Monday, March 30, 2015

April brings great things to your library

April is Amnesty Month.  Bring back your overdue books and no overdue fines will be charged.  This is a good time to check your book cases, under the kid's beds, your DVD storage area, etc.

$1 a bag book sale every Saturday in April.  Enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies as you peruse the sale books.  Library is open 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

SAVE THE DATE - MAY 2, Smokey Bear Days and the Capitan Library fantastic ANNUAL PLANT SALE!  (You know it will be more than plants.)

Don't forget First Friday Event: April 3rd

Gary Cozzens will show photos and talk about his new book, Tres Ritos, at 7 p.m.   You can read more about the event on the blog at

As always, refreshments will be served after the presentation and Gary will have his books available for you to purchase.


To be held at the Traylor Gym at the Capitan Schools.   Sponsored by the Capitan Conservation Group.


 There will be a presentation on the forthcoming Bond issue to be voted upon May 12 and what the funds would be used for. How does this affect you? Also, hear information about the present construction, followed by a Question and Answer forum.

Also, introducing Ms. Amber Watts, the new Nurse Practitioner from the Capitan Clinic with a presentation on Wellness with Medicare and information on the Lincoln County Community Assistance Program.


Friday, March 20, 2015

April First Friday - April 3 at 7 p.m.

Discover the Three Rivers Area with Gary Cozzens
Join us at the Capitan Public Library on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. for the April First Friday event: local historian and author, Gary Cozzens, introducing and discussing his latest book, Tres Ritos.     

In Tres RitosCozzens tells the stories of a small but intriguing place in New Mexico history.  He will share with the audience snippets and photographs from his book to intrigue us to further discover the one-thousand years of fascinating history flowing from the Three Rivers Valley in New Mexico. 

Tres Ritos was first settled by the Jornada Mogollon in AD 900, and these ancient farmers left their presence in the form of more than twenty-one thousand petroglyphs along a mile-long ridge.   The valley was visited by Spanish explorers in the 1600s and became the homeland of the Mescalero Apache about the same time. 

Patrick Coghlan, the “Cattle King of Tularosa,” built a major ranch here with his cattle being supplied by Billy the Kid.  Susan McSween Barber, the widow of Alexander McSween of Lincoln County War fame, prospered here as the “Cattle Queen of New Mexico".  Albert Fall, infamous for his participation in the Tea Pot Dome scandal, owned Coghlan’s ranch.  There are many more historical tales and photographs to discover  in Tres Rios.   

 A native New Mexican, Gary Cozzens grew up in Portales, graduated from Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University earning a double major in history and political science.  Following graduation he served in the United States Marine Corps for a total of 24 years, including Operation Desert Storm, and retired as a Major in 1999. 

Cozzens is currently the Manager of Lincoln Historic Site in Lincoln, New Mexico.  He is a member of the Lincoln County Historical Society, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, the Lincoln County Site Watch program and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Friends of Historic Lincoln. 

Cozzens is the author of the books The Nogal Mesa and Capitan, published by The History Press. 

Refreshments will be served following the book presentation.  

Tres Ritos books will be available for the audience to purchase and have signed by the author.
For more information call Capitan Public Library at 575-354-3035.  
 The library is located at 101 E. 2nd Street, Capitan, NM.  Visit us online at:  OR  

Friday, March 13, 2015

John Soden's Photographs currently on display at the Library

 Come see the beautiful photographs of local freelance photographer, John Soden.  See more of his photographs at:
 If you are interested in purchasing any of the limited edition photographs, contact John at his studio:
Weasel Productions of New Mexico
1086 State Highway 48
Alto, New Mexico  88312 
 (575) 336-2155 or 937-1441

 John Soden captures our local scenery and events with an insightful, natural artistic eye.  Be sure to stop by the library to view his wonderful photographs.
John Soden with Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Monday, March 9, 2015

We all live in a watershed. Learn more about your watershed


A Watershed Moment: Stakeholders and Stewardship of Lincoln County Water Basins
Friday March 13, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM MDT
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Ruidoso Convention Center
111 Sierra Blanca Drive
Ruidoso, NM 88345
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Drought, fire and population growth are just some of the factors affecting the Upper Hondo watershed. In order to address the challenges Lincoln County faces, ENMU-Ruidoso Community Education is focusing on watersheds for its annual Forest Health conference. "A Watershed Moment: Stakeholders and Stewardship of Lincoln County Water Basins" will be held Friday, March 13 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Several speakers will give presentations on a wide range of topics concerning watersheds beginning at 9:00 am and lasting through 4:30 pm. The talks will be free and open to the public.

The Little Bear fire coalesced several groups into working together and towards substantive change. The college's Forest Health series has allowed several local experts to offer myriad perspectives to treatments and plans as well as problems that still need to be addressed. The conference will build on those relationships and public outreach efforts. Sessions will attempt to explain what makes up a watershed, including the definition of aquifer, the dynamics of recharge, ground versus surface water, the health of the Rio Ruidoso, Rio Bonito, Rio Hondo as well as smaller tributaries such as Eagle and Salado Creeks and water restoration projects that are taking place. The conference will also delve into rangeland management. Sid Goodloe is scheduled to speak, and a tour of his ranch is being arranged.
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ENMU-Ruidoso Community Education

Armed Services Blood Program and Holloman Blood Drive

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Armed Services Blood Program and Holloman will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, March 10, at the Community Activity Center from 10 am until 2 pm.

"The goal for this drive is 50 donations," said Tech. Sgt. Chelsie Davia with the 49th Medical Group. "The past few drives we have reached 45, so we really would like to break 50."

There is a potential to accept 60 donors over the four-hour drive with all units collected going directly to benefit active duty servicemembers and their families. Donations ensure life-saving blood products are available whenever and wherever servicemembers and their families are in need.

"With all the military operations going on in the world today, there is an increased need for blood," Davia said. "This program provides an opportunity for servicemembers, their families and civilians to support our military in a definitive, meaningful way."

The ASBP is the official U.S. military blood program and collects a list from units deployed overseas of what types and how much blood is needed. Once they've sent the requested amount, the remaining blood goes into a pool that is then distributed as needed to different military treatment facilities throughout the Armed Forces.

"You have what it takes to save three lives with a single donation," Davia said. "By giving a little of yourself, your donation gives sick or injured troops and their families a second chance at life."

All Team Holloman members are encouraged to donate and possibly save the life of a servicemember serving their country. Additionally, anyone with a United States government identification card and access to Holloman is invited to take part. ID card holders may escort friends, neighbors or family members to the blood drive.
Eligibility requirements can be found at

Most healthy adults are eligible to give blood, however, there are some reasons a person may be deferred from donating temporarily, indefinitely or permanently. Deferral criteria have been established for the protection of those donating and for those receiving transfusions in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements, AABB standards and Department of Defense policies.

Walk-ins are welcome for the blood drive; however, appointments can be made on the Armed Services Blood Program website, The website also contains information on requirements to donate and a list of upcoming drives.

For additional information and photos, please visit the Holloman Web site at

Thursday, March 5, 2015


The Half Price sale the first two weeks of MARCH is ONLY ADULT CLOTHING.

And the FREE clothing the last two weeks of March is ALL Clothing.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Not 2 Shabby Shop - MARCH MADNESS!

At least it appears they've gone mad.  Their March sale is:

 EVERYTHING HALF OFF during the first two weeks of March. 

Then, CHECK THIS OUT, the last two weeks of March ALL clothing is free, free, FREE!. Jackets, shirts, pants, suits, shoes, bags, sleepwear, dresses, skirts, blouses.

You definitely can't miss this.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

First Friday, March 6 - A review from University of N.M. Press on Caffey's book


Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico  David L. Caffey

Winner of the 2014 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Anyone who has even a casual acquaintance with the history of New Mexico in the nineteenth century has heard of the Santa Fe Ring—seekers of power and wealth in the post–Civil War period famous for public corruption and for dispossessing landholders. Surprisingly, however, scholars have alluded to the Ring but never really described this shadowy entity, which to this day remains a kind of black hole in New Mexico’s territorial history. David Caffey looks beyond myth and symbol to explore its history. Who were its supposed members, and what did they do to deserve their unsavory reputation? Were their actions illegal or unethical? What were the roles of leading figures like Stephen B. Elkins and Thomas B. Catron? What was their influence on New Mexico’s struggle for statehood? Caffey’s book tells the story of the rise and fall of this remarkably durable alliance.

“Caffey offers a thorough study of one of the most notorious political machines of the nineteenth-century American West.”

$5-a-Bag BOOK SALE- Saturday, March 7

On Saturdays, we're open 10 am to 2 pm.  Come get some great books.

Discount Alert for older adults

Every month Walgreen's has a "Seniors Day" offering 20% off regular-priced merchandise.  For March, the date is March 3rd.  A senior is anyone 55+ or an AARP member. You must have their Balance Reward Card to take advantage of this discount..