Have a Cooler, Less Crowded Fourth of July

Did you know that the day time temperatures in the communities along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway typically run 5 to 10 degrees cooler than those in the Albuquerque area? If you are looking for a little relief from the heat during the Independence Day celebrations, head east to the Salt Missions Trail and enjoy some old fashioned July Fourth fun!

The Fourth of July parade in Moriarty starts at 9 a.m. and is followed by an Arts and Crafts Fair (with food) in the City Park. If you can’t come on the Fourth, join the fun on Saturday and Sunday (July 6 and 7th) for the Wiseman Circuit Bull Riding events at the Moriarty arena. Go to www.wisemanrodeo.com for more information.

In Estancia, the annual Fourth of July Fishing Derby at Arthur Park will begin at 7 a.m. for fishers 65 and older and at 7:30 a.m. for the kids. There will be prizes for everything from the largest fish to the smallest. Stop on by and have some fun! The swimming pool opens on the Fourth, as well, so you can cool off even more, if you bring your swim suit!

In Mountainair, the Fourth of July Jubilee is scheduled for Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Chavez Memorial Park. If you arrive early enough, you’ll be able to buy some fresh vegys and other goodies at the Farmers Market on US60. And check out the Outlaw BBQ and Charity Poker Tournament going on that day too! Go to  www.outlawbbq.org for more information.


Farmers Markets Along the Byway

Looking to escape the heat of the city? Come visit the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway and take the opportunity to buy food from local farmers at one of the Farmer’s Markets along the Byway. Start in Edgewood on Saturday mornings at Tractor Supply Company from 8:30 to noon. Then head south on NM41 to the Estancia Valley Farmers Market in Estancia on Thursdays and Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. on the sidewalk by the old Mill Restaurant. Or you can start your trip in Mountainair at the Farm and Garden Market on Highway 60 and Roosevelt Street on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any way you come, you’re bound to find fresh food and great folks, and a cool experience, in both senses of the word!

Community Alert For Rural Transportation Update



Help us….help you!

The North Central Regional Transit District wants to make your bus service even better.  We provided 185 thousand passenger trips last year covering more than 10 thousand square miles in Northern New Mexico.

We are in the process of updating our five-year service plan and need your input! Southwest Planning, an independent company, will be conducting a series of community meetings to listen to your feedback and ideas and for you to share with us how we can serve you even better.

A meeting for residents in the Edgewood/Moriarty area will be held at the Edgewood Community Center on Monday June 10, 2013 at 6:30pm. We’ll be listening to you. Light Refreshment will be served. For more information call Southwest Planning at 505-989-8500 or go to www.ridethebluebus.com

Wildlife West Events In Edgewood, NM

Join us for the Wildlife Festival!

Join the celebration of New Mexico’s native wildlife and plants at Wildlife West Nature Park’s Wildlife Festival in Edgewood on Saturday, June 15, 2013.  

Wildlife West’s zoo is one of the few places where people can be close to and observe Mexican Wolves in their natural habitat, get a behind the scenes tour of Koshari, a 500 pound black bear, and learn about 24 other species of wildlife that are native to New Mexico. Tours start each hour during the day.
Representatives from wildlife and environmental organizations will present, including Elke Duerr, Albuquerque filmmaker and conservationist, on Mexican wolves in the wild; Dr. Scott Altenbech on bats; Doug Scott, author of “Waterfalls in New Mexico”, on amazing waterfalls in our arid state; and Dr. Christian Meuli, permaculturalist, on water harvesting.  Visitors will also learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies presented by Tatia Veltkamp from Wings of Enchantment, and the wonderful world of native bees and other pollinators by Laurie Lange from the Pollinator Nation and Bee Collaborative. Laurie will also bring orchard mason bee houses, seeds for pollinator gardens and seed plan kits.  Plus, join an herb-walk through Wildlife West lead by Mary Jo Hoven.
Participants are invited to stay for the Cowboy Chuckwagon and Western Swing Dinner Show beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a free-flight Peregrine Falcon show, then the barbeque dinner, followed by a live western-swing music performance by Holy Water & Whiskey. Show ends at 9 p.m. The dinner and show are in a covered all-weather amphitheater and includes a free hayride.  Reservations for the dinner show are required by 2 p.m. on the day of the show.  Chuckwagon tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for children 5-11, and kids under 5 are free.
All activities throughout the day, except for the Chuckwagon Dinner Show, are included with regular admission to Wildlife West:  $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 students and children under 5 are free, plus free parking.
Wildlife West is located just 25 minutes east of Albuquerque, off Interstate-40 and legendary Route 66 in Edgewood. For more information at visit www.wildlifewest.org or call 505-281-7655 or toll-free 1-877-981-WILD (9453).

Schedule of Events:

10am – Gates Open to Wildlife Zoo
11am – Black Bear tours start/repeats hourly plus Butterfly presentation by Tatia Veltkamp/Wings of Enchantment
 Noon – Herb-walk by Mary Jo Hoven
1pm – Waterfalls by Doug Scott
2pm – Mexican Wolves by Elke Duerr
3pm – Water Harvesting by Dr. Christian Meuli
4pm – Bats by Dr. Altenbech


Meet Barbie, a North American Porcupine and our Newest Resident

Wildlife West Nature Park has a new baby.  Her name is Barbie and she is a North American Porcupine.  Barbie is eight weeks old and came from the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Her mother was hit by a car and killed. The amniotic sack was expelled upon impact.   Luckily, an alert passerby stopped, removed Barbie from the sack and tied and cut off the umbilical cord.  The motorist then took her to the Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock where they gave her special care and nurtured her until she was old enough to be moved to her permanent home at Wildlife West on May 26, 2013.

Barbie loves sweet potatoes, kisses and naps.  She has been very active exploring her new surroundings and greeting visitors as they pass by her newly constructed habitat.  She visits everyone to come see her – she is so cute and inquisitive!.

Mark your calendar for the 12th Annual Wildlife Music Festival?

Join us July 19 -21, 2013. Wildlife West’s covered amphitheater and indoor “bean barn” venues provide shade and shelter, and plenty of seating. Our music festivals include workshops, open jams, and other events, providing entertainment and fun for musicians and visitors alike!

Headliners include Lisa Haley & the Zydakats, Blue Canyon Boys, Chuck Pyle, Joe West & the Santa Fe Revue. Plus Mystic Lizard, The Swamp Coolers, Higher Ground, The Tumbleweeds, Quality Retreads and more to be announced!

Friday, Barn Dance with Joe West and The Santa Fe Revue: $10 at door
Friday & Saturday: $30
Saturday: $25
Sunday: $15
Weekend Pass: $35
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Travis Suazo, Executive Director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM, will be offering a Pueblo perspective on archaeology and discussing the importance of the core values of love, faith, compassion, service and community to the Pueblo people at the Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Friends of Tijeras Pueblo lecture.
This lecture kicks off a collaborative effort between the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. It is being held at the Sandia Ranger Station just south of the Village of Tijeras and begins at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested from non-members of the Friends. For more information go to http://www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.