Scott Aby has been making maps and collecting fossils in northern New Mexico professionally for the last thirteen years. Before that he worked for the USGS, planted trees for the forest service, and peeled quite a few vigas. Scott has a Bachelors degree from Humboldt State University in Northern California, where he studied local geology and worked in the Bahamas. Scott has a masters degree in geology from UNM where he studied faults and stream terraces in the Jemez Mountains. He lives with his wife, Lluvia, in Ojo Sarco, NM.  For more information, contact Scott at

Juan Estevan Arellano (1947-2014) was a lifelong resident of the Embudo Valley and a descendant of settlers going back to 1725. Journalist, writer, and researcher, he won the prestigious José Fuentes Mares Literary Award in Mexico in 1994. His last book, Enduring Acequias:  Wisdom of the Land, Knowledge of the Water, was published in 2014.


"That I am a life-long resident of the Embudo Valley and a descendent of the original settlers, going back to 1725. I am a journalist, writer, researcher who won the prestigious José Fuentes Mares Literary Award in Mexico in 1994 for my novel. My two recent books, was the translation of the first book in Spanish about agriculture written in 1513, Ancient Agriculture and the bilingual children's book with Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, Juan the Bear and the Water of Life/ La Acequia de Juan del Oso. Have just finished a mauscript, "The knowledge of water; The wisdom of the land," about community irrigations systems. Involved with the acequias at the local, state and international level."


In Memoriam by Joseph Mora



Stanley Crawford and his wife RoseMary have lived in Dixon, NM since 1969 where they built their own adobe house. They have farmed since the early 1970s, specializing in garlic and selling at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market in the Railyard on Saturdays from late spring until November or December, and on Tuesdays during the peak growing season, as well as at their own Farm Fridays. Stan currently has seven novels in print and three works of nonfiction about living in Northern New Mexico, including A Garlic Testament and Mayordomo, which won the 1988 Western States Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Two more novels will be published in 2016.


Stan's website

Dr. Enrique Lamadrid comes from a long line of teachers, historians and story tellers.  A retired UNM history professor, he is now editor of the Querencias Series at UNM Press, which published Estevan Arellano’s last book. He has written an award winning children's book, Amadito and the Hero Children, set in Embudo and Chamisal in 1918 during the flu epidemic.


Levi Romero, the 2nd eldest of five children to Elías and Carolina Durán Romero, is a native of San Antonio del Embudo, or what is now known as Dixon, New Mexico. He is the grandson of Silviares Durán y Anita Valdez Durán and Juan Andres and Juanita Atencio Romero. He is the published author of three collections of poetry, Sagrado: A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland, A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works, and In the Gathering of Silence. His work has been published throughout the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Cuba. He is an Assistant Professor in the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at the University of New Mexico. His scholarly work focuses on oral histories, cultural landscapes, and sustainable building methodologies of northern New Mexico, including centuries-old traditions of acequia systems, molinos, salas and other agrarian and cultural contexts related to the upper Rio Grande watershed. He was awarded the post of New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate in 2012.


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