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Bruce B. Huckell

Bruce B. Huckell

Huckell presents recent discovery of ancient spear point in Placitas

Bruce B. Huckell, Senior Coordinator, anthropologist and archaeologist at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Albuquerque, is scheduled to speak at the November meeting of the Placitas History Project (PHP). Mr. Huckell will discuss the recent find of a 10,200-to-10,800-year-old spear point in Placitas. This is believed to be the first such Folsom Point found on the east side of the Rio Grande. The Placitas monthly meeting will be held on November 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Placitas Library. Everyone is welcome.

Rock art: topic of presentation at Monument

—Steve Cantrell

On November 18, Friends of Coronado Lecture Series will present, “Rock Art in New Mexico,” with presenter Barror “Bear” Haley.

Mr. Haley is a retired community college instructor of Biology, Marine Biology, and Botany. Now retired, he brings his lifelong avocation as a photographer to the study of petroglyphs and the Native American rock art images of New Mexico. Mr. Haley is an award-winning member of several rock-art associations including the American Rock Art Research Association. He is also a recorder for the Bureau of Land Management, and as such, he has been up close and personal with rock art images as he photographs, logs, and graphs images that remain as an eight-thousand-year-old record of the prehistoric peoples of Las Cruces up through the Rio Grande Gorge.

Back by popular demand, this self-proclaimed “rock-art bum” will present a slide show of rock art images he has studied, featuring more New Mexico rock art as well as images from Hueco Tanks in Texas, and images from Mogollon sites, both Mimbres and Jornada—sites south of Socorro for the most part. These signs and symbols speak to us of an ancient past that continues to have significant meaning for current native inhabitants. Enjoy a peek at images that you would not otherwise be able to see.

The presentation will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the DeLavy House (Sandoval County Historical Society Museum), off Hwy 550, Bernalillo, 1.7 miles west of the I-25 exit 242, off Hwy 550. Follow the road between the IHop Restaurant and the Warrior Fuel station.

Cost of admission is five dollars, though Friends of Coronado Monument are free. Reservations are not accepted, so come early to ensure you get a seat, as capacity is limited. For more information, visit: or call 792-4851.

Tall tales of the Wild West: the stories of Karl May, Germany’s favorite author

Mention “Winnetou” or “Old Shatterhand” almost anywhere in Europe and you’ll be met with smiles. In the United States you are more likely to earn a blank stare. The mentioned characters were created by German author Karl May and are two of the most popular fictional characters of the nineteenth and twentieth century. May’s books have outsold those of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey combined.

But there’s a hitch: May never saw the West. In 1908 he made his only visit to the United States and went as far west as Buffalo, New York. Nevertheless, his faith in the glory of the West, and his ability to nurture an entire continent’s love for it, has drawn countless people across the Atlantic to visit and stay.

From November 18 to February 9, 2014, the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe celebrates May’s life, legacy, and lasting impact in Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May. This small exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery includes first-edition and foreign-language versions of May’s books. On loan from the Karl May Museum in Silberbüchse.

On November 18, at 2:00 p.m., there will be an opening reception for Tall Tales of the Wild West: The Stories of Karl May held at The New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Avenue, in Santa Fe). This opening will feature a lecture by Hans Grunert, curator of the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Germany. Guests include Klaud Jochen Guehicke, consul general of the German Consulate in Houston, Texas, and Stephan Helgesen, honorary German consul of New Mexico. Admission is free to New Mexico residents on Sunday and to everyone on Friday evenings. For more information, call 505-478-5200.

c. Rudi Klimpert

El Zócalo hosts trick-or-treat event

Sandoval County’s El Zócalo visitor and event center in Bernalillo will host its annual trick-or-treat event on October 31. The event, which will run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., offers a safe place for children to show off their costumes and get Halloween treats. Last year’s events attracted 450 children from elementary schools in Bernalillo and surrounding areas, and even more are expected this year. To accommodate the numbers, event organizers are asking local businesses and organizations to participate by setting up booths at the events. Booth operators will be expected to hand out treats, but this is also a good way to promote your business or organization.

Organizations that can’t operate a booth are welcome to drop off candy or a monetary donation at the El Zócalo Center. 

Forest Road 266 in the Jemez is now open for fuelwood gathering

—Karen Takai

Fuelwood Permits are now available for Forest Road 266 on the Santa Fe National Forest Jemez Ranger District.

A small portion of F.R. 271, 270B, and 270CBD will be open for fuel wood gathering, as well. This area is within the boundaries of the Paliza Burn where we would like to see the fuel removed. Make sure you understand the location and restriction associated with this permit.

When going for fuelwood remember you must have the permit and affix your load tag to the load before moving from the area.

Dead trees known as “snags” are home to many species of wildlife. As a tree dies, each stage of its decomposition plays a vital role in the feeding or housing of certain species. Dozens of species of birds and mammals depend on snags for shelter, food, and a place to rear offspring. Bats roost and build nursery colonies in exposed crevices. Squirrels nest and store food in natural cavities. Hawks, eagles, and osprey nest, roost, and hunt from perches atop dead trees. Protect habitat for the wildlife and leave some dead trees, so they can still call it home.

Please note that vehicles are restricted to the roads in the burned area as mentioned on the Closure Order No: 368.

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