Mountainair’s Outlaw Queen Riding for the Kids on July 4th!

Thanks to everyone who participated in last year’s poker tournment–YOUR PARTICIPATION purchased two full sets of library books for the middleschool reading program (Battle of the Books), and picked up a large part of the tab for sending our kids to this year’s Battle of the Books competition in Silver Springs.  This year we’re hoping to raise enough money to support our primary school reading program.

Okay, enough of the warm and fuzzy, and back to the outlaw stuff!  This is a Texas Hold’em poker tournament, and we have players coming from all over (California, Texas, Nevada…) to join the competition. There are only 80 seats available, so you should pre-register to reserve a seat at  The play was a lot of fun last year–we had a mix of newbies and sharks.  Janice (pictured above) took first place, and Charlotte Birmingham came in a close second.  If you’re relatively new to the game, don’t worry–this is a friendly game and there will be experienced players on the floor if you have questions.  If you’re one of the sharks, then I hope you’re practicing because we had some mighty wicked players show up last year.  My own family (merciless when it comes to poker) drove in from Texas expecting to take everything (those Texans!), and we whipped them pretty bad.  They’re coming again this year, and I’m counting on the locals to  send them home crying again!  So, if you’re a poker fan, come on over and help the home team! Maybe you’ll be crowned Mountainair’s 2012 Outlaw Poker Queen or King to boot!


Independence Day Events along the Byway

Spend Independence Day along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway, and choose from a variety of activities, or combine them to fit your interests and time frame!

Start the day with an old-fashioned Fourth of July Parade at 9 a.m. in Moriarty. Stay there for music, dunk tank, jumpers and barbecue at Crossley Park or head to Estancia for a fishing contest at Arthur Park, with free musical entertainment and prizes for the shortest, longest, and heaviest fish. Stick around for the volleyball tournament at 1 p.m. and the horseshoe tournament at 2 p.m., or head to Mountainair, where festivities start at 2 p.m. and include pie baking contests for the adults and cakecup contests for the kids.

Stay in Mountainair for the Mountainair Outlaw Barbecue at Dr. Saul Community Center, followed by the poker tournament and outlaw lookalike contest from 6 to 10 p.m. (The poker tournament has a $300 prize!). Or head back to Moriarty to set off your personal fireworks safely and legally at Crossley Park under the eyes of the Fire Department.

If you’re looking for something to do the following weekend, come on back on Saturday, July 7 for

Mountainair’s Firecracker Jubilee parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Stay for the car show at the Salinas National Monument and the Mountainair Maurader Mud Bog at Chavez Memorial Park, or head to Edgewood’s Arts in the Park at the Edgewood Multi-Purpose Field from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Or spend the day at (or come back on Sunday for) the Rodeo at Moriarty’s Heritage Rodeo Arena!

More information about events in these communities is available at

Wanted: Hell-Raisin’ Desperados in Mountainair on July 4

Start planning now to celebrate Indepdendence Day in Mountainair and participate in activities ranging from the Outlaw BBQ and Poker Tournament to Pie and Cake contests! Or just show up in your best outlaw outfit and maybe you’ll be awarded the $100 prize for the most authentic, baddest-looking outlaw!

Get your tickets for the BBQ Dinner this week and you’ll save $5 off per ticket.

This event is a fund-raiser for the Mountainair Public Schools “Battle of the Books” program.  

For more information, go to or to


Head to Mountainair on Saturday, June 16 for stories and songs about Billy the Kid as told by “Ramblin’ Ralph” Estes and take the opportunity also to tour Rancho Bonito via a horse and wagon ride. These are just two of the activities for the Art on the Range event Saturday and Sunday this coming weekend at Mountain Arts on Broadway at 122 E. Broadway in Mountainair. For more information, go to or click  here: Art on the Range Poster5-25-12flat.

Come out and join the fun at this event along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway!

Walk for the Children’s Miracle Network

The First Annual Edgewood Community Miracle Miles Benefit Walk to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network will be held Saturday June 9th at Wildlife West, on the Salt Missions Trail. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the Walk beginning at at 8 a.m. Cost is $5.00 for individuals and $25.00 a team for teams of 5 or more. Water stations and snacks provided by WalMart. Put a team together and help raise funds while having some fun!  For more information, or to get pledge sheets for your team, Call Gayla 505-286-3043 or Theresa at 505-715-7018

Moriarty’s Mudd Mania

The Town of Moriarty is expecting at least 100 trucks this weekend to play in the mudd at Mudd Mania on Saturday and Sunday. The event will be held at the Heritage Rodeo Arena and will start around 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. After the show, stick around for some food at Shorty’s BBQ or travel south on NM41 for some shade at Estancia’s Lake Arthur park. Enjoy your day on the Salt Missions Trail!