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enchantment October 1, 2015 • Vol. 67, No. 10 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 123,052

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

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Nearly 124,000 families and businesses receive enchantment Magazine as electric cooperative members. Non-member subscriptions are available at $8 per year or $13 for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for delivery. Periodical Postage paid at Santa Fe, NM 87501-9998 and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Postmaster: Send address changes to 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4428. Readers who receive the publication through their electric cooperative membership should report address changes to their local electric cooperative office.


THE NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION provides legislative and educational services for the 18 cooperatives that deliver electric power to New Mexico’s rural areas and small communities. Each cooperative has a representative on the association’s board of directors, which controls the editorial content and advertising policy of enchantment through its Publications Committee. OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles Pinson, President, Central Valley Electric Cooperative, Artesia George Biel, Vice President, Sierra Electric Cooperative, Elephant Butte Jerry Smith, Secretary-Treasurer, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Taos BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leandro Abeyta, Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative, Mountainair William C. Miller, Jr., Columbus Electric Cooperative, Deming Arsenio Salazar, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Grants Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Clovis Harold Trujillo, Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Española Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative, Lovington Robert Baca, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Mora Tomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative, Chama Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Cooperative, Cloudcroft Jerry W. Partin, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative, Portales Joseph Herrera, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Socorro Gary Rinker, Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Clayton Tim Morrow, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado Charles G. Wagner, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Oklahoma NATIONAL DIRECTOR David Spradlin, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer MEMBERS OF THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE William C. Miller, Jr., Chairman, Columbus Electric Cooperative Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative Harold Trujillo, Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Robert Baca, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative Joseph Herrera, Socorro Electric Cooperative NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Phone: 505-982-4671 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505-982-0153




Co-op Newswire

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Tesla aims to generate electricity at night.

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Keven J. Groenewold, Executive Vice President, Susan M. Espinoza, Editor, Tom Condit, Assistant Editor, DISPLAY ADVERTISING Rates available upon request. Cooperative members and New Mexico advertisers, call Patricia Padilla at 505-982-4671 or e-mail at National representative: National Country Market, 1-800-626-1181. Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the publisher or the electric cooperatives of New Mexico. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER. Copyright ©2015, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.


View from enchantment 5 Hale To The Stars


Enchanted Journeys


On The Menu


Energy Sense


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Co-op Newswire Americans are Rediscovering the Cooperative Difference By Justin LaBerge


o-ops are experiencing a surge in popularity. Today, it is estimated that one in three Americans is a member of at least one cooperative. America’s electric cooperative network now serves 42 million Americans. In 2014, America’s credit unions surpassed 100 million members. In addition to the growth of true cooperative organizations, there has been a surge in the popularity of other funding and business models that feature many of the same traits as cooperatives. Websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe allow large groups of people to pool small contributions to achieve a larger goal. Though groups raising money through these sites aren’t cooperatives, it’s clear that an increasing number of people are seeing the value of working together and pooling resources to improve their communities. The benefits of being a member of your electric co-op go far beyond the warm fuzzy feeling we get from supporting a local business and keeping our dollars in our communities.

As a not-for-profit cooperative, our sole mission is to ensure you have safe, reliable and affordable electricity when you need it. We aren’t in business to make a profit, we aren’t trying to get elected to public office and we don’t have a hidden agenda. Our job is to look out for you and your fellow co-op members. That’s important to keep in mind in as we go through an unprecedented period of transition in the energy industry. The coming years are likely to bring many changes to the way our nation generates, delivers, stores, consumes, and regulates energy. When an industry goes through a change of this magnitude, there will be many interest groups vying to influence policy and advance their agendas. As that process unfolds, there will only be one group that’s truly acting as the voice of energy consumers, and that’s America’s electric cooperatives. We don’t know exactly what the future holds, but you can rest assured knowing the 16 New Mexico electric co-ops—and more than 900 other not-for-profit electric cooperatives across the U.S.—will be working hard to ensure your voice is part of the conversation. And that’s the cooperative difference. Justin LaBerge writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

October is National Cooperative Month: Co-ops are Everywhere! Graphic courtesy of Cooperative Network.

(Text edited in letters to fit in space) Good Old New Mexico Recipes I am so glad to see good old New Mexico recipes once more. Up to now, I have not found any recipes I liked but this issue (August: Frijoles!) has good old NM recipes—something this NM born woman likes! Keep it up! How about good cornbread recipes, potato salads? Recipes we here in the west like to bake and cook. —Ann Boulden, Datil A Slice in Population I just received the September 2015 issue of enchantment and was much surprised to read the statement in the Pie Town article on page 9 that, “Pie Town is in the largest county, Catron County, which has the smallest population (about 3,500) in a county of New Mexico.” Wrong. U.S. Census data indicates Harding County had an estimated 683 in 2014. Catron County is an overcrowded metropolis in comparison. —Ken Garrison, Mosquero I just read the Pie Town article in the enchantment (September). There is a statement that seems to say Catron County has the smallest population of any county in New Mexico. I say seems to because it might mean it is the largest county with the smallest. It is a little confusing. I would not have noticed except I spent last weekend in Mosquero in Harding County. People there are very proud of the fact Harding County has the lowest population of any county in New Mexico, 683 as of the 2013 census. —Ron Swan, San Miguel County



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Celebrating Your Co-op Membership

ctober is National Cooperative Month, and for the many different types of co-ops in the U.S., it’s the time of year to celebrate what membership truly means. You could be a member of a lot of different places— a gym, a 4-H club, a food of the month club—the list goes on and on! But what makes being a member of a co-op different? The simple answer to that question is when you are a member of a co-op, you are also an owner. You own a stake in our business, and just like any stakeholder, there are many benefits to your membership. These benefits cover many aspects of your daily lives beyond electricity. Consider these few examples. Your morning orange juice might have come from Florida’s Natural, a producer-owned cooperative based in Florida, but distributed throughout the U.S. Your morning coffee may have come from Equal Exchange—they source their coffee from farmer-owned co-ops in developing countries, and they are a worker-owned co-op. The milk in your coffee or cereal probably came from a dairy co-op. More than 86 percent of all fluid milk flows through a co-op!

The wheat in bread and cereal is most likely processed through a farmer-owned grain elevator in the Midwest. If you like cranberries, they likely came from Ocean Spray, or maybe you used Land O’Lakes Butter or Welch’s Concord Grape Jam—all producer-owned co-ops that make the products we love. The local hardware store also comes to mind. Ace Hardware, True Value and Do It Best are all examples of purchasing co-ops. These are small businesses that come together to form a co-op so they can compete with big box retailers that are not owned by people in the local community. You may shop at one of the 300 community-owned cooperative grocery stores in the country. Many of the meat products and vegetables are also sourced from co-ops. If you are in a hurry, maybe you swing by KFC, Taco Bell or Pizza Hut to pick up dinner. The franchise owners of these fast food restaurants are all members of a purchasing co-op, just like the hardware stores above. So are the owners of Dunkin’ Donuts and many other franchises. Here in New Mexico, you, as a rural electric cooperative member, have a say in the representatives

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

who are elected to serve on the coop’s board of directors. You have an opportunity to make your voice heard every year at the annual meeting. You get a say on policy issues your electric cooperative supports or opposes. You can even help determine how surplus margins are redistributed. Our product is providing you with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Sure, we have to think about expenses, overhead and other aspects of daily business, but when there is any money left over (margins), it belongs to the members. Whether it is returned to you in the form of a bill credit or a patronage capital check—you have a say in how the money is returned! And returning capital credits to you is a major part of why being a co-op member matters. As your local electric co-op, we get to be a part of this community. When we think about membership, we think about all of the ways we can give back to you, our members—and that’s what matters most to us.



Enchanted Journeys

Hale to the stars BY ALAN HALE


he summer monsoon was intense in New Mexico this year, with clear nights relatively few and far between. This is probably due to an especially strong El Niño phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, which also suggests the possibility of a stronger-than-usual winter particularly for the mountainous regions of New Mexico. As winter nears, we should still be able to enjoy the crisp and clear skies of autumn, which are often at their best in October. The planets put on a significant amount of activity this month. Most of it takes place in the morning sky before dawn. The one bright planet in the evening sky is Saturn, which is visible low in the southwestern sky throughout the month, setting towards the end of dusk by month’s end. At the beginning of October, in the morning sky, we have Venus, then Mars, and then Jupiter—with the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo located between Venus and Mars. Venus passes south of Regulus on the morning of the 8th, with the crescent moon also nearby. The following morning, the thinner crescent moon is closer to Mars and Jupiter. Mars and Jupiter are closest together on the 17th and 18th, and the last week of the month; Venus joins the grouping pass-



Artist’s concept of the planet Kepler-452b. Image courtesy NASA Ames/JPL-CalTech/Tim Pyle. ing close to Jupiter on the 25th and 26th, and then close to Mars in early November. Mercury is visible in the dawn sky but is much closer to the horizon than the other planets. On Sunday morning, the 11th, the thin crescent moon will be almost next to Mercury, which is helpful in locating this elusive inner world of our solar system. By the end of October, Mercury disappears into the dawn sky. The various spacecraft which are investigating bodies in our solar system are still hard at work, including all the orbiters and rovers at Mars, the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn, the Dawn spacecraft at the asteroid Ceres (now in southeastern Sagittarius, in our southwestern sky during the evening hours), and the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft orbiting around Comet ChuryumovGerasimenko (traveling through Leo in the morning sky). One spacecraft discovery that's been in the news is the planet Kepler-452b, discovered by the Kepler spacecraft. It is barely over 1½ times the size of Earth located within the “habitable zone” of a star similar to our sun in the western “wing” of the constellation Cygnus, the swan, now visible in our northwestern sky during the evening hours.

October 2-4 • T or C Old-Time Fiddlers Competition Ralph Edwards Civic Auditorium 575-297-4071 October 3 • Ruidoso Aspenfest Parade Sudderth & Mechem 575-257-7395 October 3-4 • Bernal 7th Annual Fall Festival Bernal Community Center 575-421-0423

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Tesla Motors Announces Bold Energy Plans By Paul Wesslund


he company known for high-end electric cars wants to reshape the world of electricity. It has a promising plan, but a long way to go. Tesla Motors says in addition to batteries for its cars, it will make batteries for homes and businesses. Tesla aims to solve one of the basic limits to greater use of solar energy— generating electricity at night. Tesla’s batteries could charge during the day from solar panels you might have on your roof, then run your house by battery at night. The key to what Tesla calls its Powerwall is that it’s small and attractive enough to hang on a wall. Another innovation is higher voltages that make it more efficient and cost-effective. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced the project, called Tesla Energy, in April, saying it would bring “a fundamental transformation of … how energy is delivered.” But that won’t happen soon, says Andrew Cotter, program manager for renewable and distributed energy research at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Cotter says the Powerwall is “a big breakthrough,” but notes that with installed costs at more than $7,000, “I don’t see a lot of people putting up that kind of money.” Time will tell if consumers will buy into this expensive technology, but it will certainly be exciting to see the impact it has on the way power is delivered. “We expect Tesla’s high voltage battery will create a market dynamic that will reduce costs and sizes for battery systems, and drive adoption,” says Cotter. Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


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Hot Soups for Cool Fall Days

With crispness edging the sunny days and aspens and cottonwoods turning gold, we feel the impulse to go into the kitchen and simmer a pot of soup to take off the chill of early fall days. These timeworn recipes help us transition the season as days get shorter and we spend more time indoors. They can be made in advance, and improve overnight in the refrigerator. Leftovers can be frozen in handy containers. I recommend investing in a chef’s quality stainless steel stockpot for best results.

Bone Broth

I have had many requests for this recipe, which I compiled after studying several versions. Many people drink a cup a day, which they find nourishing and appetizing. 2-3 large organic marrow bones 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup turnip, peeled and chopped 1 cup parsnip, peeled and chopped 1 cup onion, peeled and chopped ❧ Put bones and 3 quarts water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil. Skim foam as it rises. Cover. Simmer 24 hours on very low flame. Add vegetables. Simmer another 24 hours. Add a bit of water if needed. Remove from heat, let cool, strain broth. Refrigerate broth 24 hours. Remove fat. Re-heat and serve or freeze. Makes 12 cups.



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Grandma Sarah’s Split Pea Soup

❧ Cover chicken with water. Add onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Skim foam as it rises. Simmer 2 hours. Add carrots, celery, turnip or parsnip, and parsley. Keep soup covered as it cooks. Simmer another two hours. Best if made a day ahead, refrigerated, and fat removed before re-heating and serving. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8.

❧ Place first six ingredients in slow cooker and stir. Cook on high (350⁰ F) 4 to 6 hours. Skim foam as it rises. When peas have become soft enough to dissolve, add water if too thick. Stir well and add remaining ingredients. Cook another two hours, adding water or additional broth as necessary to get the consistency you like. To serve, add sliced cooked hot dogs or mild sausage. Serves 6-8.

This traditional recipe makes a rich stock that can be turned into chicken soup with rice, noodles, or vegetables; or, add a can of tomatoes, a handful of chopped cilantro, cumin and oregano to taste, and a cup of chopped green chile for green chile chicken soup. Pull the chicken from the bones, add three diced potatoes and you’ve got green chile stew. 1 whole chicken 1 onion, quartered 2 large garlic cloves, peeled 1 Tb. olive oil 2 Tbs. vinegar 1 bay leaf 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 turnip or parsnip, peeled and chopped ½ cup parsley, chopped

My Uncle Irv, who served with Gen. Chennault’s Flying Tigers in World War II, joked you could tell what day of the week it was by the soup my Grandmother Sarah was making. She never varied her routine. I don’t know which was Pea Soup Day, but I often make this soup. 2 cups dry green split peas 1 quart chicken stock, homemade or prepared ½ quart water 1 bay leaf 1 Tb. olive oil 2 Tbs. soy sauce 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 1 turnip, peeled and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped ½ cup parsley, chopped Salt and pepper to taste

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Energy Sense BY JAMES DULLEY Balancing Temps in a Two-story Home


ear Jim: We have a new heat pump, but we have a problem keeping all of the rooms in our home comfortable. Someone is always too hot or too cool. What are some simple methods to even out the temperatures throughout the house? —Jason F. Dear Jason: The problem you are experiencing is common, particularly in a two-story home—even for the newest heat pump systems. Unless you install an expensive zone-control system with multiple thermostats, your heat pump can only respond to the temperature of the room where the wall thermostat is located. Numerous factors determine how much heating or cooling is used and, therefore, the temperature is affected. These factors can include the number and orientation of the windows, whether the room is on the first or second floor, the activity level in the room, and the length of the duct leading to it. There also may be differences in the energy efficiency of various rooms, which cause the temperature difference. Leaky windows are a particular problem. When using an air-conditioning system, place an air deflector over the



register to help distribute cool air in the room. Check your home’s attic insulation, especially if it is the blownin type. The insulation can shift during storms, and eventually, some rooms can have two feet of insulation while others only have two inches. This can have a major effect on the room temperature. Even out the insulation as much as possible. The standard builder-installed sheet metal ductwork often has many leaky spots, so some of the heated or cooled air leaving the heat pump never makes it to the rooms in your home. The joints between the duct segments are the most common areas that leak. Use a high-quality duct tape to wrap all joints. You may find this takes care of most of the problem. Each room should have a return air register, particularly bedrooms where the doors may be closed at night. Return ducts usually run down between the wall studs inside interior walls, so adding them in problem rooms is not difficult for a contractor to do. There are many innovative ways to install an additional return duct. For example, in my

This duct booster fan requires only a partial section of the duct to be removed for installation. Photo credit: Field Controls.

parent’s older two-story home, the contractor was able to run a return duct down through a never-used laundry chute to the basement. Check the ducts near the heat pump. If you see short handles on each one, they are for control dampers inside the ducts. When the handle is parallel to the duct, the damper is fully open. Partially close the dampers in the duct leading to the rooms that are getting too much heating or cooling to force more to the problem rooms. Don’t try closing the damper in the room’s floor or wall registers. First, they typically are leaky, so the air flow will not be reduced by much. Second, because the ducts inside the walls are probably leaky, and you have no access to seal them, conditioned air is lost inside the exterior walls. If these methods do not provide adequate temperature balancing, consider installing duct booster fans. These small fans mount in the ducts to the problem rooms and force more conditioned air to them. These fans are sized to fit standard round and rectangu-

lar residential ducts and can be controlled in different ways. The simplest fans sense when the main blower turns on, and automatically run at the same time. Others have built-in thermostats to determine when they run. It is best to hire an experienced contractor to handle the installation. The fan can be wired into your blower switch to turn on with the heat pump. A simple do-it-yourself option is to install a register booster fan. This small rectangular fan mounts over the register cover in the room and is plugged into a standard electrical wall outlet. The small fan uses only about 30 watts of electricity, and some models are adjustable to turn on only when more cooling or heating is needed. Setting the thermostat to continuous fan may also help, but note, it will increase your electric bill. The fan setting is most helpful if your new heat pump has a variable-speed blower, which allows the blower to continuously run on a low speed. Variable-speed blower motors are also more efficient than a standard blower motor.

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$3.2 mil endowment 60+ scholarship funds $1.2 mil total awards $125k available to grant in 2015

1300+ students supported


National Laboratory participate along with associated companies such as SOC Los Alamos/Protection Tech­ nology Associates as well as perennial partner the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation. Northern’s Foundation Gala is a proud northern New Mexico tradition whereby we honor students and pay tribute to donors and friends who make a profound dif­ ference in our communities. With you as our partner in a shared vision and commitment to improving El Norte, we continue to fulfill our mission to increase, manage and distribute resources for the benefit of the students, The Northern Foundation began without a benefactor the College and the community. but with a lofty goal to build an endow­ For my part, after 25 years of service ment to serve as a permanent investment to northern New Mexico, I feel privi­ in the Valley’s future. Over time and with leged to provide leadership to the Foun­ the annual operating support of the dation as its current executive director. college, our small staff worked tirelessly It is an honor and an exciting challenge 1995­2015 with the Board of Directors to grow our to steward the legacy of this important endow ment to its present day total of organization. As a team, we remain com­ the Northern over $3 million! mitted to stimulate leadership, promote Foundation equity, and grow resources and philan­ The Foundation’s Endowment has had thropy in the Valley and surrounding rural areas where a wonderful mix of Golden Eagle donors including local companies like Tsay Corporation, Century Bank/Valley needs are so great. On behalf of the Foundation Board and President National Bank, non­profit community organizations like the Española Rotary Club, public entities like Rio Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, I invite you to visit our website Arriba County, and individual donors such as Richard at and join us to support Northern “in Cook that have generously contributed to this trust fund the heart of the valley!” — Terry Mulert, Executive Director for student scholarships. We have also had Los Alamos n 1996, a grou p of v isiona r ie s in t h e Española Valley and surrounding communi­ ties came together and created the Northern New Mexico College Foundation to build a legacy of support for students pursuing a college degree in northern New Mexico. Over the years, the Northern Foundation has thrived due to efforts by countless donors, dozens of Board members, Northern staff and community volun­ teers. Because of this extraordinary commitment to philanthropy, we are proud to announce our 20th Annual Foundation Gala: 20 Years in the Heart of the Valley!

a special thank you to our sponsors




You are invited!

the northern foundation proudly celebrates

20 Years in the Heart of the Valley

20 1995-2015

the Northern Foundation

The 20th Annual Northern New Mexico College Foundation GALA november 14, 2015 n ohkay convention center for sponsorships, tables & ticket information, contact terry mulert at 505.747.2147 or Northern’s Foundation Gala is generously underwritten by





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s co-ops celebrate National Cooperative Month, we want to emphasize electric cooperatives do more than provide co-op members with safe, reliable and affordable electricity. One principle that sets co-ops apart from other businesses is their concern for community, one of the seven principles co-ops follow. Cooperatives have a special responsibility to support the areas in which their members live and work. From sponsoring a local school’s baseball team to supporting new jobs and industry through economic development efforts, co-ops stand as a driving force in their communities. For the past 58 years, the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative boardroom in Española fills with students ready to partake in the Annual

Championship English and Spanish Spelling Bees. David Salazar, vice president of the board and who has been a trustee on the board for over 40 years says, “We started the English Spelling Bee contest in 1957 and the Spanish Spelling Bee in 1983. Every spring, we invite schools to participate from all over the co-op area which covers five counties. We sponsor the contest and purchase the plaques and trophies.” On May 15, the co-op boardroom was full with students, teachers, and parents. Thirty-one students participated in the English Spelling Bee this year. The English Spelling Bee consists of Division A (7th and 8th grades) and Division B (5th and 6th grades). Each student, in turn, walked to the front of the boardroom, picked

A Spelling Bee participant listens as a judge pronounces a word. Photo by Phaedra Greenwood.




By Phaedra Greenw

from a bowl a word written on a piece of paper and, without looking at it, handed it down the line to one of the officials who read the word out loud. The student may ask for a definition or to have the word repeated. Sometimes words sound alike such as “affect” and “effect” or “patients” and “patience.” If the student misspells the word, he or she is eliminated. On May 13, the co-op held its Spanish Spelling Bee. Twenty-one contestants in grades four through eight participated from various school districts. The same process is held as the English Spelling Bee. Carol Chavez, who is the Spanish Bilingual teacher at Cuba Elementary School and former 6th and 7th grade Language Arts Teacher at Cuba Middle School says, “In our age of technology, the art of knowing how to spell a word has become obsolete. It is much too easy to do a spell check in a document. Students do not realize what they have lost and how. I want to ensure the art of being able to spell a word is not lost forever.” Cuba Middle School is proud to announce for two years in a row, students took First Place trophies home from the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative English Spelling Bee. This is one of the several programs Jemez Mountains Electric

Joseph Sanchez, general manager of Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, stands with Robby Binion who received First Place in Division A of the English Spelling Bee. Photo courtesy of Sonia Binion.

Cooperative and other co-ops through the state sponsor for its youth. Visit to find out the latest buzz on what activities your co-op participates in or offers in programs to co-op members.

Congratulations to the 2015 Spelling Bee Winners! English Spelling Bee Winners Division A 1st Place: Robby Binion 2nd Place: S'Mya Gachupin 3rd Place: Mariah Gonzales English Spelling Bee Winners Division B 1st Place: Rica Asuncion 2nd Place: Bryan Seno 3rd Place: Krystian Waquie Spanish Spelling Bee Winners 1st Place: Areli Chacon 2nd Place: Ailyn Lozoya 3rd Place: Alejandro Hernandez




By Cipriano Frederico Vigil 2014, 258 pages, $45 University of New Mexico Press 800-249-7737;

By Albert Noyer 2011, 275 pages, $18.95 Plain View Press

Here is an invaluable collection of Nuevomexicano music and dances from a renowned musician and teacher who grew up recording the songs of the viejitos, the “little old men.” It took years, but he eventually saved all the creative history in his book and on CDs. Vigil was born in the tranquil village of Chamisal in 1941 during a time when people still entertained with traditional songs and homemade instruments. The book includes romance ballads, dueling song, el corrode ballads, lyric songs, satirical couplets, traditional dances and customs, and even “dirty songs.” Vigil sketches a short history for each one. The songs might be about the beauty of the land or picking piñon nuts, about the travails of migrant workers, the Nixon gas shortage, a Hail Mary for drunks, or a man who hung himself in jail. Five stars!

“A spasm of apprehension” grips Father Jake as he sets out on a journey from his comfortable parish in Michigan for a Sabbatical year in Provencia, New Mexico beside the Rio Grande to cover for an ailing priest. Father Jake, who has just turned 70, should be retiring. Instead, he is thrust into the investigation of the murder of the local pastor. Resented as an outsider, Father Jake finds himself “almost a suspect.” The plot thickens when a Texas film company decides to use the local Civil War fort in a documentary. Stir in a fundamentalist commune and bake on high. Two more murders follow in spite of Father Jake’s warning that violence only begets more violence. Noyer taught art in the Detroit Public Schools, was a part-time art history instructor at a Catholic college and later retired to New Mexico with his wife Jennifer, where he has shown watercolor paintings and woodcuts in regional exhibitions.

ROLLOVER By Susan Slater 2014, 220 pages, $24.95 Poisoned Pen Press This novel is based on a real robbery 16 years ago in the quiet town of Wagon Mound, New Mexico, a case that was never solved. A determined thief tunnels under the bank, not into the vault where he could have taken two million, but into the safe deposit boxes where he snags an exquisite antique sapphire and diamond necklace. This is a sequel to Slater’s Flash Flood that received an enthusiastic review from Publisher’s Weekly. Sleuth Dan Mahoney, an insurance investigator, has a girlfriend Elaine who defines Dan’s character when she says, “He was sexy and tender and a listener. She could not ask for anything more.” While Elaine is being kidnaped, Dan is looking at snapshots of the bank. It occurs to him maybe someone tunneled into the bank not to steal something, but to make a secret deposit. Thus, the note, “It’s not what you think.” If you’re a fan of the Dan Mahoney Mysteries series, you’ll enjoy this one.

MANUEL OF THE AMERICAS: HISTORIA DE FUERTES AMORES By David Roybal 2014, 128 pages, $26, David Roybal Communications Manuel Rodriguez grew up in West Central Mexico in a village beautifully described in this dramatic family saga. His biography is written in both English and Spanish and set on both sides of the Mexican border. Complete with black and white photos and tender pencil sketches of the main characters and scenes, the author recalls how he was launched into manhood when his father took all his son’s hard-earned money and spent it in one drunken debauch. His mother died giving birth to her tenth child. Manuel, who had learned construction in his teens, was determined to escape a life of poverty. He crossed the border illegally and worked in the fields and orchards of California under what he called “a cloud of disdain.” A conscientious worker, Manuel returned home, built beautiful houses and eventually forged a sustainable life for his family. To submit a book for review: include contact information and where to order.




Love in Every Stitch


lthough her home is filled with charming dolls she has created by hand, lifelong Springer resident (co-op member of Springer Electric Cooperative) Kathryn Louise Bauler did not start out as a doll maker. Following marriage to her childhood sweetheart, she raised a family, worked as a licensed practical nurse for 22 years, then decided to go back to school. At age 52, she graduated from New Mexico Highlands University as a master social worker. Louise (her friends call her Louise) takes the definition of “crafty” to a new level. Not only does she make dolls from scraps and fragments she finds at rummage sales and



thrift shops, she is a creative artist at crewel, embroidery, knitting, and crochet, as well as sewing of any kind. “Throughout the years I’ve just sewed my heart out,” she says. Although she learned to sew in a home economics class in high school, she did not take up doll making until about five to seven years ago. “I just love dolls,” she says. “They are so pretty. They can be fashioned to remind me of people I’ve known in my life.” Indeed, on top of her piano is a doll she made of a nun, who reminds her of Sister Bernadette, a teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, which she attended; on the bookshelf is a 1920s-style doll of a young golfer, with an American flag, who reminds her of her late husband. “I never plan,” she says, when it comes to creating her exquisite dolls uniquely embel-

lished with lace, colorful fabric, glass jewels, shoes, and bloomers. “It just happens.” She is inspired by her memories and her reading. Every part of the doll—the hair, the clothing, the accessories—has personal meaning; in fact, each doll may be understood as a minimemoir. Her first doll came about when she tried to re-create the doll she loved as a child. In addition to being a World War II buff, Louise has a library of Holocaust memoirs. “I’ve read a lot about Hitler and the Jews who were affected by his tyranny,” she says. “There is a special place in my heart for the Jewish people. People who survived that give you inspiration. You see that your troubles are miniscule.” She has responded to these injustices by creating unique dolls, such as the young girl doll she dedicated to Sarah Starzynski, the Holocaust survivor protagonist of the book, “Sarah’s Key.” This doll is displayed in her home alongside a lace and satin bow wrapped copy of the book. Together, the doll and the book create a meaningful memorial. “I don’t usually buy doll parts,” she says. “I want a whole doll, with her dress tattered, her hair messed up, so I can see the potential.” Another adorable example of her art is the restored doll she found with a busted head, now a charmer wearing a parochial school outfit, carrying Louise’s personal Rosary in one hand and her grandmother’s calendar in another. “I made up the story that she stepped in tar on the way home from school and got in trouble. That’s where the tears come from.” This doll is kept on an altar with other small personal remembrances. Louise is currently researching a doll school to attend. She would also like to visit Poland and its Holocaust sites, “or at least the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.,” and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Winter Shut-off Protection Notice


rotection from winter shut-off begins November 15, 2015. To avoid potential disconnection of services, please call the Human Services Department at 800-2834465, or the appropriate tribal or pueblo entity for eligibility information for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Your service will not be disconnected from November 15, 2015, through March 15, 2016, if you qualify for LIHEAP and you remain current on any payments you owe under a payment plan, or as of November 15, 2015, you have no past due amounts. For more information call the Human Services Department at 800-283-4465 or your local electric cooperative.

Nota de La Protección de Desconexión del Invierno El 15 de noviembre del 2015 empezara la protección de desconexión del invierno. Para prevenir una posible desconexión de servicios, por favor de contactar al Departamento de Servicios Humanos al 800-2834465 o a la organización trival o pueblo para información sobre elegibilidad para el programa de bajos recursos de energía, (LIHEAP). Su servicios no serán desconectado durante el 15 de noviembre 2015 hasta el 15 de marzo del 2016 si usted califica para el programa de bajos recursos de energía, (LIHEAP) y si usted continua al corriente en los pagos que usted deba bajo un plan de pago, o hasta el 15 de noviembre del 2015 y no tenga ningún pago astrasado. Para información en español llame al Departamento de Servicios Humanos, 800-283-4465 o su cooperativa de electricidad.


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Low-cost, High-tech Fun: Geocaching S

atellites orbiting Earth make it possible for you to partake in a fun pastime, a modern hide-andseek game, called “geocaching.” Let’s break it down: “Geo” means “Earth” and “cache” means “hoard.” In the vernacular a cache is a supply of something of essential value stashed in an inaccessible place to retrieve later. Geocaching is the act of stashing things on the land. It’s hightech treasure hunting, but without having to dig in the dirt. The treasures are memories made with friends and family seeking out the tiny stores hidden in plain sight— and it’s a darn good time! Here’s the basics: with a free app for your smart phone or tablet, you can use your hand-held device as a modern treasure map where the “X” for the treasure chest is a small box or can that someone has hidden and marked online with coordinates to locate it on Earth. When the app is fired up, your location might show as a blinking blue light on a street map with the straight-line direction to geocaches in your immediate area. You will be surprised just how many are out there. The descriptions to the caches are often written with cryptic clues. The technology to locate a position on the ground has been around for a long time, but up until May 2000, the accuracy was quite limited in civilian uses. The Department of Defense necessarily



guarded global positioning technology use outside military circles. Today, navigation technology can locate your position quite precisely; it detects your movement just about no matter where you trod. That’s useful in geocaching. A geocaching app can put you within six feet or so of a stashed object. Your own sleuthing will have to get you closer to find something as small as a matchbox. What’s in caches are part of the fun. Some sport only a paper log where you record your visit. Others have trinkets or coins to trade. Maybe the most fun of all, are the caches with “travel bugs,” curios that are registered in the geocaching apps. When geocachers find them, they record it in the app and move them to another cache. Over time, travel bugs literally move around the world. Geocaching is family friendly and takes minimal cost if you have a smart phone or tablet. From Raton to Rodeo—all across the state— you can search out thousands of geocaches. For more details, visit For questions or comments e-mail:



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To Place a Classified Ad 1. Type or print ad neatly. 2. Cost is $15 for up to the first 30 words per ad, per category. Each additional word is 50¢. Ads with insufficient funds will not be printed. Ad published once unless paid for several issues. 3. Graphics such as brands or QR codes are an additional $5 to the original cost of ad. 4. Only members of New Mexico electric co-ops may place ads. 5. We reserve the right to reject any advertisement. Ads postmarked after the deadline of the 9th (one month prior) will be placed in the next issue. 6. Fill out contact information and select a category: Name:____________________ Address:__________________ City:______________________ Name:____________________ State:_____ ZIP:_____________ Address:__________________ Telephone:________________ City:_ _____________________ Cooperative:_ ______________ State:____ Zip:_____________ Big Toys (Tools & Machinery) Telephone:________________ Country Critters (Pets) Cooperative:_ ______________

DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS: HEAVY DUTY Black Poly, proven algae resistant, 125 to 11,000 gallons, NRCS and EQUIP approved. Please give us a chance to serve you!! MasterCard/Visa. 575-682-2308, 1-800-603-8272. SOLAR SUBMERSIBLE WELL PUMPS. EASY TO install, reliable and affordable. Pumps and controller carry a two-year warranty. Affordable installation is available. For more information visit www. or call 505-429-3093. CLOSEOUT ON CM TRUCK BEDS. WE have a seemingly endless supply of horse, livestock, cargo and flatbed trailers to choose from. Ex: 25 ft. long dual tandem for $8,225. Large parts and service department also. Custom headache racks built in-house. Still buying your unwanted trailers. or 1-800-832-0603. SEPTIC TANK PUMPING: CALL MARQUEZ EXCAVATING Septic Pumping & Installation. Tony, 505-670-7582, 505-7572926, or Anthony, 505-913-0619, serving Pecos, Glorieta, Rowe, and Ilfeld areas. WANTED: OLDER AIRSTREAM, SPARTAN, SILVER STREAK, Avion or similar style travel trailer. Any condition considered. Finders fee paid for your help. Please call Rick at 505- 690-8272.

Livestock Round-Up (Livestock) Big Toys (Tools & Machinery) Odd & Ends (Camping, Country Critters (Pets) Music, Digital) Roof OverRound-Up Your Head(Livestock) (Real Estate) Livestock Things That(Camping, Go Vroom!Music, (Vehicles) Odd & Ends Digital) Vintage Finds (Antiques & Collectibles) WhenOver Opportunity Roof Your HeadKnocks (Real Estate) (Business & Employment) Things That Go Vroom! (Vehicles) 7. MailWhen yourOpportunity ad and payment to: Knocks NMRECA (Business & Employment) 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87505

BORDER COLLIE PUPPIES. TWO RED MERLE females from working lines. $200 each. 505-281-2812.

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1998 MACK 600, 1998 SUPER 10 transmission, new tires all around, single axle custom diamond plate, aluminum flatbed, 2-5/16” gooseneck ball, 3 bucket seats in the back sleeper, $16,500. 505-264-2711.

RANNEY RANCH GRASSFED/GRASS FINISHED BEEF, Certified AGA and AWA. Young Angus beef raised on native grassland, Corona, NM. No hormones/antibiotics. Halves/ wholes, dry-aged, processed to specs.

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. Notice: lowest prices only provide minimum standards, lower weights, and shorter warranties. Find out more! 575-430-1010.

FOR SALE: DUTCH WEST PROPANE HEATER. Glass door, blower, stove pipe, thermostat, instruction book. Excellent shape. $1,000. Call 575-278-2986.

WATER TANK: 10,000 GALLON GALVANIZED STEEL potable clean with manway suitable for subdivision, livestock, etc. $4,000. Will deliver 575-756-4100.

2014 HAYGRAZER 4’X6’ ROUND BALES, STILL green inside. $100 per ton, $55 per bale. And 2015 wheat hay 4’x6’ round bales, slight rain damage, green inside. $80 per bale. Prices - in field 30 miles Southeast of Portales. Call 575-760-4223 or 575-273-4220.

Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the Make check moneyoforder publisher or the electricor cooperatives New Mexico. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY payable to NMRECA RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER.

COFFINS, CASKETS & URNS PEOPLE BUY before they die. Direct delivery to funeral homes in New Mexico. Storage program available. Call 505-286-9410 for FREE brochure. Visit us at theoldpinebox or www.theoldpinebox. com

SLEEP COMFORT, SPLIT KING/2 TWIN-SIZE FULLY adjustable beds with built-in vibrators/individual remote controls. Very clean. $750, OBO. Kenmore 16-speed mixer, #23869253, whisk, flat beater, dough hooks. Works good. $60, OBO. 575-437-7763.

WINDMILL FOR SALE. AEROMOTOR, 8’ MILL on 30’ Tower. Good condition. $2,900. Call Ted at 575-895-5154. 930 CASE DIESEL TRACTOR; 2 - 7 yard dump trucks; 2 - 20 F flat bed trailers; 1 gooseneck; 1 pull type; 246 International engine overhauled; 5.9 Cummins diesel engine, 100K miles, transmission and rear end. Chevrolet 350 engine, transmission and rear end, 15K miles; Ford 1/2 ton, 4 wheel drive utility truck; Dodge dually, 1 ton utility truck. Ganon box blade with reaper. 505-617-4141 or 505-454-0781.

Odds & Ends

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. 1-800-6038272, 575-682-2308.

WANTED: PASTURE FOR 100-300 YEARLINGS IN 2016, within 300 miles from Ruidoso. Call 830-634-2934 or 210-279-9842.

Make check or money order payable to NMRECA


AKC, 2-1/2 YEAR OLD BROOD FEMALE German Shepherd. Czechoslovakian DDR. Working bloodline. Call Victor at 575-776-3179.

WANTED: CAT 12 ENGINE, WORKING. 4 cylinder diesel, for older road grader. Contact or 575-758-0710.

AFFORDABLE SOLAR WATER PUMPS. HELICAL ROTOR, Centrifugal, and Pneumatic. Got problems with sugar sand, call and see if we have a solution for you. Solutions4u@ or 505-407-6553. www.


Country Critters

MOUNTAIN TOP GOATS FOR SALE. EXCELLENT milker, bucks, cabrito, 4-H, weed-eaters and pet. Nubians, La Manchas, mini Nubians, mini La Manchas, Nigerian dwarfs. Capitan. Call 575-354-2846 after 7:00 p.m. BRAND FOR SALE: ‘ROCKING DIAMOND E’, LRC, LHH. Irons included. Phone 505-514-4282. 300 BALES OF PRIME ALFALFA. NO rain, in barn. Long winter coming. No more until next year! 575-758-2564, leave message. $8.50 per bale. Cash only! Taos, New Mexico. HORSE STOCK TRAILER, 6’X16’ PARK. $4,000. Call 575-544-4505 or 505-494-5955.

PECOS PABLO HOGTIED! PECOS PABLO'S AND Pecos Maria's wedding was held at Jacks Creek during the fall colors. Capulin jelly, jams and honey. Vending I-25 Exit 299, Glorieta. 505-603-2310, pecospablo@ LARGE GLASS DISPLAY CASE, FAIR CONDITION, $100. Metal circular clothes rack, double clothes rack, both excellent condition, $75 each. Utility metal shelf, 7’x3’x1’, fair condition, $25. Leave message, 575-6874465 (Cloudcroft).

Roof Over Your Head AFRAID OF FLOODS, TORNADOES, TSUNAMIS? TIRED of snow and ice? 80 quiet/peaceful rural acres 17 miles south of Carrizozo, New Mexico; 2.2 miles south of Oscuro, east of Hwy 54. View of Oscura Mountains on west, Sierra Blanca on east. Make offer. E.R. Haldane, e-mail or phone 505-281-2221. 12.87 ACRES IN PIE TOWN, NEW MEXICO. Electricity, 1,500 water storage tank, well, pit/jet pump, pressure tank, 20x30 steel bld./cement slab, RV area\electric box, hydrants. $64,900 terms considered. 928-713-7606. 20 ACRES, 45 MINUTE FROM SANTA FE, meadow forest, $1,000 down. Owner financed, water & electricity. 505-690-0308 or 505466-6127 (Española).

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.

FOR SALE: 250 ACRES AT $3,000 an acre, in the Mora Valley. Picturesque views of mountain peaks and the Mora Valley. Perfect locations throughout for building your home. For more information and photos, call 575-741-1814.

OCATE, NM. FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN property. Property is 20 minutes from Angel Fire, NM and is located off Rd. 120. Ponderosa pine, aspen, with natural spring on the property. 70.43 acres @ $3,000/acre. Only serious buyers. Call 520-310-4124 or 719-330-1332.

FORT SUMNER HOME ON 3 LOTS, 2,500 square foot fixer-upper, 2 bedroom, 2-1/2 bathrooms. Lots of built-in storage, 30x30 steel shop with concrete floor. Attached 2-car garage. $85,000. 575-512-5886.

12 TO 180 ACRE LOTS. NEXT to Villanueva. Power and water. Low, low down payment, owner financing. 12½ acre lot, $45,000. Mobile homes okay. 505-6900308 or 505-466-6127 (Española).

FOR SALE. 3 BEDROOM CABIN ON lot at Ft. Sumner Lake, New Mexico. Shared water well, furnished, great vacation cabin. Call 505-252-0798 or 623-936-3348 and leave a message.

WATER DOWSING AND CONSULTING. PROVEN SUCCESS, 39 years experience, in Lincoln county, will travel. Call Elliot Topper: 575-354-2984, 575-937-2722.

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 bath. Has area that could be converted into two additional bedrooms, game room with spa. Hunters dream processing meat room, walk-in refrigeration unit, stainless steel sinks and table meat saw. Furniture and appliances. Getaway home at the gateway to the Chiricahua Mountains. Price reduced. Call 928-3394806. Asking $149,900.

BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN LAND: TIMBERON, SOME WITH views, electric and water. Village with cafes, golf, etc. Next to Lincoln National Forest. See at www.timberon. org or phone 575-987-2410.

BEST LAND DEAL IN NEW MEXICO: Valle Del Sol. 3 acres on cul-de-sac, paved roads, underground utilities, water, golf and fishing across the road. Near Ruidoso. $15,000. 505-269-4179.

LAND FOR SALE. SANDIA PARK. 100% fenced, electric and phone. $29,000, Owner financing. 505-470-2544.

LAND FOR SALE. CITY LOT, SOCORRO, New Mexico. $10,000, Owner financing. Call 505-470-2544.

6.7 ACRE RANCH, FENCED, PERMANENT PASTURE fields, horse property, garage, barn, 2-story, 3,000 plus square foot home, north of Socorro, beautiful views. Ancient water rights about $100,000’s worth. Used to be a winery. Buy a piece of New Mexico History, $338,000. www.104sanacaciaroad. com or 805-402-4641.

1990S AIRLOCK CABIN. MLS201500260. 13 WIGWAM Trail, Pecos River Retreat, Ilfield, NM, between Santa Fe and Las Vegas. View of Rowe Mesa, private access to Pecos River. 3 acres, community utilities, new condition. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Heatilator fireplace, propane furnace, insulated double garage, covered RV parking. $229,500. Contact owner, 505690-1062 or realtor, James Congdon.

20 ACRES, LUNA COUNTY. WATER, ELECTRIC, septic, 9-1/3 acres water rights, irrigation needs some repair, 50x100 Machine shed. Fenced on paved Marana Road. $125,000. Call 906-235-8273 (cell).

CUBA, NM. COMMUNITY BUILDING, 6409 HIGHWAY 550, 87013, between Bernalillo and Farmington, 1,200 sf. business space; 800 sf. apartment, appliances included, gas, water and sewer, electricity. For sale $85,000. 505-232-0273.

LAND FOR SALE: 6.57 ACRES IN the Sugarloaf Mountains Subdivision, Datil, New Mexico. Community water, electric and phone at property line. Lots of antelope, deer and elk. Owners will consider all solid offers. $19,500. 940-378-2317.

MOBILE HOME, EDGEWOOD, NEW MEXICO. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Permanent foundation. Owner financing. $76,843. Call 505-470-2544.








Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation Required by 39 USC 3685 Filed with the USPS on 10-01-15 enchantment (publication number 175-880) is published monthly at 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. Twelve issues are published annually with a subscription price of $4 paid by rural cooperative members in their electric bills. The name and complete mailing address of the publisher is: The New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc., 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. The name and complete mailing address of the editor is Susan M. Espinoza, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. The owner is The New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (NMRECA). There are no known bondholders or other security holders. NMRECA is a nonprofit organization mailing under DMM Section 423.12. Its purpose, function and nonprofit status for Federal income tax purposes has not changed in the preceding twelve months. The average number of copies of each issue during the preceding twelve months are: Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months a. Total No. Copies (net press run) ............125,162 b. Paid Circulation (1) Outside County................................123,110 (2) In-County ................................................ -0(3) Sales Through Dealers ............................. -0(4) Other Classes........................................... -0c. Total Paid Distribution (Sum of 15b(1) through 15b(4)) ...........123,110 d. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (1) Outside County.......................................599 (2) In-County ................................................ -0(3) Other Classes........................................... -0(4) Outside the Mail.....................................602 e. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d(1) through 15d(4)) ...............1,201 f. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e).........124,311 g. Copies Not Distributed .................................851 h. Total (Sum of 15f and 15g) ...................125,162 i. Percent Paid (15c divided by 15f times 100) ...99.03% No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date a. Total No. Copies (net press run) ............125,201 b. Paid Circulation (1) Outside County................................123,292 (2) In-County ................................................ -0(3) Sales Through Dealers ............................. -0(4) Other Classes........................................... -0c. Total Paid Distribution (Sum of 15b(1) through 15b(4)) ...........123,292 d. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (1) Outside County.......................................567 (2) In-County ................................................ -0(3) Other Classes........................................... -0(4) Outside the Mail.....................................567 e. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d(1) through 15d(4)) ...............1,134 f. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e).........124,426 g. Copies Not Distributed .................................725 h. Total (Sum of 15f and 15g) ...................125,201 i. Percent Paid (15c divided by 15f times 100) ...99.09% I certify that the statements made by me above are correct and complete. Susan M. Espinoza, Editor



FOR SALE: CABIN ON 2 ACRES (Millstone Acres). Water and electricity. Call 505-836-4560.

1995 FORD F-150, 4X4 WITH SHELL. Still runs great, no accidents. 171,000 miles. 505862-0146. Thoreau, New Mexico.

HORSE PROPERTY, GRANTS/MILAN. BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF Zuni Mountains. 2,800 square feet. 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath on 4 acres. 250K. Owner financing. 505-287-0379.

4-WHEELER. BIG BEAR 400. STANDARD SHIFT, bright red. In excellent condition. $3,500. Call 575-544-4505 or 575-494-5955.

RESERVE, NM, HALF ACRE WITH UNFINISHED cabin. Borders Gila National Forest. Concrete slab, septic system, landscaped. Electricity and water to property line. Located at end of paved road. $36,000. 575-533-6274. NORTH QUESTA MOUNTAIN RETREAT. TOTALLY REMODELED 1 bedroom home with separate studio on 1.1 acres of forested land. Half hour from Taos, 15 minutes from Red River. Gas, electric, 1,500 gallon cistern, septic, washer/dryer, land line, fiber optic, 2 fenced dog yards. $169,000. Owner Financing. Move right in!  MLS #96647. 575-758-0080. COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY IN COYOTE, NEW MEXICO includes gas station, convenience store, laundromat, mobile home space rentals, rental to U.S. Post Office and remodeled home on 2.5 acres. $275K. Call Debra DeLaTorre Real Estate, 505-379-1127. LOT IN ELEPHANT BUTTE, $25,000. 102 Hallmark Court in Elephant Butte Estates. Unit 20-Block 3-Lot 63, perfect for golfers, outdoor enthusiasts and lake lovers. Minutes away from it all! Call 575-7407711 or 575-740-7158. THREE-5 ACRE LOTS CONNECTED IN TIMBER Lake Ranch, Ramah, NM. Forested, views, elevation 7,300 ft., electric, phone, borders national forest. Will negotiate. 505-783-4046 or 520-825-9172. Ask for Chuck or Sophia. MOUNTAIN HOME, RANCH AND HORSE PROPERTY. This property looks more like what you would expect to see in western Montana or northern Idaho. 15 miles west of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Tall pines, pond within 36 gorgeous acres. Elk permit and duck hunting. 1,700 square foot log home as well as a guest cabin, 2 barns. Established and profitable equine business option to go with sale of ranch. Asking $589,000 for ranch. 505-425-3580.

Things That Go Vroom! 1993 CHEVROLET CAMERO Z-28. 350 CUBIC inch LT-1, V-8 engine. New CD player, aluminum wheels, power windows, power steering, automatic transmission. $1,850. 505-294-7209. Edgewood area. HONDA 150 DIRT BIKE. EXCELLENT CONDITION. $1,800, OBO. Fast bike! Great for ranch or racing. Call 505-249-4225 in Magdalena.

‘94 CHEVY 1/2 TON. 4X4, AUTOMATIC, flatbed. Rebuilt transmission. In warranty, 245,000 miles. Runs on gasoline or propane, 100-gallon propane tank. Garaged all of life, not a piece of junk. $5,500. 575937-6739. Carrizozo, NM. 2005 HARLEY DAVIDSON ULTRA CLASSIC. 43,600 miles. Lots of extras: chrome rims, back rest, highway pegs, wing vents, pull back handle bars, racks on all bags, fairing bra, chrome forks, white-wall tires. $13,500. This price includes the voyager kit which turns the bike into a trike. Call Bob at 505-281-1771. 1975 PONTIAC GRANDVILLE CONVERTIBLE. 34,000 ORIGINAL miles. Excellent condition. $17,500. Call Brigitte at 575-744-5292. 1994 CHEVROLET G20 (3/4 TON), HIGH-TOP TMC Sport Stealth Tiara Conversion Van. 70,000 original miles. 350 cubic-inch (5.7L) V8. $4,400. 505-220-2496. 1967 JEEP KEISER DANA DIFFERENTIALS. 1977 GMC 5 yard dump truck. Call 505-699-7195. 1998 MACK 600, 1998 SUPER 10 transmission, new tires all around, single axle custom diamond plate, aluminum flatbed, 2-5/16” gooseneck ball, 3 bucket seats in the back sleeper. $16,500. 505-264-2711.

Vintage Finds WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1900-1958. Paying $100, $1,000 each. Also, buying some New Mexico car plates 1900-1923. Bill Johnston, Box 640, Organ, NM 88052-0640. E-mail: NMhistory@ or telephone 575-382-7804. WANTED: NEW MEXICO AUTOMOBILE LICENSE DIRECTORY (“The Zia Book”), and Motor Vehicle Register books, 1900-1949. Library discards OK. Paying $75-$100 per volume. Bill Johnston, Box 640, Organ, NM 88052-0640. E-mail: NMhistory@ or telephone 575-382-7804. WANTED: NEW MEXICO HIGHWAY JOURNAL MAGAZINE, 1923-1927. Paying $10-$25 single issues, $400-$800 bound volumes. Library discards OK. Bill Johnston, Box 640, Organ, NM 88052-0640. E-mail: NMhistory@ or telephone 575-382-7804. 1973 VOLKSWAGON BEETLE, NO ENGINE, $650, OBO. Cast iron woodburning kitchen stove, needs TLC, $65, OBO. Call 575-653-4042.

BUYING OLD STUFF: GAS PUMPS AND parts 1960s or earlier, advertising signs, neon clocks, old car parts in original boxes, motor oil cans, license plate collections, Route 66 items, old metal road signs, odd and weird stuff. Fair prices paid. Have pickup, will travel. Gas Guy in Embudo, 505-852-2995. I BUY SPANISH COLONIAL SPURS, STIRRUPS, horse bits with jingles, weapons, etc. Also, old New Mexico handmade/carved furniture. Call 505-753-9886. VINTAGE TOOLS AND ODDITIES FROM THE Industrial Age. Objects for collectors and users from various trades. Buy, sell, barter, and consign. Gray Matter - Art and Artifacts. 926 Baca Street, Baca Street Studios #5, Santa Fe. 505-780-0316. FOR SALE: STUDEBAKER CHUCK WAGON, (SERIAL number on axle). Ready to cook. Many extra parts and items seldom offered with a wagon. For brochure and details, contact 60’S PINBALL. WILLIAMS, “MARDI GRAS.” PLAY field and back glass. Excellent condition. $1,000. Call 575-829-4021. RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: LANTERNS, LOCKS, KEYS, badges, uniforms, dining car china, etc. Especially seeking items from early New Mexico railroads such as: AT&SF, D&RG, EP&NE, EP&SW, and C&S. Randy Dunson. 575-356-6919.

When Opportunity Knocks WORK FROM HOME. SIMPLY RETURN CALLS. $1,000+ a day. No selling, explaining or convincing to do ever. Not a job, not MLM. Full training and support. Call 505-685-0966. FOR SALE: TRANSMISSION REPAIR SHOP IN Española, NM (est. 1989). 2,000 squarefoot metal building on two city lots. Will sell with or without shop equipment. Owner will carry. Interested? Call 505927-3659 or 505-423-2685. MATURE, HONEST MAINTENANCE PERSON TO LIVE and work on ranch outside Mayhill, NM. Knowledgeable, self-starter, valid NM drivers license, pass physical and drug test. Call Les at 575-687-3518. Leave message. RURAL CONVENIENCE STORE WITH PACKAGE LIQUOR license. Living quarters on 1.3 acres with 3-acre foot well. Borders Gila National Forest. FSBO. 575-533-6274.

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Spooktacular Pumpkin Words! Thanks for the Spooktacular Word Power for October. Awesome job! For November's topic, draw your Favorite Mascot. From sport to computer mascots to commercial or book mascots. Hint, ask your parents what their mascot was in school. Have fun! Santa and his crew get mighty hungry in December. So, gather your baking ingredients and whip up a batch of Cookies for Santa. Have a joyous time.

Remember: Print your name, age, mailing address, phone number, and co-op name on your drawings. Otherwise, your drawings are disqualified. Remember: color, dark ink or pencil on plain white 8.50 x 11.00 size paper is best. 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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