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Unwelcome Guest
The invasive salt cedar, or tamarisk, hogs our scarce water supplies

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Former Sheriff Bill Cavaliere is solving the mysteries of Apacheria

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New Mexico's abundant catfish, fun to catchand delicious to eat

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Life in a State of Nature

More reader photos of creatures big and small.


Ah, spring in New Mexico! It's the perfect time to snap some candid portraits of the critters who come to visit you and to share them with Desert Exposure, contributing to our ongoing quest to see what's out there through the lenses of our readers.

For example, here's one from Allen and Diana Storm of Deming, who write: "We sent the attached photo to a neighbor showing them just some of the birds who come in to visit the bird bath in front of our desert home every morning. They suggested we send it on to you."






This bobcat was photograph by Joel Chinkes at Hidden River Ranch near Columbus. "First and only sighting in 16 years of looking," he writes.






This is another from Erin Evans, photographed on her ranch south of Silver City. "I have a few thousand photos," she writes. "Well, OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but because of where I live, it's pretty neat."






And here's another picture from Denver photographer and frequent Southwest New Mexico visitor Andy Dimler. He tells us it's an eastern collared lizard, photographed in the Tres Hermanas Mountains.





Share your own photos of local creatures great and small. Send to editor@desertexposure.com or mail to PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, and include your postal address for a little thank-you.




A Day for Giving

On May 6, Give Grande NM makes it easy to make a difference.


Timing is everything, as the saying goes, and if you're feeling even a little bit generous this month there's no better day to give than May 6. That's been designated as the Day of Community Giving to New Mexico's nonprofits through Give Grande NM (www.givegrandenm.org). To celebrate the 100th anniversary of community foundations, the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico will partner with Give Local America to make it easy to give.

Donations as little as $20 can make a difference to local nonprofits. All donations are tax deductible and will be for the unrestricted use of the donor's chosen charity. Matching funds may also become available from the Community Foundation Coalition.

The 24-hour statewide event will raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits through easy-to-use online fundraising. Beginning at midnight the night of May 5 and continuing to 11:59 p.m. the night of May 6, anyone with a credit card and access to the Internet can donate with just a few clicks. All online donations will be shown in real time on the day of the event. Incentive prizes will also be shown on the website and the Give Grande Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Coalition expects to distribute money raised within 45 days after the event.

"This is really about pulling the communities together, to empower people," says Denise Gonzales, Give Grande NM coordinator.

A total of 441 New Mexico nonprofit organizations are registered with the Coalition. Of those, 37 are in Grant County including:

The Bikeworks,
Bridge Community,
Camp Thunderbird,
Concert Band of the Southwest,
Corporation for Downtown Development,
El Refugio,
End of the Road Ranch,
Glenwood Community Library,
Gila Conservation Education Center,
Gila Native Plant Society,
Gila Resources Information Project,
Gila Valley Library,
Grant County Community Concert Association,
Grant County Community Foundation,
Guadalupe Montessori School,
High Desert Humane Society,
Imagination Library of Grant County,
Learning Center for Dyslexia and Academic Success,
LGBT Grant County,
Life Quest,
Literacy Alive,
Literacy Link–Leamos,
Lotus Center,
Mimbres Region Arts Council,
Mimbres Valley Health Action League (MVHAL),
National Center of Frontier Communities,
Serenity Acres,
Silver Adult Care Services,
Silver City Arts & Culture District,
Silver City Astronomical Society,
Silver City Gospel Mission,
Silver City Main Street Project,
Silver City Museum,
Silver City Neighborhood Alliance,
Silver Regional Sexual Assault Support Services,
Southwest Festival of the Written Word,
The Volunteer Center of Grant County,
Upper Gila Watershed Alliance,
Western Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Locally, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico is dedicated to helping the region and its nonprofits. (See "Giving Until It Helps," July 2013.) Founded in 2000, the Community Foundation offers opportunities for local people who want to give back locally. You need not be wealthy to make a positive difference in the lives of people throughout the area, according to organizers. Through the establishment of permanent funds, you can sustain local charitable organizations, provide scholarships to area students and fulfill wishes that are close to your heart. Planned giving programs enable donors to honor loved ones or leave a legacy that benefits the people of Southern New Mexico for generations to come.


The Community Foundation can advise you on how best to maximize contributions, no matter what size. For more information, see the website at www.cfsnm.org or call Luan Wagner Burn, (575) 521.4794. To donate, mail your check to CFSNM, 301 S. Church St., Suite H, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

For more information about Give Grande NM, contact coordinator Denise Gonzales at (505) 699-2493, info@givegrandenm.org, or see www.givegrandenm.org.



The Tumbleweeds Top 10

Who and what's been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google.com). Trends noted are vs. last month's total hits; * indicates new to the list. Number in parenthesis indicates last month's Top 10 rank. In a slow news month, not even swear-jar recordings leaked to Mother Jones magazine can put our governor back on top of the list.

  1. (2) Virgin Galactic — 294 hits (▲)
  2. (1) New Mexico drought — 241 hits (▼)
  3. (3) New Mexico + immigration — 221 hits (▼)
  4. (4) Gov. Susana Martinez — 169 hits (▼)
  5. (5) Sen. Tom Udall — 130 hits (▲)
  6. (7) New Mexico + Tesla — 110 hits (▼)
  7. (8) Sen. Martin Heinrich — 93 hits (▲)
  8. (6) New Mexico same-sex marriage — 87 hits (▼)
  9. (-) Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson — 70 hits (▲)
  10. (-) New Mexico spaceport — 60 hits (▲)

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