- Natural resource professional adores Otero Mesa’s riches By Dr. Hildy Reiser, For the Alamogordo Daily News
October 24, 2012
I have been a resident of Otero County for 18 1/2 years, an avid native plants gardener for over 17 1/2 years, and a wildlife ecologist and natural resources professional for more than 30 years.
I have been to many beautiful places in the U.S. and ...
- Mescalero women recollect first visits to Otero Mesa Alamogordo Daily News
October 2, 2012
By Janice Merino
As I looked out upon the beautiful mesa, I imagined my ancestors running over the grasslands.
The Chiricahua were nomadic by nature and would travel by foot from place to place, over hundreds of miles, following their food source through the seasons. My soul whispered, “I love this land.”
My people ...
- Preserve Otero Mesa for its historic value By Pete Eidenbach, For the Alamogordo Daily News
September 11, 2012
When our ancestors first explored Otero Mesa 10 millennia or more ago, the mesa was occupied by a juniper/oak woodland alternating with plains grassland, far different from today’s Chihuahuan Desert grassland and scrub.
Instead of today’s cattle, the mesa was populated by some formidable wildlife. During ...
- Local voices speak up for Otero Mesa By Styve Homnick, For the Alamogordo Daily News
June 12, 2012
In 1906, George and Alice Bent wound up in a town that would later bear their last name. They bought the copper mine and employed about 34 men and one woman. They opened a post office and grocery store, and it’s been Bent ever since. ...
- Dentist converts to supporting Otero Mesa preservation By Dr. C. Richard Tinguely, For the Alamogordo Daily News
May 29, 2012
One Wednesday afternoon in 1961, I discovered Otero Mesa — although at the time I didn’t even know its name.
During this time I had a busy dental practice in El Paso. To unwind from the stress, I jumped into my little Piper aircraft and ...
- Otero Mesa; Fight Over Rare Earths Threatens a Desert Bio-Gem By Rocky Kistner, Huffpost GREEN
May 18, 2012
An essential mineral ingredient used in a variety of electronics from cell phones to smart bombs could be a death knell for a pristine part of a wild New Mexico desert grassland coveted by environmentalists—and considered sacred to Native Americans.
That ingredient—rare earth elements—is at the heart of a ...
- A Plea from an Apache Youth My name is Twyla Rayne. I am an Apache Indian from the Mescalero Reservation.
Otero Mesa is more than just a place to me. It’s a sanctuary, it’s a place of peace, understanding, reliability, not only for me, but animals of all sorts, as far as spirits go. I felt spiritually reborn; I am concerned for ...
- EcoFlight releases footage of Otero Mesa flyover
EcoFlight – Southern New Mexico: Otero Mesa – Monument Proposal from EcoFlight on Vimeo.
- Otero Mesa and the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative In July 2011, the Coalition for Otero Mesa developed the following report, which details point-by-point how the campaign to save this wild and beautiful grassland fits perfectly into the Obama Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. In June of 2010, over 400 supporters of protecting Otero Mesa turned out to an administration listening session in Albuquerque. ...
- Tribal, enviro leaders lobby Obama for N.M. national monument Phil Taylor and Manuel Quinones, E&E reporters
June 30, 2011
Tribal and environmental leaders lobbied the Obama administration this week to designate a national monument on more than a million acres in southern New Mexico, a sacred land to some that contains one of the United States’ most intact and ecologically diverse desert grasslands.
Members of the Mescalero ...
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