2011 Spring Travel Advisory

The NMDOT and Northern Mountain Construction advise all motorists and the general public concerning construction activities on NM 58 from mile marker 6.9 to 7.6 Ponil Creek.. This is a bridge replacement project and road closure is scheduled for December 6th, 2010 through spring of 2011. Traffic will be detoured at the junction of NM 58 and US 64 in Cimarron, and at Interstate 25 interchanges 412, 415 and 419 in the Springer Vicinity. NM 58 will be open to local traffic but will be impassable at Mile Post 7 which is at the Ponil Creek crossing 7 miles east of Cimarron.

Suggested alternate routes for light traffic is NM 21 between Cimarron and Springer and the suggested route for truck traffic is US 64 between Raton and Cimarron. The NMDOT and Northern Mountain Construction are putting forth their best efforts to ensure a safe passage through the detour areas and appreciate your patience while this project is under construction.

Don’t forget to Buckle Up!

Basically if you used to go Springer –> Philmont for now you should plan to go Springer –> Miami or Raton –> Philmont.

NMDOT detailed project page.

For any questions or concerns contact Johnny Chavez, Project Manager, NMDOT at (575) 445-9553 or cell phone (575) 643-5340.

The Forester’s Log

Published by University of New Mexico Press, The Forester’s Log is a collection of one woman’s experiences, in the woods, as a homeschooling parent, a traveler and adventurer, and student of the connection between land and people. Stuever’s career has included work with state and federal agencies, private consulting, and working for nearly five years with an Apache tribe in east-central Arizona. Her field-based stories are rich with passionate people and phenomenal places.

Set primarily in New Mexico and Arizona, Stuever’s writing travels with her, and the book includes essays on the mouth of the Rio Grande, a wildfire in Alaska, a train trip through Thailand, and mountain climbing in Mexico. Arranged in five chapters—fire, forestry, burn area rehabilitation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation—Stuever’s stories weave life events such as raising twins, hiking the Continental Divide, caring for his stroke-stricken father, and relationship with dog and horse with rambles in the woods, trials with wildfires, encounters in classrooms, and interactions with forest management issues.

The Forester’s Log is a revealing read for anyone concerned about the future of forests, especially in the West.

The author’s website, foresterslog.com, has information on other upcoming events, as well as many links to forestry, wildfire, and environmental education programs and resources.

Casa del Gavilan Innkeeper Position

Update 20090313: This position is filled.

Live and work year round under the Tooth of Time.

Seeking a resident innkeeper for the Casa del Gavilan Historic Inn (The Nairn Place) in Cimarron, New Mexico. Completely surrounded by Philmont the Casa del Gavilan is a place of uncommon tranquility. The owners of the Casa (current and former Philmonters) are seeking a self-motivated individual or couple to operate the inn for 9-11 months per year. This is a hands-on position requiring the innkeeper to cook for up to 15 (with assistance), clean rooms, assist with laundry, and do a little light gardening.  Housekeeping staff does most of the room cleaning but innkeeper will be responsible for some as well. Previous hospitality experience preferred but not essential. Non-smoker with no pets preferred.

Applicants must have superior references, excellent people skills, and be detail oriented to provide exceptional hospitality. Private suite is provided for on-site housing. Salary $15,000/year with January off. This position may also be available as an April 1 through October 31 annual contract if preferred by the right applicant. This is not a 9-5 position. Applicant must be comfortable living in a remote setting, and happy to provide hospitality 24/7 as required. It isn’t a lot of work but the work is spread out over the day with free time here and there.

Contact Dave Emery at dave@casadelgavilan.com for more information and an application. More information regarding the Casa del Gavilan can be found at www.casadelgavilan.com