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Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 1, 2012

Elephant Butte Lake State Park is New Mexico's largest and most visited state park.  The park offers a large variety of water sports including waterskiing, powerboating, sailboating, canoeing, personal watercrafting, windsurfing, swimming and scuba diving.  Fishing is an ever-popular year-round activity with anglers catching striped bass, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth and white bass, catfish, crappie, carp and bluegills.  The lake hosts many summer bass tournaments and a big fall carp roundup, attracting thousands of anglers.  Three full-service marinas on the lake offer dock space, fuel and other supplies and boat and personal watercraft rentals.  Several boat ramps within the state park provide easy access to the water.  Private guide services and experienced boat and motor repair services are available locally.  As most people have heard, the level of the water is down but it is still the state's largest lake!!

Elephant Days is Back!!

Posted August 31, 2012

9/7/2012 - 9/9/2012
Elephant Days - the City of Elephant Butte's Annual Celebration
Mostly on Water Street across from City Hall in Elephant Butte

Events kick off Friday afternoon with a quilt show opening at 2pm, followed by the official opening of the event at 4. Saturday's slate includes live music, a 10am parade, "Show and Shine" car and motorcycle show/judging, and thrilling motocross acrobatics displays by the Brigade FMX team from 3-7pm. The fun continues on Sunday with music from On Call, more motorcycle acrobatics and closing ceremonies. The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta is happening right next door at the state park, so arrive early to catch the ascent or descent (see below for details).

Balloon glows are also planned for Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting.  See the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce website for more info. Most events are free; park entry fees apply to get close to the Balloon Regatta. Contact: Mel Tepper, 575-744-4411 or 224-402-2044.

9/8/2012 - 9/9/2012
32nd Annual Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta
6-10am, Lions Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park (enter through the main gate)

Registration for pilots & skippers (bring proof of insurance and log books) is usually on Friday evening, followed by a reception for pilots, skippers, and sponsors. Events for spectators include Saturday & Sunday daily balloon ascension and the balloon-boat relay race. Skippers meetings are set at 6am Friday and Saturday, with lift-off at daylight. Balloon glows are planned for Friday and Saturday nights in conjunction with Elephant Days (see above). Standard park entrance fees apply. Contact: Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta, Al Lowenstein, 505-821-8558.

C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament
7am-12pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

This fishing tournament began in 1991 and unites volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors. Spectators must pay park entrance fee. Free for participants. Contact: C.A.S.T. for Kids, Chris Bolen, 575-744-5923 or 575-744-5998.

9/8/2012 - 9/9/2012
Drag Boat Races
8am-4pm, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Pay the standard park entrance fee to watch drag boats racing on the lake.

Contact: SWDBA, Ray Vickers, 575-740-0004.


Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted August 30, 2012

Photo: Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit
Geronimo Springs Museum opened in 1972.  Highlights include mammoth and mastodon skulls, Native American pottery of Mimbres, Tularosa and Hohokam, and the Ralph Edwards Room.  Featured are photographs and memorabilia of Ralph Edwards and his radio show telling the story of how Truth or Consequences got its name.
211 Main Street, T or C
Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, Noon - 5pm
Adults $5.00  Ages 6-18: $2.50
Handicapped accessible


Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted August 28, 2012

Hot Springs Historic District: 

There are currently 10 bathhouses in downtown T or C, each one unique!  Most are restored in a quaint colorful style.  Some offer tiled tubs which are refilled for each bath, others have natural pebble-bottom pools through which the hot mineral water constantly flows.  Try them and find your favorite!!  For info on all ten, go to: http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/truth-or-consequences-hot-springs/...

Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted August 27, 2012

Veterans Memorial Park & Museum. Located at 996 S. Broadway, next to NM State Veterans' Home...open daily..free.

You could spend a full day in this great museum. The focal point is a circular grouping of 9 flags. The U.S. flag stands in the center with the NM flag and flags representing each of the U.S. armed forces encircling it. Here is the link to their website: http://torcveteransmemorial.com/

Sierra County: A great place to visit

Posted August 27, 2012

I want to start something new on our Blog. I am going to tell you about all the great places and businesses in Sierra County and what makes this area thrive. I hope to get your comments and thoughts!!

An Interesting Fact about New Mexico

Posted August 26, 2012

The Rio Grande, New Mexico's longest river, runs through the entire length of the state.

Interesting Facts About New Mexico

Posted August 25, 2012

The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe is the oldest government building in the nation. The Spanish built it as part of a fortress during the winter of 1609-1610. In 1909, it was converted to the Palace of the Governors History Museum which houses exhibits on Spanish, Mexican, and American colonization dating back to the late 1500’s.

Travlin' Jack...We Love You!!

Posted August 9, 2012

What about those dogs on the road!  What to do when you have a dirty pooch in the car?  Well....I made one dog-DANDY discovery on a recent trip to Elephant Butte.   
We checked into the pet-friendly Elephant Butte Inn for our visit to the area....where I checked out the grounds up, down...and all around! PRETTY snazzy place!  Got  my vote for a great place to stay for sure!
One of my favorite things...this from my pup-spective!....A grand veranda that faced the lake...and lots of walking (and sitting too) areas for a dog to explore.  I do like that they put the rules up so that everyone can see what a dog's to do (and not too!). That way I can be sure to be a Great Ambassa-dog while I am visiting! Thanks Elephant Butte Inn!  We dogs appreciate your dog-hospitality! 
But back to the subject....clean dogs, right? Right!  This town is known for the fabulous Elephant Butte Lake State Park...where dogs can get pretty down and dirty with all the fun things to do in the water and on hikes in the area. But WHOA doggies....what does Elephant Butte RV Resort offer? (BTW they are right across the street from the Inn and a sister property for those RVin' dogs and peoples!) 
I heard through the bark-vine that they have something special over there!


bow this I gotta check out! 
So I got Nathan...grand Pooh-bah of the Inn (I think that's his title!) to take me in to check out this state-of-the-art pooch spa.  It's the Do-It-Yourself kind....pretty handy for RVers, Inn-visitors and even locals!  NICE!
So here it is...in full color...and suds too!  Nathan just dropped some coins into this machine...dialed away 7 different options for a shampoo...
...everything from your favorite scented shampoo to conditioner..why they even have SKUNK REMOVER for the poor pooch who encounters MR. STINKY on the trail! 
And then with the Magic Wand, Nathan gives me the 7-step clean up! 
Now this is a pretty snazzy Dog Wash.....I'm sure dog-pressed! 
Thanks Nathan.  Now if I'm a good dog during the shampoo, do I get a treat? 
You mean there's even a dog-treat station right in the Doggie Wash! 
Now THAT's what I call the whole kit-and-kaboodle...or the cat's meow....or somethin' like that!  Now I have seen it all!
So you see it's easy and important to keep a dog clean..whether he's at home
.....or on the road.
And with places like Groomingdale's Pet Spa at home...and Elephant Butte Inn on the road....this is one clean dog....why I'm SO clean...I'm ready to hit the runway for a style show

Till next time here's my dog-vice for the day!
Keep your pup clean and happy...and everyone will be a High-Stylin' Pup like me, Travelin Jack!




Ivory Tusk Restaurant Radio Ad

Posted August 8, 2012

Listen to our recent radio ad for the Ivory Tusk Restaurant and Tavern!


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