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January 1, 2018 • Vol. 70, No. 01 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 101,828
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.
Nearly 102,000 families and businesses receive enchantment Magazine as electric cooperative members. Non-member subscriptions are available at $12 per year or $18 for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for delivery. Periodical Postage paid at Santa Fe, NM 87501-9998 and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Postmaster: Send address changes to 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4428. Readers who receive the publication through their electric cooperative membership should report address changes to their local electric cooperative office.
THE NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION provides legislative and educational services for the 17 cooperatives that deliver electric power to New Mexico’s rural areas and small communities. The mission of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association is to strengthen, support, unify, and represent Cooperative member interests at the local, state, and national levels. Each cooperative has a representative on the association’s board of directors, which controls the editorial content and advertising policy of enchantment through its Publications Committee.
OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles Pinson, President, Central Valley Electric Cooperative, Artesia George Biel, Vice President, Sierra Electric Cooperative, Elephant Butte Tim Morrow, Secretary-Treasurer, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Duane Frost, Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative, Mountainair William C. Miller, Jr., Columbus Electric Cooperative, Deming Arsenio Salazar, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Grants Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Clovis Cristobal Duran, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Taos Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative, Lovington Robert Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Mora Tomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative, Chama Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Cooperative, Cloudcroft Antonio Sanchez, Jr., Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative, Portales Leroy Anaya, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Socorro Gary Rinker, Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Clayton Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado Charles G. Wagner, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Oklahoma
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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE William C. Miller, Jr., Chairman, Columbus Electric Cooperative Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Robert Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative Antonio Sanchez, Jr., Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Leroy Anaya, Socorro Electric Cooperative
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Co-op Newswire Electric Co-op Crews Attend Meter School
lectric co-op crew members attended an educational, training meter school in Moriarty in December at Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative. From across the state, over 30 electric co-op staff members participated in the meter school. The purpose of the school is to receive educational training, perform hands-on training and to learn more about safety issues so crew members may enhance their work skills to keep the power on, for you. Training includes learning about 1 & 3 phase meter components and testing, meter boards, transformer connections and troubleshooting, and more. The meter school is coordinated through the New Mexico Rural Electric Self-Insurer’s Fund (NMRESIF), in coordination with the NMRESIF Safety Committee and the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, Loss Control Division.
Feds Release $15 Million for EV Extreme Fast Charging Systems To build consumer acceptance of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and auto electrification technologies and infrastructure that would enable extreme fast charging systems that can replenish fully depleted EV battery packs to about 80 percent strength in 15 minutes. Currently, Level 3 AC fast chargers (240 V, drawing up to 96 kW from the grid) and High-Speed DC Fast Chargers (sometimes called a Combo Charging System, at 480 V DC and up to 90 kW) can reach that mark in around 30 minutes. VTO hopes to build on its lithium-ion battery advancements that have the potential to reduce EV battery costs to $219 per kWh of usable energy, about an 80 percent reduction since 2008. Source: CFC Solutions
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Designer Electricity at Your Fingertips
New technology, new regulations and new ways of thinking are reshaping the utility industry.
he thermostat on your wall marks a new era in electricity. Whether it’s a dial-style older than you or a digital model installed last month, it’s become more than just a way to set the temperature in your home. That familiar gadget is now a gateway to a world where consumers have more say over their electric service. You might call it designer electricity. New technology, new regulations and new ways of thinking are reshaping the utility industry. These days, consumers can regulate the temperature in their home more precisely. They can even generate their own electricity with rooftop solar panels and sell the excess power back to their utility. A new programmable thermostat can be set to avoid heating and cooling when you’re not home, or even set separate temperatures for rooms you don’t use often. And that’s just the beginning of ways consumers are making more of their own energy decisions. Highly efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs can be controlled from your smartphone. Washers and dryers sense how much water and heat need to be used to clean and dry your clothes. All that efficiency makes a difference. Americans used about two percent less electricity in the past
three years according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA expects the trend to continue for at least the next couple of years. Efficient technologies really make a big difference. While efficiency saves energy dollars, the story of battery storage shows the bigger picture of how consumers are putting utility decision-making into their own hands. The story began with homeowners using portable, motorized generators to power refrigerators and other crucial appliances during extended electric outages. Then battery technology improved, driven by the demand for smaller and stronger chargers for smartphones and other electronics. Battery companies thought their new and improved product could grab part of the portable generator market. Two years ago, Tesla, the high-end electric car company, announced a battery designed to look attractive enough to hang on your wall and provide backup power. Other companies followed. In addition to promising relief from power outages, Tesla promoted its battery to the growing renewable energy market. Homeowners installing solar panels on their roofs ran into a problem—they generated a lot of electricity in the middle of a
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sunny day, when no one was home to use it, and none at night, when they were home wanting to use electricity. Batteries could store the sunlight. More options for consumers complicates work for electric co-ops. Our business plan didn’t account for consumers storing electricity, reversing the flow through power lines as they sell electricity back to the co-op, or for the declining sales resulting from energy efficiency. However, co-ops are in a unique position, with long power lines that have to cover a much larger area. That is leading to use of energy storage technology to run pilot programs testing utility-scale batteries, as it gets really expensive to hook the last person at the end of three or four miles of line. Co-ops might be in a more natural position to adopt batteries for use in those remote locations. While the march toward more choices in electric service might seem inevitable—do you want to spend $10,000 for a photovoltaic system on your roof and another $10,000 for a battery to avoid a couple of hours a year of power outage? In this new era of more energy options, vendors will be promoting batteries, solar panels and other gizmos. So, talk to your co-op first because the folks there are the local energy experts.
Hale to the stars BY ALAN HALE
he new year of 2018 starts off with a rather unusual situation which began late last year: during the evening hours there are no bright planets visible in the sky. The only two evening-sky planets visible at all are the distant worlds Uranus and Neptune. Even Neptune— slowly traveling through the constellation Aquarius—is fairly low in the southwest, and sets a couple of hours after the end of dusk. Uranus, traveling slowly through the constellation Pisces, remains visible throughout the evening, and sets around midnight. Both worlds can be detected with binoculars but don’t look like much more than grayish-green dots. Not until around 3:00 a.m. do the brighter planets start to rise. Jupiter and (significantly dimmer) Mars are quite close to one another in early January, and pass within half a degree (the moon’s apparent diameter) of each other on Sunday morning, the 7th. Afterwards, they pull apart as they go their separate ways. When Mars comes closest to Earth in late July, it will be the closest it has been to our planet in 15 years. Mercury rises just before the beginning of dawn on New Year’s Day, but afterwards starts sinking into the dawn sky. On
A total lunar eclipse at dawn. Photograph by Alan Hale.
Saturday morning, the 13th, Mercury passes close by Saturn, which now starts to climb its way out of twilight. Mercury completely disappears into twilight within a few days, while by the end of January, Saturn rises half an hour before the beginning of dawn. There are two full moons during January. The first one of these takes place on the evening of New Year’s Day, and the second one is on Wednesday, January 31. This occurrence of two full moons within the same calendar month takes place about once every three years, on the average, and the second full moon is sometimes referred to as a “Blue Moon.” The “Blue Moon” in January, however, will also be bloodred, for a total lunar eclipse takes place on that morning. The moon begins to enter the “umbra,” Earth’s dark inner shadow, a little before 5:00 a.m., and the total eclipse itself begins an hour later, a little after the beginning of dawn. Dawn will be well underway when mid-eclipse occurs at 6:30 a.m., and the moon will be close to setting (and the sun close to rising) by the time totality ends a few minutes after 7:00 a.m.
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Snow Day Warmer-Uppers and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 F. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven and add the onion, celery, carrots, and leek. Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour the wine over the vegetables, bring to a boil, and cook over high heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Tie the rosemary and thyme together with kitchen twine and add to the pot.
It’s January and hopefully, we have enough snow that we get a snow day now and then. It’s also the perfect time to concentrate on cooking a warm meal that requires time, and rewards you by filling up the house with delicious aromas.
Homemade Baked Beans 2 cups dried navy beans, rinse and drain 1 bay leaf 2 Tbs. olive oil 14 cups molasses 1/8 cup yellow mustard 3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce ¾ cup ketchup Soak beans overnight or one hour in boiling water. Rinse and drain. Parboil with bay leaf and 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender, about two hours. Remove foam as it arises. Rinse and drain. In large bowl, mix beans, remaining tablespoon olive oil and remaining ingredients. Place in enamel or clay bean pot with snug lid. Add 1 cup boiling hot water.
Bake 2-3 hours until beans are tender at 325 F. Sit occasionally, adding boiling water if necessary to keep beans from drying out. For a smokier taste, add 4 slices chopped uncooked bacon. Serves at least 6.
Ina Garten’s Short Ribs 8 beef short ribs, trimmed of fat Salt and pepper 1�4 cup olive oil 2 onions, medium-sized, chopped 4 cups celery, large diced 2 carrots, peeled, large diced 1 leek, cleaned, large diced, white part only 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 (750 ml) bottle of Burgundy or Pinot Noir or other dry red wine 2 sprigs rosemary, fresh 2 sprigs thyme, fresh 6 cups beef stock or broth 1 Tb. brown sugar Preheat oven to 400 F. Place the short ribs on a sheet pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper,
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Calling Authors, Illustrators, Publishers, and Artists You are invited to participate in the 12th Annual Authors for Literacy Event scheduled on: April 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Moriarty Civic Center 202 S. Broadway • Moriarty This event is sponsored by the Moriarty Community Library and The Read “Write” Adult Literacy Program. Proceeds will benefit the Read “Write” Adult Literacy Program. The objectives for this event are: ➥ To raise awareness of the adult literacy related issues faced by Torrance County and New Mexico. ➥ To recruit volunteer tutors for the Read “Write” Adult Literacy Program. ➥ To promote the Moriarty Community Library and the services it provides. ➥ To provide an opportunity for authors to sell their books. ➥ To provide an opportunity for the community to meet some of New Mexico‘s authors. ➥ To promote the writing craft by having a writing contest.
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ear Pat: We have an old dial thermostat. There seem to be a lot of choices for thermostats nowadays, but are the pricier, more techfocused options worth the additional cost? —Ted. Dear Ted: Today, many thermostats offer great new technologies and can do things thermostats of the past simply could not do. That said, it’s certainly worth asking if these new thermostats can save enough money to justify the extra cost. Let’s start by looking at the three main options for thermostats: manual, programmable and smart. The main benefits of a manual thermostat like yours are that it’s simple to operate and there are no batteries to wear out and replace. You just have to remember to raise and lower the temperature setting in the morning and evening, and whenever you leave the house. The second option is the programmable thermostat. Typically, this type of thermostat allows settings for four different periods each day. Some models can even handle a different schedule for each day of the week. You control the settings so they will suit your climate, schedule and temperature preferences. You can easily override your program settings anytime.
The third option is a smart or “learning” thermostat. A smart thermostat connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network. After installation, you input the basics of your schedule and temperature. Over time, as you change the settings, it learns your schedule and adjusts to minimize energy use. Smart thermostats can also detect when no one is home. You can also control it remotely by using an app on your smart phone or tablet. If your electric co-op has a demand response program that offers discounts for using less power during peak energy use hours, a smart thermostat can provide additional savings on your monthly power bill. The move to smart technology is a significant investment. Units can cost up to $400, although one manufacturer has a new model for about $170. It’s also important to note not all homes have the proper wiring in place to accommodate smart thermostats, so you may need to hire a professional to handle the installation. Back to your initial question: Are newer, more expensive thermostats worth the extra cost? How much a thermostat can save depends on how much you spend on heating and cooling your house. You can estimate your heating and cooling expenses by
An energy auditor demonstrates how to program a thermostat. Photo Credit: Piedmont Electric Co-op.
Tips to Use Your Thermostat More Efficiently
Smart thermostats learn from your behavior to maximize energy savings.
examining your electric bills (and other utility bills) related to heating your home. Compare the bills for winter and summer to those for spring and fall. Most of the difference is likely due to heating and cooling. If that amount is more than $900 per year, which is the national average, you have a better chance of a good return on your investment. The second factor that will determine how much you can save is how you are operating your old thermostat. If you are conscientious about adjusting the temperature to save energy when you’re leaving the house or going to bed, the new thermostat may not reduce your bills that much, even if you program it correctly or if it learns your behavior.
• Don’t adjust the thermostat temperature drastically hoping to heat or cool your home much more quickly. • For the greatest savings during winter months, keep the temperature at or below 68 degrees Fahrenheit while home during the day, and cooler during the night; during summer months, keep it at or above 78 degrees Fahrenheit while home. • You can save up to 10 percent off your monthly heating and cooling bill by turning back your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day. • The thermostat is just one piece of the energy efficiency puzzle. You might be able to save more by adding insulation or sealing air leaks. A professional energy audit is always the best way to identify your home’s energy weaknesses.
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SAFETY ON THE slopes BY MICHELE POTTER
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now. There’s nothing like the quiet and serene beauty of snow when it falls and blankets mountains and fields. It’s just plain fun to get outdoors and play in the snow. Simply put, snow is beautiful. As a ski instructor for more than 25 years, I have pledged my troth to just such beauty. That, of course, and the elemental pleasure of sliding on it. But snow slides too, and it happens anywhere, anytime, and can kill. Whether one is skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, roughly 30 people a year die in avalanches. In 2016, there were 10 deaths in 10 days. Andy Bond, director of the Taos Avalanche Center (TAC), hopes this number “plateaus,” though each season even more and more folks are hungry for nature’s “pure” experience. To save lives, Bond says, “I’d like to see better consistency with forecasting and methods. The community needs this and I want to give back.” He and Rachel Moscarella, also a veteran ski patroller at Taos Ski Valley, did just that—starting New Mexico’s first avalanche center. The Taos Avalanche Center (TAC), a notfor-profit and member of Kit Carson
Electric Cooperative, opened in 2016. It is among nearly 13 other centers located throughout the country. Most of the centers work in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service. The Taos Avalanche Center also collaborates with the National Weather Service. The avalanche centers educate, forecast, observe, record, report the weather, report the snowpack, and offer avalanche summaries. Last season, TAC produced about 45 videos. It also offers avalanche programs to youth. Like any ski journal, a sample 2017 report from the TAC website, reflects the risks and rewards of a life spent in the mountains: “The end of February and beginning of March brought a return of powder with a small avalanche cycle that was confined to sensitive small storm slab instability. In the backcountry on February, we were remote triggering storm slabs from long distances [think explosives] since this was an upside down storm. This instability was short lived and produced some good powder skiing after a long dry February.” Most avalanche accidents seem to occur on “blue bird days,” which are beautiful, blue, sunny days after an overnight snowfall. Bond and his colleagues provide online reports from
snow pits. Like chefs in gleaming white kitchens, (only in this case up to their eyeballs in snow pits), they describe how nature’s forces of wind and moisture layer and pack the snow, perhaps cooking up the perfect snow slide. In other words, they dig and measure snow out in the backcountry assessing the outcome of potential avalanches. Bond’s knowledge is honed, partly with his mentor, world-renowned climber Dave Hahn, with whom he guides on Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in Washington. Many who love backcountry winter experiences also need this wisdom too, like Bond. Ninety percent of avalanche incidents occur when a person or someone in their party sets off an avalanche. Still, too many boarders and skiers rely on the “experts” such as resort mountain managers and patrollers instead of thinking for themselves. But more outdoors people and ski patrollers are taking transceivers (avalanche radios or location beacons) with them within ski area boundaries, especially in the steeps (steep mountain slopes). One avalanche story is seared into my memory when I first arrived at
Taos Ski Valley 22 years ago. A local skier was killed in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness in the Carson National Forest, outside the ski area boundaries during one last powder ride. Rescuers and their dogs could do nothing (the likelihood of being found alive after 15 minutes decreases very quickly; after two hours it’s virtually nil). Last October, a 23-year-old woman with extensive avalanche training died in Montana, buried in a three-foot slab while skiing in the backcountry with her boyfriend. After three hours of searching for her, he hiked out, reported the location, and took his own life. Her transceiver was found in her backpack turned off. Avalanches affect more than those who die. Says Bond, “I’ve lost a lot of friends to avalanches.” Snow does not like sudden change. It is ephemeral and moody. It can bond, shear, drift, compact, transition, grow weak, turn icy, and sluff. Most avalanches in these parts are not wet avalanches or sluffs, but dry slab avalanches, which shear off from their moorings like a plate pushed off a table—only at 80 mph. The clichés about avalanche experts being the only
Photos, left to right: Last January at the Williams Lake area near Taos Ski Valley, Andy Bond analyzes the snow pack structure and identifies potential weak layers to see how reactive they are. Photo courtesy of Taos Avalanche Center. Skiers at the top of the “Ridge” at Taos Ski Valley. Looking for freshies in West Basin on a perfect deep-powder day last April. Photos by Michele Potter.
ones who get caught in avalanches is untrue. Training really helps. In our “Red Bull Culture,” we want big fun, and the danger zone coincides with the fun zone (most avalanches occur between 35-45 degrees of slope). The cold heart of the monster loves 38 degrees. Super steep slopes usually clear themselves. A quarter of the folks in avalanches are killed by rocks, trees and cliffs. Another quarter of its victims are snuffed out by carbon dioxide as they are buried. So listen to the mountains: Are they saying: “please go away” or “come on in?” When in doubt, get out. The mountain’s not going anywhere. Oh, and check out the TAC website at: www.taosavalanchecenter.org
Snow Country Checklist • Gear: Transceiver, shovel, probe, partner. • Train: You have to practice! • Forecast: Check the Taos Avalanche Center website: www.taosavalanchecenter.org • Picture: Check obvious clues like recent storms, wind loaded pockets, shooting cracks. • Get out of harm’s way: Some days, just go home.
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COLOR JASON AND HIS FUNNY MACHINES
JAZZ MUSIC: POEMS IN THE RHYTHM OF LIFE
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Here’s a whimsical and entertaining children’s activity book for ages three to eight from an author who has won six book awards since 2015 including the 2016 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Award, the 2016 Children’s Book, Southwest Book Design & Production Award, and New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. This unique activity book is a supplement to the Ross Van Dusen’s science series, What Makes a Rainbow?, What Makes A Snowflake?, and What Makes Lightning? This activity book offers Jason’s fantastic machines and fanciful inventions, puzzles, mazes and connect-the-dots games that may challenge the child’s logic and inspire his or her sense of adventure. The blank backs of coloring pages can be used for the child’s own imaginative drawings and inventions. (A scientist at Stanford is actually creating stunning synthetic snowflakes.)
Tom Banks majored in English at Indiana University. He muses on life with pathos and wry humor. To this poet life has a dancing rhythm of its own, like jazz that swerves this way and that, and yet sustains its own beat. Falling apart he tries to reassemble the pieces and discovers that they don’t fit, “So I’ll have to devise a new puzzle/based on the loose pieces of me…” Luckily, those “loose pieces” integrate in his poetry. “Grounded and still/On a high soaring orb/enclosed, and yet part of a star.” In the natural world he sees lines that stand alone or intersect, or radiate from space and time, yet all evolve from the same source. “Only dreams” he reflects, “have no lines…only dark light is permitted.” He discovers his truth with: “It can’t be that everything’s so untrue/This illusion is a passing thing for sure.” All that’s left is “the glimmer” and “the open sky beyond.”
PAUL PLETKA: IMAGINED WESTS By Amy Scott Contributions by Paul Pletka 2017, $65, 248 pages University of Oklahoma Press 800-627-7377; www.oupress.com In his foreword James K. Balinger, Director Emeritis of the Phoenix Art Museum, describes Paul Pletka’s art as “leaving his unsettled viewers to resolve his visual mysteries.” Pletka came of age in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he explored ancestral memory in geological layers of a red rock landscape still haunted by an indigenous culture. As a young man visiting Taos, he discovered a diverse artistic community that catalyzed his work while he absorbed the integration of Pueblo rituals with Catholic rites such as the Matachines Dance which is still performed at Taos Pueblo. His symbolic repertoire expanded to include Native artifacts and Hispanic culture, expressed in various techniques of modern art. Shamans, ghost dancers and images of the crucifixion affirm death as a spiritual transformation. Pletka says he paints “a terrible, compelling beauty” with “a profound and personal passion, literally bred in the bone…” Five brilliant stars!
TRULY TEXAS MEXICAN: A NATIVE CULINARY HERITAGE IN RECIPES By Adan Medrano 2014, 256 pages, $29.95 Texas Tech University Press 800-832-4042; ww.ttupress.org Enjoy the flavor profile of a hundred time-honored Texas Mexican recipes in the “mouth-watering interconnectedness of culture and cuisine.” Learn about the complexities of aromatic chiles and techniques to develop their unique flavors from the region north and south of the lower Rio Grande, from San Antonio down to Nava, Mexico. In the first chapter, Medrano relates a history of the Texas Indians that goes back a thousand years, how the resilient cultures survived through continuous change and adaptation. “Drying meat and fish had always been important to food preservation and taste …” he writes. But as native cooks fled to Catholic missionaries, their culinary creativity grew to include pigs, cattle, goats, onions, and garlic. In the face of disastrous losses of land and language, economic and political standing, “Food was the cultural activity that held us together.” Five delicious stars. To submit a book for review: include contact information and where to order.
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Finding Inspiration in Youth Art
aiSravya Bandla is a young, talented artist who lives in Quay County and attends eighth grade at San Jon Municipal Schools. In recent years, she has submitted several drawings to enchantment magazine’s Youth Art contest and has been a published winner. Drawing according to enchantment magazine topics, SaiSravya has illustrated a car, a chile, a dinosaur, people baking cookies, a person skating, and a coyote (her school’s mascot). After her chile drawing was published, SaiSravya was contacted by someone who asked to use it on a greeting card. “I find the prompts fun to draw,” says SaiSravya. She described her techniques using paper, pencils, eraser, and ink. “I begin with a normal letter-sized paper and I draw with a pencil. After I think everything looks good, I erase my pencil marks so I can see them a little bit. I sketch it and after that I make it neat to prepare it for color. After that, I use colored pencils mostly but sometimes markers to outline it and give it some definition. I use black gel pen to outline it, or black marker. I finish cleaning up the edges with an eraser.” SaiSravya creates borders around some of her drawings. For her portraits, she uses a fine gel pen to outline eyes and lips. I like to draw animal and human portraits,” says SaiSravya. She especially likes to draw her family, and dogs named Cherry and Silver. Her father, Nagarajan, inspired SaiSravya to draw family portraits. She admires his artistic ability.
“He draws portraits a lot and they look really pretty,” she says. Her other family members also encourage her art. SaiSravya’s mother, Radha, gives her ideas about what to draw, and her sister, SaiSruthi (aka Kushi), looks over her drawings and makes suggestions. In school, SaiSravya’s favorite subjects are math and science. “I think science is easier to understand than other subjects. Science is fascinating and interesting. The thing I like about math is I like to solve equations. I find it easy after you practice it.” SaiSravya also enjoys spelling, and has participated at the state level in the international spelling bee. She plays volleyball, badminton and chess. SaiSravya is grateful to her English teacher, Ms. Sours, for introducing her to enchantment magazine’s Youth Art drawing contest. Asked if she has suggestions for future Youth Art topics, SaiSravya replies, “I like galaxies and space, so maybe it could be space.” The Bandla family gets electricity from Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Clovis, which serves Curry, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt, and San Miguel counties. SaiSravya appreciates that Farmers’ Electric Cooperative uses wind power. “I like the fact the co-op has 24 hours of electricity and doesn’t pollute the environment,” she says.
Christmas Cactus Plant Growing Tips Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), a hybrid plant and member of the cactus family, is known for blooming during the holiday season in the northern hemisphere. Following are tips to encourage a longer blooming period and for a return bloom the following year. ▶ Let the soil dry slightly between waterings. Surplus water should drain away, leaving the soil as moist as a wrung-out sponge. ▶ Avoid drafty locations near open doors and heater vents. These locations speed the drying of the soil and plants. Keep the plants in a cool location. Cool air slows the aging of the flowers, but do not let the temperature drop below 50 F. ▶ Keep in a brightly lit location. If there is sufficient light, the plants can photosynthesize and manufacture food to sustain the plant and flowers. ▶ Do not apply fertilizer during flowering. Wait until spring, when new growth appears, to fertilize and replant. ▶ Once buds set, don't move the plant around too much. Flower buds will drop off if the plant is moved or suddenly exposed to temperature changes. ▶ In the spring, you can prune your cactus by cutting between stem segments using clean, sharp shears. Flower buds develop at the distal edges (ends) of each stem, so by pruning, you are encouraging branching and therefore maximizing flower potential next season. Those cuttings can be easily propagated by letting stems of 2–3 segments in length dry for a day so the wound callouses over and then replanting them in new soil, taking care not to place stems upside down in the new soil. ▶ Next fall, be sure to keep your Christmas cactus in a spot where it gets a full dose of dark time (10–12 hours per day) so that flowering is induced all over again. Source: NMSU Horticulture
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Winter Base Camp: Jemez Springs
ure, it is cold. But that’s no reason to stay home and hunker down indoors. Jemez Springs is a one-tank destination from much of central and northern New Mexico. Daytripper or over-nighter, there’s a good time waiting for you. The small village is tucked between steep, red stone canyon walls in the Jemez River valley on the south flank of the pinestudded Jemez Mountains. It’s named after the notable mineral baths that bubble up, treated and heated in earth’s basement. This time of year they send plumes of steam billowing into the air. The same volcanic activity that spewed out hot ash and created the soft immensity of the nearby Valles Caldera, today warms mineral-laden water. Jemez Springs can be your base camp for forays afield to earn some time soaking in a mineral bath, later. The hot mineral water that feels so good to bathe in, also made an interesting geological feature near the village. Mineral-rich waters converge with the Jemez River and over eons have created Soda Dam. Its striated rock with grottos look like a contorted mammoth mushroom. A short drive to the north through the green-black treed canyon, you can pull into the aptly named Valle Grande. It is grand—a huge treeless basin at the bottom of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The views are wonderful, and provided ample snow lies on the ground, it’s a great place to snowshoe under the light-blue dome of sky. Adventurous anglers can cast a wet fly to brown trout that wait in the dark lair of an undercut bank in San Antonio Creek that purls over the valley floor. The Jemez Historic Site is nestled in a side canyon in the village. It’s a national historic landmark, a preserved Spanish mission and Native American village that dates to 1621, when Franciscan priests established a church. A trail with interpretive signs wends through it and carries you back some 500 years. The mission was built on the Pueblo of Giusewa populated by the ancestors of the present-day Walatowa people. If you come to Jemez Springs from the south, be sure to visit the Walatowa visitor center. The mineral bathhouses in the village are a primary reason to visit. They offer clean and private soaking at affordable rates. The baths are not suitable for small children, however. What a great way to end a day hiking or moseying around the village and nearby sites. To learn more, visit jemezsprings.org
Jemez Hot Springs. Photo by Jim McCue.
Jemez State Monument at Jemez Springs. Photo by Julien Johnson.
Elk Lodge romance. Photo by Norman Johnson.
Soda Dam near Jemez Springs. Photo by Craig Springer.
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Roof Over Your Head LAKEHOUSE FOR SALE WITH SCENIC VIEW of Elephant Butte Lake. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 1.5 acres. Large detached garage, covered porches, private well with softener and R/O system. Central refrigerated A/C. FSBO. $198,000. Email for details: firstname.lastname@example.org LOOKING FOR WATER? GIFTED TO FIND underground streams. Reputable dowser with 50+ years experience. To God Be Thy Glory! Contact Joe Graves at 575758-3600. In Taos, 75 miles north of Santa Fe. God Bless You! PRIME REAL ESTATE IN CLOUDCROFT, NM. 2-story wooden building on corner of Burro and Glorieta Avenue. 200 Burro Avenue. Owner finance for $225,000 or $175,000 cash. Call Robert, 432202-6419 or Roy, 575-551-4657. BLUEWATER, NEW MEXICO. THREE ACRES WITH private road. Fenced and gated with RV trailer and much more. One mile from the lake. See craigslist for pictures, under Bluewater. Call 505-243-4108.
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COUNTRY HOME ON 70 ACRES. FENCED, 30x80 metal barn with large stalls, hay storage, tack room, pipe corral. Solid older mobile home, mature trees. Outbuildings, dog pens, loafing shed. Private with good access on county maintained road. Alamogordo. $165,000. 575-415-1791. CONCHAS, 7543 NM 104. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath double-wide with sunroom on 2.91 acres. Detached garage, carport, outbuildings, chain link fence with remote gate. Highway frontage with commercial potential. $135,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com CONCHAS, 000 BOAT DOCK DRIVE. VACANT land just over 1/2 acre. Water access at high mark. $49,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com CONCHAS, 0000 BOAT DOCK DRIVE. VACANT land just over 1/2 acre. Water access at high mark. $49,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com
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CALL 520-808-6937. PARADISE HOME IN THE beautiful Chiricahua Mountains for sale. Great year-round climate for bird watching. National forest nearby. Has 1 bedroom, 1 bath, guesthouse. Fixer Upper. Two-story main house, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, spa room, could be converted into 2 bedrooms. Hunters dream with room for processing meat, with walk-in refrigerator unit, stainless steel sink, table meat saw. Furniture and appliances. Reduced price, $85,000. CONCHAS, TBD BIG MESA AVENUE. IMPROVED high level waterfront lot with septic on .83 acres. $98,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, www.bigmesarealty.com 1923 GRAND AVENUE, LAS VEGAS, NM. 3 bedroom, 2 bath on .25. acres. $115,000. Owner may carry with 10% down and good credit. Sunset Realty, 575-4277078, email@example.com WEST OF CONCHAS/GARITA, 134 PAISANO. 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with 1 bath guesthouse. Just over 7 acres. $34,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com
GRADY, 300 MARSHALL. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, attached carport, horse property on almost one acre, village water. $59,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com GORGEOUS EAST MOUNTAIN HOME APPROXIMATELY 30 minutes from Albuquerque. This home is located in a pretty canyon on one acre of fenced land. It has a huge wraparound deck, 3 bedrooms, updated bath, washer and dryer (Maytag). All appliances are included. It has a good working well and storage shed and a newer metal roof. It has been freshly painted inside and out and has new flooring (carpet and vinyl). You can see it on Zillow at 02 Peak Road, Edgewood, NM. Or contact Annie St. Claire, Associate Broker at 505-730-0051. She accepts texts. 1104 DOUGLAS, LAS VEGAS, NM. COMMERCIAL zoning, major cosmetic repairs needed. 5 bedrooms, 2 bath, kitchen, full basement. Next to university, had apartment in back, drive thru Douglas or Diamond. $115,000. Will listen to offer. Sunset Realty, 505-4248748, firstname.lastname@example.org
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FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE HILL ROAD. 2 bedroom, 3 bath log home on just over 60 acres. Well, outbuildings, corrals, hunting opportunities. $385,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com
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WANTED! FARMS AND RANCHES. LET US sell your rural property today. Broker has over 40 years experience in production agriculture and is a farm owner. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, www.bigmesarealty.com
RANCHOS DE TAOS. COMMERCIAL, 2 ACRES, has a well and a 4500 square foot building, no value placed on building. Adjacent to Sage Brush Inn, on South Side, 208’ x 416’ highway frontage. Sunset Realty, 505-424-8748, firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME SITES IN MOUNTAINAIR OFF STATE Highway 55. 1/3 and 1/2 acre. Covenant protected. Underground utilities: water, sewer, electric, gas, telephone. Starting at $14,000. Owner financing. 505-467-8661, 303-913-9168 or www.granquiviraestates.com 28 WOODED ACRES IN MOUNTAINAIR, NM off State Highway 55. Ready for development with water, electric, and easy access. Other utilities adjacent. $5,000 per acre. Owner financing. 505-4678661, 303-913-9168 or visit website: www.granquiviraestates.com
LINCOLN COUNTY. 11 ACRES, WOODS AND meadow next to National forest. Excellent hunting area. Excellent views. National forest trails, hiking and horseback. Perfect for retirement, mild climate. Discount for cash. 505-281-2598. THANKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS ADVERTISERS! SOUTHWESTERN STYLE ADOBE HOME. 2500 SQUARE feet, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, R-57 insulation, 2 fireplaces, vigas and corbels. 7 acres fenced in northwest Tucumcari. $210,000. Owner will finance with 10% down. Can text photos. Call 575-403-5936.
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Things That Go Vroom! 2002 GMC YUKON XL. 2 WHEEL drive, 5.3 litre engine, power windows/ locks, leather, under 97,000 actual miles. $8,500. Front Line Equipment Company. Call 575-456-1000.
Vintage Finds RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: KEROSENE LANTERNS, BRASS locks, keys, badges, uniforms, bells, whistles, and pre1950 employee timetables. Always seeking items from any early New Mexico railroad, especially D&RG, C&S, EP&NE, EP&SW, AT&SF, SP or Rock Island. Call Randy Dunson at 575-356-6919 or 575-760-3341. 1948 IHC KD5, WILL RUN, GOOD body, $5,000. Call 575-776-5568 and leave a message.
BUYING OLD STUFF: GAS PUMPS AND parts 1960’s or earlier, advertising signs, neon clocks, old car parts in original boxes, motor oil cans, license plate collections, Route 66 items, old metal road signs, odd and weird stuff. Fair prices paid. Have pickup, will travel. Gas Guy in Embudo, 505-852-2995. WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1912-1959. Paying $100-$500 each. Also buying some New Mexico car plates 1900-1923. WANTED: New Mexico Highway Journal magazine, 1923-1927, New Mexico Automobile License Directory (”The Zia Book”), Motor Vehicle Register books, 1900-1949. See the New Mexico Transportation History Project website NMplates.com for 2,500+ color photographs and 100+ year history of New Mexico license plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 880520001. Email: Bill@NMplates.com or telephone 575-382-7804.
When Opportunity Knocks 37% OF MEXICO LIVES ON $5 or less a day. We are starting a 501(c)3 to help the poor kids go to school. If you know how to write grants or how to establish a 501(c)3 organization or want to help, call 575-494-0973. HORSE PASTURE WITH LOAFING SHED TO lease. Full care. Arroyo Seco, NM. $225 monthly. BHS instructor, perfect record. Call 575-776-5568 and leave a message.
Youth Artist Choice January was your choice to submit any drawing. Thanks for your colorful drawings. February’s topic is “Wacky Hand Shadows.” Have you ever noticed the shadow from your hand when the sun is streaming on it? Draw and color your hand shadow. Have fun and add a face. Maybe your hand shadow looks like a dinosaur. SaiSravya Bandla had a suggestion for a topic: Galaxy and Space. For March’s topic, sprint to the school library and find images of galaxy and space that you can draw.
Send Your Drawing by Email: We accept Youth Art drawings by email. Send jpg file and required information by the 9th to: firstname.lastname@example.org Remember: Print your name, age, mailing address, phone number, and co-op name on your drawings. Otherwise, your drawings are disqualified. Remember: color, dark ink or pencil on plain white 8.50 x 11.00 size paper is best. Accept artwork up to age 13. Mail to: Youth Editor, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Entries must be here by the 9th of the month before publication. Each published artist receives $10 for his or her work.
Analiya Brown, Age 11, Grants
Fidel Baeza, Age 9, Lake Arthur
Desmond Cates, Age 6, Grenville
Connor Smith, Age 9, Cloudcroft
Aaden Cordova, Age 7, El Prado
Christopher Lopez, Age 5, Vadito
Jose Porras, Age 9, Roswell
Felicity Pino, Age 10, Mescalero
Ariana Romero, Age 8, Anton Chico
Published on Dec 20, 2017