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The Burros

of Carrizozo Businesses and artists throughout the town of Carrizozo enjoy taking part in the painted burro tradition started by Warren and Joan Malkerson.

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JUNE 2021 CONTENTS  We Are enchantment  View From enchantment  Hale to the Stars  NSF, NASA Fund New Program

 Energy Sense

 Book Chat  The Burros of Carrizozo  Your Electric Co-op  On the Menu


 Education Evolves  The Market Place  Youth Art

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Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month A dirty filter causes your air conditioner to work harder than necessary. Remember to change your air filter every month or two (or according to manufacturer guidelines) to prevent dust buildup, which can lead to even bigger problems as the appliance gets older.

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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 $ a year or $ for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for first 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 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. OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Rural America Needs Broadband As each day passes without access to robust broadband service in rural America, the digital divide widens between our urban and rural populations. It impacts everything from education to health care. The pandemic of the past year has focused the magnifying glass on this very fact. Rural electric cooperatives provide service to more than 450,000 New Mexicans. We serve the lowest population density per mile, averaging fewer than five consumer-owners per mile of line. In the 1930s and 1940s, electric cooperatives brought electricity to rural New Mexico when the for-profit utilities would not. Today, that same scenario is being replayed as broadband service is deployed in New Mexico and across the country. Without robust access to broadband, New Mexico’s rural folks cannot take advantage of educational, telehealth or employment opportunities most Americans now take for granted. Electric cooperatives also need access to robust broadband service to manage their systems. As technology advances in the electric industry, utilities need more sophisticated telecommunications technology. Our local cooperatives deploy automated metering infrastructure, energy-efficiency programs and grid monitoring systems that require real-time communication to provide safe, reliable electricity 24 hours a day. Electric cooperatives are pursuing and implementing plans using varied models to deploy broadband to rural America. The COVID-19 crisis starkly illuminated key shortcomings—and inequalities—in U.S. infrastructure. While some communities were able to adapt to the pandemic with remote or socially distanced options for work, education and

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health care, others lacked the infrastructure needed to do so. This compounds the disruptions of the pandemic and exacerbates existing inequalities with long-term consequences for American families. As more areas of work and education move online, this divide risks leaving many rural American families behind. The American Rescue Plan, signed by the president March 11, recognizes these challenges and provides $10 billion for states, territories and tribes to cover the costs of capital projects such as broadband infrastructure. The Capital Projects Fund takes critical steps to address the challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities. This helps ensure all communities have access to the highquality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive—including internet access. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking at potential rules to implement the next phase of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which supports building out broadband in unserved areas of the country. In 2014, more than 100 electric cooperatives in 26 states filed expressions of interest in the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiments program and 23 filed formal applications for the program. Today, almost 300 co-ops are in the broadband business or contemplating getting in. The FCC carefully considers the criteria they use to determine the recipients of limited remaining funds. It must make smart investments in projects that will deploy systems that offer robust service levels necessary for economic development.

New Mexico cooperatives are seriously looking into these opportunities. More and more of our members express interest in high-speed internet access. Some see the need for local schools, clinics and community centers. Some simply want Netflix. Deployment of broadband can change our rural fabric and landscape much like rural electrification did more than 80 years ago. However, it is a herculean task. How we get there and how long it takes is still unknown. One thing is for sure: We all need to pull the wagon together and in the same direction.

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{ hale to the stars I By Alan Hale {

Mars Continues Making Headlines E

arth’s sister world, Venus, continues its slowly climb into the evening sky as we head into the summer months. During June and throughout the next few months, Venus remains in twilight, setting about an hour and a half after sunset. Not until late this year does it eventually climb higher into a darker sky. It nevertheless is a brilliant and eye-catching object. It will form an even more impressive sight Friday evening, June 11, when the thin crescent moon passes close to it. One other world is in our western sky during the evening hours. Our other neighboring planet, Mars, which throughout most of June sets one to two hours after the end of dusk, will set at the end of twilight by month’s end. On Wednesday evening, June 23, Mars will pass near the center of a fairly bright star cluster called the Beehive. Mars has been the site of several items of spacerelated news recently. The biggest of these were the flights of NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter that accompanied the Perseverance rover, which landed on the Martian surface in February. Ingenuity was primarily a proof of concept device, and its mission is now complete. But Perseverance’s primary mission to search for signs of possible Martian life is now commencing in earnest. Our solar system’s two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, rise in the east an hour or so before midnight, with Saturn leading Jupiter by roughly 45 minutes. These two large worlds remain in the


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southeastern sky throughout the rest of the night and are highest above the southern horizon during dawn. On Thursday, June 10, the moon passes directly in front of the sun, but since it is near the farthest point of its orbit around Earth, it is not large enough to cover the entire sun. Instead, a thin ring, or annulus, of sunlight remains visible, thus this will be an annular eclipse. The path of annularity begins in the Canadian province of Ontario and initially tracks northnortheast, crossing Baffin and Ellesmere Islands as well as a portion of northwestern Greenland. It then passes directly over the North Pole before ending in eastern Siberia. The partial phases of the eclipse will be visible from the northeastern U.S. and northern Canada after sunrise, as well as from northern Europe and Asia. New Mexico misses out completely on this eclipse. However, on October 14, 2023, the path of another annular eclipse crosses central New Mexico from northwest to southeast. This eclipse’s path is quite similar to that of the annular eclipse that crossed our state in May 2012.

The Martian surface of Jezero Crater as viewed from an elevation of 5 meters by NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter April 25, 2021, during its third flight. The Perseverance rover is in the upper left. PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA/JPLCALTECH.

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NSF, NASA Fund New Program By Minerva Baumann


three-year program at New Mexico State University, funded through the National Science Foundation and NASA, will allow astronomy Assistant Professor Wladimir Lyra to create a roadmap of planet formation using supercomputers. “This investigation will use powerful computers to produce simulations of planet formation and compare the results with modern observations,” Wladimir says. “This research will be able to decide which models are more likely to account for planet formation.” He says the project will be the largest collaboration of theoretical planet formation in the United States. NMSU is working with the University of Arizona; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Iowa State University and the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. “Earth is essentially a ball of dust,” Wladimir says. “We want to know how planets are formed around the sun. One of the clues is that even though space is threedimensional, the solar system is mostly flat like a pancake—all planets orbit the same plane. The easiest way to achieve this configuration is if planets form from a disk around the sun. And the fact that Jupiter and Saturn are made mostly of gas implies that this disk was a disk of gas. If we want to understand planet formation, we need to understand the behavior of these disks of gas around young stars.” Two main developments have allowed a better understanding of the formation of planets: powerful computers to model these systems and telescopes powerful enough that astronomers can witness the formation of the planets. These observations help researchers confirm their computer models. There’s one problem classical physics has not solved. “An ubiquitous process in gas is turbulence,” Wladimir says. “Yet,


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Wladimir Lyra, assistant professor of astronomy at New Mexico State University, received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation and NASA to collaborate with other universities to pursue research on how planets form. NMSU PHOTO BY JOSH BACHMAN

turbulence is the last unsolved problem of classical physics. We can’t exactly predict how turbulence acts in the future. This is because turbulent systems are chaotic, which means the system is very sensitive to initial conditions. It has led to the oftenmentioned notion that a butterfly flapping its wings can whip up a hurricane.” It’s that unpredictable motion of how the gas and dust form planets Wladimir and his collaborators are trying to create a model for using supercomputers. “When sun shines in your room, sometimes you can see the particles in the air, and the motion is random and turbulent,” Wladimir explains. “The same thing happens in space. We quantify for this computationally. The dust is where planet formation comes in. Like the dust in your room, the disks around young stars also have dust in them. The dust first concentrates into dust bunnies, and then keeps growing larger and larger until you have pebbles and rocks made of these dust bunnies. The problem is that you need to find a way to collect these pebbles and rocks and form a planet out of them. “That is not going to happen by itself, because pebbles are too small to attract other pebbles. They don’t have enough mass to attract each other, but the turbulence allows them to come together, collapse and form a planet.” During the past 10 years, researchers have observed motions in the discs forming around young stars that resemble forces like the hurricanes we see on Earth. “These vortices are very good at concentrating dust,” he says. “Right now, we’re running a model on the computer that shows that the concentration of

pebbles in one of these hurricanes is able to reach the density necessary for collapsing them into planets.” Wladimir’s research is focused on finding ways to generate turbulence in gas disks around young stars. He says there are many possible routes for turbulence. Too many, in fact, for him to work on alone, which is why there is a collaboration between different universities. Each node of the network collaboration will study one of the processes and how it works to concentrate dust to form planets. Ultimately, they will combine their research to come up with a unified theory. The project also has an educational component focused on underserved teenagers in the region, with a goal to inspire them to pursue higher education. Wladimir and his team will develop a science camp where students are taught reasoning skills and learn about astronomy. The project plans to reach out to Hispanic teens living below the poverty line in the Las Cruces area. Wladimir began such a program when he lived in Rio de Janeiro, while other colleagues continued it in Nigeria and Bangladesh. Now that schools have reopened in Las Cruces, he plans to approach schools in this region. In three years, he believes he can reach a significant percentage of Las Cruces’ Hispanic teenagers. “I got interested at age 5,” Wladimir says. “I saw a drawing of the solar system and that got me hooked. From that moment on, I wanted to know everything about it. These events can lead to life-long interest. That’s what we want to replicate by inspiring these kids with interesting science.”

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There will be expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, and coverage options from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). SHIPs are government funded to provide local, trusted, and unbiased local Medicare help to individuals in their states or territories. This event is hosted by the national State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) National Technical Assistance Center. For more information contact NM SHIP at 1-800-432-2080. This event will start at 1:00 p.m. with presentations about Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, coverage options, and coordination with other insurance. SHIP experts will explain who is eligible for Medicare and when, how to sign up for Medicare, and what to do if you are still working when you are eligible for Medicare. They will also discuss Medicare costs, especially the importance of avoiding late enrollment penalties. You will learn how to navigate your Medicare coverage options and how Medicare works with other insurances, such as employer insurance, Medigap supplemental insurance, and retiree insurance. At any time during the event, you can visit our NM SHIP exhibit where our New Mexico SHIP personnel can help you think about what to consider when making your individual Medicare enrollment decisions or when helping a friend or loved one make their Medicare enrollment decisions. Local SHIP counselors will be on hand to answer your questions and make appointments for follow up. You can also watch short, pre-recorded videos on aspects of Medicare or download educational materials. National presenters will wrap up the event discussing the federal government’s role in Medicare, avoiding Medicare fraud, and the available Medicare assistance programs that help with Medicare costs. Visit to register and to see more event details, or call 1-800-432-2080 for information.

energy sense I Pat Keegan


Drilling Down: Four Cordless Gifts for Dad


echargeable tools are an excellent gift idea if the dad in your life enjoys home projects. Rechargeable cordless tools are worth the investment when the corded version is not convenient. For example, a power drill is something you usually move around with and often use outside. On the other hand, a table saw is usually not the first choice of cordless tools because it doesn’t need to be moved repeatedly during a project. Quality cordless tools are generally less expensive if you buy them as part of a set instead of one at a time. Since each line of tools uses a unique battery, you can’t mix and match between brands. It may cost less in the long

run to buy a cordless starter kit with a few helpful tools and a battery, then add tools to the set. Here are a few cordless tools the father in your family should love. Leaf Blower If the father in your family uses a gas-powered leaf blower, you can do him—and your neighbors—a favor by giving him a cordless leaf blower, which is more energy efficient, quieter and less polluting. Power Drill As one of the most used power tools, a drill should be everyone’s first cordless tool. Using a corded drill can mean constantly moving the cord around furniture, other tools or your

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own feet, which can be dangerous. Cordless drills are easy to use, and the technology has improved so they have more power and hold a charge longer. Light-duty drills are smaller and less powerful but easy to use for smaller projects. String Trimmer A string trimmer is a quick way to trim weeds and grass near walls, bricks and rocks. If your family uses an old gas trimmer around the yard, it’s time for a change. Two-stroke engines pollute the air and require regular maintenance. Electric trimmers are quieter and more energy efficient. Models range in price from $50 to $150. It’s worth paying a little more to get a highly rated model that will last longer. Flashlight Today’s LED flashlights produce up to 20 times as much light as incandescent ones. They come in a variety of

options, from tiny keychain lights to headlamps to waterproof spotlights. A flashlight usually gives better light than a cellphone, especially if you’re working in a tight space, such as under a sink. A flashlight often comes as part of a cordless tool set, or you can buy a single unit that charges using a USB cable. Batteries Batteries make cordless tools possible. Lithium-ion batteries are more expensive, but are gaining popularity because they hold a charge longer. They have a longer life, but still degrade over time. It’s worth buying cordless tools from a reputable brand so you can be confident about finding replacement batteries. It goes without saying, but these cordless tool gift ideas aren’t just for dads. All do-it-yourself enthusiasts could put any of these gifts to good use.

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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 A Social History of Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops In 1880, the West was transformed by the coming of the railroad. At 11 a.m. on April 22, 1890, the Black regiment of the U.S. Cavalry led a procession to the railroad along the newly named Railroad Avenue (now Central). But who was to maintain and carefully rebuild, piece by piece, those hulking powerful locomotives? The mostly Hispano and Native American workers in Albuquerque’s Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad repair yard. It was the city’s largest employer, allowing thousands of people in the next few generations to rise to middle class. But by 1950, diesel engines appeared and soon the last locomotive left its repair bay. By the ’60s, the workers’ neighborhoods fell into disrepair. Relationships were sometimes stratified along racial lines, and the company did not always pay workers equally. This impeccably researched and written book offers a deep look into those times, and the photographs are wonderful. By Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint UNM Press

Freeing the Wild in the Child

Childhood trauma? Don’t we all suffer from that? But Hazens’ book— and her work as a therapist—looks particularly deeply into the lives of kids, especially those who lose parents early or suffer from abuse, as she did. The book is part memoir, part therapy and part an illustration of bioenergetics as a way to shift stuck energy. Hazen writes of her own childhood trauma, of losing her mother early on and of her father, who, in the war, had learned massage. It helped her. She remembers a kind of “wild play” with him, too— childhood tumbles and scuffles, which afforded release and connection. This paved the way for her later use of bioenergetics as a therapist. She writes: “Healing is forgiving the past so we can be fully present. A therapist is not necessarily a healer. A therapist is someone who takes someone’s hand and says, ‘It’s time to go to the dump. If you want, I’ll go along because sometimes letting go of stuff that we don’t need any more can be scary.’ ” By Nancy Hazen Available at

Commendable Discretion: A Detective Novel of the Old West By 1865, the Civil War was over, but the U.S. was still bogged down with the Plains Indian Wars. In Dakota Territory, Custer had tried to establish safety for a rush of gold seekers in the Black Hills. Native Americans called this protected route the Thieves Way—just another path to their eradication, another broken treaty. Commendable Discretion’s protagonist, C.W. Collins is sent out by President Grant to solve a mystery: Did whites disguised as Native Americans help fight against Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn? Will Custer’s widow, Libby, whitewash her husband’s terrible legacy, or will the novel’s characters find a very different truth? In this thoroughly researched historical novel, Collins and a Native American woman who acts as his guide ride through remote Montana territory, deep into the heart of conflicts between vengeful soldiers and embittered Lakota warriors. This is a riveting story packed with deep historical and cultural understanding. By J. Hoolihan Clayton Dog Soldier Press

Hidden Gems, Roadside Attractions of New Mexico Maybe we’re still not quite ready for the big trip, but a hot-off-the-presses guide to New Mexico might just be the answer. “Hidden Gems” author Donna Black Birchell reminds us of something Rudolfo Anaya once said: “I have traveled many places, but I have no desire to leave New Mexico.” With this book as a guide, you might not want to either. “Hidden Gems” divides the state into four quadrants and gives separate sections for the cities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Roswell. There is even a special section on New Mexico cuisine—including recipes. Wanna make fry bread? I particularly like the separate Enchanted Byways


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sections, which provide itineraries to many scenic drives, such as the El Frontera Del Llano scenic byway—which includes the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands—and the Chain of Craters Backcountry Byway, which travels through the El Malpais National Monument. With historic ghost towns, geological wonders, extraterrestrial encounters, Puebloan ruins, roadside art, Old West culture, frontier forts and cool museums in New Mexico, why go anywhere else? By Donna Blake Birchell Arcadia Publishing

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OVID-19 has many trying to avoid crowds and tending to remain isolated at home. One adventure that satisfies all the safety criteria while getting you out of the house on a scenic trip takes you through the city of Corona as you travel to Carrizozo. A day trip to enjoy the painted burros of Carrizozo provides a bit of whimsy to an otherwise mundane routine. Since the burros—Spanish for donkey—are outside on public display throughout town, they can be enjoyed from your vehicle while cruising the downtown streets, or you can take a leisurely walking tour. With many businesses still closed and light foot traffic, it can be a bit like walking alone through an outdoor museum of these interesting burro sculptures and other local public art objects. The only burro spotted indoors was at the Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography. It was near a large window facing the street and was easily viewable from the sidewalk. Consider bringing binoculars to better see the many burros mounted on the roofs of buildings around town. Having been inspired by the Trail of Painted Ponies project in Santa Fe that began in 2003, Warren and Joan Malkerson started in 2005 what has become a popular addition to the art of Carrizozo, buying a cast aluminum burro from a manufacturer in Mexico. They had noted in historic photos of the Lincoln County area— and New Mexico in general—how important donkeys had been to transport men and materials around the region. The donkey seemed an ideal icon to represent a familiar and welcoming mascot for the city. The Malkersons envisioned a project in which local artists could be employed to paint burros for display and decoration around town. Joan started by painting a few burros, then enlisted the help of local artists and contracted with individuals to paint the next 20 or so. Local artists responded with enthusiasm. Twenty-one burro monuments sporting an amazing variety of colors and designs now grace the city. Burros also make charismatic billboards for local businesses. The statues are approximately life-sized, cast aluminum and weigh 80 pounds. The same manufacturing shop in Mexico produces them all.


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After populating Carrizozo with public burro art, the Malkersons began selling burros to other cities and individuals as the iconic statues became more widely known. The burros sell for $450 with a base primer, ready to be decorated to the owner’s taste. Fully painted figures sell for $800 to $1,350. About 400 burros have been sold and distributed in the past 13 years to 38 states. To diversify the burro products and attract a larger customer base, Warren and Joan had their manufacturer produce smaller versions of the burro figure. The aluminum burros are sold with primer and ready for creative painting designs. An even smaller mini burro is 14 inches long and 6 inches tall. It sells for $25. With the expanding product line and nationwide distribution, the Malkersons have invigorated the local economy in a Mexican village where the burros are produced, promoting productive employment for artisans and skilled factory workers in their hometown. The Malkersons have also contributed to the art revival in Carrizozo and helped spread enthusiasm for this enjoyable, burro-themed art around the country.

Hand-painted burros, carefully built sculptures and other colorful works of art can be found throughout Carrizozo— including many rooftops. Warren and Joan Malkerson started the painted-burro statues in 2005. They can now be found in and around homes and businesses in 38 states.

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Socorro Electric Cooperative

Ten Energy-Saving Ideas 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 5 575-993-4180

Vice President

Luis Aguilar, District 3


Paul Bustamante, District 1

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.


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Do high energy bills have a stranglehold on your family’s finances? You may be able to partially offset higher costs if you can find ways to conserve. Below is a look at measures that may help you reduce the bottom line on your power bill. • Air dry. Instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle, use the air-dry feature. • Turn it off. Use timers and motion detectors to turn off lights. Unplug TV entertainment systems when traveling. Use power surge protection strips for Energy Star-rated applieasy on/off switching, and ances, above, show condon’t leave your computer sumers the estimated yearly cost to operate and monitor on needlessly. • Don’t get burned with hot the device, right. water. Lower your water heater thermostat to 120 F and add a water heater blanket. Water heaters are the second-highest source of energy consumption in the home. • Fill it up, please. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes. Also, wash your clothes in cold water. Today’s laundry detergent is formulated to be used with cold water. • Keep ’em clean. Check furnace, heat pump and air conditioning filters once a month and replace them regularly. A dirty air filter can increase energy costs and cause problems with your equipment. • Get a checkup. Have a licensed heating and air conditioning technician do a thorough checkup on your heating and air conditioning system at least once a year. These checkups can identify a problem early and save you heartache and discomfort. • Stop the breeze. Caulk and weatherstrip around drafty doors and windows. Like we always say, “when in doubt, caulk.” We suggest using clear silicone caulk. • Take a walk. Circle your home with easy-to-use spray foam insulation. Look for openings and gaps around pipes, chimneys, lights, windows, basement brick and cement work. Inside your home, look under kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure areas where pipes enter from the floor or wall are sealed. • Stay bright. As old school incandescent and even newer CFL bulbs burn out, replace them with LEDs. You can save about $90 a year compared to incandescent bulbs. You pay more up front, but shop around because prices are dropping. They use considerably less energy, last up to 20 years and you can find them in a variety of different shades of light. Check the label for expected length of life and color in degrees Kelvin. • Be a star. Look for products and appliances that have earned the Energy Star label. They meet strict new energy-efficiency criteria that will reduce your utility bills. Energy Star-rated clothes washers, for example, use approximately 40% less water and 25% less electricity than standard models.

Socorro Electric Cooperative

If you are struggling to pay bills due to COVID-19, you may qualify for financial assistance. ADOBE STOCK PHOTO BY SAMUEL

Rent, Utility Assistance Available The state of New Mexico is granting $170 million of federal aid to New Mexicans who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 for rental and utility assistance. For more information, go to What does the assistance cover? •  Rent. •  Utility bills, including electric, propane and natural gas. •  Water and sewer. •  Trash removal. •  Fuel oil, firewood and pellets. •  Expenses related to housing costs such as hotel/motel costs. To be eligible, you must: •  Be obligated to pay rent and be able to demonstrate current primary residence in a housing unit in New Mexico. •  Be able to show a financial impact due to COVID-19. •  Have a household income that falls under the COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program income limits. •  Able to demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

•  Able to demonstrate rent and utility obligations incurred since March 30, 2020.

Socorro Electric will gladly assist you in applying for assistance. The co-op can supply members with past electric bills to submit with their application. Call Socorro at 800-351-7575, option 8, for help. Assistance is also available from these local programs: •  Income Support HSD (LIHEAP). 800-283-4464 •  Midwest Community Action Program. 575-835-0899

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UPGRADE TO ELECTRICITY AND SAVE IN YOUR HOME At Tri-State, we’re doing our part so that electricity benefits you. By 2030, 70% of the electricity our members consume will come from low-cost renewable energy, and you can take advantage by switching from fuel-powered technologies in your home. Switching to electricity can save you money with these home electrification ideas.

LEARN MORE AT WWW.TRISTATE.COOP/BE Tri-State is a not-for-profit power supplier to cooperatives and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.



YOUR HOME, ELECTRIFIED HEATING & COOLING WITH HEAT PUMPS According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when paired with proper insulation, an electric heat pump can save over 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills compared to conventional HVAC systems. Here are some advantages of a heat pump: • One system to heat your home (even in sub-zero temperatures) and cool during warmer months • Eliminate potential carbon monoxide exposure from combustion byproducts • Substantially less to heat your home than propane or electric baseboard heat

POWER UP YOUR GARDENING TOOLS Electric garden tools can last longer and are emissions-free, meaning you’ll smell the scents of summer, not the smell of exhaust. Plus, with modern technology, they are just as effective as gas-powered alternatives. Just charge the battery and go! • Low maintenance – no oil changes or need to treat fuel, change spark plugs or filters. • No need to purchase and store gasoline • Electric models are lightweight and easy to handle

SAVE WITH AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) Sales of light-duty electric vehicles rose by 43% in 2020. On average, EVs have a lower cost of operation over their lifespan, and buyers are taking notice. • Less maintenance • Increased savings compared to gasoline • Fun to drive because of torque

REBATES FOR YOUR HOME Contact your local electric co-op or public power district to find out more on available rebates and incentives

on the menu I By Sue Hutchison

Make Spring Savory and Sweet

It’s shorts and flip-flop weather. The Land of Enchantment provides an abundance of outdoor beauty, perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying a meal. Still shedding some winter weight? Let the kitchen become a friend as you become more health-conscious. Putting a good-for-you spin on classic recipes does not require a nutrition science degree, and making substitutions for high-fat, high-sugar ingredients does the trick. White sauce is often loaded with full-fat ingredients. Light Chicken in White Sauce offers a delicious alternative that delivers on taste. Avocados take center stage in Avocado Balsamic Salad and are cholesterol- and sodium-free. They contain plant-based oil that provides “good fat.” Need a sweet treat to take on your next outdoor adventure? Beach Buddy Banana Oatmeal Cookies are loaded with healthful ingredients. These sweets are low on added sugar and contain fiber and protein to give outdoor enthusiasts added endurance. Don those shorts with pride! You’re on your way to a healthy glow.

Avocado Balsamic Salad 5-6 avocados 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved ½ red onion, thinly sliced 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon balsamic reduction 1 tablespoon olive oil

Peel and dice avocados. Place in mixing bowl. Add grape tomatoes, onion and cheese. Sprinkle in lemon juice and toss gently to incorporate. In a small cup, mix balsamic reduction and olive oil until incorporated. Drizzle immediately over salad. Lightly fold salad together until dressing is just mixed in. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until served.


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Light Chicken in White Sauce Olive oil cooking spray 4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts 2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning 1 teaspoon dill weed, dried 1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1 cup low-fat milk 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed Dried basil for garnish

Mix lemon pepper, dill and garlic powder in a resealable bag. Spray heavy skillet with cooking spray to coat evenly. Rinse and pat chicken dry, adding one piece to the bag at a time, lightly shaking to coat. Place chicken in the skillet, cooking over medium heat until golden on both sides, approximately 6 to 7 minutes, depending on thickness. Remove chicken to serving platter when browned. Tent with foil to keep warm. In the same skillet, sprinkle flour and whisk with remaining juices to incorporate. Slowly pour in milk and continue whisking. Add butter, pepper and salt, stirring until mixture is thickened. Pour white sauce over chicken; sprinkle capers and basil. Serve immediately.

Beach Buddy Banana Oatmeal Cookies 1 cup whole-wheat flour ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ pound butter, well-softened

Heat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, whisking together. In a smaller bowl, combine butter, applesauce, banana and egg. Whisk together. Stir in oats. Stir in banana mixture to dry ingredients until just incorporated.

1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1½ cups mashed, ripe banana (about 3) 1 egg 2 cups quick-cooking oats ½ cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup dried, low-sugar cranberries ½ cup chopped pecans

Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries and pecans. Drop by heaping tablespoon on baking sheet. Place on racks centered in oven, baking for 13 to 15 minutes, or until tops and edges are golden. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes. Move to parchment paper to cool completely. Store in airtight containers. Cookies may be frozen for later use.

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.

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Doctor urges seniors to carry medical alert device Seniors snap up new medical alert device that comes with no monthly bills People don’t always do what their doctor says, but when seasoned veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Philip B. Howren says every senior should have a medical alert device, you better listen up. “Seniors are just one fall away from being put in a nursing home,” Dr. Howren said. “With a medical alert device, seniors are never alone. So it keeps them living independently in their own home. That’s why seniors and their family members are snapping up a sleek new medical alert device that comes with no monthly bills ever,” he said. Many seniors refuse to wear old style help buttons because they make them look old. But even worse, those medical alert sys-

tems come with monthly bills. To solve these problems Universal Physicians, a U.S. company went to work to develop a new, modern, state-of-theart medical alert device. It’s called “FastHelp™” and it instantly connects you to free unlimited nationwide help everywhere cell service is available with no contracts, no deposits and no monthly bills ever. “This slick new little device is designed to look like the pagers doctors wear every day. Seniors love them, because it actually makes them look important, not old,” Dr. Howren said. FastHelp is expected to hit store shelves later this year. But special newspaper promotional giveaways are slated for seniors in select areas. ■

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thing is done for you. “FastHelp is a state of the art medical alert device designed to make you look important, not old. Old style monitored help buttons you wear around your neck, or require expensive base station equipment or a landline are the equivalent of a horse and buggy,” Lawrence says. “It’s just outdated.” Millions of seniors fall every year and spend hours lying on the floor helpless

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New Mexico State University is working with EON Reality, a leader in augmented and virtual reality-based knowledge and skills transfer, to bring the technology to classrooms across the NMSU system. The EON-XR platform will first be integrated into selected courses at NMSU’s Doña Ana Community College and later expand to NMSU’s main campus. NMSU PHOTO

Education Technology Continues to Evolve The collaboration between NMSU and EON Reality will enhance regional workforce development


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By Justin Bannister


ew Mexico State University is working with EON Reality, a leader in augmented and virtual reality-based knowledge and skills transfer, to bring the technology to classrooms across the NMSU system. The EON-XR platform will first be integrated into selected courses at NMSU’s Doña Ana Community College and later expand to NMSU’s main campus. “We are so pleased to work with EON Reality and to begin deploying technology that will increase capacity in the communities we serve,” says NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “The EON-XR platform offers significant instructional support of critical industries in our region—including manufacturing, aerospace, construction, health, agriculture, education and entertainment. This technology promises to transform learning and teaching in ways that will enhance regional workforce development and will provide our students with skills that will accelerate their social mobility.” The collaboration will provide opportunities for students and teachers to incorporate the technology into their daily education routines, while learning more about developing and creating augmented and virtual reality content as

a part of the rapidly growing industry. “It is important for higher education institutions to explore emerging teaching and learning strategies in order to engage and prepare students for careers in a 21st-century world,” says Stephanie Rodriguez, New Mexico Higher Education Department secretary. “I applaud NMSU and Doña Ana Community College for their innovation and look forward to seeing how initiatives like this can expand and enhance educational opportunities right here in New Mexico.” “New Mexico State is one of the two largest universities in New Mexico, so of course we are very excited to be working with them,” said Dan Lejerskar, Founder of EON Reality. “We know this is how we can bring EON-XR to the most people possible in the state and hopefully positively influence thousands—or even millions—of students, faculty and citizens of New Mexico. EON Reality is built on the foundation of democratizing access to XR solutions, and I believe that’s exactly what we are doing in New Mexico.” EON Reality’s global development network has created a vast AR/VR library for education and industry with more than 8,000 applications and more than 40 million users worldwide. To learn more about EON Reality, visit


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

We Are Your Rural Property Specialists. Farms • Ranches Homes • Auctions

Contact Us Today!

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

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NM. Three and four month old pullets that lay brown, white, green and blue eggs, $8 to $10 each. Call Smokey Ball at 575-749-3471.


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.


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.


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.

MOUNTAIN-TOP GOATS, babies are on the ground milkers, bucks, babies, boer show wethers, weed eaters, cabrito and pets. Show quality Nubians, Mini Nubians, La Manchas, Mini La Manchas, Nigerian Dwarf and Boer goats. Also, Hair Sheep, Royal White and Painted Desert Cross. In Capitan, call 575-937-0342. 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.


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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 or email

Business 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.


saddles, chaps, chinks, holsters, belts, etc. Also saddle & tack repair. Located in La Luz, New Mexico. Call 575-2578874.


“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 575-354-0365.

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. Email: 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. TWO-80 TON FEED BINS, one-18 ton feed bin, 1 unloading grain hopper, 6”x20’ auger, 8”x20’ auger, one-15 HP 3 phase electric motor, 1.4 ton feed cart with unloading auger. Call 505-3845163 for more information. POULTRY WIRE PVC COATED


two-year warranty on selected pumps with affordable, easy installation! For a custom quote, call 505-429-3093 or email us at solarwellpumpsonline@, 24/7 service. Order online at our website:

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.

will not rust! Power poles various lengths. Aircraft cable 5/16” and 1/4” various lengths. Frostless water faucets 3’ burial, $25 each. Call 505-384-5163 for more information.

Great Finds HEADSTONES (I.E. CEMETERY MONUMENTS) is our business. Over

1,000 designs. An eternal memory of a loved one. TAOS MOUNTAIN HERITAGE. Call 575-770-2507 or Email: Website: www.taosmountainheritage. com


so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its Savior. John 3:16-17 For more information, contact


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.


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 575-7603341 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 880520001. Email: or call 575-382-7804.


“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 575-354-0365.


Metal chimes in various designs/ colors with beads and crystals $15 - $25. Original framed watercolor and oil paintings $25 - $75. Metal suncatchers $5 - $20. Southwestern style handbags and jewelry $8 - $15. In Carrizozo, call Dan at 505-582-8311 or email

WANTED: OLDER AIRSTREAM, SPARTAN, SILVER STREAK, AVION or similar style travel trailers.

Any condition considered. Wrecked or gutted trailers included. Please call Rick at 505-690-8272.

ROUGH RIDER ANTIQUES welcomes you back to our clean, bright store. We have added collections from new dealers but your favorites are here as well: the coin man, the lamp queen, turquoise lady, the old tool guy, the artist who makes jewelry out of railroad china shards and silver. We always look for colorful, rustic furniture from New Mexico farms and ranches. You never know what you’ll find! 501 Railroad and Lincoln, across from the Castañeda, in Las Vegas. Open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. 505-454-8063.

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, 575-7605461.

ARTESIA, NM. FOR SALE OR LEASE. Commercial property on 4+

acres, 8,800 sq. ft. Improvements with insulated steel shops, automobile lift and hoist, garage, carport, fenced yard, highway access. Great location for service business, light industrial/manufacturing, warehouse, contractor storage, shop rental. Prime investment property. Room for expansion. Also, Residence/ Shop and 4+ acres available separately. Call 575-746-7526 or 575-513-1445.


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.


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: id/520104/

CIMARRON, NM COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, 100+ year old, 3,500 sq.

ft. brick building with an attached 2,000 sq. 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.


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


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.

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, 575760-5461.

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.

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land, fenced with cleared land in corner for homesite. Great views, close to US 60 and Pie Town. $120,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


Magdalena Ranch Estates. SALE PENDING! 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.



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

in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District with water rights. Produces alfalfa and grass hay crops. Utilities nearby. $69,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

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, 575456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. To Place a Classified Ad

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section with State Road 203). Just over 20 acres. Scenic views just west of lake. $18,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision, 5.5 acres vacant land. $8,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


Choice of 44 or 40 acres. Great for off grid living or hunting. Vacant land. $32,000 each. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

DATIL, 31 OLD HIGHWAY 60. 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, 575760-5461. CURRY, ROOSEVELT AND QUAY COUNTIES. In Clovis, Portales and

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, 575760-5461.


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for $16,000 and 40 acres for $32,000. Vacant land. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


site of Nogal. Co-op water and electricity nearby. $45,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


sell. Broker has over 50 years of experience working on the family farm in New Mexico and has been a farm owner and operator since 1988. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE HILL ROAD. 60 acres with home, corral

outbuildings. $265,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.



Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision, SOLD! 6.5 acres vacant land. $9,500. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

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RAMAH, 281 CANDY KITCHEN ROAD, 42.26 acres with old stone home

(3 lots) in Lewis Ranch Subdivision. $100,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000, Paul Stout, broker, NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.


views, plus sunsets studded with the twinkling lights of Santa Fe from this amazing 6 acre mountain property in the Overlook Subdivision, just off Old Santa Fe Trail at La Barbaria Road. LOGAN “LAKEVIEW” LOT. Minutes to the Plaza, but a world away. AMAZING view and quiet privacy! This view filled parcel in a gated subdiviApproximately 1.69 acres surrounded by sion has towering ponderosa pines that native trees and arroyos. Open spaces provide incredible privacy and security. east and west. Close to state park trails Owner has previously permitted a 4,400 and lake. Viola Terry, broker. Call 575sq. ft., three story, passive solar resi403-8522 or 575-403-8831. dence with the help of several variances granted by Santa Fe County - including PIE TOWN, 0 LOU LOU LANE, overall building height. These variances WILD HORSE SUBDIVISION. Just may convey with property; buyer to over 20 acres vacant land located in verify. If so, new owner will have design th Phase/Unit I. $29,000. Big Mesa Realty, Advertisement for Enchantment Magazine – 1/6rarely page – 2.27”inxthe 4.7” fl exibility available foothills. 575-456-2000, Paul Stout, broker, Owner has constructed two massive NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. www. retaining walls onsite, one for ing and one for fire truck turnaround. Retaining wall for fire truck turnaround Do you have questions about how to will require structural remediation. assist your child with developmental $195,000. Call 505-603-1066. skills? Want to know if your child is on track for their age group? New Vistas Early Intervention Program is here to help!

If you have any questions or concerns about the development of your child, please contact us at: New Vistas Early Intervention Program Las Vegas Office (Mora and San Miguel Counties) 624 University Avenue – Suite 600, Las Vegas, NM, 87701 (505) 425-5044 Santa Fe Office (Santa Fe County) 1205 Parkway Drive, Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (505) 471-1001

21 ACRES OF RURAL LIVING in southwest New Mexico. Paved highway frontage. All utilities (well, septic, power and propane) for two home sites. Northern acreage has hook-ups for a manufactured home. South acreage includes a 2,100 sq. ft., 3-bedroom, 1-bath home with large addition, hot tub, lots of potential. Addition is not finished giving the new owner the chance to “make it their own”. Property is fenced and has several outbuildings. If you are looking for a peaceful rural property, give me a call and come see for yourself. Call Sandy at 575-590-3225.

HILLSBORO HOME, 3-BEDROOM, 2-BATH, beautifully renovated on quiet county road in secluded valley on 1.9+/acres. Fifteen minute walk to downtown historic Hillsboro. Fantastic views in North Percha creek, prolific wildlife. For Sale by owner, $217,000, possible owner financing. Call 575-895-5154.

Vehicles FRONT BUMPER FOR 2017 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY PICKUP, 4 wheel drive. Chrome and black. One very small dent. Replaced because upgraded to a heavy duty bumper. $225 OBO. Call 505-240-1462 or 575-639-4752.

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RUIDOSO, 220 JACK LITTLE DRIVE, great central location in quiet

neighborhood with a large fenced yard and lovely trees. Main level is 3-bedrooms, 2-baths with vaulted ceilings, wood and tile floors. There is a fourth bedroom/full bath on lower level with a separate entrance, could be used as man cave or Airbnb for additional income. Call 907-570-6164.

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Cartoon Creations ! Congratulations to the Winners Aidan Cathey• Age 9 Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative

Kaydence Hamrick • Age 11 Otero County Electric Cooperative

Estevan Herrera • Age 8 Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Evan Lindsey • Age 8 Farmers’ Electric Cooperative

Brionika Drea Marez • Age 9 Continental Divide Electric Cooperative

Kerissa Martinez • Age 8 Socorro Electric Cooperative

July’s Topic: American Flag Show us your best version of the stars and stripes! August’s Topic: Summer Splash Make some waves this summer and share your best water/swimming drawing 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.

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