Sacramento Ranger District Hosts Open House on Thursday, Nov. 13

Posted November 7, 2014 By High Country Posts

LNFCLOUDCROFT, NM – November 7, 2014 – The Sacramento Ranger District, located at 4 Lost Lodge Road in Cloudcroft, NM, will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The theme of the Open House is “Riparian Management on the Sacramento Ranger District” and several booths will be set up and staffed by resource management specialists. The public is invited to attend and we look forward to seeing you there! Read the remainder of this entry »


Follow Me to the Senior Center Pillars

Posted October 30, 2014 By Mountain Seniors

By Carl and Jo Ann Hauser
My wife Jo Ann and our daughter Betsey are getting ready to take a cruise. We booked one of those ships that had been stranded at sea three or four days. We also got the ‘hurricane’ discount for cruising in October. My tightwad friends, James and David, would be proud. Jo Ann and Betsey seem a little overly excited. They decided to pack their bags three weeks before the cruise. Then they repacked a week later, and have reorganized several times since then. If I had packed for a trip three weeks ahead of time, I’d be out of clothes in two days. Apparently Jo Ann’s five-dollar-a-week allowance is too much! Read the remainder of this entry »


Christmas Tree Permits – Sales Begin November 3rd

Posted October 24, 2014 By High Country Posts

LNFALAMOGORDO, RUIDOSO, CLOUDCROFT, CARLSBAD, NM – October 23, 2014 – The Lincoln National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Monday, November 3rd for $5.00 each – only one per household.  A limited number of permits will be available to be sold on a first come first served basis.

Lincoln National Forest offices will be selling permits during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. District Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and the Supervisor’s Office in Alamogordo is open until 4:30 pm. Christmas Tree permits can only be purchased in person and will NOT be available by mail this year. Read the remainder of this entry »


Late-Season Archery Elk Licenses Available Online Oct. 29

Posted October 22, 2014 By High Country Posts

New Mexico Dept. of Game and FishSANTA FE – Two hundred seventy-five trophy bull elk archery hunting licenses will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 29, first-come, first-served, on the Department of Game and Fish website,

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours. Any remaining licenses will be available to nonresidents beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 30. Only hunters who did not hold a 2014-2015 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers that have at least six points on one side. Read the remainder of this entry »


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 »