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What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted November 7, 2013

11/9/2013 Saturday11th Annual Run for the Wall9am-4:30pm, Veterans Memorial Park, 996 S. Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesCome support the Truth or Consequences Veterans' Memorial Park & Museum during this fun and festive event, which includes vendors, games, a car show, food, music, the tug-of-war Tug-off, a Bike Run and Rodeo - a guaranteed good time! Tug-a-war is at 3pm.Cost: free.Contact: Veterans Memorial Park, Bobby Allen, 575-740-7111.http://www.torcveteransmemorial.com/


11/9/201317th Annual Veterans' Day Car Show9am-3pm, New Mexico State Veterans Home, 992 South Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesTrophy Plaques and Dash Plaques will be awarded for People's Choice and Judge's Picks. Judging starts @ 11:30 / door prizes begin @ 1:00 PM / awards start @ 2:00 PM. Vehicle Entry Fee: $30. Concession Stand on Site. Swap Meet Area Available! (10' x 10' space $25.00) Free for spectators - hosted by New Mexico State Veterans Home.Contact: New Mexico State Veterans' home, Sam Shannon, 575-894-4222,sam.shannon@state.nm.us.http://www.nmstateveteranshome.org


11/9/2013Hot Springs High School Student Art Show6-9pm, Geronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main Street, Truth or ConsequencesPlease join us for the opening of the Hot Springs High School Student Artists. The show will highlight exceptional student artwork including original drawings, paintings, and designs. Art on display and for sale November 9 - December 1, 2013. Free admission to the Geronimo Springs Museum during this opening. For further information call the museum at 575-894-6600.Contact: Hot Springs High School, Vicki Evans, 575-894-8350, vevans@torcschools.net.http://torcschools.hshs.schooldesk.net/TeachingStaff/EvansVicki/tabid/15303/Default.aspx


11/9/2013 - 11/10/2013Bass Fishing TournamentElephant Butte LakeCatch & release bass tournament; weigh-in on south side of Marina del Sur boat ramp. Safe light-3pm Sat, 1pm Sun.Cost: $5 day use fee.Contact: Duke City Bass Bums, Gary Thomas, 505-353-1610, not2busy2fish@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountynewmexico.info/elephant-butte-lake/


11/9/2013Holiday Craft Boutique11am-6pm Craft Boutique, The Club Restaurant's Rio Bravo Room at Turtleback Mountain Resort, 101 Clubhouse Rd, Elephant ButtHoliday Craft Boutique featuring local artisans (open to public).Contact: The Club Restaurant at Turtleback Mountain Resort`, Tammie Ohrman, 575-744-7107, tammie@turtlebackmountain.com.http://www.turtlebackmountainresort.com


New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association Saturday Night Playhouse Dance7-9pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, 7th at Elm, Truth or ConsequencesLive 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 the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association State Fiddle Championship Contest the 1st weekend in October.Cost: donations greatly appreciated!.Contact: New Mexico Old Time Fiddler's Association, Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4125,nmofta@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com


11/10/2013 SundayDamsite Car Show8am-4pm, Damsite Parking Lot, 77 B Engle Star Route, Elephant ButteNo charge to enter for a chance to win Shell gas cards for $100, $50 and $25. Come on out and enter your car. Enjoy the sites and the friendly staff at the Damsite!Contact: Damsite, Karen Fessenden, 575-894-0000, damsite@hotmail.com.http://DamsiteRecreationalArea.com


11/11/2013 MondayVeterans' Day Celebration10am, New Mexico State Veterans' Home, 992 S Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesPlease join us as we celebrate and honor VETERANS’ DAY. There will be speakers, a 21 gun salute, fly over by local pilots, music and a BBQ Lunch. Coffee and pastries will be served in the lobby beginning at 9am prior to the start of the program. The event is free to all and the cost of lunch is only $5.00 per person. Lunch will include BBQ sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, cake and a beverage.Contact: New Mexico State Veterans' Home, Carol Wilson, 575-894-4200,carol.wilson@state.nm.us .http://NMStateVeteransHome.org

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted October 11, 2013

10/19/2013  SaturdayDesert Diamond Casino Night6:30-11:00pm, Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Hwy 195, Elephant ButteJoin us for an evening of fun at the 9th Annual "Desert Diamond Casino Night" This is a fundraiser for the activities of the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. There will be great prizes & games galore! Roulette, Craps, Poker, Black Jack & more! Play is by donation only. Cash bar with drink specials all night.Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, Kim Skinner, 575-744-4708,info@elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com.http://www.elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com


10/19/20135K Walk Fundraiser9am, Veterans Memorial Park, 996 S Broadway, Truth or ConsequencesThe Sierra Health Council is hosting a fundraiser walk to benefit SHC Community Training Collaborative. Thanks to donations from Bullocks, Coordinated Home Health Care, and Sierra Water and Soil Conservation District participants will receive a free t-shirt and refreshments.Cost: $10 donation.Contact: Sierra Health Council, Laura McDonald, 5107981071,sierrahealthcouncil@gmail.com.http://www.sierrrahealthcouncil.com

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted September 20, 2013


Saturday,September 28th:  Free Fishing Day...all day, at fishing sites throughout NM.   Anglers of all ages - residents & non-residents- can fish without a license, stamp or validation.  All other fishing rules apply.  Cost is free.  For more information, call 505-476-8095 

9/28 - 9/29..Triathlon..see our homepage


What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted September 15, 2013

9/21/2013Fashion, Fun and Food at January's2pm, January's, Broadway, downtown T or CJanuary is having a fund raiser for Sierra County Cancer Assistance. Come and have a great afternoon with your friends. A donation of $20 will get you a ticket. There will only be 50 tickets available and can be purchased at January's. Support your local charity where all donations go to work in Sierra County.Contact: Sierra County Cancer Assistance, Steph Ross, 575-740-3971, srfoxie@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountycancerassistance.org/fund-raising-events/

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted September 6, 2013


This weekend is full with Elephant Days..here's "What's Happenin'" next weekend:


9/13/2013Brian Haas & David Wayne - Jazz at the Lee Belle Johnson Center7:30 pm, The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center, 301 S. Foch St., Downtown T or CThe Sierra County Arts Council Concert Series is proud to present Jazz at the Lee Belle Johnson Center on Friday, September 13 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Brian Haas and David Wayne present an evening of piano, keyboard and percussion duets. Brian is from LA where he leads his own trio and performs with acclaimed The Dead Kenny G's. Featured music will be from his upcoming duet CD with LA's 1st call drummer Matt Chamberlain. Tao's David Wayne will be playing drums, percussion and some keyboards.Cost: donations accepted.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, James Durham, 575-894-7008, gumbojames@aol.com.http://www.sierracountyart.org


9/14/2013Second Saturday Art Hop - September6-9pm, 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/


9/14/2013 - 10/27/2013Land as Spirit6:00-9pm, RioBravoFineArt, Inc. 110 N. Broadway Truth or ConsequencesThere is a palpable, vibratory energy in the New Mexico landscape thatI have not experienced in quite the same way in any other place where I have lived or traveled to. In the south at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge on the Rio Grande River and in the north in the Pecos Wilderness of mountains and valleys bisected by the Pecos River, it feels as if all of Nature is in constant movement expressing its joy at being alive. Each location has its own identity and beauty.Contact: RioBravoFineArt, Eduardo Alicea, 575-894-0572, riobravofa@gmail.com.http://www.riobravofineart.net

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted August 31, 2013

 Friday through Sunday, September 6 - 8  
Elephant Days - Adventures!
2pm Friday through 2pm SundayElephant Butte

Events kick off Friday afternoon when the arts & crafts show opens a day early at 2pm. Saturday's slate includes live music, a 10amparade, rock crawls and thrilling motocross acrobatics displays by the Brigade FMX team from 11am-5pm. 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). A balloon glow is planned for Saturday night, 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,meltepper@valornet.com.

Elephant Days - Adventures!

  Saturday & Sunday, September 7 - 8  
33rd Annual Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta
6-10am, Lions Beach, Elephant Butte Lake State Park (enter through the main gate)

Events for spectators include Saturday and Sunday daily balloon ascension and, weather allowing, balloon glows in the evenings in conjunction with Elephant Days (see above). Standard park entrance fees apply. Contact: Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta505-821-8558

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

  Saturday, September 7  
C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament
7am-12pmElephant 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. Free for participants; spectators must pay the standard park entrance fee. Contact: C.A.S.T. for Kids, Chris Bolen, 575-744-5923 or 575-744-5998

C.A.S.T. For Kids

  Saturday, September 7  
NM Old Time Fiddlers Saturday Night Dance
7pm, NMOTFA Playhouse, 710 Elm,Truth or Consequences

Everyone's invited to dances at the Playhouse, where the New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association keeps fiddle music alive! Performers include Stan Williams, Wes Burrus and Berry Cox on fiddle, John Tate on guitar, Helen Tate on drums, Larry Nelson on bass, and Snooky Keller on piano. The all-ages fun includes dancing, a door prize, and refreshments. Wheelchair accessible; alcohol and smoking not allowed on the premises. Donations are appreciated. Contact: Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4071,nmofta@hotmail.com.

Old Time Fiddlers

  Sunday, September 8  
2nd Sunday Poetry Reading
1pm, Black Cat Books and Coffee, 128 Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Monthly poetry readings return from summer vacation! Read or listen on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Free. Contact: Rhonda Brittan, 575-894-7070

Black Cat Poets


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.

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.

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


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.

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.


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