Querencia

Querencia


it came at a good time if you will, the
church collapsing and all that because it was close to when mine was on his
downturn it was one of those periods where you were faced with the challenge
that you really wanted to take on you know and a challenge that you know
saying hey this is the heart of our community you know the church is the
oldest building in questa and and for us to just say goodbye to the oldest
building and something that has produced and helped you know many people in the
community in different ways to be able to preserve that and reconstruct this
church for me was they could like a symbol wall it shows what people can do
if they put their mind to it and the way we’re trying to reconstruct our
community because of the blow that we had because of the closing of the mine this I can get this by tomorrow good thing about this community is that
it’s older than the mine it’s older than you know it has more more depth to it
than a mining community and I think that’s important because people are able
to still go back and say look we’re here before this you know we have dealt with
the worst things you know besides the code another mine and we can go back to
other things that have you know help people live in this community Qwest has been in and out of this mining
industry for over 100 years and it’s had its roots boom has had its bust and I
think this is the time for us to not only to survive but now to thrive in a
whole different light and recreate another chapter or maybe another book of
what quests would be like for the next hundred years for me you know quest as a it’s just
home it’s just a nice safe it’s just home I’ve chosen to be here and I you
know had the opportunity to open this up again restore it we changed it comes on
a grocery store it’s still a market but I’m just really happy and proud to keep
the Ryle name going here in question you really want your community to
flourish you know and you really want people to do what they want to do here
you know if they wanted their own business if they want to work for
someone else if they want to just to come be a place to come back you know
you want that and you want questa to stay like that on the 60s you know this was a great
place to come fishing I’ve heard that at one point like majority or one of the
places in New Mexico where fishing licenses were sold was right here in
this little town you know and I’m proud to say that you know my dad was one of
those vendors you know and you know my dad’s Fred Norbert you know where we but
it’s taste you know this gas station at the time he
was another vendor so here is these two guys you know why selling fishing
licenses to a lot of people to really excel here you’re gonna have to look at
what you got around you and what we have is all natural resources and it’s
everything that everybody else doesn’t have you know and so if it’s not the
recreational what is it gonna be my eyes on a great night sleep here
little drops on my windows shit I know that sound smile with her fan she is the star the
leprosy the class first it mean easiest route one of the big projects
that I’ve been tasked with is the Pueblo received a grant to investigate their
cutthroat trout population here because they have something that is just so cool
which is a core population of Rio Grande cutthroat trout it’s been verified that
they are at least ninety eight point five percent genetically pure they could
be more but that’s the threshold which apparently is something that’s been
extremely rare nowadays when you say it it sounds so amazing like wow we have
this genetically pure population and then you look at it and you’re like well
yeah they’re in this literally untouched territory on Taos Pueblo where things
have these people have been they call it time immemorial
we like to preserve what was here when we got here he needs to survive just
like us they knew that they had cutthroat trout they saw a trend that
they were kind of disappearing being stressed population was becoming limited
and wanted to see what we were working with the rivers that they are in here
also have brown trout I’m looking at how far the brown trout go up into cutthroat
territory and what might be limiting them from accessing other sites moving
upstream for spawning or being able to come back to lower sites
once that’s done when you’re in a certain area and you look at things like
wow what’s supposed to be here and you catch a cutthroat it’s so much more
exciting you feel like you’re catching a piece of history the cutthroat is slowly
dwindling but they’re still there so there’s hope that we can still bring it
back and introduce more knowledge is power and you know a community with
knowledge they can actually make changes and do something that’s gonna make a
difference as far as I could remember back you know
it was pretty much based on cutthroats here is growing up as a kid to me
that was a big thing just to go fishing with a grandpa and learn how to fish and
bring it home and put it on the table feed it to the family and show my kids
you know at the time owns a little girl I didn’t know but learning that as a kid
you’ll always have that in the back of your mind several several different
headwaters that come out of the canyons that both exceptional cutthroats which
any old red Valley you know and there’s not a whole lot of them you know you
know what’s up I keep a couple let you know you want to keep ten I see the
community you know where I guess they’re beans
zena’s we’ve got good elk here good fish you just about everything to offer we
just can’t be an RV and without an RV park in town
you know hiking cabins here in town so yeah I see it as a good thing you know
it prospers being 30 years ago nobody even knew what quest it was how do you
not tear the fiber from the community and we still add this new color to it you can’t do one thing and make a living
in questa the people I know do two or three things instead of beating the hell
out of yourself getting firewood to go sell imagine if you could sell a you
know if you had five day trips of you know even just five day trips of fishing
where you’re able to make enough money that it would you don’t have to go for
firewood for my part I think it’s trying to get
as many people on board to believe that what this community can be
you know without moving them out you know what I mean
without gentrification coming in in this room for more people to come and move
into this community and help it become a thriving community the most important
thing if you want a culture to thrive and to survive to be strong well you
have to share it you can’t just be that little Kooks
isolated you know for me like question belongs to
me but that means rush to be honest that’s
what means teacher kids is like well you live in a
place you could take advantage of things and you can still live in this place you
might not make city wages we’ll go look after your daughter you
have a millionaires team

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