21 May, 2019

 Sen. Ron Griggs and his wife Joan invited me to join them for the Desert Light Film Festival in Alamogordo. Having never been to this part of New Mexico I didn’t know what to expect, but then just fell in love with the town and the people. And the Festival is an amazing opportunity for middle and high school students to learn how to make a short film, and screen it inside a beautiful theatre on Alamogordo’s Main Street.

 My trip began with a reception hosted by the Otero County Economic Development Council. This organization is run by Laurie Anderson and she has two projects percolating that could boost employment in the community. The largest employer is Holloman Air Force Base, where some of our F-16s live.

We toured the most extraordinary cookie factory that is sitting empty with the machinery waiting to manufacture biscuits and crackers. The owners, who live in Mexico, are just looking for a partner. So give us a holler if you know someone looking to make some yummy treats, granola bars, or crackers. If we can’t find a foodie to take it over, let’s think out of the box…send us your thoughts.

My trip was much too short, but I’ll be going back with my kiddos to play at White Sands National Monument, tour the Space Hall of Fame and go roller-skating at the town rink!