Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An early something for the 4th - hopefully a satisfactory substitute / atonement for not having gotten to today's Jubilee menu...

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From current online issue of The New Yorker

Monday, June 29, 2009

NALAC grants open to artists and organizations

(cross posted from NM Slam list)

NALAC Fund for the Arts Announces Fifth Funding Cycle: National Latino Arts Grant Is Open to Artists and Organizations

SAN ANTONIO – The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) announces the fifth funding cycle for its grant program, the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA). The NALAC Fund for the Arts provides grant support to Latino artists and small and mid-sized organizations in all regions of the United States. Through the NFA, NALAC has awarded more than $523,000 to Latino artists and organizations in four years, representing a significant investment in the creative and cultural assets of the nation.
Launched in 2005 with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national arts fund in the country that provides support specifically for Latino artists and arts organizations working in all artistic disciplines.

"The NFA was created to support the work of Latino artists and organizations and to recognize their important role in serving the cultural needs of communities across the country," said Maria De Leon, Executive Director of NALAC.

The NFA provides funding for projects, programs and artist fellowships. Grants range in size from $2,500 to $10,000. The NALAC Fund for the Arts grant program aims to:
  • Encourage the creation and presentation of works by independent Latino artists and ensembles;
  • Provide operating support to help build the internal capacity of small to mid-sized Latino arts organizations;
  • Recognize community-based projects that exhibit a high level of artistic excellence; and
  • Strengthen communities by investing in the cultural assets and human and social capital of Latinos in the U.S.
The deadline for submitting a proposal to the NFA is July 13, 2009. Applying to the NFA is a benefit of NALAC membership. Applications can be submitted in English or in Spanish. 2009 NFA Guidelines, application materials and information about NALAC memberships are available on NALAC's website. For more information, visit www.nalac.org or email grantmanager@ nalac.org.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the San Antonio Cultural Collaborative, Heineken USA and Southwest Airlines.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday list - short takes

My Friday list (which includes leftover Wednesday and Thursday items) is disorderly and somewhat overwhelming. Using the Outlook calendar/remider system was supposed to be a bulwark against chaos but mostly it just reminds me how much I'm not getting to.


Where did KISS disappear to? She (KISS just can't be a guy) probably ran off with someone who didn't expect her to work for free. Time to trim, condense and simplify. Today then it's back to short takes - almost but not quite enough for a full "This Weekend in Mountainair"

Reminders: Sunday June 28 is the deadline to send Dennis pictures for the Digital Photography Display; call Tanisha with your raffle donations and advance entries for the Pet Show to benefit the Mountainair Animal Shelter and local rescue efforts; call City Hall (505) 847-2321, Fax: (505) 847-2589 or email townclerk@mountainairnm.gov to book Firecracker Jubilee vendor space ahead. Got a car to show? Call for 505-847-2585, ex 20 information about the Salinas Centennial Car Show, July 4


Don't forget the Leaky Roof Community Sale at the Methodist Church, July 3rd & 4th. Call Patty - 505-384-4157 or Wanda - 505-847-0804 about donating items or getting a table

And before I forget: are you still remembering to click daily for the Shelter Challenge? If you haven't yet today, do it now - there's a button just to the right of this post.

These are just reminders - Jubilee will get its own full dress in detail plenty of pictures coverage: there's a lot going on this year. That will be worth its own "This week in Mountainair"! Carnival, parade, car show, live music on 2 stages, fireworks and so much more...

Under "ongoing" we have the book sale at Salinas (Visitors Center Gift Shop, discounts up to 40%), an exhibit at Cibola and Abo Trading's Closeout Clearance sale with furniture, ceramics, folk art, iron work, decorative items priced to sell. Sometime in the future it will be Abo Something Else. Did you catch last week's feature about Joan Page's Out of Tyme Shoppe in the MountainView Telegraph? Joan has been off tending to her own studies this week but will be back this weekend to open shop - or rather shoppe.

Saturday (and every Saturday) is a workday at the Community Garden, Mojave Rose, 3pm. No detailed gardened reports until I get caught up. The weekend's big event is the Gymkhana Rodeo all day Sunday June 28.

in progress mosaic panel for mural

Normally, I'd add the MMAC general meeting, dinner and mural unveiling to big event category but they don't seem to be public. Plus, whenever I've asked for a mural update, I get coy evasiveness with the explanation is that the mural supposed to be a surprise for the meeting - and membership. Odd that public art should be even partially private. Maybe someone will be kind enough to explain it to us - using the comment feature of course. I'll assume that any email I get about it is meant for everyone and to be posted as a comment.

Even if we don't get an explanation, never mind - the mural will be out on view on the south exterior wall at Alpine Alley sometime after 5 pm Sunday. The street is public: I personally invite you to drive by and take a look. Honk if you like too.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jubilee: Call for Vendors, Artists, Crafters

Calling all vendors, artists, crafters: booths available for the Firecracker Jubilee, July 4th - Mountainair NM. $10 per space, outdoors; indoor space + electricity also available on 1st come 1st served basis.

Attractions for this Old Fashioned 4th of July bash at MAC and throughout Mountainair include: carnival (3rd & 4th); pancake breakfast; mid morning parade down Broadway to MAC; live music (2 stages); pet show; car showbook signing; vendors; food & drink; games; raffles; BBQ; horseshoe tourney; greased pole climb; community yard sale (3rd & 4th); fireworks at dusk; dancing through the night to Western Swing - & and much more.

To reserve your space at the Mountainair Activity Complex (MAC, formerly Campgrounds @ corner of US 60 W & Limit), contact the Town of Mountainair: (505) 847-2321. Fax: (505) 847-2589. Email: townclerk@mountainairnm.gov.

Jubilee 2009: Call for Local Photographers

Calling all local photographers... Aleta Lawrence and Dennis Fulfer are assembling a digital display of local photographer's work for Mountainair's upcoming Firecracker Jubilee, on July 4th. If you live in the area and have pictures to show off, contact Aleta at either by phone (847-2360) or by e-mail, aletalawrence@yahoo.com.


A selection of work by local photographers will be displayed digitally in a Power Point presentation. The table will be indoors, in the large area in front of the dining room (where the Volunteer Fire Department will be serving BBQ lunches will be served) and also launches our new photography club. When you stop by to look at what our local photographers are up to, pick up an information sheet and leave your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet.

Images: all images submitted for display must be 72 dpi, no smaller than 400px, preferably 800px, on their longest side. The only real criteria: No Small Files...Images must be medium to large and must be JPG files. No gif, png, tiff, or bitmap (bmp) files will be accepted.

Submit images by email to Dennis Fulfer, webaab@aol.com, attachments. Include "image for the Jubilee from [full name]." Dennis will create a title page for each series of image runs.

Submission Deadline: Sunday June 28

Friday, June 19, 2009

This weekend in Mountainair ....

Saturday, June 20

Sunday, June 21
  • All day event: Church of the Nazarene 2009 Crusades, June 18-21 (MAC)
  • All day event: NMJRA Rodeo, Mountainair Rodeo Grounds
  • All day shopping events: Book sale (Salinas Visitors Center); Abo Trading Clearance Sale; Out of Tyme Shoppe
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit: wood and decorative tin by Anne Ravenstone (Cibola Arts Gallery)
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Voices in the Wind (Gran Quivira)

Also of interest:
And more to Discover in Mountainair

New Mexico Junior Rodeo comes to Mountainair

Another "rodeo report" from Red Kingston. Before continuing, I'd like to thank both Red and Pat (Autrey) for their interesting, informative and timely contributions. I've never had to ask more than once either - anyone wondering why rodeos and revivals get more coverage than gallery openings and arts council project would do well to bear that in mind.

Their enthusiasm, commitment and personal voice shine through - hard to resist. I've enjoyed reading them and know you will too. By the way, what Red modestly forgets to mention is that he's the 2009 President of the NMJRA

Red writes:

I am not sure you are ready for this, but here goes: the New Mexico Junior Rodeo is coming to Mountainair, June 20 and 21. Each day's performances start at 9:00 a.m. and offers rodeo events from barrel racing to calf roping. There is flag-racing for the young kids up to bullriding for the oder cowboys. The age groups are 8 and under, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, and 15 to 19. This year, we even have a young lady competing in the 12 to 14 bullriding!

These kids and thier parents will come in to town from all over the state of New Mexico. From Las Cruces to Farmington. YES we do have a few from right here in the town of Mountainair and the surrounding Estancia Valley. All are trying to earn some cash and points to qualify for the finals rodeo and win either a saddle, buckle or other tack awards. This years finals are in Farmington, NM.

Here are some of the events you'll see and a little about them to help you :

(Ed note: basic rodeo event categories can be divided into timed events, livestock events, which has a further division into rough stock events, In some sense, all rodeo events are timed. The best time without mistakes wins timed event like barrels and poles, and the livestock events have time limits with best times winning - shortest time to rope and tie a calf, longest time to stay on a bronc.

Competitors must enter 8 of the 12 rodeos required to go to finals, but only their best points from ten rodeos will count in every event. This allows for the contestant to either miss a rodeo or, if they have a bad weekend, to drop their worst points.)

1 - calf roping: a cowboy tries to rope a calf weighing approximately 300 pounds, dismounting his horse rope taut to hold the calf as he, runs down the rope to throw the calf down and tie any 3 feet. The rider remounts and rides forward to let the rope go slack, The calf must stay tied for 6 seconds.

2 - breakaway roping: a girl or one of the younger cowboys tries to rope a calf around the neck and then stops their horse. When the rope gets tight, it breaks a thin piece of string tied to the saddle.

3 - flag race: cowboy or cowgirl rides from the start line around a barrel that has a bucket with a small on top of it. The rider grabs the flag, circles the barrel and races back to the finish line.

4 - barrel racing: the contestant, usually a girl but the younger cowboys can compete also, cross the start line, circle 3 barrels in a cloverleaf pattern and race back to the line to finish.

5- team roping: a team of 2 contestants try to rope a 500 pound steer around the horns turn the steer and the partner tries to rope the back legs, then the header will turn his horse to face steer and partner for time to stop.

6 - ribbon roping: a contestant ropes a calf dismounts and runs to calf where a partner grabs a ribbon that is attached to the tail and runs back across the finish line.

7 - goat tying: a contestant rides down tha arena to where a small goat is staked dismount the horse runs to goat, flanks the goat and ties any three feet.

8- pole bending: a contestant rides a horse across the line down the arena, circles the 6th pole, weaves through the other 5 poles turns back and reweaves to the 6th pole, circling it again to race back to the finish line.

9 - then of course there is the popular bull riding where the cowboy try to ride a 1500 to 2000 pound bull for 8 seconds, Yes, and for the smaller kids there is steerriding and for the 8 and under group the calfriding, where the young competitors try to ride a steer or calf for 6 seconds.

All these kids are trying to compete just like the professionals do in the Pro-Rodeo Cowboys Assoc (PRCA), the Women's Pro-Rodeo Assoc (WPRA) and the PBR. Watch these young cowboys and cowgirls prepare for a run or a ride: you can see the gleam in their eyes and their dream of someday being able to compete with or against their rodeo idols.

I have been around rodeo for most of my life and know how much it can teach our youth: discipline and determination to compete well, how to win or lose, and the friendships that will last a lifetime.

Editor's Note: want to learn more about rodeo? Check out the links below for more about rodeo and pictures.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Annie Proulx, June 20, 6 PM, UNM Library

Annie Proulx will present "Coming Out of the Mountains" a lecture about life and writing on June 20 at 6 p.m. in the West Wing of Zimmerman Library. Hosted by University Libraries, the lecture is one of two Summer Sunset lectures.
Annie Proulx's novle The Shipping News won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award for Fiction, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. She is the author of two other novels: "Postcards," winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and "Accordion Crimes."
She has also written three collections of short stories, Heart Songs and Other Stories, Close Range and Fine Just the Way it Is. BothThe Shipping News and her short story "Brokeback Mountain" have been made into major motion pictures.
The lecture, which is made possible by funding from the UNM Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, is free and open to all. For parking information visit UNM Parking. http://pats.unm.edu/ or 277-1938. Media Contact: Karen Wentworth, (505) 277-5627; kwent2@unm.edu

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summer Crusade @ MAC

I'd already posted the Crusades poster that Patricia Autrey sent on Announcements. This morning I asked her for a couple of descriptive paragraphs... and she zapped this delight right back to me. How could anyone resist this invitation?

Summer Crusade - it's coming, hold on - alrighty then;

Loads of fun for everyone -Youngsters to Oldsters - at the MAC - everyone welcome.

The kids are going to enjoy the activities planned just for them. But everyone will really enjoy the evening activities that are planned Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lots of laughter and music.

Saturday is the time to let down your cares, join in the fun, games and food. Win a prize, eat a deep fried turkey leg, funnel cake, homemade ice cream and much more. But wait, there's still the evening entertainment.

Sunday, the combined churches worship together, then we'll sit down to fellowship with a big, delicious BBQ/Potluck meal. But that's not all. Next, enjoy the rest of the afternoon with more games and music from our own local individuals, groups and bands.

Remember - everyone is welcome - come out to the Mountainair Activity Center.

(submitted by Patricia Autrey, Wednesday morning, June 17)

Mountainair Sunflower Festival: Call for Artists

Now is the time for artists to make plans for Sunflower Festival. The 10th Annual Mountainair Sunflower Festival, sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, is on its way. The date is Saturday, August 22nd 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and this year the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.
This year’s event will showcase fine arts and crafts screened from statewide and regional applications as well as additional Market Place exhibitors. Best in Show and two Awards of Merit will be selected from fine arts and crafts participants and awarded cash prizes
In an effort to bring the highest quality work, festival organizers are asking artists and craftsmen to submit 3 to 6 visuals of their work with their application. Deadline for application submissions is July 1, 2009. Booths, this year are $10 outdoors and $25 indoor; indoor spaces are limited. Details are included in the festival application.
Other events that make the Sunflower Festival a hit are the Poets & Writers Picnic at the Shaffer Hotel garden, a sunflower hat contest, local tours, a Cibola Arts Gallery show, a silent auction, sunflower mosaic raffle, vendors, Library Book Sale, the Children’s Sunflower Art project, the Van of Enchantment at the Salinas Visitors Center and live entertainment. Attendance is free.
Applications for festival participants are on-line at the Manzano Mountain Art Council web site. For additional information, call: (505) 847-2205, or write: MMAC, P. O. Box 534, Mountainair, NM 87036.
As submitted to NM Culture Net Announcement list by MMAC, gently edited for clarity & to correct punctuation, dangling modifiers, etc; links embedded and information added where appropriate.

It's called Freedom of Speech

This Fourth of July, make your own verbal fireworks in the Weekly Alibi's annual Freedom Issue


The Alibi is accepting submissions for our annual Freedom Issue, issue theme, Freedom of Speech. According to their call for submissions:
"We want your words shooting literary bottle rockets across our pages. Tell us what you think about the state of the world, the state of the country, the state of your rights. Or tell us what you think about anything else. Just do it in 300 words or less."


Send your entries to freedom@alibi.com@alibi.com

So all you readers, anonymous and otherwise, who posted comments to our recent Freedom of Speech thread, start your keyboards and get ready to let 'er rip

Saturday, June 13, 2009

This Weekend in Mountainair

Saturday, June 13
  • All day event: Olde Tyme Shoppe Season Grand Opening (N Limit, Hwy 55N)
  • All day event: Book sale (Salinas Visitors Center)
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Tio Frank's Red/Green Chili Demonstration (B St Market)
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Reception - Honoring the Bones. wood and decorative tin by Anne Ravenstone (Cibola Arts); exhibit open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Voices in the Wind (Gran Quivira)

Sunday, June 14
  • All day event Book sale (Salinas Visitors Center, Mountainair)
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Exhibit: wood and decorative tin by Anne Ravenstone (Cibola Arts Gallery)
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Voices in the Wind (Gran Quivira)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Arts Assortment

For the quibblers, a post actually about Mountainair arts... all and nothing but arts and letters, mostly but not exclusively local but connected...


Just released: local author Joan Woodruff's latest novel, Polars Bears in the Kitchen, a locally set mystery, brings back characters from Neighbors and Ghost in the Rainbow. Book signing - Firecracker Jubilee, July 4th, 11 am - 4 pm @ Mountainair Activity Complex (MAC)

Book Sale! Clearance to make space for new inventory. 30% - 40% off some items. More books + posters, postcards, coloring books, maps, hat, caps and other travel memorabilia at the Salinas (etc) Visitors Center on Ripley, across from the train mural. Books include children's, history, natural history, archaeology, cultural studies, fiction, Spanish & bilingual,

Mosaics, of the sunflower variety (still waiting on update & pics of Mosaic Mural Project): Tomas Wolff and other Manzano Mountain Art Council (MMAC) members, Celeste Simon, Judy Benton, Deb Jones and Kay Stillion recently completed two sunflower mosaics. The larger one will be raffled off during the festival, tickets available soon at the B Street Market and Cibola Arts. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets but don't live in Mountainair, Cibola and MMAC contact information is available on their respective websites.

oil by Addie Draper
exhibited at Rio Grande Festivals

Local artist Addie Draper and oil paintings will be "doing" the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, at the fairgrounds (Expo New Mexico), June 26-28. Last I heard from Addie, she hadn't heard about anyone else local who'd be exhibiting but promised to keep me posted.

The Manzano Mountain Arts Council newsletter is out & emailed or snailed to members by Ben Steinlage. You can also download a copy from the MMAC website (kindly excuse me for not referring to the site as "Mountainair Arts") or pick up a hard copy at Cibola Arts. Arts council president Ray Terhorst urges members to run for an open board office (VP or Secretary) or board member at large. Interested? Email ray032483@gmail.com.

On the subject of Cibola Arts, the reception for “Honoring Tree Bones”, works of weathered wood and decorative tin by Anne Ravenstone, is this Saturday, June 13, 2-4pm. The exhibit runs June 6-July 15.

folk music at PWP
from a pwp past, at the Shaffer Gazebo

Dale Harris is collecting confirmations and firming up the performance list for the Poets & Writers Picnic. Check the plog (short for "poetry/picnic we/blog") for updates. In addition to scheduled guest readers, the Picnic (aka pwp) features live music, a poetry group ensemble performance, open mic and a poetry table with books & CDs for sale, sample poetry newsetters, fliers, etc - all at the gazebo and in the shade of the tall trees at the Shaffer Hotel garden. Soon Dale and I will retooling the Sunflower Poetry Writing Workshop brochure for this year's outing. Until then, the plog has workshop information, posts rich with poetry and pics from last year's picnic and links to that brochure.

Except from 2008 workshop poem, "This Town" - with illustrations

This town –
Between missions
Containing crossroads
Eccentric hotel –
Pueblo Art Deco” –
I love it!

This town –
Small shops
Funky houses
No golden arches –
Pre-generica America

This is my town
Still speaking (of) poetry, Albq Slam Poet Laureate Finals are this Friday, June 13. Our connection? Hakim Bellamy, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, freelance journalist, community organizer and social justice advocate - and featured reader at the 2008 Picnic is a finalist.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

belated trail rider update

One of the trail riders kept a blog. Names escaped her but she does answer the question about where they were.

May 15-17 To Moriarty
May 13, 14, 2009 To Mountainair, Estancia
After getting to Mountainair, we kept going to get back to the Zens Dairy where we left our horses. We caravanned into the town – 30 rigs!

Back in Mountainair, we got our rigs parked and horses watered. They had dinner for us outside. There was a plaque given to the mayor of Mountainair from Best of America and we all got pins depicting Mountainair, the valley and mountains off to the west. A man gave a talk about the region telling about all the Indians that had lived or passed through the region. Then he sang some cowboy songs. The mayor’s husband makes handmade fishing lures. He gave away many of these. He sells them as far away as China. They are a work of art. I will treasure my lures. Sleep comes easy after these long days.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
We left at 7:00 and trailered our horses to the dairy farm. We tied horses to trailers of the folks that were not riding that day.
May 9-12, 2009 To Remote Ranches

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We rode out at 7:00, heading north. The land here is rolling hills with scattered cacti, mesquite, and yucca. Around noon we arrived at the Pueblo Ruins. I hobbled Cisco and walked around the ruins. There had been as many as 2000 Indians living here. You can see tall stone walls and a 360 view of the surrounding area. There were sections with small rooms – we think these were for food storage – and section with larger rooms – we think these were living quarters. There was quite a civilization here. The women made mortar to go between the stones so there must have been a water source. We all enjoyed having a break from riding. After the ruins, we had 4 miles to ride along a hard top road. There was little traffic as the road was only used to get to the ruins. We stayed at some cattle pens at a triangle in the road.

The mayor of Mountainair came to our encampment and found Tom. She said they were expecting us this evening! Tom said we would be there tomorrow – what time did she want us to arrive? The town had prepared a brisket dinner for us and a program after dinner.
Moving onward and upward with John Weckerle's New Mexico Central:

Mooning The Estancia Valley & Flying Objects Identified

Monday, June 8, 2009

Laugh for Your Health

cross-posted from the Daily Action Newsletter:

Is there anything better than a contagious giggle that you absolutely can't control? (OK, maybe not everywhere) Laughter works so wonderfully well in the moment but also has some surprising long-term health benefits as well.

The new field of gelotology is exploring the benefits of laughter -- and researchers have already discovered at least eight ways laughter can improve your health.

For today's Daily Action, discover the eight health benefits of laughter -- then find something to laugh about with the people around you!

What can laughter do?:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
  • Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
  • Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  • Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Humor and creativity work in similar ways, says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University – by creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.

So let’s laugh. What makes you laugh? Elephant jokes anyone? VW jokes?


Thursday, June 4, 2009

blogging and freedom of speech

This was supposed to be a blog post about blogging (metablogging as it were), a scrupulously researched and carefully written post on freedom of speech. Did the research, collecting links and graphics, but - starting with an early morning mouse emergency & more trotting about than usual - it's been a long day. The brain fog is rolling in.

I'll settle for a fast food post - graphic w/ side order of links to go. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many words is a link worth?

From Blogs and freedom of speech and the National Coalition against Censorship
Some states have laws that may protect an employee or applicant's legal off-duty blogging, especially if the employer has no policy or an unreasonably restrictive policy with regard to off-duty speech activities. For example, California has a law protecting employees from "demotion, suspension, or discharge from employment for lawful conduct occurring during nonworking hours away from the employer's premises."

There is also a Labor Law statute which protects employees engaged in lawful off-duty conduct which does not materially conflict with the employer's interests. Activities such as union activity, recreational activity, lawful use of consumable products and political and free speech activities are examples.
For dessert, lagniappe - a Mark Twain quote on free speech:

As an active privilege, it ranks with the privilege of committing murder; we may exercise it if we are willing to take the consequences.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

rodeos, young riders and MGR

The Mountainair Gymkhana Rodeo is probably one of the best supported and attended local events, each monthly event bringing as many or more outside visitors to town as the big annual events. The season total is probably more than for any other single event. Yet many newcomers and even some locals know relatively little about the events... or that nationally ranked Mountainair athletes are far more likely to be competing in rodeo events than on school sports teams.

I've been planning on running a series about rodeo, the Mountainair Association and its events. My thanks to Red Kingston for explaining the NM youth rodeo system. A good place to start... and don't forget to come to the NMJRA rodeo Sunday June 21

Red writes:

The junior rodeo we are hosting on June 20 & 21 is sanctioned by the New Mexico Junior Rodeo Assc. This assoc. was started back in the 1950's and is for any kids age 19 or younger. I grew up rodeoing in this Association before moving onto amatuer rodeos and some college rodeos while I was attendeing ENMU at Portales, NM, where I grew up. This assoc. is a good place for the younger kids to get rodeo experience before they get to the High School ranks. It is one of several rodeo assoc. available to New Mexico youth.

In 2004. the Wrangler Division Junior High Rodeos started. It is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The High School Rodeos started back in the 1950's and is for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. So the NMJRA is a good opprotunity for the younger kids to get started. Many western states have a junior rodeo associations, but a number of eastern states do not have rodeo associations for younger riders. One reason Wrangler started sponsoring the Junior High Association rodeos was to get more kids involved and ready to compete in the High School organization.

The New Mexico Junior Rodeo has 4 age groups split for boys and girls: 8 and under, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, and 15 to 19. Youth participants can't have been married or a high school drop out. It is a non profit organization designed to organize any interested youth and keep the cowboy lifestyle alive.

The board of directors consists of adults who, for the most part, have children competing in the rodeos. They volunteer their time to run the rodeos which are held across the state of New Mexico. The season is usually 6 weekends of two individual rodeos held on Saturday and Sunday, plus a 2 day finals rodeo held at the end of the year to award the contestants with prizes from All Around Cowboy and Cowgirl down the list to the last placing contestant.

Every contestant gets some award be it a saddle, belt buckle or tack that they can use for their events. Also, at each weekend of rodeos, the all around cowboys and cowgirls in each age group are awarded belt buckles as iss the top rough stock rider.

team roping, a popular rodeo event
There are many rodeo organizations that I did not mention earli. 4-H, High Plains, Little Britches, as well as the local Gymkahanas. These all are stepping stones to the larger organizations of Junior High, High School, Amatuer, even the Professional Cowboys Rodeo Assc.

Many professionals rodeoing today got their start at youth rodeos and in organizations like the Mountainair Gymkhana Rode. One example is Taos Muncy, who was raised down at Corona, NM. As a small boy he started coming to the Mountainair Gymkahana, then the New Mexico Junior Rodeo, then into High School, into College Rodeo and was the 2007 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider at the PRCA National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas Nevada in December of each year. He was out of competion for a while in 2008 but is back this year. I just looked it up in the standings and he is now 7th inthe world.

submited by Red Kingston, Manager, Mountainair Gymkhana Rodeo Association

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gran Quivira Centennial Celebration

A good weekend to come to Mountainair or if already here, to stick around town and invite company. First and foremost, there all the activities and performances planned at all three sites for the Gran Quivira Centennial - not just at Gran Quivira but including Abo and Quarai as well. Saturday June 6 is the official Centennial "kick off weekend" and birthday party. The party starts early, Friday evening, with a fireside version of Voices in the Wind, 7 pm at the Manzano State Park. In addition to activities at the ruins, the Van of Enchantment being at the Salinas Pueblo Missions Visitors Center Saturday and Sunday.

click to view larger image

And then you can pop across the street and catch the opening of “Honoring Tree Bones” at Cibola Arts. The exhibit showcasing works of weathered wood and decorative tin by Anne Ravenstone will be featured through July 15. Come back for the artist's reception held Saturday, June 13, 2-4pm.

Originally from Minnesota, Anne Ravenstone has been an active member of the Cibola Arts Cooperative since its beginning and has been working with tin for 14 years. Cibola Arts Gallery, 217 Broadway, is on the main street (Hwy 60) of Mountainair and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.
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