With Beatty’s Cabin unfortunately in the news — threatened this June by the Rincon Fire on the east side of the Pecos Wilderness — I went to the bookshelf for my prized first edition of this Pecos classic. Here is a fine (linked) profile of the author, famed New Mexico game warden and lifelong Pecos …

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June is the cruelest month in New Mexico. It’s supposed to hit 100 degrees today at 6,500 feet in the Sandia foothills. Humidity is soaring at 7 percent. Wildfires are burning in the Gila, the Pecos and father north, near El Rito, obscuring my visions of cool, clear streams running fast in the mountains. Arizona …

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