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enchantment June 1, 2017 • Vol. 69, No. 06 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 102,635
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 103,000 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
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The Substation of the Future
Changes that affect the powerful workhorse.
11 View from enchantment 5
Find the Perfect Camping Spot
13 Hale To The Stars
The Art in Turkey Calls
On The Menu
Understanding the Natives
16 Energy Sense
Handcrafted turkey calls are a work of art. How to deal with wildlife while camping or hiking.
Smokey Bear's Campfire Safety Guide 17 How you can help prevent wildfires.
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Springer and Gary Roybal take a break after "calling for turkeys" out in the Manzano Mountains this past April. Photo by Craig Springer.
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Co-op Nation Visits Capitol Hill O
ver 40 New Mexico electric cooperative leaders—trustees, managers and employees—joined more than 2,000 other electric co-op leaders in Washington, D.C. during the Legislative Conference on April 23-25, 2017—one of the largest turnouts in years. This conference brings together co-op representation from across the country to discuss priority issues with members of Congress and administration officials. “New Mexico’s electric cooperatives play an important role in the communities they serve, and we’re all committed to the same fundamental mission—powering and empowering our consumer-owners,” says NMRECA Executive Vice President and General Manager, Keven J. Groenewold. “Advocating for our members doesn’t stop at the edge of our service territories.” It’s critical our elected officials in Washington hear from us as they make decisions that impact our ability to continue that mission.” New Mexico participants trekked their way to Capitol Hill for meetings at the U.S. Senate and House offices on April 25. They had the opportunity to meet
NRECA Urges Prompt Confirmation of FERC Nominees
In a press release dated May 9, 2017, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson welcomed President Trump’s announcement that he intends to nominate candidates to fill two vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Robert Powelson and Neil Chatterjee. “I appreciate the president taking the vital first step to fill these vacancies, and I urge the Senate to move swiftly to consider these nominees once they are sent from the White House. There is no reason to delay consideration. In fact, the longer the delay, the more daunting the backlog that will face the new commissioners.” FERC has been left with only two sitting commissioners for the past three months. President Trump’s efforts to restore FERC’s quorum of commissioners would enable the agency to move forward on issues important to co-ops such as access to a diverse power supply, the certification of natural gas pipelines and ensuring the organized markets are meeting the needs of co-op consumer-members.”
We are urging Congress to pass legislation to reform federal land management practices to better ensure reliability and reduce the risk of fires and fire hazards on utility rightsof-way across federal lands.
with U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin T. Heinrich; and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham. Co-op officials also met with senior staff from U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben R. Lujan offices. New Mexico participants also used this time to visit with officials from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Electric Co-ops Still on Top The results of the 2017 energy utilities customer satisfaction survey are in, and electric cooperatives are still the favored utility with a score of 78. This marks the seventh year in a row that Touchstone Energy Cooperatives earned the honor of being the highest-rated electric utility group. All of New Mexico’s electric cooperatives are Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. ~ The survey was conducted by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Rights-of-Ways and Vegetation Management
e are in the middle of fire season again. From late spring until the summer monsoon season begins, co-ops are vigilant. That dreaded plume of smoke in the distance isn’t usually a good sign. It can mean the beginning of a wildfire. It can also mean operations and reliability issues for the cooperative. Electric cooperative efforts to maintain grid reliability and ensure public safety include keeping power line rightsof-way clear of hazardous trees and vegetation, even along lines that cross federal lands to provide affordable electricity to rural New Mexicans. Proactive rights-of-way upkeep that includes vegetation management to ensure reliable delivery of electricity is a uniform utility industry practice adopted by electric co-ops across the country. However, outdated and inconsistent federal land management policies make it more difficult and costly for electric co-ops to get approval for rights-of-way management to prevent power outages, protect human life and limit impacts to natural resources on or near federal property. Federal reforms are needed to cut red tape and make it easier for electric co-ops to manage vegetation to limit downed power lines, prevent catastrophic fires and respond to emergencies. To meet federal and state reliability standards, New Mexico co-ops perform
rights-of-way maintenance, including vegetation management, on our 46,000 miles of lines, spanning 80 percent of New Mexico’s land mass. Because many electric co-ops extend service to the “last mile” for people in the most remote and rugged areas, co-op lines often cross federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Therefore, Forest Service and BLM reviews are often required for co-ops to do routine power line maintenance and vegetation management—including removing a fallen tree, as well as system upgrades to improve reliability. Delays in application reviews and renewals can keep co-op projects on hold for several months to over a year and add tens of thousands of dollars in costs. Such delays also create unnecessary liability risks for electric co-ops, which can be held responsible for damages if a hazardous tree or other vegetation comes into contact with a power line and causes a fire before the Forest Service or BLM give the co-op approval to address the problem. In recent years, the Las Conchas Fire and the Tres Lagunas Fire have caused millions of dollars in claims against the local co-op. Forest Service and BLM efforts to address the lack of uniformity in their standards, review processes and decisions led to some improve-
Keven J. Groenewold. P.E. Executive Vice President New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association
ments. However, these issues remain unresolved without a legislative remedy. The Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (H.R.1873), introduced this spring, includes reforms to streamline rights-of-way reviews and time limits for federal decision-makers to provide consistency, flexibility and accountability. It would also ensure utilities cannot be held liable for damages if the government fails to allow them to manage vegetation on a rightsof-way or immediately adjacent area. We are urging Congress to pass legislation to reform federal land management practices to better ensure reliability and reduce the risk of fires and fire hazards on utility rights-ofway across federal lands. Streamlining federal government management practices on these federal lands will make it easier for electric co-ops to maintain safety and reliability by performing needed vegetation management to prevent threats to power lines and respond to emergencies. Urge your member of Congress to cosponsor and pass the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act to ensure grid reliability and consistent access to power line rights-of-way on federally-owned lands.
Hale to the stars BY ALAN HALE
wo of our solar system’s five brightest planets are hidden in sunlight this month. The remaining three bright planets, however, do a good job of making up for the absence of their siblings. Jupiter shines brilliantly high in our western sky as darkness falls, and tracks westward throughout the subsequent hours before setting in the west two to three hours after midnight. Saturn is at “opposition,” directly opposite the sun in the sky, on Wednesday, June 14, and thus rises around sunset. It is highest above the horizon around local midnight (1:00 a.m. for daylight savings time), and sets around sunrise. Its system of rings is about as wide open (from our viewing perspective) as it can ever be, so Saturn remains quite bright in our sky and is spectacular when viewed through a telescope. A drawback: Saturn is located fairly low in our southern sky, and thus—at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere—its light is subject to more interference by and turbulence from our atmosphere than it would otherwise receive. The Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in mid-2004 and which has been in orbit around that world ever since, began its “grand finale” back in April when it plunged between
True-color close-up image of Saturn’s north pole, obtained by the Cassini spacecraft on April 26, 2017, during the first of its “grand finale” plunges between Saturn and its rings. NASA photograph.
Saturn and its inner most ring, the closest it or any other spacecraft has approached the planet. Cassini will continue making these “grand finale” plunges about once per week until it enters Saturn’s atmosphere (and is destroyed) in mid-September. The remaining bright planet is Venus, which rises before dawn and thereafter, shines brilliantly in our eastern sky as dawn progresses. Venus climbs higher in our morning sky for the next few months and remains a brilliant beacon there before disappearing into sunlight near the end of this year. The sun arrives at its farthest point north of the celestial Equator late in the day on Tuesday, June 20, an event that “officially” marks the beginning of summer. While June 20th and 21st are the longest days in terms of total daylight hours, because of Earth’s non-circular orbit around the sun—Earth is actually farthest from the sun on July 3—the earliest sunrise comes on June 14, while the latest sunset comes on June 27.
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Days are long and the backyard is the place to be. Grilling season has arrived, and there’s no better way to celebrate summer than to toss a steak on the grill, whip up a bowl of potato salad, open a can of baked beans. Everybody will be happy, and you won’t have to call them twice for supper. But it’s always fun to try new recipes. Try making these three scrumptious grilled dishes that will spice up your summer nights, whether you’re preparing a Father’s Day feast or a weeknight family dinner.
Recipe adapted from Southwestern Grill by Michael McLaughton. Pineapple-Tequila Marinade 2/3 cup pineapple juice, unsweetened 1 Tb. lime juice, fresh ½ cup tequila 2 Tbs. packed dark brown sugar 2 Tbs. ketchup 1 Tb. hot sauce 1 Tb. soy sauce 2 garlic cloves, crushed through a press Chicken 2 large whole boneless skinless chicken breasts, halves separated and trimmed Salt and pepper ❧ Light a direct-heat charcoal fire and let it burn down to medium high or preheat grill to medium-high. Position rack about 6 inches above grill. In shallow nonreactive dish, stir together marinade ingredients. Add chicken and marinate at room temperature no longer than 30 minutes, turning. When grill is ready, lightly oil rack. Place chicken on rack. Cover
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Recipe from The Healthy Beef Cookbook published by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Dietetic Association. Ancho Chile Rub 1 Tb. ground ancho chile powder 3 cloves garlic, minced 1½ tsps. dried oregano leaves, crushed 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. fresh orange peel, grated ½ tsp. ground cinnamon Steaks 2 boneless beef top loin (strip) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 10 ounces each) Salt and pepper ❧ Combine chile rub ingredients in small bowl. Salt and pepper beef steaks. Press rub evenly onto steaks. Place steaks on grill over
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New patterns of power mean a new job for a utility workhorse.
The Substation of the Future
BY PATRICK KEEGAN AND BRAD THIESSEN
Affordable Strategies for Drafty, Inefficient Windows
ear Pat: Our home is very old and includes the original windows. My wife and I worry they aren’t as energy efficient as they could be. The windows let in cold drafts during the winter, and some of the rooms seem to overheat in summer. We’re frustrated because we like the look of the older windows, and replacing them with new ones is so expensive. Can you offer any solutions? —Ken and Judy.
Dear Ken and Judy: Yes, windows are an important contributor to the efficiency and comfort of your home. In last month’s column, we talked about replacing windows, but doing so is costly, and it could take 20 years of energy savings to recover the investment. Luckily, you can make significant improvements to your existing windows without investing a large amount of money or time. Let’s take a look at how we can address heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer. We’ll start with the window itself. Energy loss and drafts often occur in the cracks between the components of the window. Weather stripping can be used for areas where a window’s movable parts
meet the window frame. Retailers offer a variety of weather stripping for different types of windows. These materials are low-cost, easy to apply and can pay for themselves in energy savings in as little as one year. Ask your local retailer for guidance. The seam between the window frame and the wall is another common source of air leakage. For anything less than ¼ inch wide, fill it with caulk; for anything larger, use expanding foam and paint over it. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If the window pane is loose, or the glass is cracked or missing, it’s probably costing you additional money. If you’re handy, it is possible to re-glaze a window yourself, or there may be a local shop in your area that will do it. Installing exterior or interior storm windows can sometimes produce as much savings as a full replacement. It’s possible to order these windows to the exact size of your window opening. Recent testing by a national laboratory showed that storm windows could cut heating costs by 7 to 12 percent.
Substation of the Future
Substations, those collections of wires and transformers you see behind chain link fences, raise the voltage of electricity at the power plant for efficient transmission over long distances, then lower it so it can be safely used in your home or business. New developments have electric utilities planning for “The Substation of the Future.” Here’s what’s driving their plans:
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Another strategy to consider is window coverings. There are many types, including interior roller shades, cellular shades or draperies. Recent laboratory tests showed that cellular shades could cut heating or cooling expenses by 10 to 16 percent. Cellular shades can be purchased with a lighter reflective side and a darker, heat-absorbing side. Some can even be reversed with the change of seasons. Draperies are usually less efficient but can also provide a level of comfort during winter and summer months. For maximum effect, make sure they overlap in the middle, are as tight to the window and wall as possible and run all the way to the floor. The key to reducing overheating in the summer is to keep the sun’s rays from reaching the window by installing awnings or overhangs above windows that receive a lot of direct sunlight. Window films that adhere to the window surface can reflect unwanted summer sun. Solar screens designed to block the summer sun can also be effective.
If you’re on a tight budget or there are windows in vacant rooms that you don’t really use, you can fasten plywood onto the frame on the outside of the house and cover the inside with rigid foam insulation. Another low-cost measure for these areas that can produce as much savings as storm windows is to fashion a plastic weather barrier that adheres to the frame. Building supply retailers sell a clear plastic and framing material that can be shrunk into place by using a hair dryer. To learn more about improving the efficiency of older windows, visit www.energystar.gov or www.energy.gov. You may also want to check with your local electric co-op, as many offer incentives and are knowledgeable about local suppliers and contractors.
olar panels, electric cars, computer hackers, vandals, and thieves might not seem to have much in common, but they’re all making big changes in your electric service. Those changes have electric utilities talking about “The Substation of the Future.” If everything goes according to plan, you might never even know about those changes, says Tom Lovas, a technical liaison and consultant with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). “The traditional model of generation, transmission and distribution is kind of being turned on its head,” says Lovas. “In the past, power flowed to a substation and then flowed out to the consumer … the substation has now become a point of information and interconnection, and it’s coordinated in a different way.” Before making sense of what Lovas means by a substation becoming a point of information, it helps to understand what a substation does.
How substations work That mass of wires and equipment you see behind chain link fences as you drive along freeways or side roads basically turns high voltage electricity into lower voltage electricity that can be used in your home. Electricity generated at a power plant gets “stepped up” to a high voltage at a substation because that’s a more efficient way for power to make the long-distance journey through transmission lines. When the current gets close to where it will be used, another substation steps the voltage down, for distribution to you and your neighbors. But that straight-line path for electricity is changing, says an international industry group planning for how the substation of the future will fit in with the power lines and power plants that make up the electric grid.
“Rather than continually getting bigger, the grid is now increasing in intelligence,” says a 2016 strategic plan of the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI International.) “Customers are increasingly looking for ways to manage their own energy, customizing how they use it and serving as suppliers of energy.” One example of customers “serving as suppliers of energy” is the fast-growing number of homeowners installing rooftop solar panels. Now, electricity doesn’t just flow from a power plant through a substation to a house. Instead, electricity also flows in the opposite direction, from the house, then back onto the grid as homeowners sell excess solar power back to their utility. When power flows in both directions, running a utility gets a lot more complicated. First, there’s safety. Lineworkers need to be sure they know which wires are energized and which are not. Electricity traveling in a different direction could put new stresses on old equipment. And utilities need new ways to monitor electric current so they can keep track of new patterns of electricity use and generation. Lovas cites an increase in electric cars as another new addition that could change electricity use as people charge their vehicles at a variety of times and places.
Predicting power outages Information about where the electricity is coming from and where it’s going can be used to improve operations in the utility network, and can make the substation of the future an important part of what the utility industry has been calling “the smart grid.”
Electricity flowing in both directions: Rooftop solar panels and other sources of electricity allow customers to sell excess electricity back to the utility.
Safety With non-utility power producers putting electricity onto the grid, extra precautions need to be taken so workers in a substation know which wires are energized.
Information These days, high-tech equipment can do a much better job of monitoring electric current and how it’s being used. Learning how to analyze that information could reduce outages, manage electricity more efficiently and report when equipment needs to be replaced before it fails. Security As substations increasingly become data centers, cybersecurity will be a major part of planning. More traditional threats are also being addressed, including vandals, copper wire thieves, and critters (like birds and squirrels) that can chew wires and damage other equipment. Appearance Not everyone likes the looks of a substation, so planning includes looking for more remote locations, planting trees around them or designing attractive walls so they fit better into the look of a neighborhood.
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The Substation …continued from page 11 Information collected at a substation could keep track of how transformers are performing so they could be replaced before they fail, or even recognize power use patterns that could predict an outage. “We collect zillions of data points of information. What we’re trying to do is make sense of what that information is telling us,” says Lovas. Figuring out how to analyze and use all that data, he says, could “improve safety, reduce outages, reduce outage duration and reduce maintenance costs.” These days, we know that information can also be stolen or misused by cyber criminals, so the substation of the future needs stronger security. And not just cyber security. Lovas notes that substation planning needs protection against more old-fashioned attackers like vandals and copper wire thieves. As CEATI International wrote in its strategic plan on the substation of the future, “In the new environment, station facilities have to be protected from physical tampering, sabotage or theft and also from malicious threats to data and/or control systems connected to cyber networks.” Lovas also expects the substation of the future will respond to concerns about what substations look like, by looking for more remote locations or planting trees around them. Underground substations could offer better security, as well as avoid complaints about the appearance of the collection of wires and equipment. When will we see the substation of the future? Maybe never, if it’s hidden behind a grove of trees. Or, since improvements and advancements are already being installed, maybe it’s already here. “I don’t think there’s any defined date when the substation of the future takes over,” says Lovas. “It’s just a natural progression of things.”
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Photos, left to right: Spend the night under the stars at Fenton Lake State Park near Jemez Springs. Photo courtesy of the New Mexico State Parks. Friends canoeing at Fenton Lake State Park; and tents at Cruces Basin Wilderness which is part of the Carson National Forest near the Colorado border. Photos by Craig Springer.
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hy does food taste better when it’s cooked over a campfire? Why is a star-filled sky the best nightlight ever made? Why is the call of birds the coolest concert around? Why does a body of water simultaneously excite and calm us? The answers may be elusive, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that the great outdoors beckons us all. Some seek the tranquility of a solitary hike through the forest. Others prefer the thrill of a raft splashing them through the rapids. Some want a fish on the end of a line while still others delight in the sight of a majestic elk or curious bear cub. Few can resist the sound sleep that comes so naturally at the end of an active day. Some 45.5 million people went camping in the spring of 2016, according to statista.com. Their favorite camping spots are not as easy to
quantify. Everyone seems to have a list. Camping World notes the top five most-visited places for campers are the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, Disney World in Florida, and the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Esquire.com lists what its contributors consider the "best, most beautiful campsites in America." FoxNews.com offers "9 best places to camp in the U.S.," and TravelChannel.com adds one more to come up with the "top 10 best family-friendly campgrounds." Few could argue with any of these choices, but perhaps you want to find "your" spot—a place that uniquely suits your needs, desires and interests. Where do you turn? Karen Brost, avid camper and frequent blogger for GoCampingAmerica.com, says while it’s good
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to get recommendations from others, she encourages people to develop their own lists of favorite campgrounds because we all have different needs and interests. "Some campers want to have easy access to great hiking trails while others may want to participate in water-based activities such as canoeing, kayaking and rafting," she says. "On the other hand, families with young children may be interested in campgrounds that offer organized activities for kids or amenities like a pool or splash pad. Or, they might want to search for a campground that is conveniently located near a theme park or other attraction. "Once people start searching for a campground, they might be surprised by the diversity that they’ll
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This morning we’re with our friend Gary Roybal who was born and raised at San Ildefonso Pueblo. He’s an artist and experienced turkey hunter and combines the two interests in creating art. He comes from a jewelry making family on his mother’s side from Santo Domingo Pueblo. Gary has won awards for his traditional art and handcrafted turkey calls made from native woods or bones from turkeys previously harvested. He’s competed in calling contests hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The muse to create art came to him in the late 1990s after spending time outdoors with his future father-in-law from Isleta Pueblo. In going after turkey, Gary resurrects how the moun-
naturalist and prodigious writer on all matters including conservation. He penned, that as a young man he had fancied being a zoologist of the likes of Spencer Baird at the Smithsonian or a bird guy like C. Hart Merriam. In November 1906 when Roosevelt set aside by presidential proclamation the Manzano Forest Reserve, he was in effect ensuring that Merriam’s turkey habitat would be held in the public trust. The creature thrives in ponderosa pine forests and occurs broadly through the West. The Manzano Forest Reserve was a short-lived name; “reserve” became “national forest.” In 1931, several forests in the middle of New Mexico were consolidated into today’s Cibola National Forest.
A plaintive whimper issued by two pieces of reddish alligator juniper rubbed together gets an immediate response. A tom heartily gobbles from down the ridge. Gary teases him with a few more light clucks. Willow shoulders her 20 gauge and sits stock still. Gary pulls the tom up the hill with his box call. Seemingly out of nowhere, a Merriam’s turkey appears on the edge of the opening. He’s puffed up displaying his worthiness to the hen he thinks is talking to him. Feathers glisten. His featherless neck looks like a shard of turquoise jewelry that could be in Gary’s portfolio. To the uninitiated, fooling a tom turkey is not as easy as you might think. They are what Ben Franklin lore says Americans should be: wily and suspicious. Wild turkeys own the keenest sight and hearing. The slightest movement or unnatural sound will turn a tom away. This tom could not be moved; after a few tantalizing minutes of watching him skirt us, he issued a “peppep” and wobbled a few steps and melted ghost-like back into the recesses of the woods.
Gary Roybal calls for turkeys in the Manzano Mountains with a turkey call he handcrafted. Photo by Craig Springer.
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f moonlight were a fabric, it would be a blend of silver satin and a charcoal chenille and fuzzy like a florescent caterpillar. That’s how the beautiful light feels falling on my teenage daughter, Willow. It’s bright enough that the bill of her camouflage cap casts a shadow over her eyes in this pre-dawn dark. Think about it: the gleam has traveled from the sun, bounces off the moon and lands on us to light up our way as we walk into the forest at 4:30 a.m. this April day. We’re in the Manzano Mountains after Merriam’s turkey, a bird named after a famed zoologist. There’s just enough light to see the shimmer of Tajique Creek. We pass through a flat meadow with last summer’s brittle grasses. We slip into the inky shadows of tall ponderosa pines fat with age that exude an aroma akin to cream soda. Careful to avoid cracking sticks with our steps, we move quietly along as the morning is about to come alive.
A turkey call handcrafted by Gary Roybal. Photo courtesy of Gary Roybal.
I’m among the first humans to walk into this forest—or so it feels. It’s primal as though I’m sown to this steep hillside that takes extra breath to traverse. My daughter is the fit one, a high school sprinter and statequalified pole vaulter; she eases right along. Truth is, we are far from the first people to try and harvest the bounty of nature here. People have lived on the east flanks of the Manzanos for thousands of years. When U.S. Army topographical engineer Lt. James Abert skirted these mountains in 1847, making a map for the newly arrived military, he was among the first English speakers to pass this way. The man noted the nature of the places, the wildlife and the people: the towns of Chilili, Tajique, Torreon, Manzano were occupied by folks who were newly minted American citizens not by their choice. Abert fantasized of Aztec architecture over the evidence of ancient earthworks from early Pueblo and Spanish occupation—structures that are now national monuments.
Willow Springer listens for a gobbling tom in the Manzano Mountains. Photo by Craig Springer.
Gary Roybal demonstrates how to use a turkey call; and a turkey call handcrafted by Gary Roybal. Photos by Craig Springer.
tains of northern New Mexico have been used by Native people since about the time wind began to blow. This is an ancient endeavor. And there’s a moral message to be discovered in harvesting your own local free range organic food. Teddy Roosevelt harvested his own food. The bespectacled man was an ardent outdoorsman, a
As night melts into day, we’ve settled into an edge of a small glade in the cover of junipers near a ridge line. The woods are bathed in angular gold light that streams between openings in the trees. We listen intently for tell tale sounds of a tom. Gary clucks and whelps ever so softly on an assortment of calls he artfully crafted.
Being in the turkey woods requires forbearance of the elements as well as understanding of bird behavior. Despite the accouterments of modern firearms, camouflage clothing and believable turkey-calling, we are here on the animal’s terms: advantage turkey. Each outing brings more lessons learned about nature and forest ecology and New Mexico history— this place we call home. Time with my friend Gary and my daughter who is growing up way too fast is irreplaceable. And the Manzanos, what a beautiful place be under the fuzzy morning moonlight. You can see Gary’s work in August at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, or send him a note at gary@SantaFeGuidingCo.com
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Understanding the natives: How to deal with bears, coyotes, wolves, and other wildlife
find. For example, there are campgrounds that offer special theme weekends, live entertainment, day spas or hot springs, festivals, or extreme adventures like zip lining. For those who don’t necessarily want to rough it, there are ’glamping’ experiences that combine camping with resort-like amenities." The one commonality is that more and more campers today are now using online resources to find the best campgrounds for their needs. "Searchable online directories enable campers to really tailor their searches based on the geographic location, amenities and services that are most important to them and their families," Brost says. Call the New Mexico State Parks at 1-888-6672757 or visit the website at www.nmparks.com to find an extensive list of state parks where you can camp and experience the great outdoors. GoCampingAmerica.com offers one of the largest online databases of privately owned campgrounds. Campers can pinpoint their exact needs or compare parks along their route by searching in broader terms. The National Park Service has more than 130 designated campgrounds and backcountry locations available for camping. Go to www.nps.gov/subjects/camping. GoRVing.com also has a good list that includes RV parks and campgrounds, public lands, national scenic byways, and inspiring destinations. You can find many others by searching the internet for camping databases. Brost says, "many campgrounds also offer furnished accommodations such as cabins or park models. Some even rent yurts, teepees, vintage Airstream trailers and covered wagons!" Debra Gibson Isaacs writes from Lexington, Kentucky where she loves the outdoors.
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Keep your campfire from becoming a wildfire! BEFORE … Quick question: As a camper, which should you fear most: a wolf, a black bear or a chipmunk? If you are to believe Lynn Rogers, the unlikely answer is the tiny chipmunk. Rogers, principal biologist at the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minnesota, says it would be "quite unusual" for a wolf to come into camp because they are not interested in the campers' food nor the campers. The black bear, which could be drawn by the smell of food, is actually timid around people and can be easily scared away. But the chipmunk is likely to get into any food hung where it can reach it and destroy most any bag in which it is hung. Ditto that for raccoons. After studying bears for nearly 50 years and pioneering much of the research done on black bears, Rogers says a little pepper spray is all you really need to deter a black bear. Rogers says it is best to carry Halt pepper spray, which is 1/6 the potency of Counter Assault (a harsher brand), because Halt comes out like a squirt gun rather than a fog. This minimizes the chances of the pepper spray blowing back on you. "Halt goes 15-20 feet," the scientist says. "Aim at the face. One drop in an eyeball makes a bear want to be somewhere else." "A black bear coming closer than you want is probably just curious and not a problem, but if it gets that close, teach it some manners with a little squirt in an eyeball." "There is only one black bear in a million that would kill someone in predatory attack," he says. "They come at you cautiously, wondering if they could take the food without any problem, but a little pepper spray can fix that." Despite being in close contact with black bears for 50 years, Rogers has never been attacked. "Even when I was holding a tiny cub I had pulled from a den and that was screaming for its mom, I did not even get touched." (Do not attempt. Safety first.) A black bear and a grizzly bear are two entirely different bears, however. In grizzly country, Rogers says to use Counter Assault to stop the bear. "It is a fog that gets into a bear's mouth, lungs, eyes, and nose. Just be sure the wind will not blow the fog back onto you."
• Choose a spot that’s protected from wind gusts and at least 15 feet from your tent, gear and anything flammable. • Clear a 10-foot diameter area around your campfire spot by removing leaves, grass and anything burnable down to the dirt. • Don’t build your campfire near plants or under tree limbs or other flammable material hanging overhead.
A better bet with grizzlies is to avoid them, particularly if they have cubs or food. Rogers says that 70 percent of the killings by grizzly bears are mothers defending cubs. Another 10 percent comes from a bear defending its food cache. "Most charges by mothers do not make contact," he says. "The bears veer off at the end." If you don't want to test that statistic, use the pepper spray. Tom Smith of Brigham Young University wrote the seminal scientific article on the subject. He says that pepper spray is more effective than a gun in avoiding injury from a grizzly. Should you run from a bear? "I hear that question frequently," Rogers says, "and people have reacted and done everything across the board. Mostly what I hear when people talk about encountering a bear is that they ran one way and the bear ran another." And if you ever were to encounter a polar bear? Pepper spray is just as effective with them. A few other bits of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: • Avoid wild animals, and protect family pets. • Some wild animals carry diseases that are dangerous to people. • Avoid touching, feeding and getting near wild animals. Enjoy watching them from a safe distance in their natural surroundings. • Keep foods stored in sealed containers and out of the reach of animals. • Make sure your family pets are vaccinated, and always keep a close eye on them. • Check for ticks, and remove them promptly. • Make sure pets have plenty of water, food and shelter.
Tinder – small twigs, dry leaves or grass, dry needles.
• If allowed, dig a pit for your campfire, about 1-foot deep, in the center of the cleared area. • Build a fire ring around the pit with rocks to create a barrier. • Don’t use any type of flammable liquid to start your fire. • Gather three types of wood to build your campfire and add them in this order:
Kindling – dry sticks smaller than 1” around.
Firewood – larger, dry pieces of wood up to about 10” around.
• Keep an eye on the weather! Sudden • Keep your fire small. wind gusts can blow sparks into • Always keep water and a shovel nearby and vegetation outside your cleared know how to use them to put out your campfire. • Be sure an adult is always watching the fire. area, causing unexpected fires.
• If possible, allow your campfire to burn out completely—to ashes. • Drown the campfire ashes with lots of water. • Use a shovel to stir the ashes and water into a “mud pie.” Scrape around the edges of the fire to get all ashes mixed in. • Drown the ashes with water again. • Check that your campfire is cold before leaving. Hold your bare hand just above the wet ashes, especially around the edges of the fire.
DO NOT touch the ashes or you might burn yourself. • If you feel heat, stir more water into the ashes. • When the ashes are cold, disassemble your fire ring and scatter the rocks. • If you built your campfire in a fire pit, be sure it’s filled in with wet dirt.
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The second number is also a proxy measure of how much something weighs. The larger the number, the bigger the lens, says Gardner. The bigger this number, the more light there is coming to your eyes. And that translates into more glass and a bigger body and more weight to carry around your neck. That’s the trade-off that may or may not matter depending on how you use them Buying a new pair of binoculars ultimately comes down to money and intended use. If you like birding or sporting events, there’s movement involved so a wider field of vision will help stay with the action, such as finding birds flitting about in trees. Do a little bit of homework; figure out how you will use binoculars and what fits your need as your starting point. Good glass will bring the world into focus in your outdoor endeavors.
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f your eyes are the window into your soul, then optics are a window to the world. In that case, you want the most out of the binoculars that you can afford. If the intended use is for birding, sporting events or big game hunting there are some guiding principles to consider in acquiring binoculars. It need not be daunting to come to terms with what you need. Vicki Gardner with Alpen Optics says that buying optics is like buying shoes. Ask yourself first, “How much can you spend—what can your wallet afford,” says Gardner. Purpose and size go hand-in-hand. “The intended purpose dictates the size you are willing to cart around—you wouldn’t wear hiking boots on the beach or flip flops hunting.” For binoculars, you’ll see a number that reads something like 8x42. These are key to understanding what you may buy. The smaller number is a measure of the magnification—how many times closer you are seeing the object that you are viewing. The latter, larger number is the diameter in millimeters of what is portrayed in the lens. “These are your magic numbers,” says Gardner. If folks are bird watchers, casual or quite serious about viewing feathered fauna, big game hunters, or if you need optics for watching high school football games, Gardner says an 8x42 is a fairly good combo, well suited for these multiple uses. Gardner offers a bit of caution. “Higher magnification brings ‘stuff’ closer to you, however; you give up field of view and some resolution.” The area you view is narrower with a higher magnification number.
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DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, HEAVY DUTY Black Poly, proven algae resistant. 125 to 11,000 gallons, NRCS and EQUIP approved. Please give us a chance to serve you! MasterCard or Visa accepted. Call 575-682-2308 or 1-800-603-8272. TRACTOR PARTS: SAVE 15-50% ON QUALITY Replacement parts for tractors. Large inventory for 8N and 9N Fords and TO20 plus TO30 Massey Fergusons. Visit us at Valley Motor Supply, 1402 E. 2nd, Roswell, New Mexico 88201. Or call 575-622-7450. AFFORDABLE SOLAR WATER PUMPS. REPLACE THAT broken windmill with a solar pump. New well with no electricity? THINK SOLAR! Less expensive, easier maintenance. Call us and see if we have “Solutions 4 U.” 505-407-6553 or email Solutions4u@yucca.net. Visit our website at: www.solar-waterpump.com I AM WANTING TO BUY A used farm tractor, front-end loader, 30-40 HP with power steering. Call 575-770-2507. WANTED: OLDER AIRSTREAM, SPARTAN, SILVER STREAK, Avion or similar style travel trailers. Any condition considered. Wrecked or gutted trailers included. Please call Rick at 505-690-8272. MACHINE SHOP EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: BRIDGEPORTMILL with powerfeed; Southbend metal lathe with Tooling Shop press; 220 ARC welder; 3 sets of welding and cutting torch kits with tanks; assorted End Mills and Machinist tools. Call 575-838-2530 or 575-518-8264. COMPLETE METALS FOUNDRY WITH LOTS OF extra tools. Vermeer backhoe attachment, pipe tapping machine and pipe alignment tools. 8 feet x 26 feet tandem dual trailer with half tip. Call 575-760-5529. GREAT OFFER ON SOLAR SUBMERSIBLE SHALLOW/DEEP well pumps! ‘NRCS’ approved with 2-year warranty on selected pumps with affordable, easy installation! Order online at: www.solarsubmersiblewellpumps. com or call 505-429-3093 for a custom quote. You can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org too. 24/7 service. IRRIGATION PIPE. USED AND READY TO put in the field. 6,” 8,” and 10” PVC and aluminum pipe. Have T’s, elbows, bonnets, valves. Delivery available. Call Sierra at 575-770-8441.
Country Critters TWO MALE ADULT SABLE COLLIES. AKC Registered. One Merle (Tri-Color) and one Sable/Tan with Black markings. $250 each. Pictures available upon request. Call 575-421-8543 or 505-508-6823. ASDR REGISTERED MINI AUSSIE PUPS FOR sale. 3 males, 2 females. All colors. Call for prices and pictures. 575-590-5000.
Livestock Round-Up NOT ALL WATER TANKS ARE CREATED Equal! Is Quality, Value and Longevity important to you? Buy High Specific Gravity, Heavy Weight, Long Warranty, Superior Black NRCS tanks. Lowest prices only provide minimum standards, lower weights, and shorter warranties. Find out more! 575-430-1010. 1 OLD NEW MEXICO SHEEP BRAND FOR SALE. RR. $2,000. Call 575-626-0562. MOUNTAIN TOP GOATS-BABIES ARE ON THE ground. We have Milkers, Bucks, Babies, Pets, Cabrito and Weed Eaters for sale. All 4-H and Show Quality. Nubians, Mini-Nubians, LaManchas, Mini-LaManchas and Nigerian Dwarfs. In Capitan, call 575-354-2846. MAMMOTH DONKEY, 6 YEARS OLD. UNUSUAL color, shaggy coat. Hand-reared. Kid friendly. $2,000. Call 505-281-1821. LOCAL GRASSFED BEEF: 100% GRASS FED and grass-finished beef. No antibiotics, growth stimulants or GMO feed. Just pasture grass. Reserve your half or whole beef. For information, visit www.moonbeamranch.com Information, including pricing, is on the Current Announcement tab on the website. For more information, call Jim or Linda Rea at 505-286-0286. NEW MEXICO DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, Heavy Duty Black Poly. Fittings customized to your needs NRCS and EQUIP approved. High Specific Gravity, Heavy Weight, Long Warranty, Algae Resistant, Black NRCS Water Tanks. Call 1-800-603-8272 or 575-682-2308.
Odds & Ends COFFINS, CASKETS & URNS. Simple, Natural, Unique. Shipping or delivery available. Call 505-286-9410 for FREE funeral information. Visit our website at www.theoldpinebox.com
IT’S WOOD SAWMILL AROMATIC RED CEDAR lumber, Tongue and Groove paneling, closet lining, $3 a square foot. Call 575278-2433 in Folsom, New Mexico. SHOT GUN: WINCHESTER SUPER X3 FIELD, 3” chamber, 3 choke tubes, some amo, $800. Rifle: Ruger #1, 7mm Rem. Mag. Leupold VX2, 3-9X50, some amo, $850. Call 575-770-1639. HOWDY! PECOS PABLO. CBD INFUSED HONEY! Capulin jelly, jams and raw mountain wildflower honey. Search: Blue Toyota Tundra and American flag in either Santa Fe or Glorieta. Info: 505-603-2310, email@example.com HEADSTONES (I.E. CEMETERY MONUMENTS) IS OUR BUSINESS. Over 1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-770-2507. Visit our website at: www. taosmountage.com
Roof Over Your Head COUNTRY LIVING! 2 & 3 BEDROOMS, 2 bath, Mobile Homes on 1 acre in Highland Meadows Estates, 25 miles west of Albuquerque off I-40. Low down, low monthly, owner financing. Call 505-814-9833. BEAUTIFUL HOME IN PARADISE WITH 7 lots. Great year-round climate, bird watching capitol of southwestern Arizona. National forest located nearby. One bedroom, one bath guest house. Twostory main home has two bedrooms, one full bath, has area that could be converted into two additional bedrooms, game room with spa. Hunters dream processing meat room, walkin refrigeration unit, stainless sinks, table meat saw. Furniture, appliances. Getaway home at the gateway to the Chiricahua Mountains. $150,000. Email: email@example.com or call Frances at 520-808-6937. LAND FOR SALE IN GLORIETA, NEW Mexico. These 7.75 acres border the national forest on the west end. The beautiful Pecos Wilderness is clearly viewed from the east side. Asking price, $125,000. Call 575-421-1110. 20 ACRES IN GATED COMMUNITY, ALL utilities (underground). Piñon and grassland, private airstrip. $125,000. $1,000 down, Owner financed. Call 505-690-0308. 12.5 ACRES, 2 MILES FROM VILLANUEVA, utilities at Lot line, no covenants. $45,000. $3,500 down. Owner financed. Call 505-690-0308. 5 ACRES, $14,900 TERMS. LAKE VIEWS, fronts to BLM land, Electric at corner, Partially fenced. Call 505-269-8179.
PRIVATE RETREAT NEAR ALBUQUERQUE. DEVELOPED 40 acre ranch, 2 custom log houses, custom log sauna, 2 rock houses, small log cabin, wooden barn house, small shop, chicken house, 2-40’ steel storage containers. 26 miles south of I-40, Tijeras exit. Extras: lower Torrance County taxes, private dead-end county road, pistol shooting range, 3 gates onto property, south facing slope with views of mountains and Estancia Valley, good well, good neighbors, fenced, cross fenced, roads, meadows plus PinonJuniper, access to National Forest. Perfect for large family, movie set, artists colony, MMA camp, church camp or Bed & Breakfast. Compare structures, price, convenience to Albuquerque, amount of developed land, setting, then come see this. $419,000. Owner: 505898-0509 or 505-270-8935.
WATER DOWSING AND CONSULTING. PROVEN SUCCESS, 41 years experience in Lincoln County. Will travel. Elliot Topper, 575354-2984 (home), 575-937-2722 (cell). 4 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL FARM OR Residential tranquil land in San Acacia, NM. All utilities on property. 31x36 quality steel building with cement slab. 1/2 bath, well-house insulated. Irrigation Rights. Pictures upon request. Call Lisa at 505-992-3716. RETIRE IN BEAUTIFUL MORA COUNTY. ENJOY beautiful views and natural beauty. Approximately 20 acres dry land and 15 acres mountain land. For more information contact Mike at 505-753-6338. 37+ ACRES OF RAW LAND. MOST beautiful land in Taos County. River front, electric within 50 feet of land boundary. $10,000 per acre. No realtors. Call 505-270-0290 for appointment. May consider real estate contract.
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COUNTRY LIVING AT ITS BEST! FIVE isolated, secluded, vacant acres in McIntosh, NM. Views of the Manzano Mountains and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Electricity nearby. Telephone installed. $3,500/CASH or $6,000/AFFORDABLE TERMS. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 701-265-4799. APPROXIMATELY 1200 SQUARE FOOT LOG CABIN on 2 acres at Millstone Acres by the Brazos Cliffs 5 minutes from the Chama River. 2 bedrooms, one bath. Septic, electricity, water. Appliances included. Call 505-836-4560 after 4:00 p.m. TORREON, NEW MEXICO, MANZANO MOUNTAINS, 1200 square foot, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1/2 acre. 14x17 3 bedroom, 2 bath, on .66 acre, 30 miles from I-40. Call 505-705-5239. CONCHAS, 613 BULLHEAD DRIVE. 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath, boat shed, storage building, co-op water. $39,500. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, bigmesarealty.com
130 ACRES (FENCED) BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF Rolling Hills for lease or sale, County of Lincoln. Adjoins the Village of Ruidoso on two sides and Lincoln National Forest on the other sides. Water well, electric, corrals, enclosed barn, metal storage containers setup for Office, Tack room or storage, lots of wildlife. May be accessed by roads throughout the property. Paved roads bring you to the property. 575-257-4562. CONCHAS, BIG MESA AVENUE. IMPROVED LOT close to water, septic system, just over 3/4 acre. $98,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, bigmesarealty.com CONCHAS, 204 CONCHAS PLACE. 2 BEDROOM, 2 bath, 2 car garage, large open RV storage, upstairs deck, coop water. $179,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, bigmesarealty.com GRADY, 300 MARSHALL. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, attached carport, horse property on almost one acre, village water. $65,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461, bigmesarealty.com SOLD-LOGAN, 707 FOX. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, RV port, 6 bay boat storage, 1/2 acre, village water and sewer. $40,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461, bigmesarealty.com LEGACY ESCROW. IF YOU HAVE AN Escrow somewhere else, give us a call and see what we can do for you. Phone: 575546-0218. Fax: 575-546-8880. 301 E. Ash Street, Deming, NM 88030. 3.2 ACRES, BLACK LAKE, COLFAX COUNTY, Resort Homesite Lot 16, Green Mountain Estates on Laguna Negro Road. Near hunting and fishing with beautiful mountain views. 575-268-1406 or 505-859-0417. SUMMER HOUSE, $129,900. TOTALLY RENOVATED. FURNISHED, 1 acre M/L, 2 bedroom, washer/dryer, whirlpool tub, shower 1/7th interest trust 120 acre water right. Raton, NM, Highway 72, Bear Canyon Road. One of a kind, incredible views! Call 918-706-1852. http://bit.ly/1lxFg9x or http://ratonretreat.homestead.com 160-ACRE PROPERTY WITH CHARMING, COZY RESIDENCE and various out-buildings with two wells. Three bedroom, one bath, with sun-room. Eighteen miles west of Grady, NM; State Highway 209 frontage. View property online at www. sidwellfarmandranch.com Tom Sidwell, Qualifying Broker, 575-403-6903. FSBO: MOUNTAIN HOME BUILT OF PREMIER Building System panels on 23 acres of pine, horse pty. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 16’ ceilings, metal roof, 2 fireplaces, 2,000 square feet. Pie Town. $199,000 OBO. 575-772-2569 or 520-730-5053.
FISHING? BUY A CAMPSITE OR HOME south side of Bluewater Lake. 1/2 acre in trees, view of lake, water, septic, electric, $12,000. 1 acre, all utilities, $16,000. 1/2 acre, $8,000. 2 acres, small house, all utilities, $42,000. 4 bedroom, 3 bath, fully furnished, all utilities, $80,000. Call David, 505-228-8439. LOOKING FOR WATER: GIFTED TO FIND underground streams. Reputable dowser 50 years experience. To God Be The Glory! Contact Joe Graves at 575-758-3600. In Taos, 75 miles north of Santa Fe. God Bless You! HOME FOR SALE ON 1.25 ACRES. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car garage, detached workshop, finished basement, refrigerated air, central heat, sunroom, gazebo, city water, swimming pool, EBID irrigation. $319,000. And/or 21 Acre Pecan Farm For Sale. Las Cruces. 2 wells, Elephant Butte irrigation water rights, $589,000. Possible owner financing. Call Sam at 575-647-0320.
Things That Go Vroom! FOR SALE: 1994 CHRYSLER LEBARON GTC Convertible. Project or parts Car. $300 Or Best Offer. For more information, call 575-666-2466 or 575-447-7218. 2009 GMC 2500 WORK TRUCK, CREW cab, 4x4, 6.0 Gas V8, auto transmission, 268,000 miles, $12,950 OR 2008 GMC 2500 work truck, crew cab, 4x4, 6.0 V8, auto transmission, 233,000 miles, $12,950. Call 505-832-5106 or see pictures at www.uniqueenterprises.com 2009 GMC 2500 SLT DURAMAX, LEATHER, navigation, lifted, aftermarket wheels and tires, electric running boards, 83,000 miles, $38,950 OR 2010 F250 crew cab Powerstroke XLT, lifted, aftermarket wheels and tires, $31,950. See pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106 for more information. 2004 F350 CREW CAB POWERSTROKE XLT, lifted, tires/wheels, 4x4, automatic, only 94,000 miles, $21,950 OR 2004 Dodge 3500 crew cab, Laramie, 4x4, 5.9 Cummins, only 117,000 miles, $24,950. Call 505-832-5106 or see pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com 2013 F150 STX SUPER CAB, 5.0 V8, new Michelin tires, 4x4, auto transmission, 102,000 miles, $19,950 OR 2007 F150 Lariat, 4x4, crew cab, 5.4 V8, 120,000 miles, $17,950. See pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106. 2006 FORD RANGER STX, EXTENDED CAB, 3.0 V6, 5 speed transmission, nice bed cover, 128,000 miles, $10,950 OR 2005 Nissan Frontier SE, crew cab, 2wd, 4.0 V6, auto transmission, excellent condition, $10,950. Call 505-832-5106 or see pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com
2014 NISSAN PATHFINDER, 4X4, 37,000 MILES, beautiful car, $18,950 OR 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, 4x4, Hemi, auto transmission, gorgeous truck, 86,000 miles, $28,950. See pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106. 2014 SUBARU OUTBACK LIMITED, LEATHER, NAVIGATION, sunroof, beautiful! $18,950 OR 2010 Chevy Equinox LTX, auto transmission, leather, backup camera, 62,000 miles, $14,950. See pictures www.uniqueenterprises.com or call 505-832-5106. 1995 HARLEY DAVIDSON FSXTC: TOO MANY new parts to list with trailer/3,000 lb. winch, $9,500. 1976 Honda AT: not running presently, $600. 2006 Buell Blast:replica 1920’s Board Track Racer, lots of new parts, not much to get it running again, $3,500. Polaris 335 sportsman ATV: not running, but lots of new parts, $950. Ramah, 505-783-4207. 2002 PT CRUISER: 102,000 MILES, MANUAL 5 speed shift, 4 cylinder, original owner, garaged every winter, 28-30 MPG on highway, blue with silver grill, no accidents or dents, $4,500. 1975 Mercedes 450 SLC: being restored, lots of new parts, 100,000 miles, $6,000. Ramah, 505-783-4207. CLASSIC 1959 FORD 800 DIESEL TRACTOR: good tires, running gear, 2 pt hookup, new fuel pump, commercial alternator and battery, but hydraulic pump may need to be replaced, $4,500. 1978 FELP flatbed trailer: holds 3 cords wood, 16’x61/2’, plywood sides with bows for tarp, ramps, good tires, hydraulic brakes, $2,000. Ramah, 505-783-4207.
Vintage Finds WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1912-1959. Paying $100-$500 each. Also buying some New Mexico car plates 1900-1923. WANTED: New Mexico Highway Journal magazine, 1923-1927, New Mexico Automobile License Directory (”The Zia Book”), Motor Vehicle Register books, 1900-1949. See the New Mexico Transportation History Project website NMplates.com for 2,500+ color photographs and 100+ year history of New Mexico license plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 88052-0001. Email: Bill@NMplates.com or telephone 575-382-7804. 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.
ROUGH RIDER ANTIQUES IN LAS VEGAS is looking to add dealers whose merchandise compliments our great inventory. We are interested in signs; railroad; western; industrial; early Northern New Mexico furniture. Dealers pay rent and work a few days a month. Clean and bright store, open every day, good parking. Across the street from a Fred Harvey hotel and historic train depot. 505-603-6906. Send references and photos to email@example.com
Sleepy Starry Nights Thanks for your wonderful camping drawings! Good job! Alrighty partners, for July, show your U.S. of America spirit and draw cowboy hats and the U.S. of America flag. The Youth Editor can already smell the aroma of roasted chile in the air. For August, draw Chile and Frijoles. Did you know our state's vegetables are chile and frijoles? Find out more about other state symbols at the New Mexico Secretary of State's website, www.sos.state.nm.us, and select the "Kids' Corner" tab.
RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: KEROSENE LANTERNS, BRASS locks, keys, badges, uniforms, bells, whistles, and pre-1950 employee timetables. Always seeking items from any early New Mexico railroad, especially D&RG, C&S, EP&NE, EP&SW, AT&SF, SP or Rock Island. Call Randy Dunson at 575-356-6919 or 575-760-3341. ESTATE AUCTION, SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017. 500 Central Avenue, Carrizozo, NM. Starts at 10:09 a.m. 120 pieces Sterling Silver American Indian Jewelrybracelets, rings, necklaces, crosses, pendants, Concho belts, Bolos, buckles and earrings. Other Native American pieces. Beadwork including moccasins, pipe bags, tobacco bag and gloves. Tomahawks, war clubs, pipes. Pottery including Santo Domingo, Acoma, Hopi, Santa Clara, Cochiti, 1920-1930 San Ildefonso vase and early Zia Olla by Trinidad Montoya. Baskets including 3 early Apache, Havasupai, Pima, Hopi and Navajo. Kachinas, 9 Navajo rugs, Pr. Skookum dolls. Old West items including 10 knives, 4 guns and pair of Kelly spurs. Auctioneer Frank Walker. Phone 575-648-3007. See list and photos at www.theantiqueliquidators.com
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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.
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B & C TRADING COMPANY. NOW open for business. Buying, selling, trading authentic antique Western Colonial memorabilia, saddles, spurs, bronzes, Navajo tapestries, jewelry, rare collectibles. Cash paid for antique firearms! Open 10-5, Monday-Saturday. 397 Highway 518, Mora, NM. Call 512-571-7733.
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BUSINESS OR INVESTMENT BUILDING, 2700 SQUARE feet on approximately one acre. Asking $220,000. I-40 Interchange Milan, New Mexico across from a large nationally known truck stop. Call 505-290-7894. WORK FROM HOME. SIMPLY RETURN CALLS. Receive $1,000 per week or more. Set own schedule. No selling! Not network marketing! Not a job! Call 505-685-0966.