Monday, June 24, 2019

Join us @ the Capitan Library on the Fourth of July

Help your Capitan Library this 4th by ...eating!  Can't get any easier...

Come on over to Capitan Public Library's annual bake, book and hot dog sale.  You will be treated to the best hot dogs in town.  Also available to satisfy your hunger will be smoked sausage, nachos, pop corn, water, and soft drinks.  The dogs and sausage can be plain or with the works (chile, cheese, jalapenos, onions, etc.).

The shady backyard will open for you to enjoy your lunch.  Our excellent bakers are busy making goodies for dessert or to take home.

Baked goods will be on sale starting at 8 a.m. providing you with munchies as you await the best parade in Lincoln County.

Any time after 9 a.m., visit the book sale room & 
fill a bag with books for $5.

Food Window will open at 10 a.m.

Book for July Library BookClub

Book club meets  Thursday July 11 at 10 am.

The book to read is "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

Some info from BookBub:
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

“I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!”--Reese Witherspoon

“Painfully beautiful.”--The New York Times Book Review
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by 
the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

This notice is little late for Tucumcari on June 25, but you could catch follow ups on June 29 & July 26

C.A.S.H. (Conversations About Soil Health), Topic:  Soil Moisture
June 25, 2019, 6 p.m.
Location: 10275 Highway 104, Tucumcari, NM

This is a great new rancher-led effort, please see attached flyers and consider attending and getting involved!

Neighborhood Meetings
June 29 - Jim Berlier’s Ranch, Encino
July 26 - Four Daughter’s Land and Cattle Ranch, Los Lunas

Neighborhood meetings are hosted by farmers and ranchers who are practicing soil health stewardship on their operations and are willing to share with their neighbors what they are doing, why they did it and what they are learning from the change.

For more information, please contact Jeff Goebel

Free Music in Carrizozo

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1000 D Ave, Carrizozo, NM 88301, United States
 A reception follows the concert

Seth’s program consists of one musical work from different eras in music history. Alongside the concert, he will also give a small talk about how music has developed from one of the earliest eras to today as well as a guide on how to listen to classical music.

Zamora is a local pianist, growing up in Tularosa, NM. When he was 13 years old, Joseph took piano lessons from his grandmother Jonnie Haley. He studied at the El Paso Conservatory for a year with Esequiel Meza, and then at NMSU for his bachelor’s degree in piano performance with Dr. Laura Spitzer. 
This recent graduate of NMSU plans to enters graduate school at UT-Austin in the fall Seth has won and placed very high in competitions throughout the New Mexico and Texas area and has performed several times with local orchestras.

The goal of Zamora’s 2019 summer tour is to educate the public on classical music. He intends to give a brief overview of classical music history and provide examples of the stylistic traits of each period through solo and chamber music. This series will also help those who aren’t familiar with classical music understand how to listen and appreciate it.

J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue in Eb/D# minor, BWV 853
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata in F-sharp major, Op. 78
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Dumka, Op. 59
Maurice Ravel Jeux d’eau
Lowell Liebermann Nocturne No. 4, Op. 38

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Why Reading Books Is Important for the Brain

An interesting topic & thought library people would enjoy. Borrowed from

The Nuance

Why Reading Books Is Important for the Brain   By Markham Heid

The decline of book reading may have costly implications for cognition and social skills

                                                                           Paper sculpture artwork by Calvin Nicholls.  

Every week, the Nuance will go beyond the basics, offering a deep and researched look at the latest science and expert insights on a buzzed-about health topic.

Thanks to the text-centric nature of internet content, it’s possible that the average American today is reading — or at least skimming — more words in a given day than people of previous generations. Book reading, however, is on the decline and has been for decades.
Back in 1978, just 8% of Americans said they had not read a book during the previous year, according to a Gallup poll. Last year, that figure had jumped to 24% — and that included listening to audiobooks — according to a Pew Research Center survey.
Experts say the abandonment of book reading may have some unappealing consequences for cognition. “People are clearly reading fewer books now than they used to, and that has to have a cost because we know book reading is very good cognitive exercise,” says Ken Pugh, director of research at the Yale-affiliated Haskins Laboratories, which examines the importance of spoken and written language.
Pugh says the process of reading a book involves “a highly variable set of skills that are deep and complex” and that activate all of the brain’s major domains. “Language, selective attention, sustained attention, cognition, and imagination — there’s no question reading is going to strengthen all those,” he says. In particular, reading novels and works of narrative non-fiction — basically, books that tell a story — train a reader’s imagination and aspects of cognition that other forms of reading mostly neglect, he says.
Pugh says there’s debate right now among educators and academics about whether certain types of reading are superior or deficient compared to others. A common juxtaposition is between reading online in order to acquire information and reading a novel for enjoyment. But Pugh says both activities clearly offer benefits, and so the real risk is in abandoning one in favor of the other.
Reading helps us to take the perspective of characters we normally wouldn’t interact with, and to give us a sense of their psychological experiences.”
“There are only so many minutes a day to do things that are educational and good for the brain, and if all that time is spent clicking on hyperlinks and surfing the web and none is spent on reading books, I think the brain is poorer for it,” he says.
Along with strengthening your brain, there’s evidence that book reading may help you connect with friends and loved ones. “Many have theorized that reading fiction improves social skills because fiction often focuses on interpersonal relationships,” says Maria Eugenia Panero, a research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Panero highlights a 2013 study that found reading passages of highbrow “literary” fiction — as opposed to non-fiction or popular fiction — led to improvements on tests that measured readers’ theory of mind. “Theory of mind is defined as the ability to recognize the internal states of others — their thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, etc.,” she says.
The implication of this research was that, by reading literary fiction — even a little bit — people could improve their ability to recognize and empathize with the feelings and viewpoints of people who were different from themselves. “It was exciting because it was a causational study,” meaning reading fiction actually seemed to make one aspect of a person’s brain better, she says.
Unfortunately, when Panero and her colleagues tried to replicate the 2013 study’s findings, they failed. “We did, however, consistently find that a lifetime of reading fiction predicts your theory of mind,” she says. The benefits may not be immediate, but it’s possible that reading books helps you to better understand and communicate with other people, she says. “Reading helps us to take the perspective of different characters we normally wouldn’t interact with, and to give us a sense of their psychological experiences and how they interact with other people and situations.”
While some non-fiction books or even TV may offer similar insights, she says people are unlikely to get the same depth or richness from non-book forms of media. “Reading requires more mental energy and imagination than TV, which is more of a passive medium,” she says.
More research suggests book reading improves vocabulary, and possessing a broad vocabulary isn’t just useful for its own sake, Panero says. “It helps us to describe our experiences and emotions to others in a clear way.” This, in turn, may help us form and maintain close relationships, she says.
Other experts say there’s evidence that reading traditional books — the kind that are bound and printed on paper — may offer benefits not associated with e-readers or audiobooks. “We’ve found that reading from screens tends to be less efficient — meaning it takes longer,” says David Daniel, a professor of psychology at James Madison University.
A lot of Daniel’s research focuses on the ways people absorb and process information in education settings. One of his studies, published in 2010, found students who listened to an audio version of a text performed worse on a comprehension quiz than students who had read the same text on paper. His work has shown that the freedom to briefly pause in order to reread or consider a sentence sets reading apart from audiobooks.
Other studies have found that readers comprehend long sections of text less fully when reading on a screen instead of on paper. Still more research has found paper reading also beats screen reading when it comes to student comprehension scores. “I think reading from screens somehow changes the reading experience,” Daniel says.
It’s important to note that most of the research comparing one medium to another is preliminary, Pugh says. “Most of what we can say today is based on common sense and insights based on what we know about strengthening the brain.”
Still, he adds, “I think we can say that a society that doesn’t encourage attention and imagination and story reading is losing part of its strength.”

Monday, June 17, 2019

Lincoln County Celebrates its Sesquicentennial 1869 - 2019

  Happy 150th Lincoln County!!
  By Lynda A. Sánchez
        Congratulations to our diverse and colorful mosaic of peoples, history and culture.  
Lincoln County is a land of rugged natural beauty, cowboys, vast ranches, small farms and 
orchards. Named after the martyred President, it is also noted for the tragic Lincoln County 
War in which Billy the Kid rode into legend. Carrizozo, our county seat, is located near the
 geological wonder, Valley of Fires, and operated by the Bureau of Land Management.  
Ruidoso is a great year round resort featuring skiing and golfing… and nearby Ruidoso Downs
 hosts the world’s richest quarter horse race, the All American Futurity.  Capitan houses the 
Smokey Bear Museum and State Park honoring America’s most famous bear.  Rescued from 
a raging forest fire in the Capitan Mountains, Smokey’s grave is a favorite tourist destination. 
Apache and Hispanic history plus great fishing, hunting, excellent museums, art galleries and
 the Cowboy Symposium round out the multi-cultural aspect of our unique county.

Fort Stanton and Lincoln State Historic Sites are the two most popular sites in the state

 Fort Stanton, also known as the heart of Lincoln County for decades, includes stunning 
architectural reminders of its cavalry and public health service legacy.  Both communities
 were embroiled in the infamous Lincoln County War where ranchers, renegades and a few
 good men and women fought it out until peace came once again to the region.
January 16, 1869 was a banner year and despite some attempts to name the county after 
Saturnino Baca, Mr. Baca , magnanimously suggested that they name the county Lincoln after
 the martyred president. It was the largest county in the entire United States—about a quarter the size of New Mexico today.  Later several large neighboring counties were 
carved out of the one, yet Lincoln County today is larger than many nations (or states). 
So, we know all of that, right? Well, many residents do, but there are many who have no clue…

Having such a special occasion and celebration is good because it helps all of us remember 
where we came from and why we live here.  There are many newcomers who need to be 
brought into the fold, and many old timers who need to be honored and perhaps reminded
 about how important they are to the heritage of our county.  It is why we fight so hard to 
maintain special places like Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic Sites. Gutsy men and women 
established themselves in this land. Many included a measure of both rogue and rugged 
rancher.  Farming, ranching, racing and history are what we are so proud of.   

    Let’s step back in Time!
 (Cowboys c 1930’s ) Courtesy LCHS 

 Vamos a BailarLet’s dance!  
(Courtesy NM Museum of Art)
Imagine the many bailes in both the Hondo and Bonito Valleys.  Billy the Kid and his compadres
 rode rough mountain trails to dances in San Patricio and Lincoln town. 


Sprawling ranchlands, once fought over, are now peaceful reminders of the cowboy and the
 role they played in our storied past.  John Chisum owned so many cattle he had no idea of the
 numbers.  John Wayne played Chisum in one of his favorite movie roles.  No doubt many of 
you have seen this film.

Below:   Panorama of Sierra Blanca, the Sacred Mountain.  It is the watershed that provides for 
our irrigation projects, the residents, the livestock and wildlife.

(Photo image by Pete Lindsley)

Below:  Rodeo time at old Fort Stanton!  Some of the corrals are still there reminding us of
 the fun, the talent and the real life adventure of being from Lincoln County

Fort Stanton quadrangle, view from museum veranda. Below, re-enactors prepare to fire…
(Photos:  Joseph Arcure)

Fort Stanton Merchant Marine Cemetery, (Photo courtesy, DOT) 


Photo by Sandra Smith showing the only east-west mountain chain in the USA (Las Capitanas--Capitans) and headed on into historic Lincoln via Highway 380.  Below, images of Billy the Kid,
 forever part of the legend and lore. 

  “Apaches on the Horizon”, Edwin Curtis photo  

Mescalero Apache warriors and families call this land home and before them, the Jornada
 Mogollon people built pit house villages and small pueblos along the river valleys.   

Re-enactor Matt Midgett in front of historic Torreon in Lincoln
Torreons were used for defense purposes and constructed by Hispanic settlers circa 1850’s.  
Still standing today, it is a testament to their tenacity and great construction techniques.  
Historic adobe and rock work are part of the charm and lessons of Lincoln, NM.

 First Court House and tourist destination today, Lincoln, NM 
(1874 first built; 1880 became Court House)
New Court House, Carrizozo, 1913
  Present Court House, 1964

 BELOW:  additional photos depicting the area’s diversity and colorful past. 
The famous Snowy River Passage, Fort Stanton Cave
Photo by Pete Lindsley
(Courtesy BLM and FSCSP)

Other classic locations in Lincoln County that we too often take for granted. All add to the story of our county and its rich heritage and history.
example of early day churches in San Patricio

Capitan, home of Smokey Bear

WPA Women’s Club in Carrizozo
 As of June 17, 2019, it has a new Historic sign
Troop Review at Fort Stanton

Roberta Haldane’s book about White Oaks

Train chugging into Capitan

  Happy Birthday!  (Feliz Cumpleaños)  150 years strong!!

Author, Lynda Sánchez at Cactus Cave during one of the FSCSP cave expeditions.
 Photo by Kathy Peerman
1969 Centennial Coin (backside)