SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
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Rio Pecos Kennel Club Dog Show | Cowboy Mounted Shooting | Fiddler on the Roof
THE 11TH ANNUAL DRAGONFLY FESTIVAL
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Thursday, September 6, 2012 Volume 19, Issue 17
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RMAC Gears up for the Fall RCLT Presents Fiddler on the Roof
John Chisum - Part 3
Len Stringfield: UFO Investigator Extraordinaire
The Dragonfly Festival celebrates 75 years of the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Pictured is a male Filigree Skimmer above the water at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photographer: Bill Flynt
The RCLT presents Fiddler on the Roof
Bruce Gaucher Photo
Reservations are recommended for this popular musical.
By Vanessa Kahin Vistas Editor iddler on the Roof?” Sounds crazy, no? But in the small city of Roswell, members of a theatre troupe have succeeded in scratching out a complex combination of strong vocals, dance moves and respectful portrayal of Jewish culture—without breaking their necks. The Roswell Community Little Theatre will be performing the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” at its new location, 1717 S. Union Ave. The show opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., and will continue with 7:30 p.m. performances on Sept. 8, 14 and 15. On Sunday and on Sept. 16, “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at 2 p.m. With a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of a family patriarch, Tevye, who strives to maintain his Jewish identity and cul-
ture. Tevye’s family—his wife, Golde, and his five daughters—live in Anatevka, a fictional village in Tsarist Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Tevye’s attempts to keep his much-respected traditions alive for future generations are repeatedly threatened by outside forces, as his three oldest daughters break tradition and each marry a man of their own choosing— not the man their father has chosen for them. Indeed, as Tevye states at the beginning of the musical, everyone in Anatevka is as shaky as a fiddler on the roof, striving to maintain Jewish identity despite adversity. But for director Edie Stevens, there was nothing shaky about her undertaking of the challenging musical, especially after she teamed up with choreographer Jennifer Wolf of The Studio Plus and Mary Gonzalez, choral director at Roswell High School.
Originally from the East Coast, Stevens grew up in and around New England—propitiously located to be involved with Broadway and off-Broadway shows, which she was. She came to Roswell in June 1994, and almost immediately thereafter became involved with the RCLT. “I already had the theatre bug,” she said with a laugh. “It wasn’t hard to get hooked again.” Stevens has been involved with the RCLT as both director and actress, and has now assembled a large cast that includes members as young as nine, and some soon approaching their seventies. “It’s kind of interesting to have that many age groups,” Stevens noted. “(They are) all mixing together to try to put on a really good production.” Stevens admitted she fell in love with the musical “ever since I saw the movie, years and years and years ago. It is SEE FIDDLER ON PAGE 14
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The Pecos Valley Kennel Club Dog Show
Friday, Sept. 14th 7:00pm John Erickson, author of the highlypopular Hank the Cowdog series of at the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau*
PLUS A Special Story Time Saturday, Sept. 15th 10:00am at the Roswell Public Library* *Seating is limited
By Sarah Brinegar
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The 54th annual dog show brings in dog owners from all over the country.
books will be performing for all of his fans! A blend of discussion and musical performance will entertain children and adults alike. There will be a limited number of books available for purchase and signing! Sponsored by:
Friends of the Roswell Public Library Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply Xcel Energy
Chaves County Veterinary Medical Association
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he Rio Pecos Kennel Club annual AKC All Breed Dog Show is just around the corner and it has the area’s dogs and owners in full swing, competition-preparation mode.This will be the 54th dog show and is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 and 9 at the RICA Park on Earl Cummings Loop. This show is expected to bring visitors from all over the country including the judges who are expected to travel to Roswell from various parts of the United States.The dogs entered in the show are separated by categories: sporting, herding, working, toy, terrier, hound and nonsporting. The best dog that wins in each category will go on to compete for Best In Show. Winners are chosen if they display the ideal of the breed both physically and mentally. The Rio Pecos Kennel Club is the stepping stone for dogs to prepare for such a show. The club welcomes all dogs and does not discriminate against mix breeds. The kennel members are very excited about the upcoming show. It’s a lot of work, but a labor of love. Members not only show their dogs, but organize the event with help from Onofrio Dog Shows who come in to set
up rings and supervise the event. Show dogs are bred with care and each dog must undergo a genetic test to check their hips, eyes, and elbows for anything that could cause health concerns for the dogs later. If any anomalies show up in the testing, the dogs cannot breed.These tests range from $300 to $500.The reason for such caution is to prevent dogs from carrying their deformities or illness down to a litter. Most people don’t realize how many illnesses can come from a backyard breeder, and show dog owners are very cautious before purchasing a show dog. The dog show is slated to be a great event for locals and will attract tourism.The Roswell Lodgers Tax has a big hand in helping put this year’s show together. The show is free to the public; concession and vendors will be available. It is asked that the public please keep their own pets at home and to attend to their children at the show. Unattended children could disrupt the dog and handlers during the competition. For more information on the dog show or if a business would like to have a booth at the show, call Sarah Brinegar at 623-9190,
Rey Berrones Photo Macy, a black-tri-colored Australian shepherd is one of many dogs that will be competing at the show.
Clovis Music Festival
Every Week, Tues - Sun
Shroud Exhibit and Museum The Turin Shroud interactive exhibit at White Sands Mall in Alamogordo offers a backlit, full-sized picture, the only interactive VP8 Image Analyzer 3D experience. The exhibitʼs goal is make Turin Shroud available to all including the vision impaired. Hours are Sunday from 2 p.m. -4 p.m., Tuesday - Friday from 1 p.m. 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 4462113, or visit ShroudNM.com.
Cita and Los Lobos Locos Cita and Los Lobos Locos are coming through on their tour from California to North Carolina, and playing the Compound at 8:30 p.m.
White Sands Balloon Invitational The hot air balloons will launch from the Balloon Park on LaVelle Road in Alamogordo at 7 a.m. on Sept. 15 and launch from the White Sands National Monument at 7:00 A.M on Sept. 16. There will be a “Balloon Glow” at 7:00 P.M. the evening of 16 September at the Balloon Park.For information, please contact the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce at 437-6120. All events are weather permitting!
Artesia Sept 9
Sept. 7 - 9
Curry County Events Center
Clovis Music Festival Friday and Saturday events will be held at the Curry County Events Center beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday begins at 10 a.m. at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum, located at 105 E. Grand. Friday, The Originators performing as Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Valens, and Roy Orbison backed by “The Killer Vees”. Also Will Banister and the Mulberry Band. Tickets for Friday are $25/$20. Saturday Live and in Person Chubby Checker and The Fireballs. Tickets for Saturday are $30/$25. Sunday Performance: Rock ʻn Gospel and The Fireballs. For more information call 7633435 or visit clovismusicfestival.net.
Alas! Alack! Zorroʼs Back Based on the book by Tim Kelly, with music and lyrics by David Reiser and produced in arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service. This is a cute, fast- moving, funny musical melodrama that will keep you in stitches. The characters are
hilarious from Buck Badum who “owns” Old New Mexico (from the Hotel Cucaracha to the bank), Sheriff Toady who is crooked as the day is long, Conchita, the saloon girl who would love to be rich, Don Alfredo, who has lost his ranchero to the bank, Senora
De La Guitar, his wife, Widder Jones and her daughter, Lucinda who are poor and hungry, Alice Sweepup, the hotel maid, Aunt Victoria and her nephew, Henry who have just arrived in Old New Mexico from Old California by stagecoach. There is also a sashay senorita and a young caballero to let you know when to “boo” and “hiss”. Throw in an inheritance, a little cheating, a little love and a fiesta with live mariachi music and you have fun entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Come join the Artesia Community Theatre on September 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 9th at 2 p.m. at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 310 W. Main. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. For information, call 746-4212 or 746-3756.
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Carlsbad Downtown Farmers Market The Carlsbad Downtown Farmers Market will open the 2012 season on June 23 and will run through early to midOctober. It is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Eddy County Courthouse lawn in downtown Carlsbad. It features fresh produce, handmade crafts, entertainment, educational presenters, kidsʼ activities and more.
Rivethead Rivethead will be playing at the
Bat Cave located at 219 S. Canyon St. For more information, call 302-6722.
Crashing Broadway Crashing Broadway will be playing at the Bat Cave located at 219 S. Canyon St. For more information, call 3026722.
Grupo Maldad Grupo Maldad will be playing at the Bat Cave located at 219 S. Canyon St. For more information, call 302-6722.
Cloudcroft Sept 8
The Cloudcroft Cookout Come out from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for First National Bankʼs annual Cloudcroft Cookout. The Athletic Club will be cooking up some delicious BBQ and hot dogs for the community. Kick back and enjoy the music, yummy food and great company.
19th annual Lumberjack Day The 19th annual Lumberjack Day is from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Zenith Park. This is a kid friendly event with food and fun. There is a $5 entry fee for each of the Lumberjack and Lumberjill events. For more information, call the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce at 6822733 or 1-800-UPHIGH7. 6 >>
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Sept 7 - 9
Clovis Music Festival Friday and Saturday events will be held at the Curry County Events Center beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday begins at 10 a.m. at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum, located at 105 E. Grand. Friday, The Originators performing as Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Valens, and Roy Orbison backed by “The Killer Vees”. Also Will Banister and the Mulberry Band. Tickets for Friday are $25/$20. Saturday Live and in Person Chubby Checker and The Fireballs. Tickets for Saturday are $30/$25. Sunday Performance: Rock ʻn Gospel and The Fireballs. For more information call 763-3435 or visit clovismusicfestival.net.
The Triple L Band Mark Phillips, Third Generation and the Triple L Band are playing the Lyceum Theater at 7
p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 749-2409.
Fiddler on the Roof
Every Week, Mon, Wed, Fri
Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years This Walker Aviation Museum display will remain through the end of the year. This exhibit features a short history of the base and many items from the WWII era, as well as information about the planes that flew at Roswell Army Airfield from 1941-1945. For more information, call 247-2464 or visit wafbmuseum.org.
Every Week, Mon, Wed, Fri
Peace Through Strength This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit is a tribute to the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron assigned to Walker Air Force Base during the early 1960s. The squadron was responsible
Ginsberg Music opens up the stage every Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. P.A. system and drums are provided, all other instruments must be brought by the musician.
Sept. 7-9, 14-15
Roswell Community Little Theatre
Roswell Community Little Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof. Evening shows on Sept 7, 8, 14, and 15 starting at 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Sept 9 and 16 starting at 2 p.m. For more information, call 622-1982, or visit roswelllittletheatre.com.
for operating and maintaining 12 Atlas missile silos around the greater Roswell area. The exhibit was funded through a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers. For more information, call 247-2464 or visit www.wafbmuseum.org.
Every Week, Wed, Sat
Karaoke at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge Karaoke at Billy Rayʼs Restaurant and Lounge at 118 East Third St. from 9 p.m - until people stop singing.
Every Week, Thu, Fri, Sat Ritmo Latino at El Toro
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Bravo Ritmo Latino plays El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280.
Every Week, Thu
Los Band Dʼ Dos at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen Los Band Dʼ Dos playing Latin Pop and Country music at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen at 2103 N. Main from 6 p.m - 9 p.m. For more information, call Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen at 622-4919.
Open Mic at Ginsberg Music
Farmers and Gardeners Market The Farmersʼ and Gardenersʼ Market is from 9 a.m. - noon, at the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn. This family event features high quality fresh produce, flowers, and crafts that are produced by families in the Pecos and Hondo Valley. We also accept WIC coupons and Senior Citizen stamps. For more information, call Lester Peck at 627-2239.
Jan. 6, 2012 - Jan. 31, 2013
Roswell: Diamond of the Pecos Diamond of the Pecos focuses on the history and accomplishments of Roswell since its inception as a trading post in the Pecos Valley along the Goodnight - Loving Cattle Trail in the 1860s. From the simple outpost, Roswell has grown into the hub of southeastern New Mexico. A collaboration between the RMAC and the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, this exhibit includes historic photographs, art, and artifacts from both organizations. For more information, call 624-6744. 7 >>
My Ticket Home
Aug 11 - Sept 23
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Exhibition: Siobhan McBride Siobhan McBride was born in Seoul and grew up in Queens, NY. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Her paintings combine disparate yet familiar fragments into spaces that are still, anxious, and temperamental. Her work aims to create conscious worlds with a sense of incongruity and common magic. Siobhan has been awarded residencies with the Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, Yaddo, Lower Manhattan Cultural Councilʼs Workspace Program, and is currently a fellow with the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.
Business After Hours at Farleyʼs Join the Roswell Chamber of Commerce at Farleyʼs, 1315 N. Main St. for fun and refreshments from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Bring your business card and enjoy this great networking opportunity. For more information, call 623-5695.
Del Castillo Del Castillo play Pecos Flavors Winery at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25. For more information, call 627-6265.
Sept 7 - 9, 14 - 15
Fiddler On The Roof Roswell Community Little Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof. Evening shows on Sept 7, 8, 14, and 15 starting at 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Sept 9 and 16 starting at 2 p.m. For more information, call 622-1982, or visit roswelllittletheatre.com.
My Ticket Home My Ticket Home play a Unity Center show with Janet Ann, Reverie and other bands TBA. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/theunitycenter.
Monday Sept. 10
Alzheimerʼs Association Memory Walk Fundraiser 2012 Enchilada Lunch The Alzheimerʼs Association Memory Walk Fundraiser 2012 Enchilada Lunch is $10 per plate at the Elkʼs Lodge located at 1702 N. Montana from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call or stop by Comfort Keepers located at 1410 S. Main St. or call 6249999.
The Unity Center
My Ticket Home play a Unity Center show with Janet Ann, Reverie and other bands TBA. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/theunitycenter.
75th Anniversary Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Fundraiser Dinner 75th Anniversary Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Fundraiser Dinner Kick-Off 2012 11th Annual Dragonfly Festival. The banquet style fundraiser dinner is at the ENMU-Roswell Campus Student Union Building at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 per person. National Geographic reptile expert, Dr. Brady Barr will give a special presentation at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Reservations for the dinner will be accepted through August 31. To make dinner reservations call Maria (575)624-7404.
Wildlife Refuge - 2012 11th Annual Dragonfly Festival is from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. Free family events on both days: Dragonfly Tours (reservations required), Treasure Hunt, Wildlife/Conservation Exhibits, Crafts for Kids, Art Vendors, and free lunch. For more information, call 625-4011 or visit friendsofbitterlake.com.
Rebecca Loebe Rebecca Loebe play Pecos Flavors Winery at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25. For more information, call 627-6265.
Kutless Compassion International Presents Kutless - The Believer Tour at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Other Christian groups performing include Eric Samuel Timm, Rhett Walker Band, Hyland and Fireflight. For more information call 623-5438.
MainStreet Roswell Alive After 5 MainStreet Roswell Alive After 5 is from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Main St. from 2nd St. to 4th St. Farmerʼs Gardenerʼs Market vendors will have produce for sale. Sidewalk sale for local Main Street businesses. Enter-
tainment on Main and W. 3rd St. For more information call Dusty at 420-5718. There will not be any Farmerʼs and Gardenerʼs Market on Saturday, September 15 in lieu of the Pinatafest.
Library presents John Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog Books Roswell Public Library and Friends of the Roswell Public Library presents John Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog Books at 7 p.m., at the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main. This event is free to the public. Tickets are required. The free tickets can be picked up at the Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 6227101.
Sept 14 - 16
Pinatafest The Hispano Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to its Pinata Festival to be held in front of the Chaves County Courthouse lawn Sept. 14, 15, and 16 . Family fun for all, including vendors, live entertainment, car show,dance contest, chili eating contest taco eating contest pinata breaking,a feast of your favorite foods and a special appearance by Grupo Control. For more information contact the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce at 6240889. 10 >>
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The 11th annual Dragonfly Festival
By Jeff Sanchez Refuge Biologist
It is time again to celebrate the Dragonfly Festival. other Nature is looking favorably on Roswell this year. Along with the recent rainstorms, we can finally enjoy cooler afternoons while watching the sunset to the west. Soon, the noticeably shorter days will be blessed with the unmistakable smell of roasting green chiles, and the taste of fresh sweet corn and pico-de gallo. Birds are already beginning to gather into larger flocks, some preparing to leave the Roswell area while others are just arriving in response to these annual changes in weather. With these noticeable changes comes the annual Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Dragonfly Festival. This year’s festival is special for us since we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Yes, we have been here for 75 years and shame on you if you haven’t come out to visit us; we’re only 7 miles from Roswell! Regardless of whether you’ve been here or not, come out
for the two-day festival and enjoy the birds as they begin to migrate, the fish as they gorge themselves in preparation for winter and the dragonflies while they are plentiful and active. This year we will kick off the celebration Friday Sept. 7 with a free presentation by Dr. Brady Barr, host of National Geographic Channel’s “Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr,” beginning at 7 p.m. at the Roswell Performing Arts Center. This free presentation is sponsored and generously supported by the J. Kenneth
Bill Flynt Photo Robert Larsen leading a tour during the 2011 Dragonfly Festival.
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and Alice Smith Family Foundation of Roswell. Free tickets are required for the event since seating is limited. Prior to Dr. Barr’s presentation, a banquet-style fundraiser dinner will be hosted at the university’s Campus Union Building beginning at 5 p.m. Visit the Friends of Bitter Lake NWR website for details and to get tickets to the presentation and banquet dinner. The fun continues with tours and festivities at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge on both Saturday (Sept. 8) and Sunday (Sept. 9). For two days
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Bill Flynt Photo
Pictured is a female Desert Whitetail. we will have a wildlife art & crafts fair, and an exhibitor’s tent, providing a familyfriendly atmosphere with a pleasant view of the Refuge wetlands and bluffs. Examples of exhibitors participating this year include: the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, with their live wolf for everyone to view; the New Mexico Herpetology Society, with live snakes and other reptiles; and Hawks Aloft, who will be showcasing live birds of prey. We will also be offering many fun and hands-on opportunities for kids, including: a kids’ fishing tank loaded with hungry catfish; an archery shooting training area for kids; arts
and crafts and educational booths with new activities; and a brand new wildlife treasure hunt specifically for kids seeking adventure in learning/handling wildlife. The Refuge will also provide the ever-popular dragonfly tours and early morning birding tours, as well as Refuge wildlife tours featuring native fish, reptiles, small mammals, dragonflies, bird banding techniques, and close encounters with a variety of other animals. A refuge management bus tour will be available showcasing work that the Refuge does in order SEE
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Courtesy Photo Refuge Volunteer, Colton Harper, holding an indigo bunting during a bird banding demonstration at Bitter Lake.
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
By Vanessa Kahin Vistas Editor Additional reporting by Martha D. Urquides-Staab
The home of the Dragonfly Festival.
mall, silent and harmless, the dragonfly is a surprising symbol of something much greater than its parts—the biological diversity that can only be found where ecosystems collide. This is why the dragonfly serves as the fitting emblem for the Bitter Lake National
Wildlife Refuge—a land that’s part desert, part prairie and dotted with nearly every water environment this Earth offers. “The dragonfly is indicative of a really healthy environment,” said Steve Alvarez, public use specialist for Bitter Lake. “We use the dragonfly to relate the diversity of the
area.” The dragonfly also lends its likeness to the imagery most associated with the Dragonfly Festival, coming this Friday through Sunday at the refuge, 4200 E. Pine Lodge Road. Now in its 11th year, the festival—a delight provided free of charge to those willing to discover the natural beauty of
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their own backyard—is just as diverse and inclusive as the refuge itself. The refuge has had a bountiful growth through the years and some of that thanks goes to the Friends of Bitter Lake. The Friends of Bitter Lake was established in 2000 and since then, they have achieved massive goals to make Bitter Lake a now nationally known refuge. It is a non-profit organization which increases public awareness, purchases trees and flowers, sponsors outreach activities and promotes the goals of the refuge and the uniqueness of the area. “The Friends has accomplished so much in such a short time, they have established the Dragonfly Festival and also the new Visitors Center,” said Alvarez. The Dragonfly Festival was the brain-child of, at the time, a handfull of people known as the Friends who wanted to get the community and youth involved in wildlife awareness. Many of the people who became Friends where originally volunteers and already actively involved in the refuge’s functions. Jim Mont-
gomery was a volunteerturned-Friend and was one key to helping Bitter Lake land on the map. In the centennial year of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montgomery out-shined many and won the volunteer of the year award. Montgomery is still part of Friends and serves as treasurer. Every year since the Dragonfly’s birth the festival gets bigger and better as the years pass. The festival has gotten national recognition in many magazines and publications and has become SEE
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Xcel Energy Tour de Ocho Millas Come join other cycling enthusiasts on Saturday, September 15 as they pedal the historic eight mile loop around Bottomless Lakes State Park that was once home to “Americaʼs most incredible road racing circuit” called the Las Ocho Millas (Road and Track, August 1967). The Tour will offer a metric century ride with shorter options for riders of all abilities (8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, or 64 miles). The course has a few demanding hills, but the rider is rewarded with fantastic views overlooking the lakes as well as impressive views of the Pecos Valley. Along the way, cyclists will be refreshed at “power stops” to hydrate and refuel. For more information or to register visit www.TourdeOchoMillas.com.
Business After Hours at House of Flowers Join the Roswell Chamber of Commerce at House of Flowers, 405 W. Alameda for fun and refreshments from 5 p.m. 7 p.m. Bring your business card and enjoy this great networking opportunity. For more information, call 623-5695.
Every Week, Thu
Karaoke at Cree Meadows Lounge Karaoke with DJ Pete, every Thursday evening from 6 p.m.
- 11 p.m. at Cree Meadows Lounge. There is also an all you can eat taco bar for $5.95 from 6pm to 9pm.
The Kite Festival The sixth annual Kite Festival takes place for one day at the White Mountain Complex located at the intersection of Hull Road and Warrior Drive. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The only restriction is it is asked that pets stay at home for their and the kitersʼ safety. The Kite Festival is sponsored by ENMU-Ruidoso and the Village of Ruidoso Parks and Recreation department and celebrates kite flying and kites of all kinds. In addition, this is a sanctioned American Kite Association event, and kite fliers from across the region are expected to attend. Kites will be on sale, including inexpensive kidsʼ models. Food will be available through Circle J Barbeque or spectators and participants may picnic on the grounds. The Kite Festival has evolved into a premier event for families, spectators and photographers. Scores of colorful flags, banners, kites and Frisbees will dot the beautiful blue New Mexico sky making this one of the most photographed events in the region. Bring a camera, a lunch, and the kids and come fly a kite! For more information, please call 257-3006.
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cycle Rally The Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally for motorcycle riders is at Inn of the Mountain Gods, with poker run, events and vendors. A tradition in Ruidoso for more than 40 years. Saturday Motorcycle parade starts at 10 am. For more information, visit motorcyclerally.com
Sept 14 - 15
Thursday Sept. 13
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Compassion International Presents Kutless - The Believer Tour. Thursday, September 13th at 7pm at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Rd. Doors open at 6pm. Other Christian groups performing include Eric Samuel Timm, Rhett Walker Band, Hyland and Fireflight. For more information call 575-623-5438.
Luddy Leong - Book Talk Local author, Luddy Leong, will read from her third novel, IN FOCUS, in the Ruidoso Libraryʼs Conference Room on Saturday, September 8, at 10:30. For more information, visit youseemore.com/ruidosopl/.
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Dr., sponsored by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Donations to the Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care, El Paso, will be accepted at the concert. Ysleta is an international service organization that addresses physical and spiritual needs on the US/Mexico border. Current needs for the mission are: clothing, blankets, non-perishable food, toys, jackets, backpacks and cash donations will be accepted also. For more information call 258-4191 weekdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or email email@example.com.
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Golden Aspen Hog Battle BBQ “BBQ Rally” The Golden Aspen Hog Battle BBQ is at the Ruidoso Convention Center. This isnʼt your typical BBQ, this is “BBQ with Attitude.” There will be unique art and insurmountable creations offered by local artists that will provide an easy opportunity to find the perfect thing for all the friends and family that will be “red hot” with envy for missing out. Or maybe even find that thoughtful lilʼ something that lets your other half know you think theyʼre smokinʼ hot! The PHUZZ, Blaze the Nation, Crooked Beaver Creek, and others will keep the whole crowd having a smokinʼ good time all day. Topping Friday evening off with a literal “music feast”. Booths are available. For more information, visit hogbattlebbq.com.
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Authentic Memories of the American West The Snidow Museum of Art, partnering with the Hubbard Museum of the American West, proudly presents its pre11 >>
>>10 miere exhibit, â€œAuthentic Memories of the American West.â€? Over 80 works from the world renowned artist Gordon Snidow will be presented in a unique setting at the Hubbard Museum located at 26301 Hwy 70 West. For more information, visit hubbardmuseum.org.
a well-known event. Of all the tours that will be offered Saturday and Sunday, from bird tours to kidsâ€™ treasure hunts; from wildlife tours to refuge bus tours; it is the dragonfly tours that are the most popular and appropriately, the most numerous. Biology experts from around the country will take camerasnapping, binocular-toting participants on a journey to potentially see more than 60 different species of dragonflies and more than 40 different species of damselflies; a diversity that can only exist where there are different types of water habitats. â€œCertain dragonflies only live in certain areas,â€? Alvarez said, and Bitter Lake has a suitable water environment for each. Thereâ€™s the Pecos Riverâ€”the natural border of the Chihuahuan Desertâ€”running through the refuge. The river divides the desert from the freshwater resources and habitat.
There are fresh water areas and salt water areas; the latter forming when large amounts of the fresh water evaporate. There are marshlands, springs, creeks and perhaps most interesting of all, more than 70 sinkholes. The remnants of a time when the Land of Enchantment was once the bottom of a shallow sea, each sinkhole at Bitter Lake is a habitat in and of itself; each one with a unique collection of organisms. Adding to the refugeâ€™s diversity is the fact that it lies on the central flywayâ€”a route between Canada and the Gulf of Mexico that migratory birds follow as they fly from north to south and back again. Thousands of these migratory birds take advantage of the refugeâ€™s water habitats and offerings to take much needed rest and relaxation. In general, there is a greater emphasis on making the event family- and kidfriendly. â€œIâ€™ve coordinated the festival for 10 years,â€? Alvarez said.
vultures, hummingbirds, geology, and dragonflies. Lastly, a photography workshop will be available for those of you who want to learn how to effectively photo document the beautiful
changing of the seasons here at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. All activities except for the photography workshop are free, including a hot dog lunch on Saturday and Sun-
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A Land So Strange Over the past four centuries, a distinctive culture has evolved in New Mexico, an area described 400 years ago in the journal of Cabeza de Vaca as â€œUna Tierra Tan Extranaâ€? ... â€œA Land So Strange.â€? The Hubbard Museum is proud to present its newest interpretive exhibit â€œA Land So Strange.â€? For more information, visit hubbardmuseum.org. If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 622-7710 ext. 309.
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The RMAC Gears up for Fall
By Laurie Rufe Director, Roswell Museum and Art Center
The Roswell Museum and Art Center is preparing a great fall season of activities.
he Roswell Museum and Art Center’s fall season is overflowing with great opportunities for fun in the arts, history, and science. Take advantage of an array of exhibits, classes, films, and events - many of which are free. Studio art classes start the week of Sept. 10 and include clay for children and adults, printmaking, drawing, fused glass, papermaking, color theory for oil painting, and “Happy Feet,” a clever workshop in shoe painting with Dorothy Peterson. Classes range in price, and members receive discounts on registration. Scholarships are also available to those that need financial assistance to take a class. Call 624-6744, exten-
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sion 10 to register for a class or inquire about scholarship opportunities. The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium will be offering its Family Science Night and children’s Science Saturday beginning in September. Science Saturdays are geared for young children and begin on Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to noon. Family Science Night is tailored for families and includes a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in science including experiments and related activities. Join planetarium director Marge Bentley on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. for the first Family Science Night of the fall season. These programs are free. Mark your calendars for the museum’s big event on Oct. 6:
Block Party is free. There will be a special presentation with a proclamation by the mayor, a star-spangled musical salute by the Texas Tenors, and the unveiling of a commissioned painting by Kim Wiggins - a birthday gift to the museum from the RMAC Foundation - will begin
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Once again, cyclists will be racing around the historic 8-mile loop around Bottomless Lakes State Park to raise money for Reflections and Recovery.
Mark Wilson Photo Pictured are cyclists competing in the 2011 Tour de Ocho Millas
ollowing last year’s successful Tour de Ocho Millas, which had 90 riders and raised more than $12,000 for Reflections and Recovery, the event organizers are expecting to increase attendance for this year’s event. According to Lendell Nolan,
event director, “This is the perfect ride for beginners, and people who have not run a race before. “Last year we had about 50 riders that brought out racing cycles while the rest of the field used whatever bike they owned. “Unlike other races in the
By Rey Berrones Vision Editor area, which include steep climbs and long mountain roads, this course is an 8-mile loop on easier grades. So, while it is challenging to run all eight loops, the beginning racers can do as many loops as they can before stopping.” Those who just want to do a bike tour that has nice views of the Bottomless Lakes and the Pecos Valley can do the loop once, and then enjoy a post-cycling meal at the “power stop.” Event organizers are hoping to double the amount of participants this year, and based on early registration
numbers, it looks like they are on track for their goal. Given that, it makes their goal of raising $20,000 for the Reflections and Recovery program a very realistic one. The race is going to be held on September 15 at Bottomless Lakes State Park, with a start time of 8 a.m. Early (online) registration costs $35. Late registration and packet pick-up is on September 14 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express located at 2300 N. Main St. in Roswell. Nolan went on to say that, “This race would not be possible without all the sponsors
that have supported us, which include Xcel Energy, KOBR Channel 8, The City of Roswell Lodger’s Tax, Bank of the Southwest, Desert Sun Auto Group, Grace Community Church, Holiday Inn Express, 100.5 KSFX, Lovelace Regional Hospital, Roswell Ford, Galactic Sushi, Forrest Tire, Roswell Escrow Services and Wells Fargo. For more information or to register, visit TourdeOchoMillas.com. For more information on the Reflections and Recovery program, visit reflectionsandrecovery.com
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Continued from Page 3 quite possibly the musical that I have always wanted to direct.” Furthermore, she added, “(‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is) something I haven’t seen done in this community, and I think the community would enjoy it.” Every one of the musical’s songs are endearing to Stevens, such as the upbeat “To Life,” the solemn and introspective “Sunrise, Sunset;” and the comical “The Rumor.” But it is the piercingly beautiful sentiment of a parent’s desire for his or her children in “Sabbath Prayer” that stands out to Stevens. “I love every one of the songs,” Stevens said. “(But) when ‘Sabbath Prayer’ is done right, it makes me want to cry.” This is the first time Stevens has worked with Wolf and Gonzalez. Although the musical had to forgo live instrumentalists, the production is using OrchEXTRA, a computer program, to achieve a live performance effect. OrchEXTRA is as challenging to operate as a live orchestra would be to direct, yet during rehearsals, Gonzalez makes operating the program and directing about 30 live singers at once look easy. On the other hand, Wolf has provided choreography with enough Eastern European flair as to make the musical’s Russian setting unmistakable. Cast members stomp, kick and hop in delight during a wedding reception, as well as when they express gratitude for what they have in the song, “To Life.” Wolf has also enriched the production with dancers who have learned to dance while balancing faux wine bottles on their heads. A scene in the show during which Tevye reminisces about his daughter, Chava, is made all the more bitter-
sweet with Wolf and Stevens’ introduction of “young Chava,” a vision of what the now grown character was when she was a little girl. The role is played by 10year-old Brandi Richardson, who, in a brief minute and without saying a word, grips spectators’ hearts with a perfectly choreographed ballet routine. “They are both excellent,” Stevens said of Gonzalez’s and Wolf’s contributions to the musical. “I could not have done this without them.” Unlike many, if not most, musicals, “Fiddler on the Roof” lacks a happy ending. Lyricist Harnick has himself admitted in an interview to feeling a bit contrived about the musical’s ending which, he has said, is not necessarily tragic, but it is sad. While “Fiddler on the Roof” risks leaving its audience on an emotional cliffhanger, those putting on the show saw an opportunity to get area youth motivated to write. A youth writing contest invites those who attend the musical to write an essay about what they feel happens in the life of one of the musical’s characters after the story ends. The essay must be 500 words or less, typed, and double-spaced. It must be postmarked, or emailed, by Oct. 1, and include a cover letter with the author’s name, address and phone number. Winners of the writing contest will be notified by phone and the top three winners will be eligible for prizes. Reservations to see “Fiddler on the Roof ” are not mandatory but are highly encouraged, Stevens said. Reservations can be made by calling 622-1982. Cost per ticket is $10. Essays for the writing contest may be mailed to: RCLT, PO Box 305, Roswell, N.M., 88202-0305. They may also be emailed to Bignell@aol.com.
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Bobby Goode Photo A rider runs the course during the 2011 Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition
CHISUM returns to Roswell
By Dr. Paul Whitwam
The CHISUM competition is back for the seventh year in Roswell owboy Mounted Shooting will be returning to the Bob Crosby Arena at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds for the seventh Annual Chisum Shootout / New Mexico State Championships on Sept. 14, 15, and 16. This is a family oriented sport that can be enjoyed by cowgirls and cowboys alike of all ages. This is a timed event where contestants mounted on a horse ride through a course shooting two, 45-caliber single action revolvers at balloons. Each revolver is loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition that will break a balloon at 12-15 feet making the sport safe for horses, riders and spectators. The guns are like those used in the 1880s and must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back and then pulling the trigger. There are more than 60 patterns or courses. The courses for this event will be chosen just prior to the start of competition so that neither the horses nor riders will know which courses to expect. The patterns consist of 10 balloons, five of each color. One color
must be shot, the first gun holstered and then the second gun used for the second color. This must be accomplished while going around barrels and through gates following a predetermined pattern. The riders are scored on time and accuracy. Speed is important but accuracy is more important because penalties are assessed for missed balloons, knocked over barrels, going off course, etc. The Chisum will begin Friday, Sept. 14, with the shotgun and rifle and eliminator. The shotgun and rifle competitions are exciting because on the second color balloons, the riders drop the reins to use both hands on their long guns. This requires considerable skill and trust between the horse and rider. The eliminator consists of a fast pattern with the top 10 cowgirls and top 10 cowboys coming back for the Saturday Night Showcase at 7 p.m. for the finals for these three events. Additionally, cowgirl and cowboy teams will be riding for our charity, Reins for Life. Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. we will have our main match
consisting of three stages each day. Setting the balloons for each run for the seventh year will be the Youth ChalleNGe. This is an outstanding group of young women and men who do a wonderful job and make it possible for the shoot to run efficiently. They contribute greatly to making this a top shoot. Their color guard will be participating in our presentation of the colors Saturday night. The CHISUM has been a popular shoot with mounted shooters, and we have had World and National Champions in attendance and always have outstanding shooters from the Pecos Vally, New Mexico and the Southwest - the event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Food will be available from Prudy's Food Court from the Hondo Valley. If you'd like to see good wholesome family fun and meet some friendly gals, guys and horses, come out to the CHISUM. If you have questions, you can call 623-1133 and ask about the CHISUM, or visit cowboymountedshooting.com.
By Stu Pritchard Roswell Historian
Part 3 - Building an empire in the Pecos Valley. fter learning that the Commanches had cornered Oliver Loving and one-armed Bill Wilson in a bend on the Pecos, fatally wounding Goodnight’s partner, Chisum formed his own partnership with Goodnight. This enabled the men to drive their herds from Texas together, feeding them on the lush Pecos grasses, before selling them to the government for feeding the reservation Indians. Despite continued raids by moving bands of hostiles, the two cattle barons prospected and grew. At this time a local entrepreneur, named James Patterson, began building a small commercial enterprise south of the Bosque location on the Hondo River, then a flowing stream. Chisum purchased an area from Patterson about 35 miles south of the ranch. The site called “South Springs” was to become the headquarters of the cowman’s permament ranch headquarters. In 1874, he moved his outfit south while retaining his Bosque Grande holdings. His first house, although adequate at first, would later be replaced by Chisum’s famous “Longhouse,” where the cattleman would enjoy his greatest prosperity and a socially pleasant life with his niece, Sallie, as hostess. Here, as his herds grew and spread to the outer areas of his designated holdings, the Indians became increasingly bold, especially in the stealing of his fine horses. At one point, the outraged cattleman put together a hundred-man posse and followed the Indian raiding party straight to their camp where the cowboys destroyed the Indian’s teepees and huts, firing at any brave who appeared. They rounded
up the stolen horses plus any others in the Indian remuda before returning home. From that time on the Mescaleros called Chisum cowboys “big hat tejanos” and Chisum lost very little livestock to the Mescaleros from then on. Not long after Chisum settled into life at South Springs, the Lincoln County War intruded. As the county seat and with the Murphy/Dolan store as the only source of most needed supplies, it was natural that Chisum visited the little town of Lincoln with some frequency. Angry with the Murphy/Dolan monopoly and the exorbitant prices, Chisum entered into business with a young Englishman, John Tunstall, and a lawyer named Alexander McSween, opening both a mercantile store and a bank. This infuriated the politicians in Santa Fe who were part of a Lincoln monopoly. Thomas Catron, state district attorney, William Ryerson, local district attorney, and Gov. Samuel Axtell, along with their cohorts were termed the “Santa Fe Ring.” Almost all New Mexico political power rested with the group. Although the store and bank did very well, the events of the Lincoln County War saw the murder of John Tunstall, an ambitious young man of only 24 years at the time of his murder, and the killing of Alex McSween at the climax of the violence. Chisum’s investment was doomed. Shortly after, on a trumped up charge, the cattleman was arrested and held for several weeks. The appointment of Lew Wallace as governor to replace the notorious Axtell, the slaying of Billy the Kid’s close buddies, Charlie Bowdre and Tom O’Folliard, and the death
of the Kid himself slowly brough peace to the area. Now, the recognized “Cattle Baron” entered the most peaceful and productive years of his life. His niece, Sallie, and brother, James, added a youthful vigor to the social events which Sallie programmed for entertainment. The little village of Roswell began to grow under the firm hand of Captain (formerly Confederate Colonel) Joseph C. Lea. Gambler Van C. Smith bought the structures erected by Patterson, gave the place the name of his father, Roswell Smith, then in a very short time moved from the scene, letting J.C. Lea guide the small village into healthy growth. Lea stood firm when challenged by the Harrell Gang, a murderous gang out of Texas, initiated necessary surveys, gave the village a military school through the recruiting of Colonel Robert Goss and gave gifts of land to elements of the growing settlement. Lea saw to the planting of hundreds of seedlings and trees to assure the beauty of the town. Meanwhile, Chisum began to pull in his horns. After completing his “longhouse,” the cattleman began to reduce his area of control to a radius of approximately 60 square miles, closed his line camp on the Caprock which had been supervised by the old buffalo hunter, George Causey, sold his Bosque Grande holdings to George Littlefield, another of the area’s pioneer cattlemen and began a breeding program producing fine bulls for LFD General Manager Phelps White. The cattle boom of the 1980s, due in no small part to Chisum’s various enterprises, brought to the area a stable economy. Even former slave
Photo courtesy Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico John Chisum
Frank Chisum’s herds had flourished to the point that he found himself to be a prosperous rancher. Sallie, who had a brief crush on Billy Bonney, responded to a proposal of marriage from the Jinglebob bookkeeper, William Robert. After their marriage, the couple remained at the ranch where Sallie bore Robert three sons; however, the first, Rhinehardt, survived only a short time. The two other boys, strapping young lads, were named John and Frederick. Even as the Jinglebob was enjoying its most progressive years, Cow-John Chisum was approaching a problem he could not face down. A stiff and sore neck turned out to be a cancerous growth, that although treated several times during 1884, did not re-
spond. Removal was attempted in Kansas City and treatments were attempted in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, but the thing continued to reappear, growing until it reached a grotesque size and tilted the old cowman’s head to an odd angle. On December 12, 1884, in the company of his brother James, and old friend James Miller, Chisum made his last request that he be buried with his beloved parents in Paris, Texas. John Chisum, more than any other cattleman, accepted the challenge of the frontier and built an empire in the tall grass of the Pecos Valley. The elements, the Indians, rustlers, a range war, crooked politicians - none could stay Roswell’s cattle baron pioneer.
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Len Stringfield: UFO investigator extraordinaire
By Donald Burleson
hen one looks at the complex history and the growing literature of the UFO phenomenon over the past several decades, a few names stand out as truly remarkable investigators and researchers. One thinks of the late Allen Hynek, for example, who at one time
was scientific adviser to the Air Force's Project Blue Book but came over to the other side in 1969 after that project closed, founding the Center for UFO Studies, a topnotch organization still thriving in Chicago today. Another name should certainly stand out with equal emphasis, though, an individual who over the years contributed to the field of UFO studies to an extent only recently coming to be fully understood and appreciated. That name is Leonard H. Stringfield (1920-1994). Stringfield was a strictly nononsense guy, and this is important if a UFO investigator's work is to be taken seriously. Sadly, the field of UFOlogy attracts far too much mysticism and nonsense, and it can attain the hard-science
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status that it deserves, it seems to me, only if some very dedicated and rigorously scrupulous people lead the way. Len Stringfield was such a person. He knew the difference between good and poor evidence, between the feasible and the unfeasible, between reality and fantasy, between hard fact and wishful thinking. His experience stretched back to 1945, when he had a UFO sighting himself, and by the early 1950s he was conducting UFO investigations so far-ranging that in 1955 the Air Force's ADC (Air Defense Command) was asking him to share the benefits of his research and to act as a screening resource for incoming UFO reports. In response to the great UFO wave of 1973, Stringfield
in 1977 published his now famous book Situation Red: The UFO Siege, arguing cogently that many of the 1973 events, upon careful consideration, rated very high in credibility and high on Hynek's "strangeness" scale. The fact that one chapter in Stringfield's book is titled "Scientific UFOlogy" speaks well to the whole lifelong tone of his work. Recently a most promising development came to light. In early August during the 2012 International Symposium of MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network) in Cincinnati, where coincidentally Len Stringfield used to live, it was announced that a huge set of Stringfield files had been found and donated to MUFON, comprising sixty volumes and thirty years of UFO research. These
massive files, heretofore unseen, will be digitized and made available to researchers. They should provide a wealth of new insights into many important UFO cases. With this quantity and quality of information coming forward, one has to wonder how much longer a cloak of official UFO secrecy can be maintained without the gover nment secret keepers looking even more foolish than they already do. Not that they will ever really “come clean.” It is far too late for “clean.” But what is increasingly clear is that quite without any help from the gover nment, and thanks to people like Len Stringfield, we are effectively finding out the truth for ourselves.