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Winter Planning for Spring Planting

Fishtail Weeder and Common Mallow

The days are short, nights long and the ground is cold. Winter isn't a great time for planting, but it is a time for planning a garden. Last fall we planted everything from an apple tree to iris bulbs, but there is still much to be decided for spring planting. While the snow flies we are thinking ahead to the gardening season.

Training for Windy Work in Tucumcari

Wind Turbine Under Construction

New Mexico is windy in the spring. The wide open plains of Eastern New Mexico are even windier. Power utilities are putting up wind farms across New Mexico and the Great Plains to take advantage of all of the free wind. One question hasn't been answered yet - Who will operate and maintain these turbines? Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, NM is establishing the North American Wind Research and Training Center to educate Wind Turbine Technicians to fill that need.

Southwestern National Parks Tour

Colorado River - Sunrise at Drinks Canyon Campground near Moab, Utah

Americans are lucky, or more accurately, fortunate. We are fortunate in the incredible beauty, diversity, wildlife and wilderness that is set aside and preserved by the National Parks Service. My wife and I recently took a week-long tour of National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. While our trip was short we camped, hiked, explored and absorbed a huge amount of nature, history and culture of the Southwestern US.

Santa Fe Farmer's Market & Railyard Park Opening

Santa Fe Farmer's Market New Building 2008

What: Santa Fe Railyard Grand Opening
When: September 13 & 14, 2008
Where: The Railyard - Santa Fe, NM (Google Map below)

Go Camping

Tent Camping in the Aspen Conifer Forest of Northern New Mexico

Get out of the house, away from town and Into the Woods! It's summertime and your tent and sleeping bag are crying out from neglect (well mine were anyway). My wife and I love camping but over-scheduling and other excuses get in the way much too often. Not this weekend!

Building a Better Firework

Ancient Chinese Firework Rocket

The Fourth of July is a holiday famous for parades, back-yard barbecue and fireworks. What could be more wholesome, festive and fun? Well, maybe a little less pollution from the fireworks would be nice.

Reduce, Reuse, Make Art

Green Recycle Symbol

What: 9th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival 2007
Where: El Museo Cultural, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM
When: November 16-18
- Friday, November 16, 5-9pm
- Saturday, November 17, 9am - 5pm
- Sunday, November 18, 10am - 5pm
Admission: Friday night $5 to Art Market and $10 to both the Art Market and Trash Fashion and Costume contest premier seating area. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is Free! General Admission to the entire event is free for kids under 12.

Public Lands Day 2007

Public Lands Day at Cochiti Lake with BSA Troop 53

I hope everyone enjoyed a part of our incredible public lands on September 29, 2007 - National Public Lands Day. My fiancée and I joined up with Boy Scouts of America Troop 53 from Santa Fe, New Mexico at Cochiti Lake Recreation Area. Park Ranger Greg Carpenter arranged all of the tools and materials and we helped build a wall to enhance the Pay Station and Information sign leading to the Boat Launch at Cochiti Lake.

Hyde Memorial State Park Summer Events

Looking for something to do? Take advantage of your local state parks! State parks in New Mexico have ongoing lectures, hikes and fun events. Here are some of the walks and talks for Hyde Memorial State Park, just a short drive from the Santa Fe Plaza.

Hyde Memorial Enchanted Evenings
Thursdays, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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