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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 124,000 families and businesses receive enchantment Magazine as electric cooperative members. Non-member subscriptions are available at $8 per year or $13 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 18 cooperatives that deliver electric power to New Mexico’s rural areas and small communities. 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 Jerry Smith, Secretary-Treasurer, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Taos BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leandro Abeyta, 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 Levi Valdez, Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Española Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative, Lovington Robert M. Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Mora Tomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative, Chama Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Cooperative, Cloudcroft Jerry W. Partin, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative, Portales Donald Wolberg, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Socorro Gary Rinker, Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Clayton Paul Costa, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado John Ingle, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Oklahoma NATIONAL DIRECTOR David Spradlin, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer




FEATURES Smarter Grid Helps Co-ops Weather Storms

Cooperatives are leading the electric industry and modernizing their systems.


MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE Donald Woldberg, Chairman, Socorro Electric Cooperative William C. Miller, Jr., Columbus Electric Cooperative Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Levi Valdez, Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Robert M. Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Phone: 505-982-4671 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505-982-0153 Keven J. Groenewold, Executive Vice President Susan M. Espinoza, Editor • Tom Condit, Assistant Editor ADVERTISING Rates available upon request. Cooperative members and New Mexico advertisers, call Jordan Benard at 505-982-4671 or e-mail at National representative: The Weiss Group, 915-533-5394. Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the publisher or the electric cooperatives of New Mexico. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER. Copyright ©2013, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

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Co-op Newswire In the Spirit of Helping Others

By Phaedra Greenwood, enchantment writer; and Mac Juarez, Member Services Manager, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative


ocal people working for local good. That’s the essence of Cooperative Principle No. 7, “Concern for Community.” And, that is what co-ops and other community organizations did this past holiday season

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative

Taos Feeds Taos has distributed non-perishable food to needy families in Taos County for 27 years. Two weeks before Christmas at the Taos National Guard Armory, 1,200 60-pound boxes of holiday food were readied for distribution. Locals who qualified had the opportunity to listen to various speakers and the Taos High School Mariachi Band at the armory gymnasium. Retired Lieutenant General Edward Baca, one of the original founders of Taos Feeds Taos, told a dicho he remembered from his childhood that concluded: “If a farmer gives back to the land as much as he takes, he will always have enough to eat.” Farming in Taos County is at an alltime low and the poverty level is high. About ,000 people (1,200 households), a tenth of the population of Taos County, qualified by state and federal standards to receive the boxes of food, 4


according to Francis Cordova, president of the board of Taos Feeds Taos. Cordova says, “It’s all about helping people and getting the community to work together as a team. Kit Carson Electric has been working with us also, because Taos Feeds Taos is a co-op type of deal.” Steve Fuhlendorf, public information officer for Kit Carson Electric Co-op, says this is about the seventh year the co-op has participated in the event. The co-op maintained a food collection box and also picked up food donations from schools. “People from the co-op were out in force packing and hauling the boxes, helping folks at the armory load food in their cars,” Fuhlendorf says. Eloy Jeantete, former Mayor of Taos, was one of the original founders of Taos Feeds Taos in 1986. Jeantete is a Veteran of Foreign Wars and a member of the Kiwanis Club which used to distribute about 50 baskets of food every Christmas, he says. Taos Feeds Taos was the inspiration of James Ulmer, who was a member of the local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cordova, Baca and Jeantete are the only three founding members left from the original group. The first year they didn’t have any funding, but managed to raise over $10,000 and distribute over 00 bags of food. “We took over Taos Feeds Taos in 1997 and made it a 501-c. And it kept growing!” Jeantete says. Grants and donations provided the money to purchase food; a check for $20,000 came from the estate of a deceased individual, Jeantete says. “One lady who had just moved here sent a check for $1,000 and a note saying she would come in and help.”

Taos Feeds Taos board members and volunteers during the Taos Feeds Taos distribution in December 2012. Photo by Phaedra Greenwood.

Organizers Bill and Linda Knief stayed on top of the event. All the food was collected and distributed locally by about 50 volunteers including men and women from the National Guard who transport food to Questa, Peñasco, Taos Pueblo and Picuris Pueblo, Jeantete explains. “Kit Carson Electric Co-op and even the New Mexico State Police helped out. That’s the reason that we’re so successful,” he says with a grin. “The volunteers do it because they want to help the community.” Thank you, Taos, for feeding Taos! Again. And again. And again!

Continental Divide Electric Cooperative

Members of Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Grants, donated nearly $3,100 this past holiday season, enabling more than 60 families in that co-op’s service territory to enjoy festive turkey dinners. “It’s a wonderful feeling to know that CDEC members are so caring. Without them, we wouldn’t have had such success,” CDEC Assistant Manager Corina Sandoval says. …continued on page 

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Over the last decade, power supply co-ops have invested $. billion to boost plant performance and limit emissions.


Investing in Tomorrow

onsumers are adding more plugged-in devices daily, and are paying more for their convenience. The average annual residential electric bill has soared $26 since 2005, with electricity use outpacing efficiency efforts. Despite the recent recession, U.S. homes on average used an additional 50 kilowatthours (kWh) every month between 2009 and 2010; retail electricity sales rose 4.4 percent. Americans aren’t the only people using more power. As worldwide energy use grows, resource competition and prices shoot up. By 205, global energy consumption, primarily in China and India, will jump 5 percent from 2008 levels. In spite of increasing energy needs, 7,600 megawatts (MW) of older coalfired power plants are slated for retirement by 2018. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Atlanta, Ga.-based organization charged with overseeing reliability of the electric grid covering the United States, most of Canada, and the Mexican state of Baja California Norte, predicts a worst case scenario of environmental regulations that may force coal plants generating up to 54,000 MW of additional power to shut their doors by 2018.

New power plants could offset this loss, with natural gas taking center stage. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a branch of the U.S. Department of Energy focused on advancing national, economic, and energy security, predicted 20,000 MW of natural gas facilities to start operating in 2012, with another 28,000 MW proposed for this year. A strong breeze from wind project proposals added approximately 42,000 MW in 2012, and will add 28,000 MW in 201—now that the federal production tax credits has been extended. While about half of the nation’s electricity comes from burning coal, co-ops rely more heavily on the fossil fuel—about three out of every four kWhs generated. Why the difference? The majority of co-op coal power plants were built between 1975 and 1986, when using natural gas was prohibited by the federal Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act. Now, a series of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations impacting cooling water intake structures, coal ash disposal, interstate transport of air pollutants, and hazardous air pollutants like mercury are affecting all electric utilities. In most cases, co-ops will need to retrofit coal-fired plants with costly pollution control equipment. In other instances, co-ops could opt for early plant retirements.

Keven J. Groenewold. P.E. Executive Vice President and General Manager New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Seeing the handwriting on the wall, co-ops have taken action. Over the last decade, power supply co-ops have invested $.4 billion to boost plant performance and limit emissions. In fact, since 1990, power plant emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides—compounds formed by burning fossil fuels—dropped by more than 67 percent nationally, even as electricity use climbed 8 percent. This largescale expenditure isn’t over. Another $4 billion has been slated for upgrades through 2021, with the bulk of the money—$2.18 billion—marked for work this year and next. “Environmental regulations are shown to be the number one risk to maintaining electric reliability over the next one to five years,” reports NERC’s 2011 Long-Term Reliability Assessment. Why the concern? Because steps required by EPA rules have the potential to cost the industry billions of dollars and don’t provide enough time to comply. But like all things, we believe solutions will be worked out, because not keeping the lights on is not an option. Electric cooperatives are leading the way to find affordable solutions to America’s electricity demand. And, when we find a place for you to weigh in, we will give you a call.






s it has for the past couple of months, Jupiter dominates the evening sky throughout February. It is almost overhead near the end of dusk, then shines brilliantly in the western sky for the next several hours before setting about two hours after midnight. Even a small backyard telescope will reveal various colored belts in Jupiter’s atmosphere as well as the four large and bright moons originally discovered by Galileo over four centuries ago. Our solar system’s second largest planet, Saturn, rises in the east shortly before midnight



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and is high above the southern horizon around the beginning of dawn. The one other bright planet that can be seen this month is Mercury, which is visible low in the southwestern sky after sunset, and which is best seen around mid-month when it sets near the end of dusk. The other two normally bright planets are essentially no-shows this month. Mars is very low in the southwest during dusk, being located fairly close to Mercury on the evenings of the 7th and 8th, and the thin crescent moon will also be nearby on the evenings of the 10th and 11th. Venus is very low in the southeast during dawn at the beginning of February and soon disappears into sunlight.

An unusual event takes place on February 15, when a tiny asteroid known as 2012 DA1 passes only 18,000 miles above Earth’s surface, slightly within the orbital distance of geosynchronous satellites. The closest approach takes place during the afternoon hours from New Mexico, but it should still be detectable that evening with moderate-sized backyard telescopes as it travels through the sky near the North Star Polaris. Discovered just a year ago, 2012 DA1 is only about 150 feet across, and were it to enter the atmosphere—which it won’t—it would likely produce an airburst explosion like the Tunguska event that took place over central Siberia in 1908. The somewhat larger asteroid Apophis will approach Earth even closer on April 13, 2029—a

Friday, incidentally—although, again, there is no possibility of an impact or atmospheric entry.

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February : Governor King Asks President to Reconsider. Dear Mr. President: I sincerely hope you will reconsider your decision to withdraw funding of Rural Electrification Administration loans at a  percent rate. The rural electric program in N.M. is particularly vital to this State’s economic health. Many of the cooperatives will face dire financial crisis. To pay  percent or more, the burden will be too great. I urge you to reconsider your decision.

February : Letter to the Editor, When the REA Came to New Mexico. In , we heard the REA would be coming to our part of the country. The poles were laid. It seemed to take forever for the poles to be set and the wire strung. The ranch wives were threatening to dig the post holes themselves. Finally the big day came and mom flipped on the light switch for the first time. She drove to Roswell, fifty-two miles away, to make her first purchase, an electric iron.

February : Ten Million Roses in New Mexico’s Bootheel. Since early times, settlers realized something was different about the land in the bootheel of New Mexico, near Cotton City. In , homesteaders hand-digging a well hit hot water about  feet down. The hot water just below the surface could be pumped to heat greenhouses. Dale Burgett wanted to take advantage of the relatively inexpensive heat. So, he decided to grow roses, which require the most heat of any crop.

—Bruce King, Governor

—Nell Shaver

—Karen Boehler

The near-Earth asteroid Toutatis, which passed somewhat close to Earth in December . This image was taken by the Chinese Chang’e  spacecraft, which flew by Toutatis on December . Photo courtesy of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program and the Xinhua News Agency.

…continued from page 4 In the Spirit of Helping Others Initially, the co-op aimed to help at least 40 families with hot meals, as part of CDEC’s Feeding Families Fundraiser. But through member support, the number of families benefiting increased and two food pantries in Grants and Gallup received nearly $275 each.

a holiday fundraiser or getting involved with some organization or benefit that shows they care,” CDEC Member Services Manager Mac Juarez says. “Concern for Community” is actually one of seven principles that cooperatives around the world have adhered to, since the first modern cooperative was founded in Rochdale, England in 1844. Another is “Cooperation among

Together, we make a big difference in our state’s rural communities,” — Mac Juarez. CDEC’s Feeding Families Fundraiser is the co-op’s third annual holiday drive to benefit the communities it serves. Over the past three years, CDEC’s members have donated more than $9,000 to help those in need. “Every co-op in New Mexico demonstrates some type of concern for community throughout the year, whether it be

Continental Divide Electric Cooperative employees ready boxes for distribution. Photo by Mac Juarez, Member Services Manager, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative.

Cooperatives,” which displayed itself in a big way during the summer of 2012 when the first-ever statewide co-op book drive was held. Electric co-op members from across New Mexico donated more than 5,000 publications to benefit the New Mexico State Library rural bookmobile program, Western New Mexico

Correctional Facility; New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility; and rural youth organizations. The New Mexico Marketing & Member Services Association—comprised of communicators and member service representatives from the state’s 16 electric distribution cooperatives—was the driving force behind the book drive.

“It’s truly heartwarming when co-ops and their members embrace such drives, fundraisers and benefits for the greater good. Together, we make a big difference in our state’s rural communities,” says Juarez, who is also the association’s current president. Thank you co-op members for your community support.



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The proliferation of smart meters, along with other developing technologies, helps electric cooperatives work to contain costs while improving service for consumer-members. Photo courtesy of NRECA.

Smarter Grid Helps Co-ops Weather Storms Upgrades boost reliability, affordability and efficiency By Tracy Warren

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xtreme weather events—such as the Derecho that swept from Chicago to the East Coast last summer or Superstorm Sandy last fall—highlight problems that utilities face in restoring power to an aging electric grid. However, thanks to innovative advances, electric cooperatives are leading the electric industry in modernizing their systems. In late 2009, more than 50 electric co-ops and public power districts in 15 states captured $215.6 million in smart grid investment and demonstration grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), amounts that are being matched with local funds. The support, provided under the federal stimulus bill, has further cemented the status of cooperatives as trailblazers in crafting cutting-edge ways to bolster service, enhance reliability, and keep electric bills affordable. The biggest DOE smart grid award to electric cooperatives covers half of a $68 million ground-breaking, coast-to-coast initiative coordinated by the Cooperative Research Network (CRN), a division of the Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) that monitors, evaluates and applies technologies to help electric cooperatives control

costs, increase productivity, and deliver better service to their members. The CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project—which includes 23 co-ops—comprises 10 areas of study, 225,000 components, and broad cyber security improvements. “There has been plenty of hype about the smart grid; now we’re finding out what works and what doesn’t,” declares Martin Lowery, NRECA executive vice president, external affairs. “Co-ops in the CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project are tackling data, telecommunications, cyber security, and interoperability issues. The entire enterprise has put electric co-ops on the map as being extremely savvy in the way we think about research and research results.” The five-year CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project represents the first nationwide test of end-to-end smart grid connectivity—from a power plant all the way to a consumer’s home. Co-ops involved are investing in more than 75 communication and automation technologies aimed at more effectively monitoring demand and system conditions on a near real-time basis. Benefits of the study are seen in three key areas: reliability, affordability and efficiency.


Many gadgets tested by the CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project provide utilities with an accurate picture of what happens at each meter, along their lines, and in substations. For example, data coming from two-way digital meters—smart meters—can help a co-op iden-

Several CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project co-ops are making it possible for their members to access personal electric use data through an online web portal or in-home displays. With these capabilities, co-op members can monitor their own individual consumption patterns, compare the amount of energy used by an average member, and take steps to become more energy efficient. Armed with this information, co-ops and its members can work together to diagnose what might be causing high bills, such as a faulty water pump. Some participating co-ops are already discovering unexpected benefits. One co-op member was able to pinpoint the time of day when his vacation cabin was broken into using meter data. A spike in energy use emerged after a window was broken.


A majority of the cooperative network spreads across remote parts of America. A smarter grid will help co-op’s identify problems faster. Photo by Susan M. Espinoza, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

tify outages quickly and precisely. Software analyzing meter data and information from other “down-line” equipment can determine how well the system is working and, in some instances, predict outages before they occur. Several cooperatives are testing self-healing grid schemes called smart feeder switching that automatically re-route power after an outage. In doing so, they isolate fault and minimize the number of residences and businesses affected by a problem.


Electric co-ops outpace investor-owned utilities and municipal electric systems when it comes to deploying smart meters. The reason? Having to cope with largely rugged, sparsely populated service territories, they stand to reap big rewards from the ability to retrieve data remotely. In fact, many co-ops can recoup the cost of smart meters in a shorter period of time than other utilities due to savings on fuel and labor from eliminating in-person meter reading.

The needs of not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives differ from those of large, profit-driven and stockholder-controlled big city utilities. As a result, the CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project hopes to offer a glimpse into a future where co-ops can monitor the state of their systems in real-time, fix many concerns without human intervention, deploy line crews with greater speed and accuracy, and give members access to their own energy data. To get there, co-ops in the demonstration project are sharing notes on how well their technologies work—and how benefits relate to costs. Lessons gleaned will be made available to all electric utilities. In the end, an electric grid that is more resilient and efficient will help reduce the damage caused by Mother Nature.


Tracy Warren writes about grid innovation for the Cooperative Research Network, a service of the Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. John Lowrey contributed to this article.

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Cyber Security Focus As part of a national cooperative effort to improve the electric grid, CRN created the Guide to Developing a Risk Mitigation and Cyber Security Plan. The plan offers a set of online tools that will help co-ops strengthen their cyber security posture. The package being held as a prime example by DOE for other utilities to follow (and endorsed by the head of Sandia’s Red Storm supergrid security at computer is the primary resource for the National IBM), marks the Security Computing Center. first approach Photo courtesy of Sandia to advancing National Laboratories. cyber security at the distribution level. Requests for it have flowed in from investor-owned utilities and municipal electric systems in the United States as well as utility administrators in England, India and Italy. “Prior to putting in more than 130,000 smart meters, 18,000 demand-response switches, and 3,000 personal energy management devices, participating co-ops will adapt the plan’s recommendations to fit their local situations and meet evolving federal and industry standards,” explains Robbin Christianson, CRN director of program operations & business management. Along with the Guide to Developing a Risk Mitigation and Cyber Security Plan, other benefits from the CRN Smart Grid Demonstration Project have already been realized, suggests Christianson. “When buying smart grid items and gear in the future, co-ops can ‘cut and paste’ a standard set of cyber security questions we fashioned as part of our smart grid request for proposals. Also, the project’s purchasing power [more than $42 million spent] spurred development of more secure and hardened goods.”


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Energy Sense BY JAMES DULLEY The Roll Up to an Efficient and Safe Garage Door


ear Jim: I do projects in my garage, which also has a bedroom above it. The garage door is an old metal one with no insulation, so I think I should replace it. What type of garage door is best? —Stephen K.

Dear Stephen: It sounds like you definitely need to make some efficiency improvements to the garage door, for both your comfort while working and for the energy losses from the bedroom floor above it. If the builder installed an inexpensive, inefficient garage door, or it’s an older building, it’s likely the bedroom floor above the garage isn’t well-insulated either. When evaluating energy efficiency projects, keep in mind: Hot air goes up, but heat energy moves in all directions, including down. If your garage doesn’t have a furnace duct going to it, but it stays reasonably warm, it’s getting heat from somewhere. It’s probably from an adjacent house wall and down from the bedroom floor above it. Before you invest in a new, efficient garage door, inspect your existing door. If it’s in relatively good condition



and there are no significant drafts coming from the joints between the panels, consider installing a garage door insulation kit. Some kits provide an insulation value as high as R-8, but they won’t seal air leaks through the joints between the door panels. Owens-Corning makes an easyto-install garage door insulation kit. It includes vinyl-backed fiberglass insulation batts, retaining clips, and tape. Cut the batts to fit the door panels. Apply strips of double-sided tape on two spots on each panel. Stick the retaining clips on the tape and push the insulation over them. A top clip snaps over each clip to hold the insulation securely in place. Several other advantages of installing an insulation kit are reduced outdoor noise and lower lighting costs. The exposed white vinyl backing reflects light so you need fewer lights on in the garage. If you decide you need a completely new door, there are several options. The most common garage door materials are wood, insulated steel, insulated fiberglass, and aluminum/glass. Of these, the insulated steel or fiberglass offer the best efficiency because of the insulation

After clips are attached to garage door, the fiberglass batts are pressed over the clips. Photo by Owens Corning.

value and the rigidity of the door to remain airtight over its life. Many insulated steel doors are “wind rated” for severe weather. Even if your area doesn’t have frequent high-wind storms, install the horizontal galvanized steel supports across the inner surface of the door if they were included with it. As the door rolls up to open, the edges are not interlocked to support each other. Without the supports, the panels may flex and begin to form cracks over time. If you prefer the appearance of wood but want higher efficiency, select a clad-insulated steel garage door. Clopay developed a method to apply a one-half inch-thick polymer coating on the exterior steel skin. It has authentic wood grain molded into the surface so it looks identical to real stained wood. Another option is an embossed simulated wood finish that’s painted on. A very popular garage door style today is a simulated swingopen carriage type. It still rolls up like a typical panel garage door,

but from the street it appears the two doors would swing open. An insulated steel door is probably the least expensive design to meet your efficiency and comfort needs. Some foam insulated steel doors, such as the Clopay Gallery Collection double-wide door that I installed at my home, have insulation values as high as R-19. The foam inside the door can be either glued-in rigid polystyrene or blown-in urethane foam. Urethane foam has a higher insulation level, but either should be satisfactory. When choosing a steel door, look for one with a thermal break separating the outdoor and indoor metal skins to reduce heat loss. This is not a factor on a fiberglass door. If you have children, look for pinch-resistance panels. These are designed to push a finger out of the panel joints as the door closes. If you want glass in the door, make sure it’s at least double-pane, insulated glass or low-E for better efficiency.



A GUIDE TO PLANTS OF THE NORTHERN CHIHUAHUAN DESERT By Carolyn Dodson ,  pages, . University of New Mexico Press --- This well-designed field guide makes identifying plants easy. Each entry lists the plants with a common and Latin name, shows a photo, a drawing, and notes distinguishing characteristics. Because the desert habitat is hot and dry with windy conditions, often noted in the book, is a plant’s strategy for survival. Also listed are plants’ cultural history, medicinal, nutritional, and toxic properties, origin of plant names and other facts. The 75 plants represented include trees and shrubs, succulents and cacti, and the wild flowers are divided into categories by color. To help readers, the author incorporated a map that depicts the location of the Chihuahuan Desert. It runs from Big Bend National Park to Socorro and White Sands, from Carlsbad National Park to El Paso and reaches across the southern boundary of New Mexico into southeastern Arizona, and moves into Mexico.



By Rosemary Zibart ,  pages, . Kinkajou Press

By Emerita Romero-Anderson ,  pages, . Texas Tech University Press - --

This well written, fast paced book will keep middle grade girls entertained. The main character’s parents send their 12-year-old daughter to the United States to escape the Nazi bombing in England. Beatrice comes from an upper class family with servants and a chauffeur. Soon she’s traveling alone by ship and train to a small town in New Mexico. The woman who takes her in is a nurse and Beatrice soon accompanies her on a few rounds. Readers will enjoy watching Beatrice encounter worlds so different from London. The story is rooted in historical Santa Fe facts, complete with character types such as artists, cowboys and Indians. Her adjustment isn’t easy but after 20 chapters Beatrice emerges from a spoiled English girl into a very likable young woman who considers Santa Fe home; her transformation might be an inspiration to others.

A severe drought settles over the land. Bean fields are parched; people are desperate for drinking and cooking water. This is a story of 11-year-old Raymundo who goes against tradition and learns to make clay pots from Clay Woman, supposedly a witch. The story is set in 1790, when Native Americans sent their pots to Mexico, refusing to sell to Hispanics. But there are too many characters, too many fanciful events, and not enough connective narration. The writing is hard to follow. Aimed for middle readers.

BUILDING ONE FIRE By Chadwick Corntassel Smith, Rennard Strickland and Benny Smith ,  pages, . University of Oklahoma Press --

With 200 photos of artwork by 80 artists, this oversize hardback is a visual feast. Organized around the four directions, the book displays art that resonates with Cherokee philosophy. The paintings, sculptures, carvings, baskets, and beading are exquisite, and all of them inspire awe. Pottery shards from 700 to 1500 A.D. show that art and the Cherokee have been interconnected for centuries. More narrative would have rounded out the book. The story of how art first came to the people is that lightening struck a hollow tree, burning it. Many animals failed to give a piece of fire to the people. Then Water Spider spun a bowl, lined it with mud, placed a hot coal in it and brought it back. The mud had hardened, teaching people pottery, and the coal became the basis of fire in all the council houses.





hese days, there’s a growing school of thought that says no one ever really retires—you might stop doing what you’ve done for many years, but you’ll find something else other than just leisure to keep you occupied. If that’s true, then, Stephanie Ross is a frontrunner in that movement. Ross and her husband moved from Kalamazoo, Mich., to Truth or Consequences in 2005 when she retired from an executive job. But it didn’t take her long to get even busier than she was before. “I decided once I got here, a couple of things had to happen,” she says. “I wanted to volunteer to get to know the community, so I went out and started volunteering.” Not just with one or two organizations, but with more than half a dozen. She was named volunteer of the year for the state and national American Legion Auxiliary for 2007-2008, for her help developing fundraisers to benefit the community. She was inducted into the American Pen Women in 2008; has worked with the Chamiza Cowbelles since 2006 on fundraisers to benefit local students with scholarship monies; gives manicures to female residents of the New Mexico Veteran’s Home as part of the American Legion Unit No.  Auxiliary; is a member of the Sierra County Relay for Life; and works with Toys for Tots. Ross is one of six individuals to found the Sierra County Cancer Assistance program. She’s currently the co-chair and coordinator for patients and drivers, as well as driving cancer patients to Albuquerque, Las Cruces or El Paso for appointments. Told that sounds like more work than when she was employed full time, she laughs. “I just decided that’s how I needed to meet people in the community.” But, just as with any full-time job, Ross needed



some down time from her volunteering. And, having always been interested in the arts, she picked up a creative endeavor she started with a friend in Michigan: creating unique bird houses. “We recycled everything we could find and we mosaiced birdhouses,” she says. The bird houses aren’t functional because the glue used won’t stand up under the New Mexico sun—they’re designed as pieces of art for indoors or on a covered porch—but are beautiful, colorful and unique, incorporating everything from sticks and stones to broken bits of pottery, jewelry and marbles. From there, Ross says, she starting painting on rocks. “I thought, ‘Oh, this is fun. New Mexico has a lot of rocks.’ And from that, I’ve always had a desire to do something with a gourd.” Today, that’s her main art project. She learned from books how to clean, cut, carve, word burn, and paint the gourds. She also took lessons from famous gourd artist Robert Rivera—“I’ve been very privileged to be under his tutelage a little bit”—and while his instruction helped her begin designing gourd art with Native American designs, she mostly creates caricature dolls: brightly colored figures with bodies from gourds and arms and legs from clay. One of her dolls—Martina, who she describes as a “martini-drinking fool. She’s fun and she’s got a lot of personality,”—was even featured in a national magazine. Asked why she doesn’t just relax in retirement, she says that’s not her style. “That’s how you’ve got to live out your life, right? It’s kind of short. You’ve just got to live every moment to the fullest. I really do love it in T or C. I love the volunteering. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and they’re appreciative of what I do, so that makes all the difference in the world. It makes you want to continue on.”


Enchanted Journeys February  • Ruidoso Famous and Unusual Graves in New Mexico Ruidoso Public Library, 575-258-370 February  • Picuris Pueblo Candelaria Day Celebration Celebration Area, 505-587-2519

February - Jemez Springs Horse Drawn Sleigh/ Wagon Ride Valles Caldera National Preserve, 1-866-382-5537

February  • Clovis Harlem Globetrotters Greyhound Arena, 1-800-261-7656

February - Portal, AZ-Rodeo, NM 17th Annual Soup Kitchen Portal Rescue Classroom, 520-558-5858

February - • Red River Mardi Gras in the Mountains 100 East Main Street, 1-800-75-1708

February  • Alto Valentine Dinner & Dance Soiree Spencer Theater, 575-336-800

February  Ruidoso Music at the Library Ruidoso Public Library, 575-258-370

February - • Angel Fire The World Famous Shovel Races Angel Fire Resort Ski Area, 1-800-633-763

February  • Elephant Butte Oasis of the Southwest RV Rally Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, 505-897-2886

February - • Truth or Consequences Annual Gathering of Quilts Quilt Show Ralph Edwards Civic Center, 575-7-572

February - • Rio Rancho The Toughest Monster Truck Show Santa Ana Star Casino, 505-891-7300

February  • Roswell Fabulous February Follie, Musical Grace Community Church, 575-623-538

February  • Jemez Springs Fire & Ice Winter Festival Village Park on Hwy. , 575-829-9175

February - • Cloudcroft Mardi Gras in the Clouds Under the Big Tent, 1-866-87-7

February  • Tucumcari Rotary Dance/Shrimp Boil Quay County Fair Barn, 575-61-169

February  • Red River Just Desserts Eat & Ski 29 Sangre de Cristo Drive, 575-75-6112

February  • Clovis Windrush Alpacas Open Farm Day 770 Curry Road M, 575-683-5177

February  • Grants 30th Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon Cibola Convention Center, 505-290-0370

February  • Ruidoso Book Talk, Deep Creek Canyon Ruidoso Public Library, 575-258-370

February  • Deming Alaska String Band Historic Morgan Hall, 575-55-8872

February - • Jemez Springs Horse Drawn Sleigh/Wagon Ride Valles Caldera National Preserve, 1-866-382-5537

February  • Socorro Science Olympiad New Mexico Tech Campus, 575-835-5678

February  • Eagle Nest Ice Fishing Tournament Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 575-377-678

February  • Ruidoso Chautauqua: Born Toulouse, Lived to Paint Ruidoso Public Library, 575-258-370

February  • Alamogordo Lake Lucero Tour, White Sands National Monument, 575-79-612, Ext. 236

February  • Silver City Chocolate Fantasia “Along the Milky Way” Historic Downtown, 575-538-2505

February - • Portales New Mexico Agricultural Expo Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, 1-800-635-8036

February  • Alto Monty Python’s Spamalot Spencer Theater, 575-336-800



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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/Visa. 575-682-2308, 1-800-603-8272. TRACTOR PARTS: SAVE 1550% ON QUALITY replacement parts for tractors. Large inventory for 8N and 9N Fords and TO20+TO30 Massey Fergusons. Valley Motor Supply, 1402 E. 2nd, Roswell, NM 88201. 575-622-7450. SOLAR SUBMERSIBLE WELL PUMPS. EASY TO install, reliable, and affordable. Pumps and controller carry a two year warranty. Affordable installation is available. For more information visit or call 505-429-3093. ROADS!!! WE HAVE PROVEN SOLUTIONS FOR your ongoing problems with your dirt and gravel roads. Our surface drainage systems, once installed, are guaranteed to reduce your need for road maintenance. They will retain the surfacing materials in place, eliminate washouts and erosion, eliminate mud holes, and harvest the road water runoff to increase forage. We employ the principles of surface hydrology in our design and construction of dirt road drainage systems. We also do uplands arroyo/gully erosion control, stream channel stabilization/restoration, wetland restoration, and irrigation diversions. We are a licensed and insured New Mexico General Contractor providing services statewide to public and private entities. References and resume available on request. Rangeland Hands, Inc. Website:; E-mail:; Call 505-470-3542 or 505-455-0012. ARE YOUR RV’S, MOTOR HOMES AND living quarter trailers ready for winter? We service and winterize most all brands and styles and do aluminum welding. Top of the line, 24,000 lb. GVWR dual tandem flatbeds 24-38 ft. in stock. Still trading for and buying your unwanted trailers. Sandia Trailer Sales, www.sandiatrailer. com or 1-800-832-0603. Twelve miles east of Albuquerque on Old Highway 66. AFFORDABLE SOLAR PUMPS, NEW PVM CENTRIFUGAL or helical rotor pumps. Pump water from wells up to 1,000 feet. Contact Solutions4u at or, or 505-407-6553. CRAFTSMAN PROFESSIONAL 10 INCH STATIONARY RADIAL Arm Saw - Model No. 315. 220381Sears regular price - $749.99. Like newused 4 times. Table, stand and carbide blade included. $549.00 Firm. Call 575-354-9153. FLAT BED, DOUBLE AXLE TRAILER FOR sale: 6’x12’ bed, 15½’ overall. $1,500 OBO. Jo An 505-847-0829.

WATER TRAILER: 500 GALLON TANK, 2 inch electric start pump, 8 dual 16 inch Chevrolet Budd wheels and tires, all four corners, towable with pickup. $2,500. Firm. Call 575-835-0999, Socorro. CASE 580 SUPER L 4,000 HOURS. New rubber. Tight machine, $23,000. Cummins 300 Big Cam stationary twin disc clutch with 2 to 1 reduction gearbox. $4,500. Two cattleguards, $1,000 each. 505-425-6253. 1970 KOMFORT 16 FOOT TRAVEL TRAILER. Sleeps six, has heater, oven/stove, bathroom, and new upholstery on all cushions. Current registration. Asking $1,100. Trailer is located in Northern New Mexico. 505-948-0968. WATER TANK: 10,000 GALLON GALVANIZED STEEL, potable, clean with manway. Suitable for subdivision, livestock, etc. $6,000 will deliver. 575-756-4100. FOR SALE: UPSET TUBING 27/8, 23/8, 1.90” OD. Sauna Bob Sauna. Ditchwitch 5110, A500 Digging attachment, A420 Backhoe attachment, 3664 hours. Call Jack 575487-2560, Logan, NM. HAY EQUIPMENT: WIRE BALER; SWATHER AND bale wagon; 580 E backhoe; 920 case diesel tractor; 2 (7) yard dump trucks; 2 (20) F flat bed trailers; 1 gooseneck; 1 pull type; 246 International engine overhauled; 5.9 Cummins diesel engine, 100K miles, transmission and rear end. 505-617-4141 or 505-454-0781. FOR SALE: BACKHOE JI CASE FRONT Loader Model 580B. Needs work. $4,800. 575-773-4112. WELDING TRUCK. 1981 GMC 3500, GOOD condition. New batteries and tires, heavy duty Miller Welder, generator, 5 tool boxes. Silver City area. Delivery possible. $6,900 OBO. 575-536-9500.

Country Critters LIVESTOCK PROTECTION DOGS LPD’S UKC REGISTERED Anatolian Shepherd puppies for sale. They are great guardian’s for both humans and animals. Call 505-3514522 or for information on this amazing breed. ENGLISH SHEPHERD PUPPIES FOR SALE: BOTH working parents. Black and white, or sable and white. 4 females, 2 males. 575586-2304 or 575-770-5933. REGISTERED AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES. BORN 12/18, Blue Merles and Black Tris. Working stock, great pets. kandylopez2@ 575-536-9500.

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MINIATURE DONKEYS FOR SALE. LOTS OF fun. E-mail: or call 254-965-7224. THANK YOU FOR ADVERTISING IN ENCHANT MENT. Your ad gets distributed to nearly 125,000 households and businesses. NEW MEXICO DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, Heavy Duty Black Poly. Fittings customized to your needs NRCS and EQUIP approved., 1-800603-8272. Also new Servel propane gas refrigerators, 8 cubic feet. Kitchen or remote cabin. 575-682-2308. MOUNTAIN TOP GOATS FOR SALE. EXCELLENT milkers, bucks, cabrito, 4-H, weed eaters, and pets. Nubians, La Manchas, mini Nubians, mini La Manchas, Nigerian dwarfs, and boer goats. Capitan, 575-3542846 after 7:00 p.m. SMALL BALE PASTURE GRASS HAY FOR sale in Lemitar, NM. $8 a bale. Contact Val Moore 505-264-3072. HANDSOME 3 YEAR OLD MISSOURI FOXTROTTER gelding. 15 Hands, registered rare champagne buckskin. Pack horse deluxe, trail horse in training. Cooperative and sweet disposition. Trailers, shoes, will stand tied for days. $3,000. Call 575-973-4555. WHITE CHINESE GEESE, GOSLINGS AND EGGS. Weed-eaters. Watch dogs. Call: Carol at 575-421-0100. LOVE IS THE THING THAT ENABLES a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots. ~ Hoosier Farmer N PORTER 11” YOUTH SADDLE MADE in Phoenix around 1930’s or 40’s, double rigged, sheepskin lining, $625. 15½” single rigged pleasure, Sears 1973, $350. 16” double rigged Pearless type, Wards 1975, $400. 16” heavy duty roping saddle, double rigged, $500. All in excellent condition. Call 575-829-3695. GOATS FOR SALE: DAIRY HAS TOO many goats so we are offering bred does for sale due to kid February through May. Most can be registered. $100-250. 505-384-5254. NIGERIAN DWARF GOATS FOR SALE. NICE selection and show quality. Weathers, Bucks and Does starting at $50 and up. Young Cockatiels for sale, grey males. $50 each. Call Glen at 505-803-0944. REGISTERED BLACK ANGUS BULLS FROM 50 year old herd, Low birth weight, high performance. Trich & Fertility tested. 18 Month-2 years old. Delivery available. 575-5369500. Tri-State Angus Ranches. BUFFALO MEAT, GRASSFED, ALL CUTS, USDA inspected. All natural (no hormones, antibiotics, chemicals) low cholesterol, hearthealthy, non-allergic, wholes. Skulls, Hides, By-products, Gift Certificates, 575-278-2316 Tom and Inge Bobek.

GRASSFED ANGUS STEER READY FOR BUTCHER, $1,400. If you would like it delivered to the butcher, I can do that for a reasonable fee (pay for gas and a little for my time, from Socorro). 575-312-1730.

Odds & Ends COFFINS: HANDCRAFTED SOLID WOOD FROM $680. Several models suitable for burial or cremation. Statewide delivery available. For a FREE catalog and funeral information booklet, please call 505-286-9410. www. LIQUID STORAGE TANKS, MANY SIZES/SHAPES IN stock. Agricultural, commercial, industrial, water. FDA specs., 1-888-999-8265, Discounts to everyone! Delivery available. PECOS PABLO ROMANTIC VALENTINE! CANDY, SANGRE de Cristo Mountain Wildflower Honey, Blue Ribbon Jellies, Jams, Butters, etc. Pick-up in Pecos or Santa Fe. or 505-603-2310. Homemade for you! VENTLESS PROPANE HEATER, EMPIRE COMFORT SYSTEMS - Model SF-30T-1, 30,000 BTU. Not for use in bedroom-bath. Infra-Red ceramic grate and push pilot starter, thermostat, 24”x22”x7,” $175. Call 575-682-6027.

Roof Over Your Head RESERVE, NM. HALF ACRE WITH CABIN. Borders Gila National Forest. Concrete slab, septic system, beautifully landscaped. Electricity and water to property line. Located at end of paved road. $39,000. 575-533-6274. FOR SALE: MORA VALLEY, APPROXIMATELY 20 acres dry land and 15 acres mountains. Serious inquiries only. Contact Mike at 505-753-6338. LIVE THE DREAM  RIVER FRONT Mountain Lodge for Sale in Jemez Springs, NM. 15 guest rooms, manager’s apartment, 2 bedroom office, 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. $650,000, possible owner financing.; 575-829-3300. FOR SALE: VIGAS, HOUSE LOGS CUT from standing, dead, dry Spruce. Up to 45 ft. Will custom cut. Forked Cedar posts for ramadas, corn driers. Call 575-638-5619. READY FOR YOUR OWN RURAL GETAWAY? 10 acres in western New Mexico’s high country. Seventy miles south of Gallup, 25 miles north of Quemado at Fence Lake, $22,500. Call 505-454-1159. 20 ACRES, 45 MINUTES FROM SANTA Fe, meadow, forest. $800 down. Owner financed, all utilities, end of road. $125,000. 505-466-2941 or 505-690-0308.

QUEMADO LAKE ESTATES. CLOSE TO LAKE and Apache National Forest. 1.5 acres with metal storage building and all utilities on property ready for your RV, Cabin, or Home. $60K, or will trade for similarly priced property, with utilities in the Elephant Butte area. 575-772-2779. RUIDOSO HOME LOTS FOR SALE IN Upper Cedar Creek Area. Great Views. Favorable Owner Financing. Live in the Tall Pines! Shane Garner, Associate Broker @ 575-937-3053, LLC 575-257-8516. ARE YOU A MINIMALIST, A RANCHER in need of housing, a caretaker with an independent private individual wanting to remain on his/her own? Then, this cute, cozy and/or manly mobile home is for you. 2006, 12x36 ADA approved, 1 bedroom, all electric. Located near Española, 505-753-2682. ESTATE SALE: LARGE SITEBUILT MAGDALENA HOUSE. Ten rooms, 2,500 sf. 3-4 beds/2 baths. Family room w/beamed ceiling & floor to ceiling brick fireplace. Game room/full wet bar. Stepdown living w/2nd fireplace & separate dining. Dual zone heat. Central A/C. Recent kitchen appliances (DW/island stove/ built-in oven/disposal/triple sink). Three entries & covered porches. 1 car garage & separate carport. Three site-built storage buildings. 1/2 acre fenced corner lot. Recent metal roof on all buildings. Excellent condition. Schools 3 blocks. Includes 1-year homeowner warranty. $155,000. Can be purchased furnished. Photos & info contact owner: smvhou@ (713-655-7081). Will consider trade for NM or TX property. 10 TO 180 ACRE LOTS. NEXT to Villanueva. Power and water. Down payment negotiable. $3,000 per acre. Call 505-690-9953 or 505-690-0308. PEACE & QUITE RANCH, 80 ACRES - pine, juniper, oak, deer, elk. Two story house, studios, cabin, garage, good road, internet access, well. El Morro area of Grants, NM, $160,000. Call 505-287-4314.

Hunting rifles, shotguns, AR’s, revolvers, pistols, holsters, Class 3 Ammunition by the box or by the case. Large assortment of targets

MORA, NM. BEAUTIFUL FIVE BEDROOM HOUSE, 2.8 acre lot. Located off Highway 518, from Las Vegas. First house to the right after Mora sign. City water, sewer, electricity and propane heat. Could be commercial. Inquire with Robert, 505240-0637; Carlos, 303-887-9867.

Over 100 guns to choose from Concealed carry classes, safety Accessories/optics/slings/cases Gun cleaning, gun smithing, parts

SECLUDED 320 ACRES. SURROUNDED BY STATE land. Torrance County. Hour to Albuquerque. Possible year-round naturally fi lled pond, windmill, stock tank. Grass, trees. Cattle lease $2,500. Sell = $? 505-321-5432 messages.

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TAOS LAND FOR SALE: 1.3 ACRE; 2.0 acre; 3.0 acre with well share, electric. Manufactured housing approved. Seller financing. Monthly payments starting at $329/month. Lower Colonias/Camino Tortuga. Some is owned by LicensedNew Mexico Real Estate Broker. Call for details. 575-770-0831. Mark @ Crossroads Realty, 575-758-3837. COLUMBUS, NM: 80 ACRES WITH WELL, electricity and septic. Price reduced $800 per acre. Owner will carry with good down payment. Call 303-618-8431. A NEW YEAR  A NEW Start in Northern New Mexico! Take your pick; REGINA - 2 bedroom, 1 bath, separate guest, 1 car garage, $92,500; OR 2 bedroom, 1 bath log cabin, $79,000; OR 3 bedroom with loft, $115,000; OR GALLINA - 2-3 bedroom, 3 acres, $89,000; OR COYOTE - 3 bedroom, 2 bath on the creek, 2 acres, $89,000; OR LA JARA - 3-4 bedroom, 2 bath log home, $139,000; OR 4 bedroom, 4 bath on .75 acres, $135,000; OR CUBA - 3 bedroom, 1 bath, US Highway 550, $65,000; OR 2 bedroom, 1 bath adobe on Rio Puerco, $69,000; OR 4 bedroom, 3 bath, $150,000; OR 3 bedroom study and loft, 2 bath, 2 stories, $165,000. Small sample of available homes and vacant land galore so visit: or call Morningstar Realty 575-289-0001, Cuba, NM. ESTATE SALE: LOCATED 420 SEVENTH STREET in Melrose, NM. Mobile home on three lots. Pipe fence, out buildings, carport. Spinet piano. 1983 Lincoln Continental. Call 575-309-4675. CABIN IN BENT, NEW MEXICO, 2+ acres, fenced, 20 miles from Ruidoso and Alamogordo, electric with well and 500 gallon propane tank with property. Pictures available. $99,000. Call 575-430-8407.

44 ACRES OF LAND, SOCORRO COUNTY. Sabinal area 13 miles south of Belen. West side of Rio Grande; bordered by Sabinal drain canal and next to Rio Grande River. Approximately 25 acres of irrigated farm land with concrete ditch. Gorgeous, large cottonwood trees; great horse facility potential. 3 phase electricity and phone to site. Only 13AF of MRGCD water rights severed. Remaining rights go with the property. $705,000., TAKES ALL! Call: 575-666-2247. 44 ACRES OF LAND. GORGEOUS, LARGE cottonwood trees. Approximately 25 acres of irrigated farmland with concrete ditch. Balance in gorgeous large cottonwood trees. Great horse facility potential with 3 phase electricity and phone to site. Only 13AF of MRGCD water rights to entire property severed. Remaining rights go with property. $705,000., TAKES IT ALL! Socorro County. Call: 575-666-2247.

Things That Go Vroom! FOR SALE: 1 OWNER, 1972 IHC 3/4 ton pickup, 345 engine, 4 speed stick transmission, positive track rear end, deluxe interior and exterior trim package. All super condition. Call 575-544-8259. FOR SALE: 1977 FORD F100, 2 WD, short bed, 302ci, 4 speed, Flowmaster exhaust. Rebuilt transmission, clean, rust free, classic. Asking $4,000 or best offer. Call 575-387-5446; message: 505-429-9868. FOR SALE: 1989 CHEVY ONE TON pickup, 4x4 V-8, auto, one owner - 120,000 original miles, no dents or rust, many new parts. 1968, 715 army truck, no engine or rust. Call 505-470-4916.

FOR SALE: 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH on 37 acres, all fenced. In Arizona near Rodeo, NM. Electricity, propane and good well water. Beautiful scenic views, $145,000. Call 520-558-1192.

2006 DODGE 4X4 PICKUP. 1/2 TON, 4 door, 5.7, PS, AC, PB, 200K hwy. miles, $9,500. 2001 Wilderness 20’ travel trailer, excellent condition, $4,000. Four new Mud Claw tires LT265R70X17 on 2006 Dodge 8-hole factory chrome wheels, $1,300. Receiver Hitch Class III for 2007 Chrysler 300C, $50. Call 505-290-0354.

5 ACRES WITH NEWLY REMODELED DOUBLEWIDE on permanent foundation. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, living room plus den with fireplace. Very good well on property. Dexter schools. $110,000. Call: 770-330-3735.

1998 CHEVY 3500, 4X4, 350 VORTEC, automatic, crew cab, long bed, white, two new tires, new battery, tool box, 300,000 miles. $4,000. Call: 575-854-2083 in Magdalena, NM.



Vintage Finds WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1900 - 1958. Paying $100 - $1,000 each. Also buying some New Mexico car plates 1900 - 1923. Bill Johnston, Box 640, Organ, NM 88052-0640. E-mail: or telephone 575-382-7804. PLANNING A RETRO WEDDING? ROUGH RIDER Antiques in Las Vegas has vintage hats, gloves, bags, estate jewelry; silverplate serving pieces, fancy glasses, linens and barware; and unusual gifts for everyone in your party. You find the groom, we’ll look for the rest of it. Open every day. 501 Railroad and East Lincoln, across from the train depot. 505-454-8063. I BUY SPANISH COLONIAL SPURS, STIRRUPS, horse bits with jingles, weapons, etc. Also, old New Mexico handmade/carved furniture. Call 505-753-9886. WANTED: NEW MEXICO AUTOMOBILE LICENSE DIRECTORY (“The Zia Book”), and Motor Vehicle Register books, 1900 - 1949. Library discards OK. Paying $75 $100 per volume. Bill Johnston, Box 640, Organ, NM 88052-0640. E-mail: or telephone 575-382-7804. WANTED: NEW MEXICO HIGHWAY JOURNAL MAG AZINE, 1923 - 1927. Paying $10 - $25 single issues, $400 - $800 bound volumes. Library discards OK. Bill Johnston, Box 640, Organ, NM 88052-0640. E-mail: or telephone 575-382-7804. RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: LANTERNS, LOCKS, KEYS, badges, uniforms, dining car china, etc. Especially seeking items from early New Mexico railroads such as: AT&SF, D&RG, EP&NE, EP&SW, and C&S. Randy Dunson, 575-356-6919. BUYING OLD STUFF: GAS PUMPS AND parts 1960s 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.


“COW DUST AND SADDLE LEATHER,” “THESE Also Served,” “Cow People” and other collectible books. Call Deb for availability and prices. Leave message. E-mail: or call 575-533-6089. WANTED: PARTS FOR 1928 CHEVROLET. NEED spark advance system, vacuum fuel tank, carburetor, pickup cab, windshield frame, radiator grill and more. 575-626-2304.

When Opportunity Knocks RURAL CONVENIENCE STORE WITH PACKAGE LIQUOR License, living quarters on 1.3 acres with 3 acre foot well. Borders Gila National Forest. Serious inquiries only. Call 575-533-6720. NO NEED FOR A BANK. OWNER will carry mortgage. Auto repair shop in City of Española, NM. Building equipment and land priced to sell. Serious inquiries only. Call owner at 505-927-3659. FOR SALE BY OWNER: CABALLO LAKE RV Park. 19 full hookup, 35x55 pull throughs with 30-50 amps. 5 dry camp sites. Wi-Fi-. Easy on/off I-15. Walk to beach. Close to boat ramp, fishing, ghost towns, museums, stores, galleries & Laundromats. Completely remodeled house w/central heat & air, furniture & appliances. Guesthouse & furniture. Tool shed, well house, carport, golf cart. Good landscaping and interior roads. Asking $485,000. for all. Will consider any reasonable offer. Motivated to sell! Call 575-743-0502. Afternoons best. RV/MOBILE HOME PARK. WALKING DISTANCE TO Caballo Lake State Park. Eighteen spaces, storage units, building set up for café. Commercial water rights. House with shop and 3 acre water rights. All on 3.6 acres. Plenty of room to grow your business. Asking $325,000. E-mail at or call 575-740-9344. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY CUPID WAS chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Unknown.

Hey Youth Artists!

Hut, Hut, Hike!

The Youth Editor saw a bunny the other day hopping in the snow, and thought that would make a good topic for March. So for March, draw colorful and any-sized bunnies. Have fun! April  is Earth Day, pay tribute to our royal Earth. Draw a colorful picture of Earth with trees, vines, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Have a grand ole' time.

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 . x . size paper is best. Mail to: Youth Editor,  Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM . Entries must be here by the th of the month before publication. Each published artist receives $ for his or her work.

Kari Baker, Age , Portales

Hakota Endito, Age , Thoreau

Grace Garcia, Age , Seboyeta

Raquel Lucero, Age , Mora

Maggie Garcia, Age , Artesia

Doniel McNevin, Age , Ojo Caliente

Kiana Passino, Age , Questa

Arturo Velasquez, Age , Santa Rosa

Tara Neeley, Age , Williamsburg



February enchantment  

February's edition of enchantment magazine.

February enchantment  

February's edition of enchantment magazine.