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  • 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 LincolnTorreons 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 PatricioCapitan, home of Smokey BearWPA Women’s Club in Carrizozo As
    Source: Capitan LibraryPublished on 2019-06-17By Sharon @ the library
  • Stellar Summer Celebration at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum

    Source: ICARUS…the Santa Fe Public Library blogPublished on 2019-06-14By Icarus@Main
  • Art from the Folk Art Afternoon at La Farge, June 13

    (Photo by CS) …
    Source: ICARUS…the Santa Fe Public Library blogPublished on 2019-06-14By Icarus@Main
  • Employment Opportunity: Library Director Grants Public Library
    For more information and to apply, click here. City of Grants POSITION DESCRIPTION POSITION TITLE: Library  Director DEPARTMENT: Library SUPERVISES:     4+ Library personnel REPORTS TO: City Manager PAY RANGE:$35,000 – $55,000 JOB GRADE:  Grade I (Dept. Head Wage Scale) POSITION SUMMARY: The Library Director is responsible for the overall operations …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-13By Deanne Dekle
  • Summer Reading 2019 in New Mexico’s Public Libraries

    Summer Reading 2019 is here! We have headed to space this year with A Universe of Stories! I asked the public libraries of New Mexico to send me their library decorations this year and I wanted to share what was shared with me! Aztec Public Library …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-13By Deanne Dekle
  • Employment Opportunity: Senior Library Technician Los Alamos County Library System
    JOB TITLE: Senior Library Technician (3/4-time) JOB TYPE: Regular DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Community Services-Library (White Rock Branch) SALARY: Salary range is $17.30/hr. to $25.50/hr. OPENING DATE: June 10, 2019 CLOSING DATE: June 25, 2019 ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 19163 Minimum Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED. One year of customer service or library-related experience. …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-12By Deanne Dekle
  • Employment Opportunity: Senior Librarian Los Alamos County Library System
    JOB TITLE: Senior Librarian JOB TYPE: Regular DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: Community Services-Library (Community Engagement) SALARY: Range is $60,076-88,559.38/annually OPENING DATE: June 10, 2019 CLOSING DATE: July 8, 2019 ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 19156 Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Library, Library and Information Science, Humanities or a related field. …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-12By Deanne Dekle
  • Gov Docs @NMSL – Flag Day 2019

    Flag Day is June 14th, 2019 Flag Day has been celebrated on June 14th since 1916. To recognize one of our greatest national symbols the New Mexico State Library has on display documents which detail how and when Flag Day came to be celebrated, the Public Law which …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-11By Katie Miles
  • Gov Docs @ NMSL – Dinos in NM

    Some materials found in the NMSL collection. Inspired by the recent discovery of fossil footprints found in the Grand Canyon, NMSL has created a display highlighting our paleontology related materials and the discoveries made here in New Mexico. Fossils of plant life, sea life, and …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-11By Katie Miles
  • Employment Opportunity: Librarian & Information Specialist, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe
    Librarian & Information Specialist (DCA #4526) New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe To apply, visit the full job description. Salary $17.35 – $30.19 Hourly $36,097 – $62,800 Annually This position is a Pay Band 70 Purpose of Position Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two weeks of closing …
    Source: Hitchhiker for New Mexico’s LibrariansPublished on 2019-06-11By Laura Calderone

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