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Looking Forward to the Future

Dear Fellow New Mexicans,

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September 1, 2018 • Vol. 70, No. 09 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 101,583

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


Nearly 102,000 families and businesses receive enchantment Magazine as electric cooperative members. Non-member subscriptions are available at $12 per year or $18 for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for delivery. Periodical Postage paid at Santa Fe, NM 87501-9998 and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS Postmaster: Send address changes to 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4428. Readers who receive the publication through their electric cooperative membership should report address changes to their local electric cooperative office. THE NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION provides legislative and educational services to the cooperatives who are members of the Association that deliver electric power to New Mexico’s rural areas and small communities. The mission of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association is to strengthen, support, unify, and represent Cooperative member interests at the local, state, and national levels. Each cooperative has a representative on the association’s board of directors, which controls the editorial content and advertising policy of enchantment through its Publications Committee.


OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles Pinson, President, Central Valley Electric Cooperative, Artesia George Biel, Vice President, Sierra Electric Cooperative, Elephant Butte Tim Morrow, Secretary-Treasurer, Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Duane Frost, Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative, Mountainair Chris Martinez, Alternate, Columbus Electric Cooperative, Deming Arsenio Salazar, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative, Grants Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Clovis Cristobal Duran, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Taos Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative, Lovington Robert Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Mora Tomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative, Chama Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Cooperative, Cloudcroft Antonio Sanchez, Jr., Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative, Portales Judith Holcomb, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Socorro Travis Sullivan Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Clayton 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 Tomas G. Rivas, Chair, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative Arsenio Salazar, Continental Divide Electric Cooperative Cristobal Duran, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Cooperative Judith Holcomb, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Socorro NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Phone: 505-982-4671 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505-982-0153 Keven J. Groenewold, Chief Executive Officer, Susan M. Espinoza, Editor, Tom Condit, Assistant Editor, DISPLAY ADVERTISING Rates available upon request. Cooperative members and New Mexico display advertisers email Shaylyn Hancock at or call 505982-4671. National representative: American MainStreet Publications, 800-626-1181. Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the publisher or the electric cooperatives that are members of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER. Copyright ©2018, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.


INSIDE READS Solar Surges in Rural Communities From trial size to supersized, a transformation in solar energy.

Marketing the Market

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Co-op Newswire


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Hale To The Stars


Enchanted Journeys


On The Menu


Energy Sense


Book Chat


Vecinos 20 On the Cover: How 'bout that cabbage? The best of the best produce is offered with pride at the Taos Farmers’ Market. Photo by Sharon Niederman.

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Pat Garrett, an Otero County Electric Co-op member, takes enchantment to the Lincoln County Fair in August. Photo by Gerald Garrett.

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Your Vote, Your Voice, at Your Annual Meeting

Co-op members can vote to introduce a new member to the board. This is one of the core values of any cooperative— members exercising the democratic right to choose like-minded representatives.


eptember marks the end of another year for New Mexico’s rural electric cooperatives annual meetings, elections, door prizes, and community get-togethers. It has been a busy year with changes in laws affecting co-ops and challenges appearing on the horizon. On the annual meeting circuit this year, it was relatively calm with a couple of exceptions. This year ends with very little change in board and management leadership. A couple of the cooperatives changed their bylaws in some way. Only two cooperatives failed to achieve an annual meeting quorum of members this year. It’s all part of a very healthy system—the democratic process of consumer-owned business and its ability to shift and change with the times. At the core, it also reflects the home-grown nature of locally based organizations like co-ops. For example, a cooperative can lose a board member when the individual moves out of the area the board member was elected to represent. That doesn’t happen in investorowned utilities. Directors serve on boards regardless of where they live. The consumers of investor-owned utilities are faceless statistics, not

friends and neighbors you would normally have morning coffee with. The for-profit director wants the company to have a high stock price and pay regular dividends. Service and customer satisfaction are a means to that end, but are secondary to those goals. In co-ops, directors are members and consumers just like the people who elect them to their positions. Co-op bylaws say they must live in the areas they represent because they have two main tasks as trustees. First, they must make sure the cooperative remains financially healthy so their neighbors have power. Second, they must represent the interests of their neighbors as the co-op decides how to provide the best service at the lowest reasonable cost to the entire membership. Co-ops can also lose a director when the individual is no longer able to devote enough time to the board. Like so many other local organizations—school boards or hospital boards—cooperatives rely on ordinary citizens to set the direction of the organization. Those citizens have jobs, families, and other community obligations. Sometimes they may not have time to study the financial reports, review the operating plans, address all of the con-

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cerns of their neighbors, and attend all of the cooperative’s meetings. Finally, co-op members can vote to introduce a new member to the board. This is one of the core values of any cooperative—members exercising the democratic right to choose like-minded representatives. For profit utilities also have annual meetings where shareholders choose the board of directors. However, a shareholder gets to vote based on how many shares of stock they own. Contrast this with a cooperative where the large industrial consumer has the same vote as your elderly neighbor that uses a fraction of the amount of electricity—one. All members are equal in a rural electric cooperative. There is one exception to this rule. Members who do not vote, do not have a voice in their co-op. Thomas Jefferson is often quoted “We in America do not have a government by the majority but by the majority of people that participate.” His words also ring true for cooperatives. The annual meeting cycle begins again next March. Why don’t you put the date of your co-op’s annual meeting on your calendar? You can enjoy some fellowship with your neighbors, help direct the future of your co-op and maybe win a door prize.



Enchanted Journeys

Hale to the stars BY ALAN HALE


he “parade” of bright nighttime planets we’ve enjoyed the past few months concludes its show in September. The brilliant planet Venus, rapidly starts sinking into the dusk. It sets around the end of evening twilight at the beginning of the month, and by month’s end it sets much earlier, and completely disappears into the dusk sky in early October. Meanwhile, Jupiter, already somewhat low in the west when darkness falls, sets from 1 to 1½ hours after Venus. Still occupying a position just north of the “teapot” of the constellation Sagittarius is Saturn, which remains visible in our southwestern sky throughout the evening and sets around midnight. Following along, two hours after Saturn, is Mars. It is still the brightest planet of the “parade,” and shines with a distinctive reddish glow throughout most of the night before setting during the mid-morning hours. As for the other planets, Mercury is visible in our eastern sky during dawn the first few days of September, but disappears into twilight within a week. The distant worlds, Uranus and Neptune, are well-placed for viewing all night (if one has binoculars). Neptune, in Aquarius, is at “opposition,” directly opposite the sun in early September and is highest around midnight, while Uranus follows about three hours later.



Comet Giacobini-Zinner on August 6, 2018, as imaged by the Las Cumbres Observatory telescope in the Canary Islands. Image courtesy Las Cumbres Observatory and The Earthrise Institute.

One well-known comet that is bright enough to detect with binoculars is Comet GiacobiniZinner which returns roughly every 6½ years. It will pass through the constellations of Auriga—being just south of the bright star Capella on the 3rd—Gemini, and Monoceros (all along the Milky Way and visible in the late night/early morning). On a similar return in 1985, Giacobini-Zinner achieved notoriety for being the first comet to be visited by an artificial spacecraft, when the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) mission passed through its tail on September 11. The moon is full on Monday evening the 24th. Because the moon is rapidly traveling northward at that time, on several consecutive nights it rises only 20 minutes later each evening, as opposed to the average difference of 50 minutes; since this succession of bright moonlit nights occurs around the autumn equinox (in the northern hemisphere) and thus around the traditional time of harvest, this particular full moon is known as the “Harvest Moon.”

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Green Chile! Oh So Simply Irresistible!


t’s fall and it’s chile time, all the time! That fantastic familiar aroma is in the air. Gotta have it. Whether you get yours directly from Hatch—the Chile Capital of the World—or your local farmers’ market, or your local grocery, now is the time.

Through trial and error, I developed this version of this classic New Mexican dish; honestly, when I make this stew, my kitchen smells like I have a 90-year-old abuelita working at the stove. Olive oil for sautéing 1 lb. round steak or top sirloin, cut in strips 1 large onion, diced 2 tsps. ground cumin 1 tsp. ground Mexican oregano Salt and pepper to taste 3 small potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 cups chicken broth 1 (15 oz.) can tomato puree 1 cup New Mexico green chile, freshly roasted, peeled and seeded

1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels ½ tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. black pepper, ground 1 cup queso fresco, crumbled In cast-iron skillet over medium to high heat, add olive oil and heat until hot but not smoking. Add squash and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add onion. Cook one minute, then turn heat down to low. Add diced chile and garlic, cook another 2 minutes, stirring. Add corn, salt and pepper, cook another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately in warm corn taco shells with crumbled queso fresco sprinkled on top. Also goes well with flour tortillas.

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Heat oil in 3 quart stew pot. Add and brown meat. Remove meat to platter. Add onion, sauté, stirring about 10 minutes. Return meat to pot, continue stirring, add spices. Add potatoes. Add chicken broth. Keep stirring. Add tomato puree. Add chile. Bring to a boil. Return to simmer. Simmer 40 minutes until potatoes are tender. Serve with warm tortillas. Serves 4.

Tacos de Calabacitas con Queso Fresco From Lois Ellen Frank’s book, Taco Table. 1 Tb. olive oil 3 medium Mexican squash or green zucchini (or combination of both) cut into ½ inch pieces ½ medium onion, chopped 2 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced 2 cloves garlic, minced



From Simply Sympatico, the favorite cookbook of New Mexico. 4 Tbs. butter, softened 3 Tbs. Old English-style process cheese spread 2 Tbs. onion, minced ¾ tsp. salt 2 Tbs. green chile, chopped 4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless ¼ cup butter, melted 1 cup cheese crackers, crushed 1½ tsps. dry taco seasoning mix Mix together softened butter, cheese spread, onion, salt, and chiles. Flatten each breast between sheets of waxed paper. Divide butter mixture into 8 equal portions and place 2 in the middle of each breast. Roll to close and secure with 2 toothpicks. Dip each breast in melted butter and roll in mixture of cracker crumbs and taco mix. Place in buttered 9”x13” baking dish and bake covered for 1 hour at 350 F. May be made ahead and refrigerated before baking, if desired, increasing baking time by 5 minutes. Serves 4. A natural with beans—I like black beans—and rice.



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ear Pat: Our kitchen and dining rooms are in major need of some natural light. We’ve been thinking about installing a skylight, but we’re wondering if that will increase our energy bills. Can you provide any advice? —Monica

Dear Monica: Skylights can bring a little of the outside world indoors and make your living space more livable— when they are installed correctly. But they can also impact your energy bills and comfort level, so you’re taking the right steps by doing some research ahead of time. One downside of skylights is they can add heat to your home during the summer and heat loss during the winter. The amount of impact depends upon a number of elements, including the skylight’s energy rating, size, placement and quality of installation. You can check its energy efficiency by looking at the skylight’s NFRC Energy Performance Label, which shows four important pieces of the energy efficiency puzzle: • Insulation value (U-Factor) • Ability to transmit solar heat (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) • Ability to allow light to transfer (Visible Transmittance) • Air leakage. Finding a unit with the best ratings in all these categories will help maximize your



skylight’s energy efficiency and performance. It’s probably worth spending a little more on a better product, since professional installation takes up the lion’s share of the cost of installing a skylight into an existing roof. That said, even the best skylight has a much lower insulation value than a properly insulated attic. Just as important as finding the right skylight is determining the proper size, number and placement. You want adequate light, but too much can make a room less functional on a bright day. Skylights on a steep, north-facing roof will reduce the unwanted solar heat gain in the summer, but this also reduces the desirable solar heat gain in winter. Ultraviolet (UV) light can cause furniture finishes to fade. This can be minimized by making sure your skylight has high-quality glazing or by applying a special film to the skylight. Proper installation by a knowledgeable professional is essential to avoid all-too-common problems. One serious issue is water leaks—a problem often caused by improper exterior installation on the roof. Flashing must be installed correctly to be effective for the

Tubular skylights collect light through an acrylic dome on the roof and transmit it through a highly reflective tube into the space below. Photo Credit: Collaborative Efficiency.

pitch of the roof and the type of roofing materials. Another potential problem area is the skylight shaft that transmits the light into the living space below. Inadequate or poorly installed insulation is a source of heat loss and can cause ice dams that allow water to find its way into the home. Air leaks in the shaft can also cause these types of problems. Moisture problems can cause condensation build-up inside the home, resulting in mold, mildew and rot (especially in bathrooms). An alternative option to the regular skylight is the tubular skylight. A small skylight on the roof is connected to a flexible tube that runs through the attic to a room below. This system provides a diffused natural light. The tube is much smaller than a skylight shaft and is easier and less expensive to install. The tube has less heat loss and is less leak-prone. Tubular skylights can fit into spaces that a traditional skylight can’t, and can be a better choice in rooms with high moisture, like

bathrooms, saunas or indoor swimming pools. As you consider your options, it may be worthwhile to think back to your goals. If you’ve done your research and decide to move forward with new skylights, consider buying the best product your budget will accommodate—and find a contractor with experience and solid references to provide the installation. Good luck!

Gain more light in rooms without installing a skylight by trying these steps: • Paint the room a lighter shade of color. • Hang mirrors. • Replace heavy window coverings with lighter ones. • Add indirect lighting such as upward-facing pole lamps. • Trim any trees that shade the windows.

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ive years ago, many people in the electric industry viewed solar energy as a kind of “boutique” resource—more an energy accessory than a real power supply option. But in the last half-decade, as the costs to install solar went down and electric utilities gained experience with this unique energy resource, there has been a dramatic transformation, and solar energy has made the jump to the big leagues. At local electric cooperatives, consumer-members were asking questions about whether this new technology would be suitable either for their own home or for the cooperative. Given the high cost to install solar, electric co-ops had questions about the economic feasibility of solar and its effect on the electric system. Even with federal tax incentives, the cost of solar was not competitive with other resources such as wind and natural gas. Engineers also had questions. What happens to the system when the sun doesn’t shine? Or even more tricky: what happens on those days when multiple clouds sail by, making a strobe light out of the sun? To answer these questions, co-ops started installing small arrays, analyzing costs and efficiency. Five years ago, compared to other resources, many concluded solar was still simply too expensive. The cost of panels and equipment was not the only reason solar was expensive. There were also soft costs, like training, business processes and software. There was little standardization among solar projects—every project was unique. Engineers and resource planners, unfamiliar with this technology, needed training and technical assistance. Financial partners still needed convincing when it came to investing in large-scale solar projects.

As the solar industry started growing, thanks in part to tax credits and other policy incentives, the cost of solar panels and other equipment started declining; the economics started changing. In 2014, 17 electric co-ops joined with their national trade organization, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), to collaborate on solar installations in 10 states whose combined solar capacity would be 23 megawatts. The goal of the project was to make solar more affordable for electric co-ops by driving down the soft costs. The project, which received funding from the Department of Energy, aimed to create a network of experts within the cooperative community. By sharing information and expertise, co-op experts could make solar installations easier and less financially risky for other co-ops to follow suit.



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Denise Miller, Executive Director New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association (NMFMA), at one of the state's farmers' markets. Photo courtesy of NMFMA.

Marketing the Market: How the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association Helps Get Local Produce from the Field to Your Table By Sharon Niederman


t last count, 75 farmers’ markets are open for business across New Mexico, providing our towns, villages and cities with fresh local produce and the opportunity to interact with the people who grow a profusion of fruit and vegetables, from chile to chard. While we enjoy shopping at these farmers’ markets, admiring the fresh produce, becoming inspired to create something new in the kitchen, and visiting with the growers, most of us never give a thought to how they are sustained. Behind the scenes of these growers’ booths is a sophisticated marketing organization, the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association, that supports farmers and provides the networks necessary to ensure you and your family enjoy crisp apples from Velarde and crunchy carrots from Clovis for your salad. That organization, helmed by Executive Director



Denise Miller, is “dedicated to strengthening the local food system by supporting farmers and the networks that support them, in order to create a healthy New Mexico.” And this association has been around for 24 years, since 1994, when the need for services, like general liability insurance for the public markets to support farmers doing what they do best—growing and selling their produce—first emerged at the Santa Fe and Los Alamos farmers’ markets. Since then, an umbrella of services that facilitate the production, demand, and delivery of fresh local produce to New Mexico’s citizens and helps farmers continue to be productive on their land has grown, operating with a staff of six from an office on Luisa St. in Santa Fe. “People confuse our name thinking we are strictly a farmers’ market organization, but in fact the word “marketing” is important because we

Heirloom tomatoes available in abundance at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. Photo by Sharon Niederman.

are involved in a wide array of activities that support farmers and community health,” says Miller. By connecting resources, organizations, and individuals that intersect around food and farming, the association works to build resilient local economies. Toward the aim of publicizing farmers’ markets and educating customers about what is grown in New Mexico, including the culturally relevant foods grown in different markets around the state, the organization publishes four separate newsletters, a monthly column in the Albuquerque Journal, a blog, two websites ( and, and an ongoing marketing campaign branded “local food connects.” They work with various charities, religious associations, and the Roadrunner Food Bank in an effort to get the word out about what is available at farmers’ markets. They also train promontoras (community health workers) in nutritional education, shopping seasonally, and the value of fresh food so these health educators can teach their patients about healthy food options. Another focus of the association is creating food access for low-income populations. By making EBT machines available, recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the same as food stamps), can make electronic benefits transfer to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables from the growers. The association provides technical assistance to the markets and has developed and runs a statewide incentive program for SNAP shoppers called Double Up Food Bucks. “Anyone with a SNAP card who shops at a Double Up Food Bucks outlet,” Miller explains, “will get a dollar for dollar match for New Mexico grown fresh fruits and vegetables.” In 2016, her organization received a four-year $2.1 million grant from USDA to run the program. “We’re now in year three, and this has been really important for creating food access and benefitting farmers. Our goal is to help farmers increase

Variety of fresh produce at the Downtown Growers' Market in Albuquerque every Saturday. Photo by Sharon Niederman.

their sales and to help shoppers afford more produce, and this program brings a lot of money into the state. Double Up Food Bucks is also available at farm stands and certain grocery stores, such as La Montañita Co-op Food Market, Cid’s Food Market in Taos, and Lowe’s, Food King, and Lowe’s Fiesta Markets.” Miller clarifies this program is unrelated to organics. “The only requirement for purchasing at partner grocery stores is that the produce is New Mexico grown. And these grocery stores are willing to make a commitment to purchase more locally grown food from our farmers.” The association works with hundreds of community partners including Roadrunner Food Bank, the Food Depot, food pantries, and religious organizations to create awareness about the Double Up Food Bucks program. Also, through its efforts, the New Mexico Department of Health which administers farmers’ market WIC Health (Women, Infants and Children federal nutrition program for women on Medicaid at nutritional risk from pregnancy to breastfeeding and for children up to age five) makes farmers’ market produce available to WIC recipients. In addition, through their efforts, that started with a state-funded pilot in six counties, the federally funded Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program was expanded to New Mexico so that low income seniors can receive coupons to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. These coupons are available in nearly every county where federal commodities are distributed. A recent hire at the organization is a part-time value chain coordinator who is working to improve wholesale distribution of New Mexico grown produce by connecting farmers with distributors, local retailers and schools. “To help farmers stay on their land, we must create a culture of health,” Miller says. Visit for more information on the New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association, listings of farmers' markets and more.



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In this romance novel about two wizards in love, Amethyst Rey fights the attraction. She is staff wizard for corporate CEO, Jas Harker. Rich, handsome and charming, he considers Amethyst “a smart, capable woman.” But after his betrayal, she thinks of him as “a world-class conniver.” What she wants in marriage is “a collaboration of wizards,” in which she can maintain her independence and have a say over how things evolve. They both know how to use their powers to shape reality. But should it always be to gain some advantage? Imagine what it would be like to witness a snowy scene where a car with three family members has spun out and plunged into a ravine. Jas and Amethyst collaborate using magic to yank off the twisted doors and give first aid to the passengers before the EMTs arrive. Amethyst catches a glimpse of the tender side of Jas as he carries a little girl to safety. Not a bodice-ripper, but an entertaining read.



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The title translates as “battles of the people.” Clawson, who has lived most of his life around the Zuni mountains of western New Mexico, has heard from various perspectives the story of the conquest and relocation of the Navajos to Fort Sumner. The protagonist, Captain Jeddah Jenkins, serves under Colonel Kit Carson. Jenkins is ordered into hostile Navajo and Apache country to round up and relocate the Navajos, but he refuses to sell them as slaves. Afterward, Jenkins discovers a secluded mountain range in the mountains where he decides to retire from the army and start a ranch. Clawson tosses in substandard Spanish and Spanglish for flavor and captures the Irish soldiers’ dialect: “Good whiskey nivver served me loike that.” Some of the historic details—whether real or imagined— are fascinating, such as the trap the soldiers set for an antelope herd using a white handkerchief tied to a pole. However, this historical novel loses tension as it wanders from battle to cattle business.

This attractive bilingual children’s book with text in English and Navajo was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Children are usually taught to treat books with respect, but how can you read a book you can't touch? This book “Provides a light-hearted introduction to proper book care” and explains how to handle books that are borrowed or in a store. A colorful toy train suggests not to leave your book on a train. What about tearing out a page? No no! Writing or drawing in the book? Only if it belongs to you and the parents say OK. If this is your book “you can touch it all you want…you can drop it and if your hands are dirty, who cares?” But don’t get it wet because it may fall apart. It ends with “Never throw out a book. Never.” Pass it on to others. This hard-backed, glossypaged book, decorated with familiar Native American symbols, looks sturdy and spill-proof. Five stars! To submit a book for review: include contact information and where to order. Mail to: enchantment, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

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Loeffler Farms poultry now sells organic chickens, turkeys, geese, and duck. Loeffler has three hen houses, several brooding areas and a pond, and provides access to pasture for all of the fowl in accordance with her poultry certification requirements from the Animal Welfare Association. Although Loeffler raises her chickens in accordance with organic standards and on organic feed, they are sold as “farm fresh” and “pasture raised” instead of “organic.” Over the years, Loeffler has lost chickens and turkeys to four-footed predators such as cougars and coyotes, and to birds. She says that ravens are not deterred by bird string that works for diving birds and have climbed over fencing to kill chickens. The poultry pasture and hen houses are now protected by additional fencing with electric wire top and bottom, she says. Loeffler drives to areas outside Cibola County to pick up chicks, organic feed, alfalfa, and farm supplies. She often makes her own deliveries to markets in the area. Loeffler says she finds one day very different from another. Loeffler sells at the Ramah Farmers’ Market; she also supplies the El Morro Market, a small natural food store in Ramah, and the Halona Plaza in Zuni. Customers can buy directly from the farm in the mountains or order by phone a day ahead of time and pick up eggs or poultry at Loeffler’s Guns, Etc., 825 West Santa Fe Ave. in Grants. Call Christine at 505-350-5812 to place an order or make arrangements to go to the farm.

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Backyard Trails BY CRAIG SPRINGER Sunflowers: Monuments to the Passing Season September is a transitional month in New Mexico. The chile harvest is in and our freezers are well stocked. The morning light has new quality about it as the kids set off to school. The summer afternoon showers wane, and tail off come first of October. We might get that one last leftover blast of moisture the last week of the month, but it’s never the intensity of the cloud bursts that pour over us in August. Gramma grass and sunflowers will soak up that final bit of moisture. Sunflowers along our rural New Mexico roads are monuments to the passing season. Even the most casual observer will note the progress of the seasons as measured by sunflowers. It’s always a downer this time of year to see their gleaming gold petals trend slowly toward a hue more akin to the corn husks that swaddle a tamale. What a joy it is to watch white, blue or multi-colored butterflies with the most curious of names— swallowtail, fritillary, skipper and checker—to flit about a cluster of sunflowers like winged confetti in a road side ticker-tape parade. Bees big and small land on the brown bulbous round disks that will become autumn seeds. Bees take a more staid and steady approach in gathering nectar to make honey and pollinate the plants. Bees earn dual credit here. They always fly a little bit backwards first, as if to gain a steam to zip off to the next stand of sunflowers. Rural routes are graced by sunflowers, believe it or not, in part by road graders, snow plows and other mechanical actions that disturb the road sides. How often do you see clusters of sunflowers away from the roadside edge? Hardly ever—unless the soil has been scarified in some fashion. It’s not that gravely roadsides make sunflower habitat—its the loosening of the soil that gives germinating seeds a toe-hold.

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Odds & Ends FULL SIZE BUNK BED AND MATTRESS. 2x4, 2x6 Knotty Pine Frame. $400. Call 817-8320608, Alto, New Mexico.

COFFINS, CASKETS & URNS. Individually handcrafted of solid wood. Simple. Natural. Unique. Quality Craftsmanship. www.theoldpinebox. com or 505-286-9410 for FREE funeral information. Proudly serving New Mexico since 2004. ANNUAL RED BARN CRAFT SALE. OCTOBER 6 and 7, 10am-5pm, Cloud Country Estates, Highway 82, Cloudcroft. Weaving, jewelry, wood art, ceramics, quilting and more! Free admission. Complimentary refreshments. Information: Barn HORROR HALL HAUNTED HOUSE SEASON OPENS Friday, October 12. Then every Friday and Saturday in October. 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Halloween night, 6:00pm to midnight. Admission $13. 7710 Highway 54-70, Tularosa. Proud supporter of the Alamogordo Evening Lions. HEADSTONES (I.E. CEMETERY MONUMENTS) IS OUR BUSINESS. Over 1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Call 575770-2507 or email: Website:

Roof Over Your Head TRI-COUNTY REAL ESTATE, PIE TOWN. 40 acres, Criswell Ranch, secluded, $16,000. 160 acres, views, trees, secluded, fenced on 2 sides, $200,000. 40 acres, SH36 Frontage, utilities, $30,000. 12 acres, Rancho Alegres, thick trees, private, $18,000. Call Gregg Fix, Qualifying Broker, 575-838-6018 or go to TORRANCE COUNTY FARM LAND, 160 ACRES including 122 acres of deeded water rights for sale. Located near Old 66 and Lexco Road. Barn with pipe lots, separate barn with lot and hay barn. $900,000. Contact Beth for more information. 505-228-3880.

NOW ONLY $75,000!

10 Beautiful Acres outside of Las Vegas, NM. 10 of the prettiest acres you will ever see! Incredible views to the top of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Private location behind a secure, automated, community gate with the Santa Fe NF approx. 1/2 mile down the road. Water & electric in place with at least two possible building sites. Completely fenced. Cannot be seen from the main road. A VERY private setting! A combination of pines, cottonwoods, cedars, and pastures. Renowned hunting & fishing! Morphy & Storrie Lakes, Gallinas, Tecolote, & Peco’s rivers for incredible trout fishing. Las Vegas, NM is the same area that the “Longmire” series shoots on location with Walt Longmire’s “office” in the downtown square. MANY other movies were filmed here. Home of the “Harvey Girls” Hotel/Railroad line, Plaza Hotel/Ilfield Dept. Store, La Castaneda Hotel, New Mexico Highlands University, Montezuma Castle nearby. Actual property is very close to Patrick Swayze’s 7,000 acre ranch, Hermit’s Peak, & Camp Blue Haven. 60 minutes to Santa Fe. You will not be disappointed! Asking $75,000. Make offer. Call 505-850-5557.

HOME FOR SALE IN LAS CRUCES 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 and EBID irrigation. And 21 Acre Pecan Farm For Sale in Las Cruces area with 2 wells and Elephant Butte irrigation water rights. Possible owner financing on the land. $908,000 for Home and Farm. Call Sam at 575-647-0320. SOCORRO: CHOICE OF 2, 5-6 ACRE irrigated organic farms with homes. Located in city limits with direct access to Rio Grande. Mountain views, all water rights, mature fruit trees. New 30 million dollar levy with miles of trails and parks. Call for pictures or details. $190,000 OBO. Owner, 505-550-3123. FREE MOVE IN-NEW HOME. ALL CLOSING costs paid by seller includes 2018 property tax. Village of Contreras in north Socorro County, 0.75 acres. Fenced, 2 large bedrooms, 2 full baths. Private well, fully carpeted, detached double carport. Refrigerated air, stone fireplace, 2466 sq. under roof (s), 1529 sq. ft. heated area with one year builders warranty. $152,000. Paul, 505-417-1515 IN LOS LUNAS: PORTABLE SCHOOL BUILDING, 28’x34’, in good condition. Only $8,000. You haul. Call John at 505-977-0429.

10 ACRES FOR SALE ON SAN Clemente Addition off of Villa Linda on Highway 6. A beautiful location 6 miles west and 3 miles south of Las Lunas, NM. $50,000. Call 850-532-8144. HILLSBORO HOME FOR SALE BY OWNER or Lease. Beautifully, completely renovated, 3 bedroom 2 bath secluded home. 1,700 square feet, custom cabinets, abundant wildlife, walking distance from downtown Hillsboro on 1.92+ acres. $269,000/$700 month. Owner financing. Call 575-895-5154. WATER DOWSING AND CONSULTING. PROVEN SUCCESS, 42 years experience in Lincoln County. Will travel. Contact Elliot Topper at 575-354-2984 or 575-937-2722. LOOKING FOR WATER? GIFTED TO FIND underground streams. Reputable dowser with 50+ years experience. To God Be Thy Glory! Contact Joe Graves at 575-7583600. In Taos, 75 miles north of Santa Fe. God Bless You! CONCHAS, 141 GREEN PLACE. 3 VACANT lots at 1.02 acres, has new septic system with RV hookups installed February 2018, community water, $37,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

FOR SALE: SMALL FRAME HOUSE IN Magdalena, New Mexico. On lot with small old pond. Two bedrooms and one bath. A Handyman Special. $35,000. Call Donna at Old Westland Realty, 575-517-6170 or call 505-401-4352.

WEST OF CONCHAS/GARITA, 134 PAISANO. 1 bedroom, 1 bath home with 1 bath guesthouse, just over 7 acres, $34,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461.

CONCHAS, 000 BOAT DOCK DRIVE. VACANT land just over 1/2 acre, water access at high mark, $49,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456--2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461.

FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE HILL ROAD. PRICE REDUCED! 2 bedroom, 3 bath log home on just over 60 acres, well, outbuildings, corrals, hunting opportunities, $320,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461.

CONCHAS, 0000 BOAT DOCK DRIVE. VACANT land just over 1/2 acre, water access at high mark, $49,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. CONCHAS, TBD BIG MESA AVENUE. PRICE REDUCED! Improved high level waterfront lot with septic on .83 acres, $80,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. CONCHAS, 107 CAMP CIRCLE. 2 BEDROOM 1 bath mobile home on .68 acres, community water, $39,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461.

MORA/EL CARMEN, TBD COUNTY ROAD A012. 10.5 fenced acres, electricity, beautiful mountain views, $69,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. PECOS, NEW MEXICO. MOBILE HOME PARK. 6.7 acres. 10 Lots, sell for price of the land. Call 505-470-6247 or 505-471-6957. Will negotiate. HOME WITH 5 ACRES. ONLY $95,000! 2201 State Road 1, Socorro, NM. 3 bedroom, 1 bath with updated kitchen and new paint. Room for horse and animals. Contact Sarah Hammack, CB Legacy, 505-865-5500 office, 505-517-0550 cell.



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• New Construction and Remodel for Solar, General Electrical, Water Well and Windmill Systems • Customized Stand Alone Solar Designs for both Water Systems and Electrical Systems • Supply, Test and Service Water Pump Systems • Maintenance and Repair • Water Purification Systems • Parking Lot Lighting nmwatersupplyinc @ gmail . com SAN ANTONIO, NM. ZANJA ROAD. 4.66 acres irrigated farmland in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. Has produced alfalfa and grass hay crops. Utilities nearby. $75,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. SOUTH OF CLOVIS, 4205 SOUTH PRINCE (533 US 70). Commercial potential on former irrigated farm land, corrals, 3 phase power, $300,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY! 208 NEEL AVENUE, SOCORRO, NM. Building with 12 offices located in high traffic area. Two separate entrances allows for two businesses to be run out of the building. $185,000. Contact Sarah Hammack, CB Legacy, 575-517-0550 cell, 505-865-5500 office. THANK YOU FOR ADVERTISING IN enchantment. We appreciate your business. WEST OF DATIL, 458 SOUTHERN TRAIL, Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision home. Outbuildings and well on 5.82 acres, beautiful views, $105,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.




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GRADY, 300 MARSHALL. 3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, two-story home. Corrals, outbuildings, and village water, $59,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. TULAROSA, 509 RIATA ROAD. 4 BEDROOM, 2 bath log home on 70+/- acres with office room and detached garage, 13 acres have pistachio orchard, barn, $640,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. WANTED! FARMS AND RANCHES. LET US list and sell your rural property today. Broker has over 40 years of experience in production agriculture and is a farm owner. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. 320 ACRES: 3 BEDROOM HOUSE, 1 bedroom mobile home, Post Office remodeled house and trailer, several out buildings on property, all included in price. Highway 206 frontage not grazed for 4 years. 4 wells. Call or text, 505-5730661 or 505-450-8428.

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FOR SALE: HI JET MINI TRUCK. Aftermarket tires and aluminum rims, runs but needs engine work, $500. Call 575648-2465 in Carrizozo. If no answer, leave message. 1946 CHEVY 1 TON FLAT-BED WITH the body and cab in remarkable original condition. Last ran in 1987/88. Photographs can be emailed to email addresses only. $3,000 firm. For details call 575-743-0091. 1980, 8 CYL., CHEVY 3500 CREW cab with flat bed. Runs well, tires in good condition. Twin 250 gallon water containers, Briggs & Stratton horizontal shaft powered Berkley pump with hoses. Call 575-473-0091.

Vintage Finds 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.

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 for 2,500+ color photographs and 100+ year history of New Mexico license plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 88052-0001. Email: or telephone 575-382-7804. TELL ADVERTISERS YOU SAW THEIR AD in enchantment! 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. ANTIQUE COOKBOOKS. LATE 1800’S TO EARLY 1950’s. Collection of 10, including: WhiteHouse, Presidential, The Everyday, Popular Norse Recipes, Betty Crockers Picture and Dam Curtsey’s Candy Making. For more information and photos, call 575-517-5287.

Whimsical Winged Creatures Lots of creative and colorful imagination going on this month. Here's a fun topic from a Youth Artist: Crazy Cakes. For October, draw a cake having many colorful layers, a piano cake, a cake that looks like you! It's time to button up, especially since November 16 is Button Day. For November's topic, Buddy Buttons, draw a button face, a tree made out of buttons, a heart made out of buttons, or buttons that have plants, animals or any kooky design. Email your suggestions to

Send Your Drawing by Email: We accept Youth Art drawings by email. Send jpg file and required information by the 9th to:

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.

Alyson Archuleta, Age 8, Dixon

Luke Thompson, Age 10, Portales

Kynlee Davis, Age 9, Lovington

Jaylee Mitchell, Age 4, Vadito

Maggie Ross, Age 12, Sandia Park

Tony Carrasco, Age 4, Bosque Farms

Melody Flores, Age 8, Datil

Mila Carrillo, Age 6, Belen

Abigaile Lynne Vinson, Age 5, Ruidoso



September 2018 enchantment  

Feature Story: Marketing the Market

September 2018 enchantment  

Feature Story: Marketing the Market