with the sale of your unit. Kay’s RV, Moriarty NM. 505-220-5796, www.kaysrv.com

SOCORRO. 2 ACRES, ORGANIC, irrigated, all water rights, new cement ditch next to Rio Grande. $59,000. With home, $99,000. Call owner, 505-550-3123.

WANTED: OLDER AIRSTREAM, SPARTAN, Silver Streak, Avion or similar style travel trailers. Any condiDecember • enchantment.coop tion considered. Wrecked or gutted trailers included. Please call Rick at 505-690-8272. 2 OLD, RUSTIC, WEATHERED log cabins. Lots of character. For dismantle. You move. $5,000 each. Call John Bartley at 505-425-7038.

Real Estate CONCHAS, 00 BOAT DOCK Drive. Vacant land just over 1/2 acre. Water accessible. $35,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www. bigmesarealty.com

CONCHAS, 000 BOAT DOCK Drive. Vacant land just over 1/2 acre. Water accessible. $32,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com CONCHAS, 107 CAMP CIRCLE. SALE PENDING. 2 bedroom, 1 bath mobile home on .68 acres. Community water. $39,500. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com enchantment.coop • February 2020 27

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FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE Hill Road. Price Reduced! 2 bedroom, 3 bath home on just over 60 acres, well, outbuildings, corrals, abundant wildlife, scenic views. $285,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

WANTED! FAMILY FARMS AND Ranches to list and sell. Broker has over 45 years of experience working on a family farm in New Mexico and has been an owner and operator since 1988. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

SUMNER LAKE, 0 AND 00 River Ranches Road (At intersection with State Road 203). Two lots just over 20 acres each, scenic views just west of lake. $18,900 per lot. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

CONCHAS, TBD 1, 2 and 3 Big Mesa Avenue. PRICE REDUCED. Water accessible lots. TBD 1 is 4.4206 acres, $60,000. TBD 2 is 1.231 acres, $20,000. And TBD 3 is 0.908 acres, $20,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com

ELEPHANT BUTTE, 208 PINTO Trail. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with large front porch, shop, carport, pine trees, just over 1 acre. RV hookups. Recent flooring upgrades. $198,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker, NMREL 17843, 575760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

RIBERA, 340 CR B41E, 32.674 acres with 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with custom accents, haybarn, two detached garages. Just over 20 of those aacres are in alfalfa and grass hay production. Pecos River frontage. Scenic views and close to I-25. $695,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com

TUCUMCARI, 1601 8TH STREET. 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with attached carport on 50x142 foot lot. Opportunity for starter home or rental property. $47,500. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

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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, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com

PRICE REDUCED! $150,000 OBO. 13.8 developable acres, 7 miles south of Las Vegas, NM. 78 Roadrunner Road. 2-story Santa Fe stucco, two 2-car garages. As Is-needs upgrade work. Excellent private well, underground utilities. All appliances. Widow must sell! Please call 505-426-7053.

SUMNER LAKE, TBD STATE Road 203. Lot in River Ranches Estate, highway frontage just over 20 acres. Scenic views just west of lake. $25,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. 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, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

PIE TOWN, 142 WEBB Ranch Road. Lot in Wild Horse Ranch Subdivision. Just over 20 acres with well and electricity. Small cabin and horse corral, pen. $75,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

GRADY, 300 MARSHALL. 3 bedroom, 2 bath two-story home, horse corrals and outbuildings. Village water. $59,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

BLUE WATER ACRES, #1 Swordfish Road. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, cabin on 1/2 acre. Furnished. Newly remodeled kitchen. Wood heat. Excellent well. One mile from Blue Water Lake. On Highway 612. Large Morgan shed. As is. $39,500. Call Chuck at 505-847-9610. CONCHAS, 0000 BOAT DOCK Drive. Vacant land just over 1/2 acre. Water accessible. $32,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com FOR SALE IN WINSTON, NM. 2 acres with 2 cabins on one acre and one acre with electric power, well, ready to build. View of valley and mountains and near town. Priced at $65,000. Call 505-737-2933. INTERESTED IN A DISPLAY ad? Email: enchantmentads@nmelectric.coop

SOCORRO, 11.3 ORGANIC irrigated acres, all water rights, on Rio Grande, mountain views, new levy, parks, open space, 2 homes. Can split property for 2 irrigated acres and home! Call for more options or take all. Text for pictures. Owner, 505-550-3123.

Vehicles 1934 FORD, 3 WINDOW take off parts, no front fendors. 2-Model T pickup beds. 1- complete 1936 Ford pickup bed. 1-1961 Basket Case Corvette, has clear title. Call 575-758-4078 in Taos, New Mexico, for more information. Please call after 6:00 p.m.

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CLOVIS, 209 PLAZA. PRICE REDUCED, Motivated Seller. 3 bedroom, 1 bath, refurbished with new appliances, HVAC system and flooring. $89,900. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com

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2002 FORD F100. 2-WHEEL drive, automatic, short bed, red, in excellent condition. Call 575-835-2841 in Socorro, NM. 2017 JAYCO FLIGHT-TRAVEL TRAILER, 28 foot with 13 foot slide out. In excellent condition! Queen bedroom, kitchen, spacious bathroom with shower, two entries/exits and sleeps 6. $18,000. Call 575-686-8338. 2017 SUBARU OUTBACK. 2.5i/HDG, Twilight Blue Metallic, very good condition. $17,000. New Michelin tires. Fuel economy 25 mpg and 32 mpg highway. Call 575-686-8338.

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