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F E AT U R E S by Sharon Niederman



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Horses In The Roundhouse ... Cause for Concern? by Jason Turner, NMSU Extension Horse Specialist

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Dear Fellow Members and Industry Supporters, assume everyone has adjusted to daylight savings time, like I have. I’m now getting an extra hour of sleep in the morning so I don’t drink too much coffee or stumble around in the dark to get my work done. Personally, I think we’d be better off not messing with the time. As you all know, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has asked for comments in recent months regarding the de-listing of the gray wolf in the northern tier of the United States, and simultaneously requested comments on the proposed expansion of territory and wolf population in both New Mexico and Arizona. It so happens that the FWS requested a peer review of their proposal regarding the two distinct wolf population areas and received what I’ll call a scathing response in that the DEIS was not based on sound science in regard to either of the wolf populations. Further complicating the issue is the fact that the agency has the development of a new environmental impact statement (EIS) underway. In response to all of this, a group of stakeholders in Arizona have drafted an alternative proposal to the preferred alternative proffered by the FWS. There are many differences between the two proposals, but suffice to say that those of us who want no wolves on the ground are never going to win an outright victory. The Endangered Species Act, as currently interpreted, trumps any of our pursuits, which is why the stakeholder group is looking for a more rational approach to dealing with our wolf problem. Additionally, the folks in Arizona have invited New Mexico groups to provide input on their draft alternative. The invitation has been accepted and a broad group of individuals are reviewing the alternative proposal and are providing suggestions. The two things I know are that there are no perfect solutions to this issue, and I also know that looking at alternative proposals formulated by stakeholders have got to be better than what was proposed by the FWS. We will keep you informed as this process evolves. Clearly, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and many other New Mexico groups have policy that flatly opposes the wolf program. That position cannot and will not change without board of directors’ action, at the direction of the general membership. In closing, I wanted to let you know that I recently attended a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court here in northern New Mexico on animal abuse/neglect charges against an old rancher. As it turns out, the county animal control department received a tip regarding an emaciated horse on this old timer’s property which prompted the hearing. The judge asked the octogenarian if he wished to plead “guilty” or “not guilty” after having read the charges to him. The elderly rancher replied that he was guilty of keeping his horse alive for 32 years. Unsure of whether the old rancher understood what the judge was asking, she entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The rancher was extremely frustrated that he would have to appear at a future date to explain again what should have been self-explanatory. Here’s hoping the Good Lord provides us with some much needed moisture and a healthy crop of calves. Hasta pronto, In the meantime, may the Lord bring you both blessings and moisture.


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Conservation: Report highlights 10 bills that have ‘languished’ in Congress PHIL TAYLOR, E&E REPORTER GREENWIRE artisanship in Congress has stalled locally supported conservation bills for decades, stifling the protection of treasured landscapes and thwarting potential economic development, according to a report released today by conservation groups and touted by a bipartisan duo of former lawmakers. The report by the Denverbased Equal Ground campaign highlights 10 conservation bills that been introduced into Congress a combined 52 times over the past 30 years – but have yet to be signed into law. The campaign includes the Center for Western Priorities, Center for American Progress, Wilderness Society and Conservation Lands Foundation. “Every conservation bill that’s stuck represents a missed opportunity,” said former Interior Secretary and Democratic Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, who was joined by former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) in a conference call this morning urging congressional action. The report includes bills to designate wilderness in Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds mountains, Nevada’s Pine Forest, New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Washington state's Alpine Lakes, among other places. “In addition to the 10 pieces of legislation that we highlight, there are dozens of other public land protection bills sitting before Congress that have broad public support,” the report said. “In today’s political climate, however, even the most nonpartisan issues are overwhelmed by Congressional dysfunction and partisanship – land conservation included.” While Congress recently did pass its first conservation bill in five years – designating more than 30,000 acres of wilderness at Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – movement of other bills has been slow, particularly in the House Natural Resources Committee and as election season approaches. In some cases – including Rep. Mike Simpson’s (R-Idaho) Boulder-White Clouds bill and New Mexico’s Democratic senators’ Organ Mountains proposal – not all of the state’s delegation is on board, which can hamper passage. “A small group . . . seems to be standing in the way,” Salazar said. There are issues on which Republicans and Democrats ought to disagree, said LaTourette, who was an outlier in his party in supporting the Land and Water Conservation Fund, “but I never


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saw the preservation of public lands and protection of resources as one of them.” LaTourette said the Western caucus is particularly influential in the House but has become more “radicalized” over the past handful of years. While Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) is retiring at the end of the year and likely will be replaced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), “you’re really getting Doc Hastings Jr.,” LaTourette said. “For reasons I'm sure are valid in their minds, those members have stood in the way of progress being made,” he said. But there are ways to address Western

Republicans’ concerns over the acquisition of federal lands and the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog, he said, adding that there needs to be a political will. “There’s no willingness to have a dialogue,” he said. Bishop has moved conservation bills and is seen by some as slightly more amenable to conservation than Hastings; however, he's insisted on adding language that he argues is necessary to promote local energy development and loosen restrictions to ensure lands are properly stewarded. He’s also tried to move a Nevada national monument bill but has run into technical obstacles with the House’s ear■ mark ban.

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a minimum of 100 VNs per year, and as you can see we have approximately 70 percent of LEOs . . . who fall below that number. For FY 14, I expect these numbers to increase substantially. If it walks and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck . . . or in this case a quota. A spokesman for PEER says, “It’s a unique law enforcement position to protect public land, protect our nature and forests, we shouldn't be turning them into ticket dispensing machines to focus on minor city cop type crimes.” Amen. I should point out the Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations unit is a separate and independent entity that reports directly to the Chief. They were ripped out from under line managers in 1993, and it’s high time they were returned to that status. Jaguars

Under a rule recently finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service jaguars will have 1,194 square miles of critical habitat in southern Arizona and New Mexico for their recovery. The designation includes

the Baboquivari, Pajarito, Atascosa, Tumacacori, Patagonia, Santa Rita and Huachuca mountain ranges in Arizona; the Peloncillo Mountains that straddle the Arizona/New Mexico border; and the northern tip of the San Luis Mountains in New Mexico’s bootheel region. The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not support the designation. Assistant Director for Wildlife Management Jim deVos states, “I find it difficult to justify designating critical habitat for a species that is so rarely found in Arizona. In looking at the available data on the presence of jaguars, there has been no documentation of a female jaguar in Arizona for nearly a century. There have been long periods when no jaguar was even found in the state. Such designations should be based on good science and effective conservation, which are both lacking with this designation. This designation does nothing to further the conservation of the jaguar.” The department says the closest breeding population of jaguars is approximately 130 miles south of the international border between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Further, for many decades, the observations of jaguars in Arizona have been individual males, which clearly do

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According to a release from the Western Caucus, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) have signed the Range-wide Oil and Gas Industry Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the Lesser PrairieChicken (CCAA), along with an accompanying environmental assessment. The agreement between USFWS, WAFWA, and the five range states allows private continued on page 16

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landowners who develop oil and gas on their lands to voluntarily enroll into the CCAA. Upon entering the CCAA, participants will pay mitigation fees when they perform certain actions that impact the lesser prairie-chicken or its habitat. These fees will then be used for conservation purposes. “I want to commend FWS for working with the five range states to approve the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Oil and Gas CCAA,” said Chairman Steve Pearce. “This decision will provide certainty for private landowners as they continue to exercise their rights to develop the resources on their lands. Listing the lesser prairiechicken as endangered threatens the economic stability of our communities. Fortunately, conservation and development are not mutually exclusive goals. FWS must continue to work with the five range states to fully implement the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-Wide Conservation strategy, which they endorsed last October. This plan added over 1.5 million acres of habitat to millions of acres already enrolled through other FWS approved conservation programs. Energy, agricul-







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April 14-18, and you should remember this on April 15 . . . when you’re paying your taxes. And how about the Forest Service sponsoring “fireside lectures”? I thought those went out with FDR, but in Alaska the agency sponsors a weekly fireside lecture, the most recent being about “ancient trees”. I wonder if they have a quota on lectures. Finally, the USDA has given $5 million to the University of Tennessee for its healthy eating program which dresses students up as fruits and vegetables and films them terrorizing the residence halls. Doesn’t this sound like a vegetable-in-residence program? Think I’ll take advantage of all three programs. Sit by the fire and paint awhile, then lecture awhile, and in between throw a few mountain oysters on the fire. When full I’ll dump the cabbage and carrots behind the cabin, collect my $5 million and head back to the ranch. Till next time, be a nuisance to the devil and don’t forget to check that cinch. Frank DuBois was the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003, is the author of a blog: The Westerner ( and is the founder of The DuBois Rodeo Scholarship (

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Berrendo CowBelles was held at the Cowboy Cafe. There were six members present. President Genora Canon called the meeting to order at 11:00. The minutes were read and approved as read. The treasurer’s report was read, approved and was filed. Unfinished Business: Two cards were read from Justin Armstrong and Ruth Ann Stephens thanking the Berrendo CowBelles for the “Add-On” to their beef project at the local fair. The President handed out copies of the new State CowBelle Directory and Wrangler. New Business: The President brought cases of the new napkins. The cases are smaller and there are 8 sleeves in each case. There are 200

napkins in each sleeve. The cases will sell for $140 per case and the sleeves $17 per sleeve. The local purchased a sleeve to give to the Cowboy Cafe in hopes they will buy some. There was discussion on the idea of changing some meeting dates to a weekday in hopes of including some of the younger members. It was decided to have next meeting in March on a Thursday at the new K-Bobs Restaurant. Meeting adjourned 11:35 p.m. Submitted by Genora Moore The Copper CowBelles of Grant County are having their annual “Shindig” – this year, the theme is “Spring Round-Up” – on Saturday, April 12 in Silver City at the Flame. See the website for more details, and join the CowBelles for a great night of dinner and dancin’! www.coppercow- The March meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order at 11 a.m. by President Gloria Petersen in the home of Jodell Downs with nine members and two guests present. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the ladies were treated to a make-up demonstration given by Michelle, from Michelle’s Beauty Salon. She answered questions, gave great tips, and presented all with gifts of lip conditioner, lipstick, and a coupon for a free foundation color match. A short meeting followed the demonstration. Dolores presented the Treasurer’s report which was approved as read. Because of time restraint, the group decided to forego the

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reading of the previous meeting’s minutes. Because of the high price of beef at this time, group may need to sell more beef tickets for the raffle in October in order to make the same amount of money for scholarship fund. Ticket sales will begin in July. Cathy presented a request from the Sierra County Farm and Livestock Bureau for door prizes for their upcoming Ag Symposiums. There will be five more symposiums this year. Dolores suggested the possibility of printing note cards similar to one she received showing a cute cow on the front. Gloria reported that the new CowBelle napkins are now available. Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m. Submitted by Cathy Pierce With 11 members present, Lariat CowBelles met on Wednesday, March 5 at the Rabbit Ears Cafe. Dell Owen was hostess. KLMX radio will produce 30 second spots twice a day promoting agriculture during Ag Week. Jeremy Cook from KLMX visited with Lariats and explained the options available for sponsoring and producing a spot promoting the beef industry. Relay for Life will be on July 11-12. Under Legisla-

ture, Gov. Martinez signed five bills into law. The senate passed 53 memorials which were and are for 2014. New Mexico Food and Farm Day was on January 29, 2014. Memorials are recognition only. Under Advocacy, the topic of importing Brazilian Beef into the United States was discussed. The USDA is still accepting comments on their website for public input on this pending bill. One of the concerns surrounding this bill is the prevalence of Foot and Mouth Disease in some Brazilian cattle. The bill would potentially allow live, fresh, cold and/or frozen beef into this country. Brazil inspection standards are not the same as USDA inspection standards and the USDA will only be spot checking the beef that is imported. This has raised some concerns regarding the potential introduction of Foot and Mouth Disease into U.S. cattle herds and possible introduction of disease to the consumer. The New Mexico CowBelles District 2 Workshop will be held in Clayton on March 10 at the United Methodist Church. There were 20 CowBelles from three Locals registered to attend along with five New Mexico CowBelles officers. The Extension office made the name tags. Farmers and Stockman’s Bank has

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ike any other long-lived business, the New Mexico dairy industry is mindful of the bottom line. According to figures compiled by Dr. Robert Hagevoort, New Mexico State University Extension Dairy Specialist, the total economic impact of the dairy industry to the State of New Mexico is $1.6 billion annually. In addition, the total economic impact which milk generates is another $2.8 billion through processing of

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thirds, as cows produce four times as much milk now as then. New Mexico remains a place of mainly family-owned dairies. One third-generation Clovis dairy farmer, Art Schaap, of Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Company, says, “I love that I’m making a product from the ground, taking the products of the ground to create one of the most nutritious products, one that is versatile and full of energy and protein, from cheese to milk to sports drinks, ice cream, butter, to an everyday essential ingredient of cooking,” he says. Schaap raises Holstein and HolsteinJersey cross dairy cows from birth. These cows require two years of growth before they can give milk; then, they have a three to five year production lifetime. “We take care of our cows like our family,” he says.

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Senators John Barrasso, David Vitter and Mike Enzi warn of EPA moves to control all water by RON ARNOLD, WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM yoming welder Andrew Johnson had a state permit, so he thought he was building a perfectly legal stock water pond for his livestock where Six Mile Creek runs through his private farm in Uinta County. But U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcers said Johnson was actually building a dam in violation of the Clean Water Act. Johnson’s permit from the Wyoming State Engineer’s office to build a “stock reservoir” is dated June 28, 2010, reflecting years of his careful preparations for the pond, including visits by EPA and Army Corps of Engineers agents to see the work, followed by a cordial multi-agency conference call in mid-2013 in which everything seemed fine. Then, on Jan. 28, without notice and without due process, EPA regional bureaucrat Andrew M. Graydosh issued a compliance order requiring Johnson to return the creek to its original condition in 60 days. Graydosh threatened Johnson with fines of $75,000 per day per violation – which could reach $187,500 per day, or over $5.5 million in a month – if he didn’t comply. Johnson had 10 days to reply. Graydosh’s foaming-at-the-mouth, sentence-without-trial demand, reeking of disgraced EPA official Al Armendariz’s “crucify them” attitude, crushed a citizen’s constitutional right to face his accusers. Some of Johnson’s fellow Wyoming residents contend ultra-greenies, including one federal employee in particular, complained to Graydosh and helped nullify a lawful state permit. The attack also infuriated Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, who requested the EPA to “immediately withdraw the compliance order.” In a March 12 letter to EPA water boss Nancy Stoner, three Senate Environment and Public Works committee Republicans – Ranking Member Sen. David Vitter


of Louisiana, and Wyoming’s Mike Enzi and John Barrasso – characterized EPA’s vile treatment of Johnson as “a draconian edict of a heavy-handed bureaucracy.” They also called it “an ominous signal of EPA’s intentions for its current ‘waters of the United States’ rulemaking.” Ominous indeed, for this vicious government surprise attack against a private citizen represents a potential threat against everybody. The “rulemaking” the senators referred to is Big Green’s years-long campaign to remove the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act, so that all water, not just

navigable water, falls under its regulatory authority. EPA justified its demand to Johnson by claiming that “Six Mile Creek is a perennial tributary of the Black Fork River, which is a perennial tributary of the Green River. The Green River is, and was at all relevant times, a navigable, interstate water of the U.S.” Neither Six Mile Creek nor the Black Fork River are navigable. With such connect-the-dots logic, EPA could declare kitchen sinks are navigable U.S. waters. Is continued on page 30

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There’s more behind this EPA assault on Johnson. When Big Green’s water-grabbing Clean Water Restoration Act of 2010 failed inCongress, the Obama administration simply proposed a “guidance” – a document stating a policy position – that attempted to seize all state waters without any legal authority. On May 14, 2013, Barrasso proposed an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act to nullify that guidance. His amendment won 52 Senate votes, with eight Democrats voting with the Republicans. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set an arbitrary threshold of 60 votes for the amendment’s passage as a pre-condition for even allowing a vote on the measure. So the amendment didn’t become law. The guidance lacks legal authority but EPA still acts as if it does. All but eight Senate Democrats voted for the federal government to seize all waters, and did so with the 2014 mid-term election just months away. The Senate could sure use some climate change. RON ARNOLD, a Washington Examiner columnist, is executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.

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New Mexico creates agricultural institute to prepare future farmers, ranchers, agribusiness leaders AgriFuture to be hosted in Albuquerque, May 12-14 gricultural organizations and agencies in New Mexico are looking to expand upon an exciting new trend: more young people are taking up farming, ranching, and other careers in agricultural production in the Land of Enchantment. New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and a dozen other agencies and organizations involved in New Mexico agriculture are coordinating and hosting the 2014 AgriFuture Educational Institute for beginning/future farmers and ranchers, as well as those aiming for other careers in agriculture. The institute will be hosted May 12-14 in Albuquerque. “The goal of the AgriFuture Educational Institute is to inform, inspire, and connect the people who will produce our food and fiber going forward,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “And how the Institute aims to achieve that lofty goal is by bringing together future ag producers and current ag producers, and really facilitating a conversation among that diverse group.” According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture released by USDA recently, New Mexico saw an increase in the number of people age 34 and younger who are agricultural producers, from 818 in 2007 to 1,200 in 2012. At the same time, the census showed a slight uptick in the average age of farmers in New Mexico from 59.6 years old in 2007 to 60.5 years old in 2012. “Taken together, what those two statistics tell us is that we’re headed in the right direction in terms of getting more young people into agriculture, but that we still have work to do,” Witte said. Access to land and capital are often said to be the major roadblocks for young people who want to join the ranks of today’s farmers and ranchers. Witte said that topic will be one of many addressed in the breakout session piece of the institute. Then attendees will board several buses to take private tours of a wide variety of agricultural businesses in and around Albuquerque.


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“New Mexico depends on agriculture, and thus we depend on future generations getting involved with the entire spectrum of agriculture from farming and ranching to banking to teaching to communications and much, much more,” said Caren Cowan, executive director of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, one of the institute’s organizers and sponsors. “[AgriFuture] hopes to expose young people to the wide range of possibilities.” The institute is open to future agricultural producers age 40 and under; veterans are encouraged to attend. It is also open to current agricultural producers of all ages in hopes that they will serve as mentors going forward. Witte said the idea of community is critical in agriculture, because people often develop their best practices on the farm or ranch by talking with others rather than by, say, reading a handbook. The registration fee for future agriculture producers is only $50 for the Institute, while the fee for current agriculture producers (those who can potentially mentor beginning farmers and ranchers) is only $100. Institute activities are also being funded in part by such sponsors as Farm Credit of New Mexico, which is also helping organize the institute. “Farm Credit of New Mexico is passionate about youth and their development in agriculture,” said Al Porter, president and CEO of Farm Credit of New Mexico. “This conference is a great way for us to all work together to make sure future agriculturists are prepared to enhance rural New Mexico.” In addition to NMDA, Cattle Growers’, and Farm Credit, institute organizers include Ag New Mexico Farm Credit; New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau; New Mexico Beef Council; Dairy Producers of New Mexico; New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc.; New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation Districts; New Mexico State University-Cooperative Extension Service; USDAFarm Service Agency’s New Mexico office; USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s New Mexico office; and USDARural Development’s New Mexico office.


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Farm Bureau Minute

Words of Wisdom from the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau by Mike White, President, New Mexico Farm &Livestock Bureau

Freedom to Operate irst I would like to say thank you to the New Mexico legislators who showed their support President Mike White for our states’ farmers and ranchers by passing HB51, the Right to Farm Bill. The bill, which is sitting on the Governor’s desk waiting for her signature, eliminates the word “improperly” from one sentence in the current Right to Farm Act language. The current statute leaves it open to debate for


lawyers as to what are improper operating procedures on an agriculture operation. This is a win for our members and we appreciate those of you who made Round House visits or called your lawmakers to encourage them to support the bill. However, with that being said, it is far from the revisions that are truly needed to remove the threat of nuisance lawsuits that have currently been filed and will probably be filed against businesses in New Mexico. Senate Bill 229 introduced by Senator Phil Griego and supported by NMFLB offers revisions to the Right to Farm Act which are comprehensive and would take care of the problem of nuisance lawsuits filed to harm agriculture in New Mexico

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once and for all. Democracy works in this nation, but it is not a spectator sport. This was a text book example of the impact farmers and ranchers can have when we come together to exercise our influence. Grassroots movements will always have powerful momentum. We have several pieces of legislation for the next session which we want to put forward, but we will need your HELP and VOICE to make it happen. We plan on making a major push through you our members to revise the Right to Farm Act and will call on you to talk directly to your Senators and Representatives before and during the next session as to the importance of this legislation for your livelihood. The world is run by the people who show up! Government is too big and important to be left to the politicians, and because of that your personal influence becomes more important as we move forward in this political season. At last count, 11 members of the NM House of Representatives have declared their intent to retire. So at least 15 percent of the chamber will turn over in the next election. That represents a tremendous opportunity for those of us in agriculture to make a difference for our industry. We can help elect lawmakers who understand our issues and will work to defend food production in New Mexico and if possible put some more boots under the table. If you don’t wish to run for office yourself then please volunteer to help with campaigns, use your online and in-person social networks to inform your friends and neighbors about desirable candidates, and then offer them a ride on election day. HB51 was not a slam dunk. It took a lot of persuading to get it passed. Let’s make our job easier during the next session by working during the interim to inform our elected officials as to our issues and electing those who will protect New Mexico agriculture. Thank you ■ for being a great Ag-vocate.

New Mexico’s Old Times and Old Timers

What was the Santa Fe Ring? nyone with a remote interest in New Mexico Territorial history (18501912) has heard of what was called the Santa Fe Ring. The notion that such a group existed has been taken for granted for many years, beginning as early as the last third of the 19th century. But did it, really, exist? Much has been written about the Ring, but mostly from an angle rather than head-on. That is true because no one was quite sure what the Santa Fe Ring actually was. On one extreme, there were those who believed that the Ring was at least a quasi-formal organization with officers and rules; a group which held meetings and planned its nefarious activities. On the other end of the spectrum were those who believed that Ring did not really exist at all; that it was nothing more than a group of like-minded businessmen who met occasionally for a cup of coffee or a drink of whiskey. Some believed that its membership was exclusively male, Anglo and Republican, but it was hard to square that position with the fact that Democrats and Hispanics—both Republican and Demo crat—were identified with the Ring at one time or another; in one way or another. Most observers agreed that no matter what else the Ring was, its motivations were greed and political power. And since politics are often brought into any discussion of the Santa Fe Ring, it is worth noting what British observer, James Bryce, wrote in 1895: “Neither party has any principles, any distinctive tenets. Both have traditions. Both claim to have tendencies. Both have certainly war cries, organizations, interests enlisted in their support. But these interests are in the main the interests of getting or keeping the patronage of the government.” He concluded by noting that the Republican and Democratic parties “. . . were like two bottles. Each bore a label denoting the kind of liquor it contained, but each was empty.” So what is the truth about the Ring and its era, and where would one go to find answers? Nowadays that question is easily answered thanks to New Mexico historian


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David Caffey and his new book, Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico. (See below for book information.) Caffey begins at the logical place: the beginning. The territorial period in New Mexico coexisted with the so-called Gilded Age across the United States—named as such by Mark Twain—during which laissez-faire capitalism and the unfettered accumulation of great wealth were the normal goals of those engaged in the national business community. Think of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and others of that ilk. Caffey also points out that at the time there were business and political rings elsewhere in the United States; long before the term was attached to the Santa Fe group. Most notable was Tammany Hall,

also known as the Tweed Ring, in New York City which was made up Democrats who practiced massive government corruption. There were other rings in Colorado and Arizona and elsewhere. Back in New Mexico, Caffey introduces readers to such notables as Thomas B. Catron, Stephen B. Elkins, William Breeden and Henry Waldo: three Republicans and a Democrat, respectively. If the Santa Fe Ring had a cadre, these men were probably it. However, the thing most important to know at this point is that the Ring had no formal existence; at least the proof of one has not been found. These men were, however, closely associated with each other in the legal, political and business professions. Caffey identifies another sevcontinued on page 34



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enty or so men who were associated with the first four, to a greater or lesser extent, over the years. He provides a grid in which he identifies which men were identified as Ring members by which historians: a very useful tool, indeed. The interactions of these seventy or so men over a period of forty-six years—from 1866 to 1912—make up the basis of the history and legend of the Santa Fe Ring. Caffey goes into considerable detail concerning the Colfax and Lincoln county wars, the causes of which were often laid at the doorstep of the Ring. He also discusses the Spanish and Mexican land grants, and how some Ring associates were able become huge landowners. He notes their involvement in ranching, mining, timber and other business activities. All of this provides the most complete look ever at what the Santa Fe Ring was, and was not, and what it meant to the New Mexico territory and its prospects for statehood. (As an aside, it should be noted that while William M. “Boss” Tweed of the Tweed Ring went to prison for his sins, no one associated with the Santa Fe Ring was ever



convicted of a crime although some were tried.) This book is an enormous contribution to understanding New Mexico in the last third of the nineteenth century; and to some extent, understanding New Mexico today. It is a genuine contribution to the historiography of territorial New Mexico. David Caffey has served as director the University of New Mexico’s Harwood Library and Museum in Taos, director of Institutional Support Services at San Juan College in Farmington, and vice president for instruction at Clovis Community College. He also served as first vice president of the Historical Society of New Mexico and continues to serve on the society’s board of directors. His earlier award-winning book, Frank Springer and New Mexico: From the Colfax County War to the Emergence of Modern Santa Fe, is also excellent. Chasing The Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico. By David L. Caffey University of New Mexico Press $34.95, 366 pages, 29 halftones

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Neil Burcham, associate professor of animal science at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the recipient of the 2014 ABBA Friend of the Year. Burcham received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University and his master’s from University of Arkansas. He has taught courses in meat animal production, livestock evaluation, exhibiting livestock, advanced livestock evaluation, internship and swine production. He has also coached livestock judging teams. Additional honors and awards received are Honorary FFA Degree, College of Agricultural/Home Economics “Distinguished Teaching” award and the Donald C Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching. Burhcam was born in Siloam Spring, Ark., and attended high school in Jay, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army and was company clerk. He was employed by Oscar Meyer and Company as a hog buyer. Neil also served as a college instructor at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Since 1969 Neil has been employed by New Mexico State University. Neil has judged or participated in education seminars in Mexico, Sierra Leone, Colombia, Guatemala, Thailand, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay and Ecuador. He has judged cattle and hogs in California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alaska. ABBA Executive Vice President Chris Shivers stated, “Neil Burcham is truly a Brahman friend in every sense of the word and most deserving of this award. He is passionate about the breed, knows its role, has helped improve the breed and has promoted it. Mr. Burcham has been on the faculty at New Mexico State University for over 40 years and since this time has overseen the university Brahman herd and conducted practical research.” Shivers continued to explain one of the most significant contributions he has made is collecting performance data on the herd, especially ultrasound measure-

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ments. Throughout his tenure, he has influenced many herds through the marketing of proven bulls. Most significantly, said Shivers, over the past 10 years, producers from across the southern United States have purchased and used NMSU bulls with great success. “It would go without saying that Dr. Burcham has been a huge help promoting the breed both in the classroom as well as in New Mexico and Arizona through his many educational forums and through judging a number of Brahman shows in the United States and abroad,” said Shivers. The Brahman Friend of the Year Award was initiated to recognize individuals such as Burcham who devote their time and efforts to the improvement and promotion of the breed, he said. George Kempfer of Kempfer Cattle Company said Burcham was highly recommended by all of the Florida Brahman breeders mainly due to the fact that he stresses the importance of the productivity of Brahman cattle. “Our true salvation will be to increase productivity and predictability in order to make our cattle more acceptable,” said Kempfer. “In my opinion, Neil is one of the leaders in this area.” George continued to say that the Florida cattlemen really appreciate what Neil is doing for the breed because he knows the importance of the breed both domestically and internationally. Loren Pratt of Pratt Farms in Arizona adds that Neil is not afraid to promote the breed, traveling all over as a great spokesperson for the breed. The New Mexico State herd started with Texas A&M, LSU and Pratt Farms genetics. Loren also added that for more than 15 years he has traded bulls with Burhcam to improve the genetic base of both herds, especially in the carcass area. Now they can start stacking pedigrees with genetics that have good ultrasound data. Shivers added that Burcham was one of the first to ultrasound cattle and submit their records for analysis. The New Mexico State bull test, which is under the direction of Burcham, collects all performance data of the bulls, includ-

ing ultrasound. Their spring bull sale consists of Angus, Brangus, and Brahman bulls. Shivers also stated that through Burhcam’s work, new genetics have been introduced to the breed, genetics that stress productivity and carcass traits. Some of the breeders who have incorporated these genetics are Barthle Brothers

Ranch, Kempfer Cattle Company, Dyess Farms, Partin and Partin Heart Bar Ranch, Flying W Ranch and McKellar/Faulk. Burcham is honored to be named this year’s ABBA friend of the year, saying out of all the awards he receives, this is the most prestigious because it is nationwide. Congratulations, Neil Burcham. ©TABR

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‘The Wolf Tapeworm’ by GIB MATHERS, POWELLTRIBUNE.COM Powell veterinarian warns of problems that may be spread by wolves nasty tapeworm found in Alaskan wolves has turned up in Park County and has infected multiple elk and four dogs, according to a Powell veterinarian. State and federal officials say the risk of infecting humans is low, but veterinarian Ray Acker, who owns and operates Big Horn Animal Care Center in Powell, said it behooves hunters and dog owners to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from the parasite. Echinococcosis granulosus (E. granulosus) can infect and kill humans, but there have been no reported cases of human fatalities in Wyoming. Acker said he fears it is only a matter of time before the tapeworm’s cysts invade humans and potentially kill them. E. granulosus tapeworm can infect all carnivores, but wolves and other canines are the primary host. “You could call it the wolf tapeworm,” Acker said. “We always take any type of situation related to human safety and wildlife very seriously,” Dan Thompson, statewide supervisor of the large carnivore management section in Lander said in an email.


Hank Edwards, Wyoming Game & Fish Department laboratory supervisor in Laramie, said don’t panic, just be aware of the risk. “I don’t know the prevalence in wolves, but certainly some carry it,” Edwards added. “It’s very, very rare that it infects people.” Humans contract the hydatids (cysts) from E. granulosus. Hydatid disease in humans is difficult to diagnose and may require surgery to remove them. “It can be fatal,” Acker said. Humans can be exposed to the eggs from canine feces or fur. From there the cysts take up residence in the human’s lungs or liver. “It is a silent killer,” Acker said. Humans can unknowingly carry the cysts for 20 years until it becomes critical. When cysts rupture, the person enters anaphylactic shock and dies within 10 minutes, Acker said. “Right now it’s rare for humans because it’s just emerging,” Acker said. In Alaska, there have been 300 reported cases of hydatid disease in people since 1950. That is a result of canines, primarily wolves, contaminating the landscape with billions of E. granulosus eggs in their feces. The invisible eggs are ingested by wild and domestic grazing animals and occasionally by humans who release clouds of the eggs into the air by kicking the scat or examining the feces to see what the wolf had been eating, according to a December 2009 article in The Outdoorsman.

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“This is not limited to wolves, and quite honestly we as an agency always stress safety precautions when dealing with wild game and/or fur bearers as it related to ectoparasites and other potential parasites,” Thompson said. “This topic seems to flare up every now and then, but it is still important that we (Wyoming Game & Fish Department) make sure people have the facts and are safely enjoying our outdoors. Long story short, the health risk is very low.” In the last four or five months, it has been found in wild ungulates, but not domestic ungulates in Wyoming. It is not a problem for humans, but the possibility does exist, said State Veterinarian Jim Logan. “It’s pretty rare as far as we know,” Logan said. “In northwest Wyoming, hydatid cysts have been found in the lungs of a few moose and elk,” according to a 2010 Echinococcus granulosus in Wyoming fact sheet from the Game & Fish. “Where the parasite is found in wolves and wild ungulates, most public health agencies consider the public health risk to be very low.” There have been no cases of E. granulosus in the Big Horn Mountains, but there are no wolves there, Acker said. The definitive host for E. granulosus where they reach maturity and reproduce are canines and wild carnivores. Wild or domesticated ungulates, such as elk or sheep and humans, serve as intermediate hosts where the parasite transitions between life stages. The larval stage results in the formation of hydatid cysts in intermediate hosts. The eggs form inside the primary host. The eggs hatch into larva and migrate to the liver and lungs to form cysts. The predator, such as a canine, feeds on intermediate host prey and become the definitive or primary hosts, Acker said. Stock on a national forest grazing allotment could pick up the cysts while grazing. Then the animals are brought back from the mountains to their pastures here. If the stock has the cysts in its lungs, they won’t gain weight. Or, if the stock dies, predators or dogs eat the carcass and spread the disease. If numerous stock are infected it could have a significant financial impact on producers, Acker said. Hunters should beware

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elk in a Meeteetse hunt area. When the hunter field-dressed the elk, the lungs were loaded with cysts. Something attracted the dogs to the elk’s lungs, perhaps an odor from the cysts, and the dogs consumed the elk’s organs. He has wormed the dogs twice with praziquantel that kills E. granulosus in canines, Acker said. Game & Fish sent the elk lung tissue samples to the Game & Fish lab in Laramie and the lab verified it as E. granulosus, Acker said. “Do not feed uncooked meat or organs of deer, elk, moose or sheep to dogs,” said the fact sheet. If a hunter notes hydatid cysts in their elk, they should not panic because the tapeworms must pass through a primary host like a dog first, Acker said. Wolf hunters should be cautious handling their kill. Wear rubber gloves and take care handling feces and intestines, Acker said. “Those hunting or trapping canids (mammals of the dog family) in Wyoming are encouraged to wear latex or rubber gloves when field dressing and skinning their animals. Additionally, wild game meat should always be cooked thoroughly,” said the fact sheet. Taking the wolf pelt to a car wash and using the high-pressure hose to blow eggs off the fur is a handy precaution. Taxidermists should also use care, Acker said. Watch for white segments around the rectums and in the dog’s stool. Initially the one-quarter by one-eighth inch segments will move slightly. Worm your dogs, Acker said. Eggs can survive in excrement for up to one year. “I think they do well in the cold,” Acker said. Dogs, with a propensity to roll in feces can collect the eggs on their coat and pass it on to their masters, Acker said. Deworm dogs regularly. The best methods to prevent infection in humans are practicing good hygiene like wearing rubber or latex gloves and washing hands after handling dog excrement, said the fact sheet. People should take precautions handling any wildlife. For example, people can contract bubonic plague from handling prairie dogs, Logan said. Acker believes the disease has just reared its head among wildlife in this area. “We didn’t have it down here until they

introduced these wolves,” he said. In 1995/96 wolves from Alberta and British Columbia were re-introduced with 31 wolves in Yellowstone National Park and 35 in central Idaho. They were treated for parasites including, E. granulosus and it was well documented, Jimenez said. “All wolves captured in Canada for relocation to Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho were treated for lice, roundworms and tapeworms before being released in Wyoming,” said the fact sheet. Some people who dislike wolves returning to the region cite E. granulosus as another factor for their disdain for the canines. Acker admits to being anti-wolf, but he said if there are a lot of rabid skunks


in the area they are eliminated in the interest of public safety. “I’m anti-wolf here,” Acker said. “I think they belong where they came from.” “People who are not real crazy about wolves see it as another reason to not be crazy about wolves,” said Mike Jimenez, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gray wolf recovery coordinator in Jackson. When Acker was a graduate student at Kansas State in Manhattan, he dissected two human livers from cadavers brimming with cysts. Action should be taken now, he said. “Are we going to wait till somebody dies or try to keep somebody from dying?” ■ Acker said.

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My Cowboy Heroes by JIM OLSON

Bobbi Jeen “The Arizona OLSON Cowgirl”

et me introduce you to Bobbi Jeen Olson. Cowgirl extraordinaire! The great Rex Allen was known worldwide as “The Arizona Cowboy.” Bobbi Jeen is quickly becoming known in some circles as “The Arizona Cowgirl.” There are several reasons for this. Raised in the country, and brought up in the ranching lifestyle, she is first and foremost, a real cowgirl. Riding, roping and even branding are all things she has done in real-life situations. Her first pay-


ing job was at a cattle auction. And yes cowboys, that championship team roping buckle hanging on her belt is one (of many) she won herself. As a young lady, Olson became interested in a local Queen contest. That year, she won the title of Torrance County Queen, representing Torrance County, New Mexico (where she lived at the time). From there she competed at the New Mexico State Fair, where, by a slim margin, she finished runner up. What was more important about competing at the state fair however, was that a local talent scout (agent) happened to be there. She took a liking to Bobbi Jeen. After interviewing with the agent, Olson soon had her first gig. The agency then found she was eager to work in front of the camera and had a natural talent for doing so. In those beginning years, she

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worked on many projects including commercials and ads for Pemmican Beef Jerky, local Western Wear stores and Wrangler products. She also did riding scenes and doubled many famous actresses in films such as Stolen Women, The Hi-Lo Country, Walker - Texas Ranger and appeared in several music videos. She built a resume which said: Model, Actress, Stuntwoman. During this period of her life, she also volunteered long hours at a therapy program which helped to rehabilitate the handicapped through horseback riding. Helping youngsters remains a passion of hers to this day. After moving to Arizona and taking a break to start a family, she got back into the world of modeling and acting, this time with a new spin on it. A slightly more mature person evolved this time. One who now had a mission other than “just getting in front of a camera.” Olson now was determined to promote the way of life she loved and cherished. The Western Way of Life—represented by good, family based, morals and values. She also wanted to inspire people through what she was doing. Projects she has worked on in the last decade are numerous. As a model, she has been featured on the cover of many magazines, walked the runway in some of the West’s biggest fashion shows and promoted products such as western fashion and accessories for major designers. Being an expert horsewoman, she is still called upon to do riding scenes for Hollywood actresses. However, directors and producers have figured out that, since Bobbi Jeen can Act as well, it saves time and money to just hire her for the part. There is no sense in hiring two people to film one part! For a while, she did a stint as host of Arizona Country TV. Although the project was short-lived, it is something Olson is continued on page 39

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proud of. “Promoting the West, it’s wonderful scenery, and interviewing inspirational people is something near and dear to my heart,” said Bobbi Jeen. She has delved into hosting and interviewing on several occasions, for various projects. In Arizona, a state with a long history of Western projects, Bobbi Jeen is one of the busiest persons in the industry. Arizona personality and spokesperson, The Arizona Duude, said, “I don’t know how she does it, but every time I turn around, Bobbi Jeen is involved in another project.” As she has made a name for herself, Olson has become more “selective” in what she gets involved with. Her personal motto is all about promoting the Western Way of Life and it’s traditional values. While not every project she works on is necessarily “western,” all of them will be family friendly. “I don’t want to do anything that I would be ashamed for my thirteen-year-old son or my mother to watch,” she said. Her values and ethics must be paying off because she is constantly being offered bigger parts in better projects. At the time of this writing, she has

worked on three different movies—soon to be released. Two are traditional westerns and one a contemporary western. Upcoming projects she has already been signed for include a feature-length mystery film set in modern-day Arizona called Deadly Sanctuary and three different fashion shows. She is also slated to appear at a seminar in Wyoming which will teach modeling and inspire young ladies to go after their dreams. Somewhere along the way, they started calling her “The Arizona Cowgirl.” As discussed above, she is a real cowgirl. She is also charitable, inspirational, is of good character and ethics and is not afraid of a little hard work. All great cowgirl qualities. Most cowgirls do possess these traits. Bobbi Jeen however is in the unique situation where she has become quite visible due to her public life. Since she projects those same qualities publicly, raising the bar for all who see, it seems quite fitting for her to be associated with the name. Mother, wife, cowgirl, model, actress, stuntwoman, inspiration—Bobbi Jeen always tells people, “Dream so big that if even half of it comes true, it’s still amazing!” (On a side note, yours truly, is very

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fter a stint in the post of State Veterinarian Leroy Martinez DVM determined that he could provide better service to the ranching community in his own practice. Thus he has returned to that practice. We wish him the best. The New Mexico Livestock Board is currently recruiting for the position of State Veterinarian. This position is responsible for providing strong, exemplary leadership in all aspects of livestock health and welfare including state, national and international livestock health concerns. The position requires A DVM or equivalent from an AVMA accredited College of Veterinary Medicine. The position closes on April 4, 2014. Interested applicants must go to to apply. For assistance or more information, contact Priscilla at 505/3626150 or


Brand Re-record Underway wners of New Mexico livestock brands have until the end of October to renew those brands with the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB). The process, which started March 1takes place every three years, giving the agency and owners a chance to update records, verify information, and continue the history and tradition associated with brands, which in many cases have been handed down for generations. The NMLB is seeing a good response from brand owners, especially to the new online options. “The public has been very receptive to the online renewals, and the work implemented by our IT department has resulted in a very convenient and effi-


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cient method for renewal. Gone are the days of having to wait months for new brand cards after mailing in payments,” said NMLB Director Ray Baca. Brand registrations that are current through 2014 may be renewed through July 2017 for $100. Brands must be renewed for at least three years, but can be renewed for up to 12 years, for an additional $100 for each subsequent and optional threeyear period. In addition, brand registration transfers will be completed at NO additional charge through October 31, 2014 with the $100 registration fee. After October31st, these will incur an additional $100 fee. Brand holders have several options for renewal. To renew a brand online by credit card – Visa, Mastercard or Discover – they can visit the NMLB website at www.nml-

estrays April 8, 2014 and click on the “Renew your Brand” button on the home page. American Express is not accepted. Check and money order payments will be accepted via mail, and payment can also be made in person at the NMLB Office in Albuquerque, 300 San Mateo NE, Suite 1000. This is a good opportunity for people to make sure their brand registrations are current with the NMLB. Registrations that expired in 2011 can still be renewed as long as past due registrations are paid. A fee of $200 is required to bring these brands current through 2017. Registrations that expired in 2008 can also still be renewed by paying past due registrations, and a fee of $275 is required to bring these brands current through 2017. On October 31, 2014, brands with a 2008 expiration will be permanently terminated if not renewed. Brands can be renewed online at any time, and mailer reminders will be sent out in postcard format in mid-May. For more information, stop by, contact the NMLB at 505/841-6161 or visit the “Brands Home” tab on the NMLB website: ■

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NMSU to host youth ranch management camp at Valles Caldera National Preserve ew Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service hopes to build on the success of its New Mexico Youth Ranch Management Camp when


it hosts the event June 8 through 13 at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico. “The camp has been a great success,” said Tom Dominguez, Otero County Extension agricultural agent and co-chairman of the camp. “The event is designed to be a unique educational experience and the first two camps definitely exceeded expectations.” The camp, designed for 15-to 19-yearold New Mexico youth, is an effort to reverse the aging trend in ranching. Nationally, the average age in the ranching community continues to increase as more

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young people are opting to leave the ranch for careers outside production agriculture. As a result, the fabric of rural economies, as well as ranching tradition and cultures, are in jeopardy. In a rural state like New Mexico, the situation has significant implications. With positive outcomes from the camp and the strong support of the program by the state’s beef industry leaders, the planning committee is hoping more youth from across the state apply for this year’s camp. “The ranch camp is a tremendous opportunity for high school youth and is the first of its kind across states I have been involved with,” said Dennis Braden, general manager of Swenson Land and Cattle Co. in Stamford, Texas, and a camp volunteer and presenter. “What the kids learned at the ranch camp has a direct impact on the quality of beef produced for future generations,” said Dina Reitzel, executive director of the New Mexico Beef Council. The council was one of many industry organizations and companies that helped sponsor the inaugural camp. The youth selected to attend this year’s camp will receive training in all aspects of ranch management, including raising and marketing beef cattle, wildlife management and range management. “Participants will leave this experience with a greater appreciation for not only new skills and practices, but also the economics of each practice as it relates to cash flow for a ranch in the Southwest,” said Jack Blandford, Luna County Extension agricultural agent and co-chairman of the camp. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams and ultimately present a ranch management plan before a review panel as they compete for prizes and scholarships. Applicants should contact Dominguez at 575/437-0231 or or Blandford at 575/546-8806 or or visit the camp’s website at for information and to submit an online application. Applications are due May 1. A panel of industry leaders will review the applications and select the participants. Successful applicants must submit a $300 camp ■ fee prior to camp.

Idaho Fish & Game kills 23 wolves MISSOULIAN.COM daho wildlife officials have killed 23 wolves in northern Idaho in an effort to boost the number of elk in the region. The Idaho Fish & Game announced in late February that the animals were killed by USDA Wildlife Service agents using a helicopter in the Lolo elk zone near the Montana border. It’s the sixth time the agency has taken action to kill wolves in the Lolo zone in the past four years, bringing the total number of wolves killed there to 48. The efforts are part of the state’s predator management plan, which calls for killing wolves when the Fish and Game Department determines they are causing conflicts with people or domestic animals or that they are a significant factor in declining numbers of elk or deer. Suzanne Stone, an Idaho spokeswoman for the wildlife advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, said she was disappointed by the news — especially because she said she asked the department earlier this year if they planned any predation actions in northern Idaho. “I feel like we were deceived because


we asked specifically if they had any plans underway to do anything like this, and the answer was no,” Stone said. “You don’t hide this kind of thing from the public. You have to be straight and forthright.” The Defenders of Wildlife is part of a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups that sued the state and federal officials in federal court earlier this year, asking a judge to stop a state-hired hunter from using the U.S. Forest Service’s backcountry airstrips to reach and kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return wilderness. The federal judge rejected their request for a temporary restraining order, but state officials pulled the hunter out of the region after he killed nine wolves. The lawsuit is currently on appeal before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Idaho lawmakers in the House voted last week to direct $2 million to help kill problem wolves, over objections from Democrats who say it’s a poor use of the money. The measure, backed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and livestock producers, is now in the Senate. Idaho has 118 packs and about 680 wolves, according to 2012 figures. This wolf control fund’s proponents argue existing measures by federal trappers and hunters aren’t enough to tackle wolves that prey on sheep, cattle and elk herds coveted by hunters, so this fund is designed to help pick up the slack.

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Wolf Wars – An Update Moving into its third decade, the Mexican wolf reintroduction program continues to plague ranch families in New Mexico and Arizona. Not only are the wolves and their impacts devastating on the health and well being, but the continued war of words initiated by the bumbling efforts of the federal government are stretching people to the breaking point. As a brief recap, early last summer the




e are fortunate to have a wide circle of friends who supply many emails keeping us abreast of the wide variety of issues in the U.S. and around the world. As you can imagine, there is precious little good news or even common sense. Sometimes the messages are funny . . . even while being so sad. One of them last month read “Poisoning fish in the Virgin River.” Really??? A virgin river cannot escape the poison? This is just more of game management agencies, federal and state, exercising their God-like powers in determining what wildlife had the right to live and which must be killed in the name of “preservation.” It has been going on for many years. The latest battle ground for the issue in New Mexico is in Sierra County where the Turner folks are in league with game agencies asking (loose term) for access on to private lands for the poisoning. The hammer in the deal is the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If enough streams are not poisoned in the name of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, the fish will be listed and private property use will be impacted. Never mind that the brown and rainbow trout currently in the stream have been there for a century or more . . . to quote Irene Lee, former Water Quality Control Commissioner, “makes one wonder what it takes to be native.” Never mind that the runoff from last year’s Silver Fire and fires yet to come will surely foul the stream in the months to come. Even sillier is the fact that the government pays people to collect the released fish when fire and floods come.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) began rule-making and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects relating to the wolf and other species. They are trying to comply with a federal settlement entered into by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) that was supposed to give the FWS a break from the ceaseless litigation from radical groups. Apparently DOJ doesn’t do opposition research. All they did was put a noose around the neck of the FWS and hard working rural Americans. The settlement bound the FWS to impossible deadlines while there are no such constraints put on the radicals. Not to mention that only one group was involved in the agreement. As the outcries from real people continued, the FWS extended some deadlines all the way to mid December. Somewhere along the way in some bureaucrat’s infinite wisdom, the decision was made to seek a scientific peer review of the science that was relied upon for the rule-making. You might imagine that there would have been enough wisdom for the agency to

select scientists that would support agency actions. Not so much. The peer review was highly critical of the basis for the FWS actions. The agency then opened yet another comment period that closed late in March. There were initially two (2) processes, one addressing the delisting of wolves, the other addressing changes in the Mexican wolf program. Although common sense would tell you that if science was flawed in one process it would most surely be in both. Not the logical conclusion of the FWS. The comments were only for the delisting process. Over the past many months it has been clear that no matter what the FWS does, they are in for more litigation. Radical groups have been vocal about it. The people impacted will have no choice.

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try and go back to the people on the ground and try to work from there up . . . which should have happened in the inception of the program rather than simply turning violent predators out on the landscape with no concern about the outcome for the people or the wolves. It also was supposed to be a vehicle for those who want wolves to put their money where their mouth is. The council’s activities to aide ranchers are to be funded by donations. From the outset, it was made clear that the ranching community have paid a tremendous price for the program thus far. The money for the aide would not be coming out of the pockets of families who are losing tens of thousands of dollars a year to the wayward animals. This was/is the opportunity for those urbanites who think animals they don’t have to live with to contribute. Did anyone really think that would happen? The council is made up of ranchers, their representatives, wolf officials and radical groups. It has been meeting for some time and has morphed into a Coexistence Council. While that term maybe linguistically correct it is unfortunate and angers those in the ranching community. In late March the FWS unveiled the Council and its website in a press release. Again the linguistics may have been correct in the press release, the interpretation by the media has not been. NOTHING has changed in perception or policy regarding the Mexican wolf program in the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) or any other agricultural organization that we know of. Any policy changes regarding the wolf with NMCGA will take a request from membership followed by committee deliberation and board of directors action. It is worth noting that all NMCGA board meetings are open to all members (with the reservation that an executive session is possible in the event necessary). We will go to work to correct the misconceptions of the media. By and large the New Mexico media is always willing to listen to ranch families and we appreciate that.

In late breaking news . . . Those fine folks CBD (who also brought you the endangered species condoms for Valentine’s Day a few years ago) embarked on a new “kill the rancher” campaign the last week in March. The group hopes to persuade Americans to cut back on their meat consumption, according to Eliza 46

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Barclay, Their pitch? Eat less meat and you will help save wildlife. Their “Take Extinction off the plate” push argues that the livestock industry has been responsible for the near extinction of iconic species like the Mexican gray wolf and the California grizzly bear. And that, combined with the industry’s other significant contributions to climate change and habitat loss, warrants a movement to replace at least some of the meat in the American diet with plants, the group says.

On the lighter side . . . For the lack of an invitation we didn’t make the Albuquerque red carpet premier of 50 to 1 . . . the movie about New Mexico’s Kentucky Derby Winner, Mine That Bird. We made a rare trek to the movie theater the following Friday to see one of the first public showings in Albuquerque. Running into a group of Brazilian bull riders coming out of the Brazilian restaurant next to the theater started the outing off well! As close to the PBR we got that



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weekend. But we digress . . . the movie was well worth paying for. There was not ANY foul language, sex or violence. It is a movie you can take your kids and your grandparents to. Sam Britt had a part at the beginning and he was the real Sam . . . enjoying a good bar fight and a good drink. Great job Sam! The leading actors all played their parts well. The story lacked some in depth . . . If you don’t know New Mexico, one would believe that all we do here is drink heavily and fight in bars (and we must admit we have been in some of those bars filmed), shop at Walmart and drive either REALLY fancy or REALLY old vehicles. The casting of Bobby Baffort and his wife was less than kind and the portrayal of Bobby was just plain mean. Bobby is a lively character, but we have known him for more years than we care to admit and he isn’t a mean or rude person. It is worth knowing that Bobby ran Real Quiet in New Mexico before he won the Derby in 1998. When asked why he would run such a great horse on a bush track in New Mexico (Santa Fe Downs) . . . He responded, “Bush track, heck, racing is tough out West.” Take the family out and enjoy the movie . . . there are few you can do that with now days.

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inMemoriam Asa Betts Fitch, 93, Las Cruces passed from this earth on March 8, 2014. He was born May 8, 1920 in Hachita to Albert J. and Frances Young Fitch. Asa graduated from Hachita High School then served his country in the United States Army Air Corps and received an honorable discharge. During his time in the service he met and fell in love with Geraldine Allen and they married on February 4, 1944. Asa and Jerry are members of Saint James Episcopal Church and enjoy many friends there. As a young man Asa worked cattle ranches in remote areas of New Mexico. After receiving his Master’s Degree in secondary education at Western New Mexico College in Silver City, he began his career in the field of education in New Mexico and Arizona for many years. Survivors include his loving wife of seventy years, Geraldine Allen Fitch; daughter, Linda Helfrich (husband, Donald) Mountain Home, Arkansas; grandson, Ken Sweetser, Springfield, Missouri; brother, Archer Fitch, Florida; as well as numerous nieces and nephews . Dr. Alan P. Thal, MD, 88, Golondrinas,

passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014. He was born on July 15, 1925 in Cape Town, South Africa to Alexander Thal and Bess Clouts. He was united in marriage with Felicia Jacobs on December 14, 1949 in Durban, South Africa. He is survived by his wife Felicia Thal of the family; daughter: Alyson P. Thal, MD, Corrales; sons: John S. Thal (wife, Gayla), Albuquerque; Doug O. Thal, DVM, (wife, Kristin), Santa Fe; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and caregivers: Randy and Monica Taylor; Richard Lau. Dr. Thal earned his Medical Degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in December 1949. He did his internship at Cornell University in pathology 1950-1951 and another internship at John’s Hopkins 1952-1953 in surgery. He completed his residency in surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he also finished as a Ph.D. He was a member of the original Open Heart Team at the University of Minnesota from 19531960. He then moved to Detroit, Michigan where he became chairman of the Department of Surgery at Wayne State University

continuing his research. This culminated in his well-known book published in 1971, Shock, A Physiologic Basis for Treatment. He then moved on to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he was professor of surgery and obtained research grants from the NIH and the National Academy of Science. His extensive research in thoracic and esophageal surgery led to the publication of over 150 publications from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, Dr. Thal developed an interest in ranching and raising purebred Hereford cattle, so he searched for a location where he could ranch and raise cattle, as well as serve as the local surgeon. They bought a ranch outside of Las Vegas where he ultimately served as a surgeon from 1972 to 1994. So many families were touched by the high quality surgery he was able to provide to Las Vegas. In 1994, Dr. Thal was forced to retire after a serious illness, but continued his research and invented several new surgical instruments and procedures which still bear his name. continued on page 57


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Racetrackers by BARRY DENTON ome of my fondest memories of the race track are the cast of characters I met. Many of them had been in the race horse business all of their life and others were just passing through. You met people from all backgrounds and ethnicities. If I stop and think about it I guess my clientele was a miniature United Nations. One day I started making a list of where many of them had come from and it was


quite fascinating. There were the usual doctors, lawyers, and businessmen. Then if you add some Arabian sheiks, Russian oilmen, heads of state, politicians, a railroad magnate, a large retailer, Hollywood folks, and a few New York Jews you had a pretty interesting mix. Can you imagine having them all at the same party? Thankfully you deal with the trainer most of the time, but many times the owners love to check out who they are sending checks to on a regular basis. Many of the owners I got to know very well over the years and I learned so much by talking with them. You have to be bright to be successful and these folks were special. I always appreciated my owners and went the extra mile for them. As interesting as the owners were I was always even more fascinated by the everyday guy or gal that worked at the track. Many of the other farriers I worked with were very colorful . I remember I went to Chicago to work on a horse and met a most interesting African American farrier. His name was Lightning and I never did know his real name. Maybe he didn’t have one, which wasn’t uncommon in those days. Lightning was in his forties and proba-

bly six foot tall and about eighteen inches wide. He was truly the narrowest individual I have seen to this day. He was a little tall to be a farrier and probably weighed about 130 pounds. When I first saw him I thought he was malnourished or had a tape worm. Lightning was actually very healthy and had a large client base. People liked him as he had a very easy going manner with horses and people alike. However, the most amazing thing about him was that when he walked somewhere he always had a horse rasp in his hand. As he walked along he would flip the rasp back over his shoulder and bounce it off his boot heel. The rasp would flip back over the shoulder and land in his hand every time. I have never seen anyone else do this. Of course, all of us horseshoers would try it and incur a multitude of bruises. Lightning did this without thinking about it as he walked along. I didn’t go to Chicago often, but every time I was there I always marveled at Lightning and his antics. Andre Delonpres was a Frenchman through and through. He spoke with a continued on page 49


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This allowed Frenchy to get the last hoof trimmed and the shoe shaped. However, when he went to nail it on that rear hoof caught Frenchy in the back of the thigh and lifted him down the barn aisle about 15 feet. Frenchy never did say a

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“Frenchy always remained calm, even if there were hind hooves narrowly missing his head.” up to a major race will put these horses in a nervous frame of mind. It’s quite the same as a human athlete getting ready for the big game. Nerves tend to get on edge. Because of this, Frenchy would get many horses to shoe just before the big race. One day Frenchy was working on this big beautiful chestnut colt before his first stakes race. The horse had broken its maiden in high fashion and then won three races in a row. There was lots of promise in this youngster. However, this horse was being pretty tough to shoe. Frenchy always remained calm, even if there were hind hooves narrowly missing his head. The horse’s groom was holding him and doing the best job he could, but that colt was having none of it. Most thoroughbred race horses can be shod with a lip chain when things get testy. This was not the case today. Finally the groom opted to replace the lip chain with a long handled rope twitch. That was a good idea and Frenchy got one more foot completed. Pretty soon the colt started rearing with the twitch so it needed to come off. Keep in mind that Frenchy was shoeing this horse just a day before the race so tranquillizers were not an option. The next thing the groom did was grab a fistful of skin between the horse’s neck and shoulder. APRIL 2014


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ve got a year-old Australian Shepherd dog. I don’t intend to use him for livestock; his job will be barker. We live in a rural area. The dogs are penned at night and released during the day into a three-acre house and barn lot surrounded by shock collar wire. We have regular invasions of coyotes and javelina that can make short work of barn cats and outside dogs. Barking is a good deterrent and alarm for intruders. Back to Rudy, the new dog. From the beginning he was a boisterous, happy, destructive puppy. It was cute when he was three months old, but now it’s a pain! I thought he was genetically goofy but Mr. Jeb, the dog trainer, met Rudy and convinced me the dog was smart, he just needed better training. After a year has passed, I’ve contained his exuberance and he minds well, but he still gets excited when company comes. The issue I’m still dealing with is his destructive tendencies. One dare not leave a bag, jacket, pillow, piece of Styrofoam, 69 Ford instruction manual, set of reins, saddle blankets, turkey wrapped in tin foil, pruning shears with wooden handles or electrical wire within his grasp. He is a universal shredder. He has eaten four of our screw-on pistol spray guns. Other objects that have been wrecked in his wake: placemats, rugs,

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must work together, and with other federal, state, tribal and local governments, and private landowner partners, to develop landscape-level strategies for understanding and responding to climate change impacts. Interior bureaus and agencies, guided by the Climate Response Council, will work to stimulate the development of a network of collaborative “Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.” These cooperatives, which already have been formed in some regions, will work interactively with the relevant DOI Regional Climate Change Response Center(s) and help coordinate adaptation efforts in the region. The concept has grown steadily since then, and today there are 22 LCCs across the country with some extending into Canada and Mexico. These are governed by steering committees comprised of the full alphabet stew of federal and state agencies along with disguised and not so disguised non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The idea behind these LCCs is to bring together agencies, governments, scientists, and others to collect data climate change will affect a landscape, and to develop management strategies on a landscape level. This sounds all right, until you consider that landscapes include a multitude of landowners and managers, all with their own plans and uses for their property – including vacation property, developing, mining, logging, ranching, and farming – and no desire to be included in or managed by the LCC. Closer to home here in the Southwest is the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative, which includes parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of northern Mexico. (http://www.usbr. gov/dlcc/) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation are the lead agencies. The focus of the DLCC is to determine what plant and animal species will be impacted by climate change. How will these species adapt? Where will they move to escape the increasing heat if they can’t adapt? What lands need to be set aside for refuge and corridors to get there? Then there are the pesky questions. What if the lands that are needed for refuge and corridors are private property, state, local government or Tribal lands? And what if the water rights belong to someone? Eastern New Mexico, along with parts

of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado, is part of the Great Plains LCC. The similarities between the LCC effort and the Wildlands Project, now called the Wildlands Network, are hard to miss. The goal of the Wildlands Project, brainchild of Earth Firsters Dave Forman and Dr. Reed Noss, is “a science-based solution is the creation of four Continental Wildways (, large protected corridors of land running coast to coast, and north to south throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico — providing enough Room to Roam© to protect

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wildlife and people for the long-term. Our current areas of focus are the Western and Eastern Wildways.” The ultimate goal is the re-wilding of Northern Western hemisphere with fifty percent of the land area in wilderness surrounded by core buffer areas of limited human activity and connected via the above Wildways. Within this maze of regulated lands there will be allowed islands of human occupation. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University states on the Wildlands Network web site, “Although the Wildlands Project's (now Wildlands Network) call for restoring keystone species and connectivity was met, at first, with amusement, these goals have now been embraced broadly as the only realistic strategy for ending the extinction crisis.” This is the monster in the closet. This is the Wildands Project on steroids. Already several million dollars have been granted to universities, researchers and NGOs to examine and map climate change impacts on species and ecoregions. The sheer number of governmental agencies and NGOs involved and the millions of dollars that have been spent on this task to date are big concerns to people who have learned from experience that when this amount of money is spent, the end goal is not just to collect information, it’s regulatory . . . or worse. Some of the dots may be connecting for the reader at this point. This process has been ongoing, in obscurity, for some time. But now the answer to why our government is closing down logging, mining, and oil and gas development, ranching and farming across the country can be brought into focus. Bit by bit, through litigation by NGOs and federal regulation, rural economies are losing their stability, and therefore their populations. The revolving door between the radical environmental organizations and federal and state agencies is facilitating the implementation of Dave Forman’s call, “Back to the Pleistocene.” into a new dark age for humans. Few in Congress and at the state and Tribal government levels realize that the monster in the closet is not there for benevolent purposes. Anyone concerned about LCCs and their potential impacts to land use, especially landowners whose private property rights could be affected, should contact their congressional delegation and request that they work to defund ■ the program. APRIL 2014


Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council Unveils Innovative Strategic Plan he Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council (Coexistence Council), an 11-member volunteer group of livestock producers, tribes, environmental groups, and county coalitions, has developed an innovative Strategic Coexistence Plan (Coexistence Plan), to reduce wolf/livestock conflicts and the need for management removals of depredating or nuisance wolves. The goals of the Coexistence Plan are to sustain viable ranching, protect healthy western landscapes, and advance a wild, self-sustaining Mexican gray wolf population. In April 2011, the Southwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appointed the Coexistence Council to direct disbursement of the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Interdiction Trust Fund (Trust Fund) to qualified applicants. The Trust Fund is administered by the nonprofit National Fish and Wildlife Founda-


tion. The Coexistence Council has now completed the Coexistence Plan, which provides the basis for the disbursement of these funds. The Coexistence Plan is comprised of three core strategies: payments for wolf presence, funding for conflict avoidance measures, and funding for depredation compensation. Payments to livestock producers for wolf presence will be based on a formula that considers a variety of factors to determine allocation of the annual funding for each applicant, including whether the applicant’s land or grazing lease overlaps a wolf territory or core area (e.g., den or rendezvous area) and the number of wolf pups annually surviving to December 31 in the territory, recognizing that survival of wolf pups is not dependent upon the livestock producer. The formula also considers the number of livestock exposed to wolves and the applicant’s participation in proactive conflict avoidance measures. Up to 50 percent of the yearly budgeted funds will be available to support the voluntary implementation of wolf/livestock proactive conflict avoidance measures by livestock producers. Adaptive management techniques are available to reduce



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wolf/livestock conflicts, at the discretion of the livestock producer. Direct compensation will continue for confirmed livestock deaths or injuries caused by Mexican wolves to livestock producers who are not otherwise receiving payments for wolf presence funding under the Coexistence Plan, unless they require immediate reimbursement. In such cases, the reimbursement amount will be subtracted from the payment for wolf presence allocation to that livestock producer. The intent of the Coexistence Plan is to recognize that there are real economic consequences to livestock producers coexisting with wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. In addition to losses from livestock depredations, livestock producers incur costs from undetected depredations and changes in livestock behavior in response to wolf presence, which result in a reduction of livestock weight gain, reproductive rates, and meat quality, as well as increased costs tied to managing wolf/livestock interactions. The Coexistence Plan creates incentives for ranching in ways that promote self-sustaining Mexican wolf populations, viable ranching operations, and healthy western landscapes. “Recovering the Mexican wolf must be accomplished on a working landscape,” said Benjamin Tuggle, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Southwest Regional Director. “Working collaboratively with stakeholders, we can achieve a balance of activities that sustain economically viable ranching operations and a self-sustaining population of wild wolves. This plan is a significant step in that direction.” The Coexistence Council will work with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to disburse available funds to affected livestock producers based on the plan’s funding formula and a yearly application process. Livestock producers with private lands, Tribal lands, or grazing allot¬ments in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA), the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, or the San Carlos Apache Reservation, and private lands adjacent to the BRWRA are eligible to apply for funding. The Coexistence Plan budget projection for year 1 is $634,000. The amount of money available each year through the Coexistence Council’s plan will depend on private and public funding directed to support the Trust Fund, with available Fund balances being divided among eligible livestock producers who have applied to participate in the program. Applications to participate are due ■ by May 1 of each year.

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal SOURCE: US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released a proposed rule in late March 2014 to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the CWA. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule. Determining CWA protection for streams and wetlands became confusing and complex following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and wetlands. The proposed definitions of waters will apply to all CWAt programs. It does not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the CWA and is consistent with the Supreme Court’s more narrow reading of CWA jurisdiction. The health of rivers, lakes, bays, and coastal waters depend on the streams and wetlands where they begin. Streams and wetlands provide many benefits to communities – they trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, remove pollution, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. They are also economic drivers because of their role in fishing, hunting, agriculture, recreation, energy, and manufacturing. About 60 percent of stream miles in the U.S only flow seasonally or after rain, but have a considerable impact on the downstream waters. And approximately 117 million people – one in three Americans – get drinking water from public systems that rely in part on these streams. These


are important waterways for which EPA and the Army Corps is clarifying protection. Specifically, the proposed rule clarifies that under the Clean Water Act and based on the science: ■ Most seasonal and rain dependent streams are protected. ■ Wetlands near rivers and streams are protected. ■ Other types of waters may have more uncertain connections with downstream water and protection will be evaluated through a case specific analysis of whether the connection is or is not protecting similarly situated waters in certain geographic areas or adding to the categories of waters protected without case specific analysis. The proposed rule preserves the CWA exemptions and exclusions for agriculture. Additionally, EPA and the Army Corps have coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop an interpretive rule to ensure that 53 specific conservation practices that protect or improve water quality will not be subject to Section 404 dredged or fill permitting requirements. The agencies will work together to implement these new exemptions and


periodically review, and update USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation practice standards and activities that would qualify under the exemption. Any agriculture activity that does not result in the discharge of a pollutant to waters of the U.S. still does not require a permit. The proposed rule also helps states and tribes – according to a study by the Environmental Law Institute, 36 states have legal limitations on their ability to fully protect waters that aren’t covered by the CWA. The proposed rule is supported by the latest peer-reviewed science, including a draft scientific assessment by EPA, which presents a review and synthesis of more than 1,000 pieces of scientific literature. The rule will not be finalized until the final version of this scientific assessment is complete. The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 90 days from publication in the Federal Register. The interpretive rule for agricultural activities is effective immediately. More information:


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Horses In the Roundhouse . . . Cause for Concern? by JASON TURNER, NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION HORSE SPECIALIST n the 2014 New Mexico Legislature, there were nine or more bills directly related to horses/equines. Of those, House Bill 120[i] dealt with removing equines from the traditional legal definition of livestock. Some animal rights activists have previously used this tactic in an attempt to prevent the processing of equines for meat[ii]. Whether this bill intentionally sought to reclassify equines as non-livestock or not, actions such as this should be cause for concern among the New Mexico equine industry as well as the entire livestock industry within the state. This is because such a legal action could negatively impact countless New Mexicans who derive their livelihood from livestock. According to the American Horse Council[iii], the equine industry has a $759 million impact on the New Mexico economy, and it is responsible for employment of


over 45,000 people. Furthermore, many of New Mexico’s “claims to fame” are due to the rich tradition of accomplishments by renowned horsemen and women and the equines they raised, cared for, and trained. New Mexico always has been “horse country”, and equine ownership is an important part of many New Mexicans lives. Simply put, the equine industry is a vital part of our State’s economy and culture. “Is a Horse More Like a Cow than Like a Dog?” Answering this simple question is the focus of a lesson for youth prepared by the Animal Welfare Council[iv]. The lesson material is suitable for engaging adults to think more deeply on the question, and to understand why equines are livestock and not pets. Merriam-Webster[v] defines livestock as “farm animals that are kept, raised, and used by people” and pet as “a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility.” There is no doubt that some owners may treat their horse (or pig or chicken) like a pet rather than livestock; however, changing the legal definition of any of these from livestock to non-livestock would have severe and devastating conse-

quences for all New Mexicans. Many services indispensable to protecting the health and welfare of equines is a direct result of their classification as livestock. A legal classification of equines as non-livestock would mean the loss of state and federal resources that benefit the livestock industry and livestock owners. Examples of these valuable resources include: funding to conduct research to treat or cure diseases, promote animal well-being, and improve management practices; professionally trained animal care staff, veterinarians, laboratories, and law enforcement officers and regulations that provide for disease surveillance in livestock and the means to quarantine suspected carriers at the state and federal level; and qualification for federal loans and other assistance for livestock owners that experience a financial loss as the result of a natural disaster. As an agricultural enterprise, equine stables, farms, and other similar operations are provided certain protections under New Mexico’s Right To Farm Act that are not extended to companion animal species. Fortunately, in New Mexico, equines fall under the continued on page 77


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4. 1. “N.M foods” galore at the Annual Rotunda Dinner held at the end of the 2014 NM Legislative Session. NM ag organizations donated the meal. 2. Leroy Cravens and other ag leaders wait for the onslaught of legislative guests at the Rotunda Dinner. 3. Jeff Witte, NM Secretary of Agriculture, welcomes the crowd to the Rotunda Dinner. The theme selected for this year’s dinner was, “Farmers and Ranchers Make Water Nutritious”. Secretary Witte explained the use of NM water to grow food for New Mexicans and others. 4. Joe Culbertson, Jon Boren, Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension Service, NMSU, and Debbie Ancell serve up hot food and smiles to legislative staffers.

5. Jim Berlier, NMACD VP, representing NM Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Bruce Hinrichs, NMCES Eastern District Director, enjoy meeting legislative dinner guests. 6. Charletta Larranaga, David Lucero, Director of Marketing, NM Department of Agriculture and Dennis Garcia, NM Farm and Livestock Bureau await hungry staffers at recent Rotunda Dinner. 7. (L-R) Mercedes Cravens, Bert Ancell, Susan Navarro, Pat Boone, President-Elect, NMCG, and Boe Lopez serve up beef and lamb at Rotunda Dinner 2014. 8. (L-R) Anthony Parra, NMDA Deputy Director and Joe Culbertson complete the meal with salad and New Mexico cheese of course!

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2013 – 2014 DIRECTORS — CHAIRMAN, Darrell Brown (Producer); VICE-CHAIRMAN, Bernarr Treat (Producer); SECRETARY, Alicia Sanchez (Purebred Producer). NMBC DIRECTORS: Bruce Davis (Producer); David McSherry (Feeder); Mark McCollum (Feeder); Milford Denetclaw (Producer); Jonathan Vander Dussen (Dairy Producer); Tamara Hurt (Producer).

FEDERATION DIRECTOR, Darrell Brown (Producer) U.S.M.E.F. DIRECTOR, David McSherry BEEF BOARD DIRECTORS, Tammy Ogilvie (Producer), Wesley Grau (Producer).

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“The Terminator” – The Latest in Cattle Fly Control n 2012, the ultimate fly control system for cattle called “The Terminator” was released for sale by its inventor, Roger Larson of L&S Farm Supply. Larson has been raising cattle and farming for 45 years and he still runs a successful 400 acre beef operation. Roger also has five (5) other patents relating to products used in storing tires, bicycles, garments, boats, wheelchairs, plants and a variety of merchandise that major retailers like Target, Macy’s, WalMart and REI are using. He is extremely proud of the fact that all of the products his companies sell are totally produced in the U.S.A. This innovative piece of equipment was field-tested for three years on a cattle operation in east central Minnesota with truly remarkable results. The study consisted of 100 head of Angus cattle and yielded results that astounded the designers and the farmer beyond anticipated expectations. The weaning weights averaged 55 pounds heavier over the previous fall weights when the bull calves were sold off. Bymostly eliminating the fly and pest problems the cattle faced on a daily basis, they expended significantly less energy maintaining comfort levels adding dollars to their marketable weight. These weights were significant enough that they elicited curiosity from the local stockyard, as they were some of the best spring calves that had been through that year! In addition, dairy herds will produce more milk and cows will breed back better because they are in better condition (not fighting flies and ticks, etc.). A farmer or rancher with a 100 cow herd will save thousands of dollars compared to using the usual methods – insecticide blocks, spraying from the back of a pick-up truck or dust bags, etc. One unit will effectively handle up to 100 – 150 head of cattle. This patented design is the perfect solution for any farm or ranch. The Terminator’s heavy-duty construction and powdercoat finish will withstand rubbing, kicking and leaning and the thick rubber tray will resist deterioration from exposure to the elements. Forklift openings designed right into the body allow a tractor or skid-loader to move the equipment to any pasture. The Terminator is solar-powered so it never needs an electrical outlet. The Terminator


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Pat Lee, Lovington, passed away on February 17, 2014. Pat was born on January 17, 1934 to Jim and Ethel Fields, in Hobbs. As a young girl, Pat enjoyed spending time on the ranch of her grandparents Durer and Seabron Alston a pioneering family of Lea County. Pat loved horses – she participated in barrel racing and cutting as a young girl. After graduating high school in Midland, Texas, Pat attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and Texas Christian University. Soon after her college experiences, she began her career as an Airline Hostess with Continental Airlines. While working at Continental, she obtained her private pilot license. On October 12, 1961 Pat and Bill Lee were united in marriage in Denver City, Texas. They then moved to their ranch at Caprock where Bill ranched. Here they began their family. In 1968 they moved from Caprock to their ranch at Buckeye (New Mexico) with their three children Lane, Missy and Randy. After moving to Lovington, Pat worked towards and obtained her degree in Interior Design. Soon thereafter, Bill began his successful bid for State Senate where Pat worked diligently and side by side as she always did for him and her entire family. Bill wasn’t the only civic minded person in the family; Appointed by Governor Bruce King, Pat served on the State Personnel Board. She is survived by her husband Bill Lee, son Lane Lee, Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter Missy (husband, Bobby) Belz, Lovington; son Randy Lee, Dallas; a granddaughter; sister Priscilla (husband, Reed) Gilmore, Midland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial Contributions be made to Lovington Autism Center for Education and Services – PTO – PO Box 1054, Lovington, New Mexico 88260. Tim W. Harkness, 61, Raton, passed away on February 22, 2014 in Dallas. He was born June 6, 1952 in Raton, NM, the son of Donald L. and Virginia Smith-Harkness. Tim was a life-long rancher, a graduate of Trinidad State Jr. College and Texas Christian University ranch management program. He was a member of the Allan Savory Ranch Management Program, David Pratt Ranching for Profit, a founding member of the Northern New Mexico Holistic Ranching Pioneers, and served on the board of the Colfax County Soil & Water Conservation District. He is survived by his wife Roberta of the home, one step-son James Castillo, Buena Vista, CO, one step-daughter Victoria Sintas (huscontinued on page <None> APRIL 2014


A Pine Tree Range by CURTIS FORT

hen I drove that U-Haul truck up to the old log house a couple of miles out of Lindrith, it was near midnight, the 8th of September, 1984. It was my new camp. I had loaded that truck the night before and a good part of the day at Bosque Farms, and was plenty tired. So, I got my cowpuncher bedroll rolled out on the porch, and the last I remember was the owl, and then it was getting light. I had to get that truck unloaded and back to Albuquerque to save extra fees. I was sore, but had to get it done. I had been working for an hour as fast as I could, knowing there was no way I could get it done in time, when up pulled a mud covered ranch pickup. Jack Bechdol stepped out and said, “I’m here to help.” Larry Dean had summered some pairs on Jack’s range the year before, and I had helped him haul them there. Jack and his wife, Jessie, are good folks. With Jack’s help we had it unloaded in time for me to take the truck to Albuquerque, pick up my car and return way after dark. I was really tired and had picked up a burger in Cuba, so I built-up the fire and reheated the morning coffee. The next couple of days I got my stuff scattered around in the house, got my skillets and all located, then fixed a meal of steak, gravy, and fried potatoes. I slept real well that night. The next few nights, I kept sleeping on the porch, but one night I woke up with some critter standing on my feet. I had a flashlight and pistol under my pillow, so I carefully focused both of them on this cat, a black cat, with the little head and white stripe, and a smell! I very slowly pulled the tarp over my head and lay very still. When I awakened the next morning Mr. Skunk was gone and I put my bed in the house. I got my table set in the living room and started on some sculpture. All I met were good country folks. They might not have a computer, but could trail a deer or lion across a mountain, and didn’t need a GPS to find home. The little vil-



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lage of Lindrith had the café, a small store, two churches, and a school that had one teacher, who taught fourteen to sixteen students, grades first through sixth. After that they rode a bus twenty miles to school at Galina, NM. I was happy when Bill Humphries came by and asked if I’d help them gather and ship off their forest lease. Bill and I had become friends when he managed the NM State Fair, and Tye had taken me up to Bill and Carol’s ranch out of Lindrith a couple years later. Bill, Jack Bechdol, and Tony Schmitz had the Palmer place, a good size forest lease. It was rim-rock, pine tree country, with interesting rock formations and little mesas . . . nearly all had some old Anasazi ruins on top. There were lots of deer, elk and turkey, so it was a neat country to ride! Frosty mornings and cool sunshiny days prevailed while we gathered the big canyons. We worked several days gathering that Palmer Forest country. The continental divide split the lease, north to south. The canyons on the east, the Moya, Gurule, and others, flowed into the Yequa (Spanish for Mare). The west side canyons, north, south, and middle Oso ran west into the Gavilan. Cattle were gathered to the old Palmer corrals, worked and shipped out of there, and if something ran off, they didn’t mind if you caught them right there and saved a day or two of prowling. They would probably have a loop on him before you! Between my trips to Hoka Hey Foundry in Texas, I sure enjoyed helping them work cattle. I also helped Peewee and Wendy Stevenson, who were fun to help, and they have been friends ever since. The Nelsons became good friends and that next spring I was helping Larry and Ella Nelson brand a few calves at their place north of Lindrith. We got them penned, cut the calves off into smaller pen and dug a hole for a fire to heat the irons with cedar wood. Larry had three new shovels and we used them to dig a shallow hole, got the fire

going and he suggested we go to the house and have coffee. So we leaned our shovels against the pipe fence. It was 100 feet to the house and when we came back, a breeze had blown our shovels into the fire and the handles were burned out. I still enjoy calling him and asking if he still heats his irons with shovel handles! It was fun to work with Bill Humphries anywhere, as he truly loves punching cows . . . rain or shine mountains or plains . . . and is a good one to scatter on the drive. He also likes to laugh. A couple of days after Christmas, he asked me to come over to his outfit. Bill, Wendell Tixier, and I saddled-up and it was very cold. Eighteen inches of snow had fallen in the last couple of days, and we pulled out to his west side. The last few days when feeding and chopping ice, he knew he was short a few head, and figured they had gotten on the Jicarilla reservation, which joined him on the south. He had been prowling a-horse back the day before and couldn’t find where anything had gone through the fence. So we found where they had drifted down the big arroyo and went through the water gap. Bill had some pliers and we opened up that gap to get the cattle back. Our feet were wet and we were cold, and we split up to prowl for the missing stock. We were lucky and threw everything together at a tank. We had in the gather Bill’s cattle, drifted them towards that gap and got the neighbor’s stock dropped before we got there. We got them through the fence, up the arroyo, up a trail and drifted them to a feed ground where he’d put some protein blocks. Those heifers were sure hungry. It was hard to maneuver in all that snow, and was slow going. The horses and men, tired and cold, it was right at sundown. We were holding the stock there, letting our mounts blow a minute and having visions of that hot coffee we knew Carol would continued on page 59

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have waiting for us at the casa. For no reason, my mount, named Hollywood, decided to lie down! I barely kicked my feet out of the stirrups and rolled to the side. I thought Bill and Wendell were going to swallow their tongues, they were laughing so hard. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been that wet and cold, just part of riding for the brand. The four years I lived at Lindrith were some of my best memories, with the nice Baptist Church I attended, nice country and I was helping folks brand and work cattle. There was also a great little Post Office, with a nice Postmistress, named Betty Post. They were good neighbors, who would help you anytime. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been fortunate to meet a lot of salt of the earth people in my life. As an artist, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been as blessed to meet some city folks who possess the same common sense and values, made of the same â&#x20AC;&#x153;dirtâ&#x20AC;? as us country folks! A couple of them are Chuck and Jean Nielson from Dallas, Texas. Back in 1975, when the Western Horseman did a little story on me as a cowboy and shirt-tail artist, RY Henslee read it. At the time he

was with Texas Instruments and we became friends. He introduced me to great folks in Dallas. Leon and Cecilia Whetzel, Chuck and Jean Nielson, Bill and Billie Aylesworth, and many more, all held corporate positions with Texas Instruments. They have all become close friends and supporters of my art. The Nielsons purchased some of my work and held a show in their home every year. In one of our conversations I was telling them what an interesting area, and what good folks were at Lindrith, so they came to see us the 3rd-6th of July. I took them to old ruins, we enjoyed the country and they really loved the people. That became an annual tradition, and we would meet there each year and camp at Bechdolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s north ranch. When they retired from TI in 1998, they built a lovely home at Pine Grove and restored the old log schoolhouse. They led fundraisers for a fire truck and, many more projects to help the Community. Chuck passed away in fall of 2012 and we miss him. Jean is still a strong

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band, Jessie), Pueblo, Colorad, two sisters Pam Harkness, Raton and Patricia Maez, Dalhart. One brother, Daniel Harkenss, Abilene; two nieces and one nephew; two aunts Margaret Heringa, Raton and Ruth Ann Harkness. Bandera, TX; numerous cousins and a wide circle of friends. Jerry Ray Cates, 89, Roy, passed away on January 9, 2014. The angels were smiling and slapping their knee when they welcomed Mrs. Jerry Ray through the pearly gates. The matriarch of the Ray family with the larger than life personality spent her entire life in Harding County. A ranch wife and avid hunter, she worked hard and played harder. With a twinkle in eye, her escapades seem to grow in size with each passing year. The memories made will be cherished, and even though our hearts ache, we know that when riding the canyons or chasing the lion with the hounds, “Grandma Jerry” will be right there in the mix. With a heart of gold, she had prepared the following obituary prior to her death: Geraldine “Jerry” Cates Ray passed away January 9, 2014. Her ashes will be scattered over the Ray Ranch Canyon west of Roy, following a private family memorial. Jerry was born 6 miles west of Mills, New Mexico on July 25, 1924 to Roy and “Ma Sally” Cates. She attended grade school in Mills, New Mexico, high school in Roy, New Mexico, and college at Las Vegas, New Mexico. She met and married George H. Ray Jr. on December 8, 1944, and was blessed with one daughter, Donna Ray, and two sons George H. “Dusty” Ray III and Joe Roy Ray. Jerry was a real ranch woman that loved her family and felt blessed that they were all near her doing ranch work. She was an avid big game hunter. Her sons Dusty and Joe Ray and brothers Jack and Johnny Cates had a hard time keeping up with her. She was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’, charter member of New Mexico CowBelles, past member of Eastern Star Mitpah Chapter 47 of Roy, New Mexico, Roy School Board, sponsor for Roy High School FFA and Cheerleaders, and American Legion Auxilcontinued on page 74


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RANCHES/FARMS *NEW* 400 Head Ranch, adjoining Leslie Canyon, Cochise Co., AZ Highly improved & maintained w/4 homes; horse barn; hay barn; equipment sheds; workshop; roping arena; excellent shipping corrals w/scales; extensive water distribution w/wells, storage & pipelines. Scenic w/rolling grasslands and mountains. Easy country. +/7,346 deeded acres, State lease & USFS permit. This is a top quality ranch & a rare opportunity. $3,900,000. *NEW* 150 Head R anch , Near Willcox, AZ – +/- 3,000 deeded acres, and State Grazing Leases. One bedroom home, corrals, well, and electric at headquarters. Well watered with about 15 miles of new pipeline and 9 storage tanks & drinkers, 8 dirt tanks. Great country. Good mix of browse and grass. $1,950,000. *REDUCED* 90 Head, Agua Fria Ranch, Quemado, NM – This is a scenic mid-size ranch with great prospects. Operating as a private hunting retreat, and a purebred Angus and Paint horse ranch. +/-1200 deeded acres, +/-80 acres of NM lease, and +/-5220 acres BLM. 4BR, 2BA, mfg. home. Trophy elk, antelope, deer. Elk and mule deer permits. Candidate for a conservation easement or land exchange with the BLM. $1.65M $1.55M *REDUCED* 52 Head Ranch, San Simon, AZ – Indian Springs Ranch, pristine & private, only 12 miles from I-10. Bighorn sheep, ruins, pictographs. 1480 acres of deeded, 52

head, BLM lease, historic rock house, new cabin, springs, wells. $1,300,000 $975,000, Terms. *REDUCED* 335 Head Ranch, Greenlee County, AZ – +/- 20 Deeded acres, w/two homes, barn & outbuildings. 58 Sections USFS grazing permit. Good vehicular access to the ranch – otherwise this is a horseback ranch. Scenic, great outfitters prospect. $850,000 $760,000. * REDUCED* 314 Acre Farm, Pearce, AZ – Two pivots, three irrigation wells, charming +/- 2100 s.f. home, four car garage, large metal workshop, both with concrete floors, two railroad cars with cover between for horse stalls, hay and feed storage. $750,000 Now $698,000. *REDUCED* San Simon, AZ – Indian Springs Farm 162 acres w/pivot, nice home, hay barn other utility buildings. $750,000 Now $650,000. *NEW* Graham Co, AZ 78 Plus Head Cattle Ranch – Approx. 640 deeded acres, 3633 acres USFS and 5204 acres BLM; 1 BR, 1 Bath home/camp. Foothills of the Santa Teresa Mountains. $650,000 *REDUCED* Virden, NM +/-78 Acre Farm, with 49+ acres of irrigation rights. Pastures recently planted in Bermuda. 3 BR, 2 Bath site built home, shop, hay barn, 8 stall horse barn, unique round pen with adjoining shaded pens, roping arena. Scenic setting along the Gila River. Great set up for raising horses also suitable for cattle, hay, pecans, or pistachios, $550,000 Terms.

*REDUCED* Young, AZ, 65+ Acres – Under the Mogollon Rim, small town charm & mountain views. 2100 s.f., 3 BR, 2 Bath home, 2 BR cabin, historic rock home currently a museum, shop, & barn. Excellent opportunity for horse farm, bed & breakfast, or land development. +/- 65 acres for $1,070,000; home & other improvements. $424,500. 240 Acres with Irrigation Rights, Elfrida, AZ – Suitable for hay, crops, pecans, irrigated pasture, homesite or future development. Includes 130 acres of irrigation rights, partially fenced, with corrals, & 1200 gpm well. $336,000 Terms. HORSE PROPERTIES/LAND *NEW* 480 Acres Oracle, AZ – One of the last remaining large parcels of land in the area. On the northern slope of Santa Catalina Mtns. Small ranching, development or granite mining potential. $2,640,000. San Rafael Valley, AZ – Own a slice of heaven in the pristine San Rafael Valley, 152 Acres for $380,150 & 77 Acres with well for $217,000 *NEW* 40 Acres Beautiful Turkey Creek Area – An amazing opportunity to own 40 unique acres in an incredibly bio-diverse location, in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains, with end of the road privacy. $340,000. Willcox, AZ 40 Acres – Great views in every direction, power to the property. $85,000.

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BAR M REAL ESTATE New Mexico Properties For Sale... C6 Ranch: Sonoita/Patagonia AZ. 165 head, 45 acres deeded, 8700 acres forest lease great water, good improvements. $725,000. Sam Hubbell-Tom Hardesty Stockton Pass: Beautiful SE AZ Ranch North of Willcox, Mountain Ranch 145 head AU, Deeded Surrounded by forest. Reduced to $975,000. Walter Lane Red Top Ranch: 3,800 deeded acres in SE AZ. Priced at $197 per deeded acre. Walter Lane Wildhorse Basin Ranch: Yavapai county, 864 deeded, 6701 State Lease, $3,900,000. Con Englehorn Crooked H: Central AZ, 126 Sections, 450 head Winter Range/664 summer Range. $2,375,000. Traegen Knight Lazy EH: Western AZ, 122.5 deeded, 300,000 BLM/State Lease, 17,486 AUM ephemeral/500 AU yearlong. 18 wells, 4 pumps on CAP Canal. $600,000. Con Englehorn NI Ranch Tombstone AZ: The ranch consists of 6555 deeded acre & 6650 state lease, 250 head annually; all improvements are in top condition, the ranch is well watered w/8 wells, & pipelines. Good strong grass country. The Ni Ranch is one of the last working cattle ranches in the state with the majority of the land being deeded. Priced at $3,150,000 Liberty Ranch: 1917 Deeded aces in SE Arizona. $950,000. Walter Lane Turkey Creek Ranch: Yavapai Co, 130 AU winter permit Oct. through March on the Prescott Nat. Forest, base land is 59.32 acres in the Bradshaw Mtns at 5,800’ that would make a pleasant getaway from the Metro areas. $605,000 – Paul Groseta



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BORDER RANCH – Located approximately 10 miles east of Columbus, New Mexico along the international boundary with Mexico along and on both sides of State Highway 9. The ranch is comprised of 1,910 ± Deeded Acres, 11,118 NM State Lease Acres and 52,487 Federal BLM Lease Acres. Grazing capacity is set by a Section 3 BLM grazing permit for 613 Animal Units. Livestock water is provided by three wells and a buried pipeline system. Five sets of working corrals are situated throughout the ranch. Adjoins the Mt. Riley Ranch to the west. Price: $1,100,000, but negotiable, come look & make an offer. Seller wants the ranch sold. MT. RILEY – Located approximately 30 miles northwest of Santa Teresa, New Mexico along and on both sides of State Highway 9. The southern boundary of the ranch is the international boundary with Mexico. The ranch is comprised of 160 ± Deeded Acres, 6921 NM State Lease Acres and 74,977 Federal BLM Lease Acres. Grazing Capacity is set by a Section 3 BLM grazing permit for 488 Animal Units on a yearlong basis. The biggest portion of the ranch is located north of the highway. The headquarters is located approximately one mile north of the highway. Headquarters improvements consist of a camp house, maintenance shop, storage sheds and a large set of working pens with scales. Water is provided by four wells and a buried pipeline system. Adjoins the Border Ranch to the east. Price: $725,000, but negotiable, come look & make an offer. Seller wants the ranch sold. Scott McNally, Qualifying Broker Roswell, NM 88202 Office: 575-622-5867 • Cell: 575-420-1237

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80 acres $179,900 Springer, NM – Horse Property with home and 7 horse stalls, outbuildings, water rights, dirt tank, Springer water and private well. Borders the Vermejo Park Ranch on two sides.


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Buckhorn Ranch – 350 head ranch spread over 19,000 acres with 2,163 deeded acres, plus State, BLM & Forest. The ranch is found in one of Southeast Arizona's prime ranching valleys with picturesque setting & steeped in very old history. Asking $2,500,000 New Listing! La Cienega Ranch – NW Arizona, 500 head ranch, AZ State land, BLM & adverse plus ephemeral increases, remodeled headquarters, home & bunkhouse, airstrip. Great Price Per AUM! Asking $1,295,000 Reduced Price! Beloat Ranch – 300 head year-long, plus increases with rain, Asking $599,000

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Rock NV Natural Farm – Willcox, AZ, Organic or Natural Farm w/145 acres, home, barn, possible retail shop, w/ many irrigated pastures. Asking $580,000 Reduced Price with New Package! Dripping Springs Ranch – Globe AZ, 194 Head year-long, 10 deeded acres plus State & BLM. $399,000. Reduced Price: CK Ranch – Tonopah AZ, 50 acres deeded, 237 head year-long on State & BLM. The waters were recently reworked, & ephemeral increases can bump the numbers with rain. This ranch makes sense. Asking $399,000 We have more ranches available, please check our websites. All properties are listed by Arizona Ranch Real Estate, Cathy McClure, Designated Broker

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Southwest New Mexico Farms & Ranches 19.18 acres of farm land in La Mesa, NM – Located in La Mesa, NM. Paved road frontage and EBID surface water rights. Call for aerial map & EBID water rights info. Has ground water rights but no well. Farm located west of intersection of Lister Road & San Jose Road off Hwy 28 on north side of La Mesa. Sellers will divide. $326,060 27.50 Acre Farm – Consists of 3 tracts – 8 Acres, 8 Acres, & 11.5 Acres – will sell separately. Full EBID & shared irrigation well. Community water, electric, telephone & gas on Camunez Road to adjoining property. Beautiful farm land, great mountain & valley views. Take Highway 28 south to San Miguel, east or left on Highway 192, first right or south on Las Colmenas, then left or east on Camunez to end of pavement. Priced at $467,000 Fancher Ranch – Located southwest of Las Cruces, NM off Afton Road. 198 head permit, 210 acres deeded, 19,224 acres BLM and 4666 acres state land. 2 pastures, 3 wells, 1900 square foot home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, bunk house, green house, horse barn, corrals, round pen, etc. Easy access 45 minutes from El Paso and Las Cruces. $550,000 10 acre farm – located south of La Mesa, NM. Beautiful farm with irrigation well and EBID water rights. Surrounded by other farms. Hwy 28, east on Afton Road, farm is on the north side. $179,900 $164,000 14.83 acre farm – located in the north valley of Las Cruces, NM, includes an irrigation well, EBID water rights (Elephant Butte Irrigation District), shop and barn. $279,900 14.39 acre farm – located in San Miguel, NM. Full EBID irrigation, electric, new irrigation well, new cement ditches, and new canal crossing. $245,000 Beautiful Albuquerque South Valley Farm – 78.9 acres reasonably priced at $1,762,500, consist of 2 parcels, owner will sell separately. North farm includes 43.0667 acres for $957,500 and south farm includes 35.7908 acres for $805,000. Shown by appointment only.

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A NEW MEXICO PREMIER REPUTATION ALPINE HIGH COUNTRY CATTLE/HUNTING RANCH 375 Cow/Calf Year Round, Elk, Deer, Turkey, Bear, etc. The Head Quarters has a four bedroom main house, with a two bedroom bunk house, game room, large barn / shop, pipe working pens, scales, 24 ton overhead feed bin, equipment sheds and several out bldgs. Well-watered, $1,900,000. Cattle sold on separate treaty. Other properties below – call for pricing. The Avis- Luxury Log Home with 212 deeded acres, and 2 sections of forest pasture lease. Runs 24 Head year round, Stocked trout pond, Pinon Water Coop Tap, and Bunk house. The Welch Lodge-152 Acre Tract Great for Hunting lodge with a main lodge, surrounded by the national forest, and 3 log cabins awesome for outfitting, and many barns. The Green- 160 Acres Alpine Ranch surrounded by the forest, with a well, fencing, dirt tanks. Bear Spring-160 Acre Alpine parcel with an active spring surrounded by the forest. The Old Timey-80 Beautiful Acres with awesome views and flat land surrounded by the national forest. Comes with outbuildings and drinkers. Daughtry-83 Acres bordering the forest with a dirt tank, great views, fencing, lots of flat. McEwan Spring-160 Acres Alpine parcel with a spring surrounded by the national forest. The Katy-91.5 Acres Alpine Ranch with well, power, old homestead building, & with views to die for. The Gentry-160 Acres Very secluded with well and old homestead buildings off the beaten path, Big Elk Country

MORE RANCHES The Tin Star Ranch is 80 acres with a 2700 sq. ft. home, borders national forest on 3 sides, 3 water catchment tanks 1,100 gal. 1,500, and 1,650, to supplement the well, and 3 main water storage tanks totaling 7,300 consisting of the collection system. Includes a hunter’s cabin with its own catchment system. Lots of flat and awesome views. Priced to sell at $430,000. The El Piñon Ranch is a comfortable hunting lodge and or just nature lovers for observing. It consists of 1,172 acres with 240 state leased that is made up of 4 parcels There are 3 separate hunter lodges on the main parcel with water collection systems & outside dining area, to boot. A very peaceful setting. There is a well on the parcels to the East that is not adjoining to the main parcel. Seller will consider splitting up with a water sharing agreement to main parcel. Priced at $1,500,000. 299 acres ranch with 139 acres deeded and 160 state grazing lease. Exceptional property with pasture and grazing acreage. It comes with 290+ acre feet of water rights from surface rights from the Rio Penasco and wells. There are 2 very beautiful stocked large ponds and a water slide. It comes with 2 Cabins fully furnished and a built in stone hot tub. There are also 2 metal barns on the property. The property borders the national forest and state leased land. It has very easy access. Bob Eslinger of the Eslinger Team at Blue Canyon Realty

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DAVID P. DEAN Broker Ranch: 432/426-3779 Mobile: 432/634-0441

C6 Ranch – This ranch is located at Patagonia AZ. The ranch consists of 40 deeded acres & 8,000 plus acres National Forest Lease. This ranch is rated at 165 head annually. Great water system & good strong grass. Improvements include 1600 sq. ft. home built in 2006, barn & corrals. The Ranch has easy access to town & beautiful views. $725,000.


Santo Nino – This Ranch is located 7 miles south of Patagonia on the western edge of the beautiful San Rafael Valley. This ranch consists of 62 deeded acres & 12,000 plus National Forest Lease. The ranch is rated at 185 head annually. The land contained in the ranch consists of steep sided ridges to rolling hills along the side of the valley floor. Improvements include 3,000 sq. ft. owners home, cowboy house, barn & corrals. Rarely does a ranch in this area come on the market. $899,000 including cattle.


NI Ranch Tombstone, AZ – The Ranch consists of 6555 deeded acres and 6650 state lease, 250 head annually; all improvements are in top condition, the ranch is well watered with 8 wells, and pipelines. Good strong grass country. The Ni Ranch is one of the last working cattle ranches in the state with the majority of the land being deeded. Priced at $3,150,000. If you are looking to Buy or Sell a Ranch or Farm in Southwestern NM or Southern AZ give us a call:

Sam Hubbell, Qualifying Broker 520-609-2546 Tom Hardesty – 520-909-0233


FOR SALE By owner. 22+ sections, 150 mother cows year-round. Very well watered and fenced. Nice Home. $1.2 million. Please call: James R. Evrage, 575-963-2340 or 575-687-3455


Southern New MexicoWest Texas Private/State/BLM Ranch RICHARD RANDALS Qualifying Broker

We may not be the biggest, the fanciest or the oldest but we are reliable & have the tools. O: 575/461-4426 • C: 575/403-7138 • F: 575/461-8422

TOM SIDWELL Associate Broker • 615 West Rt. 66, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Stacy Turney Owner/Qualifying Broker 575-808-0144 1301 Front Street Dimmitt, TX 79027

800-933-9698 day/eve. • Ben G. Scott – Broker • Krystal M. Nelson • NM Qualifying Broker

■ WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY to offer the Walker Canyon Ranch in multiple parcels. 10,432 ac. +/- of Motley Co., TX. ranchland w/a large, permitted dam providing a large, beautiful lake w/water backed up in a number of smaller canyons for boating, fishing & other recreation together w/good hunting on the ranch. The ranch can be purchased in individual or multiple pastures & is on pvmt. w/good access. ■ OCEANS OF GRASS – East Central NM – Almost 200 sections, mostly deeded, well improved w/homes, barns, several sets of pens w/scales, watered by solar & electric powered subs, windmills, an extensive pipeline system, springs, spring-fed draws & canyons, earthen dams & river frontage, on pvmt. ■ 12 MI. OF THE PENASCO RIVER – East Slope of the Sacramento Mountains , Brown & Rainbow trout fishing, mule deer, Barbary sheep & turkey, beautiful, new custombuilt home w/exceptional landscaping, guest house/office newly remodeled, nice employee housing, barns, steel pens, woven + barbed wire fences, 35,309 ac. +/- (deeded, state & BLM leases) on pvmt. ■ OLD HWY. 66. – Santa Rosa, NM – 12,718 ac. +/- deeded, 640 ac. state lease, this ranch is well improved & watered by springs, subs, windmills & earthen dams in an excellent location w/frontage on three different hwys. (development potential). ■ STATE OF THE ART! – Improved to the hilt w/homes, barns, cutting horse training facilities, excellent fencing, extremely well watered by wells ranging from 10ft to 209ft, equipped w/mills & subs, extensive pipeline system, springs & earthen dams, w/abundance of old grass to start the season, on pvmt. w/paving to the headquarters (approx. 25 mi. from Old Hwy. 66 Ranch). ■ PLATTED & READY TO DEVELOP – 240 ac. +/- in a strong area of Clovis, NM, can be bought as a whole or land only or water rights only. ■ GUADALUPE CO., NM – 1,760 ac. +/- well improved w/homes, barns & pens, well watered, pvmt. & all weather roads from the interstate. Please view our websites for details on choice NM ranches, choice ranches in the high rain-fall areas of OK, irr./dryland/CRP &commercial properties.

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New Listing! Lincoln County, NM A majestic 5 Br/3.5 Ba mountain home on 320 acres with fabulous views of the Capitan and Sacramento mountains. Enjoy this tranquil setting which includes live water on the acreage. There is Magado Creek running through the property as well as a live spring. Wildlife include but are not limited to elk, deer, & turkey. This custom home has a gourmet kitchen, granite throughout the house, 5 fireplaces, a river rock bar, knotty alder cabinets. Enjoy outdoor living on the wrap around covered patio which includes a large kiva fireplace. The outstanding view from the patio by the fire is perfect for enjoying days filled with brilliant sunshine and cooled by the brisk mountain breeze. Other amenities include a 40x50 metal barn, horse barn, round pen, storage building and a camp house. Only minutes from the Mountain Resort village of Ruidoso, NM where you can enjoy Ski Apache, Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, great shopping, & wonderful restaurants. One landowner elk permit is included. $3,500,000



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O’NEILL LAND, LLC P.O. Box 145, Cimarron, NM 87714 • 575/376-2341 • Fax: 575/376-2347 • Good inventory in the Miami, Springer, Maxwell and Cimarron area. Great year-round climate suitable for horses. Give yourself and your horses a break and come on up to the Cimarron Country.

Miami Horse Training Facility. Ideal horse training facility w/large 4 bedroom 3 bathroom approx 3,593 sq ft home, 248.32± deeded acres, 208 irrigation shares, 30' X 60' metal sided shop/ bunkhouse, 8 stall barn w/tack room, 7 stall barn w/storage, 10 stall open sided barn w/10 ft alley, 2 stall loafing shed, 14 11' x 24' Run-In Shelters, 135' Round Pen, Priefert six horse panel walker. Many more features & improvements. All you need for a serious horse operation in serious horse country of Miami New Mexico. Additional 150 acres available on south side of road. Miami is at the perfect year round horse training elevation of 6,200. Far enough south to have mostly mild winters. Convenient to I-25. $1,550,000. Miami Horse Heaven. Very private approx. 4,800 sq. ft. double-walled adobe 4 bed., 3 bath home w/many custom features, 77.5± deeded acres & 77.25± water shares, large 7 stall horse barn, large insulated metal shop, large haybarn/equipment shed, all for $1,650,000, plus an additional 160+/-

deeded acres w/142 water shares avail. $560,000 (subject to purchase of 77.5± deeded acre parcel.) Krause Ranch. 939.37 +/- deeded acres. 88 Springer Ditch Company water shares. Mostly west of I;25, exit 414. Big views. $725,000. Miami Mountain View. 80± deeded acres w/80 water shares & house. $550,000. Miami. 10± deeded acres, awesome home, total remodel, awesome views $295,000. Miami WOW. Big home in Santa Fe Style great for family on 3 acres. $274,900. Miami Tangle Foot. 10.02± deeded acres w/water shares & meter. $118,000. Maxwell. 19.5± deeded acres, water, outbuildings, great horse set up. $269,000. Canadian River. 39.088± deeded acres, w/nice ranch home & river. $279,000.

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statewide jurisdiction of the New Mexico Livestock Board to investigate allegations of and enforce laws concerning animal cruelty and neglect for livestock. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture also provides essential services to equine livestock through the Veterinary Diagnostic Services Laboratory and the Division of Agricultural and Environmental Services which is responsible for feed inspection. Without consideration of the impacts mentioned above, the redefining of equines as non-livestock could shift the burden of providing these essential services from the state and federal level to the local municipality or county government level. In many instances, these governmental units do not have the trained staff or financial resources necessary to insure the welfare of equines in their jurisdiction. Furthermore, without some statewide standards and protections, local ordinances could create “roadblocks” hindering equine ownership and equine activities which would diminish the economic value of the equine industry within New Mexico. Since there are several diseases that may commonly occur among livestock species, the loss of resources to test, monitor, and restrict the movement of diseased equines could put New Mexico’s food animal (primarily beef, dairy, and sheep) industries at risk for disease outbreaks that could result in trade sanctions from other states or countries. In closing, the classification of equines as livestock in New Mexico is an essential requirement for many owners in the state. This classification provides access to necessary services, financial resources, and certain legal protections that would not be guaranteed if equines are reclassified as non-livestock. Changing the legal definition of equines from livestock to some

other class of animal should not be taken lightly or decided without full consideration of all the potential consequences of that action. The equine industry in New Mexico is diverse, vibrant, and economically important. Future efforts to legally reclassify equines to something other than livestock would significantly change that

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A A Lazy 6 Angus Ranch .................14, 64 Ag New Mexico FCS ACA......................2 AgriFuture Educational Institutute .......76 Agrow Credit Corporation ...................24 American Angus Association................43 American Galloway Breeders Association .....................................64 American Water Surveyors..................25 American West Real Estate .................68 Arizona Ranch Real Estate..................68 Artesia Trailer Sales............................14

H Harrison Quarter Horses .....................61 Hartzog Angus Ranch...................18, 65 Headquarters West Ltd ......................68 Headquarters West Ltd./ Sam Hubbell ..................................70 Henard Ranches.................................46 Hi-Pro Feeds........................................5 Hooper Cattle Co................................16 Hubbell Ranch .............................46, 77 Hudson Livestock Supplements...........47 Hutchison Western ...............................2

B Ken Babcock Sales.............................61 Bale Buddy Manufacturing, Inc...........27 Bar G Feedyard..................................13 Bar M Real Estate........................68, 72 Beaverhead Outfitters.........................69 BJM Sales & Service, Inc. ...................61 Blue Canyon Realty............................70 Bobcat of Albuquerque.......................11 Bovine Elite .......................................61 Bradley 3 Ranch, Ltd. ........................65 Brennand Ranch ................................64

I Inn of the Mountain Gods.....................7

C C Bar Ranch ......................................64 Capitan Realty ...................................71 Casey Beefmasters .............................65 Cattleman’s Livestock Commission......29 CattleMax ..........................................61 Caviness Packing Co., Inc...................15 Don Chalmers Ford ............................35 Clovis Livestock Auction .....................23 Coba Select Sires ...............................65 Conniff Cattle Co., LLC.......................77 Cox Ranch Herefords..........................64 D D Squared Ranch...............................53 Dairy Farmers of America ...................25 Dairy Producers of New Mexico ..........26 David Dean/Campo Bonito.................70 Dan Delaney Real Estate....................69 Denton Photography ..........................74 Desert Scales & Weighing Equipment ......................60 Diamond Seven Angus ..................... 74 Domenici Law Firm, PC......................25 E Elgin Breeding Service .......................65 James R. Evrage ................................71 F FBFS / Monte Anderson .....................49 FBFS / Larry Marshall ........................27 Farm Credit of New Mexico ..................8 Farmway Feed Mill.............................17 Five States Livestock Auction .............20 4 Rivers Equipment............................79 Freeman Ranch ................................65 Fury Farms, Inc..................................25 G Genex/Candy Trujillo..........................63 Giant Rubber Water Tanks..................36 Goemmer Land & Livestock................61 Grau Charolais ...................................63 Grau Ranch .......................................63

J J & J Auctioneers ................................39 J & S Pipe & Service Company ...........61 JaCin Ranch.......................................64 Jarmon Ranch..............................51, 65 Joe’s Boot Shop .................................59 K Kaddatz Auctioneering & Farm Equipment.............................61 Kern Land..........................................69 Bill King Ranch ...................................4 Knipe Land Company.........................67 Koben Puckett Invitational..................66 L L & H Manufacturing..........................43 Lakins Law Firm PC...........................13 Lazy D Ranch Red Angus ...................63 Lazy Way Bar Ranch ..........................64 Lone Mountain Ranch ........................75 M Major Ranch Realty......................70, 72 Manford Cattle...................................63 Mathers Realty, Inc./Keith Brown........69 Merrick’s Inc ......................................28 Mesa Feed Co....................................37 Mesa Tractor, Inc. ........................31, 60 Mesilla Valley Commercial Tire ...........73 Michelet Homestead Realty ................66 Chas S. Middleton & Son ..................69 Monfette Construction Co. ............31, 60 Paul McGillard / Murney Association ...72 N National Animal Interest Alliance.........54 New Mexico Angus & Hereford Association Bull & Heifer Sale ....... 34 New Mexico Beef Industry Initiative ....50 New Mexico Cattle Growers Insurance .......................................21 New Mexico 4-H Foundation ..............74 New Mexico Property Group ...............71 New Mexico Purina Dealers ................80 New Mexico State University Animal & Range Sciences ........................30, 39 New Mexico Wool Growers .................45 Nine Cross Hereford Ranch .................52

O Jim Olson...........................................38 O’Neill Land ......................................72 P P Bar Angus ................................63, 77 Phase-A-Matic Inc..............................48 Phillips Diesel ....................................60 PolyDome..........................................22 Pratt Farms .......................................65 R The Ranches ......................................44 Redd Ranches......................................3 D.J. Reveal ..................................61, 73 Robertson Livestock ...........................60 Roswell Livestock Auction Co..............12 S St. Vrain Simmentals..........................65 James Sammons & Associates.............71 Sandia Trailer Sales & Service ............61 Santa Rita Ranch ...............................65 Scott Land .........................................71 Singleton Ranches..............................63 Southwest Brangus Breeders Association .....................................78 Southwest Red Angus Association ......63 Stockmen’s Realty..............................67 Straight Shooter.................................71 Joe Stubblefield & Associates ..............71 Swihart Sales Co................................61 T TechniTrack LLC ................................49 Terrell Land & Livestock Co................67 Titan Machinery ...................................6 Tucumcari Feedyard LLC ....................48 2 Bar Angus ......................................64 U United Country Vista Nueva, Inc .........72 USA Ranch ........................................64 Virden Perma Bilt Co. ........................51 W Wells Champlin Ranch LLC.................65 West Wood Realty..............................72 Westall Ranches LLC ...................19, 64 Westway Feed Products LLC...............62 Williams Windmill Inc...................33, 60 WW - Paul Scales ..............................26 Y Yavapai Bottle Gas ......................32, 60 R. L. York Custom Leather .................25



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