Lincoln National Forest Prescribed Fire Update

Posted October 16, 2014 By High Country Posts

LNFAlamogordo, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, Carlsbad, NM; October 16, 2014 – Prescribed fire operations continue on the Lincoln National Forest.  The following information provides an update on activities planned on each district:

Smokey Bear Ranger District:  Grindstone Prescribed Fire Update

 Prescribed fire operations south of Grindstone Lake from mid-September to mid-October have been very successful in safely and effectively reducing hazardous fuels by burning slash piles during favorable weather conditions on nearly 300 acres of Ruidoso Area Wildland-Urban Interface. Read the remainder of this entry »


Bidding Open for State’s Largest Solar Power Plant in Otero County

Posted October 16, 2014 By High Country Posts

landoffice(SANTA FE, New Mexico) – New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced today that the  Land Office will be offering a tract of land, through a competitive bidding process, for developing what will be the state’s largest solar array, to be located on 2,770 acres of State Trust Land in Otero County about three miles north of Chaparral.
The proposed utility scale plant would generate 150 megawatts of electricity – which is three times as large as the state’s largest existing solar plant, the 50-megawatt Macho Springs solar plant in Luna County, which is also located on State Trust Land. Once complete, the proposed plant would generate enough clean energy to power more than 54,000 average New Mexico homes. Read the remainder of this entry »


Cloudcroft Real Estate Update for 3rd quarter 2014

Posted October 15, 2014 By High Country Posts

“How’s The Mountain Market?”

Greetings from the Everett Team at Blue Canyon Realty, Cloudcroft, New Mexico!  We are writing to share the latest mountain real estate news… but first a little about our beautiful mountain area.

The summer monsoon rains were generous and now we are enjoying a beautiful sunny autumn.  The fall colors are sprinkling gold and red over the rich green mountains.  Did you know that we have maple trees in the area?  You can find them showing off their colors on the Osha Hiking Trail in Cloudcroft; and if you want to drive through them take Karr Canyon Rd down off the Sunspot Hwy toward Hwy 82 in High Rolls.  Visit our Blue Canyon Realty Facebook page to see our photos of the seasonal colors. Read the remainder of this entry »


Expect Roadblocks Statewide During Hunting Seasons

Posted October 14, 2014 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishSANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.

Hunting seasons are ongoing for deer, elk, pronghorns, bears and some other species as listed in the department’s Hunting Rules & Information booklets.

At roadblocks, conservation officers also will check for compliance with the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Act and the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act. Read the remainder of this entry »


Follow Me to the Senior Center Resistance is Futile

Posted September 30, 2014 By Mountain Seniors

By Carl and Jo Ann Hauser
It’s October already, so I thought I’d give you an update on how some of my friends have been doing over the past year. If you remember, it was about this time last year that Jerrilyn was mistaken for a Texas tourist, and lassoed by a band of raccoons. Falling hard to the ground, she broke her leg. Today she is fully healed and doing just fine! However, these pesky raccoons found a real Texan, our friend Sharon. She fell to the ground, breaking both her ankles. After some rehab, she has gone back to Texas. We wish her well! We would put up wanted posters for the culprits, but they were all wearing masks. Gloria just celebrated her 90th birthday; her husband Randy is still chasing her around the house ~ Gloria is still faster! Read the remainder of this entry »


Cloudcroft Schools to hold blood drive

Posted September 11, 2014 By High Country Posts

Cblood driveLOUDCROFT, NM— Cloudcroft Municipal Schools will hold a blood drive Friday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. in the high school gym located at 1 Swallow Place.
“This is an opportunity for people to come and help save lives by giving back,” said Molly Flotte, school nurse and blood drive coordinator. “This usually takes about an hour and one pint of blood can help as many as three people.”
Everyone is encouraged to donate and possibly help people in their community or servicemembers serving their country. Donors are asked to keep in mind they may be able to give blood three times in one year. Read the remainder of this entry »