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History of Sierra County, Part 4

Posted November 18, 2012

Following the construction of the Elephant Butte Dam in 1916, the town of Hot Springs grew around the hot mineral springs area that had been used for centuries.  As knowledge of the waters' healing powers became more widely known, people journeyed here to take the mineral baths.  The town continued to grow as a health and spa resort.  A county-wide vote in 1936 moved the county seat from Hillsboro to Hot Springs.  In 1950, Hot Springs changed its name to Truth or Consequences as part of a publicity stunt for the Truth or Consequences radio show produced by Ralph Edwards.  With the increased popularity of Elephant Butte Lake, a state park was established in 1965.  The community of Elephant Butte grew along the Lake and was incorporated n 1998.  The city offers a wide variety of support services to thousands of recreational visitors annually.  This photo is circa 1920s of the Dam.

History of Sierra County, Part 3

Posted November 8, 2012

 

With the discovery of gold and silver in the mountains, the mining towns of Hillsboro, Kingston, Lake Valley, Chloride and Winston sprang up in Sierra County. Conflicts between the miners and the Native Americans resulted, the latter being
 subdued by the U.S. Army. With the Apache no longer in the area, cattle ranchers moved in to claim the available vast grazing lands. The mines declined around the turn of the century, but the mining and ranching communities remain as colorful small towns with active residents. Ranching and farming are still major industries in Sierra County.
Photo: With the discovery of gold and silver in the mountains, the mining towns of Hillsboro, Kingston, Lake Valley, Chloride and Winston sprang up in Sierra County.  Conflicts between the miners and the Native Americans resulted, the latter being subdued by the U.S. Army.  With the Apache no longer in the area, cattle ranchers moved in to claim the available vast grazing lands.  The mines declined around the turn of the century, but the mining and ranching communities remain as colorful small towns with active residents.  Ranching and farming are still major industries in Sierra County.

 

Veterans Day Weekend

Posted November 7, 2012

 

Be sure to check out the Veterans Car Show this Weekend at New Mexico State Veterans Home, downtown T or C....it's a wonderful way to spend the weekend leading into Veterans Day; Sunday be sure to attend the ceremonies! Always remember to thank a Veteran or current armed forces servicemen/women for their service!
Photo: Be sure to check out the Veterans Car Show this Weekend at New Mexico State Veterans Home, downtown T or C....it's a wonderful way to spend the weekend leading into Veterans Day; Sunday be sure to attend the ceremonies!  Always remember to thank a Veteran or current armed forces servicemen/women for their service!

 

What's Happening in Sierra County this Week

Posted November 5, 2012

 

SATURDAY: 11/10/2012Second Saturday Art Hop - November6-9pm, 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://www.torcmainstreet.org/events/monthly-events/art-hop


11/10/2012

T or C Trash Bash11am-8pm, Downtown Truth or Consequences, various locationsTBA's first annual Trash Bash celebrates fun and fanciful ways to reduce, reuse and recycle to minimize our trash. Highlights include a silent auction for locally made "recycled art", hands-on workshops to create treasures out of trash and an inspirational fashion show featuring repurposed items. "Bag It", an award-winning film that examines the impact of plastic bags, will be shown. A presentation & guided discussion will explore simple steps for protecting our environment.Cost: $5 donation.Contact: The Bountiful Alliance, Joey Perry, 575-894-9421, jpintorc@yahoo.com.


11/10/2012

10th 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/


11/10/2012

16th 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


11/10/2012 - 11/11/2012

Commodore's Cup10am-5pm, Elephant Butte LakeSailboat race/regatta. Please contact the sponsor for information.Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club, Jan Zink, 575-313-0392.


11/10/2012

Senior Center Arts & Crafts Show9am-2pm, Lee Belle Johnson Senior Recreation Center 301 Foch, Truth or ConsequencesContact SJOA for information.Contact: Sierra Joint Office on Aging, 575-894-6641.

11/10/2012   Bag It

 

11am-1pm, El Cortez Theater, 415 Main St, Truth or ConsequencesAmericans use 60,000 plastic bags every 5 minutes--single-use dispolable bags we mindlessly throw away. But where is "away?" Where do the bags & other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health? Bag It follows Jeb, an average American, as he asks simple questions: Are plastic bags really necessary? What are they made from? What happens after they are discarded? Jeb learns plastics permeate modern society, and tells us what can we do about it. Today.Cost: $5.00 donation .Contact: The Bountiful Alliance, Joey Perry, 575 894-9421.


11/10/2012

Upcycled Babywearing4pm-4:30pmJessica will teach parents of babies and toddlers how to safely carry their child using common household items. Babywearing allows the parent and child to bond while still allowing mom or dad to move freely and can be done using upcycled materials such as sheets, towels, blankets, tablecloths, shawls and scarves.Contact: Jessica Murphy, 575-635-1690, jessica.d.griffin@gmail.com.http://themommydialogues.com


11/10/2012

Murder Mystery Dinner6pm, VFW 1389, Hwy 195, Elephant ButteRoast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings. Mysteries of 6 person and 8 person available.Cost: donation; please call.Contact: VFW 1389, Elephant Butte, 575-744-5787.


SUNDAY


11/11/20122nd Sunday Poetry Reading1pm, Black Cat Books and Coffee, 128 Broadway, T or CRead or listen on the 2nd Sunday of every month.Cost: free.Contact: Black Cat Books and Coffee, Rhonda Brittan, 575-894-7070.


11/11/2012

Rising River String Band3-5pm, Hillsboro Community Center, Elenora Street, HillsboroTom Naples, Greg Renfro, and Jean Eisenhower of Silver City make up the Rising River String Band. They will sing Woody Guthrie songs and celebrate people's resilience during the Great Depression with little known ballads, blues, rags, and old-timey gospel from that time.Cost: $5 donation.Contact: Hillsboro Community Center, Max Yeh, 575-895-3300, maxyeh@windstream.net.http://www.sierracountyevents.com/flyer/RisingRiverPoster.pdf

 

History of Sierra County, Part 2

Posted November 4, 2012

For hundreds of years native Americans freely roamed Sierra County, hunting, fishing and gathering food.  They congregated at the hot mineral springs along the Rio Grande, bathing and socializing, and caring for their wounds and ailments.  In 1598, Juan de Onate moved northward through New Mexico establishing El Camino Real (the Royal Road) including the area known as Jornada del Muerto (Journey of the Dead Man).  This road was used until the advent of the railroad in the 1880s, following much the same pathway.  Onate's expedition brough Spanish settlers to the area who established farms along creeks and rivers.  They also built small villages throughout the area, including Monticello, Las Placitas, Cuchillo, and Las Palomas.

History of Sierra County

Posted November 3, 2012

Sierra County, New Mexico is a place of vast untouched landscapes - pure and unspoiled. It possesses the rare attributes of authenticity and affordability. Its vast open spaces are filled with biodiversity, its villages are rich in cultural history, blossoming with new enterprise and energy.
 

 

Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway

Posted October 29, 2012

Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway was formally designated by the State of New Mexico in 1995. It achieved National designation in 2005. It follows NM Hwy 187 south of Williamsburg to NM Hwy 152, then across the Black Range through Hillsboro and

Kingston to San Lorenzo. On this southern portion of the Byway, side trips include continuing on NM Hwy 187 south to Caballo, Arrey, and Derry, and taking NM Hwy 27 from Hillsboro to Lake Valley.

Flora of Sierra County, Part 2

Posted October 24, 2012

In Sierra County, each season brings a new quality to the land. Spring brings a display of ephemeral wildflowers rich in color and variety covering the landscape. Summer brings the monsoon season with its quenching downpours of rain. The
hills and mountains turn green with lush desert vegetation. Fall brings a golden glow to the trees and a crispness to the air. Whatever the season, whatever the climate, landscape or altitude, Sierra County offers an abundance of vegetation along with easy accessibility of nature's wonders. You'll love exploring and discovering the beauty of the land. Try your hand at painting and photographing native flora of sierra County. Each vista is a work of art!
Photo: In Sierra County, each season brings a new quality to the land.  Spring brings a display of ephemeral wildflowers rich in color and variety covering the landscape.  Summer brings the monsoon season with its quenching downpours of rain.  The hills and mountains turn green with lush desert vegetation.  Fall brings a golden glow to the trees and a crispness to the air.  Whatever the season, whatever the climate, landscape or altitude, Sierra County offers an abundance of vegetation along with easy accessibility of nature's wonders.  You'll love exploring and discovering the beauty of the land.  Try your hand at painting and photographing native flora of sierra County.  Each vista is a work of art!

 

Flora of Sierra County

Posted October 22, 2012

With its varied life zones or ecosystems the landscape and roadsides of Sierra County offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy the native flora of the Southwest. The riparian areas along the Rio Grande are heavily vegetated with cottonwood,
salt cedar, Russian olive and willow. In the grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert, creosote bush, sage, chaparral, mesquite, many types of cactus, agaves, yuccas and ocotillo are some of the more commonly seen plants. The woodlands and foothills in the western part of the county are dotted with pinon and juniper, characteristic of the flora at this altitude (5,000' - 7000'). Further west and higher in elevation (7,000' - 8500') are the coniferous forests of the Black Range Mountains. Ponderosa pine, alligator juniper, spruce and fir, and oak and aspen are plentiful in this rugged land. An altitude gain of over 6,000 feet within the county provides habitat for a wide variety of native plants to flourish.
Photo: With its varied life zones or ecosystems the landscape and roadsides of Sierra County offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy the native flora of the Southwest.  The riparian areas along the Rio Grande are heavily vegetated with cottonwood, salt cedar, Russian olive and willow.  In the grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert, creosote bush, sage, chaparral, mesquite, many types of cactus, agaves, yuccas and ocotillo are some of the more commonly seen plants.  The woodlands and foothills in the western part of the county are dotted with pinon and juniper, characteristic of the flora at this altitude (5,000' - 7000').  Further west and higher in elevation (7,000' - 8500') are the coniferous forests of the Black Range Mountains.  Ponderosa pine, alligator juniper, spruce and fir, and oak and aspen are plentiful in this rugged land.  An altitude gain of over 6,000 feet within the county provides habitat for a wide variety of native plants to flourish.

 

Birding in Sierra County..Part 5

Posted October 18, 2012

The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is less than 60 miles north of Truth or Consequences. One of the most heavily birded and photographed migratory bird refuges in the country, it is considered to be the crown jewel of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
 

 

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