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What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted July 5, 2013

Wow!!  This is 4th of July weekend is "wild and crazy" but the fun never stops in Sierra County.  Here's "What's Happenin'" next weekend:

7/13/2013 – 7/14/2013

Drag Boat Races

8:30am-1pm, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte Lake State Park



speed boatPay the standard park entrance fee to watch drag boats racing on the lake, or bring your own watercraft (doesn't have to be a drag boat) and get in on the action.



Contact: SWDBA, Rick Lindgren, 505-259-3876.





7/13/2013
American Bass Assoc. Fishing Tournament

6am-3:30pmMarina del SurElephant Butte Lake State Park 



Small Mouth Bass caught at Elephant Butte Lake 2013A one-day bass fishing tournament sponsored by the American Bass Association.



Park entrance fees apply. Contact: Bobby Brewster, 575-740-7320.











7/13/2013
Sierra County Farmers' Market - see 7/6/2013.

 

7/13/2013
Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences / Hot Springs Historic District



Art Hop logoDowntown galleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. July's special events include the opening of local artist Chantal Elena Mitchell's new show "In Bloom" at the Rio Bravogallery, and a "Christmas in July" celebration at Martha's gift shop, complete with a visit from Santa and live music by the T or C Community Chorus! 



Truth or Consequences MainStreet sponsors the event; check their Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for more information. Contact: promotions@torcmainstreet.org.



7/14/2013
Socorro Bass Club Fishing Tournament

6am-3pmMarina del SurElephant Butte Lake State Park 



fishA one-day bass fishing tournament sponsored by the Socorro Valley Bass Club. 



Park entrance fees apply. Contact: 575-835-1200.













 

 

Help Sierra County Cancer Assistance!

Posted June 9, 2013

Deucin' For A Cure6am-10pm, Either Rattlesnake Island or Lion's Beach, w/in the main area of Elephant Butte Lake State ParkFundraiser for cancer with live broadcast from KFOX 92.3. Events include a deuce pull and towing assistance to individuals stuck in the sand (donation requested), karaoke, lip sync and air guitar contest. Barbeque lunch w/ a DJ MCing activities and music. Grace the Psychic Lady will be doing readings. Pins and shirts will be available for donations. All donations for cancer research, etc.Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Sierra County Cancer Assoc., Tami Smith, 575-312-5415smithtami1@msn.com.http://sierracountyevents.com/flyer/DeucinForACure.pdf

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted June 3, 2013

6/7/2013The Automatics7-10pm, Grapes Gallery, 407 Main St., Downtown Truth or ConsequencesThe Automatics - a dynamic three-piece from Las Cruces play a show and a dance. Their sound is dominated by '70s rock and soul with occasional forays into '90s pop and originals. A good time is guaranteed.Cost: donations accepted.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, James Durham, 575-894-7008, gumbojames@aol.com.http://www.sierracountyart.org



 

6/8/2013Second Saturday Art Hop - June6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. See the DGDA website for info on opening exhibits and other special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.torcmainstreet.org/events/monthly-events/art-hop



 

6/8/2013WCC&D 30th Annual Fiestagrounds open at 9am, Winston Community Center, Winston, NM, just 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy 52Parade, BBQ Dinner, Craft Fair/Flea Market, Cow Chip Poker, Theme Raffle, games for kids of all ages, entertainment on the patio, and a Western Dance from 8pm-midnight.Cost: dance is $5, no admission otherwise.Contact: WCC&D Community Association, Renee or Jerry Large, 575-743-2081,rclarge2@gmail.com.



 

6/8/2013Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook Off11am-2pm; awards at 3pm, Elephant Butte State ParkRed or Green is the question of the day at the Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook Off, a charity event.Cost: $2 per cup.Contact: Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook Off, Brenda Nelson, 575-495-1311,bnelson.blackcanyon@gmail.com.



 

6/8/2013Healing Waters Trail Dedication Event2pm, Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main Street, Truth or ConsequencesGrand Opening Dedication Ceremony of the Healing Waters Trail!Cost: free.Contact: Jornada Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc, Merry Jo Fahl, 575-894-2212, districtmanager@sierrasoil.org.http://www.sierracountyevents.com/flyer/HWT_InvitationToDedication.pdf



 

6/8/2013The Cosmic Talent Expo N Concerto of TorC2pm-8pm, Lee Belle Johnson Senior Rec Center, 301 S. Foch, Truth or ConsequencesArt Hop Day! Support Talent in Sierra County! The Cosmic Talent Expo N Challenges is a day packed of talent. The Expo features exhibit, vendor and community tables from 2pm until 8pm. In addition, we have local artist,Steve Haynes who will be offering Caricature drawings for $5 each and an artist from Las Cruces, who will be selling her pottery. Check out the photo-op area to get a free photo. The stage will be set for Open-Mic from 2pm until 5pm. The Talent Challenge will start at 5pm.Cost: free.Contact: Cosmic Talent World, Cindy Bellelli, 575-740-2016, cindy@cosmictalent.com.http://www.cosmictalent.com/USA_Launch_Pads.html#Truth_or_Consequences_LPs



 

6/8/2013 - 6/9/2013SW Drag Boat Assoc. Races8:30am-1pm, Hot Springs Landing approx. 3 miles north of main entrance to Elephant Butte Lake State ParkDrag boats will compete for fastest times in a 1/4 mile.Cost: day use fee or annual required.Contact: SW Drag Boat Assoc, Rick Lindgren, 505-259-3876, swdba@hotmail.com.



 

6/8/2013Hot Springs Festival4-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesIn 1914 the town of Palomas Hot Springs formally changed its name to Hot Springs. To celebrate its history as a hot springs destination for almost 100 years, the City of Truth or Consequences holds a street fair-style block party featuring live music, vendors, historical displays, spa tours ($3), and an opportunity to dangle your toes in our famous hot mineral springs. Vendor forms are on the website.Cost: free.Contact: Truth or Consequences MainStreet, Adriana Wolf, director@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.torcmainstreet.org



 

6/8/2013Sierra County Farmers Market8:30 - 11:30 am, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside Dr between Cedar and BirchFresh fruits & vegetables in season. Eggs, when chickens are feeling generous, baked goods, & crafts - all grown or handmade in Sierra County. EBT and WIC accepted and use by all is encouraged. Live music most Saturdays. If interested in becoming a vendor or guest musician call Colleen @ 575-894-9375 for more information.Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market, Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375,colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.http://www.sierracountyfarmersmarket.org



 

6/8/2013Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day8am-8pm, All three marinas on Elephant Butte Lake - SierraCounty.info/marinas/At Marina del Sur - booths/vendors, boating demonstrations, games & prizes; at Rock Canyon Marina - paddleboard demonstrations; at Damsite Marina - fishing tournament.Cost: day use fee.Contact: Lago Rico, Inc., Kandace Dalrymple, 575-744-5567, Kandace@lagorico.com.http://www.nationalmarinaday.org



 

6/9/2013Socorro Bass Club Fishing Tournament6am-3pm, Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkOne-day bass fishing tournamentCost: park entrance fee.Contact: Socorro Bass Club, 575-835-1200.http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/elephantbuttelake/



 

6/9/2013Weekly mainstream square dance2 pm - 4:30 pm, Moose Lodge Dining Room, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or ConsequencesWeekly mainstream square dance open to the public. Come solo or as a couple. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue hasn't been temporarily changed. No charge to watch. There is a $3.00 per person charge to dance. We would be pleased to have you visit.Contact: Sierra Twirlers of Truth or Consequences, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.

 

 

Truth or Consequences

Posted May 31, 2013

The big holiday weekend is over and it is time to get back to the history of our area:

Truth or Consequences, population of about 6,475, is located on Interstate Highway 25 in the Rio Grande Valley some 150 miles south of Albuquerque and 75 miles north of Las Cruces.  Originally, the location was called Palomas Springs or Las Palomas after the  palomas (doves) which frequented the cottonwood trees along the river.  In 1914, the name marked by the local post office was changed to Hot Springs. (A village a few miles south is still called Las Palomas.)

Truth or Consequences -- "T or C" to most New Mexicans--lies just downstream from Elephant Butte Dam and the lake which makes the region an attraction to snowbirds, tourists and recreation seekers.  It is bracketed by the Fra Cristobal and Caballo ranges on the east and the Black Range on the west.  As county seat, T or C serves agricultural and ranching interests.

Before EuroAmerican settlers gave names to the location where T or C now stands, Native Americans bathed in the hot springs.  Evidence of their presence can be seen near Ralph Edwards Park in rock outcrops which bear deep mortars once used by Indian women for grinding seeds into flour.  Apaches were said to have used the springs for the curative powers.  T or C's Geronimo Springs Museum honors T or C's prehistoric past.

The first Spanish colonist in the area, Juan de Onate, passed through here in 1598.  Spanish-speaking people began to settle there by the middle of the 1800s.  After the Civil War, the U.S. government established forts and maintained troops in the region, trying to make it safe for miners, ranchers and farmers flooding into New Mexico Territory and facing frequent Apache raids.  The army forced several bands in the region, including the Warm Springs Apaches, onto reservations.

One of the most colorful characters was Lozen, (pictured below), an Apache woman said to have ridden as a warrior with her brother, Victorio, and later, with Geronimo himself.  According to accounts, she fell in love with a Confederate deserter who had been sheltered by the Apaches.  When a wagon train came along headed for California's gold fields, he left, breaking Lozen's heart..  She never married, devoting herself instead to using her unusual powers to sense danger and heal her people.

Our thanks to  "Sierra County" official 2012-2013 Visitors Guide for this information.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted May 31, 2013

6/1/2013Sierra County Farmers Market8:30 - 11:30 am, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside Dr between Cedar and BirchFresh fruits & vegetables in season. Eggs, when chickens are feeling generous, baked goods, & crafts - all grown or handmade in Sierra County. EBT and WIC accepted and use by all is encouraged. Live music most Saturdays. If interested in becoming a vendor or guest musician call Colleen @ 575-894-9375 for more information.Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market, Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375,colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.http://www.sierracountyfarmersmarket.org



 

6/1/2013Annual Race to the Elephant9am-2pm, Rock Canyon Marina to Elephant Butte near Damsite Marina, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkSailboat race on the lake.Cost: $5 day use permit.Contact: Lago Rico, Inc, Alan Brown, 575-744-4791, kandace@lagorico.com.



 

6/2/2013CARE Bible Oils ClassRegistration 9 am, La Paloma Hot Springs "Cottage", 311 Marr St., T or C, NM,This Bible oils class is good for CE's for massage therapists and bodyworkers. It is a wonderful introduction to the historical uses for healing oils. We will experience the most commonly used oils of Bible times. Those registering and paying for the class ($40) receive full class notes in class and Certificate of Attendance from CARE Headquarters afterward. Registration: 9 am, Intro to CARE at 9:30 AM. Bible Oils class begins at 10 AM - noon.Contact: Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE), Jeannie Nichols, 575-937-1420, jeanniesvoice@yahoo.com.http://www.raindroptraining.com/event.php?id=610



 

6/2/2013Weekly mainstream square dance2 pm - 4:30 pm, Moose Lodge Dining Room, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or ConsequencesWeekly mainstream square dance open to the public. Come solo or as a couple. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue hasn't been temporarily changed. No charge to watch. There is a $3.00 per person charge to dance. We would be pleased to have you visit.Contact: Sierra Twirlers of Truth or Consequences, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.



 

6/4/2013Relay For Life Meeting5:30-7:30pm, K-Bob's Steakhouse, 2260 N. Date,Truth or ConsequencesThe meeting from 5:30-6:30pm is for anyone interested in serving on a committee for the Relay For Life event. A meeting for team captains will follow from 6:30-7:30pm. The annual event will be held on September 21-22 this year.Contact: Relay For Life, Susan Haberkon, 575-740-3482, donsue@valornet.com.http://www.relayforlife.org/sierracountynm

 

6/5/2013Artist Reception for Pauline Raedeke2:00 pm, Sierra Vista Hospital Coffee Shop, 800 East Ninth Avenue, Truth or ConsequencesTruth or Consequences is most fortunate to have Pauline Raedeke as a member of our art community. Pauline has been painting since 1968 and is a member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society as well as a member -at-large of the National League of Pen Women, Inc. She also plays music for her church and teaches art classes in T or C. Please join us as we celebrate the Ms. Raedeke's healing art collection which will be on exhibit in the hospital's registration hallway.Cost: free; refreshments will be served.Contact: Sierra Vista Hospital, Sharon Finarelli, 575-743-1272, sharon.finarelli@svhnm.org.http://www.svhnm.org



 

6/7/2013The Automatics7-10pm, Grapes Gallery, 407 Main St., Downtown Truth or ConsequencesThe Automatics - a dynamic three-piece from Las Cruces play a show and a dance. Their sound is dominated by '70s rock and soul with occasional forays into '90s pop and originals. A good time is guaranteed.Cost: donations accepted.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, James Durham, 575-894-7008, gumbojames@aol.com.http://www.sierracountyart.org



 

6/8/2013Second Saturday Art Hop - June6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. See the DGDA website for info on opening exhibits and other special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.torcmainstreet.org/events/monthly-events/art-hop



 

6/8/2013WCC&D 30th Annual Fiestagrounds open at 9am, Winston Community Center, Winston, NM, just 35 miles west of Truth or Consequences via Hwy 52Parade, BBQ Dinner, Craft Fair/Flea Market, Cow Chip Poker, Theme Raffle, games for kids of all ages, entertainment on the patio, and a Western Dance from 8pm-midnight.Cost: dance is $5, no admission otherwise.Contact: WCC&D Community Association, Renee or Jerry Large, 575-743-2081,rclarge2@gmail.com.



 

6/8/2013Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook Off11am-2pm; awards at 3pm, Elephant Butte State ParkRed or Green is the question of the day at the Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook Off, a charity event.Cost: $2 per cup.Contact: Elephant Butte Chili Challenge Cook Off, Brenda Nelson, 575-495-1311,bnelson.blackcanyon@gmail.com.



 

6/8/2013Healing Waters Trail Dedication Event2pm, Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main Street, Truth or ConsequencesGrand Opening Dedication Ceremony of the Healing Waters Trail!Cost: free.Contact: Jornada Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc, Merry Jo Fahl, 575-894-2212, districtmanager@sierrasoil.org.http://www.sierracountyevents.com/flyer/HWT_InvitationToDedication.pdf



 

6/8/2013The Cosmic Talent Expo N Concerto of TorC2pm-8pm, Lee Belle Johnson Senior Rec Center, 301 S. Foch, Truth or ConsequencesArt Hop Day! Support Talent in Sierra County! The Cosmic Talent Expo N Challenges is a day packed of talent. The Expo features exhibit, vendor and community tables from 2pm until 8pm. In addition, we have local artist,Steve Haynes who will be offering Caricature drawings for $5 each and an artist from Las Cruces, who will be selling her pottery. Check out the photo-op area to get a free photo. The stage will be set for Open-Mic from 2pm until 5pm. The Talent Challenge will start at 5pm.Cost: free.Contact: Cosmic Talent World, Cindy Bellelli, 575-740-2016, cindy@cosmictalent.com.http://www.cosmictalent.com/USA_Launch_Pads.html#Truth_or_Consequences_LPs



 

6/8/2013 - 6/9/2013SW Drag Boat Assoc. Races8:30am-1pm, Hot Springs Landing approx. 3 miles north of main entrance to Elephant Butte Lake State ParkDrag boats will compete for fastest times in a 1/4 mile.Cost: day use fee or annual required.Contact: SW Drag Boat Assoc, Rick Lindgren, 505-259-3876, swdba@hotmail.com.



 

6/8/2013Hot Springs Festival4-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesIn 1914 the town of Palomas Hot Springs formally changed its name to Hot Springs. To celebrate its history as a hot springs destination for almost 100 years, the City of Truth or Consequences holds a street fair-style block party featuring live music, vendors, historical displays, spa tours ($3), and an opportunity to dangle your toes in our famous hot mineral springs. Vendor forms are on the website.Cost: free.Contact: Truth or Consequences MainStreet, Adriana Wolf, director@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.torcmainstreet.org



 

6/8/2013Sierra County Farmers Market8:30 - 11:30 am, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside Dr between Cedar and BirchFresh fruits & vegetables in season. Eggs, when chickens are feeling generous, baked goods, & crafts - all grown or handmade in Sierra County. EBT and WIC accepted and use by all is encouraged. Live music most Saturdays. If interested in becoming a vendor or guest musician call Colleen @ 575-894-9375 for more information.Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market, Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375,colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.http://www.sierracountyfarmersmarket.org



 

6/8/2013Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day8am-8pm, All three marinas on Elephant Butte Lake - SierraCounty.info/marinas/At Marina del Sur - booths/vendors, boating demonstrations, games & prizes; at Rock Canyon Marina - paddleboard demonstrations; at Damsite Marina - fishing tournament.Cost: day use fee.Contact: Lago Rico, Inc., Kandace Dalrymple, 575-744-5567, Kandace@lagorico.com.http://www.nationalmarinaday.org



 

6/9/2013Socorro Bass Club Fishing Tournament6am-3pm, Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkOne-day bass fishing tournamentCost: park entrance fee.Contact: Socorro Bass Club, 575-835-1200.http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/elephantbuttelake/



 

6/9/2013Weekly mainstream square dance2 pm - 4:30 pm, Moose Lodge Dining Room, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or ConsequencesWeekly mainstream square dance open to the public. Come solo or as a couple. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue hasn't been temporarily changed. No charge to watch. There is a $3.00 per person charge to dance. We would be pleased to have you visit.Contact: Sierra Twirlers of Truth or Consequences, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted May 24, 2013

5/29/2013Open Meeting for all interested in T or C Community Theatre6:00 p.m., Community Theatre Building, 311 North Foch St., Truth or ConsequencesIf you have an interest in Community Theatre, please come to our Open Meeting held the last Wednesday of each month. We welcome your comments, submissions, questions & ideas!Contact: T or C Community Theatre, Cathy Lacey, 575 894 6689,cathywithac1013@gmail.com.http://truthorconsequencescommunitytheatre.org/



 

5/31/2013 - 6/2/2013Jeannie's Weekend Retreat6:30 PM Fri. to 3 PM Sun, La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa, 311 Marr Street, Truth or ConsequencesWeekend Retreat. Soak, Raindrop & More! Jeannie Nichols Certified CARE (Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education) Instructor offers Raindrop technique(Retreat special $90). We will make smoothies, have an organic gardening talk and a nature walk is offered. A get-acquainted Pot Luck supper Friday, May 31 @ 6:30 PM. We will view The Living Matrix. La Paloma offers round the clock soaking. Book early for best choice of rooms. Book for this event and receive discount for 2 or more nites.Cost: love offering for our organic gardening speaker.Contact: Jeannie's La Paloma Weekend Retreat, Jeannie Nichols, 575 937 1420,jeanniesvoice@yahoo.com.http://www.lapalomasprings.com



 

5/31/2013Jazz Duo: Josh Breakstone-Guitar + Earl Sauls-Bass7pm, LeeBelle Johnson Center, 301 South Foch St., in historic downtown Truth or Consequences, New MexicoJoshua Breakstone - Guitar: "Fire in velvet. A fitting description of Joshua Breakstone's jazz guitar," wrote Paul Weidman in The Sante Fe New Mexican. "His flowing lines on up-tempo cookers are impeccably clean and fiery, bearing the mark of a first-rate improviser, while his chordal work on heartbreaker ballads is the final word in finesse," has raved Guitar Player magazine. Japan's Jazz Hihyo (Jazz Critique) recognizes that "The style in which Joshua develops his fluid single-note solos used to be thought of as the Grant Green school, but now this man leads the school." Downbeat also has written that "There is no shortage of knock-out jazz guitarists about us these days. And Joshua Breakstone is among the best of them." . . . Earl Sauls - Acoustic bass: Earl Sauls has been a professional musician for over thirty five years and has played with some of the all-time jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Howard McGhee, Woody Herman, Pepper Adams, Chuck Wayne and many more. He is also featured on recordings by Joshua Breakstone, Peter Prisco and others. Earl currently freelances in the New York / New Jersey area.Cost: FREE! Donations Appreciated.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, sophia peron, 5758940528, jazzinn.peron@gmail.com.http://sierracountyart.org



 

6/1/2013Sierra County Farmers Market8:30 - 11:30 am, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside Dr between Cedar and BirchFresh fruits & vegetables in season. Eggs, when chickens are feeling generous, baked goods, & crafts - all grown or handmade in Sierra County. EBT and WIC accepted and use by all is encouraged. Live music most Saturdays. If interested in becoming a vendor or guest musician call Colleen @ 575-894-9375 for more information.Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market, Colleen Davis, 575-894-9375,colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org.http://www.sierracountyfarmersmarket.org



 

6/1/2013Annual Race to the Elephant9am-2pm, Rock Canyon Marina to Elephant Butte near Damsite Marina, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkSailboat race on the lake.Cost: $5 day use permit.Contact: Lago Rico, Inc, Alan Brown, 575-744-4791, kandace@lagorico.com.



 

6/2/2013CARE Bible Oils ClassRegistration 9 am, La Paloma Hot Springs "Cottage", 311 Marr St., T or C, NM,This Bible oils class is good for CE's for massage therapists and bodyworkers. It is a wonderful introduction to the historical uses for healing oils. We will experience the most commonly used oils of Bible times. Those registering and paying for the class ($40) receive full class notes in class and Certificate of Attendance from CARE Headquarters afterward. Registration: 9 am, Intro to CARE at 9:30 AM. Bible Oils class begins at 10 AM - noon.Contact: Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE), Jeannie Nichols, 575-937-1420, jeanniesvoice@yahoo.com.http://www.raindroptraining.com/event.php?id=610



 

6/2/2013Weekly mainstream square dance2 pm - 4:30 pm, Moose Lodge Dining Room, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or ConsequencesWeekly mainstream square dance open to the public. Come solo or as a couple. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue hasn't been temporarily changed. No charge to watch. There is a $3.00 per person charge to dance. We would be pleased to have you visit.Contact: Sierra Twirlers of Truth or Consequences, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted May 17, 2013

5/22/2013 - 5/25/2013 Celebration of Gourds Festival and Gourd Art Classes 9:30am & 4pm, Hispanic Arts Bldg., Expo NM Fairgrounds, 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque
Join us for the NM Gourd Society's Celebration of Gourds Festival and Art Classes. Take a class - meet our artists! Learn new techniques from our artists like: D.R. Nance, Dominic Arquero, and Sue Brogdon. Our very own renowned Sierra County artist, Steph Ross, will be there with her amazing gourds!! We have vendors, beads, inks, jewelry findings, dried gourds, an art competition, raffles, plus a scavenger hunt for the kids. Admission is free. To enroll in classes or more info visit our web site. Contact: New Mexico Gourd Society, 505-891-8925, nmgscog@aol.com. http://www.newmexicogourdsociety.org
5/25/2013 Fly Freedom's Flag Boat Parade 10am, Dam Site Marina, Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake State Park
The event begins at 10am with a POW/MIA service at Dam Site Restaurant Patio. Decorated boats meet at Dam Site to start the boat parade at noon. At 12:30 the boats pass by the main boat ramp for wreath toss and playing of taps. All are invited to decorate their boats, rvs or campsites and join the parade honoring those who've served in the military. Cost: free. Contact: Lago Rico, Inc., Kandace Dalrymple, 575-744-5567, kandace@lagorico.com. http://www.thedamsite.com
5/25/2013 Sierra County Farmers Market Opening Weekend 8:30-11am, Ralph Edwards Park, Cedar @ Riverside, Truth or Consequences
Sierra County's official start of summer! Fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, and crafts are all available, complete with live music accompaniment! All products sold are locally grown and/or made in Sierra County. EBT and Debit cards are accepted and there's plenty of free parking. See the Farmers' Market website for more information and late-breaking news. Cost: free admission. Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market, Colleen Davis Davis, 575-894-9375, colleen@sierracountyfarmersmarket.org. http://www.sierracountyfarmersmarket.org
5/25/2013 Memorial Weekend Gathering 10am, Veterans Memorial Park, 996 South Broadway Street, Truth Or Consequences
Memorial Day Weekend begins at 10am on Saturday, May 25 at Veterans Memorial Park. A short program will be conducted by the talented Sam Parker of the VFW post in Williamsburg. The ROTC Color Guard will be students of Hot Springs High School. Afterward, visitors can tour the famous Hamilton Military Museum and a replica of the Veterans Wall + a stroll along the Walk of Education. Have a tailgate picnic to share. Bring friends. Contact: Sierra Saints USA, Richard J. Fields, 575-740-6681, VeteransHeadquarters@gmail.com. http://torcveteransmemorial.com/

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted May 11, 2013

5/18/2013  Sailboat Regatta 11am-4pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Sailboat regatta on the lake! Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club, Richard Alexander, 970-946-9118, rlalex@aol.com.http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/elephantbuttelake/

5/18/2013 - 5/19/2013 Duke City Bass Bums Tournament  6am-1pm, Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Bass fishing tournament on the lake. Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Duke City Bass Bums, Gary Thomas, 505-353-1610, not2busy2fish@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/elephantbuttelake/

5/18/2013 - 5/19/2013 Catch & Release Bass Tournament 6am-3pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park/ Marina del Sur

Bass fishing tournament/ Catch and release. Weigh-ins at 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday on the south side boat ramp. Cost: day use fee or annual required.Contact: Duke City Bass Bums, Gary Thomas, 505-353-1610, not2busy2fish@gmail.com.

5/19/2013 Weekly mainstream square dance2 pm - 4:30 pm, Moose Lodge Dining Room, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or Consequences

Weekly mainstream square dance open to the public. Come solo or as a couple. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue hasn't been temporarily changed. No charge to watch. There is a $3.00 per person charge to dance. We would be pleased to have you visit.Contact: Sierra Twirlers of Truth or Consequences, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971, randcintennessee@msn.com.

 

 

Sierra County 1935 to Current Day

Posted May 3, 2013

The year 1935 also marks another highlight for Sierra County.  That year, Governor Clyde Tingley pledged nearly $200,000 for a children's hospital, at a time when the state didn't have a dime to spare.  His creative finances made it possible to construct a medical facility in Hot Springs that served the needs of hundreds of children afflicted with polio.  The hospital was relocated to Albuquerque in 1981 to serve a larger patient community.

When TV star Ralph Edwards, host of the popular radio show Truth or Consequence announced in 1950 he would broadcast his show from any town that would change its name for a day, Hot Springs jumped at the chance and changed its name to Truth or Consequences.  Then residents decided they liked the name and kept it.  Over the years there have been several attempts to change back to Hot Springs.  Each attempt has been voted down.  T or C had a long-standing relationship with Edwards for years after, holding an annual fiesta visited by many of Edward's celebrity friends and included the crowning a fiesta queen.

Like much of a sparsely populated New Mexico, modern Sierra County has been known for its ranching and there is some current interest in resuming mining.  Beyond that, the county is known for its outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities.  And soon the county will be able to make another claim:  with the advent of spaceflight operations at Spaceport America, Sierra County will become the launching point of the nation's commercial spaceflight industry.  But then that will be the "history" of Sierra County's future.



 

Sierra County: The First 27 Years

Posted April 26, 2013

In 1911, Sierra County underwent another important change.  Engineers began building the Elephant Butte Dam across the Rio Grande near Hot Springs, creating a reservoir of immeasurable value to desert dwellers.  Dedicated in 1916, the dam impounded 2.6 million acre feet - enough water to cover the entire county to a depth of one foot.

Hillsboro had outlived the rampages of rustlers and criminals.  It survived the decline of mining and loss of commerce.  It even rebuilt after devastating floods, but it could not endure changing political winds.

In 1935, the Board of County Commissions determined to move the county seat to Hot Springs.  Hillsboro's leaders fought fiercely in court for three years.  In the end they lost and, in 1938, the county seat was moved.  The photo is of Hot Springs in 1938.

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