19th Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ on October 18 in Estancia

Estancia Rotary Club 19th Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Event on Saturday, October 18, from 11am-7pm.
Cost: $10 per carload of up to 6 people or $5 per person walk in
For additional information, please visit here.


July 4th events along the Salt Missions Trail


  • Moriarty Lion’s Club Annual Pancake Breakfast – monies raised will go to the Lions Club. Starts at 7am at the Lions Building in Moriarty. For more information call Don at 505-832-6330 or 505-410-1369.
  • Route 66 Arts Alliance hosting Art Show – 9am to 4pm at the Moriarty Civic Center. For more information contact Sandradrasilk@gmail.com.
  • A parade starts at 9am on Route 66 and ends at Crossley Park
  • There will be a car show outside of the Moriarty Civic Center
  • Tug of war between the Torrance County sheriff and fire departments starts at Noon at the Moriarty Lions Building
  • Bingo at 4pm at the Moriarty Lions Building


  • Luna Brothers Circus show at 7:30 on July 3rd at the baseball fields. Free coupons for kids at the Family Dollar
  • Live music, volleyball tournament and fishing derby at Arthur Park on July 4th. The pool will be open from Noon to 4pm.


  • On July 4th at 11am, there will be a barbecue lunch at Chavez Park hosted by the Mountainair fire department. There will be games, water polo, music and vendors.
  • A fundraiser Italian dinner will be held at the Bakery at 6:30pm on July 4th. Funds will go toward Mountainair’s animal control fund. For more information call Barbara 505-506-1415.
  • On July 4th at 4pm, there will be a poker tournament at the Dr. Saul Community Center followed by a pie auction at 6pm and a dance from 8pm to Midnight.
  • On July 5th there will be a pancake breakfast at the Shaffer Hotel dining room from 6-8am. It costs $6.25.


Torrance County 50+ Games in Estancia, Moriarty and Mountainair

The Torrance County 50+ Games invites residents who will be 50 or older by December 31, 2014, to enter the Games. There will be 20 different sports. To be eligible for the New Mexico State Senior Olympic Games in Roswell in July, local participation in the Torrance County 50+ Games is required. The games will start on February 15 and run through May 25.

The entry fee is $5 per person for one sport and $8 for two to three sports or $10 for four or more sports. Entry forms are available at the senior centers in Estancia, Moriarty and Mountainair. Registration deadline is five (5) days prior to the event.

For additional information and to sign-up for these great events, please call Jerry Melaragno at 847-0402. You can also visit nmseniorolympics.org for additional information.

Here’s a sample of what games you can expect: The kick-off will be February 15th at the Estancia School’s auxiliary gym. Huachas at 9 a.m., Soccer and Frisbee accuracy at 1 p.m. and Basketball skills at 2 p.m.

The games will continue on February 22 with shuffleboard at 1 p.m. at the Mountainair Senior Center.

February 23 there will be shuffleboard doubles at 10 a.m. at the Mountainair Senior Center.

March 8 there will be air gun events at 9 a.m. at Mag’s Indoor Shooting Range in Moriarty.

March 10 there will be pickleball singles, doubles and mixed doubles at 9 a.m. at the Dr. Saul Community Center in Mountainair.

Lots to Do on the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway!

Come on out to the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway communities this weekend and find something to do for just about everyone!

In Estancia, the Torrance County Fair will be wrapping up a week-long set of activities with a parade, the Junior Livestock Show, and the Torrance County 4-H barbecue at the Fairgrounds. A Country and Western Dance will top off the festivities on Saturday night at the Estancia Community Center. For a calendar of events, click on the Torrance County Fair link at torrancecountynm.org.

In Edgewood, the Route 66 Run, Rally, Rock Celebration will kick off with a 10 a.m. Parade and end with fireworks in the evening. There’s a lot of other stuff in between from car shows to dunk tanks and a business expo, so stop on by Edgewood to see what’s going on. You can also get more details at edgewoodchambernm.com.

In Tijeras, the Village will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its incorporation, with live music, a silent auction and other activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Contact dklaus@villageoftijeras.com for more information.

Have Fun at Old Timers Day in Estancia This Weekend!

There’s a lot going on in Estancia this Saturday! Old Timers Day begins with a parade at 11 a.m., a barbecue at Arthur Park at noon, live music, a Mounted Shooters of America presentation at the County Arena at 7 p.m., and a dance featuring Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies at 8 p.m. Come and join us! For more information, go to www.townofestancia.com.

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.