2023 SIER September enchantment

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If You Build It

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In five Rick Anaya has built Cuervo Mountain RV Park into an award-winning facility.
The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives

September 1, 2023 • Vol. 75, No. 8 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946

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THE NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION provides legislative and educational services to the cooperatives that are members of the association and 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.


Tim Morrow, president, Springer Electric Co-op, Springer; Charles G. Wagner, vice president, Western Farmers Electric Co-op, Anadarko, Oklahoma; Duane Frost, secretary-treasurer, Central NM Electric Co-op, Mountainair.


Charles Pinson, Central Valley Electric Co-op, Artesia; Chris Martinez, Columbus Electric Co-op, Deming; Keith Gottlieb, Continental Divide Electric Co-op, Grants; Antonio Sanchez, Farmers’ Electric Co-op, Clovis; Manny Bustos, Jemez Mountains Electric, Española; Bobby Ferris, Lea County Electric Co-op, Lovington; James Ortiz, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, Mora; Thomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Co-op, Chama; Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Co-op, Cloudcroft; Gene Creighton, Roosevelt County Electric Co-op, Portales; George Biel, Sierra Electric Co-op, Elephant Butte; Judith Holcomb, Socorro Electric Co-op, Socorro; Joe Reeser, Southwestern Electric Co-op, Clayton; Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado.

September 2023 CONTENTS

 Your Electric Co-op

 Hale to the Stars

 Youth Art

 If You Build It

 Book Chat

 On the Menu

 The Market Place



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One lucky member will win $. Submitting your photo(s) gives us permission to publish or post the photo(s) in enchantment, on Facebook and in other media outlets. Email



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Sierra Electric Cooperative

General Manager

Denise Barrera


610 Highway 195 • P.O. Box 290 Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Telephone 575-744-5231



Fax 575-744-5819

Email sierra@secpower.com

Website www.sierraelectric.org

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F)

Board of Trustees


Darryl Sullivan, Monticello, District 3

Vice President

Raymond Ruffini, Elephant Butte, District 2


Tami Garrett, Las Palomas, District 3


George Biel, Monticello, District 3

Dennis Franklin, Williamsburg, District 1

Judy Smith, Caballo, District 1

Paul Scott, Elephant Butte, District 2

Warren Strong, Elephant Butte, District 2

Ray Hodges, Elephant Butte, District 2

Board Meeting

The board of trustees meets the third Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the cooperative boardroom.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Local Students Visit Washington, D.C, as Part of 2023 Youth Tour

Each year, Sierra Electric Cooperative sponsors the Government-In-Action Youth Tour, a free trip for selected local students to Washington, D.C. This year, Shane Neeley and Sydnee Perkins won SEC’s Youth Tour essay contest to be part of the program.

Delegates from cooperatives across New Mexico traveled with the Youth Tour group and visited numerous monuments and museums, and met with New Mexico state senators and representatives. The group visited several landmarks, including the White House.

Sierra Electric Cooperative is very proud to be able to offer this free trip to Washington, D.C., for our members’ children. Thank you, Shane and Sydnee, for representing Sierra Electric.

Bylaws Updated at Annual Meeting

Sierra Electric Cooperative, Inc proposed to revise and update its restated bylaws for consideration by the members at the Annual Meeting on April 1. The members voted for the change, and the bylaws have been updated. If you would like a copy, please stop by the office or go to our website, sierraelectric.org.

Winter Moratorium Protection

Notice: End of Energy Assistance and Moratorium Protection (LIHEAP). Your service will not be disconnected from November 15, 2023, through March 15, 2024, if you meet LIHEAP qualifications and have no past-due amounts or you remain current on any settlement or installment agreements for amounts due as of November 15, 2023.

To avoid potential disconnection of services please contact Columbus Electric Cooperative, Inc. at 1-800-950-2667 to make arrangements for payment. Members of New Mexico tribes or pueblos who need help with translation or with other matters may contact the commission’s consumer relations division at 888-427-5772, who will contact the appropriate tribal or pueblo official for assistance.

Para informacion en espanol llame 1-800-950-2667.

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Shane Neely, left, and Sydnee Perkins represented SEC at the Government-In-Action Youth Tour.

Power Blinks

Have you ever noticed your lights blinking during a thunderstorm? Or perhaps you have arrived home to discover the clock blinking on your microwave.

When this happens, you likely experienced a brief disruption to your electric service, which could be the result of a power surge or a power blink.

Power surges are brief overvoltage spikes or disturbances of a power waveform that can damage, degrade, or destroy electronic equipment within your home or business. Most electronics are designed to handle small variations in voltage; however, power surges can reach amplitudes of tens of thousands of volts — this can be extremely damaging to your electronic equipment. Surges can be caused by internal sources, like HVAC systems with variable frequency drives, or external sources like lightning or damage to lines or transformers. Sierra Electric encourages all members to install surge protective devices (such as surge protector power strips) to safeguard your sensitive electronics.

If you’reexperiencing frequent surges in your home or business and you believe the cause is internal, contact a qualified electrician to inspect your electrical system.

Power blinks are typically caused by a fault (short circuit) on a power line or a protective device reacting to try and “clear” a fault.

Faults occur for a variety of reasons, including when squirrels, birds, bats, snakes or other small animals contact an energized power line. Other causes include tree branches, weather, vandalism and other things beyond our control such as acts of third parties, animals and acts of God.

Power blinks also occur when protective devices acting like circuit breakers work to detect the fault. These brief interruptions are actually good. They signal the equipment is working as it should to prevent a prolonged outage. If a circuit is unable to clear the fault by the third attempt, an outage occurs.

What can you do to help prevent power blinks?

Do not hang anything on SEC poles. That includes flags, security cameras, animal feeders, bird houses, or anything that attracts animals. Keeping the poles clear is also a good way to help keep line workers safe. n

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Squirrels are the leading critter-caused source of power disruptions nationwide. PHOTO BY CARINA HOFMEISTER BACKGROUND: Lightning is another cause of power interruptions and is a good reason to install devices to protect your electronics. PHOTO BY PAT GAINES
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Heading Toward Venus

After being fixtures in our evening sky for several months earlier this year, our two nearest planets, Venus and Mars, have disappeared into the twilight. Venus is now beginning to make an appearance in our morning sky, whereas Mars remains hidden behind the sun for the next several months.

The evening sky now becomes the province of our solar system’s two largest worlds. Saturn, which was at opposition—directly opposite the sun in the sky—late last month, is well up in our eastern sky as darkness falls and remains visible for almost the entire night. Jupiter, which will be at opposition in early November, rises during the midevening hours and is high overhead an hour or two before the start of dawn.

Venus now rises one to two hours before twilight and does so for the remainder of this year. Mercury also puts in a morning-sky appearance this month, rising around the beginning

of dawn during the third week of September.

While Mars has been getting most of the recent attention as far as spacecraft missions are concerned, the other planets are not being ignored. A joint mission between the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, called BepiColombo, made its third flyby of Mercury in late June, and will make three more flybys of that planet before settling into orbit around it in late 2025.

The only spacecraft currently around Venus is the Japanese Akatsuki mission, which has been in a distant orbit around the planet since late 2015. Two NASA missions, Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging (DAVINCI); and Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy (VERITAS), are currently in development and are expected to launch late this decade or early next decade.

Enchanted Journeys

September 8-10

Pecos Sunflower Festival

Enjoy a variety of sunflower species in Santa Rosa at the 3rd annual Pecos Sunflower Festival.

Events begin Friday, September 8, and run through Sunday, September 10.

For more information, head online and visit www.blueholecienega.com/or find the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ psfbluehole?mibextid=LQQJ4d.

Through October 8

Flamenco by La Emi

Held at the Benitez Cabaret at the Lodge at Santa Fe.

Wednesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m.

Tickets from $25-$55. Visit HHandR.com/entertainment or call 505-660-9122.

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By Alan Hale
The volcanic peak Idunn Mons in the Imdr Regio area of Venus. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA/ JPL-CALTECH/ESA

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Efficient Windows

Q: My windows are old and drafty. What window options should I consider?

A: Upgrading or improving your windows is an important component of your home’s energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and loss through windows consumes 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.

Start by identifying the kind of windows you have. Are they single pane or double pane? Looking closely at the window’s edge, you can see the number of windowpanes. Are the frames metal, wood or vinyl? Some manufacturers etch the make and model numbers in a corner of the glass, so you can look up the manufacturer for more information.

Single-pane windows and double-pane windows with metal frames are the least energy efficient. The lower the efficiency of your existing windows, the higher the energy savings potential. Options for improving your windows range from replacement windows to storm windows to budget-friendly repairs.

Window Efficiency

Several components make windows more efficient. High-quality frame materials insulate and reduce heat transfer. Two or more panes of glass with space in between that is filled with air or gas improve the window’s insulation capability. Warm-edge spacers hold the panes of glass the proper distance apart and help insulate the edges of the panes. Low-emissivity coatings applied to the glass reflect infrared light, keeping the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.

Window efficiency is rated in U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. U-factor measures heat transfer through the window, which relates to how well it insulates. The lower the U-factor, the more efficient the window. The SHGC measures how effectively the window blocks heat from the sun.

Replacement and Maintenance

If you want to replace your existing windows, I recommend shopping for Energy Star-certified windows. Energy Star sets specific U-factor and SHGC requirements based on your geography, so you get the best fit for your location. Replacement windows offer other additional benefits, such as improved operability and aesthetics. As with many industries, the window industry has been affected by price increases the past few years.

Storm windows are a lower-cost solution for some homes. Traditional storm windows are made with clear glass. Lowemissivity storm windows have energy savings similar to replacement windows at about a third of the cost.

These windows are mounted to the interior or exterior and are available in operable styles, so you can still open and close your windows. Look for Energy Star-certified models.

If you want to maintain the historic architecture of your existing windows, low-e storm windows are a great option. Some companies can refit your existing window frames with custom double-pane glass and weatherstripping.

As with any home improvement project, get multiple quotes to compare pricing and scope of work. You may find savings with rebates from your electric utility and state, or state or federal tax credits for window upgrade projects.

If new windows or storm windows are not in the budget, your best bet is to maintain existing windows. Keep the paint and caulking on the exterior in good condition to prevent damage from the elements. Caulk around the inside trim, and ensure sash locks are installed properly and seal tightly when locked. There are a variety of weatherstripping types for windows to keep drafts at bay.

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Windows add to the aesthetic of our homes. Ensure they also add comfort year-round by maintaining or replacing them as needed. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALPEN HIGH PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS This content was originally created by Efficiency Services Group LLC under contract with NRECA. NRECA retains ownership of this content. NRECA does not endorse Efficiency Services Group, its views herein expressed, nor any products or services it offers. Miranda Boutelle has more than 20 years of experience helping people save energy. She has worked on energyefficiency projects from the Midwest to the West Coast. Today, Miranda is chief operating officer at Efficiency Services Group in Oregon, a cooperatively owned energyefficiency company.

youth art

October Topic: October  is Halloween. Draw an elaborately carved pumpkin!

November Topic: Happy Thanksgiving! Draw something or someone you are thankful for.

Send Your Drawing By mail: Youth Editor  Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM

By email: tcondit@nmelectric.coop

Deadline: Submit by the ninth, one month prior to publication.


Winners receive a $ gift card.

Have a Youth Art Topic? Email or mail to the addresses above, or call --.

Imagining Our Future Careers!

Ashton Cooley • Age 11 Central Valley Electric


Otero County Electric Cooperative


Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative


 items to include on the back of your drawing, otherwise YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED: . Name


Mailing Address

Phone Number


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• Age 6 Socorro Electric Cooperative

Emory Schmedes • Age 11 Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative

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Winning Artists!
Lavretsky • Age 8 Lopez • Age 6 Mills Romero • Age 5 Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative
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If You Build It

Cuervo Mountain RV Park wins a national award for medium-sized campgrounds

Sparrows and mourning doves call to each other. A slight breeze brings a scent of pine to the morning air. Startled grasshoppers leap out of the way of footfalls. Shoulders back, standing in the middle of his award-winning and eco-friendly Cuervo Mountain RV Park and Horse Hotel just north of Moriarty, owner Rick Anaya points to a mesa, standing tall and proud in the east.

“That’s Cuervo Mountain,” he says. “My dad’s family ranches there.”

Turning north, he points to the Ella Dora Road sign that leads to his RV campground.

“Ella Dora was my grandmother,” he says. “My mother’s mother. She was so excited to have a road named after her.”

When it was named less than a decade ago, the road was a

dirt trail leading to what would become the RV campground headquarters and Rick’s personal residence. Ella Dora pointed to her namesake each time she rode past.

Five years later—in 2022—Rick was excited to win the “Plan-It Green Friendly Award” for medium-sized campgrounds by the Association of Recreational Vehicle and Campgrounds.

“Very proud of it,” Rick says. “It’s a national award.”

The association’s annual competition evaluates parks that embrace recycling and renewable energy.

Cuervo Mountain RV Park is 3 miles north of Moriarty, 35 miles east of Albuquerque. The award-winning RV park also provides a horse hotel where horses can stay the night.

Rick’s family has lived in New Mexico for 400 years and still owns a couple of ranches in the area. The oldest of six siblings, Rick grew up in Galisteo (just up NM Hwy 41 from Moriarty) and attended school in Santa Fe. In 1980, he graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.

“I grew up building things and doing construction,” he says.

After college, he spent the next couple of decades working and living all over the world, including 20 years in South America

In the past five years, Rick Anaya has built Cuervo Mountain RV Park into an award-winning facility. PHOTOS BY MYKE GROVES

where he learned to speak Spanish and Portuguese.

Missing family and New Mexico, he returned to the state a few years ago and went looking for a business opportunity. Wanting to build something, he found an old hotel for sale in Moriarty and made plans to recondition it. However, just before the purchase was finalized, Rick’s good friend and former Moriarty Chamber of Commerce Chair Debbie Ortiz suggested the need for a nice RV campground off Interstate 40. The bug bit.

He found the appropriate property, spent three years doing paperwork and construction, then officially opened in September 2018.

Today, Cuervo Mountain RV Park offers 54 pull-through sites, each large enough for any size RV with towed boats or trucks. Rick has added water, power and sewer hookups, picnic tables with trees, propane availability, Wi-Fi, a playground area, four 10-by-10-foot tack rooms with locking doors, a tool shed, a dog park for small animals next to the tree farm, and trash dumps. A clubhouse also has laundry facilities and showers. The park provides perimeter lighting, carefully placed so unwanted light doesn’t flood the campsites at night and interfere with sleep.

Rick provides both long- and short-term RV storage for locals and visitors. With short drives to Santa Rosa Lake and Cochiti Lake, he sees a lot of boats come through the park.

The 11.5-acre park features four Airbnb units that are furnished with everything to make a stay complete. Additionally, there are two fully furnished cabins, with a third in the works. Always thinking of the environment, Rick installed 600 solar panels at the park that provide 35,000 kilowatt-hours.

Since opening in September 2018, Rick has planted more than 150 indigenous trees on-site—mostly juniper and pine—and installed a 10,000-gallon rainwater harvesting storage system in order to conserve and protect natural resources. All the trees are watered by drip irrigation. He also has a 300,000-gallon system for fire protection hookup by the local fire department.

“I’m an engineer, and I can build,” Rick says.

He’s never finished working on his campground. He plans to have horseshoe competitions next year at his three horseshoe pits. A barbecue pit complete with pizza oven is finished. He also wants to pave Ella Dora Road to cut down on dust.

A majority of the campground tenants are subcontractors, including some who install wind turbines for the nearby wind farms and others who help establish high-voltage power lines in the area. To date, there are 900 windmills in four New Mexico counties, and the power generated in central New Mexico is sent to Arizona and California.

In his spare time, Rick serves on the board of directors of the Central New Mexico Electric Co-op, the largest in New Mexico with roughly 4,500 miles of line and 14,000 members.

Proud of his Plan-It Green Friendly Award, Rick is considering entering the competition again this year.

“Depends on the paperwork,” he says, smiling.

ABOVE: Cuervo Mountain won an award for its environmental efforts. TOP: Cuervo Mountain has four Airbnb units for non-RV travelers, and the 10,000-gallon rainwater recovery system provides drip irrigation for the trees.

book chat I By B.A. Kelly

The Queen in the Cave Gorgeously illustrated, “The Queen in the Cave” winks at Alice in Wonderland as three sisters slip into an alternate shadow world. They spend the best of the journey barging toward a destination most readers never reach: the uncharted liminal space between childhood and the discovery of all that lies beyond—and within.

Júlia Sardà

Candlewick Studio

Available at Amazon.com

Crook Manifesto: A Novel

It’s 1971 in Harlem. Buckle up for turbulence, gallows humor, rich humanity and a layered look at a time and place foreign to most people. Don’t worry, you’re in the capable hands of Colson Whitehead, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author of “Harlem Shuffle and “Underground Railroad.”

Colson Whitehead


Available at Amazon.com


In this fiction book, we meet Rachel Samstat, an author late in her 30s deep into her second pregnancy, just as she realizes her husband (a highprofile reporter) is having an affair.

Not at all unlike the very real author Nora Ephron who also arrived pregnant to the discovery of her own famous reporter exhusband Carl Bernstein’s dalliance. The book turns 40 this year and it’s still a wicked—if not scornful—good time.

Nora Ephron

Random House

Available at Amazon.com

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The new cozy mystery from NM author Marty Eberhardt. Stauer, 14101 Southcross Drive W., Ste 155, Dept. DVW243-03, Burnsville, MN 55337 www.stauer.com
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Hey Rail Fans! Join us May 2, 2024 Rocky Mountaineer, Calgary to Vancouver call: 575-756-2675 Loma Theater 107 E. Manzanares Ave. Socorro, NM For Showtimes, call 575-835-8967 or visit www.lomatheater.com


“I’ll be honest. I didn’t know very much about heat pumps, but it came down to that they were economical.” – Kevin Clark

When small business owners Kevin and Emily Clark set out to restore an old campground in their community, they were able to rely on their local electric cooperative for support. As they restored aging infrastructure, the Clarks took advantage of $1,800 in rebates available from Tri-State and Big Horn Rural Electric Company to install new energy-efficient heat pump water heaters.

The heat pumps help them save on their monthly electric bill, and keep the cabins on their campground comfortable, all while reducing emissions. Finding win-wins, that’s the cooperative way.

Read the full story at www.tristate.coop/communitieswin

Tri-State is a not-for-profit power supplier to cooperatives and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.


“Rebates are such a great way to give back to our members.”

Because the Clarks’ home and businesses are powered by cooperative lines, they have access to cost-saving incentives when it comes to efficient energy upgrades. Whether it’s updating your outdoor tools to electric or battery operated models or purchasing new kitchen appliances, your co-op may be able to help you save.

To learn more about rebates and incentives for electrification programs, contact your local electric co-op or public power district.

Visit us at www.tristate.coop/electrify-and-save

on the menu

Ready-to-Eat Meals

Autumn is just around the corner, and we are in the thick of reestablishing routines of school schedules, approaching fall ranch work and preparing for cooler weather. Whew! Now is the time to have easy, prepared food at the ready for hungry students and family members.

Four bean salad with white wine vinaigrette is quick to prepare and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or two. It provides a needed punch of protein as well as being a satisfying after-school snack and a dinner companion.

Huevos fritos provides a different texture and perky flavor to the old standard of deviled eggs. Try this tip: When boiling the eggs, sprinkle a dash of baking soda into the water to make peeling the eggs easier.

Our dessert pizzas are a delicious homeschool teaching tool for young chefs using fractions, addition and art composition. Involving children in the prep stages of any meal creates another family moment not to be missed. Hungry but short on time? September recipes to the rescue!

Four Bean Salad with White Wine Vinaigrette

1 15-ounce can each of pinto, kidney, garbanzo and black beans

1 stalk celery, chopped

½ cup onion, chopped

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup white wine vinegar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

Sue Hutchison was born and raised a block from the freeway in Southern California. She had an early start with industrial, largescale cooking before age 20. She's always been both a beach bum and at home in the kitchen, where she enjoys making new creations.

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin

2 teaspoons green chile, chopped

¼ teaspoon pepper

½ cup fresh cilantro

1 avocado, sliced

In a large colander, rinse all beans.

In a large bowl, mix together the beans, celery, onion, bell pepper and green chile.

In a jar with lid, mix oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Shake well until blended.

Drizzle dressing on salad and mix well to incorporate. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with cilantro and avocado.


Huevos Fritos

4 eggs, boiled for 10 minutes

2 cups canola oil, or enough to fill 2 inches in skillet

½ cup flour

1⁄3 cup cornmeal

½ cup plain bread crumbs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

½ avocado, minced

1 teaspoon onion, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Smoked paprika to garnish

Boil the eggs. Once cooled, peel the eggs, slice them horizontally and remove yolks into a small mixing bowl. In a heavy skillet, heat canola oil until shimmering.

While the oil heats, mix flour, cornmeal and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Pour milk in another bowl.

Dip each egg white half in milk and then the flour mixture. Double or triple dip in each if a thicker breading is desired.

Fry each egg white until golden on each side. Remove to a serving plate.

Mix egg yolks, red pepper flakes, mayonnaise, mustard, avocado, onion, and salt and pepper together until well incorporated.

Scoop a portion of egg yolk mixture into the center of the fried egg whites. Garnish with paprika. Best served warm.

English Muffin Dessert Pizzas

Berries and additional fruit of choice: kiwi, peaches, etc.

3-4 English muffins, toasted

3 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon extract

1½ cups powdered sugar

3 teaspoons + 2 teaspoons milk

¼ cup sharp white cheddar cheese, grated

Toast English muffins to golden. Set aside to cool. Slice berries and fruit to desired thickness.

In a small mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, lemon extract and 3 teaspoons milk until smooth. Add powdered sugar in ½-cup increments, mixing until smooth.

Spread cream cheese mixture on each muffin half, top with berries and fruit as desired, and sprinkle cheese on each.

Whisk remaining milk into cream cheese mixture to thin. Drizzle remaining cream cheese mixture on dessert pizzas.



NOT ALL WATER TANKS ARE CREATED EQUAL! Are quality, value and longevity important to you? Buy high specific gravity, heavyweight, long warranty, superior black NRCS tanks. Lowest prices only provide minimum standards, lower weights and shorter warranties. Find out more! 575-430-1010.

NEW MEXICO DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, heavy-duty black poly. Fittings customized to your needs. NRCS and EQUIP approved. High specific gravity, heavyweight, long warranty, algae resistant, black NRCS water tanks. Call 800-603-8272 or 575-682-2308.

RABBITS, ALL AGES AND SIZES. For pets, show, meat, fur. Polish, New Zealand, Californians. Cages, feeders, door latches, urine and wire guards. Call Gene at 505906-1291 in Jamestown, New Mexico, at The Bunny Farm. All calls will be answered.

SADDLES AND TACK. EVERYTHING FOR THE HORSE. Western & English tack bought and sold. Rancho Elisa Stables LLC, 500 Route 66 East, Moriarty, NM 87035. Call 505-8325113 or email ranchoelisastablesfr@swcp.com

LET US MARKET YOUR LIVESTOCK. Live auction every Wednesday at 11 am. View online at dvauction.com, country bid or live auction. If you’ve got’em, we’ll sell’em. Call 575-374-2505. fivestateslivestockauction@gmail.com

CHICKENS FOR SALE in Portales, NM, three to four month old black, red and white pullets. Also, bantam chickens. $8. to $10. each. Call Smokey Ball at 575-749-3471.

BEAUTIFUL NIGERIAN ADGA/AGS REGISTERED AND UNREGISTERED GOATS, KIDS AND ADULTS FOR SALE. Photos available upon request. Also, have egg laying chickens for sale. Call Christine at 505-301-9445 for additional information. Visit our website at https://www.kudiravenwooddairygoats.com


SUNSET SADDLES OFFERS CUSTOM LEATHERWORK; ie: saddles, chaps, chinks, holsters, belts, etc. Also saddle and tack repair. Located in La Luz, NM. Call 575-257-8874 or email: sunsetsaddles@yahoo.com


ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS - practicing in Santa Cruz, 25+ years of experience with acupuncture and herbal medicine. I can help improve most medical conditions and most of all with pain, improve movement plus help with mental issues that often accompany physical problems. Provider for: BCBSNM and Presbyterian and working to be a provider for more health plans. Visit my website @ KhalsaAcupuncture.com For questions or to make an appointment, call 505-747-7944 or email - SSSS77@windstream.net

COMPLETE LEATHER WORKROOM WITH THE BUILDING, all machines and material for sale in Socorro, NM. $120,000. Call 954815-3311 for more information.

FOR SALE - REAL ESTATE NOTE. Balance on June 30, 2023, $81,985.81, current. 15 year balance at 6%. P&I $700. a month. Ten acres, highway frontage. Approximate 2,400 sq. ft. metal shop/barn, 500 sq. ft. horse shed/ tack, 400 sq. ft. I bd-not finished, 16’ x 78’ 3-bedroom, 2-bath mobile home. Private well, outside Portales, NM. Call 575-478-2412 for more information.


GREAT OFFER ON SOLAR SUBMERSIBLE SHALLOW/DEEP WELL PUMPS! NRCS approved with two-year warranty on selected pumps with affordable, easy installation! For a custom quote, call 505-429-3093 or email us at solarwellpumpsonline@gmail.com, 24/7 service. Order online at our website: www.solarwellpumpsonline.com

DRINKING WATER STORAGE TANKS, heavy-duty black poly, proven algae resistant. 125 to 11,000 gallons, NRCS and EQUIP approved. Please give us a chance to serve you! MasterCard or Visa accepted. Call 575682-2308 or 1-800-603-8272.

FISHING TACKLE WANTED: “Antique” lures, reels, rods, tackle boxes. Pre-1950, please. Collector paying highest prices for “Grandpaw’s” tackle box. Lures $50 to $5,000 each. Reels $100 to $7,500 each. Send photos to: tacklechaser@aol.com or call Rick at 575-354-0365.

OVERHEAD FEED BINS. 1 to 4 compartment, 12 to 48 tons. Any size free standing cattle guards, no footing needed. Dealer for T & S Feeders. Emery Welding, Clayton, New Mexico. Call 575-374-2320 or 575-207-7402. Email: eweld98@yahoo.com

EQUIPMENT - COLLECTOR’S ITEM, 1941 Model M John Deere tractor, stored in barn for over 25 years, no title, no attachments, in Raton, NM. Call 575-445-3033 for more information.

FOR SALE - NEW PRIEFERT 60’ ROUND PEN WITH 6’ SWING GATE. My cost was $3,400., discount $500., net price $2.900. Transportation not included in price. Call or text 605-641-5163 for more information.

FOR SALE - Horse harness; Pearson headgate for branding cattle; pull type road grader, $2,000.; John Deere 940 land plane, $2,800.; wood burning porcelain stove, $1,500.; John Deere small bale hay grinder, $1,400.; 8” water pump PTO driven from stream or river, $1,800.; John Deere 9’ dozer blade, $1,500.; two John Deere turnover plows. Plus many more items, just ask. Call 505-546-2177 for more information.

Great Finds

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.

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 575-760-3341 or 575-356-6919.

WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATES 1912-1970. Paying $100$500 each. Also buying some NM car plates 1900-1923. Visit NMplates.com for history and 5,000 photographs of NM plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 88052-0001. Email: Bill@NMplates.com or telephone 575-382-7804.

FISHING TACKLE WANTED: “Antique” lures, reels, rods, tackle boxes. Pre-1950, please. Collector paying highest prices for “Grandpaw’s” tackle box. Lures $50 to $5,000 each. Reels $100 to $7,500 each. Send photos to: tacklechaser@aol.com or call Rick at 575-354-0365.

JOB OPENING FOR FOOD SAFETY ASSISTANT at a produce processing company in Deming, NM. Applicant will assist the Food Safety Manager with the day-to-day requirements of the Food Safety Department of a mid-size produce packaging company. Will work in the production room verifying quality control, monitoring that food safety procedures and documentation are being followed and assisting with compliance of HACCP, GMP and SQF. Must have knowledge of basic computer tasks and use of MS Office and must be familiar with HACCP, GMP’s and food regulations. Apply at jerriakers@btkproduce.com

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HEADSTONES (I.E. CEMETERY MONUMENTS) is our business. Over 1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Call 575-7702507 or Email: taos_mt_heritage@msn.com Website: www.taosmountainheritage.com

OLD SCHOOL SIGN PAINTER, hand lettered signage, windows, walls, vehicles, wood, metal or plastic. For more information, call A. Sanchez at 505-498-7743.

FREE COMPOSTED HORSE MANURE! I can load it in open pickups and trailers, also FREE. Ten miles north of Las Vegas, NM off Highway 518. Call Leslie at 505-690-8987 for more information.

HEIGHTS FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE CRAFT SHOW! November 18, 2023 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Located at 8401 Paseo Del Norte, NE, Albuquerque, NM. 8ft. x 8ft. spaces available, $40. your table or $45. church table. Contact Kelly for application - Email: kydcrafter@yahoo.com or text 505-239-7377.

PHILCO RADIO, MODEL #39-55, it works! Call 575-421-2538 or 505-617-6074 for more information.

JOB OPENING FOR ASSISTANT FARM SUPERVISOR at a ranch operation in Deming, NM. Applicant will assist managers in overseeing farm operations. Will work with farm manager in developing and executing plans, managing staff, setting goals and guidelines, establishing timelines and delegating responsibilities among employees. Will perform various maintenance tasks and maintain farm records. Will manage daily crop farming operations; oversee aspects of farming including maintaining equipment and training employees. Will seed, plant, cultivate and harvest vegetable crops for farm. Must have experience with heavy farm equipment and machinery. Send applications to jerriakers@btkproduce.com

WOOL YARNS FROM LOCAL SPINNING MILL. Two ply, approximately 700ypp. Gray, five cones, 12 lbs., 8,600 yards.; Natural, three cones, 3+ lbs., 2,600 yards; Dark Brown, two cones, two lbs., 1,600 yards; Dark Blue, 14 skeins, three lbs., 2,100 yards. $375. Call Allen at 505-310-1152 for more information.

THE MCKINLEY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR SUPERVISORS TO SERVE ON THE BOARD. If you are someone who wants to serve the land and people of the MSWCD to enhance the health and productivity of the land by coordinating and implementing measures to obtain maximum on-the-ground benefits, this may be a good fit for you. MSWCD acts as a go-between with local landowners/producers/gardeners/ranchers/homesteaders/ agriculturists and government agencies. You must be a resident landowner (within the District boundaries) to serve in this volunteer position. If interested or for more information, contact Dudley at 505-870-2535 or Gerald at 505-314-4068.


ANTIQUES INVITE YOU TO SEE WHAT’S NEW SINCE YOUR LAST VISIT - Hundreds of books, new and used; coins from a dealer who has been collecting for decades; Fred Harvey; Native American jewelry, art, pottery and rugs; dozens of Lionel trains and railroad souvenirs; colorful kitchenware, cast iron, trivets, tablecloths and aprons; bells, beads, buttons, game pieces and soft goods for people who sew and craft; furniture, mirrors, lamps for your cabin or ranch; Fiesta, oilcloth, boots, hats, bags and old tools. We are always on the hunt for unusual Primitive, farmhouse or industrial pieces with a story. Open everyday. Across from the Castañeda, a Fred Harvey hotel at 501 Railroad and East Lincoln in Las Vegas, NM. 505-454-8063.

Real Estate

CONCHAS, 0000 1 AND 0000 2 RIDGE DRIVE (0000 2 RIDGE DRIVE, SOLD). Two tracts with two lots per each property (lots are 100 x 100 or .23 acre). Each tract has a permitted septic that has never been used. Electricity and co-op water nearby. $35,000. per tract. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

DATIL, 0000 2 HERRINGTON CANYON ROAD, 40 acres vacant land, $24,000. 0000 3 HERRINGTON CANYON ROAD, $24,000. Hiking, hunting and off grid living potential. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

PIE TOWN, SOUTH OF WILD HORSE SUBDIVISION, 0000 1 GOAT RANCH ROAD, 20 acres, $12,000. and 0000 2 GOAT RANCH ROAD, 40 acres, $24,000. Vacant land with hiking, hunting and off grid living potential. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CANADIAN RIVER - WEST OF UTE LAKE, EAST OF QUAY ROAD Al, six 40 acre (more or less) parcels available (LOT 9J, SOLD) with lake and mesalands views. One of the lots is west of Quay Road Al fronting Ute Lake. Call for appointment to show and pricing. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

DATIL, COYOTE TRAIL, BLUEBIRD ROAD AND SUGARLOAF TRAIL, SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN SUBDIVISION. (SOLD, Lots 241, 268, 269, 273, 270). Choice of three remaining lots just over five acres each. $14,500. per lot. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

TUCUMCARI, 1120 S. SARATOGA, just over one acre along US 54 (Mountain Road). $20,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

SANTA ROSA, 0000 WILL ROGERS DRIVE, 26 acres close to I-40 and old Route 66. Commercial potential. $399,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


DATIL, 0000 CRISWELL ROAD, FOREST ROAD 6A (East of Criswell Road, 40 acres) $24,000. and 0000 RED FEATHER TANK ROAD, SALE PENDING (off Criswell Road, property east of Red Feather Tank Road, 41.20 acres) $25,800. Vacant land with hunting, hiking and off grid living potential. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


SAN MARCIAL/SAN ANTONIO, 27 WINCHESTER ROAD, LOTS 27 AND 27A, WILLOW SPRINGS RANCH SUBDIVISION, 702.8 acres in the foothills of the Chupadera Mountains with beautiful Southwestern style home, well, electricity. Close to I-25. $1,249,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. www.bigmesarealty.com

SUMNER LAKE, 225 INDIAN PLACE, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on 20 acres with view of Pecos River Valley. Custom built. $325,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

DATIL, 31 OLD HIGHWAY 60, 2-bedroom, 1-bath home on 1/2 acre. Potential for rental/ hunting cabin. $47,800. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

MILAGRO, 0000 PECOS SPUR, PORTRILLO CREEK RANCH SUBDIVISION, 164 acres. Wide open space for livestock and/or home site. Close to I-40. $84,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

SANTA ROSA, 1070 BAR Y ROAD, HOLLYWOOD RANCH SUBDIVISION, PRICE REDUCED! Three parcels (18, 19, 20) totaling just over 41 acres. Perimeter fencing and road. Water and electricity, $125,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CONCHAS, 631 CONCHAS DRIVE, PRICE REDUCED! 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with detached garage and 30 x 40 boat storage. All electric. $189,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

OLD RAMAH POST OFFICE FOR SALE OR RENT. Heart of Indian country. Main street location. Beams, plank floors and wrap around old style portal. On demand hot water heater, gas heat. Well and city water. Used as a trading post, real estate office, food market. Perfect for art gallery or coffee shop. Insulated shipping container on included adjacent lot. $195,000. or make offer. Call 505-470-0450 for more information.

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THINKING OF BUYING OR SELLING IN DEMING? Call Heather Wood at Lamplight Realty, LLC 575-936-4100 or cell 575-494-6331, e-mail heather@lamplightrealty.com or visit the website at www.lamplightrealty.com

GLADSTONE, 4386 SPRINGER HIGHWAY (US 56-412), 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 36 x 45 barn and two open livestock sheds/ lean-tos. Two wells (one is solar). $270,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

SAN ANTONIO, 1496 STATE ROAD 1, SOLD! 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with detached garage on just over 12 irrigated acres (New Survey), well and community water. $305,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com


TUCUMCARI, 10445 STATE ROAD 104, 10.53 acres (total of two tracts) one with septic and well. Close to electricity and community water. $75,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

NEWKIRK, 0000 OLD CABIN ROAD, TRACT 9, BULL CANYON RANCHES DEVELOPMENT, 140 acres with scenic views of the Llano Estacado escarpment and surrounding mesalands. $127,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CUERVO, 0000 1 AND 2 MESITA PASS ROAD, MESITA RANCH SUBDIVISION, Tract 9 (143.36 acres, $64,500.) and Tract 10 (140.02 acres, $63,000.). Opportunity for homesite, horses, cattle. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. www.bigmesarealty.com

CURRY, ROOSEVELT, QUAY, HARDING, UNION, LEA AND CHAVES COUNTIES. Seeking working farm and ranch listings. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

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CLOVIS, 809 S. PRINCE, 4.98 acres along US 70 south of Brady Street. Commercial potential. $150,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. www.bigmesarealty.com

WATER DOWSING AND CONSULTING, PROVEN SUCCESS! 47 years of experience in Lincoln County. Will travel. Call Elliot Topper at 575-937-2722 for more information.

MOUNTAINAIR, 0000 CLIFFORD TRAIL ROAD (CR BO22), 132 acres, fenced, view of Manzano Mountains. $105,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

TUCUMCARI, 0000 QUAY ROAD, 63.4, two one acre lots sold together, $12,500. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

TEXICO, 2436 STATE ROAD 108, 7.2 acres with two story home and three car detached garage. Carpet and flooring upgrades. $210,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www.bigmesarealty.com

HISTORIC HOME/BUSINESS IN LINCOLN, NM, 5-bedroom, 2-bath home totally renovated, 3,450 sq. ft. Prior to Covid was operated as a small restaurant, gift shop and B&B. Turnkey operation. 2.56 acres with water rights. Contact Lincoln County Realty at 575-8080607 for more information.

FOR SALE OR RENT - 1993 17’ x 80’ MOBILE HOME, 3-bedroom, 2-bath with 14’ x 22’ addition on 1/2 acre wooded lot. Fenced and new septic system. Come enjoy the cool mountains, minutes from Bluewater Lake and Cibola National Forest. Asking $105,000. or best offer. Rent - $850. per month. Call 505-980-7312 for more information.

DEMING, WEST OF ROCKHOUND STATE PARK - TWO, 32’ FIFTH WHEEL RV’s ON FIVE ACRES. Plus, 10’ x 40’ container storage. All utilities, beautiful Florida mountain views. $68,000. Contact okelley.ruth@gmail.com


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ONE OF A KIND!!! This manufactured home has a great spacious floor plan, on 1.6 acres with many very large shade trees, a shop and is fenced for your pets or animals. Tape and texture walls and decorative cabinet accents in the entry and hallway set this home apart. City water and natural gas connected, septic tank. There is also a solid fiberglass green house!! Located at 101 Salado Road in Capitan, NM. Call Rye for your showing at 575-430-0777 or the office at 575-258-8656.



FOR SALE - 2005 60 MOD 60’ x 12’ DESIGNER MOBILE OFFICE. Call 505-2492443 for more information.

LABOR DAY GARAGE SALE - 401 Sunfish Drive, Logan, NM. Automotive equipmentengines, transmission equipment, parts, 1964 Riviera, 1966 Olds Delta convertible, 1982 Olds Cutlass, 1998 Chevy 2500 4 x 4, 1977 Olds Delta 88, Indy Pace Car aluminum front wrap. Call 719-289-1151 anytime for more information.

2003 CADILLAC DEVILLE, metallic white with saddle tan leather interior. Brand new tires. Very nice shape - well taken care of. $3,000. Call 520-444-7515 for more information.

BMW CLASSIC DUAL MOTORCYCLE, ON-ROAD/OFF-ROAD, 1000CC, can handle country roads or city streets. 1992 R100GS (”Bumble Bee” model), well-maintained, 45-55 mpg. All-day comfort, low-tech maintenance, serious durability. Like-new saddle seats, luggage rack, dual Givi Italian locking hardside bags, special motolights and installed hand warmers. Photos upon request. Retiring from riding. $6,700. Call 505-401-8106 for more information.

FOR SALE - 1970 EL CAMINO, mostly restored. Many new mechanical and electrical parts. New tires. Runs and drives good. Needs paint and minor repairs. Many used parts available. Call 575-531-2797 for more information.




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Occasionally, severe weather can cause power disruptions. When outages occur, our lineworkers get to work! They restore power as quickly and safety as possible. Help the lineworker reach the transformer to fix the power outage.


Create peace of mind with an actionable plan Prioritize Emergency

Be prepared. These two words of advice can make all the difference when facing severe weather and natural disasters. While some severe weather events are seasonal, unpredictable conditions can cause natural disasters to strike any time of year. There is no better time than today to start planning for the next emergency in your community.

During National Preparedness Month, take steps to prepare for what Mother Nature has in store by creating an emergency plan.

Emergency plans should account for multiple emergency scenarios. The plan should be developed, discussed and shared with all members of your household.

Take these steps to prepare your emergency plan: Communicate. Because your family or roommates may not be together when a disaster strikes, make sure everyone knows how to contact one another and where to reconnect.

Discuss the types of disasters that are possible in your area and the different precautions for each. For example, wildfires have different evacuation levels, from 1 to 3. Hurricanes are defined by severity categories. Make sure everyone knows recommendations for sheltering in place and evacuation based on the severity of the natural disaster or storm.

Talk about how your family would respond to different types of emergencies. Document the plan and share it with each person in the household. Ready.gov offers an easy family emergency communication plan that can be filled out and exported into a shareable PDF.

Expand your emergency plan to include neighbors. Talk about emergency resources or tasks you may be able to share, how to help neighbors who have disabilities or are elderly and how you will communicate with them during a disaster.

Build an emergency kit. A crucial part of creating an emergency plan is building an emergency kit. Emergency kits consist of basic

items your household may need in the event of a shelter-in-place or evacuation emergency. See a list of kit items on page 7.

While building your kit, consider the unique needs of each member of your household, such as medication, dietary restrictions, pet supplies and necessities for specific ages. Depending on the size of the household, an emergency kit may be one waterproof container or multiple bins.

If buying extra supplies for an emergency is not in the budget, start with what you already have at home. Collect items in one area to create a new storage spot. Use this nonperishable storage as an extension of your food pantry. Take and replace items after grocery shopping to avoid food waste, and keep the emergency kit stocked at all times. Consider adding additional, non-food items to your kit on a weekly or monthly basis, as finances allow. For emergency kit tasks listed in manageable weekly or monthly steps, search online for a disaster supplies and preparedness calendar.

Ensure the emergency kit is stored in a dry place that is easily accessible for shelter-in-place and evacuation emergencies, such as a garage or closet near the front door. If you leave home for work, make an emergency kit to keep in your vehicle or at your office. Keep in mind, sheltering in place may mean staying at work or a public place if you cannot safely return home.

Sign up for alerts. Finding up-to-date information during an emergency can be stressful. Set up access to emergency alerts beforehand to receive up-to-date information.

Check in with city or county offices of emergency management to sign up for emergency alerts. Signing up for these notifications allows emergency response agencies to text, call or email when a local emergency may require you to shelter in place or evacuate. Local emergency management may also have recommendations for additional alerts and online resources for the most common natural disasters in your area.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile app offers alerts and resources before, during and after a disaster. Get severe


Emergency Preparedness

weather alerts for your area, find local evacuation shelters and disaster recovery centers, save custom emergency information, and receive safety and preparedness reminders. The app is available in English and Spanish. Download for free in the Google and Apple App stores on your smartphone.

Prepare for evacuation. While it may seem unthinkable to have to leave home during severe weather, many kinds of disasters can lead to evacuation. Sometimes there is a day or two to prepare. Other times, a life-threatening situation leads to immediate departure from home.

Prepare evacuation plans by identifying several places to go in an emergency, such as a friend’s house, nearby town or motel. Ask local emergency management about available shelter spaces, and include those options in your plans.

Choose a variety of locations in different directions. Some of your top choices may be affected by a storm or disaster. For pets and livestock, identify places where they can be

temporarily housed. For small pets, check hotel and shelter policies or ask friends about options at their homes. For large animals, check with local fairgrounds for shelter policies during emergencies, and research additional livestock evacuation locations.

In case of immediate evacuation or shelter-in-place orders when away from home, make sure pets and livestock are microchipped or tagged to expedite reunification efforts post-disaster.

During storm season, keep your vehicle’s gas tank as full as possible. Along with aiding in evacuation to a safer area, vehicles can be used as temporary shelters.

No one wants to deal with the stress and fear of a natural disaster. Yet having a plan for you and your family is the difference between a life-threatening situation and safely weathering the storm. Information for this article was sourced from the United States Department of Homeland Security. Visit ready.gov for free emergencyplanning resources.

Emergency Kit Checklist

An emergency kit is a collection of food, water and supplies that can sustain you and your family for multiple days. When building a kit, choose a waterproof container with a secure lid, such as a storage bin. An emergency kit could be one bin or several, depending on the number of people in your household.

This list is broken into basic items to start a kit and additional recommendations provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

At a minimum, your emergency kit should include the following items:

• Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day for several days).

• Nonperishable food.

• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association weather radio with tone alert.

• Flashlight.

• First-aid kit.

• Extra batteries

• Whistle to signal for help.

• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air.

• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place.

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

• Manual can opener.

• Local maps.

• Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery.


• Pet food and water.

• Proper identification.

• A carrier or portable kennel.

• Collar and leash.

• Food and water bowls.

For additional recommended items to add to an emergency kit, visit ready.gov/kit.




Electricity is produced at a generation facility either by renewable or non-renewable energy sources.

Distributed Generation

Distributed generation systems like rooftop solar panels produce electricity when their energy source is available, such as when the sun shines. When the energy source is unavailable, the home or business receives electricity from the grid. If the system produces more electricity than needed, the excess power is sent back to the grid.


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After the electricity is generated, it travels through high-voltage transmission power lines to electric substations, where the voltage is lowered.

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Few things are better than hot water, whether for dishwashing, showering or laundry. While it’s a convenience, water heating can often account for up to 18% of your household energy costs. That’s why we provide easy ways to keep energy dollars from going down the drain. These tips also can help extend your water heater’s life and prevent scalding accidents.

Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting your water heater temperature too high can waste $36 to $61 a year in standby heat. The magic 120 F number also helps reduce mineral buildup in tanks and pipes. This temperature is safer for your family, too, preventing scalding or burning accidents. Unscrew the plate covering the thermostat to adjust the setting manually or, on newer water heater models, push buttons on the digital readout to adjust.

Opt for short showers. Hot water is money. Every drop you don’t use is money saved. Shorter showers mean less work for your water heater and more hot water for the next person.

Wash clothes with cold water. Using cold water can cut a load’s energy use by more than half. Still concerned about washing on the cold setting? Newer detergents contain enzymes that work just as well in cold water. Cold water is gentler on your clothes and helps protect them from fading, bleeding and shrinking.

Give your water heater a vacation when you take one. Turn off your water heater when no one is home for an extended time, such as during a vacation. Flip the switch in the

breaker box. This gives your unit and your hot water costs a break. Newer models may offer vacation mode on the digital panel. Tap into savings with faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads. Achieve water savings of 25% to 60% by installing low-flow fixtures. Insulate your hot water pipes. This easy improvement can help save water heating costs and raise water temperature by 2 to 4 degrees. You won’t be waiting as long for hot water when you turn on the faucet, either. Buy a high-efficiency water heater for long-term savings. Select one that is Energy Star-rated to get the lowest operating cost. Some models can save around $330 a year in energy costs for a household of four. Reducing energy use makes your home more energy efficient and saves you money.


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Enchantment magazine tells the stories of the people, places and heritage that make New Mexico unique. A publication of the not-for-profit New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NMRECA) and its members, enchantment is distributed monthly to more than 113,000 homes and businesses covering about 80% of the state’s landmass. Independent reader research estimates monthly readership of more than 339,000. The enchantment digital edition extends its reach of the magazine.

In addition to our award-winning general interest storytelling and news from readers’ member-owned utilities, each edition of enchantment contains popular features on energy efficiency, cooking, stargazing, books and youth art.

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