SOCO March 2021 enchantment

Page 1

enchantment The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives


A Breath of Fresh Air You can still hear locomotive whistles in and around Mountainair as BNSF trains haul railcars up Abo Pass. PHOTO BY JOE MCMILLAN

Page 14

Easy Home Refresh New Opportunities at NMSU Rockin’ Youth Art


Facts about the Covid-19 Vaccination Can the Covid-19 Vaccine make me sick with Covid-19? No. None of the authorized & recommended vaccines contain the live virus. What if I already tested positive with the Covid-19 Virus, do I still need to get vaccinated? Yes. There are severe health risks and re-infection of Covid-19 is possible. Will the Covid-19 Vaccine protect me from getting the Covid-19 Virus? Yes. The Covid-19 Vaccine teaches your immune system to recognize and fight the virus and protects you from the Covid-19 Virus.


Register at




 We Are enchantment  View From enchantment  Hale to the Stars  Easy Home Refresh  Energy Sense  Book Chat


 A Breath of Fresh Air

 Your Electric Co-op  Make Money Selling Clothes  On the Menu  Monitoring the Line  NMSU Business Education  The Market Place



 Youth Art


MARCH 2021



We live in the Land of Enchantment… We are

Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month

Don’t keep your refrigerator too cold. The Department of Energy recommends a temperature setting of  to  F for the fresh food compartment and zero degrees for the freezer. Make sure the refrigerator doors are sealed airtight to maximize efficiency and save on energy costs.

enchantment monthly photo winner

Take a photo of you holding YOUR MAGAZINE AND WIN!

Congratulations to… Co-op member Jennifer Junker, photographed here reading the July 2020 enchantment. “This photo was taken July 4 at our lot in Timberlake Ranch. I'm enjoying reading the article about the spirit of the Fourth of July in enchantment.” Jennifer is a member of Continental Divide Electric Cooperative.

Jennifer wins $20!


M A R C H 2 021

How to contact enchantment Phone 505-982-4671

Email Facebook Mail 614 Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Community Events Display Ads Book Chat Inquiries


March 1, 2021 • Vol. 73, No. 03 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 88,000

enchantment (ISSN -) is published monthly by the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association,  Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM . enchantment provides reliable, helpful information on rural living and energy use to electric cooperative members and customers. More than , families and businesses receive enchantment magazine as electric cooperative members. Nonmember subscriptions are available at $ per year or $ for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for delivery. PERIODICAL POSTAGE paid at Santa Fe, NM - and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Postmaster please send address changes to  Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM -. 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.

Take a photo of you or someone with the magazine and email it with a few words about the photo. Include your name, mailing address and co-op name.


One lucky member will win $20. Submitting your photo(s) gives us permission to publish the photo(s) in enchantment, Facebook and other media outlets.

Chris Martinez, Columbus Electric Co-op, Deming; Keith Gottlieb, Continental Divide Electric Co-op, Grants; Lance R. Adkins, Farmers’ Electric Co-op, Clovis; Robert Caudle, Lea County Electric Co-op, Lovington; James Ortiz, alternate, Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative; Thomas G. Rivas, Northern Río Arriba Electric Co-op, Chama; Preston Stone, Otero County Electric Co-op, Cloudcroft; Antonio Sanchez, Jr., Roosevelt County Electric Co-op, Portales; George Biel, Sierra Electric Co-op, Elephant Butte; Donald L. Wolberg, Socorro Electric Co-op, Socorro; Travis Sullivan, Southwestern Electric Co-op, Clayton; Wayne Connell, Tri-State G&T Association, Westminster, Colorado; Charles G. Wagner, Western Farmers Electric Co-op, Oklahoma

Email to:

Charles Pinson, president, Central Valley Electric Co-op, Artesia; Tim Morrow, vice president, Springer Electric Co-op, Springer; Duane Frost, secretary-treasurer, Central NM Electric Co-op, Mountainair BOARD OF DIRECTORS


 Don Gaspar Ave. Phone: -- Santa Fe, NM  Fax: -- Keven J. Groenewold, CEO, Tom Condit, director of communications, DISPLAY ADVERTISING: Rates available upon request. Co-op members and New Mexico display advertisers, email Shaylyn

at or call --. National representative: American MainStreet Publications, --. 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. ©  New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association Inc. in partnership with Pioneer Utility Resources. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

view from enchantment I By Keven J. Groenewold, CEO New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Zooming the Virtual Legislature


year ago, many people had never heard of Zoom. Today, it is part of our everyday conversations. Zoom and similar platforms are used for remote learning, meeting with friends and relatives, and interacting with the Legislature. The Zoom world brings with it many challenges and opportunities. The results are mixed, depending on whom you ask. Testimony on bills has been limited to 60- to 90-second sound bites in some cases, which is difficult when testifying on a complex bill. Another issue is broadband connectivity. The digital divide between rural and urban areas again is clearly under the microscope. When the system works properly, virtual testimony can save hours of travel time to and from remote parts of New Mexico. When the Zoom network hiccups or gets overloaded, many people are left without a voice. This legislative session has focused a spotlight on the growing rural–urban divide. Some rural lawmakers believe there are legislative initiatives that run contrary to our rural way of life. It is during times like this that we need to have our rural voices heard. Here in New Mexico, your electric co-op is looking out for you, making sure you have affordable, reliable and safe electricity. State or federal laws and regulations sometimes threaten this, so we lobby hard on your behalf. But without your support, our ideas often don’t reach the right ears. No matter how loudly we speak out on how legislation or an agency rule may impact electric bills, our voice dims in comparison to one of the most untapped resources in our community: YOU. We are a statewide association,

en c h a n tm en

and you are a voter. We work hard on your behalf, but your support helps ideas take root and survive. This changes when the visit with a legislator includes a constituent from home. Legislators are always eager to catch up on the latest local happenings. They are interested where you stand on the issues. At these meetings, there is always much more time for discussion. The bottom line is, you matter! Whether it is through an email, Zoom call or a quick cup of coffee at your local diner, your elected officials are ready to listen. After watching this for 25 years now, I can say they truly care about what you have to say. So, are you ready to help your electric co-ops build a deeper grassroots base? Contact your local co-op trustee or employee, or visit your co-op’s website. They can show you ways to sign up to make your voice heard to keep your electric bill affordable. Here at the statewide association—and at our 16 cooperative members across the state—we are committed to powering your community and empowering you to improve your quality of life. We work closely with political leaders and want to arm you with the tools necessary to help us plant deeper grassroots. Follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay informed on the issues. We posted a link on our Facebook page that enables you to contact your legislators directly if you choose to do so. Social media is going to be one of the primary channels we use to communicate with legislators this year and in the future. We are all playing the hand we have been dealt, the best we can. We can all make a difference when we work together. Stay safe out there.

MARCH 2021


hale to the stars I By Alan Hale

The asteroid Vesta, as imaged by the Dawn spacecraft July 24, 2011. The large protuberance at the bottom is the central peak of the crater Rheasilvia, which resulted from a large impact approximately one billion years ago, and which in turn has led to several meteorites that have landed on Earth. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA

The Return of Celestial Activity


M A R C H 2 021



miles from Earth during the first week of the month. It will travel through the constellation Hydra, south of Leo, and possibly be bright enough to detect with large backyard telescopes. On April 13, 2029, Apophis will pass by much closer, to within the orbital distance of geosynchronous satellites. This is the closest predicted approach to Earth by an already-known asteroid for the next couple of centuries.


in our nighttime skies this month. Vesta, the brightest and second-largest of the asteroids in the main asteroid belt, is at opposition—directly opposite the sun in the sky—in early March and, for now, is traveling through the hindquarters of the constellation Leo, the lion. Around this time, Vesta will be bright enough to be easily detectable with a pair of binoculars, and even with the unaided eye from dark rural sites. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbited Vesta between mid-2011 and mid-2012. Its images of Vesta revealed it contains some large craters indicative of major impacts within the distant past. These impacts created smaller asteroids that experienced their own impacts over time that produced additional even smaller asteroids. Some of these eventually found their way to Earth. Several hundred meteorites have been found to have a chemical composition almost identical to that of Vesta, and are believed to have originated there. A much smaller asteroid will likely make news during March. The tiny asteroid Apophis—a few hundred meters across—will pass 17 million



he slowdown of planetary activity in our nighttime skies that has been in effect since early this year starts to pick up a bit during March, although most of the activity this month takes place in the morning sky before and during dawn. The one bright planet that remains visible in the evening sky is Mars, which is high up in the western sky after dusk and sets around midnight. Mars continues to fade and gradually sink lower in our western sky following its relatively close approach to Earth last fall, but will remain accessible until after midyear. In early March, it will pass close to the Pleaides star cluster in Taurus. In our morning sky, the two giant worlds Jupiter and Saturn rise in the east shortly before dawn. Following their “Great Conjunction” in December, Saturn now precedes Jupiter by about half an hour—in contrast to their order a year ago. Meanwhile, during early March, Mercury is also visible in the dawn sky. On Friday morning, March 5, it has a close conjunction with Jupiter. Another “planet” of sorts is also visible


Plant Faster, Easier With NEW SUPER PLUGS!


Pre-cut plugs are 10x bigger!

OR... Plant Your Way With FREESTYLE PLUGS!

Stays lush and green in summer

Cut any size plugs from sheets!

7 Ways Our Amazoy Zoysia Lawn TM

Saves You Time, Work and Money!


Zoysia Farm



Improving America’s Lawns Since 1953

ZoysiaFarm NM Enchantment halfpg March2021 Dept5688.indd 1

NOW 3 WAYS TO START YOUR AMAZOY ZOYSIA LAWN! 1) New Super Plugs come in handy trays, pre-cut as individual 3"x3" plugs ready to plant. Enough for 60 sq. ft. from $24.95 + shipping. 2) Freestyle Plugs come in uncut sheets with up to 150 - 1" plugs. Or for less cutting and planting, make each plug bigger and plant them farther apart – your choice. Enough for 300 sq. ft. from $29.95 + shipping. 3) Amazoy-Approved Seed – As the Zoysia Experts for 60+ years, we finally have a Zoysia seed that meets our standards and homeowners’ expectations. Available in 2-lb. bags, enough to cover over 1,000 sq. ft.

ORDER YOUR WAY TODAY! 410-756-2311

Promo Code


Harvested Daily From Our Farms And Shipped To You Direct! Amazoy is the trademark registered U.S. Patent Office for our Meyer Zoysia grass.

© 2021 Zoysia Farm Nurseries, 3671 Old Taneytown Rd, Taneytown, MD 21787

12/9/20 1:13 PM


Home Refresh Made Easy By Robin Howard In the past year, home has become both a shelter and a refuge. It has also become the office, school, gym, church, movie theater and more. With so much time spent in our homes, we’ve had to reconsider how we use our space. It’s no wonder home improvement spending nearly doubled in 2020, but not all of us can or want to spend money on nonessentials. The good news is refreshing your space can be easy and inexpensive. Here are a few designer tips for breathing new life into your home for less than the cost of takeout. Functionality First The fastest way to feel better in your home is to rethink functionality. No one is coming over for a while, so don’t be afraid to break the rules. Look around your space and consider how you’ve lived in it the last year. What space do you have that you haven’t used? What functionality do you need? An unused dining room 8

M A R C H 2 021

or guest room could become a dedicated office, a place to do homework or work out, or a screen-free reading room. First and foremost, a room’s function should fit your life, not the other way around. Declutter, Clean and Repair Editing down a room to only things you truly love and need requires the courage to let go. It helps to take everything out of a room, give it a good cleaning—and a coat of paint, if it needs it—then only put things back that make you happy. Repair and spot clean furniture that needs it, and sell, give away or donate whatever you don’t need. You will be surprised how much mental space you can create when you pare back to just the essentials. Paint Thirty-five percent of Americans painted a room in the past year. You don’t have to be an expert to paint—and there are technically only seven colors to choose from—so don’t get overwhelmed by the avalanche of shades at the paint store.

To keep it simple, take a cue from art galleries and use a neutral white, such as Cloud Nine by Benjamin Moore or Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. If you want to choose a color other than white, pull a color from something in your home that you love, and use it as an accent wall. Rearrange Now that you’ve cleaned, decluttered and painted, it’s time to rearrange the furniture. Experiment with a furniture-arranging app such as The Magicplan or web tools such as If you need inspiration, scroll through room photos on Houzz or Pinterest. When it comes to furniture arrangement, make sure the arrangement functions for how you want to use the room. Additional guidelines to achieve balance include leaving 3 feet of walking space between pieces and balancing a large piece of furniture with two smaller ones. Designers have a saying: Give every seat in the house a friend. That means every sofa, chair or loveseat should also have a place

to set a drink, lamp or at least another seat nearby. Since the goal is to work with what you have, remember it’s just furniture, and it can always move again. Experiment until it feels right to you. Swap Accessories Once your furniture is arranged, it’s time to make the room come alive with accessories. Make the room feel redecorated by swapping art from one room to another, repurposing side tables and nightstands, and trading lamps from room to room. Restyle your shelves and tabletop vignettes. If you haven’t styled your shelves or created tabletop vignettes, now is the time. If you’re tired of some of your furniture or accessories, use websites such as Nextdoor, Facebook groups and Craigslist to find deals. You’re likely not the only one rearranging your home right now, so check in with friends who might want to trade. Raid the Guestroom Are the towels, linens, toiletries and accessories in your guestroom and guest bathroom nicer than what you’re using every day? There’s never been a better time to use the fancy soap. Raid your

guestroom for linens and decorative accessories you can use to refresh your bedroom and bath. Add Plants Once a room is decluttered, nothing brings it to life like green houseplants. Choosing a plant is like choosing a dog: Pick one that lives as you do. In shady rooms, plants such as ferns, pothos (devil’s ivy) and dracaena thrive in low light. Yucca, jade and ponytail palms do well in sunny rooms. Add a Rug Rugs are the glue that hold rooms together. There are no hard and fast rules about what size a rug must be, so be creative. Try moving your rugs around. A 3-foot-by-5-foot rug is perfect for accent pieces, on landings or in room entryways. Use 5-foot-by-7-foot rugs to anchor a coffee table, sofa and two chairs. A 6-footby-9-foot rug or larger defines bigger seating groups. If you have kids or pets, inexpensive polypropylene outdoor rugs are washable and virtually indestructible.

Change Lightbulbs Chances are your lightbulbs are too bright. Soft lighting can make a room cozy and inviting. Before you head to the store, remember that wattage is not equal to brightness—it only tells you how much energy a lightbulb uses. For example, a 40-watt bulb may be just as bright as a 100-watt bulb. If you’re looking for softer lighting, look at the lumens the bulb produces. Unless you need task lighting, switch out too-bright bulbs for softer 450lumen bulbs. When you’re taking refuge at home, paying attention to your surroundings can give you a much-needed mental boost. Whether you’re looking for a room refresh or a whole-home revamp, you can get plenty of mileage out of what you already own just by giving your favorite things room to shine, repairing anything that’s broken, and rearranging furniture and accessories.

MARCH 2021


energy sense I By James Dulley

Super-Efficient Home Construction Q: We are planning a new super-efficient house and considering nontraditional construction. What are some options for a livable, budget-minded home? A: There are many options when it comes to super-efficient construction materials and assembly techniques. There also are ways to include some of these new methods into more traditional wood-framed stick-built construction. Methods such as staggered double-stud walls, thicker studs on wider centers and insulating sheathing are efficient. One of the most efficient construction techniques uses foam blocks and concrete. These houses are indistinguishable from stick-built homes. Large, hollow foam blocks made for your specific house plan are stacked to create walls. The foam provides wall insulation levels as high as R-30. Once the foundation is poured, your builder may allow you to help stack the blocks to lower labor costs. Concrete is then pumped into the openings in the top blocks. It flows throughout all the open channels to form a strong, rigid core. Interior and exterior walls can be finished with commonly used wall materials. For more information or to ask a question about energy savings, go to © 2021 James Dulley


M A R C H 2 021

Circular houses are another option. This is efficient because, for a given amount of usable floor space, it has less exterior wall area than a rectangular one. Less wall area means less heat loss—or heat gain during summer. Cold winter winds flow smoothly around a circular house, creating less pressure gradients and air infiltration. One particularly efficient circular house construction technique uses self-supporting roof trusses with no interior supporting walls, providing greater interior layout flexibility and an open floor plan. This is an advantage when using solar or other alternative supplemental heating. Heavily insulated, R-30, 8-foot-long exterior wall panels create the shape. Using foam-core wall panels is another well-insulated and airtight construction method. Structural insulated panels use thick foam sandwiched between two strong skins for up to R-45 insulation. They are designed for your specific house plan and locked together by various methods to create the walls. SIP panels are self-supporting. If you prefer to use wall framing or like the interior appearance of timber

Channels along the edges of the panels are connected with reinforced steel for extreme strength. PHOTO BY AMERICAN INGENUITY

framing, less expensive standard foam core wall panels are available. These are as efficient as SIPs construction, but require a supporting wall structure. Steel-framed wall construction can be very efficient. Although steel conducts heat, the strong, heavy red iron framing members can be spaced far apart. This reduces the uninsulated area—called thermal bridges—for better overall insulation levels up to R-40. Steel framing is extremely strong, so the house stays airtight and never settles. This is how most commercial buildings use steel construction. Its strength also offers architectural design flexibility. Geodesic construction is efficient because the shape is spherical, which minimizes exterior area. One unique design uses thick

foam blocks—up to R-60— attached together with supporting wood framing. Concrete is poured into steel-reinforced channels. The wood framing is then disassembled and used for interior walls. These have withstood hurricanes. Straw bale wall construction is certainly not a new method, but it’s efficient and relatively inexpensive in rural areas where straw is plentiful. The bales are stagger-stacked, similar to bricks, with a vertical steel rod through them to create the walls. The interior and exterior are usually finished with cement, plaster or stucco to create a strong attractive house. With 2-foot-thick walls, insulation is as high as R-50. Check your local building codes for approval with any nontypical construction method.

enc hant m ent .c o o p

Make your home more comfortable than ever

“To you, it’s the perfect lift chair. To me, it’s the best sleep chair I’ve ever had.” — J. Fitzgerald, VA


also available in Genuine Italian Leather (and new Chestnut color)

Three Chairs in One Sleep/Recline/Lift


Pictured: Italian Leather chair chestnut color. Chestnut color also available in DuraluxTM fabric

You can’t always lie down in bed and sleep. Heartburn, cardiac problems, hip or back aches – and dozens of other ailments and worries. Those are the nights you’d give anything for a comfortable chair to sleep in: one that reclines to exactly the right degree, raises your feet and legs just where you want them, supports your head and shoulders properly, and operates at the touch of a button. Our Perfect Sleep Chair® does all that and more. More than a chair or recliner, it’s designed to provide total comfort. Choose your preferred heat and massage settings, for hours of soothing relaxation. Reading or watching TV? Our chair’s recline technology allows you to pause the chair in an infinite number of settings. And best of all, it features a powerful lift mechanism that tilts the entire chair forward, making it easy to stand. You’ll love the other benefits, too. It helps with correct spinal alignmentand promotes back pressure relief, to prevent back and muscle pain. The

overstuffed, oversized biscuit style back and unique seat design will cradle you in comfort. Generously filled, wide armrests provide enhanced arm support when sitting or reclining. It even has a battery backup in case of a power outage. White glove delivery included in shipping charge. Professionals will deliver the chair to the exact spot in your home where you want it, unpack it, inspect it, test it, position it, and even carry the packaging away! You get your choice of Genuine Italian leather, stain and water repellent custom-manufactured DuraLux™ with the classic leather look or plush MicroLux™ microfiber in a variety of colors to fit any decor. New Chestnut color only available in Genuine Italian Leather and long lasting DuraLux™. Call now!

The Perfect Sleep Chair®



Genuine Italian Leather


classic beauty & durability

Long Lasting DuraLux™






stain & water repellent

MicroLux™ Microfiber

Burgundy Cashmere Chocolate


breathable & amazingly soft

Because each Perfect Sleep Chair is a made-to-order bedding product it cannot be returned, but if it arrives damaged or defective, at our option we will repair it or replace it. © 2021 firstSTREET for Boomers and Beyond, Inc.


Footrest may vary by model

book chat I By Michele Potter

Visit your local bookstores to buy books. Send your book for review to: Book Chat,  Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 5 Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide Mike Coltrin revised his impeccable guide to include new maps and family options. This is the time to get out there and begin stomping along on more than 300 miles of trails in the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque. Getting off the beaten path is the adventure you need now—the one that gets you out of your easy chair, away from the newsfeeds and back in sync with your heartbeat and birdsong. Coltrin has hiked the Sandias for decades. His attention to detail features photos of flowers and fauna. Descriptions and history inspire you to go there, and Coltrin’s clear instructions help you get there, hike and return home in one piece. This book is an inspiring and practical guide not just to hiking, but backpacking, mountain biking, skiing—even parking. I trekked a memorable 7 miles up the classic La Luz Trail to the top, enjoyed lunch and a breathtaking view, and rode the tram down. Perfect! The only thing more perfect would have been having this book with me.

Crossroads of Change Culture and environment: These concepts are my thing, especially when these all-toooften segregated notions are integrated, as in here. Historians Cori Knudten and Maren Bzdek weave these ideas into this environmental history, first born as a National Park Service report for the Pecos National Historic Park. Don’t let that fool you. This is an engaging, well-written story. The concept is that humans live in a reciprocal relationship with their environments. The Pecos area was an important trading center where Pueblo Indians, Spanish soldiers, settlers and Plains Indians crossed paths. Human and environmental dramas play out on the Pecos Pueblo, Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico’s first railroad, the Battle of Glorieta and into our own time. Eventually, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service acquired the site— much of it from movie star Greer Garson. The rich interpretation of the 7,000-acre National Park’s history reveals the richness and diversity of New Mexico in a nutshell.

The King of Taos I can’t walk to the Taos Plaza now without thinking of Max Evans’ novel. Where are Zacharias and friends passing around a bottle of Tokay today? I look for them along the back alleys behind the Harwood and along the ojitos, but no. They have vanished with the ’50s. But like John Nichols’ characters in the “Milagro Beanfield War,” they remain because they are funny, memorable and human. There’s Zacharias Chacon—the king who needs no crown, who is always waiting for his government check. And Indian Tony, who has no intention of voting and says things like, “Do not bodder, brudder. I savvy.” No stereotypes are left unexploited. Then there’s Shaw, newcomer Anglo artist: “I want to think every thought there is to think. I want to make love to every woman alive and drink all the wine in the world. I want to feel all the pain, the pleasure, the love, the hate, the humor, the idiocy, and the suddenness of all mankind right here.” These lovely losers make me smile and wonder about the place I call home.

By Mike Coltrin University of New Mexico Press

By Cori Knudten and Maren Bzdek University of Oklahoma Press

By Max Evans University of New Mexico Press

Thunder in the West: The Life and Legends of Billy the Kid Paul Newman is Billy the Kid. Nice? Nope! Spurred by “Thunder in the West,” I watched “Left-Handed Gun” (1958), one of the many iterations of Billy’s legendary life that Richard Etulain painstakingly tracks. “Thunder” is not mere history of Billy and the Lincoln County Wars, it


M A R C H 2 0 21

illustrates nearly a century and a half of popular culture. Billy the Kid, born Henry Antrim but also known as William Bonney, has as many sides to his personality as aliases. When Sheriff Pat Garrett gunned the 21-year-old down in 1881, the legend of the famous gunman was just beginning. “Bifurcated Billy,” as Etulain calls him, was sweet and funny, and you’d love to ride with him—until the shooting started. Was he a moody sadist as Newman portrays him? Or was he a goofy, lonely

teenager looking for love from family to friends to the señoritas who took a shine to him? Etulain explicates expertly. Yes, Billy died young and wild, but he lives eternally in romantization of the West, and in books from McMurtry to Momaday. Etulain’s careful dedication to history keeps it real. By Richard W. Etulain University of Oklahoma Press

March - Back Porch Ad - NM.indd 1

1/12/21 4:36 PM

A Breath of Fresh Air

You can still hear locomotive whistles in and around Mountainair as BNSF trains haul railcars up Abo Pass. PHOTO BY JOE MCMILLAN/MCMILLAN PUBLICATIONS

By Margaret Nava John W. Corbett left Winfield, Kansas, in 1901 when he learned the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was planning an east-west route that would bypass the steep Raton Pass—elevation 7,834 feet—and travel instead over Abo Pass—elevation 6,547 feet—into Belen, New Mexico, where it would join the existing transcontinental line. He and some friends founded a small village east of the pass to supply housing, a company store, blacksmith shop and supplies to construction crews. Because of the fresh, clean air drifting over the village from the nearby Manzano Mountains, they decided to name the community Mountainair. When the railroad began laying track in 1903, Mountainair grew from a small village to a major railroad town, and the village was incorporated. Banks, schools, churches, boarding 14

M A R C H 2 021

houses, barber shops, mercantile companies, grocery and feed stores, real estate, doctor and attorney offices, and a newspaper quickly sprang up. About the only things missing were saloons. The October 5, 1916, issue of “The Mountainair Independent” offered its readers the following advice: “Use your ballot as a weapon to defend your home just as the liquor men use their ballot to defend the saloon” and “To favor the saloon is to say to your son that he may legally become a drunkard.” Because of the rich soil and abundant rain, farming was important to the area’s economy. In other articles, “The Mountainair Independent” reported that in 1916, the ATSF shipped more than 25,000 pounds of beans from the region. Many of those beans made their way to the dinner plates of young men serving in World War I. By November 1919, Mountainair led the nation in the production of pinto beans, earning it the honorary title of Pinto Bean

Capital of the World. At one point, the town boasted a population of nearly 5,000. In the early 1920s, however, the rains began to taper off. Followed by the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s—and with droughts continuing into the 1940s and 1950s—irrigation sources dried up, crops failed, stores, schools and churches closed, highways replaced trains and people moved elsewhere to find jobs. There were, however, a handful of people with ingenuity and perseverance who remained in Mountainair. They transformed windswept fields into pastures. They raised cattle, sheep and horses, built barns, baled hay and raised families. In the 1980s, baby boomer artists, writers and photographers dissatisfied with the ethos and post-war culture in which they grew up moved to the Southwest and sought self-fulfillment in places such as Mountainair. Houses and stores that had fallen into disrepair were fixed and brought back to life. Schools and churches

reopened. Community, education, equal opportunity, involvement and culture became the new way of life. In 1994, the Torrance County Arts Council was created to develop summer arts programs for children. They were a success. In November 1995, Mary Shultz invited local artists to the Hummingbird Café in Mountainair to promote art programs for everyone in the county. Originally known as the Main Street Program, as the organization grew and became more of a Mountainair-based organization, the name changed to Manzano Mountain Art Council. Through the years, the MMAC has fostered creativity, encouraged connections with nature and cultural history, and created economic opportunities by honoring the artistic achievements of those living in and around Mountainair. In addition to classes and workshops, MMAC offers studios for professional artists, and public space for parties, lectures and meetings. One of the group’s annual celebrations is the Mountainair Sunflower Festival, which occurs most Augusts with

a juried art show, arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors and an abundance of sunflowers—both live and created. In the distance you can still hear locomotive whistles as trains haul railcars up Abo Pass. The railcars are usually loaded with auto parts, wind turbines, transformers and building materials. Numbering less than 1,000 residents, the town of Mountainair is a place of special beauty filled with hardworking, creative people. Author Joan Woodruff described it in her short piece ‘Mountain “Air”’: “Mountainair, where day skies pour an ocean of glorious blue like no blue you’ve ever imagined. Clouds yawn, then stretch, before bursting into brilliance of grays, whites and mystery. When day’s end arrives, you meet that moment, briefly, quietly, you cannot touch it, see it, feel it. It is that slip of time right before a universe explodes above and every constellation competes for attention in a mythological spot of forever. Some piece of enchantment exists here, elusive, ethereal. Artists have tried to capture her mystery for centuries. Truth is, you cannot capture the mystery;

FROM TOP: Mountainair’s City Hall, municipal court and police department are housed in a Pueblo Deco style building. A horse sculpture on the corner of the Manzano Mountain Arts Council building. The Manzano Mountain Art Council fosters creativity and honors the artistic achievements of those living in and around Mountainair. PHOTOS BY MARGARET NAVA

but you can allow it to become part of you. Where do you think her name came from? Simply inhale.” MARCH 2021


Socorro Electric Cooperative

General Manager Joseph Herrera


215 E. Manzanares Ave. P.O. Box H Socorro, NM 87801




800-351-7575 or 855-881-8159



Office Hours

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

Board of Trustees President

Anne L. Dorough, District 5 575-772-2989

Vice President

Luis Aguilar, District 3


Paul Bustamante, District 1

Did you know: SEC has provided $107,000 in scholarships to area youth over the last 3 school years!

College Scholarships Available Now is the time to apply for a Socorro Electric Foundation Scholarship! These scholarships are for $1,000 per semester, renewable for up to $8,000 or eight semesters. Applications are available at the SEC office, from your high school counselor or from our website. Visit to download the application, or scan the QR code at the left with your smartphone's QR code reader to be directed to the Socorro youth site. For more information, please contact Jimmy Capps at 575-838-9724 or

Leroy Anaya

District 3

Michael Hawkes

District 4

James Nelson

District 2

Donald Wolberg District 3 505-710-3050

Board Meeting The Board of Trustees meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at the cooperative. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


MARCH 2021

Socorro Electric Cooperative

Committed to a Co-op Culture for All Over the years, you’ve heard us expound on why and how Socorro Electric Cooperative Inc. is different—because we’re a cooperative. Our business model sets us apart from other utilities because we adhere to seven guiding cooperative principles that reflect core values of honesty, transparency, equity, inclusiveness and service to the greater good of the community. Electric cooperatives, including Socorro Electric, have a unique and storied place in our country’s history. We democratized the American dream by bringing electricity to rural areas when for-profit electric companies deemed the effort too costly. Back then, cities were electrified and rural areas were not, creating the original rural-urban divide. Co-ops with newly established electric lines helped power economic opportunity in rural areas. Today, that spirit of equity and inclusion is a vital part of our co-op DNA. Equal Access for All When our electric co-op was founded, each member contributed an equal share to gain access to electricity that benefited individual families and the larger local community. Each member had an equal vote in co-op matters. That sense of equity and inclusion is still how we operate today. Socorro Electric was built by and belongs to the diverse communities and consumer-members we serve. Membership is open to everyone in our service territory, regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender identity, language, political perspective or socioeconomic status. By virtue of paying your electric bill each month, you are a

member of the co-op, and every member has an equal voice and vote when it comes to co-op governance. This ties back to our guiding principles of equitable economic participation and democratic control of the co-op. We encourage all members to vote in Socorro Electric’s trustee elections every year, and we invite all members to participate in co-op meetings to weigh in on discussions that set co-op policies and priorities. We know members of our community have different needs and perspectives, and we welcome diverse views on all issues under consideration by the co-op. The more viewpoints we hear, the better we can reflect the needs of all corners of our community. Contributing to the Community While our priority is providing safe, reliable and affordable energy, we also want to be a catalyst for good in our community. Because we are your local electric cooperative, co-op revenues stay right here in our community. In turn, we invest in our diverse community base through scholarship programs, charitable giving, educational programs and more. We strive to make long-term decisions that improve and enrich the communities we serve. While today’s world is radically different than it was when Socorro Electric was founded, our cooperative values have stood the test of time and remain just as relevant today. We recognize that today’s co-op members expect more, and our pledge to you—the members we proudly serve—is to promote a cooperative culture of inclusion, diversity and equity for all. MARCH 2021


Make Extra Cash With Clothing Resale Apps By Robin Howard For most of us, our clothes stopped reflecting our lives sometime around April of last year. We worked, we watched Netflix, we went for walks. Economic instability—and way too much time on our hands—had many of us frenetically cleaning out clothes closets. During the Great Closet Cleanout of 2020, people considered their now-idle collections of expensive shoes and handbags as a means to pay next month’s rent. Others who were doomed—or promised—to work from home for the next year got rid of an entire clothing genre they hated anyway: office attire. Online clothing resale apps exploded. Clothing resale apps have been popular for the past four years as a way for fashionistas to rotate their closets, make extra money and upcycle items that still have plenty of life. With society moving toward simplicity and more eco-friendly lifestyles, these apps are only getting better with time. Why Resale Is Here to Stay The next generation of consumers is more concerned about saving money and sustainability, which may be why resale apps made $7 billion in 2019 and are projected to grow to $64 billion by 2024. In 2020 alone, resale grew by 75%, while retail shrank and is projected to continue to shrink. In 2020, buying and selling through resale apps became something of a hobby for those stuck at home. As restrictions ease and people begin to venture out, it’s likely that buying and selling secondhand clothing online will be a COVID-era trend that will stay around—if only because it makes people feel good. In 2019, one of the most popular online apps, ThredUP, reported that according to a consumer poll, buying new clothing made people feel as guilty as eating fast food. Buying secondhand made them feel as proud as adopting a puppy. Celebrities are also on the secondhand clothing bandwagon. Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, Amal Clooney, Meghan Markle, Olivia Wilde, Tiffany Haddish, Gwyneth Paltrow and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are outspoken advocates for “circular fashion.” While these women may not be motivated by saving money, they help revolutionize the fashion industry’s environmental impacts. ThredUP reports that if everyone bought just one secondhand outfit next year, it would save 1.6 billion pounds of CO2e, or the equivalent of taking 56 million cars off the road for a day.


M A R C H 2 021

Choosing the Right App If you’re ready to dive in, you have to choose your platform. There are two kinds of apps: do it yourself and resale-as-aservice. For DIY apps such as Poshmark, you do more work, but you make more money. If you’re looking to maximize earnings and you enjoy the hustle of taking photos, writing descriptions and responding to questions, DIY apps are for you. On Poshmark, after you open a free account, you take pictures of your unwanted items, list details and defects, choose a price, publish the photos and wait for a buyer. Buyers can negotiate, and sellers can offer private discounts to browsers who like or bookmark the item. The app takes a 20% commission for sales of $15 or more, or a flat rate of $2.95 on sales of less than $15. Buyers pay a flat rate of $4.95 shipping. Some Poshmark users have commoditized the app to turn it into a part- or full-time job. By combing local thrift stores for high-demand labels, they can resell items on Poshmark for a tidy profit—especially if a thrift-store item needs a simple cleaning or repair before listing. Some Poshers report netting around $3,500 a month, with inventories that run into the thousands. Hobby sellers average about 33 sales a month for a little more than $300 in profit. Resale-as-a-service apps such as The RealReal and ThredUP do all the work for you in exchange for a higher commission. The RealReal, which deals in designer retail, evaluates a seller’s item via their virtual consignment managers. If accepted, the seller mails the article to the office, which then authenticates, photographs, prices and posts it. When it sells, the seller gets 50% of the sale price. ThredUP, on the other hand, will take any clothing you want to send. It charges $10 for its Clean Out Kit—a large prepaid shipping pouch you fill up with whatever you want to sell. The kit is free if you agree to donate anything that doesn’t sell. The commission is about half, depending on the item. ThredUp is environmentally motivated, resulting in some exciting options for buyers. For example, it offers goodie boxes in whatever size you choose, at an extreme discount. For those who are handy, the company provides discounted rescue boxes. You may have to mend an item or work on a stain, but you get designer clothing and accessories for a steal. Best Brands for Resale If you want to make money on a clothing resale app, understand

Today’s technology makes it easy to sell your old or unwanted clothing. Many apps make the process easy. ADOBE STOCK PHOTO BY 88STUDIO

there won’t be a significant demand for your old worthless T-shirts. Poshmark and ThredUp report their best-selling brands are Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Nike, Michael Kors, Chanel, Louboutin, Lululemon, Frye, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke, Coach and Patagonia. Clothing resale isn’t just for women, either. The market for secondhand men’s clothes has blossomed, and the demand for gently used children’s clothes has taken off. Poshmark even has a category for home goods. Update Your Closet to the New Normal It’s hard to tell what fashion trends we’ll see when the world returns to normal, but there’s no doubt it will be a new normal.

For the 39% of Americans working from home, their bosses and Zoom colleagues have already seen them in their weekend T-shirts. Most people aren’t excited to go back to high heels, pantyhose or suits and ties anyway, so it could be that office attire will never be the same. Trends aside, movements such as Project 333—which challenges people to pare their closets down to just 33 items for three months—encourage consumers to embrace the freedom and savings of minimalism. If we’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s that there is joy in simplicity. There is also joy in extra cash, which means there will be even more fun to be had with clothing resale apps in 2021.


MARCH 2021


on the menu I By Sue Hutchison

Recipes With Local History, Flair


ecently, an enchantment magazine reader requested to see recipes that highlight foods made in the earlier years of New Mexico’s history. A cookbook authored by a gentleman who spent time in New Mexico in the late 1930s includes history about how folks prepared meals and which foods were available. He says those living near the Rio Grande had many options available, including beans, maize, gourds, squash and potatoes. Wild game and fish were also on the menu from time to time. Papas con Queso y Chile is adapted from a recipe obtained from his time spent traveling through the area, where he fell in love with the land, people and their methods of cooking. Military fort life was also a significant part of New Mexico’s early years of statehood. Hearth cooking was a common way to prepare meals, often allowing wood fires to burn down to embers for a steady temperature to be achieved. While we enjoy more modern kitchen conveniences, cooking in heavy skillets or woks can remind us of open-fire cooking of old. Enjoy your kitchen and get to cooking!

Papas con Queso y Chile 6 large potatoes, diced and patted dry 1 cup canola oil ½ cup canned green chile, or 4 whole, roasted, peeled and diced

½ medium onion, diced Salt to taste ½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 375 F. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet until ripples appear on the surface. Place potatoes in oil. Fry until golden. In an oven-safe casserole, add fried potatoes, onion, green chile and salt. Stir to incorporate. Top mixture with grated cheese and place in oven until cheese is golden. Serves 6-8.


M A R C H 2 021

Asian Fusion Pepper Steak 2 pounds flank steak, trimmed into 1-inch strips ¼ cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon ground ginger 2 pounds flank steak, cut into 1-inch strips 2 tablespoons Canola oil 1 red onion, sliced thinly

1 ½ cups mini sweet, multicolored peppers, sliced in thin wedges 1 large tomato, sliced in thin wedges 4 tablespoons green onion, diced ½ cup dry-roasted peanuts Cooked rice, if desired

Combine soy sauce, sugar and ginger in a zip-close bag. Add steak slices to coat. Set aside. In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium heat. Add steak to brown, stirring frequently. Add onion and peppers to mixture, cooking until just soft. Add tomatoes, stirring until heated into mixture. Place in a serving dish. Sprinkle diced green onion and peanuts. Serve by itself or over cooked rice.

Mocha Fudge Pudding Cake 1 cup flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2/3 cup sugar, divided ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

½ cup milk 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup boiling water Vanilla ice cream and/ or fudge sauce, if desired

Heat oven to 350 F and spray 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cocoa and coffee granules. In a small bowl, combine milk, oil and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry, combining well. Pour batter into prepared pan. Pour boiling water over batter without stirring. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched in the center. Cake will be very moist. Serve warm with ice cream and fudge sauce, if desired.

MARCH 2021


Monitoring the Line for Reliability

Electric co-ops use a variety of monitoring and automation technologies that improve power reliability, shorten outage times and reduce labor time for crews. Here are four technologies we use to improve reliability.


Drones may be used to inspect the power lines we maintain. Drones can provide infrared evaluation to locate hot spots on power lines and vegetation assessment to locate trees and other vegetation that can cause outages.

Power Sensors

Power sensors typically clamp on or connect to the power line and provide near real-time reporting on power, voltage, current and more – all of which helps to provide more reliable energy to consumer-members.


Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) provides real-time data to the co-op. In addition to meter reading, this data helps us detect faults and other potential problems on the electrical system, resulting in increased power reliability for consumer-members. 22

M A R C H 2 021



A recloser acts like a circuit breaker for power lines. When a problem occurs, the recloser temporarily shuts off power. If the problem is temporary, the recloser restores power. (This is why you sometimes see the power blink.) If the problem persists, the recloser will shut off power until a crew can make repairs. The recloser’s antenna provides wireless, real-time data back to the co-op. 575-749-7626


We Are Your Rural Property Specialists.

All Natural Grass-fed Lamb from our farm to your table. Raised locally in New Mexico.

Farms • Ranches Homes • Auctions

Contact Us Today!

O: 505-832-7008 • C: 505-410-9951 Myra Oden, Owner / Broker



We stock the area’s largest supply of all things pertaining to water! • Solar well systems • Plumbing fittings • Water storage tanks • Pressure tanks

• Full septic systems • Poly pipe • PVC pipe • Fencing supplies

We are proud to serve our local community and provide cost-effective solutions for any water or well project. On behalf of everyone at Williams Windmill, we want to thank all our customers for their patronage and look forward to serving the Southwest for many more years to come! Exit 156 • Frontage Rd • Lemitar NM (575) 835-1630

MARCH 2021


Fabby Espitia and Joshua Archuleta receive Chromebooks as part of the New Mexico Community Capital and American Indian Business Enterprise Financial Basic Business course. COURTESY PHOTO

Find New Opportunites at NMSU NMSU Arrowhead Center’s American Indian Business Enterprise offers new business courses By Cassie McClure Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University’s American Indian Business Enterprise is partnering with New Mexico Community Capital to host Financial Basic Business courses. The first course with eight AIBE-established clients started January 27. There will be a call for applications for more courses in the spring. “The course is designed to build a solid foundation to form and grow business ideas with a personal financial plan for success,” says Brooke Montgomery, AIBE director. “Through the course, AIBE clients will learn tools to effectively conceptualize, plan and implement their financial goals and business ideas through hands-on learning.” NMCC developed and launched the FBB program in 2018 to help Native American families develop better business tools, address debt issues and support them as they learned to apply those principles at home, in the community and in small locally-owned businesses. With a multiyear grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NMCC conducted three sessions of this program prior to 2020, all in New Mexico pueblos: Santa Clara, Laguna and Santa Ana. 24

M A R C H 2 021

“This course will be extremely beneficial,” says Rachel Livingston, Diné and outreach coordinator of AIBE. “Native Americans are not new to entrepreneurship. We are only learning to adapt. This course will help us do just that and will assist in building a solid foundation. It’s great to be working alongside the many organizations to make this happen. Being able to provide this opportunity to my own people is even more rewarding.” Participants are awarded $1,200 for participating in the 15-hour course, along with a startup toolkit with a Chromebook. “The first class for AIBE clients was for those we thought would have the biggest impact or immediate gain from their participation in the FBB class,” Brooke says. She says upcoming courses could call for specific businesses to tailor the course to a niche group of native-owned businesses. The courses came from collaboration with NMSU’s Indian Resources Development, which introduced AIBE to NMCC and enabled the partnership to share and grow their combined resources. “IRD specializes in identifying and connecting programs that can support Native Americans in New Mexico to

develop their own technical and managerial expertise in areas of agriculture, natural resources, engineering and business,” Brooke says. “The partnership we have formed with IRD has allowed us to create synergies across the state and resulted in collaborative methods to enhance delivery of resources to native-owned businesses.” NMCC agrees there are benefits to working together. “We are honored to help strengthen native entrepreneurs by enhancing digital and financial literacy skills through peer mentorship, subject matter experts and tools that help grow businesses and change lives,” says Jake Forman, NMCC representative. “We are grateful for this collaboration with NMSU’s AIBE because when we are stronger as a community, we all grow.” To learn more about AIBE or to sign up to be notified when the application process resumes, go to www.arrowheadcenter. This article and image originally at http:// nmsu-arrowhead-center-s-american-indianbusiness-enterprise-to-offer-business-courses

Unplug and save up to $50 yearly on your energy bill. Your home electronics – TVs, computers and video games consoles – are constantly consuming small amounts of power in standby mode, meaning, a device that is plugged in, switched off or in sleep mode. Unplugging your electronics when not in use can add up to $50 in yearly savings.

Contact your local co-op or public power district for more energy saving tips or visit

THE MARKET PLACE LET US MARKET YOUR livestock. Live auction every Wednesday at 11 a.m. View online at, country bid or live auction. If you’ve got ’em, we’ll sell ’em. Call 575-374-2505.

Animals 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 505-906-1291 in Jamestown, New Mexico, at The Bunny Farm. All calls will be answered. FOUR REGISTERED AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES, two girls and two males,

two tri-colored and two red. Born 1-092021, available 2-27-2021. First shots, tails docked, dew claws removed and chipped. $700. Call 505-285-6063 or 505-290-3458.

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 505-832-5113.


M A R C H 2 021

HAULS FOR YOU—Livestock transportation service. Transport to/ from the vet, new homes and/or other locations, etc. Transport throughout New Mexico, west Texas and southern Colorado. For more details, call 575-802-3422. CHICKENS FOR SALE in Portales, NM, 4-month-old red pullets, $8 to $10 each. Call Smokey Ball at 575-749-3471. BLACK ANGUS BULLS. Thick, easy

fleshing, low maintenance bulls for sale. Range raised at high elevation. Trich and fertility tested. Low birth weight and herd bulls available. 2-yearold bulls $2,200, yearlings $1,800. Good bulls.

Business HIWAY FRONTAGE on busy

Highway 60/84 in Melrose, NM, formerly Melrose Market & Greenhouse. Building and lot, $75,000. Call 575-760-5275 for a new drastically reduced price.

WANTED: Elderly couple on a ranch needs live-in health care worker/ housekeeper. Call 505-419-6541 for more details. LOW-STEP TILE SHOWERS BUILT especially for you! Mountainair

and surrounding areas. Call 931-2012791 for free estimate. Ask for Ed. Great prices, beautiful showers. Any tile, any pattern! Old School or Schluter System. In business since the late 1900s. 931-201-2791.

SUNSET SADDLES OFFERS CUSTOM leatherwork; ie, saddles,

chaps, chinks, holsters, belts, etc. Also saddle & tack repair. Located in La Luz, New Mexico. Call 575-257-8874.


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 or call Rick at is 575-354-0365.

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 sales@solarsubmersiblewellpumps. com, 24/7 service. Order online at 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.

OVERHEAD FEED BINS. 1 to 4 compartment, 12 to 48 tons. Any size free-standing cattle guards, no footing needed. Emery Welding, Clayton, New Mexico. Call 575-374-2320 or 575-2077402. IRRIGATION PIPE FOR SALE. 6”, 8”, 10” PVC and aluminum pipe. Half the price of new and ready for the field. More efficient and less time consuming. Also have alfalfa valves, hydrants, butterfly valves, T’s and elbows. Delivery available. Call/text Sierra, 575-770-8441.



ping chute, about 300’ of 10” casing, bar joist to cover 40’ x 90’ barn, digital scales for inside alley and brands set of 0 to 9, electric. Contact Howard McCall at or call 505-379-4333.

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: or call Rick at is 575-354-0365.



3 lots just over 1/2 acre per property. Two lots starting at $32,000 each. One lot at $35,000. Close to shoreline. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

INVENTORY ALMOST SOLD OUT. Remaining: 1 heavy-duty clip-

Restored in 1998. Back rims are weighted cast iron and tires are still in new condition. Has been stored indoors and only used for rides a few times a year. May need a little tune up, but runs good. Asking $3,300 but open to offers. Located in Torreon. Call 505-384-4027 for more information.

Great Finds BUYING OLD STUFF: gas pumps and parts 1960s or earlier, advertising signs, neon clocks, old car parts in original boxes, motor oil cans, license plate collections, Route 66 items, old metal road signs, odd and weird stuff. Fair prices paid. Have pickup, will travel. Gas Guy in Embudo, 505-852-2995. RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: kero-

sene 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.


1912-1970. Paying $100-$500 each. Also buying NM car plates 1900-1923. Visit for history and 4,500 photographs of NM plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 88052-0001. Call 575-382-7804.

2 OLD, RUSTIC, WEATHERED LOG CABINS. Lots of character. For

dismantle. You move. $5,000 each. Call John Bartley at 505-425-7038.

5 speed, tan convertible, 23,000 miles —all highway, synthetic oil, new belts, battery, tires and fuel pump. Like new! $13,750. Call Patrick 720-205-8831. 2018 Load Trail, 16’ dove tail trailer, dual axles, spring-loaded ramps. Basically, brand new! Call Patrick 720-205-8831.

EXERCISE, ANYONE? Up for grabs is a NordicTrack i9 Incline Trainer (used, decent condition). Also a Total Gym XLS bodyweight training machine (used, like new). Take one or the other, or both, for free! Local pickup only (Carrizozo). Call 575-952-0038. HEADSTONES or cemetery monu-

ments is our business. Over 1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Call 575-770-2507. taos_mt_heritage@

Real Estate CONCHAS, 0 AND 00 RIDGE DRIVE. Two tracts with two lots per

each property (lots are 100x100 or .23 acre). Each tract has a permitted septic that has never been used. Electricity and co-op water nearby. $50,000 per tract. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

acres at 8,000 feet, Wildhorse Ranch Subdivision, Pie Town, NM. Well on stream with 5,000 storage tank and fire hydrant. New Mexico hunting unit 13. To view this property, go to https://fsbo. com/listings/listings/show/id/520104



44.5160 acres vacant land. $32,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

CUERVO, 0 MESITA PASS ROAD. 148.13 acres in Mesita Ranch

Subdivision. Beautiful mesa views, perfect for homesite and or livestock. $85,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

MOUNTAIN VISTAS, RATON, NM. 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1/2-base-

ment home. Custom woodwork, large screened-in porch, large front porch, small acreage. All rooms look out onto beautiful mountain vistas, mountain lake close by. Wild turkey roam through year-round, hear the elk bugle in the fall. Approximately 5 miles from Raton, off of Highway 72. Call 575-447-5578.

AIR PARK PROPERTY, 21/2 AC 45x50 insulated hanger w/dry sauna, great for planes and hobby cars, 4,200’ runway. 3-bedroom, 2-bath manufactured home, formal living/dining room combination w/fireplace, garden room w/hot tub. 2 miles north of Columbus Village. $150,000 firm. Call 915-831-0901. MARCH 2021


RIBERA, 340 CR B41E. 32.674 acres with 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with custom accents, hay barn, two detached garages. Just over 20 of those acres are in alfalfa and grass hay production. Pecos River frontage. Scenic views and close to I-25. $695,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. LOGAN, TBD STATE ROAD 39.

Sale pending! Located at mile marker 17 westbound. 121 acres of rangeland. $54,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


2.89 acres in townsite of Nogal. Co-op water and electricity nearby. $50,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

SAN ANTONIO, NM. 0 ZANJA ROAD. 4.66 acres irrigated farmland


with State Road 203. Price reduced! Two lots just over 20 acres each. Scenic views just west of lake. $18,000 per lot. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


Magdalena Ranch Estates. Price further reduced! 11.04 acres with 3-bedroom, 2-bath home, horse barn and corrals. Beautiful mountain views. Abundant ATV and hunting opportunities nearby. $175,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

HOMESTEAD FOR SALE. 10 acres with 1909 senior water rights, building. Two-bedroom house and steel barn, shop 24x44 plus hay barn. Includes new hole, pump and Berrendo Co-op water meter. Asking $220,000. Located in Roswell ETZ zone. Call 575-910-4673.



M A R C H 2 021



organic farm acres. New cement ditch, direct access to Rio Grande, water rights, views, dark skies with city utilities. New $30 million levy with miles of trails and parks, hospital and golf. $79,000. Call owner at 505-550-3123.

To Place a Classified Ad

1. Mail ad and payment (Payable to NMRECA) NMRECA • enchantment 614 Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87505


Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision, 5.5 acres vacant land. $8,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. 2-bedroom, 1-bath home with bonus room that could be used for bedroom on three lots. Well, stone fence. Great for hunting property or rental opportunity. $57,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

next to Rio Grande, views, miles of open space and parks. 2 homes, city utilities, dark skies, hospital and golf. Can split property. Take all for $350,000. Call owner, 505-550-3123.

To Send and Pay Your Classified Ad

Freshly renovated Air Lock Log Home on 10+/- gently sloping acres. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. 3,200+/- square feet. 3-car garage/workshop with 110V, 220V. Barn. Good power, water and county road access. Great views of Hermits Peak from wrap-around decks. Contact NM#360 Real Estate, 505-454-0332.


in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District with water rights. Produces alfalfa and grass hay crops. Utilities nearby. $69,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

1. Visit and complete form. You will be contacted by email with price and to pay by credit card (5% processing fee). 2. Or, complete form and select category. 3. Write ad on another sheet of paper. 4. Price: $20 up to first 40 words per ad, per category, per month. After 40 words, each word is 50 cents. Add $5 for small graphics such as cattle brands. Phone numbers, emails and websites count as one word.


1. Due the 9th, one month prior. Ex: Ads due March 9 for the April issue.

Good to Know 1. Only members of New Mexico electric cooperatives may place ads. 2. We reserve the right to reject any ad. 4. Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the publisher or the electric cooperatives of New Mexico. 5. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER.


1. Call: 505-982-4671 or 2. Email:

Name:________________________ ___________________________ Address:_______________________ ___________________________ City:_________________________ State:_________ ZIP:_____________ Phone:________________________ Cooperative:____________________ Select Category Below


Great Finds


Real Estate




with closest access from Goat Ranch Road. One is 20 acres for $16,000 and one is 40 acres at $32,000. Vacant land. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

PIE TOWN, TBD STATE ROAD 603. 48.4 acres vacant land, fenced

with cleared land in corner for homesite. Great views, close to US 60 and Pie Town. $147,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS at Wild Horse Ranch. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, washer, dryer, dishwasher, natural stone fireplace. On 20 acres, backing up to national forest. Excellent private well. Three-horse stable with room to expand, fenced pasture. Attached 8x12 tool shed. two fenced dog yards. Hundreds of beautiful Ponderosa and other pines. $134,500. Call 520-458-2800 or 520-3665463 for photos, etc.


sell. Broker has over 45 years of experience working on a family farm in New Mexico and has been an owner and operator since 1988. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


Tucumcari, or in the country. We want your properties to list and sell. Broker is life resident of Curry County and Clovis native. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

CIMARRON, NM COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, 100+ year old, 3,500-sq-ft brick building with an attached 2000sq-ft building. Located on 5+ lots in historic “New Town” with good highway visibility. Extensive electrical and plumbing work done on main building in 2004. Potential for a variety of uses: studio, gallery, retail. $225,000. Call 575-635-2829.

5-ACRE FENCED RANCHETTE, two bedroom home, barn, corral, pastures, well, garden, private and secure. Rural Moriarty, $135,000. Call 505-252-0184.

666 FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE HILL ROAD. 60 acres with 2-bedroom,

3-bath home, corrals, outbuildings. Great views and abundant wildlife. $265,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


Give the Gift of

Send a gift subscription of enchantment magazine. Mail a check or money order payable to NMRECA in the amount of $12 for a one-year or $18 for a two-year subscription. Include name and mailing address of recipient. Mail payment and details to: enchantment magazine 614 Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87505

MARCH 2021


youth art

Time to Rock Out! Congratulations to the Winners Michael Aragon • Age 9 Springer Electric Cooperative

Hailey Jaramillo • Age 6 Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Zach Lohrengel • Age 8 Springer Electric Cooperative

Lexie Pyle • Age 6 Otero County Electric Cooperative

Kezia Unger • Age 10 Lea County Electric Cooperative

Wyatt Williams • Age 9 Socorro Electric Cooperative

April’s Topic: Rainbows and a Pot of Gold Show us your most colorful rainbow with a shining pot of gold at the end. May’s Topic: Flowers Share your brightest, most vibrant flowers with us! Send Your Drawing By mail: Youth Editor 614 Don Gaspar Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87505 By email: Deadline: Submit by the 9th, one month prior to publication. Hooray! Winners Get Paid: $15 Have a Youth Art Topic? Email or mail to the addresses above, or call 505-982-4671.

5 items to include on the

back of your drawing, otherwise YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED: 1. Name 2. Age 3. Mailing Address 4. Phone 5. Electric Co-op

*Accepted artwork up to age 13. DON'T FORGET THE 5 ITEMS!


M A R C H 2 0 21


Now Rechargeable! BUY 1 GET 1


Reg: $599.98

Only $299 99

Each When You Buy a Pair – LIMITED TIME ONLY!

How can a rechargeable hearing aid that costs only $29999 be every bit as good as one that sells for $2,400 or more? The answer: Although tremendous strides have been made in Advanced Digital Hearing Aid Technology, those cost reductions have not been passed on to you. Until now...

“I was amazed! Sounds I hadn’t heard in years came back to me!”

— Don W., Sherman, TX



The MDHearingAid® VOLT+ uses the same kind of Advanced Digital RECHARGEABLE Hearing Aid Technology incorporated into hearing aids that cost thousands more at a small fraction of the price. Charging Case Over 600,000 satisfied MDHearingAid customers agree: High-quality, digital, FDA-registered 30-Hour Battery Life Water Resistant to 3 Feet rechargeable hearing aids don’t have to 45-DAY RISK-FREE TRIAL! cost a fortune. The fact is, you don’t need If you are not completely satisfied with to spend thousands for a hearing aid. your MDHearingAids, return them MDHearingAid is a medical-grade, digital, within 45 days for a FULL REFUND! rechargeable hearing aid offering For the Lowest Price Call sophistication and high performance, and works right out of the box with no timeconsuming “adjustment” appointments. Nearly Invisible You can contact a licensed hearing specialist conveniently online or by phone — even after your purchase at no cost. No other Use Code company provides such extensive support. Now that you know...why pay more?

1-800-909-4629 KM44

and get FREE Shipping SHOP AT HOME! Skip the Clinic with Remote Care


Proudly assembled in America!

For the Members of

We’re committed to community We’re contributing $5 million WR four economic development organizations that support communities affected by the retirement of Escalante Station in McKinley County, New Mexico.

Built by and for our members, we power what matters to you. That’s the value of our cooperative family. To learn how we’re delivering on our mission, visit

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

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.