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: [email protected] 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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O Pinon Submissions

Happy 2020! Can you believe it?! And that means it’s time for another publication of our annual newsletter, The Carson O Pinon!    We welcome any informational or creative articles, photos, poetry, stories, or artwork that pertains to you or to Carson.   If you would like to advertise a service or product, it’s $25 for a full page, $15 for a half-page, and $10 for a quarter page.   I’m always thrilled by the number of interesting things people contribute. If you know anyone who is not on my email list, please forward this message to them.    Please send submissions to me: [email protected], or PO Box 40, Carson by January 21st. Hope to hear from you!   Elizabeth Brownrigg President Carson Community Association PO Box 101 Carson NM 87517-0101

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Food Bank Reopens

After a five-week closure due to lack of funding to purchase supplies, the CCA is happy to report that the Carson Food Bank and Clothing Boutique will resume its regular schedule starting on Thursday December 12. Distribution will, as usual, be at the CCA Community Building/Quonset from 3pm to 4pm. However, in the event the driveway is impassable, the food will be distributed at the Carson Cafe and Grocery. As long as funding and circumstances permit, the Carson Food Bank and Clothing Boutique will continue every Thursday, 3 – 4pm, at the CCA Community Building.   We want to thank everyone who donates money and/or time. It makes a difference to our community.   Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association  

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2019 Holiday Potluck

We would love to see Carsonites at our annual Holiday Pot Luck Party at the CCA Community Center, (aka Quonset), on Saturday, December 14th, from 5pm to 8pm.   This is a fun winter party in our cozy community building and everyone brings something tasty to share. The CCA will provide beverages for adults as well as for folks of all ages.   Weather permitting, we may have a bonfire outside, so it’s a good idea to wear warm clothes to gather around the fire. Come celebrate the season with your neighbors and get to know them better.   We also have some other holiday events going on, such as our eldest Carsonite celebrating his 90th birthday on New Year’s Eve!   Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association

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Carsonite Harry Vedoe’s 90th Birthday Exhibition

Artist Harry Vedoe may now be the longest-living person in Carson. He will be 90 years old on New Year’s Eve, 2019. Harry was born in 1929 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has worked as a graphic and industrial designer, book illustrator, photographer and writer for magazines and newspapers. He has been a resident of the United States since 1978, and since then he has worked as a commercial graphic artist and editorial cartoonist for newspapers. For many years Harry was editorial cartoonist for The Taos News. He and his wife, Noreen, have lived in Taos for 33 years, including 17 years in Carson. Harry will have an exhibit of his artwork at the Stables Galley 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte #D, Taos, NM, 87571 on December 31, 2019 from 2 to 5 pm. Harry and Noreen would love to have Carson folks come and see this exhibit and wish him a Happy Birthday. Artwork copyright Harry Vedoe

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Food Bank Temporarily Closed

The Carson Food Bank and Clothing Boutique, which normally runs every Thursday from 3pm to 4pm at the CCA Community Quonset Building, is temporarily closed until December 12. This closure is due to lack of funds to purchase supplies. The CCA and the Food Bank would appreciate any support that Carson community members can offer. If you would like to make a much-needed donation, please mail a check to The Food Depot, 1222 A Siler Road Santa Fe NM 87507-4107. Be sure to write “Santo Niño Food Bank” in the memo on your check, otherwise your donation will get distributed to various food banks in northern New Mexico. Any donation will be gratefully recived. Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association  

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Hwy 567 Trash Pick-up

 Thanks to Veterans-Off-Grid and Americorps, we have a number of volunteers eager to help us with roadside cleanup on Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:00am–1:00pm. The last cleanup took place on May 8. If you missed that and would like to come help keep Carson beautiful, please show up at the Carson Cafe and Grocery at 9am. We will provide trash bags and brief instructions. Then Craig Osen will be making pizza at 1pm for all those who’ve helped out. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, and bring water, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association

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CCA General Meeting

All Carson residents are invited to come to the Carson Community Association’s General Meeting on Saturday, August 17, 10am at the CCA Community Quonset Building. It’s time to have our elections for the CCA board. The offices to be voted on this year are Vice-President, Treasurer, (Rik Bowman is currently serving as both Secretary and Treasurer), and two board members.  It’s also time to start organizing for our annual fundraiser — the Fall Fest. The festival will be on Saturday, October 12, noon—4pm and we need volunteers to help with the raffle, cooking, PR, music, and more. Many hands make light work, and this is a fun fundraiser. Please come to this general meeting on Saturday, August 17, 10am at the Quonset.  Your participation helps a lot, and we like seeing Carson folks in Carson! Elizabeth Brownrigg President,  Carson Community Association

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No-see-ums

At the recent Carson Spring Bling Fling, some attendees had to flee the event early when they found themselves mercilessly bitten by tiny biting insects commonly referred to as biting midges or no-see-ums in North America. The no-see-um season generally lasts about two weeks in Carson, usually during the later half of June according to long-time Carsonites. However, with the unusually heavy amount of winter precipitation, Carson saw a longer no-see-um season and a much heavier population than in previous years. No-see-ums are flies in the order Diptera, family Ceratopogonidae that includes >4000 species in 78 genera worldwide, with >600 species in 36 genera in North America. The vast majority feed on other insects or other non-human animals, with species in only four genera feeding on the blood of mammals. Biting midges are not known to transmit disease agents to humans in the USA but they are vectors of the Blue Tongue virus, a major cause of disease in livestock. The most important genera are Culicoides, Leptoconops, and Forcipomyia. They go through the usual life cycle (egg, larva, pupa, and adult) which can last 2–6 weeks depending on species and environmental conditions. They may complete two or more generations per […]

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Mobile Dental Clinic

Las Clinicas del Norte Mobile Dental Clinic paid its first visit to Carson on Monday, June 24, 2019. To make this happen, CCA President Elizabeth Brownrigg reached out to the Carson community to gauge if there was enough interest and, thankfully, there was.  The arrangement was that if fewer than 10 patients showed up, the clinic would leave when they were done with the last patient and no others were waiting. At 8:30am on the appointed day, the mobile clinic was parked on the verge near the post office and ready to carry out dental exams and to clean teeth. As the morning progressed, more cars drew up to check out the clinic. Several Carsonites simply stopped to visit with neighbors who were waiting their turn. The mobile unit has two well-equipped state-of-the-art cubicles. On this day, it was staffed by dentist Dr. Aine Malloy and technician Carol. A dental exam usually includes a dental x-ray (radiograph) to evaluate oral health problems and a check for cavities and gum disease, a discussion of any problems, and suggestions for any further actions, before proceeding to cleaning. Cleanings were free for first-time patients of Las Clinicas del Norte. For patients not covered by Medicaid […]

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Carson 2019 Events

From the CCA President Hi Everyone, I want to welcome all the new folks to Carson, and remind people that the Carson Community Association hosts several events throughout the year: Trash Pick-Up on Hwy 567 Day this year is on Wednesday, 5/8/19, 8:30am–noon. We will meet at the store and organize into small groups to walk along Hwy 567 and pick up the trash. Pizza will be provided at noon for all those who participate in keeping Carson beautiful! The Spring Bling Fling is a spring yard sale we have each spring, Saturday, 6/15/19, 11am–2pm. People bring their quality items to sell at the Fire Department, where we have tables set up, and donate 20% of their sales to the CCA. It’s a great time to meet and socialize, as well as buy and sell. The Fall Festival is in October at the store, Saturday, 10/12/19, 12–4pm. This is our major annual fundraiser. We have a wonderful raffle, a great BBQ and bake sale, entertainment, and folks can also bring things to sell. Holiday Pot-Luck Party is mid-December at the Quonset hut, Saturday, 12/14/19, 5–8pm. The CCA provides beverages, and people bring food to share. Sometimes we have a bonfire […]

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2019 Firewise Day

The 2019 Carson FireWise event, postponed from March 1st because of weather, took place on Saturday, March 23rd, from 1.00 to 3.30 pm at the Carson Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 567, with presentations as part of a Fuel for Thought program. Some of the Carson Community Association board members, in conjunction with the Volunteer Fire Departments from Carson, Tres Piedras, and Latir, and New Mexico State Forestry, have been working to make Carson a “FireWise” community. Part of the process involves organizing an annual event to increase awareness on how individual residents and the community as a whole can prevent any unwanted fires.  The event began with informal mingling of attendees and presenters, enjoying free pizza and refreshments provided by CCA, with time for residents to view display boards and pick up information brochures. Elizabeth Brownrigg, CCA President, kicked off the event with a couple of brief community announcements. She then introduced the lineup of speakers and presenters for the afternoon’s program. Chris Cote, Taos County Wildland/Urban Interface Coordinator, presented a video on fire prevention with respect to fuels. The video highlighted the importance of removing any fuel in contact with parts of the house, such as dried leaves, […]

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2019 Bookmobile

The New Mexico State Library Bookmobile Service is scheduled to visit Carson once a month (2019 times and dates: 3.15–4.00 pm—January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6; 1.45 to 2.45 pm—June 5, July 3, August 5, September 11). The Bookmobile Service will notify patrons of any cancellations or changes in dates. The bookmobile stops at the parking lot of the Carson Fire Station.  The New Mexico State Library Bookmobile Service visits Carson once a month, parking its state-of-the-art truck at the Carson Fire Station for one hour (from June) 45 minutes . The bookmobile carries a good selection of books to cater to a wide range of interests, from best-selling non-fiction and fiction to a whole section devoted to the southwest including New Mexico. Please remember that your participation in the bookmobile program is extremely important to the existence of the program. Whether Carson continues to remain on the bookmobile route depends on user numbers. If interest and visitor numbers decline, Carson could stop receiving bookmobile visits. So please make an effort to drop by and check out a book or two. The bookmobile service reminds patrons that all books checked out from the bookmobile must be returned to […]

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O Pinon Winter 2019

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 Winter 2019 issue. Carsonites should have received an email notification with a download link for the PDF (below). Carson O Pinon Winter 2019 This issue is packed with information about community events and activities, reminiscences and fun snippets from Carsonites, useful tips and projects, obituaries and remembrances of neighbors who passed on from the community during 2018, and an eight-page bird supplement about grosbeaks.

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2018 Roadside Cleanup

In April 2018, Elisabeth Meir (then treasurer of the Carson Community Association) took the lead in organizing a roadside clean-up along State Hwy 567. The highway has become quite a busy road and accumulation of trash along the verges becomes unsightly over time. Since this is a main thoroughfare for most Carsonites, it is in the interest of the community to help remove the trash. More than a dozen neighbors gathered at the Carson Cafe and Grocery premises at 9 am on April 14 and split into half a dozen teams. Each team, armed with a handful of large trash bags, took responsibility for picking up the trash along sections of the highway. It was surprising how quickly the trash bags filled up. Back at the store, volunteers picked through the trash to pick out recyclables (plastic bottles, aluminium cans, other metal, cardboard), and other volunteers loaded the bags and bins of sorted trash onto the back of their pickup trucks, ready to haul into the recycling center and dump in Taos. CCA provided pizza lunch (including a vegan option) for the cleanup crew. The day turned out sunny and relatively warm, and we were able to enjoy catching up […]

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Carson Cafe and Grocery

Craig Osen, new owner of the Carson village store, formerly known as Poco Loco now renamed to Carson Cafe & Grocery, has been working hard on renovating the premises. He says the painstaking work is almost done leaving just a few more hurdles to get to the finish line. These include getting a final inspection, business license, last bits of equipment, health department certificates, and a dumpster before the exciting step of stocking the store. Carsonites are looking forward to dropping by to enjoy a cup of joe, a bit to eat, shooting the breeze with neighbors, and picking up some supplies.

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