CookoffWhat’s Cookin’?

Larry Joe Taylor’s “Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights” Music Festival & Cookoffs is celebrating its 21st year this August with the Cook-Off day set for Saturday, August 19.

The CASI Red River Red Chili Cook-off and the New Mexico State Green Chile Championship have been a part of the festive weekend since the first outdoor event held in downtown Brandenburg Park. People’s Choice and Showmanship awards will also be presented. The addition of the Lone Star BBQ Society Cook-off have been added to the fun.

CASI is the Chili Appreciation Society International and sanctions nearly 500 chili cookoffs internationally as qualifying events for the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship©, known as TICC.   These sanctioned local events raise over $1,000,000 for local and national charities which work with the local organizers.  This ultimate chili championship is held the first Saturday of November annually at Rancho CASI de los Chisos, near Terlingua, Texas.         (Info courtesy CASI)

Help Wanted

Red River Valley Charter school needs a cook for 2017-2018 school year. Job is from 7:00-7:30 to 2:00 at latest and would require preparing breakfast and lunch 4 days a week. If interested please contact Karen Phillips or Tonya Lewis @ 575-754-6117. You’d start ASAP since school has begun.

Karen M. Phillips, School Administrator


New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced August 9 that  state film and TV productions injected more than half a billion dollars into the economy of the Land of Enchantment.

Surpassing the 2016 figure of $387 million, $505 million was injected into New Mexico in fiscal year 2017. Fiscal year 2016 saw $387 million.

Data from the New Mexico Film Office states 61 major productions did the majority of their filming in New Mexico during fiscal year 2017.

Great Job!

The first ever Wags & Wine fundraiser held in downtown Brandenburg Park on Saturday, July 29 raised $6,700 towards the creation of the Red River Mountain Bark Park! Will it become an annual event?     P.S. Thanks to all who attended the event and to the volunteers and the Red River Tourism staff at the Conference Center who made it a smooth first-time event.

Flying Discs

The 6th Annual Drew Judycki Memorial Disc Golf is set for September 23-24 at the Red River Ski & Summer Area. The 18-hole Mountain Top Disc Golf Course flows through an Aspen grove with spectacular scenic panoramas of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Professional and Amateur Disc Golfers are welcome to sign up for online registration to participate in the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) sanctioned two-day tournament. Contact Tournament Director Nicholas A. Church, at 575-770-2851, or by Email:

The tournament honors long-time Red River resident, Ski Area owner, New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame member Drew Judycki.

Claim Jumper

Work has begun in earnest on the Claim Jumper street improvements at Willow Pond. The street is closed to thru traffic.

The project involving the Town of Red River is tentatively set for final completion October 13, 2017.

The Red River Ski & Summer Area is also involved in a Willow Pond project. Willow Pond is the former Rainbow Lake.

Welcome Home Red River Fire Chasers!