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Skiers and merchants happening rejoice at spring snowfall What’s

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Red Feather Theater Company presents ‘Broken Wings’ Written by Rhs senior Mercedes espinoza and directed by Rhs junior Tyler McKinley. Followed by “Grey Rose” written by Rhs senior Candace Christopher and directed by Rhs sophomore Tommy salas. serious content. Ruidoso schools Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

March 14

Ski Apache Pond Skim

Can you make it across the pond on your skis or snowboard? Not that daring? Come see who is! Prizes will be given for best costume, biggest splash, and best crossing. Plus a bikini Contest (for the chics) and beach body Contest (for dudes). 1 - 3:30 p.m. 575-464-3600, Free.

By Eugene Heathman Editor The timing couldn’t have been better for just less than a foot of fresh powder at Ski Apache and making mid-town Ruidoso a winter wonderland as travelers piled into town for two weeks of spring beak activities. The added moisture at this time of the year is warmly welcomed and the spring storm lingered just long enough to leave some much needed snowfall before breaking into sunshine and blue skies on Sunday to the delight of spring break travelers, merchants and lodgers. James Whitman, owner of Double J Kidz LLC opened a new store in the Four Seasons Mall just in time for the younger spring break crowd. “We are already having a

very strong opening weekend, the snow is great, I haven’t seen it snow like this in a while,” Whitman said. Other merchants were reporting strong sales and happy faces from the visitors in town enjoying the snow. Ruidoso Police had their hands full with some accidents due to wintry conditions, having to close Country Club at Sudderth Drive for more than an hour due to a non-injury accident. The weather is expected to warm up for the week of spring break, giving visitors plenty to do on the mountain or in town. Ruidoso was the center of attention on statewide newscasts as the champion for snow during the recent storm as hotel room and cabins filled up and restaurants bustled with hungry travelers.

Red Feather Theater Company presents ‘Greyworld’

Written and directed by Rhs senior Meagan Meyer and assisted by freshman Luciana schiavone. “My Aladdin” written by Rhs junior Jennah Castleman and directed by Rhs sophomore Kayleen schenk. humorous content. Ruidoso schools Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

We have good, dedicated, knowledgeable people who understand the Village of Ruidoso and are meeting their best interests. – Randall Camp, VOR Utilities Director

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Homegrown Boyz at Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill at the Ruidoso downs Racetrack. 7 p.m.

March 17-18

Mountain Living Home & Garden Show

A great way to see hundreds of home & garden experts and retailers presenting the latest products, services, & innovative ideas. shoppers enjoy gourmet specialties, antiques, newest appliances, spas, fl ooring, windows and window treatments. The show also includes seminars, cookware demos, and ideas to update indoors and out. Ruidoso Convention Center. saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 575-808-0655. $5.

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During a special Ruidoso Village Council meeting Monday, election winners Gloria Sayers, Lynn Crawford and Joseph Eby were sworn in for three vacated council seats and got right to work. Municipal Judge Beverly Rankin was also sworn in during the meeting. The new council members were also presented with certificates of election confirming the official results from Village Clerk, Irma Devine. The councilors first order of business was to elect a Mayor Pro-Tem from the counseling body. At Mayor Raymond “Gus” Alborn’s suggestion, Rifle Salas was unanimously elected to the position.

March 17

Lucy’s Mexicali in Midtown with green beer and live music!

Election winners sworn in

Ruidoso’s aging water pipelines present challenges and opportunity

March 15

Highland Way Irish band at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Midtown.

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By Sue Hutchison Reporter Many things age gracefully. Ruidoso’s water pipes haven’t. “Most of our infrastructure needs replacing.” Ruidoso Utilities Director Randall Camp realizes the process of updating the village’s old pipes and water transportation will take a long time and a lot of money. He and his team of employees are on top of it. Camp has been the village’s utilities director four and a half years and brings years of previous experience to the position.

“If it’s not broken, it’s not ours.”

Camp, a civil engineer and former HazMat emergency response coordinator is no stranger to crises and hard work, and has several projects in the mix to keep Ruidoso flowing smoothly. With variables of harsh weather and environmental conditions, the utilities department strives to see PiPeLiNes, pg 9 Eugene Heathman/Ruidoso Free Press

VOR Utilities Director Randall Camp praises the innovation and hard work in completing the new wastewater plant but cautions the plant is just the first step of many in bringing the Village’s water utility infrastructure up to 21st century standards.

From cavers to carpenters: Special Fort Stanton restoration project Saving Fort Stanton, one nail at a time By Lynda Sánchez

For historian Lynda Sánchez, a Fort Stanton advocate, a very special historic restoration project was begun earlier in February and should be completed by the end of March. “I like to call this kind of project ‘saving Fort Stanton one nail, one balustrade at a time.’ Building 9, like many of the 1870’s structures needed repair and just plain old TLC. In this situation the railing or balustrade along the second story was badly deteriorating and required painting, replacement of balusters and other parts that had totally rotted.” Sánchez said. Cavers from the Southwest Region (SWR) of the internationally known National Speleological Society (NSS) arrived with hammers, saws, drills and a lot of know how. As part of the SWR’s 50th Anniversary celebration ( region/swr/), several talented volunteers agreed to perform a service project in exchange for use of the cafeteria and other

buildings for activities and a banquet held on the Parade Grounds the end of May. The assignment selected was to repair the second floor balcony rails and supports on Building 9, which dates back to 1866 when it was first used as a stone guard house, later changing to the Adjutant’s office. In 1877 came major improvements in the Adjutant’s Office, and a library was added. Toward the end of the 1890’s it metamorphosed into a school reading room, post office and recreation hall. During the 1930’s-50’s it was also a movie hall. It currently serves as the facility manager’s office and work area. According to Fort Stanton State Monument spokesperson, Bennie Long, the State Monuments’ Division is furnishing the materials for the project and the cavers are providing the labor. Reconstruction and wood working experts have discussed the process; materials have been identified and ordered. Two weekends are planned to complete the project. That is an amazing turnaround time and indicates what a team S ACRE 1.085


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The free service is off ered Thursday and Friday afternoons from The sierra blanca Chapter of the 1-4 p.m. and saturdays from 9 daughters of the American Rev- a.m.-noon through April 14. olution will meet at the Ruidoso Public Library, Wednesday at 1 Dynamic design p.m. For more information, call Come and learn dynamic deJennifer at 258-3704. sign, taught by Ruidoso artist Patsy blasdell, at the Ruidoso Historic board Regional Council for the Arts The Lincoln historic Preserva- offi ce at 1217 sudderth drive, tion board will hold its regularly April 20-22. scheduled meeting this Thurs- some painting experience is day, in the old Community necessary and class size is limChurch in Lincoln, starting at 7 ited to 10. Cost is $100 for three p.m. days or $40 per day for one or two classes. A $50 deposit is reBreastfeeding quired by April 1 to hold your workshop space in the class. Lincoln County Medical Center For more information, call blasoff ers breastfeeding workshops dell at 575-808-1475, or email and a support group for new her at patsy@nmhealthykids. and expecting mothers, with org. meetings and held every other Low-cost yoga Friday. The workshop and support A low-cost community yoga group meetings are from 10 class for beginners and intera.m.-noon in the physical ther- mediate students is held every apy center conference room, Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the located at 213 sudderth drive. blue Lotus healing Arts Center, The workshops are free to par- 2810 sudderth in room 207 ticipants. For more information, above schlotzsky’s. The class call the LCMC Labor and deliv- includes strength and fl exibilery Manager at 257-8279. ity postures, restorative poses, and aromatheraSearch and Rescue meditation phy fi nale. Room temperature The White Mountain search and is warm, so wear layered clothRescue team will hold its regu- ing and bring water. Mats and lar meeting March 19 at 7 p.m. props are provided. Call Mariupstairs at the First Christian anne Mohr at 575-802-3013 for Church, 1211 hull Road. All in- more information. terested outdoors people are welcome to attend. For more Fiesta practice details, call Tony davis at 336- The 2012 Ruidoso school Fiesta 4501 or Carolyn scarborough at practices are starting soon in 937-3454. advance of the annual May 5 performance. This year’s proNatural resources gram is open to any grade level, The Lincoln County Land & Nat- but practices will be held in ural Resources Advisory Com- evenings and not during school mittee will hold its March meet- hours. ing Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. Those interested in dancing A fi nal agenda will be available should attend a meeting to be 24 hours prior to the meeting. held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Ruidoso senior Center. Parents Historical society are also encouraged to attend. Mark your calendars for a meet There is no cost for the proand greet for the Lincoln Coun- gram, but students will have to ty historical society at the swiss provide their own dress, shoes, Chalet on north Mechem drive, hats, shirts and pants or rent March 24, at 2 p.m. them for a fee. Clara Farah will give a short talk For more information, call debon her parents – Mr. and Mrs. bie Jo Almager at 505-660-6652 Gaylord Freeman – and their or Angie at 973-4037. role in Lincoln County history. There will be a $4 charge for Disc golf food drive hors d’oeuvres, coff ee and tea. The Ruidoso disc Golf Club is There will also be a cash bar. hosting a “Frisbee for Food” drive, this March 24 at the Wild Turkey Grindstone disc Golf Course. Federation Cost to enter the event is $20 The Ruidoso chapter of the Na- plus fi ve cans of non-perishable tional Wild Turkey Federation food. The goal is to raise 500 will host its annual banquet at pounds of food. the Ruidoso Convention Center Cash and prizes will be presentMarch 24. doors open at 5:30 ed to the top 25 percent of playp.m., and there will be a barbe- ers over 27 holes. sign up is at cue dinner, raffl es, door prizes 9 a.m. and the tournament beand live and silent auctions to gins at 10 a.m. Contact duane benefi t youth hunting and wild- slatton at 973-4413 to enter. life conservation projects. Call The public is invited to watch the competition. 937-3011 for tickets.

Lincoln County Commission The Lincoln County board of Commissioners will hold its March meeting on Wednesday, March 28, at 8:30 a.m. A fi nal agenda will be available 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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

Tax preparation Free tax preparation and e-fi ling is off ered at the Ruidoso senior Center to all middle and lowincome individuals and families, with no age limitations. small business owners are also welcomed. if your income is less that $22,000 per year, you may be eligible for a refund from the state. The help is off ered from volunteer tax councilors and auxiliary personnel under the AARP Foundation, in cooperation with the internal Revenue service.

American Legion Post 79 – Jerome d. Klein Post, meets on the third saturday of each month at the American Legion building located at the southeast corner of spring Road and highway 70 at 11 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Vic Currier, Post Adjutant, at 802-5293.

it’s long running Annual Low Cost Mammogram Program was established in 1988. some of the organizations Altrusa supports are the local food bank, women’s shelter, humane society and others. One of Altrusa’s focus is on literacy, in that they provide scholarships to men and women returning to college, books three times a year to the children in the local head start programs and donations to the Literacy Council. if you think an organization like Altrusa may be a good fi t for your volunteer eff orts, contact membership chair Judy Griffi n at 937-5437. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 258-8885.

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A spring snow storm pleasantly surprised locals and visitors alike during last The Carrizozo Roadrunners weekend’s Spring Break kick-off. The storm dumped almost a foot of fresh Chapter of the Lincoln County extension Association meetings powder on Ski Apache. are held on the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Otero County electric Cooperative community room on 12th street in Carrizozo. Chapter meetings are open to anyone interested. For more information, call barbara VanGorder at 575-648-9805 or doris Cherry at 354-2673. The Democratic Women of the sacramento Mountain Area meet the third saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.dwsma. org. The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at Cree Meadows Country Club at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 257-4160 or visit The Federated Woman’s Club of Ruidoso, supporting community service organizations and providing scholarships, meets Mondays at 11 a.m. at 116 s. evergreen dr. A pot luck lunch at noon is followed by bridge and other card games. A special program is also presented most months. The group and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309.

ences of horticulture. For more The public is welcome to participate or watch the action. information, call 973-2890. during the shooting matches, The Lincoln County fibromy- all other shooting is suspendalgia and chronic pain support ed. For more information, call group meets on the third Thurs- Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at day of each month from noon-1 937-9297. p.m. in the parlor at First baptist Church, 270 Country Club dr. Ruidoso Home Care and HosFor information, contact Mary pice off ers bereavement and grief support groups for those barnett at 257-9810. who have had losses in their The Lincoln County Sheriff ’s lives. Two groups are available – Posse is part of American West- Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. or Friday ern history that continues to- from noon to 1 p.m. day. The Posse has evolved into The focus of the groups is eduan all-volunteer community cation about managing grief service organization. horsemen and developing a network of skills are encouraged, but not support with others who have experienced losses. There is no required. The Posse meets the fi rst sun- charge for the group, and it is day of each month at 2 p.m. at open to anyone in the comthe headquarters located a mile munity. The groups meet at south of Carrizozo on highway Ruidoso home health and hos54. For more information, visit www.lincolncountysheriff or call 575-512-7077.

pice, in the conference room, at 592 Gavilan Canyon Rd. For questions or directions, call Lyn shuler at 258-0028. The Ruidoso Noon Lions meet at 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Cree Meadows Country Club. Ruidoso Masonic Lodge No. 73 meets fi rst Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. if the fi rst Monday is a national holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday. dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-442-2026. SAA meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the episcopal Church at the holy Mountain at 321 Mescalero Trail Road. For more information, call 575-3853396.

Optimist Club meets at noon every Wednesday at K-bobs in Ruidoso. The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Region iX offi ces at 237 service Road. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and fi eld trips. Contact Leland deford at 2578662 or herb brunnell at 2584003.

Firefighters for Christ meet monthly at the Ruidoso downs Racetrack Chapel at 7 p.m. This service is open to fi refi ghters and their families. For more information, call 258-4682. Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club The Kiwanis Club of Ruidoso noon every Tuesday. meets every Tuesday at noon at K-bobs. Ruidoso Evening Lions Club meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at The Lincoln County Garden 106 s. Overlook. Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Otero The Lincoln County RegulaCounty electric co-op, on high- tors, members of the single way 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visi- Action shooters society, hold tors are welcome. The Garden matches the second saturday Club’s purpose is to encourage of every month at the Ruidoso community beautifi cation and Gun Range located on hale conservation, and to educate Lake Road. Registration is at 9 members in the arts and sci- a.m., matches start at 10 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. and saturday and sunday at 7 p.m. There is also a Monday 6:30 p.m. women’s open meeting and beginners and young peoples’ big book study Fridays at 7 p.m.

If you have an emotional or mental health crisis, call our hotline. The Lincoln County Community Assistance Program provides professional counseling at no cost to Lincoln County residents of all ages. We can help when you or a family member needs crisis assistance, such as speaking to a licensed counselor over the phone or in person. Your story is our story.

The Sunny Spirit Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday and Thursday at noon and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the women’s group meets Wednesdays at noon in the parish hall of the episcopal Church of the holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1211 hull Road. Altrusa international of Ruidoso was established in 1970 and

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Making sense of new legislative districts By Eugene Heathman Editor Lincoln County and Ruidoso have been hacked by a funky sort of Mason – Dixon line as a result of the new House and state Senate districts. With the new House district map, only Districts 56 and 59 would remain in Lincoln County, represented by Zach Cook and Nora Espinoza. Cook’s district remains mostly unchanged while Espinoza’s district will include more county territory, including Capitan, Carrizozo and Corona. Rep. Dennis Kintigh’s district will no longer be in Lincoln County. In regards to the state Senate, Sen. Phil Griego of San Miguel County’s dis-

trict now includes Lincoln County. However, a common misconception is that he is already a senator for District 39 which include communities in San Miguel, Santa Fe, Torrance, Valencia, Bernalillo and Lincoln counties. Griego would need to fend off a Democratic primary challenge on June 5 from Nicole Castellano, and the likely GOP challenger, Aubrey Dunn in the November general election. Dunn is a Capitan resident who unsuccessfully campaigned for Congress during the last general election. Castellano, a Santa Fe resident wants to champion economic legislation that makes it easier to do business in the state. Protect small farmers, crops & agriculture protection, develop infra-

Currier announces candidacy for county commission

with refined professionalism By Eugene Heathman not found in very many othEditor er politicians, and ble leadership as Chairman. Vic Currier, a native He will be missed by all. New Mexican and resident But I feel that my resume of Ruidoso, announced his and experience managing candidacy for a seat on the large enterprises speaks for Lincoln County Commisitself. I am passionate in sion. Currier launched an unmy bi-partisan conservative successful bid for a Village beliefs, and feel that I can of Ruidoso Council seat but serve the people of Lincoln sees a silver lining in what Vic Currier County well, to return the happened. “Personally, I am vision of our pioneer ancestors for this very happy with the results, as are many wonderful place in which to live and others who expressed their sentiments work. We need to get back on a positive, to me following the election and I was common sense track,” Currier said. asked the following day by many people to pursue candidacy for the Commission Reflecting upon his bid for Village No. 3 seat being vacated by Tom Battin in Council, Currier explained he entered the Precincts 6, 7 and 10. That means simply race when it appeared no one was going to this: I can help this County and both Rurun late in the day on the last day for filing. idoso and Ruidoso Downs and surroundLater, after meeting with seven Village ing communities if elected. That is my department heads and the Village Manager, true passion,” Currier said. Currier was pleased to discover that the Currier grew up in Carrizozo and Village has essentially recovered from the Tucumcari before graduating high school financial mess of three to five years ago. in Bakersfield, Calif., and attending the Currier is a former certified real estate University of Arizona college of Business appraiser and member of the Thoroughbred and Public Administration. There he was Owners & Breeders Association, AQHA, elected chair of the ASUA Public RelaMortgage Bankers of America, Texas Letions committee on the 25,000-student gal Reserve Officers Association, Califorcampus and joined Sigma Phi Epsilon nia Savings & Loan League, the National fraternity. Currier served four tours in Manufactured Housing Finance and New Vietnam specializing in top secret comMexico Mortgage Broker’s associations. puters, communications and navigational He now serves as the elected Adjutant for aids with the Air Force, where he served American Legion Post 79; is Vice Presidual duty as a combat augmentee with the dent of the Vietnam Veterans of America; 12th Security Police Wing. Following his and is Public Affairs Officer for VFW Post honorable discharge in 1973, Vic worked 12071. Vic has written several business for more than 25 years in senior corporate and technical manuals, and is the author of management in three industries with the a book to be released in the spring about a Union Pacific railroad in New Mexico and family friend, “The Biography of William El Paso, at the Port of Los Angeles, and in Harding Jackson: Co-Founder of the Ceninsurance and banking. tral Intelligence Agency.” Currier and his “Tom’s shoes are big ones to fill, no wife, Denise, reside in central Ruidoso and doubt. He has served the people honestly, are members of the First Christian Church.

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structure projects that create local jobs, improve roads and the overall standard of living for New Mexicans. She also supports clean energy and water projects that create long term job growth and give Affordable Energy resource options to New Mexicans. District 39 dips all the way into Ruidoso via Highway 48 to Mechem, then Cree Meadows and Warrior Drive on the way out rural Eagle Creek. A detailed map has been posted at The west and south of those boundaries, including much of Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, will fall into District

33 which Rod Adair will have a primary challenge from Alamogordo resident and business owner William F. Burt who may become a familiar name in Lincoln County. What has happened through the mapping process is the high likelihood of Lincoln County residents being subject to a majority of representation at the state senate level by people who do not live in Lincoln County and have a solid core constituency base in the area they reside. Lincoln County residents will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the candidates as they have already conducted “soft visits” to the area since mid-February.



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Letters to the Editor Protecting the lava flow

To the Editor: The Ruidoso Free Press 2/28 coverage of the recent discussions at the Lincoln County Commission’s Feb. 21 session regarding wilderness designation in Lincoln County usefully included thoughtful perspectives from Commissioner Battin. For example, his observation that the county receives Federal payments in lieu of taxes is an important consideration. It is also the case that the Valley of Fires Visitor Center is fully funded by BLM for upgrades, regular maintenance and staffing. Your coverage, however, failed to note several relevant factors. First of all, the resolution placed before the Commission called for the Commission to go on record opposing any additional wilderness designation in the County. The proposed resolution would have the effect of putting the Commission on record as opposing any expansion of protection for the Little Black Peak and Carrizozo Lava Flow from its current status as “Wilderness Study Area” to full “wilderness” designation. Your 2/28 coverage also did not note that the Carrizozo Town Council last year voted to support such a wilderness designation. County residents at the 2/21 Commission session who opposed the resolution noted that a blanket ban on all wilderness designation in the county would ‘hamstring” the Commission (and future commissions) in considering any action on wilderness issues. Residents urged instead that future proposals should be considered individually with each evaluated on its own merit. The 2011 decision by the Carrizozo Town Council to support a wilderness designation for Little Black Peak and the Carrizozo Lava Flow followed a lengthy discussion which included the perspective of many stakeholders. That discussion underscored the point that the area in question offers no grazing area for use by local ranchers as the land is far too rugged for use by cattle. Another important point in that discussion was that a wilderness designation would mean a substantially increased flow of tourist visitors to Carrizozo and the County. It is important to note that any removal of the current Wilderness Study Area status could open the area to “development” including mining, or oil and gas drilling. Such operations are already underway at the southern end of the lava flow which does not have the protection of any kind of wilderness status, as your article correctly noted. Oil and particu-

larly gas drilling, were it to involve the new and widely used “fracking” method, could place Carrizozo’s extensive aquifer in jeopardy to contamination by fracking fluids as is happening across the United States. Similarly, mining activity could create an air pollution problem. New Mexico’s experiences with mining operations that pick up stakes and leave behind massive clean-up problems are well known. Capitan’s recent experience with just such a gold mining operation is instructive. Wilderness designation does not, as suggested by some, amount to Federal Government imposition of control. Rather, it is a means of protecting land for common use against so-called “development” that benefits a handful to the detriment of many. Edmund McWilliams White Oaks

Thank you, Ruidoso Downs I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of my supporters throughout these past four years, as well as, during this past election. It has been an honor serving the City of Ruidoso Downs as Mayor, and a privilege working with the residents, city staff, and business owners and surrounding governing bodies. I would also like to send out a special thank you to everyone who gave me their vote in the March 2012 election, as well as to my election committee who went above and beyond to support me in this electionyour efforts were tremendously appreciated. I would also like to wish the new administration all of the luck in the world. Tom Armstrong

More civility please To the Editor: Ms. Susan Finch’s letter about civility reminds me that civility is a two-way street. While outraged at Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluck, she never bothers to mention or show concern about what her fellow leftists spew on a regular basis. After Rep. Gabby Giffords got shot last January, while in Tucson, President Obama called for more civility and a toning down of the rhetoric. Fine and good but the President remains silent when so-called comedian and social commentator, Bill Maher, regularly calls Sarah Palin a four letter demeaning word against referring to women that starts with “c” . Maybe Obama’s silence is based on the fact that Maher recently gave Obama’s Super Pac $1 million! Should Obama denounce Maher and give the money back?

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Yea, right! That will happen when hell gets air conditioning! Since 2008, Maher and the talking heads at MSNBC, among others, have been obsessed with the Palins, routinely making tasteless remarks about either Sarah, her young daughter, Bristol, who had a child out of wedlock, or Sarah’s physically handicapped young son. Other frequent targets by the leftists have been Michele Malkin and Laura Ingraham. But I don’t hear the Finches of this world ever saying anything about that and how the left should be more “civil”. But let Limbaugh make a tasteless remark about an immoral woman who wants all of us to pay a thousand dollars a year for her birth control, and all the leftists get their knickers in a twist! Go figure. Charles Jones Ruidoso To the Editor: Re: Civility by Susan Finch, Like Ms. Finch. I, too, am much appalled by incivility in the media. I also support most of what she cites as reasons for her distaste for rudeness on the public stage. But her only example is Rush Limbaugh and his attack on Sandra Fluke. A piece by Bloomberg columnist Michael Kinsley in the Albuquerque Journal similarly singles out Limbaugh as the abuser of the Free Speech principle. So why is it Rush Limbaugh who is the only one called on the carpet for the sin of incivility? Could it be that he is a representative of the conservative ideology? Similar trespasses from the Left are ignored, though they are just as malicious. Bill Maher’s denigrations of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Governor Sarah Palin come to mind, not to mention the uncivil utterances of Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow of CNBC. Just curious. E. D. Ehrich Nogal

The double standard of civility To the Editor: In her March 6 letter, Susan Finch discusses with some outrage Rush Limbaugh referencing the Georgetown University law student who wants taxpayers

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to pay for her birth control as a slut and a prostitute. Was Ms. Finch similarly outraged (enough to write a letter to the editor) when vulgar descriptions of other women have issued from peoples’ mouths and sallied forth over the airwaves? Comments like the monstrously vulgar names (also 4 letter words ending in “t”) that have issued forth from the likes of Bill Maher and Ed Schultz (MSNBC) to describe Sarah Palin, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Bachmann and Michelle Malkin? Susan wrote that Rush Limbaugh “models violence for children,” a claim not particularly accurate in and of itself since few if any children listen to his radio show. What about the tone set by these other individuals, using far more vulgar words on television? Limbaugh issued a sincere apology for language that he agreed was over the top. Some of these other spewers over the airwaves seem proud to use vulgar descriptive words for women and have never issued anything remotely resembling a mea culpa. One individual who vulgarized Laura Ingraham was immediately suspended and issued some kind of apology which was more in tune with wanting his job back than something from his heart. As his own boss, Limbaugh wasn’t going to be fired for his words, but he apologized anyway. To lament one side’s public vulgarity and not that of another is a double standard. Virginia Thompson Alto To the Editor: Enough is enough! As a school superintendent, I have always tried to not respond to things that are printed about a school system in local media. However, I am going to make an exception this time as I feel this attack on the Carrizozo Schools has gone on long enough and needs to stop. It is time the truth needs to be printed. Now, according to one of Lincoln County’s weekly newspapers (and I am not talking about the Ruidoso News nor See LETTERS, pg 5

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LeTTeRs from pg. 4 the Free Press) the “blame” for drug use by students in our school system is on “the leadership or lack there of that has been provided to our students, and whether you agree or not, in all starts at the top.” We did have an unfortunate incident on an out of town activity. The three students in question admitted that they made a mistake in using drugs and have been punished in a consistent manner according to school policy. Do the students of the district have a drug problem? I am sure there are drugs being used. By how many? Who knows? I don’t think we have any better or worse drug problem among our students per capita than any other high school in the country. Is it the fault of those at “the top” that we have students using drugs? No. I am not going to place the blame directly on anyone. There are a number of factors that contribute to the use of drugs by our youth. Society plays a large role in the influence. Look at what is seen on TV. Drug use is sensationalized constantly. Our children are seeing drug use at home by parents, siblings, other family and friends. And the “blame” lies with those “at the top?” I don’t think so. The school district has attempted to address the issue of student drug use. We have had counselors address the students in small groups to discuss the dangers and consequences of the use of drugs. We have had the Border Patrol and other law enforcement personnel make small group presentations to the students. The issue is discussed in health classes and by other teachers in their classrooms. But when they are seeing the use of drugs at home, how do we educators combat that? How do we fight the parents and guardians of students that are “caught” using drugs when they deny the fact that their sons or daughters are using drugs? Enough on that issue. Now let’s look at what was printed about the administrators being the “highest paid individuals in the state.” At the first school board meeting that I attended as the superintendent, I mentioned to the board that I was very proud of the entire staff that works for the Carrizozo Schools. I continue to feel the same way. I also mentioned that none of the school staff are being overpaid. It is an established law in the state of New Mexico that school districts are required to pay teachers and administrators a set salary for their services. Level I teachers are required to be paid a minimum of $30,000, Level II, $40,000, and Level III, $50,000. Administrators are paid according to the level at which they work; an elementary principal is paid a minimum of $60,000, middle school, $70,000, and high school, $80,000. A school district does not have the option to pay any differently. Do teachers and administrators receive “additional compensation?” In some cases, yes. School districts normally pay teachers and administrators for duties that they perform above and beyond their normal daily duties. We pay staff to coach, administer federal programs, etc. In most cases, again, this is done above and beyond their normal daily duties. The duties are performed after school, weekends, evenings, and in the summer. No one in the Carrizozo Schools is being over paid. Quite the contrary. They are being under

paid for what they do on a daily basis and for the great results that they obtain from their teaching. As for the superintendent, that salary is set by the board of education. The major tasks of the school board are to hire, evaluate, and set a salary for the superintendent. They also set policy and oversee the finances. In the state of New Mexico, there are 89 school districts. The average pay for superintendents in this state for the 2011/2012 school year is $109,072. The range of salaries is $256,000 to $75,000. Carrizozo superintendent’s salary is $102,500, which ranks number 47, according to a printout provided by the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators. The district is going through an administrative change as we speak. When the board asked me to take the superintendent’s position in October, I informed them that I would but only until the end of the school year. Now it is time to make a transition to a new superintendent. Due to budget issues, I have recommended that the board hire a superintendent/principal combination. This will save the school district approximately $80,000. The major impact on the budget is the fact that our enrollment has dropped from an average of 162 from last year to an average for next year of 145.5. That will also have a large impact on the budget at approximately $72,000. Again, the process of hiring a superintendent is the responsibility of the board. At a work session of the board on February 21, a presentation was made to the board on how to go about the process of hiring a new superintendent. The presentation pointed out the pros and cons of hiring a superintendent from within the school system or going outside the school system. The presentation was made in an open meeting by a consultant that works with school districts when hiring a superintendent. The decision of the board on how they will proceed is up to them. I find it amazing that there is “talk that a new full-time superintendent will be named next week” when the notice for a special meeting to look at the hiring of a superintendent was just posted on March 1, which was after the above mentioned quote was printed. Discussions in an executive session of a school board meeting are to remain confidential unless an action by the board must be taken following the session. Apparently, that confidentiality has been violated. It is time that the residents of Carrizozo and the remainder of the county see the true facts as they are. It is a shame that one particular local weekly newspaper and a small click of family and friends can use their power of print to constantly attack the school system because of issues that they have with the system from now or in the past. Again, enough is enough. Pay attention to what was mentioned that you “want to lay off this subject (school).” Give us your support. Don’t try to tear us down week after week. People are tired of reading the attacks. We care about our children. We love each and every one of them. We want what is the very best for them and we strive every day to give them the tools they need to become productive, educated citizens of the world. Jim Nesbitt, Superintendent Carrizozo Municipal Schools

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didn’t vote, there are very few reasons not to vote. Aside from death, hospitalization, extended deployment or not living in the area long enough, anything else explaining why a person can’t take less than an hour to perform their civic right and duty is nothing more than a queasy excuse. If the field of candidates doesn’t measure up to a non-voters standard, then become a candidate. Voter apathy is nothing more than a mockery to those who live, love, fight and die for the American dream. Why is it that people will spend time finding, friending and un-friending people on Facebook but won’t take less than one hour to vote? Ruidoso is just about 5 miles long by 2 miles wide so it can’t be traffic gridlock. It is quite disappointing for a community whose population is generally quite opinionated and outspoken but can’t muster up enough time in the day to cover the body count of those who were murdered on 9-11 and the men and women in uniform who gave their lives on foreign soil since then with a simple vote on Election Day. It’s a sad day when Sunland Park can muster almost as many illegal votes complete with lap-dances and indictments than legitimate votes in Ruidoso. So, who cares about voting?

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Voters weigh in on issues during exit poll

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Spring winds blew mercilessly as a small percentage of Ruidoso voters turned out for municipal elections at the Convention Center Tuesday. Elections were held in Ruidoso and all over Lincoln County for council seats, mayor (in the Downs), and municipal judges. According to the village clerk’s office, there are 5,234 registered voters in Ruidoso. Including absentee balloting, 727 votes were cast, just 13 percent made their wishes known. The Ruidoso Free Press polled several Ruidoso voters after they cast their votes, asking two opinion questions. What is the most important issue facing the village? Do you feel those on the ballot are qualified to lead the village? Fifty percent of those polled responded, “Water!” to the first question. Ruth, a village homeowner, is concerned about paying her water and sewer bill, along with Sally. Bob and Pat both answered that finding village funds for a sufficient water supply was important to them while Gail was concerned that the quality and availability of water not be compromised. With the new Waste Water Treatment Plant fully operational, and with an unexpected snowpack in the process of melting, Village Utilities Director Randall Camp says Ruidoso is OK at this point with watershed. “The snow wasn’t supposed to be there and I thank God for every inch of it.” Ruidoso residents seem to understand they’re in the middle of an extended drought and there’s concern. They feel councilors need to assure the village they’re going to focus on managing the town’s water supply. Priorities for any village, according to Camp, are clean drinking water, sanitary sewer and solid waste lines. Fire and police presence follow closely after the priorities of water safety are addressed. His employee team works to keep Ruidoso’s water supply available and safe. When asked about how voters perceived the quality and preparedness of the candidates, 60 percent answered they thought there were plenty of good choices on the ballot. The remaining 40 percent’s answers ranged from, “I think so,” and “They’re as qualified as anyone else.” Due to Ruidoso’s size, several voters knew at least one candidate personally, and offered that as their reason they came to vote. Rhonda feels the most important CARRIZOZO, NM

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At top, two young voters, Phillip and Krystal, expressed their opinions, wanting to make sure who’s elected knows what they’re doing after voting in Tuesday’s election. At right, after voting in Tuesdays election, Pat and Bob say finding village funds for a sufficient water supply was important to them.

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Double J Kidz brings kid style to Midtown By Eugene Heathman Editor There is a new store for kids at the Four Seasons Mall. Jene and James Whitman of Amarillo opened Double J Kidz LLC just in time for spring break and are already reporting strong sales. Double J Kidz LLC carries all kinds of colorful accessories, games and clothes for kids. The Whitmans are no

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“Welcome to New Mexico, where quality of life and opportunity come together!” exclaims the New Mexico Department of Economic Development website headline. And who know better than we, who live in beautiful Lincoln County, about “quality of life?” Looking at some of the statistics measuring economic health, it seems we could use a little more opportunity. So what does the NM Economic Development Dept. have to offer? Well, actually some rather innovative services. As a newly formed function, the Office of Business Advocacy assists state businesses in navigating through regulatory red-tape or permitting, tax or licensing issues and has helped more than 100 businesses to save or create “several hundred jobs” per their website. “One company called the office ‘one of the best incentives the state offers.’” Sounds like a pretty good deal, but not many Lincoln County businesses have availed themselves of the free assistance. According to the data at, no Lincoln County businesses have been served, while in Carlsbad, seven businesses received assistance from the Office. The Office of Business Advocacy opened in January 2011 with the mission to: “advance New Mexico business and enterprise with expansion,

retention, and growth by resolving challenging bureaucratic, intergovernmental, and public policy problems affecting businesses in New Mexico.” Basically the Office helps small businesses resolve regulatory roadblocks: “One of the greatest and costliest challenges small businesses face is the fact that each agency creates its own maze of red tape. It’s the small businesses - the mom and pop shops - the small startups that get lost in the layers of red tape. We will help them, and in doing so, send a loud and clear message that New Mexico is open for business.” You can’t argue with that. We encourage our local entrepreneurs and business owners to reach out and benefit from the free assistance. The Office is staffed with three full-time Business Advocacy Case Workers who: “help New Mexico companies break through regulatory hurdles” to enable private industry to retain workers, save jobs, and hire new employees. The Office is also in partnership with the New Mex-

ico Small Business Development Center network, Finance New Mexico, the Small Business Investment Corporation and the Federal Small Business Administration Marianne Mohr Business Editor among others. Visit the site for more information and to complete an intake form to receive assistance. If it’s what it’s cracked up to be, you may get help to create even more opportunity to match your most excellent quality of Lincoln County life. Office of Business Advocacy Tel: 505-827-2486

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Five things to do before you buy With homes for sale priced as they were in the late 90’s and interest rates at record lows, many buyers who’ve been waiting for rock-bottom prices know now it just may be the time to buy. Indicators in many of the most beat up markets point to slightly rising prices by the end of 2012. And we think this will be occurring in Ruidoso as well. So if you agree it’s time, here are five things to do before you buy. 1. Determine what you can afford. Before you start your home search, determine how much home you can afford. Start by locating a good mortgage calculator online, my favorite is found at A good calculator will factor in your income, interest rate, and the length of the loan. You’ll also need to calculate your debtto-income ratio, the simple relationship between how much you make each month and how much of that you need to pay your expenses. The higher your ratio, the less likely you’ll qualify for a new loan. If your debts and expenses are more than 36 percent of your income, work first on reducing expenses and eliminating some debt before you think about buying. Credit scores also factor into loan eligibil-

ity. Higher credit scores qualify for better loan rates. If your score is low, focus first on improving it before you buy. 2. Get pre-approved. Go to the bank, a mortgage broker or search online and get pre-approved before you look for a home. Many of us in real estate won’t work without seeing a pre-approval letter. Either way, get pre-approved so when you find the perfect home you won’t get denied your loan. Going through the approval process can be a frustrating experience these days. So get ready to answer many very specific questions about your income, net worth, and credit worthiness. Believe me though; losing a dream home because you can’t qualify is worse. 3. Identify a professional. So you’ve polished up the ol’ credit score and your pre- approved, now what? Get yourself a good pro. In Ruidoso and New Mexico, we’re called Brokers, not agents. We act as your representative, provide market information and help you find the right home, negotiate on your behalf and make sure you’re protected during the legal transfer. From experience, I can tell you, we do make a difference so talk to friends, family, and co-workers about their experiences.

Use your intuition, if you’re uncomfortable, there’s probably a reason so keep looking. 4. Learn, learn and learn some more. How much are utilities in the area? Is trash pickup included? Do Homeowners Association fees exist? How are property taxes calculated? What environmental regulations exist which can impact ongoing home expenses? Are there local ordinances which govern what you can and can’t do in terms of modifying or improving your new home? You get the picture; there are a lot of considerations with a home purchase, so learn ‘em! 5. Final review. By the time you get ready to pull the trigger, you may be sick and tired of thinking about money. But after taking each of the previous steps, look at your available income and options one more time. Review your short and long term financial goals. Be honest with yourself. Do you really want to invest in this new home? Do you really want to stay in a particular neighborhood, city or state for the next several years? Maybe you’ll want to direct your money towards some other goal? Homes are not as liquid an asset as they once were so move slowly but be decisive. And finally. We’re in a buyer’s mar-

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“Take care of your artwork and your artwork will take care of you. “ — ©2000 Lindsey R. Shakespeare Lindsey Renea ShakeMelissa Gebhart speare is an enrolled member Melissa has lived in Lincoln of the Mescalero Apache Tribe County for nine years. After a from Mescalero. She also 30 year career in Lubbock Pubrepresents the following tribes: lic Schools as a teacher, coach Comanche, Kiowa Apache, Lindsey R. Shakespeare Melissa Gebhart and administrator, Melissa and Northern Arapaho from moved to New Mexico as a reWyoming. Lindsey is the greatthe age old question was upon her tiree. The retirement life did not last long! great granddaughter of Shanta Boy from shoulders and mind, “What am I going Melissa has worked for Region IX EducaIndian Creek, N.M. Her grandmother is to do now?” Lindsey’s work experience tion Cooperative for six years as a prevenMrs. Virginia Klinekole and her mother is does not span out like an uncontrollable tion specialist. Her duties have included Gina Klinekole. working in classrooms in Lincoln County Lindsey is originally from Three Rivers, wildfire, but very fair, “Give it a chance type deaL” She was a substitute teacher, Schools to provide curriculum designed N.M. She attended the Tularosa Schools, a contract photographer, and a call cen- to build protective factors in youth and but graduated from Las Cruces High ter agent for hotel reservations. What re- decreasing the impact of risk factors. School in May of 1998. Not yet finding her ally started her path in becoming a fullIn addition, Melissa works with teachpath, she studied the general courses at time artist; was having the opportunity ers in the area of professional developNew Mexico State University in Las Cruces. to complete a commissioned art piece ment and support. Melissa is involved In the fall of 1999, she attended the Instifor the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort in improving the health and well-being tute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa of Lincoln County residents through her and Casino back in June 2007. The title Fe. Lindsey stated, “It was hard to leave my work with the Lincoln County Community of the piece, “Chadan Atar Broken Hill, ” family, Three Rivers, and Las Cruces, but Health Council. She volunteers with the which is a life-sized Mescalero Apache something was missing: exploration and LCCHC at the Mobile Food Pantry and Coming of Age Ceremonial Maiden life experiences. If bravery and privilege adorned with the buckskin beaded dress collaborates with members to provide did not come together, then I would have that a young girl would wear during her the Maze of Life interactive health fair for not known my friends and gained this 8th graders and the Light the Fire Youth ceremony. Within the whole art piece, independence that spread like a wildfire. Summits. Melissa is also a member of the Thus, May of 2001, I received my Associate Lindsey got to express her creations/inLincoln County DWI Prevention Council. spirations of where she came from and/ of Fine Arts.” After Santa Fe, Lindsey got Melissa enjoys the outdoor opporor life experiences. nomadic in which she moved back to Las tunities that living in Lincoln County Currently, Lindsey is very thankful for Cruces. She found herself staying up late, provides. She is an avid golfer, camper being able to participate in art shows and living in the photo darkroom, and realizing and hiker. When she is not on one of the she always looks forward to attending she was to graduate from NMSU. Lindsey courses in Ruidoso, she is camping and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the next show to exhibit, sell and meet fishing somewhere in our great state or new viewers who lay their eyes upon her Photography May 2005. neighboring Colorado. artwork. Whether it is her photography, School was done and once again

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GOBond projects at RMSD are underway By Corey Bard

I spent nearly a decade working at the Theosophical Society In America in Wheaton, Ill. First as an operations manager for their publishing house, Quest Books, and then I transitioned into the Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library as I completed a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. It was there that I worked with John Cianciosi. John was featured this past week as a part of Building Common Ground: Community, Civility and Compassion sponsored by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute – grant funded programs all month at Ruidoso Public Library. Over the years, I attended several classes by John Cianciosi and appreciated his instruction on stilling the mind and mindfulness. I came to an understanding that my training as a marathon runner at times was an active meditation. I concluded this when people who trained with me observed me as being somewhere else as we logged in our running miles together. Or in the health clubs, after an hour on a treadmill, someone would ask, “Don’t you get bored? What are you thinking about while you run? And I would remember a bookmark we would pass out from the Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library that said: “Meditation: It’s not what you think.” John Cianciosi’s simplest meditation technique focuses on the breath. Counting breaths and in doing so attempting to eliminate thought by always returning to the breath as a way of controlling the meditation. Over time, I have found that your thought process and ability to use your mind improves by giving breaks to the mind through meditation. With so much over-stimulation on TV, in traffic, in Walmart and with the world forcing us to process so much information on a daily basis, taking a break from it all is more and more important to our health. Resources to develop your meditation practice: “The Meditative Path” by John Cianciosi, a former Buddhist monk now married and teaching meditation and yoga at The Theosophical Society in America and College of DuPage, draws on 30 years of experience to make meditation relevant to ordinary people. His simple exercises gently show us how to: 1) settle the body and calm the mind, 2) deal with anger, pain, and conflict, and 3) meet life’s challenges with compassion and inner peace. “Quiet Times: Meditations for Today’s Busy Woman” by Janet Colsher Teitsort is kind of quirky, but a reminder for women trying to de-stress when balancing a profession and running their home life. “Concentration: An Approach to Meditation” by Ernest Wood recommended by Annie Besant, “…to all who desire to obtain control of the mind.” It can be read as either a six-month course for the development of meditative practice or for someone to sample and pick and choose what works best for them. A practical manual that discusses the unlimited opportunity for success in life if one chooses a goal and concentrates on this goal, not allowing the mind to dwell with regret on any past experiences or to hold fears and anxiety toward the future. – The Austin Citizen “Realizing the Power of Now: An In-Depth Retreat with Eckhart Tolle” — An audiobook, six-cd set, that takes you through Eckhart Tolle’s approach to being present, focused, and aware. March 16: Movie: “Forgiveness” Part 1: 10 a.m., Part 2: 1 p.m. Celtic music and refreshments at noon March 17: Book discussion: “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong 11 a.m.

By Kerry Gladden

On Feb. 1, 2011, the Village of Ruidoso voted 4-1 to pass a $14 million GOBond. The Blue Ribbon Committee, a group of volunteers made up of community members and business leaders, met prior to and after the election to determine what the district’s priorities were and how the GOBond funds would be used. After many meetings, the following list of projects was finalized: • Landscaping at Ruidoso Middle School • Regulation soccer/football field at Ruidoso Middle School • Re-design of the playground at White Mountain Elementary • Stabilization of the bleachers at Horton Stadium • Demolition of the condemned buildings at the old middle school site • A new roof on Horton Complex • Roof repair at Sierra Vista Primary • Remodel of the Science Wing at Ruidoso High School

Complete architectural plans for moving Nob Hill to the White Mountain Complex site. ASA Architectural Firm from Las Cruces has been retained to design the Science Wing and the new kindergarten building that will be at Sierra Vista Primary. In addition they are assisting with plans for other GOBond projects like roofing, and projects at Horton Complex. Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd, Landscape Architects is working with the district to design the playground at WME and to complete the RMS fields, landscaping, and alter the roads to provide safe and secure routes in case of emergencies. This past week pre-construction meetings were held for both WME and RMS projects, and work will begin at both sites on May 29, the day after Memorial Day. “Both ASA and MRWM are working with district administration, district/school staff and parents at each site to plan these projects,” said Dr. Bea Etta Harris, superintendent of RMSD. “I would encourage everyone to be sure and drive by the district sites this summer and check out the progress on all of the projects that are made possible by this community’s continued commitment to our children.”

Literacy summit coming to Ruidoso June 4 & 5 “Engaging Writers” 6+1 Traits of Writing with Ruth Culham June 4 and 5 Literacy Summit 2012. Registration, 8 a.m. Lunch provided. Meet and greet with Dr. Culham, 4:30 p.m. Open registration now through April 13, space permitting. Cancellation deadline, April 20 This is an unprecedented opportunity for area K-6 teachers to see first-hand how the traits help students write well at every level. These workshops are divided into two sessions. Monday is aimed at teachers of K-2 while Tuesday is designed for teachers of grades 3-6. Dr. Culhams books and reference materials are included in the workshop. The Literacy Summit will be held at the office of RegionIX 237 Service Road in Ruidoso. For information please email Holly Braden, or call 575-257-3012

Music in the library Irish music to celebrate St. Patricks’ Day Friday, March 16 at noon.

Come hear the Lincoln Winds upstairs at the Ruidoso Public Library. Mary Taylor, clarinet, Debbie Meyers, flute and Bob Walshe, recorder. The library is located at 107 Kansas City Road. For more information, call 258-3704

This week in Lincoln County History Courtesy of Gary Cozzens, President, Lincoln County Historical Society March 12, 1872 William Dayton appointed Post Sutler. March 13, 1877 Col. Isaacs dies at Fort Stanton March 13, 1879 Billy the Kid writes first of six letters to Governor Lew Wallace offering to testify in matters stemming from the Lincoln County War in return for immunity. March 13, 1881 Corporal John Mitchell, Company B, 15th Infantry dies and is buried in the Fort Stanton Cemetery. March 15, 1941 Remaining 331 seamen board Southern Pacific railroad train in San Francisco. March 17, 1868 Sergeant Edward Glass and four privates of Company H, 3rd Cavalry and 25 residents of Tularosa fight Mescalero Apaches at Battle of Round Mountain 9 miles east of Tularosa. March 17, 1879 Billy the Kid and Governor Lew Wallace meet in Lincoln. March 17, 1941 Remaining 331 seamen ar-

rive on a special Southern Pacific train in Carrizozo and are taken to Fort Stanton on Greyhound buses. March 17, 1950 Dr. E. M. Townsend departs on terminal leave as Medical Officer-in-Charge of the Hospital. March 17, 1950 Dr. Roy W. Whitehead appointed as temporary Medical Officer-inCharge of the Hospital. March 18, 1879 Evans and Campbell escape from Fort Stanton. March 18, 1905 Fire destroyed the ward hospital, Building 14, due to a defective flue. March 18, 1944 German seaman Hermann Neuhoff hung himself and is buried in the Merchant Marine Cemetery. March 19, 1939 Rev. Martin treated for minor injuries from automobile accident. March 19, 1939 Houston Marr treated for minor food poisoning. March 20, 1935 Construction of new power plant and laundry building complete.

March 13, 2012

Ruidoso Free Press

High school can be downright scary “Scared no more”

each other. There were 14 students that day in High school can be period three who were downright scary. It’s earning not only high always been so. Either school credit but college you’re in or you’re not. credit as well. So when I was asked I taught them a few to speak to a local high things about newspaper school’s English class, land, told a bit of my I thought it might be a background and made good time to see if scary them work. They took is still an accurate assesssome time to size me up ment. and by the end of class When I was a high were making fun of me school student near (because I asked for it). I Sue Hutchison LA back in the days of loved it. Watergate, peace signs Here are some of and hippie beads, I had a their self-descriptors: wonderful writing teacher named Miss In a world full of ordinary people, Alfrieda Hull. I guess she saw someone teen sticks out above the rest. thing in me. (Maybe it was because I I think outside the box, and it will provided her with material.) We had sevlead to great adventures. eral levels of writing classes at school, I have a chance to go pro in the and when I’d exhausted the list, she petitioned the powers-that-be on my behalf. PGA, but I’m being discouraged by an alcoholic mother. She insisted that I needed to continue Even if I came from a nowhere, writing, and she was given permission to small place, my plans will lead me to big create a class just for me. places. So, every day, I’d stop by Fred’s I am a typical high school student room (a few of us called her Fred–she who plans on changing my own world as loved it–so she said), and had a five I know it. minute conference before she began I’m an outcast against society’s teaching her assigned class. We’d discuss progress on my novel (it will never standards. In a high school of jocks, musicians surface) and she’d give me suggestions and scholars, I’m the girl that strives to on research techniques, prose and style. be a princess among them all. I’d head off to the school library where Many have plans for the future, I sat and wrote (-and flirted, and chatted, and seem to have a good grip on curand read–my conscience already feels rent reality. They do what it takes to better). survive, and in some cases, thrive in the But my love for writing grew process. One male student said, “Life is because Miss Hull chose to invest her short and full of challenges, but one boy time and attention. I thought it might be has found a solid path for life.” Wow! time to give a little back. So, off I went Personally, I’m really grateful I’m not to Mrs. Vincent’s third period Engin high school anymore. But if I had to lish 3/102 class to continue what Fred return, I’d hang out with Mrs. Vincent’s poured into me. And to see if Vincent’s students thought school was still a scary third period students. And if my future world depends on kids like these, I’m no place. longer scared. The students I encountered showed me they were anything but scared. It was as if I’d walked into a family. They Realizing these days high school isn’t for knew each other’s strengths and dreams the weak; Sue Hutchison can be reached and seemed to (dare I even type it?) like at

PiPeLiNes from pg. 1 maintain consistent service to residents. Pipes which have been compromised due to ground temperature variations and age are deteriorating and breaking. The freeze last winter brought more exposure to the problem. “We were all very proactive and the freeze didn’t cripple us,” says Camp. With a tourist-driven economy, it’s not unusual for the area’s population to swell from 8,000 to 50,000 in one weekend. Resources are stretched beyond limits. The new waste water treatment plant, up and running, is a pro-active statement to the village’s commitment to provide continual service to residents and visitors. “The new plant was built to meet the new discharge limits and produces effluent of such a high quality that river conditions downstream have dramatically improved since the new plant came on line.” The waste water treatment plant can handle peak hour flow of 5.5 million gallons and a peak summer day of 3.62 million gallons, according to information delivered at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 29. Three engineers (including Camp), one assistant project manager and 24 employees frequently find themselves working more than the usual 40 hour workweek. “We have good, dedicated, knowl-

edgeable people that understand the Village of Ruidoso and are meeting their best interests.” Camp is proud of his team. “Follow the staff around and see how hard they work.” Refurbishing Alto Dam and moving the embedded pipeline to a more secure location is one of the projects the village plans. The job will take approximately six months once all the permits are in place. Camp indicated villagers “will never even know the job is done” with little to no disruption of water service during the job. Replacing pumps at water pump stations due to lightning strikes, rebuilding bridges, adding new sewer lines in the village, filing for building permits, managing repairs and constant upkeep: Camp’s team manages these and many more concerns. Applying for grants from the Water Trust Board, Camp also manages FEMA funding and other financial sourcing, making area projects possible. Soon the village will be apprised of a new program aimed at saving thousands of gallons of water daily. Until then, Camp and his team of dedicated workers will continue to make changes and updates to ensure villagers have a safe, productive, and functional town.


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March 13, 2012

The psychling chronicles:

Getting high

Harlan had seen my Iron Butt certificate of completion on my workshop wall and asked what it was all about. I told him I participated in some long distance events that required the ability to ride a thousand miles in 24 hours or less and sometimes I simply like to roll on the miles. He asked what I planned to ride next. I related that in 2004 I had found that the Durango, Colo., HarleyDavidson dealer sponsored a summer touring program involving riding between 18 and 22 mountain passes and that summer they had picked eighteen passes to be ridden in five months. I had just mapped a trip that would cover all eighteen passes in 81 hours; “18 N 81.” The dealership representative said it couldn’t be done. I said I had four days. And Harlan said he was in. The clock started as we stopped for the required photo of the two of us, our bikes, and the required “Capture the Pass” t-shirt on the first checkpoint pass and La Manga. It was 1:30 p.m. Friday. I wanted to finish in Durango by 3 p.m. Monday. Seventeen passes to go. About fifteen hundred Colorado mountain miles during a long weekend of pass capturing. I had readied my bike about two weeks earlier and its 140,000-mile age hadn’t let me down. Harlan, on the other hand, had a bike with less than half my mileage and completed his pre-ride check just hours before departure. Harlan had pulled off very suddenly onto the shoulder of the roadway. I stopped behind him, removed my

helmet, asked the reason for the unscheduled stop, and he said he was having difficulty riding in a straight line. All three of his rear wheel lug nuts were found to be loose. I indicated his bike had a complete tool kit including a lug wrench and he admitted he’d never used it and didn’t know where it was. He had always used his shop tools. Lesson One: Use the tools that are carried on the bike for routine jobs so they are known to work. Lesson Two: Don’t wait until hours before departure to administer the pre-ride check; Harlan had taken his rear wheel off to check his brake and had forgotten to tighten the lug nuts. My schedule included two motorcycle events and I assured Harlan that by 12:30 (Saturday) we would be drooling over BMWs and gorging on bratwurst in Hotchkiss at the annual Top of the Rockies rally; we were right on schedule. But not before Harlan experienced Lesson Three: Do not exceed the posted speed limit by a noteworthy amount. All the traffic we had passed riding north from Lizard Head Pass now simply passed us as the officer took his time writing the ticket. We still made it to our lunch stop on time and visited with a few hundred of our friends. By evening we had covered the 500 miles needed to score the day’s passes. The Sunday plan included the noon Winter Park Rock and Roll concert sponsored by Harley-Davidson, eight passes including the highest of the trip (Cotton-

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Treasure Hunters Opens Today in Ruidoso!

By Jason Delong

“It’s a Modern day gold rush as precious metal prices soar due to the weak economy. It’s a seller’s market,” says Archie Davis, THR’s representative.

THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow STAFF WRITER Roll up your sleeves and get ready to start your spring cleaning early this year. The event starts today in Ruidoso and is looking for anything old. Remember those matchbox cars you played with as a kid? You know the ones that have been stored away in the attic for the past 30 years. Well it’s time to dig ‘em out along with any other forgotten treasures. You might be sitting on a small fortune and not even know it. THR’s representative Archie Davis explains what the event is all about. “It’s a chance to sell just about anything that’s old and get a fair price. We host

number of vegetable plants. His folks were really mad and he said it was the longest summer he ever remembered working off the damage he had done. Back then the garden was a staple to every country family. His mom would can, jar and pickle the harvest to eat all winter. The vegetable plants were replaced and all ended well. I

“ THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow has been in over 2000 cities since 2001.” over 1,000 shows every year throughout the U.S. and Canada. Toys, dolls, trains, pocket watches, old advertising signs, gold jewelry, coins just about anything can be sold at the event. This event is popular because it puts money in people’s pockets. At a typical show, we will see hundreds of people during the five day event. We will see a few unusual items but mostly we will see a lot of old coins, gold jewelry, and a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. Last week at a show in Missouri, a retired dentist walked in with over 5 lbs. of dental gold fillings. “I would say that is pretty unusual, wouldn’t you?” says Davis. The gentlemen received over $31,243 for his gold fillings. The dentist told Davis that over the years he would keep the extracted teeth when

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Above • Clean out those attics, basements and lock boxes and get ready to CASH IN. the owners didn’t want them. He would throw them in a jar and over the years it added up to over 5lbs of gold. Now not everybody has a jar of gold teeth lying around but according to Davis, more than you might think have some sort of gold they can cash in. Davis says, “The event receives a fair amount of gold each day of the event.” Broken jewelry, gold coins, dental gold are all valuable items with today’s high gold

Collectors desire vintage military items, Items from both U.S. and foreign origins from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Spanish-American War, Revolutionary War and Calvary times have great value. Items such as swords, daggers, medals, hardware bayonets, etc.

prices. Archie Davis commented, “Other top categories at the event would have to be silver dollars and other coins, pocket watches, and my personal favorite, old toys.” Davis told me a story about a visitor at a recent Roadshow in Iowa. “This elderly gentlemen walked into the show and asked if we were interested in old toys. The fellow must have been in his late seventies or early eighties. He said he kept all of the toys from his childhood and they were

outside in his pickup. I walked outside and to my surprise his pickup was full of the coolest old toys I had ever seen. Big old metal trucks, pedal cars, train sets, cast iron toys he had it all. We spent the next 3 hours going through his childhood. It was fun to listen to the stories he told about growing up and playing with the toys. He said one time he decided to play farmer in the garden and ended up digging up and ruining a fair

“If you go to the event, you can cash-in your items for competitive prices. Roadshow representatives will be available to assess and purchase your items at the Quality Inn & Suites this week, today through Saturday in Ruidoso.” even think I saw him wipe a tear toward the end of that story. All ended well that day as he ended up getting over $7000.00 for his old toys. His last comment to me was, “Well, I guess it’s time to let ‘em go.” Whether you have 5 lbs. of gold or a single gold tooth, a pick up full of old toys or a single Barbie doll you should visit the event this week. It’s free, it’s fun and it could put some money in your pocket, maybe a lot of money! The event is featured this week:

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Here is how it works: • Gather items of interest from your attic, garage, basement, etc. There is no limit to the amount of items you can bring • No appointment necessary • If interested in selling, we will consult our collector ’s database to see if a buyer exists; 90% of all items have offers in our database • The offer is made on the spot on behalf of our collectors making the offer • If you decide to accept the offer, we will pay you on the spot and ship the item to the collector. The collector pays all shipping and We Buy All handling Oil Paintings charges • You get 100% of the offer with no hidden fees

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Cash in with the power of the International Collectors Association THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow represents over 5000 members worldwide who are paying for the following types of items. • COINS - Any and all coins made before 1970. This includes all silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted! • GOLD & SILVER - PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH! for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Kruggerands, Gold bars Canadian Maple Leafs, etc. • JEWELRY - Gold, Silver, Platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and all types of stones, metals, etc. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, all others including broken jewelry. Early costume jewelry wanted. • WATCHES & POCKET WATCHES - Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others. • TOYS, TRAINS & DOLLS - All types of toys made before 1970 including: Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, battery toys, Mickey Mouse, train sets, all gauges, accessories, individual cars, Marklin, American Flyer, Lionel, Hafner, all other trains, Barbie Dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple, Characters, German, all makers accepted. • MILITARY ITEMS, SWORDS - Civil War, Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, etc. Items of interest include swords, badges, clothes, photos, medals, knives, gear and letters. The older the swords, the better. All types wanted. • ADVERTISING ITEMS - Metal and Porcelain signs, gas companies, beer and liquor makers, automobile, implements, etc.

Silver and Gold Coin Prices Up During Poor Economy. Collectors and Enthusiasts in Ruidoso with $200,000 to Purchase Yours!

Got Coin? It might be just the time to cash in. This week starting today and continuing through Saturday, the International Collectors Association in conjunction with THR’s Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be purchasing all types of silver and gold coins direct from the public. All are welcome and the event is free.

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March 5

Baseball eunice 1, Ruidoso 0

March 6

Girls basketball Class 3A state tournament at Albuquerque Portales 44, Ruidoso 25 Class 1A state tournament at Bernalillo Melrose 73, Mescalero 33 Class B state tournament at Bernalillo Grady 50, hondo 34 Corona 61, Roy/Mosquero 34

March 7

Boys basketball Class 1A state tournament at Bernalillo Logan 65, Capitan 59 (OT) Class B state tournament at Bernalillo hondo 64, Roy/Mosquero 53

March 8

Boys basketball Class B state tournament at Bernalillo hondo 64, Reserve 53 Girls basketball Class B state tournament at Bernalillo Corona 57, Grady 52

March 9

Boys basketball Class B state championship at Albuquerque Wagon Mound 63, hondo 52 Girls basketball Class B state championship at Albuquerque elida 59, Corona 41

March 10

Baseball Ruidoso vs. dexter, cancelled, snow. Rescheduled to March 26.

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March 12

Baseball Capitan at Floyd, late

March 13

Softball Capitan at Artesia JV (2), 4 p.m.

March 15

Oh, so close

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Area teams see red after falling in title games Slow start dooms Corona

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor ALBUQUERQUE – Everything about this year’s girls Class B state championship game seemed to be a good omen for the Corona Lady Cardinals. For one, they were playing on University of New Mexico’s home floor, The Pit, and the entire place seemed to be decked out in Corona Red. About the only thing the Lady Cardinals didn’t want the color red was the trophy they’d be hoisting at the end of their game against Elida on Friday. Alas, it was not to be. Corona started stiffly against the Lady Tigers and fell into such a big hole in the first half, not even a big comeback in the third quarter could keep Elida from earning a 59-41 victory and forcing the Lady Cardinals for the red of a second-place trophy. Corona may not have been able to take home the top prize, but the fact that the Lady Car-

Friday, March 9 Lady Tigers 59, Lady Cardinals 41 Corona (20-5) Amanda Mulkey 0-2 0-0 0, shelly Genlser 5-27 1-6 10, Kelly Gensler 5-7 2-4 12, Allysanne huey 4-17 3-5 11, saige bell 1-5 2-2 4, Taylor huey 0-7 2-2 2, haleigh erramouspe 0-0 0-0 0, hannah Gage 0-0 0-0 0, Christian huey 0-1 0-0 0, Corey egan 0-4 2-2 2, Kathia beltran 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren stone 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-72 12-21 41. Elida (20-9) Kayla summers 1-4 0-0 2, Kenzee Criswell 2-4 0-0 4, Marily Varela 4-7 3-4 11, Karisma Jasso 0-0 0-0 0, Alicia Ortega 0-0 0-0 0, hunter haley 6-10 7-12 19, Reda Allison 4-6 0-0 8, Raeona sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Tayler Fraze 0-14 1-2 1, Kaylen Jasso 5-19 5-5 14, Kynzi Creighton 0-0 0-0 0, Lauren stone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-66 16-23 59. Corona 7 8 14 14 – 41 Elida 18 14 8 19 – 59 Three-point goals – Cor 1-15 (sGensler 1-10, Ahuey 0-2, Thuey 0-1, egan 901, stone 0-1), elida 1-14 (KJasso 1-5, summers 0-1, Varela 0-1, haley 0-1). Fouled out – eli (summers). Rebounds – Cor 43 (KGensler 9), eli 47 (KJasso 13). Total fouls – Cor 18, eli 23. Turnovers – Cor 18, eli 16.

dinals – any Corona team – was playing in The Pit in the championship game was not something to be overlooked. “It was a lot of hard work by a lot of people to get to

March 16

Softball Capitan at estancia, 3 p.m. Ruidoso at Portales tounament, TbA Track and field Capitan, Carrizozo, Mescalero at demon Relays in dexter, 3 p.m.

March 17

Baseball Roswell at Ruidoso (2), Noon Softball Ruidoso at Portales tournament, TbA Track and field Ruidoso in hot springs invite at Truth or Consequences, TbA Baseball Roswell at New Mexico Military institute (2), 4 p.m. Golf Ruidoso at seery invite at New Mexico Tech golf course in socorro, 8 a.m.

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Corona junior Allysanne Huey walks back to the bench as the Elida Lady Tigers celebrate at the end of the Class B girls state championship game, Friday, at The Pit in Albuquerque. this point,” said Corona coach Nicky Huey. “I’m proud of them. They did a great job.” Corona (20-5) got to the big game thanks to its transition offense, keying off a stifling press that usually put the ball in the

Lady Cardinals hands as they streaked to an easy layup at the other end. But the Lady Tigers (20-9) knew this coming in – they had see CoRoNA pg. 14

Hondo boy’s luck runs out at state

Softball hot springs at Ruidoso, 3 p.m.

March 20


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Hondo’s Billy Candelaria, right, puts up a running jump shot in front of Wagon Mound’s Chris Cruz during Friday’s Class B State championship at The Pit in Albuquerque.

Notes from The Pit

Having been something of a state basketball tournament “newbie,” I’ve decided to put down a few of my thoughts and impressions after having covered the state’s oldest high school tournament . . . To start with, this is On the closest any team I’ve followed has come to a state the title in this sport. I’ve been shut out no matter where I’ve been. It was disappointing that the Hondo boys and Corona girls lost their chance at a state title, but the fact that they were there at all was a cause for celebration as far as I was concerned. Given the success – or Todd Fuqua lack thereof – that Corona’s and Hondo’s teams have had at the state tournament, it was almost surreal to see them on the floor of The Pit in Albuquerque, playing for a state championship. Another surreal sight involved the bands. Several schools brought them, with the usual lineup of drums, horns – and the occasional guitar. But how many could boast violins? That was the band from Atrisco Heritage High School, located in the southwest corner of Albuquerque. Once I noticed the violins, I also noticed the bass guitars, and I realized this was a mariachi pep band! How cool is that? Frankly, I’m surprised I haven’t seen it before in this state. So, after just a day-and-half of time on the floor and in the interview room of the legendary Pit, experiencing its famous atmosphere and energy, I can now say I’ve finally arrived as a sportswriter in this state. Now if we can just get one of these teams to win a title while I’m here.


By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor ALBUQUERQUE – For the first seven minutes of the Class B State championship Friday, it wasn’t just that the teams couldn’t score. It was almost like they didn’t want to score. Wagon Mound held on to a tenuous 5-3 lead before a pair of free throws and a layup by Trojan forward Chris Cruz enabled his team to slowly pull away en route to a 63-52 victory over Hondo at The Pit. The loss was particularly crushing for the Eagles (25-4), a team representing a school that had never been as far in the state tournament. It was also a bitter pill to swallow for the three seniors on the squad – Luis Montano, German Lerma and Christian

see HoNdo pg. 15

Friday, March 9 Trojans 63, Eagles 52 Wagon Mound (24-5) Jose Aguilar 0-7 0-0 0, Jacob Castillo 4-12 4-4 12, danny Gray 1-1 0-0 2, Jonathan Vielma 0-0 0-0 0, Rio Armijo 0-3 0-0 0, Corey Muniz 7-18 3-3 16, Chris Cruz 10-14 3-4 23, Gabriel Cruz 0-0 2-3 2, Marcus Cruz 0-2 0-0 0, eric Olguin 1-11 6-7 8. Totals 23-68 18-21 63. Hondo (25-4) Lalo Lerma 0-0 0-0 0, Juan Noriega 0-0 0-0 0, Luis Montano 2-16 0-0 4, Jordan brady 1-2 0-0 2, Andrew Padilla 1-2 0-0 2, Adrian Vazquez 4-8 2-4 9, Tobias herrera 0-0 0-0 0, German Lerma 3-13 5-5 11, irving Gomez 0-0 0-0 0, Roberto Nores 6-15 0-0 10, Christian Guillen 1-6 2-2 4, James Chavez 2-4 0-0 3, billy Candelaria 3-17 1-2 7, Arturo Gonzales 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-83 10-13 52. Wagon Mound 8 20 22 13 – 63 Hondo 3 15 12 22 – 52 Three-point goals – WM 1-11 (Muniz 1-2, MCruz 0-1, Vielma 0-1, Aguilar 0-2, Castillo 0-2, Olguin 0-3), hon 4-21 (Nores 2-4, Vazquez 1-2, Chavez 1-2, Lerma 0-3, Candelaria 0-4, Montano 0-6). Fouled out – hon (Montano). Rebounds – WM 44 (Olguin 10), hon 40 (Nores 11). Assists – WM 7 (Muniz, CCruz, Olguin 2), hon 3 (brady, Vazquez, Candaleria). Turnovers – WM 19, hon 20. Total fouls – WM 12, hon 15.

Overtime not kind to Tigers By Mario Trujillo For the Ruidoso Free Press BERNALILLO – Capitan Tigers coach Marv Sanders sat alone in the locker room with his assistant coach – all the players had left by then. He was beaten, soft spoken and at a loss for words. “There were some things that happened that hadn’t happened all year but they happened today,” he said. “And it came down to an overtime.” He was speaking of the quarterfinal round of the 1A boys basketball tournament, in which his Tigers team lost to Logan in 65-59, March 7. Aside from the loss, the real sting appeared because the Tigers (186) led for 28 minutes of regulation, from the first basket until the four-minute mark in the fourth quarter. They even led the majority of over-

time as well. Yet they couldn’t finish. Capitan hit only one field goal in extra minutes and failed to score in the last two. With a roster of nine players, foul trouble can be devastating, and Sanders said that was the problem. “One reason was we were in foul trouble, and they made a couple three pointers that changed things [late in the game],” he said. “But I would say our foul trouble was our biggest menace.” The game ended with two Tigers fouled out, including high scorer Jake LaMay, who put up 14 before going out late in the fourth, and three players on the verge of fouling out with four fouls apiece. Sanders said he could tell his team was tired but his short bench demanded that he keep them in. “The fact that they came back on us was not

Photo by Mario Trujillo

Capitan’s Tim Dickinson, left, drives to the basket as Logan’s Jacob Gudgell defends during the Tigers’ overtime loss, March 7, in the Class 1A quarterfinals at Bernalillo High School. due to a lack of effort or want to on the part of the kids,” he said. “Some of them, I couldn’t take them out. They were tired. They had tired legs. But they gave all the heart any coach could ever ask for.” To start the game, Capitan jumped out to a 25-15 lead to end the

first quarter after figuring out the Logan full court press, scoring many of their first quarter points off the fast break. Capitan’s offense was non-existent in the second quarter and thereafter, barely putting up double digits in each of the next three quarters, if at all.

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You are not alone in trying something new By Sarah Crewe with Ty Wyant

The three C’s of life: choices, chances and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. – Unknown So how goes your progress? Are you sticking with your plan? Did you have to modify your goals? Are you seeing progress? Meet George Aranda. In George Aranda January, he decided to set a goal and work towards that Ruidoso Sprint Triathlon on June goal each day. He inspires me and 9, he decided to take the chalI hope he will inspire you too. lenge to keep motivated. He has Aranda has lived in Ruidoso never been an athlete, never done since 1995, works two jobs, and a triathlon, never swam, biked or is a father of an 11-year-old girl. ran seriously at any time in his life In January, he decided to get in – but he thought that this would shape so he joined the RAC and be a serious challenge and a great started taking RPM and Body goal. The first thing he did was Pump classes. After hearing me challenge class members to do the set a plan. He takes RPM classes

(cycling on stationary bike) at the RAC three times a week to get his legs prepared for the outdoor rides. Next, he started to swim with the masters group at the RAC in the mornings where Doug Huniscker teaches him how to swim. He now is up to swimming four days a week for an hour, mostly working on his technique. He runs twice a week, but admits that he needs to work on that discipline. Aranda then visited Cody Thurston at Ruidoso Outdoor Adventures (in the Ruidoso Athletic Club) and bought a new bike. Last weekend, he was seen riding along Airport Road, getting accustomed to the bike and starting to get in some serious miles. His goal: “To finish the race

with a smile and a great sense of accomplishment.” What is the hardest part about his life-changing choice? “Laundry. I’ve never done so much laundry in my life,” he said. “Seriously, nutrition is the key.” Working part time at a pizza place, it was hard, but he had to cut down on the pizza. He has lost 14 pounds since January with the help of nutritional advice from his friend Cat. The best part “is all the support from Joe (Coakley) and the instructors at the RAC who are helping me achieve my goal.” He is our inspiration. If he can do it, so can you – one workout at a time. For our aspiring triathletes – Bob, Betty and you – George is inspirational. Motivated by George’s story, they will focus on one harder workout per discipline this week. They have their choice. They can run longer (10 minutes max) or do five 30-second pickups with a 30-second rest between each acceleration, or

swim an extra day and/or an extra 10 minutes, and/or go 10 minutes longer on a bike ride.

All columns are at http:// sports_area. Sarah Crewe is a USAT (USA Triathlon) Level 1 coach who coaches triathletes and is a certified RPM, yoga and American Swim Coach Association Level 2 coach. She is lead faculty for health and physical education at ENMU. To contact Sarah Crewe for training or learn more about the Ruidoso Sprint Triathlon, call the Ruidoso Athletic Club at 2574900. If you have any training questions for Sarah Crewe, email them to Always contact your doctor before beginning physical training and it is advisable to have a personal coach.

Portales again ousts Lady Warriors from state tourney By Mario Trujillo For the Ruidoso Free Press ALBUQUERQUE – If only the Ruidoso girls could have strung together 32 minutes of play that resembled their first two, maybe they wouldn’t be bidding farewell to the 3A State tournament. Instead, District 4-3A rival Portales won 44-25 in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round in The Pit. The speed and ball movement of the Ruidoso women to open the game made it look as though they could erase the sour taste Photo by K.M. Rodriguez left from a similar loss to Ruidoso guard Lyndsey Saenz, right, brings the Portales in their district ball down court while being guarded closely championship. by Portales’ Francis Armijo, March 6, during the The first two possesquarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament sions started with ease. at The Pit in Albuquerque. Junior Madigan Gonzales pointers and a nearly perfect showing dumped in two easy layups after a peon the foul line, going 8-of-9 from the rimeter ball movement for a 4-0 lead. stripe and sinking three treys in the first From that point, things went south. Portales (15-11) went on a 20-0 run that half. It was nearly three minutes into the lasted a quarter and a half and all but second quarter before the Lady Warriors ended the game. could put another point on the board. “It’s hard to rattle [Portales],” said With five minutes left in the first half, Ruidoso head coach Dean Hood. “I guard Daisey Cuevas finally ended the thought we did for a moment in the first drought with a short jumper. But the half, but it didn’t last.” damage was already done, Ruidoso Portales head coach Clay Stout said trailed 20-6 at that point. his team came out a little slow but their Switching to a full-court defense defense soon began to click, paving the late in the half stifled the Lady Ram ofway for his team’s early run. fense, and at one point Ruidoso pulled “The girls just started doing a little to within eight, but couldn’t inch closer. better on their hedges and helping each As the Ruidoso defensive pressure other out. That was the difference,” Stout said. “Maybe we were a little slow increased so did the fouling. The Warriors put Portales on the line 14 times on our heads early.” and allowed them to rack up 19 points Portales’ offense also poisoned the Warriors (18-11) with a cocktail of three from the charity stripe compared to one

CORONA from pg. 13 won by just a point over Corona earlier in the year – and it was their press that caused havoc in the Corona offense. It was almost six minutes into the game before the Lady Cardinals were able to get their first points on a jump shot by Hannah Gage. Elida was able to get all the way out to a 31-12 lead before the half. “We just didn’t bring it at all until the very end when some girls got hot,” said Corona forward Taylor Huey. “As a team, we just didn’t bring it. We got fueled a little and thought we could get back in it, but it wasn’t enough. “We didn’t box out and didn’t do some basic things,” said coach Huey. “We got caught up in the atmosphere and lost track with what we needed to do for a while. “If I could do this again, I’d have been barking at them all the way down the tunnel, just

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Corona’s Saige Bell, right, defends against Elida’s Hunter Haley Friday during the Class B girls state championship at The Pit in Albuquerque.

to make sure they didn’t have a lapse.” he added. The Lady Tigers were able to take their huge lead thanks to the scoring of guards Marily Varela and Hunter Haley, who combined for 30 points and kept Corona off balance. Center Kaylen Jasso eventually put in 14 points for Elida, but had only four at the break as the Lady Cardinals kept her as far away from the basket as possible.

It wasn’t until the middle of the third quarter that the Lady Cardinals finally started to get untracked. Shelly Gensler and Taylor Huey were part of an 11-4 run in the frame, Corona was eventually able to get within 10 points to make it interesting, but it just wasn’t enough. Gensler had 12 points and Huey had 11 to lead their team. Shelly Gensler added 10 for the Lady Cardinals.

it wasn’t, but when you are playing Porfor Ruidoso. tales, it is,” he said, noting that his team Ruidoso has struggled opening lacked of experience on a big stage, and games all season, said Hood. A similar the nerves of The Pit might have got event happened in the opening round of the tournament against Hatch, where the to his team. But the Warriors will have eight returning players next year. Warriors came back to win 56-59. “This is our second year in The Pit “It is something we have dealt with so I think eventually they will start to all season,” Hood said. “We sort of get handle it better,” Hood said. down a little bit. And we have a hard time getting back. We did the same thing in Hatch... Sports in brief but we pulled it together and showed a lot of comGolf fundraiser poser and we didn’t show that today. We got rattled The Ruidoso Junior Golf Association, in parttoday.” nership with the Ruidoso High School golf teams, Hood said once a team will host the second of six fundraising scrambles like Portales gets out to a at Kokpelli Golf Club this Sunday at 1 p.m. Call 20-4 lead, it is nearly imMelissa Misquez at Cree Meadows, 257-5815, for possible to come back. more information or to sign up. “We liked to think that

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Lady Chiefs outmatched by Melrose By Mario Trujillo For the Ruidoso Free Press BERNALILLO – Speed. Intimidating speed. Those were the only words to describe the Melrose Buffaloes 73-43 ousting of the Mescalero Apache women basketball team in the quarterfinal round of the 1A State tournament at Bernalillo High School. “We panicked,” said Mescalero coach Nate Raynor. “When you play panicked basketball, they get the turnovers and score and it showed tonight. And for most of these girls, this is a big stage for them. They’ve never been this far.” From the first two possessions it was obvious the Lady Chiefs (21-9) were outmatched. They managed to survive their first round matchup against No. 9

Springer, but that was a contest between evenly seeded No. 8 and 9 teams. Coming into the quarterfinals, Mescalero’s only chance was to play spoiler. Melrose, the eventual state champion waltzed into the tournament picked to win it all. They demolished their firstround opponent Floyd by 38 points. Their win margin only increased Tuesday night. Jumping out to a 16-2 lead, the Buffaloes gave themselves a cushion that they would continue to build on through out the night. The action rarely came to a stop in the first quarter as Mescalero turnover after turnover resulted in quick points for the Buffaloes. When the Buffaloes weren’t sinking shots, they were grabbling their own rebounds.

Hondo girls falter, but coach proud By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Considering how far Hondo’s girls had come this season, to fall 50-34 to Grady in the Class B quarterfinals isn’t a bad way to end things. “I was very proud of them,” said Hondo coach Brad Holland. “They played well, guarded them and took good shots. From where they started to where they finished, they’ve come a long way this year.” Grady led by 13 points going into the fourth quarter, a testament to how

the Lady Eagles (10-18) weren’t going to back down in the face of a fullcourt press. “Valeria Lerma played as good as I’ve seen her play,” Holland said. “They pressed us all night, and she just got in there and attacked it.” With just about everyone coming back next year, Holland views this game as a perfect springboard into next season. “The experience of being up here is big,” Holland said. “We made some good decisions that we had built on all year, and this will carry over. They really got it in this atmosphere.”

Warrior nine can’t get the breaks By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It’s not the best way to start out a baseball season, but Ruidoso coach Gilbert Alvarado was pretty happy with how his pitcher did Monday in the Warriors’ season opener against Eunice. Ruidoso starter Julian Lopez went seven scoreless innings against Eunice hurler Tyler Almager, and held the Cardinals just two

hits – both by Almager. But it was the Eunice hurler that came out on top, 1-0. “We won’t see another kid chunkin’ like that until Albuquerque,” Alvarado said of Almager, who had 19 strikeouts in the game. “We just couldn’t get that last break, but I feel good. Julian pitched his heart out and matched that kid pitch for pitch.” Both teams were scoreless until the eighth inning, but Eunice got the

break they needed in the bottom of the frame when they got a runner on first on a slow infield roller off Warrior reliever Ryan Francis. A walk and a bunt got the lead runner to third, and a bloop single drove the run in. “The kids are sad and no one likes to lose, but this was a good game against a good team,” Alvarado said. “I can only see us getting better.”

Melrose head coach Toby Bostwick said the type of speed basketball his team plays has a tendency to intimidate the opponent. “We are track athletes playing basketball...when we play basketball like that, it is tough to match up,” he said. The Buffaloes took what they wanted when they wanted it. The Buffaloes started the night, and remained for the first half, in the full court press. They forced 18 turnovers by the Chiefs, 12 of those coming from steals in the first half. The Chiefs ended the night with as many points as turnovers, 33. “That’s what we pride ourselves on, our defense,” Bostwick said. Melrose also dominated the offensive

boards, corralling 13 compared to the Chiefs four in the first half. With those kind of hustle stats and extra opportunities, shooting percentage almost didn’t matter. But they also went 43 percent from field goal range. By halftime, the Buffaloes were up 51-29 with the game all but sealed. Despite the Buffaloes onslaught. Chief forward Diona Chavez managed to rack up a team high 13 points, before coming out with injury late in the first half. Raynor and his Mescalero team will have to wait a season for another game in the state tournament. “We’ll be back next year, guaranteed,” he said.

MESCALERO from pg. 13 Guillen – who had ridden a roller coaster to get to this point. “I thought the kids played hard, and we’ve had size disadvantages all year,” said Hondo coach Brad Holland. “But this is a team that can shoot. In the past, we’ve been able to pack the paint a little bit, but these guys (the Trojans) can shoot from anywhere. When you’re doubling low and they kick it out and they’re bigger than us, it’s not that hard to shoot over us.” But as bad as it was for Hondo, it was just as good for Wagon Mound, as the last time a Trojan team had won a state title was more than 30 years ago. The Trojans (24-5)

used a pressure defense on Hondo’s perimeter to makes things difficult for the Eagles, who have lived and died by the three-point shot all season long. “It was just pressure defense,” said Wagon Mound coach Bobby Clouthier. “They’ve played the perimeter all year long, and if I could keep them out there and make them shoot off balance, we’d do well.” Hondo was also battling the injury bug, as Luis Montano – normally good for at least 20 points when healthy – had a bad back which kept him from finding his stroke. Fresman forward Roberto Nores also had a collarbone injury which hampered him, and none

of the Eagles seemed to be finding the basket very well. “It always affects us when we don’t have Luis, and we’ve been dealing with it for three weeks,” he added. “When he’s healthy, he’s good for 25 a night. But that’s still a good basketball team we were playing.” All of that conspired to allow the Trojans to build the lead to as much as 15 points in the second half, mainly on the inside rebounding and scoring of Chris Cruz, who had 23 points and nine rebounds on the day. German Lerma and Nores were the only Eagles in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Ruidoso tennis struggling, but trying Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It’s not easy playing a competitive sport when you’ve got zero experience. Try facing a tournament when literally half your team has never stepped on the court in live match play. That was the situation for the Ruidoso tennis team two weeks ago, when they took part in the Alamogordo tournament. “It’s quite a challenge to have never played before and deal with the pressure of competing for your school,” said Ruidoso coach Dennis Johnston. “I was very impressed to see them putting together what they had learned to try to win points. That’s not easy to do.” The only two boys that do have experience – Daniel Marshall and Matthew Davis – still had it rough, although Marshall won two of his singles matches and lost in the semifinals to the eventual tournament champion.

The girls were without No. 1 single Tanner Wapaha, but Johnston said the girls that were there got some valuable lessons about what it takes to win. March 6, the Warriors took on Mesilla Valley, with much the same results. Wapaha was back with the team this time, so the girls had more experience, but the No. 1 Lady Warrior still lost her match with the Lady SonBlazer’s top player. Wapaha also played Mesilla Valley’s No. 4 player and won that one. Marshall also played two singles matches against Mesilla’s No. 1 and 2 players, losing both. The Warriors were scheduled to compete at Roswell Coyote Classic Friday and Saturday, facing off against – among other teams – district opponent New Mexico Military Institute. Snow forced them to change plans, and won’t be back on the court until they host Alamogordo March 27 at Schoolhouse Park.

Warrior tracksters keep improving

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It wasn’t quite snowing March 8 when a scheduled quadrangular track meet was scheduled to go off, but Socorro decided to postpone it to Saturday, anyway. By the time Ruidoso’s bus arrived that weekend, snow was falling from the sky. No matter. Several Warriors turned in improved times and marks, and one even came away with a new state qualifying mark. “It’s a test of the character of your team when they compete well in bad weather,” said Ruidoso coach Colt Harrelson. “If they get off the bus and it’s snowing, and still turn in

these marks, it shows just how strong they are. I was real pleased to see we have these kind of kids.” Sophomore Matthew Carr – just four inches off a qualifying mark in the shot the previous week in Socorro, threw for 44 feet, one inch Saturday. That one inch was enough to get him a trip back to the state meet in May. Tanner Chavez, who qualified in the same event the week before, improved his throw by three feet. Another athlete to re-qualify and better her mark was Ryann Flack, who ran faster in the 300 hurdles. There were also some new faces on the team, including transfer Bryce Pompos, who leapt 18 feet, 11 inches in the long jump,

and Wambli Little Spotted Horse, who ran just over 54 seconds in the 400-meter dash and took second. He also put in a mark of 37-10 in the triple jump. The Iron Man award went to Devon Carr, who ran 100 meters in 11.6 seconds after being sick for three days straight. This Saturday, at the Hot Springs Invite, the Warriors will have as complete a team as they have all year long, although a few will be missing due to the start of Ruidoso spring break. “That’s all part of it,” Harrelson said of absences in the spring. “But this will still be the first meet in which we have a lot of numbers. We’ll just have to see how it works.”

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER Tuesday Senior team standings, week 25 of 32 Name Won Lost Larry Larry’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 10 Ageless Wonders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21½ 14½ Old Timers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 19 Serious Not . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16½ 19½ The Who? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 20 Spud & the Tater Tots . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 25 Last week’s high scores Handicap series – Larry Larry’s 2548, Ageless Wonders 2545, Old Timers 2393 Handicap game – Spud & the Tater Tots 879, Serious Not 832, The Who? 823 Men’s handicap series – Hubert Lee 718, Harry Allwein 641, Tom Bivens 640 Men’s handicap game – Gene Nitz 256, Larry Hindes 248, Larry Caywood 231 Women’s handicap series – Lucy Servies 670, Lorene Caywood 660, Sylvia Allwein 636 Women’s handicap game – Sandi Meek 244, Linda Cockrell 230, Jan Wilson 219 Tuesday Night Mixed team standings, week 7 of 12 Name Won Lost Rhino Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 6 Homies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 8 Go Getters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 10 Living Energies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 12 Choke and Stroke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 14 Four Feathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 17 Mashed Taters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 17 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 28 Last week’s high scores Handicap Series – Mashed Taters 2638, Rhino Rose 2507, Four Feathers 2392 Handicap Game – Homies 921, Go Getters 831, Living Energies 826 Men’s handicap series – Spud Mitchum 807, Lonnie Edwards 664, Tom Rheingans 645 Men’s handicap game – Jimmy Mauritsen 268, Joe Terrell 241, Max Cimarron 235 Women’s handicap series – Pam Bernard 665, Gloria Wheeler 635, Sam Shaw 617 Women’s handicap game – Mary Gillett 248, Lucy Servies 227, Diane Killingswroth 221 Wednesday Mixed team standings, week 24 of 32 Won Lost Name Ruidoso Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3 Western Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Car Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 Knight Riders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 Ruidoso U-Haul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Evan’s Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6

Even Par . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 No Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Wild Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 11 High scores Scratch series – Evan’s Team 2401, Ruidoso UHaul 2131, Wild Cards 1665 Scratch game – Western Auto 837, Even Par 677, Car Quest 558 Handicap series – Ruidoso Bowl 2558, Team 7 2438 Handicap game – No Doubt 912, Knight Riders 886 Men’s scratch series – Evan Reed 725, Austin 666, Weldon Ganaway 614 Men’s scratch game – Tom Douglas 278, Keith Brower 256, Virgil Reynolds 215 Men’s handicap series – Jim McGarvey 724, Phil Fanning 699, Andrew Ramirez 697 Men’s handicap game – Joe Shafer 279, Sid Thomas 269, Spud Mitchum 243 Women’s scratch series – Sandi Meek 480, Crystal Ingle 466, Irene Pawlowski 389 Women’s scratch game – T.J. Romero 185, Pam Bernard 170, Jean Fanning 141 Women’s handicap series – Anne Lindsey 654, Sharla Ganaway 627, Trina Thomas 593 Women’s handicap game – Lucy Servies 222, Sue Reed 218, Christina Wall 196 Thursday Men’s team standings, week 24 of 32 Name Won Lost GSV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2 Down’s Auto Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2 Western Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Insidhers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Ruidoso Septic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Buckner Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Ruidoso Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 9 Good Ole Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 10 Season high scores Scratch series – GSV 3122, Western Auto 3032 Scratch game – Down’s Auto Repair 1075, Insidhers 996 Handicap series – Ruidoso Septic 3245, Good Ole Boys 3195 Handicap game – Buckner Electric 1161, Ruidoso Bowl 1070 Individual scratch series – David Hoffer 736, Terry Bernard 704, Jim McGarvey 695 Individual scratch game – Hans Dubay 279, Austin 266, Tim Vega 237 Individual handicap series – Billy Weddige 754, Ryan Cannon 718, Jimmy Mauritsen 701 Individual handicap game – Keith Brower 263, Tom Douglas 263, Virgil Reynolds 263

Ruidoso Free Press


March 13, 2012

Navigating the emotional storms of stress

“Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain they mean something else.” — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). “The Importance of Being Earnest,” 1895 The economy is fragile at best. Financial pressures seem to be hitting everyone these days. It’s like an emotional storm is brewing all around us. It is shaking all aspects of our lives; not just economical, but social, political, medical, spiritual and educational as well. How can we survive the current emotional storms of today’s economically and highly politically charged climate? Firstly, let me suggest you limit your time listening and/or watching political programs. A wise person once told me, “Rather than challenging me to be open to other views, watching that stuff only reinforces what I already think. It only increases my stress.” Also, limiting how much of the daily news we take in can help reduce the stresses we hear about everyday life events (homicides, assaults, foreclosures, wars, etc). How about taking a personal inven-

tory of simple things that you can personally achieve to help reduce stress and improve your overall health? In times of ‘stress storms,’ many have a tendency to eat high-calorie, sweet foods when fruits provide better nutritional value. Also, losing sleep can be tantamount to ‘rowing against the wind’ thus exhausting one’s strength and draining one of the tolerances needed to ‘survive the storm.’ Finding time to exercise, even 10 minutes a day, can help increase metabolism, energy and stamina. Whenever we feel like we’ve ‘lost our bearings’ during an emotional tsunami, there is a tendency to look for someone who can provide us with direction, hope and leadership. This can enable us to deal with the loss of control or the chaos in our lives. It may be very helpful to start a search for a mentor, role model, or leader whom you feel is relatable and understands your situation. Seeking out qualities that are positive, healthy and focused will be important. This person will also need to have a degree of humility to help

develop qualities of healthy resilience within your own life enabling you to ‘set your sails’ for the journey ahead.

James D. Martin is the program manager of the Heritage Program for Senior Adults

at the Lincoln County Medical Center. Heritage is a program designed to improve the quality of life for the older adult. Confidential screenings are available by appointment. If interested please call 575257-6283.

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Changes at the top in Ruidoso Downs By Todd Fuqua Reporter As the votes were unofficially tallied in this year’s Ruidoso Downs municipal elections, it became clear there was a new man at the top. Sitting councilor Gary Williams was successful in his bid to be the new mayor, outdistancing incumbent Tom Armstrong by 54 votes. In fact, Armstrong was third behind Williams and councilor Dean Holman. “I want to thank all who were involved in making this election happen, and want to thank Mayor Armstrong and Dean Holman,” Williams said. “I’m very appreciative of the citizens of Ruidoso Downs and their confidence in me, and their desire to see a change that we anticipate for the future of Ruidoso Downs.” Williams, who was in the middle of his first term as City Councilor, had never expected to be mayor when he first ran two years ago, but found several other things he wanted to see changed in city government. “I wasn’t intending to do this, but the voters wanted an alternative – someone they could look to and feel positive about,” Williams said. “I was going to retire at the end of my term and just be a regular citizen, calling the mayor and asking when things were going to change. Now I’ll be the one getting that phone call.”

Also winning Tuesday night was Judy Miller in a successful bid to return to the city council, as was Dale Perry, who beat out former councilor Susan Garrett by just four votes. Incumbent councilor Rene Olivo was fifth overall in the tally, trailing Mark Heinemann in fourth. For Municipal Judge, incumbent Harrold Mansell won handily, outdistancing challenger Wayne Williams by 142 votes. The election results will be officially canvassed in a special meeting of the city council Wednesday at 10 a.m., with District Judge Martha Proctor presiding. Ruidoso Downs Municipal elections Unofficial tally Mayor Gary Williams – 153 Dean Holman – 104 Tom Armstrong – 99 City Council (top two win seats) Judy Miller – 139 Dale Perry –126 Susan Garrett – 122 Mark Heinemann – 101 Rene Olivo – 82 Joe Blaney – 53 Ursula Eckersley – 42 Municipal Judge Harrold Mansell – 247 Wayne Williams – 105



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Interview of RHS senior Candace Christopher

By Sarah Sue Jones RHS senior “The Grey Rose” is an original play written by RHS senior Candace Christopher. The premise of the play is that beauty is a façade or an illusion. “The Grey Rose” is the story of a man fighting with his own demons and he cannot distinguish between reality and the supernatural. Ms. Christopher shows her talent as a playwright in this thrilling and suspenseful drama. She has used her instincts as an actress to write a piece that will surely capture and enchant all audience members that come to see it. Candace’s inspiration was that as an actress she’s always had this scenario in mind and has wanted to see it on the stage. RHS Sophomore Tommy Salas is directing. Candace has been a member of the Red Feather Theater Company every year of high school. She is also the current Red Feather Theatre Company President and Student Director of the organization. During her sophomore year her debut role was starring as Helena, a role which was double cast, in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She then directed the student written play “Jerry’s Cafe”. In her junior year she performed in traditional Commedia

of original plays, she has recently taken on the role of Benita in the studentwritten play by RHS senior Mercedes Espinoza, “Broken Wings”. Grey Rose is Candace’s first original work to be produced. Candace is truly passionate about theater and wishes to pursue a career as an actress. I am sure we will see wonderful things come from this talented and promising young lady. The members of the Red Feather Theater Company invite you to come on out and see “The Grey Rose.” The show will now be on Tuesday, March 13 due to inclement weather. This play will be seen, along with the student-written play by fellow RHS senior Mercedes Espinoza entitled “Broken Wings.” It is the exciting sequel to her play “The Fallen” performed by the company year before last. Curtain will be at 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at the door, the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce, and the marvelous restaurant Can’t Stop Smokin’. Hope to see you there! Courtesy photo

RHS senior Candace Christopher. del’Arte skits, competed and placed first at the Farmington State Drama and Acting competition, and starred as Gwyndolen Fairfax in Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” in last year’s Red Feather master play

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Van Halen review – “A Different Kind of Truth”

production. This year she competed and placed first in several acting categories at the Farmington competition. In the current line-up

old school and is a fitting intro to the album. Continuing the line of strong 80s sound are tracks “She’s the Woman” and “You and your Blues.” There are plenty of solos and the usual sound found in both. Their version of speed rock/metal song could be “China Town.” Everything is double time except for the laid back vocals. The guitar solo is vintage Van Halen and again attributes to the bands past work. With “Blood and Fire” we’re given sort of a testament of sound of the band throughout their forty years. Though the album is new, a lot of it sounds like the band was having lots of nostalgia filled moments, its solid enough. Not quite up to my usual tastes but it does the trick well enough. Old fans will be pleased I’m sure, but “A Different Kind of Truth” probably isn’t going to attract a new following. If you’re an longtime fan of the band, go for it. If you’re not you could easily overlook the new album and find something different.

No real introduction is necessary for Van Halen. Having had a number one single with “Jump” the year I was born and continuing on today just further proves that. Sure there has been lineup changes galore, David Lee Roth rejoins the band for five minutes in 2000 and then again in 2006 for a year or so. The man snaps back. Bassist Michael Anthony “I’m cleaning my new faded from view and was gun!” replaced by Eddie’s son “Cleaning your Wolfgang. Then there are gun?” Mumbles the the firings and the fights man behind the counCopyright © 2012 and the whole nine yards. ter, while shaking his Jay McKittrick The point? Van Halen head with disbelief. A man goes to the comes back once more and “That corn dog ain’t delivers “A Different Kind gun show, and buys gonna get that gun of Truth.” It’s a shorter himself a shotgun. clean!” album at around fifty minThen he ambles over to “…And why not?” utes long, but it gets the the snack bar, and buys The man questions with Jay McKittrick job done well enough. a corn dog. He then contempt. Opening is “Tattoo,” takes the corn dog, and “ ’Cause that’s a a song right from the get starts cramming it down double barreled shotgun, go crashes into your ears. the barrel of his shotgun. you idget.” David’s voice sounds older “What in Sam Hill are you doin’, “So?” Goes the man. but still works and goes mister?” shouts the snack bar tender. “So, you’re gonna to need to buy over the guitars, drums and “What’s it look like I’m doing?” another corn dog!” synths just fine. It sounds

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over the counter from license vendors statewide. Senior and junior hunters, handicapped and some military may be eligible for discounted licenses.

License and application fees will be charged at the time of application. Applicants can pay by credit card or electronic check, a new convenience beginning this year. Once an application is complete, it can not be changed, only deleted. Applicants can reapply, and will receive a refund for the deleted application after the drawing.

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March 13, 2012

An average day at the Nest Shelter Manager Carrie Calkins arrived at 4:30 this morning instead of the usual 6 a.m. so she could get a client to work on time. It is just another day at the Nest. A resident wakes up and carries her feverish two-year-old to advocate Mona Earnest in the staff office. Together, they take the child’s temperature. As they are trying to medicate the child for fever, the child becomes physically ill on her mother and the advocate. Three residents gather in the kitchen to make breakfast. On the menu for the day; sausage, pancakes and bananas. Four children play in the children’s playroom, scattering blocks and dolls across the floor. In the library area, a fourth resident meticulously combs the classified ads, searching for employment. Advocate Corina Montoya takes a client to court where she will face her abuser for the first time since leaving him three weeks ago. On the drive to Carrizozo, the client is crying. Montoya comforts her and reviews what to expect in the courtroom, putting her mind at ease. Back at the Nest, Trauma Counselor Nancy La Pointe meets with clients upstairs in the counseling office. Advocate Miriam Moreno arrives at work, composes a grocery list and is off to Walmart to pick up the week’s grocery, medication and toiletry needs. In the conference room, HEAL Executive Director Coleen Widell meets with Shelter Supervisor Terri Thompson and Advocate Britta Magnusson to review client empowerment plans. The plans help residents and staffs identify and monitor the goals of each woman while they are in the shelter. Shelter Supervisor Reyna Flores is on a crisis call with a victim in Oklahoma who needs to get as far away from her abuser as possible. The abuser has been able to track her to several shelters in three different states. Flores assures the woman the Nest has a significant security and surveillance program to protect her and her children. Yes, there is space for her and the Baptist Church agrees to provide the money for the unknown women’s bus trip to Ruidoso. Flores places the bus stop pick-up on the next day’s hectic transportation schedule. A client with a dog checks in. Recognizing the emotional support the dog provides the resident, advocates work quickly to secure provisions for the dog and set up a kennel in the courtyard. Earnest takes the

child from earlier in the morning and her mother to the emergency room because the child’s illness is worsening. She returns to the Nest once to pick up a client for an NA meeting in town and a second time for a client who needs to go to the BIA Hospital in Mescalero. Then, she’s back at the hospital comforting the women with the sick child. Office Manager Sue Francis receives donations for Sweet Charity from community residents. Today, a local church has sent blankets and slippers, a single woman drops off a giant box of pull up diapers and a women who saw a Facebook posting today drops off a case of conditioner. Montoya departs for Sweet Charity, where she leads the Women Helping Women community support group for domestic violence survivors on Wednesday afternoons. Flores works with a mother who will be moving out of the Nest in a week and into her own apartment – for the first time in her life. There is a refreshing sense of excitement in the air. Together they complete an application for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The two had just come from Sweet Charity where they were able to obtain a vacuum, a set of dishes, a loveseat and a blender for her new home. At 3 p.m., older children start filing off the school bus and through the gates at the Nest. Mothers make the children snacks of milk and freshly baked oatmeal cookies dropped off by a local church. The children settle at the massive dining room table and begin their homework. Massage Therapist Jessica Sherman arrives to provide clients free massages. Today, there are eight women and children signed up, and she will stay as long as it takes to get them all in. Moreno, who has unpacked the groceries, gathers the elementary school children in the art area to make windsocks. The specialized children’s program at the Nest uses art therapy to reach children traumatized as witnesses to domestic violence. A frightened woman who does not speak English shows up in the Nest lobby and says she “just needs to talk.” Montoya brings the woman into the conference room to visit. The woman will not check in, but she leaves with more knowledge of her options and with a safety plan in mind for the time she believes it is safe enough to leave the abuser. A new client is making dinner for the first time and hesitant

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Pictured are HEAL office manager Susanne Francis and advocate Kathryn Walker holding an infant at the Nest. to get started. Advocate Kathryn Walker takes the client to the food pantry to select a menu and then walks the client through the instructions to prepare a meal for 38. The staff, clients and their children gather for a family meal of spaghetti, meatballs and salad. The conversation flows easily back and forth between residents of every background. In unison, they will clean up. Some of the mothers seize upon the warm weather and take their children out to the fenced courtyard to let off some energy before their bath, story and bedtime. That evening, Ruidoso Downs Police Officer Carolee Sandoval arrives to teach

Zumba to the residents. Soon, laughter will drown out the beat of Sandoval’s thumping music. Both the mothers and children enjoy exercising to the upbeat Zumba at the Nest. It is a welcomed respite. By 11 p.m., most of the clients are asleep. All but one is in their bedrooms. That client sits on the living room sofa with Thompson, crying on her shoulder. As Thompson has assured every client before her, she says, “You got this, you can do this.” For information about the Nest and all of the free and confidential services, call 378-6378 or visit their website at www.

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March 13, 2012


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Los votantes opinan sobre las cuestiones en encuesta de salida Por Sue Hutchinson

Los vientos de primavera soplaba sin piedad como un pequeño porcentaje de los votantes en Ruidoso resultó para las elecciones municipales el martes en el Centro de Convenciones. Las elecciones se llevaron a cabo en Ruidoso y en todo el condado de Lincoln para los asientos del consejo, el alcalde (en las llanuras), y los jueces municipales. De acuerdo con la oficina del secretario de la aldea, hay 5.234 votantes registrados en Ruidoso. Incluyendo voto en ausencia, los votos fueron emitidos 727, sólo 13 por ciento hizo conocer sus deseos. La Prensa Libre Ruidoso encuestados varios electores Ruidoso después de emitir su voto, dos preguntas de opinión. ¿Cuál es el problema más importante que enfrenta el pueblo? ¿Cree usted en la boleta electoral los están calificados para dirigir el pueblo? El cincuenta por ciento de los encuestados respondió: “¡Agua!” A la primera pregunta. Ruth, propietario de una casa pueblo, está preocupado por el pago de su factura de agua y alcantarillado, junto con Sally. Bob y Pat respondió que tanto la búsqueda de los fondos del pueblo para un suministro suficiente de agua era importante para ellos, mientras que Gail estaba preocupado de que no la calidad y disponibilidad del agua se vea comprometida. Con la nueva planta de tratamiento de agua en pleno funcionamiento, y con una capa de nieve inesperada en el proceso de fusión, Pueblo Utilidades director Randall Campamento dice Ruidoso está bien en este punto con

las cuencas hidrográficas. “La nieve no se suponía que debía estar allí y le doy gracias a Dios por cada centímetro de ella.” Los residentes de Ruidoso parecen entender que estamos en medio de una prolongada sequía y no hay preocupación. Se sienten concejales necesidad de asegurar al pueblo que van a centrarse en la gestión del suministro de agua de la ciudad. Prioridades para cualquier pueblo, de acuerdo al campo, son el agua potable, alcantarillado sanitario y líneas de residuos sólidos. La presencia de bomberos y la policía después de seguir de cerca las prioridades de la seguridad del agua se dirigen. Su equipo de empleados trabaja para mantener el suministro de agua disponible en Ruidoso y segura. Cuando se le preguntó acerca de cómo los electores perciben la calidad y la preparación de los candidatos, el sesenta por ciento respondió que pensaba que había un montón de buenas opciones en la boleta electoral. Las respuestas del por ciento restante cuarenta iban de “Yo creo que sí”, y “Están tan capacitado como cualquier otra persona.” Debido al tamaño de Ruidoso, los votantes de varios conocía al menos a uno de los candidatos personalmente, y ofreció que a medida que su razón se llegó a votar . Rhonda se siente el problema más importante que enfrenta el pueblo hoy en día es la integridad de concejal. Ella está buscando representantes que constantemente se toman el buen camino cuando la toma de decisiones. Carol y Dave ambos coinci-

dieron en que la economía es la prioridad, junto con las condiciones del camino de la aldea, alegando dificultades de baches y la necesidad de reparación de carreteras. Bárbara, una residente de 22 años, dice que la responsabilidad aldea fiduciaria encabeza su lista, queriendo estar seguro de que “el dinero está siendo bien gastado.” Dos jóvenes votantes, Phillip y Krystal, expresaron su opinión, con ganas de “asegurarse de que ha elegido sabe lo que estamos haciendo. “Con los resultados electorales en dos nuevos miembros del consejo que asuman sus cargos de responsabilidad en el 13 de marzo Aldea de Ruidoso reunión

del Consejo, después de asistir a un proceso de orientación 12 de marzo. José Eby (343 votos) y Lynn Crawford (454 votos) fueron elegidos, junto con la devolución de concejal Gloria Sayers (348 votos), quien conservó el asiento la nombró cuando Michelle Rebstock renunció. “Estoy deseando trabajar con Lynn y Joe y yo ya sé Gloria. Es un consejo muy factible. Tenemos que salir de nuestras agendas personales a la puerta y hacer lo mejor para el pueblo. “Ruidoso alcalde Ray Gus Alborn expresó su apoyo y espera con interés trabajar con los nuevos miembros del consejo.

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 Farmer’s Market at sbs Wood shavings in Glencoe from 9 to 11 a.m. Preschool story time at the Ruidoso Public Library at 10:30 a.m. st. Patrick’s day stories, craft: Make a contact paper shamrock. Children’s dept. is located downstairs. Ski Apache Pond Skim, hwy 532/ski Run Road, 1 - 3:30 p.m. Come try your skills to see if you can make it across the pond on your skis or snowboard! Compete for prizes, medals and bragging rights. ski Apache Pond skim & bikini Contest and beach body Contest (for dudes). Winner of the bikini Contest is a judge later in the day for the Pond skim Jump! Prizes will be given for best costume, biggest splash, and best crossing. For more information, contact Justin Rowland: 575-464-3600; Free. The Sterilizers perform at Casa blanca Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Free Movie at ENMU: “Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa,” 701 Mechem dr., 7 - 9 p.m. Twenty-fi ve miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a looseknit community of radicals live in the desert, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream. – Popcorn and drinks provided. For more information, contact eNMu Ruidoso: 575257-2120; Free. The Mixx (Classic Rock) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY MARCH 15 Live Music with TomTom and friends at sanctuary on the River, 207 eagle drive, 12 - 1:30 p.m. enjoy hearty soups and salads at ChopChop inspired salads and have some lunch-time fun with live music performed by TomTom and friends every Thursday. Come see what’s happening at the sanctuary. Lunch hours 11-2 Tues-sat. 575630-1111. Business After Hours at Casa Feliz, 1031 Mechem drive, 5 - 7 p.m. business A great opportunity to network with your fellow chamber members. For more information, contact the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce 575-257-7395 Karaoke with DJ Pete! Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m., every Thursday, evening, including all you can eat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. Pass the word, the Cree Meadows lounge is open to the public! The Mixx (Classic Rock) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. FRIDAY MARCH 16 AmeriCorps Week Volunteer Project, school house Park. ecoservants, a local non-profi t, will be working with several other AmeriCorps groups throughout the state to help clean up school house Park with the help of Parks and Rec. We

Things to do every day Ruidoso Winter Park Tubing Area, located at 500 W. State Highway 532, a quarter of a mile west of Hwy 48 on lower Ski Run Road in Alto. Open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on designated nights. “A premier snow play area,” as Bert the Conqueror from the Travel Channel says: “This is the Holy Grail of snow tubing.” The �irst-class tubing experience offers twists, turns, bumps, jumps and bobsled curves. They have more lift capacity and the largest tubing snowmaking system in the Rockies. Featuring exclusively designed tubes for 3-6 riders and super size tubes for 3-10 riders. By popular demand they have expanded the Kidz Korral which is a designated area exclusively for the smaller guests! Full snack bar with hot chocolate, nachos, dogs and the best handmade pizza in town at the Pizza Stand! For more information: (575) 336-7079; www. will be clearing debris, improving the sledding area, painting the pavilions, and resealing the steps up to the waterslide. The community is invited to come meet local volunteers, learn about AmeriCorps, and help fi x up the park. For more information, contact stephen Carter at ecoservants, 575-808-1204; http:// Free. Building Common Ground: Engagement: Forgiveness, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. “Forgiveness: A Time to Love; A Time to hate” This is a fi lm (2010) starring Quanita Adams, Christo davids, Zane Meas and denise Newman. Oscar®nominated director helen Whitney, this powerful fi lm explores the act of forgiveness through a wide range of stories, from personal to national, illuminating its power, its limitations and, in some cases, its dangers. 168 min. Film: Part 1, 10 a.m.; Part 2, 1 p.m. For more information, contact Corey bard, 575258-3704; ruidosopl. Free. Music in the library, Ruidoso Public Library, noon. irish music to celebrate st. Patricks’ day. Come hear the Lincoln Winds in the upstairs library. Mary Taylor, clarinet, debbie Meyers, fl ute and bob Walshe, recorder. For more information, visit ruidosopl. Cantina Night at Laughing sheep Farm, 1 mile west of Lincoln, hwy 380, mm 96, from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music with guitar and fi ddle playing Western swing. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 11 p.m. Cree Meadows Country Club is hosting a fi sh fry and live band. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem drive, 6 p.m. Susan Landers Kolb performs at the No Name Café 6 - 9 p.m. during Prime Time Fridays. 522 sudderth, 575-257-2253. Friday evening dinners are by reservation. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 spencer Kids thru 7 years of age $9; juniors 8-17 $17 regular rates and $20 holiday rates; adults 18 and up $20 regular rates and $25 holiday rates. All tickets are good for 3 hours or until end of the day whichever is shorter. Snow clothing available for rent. Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive in the building which previously housed Rush Ski Shop. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan. The Smokey Bear Historical Park is located on highway 380 (better known as 118 Smokey Bear Blvd.) in the heart of the Village of Capitan and is open everyday of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. Entrance fees into the park are $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is oper-

Rd., Alto, 7 - 9 p.m. barn-burning honky tonk and hillbilly rock is the hallmark country sound of Marty stuart, the four-time Grammy winning star who fi rst made his mark on the charts in the 90s. he is an eclectic traditionalist, performing an array of melodically driven rhythms and heart-rending ballads that lead the charge in preserving the roots, culture and history of traditional country music. There will be a fried chicken buff et will be before the show at 5 p.m. For more information, contact the spencer Theater: 1-888-818-7872; The buff et is $20. Tickets for the performance are $79 & $76. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Karaoke at The elks Lodge on highway 70, next to the Ruidoso emporium, at 7 p.m. with All For Fun Karaoke. The Eliminators perform at Casa blanca Restaurant on Mechem drive from 7 to 9 p.m. Seth Savage Band (Texas-style Country) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aaron R. Lacombe and Company perform at Casa blanca Restaurant on Mechem drive from 9 to 10 p.m. Live music downstairs at Lucy’s Cantina in Midtown Ruidoso from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. SATURDAY MARCH 17 AmeriCorps Week Volunteer Project, school house Park. ecoservants, a local non-profi t, will be working with several other AmeriCorps groups throughout the state to help clean up school house Park with the help of Parks and Rec. We will be clearing debris, improving the sledding area, painting the pavilions, and resealing the steps up to the waterslide. The community is invited to come meet local volunteers, learn about AmeriCorps, and help fi x up the park. For more information, contact stephen Carter at ecoservants, 575-808-1204; http:// Free. Mountain Living Home & Garden Show, Ruidoso Convention Center, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. hundreds of home & garden experts and retailers present latest products, services, & innovative ideas. shoppers enjoy gourmet specialties, antiques,

ated by EMNRD-Forestry Division. Simulcast Horse Racing at Billy the Kid’s Race Book at Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino. Simulcast races are shown live from across the country and betting windows are open to place your wager. Billy’s Race Book also serves delicious food and has a full bar. If you love horse racing, it is the place to go. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs - the �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. The Museum is home to an extensive permanent collection of magni�icent carriages, wagons, saddles, �irearms and Indian artifacts, as well as ever-changing traveling exhibits. Located just east of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track on Highway 70, the entrance to the Museum features the landmark bronze “Free Spirits of Noisy Water,” one of the largest equine sculptures in the U.S. with eight larger-

newest appliances, spas, fl ooring, windows and window treatments. seminars, cookware demos, and ideas to update indoors and out. For more information, contact Trish: 575-808-0655; www.nmmtnliving. com. $5 adults, children under 12 free. The Shamrock Relay at Ski Apache, hwy 532/ski Run Rd., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Two person teams will ride to the top of Chair 3 before the race. At the top of Chair 3 or the top of easy street. Team competitors will get out of their skis or snowboards before the start and leave the equipment at the top of easy street. each team will get two tubes to race on. dress in green and/or irish motif and your team gets to tee off ahead of the other competitors! The Tubing Leg: The teams will line up and with the “start” then tube down together and be connected to their teammate somehow. The tubing leg – the fi rst leg – runs under chair 3 on the side of easy street in a special tube zone. The fi rst leg of the race is completed crossing a threshold in front the Main Lodge Veranda. The Three-Legged Leg, ‘Round to Ya Pot O’ Gold: Offi cials will tie the legs of teams together with bungie cords. Attached teams race on foot up around a ski pole to the pot o’ gold; teams can only collect two pieces of gold; and get back down to the Veranda where each team, as they cross into the picnic zone, will have their bungie cord removed. The Picnic: Teams will pay fur the’r meals with two gold pieces and receive two regular ski Apache Tacos – with mild green chile. The teams must complete their irish Green Chile (mild) taco meal (or get a 10 second penalty). The Tandem Dash: After the meal is complete, contestants scurry over to Chair 3. Teams must ride the chair as teams. back at the top of Chair 3 competitors put their equipment back on for the fi nal leg — a sliding dash to the fi nish in front of the lodge. The Finish: Teams must cross the fi nish line together. First, second and third place team fi nishes will be recognized. Awards will be given at the Awards Ceremony on the Plaza at ski Apache at 3 p.m. Amongst other prizes teams will win tubing tickets for themselves for the 1213 Winter season! Teams MusT be signed up by 11 a.m. on the 17th. sign up at the big shamrock at the special services booth on the

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

Plaza. For more information, contact ski Apache Learning Center: 575-464-3641. Call for registration and fees. Building Common Ground: “Engagement: Compassion,” Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join a group to discuss this book and contemplate changes each individual can incorporate into his or her life. Book description from Amazon: From one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world ... comes a practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place. Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life. she suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives. For more information, contact Corey bard, 575-258-3704; www.youseemore. com/ruidosopl. Free. Mark Kashmar, acoustic guitars and vocals, performs at Zocca Coffee from 2-4 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 11 p.m. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino from 5 to 10 p.m. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant & bar on Mechem from 6 to 9 p.m. Free Movie at Sacred Grounds: “The Commitments,” 2825 sudderth dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. A moody, vivid, and soulful exploration of the dublin club scene as well as a showcase for some wonderful unknown actors. The fi lm also features the actual band covering classic soul tunes from the likes of Otis Redding and sam & dave. it’s that combination of soul and soul music that makes this movie a special little fi lm. For more information, call 575-257-2273. The Eliminators perform at Casa blanca Restaurant and Cantina on Mechem drive from 7 to 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older

songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Seth Savage Band (Texas-style Country) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Corriente Cowbelle Pot of Gold Benefit Dance, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Capitan, 8 - 11:30 p.m. Live band TbA, Old Fashioned Pie, Cake and More Auction. All proceeds will benefi t Lincoln County 4-h and FFA Members at the 2012 Lincoln County Fair. Advance tickets will go on sale soon! Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Aaron LaCombe Band performs at Casa blanca Restaurant and Cantina on Mechem drive, 9 - 10 p.m. Live music downstairs at Lucy’s Cantina in Midtown Ruidoso from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. SUNDAY MARCH 18 Mountain Living Home & Garden Show, Ruidoso Convention Center, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. hundreds of home & garden experts and retailers present latest products, services, & innovative ideas. shoppers enjoy gourmet specialties, antiques, newest appliances, spas, fl ooring, windows and window treatments. seminars, cookware demos, and ideas to update indoors and out. For more information, contact Trish: 575-808-0655; www.nmmtnliving. com. $5 adults, children under 12 free. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY MARCH 19 Brain Stretching Forum at eNMu-Ruidoso, 10 a.m. - Noon. An open forum for discussing ancient theories, modern dilemmas and current events returns. There is no fee and registration is not required. Local experts in a variety of fi elds act as facilitators and participants are encouraged to bring their life experiences and opinions to share in the round table format. Areas of exploration include relationships, consciousness, the role of technology and the nature and limitations of knowledge. There are no prerequisites. Refreshments are provided. For more information, call the Community education department at 257-3012; www.ruidoso.enmu. edu/. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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Community United Methodist Church: servants with heart By Sue Hutchison Reporter If God hadn’t nudged, she may not have budged. But the parishioners at Ruidoso’s Community United Methodist Church are glad she did. Pastor Stephanie Harmon has been the minister at the Methodist Church since June, 2011. Coming here from Roswell, and before that, Santa Fe, she’s had several years of New Mexican ministry. But before she was a pastor, Harmon was a wife and mom. Born in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., Harmon grew up in “Middle America.” Webster Groves was such an example of middle class Americana, CBS did a documentary featuring the town. From wanting to be the first female zoo director to desiring to defend the disenfranchised like her uncle did, Harmon’s options were many. After high school, she enrolled in Purdue University, met her husband, Ken, and graduated with a degree in Political Science. And then their lives took an unexpected turn. Ken and Stephanie had two children, Chris and Emily. Chris became enrolled in the gifted program at his school. Emily, at five months of age, suffered a bout of bacterial meningitis, which left her functioning at a two year old level, deaf and diagnosed with epilepsy. Stephanie went looking for God. When Emily began full time school at age three, Harmon became involved as a parent educator, and developed curriculum

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“The Sign of Jonah,” reflecting on Jesus’ words in Matthew 12, is the theme for the series of midweek Lenten services at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Pastor Schoech’ message on March 14 will be “Praying in the Belly of the Great Fish,” based on Jonah (2:1-10). The 6:30 p.m. Lenten service will be preceded by a soup supper at 5:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. The church is located at 1120 Hull Road in Ruidoso. For more information call 575-2584191, M-F, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

for special needs classes. She also worked with students who fell below grade level, worked in reading and language arts, and became a one-on-one educator. A move to Tulsa, Okla. in 1991 gave Harmon a new opportunity. Her pastor asked if she and Ken would teach a class. With Emily needing 24/7 special attention, both parents couldn’t be away from her the same time. “Friends of Emily” was born, which was a supportive group of adults who came, two at a time, to help with Emily so Ken and Stephanie would be free to lead a class. God nudged clearly in 1996, giving her a call and communicating with Harmon chaplaincy about the direction He wanted her to head. In 1999, Harmon enrolled in Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, graduating in 2004. Ministry was already part of her DNA as she assisted special needs students. God broadened her scope and led her into the pastoral ministry. Currently, she’s the pastor of Community United Methodist Church at 220 Junction Road in Ruidoso. The church lives by the principle of service with a heart to serve the community around them. “We don’t coast. We do our best to live out our faith to make the world a better place.” Supporting missions in several locations like Mexico, India and Kenya, Harmon remarks, “They are one of the most mission minded congregations I’ve ever known!” Harmon’s mission statement encompasses two sources: Jesus’ words in

Weekday Bible study groups available There are two Bible study groups at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church that meet during the week. The men’s ministry group will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at El Paraiso Restaurant, 721 Mechem Drive (in the Sierra Mall). Hearts in Service women’s Bible study meets on Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m. at the church in the fellowship hall. All are welcome.

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ANGLICAN The Anglican Church of the Savior Fr. John Huffman, Pastor; 2816 Sudderth, Ruidoso. For more information, call Father John @ 9377977 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. 575-257-2324. 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. (575) 257-2081; Dr. Allen 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, 585-973-0560, Pastor Zach Malott Mountain Baptist Church Independent-Fundamental KJV. 145 E. Grandview Capitan - (575) 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. 354-2044. Mel Gnatkowski, Pastor 808-0607 BAHA’I FAITH Baha’i Faith Meeting in members’ homes. 257-2987 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. 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, 354-9102 Santa Rita Catholic Church


the gospel according to Matthew 22:37-39 and John Wesley’s statement: I give myself completely to you, God. Assign me to my place in your creation. Let me suffer for you. Give me the work you would have me do. Give me many tasks or have me step aside while you call others. Put me forward or humble me. Give me riches or give me poverty. I freely give all that I am and all that I have to you. And now, holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine, and I am yours. So be it. May this covenant made on earth continue for all eternity. Amen. Visitors are welcome at the Methodist Church. Service times: Sundays: 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays: community meal: 5 p.m. followed by hymns, study and prayer. For more information, phone the church at 575-257-4170.

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With the Nick Gainey Band and Shane Pruitt leading in worship, three of our local churches experienced a ‘disciple now’ weekend. For those of you not up to speed on youth activities, a ‘disciple now’ weekend is a Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday morning dedicated to the spiritual growth of youth. The groups of youth spent Friday and Saturday nights in groups of church member homes with young adult team leaders, with everyone together for worship services on Friday and Saturday evenings. There were also fun activities and food that most teenagers seemed to enjoy and the worship music was on a contemporary note. The result of the spiritual emphasis and activities in our church was exciting. Nine youth made a commitment of their lives to Christ and several parents joined their children in a commitment to the church. Whether we realize it or not; our youth in Ruidoso need spiritual, moral and ethical training. They also need leadership and encouragement from their parents. A great step forward has been taken, let’s not take a step backward. CHURCH SERVICES Listen or Download FREE

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Church 575-258-4191; 1120 Hull Road. Pastor Thomas Schoech. METHODIST Community United Methodist Church Junction Road, behind Wells Fargo Bank. Stephanie Harmon, Pastor. Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in Capitan. 575-648-2846 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor NAZARENE Angus Church of the Nazarene Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336-8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor QUAKER Quaker Worship Group Unprogrammed meeting at the Anderson-Freeman Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details of this and other Quaker activities contact Sandra Smith at 575-653-4951 PENTECOSTAL Apostolic Pentecostal Assembly Retired Pastor and author Harry A. Peyton Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Ruidoso 613 Sudderth Dr. Unit D. Pastor, Art Dunn, Youth Pastor, Nathaniel Dunn. Free home Bible studies PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 101 Sulton Drive (Nob Hill), Ruidoso, 257-2220. Tony Chambless, Pastor Ancho Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Corona United Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Nogal Presbyterian Church Reverend E.W. “Bo” Lewis REFORMED CHURCH Mescalero Reformed Mescalero. Bob Schut, Pastor SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Ruidoso Seventh Day Adventist 207 Parkway, Agua Fria, Ruidoso Downs, 378-4161. Pastor Andrew Spooner 575-437-8916; 1st Elder Manuel Maya 575-9374487 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for location NON-DENOMINATIONAL American Missionary Fellowship Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915.

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Pastor John Marshall Casa de Oracion Comunidad Cristiana Ruidoso 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345 (575) 257-6075. Pastor: Carlos & Gabby Carreon. *All Services are Bilingual* - Translators Available Centro Familiar Destino 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345, (575) 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. 575-2581388. Keepin’ it simple ... Keepin’ it real! Cornerstone Church Cornerstone Square, 613 Sudderth Drive, 257-9265. John & Joy Wyatt, Pastors Cowboy Church Preacher Buster Reed of Amarillo. Call 378-4840 for more info Foot of the Cross Christian Ministries 2812 Sudderth (Pine Tree Shopping Center) Pastor, Phil Appel. For more info please call 937-8677 or visit our website at Grace Harvest Church

1108 Gavilan Canyon Rd, 336-4213 Iglesia Bautista “Vida Eterna” Pastor Rev, Ramon Robledo. 207 East Circle, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346, 361 E. Hwy. 70, (575) 378-8108. Email: J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 575-257-6899 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 Peace Chapel Interdenominational (ULC), Alto North, 336-7075. Jeamsie Price, Pastor Racetrack Chapel Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 505-3787264. Chaplain Darrell Winter The Word of Life Church Rev. Chuck Fulton, pastor/648-2339. 711 ‘E’ Ave., Carrizozo, NM. Affiliated with the Evangelistic Assembly Church NON-SECTARIAN Spiritual Awareness Study Group Minister: George N. Brown, PhD. ULC. 257-1569 Men’s Bible Study, Band Of Brothers Call 937-0071 for times and location The 1st Iglesia Apostollca de la Fe en Cristo Jesus Located at: 613 Sudderth Dr. Suite D, Ruidoso. (575) 937-7957 · (575) 973-5413

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March 13, 2012

LCMC celebrates Leap Year baby birth Lincoln County Medical Center helped introduce Lincoln County’s Leap Year baby, born Feb. 29. Dr. Deborah Hewitt delivered Logan Parker Teets, newborn boy, at 4:01 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29 to Sierra and Harley Teets of Holloman Air Force Base outside Alamogordo. He weighed 5 pounds, 2.8 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. LCMC is owned by the County of Lincoln and is managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services; New Mexico’s only private not-for-profit healthcare system. Logan is the first child for Sierra and Harley. Baby Logan marked the 60th delivery in 2012. There were 31 babies delivered in January and 29 deliveries in February. “We’re glad we get to share in this special experience with the Teets family that comes once every four years,” Felicia Garwood, Labor and Delivery Manager at LCMC. Patsy Parker, Director of Patient Care Services said LCMC strives to provide a very personal and unique birthing experience for each patient and family the hospital serves. “The staff does an outstanding job handling each delivery in the manner every patient desires,” said Parker. Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility leased and managed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

This partnership has existed since 1972 and is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, 6 clinics and a countywide ambulance service. Lincoln County Medical Center employs more than 250 people, including more than 15 providers throughout Lincoln County.


February 2012 births at LCMC 2/1 Jaedyn Cade Prado, M, 5 lbs 5.8 oz, 17 in. Samantha Balderrama & Joshua Prado, LaLuz Jacob Ronald Velez, M, 8 lbs 0.1oz, 19 in. Kathleen & Anthony Velez, Holloman AFB 2/5 Elaine Niyo Victor, F, 7 lbs 10.7 oz 18 ½ in. Sara & Mario Victor, Mescalero 2/7 Annabelle June Remund, F, 9 lbs 4.7 oz, 20 ½ in. Carrie & Michael Remund, Ruidoso 2/8 IsaBella Lucia Armendarez, F, 6 lbs 3.0 oz, 19 in. Victoria Armendarez, Ruidoso 2/9 Lucyanne Schneider, F, 4 lbs 13 oz, 19 in. Abbyanne & Joshua Schneider, Holloman AFB 2/13 Colton Christopher Baker, M, 7 lbs 13.1 oz, 20 ½ in. Christi & George Baker, Alamogordo 2/14 Taylor Lenora Smith, F, 5 lbs 11.9 oz, 17 in. Francis Kinzhuma & Taylor Smith, Mescalero Kirsten Isabella Sophia Grubbs, F, 6 lbs 9.6 oz, 18 in. Tamara & Ishmeal Grubbs, Ruidoso 2/15 Francis Isaiah Cruz Lester, M, 7 lbs 6.4 oz, 20 ½ in. Lisa & Francis Lester, Mescalero

Adabelle Elin Hays, F, 5 lbs 15.2 oz, 18 ½ in. Germaine Joseph-Hays & Quentin Hays, Ruidoso 2/16 Giovani Oday Gutierrez, M, 7 lbs 15.7 oz, 20 in. Blanca Gutierrez, Ruidoso Downs Maximus Stihl Poncho, M, 9 lbs 11.6 oz, 20 in. Kaylynn & Matthew Poncho Sr., Mescalero 2/17 Isaya Alejandro Martinez, M, 8 lbs 0.4 oz, 21 in. Angelica Hernandez, Ruidoso Diana Moreno, F, 6 lbs 8.6 oz, 18 in. Grimilda & Jesus Moreno, Ruidoso 2/22 Desiree Chloe Valdez, F, 7 lbs 11.9 oz, 20 ½ in. Faith Mendez, Mescalero 2/23 Camri Mari Bolden, F, 7 lbs 15.5 oz, 20 in. Sydney Smith & Michael Bolden, Ruidoso Downs 2/27 Makenzie Ann Alyah Kayitah, F, 7 lbs 5.8 oz, 18 ½ in. Cynthia Enjady & Isiah Kayitah, Mescalero 2/28 Calvin Noah Nektoshe Conway, M, 7 lbs 14.6 oz, 20 in. Tirzah & Steven Conway, Hondo 2/29 Logan Parker Teets, M, 5 lbs 2.8 oz, 18 ½ in. Sierra & Harley Teets, Holloman AFB


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120 LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF LINCOLN Eastern New Mexico UniversityRuidoso Notice of intention is hereby given by the Ruidoso Branch Community College Board for a Called meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in the Media Center at White Mountain Annex, 203 White Mountain Dr. Copies of the agenda will be available in the ENMU-Ruidoso President’s office, 709 Mechem Dr., 24 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. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Village of Ruidoso is requesting qualification based sealed proposals for Professional Services for Ruidoso/Lincoln County DWI Grant Program Coordinator. Sealed Proposals will be received by the Village of Ruidoso, 313 Cree Meadows Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345 for RFP #2012-010P. A completed proposal shall be submitted in a sealed container indicating the proposal title and number along with the Offeror’s name and address clearly marked on the outside of the container. All proposals will be received by 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Village of Ruidoso Purchasing Department, c/o Vicki Eichelberger, 311 Center St., Ruidoso, NM 88345. By submitting a proposal for the requested services each firm is certifying that their proposal is in compliance with regulations and requirements stated within the Request for Proposals. Copies of the Request can be obtained in person at the office of the Purchasing Agent at 311 Center St. or will be mailed upon written request, e-mail request or telephone request to Vicki Eichelberger, Purchasing Agent, at 575-257-2721. Any proposal received by the Purchasing Department after the time and date specified shall not be considered. This RFP may be cancelled and any and all proposals may be rejected in whole or in part when it is in the best interest of the Village of Ruidoso. (§13-1-131, NMSA, 1978) Vicki Eichelberger Village of Ruidoso Purchasing Agent REGION IX EDUCATION COOPERATIVE COORDINATING COUNCIL MEETING - Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – REC IX Executive Director’s Office. The meeting is open to the public. Agenda items include budget adjustments/submissions, fiscal, program updates, and employment recommendations/resignations. In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, community members are requested to contact Cathy Jones at (575)257-2368, if public accommodations are needed.

130 EMPLOYMENT NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for server/bartender. Apply in person. Cree Meadows Country Club 301 Country Club Dr. Ruidoso. GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for Temporary/Full-Time Personnel Assistant, Valid New Mexico Driver’s License required. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575) 378-4697. Applications deadline will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for Temporary/Full-time Field Operations, Valid New Mexico Driver’s License required- CDL Class A preferred. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575) 378-4697. Applications deadline will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for a Temporary/Full-time CDL Driver, Class “A” endorsement required. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 US Highway 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575) 378-4697 ex 10. Applications deadline will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for Temporary/Full-Time Diesel Mechanic/Driver, Valid New Mexico Driver’s License required, Class A preferred. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575)378-4697. Applications deadline will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for Temporary/Full-time Laborer/Container Maintenance with knowledge of welding, Valid New Mexico Driver’s License requiredCDL Class A preferred. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575) 378-4697. Applications deadline will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for Temporary/Full-time Recycling/Laborer with knowledge of Backhoe and Forklift, Valid New Mexico Driver’s License required. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575) 378-4697. Applications deadline will be Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.

/s/ Cathy Jones, Executive Director

GREENTREE SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY is accepting applications for Temporary/Full-time Gate Attendant, Valid New Mexico Driver’s License required. Positions will be filled as needed. You may pick up applications and job descriptions at 26590 US Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, NM or call (575) 378-4697. Applications deadline will be Monday, April 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.



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NEED PART TIME MAINTENANCE PERSON, Part time front desk person and Housekeeper. Apply in person at Travelodge Ruidoso. Phone 575 378 4471. No experience necessary. HEAD START BUS MONITOR - Region IX Education Cooperative is seeking an individual committed to early childhood programs at the Capitan site. Minimum qualifications: 1. High School Diploma 2. Demonstrates dependability, cooperation, loyalty and responsible behavior and attitudes 3. Experience working with preschool aged children 4. Demonstrates a willingness to work in a cooperative working environment For application and full job description go to http://rec9nm. org then click on Internal Support then Human Resources and download documents. REC IX is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, status or handicap/disability in employment practices or the provision services. HEAD START TEACHER ASSISTANT - Region IX Education Cooperative is seeking highly qualified individual committed to early childhood programs at the Capitan site. Work Schedule: Aligned with the Capitan Municipal Schools’ calendar Work Hours: 37.50 per week Pay: Head Start Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule/Education & Experience Approximate Start Date: March 2012 Application Deadline: Until filled Minimum qualifications: 1. CDA certification in Early Childhood Education preferred or 11 college credit hours in related field 2. Successful experience working with preschool age children and special needs children 3. Demonstrates a willingness to work in a cooperative working environment For application and full job description go to http://rec9nm. org then click on Internal Support then Human Resources and download documents. REC IX is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, status or handicap/disability in employment practices or the provision services. AUTOMOTIVE-HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC/OPERATOR Lincoln County Road Department. The applicant is responsible for a wide range of gasoline engine, diesel engine, and heavy equipment inspection and repair. The applicant must be certified as a Gasoline and Diesel Heavy Equipment Mechanic; a clean driving record; no felony convictions; and preferable possess a valid New Mexico Driver’s License Class A. Primary work location will be the Capitan area. Obtain application and job description from BillieJo Guevara at 575/648-2385 ext. 100. Applications accepted until 5:00 P.M., February 6, 2012. Equal Opportunity Employer. DIRECT CARE STAFF (Relief Worker) - part-time positions working with developmentally disabled adults. Paid training provided. Must be at least 21 years old and pass drug, alcohol, and background screening. Application on website or pick up at New Horizons. Call for interview. Equal opportunity employer. New Horizons, Carrizozo 575.648.2379 www.






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Super updates have included a new roof, carpet, paint (interior & exterior) and paved drive. Large wrap-around deck areas - perfect for entertaining and enjoying the fresh mountain air. Two bedrooms and 2 baths, plus extra game room/bedroom. It is OK to fall in love! $139,000 MLS #109516

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406 SUNNY SLOPE #3 – FURN 2 BDR, 1.5 BA. No pets. $1100/ Mo includes utilities. 406 SUNNY SLOPE #4 – FURN 2 BDR, 1.5 BA. No pets. $1100/ Mo includes utilities. THE SPRINGS #31 – FURN 2 BDR / 2 BA stand-alone condo. $1950/Mo includes utilities.


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Call 257-8444 for info. LOVELY 3 BD 2 BA, 2 car garage with a 2 bedroom guest house. Horse barn, horse walker and hot tub on 3.3 acres. River front. Both houses totally furnished. 309 Parker Rd. Ruidoso Downs 575-378-8933 or 575-8082568

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230 HOMES FOR SALE: FURNISHED / UNFURNISHED F.S.B.O. A MUST SEE!! 3bd, 1 3/4ba, chalet style, 1 car garage, close to midtown shopping. 1385 square feet. Includes all electric appliances, Washer/Dryer, ceiling fans in all rooms, fenced yard, partially furnished, $1500 flooring allowance. $189,500.00 575-257-6760.

3 BD 2 BA 2 stories, 2 decks, yard. $900 + utilities. NP/NS 575-4307009. AMY’S COTTAGES,3 bedroom for rent, furnished, perfect! 575-9731241

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El Capitan Apartments Large 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, long or short term lease. $ 450-$550/ month. Convenient Village location, School System walking distance. 354-0967 275 RETAIL SPACE SALE/ LEASE RETAIL/OFFICE SPACE 1750sf. Ready to go. $1600 per month. 1216 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso. 575-3540365


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March 13, 2012

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The March 13, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Coun...