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March 14, 2013

Threats behind closed doors?

■ Commissioner claims colleague threatened him in closed session. By M.E. Sprengelmeyer The Communicator Tensions on the Guadalupe County Commission might be reaching a new level, as Commissioner Vince Cordova has lodged a formal complaint with New Mexico State Police claiming that fellow Commissioner Ernest Steve Tapia made a physical threat against him during a closed-doors executive session last Thursday night in Vaughn. State Police would not discuss specifics but confirmed Wednesday that they were investigating an alleged incident that Cordova said took place last Thursday night at the Vaughn Town Hall. It was a special session being held outside the county seat of Santa Rosa, and one of the items on the public agenda was a decision about whether the county’s road foreman and assistant foreman jobs should remain “at will” positions, or be changed into “classified” positions. Before commissioners publicly discussed and then approved that proposed change, they retreated into executive session to discuss limited personnel matters related

» See Threat, page 8

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Santa Rosa ‘Fighting Lion’ Robert Zamora (33) collects the ball as teammate Isaac Velasquez (31) takes a tumble during Wednesday’s loss to the top-seeded Laguna Acoma Hawks in New Mexico Class AA basketball quarterfinals at Santa Ana Star Center.

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Top-seeded Hawks end Lions’ late-season run By Glen rosales The Communicator

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Santa Rosa Head Coach Joseph Esquibel cringes watching the action in Wednesday’s state quarterfinals game, when his team surged to a first quarter lead but soon saw it disappear.

The quarterfinals of the New Mexico Class AA basketball tournament proved to be too much for Santa Rosa. Too much Laguna Acoma, that is. The Fighting Lions bowed out of the tournament Wednesday night after 54-44 loss to the top-seeded Hawks at the Santa Ana Star Center. It was a raucous and partisan atmosphere, with plenty of royal purple spread throughout the stands.

Laguna Acoma displayed speed, guile, quickness and shooting prowess while unleashing a torrential defense that the 8th-seeded “Fighting Lions” could not penetrate frequently enough. “We knew were up against a very tough team that put up a lot of points quick,” said Santa Rosa coach Joseph Esquibel. “Fortunately we were able to come out hot in the first quarter and slow them down a little bit. But we knew Laguna can shoot well and put up points quick. Our

» See Lions, page 4

District lays groundwork for a campus merger By M.E. Sprengelmeyer The Communicator As early as the 2014-2015 school year, Lions and Cubs might attend classes at the same “Den.” Stagnant enrollment figures and some big-money budget concerns make a future combination of Santa Rosa’s middle school and high school appear inevi-

table, Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools Superintendent Ted Hern said this week. A pair of public meetings starting next Tuesday could set the stage for a major realignment of the district’s three Santa Rosa campuses, with a shift happening as early as the 2014-2015 school year, Hern said. One proposal, projected to save about $700,000 to $1 million

per year, would involve closing the aging elementary school, moving its students to the newer middle school campus, then moving middle school students to a combined campus serving students grades 7 to 12 at what’s now Santa Rosa High School. “The high school campus is built for 600 students and we have, what, 165?” Hern said. Enrolment figures, past, pres-

ent and projected, explain why the district is being forced to consider realignment. Santa Rosa High School was built in 1966, experienced significant growth in the 1970s, and at its peak served around 400 students. But since then, there has been a steady drop-off in enrollment. It had 165 students in 2011-2012, with a barely noticeable blip to 168 students for the

current school year. As it approaches the halfcentury mark, the campus soon could be eligible for renovation or reconstruction funding through the New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority. However, since dollar amounts are based on enrollment, the agency is likely to provide funds for a building about

» See District, page 8

Vaughn leaders want local control on police

Through the smoke

By Bryant Furlow The Communicator

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Behind a veil of thick black smoke, Santa Rosa volunteer firefighters show teamwork late Wednesday afternoon while mopping up a brush fire behind the National Guard Armory and Santa Rosa Multi-Use Center. The fire put up a smoke cloud that could be seen from as far as U.S. 54.

Vaughn might have some headline-making woes involving its tiny, currently unmanned police force. But the town does not want to trade local control and its law enforcement funding to bring a Guadalupe County Sheriff’s deputy instead. That message came through loud and clear at a Guadalupe County Commission meeting last Thursday at Vaughn’s Town Hall. The meeting attracted a full house but not much enthusiasm for a proposal commissioners had come to discuss: a plan to station a sheriff’s deputy in the town in exchange for Vaughn turning over the state and federal funding it receives for law enforce-

ment services. “I’m not going to release our law enforcement funding to the county because it’s not in Vaughn’s best interest,” Mayor Paul Madrid told commissioners. “It’s quite simple,” he said. “I don’t know if people might think we want to reduce our budget, but that’s not what we want to do.” Vaughn resident John Morgan said town residents’ taxes already go, in part, to support county services. “Why is the county asking us to pay a second time?” he demanded. “This is Guadalupe County – don’t forget that!” resident Marcella Gozolas stood to tell

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Drew’s Views by Drew Litton

By M.E. Sprengelmeyer I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Fort Worth, Texas. At least, they told me I was in Fort Worth, Texas. With all the chain stores and chain restaurants and generic braids of interstate highway ramps, it could have been just about any place in America these days. There was a super-duper big-box store next to the homogenized national brand name hotel where I stayed. There were three strip malls within walking distance, including a world famous coffee chain where I could get a predictable variety of the extra-dark coffee that I like. At suppertime, I went to a chain restaurant with a prefabricated kitch decor and I didn’t even have to look at the menu to order the standard garden salad that I needed. (I just had to ask them to remove the egg, the cheese and the bacon from this fairly standard “garden.”) It was all so comfortable and boring. And that’s what America seems to want these days. Comfort, consistency, predictable pricing -- even for things that are over-priced. In the old days, we used to enjoy surprises. The predictability of our consumer experience was not nearly as important as local flavor. We used to cherish those once-in-a-lifetime visits to places off the beaten path where you never quite knew what you were going to get. That’s what made those little moments in life just a tiny bit more exciting. A big part of that joy was meeting colorful local characters with unique personalities -- the kind who’d never be caught dead in some corporate-approved, color-coordinated uniform. Just a couple minutes talking with those characters could teach us about the place we were visiting. And a couple of minutes talking to travelers like us would teach them about the world passing through their establishments’ doors. As a vegetarian, I’ve had some really challenging meals at mom and pop diners from coast to coast. It’s always a complicated series of negotiations before the chef finally gets a bright idea and rushes back to the kitchen to surprise me with some creative concoction. Some of the resulting meals been great and some have been, eh, not-so-great. But I’ve loved every one of those makeshift meals because they involved folksy conversation, a few minutes of cross-cultural dialogue, and then I was guaranteed to get something to eat that was quite different from the thing I had eaten the day before. In a chain-store culture we don’t get that. We get the same thing served at the same temperature at the same price at the same pace from a person wearing the same corporate uniform. And that’s boring. I don’t mean this to be yet another lament about days gone by. I hope it can serve as a wake-up call for one danger that our local economy faces at this moment.

Go to www.drewlitton.com to give Drew feedback, criticism, suggestions or a piece of your mind. More than a lot of other places, towns located along America’s “Mother Road,” Historic Route 66, depend on attracting business from deep-pocketed travelers who share that same type of nostalgia for the days before “mom and pop” were stuffed and put in a museum. Thankfully, Santa Rosa still is blessed with a number of one-of-a-kind entrepreneurs at restaurants, stores, shops and other businesses. In an age of media mergers and sterile newspaper chains, maybe you could count this publication on the list. But lately I worry that we could be near a tipping point of commerce that changes us from a unique and memorable stop on Route 66 into a generic Anytown, U.S.A. The trends are not good. Think about the independent businesses we’ve lost in the past few years. A few fast food chains have come and gone, but we’ve lost far more “real people” businesses -- variety stores, flower shops, motels, restaurants. I fear we soon could lose more. Think about the new businesses that are opening up. To survive, do they all have to be national chains? Is that all we’ll patronize? I wish consumers would vote with their pocketbooks and let independent, family-owned businesses know that they’re welcome in this new economic landscape, too. It boils down to this: should we inspire our young people to become entrepreneurs, making a name for themselves in bright Route 66 neon? Or should we just let them put in an application to wear the bland, corporate uniform of their choice?

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Personnel shift meant to ‘depoliticize’ road work By Bryant Furlow and M.E. Sprengelmeyer The Communicator Guadalupe County Commissioners took a step toward “depoliticizing” the controversy-plagued county Road Department by taking the foreman and assistant foreman out of an “at-will” employment status that left their jobs at the mercy of the three elected officials. At a special meeting last Thursday at Vaughn Town Hall, all three commissioners agreed to the change, after County Manager Michael Romero proposed changing the two positions from “atwill” to “classified” status, just like every other county position except the manager himself. “It’s apparent that because the road foreman and assistant foreman are at-will employees and they also report to the county manager, it creates a situation of confusion in terms of what the chain of command is, and I think the best way to fix it is to change their status to classified,” Romero told the commissioners. The Road Department has been plagued by controversy in recent years, including questions about work-for-materials exchanges with private property owners and questions about who authorized various road work. In theory, the change creates a more clear chain of command, requiring the department to get its direction from the county

manager, without any direct or implied pressure from individual commission members who might have different priorities. Before the vote, County Attorney Jesus Lopez cautioned the commission that classifying the road department positions could complicate any decision to fire those employees. “Presently, these two employees serve at the pleasure and will of the county commission – essentially, at the whim of the commission,” Lopez said. “The commission wants to place these positions under the personnel ordinance, as classified positions, which means they are no longer at the pleasure of the commission. They will be protected by the personnel system.” “You can still get rid of any employee who is not doing their job, but you have to follow the process,” Lopez told the commissioners. But disciplining or firing classified employees involves “a full panoply of due process,” Lopez said. “I think the real intent of the commission is to depoliticize those positions,” Lopez added. “The county is so small that for years, the commissioners had -- in good faith, in good faith -had direct supervision sometimes over these road foremen. Commissioners would go to a foreman and say, ‘Go fix that, road’ and things like that. I think that (has) constantly been a problem over the years, especially recent-

ly. Apparently it is the commission’s intent to get away from that, and make these positions answerable only to the manager.” Vaughn Mayor Paul Madrid, who attended the special meeting, voiced concern that the commission was giving up too much power over personnel matters. “You’re taking the atwill designation away so then you guys will have no authority, in my book, to get rid of him or not get rid of him,” Madrid told commissioners. “I just don’t want you guys to give up something you already have in place, and later on you’re going to say ‘I shouldn’t have done that’.” Commission Chairman Alvin Maestas responded by saying, “We want to go ahead and let the road foreman answer to the manager. The reason why is, you get three commissioners calling the road foreman to do this and do that, and I don’t think that’s right.” He noted that other county department heads are already classified employees. “That’s why I think it’s the right thing to do, long term, because it depoliticizes this whole thing,” Maestas said. “That’s why you don’t get a road foreman out there politicking about doing things about the work.” Mayor Madrid objected that such politicking is “ilM.E. Sprengelmeyer / The Communicator legal,” to which Maestas responded, “I understand that Guadalupe County’s Assistant Road Foreman Gene Sena uses heavy equipment on – but that is exactly what’s Monday to dredge soil and a carpet of ‘buffalo grass’ from the acequia in East Puerto happened.” de Luna. Crews have been diverted from road projects for the spring cleanup.

Deep Blue mulls options as new clinic takes shape City cautious

over list of capital outlay

By Bryant Furlow The Communicator At least for the time being, Deep Blue Dental is going to avoid eviction from its countyowned offices near Park Lake in Santa Rosa. Guadalupe County Commissioners last week decided to give dentists Raymond Collins and Katrina Lueras-Collins a sixmonth extension on their lease in order to provide time to negotiate their possible purchase of the modular building and land. The dentists had been seeking a two-year extension of the lease that’s set to expire this month, but County Manager Michael Romero objected, since the county is in the process of opening a new more than $1 million clinic facility to be leased by a non-profit provider, De Baca Family Practice of Fort Sumner. “Any kind of long-term lease would be problematic and not in the best interest of the county, because we are supporting a public clinic – and that’s a function of government – but as a private provider, you could find another location,” Romero told Collins during a special meeting Thursday at the Vaughn Town Hall. Construction is in the final days at the new clinic building on U.S. 54 near Guadalupe County Hospital. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, De Baca Family Practice has a mission of serving uninsured or underinsured patients, and will offer a sliding scale fee structure for patients who meet lowincome requirements. The new clinic is expected to open by early April with primary dentists Wil Pacheco and Howard Rhodes. At last Thursday’s meeting, Collins questioned whether the new clinic’s providers will stay in Santa Rosa over the long haul and said Deep Blue brings loyal patients from throughout the re-

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Ken Kasper of Santa Fe-based Builders Electric installs a smoke detector in a ceiling tile on Wednesday near a circular alcove near the entryway to Guadalupe County’s new dental clinic building on U.S. 54. gion to Santa Rosa, helping the city’s economy. “All professionals have a shelf life, and what happens when his expires?” Collins asked commissioners, referring to the new clinic. “Every professional out there has a shelf life, and ours is going to be long – that’s just the reality of it. What ties us here is family. We’re here for our people.” “We bring people to Santa Rosa, a lot from Clovis and Hobbs, and even Las Cruces,” Collins said. “And guess what? They eat in Santa Rosa, buy gas in Santa Rosa – that’s something you have to think about.” Still, at the end of a 40-minute hearing, commissioners turned down Deep Blue’s request for a two-year lease at the building near Park Lake and approved only a stop-gap six-month extension in order to allow time for county officials to negotiate a possible sale of the building. County Attorney Jesus Lopez

told commissioners he was certain the sale could be resolved within six months. A sale would require that the county issue a public request for proposals and an assessment of the property’s fair market value, Lopez noted. “I’m sure Dr. Collins will be the only one to submit a proposal (to buy the property), but the law says you have to offer it to everybody,” Lopez said. Commissioner Ernest Steve Tapia appeared sympathetic to Collins’s economic rationale for extending the lease for a longer period, though he ultimately voted for the shorter, six-month extension. At one point during the hearing, Tapia said, “we barely have any business in Santa Rosa” and questioned whether the commission should “shut one of them down.” “I’m OK with having additional dental services in our county,” Commissioner Vincent

Cordova said. “The only issue is, if we go into a lease, that it be very short term and with the intent that you buy the building. Within six months, let’s sell it.” County support for two competing dental clinics is “not in the county’s interest,” Cordova said. Cordova and Commission Chair Alvin Maestas each noted that the new county-funded clinic will provide dental care for the county’s uninsured residents. “For the first time in my lifetime, we’re going to get dental care for everybody in this county,” Cordova said. “I got my first dental cleaning at age 23, in the military. Taxpayers are actually footing the bill for that (new) dental clinic, and that entitles you to services at that clinic.” “But I’m happy we have people fighting to provide health care to the people of Guadalupe County,” Cordova added. “That’s a very positive thing.”

The New Mexico Legislature has set aside $150,000 toward a proposed fish production facility in Santa Rosa as part of $507,400 worth of capital outlay projects across Guadalupe County. Now local officials must wait to see how many of those projects win final approval from Gov. Susana Martinez, who has not been shy about using her line-item veto power to scratch objectionable spending in the past. According to a summary provided by the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, Santa Rosa is slated to get the lion’s share of the county’s capital outlay funds this year. Along with the $150,000 toward the proposed fish production facility, the city would get $85,000 for a parking lot at Blue Hole, $40,000 for the Santa Rosa ambulance service and $10,000 toward improvements to the city’s now makeshift animal shelter. Capital Outlay is just one of the options Santa Rosa has been pursuing toward the more than $1 million it would take to get a publicly-owned, privately-operated fish-raising facility opened near the Blue Hole Dive and Conference Center. In other capital outlay funding, the Legislature sets aside: $30,000 to improve acequias in the Anton Chico area; $60,000 for a community ditch and dam project in Colonias; $36,500 toward ditch improvements in East Puerto de Luna; $30,000 toward ditch improvements (and a loan payoff) in West Puerto de Luna; $25,000 for an equipment storage building for the Hollywood Ranch Domestic Water Users Association; $35,000 for water system improvements in Pastura; and $5,900 for food service equipment at the Puerto de Luna senior citizens center.


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Top-seeded Hawks end Lions’ run Continued from page 1

defense might have been a step slow.� For most of the second quarter, the Lions looked a step slow on both ends of the court and even in the middle. “We started with a controlled tempo but sometimes we got out of control and that played to their advantage,� said senior forward Jason Sanchez, who finished with six points and five rebounds. The Lions did get off to a good start, holding a 19-9 lead early in the second quarter after consecutive buckets from Miguel Sisneros. The 6-foot, 2-inch senior had 10 points in the first half as none of the Hawks could match his size inside. But Laguna Acoma picked up its defensive intensity in the second quarter and burst out in a 5-minute, 17-0 run that put the Hawks up 26-19. Santa Rosa committed eight of its 10 first-half turnovers during the run. “We know they’re aggressive,� Esquibel said. “We know they can shoot. We know they’re a quick team. We just tried to counter that. We have some speed. We have some strength. We have some good shooters as well. Things just didn’t fall as planned.� Sisneros was strong throughout, finishing with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting while grabbing 12 rebounds. And Isaac Velasquez had 11 points But when the Hawks

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Santa Rosa ‘Fighting Lion’ Marcus Lopez (1) fights for a loose ball during the team’s loss to the top-seeded Laguna Acoma Hawks on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the New Mexico Class AA basketball tournament at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

end,� he said. “I believe we can come back even when there’s just 10 seconds left in the game. Props to Laguna, but I’m proud of my team as well. I know they’ll fight to the very end. We’re Lions and we’ll never stop fighting.� It was the second time the teams had met, with the Hawks taking a 1-point victory in January in Santa Rosa. “We played them at home and any time you play someone at home that’s an advantage,� Esquibel said. “We lost by Š Mark Holm / The Communicator one at home and played Santa Rosa’s ‘Heckle Crew’ reacts to a tough turnaround in the Lions’ fortunes after to them to 10 here in a the team had started the game with a first-quarter lead on Wednesday night. neutral site. I thought Rosa up for good. wants the ball at the end both teams improved what we could.� Just getting this far “I just remember of the game,� Esquibel since January. We did was a credit to the team Zeke (Sena) passing me said. “And we’re giving that really got started on the ball and Isaac (Ve- it to him. These past five, the season late after a lasquez) yelling, ‘Ja- six games that we’ve deep run to the football son, I’m wide open,’� played Jason has wanted championship, Sanchez Sanchez recalled. “And the ball. Jason has called said. I glanced at Isaac and I for the ball. He’s been “Coming off that foot- paused for a second but the guy we’ve been feedball win, not many people then I just shot it. I was ing it to.� thought we would make thinking the whole time The big night from it this far,� he said. “It’s the ball was in the air Sanchez helped offset the good to make it back to that I should have passed 35 that Mora’s Lorenzo the Santa Ana again.� it. And it fell down and I Chavez tossed in. Although the loss can’t even explain how I “There’s not much hurts for the Lions, their felt after that. It shocked you can do when somewounded pride can take me the whole time that body is hot like that,� some solace in having it went in there. I was a Esquibel said. “The best gotten to the tourna- little bit nervous.� thing to do is to try not to ment’s second week after Sanchez finished that let them get the ball and a rousing 69-67 win over night with 27 points, if they do, get a hand in Mora last week. while Sena and Sisneros their face. I felt like a lot Š Mark Holm / The Communicator Sanchez hit a hesita- had nine each. of times, we were in po“In February and early sition, but they hit some Santa Rosa ‘Fighting Lion’ Nathan Sanchez and other players react from the bench as tion 3-pointer with 14.9 the team’s hopes of advancing into the ‘final four’ of the state tourney disappeared. seconds left to put Santa March, he’s the guy that big, crucial shots.� doubled down on Sisneros, the rest of the Lions had trouble getting off quality shots that weren’t hurried or harried. Subtracting his efforts, the Lions shot 10 for 42 from the field and went 1 for 13 on 3-pointers. “They’re a wellrounded team and an experienced team that was here last year,� Esquibel said. “They were going to work hard not to let an 8th seed upset them again. We knew we had a tough task ahead of us.� The Lions’ continued going after Laguna Acoma, keeping the game within range, which Esquibel said is a Santa Rosa trait. “We fight to the very

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Audit in spotlight at special council meeting this a.m. The Communicator The Santa Rosa City Council holds a special meeting this morning to review its longawaited audit from fiscal year 2008-2009 and consider a handful of other matters, including a contract for the future Chile Pepper Rally and Festival. The audit, previewed in last week’s edition of The Communicator, includes 16 negative findings, including several matters related to the way the city reconciles its various accounts and keeps its financial records. State Auditor Hector Balderas has urged the city to invest in a major upgrade of its accounting and record-keeping systems, and the city already has retained a certified public accountant to help respond to the issues raised in the audit. The audit had been delayed by more than two years, contributing to a backlog of uncompleted audits for the fiscal years ending in June 2010, 2011 and 2012. As Balderas told The

Communicator last week, even a bad audit is better than an uncompleted audit, since it gives a community a road map to make improvements in its financial accountability systems. With a new auditor on contract, the city has hopes of clearing the backlog by year’s end. In other matters at the meeting, the city will revisit a proposed contract with motorcycle event organizer Greg Scheuer of Anarchy LLC toward a largescale motorcycle rally and green chile festival called the Chile Pepper Rally and Festival. Once planned for late summer of this year, it has been postponed until the summer of 2014 to give Scheuer more time to line up sponsors and organize events. In other action, council members will consider a pair of applications for New Mexico Department of Transportation funds and consider a loader lease agreement with Guadalupe County, which recently lost use of its John Deere loader due to an accident near Colonias.

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Santa Rosa Fire Chief Gilbert Romero uses binoculars to keep a safe distance from the simulated wreckage of a big-rig tanker truck last Wednesday on U.S. 54 south of Santa Rosa, as State Police Officer Abel Mireles and Guadalupe County Undersheriff Joe Chavez look on. It was a drill that tested the emergency response to a potential hazardous materials disaster on the highway.

City to host girls softball showdown The Communicator A Class AAAAA “Storm” is about to blow through Santa Rosa, and that could be a treat for local sports fans. The girls fast-pitch softball team from Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School will meet the Clovis High School Wildcats on

Class teaches First Aid for mental health The Communicator Some people think First Aid is all about bumps and bruises, scrapes, cuts, burns or physical injuries. But a local organization wants to teach people how to render First Aid during a mental health crisis, too. Guadalupe County’s Local Behavioral Health Collaborative Team will be offering two days of free mental health First Aid training from 8:30 a.m. to

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4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, at Santa Rosa Middle School. It’s meant to help participants identify and provide initial help to someone showing symptoms of mental illness or those who are in a mental health crisis, such as severe depression, panic attacks, psychosis, suicidal thoughts or more. The training is meant to increase awareness about referral resources and how to access

them, and strengthen partnerships between various individuals or entities that might come in contact with those needing mental health care. It’s geared toward people in a wide array of fields, including educators, church groups, government policy makers, police, firefighters, family members or other community members. To attend or for more information, call Sharon Grady at 472-5073.

March 8, in Santa Rosa, in connection with an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to pay fines in a misdemeanor case charging him with possession of a controlled substance and littering. The man told police that in the earlier case he was charged with throwing a “sack of weed” out the window of a vehicle as he pulled up to a sobriety checkpoint, Police Chief Angelo Romo said. * * * Marsha Scout Gay, 67, of Santa Fe, was arrested on Saturday, March 9, in Santa Rosa, in connection with an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear in court on charges of driving while a license was suspended or revoked, failure to show proof of insurance, and speeding by 21 mph to 29 mph over the posted limit.

the front door was broken and the inside of the house was ransacked as an unknown suspect or suspects looked for items of value. The contents of a jewelry box and other items were taken, although grieving family members were unable to determine exactly what things were missing.

■ Criminal damage The Guadalupe County Health Council reported finding a window screen torn on Monday afternoon, March 11. Based on the location of the damage in the center of the screen, the damage appeared to be a form of vandalism and not necessarily a break-in attempt, police said.

■ Lost wallets Two men reported lost wallets over the past week: a Santa Rosa city employee who misplaced his wallet sometime after Friday morning, March 8, at City Hall, 244 South Fourth St; and a Tulsa, Okla., man who said he might have lost a wallet around lunchtime March 8 at the Silvermoon restaurant.

neutral ground roughly halfway between their two campuses. That means a 4 p.m. game on Thursday, April 4, at the ball yard near Park Lake in Santa Rosa. It’s a regular season varsity game, “and it should be a pretty good exhibition, too,” Santa Rosa Mayor Albert Campos Jr. said this week.

“It’s going to be good for the community to go out and watch, especially for the girls that are interested in fast-pitch,” Campos said. Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools has toyed with the idea of eventually adding fast-pitch softball to the high school’s athletics program, although the Board of Education has set aside the concept for the time being due.

Santa Rosa clean-up set for Earth Day The Communicator Santa Rosa residents will try to clean up their small piece of the planet during a city-sponsored Earth Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 20. Organizers are seeking volunteers from local businesses, schools and the community at large, asking that they wear bright colors and meet at 9 a.m. that morning at the City

Hall gymnasium. From there, teams will fan out to various parts of the community to clear litter and debris at various locations. Those who prefer to work closer at home are encouraged to consider cleaning their own yards or “areas around where you work and play,” a release states. For questions, call Becky Maes, Carolyn Baca or Shelly Eiland at City Hall, 472-3404.

Police Blotter The following reports are from Santa Rosa Police. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. ■ Suspended or revoked license Daniel R. Gonzales, 34, of Albuquerque, was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license on Saturday, March 9, on Historic Route 66 in Santa Rosa. According to a report, his vehicle was initially stopped for going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone, and then he could not produce a valid drivers license. A records check showed that he had a suspended or revoked license, with a clause calling for his arrest if he did not have an interlock device on the car. ■ Falsely obtaining services Police are investigating a possible felony case of falsely obtaining services on Thursday night, Feb. 21, at Love’s truck stop in Santa Rosa. A still-unidentified truck driver left a credit card as a deposit before pumping $997.67 worth of diesel fuel, and then left without retrieving the card, which was declined when clerks tried to charge the payment. ■ Gas-skip larceny The Allsup’s convenience store reported a gas-skip larceny in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 2, after a driver in a blue Jeep pumped $52.22 in gas and drove away without paying. It’s one of numerous cases reported in recent months at the store. ■ Warrants Jonathan Baker, 29, of Garita, N.M., was arrested on Friday,

■ Stolen tag A Texas motorist reported that the temporary registration tag had been taken off her vehicle on Saturday morning, March 9, at the Holiday Inn Express motel in Santa Rosa. ■ Residential burglary A burglary was reported at a home on Serrano Avenue on Feb. 28, about two weeks after the longtime resident had passed away in Albuquerque. The lock on

■ Dog bite A North Dakota man sustained a large tear to his right arm last week, when he was bitten by a German Shepherd at the Santa Rosa Campground. According to Police Chief Angelo Romo, the dog was restrained by a chain, tied outside a traveler’s RV, and the victim apparently did not notice that the chain was long enough for the dog to reach him as he went visiting other campers.

■ Suspended license Ricardo Pacheco, 31, of Santa Rosa, was issued a citation on Tuesday, March 5, charging him with operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license. ■ Accidents Greg Romero, 64, of Santa Rosa, was issued a citation charging him with careless driving March 1 on South Second Street, when his car reportedly veered

to the right and struck a parked vehicle. Damage to both vehicles was considered “slight,” a report states. * * * A California driver in a rented moving truck struck the canopy outside the Comfort Inn hotel on Monday night, causing heavy damage to the canopy. The driver was found at fault for “inattention,” an accident report states. * * * A Volvo truck with a Canadian driver was pulling out of a parking space Thursday, March 7, at TravelCenters of America when its trailer struck the driver’s side of a parked Kenworth rig, causing major damage. * * * * The following reports are from New Mexico State Police. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. ■ Battery upon a peace officer, resisting Christopher J. Espinosa, 51, was arrested and charged with battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer following a New Mexico State Police investigation into an alleged burglary attempt on Friday morning, March 8, in Santa Rosa. According to a statement of probable cause filed in Guadalupe County Magistrate Court, a woman showed up at the State Police office in Santa Rosa about 8:30 a.m. to report a burglary. She told officers she was asleep around 4 a.m. when a man she recognized as her neighbor came into her house without permission. She said she awakened to find him trying to open

a drawer next to her bed, saying he wanted prescription pills, the court records state. According to the report, the woman said she sat on the edge of her bed and told the man to get out, and then he shoved her and ran out of the residence. After taking the woman’s statement later that morning, officers went to the home to investigate, then to question Espinosa at a house next door. The officer wrote that when he was trying to read Espinosa his Miranda Warning, “he shoved me with both hands in the chest, pushing me back,” and after he and another officer used force to detain Espinosa, he allegedly grabbed the officer’s wrist in an attempt to keep from being handcuffed, the court records state. ■ Aggravated DUI Jose A. Chavez, 44, of Las Vegas, was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, and a turning violation, following a traffic stop by New Mexico State Police last Saturday night, March 9, on Historic Route 66 in Santa Rosa. According to a statement of probable cause filed in Guadalupe County Magistrate Court, an officer stopped the vehicle, a white Ford Mustang, over its turning movements and use of traffic signals, and the officer soon detected an odor of alcohol from the driver, who reportedly had bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. Based on the result of field sobriety tests, he was placed under arrested and, according to the court records, refused bloodalcohol level testing after being read the New Mexico Implied Consent advisory.


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Panel shoots down idea of voting by district By Bryant Furlow The Communicator A split Guadalupe County Commission has shot down a proposal that would have fundamentally changed the make-up of the panel by having members elected by regional districts instead of by voters county-wide. At a contentious special meeting in Vaughn last Thursday, Commissioner Vince Cordova called for the change, saying that the current system gives the Anton Chico Land Grant disproportionate power over county government. Cordova previously had filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Elections, asking for an investigation because many land grant heirs and

members live outside the county but are registered to vote in local elections. “There are more absentee voters outside the county who are voting in our elections than there are people voting in Vaughn,” Cordova told the audience in Vaughn. “That’s a fact. They negate your votes.” In theory, voting by district would give communities like Vaughn more of a voice in county government, Cordova said. He proposed combining some of the county’s voting precincts to create three voting districts -- one centered in Anton Chico (combining precincts 3 and 5), one combining Vaughn with parts of Santa Rosa (precincts 1 and 4) and one for the area south of Santa Rosa, including Puerto de

Luna, constituting the current precinct 2. “ It balances real nicely and gives people here a clear voice,” Cordova said. But his criticisms of the land grant were not well received by fellow commissioners, Chairman Alvin Maestas and Commissioner Ernest Steve Tapia. “The land grant has the right to vote just like everybody,” said Maestas, who is a land grant member. He questioned Cordova’s depiction of the land grant as “disenfranchising everybody.” “What he leaves out is they can register (to vote) in San Miguel County, too,” chimed in Tapia, referring to a land grant rule requiring members to register to vote in either

Guadalupe or San Miguel county. Maestas also objected to Cordova’s proposed precincts, noting that 600 of precinct 2’s 1,672 residents are actually prison inmates who cannot vote. “How can you justify (those) districts as equal?” he demanded. Voting laws are not based on the number of registered voters, but the number of residents identified in the federal census, Cordova countered. “I don’t care if they are illegals or prisoners – they all have to be counted,” Cordova said. “We should represent everybody, whether they vote or not.” Tapia said the proposal would allow Cordova, who lives in Puerto de Luna, to win elections with “only

300 votes.” Cordova dismissed the comment, saying, “Mr. Tapia doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Cordova made a formal motion to allow voting by district, but the other commissioners refused to second it to bring it up for a formal vote, effectively killing the proposal. “The census and everything – I have to look at that very carefully,” Maestas said after the vote. “I’m not going to make a rash decision.” Vaughn Mayor Paul Madrid told commissioners he supported the change to district voting. “Only two counties in New Mexico – Union and Guadalupe – vote countywide,” Madrid told commissioners. “It’s only fair,

if you’re going to represent a district, to be voted in by district, not at-large.” County attorney Jesus Lopez told commissioners that state law requires counties with populations exceeding 13,000 people to vote by districts, but that smaller counties have a choice in the matter. He cautioned that changing to a district-by-district voting system could prove costly, because the county would have to redraw district boundaries after each federal census (which are conducted every 10 years). “We’d have to hire a firm to deal with the demographics,” Lopez said. “Oh, my God – it’s so specialized, so technical. You have to make the districts equal. There are formulas.”

Board begins its work, but first report might be moot By Bryant Furlow The Communicator A new three-member board met behind closed doors Tuesday and Wednesday to carefully review Guadalupe County voter registration lists for inactive voters whose names should be purged from the rolls. But thanks to past mistakes in Santa Fe, their efforts probably were in vain. The county’s newlyappointed Board of Registration met to produce a report listing inactive voters (those who have not voted in two consecutive four-year election cycles), and it will be sent to the

state Bureau of Elections in May, Deputy County Clerk Adam Gallegos confirmed. In all likelihood, however, the names listed in that report – and in reports assembled by the state’s other county boards of registration -- will not be purged any time soon. That is because former Secretary of State Mary Herrera’s office failed to mail out status confirmation (notices of possible removal) letters to voters believed to be inactive in 2007 and 2009, as required under the U.S. National Voter Registration Act. Once notices of possible removal have been sent

out, voters have another two years to vote in an election to establish their active status. Secretary of State Dianna Duran sent out the required confirmation-of-voter-registration postcards in February, which means that registration purges cannot occur before 2015. Nevertheless, state law requires that a board of registration be appointed and meet every two years. So at a hearing in Vaughn last Thursday, the Guadalupe County Commission dutifully appointed a board consisting of two Republicans, Amy Luna Lucero of Vaughn and Alfredo Flores of Puerto de

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Luna, and one Democrat, Nadine Lucero of Anton Chico. Normally, the trio’s findings would result in purges. But not this time around, thanks to the state’s failure to send out those letters in 2007 and 2009. Further confusing matters, a typo resulted in Secretary Duran’s office sending out registration confirmation cards this year that instructed recipients to respond “no later than Oct. 9, 2012.” Voter registration is permanent in New Mexico. Voters need re-register to vote only if they have moved, changed their name or party affiliation, Date: From: To: Re:

or if they have not voted in the past two four-year election cycles, according to the N.M. Secretary of State website. Voters who have moved but intend to return to their precinct may remain registered so long as they vote (in person or by absentee ballot) at some point during two consecutive election cycles. The board met in a “closed setting” at the county courthouse, Gallegos confirmed. “Statute doesn’t really say anything about whether or not (board meetings) are open to the public,” he said. “The public has never shown an interest.”

Some inactive “voters” are really duplicate registrations for a single person, Gallegos noted. “People don’t realize they’ve already registered,” Gallegos said. “At the DMV, they’re asked if they want to register, and they think ‘oh, I didn’t vote in the last election – I need to register again.’” If their name is slightly different – say, Joe instead of Joseph – or a number is transposed when their address is typed into the computer, then that person will have two voter registrations until the problem is identified and one of the registrations is purged, Gallegos said.

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to the Road Department and unspecified legal matters. County Manager Michael Romero and County Attorney Jesus Lopez joined the three commissioners in the closed session. Participants reached by The Communicator would not say exactly what business was discussed in the executive session. However, Cordova described

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half the size of the current campus. Although the high school’s enrollment is projected to grow 20 percent in the next five years, that coincides with a nearly equal drop in projected enrollment at the middle school, according to figures in a draft report by consultant William S. DeJong of the firm Dejong-Richter. District wide, the report projects enrollment to de-

Vaughn leaders want local control on police Continued from page 1 commissioners. Commissioners at times seemed nonplussed by the reaction. “We are trying to provide a solution to your problem out here,” Commission Chairman Alvin Maestas said. “We need something that is comfortable for everybody. We need to work together.” Mayor Madrid was quick to express appreciation for help from the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department and New Mexico State Police, who have continued to answer calls in Vaughn since the departure of the town’s last police officer last month. But Vaughn already has started advertising to hire a replacement officer, one that Madrid said will put the town’s needs first and not have to contend with

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a heated exchange that he characterized as an “assault.” Cordova would not say what commissioners were discussing, but he claimed that at one point “Commissioner Tapia jumped out of his seat, clenched his fist and threatened me with violence.” Cordova said he could not remember precisely what words were used. “I can’t remember if it was, ‘I’m going to kick the (expletive) out of you,’ or ‘kick your (expletive),’” Cordova said. Either way, Cordova said he took it as a physical threat and not mere political banter.

“I do not expect as a county commissioner to ever go into any meetings to be threatened with physical violence. That’s just not the way it’s going to happen,” Cordova said. “The real issue for me is, we are elected officials. We’re expected to have debates. We’re expected to have differences of opinion, but there’s a process we need to be able to follow,” Cordova said. “We can’t go into those meetings and expect to be threatened. I will not be intimidated by physical threats.” Reached by telephone Wednesday morning, Tapia told a reporter he was busy

and unavailable to comment. Commission Chairman Alvin Maestas, who was present in the closed session, declined to comment on Cordova’s report to State Police. “I’m not going to discuss anything that happens in executive session,” Maestas said. “It was an executive session. Usually when you’re in executive session, it has to stay in executive session.” County Manager Michael Romero also declined to comment, deferring to County Attorney Jesus Lopez, who did not immediately return a phone call

seeking comment. Cordova said he wanted to document the alleged incident with State Police but did not see a need for it to be prosecuted as a crime. However, a decision on whether or not to pursue charges is not up to him. New Mexico State Police Sgt. Herbert Hinders confirmed on Wednesday that an officer had received Cordova’s statement and had begun an investigation to determine whether or not there was probable cause showing that any crime had occurred. Hinders would not comment on specifics of the case, citing the ongoing investigation, but

stressed that people who file complaints do not get to decide whether or not to prosecute. “They’re not pressing the charges, we are,” Hinders said. “If you don’t want charges pressed, don’t report it. We’re not in the business to just document everybody’s personal lives. We’re in the business of law enforcement. If we investigate and have probable cause to believe that a crime did occur, we will file charges.” He said it was premature to make any determination in the commissioner case, saying the follow-up investigation was ongoing.

crease slightly or remain flat -- from 637 total students this year to 601 by the year 2022-2023. In that context, it’s hard for the district to justify costly renovations of the over-sized high school campus, especially with the aging Santa Rosa Elementary School to need an expensive renovation in the near future. And so district officials will begin a formal “community dialogue” about an update to the five-year School Facility Master Plan at a pair of meetings next week: from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19; and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on

Thursday, March 21. Both meetings are at the Santa Rosa High School auditorium. District officials are asking parents and other concerned citizens to attend both meetings, since they will cover different topics. A special steering committee of community leaders will meet on Monday, March 18, and there will be an additional planning session on Wednesday, March 20. Hern said the realignment issue is motivated by the cost of maintenance and operations, projected to be $5 to $7 per square foot. “Our budget is not growing. It’s shrinking,” he said, and if the district

doesn’t do something to cut down on maintenance, heating, utilities and other costs, “We’re going to be in a world of hurt.” A consultant estimated the district could save $700,000 to $1 million per year by consolidating the middle school and high school campuses, shifting grades one through six to the current middle school campus on U.S. 54, and closing the elementary school campus now located on south Fifth Street. Hern acknowledged that such a shift would require students who now walk to the neighborhood elementary school to be transported by car or school bus

to the newer campus across the river on the east side of town. Despite transportation concerns, he said, “To me, I’d much rather have my kiddos in a nicer facility... even if I had to transport my kid another mile and a half.” No decisions are final. Santa Rosa High School Principal Richard Perea stressed that the “community dialogue” is just beginning. The School Facility Master Plan is meant to address the needs of the district for the next five to 10 years. “The steering committee and Public School Facilities Authority

and community dialogue will assess and come up with a recommendation,” he said. The final decision will be left to the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools Board of Education, and then the district could go forward discussing more specific funding options with the state funding authority, which will have representatives at next week’s meetings in Santa Rosa. Since the realignment option would not only change the schools but reshape entire neighborhoods within the community, “It ought to promote some interesting conversation,” Hern said.

competing responsibilities. When Commissioner Ernest Steve Tapia said the county could “guarantee” that a deputy would work out of Vaughn, Madrid shot back: “But if they need that officer in Anton Chico, they’re going to send him over there.” Sheriff Michael R. Lucero told commissioners he has only four full-time deputies to cover the entire county, but that nevertheless, they regularly respond to calls from Vaughn. “I’ve never neglected this part of the county,” Sheriff Lucero said. “Never have, never will. But we’re short-handed.” Mayor Madrid readily acknowledged the troubles of the now-unmanned Vaughn Police Department, which has made headlines over the past year. “You’re all aware of the problems we’ve had,” he said. Former police chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo, who is still a member of the Town Council but did not

attend the meeting, faces criminal charges of embezzlement and receiving stolen property stemming from his alleged private sale of a Vaughn Police Department AR-15 rifle in January 2012. Another former officer, Robert Montoya, has filed a lawsuit against the town charging wrongful termination. And last month, Vaughn’s only remaining police officer, Brian Bernal, abruptly resigned and left town after learning he would not be allowed to attend the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and would therefore be unable to obtain the law enforcement certification. Without certification, officers can work for a police department for no more than one year. But once officers do become certified, they frequently leave small towns like Vaughn for better-paying work elsewhere, Madrid said. “We keep losing ‘em and we keep hiring ‘em,”

Madrid told commissioners. “You can provide as much help as you want – we will take it. But we want a police officer under our control.” “You have control of nobody right now,” Commissioner Tapia retorted. Instead of agreeing to turn over the town’s law enforcement funds to the county, Mayor Madrid offered commissioners a counter-proposal. “Right now we can only afford to hire one police officer,” he said. “I’d like to propose we hire one and you put one in here. If you supply one and I supply one, we’ll have two.”

Commissioner Tapia asked him if the town would help pay for the second officer. Madrid shook his head. “Commissioner, we’re asking for your help,” he said. Commissioner Vince Cordova said it was “crazy” to have multiple law enforcement agencies operating in a town as small as Vaughn. “I want us moving closer together to manage public safety,” Commissioner Vince Cordova said. “Vaughn cannot continue to do the same thing it’s been doing. You keep losing officers over and over.

I don’t want to take complete control. You’re paying taxes and we should provide you a service.” At the end of the contentious meeting, officials found a glimmer of hope for cooperation. Cordova suggested that town and county officials discuss developing a “joint powers agreement,” or JPA, that would allow shared decision-making about coordinating law enforcement in Vaughn. “I’m not going to release law enforcement money to the county,” Mayor Madrid said before a brief pause. “But I would consider a JPA.”

Legal notice FIrSt notICE of ELECtIon Notice of Supervisor Election for the Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District (73-20-49 NMSA 1978). To all registered voters situated within the Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District, counties of Guadalupe and San Miguel, State of New Mexico. Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, between the hours of 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. polls will be open to elect two supervisors of the Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District, in accordance with the New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation District Act. Polling locations will be:

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1. NRCS Office, 586 South 9th Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico 2. Anton Chico Community Center, Anton Chico, New Mexico 3. Community Center, 8th Street, Vaughn, New Mexico The positions to be filled are Position # 3 currently being filled by alfredo Flores, and Position # 4 currently being filled by Charlie Serrano. Positions 3 and 4 may only be filled by resident owners of land within the district. Declarations of candidacy may be obtained beginning March 1, 2013 until March 19, 2013 at 586 South 9th Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, weekdays between the hours of 7A.M. and 5 P.M. Declarations of candidacy must be filed at the above address on March 19, 2013 between

the hours of 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. Write in candidates must file declarations of candidacy on March 26, 2013 at the above address between the hours of 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. Eligible voters within the district shall obtain and cast their ballots at the polling place on the day of the election; OR Eligible voters who will be absent on the day of the referendum may request an absentee ballot application by mail, by phone, and in person. Absentee ballot applications will be available between April 7, 2013 and April 17, 2013 between the hours of 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. at: NRCS Office, C/O Pearl Maestas, Election Superi n t e n d e n t , 5 8 6 South 9 th Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico. To request an absentee ballot

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Dorothy L. Zamora, 1927-2013 Former Guadalupe County resident Dorothy L. Zamora passed away o n We d n e s day, March 6, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque following an illness. She was age 86. She was born in El Valle, N.M., to the home of Miguel and Francisca (Benavidez) Lopez. She

grew up in Newkirk. On Feb. 11, 1946, she married Napoleon Zamora in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Santa Rosa, where she worked at Teeters Department Store, La Fiesta Café and assisted her husband at the City Food Market, which they owned and operated for

many years. In 1974, the couple moved to Albuquerque, where she had made her home ever since. Mrs. Zamora loved to read and embroider, and she took care of many children for many years. She was a parishioner at Church of the Risen Savior in Albuquerque. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Napoleon, brothers and sisters Mary Gon-

zalez, Aurora Elevario, Florencia Lopez, Adela Sena, Hilario Lopez, Benigno Lopez, Heculano Lopez, Santos Lopez, Frank Lopez and Miguel Lopez. Survivors include: her children, Corinne Barnhill and husband George of Brandon, Miss., and Rolando Zamora of Albuquerque; her grandchildren, Steven Madrid and wife Stachia and Andrea Madrid; great-grand-

Nicacio ‘Nick’ Cordova, 1964-2013 Guadalupe County native Nicacio “Nick“ Cordova Jr. of Clovis and formerly of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on Sunday, March 10, at Texas Specialty Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, following an extended illness. He was age 48. He was born Nov. 25, 1964, in Anton Chico to the home of Nicacio Sr. and Teresa (Jaramillo) Cordova. He grew up and attended school in Anton Chico and Santa Rosa, where he graduated in 1981. Mr. Cordova made his home in Amarillo, Texas, where he married Irene Banegas on July 15, 1984. He worked as a loader operator in Amarillo for Affiliated

Foods, I.B.P., Tyson, and Hi-Pro feeds. He was a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Amarillo. He and his wife made their home in Clovis in 2010. Those who knew him said he was a family man and enjoyed the time he spent with his wife and children. He spent his after hours and weekends attending their sporting events and activities. He enjoyed attending family events, loved the outdoors, farm life, ranching, horses, gathering firewood with his family and cutting and selling Christmas Trees. Mr. Cordova was preceded in death by his father,

Nicacio Cordova Sr., sister Anabelle Cordova, his paternal grandparents, Fidel and Aurelia Cordova, and his maternal grandparents, Ramon and Felicita Jaramillo. Survivors include: his wife, Irene Cordova, of Clovis; two daughters, Veronica Lopez and husband Matt of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Venessa Gamboa of Amarillo, Texas; a son, Nick Cordova of Amarillo, Texas; his mother, Teresa Cordova of Clovis; four brothers, Anthony Cordova, Ramon Cordova, John and wife Arena Cordova, all of Anton Chico, and Hector Cordova of Santa Fe; three sisters, Christine and husband Gene Sena of

Clovis, Teresa Martinez and husband Jose of Inglewood, Calif., and Esther Mata and Greg Romero of Santa Rosa. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Aaron, Julia, Hannah, and Lucas Lopez, all of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Steven, Isaiah, and Joshua Gamboa of Amarillo, Texas; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, co-workers and friends. A funeral Mass will be held at a future date in Anton Chico, with details pending. Arrangement are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner. To place an online tribute, see: www. chavezfuneralhome.com.

children Alyssa Madrid and Jaden Madrid. Also surviving are: her sister, Dolores Chacon of Santa Rosa, and her brother Jose D. Lopez of Las Vegas, N.M., along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends. Rosary services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Santa Rosa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated

immediately after the Rosary, with Father Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Albert Elevario, Robert Lopez, Matthew Lopez, Patrick Gonzalez, Adolph Sena and Andrew Zamora. Services are by Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa. To place an online tribute, see: www.chavezfuneralhome.com.

Dulcinea Gutierrez, 1944-2013 Dilia native Dulcinea Gutierrez passed away last Thursday, March 7, in Amarillo. She was age 69. She was born on Feb. 22, 1944, in Dilia to the home of Cosme and Rose Sandoval. Ms. Gutierrez had been a Home Health Care giver. She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Parish in Tucumcari. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gutierrez, in 1995. She is survived by her children: Steve Gutierrez and wife Amy of Tucumcari; George Gutierrez and companion Felicia of Tucum-

cari; Christy Corcoran and husband Tim of Detroit, Mich.; and Donna Bobbitt and husband Chester of San Jon. She also is survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; her siblings, Basilio Sandoval, Manuel Sandoval, Erlinda Montano, and David Sandoval. Holy Rosary was prayed Monday from St. Anne’s Church. Mass of the Resurrections was offered Tuesday, also from St. Anne’s. Cremation took place after the funeral Mass. Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Legal notice Partner, et al., StatE oF nEW MEXICo

Defendants.

CountY oF QuaY tEntH JuDICIaL DIStrICt AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE raBo aGrIFInanCE, InC., Successor in Interest to Farm Credit Bank of texas, Plaintiff, v. No. D-1010-CV-2007-00111 TERRA XXI, LTD., a Texas Limited Liability Partnership, composed of Veigel Cattle Company, as General

WHErEaS, a Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure of Mortgage was rendered in the District Court of Quay County, New Mexico on February 1, 2010 for the Plaintiff in Cause No. D-1010CV-2007-00111 wherein Rabo Agrifinance, Inc., Successor in Interest to Farm Credit Bank of Texas, was Plaintiff and Terra XXI, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, composed of Vei-

gel Cattle Company, as General Partner, Robert Wayne Veigel a/k/a Bob W. Veigel, Ella Marie Williams Veigel a/k/a Ella Marie Veigel, Veigel Cattle Company, a Texas Corporation, Veigel Farm Partners, a Texas General Partnership d/b/a Veigel Partners, Bob Veigel, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Steve Veigel, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Veigel - Kirk, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Vicki Veigel, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Veigel Farms, Inc., a Texas Corporation, Terra Partners, a Texas General Partnership, Burnett & Veigel, Inc., a Texas Corporation, as General Partner of Terra Partnership, a Texas General Partnership,

and All Unknown Claimants of Interest in the Premises Adverse to the Plaintiff, were Defendants, foreclosing a Mortgage of record in Quay County, New Mexico, upon the following described real estate situate in said county, to-wit: Township 6 North, Range 29 East, NMPM Section 19: 1/4

NE

Township 7 North, Range 27 East, NMPM Section 3: Lots 1, 2, S 2 NE 1/4 (NE 1/4) Section 5: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4,

S 2 N 2 (N 2), SE 1/4 Section 6: S 2 NE 1/4, Lot 1 (NE 1/4 NE 1/4), SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 7: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, E 2 W 2, E 2 (All) Section 8: N 2 Section17: SW 1/4 Section 18: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, E 2 W 2 (W 2), SE 1/4 Section 19: Lots 1, 2, E 2 NW 1/4, NE 1/4 (N 2) Section 20: NW 1/4 Section 27: SE 1/4 Section 34: NE 1/4 Township 8 North, Range 27 East, NMPM Section 28: Section 29:

S2 SE

1/4 Section 32: SW 1/4 Section 33: Section 34: 2, SE 1/4

E 2, E2 W

and also foreclosing a Mortgage of record in Guadalupe County, New Mexico, upon the following described real estate situate in said county, to-wit:

1 and 2, NE 1/4, N 2 SE 1/4 Section 23: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, N 2, N2S2 Section 24: All Section 25: W 2 Section 26: All

to the highest bidder for cash, all the above-described real estate, in the manner prescribed in said decree, subject to unpaid ad valorem taxes, if any. That the amount due Plaintiff, Rabo Agrifinance, Inc., at the date of sale, including principal, interest, special master’s fee and costs, except the cost of publication, which will be added, is $3,758,827.97. DatED this 20th day of February, 2013.

Lots

WHErEaS, the undersigned was appointed Special Master by the Court to make said sale. noW tHErEForE, by virtue of the power vested in me by law, decree and order of sale, I, the undersigned, will on the 26th day of March, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the front door of the Quay County Courthouse in Tucumcari, New Mexico aforesaid, offer for sale and sell at public auction

and time as the Special Master may specify. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this sale may be subject to a bankruptcy filing, a pay off, a reinstatement or any other condition that would cause the cancellation of this sale. Further, if any of these conditions exist, at the time of sale, this sale will be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Special Master and the mortgagee giving this notice shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damages. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the real property and improvements concerned with

herein will be sold subject to any and all patent reservations, easements, all recorded and unrecorded liens not foreclosed herein, and all recorded and unrecorded special assessments and taxes that may be due. Plaintiff and its attorneys disclaim all responsibility for, and the purchaser at the sale takes the property subject to, the valuation of the property by the County Assessor as real or personal property, afficture of any mobile or manufactured home to the land, deactivation of title to a mobile or manufactured home on the property, if any, environmental contamination on the property, if any,

and zoning violations concerning the property, if any. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the purchaser at such sale shall take title to the abovedescribed real property subject to rights of redemption. Jeffrey Lake Special Master Southwest Support Group 20 First Plaza NW, Suite #20 Albuquerque, NM 87102 NM11-01527_FC01

make written or oral comment pursuant to 1.2.2.23(F) NMAC without becoming an intervenor. All such comments shall not be considered as evidence in this case. Written comments, which shall reference NMPRC Case No. 13-00006-UT, also may be sent to the Commission at the following address: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission P.E.R.A. Building 1120 Paseo de Peralta P.O. Box 1269 Santa Fe, NM 875041269 Telephone: 1-888-4275772 Any interested person may examine the Petition and all other pleadings, testimony, exhibits and other documents filed in the public record for this case at the Commission’s address set out above. The filing and service of pleadings and other documents in this case are subject to applicable Commission rules

(see e.g., 1.2.2.10 and 1.2.2.25(H) NMAC) and pertinent rulings in this case, except that service of discovery requests and responses shall be via e-mail unless otherwise agreed or ordered. Likewise, unless otherwise agreed or ordered, exhibits to discovery responses shall be served electronically at the same time as such responses. Anyone filing pleadings, testimony and other documents in this case may file either in person at the Commission’s docketing office in the P.E.R.A. Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico, or by mail to the Commission’s address at P.O. Box 1269, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-1269, and shall serve copies thereof on all parties of record and Staff in the manner specified on the Certificate of Service for this case. All filings shall be e-mailed on the date they are filed with the Commission. Filings shall also be e-mailed to

the Hearing Examiner at Anthony.Medeiros@ state.nm.us. All documents e-mailed to the Hearing Examiner shall include Word files if created in that format. Interested persons should contact the Commission for confirmation of the hearing date, time, and place since hearings are occasionally rescheduled. Any person with a disability requiring special assistance in order to participate in this proceeding should contact the Commission at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the hearing. ISSuED at Santa Fe, New Mexico this 6th day of March 2013. NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION

Township 7 North, Range 26 East, NMPM Section 1: E 2 SE 1/4 Section 12: E 2, E 2 NW 1/4 Section 13: NE 1/4, SE 1/4 Section 14: W2 SE 1/4 Section 22:

__________________ Antoinette L. Linder Special Master Published in the Guadalupe County Communicator February 28 and March 7, 14, and 21, 2013.

Legal notice STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF GUADALUPE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT No. D-424-CV-2012-00067 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC, Plaintiff, v. BIVIANA DIAZ AKA BIBIANA DIAZ, ANTONIO DIAZ, AVCO FINANCIAL

SERVICES, ADVANTA FINANCE CORP., THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BIVIANA DIAZ AKA BIBIANA DIAZ, IF ANY AND THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ANTONIO DIAZ, IF ANY, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Special Master will on March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM, outside the front entrance of the County Courthouse 420 Parker Ave. Santa Rosa, NM, sell and convey to the highest bidder for cash all the right,

title, and interest of the above-named defendants in and to the following described real estate located in said County and State: The easterly ten (10) feet of the west one-half (1/2) of Lots Seventeen (17) and eighteen (18), and all of Lots Nineteen (19) through Twenty-four (24), inclusive, Block One Hundred Twentynine (129) of the Original Townsite of Santa Rosa, Guadalupe county, New Mexico. The address of the real property is 385 Mesa Ave, Santa Rosa, NM 88435. Plaintiff does not represent or warrant that the stated street address

is the street address of the described property; if the street address does not match the legal description, then the property being sold herein is the property more particularly described above, not the property located at the street address; any prospective purchaser at the sale is given notice that it should verify the location and address of the property being sold. Said sale will be made pursuant to the judgment entered on January 11, 2013 in the above entitled and numbered cause, which was a suit to foreclose a mortgage held by the above Plaintiff and wherein Plaintiff was adjudged to have a lien

against the above-described real estate in the sum of $53,812.76 plus interest from January 11, 2013 to the date of sale at the rate of 7.000% per annum, the costs of sale, including the Special Master’s fee, publication costs, and Plaintiff’s costs expended for taxes, insurance, and keeping the property in good repair. Plaintiff has the right to bid at such sale and submit its bid verbally or in writing. The Plaintiff may apply all or any part of its judgment to the purchase price in lieu of cash. At the date and time stated above, the Special Master may postpone the sale to such later date

Published in the Guadalupe County Communicator February 21, 28, and March 7 & 14, 2013.

Legal notice BEFORE THE NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF NEXUS COMMUNICATIONS, INC. FOR DESIGNATION AS AN ELIGIBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF PROVIDING LIFELINE SERVICE IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO Case No. 13-00006-UT NOTICE OF pROCEeDinG notICE is hereby given of the following matters pertaining to the abovecaptioned case pending before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (“Commission” or “NMPRC”): On January 8, 2013, Nex-

us Communications, Inc. (“Nexus”) filed with the Commission a Petition for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (“Petition”). The Petition was filed pursuant to Section 214(e)(2) of the federal Communications Act of 1934 as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and 17.11.10.24 NMAC. The Petition requests that the Commission approve the designation of Nexus as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (“ETC”) for the limited purposes of participation in the federal Universal Service Fund (“USF”) Lifeline program as a prepaid wireless carrier. Nexus, as a reseller, seeks certification to operate as an ETC in the geographic area where its underlying carrier, Verizon Wireless, provides coverage throughout New Mexico. Nexus is not requesting ETC designation in this case to offer services

supported by the federal high-cost program; nor is it seeking ETC designation in this case to request support from the New Mexico State Rural Universal Service Fund (“SRUSF”) administrator for reimbursement of Lifeline services under the SRUSF. On January 30, 2013, the Commission issued an Order initiating this proceeding to consider Nexus’ Petition. On February 1, 2013, the Commission issued an Order designating the undersigned to preside over this proceeding. Further information regarding this case can be obtained by contacting the Commission at the addresses and telephone numbers provided below. The Commis-sion has assigned Case No. 13-00006-UT to this proceeding and all inquires or written comments concerning this matter should refer to that case. By Order issued in this

case on March 6, 2013, the Hearing Examiner has established the following procedural schedule and requirements for this case: Any person desiring to intervene to become a party (“intervenor”) to this case must file a motion for leave to intervene in conformity with NMPRC Rules of Procedure 1.2.2.23(A) and 1.2.2.23(B) NMAC on or before April 12, 2013. On or before April 22, 2013, Nexus shall file direct testimony in support of its Petition. Any intervenor testimony shall be filed on or before May 14, 2013. Telecommunications Bureau Staff of the Commission’s Utility Division (“Staff”) shall file direct testimony on or before June 6, 2013. Any rebuttal testimony shall be filed on or before June 25, 2013. A public hearing in this case shall be held on July 9, 2013 commencing at

9:30 a.m. MDT, and continue as necessary until completed at the Commission’s offices in the P.E.R.A. Building, 1120 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, for the purpose of hearing and receiving testimony, exhibits, arguments and any other appropriate matters relevant to this proceeding. The procedural dates and requirements of this case are subject to further order of the Commission or Hearing Examiner. The Commission’s Rules of Procedure, 1.2.2 NMAC et seq., shall apply to this case except as modified by order of the Commission or Hearing Examiner. A copy of such Rules may be obtained from the offices of the Commission and are available at the official NMAC website, http:// www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/ nmac/. Any interested person may appear at the time and place of hearing and

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Legal notice LEGAL NOTICE GUADALUPE COUNTY HONORABLE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING MARCH 21, 2013 The Board of County Commissioners does hereby give notice as per Open Meeting Resolution #01-2013-02 that a Regular Monthly Meeting will be held on March

21, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.at the Guadalupe County Courthouse, second floor, located at 130 S. 4th St., Santa Rosa, NM 88435. A copy of the meeting agenda may be obtained 24 hours prior to the meeting at the County Clerk’s Office, Guadalupe County Courthouse, Santa Rosa, New Mexico, during regular business hours (505) 472-3791. If you are an individual

with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing or meeting, please contact the Guadalupe County Clerk’s Office, 1448 Historic Route 66; Suite 1, Santa Rosa, NM 88435 (575) 472-3791 at least one week prior to the meeting or as soon as possible. Public documents, in-

cluding the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. Please contact the County Clerk’s Office if a summary or other type of accessible format is needed. The meeting is open to the public. Published in the Guadalupe County Communicator on March 14, 2013.

Legal notice Legal Notice The Guadalupe County Democratic Party will meet April 3, 2013at 5:30 p.m. at the Guadalupe County Courthouse, second floor, located

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STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF GUADALUPE FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT No. D-424-CV-2012-0089 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, v. CHRISTINE S. ROMERO AND THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF CHRISTINE S. ROMERO, IF ANY, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Special Master will on March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM, outside the front entrance of the County Courthouse 420 Parker Ave. Santa Rosa, NM, sell and convey to the highest bidder for cash all the right, title, and interest of the above-named defendants in and to the following described real estate located in said County and State: The Southerly fifty-five (55) feet of Lot Twentynine (29), Block Ten

(10), Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico, according to the second Amended map thereof filed in the office of the County Clerk, Guadalupe County, New Mexico. The address of the real property is 50 Greig Ave, Santa Rosa, NM 88435. Plaintiff does not represent or warrant that the stated street address is the street address of the described property; if the street address does not match the legal description, then the property being sold herein is the property more particularly described above, not the property located at the street address; any prospective purchaser at the sale is given notice that it should verify the location and address of the property being sold. Said sale will be made pursuant to the judgment entered on January 4, 2013 in the above entitled and numbered cause, which was a suit to foreclose a mortgage held by the above Plaintiff and wherein Plaintiff was adjudged to have a lien against the abovedescribed real estate in the sum of $71,808.17 plus interest from December 19, 2012 to the date of sale at the rate of

6.750% per annum, the costs of sale, including the Special Master’s fee, publication costs, and Plaintiff’s costs expended for taxes, insurance, and keeping the property in good repair. Plaintiff has the right to bid at such sale and submit its bid verbally or in writing. The Plaintiff may apply all or any part of its judgment to the purchase price in lieu of cash. At the date and time stated above, the Special Master may postpone the sale to such later date and time as the Special Master may specify. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that this sale may be subject to a bankruptcy filing, a pay off, a reinstatement or any other condition that would cause the cancellation of this sale. Further, if any of these conditions exist, at the time of sale, this sale will be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Special Master and the mortgagee giving this notice shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damages. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the real property and improvements concerned with herein will be sold subject to any and all patent reservations, easements, all

recorded and unrecorded liens not foreclosed herein, and all recorded and unrecorded special assessments and taxes that may be due. Plaintiff and its attorneys disclaim all responsibility for, and the purchaser at the sale takes the property subject to, the valuation of the property by the County Assessor as real or personal property, affixture of any mobile or manufactured home to the land, deactivation of title to a mobile or manufactured home on the property, if any, environmental contamination on the property, if any, and zoning violations concerning the property, if any. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the purchaser at such sale shall take title to the abovedescribed real property subject to rights of redemption. Jeffrey Lake Special Master Southwest Support Group 20 First Plaza NW, Suite #20 Albuquerque, NM 87102 NM00-01971_FC02 Published in the Guadalupe County Communicator February 21, 28, and March 7 & 14, 2013.

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Pope pick lets all of us pontificate - but why? By Davy Delgado The Communicator Have you heard the news? We have a new pope. I’m pretty astonished by reactions to the subject as a whole, from everyday people to the media in general. To many (not most) of the Roman Catholics that I know, the selection of a new pope is not very different from electing (or selecting) a New Mexico governor or a U.S. president. While what popes and presidents do and say does invariably impact many lives, many of us here are as far removed as we could be from the pope, bishops and cardinals. Many of us grew up in homes where it was wrong to criticize the pope – or anyone else for that matter. It was particularly wrong to criticize priests, nuns, teachers, et al. “Don’t wonder or worry about what anyone else does,” we used to hear. “Just do what you’re supposed to do.” But many of us Santa Rosanos went to a parochial school, where we studied the lives of saints and the ministry of Jesus Christ. How could the Roman Catholic Church in

Rome be swimming in so much wealth while millions or billions of people are in need of the most basic things like food, clothing, and shelter? I think the best answer I heard to that question was, “Well, the mother church has to appear as a well-todo world organization so that everyday and well-todo people will contribute to it.” (And of course the church serves humankind throughout the world.) But I sometimes wonder how Christ would react if He were to return to earth and observe life in the Vatican. Would He approve of it? My sentiments on these types of things extend to famous NFL quarterback Tim Tebow (and others) occasionally “pointing” up to the open sky as if expressing thanks for having received special favoritism from the heavens to accomplish a game-winning pass or running touchdown – perhaps at the expense of an even more spirituallydevout defensive back who might have even been cut after giving up a key touchdown. I don’t recall ever learning that God favored anybody, except maybe in time of war; it’s all relative.

Well, maybe I’d better take that back. I got to hear some of the most awesome soothing sounds at a little gathering early Monday evening. It was like the top disk jockeys ever had assembled in heaven and were sharing the “music of the spheres” at the expense of those without a sense of true musical taste. But alas, for the next few days it looks like I’ll again be subject to the worst sounds that humans have to endure – highway and in-city travel – as Lion fans scramble to get to that godless sports arena in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Someday it will be the center of the greater Albuquerque area, but it certainly isn’t that now. I thought it was interesting on Tuesday when the post-noon TV news and views found people complaining (or whatever) about the mayor of New York proposing a ban on large sugary drinks in an effort to curb obesity. The ordinance (put on hold by a judge) would make it illegal for food service establishments to serve sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. While the idea is patently ridiculous (I would suppose that anyone could

then buy not one 16-ounce drink but a whole case of 12 oz. products), it just might ring a bell in our ears and remind us to at least cut back on “sodas” for our own good. Mayor Michael Bloomberg argues that the proposal is not a governmental prescription, but rather a public awareness campaign. In Bloomberg’s words: “It’s purely education. It forces you to see the difference, in the case of the two different sized cups…” That’s all that various (or certain) religious lessons are. We were taught that the purpose of life is to live in fellowship with the Lord, that the Bible is a plan for the salvation of humankind. I am always amazed by the great affection that so many Santa Rosanos have for the Lenten season. I admire their seeing and experiencing it as only a positive, strengthening, and loving spiritual experience. They want to grow in their love of God and their neighbors, and constantly seek a clearer vision of the Risen Christ come Easter. While fasting and abstinence is the practice of giving strength to spiritual (and thus, physical) life, and abstinence makes the

heart grow fonder, fasting (I have read) prompts the release of brain tissue (in minute quantities of course) that spur desirable qualities such as creativity and intelligent thinking and decision-making. When prayer is practically forced upon us, we in a sense naturally rebel. Yet, when we are alone, we can find great solace in prayer. I never prayed more in my life than in the weeks before I experienced a mild but potentially deadly or incredibly destructive stroke in early August 2007. The same power of prayer prevailed when I returned home 16 days later. The churches in our community were built to provide us with the opportunity of daily study and reading of the Holy Writ, as one Gregory McMannes writes. “There’s solace, insight, encouragement, grace and a whole lot more in scrip-

ture,” and that can’t be said about any other book in our libraries. I often wonder how the Bible, written so many, many centuries ago, in languages that should have been so “foreign” to so many of its translators, can still ring so true in English and Spanish with the same incredible and lyrical beauty. We read about how it was written in three languages: Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament; Aramaic, the “common language” of the Near East until the 6th century B.C. to 4th century B.C.; and Greek, the New Testament language that was international at the time of Christ. Then there was that even more soothing and inspirational interpretation of those sacred words by Father Thomas during Tia Ramona Gutierrez’s funeral Mass last Saturday at St. Rose’s…

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Don’t look now, but here comes a punctuation power grab! By Jim Belshaw The Communicator “Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.” -- Elmore Leonard, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle,” New York Times, July 16, 2001 Have you ever in the course of everyday conversation used the phrase “power grab?” You know, something like this: “Ever since that kid turned 13, it’s been one power grab after another in this house. Who does he think pays the bills around here anyway?” Ever said anything like that? I didn’t think so. Me, neither. It’s just not something that comes to mind, unless you’re writing on the Internet, in which case there is some kind of natu-

I worry about words that don’t mean anything anymore. Words like “power grab.” Of all the complaints I might have about Michelle Obama handing out an Oscar, “power grab” doesn’t make the cut. We’ve known for a long Belshaw time that words don’t mean ral law requiring you to what they used to mean, words such as “hate,” overstate. For instance, a conser- which used to mean, well, vative blogger recently hate. Now it means you wrote of an “unprece- might disagree with me. Don’t care for John Mcdented power grab.” Then Rush Limbaugh agreed, Cain? Why do you hate John McCain? which made it official. Don’t care for Joe What deed merited not only “power grab” but Biden? Why do you hate “unprecedented,” too? Joe Biden? Take a minute to It was Michelle Obama Google the words “Obama handing out an Oscar. This worries me, but not tyrant dictator.” Count the about Michelle Obama’s pages you find. Then get power grab. (Unless she yourself a dictionary and shows up handing out an look up “tyrant” and “dicEmmy and a Tony. I don’t tator.” It’s not just words that even want to think of the threat to America if we see don’t mean what they used her with a Razzie in her to mean. Punctuation has long been on a slippery hands.)

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slope, too. A newspaper’s letters to the editor page always makes me think of Elmore Leonard’s Rule No. 5 about exclamation points. Any newspaper in America will do. The letters page will be awash in exclamation points. Some letters have one tacked on at the end of every sentence. If the writer really, really, really wants to make sure people know he’s serious, he’ll tack on three!!! Such writers have so little faith in their words that they throw in an exclamation point to do the work they think their words won’t. Many years ago, an Albuquerque magazine writer said he wanted to do a Q. & A with me. What could go wrong? He asks questions, I give answers. Sure, I say, let’s do a Q & A. Then the magazine story came out. He quoted

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me accurately enough, and at the end of every quote — every one! — he added an exclamation point. It made believe that anyone who wrote for a newspaper needed to be interviewed and the story printed so reporters could see what happened when a writer wasn’t too careful with someone else’s words. Anyway, “power grab” got me to thinking about Elmore Leonard and exclamation points. Language can be slippery. Good words get distorted. Meanings change in odd ways. Sometimes words disappear, never to be seen again. Carmel Lobello, writing at deathandtaxesmag. com, has found fine examples of words you don’t see much anymore, even one just for us: -- “Soda-squirt: One who works at a soda fountain in New Mexico.” (Elsie Warnock’s “Dialect

Speech in California and New Mexico,” 1919.) — “Snoutfair: A person with a handsome countenance.” — “Wonder-Wench: A sweetheart.” — “Groak: To silently watch someone while they’re eating, hoping to be invited to join them.” And my personal favorite: “Spermologer — A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist.” All right, enough. I suggest you spend a minute Googling some of these language places. You should especially take a look at Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules. There’s not a dud in the bunch. Here’s No. 10, which the acclaimed novelist says is the most important: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.” If you can’t do that, at least take out the exclamation points.


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‘Fighting’ to the end, but Hawks soared By Davy Delgado The Communicator RIO RANCHO -- It was a very sad ending for what was otherwise a great season. Santa Rosa High School’s “Fighting Lions” might have fallen, 54-44, to the Laguna Acoma Hawks on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. But they didn’t go down to any slouches. The Hawks are the topseeded team in the New Mexico Class AA tournament for a reason, 27-2 on the season, and without a loss since Feb. 5 at Bosque. In the quarterfinals against the Lions, Laguna had a terrific game plan and stuck to it. They were sharp. They were after the ball. They stole it almost at will. They out-rebounded the Lions and constantly were chasing down the ball. In a furious second quarter, they had three, four, five break-away fastbreak layups. In every phase of the game, they just excelled, and although Head Coach Joseph Esquibel’s Lions had burst out to a first-quarter lead, 15-9, it wouldn’t last long. In front of a crowd at the Santa Ana Star Center where there were scant pockets of purple and white, the Laguna Acoma crowd was electrified. And the bottom line: after the Lions scrappy first quarter, they just dominated. Completely. Still, it was a season that the “Purple Pride” could still be proud of. They got off to a somewhat slow start -- which sometimes happens when one of the things on the pre-season todo list is to win a football championship first. But by the end of the season they were hitting on all cylinders, storming to a big road win in the District 4AA tournament championship game at Texico. Then, last Saturday night in the “Lions Den,” Santa Rosa ended the Mora Rangers’ hopes of a state championship, earning Santa Rosa a ticket to the “Elite Eight” of the Class AA tournament. The Rangers, led by the high-scoring duo of Cody Najar (Class AA’s leading scorer) and Lorenzo Chavez, were attempting to end an eight-year drought in state championship appearances. Najar ended the night with 21 points and Chavez poured in 33. The Rangers beat Pecos for the 2005 title, Tularosa for the nets in 1998, and then Tularosa in 1998. Coached by former assistant Lion coach Richard Martinez of Mora, the Rangers crunched Tula-

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Santa Rosa ‘Fighting Lion’ Miguel Sisneros (45) tries to fight off a flock of Laguna Acoma Hawks to get the ball on Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center. The senior hit double figures in scoring and rebounding, but it wasn’t enough against the top-seeded team in Class AA. rosa in 1995 for the state title. Prior to that, Mora topped Moriarty for the 1979 title, and collected their first in 1965 under coach Doroteo Vigil, 7061, over Larry Marrujo’s Lions, who had entered Johnson Gym on the University of New Mexico campus for the final time at 23-3. The Purple Pride had entered the Class AA tournament with a coveted top-8 seed (and the firstround home game) thanks to their 48-42 District 4AA tournament championship victory over Texico two weeks ago. Although the win over Mora put 8th-seeded Santa Rosa against the topseeded team in the tournament, what gave Lions fans hope was a regular season match-up, when Laguna Acoma only managed a 50-49 win at the “Lions Den.” During the regular season, Santa Rosa also had lost its first two contests against Texico, 64-63, and 68-58, before turning the tables on the Wolverines for the District 4AA tournament trophy. Before Wednesday’s game, Lion Head Coach Joseph Esquibel said “we know we have our hands full with a tough opponent. The Hawks are currently the No. 1 team in the state with some good guards and good shooters. Our Lions are playing with a lot of confidence and we’re real proud of the way they’re playing. We’re also very thankful for all of the support from fans.” Injured Lion Josh Flores got a medical release and although he only re-joined the Lions in practice on Monday. “His heart is there,” his coach said. Flores is one player

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Santa Rosa ‘Fighting Lion’ Isaac Velasquez (31) dribbles up court during Wednesday’s New Mexico Class AA quarterfinals against the Laguna Acoma Hawks. After a slow start to the season, the Lions reached the ‘Elite Eight.’ who “leaves it all on the floor.” And Marcus Lopez, who twisted a knee in the final minutes of the Lions’ victory over Mora, was “doing okay” before the game, Esquibel said. “Come game time, he’ll be there for us.” The right side of the AA bracket is truly a work of art. Although former Lions’ state championship coach Victor Perez used to say, ‘you can throw season records out the window when you get to state’, the formulation of the bracket made it impossible for a Dexter, Bosque, Mesilla Valley Christian and Pecos “final four.” On Wednesday, Dexter topped Bosque, 61-53, and Mesilla Valley Christian topped Pecos, 56-48. Meanwhile, Texico beat Tularosa, 72-65. So the Final Four is set with Dexter facing Mesilla Valley Christian at 4:45 p.m. today at the Santa Ana Star Center, followed by Texico against Laguna Acoma in the 7 p.m. nightcap. The two victors square off at 8 a.m. on Saturday at “The Pit” at the University of New Mexico. Dexter and Bosque had not met prior to this week. Likewise, MVC had not encountered the Panthers of Pecos. On the

left side of the bracket, Laguna Acoma and the Lions had finally set-up a long-delayed meeting, while Texico’s Wolverines overcame recent history. They were nipped by the Tularosa Wildcats 5956 on Dec. 15. r E M a I n I n G tHrEatS: Entering Wednesday’s games, many of the Top 10 leading scorers in Class AA already had been eliminated from competition. The No. 2 and No. 4 scorers, Sean Jordan and Tyrell Morgan of Ramah are also out, as are No. 5 Dennis Mares of Monte del Sol, No. 6 Dakota Montoya of Clayton, and No. 7 Antonio Tapia, also of Monte del Sol. On Wednesday, out went Andres Rivera of Bosque (16.6) and John Vigil of Pecos (15.6). The No. 3 scorer, Miguel Reyna of Texico (20.6), gets to practice his sharpshooting another day. Team-wise, one shortlived threat was Santa Fe Prep, 50-44 mid-season winners over Bosque, a team that then came to the “Lions Den” and scored a 59-49 victory. Here’s a roundup of the remaining “final four” contenders. Laguna acoma went 8-0 before host Pojoaque rang their bell in the title

bout of the Ben Lujan tourney, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. The Hawks won their next 10 contests before running into a buzz saw at Bosque and absorbed their second loss, 47-32. Laguna Acoma hasn’t lost since. Their last eight victories included three victories over Bosque. texico went 29-1 in 2001 to capture its first Class AA title, beating 26-3 Tularosa. The Wolverines returned in 2008, defeating Mesilla Valley 58-53. Texico repeated in 2009, edging the Lions 48-46. The Wolverines will no doubt be smarting from losing their District 4AA crown to Santa Rosa, but they didn’t start-out on the right foot in the first round at home against Tohatchi last Saturday. Miguel Reyna’s eventual game-high 16 markers turned a 7-point deficit into a 4-point halftime lead. The Wolverines still needed a Rallin Harris 3-pointer to lead the Cougars 31-27 after three periods and Texico prevailed, 50-33. Dexter: In the first round, the Demons led by only two points at intermission against Ramah. The Mustangs switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half and

the Demons were able to shoot-over 6-foot-7 (“at least” - according to the Chaves County Sports Report) Sean Jordan-led Ramah defense. He had been good for 15 points in the second period on offense. “For some reason they thought they could go man against us,” Demon coach James Voight said. Mesilla Valley Christian: After torching “prohibitive favorite” Tularosa for the District 6AA tourney crown, the SonBlazers tore-up Santa Fe Prep 46-22 in their Round of 16 play-in contest. MVC held the Preppies scoreless in the second period then limited them to four third-period points. “I’ve never really had a team like this,” SonBlazers’ coach Terry Adler told the Las Cruces Sun News. “We feed off of our defense. Usually we like to score a lot of points. This year’s team is lock-down, defensiveminded. We have played this way throughout the year (despite losing twice to Tularosa). Our defense, it’s been amazing.” Devon Tourillot paced MVC with 19 points and 12 boards. The SonBlazers threw-down Tulie, 48-42 before eliminating Santa Fe Prep.


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3 $ 49 2 $ 39 3 $ 49 3 $ 69 3 $ 99 2 $ 69 4 $ 69 3 88¢ $ 99

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SHURFINE SELECT GROUP VEGETA B L E

FOR

5 $ 2 5 $ 99 2 $ 99 1 $ 89 3 4

$

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 OZ. for

FISHER BOY CRUNCHY BREADED

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 oz. for

SHURFINE LARGE OR SMALL CURD . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 oz.

for

INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS ASSORTED

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 oz.

SHURFINE REG. OR W/CALCIUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . gallon

for

Prices are effective:

Monday, March 18, 2013 to Saturday, March 23, 2013 Our Partners:

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