Monday, September 28, 2015

OCEC Community Meeting to Discuss New Rate Proposal

Otero County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) will be holding 
an informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept.30 at 5:30 PM
in the Capitan School Cafeteria, 150 Forest Street. 
Managers and trustees will be there to give important 
information and answer any questions members may have
about the recently published new rate proposal.

If you need more information about this meeting, please 
call Billy Massie at 575-682-2521
 or 1-800-548-4660.

First Friday - October 2 at 7 p.m. - author Donna Birchell

"Every vine has a story"  Nearly four hundred years ago, New Mexico's wine journey began when the first Mission grapes were planted in 1629.  At the Capitan Public Library on Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m., taste this rich legacy, the oldest in the United States, in Donna Blake Birchell's Power Point presentation of the struggles and triumphs that shaped New Mexico's burgeoning wine industry. 

Her book for this discussion, New Mexico Wine: an Enchanting History, is published by the History Press.

Birchell's account of the history finds that despite greedy Spanish monarchs, prim teetotalers and the one-hundred-year flood's gift of root rot and alkaline deposits, New Mexico's winemakers continue to harvest the fruits of sun-soaked volcanic soils and clear skies.  Their family stories blend with the vines and traditions of the Old World. 

Birchell will also verbally give a brief tour of some of the wineries included in the book and tell of their specialties as we follow the New Mexico Wine Trail.  

Three wineries donated bottles of wine to the library to be discussed during the presentation.  Tularosa Vineyards donated their international award winner and number-one seller, Sangiovese.  Cottonwood Winery in Artesia sent a bottle of their #1 dry red wine, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Dos Viejos Winery in Tularosa donated their State Fair of N.M. award-winning and customers' favorite 2006 Sangiovese.  

Donna Blake Birchell is a native New Mexican and wine enthusiast, whose passion for history developed at a young age. Birchell, a former librarian, is currently a board member of the Southeastern New Mexico Historical Society.  She has authored four books on local New Mexico history: Carlsbad and Carlsbad Caverns, Eddy County, New Mexico Wine: An Enchanting History, and Wicked Women of New Mexico.
Refreshments will be served after the discussion. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.  She will also have copies of Wicked Women of NM available.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sign up for the After School Program

Below is the information and permission slip for the After School Program offered by Debbie Myers and Pat Pauley on Mondays  4 - 5:30 p.m. at the library.  The Monday dates are: Sept. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; and Nov. 2, 9, 16.  (Below it says see attached calendar, which in NOT attached to save space.)  If you can't read the letter in the email, go to the blog online and expand the view to 150% or 200%.  You can also call the library at 354-3035 to get a copy faxed or just come by & pick one up.  A great opportunity for your kiddos!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Michael Hurd prints on display at the Library

Cross Roads
The library is pleased to have on display ten prints by renown artist, Michael Hurd.

Lost Trail at White Sands

 According to Hurd's website: 

Michael has been a professional artist for most of his life.  His specialty is oil and watercolor.  The Hurd La Rinconada Gallery contains prints of originals that Michael has created over the years.  Much of the scenery painted in his landscapes is straight from his home on Sentinal Ranch in San Patrico, NM.  As the youngest son of renowned artists, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth-Hurd, Michael is following in a long line of artists. 

"Hurd's painting are like coming home after a long absence.  They are both comfortable and comforting.  They welcome you to life not only as it is in the Hondo Valley, but as it is essentially." Quoted from Virgina Watson-Jones book, Lincoln County Arts, 1999

Prints at the library are for sale through the Hurd La Rinconada Gallery.  Please call 575-653-4331

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Thanks to a small grant received from Otero County Electric Cooperative, Inc., the Capitan Public Library is pleased to announce a series of free art workshops for adults to be held in the forthcoming months at the library at 101 E. 2nd Street in Capitan.

The first will be a two-part writers'workshop on Saturdays, October 10 and 17,  from 9 am to noon, conducted by Linda Rodriguez, a published writer from Carrizozo. If you have ever wanted to write a memoir for your family or develop a short story, learn more about developing characters or build momentum in a novel, here's your opportunity.

Music, drama, silk painting and drawing workshops will be featured in the coming months.   Reservations are required as space is limited.  For more information and to make your reservation, please call Pearl Tippin at 575 354 7021 or e-mail 
( Reservations MUST be made with Pearl, not the library staff.)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Info meeting on Otero Electric rate increase

If your electricity comes from Otero Electric, you may be interested in attending the meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17,  at the Ruidoso Convention Center.  The discussion will center on the prospective increases to your bill.  Please pass this on.

The major increase is in the customer charge going from $16 to $25.  They have done a cost analysis that shows the actual customer cost to the company of $35.  The rest is made up by usage.  The argument is who should carry the cost of business, those who use more or all those who are connected.

If 25 people formally object to the proposed increase it must go to the rate commission to be considered.

Otero Electric likely has sufficient paperwork to get an increase.  The bottom line is that the bank requires Otero to collect $1.5 million in excess of their basic loan payments.

More details at:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Club - Start Reading your October book!

The Book Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at the library.  On October 1, they will be discussing Orange is the New Black.  Everyone is welcome to come to the library and join in the discussion.

Now don't cheat and watch the show on Netflicks.


 Have you been watching the new season of Longmire series on Netflick?  (Spoiler Alert!)  Longmire is interviewing for a deputy sheriff and he has the candidates discussing Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.  Well, this one fellow says, "I can't get Malkovitch's voice out of my head."  Tsk, tsk.   He didn't get the job.

Now, you could say I am guilty of cheating, because I have not read all of Craig Johnson's books.  But they don't show that Aussie, Robert Taylor.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

September CapiGram

Please see the previous post dated Sept. 5th for up-to-date information on the Genealogy Help available at the library.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Genealogy Help Available

Free Genealogy help at the library - All Levels.  Call to set up an appointment with  Kris Shearer at 575-354-0677