News Briefs


Man arrested for killing dog to eat

A Moriarty man was arrested last week for killing and preparing his family's dog for dinner, said Torrance County Sheriff Heath White.

"We responded to a welfare check for a possible animal cruelty case," White said. "When we got there we discovered the male subject had taken the family dog and killed it in a gruesome manner and prepared it for dinner after searching on the Internet how to cook dog. The deputies found it in the fridge."

Eating dogs and cats is not illegal in New Mexico, but the method Salvador Martinez used to kill the dog qualifies as animal cruelty, White said. He allegedly was intoxicated at the time of the arrest, White said.

"The family was distraught about their pet," White said. "It hadn't been bought and raised to be eaten."

Although Martinez said he needed the dog for sustenance, White said the house did have food in it and the family receives aid from the government and churches.

Carlito Springs ceremony Aug. 16

The grand opening of Carlito Springs Open Space property in the East Mountains has been postponed until Aug. 16, however the trail will still be open for use beginning Aug. 9.

The celebration begins at 9 a.m. at the 179-acre historic mountain property located at 82 Carlito Springs Road, near Tijeras, and includes a presentation about the site's previous owner Carl Magee and introduces visitors to the newly established trail head.

Due to the limited parking in the area, residents can park at Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 1/2 Old Hwy. 66 in Tijeras, where shuttle buses will be running starting at 8:15 a.m.

Call 505-468-1273 for more information.

CNM advisers to assist registration

Central New Mexico Community College academic advisers and staff members will be on hand at Moriarty High School on July 29 and 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. to help new students with the college's registration process.

Six CNM courses will be taught at Moriarty High School this fall.

CNM Outreach staff will be available on July 29 to help new students get admitted to the college and new students will be able to take the college's placement test on site. The placement test, called the Accuplacer, must be taken by new students if they haven't taken the ACT or SAT exams. The test measures students' basic skills in English and math to determine which classes they are prepared for at CNM.

On July 30, academic advisors will be available to council students about what courses to take and outreach staff will be available to help the students register for their classes.

CNM classes being taught this fall semester at Moriarty High School include:

English 1101, College Writing

Music 1140, Modern Music Appreciation

Math 940, Algebraic Problem Solving

Math 1310, Intermediate Algebra

Spanish 1101, Spanish I

IT 1010, Introduction to Computers

For more information, contact Jennifer McDonald at 505-224-4673 or

Tavern advised to boil water

The New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau issued a "Boil Water Advisory" for the Mine Shaft Tavern Water System.

NMED issued the advisory on July 21, 2014 after bacteriological contamination — E. coli — was detected in four repeat monitoring samples. Total coliform was also detected in one of the required monthly drinking water samples from the system collected on July 19, 2013. NMED requires the Mine Shaft Tavern to notify water system consumers of this finding. Mine Shaft Tavern is a Non-Community water system that serves approximately 150 people and is located in Madrid.

This advisory only applies to the drinking water from the Mine Shaft Tavern, and does not extend to any other surrounding water systems.

Torrance fair seeking vendors

The Torrance County Fair Board is seeking vendor applications for booths to sell or display items such as jewelry, art work, clothing, weaving, quilting and informational booths for the 2014 Torrance County Fair, which will run Aug. 12 through Aug. 16.

Vendors will be located underneath a tent and provided a space of approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. Vendors are required to provide their own props, tables and displays.

There is no cost for displaying at the fair; however, vendors will be responsible for security of their goods and for cleaning the booth area. Exhibit spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first received basis. There will be no on-site electricity.

Applications are available in the Torrance County Fair Book which can be found at many local merchants or at the Torrance County Extension office.

Fair board seeks contestant entries

The Torrance County Fair Board would like to encourage contestants for the Torrance County Fair Queen, Miss Torrance County, and Little Miss Torrance County to submit their entry forms as soon as possible.

Entries must be submitted by 10 a.m. on Aug. 12. Entry forms are in the Torrance County Fair Book and can be obtained at many local businesses or from the County Extension office. They must be mailed in time to reach the fair board by the deadline or given to either Jill Harral or Marcie Wallin at the fair prior to the deadline. The mailing address is P.O. Box 226, Estancia, NM 87016.

Contestants for the Torrance County Fair Queen must be between the ages of 15 and 19 years; for Miss Torrance County between the ages of 12 and 14 years; and for Little Miss Torrance County between the ages of 8 and 11 years. All winners must be able to reign for an entire year; be able to be in the Old Timer's Day and Torrance County Fair parades; be present to present awards at the livestock shows and the banquet.

Dress for the contestants should be Western Picnic attire.

Forest to close Cienega trails

Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands Sandia Ranger District will be temporarily closing the Cienega Horse Trailhead/Parking Area as well as portions of the Cienega Horse Bypass and Armijo Trails as part of the Sulphur Forest Restoration Project.

The trailhead and trails will be closed for four weeks depending upon weather. You can view the decision notice online at

Plans are for the area to be treated with a thinning prescription, mastication of part of the vegetation and eventually a managed burn. This project will support maintaining and improving the wildlife populations, creating a healthier forest landscape and reducing severity of wildfires in the area.

For questions, contact Cid H. Morgan, district ranger, at 505-281-3304.

Festival auction items sought

The Manzano Mountain Art Council is looking for donated items for the silent auction to be held during the annual Mountainair Sunflower Festival on Aug. 23.

The items can be varied, must be valued at a minimum of $10, be new or in good condition and workable, be portable and be displayed in good taste.

If you would like to donate an item, please contact Carole Glade at by Aug. 15. If you have any questions, you may contact Nancy Stone at 505-847-2205.

Bethel collecting school supplies

The Bethel Community Storehouse in Moriarty is doing a back-to-school supply drive.

Backpacks, rulers, paper markers, three-ring binders and other school supplies can be dropped off at the storehouse.

For more information, contact Bethel on Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 505-832-6642.

Fuelwood permits for Sandia district

The Sandia Ranger District will be offering fuelwood permits every other Thursday.

Permits will be offered until the area is either inaccessible or fuelwood has been depleted.

Due to the crowded conditions in the fuelwood area it can't be opened to everyone at one time. Fifty permits will be offered every other Thursday. Permit days will also include Aug. 7 and Aug. 21. Once the 50 permits are given out that Thursday at 8 a.m., the district will close the permitting for two weeks.

Each person is allowed two cords per year and two weeks to remove the wood. There are no extensions. A permit costs $20 for two cords.

For additional information contact the Sandia Ranger District at 505-281-3304.

Nonprofit starts pipeline analysis

The nonprofit organization Human Impact Partners is analyzing how the proposed Lobos Carbon Dioxide pipeline could affect health in the area.

Kinder Morgan is proposing the pipeline which will run from Arizona to Torrance County.

As part of the analysis, HIP staff invites county residents to complete a short survey that will help share resident perspectives on the proposed pipeline.

To participate in the survey by Aug. 1, go to or call 505-490-1200.

You can also call the above number with any questions about the survey, the comprehensive health analysis, or Human Impact Partners.

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