Winter activities meetings:sandia mountains

Talking Talons Youth Leadership and the “More Kids in the Winter Woods” collaboration are inviting the public to give input on how to improve winter recreating in the Sandia Mountains. Various activities were tried out this winter and meetings will be held to analyze which ones worked best to get people of all ages outside, experiencing the Sandias.

  • Capulin Snow Play Area meeting: March 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Tijeras library
  • Winter trail options meeting: March 18, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Tijeras Library
  • Winter education opportunities meeting: March 23, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Tijeras library

A final meeting will take place April 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras. For more information, contact Talking Talons Youth Leadership at 281-1133 extension 3, or susan.smith@talkingtalons.comSource: The Independent, March 4th issue.

Fire PreparednessDay-long fire readiness program:

Saturday, March 7, EMIPFA will host a fire readiness program from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. at the Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras. Make sure to RSVP to bhelmich@flash.netMore information can be found in March 4th’s issue of The Independent.

SMT writing contest postCommunity Writing Contest: Still time to submit your written work!  The deadline is March 14, 2015.  Categories include adult, 9th-12th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 5th grade and younger.  Winners in these four categories will be published in an anthology.  Fill out an application at the Moriarty Community Library or call the library to get an application via email at 505-832-2513.

PUBLIC EVENT Sunday, March 15: We Were Prisoners, a talk by Louise Korn Waldron about her father’s extraordinary World War II duties, will take place at 2 SMT blog post WWII lecturep.m. in Tijeras at the East Mountain Library.

Click here for the event flyer!

The 4th Annual Edgewood Easter Egg Hunt will take place on April 4, 2015 from 11am to 2 PM @ Edgewood Elementary School. Donations of plastic eggs are now being accepted by the Edgewood Police Department. Volunteers will be needed to help fill the Easter Eggs–4000 thousand in all– that will be distributed to the children. We will post more information soon about when and where you can go to help fill the Eggs.

Get involved in this year’s Pumpkin Chunkin:  SMT blog post pumpkin smash

Public workshop for the Town of Edgewood Image Branding and Development. Facilitators from the New Mexico Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Main Street program would like to hear YOUR suggestions on what the public would like to see for the image for the Town of Edgewood. What makes Edgewood IDENTIFIABLE and UNIQUE in your mind that will help us differentiate it from other communities. Meeting is Monday , February 23 @ 6:30 PM at the Edgewood Community Center. Contact Roger Holden @ 505-286-4518 or

Lecture by local historian Javier Sanchez on March 13:SMT blog post lecture

Tuesday’s school board election results:

In the Estancia, incumbent Kendra Otis defeated challenger Robert Chavez.  In Mountainair, incumbent Frances Gonzales held on to her position with 220 votes compared to write-in challenger Peter Nieto’s 100 votes.  In the Moriarty-Edgewood School District, incumbent Elizabeth Howells defeated Phil Anaya.  Additionally, voters in the Moriarty-Edgewood School District extended a 2 mill levy for six years.  More information at

New Mexico Music Awards: 

Still taking entries!  For more information, go to

School board elections are coming up for the Moriarty-Edgewood, Estancia and Mountainair School Districts on Tuesday, February 3.  The Moriarty-Edgewood School District will also have a capital improvements mill levy on the ballot.  If authorized, voters would approve a continuation of an existing property tax for another six years of $2 per $1,000 of net taxable value.  For information on the elections, contact the Torrance County Clerk at 505-246-4735.

Benefit dinner on February 13th at the Moriarty Civic Center.  $10.00 per person, kids 10 and under are free.  Eat some enchiladas and help a family raise money to buy a service dog for their child with type 1 diabetes:

The Manzano Mountain Art Council seeks an arts coordinator:
The position is approximately 10 hours a week, and the person hired will work as an independent contractor.  Duties include maintaining the organization’s files,
coordination of publicity, managing the art center, coordination of projects and other tasks like fundraising.  The pay is $15 per hour. Those interested are invited to send contact information and a paragraph about why they want the job to by Feb. 2.

Calling all fiber artists: The Route 66 Arts Alliance and the East Mountain Fiber Farm and Studio Tour are looking for fiber artists to exhibit their fiber art at the 12th annual farm tour to be held May 30 and 31, 2015. For more information contact Bill Herman at or 505-286-1172.

Smoke alert!  Small controlled burn scheduled for today, January 21, at the Mountainair Ranger District compound.  The pile burn is expected to burn off during the day and not smolder very long after.  If you have any questions you can contact the Mountainair Ranger District at 505-847-2990, or

Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp 2015:  Women from the age of 18-37 interested in fighting wildland fires in the Forest Service’s Southwest Region can apply for a Fire Boot Camp by February 13.  To learn more, contact Francesca Chavez at 505-306-5181 or Arlene Perea at 847-2990, extension 117, or

Writing contest!  The deadline for the 2015 Community Writing Contest is March 14th and there are categories for adult, 9th-12th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 5th grade and younger.  Winners in four categories will be published in an anthology.  Fill out an application at the Moriarty Community Library or call the library to get an application via email at 505-832-2513.SMT writing contest post