Book Publisher Specializes in Southwestern Themes

Technorati Tags: southwest,generalinterest,book On five quiet acres outside Silver City, M. H. Dutch and Cherie Salmon run a cottage industry book publishing business that serves the nation. High Lonesome Books features Southwestern themes, books written by Salmon, reprints of old and out-of-print books, original books by living authors and used books. With a major in English and a background in journalism, Salmon, who started the business in 1986, is no stranger to the field. A long time freelance writer, he […] Read more »

Gettin’ Gritty at Granite Gap

Technorati Tags: advertorial,southwest,Lordsburg,Hildago county Down in southwestern New Mexico, just above the bootheel and a hair away from the Arizona border, lies a rockhounder’s paradise, an adventurer’s enticement, a child’s fun fix. Granite Gap - words synonymous with “home” for 2,000 miners and their families a hundred years ago - has since October 1996 been resurrected as an area attraction dubbed Granite Gap Ghost Mining Camp. The old walled-tent and poorly-built adobe town met with its death around 1902 when […] Read more »

Flocking to the Bosque

Sandhill cranes at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Carla DeMarco Fall and winter are perfect times to trade the baster for the binoculars and head for the birds at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. Here, a temperate Rio Grande Valley climate and 57,000 acres of wetlands, wilderness and cultivated fields comprise a comfortable stay for thousands of waterfowl and sandhill cranes seeking refuge from northerly ice-covered waters, short daylight hours, cold nights and […] Read more »

Bob Sundown — freedom in a sheep wagon

Technorati Tags: people,southwest Oldtimer Bob Sundown is a dropout in the true sense of the word. For 40 years he has voyaged about 20 miles a day along the West’s gritty highway shoulders in a donkey-drawn sheep wagon he and some kids built from discarded materials. “Thousands of friends,” a few live-in chickens and his knowledge of edible plants form his sometimes tenuous security net. Although he intentionally draws no pension nor social security, he claims he’s the richest man […] Read more »

El Paisano — little extras mean a lot

Technorati Tags: advertorial,listing,dining,Silver City,Grant County,businessdirectory Little extras can really enhance the dining experience. After 28 years of being in business, El Paisano’s owner, Natalia Palacios, has learned that giving more than is expected can pay dividends in repeat business. The combination of great value and consistently good food is why El Paisano is one of Silver City’s most popular Mexican restaurants. During our first El Paisano experience, our pleasant waitress took our order in a timely fashion, then said we […] Read more »

Wildland Firefighter Museum and Smokey Bear Gift shop — a must-see stop in Capitan

Interior of Wildland Firefighter Museum In the summer of 1999, a family of forest service firefighters with an interest in old firefighting tools put together a unique museum in the tiny town of Capitan, New Mexico. Capitan lies at the foot of the Capitan Mountains and rests on rolling wooded hills. It is surrounded by the juniper, pinon, and aspen-studded 1.1 million acre Lincoln National Forest. Capitan’s claim to fame is singular: Its forest is the birthplace and burial site […] Read more »

Afoot in the Boot Heel

Technorati Tags: Lordsburg,Ghost towns,Shakespeare,Steins,southwest,Hildago County When concrete, crime and commotion drive you away in search of renewal, a trek to New Mexico’s upper boot heel can cleanse the spirit of sludge and jitters. Out in the desert, your only pressure is a gust of wind flapping your clothes and tousling your tresses. Your music, piped over sun-drenched airwaves, is the hum of the wind looping through mountains, carrying celestial strains of songbirds out through the valley and back again to […] Read more »

Africanized Honey Bees — hat to do about them now that they’re here

Technorati Tags: bee,bees,animals,wildlife Welcome or not, the Africanized Honey Bee (AHB), that “bee with an attitude,” has arrived in Southern New Mexico. Most towns in the lower elevations have reported attacks, and even Silver City, at 6,000 feet, has not been exempt. The first attack there occurred Sept. 23, 1996 when three chained dogs in North Hurley were killed by bees later confirmed as the Africanized variety. In October, a Cliff farmer, attacked while operating his tractor beneath some Cottonwood […] Read more »

Socorro — an uncommon place

Socorro’s Downtown Plaza. Photo by Carla DeMarco Socorro, a community of 9,000 in the sunny Rio Grande Valley, is the seat of Socorro County. While it is distinguished by history as one of the oldest settlements in the Southwest, its present and discernable future is based on the technology of tomorrow. The name “Socorro” means “refuge” and dates back to 1598 when the people of the Pilabo Pueblo fed and sheltered weary members of the Juan de Onate expeditions that […] Read more »

Deming — snowbird heaven

Deming, NM. Photo by Carla DeMarco. Thirty miles north of the Mexican border, set against the backdrop of the Florida Mountains, rests Deming, New Mexico, an Old West outlaw and railroad town known for its pure water, prime rock-hounding and annual duck race. Once a stage stop along the Butterfield Trail, Deming was founded in 1881 at the junction of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroad lines. Deming was named after Mary Deming Crocker, the wife […] Read more »