Who Was Leonard Slye? And what does he have to do with Roswell, New Mexico?

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 5, 1911.  The building where he was born now houses the Riverfront Stadium, also known as Cinergy Field.  Later he and his parents lived on a houseboat for a few years.  Then solid land beckoned and his dad bought a farm.  Farms require long hours, hard work,  distance from neighbors, and schools.  But it agreed with Leonard.  He rode horseback to school since it was long before the days of school busing. […] Read more »

A Southern New Mexico Gem: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

If you are planning a trip to Carlsbad, New Mexico, don’t miss the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. This gem in the rough offers a chance to get up close and personal with some fascinating creatures and plants. And it is all easily accessible from a short walk (or roll, for  those in wheelchairs or strollers). We visited in May, when the desert was truly alive, especially once we turned into the park gates just off Highway 285 […] Read more »

21st Annual ‘Mescal Roast’ Feast for the Senses, Provides Glimpse of Mescalero Culture

CARLSBAD, NM - Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Parks in Carlsbad, New Mexico will celebrate its 21st annual “Mescal Roast and Mountain Spirit Dance” from May 10-13. This event, which celebrates the culture and history of the Mescalero Apache people, received a Dorothy Mullins Arts and Humanities Award from the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Mescal Roast is sponsored by the Friends of Living Desert. “The Mescal Roast is truly a special event,” said Ken Britt, Park Superintendent. […] Read more »

New Mexico’s Scenic Byways: The Salt Missions Trail

You say you’re bored, the kids are restless, nothing to do! Well, how about spending a day discovering some of New Mexico’s great history? This scenic drive will take you to three ancient Indian pueblos and the ruins of three awe-inspiring Spanish mission churches that are some of the most beautiful to be found anywhere in the United States. Along this route you can also hike and play in the Cibola National Forest, bike, camp or fish among the pine, […] Read more »

The Little Red Schoolhouse Tree

Little red schoolhouse.  Photo by Jim Reed.   At first I imagined a small tree growing in a planter in the corner of the old red schoolhouse when Kevin told me there was a tree inside. "Why is that unusual?" I asked. "Lots of people put trees inside homes. "No," responded Kevin, "It’s a big tree. They put a big tree inside the schoolhouse." Sitting at a picnic table behind The Trading Post at Three Rivers, I had already spent […] Read more »

Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Chuckwagon Cookoff

Authenticity plays a key role in the judging Put on your cowboy hat and working pair of boots to celebrate the Old West’s restaurant on the range — the chuckwagon. Betcha there will be no microwave ovens in the infield of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track on New Mexico Highway 70 where 40 cowboy cookin’ teams will compete over open fires for a large purse for their beef, beans, potatoes, biscuit and dessert creations. Judges points are swayed by authenticity. […] Read more »

Sunspot, New Mexico — easier than a trip to the Sun

National Solar Vacuum Tower. Photo by Jim Reed. If you really wanted a close-up look at the sun, you could fill up your gas tank and head sunward. Traveling eight hours each day at sixty miles per hour you’d cover the roughly 93 million miles from the earth to the sun in about 189,583 or so days (519.4 years) and arrive just before Thanksgiving in the year 2,517. Faster and far more realistic would be a visit to Sunspot, located […] Read more »

Wild West History at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. Photo by Joel Bickings. At first site, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in southern New Mexico might seem merely a quiet, off-the-beaten-path, sun-backed stretch of the Chihuahuan Desert. The stillness of the landscape, the massive towering cliffs that form a Hollywood-like set backdrop to the Park, even the occasional, swirling dust clouds that meander through the mesquite and yucca desert might give one the impression of quiet permanence. However, a closer look reveals much more. […] Read more »

Father Albert’s Legacy — the Apache Christ church (St. Joseph’s)

Apache Christ Church In 1916 Father Albert sat in the Tularosa, New Mexico train depot waiting for Ralph Shanta to pick him up and take him to the Mescalero reservation. This was his first assignment after becoming an ordained priest of the Franciscan order. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he came from a world of culture and comfort. This was not that world. Sweat poured down his back as he stared at the striated cliffs of the Sacramento Mountains. […] Read more »

Ruidoso’s Ski Run Road — scenic switchbacks

Ski Run Road. Photo by Frederick Mora Snow Country magazine called Ruidoso, New Mexico’s Ski Run Road “a 15-mile corkscrew with precious few guardrails.” Well, it’s actually only a little more than 12 miles up to Ski Apache (sometimes it just feels like more) and hey - there are more guardrails than there used to be. “In the early 70s there were none,” Ski Apache General Manager Roy Parker said. The potholes are gone, thanks to a $1 million resurfacing […] Read more »