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Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 — Volume 17, Issue 15

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Bitter Lakes ................................................................................................................7 Three little ducks

What’s on Tap............................................................................................................8 Michael Martin Murphy set to perform in Fort Sumner

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Lawrence Foster Editor

Sandra Martinez Ad Designer

Charles Fischer Publisher

For advertising information, call 622-7710. Correspondence: Vision Magazine welcomes correspondence, constructive criticism and suggestions for future topics. Mail correspondence to Vision Magazine, P.O. Drawer 1897, Roswell, N.M. 88202-1897 or vision@roswell-record.com. Submissions: Call 622-7710, ext. 60, for writers’ guidelines. Vision Magazine is not responsible for loss or damage to unsolicited materials.

Vision Magazine is published twice a month at 2301 N. Main St., Roswell, N.M. The contents of the publication are Copyright 2011 by the Roswell Daily Record and may not be reprinted in whole or part without written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. One copy of each edition is provided to 15,500 weekday subscribers to the Roswell Daily Record in the first and third Friday newspaper of each month. An additional 3,000 to 5,000 copies are made available free of charge to county residents and visitors and select site newsstands, and direct mailed to non-subscribers in the retail trade zone. Subscriptions are available by mail for $2 a month or free through subscription to the Roswell Daily Record. The Roswell Daily Record and Vision Magazine are represented nationally by Paper Companies Inc.

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ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

Alto

Aug. 20

New Mexico Military Institute

Field of Honor

Andy Lo Russo Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef, stars in an onstage cabaret dinner show, Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts. The cost of the event is $85. This gastronomically entertaining event with the hit TV chef and recording artist Andy Lo Russo promises to be scrumptious and funny. All patrons will dine on stage with Lo Russo while he prepares the four-course Italianate gourmet meal and sings Broadway standards and operatic classics. The Spencer Theater for Performing Arts is located at 108 Spencer Rd., Airport Highway 220 in Alto. For more information, call 336-4800 or (888) 8187872.

Aug. 25-27

“A Ride with Bob” starring Asleep at the Wheel “A Ride With Bob” starring Asleep At The Wheel, will be performing at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts Thursday, Aug. 25 through Saturday, Aug. 27. The Thursday and Friday shows start at 8 p.m., while the Saturday show starts at 2 p.m. The cost of a ticket is between $56-59. “A Ride With Bob” is a rollicking tribute-tale with Ray Bensonʼs band of 25 celebrating the late, great Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing. Sponsored by the Hubbard Foundation & Cheveron. The Spencer Theater for Performing Arts is located at 108 Spencer Rd., Airport Highway 220 in Alto. For more information, call 336-4800 or (888) 818-7872.

Sept. 3

Bernie Jessome as Roy Orbison On Sept. 3, the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts will be hosting Bernie Jessome as Roy Orbison, at 8 p.m. The cost for the event is between $66-69. There will be a pre-performance enchilada supper in the lobby at 6 p.m. and the cost for that is $20. Jessomeʼs blazing baritone, rockabilly-pop tribute show features the best Roy Orbison impersonator on the continent! The Spencer Theater for Performing Arts is located at 108 Spencer Rd., Airport Highway 220 in Alto. For more information, call 336-4800 or (888) 818-7872.

Artesia Aug. 25

Summer Classic Movies The Artesia Arts Council will be hosting its final installment in the Summer Classic Movies series on Aug. 25. The final film shown will be “Gaslight.” The movie will be shown at Heritage Walkway in downtown Artesia for free. You bring your drink and a lawn chair ... the popcorn and movie are on FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011

Monday Sept. 9 - Sept. 16

Field of Honor, 8 p.m., New Mexico Military Institute. The Field of Honor will begin on Sept. 9 at the New Mexico Military Institute. The event runs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16. They plan to post 1,500 flags, and each flag will be able to bear the name of someone who lost their life in the Sept. 11 attacks, a soldier currenty serving, a veteran, a first responder or someone who lost their life in the line of duty. Some of the events occurring during the Field of Honor week are a flyover, school trips to the field, Dear Hero ... and more. The Field of Honor planning committee has selected three charitable organizations to share proceeds with and they are: Operation Wounded Warrior of New Mexico, Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund and The Sage Foundation for Dogs. The Field of Honor planning committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The meetings take place at the Elks Lodge No. 969 located at 1720 North Montana Ave. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings. For more information on Field of Honor or to sponsor a flag, call 622-1560 or visit healingfield.org/roswell.

us! For more information and a complete list of movies, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 746-4212.

Sept. 2, 3

Second annual Blues & BBQ My Daddyʼs BBQ and Cottonwood Winery will be putting on the second annual Blues & BBQ on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 at the Cottonwood Winery, located at No. 1 East Cottonwood Road in Artesia. On Sept. 2, the event runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sept. 3, it runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature two days of blues, BBQ, wine, arts and craft vendors. Entertainment will be provided by Albuquerque Blues Connections, C.W. Ayon, Shilo, The Proof and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12. For more information, call the Cottonwood Winery at 365-3141.

Sept. 24

“Yesterday: A Tribute to The Beatles” Yesterday: A Tribute to The Beatles will be in performance at 510 West Main Street, Artesia, on Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The cost of the concert is $25. Relive the incredible excitement of the most influential rock group in the history of pop music, when the No. 1 Beatles tribute act in the world, YESTERDAY, recreates the historic performances of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, at The Hollywood Bowl and at Shea Stadium with their “Magical Mystery Tour” of the Beatles career from 1964 to 1974. These four artists have thrilled audiences worldwide with their convincing and accurate portrayal of John, Paul, George and Ringo. For more information, call 7464212.

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Fort Sumner Sept. 3

Concert Under the Stars with Country Music Star Michael Martin Murphey The Friends of the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner State Monument will host Under the Stars of New Mexico with country music legend Michael Martin Murphey. An inductee of the Western Music Hall of Fame, Murpheyʼs song “Wildfire” is one of the most played songs in radio history. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. with an auction of more than 130 Native American and Western collectibles led by auctioneer Bruce Burnham of the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Germantown rugs, a Navajo-style of rug that originated during the 1860sʼ Navajo and Mescalero Apache internment at Bosque Redondo Reservation, will be among the items auctioned, along with a grand selection of other collectible pieces. Auction items will be available for private preview at the Memorial prior to the auction. The auction will be followed by a chuck wagon-style dinner hosted by Cattle Call from Amarillo, Texas, at 5 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. This event is for the entire family, so bring out your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy this exciting event. Proceeds from the concert and auction will help fund a new exhibition at the Bosque Redondo Memorial that tells the story of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache internment at the site during the 1860s. Concert tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Tickets include dinner and admission to the auction. For ticket sales, please visit www.bosqueredondomemorial.com or 355-7575. The event is being sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Proceeds will benefit the Bosque Redondo Memorial.

Roswell

Aug. 22-Aug. 26

Registration for Roswell Folklorico Registration for the Roswell Folklorico (Mexican Folk Dancing) classes will be held on the following dates: Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Aug. 26, at the Yucca Recreation Center on 500 South Richardson from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This registration is for those who did NOT participate in this yearʼs dance recital in May. Registration is for dancers ages 5 and up. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug.29. Times and days will be given at the time of registration depending on age and experience. Because of the big response to the young adult (couples) class, we will again offer it on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. We will See CALENDAR, Page 4 PAGE 3


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learn dances from both Durango and Chihuahua. If you have any immediate questions, please call Frank Herrera, director at 624-2724.

Aug. 20

First Tee of the Pecos Valley golf tournament The sixth annual First Tee of the Pecos Valley golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 a.m. at NMMI Golf Course. The format is a three-person scramble. The cost is $75 per player and includes breakfast, lunch, range balls, green fees and cart fees. For more information, call the course at 622-6033 or The First Tee at 623-4444.

Aug. 27

Chaves County Republican ice-cream social The Chaves County Repbulican ice-cream social will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2201 West Mescalero.

Aug. 27

5-on-5 basketball tournament Goddard girls basketball coach Greg Torres will host a 5-on-5 basketball tournament for 7th- and 8th-grade girls on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Ground Zero Gymnasium. The cost is $125 per team and the field is limited to 12 teams. For more information, call Torres at 627-4859 or 317-4256.

Sept. 2

Roswell Boys & Girls Club basketball tournament The Roswell Boys & Girls club will host a 3on-3 basketball tournament on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Club. The entry fee is $50 per team. For more information, call 6233196.

Sept. 5

Turtle Marathon The 24th annual Turtle Marathon and Labor Day 5k will be held on Monday, Sept. 5. The event features a full and half marathon, which begin at 5:30 a.m., and 5k runs and walks, which begin at 8 a.m. All events begin at the Roswell Parks & Recreation Department offices on West Fourth Street. For more information, call 624-6720.

Sept. 10-11

Dragonfly Festival The 10th annual Dragonfly Festival starts on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Bitter Lake PAGE 4

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National Wildlife Refuge. To make reservations, call 625-4011 and for more information and updates, visit friendsofbitterlake.com. The schedule for the two-day event is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 10 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Free early bird tour (reservations required). 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Photography workshop (reservations required). Cost: $20 and participants must be at least 15years old. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Free dragonfly tour (reservations required). 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Free refuge discovery tour (reservations required). 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Dexter fish and technology center presentation. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Gila Monster and other reptiles presentation. 10 a.m. to noon — Free refuge management tour (reservations required). 11 a.m. to noon — Mexican Wolf recovery plan presentation. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Dragonflies of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge presentation. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Mammals of Bitter lake presentation. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Bitter Lake orientation movie.

Sunday, Sept. 11 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — Free early bird tour (reservations required). 8 a.m. to noon — Photography workshop (reservations required). Cost: $20 and participants must be at least 15years old. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon to 2 p.m. — Free dragonfly tour (reservations required).

Sept. 17

Elks Fighting Cancer golf tournament The third annual Elks fighting cancer charity golf tournament will be held Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. at NMMI Golf Course. The cost is $240 per team and the field is limited to the first 24 paid teams. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, range balls, green fees and cart fees. For more information, call Brady Crump at 622-6033.

October 1

ENMU-R Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, is hosting a four person scramble on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Spring River Golf Course. The cost of the scramble is $75 per player and each team has to have a minimum handicap of 40. Awards willl be given for the Top three teams, the longest

drive and closest to the pin. Teams will be entered on a first-com, first-serve basis. For more information, call 624-7071 or 624-7304.

Oct. 8

Roswell Museum and Art Center presents Chalk Art Festival and Art Block Party On Oct. 8, the Roswell Museum and Art Center will be hosting the Chalk Art Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Art Block Party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The block party includes entertainment, hands-on art, Crazy Hair Salon and vendors selling arts and crafts. For more information, call the Roswell Museum and Art Center at 6246744.

Ruidoso Sept. 24

Tour de Ruidoso Tour de Ruidoso is a very challenging 100 mile century beginning at an elevation of 6,900 feet and touring through one of the most scenic and challenging cycling routes in New Mexico. Several climbs of eight percent are on the route. This is a mountainous route for intermediate to advanced cyclists. There is also a 100k option, as well as a “nearly flat 20 miler.” Proceeds will benefit Ruidoso Hospice Foundation. Special lodging rates and after-party will be at The Lodge at Sierra Blanca. You can register online at www.active.com.

Taos

Aug. 20-21

3rd annual Taos Mountain Music Festival The third annual Taos Mountain Music Festival has been announced and will be from Aug. 20-21 in Taos Ski Valley. Singleday tickets for the Festival are on sale now. Northern New Mexicoʼs music event of the summer features headliners: Matisyahu, Railroad Earth, Ozomatli, and Leftover Salmon. Additional festival performances include Donna The Buffalo, Jackie Greene Duo, Afroman, Orgone, Dangermuffin, Langhorne Slim, Shannon McNally and Hot Sauce, Ryan McGarvey and Mariachi Luz de Luna. The Taos Mountain Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival situated at the base of Taos Ski Valley, surrounded by a national forest with the beautiful backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This two-day celebration in the mountains hosts an amazing weekend of music, entertainment, and family fun activities for all ages to enjoy. Festival attendees can enjoy two days of music, and the festivalʼs marketplace, where they can shop for crafts from local artisans, sample food from top area vendors and restaurants, and kids can enter the “Kidzone,” to go wild in the

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jumpy castle, get their faces painted, and play games all weekend long. There will be late-night music featured after the main stage both in Taos Ski Valley and in the campgrounds. Late-night shows featured in the campgrounds are free to the campers when a camping pass is purchased. Camping passes are only $25 per person! Two-day passes, VIP two-day passes, single day Saturday and Sunday tickets, camping and RV passes are on sale now. Children 11 years old and younger are free and must be accompanied by an adult. The entire festival lineup is complete. For additional Festival information or to purchase tickets visit taosmountainmusicfestival.com or call 866515-6166.

Aug.19 - September 11

Art of Taos Pueblo Taos Pueblo has been continually inhabited for more than 1,000 years and in that time, generations of Pueblo artists have endowed those who followed with invaluable works of art reflecting Taos Pueblo culture. Many of these pieces will be on display at the Millicent Rogers Museum for the “Art of Taos Pueblo” multi-media exhibit, July 15 through Sept. 11. The Art of Taos Pueblo will solely highlight locally produced artwork from the Taos Pueblo that has become a part of the permanent collection at the museum. The art will include: watercolors, pen and ink, woodblock prints, pencil drawings, silver and turquoise jewelry, textiles, and oil on canvas paintings. On Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m., a panel of distinguished guests will discuss the artwork, background of the artists, and field any pertinent questions about the exhibit. The tentative list of panel guests includes: Rick Romancito (Taos News), Marie Reyna (Taos Pueblo Childrenʼs Art Center), who is an art historian familiar with Dorothy Dunn, and other local Pueblo artists. The Millicent Rogers Museum serves as a repository for the culture and art of Northern New Mexico. The museum preserves traditional artwork from this region and presents it to the public through generic exhibitions or thematic showcases such as the Art of Taos Pueblo. Taos Pueblo is located at a unique geographic location, and has been influenced by a myriad of cultures, creating its own unique melting pot in the Southwest.

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Roswell Fine Arts League Juried Art Show WHAT’S ON TAP

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Pictured is a watercolor called “Church in Trenchas” by Dyan Newton from Abernathy, Texas. The Roswell Fine Arts League/New Mexico Miniature Arts Society will present its 28th annual Juried Art Show and Competition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center located at 11th Street and Main Street. Sponsored in part by the City of Roswell Lodger’s Tax Fund and the Xcel Energy Foundation, the event opened Aug. 18 with a gala reception and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 28, during regular museum hours (which are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011

Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday). The exhibition is free and open to the public. The show is open to artists from all 50 states, as well as to RFAL members wherever they live. The 2011 show jurors are Nancy Fleming of the Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program/Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and Noel Marquez, a nationally known muralist and painter from Artesia. The two selected more than 160 works from throughout the United States and

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Pictured is a watercolor called “Checking the Lubricator” by Betty Blevins from Lubbock, Texas.

abroad that represent a wide variety of mediums, styles and subject matter. Also included will be a special exhibition of more than 30 student works featuring young artists from preschool through high school. The works are categorized into three groups: Standard two-dimensional works (including paintings in oils, watercolors, pastels and much more), three-dimensional works (including sculpture and functional pieces, photography and digital creations) and the

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always-popular miniature works that amaze viewers with their intricacy. The show’s judges will present approximately $5,000 in awards. Diane Marsh, a nationally known studio artist and Stacie Peterson, registrar at the Roswell Museum and Art Center are the judges. The Roswell Fine Arts League sincerely appreciates the entire staff of the Roswell Museum and Art Center for their hard work and kindness in hosting the exhibition. PAGE 5


The romantic comedy for everyone THE SILVER SCREEN

Foster’s rating — 4 out of 5 UFOs

There are some things I fib about to avoid ridicule from friends. For example when they ask what music I listen to, the answer is a stock “AC/DC,” but in reality Josh Groban is the CD you will find in my stereo. The same goes for movies. While I enjoy blood and gore fests like “Saw” and “Hostel,” I am just as likely to be caught watching a romantic comedy. PAGE 6

Now that the secret is out, it is OK to admit that I was very much looking forward to the rom-com “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” From a stellar cast led by Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling, and the directing tandem of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who were at the helm of the hilarious but over-looked “I Love you Phillip Morris,” CSL had the makings of a fantastic rom-com. Luckily for movie

goers, CSL is able to overcome a stagnant first 15-20 minutes to deliver on its potential. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is about married couple Cal (Carrell) and Emily (Julianne Moore). We meet the couple sitting in a fancy restaurant, trying to decide on what to have for dessert. Emily decides to pass on the cheesecake and goes straight for … divorce. Cal is obviously blindsided and as if things weren’t bad enough, on the drive home, Emily confesses that she slept with a co-worker, David Lindhagen (Kevin Bacon). Cal’s response to this news would have been hilarious if the previews hadn’t ruined it, but that is a topic for another day. Before the “couple” arrives home, the audience is sent to their home where the babysitter Jessica (Analeight Tipton) is watching Robbie (standout performance by Jonah Bobo) and Molly (Joey King). Jessica unwittingly walks in on Robbie doing something that is … awkward and that delivers the first laugh of the film. Cal moves out after the awful dinner and confession and quickly finds himself at a bar, where he bemoans his romantic woes. After a few nights of Cal’s sad-sack routine, ladies man Jacob (Ryan Gosling) calls Cal over and offers to be his “coach,” so long as he axes drinking through a straw. Once the seemingly mismatched pals start working together, the movie picks up steam. After a wardrobe makeover, Cal shadows Jacob as he goes home with gorgeous woman, after gorgeous woman. Cal feels he has learned nothing, but in a gutbusting sequence Jacob “Mr. Miyagi’s” Cal. At this point, Jacob sets Cal loose on his first prey, Kate (Marisa Tomei) and when Jacob’s teaching seems to not be working, Cal spews the truth to Kate and shockingly, that’s what gets her in the sack. Unfortunately for Cal (but thankfully for the audience) the school teacher’s role in the film isn’t done yet. After Cal’s success with Kate, he transforms into a middle-aged version of Jacob and starts bagging women left and right. As always, I won’t go into more detail about the plot, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Hannah (Emma Stone). At first she seemed like a bit of a throw-away character, but much like the film, Hannah starts delivering the laughs as the movie marches on. When the film started, I sided with Cal’s

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character because it seemed as if his character was the victim of an affair. But by the end of the film, there isn’t a single “villain.” Each character in the film has flaws and all everyone desires is to be loved by the object of their affection. That is a feat in and of itself. When I watch rom-com’s, there is usually one character who I just can’t stand by the end of it. Based on my loathing of people who cheat on spouses or significant others, that person should be Emily. But through the film it becomes obvious that Cal was robotic and shut-off and that is what drove his wife to someone else’s bed. That in no way condones the cheating, but I sort of understand why she did. Dan Fogelman penned the script and he did an amazing job making traditional “hate” characters like Emily, forgiveable. On the flip side, there is usually one side of the couple who acts as the “hero” and seeing as Cal is the one who got cheated on, it would seem as if he would fit the bill. But as I pointed out above, he drove his wife away and while his escapades after moving out deliver plenty of laughs, they aren’t actions that someone who still is in love with his wife would do. The point is, romcom’s traditionally don’t have these types of three-dimensional characters and that really sets it apart from, and above, other films of the genre. In addition to the fantastic characters, CSL has a great story that weaves many storylines together and they all hilariously cross paths in a memorable sequence near the end of the film. In addition, CSL is the first rom-com that has ever shocked me with character revelations. I’m not going to even hint at what they are, but when it happened at the screening I watched, an audible “gasp and laugh” erupted from the audience. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” isn’t the perfect movie. As noted above, the film takes a bit too long to get rolling and some characters who had huge potential for laughs, Josh Groban’s character I am looking at you, weren’t utilized. Aside from those gripes, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” is the rare rom-com that will please almost everybody who watches it. So men, don’t be ashamed, whether you are with someone or living the bachelor’s life, march up the ticket counter and order your ticket(s) for CSL proudly. You won’t regret it. FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011


Three little ducks BITTER LAKES

CODY EASLEY SPECIAL TO VISION

Ducks, as with all other birds, come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big and some are small. Some are very brightly colored and some tend to blend right into their surrounding environment. All of these adaptations are easily observed at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. At the Refuge, we harbor over 15 species of ducks as they come and go throughout the seasons, most of them sporting brilliant colorations. However, of the 15 duck species that use the Refuge, three can easily be overlooked. The three species of ducks that I am referring to are the green-winged teal, blue-winged teal and cinnamon teal. To those of you who are familiar with ducks, it is understood that teal species as a whole are the smallest and among the fastest flying ducks around. At a petite 14-16 inches long from the tip of their

bill to the tip of their tail, teal are nearly a foot shorter than the common mallard. When these little ducks are swimming amongst the many larger species of ducks, it is not surprising that they are commonly overlooked. Teal may be small, but male teal are one of the most beautiful ducks on the water. The smallest of the three species, the male green-winged teal (around 14 inches long), has a grayish colored body and a vibrant green patch on the top side of his wings that is sometimes noticeable in flight. Male green-winged teal also have a green stripe running on either side of its reddish-orange head. On a side note, these little teal are likely the fastest flyers of the three teal species that use the Refuge but typically only stay here during the fall and winter months. The blue-winged teal is a mid-sized teal species that averages 15 1/2 inches long. The most prominent feature of the male blue-winged teal is a white crescent

Pictured is a cinnamon teal.

A green-winged teal wades in the water. FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011

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moon-shaped patch on the front of his head that separates his eyes from his bill. Blue-winged teal get their name from a chalky blue patch on the top side of their wings, which is very noticeable in flight. Some blue-winged teal nest here during the summer months, but tend to migrate south very early in the fall at the first sign of cold weather. The cinnamon teal is the largest and arguably the most beautiful of the three teal species on the Refuge. The male cinnamon teal averages 16 inches long from the tip of his bill to his tail. Males sport a solid rusty red-orange color over their entire body and have bright blood-red eyes. Cinnamon teal also nest on the Refuge and tend to leave soon after the blue-winged teal in fall. In addition, the color descriptions pro-

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vided above are strictly colorations or phases (termed breading plumages) which typically last from about October until June. From July until September, most male ducks drop (molt) their colorful feathers and take on a drab or brownish color overall, making it difficult to differentiate males from females. Females will keep the same basic brownish coloration year-round, allowing them to more easily blend into surrounding vegetation, making them less noticeable to predators. This drab coloration is an adaptation that is very important when they are sitting on nests or hiding young ducklings. If you get a chance this fall and winter, come out to the Refuge and see if you notice one of these fast, colorful little ducks. PAGE 7


Michael Martin Murphey set to perform in Fort Sumner WHAT’S ON TAP

Iconic American singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, whose latest release on Rural Rhythm Records is Tall Grass & Cool Water, will appear in Ft. Sumner at the Bosque Redondo on Saturday, Sept. 3. Murphey is known for such massive hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “Long Line of Love,” “What’s Forever For,” “Cowboy Logic” and more. A true genre-busting musician, Murph ey ha s rid d en th e to p o f th e p o p c h a r t s ( wi t h h i t s “ W ha t A m I Do i n ’ Hangin’ Round” for the Monkees, and both “Wildfire” and “Carolina In The Pines”), the top of the Country Charts and is currently the No. 1 best selling singer of American Cowboy music in the world. Some people called his music “Progressive Country,” some called it “Redneck Rock,” and some called it “Outlaw Music.” The fact is, no one could quite figure out exactly what to call it - they were struggling with trying to label a songwriter who could morph from the blues, to country, to pop ballad, rock and roll, bluegrass, western-swing, cowboy music and jazz. Twelve years after his first hit in pop music, Murphey was awarded Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music in 1983 (beating out George Strait!), and he continued to enjoy hits on country and pop radio throughout the decade. In 1987, his song, “A Long Line Of Love,” reached No. 1. “I'm Going to Miss You, Girl” (written by Jesse Winchester) a n d “ F r o m T h e W o r d Go ,” fr o m h i s 1988 album River Of Time, both went to No. 3 and he also had another chart song, “Cowboy Logic” in 1989. In 1985, Michael performed with the New Mexico Symphony in a concept show he titled, A Night in the American West. This performance led to hundreds of performances with American and Canadian symphonies (including The National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C.), and was the harbinger of things to come, when Murphey would go down a lo n e s o me t r a i l o f c o w bo y m u s i c , against the trends of his time. His 2 0 0 9 r e le a s e , B u c k a ro o B l u e Grass, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The follow-up, Buckaroo Blue Grass I I : R i di n g S o n g , w a s g r e e t e d w i th PAGE 8

tremendous acclaim. Tall Grass & Cool Water is the third in the series of his exploration of the similarities between Bluegrass and American Cowboy Music. In addition to his Grammy nomination for Buckaroo Blue Grass, Murphey’s “Close to the Land (America’s Heartland),” now in its sixth year as the theme song for the national hit television show America’s Heartland, is now available in video release. This music video includes images from Paul Mobley’s book, The American Farmer - a recent winner of the Book of the Year Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Michael has also received awards for his accomplishments in many fields. The award for which he is most honored is the Golden Smoky Award, given to him by the Department of Interior for his tireless work in conservation and wildlands fire awareness. Other awards in c l ud e : G ol d A l bu m s f or C o w b oy Songs, Vol. I, Blue Sky Night Thunder, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, the Charlie Russell Award for Western Heritage, five “Wrangler” awards from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, National Day of the Cowboy Keeper Award, Academy of Country Music, Rock Music Awards, Academy of Western Music Award for Best Album and Song, Govern o r o f N e w M e x ic o ' s O ut st an d in g Achievement Award, Honorary Lifetime Membership in the American Quarter Horse Association, Honorary Paul I. Harris Award from Rotarians International, Outstanding Citizen Award by the Town of Taos, N.M. Outstanding Son of Texas Award by the Texas Legislature, BMI Awards for Radio Airplay, and special citation for Outstanding Contribution to the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for his work on public awareness of Wisconsin Trails. “In the past two decades, no musical artist has done more to chronicle, preserve and further the cowboy culture than Michael Martin Murphey,” wrote David McGee for BluegrassSpecial.com. “(His music) overflows with life, enough for many of us. To saddle up with Murphey is to come in closer touch with enduring truths.”

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Roswell historic bits and pieces HISTORY

great-great-granddaughter, Jensie Grigsby was selected as Miss Iowa, USA in 2000 and became a national semi-finalist in the Miss USA Pageant.

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Jensie Grigsby is the great-great-greatgranddaughter of John Chisum.

A great, great, great beauty queen

When cattle-baron John Chisum moved his Texas ranch headquarters to a new location at Clear Creek Valley, Texas, he built himself a large white house, then brought in several mullato servants. One, a saucy young lady named Jensie, soon became a favorite, and after a short period began to share Chisum’s bed. Over the next few years, Jensie presented the cattleman with two daugthers: Harriet and Almeady. When Chisum chose to move farther west, Jensie and the girls asked not to go. Honoring their wishes, the cattleman established a home for them in Bonham, Texas. He also set up a bank account in Jensie’s name and replenished it over the next few years as needed. Historical records list the growth and accomplishments of the three through the years, although Harriet, who married young, left little to trace. However, it appears that by 1980 there were more than 80 descendants in the Trickam, Fort Worth, Grapevine area. It should be noted that Chisum’s greatFRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Ex-Roswell man kills Garrett

(From the Roswell Register Tribune, March 5, 1908) Pat Garrett, once a resident of Roswell, dies with his boots on in an argument near Las Cruces. He was shot and instantly killed by Wayne Brazill, son of the late W.W. Brazill, who formerly lived in Roswell with his family. The incident occurred on a Friday by the road between Organ Gap and Las Cruces. The only witness to the death was John Edmondson, who was in the buggy with Garrett. Wayne overtook the pair and words ensued between him and Garrett. According to Edmondson’s story, Garrett started to shoot Brazill with a shotgun. Brazill used his six-shooter and his first bullet went through Garrett’s heart. The second bullet went through Garrett’s head. Brazill gave himself up to the authorities in Las Cruces.

Streaking

This silly practice of dashing across an area in the nude is an act of bravado practiced mainly by students and intoxicated people who disrobe, then traverse a short distance in the buff. Peter Hurd, the distinguished local artist, once told a group gathered in the Roswell Inn, of a Roswell “streaker” of

some note. The incident was in the early 1930s and the folks downtown were just as titillated then as we would be today. It was a lovely day and merchants on Main Street were rolling down the window awnings in protection against the morning sun when our hero, whose name I shan’t mention, partially shook the cobwebs from his head, attempted to rinse the taste of last evening’s spirits from his mouth and began to face the prospects of the dawning day. Carefully, he donned his shoes and socks, placed his Stetson squarely on his throbbing head and firmly grasped his cane. His departure from the Old Hotel Nickson was not really noticed at first. However, his lack of attire would not go unnoticed for long. At first passersby were merely shocked as our hero calmly struck out with a brisk, if slightly wobbly pace intent in his desire to reach the Old Mission Barber Shop some three blocks away for his morning shave. Nonchalantly, he strolled, tipping his hat to the ladies and making rude gestures to male passersby until friends interrupted his stroll and hustled him off to cover and clothing. This “streaking” incident is true; the gentleman’s name was known by many, and if Pete Hurd were still with us, I would refer him to you for confirmation.

Match this

Matches were unknown on the western frontier. The most common method of obtaining fire was punk and steel. When no punk was available, cowboys would burn red corn-cobs to ashes and mix the ashes with a bit of water, then add colored calico to the mush. When the calico dried it would catch fire easily from the flint and steel. Charred cotton carried in a joint of cane also caught fire easily from flint and steel. Soft cottonwood root also fired easily but the easiest was a dampened cloth saturated with half melted explosive powder, which when dried could be started with a proper blow of spur rowel.

On the rocks

In early Roswell, there were quite a number of places where a person could get a strong drink, even though the village

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had a strong moral base. Many an old-timer considered strong drink an absolute necessity to the full life. The town area had a full quota of saloons, respectable and otherwise. In order to acquire beer it was necessary to meet the train in Pecos, Texas, load the beer on wagons and make the long haul to Roswell. The beer needed to be packed in ice and sawdust and, since ice was a genuine luxury, housewives spoke weeks in advance for any ice left over from the veer wagons that was not taken by the hotels or restaurants. They would meet the wagon with buckets in hand to get a share of the bits of ice left. In the late 1880s a gentleman named L.W. Adams decided that a wagon-load containing only ice might make a nice profit. The idea became so profitable that he seldom got past Eddy without selling out. Sometime later, Adams built an ice plant in Roswell, a jerry-rigged affair that worked quite well, however, much of the business was on credit. The pioneer iceman kept his books on the back of the ice-house door. Marking up his credit accounts in chalk, he rubbed them off when paid. One day the door was left open and a rainstorm wiped out his accounts. He never stated whether his patrons volunteered to pay the sums owed. He did say that he did not intend “free enterprise” be entirely free.

Home sweet home

A novelty for its day, the ranch house that John Chisum built at South Springs was unique to the people of the Roswell Village. It was 148-feet long with a veranda completely along its west side and a crystal-clear stream running under the open center walkway. This “dog-trot” offered great fishing according to guests. The structure had glass windows and handsome furnishings with a separate dance hall. Chisum’s bedroom sported a brass bedstead although the cattleman preferred to sleep in a bedroll on the floor. “Never did get the hang of them fancy beds,” he’d say. PAGE 9


ON THE MENU ASIAN

Beijing Express 1800 S. Main St. 627-0144 Chew’s West Restaurant 2509 W. Second St. 622-6484 China King Super Buffet 2810 N. Main St. 625-9888 Hunan Restaurant 2609 1/2 N. Main St. 623-8630 Kwan Den Chinese Restaurant 1000 W. Second St. 622-4192 Ooy’s Express Thai Restaurant 1000 W. Hobbs 624-2040 Zen Asian Diner 107 E. Country Club Road 624-7800

BARBECUE

Rib Crib 4495 N. Main St. 625-1200 The Snazzy Pig 901 S. Main St. 622-2200

BREAKFAST/ BAKERIES

Daylight Donuts 2101 S. Main St. 623-8656 El Metate 105 E. McGaffey 627-3667 El Toro Bravo Bakery 102 S. Main St. 625-5258 Mama Tucker’s Donut Shop 3109 N. Main St. 625-1475 Pan Dulce Bakery 912 E. Second St. 622-5970

COFFEE/DELIS

Deli Corner 1000 W. Second St. 622-5245 Not of this World 209 N. Main St. 627-0077 Schlotzsky’s Deli 401 N. Richardson Ave. 623-4840 Starbucks 1307 N. Main St. & Albertsons Subway of Roswell 2901 N. Main St.

622-0094 1307 S. Main St. 622-0095 1701 W. Second St. 622-2767 Tinnie Mercantile Store & Deli 412 W. Second St. 622-2031

FAST FOOD

Arby’s Restaurant 1013 N. Main S. 622-8710 Classics Frozen Custard 3009 N. Main St. 623-3110 Church’s Fried Chicken 1141 S. Main St. 623-1640 2828 N. Main St. 623-1640 Corndog Plus Roswell Mall 4501 N. Main St. 623-0693 Dairy Queen Brazier 701 W. Second St. 622-4136 Dairy Queen North 1900 N. Main St. 622-0002 Kentucky Fried Chicken 2423 N. Main St. 622-4013 110 W. Hobbs St. 622-5498 Long John Silver’s 1802 S. Main St. 623-6033 McDonald’s 1804 S. Main St. 625-8799 720 N. Main St. 622-4752 4500 N. Main St. 622-2322 Sonic Drive-In 808 N. Main St. 623-5800 1300 W. Second St. 622-7400 1718 S. Main St. 623-9129 3308 N. Main St. 625-8600 Taco Bell 3007 N. Main St. 623-5252 110 W. Hobbs 622-5498 Wally Burger 625 E Second St. 622-7844 Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers

1101 N. Main St. 623-7950 Weinerschnitzel 2407 N. Main St. 622-1822 Whataburger 2110 N. Main St. 625-1633

ITALIAN

Pasta Café-Italian Bistro 1208 N. Main St. 624-1111 Portofino Italian Restaurant 701 S. Main St. 622-2311

MEXICAN

Burritos and More 127 S. Richardson 622-4447 Burrito Express 211 E. College 627-3863 Burrito Express South 1622 S. Main St. 347-2919 Chuy’s Burritos 510 E. Second St. 623-0720 El Toro Bravo 102 S. Main St. 622-9280 Fat’s Burritos 704 N. Virginia Ave. 623-8979 La Hacienda 201 W. McGaffey St. 625-2930 La Posta Downtown 210 W. Second St. 625-6726 La Posta 109 N. Delaware Ave. 625-6726 La Salsa 4501 N. Main St. 624-7810 Los Amigos Restaurant 1300 N. Main St. 623-8352 Los Cerritos 2103 N. Main St. Los Novillos Restaurant & Meat Store 202 W. Hobbs 622-8479 Margaritas 409 E. Second St. 623-9603 Martin’s Capitol Cafe 110 W. Fourth St. 624-2111 Mi Cabaña S. Main St. and Hobbs St. 623-8314

Popo’s Mexican Food 222 E. McGaffey St. 627-6436 Red Onion Restaurant 1400 W. Second St. 622-3232 Rosarios Restaurant 1701 S.E. Main St. 627-3408 Tia Juana’s Grille and Cantina 3601 N. Main St. 627-6113

MIXED MENU

Applebee’s 2212 N. Main St. 627-9606 Billy Rays 118 E. Third 627-0997 Chili’s Grill & Bar 4502 N. Main St. 623-8880 Cowboy Cafe 1120 E. Second St. 622-6363 Denny’s Restaurant 2200 N. Main St. 622-9960 Farley’s Food Fun & Pub 1315 N. Main St. 627-1100 Frappucino Grill 1 Jerry Circle Roswell International Airport 623-0693 Golden Corral 2624 N. Main St. 622-5102 Hungry American 3012 N. Main St. 627-3908 International House of Pancakes 2304 N. Main St. 625-6767 JD’s Patio & Grille 2000 N. Main St. 622-6430 Julie’s Place 1704 S. Union Av. 625-8776 Peppers Grill & Bar Main and Sixth St. 623-1700 Steve’s Fish & More 4242 S. Main St. 623-1125 The Sale Barn Cafe 900 N. Garden Ave. 622-1279 Gizmo’s 505 N. Main St. 623-3445

PIZZA

Pizza Hut

3013 N. Main St.

(w/ Wing Street) 623-7392

1623 S. Main St.

(w/ Wing Street) 623-1250

CiCi’s Pizza

2800 A N. Main St. 625-2424

Domino’s Pizza

1124 S. Union Ave. 622-3030

2417 N. Main St. 623-3030

Little Caesar’s Pizza 1300 S. Main St. 625-9026 Big D’s

100 S. Richardson Ave. 627-0776

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake 1100 S. Main St. 622-9300

Peter Piper Pizza 2601 N. Main St. 622-3474

SEAFOOD Red Lobster

2625 N. Main St. 622-4818

STEAKS

Cattle Baron Steak

and Seafood Restaurant 1113 N. Main St. 622-2465

Cattleman’s Steak House 2010 S. Main St. 623-3500


An abiding mystery: Cattle mutilations UFOLOGY/VIDEO GAMES

As is pretty well known by now, the unaccountably altered carcasses of cattle are found in the prairie from time to time, sometimes completely disemboweled, often with various parts removed with what appears to be surgical precision. How are we to explain these events? Some people have suggested that maybe our own government is covertly collecting tissue samples from animals down-country from old nuclear tests, to try to determine the long-range effects of exposure to radiation. Anything is possible, of course, especially with a government that habitually keeps so much of its taxpayer-funded activity secret from the taxpayers. But there are other hypotheses to consider, in particular the possibility that alien visitors are mutilating cattle for DNA sampling or for other reasons about which we may only speculate. Filer’s Files, an online UFO newsletter published by Mutual UFO Network official George Filer, recently reported a story that may have some considerable bearing on the question of cattle mutilations, though at this point it is difficult to say what it all means. According to this account, tissue and fluid samples have been shipped off for

analysis from a ranch near Phoenix, Ariz., where exceedingly strange events have occurred over time, involving the possible wounding or killing of “gray” alien entities at the ranch house. On the face of it, this story sounds pretty bizarre, but in this business one never knows. Reportedly the tissue and fluid samples, collected by good forensic techniques and sent to multiple labs for independent corroboration, were examined in 2009 by one Dr. Levengood, who said that the Phoenix tissues contained grass-like “segment rods” or microscopic segmented fibers, not quite like anything commonly found in the known animal kingdom. It turns out that certain proteins found

in the samples, proteins reportedly unlike what one would ordinarily find in samples from familiar life forms, were consistent with findings in tissue samples from various cattle mutilation sites, tissues not belonging to the mutilated animals. The consistency of the widely dispersed mutilation site samples with each other and with the Phoenix samples (which reportedly occurred in conjunction with alien encounters) may lend some credence to the supposed connection between aliens and cattle mutilations, always assuming, of course, the details of the reported events to be factual. One hopes to see DNA analysis done on all this material eventually, since that is the most defini-

tive avenue of approach to matters of this sort. Once some years ago I myself received an interesting cattle mutilation report from a Colorado rancher (a stolid no-nonsense kind of fellow, not the sort of personality one would expect to catch making up crazy stories) who said that the affected animal was found in a deeply snow-covered pasture with no tracks of any kind in the surrounding snow, strongly suggesting that what was done to the animal was somehow done entirely from the air. If this did not involve a UFO, then how does one explain it? As Alice so aptly said, things get curiouser and curiouser.

Sony portable not ready by Christmas in US, Europe

TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s next-generation portable game machine, the PlayStation Vita, won’t be available in the U.S. or Europe in time for Christmas — a crucial sales period for game console makers. Expectations had been high the machine would be ready worldwide for the year-end holiday shopping season. Sony earlier promised a “phased global rollout” starting late this year. Sony Corp. Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the PlayStation Vita will go on sale by the end of the year in Japan, and early next year in the U.S. and Europe. Koki Shiraishi, electronics analyst for Daiwa Securities Capital Markets in Tokyo, said missing Christmas was a serious setback, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011

especially overseas. “That’s when you do half your year’s sales,” he said. “This is going to prove painful for Sony.” Hirai did not characterize the timing as a delay, but said Sony wants to be prepared with solid game software offerings timed with the hardware launches. He did not give specific dates, meaning that it was still unclear whether the gadget — a touchinterface and motion-sensitive handheld that outdoes Sony’s PlayStation Portable — would be ready for Christmas even in Japan. He was far more clear in flatly denying that any price cut for the PlayStation Vita was in the works, brushing off a decision by rival Nintendo Co. last week to slash the price of its 3DS, less than a

half year after it went on sale — stunningly quick in the industry. “We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable,” Hirai told reporters at Sony's Tokyo headquarters. “There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price.” The PlayStation Vita will cost $249 in the U.S., and 24,980 yen in Japan for its Wi-Fi-only version, and $299 in the U.S., and 29,980 yen in Japan for the version that will also have a cell phone service. Under its latest price cut, the 3DS will cost 15,000 yen in Japan starting Aug. 11, down from 25,000 yen. In the U.S., the price dropped to $169.99 from $249.99 VISION MAGAZINE

on Aug. 12. Although game fans may be disappointed by the Vita’s slow arrival, delays are rather common in the gaming industry. Sony delayed the introduction of the PlayStation 3 home console a couple of times. Nintendo also delayed the launch of the 3DS, which meant it wasn’t ready for Christmas. But the Vita delay comes at a difficult time for Sony. Sony, which reported a 15.5 billion yen ($199 million) loss for the April-June quarter, has suffered supply problems because of the March disasters in northeastern Japan. It was also hit by a massive online security breach around the world, affecting more than 100 million online accounts.

Analysts say the maker of Bravia TVs and Walkman players needs to restore its reputation for innovative gadgets as Apple Inc. powers ahead with its iPod, iPad and iPhone. Sony’s TV operations have lost money for seven years straight amid price plunges, an oversupply of panels and intense competition. Hirai — widely considered a future chief executive of Sony to succeed Howard Stringer — said the TV business is so crucial to an overall strategy that manufacturing must be kept in-house. Ryosuke Katsura, analyst for Mizuho Securities Co., said the money-losing TV business was Sony’s biggest problem, and stressed Hirai must turn that around to solidify his candidacy as the next leader. PAGE 11


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