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‘The Pied Piper’ at Spencer Theater

A Missoula Children’s Theater Performance with local children learning the acting trade and performing in this professional production. 108 Spencer Road. 7 - 9 p.m. 1-888818-7872. Adults $18. Children $10.

Up From The Ashes Art Benefit

Ruidoso Regional Council for the Arts starts this special art show to benefit those who suffered losses during the Little Bear Fire with a grand opening reception, 6 p.m. 1712 Sudderth. The show runs through August 24. 575257-7272;

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Zia Festival race trials Beginning at 1 p.m. All horses are New Mexico bred with qualifiers running in the Zia Festival on July 29. Free admission, free parking.

Fort Stanton Live!

Wild West Show with Civil War reenactments, Buffalo Soldiers, and mountain men at the historic fort. Vendors, food and entertainment plus candlelight tour Friday night. 575-3540341, www.fortstanton. org. $5.

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Contemporary swing band from Southern California with notable singles including “Go Daddy-O” and “You and Me and the Bottle.” Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. 575-464-7777, innofthemountaingods. com.

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Replacing bicycles lost in Little Bear Fire By Eugene Heathman Editor Bicycle Ruidoso, a nonprofit organization supporting outdoor recreation activities donated six new Giant ‘Boulders’ mountain bikes to the Bonita Park campground to replace those destroyed by the Little Bear Fire. The organization is just one throughout Lincoln County that is stepping up to rebuild the people’s lives affected by the disaster. The staff of Bike Shop Ruidoso presented the bikes which they procured at cost, to the camp with the funds provided from Bicycle Ruidoso. In addition to the bicycles, Cindy Lacotta of Giant Bicycles sent a care package of cycling clothing and safety equipment to a

local cyclist who lost his home. Lindsay Mapes of Zia Rides, the company that hosts 12 Hours in the Wild West mountain bike race each spring at Fort Stanton, collected another $150 in donations for equipment and assistance with bikes during the 24 hours of Enchanted Forest race in Gallup on June 16. Cody Thurston and Dale Moebus of Bike Shop Ruidoso assembled the bikes and prepared them for delivery. The timing couldn’t be better as Bonita Park reopened during the weekend and the summer staff is eager to finish the summer with camp programs and of course, some trail riding with the new mountain bikes. Bicycle Ruidoso presents or supports major races in Lincoln County including the Tour de

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Members of Bicycle Ruidoso and Bike Shop Ruidoso present new mountain bikes to Lauren Frazier, Conner Bryan and Korey Frazier of the Bonita Park Campground. The bikes replace the ones burned in the Little Bear Fire. Ruidoso, the Ruidoso Sprint Triathlon, 12 Hours in the Wild West and the Ski Run Road Challenge. Bicycle Ruidoso is a member of the Ruidoso Trails Coalition, a

local not-for-profit whose mission is to expand local trails, and working towards making Ruidoso the epicenter of the Southern New Mexico cycling world.

State offers assistance for infrastructure repairs By Sue Hutchison Reporter Village of Ruidoso councilors unanimously voted to request more than $400,000 from the state for two major projects. Last Monday’s quick meeting was the result of timely action by Debi Lee, village manager who submitted the request in a matter of days after she was informed there were available state funds to assist the village in fire recovery and flood preparedness. “I’d like to thank Governor Martinez publicly for helping us throughout the whole fire experience,” said Mayor Ray Alborn. “She walked behind the scenes, spent days with us, and told us she’d allocate as much help as possible to Lincoln County. When she saw a need, she’d say ‘I want to do this’ and it became evident that she would help.” He also mentioned the presence and assistance of Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, who visited the area and promised his continued support. Officially an encumbered loan from the state at this point, $215,990 is appropriated to harden Alto Dam anticipating flood waters to tax its existing strength. The

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Heavy equipment operators scramble to construct a catchment system at Alto Lakes for debris expected from the rainfall in the Little Bear Fire burn scar. remaining $218,000 will provide funds for radio communications upgrades. Both needs were selected as priorities in expectation of flooding issues due to rapid watershed with monsoonal rains. With evacuations already

Little Bear ignition point

An evening with Udi Bar-David at Mountain Annie’s

Udi Bar-David equally at home as a classical cellist and on innovative improviser of music of all genres, spreads the messages of hope, understanding and co-existence. Champagne punch reception. 2710 Sudderth, 7 p.m. 575-2577892. www. $20.

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Udi Bar-David concert in Carrizozo

Pre-concert Italian dinner at Assembly of God, 13th at C Ave, 5 p.m. Free concert at Trinity United Methodist Chruch, 10th & D Ave. at 7 p.m. 575-6482757. www.carrizozomusic. org. Photo courtesy of USFS Smokey Bear Ranger District

Type 1 incident Hot Shots struggled with rugged terrain and thick underbrush to fight the Little Bear fire near its point of origin in the White Mountain Wilderness. See story, pg. 10.



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taking place two weeks ago for those living in close proximity to riverbeds, these two needs swam to the top of the list. Those who live close to water paths are advised to be in see repAirs, pg 3

RMSD Board recall advances, president defends action By Eugene Heathman Editor In the wake of RMSD Superintendent Bea Harris being placed on administrative leave, a recall petition against RMS board member Curt Temple and President Devin Marshall was allowed to proceed by order of order issued June 21, District Judge Jerry H. Ritter Jr issued June 21. Marshall contends the actions of the board were legal and appropriate. Marshall released a statement to the public immediately following the action against Harris but has since remained silent under advisement until now. “Recently many have asked for more information concerning the action taken at the May 29, meeting and our decision to place Dr. Harris on Administrative Leave. A small vocal group calling themselves “SOS” is now requesting a recall election. “Gossip rages as a result of these things. Misinformation and angry words are ravaging our community and separating friends. This saddens me beyond measure. I

believe it is time to speak out about the state of our school district and to let you hear another side to the story,” Marshall said Ruidoso School District Superintendent Bea Etta Harris was placed on paid administrative leave May 29 during a special meeting. Marshall, Temple and board member Cecil Davis cast votes in favor of Harris’s removal. Kerry Gladden and Rhonda Vincent voted against the action. “The extremely difficult decision was made as a result of 15 months of strained interactions, and numerous attempts to develop a working relationship as a team of six. We have held several team building sessions, written out specific expectations, and asked many difficult questions of our superintendent to encourage more accountability, and to foster higher academic standards,” Marshall said.

Letter of Reprimand

Harris was issued a Letter of Reprimand on Jan 30. The letter addressed Harris’s “unacceptable conduct in addressing the School see recALL, pg 3


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Community Calendar Horses found Four horses, three of them at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, have been found – presumably displaced by the Little Bear Fire. If you think any of these horses might be yours, contact the New Mexico Livestock Baord at 575-649-2758.

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 575-808-8338, or visit the club’s website at

Ruidoso Art Festival For more than 40 years, the Ruidoso Art Festival has been an event that has played host to some of the nation’s most accomplished artists. This year will be no exception, as Michael Hurd – son of famed artists Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, will be the featured Lincoln County artist. This year’s festival will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center July 27-29, and will feature 120 artists from 12 different states and the nation of Israel. Hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. July 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 28 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29.

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. 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 802-5293. 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. 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 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 regarding AA meetings in Lincoln and Otero counties, call 430-9502. Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First

Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road. 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 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 2574160 or visit www.frw.rplcnm. org 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. Firefighters for Christ meet monthly at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chapel at 7 p.m. This service is open to firefighters and their families. For more information, call 258-4682. 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 6301111.

973-2890. The Lincoln County fibromyalgia and chronic pain support group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from noon-2 p.m. in the parlor at First Baptist Church, 270 Country Club Dr. All are welcome and may bring a brown bag lunch. For information, contact Mary Barnett at 257-9810. The Lincoln County Community Theater meets the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come. Call 808-0051 for the meeting location, or visit www. 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. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. 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 575-512-7077. 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 offic-

es at 237 Service Road. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and field trips. Contact Leland Deford at 257-8662 or Herb Brunnell at 258-4003. 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. 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 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 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. 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 575-956-3101 or 575336-4187. Sacramento Mountain Vil-

lage is a network of older adults in Ruidoso and surrounding communities who support independent living by offering services and activities that keep seniors healthy and happy in their own homes. Benefits of membership include art and yoga classes, weekly walking and discussion groups, social functions and monthly member breakfasts at Cree Meadows Country Club, on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Membership is open to any Lincoln County resident 49 years or older. For more information, call 258-2120 or visit Vietnam Veterans of America Lincoln County Chapter meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on the southeast corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs. Membership is open to U.S. military veterans who served on active duty in Vietnam from February 1961 or any duty location worldwide from August 1964 through May 1975. For information or to join, call Jerry Ligon at 808-1114 or Vic Currier at 802-5293. Women Helping Women, a support group for domestic violence victims and survivors, meets Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. at Sweet Charity, 26156 Highway 70. The group offers support, resource referral and information about children’s issues and problems. There is no cost and bilingual services are available. If you have questions, please call the nest at 378-6378. White Mountain Search and Rescue Team meets every third Monday at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road. For more information, visit or call Tony Davis at 336-4501.

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 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

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RECALL from pg. 1 Board of Education’s action in the matter of a discharged employee on Nov 18, 2011.” The letter also reprimands Harris for her criticism of the Board’s decision with the “unsupported attack on the integrity of the Board in the matter and that Harris’s misconduct violates Board policy.” “In this letter to Dr. Harris, we addressed her ongoing unacceptable conduct and unprofessional communication to the members of the Board. The letter also included specific violations of hiring policies and ignoring ethical duties as Superintendent of Schools. However, after many attempts to foster cooperation, our district still suffers from strained internal relations, apparent low staff morale, declining grades, decreased enrollment and litigation that is costing the district millions of dollars,” Marshall said. The letter further contends Harris “engaged in a persistent pattern of challenging and delaying the implementation of Board decisions, direction and policy in which you (Harris) disagree.” The letter is signed by Marshall, Temple and Davis but not by Gladden and Vincent.

Dissenting Board members

Gladden and Vincent have been outspoken in regards to their opposition to the action and the Boards action against Harris. Gladden read a prepared statement before the board which said; “I would like to address what I believe is a grave injustice to an outstanding superintendent who has been targeted by certain members of this school board that are trying desperately to camouflage whatever their real reasons are for wanting to get rid of her.” Board member Rhonda Vincent vehemently encouraged the citizens present to hold the board accountable for what she deemed as a reckless and shameful decision and demand transparency from the elected board. Board members Curt Temple, Cecil Davis and Devin Marshall voted for the action with members Gladden and Vincent voting against placing Harris on administrative leave. Harris has weathered the storm of criticism before. The school board had voted earlier in the year to not take action on Harris’s contract which is up for renewal next year and would have cost the district approximately $100,000 to buy out the remainder of her term. The outgoing school board voted just prior to the election to secure Harris’s contract through most of the newly elected board members first term. However, due to an Open Meetings Act violation, the new School Board had to re-vote on the matter.

Legal counsel

“As Board President, our policy dictates that I am allowed to seek legal counsel on behalf of the board in the oversight of district affairs. I have used this privilege over the past months to seek legal counsel on many different issues. I incurred a total of $3,984,” Marshall said.

An accounting of those legal fees consisted of $3,068 for legal counsel in drafting Harris’s letter of reprimand in December 2011. $61 for legal advise on Superintendent actions in July, 2011 and $855 in the development of the letter to place Dr. Harris on administrative leave in May, 2012. The balance $2,716 was incurred by the district, with board consent for board directed issues 5/11: Policy issue $116; 6/11: Open Mtg Act issue $272; 7/11: Advice on Corrective issues with Superintendent, we were counseled to invoke a growth plan $61; 8/11: Administrative evaluation issue, $82; 9/11: Audit, Calendar Audit issue $444; 11/11: District Employee Contract Issue, $71; 12/11: Mtg on disciplinary action and preparation of the Letter of Reprimand $3068; 2/12: Corrective Action on Open Meeting Act $349; 3/12: Growth plan development $555; 5/12: Letter of administrative leave & investigation issues, $1735. For corrective action regarding an Open Meeting Act violation, $349 was charged. In August 2011, $82 was charged for counseling about personnel evaluation matters. In July, 2011, $61 was charged for advisement on growth planning to correct issues with the Superintendent. In June 2011, $271 was charged for an attorney opinion on Board policy and another $116 for a policy review in May. Additional expenses were applied toward legal counsel in the case of a discharged school district employee. “As I recently reviewed the legal bills incurred by our district this past year, I found that the district had incurred legal bills totaling $314,068.16. During the last 3 years legal bills concerning the Ruidoso Middle School building project totaled $199,000. Because a final bill for the construction of RMS, from Carl Kelly Construction for $600,000 was not paid, at the direction of our Superintendent, our district has now had to settle with this contractor for nearly $2 million. Hundreds of thousands of additional dollars have also been spent correcting issues on the construction of RMS because of insufficient oversight during the building process. Would we be responsible overseers of the district if we just ignored these issues and pretended everything was okay?” Marshall said.

Declining enrollment

Marshall further stated; “During a recent budget phone interview in June, with the Public Education Department, I was disheartened to hear that our declining enrollment was, according to the interviewer, ‘concerning.’ The person on the phone said that losing 280 students in one year, was a significant decline and that we should be concerned with this large number. Our district in response did an in-house study to determine where those students have transferred. Forty seven of the students who left our district moved to neighboring schools, 12 chose to homeschool, 14 got their GED’s. One hundred-fifteen students were lost from Ruidoso High School alone.”

REPAIRS from pg. 1 constant awareness of the need to evacuate through the monsoon season. Records will be kept indicating how the funds were used, with the purpose of submitting correct paperwork to the state by June, 2013. When proven the funds were used as directed, the encumbered monies will be released as a grant to the village, according to Alborn. “We have a great team of village employees who work to make things happen,” said Alborn. “Randall Camp, Justin King, and Tom Stewart are working fast and furious to keep everything up and running.” Dick Cook, former Incident Commander, is working with the village to reduce ladder fuels and raise awareness of homeowners to create defensible space around their homes. Work has begun at Alto dam in an effort to harden and fortify prior to the onslaught of monsoonal water flow. The mayor knows first-hand what some are enduring. At 12 years of age while living in Houston, his home burned to the ground, leaving he and his mother with the clothes on their backs. Their pet dog survived the fire by hunkering under a bed. Alborn and his mother lived with a nearby relative for a few days until they

could move into an efficiency apartment. They bought enough clothes to get by and slowly rebuilt their lives. “People in Washington DC don’t know the problems we have here – to pretend otherwise is a mistake. Our people should have more control over our area.” Alborn is quick to thank David Warnack, Smokey Bear District Ranger and his team of firefighters, and Harlan Vincent, acting Ruidoso Fire Chief for their combined efforts to save Lincoln County. “I think the message has been delivered. Congressman Steve Pearce has been helpful to us by communicating with those who need to know and by guiding us through this time.” “I think we have a leg up since last week we’ve appropriated these funds. We should all trust the judgment of Warnack and Vincent. They are schooled in firefighting. I don’t know about fighting fires. We should be able to ask them what to do and stay out of their way,” says Alborn. He says the 2010 freeze and the 2008 flood have taught the village how to do their jobs. Alborn promises, “We’ll turn over every rock for additional funding to help the village be the best it can be.”

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Failing grades

“Earlier this spring, the Governor’s office announced grades for our district. We received two F’s, a D and two C’s,” Marshall said. The AYP considers 37 subgroups – including ethnicity, English language learners, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged – in giving a school a pass or fail designation. Bea Etta Harris, Superintendent for Ruidoso Municipal Schools, said that this isn’t a fair way to judge a school’s proficiency. “When you fall out of just one of those subgroups,” explained Harris, “you don’t meet AYP.” Some smaller schools were given fewer than 37 subgroups. Ruidoso Municipal Schools, for instance, has 25 subgroups. Marshall further contends, “Our district’s answer was that the grading system wasn’t fair. When my children fail a test we work together to figure out strategies of improvement to bring those grades up, we don’t make excuses. I believe that the grades we were given are directly related to the fact that our staff and faculty’s hands have been tied because of overcrowded classrooms, increased responsibilities and decreased funding due to dropping enrollment. Perhaps we should have given our teachers raises, to let them know that we value them, instead of hiring more administrative positions at competitively high rates of pay. As a board, we want to step back and re-examine our priorities so we can make progress and move forward.”

Justified action

Citizens vocally expressed dismay during a special Ruidoso Municipal School Board meeting when the board voted to place RMS Superintendent Bea Harris’s on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation for unknown reasons. The gallery filled to capacity with citizens and elected officials from the Village of Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs and immediately erupted with discontent and tears from supporters of Harris when the decision was announced. Some citizens present angrily demanded the recall of the school board members who voted to oust Harris after being refused the opportunity for public comment. “Taking action at the May 29 board meeting was a difficult step, but one that a majority of the board felt was necessary. Instead of supporting the action taken by the majority of the board, a few vocal people and two consenting board members have recklessly brought this to a point now that people are calling for a hanging without a trial. Did you not elect these new board members to bring about accountability and needed improvement to our schools for the sake of our kids? I implore you to consider this evidence placed before you and to examine the facts for yourselves,” Marshall said. Marshall asks that the public uphold the commitments made to bring change to our district and to help put a stop to what she states is a reckless, destructive campaign that is threatening the school district’s financial stability and children’s future.



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Letters to the Editor To the Editor: On our recent Independence Day our founding fathers were probably rolling over in their graves. They believed in a limited-government and capitalism. Since the Great Depression, the U.S. has slowly been heading towards socialism. Socialism doesn’t work because it goes against human nature. Socialism gives no one an incentive to give his or her best. For example, you and I work in a widget factory. For every low-quality widget that I produce, you produce 10 high-quality widgets; however, we both receive the same pay and benefits. If you’re like most people, you’ll reduce the number of high-quality widgets that you produce. This is why socialist countries always have shortages of widgets and the widgets they do have are of low-quality and are expensive. Per the communist doctrine, the following are the first actions a government must take to impose socialism on its people: The lower classes must be pitted against the upper class and there must be a redistribution of wealth. This gives the lower classes a false sense that the government is concerned about them. Under socialism there is essentially no middle class. There is a small, wealthy, ruling class and an extremely large, impoverished, lower class. Additionally, in socialistic countries the government totally or partially runs all businesses. Remember, that unlike most of the private sector’s businesses, all governments and governmental programs are inherently inefficient, expensive and wasteful and most are fraud ridden. Finally, under socialism the people rely on the government instead of on themselves and the government is involved in all aspects of the people’s lives. Due to people having different abilities, ambitions, circumstances, etc. there will always be a class system. Parents, do you want your children to “exist” in an impoverished, socialistic country? If you do, remain silent. Fortunately, I have no children! Franklin L. Boren Tinnie

Common sense and wariness

To the Editor: Your July 3 coverage of public concern over the Little Bear Fire contained both common sense strategies for addressing the fire threat in Lincoln County and evidence that some are attempting to use tragedy to advance their private agendas. Calls for thinning of the forest and removal of ladder fuels are basic tactics that should be employed by both the Forest Service and homeowners to reduce fire threat. Moreover, Federal funding for such work and other forest-related improvements could provide local jobs. Addressing the periodic infestation of bark beetle through better funding of mitigation efforts could also reduce the threat of fire as

would earlier and better enforced restrictions on public access to forests during drought periods. But in addition to useful discussion of measures to reduce the fire threat, this tragic fire has also prompted efforts by some to press their agendas under the guise of concern about the fire threat. It was not really a surprise to see Congressman Pearce using this tragedy to advance his campaign against wilderness with calls for an expansion of access to the forest by timber developers, ATV enthusiasts, and expanded grazing permits. The timber and ATV industries, among the Congressman’s most prominent funders, have long sought an end to wilderness protection as a means of expanding their profits. Calls for “local control” of the forests are prompted by the realization that resistance to commercial exploitation of public lands is generally much easier to overcome at the local level where the vast resources of national and international corporations can overwhelm local voices seeking to protect wilderness. There are other strategies that over the longer term could address the fire threat in Lincoln County and across the state. Timely regional directives, such as those that allowed for the immediate deployment of motor vehicles and chainsaws to fight the fire in wilderness areas, was commendable and should be standard practice in the future. Use of a single chain of command and employment of local fire fighting assets from the outset of a fire should be standard procedure. More long term strategies should include serious, scientific examination of the impact of climate change for the region. The fossil fuel industry, the most profitable commercial enterprise in human history, has long blocked serious review of policy implications of climate change, especially in New Mexico where that industry has great political power. Without a concerted effort to wean our society off fossil fuels, the climatic conditions which are desiccating our forests, reducing snow packs and relentlessly increasing temperature gradients, New Mexico faces an arid, bleak future. As the people of Lincoln County and New Mexico consider how best to address the growing threats to forests and more broadly to our way of life, we must be wary of those who would exploit these threats to advance partisan political and commercial agendas. Edmund McWilliams White Oaks

Support of school board action To the Editor: In the school board election a year and a half ago, Ruidoso voters, for whatever their reasons swept out some of the old guard and replaced them with some new faces. Rhonda Vincent was the

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only holdover from the 2009 board. The old guard, led by 20-year veteran, Susan Lutterman, in an “in your face” act of defiance, extended Dr. Bea Etta Harris’ contract for another two years. This should never have been done. The fate of Dr. Harris should have been decided by the 2011 board and not the 2009 board, which had already been castigated by the voters. So now, after more than a year of service, the majority of this new board decided that Dr. Harris’ performance in several areas was not up to snuff and suspended her with pay. So now apparently there is going to be a recall election if enough signatures are collected. This recall effort is on the surface being led by Mrs. Gladden and Mrs. Vincent. However, word has it that some of the former board members are also pulling the strings behind the scenes. But I have to ask why on God’s earth would we want to go back to an era where Ruidoso schools were an embarrassment to this community? For those of you readers who don’t know, Ruidoso elementary, middle school and high school all academically rank in the bottom 10 percent in the state.

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Since New Mexico public schools rank 49th out of 50 states nationally, that means that Ruidoso schools are some the worst in the nation. To make matters worse, two local law enforcement officials told me personally in mid-May that Ruidoso High School has just recently replaced Los Lunas High as the number one drug school in New Mexico. In addition, there are reported widespread breakdowns in discipline at both the Middle and High School. But as I said at the mid-June school board meeting, to replace Devin Marshall and Curt Temple with the likes of a Susan Lutterman, a Rifle Salas or a Frank Sayner would be like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Ruidoso parents need schools that will best prepare their children to be able to face a challenging and ever changing world when they leave school. Administrators should make the lower schools prepare the kids for high school and that the high school should be a college prep school, even if the graduates opt to go to trade school, the military or whatever. The goal of teachers should never be just to prepare children to pass See LETTERS, next pg.

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July 10, 2012

Green forest; black water

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In stark contrast, black water flows through a green forest in Bonito Canyon. Below, residents in Bonito Canyon clean up the debris from their burned home as the ash-filled black water of the Rio Bonito rises during a rainstorm.

LETTERS from pg. 4 the next standardized test. Recently it was called to my attention that a lady teacher, who had vacationed here for many years, bought a retirement home here with her husband. She had been a successful teacher with an exemplary record for some 20 years in Texas. She met for an interview with Dr. Harris for a teaching position in the Ruidoso schools. At the end of the interview, Dr. Harris curtly told her that she ‘was overqualified for the position. Say what? A News Flash to Dr. Harris: When all your schools are in the pits, everybody should be over-qualified to help cure the problem! Part of the problem with Ruidoso schools is that apparently there have been too many “under-qualifiedn teachers” working here for too long. It’s time to end this recall nonsense. After all, there will be another election early next year when voters can let their voices be heard. Let the majority on the board do its job and terminate Dr. Harris. The fact that Dr. Harris is highly visible at school events by helping sell refreshments at football games, plays and dances doesn’t mean that she is doing a good job. Questionable hiring and firing practices, ignoring board policies and issuing an employment contract with un-allowed extended days would indicate otherwise. The board should then make an absolute effort to find and thoroughly qualify a superintendent with a proven track record and one who is not afraid to tackle the academic, behavior and drug problems in Ruidoso schools. Steal one from another district if you have to. but get a superintendent in here who’s not afraid to kick butt and take names to turn this school district around. The goal of the board and new superintendent should be to make Ruidoso schools the absolute best in the state. Nothing less will do. Remember, it’s all about the kids. Charles Jones Ruidoso

Oh black water

I wasn’t intending to write a letter to the editor about the ‘Little Bear Debacle’ but a couple of experiences this past week convinced me to revisit it. The first occurred last Thursday when the first substantial rain fell upon the Eagle Creek basin. Oh black water, keep on rollin’? Rolling it’s not. More like satanic pudding sliming it way down the canyon. The Doobie Brothers had a No. 1 hit with their “Black Water” but the National Forest Service won’t even make Billboard’s Top 100 with their version. It wasn’t bad enough that we all watched as NFS miscalculations cost us more than 69 square miles of our beloved Lincoln National Forest and adjacent private lands, but now watching the stunning visual realization of losing our incalculably valuable watersheds is truly infuriating. 2011’s White and Swallow Fires were directly caused by human recklessness.

Infuriating too? Heck yes. But not nearly so much as a lightning-caused ignition which was not fanned and fueled, initially, by high winds and dry conditions but rather by ‘institutional recklessness.’ Errant bureaucratic policy, coupled with poor field-level decision fueled the Little Bear Fire during its first four days of life. I don’t suffer well the careless, sociopathic behaviors which caused last season’s blazes. But I have even more difficulty resolving the anger I feel watching the black water glopping its way through devastated landscapes and bypassing reservoirs which used to hold nearly potable, sustaining rainwater for our community. The second experience provoking this second Little Bear article involved a conversation with a very credible individual I’ve known for more than a dozen years. This person related that they and a friend trailered horses to the Ski Apache parking lot on the morning of Thursday June 7. They planned to ride parts of the Scenic and Crest Trails and chose that morning as they knew winds were predicted to kick up over the weekend. Upon arriving, they were surprised to see a parked helicopter and Forest Service fire vehicles. Like most of us at that time, they’d not been aware of a fire in the area and wondered if it was safe to ride their horses into the forest. They pulled up next to a fire truck and a fire officer approached informing them that it was perfectly safe but suggested that, once they reached the Crest Trail, they ride towards Monjeau Lookout instead of towards the fire. Now here is the interesting part … He further explained that the fire was in a grassy area near White Horse Hill and that they were just watching it for now. Watching a grass fire? Wow, what a contradiction with the official NFS Little Bear reports released. And here all the time I read how they were pursuing a full suppression effort in heavy timber. We all need to stay angry, real angry. I hate black water and I hate government arrogance, misinformation campaigns and cover-ups probably more and I’m convinced we now have both in Lincoln County. It’s essential that the real Little Bear story surface. Anyone out there with information which contradicts the official fire reports, contact me with the facts. I’ll protect your privacy and make sure the information is passed along to the right ears. It seems this is the only chance we have of avoiding another firestorm ripping through our county. And has anyone noticed? We’ve still not had the courtesy of an explanation from the National Forest Service as to how things may occur differently next time lightning strikes. Addresses of our government officials are readily available so write a letter or two, make some phone calls and get your neighbors involved. Let’s fix this problem once and for all. And lastly, to those who disagree, tell me why my take on this fire is wrong. Fire away, I like a good fire fight. Robert Moroney Alto




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By Sue Hutchison Reporter Chances are every local Walmart shopper has benefited from Donnie and Julia Glover’s business at one point or another. The Glovers own a Bimbo Bakeries USA (Mrs. Baird’s) bread delivery franchise and have more than 12 county stops along their daily path. Like dairy farmers’ schedules, it’s a job which requires them to awaken at 2 a.m. daily to make sure Lincoln County has bread. Rarely can they take vacation. Alto residents and friends say the Glovers are quick with smiles and are active in their church. Donnie is a board member, a head usher and both of them are greeters. They’ve been delivering bread and tortillas for 15 years, donate bread regularly to several local charitable organizations and have many satisfied customers. “They go above and beyond. When we’re out of bread, Donnie always comes when I call. They’ve never been argumentative and deserve the very best,” says Sharla Ganaway, assistant manager of Ruidoso’s Thriftway grocery store who’s worked with the Glovers for 10 years who says she’s very satisfied with Glover’s work. From what Glover has been told, Walmart in Ruidoso Downs isn’t satisfied anymore. After a closed door meeting March 29 with local management and one of their area distributors, Glover was told he has been banned from the premises, even to the extent, says Glover, of prohibiting him from being in their parking lot. Julia must now manage that part of their route alone to make ends meet. According to Glover, when an issue between several vendors and a Walmart backdoor receiver associate reached an impasse, he went to management to discuss the problem in an effort to find a solution. Glover says management instructed him to secure a list of vendor names that felt the same and had similar issues with the employee in question. Glover had a petition created with the intent of solving the conflict and with the understanding that he would not want anyone to sign a blank document. More than ten 


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vendors signed the petition which listed specific grievances. In an effort to solve the problem at hand, those who signed were interested in securing less stress in the Walmart working environment. “Donnie and Julia are always nice, friendly and kind. It’s hard to understand why this is happening and why one person who is an employee has so much control at Walmart,” says a fellow vendor who’s been working alongside Glover for several years. Vendors who responded to questions and have the same difficulties with the employee in question asked to remain anonymous because they feel frightened they might face the same repercussions as the Glovers if they try to solve the problem. Vendors depend on their Walmart contracts to support their families. Ruidoso Downs Walmart serves thousands of customers weekly. Some items stocked there cannot be purchased elsewhere in town, which makes Lincoln County shoppers choose between spending money at the Downs Walmart or driving more than an hour to another option. Glover’s BB USA distributor, Rudy Munoz has known the Glovers for several years and says, “The Glovers are excellent workers, and they work according to our regulations. We’ve never had any issues with them. There’s never been any warnings or write ups.” There have been issues between

public opinion and the Downs Walmart over the years which have not presented a favorable outcome, in some shoppers’ opinions. In 2010 the store redesigned their facility, and several items no longer were stocked. The fabric department became a source of concern for hundreds of crafters in Lincoln County, and when it was announced to be on the chopping block, dozens wrote of their disappointment. A petition with more than two hundred names was presented to Walmart at that time. When all was said and done, Walmart chose to remove the fabric department and enlarge the electronic area. Since then, they have incorporated a pre-cut fabric selection, which, according to Claudia Best, Capitan professional custom seamstress, does not meet the needs of those who sew as well as the former department. “The lady who stocks the fabric area does as well as she can with just one aisle,” says Best. When the Ruidoso Free Press attempted twice to speak with Manager Raymond Simpson using his published cell phone number at each check stand, a voice message could not be recorded, with the taped response indicating a mailbox was not set up. When management was questioned at the Downs facility, assistant manager Patrick Roman declined to speak with The Press. He directed The Press to phone Walmart

corporate offices in Arkansas and declined a face-to-face interview. Corporate Walmart Media Liaison Kayla Whaling responded to phone questions, and stated Roman followed established Walmart protocol by declining to speak. “I haven’t been able to confirm Glover has been trespassed from the store,” said Whaling. When asked why a face-to-face meeting with Glover and local management has never occurred, Whaling responded that it was a local issue. Without any opportunity to speak with local management due to corporate protocol, Glover feels his hands are tied. He says he’s not interested in anyone being fired, but would like to sit down and come to a solution for both the employee and the remaining vendors’ benefit. So far, Walmart has not given him permission to do so, nor have they initiated a meeting, as was requested by Glover. Business has suffered, according to Glover. Since his banishment from Walmart he’s decided enough is enough and is in the process of trying to sell his business. When asked if he’d like to be re-instated at Walmart, Glover responded he feels he’s finished. Donnie and Julia continue to arise at 2 a.m. to deliver bread to Lincoln County. “At 60 years of age, I didn’t want a fight. Julia and I had our two-year plan for retirement. Now everything has changed.” Glover says they are tired.

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find my way out. I know if it worked for me, The HEAL Annual Staff Retreat ended on it can work for the ladies here.” Before joining an inspiring and celebratory note as the 2012 the Nest, Montoya volunteered with a Prison Employee of the Year was announced. Corina Ministry Women’s Group. In this capacity, Montoya was selected by her fellow Nest Montoya was able to witness firsthand the employees as the recipient. healing powers of faith for women in recovery. HEAL Board President Danny Sisson de“That experience meant so much to me. I had clares, “Corina very much deserves this award a vision of my future where I was working in recognition of her hard work on behalf of with women and it uplifted me. Three weeks domestic violence survivors.” Montoya has later, I saw the ad in the newspaper for the been an advocate with the shelter for the past Nest and I knew it was meant to be,” explains four years. Long charged with holding down the fort on the graveyard shift, Montoya’s Courtesy photo Montoya. HEAL Executive Director Coleen Widell move to the day shift allowed her to take on Corina Montoya states, “Corina is a remarkable and admirable additional responsibilities. woman who gives 100 percent of herself to the women and Montoya is the facilitator for the Women to Women children who live at the Nest. She is dedicated, compasSupport Group, a survivor group for community members held each Wednesday at Sweet Charity, as well as the Nest’s sionate and a true role model to her co-workers as well as our residents.” In her role as an Advocate, Montoya proFaith Hour for the residents at the shelter. She coordinates vides domestic violence education, resource development, the program for resident spiritual needs with Julie Gillilassistance with housing, daycare and employment, crisis and of the HEAL Board of Directors. As a young victim of domestic violence, Montoya remembers, “I couldn’t see my services and legal advocacy. But Montoya doesn’t look at it as a job. “For me, it’s a calling. I love what I do. I love way out of my situation. Not until I returned to my faith. My faith gave me the strength and perseverance I needed to watching victims transition into independent survivors.”

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Celebrating new businesses in Midtown On Thursday, July 5, the Ruidoso Valley Greeters did a Ribbon Cutting at a new business on Sudderth. The scooter store – Scoot Over Ruidoso, is located at 2200 Sudderth. They were very busy when we were there

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Anglers of all ages line the shores of Grindstone Reservoir to enjoy the sunshine, do some fishing and participate in the variety of outdoor recreation opportunities in Lincoln County. At right, multi-use trail systems attract horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers to Lincoln County in addition to events like 12 Hours in the Wild West, the Sprint Triathlon and Tour de Ruidoso.

The booming outdoor recreation economy By Eugene Heathman Editor Despite the aftermath of the Little Bear Fire disaster, Lincoln County is still poised to take advantage of the very lucrative outdoor recreation economy evidenced by the crowds fishing at Grindstone Reservoir and vehicles in town towing ATV’s or loaded down with full bicycle racks Everything grows outside, including jobs and the economy. The outdoor enthusiasts of today aren’t confined to typical demographic or activity segments. People seeking relief from urban life or the sweltering daily temperatures of Texas consist of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicities and household income and integrate outdoor recreation as an essential component of their daily lives. In 2006 the Outdoor Industry Association commissioned the first economic study on outdoor recreation in the United States. According to the latest report, the Great Recession radically altered consumer spending habits,

unemployment reached its highest level in decades, and federal and state deficits resulted in massive spending cuts. The Outdoor Industry Association report states; despite the uncertainty, more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives, proving it with their wallets by putting $646 billion of their hard-earned dollars right back into the economy. Even better, this spending directly results in highly sought-after jobs for 6.1 million Americans. Cody Thurston, owner of Bike Shop Ruidoso has been a tireless proponent of developing the viable economic growth opportunity active outdoor recreation brings to a rural community. “Active outdoor recreation contributes more than ten times the revenue to New Mexico’s economy than horse racing or the film industry. Attracting outdoor enthusiasts with a comprehensive, multi-use trail network, camping, horseback riding, skiing, hunting and fishing while making Ruidoso a destination for these activities will verifiably add a much needed source of sustainable

economic diversity,” Thurston said. Active outdoor recreation injects $3.8 billion annually into New Mexico’s economy, supports 47,000 jobs, generates $184 million in annual state tax revenue, and produces $2.75 billion in annual retail sales and services across New Mexico – accounting for 4.6 percent of the gross state product. “Ruidoso’s share of that pie is merely crumbs compared to what we could easily have with the abundance of our existing resources. The community has taken the first steps towards the commitment to this industry and is already reaping the benefits while enhancing our overall quality of life.” Thurston said. Outdoor recreation is a growing and diverse economic super sector that is a vital cornerstone of successful communities that cannot be ignored. Most importantly, outdoor recreation is no longer a “nice to have,” it is now a “must have” as local civic and business leaders recognize the undeniable economic, social and health benefits of outdoor recreation. Those kind of economic numbers

Nurse practitioner joins LCMC staff the University of South Lincoln County Alabama in Mobile. CooMedical Center, LCMC, is per comes to LCMC from pleased to announce that Portales and he also graduErik Cooper, CNP, has ated from New Mexico joined the county-owned Military Institute in 1998 hospital’s team of medical in Roswell with an Associproviders. Cooper started ate of Arts degree. his duties on July 2. Cooper will be in the Cooper has worked “Fast Track” clinic inside in healthcare throughout the hospital’s Emergency the region at hospitals and Department every Friday clinics in Las Cruces and Erik Cooper through Monday from Albuquerque and in California, Arizona and Texas. He has more noon to 10 p.m. “Our emergency room Fast Track than six years as an Emergency Departis designed to provide patients quicker ment nurse and has worked for level II access to quality care. We are looking – IV emergency facilities. forward to having Erik on staff caring Cooper received his Bachelor for Lincoln County’s residents and visiof Science nursing degree from the tors,” said Dr. Gary Jackson, LCMC’s University of Southern Mississippi in medical director. Hattiesburg and his Masters of Science Jackson said that LCMC is comin nursing degree specializing in Acute mitted to the patients, members and Care/Family Nurse Practitioner from

communities the hospital serves and it is important to us that there is no gap in medical coverage with this care model. Cooper was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve and he served from May 1998 to April 2006 when he was honorably discharged. Cooper comes to Ruidoso with his wife, Christina who is completing her Nurse Practitioner program. Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility leased by Presbyterian Healthcare Services. This partnership has existed since 1972 and is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operates a hospital, six clinics and a countywide ambulance service. Lincoln County Medical Center employs more than 250 people, including more than 15 providers throughout Lincoln County.

Local Democrats speak to rally the troops about the importance of having a Democrat run in every By Sue Hutchison race. “We’ve got to get folks to early voting places. If we go Reporter door to door, we need to have absentee voting information in hands,” said DuBois. “Our main emphasis needs to be to Speaking about the need for voters to unite, Phil Griego attended the monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Lin- represent our core values as Democrats. I won’t promise you anything but I won’t lie coln County. Meeting to you, either.” at their headquarters Being a certified at 2809 Sudderth, both mediator, DuBois feels Griego and Stephanie she can work with any DuBois presented their faction to bring unity thoughts to the group. to NM’s legislature. “If we don’t stick She states she believes together and get out in a woman’s right to to vote, we may lose choose, marriage equalthe majority in the ity, comprehensive sex house and senate,” said education and respect Griego, candidate for for our environment NM State Senate Disand natural resources. trict 39. Listing Ohio, Both candidates Indiana, Pennsylvania, mentioned the need Michigan and WisconSue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press to inform the public sin, Griego mentioned Phil Griego, candidate for State Senate, District 39 and Stephanie ballots will not have many states in which DuBois, candidate for State Senate, District 33. a place to indicate a he says the “middle straight party vote anymore. Voters must blacken the space class was respected” and have now been lost to the Republibeside each candidate they choose. can party. The next monthly meeting of the Democratic party will “Republicans are trying to take our rights away. We need be Aug. 2 when Scott Tillman, regional representative for to move forward as Democrats. We’re rural people and we Organizing For America (OFA) will be the featured speaker. need to bring the race back to sensibility.” DuBois, candidate for NM State Senate District 33 spoke All are welcome to attend.

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Education By Corey Bard

I am preparing three half-hour presentations for Peace Village Day Camp coming up at the end of the month. Ruidoso Public Library will partner with Peace Village, now in its eighth year of providing books, movies and resources that support Peace Village’s mission. On July 24, I will tell the story of Deganawidah and Hiawatha. Deganawidah, the Peacemaker, was named for trying to bring an end to tribal warfare and years of violence among the Iroquois people. His story parallels Moses of the Old Testament because Deganawidah needed a man who could communicate for him, his ideas about the formation of a Confederacy, just as Moses needed his brother Aaron to free the Hebrew slaves from Pharoah and lead them from Egypt to the Land of Israel. Deganawidah’s voice was the leader, Hiawatha, immortalized and fictionalized in the poem, “Song of Hiawatha,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In trying to sort out the facts from the story, I have read “Realm of the Iroquois,” published by Time Life Books and “Manual for the Peacemaker,” by Jean Houston. Jean Houston sorts through the psychology, myth, human development, personal and spiritual empowerment in revealing the tale of the Peacemaker creating a manual for finding joyous living and making a peaceful world a reality while remaining sensitive to Native Americans. The Iroquois Confederacy may have been the first model for a democratic society in the world. It lasted for several hundred years and still serves as a model that honors the authenticity and autonomy of its individual members whether nation, state, tribe, or culture. The Confederacy of the Iroquois was a microcosm of a planetary society rooted in the basis for all nations to coexist in friendship, harmony, and for all parts of ourselves to come together for a new way of being. Jean Houston has acted as a consultant for UNICEF and helped indigenous peoples preserve their cultures. She leads seminars championing human development and potential. Peace Village is operated entirely by adult volunteers and a paid high school aged staff. Half its participants receive scholarships to attend. The cost for the one week session is $90 per child. Peace Village will run from July 23-27 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at High Mesa Healing Center in Alto. Barbara Mader is the founder of High Mesa Healing Center and Peace Village. She hopes to introduce kids to the power of peace. Staff includes: Lou Ann Ellison, music; Andrea Reed, dance; Angie Fernandez, sustainable living and nutrition; Kathy Golightly, nonviolence and conflict resolution; Leslie Green, Trust Walk exercise; Corey Bard, storyteller. For more information call 575-2584547 or 575-937-0876.

Altrusa encourages literacy in LC During a meeting of the Lincoln County Literacy Advisory Council, Altrusa presented a donation of $500 to Susie Morss, Lincoln County Literacy Coordinator. The donation is part of Altrusa’s ongoing efforts to promote literacy in the community. This contribution means that adult learners will receive free books to assist with tutoring and education. The Lincoln County Literacy Council, part of ENMU-Ruidoso Adult Basic Education, provides free tutoring for adults needing to improve their reading, writing, or math skills, looking to achieve their GED to find better employment, or to go on to college. New tutors receive training and support before tutoring an adult learner. No prior experience is required, only two hours a week available to meet with a student and help that person improve his/ her fundamental skills. Almost half of the adults in Lincoln County find it difficult to read medical information, help children with homework, or complete job applications. Tutoring rewards both the student and the tutor. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life as they strive to improve their educational skills and accomplish

The week of July 16 thru July 20, sign up for Youth Theatre Workshop. Children between the ages of 7 and 17 will work with a professional actress exploring performance skills including theatre games, improvisational acting, script work, storytelling, movement and shadow puppetry. There will be a informal showing on the final day. Each week is a different format. Please wear clothes you can comfortably move in, and bring a packed lunch. The class time is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and the cost is $75 per week. Students can sign up for one or two weeks. Call 257-3012 to register. On July 9, join us in Corona or at ENMU-Ruidoso on July 11 for the New Mexico Movie series, where we will be showing “No Country for Old Men” (2007). The movie was written and directed by the Coen brothers and won four Oscars. Much of this film was shot in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, N.M. and Santa Fe. The story is based on a book by Cormac McCarthy. Coming across a drug deal gone bad, Llewelyn Moss takes the money and runs. He is pursued by one of the meanest villains in movie history. Rated R for violence and language. The movie is free, however,

Courtesy of Gary Cozzens, President, Lincoln County Historical Society

howitzer from Lt. Col. Dudley. Pvt. Berry Robinson fired on in the plaza as he brings Dudley’s reply. July 17, 1878 Captains Purington and Blaird and Assistant Surgeon Appel sent to Lincoln to investigate the attempted shooting of Private Berry Robinson. July 1854 Lieutenant Isiah Moore and troops from Los Lunas conduct reconnaissance of Capitan Mountains. July 1858 Lieutenant William H. Jackson leads expedition from Fort Bliss into Dog Canyon following Indians who stole animals from the Fort. July 1861 Two companies of Infantry and two companies of the Regiment of Mounted Rifles sent to Fort Stanton for additional defense against Confederate attack. July 1863 Picket of Company A, 1st New Mexico Volunteers attacked by Mescleros on Rio Hondo. Private Jose Chavez killed and buried on the spot. July 1869 Captain Frank Smallwood leads expedition in pursuit of Mescaleros into Sacramento and Guadalupe Mountains. July 1870 Indians steal stock in vicinity of Abo Pass. Captain William McCleave leads patrol into the Oscurea Mountains and to the Capitan Mountains. No raiders were found. July 1871 Chief Cadette leads between 500 and 600 Mescaleros to Fort Stanton.

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goals. Training and materials are free. Are you interested in helping someone improve his or her life? Perhaps you know someone who might benefit from the Literacy Council’s services. New students are always welcome. Donations are also helpful and gratefully accepted. Call Susie Morss at 575-

258-1730. The Altrusa Club of Ruidoso is committed to serving the citizens of Lincoln County. If you are interested in helping your community, contact Membership Chair Barbara Dickinson 575-336-7822, or go to for more information about Altrusa’s community service projects.

ENMU Summer Community Education classes

This week in Lincoln County History July 10, 1878 Captain Henry Carroll and 2nd Lieutenant George W. Smith (or Wright?) with 52 enlisted men and 19 Indian Scouts depart Fort Stanton on patrol to scout the country surrounding the Mescalero Apache Reservation. July 10, 1885 Private George H. Robinson, Company E, 13th Infantry dies and is buried in the Fort Stanton Cemetery. July 10, 1938 Harald Kelley of Alamogordo baseball team fractured right humerous in game against the CCC camp. July 12, 1938 Viola Salano froom girls’ camp seen for possible appendicitis. July 13, 1938 Jorge in oxygen tent. Ramirez condition serious. July 14, 1873 L. L. Higgins appointed Post Sutler. Charles Bushnell appointed Post Master at Fort Stanton. July 14, 1878 McSween and about 40 men arrive in Lincoln starting the “Five Day Battle.” July 14, 1881 Billy the Kid is killed at Ft. Sumner by Sherriff Pat Garrett. July 14, 1892 Ms. Alina O’Neil appointed Post Master at Fort Stanton. July 15, 1938 Salano condition definitely improved. July 16, 1855 Company K, 1st Dragoons, transferred to Albuquerque. July 16, 1878 Sheriff Pepin requests loan of

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Pictured are Judy Griffin, Altrusa Club of Ruidoso and Susie Morss, Lincoln County Literacy Coordinator.

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please call in advance to ensure enough sodas and popcorn are on hand. 575-257-3012. Horse Husbandry for Beginners-Oh Those Pretty Horses is offered on Wednesday July 11, 18 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ENMU-Ruidoso. Whether you are new to horses, thinking of buying a horse, a parent of a child who is into horses or a seasoned horse owner, this course covers basic topics from parts of the horse and tack, grooming, saddle fitting to nutrition and the expenses associated owning a horse. Requirement: Boots with a low heel for the hands-on part of the class. Cost for this course is $85 or $75 for seniors. Digital Film 101-Windows Movie Maker will be held on Friday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Using the movie maker included with Windows XP, a video capture device, and your pre-shot video, you will be able to cut, paste, add transitions, insert titles and credits, add background sounds and prepare your video to burn onto a CD or DVD. Learn about the types of video file formats, video capture devices and software needed to burn to a disk. Cost is $35 or $25 for seniors.



Dessert & Coffee reception following concert

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for more information Paid for by Lincoln County Lodger’s Tax.

Pre-Concert Italian Dinner to benefit the Carrizozo Food Bank Prepared by Chef Mike Bustran & served at the Assembly of God on 13th at C Ave. $10, 5-7 p.m.

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Ruidoso Free Press

July 10, 2012

Back away from my ketchup It is my firm belief alone. Mayors in Masthat food just tastes better sachusetts are trying to with ketchup. It’s fat free, follow Bloomberg’s lead. it’s a vegetable (I know It made me think: I’m stretching it) and face the second ingredient on it, it’s just delicious. I’ve my ketchup bottle’s list read it protects against is sugar. Yikes! I wonder cancer, provides prostate what Mayor Bloomberg health, can help lower thinks about ketchup. In cholesterol, and helps prothe grand master list of tect cardiac muscle. It’s vices, my thought is that what’s for breakfast, lunch ketchup may be pretty and dinner but I draw the far down. I don’t pour Sue Hutchison line at dessert. I think I vodka on my eggs, I pour learned this strange eating ketchup. I add ketchup pattern from my mom while in a crowd and by who enticed me, when I was a young, myself. When I’m alone and have a ripe picky eater, with ketchup usage. avocado, I’ve been known to peel it and I live in a country which allows me fill the well with ketchup where the pit the privilege of drenching each and evused to be. Unless you’ve tried it, you ery bite of food I shove into my mouth have no right to whine. (you think I’m kidding) with ketchup. Perhaps I need to ask Mayor Alborn There are no ketchup police roaming his opinion of ketchup. He may be at and citing me for ketchup-excess. I this moment sitting in a restaurant or buy the 10 lb. size can of Hunts at the bar somewhere with village attorney, warehouse store in Roswell. Truly, I do. Dan Bryant crafting a proposal to limit It’s cheaper and it assures me I won’t ketchup usage. Say it isn’t so, Ray! run out often. I keep a smaller bottle in Obesity is a problem in the US of the fridge and refill as needed. It’s how A. As I’m typing this column my TV I eat. My friend, Ilene, says French fries is tuned to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives are only created to be a ketchup delivery and I’m watching Guy Fieri bread system. I agree. and deep fry everything in sight. UnIn my cultured opinion, Hunts derstandably, we’re not the healthiest doesn’t separate like the other brands. country on the planet. I’m not happy Cohesive ketchup is important. I take with anyone, however, telling me what my ketchup choice and freedom to conI can and cannot eat or drink. I’d rather sume it seriously. choose to eat what’s best for me, walk a If I lived in New York City however, bunch for exercise, and take my perI would be required to put up with the sonal health seriously. On my own. By soda police. Mayor Michael Bloomberg myself. I’ll ask for help if I need it, but submitted a proposal in January which I probably won’t bother Mayor Alborn would limit sugared drink purchases with the responsibility of making my while eating out to one 16 ounce size at dining or drinking choices. a time. The proposal affected soft drinks Don’t even think about getting besweetened with sugar or another caloric tween me and my Hunts. I won’t get in sweetener that contains more than 25 your way when you order the 72-ouncecalories per eight fluid ounces, and less size of Mountain Dew. This is America: than 51 percent milk or milk substitute land of both Nutri-system and buffet by volume as an ingredient. lines galore. Never mind the diet drinks in NYC. The buffet line better have vat of They didn’t count in the proposal. Mayor Hunts ketchup on it or I’m not paying. Bloomberg doesn’t care if his constituents pour aspartame or another chemical Knowing someday she’ll need to eat like sweetener down, he just can’t stand his an adult, Sue Hutchison can be reached folks drinking natural sugar. He’s not at

New Mexico unemployment rates mixed New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in May 2012, down from 6.9 percent in April and 7.5 percent in May 2011. The rate of over-the-year job growth,

Blow it out your ascot Copyright © 2012 Jay McKittrick

I saw a bumper sticker the other day on the back of a Jaguar that read: “My other car is a Range Rover.” Well, why aren’t you driving the Range Rover? That’s my question, because given the choice I would be driving the Rover. “I only drive the Rover when I am on

comparing May 2012 with May 2011, was negative 0.2 percent, representing a loss of 1,500 jobs. The return to job loss in May followed ninth months of over-the-year job gains that averaged about 0.5 percent. Employment increased in four industries, decreased in seven, and remained unchanged in two. Educational and health services continued to lead the growing industries, up 4,600 jobs from its May 2011 total. Leisure and hospitality, up 2,300, and mining, up 1,900, also posted large increases. Government, down 4,000 jobs, registered the largest over-the-year decrease, with losses spread over all three component levels – federal, state, and local. Professional and business services payrolls contracted by 3,800 jobs.

safari in Botswana. I pay a tribe of Zulus to watch it for me when I am out of country. They wash it with elephants; and dry it with colorful linens; and they dance around it and sing songs about it and worship it as their god.” (Oh…blow it out your ascot!) Nobody cares about your other car. If you want to impress us, impress us with your character not with your Rover.

Jay McKittrick

And by the way, “My kids are honor students.”



Ruidoso Free Press

July 10, 2012

From the front line – Fighting a wildfire

Part one of a two-part series

values at risk and political considerations, meaning the number of jurisdictions involved. “We (USFS) have guidelines and analytical tools to help a responsible official decide on typing but they are not necessarily hard and fast rules. These decisions on levels of management can be made very quickly as were done on the Little Bear Fire,” Kitchens said. When the fire was confirmed, a helicopter landed and off-loaded two firefighters and equipment. The fire was now at one half acre as they arrived on scene and was burning in dense mixed conifer with low flame lengths. The fire was located on a north-facing slope near the upper 1/3 of the mountain and had received some rain. The crew directly attacked the fire Monday night until it was deemed too dangerous due to falling snags. Firefighters slept away from the fire line at night due to safety concerns according to the Forest Service report. Tuesday, June 5, a 20-person Type 1 Hot Shot crew, hiked into the fire and after size-up estimated the fire had grown to between two and four acres. Kitchens explained that Hot Shot crews are mostly seasonally hired young men and women who are highly trained and physically fit. Firefighting is their primary job during the fire season. Type 1 teams are supplied with vehicles, tools, meals-ready-toeat and sleeping bags. They can operate for periods of time with little logistical support and often sleep somewhere near the fire line thus increasing their work time suppressing fire and minimizing travel. The Type 1 crew assumed command and released the helicopter personnel. The full suppression strategy was kept according to the forest service report. Significant risks were identified by the Hot Shot superintendent who was the Incident Commander (IC) and in charge at this time. These included steep-rocky terrain, large rocks, numerous snags and overhead hazards, and heavy fuels.

By Eugene Heathman Editor The anatomy and dynamic behavior of a forest fire from the point of ignition may appear innocent at first but can quickly develop with help from the forces of nature into a raging inferno. The Little Bear Fire is no exception. Whether a fire is caused by a cigarette butt, bottle rocket, sparks from a tow chain skipping on the highway or in this case, lightning; each fire behaves differently. The US Forest Service, Smokey Bear Ranger District released a report detailing the chronology of events leading to the conditions which caused the ground crews to lose control of the Little Bear Fire. The Little Bear Fire started by lightning on Monday, June 4. Since the fire was discovered on June 4, firefighters have, and will continue to actively suppress the fire. The management objective for this fire is full suppression according to the report. Bobby Kitchens, a public information officer assigned to the Little Bear Fire stated in a report presented to the Ruidoso Free Press that full suppression means the fire will be stopped and extinguished around the entire perimeter as quickly and efficiently as possible considering firefighter and public safety and the values at risk. Kitchens further detailed that it is the most aggressive suppression strategy. Another strategy is the point or zone protection where certain areas are suppressed such as communities, subdivisions and individual structures and other portions of the fire perimeter may be steered toward natural firebreaks such as lakes, cliffs and rock outcroppings. On June 4, the Little Bear Fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. The report further explains that a helicopter and crew were immediately dispatched and they sized up the fire from the air at 1/4 acre in size. The fire was located at the 10,200 ft. elevation in steep rugged terrain. Firefighters were granted verbal approval from the Forest Supervisor to land the helicopter and operate chainsaws within the White Mountain Wilderness. A decision was made to fight the fire aggressively, quickly, and safely with the objective of keeping it small which according to the report implemented a full suppression strategy. At this stage, Kitchens explains that wildfire incidents are ‘typed” based on size (current and anticipated) complexity, number of resources such as personnel, fire engines, heavy equipment and aircraft assigned or required,

Photos courtesy of USFS Smokey Bear Ranger District

At top, thick underbrush and fallen trees made progress challenging for the incident team on the ground during the early stages of the Little Bear Fire. At left, the terrain where the Little Bear Fire started was at approximately 10,200 ft. in elevation on steep slopes, cluttered with fallen snags, dead trees and other dangerous obstacles.

Being prepared – hindsight and blind foresight By Eugene Heathman Editor In a short time span of just four years, Lincoln County residents have endured numerous serious wildfires, a devastating deep freeze, severe drought and catastrophic flood. Following each disaster, actions by government officials and citizens alike have bolstered flood prone areas, improved infrastructure and aggressively pursued defensible space management with the village and its interface with National Forest and other public lands. The residents of Lincoln County are learning the fast and hard way, many lessons about disaster awareness and response, rather than what Commissioner Doth described as learning lessons a little too late at the “For our Forests Health Rally,” June 30 at Wingfield Park. While hindsight is said to be twenty-twenty, foresight can be equally blind. Adopting the motto of Boy Scouts, being prepared, can lessen the impacts of these events by investing in the future rather than the expensive recovery of loss.

Village of Ruidoso Councilors, U.S. Forest Service personnel and Lincoln County commissioners are improving firefighting capabilities and disaster preparedness in the area around Ruidoso and Fort Stanton. Effective firefighting and disaster planning in rural Lincoln County will require capital improvements and foresight amidst budget priorities, protecting the public and responsible Eco management.

Single Engine Air Tankers

The following is excerpted from a Ruidoso Free Press article published Jan. 17, 2011. In January, 2011 Village councilors opted out of stationing the Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) at Sierra Blanca regional airport during the fire season. Then, Assistant Fire Chief Harlan Vincent presented Ruidoso Village councilors the recommendation against staging a designated first response air tanker at Sierra Blanca Regional Airport. “I met with officials from the New Mexico Forestry Division and the State Energy Mineral and Natural Resources Department; they told me the plane with its limited capacity, give people a false sense of

hope,” Vincent said. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) with a 15,000 gallon water capacity will instead be available from Roswell and Alamogordo. “The air tanker stationed at the municipal airport last year could only carry around 1,500 gallons, which is like pouring one teaspoon of see HiNdsiGHt, next pg.

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HINDSIGHT from pg. 10 water at a time to put out a fire in your fireplace,” Vincent said. On Monday June 4, the Little Bear Fire was at one-half acre and in the first days was at less than ten acres according to a USFS report. The use of helicopters also proved to be ineffective; helicopter bucket drops were ordered but were ineffective due to the density of the trees and the length of drop (200-300 feet). The helicopter bucket was exchanged, however, due to the high altitude and other air density factors, it was deemed unsafe to attempt to use the new bucket. Sling loads of hoses, numerous blivets (soft-sided containers holding around 75 gallons of water), and bladder bags were delivered, according to the same report. In 2010, the village paid approximately $50,000 to keep a plane stationed at the airport. “Having the planes in Alamogordo and Roswell is a good idea since the State Forestry Agency will pick up the tab for them to fight fires from where they are normally stationed but will not cover the optional expense of keeping a plane at the airport here,” Village Councilor Angel Shaw said. Every little bit helps. Single Engine Air Tankers were essential in containing the Swallow Fire in June of 2011. Four SEAT aircraft, assigned to the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport, were dropping 800-gallon loads of slurry on the fire almost immediately. The Swallow Fire destroyed nine homes. “The response to this fire was immediate, swift and seamless,” Village Manager Debi Lee said. “The quick work of all the emergency personnel is what has kept this from becoming a much bigger incident.”

Ugly cell and radio towers, no internet With Lincoln County lacking redundant fiber

optic communication capabilities many communication abilities in emergency situation rely on hand-held radios, cell phones and commercial radio airwaves. On Saturday, June 9, most of the ability to communicate in Lincoln County collapsed when fiber optics were severed and the Little Bear Fire encroached upon Buck Mountain which disabled most local television and radio signals until emergency communication equipment could be deployed. Residents of Capitan were essentially isolated from Ruidoso during the Little Bear Fire but fought hard against the construction of a cell tower within


Things to do every day Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs. - Mon. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan, located on Hwy 380. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRD-Forestry Division. Live horse racing at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Friday - Monday through Labor Day weekend. Post time is 1 p.m. (with the exception of some holidays, special meets and horse sales). Visit for more information. Flying J Chuckwagon Supper and Show, TUESDAY JULY 10 Hunger Games Survivor, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 10 through Teens - It’s a mashup of the awesome books (or movie) the Hunger Games with the popular TV show, Survivor. Do you have what it takes? May the odds be ever in your favor. 575-258-3704; Free. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY JULY 11 Farmer’s Market at SBS Wood Shavings in Glencoe from 9 to 11 a.m. The Sterilizers perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant on Mechem Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Suzi Weber & the Mixx (Country & classic rock) perform 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. THURSDAY JULY 12 Illustrative Journaling with Jamie Slack, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 10 through Teens - Say what?! Jamie Slack is a local author who shares her technique for drawing what you feel or how your day went to help you have fun while recording your thoughts. 575-258-3704; www. Free Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30. Karaoke with DJ Pete! Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m., every Thursday, evening. All-you-can-eat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. Open to the public Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Jace N Lee (Local Southern rockers) perform 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. FRIDAY JULY 13 Christmas in July Bridge Tournament, Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr., runs thru July 15. Daily tournaments at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday. 10 a.m. only Sunday. 575-257-1898; Pairs and KO’s: $10 / person / session. Swiss Team: $96 / team (Sunday lunch included in fee). Non-ACBL or unpaid member: add $2 for each session. Fort Stanton Live! Runs thru July 15. Candlelight tour is Friday night. Wild West Show with Civil War reenactments, Buffalo Soldiers, and Mountain Men. Vendors, food, and entertainment. 575-354-0341; www. $5 per person, children 16 and younger are free. Markie Scholtz Puppet Show,

Hwy 48 north of Ruidoso. Every day except Sunday; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and show is $25 for adults; $15 for children 4-12. www. � for more information. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, just east of the racetrack. The �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $6 for adults with discounts available for seniors, military and youth. Visit or call 575-378-4142. “Biennale Grande” juried art show and exhibit, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, runs through July 15. Original art from some of New Mexico’s best artists. For more information, call 575-378-4142, or visit Free with admission

Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 2 - 3:30 p.m. All ages are invited for today’s event: Markie Scholtz and his puppet show. 575-258-3704; / Free The Rascal Fair and White Oaks Community Market, 5 p.m. to dark. Produce, plants, flowers, crafts and unique entertainment. Every Friday through the summer. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 11 p.m. Cree Meadows Country Club is hosting a fish fry and live band. 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. Relay for Life, All American Park, next to the Ruidoso Downs Senior Center, 6 p.m. and runs til 10 a.m. Saturday. Come join us to help raise money for Cancer research at All American Park in Ruidoso Downs. 575-808-1205; Entry fee: $10 per person. “Up From the Ashes” Art Benefit, Ruidoso Regional Council for the Arts, 1712 Sudderth Dr., runs thru August 24. A benefit for those who suffered losses during the Little Bear Fire. A portion of the artwork sales will be donated. Grand Opening reception will be at 6 p.m. 575-257-7272; www. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant on Mechem Drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Open Mic Night, Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth in the Boulder Plaza, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Hosted by Tradd Tidwell. 575-257-2273. Susan Kolb performs at the No Name Café 6 - 9 p.m. 522 Sudderth, 575-257-2253. Friday evening dinners are by reservation. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. “The Pied Piper” a Missoula Children’s Theatre Performance, Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd., Alto, 7 - 9 p.m. The kids have worked hard and this is their chance to show what they have learned. 575-336-4800; www. Adult tickets are $18. Children’s tickets are $10. 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. Jace N Lee (Local Southern rockers) perform 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.

to the museum. “A Land So Strange” exhibit, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, runs through Feb. 8, 2013. An educational journey of nearly 400 years of New Mexico history. Hundreds of artifacts and images from the 16th to the 20th century tell the story of the Native Americans, the Spanish, and the Euro-Americans who created the New Mexico we experience today. Visit www. Free with admission to the museum. Pillow’s Funtrackers - Open weekends and most holidays throughout the year. 101 Carrizo Canyon Road just off Sudderth. 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.

SATURDAY JULY 14 Lincoln Co. Community Theatre auditions for “The Fantasticks,” The Warehouse, 220 Junction Rd, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring a 32 bar A capella selection designed to showcase your range. Needed, 1 soprano and 4 baritones. Show dates: Sept. 28 and 29; Oct. 5 and 6. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 11 p.m. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 10 p.m. Tony Avallone performs at Cree Meadows Country Club, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Prime Rib plate: $11.95. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant & Bar on Mechem from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant and Cantina, Mechem Drive, 7 - 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Jace N Lee (Local Southern rockers) perform 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. SUNDAY JULY 15 The Rocky Plateau Band Open Music Jam, No Scum Allowed Saloon in White Oaks, 2 - 6 p.m. Every Sunday thru the summer. Sundays Under the Stars, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 6 - 11 p.m.

Live music by Fast Forward at 6 and “Smoke Signals” after sunset. 1-800545-9011; Free. An Evening with Udi Bar David, Mountain Annie’s, 2710 Sudderth, 7 - 9 p.m. Join us for a unique musical performance and Champagne Punch Reception. Udi Bar-David is equally at home as a classical cellist and an innovative improviser of music of all genres. Spreading the messages of hope, understanding and co-existence, Udi continues to perform and create opportunities for open dialogues, bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds. 575-257-7982; $20. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 8 - 10 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of contemporary swing and celebrate summer at this special performance. 575-464-7777; Tickets start at $30. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY JULY 16 Creating Fairies, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 6-9. Why wait for a fairy to find you? Create your own. 575-258-3704’; www.youseemore. com/ruidosopl/. Free. Cellist Udi Bar-David at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 10th & D Ave., Carrizozo, 7 - 9 p.m. Pre-concert benefit Italian dinner at Assembly of God, 13th at C Ave, 5 p.m. 575-6482757; Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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village limits in 2009. Lincoln County Commissioners adopted a strict wireless communication ordinance in 2007 drafted to not only protects the interests of the public but to also protect the unique and beautiful view shed in Lincoln County. Plans to add towers on Buck Mountain have been stalled. Village and county official’s efforts to establish a backup communications has been initiated again with alternatives to the heavy reliance of Buck Mountain. During a special council meeting Alto resident and White Mountain Search and Rescue member Tony Davis said the Little Bear Fire has only illustrated the need for redundancy even more. Davis also suggested the Lincoln County Commission to address potential state legislation to correct the deficiencies.


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Sports Sports Results

July 6

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Noon Optimist 4, Rotary 2 Lions Hondo 14, Eastside 0 Major District 2 tournament at Roswell Noon Optimist 14, Eastside 0 Rotary 5, Valley 0 Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Noon Optimist 8, Lions Hondo 4 Eastside 7, Tularosa 6 Ruidoso 4, Valley 3

July 7

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Noon Optimist 19, Ruidoso 2 Rotary 18, Eastside 5 Major District 2 tournament at Roswell Noon Optimist 12, Rotary 2 Ruidoso 11, Tularosa 1 Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Noon Optimist 26, Eastside 4 Rotary 10, Ruidoso 6

July 8

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Rotary 16, Ruidoso 1 Noon Optimist 10, Lions Hondo 0 Major District 2 tournament at Roswell Valley 15, Tularosa 0 Lions Hondo 9, Ruidoso 2 Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Ruidoso 12, Eastside 7 Lions Hondo 15, Valley 5

Sports Upcoming

July 9

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Eastside vs. Ruidoso, late Lions Hondo vs. Rotary, late Major District 2 tournament at Roswell Rotary vs. Ruidoso, late Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Noon Optimist vs. Rotary, late Ruidoso vs. Lions Hondo, late

July 10

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Noon Optimist vs. Eastside, 4:30 pm. Ruidoso vs. Lions Hondo, 7:30 p.m. Major District 2 tournament at Roswell Valley vs. Alamogordo/Ruidoso winner, 5 p.m. Noon Optimist vs. Lions Hondo, 7:30 p.m. Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Ruidoso/Lions Hondo winner vs. Noon Optimist/Rotary loser, 6 p.m.

July 11

Baseball Major District 2 tournament at Roswell, TBA Minor District 2 championship at Alamogordo, 6 p.m.

July 12

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell, 6 p.m. Major District 2 championship at Roswell, 6 p.m. Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo, if necessary, 6 p.m.

July 13

Horse racing Zia Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m. Baseball Major District 2 tournament at Roswell, if necessary, 6 p.m.

July 14

Horse racing Zia Derby, Rio Grande Señor and Señorita trials at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m. Football 2A/3A North-South all star game at Las Vegas, 7 p.m.

July 15

Horse racing Maiden, claiming and allowance racing at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

July 16

Horse racing Maiden, claiming and allowance racing at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

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Rainbow Derby trials wild and wooly By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Not win, nor rain, nor a poor showing in the Ruidoso Futurity kept Ochoa from an impressive win in his trial to the Rainbow Futurity Wednesday at Ruidoso Downs. The 2-year-old champion and defending All American Futurity winner broke wide from the gate, and reserved his best effort for last when he turned a one-length disadvantage to Roberto Sanchez trained Feature Mr Bojangles into a one length victory in the last 50 yards of the race. Despite the big finish, Ochoa’s performance wasn’t fast enough to withstand a fantastic run by Feature Mr Who, also trained by Sanchez. Feature Mr Who burned up the sealed track with a time of 21.495 seconds to come in as the fastest qualifier. In fact, the trials got faster as the day wore on, with only Priceless Feature getting into the final from the first three races. It was an exceptional day for descendants of Feature Mr Jess, as Feature Mr Bojangles, Feature Mr Who and Pricless Feature were joined by Jesscuzican and Priceless Feature in the final. The fourth trial to this year’s Rainbow Futurity was billed as a showdown between champion 3-yearolds. Feature Mr Bojangles was a winner in last year’s Four Corners, Rainbow and Hobbs American futurities and was named the champion colt for 2011. Ochoa was the champion 2-yearold gelding and overall champion for the same year. The pair were running against the

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Jockey Esgar Ramirez get plenty of high fives after he rode Feature Mr Who to the fastest time of Wednesday’s Rainbow Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs. weather as much as each other, as the skies opened up just before the race to make it a challenging affair. But a sealed track and 20 mile-per-hour headwind were no match for Ochoa or Feature Mr Bojangles, who turned in times of 21.634 and 21.749 seconds respectively, good enough for the top two marks at the time the race was run. “He kind of ducked out there at the beginning of the race, and I’d rather he not do that,” said Ochoa trainer Dwane “Sleepy” Gilbreath. “I can’t say it hurt him. He’s not that quick early, but if you give him a chance to get running, he’ll come running.” The fifth trial really changed the complexion of the July 21 final, as five horses were fast enough to place themselves in the top ten with two more races to go. Tres

Early runners fast enough for Rainbow By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor While local residents were glad for the rains and cool breezes which fell on the area Tuesday, several horse owners and trainers weren’t that happy when the wind picked up during trials to the Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. It didn’t take much – just a 20 mile-per-hour headwind – to make the difference, but no horse running after the sixth trial was fast enough to get into the final until Feature Hero got in from the 19th trial after the weather conditions died down. Jesastar – a sorrel colt owned by Juan Medina and trained by

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Jesastar, with jockey Roy Baldillez aboard, flies to a win in his trial to the Rainbow Futurity, Tuesday, at Ruidoso Downs. Jesastar’s time of 19.741 seconds was fast enough to stand as the quickest through 19 more trials see rAiNBow pg. 15 on the day.

Seis Nueve took advantage of a lighter headwind and no rain to fly to the finish line in 21.758, third best behind Ochoa and Feature Mr Bojangles. However, the last two races changed the complexion even further, and by the end of the day, Ochoa was third, with Jesscuzican winning the final trial with a time of 21.622, second behind Feature Mr Who’s top mark. With such a competitive field vying for the lions’ share of the Rainbow Derby’s $900,000-plus purse, Gilbreath knows it won’t be an easy run for his charge. “I’d like to see him (Ochoa) somewhere to the outside, I always like to have from seven to 10 myself,” Gilbreath said. “This will be a really tough derby.”

Junior June Bug, Rex Hill head Zia Futurity trials

By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Mountain Top Futurity winner Junior June Bug and two-time futurity winner Rex Hill head the 87 two-year-olds trying to qualify for the record-setting $395,028 Zia Futurity in nine 400yard trials on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The $395,028 purse surpasses the previous record purse of $363,586 set in 2007. The horses with the 10-fastest times from the trials qualify to race for the $395,028 on Sunday, July 29 during the Zia Festival program celebrating New Mexico-bred racing. A total of $1 million in purses is expected to be paid during the Zia Festival program with the Zia Futurity offering the largest purse on the stakes-filled card. Richard McGehee’s Junior June Bug is one of the favorites after winning the $296,000 Mountain Top Futurity in his most recent start. David and Ross Hinkins’ Rex Hill, another son of Jesse James Jr, is in superb form. The Carlos Sedillo-trained colt was third in his career debut and then reeled off three-straight wins, capped by the $168,000 New Mexico Breeders Futurity.

Ruidoso Minors rebound with win By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor ALAMOGORDO – Ruidoso Minor manager Tricia Jameson’s strategy in this year’s District 2 tournament is simple when you think about it. Pitching and defense to keep the game close, hitting to take the lead, and an experienced closer who is lights out in the final inning when his team has the lead. That was the strategy the Ruidoso All-Stars used Sunday to defeat Roswell Eastside 12-7 Sunday to stay alive in the District 2 tournament. “I told them I believe in them and have confident. If they make an error, go on to the next play,” Jameson said. “I’m always trying to encourage the kids and tell them they can do it.” Ruidoso was coming off a 10-4 loss to Alamogordo Rotary Saturday, a game in which they were down by as much as 9-1

before scoring some runs late to make it respectful in the end. “We were just off and not hitting,” Jameson said of the Rotary game. “Our batters just weren’t confident in the batters’ box, and I could see it. We rallied back near the end, but it wasn’t enough.” Ruidoso carried that momentum over in a big way against Eastside, scoring the first five runs on five straight hits against Eastside starter Armando Silva, who left in the first inning without recording an out. Eastside didn’t exactly go quietly, scoring five runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning thanks to a pair of hits and some miscues by Ruidoso. Errors almost sunk Ruidoso in the game, but each time they were able to close the floodgates and keep Eastside from coming back. Ruidoso sored six runs in the next two innings to effectively put the

see MiNors pg. 15

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Ruidoso shortstop Chris Shalley, left, throws the ball to first base after forcing out Eastside’s Eddy Linares at second during Sunday’s Minors District 2 tournament game at Alamogordo.


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Rough going for Ruidoso Juniors By Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press ROSWELL – Ruidoso has had a tough time in the District 2 Juniors tournament in Roswell. In their opening game Saturday they fell to defending champs Noon Optimist then Sunday, Alamogordo Rotary took it to the mountain team, winning 16-1. The visiting Alamo squad went up 4-0 in the first inning, driving starter Isaiah Soto off the mound after just 20 pitches. Branden Ingle came on in relief and got the final two outs, then it seemed like Ruidoso might match that output. In the bottom of the stanza, Gavin Edison and Kyler Woodul both singled, and after a strike out and fielder’s choice, Edison scored on an error. But the two runners on base were stranded, and that was the story of the game, as Ruidoso left nine runners on in five innings. Although they were down Smokey Bear Stampede Rodeo results First go-round, July 4 Name Mark Prize Ranch broncs Kevin Parker 77 $500 Allen Godfrey 73 $176 Breakaway roping Karley Johnson 2.07 $440 Daria Weir 2.82 $330 Nicole Sweazea 3.16 $220 Randy Simpson 3.39 $110 Calf roping J.D. Kibbe 10.61 $440 Pacen Marez 10.75 $330 Court Smith 11.40 $220 John Etcheverry 11.92 $110 Bull riding Tanner Harvey 82 $500 Michael Mauldin 70 $260 Steer wrestling Preston McCullan 5.66 $165 Saddle bronc D.Tchernshoff 77 $500 Barrel racing Lisa McWhorter 16.989 $759 Lesley Maynard 17.126 $569 Diedra Hale 17.213 $380

by 15 runs in the bottom of the fifth, Woodul singled to open the inning. Tyler Orosco reached on a fielder’s choice and Jesse Tercero and Cisco Mayville both walked with only one out. But the Photo by Karen Boehler fifth Rotary batRuidoso’s Cisco Mayville, left, makes the ter of the game throw from third as teammate Branden Ingle got the final two kneels to get out of the way Sunday. Ruidoso batters to strike out, endp.m. Monday, and face 1-1 Lion’s ing the game earlier and far less Hondo Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in successfully than hoped. the final round robin game. Ruidoso manager William Green agreed his team may Green sounded somewhat disaphave faced the two toughest pointed in his team’s play. teams in the tournament to start, “There are a lot of improvebut said it won’t get any easier. ments we can make across the “You know, most of these board. We’re not playing to our teams we’ve never seen these potential,” he said. configurations. They’re all new. Ruidoso will square off They’re all good. So they’re all against winless Eastside at 4:30 tough games,” he said.

Brandie Hughes 17.585 $190 Team roping Francis/Medlin 4.77 $2,592 Brown/Purcella 4.81 $1,944 Gilliland/Wilson 5.61 $1,296 Wimberly/Maestas 5.63 $648 ––– Second go-round, July 5 Ranch broncs Jeb Loney 81 $500 Will O’Quinn 73 $220 Breakaway roping Abbie Medlin 2.27 $506 Kaitlyn Silva 3.36 $380 Jessica Silva 3.41 $253 LeAnn Herring 3.77 $126 Calf roping Billy Bob Brown 8.81 $506 Court Smith 9.50 $380 Bryce Runyan 9.76 $253 James Southard 9.90 $126 Bull riding Tanner Harvey 85 $500 Daniel Morgan 78 $220 Steer wrestling Miles McCullar 5.32 $275 Saddle bronc

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Jana Bean 16.991 $418 Diedra Hale 17.494 $313 Michal Robertson 17.685 $218 Team roping Rix/Molina 5.62 $1,604 Gonzales/Jackson 5.99 $1,202 Puckett/Passig 6.84 $838 ––– Fourth go round Ranch broncs Kyle Goss 80 $500 Cody Hendren 76 $198 Breakaway roping Stephanie Logan 2.62 $338 Shaylynn Jacobs 3.06 $254 Chalon LeFebre 3.10 $177 Calf roping Chad Shaw 14.27 $165 Saddle bronc Brandon Biebelle 78 $500 Barrel racing Kalyn Hazen 17.064 $306 Deidra Hale 17.280 $204 Team roping Vick/Matthews 4.24 $1,486 Gonzolas/Jackson 4.77 $1,112 Siggins/Logan 5.11 $776

Majors: Ruidoso falls to Lions Hondo Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press ROSWELL – District 2 Majors tournament host Lions Hondo proved they belong on the winner’s side of the bracket Sunday with a strong 9-2 victory over one of the tournament favorites, Ruidoso. It wasn’t a mercy-rule win – just shy of that – and there was a bit of controversy, but after Ruidoso went up 1-0 in the first the Lions took control and never trailed. “We played pretty decent tonight,” said Lions Hondo coach Joe Carpenter. “We got a lot of pitchers in and threw a lot of pitches. So we’re hoping they can come through and pitch well for us as the tournament goes on.” Lions Hondo starting pitcher Jordan Orona had a rough time, walking Jared Guevara, then, with one out, giving up a single to Alex Bates and RBI double to Isaiah Otero. After walking the next batter, Carpenter brought in Nick Palomino, who both coaches agreed was key to the Roswell victory. “Yeah, he came in and it’s a real tough situation, but him being a 12-year-old, an older kid, being in those kind of big game situations he responded today,” Carpenter said. “And that’s what he’s got to continue for us to do to be successful.” “The kid throws good,” agreed Ruidoso manager Jerald Tercero. “You can’t take nothing away from him. He’s a good pitcher and he threw really well.” Palomino struck out the next two Ruidoso batters to end the inning; struck out the side in the second; and got one more K before being pulled in the third. Offensively, Chris Carpenter opened up the Lion’s Hondo half of the inning with a triple and came in to score on a wild pitch. After Ruidoso starter Lia Mosher got one out, Palomino singled and came home on a pair of errors. Mosher got out of the inning with only two runs on the board, but Lions Hondo picked right back up in the second. With one out, Joseph Carrillo walked, Isaiah Hernandez singled then Carpenter hit his second triple, scoring both. Ty Jordan followed that with a crowd-pleasing home run to put the Lions up 6-1 and end Mosher’s time on the mound. Otero came in and closed out the stanza and despite walking the first two batters in the third, kept the Lions from scoring any more. Tercero sounded disappointed with how his team played. “I don’t think we showed up,” he said. “I don’t have any excuses. We just got beat tonight. We just got beat.”

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A bucking good time

RAINBOW from pg. 13 Raymond Vargas – posted the fastest time on the day with a 19.741-second run, guided by jockey Roy Baldillez. The Mr Jess Perry sire out of Abstinence was heavily favored, but had a bad break from the gate and had to run down Secret Cartel, which led almost the entire race until the very end. Jesastar turned on the jets in the final 150 yards to win by two lengths. Through the first six races – of 22 scheduled on a long day – the wind was non-existent, and the track was fast, as the times showed a horse would have to come in below 20 seconds to even have a shot at the final. Indeed, the only horses slower than 20 seconds were Distant Fury and Nellie Delaney, earning the ninth and tenth spots, respectively.


Quiet Again gets perfect trip to win Villa Memorial

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Ruidoso Downs native Chon Miranda tries to stay aboard the bull “Night Ranger” during the Fourth of July rodeo at Mescalero, Friday. Miranda almost made the eight-second ride, but judges ruled he was bucked off just before the buzzer.

By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Paul Thomason’s veteran and local favorite benefitted from a perfect trip to take the $21,800 Mark Villa Memorial Handicap over seven-and-one-half furlongs on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. Quiet Again, making his 49th career start, settled in behind pacesetter Pierre Bear and let him lead the field around the two turns. Jockey Duane Lee Sterling then pulled Quiet Again out from behind Pierre Bear and went on to the three-length win in 1:32.10. Favored Watch Me Go got a rail trip under Miguel Hernandez and appeared to mount a threat on the turn, but could not close on Quiet Again, the 7-2 second choice. Global Stage also made a late bid and finished two-and-one-quarter lengths behind Watch Me Go for third. Pierre Bear faded to fourth place. The Jimmie Claridge-trained Quiet Again scored his 17th win and pushed his earnings to more than $612,000. He also has 11 second-place finishes and 10 third-place runs. A son of Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet, Quiet Again was second in last year’s Ruidoso Thoroughbred Championship as the odds-on favorite and second in Free Spirit Handicap two starts ago.

MINORS from pg. 13 game away. They turned to Chris Shalley in the final inning on the mound to preserve the victory and move on in the tournament. “They were a little overconfident when Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press they were Ruidoso’s Xavier Otero puts everything he’s got into his swing throwing the during his team’s win over Roswell Eastside, Sunday, in the ball away,” Minors District 2 tournament at Alamogordo. Jameson said. “I like (Guardiola, Shalley, Abran Ruidoso 12, Eastside 7 to be aggressive, but I Ruidoso 504 201 – 12 14 4 Pena). LOB – Rui 7, ES 4. also know when it’s time Eastside 050 020 – 7 5 2 to play it safe. They rePitching lines IP H R ER K BB Rui – A.J. Conrad, Xavier Ruidoso ally wanted to make the 1/3 2 5 3 2 4 Conrad (W) 1 Otero (2), Chris Shalley (6) plays we do in practice, and Gage Guardiola. ES – Ar- Otero 32/3 3 2 1 3 1 but they had to calm mando Silva, Richard Peralta Shalley 1 1 0 0 3 0 down and have confi(1), Chris Sanchez (4), Jose Eastside Rodriguez (6) and Graciano Silva (L) 0 5 5 5 0 0 dence in Javi (Xavier Olivas. W – Conrad. L – Silva. Peralta 3 6 6 5 2 3 Otero) to get us out of 1/3 1 1 0 1 0 3B – Rui (Otero, Shalley, Con- Sanchez the inning, and that’s just rad), ES (Rodriguez). 2B – Rui Rodriguez 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 what happened.”

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER Tuesday summer team standings, week 7 of 14 Name Won Lost Marx-A-Lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 4 Ruidoso Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 12 Homies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 13 Energy 2 Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 16 Village Butterballs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 17 Four Feathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 22


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Little Bear Fire

Information & Resources

Little Bear recovery center – Update Here are some guidelines for donations: • As mentioned before, we are all set with clothing, so please do not donate clothes. • If you want to donate items to the Donations Center, please make sure the items are clean and in good working order. New or “like-new” items are the best choice. Remember that most of the survivor families have no means to clean or fix up items as they are currently displaced from their homes. If you have a lot of older items that can still fetch some money at a garage sale, consider having a sale and then either donated the proceeds directly or purchasing new items to donate to the survivors. We appreciate you and your desire to give. Please help work together with us to provide the best assistance possible for our friends and neighbors in need. • Survivors who are working on the recovery of their property are in need of tools (power and hand and garden), gloves and work boots.

Courtesy of Phil Appel

The Little Bear Recovery Team in Lincoln County continues to help survivors of the Little Bear Fire Incident to cope with their loss and provide guidance during their recovery. There are several new developments that are going on with regards to the ongoing recovery efforts and some preventative measures that are going on here with regards to the potential flooding hazard within the Rio Bonito Watershed.

Little Bear Recovery Center

The Little Bear Recovery Center has had a very busy few first weeks. Since they officially opened on June 23, they have had nearly 90 families that suffered loss of land and/or property come by and register with one of the case workers. They now have more than 35 people who have volunteered their time and dedicated their hearts to helping the survivors of this incident as case workers. Each survivor who registers is assigned a caring associate to help guide them through their own personal recovery process. If you are a survivor of the Little Bear Fire and have not registered with the Recovery Center, please come by the center and do so. You can also start the registration process online at and clicking on the Survivor tab. Note: The Recovery Center has changing its hours. The new hours will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday - Saturday.

Financial donations

The Little Bear Recovery Center has begun to receive some financial donations from various sources. They wish to thank all of you that have given to the Little Bear Fire Fund. You can participate by clicking on the Donate button on the website Or you can send money directly to City Bank of Ruidoso, Attn: Little Bear Relief Fund, 1096 Mechem Dr. #103, Ruidoso, NM 88345, 575-258-2265. One hundred percent of all money donated to this fund will go directly to the benefit of the survivors. All administrative costs are being graciously covered with funds outside of this source so we can make this promise. As the case managers identify the specific unmet needs of each family, your donations

Little Bear Donations Center

The Little Bear Donations Center is in full operation. The Donation Center is located at 1940 Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso, right across the street from the Circle J Barbecue. If you have items that you would like to donate, please feel free to take them to the donation facility Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Many people have taken the time already to fill out the volunteer forms on the website and have been connected with our volunteer coordination team. The Recovery Team would like to thank you for your willingness to participate in this recovery effort. The full recovery may last for many months, so please be aware that the opportunity for you to use your specific skills may be today or it may be sometime in the future. But rest assured, our coordinators will contact you as the needs arise. If you want to volunteer and have not already done so, fill out the online form at http:// or visit the Little Bear Recovery Center on Hwy 48, two miles north of the Hwy 37 turn off. There are some immediate needs

relating to volunteer efforts in preparation for flood conditions that may arise with our monsoon season, especially along the flood plain of the Rio Bonito watershed. To get information on how you can help with this effort visit The Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Team has set up a relief effort at the Angus Church of the Nazarene. This ministry still needs volunteers for the all-important effort of assisting the survivors with sifting through debris and cleaning off their home sites. Please read the following post to get information about how you can help with these efforts: http://littlebearrecovery. org/2012/07/01/all-hands-on-deck-samaritans-purse-really-needs-our-help.

Aerial application of grass seed to begin on Little Bear fire area The burned area assessment report has been completed for the Little Bear Fire, and all Burned Area Emergency Response treatment recommendations and funding requests submitted to date have been approved. Aerial application of grass seed will begin during the week of July 8. Aerial seeding will occur in two or more phases, starting on approximately 12,000 acres of heavily burned lands within Lincoln National Forest. Once the grass seed has been spread by fixed wing aircraft, straw mulch will be placed by helicopter on a portion of those seeded areas where slope and terrain allow. Aerial seeding in high elevations has been found to be very successful in the Southwestern Region. Straw mulch protects the grass seed and encourages germination by retaining moisture, in addition to providing immediate ground cover on heavily burned areas where vegetation has been lost. This combination of grass seed and straw mulch is one of the most effective BAER treatments available and was hugely successful on the Wallow Fire in Arizona and western New Mexico. BAER work to armor and recondition roads is progressing well. However, repairs to roads will be ongoing throughout the monsoon season as flows produced by heavy rains continue to impact roads in and around the fire area. Culverts are being cleaned and maintained to remove debris. Rolling

dips and water bars have been installed on several Forest roads that are frequently used by the public to carry water away and reduce washouts. Removal of hazard trees is about 90 percent complete along roads and in areas that are critical to public safety. The toilets in the public restrooms at Forest Service campgrounds have been pumped to prevent them from contaminating the water runoff during heavy rains.

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Suppression rehabilitation is nearly complete on 39 miles of dozer line, which is also being treated with grass seed; and on 34 miles of line constructed by hand. Lincoln National Forest is working alongside numerous agencies and organizations including Lincoln County, Village of Ruidoso, Mescalero Apache Tribe, City of Alamogordo, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), NM Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District, NM Department of Transportation, and NM Environment Department to lessen the impacts from heavy rains and help residents prepare for flooding and debris flows. For more information on services available to residents or for help with treatment on private lands, visit http:// or our InciWeb page at

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There is an immediate daily need of more volunteers to help homeowners impacted by the Little Bear Fire by; sifting for personal items, loading debris into dumpsters, cutting trees, and providing emotional and spiritual support. If you think you could help us with any of the above please come and join us any/all days Monday through Saturday. To volunteer please arrive at Angus Church at the following times: Morning shift: 7:30 a.m. You can work a half-day or a full day. Afternoon shift: 12:30 p.m. There will be a short orientation covering safety and Samaritan’s Purse work policies, after which we will assign you to a team and have you working as quickly as we can. Volunteers need to be a minimum of 16 years of age. If you are 16 or 17 you must be accompanied by a responsible adult (with a release signed by your parent). If you are 18 years or older, you will only need to complete a SP Volunteer Release.

Please come appropriately dressed for difficult and hazardous work. Wear long pants, work boots, leather work gloves and a hat. Sunscreen is strongly suggested. We will provide coolers full of ice and water and a sandwich/snack for lunch.

Other needs

Besides volunteers, we have the need for dump trucks or dump beds, skid steers and trailers, shovels and wheel barrows. If you are able, you may download and complete the volunteer forms prior to arrival by going to the following URL: For more information, call the church office at 575-336-8032.

The mission of Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

July 10, 2012

Ruidoso Free Press

Flash flood awareness Isolated thunderstorms producing lightning and areas of heavy rain that increases the potential for flash flooding. Residents are being asked to be vigilant if they see or hear of rainfall moving into the area. The county will be issuing evacuations via the Reverse 911-Code Red system to residents within 100 yards of all affected rivers and streams as rain starts to fall. Residents are urged to take every evacuation order seriously and to move to higher ground at the first sign of rising water. Do not wait – evacuate. Skies may be clear where you are but rain falling upstream through the areas affected by recent fires may move downstream more rapidly than usual. Water flows coming from the Little Bear Fire burn area will be full of ash and debris making them heavier and more dangerous. Consider evacuation routes that avoid main roads at the bottoms of canyons which can unexpectedly flood. Do not drive through any flooded area. Waters may be full of silt which is extremely slick and can quickly cause loss of traction. You will not be able to see through flood waters carrying ash and debris to determine whether the roadway is intact. Waters flowing in creeks and streams that is black and full of ash and debris is dangerous and may contain toxic run off from burnt structures upstream. Do not allow your children to play in or near these waters or allow your pets to drink from them. The dark murky waters can disguise other hazards. Please keep children and pets away from creeks, streams and arroyos – even if they are dry. Homeowners are being urged to keep culverts on their private property free of debris and to move animals, equipment and anything that could be carried downstream by flood waters to higher ground now. Alert systems are in place but you may have only a short time to respond once an evacuation notice is issued. The Lincoln County Watershed Protection & Restoration group is clearing debris from drainages in 200 square miles of Lincoln County. It is the landowners personal responsibility to clear debris from private property. Monitor current weather conditions

at The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up to help landowners restore burned areas and minimize erosion and flooding. Native Grass Seed to cover one acre is available free of charge at the Upper Hondo SWCD office in Capitan, 516 W. 1st St. (Hwy 380), 354-2220, across from the Capitan High School. This seed will have to be covered with mulch and watered. Mulch is also available (as much as you need) at the Capitan UHSWCD office, at the Little Bear Recovery Center on Highway 48 between MM 14 and 15, and at the entrance to The Ranches of Sonterra, Unit 1, Villa Madonna and Nazarene Church Camp (Bonita Park). New Mexico State Forestry is now taking orders for fall delivery of oneand two-year-old seedlings from their New Mexico Conservation Seedlings program. Native trees and shrubs are available for a very reasonable price. Go to their webpage at to order on line or call 505476-3325 to have information mailed to you. A Recovery Guide, designed to provide citizens with information regarding various forms of assistance, has been developed and is available at the Little Bear Recovery website ( The disaster recovery team has set up an information number, 575-258-INFO (4636), that is designed to put citizens in direct contact with an individual who can provide information regarding animal assistance, basic needs, health and wellbeing, insurance assistance, legal assistance, debris removal and other services that may be needed. This information line will be staffed Monday- Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recovery and preparedness assistance can also be found at: http:// If you are cleaning up a burned structure, you should be aware of the inherent hazards. Learn how to protect yourself by consulting: www.tpaa. Summary, returnhomeadvisory.htm, and www.

PNM supports fire relief efforts: contribution to Red Cross, outreach for bill assistance

PNM employees heard reports of the Little Bear Fire in the Ruidoso area served by PNM and immediately asked two questions: What can we do to help, and is the company doing anything beyond its work to restore outages? PNM had a ready answer to the second question. It had pledged an initial $5,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts in the community, and later pledged another $5,000 to be used as a challenge grant to spur other donors to give. The PNM contribution is funded by shareholders and not through customer rates. “PNM was the first company donor to proactively reach out to the American Red Cross with an offer to help in this disaster,” said Red Cross Regional CEO Cindy Adams. “We hadn’t even started reaching out to potential donors when the offer for assistance from PNM arrived. We are so appreciative for the financial assistance but also for the challenge that PNM was able to issue to encourage others to donate and double the impact of their giving.”

On June 21 and 22, PNM also reached out to victims who needed a helping hand with utility bills while coping with losses related to the fire. The company accepted and processed PNM Good Neighbor Fund applications at the Ruidoso PNM office, 1100 Mechem Drive on both days. PNM experienced some outages in the Buck Mountain area related to the fire and completed restoration on Friday, June 15. Restoration required clearing trees and roads to replace burned lines. The majority of customers served by PNM in Ruidoso did not have fire-related outages since the fire had not reached the village itself. However, hundreds of local residents in and around the community have been affected with the loss of homes and other property. “The fire has created a number of new challenges for the citizens of Ruidoso and surrounding areas, but the community has pulled together to successfully meet those challenges head on,” said Steve Dettmer, PNM team manager. “We are pleased to be a part of that community effort.”


Increased water flow seen downstream of Bonito Lake One storm dropping two inches of rain in the general vicinity of the Little Bear Fire burn area produced heavy flows of water in some rivers, creeks, streams and canyons. Flooding was seen in Kraut Canyon and some others that are usually dry. A break in the rain overnight allowed water to recede from the affected waterways. More rain is expected and flash flooding is possible. The Lincoln County Watershed Protection & Restoration group is out in force again this morning clearing debris out of affected waterways to minimize the impacts of fire debris compromising critical infrastructure. There have been no reports of injuries or damage to homes. All evacuations were temporary and limited. First Christian Church on Hull Road has made themselves available to take evacuees if any evacuations are issued today. The Lincoln County Emergency Services will be monitoring waterways as rain starts to fall throughout the county and will notify residents as necessary of any developing hazardous situations County road crews are clearing flood debris from roads in Sierra Vista, Sun Valley and on Bonito Lake Road. Roads above Bonito Lake and at Monjeau continue to be littered with debris. Bridges

throughout the county held well during this rain event. Residents are being urged to keep an eye on the weather by monitoring NOAA weather radio or and to be aware of the effects of rain falling upstream.

Waterways holding Less than one inch of rain and isolated reports of hail were reported Friday in the general vicinity of the Little Bear Fire burn area. Waterways held well throughout the county minimizing effects downstream. Efforts continue to maintain the capacity of Bonito Lake and Alto Lake. Earlier work by Lincoln County Watershed Protection & Restoration group to clear debris from waterways in the vicinity of the fire has been successful and has created significant positive impacts downstream. After each rain event the situation is reassessed with the top priority to maintain the capacity of these reservoirs. The level of Bonito Lake is reported as nine feet below the spillway as of July 6.

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Unity on display: Mountain Family Fellowship

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Five pastors, active in their own denominational traditions have decided differences don’t matter and are joining their congregations together for a weekend of unity and worship. The 23 year old annual event which used to be solely for Gateway Church of Christ’s family has grown to include hundreds who don’t call Gateway home with folks from Texas, Colorado and California joining in. This year, there’s a new shared focus for everyone involved. Mountain Family Fellowship began as a weekend camping experience for families to enjoy not only each other, but good food and great preaching. Decades old, MFF had a standing date arranged to use Bonita Park Nazarene Camp’s facilities. Old fashioned BBQ’s were enjoyed with legendary green chile burgers, a tradition. RV’s and tents became weekend homes for hundreds. When the area MFF usually used was destroyed in the Little Bear, organizers needed to make a decision. This year, MFF decided to use a mod-

ified schedule but will continue the tradition of great fellowship. Several area churches are joining with Gateway to show unified support. Christ Community Church with Pastor Ed Vinson in Capitan, First Baptist Church with Pastor Alan Stoddard in Ruidoso, Angus Church with Pastor Rick Hutchison, and Foot of the Cross with Pastor Phil Appel in Ruidoso will join Gateway led by Preaching Pastor John Duncan for the weekend. Because they’re not renting facilities or providing meal options this year, all monies received will be donated to Bonita Park Camp to assist in rebuilding and restoration. Tears came to Bonita Park’s Executive Director Stan Yocom’s eyes when he heard of MFF’s plan. “We’re overwhelmed that they would think to help at a time like this,” said Yocom. “It’s heartwarming to be cared for in this way, and we’re so grateful. It’s a major blessing.” “When our people heard of the decision to raise funds for Bonita Park, a near standing ovation occurred,” said Duncan.

Thought for the week... Charles Clary

Family means so much! With all the hustle and bustle of the summer, tourist season, and the Little Bear fire, things are really hopping around Ruidoso. Throw in family visits and summer is really busting out all over. The celebration of the J Bar J’s tenth anniversary, and things are on high speed. On Sunday evening, our third daughter, Jenny and six of her 11 children arrived in Ruidoso for a visit and we have a full house and a happy one. Summer means so many things for those of us who live in the Sacramentos. Flatlanders come to escape the heat. Families get together for reunions because the kids are out of school. And friends accept our invitations for a visit. Folks of faith come and share our worship of God with us. Some come year after year, and we are glad to see them. Flatlanders, family, friends, and folks of faith are a blessing to us and they come from states and miles away to share in our mountain paradise. Sure, the fire has put a kink in some folks’ celebration. But the truth is this. Even when things are not going on as usual, we can share the blessings of the F’s in our lives. We are still trying to help the folks who have lost nearly everything, but God will bring us, those who need help and those who are helping, together for recovery and blessing.

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“It happened both weekends we announced it.” Along with others, the pastors meet weekly to pray together which has bonded them into a cohesive unit. “We want to present an intentional agreement around the gospel. Our prayer time is a personal thing. We don’t talk about numbers, we talk about what’s on our hearts,” says Stoddard who enjoys the unity the group offers. “We trust each other because of that prayer time,” agrees Duncan and Vinson. The trust spills over and they find working together is a natural byproduct. The keynote speaker for the weekend is Pastor Jimmy Sportsman who was the former Preaching Pastor at Gateway. see Mff, next pg

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church welcomes you to their outdoor worship service in the church pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Members and summer visitors enjoy this outdoor service, and it is not unusual to see one of God’s creations in the form of a deer joining us. This additional worship service runs through Labor Day weekend. Led by Rev. Thomas Schoech, the outdoor service is followed by Bible class at 9:30 a.m. and the regular worship service at 10:30 a.m. held indoors. Shepherd of the Hills is located at 1120 Hull Road in Ruidoso. The church office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. For more information call 575-258-4191. CHURCH SERVICES Listen or Download FREE

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Hwy. 70, 378-8108. Email: revrobledo@ J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 257-6899 Pastor Charles W. Clary. E-mail: jbarjcountrychurcb@ Miracle Life Ministry Center Ron Rice & Catherine Callahan, Ministers Available 24 hours for healing, prayer. 354-0255; e-mail Pacto Viviente, 25974 Highway 70, la iglesia “J Bar J” en la granja roja. Domingos 12:30 p.m., Jueves 7 p.m. 9376664. Es un lugar de familia, amistades y de crecimiento spiritual. Peace Chapel Interdenominational (ULC), Alto North, 336-7075. Jeamsie Price, Pastor Racetrack Chapel Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 378-7264. Chaplain Darrell Winter The Word of Life Church Rev. Chuck Fulton, pastor/648-2339. 711 ‘E’ Ave., Carrizozo, NM. Affiliated with the Evangelistic Assembly Church NON-SECTARIAN Spiritual Awareness Study Group Minister: George N. Brown, PhD. ULC. 257-1569 Men’s Bible Study, Band Of Brothers Call 937-0071 for times and location The 1st Iglesia Apostollca de la Fe en Cristo Jesus Located at: 613 Sudderth Dr. Suite D, Ruidoso. 937-7957 · 973-5413

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Ruidoso Free Press

July 10, 2012

MFF from pg. 18 “Jimmy was instrumental in getting our weekly prayer time started, and it’s wonderful he’ll be here for this weekend,” says Hutchison, who has been a part of the pastor’s prayer group for more than seven years. Sportsman led MFF for more than ten years and is a familiar Lincoln County face. “We’re truly defining the name Mountain Family Fellowship by joining together from all over these mountains to fellowship this weekend.” Appel is glad the doors are open to anyone who wants to come. “It’s exciting to see Gateway wanting to help Bonita Park create something new. The whole idea of what the Gateway elders have done helps create a new tradition.” Hutchison, whose church is affiliated with Bonita Park and whose church family has suffered great loss because of the Little Bear fire knows about the camp’s needs.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. Offerings will be received each service with proceeds going to the restoration of Bonita Park Nazarene Camp. The schedule: Friday, July 13: 7 p.m. at Gateway Church of Christ with children’s activities during the service. Saturday, July 14: 7 p.m. at Ruidoso High School Gym with children’s activities during the service. Sunday, July 15: 10 a.m. at Ruidoso High School Gym “I’d love for all our churches to come together for the gospel’s sake; to listen to the gospel in a simple way,” says Stoddard when asked what he feels MFF should look like in five years. Duncan recalls a Sunday a few months ago when all five pastors were warmly received as each preached at one another’s church. Christian unity is on display across Lincoln County.

Paco Viviente conference of women



Floyd Harlan Powell

Floyd Harlan Powell left his earthly home, family and friends on Monday, June 25. Floyd was born in Waco. He graduated from McGregor High School and the University of North Texas. Floyd was proud of his military service as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Alcon Laboratories after 27 years of service in Fort Worth, Chicago and Puerto Rico. He was a life member of Presbyterian Church, a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and after retirement served for many years on the board of Arlington Boys and

Girls Club. He was predeceased by his parents, Hobart and Alta Powell; and son, Greg Powell. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 55 years, Jeannette Powell; his daughter, Marci Powell; family and many dear friends. Service was held June 28 at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington, Texas, the Rev. Sharon Gearing officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.

Collaborative Forest Restoration Program workshop

~ Open to the Public ~ Are you interested in learning about a grant program that can provide funds to implement projects that will help reduce the threat of catastrophic fires? If so, come and learn about: The Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP)


Under their Wings

in Spanish and English Friday, July 13, 7 - 9 p.m. • Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday free admission: Breakfast with guest speaker: Liliana Borjas from El Paso and singer Adriana Perez from Dallas

This workshop is designed to educate community members about who can apply for funds, how funds can be used, and how the grant process works! July 11 • 10 - 11:30 a.m. Sacramento Ranger District Office For information, call Christy Wampler at 575-434-7386

Host Pastor: Janeth Lucero 25974 HWY 70 Ruidoso NM For more information 575-937-6663


Call 258-9922 or stop by 1086 Mechem (MTD Media) to place your classified ad. Deadline for Legal Notices and Classified Display is Wed. at 5 p.m.; Deadline for Classified Liners is Thurs. at 5 p.m.




WANTED Vendors and Cookers

Golden Aspen Hog Battle The BBQ Championship with Attitude September 14 & 15, 2012 Ruidoso Convention Center This irresistible event will be held in the high Rocky Mountains of Lincoln County and in conjunction with the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally. IBCA Sanctioned Event For more details and information visit or call 575-538-8370 120 LEGAL NOTICES



LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RFP NO: 12130039 The Board of Education, Hondo Valley Public School District, is requesting competitive sealed qualifications-based proposals for the following project: Change out lighting fixtures from old T12 lighting fixtures with energy efficient T8 lighting fixtures. The T8 lighting fixtures will be throughout campus including Gymnasium concession area. Main gym area will require changing the current T12 with energy efficient T5 lighting fixtures. Please include warranty for fixtures, ballasts and bulbs. Please include warranty on labor. The Request for Proposals (RFP) may be reviewed by contacting the District.

Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso is recruiting well-qualified applicants for:

Academic Support Tech Additional information and application procedures are available on-line at Inquiries: Call (575) 257-2120 or (800) 934-3668. An AA/EOE Employer

The Hondo Valley Public School Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and/or cancel this RFP in its entirety.

130 EMPLOYMENT RAMADA INN is looking for front desk and housekeeping personnel. Apply in person 2191 Hwy 70 West LOOKING FOR FULL TIME NIGHT AUDITOR clerk and housekeeping. 575-630-1166. Pick up application at Motel 6.

140 GENERAL HELP WANTED MAILROOM SUPERVISOR Sevenday daily newspaper seeks an energetic, hard-working person to manage and lead our mailroom. Ideal person will be mechanically inclined, a team player, and willing to roll up thei sleeves and work with our team. Knowledge in the operation of counter/stackers, inserting machines and stitcher/ trimmer equipment is a plus. This is

LADIES BOUTIQUE FOR SALE Well-established women’s fashion clothing store Located in Ruidoso, NM RUSH SALE $65,000 REDUCED TO $48,000. Loaded with Inventory, All Equipment included. Property is leased. EVERYTHING IS SETUP AND COMPLETELY READY TO TAKE OVER. Owner is willing to provide two weeks training. For more information please call 575-937-9330

GREAT 1750 SQ FT High ceiling Retail space. Lots of Parking. Great location on Mechem. $1500 month 575-354-0365 REO FOR THE BEST BANKOWED DEALS. Call Fisher Real Estate 575-258-0003

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a full-time position. Hours of work mainly late afternoon and night shifts. In addition to a competitive salary we offer excellent benefits to those who qualify including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending account, life insurance, 401k, and an opportunity for growth potential. Our concern is for the health and safety of our employees; therefore we offer a smoke-free work environment and conduct


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MTD Media is Looking for YOU! Want an Exciting New Career in Advertising Sales & Production? Consider the expanding industry of Radio and Regional Print! If you like people, have a business background and good contacts in the community – you are qualified! We seek candidates for Consultative Sales positions to help businesses promote their products and services to the greater Southeastern New Mexico markets. We provide: training, superior marketing materials, a base of clients, management support - and a lucrative incentive program. Part or full time. Join the MTD Media Team serving Southeast New Mexico markets and Make a Difference! Call Marianne 575-937-4105 or email resume


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


Proposals will be received no later than July 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Sealed proposals must be delivered to: Andrea M. Nieto-Walker, Superintendent PO Box 55 Hondo, NM 88336 505-653-4411

FERERS with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement Supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 866-938-5101



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Gorgeous custom home. 4 bdrm, 6 bath, 4 w/ whirlpool tubs. Office, media rm, dining room & living rm. 5 car garage, includes detached RV garage w/ workshop & storage. Situated on 5 glorious acres w/ pristine landscaping that overlooks Eagle Creek & mountain views. So much more, call for details. MLS #110755


This 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo overlooks the Innsbrook Village lake. Easy access, all one level. The property has been remodeled. Nice getaway condo! $104,999 MLS #110670


Super floor plan with this 3 bedroom, 2 bath real mountain flavor chalet home. 2 fireplace sources, 1 wood stove and 1 fireplace. Full golf membership with 2 18-hole golf courses. Owner will consider selling furnishings. Also will consider trading for home or lot with social membership in Alto Village. MLS #111113 $219,500

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220 MOBILE HOMES FOR SALE 3 bedroom 1 bath singlewide $69,000 with $5000 down. 3 bedroom 2 bath singlewide $69,000 also with $5000 down. 3 bedroom 2 bath singlewide $89,000 with $5000 down. 937-3059



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 100 ALLISON LANE – UNF 2 BDR, 1 BA with wood-burning stove and stackable W/D hookups. $750/Mo + utilities. (On the Market-Subject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice) MONTH to MONTH ONLY.


111 LAGUNA DRIVE – UNF 3 BDR, 2 BA with W/D hookups. $1050/Mo + utilities.


2900 SUDDERTH DRIVE – Large building at the corner of Sudderth & Mechem with many potential uses. Come take a look. 419 MECHEM DRIVE – Approx. 1100 sq ft. Come take a look. $650/Mo + utilities.

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225 MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH $950 plus utilities 575-613-6970 or 575-3362811

230 HOMES FOR SALE: FURNISHED / UNFURNISHED BY OWNER 3bd/2ba doublewide in Ponderosa Heights furnished $120,000. Possible owner finance. 806-778-3871


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



Under New Ownership

AMY’S COTTAGES,3 bedroom for rent, furnished, perfect! 575-9731242

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3 BEDROOM 2 BATH on 4 acres. Horses are allowed. $600 per month. 575-973-3576

250 FARMS, RANCHES OR LAND/ACREAGE 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. 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 HORSE FARM FOR $2000.00. 575-378-8163


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We want YOUR business!! 260 APARTMENT RENTALS: FURN / UNFURN 1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS for rent 575-258-3111

This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

El Capitan Apartments Large 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, long or short term lease. $ 450-$550/ month. Convenient Village location, School System walking distance. 354-0967 310 MISCELLANEOUS THRILL DAD with 100 percent guaranteed, delivered-to-the-door Omaha Steaks! SAVE 69 percent - PLUS 2 FREE GIFTS - THRILL THE GRILL ONLY $49.99. ORDER Today 1-877-2916597 or family22 use code 45069TVP AMY’S EVENT TENTS for Rent. 40x40 and bigger. 575-973-0964 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 CASH!! Cash for your gold and silver. 575-937-3325 AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train

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Ruidoso Free Press

July 10, 2012

July 10, 2012  

The Ruidoso Free Press for July 10, 2012.

July 10, 2012  

The Ruidoso Free Press for July 10, 2012.