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The Music of ABBA Arrival From Sweden Tour

The critically acclaimed Music of ABBA Arrival From Sweden is an electrifying concert re-creation of the ABBA phenomenon, Sweden’s biggest music export ever and one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music. Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Fried chicken buffet $20 at 6 p.m., Performance $69 and $66 at 8 p.m. 575-336-4800, www.

July 26-27

‘Moon Over Buffalo’ presented by Lincoln County Community Theater From the popular theater group that has performed “A Christmas Story”, “Steel Magnolias” and “Harvey”, the group presents “Moon Over Buffalo”, a situation comedy about a struggling husband-and-wife team of actors. Ruidoso High School Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. 258-3133. $15.

July 26-28

Ruidoso Art Festival

Art lovers, from the serious collector to the first-time buyer, will be sure to discover treasures to complement any lifestyle or budget at the Ruidoso Art Festival, a tradition for more than 40 years. Ruidoso Convention Center, 575-257-7395 www.

July 26-29 Zia Festival

The Ruidoso Downs Racetrack salutes New Mexico-made with local vendors and artisans offering their wares in the grandstand on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, more than $1 million in purses are up for grabs for New Mexico-bred racehorses. Racing runs Friday through Monday. First post time is 1 p.m. Free parking, free admission.

July 27

Ski Run Road Challenge

A 12M run (solo or team relay) and 3M Fun Run on Hwy 532/ Ski Run Road among the beautiful Sacramento Mountains. A point to point run, uphill to MM 9.5 (10000 feet) with a downhill finish at Ski Apache Plaza (9600 feet). Sanctioned by the USA Track & Field with proceeds benefitting the Ski Apache Adaptive Skier Program. Pre-registration required: (575) 937-7106, www.

Gold medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Fame will shower upon the Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as the new winner performs with a passion, talent, and precision that cannot be beat presented by the Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival. Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. 575-3364800, Adults $59, Children $25.

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Downs Police Chief under review Officers cite security, finances in no confidence report By Eugene Heathman Editor Ruidoso Downs Police Chief Doug Babcock was placed on probationary status during Monday’s council meeting. Councilors decided to monitor the chief for a period of 60 days following a report presented to City clerk Carol Virden by four out of five Ruidoso Downs police officers. The report delivered to the Ruidoso Free Press addresses a variety concerns including alleged misappropriation of state DWI grant funds in addition to unresolved procedural and safety of Downs police officers against Babcock and his second in command. The police officers and dispatchers of the City of Ruidoso Downs and the Ruidoso Downs Police Department, with the exception of one patrol officer, all contributed their thoughts and documentation in solidarity, and according to the report as a good faith effort

to bring excellence to the workplace, the Ruidoso Downs Police Department. Councilor Judy Miller made the motion, which states Babcock could be out of a job at any time during the 60-day period. If things haven’t been resolved to the council’s satisfaction after 60 days, it would then be up to the council whether Babcock would stay or go. The motion passed on a 3-1 vote, with only Dean Holman voting against. He originally wanted to abstain, citing the precedent the council had set in removing former chief Alfred Ortiz in 2011. He claimed the council was not following the same format this time, but city attorney John Underwood stated Holman could only abstain in the event of a conflict of interest. Holman then changed his vote to one against the motion. Earlier in the meeting during mayor Gary Williams’ comments, Babcock discussed a drug bust his department had taken part in Sunday See BABCOCK, page. A3

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Police Chief for the City of Ruidoso Downs, Doug Babcock faces a no-confidence complaint from his staff during Monday’s council meeting.

Free Press moves to Wednesday, unveils web news delivery system Staff Reports

Since its inception almost four years ago, the Ruidoso Free Press has been delivered to more than 7,000 Lincoln County homes every Tuesday but has now moved to Wednesday. The move to Wednesday is hailed by the editorial staff as yet another way for the Ruidoso Free Press to better serve its readership with the ability to deliver current governmental affairs, education and sports coverage. Free Press Editor Eugene Heathman had his sights set on the move for several months. “The Tuesday publish date hampered our ability to serve the people of Lincoln County with immediate news regarding Ruidoso Village Council, Capitan, Carrizozo, Ruidoso Downs and County Commission meetings. Moving to Wednesdays enables the Free Press to gain a competitive advantage with the delivery of local news that really matters to people,” Heathman said. The editorial staff of the Ruidoso Free Press unanimously agreed the benefits to the community by changing to a Wednesday delivery would not only position the Free Press to take command of local government coverage but will retain its lead time and shelf life for previewing regional weekend events combined with superior sports and horse racing coverage.

State-of-the-art web and mobile news

With the switch to Wednesday delivery, the timing couldn’t be better for the Ruidoso Free Press to unveil its new web, mobile and social media features for up to the minute breaking news, entertainment and sports coverage. “After extensive research into several online news delivery providers it was time to make the change

to a sharp looking, fast loading yet diverse web and mobile presence. The new web features tune into the demands of how the public choose to receive their local media,” Heathman said. The Ruidoso Free Press is also a property of MTD Media which also own and operate five radio stations throughout Lincoln County and southeastern New Mexico. In the past, each radio station had separate websites for music news, programing information and listening to live streaming music online. The new web and mobile system combined all the radio stations, which will keep their respective identities with the Ruidoso Free Press. “The public can now read their news and listen to any MTD radio

station simultaneously on the mobile phone, tablet or computer, giving MTD media true total market coverage” Heathman said.

Interactive sports reporting features

At select high school youth and high school football, basketball, softball and baseball games, area sports fans can follow the games remotely with game casts provided by iScore, the Ruidoso Free Press’ newest virtual game casting for sports fans young and old. Ruidoso Free Press Editor Eugene Heathman touted the new features as yet another See FREE PRESS, page. A3

Angie K. Schneider appointed to Twelfth Judicial District Court bench

University of New Mexico and By Eugene Heathman her law degree from the UniEditor versity Of New Mexico School Of Law. “I am confident she Governor Susana Martinez will uphold the law fairly and has appointed Angie Schneider impartially.” said Governor of Ruidoso to Division IV of Martinez. Enrique Knell, a the Twelfth Judicial District spokesman for the Governor, Court bench. Schneider will also said “Angie was the most fill the vacancy caused by well-qualified and prepared the retirement of William H. candidate for the position, and Brogan in May 2013. she has a strong reputation in Schneider is the owner and Angie K. Schneider the legal community. Governor practicing attorney at the Law Martinez is confi dent that Angie will serve Offices of Angie K. Schneider, where she the people of Lincoln County well.” specializes in criminal defense, domestic reIn 2003, Schneider moved to Ruidoso lations, and juvenile delinquency. Schneider received a B.A. in Political Science from the See SCHNEIDER, pg. A3

CYFD names new juvenile center near Ruidoso The new facility named Lincoln Pines Youth Center

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) announced the naming of its new juvenile center near Ruidoso. The new facility which was formerly known as Camp Sierra Blanca will now be known as Lincoln Pines Youth Center. CYFD enlisted the assistance of its juvenile clients from all of its facilities and the community members of Lincoln County to help name the new facility. The juvenile

clients submitted a total of sixteen names to CYFD’s executive staff for consideration. From there, the list was narrowed down to four. With the assistance of the local Ruidoso media, and with the help of the Ruidoso Free Press who ran an online poll, local individuals were able to give their input on the new name. The final name was then chosen by CYFD executive staff. “We are very excited to announce the naming of our new juvenile center near Ruidoso,” said CYFD Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Deines. “We are grateful for the assistance we received from the Ruidoso community as well as our ALTO


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juvenile clients in coming up with the name for the new facility.” Lincoln Pines Youth Center will house 24 medium-risk youth in its first year. The goal is to regionalize services, and ultimately the youth center will consist of youth who are from the local region. Having a facility in the southeast region will allow the families of the youth to participate in their therapy and to bring added support. “The support and assistance that we have received from the community members and stakeholders of Ruidoso and Lincoln County has been tremendous,” said Juvenile Justice Services Division

Director Sandra Stewart. “Having a youth center in this area will play a major part in ensuring that families from this region will be able to take part in the rehabilitation of their children, which is an essential component of the Cambiar Model.” Lincoln Pines Youth Center is currently scheduled to open in October of this year. The Children, Youth and Families Department is planning to hold an open house before the opening so that the local community members and stakeholders can view the new facility. Further information on the open house will be provided once details are finalized.


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Community Calendar

Road block scheduled

Highway 380 between mile markers 4 and 49 is scheduled to be closed for two hours this Thursday due to testing at White Sands Missile Range starting at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, traffic will be blocked between mile markers 3 and 64 from 3:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for repairs to the railroad. Roadblocks are subject to change without notice on mission day.

Charity sale

The Benevolent and Patriotic Order of Does is hosting a garage sale this Saturday and Sunday at the Ruidoso Elks Lodge on Highway 70 East. The sale runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with all proceeds going to local charities. For more information, call 378-4307 or 3362607. Donations are accepted.

Flower show

The 2013 Lincoln County Fair will be Aug. 6-10 at the Fairgrounds in Capitan. The flower show, sponsored by the Garden Club, is scheduled for Aug. 6, with flower registration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Judging begins at 1 p.m. Categories are roses, dahlias, annuals, perennials, bulbs/tubers, flowering shrubs, flowering house plants and tropical. There are plenty of bottles at the Fairgrounds for entries. This year there will be a children’s flower show (12 and under) same categories. The flower show competition is open to all Lincoln county residents. All plant material must have been grown by the exhibitor. For more information, call Marilyn Barnes at 973-2890 or email at

Alpine Village meet The monthly meeting of the Alpine Village Water and Sanitation District will be Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. in the District’s building at 114 Alpine Meadows Trail. All district residents are welcome to attend. For more information call 257-7775 or


p.m. women’s open meeting.

Wildfire conference

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. For more information regarding AA meetings in Lincoln and Otero counties, call 430-9502.

Come to discuss the best practices for living in a wildland urban interface zone at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Public education and awareness programs play a vital role in reducing the risk of WUI fires by education communities. For more information, visit conference.

Lincoln County Transit

The Lincoln County Transit service is for anyone needing to get to doctor’s appointments, to work, while the car is in the shop or if you’re a “golf widow.” Call 378-1177 to order a ride. Costs are $2 for 19 and over, $1 for students ages 7-18, seniors for $1 and children under 7 free. An all-day pass is only $5. The transit area includes the Village of Ruidoso and City of Ruidoso Downs, Inn of the Mountain Gods and Apache Travel Center on Highway 70. Hours of operation – Monday, 6:30-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Thursday, 6:30-11 a.m. and 2-6:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Sunday. 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 9 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Harold Oakes, Post Commander, at 257-4001. American Legion Post 11 meets the third Saturday of each month at Wells Fargo Bank in Carrizozo at 9 a.m. 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

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. Alcoholics Anonymous of Capitan meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 115 Tiger Dr., just one block off of Highway 48. For more information, call Ted at 354-9031. Alcoholics Anonymous of Carrizozo meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall. 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 Barbara Dickinson at 336-7822. The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at K-Bob’s at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 336-8011 or visit

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336 Wardlaw Dr. in Mescalero. For more information, call 575-6826200. 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 973-2890. 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 Mountain Poets meet the first Saturday of each month at the Ruidoso Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Ruidoso Public Library conference room. Come join other poets and share your efforts. Read your work aloud in a non-critical, supportive atmosphere. The meetings are hosted by Carol Borsello, a veteran of many words and a local member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society. For more information, call 575-2025709 or the library at 258-3704. Optimist Club meets at noon ev-

ery Wednesday at K-Bobs. Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club noon every Tuesday. Ruidoso Noon Lions Club meets every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Cree Meadows Country Club. For more information, call 257-2476. 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 575-464-7106. 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 Toastmasters meet every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the ENMU Annex, 201 E. White Mountain Dr., next to the elementary school. Ruidoso Toastmasters

Club is for those who want to improve their thinking, listening, speaking and leadership skills for that next job, promotion, or just to be more effective. Call 575-7993215 or 832-444-3633 for more information. Free for guests and prospective members. There is a membership fee when you decide to join the club. SAA meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Mount at 321 Mescalero Trail Road. For more information, call 575-956-3101 or 575-336-4187. Sacramento Mountain Village 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 K-Bobs, 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-Otero Chapter 1062, meets every fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building, located at the corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 East in Ruidoso Downs. For more information, call 802-5293.

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, and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309. Gamblers Anonymous meets every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the Mescalero Reformed Church,

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BABCOCK, from pg. A1 which netted 25 grams of marijuana, three grams of methamphetamines and two arrests. In response, the council thanked Babcock and his department for the work it was doing.

Safety of officers

The patrol officers standing behind the complaint believe that there is a blatant disregard for the general safety and welfare of the employees of the Ruidoso Downs Police Department by the chief and Corporal Christopher Rupp. “Every municipal employee, regardless of position, must be afforded a safe workplace. There are many laws and agencies within the state and/or federal government that require a strict adherence to uncompromised safety within, and throughout all aspects of workplace practices, and especially as it relates to the dangerous work in law enforcement and corrections,” the report states. Notable examples of the highest priority finding include, but are not limited, to the following documented actions or occurrences that have occurred within the last year: • Prisoners with handguns concealed on their persons have been able to enter the Ruidoso Downs Police Department. • Putty knives and their razor blades associated with the reconstruction of the department have been located as being left unattended within the secure environment of

the holding facility and its general vicinity, as documented and mitigated by corrections personnel. Additionally, during reconstruction of the area, doors to the secure facility were removed and officers continued to book prisoners despite this fact. • Problems cited in the report allege contraband and drugs have been found in vacated jail cells and Officers or dispatchers have not been provided adequate safety equipment such as bullet proof vests, additional handcuffs in the holding facility, and tasers for the personal protective equipment of the corrections officers and as minimally required for the protection of these employees. • Jail monitoring equipment such as audio recordings and video equipment is alleged to be constantly in a state of defectiveness and no efforts have been made to bring the equipment online or to train corrections personnel on the use of the equipment.

Misuse of DWI funding

The patrol officers collectively stood against what they understand to be egregious misuse of state DWI checkpoint funds and potential unconstitutional warrant round ups during the DWI checkpoints. The report alleges CorSCHNEIDER, from pg. A1

Stakes tripleheader starts Zia Festival at Ruidoso Downs RUIDOSO DOWNS — A trio of stakes – the Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial, the Gwendolyn Eaves and the By By JJ – start the stakes action during Zia Festival weekend when they are contested on Saturday afternoon. The Zia Festival is highlighted by more than $1 million in purses offered to New Mexico-breds during a stakes-filled program on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday and Sunday the grandstand will be filled with vendors offering their New Mexico-based wares and art. First post time for the 12-race card is 1 p.m. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs. In the $20,000 Crenshaw at 1,000 yards for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, Tony Carnes’ Valentino de Lao offers the past class and stakes credentials. The Apollo (TB) gelding won the 2012 Fine Loom Handicap over 870 yards at Ruidoso Downs and was third in this year’s Fine Loom two starts ago. Jorge Martin Bourdieu has the mount on Valentino de Lao with the sixth post position.

In the $20,000 Gwendolyn Eaves at 400 yards for 2-year-old New Mexicobreds, SMS Racing’s Jess Corona Jr is still a maiden after five starts, but was beaten by just a nose in the New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity at Sunland Park. Jess Corona Jr drew the eighth post position and Alejandro Medellin rides. In the $20,000 By By JJ, also for New Mexico-bred 2-year-olds at 400 yards, Richard Shearer’s Corona Southerndream was eighth in the $357,000 Mountain Top Futurity and then was a neck winner of her Zia Futurity trial. Regular rider Ricky Ramirez has the mount for trainer Blane Wood with the ninth post position. For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and obtain the latest news by following the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter. For Rainbow Futurity/ Derby and All American Futurity/Derby insights, check out

FREE PRESS, from pg. A1 way to further develop MTD Media’s superior local sports coverage. “This new service, provided at no cost, is ideal for fans who would like to be at the games, but might have other obligations or be unable to take to the road and follow their favorite team. Fans can also track the stats of their favorite players and see each play in real time,” Heathman said. The Ruidoso Free Press is the first and so far only news media outlet in the region to launch and implement this user-friendly, virtual game cast program. Using this QR code – also found on the sports page scoreboard – fans can jump directly to the game cast list and find the games in progress or watch previous games. Simply visit the Free Press website – – click on the VIEW GAMES LIVE headline below sports, and find the game you want to follow. Horse Talk, The Ruidoso Free Press’ most current event page for all horse racing news at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack is published each week in the Zine and available on the Free Press web and mobile sites. “If you’ve been to the horse races lately, you know about this exciting new feature. If you haven’t, here’s your chance to learn more about the Free Press’ best total sports coverage,” Heathman said. Readers can save the Horse Talk web features by scanning

this QR code. MTD Media, a locally owned and operated business based in Ruidoso with an office in Lovington is the only completely full service printed news, sports, entertainment, web and radio multimedia company in the region.

Lincoln National Forest lifts fire restrictions ALAMOGORDO —An increase in area-wide rainfall during the past week has moderated the fire danger for the entire Lincoln National Forest. Travis Moseley, Forest Supervisor for the Lincoln National Forest announced that fire restrictions were lifted effective July 19. Moseley reminds forest visitors that, “the change in weather brings cooler temperatures and increased water flow in streams and drainages. Be and aware of your surroundings, and be prepared for sudden changes in weather.” If you do build a campfire, be sure that it’s completely extinguished before leaving your campsite! For more information about the Lincoln National Forest, visit Follow us on Twitter at

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poral Rupp announced to several employees that they would be using specifically appropriated DWI funding to serve several arrest warrants that had accumulated within the City of Ruidoso Downs, primarily with the opening of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino. The report accuses Rupp of announcing to his subordinates these arrests would favorably inflate arrest statistics in association with the use of DWl funding provided to Ruidoso Downs by the state. This scenario is the same type of fund misuse that brought scrutiny to the former police chief Alfred Ortiz. At least two police officers within the department formally objected to this illegal use of this special money and one officer brought the matter to the attention of the Babcock refusing to serve the warrants during the ODWI scheduled by simply stating it is illegal to conduct such operations while working on ODWI funding. Babcock allegedly portrayed the matter as a simple misunderstanding. Downs councilors will allow Babcock during the probationary review period to regain control over operations and will monitor progress in resolving the issues within the department before reassessing his performance. Babcock was unavailable after the meeting for comment.

for a private law practice and began specializing in domestic relations, guardianship and juvenile delinquency. She also began her 10-year representation as general counsel for the Greentree Solid Waste Authority. During her time in Lincoln County, Schneider has expanded her practice to include service as the Youth Attorney in Abuse & Neglect cases, criminal defense and civil law. Being a district judge is a long time aspiration for Schneider who covets the seat on the judicial bench. “I have been successful in my private practice, but the opportunity to serve as on the Bench is the highest honor of my career,” Schneider said. She is currently closing her private law practice in Ruidoso in preparation for her swearing in as judge on Aug. 30 in Alamogordo.

In addition to her professional work, Schneider has actively participated in the community by volunteering for many Boards and organizations. Some of her community involvement includes, being a founding board member of HEAL (Help End Abuse for Life), her appointment by Governor Martinez to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, service on the Big Brother’s Big Sister Board, participation on the fundraising committee of the Ruidoso Dance Ensemble, her 9 year service on the Lincoln County Juvenile Justice Board and the Lincoln County Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Board. Schneider intends to expand her community involvement to the Otero County area as well, but will continue to reside in Ruidoso with her daughter Julia Claire.



letterS to tHe editor Value of Teambuilders

I was recently asked to write a letter about what working at TeamBuilders means to me, I regretted how brief it was so I wrote a more complete version, When I started as a Behavior Management Specialist for TeamBuilders Counseling Services Inc., it was just a job in a town where jobs were hard to come by. My mom who was a school nurse suggested TeamBuilders to me. God bless ya mama! ...I think I had already been to two trainings by the time I figured out I would be working with kids with mental illness and behavior problems. Suddenly I became nervous as hell, being a bit of an emotionally intense and somewhat delinquent teenager myself once, I worried about what to expect from these unpredictable kids, nervous about the responsibility of having them under my supervision. But a couple months later I made progress with a kid and a voice in my mind said, “Hey you’re not too bad at this.” That event ignited a commitment and a passion in me to help kids in a small NM town. To do my part to keep them from falling through the cracks of the system due to forces that are more often than not beyond their control. Kids that I saw a lot of myself in. Kids that if given the chance could change the world. I had never experienced real job satisfaction until I became a TeamBuilder. Our families depend on our unconditional care to grow and better themselves. I love my team. I met the love of my life here. I found my calling here. We do good work which will resonate for years to come. We carry the compassionate spirit of our leaders with us throughout our own lives. Cherish our children. Terry (Rusty) Christopher Family Services Specialist TBCS Ruidoso

Outrage over fine

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and/or deceitful support of Debi Lee’s “good ol’ boy” network is an excellent example of why our rates are doubling. But more importantly, we had a boil order. This is unacceptable and referring to the “Waterton, Ontario, water tragedy” it is easily seen how this sort of thing kills people. If it happened there it can happen here. Tell the tourists to boil their water and see what happens. The Mayor should resign and Lee should be prosecuted to send a message once and for all to everyone playing games with our families lives. Imagine, our kids were drinking this water! Chuck Duncan Ruidoso

Who is guilty?

As I write this letter to the editor, it is Saturday afternoon, July 13, and the jury has not returned a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. However, I have already decided who is guilty, and I’m not talking about George Zimmerman. Whatever the jury’s findings in this case, their verdict is likely to be tainted. George Zimmerman never had a chance at receiving a fair trial and I think the public should know why. To be as succinct as I can, the flames of racism have been stoked by people who should know better. They include Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and the minions of the main stream media who have salivated at the thought of a white-on black hate crime. In Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman was in an altercation with Trayvon Martin on the night of Feb. 22, 2012 in which Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed he was attacked by Martin and shot him in self-defense. The police investigated the incident and determined that there was not enough evidence to charge Zimmerman with any offense. During the next several weeks, the case drew national attention and pressure was put on the Sanford Police Department to charge Zimmerman with something or, at least, put him in jail for a spell. When the police refused on the grounds that they had no justification to do so, the police chief was fired and the investigating officer was removed from the case. Subsequently, Zimmerman was jailed on April 11. What makes this case noteworthy is how Sanford city officials were pressured into charging George Zimmerman, thus making a show trial out of his case that drew national attention. First, President Barack Obama felt the need to insinuate himself into the case when he mulled that, if he had had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin.

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How this is relevant to the Zimmerman case is not clear; however, it would seem that Mr. Obama did not learn anything from his botched attempt to insert himself into the incident involving the Cambridge Police Department and Professor Henry Louis Gates in which he declared that the Cambridge Police “acted stupidly” only to learn the facts later. It would seem that the only effect of Mr. Obama’s utterance about Trayvon Martin was to exacerbate public opinion against Mr. Zimmerman without having a clue as what happened on Feb. 22, 2012. Then we have the hapless Eric Holder, who never misses a chance to interfere in state and local matters that do not concern him. It seems that the Justice Department that Holder oversees has a department called the “Community Relations Service (CRS).” This agency’s website claims that CRS does not take sides in disputes but provides “impartial conciliation and mediation services.” However, according to John Fund, a noted journalist, “the evidence

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… shows that it (the CRS) placed a large thumb on the scales of justice in the Zimmerman case.” Apparently, using tax payers dollars, the CRS coordinated with the Reverend Sharpton to organize protests against George Zimmerman, ultimately resulting in his arrest and incarceration. Next we have the good Reverend Sharpton, who apparently feels that his batting average in being on the right side of an issue is at least as good as the best baseball player in the major leagues. Undaunted by his egregious behavior in the Tawana Brawley case, and, more recently, in the Duke Lacrosse mess, he marches onward, spewing hate and racial divisiveness as he goes. As with President Obama, the good reverend had no need of the truth in his campaign against George Zimmerman. Then, we have, perhaps, the biggest culprit of them all – the media. From the beginning, the media has had a narrative that would not be denied. George Zimmerman represented the best opportunity in ages for Continued on next page

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We all have Heroes Last Tuesday one of Joe knew that his job was my heroes passed away. to stay out of the way and Many who have been Linwatch her go. coln County-ites since the I think Marge was as 80s knew Joe Thornton. He good as she was because along with his wife, Marge, she had Joe. were Bonita Park NazaWhen we would visit, I rene Camp and Conference remember seeing Joe come Center’s directors for years. home after a day of work, They both worked hard and sore, tired and in need of a long to re-create the camp bit of hot-tub-time. I also into what it is today: a yearremember the time he fell round destination for all and peeled his skin off large Sue Hutchison sorts of nonprofit church, portions of his arms and civic, school and military one leg. As I bandaged him groups. and used every bit of gauze Joe was diagnosed with Rheumatoid I had, he chatted with me like I was trimArthritis decades ago, and quite admirably ming his hangnail. Most people would have I think, learned to live with it. RA produces begged for valium. His disposition wouldn’t unique circumstances for each person who change, even when he was dealing with is forced to live with it, but Joe determined severe pain. Some people are just like that. early on that he wouldn’t let RA slow him Joe could have taught postgraduate level down. His faith and stamina were evident classes on Successful-Living-In-Pain. to everyone who knew him. While they were at Bonita Park, one He didn’t slow down until just a day Marge told Joe she wanted to go couple months before his final breath. someplace new for dinner that evening and My man’s family and the Thorntons he said he had just the place. When they became great friends when both families arrived home, Joe steered Marge into their lived in Albuquerque back in the day. They kitchen and said, “Here’s that new place would swap kids from time to time, eat you were asking about.” together regularly and they learned the I miss him already. fine art of adding green chile into each and After the devastation of the Little every meal. Playing 42 was a staple for the Bear Fire, the Thorntons were faced with two families and hours were spent trying a choice. Amazingly their home was one to set each other. It took me more than two of only six which survived, yet there was years to learn that game, but they played black all-around them when they were it effortlessly, and not for blood but for finally allowed back home. It was decided, simply the cheap thrill. Like James Bond, between the two of them and their kids dominoes were shaken, not stirred and that it was time to move closer to their many were the nights when the sound of son in Tulsa. Their son and daughter and 42 ran into the wee hours of the morning. their families came to assist packing and There were lean times for both famimoving Joe and Marge. I remember seeing lies but their friendship remained. After their daughter and her husband as they the Thorntons moved to Clovis, my man’s were leaving with one of the last truckfamily wasn’t far behind and moved there loads, and feeling a sense of realizing it too. was the end of an era. I grew up two states away and didn’t A month ago, we were privileged to be meet the Thorntons until my man and I tied in Tulsa for an overnight visit with Joe and the knot. Marge was the wedding coordina- Marge. Marge made chocolate pie and all tor in the church where the wedding took of us grazed and reminisced. I wondered place and she knew every single Clovis as we drove away the next morning if that resident and where to go for every wedding would be the last time we would see Joe detail. She arranged my schedules, apand sure enough, it was. I was so glad to pointments and decisions. She pointed me have been with two of my heroes for a in the direction of the cake lady, the florist short time. So glad we had been able to tell and stationers. Remember when we used them we cared and how valuable they were to get napkins printed with the bride and to us. groom’s names? Remember when wedLinda Ellis wrote a poem several years ding receptions just had cake, punch, nuts ago titled The Dash. She refers to the lifeand mints and didn’t cost a down-payment time that the punctuation mark in between on a home? Marge knew all about those the year one is born and the year one dies things and arranged each detail perfectly. indicates. She even had a recipe for every possible Well done, Joe. Your dash was fantastic. color of punch. All I was required to do was show up for the day. Give that woman Realizing that life is enriched greatly by a clipboard and back away. Back then she 42, Sue can be reached at suehutch@ earned her nickname Sarge Marge. And LETTERS, from pg. A4 them to make the case for white on black hate crime. Never mind the evidence, or lack thereof, George Zimmerman had to be found guilty because he fit their narrative. Oh, there was the need for some tweaking, to be sure. NBC had to edit a recording of Zimmerman’s voice to make it sound like he was a bigot. And a more egregious example was the efforts by the media to coin a new term, “white Hispanic.” Apparently, the media – The New York Times, CNN and others – did not feel that describing Zimmerman as an Hispanic was enough for their narrative, so they invented the term “white Hispanic.” At the risk of seeming pedantic, allow me to explain that the Bureau of the Census permits citizens to give their race as Caucasian, Black, etc.; however, it further permits citizens to indicate if they are of Hispanic ancestry. No place in the Census is there a box to check indicating that someone is a “white Hispanic.” This category was made up to bolster their case that this was white on black crime. If this was not enough, one network described George Zimmerman as a “self-proclaimed” Hispanic, whatever that is. For the record,

Zimmerman is one-half Peruvian and oneeighth black. Now, I would like to pose a few questions. During 2012, when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, there were 499 murders in the Barack Obama’s hometown, the city of Chicago – mostly black on black crimes. Did Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton or any of the media give any of those murders even one iota of the attention that has been rained down on George Zimmerman? And, if not, does that lack of attention to the murders in Chicago signal that these murders are not noteworthy because they are committed by blacks? Or is the Zimmerman trial merely the product of gross hypocrisy? Finally, I should note that I have not commented on the merits of the trial itself; however, I would like to quote the esteemed professor of law at Harvard University, Alan Dershowitz, who states the following about the prosecutors in the Zimmerman trial: “These prosecutors should be disbarred.” I leave to the reader to learn more. William L. Haralson Alto

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Commissioners conditionally confirm support for SunZia By Sue Hutchison Reporter Although several military personnel attended the monthly commission meeting last week, none were asked to speak regarding county resolution 2013-5. The agenda item suggesting the proposed resolution affirms the county supports SunZia’s transmission line, and also the benefits land owners will receive of its placement in northern county areas. 2013-5 mentioned specific references to line placement and commissioners didn’t want that responsibility. The military presence in New Mexico is formidable due in part, to the state’s terrain and temperatures. According to a previous statement by Dan Hicks, chief of staff at White Sands Missile Range, the area presents training opportunities unlike any other world area. Some line placement options interfere with military air space, and the voltage from the proposed transmission line would affect radar and training exercises. The military has provided a placement option which would mitigate the interference, and would utilize current utility corridors. The SunZia transmission line, which will work with renewable energy and provide more than 500 miles of transmission between New Mexico and Arizona, has several routes to consider in placement. A few landowners in Lincoln County stand to profit from SunZia’s plan to utilize part of landowner’s property for line placement. Bureau of Land Management studies, along with Environmental Impact Studies and other entity input, has arranged for several line placement options. Commissioners didn’t want to support specific routes but did indicate their support for landowner rights in Lincoln County. Commissioner Kathryn Minter raised the concern that federal funding not be included in the SunZia project but Doth said he couldn’t support that effort. Commissioner Preston Stone said the county should go on record as supporting the transmission line and let SunZia and any other concerned entity “have their own dogfight.” The lines in question of the proposed resolution indicating specific routes were discussed at the commission meeting. Commissioner Mark Doth made a motion to strike from the new resolution any mention of preferred routes, with

Commissioner Dallas Draper saying that Resolution 2013-5 does not close the door on any route changes in the future, but indicates the county’s support for the line itself. The motion to strike the language passed with Minter as the lone dissenting vote. Minter then made a motion to add to Resolution 2013-5 language which would prohibit federal funding for the project but her motion died for lack of a second. In attendance, Hicks waited for the Public Comment agenda item and asked to speak. He indicated the military was in full support of renewable energy in the state and that the Department of Defense had renewable energy mandates but was concerned about the placement. He thanked the commission for their leadership and for Nita Taylor, county manager, Curt Temple, county planning and Tom Battin, former commissioner’s current participation in the Joint Land Use Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press Study. “We very sincerely know the significance of SunZia Dan Hicks, chief of staff at White Sands Missile and what it means to Lincoln County... and the importance Range, spent some time with local ranchers and of wind energy and what they can harvest in this part of the landowners during a break at the county commission state,” he said. Hicks continued and said that it was important meeting last week to listen to their concerns regardto understand certain paths and routes will impact national ing transmission line placement. security and operations. “While I understand the hesitancy of the commission to actually endorse one route or another,” Hicks also mentioned that other counties that are particicontinued Hicks, “I think within this region at some point pating in the JLUS support the northernmost route including the counties are going to have to come together and decide Socorro, Doña Ana and Sierra counties. when one certain route impacts others what’s the best thing we can do together for the good of the region...and national security,” he explained. The Bureau of Land Management has conducted surveys and secured public input, as has the Department of Defense. Several possible routes for the transmission line are offered with enhance its initiatives to push SANTA FE COUNTY — the northernmost route being the one the DOD out relevant, important, need to At the beginning of 2013; the says will create less of an intrusion on military New Mexico State Police started know information to New Mexoperations. Mack Bell, Corona’s landowner asthe ground work in a communi- ico’s residents. “I am pleased sociation’s president said they knew the formal ty messaging service. The name that State Police is coming up in protest and public comment period which folof this system is Nixle. This sys- the technical eruditeness of belowed the BLM’s study was complete. “The issue tem pushes alerts and advisories ing able to utilize such a system is with the BLM,” he said. “There’s no changes to keep the residents of the of to the cellphone numbers via for Lincoln County,” he concluded. The landNew Mexico informed and up to text to the individuals that sign owner association has been in dialog with SunZia speed,” said Robert W. Shilling, up for it. It will also send mesfor more than three years. New Mexico State Police. sages to an email address. “Nixle provides commuState Police will push out nities throughout the country traffic alerts, road closures, with news and information that severe weather alerts, amber is both proximate and personalerts, silver alerts, etc. ally relevant. Our technology is Anyone can sign up for critical in creating new commu- this. Go to: http://www.nmsp. nication paths that have never existed before.” nixle-registration/. Enter email address, cellphone number and With this latest technolzip code. This tool is also free. ogy, the NM State Police can

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Bikers rally for Team Builders

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Saturday was a day of bike riding and goodwill as All American Park in Ruidoso Downs – and all of Lincoln County – played host to a rally by Mountain of Brothers Clean and Sober to raise money for Team Builders in Ruidoso. On hand were Jimmy Goodwin (second from left) and Curtis Williamson (on bike) from Schlotzsky’s to award a check in the fundraising effort. Pictures with Goodwin and Williamson are (from left) Casey Winreich, regional manager for family services for Teambuilders, Katosha Candelaria, Ginger Williamson, Bobby Martinez, Victor Montes, Samantha Ward and Kara Holguin. Total funds raised over the weekend totaled more than $6,300. The rally included a stop at Fort Stanton, where steel horses met real horses in the quad.

Joint departments conduct drug bust The streets of Ruidoso Downs became a little safer Sunday, as the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, in coordination with the Lincoln County Narcotics Enforcement, Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs Police, shut down a drug ring. A search warrant of the Silva home at 101 East Dr. in Ruidoso Downs, netted 26 grams of marijuana, 13 grams of methamphetamines, various drug paraphernalia and a variety of prescription medications, including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Trazodone and Cyclobenzaprine. The investigation began with

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Chamber Member of the Month

The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the Member of the Month for June is ENMU-Ruidoso. ENMU-Ruidoso was nominated for their service and support for many community events such as Earth Day and the Annual Energy Conference. In addition, ENMU-Ruidoso is very active in the ongoing education of the community in such areas of recycling, water conservation, solar power, economic growth and education of our business community. The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce is very grateful to ENMURuidoso for all their support of the Chamber and their involvement in the community. Thank you ENMU-Ruidoso for all you do. Accepting the Award are Dr Clayton Alred and Coda Omness of ENMU-Ruidoso. Also pictured are Chamber Board Members Pat Pillar, Gail Bailey and Brad Trep-

tow along with Becky Brooks, executive director of the Chamber and Deborah Douds, director of membership of the Chamber. To nominate a business for Member of the Month, contact Deborah Douds or Mirissa Good at the Chamber of Commerce, 575-257-7395, or stop by the Chamber and pick up a nomination form and return it to the Chamber of Commerce.

Prudential Lynch Realty 2012 award recipients

Mary Weaver, Paul Park, Linda Long, Cindy Lynch and Gary Lynch all received sales performance awards from Prudential. Mary Weaver, Paul Park, Cindy Lynch and Gary Lynch all received Multi-Million Dollar sales awards and Linda Long received a Million Dollar sales award.

Mary Weaver and Gary Lynch received President’s Circle award and Paul Park and Cindy Lynch received Honor Society award. In addition, Mary Weaver received Sales Person of the Year and Lister of the Year.

Heal Business Spotlight

The Inn of the Mountain Gods has graciously agreed to host the Deacon Bob Open once again, to benefit HEAL and the Nest. Please join this wonderful fundraising tournament on Saturday, Aug. 10. The entry fee of $125 is less than the walk-on rate and includes cart, green fees, prizes, golfer goodie bag and BBQ dinner. Many thanks to IMG for their continued support. Call Susanne at the Nest at 575-378-6378 to register as an individual or a team.

Business After Hours at Alli’s Salon in Carrizozo Alli’s Salon celebrated their second year in Carrizozo, giving discounts to all who attended the full-service hair and nail salon. Roy’s Ice Cream Parlor and Gift Gallery gave out free ice cream during last week’s Business After Hours celebration.

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Neighborhood Watch complaints about drug buys being made at the residence, and the warrant was used following controlled buys made by LCNEU agents. Elmo Silva, 52, of Ruidoso Downs was arrested at the scene, and officers have issued an arrest warrant on Dean Silva, 48, who was not present during the bust. Silva is wanted on charges of possession with intent to traffic methamphetamines, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Humane Society announces capital campaign at Furr Ball Saturday July 13 marked another successful Furr Ball at Alto Lakes – the annual and exciting fundraising gala for the Humane Society of Lincoln County. While the event, once again, brought out dog biscuit “boneties,” silent and live auctions and wonderful food, fun and community support for animal welfare, something else happened at Furr Ball 2013: the announcement of a Capital Campaign to construct a new adoption center on recently purchased property on Highway 70.

The new property

With 500 feet of commercial highway frontage, the new 3.7 acre lot is beautiful, with mature spruce and fruit trees and great visibility - all within Ruidoso city limits. The new site has an existing warehouse that was altered to become the new HSLC Resale shop, which opened just last month. Customers and volunteers are already enjoying expanded space for sorting, pricing, displaying and selling/purchasing merchandise. The warehouse also offers ample administrative space for HSLC personnel. Compared to the existing facility on Gavilan Canyon Road, the new adoption center – now in its initial planning phase - will be designed to be welcoming, with plenty of open space and a bright and colorful reception area. Space for adoption counseling, behavioral testing and training is envisioned, which has proven to improve

rates of animal adoption and retention elsewhere across the country. Both indoor and outdoor areas will allow people to spend time and interact with pets they are considering adopting. Safe, beautiful walking trails, benches and picnic tables, and the potential for outdoor adoption events, may also improve adoptability and adoption rates. Lastly, a public meeting space will allow the HSLC to integrate even more into the fabric of the community, by hosting classes and/or talks on the importance of spay/neuter programs, fostering adoptable animals, learning how to improve behavior, and more. “A new adoption center has been desperately needed for quite some time now,” says Wendy Foist, President of the HSLC. “The facility on Gavilan Canyon has served us well for many years,” continues Wendy. “However, it offers no space to expand. No space to create a clean and inviting atmosphere for potential adopters, no opportunity to separate intake from adoption areas, no separate break room for staff, nowhere to train and socialize the dogs, and no safe place to walk dogs.” Current walking paths are treacherous and require volunteers some who have walked dogs for nearly 10 years - to cross the busy Gavilan Canyon Road, guiding dogs on a narrow path between the road and a steep ravine. The HSLC is interested in achieving best practices demonstrated successfully else-

where – like promoting widespread spay neuter efforts, creating a clean and inviting shelter, and making animal adoption the most pleasant and convenient experience – toward a goal of reducing, if not eliminating animal euthanasia in our region. While we are making great strides Photo courtesy of Helene Kobelynk in reducing animal euthanasia each Abel Guzman, manager of the shelter, greets year, the HSLC believes that a new guests with an adoptable kitten. facility is necessary to ultimately achieve a “no-kill” reality. The major national organizations, including the Humane directors. In fact, nearly $100,000 has been Society of the United States, the World Socipledged or raised in advance of the formal ety for the Protection of Animals, Maddie’s launching of the campaign, including $4,000 Fund and others have a set a great goal: to end from the Chamber of Commerce Greeters euthanasia of healthy dogs and cats in Ameri- – which validates the support of this much ca by 2020. The HSLC is striving toward this needed project. goal, but believes that a new adoption center “Yet this is just the beginning,” notes is a prerequisite to achieving it. Rob Turner, honorary chair of the HSLC Capital Campaign and president of First NaThe Capital Campaign tional Bank in Ruidoso. “There are several Q: How much will this amazing new fanaming opportunities as well as multi-year cility cost? A: Potentially more than $1 milpledge options that can help make the new lion. Although this seems like a large amount adoption center in Ruidoso a reality.” for such a small community, the Humane Anyone interested in supporting the Society believes that this is a worthy and HSLC’s Capital Campaign, joining the timely investment in the welfare of nearly Leadership Council or learning more about 1,500 abandoned dogs and cats each year in this special animal welfare project for Lincoln County. A Capital Campaign, led Lincoln County can contact Doug Lawson by Doug Lawson and Associates is already at 214-499-1939, drdmlawson@gmail. underway, in collaboration with the Humane com or Steve Duffy 575-648-4443 steSociety’s Leadership Council and board of

Think Tank speaker comes to Lincoln County “It would be a great thing if NM managed its own resources,”

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Bringing his message of liberty, prosperity and opportunity, Paul Gessing, president of state think-tank Rio Grande Foundation came to Lincoln County Monday to speak at the Republican Women’s monthly meeting. Gessing spent a few moments at MTD to speak on NM in the Morning. Gessing became the first full time president of the Rio Grande Foundation March 2006 and prior to his statewide involvement he was a lobbyist for the National Taxpayers Union, an advocacy group in Washington, DC. He says he brings to the state a voice of limiting federal government in state management and constitutional liberties. Published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and US News and World Reports to name a few, Gessing appears regularly in media outlets around NM to promote state and local areas of interest. “We’d like to bring New Mexico out

We’d like to bring New Mexico out of 50th place.

of 50th place,” he said. “It used to be, ‘thank God for Mississippi’ but now we’re 50th in the nation for fewest high school diplomas,” he described and added that NM is also 50th in economic freedom. “Economic freedom generally means everyone should have a right to work,” he explained. Gessing said that due to NM’s forced union issues, as well as strict licensing laws for many service oriented jobs leaves the state less desirable for economic growth, and for some a difficult place to pursue their dreams. Right to work laws and legislation have been brought to Santa Fe in the last few years, with little success so far. Gessing said they will continue to champion this issue. He mentioned that there are stringent taxations in NM which give a mixed message to industries which may want to consider locating in the state. Due to sales and gross receipts taxes, he says the Rio Grande Foundation works to support legislation to reduce the high tax burden New Mexicans face. “At this time, New Mexico

— Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundation

is not appealing to new businesses,” he explained. “It would be a great thing if NM managed its own resources,” he said about federal land management. While Gessing understands the military, national forests and tribal lands should be maintained by their own forces, he would like to see Bureau of Land Management properties be returned to state control. Gessing said local Mescalero tribal lands are a prime example of beneficial forest management. “Native Americans have managed forests well,” he said and mentioned the tribal management of timber, forest health and utilizing resources rather than leaving the forest in a wild state. “Washington has given the message: ‘leave the land alone’ for too long and we want to shift back to managing our land ourselves,” he said. Gessing, a board member of NM Connections Virtual Charter Schools and the Citizen’s Alliance for Responsible Energy wants to give parents a choice regarding where to send children to school. “We need

Manufacturing Extension Partnership to showcase products made in New Mexico

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to promote school choice,” he said. Gessing said that schools should become more competitive and parents should be offered choices rather than mere geographical assignment for their children’s attendance, which he said could translate into a higher statewide graduation rate. “We know we take on epic battles. We know they won’t be solved overnight,” he said. “When we do have the opportunity we want to continue to push the ball forward.” For more information, visit their website: or their blog site:

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Paul Gessing, president of state thinktank Rio Grande Foundation took to MTD Radio’s New Mexico in the Morning airwaves to discuss economic freedom for New Mexicans.

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NM tracks oppose another racino Horse trainers group, however, favors the addition

By Todd Wildermuth Raton Range ALBUQUERQUE — Officials of four of New Mexico’s five racinos do not want to see another racino constructed in the state right now, while a group that represents many horse trainers favors the idea of adding a sixth horseracing track and casino in the state. Meanwhile, two other industry organizations declined to take a firm stance on the issue at July 18 meeting of the New Mexico Racing Commission. The New Mexico Horse Breeders Association told the commission it was difficult to take a position not knowing who the actual applicants will be for certain, and the group’s president said simply the association wants the commission to act in a way to maintain the industry’s economic health. A representative of the Jockeys’ Guild, a national organization, voiced similar comments, but added the group will support the addition of a sixth racino if the commission determines it is “in the best interest of horseracing in New Mexico.” Raton city officials and many citizens are hoping the city will be one of the sites bidding to become home to that sixth racino. Before that process can begin, however, the Racing Commission must first decide whether it will make available the state’s final racing license that a developer would have to acquire to build a racino. The commission on July 18 did not make that decision, but did hear input it had requested from the key players currently involved in New Mexico’s horseracing industry. After the industry presentations were made, Racing Commission Executive Director Vince Mares told The Range he expects the commission to hold a publiccomment hearing in August to take input from anyone else wishing to address the commission, and he hopes a decision will be made by September as to whether the sixth racing license will be put forth for applications. The four racinos that are opposing the issuance of the sixth license – Ruidoso Downs, Sunland Park, The Downs at Albuquerque and SunRay Park near Farmington – made a joint presentation to the commission. Speaking for the group, Ruidoso Downs President Bruce Rimbo presented figures that he said showed a steady decline in recent years in the number of thoroughbreds racing in the state. The figures also indicated less thoroughbreds were being bred in the last several years, both in New Mexico and across the country. As a result, Rimbo said, New Mexico tracks have been seeing the size of their race fields – the number of horses in a given race – decrease. He said the trend is expected to continue in coming years and adding another track would

spread the available horses even thinner and create even smaller fields, something not favored by the betting customers at the racinos. He described the horse numbers as “dropping and dropping rapidly,” and added that another problem, considering the limited number of horses, is the fact that the live racing seasons of three of the tracks already take place in the summer and have some overlap that could potentially be added to by another track being licensed. The thought of a sixth racino being built in the state under the current industry conditions “scares us” when the current racinos think about how to keep “running our business.” He said the “natural resources” – horses – are not available in adequate numbers. However, Eric Mikkelson, president of the New Mexico Horsemen’s Association, said more horses would be drawn to the state if more opportunities to race were created. He noted that the state’s available horse stalls at tracks fill up each year and leave many more horse trainers without the chance to race in New Mexico. He questioned the numbers presented by the four racinos, calling them skewed because each set of figures used different historical time periods. He also pointed out the figures addressed only thoroughbreds and did not account for quarter horses, which make up a large portion of the horses that race in the state. “We would like to have another opportunity to run,” Mikkelson said, adding that a new racing location would offer a different choice, although the association is not putting its formal support behind a specific location right now. He also said a sixth racino could help fill a “gap” that exists in the existing summer racing schedules, and that would “keep (trainers and horses) here in the state.” Zia Park in Hobbs was the lone racino to voice support for the addition of a sixth racino in the state. However, Zia Park is expected to be among the applicants for the racing license should it be made available, but not so it can build another racetrack. The racino’s owner, Penn National Gaming, wants to expand the number of slot machines it has at its current racino. In order to do that, state law requires the racing license be obtained in order to secure an additional gaming license for more slots. Zia Park General Manager Rafael Verde asserted that “staying in the status quo” would not “help anyone,” and said a sixth racino should be allowed if it benefits the economy of the industry, something he indicated he believes would occur. He called on the Racing Commission to look at what is in the “best interests of everybody.” Mike Cadotte, president of the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association, clarified to The Range, after making his brief presentation to the commission, that his organization was not taking a position at this time, but was urging the commission to act in the best interests of the industry. He said good management of a sixth racino would be key to making it a successful part of horseracing in New Mexico.


LINCOLN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS • CAPITAN, NM JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW AND LIVESTOCK AUCTION FRIDAY Dinner at 6 p.m.; Auction at 7 p.m. The Lincoln County Fair was developed to reward the Lincoln County youth participating in 4-H and FFA. They will be exhibiting the livestock that they have raised and their handiwork at the fair. We invite all of Lincoln County to come and see the hard work these young people have been doing. The livestock has been judged by qualified judges and has been determined “Market Ready.” These animals will be for sale at the auction and proceeds go back to the youth and support their futures.

LINCOLN COUNTY FAIR INDOOR EXHIBITS OPEN DAILY! We invite you to participate and exhibit your talents and handicrafts as well as enjoy seeing the great exhibits in the 2013 Lincoln County Fair! If you grow vegetables or flowers, if you love to bake and preserve food, if you are a seamstress or a quilter, or a crafter or woodworker, a potter, a photographer , a scrapbooker or artist, come share at the fair!! Entries available for ALL ages.


CHARITY RANCH RODEO SATURDAY 6 p.m. The Ranch Rodeo serves as a living tribute to our ranching heritage and promotes the western lifestyle. The competition features events that showcase the necessary skills ranch hands practice daily. Spectators enjoy action, excitement, thrills and laughs in a wholesome environment as they root for their favorite teams. All proceeds go back to the community.

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He said the association would like potential applicants to make presentations to its members so the organization can address specific concerns that may arise related to ownership and locations of a new racino. John Beech, the Southwest regional manager for the Jockeys’ Guild, told the commission it should consider the number of horses available to race at a sixth racino and the dates that a racing season would take place at a new track. The Guild, though, supports a sixth racino if it benefits the industry in New Mexico, he said. Racing Commission Chairman Rob Doughty said it “seems like there could be a balance” achieved among horse numbers and race days by perhaps lessening the statemandated number of live race days a track must run in a season while adding a sixth racino and by doing so creating a greater number of overall race days available in the state to horsemen. He emphasized he was only making an observation and not making a decision, which the commission will do later. “At this point,” he said after hearing Thursday’s presentations from industry representatives, “we don’t know what we’re going to do.” Raton was represented at the July 18 Racing Commission meeting by Mayor Pro Tem Chris Candelario and the city’s economic/community development director, Christopher Reed. Candelario told the commission a Raton racino would draw horsemen and racino visitors from the nearby states of Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. So, he implied, the negative horse numbers presented by the four racinos in opposition to a new facility could be more easily overcome. Earlier this week, Reed told The Range he is continuing to have discussions aimed at recruiting an investor or investor group to commit to take on a Raton racino project and apply for the racing license if it is made available. Getting a real commitment, though, likely will not happen until the Racing Commission makes its decision regarding the availability of the license, he said. Should the license be made available, Reed said, he thinks there is more than one investor or group that may eventually give Raton a commitment to pursue a racino in the city. A previous Racing Commission issued this same license in 2009 to Canadian developer Michael Moldenhauer, who planned to build a $50 million racino in southern Raton. He also obtained the necessary gaming license that year, but later had his gaming license revoked and saw his racing license expire, and the planned racino was never built as he exhausted his court appeals regarding the loss of the licenses. His final appeal opportunity ended in May when the New Mexico Supreme Court refused to hear the case. That decision allowed the Racing Commission to move forward in addressing what it wants to do with the sixth racing license.

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Commissioner’s Corner By Sue Hutchison Reporter

Commissioners vote to fill the gap for LCMC in final budget approval

After hours of preparing and presenting facts and figures previously to the commission about recent fiscal federal changes, Al Santos, Lincoln County Medical Center’s administrator, along with Scott Shafer, vice president, LCMC Board of Trustee financial chairman, presented final information at last week’s meeting for commissioners to consider. The LCMC recommendation was for the county to fund hospital operations at $621,000 for Jan. 1 through June 30, which would take care of covering the gap due to a federal withdrawal of support. Programs affected are Sole Community Provider funds and changes due to pending Affordable Healthcare Act mandates. Additionally, LCMC asked for the county to fund hospital operations at $1.1 million for July 2013 through December 2013. Finally, the hospital’s recommendation was for the county to hold operational funding approval for $1.1 million in reserve for January 2014 through June 2014. To assist commissioners in determining the best course of action, Nita Taylor, county manager, presented figures which represented the county’s current fiscal footing. The discussion was part of the commission’s final approval of the county’s 2013-2014 overall budget. Taylor’s information showed the county could support LCMC and still maintain a required margin. Commission Chair Jackie Powell commented that she was in full support of LCMC but knew the county needed to live within their means. Most commissioners stated they wanted the hospital to be able to offer quality and top of the line care. Commissioners rehashed their reservations about increasing taxpayers obligation to 3 mills which taxpayers approved by a mail in vote in 2008. Currently the mill levy in place is 2.6. What hasn’t been discussed so far was a prevailing thought that when those currently uninsured become covered through the new mandates scheduled to be implemented in 2014, the need for Sole Community Provider funds may decrease, according to Arlene Brown, M.D. Commissioners agreed during last week’s meeting that no one knows exactly what may take place in the future of health care. Several community members came to show their support for LCMC’s gap funding requests. Maury St. John, currently a hospital chaplain at LCMC and former county commissioner, stated she could spend all afternoon recounting stories of the good care patients have told her they have received at LCMC. “I voted for the 3 mill levy, and we’re talking about the money we’ve already put there,” she said. In Resolution 2013-4, the adoption of Taylor’s suggestions for the hospital along with approval of external requests and the remainder of the proposed budget was approved by commissioners. Included in the resolution were three priorities: constrain expenditures to live within budget, find additional sources of revenue and improve management of existing resources. A complete report of the background of this issue as it relates to LCMC was presented in the July 16 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press and is available online at

USDA Natural Resources Emergency Watershed Protection funds allocated Lincoln County applied for EWP funds last year after the Little Bear Fire and County Manager Nita Taylor reported in last week’s commission meeting the funds have become available. The county is partnering with other entities to review damage survey reports completed last year. According to Taylor, determination will be made regarding the work still to be done, and contact will be made to inform landowners and complete projects. Along with the EWP projects, the county is continuing the process of applying for a New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) grant of $3.5 million. Meetings have taken place with both NMDHSEM and Federal Emergency Management Agency grant manag-

ers to fine tune the process. Taylor reported that specific parcels of land have been identified for treatment, with the county financial match of 25 percent. Taylor said the county could opt to terminate their efforts at any time in the process. Commissioners have approved the projects which are planned to be completed in a three year time period, with the county match being approximately $389,000 annually. Commissioners asked Taylor and Curt Temple, county planning, to define the services to be offered. Forest and vegetative thinning to create defensible space will be considered, with a focus on areas which haven’t been previously treated will be crucial to the projects. Among those being considered, large tracts with few owners are on the list so work can progress without possible conflicts from so many opinions. Commissioner Dallas Draper was concerned that funds might be used for property owners who have purposefully not thinned their land, in essence rewarding them for non-compliance. He wondered if some of the grant funds might be spread to those who have been compliant as a reimbursement for personal expenses. Taylor said she didn’t think a reimbursement would be possible. “Let’s not give up on the people who have done the right thing,” Draper requested. Temple indicated the selection process for parcels of land to be treated would be available for the next commission meeting. He said the lands to be treated would be private lands and would need to be surveyed.

Fire ban reconsidered

Lincoln National Forest restrictions were modified July 9 due to the recent spotty rain showers. Taylor presented information which showed the category had been reduced a level from “extreme” to “high” and reported that the county’s emergency services director, Joe Kenmore, had requested the commission consider rescinding their fire ban. Taylor said, in her report that due to the recent rain activity the fire danger risk has been lessened, and the Lincoln National Forest scaled back their fire restrictions to Stage 1 July 12. Taylor had Resolution 2013-6 prepared should commissioners determine to keep a fire ban in place, but they voted to comply with current standards and lift the ban. In related news, the Smokey Bear District report was delivered by Loretta Benavidez, public affairs officer for the Lincoln National Forest. She reported there had been three fires on the SBRD: the Patos Fire, which burned one tenth of an acre, the Patos 2 fire, burning five acres and the Pancho fire, which burned seven acres. All have been contained and extinguished. Benavidez also reported that reconstruction efforts are currently in progress to reconstruct Southfork Campground, and have developed a three year plan to rebuild. She continued by mentioning the feral hog aerial gunning project which received approval from the Southwest Region Regional Forester. Aerial gunning will take place in the Capitan Wilderness and operations were expected to begin last week. Included in the SBRD report was information regarding a National Environmental Policy Act assessment which will take place in the Hale Lake area. The assessment will determine the environmental impacts of area grazing allotments. Benavidez said Taylor would receive copies of the assessment once completed.



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Baby birds, hungry mouths

July 24, 2013

Couldn’t stay away from the ‘neigh’-borhood Photos courtesy of Barbara Deck

Baby birds are emerging at the Circle B RV Park; always hungry, always feeding or looking for food.

Photo courtesy of Dina Garner

Wild horses paid a visit to the Sun Valley neighborhood last week for a taste of green grass following recent rains.

HORSE TALK Look for the Horse Talk page at and see the latest previews and news in this week’s Zine.





Wood duo tops Rainbow Futurity The summer July 24 Pro baseball New York Yankees at Texas, 6 p.m.

July 26 Pro baseball Texas at Cleveland, 5 p.m.

July 27 Pro baseball Texas at Cleveland, 5 p.m.

July 28 Pro baseball Texas Cleveland, 11 a.m.

July 29 Pro baseball California at Texas, 5 p.m.

July 30 Pro baseball California at Texas, 6 p.m.

Sports Results

July 19

Softball Last Chance Qualifier at Eagle Creek Men’s D El Paso Bad Boys 24, CWC 11 Men’s E Raza 10, Haptic 6

July 20 Softball Last Chance Qualifier at Eagle Creek Men’s D Thunder 16, Team Desmadre 15 40 Ounce 13, CWC 11 Wize Guys 18, Thunder 3 Men’s E Banditos 12, Missing Links 6 Quarter’s Softball 19, Don Sanchez 11 Team Sunset 15, Buzzards 13 Mescalero Homeboys 14, Team Goodfellas 13 Buzzards 15, Team Goodfellas 13 Obscene Softball 16, Raza 6 Quarter’s Softball 9, Banditos 5 Mescalero Homesboys 13, Team Sunset 11 Buzzards 14, Raza 5

July 21 Softball Last Chance Qualifier at Eagle Creek Men’s D AZ Mulisha 15, Thunder 6 Men’s E Banditos 11, Big Boyz 7 Obscene Softball 13, Quarter’s Softball 3 Mescalero Homeboys 11, B W Crew 9 Buzzards d. Banditos Buzzards d. B W Crew Mescalero Homeboys 15, Obscene Softball 2 Quarter’s Softball d. C-Men Buzzards d. Quarter’s Softball Third place Buzzards 22, Obscene Softball 5 Championship Mescalero Homeboys 15, Buzzards 14

Sports Upcoming Schedule is subject to change

July 26 Horse racing Maiden, claiming and allowance racing at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

July 27 Horse racing Bobby Dan Crenshaw Memorial at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

July 28 Horse racing Zia Festival at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

July 29 Horse racing Maiden, claiming and allowance racing at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m. Volleyball North-South Class 1A/B match at Albuquerque High School, 5 p.m.


By Todd Fuqua and Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press It’s been a while since trainer Blane Wood has led a winner in the Rainbow Futurity. That last win was in 2006 with Leading Spirit. Sunday saw Wood with as good a chance as any of getting back to the winner’s circle with three horses – Bp Its My Policy, Belle Helene and Ms First Prize Rose – in the running. It was Ms First Prize Rose that carried the day, recovering from a starting gate stumble to catch stable mate Belle Helene at the very end and win the $1 million race by a nose. “She kind of caught (the gate) on her hoof, so I’m guessing that’s where that bobble came from,” said jockey Rickey Ramirez. “She (Belle Helene) had me by about a length, but I kept my cool, rode the best I could and at the end I caught her.” Owners Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches are looking beyond the racing career of their


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Ms First Prize Rose, right, leads a quartet of horses in the Rainbow Futurity, Sunday, at Ruidoso Downs. Jockey Ricky Ramirez led Ms First Prize Rose to a come-from-behind win by a nose. filly. “We’re in this for the long haul,” Trotter said. “She’s from a beautiful family and is a beautiful broodmare. This makes it even better that she’s a winner.” About the only thing that was harder than the race for Ramirez was choosing which of Wood’s three horses to ride in the final. “All three came up good, but the reason I decided on Ms First Prize Rose was she ran on the

second day of the trials, when it was a heavier track,” Ramirez said. “She ran even with the other ones. I figured with an even track, she’d be the one to go with.” Next up could be the All American Futurity for the filly, but the owners aren’t jumping ahead just yet. “We’ll have to wait couple of days at least. She cut a hoof a see FUTURITY pg. B3

Wicked Courage marches on By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Nine in a row. That’s how many races Wicked Courage has won, and his latest victory came Saturday in the running of the $1.055 million Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. For about 200 yards, it was unclear whether Wicked Courage’s streak would continue. JJs Gone and Dublinon were challenging at that point, and Joker On Jack – the eventual third-place finisher – was coming on, but then jockey Cody Jensen gave Wicked Courage just the encouragement he needed to pull out a full-length victory. JJs Gone placed in the race, a Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press head in front of Joker On Jack. Jockey Cody Jensen, astride Wicked Courage, discusses his “The 10 horse (Joker On Rainbow Derby victory with trainer Luis Villafranco at Ruidoso Jack) was head up with me a little Downs Race Track on Saturday. ways, but then I reached back and just tapped him twice,” said For owner Andrew Smith, it’s a vindication of Wicked Courage jockey Cody Jensen. “He exploded his decision to buy the horse for $4,000 at the Heriand I was able to cruise on into the end.” tage Place Sale in Oklahoma City and watch as the A terrific start is what allowed Wicked Courhorse floundered in his first year of racing. age the big win, as the son of Capitan Courage and Since his troubled 2-year-old year, Wicked Wicked Pamela leapt to a big lead from the gate. It Courage has only grown stronger with each race. was the type of mature race for which this horse is “I’m used to having this horse win now,” said becoming known. owner Andrew Jensen. “I’ve never had any other “He really left the gate well, this was the best horse do it, but I do with this one.” start he’s had,” Jensen said. “The trials were a great improvement, and today he got away great.” see DERBY pg. B3

Todd Fuqua Time was, summer was my favorite season of the year. It’s the time when my favorite sport – baseball – is played, I got to wear shorts wherever I went, and my birthday falls smack dab in the middle. The fact that I was a schoolboy and didn’t have to go to school during those three months was the biggest reason. Now that I’m grown and have a job – and now that things like summer and spring break mean absolutely nothing to me – my seasonal allegiance has shifted. Bring on the fall! It might seem a little premature – in late July – to be talking about the season when leaves (OK, pine needles) fall from the trees and thoughts turn from the diamond to the gridiron, but the weather we’ve had recently certainly reminds me of those crisp days of fall. Also, when you’re a sports editor, you have to think many months in advance, and it’s the time of year when junior high and high school football programs are gearing up for the coming season. They can’t officially practice yet – that doesn’t start until Aug. 1 – but teams are going to camps, hosting camps and hitting the weights through the summer. I’m also practicing – watching friends play football video games. It’s not the same, but it’s close enough. I got my appetite whetted for the coming season with a visit to the Ruidoso High School team’s youth camp at the brand new field a the Ruidoso Middle School – quite a facility, if you ask me. So I find myself excited at the prospect of watching sporting events other than softball tournaments and equine athletics. I know there’s more going on – and I do appreciate the track, the Eagle Creek complex and all those bring to the town, but I’m always thinking ahead. It’s in my nature.

Gridiron gladiators getting ready By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It’s still the height of summer, but Lincoln County football teams are already gearing up for the fall season. The Ruidoso Warriors are no exception. Last week saw Ruidoso’s players guiding youngsters at their football camp, held at Ruidoso Middle School’s brand new, artificial-turf field. “This is a great field, and if we could put a varsity crowd here, we’d play our games here,” said Ruidoso coach Kief Johnson. “We’ll probably use this for two-a-day practices. With the lack of rain that we’ve had, we’ll try to keep off the

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Ruidoso football coach Kief Johnson directs youngsters at RHS’ youth camp held last week at Ruidoso Middle School.

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Locals win Last Chance tourney By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor A local team was the big winner at last weekend’s USSSA Last Chance Qualifier softball tournament at Eagle Creek Complex. The Mescalero Homeboys took the Class E title in an all-Ruidosoarea showdown with the Buzzards of Ruidoso on Sunday evening, with the Homeboys earning a narrow 15-14 win in the final. The Homeboys cruised through the 17-team double-elimination tournament, knocking off Team Goodfellas, Team Sunset, B W Crew and Obscene Softball to get to the final. The Buzzards fell to Team Sunset in the first

round, 15-13, then had to fight their way through the elimination bracket. They knocked off Team Goodfellas, Raza, the Ruidoso Banditos, B W Crew of Roswell, Ruidoso’s Quarter’s Softball and Obscene Softball to get to the title game. That Quarter’s Softball came so close to the title game – they Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press lost to Obscene 13-3 in Ruidoso Buzzard Tyler Perrin, right, dives back to the the winner’s bracket on back as Team Goodfellas first baseman Larry Vasquez Sunday morning – is a tries to handle the throw during the Last Chance Qualitestament to how sucfier at Eagle Creek Complex on Saturday. cessful a tournament this was for all local Mulisha brought things to morning. teams. a close for locals in that Thunder was a little In Class D, CWC was bracket. more successful, defeating knocked out after just two The next big tournaTeam Desmadre 16-15 in games, falling to the El ment at Eagle Creek is the the first round, then falling Paso Bad Boys and 40 Mountain Double Up, to be to Wize Guys 18-3. Ounce to be done Saturday held Aug. 16-18. A 15-6 loss to AZ

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PJ Chick In Black back in Ruidoso By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Reigning champion two-year-old filly PJ Chick In Black arrived back at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon just one week after being involved in an trailer accident near Abilene, Texas. The truck and trailer flipped over on a rainsoaked highway. The driver sustained a broken collarbone and injured ribs. PJ Chick In Black’s groom was uninjured. PJ Chick In Black sustained a laceration on her left forearm and lost some hair on her head. Trained by John Stinebaugh, PJ Chick In Black qualified to race in the $1.055 million Rainbow Derby held on Sunday, but was scratched. She is scheduled to compete in the trials to the $2.8 million All American Derby on Aug. 17.

FOOTBALL from pg. B1 main fields, let that grass grow and get those fields healed up.” The camp is designed to teach the basics to players ranging in age from 6 to 13, but it’s also a good refresher for players who have been in the weight room and away from the field. As this is the seventh year Ruidoso has hosted a youth camp, there are several players who get to relive their childhood in a way, going from students to teachers. Cade Patterson – who could contend for a starting quarterback spot this year – has been a part of this camp since he was a wee one. “I’ve been through this ever since I was six-years-old,” Patterson said. “It’s pretty cool to give to these kids and see them grow and get better like I did. “I tell them to stay with it, keep working hard and not get discouraged when things get

hard,” he added. “They’ve got to keep pushing through even thought they’ll get tired.” “A lot of these guys out here came through this program when they were younger,” Johnson said. “Some don’t realize how much these little kids look up to them. They love having these players here teaching them.” A youth program usually acts as a farm system for high school teams, and Johnson – who started this camp when he became the football coach in 2007 – partially credits it for the success the Warriors have had recently. “A lot of it was the work they did in the weight room in the offseason,” Johnson said. “But this and Little League is the start of that hard work. We have to keep them focused in and enjoy football. We start instilling that work ethic in them when they’re young.”

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PJ Chick In Black grazing with trainer John Stinebaugh at his Ruidoso Downs’ barn on July 22.

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Ruidoso High School player Cade Patterson instructs how to throw a football during last week’s youth camp at Ruidoso Middle School. As a young child Patterson was once a student, now is a teacher.

Sports shot Pickleball clinics

clinics will provide free sports physiIt’s a funny name, but a great game. cals to Lincoln County middle and high school athletes. For the months of July and August, the Physicals in Capitan are offered July Ruidoso Pickleball Club is offering free 24 from 8-11 a.m. at Traylor Gym and in beginner clinics each Wednesday afterthe Carrizozo High School gym on July noon from 5:30-7 p.m. The clinics will 25 from 2-4:30 p.m. be held at the tennis/pickleball courts at Physicals will be open for middle White Mountain Sports Complex. and high school athletes participating on For more information about the sport Lincoln County sports teams. or the clinics, call Andy Carter at 937For more information about these 3991. clinics, call White Mountain Medical at (575) 630-8350, Capitan Medical Free sports physicals Lincoln County Medical Center and Clinic at (575) 354-0057 or the Carrizozo their associated hospital-based and rural Health Center at (575) 648-2317.

The RANGER report

Yu set for anticipated return against Yankees By Josh Vitale Yu Darvish returned from the disabled list for the Rangers on Monday night, but the Yankees must wait a little longer for Alex Rodriguez. The third baseman was scheduled to make his season debut for New York on Monday in Arlington, but a Grade 1 quad strain will keep him sidelined through this week’s series. His continued absence will make the Yankees’ lineup a little easier for Darvish to handle in his first start since July 6. The right-hander gave up a season-high five runs against the Astros in that game, and he’s been on the disabled list with a strain in his right trapezius muscle since. Darvish was 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA and 157 strikeouts prior to going on the DL.

July 24, 2013

Especially Tres nears track record

By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Jim Pitts’ Especially Tres raced to one of the most impressive performances of the Ruidoso Downs’ season when she neared the track record in the trials to the $54,720 John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge on Friday afternoon. Especially Tres raced the 350 yards in 17.011 seconds to approach Planet Holland’s track record of 17.006, set when he was a five-year-old and won the 2006 Higheasterjet Handicap. The two-year-olds with the 10-fastest times from the six trials qualified to return in the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge Aug. 3. Making his first start since winning the $453,000 Sam Houston Futurity back in April, Especially Tres dominated the third trial when she burst to an early lead and then rolled to a most impressive three-and-one-quarter-length win under regular rider Ricky Rameriz. The Blane Wood-trained Especially Tres, a daughter of Dashair, won her Sam Houston Futurity trial by two-and-three-quarter lengths in her first start. She then stepped up and won the futurity by one-and-one-half lengths as the favorite. There are options for Especially Tres. She is eligible to compete in the trials to the $2.6 million All American Futurity on Aug. 15-16. So, her connections could decide to pass on the John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge and point at the All American Futurity trials. The connections of second-fastest qualifier You N How Many More, owner-breeder KH Logax Inc., may be considering the same options. The gelding has earned more than $140,000 primarily due to his second-place finish in the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity in his previous start. A gelding by Chicks Regard from the Juan Gonzalez stable, You N How Many More won his maiden at first asking when he won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by oneand-three-quarter lengths with the third-fastest qualifying time of 17.347 for 350 yards. John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge Qualifiers Horse/Trial Trainer Jockey Especially Tres/3 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez You N How Many More/1 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Leos Famous Patriot/1 John Stinebaugh Bonifacio Perez Leesa Gone Wild/2 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez Blue Gene Harley/2 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle/4 Wesley Giles Jorge Bourdieu J Bar/6 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen Kansas Morning/2 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen Devil Wears Prada B/4 John Stinebaugh Bonifacio Perez Mr High Sheriff/1 Tammy Johnson Jacquelyn Bobroff

Time 17.011 17.206 17.283 17.328 17.394 17.407 17.434 17.444 17.470 17.499

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Ruidoso High School’s cheerleading squad are making the rounds, raising sponsorship funds for the program and getting ready for the upcoming school year. The team will use funds they raise for gymnatics training, uniforms and trips throughout the school year. Team members are (back row, l-r) Anneliese Rios, Alex Romero and Sydney Werito. Front row, l-r, Leslie Nevarez, Ashlynn Organ and Mireya Grado. The team is sponsored by Nancy Alvarado. DERBY from pg. B1 “He’s gown more serious about his job,” Jensen said of the gelding. “He’s really getting more professional. These last two races have been huge improvements.” Next up – quite obviously – is the trials to the All American Derby and a shot at the 3-year-old Triple Crown. He’s the first to have a shot at winning the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American derbies since Heartswideopen in 2008. The only horse to win all three derbies is DM Shicago in 2005. “After we came here to Ruidoso, for the first three weeks, he wasn’t used to the climate and altitude,”

FUTURITY from pg. B1 little bit there at the beginning, but she ran on through it,” Trotter said. “That’s a strong characteristic.” The one-two finish for trainer Wood continues a sizzling summer for the conditioner and his two-year-olds seem to be peaking at the right time with the trials to the $2.6 million All American Futurity coming Aug. 15-16. He won eight trials to the $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity, his Sam Houston Futurity winner Especially Tres nearly broke the 350-yard Ruidoso Downs’ track record on Friday and he has $1.075 million Heritage Place Futurity winner Big Biz Perry stabled in his barn. “We’re really setting up well for the All American triTodd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press als,” said Wood. “We changed Jockey Ricky Ramirez cracks a smile as he leads our strategy. We used to get Ms First Prize Rose to the winner’s circle after the them ready early and then race Rainbow Futurity, Sunday, at Ruidoso Downs Race them early and they would Track. be used up by now. Now we still break them early, but we horses who did not qualify for the Rainlet them cruise. We just don’t want to get bow Futurity, the Eaves Family Horses behind in their training.” Limited Partnership’s Indeed A Delight The Wood operation is too large to be handled runner-up Db Captain King in the micro-managed by one man and the trainer final 100 yards to win her maiden. has an exceptional crew. Indeed A Delight, out of 1999 brood“I’m just ecstatic and so happy for our mare of the year Fortune Of Delight, raced team. This is a team deal. Ricky (Ramirez), the 400 yards in 19.628 seconds to score (son) Trey, (assistant trainer) Clay (Sparks) at 18-1 odds with Dusty Ryder Shepherd and the whole team deserve the credit. aboard. “It’s been a great two years. We have Db Captain King was one-quarter good horses and great owners. We are just length behind in second and it was onehaving fun and doing good. We’re enjoyhalf length back to third-place finisher The ing it,” said Wood. Zapata. In the $50,000 Rainbow Juvenile, for A daughter of Wave Carver from the Todd Fincher barn, Indeed A Delight has made each of her four starts at Ruidoso Downs and raced to a second in her Ruidoso Futurity trial and a third in her Rainbow Futurity trial. Notes: The race ended with a scary spill well beyond the finish line, as Regard The Cartel – trained by Eddie Willis – went down with jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks. Brooks was up and walking after being attended to Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press by track EMS, while Regard The Cartel was vanned off the track Ms First Prize Rose trainer Blane Wood is filled as MS First Prize Rose was in the with joy after his charge won Sunday’s Rainwinners circle. bow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

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Wicked Courage (4) flies to a win over a sealed track in Saturday’s Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

said trainer Luis Villafranco. “After he won the Ruidoso Derby, he came back and felt good. He

loves to train. “I knew he had it in him to try to win the Triple Crown,” he added. “We had

trouble keeping him sound as a two year old, but I knew if we got him sound, he’d be a monster.”

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Wounded Warrior turned caver joins Fort Stanton Cave Study Project a medical career or the study of genetics. She really enjoys outdoor activities as evidenced by her adventuresome spirit. Caving is part of that life. Matt and Karla are both members of the Mesilla Valley Grotto, a caving organization in southern New Mexico. Steve Peerman, project director for the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project, is also a member and they hit it off. Steve invited both Karla and Matt to Lincoln County for participation in the three FSCSP expeditions that are right up to speed for the kind of work and research that would appeal to Matt and Karla. The cave research is a long term, on- going project that is continuing to map and survey this world class cave complex in Lincoln County. Peerman noted, “I am amazed by Matt’s ability, not only to participate in the sport of caving, but also to be a valuable and contributing member of a caving team. He does not make excuses for his disability and does whatever it takes to get the job done. It may take him a little longer than the rest of us, but his spirit and determination should be a lesson for us all.” Wheeler explained that sometimes because of an accumulation of sweat, Matt’s liners lose suction and the legs will slide off. On one pull-up in a rough area with many loose rocks he lost his left leg. However, he was able to lower himself to a nearby rock and safely re-attach his leg. When he is not off caving or studying Matt enjoys driving his jeep in the back country or working on his 1973 Dodge Charger. Matt is an amazing young man and an inspiration to those who have met him. He is especially so to the cavers who themselves have overcome difficult circumstances and obstacles to explore, map and survey places like Fort Stanton Cave and notably the famed Snowy River Passage that is now more than 12 miles long. All of this research is done to help preserve an incredible natural resource located on the BLM Fort Stanton NCA (National Conservation Area). Deep down all of us admire and try to understand the sacrifice, the bravery and the pain of being a double amputee. When speaking to Matt about his prosthetic legs he carefully uses his mechanical knowledge to explain how they work, how long it took to get used to them and to give us some examples of how difficult and challenging caving, an activity that requires incredible strength, agility and being sensitive to the fragile environment in every way, can be for someone who has two mechanical legs. I met Matt and Karla, last year at one of the Fort Stanton

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Often difficult going at best, for Matt it can be a real challenge that sometimes leads to the loss of one of his prosthetic legs. The leg can be replaced once easier going is allowed.

Cave Study Project expeditions. They are hoping to attend every one this year too and to visit Fort Stanton Live, a public tribute to the founding of this historic 1855 Cavalry outpost. He commented one evening, “I have become more focused on caving at the moment, but I still plan to work out many other activities as well.” He also acknowledges that the enemy attack meant to destroy was surely a life changing event. “It is what it is.” he often says with his special grin that embraces everyone around him. And his biggest accomplishment when asked? “Surviving. Just being able to live life is what means the most to me.” The Cavers are pleased to welcome this young couple, two talented and enthusiastic cavers, to a special world few will ever get to experience.

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By Lynda A. Sánchez FSCSP Public Liaison Imagine a dark place hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth. Imagine using your hands and feet to feel your way, using your fingers and toes to help guide you in a narrow crevice or in a tight place you can barely squeeze through. Then imagine you only have your fingers and arms to help you find your way. You are an Iraqi War Veteran, who has found a challenge on this earth unlike any other and you are mastering maneuvering through this dark, damp, yet magnificent site, all the while without the use of your own legs. You are… Matt Zajac, Iraqi War Veteran, rock climber, scuba and skydiver, student and now caver. Matt is a young man with things to do and the guts to try anything that most of us would never consider. His desire for bold action and extraordinary challenge comes from a life full of adventure with one major setback. During his time in Iraq he was severely wounded when an improvised explosive device took both of his legs, but never his spirit. Joining the Army after he graduated from Alamogordo High School in 2005 he was on a tour of duty in Baghdad when his vehicle was hit by one of those bombs that have maimed and killed so many. At the time he was leading a night raid and if he had not swerved his Humvee hard to the right, his entire crew could have been taken out. Not only was he left temporarily blind, with severe burns on his back and legs, but shrapnel was found in his face and a jagged hole ran through his right wrist. In addition to these wounds, his left leg at his calf was blown away as was his right leg just below the hip. Those who do not know war can only guess at the pain and the difficulty of a comeback, yet 25 surgeries later by our miracle caregivers at the Brooks military hospital and other facilities that housed him, Zajac is now enrolled at NMSU and studying Mechanical Engineering. He is truly a miracle and an inspiration to many of his fellow veterans and future friends. Matt is also a spokesman for the famed Fisher House that has assisted family and veterans who have become wounded warriors. The organization helped both Matt and Matt’s dad during the very rough beginnings of this long journey to recovery with housing and back up care. Off campus he has a special girlfriend, Karla Wheeler, who introduced him to caving. She majored in general biology with an emphasis on botany but she now might focus on



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Education By Corey Bard

“Lewis and Clark” concluded last week on PBS. It is a very well-done documentary available in the library. (DVD 917. 80433 Lew) The film covers the expedition across the Louisiana Purchase during Jefferson’s Presidency. It took several years to reach the Pacific and return. Jefferson had no word from Lewis and Clark, there was no way to communicate the progress of their journey. From St. Louis, the explorers cross the Great Plains, navigated the Missouri River, crossed the Badlands, Rocky Mountains and navigated the Columbia River meeting and getting assistance from numerous tribes of Native Americans. How do you break the news to the Native Americans that their territory is now owned by the United States? After a year of traveling, with few supplies, the expedition settles in for the winter along the Columbia River in what is now Oregon. They hoped a ship might come by along the Pacific Ocean to help resupply them. I have endured five months in Oregon of continuous rain, but imagine what it was like for these men with no modern buildings with no heat or indoor plumbing. The documentary says they lived on elk meat for the entire winter. Only one man died during the entire expedition. They documented numerous previously unknown plants and animals. Lewis’s diary was published and remains great evidence of the courage, determination and team work the expedition exemplified, a true American Adventure Story. Lewis met with Thomas Jefferson when he returned to Washington, D.C. and unfortunately, there is no written record of the meeting

and the telling of his travels. Lewis was supposed to complete a series of government reports to Jefferson about the journey and never did. Clark raised several Native American children and lived a long life in St. Louis. Lewis became governor of the Louisiana Territory, was friendly to Native Americans, but his willingness to help Native Americans as the United States pushed westward would not be the government’s position or policy. Lewis who suffered from depression throughout his life, including during the expedition, eventually took his own life while traveling east near Nashville, Tenn. We have numerous books on Lewis and Clark in the library: “The Journals of Lewis and Clark;” “Lewis and Clark an Illustrated History” by Dayton Duncan, based on the Ken Burn’s documentary; “The Journals of Patrick Gass: member of the Lewis and Clark expedition;’ “Lewis and Clark Great Journey West” DVD; “Lewis and Clark Explorers of the American West” by Steven Kroll; “Lewis and Clark Opening the American West” by Ellen Rodger; and “Lewis and Clark Through Indian Eyes,” edited by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. Some comments on Lewis and Clark regarding New Mexican history. The Pueblo Indians settled near Santa Fe as early as 1050. The Spanish expeditions of Oñate were settling Santa Fe as early as 1610. Lewis and Clark’s expedition took place from May 1804 until September 1806. During that time, there was no mention of meetings with Spanish settlers even though the Spanish were in New Mexico and California already. Jefferson commissioned Zebullon Pike to explore lower areas of the Louisiana Purchase including todays’ Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and he did encounter the Spanish during his travels. Lewis and Clark fits in great with our summer reading theme, Blazing New Trails.

Free e-books at the library Spending the weekend at the track? Take free library e-books in your pocket. Stop by the Ruidoso Public Library Friday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. for a quick lesson. Learn how to read free e-books on smartphones, e-readers, tablets or other Android mobile device. Some visitors have their first book ready to go in less than 10 minutes, but assistance is available for a full hour. Remembering usernames and passwords before class saves a lot of time. Each type of device is different – some require

recalling three accounts. Call for more information, 258-3704. For family vacations, the trip might feel shorter listening to “The Lightning Thief,” “Because of Winn Dixie” or “Artemis Fowl.” Summertime lets generations connect through classic books: “The Boxcar Children,” “Curious George,” “The Island of Blue Dolphins” or “The Berenstain Bears.” The library is located at 107 Kansas City Road. Hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local education leader accepted into Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy Jerrett Perry, principal at Capitan High School and Middle School, was recently accepted into the NM Aspiring Superintendent’s Academy sponsored by the NM Coalition of School Administrators and the University of New Mexico. This honor allows Mr. Perry to access the most current and relevant education theories and practice through a series of classes during the 2013-14 school year. Upon successful completion of the Academy, his portfolio Courtesy photo will be placed with the NM Jerrett Perry, principal at Capitan High School and Middle School. School Board’s Association

as a Premier Prospects Portfolio. Mr. Perry has spent almost two decades educating the students of Lincoln County (Ruidoso, Carrizozo and Capitan) as a successful coach, teacher and administrator. He has spent the last four years with the Capitan School District, leading the secondary schools to outstanding achievements. After an extensive interview and application process, Perry was selectively chosen among many candidates, and he is beginning the Academy at the end of July.

Find JAXART in the Ruidoso Public Library Through the end of August, the Ruidoso Public Library has on display 15 paintings of local artist Jack Schuller. Schuller calls his work of art, JAXART. Painting began as a hobby in 1967 with Schuller teaching himself in oils, then later in acrylics and other mediums. He decided to advance his growing passion for art with a formal education in Studio Art. He attended the University of Texas and gained a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the Austin campus in 1988, then a M.F.A. in Studio Art from the San Antonio campus in 1991. Most of Schuller’s creative time is spent painting in either oils or acrylics. He uses a bolder palette, which in his paintings this exaggerated sense of color makes his landscapes dramatic and seem to “pop out” at the viewer. He also creates in watercolor, hand-pulled lithographs, etchings, engravings and relief prints, and pen and pencils of different kinds. “One thing that becoming an artist did for me was to teach me to see. Once I began painting, and realized that realistic rendering was my forte, like most artists I found that I was seeing the world like I never had before. “I have never had an interest in painting serially, although certain subject matter keeps recurring old and weathered churches being one favorite,” says the artist. On display in the library is a painting of the Mescalero Church. Many of the other paintings on display are forest views, local vistas and local historic sites. One library patron commented that a large tree on a trail in one of the paintings looks remarkably like a tree that no longer exists because it burned in the Little Bear Fire in 2012. A longtime local, Schuller was the first painting instructor for the newly formed Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso in the early 1990s. Come visit your local library and see these vibrant paintings of Jack Schuller. Many of the vistas will be recognized as Lincoln County landmarks. The library always has on display the works

of a local artist. A different local artist is invited to display every three months. Support the local economy by supporting local artists. For more information call Ruidoso Public Library at 575-258-3704. The library is located at 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso. Hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or http://

Upcoming events at Capitan Public Library Capitan Public Library has two programs of interest to area historians. Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m., Liz Miklos will portray a Harvey Girl. This program is made possible through the New Mexico Historical Society. As a Harvey Girl, Ms. Mikols will explain how a young woman became a Harvey Girl; what Fred Harvey expected of his employees; the Harvey House procedures; and how becoming a Harvey Girl changed the lives of those young women. The Harvey Houses established high standards for train travel as opposed to conditions prior to Fred Harvey’s successful introduction to safe and sanitary services and conditions. Liz Miklos and her husband, Joe, live in Silver City, where her focus is learning how people lived their lives in the area. “How people survived, raised their families and interacted with each other fascinates me,” explains Ms. Mikols. She has taken her research the next step: presenting the stories and facts in the form of re-enactments. She has portrayed Theora “Ginny” Ailman, whose husband struck it rich in nearby Georgetown and built a mansion in Silver City in 1881, Madam Millie, who headquartered her various enterprises in Silver City, and a Harvey Girl, who relates the stories of the women who helped the Santa Fe Railroad establish high standards for train travel in the US. Liz is President of the Silver City Museum Society, the nonprofit corporation which supports the local museum and a long-standing member of the Historical Society of New Mexico. She has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and MFS from Yale University. The August second first Friday Adult Lecture will present Steve Cromier and his program, Music from the Ranch and Open Range. This program will be at 7 p.m.

and is made possible through the including “Breaking Bad,” “GunNew Mexico Humanities Council. smoke” and “Wyatt Earp.” He has Cowboy music has evolved also recorded several albums. from the open range and ranch emRefreshments will follow both ployees who worked and rode after presentations. Don’t forget the $5 cattle during the late 19th and early a bag book sale Saturday, Aug. 3 to mid-20th century. These include at 10 a.m. Come early for the best songs written by ranch hands about selection. Complimentary coffee horses, cattle and lost love. Othand cookies will be served. ers add death and the devil to the Saturday, Sept. 14 will be the story. But all have in common the annual village-wide yard sale. The expression of what ranch and farm sale is for residents of Capitan work was like during this time. and within a two-mile radius of Steve Cormier performs these and also songs he has writvillage limits. $5 will cover newspaper ads, a sign for your ten, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand. property and your address listed on the map. Entry forms will be available at the library beginning Aug. 27. Keep Steve Cormier earned a Ph.D. in American Studies this date open for a day of fun in Capitan. from the University of New Mexico, with a dissertation on Call 354-3035 for additional information. Capitan twentieth century New Mexico ranching. He has published Public Library 101 E. 2nd Street, PO Box 1169, Capitan. chapters on ranching in two books, “Essays in Twentieth Century New Mexico History”(UNM Press) and The air in the mountains is thin – “The Multicultural Southwest” (University of Arizona your chainsaw needs AmericAn Oxygen Press). From 1979 to 1988, he worked on ranches and farms in the Flint Hills of Kansas and around Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner. His music derives from that experience. He also has played supporting roles in numerous television shows and films,


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News from around the state JULY 19 Seeding completed in burn area

SILVER CITY — Aerial seeding and reseeding of burn areas associated with the 2012 Whitewater-Baldy burn scar have recently been completed, according to a Gila National Forest press release. The Burned Area Emergency Response team identified a few areas to reseed after last year’s seeding and mulching. Other areas that were not seeded last year, outside the main burn scar, were also seeded this year. The seed mix included a high percentage of non-persistent annual barley and a smaller percentage of native grass. The barley provides a vegetative cover the first year then acts as protective litter the following year. — Silver City Daily Press

Water facility nearing completion

Construction is about 90 percent complete on the new reverse osmosis water facility in Hachita. It is a completely new system that will bring clean drinking water, in compliance with state Environment Department standards, to approximately 45 residents in the southern Grant County village. The facility is funded by a USDA-RD grant. Souder, Miller & Associates are the engineers and SmithCo is the contractor. With such a small population, residents of Hachita who use the new system expect to pay higher prices for water but the upside is clean, healthy drinking water. — Hidalgo County Herald

Valley Meat plans to open in August

ROSWELL — Valley Meat Co. is set to begin operating in early August, the plant’s attorney said July 18. But the Aug. 5 opening depends on a federal hearing that’s scheduled for Aug. 2, when an Albuquerque judge overseeing a lawsuit by animal protection groups will decide whether to halt operations for another six months to a year. Attorney A. Blair Dunn, representing the horsemeat processing plant located near Roswell and another plant awaiting a permit

in Gallatin, Mo., said Valley Meat is hiring workers and will be ready to go if the judge finds in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Everything is on track,” Dunn said. Animal rights groups filed a lawsuit earlier this month to halt the slaughter of horses nationally. — Roswell Daily Record

Mesalands hires new president

TUCUMCARI — The Board of Trustees of Mesalands Community College has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Thomas W. Newsom as the next President of Mesalands Community College effective Aug. 1. Dr. Newsom’s appointment was made official during a special Board of Trustees meeting on July 11. Newsom is from McKinney, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Austin College; a Master’s Degree in Secondary and Higher Education from Texas A&M-Commerce; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. — De Baca County News

JULY 17 Anti-donation clause cause for concern

CLAYTON — The main point of discussion for the Town Council at its regular meeting on July 10 was the use of the Clayton Civic Center by nonprofit organizations, churches or by individuals for funerary gatherings. Claytonites Jimmy and Adeila Taylor came before the board to address their dismay at Clayton charging full price for the use of the civic center for persons holding funerary gatherings, or for church organizations who are doing good deeds in the community or who allow the use of parking adjacent to the Civic Center for free. Mayor Jack Chosvig and the Board of Trustees were in agreement with the Taylors, but said their hands are tied legally because of the anti-donation clause in the state constitution. Residents who have used the Clayton Civic Center may remember that it has not

The train stops here

Harvey Girl Chautauqua at the Ruidoso Library Join the librarians at the Ruidoso Public Library Friday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m. for a Harvey Girl Chautauqua presented by Liz Mikols from the Silver City Museum Society. The presentation will be upstairs in the performance area in front of the Archive area. This program is brought to the public by the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Friends of the Library. Mikols will also be at the Capitan Library the same day, July 26, in the evening at 7 p.m. About the Harvey Girls: Fred Harvey pioneered economical, reliable food and lodging services in a developing West along the railroad routes. Prior to his “Harvey Houses,” rail travel included bad and sometimes poisonous food, as well as unsanitary, uncomfortable accommodations and hit-or-miss connections and travel services. Harvey successfully created hotels and restaurant services against countless odds in the Santa Fe railroad days. Harvey’s success was due in part to the Harvey Girls, those indefatigable and carefully trained waitresses in his Harvey Houses. These young women left home for places unknown to them, armed with “the Harvey System” and an adventurous spirit. Harvey took important measures to protect their integrity and to encourage the success of the Harvey Girls. As a Harvey Girl, Liz Mikols will explain how a young woman became a Harvey Girl, what Fred Harvey expected of his employees, the Harvey House procedures and how becoming a Harvey Girl changed the lives of these young women and the towns in which they served. The Harvey Houses established high stan-

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dards for train travel in the United States. Time will be allowed at the end of the presentation for audience questions to the Harvey Girl (in character) and then questions may be asked to Mikols as herself. Liz Mikols is president of the Silver City Museum Society, the nonprofit corporation which supports the museum and she is a long-standing member of the Historical Society of New Mexico. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.F.S. from

Yale University. Mikols read her first book about New Mexico history in 1992 and was instantly hooked on New Mexico. She and her husband, Joe, live in Silver City, where her focus is learning how people lived their lives in the area. “How people survived, raised their families and interacted with each other fascinates me,” explains Liz Mikols. She has taken her research the next step: presenting the stories and facts in the form of re-enactments. As well as the Harvey girl Chautauqua to be presented here, Mikols has portrayed Theora “Ginny” Ailman, whose husband struck it rich in nearby Georgetown then built a mansion in Silver City in 1881, and Madam Millie, who headquartered her various enterprises in Silver City. For more information call Ruidoso Public Library at 575-258-3704. The library is located at 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso. Hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or http://

always been this way. But Clayton is not alone in having to change its ways to being coldly impartial and follow fair market rental. Statewide attention was drawn recently to the city of Las Cruces, which had been leasing city facilities at different rates to nonprofit organizations. Numerous other communities in New Mexico have also been found guilty of making special provisions with the leasing of municipal facilities, which has been common practice long enough to almost be tradition. The state’s anti-donation clause limits how public funds and assets — such as state and municipal government buildings — can be used. The law states, “Neither the state nor any county, school district or municipality, except as otherwise provided in this constitution, shall directly or indirectly lend or pledge its credit or make any donation to or in aid of any person, association or public or private corporation or in aid of any private enterprise.” — Union County Leader

Immigration demonstration turns political

ROSWELL — A peaceful demonstration held by local immigration reform activists at the Roswell office of Congressman Steve Pearce turned political on July 17 when his Democrat opponent from Alamogordo joined the effort. The event was billed by its organizers as a way to educate Pearce about the reality of immigrants’ lives so he could better make decisions on the issue. But Congressional candidate Leslie Endean-Singh’s attendance turned the rally’s peaceful appearance into a platform for those opposed to Republican policies to speak out. About 35 activists marched along busy West Second Street, stopping for a short time to listen to the politically charged words from Endean-Singh and Lee Sides. Endean-Singh said she attended the event because she felt the immigration system needs to be reformed. Pearce’s spokesman Eric Layer said the congressman has always welcomed groups of all views and backgrounds to join them in sharing ideas and concerns. — Roswell Daily Record

JULY 16 Audit findings delay state funds LOVINGTON — The second phase

of replacing traditional water meters with “radio read” meters was delayed after city officials found out that $350,000 in state funding was suspended. The holdup stems from an executive order Gov. Susana Martinez signed in May that requires recipients of capital outlay funds to be up to date on annual audits. “We didn’t know the funding was going to be withheld,” said Lovington City Manager James Williams. Assistant City Manager Jared Cobb found out about the funding delay July 18 while attending a Council of Governments meeting in Roswell. New Mexico Department of Finance Secretary, Tom Clifford says the funding is not being eliminated, but delayed in more than 91 projects across the state until audit reports, or problems identified in audits, are corrected. More than $24 million statewide is being withheld. Williams says most of Lovington’s audit findings are minor and have already been corrected. “One of the findings was they didn’t like the location of our server,” said Williams. — Lovington Leader

JULY 15 Med center official announces resignation

SILVER CITY — According to published reports, the chief financial officer at Gila Regional Medical Center, Craig Stewart, has announced his resignation, effective Oct. 2. Brian Bentley, GRMC chief executive officer, who also serves at chief medical officer, sent an email to hospital staff on July 12 announcing the resignation. The hospital has been under the scrutiny of the Grant County Commission since it announced it was cutting 70 full-time employees to part time, and eliminating Home Health Services in Luna County. The cuts stemmed from a funding decrease to the hospital by Sole Community Provider Funding. But while upper management was announcing cuts, their salaries remained untouched, according to reports. According to reports, Bentley’s salary is $257,026 a year, while David Furnas, chief information officer, has a salary of $238,971. Stewart’s salary is at $219,416, while Pam Fulks, chief nursing officer, who also serves as chief operations officer, receives a salary of $197,309. — Silver City Daily Press

Fly on the forehead Copyright © 2013 Jay McKittrick I was sitting in the living room the other night, in my big leather chair that the cat has torn to shreds, trying to come up with a new joke for a new show called ‘Larger Than Wife.’ And it was after midnight, and I was tired, and I was getting frustrated, and I looked up and thought out loud: “God… Why can’t I think of something?” Just then, a big fly flew into the ceiling fan... smack! And that’s when it hit me. “Oh…that’s funny!” I said laughing at the fly’s

ultimate sacrifice. So I got up out of the chair and ran back into the bedroom where my wife was lying in bed half asleep like a zombie with one eye open watching TV (’Cause she was exhausted from being a mom all day). “Honey… I just came up with a new joke for the show!” “Oh, that’s great…” she said looking up at me with her bloodshot eye, “but can you tell me tomorrow – because I’m really tired?” “OK…” I said with a bummed-out tone. “And come to bed

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soon, OK? – ’Cause it’s late.” “OK…” I said. Then, she opened her other eye and looked at me with a double squint, “… and what’s that on your forehead?” “Oh… That’s the joke,” I said, “I’m trying to communicate with you!”


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SPATULA presents ‘Spuds McGuffin Vanishes!’ A concert amidst absurdism By Blake Martin

Storytellers, including Samuel Beckett, Alfred Hitchcock and many others, explain McGuffin different ways. It’s kind of something that has no purpose and so doesn’t exist, yet drives the plot forward. Anyone who dislikes confusion should avoid this theatrical performance at all costs. Those who have a taste for ambiguity, however... a chariot awaits and SPATULA is the chauffeur. The music band SPATULA presents “Spuds McGuffin Vanishes!” An unplugged concert will be hosted in conjunction with a surreal romantic comedy of pseudo-couples in the fashion of Absurd Theater at the Old Mill Playhouse Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. SPATULA consists of Pete Davis on drums, Rich Chorné on guitar/flute/harmonica, Tim McCasland on dobro/ banjo, and Deanna and Blake Martin play percussion and bass. Their repertoire includes a fusion of reggae, R&B and Rock and Roll.

“Spuds McGuffin Vanishes!” is also a fusion of styles. The cast of characters includes The Great Oompah, the Fabulous Bambee, Penelope and Yum-Yum Coco, Nambe-Pooboo, Morinda Bombinda, Blue Bottle Fly and Spuds McGuffin in the flesh. Not least of all, the audience becomes the murmuring and buzzing Unintelligible Minions of The Great Oompah! The drama takes place high in the Village of Sawtooth Mountain, where Penelope Coco has been sentenced to be executed for high treason. But never fear – Nambe-Pooboo’s mother Morinda Bombinda has devised a scheme to save Yum-Yum’s sister from certain demise. Meanwhile, despite the efforts of the Fabulous Bambee, true love will prevail in the face of all adversity. Anon fair adventurers, “Spuds McGuffin Vanishes!” is

not for the squeamish of heart. In the grand finale, the Fabulous Bambee is torn apart for the Great Dance of Ceremonial Posh and Circumstance. This, in true Sawtooth Mountain tradition, will be in anticipation of the Weddings at Dawn. The Old Mill Playhouse, formerly used as a dance hall, will then be re-christened as SPATULA takes to the stage once again. DJ Pete will be entreated to take the spotlight, whereas all remaining will dance to his mojo until everyone has collapsed. And this will all occur before dismissal at 8:30 p.m. perhaps for the first time in the history of Ruidoso. Tickets are available at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce for $20 each. Doors will open at the Old Mill Playhouse at 6:30 p.m. Costumes welcome, but please wear something.

July 24 through July 30 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. 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, Hwy 48 north of Ruidoso. Every day except Sunday; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and show is $27 for adults; $15 for children 4-12.

www.� for more information. 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. 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 avail-

WEDNESDAY JULY 24 Registration for Ski Run Road Challenge due, in person, by 5 p.m. Ruidoso Athletic Club, 415 Wingfield St., 575257-4900. Check or cash payments only. Print registration form from Race runs Saturday, July 27. Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, Club 49, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 7 p.m. Professional comedians will perform live every Wednesday night. $5 admission. Must be 21 or older to attend. 575-464-7028. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY JULY 25 Tiny Tots Program, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. For infants and children through 3 years old. Programs can include: stories, dance, music, free play and sometimes a craft. MJ Rhythm and Folk Blues at Laughing Sheep Farm, 5 - 9 p.m. 575 653-4041. 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96. Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Karaoke with DJ Pete Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m. All-you-can-eat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. Open to the public. The Music of ABBA Arrival from Sweden Tour, Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd., Alto, 8 - 10 p.m. This criticallyacclaimed concert is a re-creation of the ABBA phenomenon, Sweden’s biggest music export ever and one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music. ABBA sold 370 million records during their run from 1972-1982. Pre-performance buffet at 6 p.m., $20. Performance is $69 and $66. 575-336-4800; www. Dusty Low – Country rock, 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 26 Ruidoso Art Festival, Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, runs through July 28. Friday, noon - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Art lovers will be sure to discover treasures to complement any lifestyle or budget. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Chamber’s Special Project Fund which funds philanthropic endeavors in local communities. 877-RUIDOSO, 575-2577395; Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations

recommended. 257-8930. Rascal Fair, White Oaks Community Market open every Friday 4 p.m. to dusk. Located just east of No Scum Allowed Saloon in White Oaks. Local, organic fruit and produce, fresh eggs, plants and seeds, hot weekly favorites at the Goldrush Grill, baked goods, pottery, woodwork, handmade soaps, baskets, jewelry and metalsmithing from local artisans. Pan for gold and sip free coffee by the campfire. Hillbilly Potentates, outstanding bluegrass music, perform at Laughing Sheep Farm, 5 - 9 p.m. 575 653-4041. 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 - 10 p.m. Terry Bullard Band performs at Cree Meadows Country Club, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday night fish fry. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Open Mic Night, Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth in the Boulder Plaza, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Hosted by Tradd Tidwell. 575-257-2273; Free. “Moon Over Buffalo,” presented by the Lincoln County Community Theater, Ruidoso High School Performing Arts Center, Warrior Dr. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Performed by the popular theater group that has performed “A Christmas Story,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Harvey,” the Lincoln County Community Theater presents “Moon Over Buffalo,” a situation comedy. George and Charlotte Hay, a husband-andwife team of actors, struggle to perform Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives in repertory

able for seniors, military and youth. Visit www. or call 575-378-4142. “Celebracion del Arte” Juried Art Show, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Runs through Sept. 9. Original art from some of New Mexico’s best artists will be on display. The Celebracion del Arte is a juried �ine arts competition that seeks to recognize and honor excellence in the contemporary visual arts of the American West. Thirtytwo artists, representing 54 pieces of original art, were selected as �inalists for the show. 575378-4142; Cree Meadows is open to the public and while dealing with family crises and the possibility of a Hollywood director’s visit. 2583133. Tickets are $15. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopelli 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. Dusty Low – Country rock, 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. SATURDAY JULY 27 Ski Run Road Challenge, 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ski Run Road Challenge is a 12M run (solo or team relay) and 3M Fun run on Ski Run Road, among the beautiful Sacramento mountains. It is a point to point run, uphill to MM 9.5 (10,000 feet) with a downhill finish at Ski Apache Plaza (9,600 feet). Sanctioned by the USA Track & Field. All proceeds will benefit the Ski Apache Adaptive Skier Program. Race will be held rain or shine. Stop by Dreamcatcher Restaurant & Bar 2629 Suddeth Drive (575-802-2222) from 6 - 8 p.m. on Friday July 26 for late registration & race bag pick up. 575-257-9507 or 575-937-7106; No race day registration. Entry fees are variable from $30 solo 3M to $150 team. Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs, 26225 U.S. Highway 70, Saturday and Sunday – live racing with New Mexico-bred horses from 1 - 5 p.m.; Arts & Crafts Show featuring all New Mexico made products from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 575-378-4431; Free parking and admission. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930.

invites all non-members to join the family and share the fun without membership. Cree offers golf with a view; Sierra Blanca view dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner; entertainment on Thursday nights: DJ Pete Karaoke and Friday nights: the Terry Bullard Band. The “19th Hole” bar and lounge offers libation at best prices in town and a dramatic Sierra Blanca view. Schedule weddings or meetings in the “North 40” banquet facility. Call 575-257-5815 for information about participating in a classic hometown Country Club where everyone can enjoy the atmosphere and services without membership.

Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 to 10 p.m. Spanish/Classical guitarist Tomas Vigil at Laughing Sheep Farm, 5 - 9 p.m. 575 6534041. 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Free movie “Red Dog,” Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth Dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. The legendary story of the red dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master, finding his way into the hearts of everyone he meets, bringing people and communities together, some who find love, and others who find themselves. Story is based on true events. 575257-2273. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, 7 - 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopelli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. The Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd., Alto, 8 - 10 p.m. The Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival presents Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, “… the musical Olympics of the western world.” 575-336-4800; Adults $59; children 18 and younger $25. Dusty Low – Country rock, 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 28 Sundays Under the Stars, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 6 11 p.m. Live music performed by Dusty Low (country rock) at 6 and “Aristocats” after sunset. 1-800-545-9011; www. Free. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY JULY 29 Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. TUESDAY JULY 30 Jesus, Mommy & Me. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1120 Hull Rd., Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Bible story, songs, finger plays, craft/ art/learning activities and snack. No fee. 575-258-4191. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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Been there, done that: Community United Methodist Church’s pastor, Judy Shema

July 24, 2013

Living in siblings. She was reared in the Church of Christ but grew to have a distaste for organized religion and that distaste shaped India, California and parts her desire to be inclusive. As she grew up, she was attracted in between has to a variety of career options, earning an undergraduate shaped Shdegree from Pepperdine in theater arts. “I used to do my homework on the beach,” she says with a smile and filled her ema’s worldview. In the wallet and time by ushering at the Dorothy Chandler Paearly ‘70s, she vilion Theater in LA. Her earlier years, however, began the moved to New process of filling Shema’s life with a variety of experiences. York City and “My dad was a professor in India for a time and I gained a lived in tenelot of international travel experiences,” she described. ment housing “One of the main of Brooklyn. lessons I learned is that, Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press “My neighalthough language, clothes, bors and food and even how people friends were Puerto Rican and African-Americans,” she get around are different, described, and she learned to also value the experiences of we’re all the same inside,” those who poverty stricken. “I was involved with civil rights she says. As she grew up in and organized rent strikes and tried to help my neighbors various world locations she cal plot-twists, George is having major right where they were,” she says. Shema helped create a food began to see that children personal problems with a young actress, bank among other efforts to offer those in need a leg up. her age were usually the Charlotte’s daughter has come home to same on the inside as well. She remembers several events during those years, and introduce her TV weatherman-boyfriend “People are like eggs,” she describes one young boy named Eric. “He was a little 5-yearto his future in-laws, further complicatsays. “There are so many old who had never been out of the city,” she says. Shema took ing a relationship she had with a young different sizes and colors of Eric on a hike on the Appalachian Trail and it was during their actor. The boyfriend, through a series eggs, but inside, they’re all walk Eric asked significant questions. “He would ask, ‘Judy, of misunderstandings, ends up tied up the same,” says Shema. “We what is prejudice?’ and I needed to try and describe what it in the closet of the green-room of the adults go to war over the was but keep it simple enough for him to understand,” she theater. All the while, everyone is dealContinued on next page shells,” she reflects. ing with Charlotte’s meddlesome and hard-of-hearing mother, Ethel, played to the hilarious-hilt by stage veteran actress and playwright, Lyn Kidder. George can’t remember which play they’re doThis is Midnight; he is about 2 years old Rocky is a 3-year-old Pit Bull/ Red Heeler and is a Domestic Medium Hair. Midnight mix. He has a great temperament and is ing or which costume to wear. It may loves to good with kids, not matter, for Charlotte may be running sunbathe and other dogs, off with her theatrical agent. This is an out in our male and feentertaining comedy-farce that will keep sunroom, male. He is kenyou laughing out loud. Mark it on your and is very nel and house calendar! You’ll be glad you did! loveable trained, and Lincoln County Community Theand playful. does well on a ater’s “Moon Over Buffalo” will be He socializleash. Rocky had performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, es well with his rear left leg July 26-27, and one Sunday afternoon other cats, amputated at a matinee, July 21 at 2 p.m. $15 tickets and kitt ens. young age, but it does not seem to slow for night performances and $10 tickets Midnight also enjoys being brushed, and him down at all. He is very playful, and for the matinee can be purchased before likes to cuddle. energetic, would make a great guard dog. each performance at the High School Performing Arts Center on the corner To adopt one of these featured pets, contact the Humane Society of Lincoln of Warrior Drive and Gavilan Canyon County. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11-5 and Road. For further information or to Saturday 11-2. Location: 422 Gavilan Canyon, Ruidoso. 575-257-9841. reserve tickets call 258-3133. Website:

By Sue Hutchison Reporter From Pepperdine University to living in Brooklyn’s ghetto, Judy Shema has earned her way into understanding quite a bit of the human experience. She’s been recently assigned to pastor Ruidoso’s Community United Methodist Church and has been in the position for four weeks. She’s still learning how to get around in town, but has a lifetime of world-wide experiences which have shaped her ministry. Born near Los Angeles, Shema was the eldest of four

‘Moon Over Buffalo’ opens with rave reviews By Don Madaris

“Moon Over Buffalo,” a comedyfarce written by Ken Ludwig, has hardly anything to do with the moon or with a buffalo. However, as Lincoln County Community Theater’s production of the comedy plays out on the Ruidoso High School Performing Arts Center stage for the next two weekends, audiences be glad they came because the laughter will be contagious. Directors Don Madaris and Lea Keylon, who co-starred in last summer’s LCCT production of “The Day They Kidnapped the Pope,” look forward to welcoming everyone to this summer’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo.” The cast is made up of a talented ensemble of community theater veterans and relative newcomers. Ed Dodson, who was playing offstage voices in last summer’s production, and Lori Lamphere-Stewart, who portrayed The Miracle Worker in a recent production, head the cast as George and Charlotte, whose repertory acting company has fallen onto hard times. It’s not until after George goes on a major bender, that they learn renowned movie director Frank Capra is coming to see their matinee, and, if all goes well, they may be cast in his new movie. But all doesn’t go well. Among other comi-

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PASTOR, from pg. B9 describes. “And Eric finally said, ‘Gee, Judy, it sure is easy to hate and hard to love.’” Shema said those experiences transformed her life. I decided to choose to not see differences between people because I know we’re all the same inside,” she said. It was a process she learned and now she helps others to see that one must recognize personal prejudices and choose to rise above them and not focus on the differences. For a season in her life, Shema was involved in corporate America, but came to a “mid-life crisis” point. “I began to wonder if this was all there was,” she says. “I saw myself chasing their carrot instead of following my own,” she said and found the courage to leave her place of employment without another career in the wings. “After I walked away, such a peace came over me, and I knew I’d done the right thing,” she says. Attending the Methodist Church in Texas at the time, her pastor asked her to consider joining the church staff. It was just the fit she was looking for and it was at that point she realized all the different things in her life she’d experienced came together in ministry. She attended theological school at Atlanta-based Emory University in the mid90s to earn her M. Div. Even while attending Emory, Shema was a volunteer chaplain and learned to minister to those with different backgrounds. “It didn’t matter if they were Catholics, Muslims, Baptists or Hindu, I had to learn to keep my arms wide-open,” she says. After graduation, Shema hit the ground running. Her first post grad position was as an associate pastor in Lubbock at St. John’s United Methodist Church. “I learned a lot there,” she says. She says it was a wonderful

place to begin her ministerial career and she quickly became involved in social justice issues. “My pastor offered me the space to find my own way and use my strengths,” she describes. “I had to have room to create and he gave that to me,” she says. Shema has been creating ever since, from establishing pro-bono legal work in Lubbock, to pastoring in New Orleans and Atlanta. She returned to Lubbock for a time, due to her aging parent’s health needs and is happy to have landed in Ruidoso. Shema brings to her ministry a lifetime of understanding from a variety of sources. She knows the stress associated with divorce, (and says there is hope after) knows what single parenting feels like, and understands the plight of those who may feel under-represented. She’s lived from coast to coast in the USA and also India, Central America and Jamaica in her lifetime, landing in Ruidoso to share her unique viewpoint and ministry. “I want to be available to anyone who needs me,” she says. “There’s a world out there where people skip and dance and sing. Differences divide and I choose to focus on how we’re all the same,” she says. Ruidoso Community United Methodist Church, located at 220 Junction Road has two Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with children’s activities at both. Youth program is at 6 p.m. Sunday evenings, and the church also hosts a daily preschool named Imagination Station. Occasional theater and community productions are hosted in the Youth Warehouse, located adjacent to the church. For more information about Community United Methodist Church, phone 575-2574170.


Thought for the week... Charles Clary Regardless of whether you agreed with the decision or not, the trial is over. There may be other trials, civil and legal, but the jury ruled that the accused was declared “not guilty.” Not since the trial of O.J. Simpson has America been so captivated by the trial of one of its citizens. In this column, I will not get into the details of the trial, but I will say that the legal principles upon which this country was founded were followed and we will abide with the verdict. However, George Zimmerman will be a hunted, haunted and hated man by some of our nation’s citizens. He is a legal conceal and carry licensee under Florida law, and he will probably need that protection from this time on. Threats have already been made against his person and possessions. The notoriety he has unintentionally gained will follow him all the rest of his days. I am sure that he has regrets for the circumstances. My heart breaks for the family of Trayvon Martin. They will be haunted by the thoughts and memories of their son for the rest of their days. I am amazed at the surprise of the citizens of our nation. A change in the behavior and choices in the circumstance of both men, and this situation would have never happened. We look at the situation from a standpoint of choices and both men could have made choices that would have avoided the outcome. I am not being critical of either one. I will use the circumstance to illustrate this point… we must consider our choices and try to understand the results of those choices. If we choose to run a red light, we must realize that we may hit or be hit by someone who has the legal right to proceed. Or, a policeman may be standing guard on that intersection and we will pay the fine for breaking the law. There is wisdom in considering the consequences of our choices. Then, in wisdom, we can make choices that will result in good outcomes. If you are the parent of teenagers, this is an opportunity for a life lesson, a teaching experience, to help your child see the need for making choices that will have good results. Take advantage of the opportunity and you will give your child help for today and hope for tomorrow. CHURCH SERVICES Listen or Download FREE

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Sierra Blanca Christian Academy

Cornerstone Church Cornerstone Square, 613 Sudderth Drive, 257-9265. John & Joy Wyatt, Pastors Foot of the Cross Christian Ministries, 2812 Sudderth (Pine Tree Shopping Center) Pastor, Phil Appel. For more info please call 937-8677 or visit our website at www. Grace Harvest Church 1108 Gavilan Canyon Rd, 336-4213 Iglesia Bautista “Vida Eterna” Pastor Rev, Ramon Robledo. 207 East Circle, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346, 361 E. Hwy. 70, 378-8108. Email: revrobledo@ J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 257-6899 Pastor Charles W. Clary. E-mail: Miracle Life Ministry Center Ron Rice & Catherine Callahan, Ministers Available 24 hours for healing, prayer. 354-0255; e-mail Open Circle - High Mesa Healing Center, Sundays, 10-11 a.m. Call 575-336-7777 for information Pacto Viviente 25974 Highway 70, la iglesia “J Bar J” en la granja roja. Domingos 12:30 p.m., Jueves 7 p.m. 937-6664. Es un lugar de familia, amistades y de crecimiento spiritual Racetrack Chapel Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 378-7264. Chaplain Darrell Winter 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



GRANITE MAN Glenn Brown, Owner ALTO 575-336-1911 575-937-0391

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July 24, 2013

Edith (Edie) Ann Dixon Rooney Wards catalog store in the 1980s, co-owning and founding Lincoln Medical with Verna Adams, as well as co-owning several Rooney family businesses with husband Pat including the Adobe Ski Shop. Later in her life Edie would find one of her true passions as an Emergency 911 Dispatcher for the Ruidoso Police Department, a position she held for 17 years until she retired. Widowed a second time in 1982 by the death of husband Pat Rooney (due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis) Edie raised her two boys as a single mother, and went even further by opening her home to even more kiddos by becoming a foster parent. Many children were welcomed into the Rooney home, and it was Edie’s mission to show as many as she could the love they needed in those ultra-tough times in their lives. As if kids weren’t enough, Edie would also temporarily take orphaned or injured wild animals to raise and rehabilitate to later return to the wild. It would not be uncommon for her to have baby deer, raccoons, or even the occasional skunk in her home. First to offer a hug, a shoulder and if needed a “swift kick in the seat of the britches,” even to strangers, Edie’s special loving way touched the lives of so many, and she will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of meeting her. Were she still here, if asked, she would say she was “Okay Alright!” but for those that loved her it will be some time before they feel the same.

(Edie) Edith Ann Dixon Rooney of Ruidoso passed away Thursday July 18 peacefully in her sleep, at her home on Rooney Road. A long-time Ruidoso resident she vacationed here in the 1960s at the Upper Canyon cabin she owned with her first husband William H. Branham, a Fort Worth dentist (who would later be killed in a plane crash in 1969). After being widowed Edie moved to their cabin in Ruidoso where she would later meet, fall in love with, and marry Pat Hull Rooney in July 1972. Edie is immediately survived by her two sons (Will and Wes) William Patrick Rooney and John Wesley Rooney, daughter in-law Jennifer Elizabeth Rooney as well as her step-daughter Janna Lynn Rooney Tsosie and her four grandsons. Janna’s son – Alex Gonzales, Will and Jen’s boys – Patrick and Connor Rooney and Wes’s son – Michael Stevens. Edie was born in San Antonio June 2, 1944 to William Neal Dixon and Verna Mae Shields. Her father William Dixon, an Aviation Radioman for the U.S. Navy, was killed in World War II in the Leto Gulf. When Edie was 3 years old, her mother would marry the only father she would ever know, Ernest Alfred Huebner. Al and Verna Huebner made their home with Edie in Beaumont, Texas where they would go on to have her four brothers – Jack, Jimmy, Bobby and Donny. Edie graduated from Beaumont’s South Park High in 1962. Edie was instrumental in several Ruidoso Companies including owning and operating Ruidoso’s Montgomery

Edie is survived by father Ernest Alfred and wife Judy Huebner of Utopia, Texas, brother Jack and wife Susan Huebner of Lumberton, Texas, brother Jimmy and wife Bekki Huebner of Spicewood, Texas, as well as brother Donny and wife Lora Huebner of Bridge City, Texas. Edie acquired two new siblings when her dad remarried including Andrea M. Wittenbrink and husband Darrel of Hondo, Texas and Martin W. LaFrance and wife Kelli of Salisbury, UK. Her mom Verna and brother Bobby were already waiting to meet her. Edie leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family on the Dixon, Huebner and Rooney sides, that will forever miss her, but will keep growing and loving as her living legacy of love. Funeral services for Edie will be held at Sanctuary on the River, 207 Eagle Drive, Ruidoso, Sunday July 28 at 1 p.m. with a potluck-style lunch preceding the service at noon. In place of flowers the family has asked that you make donations to the Ruidoso Humane Society or Animal Village NM in Edie’s name. Please feel free to contact the family with questions at 575-937-4413.

MTD Media and the Ruidoso Downs Race Track offer our condolences to Will and Wes.

Classifieds 120 LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICE The Voss Law Firm represents individuals who are seeking information relating to citizen complaints against police officers employed by the Village of Capitan. If you are an individual who made a complaint with the Village of Capitan about or pertaining to a Village of Capitan police officer, please contact the Voss Law Firm at NOTICE OF AUCTION FOR ENFORCEMENT OF WAREHOUSEMAN’S AND COMMON CARRIERS LIEN Public notice is hereby given by All American Moving, Inc., 200 Parkway, Ruidoso Downs, NM hereinafter known as WAREHOUSEMAN: of public auction of goods for enforcement of Warehousemen’s Lien, pursuant of, 55-7-210, NMSA 1978 and any amendments thereto; and Section 5, Contract Terms and Conditions, Household Goods Bill of Lading and other applicable statutes, such auction to be held 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, July 27, 2013 at 200 Parkway, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346. All American Moving, Inc. reserves the right to withdraw the property from the sale at anytime and also maintains the right to bid on any property included at auction. Parties against whom enforcement is sought, and goods against which liens are foreclosed are as hereinafter described: Linda Paul - Miscellaneous Household Goods and Personal Effects amounting to 2,000 pounds. Triva Gist - 1 Model 1860, 30” Gas Range manufactured by Elmira Stove Works, 1 - Model 1897, 26” Cubic Foot Side-by-side Refrigerator manufactured by Elmira Stove Works purchased as a matching set. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Public Sale of property to satisfy a landlord’s lien. Sale to be held at All American Moving, Inc., 200 Parkway, Ruidoso Downs, NM on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, July 27, 2013. Property to be sold to the highest bidder for cash. The seller reserves the right to withdraw the property from sale at anytime. The property includes the contents of the following tenants: Unit #6

E.E. Mathena P.O. Box 7183 Ruidoso, NM 88355

130 EMPLOYMENT MOTEL 6 is currently hiring for housekeepers and night auditor. Go to 412 Hwy 70 for applications.


THE LINKS AT SIERRA BLANCA is accepting applications for cart barn and beverage cart. Looking for energetic people who like to work outside. Positions open immediately. 575-258-5330 Seeking ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT for a fun, highly charged RADIO STATION. Job entails detailed data entry; reporting skills, problem solving and verbal communication with clients. Skills needed are Microsoft Office, filing and computer organization, attention to detail. Previous office experience preferred. Send resumes to FRONT OFFICE RECEPTIONIST needed in a busy physical therapy office. Must have good computer and people skills, reliable, and detail oriented. Please drop off resumes at 147 Mescalero Trail. I’D GO WIRELESS, Your local Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer in Ruidoso is now accepting applications for a friendly, outgoing, professional Sales Manager, Customer Sales & Service Rep. Sales experience a plus. Will train. Please inquire in person at 26126 US Hwy 70, Ruidoso, NM. IF YOU ARE A MORNING PERSON who is service-oriented, the parttime BREAKFAST ATTENDANT position at La Quinta Ruidoso Downs is for you! Th Breakfast Attendant must have exceptional customer service skills. We are looking for someone who is reliable and enjoys working with people and food. Apply in person to join our winning team - No phone calls. THE CITY OF RUIDOSO DOWNS is accepting applications for Finance Director. Non-Exempt salary range is $23.00 hr to $25.00 hr depending on qualifications and experience. Full benefit package. Must have experience in governmental accounting including budget preparation, purchasing, and general ledger. Must possess a valid NM Driver’s License. Applications will be accepted until August 30th. For a complete job description and application visit City Hall, 123 Downs Drive, Ruidoso Downs, call 575-378-4422 or email EEOE.

140 GENERAL HELP WANTED COPY EDITOR wanted in Ruidoso area to work with local author. Call Randall 575-973-1841


Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso

is recruiting well-qualified applicants for these positions: • Assistant Dir. of Adult Basic Education • IS Director & Faculty Additional information & application procedures are available on-line at click on About Us then Employment Inquiries: Call (575) 257-2120 or (800) 934-3668. An AA/EOE Employer

Busy tire and automotive shop is currently hiring the following positions: • Automotive Technician/Mechanic • Tire Technician • Sales Associate. Certification or 3 years’ experience preferred. Salary is competitive and based on experience. Please apply in person at 1021 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso.


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







323 HEATH DRIVE – FURN 3 BDR, 2 (3/4) BA (showers only) with knotty pine walls & wood floors. Approx. 1337 sq.ft. $975/Mo + utilities. 111 FIR – UNF 2 BDR, 2 BA. with large utility room & W/D hookups. Approx 1168 sq.ft. Pets ok with owner approval. $800/Mo + utilities. (On the Market - Subject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice)


406 SUNNY SLOPE #3 – FURN 2 BDR, 1 1/2 BA. $1100/Mo includes utilities. #416 CHAMPION’S RUN – FURN 2 BDR, 2 BA with carport. Approx. 1320 sq.ft. $900/Mo + utilities.


111 LAGUNA – UNF 3 BDR, 2 BA with W/D hookups, office and large deck. Approx. 1435 sq.ft. $1000/Mo + utilities. (Available August 1)


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. $500/ Mo + utilities.

575-257-4011 • 800-530-4597 View these rentals at:

616 Mechem • Ruidoso, NM • (575) 257-4011 • 800-530-4597

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© 2013 BRER Affiliates Inc. An independently owned and operated broker member of BRER Affiliates, Inc. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the rock symbol are registered service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential. Equal Housing Opportunity.

ADMIN. ASSISTANT - Appointment coordination, Event and meeting planning, Make travel arrangements, running errands, setting appointments, monitor expenses, raise monthly invoice, you will have access to Car. Send your resume and salary expectations to: EARNING BETTER PAY IS ONE STEP AWAY! Averitt offers CDL-A Dedicated & Regional Driver Excellent Benefits, & Hometime. CDL-A req. 888-362-8608 Recent Grads w/a CDL-A, 1/5/wks. Apply online at Equal Opportunity Employer. 29 SERIOUS PEOPLE to Work From Home using a computer. Up to $1,500-$5,000 PT/FT. SUPER 8 is looking for full-time housekeepers. Apply in person at 100 Cliff Drive Ruidoso.

150 HEALTHCARE CANADA DRUG CENTER is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 90 percent on all your medication needs. Call today 1-800-661-3783, for $10.00 off your first prescription and free shipping. ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get CPAP Replacement Supplies at little or NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 1-866-938-5101 MEDICAL ALERT FOR SENIORS 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 888-416-2099 Historic

ADOBE PLAZA M-F 4:30p & 6:00p

Relax Yoga 4:30-5:30p

Robust Yoga 6:00-7:00p

ALL 4 PETS Grooming 630-0034

200 Mechem

575-802-3013 170 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES ATTN: COMPUTER WORK. Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to $1500 Part Time to $7500/mo. Full Time. Training provided.

190 REAL ESTATE LENDER SALE 30 acres, $19,900. Spellbinding views of snow-capped mountains! Adjacent to National Forest. Maintained all weather roads w/ electric. Close to Ruidoso. Financing available. Call NMRS 866-906-2857

NICE PARCEL 2 lots soft views $37,000. 575-937-1041

All American Realty SALES & RENTALS Long & Short Term Rentals Nice Commercial $ 1200 Available Now (575) 257-8444 205 ROOM FOR RENT STUDIO IN BARN for rent. $350 plus deposit. 575-378-8163 UPPER CANYON, no kitchen, microwave refrigerator only, cable and utilities included. No smoking. $400/ month. $200 deposit. 575-973-4805



One of the cleanest and nicest singlewide manufactured homes around. This has been very well taken care of, and is very attractive. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, furnished. Paved driveway, covered deck, barbecue patio plus many other features. $54,500 MLS #112513

ALTO 2BD/1BA fenced backyard, dishwasher, fireplace. $700 per month plus $700 deposit. Available 8/1. 575-937-2831

310 MISCELLANEOUS TOPSOIL FOR SALE. Please call 575-937-3015 KOKOPELLI FULL GOLF MEMBERSHIP for sale. 512-401-9601

ADULT MOBILE HOME PARK. Several homes available at Pine Terrace Estates at 1108 Mechem Drive. For more details call Bill Pippin 575-2574228 or after 6 pm 575-258-3414.

SAVE $$$ on AUTO INSURANCE from the major names you know and trust. No forms. No hassle. No obligation. Call READY FOR MY QUOTE now! CALL 1-888-719-6435


DIRECTV - Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-264-0340

230 HOMES FOR SALE: FURNISHED / UNFURNISHED FOR SALE BY OWNER furnished 3/2, low upkeep, on river 166 Meander 830-377-2438

235 HOMES FOR RENT: FURNISHED / UNFURNISHED 4 BEDROOM 2 BATH on Cree. $1200 plus utilities 257-7911



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


Under New Ownership This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. TTY Relay - 711

5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms. Large socializing loft with bar. Granite countertops in the kitchen. Large beams throughout and 2 fireplaces, one with an insert. The home is spacious and has a living room, dining room, den and loft. Easy access to the property and it is fenced. $499,500 MLS #110863

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3 BEDROOM 1 1/2 BATH recently remodeled, In Capitan. 575-9372518

Secluded feeling, in the trees. 3 bdrm, 3 ba w/ open living area plus a game room. Located on a cul-de-sac and has an adjoining lot that can also be purchased separately w/ home. Rock work inside and out give this home that old mountain charm. Mostly furnished, full golf membership. $299,500 MLS #112479


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FOR SALE BY OWNER, 2006 patriot 15x68 mobile home located in adult senior park. Two bedroom two bath, double carport, fenced in yard. Appliances and dining set included. Reduced! $65,000. 575-808-0270

1 OR 2 BEDROOM units available. $475-$525 per month. References required. 575-257-0872


DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/ month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-315-7043

320 AUCTIONS ADVERTISE YOUR AUCTION in 33 New Mexico newspapers for only $100. Your 25-word classified ad will reach more than 288,000 readers. Call this newspaper for more details. Or log onto for a list of participating newspapers.

385 GUNS/RIFLES 22LR-9MM AMMO $75. 22LR-525 BRICK $75. 325LR-10 $45. 9mm $0.60 a round. 50 and 100 round boxes. Contact 575-937-1336

470 HORSES/STABLES/MISC. HORSE BOARDING available near race track. 575-378-8163

580 TRUCKS 2005 CHEVY SILVERADO Pickup. 1500 l.w.b. econo v’6 at, ac, 92k miles. Nice truck. 1 owner. $5,995. Will finance with good down payment. 630-8399






10:09 AM

500 Central Ave. • Carrizozo, NM

We will be selling more than 620 items from the estate of Irma Bailey’s Store and private collection and others, only four items have a reserve, all of the rest will sell to the highest bidder without reserves. Come enjoy the day in our cool comfortable building. ~·~·~·~·~·~·~·~·~·~·~·~·~ Antique & Collectible Indian Items – Rugs, Artifacts, Baskets, Pottery, Beadwork, etc.; Fine Indian Pawn Jewelry – Cross Necklaces, Squash Blossoms, Conchos, Bracelets, Necklaces, Rings, Pins, Earrings, Turq. & Coral Beads, etc.; Gold & Diamond Estate Jewelry – Rings w/Diamonds, Ruby & Garnet, Bracelets, Necklaces, Pins, etc. – Western & Cowboy Items 4-Color Horsehair Hitched Bridle, 1890 Gold Scales, Fancy Shirt, Harness Brasses, & More; Oriental Antiques – Carved Jade, Japanese Sword, Ivory Chess Set, Porcelain, etc.; Antique Misc. Glassware, China and Pottery – Dazey Churn, Wedgewood, Red Ware, Fenton, Pink Glass, Jade Glass, Oil Lamp, etc.; Art, Old Pocket Knives & Axe, W.P.A. & Ant. N.M. Furniture, Wicker Buggy & Child’s Rocker, Old Tin Toys, Misc. Antiques. 5% Buyer’s Premium Frank Walker, Auctioneer #TX6783 Ph. 575-648-3007 or 866-595-5488 for info Info & Photos: 630 GENERAL SERVICES



Mesa Verde Enterprises, Inc.

ConstruCtion serviCes MAteriALs • Ready Mix Concrete • Asphalt Paving • Landscape Rock • Parking Lots, Roads • Cold Mix Asphalt • Utility and Dirt Work • Sand & More! 102 Close Road • Ruidoso, NM • 575-257-2995 Pickup or delivery

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