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Biking in Sierra County

Posted October 11, 2012

There are many miles of rural two lane blacktop roads in Sierra County.  Many of these are easy rides where the climbs are easy to moderate and the traffic is usually light to very light.  There are no paved shoulders in Sierra County with the exception of I-25 (in New Mexico riding on the shoulder is permitted except through large cities).  In general, drivers are considerate but keep your ears open!  Watch for cattle guards and take a helmet, drinking water and spare tubes.

Hiking in Sierra County

Posted October 7, 2012

Choose from a multitude of hiking trails and landscapes throughout the county.  Wide open spaces offer unlimited hiking experiences ranging from short nature trails at the 3 state parks to day-long hikes along mountain ridges.  One of the most well-known trails is the ascent to the top of Turtleback Mountain.  The difficulty level ranges from moderate to difficult.  The trail climbs to the ridge and continues all the way to the tip top of the mountain.  The view is spectacular!  Round trip is 7 miles, 3 - 5 hours.   There are excellent trails in the Gila wilderness of the Black Range Mountains.  The Emory Pass trail runs along the ridge of the Black Range Mountains.  Park at the Emory Pass Vista and take the trail north or south.  Northward the trail leads to Hillsboro Peak at over 10,000 ft.  Views are absolutely breathtaking!!  Remember to take plenty of drinking water, snacks and adequate clothing and hiking gear.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted October 4, 2012

Saturday October 6, 2012

Blessing of the Animals 2pm, Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or Consequences

Fr Thomas Rowland will preform a blessing of the animals. All faiths welcome. Dogs should be leashed, small animals crated. No aggressive animals or females in heat. Cost: free.Contact: Companion Animal Action Team (CAAT), Diane Lombardo, 575-740-5282, cozddi@aol.com.

Sunday October 7, 2012

Hot Springs Festival 2-8pm, Downtown Truth or Consequences

In 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, MainStreet Truth or Consequences, and the Historic Hot Springs District hosts a street fair-style block party featuring live music, vendors, a spa poker run, and an opportunity to dangle your toes in our famous hot mineral springs. Musical entertainment for 2012 includes "24/7" from 2-3:30pm and The Yarborough Band from 4-8. Cost: most events are free.Contact: manager@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.hotspringsfestival.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pancho Villa: Jaguar in Flames, a talk by W. Michael Farmer 7pm, Hillsboro Community Center, 158 Elenora St. Hillsboro

Farmer’s talk is based on research for his novel, "Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: The Betrayals of Pancho Villa," which tells the story of events in Mexico and the US that led to Villa’s 1916 attack on Columbus, NM, and the subsequent pursuit by General Pershing. The Columbus raid has been called the first 20th century terrorist attack on the US and has a number of lessons for our own time. Farmer is the author of three previous novels, "Hombrecito's War," "Hombrecito’s Search," and "Conspiracy."Contact: Hillsboro Community Center, Garland Bills, 505-228-2064, gbills@unm.edu.http://www.sierracountyevents.com/flyer/Betrayals-of-Pancho-Villa.pdf

October 11 -14, 2012

Sierra County Fair 9am-8pm, Sierra County Fairgrounds, south Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups and fun. Cost: free for spectators.Contact: Sierra County Extension Service, 575-894-2375.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Black and White Bazaar 7-10pm, RioBravoFineArt's Ice House, 110 Broadway, T or C

Come enjoy yourself at our fall bash, Black and White Bazaar. Wear black and white costumes and dance to the music of El Paso band, Twisted Hams. Enjoy your favorite local foods and drinks. Entertainment includes a costume contest, vendor tables, silent auction all in the open air environment of the Ice House. Exotic lighting included! Cost: $10.Contact: Sierra County Arts Council, Rebecca Speakes, 894-0615, scacnewmexico@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountyart.org

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Second Saturday Art Hop - October6-9pm, Downtown Truth or Consequences

Galleries, 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

Saturday, October 13, 2012

3rd Fall Series Race 10am-5pm, Elephant Butte LakeSailboat race/regatta. Please contact the sponsor for information.Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club, Jan Zink, 575-313-0392.

Saturday, October 13, 2012 and Sunday, October 14, 2012

Annual Autumn Simply Silk Workshop 9am-3pm each day, Grasshopper Silk Art Studio, 509 Bass Road, Hot Springs Landing, Elephant Butte

This workshop is a great way for any creative soul to learn how to tap into that creative energy. No artistic background is necessary. The techniques you will learn give everyone the opportunity to be successful, from the novice to the experienced silk painter. Silk painting is a very “fun and freeing” art. With just the basic skills, the creative possibilities are endless. You will be introduced to the different techniques used to stretch the silk in preparation to paint, the various types of silk and different techniques used to apply dyes, gutta, presist, soy wax, etc. Then you will learn how to set the dyes using a dye set or steaming your items. The artist will share her secrets to help you achieve beautiful results that are fun and stress free. Silk painting can be as simple and easy as just playing with color, or as complex as any fine art museum piece. So let’s start with simple and easy, create a beautiful piece of wearable art for yourself or to give as a gift. At the same time we will open the door to endless possibilities and have such fun along the way! Cost: $250.Contact: Grasshopper Silk, Sandra Hopper, 575-740-4958, ant@grasshoppersilk.com.http://www.grasshoppersilk.com

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Sunday Poetry Reading 1pm, 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.

Friday, October 19, 2012
Senior Information Fair 1:00pm-3:00pm, Ken James Senior Center Meal Site, 360 Fourth Avenue, Truth or Consequences

Sierra Joint Office on Aging, Sierra Vista Hospital and Sierra Healthcare Center have joined forces to bring you the best in Senior Information. Come for lunch (be sure to RSVP for lunch) then stay to take a look at the booths in the senior information fair. Its a great way to find out what Sierra County has to offer our seniors. Cost: free and open to the public.Contact: SJOA/SVH/SHC, Sharon Finarelli, 743-1272, sharon.finarelli@svhnm.org.http://www.svhnm.org

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Desert Diamond Casino Night 6:30-11pm, Elephant Butte Inn, 401 Hwy 195, Elephant Butte

Join us for an evening of fun at the 8th Annual "Desert Diamond Casino Night," 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. Cost: Donation Only.Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, (575) 744-4708, info@elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sierra County Cancer Assistance, Walk In The Park 9am to 3pm, Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or ConsequencesSCCA is having a fund raising walk to honor survivors, caregivers, and those we have lost to Cancer. The cost is a $5 donation to walk in the park and support SCCA. We are a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit organization, and all funds raised stay within Sierra County. There will be a Raffle, Music, and Food. This year we have an exciting walk planned either around the park or a route we have developed through our downtown. Find out more, or join a team. Contact Steph for more information and a walk packet.Contact: Sierra County Cancer Assistance Inc., Steph Ross, 575-740-3971, srfoxie@gmail.com.http://www.sierracountycancerassistance.org/walk-in-the-park-2012/

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gathering of Friends Craft Show 9am - 5pm, Lee Belle Johnson Rec Center, 303 Foch Street, Truth or Consequences

Hand Made Art & Crafts, Baked Goods, Metal Art, Home Decor, Christmas, Halloween, Primitives Silver Jewelry, Ceramics and much much more!!! Cost: free.Contact: Gathering of Friends Craft Show, Jackie Hall, 575-894-2468, adobeins@riolink.com.

Saturday, October 20,2012

Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School For Diabetics 9 am-3 pm, Hot Springs High School

A series of 2 free classes (October 20th and 27th) (required to attend both). You will learn how to plan meals, control carbohydrates, and reduce fat, sugar and sodium in cooking without cutting out taste. You will receive recipe books, prepare healthy recipes, and taste foods. Registration is required, so register early - space is limited! To enroll for this free series of classes, register now by calling Sierra County Extension Service Office at 575-894-2375. Contact: Sierra County Extension, Jessi VanDerVeen, 575-894-2375, jessimv@nmsu.edu.http://www.sierracountyevents.com/flyer/KitchenCreationsCookingforDiabetics.pdf

Weekend of Friday October 26 - Sunday October 28, 2012
Old-Time Fiddlers State Competition10am Friday-3pm Sunday, Ralph Edwards Auditorium at the Truth or Consequences Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth, T or C

A wonderful weekend of fun and fiddling, food and dancing. The event begins with a jam on Friday from 10am-4pm. Dances are held Friday and Saturday from 7-9pm - with music by lots and lots of fiddlers! Saturday's contest begins at 10am and ends at approximately 4pm. Immediately following Sunday morning's 9am Gospel Program, the State Championship and Hall of Fame awards commence. Cost: $5 per event.Contact: NM Old Time Fiddlers Association, Zelma Iorio, 575-297-4071, zelmastone@hotmail.com.http://www.nmotfa.com/

Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunrise Regatta 10am-5pm, Elephant Butte Lake Sailboat race/regatta.

Please contact the sponsor for information.Contact: Rio Grande Yacht Club, Jan Zink, 575-313-0392.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing in Sierra County

Posted October 1, 2012

Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake are well-known as excellent fishing destinations.  Both lakes are well-stocked with largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass, channel catfish, walleye, crappie and trout.  Anglers enjoy successful catches throughout the year.  There are several local private fishing guide services available.  They provide full day and half day fishing trips on Elephant Butte Lake.  For information on fishing licenses, contact the Elephant Butte Lake State Park at 575-744-5923 or 1-888-99-BUTTE.  www.wildlife.state.nm.us

Hamilton Military Museum

Posted September 24, 2012

Dedicated in November 2009, the Hamilton Military Museum is located at Veterans Memorial Park, next to the Vietnam War Memorial replica and Walk of Education in T or C, NM.

Through the generous donations of men and women who have served and their families in the armed forces, this museum and its contents are a living memorial and history of our country and the dedication of those who served. This is their story. Many rare and educational exhibits may be found within the museum: historic war displays range from a military button collection to Buffalo Soldier memorabilia, and there’s a special focus on local heroes.

Displays are continually being updated and expanded.

Veterans Memorial Park in T or C

Posted September 20, 2012

Veterans Memorial Park (996 S. Broadway in T or C) is the permanent home of a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. After touring the U.S. and Ireland it was installed here and dedicated November 8, 2003. The Wall is inscribed with 58,220 names of men and women who gave their lives for America during the Vietnam War. The Walk of Education, a concrete walkway in the shape of a 5-pointed star, features plaques for each of the wars in which our country has fought. Toward the back of the park is a Columbarium. This structure has room for the cremains of individuals and their spouses who have fought for this country.

 

Sierra County...A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 16, 2012

 Geronimo Springs Museum is located in downtown Truth or Consequences. The museum has numerous displays on the history of Sierra County from prehistoric times to the present day. After browsing the colorful gift shop and well-stocked book store, enter the room featuring both mastodan and mammoth skulls found in the county. There are also displays of fossils, rocks and minerals of the area.
Continue on to rooms featuring Apache history, Hispanic heritage, farming and ranching in the areas as well as early history of Sierra County and the hot mineral springs of the area. There are large displays of arrowheads, military dress and equipment, and early settlers.
The Da-whe (Zuni for all kinds of pottery) is a very special room displaying a world class pottery collection including Mimbres, Tularosa, Alma and Hohokam pottery. Many other Native American artifacts like tools, jewelry and effigies are on display. There is an authentic miner's log cabin that was brought ffrom the Gila National Forest.
The Ralph Edwards Room tells the story of how the city came to be called Truth or Consequences. See memorabilia and information on annual Fiestas, photographs of Hollywood personalities who have attended Fiestas and videos of old Truth or Consequences game shows.
Adjacent to the museum is the colorful Las Palomas Plaza at Geronimo springs. This amazing ceramic sculpture, created by New Mexico artist Shel Neymark, commemorates where Native Americans and cowboys came to bathe in the hot mineral water. The plaza features waterfalls and troughs through which the hot mineral water flows.

 

Upcoming Events in Sierra County

Posted September 15, 2012

9/21/2012
SCCA Dinner / Fundraiser Sponsored by The Women of the Moose
5pm-7pm, The Moose Lodge, 202 East Smith Avenue, Truth or Consequences

The Women of the Moose are hosting "Lucy’s Enchilada Dinner" as a fundraising event for SCCA (Sierra County Cancer Assistance). Members and qualified guests are welcome. Join SCCA for dinner and meet the folks who 'Care, Share, and Give Back to our Community' by assisting those who are undergoing cancer treatment with rides to doctor appointments, moral support, and more. $7 per person. Contact: Steph Ross, 575-740-3971, srfoxie@gmail.com.

9/22/2012
Free Fishing Day
All day, at fishing sites throughout New Mexico

Anglers of all ages - residents or non-residents alike - can fish without a license, stamp or validation twice each year. All other rules (as well as park entry fees, if you fish at any of our three State Parks) apply.

Call for more information. Contact: Department of Game and Fish, 505-476-8095.

9/29/2012 - 9/30/2012
2nd Fall Series Race
10am-5pm, Elephant Butte Lake

Sailboat race sponsored by Rio Grande Yacht Club.

Contact: Jan Zink, 575-313-0392.

9/29/2012 - 9/30/2012
Elephant Man Triathlon
3:30pm Saturday ("Elephant Kidz" youth race); 8am Sunday (adults)
Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Complete info about this race, sponsored by HEROs Inc., is on the Elephant Man website. Adult contestants can compete in a challenging intermediate-length triathlon which includes a rare opportunity to run across the Elephant Butte Dam. Park entrance fees apply. Contact: Kori Mannon, 575-744-0055, kori@valornet.com.

 

Trip Advisor Special!

Posted September 14, 2012

Check out our special Trip Adviser offer: Reduced room rate of $65 includes lake view room and two passes to Riverbend Hot Springs.
Must mention this special offer at the time of reservation and present unexpired coupon at check-in. Not valid with other discounts.

Sierra County: A Great Place to Visit

Posted September 14, 2012

Sierra del Rio Golf Course opened for play in 2007 in Elephant Butte.  This public 18-hole championship-caliber golf course has been completely redesigned and reconstructed into a world-class course.  Golf is played year-round here.  The facility includes a golf shop and a full service premier restaurant.  Encircling the golf course is a residential community with a unique mix of neighborhoods presenting an enriching blend of lifestyles.  Check out this event on Monday:


 

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