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SEPTEMBER 16, 2011



Alianza Rocks! 2011 Fundraising Concert at the Roswell Amphitheatre

The first annual Excel Energy Tour de Ocho Millas Shawn McDonald in concert

The 20th annual Chile Cheese Festival



Roswell Daily Record Friday, Sept. 16, 2010 — Volume 17, Issue 18

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In the Spotlight....................................................................................................8 - 9 Midway Youth and Family Development Center grand opening

In the Spotlight .......................................................................................................10 The first annual Tour de Ocho Millas

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

The CHISUM 2011

New Mexico State Championship Shoot


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Bob Crosby Arena ENMS Fairgrounds Sat. Sept. 17 6:00 pm Pot Luck Cook Out Live Music by Country Charm For additional info



In the Spotlight........................................................................................................11 The Alianza ROCKS! benefit concert

UFOlogy....................................................................................................................12 Once in a while, a great UFO book

History.......................................................................................................................13 The Berlin airlift

The Chile Cheese Festival .............................................................................14 - 15 Local favorite chile recipies

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Alamogordo Sept. 16 - 18

Inn of the Mountain Gods

ZZ Top

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

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Sept. 17 - 18

Balloon Breakfast On Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, the Alamogordo Breakfast Lions Club are hosting an early morning balloon viewing and breakfast in conjunction with the White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational. The event will take place in the upper parking lot at the New Mexico Museum of Space History beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m. and lasting until roughly 9 a.m. “The view of the Tularosa Basin is spectacular from our parking lot,” said Museum Director Randall Hayes, “add in nearly a hundred colorful hot air balloons launching from all over town and youʼll definitely have something to write home about.” The Lions Club will be serving breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches, sweet rolls, juice and coffee. The profits will benefit the Breakfast Lions Club. Parking is free for the event. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877333-6589 or visit the website at

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 informaFRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

Celebration of Survival! The Sweet Charity Ball is the dream of Sweet Charity's manager, Celina DelaGarza, who is a survivor of domestic violence. It is an exquisite evening of fine dining, mariachi music during cocktails and dancing to music by the High Society Orchestra. This is an elegant benefit for the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter, and is black-tie optional. This is being held at the Alto Country Club from 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, call 378-6378.

Wednesday Sept. 28

ZZ Top, 8 p.m., Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. The band hails from Houston, Texas, and formed in 1969. The band has been together with the same lineup since 1969. Billy Gibbons started the band in late 1969, asking Dusty Hill and Frank Beard to join, forming the band America Blues. 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. For more information, call 575-464-7777 or visit

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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 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.

Oct. 12

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.


Oct. 1

Sweet Charity Ball: A Night of Hope, A


National Acrobats of the Peopleʼs Republic of China National Acrobats of the PRC at the Spencer Theater. Having toured abroad to over 40 countries, the company is making its inaugural tour of the United States and Canada this year. The troupeʼs 45 acrobats will fill the stage with their impeccably choreographed art form on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Donʼt miss this awe-inspiring production, which is under the tour management of Columbia Artists Theatricals.

Oct. 29

“Gordon Snidow. His Life, His Love, His Passion.” Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. is a spectacular presentation of visual and performing art, produced by Grace Snidow and Barbara Barleen-Staerkel. This production features the works of world renowned artist and Ruidoso resident Gordon Snidow. Gordonʼs works will be joined with the musical talent of master musician George Staerkel and his Arizona Opry cast. The Snidows and Staerkels mix their crafts to bring, only to the Spencer Theater, an extraordinary evening of entertainment. Donʼt miss this performance. It will be historic and unforgettable!


Sept. 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. 23 - 24

Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun Shoot Artesia Chamber of Commerce invites you to have a blast with us at the annual Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun See CALENDAR, Page 3 PAGE 3


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Shoot in September. Guys and gals of any age come out and try their hands at hitting the flying orange targets. You don't have to be a shooter to have fun. First time shooters are encouraged to give it a try. For the more experienced shooter, come out and try to beat your score. For a twist on the traditional clays shoot, join us Friday evening for "Friday Night Under the Lights," a five-stand game that begins after sunset. There promises to be great target arrangements, excellent food, and best of all fabulous prizes. This is the event where one in five will win a gun. The 2010 Clays Crusher event is scheduled for September 24-25. For more information, go to

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.

Oct. 6

Dan Reagan Latin Jazz Quartet Dan Reagan Latin Jazz Quartet at the Ocotillo Theater in downtown Artesia at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, go to

Cloudcroft Sept. 17

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.


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Trainload of Talent Can you juggle, sing, play a musical instrument, or have an entertaining act? Get ready Otero County for the audition for “ The Trainload of Talent” which gets underway on September 24th in Cloudcroft. The event last year was such a huge success that the Chamber of Commerce is jumping back on track for talent and performances of all kinds and from performers of all ages. The initial audition is on Sept. 24, with semi-finals on Oct. 22, and the final event taking place on Nov. 19. At stake is a $1,000 first prize, $350 second prize and $150 3rd prize in winnings. The top 6 scoring performers will advance to the finals and will perform live in front of a large audience at the “Trainload of Talent Annual Banquet” on Saturday, Nov. 19 starting at 6 p.m. There is no minimum age to enter and the cost to compete is only $20. Whether you are an individual or a group you are eligible to enter. All acts must be “family-friendly.” Get your act together, represent your community, and become a part of our show. Pick up an application at the chamber office, or get information online at Contact the chamber at 575-682-2733 for more information.

Sept. 27 - 30

Alianza of New Mexico M & F 2:30pm – 4pm Summit Apartments, 1600 W Summit Tue 2:30pm-4pm Wildwood Apartments, 201 Sherrill Ln Thu 12:00pm – 1pm Chaves County Ext Office, 200 E Chisum Sat 2.30pm-4pm

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Sept. 24


Is Smoking Burning a Hole in Your Pocket?

Try Ear Acupuncture for Addictions to help reduce tobacco, alcohol and other drug use withdrawal symptoms, cravings, anxiety, insomnia, agitation

Admission is free to the public. more information call 682-2733.

The Van of Enchantment presents “Road Trips” The Van of Enchantment, a statewide museum outreach vehicle operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, will present "Road Trips," a free traveling exhibition, Sept. 27 - 30 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Dexter Elementary School located at 100 West First Street. The Van will close for lunch each day according to the school schedule. Please contact the school for visitor check-in procedures. A mobile museum, the Van of Enchantment is a converted RV that tours New Mexico carrying exhibitions and educational material from the collections of the state museums and monuments. In addition to cabinets and drawers filled with artifacts, the Van of Enchantment brings its contents to life with complementary activities and audio-visual programs. There is never an admission fee for the Van of Enchantment. The final exhibit in the History of Transportation in New


Mexico series, Road Trips explores the exciting history of Route 66 and the impact of the highways and interstate system on culture and day to day life in New Mexico. Beautiful flip books take the visitor into the modern era exploring the engineering feat of the “Big I” and breathtaking scenery along New Mexicoʼs other historic byways. Our hands-on exhibit will allow visitors to touch authentic and replica artifacts. Test your Route 66 knowledge with our New Mexico cities postcard quiz. The camera counter takes you back to the days before cell phone cameras when the Brownie camera was popularizing the snapshot. Don an apron and explore our recreated diner. At our activity table, younger visitors can design their own postcards and use maps to help us find all the cities in Bobby Troupʼs classic song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.”


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.

Sept. 23

La Catrina Quartet La Catrina Quartet is performing at Crosswinds Community Church at 7 p.m. Currently Faculty Quartet-inResidence at New Mexico State University, the La Catrina Quartet tours regularly throughout the US and Mexico. For more information on the quartet, go to For ticket information, go to See CALENDAR, Page 5 FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011



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Oct. 17

Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Tour of Schools This performance is at Tydings Auditorium at 7 p.m. Our talented orchestra members and Artistic Director will be performing “The legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Disneyʼs The Hunchback of Notre Dame Orchestral Suite” and “Toccata and Fuge in d minor” by J.S. Bach. This exciting night will include a costume contest for children attending and you might even see the musicians and Dr. Jelinek, our conductor, join in the festivities. Additional concerts will be performed for students in Hobbs, Eunice and Jal schools as part of the annual Tour of Schools Youth Series Outreach Program. For ticket information, go to


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. 16 - 18

Roswell Community Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie's first play "Black Coffee" Play dates are Sept. 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 arrangement 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. FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

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

Roswell Community Little Theatre

Sept. 17

Sept. 16, 17 and 18

Black Coffee Play dates are Sept. 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. This is the last performance planned for the theatre on Virginia. Directed by Curtis Folts. Produced by arrangement 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. 16

Artists Chairs Opening Reception Artists Chairs Opening Reception at Tinnie Merchantile & Deli Friday Sept. 16. Join us for an opening reception for 12 artists who artistically enhanced childrenʼs chairs for CFCC at the Tinnie Mercantile & Deli on 412 West Second Street from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The chairs will be either pre-sold or presented for live auction at the CFCCʼs annual Angel Gala to be held Nov. 5 at Pioneer Bank. The chairs will be on view at Tinnieʼs until Oct. 15.

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


Walk to End Alzheimer's Location - Courthouse Green between 4th and 5th streets Registration - 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Kick Off/Opening Ceremonies - 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. Walk Route - Courthouse to NMMI bridge and back to Courthouse Walk Begins - 9:30 a.m. Walk Ends - approximately 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. - Noon - "Nite Train" Band See CALENDAR, Page 6

GET READY FOR FOOTBALL SEASON WITH THESE PLAINS PARK MERCHANTS Service - Free Parking Quality Products At The Following Merchants:

DFN Computers & Internet Farmer’s Country Market Lopez Insurance Agency Just Cuts Beauty Shop La Familia Care Center

Bank of the Southwest Postal Annex

(Located in Just Cuts) Plains Park Beauty Shop

Future Merchants:

Roswell Little Theatre

Located on West Hobbs at Union and Washington. Serving Roswell for over 40 years.

Your friendly neighborhood center


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ENTERTAINMENT CALENDER Midway Youth and Family Development Center

Shawn McDonald

10:30 a.m. - Noon - Food, Activities, Vendor Tables and Giveaways

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

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 FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

Sept. 22

Roswell Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours - Lifestyles Kitchen & Design Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Lifestyles Kitchen & Design, 1400 N. Kentucky Ave. Come join us for light refreshments and fun! you don't want to miss this great networking opportunity with other local businesses. Bring your business cards and a dollar to be included in the drawing. For more information call 623-5695

Sept. 23 - 24

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 non-profit 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.

call 622-7101.

Saturday Sept. 24

Shawn McDonald, 7 p.m., Midway Youth and Family Development Center Shawn McDonald's life has been marked by a string of heartaches, bad breaks, and personal mistakes, events that have landed him both in trouble with the law and in love with the Lord - in that order. The street-tough but tenderhearted McDonald has never shied away from telling his story as an angry, rebellious teen who was a drug addict and a dealer, looking for any and every way to escape his pain and a dysfunctional home. In 1998, at just 20 years old and at the end of his rope - and facing nine felony counts on a drug bust - McDonald cried out to God . . . and started turning his life around. He hasn't looked back since. He has released four albums since 2004 and will be playing the grand opening of the Midway Youth and Family Development Center. Tickets are $15 and are available at For more information, contact Cheyenne at 347-5309. 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. 17 - 18

Blackwood Legacy Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at The

Hall, 1211 W. First. Sunday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W. Alameda. Admission is free. For more information call 910-3764. Headed up by Rick Price, 30-year Gospel music veteran and former member of the Blackwood Brothers, this group places ministry above all other priorities in their recordings and concerts. Traveling with Rick is talented pianist and lead singer Luke Yates, who has been with the group for six years, winning audiences over with his personable charm and talent. Also with Rick is Daniel Childs, grandson of the late Cecil Blackwood, and one of the most talented singers in Gospel music today.

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,


20th annual Chile Cheese Festival The 20th annual Chile Cheese 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. This a fun filled family event that you will not want to miss. For more information call 420-5718.

Sept. 24

Roswell Adult and Senior Center Country Western Dance - Tom Blake & The Juke Box Band Saturday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Roswell Adult and Senior Center, 807 N. Missouri. Cost: $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Bob Power at 840-6565

Sept. 24

Midway Youth & Family Development Center presents Shawn McDonald in concert. Saturday, September 24th at 7pm, MYFDC Building, 65 Yakima Rd., off of Highway 2 Shawn McDonald is a contemporary Christian artist. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information call 347-5309.

Sept. 24

Alianza ROCKS! Alianza ROCKS! 2011 Fundraising Tour at the Roswell amphitheatre. Marie Manning, Guillotine Effect, 19F7, SOUL COdE, and Kingdoms Fall. Tickets are $5 and gates open at 6 p.m.

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.


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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. 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

The Salvation Army Pancake Breakfast The Salvation Army monthly Pancake Breakfast will be from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Come join us in our buffet style breakfast. Buttermilk pancakes and waffles served with your choice of eggs cooked your way, bacon or sausage or a side of biscuits with gravy and a variety of other items will be available. Cost is $5 per person. PAGE 7

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 624-6744.

Oct. 14

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. 15

Fall Fling Craft and Car Show Saturday, September 24th at 7pm, MYFDC Building, 65 Yakima Rd., off of Highway 2 Car show and craft show. For more information call 347-5309 or 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. 17

Free Movie at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House 4:30 p.m. Matinee - The World's Fastest Indian (Varoom!-Record still stands) 6:30 p.m. - The Motorcycle Diaries. No purchase is necessary to attend “Free Movie Nights.” Sacred Grounds

Coffee and Tea House will have its regular selection of meals, snackfoods and drinks plus a special selection of menu items especially appropriate for the movies. All regular coffee drinks, specialty coffee drinks, teas, wines and beers will be available for purchase before, during, and immediately after.

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. 24

Free Movie at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House 4:40 p.m. Matinee - My Life in Ruins 6:30 p.m. - Circle of Friends. No purchase is necessary to attend “Free Movie Nights.” Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House will have its regular selection of meals, snackfoods and drinks plus a special selection of menu items especially appropriate for the movies. All regular coffee drinks, specialty coffee drinks, teas, wines and beers will be available for purchase before, during, and immediately after.

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 world-


The Eastern New Mexico State Fair


Monday, Oct. 3 10:00 a.m. ... Parade begins Downtown 12:00 p.m. ... GATES OPEN 12:00 p.m. - Closing ... Roswell Fine Arts League Show & Sale 3:30 p.m. ... Parade Trophies Awarded 4:00p.m - 10:00 p.m. ... Commercial Building Open Carnival will open upon set-up and inspection. Tuesday, Oct. 4 Special Needs Day 12:00 p.m. ... GATES OPEN 12:00 p.m. - Closing ... Roswell Fine Arts League Show & Sale 4:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m. ... Commercial Building Open 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. ... Carnival Open Wednesday, Oct. 5 Seniors Day 12:00 p.m. ... GATES OPEN 12:00 p.m.-C losing ... Roswell Fine Arts League Show & Sale 4:00p.m - 10:00 p.m. ... Commercial Building Open 5:00 - 11:00 P.M. ... Carnival Open

Thursday, Oct. 6 12:00 P.M. ... GATES OPEN 12:00 p.m.- Closing ... Roswell Fine Arts League Show & Sale 4:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m. ... Commercial Building Open 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. ... Carnival Open

Friday, Oct. 7 Children's Day 12:00 p.m. ... GATES OPEN 12:00p.m. - Closing ... Roswell Fine Arts League Show & Sale 4:00 p.m. - 11:00p.m. ... Commercial Building Open 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. ... Carnival Open 9:00 p.m. - Close ... Kyle Bennett *Free Concert*

Saturday, Oct. 8 12:00 p.m. ... GATES & CARNIVAL OPEN 12:00 p.m. - Closing ... Roswell Fine Arts League Show & Sale 6:00 p.m. ... The Studio Company Dancers 12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ... Commercial Building Open

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Shawn McDonald concert launches new community facility Article and Photos by Rey Berrones Vision Editor

After 20 years of planning and three years of building, the Midway Youth and Family Developmental Center (MYFDC) is ready to formally open. The ribbon cutting ceremony is on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m., and will be a full celebration which will include food, door prizes and games for children. The mayors from Roswell, Dexter and Hagerman will be in attendance. On the eve of the grand opening, Shawn McDonald is playing the first concert to be held in the brand new facility Saturday, Sept 24. at 7 p.m. McDonald is an adult contemporary Christian artist that has released four albums, including his latest titled "Closer." There are already many programs running at the facility,

but once the construction phase is complete, many more programs are going to be added to the schedule. Currently, there is the MYfdc Cafe, which is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. The cafe has full wifi and Internet terminals. There is a full child care program in the facility during the day, and during the afternoon there are art, dance, exercise, quilting, wrestling, photography, music, cheer, ballet, gymnastics, martial arts and boxing programs. The programs for adults are generally run from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Children's programs run from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., and from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. there are programs that involve the whole family. Cheyenne Sons, the MYFDC event

This Page: The Midway Youth and Family Developmental Center Top: Vickie Lee putting finishing touches on the mural above the stage. Above: The brand new stage is almost complete Right: The main room set up in banquet hall configuration Far Right: The fitness center behind the main stage



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director, said, "When I was growing up in this area, we had nothing to do unless we created it ourselves." That kind of attitude has helped build a facility that directly meets the needs of the community. "I took the best of the Boys and Girls Clubs programs and YMCA, took into account the needs of the community and combined those programs with childcare and a restaurant." said Danny Sons, president of the MYFDC. "We have families working two or three jobs, leaving kids home alone, creating a crisis situation." To address this crisis, the MYFDC was created as a non-profit organization that serves the Midway area and has built a robust community center that will serve many purposes. There is a multi-use main room that has a permanent stage, and can be configured as a concert hall, banquet hall, basketball court, volleyball court or convention r o o m .

Currently, the green room area attached to concert area is finished. There are plans to utilize the green rooms as medical clinic rooms when they are not in use for concerts. There is also a dedicated space for the wrestling, dance, cheer, ballet, gymnastics, martial arts and boxing programs. After the opening, they will be able to add volleyball and basketball to that list of programs. "All of our programs are run by professionals." said Danny Sons, and many of those professionals are local individuals that are volunteering their time and supplies. "We plan on having artists like Shawn McDonald on this stage at least once every three months, but we aren't limiting ourselves to just Christian artists. If an artist is for the whole family and has good lyrical content, they have a place on our stage." said Cheyenne Sons. "We are interested in giving local artists 30 minute spots on the stage during those concerts." "After we planned out this impossible task, the community and volunteers made this facility possible

while coming in at 30 percent of the original budget." said Danny Sons. With this momentum and community support, they are busy developing more programs for the facility. "ENMU-R has partnered with us in the educational computer lab by providing computers and software, and college credit for youth completing blocks of education in math and science. Phat’s Frames has donated the equipment for a full industrial woodshop, and we have a professional craftsman to oversee the shop. Local race car teams have found a race car for the mechanics instructional shop which the youth will build, maintain, and race at the drags. Adults are preparing for the fitness center with weightlifting, toning and physical wellness training." In the future, there will be outdoor facilities that include an equine center for rodeo and horsemanship programs, and they plan on adding youth soccer, football and baseball fields and programs.

Currently, some of the best things that the public can do to encourage and support these programs is to show up to the concerts and eat at the cafe. For more information on Shawn McDonald, go to Tickets for the concert are available at If you would like more information on the events at the center, would like to advertise, donate, volunteer or otherwise get involved, contact Cheyenne Sons at 347-5309 or go to

Top: The MYfdc Cafe Above: Antonio Zuniga preparing for the lunch rush Left: The room above the stage set up for martial arts, gymnastics and wrestling Far Left: The computer center under construction

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Racing for Reflections

Course Map

Below Left:The Roswell Bike Club prepares for a morning ride. Below Right: The Roswell Bike Club riding on the relatively open roads on the outskirts of Roswell

Martha D. Urquides-Staab Vistas Editor

The city of Roswell is getting a new event which is expected to draw hundreds to help out a worthy cause. The Tour de Ocho Millas is the first cycling event to come to Roswell and all proceeds of the event will benefit Reflections and Recovery, a local non-profit organization that helps people live free from addictions. The Tour will be held at Bottomless Lakes on Sept. 17. The idea of the Ocho Millas event came to Lendell FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

Nolan who was aware of cyclists flocking to Austin for the Lance Armstrong race to benefit cancer research. He thought that Roswell needed something similar to help out a cause and to attract tourists to the city. He and several individuals including the Roswell Bike Club met at a local coffee shop and decided to form a plan on how to make it happen. Roswell has several triathlons but has never had a cycling tour. This was an opportunity to accommodate cyclists and raise awareness to a cause. Organizing the event took off imme-

diately. When the group would conduct its meetings, several people would approach and ask what the cause was for. Soon people offered help and several became sponsors. In the last meeting their small group turned into a group of 80. People from all walks of life have put in their time to help bring together the inaugural Tour de Ocho Millas. With the community’s support, the last step was to seek help from the Roswell Lodgers Tax committee. “When we went to them, they were excited for this new event we were


creating and saw the potential to bring in people from out of town. They helped us tremendously with funds,” said Perry Toles, assistant event coordinator. The choice of who would receive the funds raised from the event came to Nolan — a small ministry which currently operates out of Christ’s Church. Reflections and Recovery is a faith-based organization that is still fairly new and has been operating and working with the citizens of Roswell for recovery since 2005. They have no physical facility but have been conducting 12-step recovery classes out of Grace Community Church and now Christ Church. “We hope that the proceeds will help us with materials for recovery classes and another portion for a building,” said Lorual Peschka, See OCHO MILLAS, Page 13 PAGE 10


Who: Five Local Artists What: Playing a concert When: Sat., Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. Where: Roswell Amphitheatre Why: Proceeds benefit Alianza of New Mexico How much: Tickets are $5 at the door; Children 10 and under are free. The Lineup: Gates open at 6 p.m. Marie Manning - 6:30 p.m.


The Rundown

Guillotine Effect - 7:15 p.m.

19F7 - 8:00 p.m.

SOUL COdE 8:45 p.m.

Kingdoms Fall 9:30 p.m.

Vocalist Josh Pattion rehearsing for the upcoming concert with his bandmates. Above:Alianza of New Mexico始s free ear acupuncture sessions are open to everyone.

Alianza ROCKS! the

Roswell Amphitheatre

Article and Photos by Rey Berrones Vision Editor

Five local artists will be performing a benefit concert for Alianza of New Mexico. The Alianza ROCKS! concert is on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Roswell Amphitheatre. Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 at


the door, children 10 and under are free. The proceeds from the concert go to fund Alianza of New Mexico and its programs. Executive Director Sashua Patton said "Our programs serve a hugely diverse population that ranges from injection drug users, HIV positive people, to people that want to have safe and fun sex."


In addition to fundraising, Patton said, "This concert has a line-up of bands that helps us connect with a younger demographic of people that we don't normally have an opportunity to reach. Right now, there is a growing population of HIV positive and Hepatitis cases in the 19- to 24-year-old age group. With this concert, we can reach and educate these people." The night starts with Marie Manning, Guillotine Effect, 19F7, SOUL COdE, and concludes with Kingdoms Fall. Marie Manning is a solo acoustic artist, playing all original music. Guillotine Effect is a brand new local band, and this is their first public event. The lineup includes Jesse Rodriguez and Richard Sandoval on rhythm and lead guitar, Preston Stevens on Drums, John Young on Vocals, and Albert Cruz on Bass on backing vocals. 19F7 is a hard rock / rap-metal group with Sawyer Morales on bass, Tim Skipper on guitar, Will Webber on vocals, and Chris Sheriff on drums. More information on 19F7 can be found at SOUL COdE is a four piece rock band featuring Jonathon Gomez on vocals and lead guitar, Jonathan Stephens on rhythm guitar, Mark Urias on Bass and Chris Griego on Drums and Percussion. Kingdoms Fall is a local favorite metal band that includes Zach Wallace on lead guitars and vocals, Nick Lynch on rhythm guitar and vocals, Zac Arias on bass, Dustin Campbell on drums and Josh Patton singing lead vocals. More information on Kingdoms Fall can be found at The concert is sponsored by Exotic Body Piercing and Tattoos, and Patton Therapeutic Massage. Alianza of New Mexico is a non-profit organization, partially funded by the New Mexico Department of Health. They service the areas of Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Harding, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, Quay, and Roosevelt counties. For more information on Alianza of New Mexico's programs, or would like to donate or volunteer, call 623-1995. FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

Once in a while, a great UFO book UFOLOGY

The field of UFO studies has a vast and colorful literature, with many hundreds of books ranging in quality from the ridiculous to the sublime. Unfortunately, really good books on UFOs come along all too seldom. But what constitutes "good"? This varies from one reader’s judgment to another, of course, but to my tastes a good UFO book is of high quality (assuming stylistically admirable writing) to the extent that its author or authors manage to support what they write about with solid evidence. Let me put it this way. If someone writes a book claiming that his sister-inlaw was abducted, taken up into a flying saucer, flown to a planet in the Proxima Centauri system, and introduced to the Queen of the Universe, and he expects me to believe all that stuff, he’d better have authenticated documents, reliable and mutually corroborating witnesses, and a wealth of photographs. A sound recording of Her Majesty’s words of wisdom would be nice, too. Fat chance, right? Happily, though, now and then an author exhibits sound and convincing ways of explaining why there is truth to

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wide, including 25 million albums in the US alone. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Oct. 1 - 2

Aspenfest AspenFest, Ruidosoʼs annual fall celebration, the first weekend in October, allows residents and visitors alike to participate in the celebration of our caring community, the cool crispness of the coming fall and the beauty that is Ruidoso. AspenFest weekend is kicked off every year with a parade at 10 a.m. through Midtown Ruidoso. It includes a chili cookoff, car show, and craft show. For more information, go to


be found in the study of UFOs. Prominent journalist Leslie Kean, for my money, is such an author. In her excellent book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record, she has taken the approach of painstakingly seeking out uncommonly impressive witnesses with their own extensive stories to tell, and letting them tell those stories in their own words. Most of these people are retired government and military types, who in some cases disclose amazing experiences at their own risk. Likewise with the witnesses who are pilots and have been told that talking about UFOs will land them on the psychiatrist’s couch and will probably cost

Oct. 2


Blondie at Inn of the Mountain Gods Founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, the band was a pioneer in the early American New Wave and punk scenes of the mid1970s. The band quickly became known for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap and reggae while retaining a basic style as a New Wave band. Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. For more information, call 575-464-7777 or visit

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them their licenses. The sources tapped for their input in this book include people like retired Major General Wilfried De Brouwer, who describes his experience, as an insider, with various huge triangular UFOs over Belgium in late 1989 and early 1990. The general was able to provide great detail about these sightings, with many hitherto little-seen witness sketches of those aerial objects. Another professional witness is Dr. Richard Haines, a retired NASA scientist, whose concern has been aviation safety as it relates to UFOs. His report reflects over a hundred instances of pilot close encounters or near-collisions with UFOs. Haines has been eloquent

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.

Oct. 7 - 9

22nd annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Each year, during the second full weekend in October, Ruidoso Downs plays host to the nation's finest cow-


on the point that pilots’ situations constitute a terrible irony, in that they often fear the professional consequences of telling all, but are among the best qualified people to do so, by virtue of their skill as air observers. Leslie Kean introduces us to the insights of many other people whose positions have privileged them to gain rare insights into the UFO reality. It is not rationally possible to dismiss these people’s experiences out of hand, no matter how much the diehard skeptics may wish to. So much nonsense has been written about the UFO phenomenon. How refreshing to see it done right! boy festival with old west storytellers, musicians, including the world famous Texas Playboys, chuckwagon cooks, chuckwagon cookoffs, western artists and craftsmen for three days of events, cowboy competitions, horse demonstrations, western swing dancing, kids rodeo and educational activities. In 1996, the symposium was selected as the Best Cowboy Cultural Event by the National Cowboy Symposium Association. In addition, the LCCS has been named one of North America's top 100 events by the American Bus Association. For more information, go to If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email or call 622-7710 ext. 60.

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The Berlin Airlift - The military exercise that saved a city HISTORY

Stu Pritchard unloading at Templehof Air Base, Berlin. The Walker Aviation Museum is opening the new display "Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years.” “Lest We Forget” opens in conjunction with the celebration of the first anniversary of the museum and the 70th anniversary of the 1941 establishment of the Roswell Army Airfield, later known as Walker Air Force Base. It also coincides with the arrival of the 6th Bomb Wing and 40th Bomb Squadron Reunion Groups. Over a hundred WAFB veterans and their families from across the United States will be gathering in Roswell to reminisce and attend the “Lest We Forget” banquet honoring them on Saturday, Sept. 17. See Calendar on page 5. Vision's contributing writer on Roswell history, Stu Pritchard, was a part of the 6th Bomb Wing. This is an account of one of the missions he was involved with during World War II. The year was 1948. The war in Europe had been over for over 35 months. The joint occupation of West Berlin had become an irritation to Russia's Joseph Stalin, whose plans for the future of Europe were hindered by the politics of his former allies. The former German capitol lay deep inside Russia's east zone, an area considered his by right of conquest. In early summer, Stalin announced oppressive new restrictions of traffic that passed through the Russian zone. When the western allies refused to knuckle under, the Russians blocked all land and water approaches from the western zone into Berlin. Additionally, all electric power generated in the Russian zone were cut off. This left the Allied zones with only three avenues of access to the divided city; three 20 mile wide air corridors. The United States Air Force, a newly desFRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

ignated arm of the nation's military forces, was presented with its first critical test. Provisions were needed to support two million Germans for an uncertain period. It was estimated that 4,500 tons of sustenance supplies would be needed by the isolated city each day. A captian at the time, Stuart Pritchard, who had served as a multi-engine flying instructor and B-29 pilot in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, was sent to Great Falls, Montana for a weather related refresher course, then to Frankfort, Germany, for integration into airlift missions already in progress. In conversations with Pritchard, he was quite enthusiastic about his experiences in the Berline Airlift. "Although weather conditions were sometimes hazardous during my stint in the Far East," he said, "flying in the airlift was much more demanding of its pilots." Pritchard said the route from Rhine Mein Airport to Templehof Airfield was approximately 100 miles each way, with a payload of some 20,000 pounds. There were two successive missions for each duty day usually amounting to about 16 hours. All landing approaches were by Ground Controlled Approach (GCA). The final landing approach at Templehof Airfield was over an area where all buildings which had been in the path of the landing-aircraft were demolished and removed. Landing aircraft completed their approach by flying between buildings and landing on steel mesh runways which augmented the cement runways which were too short for the loaded C-54's. "I flew into Templehof over 100 times, but was only on the tarmack about 15 minutes

and I was never able to visit Berlin. From the air, the city was a shambles; very few buildings were intact or had roofs" Pritchard said. "There were two incidents that I recall most vividly. One was when I was buzzed by Russian MIGS and one of the pilots did a "wing-over," a loop just over our heads. The other was a GCA approach to land through heavy rain. Suddenly, as we broke out of the overcast, I saw a building that was so close, I could see curtains in the windows. I pulled the "stick" with all my might and we just cleared the top of the building. Having aborted our scheduled approach, we were forced to return to Frankfort with our load of coal, where we were reinserted into the aircraft pattern and directed to return to Templehof and deliver our load." Pritchard added that incidents of this sort were quite infrequent although the allied forces flew more than one hundred million miles and more than 275,000 missions. "Regretfully," he said, "during the Lift, 31 Americans and 39 British airmen lost their lives." Air Force records reveal that on Easter Day in 1949, the Allies landed one airplane every minute at one of the three operating air strips. It was at this time that Allied military officials believe it became apparent to the Russians that their blockade was a failure. All blockades were lifted and transportation routes slowly returned to normal. Pritchard opted to remain on active duty with the Air Force and in ensuing years served 3 year tours in both French Morocco and France. Upon his return to the US, he asked for and recieved an assighnment to Walker AFB in his hometome of Roswell where he was assigned duties as Director of Personnel and at the time of base closure, Deputy Base Commander. He retired at the closure of Walker AFB at which time he was cited for his performance and awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal which read in part: "Lieutenant Colonel Stuart M. Pritchard distinguished himself by meritorius service as Chief, Personnel Division and Base Deputy Commander, 6th Strategic Aerospace Wing, Walker Air Force Base, from September 1964 to March 1967 - Colonel Pritchard's outstanding leadership and exceptional abilities in directing personnel activities and his talents and vigor in effectign phase-down of the base have aided this wings immeasurably. These distinctive accomplishment reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."



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founder of Reflections and Recovery. Peschka stated that the long-term goal of the organization is to build a facility that can house people who need to get out of their current environment of addiction. “In order to make progress, people can’t return to their previous environment and recover successfully,” said Peschka. The long-term goal would to have a physical facility and continue their teaching on living a substance-free life. Peschka and the organization also extend their teachings to the Roswell Detention Center and stated that the majority of the people incarcerated are there due to drugs and other substances. The Tour is expected to help tremendously for this cause. The planning and enthusiaism for this event is fueling excitement for a possible comeback for next year, and will more than likely become a staple in the community. “The Tour and Reflections are very new to Roswell; I hope that we can grow together and help out the community. It’s a wonderful thing the Tour is offering to the community. It’s a win-win situation. I know with Lenell and Perry, they are amazing. Bringing this together is a tribute to the community,” said Peschka. The Tour is still looking for volunteers to help out at the event and for the many ‘Power Stops’ that will be laid out on the course for the cyclists. The Tour would not be possible without the help of the many sponsors who have contributed to this event. A special thanks extends to Xcel Energy, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Mark W. Taylor and Associates, Bank of the Southwest, Burger King, KOBR Channel 8 and the City of Roswell Lodgers Tax. “A great group of people are coming together for a great cause and we just thank them so much for their help,” said Toles. For more information on the Tour and volunteering opportunities call Lendell Nolan at 317-7169 and for information on Reflections and Recovery, call Lorual Peschka at 910-2555. PAGE 13


It’s green chili season in the Pecos Valley Roasting green chile

Article and Photos by Rey Berrones Vision Editor A little information and facts on green chile Statewide chile production in 2010 was 66,600 tons. This accounts for 35.3 percent of the chile grown in the U.S. There were 8,700 acres harvested in 2010. Official numbers are not in yet, but initial reports are that in 2011, there are just as many, planted acres of chile this year as there were last year. The amount harvested is still

yet to be determined, but because of the drought, yields may be lower than in 2010. This falls in line with the decline of chile production in New Mexico since the peak in 1992.

Most people roast and freeze their green chile. Either put it in your oven's broiler or put it on a grill until the skin starts to loosen. Many stores will roast a bushel for you when you are purchasing your chile. When you are done roasting, put the chile in plastic freezer bags, push all the air out and place them in the freezer until cooking time. When it is time to use the chile, simply take a bag out of the freezer and run hot water over the chiles. The hot water not only thaws, but also helps to peel the chile. Take off the stem, slit the side to take out the seeds, and de-vein the chile, and they are ready to use.

Graph provided by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Making green chile powder

Green chile in the process of getting roasted Above: Green chile grown locally grown by Red Hot Poker Farms on sale at the Roswell Farmerʼs and Gardenerʼs Market PAGE 14

If you want to make chile powder, string a ristra of your fresh chile. Put it in a still hot chiminea oven that has been left to cool, and dry out the ristra. If you do not have a chiminea, you can set the ristra in an oven set at 125 degrees, and leave the door partially open. Once the skins start to flake, you can use a mortar and pestle to create your chili powder. Store the powder in plastic freezer bags and use as needed.


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served in a bowl and eaten like a hearty soup, while thicker stews can be used as the filling for a New Mexican style steak burrito. Optionally, when serving, top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Serves 6. Chile Rellenos 8 green chiles, roasted and peeled 1 cup longhorn cheese, cubed 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt cooking oil

Roast a pair of straight, full-bodied green chile per person as instructed on the opposite page. After seeds and veins have been removed, fill each chile with longhorn cheese. Roll the chile in a mixture of flour and salt. Dip in beaten eggs. Fry moderately hot oil until golden brown. Serve with refried beans and spanish rice. Serves 4.

Green Chili Stew

A few traditional New Mexican recipies

Article and Photo by Rey Berrones Vision Editor

In the Pecos Valley, there are a few classic recipes that are staples in the area. Here are a few old favorites that you will find in many kitchens during “chile season.�

Green chile stew is one of the most common recipes, and also one of the few that has more variations than any other. In essence, the dish consists of two parts chile, two parts protein, one part vegeatables, and a soup stock. Simply cook your protein, use that to form a soup stock, add the chile, vegeatables and other secret ingredients, and simmer for a few hours. There are as many recipies as there are cooks. Some people use beans as their protein, while others use pork or some type of beef. The main thing about green chile stew is that there is no wrong way to make it. One of the best things about living in this area is tasting all the FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

different types of green chile stews.

Green Chile Stew 2 pounds lean chuck (sometimes called cubed stew meat) pan drippings from lean chuck 1/2 medium onion, chopped 4 medium potatoes 12 large green chiles, roasted, peeled and cut in pieces 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon salt 6-7 cups water

Cut the meat up into very small pieces - about 1/2 inch cubes - and brown in a little oil in a large, deep heavy pan. Add the onions. Peel and dice the potatoes and brown them with the meat. If you wish to have a thicker stew, flour the meat before browning. When the meat, onion and potatoes have been browned, drain off any excess fat. Add the chiles, garlic salt, salt and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for a minimum of half an hour. The key here is to let the stock simmer until the stew is the desired thickness. Thinner stews can be

Chile Con Queso 2 tablespoons butter and margarine 1 medium onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon flour 1 13-ounce can evaporated milk 1 pound longhorn cheese, grated salt to taste 1/2-1 cup chopped green chile

Saute minced onion and garlic in butter in a saucepan. Blend in flour with a spoon. Stir constantly while adding milk and cheese, until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth and thick. If mixture seems too thick, add a little water at a time until it is the desired consistency. Mix in the chopped green chile. Serve with chips.

The Spring River Valley Band playing on stage at the 2010 Chile Cheese Festival


20th annual Chile Cheese Festival

Entertainment Schedule

Friday Noon - 3 p.m. - Spring River Valley Band 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Country Heirs Saturday 9 a.m. - noon - Tom Blake Trio Noon - Chase Martinson - Magician 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Sam Donahue / Maxwell Vance 3:30 p.m. - Chase Martinson - Magician 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Dysfunction

Leprino Foods Bus Tours Saturday, Sept. 24 bus tours of the Leprino Foods plant will be leaving the festival at the following times: 8:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

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Robert Maples, Pastor 910-5845


“Jesus Christ is Lord.” I did not come to this conclusion after spending countless hours at a formal altar in a church building or after staring at a stained glass mosaic depicting the history of religion. “Jesus Christ is Lord.” I did not come to this conclusion after spending countless hours in a scientific laboratory attempting by historical research, to validate the deity or holiness of Christ. I tried that and failed. What revealed to me that Jesus Christ is Lord is my faith in Him. This is not a claim that can be demonstrated in an objective or scientific manner. I am taking the risk that Jesus Christ is Lord. I am declaring today that – that risk has become a reality in my life. I used to keep Jesus at a comfortable distance. I met him close up in the street. I liked what I saw. Jesus is now the focus of my faith. A radical shift has taken place in my religious consciousness. It was not with fanfare or blaring trumpet that ushered God into my life.


A still small voice spoke to me and said, “Follow me.” I did. I am. I will forever follow him. Jesus has changed my life. To say that Jesus Christ is Lord is more than a nice, clean, acceptable, antiseptic religious phrase, safe to speak in a church house. It is a new way of life for me. I have come to this conclusion voluntarily. I say it again and live with this abiding principle as the key to my daily living…I say humbly yet boldly…”Jesus Christ is Lord”. “Jesus Christ is Lord” I make this confession because I have decided to follow Jesus. Without following Jesus this confession is empty and meaningless. Let there be no doubt – I am a confessor. I am a believer. I am a disciple. I am a Christian. Heaven is my home. God is my Father. I have given my heart and life to him. I have confessed my sins to him. I am trusting my eternal destiny into his care. Jesus Christ is not only Lord – Jesus Christ is my Lord. No apologies. No regrets. Sheer joy. Sheer delight.


Vision 9-16  
Vision 9-16  

Vision Magazine 9-16