SOCO October 2020

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enchantment The Voice of New Mexico’s Rural Electric Cooperatives


Socorro Electric Cooperative

On the Green: Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative Brings Together Youth and Golf

Distance Learning and Internet Infrastructure The 2020/2021 School Year has brought many new challenges and has dramatically amplified existing deficiencies. The Gallup-McKinley County Schools cover 4,957 miles2 in northwest New Mexico, with 32 schools and over 11 thousand students. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham directed schools to begin the 20/21 School Year with remote learning for most students at least through Labor Day as part of a strategy to limit the transmission of COVID-19. This was devastating for many of our at-risk students in McKinley County. The statistics of McKinley County New Mexico show how important it is for the school to invest in learning opportunities for our students. Persons Living in Poverty Per Capita Income 12 (Mo.) Household with Computer Bachelor’s Degree or higher % of Taxable Property Broadband Coverage

32.3%1 $15,2781 59.2%1 11.6%1 Only 20% is taxable2 39.6%3

GMCS proudly serves seven distinct communities, including portions of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. The District’s ability to raise capital funding, for technology and infrastructure, is severely limited. The District does receive funds through the Impact Aid Program to mitigate this loss in tax revenue, but the state takes credit (~$22 million each year) for these funds. The District was able to afford computing devices and internet hot spots for students this year with federal CAREs Act Funding, although the State has decided to take credit for ~41% of these funds, meaning we will need to find more funding to cover this deficit. Your local District may be experiencing similar issues, please talk to your local legislator about funding 21st Century Technology for New Mexico’s Students. Notes: 1.,NM#, 2., 3.


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CONTENTS 04 We are enchantment 05 View from enchantment 06 Hale to the Stars 10 Energy Sense 12 Book Chat 13 Co-op Month


14 On The Green Northern Río Arriba Electric Golf Camp 16 Your Electric Co-op 18 Moleski Totem Pole





20 On the Menu 22 Codebreaker Challenge 24 Co-ops and the Communities they Serve 26 The Market Place 30 Youth Art

On the Cover Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative brings youth and golf together. Photo courtesy of • October 2020



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October 1, 2020 • Vol. 72, No. 10 USPS 175-880 • ISSN 0046-1946 Circulation 90,005 enchantment (ISSN 0046-1946) is published monthly by the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505. enchantment provides reliable, helpful information on rural living and energy use to electric cooperative members and customers. Nearly 89,000 families and businesses receive enchantment Magazine as electric cooperative members. Non-member subscriptions are available at $12 per year or $18 for two years, payable to NMRECA. Allow four to eight weeks for delivery. PERIODICAL POSTAGE paid at Santa Fe, NM 87501-9998 and additional mailing offices. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Postmaster please send address changes to 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87505-4428. Readers who receive the publication through their electric cooperative membership should report address changes to their local electric cooperative office. THE NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION provides legislative and educational services to the cooperatives who are members of the Association that deliver electric power to New Mexico’s rural areas and small communities. The mission of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association is to strengthen, support, unify, and represent Cooperative member interests at the local, state, and national levels. Each cooperative has a representative on the association’s board of directors, which controls the editorial content and advertising policy of enchantment through its Publications Committee. OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Charles Pinson, President, Central Valley Electric 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 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 Robert Quintana, Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op, Mora 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 NEW MEXICO RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Phone: 505-982-4671 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505-982-0153 Keven J. Groenewold, CEO, Susan M. Espinoza, Editor. Tom Condit, Assistant Editor, DISPLAY ADVERTISING: Rates available upon request. Co-op members and New Mexico display advertisers, email Shaylyn at or call 505-252-2540. National representative: American MainStreet Publications, 800-626-1181. Advertisements in enchantment are paid solicitations and are not endorsed by the publisher or the electric cooperatives that are members of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association. PRODUCT SATISFACTION AND DELIVERY RESPONSIBILITY LIE SOLELY WITH THE ADVERTISER. Copyright ©2020, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. Reproduction prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

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

Members and Co-ops Connected Now More than Ever


hen electric co-ops began forming over 80 years ago, most people found out about it at their local general store, visiting with neighbors after church, or at a community social event. That was social networking in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, social networking has a far different look. Many of today’s local cafes and coffee shops are internet “hotspots.” Inside, you will find people drinking coffee or having a bite to eat, much like our grandparents did. However, the conversations take place in very different ways. Many tables have one or two people sitting in silence, focused on their laptops or smart device. They converse with friends from across town, across the state, across the country or even around the world. These conversations may be group discussions or several one-on-one exchanges happening simultaneously—all of it by the written word only. This is how many of our younger members choose to communicate. The only thing they require is a Wi-Fi connection to be connected to the world wide web. The tools are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and many others. The forms of communicating are postings, tweets, blogs, and instant messaging. And every element of our society is

becoming part of this newest wave. From elected officials to candidates for office, to the local PTA— all are social networking through this new medium. This new form of communication is something we need to understand if we plan on “staying in touch” with the next generation of members and each other. There are over 190 million Facebook users in the U.S. alone: 15.7 percent are between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3 percent are 25 to 34, and 18.3 percent are 35 to 44. It is human nature to want to be heard when you have an idea or a problem. Co-op members have a right of ownership to be heard. Therefore, communication is critical for member-owned cooperatives. We must be able to field inquiries, answer questions, and address concerns in the many media forms our members choose. In the past, it may have been as simple as having bilingual employees, but now more than ever, co-ops need to be plugged into these new media outlets. The downside of not staying current with these new forums is miscommunication. Questions will be asked, and if we are not there to answer, they could be answered by someone else. There are also opportunities. These media platforms can be used

to keep members informed about emergency or planned power outages. They also provide a great platform to share exciting news about New Mexico’s Cooperatives, like the recent commitment from TriState Generation and Transmission Association and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to deliver to their members 50 percent renewable energy by 2024. After all, many of the devices used to stay connected do not need to be plugged into a wall. There may be ways to make operations more efficient. This may be a new way to get educational and safety information to more people. However a co-op decides to use these new tools; we must remember what has made us special through time is the personal touch. We can not forget that. But there should be room to embrace and balance these new ideas. Be on the look-out for a larger presence from co-ops in the digital world. • October 2020


hale to the stars I By Alan Hale

Examining the Red Planet from Orbit


he “Planet of the Month” for October is unquestionably Mars. The Red Planet is at “opposition,” i.e., directly opposite the sun in the sky, on October 13. Around this time, it rises around sunset, is slightly south directly overhead around midnight (1:00a.m. Daylight Savings Time), and sets around sunrise. One week earlier, Mars will be nearest Earth (38.6 million miles), the closest it will come to our planet until 2035. An international armada of spacecraft is currently present at Mars and examining it from orbit and from the surface. Three more spacecraft missions to the Red Planet were launched this past July. They will arrive there next February: NASA’s Perseverance rover as well as missions from China and from the United Arab Emirates. Mars is not the only bright planet in our October nighttime skies. Jupiter and Saturn are in the southwestern sky during the early evening hours and set one to two hours before midnight. Over in the morning sky, Venus rises well over an hour before the beginning of dawn and shines brilliantly in our eastern sky. Meanwhile, while it may not be “bright,” Uranus is at opposition at the end of October and is traveling slowly through the stars of the constellation Aries; it can be glimpsed with the unaided eye from dark rural sites. This should be a good year for the Orionid meteor shower, which


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The Martain surface in Gale Crater, as imaged by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Courtesy NASA/JPL-CalTech/MSSS.

peaks on Wednesday morning, October 21, and the meteors of which appear to come from a place in the sky north of the bright star Betelgeuse in the shower’s namesake constellation. From dark rural locations, up to 20 or more meteors may be seen per hour. The Orionids come from the famous Halley’s Comet, which last passed through the inner solar system in 1986. It will be at its farthest point from the sun a little over three years from now, before turning around and heading back for its next return in 2061. The moon is full on Thursday night, October 1; since this is the full moon closest to the September Equinox, is the traditional “Harvest Moon.” The moon will be full again on Halloween night, the second Full Moon of October. While the origins of the phrase are uncer-

tain and appear to be fairly recent, the expression “Blue Moon” has come to mean the second Full Moon of a month, and accordingly would apply to the Full Moon of Halloween. In actuality, “Blue Moons” occur about once every three years, on average.



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Cast Your Vote on November 3


ew Mexico’s electric cooperatives’ top priority is providing consumer-members with safe, reliable, and affordable energy. But this job requires more than stringing and maintaining power lines. It requires political engagement. That may seem far removed from our core mission, but it’s absolutely essential to the services cooperatives provide. That’s why electric co-ops in New Mexico and across the country are participating in Co-ops Vote, a nonpartisan program that encourages all co-op members to participate in national, state, and local elections. The program also aims to educate political candidates and elected officials about the important role electric cooperatives play in their local communities. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the service organization representing the nation’s electric co-ops, launched Co-ops Vote in 2016. Co-ops


Rural communities depend on Co-op Voters. Learn about the issues. Talk to your family and friends. Cast your vote.

Election Day is November 3, 2020 Be an active participant in our democracy. Be a Co-op Voter. Vote started as a national get-out-the-vote initiative that helped drive rural voter turnout. As co-ops, the civic virtue of voting is in our DNA. We show concern for community—one of the seven cooperative principles—through participation in our democracy. Co-ops have another advantage. Elected officials and decisionmakers across the political spectrum trust us because of the work the electric cooperative family has put into political engagement.

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When we all get involved, we can make things happen politically and in our local communities. We know Election Day may look a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s why we’re encouraging all co-op members to stay engaged and informed of any changes to polling locations or absentee and mail-in balloting procedures. Voting is central to American democracy. We hope you will commit to cast your ballot on November 3.

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energy sense I By Patrick Keegan and Brad Thiessen

How to Make Your Basement or Crawl Space More Efficient


oisture is a common problem in basements and crawl spaces, and can lead to mold, rot, and lowered effectiveness of insulation. Look carefully for signs of water damage or moisture buildup, such as rotting wood, mold, a stain on a wall, or floor, or a musty smell. Crawl spaces can be muddy or even have standing water in them if gutters or the slope of the landscaping drains in the wrong direction. Once drainage problems are solved, the crawl space should have a ground vapor barrier. If you live in an area where radon has been a problem, you should conduct a radon test through a licensed professional or purchase a DIY home test kit. Carbon monoxide problems can be deadly. If you have any type of combustion occurring in the basement or crawl space, whether it’s a furnace, water heater, or even a fireplace, make sure they have adequate ventilation and that working carbon monoxide detectors nearby. If you have a forced-air heating system, your basement or crawl space is abundant with opportunities for improving ductwork. Unless you’re in a newer home or the ductwork has been tested and sealed in the last decade, your ductwork is likely leaking. Sealing these leaks helps your system distribute air more efficiently and should make your home more comfortable. The best way to seal ducts is with duct mastic. Metallic tape is the next best solution. Do not use duct tape. An energy auditor or HVAC professional can test your home’s ductwork and identify any leaks. As you look at the ductwork, ask yourself if rooms throughout the home are heated or cooled unevenly. If so,

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An unfinished basement provides great opportunities for improving ductwork and insulation. Photo Credit: Intiaz Rahim. you’ll want to enlist the help of a professional. Sometimes minor modifications to the ductwork can make a big improvement in comfort. You’ll find lots of air leaks in basements and crawl spaces, particularly where pipes and wires enter or exit the space. Air often enters the home around the sill plate, which sits on top of the foundation. If you can get to the sill plate, apply caulk around it. You can also increase efficiency by sealing any gaps or leaks around basement windows. Insulation is an effective tool for reducing energy use and improving comfort, but the applications are quite different in basements and crawl spaces. In both cases, the insulation strategy and the installation must be done correctly to prevent mold or exacerbate moisture problems. The place to begin in basements is the rim joist, which is right above the sill plate on the top of the foundation wall. Rigid foam board can be carefully fitted between the joists. Insulated basement walls make a room more comfortable. If you’re building a

new home, there are advantages to insulating the outside of the foundation wall, but this isn’t practical for most existing homes. You can insulate the inside of the foundation wall if you’re sure moisture is not leaking through the wall from the outside. Experts do not recommend fiberglass insulation in contact with the foundation, which was a common practice for decades. Instead, they prefer sprayed-on foam or rigid foam board applied directly to the foundation wall. A wood-framed wall can be butted up against the rigid foam and insulated with fiberglass or mineral wool batts. The bottom plate of the wall, which sits on the concrete floor, should be pressure-treated wood. Years past, a common approach was to insulate under the floor with fiberglass batts. This allowed the crawl space to be vented to the outside, which alleviated any moisture buildup. If all the right moisture control and drainage steps have been taken, the crawl space can be unventilated, and the insulation can be applied to the foundation walls instead of underneath the floor. There are pros and cons to this strategy, so do some research online or consult with a local expert.

Save even more in your basement: • Insulate the hot water pipe exiting your water heater • Install LED light bulbs • Replace appliances located in the basement (water heaters, washers, or dryers) with energy-efficient models

There are several steps to make your basement or crawl space more efficient. If you’re unsure about what to do, talk to a professional first.

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book chat I By Phaedra Greenwood Visit your local bookstores to buy books. Send your book for review to: Book Chat, 614 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87505

Ordinary Skin “Cowboys” is a verb when Auker “cowboys” for Spider Ranch in Arizona. Ugliness vs. Beauty is the natural theme of a cowboy (or girl) poet in the desert looking for lost cattle or potsherds around seeping Willow Springs. Now she’s hauling a demolished house to the dump. Now she’s popping a gold stud in her nose, or riding an ancient canyon where she is “bombarded with poems.” Auker’s essays and prose poems emerge from the midnight growls of the earth and stretch to the star-studded Arizona sky. She resonates with a Zen-like buzz as a Navajo with red ties in his braids tells her his word for hummingbird is the same word for fighter jet. Her editor asks her to strike a dark vignette about a baby bird that impales itself on a nail. So she writes about her monthly flow; the bad news screen screaming bloodshed; torturous scrambles to the blazing peak of a wild truth. “And yet you sing.” Stunning. Five stars.

Patterns of Exchange Wilkins details the cultural exchange between Navajo weavers and Anglo buyers. Commercial Navajo weaving grew out of the ancient Anaasází tradition of trade when beads and turquoise, seashells, parrot feathers, and obsidian were prized possessions. In the Southwest, where some Native Americans are reluctant to commercialize their sacred symbols, Navajo weavers are open to suggestions about which patterns will sell. Traders sometimes brought drawings or paintings for weavers to adapt to their designs. To purchase these rugs for resale, traders had to be skilled in delicate negotiations and be extremely knowledgeable about current market value. Today, in Arizona and New Mexico, the trader-weaver exchange has expanded from traditional trading posts to art galleries and even Walmart. But some Navajo weavers who have utilized their expert skills for years worry their children will not carry on the tradition because they are busy going to school.

Shook This dramatic tale is centered around a legendary mountaineering guide, David Hahn, of Taos, who was caught in a massive earthquake that shook Mount Everest in 2015. Hahn prayed and stayed calm. He had climbed mountains around the world, led 21 expeditions to the top of Denali in Alaska, and summited Everest fifteen times. He was with the expedition that found the body of George Mallory, who may have been the first to summit Everest in 1924. In 2015, Hahn’s Everest team was camped at 19,000 feet between two deep crevasses below a tower of ice when the 7.8 earthquake struck in rolling waves. Avalanches roared all around while they huddled in their tents. They were lucky to survive but shocked to learn Base Camp was decimated by a blast of ice-laden air that killed 19 people. Hahn helped supervise the evacuation of 140 people, the largest high-altitude rescue in history. The book includes photos, interviews, and vivid historical details. Bravo!

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Utilities Nearby When Jes Márquez and her husband answered a pumped-up ad and rented an off the grid house near Santa Fe. They “learned by immersion” that “solitude and beautiful vistas” did not compensate for blocked pipes and a freezing bedroom. She posted a rant on Craigslist under “Reader's

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Comments” and in her book includes her readers’ survival tips and questions about eco-living. Does “Low Carbon Footprint” mean living by lantern light? Should you ask if there’s a wood stove? Minimalistic living may not include the monthly cost of propane. Sure, free yourself from powerdraining espresso machines, but hang onto your middle school math to calculate kilowatt hours your batteries will hopefully pro-

duce in winter. Can those aging solarvoltaic batteries charge enough by day to run your laptop? Is there a well? “Sponge-Bathed-AllWinter-Yurt-Man-North-Of-Taos” could be challenging for a Trump/Apocalypse Newbie. “Cleaning out your underwear drawer is an important step for living off the grid,” Márquez says. By Jes Márquez •

Power On: October is National Co-op Month


s an electric cooperative, the top priority is always to provide reliable, affordable energy to its members they serve. A co-op’s mission is to enrich the lives of its members and serve the long-term interests of the local community—and this mission has never been more critical than in recent months. One of the seven principles that guide all co-ops is “concern for community.” This principle is the essential DNA of electric cooperatives, and it sets them apart from other electric utilities. October is National Co-op Month, and electric cooperatives across the country are highlighting the many ways they “Power On.” Keeping this theme in mind, let’s recognize the essential role co-ops play in serving their community. Who would have fathomed in March, the COVID-19 virus would amount to a test of our community and our nation? The changing circumstances due to the pandemic have created both challenges and opportunities. Over the past several months, we’ve all been challenged to operate differently, and co-ops have stepped up to help their members and strengthen the safety net for vulnerable neighbors. As an essential service, and to ensure the reliability of member’s power supply, co-ops have modified their operations to safeguard business continuity. Line crews

and other employees are working staggered schedules to maintain separation. Some staff work remotely. In the office, limited and modified meetings and gatherings take place to allow for safe separation. Co-ops also adjusted walk-in office availability and in-person service calls to ensure the health and safety of employees and valued members. In addition, co-ops have taken measures to ensure business continuity, for example, hosting annual meetings virtually. For the health and safety of everyone, these measures were the prudent course of action for the times. For members impacted by COVID-19 who needed help with their electric bills, co-ops waived late fees and worked with those hardest hit to make special payment arrangements. Co-ops also offered payment assistance through the Operation RoundUp program, a fund made possible through donations. All of these efforts are meant to show how much co-ops care about the communities they serve. We’ve seen other local businesses rising to meet similar challenges during this time because that’s what communities do. While the challenges caused by COVID-19 have been daunting, we should all be heartened to know everyone is pulling together. • October 2020 13

On the Green: Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative Brings Together Youth and Golf By Ariana Kramer

Ashley Tafoya


or the past 21 years, Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative has sponsored a Golf Camp for middle and high-school-aged students. It was originally started by Emery Maez, former general manager of the Co-op, and has continued to the present day. The one-day camp is usually held in April at Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, Colorado. In addition, the Co-op holds a Golf Tournament open to the public in August each year. Money raised from the Golf Tournament is used to fund two scholarships of $1,000 each, which are awarded to graduating seniors. “This is our way of giving back to the community,” says Executive Vice President and General Manager Anthony Mercure. This year, the Golf Camp and Golf Tournament were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, two high school seniors were chosen as recipients for the Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative’s scholarships: Ashley Tafoya and Faith Martinez. Both young women are graduates of Escalante Middle/High School in Tierra Amarilla. The school serves seventh through twelfth grades as part of the Chama Valley Independent Schools. To apply for the scholarships, Tafoya and Martinez

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Faith Martinez

each wrote an essay in response to the following prompt: “We’ve grown accustomed to having electricity on demand in the world we live in, such as clicking a remote control to turn on the TV, using a computer, playing video games, or charging our cell phones. Describe the impact on your life and community in a world without electricity.” Martinez says the prompt encouraged her to start thinking about a world without electricity. She explored both the negative and positive outcomes of this in her essay. “I hadn’t really thought about it before, and then when I read the question, it all came to me. I don’t think I had ever really thought about it—I had in some ways, but not in its entirety,” says Martinez. Tafoya addressed the importance of electricity to our healthcare system. “My dad is a high voltage lineman, so I have been prompted in the past to think about how important electricity is in our lives; however, the essay did prompt me to think further into detail about the healthcare system and how electricity has grown to be a very cardinal feature in healthcare facilities,” says Tafoya.

“Seconds matter when it means life or death, yet we never think of what electricity has given us in order to save lives. Without electricity, hospitals wouldn’t be able to have the equipment they need to save people’s lives and we wouldn’t have cellphones to call 911 when there is an emergency. We see hospitals and cellphones as conveniences in our lives and people don’t typically realize just how much these conveniences can affect our lives. Without electricity, we wouldn’t have the lifesaving technology that we all rely on today.” – Ashley Tafoya

“Electricity is a vital part of millions of people around the world’s day to day life, including mine. It provides a lot of opportunities as well as tools that can be useful for almost anything including the simplest tasks. Personally, I wake up every morning and charge my phone, check emails on my computer and occasionally watch TV. All of this is done with the flick of a switch, however, if the flick of the switch were taken away, how would we react or know what to do?” – Faith Martinez Both Martinez and Tafoya were excited to learn that they had won this year’s scholarships for their essays. The scholarship funds will help support them as they begin their college educations. Martinez is attending Northern New Mexico College this fall to pursue both an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Tafoya is attending New Mexico Highlands University this fall to study Business Management with a focus in Accounting. Martinez says, “My end goal is to be a speech pathologist in the state of New Mexico. A few years ago, my mom had a stroke that left her pretty much unable to write or talk for a little while, so she had to do multiple speech therapy sessions. I became friends with the speech therapists. I saw what they were able to do for my mom, I saw what they did for her, and I thought if they changed my mom’s life to that extent, I would want to do that for someone else.” As students in middle and high school, Martinez and Tafoya attended the Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative’s Golf Camp at Cattails Golf Course.

“I grew up golfing with my brothers every summer, and I really enjoyed being able to go out and golf with my friends and classmates,” says Tafoya. “We were able to go learn and, of course, have fun.” “It gave everyone an experience to bond with each other outside of school,” says Martinez. “It taught me a new skill because I had never been golfing prior to that.” Mercure explains the camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of golf. Cattails Golf Course staff lead the camp and take the students out to the driving range where they show them how to use their irons and explain the basics of the game. Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative was incorporated on August 17, 1948, and energized in November 1949. The Co-op has 453 miles of line and serves 3,100 consumers in Río Arriba County. For more information about scholarships and the golf camp, visit or call the co-op at 575-756-2181. • October 2020 15

Socorro Electric Cooperative

General Manager Joseph Herrera Address 215 E. Manzanares Avenue P.O. Box H Socorro, NM 87801 Telephone 575-835-0560 Outages 800-351-7575 or 855-881-8159 Email Website

A Friendly Reminder SEC Offers a FREE! Customer Service Portal To help us provide our Members with the highest level of customer service, SEC provides a user-friendly online Customer Service Portal (Portal) that allows our Members to manage their electric account, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. With the Portal, Members can make payments or setup auto-pay to draft your bank account or credit card each month, set bill payment alerts and reminders, and even view your billing history and electric usage. SEC does not charge you to pay us, like other utilities. There is NO CHARGE to pay us for your electric bill.

To access the Portal, go to our SEC website at http://www.socorroelectric./com

Office Hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M-F) Board of Trustees President Anne L. Dorough, District 5 575-772-2989 Vice President Luis Aguilar, District 3 Secretary-Treasurer Paul Bustamante, District 1

Click here to access Portal

Leroy Anaya District 3 anaya.district3@ Michael Hawkes District 4 James Nelson District 2 nelson.district2@ Donald Wolberg District 3 505-710-3050 Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Cooperative. 16 October 2020 •

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Socorro Electric Cooperative FIRST time users of the Portal will need to select “New User” under any Tab to set up your account. Under the “My Account” tab, you have the option to select: ▶ “Account Profile” to add, view or edit details of your account. ▶ “E-Notifications” to: ❑ Select “E-Bill” to receive paper bills, electronic bills, or both. ❑ Select “E-Delinquent” to receive e-mail notifications if your account is past due. ▶ “Change Password” on your account. ▶ “Change User ID” on your account.

Under the “Payments” tab, you have the option to select: ▶ “Make Payment” is a one-time payment option that will post to your account immediately. ▶ “Auto-Pay” allows you to set up monthly recurring payments using a credit card or e-check from your bank account that you set up previously using the “Payment Profile” tab. ▶ “One-Time Payment”allows you to make a one-time payment for a future date. This will post to your account on the date selected. ▶ “Payment Profile” allows you to make changes to your bank account or credit cards.

Under the “My Usage” tab, you have the option to select: ▶ “Billing History” to view or print past bills on your account. Includes a graph showing your kWh usage. ▶ “Payment History” to show your payment history on your account. Includes amounts and dates paid.

Under the “My Alerts” tab, you have the option to: “Subscribe/Modify for Alerts & Reminders” Here you can setup to receive different Reminder Alerts for your SEC account that will send messages to either your e-mail account or to your mobile device using text messaging.

Reminder alerts options include: ❑ Due Date Reminder ❑ Past Due Date Reminder ❑ Account Profile Change

❑ Returned Check Alert ❑ Payment Confirmation • October 2020 17

Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative

pen O l l i W p o ora o M C n i s Office ecos For and P siness Bu

General Manager Les W. J. Montoya Mora Office 501 State Highway 518 P.O. Box 240 Mora, NM 87732 Telephone 575-383-4270 After Hours 800-421-6773 Pecos Office 97 Highway 50 P.O. Box 458 Pecos, NM 87552 Telephone 505-383-4220 After Hours 888-783-0011 Website Office Hours 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (M-Th) Closed for Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (M-Th) Closed Fridays Board of Trustees President Robert M. Quintana District 2 Vice President Robert Baca District 4

MSMEC will open its offices in Mora and Pecos to accommodate Members who wish to conduct their business in person beginning September 21, 2020, at 7:00 am. MSMEC will allow Members to enter the offices to pay bills and conduct business. Members choosing to conduct their MSMEC business in person will be required to adhere to COVID-19 Safe Practices at all times during their interaction. ❑ Shall be in good health ❑ Temperature checks ❑ Required to wear a face mask ❑ Maintain 6-foot distancing from others ❑ Apply hand sanitizer prior to engaging with CSR MSMEC will provide the signage, markings, and hand sanitizing stations to assist Members with complying with COVID-19 Safe Practices.

Other ways to pay your electric bill We continue to take payments by phone, and we will sign up Members for recurring Credit Card Payment.

Contact MSMEC should you have questions at: 575-383-4272 / 800-421-6773 / 888-783-0011 ❑ ❑ ❑

Secretary-Treasurer Virginia Mondragon District 1 Joseph A. C de Baca District 5 James Ortiz District 3

Beginning September 21, 2020 Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closed for Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Select Option 1- to make payment Select Option 2- to report outages Select Option 3- to reach the OPERATOR

We thank all of you for your cooperation during these past months. We miss interacting with all of our MEMBERS.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Above are photos from Gerry Moleski's property in Ocate. Pictured from left to right in the center photo are Gerry Moleski; Fidel Laumbach, lead lineman; David Spradlin, CEO, and Daniel Lopez, journeyman.

Springer Electric Assists Co-op Member in Erecting Hand-Made Totem Pole


hen Gerry Moleski, a Springer Electric Co-op member, contacted the co-op, line superintendent Ron Brashear listened and visited Moleski’s campground. After taking photos and discussing it with David Spradlin, the CEO and General Manager of Springer Electric, the co-op approved the help requested and coordinated a time to meet at Moleski’s property in Ocate. Moleski began building the totem pole last winter. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moleski closed his property to campers and renters. In doing so, he had more time to devote to finishing his project. Moleski’s daughter helped with painting the details of the many animals carved into the pole. It’s roughly 33 feet high, and can withstand estimated wind speeds of 90-95 mph. Early planning of erecting the pole involved a series of pulleys and multiple vehicles. Moleski soon realized it wasn’t the most efficient approach, and decided to contact the co-op. And the rest was history. For more information about Moleski’s property, visit

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on the menu I By Sue Hutchison


is the season of scares, frights and fun, and only fun should occur while cooking! While surveying dozens of friends, quite a few are less than confident in the kitchen. Below, find a few recipes that are not only achievable for any level of chef-wanna-be’s, but contain a few hints with each recipe to ensure panic-free success. Save your scares for Halloween and get cooking!

Deep Dish Pizza from Scratch

Hints: When baking with yeast, two things are vital; yeast must be fresh, and liquid temperature must be accurate to dissolve and activate the yeast. Essential is a quality candy thermometer for this purpose as well as to ensure precise temperatures for other cooking endeavors. Finally, with the recipe below, purchasing a back-up ready-made refrigerated tube of pizza dough may provide a bit of stress relief, should efforts go awry. 1.

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Pizza Dough


1 tsp. sugar 11/4 oz.. pkg. active dry yeast 1¼ cup warm water (105˚-115˚) 2½ cups flour ½ cup yellow cornmeal plus more for pan-dusting ½ tsp. salt 1½ Tb. olive oil and 1 tsp for final brushing Olive Oil cooking spray

1-15oz. can pasta sauce 3 cups grated cheese Pizza Toppings/seasonings of choice: sliced pepperoni, sliced vegetables, fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions, minced garlic, browned sausage or ground beef, dried basil, jalapeños, etc. 2 9 inch cake pans, sprayed with cooking spray and lightly dusted with cornmeal.

Prepare either food processor with knife blade or mixer with dough hook. Spray a medium sized glass bowl with cooking spray. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine sugar, yeast, and warm water. Stir to incorporate and allow to stand 5-7 minutes to dissolve. In food processor or mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, and salt. Pulse to mix. Slowly add yeast mixture and 1 ½ T. olive oil alternately, pulsing until dough forms a ball. Continue to pulse or mix until dough is completely mixed. Place dough on lightly floured surface, lightly knead for 30 seconds, and place in prepared glass bowl. Turn dough ball once to coat with oil spray, and cover with clean dishcloth. Place in a warm location to rise until nearly doubled, for

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approximately 45-60 minutes. When risen, turn dough back to lightly floured surface, punch down and divide in half. Place cloth back over dough sections, allowing to rest 10 minutes. Roll each section into 11-12 inch diameter circles, placing each in prepared pans. Work dough up sides of pans. Place prepared and cloth-covered pans in warm place to rise again, approximately 20-30 minutes while preheating oven to 375⁰. During final rise of crusts, prepare pizza toppings of choice. To assemble: spread pasta sauce on risen dough, place toppings of choice, sprinkle seasonings, and sprinkle cheese on top. Brush olive oil on edges of pizza dough. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until crust is golden.

Crocky Mexican Pinto Beans 4 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed and sorted. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

½ yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbs. ground cumin powder 1 Tb. dried oregano Optional: Green chile to taste, peeled and chopped

1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker, stirring to incor-

porate. Place lid on crock. . 2. Set slow cooker on high. Cook for up to 12 hours

on high. If desired, turn slow cooker to warm until ready to eat.

Caramel Popcorn 1 stick butter 2 cups brown sugar, packed 1 tsp. salt ½ cup light corn syrup 1 tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. baking soda

1. Pop 6-7 quarts of popcorn. Place in large bowl and

5. Stir in vanilla and baking soda until caramel is a foamy

set aside. 2. Line two heavy cookie sheets with heavy-duty foil and set aside. 3. Preheat oven to 250⁰. 4. Mix butter, brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat, continually stirring until mixture comes to a gentle, rolling boil. Stop stirring and allow caramel to boil 4 minutes. Remove from stovetop heat.

light brown color. 6. Drizzle caramel over popcorn and stir to coat. Distribute coated popcorn onto prepared cookie sheets, separating clusters. Place in oven to bake, stirring every 15 minutes for one hour. 7. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Break up any large popcorn clusters and store room-temperature in airtight containers. • October 2020 21

A Challenge in Codebreaking

By Chris Eboch

The CyberForce competition at Idaho National Laboratory in 2019. The team members are beginning in the left foreground to the back: Celia Pacheco, Brendan Wilson, Jessica Rooney, then from right back to the foreground: Armando Juarez, Kevin Helfert, and Adam Merrill. Photo by Lorie Liebrock, PhD, Director of Cybersecurity Centers Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.


omputer users know security helps prevent hackers from stealing information and malware (harmful software) from destroying files. Protecting against digital attacks is so important that the National Security Agency (NSA) sponsors the Codebreaker Challenge to help train university students in Cybersecurity. Many Computer Science (CS) students at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro have joined—and shone—in recent years. Students “help save the government” from a fictional attack on computer systems. Completing every step of the challenge requires tactics such as reverse engineering and blockchain exploit development. Developing these skills could help students get government or industry jobs in network security, which is growing in demand. “Many employers look for these activities to show that students can accomplish tasks needed to defend real networks and systems,” says faculty advisor Lorie Liebrock, Director of Cybersecurity Centers and Professor of Computer Science & Engineering. Tech students Jessica Rooney and Owen Parkins showed the challenge to the Computer Science classes during the fall 2018 semester. Many Tech students joined, and 59 completed the first task. As tasks got harder, students dropped out. Owen, Adam Merrill, and Luke Rindels were among only 20 students nationwide who completed all eight tasks. “The NSA puts this challenge on as a recruiting effort, so they design the challenge to help students get the skills needed for jobs at the NSA and other agencies,” notes

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Luke, now a CS graduate. “As a Scholarship for Service student, I have a service requirement with the federal government after graduation. Completing this challenge helped me develop skills and prove that I am motivated, capable of problem-solving, and have the necessary technical skills.” When students complete stages of the challenge, the school gets points. The more difficult challenges earn more points. Tech finished fourth for the 2019 challenge. The top three schools each had at least 10 times the student enrollment of New Mexico Tech. CS graduate Owen Parkins participated for four years. “The first competition I needed help on almost every task. The second competition I could do the basics but then didn’t have the knowledge nor the will to continue.” He finished all challenges his third and fourth times. “Doing the competition each year lets me accurately judge my progress with my education, inside and outside school. I will always have more to learn, but I know I can learn what I need to learn.” Taking the challenge isn’t a class requirement—it’s entirely the student’s choice. Celia Maria Pacheco, a CS graduate student, says, “It was a great opportunity to learn more skills outside of the classroom as well as apply what I have already learned.” Clearly, the students must be skilled and motivated, but the competition isn’t all hard work. CS Senior Shad Gudmunson calls it, “a great opportunity to hang out with friends to work together, to learn and to have fun while doing it.” That fun is great training for future jobs. “While the

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Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Remember, mobile phones and tablets need updating too!

Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank and social media. Improve account security by enabling strong authentication tools such as biometrics or unique one-time codes.

UPDATING • October 2020 23



Co-ops and the Local Communities They Serve By Paul Wesslund, NRECA

We like the word local We like it because it’s the nearby hardware store where we can get what we need. It’s where we meet friends for coffee. It’s the shop where they look us in the eye and smile. It’s a word of warmth that makes us feel known. Local also means your electric co-op. It’s as local as you and your neighbors because you own it. It’s grown and changed with you, possibly starting before you were even born. Because it’s made up of you and your neighbors, it’s as unique to each part of the country as you are. October is National Co-op Month, and this year, it makes sense to use this time to recognize and celebrate the variety that is the essence of being local. That local heritage for electric co-ops started in the 1930s with neighborly visits, often on horseback from one farm to the next, talking about the lights they could see in the city but didn’t have themselves. They weren’t likely to get those modern conveniences because no company saw a profit in stringing wires to power a few light bulbs in a remote farmhouse.

No such thing as a typical co-op So, the local farmers took matters into their own hands. They pooled $5 startup fees, organized member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, and convinced local politicians to create a federal loan program to help with the rest of the cost. They created what others didn’t see: one of the most efficient agricultural economies in the world and communities based around a variety of business and industry, from manufacturing to tourism. Today, 900 electric co-ops provide electricity to more than 20 million businesses, homes, schools, and farms. They cover more than half the land in the United States. They employ more than 68,000 people and invest $12 billion a year in local economies, contributing $88.4 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. Because electric co-ops are so uniquely local, it’s hard to describe a typical co-op. They’re big and small. The largest electric co-op serves nearly 350,000 members, the smallest, 113. They’re in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.

Less pollution, more renewable energy As co-op members became more aware of environmental

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priorities, co-ops focused on reducing power plant emissions. From 2009 to 2016, co-ops reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent, nitrogen oxide emissions by 24 percent, and sulphur dioxide emissions by 66 percent. Co-ops also launched energy efficiency programs, many offering home and business ‘energy checkups’ to ensure members got the best value for their energy dollar. Electric co-ops are helping power the growth in alternative energy. They pioneered in developing community solar, which allows co-op members to participate in renewable energy without the expense and effort of installing solar panels on their own property. Co-op solar capacity has more than quadrupled in the past five years. Seventeen percent of co-op electricity now comes from hydroelectric power, solar, wind, and other renewable sources. Electric vehicles offer a promising technology with special hurdles for co-op territories that are outside of city centers. Some electric co-ops are making electric cars available to members to try out. Others are working on setting up charging stations that will be required for a viable electric vehicle industry. High-speed internet service is increasingly required for a vibrant local economy, so co-ops around the country are exploring ways their members can get connected. And now that we’re all faced with the fallout from the effects of COVID-19, electric co-ops are again on the job as the virus changes everything from the national economy to how we say hello to our neighbors. Electric co-ops are developing payment plans for people out of work. They’re socially distancing line crews. They’re setting up drive-in or virtual membership meetings, and offering virtual energy audits. The world keeps changing, and electric co-ops will continue to adapt. Each co-op’s approach may differ, but they’ll do whatever it takes to adapt in ways that make the most sense for the people in their community. That’s what it means to be a local electric co-op.

Wow! What a Gem!

enchantment magazine that is… Order a gift subscription for family and friends. 1 Year: $12 • 2 Years: $18 Mail a check or money order payable to NMRECA along with the name and mailing address of the person you would like to send a gift subscription. Mail to: enchantment 614 Don Gaspar Avenue • Santa Fe, NM 87505

Look for this graphic in the mag to read about our Winter Ad Special.


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 • October 2020 25


Animals NOT ALL WATER TANKS Are Created Equal! Is Quality, Value and Longevity important to you? Buy High Specific Gravity, Heavy Weight, Long Warranty, Superior Black NRCS tanks. Lowest prices only provide minimum standards, lower weights, and shorter warranties. Find out more! 575-430-1010. QUALITY BREEDING RAMS FOR Sale. Rambouillet. Bred for big lambs and fine wool. Photos available. In Taos County. Call 575-7702881 or 575-779-7315. NEW MEXICO DRINKING WATER Storage Tanks, Heavy Duty Black Poly. Fittings customized to your needs NRCS and EQUIP approved. High Specific Gravity, Heavy Weight, Long Warranty, Algae Resistant, Black NRCS Water Tanks. Call 1-800-603-8272 or 575-682-2308. MOUNTAIN-TOP GOATS has great goats and great goat deals! La Manchas, Nubians, mini La Manchas, mini Nubians, Nigerian Dwarfs. Does, kids and bucks. 4-H, milkers, pets, meat, weed eaters. You need it, we have it! In Capitan, call 575-937-0342. LET US MARKET YOUR Livestock. Live auction every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. View online at, Country bid or live auction, if you’ve got em we’ll sell em. Call 575-3742505. SHEEP FOR SALE. 3-pregnant ewes; 6-butcher sheep, 6 months old; 1-breeding ram. Sell or trade. Call 505-321-7918 for more information.

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COMMERCIAL BULLS-CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. Calves, Yearlings, 2-year olds and herd bulls. Mostly black, easy handling, great dispositions. Call 505-705-0386 or 505-705-5386.

POULTRY WIRE PVC COATED will not rust. Power Poles various lengths. Aircraft Cable 5/16” and 1/4” various lengths. Frostless Water Faucets 3’ burial, $25 each. Call 505384-5163 for more information.

SADDLES AND TACK. EVERYTHING for the Horse. Western & English Tack bought and sold. Rancho Elisa Stables, LLC, 500 Route 66 East, Moriarty, NM 87035. email: or call 505-832-5113.

TWO-80 TON FEED BINS, One-18 Ton Feed Bin, 1 unloading Grain Hopper, 6”x20’ Auger, 8”x20’ Auger, One-15HP 3 Phase Electric motor. Call 505-384-5163 for more information.

Business SUNSET SADDLES OFFERS CUSTOM leatherwork, ie: saddles, chaps, chinks, holsters, belts, etc. Also saddle & tack repair. Located in La Luz, NM. Call 575-257-8874. Email: VENDORS WANTED: NEW BUSINESS (Herbal Alternatives) is opening in Moriarty the first week of October 2020. Looking for vendors that sell natural products: local honey, soaps, candles, etc. Will also have room for gifts. New Mexico theme a plus! Please call Shelly at 505-278-4047. SANTA FE LATH & PLASTER. Interior and exterior. Specializing in Diamond Finish, synthetic stucco, coyote fences, roofing, window and tile replacement. Licensed, bonded and insured. Now serving the East Mountains. For free estimates, call 505-577-2272.

Equipment WANTED: CATERPILLAR SERIES 12F road grader and a sheep foot/ roller compactor. I want these items for parts. Call 575-317-7738. LOG SPLITTER FOR 3 point hitch. Catagorie 1 or 2 tractor. 4”x24” hydraulic cylinder. Like new, used very little. $500. Call 575-387-2085.

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 575-682-2308 or 1-800-603-8272. GREAT OFFER ON SOLAR Submersible Shallow/Deep well pumps! ‘NRCS’ approved with 2-year warranty on selected pumps with affordable, easy installation! For a custom quote, email us at:

or call 505-429-3093 24/7 service. Order online at our website: www. solarsubmersiblewellpumps.cOm

FISHING TACKLE WANTED: “ANTIQUE” lures, reels, rods, tackle boxes. Pre-1950, please. Collector paying highest prices for “Grandpaw’s” tackle box. Lures $50 to $5,000 each. Reels $100 to $7,500 each. Send photos to: tacklechaser@ 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 575374-2320 or 575-207-7402. Email: FOR SALE: 1984 FORD F-700 wildfire brush truck with 750 gallon capacity tank; “Earth Stove” fireplace insert; Servel gas refrigerator. In Carrizozo. Call 575-309-1021 for more information.

SELLING ALL MY FARM Equipment. For small tractors: 1/3 yd dirt scoop, deep ripper, two bottom breaking plow, super duty bordering disc, 3 point motor lift boom, 6’ M&M wheat drill, hydraulic squeeze for moving boulders, tree balls, etc. For bigger tractors: Balderson quick hitch boom for front loader with manlift, root grubber for loader tractors, five shank subsoiler, Vee ditcher, four tongue pull four wheel trailers with steel floors. LP or natural gas shop heater 200,000 BTU on rolling stand. Large number 2” & 3” aluminum irrigation siphon tubes, 4” aluminum sprinkler pipe and fittings. Antique Baker windmill. Other custom built tillage tools. Will send pictures, prices, more information. Call: 575398-6121, text: 806-786-2213, email: IRRIGATION POWER PLANT. 2019 Chevy 350 industrial natural gas or L/P. EPA approved engine with only 165 ours of use, from Buck’s irrigation. Stand, tach, hour meter, water meter, murphy switch, timer, clutch, water tank, etc. Bought for frack water contract. Finished use. Paid $7,100, sell for $5,500. Call or text, 806-786-2213. Email: 1986 S&H HORSEMAN 16’ full top stock trailer, good tires, floor, brakes, lights, and locking tack compartment. $3,250. Call 505-301-4463. FOR SALE: PORTABLE BUILDINGS, 16’x32’, with electric and gas, $1,000 per building. Moving available. 3/4” CDX plywood 48”x94”, $15 per sheet. 2’x4’ wood, various lengths, $.25 per foot. Call 505-384-5163 for more information.

Great Finds FISHING TACKLE WANTED: “ANTIQUE” lures, reels, rods, tackle boxes. Pre-1950, please. Collector paying highest prices for “Grandpaw’s” tackle box. Lures $50 to $5,000 each. Reels $100 to $7,500 each. Call Rick at 575-354-0365 or send photos to:

RAILROAD ITEMS WANTED: KEROSENE Lanterns, Brass locks, keys, badges, uniforms, bells, whistles, and pre-1950 employee timetables. Always seeking items from any early New Mexico railroad, especially D&RG, C&S, EP&NE, EP&SW, AT&SF, SP or Rock Island. Call Randy Dunson at 575-760-3341 or 575-356-6919. WANTED: NEW MEXICO MOTORCYCLE License Plates, 19121959. Paying $100-$500 each. Also buying some New Mexico car plates 1900-1923. Visit for history and 4,100 photographs of NM plates. Bill Johnston, Box 1, Organ, NM 88052-0001. Email: or telephone 575-382-7804. BUYING OLD STUFF: GAS Pumps and parts 1960’s or earlier, advertising signs, neon clocks, old car parts in original boxes, motor oil cans, license plate collections, Route 66 items, old metal road signs, odd and weird stuff. Fair prices paid. Have pickup, will travel. Gas Guy in Embudo, 505-852-2995. GREAT FIND FOR SOMEONE! 1984 32-foot Jay Crane 5th Wheel. Roof leaked, ceiling damage. Kitchen very clean, stove like new, refrigerator works good. Heating system has dual batteries, forced air, bathroom tub & shower clean, queen-size bed. Electric jacks, 4KW Onen generator-dual propane tanks, 7 gallon gas tank. Insulated under belly. Fixer upper. Make reasonable offer. Contact Mr. Cordova in Moriarty, NM at 505-469-0181. WANTED: MOTORHOMES, LATE 1970’S or 1980’s, either small or medium size. If your old motorhome is in storage or not in use, I might like it. Call Lee at 505832-6812 or 505-469-0181. WANTED: MOTORCYCLE TO REPAIR, restore or possibly for parts. 1974 or older. Will consider any. If you have something you are not in love with, please let me know and thanks. Call or text, 575-544-5999.

ECONOMICAL QUALITY BEEF, GRASSFED Start to Finish. No hormones or antibiotics. Humanely raised on my Central New Mexico ranch. Ground beef to Filet Mignon. One pound to a whole beef. I have what you want! SWGLA and BQA producer. For more information, email: or contact RancHer Robin at 575-420-5868.

Real Estate 2 MOUNTAIN CABINS, 25+ acres at 8000 feet, Wildhorse Ranch Subdivision, Pie Town, NM. Well on stream with 5000 storage tank and fire hydrant. New Mexico Hunting unit 13. Ffor a DVD with pictures, contact Dave via email at 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. ROCIADA, NM. FRESHLY REMODELED Air Lock Log Home on 10+/- gently sloping acres. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath. 3,200+/- square feet. 3-car garage/workshop with 110V, 220V. Barn. Good power, water and County Road access. Great views from wrap around decks. $495,000. Contact NM #360 Real Estate, 505-454-0332. 21 ACRES RURAL LIVING in southwest NM. Paved highway frontage. All utilities (well, septic, power, propane) for two home sites. Northern acreage has hook-ups for manufactured home. South acreage includes 2100 sq. ft. 3 bd/1 ba home with large addition, hot tub, lots of potential. Addition not finished giving the new owner the chance to “make it their own”. Property fenced and has several outbuildings. If you are looking for peaceful rural property, give me a call and come see for yourself. Sandy, 575-590-3225. • October 2020 27

4-10 ACRE LOTS, NORTH of Villanueva on County Road B-29-A. Lots have water, electric and views behind locked gate. $55,000. Owner Financed. $3,500 down, 8% interest. Call Doug at 505-690-0308. MOUNTAIN CABIN 12’X32’ WEATHERKING with porch, insulated and finished inside. Aspen tongue and groove paneling, heater and woodstove. Metal roof (heavy snow load). Picture window, ceiling fan. Cabin is on skids and can be moved. $16,500. Will text photos, call 575-403-5936. Chama, New Mexico. FOR SALE BY OWNER, 20.8 acres, 2 lots. View of Mt. Alegres. 2 bath, 3 bedrooms. New well 2 years ago. Barn, fenced. In Wood’s Subdivision. Asking $85,000. Call 575-518-8671. Health forces sale! ALTO, NM. 806-679-7334. MOBILE Home in Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates. 4 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, large kitchen, living room and laundry room. Loads of cabinets. 2 decks. 24x30 detached garage. City gas, electric, water and sewage. Extra Lot also available. ARTESIA, NM. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 4.88 acres & 10,000 square foot improvements-insulated steel shops, automobile lift & hoist, garage, carport, fenced yard, highway access. Great location for service business, automobile or truck business, light industrial/manufacturing, warehouse, contractor storage, shop rental. Prime investment property. Room for expansion. Foreman’s residence available separately. Call 575-746-9477. ARTESIA, NM. RURAL RESIDENCE on about 5 acres. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 4-car garage (air-conditioned), 2 garages, plus air-conditioned Hobby, Craft, Entertainment or “Man-Cave” space. Enclosed outdoor kitchen & low-maintenance garden backyard. Large insulated steel shop with overhead doors. Studio with living/office, kitchen and 3/4 bath. Pecan trees, fire pit, room for animals, pens, etc. 575-746-9477.

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FOR SALE: PIETOWN, CATRON Country, 20 acres. Juniper and Piñon trees. Electricity. 40-foot 5th Wheel. Price negotiable. Call 575-838-6445. CONCHAS, BOAT DOCK DRIVE. 3 lots just over 1/2 acre per property. Two lots starting at $32,000 each. One lot is $35,000. Close to waterfront. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. CONCHAS, 0 AND 00 Ridge Drive. Two tracts with two lots per each property (lots are 100x100 or .23 acres). Each tract has a permitted septic that has never been used. Electricity and Coop water nearby. $50,000 per tract. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461. CUERVO, 1130 AGUILA ROAD. 3 bedroom, 1 bath home with corrals on 56.6 acres at foot of Cuervo Mesa. Close to I-40. $85,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575760-5461. NOGAL, TBD BARBER AVENUE, 2.89 acres in Townsite of Nogal. Coop water and electricity nearby. $50,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. FENCE LAKE, 295 PINE Hill Road. Price Reduced! Very Motivated Seller! 2 bedroom, 3 bath home on just over 60 acres. Well, outbuildings, corrals, abundant wildlife, scenic views. $265,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. 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, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-760-5461.

SUMNER LAKE, 0 AND 00 River Ranches Road (At intersection 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. SUMNER LAKE, TBD STATE Road 203. Lot in River Ranches Estate. Highway frontage just over 20 acres. Scenic views just west of lake. $25,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. NORTHERN NEW MEXICO MOUNTAIN properties for sale. 140 acres with 3/2 country home in San Miguel County; 20 acres or 160 acres with 3/2 mountain home in Mora County. Great opportunity to own a Motel, RV Park & Cafe. Photos and informatation can be found at, Home & Ranch Realty, Scott Zunker, Qualifying Broker, 575-455-0607. RIBERA, 340 CR B41E, 32.674 acres with 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with custom accents, haybarn, 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, 575-4562000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, or 575-760-5461. MAGDALENA, 47 ANGUS LOOP, Magdalena Ranch Estates. Price Reduced! 11.04 acres with 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, horse barn and corrals. Beautiful mountain views. Abundant ATV and hunting opportunities nearby. $177,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461. DATIL, 464 SOUTHERN TRAIL, Sugarloaf Mountain Subdivision, 5.5 acres vacant land. $8,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461.

PIE TOWN, SOUTH OF Wild Horse Subdivision. Two tracts 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, 575760-5461. WANTED! WORKING FAMILY FARMS and Ranches to list and 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, 575-7605461. 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, 575-7605461. HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS at Wild Horse Ranch. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, washer, dryer, dishwasher, natural stone, fireplace. On 20 acres, backing up to national forest. Excellent private well. 3-horse stable with room to expand, fenced pasture. Attached 8x12 tool shed. 2 fenced dog yards. Hundreds of beautiful Ponderosa and other pines. $135,000. Call 520-458-2800 or 520366-5463 for photos, etc. To Place a Classified Ad

1. Visit and complete form. You will be contacted 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.

To Send and Pay Your Classified Ad 1. Mail ad and payment (Payable to NMRECA) NMRECA • enchantment 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87505

DATIL, 31 OLD HIGHWAY 60. 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with bonus room that could be used for bedroom on 3 lots. Well, stone fence. Great for hunting property or rental opportunity. $57,000. Big Mesa Realty, 575-456-2000. Paul Stout, Broker NMREL 17843, 575-7605461.

SUMNER LAKE, 4516 STATE Road 203. Modular home on two acres, 2160 square feet, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 living rooms. Out buildings, bait shop and box car. Call for more information, 575-799-9946.

PENDARIES VILLAGE GOLF RESORT. 3,350 square foot lodge style home built in 2008 on 3 acres at 7500’ elevation. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, great and game rooms. 1,200 square foot covered decks and furnishings. Spectacular mountain vistas. $485,000. Owner, 210-492-3838.

2018 LOAD TRAIL 32-FOOT Gooseneck Carhauler with 11 inch side rails 83-inch deck width, removable spring loaded ramps,electric brakes, trailer weight 4,250 lbs. Two 7,000 lb. weight bearing axles, less than 300 miles. Asking $7,000. Call/ text 575-791-8138. Clovis, NM.

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11.3 ACRES, ORGANIC, IRRIGATED, new cement ditch, all water rights. Direct access to Rio Grande, with parks and miles of open space. 2 homes, all city utilities, New Mexico Tech, golf. Can split property. Call owner, 505-550-3123 LAND NEAR RUIDOSO, CARRIZOZO, Capitan. No money down. Low payments 3,5,10 acre parcels. Utilities on property, electricity, water, phone, broadband. Paved easy access. Valle Del Sol Carrizozo. $10,000 to $20,000. Can text photos. Call 575-403-5936. Deadline

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


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2006 DODGE RAM 3500 Quad Cab SLT 2WD Turbo Diesel Big Horn Edition. 280,522 miles, 6 cylinder D.G.V.W.-11500. Standard transmission, Gooseneck trailer hitch, stereo/ DVD. $12,500. Call/text 575-7918138. Clovis, NM. 1989 F-150 PICKUP, V8, 4-speed, 4 WD, positive tract rear end, $2,250 OBO. 1995 Cadillac, low miles, clean, been garaged all time, $2,500 OBO. Also, three heavy duty Bush Hogs, 6’ wide, slip disc, never used. $2.250. Call 575-653-4821. WANTED: DODGE OR PLYMOUTH with 318 engine. Prefer Dart or Duster, but will consider any passenger car with 318 engine. No trucks or vans. Must be driveable with clear title. Call 575-531-2797. Name:________________________ ___________________________ Address:_______________________ ___________________________ City:_________________________ State:_________ ZIP:_____________ Phone:________________________ Cooperative:____________________ Select Category Below


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youth art

Otherworldly Artists this Month Congratulations to the Winners! Levi Barbour • Age 9 Central Valley Electric Cooperative

Jessica Etcitty • Age 9 Continental Divide Electric Cooperative

Ava Gurule • Age 5 Northern Río Arriba Electric Cooperative

José Provencio • Age 7 Columbus Electric Cooperative

Maria Roybal • Age 11 Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative

Demitri Torres • Age 7 Socorro Electric Cooperative

November's Topic: National Cake Day. Draw your favorite cake with all the toppings you want! December's Topic: Holiday Cheer! How and where do you celebrate the Holidays? Send Your Drawing By mail: Youth Editor 614 Don Gaspar Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87505 By email: Deadline: Submit by the 9th, one month prior to publication. Hooray! You 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!

30 October 2020 •

Winter shut-off protection notice Protection from winter shut-off begins November 15, 2020. To avoid potential disconnection of services, please call the Human Services Department at 800-283-4465, or the appropriate tribal or pueblo entity for eligibility information for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Your service will not be disconnected from November 15, 2020, through March 15, 2021, if you qualify for LIHEAP and you remain current on any payments you owe under a payment plan, or as of November 15, 2020, you have no past due amounts. For more information call the Human Services Department at 800283-4465 or your local electric cooperative. Members of New Mexico tribes or pueblos who need help with translation or with other matters may contact the N.M. Public Regulation Commission's consumer relations division at 888-427-5772, which will contact the appropriate tribal or pueblo official for assistance.

Nota de la protección de desconexión del invierno El 15 de Noviembre del 2020 empezara la protección de desconexión del invierno. Para prevenir una posible desconexión de servicios, por favor de contactar al Departamento de Servicios Humanos al 800-2834465 o a la organización trival o pueblo para información sobre elegibilidad para el programa de bajos recursos de energía, (LIHEAP). Su servicios no serán desconectado durante el 15 de Noviembre 2020 hasta el 15 de Marzo del 2021 si usted califica para el programa de bajos recursos de energía, (LIHEAP) y si usted continua al corriente en los pagos que usted deba bajo un plan de pago, o hasta el 15 de Noviembre del 2020 y no tenga ningún pago astrasado. Para información en español llame al Departamento de Servicios Humanos, 800-283-4465 o su cooperativa de electricidad.

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation

Required by 39 USC 3685 Filed with the USPS on 10-01-20

enchantment (publication number 175-880) is published monthly at 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. Twelve issues are published annually with a subscription price of $4 paid by rural cooperative members in their electric bills. The name and complete mailing address of the publisher is: The New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc., 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. The name and complete mailing address of the editor is Susan M. Espinoza, 614 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. The owner is The New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. (NMRECA). There are no known bondholders or other security holders. NMRECA is a nonprofit organization mailing under DMM Section 423.12. Its purpose, function and nonprofit status for Federal income tax purposes has not changed in the preceding twelve months. The average number of copies of each issue during the preceding twelve months are:

Average No. Copies Each Issue During Preceding 12 Months

a. Total No. Copies (net press run)...........................72,729 b. Paid Circulation (1) Outside County..............................................71,477 (2) In-County ............................................................-0(3) Sales Through Dealers .........................................-0(4) Other Classes .......................................................-0c. Total Paid Distribution (Sum of 15b(1) through 15b(4)) .........................71,477 d. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (1) Outside County...................................................101 (2) In-County ............................................................-0(3) Other Classes .......................................................-0(4) Outside the Mail .................................................530 e. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d(1) through 15d(4)) ..............................632 f. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e) .............72,109 g. Copies Not Distributed .............................................620 h. Total (Sum of 15f and 15g) .................................72,729 i. Percent Paid (15c divided by 15f times 100) ......99.12%

No. Copies of Single Issue Published Nearest to Filing Date

a. Total No. Copies (net press run)...........................90,702 b. Paid Circulation (1) Outside County..............................................89,556 (2) In-County ............................................................-0(3) Sales Through Dealers .........................................-0(4) Other Classes .......................................................-0c. Total Paid Distribution (Sum of 15b(1) through 15b(4)) .........................89,556 d. Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (1) Outside County....................................................-0(2) In-County ............................................................-0(3) Other Classes .......................................................-0(4) Outside the Mail .................................................536 e. Total Free or Nominal Rate Distribution (Sum of 15d(1) through 15d(4)) ..............................536 f. Total Distribution (Sum of 15c and 15e) .............90,092 g. Copies Not Distributed .............................................610 h. Total (Sum of 15f and 15g) .................................90,702 i. Percent Paid (15c divided by 15f times 100) ......99.41% I certify the statements made by me above are correct and complete. Susan M. Espinoza, Editor • October 2020 31

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