Friday, November 5, 2010
Mountain Mail reports
SOCORRO – Groundbreaking for the Macey Family Children’s Center was held Wednesday, Oct. 27 on the south lawn of Macey Center.
University President Dan Lopez said the groundbreaking was the culmination of four years work and fundraising by Louise Chamberlin, Ann Sullivan and particularly Bill and Cheryl Macey who donated 70 percent of money needed.
“Working together they made miracles happen.” he said.
In his remarks at the groundbreaking, Bill Macey credited his wife, Cheryl, and several Tech staff members, including Chamberlin and former vice president Dr. Ricardo Maestas, for mounting the fund-raising drive and sharing his vision for a new center.
Macey said he’s especially proud of the fact that all the construction funds were raised from private sources, including corporations, former students, former parents, faculty members and local residents individuals – and that no tax dollars will be used.
According to Lopez, the new $1.5 million center will be purpose-built as a children’s educational center, serving pre-school youngsters age 2 to 5.
“The welfare of faculty and staff’s young children is of great importance to the university, as well as the young children,” Lopez said. “This facility will enhance early childhood development and help make the children well-prepared students to continue their education, including perhaps at New Mexico Tech.
He said the new facility will offer more flexibility for children, staff and parents, boasting 6,000 square-feet of indoor space and 9,142 square-feet of outside area which will increase its capacity from 32 to 48 children. “There will be much more room for play and also room for parents ad staff to meet,” Lopez said.
There are plans to raze old center to make room for a new student dormitory, he said.
Picture: About a dozen children assisted local dignitaries in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Macey Family Children’s Center. Pictured in the background, from left: Cheryl Macey, Rep. Don Tripp, Tech President Dan Lopez, and Ann Sullivan. Picture courtesy of New Mexico Tech
SOCORRO – After two months cleaning and renovating the building at the corner of California and Otero, Carlos and Salina Lopez amd Stephen Rosas opened the doors to their new restaurant, the Warrior Grill, Wednesday.
“We think of it more as kind of an old-fashioned diner, because that was the concept we had in the beginning,” Carlos said. “Actually we started out with an idea for a place that had ice cream and shakes. Something we’ve been talking about for a long time, what we wanted to have for people. That developed into a diner look and a menu that tries to cover the basics.
“We wanted a place the kids could come to, and of course the older crowd who graduated from Socorro High, or have kids or grandkids that play sports.”
Carlos said his cousin, Rosas, has had several years experience in the restaurant business and took part in the planning.
“He was very helpful in helping us in what we wanted to do, and we are grateful to have his experience in getting it going,” Carlos said.
“We took our time to make sure everything was exactly what we wanted and what was needed in the renovation,” Carlos said. “My parents Raymond and Gracie Rosas, and my brother Jon Rosas and his wife Tita put in a lot of work. It’s really a family affair.”
The Warrior Grill’s menu includes hamburgers, chili dogs, fried chicken, sandwiches, enchiladas and Frito pie, among other items.
“People like our Slam Dunk Dog,” Salina said. “It’s a big hot dog with red or green chile, wrapped in tortilla and deep fried.”
Since the Lopez’s first idea was ice cream, the Warrior Grill serves Dreyers hard ice cream desert items and milk shakes.
Carlos said all ingredients are fresh and locally purchased. “It’s important for us to buy locally, and keep the money in Socorro.”
The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., which means they serve breakfast also, offering traditional items such as eggs and bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and, of course, breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros.
“Fresh food and a friendly atmosphere,” he said. “That’s what we are going for.”
The Warrior Grill is located at 400 California Street, across Otero from John Brooks Supermart.
Pictured (from left): Carlos and Salina Lopez, and Stephen Rosas.
George Apachito has won re-election as Alamo’s Navajo Nation Council delegate, by defeating Tóhajiilee’s Lawrence R. Platero (993-840) in Tuesday’s election.
Apachito, former Alamo Chapter president and Alamo School Board president, will represent not only Alamo, but also Tóhajiilee and Ramah, since the Navajo Nation’s delegate number was reduced by referendum earlier this year from 88 to 24 members.
His victory comes on the heels of an announcement by Attorney General Louis Denetsosie that Apachito is facing criminal charges for his alleged misuse of discretionary funds. Apachito is not alone in the charges, however. A total of 76 additional council delegates are also charged for similar offenses. The charges come after several months of investigations.
According to a copyrighted article in the Navajo Times, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Window Rock District Court released copies of the 77 criminal complaints filed by Navajo Nation Special Prosecutor Alan Balaran against the delegates and President-elect Ben Shelly.
The Navajo Times story by reporter Marley Shebala said the release came four days after an announcement by Denetsosie that an unspecified number of people are facing criminal charges for their alleged misuse of discretionary funds.
Those named include Apachito, who is charged with conspiracy, fraud, forgery and theft involving $10,100 in discretionary funds.
Amounts reported among the 77 charged range from a few hundred dollars to over $279,000.
The 88 member council has regularly voted to award itself with the discretionary funds, the Navajo Times reported.
The investigation began in 2009 when the tribal council directed Denetsosie to name a special prosecutor to investigate the ethics of Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley. That investigation led the attorney general to start questioning the discretionary spending of the council members.
A written policy in the Socorro Electric Cooperative’s personnel manual shows that employees receive a $48.60 monthly credit towards their personal electricity bills. Policy #201, on page 12 of the manual states that:
“All Cooperative employees, other than probationary, will receive a credit against their monthly residential billing of electric power up to an amount of $48.60 retail, but in no case to exceed the actual amount of the total monthly billing for residential power. Credit will not be allowed to be carried over for month to month if the actual bill does not meet or exceed this amount.”
Mountain Mail spoke with managers at several New Mexico electric cooperatives to find out if they also offered discounts on electric bills for employees. None of the Co-ops contacted, including the Central Valley Electric, Kit Carson and Columbus Electric have a policy allowing employees to take reductions on their bills as part of their employment packages.
Co-op interim Manager Richard Lopez confirmed that SEC’s policy for employee rate reductions is currently still in effect. “It has been an employee benefit for more than 30 years. Socorro Electric, in lieu of wages, has historically provided better employee benefits.”
With 38 employees, the amount adds up to $22,161.60 annually in total billing credits. Unlike by-laws, policies are not voted on by coop members. The policy manual can only be approved or amended by the Board.
Charlie was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a retired Postmaster after over 30 years of service.
He was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church and a Veteran of WWII, serving with the US Army.
Charlie was an avid golfer, loved playing cards, and enjoyed dancing and socializing with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed being with his family at family gatherings.
Charlie was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine (Abdalla) Padilla in 1992; two sons, Albert Padilla; and Kenny Padilla; and one sister Lottie Baros. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Memorial Mass of Resurrection with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Lemitar Cemetery, Lemitar, NM. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services will be taken care of by Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530.
He was a lifelong resident of Socorro.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his great granddaughter, Faith Pino; two brothers, Jackie Pino and Stanley Pino; and one sister, Eloisa Baca.
A Visitation will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 8:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 9:00 am with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Christopher Lopez, Tony Pino, Lorenzo R. Pino, Orlando M. Pino, Richard J. Pino Jr., and Andrew G. Pino.
Honorary pallbearers are Ryan H. Lopez, Tommy L. Pino, Derek O. Pino, Ryan D. Lopez Jr., Joshua M. Lopez, and Arthur F. Heron. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services will be performed by Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530
He was a lifelong resident of Magdalena.
Isidro was preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Communion Service will be held Friday, November 5, 2010 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena, NM at 11:00 am. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services will be handled by Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530
After moving from Apache Creek, NM, Robert was a Socorro resident since 1995. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam era serving with the US Navy. Following the service he went on to obtain his Theological degree and became the Vice President of World Mission Society serving the needs of the hearing impaired around the world since 1983. He also served with the Texas Law Enforcement Community and helped co-author several sign language books.
Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved his grandchildren. Roberts’s favorite song was Zions Hill.
A Memorial Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Socorro Cemetery with Pastor John Gilbreath and Pastor John Boggs. Those who wish to send condolences may do so atwww.danielsfuneral.com. Services will be taken care of by Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530.
Anthony was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a former employee of UPS in Albuquerque. Music was Anthony’s passion, as he was a current Guitarist and Vocalist for the AMA Flyboys and formally with Southern Rail. He recorded several CD’s during his music career and loved his music.
Anthony was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church and St. Joseph on the Rio Grande. His Family was his world and he loved them dearly.
Anthony is preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; a brother, Elpidio Rosas; his niece, Consuelo Vigil; and his sister-in-law, Charlene Rosas. A Rosary will be recited Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with father Andy Pavlak. Interment will be in the Luis Lopez Cemetery in Luis Lopez, New Mexico. Pallbearers are Ronald Rosas, Manuel Rosas, Jon Rosas, Eric Rosas, Steve Rosas, and Patrick Rosas. Honorary Pallbearers are Antonio Montoya, Henry Rosas Jr., and Gabel Rosas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anthony Rosas Medical account at any Bank of America branch.
Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services 309 Garfield Socorro, NM 87801 (575) 835-1530
Pictured: Mariah Sager
By Margaret Wilshire
The party on the library deck for Lucy Pino was a great deal of fun. Magdalena really knows how to throw a pot luck. Busy people, friends and not friends getting together, sharing. It’s a grand thing. I did my Yankee take on New Mexico’s posole and got away with it. I’m beginning to feel like an old timer.
Lucy Pino seemed pleased with our humble thanks and made a thoughtful comment. Volunteers make things happen and keep good things going. The people of Magdalena who volunteer, who donate, who participate make this the warm, friendly, vibrant and alive village that we are.
We don’t have millions, billions or trillions, what we have is priceless and no one can tax that away, no one can bank the profits. Cynicism and inertia will always keep some people at home, imprisoned in their thoughts and taking their antidepressants. I know, been there, done that. Magdalena makes a haven for them too.
Before the party on the deck Saturday, I watched the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Comedy Channel. Tears hit my eyes three times. When the Four Troops did the national anthem, when Yosef (Cat Stevens) started to sing Peace Train and when America the Beautiful was sung by Tony Bennet. For those who had the courage and/or interest to watch the rally only two things got slammed. Bigotry and the media that incites fear and bigotry for ratings and for some, a career.
Bigotry is the most un-American thing I can think of. A bigoted American (USA American) is an oxymoron. There is more to being one of US(of A) then being born here or taking a test. If you don’t know “All are Created Equal”, you are a real alien.
On the whole it was a quiet rally, sane and peaceful, and allowed all of us to keep our fears or reevaluate them. It even had some slow moments as a show. It did celebrate Americans and our right, no matter who we are, to be patriotic even if we know we are not perfect. Actually you are more perfectly American (USA) IF you know we are not perfect.
Speaking of imperfection, I’m writing this the day before the elections. I do hope you will have voted no matter how hard or easy it is for you. By the time you read this you will know if the polls have been right or not. How predictable are we? I like the fact we have the right not to be predictable even though we are.
Unfortunately, another predictable thing about us is that we won’t pay attention to our government when it is back at “work”.
I don’t know if “We the People” control our government at all any more. This is my fear. I do know we could still watch if we wanted, hold people accountable and give them grief if we wanted. They count on inertia, that we are a body at rest and inclined to stay that way.
In China Opium was dispersed and encouraged to keep people at rest as they were taken advantage of. In the US our television sets and even our phones do that. Some mind numbing snack food will insure obesity and encourage a difficulty in functioning. All this is brought to you by multi-nationals. They only want you off the couch for shopping trips, certainly not to go to work.
The winner in this election will be the Trickle Down Economy and the names of those who will give you this don’t really matter.
Trickle Down Economy has a long and very old history. From the first tribal chiefs, kings, lords and land owners. It is such an old economic concept it has the disease of the elderly. The Trickle Down Economy tends towards constipation.
Have you tried for a car loan lately? We have. If it weren’t for a Mexican Bank we’d be asking you for a ride.
This holiday season send your favorite multi-national a gift. Their higher than ever profits seem to be clogging the system. What to give those who have everything, prunes.
“Raise havoc and let slip the dogs of war” says Shakespeare. In real history I know bigots and the greedy never win for long. If our wonderful country goes that way for a while it won’t last, it never has. I hope we spare ourselves the shame and embarrassment that some have gone through because of a government their countries had once.
Before you dig in for the winter, get out and enjoy Magdalena and Socorro County. It will make you stronger.
Magdalena Thanksgiving at the school Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11am til 1pm, bring a desert to share. Thank you Magdalena.
Children from area schools paid a visit to Good Sam’s on Highway 60 for a party the Friday before Halloween. Residents and staff also took part in the festivities by dressing up in various costumes and face paint.
10:30 a.m. an officer was called to the Magdalena Schools where pills were found. Two students were found crushing pills. The case was handled by the Magdalena Schools.
8:45 a.m., an officer met with a subject who turned in a handgun that was found in Florida. The weapon was run through the system and it was found to be involved in a shooting at Flagler Beach Florida. The case is being worked by the Marshal’s Office and Flagler Beach Police Department.
At 10:10 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on U.S. Highway 60. The male driver was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license. The subject from Ruidoso was booked in the Socorro County Detention Center.
A Socorro woman reported at 10 a.m. that she bought a trailer home from the suspect, but when she went to move the trailer, she was stopped by the suspect who stated that she still owed him money for the trailer. She went to title the trailer in her name and learned that he had changed the vehicle identification number and this was not the trailer she had bought. The VIN came back on a different trailer and owner.
A Socorro woman reported at 7 p.m. that she learned that another woman had taken her medication from her prescription bottles that she had in a dresser drawer. A witness saw the woman take the pills and had called her. The victim said she confronted the other woman who denied the allegation. She said about 137 prescription pills were missing.
A Los Lunas man reported at 2 p.m. that an unknown suspect had taken the fence from the front gate and property he owned in Polvadera. The burglar then broke open the well house door and took a stainless steel water tank, four electric pumps, a lawn mower and roofing sheets. No suspects at time of report.
Officers conducting a checkpoint at 6:30 p.m. on Highway 60 learned that a driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was transported to the Socorro County Detention Center. Another driver had an outstanding warrant, and was also driving on a suspended or revoked license with an arrest clause. He was taken to the detention center.
An officer was dispatched at 12:17 a.m. to Polvadera on the report of a battery. The victim stated she had been battered by the suspect, a Socorro man. The officer met with him and learned he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Next stop: jail.
An officer responded to a head on crash at 5 p.m. on Farm Market Road. Vehicle 1 was northbound when Vehicle 2 was southbound approaching a curve in roadway and entering the middle of the driving lane. Vehicle 2 struck vehicle 1 head-on in the curve. The driver of vehicle 2, a juvenile, was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. Both vehicles were towed due to damages. Driver of vehicle 2 was cited for careless driving.
A woman in Veguita reported at 8 p.m. that she got into an argument with the suspect and after she left their residence he chased after her. When he saw her calling the police he took off.
A Lemitar man reported at 9 p.m. that he received a harassing phone call from the suspect stating that if he doesn’t lie to an insurance company about an injury he sustained, he would cause bodily harm and take his wallet. No contact with suspect at time of report.
A man from Cedar Crest reported at 12:15 p.m. that unknown suspects came into their campsite at White Water Canyon and took plastic with clothing. He said the clothes were marked and the plastic bins were clear. He said that a couple of hunters were in the area but did not know if they took the items. No suspects at time of report.
An officer was dispatched at 5:15 p.m. to San Lorenzo Road in Veguita in regards to a civil standby. The victim wanted to remove her clothing and personal items from the residence, and the suspect was sitting on the couch. When the victim walked to the back, he followed her and became very argumentative and threatening. The officer advised him to calm down and let her get her belongings. On leaving the home the suspect started swinging wildly and struck the deputy. He was placed under control, arrested and placed in a patrol unit. The officer returned to the residence and upon exiting noticed that the suspect had gotten out of the unit. He was deposited back into the unit and taken to jail.
A man in Lemitar reported at 6:40 p.m. that an unknown suspect kicked his door open and took an amplifier, speaker and wiring. The victim is to do an inventory and give it to the Sheriff’s Department. No suspects at time of report.
A Luis Lopez man reported at 7 a.m. that he had hired a woman from Belen to clean his home while he was out. When he returned home he found that she was gone, as well as his car. The officer learned that the woman had been arrested on an outstanding warrant and the vehicle had been towed to a wrecker yard. The woman admitted to taking the vehicle.
A man in Magdalena reported at 5 p.m. that an unknown suspect had entered the property and had taken a 16 foot Prairie model utility trailer and a Honda model generator. No suspects at time of report.
An officer was dispatched at 12:30 p.m. to San Juan Road in Veguita on a domestic. It was learned that the suspect had fled from the location. The officer had prior knowledge of the suspect and waited for him at his residence. The suspect was seen running toward his residence, and the officer yelled for him to stop and he was arrested on an active warrant. He was transported to the Socorro County Detention Center.
Northern Catron County’s Roadrunner Arts Council in conjunction with the New Mexico Humanities Council is sponsoring Larry Marken, in a Chautauqua performance of ‘Rendezvous with Old Bill Williams’ at the Quemado Senior Center on Friday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The performance will be preceded at 4:30 p.m. by a Mexican dinner from the kitchen of the Senior Center. The cost for the dinner, which includes salad, drink and dessert, is $6.75. There is no charge for the performance and the public is invited.
Larry Marken, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, retired from a diversified number of careers. He currently volunteers as a docent of El Rancho de Las Golondrinas south of Santa Fe and also presents occasional mountain man displays at El Camino Real International Heritage Center.
The multi-faceted ‘Old Bill’ was a literate Mountain Man who trapped, traded, guided wagon trains, preached, scouted for the army, served as an interpreter of the Native American language, married into the Osage Nation and wrote an Osage-English dictionary. Come and learn how he did it all.
By Debbie Leschner
On Monday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Quemado Schools will hold their annual Veterans Day Program in the school gym. “This is a time to pay tribute to our Veterans and our Country” said Kelly Goss who is coordinating the event. Many of the Quemado students will be helping by giving various performances during the evening. Everyone is welcome to come and help celebrate and honor our Veterans.
Veterans Day is Thursday, Nov. 11. I would like to acknowledge several of the Quemado family members currently serving our country:
SPC Kendal Armstrong, son of Yvonne and Jerry Armstrong, is in the Army working with the Special Forces in communication. He is on his second tour in Iraq.
Staff Sargent Yuma Barnett, brother to Kelly Goss, is a U.S. Army Ranger. Yuma is stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and son. Eugene Hutton, son of Pat Hutton, is in the Army Special Forces. After returning from Iraq, he and his wife are stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Riley Leyba, son of Crystal Leyba is in the Navy currently serving aboard one of the ships overseas.
Sheldon Walker, son of Bridgett and Mike Walker, is in the Army serving a second tour in Iraq. His wife, 2 year old and 3 ½ month old children are in Texas.
Senior Center: Pool on Tuesday with quilting and bingo on Thursday. Lunch for Monday – chilly dogs, Tuesday – bake chicken n dumplings, Wednesday – grilled cheese sandwich, Thursday- chicken fried steak and Friday- tacos. All seniors are welcome. Please call the center at 773-4820 before 9 a.m. to make your lunch reservations.
On Friday, Nov. 12 the center will hold a fundraising Mexican dinner at 4:45 p.m. with a performance of “Rendezvous with Old Bill Williams” by Larry Marken at 6 p.m.
Reserve Events: American Legion Post 82 will meet on Saturday, Nov 6 at 10 a.m. in the Catron County Building.
Rural Book Mobile will not be coming in November but will be here again in December.
Other Area Events:
Saturday, Nov 6 The Datil Extension Club Christmas Craft Show from 9 to 4 in the elementary school gym.
Saturday, Nov 13, the Glenwood Craft Bazaar will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the community center.
Sunday, Nov 14 the 3rd Annual Santo Nino Holiday Bingo will be held in the Aragon Parish Hall at 1 p.m. Prizes include turkey, ham and other holiday items. There will be 2 blackout games along with a silent auction and raffle. Baked goods, burritos and drinks will be sold. Proceeds will go to repairs of the church and hall.
By Kaye Mindar
When we are told to “remember”; it means that it is a truth we once knew, not something that we still need to learn. Waking up this morning I felt an overwhelming sense of not taking a single breath for granted. Always Remember.
This past week we realized a freedom that is never to be taken for granted or forgotten. It is the ability to vote in a free election and being able to do so in safety because of those who have fought and died for that liberty to be ours.
Remember; you woke up safe in your bed because of the Veterans whom we will honor next week. They are counted as far back as the very land we live on.
Remember; you have the choice to read this newspaper and to have or not to have, the unlimited television access and the Internet stations through the air waves because you live in a free country that literally continues to fight for that privilege to be yours.
Remember; that you can pray however and wherever you choose and you do not have to fear for your very life if someone caught you on your knees because of the great nation we live in.
Remember; you have a right to agree or disagree with me, because of those same freedoms that are written and enforced against those who would take them away from you.
Remember; to never take a single breath for granted.
Luna counted a proud turnout of voters on Tuesday with lines of as many as 8 people at various times of the day.
Congratulations to Sam and Kami Nicolds on the birth of their baby Brigham Nicolds. Brigham was born on his grandma Alberta Nicolds’ birthday October 2.
We have also had a few new families move into town and we welcome you with the warmest of wishes as you settle in here in the Luna Valley.
Girl’s volleyball season for the Reserve Mountaineers has just ended and basketball season will begin soon. From Luna we wish Destinee Navarro, Rachael, Emily, Joe Nicolds, Kori and Katelyn Nicolds the best of luck as they participate.
There’s a new marquee in town. The Luna Community Center is sporting a new sign out in front of the building that updates everyone to what’s happening with community activities and the county Health Counsel. Bobby Howell obtained it through the Catron County Health Counsel and it will be updated with news from the community. Bobby will be updating it and you can contact him to make sure your group and activity are represented. Please no personal or business advertising.
There will a community yard sale on the 19th and 20th. Cheryl Green is overseeing the arrangements and there will be more information posted or you may contact Cheryl to reserve your space.
LaVor and Myrna Nikolaus traveled to San Diego, California recently to celebrate their wedding anniversary and Myrna’s birthday.
Suzan Ley recently returned from a trip with friends to the east coast to sightsee in Virginia and drove a bit of the Appalachian Trail. This had been in the planning stage for many years and was a truly wonderful trip.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Luna Ward will be holding their annual Thanksgiving dinner on November 19. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, watch for more information to be posted.
Thanks to Ann Sullivan for sending me the annual Wilson-Cobb History and Genealogy conference flyer. This year the conference was held in October with a second session last week in Roswell. The theme of the conference was our ability to use federal resources in our search. There is a wealth of information at our fingertips. Did we miss out? No! Now that the conference has been held the information that was shared is documented and available to research if you contact the library.
By Anne Sullivan
“Are you feeling sick?” I asked Sylvia, a strange Sylvia, one who had not snatched the large VitaBone biscuit from my hand nor gobbled her breakfast Iams kibble.
“Not at all,” Sylvia said. “The muse is attacking me. You didn’t finish reading the first chapter of my book last week and I’m anxious to hear how you like the rest of it. Max wants to know, too.”
“When was Max here?” I questioned her. “I haven’t seen anybody, not even a stray hunter.”
“He came last night. You must have been asleep,” she answered.
“I don’t like strange people in my house at night, Sylvia. You know that. Besides, how would he get in? The door was locked.”
“He wasn’t in the Big House at all,” she explained. “He was in MY house.”
“He was in your dog house? With you? What is he, some kind of a pervert?”
“ Max is the absolute epitome of a gentleman. How could you suggest otherwise?” Sylvia defended her friend.
Thoroughly confused, I decided the best course of action was to continue reading Sylvia’s mystery novel.
And this is what she wrote:
‘Fatso and I, Detective Veronica O’Leary, raced down U.S 60 to the San Agustin Plains, covering the miles in no time at all.
“I don’t see anything unusual,” Fatso, the Cat detective, said. “What do you expect to find?”
“Clues, my dear Fatso. Clues to the hanging of The Italian.”
“Do you see any, Veronica?”
“No,” I said. “Hand me my magnifying glass.”
“Who would want to do away with The Italian with the expensive wet Italian shoes?” Fatso asked.
“Any number of people, my dear Fatso,” I said as I examined the ground. “To begin with, the people who live on the Plains. After all, The Italian wanted to take away their water.”
“Why did he want to do that?”
“It’s a mystery that we must solve, my dear Fatso. The Italian claims – or rather, claimed – to want to put all our water into a pipeline and send it across to the Rio Grande so New Mexico could pay back Texas for the water it owes.”
“Sounds pretty far-fetched to me,” said Fatso, shaking the cobwebs out of his head. “As a matter of fact,” he continued, “it sounds so complicated, I don’t understand it at all. Ergo, it must be a lie.”
“I’m inclined to agree,” I said. “He must have -- or had -- some other nefarious scheme in mind. Maybe he planned to dig for treasure or perhaps he wanted to destroy the Plains completely so no cattle could be raised there at all.”
“Do you really think so?”
“I fear it’s worse than that, my dear Fatso, more diabolical. He might well have wanted to take away all the water in Southwestern New Mexico so all people and animals would die of thirst.”
“But why would he want to do that, Veronica? What would he have to gain from it?”
“Elementary, my dear Fatso. Money. Money is the root of all evil. He planned to sell the water to Texas.”
“But I thought The Italian was already rich. His shoes told that story. Why would he need more money?”
“To get richer. He didn’t need more money. He wanted it. That’s something to remember about some of the very rich people, Fatso.”
“But who killed The Italian and who hung his body in our ponderosa tree? Our person couldn’t have done it. She hasn’t got the strength.”
“That’s what we’re here to deduce, my dear Fatso. Aha, I see tracks in the ground over yonder.”’
“That’s the end of the first chapter,” Sylvia said.
“Very exciting. Lot’s of suspense as well as emotion,” I said, petting her scruffy fur. “Isn’t there something else you want to say?”
“Oh, yes, don’t forget to go to the State Engineer’s Pre-hearing Conference on the Water Grab at Macey Center in Socorro on Tuesday, November 9th at 1:30 p.m. It’s important that as many people as possible go. Numbers count. Unfortunately, just numbers of people, not animals.”
Everyone is following Santa to the Datil School Gym on Saturday, November 6th when the Datil Extension Club presents its annual Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. The doors open at 9 a.m. and the shopping and fun go on until 4 p.m.
Among the crafters are: Linda Ravert's exquisite jewelry and quilts; Pat Padgett's legendary yarn and Hopi baskets; Susan McKenzie's splendid leatherwork; Baldwin Cabin Public Library's used books in good condition and Western Mystery author Steven F. Havill will sell and sign his books at greatly reduced prices; Margaret Walker's sewn items; Verlene Baca- Metal Art; Frolicking Deer Lavender Farm; Barbara Owens - ornaments and crochet; Fran Verhayen – knitted goods; Ruth Ann Harriet – Quilts; Dixie Boyle – crocheting; Dolly Baca – various goods; and many more.
The Datil Booster Club will serve a Mexican lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Santa Claus will greet children under 10 years with a bag of Christmas goodies. Gifts will be raffled off every hour. The Extension Club Refreshment table will sell cookies, brownies, breads, coffee, tea, cokes and other soft drinks. The profits go towards scholarships and to the Good Sam Home in Socorro.
Pictured, taking part in a pretend game show, are 1st grader Clayton Serna, 3rd grader Colby Scholl, and 5th grader Jojo Ulibarri.
Photo by John Larson
Acres and acres of trees, a plentiful supply of food and water and no predators in sight: At the Bosque Del Apache, it’s good to be an elk.
And that’s just the dilemma wildlife officials are having.
A noticeable rise in the elk population at the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge has prompted officials to launch a three year study, to best understand how to manage their growing numbers. The study, aimed at examining migratory patterns, eating habits and health issues of the elk, began last week.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist John Vradenburg is part of the team leading the study. He estimates that at least 80 elk now call the refuge home. Vrandenburg spoke at a press conference last week, detailing the specifics of a plan to use helicopters to fly in to the refuge to dart and tag at least 30 of the elk. “Presumably, 99% of them are in managed parts of the refuge.” he said.
There is no management plan in place for the elk, who have found a comfortable, safe home amidst the refuge’s bountiful land. While the Bosque Del Apache was founded as a refuge for birds, its overall mission remains to ensure a habitat for all species that depend on it for survival. Officials want to study what impact the elk have on the refuge and develop a long term plan for managing them.
The elk are already having some apparent impact. Over a million pounds of corn are produced annually at the refuge, to feed the tens of thousands of migratory birds that call the Bosque Del Apache home. The elk are foraging on the corn they find, and often trampling stalks as well. “We’ve lost about 30 acres of corn to the elk already.” said Vradenburg.
In the 1930s, when the Bosque Del Apache was founded, there were no elk on the land. Between the 1980s and 1990s, there were isolated sightings and reports of small groups. Then, over the past 10 years, their numbers began to multiply. Vradenburg estimated there at least three distinct herds roaming across the refuge today.
Normally, officials would look to other parks or refuges to take their cues for how to handle the population growth, but the situation at Bosque Del Apache is wholly unique. Officials have the difficult task of trying to conduct their study without disrupting the migratory patterns of the refuge’s avian residents. That includes flying a helicopter during peak population times.
“The refuge will not do anything that compromises the migratory pattern of the birds,” Vradenburg said. “But the opportunity to fly [from a helicopter] is dwindling. There are not that many birds on the refuge right now.” Should officials miss the chance to dart and collar the elk by way of helicopter, the next step is to use live baiting on the ground.
To fire the tranquilizer dart accurately, crews need to get within at least 30 ft, making it a precise mission. The dart is air driven; pressure pushes the drug into the bloodstream. This procedure is considered to be the most humane, according to Vrandenburg. Once drugged, the elk is unconscious for 30-45 minutes, at which time the collar can be applied by crews on the ground. The crews then administer a “reversal”, a drug to wake the animal.
The collar is designed to last for 3 years. Each one has a distinctive signal. When it expires, a charge ignites, similar to a .22 caliber gunshot, and discharges itself from the animal’s neck. Collars are also equipped with a “mortality signal” that immediately emits out a beacon should the animal expire prematurely. After they have been collared, government researchers, aided by refuge staff and a team of volunteers will spend a year tracking the elk, studying their habits and conducting a more concise population count.
New Mexico Game and Fish has also partnered with the federal agency on the project, to study a possible outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease, a neurological disease similar to mad cow disease in cattle. While there have been no confirmed cases of human infection, state officials want to keep a close eye on the disease.
For more information on the Bosque Del Apache, visit www.friendsofthebosque.org
Socorro County Arts will celebrate its one year anniversary on Friday, Nov. 5, with an event open to the public. The event, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m., features food, refreshments and live music, as well as an opportunity to meet and greet some of the many artists who display their work at the gallery.
What started as a few displays in a classroom at Tinley Gym is now a spacious gallery on California, hosting over 40 local artists. “Back then, we had very little foot traffic.” said Leon Miler, a painter and one of the gallery’s founders. “What we were aiming for was a better venue. When the opportunity came to do something at the Alamo gallery, we took it.”
The space now occupied by Socorro County Arts was originally the Alamo Gallery, and featured artists almost exclusively from Alamo Navajo Reservation. “They had a difficult time getting critical mass.” Miler said. “Most of their artists don’t live very close. And it’s not easy to get to the gallery from Alamo Navajo.”
One of the goals Miler had was to find a way to keep the gallery accessible to Alamo artists, without requiring them to pay any commission to showcase their work. “It has helped Alamo artists get exposure.” Miler said.
Miler faced the usual challenges of opening a new business in the beginning. “None of us had run a retail operation before. You don’t expect to make money right away. But we did prove that we could sell.”
The gallery features a wide variety of art, representing the diversity of Socorro’s artistic community. From elaborate quilts, pottery, glasswork, paintings, jewelry and photography, the walls are filled with an eclectic mix of styles and mediums.
Miler said that he has seen an equally diverse mix of patrons come through the gallery in the past year. “We’ve had visitors from Africa, Taiwan, China, Sweden, Germany and from all over the US.” He also does a lot of business with police and firemen, participating in first responder training. “They are looking for gifts to take home to their families. So we try to have a variety of things that they can afford.”
As for the future, Miler hopes to grow the gallery’s exposure. “A lot of people still don’t know we were there. We have to get it into people’s minds. Over time, we can improve our quality. And the quality right now is very high.”
SOCORRO - The 13th Annual Mineral Symposium will be held in Socorro the weekend of November 13-14 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.
Geophysics scientist and Director of the Mineral Museum and, Virgil Lueth, said the purpose of the symposium is to promote an interest in mineralogy among scientists as well as amateurs.
“The symposium gives everyone a chance to share their overall knowledge of minerals, and their latest discovers,” Lueth said.
This year’s symposium will consist of the presentation of formal papers in 30-minute time blocks. Papers will focus on mineral occurrences from New Mexico and adjacent states, as well as Mexico.
“Besides the presentations, there is an opportunity for casual discussions between attendees,” the said. “Modern day amateur rock hunters can get a wealth of information and inspiration over the two days.
“One of the highlights will be a silent auction on Sunday afternoon from one to three p.m., which is open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club and benefits the Mineral Museum.” Lueth said.
An informal pre-symposium social and tailgating session will be held at local motels beginning on Friday and will last through the weekend.
“The night before the symposium some of the people from out of town staying in the hotels will be offering samples for sale,” Lueth said.
He said 280 – from as far away as Canada and New York - have registered for the symposium.
“There is large contingent coming from Colorado and Arizona,” Lueth said.
Lueth is the current President of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals, and its Collections Commission Chairman.
He said he believes the New Mexico Tech Mineral Museum has the most extensive collection of any education institution in the United States, with specimens dating back to the 1880s.
“We’re adding to the collections constantly. We currently display 3,000 specimens, but have 17,000 in the entire collection,” Lueth said. “We regularly loan specimens to researchers around the world.”
The Museum also conducts workshops and tours to area schools.
“Classes come here often, and we try to keep the exhibits broad, for students’ varying interests. For school kids, the UV light minerals display is one of the most memorable. I’ve heard that some kids remember it for years,” he said.
As for locally found minerals, the Museum has a large piece of Trinitite from White Sands Missile Range, and Smithsonite from Magdalena.
Lueth said out of the 15,000 people who visit the Museum each year, there is no single exhibit that can be described as the most popular.
“There are people who love the aesthetic beauty of the minerals, and others who are attracted to the rarest,” he said.
Lueth will also be part of the Festival of the Cranes schedule, presenting a slide show of New Mexico’s collecting sites at the Museum’s Open House Friday, Nov. 19 from 5-7 p.m.