Gourd-geous art to make at Coronado Monument
The Friends of Coronado State Monument
will present the third annual Gourd Workshop on the Portal,
on Saturday, August 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“Every year this event gets to
be more and more fun!” said Emily Sue Shields, of the
Friends. “This year, we will be offering the chance
to make birdhouses, bird feeders, masks, folk-art chickens,
Southwestern dolls, Christmas ornaments, or whatever possibilities
you see in the gourd. Bring your imagination and a lunch.”
The cost is $20 per person, with a limit
of twenty people. One small gourd (either bottle or buffalo)
and supplies are included in the admission price; additional
gourds may be purchased for fifty cents to $5. Gourds of various
sizes and shapes will be available.
Reservations are required by August 5.
Call Gordon, at 771-3464, or e-mail your reservation to email@example.com.
On Sunday, March 19, “Pueblo Feast
Days: Cultural Meanings and Visitor Etiquette,” will
be presented at 2:00 p.m. For further information, contact
Coronado Monument, at 771-3464.
General admission to the monument is $5
per person; members of Friends of Coronado State Monument
are admitted free.
Coronado State Monument is off I-25 west
of the town of Bernalillo, on Highway 550.
Sunday is Funday picnic
Vendors and sponsors are being sought for Rio Rancho Mayor
Kevin Jackson's Sunday is Funday community picnic, scheduled
for Sunday, August 27. The free event at the Rio Rancho Sports
Complex from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. will include fifty-cent hot
dogs and hamburgers, entertainment, and activities for children.
Vendors of arts and crafts, food, and other items may reserve
a ten-foot-by-ten-foot space at the sports complex fields
for $50. They will be required to provide their own equipment,
canopy, tables, chairs, and insurance. For further details
or information on how to reserve a vendor space, please contact
Tony Popper, at 892-0325, or David Heil, at 228-7189.
Kiwanis Club of Rio Rancho is the primary sponsor for this
event. Any revenue generated will be given by Kiwanis to benefit
youth programs in Rio Rancho, such as the Boys and Girls Club.
An adobe ruin in the fabled mining community of Hagan
Las Placitas Association invites you to
—KATE NELSON, BOARD MEMBER, LAS PLACITAS ASSOCIATION
Ghost towns, canyons, and spectacular 360-degree views are
just some of the treats Las Placitas Association has for you
On August 12, join us for a special guided tour into the
Diamond Tail Ranch, north of Placitas. Normally closed to
the public, the ranch property (which is far larger than the
Diamond Tail subdivision) boasts old Pueblo sites, abandoned
Spanish farms, and the fabled mining community of Hagan.
That's our main destination. We'll explore the ruins of
the many buildings that once fed Hagan's hopes of becoming
a coal-mining giant. You can choose to stroll leisurely among
the buildings or hop onto a group hike to a ridgetop for those
Local experts on the area's history and wildflowers will
be aboard to expand our brains.
After about two hours, we'll head further into the ranch.
Under the shade of some elderly cottonwoods, we'll enjoy a
fresh chuck-wagon lunch, courtesy of the Diamond Tail Ranch.
This is a free event sponsored by LPA, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to preserving open space, restoring ailing watersheds,
and helping Placitas residents "learn to live like a
Meet us at 8:00 a.m. on August 12 in the Merc parking lot.
We'll carpool north on I-25 to the San Felipe exit, then drive
east on the dirt road into the Diamond Tail. (Four-wheel and
all-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended.)
Bring plenty of water, wear sturdy shoes, and, just in case,
pack some rain gear, too.
To help us get an idea of how much food to prepare, log onto
and use the Contact Us link to send an e-mail on how many
will be in your group. Computer-less? Leave a message at 867-6330.
El Rinconcito español
Hay que aprender a perder antes
de saber jugar.
One must learn to lose before learning how to play.
La verdad padece pero no perece.
The truth suffers, but it doesn’t perish.
No da él que puede, sino él que quiere.
It isn’t the one who can who gives, rather the one
who wants to.
Submitted by SOS-panyol, Placitas—Spanish
instruction that focuses on oral communication skills, www.sospanyol.com.
“Mormon Tales” at historical
society’s August meeting
The Sandoval County Historical Society will meet on August
6 at 2:00 p.m. at Delavy House Museum, off highway 550 west
of Bernalillo, between Coronado State Monument and Santa Ana
Star Casino. Featured will be “Mormon Tales,”
by Dave Gardner, Penne Melton, and Bruce Myer. Refreshments
will be served. The program is free and open to the public.
For further information, call Martha Liebert, at 867-2755.
2006 Corrales Harvest Festival spreads out
The twenty-first annual Corrales Harvest Festival—a
special event honoring Corrales’s farming roots and
the preservation of its unique and rural atmosphere—takes
place in Corrales on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October
1, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. Thousands of
visitors come to Corrales to enjoy the event.
The pet parade and competition will kick off the event on
Saturday, assembling at 8:00 a.m. and marching at 9:00 a.m.
The event is spread out over many locations that include the
Corrales Growers Market, the ever-expanding juried arts and
crafts show, Wagner’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Mercado
Antiguo at Old Church, and the food court. There will be live
entertainment at many locations, hayrides throughout the village,
and children’s activities, including a petting zoo and
rides. Many animal exhibits can be seen at Casa San Ysidro,
and a farm tour is available. Wine tasting is offered at the
wineries by hayride. Corrales businesses host additional events
in the village.
The Corrida de Corrales Fun Run begins Sunday morning at
8:00 a.m. Two dollars will purchase unlimited hay rides all
day and a brochure listing all the events and the schedule,
including a little Corrales history lesson. Parking is free.
The Corrales Harvest Festival is a nonprofit corporation
registered in the state of New Mexico. All staff and event
positions are held by volunteers from Corrales and neighboring
communities. Proceeds from the event are distributed to charities
serving the Corrales community. 2005 proceeds were distributed
to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Learn the ropes, ancient-style
The Sandia Ranger District invites the public to join Al
Cornell for a presentation and demonstration on the prehistory
of cordage, including a hands-on component which will allow
the attendees to make cordage as our ancient ancestors did.
Cornell has a keen interest in applied anthropology, especially
prehistoric fire making, the fabrication of stone and bone
tools, prehistoric pigments, and cordage. He has appeared
at a variety of archaeological events and museums, including
ten days of presentations and demonstrations at the Smithsonian
Museum in Washington, D.C., in 2005.
The program will be held at Tijeras Pueblo, at the Sandia
Ranger Station, on August 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For additional
information, contact the Sandia Ranger District, at 281-3304.
Debunking the myth of the sand-burrowing
It’s a popular refrain here in central New Mexico come
summer: The silvery minnow can hunker down, bury itself in
a dry streambed, and outlast drought. Whenever the river slows
and its bed begins to dry, I’m inevitably informed that
the Rio Grande has always dried, and the four-inch-long minnow
has always survived. This year, I received a letter pointing
out that “old-timers” and “local observers”
know that minnows can bury themselves and their eggs in the
sandy river bottom. I was also told that “desert fish
have evolved to deal with drought.”
I’ve seen the bumper sticker that says “A woman
without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” But
in my mind, a fish without water is just a dead fish, one
that’s likely to be eaten by a bird or maybe even run
over by a bicycle. Not being an ichthyologist, however, I
decided to consult with biologists, geneticists, and fisheries
scientists and ask whether the minnow can live in sand to
swim another day.
“BS,” began a message that came to my inbox
within the hour. This fisheries biologist, who had certainly
been asked the question more than once, wrote that when the
Middle Rio Grande dried in 1996, the manager of Bosque del
Apache Refuge took a backhoe to the dry riverbed. He, along
with a handful of farmers invited to watch, dug six feet into
the riverbed—and nary an egg was found.
“Fish don’t live in sand—dry or wet,”
the testy biologist continued in his e-mail. Fish do burrow
in sand to survive drought in Africa and Australia. Known
as aestivating fish, they include the lungfish and salamander
fish. But aestivating fish, one geneticist assured me, do
not live in North America.
The minnow used to swim throughout much of the 1,850 mile-long
Rio Grande; in fact, it was once the most populous fish species
in the Middle Rio Grande. It also lived in the Pecos River,
which flows through eastern New Mexico. The fish is now found
in small numbers in a 157-mile stretch of the Rio Grande,
and it is completely gone from the Pecos, which nowadays also
dries each summer.
Another biologist told me that most of the fish species
that occupy the Rio Grande are closely related to Mississippi
River-drainage fish and are not really desert-adapted. He
added that “these fish occupy medium-to-large perennially
flowing rivers that flow through arid areas.” This bears
repeating: The fish live in rivers that flow through dry areas.
Not only that, but even if sections of the Rio Grande dried
up in the past, they never dried completely. When one portion
of the riverbed dried, water likely remained in an adjacent
bend or oxbow. Without dams to stop them, minnow eggs and
larvae from upstream waterways would have drifted downstream,
recolonizing the reaches that had suffered drying.
Today’s Rio Grande does not bend and meander throughout
the valley; it is carefully managed to flow within a relatively
narrow channel for short stretches between diversions and
dams. Now, there are sixteen major dams and diversions on
the Rio Grande between its headwaters in Colorado and the
Gulf of Mexico. When one portion of the river dries, the fish
can’t simply swim up or downstream. When, say, eighty
miles of the river dries, as it did in 2003, biologists must
salvage what fish they can, pack them in plastic bags with
water, then truck them to a wet portion of the river. Then,
from the fall through the spring, when flows are higher, it’s
up to biologists to stock the river from fish they’ve
raised in tanks.
A second geneticist pointed out that we didn’t collect
much historical flow data before dams and diversions. “That
timescale (from when water managers started recording flows)
is pretty negligible when it comes to evolution,” she
said, “even for a minnow with a short generation time.”
In other words, even the short-lived minnow can’t evolve
fast enough to be able to live without water. That’s
like expecting humans to evolve within a few hundred years
to survive while breathing carbon monoxide.
It’s critical that journalists report many sides of
any story. But let’s lay to rest the myth of the amazingly
resilient silvery minnow. There’s absolutely no proof
that it burrows into the sand and hangs on in the dry streambeds
of the river, and as far as I can tell, there’s little
proof that the “old-timers” who tell such tales
Laura Paskus is a contributor to Writers
on the Range, a service of High Country News (hcn.org).
She is the paper’s Southwest editor in Albuquerque,