Thursday, June 9, 2011

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Newspaper Relocating

The Mountain Mail is relocating to Magdalena under new ownership. Updates forthcoming!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quemado Connection

By Debbie Leschner

The Cowboy Christian Church has begun a new program to help the community. The members of the church have collected some food and warm winter clothing, coats, shoes and other items, that will be available to the community during a time of need. It was started to help families who were in dire need of food and could not make it from month to month. Items will also be available to families who have a loss due to a fire and need help to get back on their feet.
The Cowboy Church located off Highway 32 near Quemado and is open the third Friday of the month from 10 a.m. till noon so people can come and pick up items. Sometimes folks just need a little help to make through tough times and the folks at the Cowboy Church would like to be there to offer that help.
If you know of someone who is in that situation or you would like to donate food, clothing or household items you may call the church at 773-4265, Charlotte at 772-2568 or Dora at 773-4165. There is a limited amount of food and clothing at this time but it is a start says a member of the congregation.

The activities for the week at the Quemado Senior Center include a pool tournament on Tuesday, Jan 18, with quilting and bingo on Thursday. The center will be closed Monday for the holiday.
Lunch for Tuesday – beef stroganoff over noodles, Wednesday – chicken fried steak, Thursday – chicken enchiladas with green chili and Friday – Brunswick stew. All seniors are welcome. Please call the center at 773-4820 before 9 a.m. to make your lunch reservations.

January Birthdays include Jim Anderson, Charlotte Buchanan, Wayne Donham, Chris Hosetler, Matt Rodruquez, Marjory Tiaynham, Shana Tuffly and Missy Williams. Happy Birthday!

The Women's Fellowship Luncheon will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18 at noon in the Cowboy Church located off Highway 32 near Quemado. The Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. For more information, please call 772-2568.

The Western New Mexico Veterans Group will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Veterans' Hall located at the corner of Baca and Church Street in Quemado. A potluck begins at 6 p.m. with a meeting to follow. All veterans and their families are welcome. For more information contact Commander Rick Sharp at 733-4350.

The Quemado Schools spelling bee will be held Thursday, Jan. 20. The county spelling bee will be held in Quemado on Thursday, Jan 27.
Basketball games for the week: Boys and Girls Junior Varsity will have a home game against Alamo on Thursday, Jan 20, Boys and Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity will play an away game against Mountainair on Friday, Jan 21 and both Boys and Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity play an away game against Hondo on Saturday.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

LETTER: Co-op Informational Meetings Questioned

Dear Editor:
The SEC board of non-trustable trustees (with the exception of C. Wagner) just doesn't get it! We don’t NEED “informational meetings” about raising the rates of our electric service! We already know that they have wasted and mismanaged SEC funds for far too many years. They seem to have a comprehension problem that this is wasting still more money. My suggestion is to boycott all such meetings. We don’t need them and we should not go. If you think you must do something, then picket them. 

Barbara Moore


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Top Ten Swingle Canyon Stories Of 2010 According to Sylvia

By Anne Sullivan

  1. January 4, 2010 – Thirty-three-year-old Brandy fell in the snow for the second day in a row and is now no more. That horse never liked me (or anybody) so I don’t know why I miss her. RingWorm has been gone for 2 ½ weeks now so I figure that cat is gone for good. I REALLY miss her.
  2. February 17, 2010 – Boss in a lousy mood. Doing taxes. SHE yelled at me for nothing at all.
  3. March 3, 2010 – Knocked Gordo’s food bowl over and enjoyed cat kibble. Also had fun chasing Gordo who was upset. So was Boss.
  4. April 13, 2010 – Did not attack UPS Driver who delivered package. Did not open package which lay on porch while SHE drove into Socorro to attend Goodbye Party for Jackie Kraft, friend to all animals.
  5. May 10, 2010 – SHE went to New Guinea so I got to rule the roost. Responsibility of guarding the house weighed heavily on my capable shoulders but I managed to prevent all disasters.
  6. July 4, 2010 – Visiting dog named Yah Dah ate leftover kibble from my bowl. Chased Yah Dah and succeeded in keeping her off porch. Scolded for being inhospitable.
  7. August 9, 2010 – Red Letter Day. SHE was away all day doing goodness knows what but came back with a doggie box of steak for me.
  8. September 1 & 2, 2010 – Frightened aliens away from house by barking all night long. Staunchly refused all entreaties by Boss to shut up.
  9. October 5, 2010 – Received cheerful painted paperweights from admirer from Socorro, Roger Ulibarri. One for me, one for Gordo and one for the boss.
  10. December 23, 2010 – Terror-filled ride in pickup driven by the boss. Had to go to the Vet in Socorro. Prescribed pills because I apparently make funny wheezing gurgling noise. I did not make said noise while at Vet’s. Slept all night inside house because of cold temperature outside as well as my cold (if that is what it is.) Woke Boss twice to let me out, once just to bark. Not received well by Boss.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Magdalena Marshal's Blotter

The following items were taken from reports at the Magdalena Marshal’s office.

Dec. 18
An officer took an accident report at 6:45 p.m. on Hop Canyon Road where a vehicle struck an elk. There were no injuries to the driver or passenger.

Dec. 20
An officer took a report at 9:45 a.m. of damage to a police vehicle. The case is under investigation and officers a reviewing the security camera video tape.

Dec. 21
Officers stopped a vehicle for speeding at mile marker 113 on Highway 60. The driver from Albuquerque was arrested for DWI and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver blew a .10 blood alcohol level.

Dec. 22
An officer made contact with a male subject on First Street at 12:30 p.m. The subject was taken to the Magdalena Marshal’s office where the Magdalena ambulance was called. The subject’s blood alcohol level was .34. The subject was charged in Magdalena Municipal Court.

Dec. 27
An officer stopped a vehicle at 9:16 p.m. on Hop Canyon Road where the three males were under the influence. The driver was arrested by New Mexico State Police for DWI and the passengers were turned over to guardians. The passengers face several charges in juvenile court.

Dec. 30
An officer stopped a vehicle for speeding at First Street and Kelly Road. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested for two outstanding warrants from Socorro Magistrate Court and Magdalena Municipal Court.