Water for Fighting Fires

Fire prevention and safety from fire should be at the forefront of our minds. The Carson Fire and Rescue Department (CFRD) has been working diligently with the State Fire Marshal to improve our local fire-fighting capabilities. The CFRD secured last year a 2020 NM Fire Protection Grant Award of $140,151.20 from the Fire Service Support Bureau of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for the development of a dedicated fire suppression water supply. This is part of a broader plan to raise the rating of the CFRD from ISO9 to ISO8. See https://www.powerdms.com/blog/iso-ratings-fire-departments/ for more information. ISO is short for Insurance Service Office. The New Mexico Fire Service Support Bureau inspects each fire department to assess their ISO score. This significant grant amount is in addition to CFRD’s allotment from the NM Fire Protection Fund, which in 2021 will be around $59,000. See here for more information http://nmprc.state.nm.us/state-firemarshal/fire-service-support/docs/FireFundExpenditures2015.pdf The largest contributor to a good ISO score (the best is 1) is the availability of water, a bit of a problem for CFRD. The grant they received has enabled them to drill a well (to 400 feet in depth, yielding 20 gallons a minute), and to install two 25,000-gallon underground water […]

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Volunteer Help Wanted

Help the Carson and neighboring communities with your time. Elisabeth Maier is asking for volunteer help at the Community Clothing Boutique, and perhaps also at the Food Bank, each Thursday afternoon. Elisabeth needs help sorting clothes donations, organizing the Boutique space, and helping customers.  She usually starts to help at the food bank by filling the food bags from about 1.30. After customers arrive she opens the Boutique until 3.30  to 4pm. Masks and physical distancing is practiced and required. If you might have an interest, please call Elisabeth at 575 751 7480. Thank you.  

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Carson and Covid-19

Updated Friday 23 October 2020 NOTE: the figures here will be out of date as soon as they are posted but will be updated regularly. Carson is a relatively safe place to be living in the era of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel corona virus named SARS-CoV-2, an abbreviation for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus 2. We are quite well insulated from immediate sources of infection and most of us implement the four simple protections: staying home as much as possible, the use of face masks, physical distancing, and hand washing. A winning combination. Latest news October 23: USA reports largest single day increase in Covid-19 cases: 83,069. October 23: Supplementary restrictions will be added to the October 16 Public Health Order, effective Friday October 23. These will  include an enhanced strategy for enforcing safety requirements at food and drink establishments offering limited indoor-dining options, a targeting of higher-risk hotspot places of business reporting clusters of infections and a statewide mandatory closing time for retail. October 22: New Mexico ranks third in the US for the fastest rates of spread of Covid-19 in the nation. 70% increase in the last 14 days. October 22: Taos County Curfew begins October 22. With […]

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CCA Fall Fest

UPDATE (10/17/20): CCA has CANCELED this event. Following the reduction of the number of people allowed at a mass gathering, issued by the Secretary of State on Friday, from ten to five, the Board of the CCA today canceled its Fall Fundraising Event. For Carson-focused Covid-19 information see our page here. The Board of the Carson Community Association has decided to host Carson’s annual community fundraiser for the CCA at the Carson Cafe in a modified version on Sunday, October 25, from 10am to 2pm. Here are the planned activities for the day: A BBQ hosted by the Carson Cafe which will donate 10% of the proceeds to the CCA. A booth set up for FireWise information and education since the FireWise event planned for spring was cancelled. A bake sale. If you would like to participate, please bake some pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and whatever else you can think of that would be tasty. Ideally, wrapping individual portions in plastic wrap would be great and easy for sales. Please see Kerry Dowding with your baked goods for sale at the CCA Fall Fest. He will set up a table on the Carson Cafe porch and be in charge of the bake […]

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Carson Firehouse Well

I am thrilled to announce that Carson Volunteer Fire Department has obtained a grant to drill a well adjacent to the fire station. This should lead to a better grade on our readiness to deal with fire locally, and hopefully to better home insurance premiums! We’ll post more details as we learn more. Meanwhile, here’s a photo of the well-drilling rig at the fire station. Elizabeth Brownrigg President Carson Community Association

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Bird Deaths in Carson

Posted by Paul Green, updated Wednesday September 23, 2020. October 18, 2020. A recent update and overview can be found here: Dying birds and the fires: scientists work to unravel a great mystery Many in Carson are commenting on large numbers of dead “small, yellow birds” following the cold front that moved over us overnight on Tuesday, 8 September, 2020, depositing snow around Carson. In the days before the cold front arrived, the first week of September 2020, there was a build-up of warblers in our community, mainly Wilson’s Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, and MacGillivray’s Warbler. These birds are currently on a medium and long-distance migration to their wintering grounds in central America. MacGillivray’s Warbler breeds as far north as Alaska, down to the southern Rockies in New Mexico. Wilson’s Warbler is much more northerly, breeding across the extreme north of the North American continent, with some breeding in the Rockies as far south as New Mexico. Orange-crowned Warbler breeds across Canada, and the north western United States and further south along the Rockies. All species are migrating south this time of year to spend their winter in places that can support their insect-feeding habit. Orange-crowned Warblers spend their winter in […]

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Census 2020 Ends Soon

We are approaching the end of  this year’s census season. The deadline to complete the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire is September 30th.  It is vital that everyone completes and submits the census form. Undercounting will negatively impact New Mexico’s federal funding and political representation at the federal level for the next decade. The census results also has a major impact on the arts and culture sector in New Mexico, as well as library services in rural areas such as the bookmobile that visits Carson. Many federal agencies, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds a large portion of New Mexico State Library’s bookmobile service, as well as statewide databases, and the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, distribute funds on a per capita basis that is determined by the census. If New Mexico is undercounted, we will see a real effect in the loss of money for critical major arts and culture organizations like museums, theater groups, symphonies, and opera companies, as well as for arts in the schools and community art programs, local arts councils and studio tours, for folk art apprenticeship programs, and for small non-profit arts organizations. The funding helps communities across New […]

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Bookmobile During Covid-19

The New Mexico State Library Northeast Bookmobile service, which has been in hiatus since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, will resume a limited schedule of visits from mid September. The first Covid-19 visit to Carson is on September 15, and the bookmobile will be parked at the Carson Store from 2.30 to 3.00 pm.  The library has eliminated some stops in order to schedule limited “day run” only services at this time. If you visit the bookmobile, it is very important to adhere to social distancing guidelines and, masks will be required. The bookmobile service asks that all patrons take note of the following: Please DO NOT come to the bookmobile if you are sick in any way. Masks will be required at all times and 6ft social distancing is required. All stops will only be 30 minutes, and no one is allowed on the bookmobile at this time. This first visit will be a pick-up stop only.  You can hand over a list of books you would like the bookmobile to bring to you in October.  NOTE: You can also place holds / requests through the online catalog, by phone 575-376-2474, or email laura.gonzales@state.nm.us. Requests need to be submitted at […]

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Absentee Ballot

Back in April, I sent a Carson residents information about how to vote by mail.  With the 2020 General Election coming up soon, on November 3, 2020, here’s a reminder for how you can vote safely given current social/physical distancing recommendations in force—by applying for an Absentee Ballot to vote by mail.  Just go to https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx and complete the form online. Alternatively, you can print the form for an absentee ballot application at https://www.taoscounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/48/Absentee-Application-PDF. Once you have completed the form, you must mail it to the the county clerk so that she receives it no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2020 for the General Election. You have to submit an application for each election. Mail your completed form to: Anna Martinez, Taos County Clerk,  105 Albright Street Suite D Taos, NM 87571   Or email the County Clerk at anna.martinez@taoscounty.org   Within twenty-three (23) days of Election Day, the county clerk must either mail the ballot or notice of rejection to the applicant as soon as practicable; provided that the ballot or a notice of rejection is sent not later than twenty-two (22) days before the election.   You can learn more by visiting https://www.taoscounty.org/175/Bureau-of-Elections   Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  […]

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Current CCA Board

Thank you to all who voted by proxy in the Carson Community Association board elections. We would like to welcome Kerry Dowding as our new board member and Peter Allen as our incumbent and re-elected board member. Thanks also for the votes for me; I will continue on as CCA President. The current CCA board slate is as follows: Officers Elizabeth Brownrigg (President) egb@elizabethbrownrigg.com Rik Bowman (Secretary / Treasurer) bowmanrik@gmail.com Jerry Boxberger (Vice President) jkbox1@wildblue.net Board Members Peter Allen petermarcusallen@gmail.com Kerry Dowding kerrydowding424@gmail.com Rob Hughes robarhughes@gmail.com Craig Osen craigosen@gmail.com Elizabeth Brownrigg President  Carson Community Association

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Food Bank and Boutique Open

After a short closure in July, the Carson Food Bank and Clothing Boutique is now open again to all Carson residents on Thursday from 3.00–4.00 pm at the Carson Community Association Quonset Community Building.  Please note that masks are required to protect the volunteers and others during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. There are no set qualifications to receive food or clothing. Everyone is included. The food can range from basic items such as bread, rice, and potatoes to fancy or even exotic delectables on occasion, depending on the donations received from grocery stores or restaurants that week. Read more about the history of the Carson Santo Nino Food Bank, which was started and is run by long-time Carson residents Richard and Tupper Hawley with the help of volunteers. Notification about closures will be posted in advance on the noticeboard or the calendar on this website.

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CCA Proxy Board Elections

Due to the continuing Covid-19 situation, CCA is unable able to host an in-person general meeting to hold board elections and will instead to do it by proxy. We have three nominees for the three positions up for election or re-election: Elizabeth Brownrigg, for President, incumbent Peter Allen, Board Member, incumbent Kerry Dowding, Board Member, new I encourage Carsonites to vote by sending me an email with a YAY or NAY to each candidate.  DEADLINE TO GET YOUR VOTE IN IS AUGUST 18. Remember to periodically check our website for updates. Elizabeth Brownrigg President Carson Community Association

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Disappearing Vehicles

About a week ago, the tractor pictured above and possibly some tools were taken from Greg Scott’s property. If you know anything at all about this, please contact the Sheriff: 575/737-6480, M-F, 10am-2pm. Whoever hauled away the tractor used one of my utility roads to access Greg Scott’s place. Additionally, a few months ago, Parker Haynes’ truck vanished, only to be found a few weeks later in Colorado. If you notice unusual activity or vehicles driving around, it might be a good idea to snap a photo of the license plate, or even call the sheriff. If you own a home here but it’s normally unoccupied, be sure not to leave valuables around, and, if possible, have it checked on periodically. In the 13 years I’ve lived here, we have had very few incidents of crime, and we want to keep it that way. I’m sad to have to report on these things. Let’s all please stay vigilant and keep an eye out. Elizabeth Brownrigg President Carson Community Association

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CCA Events Postponed

The Carson Community Association Board had originally planned to hold a FireWise meeting on March 21 before Covid-19 hit. The event was tentatively rescheduled to May 21 and is now postponed indefinitely due to the current surge in Covid-19 cases. CCA had also hoped to hold a general meeting on August 1st, but given the current Covid-19 situation, this meeting will be postponed until further notice.  However, CCA does need to hold elections for the board members which we MIGHT be able to do via proxy. A ballot will be drafted and sent to all Carsonites via email in early August . The offices up for election are the president and 2 board members. I am happy to run again as President and Peter Allen is running again as a board member. Another volunteer is needed to join the CCA board. This would be great opportunity for someone community-minded—it is not a huge commitment, but definitely a worthy one. The role entails attending board meetings (about every two months), general meetings, (maybe two a year), and CCA events (normally FireWise Day, OctoberFest, and Holiday Pot Luck). Please email me at egb@elizabethbrownrigg.com if you are interested in being part of the board […]

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Post Office Paper Recycling

The Carson Community Association (CCA) started collecting wastepaper at the Carson Post Office for recycling at a time when the Post Office staff indicated that they would send wastepaper to landfill. CCA purchased the plastic collection crates into which Carson residents can deposit junk mail that they pick up from their post office boxes. Peter Allen and Paul Green have been taking the crates of wastepaper to the recycle depot in Taos as a voluntary service to the community. As a member of the Carson community you can help this process in a couple of ways. If you are going into Taos or past one of the County’s transfer stations at Pilar or Ojo Caliente, consider taking a crate of wastepaper for recycling at the appropriate collection points. Please don’t add your personal recycling to the CCA crate in the Post Office. CCA provides the collection crates for the community’s benefit so that you don’t need to take junk mail home with you. When you add your personal recycling, it places an additional burden on the volunteers who have to lift these heavy crates and empty them more often. Please note the revised hours during the Covid-19 pandemic for the […]

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Elections Are Coming!

There are two elections on the horizon. 2020 Primary Election – June 2, 2020 2020 General Election – November 3, 2020 Given social/physical distancing recommendations currently in force, you may want to apply for an Absentee Ballot, so you can vote by mail. You can print the form for absentee ballot application here: https://www.taoscounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/48/Absentee-Application-PDF Once you have completed the form, you must mail it to the the county clerk so that she receives it no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election, and again Thursday, October 30, 2020 for the General Election. You have to submit an application for each election. Send your completed form to: Anna Martinez, Taos County Clerk, 105 Albright Street Suite D Taos, NM 87571 You can email the County Clerk at: anna.martinez@taoscounty.org Within twenty-three (23) days of Election Day, the county clerk must either mail the ballot or notice of rejection to the applicant as soon as practicable; provided that the ballot or a notice of rejection is sent not later than twenty-two (22) days before the election. You can learn more by going here:https://www.taoscounty.org/175/Bureau-of-Elections https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx   Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association

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Census 2020

2020 is National Census Year. Many of us in Carson will not have received forms through the mail, and it’s important for rural areas such as Carson to be included as it affects how financial resources will be allocated to us in the future.  New Mexico receives more than $7 billion a year in federal funding but this will continue to happen only if everyone completes the census. The funding helps communities across the state get improved roads, schools, health care programs, and more. This is a once-a-decade opportunity for us all to be counted and to count towards an important source of funding for the state and Carson. If you have not received forms, and you want to be counted, you can go to the following website to enter your information https://2020census.gov. You can also phone (844) 330-2020 to complete your census. Thank you for your participation. Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association  

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Carson Officially FireWise Community

Congratulations are due to the Carson FireWise Community Board Two days before Christmas 2019, the Carson FireWise board received from the National Fire Protection Association the Certificate of Recognition that Carson is a FireWise community. This came after over a year and many hours of work putting together and submitting the Carson FireWise Community Assessment & Action Plans. What does this mean to you? More work. In the assessment there are 3 action items that we need to work on and accomplish in 2020. They are: 1. South Carson Road: Work with the County Public Works Dept. to make improvements to S. Carson Rd. to for ingress to fire service/emergency responders and for egress of residents of Carson when a fire occurs. 2. Forest Road 556: Work with the NM Forest Service to make major improvements to an existing road to form a viable secondary egress for the community and an ingress for EMS and Firefighters, as well as a fire break on the west side of Carson. 3. Community-wide Wildfire Hazard Reduction Education: This is where everyone in Carson needs to participate. UPDATE: The new FireWise Day 2020 set for May 9, noon to 3:00 at the CVFD building, […]

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O Pinon Spring 2020

Carson O Pinon is the annual (sometimes semi-annual) newsletter published by the Carson Community Association. Current CCA President, Elizabeth Brownrigg, is also the Editor of the newsletter. She has just finished compiling the Spring 2030 issue. Carsonites will receive an email notification with a download link for the PDF (which can also be dowloaded by clicking the link below). Carson O Pinon Spring 2020 This issue is packed with information about community events and activities, reminiscences and fun snippets from young and older Carsonites, useful tips and projects, and obituaries and remembrances of neighbors who passed on from the community during 2019 and early 2020. There is also a ten-page article on the history of the Carson Reservoir plus a six-page bird supplement about eagles and hawks.

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FireWise Event

Originally posted May 5. Updated May 16, 2020 PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIREWISE EVENT ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR MARCH 21 HAS BEEN POSTPONED Following recommended guidelines and for the sake of the more vulnerable in our community, the 2020 Carson FireWise Day, organized by the Carson Community Association, is being POSTPONED from March 21 tentatively to Saturday May 9th, 12 noon to 3:00 pm at the Carson Volunteer Fire Department. We will send an email out before the event encouraging Carson residents to attend the rescheduled meetings, which is an important and informative event to keep us brushed up on what to do in the event of a fire, both as a community and as individuals. We do need to hold this event in due course as we need to accumulate credits for attendance, to maintain our FireWise designation. As the presence of residents really does make a difference, we try to make it interesting and fun, and we provide pizza and refreshments. The planned surprise announcement from our Carson Volunteer Fire Department which will now be postponed as well. Please bring a chair. Stay well and take precautions to avoid getting sick or infected. Elizabeth Brownrigg President, Carson Community Association

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