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January 27, 2023
We thanks Melodie and Ron Milhoan as our newest dining sponsor - Cafe Sierra Negra.
Cafe Sierra Negra
Café Sierra Negra began on January 6, 2021, after 6 months of building the kitchen and dining rooms and installing all the equipment to provide everything on the menu.
I want to thank our very supportive Abiquiu community for showing up and being so positive.
For chef/owner Melodie Milhoan cooking is second nature. From the age of 18, Melodie worked in many restaurants in the Monterey Bay. The café is fashioned after the first restaurant that she worked in, ‘The Crepe Place” in Santa Cruz, CA. Melodie also worked at a French Bistro, where she learned about wine. She bartended at a Chinese Restaurant called the Teacup, waited tables at Ristorante Avanti a well-known Italian restaurant. She was Operations Manager for Michaels Catering in the Monterey Bay for 8 years, where she learned menu design, Event Coordinating, and got a lot of her cooking chops.
Melodie’s inspiration in her cooking comes from her travels. For seven years she spent 5 weeks a year in the Fiji Islands, off the grid, with limited cooking facilities. She cooked what she could forage from the sea and land, and the limited markets in Savusavu.
She traveled across Europe with husband Ron for two months and adored the food of France, Italy and Spain.
When she was 17, she traveled overland from Sweden to Afghanistan playing music daily. She and her partner even got a gig playing at a German restaurant in Kabul.
Many of these experiences siphon down into the menu at Café Sierra Negra.
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Magdalena library director Ivy Stover teaches a computer coding class for ages 5-14, sponsors an adult book club, and does story time and arts and crafts for school children. She develops their book collection, manages their history museum, writes grants, does facility management and more.
Ivy has a Masters of Library Science (MLS) degree. She is paid $12 per hour. Half her monthly salary doesn't cover her student loan payment. She lives with her parents. She loves her job and community, but her situation is not sustainable. The average salary for an MLS library director nationwide is about $70,000 per year.
Ivy says it is not the village's fault they can't pay her more. Their commercial sector is too small to provide a sufficient tax base.
It's common in New Mexico that rural library directors make between $12 to $15 per hour. From Clayton to Lordsburg, Fort Sumner to Tularosa, and Questa to Gila, dedicated directors educate and help solve problems for their communities but don't make a living wage.
They deserve professional salaries. Their villages deserve well-paying jobs. The state needs to step up.
Rural libraries are crucial tools to sustain their communities. They usually provide their villages' only free internet and community gathering space. They help with disaster relief, economic development, all ages education, child well-being, and cultural preservation. We should support organizations that work.
In a bipartisan vote the legislature established a rural library endowment in 2019. The goal is a $1 million endowment for each of 50 libraries in unincorporated towns, villages and pueblos. With a fully funded endowment, each library would receive about $45,000 per year. It currently holds $13 million. An additional $37 million is needed.
This year Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham requested $15 million. There will be over $3 billion in reserves, the “rainy day fund.” It's pouring in rural New Mexico now. Small towns are hemorrhaging population, partly due to the lack of good jobs. This relatively small investment in communities throughout the state would have a huge impact.
Please contact the governor's office and your legislative representatives to request full funding for the rural library endowment. Refer to bill SB 214 for full $37 Million.
Email the Governor
Or Call (505) 476-2200
You may view a short trailer about an upcoming film highlighting the work of New Mexico's rural libraries here: https://vimeo.com/763849930 . It includes Ivy in action in Magdalena.
Carson National Forest to Resume Prescribed Fire Operations
First project will address slash piles 10 miles west of Tres Piedras, NM
Taos, NM, Jan. 25, 2023 — Carson National Forest fire crews are preparing to resume prescribed fire operations this winter to reduce hazardous fuels in advance of warmer, drier weather. The Willow Piles Prescribed Fire, which would only move forward pending suitable conditions, is the first such for the Carson National Forest after the USDA Forest Service National Prescribed Fire Review was released in September 2022.
“We are thoughtfully moving forward with our prescribed fire program,” said Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran. “I want to ensure staff are getting to know the new guidelines and to hold space for conversations in the community as we plan more prescribed fire operations around the Forest.”
An open house for the public to drop in to discuss the Willow Piles Prescribed Fire and future projects in the Tres Piedras area will be held between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Feb.1 at the Tres Piedras Ranger Station, 22280 Hwy. 64, Tres Piedras, NM 87577.
Prescribed fires are utilized to remove hazardous fuels, return nutrients to the soil and improve forest health. Fuels specialists write prescribed fire plans that identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which forest vegetation and debris will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation and conditions for smoke dispersion.
The Forest Service’s national fire management strategy is centered on long-term forest health, and that strategy includes reducing forest fuels and using prescribed fire on the landscape. In order to maintain resiliency, fire-adapted forests in the Southwest region must undergo fire disturbance on a regular basis. After prescribed fire is completed, if a future wildfire reaches this area, the fire behavior will likely be modified to a less intense, more manageable surface fire due to the absence of accumulated debris and ladder fuels.
Ignitions at the Willow Pile Prescribed Fire project could start as early as Feb. 7. An exact ignition date will depend upon weather and fuel conditions being within prescription as outlined in the project burn plan. Implementation announcements and updates will be posted on InciWeb, New Mexico Fire Information and on the Carson National Forest’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Piles of slash created from 500 acres of thinning may be treated throughout an area south of Highway 64 between Tres Piedras, NM, and Hopewell Lake. 53 inches of snow have fallen in the area so far this season, according to the latest data from National Water and Climate Center. 95 acres were completed in winter 2022. More acres will be addressed in future years as mechanical thinning is completed.
The area has been the focus of a commercial timber sale and forest thinning to reduce stand densities, improve wildlife habitat foraging and to facilitate the reintroduction of fire to the landscape. It’s just one of the many projects within the Rio Chama Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project, which spans 3.8 million acres in New Mexico and Colorado to improve and maintain water quality and watershed function and restore natural fire regimes using prescribed fire, among other goals.
Map of Willow Pile Prescribed Fire project
TRES PIEDRAS OPEN HOUSE
Join us to discuss the future of prescribed fire in the area
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2023
Tres Piedras Ranger Station
22280 Hwy 64 West
Tres Piedras, NM 87577
For more information,
call 575-758 8678
News from New Energy Economy - from the Roundhouse. Let's support and pass SB165 - Local Choice Energy Act statewide, so all New Mexicans can have good and more affordable choices! Read on.
"BERNALILLO COUNTY PASSES UNANIMOUS RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SB165 LOCAL CHOICE ENERGY!" Read on..
Last night Bernalillo County, New Mexico’s largest county, joined communities and organizations across the state calling for state legislators and the governor to pass the Local Choice Energy Act.
A resolution in support of the legislation, sponsored by Bernalillo County Commissioner Eric Olivas and Commission Vice Chair Adriann Barboa passed unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting. The Local Choice Energy Act will empower counties, municipalities, and tribes to generate or purchase renewable electricity and sell it to residents within their jurisdictions at lower prices. As Commissioner Olivas put it:
This is an important signal for us to newenergyeconomy.salsalabs.org/colombia-courage?wvpId=efcb97c9-cb7f-4906-bbc6-cf64bdbbde5dsend to our legislators in Santa Fe that the Bernalillo County Commission stands behind this tool in the toolbox for increasing access to green energy, increasing access to all forms of renewable energy through Local Choice Energy.
This is something that been deployed with great success in a diversity of states. This isn’t really a conservative/liberal issue. This is really an issue of choice and using market forces to shape the electricity market and bring down prices, increase reliability, and increase the amount of renewables on the market… We’re in crisis with our climate. There are any number of things that we need to act on urgently, and this is one tool that we can use to help move the needle in that direction.
Bayard and Hurley, small rural communities in the mining district in southwestern New Mexico, were the first communities to unanimously pass resolutions in support of the 2023 Local Choice Energy Act. Santa Fe County, Grant County, and Las Cruces will consider similar resolutions in support of the legislation in the coming weeks.
Local Choice Energy faces an uphill battle in Senate Judiciary, so we need your help! Please click the link below to send letters to committee members, and then send the link out to everyone you know!
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ESPAÑOLA, N.M., Jan. 24, 2023 – The Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc., board of trustees has approved the addition of public members to two of its committees, the new by-laws committee and the longstanding communications committee.
To be eligible, the applicant must be a member of, and in good financial standing with, JMEC. Those eligible and interested are asked to please send a letter expressing their interest to:
Tina Trujillo Archuleta
P.O. Box 128
Española, NM 87532 or, firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for letters expressing interest in serving as a public member on the JMEC board of trustees’ by-law committee or communications committee is Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
About Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Incorporated in 1948, Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative, Inc. (JMEC) serves more than 27,500 members and consumers in five northern New Mexico counties – McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, Santa Fe – in three service districts – Española, Jemez Springs, Cuba – spread out over 7,000 square miles and 4,142 miles of transmission and distribution lines. It is the largest electric cooperative in the state of New Mexico and includes in its territory Native American lands including those of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, The Navajo Nation as well as the pueblos of Jemez, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara and Zia.
Life in Bucolic Coyote
Note: Last June we asked our readers what type of content you'd like to see in the News. Many of you told us you'd be interested in articles about long time residents, articles about area history, and one couple requested more info about Coyote. This week our rural correspondent, Jessica Rath, gives us a little of all three.
Jessica Rath has lived in New Mexico for over 20 years and moved to Coyote in 2009. She can't think of a lovelier place to be for her and her dogs, and she has literally been all around the world (the northern hemisphere, that is). She is interested in the local history, customs, stories, and memories and wants to help preserve them.
Compared to Coyote, Abiquiu is a veritable hub of commerce and entertainment: several restaurants, several stores, a hotel, an elementary school, a gas station. Coyote has none of that. Not any more. It does have a post office, a clinic, and a volunteer fire station, plus the Coyote Ranger District – the northernmost district of the Santa Fe National Forest, covering 261,100 acres. If you love the outdoors, the diversity of the area around Coyote is pure delight: it boasts lush, alpine woodlands, pastoral mesas, and dark-red colored canyons and cliffs that are the signature signs of the region.
And the ground is covered with treasures, too. The sides of almost every dirt road here is strewn with pieces of agate, which are of volcanic origin and are part of a supervolcano that last erupted 1.2 million and 1.6 million years ago and is now known as the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The last eruption and collapse piled up 150 cubic miles of rock and blasted ash as far away as Iowa. Near Gallina, and also on the way to the Pedernal near Youngsville, one can find quite large chunks of alabaster, a soft mineral which is a variety of gypsum and can be carved like soapstone. When I cross the meadow in front of my house and climb up to the mesa on the opposite side, I cross an area with lots of pieces of petrified wood. They’re nowhere as spectacular as those in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, but for being right at my front door they’re quite impressive.
I wanted some input from a local voice, and Coyote resident Pete Garcia kindly agreed to chat with me. Pete will be 89 years old this coming March – maybe being active all his life kept him young, because I would have easily taken him to be ten years younger. He was born in Coyote, at his grandmother’s house – the abuelas commonly took care of the kids. Pete has two sisters and two brothers, five sons (one set of twins) and one daughter, and eight grandchildren.
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Northern New Mexico College to Offer Introduction to Medical Cannabis for Health Care Professionals - Online
Ellen Trabka, MSN, RN, chair of Nursing and Health Sciences at Northern New Mexico College, wants to address that issue through a new online course, Introduction to Medical Cannabis for Health Care Professionals, which will be offered for the first time from March 20 – May 12, 2023.
“My basic thought is that whether you are in support of, or against legal medical cannabis, the bottom line is that the public is using cannabis, and healthcare providers need to know about the effects of cannabis on the body and interactions with other drugs,” Trabka said.
The course is open to healthcare professionals, including Registered Nurses, nursing faculty/educators, nursing students, Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Doctors of Oriental Medicine, and others with proof of licensure/credentials. It will introduce the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) and provide foundational knowledge for healthcare professionals for the safe and effective use of cannabis medicine for healing.
Trabka points out that people are using medical cannabis in record numbers and have questions about safe and effective use.
“Medical providers don’t know how to answer those questions because they don’t have the basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the endocannabinoid system, they don’t understand the pharmacology of cannabis, how it is dosed or administered, or potential contraindications, especially in vulnerable populations such as pregnant and lactating women, the elderly population, children and adolescents,” Trabka said. “I want to provide basic education for healthcare providers so they can better care for their patients and understand how cannabis works in the body.”
The class will cover the basics of the endocannabinoid system, the pharmacology of cannabis, dosing administration, legal and ethical issues, safety concerns and cautions and contraindications with vulnerable populations. It will also look at the history of medical cannabis and cannabis prohibition.
“It’s only been restricted for the last 100 years,” Trabka said. “It’s been used for tens of thousands of years as medicine. So this is like a blip in the history of cannabis.”
Despite its long history, medical cannabis still holds a stigma for many healthcare professionals, some of whom have a “zero tolerance” attitude toward the drug. Trabka noted that the growing number of states legalizing cannabis has been driven by consumer initiatives, not advocacy by healthcare professionals.
According to Trabka, legal and ethical issues for healthcare professionals (which will be covered in the class) are complicated by the fact that cannabis is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substance Act and illegal at the federal level. That classification has also restricted the research and development of evidence-based care guidelines that could legitimize medical cannabis for some providers.
Trabka hopes the class will help destigmatize medical cannabis use among healthcare professionals, whom Trabka believes should be the ones advising their patients, not budtenders working at cannabis dispensaries.
“I think the more that you know as a healthcare provider the better you are able to care for and advise patients who are using medical cannabis,” Trabka said. “We need to advocate for our patients to make decisions about their health. They’re saying that they want to have access to this medicine. So as healthcare providers dedicated to providing better care to our patients, we must allow consumers to have the autonomy to make those informed decisions. But they need information from their healthcare providers.”
On the flip side, Trabka wants to dispel any misconceptions that medical cannabis is a miracle drug.
“It’s a plant, it’s an herb, it’s a medicine, it’s effective, it’s anti-inflammatory, it’s got lots of potential uses,” Trabka said. “But it’s not a miracle drug, and it works differently with different people. Some people can’t tolerate it and other people just don’t want to use it. It’s an herb that has side effects like many other herbs, but I think it can be a really effective medicine for many conditions. People just need to understand how it works.”
Introduction to Medical Cannabis for Health Care Professionals is an online, upper-division course. The three-credit class costs $885 and is eligible for financial aid.
RAALP Conducting Laces for Literacy
RAALP will be conducting a ‘Laces for Literacy” fundraiser during the next few months.
Starting in December 2022 and running till mid-April 2023, RAALP will be hosting a shoe drive fundraiser that will not only benefit RAALP as a non-profit organization that has been offering Adult Literacy services in Espanola, NM for over ten years, but will also be helping an entire worldwide micro-enterprise movement.
Micro-enterprises are small businesses, generally owned and operated by families of 1-2 people. Because of systemic poverty in many developing countries around the world, working-age adults have to create their own economic opportunities. These micro-enterprises could be as small as a stall or shack or a brick-and-mortar shop. Our shoe drive fundraiser, will help provide the inventory for people worldwide. They sell the shoes we gather in their communities, which promotes commerce opportunities and leads to economic sustainability.
Shoe drive fundraisers support over 4,000 families of micro-enterprise partners, with the majority of them being women-owned. The micro-enterprise industry represents one of the most effective ways to lift many families out of poverty in devastated economies. Most people do not know that 70% of the global population uses repurposed shoes and clothing; that’s over 5 billion people! The shoes you collect serve as a philanthropic bridge to give people a hand-up, rather than just a hand-out.
RAALP would like to encourage the entire community and surrounding areas to look through your closets and see if you have any gently used or new shoes to donate to RAALP to help us reach our fundraising goal of $5,000! The shoes can be sports shoes, work boots, sandals, high heels, pretty much any style of shoe and in any size. As long as the shoe is not falling apart or have any holes, then we will take it!
If you have shoes you would like to donate please feel free to drop them off at the RAALP office Monday thru Wednesday 9-5. Please call before to plan to drop off to make sure a staff member is available at the office 505-753-8814.
Note From Carol: We will be taking shoes down there next week. If you have shoes and want to save a trip, drop off on our front porch. Please email first.
Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte will be performing at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu on Sunday evening, February 19, at 7 PM. Though LaMotte is based in the mountains of North Carolina, he has performed in all fifty states and on five continents. This concert will provide a rare chance to see him perform live in New Mexico.
LaMotte’s new album, Still, has been described as “genre fluid,” with songs that lean toward Americana, World Music, ‘70s acoustic pop, Southern rock, and traditional acoustic folk. It remained in the Top 20 on the Folk Radio charts for six months after it was released in June of 2022. His song September Me was the #1 song on folk radio in September of 2022.
In addition to his music, LaMotte is passionate about peace work. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where he studied as a Rotary Peace Fellow. His TED talk on “What Music Can Teach Us About Peacemaking” can be found on TED.com. He served on the AFSC Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Committee for six years, and has been a featured speaker at conferences in India, Australia, Scotland, and Germany, at venues including the Scottish Parliament and the PC(USA) mission to the United Nations.
The Washington Times describes his music as “guitar-spanking open-tuning grooves as well as gentle folk-tinged pop. His lyrics range from insightful image-driven stories to equally insightful humor.” The Boston Globe says he "pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition." And BBC Radio Belfast speaks of his “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.”
His passions for music and peacemaking synergized most obviously in his work as one third of the musical trio Abraham Jam, consisting of a Jewish musician, Billy Jonas, a Muslim musician, Dawud Wharnsby, and David, who calls himself a “Quaker-terian” Christian.
A typical David LaMotte concert involves a healthy dose of storytelling and laughter, and you can expect that at this show, as well. Some of those stories inform his fourth book, to be released on Chalice Press in June of 2023, You Are Changing the World Whether You Like It Or Not.
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Q: This morning I got both a text message and an email that there was an unusual sign on to my Amazon account. I had been sleeping so I knew it wasn't me but I was suspicious.
A: There are so many variations on this (more in this week's tech tip) but if you take away one piece of advice, NEVER click on a link in a message or email. Although the email may look "genuine" it probably is not. (unless you are expecting it)
Viewing Previous Issues of the Abiquiu News
Every week we send out an email, with a link "Read This Week's News". When you receive that, clicking the link will take you to the current Abiquiu News. It's ok to click on this link! Some folks save up those emails and are surprised when instead of reading a previous issue they are brought to the current week. The link in all these emails links to our home page. The home page is updated every week so clicking on any link or going directly to www.abiquiunews.com will take you to the current issue.
To read past issues, click on the home button in navigation, several months' worth of issues will come up, click on the date you'd like to read and enjoy.
Art, Music and Books
The Locals’ Picks Book List
Casa Urraca Press has created a place for locals in our area to recommend books to each other, and a place to find book suggestions with a personal touch.
Have a book to recommend? Send it to Zach at firstname.lastname@example.org – title, author, and the reason you suggest it.
The full Locals’ Picks list is available to view here on Bookshop.
A purchase from Casa Urraca's link helps support independent bookstores.
Abiquiu’s Casa Urraca Press earns a commission from every shopping trip that starts with the above Bookshop link—you can shop the entire Bookshop site in addition to the locals' picks. Plus, a percentage of every book (at least 10%) goes straight to independent bookstores. This is an opportunity to support small businesses with the same convenience as large online retailers.
Abiquiu Book Club
World Mythology - Who brought us fire? What brings the spring? Who to ask for fertility? Who metes out punishments? According to which culture? In this book are the answers and images!
Clay Sculptures from as far back as 6000 bc in Japan. Many photos of the pieces, writing by Fumiko Mimi, Published by the Charles Tuttle Company, 1st printing
Archetypal Symbolism - A beautiful book in untouched condition with beautiful images and articles about world wide symbols of creation, sacred marriage, saviors, heroes, death, transformation, to name only a few significant events.
To purchase a book the Library asks for a contribution to the Library. The purchase may be paid for and picked up at the Library during the Library hours
Winter Hours 12:00 to 5:00 Sunday - Thursday.
The Abiquiu Library & Cultural Center has received a large quantity of Audio Books. Please come in to the Library and take a look!”
If you didn't get a chance to purchase raffle tickets at the Farmer's Market or online, there's still time!
NYP will be at Bode's selling raffle tickets THIS Sunday from 9a-12p. Winning numbers will be announced in the Abiquiu News on Friday, February 3rd. Raffle Ticket prices are 1 for $10, 3 for $25 or 12 for $100.00. Raffle Tickets (or prizes) are fun gifts! Surprise a friend or co-worker.
We have some really lovely prizes including our traditional Cord of Wood, Gift Certificates to Rio Chama Steakhouse, Cafe Sierra Negra, NOSA Restaurant, Farolitos, AND A private tour at the Santa Fe Raptor Center, $40 Gift Certificate to Thunderberry Dog Grooming, Family Passes to Sante Fe Children's Museum, plus a Ghost Ranch Georgia O'Keeffe Landscape Tour.
If you would like to purchase a raffle online and DO NOT want to use Paypal, here's a link to our regular donation page. Please type "Raffle" so we know to provide you with raffle tickets. We will confirm your ticket numbers via email or text. website.
Brian and I have trapped a number of feral cats over the past few years. We bring them into Espanola Humane and have them spayed or neutered, vaccinated and chipped. These cats have all been true feral cats and we were unable to handle them. We kept them in a crate until they recuperated and released them.
We have Hoppy, the kitten. He's looking for his indoor furever home. He's playful and a joy to watch. He’s been neutered, vaccinated and chipped. He will make someone an ideal indoor cat. He's playful with our dog and they seem tolerate him. Did I mention he uses the litter box?
This week we caught Hoppy's dad. Boo (because on our night vision camera he looked ghostly white) has been hanging around under our porch for six months. He is a chunk at 11.2 lbs. Although we assumed he was feral, he allows us to handle him which leads us to believe at some point he was someone's cat. He uses the litter box.
We'd like to find a home for Boo. He could probably be acclimated to be an indoor or indoor / outdoor cat. He's a handsome devil. If you recognize Boo as your long lost cat, let us know, or if you have a place for Boo, contact us.
We are fostering Hoppy until we can find a home. Hoppy needs to be an indoor cat. If you can open up your heart and home to this little guy email us and meet “Hoppy” and his dad.
Carol and Brian
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Locally-made film featuring Chama Valley locations and actors! Screening at the Chama Valley Arts Center for two days only; do not miss it!
Title: Immaculate Citadel
Runtime: 84 minutes
When: January 28, 6:30pm; January 29, 2:00pm
Where: the Chama Valley Art Center
How much: Free! (Donations appreciated)
Chama-Area Actors: Mary Mier, the Elliot/Casaus Family (Amelia, Chris, Zoe, Cata), Jared Daniels (former Americorps volunteer)
Chama-Area Locations: Wilder Bakeshop, Tierra Amarilla Courthouse, TA Theater Club, Chama Chile Ski Classic Racecourse
The Immaculate Citadel: a perfect dimension from which a group of imperial Caretakers enforce their dominance over all worlds in the Far Between. Now this Citadel has taken up residence atop our world, the time-travelers caught beneath its invisible but crushing influence must question their role: should they comply with this great invading power? Or is revolution possible? What is possible, under the thumb of empire?
Wildland Firefighters Training Coming to Cuba
Wildland Firefighter Training Coming to Cuba in 2023Cuba Fire is proud to host an in-person training event with New Mexico State Forestry to be held on JAN 28-29 and FEB 4-5 in 2023.
** Successful completion of the S130/190 Introduction to Wildland Firefighting course is required for ALL wildland fire jobs. **
New and current Cuba Fire Volunteers and area community members are invited to participate and gain valuable skills to work as a fire professional at NO COST.
For more information www.cubafire.org
Public Land Solutions is currently working with the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division on a project called the New Mexico Uplift Initiative. We are conducting stakeholder outreach and collecting input on how and where people are recreating in New Mexico. We will then use this info combined with our research and expertise to develop recommendations for improving existing recreation assets and creating new ones to meet community goals regarding the local quality of life, outdoor access, and economic development in the state.
Tue. Feb. 14 10:30 – Noon
This begins our library weekly story time for kids and caregivers in 2023
Extra Bonus: Lunch of soup and sandwich included
It’s all FREE!
Please join us for the kickoff of this new library program. We’ll be inviting a rotating cast of locals to read some of their favored stories and poems, often with a song or two for everyone to learn. A perfect destination on a cold winter day.
Call 575-581-4608 for more information.
Supported in part by the NM Foundation Chama Valley Fund & the NM Children’s Foundation
Sunday, February 12th, 3-6 PM
*Tickets are required
Come enjoy the bounty from a day of baker’s baking at Owl Peak Farm! A Baker’s Luck is our version of a “pot luck”, showcasing the folks who work with flour as their medium and presenting their creations for all to enjoy over Afternoon Tea. The tea spread will feature a smörgåsbord of breads, sweet & savory pies, cakes and cookies, freshly baked that morning… and of course a pot of tea! Come for the baker’s, stay for the music, valentine making, and generally joyful time. https://www.owlpeakfarm.com/events
8th Annual Rio Chama Congreso - Water after Wildfire
Join us for the 8th annual Rio Chama Watershed Congreso where the topic of the year is Water after Wildfire.
More information and to register
Announcements and Classes
Horseshoe Canyon Rescue Ranch needs Supplies!
For more local job opportunities visit our Jobs page
Yoga Classes in Abiquiu and El Rito
Registering is now starting for Abiquiu and El Rito adults that are interested in beginner yoga classes. The classes will be held on Saturdays once a month for one hour and a half. I will be teaching Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga Classes. All yoga props will be provided. No drop in students will be allowed, you must preregister for each class.
When : Saturday, once a month
Time: 10::00-11:30 AM
Space is limited
All classes are taught by a Certified Yoga Teacher .
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Chicken Enchiladas & BBQ Sandwich
Bixby is a preciously petite purr-baby, who weighs just six pounds at two years old. This gorgeous gal has unique fur with calico coloring and tabby markings. She’s spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and her adoption fee is waived! Give beautiful Bixby a sunshine warmed spot on your couch and she will love you forever. We are open to walk-in adopters Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm.
Luna is happiness wrapped in fur! She is an outgoing social butterfly who would love an active active, outdoors-y family; she's also affectionate with people and has a blast playing with other doggos. Luna is a 2yo 46lb husky, her adoption fee is waived, and she goes home spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, amd with six months of free heartworm prevention! We are open to walk-in adopters Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm
These two strays have been hanging around the area of the 554 bridge visiting various properties in the area for over a month. I finally caught a picture but could not approach. The larger lab mix had a collar.
Crockett went missing the evening of December 26th in the area of 301 County Road 142 in Medanales. He is an orange 2 year old Manx (bob tail) cat wearing a red plaid bow tie. If you see him please call 505-692-0957 or 505-685-0785
Events Beyond Abiquiu
January may be cold but there are still great things to do!
Music fills the soul and warms the heart!
Saturday, Jan 28 & Sun, Jan 29
Winter Orchestra Concert by Pro Musica Orchestra
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Led by conductor Sarah Ioannides.
Music by Manual de Falla, Joseph Bologne Chevalier de
Saint-Georges and Mozart.
7PM & 3PM • Tickets on sale
COMING UP IN FEBURARY
The Art & Sol Winter Festival
In Santa Fe
Feb 11 – 19
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PO Box 1052
Abiquiu, NM 87510
PO Box 1052
Abiquiu, NM 87510