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Celebrate Earth Week

Learn how to restart a recycling program for your home or business at ENMU, Room 1043, 12 - 1 p.m. 575-2572120. Free.

April 19

Engelbert Humperdinck Don’t miss this legend live in concert! “The British pop singer is best known for the hits “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)” and “After the Lovin’” as well as “The Last Waltz” and spectacular performances throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and today. Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. 1-800545-9011, tickets start at $25.

April 20

Focus On the Future: Water and Energy in Southern NM Conference Trade show and educational seminars designed to inform the community residents and businesses on renewables, energy efficiency and green building technologies. 575257-3012. 10 a.m – 4 p.m. Ruidoso Convention Center. Free. Download the complete conference schedule at www.

April 21

Lincoln County Solar and Sustainability tour

Tour homes showcasing sustainable living techniques, such as solar power, organic gardening, composting, rain water harvesting, building with recycled & alternative materials. Email for a map at jamespmiller@windstream. net. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free.

April 22

Ted Nugent live in concert at the Inn

Hailing from Detroit, Nugent originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, before embarking on a lengthy solo career. He has been praised for his playing style, and is cited as an influence by many other hard rock and heavy metal musicians throughout the ages. 8 p.m. 1-800-545-9011, www. Starting at $25.

Earth Day picnic and hoedown

Bring your picnic, Frisbees, kites and kids to enjoy music, dancing, games prizes and surprises! Come dressed in your hoedown best for the best dressed costume contest for children and adults. 575937-2725. Wingfield Park, 12 - 5 p.m. Free.

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White Fire case now in hands of DA

also exists to proceed with amended charges, likely assign a Public Defender to the case. By Eugene Heathman lesser charges or the District Attorney’s office Garcia stated she was advised by the JuveEditor nile Probation Department that if the case is may choose to not prosecute the case. prosecuted, she would be served a summons If the District Attorney’s office decides The mother of one of the two juveniles demanding the return of her son, now living accused with starting the White Fire, Melinda to prosecute the case, the accused will be in Georgia with his father to appear in 12th Garcia, announced exclusively to the Ruidoso required to appear before the 12th Judicial Judicial District court in Carrizozo and face District Court in Carrizozo for arraignment. Free Press that on April 10 her son, now 13, the charges against him. At that time, the accused will be expected to was in fact formally advised of his rights by At that time, the court would decide enter a plea of guilty or not guilty and will the Juvenile Probation Department in Ruidoso regarding the charge of felony negligent be required to obtain counsel for his defense. if the accused would be required to stay in In the event the family of the accused cannot Lincoln County for the judicial process or be arson in relation to the White Fire. The case allowed to travel to and from Georgia. afford private legal counsel, the state would was presented to the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s office by The U.S. Forest Service for prosecution. The second juvenile is expected to be advised of also being involved with the crime. Located in Alamogordo and serving Lincoln and Otero counties, the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s office must now decide whether or not to prosecute the case. Now that the case is in the hands of the District Attorney’s office, the process of reviewing the evidence and allegations presented by the U.S. Forest Service against the accused has begun. According to a statement from the District Attorney’s office, the decision to formally bring the case to court could occur early next week and declined to further comment on details of the allegations. The District Attorney Courtesy photo will now decide whether Friday the 13th turned out to be a very unlucky day for the owner of this structure destroyed to accept the evidence and by fire. Luckily, there were no injuries. Volunteers with Hondo Volunteer Fire Department, Araformally arraign the acbella VFD, and Glencoe VFD responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze. The on-scene cused in District Court for support team, Firefighters for Christ of Lincoln County provided aid, assistance and comfort to the charge of felony neglifirst responders and those affected by the fire. gent arson. The possibility

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Carrizozo’s growth depends on water By Sue Hutchison Reporter Carrizozo is planning to grow, says Ray Dean, Carrizozo Works president, an organization founded in 2008 with a mission to revitalize and develop the town. In the 1920’s the railroad brought people by the thousands to live in the town. Fresh development to make the town strong, desirable and as green as possible is Carrizozo Works’ goal. Dean and Carrizozo Works have a growth plan in progress and expect existing water claims and power issues will be at the forefront in future town growth. Dean says they will need water, power, and homes. Project 1500 is a step-by-step program, aimed at increasing the population of the town to 1,500 citizens by July 4, 2017. Adopt a Block is the first step of Project 1500 and the public is encouraged to be at the unveiling 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at Carrizozo School. Hot dogs, door prizes and a free gift for every family is planned. “We can create and build a beautiful town, have some fun, and share pride in our home town,” says Dean in describing Adopt a Block. Regardless of the lack of outside funding, Carrizozo Works uses town pride and existing resources to plan growth. With an airport, three cell phone towers, fiber optics, and affordable housing, Dean says Carrizozo is ready for home industries to boom.

Future water needs at the forefront

Dealing with future water needs for anticipated growth, at the last town council meeting, ’Zozo’s water claims were discussed. Due to the freeze a couple years ago Carrizozo’s infrastructure was compromised. In an effort to supply residents of the Valle del Sol subdivision, an expired permitted well initially drilled for construction purposes reopened. According to Joey see ’ZoZo wATer, pg 5

Cowboys win Lincoln County war Eugene Heathman/ Ruidoso Free Press

The dusty western town in old Lincoln County is “Justice,” a fair town with fair trials and a fair hangin’. On Saturday at the Ruidoso Gun Club, Justice was the site of the second Lincoln County War. Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) Cowboys Kevin Chandler, aka: Smokey Chambers, Bryan Kramer, aka: Hanover Fist and tournament champion Scott Rowe, aka: John Steele battled the Law Enforcement and Forest Service Ranger teams in an old west shootout benefitting the Sierra Blanca Boys and Girls Club. The Cowboys won the event for the second consecutive time but the Rangers were not far behind as they raised $1,600 for the club. Last season the competitors raised $600. According to Avery Clontz, aka: Rowdy Lane, “This is just another example of how people can come together in the community to support our youth.” The competition also featured lady shooters and young competitors. David Warnack, Smokey Bear District head Ranger earned the highest score for the Ranger team and Ruidoso Officer Mark Vierig led the Law Enforcement team. The Cowboys are limited to the single action revolvers, rifles and shotguns of the 1800s. This includes the 1892 and 1873 Winchesters and clones of the era. The Cowboy shotguns are the 1897 pumps and side-by-side double barrels. The Rangers and other participating groups are allowed to use modern firearms, which include autos such as the Glock and 1911s or any other firearm used in the line of duty. Their rifles included the AR15, pump and auto loading shotguns.



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April 17, 2012

Community Calendar

Keeping clean

Take pride in Ruidoso and volunteer to clean up our streets this Saturday. Volunteers will meet at Schoolhouse Park at 8 a.m. to get gloves and vests for the cleanup. Lunch, refreshments and door prizes are available to volunteers. For more information, call 257-5030.

SADD presentation The Ruidoso High School SADD chapter (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is sponsoring the Alex Brown family, who will be at the school Thursday to speak about the dangers of texting while driving. The family will speak twice at 9 and 10:30 a.m. at the high school gym, and the public is invited to attend.

Tea For Two The eighth annual “Tea for Two or Just for You” is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. The tea, sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, is an afternoon of entertainment and fellowship. The special program will feature the “Women of Camp Capitan,” presented by historian and speaker Polly E. Chavez. Camp Capitan was established in 1935 under the WPA for the education and training of hundreds of young girls during the Great Depression. Special music will be presented by Lou Ann Ellison. Following the program, guests are invited to share in a high tea served in the fellowship hall. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. Cost per person is $10. For more information, call 2572220 or 257-1142. Proceeds will be donated to C.O.P.E., a non-profit organization that provides for non-residential victims of domestic violence in Lincoln County.

Piñon pottery Vicki Conley will host a mosaic tiled flower pot workshop at Piñon Pottery April 29 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $20 and covers all materials. All proceeds go to the Episcopal Church in Lincoln County’s outreach fund. To reserve a space, call Conley at 937-0873 or email

Hospice fundraiser The annual Ruidoso Hospice Foundation fundraiser is coming to the Flying J Ranch, May 5. The event features a chuck wagon supper, silent auction with items donated by local businesses and artists, and an Old West stage show with music by the Flying J performers. Doors open at 6 p.m., and proceeds provide end-of-life care for qualified Lincoln County residents. Tickets are on sale at The Wild Herb, Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce, Prestige Cabinets and Ruidoso Home Care & Hospice. Call 258-0028 for more information. Cost is $25 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under.

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Helping enrich Hondo Thanks to a grant through Dreyers’ Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s “Communities Take Root” program, residents can vote to bring a fruit orchard to the Hondo Community Garden. The garden was selected from hundreds of applications nationwide as one of the possible sites for an orchard provided by Dreyers, but now it’s up to residents to make it a reality by visiting to support the planting of this orchard. You can vote once a day, every day, through Aug. 29. Only the top 17 locations with the most votes will get this opportunity. The Hondo Community Garden is part of the Lincoln and Otero County Healthy Life Initiative, a group of public and private agencies and local gardeners, supported by the U.S. Forest Service. In 2011, the program introduced more than 300 students to methods for cultivating a diverse, organic food garden. Learn more about the Healthy Life Initiative by visiting the NMAC’s website at

Free transportation Free transportation is available in Ruidoso for senior citizens aged 60 years and older. For details or to request transportation services, please call one day in advance. This service is provided Monday through Friday for local transportation only. Contact the Ruidoso Senior Center at 257-4565.

Low-cost yoga A low-cost community yoga class for beginners and intermediate students is held every Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Blue Lotus Healing Arts Center, 2810 Sudderth in room 207 above Schlotzsky’s. The class includes strength and flexibility postures, restorative poses, meditation and aromatheraphy finale. Room temperature is warm, so wear layered clothing and bring water. Mats and props are provided. Call Marianne Mohr at 575-802-3013 for more information. American Legion Post 79 – Jerome D. Klein Post, meets on the third Saturday of each month at the American Legion

building located at the southeast corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 at 11 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Vic Currier, Post Adjutant, at 8025293.

room on 12th Street in Carrizozo. Chapter meetings are open to anyone interested. For more information, call Barbara VanGorder at 575-648-9805 or Doris Cherry at 354-2673.

Club’s purpose is to encourage community beautification and conservation, and to educate members in the arts and sciences of horticulture. For more information, call 973-2890.

The Arid Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1216 Mechem at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. daily; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. There is also a Monday 6:30 p.m. women’s open meeting and beginners and young peoples’ big book study Fridays at 7 p.m.

The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at Cree Meadows Country Club at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 257-4160 or visit

The Lincoln County fibromyalgia and chronic pain support group meets on the third Thursday of each month from noon-1 p.m. in the parlor at First Baptist Church, 270 Country Club Dr. For information, contact Mary Barnett at 257-9810.

The Sunny Spirit Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday and Thursday at noon and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the women’s group meets Wednesdays at noon in the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem Dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 258-8885. Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road. Altrusa International of Ruidoso was established in 1970 and it’s long running Annual Low Cost Mammogram Program was established in 1988. Some of the organizations Altrusa supports are the local food bank, women’s shelter, humane society and others. One of Altrusa’s focus is on literacy, in that they provide scholarships to men and women returning to college, books three times a year to the children in the local Head Start programs and donations to the Literacy Council. If you think an organization like Altrusa may be a good fit for your volunteer efforts, contact membership chair Judy Griffin at 937-5437. The Democratic Women of the Sacramento Mountain Area meet the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.

The Federated Woman’s Club of Ruidoso, supporting community service organizations and providing scholarships, meets Mondays at 11 a.m. at 116 S. Evergreen Dr. A pot luck lunch at noon is followed by bridge and other card games. A special program is also presented most months. The group and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309. Inspired Living at Sanctuary on the River is held every week from Tuesday through Thursday with various disciplines offered. Tuesday – Iyengar Yoga in the conservatory, intermediate 10 a.m.-noon, gentle 4-5 p.m., beginner/mixed 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday – Tai Chi. Develop balance, flexibility and movement, 10-11 a.m. Thursday – Qi Gong. Cultivate energy, strength and health, 10-11 a.m. Also on Thursday, music and lunch with TomTom and Friends, noon-1:30 p.m. For more information, call 630-1111. The Kiwanis Club of Ruidoso meets every Tuesday at noon at K-Bobs. The Lincoln County Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Otero County Electric co-op, on Highway 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The Garden

Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club noon every Tuesday. Ruidoso Evening Lions Club meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 106 S. Overlook. Ruidoso Gambling Support meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:45 p.m. in the Lincoln Tower at 1096 Mechem Dr., Suite 212. For more information, call 575464-7106.

The Lincoln County Regulators, members of the Single Action Shooters Society, hold matches the second Saturday of every month at the Ruidoso Gun Range located on Hale Lake Road. Registration is at 9 a.m., matches start at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to participate or watch the action. During the shooting matches, all other shooting is suspended. For more information, call Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at 937-9297.

Ruidoso Home Care and Hospice offers bereavement and grief support groups for those who have had losses in their lives. Two groups are available – Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. or Friday from noon to 1 p.m. The focus of the groups is education about managing grief and developing a network of support with others who have experienced losses. There is no charge for the group, and it is open to anyone in the community. The groups meet at Ruidoso Home Health and Hospice, in the conference room, at 592 Gavilan Canyon Rd. For questions or directions, call Lyn Shuler at 258-0028.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse has evolved into an all-volunteer community service organization. Horsemen skills are encouraged, but not required. The Posse meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo on Highway 54. For more information, visit or call 575512-7077.

The Ruidoso Noon Lions meet at 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Cree Meadows Country Club. Ruidoso Masonic Lodge No. 73 meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. If the first Monday is a national holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-442-2026.

Optimist Club meets at noon every Wednesday at K-Bobs in Ruidoso. The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Region IX offices at 237 Service Road. Annual dues are $15 per family which

SAA meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Episcopal Church at the Holy Mountain at 321 Mescalero Trail Road. For more information, call 575-385-3396.

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The Carrizozo Roadrunners Chapter of the Lincoln County Extension Association meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Otero County Electric Cooperative community

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Summer meals The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca plans to increase the number of meals that were served last year as the Community Youth Center Warehouse. More than 13,000 meals were served to youth throughout Lincoln County, and club Executive Director Tim Coughlin wants to increase both the number of sites and total number of meals served in 2012. There is no income requirement for a youth to participate in the program, only that the youth be between the ages of 5 and 18. For more information, call Coughlin at 575-8080-

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April 17, 2012


Citizens want stronger voice at public meetings By Sue Hutchison Reporter Ruidoso Mayor G. Ray Alborn set the stage early in the bimonthly village of Ruidoso Council meeting last Tuesday by reminding those present council meetings were to “conduct business. This is not a town hall meeting,” said Alborn, who stated both his and each councilor’s contact information was published, allowing anyone to present issues prior to any council meeting. His statement didn’t satisfy Dan Jones or Jay McKittrick, Attorney at Law, both of whom waited to speak until the indicated public input section near the end of the printed agenda. Jones and then McKittrick approached Dan the podium to speak against the current formula of scheduling public comments during council meetings. Both said citizens should have the right to speak to any issue at the time the issue is presented to the council. They stated waiting for the public input agenda item and being timed three minutes for comment violates their rights. Jones cited the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress

of grievances.” Jones further stated each Village office personnel further stated councilor and the mayor took an oath of it is the general practice of the municipalioffice at the beginning of their terms to ties and counties within the state of New support the U.S. Constitution. Mexico to follow such protocol during public meetings. “Every person may “Public who wish to be placed on the speak freely,” stated Jones. regular agenda for complaints or requests “We have good, smart must submit a detailed written summary… people in Ruidoso and we by outlined pre-agenda deadline,” states need to be able to have 2012-09. Pre-agenda meetings are schedinput.” Jones says he was uled Tuesdays, one week prior to the told by the village clerk’s published council meeting dates. Further, office how to have an item “Public that would like to speak at the placed on the bimonthly council meeting on an item that is not on agenda, but says office perJay McKittrick the agenda and does not want to be schedsonnel informed him “the uled on the agenda will be provided the opportunity for mayor alone makes the decision to what input during the public input portion of the meeting.” is on the agenda.” If a request for agenda placement is deemed best After Jones’ allotted time expired he Jones resolved through staff, workshop, or village boards or was cautioned by Mayor-Pro-Tem Rifle commissions, “a timely status report will be given to the Salas to wrap up his comments. When Jones continued to speak, Alborn declared he has a right requestor,” according to the resolution. Alborn reminded those present that each councilor’s to speak as well but was cautioned by Salas and Counemail, mailing address, phone number(s) and term of ofcilor Jim Stoddard to let Jones and McKittrick have fice is on public record. He said it’s sufficient for citizens their say. to have the ability to discuss any issue of concern prior McKittrick took the podium and told councilors, “We don’t have the right to speak to you publically about to council meetings, with the understanding that council members are elected to represent constituents. items on the agenda. That offends me.” Alborn publically stated the procedure for placeThe formula used by the village is listed currently as ment is to “submit a (written) request to be placed on Resolution 2012-09 which designs agenda preparation, the agenda. Anyone who wants to can be placed on the order of business, and public input, according to Village agenda,” said Alborn. Clerk’s office.

Lodgers tax, ordinances on county agenda By Sue Hutchison Reporter County commissioners will hear application reports from area events funded by Lodger’s Tax dollars during today’s regular monthly meeting. Lodger’s Tax applications on the agenda include: advertising for Aspencash Motorcycle Rally, advertising for Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, advertising for Ski Apache Disabled Skier Program, flyers for Ruidoso Sprint Kid’s Triathalon, brochures and advertising for Alto Artist’s Tour, advertising for Christmas Jubilee, advertising and printing for Porto-Potties, advertising for Arizona Bike Shop’s

Tour de Ruidoso, and flyers for Zia Center’s Professional Office Building contract of construction. Rides. ETZ was a topic of interest at Lodger’s Tax funds are generthe Village of Ruidoso’s March 13 ally funded through tourist dollars meeting with the village council and are granted to entities who voting to rescind Ordinance 2004apply for funds. Over $20,000 in 01. Village Councilor Denise Dean anticipated application fees for upmade the motion to rescind the coming events in 2012 are listed. Other county business for today ordinance with Councilor Joseph Eby seconding. It passed unaniinclude public hearings to consider mously. The county commission the official rescinding of the Lincoln County/Ruidoso Extraterritori- will discuss finalization. al Zoning Authority original Ordinance 2004-01, Draft CORRECTION Resolution 2011-35 A budget meeting for the county comwhich deals with mission earlier reported as being on April public comment 24 is May 1. time limits, and Lincoln County Medical

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Letters to the Editor Is the infrastructure worth it?

To the Editor, Several issues have led to concern within the community about the Capitan Trading Post final engineering plat and covenants: Early on the Capitan Trustees consented to the commercial subdivision preliminary plat, claiming the development would increase population, employment opportunities, and tax revenues. The developer will have the right to permit any uses listed in the covenants whether or not the businesses are compatible with the Hwy. 380 “Main Street” location, will provide significant employment, taxes, and reasonable water demands. The entire State of New Mexico was declared a drought disaster area in June 2006. To address the consequences of water demands exceeding the available scarce water supply, Sandia National Laboratories was hired in July 2006 to develop a water availability model to better understand how rainfall events coupled with drought conditions have negatively impacted development and economic growth as well as the ecological environment. Funded through the State of New Mexico’s Small Business Assistance, the results of the study (published December 2009) of the Upper Rio Hondo Basin, including the towns of Capitan, Alto Lakes, Ruidoso, and Ruidoso Downs, have unfortunately never been the foundation of water resource use and planning in the region for the lack of political will. The University of New Mexico Business and Research Bureau also documents that rural areas will experience ongoing population decline. Scientific research shows that Capitan, Alto Lakes, Ruidoso, and Ruidoso Downs cannot sustain much more population than they presently have. Unless we have sustainable natural resources, it is foolish to expect population growth. Let’s look at other details: The Village of Capitan has 72 years’ experience in municipal leadership. Why now are the trustees turning over a speculative commercial subdivision development to a developer who walked in the door without a demonstrated record of subdivision infrastructure construction, a project business analysis, and a marketing plan? Allen Best’s excellent article “The Zombies of Teton County,” High Country News, March 5, includes the cover quote “Dead and half-dead developments plague the rural West. Have any lessons been learned?” We see the Village of Capitan making an expensive mess which will not be easy to get out of. For example; the subdivision covenants allow the developer to sell lots before the infrastructure is completed. If the lot sales stop, will the in-

frastructure development cease? What are the hard deadlines and penalties the village can impose to get the approved infrastructure completed in a timely manner? Has the village budgeted employee hours for oversight of the infrastructure installation? What recourse will the village have if the infrastructure doesn’t proceed as planned? What liability insurance does the village carry on new development? It would be prudent for the village trustees to schedule a workshop with the village attorney to thoroughly examine and question every aspect of the final plat and covenants to answer the questions trustees must certainly have on these complex documents. We have consistently asked each trustee to analyze the benefits of the Capitan Trading Post and have received only sparse comments. We also have described other avenues Capitan can pursue to become an attractive and more prosperous village. If trustees burden the community with their acceptance of the final plat and covenants of the Capitan Trading Post, greed has overcome common sense. A clear path to Capitan’s future best interests will be costly and irrational. Virginia Watson Jones and Jean Coulton, Capitan

Water conservation?

There have been several recent water usage articles in the local newspapers that caught my attention. The first concerned the possible need for an additional process station at the newly opened Waste Treatment Plant. This “possible” expense coupled with what I am certain will be the need to cover “unexpected” increases in future maintenance costs leads me to believe that the present wastewater charge on my monthly statement will become a permanent item in the near future. The second article was the so-called “Fix your Flapper” campaign launched as a mechanical/technical approach by the Village of Ruidoso to convey an urgent sense of conservation of our water resources. In previous years an article such as this was usually followed by several articles from well-meaning residents who claim how much water I can save if I wash my face, shave and brush my teeth with one cup of water and then strain the residue in such a way that I can use it for my morning coffee. The last article reported on the proposed study of the Village’s water rates with the idea of revising them to insure an equitable burden for both the residential and commercial customers. The question arose in my mind “Is there a method by which these rates can be fair and equitable, reduce the burden on the year round resident (especially retired couples),

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and still encourage conservation.” I believe the answer is yes... Unit Pricing. If PNM and Zia can do it, why not the Village? Looking at my water bills for the past five months I found I had used a total of 11,187 gallons. Under the present system of “Inside Municipal Limits $22.55 Base Rate /Minimum 4000 gallons” I was billed $112.75 for a theoretical usage of 20,000 gallons. That rate converted to a Unit Price basis is $.0056 a gallon. Had I been billed on that basis the actual charge for my actual usage would have been $62.65 or a savings of $50.10. Indeed, for one month my usage was 750 gallons vs. the 4000 I was billed. My point is that under the present system there is no incentive other than altruism to conserve water at a rate less than what you’re actually being charged. So yes, it may mean less revenue initially but I’m sure the Village Council can find a way to make it up elsewhere. The important thing is that I could be incentivized to keep my actual monthly usage at or below 2000 gallons that could result in a savings of possibly 1012,000 gallons a year in just one household. How about 10 or 100 or 500? Now we’re talking millions of gallons a year! It’s just an idea. We can keep the old rate structure and the revenue it brings. Until something is done though I’ll just keep enjoying my 20 minute morning and evening showers under my new 10” Rain Head. Ron Eberly Ruidoso

LCMC issues

Jud Cooper wrote an excellent letter in the Free Press April 10 edition. It addressed Lincoln County Medical Center

issues fairly. As a conservative candidate for County Commissioner in District 3, I have spent hours studying detailed LCMC financial information and have a couple of things to add. Twenty years ago we had 216 LCMC employees with a payroll of $7 million. Today, with our growing population there are 263 primary core jobs at LCMC with a $19 million annual payroll. The secondary job contribution to our economy is far greater. Lincoln County is the same size as the State of Connecticut. We tend to forget about the need for health care facilities outside Ruidoso proper, in towns like Corona, Capitan and Hondo; not to mention the fact, that our county emergency services out of Ruidoso are a part of LCMC. There are more than 2,700 military veterans residing here; 20 percent of eligible voters. Without LCMC, indigent care patients and veterans have no local medical care. Many are confined to wheel chairs living on a fixed income. It’s very easy for people with money to say on idealistic principle “drive to Alamogordo” when the fuel cost is nearly $4 per gallon. Understand that if I am elected I do not support Obamacare or any new taxes. However, standing on philosophical ideals with complete disregard for the reality of tourist and permanent citizen needs, or veterans’ and indigent care issues, simply because you don’t like your Congress or President, is no way to run a railroad. I urge the county commissioners to support the LCMC as I do, and to act more realistically in “matching fund” issues. Vic Currier Candidate for County Commission District 3 – Ruidoso

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’ZOZO WATER from pg. 1 Thornton, Maintenance Foreman for the town, hauling water was the only other solution in ensuring Valle del Sol residents had water. The council voted to seek a permanent permit for the well in question, and understand that fines will need to be paid due to its use without a permit. Council members, advised by JulieAnn Leonard, town attorney for Carrizozo understand a 40-year water use plan will need to be crafted in the process. Leonard is in dialogue with the State Engineer to determine the best plan, according to Wes Lindsay, town council member. Grant money from FEMA has been requested to cover water issues, but so far, FEMA hasn’t responded, according to LeAnn Weihnbrecht, Carrizozo manager and Thornton.

Renewable energy part of the plan

“Right now, our school generates one fourth of the power needed using their solar array,” says Dean, who seeks to harvest solar and wind as viable future power sources. With both in abundance, Dean says it makes sense. With the nationwide move to replace fossil fuels with natural sources, Carrizozo is being pro-active in the search for viable options. “Sourcing energy is changing everything,” says Dean. Carrizozo Works is in the process of making green growth happen. “A vision without a plan is a daydream. A plan without a vision is a nightmare.” Dean quotes the Asian saying to declare that Carrizozo Works not only has a vision, but a workable plan.

He credits Jim Miller with spearheading grant-writing for area schools’ solar needs and for creating vision for Lincoln County’s environmental concerns.

A great place to live

“Carrizozo is the perfect live-work town,” says Dean. During the ‘20’s railroad boom, the town was built to be a walk-to location. Project 1500 hopes to attract those who can utilize ’Zozo’s benefits already in place, while working on growth. “Small communities (in America) will be needed to sustain growth and create town support.” Dean is grateful for the existing grocery store, banks and new businesses which are moving into town. He hears comments from residents which reflect the town’s camaraderie, such as: “I felt more at home here than at any place I’ve ever been.” With eight initial business registrations as well as 25 current businesses listed at the recent town council meeting, growth is occurring. The town calls itself “The crossroads of opportunity.” Where the town has been historically and culturally divided by railroad tracks, Dean says those who move into town are settling on both sides, and bringing unity to the citizenship. Departing from the old versus newcomer mentality, Dean sees Carrizozo citizens as united in the goal of growth, sustainability and progress. Union Pacific employee, Simón Beltran, and Valle del Sol property owner is attracting young families through web sources with the intent of communicating that ’Zozo is a great place to live.

LC Prayer Breakfast – One of nation’s most successful

By Ned Cantwell Clustered in the parking lot of a tidy retail center on Mechem Drive, cars barely discernible in the pre-dawn light, the scene might hint of a daily support group, perhaps a gathering of gamblers beating their addiction to the slots. They are members of the Lincoln County Prayer Breakfast Committee and most of their names are familiar to the Ruidoso area. People like Susan Lutterman, banker, Dan Fender, retired tire dealer and wife, Geneva, Chris Carusona, the car guy, Mayor Ray Alborn, Joan Zagone, business owner, Tim Gilliland, pastor. This committee year after year has built on the solid historical record that has earned for the Ruidoso Prayer Breakfast the reputation of being, numbers wise, one of the most successful in the nation. Thursday morning prayer breakfast speaker Ruth Graham is the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham. Her ministry centers on those who have had a particularly tough time in life. According to Gary Woodward, “We expect a moving presentation by our speaker this year.”

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Arguably, the most important part of the Lincoln County Prayer Breakfast is its youth outreach. Each year, on the night before the prayer breakfast, about 250 teens from area churches have gathered at the Flying J Ranch to sing, pray and enjoy a meal cooked and provided by the Band of Brothers, a prayer group, according to Phil Jones, Nazarene youth minister who heads up this program for the prayer committee. An innovation this year features the return of last year’s speaker, Malcolm Marshall, chaplain for the Houston Rockets. Marshall, a big hit with the kids, will speak to the youth Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Both the Wednesday and Thursday evening youth programs will be held this year at the Church of the Nazarene. The breakfast will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center May 3. Gary Woodward said the committee welcomes businesses, churches, and organizations to sponsor tables at $200 each, individual tickets are still available. He urged those interested to call him at 575-808-8212.

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PNM to host energy efficient workshops PNM and the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two business energy efficiency workshops on Thursday, April 19 at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 30 Ruidoso area businesses have taken advantage of PNM’s business energy efficiency programs, which offer rebates and significant energy savings to participating businesses. The morning workshop will be from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and will be for Ruidoso area restaurants. Restaurants use about 2.5 times

more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. Industry experts will be discussing lighting and food service refrigeration equipment upgrades that can improve energy usage throughout your restaurants. The afternoon workshop will be geared towards lodgers and small businesses and will be from 1:30 3:30 p.m. This workshop will focus on lighting and vending machine controls that have the potential to reduce energy usage. PNM offers rebates that reduce the cost of upgrad-

ing to new energy efficient equipment. For small businesses the rebate may cover 60 percent or more of the project costs and shorten your project payback period. The PNM Business Energy Efficiency Team will be available to answer any questions on PNM’s Retrofit Rebate and Quick Saver Program and how you can participate. To reserve your space, call Deborah Douds at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce at 575-2577395.

HEAL golf tournament planning underway Help End Abuse for Life is busy planning the 2012 Deacon Bob Racicot Open annual charity golf tournament to benefit the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter in Ruidoso Downs. The Open will be held at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 18. The HEAL Golf Committee recently convened with a summer barbecue hosted at the home of committee members, Kathryn Walker and Marcia King. Last year, the original “HEAL at the Inn” golf tournament was renamed by the HEAL Board of Directors to honor Deacon Bob Racicot, a co-founder of the tournament, former HEAL board member and avid advocate against domestic violence. According to Joe Gomez, past president of HEAL, “Deacon Bob worked tirelessly for over three years to bring this tournament to light. That is one of the many reasons our board decided to name our annual tournament after him.” The tournament is a best ball, 4-golfer scramble. Players can register individually or as a team. The cost is $99 per player, which includes, green fees, cart, golfer goodie bag, awards ceremony, prizes and BBQ dinner. There will be prizes for the closest to the pin and longest drive (male and female). Sierra Blanca Motors is offering a chance to win a new vehicle for a holein-one. An extensive silent auction of golf equipment and local treasures will also be available for the players. The Deacon Bob Racicot Open is limited to the first 136 players. Because it sells out early each year, players are en-

couraged to register online in advance at Local businesses have the ability to sponsor one of the eighteen holes for a $200 sponsor fee. Committee members include Deacon Bob Racicot, Joe Gomez, Coleen Widell, Don Ratay, Lesley Kring, Kathryn Walker, Marcia King, Kate Winner, Joel Carothers, Dan Francis, Jessica Francis Martinez and guests Susanne Francis, Josh Martinez, Izzy Kring and Lucas Kring. If you would like to join the HEAL Golf Committee, please call Lesley Kring at 575-973-1385. Courtesy photo

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Give me a break – I’m on vacation

A tax break that is! Buying that chalet in the mountains surrounding Ruidoso may get you some much needed peace, quiet rest and relaxation but get ready for some tax rules, which, though worth maximizing to your benefit, can get fairly complicated. It all boils down to how often you use your new vacation home, how often somebody else does and how long it may sit empty. So here we go! Rent a Bunch, Use a Bunch Rent your home more than 14 days a year and use yourself more than 14 days… or 10 percent the total rental days (whichever is more) and you fall into this category. Vacation homes fitting in this niche are considered personal residences. This is good as our IRS buddies let you deduct interest on up to $1 million of mortgage debt and property taxes. Accurate accounting for rental income and expenses for your casa is essential. Do it right with the advice of a tax professional and you’ll be fine with no or minimal liability. Rent a Bunch, Use a Bit The next vacation home tax niche involves properties used very little by

the owner but rented out quite a bit. Now you fall under the tax rules for rental properties rather than personal residences – if you rent more than 14 days a year and use less than 14 days or 10 percent of the rental days (whichever is greater). Really, can’t they make it simpler? Anyway without offering a tax primer which is far beyond my scope and expertise, just remember to keep accurate records so you can defend whichever category you decide you fall. Use a Bunch, Rent a Bit Okay flip it around now where you’re the primary user, more than 14 days, and you have only minimal rentals, less than 15. These vacation homes are considered personal residences again, so you can deduct interest and property taxes as in the first category. Guess what? You don’t even have to declare a hot red cent income in this category. Crazy eh? … this is Uncle Sam we’re talking about here! But he also doesn’t allow any deductions maintenance and operational costs. Summing it Up The rules are complicated as we’ve only touched on them herein. Surprise!

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Determining how you will use your vacation home and then boning up on the rules for your ‘use’ category is definitely worth it. And I can’t stress enough how accurate and detailed record keeping and seeking the advice of your CPA or Enrolled Agent are essential components of successful vacation home ownership. Remember your Uncle is not going to make it easy on you, but it’s your responsibility as citizen to lean the rules, play by them and then outsmart him!

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larly. There are many excuses, like we have enough business or we can’t afford it. Think of it, does Coca-Cola really need to advertise? Rule Three: Throw enough against Do they need to brand? After all the wall and some will stick. they have the market cornered. Yet we see their advertising increase. Volume is the most important As well, most franchise operations part of any marketing plan. You must insist on 10-20 percent of gross ensure that you expose your product revenue investment in marketing. or service to the largest number of And so it is, with the purveyors “in potential buyers or users before givthe know,” marketing is everything. ing up or claiming “it didn’t work.” Before you are successful - in order Of course you’ll also want your to develop your lead - and then “wall” (the market) to be as suitable later to retain it and your customas possible – in other words, target Marianne Mohr ers! Marketing generates interest. It your offer to buyers with the highBusiness Editor tucks into the back of consumer’s est likelihood of a need, or want, minds. It lets them know you are for your products or services. Then still viable and successful – and if executed consistently – expect to pitch your offer to many, many such buyers. it reminds them that when they are ready to buy, that they So what constitutes volume? If you are working to should buy from you – not your competitor. create more good out of your existing job, you should try A more down-home example would be the Colonel your entrepreneurial program on three or more internal who pitched his chicken batter for 15 years. He didn’t customers. If you seek a new job, identify at least 20-30 quit and he continued to pitch to the market until he prospective employers. If you are selling to consumers, found his ideal customer. Now you know (or eat) the be sure you target thousands of prospects and issue your rest of his story! So this universal law is simply: no matbranding, top of mind or call to action messaging regu-


From the workplace guidebook “Entrepreneur 101 Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur” continuing tips for improving work life at the office, company or with your customers: ♦ Really know the work, don’t just fake it ♦ Streamline ♦ Prioritize ♦ Automate ♦ Incentivize ♦ Eliminate redundancy and legacy procedures ♦ Computerize paperwork ♦ Create monthly rewards ♦ Walk around when you are happy ♦ Joke ♦ Never tell racial jokes ♦ Ask your boss if you can help with anything ♦ Don’t give advice unless you are asked ♦ Always come with a solution ♦ Be known for your great attitude ♦ Don’t say “yes” when you feel “no.” ter how fabulous you, or your product or services may be – you’ll never get a promotion, a job or a customer if you don’t expose your entrepreneurial idea, product or service, favorably and often. Marianne Mohr is a retired investor and business consultant from Southern California and currently Advertising Director at MTD Media. Reach her at 575-937-4015 or

Village of Ruidoso encourages E911 registration The DO CALL list you need to be on!

The Village of Ruidoso has invested in an emergency notification system called the E911 Emergency Notification System that is designed to alert residents and property owners in the case of emergency. This web-based system (CallMeRuidoso. com) allows residents to register your address, phone number(s), email address and pertinent household information (pets, special needs, homebound residents, etc.). “This system is also known as the Ru-

idoso On Alert system that you may have heard about, and the function that it serves is all about keeping our community and those in it safe in the event of an emergency,” said Debi Lee, village manager. “The important thing for people to understand is that in order for you to be able to receive these notification calls, you must register your phone number with the database. If you don’t do this, we can’t contact you.” What will E911 Emergency Notification be used for? Once your information is entered into the database, it allows police, fire,

emergency services and utility services to notify about situations including: Forest fires/wildfires, flooding, evacuation procedures, hostile or potentially dangerous situation near your home, missing or endangered person (child/adult), extreme weather. Who can register for E911 Emergency Notification? All homeowners in Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs and Lincoln County; all business owners in Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs and Lincoln County; any home, business or cell phone number; property owners/

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Ruidoso Public Library is participating in Money Smart Week all month. Many aspects of life affect our economic situation, from health to diet to jobs, skills, or upcoming events, such as education or a funeral. Thursday, April 19, 4 - 5 p.m., Aimee Bennett of the Lincoln County Health Office will talk about how your health choices today will affect your finances tomorrow. For information on events later this month and across the country, please see or the local library’s calendar at

Take pride in Ruidoso — Volunteer to clean up our streets. Meet at Schoolhouse Park (next to the swimming pool) at 8 a.m. to get your gear — gloves and vests. Lunch, refreshments and door prizes available for our volunteers. Come out, have fun and support your favorite bank. For



Money Smart Week at the library

The Bank Challenge XV Community Roadside Cleanup to be held April 21

property managers who have property in Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs or Lincoln County Anyone can self-register online at, or registration worksheets are available at Village Hall, the Ruidoso Police Department, the Ruidoso Fire Department and the Chamber of Commerce. These worksheets can be filled out and turned in to Village staff for entry into the database. “With fire season at our doorstep, it is the perfect reminder to take the time to get your information into the database,” said Interim Fire Chief Harlan Vincent. “And it is also a great time to remind everyone in the community that it is absolutely crucial that homeowners and business owners have their property addresses prominently displayed to insure that it can be easily and quickly identified by emergency personnel.”

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On April 5, the Ruidoso Valley Greeters performed a ribbon cutting for Celina De Lagarza, who is the owner of Simply Selina, a consignment store in The Village Furniture complex. This is a new business to the area. Pictured are Celina, her husband, daughter and grandchildren.


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New Mexico reaching its lowest teen birth rate

With this coupon (Santa Fe) – The Center for Disease Control and Preven• A 9 percent decrease from 2009 to 2010, reaching a historic tion’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released their low at 34.3 (the rate dropped 44 percent from 1991 through 2010); findings on national trends for teen pregnancy in their data brief, • Teen birth rates for Hispanic women were lower than ever “Birth Rates for U.S. Teenagers Reach Historic Lows for all Age reported in the United States; and Ethnic Groups.” This report highlights that the U.S. realized • Fewer babies were born to teenagers in 2010 than in any its lowest teen birth date on record in 2010. Anytime! year since 1946 (if the teen birth rates observed in 1991 had not Expires 4-30-12. The New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statics declined through 2010 as they did, there would have been an es(VRHS) reports that New Mexico also reached an historic low for teen births in 2010. According to VRHS, the birth rate among timated 3.4 million additional births to teens during 1992-2010); • Teen birth rates fell in all but three states during 2007-10. women, residing in New Mexico, ages 15-19 years was 52.9 105 Sierra Blanca Drive For a full copy of the report, visit the CDC’s website at births per 1000 population. The birth rate among Asians and PaRuidoso, NM 88345 • 575.258.5330 cific Islanders was the lowest among major racial/ethnic groups in New Mexico and the rates for Whites reached an historic low at 26.0 per 1000 population. While the birth rate for Hispanics was higher than other ethnic groups in 2010 (71.8), this is the lowest rate on record for this group since If you have an emotional or mental 1990. The 2010 rate among Blacks or African Americans health crisis, call our hotline. (41.9) is higher than the low of 31.4 in 2004, but less than half the 98.5 recorded in 1991. The 2010 rate among American Indians/Alaska Natives was 58.5 per 1,000, The Lincoln County Community Assistance Program provides which is lower than any year except for 2005. professional counseling at no cost to Lincoln County residents All New Mexico regional rates (based on Health of all ages. We can help when you or a family member needs Regions) for 2010 reached historic lows. Among these crisis assistance, such as speaking to a licensed counselor regions, Bernalillo County had the lowest 2010 rate (42.6 per 1000 population) and the highest rate was in the over the phone or in person. Your story is our story. Southwest Region at 72.1. The rates for the other regions were: Northwest at 49.8; Northeast at 46.2; and Southeast Please call our hotline: at 62.8. 1-800-888-3689 “This report shows that New Mexico’s efforts to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week prevent teen births are working,” said Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health, Dr. Catherine Torres. “I am encouraged by the results and look forward to continuing to work in our communities to help our A service of Lincoln County Medical Center’s community young people prevent pregnancy.” involvement mission assisting with the personal wellness, productivity and support for Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center Nationally, the rates for 2010 in the report outline the lowest teen birth rates to date, including:

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Education By Corey Bard

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Money Smart Month continues – come to the library all month for a variety of money management topics. Call 575-258-3704 to receive our email newsletter with the schedule of events. Book talks: April 20 at 10 a.m. Jerry Welch, author of “Corporacracy” discusses what is happening in America. April 21 at 11 a.m. Gary Cozzens, President of the Lincoln County Historical Society and author of “Capitan” will trace the history of our neighbors to the north. Other events: April 22 Noon to 5 p.m. at Wingfield Park, Earth Day stories for young and old by special guest readers from the city government. April 28 at 11 a.m. Andy Holton at the age of five was hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam. Andy was placed with a Christian family that had no idea of his true identity. He lived the last two years of WWII as a hidden child and never saw his original family again. Come hear a fascinating story. My Civil War Book Discussion Group met last week in Roswell and we discussed “Antietam” by James McPherson – Sept. 17, 1862 the bloodiest day in American History with more than 6,000 soldiers killed. Antietam was a critical victory for the north, restoring morale, keeping Lincoln’s party in control of Congress, kept the British from recognizing the Confederacy, and set the stage for the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation which changed the purpose of the war from preserving the union to ending slavery. James McPherson is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize winner, “Battle Cry Freedom,” the best one volume account of the Civil War and “Tried By War” which traces Lincoln’s role as commander and chief of the armed forces and his search, which ended up with Grant, for a general who would fight. We all know “Forest Gump,” but did you know its author Winston Groom was a Civil War historian? He just published a new book, “Shiloh 1862,” which covers the Tennessee campaign that brought Grant recognition allowing the north to navigate on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He also authored “Vicksburg 1863,” which was Grant’s victory occurring at the same time as Gettysburg, two critical events in the Civil War. The Fort Stanton Museum has transferred the site of “The Lincoln, The Constitution, and the Civil War Exhibit” sponsored by the American Library Association, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Constitution Center to Ruidoso Public Library for the summer of 2014. I had hosted this exhibit in 2010 in Gold Beach, Ore. and it offers the library the opportunity to have school groups and visitors who might not normally come to the library. It also will be a great programming opportunity for guest speakers, authors and historians to help us revisit and understand the greatest conflict the United States ever went through. A month-long Civil War History series will be offered in the summer of 2014.

For RHS science teacher, Yelena Temple, being a Warrior is a way of life. After graduating from RHS, she returned upon completing her degree and has been teaching science for 20 years. We asked Mrs. Temple to share some insights on her teaching career. Why did you become a teacher? I have always loved children and began babysitting when I was 11 years old. When I was very young, I would play school with my little brother and sister. They would be my pretend students. I would take roll (and pretend there were more students in the class by making up names), and then stand in front of them and teach math. When I was a sophomore in high school, my favorite teacher was my Biology teacher. He was also a coach. I knew for sure that year, that I wanted to grow up to be just like him. My philosophy for becoming a teacher is that you have to love children first, and your subject matter second. If I loved science more than children, I would be working in a science lab. I actually have the best of both - a science lab with children in it. What has been the biggest joy and the biggest challenge?

My biggest joy is teacher? the thousands of lives I My job is never have had an influence on boring. Every day is difthe past 20 years. I am ferent, and every school so proud of my students, year is different. The and what they have kids are so much fun, accomplished in their and my day just flies by. lives. I have to say my Anything funny hapbiggest challenge is saypen your first year? ing goodbye at graduaWhen I first started tion. I get very attached teaching in 1992, and (love them like my own two kids), and although for most of my career, I am very happy and we put grades in an Yelena Temple proud, it is hard knowold-fashion grade book. ing I will never see some of them again. There was no such thing as PowerI cry every year at graduation. School. At the end of the term, we had these huge computer scan sheets that What advice would you give to a firstwe had to “bubble in” the students’ year teacher? grades with a pencil. On accident, I Start working on your Master’s bubbled in an “F” for one of the top degree right away. Don’t put it off. students in the class. He should have Luckily, teachers have the time in had an “A.” The student on the sheet the summer to continue our educaabove him was supposed to have an F, tion. I loved graduate school. It was and I was off by one. Sort of like when much more challenging, and it doesn’t you button your shirt in the wrong prepare you to become a teacher like hole. I can’t believe his parents didn’t undergrad, it prepares you to become a call and make a huge fuss! After report better teacher. I am thankful I was able cards were mailed out, he politely came to finish during my first three years of to my desk and asked me why he made teaching and before I had children of an F in my class. I was shocked by his my own. question, and called the counselor’s ofWhat is the best thing about being a fice immediately to have it corrected.

Math and literacy fair challenges students Courtesy photo

An interactive math and literacy fair was held at Sierra Vista Primary school April 12. Students were challenged with various projects. Afterwards, there was a celebration with pizza in the teacher’s lounge for all of the participants and parents. Altrusa, the National Honor Society from Ruidoso High School and several other volunteers assisted with the event. Pictured are Deb Sturdevant, Richard James Gonzales and Lois Whitmire. Lois Whitmire spearheaded this project.

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Meet Holocaust survivor, Andy Holten, at the Ruidoso Public Library

a Christian to Act: Stories of Rescue family in as the theme for the 2012 Haarlem observance. The current generation is encouraged to offered learn about and take on the to take in Andre responsibility of passing (Andy). on the testimonials of the survivors to their peers and He spent the refuture generations. maining At the Ruidoso Public years of Library, the public has a the war chance to be part of the with this remembrance on Saturday, family as April 28 at 11 a.m. Meet a “hidden Holocaust survivor, Andy child”. Holten, born Andre HoutHis kruyer, in Hilversum, entire famthe Netherlands, in ily was killed, most likely 1937. Holten’s story programs offered at the in the Auschwitz concenis “Hidden in AmsterRuidoso Public Library. The speakers are the Alex Brown The Ruidoso High School SADD tration camp. Andy fi nished dam”. These programs were made Family. Info about the family and their (Students Against Destructive Decihis high school education In 1941 the possible by a grant from story of losing their daughter due to sions) is hosting a guest speaker on in Holland and then emiGermans ordered all the American Library Assotexting and driving, can be found at Thursday, April 19 at the Ruidoso grated to the United States. ciation, the Fetzer Institute Dutch Jews to move this website: www.rememberalexHigh School Gym. Here he attended college in and Friends of the Library. to Amsterdam. When There will be two presentaNew York City and subseAndre’s parents saw Ruidoso Public Library The family was a recipient of an tions: 9 and 10:30 a.m. The public is quently joined the US Air friends and relatives is located at 107 KanExtreme Home Makeover. The Lodge invited to come listen. This family Force. He spent altogether were being arrested, sas City Road, Ruidoso. at Sierra Blanca generously donated has spoken throughout the U.S. and 16 years in Ohio and then they sought hiding Library hours are: Monday lodging for the family which helped even spoke in Washington to educate moved to Albuquerque. He places for their fi ve-Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., cut the expenses for the SADD group. people on responsible driving. has two sons, a daughteryear-old son. Because Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and in-law and two grandchilof the risks involved, Saturday 10 a.m to 2 p.m. dren. people were unable to http://www.youseemore. This program is part of com/ruidosopl/ or http:// shelter Andre for any Courtesy of Gary Cozzens, President, Lincoln County Historical Society length of time. Finally, The Building Community, ruidosopubliclibrary. Civility & Compassion in the summer of 1943, April 17, 1855 Lieutenant Colonel Dixon S. at Lincoln. Miles establishes Camp Garland at juncApril 21, 1855 Miles moves upriver to join tion of Rio Ruidoso and Rio Bonito. Carleton at Camp Stanton. April 17, 1871 Lt. Col. August V. Kautz relinApril 21, 1876 Governor Samuel Axtell visits quishes command of the Fort. Lincoln. April 18, 1879 Governor Lew Wallace leaves April 21, 1881 Billy the kid jailed in courtFort Stanton for Santa Fe. house in Lincoln. Private Douglas Jones, Company?, 9th April 22, 1878 L. G. Murphy seeks protection at Fort Stanton. Cavalry dies and is buried in the Fort Stanton Cemetery. April 23, 1873 Emil Fritz becomes a U S citizen. April 18, 1883 Corporal Columbus Brown, April 23, 1878 J. J. Dolan temporarily susCompany D, 13th Cavalry dies and is pends business. buried in the Fort Stanton Cemetery. April 23, 1882 Private Charles Jones, ComApril 19, 1869 Lt. Col. August V. Kautz aspany D, 13th Infantry dies and is buried sumes command of the Fort. in the Fort Stanton Cemetery. April 19, 1877 John Tunstall receives first April 24, 1877 Tunstall ranch established on money draft from his father. Rio Feliz. 1 5 0 9 S U D D E R T H  W W W. G O L D E N YA R N F L O O R I N G . C O M  5 7 5 . 2 5 7 . 2 0 5 7 April 20-24, 1878 Captain George A. PurrJames J. Dolan becomes Postmaster of ington assigned to detached service Lincoln. Days of Remembrance was established by Congress as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and Congress created a permanent living memorial to the victims, the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 19 and Yom HaShoah is observed on Sunday, April 22. The Holocaust Memorial Museum designated Choosing

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Downs Council – Two sides to a story By Todd Fuqua Reporter The tone seems to have turned acrimonious on the Ruidoso Downs City Council of late, based on the council’s rejection of two appointments by new mayor Gary Williams to fill two posts. Last week, the council failed to approve Williams’ appointment of Sue Garret to the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee. A week before that, at a special meeting, the council rejected Williams’ nomination of Bertha Randolph to replace longtime city clerk Carol Virden. The motion to approve Sue Garrett to the P&Z Committee was met with words of disappointment from Williams, who kept trying to get a second to councilor Tommy Hood’s motion. “I’m disappointed by your actions here today,” Williams said. “A second to this motion is not an approval, just a chance to discuss this in open forum.” When Jim Burrow, member of the Planning and Zoning Committee, was speaking during the public comment section, Williams asked that the councilors refrain from shuffling papers in advance of leaving city hall at the conclusion of the meeting, even giving Burrow more time to speak, after council Dean Holman had raised three fingers to indicate Burrow’s three minutes was up. “You were interrupting him by shuffling your papers, so now we’ll give him more time,” Williams said. While the tone seems acidic, Holman said he’d like to things improve, but isn’t optimistic right now. “At this point, the mayor has decided he’ll have his way totally, and it doesn’t make any difference what the tradeoffs are,” Holman said. “I’d hoped things would improve by now, but seem to be deteriorating rather than getting better.” Williams said he hasn’t been trying to make changes just because he’s now the mayor. He sees it more as an opportunity to change, and is offering the council a chance to make that change. “I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong other than bringing forth new ideas and energy,” Williams said. “I think the resistance is that this is something that hasn’t been addressed before. “We have a responsibility as elected officials to make these decisions, and I think there’s also resistance to these changes because I’m the one presenting them,” he added. “It’s unfortunate that experienced council members know the process and should know better. Holman states he has not felt any ill will toward Williams in the past four years the pair have served as councilors. However, Holman’s rhetoric in the most recent election – the two ran for mayor – was less than enthusiastic about a Williams mayoral victory. “I’m never resentful over anyone’s vote, and he and I have voted on the opposite sides of an issue many times,” Holman said. “But I don’t hold that against him. If I vote a certain way, it’s because I feel

that’s the correct decision, but you’re not always sure. “It doesn’t hurt to re-evaluate a vote or position, and I don’t think people will fault you for not being right all the time,” he added. “But I really get into a conflict with officials when they feel they’re always right and aren’t open to compromise.” Williams said the transition from council member

to mayor has been a learning experience. “I may have been too animated about how I feel about something, but now I must realize I can only present these changes. It’s up to the council to decide,” he said. “I have to moderate the meeting, but it’s not my yes-or-no vote, it’s there’s. I’m still learning, and I’ve learned the hard way here.”

LOC AL GOVERNMENT Ruidoso Downs City Council Item

What it’s about

How they voted

The city is applying to pay for phase one of the Agua Fria sewer system, with $850,000 requested. Total estimated cost for the entire system is $2.4 million. A ten percent match of $85,000 is required, but the city will be asking for a waiver to this requirement, given all the money the city spent on the new Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Submission of colonias infrastructure application to the state Department of Finance Authority.

RFP award for sanitary sewer system relocation to CH2M Hill.

The project would relocate or rehabilitate almost every foot of the sewer line that parallels Rio Ruidoso within the city limits.

Approval of payment for Waste Water Treatment Plant invoice for March.

This month’s bill worked out to $24,434.21.

Special dispenser permit to the Village of Ruidoso tourism department for a reception to be held May 4 at the Hubbard Museum.

The museum is hosting the first stop of a familiarization tour for bank and travel club managers.

Purchase of four used police vehicles from New Mexico State Police.

According to police chief Doug Babcock, the cost is $2,500 each, and cost $4,500 for new paint and graphics on the vehicles. This would be paid from the law enforcement protection fund.

Mayor’s recommendation of a primary appointee to the Waste Water Treatment Plant Joint Use Board.

Mayor’s recommendation to the Planning and Zoning Committee.

Judy Miller was the appointee, but JUB rules state one member has to be from the public works department, and department director Cleatus Richards is that person. Sue Garrett was up for consideration.


What it’s about

How they voted

Request from William McCarty to drill domestic well for landscaping purposes.

The well will drill down to utilize water unsuitable for drinking, to be used for landscaping only. This will save the town’s drinking water supply.

Passed 5-1 with drought and meter provisions. Councilor Gloria Sayers voted against.

Utilities change orders to cover increased fees from FNF on the Eagle Bridge project.

ADA codes and standards were added after the estimate, making the project available for FEMA reimbursement funds, but costing more.

Ordinance 2012-03, issuing GRT Refunding Revenue Bonds for refinancing purposes.

Refinancing will pay and discharge the village’s outstanding bonds from 2001, and utilize current lower interest rates to offer the village a savings.

Passed unanimously

Passed unanimously

Passed unanimously

Passed unanimously

Passed unanimously

Carrizozo Town Council Passed unanimously


What it’s about

How they voted

Project 1500

The project’s goal is to grow Carrizozo to 1,500 residents by July 4, 2017. Also included in the promotion is Adopt a Block.

No vote needed.

Passed unanimously

Police report on drug search at Carrizozo schools. Passed unanimously

Well permit at Valle del Sol expired. The motion died for lack of a second.

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A drug search dog worked more than three hours, searched lockers and all school grounds and found one marijuana pipe. Police Chief Steve Barnett commended the school. Carrizozo needs a 40year plan in place to justify claimed water rights and request for a permanent permit.

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Democrats meet and greet at K-Bob’s A “fiscal conservative,” Castellano also states she understands that rural areas provide support for metro New Mexico and says she’ll represent both. “Good isn’t good enough. I’ll be a great senator and a strong voice,” says Castellano. Castellano states she’s personally a “prolife Democrat,” but believes “to each their own” and will support a woman’s right to choose, along with supporting same-sex marriage. Stephanie Dubois, a candidate for State Senator, District 33 states, “I’m going to be as liberal and Democrat as I can be.” A New Mexico resident for more than 30 years, Dubois stated she’s against her Republican opponent William Burt (R), broadcaster from Alamogordo, stating, “Our voice hasn’t been heard for a long time. I’m going to go up for the common good.” Dubois is a pro-choice candidate, supporting a woman’s right to choose. She also states she feels strongly about Governor Martinez’ Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press initiative regarding social promotion. “I’m not Nicole Castellano candidate for State Senator district 39 for leaving third graders’ back.” Dubois states which now entails Northern Ruidoso all the way north to she’s spoken with teachers who agree with her. Santa Fe and Las Vegas attended a Democrat candidate Regarding illegal immigrants’ driver’s limeet and greet at K-Bob’s. censes, Dubois states, “They’re going to drive middle class.” on our roads anyway,” and supports licensing “If we’d speak up, we’re in the right – not on the those who cross the US border illegally. right,” said Mitchell. Mitchell, long time Democrat Party supporter, Speaking about issues close to home, Mitchell spoke about past US Presidential leadership, citing several as those who “used warned Democrats to pay attention to municipal or county candidates who stand against the community the government for the presence of Lincoln County Medical Center and Eastern common good.” Lincoln, New Mexico University-Ruidoso. FDR, Truman, LBJ were LCMC Board member for 30 years and chair for the listed as presidents who’ve ingredients. By As I learn the past 15, Mitchell is passionate about the hospital. “been supportive of the choosing products importance of reducwith these criteing my impact on ria, I feel that my the environment The air in the mountains is thin – family will expose in order to leave a your chainsaw needs AmericAn Oxygen themselves to less sustainable world harmful toxins as for my children and we often put these future generations to products on our come, I have learned bodies and often a few tricks. Bebreathe chemicals cause of my efforts released in the air as I realize that I have these products are created healthy habapplied. its and it is exciting to see my children And I just Angie Fernandez adopt these habits as wouldn’t live up to eco-friendly living my “Veggie Gurl” has become very much a part of our name if I didn’t remind everyone that lives. purchasing plenty of fresh fruits and Here are a few thoughts that may vegetables is good for the environment inspire you to incorporate similar as they primarily come in natures own practices: packaging. Another great trick I use is When I shop, there are several to reuse the bags my oranges come in questions I ask myself before I make to load up my fresh produce as it minimy purchases: Do I really need it, mizes my use of the plastic produce or just want it and can I live without bags at the grocery store. it? Can I purchase this item from a For many years our parents and second hand source? Will I use this grandparents lived a lifestyle where product often enough to purchase this they used and reused everything, so item in bulk? Is this item offered in we know it can be done. The world is packaging that is less harmful to the working on getting back to this way environment? Can this product be of living and as we begin to embrace purchased from a locally made source it, so will our children. It is easy to to reduce pollution associated with be “green” when you begin to think travel? Did I remember to bring my “green”, all you have to do is retrain reusable shopping bags? your brain. When purchasing items such as I hope you join our community in laundry soap, dish soap, shampoos, the numerous activities planned this lotions, cleaning supplies, etc., I often week that support a “green” lifestyle check the labels for signs that the as we celebrate “Earth Week” for products are biodegradable, earthmore information, please visit www. friendly and contain mostly natural

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Candidates on the Democrat ticket for Senate and Lincoln County Commission seats met last Thursday to introduce themselves and their opinions. Chairman Dick Mastin reminded all who attended that every vote counts. Along with featured speaker local attorney Gary Mitchell, several candidates including Nicole Castellano, and Stephanie Dubois spoke about what each feels is important this go around in elections. Corinne Haley introduced herself as a candidate for Lincoln County Commission District 1. Saying she’s new to politics and an independent, Haley asked for advice and assistance from the party, while demonstrating her willingness to both run for office and serve. Nicole Castellano is a candidate for State Senator District 39. Castellano’s family has been entrenched in New Mexico politics. Her father, Joe Cruz Castellano, Jr. was a Santa Fe District Attorney and state District Judge, instrumental in bringing CASA to northern New Mexico. Mother, Bea Castellano Lockhart, was the first woman to run for state Attorney General in the 80s. Castellano, bilingual in Spanish and English has a BBA from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Baylor. She’s a business owner, mother of two, and wife of Jim Williamson, of NM Public Regulation Commission. Her four priorities are New Mexico children, veterans, seniors and the disabled. Calling the current educational system an “educational Titanic,” Castellano states, “The decline in our educational system is deplorable to me. I’ll become involved to upright the Titanic.”

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The psychling chronicles: Repetition Motors of that bicycle I stared at the photo world – Bianchi with its of our nine-year-old Reparto Corse workshop nephew on his gold colproducing magical racored, banana seat, highing machines. rise handlebar equipped I held true to English Schwinn “Sting-Ray” and American bicycles with his left arm pointing for years, if for no straight in the air with other reason, I could prohis little fist acknowlnounce the names. But edging his freedom as then I saw the 1979 film, he sped, coasting with “Breaking Away” and I abandon, down a slight had to find a Masi. Years road incline. The pholater a friend found one tographer had blurred for me. And the ride was the background using (and is) to live for. It is the panning technique Galen Farrington almost as if the artiste and the resulting image had infused an ethereal projected the innocent freedom of “energy-less” speed. That mo- element into the frame and its components ment in time was the adrenalin rush that is allowing the collection of tubes and parts to unite with its rider and form a bond of sought repeatedly by the skilled cyclist. oneness that translates to a near perfect Bicycles are basically simple maride. Italian passion for bicycling is rechines offering a simple pleasure that nowned and today Italy thrives as the only we’ve made extraordinarily complex in country that can produce a bicycle from our attempt to enhance that first, liberatraw material to the finished product. ing experience. My first two bikes (may Italian innovation is on its own they rest in pieces) were the single-speed, schedule and all of those hours spent American made, fat tired bikes of the late 50’s and early 60’s that lasted through the productively eating and playing during their mandatory lunch hours has resulted abuse of pre-puberty as they broke and lost parts. The second bike was a tool that in the cycling summit of mechanical achievement with Bianchi’s new “Oltre provided me with a means for work and Super,” a techno wonder frame that can enabled the ten-speed dream bike I had be assembled with Italian hydraulics and lusted for. The multiple gears allowed me the ex- electronics to operate disc brakes and tended freedom of riding up the long Hill- derailleurs for twenty two gears. Peloton’s road test states the bike “... has been tuned side Avenue climb to complete the eight to perfection.” What’s not to love? mile ride to the Kissena Park Velodrome The image of our nephew during where I’d see bicycles with the names of that captured moment of simplistically unpronounceable Italian artists on their down tubes. Intriguing names like Cinelli, innocent bicycling freedom is often what reminds me of why I ride. And often, I Guerciotti, Pogliaghi, Ciocc, DeBarnardi, just can’t wait to repeat it. Frejus, Tommasini, and the General

Collections, surprises and funerals

I’d like to think I’m a piece priced at $110,000 discriminating collector. which had been available But I’d be wrong. for years. After Kinkade’s death the manager of A friend of mine once the gallery announced it tried to teach me all about sold in a few hours for how to decorate, which $150,000. The next 48 colors I needed to use, and hours produced more than the rules of arrangement. 300 online orders. Alive, I told her that it was my his sales languished. Dead, house, thank you, and if he’s a star again. I wanted to hang an old, Death is a bit, well, beaten-up skillet on my different in Hutchison wall next to a Thomas Land. If you’re alive, all’s Kinkade lithograph, I’d well. If you die, family just do it. My husband’s Sue Hutchison members come out of the never complained. And woodwork to attend your the Kinkade police funeral. A bit late. Perhaps it’s because of haven’t cited me for defamation. the free post funeral meal. We Hutchisons For a few years, I collected Kinkade eat. artifacts. Lithographs, tins, books, mugs, I’m past my Kinkade stage. I’m on to stationery and even a night light were another artist who is pretty amazing. His amassed. (I don’t even use night lights.) quote: “Where some paint a dictionary, I For some reason, I liked the mental vacapaint a story,” is completely accurate. If tion his pieces gave me. “The End of a you’ve been reading my work lately you Perfect Day” and “The Valley of Peace” were two of my favorites. Mocking family know who he is. Many readers are on to him, too. members gathered on holidays to count I’ve made it a point to tell this artist Kinkade items in my home. I believe the just how much I love his work (and him last count was well over 40. It’s a collecand his lovely wife). tion, people! Of course I have a lot! I don’t know what’s around my corner There’s a fine line between a collecbut I don’t plan on being late when it tion and an obsession. Kinkade died last week. As of yet, it’s comes to letting those around me know uncertain how he died. He was called The what I feel. Life is short. Just so you know, if you’re helping Painter of Light, but it’s been found that his life was less than light-filled in several to plan it, I want chocolate at my funeral. Lots of it. areas. I’m not one to judge, and we all face times when we just can’t seem to Sue, who may have a few Kinkades availfind our way. My sincere sympathies are able for purchase, may be reached at extended to his friends and family. His hometown gallery had an original

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April 9

Baseball Capitan 5, Texico 1

April 10

Baseball Ruidoso 8, Dexter 3 Softball Capitan 11, Lordsburg 0 Capitan 20, Lordsburg 0 Boys tennis Roswell 8, Ruidoso 1 Girls tennis Roswell 9, Ruidoso 0

April 11

Softball Alamogordo 9th d. Mescalero (2)

April 12

Softball Ruidoso 11, Dexter 1 Boys tennis Portales 9, Ruidoso 0 Girls tennis Portales 9, Ruidoso 0

April 13

Softball Capitan 20, Mescalero 0 Capitan 16, Mescalero 1 Lovington 20, Ruidoso 5 Lovington 19, Ruidoso 9

April 14

Baseball Ruidoso 3, Lovington 1 Ruidoso 8, Portales 2 Capitan 11, Dora 1 Capitan 11, Dora 1

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April 17

Baseball Capitan at Logan, 3 p.m. Ruidoso at Artesia (2), 4 p.m. Softball Capitan at Mesilla Valley (2), 3 p.m. Ruidoso at Portales (2), 4 p.m. Golf Ruidoso in Coyote Invitational at Roswell’s New Mexico Military Institute golf course, 8 a.m.

April 19

Softball Dexter at Capitan, 3 p.m. Mescalero at Mesilla Valley (2), 3 p.m. Track and field Capitan, Carrizozo, Mescalero, Hondo, Corona track in Tiger Invite at Capitan, 3 p.m. Tennis NMMI at Ruidoso, 3 p.m.

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Ruidoso a half-point off from team title

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor There weren’t many state qualifying marks for anybody at this year’s Warrior Invite Saturday at Ruidoso High School, but no coach was expecting to see many marks on a hazy, windblown day which saw gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. The main focus for Ruidoso coach Colt Harrelson was competing for a team title. “The effort was great, and that was with us running only one relay. To almost win the meet, that shows we did well,” Harrelson said. “With our team, we spread the scoring out.” Harrelson almost got his wish, as the Ruidoso boys fell just a half-point short of earning a team title, scoring 81 points to Socorro’s 81½. The Warriors got a great deal of points from their field events, scoring 37 points and paced by the throwing duo of Tanner Chavez and Matthew Carr, who finished first and second in both the discus and shot put. The pair both re-qualified for state with their throws in the shot, but they weren’t their best throws of the year. Again, qualifying in Saturday’s blustery conditions wasn’t really the goal. “We had good effort in every event we were in,” Harrelson said. One team that really experienced frustration was the Capitan boys, who still could not get their 4x400 relay team qualified. Coach Collin Justiss had a feeling a good time wouldn’t be possible anyway, given the weather, but he had to scratch his team when his anchor runner – Tim Dickinson – came up dehydrated and unable to run. “That’s got us cursed,” Justiss said of the 4x400. “Anyone else we could have put in had just run the mile, so that would have been worthless.” The 4x400 is the final relay team Capitan needs to qualify, and Justiss has admitted he’s put all the Tigers’ eggs in the relay basket if they want to challenge for a Class 2A title come May. The Tigers almost experienced disaster

end of the field for his cue. “It just took some patience and a little bit of luck.” Cordova is currently the top thrower in Class 1A. The Ruidoso girls weren’t as successful team-wise – they finished fourth overall – but still got 59 points thanks to some speedy Lady Warriors. Ryann Flack again qualified in the 300-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 49.22 seconds, while teammate TyLynn Smith was third at 53.83. The two also placed in the 100-meter hurdles. Flack was fifth overall in the 100-meter dash, besting teammate Maggie Black in sixth by .08 Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press seconds. Black was also Ruidoso’s Matthew Carr throws the shot put during the third in the 200-meter dash Warrior Invitational, Saturday, at RHS. Carr was second ahead of teammate Chloe in the competition behind teammate Tanner Chavez. Whipple, while Smith, Flack, Lea Zoller and Isa Lindsey combined to win the 4x400 relay. Running wasn’t all the Lady Warriors could do. Smith cleared 5 feet in the high in the 4x100 relay in the second handoff, jump for a state qualifying mark to win when Tory Padilla got tripped up in Garret that event, while Flack qualified in the long Schultz’s spikes, but he was able to recover jump with a leap of 15 feet, 9¾ inches. and Capitan still won the race by .25 secThe only other area girl to make her onds with a time of 46.06. mark and qualify for state was Carrizozo’s “We’d have run a 43 if that hadn’t hap- Analicia Beltran, who threw the discus pened,” Justiss said. “It’s always some97-7½ to finish second ahead of Hondo’s thing.” Brenda Macias in third with a throw of 86-6. One local who did have a good day All five area small schools – Capitan, was Mescalero’s Godfrey Cordova, who Carrizozo, Hondo, Mescalero and Corona threw the javelin 170 feet, 11 inches – his – will be in Capitan this Thursday for the personal best this year – to win the compe- Tiger Invite, while Ruidoso will travel to tition and re-qualify for state – even in the Artesia this Friday. swirling wind. Cordova’s best throw was his last, and he said patience was the key in that throw. “I just took my time and waited for the wind to let up,” said Cordova, who was watching a flag on the goal post at the other

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April 20

Baseball Gateway Christian at Capitan (2), 1 p.m. Track and field Ruidoso at Artesia, TBA

April 21

Baseball Tularosa at Ruidoso (2), noon Softball Cobre at Ruidoso (2), noon Tennis Mesilla Valley at Ruidoso, 3 p.m.

April 23

Baseball Capitan at Elida, 3 p.m. Tennis Ruidoso at Lovington, 3 p.m.

Little League Majors April 11 – Marlins 9, Dodgers 6 April 13 – Cubs 5, Tigers 4 April 14 – Marlins 9, Rays 7 April 15 – Tigers 7, Yankees 5 Minors April 10 – Jays 18, Red Sox 1 April 12 – Jays 15, Dodgers 5 April 14 – Pirates 13, Red Sox 6 Phillies 11, Dodgers 8 Farm April 9 – Pirates 14, D’Backs 1 April 10 – Mets 16, Tigers 10 April 11 – A’s 13, Pirates 8 April 12 – Mets 8, Yankees 1 April 13 – Tigers 15, D’Backs 0

Ryann Flack Ruidoso Lady Warrior track Flack was one of the few that got a state qualifying mark on a difficult day at the Warrior Invitational Saturday, easily winning the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.22 She was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that won in 4:30.32.

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Ruidoso’s TyLynn Smith leaps over the bar during the high jump competition of the Warrior Invitational, Saturday, at RHS.

Mescalero’s Godfrey Cordova, Jr. won the javelin competition – and re-qualified for state – at the Warrior Invitational, Saturday, at Ruidoso High School.

Warrior nine evens district record By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Ruidoso’s baseball team came into Saturday’s District 4-3A round robin play with their backs to the ropes. By the time they left Portales, the Warriors had a whole new life with a 3-1 win over Lovington and 8-2 victory over Portales. Portales was able to beat Lovington 3-0 in Saturday’s opener, meaning Ruidoso – at 2-2 in district – is now in better control of its destiny. A sweep at home April 28 would secure the district title for the Warriors. In the first game against Lovington, Ruidoso coach Gilbert Alvarado said the Wildcats threw their best pitcher at them and it was a close one the whole way through, but Julian Lopez threw only 67 pitches during the complete game for

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Portales catcher Matt Martinez is able to apply the tag to Ruidoso baserunner Ryan Francis in the second inning Saturday at Portales. the victory. Game two saw Denver Coronado earn a six-hit, 126-pitch win over the Rams. “”Both pitched through mistakes and we really shored up our defense,” Alvarado said. “We almost let Portales back in twice, but they never capitalized. “It was a very good couple of wins for us,” Alvarado said.

“It was very good for us to get on the road and even our record.”

Revenge against Dexter OK, maybe “revenge” is too strong a word when referring to Ruidoso’s 8-3 victory over Dexter April 10, but beating the Demons after having lost to them at home feels pretty

good to the Warriors. Ruidoso (6-8) got solid pitching from Ryan Francis, who went all seven innings for the victory. Francis also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Ruidoso coach Gilbert Alvarado said the Warriors had carried over their level of play from their win over defending 3A state champion Sandia Prep last Saturday. “They didn’t get complacent after that win,” Alvarado said. “That’s a pretty good sign.” The Warriors were only up by one run heading into the fifth inning, then scored four runs in two innings to effectively put the game away. “That’s how you win, playing well from the fifth inning on,” Alvarado said. “We closed it and didn’t let them back in. It’s good to see them continue playing like that.”

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Capitan softball wins a pair of shortened games this time,” said Capitan coach Rodney Griego, comparing the doubleheader to the Tigers’ games against Lordsburg – in which just about every Capitan player that came to the plate walked. “Their pitcher can get it over the plate and will be good in years to come.” While Capitan was hitting at will, Hughes was keeping Mescalero (3-0, 2-2) from doing anything at all. She had a hand in every Lady Chief putout, including five strikeouts in just two innings. Jamie Chee replaced Holder in the circle in the second inning, but didn’t have much better success, allowing nine runs on just two hits. Errors were the story of that inning, as Mescalero committed three miscues amidst all the scoring. Game two was a little better for Mescalero, as they were able to get runners on the bases, although Amber Shanta was the only one to score, getting on with a walk and eventually scoring on a wild pitch by Hughes. Capitan rapped out 10 hits in the game, and although the Lady Chiefs were able to get the game into the third inning, errors again proved to be Mescalero’s undoing. “Those errors and overthrows, we’ve got to cut back on them,” said Mescalero coach Cyrus Simmons. “It doesn’t help that we’re missing some players.” Mescalero – thanks to spring break, prom and injuries – had just nine girls to field, but Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press Simmons expects to Capitan’s Teyna Montoya, right, follows through on a have a fuller team when swing, Friday, at Capitan. they play at Mesilla By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor CAPITAN – There may have been some dispute over a rule that allowed the umpires to call the games after the second and third inning Friday, but there was no disputing that Capitan is the team to beat in District 4-1A/2A. The Lady Tigers cruised to a pair of 20-0 and 16-1 wins over Mescalero in games that came to an end each time at the discretion of the umpires, citing an NMAA rule that allowed games to end early if one team is up by 20 runs or more. Neither team could find that rule in the book at the field, but in the end, it didn’t really matter. Capitan was crushing the Lady Chiefs. Capitan (10-4, 4-0 district) wasted no time putting up runs in the first game, scoring 11 on seven hits and four walks off of Lady Chief starter Ardis Holder. Three of the Lady Tigers’ hits were inside-the-par home runs – one by Marie Villegas and two by Sidni Hughes. “At least we were hitting the ball

traCK and Field results Ruidoso Warrior Invite at Ruidoso High School (*-State qualifying mark) BOYS 1. Socorro 81.5; 2. Ruidoso 81; 3. Capitan 74; 4. Valencia 64.5; 5. Belen 62; 6. Tularosa 28; 7. Melrose 21; 8. Carrizozo 13; 9. Mescalero 10. 100 meter dash – 1. Ray Vaiza, Soc, 11.88; 2. Dominic Baca, Soc, 11.94; 3. Joshua Burbank, Val, 11.99; 4. Charles Montoya, Bel, 11.99; 5. Lance Widner, Mel, 12.07; 6. Matthew Carr, Rui, 12.15. 200 meter dash – 1. Ray Vaiza, Soc, 23.99; 2. Dominic Baca, Soc, 24.74; 3. Lance Widner, Mel, 25.07; 4. Estevan Carrasco, Bel, 25.7; 5. Gilbert Espinoza, Bel, 25.72; 6. Nicky Otero, Val, 25.9. 400 meter dash – 1. Ray Vaiza, Soc, 51.95*; 2. Dominic Baca, Soc, 55.14; 3. Luis Leyva, Rui, 56.03; 4. Chris Estrada, Rui, 56.86; 5. Jace Hill, Car, 58;97, 6. Travis Mosher, Rui, 1:00.67. 800 meter run – 1. Tyler Valdez, Bel, 2:05.25; 2. Justin Driskell, Val, 2:09.92; 3. Bruce Klinekole, Rui, 2:12.47; 4. Tyrin Julius, Rui, 2:20.17; 5. Raul Orona, Rui, 2:20.7; 6. Dylan Pareo, Mel, 2:22.78. 1600 meter run – 1. Brent Kernohan, Tul, 5:11.63; 2. Rylan Vega, Rui, 5:15.13; 3. Strait Sedillo, Cap, 5:17.14; 4. Eddie Parada, Val, 5:19.96; 5. Manuel Guerro, Bel, 5:32.87; 6. Elliot Yuzos, Tul, 5:33.58. 3200 meter run – 1. Brent Kernohan, Tul, 11:28.86; 2. Eddie Parada, Val, 11:32.2; 3. Rylan Vega, rui, 11:37.1; 4. Manuel Guerro, Bel, 11:39.56; 5. Brent Robare, Bel, 11:53.57; 6. Elliot Yuzos, Tul, 12:40.96. 110 meter hurdles – 1. Travis Mosher, Rui, 16.8; 2. Cody Thompson, Bel, 18.31; 3. Kaleb Cleckler, Cap, 19.36; 4. Gavin Simpson, Cap, 21.06; 5. Rocky Cordova, Rui, 21.38; 6. Brian Baldonado, Bel, 21.81. 300 meter hurdles – 1. Kaleb Cleckler, Cap, 47.63; 2. Troy Lowe, Val, 48.12; 3. Tyler Coleman, Rui, 48.41; 4. Strait Sedillo, Cap, 48:47; 5. Elliot Yuzos, Tul, 49.3; 6. Cody Thompson, Bel, 49.32. 4x100 meter relay – 1. Capitan, 46.06; 2. Belen, 46.31; 3. Socorro, 46.33; 4. Melrose, 46.72*; 5. Valencia, 48.52; 6. Carrizozo, 49.12. 4x200 meter relay – 1. Capitan, 1:36.69; 2. Belen, 1:39.03; 3. Melrose, 1:42.86; 4. Carrizozo, 1:45.76; 5. Valencia, 1:48.25; 6. Socorro, 1:54.04. 4x400 meter relay – 1. Valencia, 3:42.3; 2. Ruidoso, 3:49.5; 3. Socorro, 4:36.24. Medley relay – 1. Valencia 3:51.22; 2. Capitan, 3:52.13; 3. Belen, 4:01.09; 4. Melrose, 4:31.37*. High jump – 1. Chance Brill,

Tul, 5-10*; 2. Travis Mosher, Rui, 5-06; 3. Tory Padilla, Cap, 5-04; 4. Phillip Payan, Cap, 5-02; 5. Jeric Chavez, Soc, 5-0; tie, Justin Driskell, Val, 5-0; tie, Carl Barela, Car, 5-0. Pole vault – 1. Lucas Romero, Val, 12-0*; 2. Dushan Gacanich, Soc, 9-06; 3. Troy Littlefield, Bel, 9-06; 4. Troy Lowe, Val, 8-0. Long jump – 1. Ray Vaiza, Soc, 20-10*; 2. Adam Paz, Soc, 20 ½*; 3. Tory Padilla, Cap, 1905; 4. Godfrey Cordova, Mes, 18-10¾; 5. Nickolas Chavez, Car, 17-11¼; 6. Joseph Lash, Bel, 17-11. Triple jump – 1. Adam Paz, Soc, 40-06; 2. Tim Dickinson, Cap, 40-02½*; 3. Wambli Little Spotted Horse, Rui, 40-02½; 4. Brent Kernohan, Tul, 36-11½; 5. Gavin Nagy, Val, 36-06¾; 6. Raymie Barela, Val, 35-11½. Discus – 1. Tanner Chavez, Rui, 125-06; 2. Matthew Carr, Rui, 124-3½; 3. Chris Martinez, Bel, 113-06; 4. Marcos Griego, Val, 111-½; 5. Zachary Zamora, Car, 108-7½; 6. Justin Sarate, Soc, 105-1½. Javelin – 1. Godfrey Cordova, Mes, 170-11*; 2. Strait Sedillo, Cap, 140-02; 3. Garret Schultz, Cap, 138-11; 4. Nate Fenby, Soc, 120-11; 5. Dustin Downs, Bel, 119-07; 6. Jericho Testerman, Rui, 117-04. Shot put – 1. Tanner Chavez, Rui, 46-07*; 2. Matthew Carr, 45-04*; 3. Sam Hale, Soc, 4110¾. GIRLS Team standings 1. Belen 101; 2. Valencia 94; 3. Melrose 84; 4. Ruidoso 59; 5. Socorro 22; 6. Tularosa 22; 7. Carrizozo 9; 8. Hondo 4; tie, Mescalero 4; 10. Capitan 3. 100 meter dash – 1. Alexis Begay, Bel, 12.9*; 2. Cara Barnard, Mel, 12.93*; 3. Tamara Chavez, Soc, 13.11; 4. Michelle Traynham, Val, 13.49; 5. Ryann Flack, Rui, 13.63, 6. Maggie Black, Rui, 13.71. 200 meter dash – 1. Kaitlyn D’Archangeli, Bel, 28.09; 2. Kristina Contratto, Val, 28.63; 3. Maggie Black, Rui, 29.23; 4. Chloe Whipple, Rui, 29.38; 5. Khyra Sonnabend, Val, 29.6; Jazirae Chavira, Val, 29.86. 400 meter dash – 1. Zoe Howell, Soc, 1:02.18*; 2. Michelle Traynham, Val, 1:05.75; 3. Celena Orozco, Bel, 1:07.15; 4. Ari Valdez, Bel, 1:09.9; 5. Sara Lopez, Val, 1:09.33; 6. Alicia Carbajal, Val, 1:09.52. 800 meter run – 1. Amber Saiz, Bel, 2:24.52*; 2. Zoe Howell, Soc, 2:27.99*; 3. Carisma Lovato, Val, 2:34.05; 4. Tayler Hendren, Bel, 2:38.37; 5. Barbary Welch, Rui, 2:41.26; 6. Alisha Montoya, Bel, 2:46.05. 1600 meter run – 1. Tayler Hendren, Bel, 5:54.97; 2. Corina Baca, Val, 6:32.92; 3. Cailey Payne, Mel, 6:46.28; 4. Kaylyn

Gomez, Bel, 6:53.57; 5. Leah Guenerich, Soc, 7:27.94. 3200 meter run – 1. Tayler Hendren, Bel, 12:36.81*; 2. Victoria Cordova, Bel, 13:51.62; 3. Corina Baca, Val, 14:04.12. 100 meter hurdles – 1. Jazirae Chavira, Val, 17.3; 2. Kristina Contratto, Val, 17.54; 3. Ryann Flack, Rui, 18.02; 4. TyLynn Smith, Rui, 19.19; 5. Natasha Sprunk, Bel, 19.95; 6. Tara Lamay,Tul, 19.99. 300 meter hurdles – 1. Ryann Flack, Rui, 49.22*; 2. Kristina Contratto, Val, 52.05; 3. TyLynn Smith, Rui, 52.83; 4. Kalyn Hazen, Cap, 55.35; 5. Natasha Sprunk, Bel, 56.46; 6. Angelina Stanzione, Soc, 56.59. 4x100 meter relay – 1. Belen, 53.35*; 2. Tularosa, 54.24; 3. Melrose, 55.49; 4. Socorro, 1:04.16. 4x200 meter relay – 1. Belen, 1:55.54; 2. Tularosa, 1:57.08; 3. Ruidoso, 1:59.77; 4. Socorro, 2:01.56; 5. Melrose, 2:06.94. 4x400 meter relay – 1. Ruidoso, 4:30.32; 2. Valencia, 4:31.00; 3. Belen, 4:36.12. Medley relay – 1. Melrose, 4:33.21*; 2. Belen, 4:41.66.* High jump – 1. TyLynn Smith, Rui, 5-0*; 2. Cara Barnard, Mel, 4-10*; 3. Keiana SanchezChavez, Bel, 4-10*; 4. Caley Barnard, Mel, 4-08*; 5. Khyra Sonnabend, Val, 4-04; 6. Addisen Dial, Mel, 4-04. Pole vault – 1. Caley Barnard, Mel, 11-00*; 2. Jensen Hatch, Val, 8-06*; 3. Julie Aster, Soc, 8-00; 4. Kelsey Draper, Mel, 7-06; 5. Addisen Dial, Mel, 7-06; 6. Ember Woods, Mel, 6-0. Long jump – 1. Cara Barnard, Mel, 16-06½*; 2. Caley Barnard, Mel, 16-02*; 3. Ryann Flack, Rui, 15-09¾*; 4. Angelina Stanzione, Soc, 15-01¾; 5. TyLynn Smith, Rui, 15-01; 6. Addisen Dial, Mel, 14-07. Triple jump – 1. Caley Barnard, Mel, 34-05¾*; 2. Cara Barnard, Mel, 33-05¼*; 3. Michelle Traynham, Val, 32-01¾; 4. Kendra Jacobs, Mel, 30-05½; 5. Angelina Stanzione, Soc, 29-08¼; 6. Aviana Garcia, Tul, 29-06½. Discus – 1. Jenae Wolfram, Val, 104-06*; 2. Analicia Beltran, Car, 97-07½*; 3. Brenda Macias, Hon, 86-06; 4. Bryn Botko, Soc, 79-09; 5. Andrea Beltran, Car, 76-09; 6. Mariah Anaya, Soc, 75-03. Javelin – 1. Michelle Traynham, Val, 119-10*; 2. Gabrielle Mendoza, Bel, 105-09*; 3. Valerie Garcia, Mes, 93-10; 4. Cassidy Doherty, Mel, 89-09; 5. Marissa Sarate, Socorro, 84-07; 6. Michelle Rivera, Soc, 83-07. Shot put – 1. Jenae Wolfram, Val, 37-00*; 2. Michelle Traynham, Val, 33-04½; 3. Jana Rice, Tul, 31-04½*; 4. Analicia Beltran, Car, 30-0; 5. Kelsey Draper, Mel, 29-03½; 6. Michelle Rivera, Soc, 28-07.

Valley April 19. Capitan will be at Mesilla Valley two days before, and Griego sees the SonBlazers as their biggest challenge in district. That doesn’t mean he’s counting out

Mescalero. “Every team gets stronger, so we can expect that from them,” Griego said of the Lady Chiefs. “We’ll have to keep getting better, and I expect them to as well.”

Ruidoso tennis soldiers on By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor At this point, there really aren’t any surprises for the Ruidoso tennis team. The outcome against Roswell, April 10, at Schoolhouse Park was similar to all the other team matches the Warriors have had this year, as the Coyotes almost swept both the boys and girls teams. The only thing that kept it from being a complete sweep was Daniel Marshall’s singles match against Pedro Ruiz, a match Marshall won 6-3, 6-2. That doesn’t mean Ruidoso wasn’t without any fight in the rest of its matches. Marshall paired up with Matthew Davis in a loss to Roswell’s Ruiz and Dylan McArthur, taking the Coyote pair to a tiebreaker before falling 7-5 in the first set. On the girls side, Arianna Montelongo got competitive near the end in her singles match against Alicia Romero, falling 6-4 in the second set, and Montelongo paired with Tanner Wapaha to take six games from the Roswell

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Ruidoso eighth grader Erica French returns the ball in her singles match against Roswell’s Desiree Cooper, April 10, at Schoolhouse Park. duo of Romero and Jesse Jennings. Ruidoso coach Dennis Johnston said the girls – despite losing every match – show a lot of promise for having a number of beginners on the squad. “They’re seeing what it takes to get better, and what it means to win,” Johnston said. “I like the hustle and work by those beginners. They’ve only played two months, but it looks like they’ve already played a year. There’s a great future for them.” On Thursday, it was another instance in which the Ruidoso tennis team – in most cases – couldn’t buy a point against their opponent, but once more Marshall proved he was up to the task.

Marshall took Portales’ Mychael Sturm to a third set in singles competition, finally falling 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in the first match of a 9-0 sweep by both the boys and girls Ram teams Thursday at Portales. Marshall teamed with Davis at No. 1 doubles and lost to Strum and Austin Lucero, 6-2, 6-2 as the only other truly competitive boys match of the day. On the girls side, Montelongo lost her first set to Kim Spotswood at No. 2 doubles in straight games, but came close to tying it up in the second, losing 6-4. The Warriors host New Mexico Military Institute this Thursday at 3 p.m. at Schoolhouse Park.

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Lady Warriors can’t hold leads at Lovington By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor This wasn’t at all how Ruidoso softball coach Sal Beltran wanted to start District 4-3A play. The Lady Warriors dropped a pair of games to Lovington, Friday, 20-5 and 19-9, both ended early on the 10-run rule. There were a number of things that were frustrating about these losses – they were district games, they came after a big win over Dexter Thursday, and in both games, Ruidoso led early. “We started off pretty good, we just couldn’t finish off too well,” Beltran said. “We made some errors here and there and stopped hitting.” The Lady Warriors (4-9, 0-2) were up 5-1 in the first game, but then Lovington unloaded in the bottom of the second for nine runs, then scored eight more in the bottom of the third to put the game out of reach. Beltran said the offense was working well enough for Ruidoso, but once the Lady Wildcats started stringing runs together, it seemed as though

all the air had been let out of his team. “I can’t pinpoint what was the real problem,” Beltran said. “The girls still have some fight in them, and I didn’t see them quit. We just have to keep plugging away.”

Walk-off homer Ruidoso got no small measure of revenge with an 11-1 victory over Dexter Thursday, a game that ended with a walkoff home run by Shanna Sandoval in the sixth inning. Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press “Everything was Ruidoso second baseman Lorely Enriquez, right, puts the tag on Dexclicking today,” Belter’s Sandra Madrid, April 12, during the Lady Warriors’ win at Gavilan tran said. “We had Canyon Field. Backing up on the play is Ruidoso shortstop Marissa no errors and our hit- Gonzales. ting came through. third inning, as Veronica Duran, out seven and allowed only the Everything was on.” on first on a fielder’s choice, one run. “There were a few differeventually made it all the way “That’s probably the best ent things that weren’t workaround on a succession of wild I’ve ever pitched,” said Vining for us,” said Dexter coach cent, whose birthday was TuesChanda Crandall. “But Ruidoso pitches. That was the only time day. “It was a great birthday deserved that win. They were Ruidoso pitcher Destri Vincent present.” doing everything right.” showed any weakness. She Ruidoso started its steady Dexter (3-13) actually walked fi ve runners but struck onslaught of scoring in the botscored first in the top of the

tom of the third with two runs on a single by Sandoval, who went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in. Two more runs came across in the fourth and one in the fifth. Then came the sixth. The Lady Demons were unable to get anyone out in the frame, as Dexter starter Taylor Miles constantly found herself with runners on base. The parade of runs began with a run scoring double by Marissa Gonzales, followed by a 2 RBI single by Destri Vincent. Lorely Enriquez later tripled to drive in Vincent and making it a 9-1 game as Sandoval came to the plate, and all this came with no outs. For a while, it looked as though Sandoval wouldn’t even get on base, getting two quick strikes on her. But she was able to take the next pitch to dead center – just over the 193 foot sign – for the two-run home run to give the Lady Warriors a 10-run lead to bring things to a close. “I wasn’t thinking home run, I was just trying to relax at the plate and the power came out,” Sandoval said. “It was my first home run, and I almost fainted, I was so happy.”

Lady Warriors going to state, boys fall just short By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor For the final day of the Leroy Gooch tournament April 10, the Ruidoso boys were literally on their home turf. The round was played at the Links at Sierra Blanca, where coach Eric Eggleston serves as the golf pro, and where the Warriors have played endless holes in practice. Indeed, the team seemed well on its way to its second qualifying leg in the morning, but then the afternoon rain – and hail – came and busted its momentum. “Some of the kids were playing pretty good, but couldn’t get back into the groove after the delay,” Eggleston said. “Still, it shouldn’t have bothered them that much.” Whatever the reason, Ruidoso shot 335 Tuesday, just one stroke short of a qualifying round and keeping the Warriors from making up ground on Socorro, which won the small-school division with a two-day score of 665. Ruidoso was second at 677, outpacing area rivals Lovington and Portales and district foe Silver. As they did on Monday, Ruidoso had four boys shoot in the 80s, and they ended up seven shots better than at Alto Lakes. But Socorro was better as well, finishing eight strokes in front.

Eggleston said the real problem was the short game, something the Warriors will be working on intensively in advance of the Coyote Invitational next week at Roswell’s Spring River and New Mexico Military Institute courses. “You don’t have to be as accurate in Roswell as you do here with the first shot, so we have to be ready to do some good scoring there from short distances,” Eggleston said. “We’re going to hit the ball as hard as we can off the tee, but it doesn’t matter as much where the ball goes. We just have to get the ball on the green and convert from there.”

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Ruidoso’s Taylor Fjelland chips toward the green of Hole 5 at Cree Meadows golf course, Tuesday, during the final round of the Leroy Gooch Tournament.

Girls headed to state

The Lady Warriors had another good day, scoring 362 on their home course at Cree Meadows – where coach Melissa Misquez is the pro – and earning their third leg to state. Individually, Taylor Fjelland scored an 84, good enough for her third individual leg. Her two-day score of 169 was good enough for sixth overall in the small school division and seventh overall regardless of class size. “Getting the team to state was the first time for the girls in a few years,” Misquez said. “They’re doing outstanding as a team.” Now with more than a month until state, Misquez said every tournament from here on is gravy. Considering the Lady Warriors were just 14 strokes back

Sports in brief Golf fundraiser

of Lovington for third place, she feels the practice could mean a fine showing once they get there. “They’ve got a month to practice, so with that, I think we have the potential to place at state,” Misquez said. “They’re shooting well and believing in themselves more.”

Swimming –April 24 at 19 a.m., the RAC. The Ruidoso Junior Golf AssociaBilliards – April 24 at 10:30 a.m. tion, in partnership with the Ruidoso at Ruidoso Senior Center. High School golf teams, will host the Basketball free throw and three last of six fundraising scrambles at Inn pointers – April 28, 10 a.m. at the of the Mountain Gods this Sunday at Middle School outdoor courts. 1 p.m. Call Melissa Misquez at Cree Horseshoes, May 22 at 10 a.m., Meadows, 257-5815, for more inforSmokey Bear Forest Trail parking lot. mation or to sign up. Recreational events – May 25, 9 Senior Olympics a.m. at Ruidoso High School track. Track and field – May 26, 9 a.m., Qualifying for this year’s state Seniors Olympics has begun, and this Ruidoso High School track. Pickleball – First week of May, year is also a qualifying year for the call 630-1099 to enter. 2013 national games in Cleveland. Raquetball and tennis, contact The age minimum is 50 years as of Dec. 31, 2012, and a $5 registration Bart Young at 257-3193. fee entitles the individual to particiBig Willie Classic pate in all offered events. Deadline A golf fundraiser for People for for early bird registration of $45 for Kids will be held June 16 at Valle Del state games is May 31, while regular Sol Golf Course in Carrizozo. The registration is $60 by June 15. Late tournament is also accepting prize or registration is $70 by June 30. There cash donations to keep the event fun is also an extra fee for bowling, golf, swimming and racquetball. To sign up and interesting for participants. Prizes may include – but are not for any event, call Sandee Jourden at limited to – golf bags, golf clubs, 257-4565. balls, towels, trophies and gift cards. Dates for events are: This event is named after Willie Shuffleboard – April 17, 10:30 Silva, a long-time business owner in a.m., Ruidoso Senior Center. Carrizozo. He contributed greatly over Table Tennis – April 19, 10:30 many years to his community, and we a.m., Ruidoso Senior Center. Golf – April 21 at 1 p.m. at Cree would like to continue that tradition. Meadows. A $5 golf fee is required. For more information, contact Call Jim Clements at 258-4047. James Silva at 480-332-4354.

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER The Ruidoso Bowling Center and 300 Club sponsors would like to congratulate the 300 Club season winners: Keith Brower, Jim McGarvey, Evan Reed, Tom Douglas, Tim Vega, Gene Nitz and Virgil Reynolds. Tuesday Senior team standings, week 30 of 32 Name Won Lost Larry Larry’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 19 The Who? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 27 Serious Not. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28½ 27½ Ageless Wonders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27½ 28½ Spud & the Tater Tots. . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 31 Old Timers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 35 Season high scores Handicap series – Spud & the Tater Tots 2710, The Who? 2704, Serious Not 2650 Handicap game – Ageless Wonders 1002, Larry Larry’s 970, Old Timers 939 Men’s handicap series – Gene Nitz 787, Jim Clements 760, Larry Hindes 742 Men’s handicap game – Harry Allwein 313, Spud Mitchum 302, Tom Bivens 296 Women’s handicap series – Sandi Meek 742, Ursula Eckersley 724, Linda Clements 710 Women’s handicap game – Linda Mitchum 296, Lucy Servies 289, Rose Bivens 277 Wednesday Mixed team standings, week 29 of 32 Name Won Lost Western Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 8 Ruidoso Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 12 Even Par. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 13 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 14 Evan’s Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 15 Ruidoso U-Haul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 17 Knight Riders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 18 Car Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 20 No Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 21 Wild Cards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 22 Season high scores Scratch series – Western Auto 2512, Evan’s Team 2401, Knight Riders 1901 Scratch game – Even Par 867, Ruidoso U-Haul 837, Wild Cards 625

Handicap series – Ruidoso Bowl 2885, No Doubt 2696 Handicap game – Car Quest 960, Team 7 959 Men’s scratch series – Jim McGarvey 789, Evan Reed 728, Mike Kim 678 Men’s scratch game – Tom Douglas, Virgil Reynolds, Keith Brower, Tim Vega, 300 Men’s handicap series – Ronnie Wright 796, Weldon Ganaway 748, Sid Thomas 738 Men’s handicap game – Bob Layher 313, Floyd Ganaway 287, Brad Archer 286 Women’s scratch series – Pam Bernard 621, Irene Pawlowski 482, Sue Reed 476 Women’s scratch game – T.J. Romero 244, Connie Reynolds 191, Anne Lindsey 181 Women’s handicap series – Jean Fanning 708, Trina Thomas 693, Melissa McMillan 676 Women’s handicap game – Crystal Ingle 279, Sharla Ganaway 258, Shelley McGarvey 247 Thursday Men’s team standings, week 29 of 32 Name Won Lost Insidhers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 12 Down’s Auto Repari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 12 Western Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 13 GSV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 13 Buckner Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 17 Ruidoso Septic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 20 Good Ole Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 20 Ruidoso Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 21 Season high scores Scratch series – GSV 3218, Down’s Auto Repair 3084 Scratch game – Western Auto 1268, Insidhers 1104 Handicap series – Buckner Electric 3407, Ruidoso Bowl 3381 Handicap game – Ruidoso Septic 1279, Good Ole Boys 1157 Individual scratch series – David Hoffer 761, Richard Guevara 748, Billy Weddige 733 Individual scratch game – Evan Reed 300, Jim McGarvey 289, Virgil Reynolds 289 Individual handicap series – Brad Archer 792, Ryan Cannon 762, Gene Nitz 748 Individual handicap game – Keith Brower 299, Mike Bryant 298, Hans Dubay 294

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When it comes to time, it’s all relative Once you stop improving your times, we increase some more stress in your running program to help you improve fitness. But, be patient with yourself. Your body needs to adapt to the new stressors and this takes time, and rest. If you try to cut corners, or push the envelope, chances are you will break down either in illness or injury. Rest is a key component as it is during rest that you improve. Remember, Michael Phelps did not get fast overnight. It takes years. It takes time.

by Sarah Crewe with Ty Wyant

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a redhot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” – Albert Einstein. My 14-year-old nephew, Jackson, called last week ecstatic after achieving a personal best time of 50.7 seconds in the 100 freestyle swim at the Junior Olympics. He may as well have won a gold medal – he was so thrilled to have finally broken 51 seconds for a hundred. Try swimming one length of the pool in 12.5 seconds. That’s how fast he swam, for four lengths. For most of us, especially a 14-year-old kid, that’s blazing fast. That time puts you on the radar for swim scholarships. But for Olympic superstar Michael Phelps – who swims a 100 free in 41 seconds or about 10 seconds a length – 50 seconds is slow. It’s all relative. My nephew never told me what place he got. It was irrelevant. At the Tucson half-marathon (13.1 miles) two weeks ago, the female winner ran it in 1:14. Now that’s blazing fast – about 5:40 minutes per mile. She was beaming as she picked up her award. Just as excited was a woman who finished in about three hours. When she crossed the finish line she screamed, arms flailing above

her head, in glory. “I beat my time!” she cried, to her friends who were standing behind the barrier next to me. She didn’t stop jumping and crying for quite some time. Both women were excited about their times, both accomplished their goals: their times are relative. Nothing quite bothers me more than when people ask me two questions: “What is your time for (fill in the blank) – a 40k time trial on the bike, a 10k run, an Ironman – to compare me with either themselves or someone else, and, “What place did you get”? Times for these types of races are all relative. Your times at the same distance at different races depend on so much: The weather, your age, the terrain, the altitude and so much more. Your place depends upon what you cannot control – who your competition is on that day. The only venues where you can ac-

curately compare times are on indoor tracks and in swimming pools (of the same length). What matters is your effort. How far did you dig within yourself to achieve your goal? Did you give it 100 percent, 99 percent, 80 percent? Did you achieve your goal for that day? If so, then you won. “But,” Bob said, “I want to see if I’m getting fitter.” Well, Bob, there are hundreds of ways to measure your fitness. One simple way is to take a route, one you often run. Lets say you run one loop of the Links twice a week. You are now increasing your number of weekly workouts to bike, swim and do a bit more running. You want to see if you are improving but you don’t have time to go to the track or race on a familiar course. The next time you run the Links, run it in your moderate

aerobic zone two if you have a heart-rate monitor. If you do not own one, this is one of the best purchases you can make. You can use “perceived effort” if you don’t have a monitor. Run, keeping your heart rate or perceived effort at a steady level, even on the up hills. Record your time and heart rate (or effort) for that loop. Continue your workouts, varying them as we have discussed, including some hard efforts on up hills, and increasing mileage. After four to six weeks, depending upon the consistency of your training, do that same run at the same effort/heart rate, and if you can, same time of day and weather – try to keep all the variables as consistent as possible. Now, after this run, record your time. Chances are you ran the same course at the same heart rate in a faster time. You are getting fitter, Bob.

All columns are at http:// pages/sports_area. Sarah Crewe is a USAT (USA Triathlon) Level 1 coach who coaches triathletes and is a certified RPM, yoga and American Swim Coach Association Level 2 coach. She is lead faculty for health and physical education at ENMU. To contact Sarah Crewe for training or learn more about the Ruidoso Sprint Triathlon, call the Ruidoso Athletic Club at 257-4900. If you have any training questions for Sarah Crewe, email them to Always contact your doctor before beginning physical training and it is advisable to have a personal coach.

Capitan wins a district pair over Dora By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Capitan won by the identical scores of 11-1 in its baseball double header at Dora Saturday, but coach James Weems said the games were actually quite different. “In that first one, we jumped out on them early, and they (the Coyotes) didn’t score on us until the last inning,” Weems said. “We were able to spread the scoring joy over the entire game.” Game two, however, found Capitan (9-4, 6-0)

the schedule that gives Weems and the Tigers a look at a team outside the district. “It’s good to have another game and another team to see. As long as we can do well, this will look good on our baseball schedule,” Weems said. “It’s hard to know how well we’ll stack up outside our district, that’s why we scheduled this.” Capitan’s next District 4-1A matchup is at home against Gateway Christian April 20, a doubleheader that Weems feels is likely going to determine the district championship. “We’re on a roll now and I feel good about how we’re doing things,” Weems said.

struggling against a Dora pitcher whoe had a 50 mph breaking ball. It took two trips through the batting order before the Tigers could score the game’s first runs in the fourth inning. From then on, it was Capitan’s game for the taking. “That pitching didn’t stop us, it just slowed us down a little bit,” Weems said. “We just needed to take our time and get that pitcher figured out.” Raul Villegas and Tracker Bowen got the wins for the Tigers, combining to strike out 19 Dora batters in the two games. Capitan will be at Logan this Tuesday, a late add to



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Modern-day Houdini’s present award-winning show April 21 • 7 p.m.

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Spencers Theatre of Illusion is a spectacular production filled with never-before-seen-illusions appearing at the Spencer (no relation) on Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. This multi-award winning performance team, which tours with the largest magical production (10 to 12 tons of equipment) in the U.S. today, has redefined the art of illusion by combining original theatrical elements with cutting edge illusions. Kevin & Cindy Spencer have been named “Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year” a staggering six consecutive years, making them one of the most sought-after illusion teams in the magic industry. And having won the “Merlin Award” (the industry’s equivalent of a Tony or Oscar) their peers have recognized them as “the best of the best” naming them International Magicians of the Year, an honor they share with the likes of Copperfield, Henning, Penn & Teller, and Criss

Angel. Why so many awards? For the Spencers, magic is no longer merely about baffling the audience by doing something seemingly impossible. Magic these days is about drama, spectacle, interaction, danger, and personality. “We really do believe in the Doug Henning theory—that magic plus theatre equals art,” Kevin says in reference to his highly acclaimed mentor in illusion. “We take the awesome elements of Broadway and wrap it around illusions to give a high-energy rock show.” And that’s exactly what separates the Spencers from every other magical performer in the field. Packing one of the biggest, most state-of-the- art illusion rigs in the business with theatrical drama, suspenseful music and showstopping personality. “The awards are truly great and we’ve gotten a lot, but the biggest thing for me,” Kevin relates, “is being in the lobby after a show and meeting with fans and hearing which

illusion they loved the most.” The Spencers work with some of the leading inventors, creators and builders in the industry—people like Jim Steinmeyer (“he does all the magic in ‘Beauty & The Beast,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ pretty much everything on Broadway that involves something magical comes out of his mind”) to incorporate original never-before-seen illusions into their production. They survive being sliced in half, vanish and reappear, read minds and also visibly walk through a wall—a mind-boggling illusion last performed by the world’s greatest magician a century ago. See why critics describe the Spencers as “Modern Day Houdinis” by the critics! Excellent seats are available to this family friendly show for $59 & $56. Call the Box Office for tickets at 575-336-4800 or go online to www. today. You won’t believe your eyes!

Interviews with cast members of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ By Desirae Stephenson RHS freshman Ruidoso High Red Feather is at it again. Most of us all love and know “The Wizard of Oz.” This would be a wonderful play to come see, and we hope to see you there. It’s perfect for the family. RHS freshman Katie Robinson plays the role of the Good Witch of the South. Kate was thrown Katie Robinson into this role when the previous witch found her schedule too busy. After getting to know her character, she absolutely loves it. Kate’s favorite part of this character is the gracefulness and how she carries herself. She is excited she can show her graceful side on stage, and just have a lovely presence. Some actors just pretend to be their character, but Kate is her character, this makes her part so much more believable. When I asked Kate “Have you always loved ‘The Wizard of Oz?’” her response was “Yes! I’m obsessed with it, for lack of a better word.” Kate loves to act because she can morph into someone and convince the audience and she’s been at it since she was five. RHS sophomore Noelle Francis is playing the Good Witch of the North. She loves this role because it fits her personality and she’s always loved this charac-

Bust A Move!

Remember rocking out in the 80’s? Well, come rock out with the incredible young dancers of the Ruidoso Dance Ensemble with Bust A Move! Dancers will be performing to top hits from the 1980’s at the Ruidoso Schools Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to sing along and enjoy all the great 80’s costumes to bring you back to younger years. Share with friends and family fond memories from a time past but not forgotten. Performances will be Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 at 2 and 7 p.m. All tickets only $5 available at the door or through any RDE member.

Of maps and monks Copyright © 2012 Jay McKittrick

The people at my bank are all very professional, but more importantly, they’re friendly and have a sense of humor. So when I walk up to the counter and order a double cheese burger, or put five dollars on the No. 2 horse in the third race to win, they all know that I am just having fun. Like the other day for example: As I handed my check and deposit slip to the teller, she asked me very nicely, “Has anyone told you about our free maps?” “No,” I said, like I was interested. “What’s

she has always loved this character and she thinks she can make this character more believable. Turning the character from a goofy-funny one into a evil dork, but she still has all of her diabolical plans. Luci loves to act because you can be a different person, use your imagination, taste a character and feel what it feels. Luci has been professionally acting since she was 13 years old, but she always did mini plays for her mom, sang and read Shakespeare, so she’s always had that intense passion for acting.

Noelle Francis

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ter. Noelle’s favorite character is of course the role she Lincoln County Prayer Breakfast is playing because the witch has so much power, and control, yet she chooses to be good and help others. Thursday, May 3, 2012 Noelle loves the play’s premise, which is there’s no place like home, because in the long run that’s true. For Tickets on sale now: only having two years of acting experience, she has so Gary Woodward, 575-937-2849 much skill. Noelle loves this play because “It’s different than most plays, magical, and Dorothy encounters unique things, plus it’s happy!” RHS sophomore Luci (CENTER OF PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENT) Schiavone is playing the would like to thank our supporters who made our role of the Wicked Witch fundraiser a success. Your generosity and hard of the West. Luci wanted work are greatly appreciated. to play this role because Thanks to the wonderful community supporters who purchased tickets and attended our event to benefit COPE. We are grateful for your generosity and your enthusiasm!


Call 257-3573 for tickets or show time information. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support local talents and enjoy a rockin’ good time.

the deal with the free maps?” “Well this month only,” she began, “If you open a savings account of $25,000 or more, we’ll give you (as a gift) one of these beautiful Rand McNally maps.” “Let me get this straight,” I said to her. “I give you 25 grand, and you give me a map?” “Yes, sir!” she replied. “Let me explain something to you,” I said to her – trying to keep a straight face, “And I don’t mean to be rude, but in Bangkok, if you give em’ 25 thousand dollars, they give you a free monk. You get the bald head, the flip flops, the spiritual enlightenment...” Just then, her super-

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visor joined in on the joke interjecting: “Yes, but you have to feed a monk!” “Are you kidding?” I said, as I starting laughing. “They’re vegetarians who love gardening. Essentially, they’re like ... perpetual monktion machines.”





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April 17, 2012

Hubbard Museum announces

2012 Biennale Grande Exhibition award winners With more than 150 guests in attendance, newly elected City of Ruidoso Downs Mayor Gary Williams officially opened the 2012 Biennale Grande Art Show and Exhibit at the Hubbard Museum of the American West on Saturday, April 7. The juried art show and exhibit features 53 pieces of original art from artists working in New Mexico and will run through July 15. More than 120 pieces were entered from 59 different artists for the museum’s second installment of the Biennale Grande. Curator of Exhibits, David Mandel, announced the award winners, representing $2,100 in cash awards, following Mayor Williams’ opening remarks. A total of seven pieces received cash awards, while an additional seven were selected with a “Special Recognition” award. The Cheryl Koen (Santa Fe) original painting, “Power” was judged Best of Show and Koen will receive $850 for her outstanding entry. The following cash awards were given during the exhibit opening reception:

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“Power” by Cheryl Koen, Best of Show.

Best of Show Award - $850 Cheryl Koen, Santa Fe: “Power” Second Place Award - $500 Vincent Kaydahzinne, Artesia: “Tranquility” Third Place Award - $250 Susan Goewey, Carrizozo: “Malpais Sacramento” Honorable Mention Awards - $125 each K. Henderson, Weed: “Waiting” K.K. Walling, Farmington: “Winter View” Ann Laser, Santa Fe: “Aging” Jerry Longbotham, Capitan: “Still Speaking” The 2012 Biennale Grande art show will be on display in the Hubbard Museum’s Green Tree Gallery through July 15. Most of the pieces included in the show are for sale through the museum. A full catalog and complete listing of all award winners are available for viewing on the museum’s website at The Hubbard Museum of the American West, New Mexico’s first Smithsonian affiliate museum, is owned and operated by the City of Ruidoso Downs and is conveniently located on Highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit or call 575-378-4142 for information. The museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in July.

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Above, “Tranquility” by Vincent Kaydahzinne, second place; and at right, “Malpais Sacramento” by Susan Goewey, third place.

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The soccer ball puppies – All grown up By Bill Haralson Humane Society of Lincoln County Do you remember the soccer ball puppies? Last September, our Humane Society shelter staff received a call from a rancher in Otero County who had a sad tale to tell. His little momma dog, an Australian shepherd/border collie mix had been killed by some kind of predator. Tragically, she left behind a litter of seven one-week old puppies. The rancher said that he could keep two; however, he did not have the resources to care for the entire litter, especially in light of the fact that they would require feeding every two hours for several weeks. The staff and volunteers sprang into action. Someone went to the rancher’s home and collected the puppies, while we searched for someone else to foster the little guys. Within a few hours, a lady in Ruidoso volunteered to foster the puppies until they were old enough to go to our shelter. They stayed in their foster home for approximately two months. While we were waiting for the puppies to come to the shelter, we put out the word to the community that these little guys would soon be old enough for adoption. We were delighted with the response and soon had a waiting list of adopters. Around the first of March, the puppies were considered old enough for adoption. Of the seven puppies in the litter, two stayed with the rancher, one was adopted by the foster mom and four went to homes

in the community. Above (far right) are the puppies at two weeks and at two months. Below is the latest picture with Anne Marie Lindsay and Tim Vega, the couple who adopted two of the puppies, Ella (left) and Mocha, and brought them back to the shelter for a “Homecoming.” This photo is worth a thousand words. The faces of Anne Marie and Tim show just much they love their young dogs. And, who wouldn’t want to adopt two smart and beautiful dogs such as Ella and Mocha?

Weekly Featured Adoptable Pets Hi, my name is Breezy and I am quite the adorable gal. Yes, I know one of my ears is a little odd but it doesn’t bother me. I think I am unique. I am about 2 years old and play well with other dogs my size.

Stormy is a very friendly cat. She loves to be petted and pampered and gets along fairly well with other cats. Stormy is also very vocal when she wants some attention.

To adopt one of these featured pets, contact the Humane Society of Lincoln County. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11-5 and Saturday 11-2. Location: 422 Gavilan Canyon, Ruidoso. 575-257-9841. Website:


TUESDAY APRIL 17 Ruidoso Earth Week Celebration: Start a Recycle Program, ENMU-R, Room 1043, 709 Mechem Dr., 12 - 1 p.m. Help celebrate Earth Week by participating in this workshop to help you start a recycling program for your home or business. For more information, call ENMU: 575-257-2120. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Things to do every day Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive in the building which previously housed Rush Ski Shop. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan. The Smokey Bear Historical Park is located on highway 380 (better known as 118 Smokey Bear Blvd.) in the heart of the Village of Capitan and is open everyday of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. Entrance fees into the park are $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRDForestry Division. Simulcast Horse Racing at Billy the Kid’s Race Book at Ruidoso Downs Race

WEDNESDAY APRIL 18 Farmer’s Market at SBS Wood Shavings in Glencoe from 9 to 11 a.m. Preschool story time at the Ruidoso Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Bird stories; craft: making a Bagel bird feeder. Children’s Dept. is located downstairs. The Sterilizers perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant on Mechem and Wealth, Ruidoso Library, 107 Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Kansas City Road, 4 - 5 p.m. For Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Money Smart Week at Ruidoso Public Library, Aimee Bennet of Lincoln County’s Health Office presents THURSDAY how your healthy choices today APRIL 19 PNM Business Energy Effi- can affect your costs tomorrow. For ciency Workshop for Ruidoso more information, contact Jennifer Area Restaurants, ENMU-R, 709 Stubbs, 575-258-3704; http://www. Mechem Drive, Room 105, 8:30 - Free. Pre-2012 Water and Energy 10:25 a.m. Restaurants use about 2.5 times more energy per square Conference Business After Hours, foot than other commercial build- The Lodge at Sierra Blanca, 107 Siings. Join us for a workshop to erra Blanca Drive, 5 - 7 p.m. Cosponhear industry experts discuss light- sored by ENMU-Ruidoso and the ing and food service refrigeration 2012 Energy and Water Conference. equipment upgrades that can im- The Business After Hours will be prove energy usage throughout held at the Lodge at Sierra Blanca. your restaurant. The PNM Energy Everyone is invited! For more inforEfficiency Program offers rebates mation, contact the Ruidoso Valley that lower the cost of upgrading to Chamber of Commerce, 257-7395. Mark Kashmar, country blues, new energy efficient equipment for lighting and refrigeration. For small Cafe Rio, Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30. Karaoke with DJ Pete! Cree businesses the rebate can cover 60 percent or more of the project costs Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m., evand shorten your project payback ery Thursday, evening, including all period. Your PNM Account Man- you can eat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. ager Vidal Trujillo as well as the PNM Pass the word, the Cree Meadows Business Energy Efficiency Team will lounge is open to the public! Luke West performs at the be available to answer any questions on PNM’s Retrofit Rebate and Swiss Grill at the Swiss Chalet, 1451 Quick Saver Program and how you Mechem Dr., 6 - 9 p.m. Join us for can participate. For more informa- this performance of our NM-OATH tion and to reserve your space, call Performing Arts Initiative with Luke Deborah Douds at 575-257-7395 or West in this beautiful setting at the Swiss Grill. For more information, Amy Miller at 505-241-2721. Free. Live Music with TomTom and contact Susan Travis: 575-937-0294; friends at Sanctuary on the River, Engelbert Humperdinck, Inn of 207 Eagle Drive, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Enjoy hearty soups and salads at the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon ChopChop Inspired Salads and Rd., Mescalero, 8 - 10 p.m. Don’t miss have some lunch-time fun with live this legend live in concert! “The Britmusic performed by TomTom and ish pop singer is best known for the friends every Thursday. Come see hits “Release Me (And Let Me Love what’s happening at the Sanctuary. Again)” and “After the Lovin’” as well Lunch hours 11-2 Tues-Sat. 575- as “The Last Waltz (The Last Waltz with You).” Some of the biggest 630-1111. PNM Business Energy Effi- names in music started out as openciency Workshop for Lodgers ing acts for him in the late ‘60s, ‘70s, and Small Businesses, ENMU-R, and ‘80s. 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Track & Casino. Simulcast races are shown live from across the country and betting windows are open to place your wager. Billy’s Race Book also serves delicious food and has a full bar. If you love horse racing, it is the place to go. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs - the �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum is home to an extensive permanent collection of magni�icent carriages, wagons, saddles, �irearms and Indian artifacts, as well as ever-changing traveling exhibits. Located just east of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track on Highway 70, the entrance to the Museum features the landmark bronze “Free Spirits of Noisy Water,” one of the largest equine sculptures in the U.S. with eight larger-thanlife horses, representing seven different breeds. The Museum is open seven days a

Booth fee $50. Book talk with Jerry Welch, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10 - 11 a.m. Jerry Welch book talk on “Corporacracy.” Asking these questions: Are we running out of time? Are we really living in a Democracy? Why do I feel so powerless? It’s your life - who controls it? Come to the talk and let’s talk about it. Also wrote “ Welcome to Reality.” For more information, call Sharon Stewart 258-3704; Free. Cantina Night at Laughing Sheep Farm, 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96, from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music with guitar and fiddle playing Western Swing. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 11 p.m. Cree Meadows Country Club is hosting a fish fry and live band. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant on Mechem Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Drive, 6 p.m. Susan Landers Kolb performs at the No Name Café 6 - 9 p.m. during Prime Time Fridays. 522 Sudderth, 575-257-2253. Friday evening dinners are by reservation. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem Drive, 6 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Karaoke at The Elks Lodge on Highway 70, next to the Ruidoso Emporium, at 7 p.m. with All For Fun Karaoke. Aaron LaCombe performs at Casa Blanca Restaurant, 7 - 8 p.m. Suzi Weber & the Mixx (Classic Country and Rock) performs in Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Live music downstairs at Lucy’s Cantina in Midtown Ruidoso from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. SATURDAY APRIL 21 Keep Ruidoso Beautiful, Schoolhouse Park on Sudderth Dr., 8 - 11 a.m. Meet at the park at 8 am to register. Gloves trash bags, and T-shirts provided. Lunch, refreshments and door prizes for volunteers. Come join us and take pride in Ruidoso. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation 575257-5030. Eagles Fun Run motorcycle ride, benefitting Make A Wish, starts

week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission begins at $6 for adults with discounts available for seniors, military and youth. The Hubbard Museum of the American West is owned and operated by the City of Ruidoso Downs. To �ind more information on the Hubbard Museum of the American West, please visit or call 575-378-4142. Pillow’s Funtrackers - Open weekends and most holidays throughout the year. 101 Carrizo Canyon Road just off Sudderth. Pillow’s Funtrackers is the premier family fun center in New Mexico. We have been providing fun to thousands of families for over twenty years. Our park includes three go-kart tracks, miniature golf, arcade, Mountain Maze, and seasonal attractions such as Bumper Boats, Panning for Gemstones, Rock Climbing Wall, Extreme Air, and Kiddie Bounce House.

at the Alamogordo Eagles Club, 471 24th Street, Alamogordo, 8 a.m. Early registration $8, $10 the day of the event. Raffles, burgers and dogs, door prizes, auction and music by Cowboy Mafia. Poker run through the mountains. For more information, contact Ashley, 575-430-9266. Lincoln County Solar and Sustainability Tour, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Visit and learn about Sustainable Living Techniques: Solar Electric; Solar Water Heating; Solar Space Heating; Passive Heating & Cooling; Organic Gardening; Composting; Rain Water Harvesting; Graywater Use; Building With Recycled & Alternative Materials. For more information, contact Jim Miller at, or Daniel Ray at Book Talk – new book! - “Capitan,” Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. New book on local history “Capitan New Mexico: From Coalora Coal Mines to Smokey Bear” by Gary Cozzens. Book signing. Cozzens is the President of the Lincoln County Historical Society. For more information, call Sharon Stewart 258-3704; http://www.youseemore. com/RuidosoPL. Free. 2012 Benefit Golf Scramble for the Mescalero Apache Headstart Program, Inn of the Mountain Gods Golf Course, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 1 - 3 p.m. This is a four person scramble. The proceeds will go to the Mescalero Apache Headstart Program. Prizes on every hole and lunch will be provided for all players. 1 p.m. shotgun start. For more information, contact the Inn of the Mountain Gods Pro Shop: 575-4647941. $75 fee per player. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 11 p.m. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 10 p.m. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant & Bar on Mechem from 6 to 9 p.m. Luke West performs at the Swiss Grill at the Swiss Chalet, 1451 Mechem Dr., 6 - 9 p.m. Join us for this performance of our NM-OATH Performing Arts Initiative with Luke West in this beautiful setting at the Swiss Grill. For more information, contact Susan Travis: 575-937-0294; Free Movie at Sacred Grounds: “Amador,” 2825 Sudderth Dr., 6:30 9 p.m. Marcela, a young immigrant with financial troubles, finds a summer job looking after Amador, a bed-ridden elderly man whose family is away. She thinks her problems are solved, but Amador dies shortly thereafter, putting Marcela in a

predicament. His death leaves her jobless, something she can’t afford to let happen. Faced with a difficult moral dilemma, Marcela will prove that death can’t always stop life. For more information, call 575-2572273. Free. Spencers Theatre of Illusion, 108 Spencer Rd., Alto, 7 - 9 p.m. Honored as the International Magicians of the Year and the Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year, the mind-boggling show is a new twist on magic that infuses amazing acts of illusion with the high-technology of lights and music with magnificent set design and theatrical elements of drama, comedy, romance and suspense. Blended together, the duo creates elaborate state illusions and dazzling special effects. This magical concert for your eyes is one of the largest touring illusion productions on the road. There will be a roast turkey buffet before the show. For more information, contact the Spencer Theater: 1-888818-7872; www.spencertheater. com. Buffet is $20. Tickets for the performance are $59 & $56. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant and Cantina on Mechem Drive from 7 to 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Suzi Weber & the Mixx (Classic Country and Rock) performs in Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Live music downstairs at Lucy’s Cantina in Midtown Ruidoso from 9

SUNDAY APRIL 22 Earth Day Picnic & Hoedown at Wingfield Park, Center Street next to the Ruidoso Athletic Club, 12 - 5 p.m. Bring your picnic basket, blanket, Frisbees, kites, kids, picnic food and activities and join us for music, dancing, games prizes and surprises! Come dressed in your hoedown best and participate in best dressed costume contest: toddler (0-4), kids (5-11), teens (12-18), adults (19-54), Wise Ones (55 & Up). Volunteers are needed for set-up/cleanup. For more information, call Andrea Reed: 575-937-2725. Free. RHS Benefit Golf Scramble at Rainmakers Golf Club, 230 Pueblo Loop, Alto, 1 - 4 p.m. Come play in the beautiful mountains here in southern New Mexico and help raise money for the RHS Golf Team. 1 p.m. shotgun start. This is the last of six golf scrambles. For more information, contact Melissa at Cree Meadows: 575-257-5815. $35 entry fee. (Cart not included). Ted Nugent at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, 8 - 10 p.m. Hailing from Detroit, Nugent originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, before embarking on a lengthy solo career. He has been praised for his playing style, and is cited as an influence by many other hard rock and heavy metal musicians. For more information, contact the Inn of the Mountain Gods: 1-800-545-9011; Tickets start at $25. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY APRIL 23 Brain Stretching Forum at ENMU-Ruidoso, 10 a.m. - Noon. An open forum for discussing ancient theories, modern dilemmas and current events returns. There is no fee and registration is not required. Local experts in a variety of fields act as facilitators and participants are encouraged to bring their life experiences and opinions to share in the round table format. Areas of exploration include relationships, consciousness, the role of technology and the nature and limitations of knowledge. There are no prerequisites. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call the Community Education Department at 257-3012; Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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April 17, 2012

Christian Services of Lincoln County: Making a difference By Sue Hutchison Reporter A victim of a recent fire in Lincoln County lost almost everything. Tragedy would have worsened without the presence of Christian Services of Lincoln County. Children in Capitan would have walked to school without an adequate coat last winter if CSLC hadn’t stepped in and provided enough coats for everyone in need. “The Lord provided exactly what we needed,” says Margo Mayo, Director of CSLC. Ed Vinson, Capitan School Board was prepared to purchase coats if CSLC didn’t have enough, but Mayo reports the need was filled by Lincoln County residents whose donations made it possible. Christian Services of Lincoln County began several years ago as a ministry of Gateway Church of Christ. The ministry is still housed at Gateway’s facility on Sudderth in Ruidoso, and is now supported by a number of local entities. Mayo was appointed director after Terri Wood resigned. “The goal of CSLC is to help people who are in need. Everything is donated and we give all of it away. We try to work with other Lincoln County entities that give help,” says Mayo who states she’s grateful for the support of the community. Born in Espanola, Mayo’s family moved to Lincoln County in 1965 when she was seven years old. She attended college in Lubbock and graduated with a degree in accounting. She continued to live in Lubbock after college, working as a technology user’s guide

writer among other responsibilities. Moving back to Lincoln County in 1988, her career landed her at the Ruidoso Care Center and later, Horizon Health Care. Part of her responsibilities included training employees in several Horizon facilities in accounting and bookkeeping procedures. Her expertise has helped in her new position. Mayo considers her volunteers and coworkers “the lifeblood” of the ministry. With more than 25 volunteers, Mayo knows the value of their time and service. Don Gibson, service coordinator, another salaried colleague organizes the front area where items are available to be given to those in need. He also stocks the ministry’s pantry and picks up food from community sources. There are many county sources who donate to the ministry, including the Inn of the Mountain Gods and Capitan Schools. Government assistance in the form of grant money from Emergency Food Shelter Program, an offshoot of FEMA also funds CSLC. Currently, the ministry needs donations Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press of bedding and towels, in addition to the Margo Mayo of Christian Services of Lincoln County. continuing gifts of clothing in good condition; small, working appliances; and working electronics. Donations of code-compliant infant car seats, cribs, and children’s items are also welcome. Christian Services of Lincoln Charles Clary County is located at 415 Sudderth Next Sunday is “Earth Day” and it will be celebrated in different ways by difin Ruidoso and their current hours ferent groups of people. For most Christians, the Bible gives this understanding… are: Monday through Thursday, 9 “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all who live in it; for he a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.“ Psalm 24:1-2 Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Further, “The lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Gen. 2:15. So we understand that the creature made in God’s image was given the stewardship responsibility for the garden. It is easy to understand that mankind is to take care of this creation of the almighty God. We are to demonstrate respect for the heavens and earth, for the water and the land, for the flora and fauna. We are to be good stewards of God’s gifts. There are conflicts of opinion on what all this means. We all have heard of the spotted owl, the Otero Mesa lizard and the passenger pigeon. We don’t want them going, going and gone. And yet they are not made in God’s image. Man is. Let us respect and care for the creation. And all while keeping God’s commandments concerning the creature made in his image.

Thought for the week...

Anniversary Denise and Vic Currier celebrate their 25th Anniversary this week. The couple met 30 years ago and were married in California in 1987. They entered semiretirement in Lincoln County in 2006 to raise thoroughbred horses. Denise hails from Albuquerque and Vic is native New Mexican raised in Carrizozo as a kid. He is running as a candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner, District 3. “We love living in this area. Despite the normal ups and downs of any marriage, our life together has been very rewarding. We look forward to many more years together here in Ruidoso.” Both are members of the First Christian Church of Ruidoso, active in conservative groups and Veterans service organizations.

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CHRISTIAN Christian Community Church 127 Rio Corner w/Eagle, Mid-town. For more information call: 378-7076 First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Rev. Ryan Arnold; 1211 Hull at Gavilan Canyon Road, 258-4250 Carrizo Christian Fellowship Leonard Kanesewah Ill, Pastor. 56 White Mt. Dr., 3 mi. W of Inn of the Mountain Gods Mescalero. 464-4656 CHURCH OF CHRIST Gateway Church of Christ 415 Sudderth, Ruidoso, 257-4381. John Duncan, Minister Church of Christ - Capitan Highway 48. Joshua Watkins, Minister CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LDS Church of Jesus Christ LDS Ruidoso Ward, 1091 Mechem Bishop Jon Ogden, 258-1253 Church of Jesus Christ LDS Mescalero Branch, Mormon Missionaries 317-2375 EPISCOPAL Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount 121 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso. Rev. Judith Burgess Rector 257-2356. Website: St. Anne’s Episcopal Chapel in Glencoe Episcopal Chapel of San Juan in Lincoln St. Matthias Episcopal Chapel Carrizozo, 6th & E Street FOURSQUARE Capitan Foresquare Church Hwy 48, Capitan. Harold W. Perry, Pastor EVANGELICAL The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 1035 Mechem Dr. 802-5242 FULL GOSPEL Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship Int’l K-Bob’s Hwy. 70 in Ruidoso. Ron Rice, 354-0255, e-mail Mission Fountain of Living Water San Patricio JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Jehovah’s Witness - Ruidoso Kingdom Hall 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 257-7714 Congregacion Hispana de los Testigos de Jehova 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 378-7095 JEWISH / HEBREW Kehilla Bat- Tzion & Hebrew Learning Center, Inc. 2204 Sudderth Dr. Ruidoso, NM 88345. 257-0122 LUTHERAN Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

258-4191; 1120 Hull Road. Pastor Thomas Schoech. METHODIST Community United Methodist Church Junction Road, behind Wells Fargo Bank. Stephanie Harmon, Pastor. 257-4170 Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in Capitan. 648-2846 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor NAZARENE Angus Church of the Nazarene Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336-8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor QUAKER Quaker Worship Group Unprogrammed meeting at the Anderson-Freeman Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details of this and other Quaker activities contact Sandra Smith at 653-4951 PENTECOSTAL Apostolic Pentecostal Assembly Retired Pastor and author Harry A. Peyton Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Ruidoso 613 Sudderth Dr. Unit D. Pastor, Art Dunn, Youth Pastor, Nathaniel Dunn. Free home Bible studies PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 101 Sutton Drive (Nob Hill), Ruidoso, 257-2220. Tony Chambless, Pastor Ancho Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Corona United Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Nogal Presbyterian Church Reverend E.W. “Bo” Lewis REFORMED CHURCH Mescalero Reformed Mescalero. Bob Schut, Pastor SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Ruidoso Seventh Day Adventist 207 Parkway, Agua Fria, Ruidoso Downs, 378-4161. Pastor Andrew Spooner 437-8916; 1st Elder Manuel Maya 9374487 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for location NON-DENOMINATIONAL American Missionary Fellowship Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915.

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Taking away the mystery and fear of depression

“Health is not valued till Sickness comes.” — Thomas Fuller (1654-1734) Let’s say you broke your leg while hiking in the woods. What would you wish for? My guess is that you would wish for an ambulance, a hospital and a doctor to set your leg. It would be irrational to think, “I’ll just sit here and wait for my leg to get better.” What if I were to tell you that depression is not that much different than a broken leg? Recent research shows that most depressions have a physical cause. If that is indeed the case, wouldn’t it make sense that you should let a doctor know about your depression so the process of ‘setting’ your depression (much like ‘setting’ a broken leg) can start? How do you know if you are depressed? Here is a

summary criteria for depression (APA, DSM IV). Have five or more of the following been present during a two week period? Do they represent a change from your previous condition? 1. Depressed mood most of the day (i.e. sadness, emptiness, or irritability). 2. A marked diminished interest in pleasure in most activities. 3. Significant weight gain/loss. 4. Altered sleep patterns (either insomnia or sleeping too much). 5. Decreased physical activity/increased agitation. 6. Fatigue/loss of energy. 7. Feelings of worthlessness/excessive inappropriate guilt. 8. Diminished ability to think/concentrate clearly. 9. Recurrent thoughts of death or recurrent suicidal ideas without a specific plan. In summary, if you fulfill five or more of these symp-


toms, you are clinically depressed. Just as it is not advisable to walk on a broken leg, you should not expect to function healthily when emotionally disabled. Depression, properly understood, can be controlled and even overcome. Depression can be terrifying and debilitating to the person overwhelmed by hopelessness, guilt and despair. That is why it is very important to take away the mystery and fear of depression. Once the mask of this disease is taken off, it becomes far easier to deal with and live with. James D. Martin is the program manager of the Heritage Program for Senior Adults at LCMC. Heritage is a program designed to improve the quality of life for the older adult. Confidential screenings are available by appointment. If interested please call 575-257-6283.

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Booth space is 10’ x 10’ Booth fee for the event is $50 until April 20th and $60 after that date. There is also a $10/day fee for a temporary business license. Application deadline is April 27th. This is a rain or shine or wind event. Please be prepared. All the information that you need to apply is on the web site at 120 LEGAL NOTICES REGION IX EDUCATION COOPERATIVE COORDINATING COUNCIL MEETING - Thursday, April 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – REC IX Executive Director’s Office. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include budget adjustments/submissions, fiscal, program updates, and employment recommendations/resignations. In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, community members are requested to contact Cathy Jones at (575) 257-2368, if public accommodations are needed. /s/ Cathy Jones, Executive Director

130 EMPLOYMENT JOB FAIR! Monday, April 23rd from 2-6pm on the second floor of the Jockey Club. Located at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Enter at the Green Awning. HONDO HIGH SCHOOL, In Hondo, NM is looking for a qualified volleyball coach. Job Qualifications: Must have a NM coaching certification (preferred), or be able to attain a license. Please send cover letter, resume, and application to: Craig Washnok Athletic Director Hondo Valley Public Schools PO Box 55 Hondo, NM 88336 You may also email interest to: HELP WANTED! Dishwashers, line cooks, servers and prep cooks. Apply in person Tuesday-Friday 10 am-3 pm at Kokopelli Club 1200 High Mesa Rd. PART TIME MAINTENANCE PERSON NEEDED. General handyman knowledge required. Please apply in person at the Holiday Inn Express. 400 W. Hwy 70 PART TIME BREAKFAST HOST NEEDED. Must have prior serving experience. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30am-11:00am Please apply in person at the Holiday Inn Express 400 W Hwy 70. HOUSEKEEPERS NEEDED. Experience required. Please apply in person at the Holiday Inn Express 400 W Hwy 70. COOK/DISHWASHER



225 SANTIAGO CIRCLE – FURN or UNF 3 BDR / 2 BA w/2-car garage, microwave, dishwasher, & W/D. $3000/Mo includes utilities. 101 RANCHER ROAD – UNF 2 BDR, 1 3/4 BA w/1 car garage, wood-burning FP & fenced yard. $950/Mo + utilities. (On the Market-Subject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice) MONTH to MONTH ONLY

225 MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT MOBILE HOME WITH ADD-ON FOR RENT. Ruidoso Downs local. Unfurnished, 3BD/1BA. Electric range, dish washer, refrigerator/ freezer, gas dryer, Evaporative AC, central heat and washing machine hook-up. No pets allowed. Garbage and water paid. $550 per month. References required. Call 575-973-0830 3 BD/2 BA, Washer/Dryer. Fenced yard. Pets ok. Horse pens. All bills paid. $950 per month. $300 deposit. 575-973-0790

235 HOMES FOR RENT: FURN / UNFURN 3 BD 2 BA 2 stories, 2 decks, yard. $900 + utilities. NP/NS 575-4307009.

NEEDED. Apply in person. Cree Meadows Country Club 301 Country Club Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 THE NEW MEXICO CANCER CENTER is currently hiring an oncology RN for our small Medical Oncology clinic in Ruidoso, NM. Our ideal candidate will have excellent IV skills, an ONS Chemotherapy Provider card, chemotherapy administration experience and 2 years experience with Medical Oncology nursing; OCN certification preferred. Current New Mexico RN license required on date of hire. We offer very competitive salary and benefits. We do drug screening and background checks. Send resume, references and salary requirements to: Email: hr@nmohc. com, FAX 505-857-8477. Drug free environment/ EOE ADVERTISE YOUR DRIVER JOBS in 33 New Mexico newspapers for only $100. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 288,000 readers. Call this newspaper to place your ad or log onto www. for more information.

150 HEALTHCARE ATTENTION JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN SUFFERERS: Clinically proven all-natural supplement helps reduce pain and enhance mobility. Call 888-466-1077 to try Hydraflexin RISK-FREE for 90 days. ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement Supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores



RV SPACE FOR RENT. $250 a month plus deposit. 575-378-4661

MTD MEDIA IS SEEKING A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR ADMINISTRATIVE AND ADVERTISING STAFF: RECEPTIONIST/CLASSIFED ADVERTISING CLERK I Call Kim at 575-258-9922 or send your resume to Become a member of growing team and apply for our front office position where YOUR people and administrative skills are sought! Job Purpose: This full-time position will place classified ads, make first contact with visitors, support the marketing/sales staff and backup the billing specialist and office manager. Skills/Qualifications: We seek candidates with excellent skills in verbal & electronic communication, Microsoft Office, organization, marketing support and supply management.


100 ALLISON LANE – UNF 2 BDR, 1 BA. Wood-burning stove, hookups for stackable W/D. Pet OK with owner approval. $750/Mo + utilities. 323 HEATH DRIVE – FURN 4 BDR, 2 3/4 BA cabin with knotty pine interior and large wooded yard. $975/Mo + utilities. (Available 4-18-12)


1230 MECHEM DRIVE #15 – UNF 3 BDR, 3 BA condo at The 258 DEER PARK DRIVE – Springs. $1200/Mo + utilities. UNF 3 BDR, 2 BA w/2-car (Available 5-21-12). garage, elec. range, refrigeraCOMMERCIAL tor, microwave, dishwasher & W/D. Gas log FP, A/C & Water 2900 SUDDERTH DRIVE – softener. $1800/Mo + utilities. Large building at the corner of (Available 4-30-12. Shown by Sudderth & Mechem with many potential uses. Come take a look. Appt. ONLY)

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and bacterial infection! Call 866938-5101

AMY’S COTTAGES, 3 bedroom for rent, furnished, perfect! 575-9731241

ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE talking meter and diabetic testing supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 866-406-2158

3 BD / 2 BA UNFURNISHED HOUSE. Fenced yard, Agua Fria sub division. Ruidoso Downs. $1100 plus Deposit. 378-4661


250 FARMS, RANCHES OR LAND/ACREAGE 20 ACRES WITH WATER! Near Ruidoso, $34,900. New to market, municipal water, maintained roads and electric. Won’t last at this price! Call NMRS 866-906-2857

LOVELY 3 BD 2 BA, 2 car garage with a 2 bedroom guest house. Horse barn, horse walker and hot tub on 3.3 acres. River front. Both houses totally furnished. 309 Parker Rd. Ruidoso Downs 575-378-8933 or 575-8082568

BEAUTIFUL 4 ACRE PARCEL in Alto. Take Mesa Heights Dr. between TR’s Store and Post Office to second Rango Loop Road, go left to by owner sign, Beautiful trees, views, wildlife, privacy, constructed homes only. Asking $50,000 707-542-7408.

210 ROOMMATE WANTED ROOMMATE WANTED. Eagle Creek Cyn. Must like animals. $450, paid utilities. 575-937-1509 Credit check, deposit and furnished. 1 BEDROOM 1 BATH $400 includes utilities puls deposit. 575808-8329


El Capitan Apartments


2 BEDROOM CABIN. Partially furnished. $525.00 per month $350.00 deposit. Small pet ok w/ approval. Close to mid-town. References required. Call days @ 257-0872 & leave message.

Large 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, long or short term lease. $ 450-$550/ month. Convenient Village location, School System walking distance. 354-0967



RV SPACES FOR RENT. 575-258-3111

All AmericAn reAlty SALES & RENTALS

Commercial Investment Property 1300 sq.ft. metal building (leased) Plus two residences 707 sq.ft. and 452 sq.ft. $ 340,000 Call 257-8444 for info. ~~~

Unique furnishings/Décor One bedroom home in Alto $ 800/mo. Bills paid. Very unique furnishings/décor Includes everything you’ll need for a short or long-term stay. Call Pat at All American Realty 575-257-8444/575-937-7611

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Wonderful park-like setting for this country home on 5.8 acres. Add’l acreage can be purchased w/home. RV garage + 3-car garage. Huge, well-appointed kitchen w/newer cabinets. Usable acreage – horses allowed. Seller would consider a trade. This is a home you have to see to appreciate! $457,500 MLS #110275


On 7.4 acres next to Nat’l Forest. Seasonal creek. Lots of decks, nice views, outdoor FP. Granite counters, stainless appliances, JennAir cook top, & wine cooler. Large master suite. Multiple living areas. Detached 3-car garage. Almost level entry to master suite from garage. SO much more! $675,000 MLS #109374


Great 4 BR, 3 BA home in awesome location - right off of Mechem Drive but still very residential. Flat lot and walking distance to store, bank, drugstore & movies - what more could you ask for! On well water - community water available. $249,000 MLS #109669

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Inspiration Heights Apartment Homes 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms. Nestled in the pines of Ruidoso Downs 301 Sierra Lane


Under New Ownership

This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS for rent, Unfurnished, Bills paid. 575-258-3111. FURNISHED APARTMENTS. 3 bedroom 2 bath $750 per month.

1 bedroom 1 bath $575 per month. Beautiful views. References required. 575-651-0101 or 575-937-9323.


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NICE COVERED GOLF-CART super powered. $1500.00 575-336-2059 THE NEW MEXICO SEED LOAN PROGRAM is available to small businesses owned by individuals with disabilities and provides low interest loans for the purchase of

equipment and related supplies needed to expand or start a business. Contact the New Mexico Seed Loan Program at 855-891-8295 or for more information. A low interest loan program of DVR; State of New Mexico 100 PERCENT GUARANTEED OMAHA STEAKS - SAVE 65 percent on the Family Value Collection. NOW ONLY $49.99 Plus 3 FREE GIFTS & right-to-the-door delivery in a reusable cooler. ORDER TODAY at 1-877291-6597 or www.OmahaSteaks. com/family22, use code 45069TVP. DISH NETWORK. Starting at $19.99/month PLUS 30 Premium Movie Channels FREE for 3 Months! SAVE! & Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL - 877-867-1441



Mechem Storage at 416 Mechem Dr on the Uppe Terrace side. From 9 to 12 noon on April 21st. 575808-3554


FOR SALE Schnauzer puppies and Golden Boxer puppies. Call 575630-0034


2006 PILGRIM OPEN ROAD 5TH WHEEL, 36 Ft,. Triple pullouts, has regular ball hitch. Very good condition. $18,500.00 OBO. 575361-1627.



Ruidoso Free Press

April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012  

The April 17, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Coun...

April 17, 2012  

The April 17, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Coun...