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Fun Things to Do at the Lake

Posted July 17, 2014

 
 
 

PADDLE BOARDING
One of the fastest growing water sports in America, paddle boarding gives you lots of options...from sitting to kneeling and standing...giving you every opportunity to learn and enjoy this amazing sport.
Rentals:
Zia Kayak Outfitters, 575-744-4185, ziakayakoutfitters.com
Rock Canyon Marina, 575-744-5462, rockcanyonmarina.com
 

Fun Things to Do at the Lake

Posted July 14, 2014

Fun Things to Do at the Lake
Kayaking  
From traditional paddling to paddling with your feet in kayaks built for one or two, you'll follow miles of shoreline into quiet coves and around the many islands as you set your own pace of enjoyment.
Thanks to elephantbutteadventures.com for this information.
Rentals: Zia Kayak Outfitters, 575-744-4185, ziakayakoutfitters.com
Rock Canyon Marina, 575-744-5462, rockcanyonmarina.com

Fun Things to Do at the Lake

Posted July 12, 2014

If you love Beaches and water, we have plenty of Elephant Butte Lake surprises for you!

Watch this lake video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGAmpUMJd6s

Jet Skiing:  Spend an hour, an afternoon or an entire day zipping around the lake on jet skis.  The entire family will enjoy the wind in their faces and the freedom jet skis give to enjoy the lake from one end t o the other.  

Rentals:  Sports Adventure Marina, 888-736-8420, http://sportsadventure.us)

Thanks to elephantbutteadventures.com for this information.
 

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted March 17, 2014

Sat, Mar 22, 2014

12:00 AM, Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Turtleback Mountain Resort, Elephant Butte
Sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. read more
Cost: $80 per player
Contact: Karen Mogen | Elephant Butte Chamber | 575-744-9172 |info@elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com
 
Sat, Mar 22, 2014  New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Saturday Night Dance  7:00 PM, NMOTF Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, Truth or Consequences  Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers & Friends. Toe-tapping fun, refreshments and a door prize are all part of this family-friendly event. No alcohol or smoking are allowed in the building. All are invited! read more  Cost: donation  Contact: Zelma Iorio | New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association | 575-297-4125 | 

Welcome to Sierra County! Hot Springs District

Posted January 24, 2014

Because of the hot mineral springs which issued from the ground, the site of the present Truth or Consequences was considered "neutral grounds" by the Southwestern Indians long before white settlement of the area.  Here they gathered without conflict for the inter-tribal exchange and to bathe their wounds and other ailments.  During the latter half of the 1800′s, two great ranches were established across the southern part of the area now covered by Sierra County.  Cowboys from one of these ranches, the John Cross Ranch, built the first adobe bath house over Geronimo Spring.

The first homestead entry in what is known as Truth or Consequences was filed in 1910.  With the beginning of the construction of Elephant Butte Dam in 1911, the settlement of Palomas Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences) began to grow.  It was incorporated as a town in 1916, the year of the completion of the Dam.  It developed as a health resort and trading left for nearby mining, farming, and stock raising areas.  It was made the county seat in 1936.

For more information and great photos, check out this website: http://torcchamber.com/t-or-c/area-hot-springs/

Photos and Text: Courtesy of LaRena Miller, "A Visitors Guide to the Geronimo Trail

 

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted January 10, 2014

Events coming up the next week in Sierra County:

1/11/2014

Second Saturday Art Hop - January6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Check the MainStreet Truth or Consequences website for info on opening exhibits and special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://torcmainstreet.org/hop/



 

1/11/2014New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association Saturday Night Playhouse Dance7-9pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, Truth or ConsequencesNMOTFA Saturday Night Playhouse Dance. Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun! Door prize. Refreshments served. Family friendly. No alcohol or smoking in the building. You are invited to dance and listen to the music. Funds are used to host and pay for the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association State Fiddle Championship Contest the 1st weekend in October.Cost: donations are greatly appreciated.Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575 297-4125,nmofta@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com



 

1/11/2014Karaoke / Open-Mic Fiesta Fundraiser Party6pm-10pm, Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Hwy 195, Elephant ButteThe TorC Fiesta Board invites Sierra County residents to come and enjoy the local talent and support the 65th TorC Fiesta. If you are a singer or musician, please join us and share your talent with our local communities. There will be loads of great gifts donated by Sierra County businesses. Make a $5 donation and receive 6 free Chance Drawing entries. The Fiesta Board will have a table with Fiesta Parade Float Entry forms, Fiesta Vendor Applications and other information about Fiesta 2014.Cost: $5 donation.Contact: Truth or Consequences Fiesta, Cindy Bellelli, 575-740-2016,cindy.bellelli@gmail.com.http://www.torcfiesta.com/



 

1/12/20142nd Sunday Poetry Reading1pm, Black Cat Books and Coffee, 128 Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesRead or listen on the 2nd Sunday of every month.Cost: free.Contact: Black Cat Books and Coffee, Rhonda Brittan, 575-894-7070.



 

1/12/2014Meet Your Neighbor Series: David Farrell, Painter of Light and Color2pm-4pm, Black Range Vineyards, 10714 Highway 152, Hillsboro, NMJoin us on Sunday, January 12th at 2pm as we present DAVID FARRELL artist of light and color. This is a continuing series we are calling "Meet Your Neighbor" which is designed to highlight some of the interesting and talented people who live in and around Sierra County.Contact: Black Range Vineyards, Nicki O'Dell, 575-895-5119,blackrangevineyards@me.com.http://www.blackrangevineyards.com



 

1/13/2014 - 1/27/2014Preparation for Spring Concert6pm Mondays through April, St Paul's Episcopal Church Hall, Cedar @ 4th Street, Truth or ConsequencesCommunity chorus seeking singers - If you can sing and would like to share your musical gift, the community chorus invites you to join us for the spring season. The Sierra County Community Chorus is beginning rehearsals for its spring concert on Monday, January 13. The all-volunteer group stages two public concerts a year and performs at various community events. Singers from all over the county enjoy the music and the friendships that develop from being in a chorus.Cost: free.Contact: Sierra County Community Chorus, 575-740-1674.

1/18/2014

New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association Saturday Night Playhouse Dance7-9pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, Truth or ConsequencesNMOTFA Saturday Night Playhouse Dance. Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun! Door prize. Refreshments served. Family friendly. No alcohol or smoking in the building. You are invited to dance and listen to the music. Funds are used to host and pay for the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association State Fiddle Championship Contest the 1st weekend in October.Cost: donations are greatly appreciated.Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575 297-4125,nmofta@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com



 

1/18/2014Sierra County Arts Council membership party6pm-9pm, Grapes, 407 Main Street, Truth or ConsequencesJoin us for a night of fun! The Sierra County Arts Council presents our annual membership party. We are featuring the music of the Black Cat Serenaders for your listening and dancing pleasure. Enjoy food from the Bountiful Alliance Kitchen and Latitude 33. There will be beverages and revelry! We invite you to take this opportunity to renew your Arts Council membership for 2014.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, Rebecca Speakes, 5758940410,scacnewmexico@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountyart.org



 

1/19/2014Ana Egge Concert3pm-5pm, Hillsboro Community Center, Elenora Street, HillsboroAward winning singer and songwriter. Seeing Ana perform live for the first time, you are immediately struck by the combination of this uncompromising fearlessness, her confidence in her place on stage and the earthy wit and kindness that is the lens she uses to see the world. Not to mention the crystal clear and uniquely affecting voice that is her vehicle.Cost: $5 dollar donation.Contact: Hillsboro Community Center, Laurie McKray, 575-895-5686, Lmckray@icloud.com.

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 8

Posted January 2, 2014

Emory Pass..exit 63 off of I-25 and head west on Hwy 152 approximately 35 miles (the scenic route to Silver City).  Located in the Black Range at an elevation of over 8,200 feet this area with its walkable trails offers not only panoramic views but wonderful birding in coniferous and mixed forest.

Some southwestern specialties are Painted Redstart, Olive Warbler, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Dark-Eyed Junco, Pine Siskin, among others.  The area between Hillsboro and Kingston in the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands offers good birding, during breeding season, from marked forest dirt roads that are accessed off of Hwy 152.  Take your time and enjoy this wonderful drive!!

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 7

Posted December 16, 2013

Animas Creek has the only stand of Arizona Sycamores east of the Continental Divide attracting southwestern riparian species such as Bridled Titmouse, Elf Owl, Brown Crested Flycatcher, Verdin, Cactus Wren and Acorn Woodpecker.  Exit 63 off of I-25 east to frontage road and turn left onto Hwy 187 heading north.  Look for paved road on left that heads west (marked by Animas Creek Nursery sign).  This is all private land and birding should be done on and along the road which runs about 5 miles with the potential to see some SE Arizona birds.

 

 

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 6

Posted December 14, 2013

Percha Dam State Park:  20 miles south of T or C on Hwy 187 or Exit 59 off I-25.  This park acts as a migrant trap along the Rio Grande and is considered to be the best birding site for land birds along the entire river.  The Park can be spectacular during migration "I've seen the trees dripping with warblers"...Jerry Oldenettel, avid birder and ABA member.  In early May look for Warblers, Buntings, Tanagers, Sparrows and Vermilion Flycatcher.  Mid April to mid May and late august through September are peak migration periods.  Spring and fall bring species such as White-Throated Swift, Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Savannah Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Black and White Warbler, American Redstart and Nashville Warbler just to name a few.  "The river is a lifeline for migrating and nesting birds, and the surrounding desert only concentrates the birds for us"...Art Arenholz, member ABA and Audubon Society.  A must see!!  

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 5

Posted December 13, 2013

Caballo Lake State Park: Exit 59 off of I-25 or 15 miles south of 

T or C along Hwy 187. Known as the best site for gulls in the state, the northern end of this lake offers water and short birding opportunities which are excellent in winter and during migration seasons of spring and fall. A nominal entrance fee is required and a spotting scope or boat will make this a rewarding stop. Look for Western and Clarks Grebes, Double-Crested and Neotropic Cormorants and White Pelicans. Check with the Visitor Center for a complete bird list. 575-743-3942

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