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2011 Dragonfly Festival

Vision Magazine Roswell Daily Record


Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 — Volume 17, Issue 16

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Entertainment Calendar ........................................................................ 3 - 5, 9 - 10 Field of Honor at NMMI Sept. 9 - 16

In the Spotlight................................................................................................... 6 - 7 2011 Dragonfly Festival

For tickets visit or call 575-464-7508 Mescalero, NM MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

In the Spotlight ........................................................................................................ 8 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition comes to Roswell

UFOlogy................................................................................................................... 11 Some governments are open about UFOs

History...................................................................................................................... 11 Roswell historic bits and pieces, Part two

In the Spotlight ...................................................................................................... 12 Field of Honor


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New Mexico Military Institute

Sept. 3 - 5

Field of Honor

Annual Cottonwood Festival There will be over 80 vendors, karaoke, bands, dancers, food vendors, jumping balloons and Sun Valley carnival rides at Alameda Park. There will be lots of fun for the whole family. Admission is free. The Ambassadors Pancake Breakfast is $6.50, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Hours on Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. with an opening ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Sunday is from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Monday is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, call 437-6120.

Oct. 12

Sept. 12

White Sands Full Moon Hike Have you ever wondered what the dunes at White Sands look like under the glow of the moon? Join a ranger for a full moon hike and see firsthand the dunes in a whole new light. The full moon hikes are free of charge, but reservations are required. Reservations will only be accepted during the registration period (two weeks prior to the scheduled hike). Please make your reservations early because only 40 participants are allowed per trip. Trip details will be given out to registered participants. Registration will open on Aug. 29 and close on Sept. 9 for the hike occurring on Sept. 12 at 7:15 p.m. No registration forms will be accepted before or after these dates. The hike is limited to 40 participants. The program is free, however, monument entrance fees apply.

Sept. 13

White Sands Full Moon Nights: Connie Dover & Skip Gorman Cowboy singer/musician Skip Gorman and Celtic singer and poet Connie Dover will bring together their heartfelt interpretations of the traditional music of the American West, Ireland, and Scotland under the brilliant light of the full moon at 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 - 18

20th annual White Sands Balloon Invitational The festivities begin with a reception for sponsors, pilots and chase crew at the Willie Estrada Civic Center on Sept. 16. Launch time is 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Launch will be from various sites in Alamogordo and also at the White Sands National Monument. A balloon glow will be September 17 from the Balloon Park on Lavelle Road, weather permitting. Come join us for a weekend of great FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. All adults must show a photo ID when entering the missile range. All vehicles are subject to search and should be carrying proof of insurance and current registration papers. Weapons are prohibited on White Sands Missile Range land. Food and souvenirs are sold at the site. Admission is $25 per car, $100 per bus, $10 per motorcycle. For more information, contact the White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office at 678-1134.

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 currently 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

beauty and great fun. Admission is free except there is a gate fee for White Sands National Monument of $3.

Sept. 17 - 18

4th annual Tularosa Basin Wine and Music Fest Come to Alameda Park for wine tasting, arts and crafts, food vendors, live music and more. This takes place during the White Sands Balloon Invitational so come early to see the stunning balloon launch. Wine service begins at noon each day. Parking is on the street and along the west side of the park, by the railroad tracks. Entrance is at the south end of the park by the gazebo, across the street from Si Senor Restaurant. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. For advance tickets and more informa-

tion go to

Oct. 1

Trinity Site Tour Visit the spot where in 1945 the first atomic bomb exploded. This is more of an open house day rather than a guided tour. There are no ceremonies or speakers at the site. Join the caravan organized by the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. The caravan forms at the Tularosa High School parking lot in Tularosa. The line-up starts at 7 a.m. and leaves promptly at 8 a.m. It is an 85-mile drive to the site from Tularosa, and there are no services on the route or at the site. The caravan is led by White Sands personnel once it gets onto the missile range. It is scheduled to leave for the return trip between


White Sands Full Moon Nights: The Roots of Cowboy Culture Join Rudy Avila and Alex Mares with Furs-N-Spurs Farm & Fun around a campfire for a walk through time that discusses the origins of cowboy culture starting at 7 p.m. With coffee brewing and biscuits cooking in traditional Dutch ovens, Rudy and Alex will provide an overview of Native American pre-history and their contributions to modern Cowboy Culture, along with a chronology and description of the Spanish Entrada, with emphasis on the introduction of European plants and animals. The Arabic, Spanish and Mexican origins of terms used today by modern cowboys and vaqueros, will be shared. Afterwards, the public will be welcome to sample coffee and biscuits with the presenters.


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. Jessome始s 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 3364800 or (888) 818-7872.


Sept. 2, 3

Second annual Blues & BBQ My Daddy始s 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 See CALENDAR, Page 4 PAGE 3

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runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature two days of blues, BBQ, wine, arts and crafts 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. 3, 4

Eddy County Shooting Range Shotgun Sports Committee Labor Day Open The Labor Day Open is a two-day registered sporting clays shoot. On Saturday there will be four events, 50 targets of .410 bore, 28 gauge, and 20 gauge, plus a 100 target Preliminary event. Sunday will be a 200 target main event.

Sept. 8 - 11, 15 - 18

Artesia Community Theater presents "Greater Tuna" Shows run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the


Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, located at 310 W. Main St. in Artesia. For more information, call the Artesia Arts Council at 746-4212.

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 746-4212.

Carrizozo Sept. 5

Carrizozo Labor Day Street Fair and Cowboy Days Celebration

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Cloudcroft Sept. 3 - 5

The Best Labor Day Fiesta in the West Cloudcroft is hosting The Best Labor Day Fiesta in the West Sept. 3 - 5. Saturday events include a chuck wagon cooking demonstration that begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until the food runs out on Burro Ave., the Golden Gears Car Show is at Zenith Park, face painting on the boardwalk, a street dance from 7 p.m. 11 p.m. and Melodrama at 7:30 at Zenith Park. On Sunday, there will be the 1st annual Outhouse Races, and Melodrama at 7:30 at Zenith Park. All three days feature a shop celebration and sidewalk sales from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in downtown Cloudcroft.

Sept. 18

18th annual Lumberjack Day Lumberjack's & Jill's will compete head to head for cash prizes and glory. It is a day full of fun, food, and great family entertainment. Events start at 10 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m. at Zenith Park behind the Cloudcroft Chamber Office. There is a $5 entry fee per event. Admission is free to the public. For more information call 682-2733.


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The cowboy roundup starts at dawn at Spencer's historic Bar-W Ranch located at N. Hwy 54 MM 130.5, followed by a home-cooked biscuits and gravy breakfast. The parade starts at 10 a.m. on 12th Street at the Carrizozo Heritage Museum located at 103 12th St. Festivities start immediately after with live music, lots of vendors, an obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, great food and family fun. At 3 pm, the cowboys will present a live rodeo at Hemphill Arena located 1/2 mile south of town on Hwy 54. For more information, call the Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce at 648-2265 or to participate in the rodeo call Matt Ferguson at 648-2984.

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Sept. 8 - 11

2011 Clovis Music Festival Sept. 8 - 11 at the Curry County Events Center, 1900 Brady Ave. in Clovis. For more information call 763-3435 or visit

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 or 355-7575. The event is being sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Proceeds will benefit the Bosque Redondo Memorial.


Sept. 15 - 16

Western Heritage Museum's annual Staked Plains Roundup The roundup is from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the chuck wagon lunch is from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. The annual Staked Plains Roundup is the largest event the Western Heritage Museum Complex hosts each year at New Mexico Junior College located at 5317 Lovington Hwy. Fun for the whole family, children play and learn about the early life on the Staked Plains, another name for the Llano Estacado, as they take part in demonstrations presented by cowboys, artists and awesome volunteers. A crew will be coming with a working chuck wagon to serve up a big ol' helpin' of food and fun. The Staked Plains Roundup is a free event, and the chuck wagon lunch is $12. For more information contact the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at 492-2675. See CALENDAR, Page 5 FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

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Sept. 1 - 30

YUCCA Recreation Center Basketball League Registration Basketball registration is at Yucca Recreation Center, 500 S. Richardson for kindergarten through third-grade players. First-time players need to bring a birth certificate to verify age. All children are required to play two quarters per game. Cost is $30 for first child and $25 for each additional child. For more information call 624-6719.

Sept. 2

Roswell Boys & Girls Club basketball tournament The Roswell Boys & Girls Club will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Friday, Sept. 2, at the club. The entry fee is $50 per team. For more information, call 623-3196.

Sept. 3 - 5

Bubblefest Bubblefest is designed for scuba divers and their families and is held at Bottomless Lakes State Park. Events include a dive poker run contest, underwater games, snorkeling, swimming, beach volleyball, nature hikes, ranger talks, and more. The cost is a state park fee of $5 per car. Reservations for camping are recommended. For more information, call 624-6058.

Sept. 3, 17, 24

Roswell Farmers and Gardeners Market The Roswell Farmers and Gardners Market is located at the courthouse lawn Sept. 3, 17 and 24 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is an assortment of organic food, vegetables, crafts, local specialties and fruits. Vendors at the market must follow strict food safety guidelines, thus protecting the health and safety of our wonderful customers. For more information contact our market manager Lester Peck at 627-2239.

Sept. 3, 7

Roswell Public Library Story Time "Sunny Sunflowers" Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information call 622-7101.

Sept. 5

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR Annual Roswell Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Pops Concert 5:30 p.m. at the Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E. College. Admission is free to the public and there will be a petting zoo for the children. For more information, call 623-5882.

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 6246720.

Sept. 8

MainStreet Roswell's Alive After Five Alive After Five is a street fair that includes free entertainment for the whole family at 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. in downtown Roswell between Second and Fourth streets. Great food, including home grown fruits and vegetables, sidewalk sales from many of the downtown merchants. For more information, call Dusty at 420-5718.

Sunday morning. The Piñatafest Car Show is held on Saturday on the Pioneer Plaza. It runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no charge for stopping by and viewing the beautiful cars, pickups, motorcycles and bikes on display. For more information call 624-6720 or 6240889.

Sept. 9 - 11, 16 - 18

Roswell Community Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie's first play "Black Coffee" Play dates are Sept. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at the Roswell Community Little Theatre located at 1101 N. Virginia. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinée at 2 p.m. Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday shows. Black Coffee is a murder mystery. Written in 1934, Black Coffee takes us to the home of Sir Claude Amory, a physicist who has developed a formula for an atom bomb. When his formula disappears and he has been poisoned (in his coffee of course), Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the mystery. Directed by Curtis Folts. Produced by arrange-

Sept. 9

14th Annual Ladies Fall Classic The 14th annual Ladies Fall Classic Invitational golf tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. at the Roswell Country Club. The entry fee is $170 per two-person team. Entry fee includes green fees, cart fees and lunch at the awards luncheon. Green fees for a practice round on Sept. 8 are included in the entry fee. To reserve a tee time for the practice round, call the country club at 622-2050. For more information, or to register, call Andi Smith at 622-5200 or e-mail

Sept. 9

Robin Scott Trio at Billy Rays Restaurant and Lounge The Funk, Blues, and Rock band Robin Scott Trio plays Billy Rays Restaurant and Lounge from 8:30 p.m - 12:30 a.m.

Sept. 9 - 11

The 2011 Piñatafest The Piñatafest is a cultural celebration that coincides with Mexicoʼs Independence day (Sept. 16) from Spain. The celebration will include family fun, food and vendors on the courthouse lawn. In addition, a Mariachi Mass on the courthouse steps on


ment with Samuel French, Inc. Tickets for general admission at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for students; or for groups of 10 or more, $8 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations or more information call 622-1982.

Sept. 10

Salvation Army Fundraising Golf Tournament 7 a.m. Registration, Shotgun start at 8 a.m., format is a 3-person scramble. If you do not enter a team list, you will be placed with others. Three places paid, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Entry Fee is $60 per person and includes green fees, cart and catered lunch. For information call Bart Hoffman at 626-2874 or Fran or Tina at 622-8700.

Sept. 10

Roswell Public Library Story Time "Gimme Cookie!" Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

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The Friends of Bitter Lake 2011 DRAGONFLY FESTIVAL


Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is nestled northeast of Roswell. The silent wilderness displays natural beauty in the rouged desert that is softened by the colorful plants and lake that rests below the Comanche hill. It is the epitome of the Land of Enchantment. This terrain is home to many animals. Often described as an oasis in the Chihuahuan desert, it was established in 1937 to provide a habitat for migratory birds and plays the role in conserving the wetlands. The area has many springs and sink holes that house many endangered species like the Pecos bluntnose shiner, assiminea snail, puzzle sunflower and many other species. 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

Pictured is a male Roseate Skimmer. PAGE 6

in such a short time, they have established the Dragonfly Festival and also the new Visitors Center,” said Steve Alvarez, outdoor recreation planner. The Dragonfly Festival was the brainchild of, at the time, a handful 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 Montgomery was a volunteer-turned-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 Festival’s birth the festival gets bigger. The second massive achievement the Friends helped make possible is the Visitors Center. They helped bridge the gap between friends and politics to help receive funds to build their center; it was also made possible by the man the building is named after. “U.S. Representative Joe Skeen enjoyed the refuge and what it had to offer and the Friends approached him to seek help in allocating funds to build the center. They

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created Joe Skeen Day and that was where he would tour the area and enjoy the refuge’s surroundings,” said Alvarez. The union was a very high profile match that helped with the growth the refuge is currently enjoying. Most refuges around the country don’t have visitor centers because there’s no room in the budgets to make them. “What the Friends did had never been done before. There are 500 other refuges and we were one of the few to get a big dollar project,” said Alvarez. The Friends and the center help promote and educate the public about the unique wildlife. The refuge sits in an area where there is a high volume of rich biological wildlife that makes it a unique place to see something that can’t be seen anywhere else. The refuge is a great place for recreational activities that include the Butterfly Trail. This trail provides interpretive information about butterflies and landscaping to attract these beautiful insects. This is a perfect location to view native vegetation. The Oxbow Trail is four miles from the refuge headquarters office off the auto tour route. It formerly connected to the Pecos River; the deep water channel is an excellent location for bird viewing. The trail is approximately two miles long. The Desert Upland Trail is a one-mile trail that takes visitors through an area that hosts an assortment of native plant species. The


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shrubs and thicket areas provide excellent quail and songbird viewing. There are photography, hiking, bicycling and guided tours available for visitors. When fall comes around, some hunting on the refuge is permitted. In the past, waterfowl, sandhill crane, quail, dove, pheasant and deer hunting has been allowed under the supervision of Bitter Lake staff. The refuge is constantly in motion. While the public may not see it, the staff is working non-stop on a few projects. One that has been an ongoing project is salt cedar control. There are 21,000 acres of salt cedar along the Pecos River, and in 2009 the refuge received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to clear the cedar from the most infested area of the refuge, the North Tract. The future plans and projects for the Friends are still unknown but they continue to improve the Dragonfly Festival and continue to educate youth with their bookstore and other projects. If the past 10 years have been monumental for the Friends, then the next 10 will be just as successful. For anyone interested in becoming a Friend, membership costs are $5 for students, $10 for individuals, $15 for families and $50 for businesses. For more information call 625-4009. FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

Celebrate the changing of seasons 2011 DRAGONFLY FESTIVAL


Finally!! We can enjoy cooler afternoons while barbecuing in our backyards with at least the possibility of rain in the surrounding area. Along with the noticeably shorter days comes the unmistakable

smell of roasting green chiles, and the fact that local markets are beginning to display fresh sweet corn, tomatoes and melons for everyone to enjoy. Birds are beginning to gather into flocks, some preparing to leave the Roswell area, while others are just arriving in order to take advantage of these annual changes in

A group enjoying a guided tour during the 2010 Dragonfly Festival.

Pictured is a male, Twelve-spotted Skimmer FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

Courtesy Photo

Bill Flynt Photo

weather and plant maturation. Along with these noticeable changes, which some of us have become accustomed to, comes the annual Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Dragonfly Festival. Yes, it is that time of year again when we can celebrate the changing of the seasons by attending the annual Dragonfly Festival, to be held Saturday, Sept. 10. Come out and enjoy the birds as they begin to migrate, the fish as they gorge themselves for winter and the dragonflies while they are plentiful and active. Vendors will be present, providing a familyfriendly atmosphere with a pleasant view of the refuge wetlands and bluffs. We will be offering many fun and hands-on opportunities for kids, including a fishing tank loaded with hungry catfish, waiting for a young angler to reel them in. The kids can also get their hands dirty while participating in arts and crafts activities. In addition to the ever popular dragonfly tours, we will also offer early morning birding tours and refuge discovery tours, exhibiting bird banding, native fish, reptiles, small mammals, dragonflies and a variety of other animals. We will also offer a refuge management tour showcasing

Pictured is a male American Rubyspot.


work that the refuge does in order to benefit wildlife. Presentations will be available, focusing on the Gila monster, mammals of Bitter Lake, dragonflies of Bitter Lake, Dexter Fish Hatchery and Technology Center and the Mexican wolf recovery. These presentations will be offered in the Visitor Center auditorium. There will be an exhibitor tent with participants from the Spring River Zoo, Carlsbad National Park, Roswell Garden Club, Dexter National Fish Hatchery, Sevilleta and San Andres National Wildlife Refuges, New Mexico Fire Program, Roswell Art Center, Smokey Bear Historical Park, Mexican Wolf Recovery Program, a Gila monster and reptile exhibit, among others. Also offered will be a two day photography workshop in which attendees will be taught photography techniques and have guided access to refuge closed areas. All activities are free, with the exception of the photography workshop and the food and the local vendor items which will be up for sale. For tour information, reservations, or questions call (575) 625 – 4011. Make your tour reservations early, since they fill-up fast.

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Cowboy Mounted Shooting returns to Roswell IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Cowboy Mounted Shooting returns to Roswell on Sept. 16, 17 and 18 in the Bob Crosby Arena at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. This will be the 6th Annual CHISUM and the season finals for the New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted Shooters. Cowboy Mounted Shooting involves riding a horse through a timed course (there are a total of 64 certified courses) and shooting 10 balloons while going around barrels and through gates. The riders shoot single action (the hammers have to be cocked before the trigger is pulled) .45 long Colt revolvers like those used in the Old West in the 1880s. The score is determined by the least amount of time to go through the course with time penalties for missing balloons, knocking down barrels, getting off course, etc. The guns shoot black powder blanks, which will break a balloon at 12-15 feet before the embers burn out. There are strict rules for the safety of the riders, horses and spectators. The sport is very safe and is enjoyed by cowgirls and cowboys of all ages. The CHISUM has attracted some of the top shooters in the world. Last year Kendra Lenseigne of Ellensburg, Washington, the reigning world champion, competed here. Dan Byrd, a native New Mexican now living in Arizona and a consistent top 10 in the world, will be here and will have mounted shooting clinics. There will also be many local and regional riders participating. Many New Mexico Territory shooters are quite accomplished and put on quite a show. Shooters from the Roswell area include the Marley families; Mark, Kathryn, Taylor Kate and Bill, Cort and Dane. Zane Runyan, a Roswell firefighter and recent reserve world champion, is a local in addition to Dr. Paul Whitwam, Michael McKee and Wade Juarez. We have a lot of shooters from Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur including Tom Jensen, Ritchie Wilson, Johnny Nelson, and the David Sterrit, Fred McMinn and Jim Holman families. Artesia boasts the Billy Horner and Mike Hannigan families. The main event will be run Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. We will have cowboy church PAGE 8

A rider runs the course during the 2010 CHISUM. with Kim Chesser Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. we will have the preliminaries of the rifle (yes, shooting a rifle while riding a horse full speed), jackpot and eliminator with the finals for these events Saturday night at 6 p.m. during the Roswell Livestock Saturday Night Showcase. The highlight of the evening will be the State Farm Insurance Eliminator final matching the 10 fastest cowgirls with the 10 fastest cowboys from Friday night competing in a one-stage fastest-time-wins run. This is a one-stage sudden death run for the money and very exciting and

lots of fun to watch. Men and women will be matched and raffled off as teams in a fundraiser for "Reins For Life" which is a wonderful group of local horse people who use horses working with people with disabilities. The folks from Reins For Life will be present and will give a demonstration with their horses. This is a special evening and a fun time to view this exciting sport. Following the events and topping off the evening will be a potluck cookout with the public invited (bring meat, a dish and drinks) and enjoy meeting with friends and mounted shooters while enjoying the live music of


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Country Charm. Many people and organizations have contributed to the success of the CHISUM with special thanks to the cadets of the New Mexico Youth Challenge, Roswell Livestock, Michael McKee State Farm Insurance, Riley Armstrong of Constructors Inc. and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is an exciting family-oriented sport. Come and enjoy this event with us. If you have questions, you can call Dr. Whitwam at 626-1136 and leave a message. FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

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Sept. 10

YUCCA Center Country Western Dance - Western Sky Band Sept. 10 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Yucca Recreational Center located at 500 S. Richardson Ave. Cost is $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Bob Power at 840-6565.

Sept. 10, 11

Rio Pecos Kennel Club Dog Show 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the RIAC Park on Earl Cumming Blvd. Only registered dogs who are showing are permitted on the grounds. We welcome people to come out to see the various breeds and talk to owners when they are not in the rings showing. This is a great opportunity to find out the good and disadvantageous points about a particular breed and to locate a good and reliable breeder. Mornings are the best time to see all the breeds. There is no charge for visitors. For more information, or to find out the showing times of a particular breed, call Sarah Brinegar at 623-9190.

Sept. 10-11

Dragonfly Festival The 10th annual Dragonfly Festival starts on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. To make reservations, call 625-4011 and for more information and updates, visit 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 15 years 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 presentaFRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011


tion. 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 15 years 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. 14

Roswell Public Library Story Time "Under the Ocean" Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

Sept. 15

Roswell Photographic Club The Roswell Photographic Club meets at the Roswell Adult Center located at 807 N. Missouri on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

Sept. 16

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Mariachi Extravaganza The Diez y Seis de Septiembre Mariachi Extavaganza is Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Pearson Auditorium. Performances by Mariachi Los Arrieros de El Paso, Nydia Rojas, Sebastien De La Cruz, Karenn Lazo and Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte. Tickets are $25, $30, and $40. For more information, call 623-5882.

Sept. 16-18

The CHISUM 2011 New Mexico State Champion Shoot The 6th annual CHISUM and season finals for the New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted Shooters will be in the Bob Crosby Arena at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Friday night starts the fun with the first round of the rifle (75% payback), Pro Jackpot (90% payback), and Eliminator (75% payback) competitions. Saturday begins the 6 stage DWPQ shoot (50% payback). Saturday night features a showcase of the rifle finals, the Pro finals and the State Farm Shoot Fire Eliminator that's also a fundraiser for Reins for Life. For more info, call Paul Whitwam at 626-1136 or visit

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 6226033.

Sept. 17

The Xcel Energy Tour de Ocho Millas Come join other cycling enthusiasts 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. The Xcel Energy Tour de Ocho Millas will follow the eight mile route that encircles Bottomless Lakes State Park, a nationally registered park situated in the high desert near Roswell. 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. Registration for the Tour is $35 which includes a commemorative T-shirt & water bottle. All proceeds from the Tour de Ocho Millas will benefit Reflections and Recovery, a local nonprofit helping people live free from addictions. Check-in & late registration is Friday, Sept. 16, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Grace Community Church, where you can pick up your registration packet and a pasta meal for those wishing to carbo load. For more information, call Lendell Nolan at 317-7169.

Sept. 17

Roswell Public Library Story Time "Knights and Castles" Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

Sept. 17

Lest We Forget The public is invited to attend "Lest We Forget" on Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Sally Port Inn, featuring guest speaker Sam Donaldson, former ABC news anchor. The dinner and program, which marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Roswell Army Flying School and the first anniversary of the opening of the Walker Aviation Museum, will honor members of the 6th Bomb Wing and the 40th Bomb


Squadron reunion groups and other veterans of Walker Air Force Base. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. The cost of the prime rib dinner is $45 per person. To reserve your spot, send your check to WAMF, PO Box 4080, Roswell, NM 88202-4080. For additional information about the banquet or to make reservations, contact Bob Pottle at 420-9664 or Judy Armstrong at or visit the website

Sept. 21, 24

Roswell Public Library Story Time "Autumn is Awesome" Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

Sept. 23 - 24

19th annual Chile Cheese Festival and Quilt Show The 19th annual Chile Cheese & Quilt Festival will be held at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. There will be historic guided bus tours to Leprino Foods, the worlds largest mozarella cheese plant. The inside of the convention center is going to be filled with beautiful handmade quilts. This a fun filled family event that you will not want to miss. For more information call 4205718.

Sept. 24

Tabosa "Go For The Gold" Golf Tournament The Tabosa “Go For The Gold” golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Spring River Golf Course. The tournament is a three-person scramble based on points per handicap. The cost of the tournament is $75 per player or $225 per team. Individual golfers are encouraged to register. The tournament fee includes drinks, lunch, range balls, green and cart fees, three mulligans per team and more. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to re-equip the Los Pasitos Day Care Center. For more information, call 973-4032 or 622-9506.

Sept. 24 -25

Broadway Musical The public is invited to enjoy an entertaining evening or afternoon of song and dance from Broadway musicals, presented by members of the Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church and other area singers, directed by John Fuss and accompanied by See CALENDAR, Page 10 PAGE 9

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Michelle Olson. Performances of "On with the Show" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of ENMU-Roswell. Tickets are $10 and are available from any choir member, by phone: 626-9624 or 622-9218, or e-mail

Sept. 28

Roswell Public Library Story Time "Farm and Fair Days" Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Roswell Public Library located at 301 N. Pennsylvania. For more information, call 622-7101.

Sept. 30

Robin Scott Trio at Billy Rays Restaurant and Lounge The Funk, Blues, and Rock band Robin Scott Trio plays Billy Rays Restaurant and Lounge from 8:30 p.m - 12:30 a.m.

Oct. 1

ENMU-R Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament Eastern New Mexico UniversityRoswell, 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 firstcome, first-serve basis. For more information, call 624-7071 or 624-7304.

Oct. 7

Robin Scott Trio at Peppers Grill and Bar The Funk, Blues, and Rock band Robin Scott Trio plays Peppers Grill and Bar from 6:30 p.m - 10 p.m.

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.

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ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR Robin Scott Trio at Billy Rays Restaurant and Lounge The Funk, Blues, and Rock band Robin Scott Trio plays Billy Rays Restaurant and Lounge from 8:30 p.m - 12:30 a.m.

Ruidoso Sept. 2

Book Signing with Paranormal Mystery Author: Darynda Jones Come and get your copy of "First Grave on the Right," or "Second Grave on the Left" signed by Paranormal Mystery Author Darynda Jones from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Books Etc. located at 2340 Sudderth Dr.

Sept. 2

Sawyer Brown at Inn of the Mountain Gods Itʼs country band Sawyer Brown on the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. The band took the name “Sawyer Brown” after Sawyer Brown Road, a street near where they rehearsed. To date, Sawyer Brown has released 20 studio albums, 3 of which have been certified gold. More than 50 of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 3 No. 1 singles (“Step by Step,” “This Time” and “I Donʼt Believe in Goodbye”).

Sept. 3

Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Rubber Ducky Derby Join Big Brothers, Big Sisters at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce located at 720 Sudderth Dr. from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. for the big rubber ducky race! Advance tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce. The prizes are 1st Place - $250, 2nd Place - $150 and 3rd Place - $100.

Sept. 3

Book Signing with Bob E. Johnson Come buy a book and meet the author of "The Wind Passes" from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Books Etc. located at 2340 Sudderth Dr.

Sept. 3 - 4

All American Gun and Western Collectible Show The All American Gun and Western Collectible Show is at the Ruidoso Convention Center; 180 tables of everything that relates to guns as well as hunting equipment, knives, cowboy gear, saddles, blankets, spurs, western relics, Indian artifacts, jewelry, coins and more. For more information, go to

Sept. 14 - 18

2011 Golden Aspen Rally The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally at Inn of the Mountain Gods offers the biker some

great riding! Whether it is the mountain switchbacks that lead you close to the peak of the 12,000 foot Sierra Blanca, or the roads leading to ghost towns from a historic past, there is a destination for every type of biker. Bike contests, motorcycle giveaway, free meals, poker runs, balloon rides, helicopter rides, a beer pavillion, live music at numerous locations and 86,000 square feet of vendors on the trade show floor mean there is something for every biker to enjoy. No fee or registration is required to participate in the parade Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The gate fee is $45 per person and a trade show pass is only $10 per day at gate. For more information, call 1-800-452-8045 or email For a full schedule of events or to register go to

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

Sept. 24

Ruidoso Service Clubs Golf Scramble at the Links Come help the service clubs raise money for scholarships and other programs for the children of Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Four Person Best Ball. The event is at The Links at Sierra Blanca located at 111 Sierra Blanca. For more information, call Kitty Callender at 258-1345.

Sept. 28

ZZ Top at Inn of the Mountain Gods Itʼs rock band ZZ Top, on the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. The band hails from Houston, Texas, and formed in 1969. ZZ Top has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, including 25 million albums in the US alone. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Ruidoso Downs Sept. 16

The Bed Race Challenge The Bed Race Challenge is a fundraiser at All American Park for improvements to the


newly constructed Riverside Park on Service Road just past the Sports Theater at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack in Ruidoso Downs. The Bed Race Challenge consists of a team of five people pushing a bed. One person rides, while the other four push. There will be food vendors, arts and crafts, a pie eating contest, a dunking booth, games, and a cake walk. Bring the whole family for dinner and lots of fun. There will also be a car show sponsored by the Pine Top Car Club and a concert performed by local bands. Vendors will be open starting at 4 p.m. The Bed Race is from 6 - 8 p.m. Concert is from 8 - 10 p.m. There is no cost to view the race. There is an admission fee to participate in the Bed Race and an admission fee for the concert. For more information, call Connie Hernandez at 378-4001.


Sept. 2 - Sept. 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.

If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email or call 622-7710 ext. 60. FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

Some governments are open about UFOs UFOLOGY/HISTORY

One grows accustomed to the notion that government is uncommunicative about what it knows of the UFO phenomenon, even actively covering up what it knows. But this is not universally so, to judge from some episodes that have occurred in various places around the world. We could look to Brazil, for example, to see a whole different official attitude toward the public’s right to know. One of the best UFO cases on record happened on January 16, 1958, when the crew of a Brazilian Navy research ship sighted a disk-shaped object over Trindade Island, off the coast of Brazil. The object was a flattened sphere about the angular size of a full moon, with a sort of ring around its middle. Happily, a professional photographer named Almiro Barauna was on board and managed to take several good shots of the UFO. These were analyzed by the Brazilian Navy Photo Reconnaissance Laboratory, by a private lab in Brazil, and by photo experts in the U.S., and all endorsed the photo as authentic. The important point, though, is that when the military authorities met with President Juscelino Kubitschek about the

pictures, he ordered them released to the public. Imagine, if all this had happened over Long Island instead of Trindade Island. The photos and all the reports would immediately have been classified Top Secret, the whole file would have gone down a rat hole, and our children and grandchildren would never learn of the matter at all. And if you had been a sighting witness on the scene, you would have been told that you had seen the full moon, even if the moon hadn’t been full at the time. (The U.S. Air Force, after all, explained a wave of sightings in August 1965 as “stars in the constellation of

Orion,” despite the fact that Orion was not in the sky when the sightings happened.) But Brazil isn’t the only place where government has displayed healthy and open attitudes in its policies about UFOs. In Mexico, government officials and private UFO investigators have held joint discussions on television, and the Mexican Air Force at times has released moving pictures of UFOs to the public. Again, in Kansas or Connecticut those pictures would permanently have vanished into a black vault someplace. In France, a group of military officials and civilian scientists formed a group to

study the UFO question, completing their study in 1999 and issuing the now widely known “COMETA report,” which not only sheds a great deal of light on the subject but criticizes the U.S. government for not openly acknowledging the reality of UFOs. While the French government did not originate this report, it was sent, before public release, to President Jacques Chirac and his prime minister, and they evidently put up no objections to sharing the report with the public. There were no panic-riots in any of these places when the information was released. I leave the moral of the story up to you.

Roswell historic bits and pieces, Part two STU PRITCHARD ROSWELL HISTORIAN

The Comancheros: One of the strange tales of the West was the Comanchero trade gathering. A significant portion of that story occurred in southeast New Mexico territory in the Rio Hondo/Roswell area. Back in the days when the waters of the Hondo, Berrendo and Spring rivers flowed daily and the red water of the Pecos was the life source for threefoot-tall valley gsrama grass, this intersection of rivers commonly known as “Rio Hondo,” was one of the gathering places for strange meetings in the wild. Treacherous Comanches and area Mexicans engaged in bartering episodes. There were other, better FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

known locations but the Rio Hondo site was a significant point of contact as was the Bosque Redondo farther north. Although the Comanchero trade was infamous, it was not a secret. In fact, trade permits were granted the Indians by Indian and military authorities. This immense trade encouraged Indians to steal thousands of cattle, mostly in west Texas and eastern New Mexico, and trade them to the Mexicans for goods and provisions. The Comanches often stole from the Navajos and Apaches confined on reservations. This trade became so important that the Comanche often made concessions to the military in order to retain their trade permits. In fact, many Anglo and Mexican

captives were released in return for trade concessions. It was a strange and dangerous practice often beset with murder and treachery and based on greed of area inhabitants. Eventually this practice spread to the other tribes. The Mescaleros rustled large numbers of John Chisum’s livestock. This practice never effectively quashed until most Indian problems were solved.

I love a parade: After returning from California to reside in Roswell for her reclining years, Sallie Chisum operated a small hotel called “The Sparks.” She did not attempt much discourse with the town’s social groups, but she did join in some of the community activiVISION MAGAZINE

ties. In October 1924, Sallie appeared in a cotton carnival parade, riding sidesaddle with her grandson behind her. She was dressed as a pioneer woman with a typical sunbonnet and long dress. In her arms, she carried a large doll representing a baby. Her pony carried a banner bearing the date “1877,” the year she arrived in the Roswell area. Sallie Chisum’s appearances in public events became fewer as she grew older. Neighbors with whom she associated knew her as a warm-hearted lady and a source of comfort to many in times of trouble. She died in 1934 and is buried in the South Park Cemetery.

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An illustration of Sallie Chisum later in her life. PAGE 11

Field of Honor to be displayed at NMMI IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Field of Honor will be held Sept. 9 16 at the New Mexico Military Institute’s Stapp Field here in Roswell. The display is hosted by the Roswell Elks Lodge No.969. A planned 1500 flags will be displayed to help visitors heal, honor and remember that freedom isn't free and to educate and inpire our youth. Each flag will be 3’ x 5’ and will be posted on 8’ posts. Each flag will be able to bear the name of someone who lost their life in the Sept. 11 attacks, a soldier currently serving, a veteran, a first responder or someone who lost their lives in the line of duty. The proceeds from this display will benefit Operation Wounded Warrior of N.M., The Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund, and The Sage Foundation for Dogs. Families can sponsor a flag and put the name of their military member on it. Then, when the field is taken down - the family gets to keep the flag and the ribbon. If you


sponsor with $25, you may pick up your flag, and if you sponsor with $35, the flag will be shipped to your home. T-shirts are being sold and donations are also accepted. Events planned for the week include an opening dedication ceremony, a military flyover, the September 11 attack’s 10th anniversary Memorial Ceremony, school trips to the field, veterans trips to the field, senior trips to the field, Operation Thank You, Dear Hero..., A Walk of Freedom, and the closing ceremony. It is free to view this patriotic tribute, and for those with children, it is a great way to open up a discussion about service, sacrifice, and the costs of freedom. Come help make this event as memorable and respectful as possible to help the selected charities. For more information or to sponsor a flag please call 622-1560 or visit

Event Schedule Friday, Sept. 9 10 a.m. - Parade The parade will run north on Main Street from Ninth Street to 19th Street. Saturday, Sept. 10 10 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies Presentation of Colors National Anthem performed by NMMI, Goddard High and Roswell High Bands Invocation Introduction of distinguished guests Meaning of the day Reading names of 9/11 victims Reading names on flags purchased in Honor and Memory Reading names of New Mexico fallen Reading names of Roswell fallen Noon - Military Flyover Flyover of T-38 jets from the 301st Fighter Squadron After ceremony there will be shirts, hats, wristbands and pins for sale on the south


side of the field as well as coloring tables set up for the kids. Pictures will be sent to the troops. Saturday, Sept. 10 - Friday, Sept. 16 Open to the public all day Friday, Sept. 16 6 p.m. - Flag Retirement Playing of Amazing Grace - bagpipes Playing of Echo Taps Benediction

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