Monday, December 31, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Resources

MAGE MUSIC: Resources: Ultimate Guitar Led Zeppelin box set added to the Mage Music resource page

Saturday, December 29, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Happy New Year from Mage Music

MAGE MUSIC: Happy New Year from Mage Music: Everything is energy. The light our eyes perceive is energy, although it is an incredibly small part of the electromagnetic spectrum - a ...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Happy Holidays from Mage Music

MAGE MUSIC: Happy Holidays from Mage Music: May your holiday season  and all your days always be  In The Light Image adapted from Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day movie...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Glenwood Gazette News: WINTER STORM WARNING for Southwest Mountains, NM

Glenwood Gazette News: WINTER STORM WARNING for Southwest Mountains, NM: Forecast for Thu Dec 13 07:00 AM EST Southwest Mountains, NM  ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT MST FRIDAY...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Changing UC logo a bad idea!

A University isn't a soda or a sneaker that needs a trademark/brand, the logos for which are simple and catch the eye in order to say "here I am, buy me". The old University of California logo isn't saying "buy me", it's saying "this is who we are" - a statement, not a guarantee of availability. Big difference.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Red Hill NM CWPP: New info

Red Hill NM CWPP: New info: New information has been posted on the Outreach page about a tentative community meeting in late January, and a new Q&A page has been set up...

Red Hill NM CWPP: New info

Red Hill NM CWPP: New info: New information has been posted on the Outreach page about a tentative community meeting in late January, and a new Q&A page has been set up...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Catron County Connection: Invitation to bid - Propane

Catron County Connection: Invitation to bid - Propane: Catron County Commission Office Catron County, New Mexico INVITATION TO BID Bid Number: 13-12-5 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County of Ca...

Catron County Connection: Invitation to bid - Propane

Catron County Connection: Invitation to bid - Propane: Catron County Commission Office Catron County, New Mexico INVITATION TO BID Bid Number: 13-12-5 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County of Ca...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Ear Worms

MAGE MUSIC: Ear Worms: I just can't get you out of my head...      ~ Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, etc. Mage Music 31 A few weeks ago I couldn't get the chord pr...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Magick Begins – and Ends – Here

MAGE MUSIC: Magick Begins – and Ends – Here: “Cogito ergo sum”     ~ René Descartes Mage Music 30 Everything is possible in the infinite scheme of things, but from the very fini...

Catron County Water Coalition: Augustin Plains Ranch: THEY'RE BACK!

Catron County Water Coalition: Augustin Plains Ranch: THEY'RE BACK!: Opinion Lif Strand Just when you thought we'd won... Augustin Plains Ranch is starting their next round.  They've learned a lot from thei...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: The Magick Equation

MAGE MUSIC: The Magick Equation: "...light and shade and a certain dramatic tension..."      ~ Jimmy Page, Chris Welch interview...

Rural Economic Development Today: Bicycle Tourism

Rural Economic Development Today: Bicycle Tourism: Bicycle touring is a growing sport! And Route 60 is one of the main cross country routes. All the cyclists talk about Pie Town. Locals can...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Catron County Connection: Sarah Merklein

Catron County Connection: Sarah Merklein: Sarah Merklein, Catron County Manager, passed on early this morning, Friday November 23, 2012.   Service information will be sent out onc...

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Every day is a day when we can give thanks for something.  



I'm thankful for my family, friends and supporters, my health, 
my wonderful critters (horses, dogs, cats) and 
this beautiful place I live.   

Saturday, November 17, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Rambling On with Celebration Day Thoughts

MAGE MUSIC: Rambling On with Celebration Day Thoughts: Celebration Day movie report  Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  I just got back to the motel room after having seen Led Zeppelin: Celebrat...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Catron County Connection: Augustin Plains Ranch LLC Loses!

Catron County Connection: Augustin Plains Ranch LLC Loses!: 7th Judicial District Court, Reserve NM .  The State Engineer's Order Denying Application by the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC, was affirmed on ...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Do What Thou Wilt

MAGE MUSIC: Do What Thou Wilt: The choice is always yours Mage Music 28 The Universe is bigger than the gods that humans cast in human form with human characteristics...

Monday, November 5, 2012

Catron County Connection: Catron County Sample Ballot

Catron County Connection: Catron County Sample Ballot: Reposting the link for a sample ballot for Catron County - click here for PDF download PLEASE VOTE!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Kashmir Deja Vu

MAGE MUSIC: Kashmir Deja Vu: The more things change, the more they stay the same.                                        ~Alphonse Karr (1808-90) Mage Music 27 ...

Monday, October 29, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Jimmy Page NEWS: Remastering back catalog

MAGE MUSIC: Jimmy Page NEWS: Remastering back catalog: Peter Mensch, the manager of LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page, told the U.K.'s Sunday Times that the legendary axeman is holed up in a west...

Glenwood Gazette News: Sarah Merklein Benefit November 10

Glenwood Gazette News: Sarah Merklein Benefit November 10: Reserve, NM.  A benefit function for Sarah Merklein will be held on November 10th, 2012, at the Catron County Fairgrounds in Reserve. Sar...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 5) Jimmy Page in the 21st Century...

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 5) Jimmy Page in the ...: …from a juggernaut to a dragonfly in a moment... ~ Roger Taylor (Pink Floyd) UK Hall of Fame Induction of Led Zeppelin Mage Music 25 J...

Saturday, October 20, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 4) The 1990s

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 4) The 1990s: The colours, the textures, the tones; the blood, the flesh, the bones ...                     ~ Jimmy Page, jimmypage.com On This Day 14 ...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day & other news updates...

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day & other news updates...: Web Results for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day   Led Zeppelin's " Celebration Day " comes to Charlotte | Vibes In Dec...

Monday, October 15, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: Not much news at all now! This will probably be the last post until something actually *new* comes up to link to. News 1 new result...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: News reports are slowing down now that the initial premiers are over - but we'll keep the updates coming for a while longer. News ...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 3) Jimmy Page in the ...

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 3) Jimmy Page in the ...: The important parts of alchemy are invisible Mage Music 24 Very little that anyone has or creates is original. Almost all "innovatio...

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: News 3 new results for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day   Led Zeppelin fans find cause for celebration : Projections Toron...

Friday, October 12, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: News 7 new results for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day Led Zeppelin's “ Celebration Day ” Coming to Sunshine Cinema Next Wee...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Celebration Day news updates: News 4 new results for "Led Zeppelin"   Led Zeppelin at the New York Celebration Day premiere Examiner.com Tuesday afterno...

MAGE MUSIC: Celebration Day news updates Robert Plant

MAGE MUSIC: Celebration Day news updates Robert Plant: News 7 new results for "Robert Plant"   Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant calls reporter a 'schmuck' TelegraphTV Add to. Share Fl...

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: News 5 new results for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day   Led Zeppelin's ' Celebration Day ' coming to Cinemark Pittsburgh Po...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: Led Zeppelin continue to shoot down reunion rumors, get justifiably annoyed at ... Entertainment Weekly (blog) Yesterday, the survi...

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day film reviews

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day film reviews: Here are early reviews of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day - I will be updating this page more as I receive them.  You might want to bookmark t...

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day news updates: Led Zeppelin , ' Celebration Day ' - Film Review Ultimate Classic Rock ' Celebration Day ' makes a huge statement befitting the care...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin news links

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin news links: Led Zeppelin Clash With Reporters at New York Press Conference RollingStone.com Led Zeppelin clashed with reporters at a press ...

Sunday, October 7, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 2)

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 2): ..when it is cast ... does fully perfect them in the very projection.. . ~ The Mirror of Alchemy , by Friar Roger Bacon   Mage Music 23 ...

Monday, October 1, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Celebration Day Movie Premiere Oct 9 in Manhattan

MAGE MUSIC: Celebration Day Movie Premiere Oct 9 in Manhattan: On Oct. 9 “Celebration Day” will have its premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. That event will be preceded by a news conference a...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 1)

MAGE MUSIC: Alchemy: Led Into Gold (Part 1): …all went into the melting pot...   ~ Jimmy Page, Interview Musician Magazine November 1990 The Alchemist in Search of the Philo...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Catron County Connection: US Citizens: Have You Registered To Vote?

Catron County Connection: US Citizens: Have You Registered To Vote?: In order to do more than just talk about voting here in the US, you need to vote. And in order to vote, you need to be registered - and you...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Girls' Day Out

Girls' Day Out - Mares at Strand Ranch - copyright 2012 LC Strand
Girls' Day Out
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MAGE MUSIC: R.I.P. Bonzo

MAGE MUSIC: R.I.P. Bonzo: One of the world's best drum solo ever, by one of the world's best drummer, who was a member of one of the world's best bands. Bonzo's ...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 21: The Devil Made Me Do It

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 21: The Devil Made Me Do It: Have sympathy for the devil, for he does not exist... How many times have you read that rock & roll is connected with devil worship?  H...

Friday, September 21, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day: Just added a link to a YouTube video of today's press conference.  Scroll down the page to "More..."

MAGE MUSIC: Sept. 21 Press Conference

MAGE MUSIC: Sept. 21 Press Conference: Audio on Soundcloud of September 21, 2012 Celebration Day press conference with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones or download direct...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 20: Let's Celebrate!

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 20: Let's Celebrate!: The O2 concert is coming! To me, any day I can listen to music of Led Zeppelin – or, more specifically, Jimmy Page – is a Celebrati...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Catron County Water Coalition: Sept 19 San Augustin water hearing

Catron County Water Coalition: Sept 19 San Augustin water hearing: This is a reminder about the San Augustin water grab hearing on Wednesday, September 19 at 11 AM. The hearing will be in the Socorro County...

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day movie trailer

Trailer, movie ticket sales and DVD info all in one spot

MAGE MUSIC: Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day movie trailer: Cinema opening: October 17, 2012 Tickets on sale October 13 DVD release: November 19, 2012 Sales info will be posted here soon as i...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Fetching the Magick

MAGE MUSIC: Fetching the Magick: Ritual is the glue that holds the Magickal process together... Mage Music 18 Black Dog artwork based on NASA image click on image ...

Close Encounters of the Natural Kind

One of the entertainments of hiking is the stories that can be read in the path ahead.  If the light is right and soil conditions good, it's surprising h ow much information can be gleaned and how that information tells stories, some of them my own.

Conditions were great this morning as I hiked up the 2-track across BLM land to hitch a ride with a friend into town.  My goal was to rescue the car I'd abandoned there more than a week ago.  That's another story, but suffice it to say that everyone around appreciates the tolerance of J&Y Auto for using their facility as short- and long-term parking.

It was 9-ish, so the sun was at a nice angle for casting shadows in the silty sand of the tracks.  Silty sand is fine enough to be easily blown around so, like an Etch-A-Sketch, the soil of the parallel paths ahead had been cleared by the night's gentle breezes and thus most of the marks I could see there would have been made since dawn.

Walking with my head down so my bifocals could focus on the soil in front of my feet, my baseball cap's brim pulled low to block the sun, my world was narrowed to my breathing, the rhythm of my footfalls, and the silent picture show in the dirt.

I saw the sine-wave of a snake's passage perpendicular to the road.  Could be from a rattler, could be a bull snake or any number of other snakes found here in the southwest.  Without really thinking on it, I knew it wouldn't be a very large snake - maybe half to three-quarters of an inch in diameter and not likely more than a couple feet long.  Whatever the size, it had crossed the road in the past hour or so.  It would have been too cold for any snake to be moving around in the night this time of year, and the sun had to rise up behind a mesa before falling on this stretch of road, delaying the time it would take to warm up a snake's environment enough for it to want to hunt.

Further along I began to see the tracks of many small critters, from beetles to lizards to small rodents and birds, with the occasional gigantic raven's footprint making all the rest seem tiny indeed.  The tracks looked like Frankenstein's stitches in some cases, zippers in others.  I wondered which was what.  I stopped to watch a stink bug beetle walk across my path and studied the trail it left behind.  The zipper tracks appeared to be bugs.  The Frankenstein stitches all had a line down the middle - tails dragged in the silt, I concluded.  Some of the tail drag marks had what looked like bird footprints flanking them - probably lizards.  Some had multiple toe marks - probably rodents.

I was fascinated and my walking slowed down as I studied the tracks and  mused on what might have made them - and why there were so many here in this particular spot in the road.

Suddenly that mystery didn't matter.  The buzz of an angry rattlesnake got my full attention - I leaped to the side and turned to face the danger:  A small - maybe two foot long - greenish snake all coiled and ready to strike, its rattles clearly visible and in use (it's amazing how much detail one can remember when adrenaline is flooding one's system).  I've never been clear on what flavor of rattlesnake we have around here - I've been told that they are Mojave greens (unfortunately one of the most toxic of all rattlesnake species), maybe prairie rattlesnakes - the only two rattlesnakes that are green that might be in my area - but strangely enough, I've never taken the time to grab a photo of one so I could more readily identify the type at my leisure.

Mojave green rattler
By the way - if you click on that photo, you'll go to the website I got it from and please be forewarned:  You'll hear a sample of a snake rattling.  I didn't know that was going to happen the first time I landed on that site and I about had a heart attack.

And yes, "my" snake looked like that - partially coiled and very, very threatening, even as it scooched back away from me.  I scooched, too, slowly moving in a wide diagonal till I got on my way up the road again - all the time keeping a very close eye on the snake.

So I got a story that entertained me for almost the rest of my hike.  I figured the snake track in the silt was my snake, who was attracted by all the potential breakfast critters. For all the details burned into my mind, though, I can't tell you if there was a bulge in the snake's middle indicating a successful hunt.  That didn't become part of my story till just now, as I'm typing this.  

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: MAGE MUSIC 18 teaser

MAGE MUSIC: MAGE MUSIC 18 teaser for the Sunday Sept 02 post (goes live at 12:30 a.m. Mountain Time)

One Still Free: Shunning

From One Still Free:  Shunning: Try it, it works.

"Bic "Lady" pens unleash Amazon snarkfest" says Washington Post headlines today. "Bic is being trolled hard by fake Amazon reviews, and it’s brought them that unique combination of shame and free publicity that only an Internet prank can achieve."

Prank? I think not. I have long understood that advertisers on purpose create ad campaigns that seem on the surface to be gigantic errors but in fact are well crafted calculations of risk.  Read more...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Dazed But Not Confused

MAGE MUSIC: Dazed But Not Confused: It takes determination, stubbornness and powerful Will to pursue a vision decade after decade - there's no confusion about it.  Mage Music 17...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: MAGE MUSIC 17 playlist: Dazed But Not Confused

MAGE MUSIC: MAGE MUSIC 17 playlist: Dazed But Not Confused: Playlist for 08/26/12: Dazed and Confused It takes determination, stubbornness and powerful will to pursue a vision over decades.  ...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Let Her Entertain You!

Roxy has decided to become the manager of July Kitteh, the ultimate entertainer!  Roxy's put an introductory video on her web page!

MAGE MUSIC: Whole Lotta Love Notes

MAGE MUSIC: Whole Lotta Love Notes:  Sex and Magick come from the same source. Their root is desire. Their end goal is fulfillment...

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rural Economic Development Today: USDA_RD Value Added Producer Grant

Rural Economic Development Today: USDA_RD Value Added Producer Grant: Value-Added Producer Grant Agricultural producers can receive economic planning and working capital grants Application submission ...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Playlist for Sunday 08/19/12

MAGE MUSIC: Playlist for Sunday 08/19/12: Mage Music 16: Whole Lotta Love Notes YouTube Playlist ♪ Individual Songs Whole Lotta Love  Led Zeppelin Warner promo video for...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Hammer of the Gods

MAGE MUSIC: Hammer of the Gods: “…it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different”.                                                     ...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Catron County Water Coalition: San Augustin Water Grab Court Date Set

Catron County Water Coalition: San Augustin Water Grab Court Date Set: A hearing on the Motion for Summary Judgement for the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC water grab has been set for Wednesday September 19, 2012 at ...

MAGE MUSIC: Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page

MAGE MUSIC: Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page: Brad Tolinski's new book, Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page will be available October 23. Tolinski is the Editor-in-Chief of G...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 15 Playlist for 08/12/12

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 15 Playlist for 08/12/12: Mage Music 15:  Hammer of the Gods YouTube Playlist ♪ Individual song links: 1970 Led Zeppelin  Immigrant Song  (studio) Album: L...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Bolero, or, Haven’t I Heard This Befor...

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Bolero, or, Haven’t I Heard This Befor...: As a musician I think my greatest achievement has been to create unexpected melodies and harmonies within a rock and roll framework.     ...

MAGE MUSIC: Simply The Best

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Simply The Best: You can lead a horse to water but you can't make her drink Mage Music 13 A musician can off...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Glenwood Gazette News: Forever Frontier Visitors Guide 7th Edition

Glenwood Gazette News: Forever Frontier Visitors Guide 7th Edition: The 7th edition of Forever Frontier, Visitors Guide to Southwestern New Mexico and Southeastern Arizona will be distributed in August.  For ...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Whence Magick?

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Whence Magick?: It was a very successful experiment . -             Jimmy Page, Guitar World, 1993 Mage Music 12 How magical to get to use the word “...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: No Shortcuts No Substitutions

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: No Shortcuts No Substitutions: There’s only one way to do magick – the right way Mage Music 11:  No Shortcuts No Substitutions The Mage business is a lonely busines...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 11 Playlist: Tea For One

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music 11 Playlist: Tea For One: Mage Music playlist for 07/22/12 post: No Shortcuts No Substitutions   YouTube Playlist – Tea For One Tea For One - Studio: Presence...

Catron County Connection: New Datil Ambulance Building Open House

Catron County Connection: New Datil Ambulance Building Open House: Datil EMS, thanks to the Commissioners and County Manager, have a new building for the Datil Ambulance and would like to open up the buildi...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Magickal Interlude

MAGE MUSIC: Magickal Interlude: Take a deep breath of enlightenment... Mage Music 10: A Magickal Interlude I turned on the radio while driving home from Colorado las...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: MAGE MUSIC 10 Playlist: Kashmir

MAGE MUSIC: MAGE MUSIC 10 Playlist: Kashmir: Mage Music 10 YouTube playlist for Kashmir.  Take note of the evolution of the music.  Additional links for this song would be appreciated. ...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Anarchy...

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Part 2

MAGE MUSIC: The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Part 2: Mage Magic 08:  The Sorcerer’s Apprentices Part 2 “ In the time that has passed, each of the three [surviving members of Led Zeppelin] h...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: The Sorcerer's Apprentices (Part 1)

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: The Sorcerer's Apprentices (Part 1): Hubble image: Omega/Swan Nebula (M17) It is extraordinarily difficult to forge a new path, to boldly go where no artist, musician or M...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Lucifer, Bringer of Light

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Lucifer, Bringer of Light: Mage Music:  Lucifer, Bringer of Light There is no doubt that music is a form of communication, a kind of language that is meant to conv...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Ritual is not Magick

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Ritual is not Magick: A black robe with a black cat looking on, a few candles and props, a chanted spell and a pass with the wand:  Magic?  No way!  On stage, ma...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Environmental destruction

June 6, 2012.  The Whitewater-Baldy fire is now 263,589 acres as of last night's IR flight.  It's not the largest fire ever in the west, but at 412 square miles, it is plenty big.  This photo is what the Rodeo-Chediski fire  looks like today, after 10 years of "regrowth".  This is what a large portion of the Gila Wilderness will look like in 10 years from now.  This is how the Wilderness Act "protects" our wilderness.  Isn't it time to reconsider environmental policies in the USA?
Rodeo-Chediski Fire 10 years after the flames.  Photo: L Strand 2012
All those new little trees growing?  Juniper and scrub oak.  Not a Ponderosa pine to be seen.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Imagine This

MAGE MUSIC: Mage Music: Imagine This: Mage Music: Imagine This Aubrey Beardsley Frontispiece to  The Wonderful History of Vergilius the Sorcerer 1893   What exactly ma...

Monday, April 16, 2012

San Augustin Water Grab: A Battle Won But Not the War

A Battle Won But Not the War
Cathie R. Eisen
Walking Water Consulting
PO Box 133
Nogal, New Mexico
April 8, 2012

Across the southern states a battle is raging for our most precious resource. The value of water has reached a premium, and it will only increase with time. As the cities and counties of the west continue to grow, so does the need for new water sources to support their ever increasing demands. While the quest for oil is on the forefront of everyone's mind, dollar for dollar, water is by far more valuable. We can live without oil if necessary, but we must have water to survive. During the past few years, several applications have been submitted to the State Engineers Office in New Mexico for the purpose of tapping into the deeper aquifers, waters which were previously deemed unusable and were until now unprotected from such requests. One by one, they have been protested and denied. This is not the end of the effort. Future legislation will support these requests as our cities continue to grow along with the residential demand for additional supplies; water for sanitary and domestic water use is and always will be a priority to developers and communities. The health and welfare of the masses could easily trump the livelihood of the rural ranchers. They are few, rural residents are many.   More at Glenwood Gazette... 

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 28 Writer’s Workshop "Earning Money From Writing" Springerville AZ

Author Steven F. Havill will conduct a six hour writer’s workshop, Earning Money from Your Writing, in Springerville AZ on Saturday, April 28.  Limited to 16 seats (two are already taken!)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Book Review: Led Zeppelin: Feather In The Wind

Led Zeppelin: Feather In The Wind - Over Europe 1980
compiled by Dave Lewis
Tight But Loose Publishing, Bedford England 2012

Dave Lewis’ Led Zeppelin: Feather In the Wind Over Europe 1980 is the most awesome and comprehensive compilation of rock music tour data I’ve ever seen. In seven chapters and five Appendices, Lewis covers the 14 day final tour of the most seminal and accomplished rock band of all time as they work their way through Europe. Lewis doesn’t just provide the results of second-hand research, he gives the reader the up close and personal, first-hand reports of his own experiences as he lived with the band and listened to the performances from the stage. He provides transcripts of Page, Plant and others’ comments between songs at each performance, summaries of each day’s performance and reviews from the media as well as excerpts from Lewis’ own diaries. The photos alone are worth this 270 page tome, many of them rarely, if ever, seen before, of casual views of the band or shots of the performance from the stage itself.

Keeping with the personal nature of this book, a chapter includes Dave Lewis interviews of people who were backstage with the band – from Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, to road crew and techies, to groupies, plus a chapter of “front of stage” recollections of the lucky fans who got to hear the performances. Finally, the Appendices take on the subjects of the bootlegs, memorabilia, tour statistics (yes, finally a list of all Jimmy Page’s guitars and amplifiers in one place!), discography of the final album Coda, and a listing of notes and sources. 

An added bonus: The limited hardback first edition is individually numbered, certified and signed by the author.

This extraordinary book is a must-have for Led Zeppelin fans, be they born well past the last year of Led Zeppelin’s final performance or of an age with the band members today. If you were there, this will bring back fond memories. If you weren’t, this is the next best thing. If you don’t already have your copy, get one immediately!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

SAN AUGUSTIN PLAINS WATER GRAB MOTIONS TO BE HEARD 02/07/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 03, 2012


SAN AUGUSTIN PLAINS WATER GRAB MOTIONS TO BE HEARD

SANTA FE, N.M.— After four years of delays and false starts, the State Engineer is finally hearing motions to dismiss an  application to take 54,000 acre-feet of groundwater annually from Catron County. The application, filed by a New York based corporation, is being protested by over 200 residents who live in and around Datil, NM – an area known as the San Augustin Plains. The residents fear that the San Augustin basin that supplies their wells with water and contributes flow to the Rio Grande and Gila River stream systems will be decimated if the application is granted. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) represents over 80 Protestants.

NMELC filed a motion to dismiss the application one year ago. “The application must be thrown out because it does not comply with basic New Mexico law,” said Bruce Frederick, NMELC Staff Attorney. “The corporation’s application seeks a permit to use or sell a vast amount of water for any purpose within seven New Mexico counties.  Under New Mexico law, however, the corporation was required to identify exactly how and where it intends to use the water, and its failure to do so means that the State Engineer cannot consider or approve its application.”

WHO:  New Mexico Environmental Law Center

WHAT:  Hearing before State Engineer addressing motions to dismiss the water rights application

WHERE: Socorro County Courthouse
                200 Church Street
                Socorro, New Mexico, 87801
                575-835-0050

WHEN:   Tuesday, February 7th, 10:00 a.m.

INTERVIEWS AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

www.nmelc.org

CONTACT:
Juana Colón
Wk: 505-989-9022, ext. 21

The mission of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center is to protect New Mexico's natural environment and achieve environmental justice for New Mexico's communities through legal representation, policy advocacy and public education. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s attorneys have handled over 100 critical cases in low-income and minority communities fighting pollution and environmental degradation. The NMELC charges few, if any, fees to its clients, most of who are from Hispanic and Native American communities. The NMELC celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008. Membership and gifts help New Mexico communities protect their natural environment and their health from toxic pollution, the degrading effects of growth and liabilities created by irresponsible mining. Call Sebia Hawkins, Director of Development 505-989-9022, ext. 27 for more information.

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