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High stakes races at Ruidoso Downs

The Friday through Monday racing week starts with threeyear-olds competing in the trials to the Adequan Ruidoso derby Challenge on Friday. First post time is 1 p.m. Fastestqualifi er Brookstones Chick and New Mexico spring Futurity runner-up Junior June Bug meet in the $296,432 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity on saturday at Ruidoso downs. The Jack Welch Band plays on Friday and Saturday nights at Billy’s sports Bar. Free.

Relay for Life

help raise money for cancer research with an overnight walk and events at All American Park in Ruidoso downs. survivors honored with the fi rst victory lap around the track. Luminaria Ceremony after sunset. Friday at 6 p.m., saturday at 10 a.m. 808-1205 lincolncountynm

June 16

Living History at Fort Stanton

Few sites in the nation encompass the breadth of history seen at the Fort stanton state Monument. step back into time with the living history presentation of drills, marches and ceremonies at Fort stanton. Located just off the Billy the Kid scenic Byway (hwy 380) on hwy 220. 7 a.m. – 5 pm. 354-034 Free.

Little Bear fire rampages through county, destroys homes, businesses By Eugene Heathman Editor The Little Bear fire, a lightning-sparked 5-acre blaze, went from a smoldering wisp of smoke into a raging, uncontrollable inferno. In just 36 hours after flaring up, the white hot flames charred more than 36,000 acres and destroyed several dozen structures before more than 800 emergency personnel could get any sort of control on the situation. Originating in the White Mountain Wilderness behind Sierra Blanca on June 4, the angry fire forced thousands of tourists and residents to evacuate as the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest continued to battle the blaze. As of Monday evening the zero percent-contained inferno marched through several housing subdivisions including the Angus Nazarene Bonita Park located at the intersection highway 37 and 48. High winds and steep, rugged terrain fueled the fire in addition to abundant, drought-stricken timber. Fire officials during the morning briefing said, “The highest priority is the protection of human life.” The “heel” of the fire has officials worried and they are striving to gain control over that area near Perk Canyon to prevent the fire from diving down into the river valley toward the Village of Ruidoso. Fire officials pounced on the opportunity to step up a massive assault on the fire Monday as winds decreased and an expected cold front moved in the area. Several heavy air tankers, Chinook helicopters and other aerial

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The Little Bear fire devastated dozens of homes and destroyed more than 36,000 acres during an uncontrollable rampage through the drought-stricken forest of Lincoln County. fire suppression resources were deployed to be used on any public or private property. No assist ground crews achieve adequate conoutside smoking on public or private property tainment lines for the first time. (unless in areas specifically permitted by the Fire Marshal).Smoking allowed within closed Highway 37 remains closed from Alto vehicles or in-doors only. Campfires and fireto Highway 48 and fire officials expect it to works are not to be permitted. Village officials remain closed as damage assessment teams warn citations will be issued - no exceptions penetrate the still dangerous areas within the no warnings. Residents are also asked to conmore than 40 square-mile perimeter. Those serve water as supply levels are dangerously who have been evacuated are expected to remain so for several days. The Village of Ru- low. For complete updates on the fire, evacuidoso enacted level II fire restrictions: banning ations and audio interviews with emergency officials, visit charcoal briquettes or commercial fire pits to

Gov. Martinez addresses concerned citizens

A Taste of the Spencer

An evening of gourmet food tastings, generous pours of fi ne wine, and the auction of fi ne items. All proceeds are dedicated to the perpetuity of the spencer and its mission to help expand the cultural horizons of residents and visitors in New Mexico. 6 p.m. 1-888-818-78726. $50.

This state has committed any and all resources to this fire.

– Susana Martinez, Governor of NM

June 16-17

High Rolls Cherry Festival

Cherries, cherries, cherries. entertainment, more than 60 arts & crafts vendors, food, drink and children’s activities. high Rolls, east of the u.s. Tunnel hwy 82. sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 575-682-6044 www. Free.

“Car Daze” Benefit

sacramento Mountain Village invites you to tour Ron MacWhorter’s 100+ car collection. 108 Jack Little dr., 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. 257-7872 or 937-0194 $7 donation.

June 19

Alison Krauss & Union Station at IMG

Bluegrass Country singer Alison Krauss has won 26 Grammy Awards, and is currently tied with Quincy Jones as the second most winner of Grammy Awards. 8 p.m. 464-7777. Tickets start at $50.

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez addresses Ruidoso citizens during a meeting to discuss the Little Bear Fire Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso High School. Martinez stressed the state is willing to pour numerous resources into fighting the 36,000-acre blaze.

By Todd Fuqua Reporter A restless crowd at Ruidoso High School waiting almost two hours Sunday was finally rewarded by an appearance from Gov. Susana Martinez and some good news regarding the Little Bear Fire. “This state has committed any and all resources to this fire,” Martinez said. “I ask those living in areas of evacuation. If you get the order to evacuate, please do so and don’t put people in danger.” While Martinez was held up in a planning meeting, Lincoln County Undersheriff Robert Shepperd took questions regarding what roads were and were not open due to the blaze. The first good news was the opening of Airport Road on the mesa, as well as the opening of Rancho Ruidoso subdivision.

He also said the main part of the Nazarene Camp on Highway 48 is still there, although some structures have been lost. Carl Swope, incident manager, explained very specifically what is burning, what has burned and what the future holds for the firefighting team. “Just because it’s zero percent contained doesn’t mean there’s zero percent progress,” Swope said. “Tomorrow (Monday), we should have some more favorable wind conditions, and we should make a lot more progress on this fire, particularly along the Alto Lakes ridge and near Sierra Blanca. “With all that acreage above the tree line, that’s a perfect place for a fire line,” he added, speaking of the Sierra Blanca peak. “With that in place, it should make a big difference.” That came as good news to residents of the Upper Canyon and Grindsee GoVerNor, pg 5

Questions raised, some answered on Little Bear fire

By Todd Fuqua Reporter Several thousand Ruidoso residents crowded into the auxiliary gym Sunday at Ruidoso High School to hear answers to their questions surrounding the Little Bear that already burned more than 36,000 acres and destroyed structures north of the village. While incident officer Karen Takai and incident commander Joe Reinarz did their best to quell residents’ concerns about where the fire is and what neighborhoods are threatened, Reinarz emphasized that information is constantly changing. “We’ve been on a couple of these dynamic fires in the last year and a half, and they move so fast, we’ll have a hard time answering a lot of these questions for a day or two,” Reinarz said. “One reason is we can’t get our firefighters in there without see QuestioNs, pg 5

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Joel Arnwine, public information officer for the Pecos Zone Type III team, addresses the residents that crowded into the auxiliary gym at Ruidoso High School for a public meeting on the Little Bear fire Saturday evening.


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Music in the Garden will be held June 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the prayer garden at First Presbyterian Church, 101 s. sutton drive. Bring a salad or sandwiches to share for the potluck, as well as your family, friends and song requests. For more information, call the church offi ce at 257-2220 or Carolynn Canon at 257-5663.

AARP drivers class An AARP driver safety class is scheduled for June 18 at the Ruidoso senior Center. This four-hour program for seniors 55 years and older will refresh safe driving skills. Completion of the class qualifi es attendees for three years of insurance discounts, and cost is $14. AARP members showing their card save $2. Call the center at 2574565 to register.

Fair Queen The Lincoln County Fair Board is seeking candidates for this year’s County Fair queen contest, to be held June 30. Candidates must be young women between 16 and 24 years old and must be residents of Lincoln County. The Fair Queen presides over the smokey Bear stampede July 4-7 n Capitan, and is an ambassador for the county and our western heritage. Prizes include a saddle, breast collar, handmade buckle and crown, and a college scholarship. The queen is also eligible to compete in the New Mexico state Fair queen contest held during expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. For more information, call Mary Jane Cooper at 575-653-4180 or email at cooper4@wildblue. net.

Summer meals The Boys & Girls Club of sierra Blanca plans to increase the number of meals that were served last year as the Community Youth Center Warehouse. More than 13,000 meals were served to youth throughout Lincoln County, and club executive director Tim Coughlin wants to increase both the number of sites and total number of meals served in 2012. There is no income requirement for a youth to participate in the program, only that the youth be between the ages of 5 and 18. For more information, call Coughlin at 575-808-8338, or visit the club’s website at

votes will get this opportunity. The hondo Community Garden is part of the Lincoln and Otero County healthy Life initiative, a group of public and private agencies and local gardeners, supported by the u.s. Forest service. in 2011, the program introduced more than 300 students to methods for cultivating a diverse, organic food garden. Learn more about the healthy Life initiative by visiting the NMAC’s website at

Free transportation Free transportation is available in Ruidoso for senior citizens aged 60 years and older. For details or to request transportation services, please call one day in advance. This service is provided Monday through Friday for local transportation only. Contact the Ruidoso senior Center at 257-4565. American Legion Post 79 – Jerome d. Klein Post, meets on the third saturday of each month at the American Legion building located at the southeast corner of spring Road and highway 70 at 11 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Vic Currier, Post Adjutant, at 8025293. The Arid Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1216 Mechem at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. daily; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and saturday and sunday at 7 p.m. There is also a Monday 6:30 p.m. women’s open meeting and beginners and young peoples’ big book study Fridays at 7 p.m. The Sunny Spirit Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday and Thursday at noon and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the women’s group meets Wednesdays at noon in the parish hall of the episcopal Church of the holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 258-8885. Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1211 hull Road. if you think an organization like Altrusa may be a good fi t for your volunteer eff orts, contact membership chair

Judy Griffi n at 937-5437. The Democratic Women of the sacramento Mountain Area meet the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www. The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at Cree Meadows Country Club at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 2574160 or visit www.frw.rplcnm. org The Federated Woman’s Club of Ruidoso, supporting community service organizations and providing scholarships, meets Mondays at 11 a.m. at 116 s. evergreen dr. A pot luck lunch at noon is followed by bridge and other card games. A special program is also presented most months. The group and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309. Firefighters for Christ meet monthly at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chapel at 7 p.m. This service is open to fi refi ghters and their families. For more information, call 258-4682.

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Thursday of each month from noon-1 p.m. in the parlor at First Baptist Church, 270 Country Club dr. For information, contact Mary Barnett at 2579810. The Lincoln County Community Theater meets the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come. Call 808-0051 for the meeting location, or visit www.lcct-nm. com. The Lincoln County Regulators, members of the single Action shooters society, hold matches the second saturday of every month at the Ruidoso Gun Range located on hale Lake Road. Registration is at 9 a.m., matches start at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to participate or watch the action. during the shooting matches, all other shooting is suspended. For more information, call Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at 937-9297. The Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse has evolved into an all-volunteer community service organization. horsemen skills are encouraged, but

not required. The Posse meets the fi rst sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo on highway 54. For more information, visit www.lincolncountysheriff or call 575512-7077.

5:45 p.m. in the Lincoln Tower at 1096 Mechem dr., suite 212. For more information, call 575464-7106.

The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Region iX offi ces at 237 service Road. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and fi eld trips. Contact Leland deford at 257-8662 or herb Brunnell at 258-4003.

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

Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club noon every Tuesday.

The Ruidoso Noon Lions meet at 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Cree Meadows Country Club.

Ruidoso Evening Lions Club meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 106 s. Overlook.

SAA meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the episcopal Church at the holy Mountain at 321 Mescalero Trail Road. For more information, call 575-956-3101 or 575336-4187.

Optimist Club meets at noon every Wednesday at K-Bobs in Ruidoso.

Ruidoso Gambling Support meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at

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 beautifi cation and conservation, and to educate members in the arts and sciences of horticulture. For more information, call 973-2890. The Lincoln County fibromyalgia and chronic pain support group meets on the third

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Bonita Park devastated by Little Bear fire

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Homes in Bonita Park were incinerated in the white-hot flames of the fastmoving Little Bear fire.

Little Bear fire emergency information By Marianne Mohr For the Ruidoso Free Press Most people have rarely experienced significant natural disasters and have not really considered proper planning in an emergency. While the Little Bear fire caught many citizens by surprise - even though eyes were on the blaze as early as last Monday - others such as Lincoln County emergency and fire fighting agencies have been prepared on behalf of the public. Those have been personally affected by the fire’s sweep or know someone who has keep abreast of evacuations, maps of the fire, road closures and informational meetings with these resources.

Fire Updates: 575-258-6900 News: MTD Radio KRUI 1490AM, Mix 96.7, W105.1 Fire and road closure info and maps: Text/email/twitter alert sign-ups: Joel Arnwine, MPA, Emergency

Manager and Public Information Officer, is a part of the GAC (Geological Area Center). The GAC is an Interagency function which coordinates teams of agencies providing efforts in Federal Land Management emergencies like wild land fires. This includes the Forest Service, Fish and Game, local, county and even out of area personnel and teams. Joel notes that even members of the Phoenix fire fighters are present here working with local teams on the Little Bear fire. Joel describes that as a part of advanced technologies utilized in fire fighting information gathering, incident meteorologists and fire behavior analysts use infrared imaging shot from craft flying over the incident area to locate the extent of the fire and hot spots. This data contributes to the planning and strategy of fire fighters on the ground and in the air. It also provides information for comprehensive decision making and plans for fire-fighter safety not previously available with visual sightings and reconnaissance.




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Letters to the Editor Who’s there to help?

To the Editor: We’ve had some interesting times in Ruidoso over the last year. We’ve had the mayor and his hired help violate the 2nd Amendment, then the 1st Amendment. We’re all guilty of letting them get away with it, too. LBJ’s Silent Majority is alive and well in Ruidoso. The aforementioned is not the real reason for this letter. Those things were done in public, and as such, are public knowledge. There will always be a record of those violations, thankfully. What we are writing about is failure on a local level to behave in a civilized fashion and do those things that are simply common courtesy. Recently, we hired a gentleman to help us get into compliance with the Village’s plan to turn all of Ruidoso into a park. This

gentleman is an Iraq War vet, with two years in country; he’s just trying to make his way in a world that absolutely does not understand or appreciate the sacrifice made on their behalf. A few days ago, our neighbors on Canyon Road confirmed his belief that no one really cares… Fortunately, he had his glove on when the lawnmower blade hit it, so the finger was not severed, but it was severely hurt. He went to two of our neighbor’s homes, both of which were there, to see if they could render immediate help until he could get to the Emergency Room (he was without vehicle). One neighbor simply slammed her door in his face, stating she would not help him; the others just refused to answer the door, when they were obviously inside. One of those individuals is an

Help and heal now, heads can roll later By Eugene Heathman Editor This editorial is authored with great regret yet with a powerful sense of duty to the community in the wake of this wildfire disaster. A dynamic revolution of goodwill is gaining momentum in Lincoln County, rising higher than the volcanic-like plumes of smoke and spreading faster than the wildfire itself. Although stunned with a near first round knockout punch and momentarily against the ropes; the families, friends and neighbors of Lincoln County have shaken off the blows and stood defiantly against the hungry wildfire. The evacuations were hurriedly accomplished yet orderly. While driving through the areas surrounding the fire Friday night, every light was on; people were talking and working together knowing full well of the likelihood their homes could be destroyed during the next few days. As cell phone and other communication networks collapsed, those who could communicate did so in an astonishing push to help people in distress. Without question, restaurant owners immediately opened their doors to feed emergency personnel and evacuees. Property owners

opened their pastures and barns to evacuated livestock, lodging establishments. Firefighters in the first 40 hours of the inferno returned from the fire lines dejected and beaten down as all of their hard work was almost simultaneously recaptured by the rampaging flames. Yet the situation improved as civilian and firefighting resources converged and evacuations were completed, weather conditions allowed for reprieve and communications were established. The people of Lincoln County now stared down this terrible beast and fought back. That’s how it’s done in Lincoln County, people come together fast and do whatever it takes to get the job done in times of crisis and this is certainly no exception. Stories of heroism and heartache emerge by the hour. This community will rebuild and prosper, lessons will be learned. This fire was not taken seriously in the early stages and in the early stages this disaster was entirely preventable. People are angry and hurt. There will indeed be a reckoning to those responsible for the series of poor decisions which occurred but not today. It’s now time to help and heal our community, heads can roll later on, and roll they will.

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ex-firefighter. These are our neighbors, whom we are ashamed to know. I forgot to mention that our wonderful friend is a Native American. And just think, he went to Iraq to support these moron’s rights to slam doors in his face and refuse to help. We’ve seen a lot of things in this world; my husband is a Vietnam vet and I went to school in Compton, Calif. Yeah, that Compton. We both know one thing; everyone, regardless of who they are, is a child of God. None of us have the right to be bigots, in addition, we owe each other the same care we would want to receive. It isn’t about what other people do, it’s about what you do and how you react - good, bad or otherwise, which is part of a more permanent record. When my husband was in Thailand, he was treated as an honored guest even though he was a complete stranger. Why? Because the Thai people wanted their loved ones far away to be treated the same way. In closing, it would be nice if both of these neighbors could experience

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the same level of care that they refused to give, someday. We could not turn our backs on them if they were bleeding, even if they are complete jerks. We know better. We hope the majority of Ruidoso knows better, too. God is watching all of us, like it or not. James S. & Teri K. Ruidoso To the Editor: Another voting period for public servants of Lincoln County has come and gone. The results are always the same. The person with the most money, large street signs, most newspaper ads, members of the good-old-boys club and only 25 percent of the voters turn out. Hopefully the new sheriff will revamp his department like his two rivals would have done if elected. I understand that the new sheriff won by around 100 votes. It would be interesting to know how many voters are in Lincoln County law enforcement? Donald W. Grab, Sr. Nogal

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Incident manager Carl Swope points to an infrared map of the Little Bear fire, explaining exactly where the fire was as of 1 a.m. Sunday. Swope stated expected weather conditions should make the job of putting out the fire a little easier for his team. GOVeRNOR from pg. 1 stone Canyon neighborhoods, which got a notification late Sunday to prepare for possible evacuations. Robert Trujillo, supervisor of Lincoln County National Forest, gave a brief – some in the audience felt too brief – explanation of how the fire grew from a lightning-strike caused flare up June 4 into

the 34,500-plus acre conflagration threatening neighborhoods north of Ruidoso today. “Immediately, I ordered a chopper to attack it early,” Trujillo said. “But it got away from us. This was burning in an area that no one who fights fires cares to deal with.”

QuesTiONs from pg. 1 hurting them, and that’s our main objective. Not only can we not put firefighters in there, we can’t see what’s happening on the ground because of all the smoke that’s out there. “Even if we could give you an answer, that situation could change in 15 minutes,” he added. As for which neighborhoods could be evacuated, and when to evacuate them, Ruidoso Police Chief Joe Magill explained his department’s emergency procedures, and urged residents to call the command post on White Mountain Drive at 258-6900. “If you live in the village and will be evacuated, you’ll first be notified on the emergency notification system, if you’re registered,” Magill said. “Also, our department will notify you at your home, then will blast our sirens and lights when it gets time to leave the neighborhood.” Magill said the first step of that

procedure has already been followed for Upper Canyon, but that an evacuation order isn’t in place yet. The plan to fight the fire involves flanking the blaze to the north and south, forcing the blaze to the east, and working to take an advantage in a break in the weather to get around to the front and contain it. Representative Steve Pearce thanked fire officials and firefighters that were busy trying to protect homes and property, and asked everyone to pray for conditions that would be more favorable to putting out the blaze. “We’ve already heard the suggestion that there will be winds tomorrow that will be unfavorable, so that would be a topic for your prayers tonight,” Pearce said. “Let’s work together as a community, but know that the troops that are in here are doing a great job of protecting this area.”




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June 12, 2012

Heather Wilson garners area support

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Fresh from a substantial primary victory over fellow candidate Greg Sowards, Heather Wilson came to Ruidoso’s KBob’s last Thursday to reaffirm her message. Wilson, who came earlier in the year to acquaint herself with current Lincoln County issues, spent several minutes speaking with individuals prior to speaking to more than 20 in the room. Spending the first 10 minutes explaining her background, Wilson told of her family’s


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extensive Air Force experience, including the fact she’s a third generation Air Force officer. A PhD in international relations, Dr. Wilson prefers to be called Heather. “We’re in deep trouble, really deep trouble,” says Wilson. “It’s time to send to Washington leaders who will get us out of trouble.” She believes the key to job creation is the support of small businesses. A former business owner herself, she speaks of the issue of employment and governmental fiscal responsibility. “Government cannot create wealth. Jobs come from small businesses. We need to lower taxes and create fair, predictable regulations for everyone to follow.” Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press “The tax code is larger Heather Wilson spoke at KBob’s June 7, shown here discussing water issues with Rick than the King James version of Albers. the Bible,” states Wilson, who wants to create a document which is jobs in national security.” She has plans 41 cents being borrowed on each dollar understandable and can benefit all who for sustaining strong border security spent. She says she’s for a balanced-inpay taxes. while continuing to create jobs for New the-black budget. Knowing there are thousands of jobs Mexican workers. Although nothing particularly new for New Mexicans involved in govern“The Senate has not passed the was added to her message from her last mental employment, Wilson says she be- budget in three years, and now there’s visit, Wilson wants Lincoln County to lieves in a strong national security. “I’ll a deficit of over one trillion dollars.” know she will represent them to the best stand up for protecting New Mexican Wilson says that’s roughly equivalent to of her ability should she be elected.

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By Marianne Moore For the Ruidoso Free Press The call came Saturday morning at 5 a.m. The E911 program cited in an electronic voice: “prepare for a mandatory evacuation.” An hour later I had no phone, Internet or cell. As the smoke billowed into “Sonterra 3” we knew it was time to go. My husband frantically tried to reach me to get the kids and horses evacuated and was released by his employer NovaMud to hurry from Hobbs to help us. Mid-sentence as he gave instructions to the boys – the cell blacked out and we were on our own. The officer who placed the orange X at our drive told us: “Go now,” but with two miniature horses in the paddock and no trailer… the boys and I scrambled for a solution. My neighbor and Ruidoso Postmaster kindly offered her flatbed trailer while she transported her own horses in the real trailer. Trying to load up the mares we realized we’d lost our hitch so scrambled again to find a tow. When we did, we noticed the trailer was locked. But now everyone (and the key) had been evacuated. The boys faltered and eyes popped as I pulled out my trusty bolt-cutter and soon loaded me up with the mares in the flatbed. I tried my best to soothe them on the ride to the safety of a round pen Dennis and Tanya kindly arranged at Fort Stanton. The two resident big white horses fell in love with our girls and we hurried back to grab a few items. By then my husband had arrived and began to water the grounds around the house. It was good that we had just taken down our beloved trees to get a better view and were grateful this day that we had less “kindling” around our home. While he remained and I came into Midtown, it seemed most people really had not yet noticed, but slowly signs of the fire’s devastation appeared. The

Starbucks was closed due to their “partners involved in the fire.” Collapsing into our beds that night in our little trailer in town – we felt safe with the kids at Grandma’s, horses at Fort Stanton, and cell service resuming. That same cell phone brought news the next morning Fort Stanton was evacuating and we had to move the horses again. Pat Dunagan of Dunagan Farms had kindly opened her heart and pasture to our evacuated mares, so we loaded them up once more in the flatbed but this time with no “mommy” to soothe them on their ride. Instead I drove behind as we inched our way through the rugged dirt road of Devil’s Canyon to Glencoe – their manes blowing in the wind taking in the scenery. Those little girls did not fuss one time as they valiantly weathered the bumps and turns leaning and pushing to stay on their feet. At Glencoe the ride was easy on Highway 70 as they eyed the green pastures of Hondo Valley while we drove them to Pat’s pasture behind J Bar J Church. What a blessing are those kindnesses from strangers in times of need. Bless all of the heroes, fire fighters, volunteers and those quiet individuals who choose to aid even strangers.

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No-cost training for emergency responders By Eugene Heathman Editor Threats faced by emergency responders are diverse, deadly, and complex. Lincoln County residents have endured recent natural disaster situations including floods, wildfires, severe drought and deep freezing; prompting civic leaders and residents alike to evaluate emergency preparedness and response planning. A growing concern exists on a national level that chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, or other hazardous materials will become terrorists’ weapons of choice. In June 1998, the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) opened its doors in Anniston, Ala. and is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center for the nation’s emergency responders. The CDP’s mission is to operate a federal training center for delivery of high-quality, comprehensive preparedness training programs for the nation’s emergency responders from state, local, and tribal governments, as well as the Federal government, foreign governments and private entities. The scope of training includes preparedness, capability, protection from and response to all-hazards events.

At the CDP, all-hazards preparedness training for state, local, or tribal government emergency responders is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Round-trip air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals are provided at no cost to responders or their agency. Emergency Responder and Ruidoso resident Patricia A. Waggoner, representing Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, recently completed training offered by the CDP. “The diverse and comprehensive training I received far exceeded my expectations while helping me understand the importance of these training courses at the local level. All of the necessary expenses were covered by the CDP at no cost to me or my employer,” Waggoner said. The CDP’s interdisciplinary resident and nonresident training courses promote greater understanding among the following diverse responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works. “The courses are modeled after and utilize real life situations such as; hurricane Katrina, the terrorist attacks of September 11, the deadly tornado

outbreaks which affected Joplin, Mo. and portions of Alabama, the massive flooding from hurricane Irene and the Texas wildfires,” Waggoner said. At the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF), the CDP offers the only program in the nation featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment, using chemical agents. The advanced, hands-on training enables responders to effectively respond to real-world incidents involving chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, or other hazardous materials. Responders serve as the nation’s first line of defense and deserve the highest-quality training available. “Many of the courses and certifications provided by the CDP are required in order for emergency responders to participate in multi-jurisdictional man-made and natural disaster events,” Waggoner said. Responders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories have trained at the CDP. The scope of training includes preparedness, deterrence, and response. Numerous federal and non-federal training partnerships enable the CDP staff to take advantage of shared knowledge, to ensure the nation’s responders receive the most up-to-date training.

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Kelley is encouraged by the progress and hopes to generate “heads in beds” for the months to come. Also on the village’s agenda is the new public input section which gives residents a specific time to address issues which concern them, along with a public hearing to discuss wireless telecommunication facilities. Utilities Director, Randall Camp will update task orders to proceed with the sanitary sewer system relocation project, in an effort to continually repair and replace deteriorating infrastructure. Ruidoso’s council meetings are open to the public and begin at 3 p.m. at Village Hall, 313 Cree Meadows Road.


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Education By Corey Bard

I thought I would reintroduce a classic, “Black Beauty.” I recently had horses on my mind after watching my first races at Ruidoso Downs. Down in the children’s department, I discovered the library has four versions of “Black Beauty.” Great Illustrated Classics edition by Anna Sewell – “A horses’s life can be filled with love and tenderness. It can also be filled with meanness and cruelty. Black Beauty learns both sides of life in this classic tale. Told from the horse’s point of view, Black Beauty’s own story takes you into the mind and heart of a sensitive animal searching for love and understanding. Black Beauty’s life shows that horses have feelings and sometimes they even know things people don’t.” Children’s Classics edition – Anna Sewell was born at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, England. Her parents, who moved to London, brought her up in the Quaker tradition of thinking of others and addressing them as ‘thee’ and ‘thou.’ When she was fourteen she became a semi-invalid with a disease of the muscles which meant she relied for the rest of her life on the horse that pulled her pony-cart for her mobility. “Black Beauty,” her only book, was written during the last five years when her illness was terminal, and was inspired by her hatred of cruelty to animals, in particular the use of bearing-reins on carriage horses. Her aim was to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding of the treatment of horses. (Published in 1877 just months before her death.) Eyewitness Classics edition by Anna Sewell – “Black Beauty” has been the world’s favorite animal story since its publication This edition uses innovative photography, narrative illustration and made it possible for children of all ages to enter and enjoy the world of Anna Sewell’s original novel. A Classic Tale Storybook retold by Beryl Johnston – “A kind-voiced man was patting me and encouraging me to rise. After one or two attempts, I staggered to my feet. It’s a case of overwork, the farrier told Skinner. He needs six months rest.” Sometimes we all need to take time out and go out to pasture. Come and enjoy one of these versions of “Black Beauty” and read it to your children or encourage them to discover this story for the first time. Summer reading is alive and kickin’. We have joined New Mexico Library2GO and you now can download audiobooks and e-books from our website. We will be having instructional sessions toward the end of the month to get you using your iPad, Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader or other device for e-books as well show you how to listen to audiobooks in various ways. We left One Click Digital and hope to make a smooth transition to OverDrive. If you had used One Click Digital the last couple years, you will have no difficulty switching to using Over Drive. It is exciting and it’s the future of publishing and libraries and Ruidoso Public Library is taking a step into the 21st Century.

June 12, 2012

New book released by LC Historical Society

mation and stories about the people in those counties. The Lincoln County Historical Society is pleased Lincoln County did not have a family history book, to announce the release of its newest book, “Lincoln and so she set about to see that the Lincoln County HistorCounty, New Mexico, Tells its Stories.” This book, ical Society published such a book. Everyone who lived which was many years in the making, was compiled by in Lincoln County at any time, whether in the past or presMarilyn Burchett, who is the secretary of the Lincoln ent, was invited to submit a story, or stories, about their County Historical Society. family. This then is how “Lincoln County, New Mexico, Marilyn was born at Copperas Cove, Texas after Tells Its Stories” came to be. The book is written by the her parents had to move to make way for Fort Hood. many families who submitted the stories and photos, tellHowever after being so sick with asthma, her parents, ing about their lives in Lincoln County. There are even Garland and Doris Northcutt, moved to Carlsbad when she was five years old. When Marilyn was a sophomore, stories about the participants in the Lincoln County War, but it is not so much about just them, but also their famithe family moved to Cloudcroft, where she graduated lies who lived through such a trying time in their lives. from high school. Marilyn attended both Eastern New The book contains more than 400 stories and 850 Mexico University and New Mexico State University photos, with some of the photos being from the LCHS where she earned her degree in Elementary Education. archives. “Lincoln County, New Mexico, Tells its Marilyn’s husband, Jerry Burchett, also got his degree Stories” was published locally by Write Designs, and from NMSU in Agricultural Education. is only being sold by the Lincoln County Historical Both taught in several New Mexico towns, such as Society. Their office in Lincoln, the Dr. Woods Annex, is Causey, Roswell, Tularosa, and House before settling open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., or call Marilyn in Hondo where both finished their careers teaching at Burchett at 575-653-4360 for information, or order a Hondo. Besides teaching, they raised three children, book from Sadie Mann at 575-653-4272. Doretta, born at Portales while teaching at Causey, and A book signing will be held at the Soul of the West Joe and Robbie, both born at Ruidoso while teaching Boutique in Carrizozo on June 23 at 2 p.m. for “Lincoln at Hondo. Marilyn taught for 18 years as the 5th grade County, New Mexico, Tells its Stories” and for another teacher at Hondo, retiring in 2000. book written by a LCHS member. That book by Roberta It was while teaching at Hondo that the idea of the book began to take shape. As she listened to the students Key Haldane is “Gold-Mining Boomtown: People of and teachers talk about their life in the “valley,” she kept White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory.” telling them that they ought to write these stories down so that they could be saved. Like most people, they said they “ought to some day when they had time,” or “when I retire,” or some other excuse. Marilyn always loved genealogy and history, and after retiring she made several trips with her mother, aunt, and sister to such places as Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama doing Courtesy photo research on the family. Tanner Wapaha is the 2012 Scholarship winner from Cree Meadows Ladies At the libraries where Association. Wapaha is the daughter of Wesley and Delys Wapaha, and will they stopped, nearly be enrolling at UNM and majoring in biology. Pictured from left to right every county had are Wesley Wapaha, Betty Blair, Tanner Wapaha, Delys Wapaha, Helen Family History books, Woodfin and Ruth Speegle. which contained infor-

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Flag Day Celebration planned By Jack Shuster For the Ruidoso Free Press The flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation’s unity, its hopes, its achievements, its glory and its high resolve. United States Federal Law provides that when the flag is so torn and tattered, through wear or damage, that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner befitting such a symbol. The traditional way is to cut the flag into pieces and burn it in a modest but blazing fire. The Lincoln County Flag Day Celebration will be held at Wingfield Park in Ruidoso on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Truly a community celebration, the stage is being provided by the Republican Party of Lincoln County and music will be courtesy of Harvey T. of KEDU “The Dove.” The festivities will begin with a Veterans Honor Guard presenting the colors followed by an invocation by Pastor Thomas Schoech of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. This will be followed by the National Anthem led by Eddie and Rozy Saenz, choir leaders at Saint Eleanor Catholic Church. After a few remarks from Jack Shuster, the event organizer, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Sierra Blanca Distinct of the Boy Scouts of America, assisted by local Girl Scouts, will reflect on the design and meaning of our flag. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the first and only fraternal body to require formal observance of Flag Day and, with the assistance of the Patriotic 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus and the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Lincoln County, the Elks will perform a ceremony to retire, with dignity and respect, the unserviceable flags of our country. Scouts will present service worn flags. During the ceremony, the Scouts and the Knights will de-construct the flags and fittingly reduce them to ashes. Barrels for burning will be provided by Ruidoso Parks and Recreation and the Ruidoso Fire Department will be standing by to control the fire. Following the ceremony, while the flags are de-constructed and retired to ashes, Eddie and Rozy Saenz will lead the crowd in singing “God Bless America.” The public is invited to bring their torn and tattered flags to Wingfield Park and to participate in the ceremony. Last year approximately 300 people paid their respects to our nation’s flag and more than 600 flags were retired. Jack Shuster invites community organizations, patriotic groups and fraternal lodges to participate in the Lincoln County Flag Day Celebration and can be contacted at 257-0871.

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June 12, 2012

Evacuation from the inside

The phone’s on my side of the bed. I awaken faster and make sense quicker than my man. We learned this early on. It’s good to know, especially when one in a crisis phones our home looking for advice. I’m not foolproof, though. I remember once awakening in the middle of the night while speaking on the phone with someone who later informed me I’d helped change her suicidal mind. I still have no Sue Hutchison idea what I said to her. It’s not common but certainly not shocking in our home when the phone rings at 4 a.m. So Saturday morning when the phone rang and I answered (second ring) I listened to a recorded message informing me to prepare for evacuation due to a fire nearby. It repeated that I didn’t need to evacuate at that moment, but to prepare for it. My glowing cell phone was also notified. We stayed in bed the next three hours, not preparing for anything. Even awake, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. At daybreak, as smoke filled our valley and the neighborhood was eerily quiet, my man and I realized we might begin thinking about what to pack. As I was planning how to put my baby grand in the back of my van, I thought about our important papers, our memorabilia, and the 31 years of stuff we’ve accumulated. We emptied our cedar chest of baby books, packed all sorts of stuff we thought important. But leisurely. Because we still had power, gas and water, I took a long shower. I made coffee. I cooked breakfast. We didn’t have cell phone service, Internet or any other way to connect with the outside. We just waited. We saw helicopters in flight fighting nearby flames. We heard large tankers overhead as they flew to their appointed drop sites. We saw state police wandering our area. We were not alone in loading our vehicles to the hilt; our neighbors were doing the same. I have priorities. I packed heels. I live in heels these days. After the heels, I also packed medication, clothes, and dog food. And we waited, still reflecting on the accumulation of all our stuff. We’ve lived longer in our current home than we’ve ever lived in any home in our 31 years. I spoke recently with a Realtor just to put feelers out for a possible change, and the thought occurred to both of us we might have a change under entirely different circumstances. Interestingly enough, last week, Ruidoso’s interim Fire Chief, Harlan Vincent and I had discussed the very scenario those like us awaiting evacuation were enduring. Vincent and his team, working with Dave Warnack’s Forestry staff are constantly trying to keep our county safe. Ruidoso’s finest is on the ball. We discussed “managed fires” which are those which are begun naturally (lightning, storms) and managed while burning off excess forest floor fire fuel. We also discussed the possibility of a managed fire becoming fodder for a forest fire of fantastic fury. We live in the highest risk area of the nation for wildfire. So Ruidoso’s finest were prepared. And so was the village. Call Me Ruidoso works, people. I’m glad I signed us up. We awaited evacuation notice calmly in our home, because we knew our fire people were on it. When state police drove up our back drive, we knew the time had come and loaded up. I reviewed my heel choices, and revised them for the umpteenth time, because even in a crisis, when one has priorities, one has focus. So, for good measure, I threw in the new white heels. Added a white belt. Even evacuated, I’m going to match. Glad she has extra large luggage, Sue Hutchison can be reached at

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Lowell C. (L. C.) Cozzens

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 9, at Traylor Gym in Capitan for Lowell C. (L. C.) Cozzens, who passed away on June 2 in Roswell. L. C., age 90, was born Nov. 18, 1921 in Tulia, Texas to Seymour “Primo” Cozzens and Sallie Goode Cozzens. The family moved to the Nogal Mesa area in New Mexico in 1924. He attended public school in Capitan where he was a stellar athlete in all sports. He attended the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship where he lettered and was named to the All Border Conference basketball team in 1947. In 1943, while at UNM, Cozzens joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned to UNM and graduated in 1947 with a degree in education. He later obtained a Master of Arts Degree, also from UNM. Following graduation L. C. taught social studies and physical education and also coached basketball and football in the Lovington School District for 10 years. He was a coach of the 1951 State Champion football team. Also in 1951 he was recalled to active duty in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He married Mary Lou Cooper in December 1952 in Lovington. In 1959 the Cozzens family moved to Dora where L. C. was superintendent for six years. During this time he passed his first bond issue and rebuilt the Dora Schools. In 1965 Cozzens was named the Portales Municipal Schools business manager, and in 1968 became the Portales Superintendent serving 17 years before retiring in 1985. While in Portales he passed bonds to renovate every school in the

district. Cozzens returned to education in 1987 when he was the interim Superintendent of the Capitan Schools for six months. L. C. was a founding member of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a member of the Capitan Methodist Church. Most recently L. C. was honored by the naming of the Portales Schools Administrative Office “The L. C. Cozzens Administrative Offices” on May 25. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou (Cooper) Cozzens, daughter of the late Hampton Joseph Cooper and the late Jessie (Foreman) of Silver City. L. C. is also survived by four children, Gary and his wife Shirley Crawford of Capitan; Glenda Sears and her husband Jeff of Flower Mound, Texas; Gail Scott and her husband Dickie of Olney, Texas; and, Grace Moore and her husband Mike of Rio Rancho; two sisters, Cornelia Grannis of Monrovia, Calif. and Marilyn Cozzens of Roswell; and, two brothers, Doyle of Roswell and Ken and his wife Pauline of San Marcos, Calif.; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. L. C. was preceded in death by five siblings, Wayne of Albuquerque; Eileen Parsons of Roswell; Franklin of Capitan,; a baby brother of Capitan; and Jane of Roswell. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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June 12, 2012

Sports Sports Results

June 8 Girls basketball Class 1A/B North-South game south 103, North 82 Softball Class 1A/3A North-South series South 22, North 2

June 9

Softball Class 1A/3A North-South series South 10, North 1 south 16, North 14

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June 14 Horse racing Maiden, claiming and allowance racing at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m. Track and field Youth development track meet at Ruidoso high school, 6 p.m.

June 15

Horse racing New Mexico Adequan derby Challenge trials at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m. Softball Cool Pines Classic at eagle Creek, TBA

June 16

Horse racing Mountain Top New Mexico Bred Futurity at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m. Softball Cool Pines Classic at eagle Creek, TBA

June 17

Horse racing Norgor Derby at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m. Softball Cool Pines Classic at eagle Creek, TBA

June 22

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

June 23

Horse racing Mountain Top New Mexico Bred Futurity at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m.

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New Mexico bred wins Ruidoso Futurity By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor A bad break at the start didn’t mean a loss at the end for PJ Chick In Black, as the filly, trained by Carl Draper and owned by Fredda Draper and Denny Bowen, recovered and sped to a victory in the Ruidoso Futurity, Saturday, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. PJ Chick In Black, winner of the New Mexico Spring Futurity at Sunland Park who was supplemented into the trials two weeks ago, got a bad break out of the gate. That caused Fredda Draper to be – in her words – “a nervous wreck,” who was unable to watch the rest of the race as jockey Esgar Ramirez found a clean lane and let the filly turn on the speed. She ran down Krash Cartel in the last 200 yards to win by a neck in 17.85 seconds and earn $300,000 for her connections. “We didn’t really have a very good break, but then we started to get the ground of the racetrack,” Ramirez said. “I hit her once, but then in the last 150 yards, she gained a lot of ground. I saw the 7 (Krash Cartel) ahead of us but we were able to finish it up.” Ramirez had been told – jokingly – by Fredda that she might replace him as the rider before Saturday’s race, and he was being given last-minute instructions on how to ride the horse by Susie Taylor, who ponied the horse to the gate and is wife to co-owner Bowen. Krash Cartel came into Saturday’s race as the fastest qualifier, got a clean break

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PJ Chick In Black, ridden by Esgar Ramirez, overcame a bad break at the start to win Saturday’s Ruidoso Futurity at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. and opened up in the straightaway, cruising to what looked like an easy victory, but PJ Chick In Black proved why Carl Draper had some confidence in this horse’s ability. “I knew she was a fast filly,” Draper said of the New Mexico bred horse. “What I didn’t know was that she was this fast. She got that bad break, overcame it and beat a lot of great horses.” Draper and Bowen – who is actually the horse’s shoer – split up the cost of training PJ Chick In Black, and Bowen said he’s continually surprised by how well his investment is working out. “We still don’t know how we feel right now,” Bowen said. “To tell you the truth, we didn’t have many high expectations,

Executive Brass overtakes strong field By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor One horse was a winner of three futurities in its 2-year-old year? Big Deal. Another was the winner of the 2011 All American Futurity? Whatever. The connections to Executive Brass proved their faith in supplementing the gelding to this year’s Ruidoso Derby was well-placed, as jockey Bonifacio Perez rode the horse to a win in the $679,207 race. “It was closer than I wanted it to be,” Perez said. “He broke super good, but that outside horse came up close. I just had to be patient with him, let him get his footing. Then I hand rode him all the way to the end.

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Horse racing The Zenyatta at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

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we were just happy to be in the race. She shows more each time she races.” While PJ Chick In Black may now be the only horse eligible for the Quarter Horse Triple Crown bonus – a $4 million payout to any two-year-old that can win the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American Futurities – Bowen said they likely won’t supplement their investment into the Rainbow trials July 3. “This race really impressed me, and if she gets a good clean race, she can run with open horses,” Bowen said. “The Rainbow is up in the air right now, and we may wait to supplement her into the All American. It depends on how well she comes back from this race.”

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Jockey Bonifacio Perez is high-fived after he rode Executive Brass to a win in the Ruidoso Derby, Saturday, at Ruidoso Downs Race Track.

He did it all.” Owners John Thurmond and Sheree Meridyth paid $25,000 to have their charge supplemented into the trials two weeks ago, and were rewarded with a handsome payoff after Perez rode Executive Brass to win by a neck over Dashing Vike and RC Black Mamba in 20.099 seconds. Executive Brass’ win came against a field that included Feature Mr Bojangles – winner of the Hobbs American, Rainbow and Four Corners futurities – and All American champion Ochoa. The two horses broke badly from the gate and converged on Whirlaway Red, both bumping the colt and running to lesssee derBY pg. 13

South flies past north in all-star game By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor RIO RANCHO – Ruidoso-area schools accounted for more than a third of this year’s 1A/B South girls all-star basketball team, and while only one of them scored in double digits, all agreed that scoring a lot individually wasn’t really the point. Scoring individually may not have been the big goal, but scoring a lot as a team certainly was, as the South routed the North 103-82. “It was pretty well distributed, which was good,” said Corona’s Taylor Huey, who was her normal aggressive self and scored seven points and got three steals before fouling out. “It was incredible playing with these girls, after watching them play all year and it was an honor to play with them.” Huey was one of four area players on the South squad, joining Kersti Davis and Jamie Fields of Capitan and Mescalero’s Valerie Garcia. As big as the final margin may have been, the North made things plenty interesting in the first half, thanks mainly to the

three-point shooting of Alamo Navajo’s Dustine Abeyta, who poured in 20 points to lead the game. The South never trailed, but the North got to within two points midway through the first half on a trey by Estrella Flores of Desert Academy. As a team, the North had 11 three-pointers in the game But the three-point shooting of Flores and Abeyta wasn’t enough to counter the South’s balanced scoring attack. Five different players – including Davis – were in double figures. “Our coach told us all week that we had 11 starters, and I believe that,” said Davis, who put in 11 points. “We’d all been rivals all year long, and it was a privilege to play with all of them.” Jenna Jenkins of Cliff led the South with 16 points, and was the one lucky enough to score the magic two points that put her team past the century mark. Fort Sumner’s Georgia Ann Tucker had 15 points, while Cassidy Doherty of Melrose scored 14 and Amberlee Olivas of Tatum had 12.

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Mescalero’s Valerie Garcia (14), scores off of a rebound as North all-star Gabrielle Vigil defends, Friday, during the Class 1A/B North-South all-star game at Rio Rancho High School.

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By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor The Ruidoso Tiger junior league team’s only losses this season have been to the Tampa Bay Rays of Alamogordo, and for the first inning Saturday, it looked as though that losing streak would continue. The Rays took advantage of Ruidoso errors to take a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but the Tigers were able to fashion a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, scoring five runs to win 1716 and stay in the top spot in the league. “We had to make several player transitions and moved people around in the Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press first inning,” said Ruidoso Ruidoso Tiger Brady Minihan leaps over Rays catcher Antomanager Will Green. “We nio Flores, Saturday, during the Tigers’ junior league win at were trying to revitalize the White Mountain Athletic Complex. Minihan was called out on team and get things going.” the play. The first inning was quite inauspicious, as the tious creatures in the world. Rays loaded the bases, then scored two runs on That might be why the Tigers lost an 8-6 a wild pitch and a pair of overthrows. game to the Rays June 6 to fall into a tie for In the bottom of the inning, it looked as first place, setting up Saturday’s rematch. But though the Tigers would retaliate when they coach Green said it was just a few key plays loaded the bases with one out, but on a passed that didn’t go Ruidoso’s way. ball, Kyler Woodul got stranded between first “There were a few things that went wrong and second and was thrown out, then Brady for us in that game,” Green said. “The vibe Minihan was thrown out trying to score, despite wasn’t there. There wasn’t any an acrobatic leap over catcher Antonio Flores. energy in the dugout.” After that, the Tigers’ bats came around and Ruidoso was down 4-0 after were able to keep the game close until the end, the first two innings, but cut the when a bloop double by Liam Green brought in lead in half in the bottom of the the final two runs to give Ruidoso the win. fourth on a pair of RBI singles by Now at 8-2, Ruidoso leads the Rays by a Liam Green and Nathan Bryant The Rays went on a tear after game, but coach Green said the standings don’t matter to him as much as playing each game to that, scoring four runs over the next three innings to take an 8-2 the best of their ability. “We just try to have run out there, although lead. Jesse Tercero – who had been it is hard to have fun with a losing season,” in a hitting slump – came through Green said. “I want them to do the best they with a three-run inside-the park can, and that will help them to win.” home run in the bottom of the Superstition seventh, but the Tigers’ ability It’s really no secret to most sports fans that to come back for a win deserted them in the end. baseball players are some of the most supersti-

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rUidoso sPriNt triAthLoN Saturday, June 9 Overall Men 1. Robert Browning, Albuquerque, 59:55.15; 2. Alberto Lugo, el Paso, 1:01:52.85; 3. Lames Webster, Albuqeurque, 1:03:09.5. Overall Women 1. sarah Crewe, Ruidoso, 1:09.26.65; 2. Joy harwood, Alamogordo, 1:13:07.65; 3. Rebecca Lenard, el Paso, 1:17:52.60. Clydesdales 1. Michael Mowles, el Paso, 1:14:14.85; 2. Kevin Flusche, Ruidoso, 1:18:40.85. Athenas 1. Rochelle Jim, Albuquerque, 1:35:47.35; 2. Melanie Ruegg, Lubbock, 1:43:56.80. Age Group Winners Male 1-14 1. Brian Lujan, el Paso, 1:13:12.90; 2. Liam Browning, Albuquerque, 1:36:34.40. Female 15-17 1. Brianna duchene, el Paso, 1:42:43.80; 2. TyLynn smith, Ruidoso, 1:43:49.10. Male 18-19 1. dominic Benavidez, Las Cruces, 1:25:13.80, 2. Jacob Letcher, Roswell, 1:40:52.05. Male 20-24 1. Chris Bagley, el Paso, 1:11:55.15. Female 20-24 1. Amanda Moore, el Paso, 1:17:54.90; 2. Natalie Gomez, Albuquerque, 1:21:28.80. Male 25-29 1. Chad Moore, Lubbock, 1:13:01.60; 2. Justin Cornwell, Alamogordo, 1:15:38.60. Female 25-29 1. Laci Aboud, el Paso, 1:24:13.55; 2. Jennifer Tenorio, el Paso, 1:28:39.80. Male 30-34 1. Americo Penafl or, Alamogordo, 1:14:26.80; 2. derek Garcia, Albuquerque, 1:14:36.00. Female 30-34 1. Courtney Conner, Lubbock, 2:08:58.60; 2. Robbi Brede, el Paso,

2:13:12.15. Male 35-39 1. Jan Grande, Alamogordo, 1:05:33.75; 2. Price Lawhon, el Paso, 1:07:18.90. Female 35-39 1. Cindy Lacotta, Tuscon, 1:19:09.00; 2. Lori Robbins, Albuquerque, 1:22:53.05. Male 40-44 1. Cid Lopez, el Paso, 1:04:01.05; 2. Trevor Rabourn, Ruidoso, 1:07:34.35. Female 40-44 1. Kelly dunbar, Albuquerque, 1:22.53.30; 2. heather sena, santa Fe, 1:33:58.60. Male 45-49 1. James Kehrle, el Paso, 1:05:45.20; 2. Tim Wright, Las Cruces, 1:16:20.30. Female 45-49 1. Lisa Woo Kee, el Paso, 1:33:11.80; 2. Roasalba Bazar, el Paso, 1:34:46.30. Male 50-54 1. Tim Oracion, Roswell, 1:06:38.40; 2. Brett Kettering, Los Alamos, 1:14:38.35. Female 50-54 1. Kim davis, Ruidoso, 1:31:20.05. Male 60-64 1. scott darling, el Paso, 1:19:28.95; 2. Rodney Wiggs, el Paso, 1:27:52.90. Female 60-64 1. sarah Mayeswyant, Ruidoso, 2:33:18.45; 2. Taff y Bagley, el Paso, 2:45:20.90. Male 65-69 1. John Mylius, el Paso, 1:18:41.60; 2. Flip Lyle, el Paso, 1:27:03.95. Male 70-98 1. Richard Park, el Paso, 1:29:51.95. Male Relay 1. Bs Boys, 1:06:54.10. Female Relay 1. Wacky Pack, 1:27:41.55; 2. Viscious & delicious, 1:28:29.05; 3. LeOs, 1:35:49.55. Coed Relay 1. Medical Miracles, 1:22:27.05; 2. Whale sharks, 1:22:53.80; 3. Trinity, 1:47:22.90.

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South routs North in softball By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor The South showed its dominance in softball Friday and Saturday, sweeping a three-game series with the North thanks to some of the best 1A/3A players in the state. The roster included nine players from the top four teams in the smaller classes in the state – Portales, Silver, Loving and Capitan.

Capitan’s contingent of Maritza Nava and Maribel Villegas were just two of several players that got in on the hit parade, as the South won 22-2, 10-1 and 16-14. “It might not have been a good performance in the final game, but we figured we’d win because of our hitting,” said Capitan coach Rodney Griego, who served as the South All-Star coach. “Maritza and Maribel fit

right into the team, hitting and fielding real well.” This is the fifth year that the North and South softball teams have been split into class sizes, and Griego said he greatly appreciates being chosen as the South coach. “It’s a huge compliment to be asked to coach this team,” Griego said. “To be asked as a third year coach is quite an honor.”

ALL-sTAR from pg. 11 North-South 1A/B All-Star girls at Rio Rancho South 103, North 82 North (82) dustine Abeyta 6 5-10 20, estrella Flores 4 0-1 12, Joni Lampley 0 8-16 8, Gabrielle Vigil 0 0-0 0, Brandi Burton 2 1-2 7, Krysta Bond 1 2-4 4, Jessica Taylor 1 3-4 6, shelly Lalio 2 3-4 7, Amberline Chapo 2 0-1 5, Jenna Gilbert 3 0-0 6, Jacqueline Maestas 2 3-4 7. Totals 23 25-46 82. South (103) Cassidy doherty 4 2-6 14, Taylor huey 3 1-2 7, Georgia Ann Tucker 5 4-4 15, Amberlee Olivas 3 4-7 12, Jamie Fields 2 1-2 5, Valerie Garcia 3 0-0 6, Kelsey draper 3 0-0 7, Nicole Collins 1 2-2 4, Jenna Jenkins 8 0-3 16, Kersti davis 4 3-4 11, Aubrey Butler 3 0-2 6. Totals 39 19-32 103. halftime score – south 47, North 38. Three-point goals – North 11 (Flores 4, Abeyta 3, Tayor, Chapo), south 8 (doherty 4, Olivas 2, Tucker, draper). Fouled out – Vigil, huey, draper. Rebounds – North 33 (Abeyta 6), south 53 (Jenkins 14). steals – North 16 (Flores, Chapo 4), south 13 (doherty, huey 3, draper, Tucker, davis 2). Blocks – North 1 (Abeyta), south 2 (doherty, Jenkins). Total fouls – North 23, south 31. Turnovers – North 21, south 23.

than-impressive finishes. Feature Mr Bojangles ended up fifth, while Ochoa was ninth after entering the race as the 17-10 favorite. Whirlaway Red ended up last in the 10-horse field. The stakes victory was a big one for trainer J.J. Gonzlaes, who has had some experience with winning horses as a jockey, including riding Bye Bye JJ to an All American win in 2003. “It was harder on my nerves as a trainer than as a jockey,” Gonzales said. “It’s an honor for me just to be in the field with trainers like Sleepy (Gilbreath) and great champions like Ochoa and Feature Mr Bojangles. It’s an honor to run in a race with the best against the best.” The horse isn’t eligible for this year’s Rainbow or All American derbies, and Gonzales said there are still questions about whether Executive Brass would be supplemented. “If I didn’t feel confident in him, I wouldn’t have supplemented him into this race,” Gonzales said. “But we’ll see what happens tomorrow and take it from there.” The South’s victory didn’t come as that much of a surprise to the girls. They had scrimmage the 4A/5A south team during the week’s practice – the 4A/5A game was the nightcap of a doubleheader – and the smallschool girls made short work of their large-school

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Corona’s Taylor Huey, second from left, fights for control of the ball amid trio of North players Brandi Burton (13), Estrella Flores (2) and Jenna Gilbert, Friday, during the Class 1A/B North-South all-star game at Rio Rancho High School.

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Big Willie Classic A golf fundraiser for People for Kids will be held June 16 at Valle Del Sol Golf Course in Carrizozo. The tournament is also accepting prize or cash donations to keep the event fun and interesting for participants. Prizes may include – but are not limited to – golf bags, golf clubs, balls, towels, trophies and gift cards. This event is named after Willie Silva, a long-time business owner in Carrizozo. He contributed greatly over many years to his community, and we would like to continue that tradition. For more information, contact James Silva at 480-332-4354.

counterparts. “At first, some of us were a little lost, because we weren’t as used to having a lot of experienced and talented players on the squad,” Fields said. “Once we all clicked together and figured everything out, it was a lot of fun. It was the highestscoring game I’ve ever played in and it was pretty cool.”

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Robisons, Dominguez shine in Mountain Top trials

By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Roll D’ Nile pulled away through the stretch to easily win the first of three trials and help pace owners and breeders J. Kirk and Judy Robison and trainer Henry Dominguez to a successful afternoon during the trials to the $134,657 Mountain Top Futurity on Friday at Ruidoso Downs. Joining Roll D’ Nile as trial winners were Lakehouse Fun and Indication NM. The top-three finishers in each trial qualify to race in the fivefurlong Mountain Top Futurity on June 23. The 10th horse in the futurity will be determined by a blind draw (shake) between the fourthplace finishers. J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Roll D’ Nile made his career debut in his Mountain Top trial and looked like a colt with considerable upside. The Henry Dominguez-trained colt quickly accelerated through the stretch to draw out and win by fiveand-one-quarter lengths. Enrique Gomez was up for the win in 1:00.52. Odds-on favorite Kiss My Hennessy, the Copper Top Futurity winner, was second and Pie Town NM was third. In the second trial, the Robisons and Dominguez scored again when Lakehouse Fun won a stretch battle with Dandy Guy to win by a head. They were each first-time starters. Thermal was one-and-one-half lengths back in third. Lakehouse Fun covered the five furlongs in 1:01.53 under Gomez. In the third trial, Indication NM proved best in the final furlong to gain his third win from four lifetime starts. He was seventh in the Copper Top Futurity in his other out. Owned by Robert Haynsworth with J&SM Inc, Indication NM was timed in 1:00.44 with Isaias Enriquez aboard for

Adequan Ruidoso Derby trials this Friday By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Sunland Winter Futurity third-place finisher Mr Taka B and Los Alamitos Two Million qualifier Eye On Corona meet in the second of three trials to the Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge trials this Friday. First post time is 1 p.m. with the 400-yard trials running as the first three races.Vanessa Bartoo’s Mr Taka B returns to racing after his thirdplace run in the Sunland Winter Futurity on Dec. 30. The son of Feature Mr Jess finished just a neck behind Top Gun B in the Winter Futurity. He also qualified for the Oklahoma Futurity and the Hobbs America Futurity last year. Trainer John Stinebaugh will have L. Salvador Martinez on Mr Taka B with the fourth post position. Eye On Corona also makes his return after a layoff. In his latest start – back in December – he was the seventh-place finisher in the $2.2 million Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. He won his maiden in his Two Million trial and also had three second-place finishes from six starts. Esgar Ramirez rides Eye On Corona with the sixth post position.

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Indication NM, ridden by Isaias Enriquez, wins his trial to the Mountain Top Futurity, Friday, at Ruidoso Downs race track.

trainer Fred Danley. Indication NM won by an easy two lengths over Marthas Princess while Back Seat Roll was another one-and-three-quarter lengths back for third.

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Marlin Alex Bates gets a hit during the Major playoffs, June 6, at Gavilan Canyon Field. The Marlins are in the championship game, scheduled to be played Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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Federal assistance available to rebuild or refurbish fire damage from Little Bear fire in Lincoln County USDA Rural Development has programs available to help fire victims both private and public facilities

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner announced his agency can provide financial support to those families and communities that have seen damage by the Little Bear fire near Ruidoso. Individual homeowners may qualify for financial assistance to refurbish rebuild or buy a new home. Also, Rural Development can provide financial help to rebuild community buildings and community water and wastewater systems affected by the fire. Brunner said, “As we announced last week USDA Rural Development wants to help those affected by the fire to be aware that our existing financial programs may be able to help families with financial assistance to repair, rebuild or buy a home. Also, we can provide other assistance to rebuild community buildings and infrastructure if need be.” Brunner added, “Our staff is ready to help and we encourage residents to call us to see if they are eligible for assistance.” The housing programs administered by USDA Rural Development include a direct home loan program that provides

moderate to low income residents with a direct loan from the USDA to build, refurbish or buy a home. The agency administers the 504 home loan and grant program which is available to low-income rural residents who own and occupy a home in need of repairs. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to low income homeowners who are 62 years old or older. The funds can be used to improve or modernize a home, or to remove health and safety hazards. USDA also provides a loan at a 1 percent interest rate that may be repaid over a 20year period for low income homeowners. For those applying for the 504 rehabilitation funds are asked to bring the following they should be ready to provide the following information: · Warranty deed · Verification of Income · Cost estimates · Proof of age for grant (62 years or older) · List of debts presently being paid and account numbers and addresses of accounts · Checking and savings account numbers · Photo Id · Income tax records for most recently filed income tax · Property tax information USDA Rural Development also provides funding to build or rebuild water and wastewater systems though it’s

fice at: 575-622-8745, extension 4 during business hours. USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at

Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water and Environmental Program (WEP). Rural Development also administers the Community Facilities program which provides financial support to build or rebuild community buildings such as senior centers, fire stations and other community buildings. The same program can also pay for the purchase of fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles and equipment needed by a community or county. If anyone would like more information on these programs they should call USDA Rural Development’s Roswell of-

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ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR • 6-12 thru 6-18 Things to do every day

Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive in the building which previously housed Rush Ski Shop. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan, located on Hwy 380 (better known as 118 Smokey Bear Blvd.). Open everyday of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. Entrance fees are $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRD-Forestry Division. Live horse racing at Ruidoso Downs Race Track through Labor Day weekend. Post time

TUESDAY JUNE 12 Free Movie, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3 p.m. “Alice in Wonderland” (disney, animated). For more information, contact Kari dawn Kolander, 575-258-3704. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY JUNE 13 Farmer’s Market at sBs Wood shavings in Glencoe from 9 to 11 a.m. Magic Show Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10 - 11 a.m. For more information, contact Kari dawn Kolander, 575258-3704. Free. The Sterilizers perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY JUNE 14 Live Music with TomTom and friends at sanctuary on the River, 207 eagle drive, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Enjoy hearty soups and salads at ChopChop Inspired Salads and have some lunch-time fun with live music performed by TomTom and friends every Thursday. For more information, call 575-630-1111. Play, Primp, & Pamper, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. For ages 6 through teen. For more information, contact Kari dawn Kolander, 575-258-3704. Free. Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30. Karaoke with DJ Pete! Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m., every Thursday, evening, including all-you-can-eat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. Pass the word, the Cree Meadows lounge is open to the public! Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem drive, 6 p.m. Crawford & James from Washington State (Country, Americana & Blues) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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 $25 for adults; $15 for children 4-12. www.� for more information. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, just east of the racetrack. The �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum is home to an extensive permanent collection of carriages, wagons, saddles, �irearms and Indian artifacts, as well as ever-changing traveling exhibits. The Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission begins at $6 for adults

FRIDAY JUNE 15 Free Movie, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 4 p.m. For ages 10 up through teens: Johnny depp’s “Alice in Wonderland.” For more information, contact Kari dawn Kolander, 575-258-3704. The Rascal Fair and White Oaks Community Market, 5 p.m. to dark. Produce, plants, fl owers, crafts and unique entertainment. every Friday through the summer. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 11 p.m. Cree Meadows Country Club is hosting a fi sh fry and live band. Cantina Night at Laughing sheep Farm, 1 mile west of Lincoln, hwy 380, mm 96, from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music with guitar and fi ddle playing Western swing. Relay for Life, Friday & saturday. help raise money for Cancer research at All American Park in Ruidoso downs. For more information, contact Cindy Parkinson: 575-808-1205; www.relayforlife. org/lincolncountynm. entry fee is $10 per person. Live Music at Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill: Jack Welch Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem drive, 6 p.m. Susan Kolb performs at the No Name Café 6 - 9 p.m. during Prime Time Fridays. 522 sudderth, 575257-2253. Friday evening dinners are by reservation. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem drive, 6 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Karaoke at The elks Lodge on Highway 70, next to the Ruidoso emporium, at 7 p.m. with All For Fun Karaoke. Crawford & James from Wash-

with discounts available for seniors, military and youth. For more information, visit www. or call 575-378-4142. “Biennale Grande” juried art show and exhibit, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, runs through July 15. Original art from some of New Mexico’s best artists. For more information, call 575-378-4142, or visit Free with admission to the museum. Pillow’s Funtrackers - Open weekends and most holidays throughout the year. 101 Carrizo Canyon Road just off Sudderth. Three go-kart tracks, miniature golf, arcade, Mountain Maze, and seasonal attractions such as Bumper Boats, Panning for Gemstones, Rock Climbing Wall, Extreme Air and Kiddie Bounce House.

ington State (Country, Americana & Blues) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. SATURDAY JUNE 16 Living History Event presented by the volunteers at Fort stanton, 7 a.m. For more information, call 575-354-0341; Free. High Rolls Cherry Festival, high Rolls - east of the u.s. tunnel hwy 82, saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cherries and cherry products, more than 60 arts & crafts vendors. For more information, call 575-682-6044; Free. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 11 p.m. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 10 p.m. A Taste of the Spencer, 108 spencer Rd., Alto, 6 - 9 p.m. “Taste of the spencer” fundraiser features gourmet food tastings, fi ne wine, and an auction of fi ne items. For

more information, call 1-888-8187872; Tickets are $50. Acoustic Open Mic, Cree Meadows Country Club, 6 - 9 p.m. hosted by the band “second Nature.” For more information, call ile Boren, 257-0872. Live Music at Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill: Jack Welch Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant & Bar on Mechem from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem drive, 6 p.m. Free Movie at sacred Grounds: “A Face in the Crowd,” 2825 sudderth dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. For more information, 575-257-2273; www. sacredgroundscoff The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant and Cantina, Mechem drive, 7 - 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Crawford & James from Washington State (Country, Americana & Blues) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

SUNDAY JUNE 17 Sundays Under the Stars, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 6 - 11 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or your blanket. Live music by Fast Forward at 6 and “Cowboys & Aliens” with harrison Ford and daniel Craig after sunset. For more information, 1-800-545-9011; Free. The Rocky Plateau Band Open Music Jam, No scum Allowed sa-

loon in White Oaks, 2 - 6 p.m. every sunday thru the summer. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY JUNE 18 Tealight Fireflies, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3 p.m. For 6-9 year olds. For more information, call Kari dawn Kolander, 575-258-3704. Free. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.


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Bonita Park: summer’s here Editor’s note: The decision was made by the editorial staff to publish this feature on Bonita Park, although mostly destroyed, knowing the church and the park will open again.

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Although the calendar says spring is still the season at hand, local camp Bonita Park Nazarene Camp and Conference Center on Highway 48 is in full summer mode. During the next three months, thousands of guests will drive under the main arch and spend time enjoying nature and the Bonita Park experience. To facilitate this influx, additional summer staffers are hired and trained. This year, 24 are on the list. Connor Bryan, Activities Director has been working with summer staff personnel for years. He and wife, Kaylee arrived at Bonita Park in 2001 to work as dining staff. Both accomplished cooks, they came to the camp due to Connor’s previous involvement as a summer staffer. He knew he loved the area and the camp. When a full time staff position opened

up, they moved from Texas to the Land of Enchantment. Bryan’s love for the outdoors eventually led him to his current position. The camp offers several opportunities for recreation, group bonding exercises and adventure. High ropes course, paintball, archery, challenge course, zip line, disc golf, mini golf, volleyball, basketball and baseball are just a few of the activities available at Bonita Park. Year-round staff cannot manage these areas during summer months with the influx of guests so Bryan hires collegiate aged staff to fill the need. Owned by the New Mexico District Church of the Nazarene, Bonita Park has been in existence since 1939. In the last three decades it’s become a year-round destination for thousands. Winter guest groups usually include adult retreats, military events and other non-profit organization groups. Locally, Leadership Lincoln has utilized the facility during slower months in the process of training participants. When summer hits, the camp transitions into youth mode. This year’s summer staff is comprised of a few who are returnees, along

with several rookies. From as far away as the Philippines, from Oklahoma, California and Kansas, to just down the road, summer staff applicants vie for the opportunity to work at the camp. Molly Shirosky, a Bostonian, has returned for her third tour of duty. When she initially arrived in 2010 she faced training week rather apprehensively. She was relieved to find a group of like-minded individuals who became her family. “God has grown me in ways I never expected,” says Shirosky. When she’s back east, she continues relationships begun at Bonita Park. Applying fresh each summer, she now occasionally helps train rookies. see BoNitA pArK, pg 17

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

Thought for the week... Charles Clary With the summer well under way and our youth out of school, there are hours of unprogrammed time on their hands. I will make a recommendation to the youth and their parents… check with one of the local churches to see if there are activities available for youth participation. The J Bar J will be hosting different youth groups from out of town who will be doing community service activities. There are opportunities for local youth to get with the out of town youth work together to help folks. Right now our youth are doing yard clean up of pine needles, leaves, and other yard debris for older folks. You can get in touch with our youth minister, Chris Weaver by phoning 257-6899, to get some help. We will be doing a sports camp for elementary age children this summer, where youth will be helping the children to develop their sports skills. This will be held July 16-19. Call Chris for information. And then there are the regular youth activities that are year round. Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., there is a youth and young couples contemporary worship service. On Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. there is a meal and then a youth Bible study. We want our youth to have positive things to do this summer. If you have a teenager and you want them to have some positive activities, call Chris at 257-6899.


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127 Rio Corner w/Eagle, Mid-town. For more information call: 378-7076 First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Rev. Ryan Arnold; 1211 Hull at Gavilan Canyon Road, 258-4250 Carrizo Christian Fellowship Leonard Kanesewah Ill, Pastor. 56 White Mt. Dr., 3 mi. W of Inn of the Mountain Gods Mescalero. 464-4656 CHURCH OF CHRIST Gateway Church of Christ 415 Sudderth, Ruidoso, 257-4381. John Duncan, Minister Church of Christ - Capitan Highway 48. Joshua Watkins, Minister CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LDS Church of Jesus Christ LDS Ruidoso Ward, 1091 Mechem Bishop Jon Ogden, 258-1253 Church of Jesus Christ LDS Mescalero Branch, Mormon Missionaries 317-2375 EPISCOPAL Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount 121 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso. Rev. Judith Burgess Rector 257-2356. Website: www. St. Anne’s Episcopal Chapel in Glencoe Episcopal Chapel of San Juan in Lincoln St. Matthias Episcopal Chapel Carrizozo, 6th & E Street FOURSQUARE Capitan Foresquare Church Hwy 48, Capitan. Harold W. Perry, Pastor EVANGELICAL The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 1035 Mechem Dr. 802-5242 FULL GOSPEL Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship Int’l K-Bob’s Hwy. 70 in Ruidoso. Ron Rice, 3540255, e-mail Mission Fountain of Living Water San Patricio JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Jehovah’s Witness - Ruidoso Kingdom Hall 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 257-7714 Congregacion Hispana de los Testigos de Jehova 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 378-7095 JEWISH / HEBREW Kehilla Bat- Tzion & Hebrew Learning Center, Inc. 2204 Sudderth Dr. Ruidoso, NM 88345. 257-0122 LUTHERAN Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 258-4191; 1120 Hull Road. Pastor Thomas Schoech.

METHODIST Community United Methodist Church Junction Road, behind Wells Fargo Bank. Stephanie Harmon, Pastor. 257-4170 Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in Capitan. 648-2846 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor NAZARENE Angus Church of the Nazarene Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336-8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor QUAKER Quaker Worship Group Unprogrammed meeting at the Anderson-Freeman Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details of this and other Quaker activities contact Sandra Smith at 653-4951 PENTECOSTAL Apostolic Pentecostal Assembly Retired Pastor and author Harry A. Peyton Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Ruidoso 613 Sudderth Dr. Unit D. Pastor, Art Dunn, Youth Pastor, Nathaniel Dunn. Free home Bible studies PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 101 Sutton Drive (Nob Hill), Ruidoso, 257-2220. Tony Chambless, Pastor Ancho Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Corona United Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Nogal Presbyterian Church Reverend E.W. “Bo” Lewis REFORMED CHURCH Mescalero Reformed Mescalero. Bob Schut, Pastor SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Ruidoso Seventh Day Adventist 207 Parkway, Agua Fria, Ruidoso Downs, 378-4161. Pastor Andrew Spooner 4378916; 1st Elder Manuel Maya 9374487 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for location NON-DENOMINATIONAL American Missionary Fellowship Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915. Pastor John Marshall Casa de Oracion Comunidad Cristiana Ruidoso 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345. 257-6075. Pastor: Carlos & Gabby

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Carreon. *All Services are Bilingual* Translators Available Centro Familiar Destino 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345, 257-0447. Services are bilingual Christ Church in the Downs Ruidoso Downs, 378-8464. AI and Marty Lane, Pastors Christ Community Fellowship Capitan, Highway 380 West, 354-2458. Ed Vinson, Pastor Church Out of Church Meeting at the Flying J Ranch, 1028 Hwy. 48, Alto. Pastors: Tim & Julie Gilliland. Mailing Address: 1009 Mechem #11 Ruidoso 88345. 258-1388. www. Keepin’ it simple ... Keepin’ it real! Cornerstone Church Cornerstone Square, 613 Sudderth Drive, 257-9265. John & Joy Wyatt, Pastors Cowboy Church Preacher Buster Reed of Amarillo. Call 378-4840 for more info 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 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: J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 257-6899 Pastor Charles W. Clary. E-mail: jbarjcountrychurcb@ Miracle Life Ministry Center Ron Rice & Catherine Callahan, Ministers Available 24 hours for healing, prayer. 354-0255; e-mail Pacto Viviente, 25974 Highway 70, la iglesia “J Bar J” en la granja roja. Domingos 12:30 p.m., Jueves 7 p.m. 9376664. Es un lugar de familia, amistades y de crecimiento spiritual. Peace Chapel Interdenominational (ULC), Alto North, 336-7075. Jeamsie Price, Pastor Racetrack Chapel Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 378-7264. Chaplain Darrell Winter The Word of Life Church Rev. Chuck Fulton, pastor/648-2339. 711 ‘E’ Ave., Carrizozo, NM. Afliated with the Evangelistic Assembly Church NON-SECTARIAN Spiritual Awareness Study Group Minister: George N. Brown, PhD. ULC. 257-1569 Men’s Bible Study, Band Of Brothers Call 937-0071 for times and location The 1st Iglesia Apostollca de la Fe en Cristo Jesus Located at: 613 Sudderth Dr. Suite D, Ruidoso. 937-7957 · 973-5413

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BONiTA PARK from pg. 16 Meghan Tucker is a native. Her mother is a year-round employee of Bonita Park, and Meghan worked part-time in the kitchen at camp for years. When she became old enough, she applied for a summer staff position. Just graduated from college, she’s back for her fourth tour as a summer staffer, tenth as a camp worker. “Last year I wasn’t expecting very much, but it became great. I loved it, and I’ll absolutely apply next summer,” says local Dani Jett Jones, whose father, Phil is

the youth pastor at Angus Church. Staff arrive prior to the summer onslaught, and begin a week of intensive training. A service-oriented personality is crucial and each summer staffer is cross trained. On any given day, they might be cleaning dorms, helping in the kitchen, catching riders on the zip line, facilitating a high ropes course climb, or introducing campers to archery. Part of the application process involves an understanding that each one is coming to serve in any capacity needed.

Room and board are supplied by the camp as part of the compensation package. Staff members are quick to say it’s not the paycheck they seek when they apply for a summer position. “Part of their application process requires them to answer specific questions about their personal relationship with the Lord,” says Bryan. What has the Lord taught you this year? What gifts do you feel God has given you to use for His service? Standard questions for any applicant, according to Bryan who interviews each one

personally prior to offering a position. Every staff member, whether seasonal or year-round, understands service is crucial and a vital part of their employment. Summer staff members will serve until the beginning of August. Throughout the year, Bonita Park serves guests from neighboring states, Mexico, and many New Mexican groups, bringing thousands of guests annually to Lincoln County. For more information, phone the camp at: 575-336-4404.

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Default, and Decree by Default will be rendered against you as prayed for in the complaint.


The name of the Plaintiff ’s attorney is Richard A. Hawthorne, P.A., whose address is 1221 Mechem, Suite 2, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 88345.

ALTO LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, INC., a New Mexico corporation, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES K. LAWSON, Sr., if living, if deceased, all unknown heirs and devisees of James K. Lawson, Sr., and EDWINA JUNE LAWSON, also known as EDWINA STEVENS, if living, if deceased, all unknown Heirs and devisees of Edwina June Lawson, Defendants. Cause No. CV-2010-00340 Div. III NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT TO: James K. Lawson, Jr., all unknown heirs and devisees of James K. Lawson, Jr., Edwina June Lawson, also known as Edwina Stevens, and all unknown heirs and devisees of Edwina June Lawson GREETINGS: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that there has been filed in the District Court of Lincoln County, State of New Mexico, a certain cause of action wherein Alto Lakes Golf & Country Club, Inc. is the Plaintiff and you are the Defendant, the same being Cause No. CV-20100340, Division III. The object and purpose of the said suit is to foreclose a claim of lien against the following described real property: Lot 111, DEER PARK VALLEY, Unit 4, Lincoln County, New Mexico, as shown by the plat thereof filed in the office of the County Clerk and Ex-officio Recorder of Lincoln County on April 17, 1981, in Cabinet D, Slide Nos. 7 through 10, both inclusive. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that unless you enter your appearance or file pleadings herein on or before July 15, 2012, the Plaintiff will make application to the Court for a Decree by

WITNESS my hand and seal of the District Court of Lincoln County, New Mexico this 25th day of May, 2012.

One level 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. New carpet and paint inside. Recently painted outside. New heater being put in. One car storage under the deck. Partial view, metal roof. Would make a good vacation or permanent home. Close to most all amenities, with the feel of being in the mountains. $159,500 MLS #110862


Attractive 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with brick fireplace and soft view. All one level, fenced yard. Washer and dryer might be able to be negotiated at a separate price. Nice little first or second home. $97,500 MLS #110320

130 EMPLOYMENT PART-TIME RELIEF DIRECT CARE STAFF needed to work with developmentally disabled adults at New Horizons Developmental Center in Carrizozo. Must be at least 21 years old and pass drug, alcohol, and criminal background screenings. Starting wage $7.65 per hour. pick up an employment application at New Horizons offices, 810 “E” Avenue, Carrizozo. Call Laura for information at 575-648-2379 www.newhorizonsdevelpopmentalcenter. org. Equal opportunity employer.

140 GENERAL HELP WANTED AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for hands-on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-886-7324.


RENTALS HOUSES 225 SANTIAGO CIRCLE – FURN or UNF 3 BDR / 2 BA w/2-car garage, microwave, dishwasher, & W/D. $3000/Mo includes utilities. 101 RANCHER ROAD – UNF 2 BDR, 1 3/4 BA w/1 car garage, wood-burning FP & fenced yard. $950/Mo + utilities. (On the Market - Subject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice) MONTH to MONTH ONLY 100 ALLISON LANE – UNF 2 BDR, 1 BA with wood burning stove and stackable W/D hookups. $750/Mo + utilities. (On the MarketSubject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice) MONTH to MONTH ONLY.

CONDOS 105 KEYES DRIVE #A-2 – UNF 2 BDR, 2 BA w/ stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and W/D. $800/Mo + utilities.

MANUFACTURED HOMES 561 ENCHANTED FOREST LOOP – 3 BDR, 2 BA doublewide on large flat lot & W/D hookups. $875/Mo + utilities. (Available 7-1-12)

COMMERCIAL 2900 SUDDERTH DRIVE – Large building at the corner of Sudderth & Mechem with many potential uses. Come take a look.

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GREAT 1750 SQ FT High ceiling Retail space. Lots of Parking. Great location on Mechem. $1500 month 575-654-0365

ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE talking meter and diabetic testing supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 866-406-2158 ATTENTION JOINT & MUSCLE PAIN SUFFERERS: Clinically proven all-natural supplement helps

Low maintenance 3 bdrm, 2 ba home (all 1 level) w/ attached 2 car garage. Passive solar design, active solar heat & electric, + 3000 gal. of rain catch capacity. Also has conventional water, heating & electricity. Detached garage/shop w/ guest apt, horse facilities, RV access & hookups… So much more! $379,000 MLS #110914

HS GRADS Get a great full-time job! Good pay, full benefits, 30 days vacation/yr, reg. raises. No exp needed, will train. Call Mon-Fri (800)354-9627 ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get FREE CPAP Replacement Supplies at NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 866-938-5101


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205 ROOM FOR RENT ROOM FOR RENT, Close to town. $400/mo No lease, split utilities, no smoking, no pets. 575-973-4572



pletely furnished, 3BD 2BA. Ceiling fans throughout, washer, dryer, fridge, water softener, AC, carpet throughout and storm windows. Plus large deck. $34,500 Call 575973-0289. 3 bedroom 1 bath singlewide $69,000 with $5000 down. 3 bedroom 2 bath singlewide $69,000 also with $5000 down. 3 bedroom 2 bath singlewide $89,000 with $5000 down. 937-3059

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

All American Realty RENTALS Homes for Rent Call Pat at

257-8444 250 FARMS, RANCHES OR LAND/ACREAGE BEAUTIFUL 4 ACRE PARCEL in Alto. Take Mesa Heights Dr. between TR’s Store and Post Office to second Rango Loop Road, go left to by owner sign, Beautiful trees, views, wildlife, privacy, constructed homes only. Asking $50,000 707-542-7408. 20 ACRES WITH WATER! Near Ruidoso, $34,900. New to market, municipal water, maintained roads and electric. Won’t last at this price! Call NMRS 866-906-2857



1 AND 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS for rent 575-258-3111

FIXER 3BR/2BA, fireplace, carport, fenced yard, near midtown. Only $120,000. 575-257-0011

Call Sarah, 258-9922 to place your Classified Ad!


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

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


310 MISCELLANEOUS AMY’S EVENT TENTS for Rent. 40x40 and bigger. 575-973-0964 CASH!! Cash for your gold and silver. 575-937-3325 ALL IN GOOD CONDITION: lift chair $150, hood fan $25, refridg-

575-354-4275 575-937-5854 DISH NETWORK. Starting at $19.99/month PLUS 30 Premium Movie Channels FREE for 3 Months! SAVE! & Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL - 877-867-1441

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 www.nmpress. org for a list of participating newspapers.


550 AUTOS FOR SALE 02’ SUBARU FORESTER AWD. 173,000 miles young, great working condition. $4200 call 575-3540967

560 MOTORCYCLES 1998 HARLEY HERITAGE SOFTAIL 4012 actual miles, never down, garage kept, new tires and battery. 10,900 or trade for equal value Jeep Wrangler or side by side ATV. 575-937-4699

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Ruidoso Free Press

June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012  

The June 12, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press

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