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Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at IMG

Live Stand-Up Comedy Series with professional comedians performing every Wednesday night at Inn of the Mountain Gods. 7 p.m. 575-464-7028, $5 admission, must be 21 or older.

June 20-22

Miss New Mexico pageant at the Spencer

Three nights of preliminary rounds and final competition for the beautiful and talented candidates seeking the Miss New Mexico 2013 scholarship and crown as well as Miss Outstanding Teen Crown. June 20, 7 p.m.: 1st preliminary round. Jun 21, 7 p.m.: 2nd preliminary and crowning Miss Teen. Jun 22, 8 p.m.: Miss New Mexico Final Competition. Spencer Theater of Performing Arts, 575-3364800. $29-$49 for different events.

June 22

NM Classic Car Show for Make A Wish Foundation With a goal to raise more than last year’s $15,000, attend this incredible Classic car show for benefit of Make A Wish Foundation granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Ruidoso Convention Center, 9 a.m. 512-413-5658, www. newmexicoclassiccarshow. com.

Petting Zoo and Archery Shoot

Parks and Recreation sponsored petting zoo with camel, Scottish bull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and llamas plus an archery shoot including taking a shot from the toy passenger train. Wingfield Park, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 575-257-5030.

June 23

Santa Fe Opera Educational Outreach seminar series

Barbara Westbrook, Ruidoso’s own opera diva, continues her Annual Santa Fe Opera Educational Outreach Seminar series by conducting two different lectures previewing two of this year’s operas being presented at the 2013 Santa Fe Opera Festival. Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea House, 3 p.m. 575-257-2273. Free.

‘40 Years at the Keyboard’ annual piano concert by Bryan Hutchison

Featuring works by Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin. Open to the public, reception following. First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road. 3 p.m. 575-378-8160. Free

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Public transportation at a crossroads, running on fumes By Eugene Heathman Editor The Lincoln County Transit system has reached a critical crossroads in its development. The service has a loyal and growing customer base and is recognized by elected officials and many of its citizens for its value, yet funding remains the transit service’s greatest challenge. There is a general consensus that the existing system “has to grow” or will not survive, and that is probably true. The service agreement between the Village of Ruidoso and the City of Ruidoso Downs states that established bus stops should be agreed upon and signs should be installed. Village councilors last week felt that established routes would be a cost saving measure. This hasn’t been done so far. They talked

strategies for the transit manager. The City of about substantially changing the format of their Ruidoso Downs, the Village of Ruidoso and service from demand-response to fixed route Lincoln County commissioners, considering and minimizing Para transit service to people that were incapable of using the fixed route bus. their elected representation encompasses areas of heavy ridership should develop a relationship Ruidoso Downs has once again threatened with Lincoln County Transit, including a strateto pull funding all together. Days and times gic oversight mechanism that will maximize the of service have been slashed. The Ruidoso Valley Economic Development Corporation See PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, pg. A3 (RVEDC) agrees there is a need for public transit in Ruidoso/Lincoln Ruidoso is at Level III Fire Restrictions County as evidenced by successThe village has moved to Level III which includes ful transit systems in many Rocky requiring all chainsaw users to have a permit prior Mountain resort communities. In a to use, among other restrictions. Permits are free statement released by the RVEDC, at the fire station, 541 Sudderth. Permits allow fire “Public transit in this community personnel to be aware of village activity. can benefit to everyone but will For a complete list of restrictions, visit surely fail without civic and business or call 575 257-3473. leaders working together to outline

San Juan’s Day in Lincoln By Gary Cozzens

On June 24, 1887 the village of Lincoln observed the first San Juan’s Day to celebrate the completion of building the San Juan Mission. The tradition continued for many years but was discontinued recently. On Monday, June 24, San Juan’s Day will be observed again in Lincoln at the San Juan Mission. Father Mike Williams will lead the community in celebrating mass at noon on that day. Owners of the property is a “who’s who” of Lincoln County history and includes Hugh Beckwith, L. G. Murphy, James Dolan, John Riley, Alexander McSween, Isaac Ellis and John “Squire” Wilson. Fr. John Marie Garnier purchased the lot in June 1884 and deeded it to Archbishop Lamy in February 1885. The original Catholic Church was in the converted Chapman Saloon which opened its doors in February 1885. While Fr. Garnier was waiting, he ordered a magnificent bell which weighed 800 pounds from Henry Stuckstede & Co., brass and bell finders. The bell cost $160 and it cost another $41.35 to freight it down to Lincoln from Corona arriving in Lincoln the last part of March 1885. On Nov. 22, 1886 the “Catolicos del Rio Bonito” met in the Cortes home in Lincoln to build a new church. Locals built the church using materials from the area. The rock foundation was completed on April 10 and the construction of the walls soon followed, both under the supervision of Refugio Chavez y Archuleta. Religious furnishings to include the bell were moved from the “Convento” next door. The church was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, on El Dia de San Juan on June 24, 1887. Thereafter, every San Juan’s Day was celebrated with a special mass. A rosary was often held the night before and luminarias were set along the street for festive lighting. The San Juan Day festivities of 1906 were described in a Capitan newspaper: “… the most successful and devout celebration that has ever been held here. The church was filled. Everyone showed the great respect and adoration, which gained the admiration of all the non-Catholics who had

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come to watch. “During vespers the traditional procession (around the church) went in good order, the parish priest explained very clearly about the procession and why we do it. Later, he told us the reason why we honor the saints. “At the end of the mass, that was sung beautifully by our choir, the organ was played for the first time by Miss Bernis Barber, the priest gave a beautiful sermon on San Juan.” (El Farol: June 26, 1906) Unable to maintain a deteriorating building, the handful of resident parishioner’s sold the church to the Old Lincoln County Memorial Commission in July of 1973. The church was renovated in 1981 and today is a valuable structure within the Lincoln Historic Site, formerly the Lincoln State Monument. Recently, Lincoln residents have requested to return to celebrating San Juan’s Day and Fr. Williams has agreed to conduct the service. The local EcoServant group has thoroughly cleaned the interior of the church and parts of the outside are getting a fresh coat of paint. Everyone is invited to participate in this local tradition at the San Juan Mission on Monday, June 24 at noon. For more information contact Gary Cozzens, manager of the Lincoln Historic Site at 575-653-4082.

Sheriff ’s Office updates county drug activity burglaries in the county is to fund By Sue Hutchison drug purchases. “Burglaries are down Reporter right now, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant,” explained the Last week’s monthly Republican sheriff. “$200 worth of drugs needs meeting at Cree Meadow Country Club about $2,000 worth of stuff to sell,” began with an appeal. “We would like he continued and alerted residents to to offer a place for all conservatives to take precautions to avoid becoming come together as we try to improve our victimized. country and get our message out,” said Shepperd said one of the most Jim Lowrance, chairman. Lowrance effective signals burglars watch for is introduced the evening’s focus speakchained driveways. If the chain hasn’t ers, Robert Shepperd, Lincoln County been moved for a few days, it may sheriff, along with Undersheriff Kent Cramer, who presented information Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press mean the home is a second residence and provide an opportunity for a about current issues which affect At left, Kent Cramer; at right, Jim Lowrance break-in. Shepperd said the presence residents. of a dog, or a home-security-alert sticker affixed Gangs and drug cartel activity aren’t merely sworn deputies. Shepperd’s staff covers Carrizourban area issues. Lincoln County faces these zo, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Capitan, Lincoln, to a prominent window may deter burglars. With cocaine, marijuana and heroin in the and other challenges, according to Shepperd Hondo and the valley, White Oaks and Corona. county among other illegal substances, another and Cramer. With a jurisdiction of 4,859 square “We have revived our narcotics unit,” large problem is the theft of prescription miles and a population of more than 20,000, said Shepperd. His officers are finding drugs drugs. Cramer asked the group if any knew the county delivers challenges to the sheriff’s at routine traffic stops across the county, and staff of 32 full time employees, 18 of which are have found that one of the main reasons for See DRUG ACTIVITY, pg. A3 ROOM 3 BED


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Community Calendar Pearce office hours U.S. Representative Steve Pearce is holding regular mobile staff office hours throughout southern New Mexico to meet with constituents face-to-face to discuss issues affecting them. The office will be open in Ruidoso every second Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce at 720 Sudderth Dr.

Healthcare discussion The Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce hosts Hot Coffee/Hot Topics this Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Carrizozo Heritage Museum on 12th Street. Aimee Bennett of the Lincoln County Health Council will speak about current and future healthcare issues facing Lincoln County. Bring your questions and bring a guest.

Carapalooza Cloudcroft is the site of the Carapalooza Car Show, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft. There will also be a pie auction, great food and family fun. For more information, contact the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce at 575-682-2733.

Alpine district The Alpine Village Water and Sanitation District will hold its monthly meeting July 1 at 4 p.m. at 114 Alpine Meadows Trail. Agendas are available at least 24 hours prior to meeting time. For more information, call 257-7776 or 973-0324.

Book sale The Ruidoso Federated Woman’s Club is hosting a book sale July 14 and 15 at its building at 116 S. Evergreen. Come to the club either day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to purchase gently used paperback and hardback books and media. All proceeds benefit local charities and scholarships.

National bike run A Survivors Clean and Sober bike run will start from All American Park in Ruidoso Downs on July 20 and ride the Billy The Kid Scenic Byway through Hondo, Lincoln and Capitan before returning. Registration is at 8:30 p.m. and bikes will leave the park at 11 a.m. Door prizes, a live and silent auction, car show and music by the Homegrown Boys will highlight the day. There will also be bed races to raise funds for improvements to Ruidoso Downs River Park. All other proceeds raised by this event benefit Teambuilders Counseling Services in Lincoln County and Mescalero. For more information, call Teambuilders at 630-0571 or Victor Montes at 808-3267.

Rascal Fair open Rascal Fair, a White Oaks community market, is open for the 2013 season every Friday through Oc-

tober. Each Friday, from 4 p.m. to dusk, the market will be open for local, organic fruit and produce, fresh eggs, plants and seeds, baked goods, pottery, woodwork and much more. The market is located just east of the No Scum Allowed Saloon in White Oaks.

Yoga by Donation Yoga by Donation has added Pilates Lite and more classes to their summer program at The Buddha Yoga Wellness Center. All classes are by donation and offered twice daily Monday through Friday. New instructor Ashley Hall, a licensed Massage Therapist, joins Marianne Mohr and Sachi Kaskel to teach a new Pilates Lite and Yoga class weekly. The new summer program of ten Yoga and Pilates classes per week. Students of all levels are welcome Monday – Friday at 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Relax Yoga or Pilates) and 6-7 p.m. (Robust Yoga) every weekday. A minimum of three classes per week are recommended for therapeutic effects. The Buddha Yoga Studio is located at The Adobe Plaza, 200 Mechem. Park and enter from rear. For complete class schedules and instructors visit: www.buddhayogaclass. com or call 575-802-3013.

Lincoln County Transit The Lincoln County Transit service is for anyone needing to get to doctor’s appointments, to work, while the car is in the shop or if you’re a “golf widow.” Call 378-1177 to order a ride. Costs are $2 for 19 and over, $1 for students ages 7-18, seniors for $1 and children under 7 free. An all-day pass is only $5. The transit area includes the Village of Ruidoso and City of Ruidoso Downs, Inn of the Mountain Gods and Apache Travel Center on Highway 70. Hours of operation – Monday, 6:30-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Thursday, 6:30-11 a.m. and 2-6:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Sunday. American Legion Post 79 – Jerome D. Klein Post, meets on the third Saturday of each month at the American Legion building located at the southeast corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 at 9 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Harold Oakes, Post Commander, at 257-4001. American Legion Post 11 meets the third Saturday of each month at Wells Fargo Bank in Carrizozo at 9 a.m. The Arid Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1216 Mechem at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. daily; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. There is also a Monday 6:30 p.m. women’s open meeting. 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 Wednes-

days at noon in the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. For more information regarding AA meetings in Lincoln and Otero counties, call 430-9502. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem Dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Alcoholics Anonymous of Capitan meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 115 Tiger Dr., just one block off of Highway 48. For more information, call Ted at 354-9031. Alcoholics Anonymous of Carrizozo meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall. Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road. If you think an organization like Altrusa may be a good fit for your volunteer efforts, contact membership chair Barbara Dickinson at 336-7822. The Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. at Otero Electric, 507 12th St. in Carrizozo. For more information, call Fran Altieri at 9730571. The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at K-Bob’s at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 3368011 or visit The Federated Woman’s Club of Ruidoso, supporting community service organizations and providing scholarships, meets Mondays at 11 a.m. at 116 S. Evergreen Dr. A pot luck lunch at noon is followed by bridge and other card games. A special program is also presented most months, and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309.

County Electric co-op, on Highway 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The Garden Club’s purpose is to encourage community beautification and conservation, and to educate members in the arts and sciences of horticulture. For more information, call 973-2890. The Lincoln County Community Theater meets the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come. Call 808-0051 for the meeting location, or visit The Lincoln County Regulators, members of the Single Action Shooters Society, hold matches the second Saturday of every month at the Ruidoso Gun Range located on Hale Lake Road. Registration is at 9 a.m., matches start at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to participate or watch the action. During the shooting matches, all other shooting is suspended. For more information, call Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at 937-9297. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo on Highway 54. For more information, visit www.lincolncountysheriffsposse. org or call 575-512-7077. Optimist Club meets at noon every Wednesday at K-Bobs. 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 ENMU Community Education Annex on White Mountain Drive, the middle building of the three Ruidoso elementary school buildings. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and field trips. Contact Leland Deford at 257-8662 or Herb Brunnell at 258-4003 or 937-0291. Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club noon every Tuesday. Ruidoso Evening Lions Club meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 106 S. Overlook. Ruidoso Gambling Support meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:45 p.m. in the Lincoln Tower at 1096 Mechem Dr., Suite 212. For more information, call 575-464-7106. Ruidoso Home Care and Hospice offers bereavement and grief support groups for those who have had losses in their lives. Two groups are available – Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. or Friday from noon to 1 p.m. The groups meet at Ruidoso Home Health and Hospice, in the conference room, at 592 Gavilan Canyon Rd. For questions or directions, call Lyn Shuler at 2580028. The Ruidoso Noon Lions meet at 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday at

Cree Meadows Country Club. Ruidoso Masonic Lodge No. 73 meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. If the first Monday is a national holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-354-0111. 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 575-9563101 or 575-336-4187. Sacramento Mountain Village is a network of older adults in Ruidoso and surrounding communities who support independent living by offering services and activities that keep seniors healthy and happy in their own homes. Benefits of membership include art and yoga classes, weekly walking and discussion groups, social functions and monthly member breakfasts at K-Bobs, on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Membership is open to any Lincoln County resident 49 years or older. For more information, call 258-2120 or visit www. Vietnam Veterans of America, Lincoln-Otero Chapter 1062, meets every fourth Wednesday at the American Legion Building, located at the corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 East in Ruidoso Downs. For more information, call President Jerry Ligon at 808-1114.

Firefighters for Christ meet on the second Thursday of the month at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chapel at 7 p.m. This service is open to firefighters and their families. For more information, call 258-4682. Gamblers Anonymous meets every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the Mescalero Reformed Church, 336 Wardlaw Dr. in Mescalero. For more information, call 575682-6200. Inspired Living at Sanctuary on the River – ongoing programs and Live your Passion coaching to enhance your life. Visit www. for a current event schedule, or call 630-1111 for more information. 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

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, from pg. A1 opportunity for public transit to succeed.”

Background and operational review

Lincoln County Transit has been operational for approximately five years. Initially service was designed for residents of the entire county but is in peril. Two years ago, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners decided to withdraw from the system. Funding for public transit has not been discussed since, even with an expected $1,536,831 through the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program coming down the pipeline. PILT funding is used to provide vital police and fire services and also goes towards local schools, housing and transportation. This meant a reduction in service for all areas but Ruidoso Downs and the Village of Ruidoso. Lincoln County Transit operates with six vehicles (four cutaway buses and two high top vans). Staffing includes a transit manager (who also will dispatch, drive and answer phones), one full time dispatch-driver (duties based on need), one full time driver and four part time drivers. Service is available from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, is entirely demand-response and is door-todoor. Maintenance of the buses is performed by the City of Ruidoso Downs. Technology is limited to radio and phone communication between dispatch and drivers.

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Ruidoso Downs resident Sharon Monk, right, gets her card punched by driver Emma Martinez as a regular rider of Lincoln County Transit.

Fares for the system are $5 for general public without calling in advance. Lincoln County Transit does allow customers to call 24 hours in advance to schedule a trip and this will reduce the fare to $1 for senior citizens and people with disabilities and $2 for On Thursday, June 4, Mia, a black standard poothe general public. dle, went missing sometime after 7:30 p.m. She was Choice riders and current found dead Wednesday morning, June 5, on the patio customers that live close to of The Ruidoso Physical Therapy Clinic with a tan the route often like the idea leather collar lying next to her. It was determined she fixed route service better bedied due to blunt force trauma to her head and neck. down the station if any attempt were made cause it is more frequent and For peace of mind, if anyone saw or heard anyto alter readings. The NMED has 24/7 does not require customers to thing unusual in the vicinity of The Ruidoso Physical access to this data,” Stewart said. SCADA call into the system. ParaTherapy Clinic/Casa Blanca, please call 257-1800 or (supervisory control and data acquisitransit service is still required email A reward will be tion) is a type of industrial control system in a fixed route system by the given for a resolution to this mystery (ICS). Industrial control systems are Americans With Disabilities computer controlled systems that monitor and control industrial processes that exist th in the physical world. SCADA systems historically distinguish themselves from Early Registration until July 1st • $25 other ICS systems by being large scale infrastructure that includes water treatment Call Shirley • 575.354.2247 and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment. The Village of Ruidoso published the reports of violations with the Grindstone throughout local media outlets and Lee contends the reporting process is transparent and the village has a very cooperative relationship with NMED. Stewart addressed that water being used from Grindstone, which stands at its lowest level since the dam was built, needs to be closely monitored. “The high levels of manganese with the water at the bottom of the lake would turn orange when coming into to contact with chlorine and we were looking at ways to work through the issues, as we should be,” Stewart said. The NMED did investigate the matter in September and October of 2012 but has not cited the Village of Ruidoso with any violations as of June 17. Randall Come by for your next tastebud adventure Camp, utility director for the Village of Ruidoso, refutes Kelley’s allegations and in foods & wines! Here you’ll find some of the best explains that there are a variety of reasons Imported Olive Oils and Vinegars from Italy, for municipalities to receive Notice of select Sauces, Pestos, Salad Dressings, Salsas, Violations (NOV’s). “However, the key Dip and Spreads from boutique food manufacturers point in all of this for Ruidoso residents is to know that our water is still safe because in the American Southwest and worldwide, it is chlorinated to kill harmful bacteria,” Italian Pastas and Grains, Olives and a host Camp said.

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Village refutes allegations of water test tampering By Eugene Heathman Editor A Ruidoso engineer has accused the Village of Ruidoso of tampering with water turbidity monitoring in June of 2012, just as the Little Bear Fire was flaring up. In an opinion letter presented to the Ruidoso Free Press, Carl Kelley alleges an unauthorized filter was placed in front of a turbidity meter used by the village to report water quality to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). The Village of Ruidoso is refuting the allegations that are lacking very important facts. The filter in question was being used for voluntary sampling as water delivery infrastructure work was being performed to reroute water from other wells to Grindstone reservoir and monitor any threats of watershed pollution from Little Bear Fire water run-off. Village Manager Debi Lee emphatically denied Kelley’s accusations against Tom Stewart (not former Lincoln County manager Tom Stewart). “The village has not and would not intentionally defraud or misrepresent water reports to NMED for any reason. When violations have occurred, the village has been proactive with NMED to correct them,” Lee said. Stewart reported that there were actually two turbidity meters in place at the time and the one with the filter was not used for reporting to the NMED as it was outdated, inaccurate and subsequently removed from service altogether. All of the pump stations and testing apparatus are monitored by an electronic SCADA system which alarms any water quality violations within a four hour period. “The SCADA system cannot be manipulated and would automatically shut

Act for people who do not have the capacity to use the fixed route service. A hybrid to the fixed route and the demand-responsive service is a “flex route” or “Point-to-Point Deviation” system, i.e., deviated-fixed route. In this scenario, there are a limited number of formal bus stops with scheduled timepoints. In between the timepoints, the bus may leave the main route and pick a customer up at their home. No special ADA demandresponsive service is required for this service. Therefore, costs to run the most efficient service possible can be controlled. Patricia DeSoto, transit manager for the Lincoln County Transit system has identified possible deviated-fixed or fixed routes and is making a number of presentations in the community. If the city and village commit to fixed route or a deviated-fixed route. Even if Ruidoso Downs and Ruidoso decide to leave Lincoln County Transit in the current design of demandresponsive only, consideration could be given to organize demand to key attraction points. For an example, Lincoln County Transit buses and vans travel to Walmart on many trips during the day. Developing a couple of daily many-toone trips could organize demand and open up times for new riders to other locations.


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DRUG ACTIVITY, from pg. A1 the quantity of prescription pills they had at home. He said it’s not uncommon for drug users to steal prescription narcotics by emptying half the container they may find in relative’s homes. With the insurgence of grandparents rearing grandchildren, the problem is growing. However, all ages in Lincoln County have been found participating in illegal drug activity, according to Cramer and Shepperd. “We’ve divided the county into three districts, and there are active patrols all the time,” said Shepperd, stating the sheriff’s office is striving to be a positive presence in communities. He encourages deputies to become familiar with neighborhoods they’re watching. County Commissioner Preston Stone remarked that since Shepperd’s election, Stone is seeing more patrol activity in his area of rural northern Capitan and thanked the department for stepping up their presence. Because of Lincoln County’s location, Shepperd and Cramer said it’s a well-known drug trafficking corridor. With gang activity along with the presence of known drug cartel associates in the county, Shepperd says his department works with the FBI to remain vigilant. With more than 5,000 homicides in neighboring Juarez, Mexico during the last

two years, Cramer said he knows Lincoln County is in the direct path of illegal activity. He said that drug cartel members live among Lincoln County residents. “We may be behind the curve at times, but we’re seeing progress,” Cramer said. The sheriff’s office has distributed commission cards, giving local municipal police officers the right to exercise authority even if they are not in their jurisdictions at the time they notice malfeasance or illegal activity. Another new development is the SANE program. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners have been trained and are ready to facilitate immediate treatment for those victimized by sexual assault. “We have had to transport sexual assault victims to Roswell or Alamogordo for a specialized exam,” explained Cramer. Those who are dealing with the trauma of sexual abuse may be intimidated by having to be transported so far away for examination and treatment, he explained. “We now have nurses trained to be SANE nurses, and we have set aside a room at Lincoln County Medical Center for these exams, should they be needed,” said Cramer. “We want to handle this trauma locally, to help the victims and not cause further pain in the process,” he explained.


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letterS to tHe editor Ulterior motives

To the Editor: The recent vote by the Lincoln County Commissioners Court to limit development in our county to only those properties having water rights has done two things. First, if you own a large tract of land that doesn’t have any water rights, your land just got devalued by at least 50 percent. You now own land that has no potential except for a single homesite or to be used for agricultural purposes. However, if you own a tract of land that has water rights, you love the vote taken by the Commissioners Court because your property just soared in value. You now own land that has development potential in a County that forbids all other properties to be developed. Given the above, can you think of anyone who might benefit by enacting such an ordinance? How about County Commission Chair Jackie Powell, Commissioner Preston Stone and Planning Commission Chair Jennie Dorgan? All three have financial interests in large family ranches in Lincoln County. Do they own water rights and, if they do, did they not realize their vote would result in a big monetary gain in the value of their land holdings? Both questions need to be answered. Buck Buchanan Ruidoso

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Skewing water reports

To the Editor: I am writing this letter to address a major concern with the Village of Ruidoso water system and the village management’s ability to make conscientious good decisions as it pertains to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the village, business of the village and any would-be tourist staying in our many hotels and cabins. Turbidity can be a major health concern, which is why the US EPA and NMED monitor it. On or about June 8, 2012, Joe Savage and John Pijawka with NMED were performing a routine inspection of Grindstone Water Treatment Plant when they discovered filter in front of the turbidity meter. Further investigation by NMED and Village of Ruidoso Public Works Director Randall Camp determined that the Water Production Manager, Tom Stewart (not former county manager Tom Stewart) had placed the filter in line prior to the turbidity meter to skew the results seen at the meter. The turbidity meter has a chart recorder, which records turbidity values, and these charts are then analyzed and submitted to NMED. The documentation is filled out in a report and then signed by the Water Production Manager verifying the validity of the-reports and then submitted to the overseeing agency, in this case NMED. These reports were generated with false information, submitted with false informa-

tion, all in an effort to show false numbers to the NMED. This is fraud. Camp notified the Village of Ruidoso Manager Debi Lee of the violation immediately. This written notice recommended termination of the water production manager for this very serious infraction. Lee elected to conduct an investigation on the infraction and determined that Stewart should not be terminated and that he had not committed any wrongdoing. I find it very interesting that Camp recommends termination of an employee for a willful major health violation and. Lee elects to overturn his decision and keep this employee. When Lee discovered that a criminal investigation would result she had an opportunity to fire Tom Stewart under his evaluation period and NMED might have seen that the Village was not part of the criminal act. Instead no action was taken against Stewart. The reason the turbidity monitoring is so important to NMED is because if the turbidity was high due to algae or other fungus, it could cause very serious health

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risk especially if the disinfectant used was inadequate. The village has been cited for inadequate disinfectant as well. In fact, the turbidity coming from algae and fungus sources could have been prevented by a competent operator. Going through the documentation provided by the Village of Ruidoso, it looks like Tom Stewart was still in charge of the Village of Ruidoso water production department into the early part of November. According to the emails it is apparent that Stewart lied to NMED about why the filter was there and Lee helped cover up his lie. In the documentation he stated it was to collect a sample to test and determine what the turbidity consisted of, but then he could not document the order given to take the sample, work order, or any other data. A certified operator knows it is illegal to do what he did and if a sample was needed it would be collected by a different feed-line from the one feeding the meter. This shows he did not request nor was he given permission from his superior to Continued on next page


just like Ruidoso. He said On Channel 7 News it was the first time he early last Thursday mornhad ever heard anything ing, Scott Verhines, NM like that. state engineer, made the I remember at least statement that Ruidoso eight years ago, I read in and Las Vegas could probthe paper during the legably be the next commuislative session a reprenities out of water. The sentative made a general majority of the county statement about water in commission agrees and New Mexico. He referred has been trying hard to to the Village of Ruidoso address it. Recently I as a place from which to attended the mayor’s Jackie Powell learn because the village summit at the Ruidoso Lincoln County Commission had plenty of water rights Convention Center. There Chair and no wet water. That were a couple of economic was many years ago and it seems that development people there and they actually attended the trip to Bonito Lake with no one listened or learned. Everyone has been denying it, ignoring it and pushing me. While we were at the lake we were it down the road like it would go away. discussing Las Vegas being very close to I actually attended a Ruidoso City running out of water as was Ruidoso. The Council meeting in 2005 and made a economic development representative report that Ruidoso should start makwas flabbergasted. He had never heard ing plans and preparing for a drought. I anything like that, and he could not besaid that one of these days the Village of lieve it. I said Las Vegas has been on the Continued on next page verge of running out of water for years

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LETTERS, continued from pg. A4 perform this installation. It was done on his own under his own authority. Being an engineer and citizen of Ruidoso, and having designed water treatment plants, I took serious interest into this issue and the lack of the village management to take corrective action. A willful violation that affects the health safety and welfare of the public should not be swept under the rug nor should it be tolerated by the overseeing agency, NMED. (I am in no way alluding that NMED tolerated this violation, as a matter of fact there is a pending investigation on the part of the Environment Department.) When Lee found out I was looking into this matter, an article was immediately published in the Ruidoso News down playing the importance of the non-compliant readings resulting of the removal of the filter. Nothing mentioned about the false data that was submitted to NMED. However NMED is looking at placing the Village of Ruidoso on Administrative Order. It is my opinion that Lee covered up the filter placement and in no emails or written documents that I have requested from the Village is it mentioned. Village of Ruidoso Legal Attorney, Dan Bryant, blocked most of what I requested under the F .O. I.A. (Freedom of Information Act) request because of a criminal inves-

tigation being conducted by NMED. He did make all other information available as charts including the turbidity meter charts, graphs, reports, and emails. Interestingly, like the Nixon tapes, some information on the graph is missing. This is either due to the removal of the information or again shows the incompetence of the manager to produce complete documentation. Carol Parker along with Melissa Mascarenas NMED is handling the criminal and/or civil portion. Mike Coffman with the NMED Operator Certificate Board is handling Stewart’s certificate to operate. It has also been brought to my attention that Coffman and Stewart are good friends and maybe this is why an incompetent operator who violates major health rules is still allowed to maintain his license. Any help from the A.G. (Attorney General) or other agency would be appreciated. It seems the Village of Ruidoso thinks they are above the law and can do whatever they want even at the risk of the health of people. The residents and businesses of the Village of Ruidoso are begging for something to be done. We aren’t sure if our next drink of water will be our last. Carl Kelly, Jr. Ruidoso

OP ED, continued from pg. A4 But everything Ruidoso does upstream of Ruidoso would have water rights on paper with no wet water to back them up. During us affects us. We are downstream and they that regular city council meeting, the mayor should try looking upstream at what’s really depleting the system. responded to me in a condescending tone From Biscuit Hill east, the only small and said, and I quote, “Jackie, that’s ridiculous, God would never do that to us.” Now water flow in the river is the sewer effluent from the Wastewater Treatment Plant and that is the sum total of Ruidoso’s drought it lasts until just above Glencoe before it planning, and here we are. They have run goes dry. Our dam has been bone dry since out of places to harvest because there is no Feb. 4 of this year and was dry Feb. 16 water anywhere. There is one small stream last year. At times it has been dry for six to left, not even more than a ditch full, and the village has installed a fast track pipeline eight months at a time. How does retiring water that doesn’t exist and transferring it up Carrizo Canyon to Grindstone Lake to upstream where it also doesn’t exist accompump the little water that Carrizo Creek plish anything? produces, and dump it into Grindstone I heard an old Indian saying. It is about Lake. It’s my opinion this action will dry daylight savings time, but I think it could up Carrizo and the Rio Ruidoso from the be applied in this situation also. “The Chamber of Commerce down to at least White Man is the only creature I know that the Gavilan ball field or further. When you cuts off the top of the blanket and sews it dry these little mountain streams up and onto the bottom of the blanket and thinks stress them, the water table drops and they he has a longer blanket.” are harder to recharge. Eagle Creek, which Except for the fact that the middle part used to run about three times a year and of the blanket doesn’t actually exist either was a good tributary to the Rio Ruidoso at Glencoe during spring runoff, monsoon and when we talk about water, it’s pretty much early fall, hasn’t been a tributary of the Rio the same concept. Here is a fact to ponder. This is not the Ruidoso for more than 15 years since the first drought this area has seen. We have Village of Ruidoso started pumping their had many throughout the couple hundred wells heavily. It’s possible it may never years some of our families have been here. come back. Has anyone heard of Chaco I have a picture of my grandfather’s hay Canyon? farm in the 1890’s drought. There were Amazingly, when Tom Stewart was manager in 2006, he put together a drought hardly any trees and fewer people but there was still not enough water. Those were hard summit. He included the City of Ruidoso times. My dad said in the 1950s he rememDowns, Village of Ruidoso and Lincoln bered 17 consecutive years that our dam County Commission. He recruited several was bone dry. The difference between this experts from the area that had been dealdrought and those is that fewer than 4,000 ing with water issues for a very long time. year-round people lived here then. Now we At the end of the presentations, a Village have more than 20,000 people, double that of Ruidoso councilor stated that he didn’t on holiday weekends with the same amount realize it was that bad and that they should of water as before. We have had 40-plus start looking into the issue further and take square miles of trees burn down and still action. I think one of the things they did no water. There wasn’t a lot of water before was put a restriction on drilling domestic the population grew even without the trees wells in village limits which was a very good step. But that was pretty much the end we have now. We have always had a finite supply of water here, but people have been of the planning. They had a couple more living like there is a never-ending supply. meetings and talked about it but no further action was taken. Behind closed doors they Potable water should never be watering a golf course, soccer fields or anything like have been making decisions about reworking wells, drilling exploratory wells up and that in the desert. Most of our irrigation water (if we are lucky enough to get any) is down Eagle Creek and next to Alto Lake, which hasn’t produced the amount of water from the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Finally, June 13 (eight years after we they need. The Village of Ruidoso didn’t even go into Phase 5 water restrictions until tried to bring awareness), the state engineer agrees and hopefully a lot more people will very recently. They should have gone into start to hear the lesson; this area is in a sePhase 5 in 2005 and stayed there. But that wouldn’t have been the popular thing to do. vere drought and it has been severely overdrawn and over pumped for many years. It It is much easier to blame everything on someone like me who’s been trying to alert seems no one wants to face the facts. If you don’t take the time to understand how the the public for years. Basically, when you don’t have enough land and water work together up here in the desert mountains, Mother Nature has a way snow for several years and pumping ocof educating you, but you are never going curs at the ski area in the worst drought in recorded history, making snow with to like it or be able to afford it. water that would have diverted into GrindFood does not come from the store, and stone during summer exhausts the water’s water does not come from the faucet. recharge sources. 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Lincoln County to receive PILT payments Lincoln County will receive approximately $1,536,831 through the 2013 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.. PILT is administered through the Department of the Interior and provides funding for mostly rural counties that have a limited ability to levy taxes due to the amount of federal property in their jurisdiction, including Bureau of Land Management land, national parks and forests and military bases. PILT funding is used to provide vital police and fire services and also goes towards local schools, housing and transportation. “PILT payments are important to New Mexico and I’m glad to see these payments continue for our rural com-

munities,” Udall said. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee I will be doing everything I can to ensure PILT is fully funded into the future so our county governments can continue providing critical services to their residents.” The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposes to extend mandatory full funding for the PILT for another year while a sustainable long-term funding solution is developed. Udall was a cosponsor of the County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011, a bipartisan bill led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman that would guarantee full funding of the PILT program for five additional years “PILT funding helps maintain the economic strength of our rural communities by providing safer roads, bet-

ter schools, and thousands of local jobs,” Heinrich said. “While New Mexico’s share of PILT funding would have been higher without sequestration, I am pleased this program is helping counties provide critical services on which New Mexicans rely.” According to the Interior Department, the annual PILT payments are computed based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population of that county or jurisdiction. The lands include the National Forest and National Park Systems, the areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management, those affected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation water resource development projects, and others.

State Land Office earns $47.8 million for schools, universities, hospitals

SANTA FE – In the month of May, the New Mexico State Land Office earned $47.8 million in revenue for the beneficiaries of the state land trust. “The New Mexico State Land Office is working hard to ensure that revenues are optimized to support the public schools, universities, and hospitals,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell. “We are working with the private sector, our sovereign tribes, our local, state, and federal agencies, and our local communities to create jobs for New Mexicans while protecting the health and productivity of our working lands.” The New Mexico State Land Office is responsible for managing state trust lands to generate income for 22 beneficiaries and for taking care of the lands so they are healthy and productive for the future. • More than $42 million went to support

public schools in New Mexico. More than $377,000 went to state colleges and universities. • More than $2.3 million went to special schools, such as the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in Alamogordo, and the School for the Deaf, in Santa Fe. • About $1.3 million went to hospitals, including Miner’s Colfax Hospital in Raton, and state hospitals. • The remaining $1.8 million went to other institutions, including the State Penitentiary and public buildings, water reservoirs, and other beneficiaries. In fiscal year 2012, earnings from the State Land Office amounted to almost 93 percent of the operating budget for the New Mexico School for the Blind in Alamogordo, almost 80 percent of the op•

erating budget for the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe, 81 percent of the operating budget for the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, 29 percent of the operating budget for Miner’s Colfax Medical Center in Raton, and 20 percent of the operating budget for public schools throughout the state. Revenues from nonrenewable use of the trust lands, such as the royalties from oil and natural gas extraction, are deposited into the Permanent Fund. They are invested and a percentage of the fund is paid to the beneficiaries. Revenues from the renewable resources uses, such as grazing, rights of way, interest on earnings and bonuses paid to acquire oil and gas leases, are distributed directly to the beneficiaries, minus the State Land Office’s operating budget and other administrative expenses.

A complete list of state land trust beneficiaries is available on the agency’s website at: The_Beneficiaries.aspx. The monthly financial reports are available at http://www. The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected state official responsible for administering the state’s land grant trust. Thirteen million acres of land were granted to New Mexico in 1898 and 1910. Each tract is held in trust for the public schools, universities, as well as special schools and hospitals that serve children with physical, visual, and auditory disabilities. In fiscal year 2012, the trust lands produced a record amount of more than $653 million in income for the beneficiaries, which saves the average household about $850 a year in taxes.

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Above, the Pink Ladies at their annual luncheon reviewing service hours, awarding scholarships, installing new officers and socializing. At right, Pink Lady Gracie Lockwood honors Jodie Keyes for more than 15,500 hours of service to LCMC.

Philanthropic in Pink By Sandi Aguilar

It is always nice to have someone in your corner to turn to when you need something. In the case of the Lincoln County Medical Center that someone is 100 Pink Ladies. Throughout the past 40 years, the hospital auxiliary has run a thrift store which brings in upward of $9,000 a month. The funds are spent on those items and people that make the hospital a state-of-the-art facility. “We wouldn’t have half the stuff at the hospital that we have if it wasn’t for you,” said Patsy Parker, director of Patient Care Services at LCMC on behalf of Al Santos, hospital administrator, at the Pink Ladies annual meeting June 11. The Pink Ladies’ mission is to render service to the hospital and its patients as well as promoting health and welfare for the community. This most specifically is done by purchasing items that regular funding sources are unable to provide. The auxiliary acquired the furniture and some of the equipment for the rehabilitation center and plan to do the same for the new Physician’s Office Building (POB). The purchases also include technical items such as the mammogram and sonogram machines. The pharmacy needed a new lab scope and the Pink Ladies purchased this for the nurses. Recently the Pink Ladies handed over $20,000 for the architectural fees for the POB. Two of the favorite projects the ladies provide for is giving baby spoons to all of the newborns at the hospital and providing scholarships for remarkable students entering or currently in the medical field. At the annual meeting, seven scholarships were awarded. The only graduating senior to earn a scholarship was Kaylee Aguilar from Ruidoso High, who will be attending UNM for medical research. Nicole Walton-Trujillo, currently in radiology at LCMC, is working on her Masters in health care management with a minor in radiology. Additional recipients not available for the luncheon were Charla Latham, also an LCMC employee working on her Masters in nursing; Stephanie Gomez from Arabella at Highlands University studying biology and pre-med; Darcy Horst at NMSU learning about kinesiology and physical therapy; Erika McClain studying biology and pre-med who took her MCAT this spring; and Courtney Kessler working on her PhD in Pharmacy. The scholarship

recipients must re-apply each year and only awarded if Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from they stay in the science field and obtain good grades. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (and until 4 p.m. on Fridays) for both The Pink Ladies Thrift Store is their main fundraisshopping and drop-offs and is located at 140 Nob Hill Dr. Clothing, shoes, toys, household items and jewelry make ing effort and group is always amazed at the support they up a majority of items available. There is a shed for afterreceive from the community. “We rely solely on the comhours drops. munity,” says volunteer Margaret Skelton who also comSays Skelton, “We appreciate the community for using mented that the Pink Ladies celebrated the combined total the thrift store and shopping with us.” of giving of $1 million to the hospital a couple years ago. Skelton says, “It is amazing what we can do on volunteer time and volunteer effort.” During the annual meeting, the group celebrated their volunteers and honored several women achieving thousands of hours of service. The front runner was Jodie Keyes, 95, a member for almost 40 years who has acquired more than 15,500 volunteer hours. The volunteers, who sneak a few men in to their organization, and run the hospital gift shop and front desk with a few volunteers at the nurses’ station. New officers were inducted at the annual meeting and include Alice Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press Thompkins as presiThe Garden Club recently donated $50 to Keep Ruidoso Beautiful (Parks and dent, Betty Leonard as Recreation) as a way of thanking the group for their assistance in beautifying vice president, Sylvia the Ruidoso Public Library’s front planter. Pictured from left to right are HenrySmart as secretary ette McCully, Judy Preston, Bill Stumpff, Joyce Davies, Rodney Greigo (Parks and and Milly Mastin as Rec director), Ellen Bizzo (Keep Ruidoso Beautiful coordinator), T-Bone, Marilyn treasurer. Barnes, Nanette Tanner, Brady Park, Imelda Horne and Judy Peterson. The Pink Ladies

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New Mexico Finance Authority back on track By Representative Patricia A. Lundstrom and Senator Joseph Cervantes

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Finance Authority is once again making low-interest loans and refinancing available for such crucial community infrastructure as fire protection, road repair and maintenance, public transit, water and waste systems, public spaces, building and facility construction and improvements. A few weeks ago, the authority issued a $44.285 million bond for its Public Project Revolving Fund Program, with current interest rates ranging from a low of 0.410 percent for a two-year loan to 3.726 percent for a 30-year loan. “We had an excellent reception from the market,” Michael Zavelle, chief financial strategist for the authority, said about the bond issuance – the first since March 2012, when it was discovered that the 2011 audit had been

improperly conducted. After exhaustive investigations and analyses, no money was found to be missing or manipulated. Any wrongdoing was limited to the former controller, who was convicted of submitting a forged 2011 audit and passing it along to bond investors. Zavelle said that the authority’s bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s remained quintessentially high despite the forged audit, confirming the financial health and integrity of the authority and its funds. In the 18 years since the authority has administered the Public Project Revolving Fund Program, “no borrower has ever defaulted on a loan,” said Zavelle. “We’ve been keeping in close contact with investors throughout all of this. Underneath that, there wasn’t anything that really changed the market,” said Zavelle. “We

feel we very much have put the fake audit behind us.” Gene Schofield, Eldorado Area Water and Sanitation District treasurer said that refinancing through the authority reduced the net interest rate from 6 percent to 2 percent and saved the district $2.3 million on a principal balance of $9.8 million. “The authority is crucial for entities across the state, such as the district that cannot obtain low-interest rates based on their credit ratings,” said Schofield. “Without the good work of the authority, it would not have been possible for the district to advance critically needed infrastructure projects,” Schofield said. Representative Patricia A. Lundstrom is chair and Senator Joseph Cervantes is vice chair of the New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee of the New Mexico Legislature.

Interagency cooperation to provide defensible space By Sue Hutchison Reporter Suzanne Kelley was about to throw in the towel. After retiring she moved to her vacation home in Ruidoso which is backed up to Lincoln National Forest. But her physical difficulties made it impossible to clear her property and provide defensible space for her more than one acre property. Through a raffle system initiated by members of the Wildland Urban Interface Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press cooperative, she was selected Above, Suzanne Kelley; center, from more than 60 entrants to David Warnack and far right, Mike receive one acre of defensible Caggiano. space work. “I was about to give up and move back to El Paso but I’m Little Bear Forest Reso glad I was chosen to receive their help,” form Coalition, American said Kelley. Wildfire, Wilson Thinning, Last Friday, representatives from several Sierra Contracting and private contractors provided services in a agencies converged and cleared the acre joint effort. surrounding Kelley’s home. South Central David Warnack, Smokey Bear District Mountain Resource, Conservation and DeRanger, spent the day with a chainsaw, as did velopment, US Forest Service, Ecoservants,

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Mike Caggiano, with SCMRC&D. Due to budget constraints, Warnack says he spends most Friday afternoons cleaning campsites, picking up trash and spending time in the forest to help keep facilities in working or-

der. He says he and his team enjoy being out of the office and investing in forest health. Caggiano says he is impressed with the interagency cooperation and hopes to continue the effort.

Taste of the Spencer

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Ruidoso Fire Department’s staff spent a couple days becoming familiar with the new ladder truck the village recently acquired. Joe Veril, one of five top trainers in the United States, provided training and support to municipal firefighters. “We were very lucky to be able to have Joe here,” said Harlan Vincent, acting fire chief for the village.

More than 200 attended the annual fundraiser for the Spencer Theater last Saturday. With both silent and live auction items, more than 100 businesses donated items or services. Included were trips to Cabo San Lucas, Branson, Mo. and Scotland, along with a 2014 breeding with a champion stallion. Generous pours of wine, delicious food and dessert were offered to patrons.

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some of our water with me. You guys need it! However dry it may be, I don’t think I could have picked a better or more beautiful place than Ruidoso,” Grissom said. He adds that the scenery here is breathtaking and the people have been very friendly and welcoming.” If I could just teach you all how to make sweet tea and maybe boil some crawfish, I’d feel comfortable saying this is a close to heaven as you could get,” Grissom said. What sets Grissom apart from other technicians most importantly is his confidence. In fact, he is so confident in my work he refuses to charge an hourly rate. After working with computers for more than 20 years, Grissom knows his way through them almost blind. “With the knowledge and understanding I have of computers, there is no reason to charge by the hour. I know what’s wrong with your PC and how long it’s going to take to repair it almost before you tell me its symptoms,” Grissom said.

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Village Round-up By Sue Hutchison Reporter

Lincoln County Transit tightens belt again

The village’s annual contribution to Lincoln County Transit was discussed at last week’s council meeting. With a village budget amount of $28,874, councilors debated whether the transit service was effective in the community. A service agreement between the city of Ruidoso Downs and the village stated the transit system is designed to fill the need for public transportation for the citizens of the county. But service areas have shrunk due to financial constraints, according to Patricia DeSoto, Lincoln County Transit manager. DeSoto stated that many people who use the transit system head to court or the hospital. “We also get a lot of calls from Alto,” she said. She also mentioned the transit system services Mescalero as well, but after approaching the Inn of the Mountain Gods to assist in funding, she was told they didn’t have adequate funds to help. “So we may have to cut services to Mescalero, too,” she said. Currently the transit system works by interested riders phoning for pick up. The service agreement between the village and the city of Ruidoso Downs states that established bus stops should be agreed upon and signs should be installed. Councilors felt that established routes would be a cost saving measure. This hasn’t been done so far. DeSoto, the chief bookkeeper, said the transit system is bringing in revenues at this point. “Somebody needs to take a good look at these books,” she said to council, and indicated the financial statements were open documents. But with three part time employees in addition to herself and no full time dispatcher, DeSoto is stretched thin. Debi Lee, village manager, said that the village finance department is reviewing the transit system’s books and would schedule a workshop with village council if needed to determine the best course of action. Discrepancies exist between Lincoln County Transit’s accounting and that of the city of Ruidoso Downs, according to DeSoto. Councilor Lynn Crawford took the time to ride the system last month and observed for more than an hour. “Thank you for coming in and being honest,” he said to DeSoto at last week’s council meeting. “I still want to see fare structures and routes and signs for where the stops are going to be. It’s run more like a taxi service now,” he said. Crawford said he doesn’t see how the service can continue if it isn’t run tighter. Because the county has determined not to assist in funding the transit system, and because the areas it currently covers are generally limited to Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, some feel their name should be changed to reflect a more accurate coverage. Councilor Gloria Sayers complimented the transit system staff but said, “It has to be run more responsibly. Things have to change.” With a roll call vote, the council agreed to fund the village’s annual contribution of $28,874.

Village saves more than $200,000 by refinancing bonds


Mark Valenzuela, village financial advisor along with Chris Muirhead, Modrall Sperling attorney, delivered the news to councilors that bond sales occurred during the morning hours prior to the council meeting last Tuesday. Rates for the sales were 3.49 percent. “We’re very pleased with that rate,” said Valenzuela who reported that by 10:30 a.m. they had 85 percent of bonds sold. “It’s a good result of a market where we’re seeing interest rates rise,” he continued. New Mexico Wastewater System Refunding Revenue Bonds, series 2013 established the aggregate principal amount of the bonds at $8.445 million. The first week of June 2013 showed the highest outflow of cash to bond purchases in the last 10 years, according to Valenzuela. He said the interest rates would rise to continue to attract buyers, but he was pleased with the rate the village’s sale of bonds had achieved during the morning’s sale. By enacting Resolution 2013-17, the overall savings for the village will be $230,000 over the lifetime of the bonds. “As your financial advisor, I recommend approval,” said Valenzuela and said it would be a positive economic action for the village. Another benefit of refunding and refinancing

at a lower interest rate is the consolidation of the loans into one, more manageable account, according to Muirhead. “You’re curtailing significant red tape,” he explained and said this was the final step the council would take in this transaction, along with the signing of documents. “I’m very comfortable about where you stand and I think this is a good transaction,” he concluded. Councilor Denise Dean clarified that the village was not extending their current debt by utilizing the transaction at hand. Valenzuela confirmed her statement. With a roll call vote, the resolution passed unanimously.

Baja Broadband recommends no increase, village staff disagrees

During a scheduled public hearing, Baja Broadband Operating Co., LLC franchise agreement with the village was reviewed. The agreement deeds certain village easements to the company for the placement of cables and systems to offer their services to the community. The current agreement has Baja paying a 3 percent franchise fee and new village ordinance 2013-14 calls for an increase to 5 percent. If approved, the increase in fee would be passed to Baja customers. The council had the option to leave the fee at 3 percent or increase it. The new agreement covers a 15 year span. Lee said the proposed increase was to offset the struggle the village has for general fund revenues. Lee mentioned the village has needed to send the Parks and Recreation department to seek Lodger’s Tax funds to support some of their projects, as well as denying other entities requested funds due to lack of village general fund revenues. Sayers asked why the fee couldn’t stay at 3 percent. Joseph Wyant, senior associate partner with Last Mile Communications and Baja representative was present to suggest the fee remain the same. “We increase our rates typically once a year because our fees go up,” he explained. “About half your monthly cable bill goes to our servers,” he continued, and said that with servers such as ESPN there is no set amount Baja can count on for server increases. With Baja’s revenue going up each year, franchise fees have gone up roughly the same, Wyant explained. “We try to limit the increases to cover the increase in costs we have,” he said and concluded by saying he didn’t think it was advisable to saddle citizens with a 5 percent increase. “I advise you to leave it at 3 percent,” he said. Dan Bryant, village attorney, weighed in and offered his research which indicated municipalities he surveyed ranged from 2 or 3 percent franchise fee to 11 percent. “New Mexico’s largest city is getting 11 percent on some of their franchises,” said Bryant. Also discussed was the duration of the proposed new contract. Crawford asked if it was a standard to propose a 15-year contract. Bryant said the village is authorized to a 25-year process. “My personal recommendation is to stick with 15 years,” Bryant said. He added the council could add an accelerator clause in the contract which would give council an opportunity to review 3 percent at any time to make changes as needed during the 15 year duration. Dean mentioned she’d researched on the Internet and found an average of 5 percent franchise fees for municipalities. Councilor Joe Eby asked if the rate could be kept at 3 percent and reevaluated later. Councilor Jim Stoddard agreed with Eby’s flexibility and said there was ambiguity between what had been presented as typical and atypical for municipalities. Lee added that typically there’s not a change in fees during the life of a contract. “This is where we get our revenues,” she said and added that she felt 5 percent was a fair market value and standard for municipalities. Wyant added that Baja would request if fees change during the duration of the contract, they be given 90 days’ notice to adjust their fees and inform customers. With the additions of an accelerator clause, a 90-day notice for Baja should increases be deemed necessary, and to keep the rate at 3 percent with an option to reevaluate at a later date, the measure passed with a roll call vote, and Crawford voting no.

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My dad was artsy-crafttweet, Facebook status or sy and a scavenger king. blog is monitored. Even Many fathers have taught Hillary Clinton recently their children to reach for threw caution to the wind the stars and always look and joined the social media up, not my dad. He taught era on Twitter to the thrill by example to look down or consternation of many. and watch every step. He According to the National would find pre-treasures Press Association, she everywhere if he had described herself on her enough alone time. new account as: wife, mom, As a fisherman, he’d lawyer, women and kid’s use all sorts of scavenged advocate, FLOAR (First Sue Hutchison material for lures and Lady of Arkansas), would frequently come TUS (First Lady of the home from his walks with a U.S.), U.S. Senator, Secpocketful of tire balancing weights which State, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit had fallen off vehicles on the city streets aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD ...” near our home. He’d melt them down in One can only imagine what To Be Deterhis garage, re-form them and use them for mined may signify – perhaps CIC (Comsinkers during his deep sea fishing excurmander in Chief) or POTUS (President sions. of the U.S.) may be forthcoming. Don’t Not a Father’s Day goes by without worry, Hillary. You’re being watched. me remembering a few of his quirks. He There is a TV series which deals with died suddenly in 2005 after a botched this issue in, so they say, a fictitious manangioplasty, and left behind a garage filled ner called Person of Interest. My man and to the roof (you think I’m kidding) with I watch it from time to time. It depicts a stuff with which he fully intended to craft room sized machine which can predict something marvelous, to be sure. He was a person’s pending fatality, among other no hoarder but for us, it was simply a looming dangers. nightmare to clean out and try to dispose I think I’m more like dad. Just give me of. Only he knew where every screw, nut, space, please. Although I think it might be bolt, chisel or pencil was. We just knew we OK for Santa to see me when I’m sleephad to get the house ready to sell. ing and know if I’m awake, he’s on a very To pre-rescue my children, I was in a short list of those who have my permission closet-cleaning-frenzy for months at home to do so. Before cell phones, Wi-Fi, or the following dad’s funeral. Internet, all of us had places we were simOne thing which stood firm throughply inaccessible. Perhaps while we were out his life was his insistence at being left driving from place to place or when we alone when he was creating. Whether he were away from a phone, it was nice to be was crafting something, creating another alone for a few moments. use for a common item, or sketching his Not so anymore. One should smile pen and ink or charcoal drawings: when he when at city intersections, ATM’s, bank was creating, we knew to be gone. If we lines, airports, shops and just about anyhovered, gave direction or our opinions, where else. Cameras abound and we’re his anxiousness overshadowed his creativ- being watched. Even that little dot on the ity and the results were far less than any top of your laptop screen may be paying of us wanted. I think it gave him a sense attention, some say, when you least expect of peace to be alone with his thoughts and it. In my opinion, if someone is spying on dreams. He, poor man, was surrounded by me while I work at all hours of the day or a house full of women. Alone was a gift. night on my computer, they get what they These days with technology, media and deserve when they look. social networking options, alone is a rarDo I think I’m being spied on every ity. Recently, 29-year-old, ex CIA worker moment? Probably not. I’m sure I’m not Edward Snowden revealed himself as the interesting enough. But if someone asks source about what he says the National Se- me what I think about all this hype, I’d say, curity Agency’s surveillance programs are “Just leave me alone. I need to think.” up to across the country. Whether it bothers or informs the public, being watched 24/7 Not even wanting to approach the “He is no longer a concept far from reach. knows if you’ve been bad or good” part, There are those who think that every Sue can be reached at suehutch@valornet. phone conversation, every text, email, com.

John Farnsworth’s painters’ workshop Well-known Santa Fe teacher John Farnsworth brings his popular three-day lecture/discussion workshop to Ruidoso. As an artist, Farnsworth has painted a 6x6-inch painting each day for the past three years. The subject matter includes still lifes, people, animals, Kachinas, found objects and travel scenes. Following a demonstration, students will learn to paint in one day using Farnsworth’s (Un)Limited minimalist palette and then share their work via a web log or blog. Learn how to paint anywhere, how to discover your own style, how to share your work, how to laugh and have fun while painting in either oil or watercolor. The class takes place at ENMU-Ruidoso July 22, 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $350 or $325 for seniors. Registration is required and may be made by calling ENMU-Ruidoso Community Education at 575-257-3012.

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Birding in Ruidoso

Photos courtesy of Barbara Deck

There a quite a few bird species here in Ruidoso and Lincoln County and many birding opportunities for summer guests. These photos are from the Circle B RV Park on Highway 70, taken by Barbara Deck over the past few weeks. This park and many other spots in the Ruidoso area offer great places for visitors to begin their birding adventures. From top, turkey vulture, black-headed grosbeak, cedar waxwing, pine siskin and western bluebird.

Airpants at the accountant’s Copyright © 2013 Jay McKittrick About a winter ago or so, while splitting and stacking firewood before a storm, I bent over to pick up a log and ripped my Levis up the middle. As it was cold that day, I grabbed a roll of duct tape; fixed the ventilated area of my pants; and went back to work. In a crisis situation the main thing is not to panic – improvise, adapt and overcome. At the end of the day, when I went inside, I showed my wife what had happened. She had a good laugh at my expense before tearing the tape off. “Now throw ‘em away!” she told me. “OK…” I said, and before getting into the shower, I put the pants by the back door to go out with the trash that evening.

So don’t ask me what happened, but by mistake they ended up washed, folded and put away. I think the kids must have found them by the door when they were taking out the garbage, and innocently put them in the dirty clothes basket. A few days after that, while my wife was grocery shopping, I took my kids to the accountant’s office with me as I had to sign some papers. And I remember the office was busy that day with a few ladies waiting in the lobby when we got there. And while my kids sat patiently on the bench, eating candy and looking at magazines, I talked to the receptionist before walking down the hall to my tax preparer’s office where I sat down and began discussing my business with her. It was then that I heard

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the ladies in the lobby laughing, and then one of them said loudly: “What the hell’s the matter with your daddy’s paints?!” I looked down, and couldn’t believe my eyes. (Yep! You guessed it.) I had worn the clean crotchless pair of Levis to the accountant’s office. OMG! My tax preparer, who had been trying not to look, said to me with a straight face: “I know you want a refund this year – but gee whiz, Jay!”

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Heza Wild Dragon tops in Mountain Top Futurity

June 18

Pro baseball Oakland at Texas, 6 p.m.

June 19

Pro baseball Oakland at Texas, 6 p.m.

June 21

Pro baseball Texas at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

June 22

Pro baseball Texas at St. Louis, 5 p.m.

June 23

Pro baseball Texas at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Sports Results

June 10

Little League baseball Minor playoffs – Tigers 24, Pirates 11 Major playoffs – Marlins 29, Phillies 3

June 11

Little League baseball Minor playoffs – DBacks 14, Astros 10 Minor playoffs – Yankees 19, Tigers 8

June 12

Little League baseball Major playoffs – Dodgers 14, Tigers 4 Major playoffs – Yankees 14, Marlins 1

June 13

Little League baseball Minor playoffs – Astros 29, Pirates 25 Major playoffs – Tigers 14, Phillies 0

June 14

Little League baseball Minor playoffs – Yankees 20, DBacks 8 Major playoffs – Yankees 7, Dodgers 2 Softball Cool Pines Classic at Eagle Creek Men’s D La Familia 18, Thunder 8 Men’s E Banditos 15, Pimp 2 Women’s E Vipers 20, Dirty Diamonds 6

June 15

Little League baseball Minor playoffs – Tigers 19, Astros 7 Major playoffs – Tigers 15, Marlins 4 Softball Cool Pines Classic at Eagle Creek Men’s D Thunder 17, Purple Haze 7 Thunder 24, Donkey Punch 19 Men’s E Shockers 14, Good Times 13 Scum 11, Mescalero Homeboys 6 Banditos 7, Big Boyz 5 OK 15, Danger 12 Raza 17, Quarter’s Softball 16 Team L.B. 11, Mescalero Homeboys 10 Good Times 20, Los Compas 10 Women’s C Got Game? 20, Dangeress Diamonds 2 Lady Blue Thunder 31, Dangeress Diamonds 11 Women’s E Funsized 7, Dirty Diamonds 0

June 16

Softball Cool Pines Classic at Eagle Creek Men’s D Thunder 13, Outlaws 12 Thunder d. Los Gordos SX3 Bones Bridage 22, Thunder 17 Men’s E Danger 25, Team LB 9 Big Boyz 17, Good Times 13 Mala Noticias 23, Quarter’s Softball 11 Shockers 18, Danger 8 Banditos 25, 2 Words 1 Finger 10 Banditos 11, OK 7 No Mercy 15, Banditos 2 Big Boyz 19, Banditos 15

June 17

Little League baseball Minor playoffs – Tigers vs. DBacks, late Major playoffs –Tigers vs. Dodgers, late

Sports Upcoming

June 18

Little League baseball at Gavilan Canyon Field Minor championship, 5:30 p.m. Major championship, 7:30 p.m.

June 21

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

June 22

Horse racing Tricky Dust, Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, 1 p.m.

June 23

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


By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon showed he could have a very lucrative future with a late-running win in the $356,980 Mountain Top Quarter Horse Futurity for New Mexico-breds on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. The purse for the Mountain Top Futurity sported a 20-percent increase over last year’s running. “He broke really nice from the gate,” said winning rider Esgar Gay Harris/Ruidoso Downs Race Track Ramirez. “He had a little stumble at Heza Wild Dragon – far right – is able to just beat out a about 100 yards, but picked it up and strong field in this year’s Mountain Top Futurity on Saturwas really running at the end.” day. Heza Wild Dragon was all out to A gelding by Genuine Strawfly and Hidden catch Gary Thompson’s ThreedeewoodDragon, Heza Wild Dragon earned $149,953 for ee. The Manuel Gutierrez-ridden gelding bolted racing the 350 yards in 17.326 seconds. to the lead from the inside post position and then Heza Wild Dragon, $15,000 Ruidoso Sale drifted out for most of the race. Heza Wild Dragon nailed Threedeewodee at the wire by a nose. It was see MOUNTAIN TOP pg. B2 a neck back to third-place finisher Kaydns Krusader.

Ruidoso Futurity winner euthanized By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Cartel Quick, winner of this year’s $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity and the only horse in the running for the Quarter Horse Triple Crown, was euthanized Monday morning due to kidney failure, according to owner Sergio Enriquez. The horse had to be cooled down directly after winning the close race Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press and was vanned off to the Water is poured onto Cartel Quick test barn. He was later after he won the Ruidoso Futurity. The treated for dehydration, horse died of kidney failure the next according to a report in day. Daily Racing Form. “This was only his second time out, and he ran pretty good,” Enriquez said after the race. “He just tightened up a little bit.” Enriquez said Cartel Quick fought through the night on Sunday and seemed to be improving, only taking a turn for the worse on Monday morning. Vince Mares, director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, has confirmed a necropsy will be conducted on the horse at a state laboratory in Albuquerque.

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Just two runs separated the South All-Star team from a victory in the annual North-South 1A-3A baseball series at Bayard last weekend. The South won the first game in a big way, 25-6, but then dropped a pair of narrow games 15-10 and 10-9 to lose the series. “Game one was kind of surprising,” said Ruidoso coach Gilbert Alvarado, who was at the games watching Warrior graduate Ryan Yaksich and Capitan player Raul Villegas. “The pitchers from the North had a lot of walks in that one.” Yaksich was 1-for-3 with a run batted in an a pair

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor The Bandidtos came the closest of any local softball team to a tournament title at the Cool Pines Classic, held over three days at Eagle Creek Complex. Seven local teams in four divisions were among the competition starting on Friday night, and by the end the Banditos were the last Ruidoso-area squad still standing, having reached the semifinal game against Roswell’s Big Boyz in the Men’s E division. Banditos was knocked into the loser’s bracket of the doubleelimination tournament on a 15-2 loss to eventual tournament champion No Mercy. That followed a run of four straight wins – including a 7-5 victory over Big Boyz in the second round on


Todd Fuqua Anyone who doesn’t consider professional auto racers as athletes hasn’t taken a long car trip across the country. The mental acuity needed to remain alert and functioning while driving on the open highway can be daunting at 75 miles per hour – never mind 150-200 miles per hour. Now try racing as fast as you can straight up the side of one of the tallest mountains on the continent. That’s what faces driver Doug Siddens, son of Ruidoso Realtor Doug Siddens, Sr., as he prepares for another appearance in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. It’s a race that has a lot of history – the June 30 event marks the 91st running – and requires a lot of endurance. The race takes between nine and 11 hours and finishes up at the 14,110-foot summit after running a 12-plus mile course. It’s hard to run at that altitude


in Men’s D, falling to La Familia in the first round but then fighting their way to a tie for fifth after winning four games through the loser’s bracket. Their run came to

in the thin air. It’s also hard for carburetors to get the air they need for an internal combustion engine to combust. This is also a race that’s open to racers with all sorts of vehicles. Stock cars, motorcycles and machines that don’t seem to fit any category all take to the winding road. Siddens – who lives in Cedar Park, Texas – is considered a veteran. He won the Exhibition Powersport division last year with a time of 10 hours, 40 minutes, and is considered a contender for top honors this time. It says a lot that he’s considered a veteran. He states his first win came in 2010 at the PPIHC, when he became the first person to compete in a Utility Task Vehicle to even finish the race. A UTV – also known as a side-by-side – can range from anything like a golf cart to what amounts to a miniature pickup.

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Banditos third baseman Garrett Born gets up after taking away a hit during his team’s win over Big Boyz during the Cool Pines Classic at Eagle Creek Softball Complex. Saturday morning The rematch on Sunday night was a different story, as the Roswell squad took a 19-15 victory and the Banditos had to settle for third place. Thunder also had a good run

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South All-Star girls cruise to win By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor When you have a team as talented as the Class 1A/B South girls basketball team was this year, all the coach really has to do is roll the ball out on the court and watch the team get to work. Hondo coach Brad Holland – who had the honor of leading this year’s all-star squad in the annual game Diona Chavez Selena Chavez on June 7 at Rio Rancho’s Cleveland High School – did “Selena had four a little more than that, but points, six rebounds and was still amazed at how easy even a few assists,” Holit was. land said. “She played like “It was exciting to coach she belonged and deserved a team of girls like that,” to be there.” Holland said of the 73-34 Diona Chavez had a blowout. “You don’t get to trio of three pointers and see that much talent at that fi nished with 11 points. level that often.” “They all came toThe South – which gether very quickly. Their included area players Diona basketball IQ is very high Chavez of Mescalero, Aland I got a lot more into lysanne Huey of Corona and the game than I thought I Selena Chavez of Hondo – Allysanne Huey would,” Holland said. “This proved so talented they were was a special group.” able to beat the 4A/5A South team in a scrimmage. It was the same thing last year’s small-school All-South team BASEBALL from pg. B1 was able to do as well. As good as the South played, they of walks. He also caught the entire game, didn’t start out dominating. The South led while Villegas started and got the victory 9-8 after the first quarter, but then started in an almost complete game effort. pulling away, winning the final period Game two featured a South comeback 28-9. near the end, with Yaksich again going The three area girls on the South team 1-for-3 in a complete game effort behind didn’t get much chance on the court – there the plate. was quite a bit of talent in front of them. “The coach for the team (Hatch’s A.J. But Holland said they didn’t look intimiCisco) had nothing but good things to say dated in the least. about the kids,” Alvarado said.

SOFTBALL from pg. B1 an end against the SX3 Bones Brigade of Roswell in a 22-17 loss. There were two women’s teams in the mix as well. The Dirty Diamond’s in Women’s E and Dangeress Diamonds in Women’s C were both eliminated after two losses in the first two rounds. The next USSSA tournament scheduled at Eagle Creek is Bomb It Out In Ruidoso, featuring bracket play for the Men’s Open, Women’s C, Mixed B and Mixed D divisions. The tournament starts July 5.

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Banditos first baseman James Kellogg takes a swing during Saturday’s win over the Big Boys in the Cool Pines Classic at Eagle Creek.

Sports shots Archery expo An archery expo and petting zoo, hosted by Ruidoso Parks and Recreation, is scheduled for July 6 at Two Rivers Park. Open for boys and girls ages 12 and under, the event runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and cost is free.

Wildnerness camp It’s “back to basics, back to nature” during this summer’s wilderness camp for all youth entering first through eighth

grades. The camp runs for seven weeks from June 24-Aug. 9, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp begins each day at Wilderness Park behind the Ruidoso Parks and Recreation office at 801 Resort Dr. Cost is $85 per week for all campers, with lunch supplied by the summer lunch program. Registration continues throughout the summer on a first come, first served basis.

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER Tuesday summer team standings, week 3 of 14 Name Won Lost Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3 3 Old Farts & A Kid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Team 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Strike Ballz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Four Feathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Ball Busters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Split Happens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 The Outlaws. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8

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Last week’s high scores Handicap series – Team 4 2,487, 3 Old Farts & A Kid 2,476, Four Feathers 2,410 Handicap game – Strike Ballz 902, Team 7 845, Split Happens 807 Individual scores will be tracked beginning with week 5

Little League playoffs

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The Pirates/Astros Minor playoff game was one of several at Gavilan Canyon Field over the past week, as Ruidoso Little wraps up its regular season. The Major and Minor championships are on tap for tonight. The Minor Yankees will play the winner between the Tigers and DBacks at 5:30 p.m., while the Major Yankees play either the Tigers or Dodgers at 7:30 p.m. MOUNTAIN TOP from pg. B1 purchase, made his career debut in the Mountain Top trials and impressed with a three-quarter-length win and the second-fastest qualifying time of 17.587 from 10 trials. “I had him down at Sunland Park for the entire meet and knew he was good from the first time we worked him,” Cordova said. “We just saved him for this race. “We’ll keep running him against New Mexicobreds and point to the Zia Futurity (on July 28).” He could be an All American Futurity prospect after the Zia Futurity. Runner-up Threedeewoodee nearly held on to win for trainer Chris Zamora. The Woodbridgesired gelding was second in the New Mexican Spring

Futurity and then won his Mountain Top trial by twoand-three-quarter lengths with the sixth-fastest time of 17.713. Threedeewodee was a $39,000 Ruidoso Sale yearling purchase from the MJ Farms consignment.

J and M Racing and Farm’s third-place runner Kaydns Crusader, also trained by Cordova, is still a maiden after three starts with a close third-place run in the New Mexican Spring Fling Futurity and two second-place trial finishes.

Ruidoso Free Press

June 18, 2013


Area athletes do well at state games By Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press ROSWELL – The New Mexico State Senior Olympics wrapped up Saturday evening in Roswell with closing ceremonies and a dance to celebrate, and while all the results haven’t been posted yet, a number of Lincoln County athletes came out on top in their various events. Pickleball was the most popular sport for competitors from Ruidoso – with 37 athletes qualified – and many county athletes brought home medals. In mixed doubles, 65-69, Joyce Cadwallader and Marshall Photo by Karen Boehler Photo by Karen Boehler Photo by Karen Boehler Pura combined for gold, while in Spud Mitchum Linda Mitchum Gloria Wheeler men’s doubles, James Riggs and Randy Chilton earned first. And while this is only Wheeler’s and new. and Clements – each over 70-years-old Chilton also took first in men’s 60-64 second year competing, she absolutely “A lot of these people, the Senior – bowling an age group down with their singles and Pura in 65-69, while Sharon agrees. Olympics people, we met in Las Cruces,” youngest member, Mitchum. Allen took the gold in women’s singles, “I love it,” the Ruidoso bowler said. Mitchum and his wife Linda have been Linda said, describing it as old home week. 55-59, and Vicky Noakes in age 60-64. “You meet so many different people from either competing or volunteering for Se“A lot of them are familiar and it’s Ruidoso and Alto cyclists dominated nior Olympics for at least 15 years, starting good to see them,” she said, noting it’s not all over the area. It’s just wonderful.” their age groups in all the bicycle events. when they lived in Baton Rouge, La., and So how long will she keep competing? all about the competition. “It’s really all Ruidoso’s Galen Farrington took gold in continuing when they moved to Mayhill. “As long as I can,” Wheeler said. about having fun.” the 5K and 10K time trials, as well as the Although Mayhill is in Otero County, the mile, 10K and 40K road races for ages Mitchums bowl in Ruidoso, which makes 65-69. Frank Cannela finished just behind them eligible to compete in Lincoln CounSIDDENS from pg. B1 Farrington in each of those races. try. William Kennedy, an 80-year-old Linda paired with Gloria Wheeler working out of the back of semi trucks Not the type of thing you’d think could cyclist, took first in the 10K time trial and to win their division in Doubles, while loaded with every tool and part imaginrun a regular race, much less one that second in the 5K and 20K. Wheeler partnered with Harry Allwein to able.” involves climbing a huge slope. Mescalero’s Roderick Chimal (55finish fourth in Mixed Doubles. This year, Siddens is running in Of course, it’s not like Siddens just 59) and Ellis Tortilla (65-69), won their The team of Wheeler, Linda Mitchum, a modified Polaris RZR-X, and many got into a Club Car and took off. He 400-meter estimated race walk events, Sandi Meeks and Lucy Servies – known as racing fans – more than 30,000 of them was running in a modified vehicle that while Winona Chimal (55-599) and Josie the Classy Ladies – was second in the team are expected to attend – are excited to was more conducive to racing – but Tortilla (70-74) took the women’s 800-me- competition. see how he’ll do in the Unlimited field, he said he felt overwhelmed when he ter estimated race walk, and Bruce KlinBoth Mitchums say the hour-and-aagainst some heavy hitters like French arrived. kloe (60-64) and Ellis Tortilla won the half drive to the Ruidoso Bowling Center star Romain Dumas and veteran Rhys “There I was on a mountain I had men’s 800. is well worth the trip. Millen. never been to with all my tools and a Eva Geronimo won the women’s 70-74 “I like it,” Spud said. “I like competing “After last year’s success, I knew few parts in the back of my truck and shuffleboard. in it. Bowling’s all I do now.” that there was still so much more in the pulling the RZR-S I had modified on Bowling was another popular sport “We like the people,” Linda said. RZR-X,” Siddens said. “I felt I needed my garage floor on a little open trailer,” for Lincoln County athletes, and at least “Bowling is fun but it’s more fun with your to use the momentum I had built up Siddens said in an interview with one team – Spud Mitchum, Tom Douglas, friends.” “Needless to say, from last year’s win and use that to get Gene Nitz, Jim Clements – won their age And, they say, the best part of the Seinto the most visible class on the mounit was pretty intimidating when I pulled competition (65-69), despite Doubles, Nitz nior Olympics is meeting friends both olds tain – Unlimited!” up to full blown Pikes Peak race teams

A smile for the winner


Lynn Morgan is the winner of the Alto Ladies’ Golf Assocaition 2013 Founder’s Day Tournament, having posted a net 63. This tournament has been held in May since 1971 when the Ladies’s Golf Association at the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club was established. The overall winner is the golfer with the best net score. Additional flight winners were – 1st Flight: 1st Gross, Teresa Massey (78); 1st Net, Bev Reynolds (64). 2nd Flight: 1st Gross, Jeanne Lacewell (92); 1st Net, Linda Palla. 3rd Flight: 1st Gross, Pat Martin (98); 1st Net, Lonie Kewley (70).

The RANGER report

Moreland to begin rehab assignment

By Master Tesfatsion ARLINGTON – Mitch Moreland was cleared to begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco on Monday. The assignment is expected to last three games. Moreland ran the bases before Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays, but Rangers manager Ron Washington said he had a light day. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 6 with a right hamstring strain. The Rangers could possibly get Jeff Baker back this week. He received a cortisone shot Saturday to help deal with the swelling in his right thumb. Washington said Baker should be ready Friday or possibly even during a four-game series against the Athletics that begins Monday. Baker said he was getting better but would not put a timetable on his return.

Ruidoso Free Press


June 18, 2013

Community news from around the state June 8 High winds deal damage

LOVINGTON — A storm that blew through town last week packed 70 mph winds, causing damage to a number of structures and trees. Some building around Lovington had siding torn loose, while others, such as Choice Oilfield Services, had tin awning ripped from the ground and flipped upside down. The new Lea County Sheriff’s Department facility also sustained damage when some siding was knocked loose by the high winds. Several trees around town also buckled under the pressure, including two at Chaparral Park. Because of the damage, Lovington City Manager James Williams decided to allow private citizens an opportunity to dispose of any downed trees or tree limbs at the convenience center for a few days at no cost. Lawn and tree removal services hired to remove debris are not eligible. Also as a result of the storm, Hobbs and west Texas reported power outages due to downed poles on the Xcel Energy grid. — Lovington Leader

June 7 Hepatitis A infections reported

LORDSBURG — The New Mexico Department of Health, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries sold at Costco. As of May 31, about 30 human infections were being investigated in five states. Two lab-confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to the frozen berries have been reported in New Mexico. Onset of the illness ranged from mid-April into late May. Costco has removed the product from its stores. “It is important that all New Mexicans who have purchased this product remove it from their homes and discard it in their trash,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward in a news release. “If you have consumed this specific product in the last 14 days, you should contact your health care provider about getting hepatitis A vaccine to prevent illness.” Hepatitis A is a viral illness that attacks the liver. People usually get the disease from consuming a contaminated food item. Early signs of hepatitis A appear two to six weeks after exposure. Symptoms commonly include mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, dark urine and jaundice (yellow eyes or skin). Most people recover in a week or so, but sometimes hepatitis A can lead to hospitalization and severe illness. — Hildago County Herald

Texting program targets new moms

RATON — Popular technology is connecting expectant and new mothers with health and safety information about themselves and their new babies. The national Text4Baby program aims to increase women’s health knowledge, facilitate interaction with doctors, and improve appointment and immunization adherence. In an effort to get more New Mexico women enrolled in the texting program, the New Mexico Department of Health is participating in the Text4Baby State Enrollment Contest. Women who text “baby” (or “bebe” for Spanish) to 511411 receive three text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date. The text information is sent during pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The text messages – which are free on many major cell phone service providers – address topics such as prenatal care, labor and delivery, safe sleep, immunization, breastfeeding, nutrition, immunization, physical activity, injury prevention, mental health, developmental milestones, car seat safety, substance abuse and exercise. More information about the Text4Baby initiative can be found at www.text4baby. org.

June 6 Sheriff: Arrest was nothing personal

ESPANOLA — Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella says there was nothing political about the May 22 warrant arrest of County trash boss Gino Romero stemming

from a speeding ticket Romero received in January and that Romero has a history of ignoring court dates and court orders. The sheriff, in a 2-1/2-hour interview on May 31, said his office had no option other than to arrest Romero when it received a bench warrant from Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados on May 22 in which the judge “commanded” Romero’s arrest and for deputies to bring him to Los Alamos to answer a charge of failure to appear in court. Romero maintains his arrest at his workplace was politically motivated and that the sheriff’s office tried to capitalize on it with a photo opportunity at the sheriff’s office upon his arrest. Rodella also took issue with those that have criticized him for filing traffic citations in courts outside Rio Arriba County, saying he has done so only about 14 times during his 2-1/2-year tenure as sheriff. The sheriff said Rio Arriba County has lost minimal funds from traffic citations filed in adjoining counties, and that he has done so out of frustration with cases being dismissed by Rio Arriba Magistrate Court judges Alex Naranjo and Joseph Madrid.

Hubris or humility?

Lt. Marvin Armijo on Jan. 2 ticketed Romero about 6 miles south of Tierra Amarilla while Romero was driving alone along U.S. Highway 84 in a government-owned vehicle to the inauguration ceremony of newly elected County officials at the Tierra Amarilla courthouse. Armijo said Romero was speeding 20 mph over the 60 mph speed limit and road conditions were poor in the Tierra Amarilla area with snow and ice on the highway. — Rio Grande Sun

Employees return after mold scare

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Department of Diné Education employees received the go-ahead Wednesday to return to the Navajo Education Center. An official from the tribe’s Department of Facilities Maintenance recommended reopening the section of the building that houses DODE after it underwent a cleaning process since its temporary closure after mold spores were found. The building was closed May 29 after an employee complained about breathing problems associated with the building’s air quality. The recommendation to reopen, along with details about the results of mold testing and the cleaning process, were shared during a meeting between DODE employees and personnel from the facilities management department, the Safety and Loss Control Program, and the Office of Environmental Health. — Navajo Times

Mill levy remains in effect

LOVINGTON — Voters approved a 1.5 mill tax levy last week for Nor-Lea Hospital, which has been in operation since the 1980s, and re-elected Hospital District Board chairman Augustine Dorado to another four-year term. Voter turnout for the measure was low with just 130 votes cast. The mill levy was approved 91-39. The approval means a small bump on all property taxes within the district for at least four years. The mill levy raises about $1.5 million for Nor-Lea. The hospital uses the money from this mill levy, along with another that is on the books to make various improvements to its services. For example, the money will help with the new clinic an oncology center expansion the district is set to break ground on. Though homeowners definitely contribute to the funds raised by the mill levy, more than 75 percent of the $1.5 million comes from oil and gas operations. The way the mill works is relatively simple: For every $1,000 in property taxes charged to residents within the hospital district, $1.50 collected to support Nor-Lea. Residents within the district will not notice any change to their current tax bill because this mill levy has been in place for the better part of three decades. — Lovington Leader

NHA a no-show at housing hearing

SHIPROCK — Navajo Housing Authority’s proposed 2014 Indian Housing Plan remains unknown to community members from this chapter and the Resources and Development Committee, which has oversight

of the “tribally designated housing authority” charged with receiving and administering tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. Council delegates Katherine Benally and Leonard Tsosie, of the RDC, and a coalition of housing organizations – Diné Bi Siihasin and Shiprock Community Development Corporation – were eager to hear about the 2014 Indian Housing Plan. But they were left disappointed when NHA chief executive officer Aneva J. Yazzie and other NHA officials failed to show up for a May 31 public hearing scheduled with the committee. On April 20, housing organizations, environmental groups and private contractors, under the umbrella Navajo Public-Private Partner, tasked the RDC with sponsoring public hearings on the 2014 Indian Housing Plan. NHA is accused, by the committee and these organizations, of sitting on funds, not having built homes for years and rushing the annual housing plan through at the last minute without input from either the public or the Council. NHA has a July 1 deadline of submitting its 2014 annual housing plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act. — Navajo Times

June 6 Dust causes health issues

CLAYTON — While there are no official Health Department statements or study matter, being observant of the community has indicated that there is a rise of respiratory illnesses in this area. Pneumonia and allergies have been the two most noticeable respiratory problems in recent months, and both of these seem to be on the rise. Both problems are not respecters of age as persons of all ages in this area have been seeking medical care for pneumonia. Everyone should take precautions to ensure that their homes are well-sealed against the elements, and to keep windows closed while away from home — to prevent dust from dust storms filling the home while away. In one week, Union County experienced two dust storms caused by high winds and rainless thunderstorms passing through — the first was in the evening of May 29 when 50 mph winds kicked up a dust storm in southern and eastern Union County, and again in the evening June 3, when 35-40 mph winds with 50 mph gusts kicked up another dust storm. Both incidents filled the air of much of the county with thick dust and grit that reduced visibility. — Union County Leader

Input sought for bus routes

EDGEWOOD — The North Central Regional Transit District is holding a series of public meetings seeking input from riders. More than 185,000 free passenger trips were provided by NCRTD last fiscal year covering more than 10,000 square miles in northern New Mexico. The routes connect communities and pueblos including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties. The NCRTD is inviting the public to express their thoughts on route and service enhancements, and how to best meet their needs. For more information or to provide comments via the Internet, visit For additional information call 505-989-8500. — The Independent, Edgewood

Train derails outside Lovington

LOVINGTON — Emergency crews from Lovington responded June 1 to the scene of a derailment, where two rail cars derailed and turned over on their sides just south of town near Navajo Refinery. The tanker cars were loaded with oil, but the failsafe systems on the car held true and kept the massive tankers from leaking any crude. New Mexico State Police were also on the scene just in case a leak did occur. State Police Sgt. Pete Estrada said he and other

officers from his department were there to assist with the matter, but if any oil leaked from the cars the state police would take over. “The only concern is that if it starts to leak because of all the weight on the pressure release valves,” Sgt. Estrada said. “If it starts to leak the state police will take over because we operate as the state’s HAZMAT (team).” Fortunately, no leak occurred and a crew with specialized equipment was brought in from Belen to help return to cars to their upright positions. The crews could be seen working well after dark with cranes and other heavy equipment. Sgt. Estrada said the cars appear to have flipped when the train was being moved. — Lovington Leader

MAY 31 Peanut butter production resumes

PORTALES — Sunland Inc., the nation’s largest organic peanut butter processor, is a step closer to putting peanut products back on grocery market shelves. Company Vice President Katalin Coburn said production resumed May 21. A salmonella outbreak linked to Sunland products last fall caused the plant to be shut down for months. Coburn said she expects products to be back in grocery stores within a month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration shut down plant operations last fall after reports that Sunland products had been connected to 41 cases of salmonella in 20 states. FDA inspectors cited the company after a month-long investigation, saying salmonella had been discovered in 28 locations throughout the plant and in several nut butter samples. Company officials say they have worked closely with the FDA to get approval to resume processing operations. The company also hired an independent troubleshooter to help develop a comprehensive plan of sanitation to correct problems. Sunland announced in December that the food facility registration has been reinstated. That followed an agreement reached between federal inspectors and plant officials that called for an independent, third party inspection of the facility to determine if the problems discovered from the previous inspections had been corrected. Sunland put the majority of employees back to work in January and began making payments arrangements with New Mexico and Texas peanut growers who were owed money for peanuts sold to the company but not yet processed when FDA shut down the plant. — Clovis Livestock Market News

MAY 30 Mega solar project nears completion

ROSWELL — A massive new solar project may power up in south Roswell by the end of June, providing enough energy to power some 780 homes. Independent power producer Green States Energy of New Jersey has plans to complete the final stage this summer of a 5.4-megawatt solar photovoltaic project in and around Roswell. “We’re hoping to get it energized by the end of June,” said Chief Executive Officer Stephen Clevett. “But quite frankly, you’re not going to know when it starts up. There will be no noise.” Green States Energy acquired the solar proect portfolio from Sunrise Energy Ventures, or Minnesota. The first phase was to build several smaller solar sites on farms and ranches in and around Roswell to provide energy to agricultural properties, Clevett said. The second phase is to complete a 2.5-megawatt array on a 20-acre city-owned site the company has leased for 20 years. S&C Electric Company is constructing this site, which will begin feeding power directly into the City of Roswell’s power grid. — Roswell Daily Record

The air in the mountains is thin – your chainsaw needs AmericAn Oxygen


June 18, 2013


Ruidoso Free Press

By Corey Bard

The black bear was designated the official state animal of New Mexico in 1963. This article hopes to bare my soul or at least barely cover all I know about bears. I have not seen a bear since living in New Mexico. I hear garbage is regularly targeted by bears here. I saw a baby bear on a bicycle ride along the Rogue River in Oregon two summers ago; must have been a circus bear to be able to ride a bicycle. In 1988, my brother and I backpacked Glacier National Park in Montana and early one morning hiking along a river, we spotted a bear. Living here in New Mexico, it has been suggested I am still searching or trying to find my way; reminding me of the westward explorers “Blazing New Trails” (our summer reading program theme) who followed Ursa Major, The Great Bear, or Big Dipper. Everywhere man has set out across the globe he has encountered bears every bit as different as the people: Polar Bears in the north and Koala Bears in Australia and Panda Bears in China. A child’s first encounter with a bear might be named Yogi or Fozzy if they watch TV. A parent might introduce their child to the Berenstain Bears, Care Bears, or Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My favorite bear stories were Winnie the Pooh and all his friends from Pooh Corner. I remember Cordoroy from when I was 5 or 6 too.

New Mexico claims the home of two of the most famous bears: Smokey Bear and Chicago Bears’ Bryan Urlacher. Urlacher followed in a great tradition of Chicago Bears middle linebackers: Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary. I never knew Capitan was home to Smokey Bear until I moved here. I have learned a lot about Lincoln County. I like the unique carved bears found all over the area. Here is Wikipedia’s history of Los Osos, Calif.: In 1769, Gaspar de Portolà’s expedition found large numbers of Grizzly bears in the valley near modern Los Osos. “Osos” being the Spanish word for “Bears,” the town was so named. The expedition was part of a plan by Spain to further colonize and map Alta California due to increasing colonization by the English on the East Coast of North America and the burgeoning presence of Russian traders on the West Coast (See: Fort Ross, Russian-American Company). De Portola’s expedition was only one of four mandated by the Spanish Visitor General, José de Gálvez to map and explore Alta California in greater depth, following up on the previous expeditions, most notably the Cabrillo party in 1542 and that of Sebastián Vizcaíno, who vaguely mapped and described the Monterey Bay in 1602-3. On Wednesday June 26 at 4 p.m., New Mexico Department of Game and Fish: Sergeant Benjamin W. Byrd and Mark Holguin will be giving a talk on conservation education. Come ask the game warden questions.

Game Warden in the library The local New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers, generally known to the public as game wardens, return to the Ruidoso Public Library for a presentation and Q & A period on Wednesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. in the upstairs library in front of archives. Sergeant Ben Byrd from the Alamogordo Supervisory District will be presenting the department’s “Conservation Education.” This is an overview of their mission statement, directive in the management of wildlife, careers available and funding of the N.M. Department of Game & Fish. Then he will open up the floor for the public questions on wildlife. Mark Holguin with the Ruidoso District office will possibly join Byrd. Last year when the officers came to the

library, the public came loaded with questions about our wildlife in Ruidoso and surrounding area. This is your chance to learn the rules and ask questions. The drought is certainly affecting the wildlife this year, so come with questions on your role in dealing with wildlife dealing with drought. Are the animals suffering? Should we provide water and food? Will wildlife still have babies in drought years? For more information call Ruidoso Public Library at 575-258-3704. The library is located at 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso. Hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or http://


CPL Summer Reading program off to a busy start Capitan Public Library’s second week of Summer Reading was a super interesting program on fossils. Three amazing ladies from Las Cruces and the Asombro Institute brought boxes of fossils and talked with the children about the dinosaur age. A time line showed how the dinosaurs evolved; when and why they disappeared from the earth. The children had hands on with the fossils – even dinosaur poop. “Asombro” is the Spanish word for “wonder,” which is exactly what Asombro Institute programs bring to the Courtesy photos thousands of children and Madisyn LaCrosse, Rink Somerday, Amberly Lindsay, adults who participate Riata Juarez and Destiny Garrett. each year. The Asombro Institute for Science Education (formerly the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to increasing scientific literacy by fostering an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert. To achieve this mission, we currently serve more than 17,000 K-12 students and 1,500 adults in New Mexico and West Texas with inquiry-based science education programs each year. Programs take place in classrooms, Some ideas are thrown away at this stage – schoolyards, and at the 935-acre Chihuawith a combined 50-plus years of teaching huan Desert Nature Park site located north experience, Asombro staff have a good of Las Cruces. sense of how students think. If the ideas blossom into a feasible activity after weeks “How do you come up with these of testing and tweaking at the office, the amazing programs?” This is a frequent next step is pilot testing with students. We question heard from teachers. Yet the anask students lots of questions to figure out swer isn’t simple. The ideas for programs come from many different sources: teacher if the lessons are having the intended consequences of increasing student knowledge requests, discussions with scientists enand enthusiasm for science. This process gaged in exciting local research, and even can go on for days, weeks, or even months. staff members’ seemingly crazy ideas that At the end of this lengthy process, we have we think just might work. But getting the innovative programs that increase student idea for a program is just the first step in creating a full Asombro program. The next interest in science. Seeing students light up with new knowledge and enthusiasm phase involves lots of testing. Staff memmakes all the hard work worth it. The bers work together and get advice from Summer Program is each Monday from scientists working on the topic. We then 10:30 a.m. to noon through July 22. Prizes hit the aisles of local stores looking for are awarded each week and gift cards materials that might work. Then it’s back will go to the top readers at the end of the to our office for lots of experimenting, program. Capitan Public Library is located trying to find the combination of supplies at 101 E. 2nd Street in Capitan, 575-354and data collection procedures that will 3035. make the science come alive for students.

Prevention Plus+ Health Education Seminar Prevention Plus+ Health Education Seminar will be presented by Doug Odom, M.D., Clinic of Jackson, Miss. The seminar will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. Dr. Odom is assistant clinical professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is well known for

Conservation Officers Ben Byrd and Mark Holguin.

Courtesy photo

RPL Summer reading program Ruidoso Public Library Children’s Department Summer Reading Program schedule of events for “Boot Hill” Week, June 24-28. June 24 10 a.m., 6-9 years old, movies: “Pocahontas” 1 and 2 (G), 154 min. 1:30 p.m., 10-12 years old, movie: “Sacajawea” June 25 1:30 p.m., 6-9 years old, craft: Crayon Resist Boot June 26 10:30 a.m., Tiny tots and preschool, stories and craft: crayon resist boots* Tiny tots: sticker craft in the class-

room Tiny tots will meet in the classroom following story time. June 27 1:30 p.m., 10-12 years old, craft: Ribbon-weave trivets June 28 1:30 p.m., Family Craft Day, ages 6 teen Family Friday: “Phew! Yikes! Brrr! THE OUTHOUSE!” Bring a washed cardboard carton (milk, OJ, half & half) no plastic – plus any items to add to the outhouse diorama. Village of Ruidoso Public Library is located at 107 Kansas City Rd. in Ruidoso, 575-258-3704. *

his work in nutritional education – particularly with expectant moms – which has led to the initiation of a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomized clinical trial. This seminar will benefit women, men and children interested in wellness through improved nutrition. For more information, call 575-521-4429.


Ruidoso Free Press

June 18, 2013

CO student adopts HEAL as college project

price of competing in the tournament Jody Walker lived in Denver, and to calculate the necessary turnout to is currently studying for her Bachelor’s make the golf tournament pay off. She degree in Forensic Accounting through also presented a report, approved by the Minnesota School of Business of her professor, to the HEAL Education Globe University. As part of her degree & Planning Committee, complete with program, she was assigned to take on considerations for donations and spontwo major volunteer endeavors. For her sorships, which lower overall cost and managerial accounting class, she was accomplish profit quicker, and possible tasked with finding a service learning financial rewards of HEAL’s endeavors. project, defined as learning by doing For her second project, Walker had through an act of giving. Through her to look at a global issue, learn about it global citizenship class, she had to and become part of the solution. Betackle global issues afflicting humanity. cause of her ties to HEAL and her exFor her service learning project, perience with victims and survivors of Walker was required to identify a notabuse, she chose to take on more work for-profit organization and complete a with HEAL’s mission. She volunteered break-even financial analysis of one of her time with Sweet Charity, HEAL’s their fundraising events. Because of her upscale resale boutique that supports the close personal relationship with supNest Domestic Violence Shelter. porters of Help End Abuse for Life and Sharing what she has learned, those affected by domestic violence, she Walker offered: “Violence doesn’t care approached HEAL Executive Director Courtesy photo if you are rich or poor, old or young, Coleen Widell about a project. As luck HEAL volunteer Jody Walker. educated or not. I have learned that the would have it, HEAL was in the begincommunity cares. They spend their time, their money and ning planning stages of its 2013 Deacon Bob Open charity their knowledge trying to help these women realize that they golf tournament. are worth it. They deserve life. I have noticed that since I Walker completed her first assignment by looking at have begun my work with this organization, I can influence everything from the costs of renting a golf course to the

others by sharing my experience. I worked at the shelter and then at the thrift shop before going to Texas for my sister’s graduation. At my sister’s party, I told my family about what I was doing. When I returned to New Mexico, I brought six boxes of donations from my family! About four boxes were the belongings of my granny, who passed away about two years ago. My step-mother was not comfortable getting rid of the stuff before now. She did so because, she said, ‘This feels right and Granny would approve.’ So, through my community service, I was able to provide goods to be sold for the shelter’s upkeep and needs and help my step-mother’s healing process move forward.” As for whether she would volunteer again, Walker shared that she has loved the experience not only for the good she has done for others, but also for the unique pleasure of being able to help others through performing a professional service not everybody can offer. She also stated that she is looking forward to another volunteer project: serving pizzas to the residents at The Nest. Help End Abuse for Life and The Nest extend a very hearty thank you to Jody Walker for her excellent attitude, her deep and growing commitment to HEAL’s mission and the community, for her outstanding performance in her analysis of a major event crucial to HEAL’s success, and for her generosity in volunteering to perform the analysis annually for years to come. She has shown what happens when one is dedicated, as her degree program requests, to create a more profitable community.

Natural disaster survival in ‘Ruidoso, Call Me’

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Ruidoso and Lincoln County face the three F’s year round. While hurricanes and tornadoes seem to plague other parts of the country, fire, flood and freeze can affect county residents throughout the year according to M. Sean Parker, deputy manager for the Village of Ruidoso. Preparing for disaster response is a matter of planning ahead, according to information presented from Lincoln National Forest Service and the Village of Ruidoso. Plans include knowing evacuation routes, preparing what to take, being aware of available shelters nearby, and planning emergency transportation. Most important is registering for Emergency 911. “Ruidoso, Call Me” campaign empha-

sizes resident’s participation in E911. “You are not on E911 until you go to the website and sign up,” says Parker who states the procedure is simple. The website: accesses the registration form. Those without computer access may use public computers located at the public library or senior center, or may complete a form available at the Village Hall and main police and fire departments. Forest information reports E911 allows the village’s police and fire, as well as other emergency and utility services to send emergency notifications to phone numbers listed when one signs up. The speed at which messages can be delivered through E911 may give residents enough time to follow evacuation and emergency plans to ensure safety for everyone. In addition to E911, residents are encour-

Flash flood awareness

Isolated thunderstorms producing light- up to help landowners restore burned areas and minimize erosion and flooding. Naning and areas of heavy rain that increases the potential for flash flooding. Residents are tive Grass Seed to cover 1 acre is available being asked to be vigilant if they see or hear free of charge at the Upper Hondo SWCD office in Capitan, 516 W. 1st St. (Highway of rainfall moving into the area. The county 380), 354-2220, across from the Capitan will be issuing evacuations via the Reverse High School. This seed will have to be 911-Code Red system to residents within covered with mulch and watered. Mulch is 100 yards of all affected rivers and streams also available (as much as is needed) at the as rain starts to fall. Residents are urged to take every evacuation order seriously and to Capitan UHSWCD office, at the Little Bear move to higher ground at the first sign of ris- Recovery Center on Highway 48 between MM 14 and 15, and at the entrance to The ing water. Do not wait – Evacuate! Ranches of Sonterra, Unit 1, Villa Madonna, Skies may be clear where you are but and Nazarene Church Camp (Bonita Park). rain falling upstream through the areas affected by recent fires may move downNew Mexico State Forestry is now stream more rapidly than usual. Water flows taking orders for Fall delivery of 1 and 2 coming from the Little Bear Fire burn area year old seedlings from their New Mexico will be full of ash and debris making them Conservation Seedlings program. Native heavier and more dangerous. Consider trees and shrubs are available for a very reaevacuation routes that avoid main roads at sonable price. Go to their webpage at www. the bottoms of canyons which can unexpect- to order on line or call 505edly flood. Do not drive through any flooded 476-3325 to have information mailed to you. area. Waters may be full of silt which is A Recovery Guide, designed to provide extremely slick and can quickly cause loss citizens with information regarding various of traction. People cannot see through flood forms of assistance, has been developed waters carrying ash and debris to determine and is available at the Little Bear Recovery whether the roadway is intact. website ( The Waters flowing in creeks and streams disaster recovery team has set up an inforthat is black and full of ash and debris is mation number, 575-258-INFO (4636), dedangerous and may contain toxic run off signed to put citizens in direct contact with from burnt structures upstream. Do not alan individual who can provide information low children to play in or near these waters regarding animal assistance, basic needs, or allow pets to drink from them. The dark health and wellbeing, insurance assistance, murky waters can disguise other hazards. legal assistance, debris removal, and other Please keep children and pets away from services that may be needed. This informacreeks, streams and arroyos – even if they tion line will be staffed Monday- Friday 8 are dry. a.m. to 5 p.m. Homeowners are being urged to keep Recovery and preparedness assistance culverts on their private property free of can also be found at: http://lincolncoundebris and to move animals, equipment and anything that could be carried downstream If cleaning up a burned structure, be by flood waters to higher ground now. Alert aware of the inherent hazards. Learn protecsystems are in place but residents may have tion tips by consulting: only a short time to respond once an evacufiles/Fire%20Clean-Up%20Summary, http:// ation notice is issued. The Lincoln County Protection & Restoration group is visory.htm, and clearing debris from drainages in 200 square Disaster/Fire/. miles of Lincoln County. It WINDOW & DOOR REPLACEMENT FROM A COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST is the landowner’s personal responsibility to clear debris BUY 3 WINDOWS from private property. SAVE $500 Monitor current weather BUY 5 WINDOWS conditions at http://www.srh. SAVE $1,000 BUY 10 WINDOWS The Natural Resources SAVE $2,500 Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Upper OFFERS END SOON Hondo Soil and Water ConValid for new customers only. Home Resort Living Inc. Lic. 91738 servation District are teaming


aged to develop an escape route with family members prior to any emergency. Knowing evacuation routes and where to meet if separated can save lives. When a plan is practiced prior to an actual emergency, studies prove participants seem to remain calmer when the need arises to implement plans. According to information secured through a Lincoln National Forest publication, the following items are recommended to have on hand ready to take when evacuation is eminent: Important papers and valuables, driver’s license/ID cards, medications, prescription glasses and dentures, personal

hygiene items in travel size, blankets or sleeping bags, coats, special dietary items if needed, baby food and diapers if needed, checkbook, cash and credit cards. Information also suggests homeowners plan a method to transport those with special needs, family pets, and be aware of school evacuation plans if school children are a part of the family. Throughout the year, local radio stations such as KRUI 1490 AM, MIX 96.7 FM, Real Country W105 FM and KIDX 101.5 FM will carry emergency messages regarding evacuation and emergency alerts.

Ruidoso encourages E911 registration The ‘Do Call’ list you need to be on

The Village of Ruidoso has invested in an emergency notification system called the E911 Emergency Notification System that is designed to alert residents and property owners in the case of emergency. This web-based system ( allows residents to register your address, phone number(s), email address and pertinent household information (pets, special needs, homebound residents, etc.). “This system is also known as the Ruidoso On Alert system that you may have heard about, and the function that it serves is all about keeping our community and those in it safe in the event of an emergency,” said Debi Lee, Village Manager. “The important thing for people to understand is that in order for you to be able to receive these notification calls, you must register your phone number with the database. If you don’t do this, we can’t contact you.”

What will E911 Emergency Notification be used for?

Once your information is entered into the database, it allows police, fire, emergency services and utility services to notify about situations including: Forest fires/Wildfires, flooding, evacu-

ation procedures, hostile or potentially dangerous situation near your home, missing or endangered person (child/ adult), extreme weather.

Who can register for E911 Emergency Notification?

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

Ruidoso Free Press

June 18, 2013


Fort Stanton LIVE! promises to be bigger than ever Fort Stanton Historic Site features nearly 160 years of southwestern history and will bring fun and entertainment for the whole family at Fort Stanton LIVE!, July 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fort Stanton LIVE! will have local food vendors on hand, too, so you and your family can spend the day. The whole family will love the Spencer and Jackson Theatrical Troupe, purveyors of the music, drama and amusements of the late 1800s. They have been entertaining for years and their style of mid-19th century traveling theater is one of the most popular activities at Fort Stanton LIVE! The Spencer & Jackson Theatrical Troupe will entertain in their unique red and white tent on the parade ground at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Be sure to stop and listen to these accomplished musicians singing songs of the day and period theatrical performances. Lanny Maddox will captivate visitors in the chapel at 10

a.m. with the haunting sounds of his Native American flute, followed by the enchanting cello duets of Gwendolyn Watson and Elaine Brennan at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Lanny Maddox and his Native American flute will return to the chapel at 3 p.m. Be sure to look for the Mescalero Apache teepee and listen for the tribal drums to enjoy the ancient dances of the Apaches. In the Nurses’ Courtyard at 3 p.m. will be a Ladies’ Victorian Tea Social. Period music by Military Musicians will happen throughout the day at Doc’s Sutlery tent and Victorian Ladies’ Fashions will be on display all day in the Commander’s Quarters. The children will have fun with the Old Time Games that Grandma and Grandpa might remember. Visitors are invited to come as you are or change into a period outfit and dance the night away at the Military Ball on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. in historic Chavez Hall. Come back to Fort Stanton on Sunday to wander the grounds, spend some time with the soldiers, attend the Roman

Catholic Communion service in the Chapel at 10 a.m., or an authentic Military Morning Prayer Service at 11 a.m. Your journey through the fascinating history of Fort Stanton can also include the Fort Stanton museum which features an excellent exhibit and an introductory video that provides breathtaking images and informative interpretive content that will bring the rich history and heritage of Fort Stanton to life. The Fort Stanton museum store sells a variety of items with all proceeds going to support the upkeep and restoration the fort. The cost for Fort Stanton LIVE! is $5; children under 16 are free. Watch New Mexico history come to life at Fort Stanton LIVE! Fort Stanton is easy to find just off Highway 380 on Highway 220 at the Bonito River. The turnoff to Highway 220 is 4 miles east of Capitan on the Byway or 10 miles west of Lincoln. The fort is also easy to reach on Highway 48, with the turnoff past the Sierra Blanca Regional Airport.

June 18 through 24 Things to do every day Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs. - Mon. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Live horse racing at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Friday - Monday through Labor Day weekend. Post time is 1 p.m. (with the exception of some holidays, special meets and horse sales). Visit for more information. Flying J Chuckwagon Supper and Show, Hwy 48 north of Ruidoso. Every day except Sunday; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and show is $27 for adults; $15 for children 4-12. www.�lyingjranch. com for more information. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan, located on Hwy 380. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. $2

for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRD-Forestry Division. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, just east of the racetrack. The �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $6 for adults with discounts available for seniors, military and youth. Visit or call 575-378-4142. “Celebracion del Arte” Juried Art Show, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Runs through Sept. 9. Original art from some of New Mexico’s best artists will be on display. The Celebracion del Arte is a juried �ine arts competition that seeks to recognize and honor excellence in the contemporary visual arts of the American West. Thirty-two artists, representing 54 pieces

TUESDAY JUNE 18 Jesus, Mommy & Me. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1120 Hull Rd., Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11 a.m. for preschool-aged children. Bible story, songs, finger plays, craft/art/learning activities and snack. No fee. 575-258-4191. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, Club 49, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 7 p.m. Professional comedians will perform live every Wednesday night. $5 admission. Must be 21 or older to attend. 575464-7028. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY JUNE 20 Tiny Tots Program, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. For infants and children through 3 years old. Programs can include: stories, dance, music, free play and sometimes a craft. Business After Hours at Better Home Better Health Center, 2500 Sudderth Drive, Suite 11 and 12 (Lower floor of the Four Seasons Mall), 5 - 7 p.m. An evening of refreshments and networking. Discuss and share ideas with fellow chamber members. 257-7395. Free. Jazz pianist Michael Francis at Laughing Sheep Farm, 5 - 9 p.m. 575 653-4041. 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96. Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ruidoso Toastmasters, ENMU Annex, 201 E. White Mountain Dr, next to the elementary school, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Ruidoso Toastmasters Club is for those who want to improve their thinking, listening, speaking and leadership skills for that next job, promotion, or just to be more effective. 575-799-3215 or 832-444-3633. Free for guests and prospective members. There is a membership fee when you decide to join the club. Karaoke with DJ Pete Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m. Allyou-can-eat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. Open to the public. Miss New Mexico Pageant, Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Road, Alto. Runs June 20 - 22. Three nights of preliminary rounds and final competition for the beautiful and talented candidates seeking the Miss New Mexico 2013 scholarship and crown as well as the Outstanding Teen Crown. Nationally, more than 13,000 local contestants compete in more than 1,300 local and state pageants on the way to being crowned Miss America. All will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges selected from various regions of the United States, including former Miss Americas, star musicians, business leaders and philanthropists. The scholarship support is made possible by the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation and the Westheimer Family Foundation. 575-336-4800; www. Thursday

of original art, were selected as �inalists for the show. 575-378-4142; “Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo,” Hubbard Museum of the American West, 26301 Highway 70, Ruidoso Downs. A photographic exhibit that focuses on one of the oldest Native American communities who have lived along the banks of the Rio Grande River in New Mexico for more than 1,000 years. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, with reduced admission for senior citizens, military personnel and youth. or call 575-378-4142. TimeOut Video Game Arcade - Ruidoso’s Gaming Epicenter! Open daily, including holidays. 2500 Sudderth Drive in the Four Seasons Mall. Air Hockey, Fooseball, Plush Cranes, Head to Head Motorcycle Racing, Pinball. Prepare for the Zombie Invasion!

and Friday tickets are $39 or $29. Saturday tickets are $49 or $39. The Mixx – Classic Rock – Classic Rock, Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Highway 70, next to the Ruidoso Emporium, at 7 p.m. The 24/7 Band – Funky, Bluesy Classic Rock, Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

FRIDAY JUNE 21 Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Rascal Fair, White Oaks Community Market open every Friday 4 p.m. to dusk. Located just east of No Scum Allowed Saloon in White Oaks. Local, organic fruit and produce, fresh eggs, plants and seeds, hot weekly favorites at the Goldrush Grill, baked goods, pottery, woodwork, handmade soaps, baskets, jewelry and metalsmithing from local artisans. Pan for gold and sip free coffee by the campfire. Ladies Night, No Scum Allowed Saloon, White Oaks, 5 - 9 p.m. $2 beer, $3 mixed drinks, Karaoke 7 p.m. 575 648-5583 Hillbilly Potentates, outstanding bluegrass music, perform at Laughing Sheep Farm, 5 - 9 p.m. 575 653-4041. 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 - 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 to 11 p.m. Terry Bullard Band performs at Cree Meadows Country Club, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday night fish fry. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Open Mic Night, Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth in the Boulder Plaza, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Hosted by Tradd Tidwell. 575-257-2273; Free. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopelli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Karaoke at The Elks Lodge on

SATURDAY JUNE 22 NM Classic Car Show for Make a Wish Foundation, Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Dr., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. More than $15,000 was raised for Make A Wish in 2012. There were more than 120 cars displayed. Vendors, door prizes and raffles during the day. 512-413-5658; www. Home_Page.html for information. Parks and Recreation Petting Zoo and Archery Shoot, Wingfield Park, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For youngsters ages 2 to 92. Bring the entire family and see the camel, Scottish bull, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and llamas. Ride a passenger train around the park and take archery shots at the cobra and Rex (animals not real of course). Take a ride on the horse “John Dunbar.” The renowned artist duo of Myranda/Streisand will also be on hand. 575-257-5030. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 to 10 p.m. Spanish/Classical guitarist Tomas Vigil at Laughing Sheep Farm, 5 - 9 p.m. 575 653-4041. 1 mile west of Lincoln, Hwy 380, mm 96. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Thomas Radcliffe, finger style guitar virtuoso performs at Old Mill Theater, 641 Sudderth Dr., 6 p.m. 575-257-1090. Free Movie “A Night At The Opera,” Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth Dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. One of the most hilarious movies ever made, this classic farce featuring the outrageous genius of the Marx Brothers is a chance to see some of their best bits woven

Get your dance on with Dance Dance Revolution! Tournaments, specials and party rentals available. For a Fun Family Night Out, Take Them to TimeOut!; 575-937-9330. Cree Meadows is open to the public and invites all non-members to join the family and share the fun without membership. Cree offers golf with a view; Sierra Blanca view dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner; entertainment on Thursday nights: DJ Pete Karaoke and Friday nights: the Terry Bullard Band. The “19th Hole” bar and lounge offers libation at best prices in town and a dramatic Sierra Blanca view. Schedule weddings or meetings in the “North 40” banquet facility. Call 575-257-5815 for information about participating in a classic hometown Country Club where everyone can enjoy the atmosphere and services without membership.

together seamlessly in a story of high society, matchmaking, and chaos. 575-257-2273. Rockin’ & Rollin’ Roadmap Concert, 2710 Sudderth Dr., 7 9:30 p.m. The band has added some new faces and will be playing a lot of new music. 575-2577982; $15. Free beverages. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, 7 - 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopelli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. The 24/7 Band – Funky, Bluesy Classic Rock, Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. SUNDAY JUNE 23 Bryan Hutchinson - Annual Piano Concert - “40 Years at the Keyboard,” First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1211 Hull Road, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Featuring works by Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin. Reception following. 575 378 8160. Free. Santa Fe Opera Educational Outreach Seminar Series, Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth Dr., 3 - 4 p.m. Barbara Westbrook, Ruidoso’s own opera diva, will continue her Annual Santa Fe Opera Educational Outreach Seminar series by conducting two different lecture/ interactive events previewing two of this year’s operas being presented at the 2013 Santa Fe Opera Festival. This week’s topic is “The Marriage of Figaro.” 575-257-2273. Free. Sundays Under the Stars, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 6 - 11 p.m Live music performed by 24/7 Band (R&B Funk) at 6 and “Rango” after sunset. 1-800-545-9011; www.innofthemountaingods. com. Free. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY JUNE 24 Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.



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Ruidoso Free Press


June 18, 2013

Movie night thanks to Nogal Presbyterian By Sue Hutchison Reporter What used to be a schoolhouse back in the early part of the 1900s is now Nogal Presbyterian Church. Located on the south end of town on Highway 37, the church has been meeting since the mid 1950s. The adobe building is more than 150 years old, says Sue Stearns who has attended the church for decades. “My husband, Bob, attended first grade here,” she reports, and recalls that students used to warm themselves by a pot-bellied stove located in the center of what is now the Nogal Presbyterian sanctuary. When they renovated several years ago, Sue recalls it took more than seven coats of paint to cover the charred wood in the ceiling where the stovepipe used to be. In an effort to add to community activities, the church began Thursday evening movie nights last summer. Designed to run the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Movies are sourced by Eastern New Mexico University’s collection of films. Each one has a component of New Mexico in the works, from being filmed in the state to stories which depict an aspect of the history in New Mexico. The movies are free of charge to attend. This month, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) will be featured. Sections of the movie were filmed in Taos. Past films include The Milagro Beanfield Wars and Casey’s Shadow. Lynda Remus, a new elder in the church says the plan is to offer a place for the community to get together. “We’ve had a late start this year,” she says but added they’re in full swing now. “It’s something to do for the town or those who are camping nearby or for anyone who wants

a quality and fun activity to go to,” says Remus. Remus was reared in rural New York a half hour from New York City. When she visited New Mexico decades ago, she felt a kindred spirit with the land and determined to move here. Living in Albuquerque’s south valley for a time and also Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press in Roswell, Remus landed in the Loma Grande area, just north of Nogal. She says finding and the process involves a series of steps to find the right fit. Stearns and Remus would like to see a younger generathe Nogal Presbyterian Church was like finding a home. “We are so casual here,” she explains. “We have people tion become part of the Nogal Presbyterian family, and who attend who have many different backgrounds like Cath- hope their new pastor will encourage growth. “We’d love to have more members,” says Stearns and says there are a few olics, Baptists and Mormons.” Remus says she felt at home the first time she walked through the church’s door. “No one families who have been a part of the church since it started back in the 50s. worries if you mess something up here,” she continues. A variety of backgrounds seem to blend at the church, where The facility has been offered to the community for various entities to meet but with movie nights, the church hopes blue collar and white collar alike worship together. “I probably drove by 25 times before I found this to become a community leisure destination as well. “We make popcorn for everyone and it’s a fun evening,” says church,” she says. Although it’s on a bluff overlooking Nogal Canyon, the church isn’t easily visible from Highway Remus. This Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. “Butch Cassidy and 37. However Remus says it’s the church that’s added to her feelings of groundedness in New Mexico’s southern mounthe Sundance Kid” will be shown. For information about tains. “Whenever I visit New York, I can’t wait to get back movie nights and Nogal Presbyterian, phone Sue Stearns at home,” she says. “I’m so blessed I’ve found this place and I 575-354-2487. thank God I get to live here.” The church is in the CHURCH SERVICES Sunday School 9:45 AM midst of beginning the search Morning Worship 10:45 AM for a new pastor. It may take Sunday Night 6:00 PM Listen or Download FREE a while, according to Stearns Wednesday Night 7:00 PM


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ANGLICAN Mescalero Family Worship Center Gary Dorsey, Pastor; 464-4741 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Carrizozo Community Church (AlG) Barbara Bradley, Pastor. Corner of C Ave. & Thirteenth One Church Pastor Todd Carter. 139 El Paso Road, Ruidoso. 257-2324. BAPTIST Canaan Trail Baptist, Roland Burnett, Pastor; Located just past milepost 14 on Hwy. 48, between Angus & Capitan. 336-1979 First Baptist Church - Carrizozo 314 Tenth Ave., Carrizozo. 648-2968; Hayden Smith, Pastor First Baptist Church - Ruidoso 270 Country Club Drive, Ruidoso,NM 88345. 2572081; Dr. Alan Stoddard, Pastor First Baptist Church - Ruidoso Downs 361 E. Hwy 70, 378-4611, Randy Widener, Pastor First Baptist Church - Tinnie Bill Jones, Pastor Mescalero Baptist Mission 1016 Old Road Box 9, Mescalero, NM 88340, 9730560, Pastor Zach Malott Mountain Baptist Church Independent-Fundamental KJV. 145 E. Grandview Capitan. 937-4019 Ruidoso Baptist Church Wayne Joyce, Pastor; 126 Church Drive, Palmer Gateway. 378-4174 Trinity Southern Baptist Church (south on Highway 48) 700 Mt. Capitan Rd. 3542044. Mel Gnatkowski, Pastor 808-0607 BAHA’I FAITH Baha’i Faith 257-8857 or 258-5595 BUDDHIST Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra George Brown; 257-1569 CATHOLIC Saint Eleanor Catholic Church 120 Junction Road, Ruidoso, 257-2330. Reverend AI Galvan Saint Theresa Catholic Church Corona. Sunday Mass: 6 p.m. Fr. Mike Williams Saint Joseph’s Apache Mission Mescalero. Father Paul Botenhagen, OFM Our Lady of Guadalupe Bent. Father Larry Gosselin Sacred Heart Catholic Church 299 3rd St, Capitan. Mass 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Sunday. 354-9102. Fr. Mike Williams Santa Rita Catholic Church 243 Birch, Carrizozo. 648-2853. Fr. Mike Williams CHRISTIAN First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1211 Hull at Gavilan Canyon Road, 258-4250

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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, preaching minister Church of Christ - Capitan Highway 48. Joshua Watkins, preaching minister CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LDS Church of Jesus Christ LDS Ruidoso Ward, 1091 Mechem Bishop Melvin Jenson, 258-1253 Church of Jesus Christ LDS Mescalero Branch, Mormon Missionaries 317-2375 EPISCOPAL Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount, 121 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso. Rev. Judith Burgess Rector 257-2356. Website: St. Anne’s Episcopal Chapel in Glencoe Episcopal Chapel of San Juan in Lincoln St. Matthias Episcopal Chapel Carrizozo, 6th & E Street EVANGELICAL The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 1035 Mechem Dr. 802-5242 FOURSQUARE Capitan Foresquare Church Hwy 48, Capitan. Harold W. Perry, Pastor, 937-7383 FULL GOSPEL Mission Fountain of Living Water San Patricio Full Gospel Church Seed of Faith Fellowship, 517 West Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan. Pastor Beverly Sills, 973-3721. 6 p.m. Sundays & Wednesdays, 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 LUTHERAN Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 2584191; 1120 Hull Road. Pastor Thomas Schoech. METHODIST Community United Methodist Church Junction Road, behind Wells Fargo Bank. Russell Parchman and Ed Barlow, interim pastors. 257-4170 Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in Capitan. 354-2288 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor

Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915. Pastor John Marshall 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. Keepin’ it simple ... Keepin’ it real! Cornerstone Church Cornerstone Square, 613 Sudderth Drive, 257-9265. John & Joy Wyatt, Pastors Foot of the Cross Christian Ministries, 2812 Sudderth (Pine Tree Shopping Center) Pastor, Phil Appel. For more info please call 937-8677 or visit our website at 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, 3788108. Email: J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 257-6899 Pastor Charles W. Clary. E-mail: Miracle Life Ministry Center Ron Rice & Catherine Callahan, Ministers Available 24 hours for healing, prayer. 354-0255; e-mail Open Circle - High Mesa Healing Center, Sundays, 10-11 a.m. Call 575-336-7777 for information NAZARENE Corona United Presbyterian Church, Pastor Pacto Viviente Terry Aiello, CLP Angus Church of the Nazarene 25974 Highway 70, la iglesia “J Bar J” en la Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336- Nogal Presbyterian granja roja. Domingos 12:30 p.m., Jueves 7 p.m. Church Reverend E.W. “Bo” Lewis 8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor 937-6664. Es un lugar de familia, amistades y de crecimiento spiritual REFORMED CHURCH QUAKER Racetrack Chapel Mescalero Reformed Quaker Worship Group Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 378-7264. Chaplain Unprogrammed meeting at the Anderson-Freeman Mescalero. Bob Schut, Pastor Darrell Winter Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details, contact SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST NON-SECTARIAN Sandra Smith at 653-4951 Ruidoso Seventh Day Adventist Spiritual Awareness Study Group 207 Parkway, Agua Fria, Ruidoso Downs, 378-4161. PENTECOSTAL Minister: George N. Brown, PhD. ULC. 257-1569 Pastor Chuck Workman, 575-636-3773; 1st Elder Apostolic Pentecostal Assembly Manuel Maya 937-4487 Men’s Bible Study, Band Of Brothers Retired Pastor and author Harry A. Peyton Call 937-0071 for times and location SPANISH SERVICES Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church The 1st Iglesia Apostollca de la Fe en Cristo Iglesia del Nazareno of Ruidoso Angus Church, 12 mi north of Ruidoso on Hwy 48. Jesus Located at: 613 Sudderth Dr. Suite D, 613 Sudderth Dr. Unit D. Pastor, Art Dunn, Youth Ruidoso. 937-7957 · 973-5413 Marco Sanchez, Pastor. 336-8032 Pastor, Nathaniel Dunn. Free home Bible studies UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP PRESBYTERIAN ‘Come by our new Salon!’ Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist First Presbyterian Church MARTHA’S HAIR & NAILS Fellowship, Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for 101 Sutton Drive (Nob Hill), Ruidoso, 257-2220. Pedicures • Manicures location Tony Chambless, Pastor Colors • Perms • Tints • Waxing 900 Sudderth Dr. 575-808-1015 Ancho Community Presbyterian Church; Pastor NON-DENOMINATIONAL Massage Pedicure Chairs American Missionary Fellowship Terry Aiello, CLP

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June 18, 2013

Thought for the week... Charles Clary

Father’s Day has passed, and unfortunately, the concept of a godly father is also passing. While the figures are not precise, up to half the children in America grow up without the presence of their father in the home. In many situations, children are relics of a wrecked marriage. In some situations, children are reminders of responsibilities unaccepted. The children had no choice in the matter of being born or to whom they were being born. Nevertheless, they suffer from the beginning to the end of their lives, for the choices of irresponsible parents. I thank God for a Christian father. My father was a dedicated Christian who took seriously the privilege and responsibility for being a husband and father. He worked all his life at two jobs to provide for his wife and family. In material things, we didn’t have much. In spiritual and familial things, we were rich. He wasn’t perfect, but he was the model upon which I based my “fathering.” He led in the spiritual areas of our lives. He led in the moral and ethical areas of our lives. The work ethic that I have today at 77, is a direct result of his example. As a deacon and elder in the First Christian Church of Coleman, Texas, he modeled being a Christian and a churchman. Some of you may be thinking at this point, “My father was not that kind of a man.” I recognize that I was blessed in having that kind of a father. And, I was also challenged to be that kind of father. Our nation is experiencing the collapse of the family today, because men do not want to accept the privilege and responsibility for being fathers. In most situations, children are a “surprise” nine months before they are born. “Unplanned,” they are a result of careless choices in adult lives. Children are supposed to be “a gift from God,” but in many cases, they are regrettable accidents. As we look closely at the American culture, we see children looking for purpose and meaning that an absentee father fails to give them. One meaning for the child is a sense of worth and value… not to be thrown away. Another meaning for the child is a sense of protection and provision… not being afraid of the future. Another meaning is a sense of belonging in a family… not in a gang or other group. Be the “godly” kind of father and give your child help for today and hope for tomorrow.

Outdoor service at Shepherd of the Hills Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is hosting their outdoor worship service in the church pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and would like to welcome you. Members and visitors enjoy this service, and it is not unusual to see one of God’s creation in the form of a deer joining us. This additional worship service runs from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Led by Rev. Thomas

Schoech, the outdoor service is followed by Children’s Sunday School at 9 a.m., Adult Bible class at 9:30 a.m. and the regular worship service at 10:30 a.m. indoors. Shepherd of the Hills is located at 1120 Hull Road, Ruidoso. The church office is open from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. weekdays; for more information call 575-2584191.


Bryan Hutchinson annual classical piano concert

Bryan Hutchinson, “Celebrating 40 Years at the Keyboard,” piano concert will take place Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1211 Hull Road in Ruidoso. Come listen to several thousand notes (estimated), many in the correct order. Hutchinson performs once a year in Ruidoso as a free gift to the community, with the hope that it will be educational and fun. Free admission. Reception following. Child care provided for 4 years and younger. For more information, call 575-378-8160.

Arts & Wellness Festival at the Adobe Plaza Join some of Ruidoso’s most talented artists for the inaugural Arts & Wellness Festival at the Adobe Plaza, Saturday June 29, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday June 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This is a free Artisan Festival featuring local artists and wellness providers at the Adobe Plaza Courtyard. Many remember the Adobe Plaza as home to the Deckhouse… now visitors are welcome to see the renewal of this historical building and browse works from local artisans including Robin Riggio’s ceramics, Sachi Kaskel’s handcrafted jewelry, Cameron Blagg’s paintings, Madlyn Rose natural bath and beauty

potions, Marianne Mohr’s inspirational drawings and enjoy Dr. Sherry McVean’s guitar and singing. As a community project, some proceeds will benefit the tuition fund for Sachi Kaskel. Contributors also include raffled gift baskets from Coyote Howling and teas from Rosemary’s Herb Shop. Support your local artists’ and artisans’ original, one-of-a-kind works. Also learn from the new The Lion’s Cage about martial arts for youth and women’s self defense; from All 4 Pets about pet health; from The Buddha Yoga Wellness Center about the healing benefits of Yoga and medita-


tion. Demonstrations and a raffle will be held throughout the day. Attendance is free. Adobe Plaza Courtyard, 200 Mechem Blvd in Ruidoso. For more information, reach Sachi at 305-5192700; sachyogateacher@ or Marianne 575802-3013; joyoflife2@gmail. com or visit the EVENTS page at


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Gold panning at the White Oaks Rascal Fair


Paul Mason Kolb

Paul Mason Kolb, of Ruidoso, New Mexico, entered into Heaven on June 12 and is now with his Lord and Savior. Born in Houston, Texas on Oct. 12, 1954, he is survived by his wife Susan, parents Joy and John Kolb of Goliad Texas and five brothers and sisters. His elder sister Susan Dunwoody and husband Mac, brother Jay Kolb and his wife Jeannie, sister Ellen Klepacki and husband Mike, and sister Ann Cuclis and husband Jay. He is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Paul studied at the Selwyn school in Denton Texas before attending college at Trinity University and Texas Lutheran University. His real calling was teaching in Mother Nature’s classroom as children and adults learned how to water ski, snow ski and snowboard from “Uncle Paul”. He loved the outdoors. Hiking with his beloved Labrador Jerry Jeff and finding new trails was his summer love. He also enjoyed car and motorcycle racing. Paul excelled in the kitchen. He loved watching the cooking channels and creating new dishes and comparing notes with his other “foodie friends.” He won first place best soup in the Empty Bowl event last year benefitting the Nest. While working for the Ski Apache Snowsports Learning Center last season, he prepared breakfast tacos to his fellow instructors and the disabled ski school. In 2004, Paul and Susan opened Lincoln County Tour Company offering activities for locals and tourists. The brightly colored bus, trailer and vans could be seen cruising throughout the area and up to

Ski Apache. Paul loved people and enjoyed talking with tour guests about all the sights in Lincoln County. Six years ago, Paul encouraged and supported his wife Susan as she began her professional music career. He was chief roadie, manager and equipment guru. They toured all over Texas in 2010 and Paul began playing the drums. He loved classic rock. Paul was a person of exceptional character. He forgave quickly, always sought out the best in others and was loved by many. He found ways to help others and volunteered with numerous charities in Lincoln County. His calm, peaceful and positive nature coupled with his big smile was a welcome sight for those who needed encouragement. Paul was struck with esophageal cancer in 2006. He never allowed cancer to define him and he fought bravely through numerous procedures and surgeries to prolong his life. Throughout his battle, he maintained a positive attitude and encouraged others with cancer to fight the good fight. Most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior who stood by him and helped him stay peaceful in uncertain times. A celebration of his life will be held at The Community United Methodist Church on Wednesday June 19 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions to The Lincoln County Humane Society and Relay for Life are encouraged. Paul would want us all to live in peace and harmony and will be honored if we do so in his memory.

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What do you know about gold mining? With gold reaching historically high prices there is growing interest in gold. New Mexico, and especially Lincoln County has significant gold deposits. In fact, one of the most profitable gold mining areas in the continental U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th Century was White Oaks. The old timers say there is still “gold in them thar hills.” Two of these “old timers” will be at the White Oaks Rascal Fair, June 21. They will be demonstrating gold panning techniques and describing both the “golden” history of White Oaks and current prospects for finding gold.


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Notice of intention is hereby given by the Ruidoso Branch Community College Board and Community Advisory Council for their annual retreat to be held at the Hotel Ruidoso Conference Room, 110 Chase St., at 9:00 a.m. on the 29th of June, 2013. Copies of the agenda will be available in the ENMU-Ruidoso President’s office, 709 Mechem Dr., 72 hours prior to the meeting. If you are an individual requiring Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations in order to attend the Community College Board Meeting, please contact the office of the President, ENMU-Ruidoso, (575) 257-3006 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting.



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Ruidoso Free Press June 18, 2013  
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The June 18, 2013 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Count...