The Mountainair Ranger District, Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, US Forest Service announced on November 27, 2023, that it plans to conduct a prescribed burn of 13 acres of wood in the vicinity of the Upper and Lower Red Canyon Campgrounds and Capilla Peak. USFS representative, Arlene Perea, stated that the controlled burn would begin on or after Wednesday, November 29, 2023, and could be visible in Mountainair, Punta de Agua, Manzano, Torreon, and the Estancia Valley.
This month’s content sponsor is the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions, who invite you to join them for the annual Luminaria de Abó on December 2, 2023. This will be a magical evening with flickering luminaria amongst the historical ruins of the San Gregorio de Abó Mission. There will be a Roman Catholic mass at 4:00 PM, followed by a posada, a traditional reenactment of the Holy Family’s search for lodging practiced in Mexico and Latin America since 1586. The public will be able to tour the grounds of the ruins amidst the flickering luminaria beginning at 5:30 PM, and there will be refreshments for all ages and piñatas for the children. This will be the largest luminaria event in Central New Mexico. For more information, please click this link, visit the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions website, or go to the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions Facebook page.