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November 22-25 Grindstone Sleigh Rides

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Toys for Tots benefit

Before and After Party for Kumbia Kings at Lucy’s Mexicali featuring Algo Nuevo with proceeds benefiting Ruidoso/Lincoln County Toys for Tots. Lucy’s in Midtown. 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. $7 and a toy for singles, $10 and a toy for couples.

November 24

Ab Quintanill y Los Kumbia Kings at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Rumba with Kumbia Kings, the Latin Grammy-winning Mexican Cumbia group from Corpus Christi, Texas. Their music encompasses the styles of Cumbia, hip hop and R&B. inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. 575-4647777, $25

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Inn of the Mountain Gods

Join the inn of the Mountain Gods to kickoff the Christmas season with goodies, a Gingerbread house auction, pictures with Santa, a live Choir performance and of course the tree lighting! inn of the Mountain Gods, 2- 6 p.m. 575-464-7777, www. Free.

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Free Press celebrates 3rd anniversary By Sandi Aguilar General Manager While the delivery of newspapers throughout the United Sates has changed dramatically during the last few years, skeptics have declared newspapers as a dying industry. Community newspapers have defied that label and amidst a national recession, the Ruidoso Free Press was founded Nov. 17, 2009. For more than 40 years, Ruidoso has essentially been a one newspaper town and the founders of the Ruidoso Free Press answered the call from the community to provide an alternative perspective on the issues facing Lincoln County. The Ruidoso Free Press, celebrating its third year in business, has successfully developed into a family oriented newspaper designed to provide an independent voice for the community, as evidenced with a robust opinion section each week. The award-winning editorial team is renowned for detailed and objective reporting, in depth coverage of business related issues and informative community profiles distributed throughout Lincoln County. Most notably, one of the awards was for investigative reporting from a rookie editor, Eugene Heathman proving that listening to the public about what they want and tenaciously digging for the hard facts is a winning combination for success. Heathman’s

relaxed yet thorough style of reporting quickly escalated him from a freelance reporter to an award winning editor in less than two years. Three years later, not only has Ruidoso Free Press accomplished its goals, but has been recognized throughout the state as an exemplary weekly newspaper winning nine awards at this year’s New Mexico Photo by Beth McLaurin Press Association conThe Ruidoso Free Press Staff : Front row, Molly Sheahan, busivention. The Ruidoso ness consultant; Marianne Mohr, marketing director; Penny Free Press has proven Heggestad, circulation coordinator; back row, Eugene Heaththere is plenty of room man, managing editor; Sue Hutchison, reporter; Todd Fuqua, for more than one newssports editor, Sandi Aguilar, general manager; Kathy Kiefer, paper in rural communiproduction and design. ties. Free Press Editor the technique while the rest of the editorial staff Eugene Heathman said, “Although newspapers develops a variety of high quality content. “It is throughout the nation have struggled, particuone of the very satisfying aspects of my work larly with the recession and electronic delivery the combination of photos, graphics and color systems, there is still a staunch contingent of along with the words of a story – which proresidents and tourists alike who prefer to get duces an overall eye-pleasing effect. My goal their community news in print.” Kathy Kiefer, the graphic and typographical is make reading our newspaper an enjoyable architect for the Ruidoso Free Press, provides see free press, pg. 3

Residents forced to flush cash into costly sewer hook ups By Sue Hutchison and Eugene Heathman

With the completion of the Pinecliff sewer project, village staff examined properties on the sewer line to find homes which weren’t attached. They found between 60 and 100 properties which have access to community sewer lines and have not attached to the community’s sanitary sewer system. To protect groundwater sources and give customers access to the regional wastewater treatment facility through the sewer system, the utilities department informed councilors of possible challenges. The new $32 million facility is on line, boasting 2.7 million gallons per day treatment capacity and short-term peak treatment of 3.62 million gallons per day. “Every time we connect a customer to the community sewer system, we prevent contamination on the Rio and our reservoirs,”

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said Randall Camp, village utilities director. Speaking of existing privately owned septic systems in the area, Camp said when aging septic systems fail, raw sewage could seep to ground surfaces. With an estimated cost of nearly $4,000, homeowners may be either reluctant or financially unable to connect to the system. Some have recently installed aerobic systems to their septic tanks. “We’ve agreed to give aerobic system owners five years before hooking up to our sewer system. The Environment department doesn’t know after five years what an aerobic system will do,” said Bob Decker, village utilities engineer. Several councilors discussed concern regarding the cost for those who haven’t hooked into the system. “I agree it needs to be done but it’s expensive for some see sewer HooK ups, pg. 3

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Ruidoso’s Destri Vincent (8) and Andi Harrelson (5) go up to block a hit by Pojoaque’s Kristen French, Saturday, during the Class 3A state championship at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Lady Warriors put up a fantastic challenge against the three-time defending state champions. The full story can be found in sports, page B1.

Downs leaders rally to secure future of museum Note: This is the second in a series explaining the Hubbard Museum’s fiscal situation.

By Todd Fuqua Reporter With the future of the Hubbard Museum of the American West hanging in the balance, the Ruidoso City Council voted last Tuesday to accept fundamental financial changes at the museum to keep it operating – at least for the remainder of the fiscal year. The decision didn’t come without a lot of hand-wringing and emotional discourse, as Museum Director Jim Kofakis spoke at length to the council about what they were willing to do to keep the museum solvent. “Payroll is an issue, which I’ve

been saying for years,” Kofakis told the council. “After a deficit in the third year, there should have been a red flag. The real problem has been financial oversight from all areas, and budget committees and the council should have been taking notes and asking questions.” The changes accepted by the council included the cutting of two full-time and one part-time position at the museum, a 25 percent reduction in Kofakis’ salary, a 12.5 percent reduction in salary for senior staff, and the removal of a clothing allowance for employees. According to figures provided by Kofakis, this would save the museum almost $200,000, with an estimated cash balance of $33,986 in the museum fund at the end of the fiscal year.




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Councilor Dale Perry got assurance from City Finance Director Terri Mosley that those numbers are correct and would work within the city’s overall budget. The cuts were made necessary by the depletion of the museum fund, which had benefitted from a $1.5 million donation from previous owner R.D. Hubbard when the city took control of the museum in 2005. The gift, which had been incorrectly reported as an endowment, was never meant to last indefinitely, with an estimated lifespan of 10 years to help keep the museum running.

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The cuts in salary reflected the makeup of the museum’s overhead, which are made up mostly of

administration costs. It also reflects the amount of cuts that have already been made to the museum staff, which included almost 30 employees when Hubbard gave the museum to the city in 2005. Kofakis also pointed out a number of savings that had been made to the operation of the museum, including a reduction of almost $1,000 per month in the phone bill after the removal of superfluous lines. Additionally, the Hubbard Museum Foundation has purchased large-ticket items such as three new HVAC units to maintain constant temperature in a building which houses priceless artifacts, a pointof-sale system for the gift shop and exterior security doors. It has also see MuseuM, pg. 3


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There will be a Thanksgiving Day dinner at noon at the Assembly of God Church, located at 13th and C Avenue in Carrizozo. Main entre and drinks are provided, just bring a side dish and join family and friends for a delicious tradtional meal and fellowship.

Meetings cancelled The Village of Ruidoso has cancelled its regular meeting on Nov. 27. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be dec. 11. Likewise, the Ruidoso Downs City Council has cancelled its Nov. 26 meeting. The next downs Council meeting will be Dec. 10.

Library closed The Ruidoso Public Library will be closed for Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday through Sunday, and will open again Nov. 26. The library is located at 107 Kansas City Rd. in Ruidoso.

Toys for Tots it’s a holiday tradition in Ruidoso, and it’s continuing this year. The Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, will once more ask for your donation of toys for needy children in Lincoln County. Last year, more than 1,000 children in Ruidoso and Lincoln County received toys through this program. A benefit concert featuring Algo Nuevo will be held at Lucy’s in Midtown following the Kumbia Kings concert on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $7 and a toy for singles, $10 and a toy for couples. All proceeds to benefit Lincoln County Toys for Tots. For more information, call 8083267 or visit

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partment will be raffling a bear carving during santa’s Christmas visit to McDonald Park on Dec. 22. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Tickets can be purchased from any fire department members at the Lincoln County Assessor’s Office. The carving is two feet call and was donated by Grizzly’s Bear of Ruidoso. Retail value is $70.

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.

American Legion Post 79 – Jerome D. Klein Post, meets on the third Saturday of each month at the American Legion building located at the southeast corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 at 9 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Vic Currier, Post Adjutant, at 802-5293.

Firefighters for Christ meet monthly at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chapel at 7 p.m. This service is open to firefighters and their families. For more information, call 258-4682.

The Arid Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1216 Mechem at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. daily; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. There is also a Monday 6:30 p.m. women’s open meeting. The Sunny Spirit Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday and Thursday at noon and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the women’s group meets Wednesdays at noon in the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. For more information regarding AA meetings in Lincoln and Otero counties, call 430-9502. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Alcoholics Anonymous of Capitan meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 115 Tiger Dr., just one block off of highway 48. For more information, call Ted at 354-9031.

The Alpine Village will hold hits regular monthly meeting on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. in the district’s building at 114 Alpine Meadows trail. For more information, call Cheryl Knobel at 257-7776 or 973-0324, or you can email at knobelc@

Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1211 hull Road. if you think an organization like Altrusa may be a good fit for your volunteer efforts, contact membership chair Barbara dickinson at 336-7822.

Community lecture

Blue Lotus Healing Arts offers mind-body classes and workshops for stress reduction and health improvement. The center is located at 2810 sudderth dr. For tuition and times, call 575202-8010 or visit

The Ruidoso Animal Clinic will host a community lecture on emergency care for dogs and cats on dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will cover steps that owners can take to initially stabilize their pets prior to transporting them to a veteranarian. The Ruidoso Animal Clinic is located at 160 sudderth dr., and seating is limited. To reserve a space, call 257-4027. Light refreshments are provided.

Cantata practice Practice for the Community Christmas Cantata in Carrizozo is every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church. This year’s cantata is entitled A Time For Joy, to be performed dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

The Democratic Women of the Sacramento Mountain Area meet the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Inspired Living at Sanctuary on the River is held every week from Tuesday through Thursday with various disciplines offered. For more information, call 630-1111. The Kiwanis Club of Ruidoso meets every Tuesday at noon at K-Bobs. The Lincoln County Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Otero County Electric co-op, on Highway 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The Garden Club’s purpose is to encourage community beautification and conservation, and to educate members in the arts and sciences of horticulture. For more information, call 973-2890.

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Part of the orange Nights Art Exhibit at the White Mountain Complex is the jewelry made from glass burned and melted during the Little Bear Fire in the home of Pat and Paul Durham. The artist isVirginia Houk ery Wednesday at K-Bobs. The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Region iX offices at 237 Service Road. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and field trips. Contact Leland deford at 257-8662 or herb Brunnell at 258-4003. Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club noon every Tuesday.

The Lincoln County fibromyalgia and chronic pain support group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from noon-2 p.m. in the parlor at First Baptist Church, 270 Country Club Dr. All are welcome and may bring a brown bag lunch. For information, contact Mary Barnett at 257-9810.

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

The Lincoln County Community Theater meets the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come. Call 808-0051 for the meeting location, or visit

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The Lincoln County Regulators, members of the Single Action Shooters Society, hold matches the second Saturday of every month at the Ruidoso Gun Range located on hale Lake Road. Registration is at 9 a.m., matches start at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to participate or watch the action. During the shooting matches, all other shooting is suspended. For more information, call Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at 937-9297.

The 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 Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo on Highway 54. For more information, visit www.lincolncountysheriffsposse. org or call 575-512-7077.

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Ruidoso Gambling Support meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:45 p.m. in the Lincoln Tower at 1096 Mechem Dr., Suite 212. For more information, call 575-464-7106.

pice offers bereavement and grief support groups for those who have had losses in their lives. Two groups are available – Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. or Friday from noon to 1 p.m. The groups meet at Ruidoso Home Health and Hospice, in the conference room, at 592 Gavilan Canyon Rd. For questions or directions, call Lyn shuler at 258-0028. The Ruidoso Noon Lions meet at 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Cree Meadows Country Club. Ruidoso Masonic Lodge No. 73 meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. if the first Monday is a national holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday. dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-442-2026. SAA meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the episcopal Church at the Holy Mountain at 321 Mescalero Trail Road. For more information, call 575-956-

3101 or 575-336-4187. Sacramento Mountain Village is a network of older adults in Ruidoso and surrounding communities who support independent living by offering services and activities that keep seniors healthy and happy in their own homes. Benefits of membership include art and yoga classes, weekly walking and discussion groups, social functions and monthly member breakfasts at Swiss Chalet, on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Membership is open to any Lincoln County resident 49 years or older. For more information, call 258-2120 or visit Vietnam Veterans of America, Lincoln-Otero Chapter 1062, meets every fourth Wednesday at the American Legion Building, located at the corner of Spring Road and Highway 70 East in Ruidoso Downs. For more information, call President Jerry Ligon at 808-1114 or Vice President Vic Currier at 802-5293.


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MUSEUM, from pg. 1 paid for exhibits that the city could never have afforded on its own. Even when the museum had a high number in staff, it still benefitted from interns and volunteers. But Kofakis reported that once the museum was taken on by the city, membership dropped by more than 50 percent. “Most that haven’t come back, after some had been members for 15 years, said that since the Hubbard’s don’t own it, they didn’t feel the need to support it,” Kofakis said. “Others felt the city would just mess it up and didn’t want any part of it. I don’t know how to answer that, except to say we’re working very hard to keep it running.” Kofakis said the museum can also partner with area universities for interns, but that

those interns are usually required to shadow the staff specialists in designing and maintaining exhibits, rather than the day-to-day operations such as sweeping floors, cleaning windows and managing the gift shop.

Future income

“This budget proposal is a stop-gap only, and not good for the long term,” said Dave Mandel, curator of exhibits at the museum. “We can’t operate on bare bones. I simply ask that we be allowed a little more leeway in our planning and request guidance from the council. Practically everything we do runs into a roadblock.” That the museum needs to find other sources of revenue isn’t in dispute.

SEWER HOOK UPS, from pg. 1 people,” said Jim Stoddard, councilor. With both Pinecliff and Grindstone areas complete, estimates of 60 to 100 property owners have not connected to the community sewer system yet. “Grindstone is a bad area for septic systems. The technology is old and tanks are failing. They may be cited by the environmental department,” said Debi Lee, village manager. Discussion centered on making property owners come into compliance in a reasonable amount of time. With notices already mailed and contact made with non-compliant owners, utilities workers needed council’s direction how to proceed. “I think we need to give the public a payment plan opportunity and adequate information with an opportunity to ask questions. I’m concerned about the people who will be affected and how the communication will take place with them,” said Stoddard. Decker informed council that meetings had already taken place with poor results. “Let us create a plan specific to areas which have different needs. It’s always better to have community meetings in their areas where they can come in and

can talk with each other and officials to understand in advance. I recommend you let us bring back a plan to you by area,” said Lee. With council agreeing to Lee’s suggestion, no action was taken. The Ruidoso/Ruidoso Downs Regional Wastewater Plant was funded by $8.7 million in Reinvestment Recovery Act and 9.75 Million in USDA grant and low interest loan funding. Construction was put at $28.3 million while engineering expenses were $3.7 million. Zach Riley, Field representative from Congressman Steve Pearce’s office said, “Rural economies need these critical infrastructure projects as the previous treatment system here would not be able to sustain increased volume and economic growth. Waste Management Director, Bobby Snowden pointed out the deficiencies of the former antiquated sludge system, “The treated effluent which is reintroduced to the river will be free of traditional hazardous chemicals such as chlorine and is organically friendly to the river ecosystem downstream. The environment is a major benefactor of this advanced wastewater treatment system,” Snowden said.


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FREE PRESS, from pg. 1 experience. I am extremely fortunate in that I am allowed to be creative and it’s especially meaningful to be recognized by our peers in this business as having a superior publication,” Kiefer said. Startup businesses all experience new and diverse challenges in their first years of growth and the Ruidoso Free Press have been no different. The mix of the current staff has sifted through managers with various print backgrounds to the current general manager, Sandi Aguilar, with tourism and marketing experience. The focus on business processes has resulted in a cooperative working environment emphasizing how Ruidoso Free Press and each staff member work together as a one integral component of a complete media organization. MTD Media provides the community news, information and entertainment in print in addition to five radio stations broadcasting throughout southeast New Mexico. Another result of the continuously evolving print media products delivered by

curator of education “The museum did – Jeannine Isom – has a long-range plan, and had her hours reduced This museum is a one item was to figure in the budget cuts. out revenue options valuable addition “She was the so we wouldn’t need general funds,” Kofakis point person in getting to the city. We just said. “But that was it, the grants to get that there really was no working,” Kofakis have to try to do the plan. I don’t know if said of Isom. “We’ve best we can, to do that ever happened.” also never been able to The building is a full cross trainthe right thing by the get a former convention ing on that equipment center, and there is because of conflicting museum. ample space inside for – Dean Holman, schedules.” meetings, parties and Councilor Dean Ruidoso Downs City Councilor wedding receptions Holman said he’s frus– events other museums have thrown open trated because he feels the budget cuts may their doors to host which bring in income. be too little, too late, but it’s up to the city to But the Hubbard hasn’t hosted these make this work. events since 2006, according to Kofakis. “This museum is a valuable addition to Concerns that the fragile exhibits would be the city,” Holman said. “We just have to try possibly damaged by a large influx of people to do the best we can, to do the right thing by on a regular basis for these parties drove that the museum.” decision. “Those were good sources of revenue, Unwelcome surprise and we’ve spoken about opening it back While the museum staff knew the reducup for that. We get calls for it almost every tions would happen, they just didn’t know day,” Kofakis said. when, and Mandel reported he and other The Marty Cope Learning Center is another possible source of revenue, particularly staff members had been asking city hall with a Smithsonian partnership and telecom- when the cuts in positions and pay would occur since the Tuesday meeting. munication equipment which can enable “Jim (Kofakis) just heard that Carol classes in Ruidoso Downs to take virtual Virden reduced all Museum employees’ pay tours of museums in just about any part of yesterday morning (on Wednesday),” Manthe world. del wrote in an email to the Ruidoso Free Students from Lincoln County and beyond could use it on a regular basis – partic- Press on Thursday. “This is a rhetorical quesularly through the Joan Dale Hubbard Magic tion, but how difficult would it have been for Bus Tour, which had been previously granted her to inform us before she made the cuts?” – but Kofakis said it’s been underutilized. Next week – Why closing the museum The challenge will be greater now that the isn’t an option.

the Ruidoso Free Press is the development of The Zine, a newspaper magazine, distributed throughout Southeastern New Mexico mirroring the listening audience of the five MTD radio stations. The Zine provides living and entertainment information in each of the five counties. Its focus parallels that of the Ruidoso Free Press covering regional entertainment, business and community profiles. Advertising Director Marianne Mohr said, “Various entertainment news products have been printed in the past few years attempting to meet the needs of specific businesses and events. The Zine provides a reliable, comprehensive and widely distributed news and entertainment resource.” The Ruidoso Free Press staff would like to thank the community for partnering with our media organization as we strive to continue bringing the people Ruidoso, Lincoln County and Southeastern New Mexico together through the century’s old, most effective method of communication, the newspaper.




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Future Shock

To the Editor, I read with interest Dr. W. R. Seidel’s public comments on losing his bid for sheriff in these parts. Although the good doctor practices medicine locally, he himself appears to be suffering from a disease which sociologist Alvin Toffler calls “future shock.” The term “future shock” refers to what happens when a person is no longer able to cope with the fast pace of change. All sorts of symptoms and maladies result, ranging from depression to bizarre behavior which includes carrying a concealed handgun into a local Ruidoso restaurant for breakfast. Is the wait-staff that bad? Future Shock is the same sort of disorientation that a person experiences when he moves to a new area, or a new country, and suffers a severing of all he has known. In my opinion, the best medicine for Future Shock is to embrace the future with gusto and shed the outdated and unhealthy fear that this country is “going to hell in a hand basket.” Add to that prescription, a move to a place like Los Angeles where multi-ethnic folk live in harmony without prejudice and where U. S. Constitutional issues are less contentious. But, heck, shame on me. I’m one of those cockeyed optimists who believe that all red States should be blue and blue States should be even bluer. I wish the good doctor a speedy recovery and bon voyage, Frank Thompson Ruidoso To the Editor: In response to Angela Cain’s letter to my jobs letter Some folks just don’t get it. Fortunately most Americans do get it. They voted our President in for another term. Now he can continue to stay on track to create more jobs each month and continue to improve our economy. Obama simply stepped in and saved us from a deep depression. With exports increasing, manufacturing jobs returning, dependency on foreign oil decreasing and fighting for a fairer tax code, we now can continue to be ‘on the right track with the right train.’ We are fortunate to live in a country where we can express our different opinions in Letters to the Editor but, with all due respect, some opinions showed some folks have been listening to Miss Information way too long. Carol Ast-Milchen, PHR Ruidoso To the Editor: Re. American Taliban by Marilyn Kamp As one beholds the gross misrepresentation of her subject, the Tea Party, the degree of hubris that comes through in Ms. Kamp’s letter is appalling. Yet, considering the slander and abuse the Tea Party is constantly experiencing from the left, it is not surprising. To make her point, Ms. Kamp decided to let someone else speak for her as she cites

a Mr. Sorkin from an HBO miniseries in his “closing newscast.” I will make an attempt at addressing his charges (in quotes) one by one. “In their ideological purity, compromise is weakness.” Well, there is at least some truth to that one. “They have a fundamentalist belief in scriptural purity.” Nonsense. However, most of them do believe in God. “Denying science.” More nonsense. They are however wary when it comes to junk science. “Unmoved by facts.” Gee, that sounds more like the creed of the democratic election campaign. “Undeterred by new information.” See above rejoinder. “Hostile fear of progress.” Only when it comes to the “Progressive” movement. “A demonization of education.” The Tea Party decries certain areas of the current U.S. educational system, which neglects the fundamentals of K-12 education while it indoctrinates young minds in leftist ideology. “A need to control of women’s bodies.” An absolutely deplorable misconception. “Severe xenophobia.” Another twisting of the facts. Insistence on the law of the land with regards to illegal immigration is not xenophobia, let alone “severe xenophobia.” “Tribal mentality.” If this means that the Tea Party believes in the superiority of the United States Constitution and is against having an America under UN Jurisdiction, then I have no problem with “tribal mentality.” “Intolerance of dissent.” Actually, there is lots of dissent within the millions of Tea Party members. It is only leftist, Marxist and statist ideology that the Tea Party has little use for. “Pathological fear of the United States Government.” Distaste or dislike would be more accurate. And it isn’t just the U.S. Government. It is big government in general and the fear isn’t pathological. It is well founded – unless one agrees with a $16.25 trillion national debt, which the United States Government is solely responsible for. These quotations from a television show are bad enough but Ms. Kamp’s own statements about the tea party are downright ludicrous. “The Tea Party is sponsored by corporate millionaires and billionaires”? Does she mean like the Wall Street moguls that financed Obama’s campaigns? Or does she have us mixed up with the two major political parties? Really? Has she ever heard of a grassroots movement? I will ignore the insult of the American Taliban comparison, Ms. Kamp. You will probably hear from the Tea Party members, you “deeply care for”. But I would be remiss if, in closing, I did not set the record straight. The Tea Party, with its many local groups across the United States, is a grassroots movement dedicated to constitutionally limited Government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets. E. D. Ehrich Nogal

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Congratulations, President Barack Hussein Obama, your brilliant re-election campaign exceeded all expectations in manipulating those feckless masses of fawning, starry eyed young people, insatiable women under 40 and Latinos who actually believed you are really going to risk a fight to push for an open border and amnesty for all immigration policy. They fell hook, line and sinker for every false promise you threw at them. Republicans have been admonished by the mainstream media to all but disband. Reinvent yourselves, the Democrats say, into a more accepting, nonjudgmental party like them. Who will lead you in 2016 and beyond, they ask? Well, I see about 6-8 candidates fifty years old and younger who are congressmen, senators and governors of various races, creeds and genders to choose from. Of course you have Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and others who are certainly an ideal match with the hip-hop crowd. So everything appears to be calm as you and your administration set out on the ship-of-state for a second momentous voyage. As you sail into your second term we wish. Wait a second, who’s that jumping over the side? Oh my goodness it’s Hillary Clinton, your Secretary of State. Maybe she wants to keep the bloody debacle of Benghazi and the breakdown of U.S.-Israeli relations from showing up on her resume in 2016. Bill probably whispered in her ear. Splash! Watch out, right behind her. Splash! Isn’t that Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geitner? After the failed TARP program, the million dollars per job creating stimulus disaster and the Auto Bailout which still owes the American people 32 billion dollars he’s probably seeking a job in the private financial community which doesn’t require the applicant to actually pay his taxes. Holy Cow! Splash! It’s CIA Director, Gen. David Patraeus. You remember him. The guy the Left once tagged Gen. Betrayed Us until they needed him to give some legitimacy to their phony peace overture in Afghanistan and a cover story for Barry in Benghazi. Wonder why he’s jumping ship now? After all the

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FBI, the DOJ, the DOD and the White House knew about his dirty laundry months ago but held off playing that card like good Chicago pols. Is that a war injury or has the General’s arm always been that twisted? But look! Up on the railing! Who’s that lining up to jump next? Why it appears to be Leon Panetta, your Secretary of Defense. What’s his problem? I always considered him a moderate and honorable Democrat. Yes, someone you could sit down and reason a solution with. Oh that’s it, he’s too reasonable and obviously much to honorable to hang with the rest of your cabinet. Next to him, is that General Allen, the candidate for Supreme Allied Commander in Europe? It looks like he’s got an arm full of emails. I thought Sexting was the big new thing with the under 25 crowd. So what’s the deal? Next we’ll be told to get upset if a President gets oral sex in the Oval Office while conducting top secret government business. Prudes! Oh No, Say it isn’t so; its Eric Holder and it looks like he’s trying to get to the railing but someone is wrapped around his leg, sobbing like a little girl and pleading with him to stay on board. Get up, Axelrod and dry your eyes. Eric isn’t going anywhere. Who’s going to hire a guy who oversaw the fast and furious mess and when he became involved in the death of a U.S. border agent drew a censure from the congress such that he had to run and hide behind the legs of the President like a kid trying to avoid a spanking by his Dad. That isn’t even counting the retributive prosecution of government whistleblowers and the racially motivated non prosecution of those Black Panther election intimidators who showed up again this year. Well, Mr. President, the ship is pulling away from the pier so anyone else will have a long way to swim. Have a safe voyage although I understand there appears to be some rough weather just ahead. Fiscal Cliff, massive layoffs and work hour reductions due to Obamacare, the Middle East about to explode against Israel, devaluation of the dollar, food shortages and Government agencies like FEMA and Homeland Security suddenly buying hundreds of armored personnel Continued on next page

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The scourge of holiday neglect I don’t celebrate CoMother Earth and some see lumbus Day. As much as their lives as a direct result of I’m grateful he stepped foot choices they’ve made. Some off his ship in 1492 on our thank God whom they say soil (or so the saying goes) I is the giver of all good gifts. am of the opinion that Chris Some this year, are grateful Columbus was just doing his they got out with their lives job. While some are imafter their homes burned to pressed and feel he did well, the ground. Some are dealing some say he was responsible with Post Traumatic Stress for opening doors to faciliDisorder after the fire. I miss tate the annihilation of entire many of the things which we populous groups. South lost due to Little Bear’s fury, Dakota and others changed but I realize it’s going to take Sue Hutchison Columbus Day to Native time and healing to move on. American Day in honor of I know there are some who some of the indigenous folk who either surdon’t think they have much of anything on vived or didn’t. their list. Bankers, municipal officials and the like This year, I’ll slow down at some point enjoy a day away from work for Columbus on Thanksgiving. I’ll look around me and Day. It’s a long weekend for some. Most see those who encircle my life with meaning probably don’t have a moment of silence to and love. I’ll bake and cook until my kitchen honor Chris Columbus, and I’ve never seen windows are fogged over but with fondness Happy Columbus Day cakes in bakeries. for all I’ve been given. And, as is my tradiWhat are the traditional colors for Columbus tion, I’ll take a quiet moment to speak to my Day? If one is invited to a party, does one Father and thank Him for all He’s given me bring a model of a clipper ship as an apmy entire life. I’ve not always agreed with propriate hostess gift? How about a crystal everything that’s happened in my life but I’m carafe of American dirt? grateful for what I have at this moment. There are holidays which are lauded, I hope your day is filled with thanks and and those we run right past. How long has quiet moments for yourself, regardless of it been since you celebrated Armed Forces what the past year has delivered. Take a moDay? It’s one of those holidays which are ment and (if you’re so inclined) thank God not officially recognized with a day off work for all you have. by the US of A. Ten holidays give the nation Then bring on the pumpkin pie and back pause. The rest are celebrated when we have away. All I need is a bit of whipped cream interest, time or a reason for green beer. and a fork. It seems one holiday ends and before the candles are blown out, another is upon us. Sue at is considerHalloween candy was sold at clearing celebrating National Penguin Awareness ance prices for a week or so, and Christmas Day Jan. 20. displays started popping up a couple months ago across LeTTeRs FROM PG. 4 our little county. Holiday neglect is rampant in our vehicles, weapons and thousands of rounds of ammo nation. Take September for to use against whom? But I suppose you can navigate example. Labor Day, Grandthrough all that with the kind cooperation of those reparents Day, Patriot Day, cently reelected Republican House and Senate members Stepfamily Day, Citizenship you told your supporters to vote against out of revenge. Day and Native American I’m sure you’ll steer through it all even with the blood Day are September’s Ameriof five American Patriots on your hands. You can then can holidays. Which did you concentrate on the only thing that’s ever been important celebrate? With the excepto you beyond being President, your personal legacy! tion of a little pony-at-theRon Eberly track time, me, neither. Ruidoso Thanksgiving is one holiday which seems like Mayhill gives thanks a mere orange and brown Thanks to each of you for so generously promoting stepping stone between and contributing to the success of our farmers/craft/flea Halloween and Christmas markets during this year. We simply could not do this to many. It’s a day to make without your generosity and support. We look forward to turkey farmers richer and working with you next year in our continued endeavor embroil the nation in the to refurbish our kitchen so it will qualify as a certified cornbread-or-oyster stuffing commercial kitchen enabling us to serve hot meals to our controversy. senior population, prepare meals for other community The fourth Thursday events, etc. of November is a moment May you have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christwhen Americans stop and mas holiday season. 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For most home buyers, the purchase of real estate is one of the largest financial transactions they will make. Buyers purchase a home not only for the desire to own a home of their own, but also because of changes in jobs, family situations, and the need for a smaller or larger living area. This annual survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® of recent home buyers and sellers provides insight into detailed information about their experiences with this important transaction. Here are the highlights from the latest report: • 39 percent of recent home buyers were first-time buyers, a slight rise from 2011, but closer to the historical norm of 40 percent. • 65 percent of recent home buyers were married couples – the highest share since 2001. Conversely there was the lowest share of single buyers since 2001. • For 52 percent of home buyers, the first step in the home-buying process was taken online. • The typical home buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 10 homes – a decline from 12 homes in prior year, which speaks to the tightened inventory in many areas. • 89 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, similar to last year’s report – a share that steadily increased from 69 percent in 2001. • 88 percent of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent when selling their home. • Only 9 percent of recent sellers sold via FSBO sale. Among FSBO sellers who did not know the buyer prior to the sale – 20 percent sold via FSBO because the buyer directly contacted them. • Approximately two-thirds of home sellers only contacted one agent before selecting the one to assist with their home sale.

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NM Tourism launches new mobile website SANTA FE – The New Mexico Tourism Department just rolled out a new way that people can connect with New Mexico. Whether they are thinking about planning a trip or already here exploring the state, visitors can get their most-wanted information, and beautiful photos right from their iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices. From the palm of their hand, visitors to can access six buttons on the main page that link directly to valuable travel information, all with a geo-location search feature to help them find nearby attractions, events, restaurants and lodging in the vicinity. • Explore – shows users all of the rich adventures to experience in New

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Time to consider lowering your property taxes With the approach of Dec. 10, local property owners cannot help but lament a bit as they think about writing a check to our friendly Lincoln County Assessor, Paul Baca. Taxes and death … its true, but you can work on changing the amount of property tax you owe. Though property taxes are tougher to adjust than, let’s say, the amount of income tax or sales tax you pay annually, it can be done. They’re based on your property’s assessed value and remain an essential component of local government’s revenue raising formulas. If your tax reduction strategy is legal, it’s your citizen’s obligation to pursue it, so take a look at some of these steps to potentially reduce your property tax bill; First thing first, make sure your assessment is accurate. A mistake on the size of your lot or your property’s square footage can easily translate into an unnecessarily higher tax bill. So make sure your property’s assessed value, determined by the Assessor’s Office, and almost always lower than actual market value, is both up to date and accurate. Again square footage is very important as well as age. So just make sure the property factors that the county is using to determine the value of your property are accurate. The Assessor’s office here does a good job of responding to county residents and remember mistakes can happen as they deal with a tremendous amount of data. Compare your tax bill to your neighbors and challenge it if you think you’re

that show the current over assessed. Your condition and age of home’s assessed value your property. This can should remain fairly include taking photocomparable to those graphs to show the consimilar homes in your dition of the house, floor area. If your property plans to prove square is priced more expenfootage and comparable sively than comparable valuations from similar homes, you’re paying a structures. Keep your larger share of aggregate argument fact based and property taxes than you to the point. During the should. hearing, keep it short You’ll have to get and sweet. The Assesa handle on changing sor’s Office has heard it values in our county, and Bob Moroney all before so get the facts with this, your friendly out without emotion. Realtor can assist. Gather If all else fails, you can consider information as to property value changes requesting re-zoning your property if you over the past years. Many a taxing entity think it may lower assessed valuation is quick to adjust for increasing values, and if you can make a case that current but do not react as quickly in a down market like we’ve experienced in the past zoning is no longer representative of the property. You may also find some benefit four to five years. If you purchased your property in 2004 or 2005 you’re probably in splitting up your property if you have a lot of undeveloped land as part of the over assessed. entire property. Keeping your improveIf all looks good, go ahead and ments on a smaller plot and owning an consider contacting the county to try and adjust your value. In Lincoln County, it’s adjacent undeveloped parcel may reduce your overall taxes paid in certain situacalled a ‘Petition for Protesting Values” tions. and it’s a simple one page available for There’s nothing wrong with working download at on getting an accurate assessed valuaImportant to note though that a petition tion with an eye toward lowering your can only be submitted within 30 days of taxes to a level comparable with like kind receipt of your Notice of Value from the Assessor. You’ll have your hearing so get properties. Too, I think you’ll find the Assessor’s Office in Lincoln County also prepared with your facts if you want any shares the goal of accurately assessing chance of the county appraisers agreeing our county’s property. with you. Pull together any documents

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Get ready, get set… shop local When American Express launched its “Small Business Saturday” campaign in 2010, the goals were to focus attention on, and improve sales of independently owned businesses located in the consumers’ own community. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year buyers have many tempting options for purchases, so why would we buy local and why is this Small Business Saturday initiative so important? The answers may lie in the facts. The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy states that “small firms (independent and under 500 employees) represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms; employ half of all private sector employees; pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll; and generated 65 percent of net new jobs in the last 17 years. This roster is impressive.

As we may have known intuitively, we now know with certainty. American small businesses are the lifeblood of American commerce. These enterprises and the entrepreneurs who launch and manage them are most worthy of our support. So while we may pine for a Norman Rockwell life of days gone by, will the nation’s shoppers, and indeed will we, be willing to support our idyllic communities by shopping locally and forgo scouring the Internet for lowball prices? The fundamental question may boil down to this: do we care if our purchase dollars support our neighbor and community or an unknown corporate profit center? For most the answers may be a mixed bag. The Ruidoso Free Press will survey the national results and explore reasons to support local businesses. We’ll listen

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VOR Legislative priorities raise fiscal eyebrows By Sue Hutchison Reporter

Village councilors were appraised last Tuesday by Debi Lee, village manager, of current priorities about to hit the floor in Santa Fe during the January, 2013 60-day legislative session. Several may have direct impact on the village and Lincoln County, with Lee requesting council to take note of priorities she felt important to Ruidoso. Protection of municipal revenues topped the list, including discussion occurring at the state level to keep municipally raised funds in the towns where earned. The item deals with state levied taxes which are shared with municipalities at present. Lee reported if the Hold Harmless food/medical distribution were eliminated, it could negatively impact the village’s general fund by $634,833.09 Hold Harmless deals, in part, with grocery tax. “It would be a major deal to convert back over,” said Lee of retailers. This is one option in a list for discussion at the state level to offset statewide financial struggles. The recent remodeling of Ruidoso’s convention center lobby was discontinued due to lack of sufficient funds to complete the renovations. With the convention center financing act, fees would be allowed to be imposed to construct, expand or use funds to operate the convention center or any civic center area chosen for fund disbursement. Consideration will be given during the legislative session to reinstate the cigarette tax, according to Lee. “This one councilor Salas has pushed. It’s hurt our recreation department by not having that money. (We lost) about $13,000 last year for it,” said Lee. In addition, legislation will be con-

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Public input challenged

In another attempt to change current protocol regarding citizens’ public input during village council meetings, William Griffin challenged the method agenda items are considered. “We’re family and sometimes you look around and don’t like what you see. Our local government is like a dysfunctional family,” said Griffin at the podium during the public input section of the agenda. Preceding the agenda item, Ray Alborn, mayor, read the standards of public input and stated truth should be told with no misinformation, no innuendo or insulting remarks aimed toward elected officials. Alborn has frequently reminded the public of the current standards. “I’ve been told I can’t speak about an employee of the village,” said Griffin as he challenged village resolution 201102 which gives specifics for agenda placement. Griffin said there are no provisions denying the public to speak in the resolution. “We as a village can’t tell another person they don’t have the right to speak,” he said. Public input is a regular feature of the village council agenda and allows up

to five minutes for each speaker, provided the speaker signs in and is a resident or property owner in the village. Officials are prohibited from commenting, but may ask questions of the speaker if additional information is needed.

Eagle Drive Bridge declared complete

Midtown’s bridge project at Eagle Drive has taken more than two and a half years to complete at a cost of $1,182,588.60, according to village records. A FEMA project due to flooding in 2008, reimbursements have been given the village with the final request sent Oct. 10 for $496,242.39. The bridge is accompanied by an ADA approved walkway along with stairs and railings. FEMA’s presence in Lincoln County continues as they assist the governing bodies of the county in mitigating a stack of natural disasters. Without recovery time between fires, freezes and floods, the county has utilized FEMA’s resources for years. With the Little Bear fire as the latest in the list, Eagle Drive Bridge is but one of several village and county projects using FEMA funds. With a unanimous vote, village councilors declared the bridge project as complete.

Forest Service showcases red zone thinning projects By Eugene Heathman Editor Members of the public participated in field trip assessments of various thinning projects being implemented or completed in the Ruidoso Area. According to the USDA Forest Service; The 5,200 acre Perk-Grindstone thinning project on Raven ridge behind the Smokey Bear District Ranger Station is an authorized hazardous fuel reduction project as provided by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act of 2003. The project was developed with continuous collaboration with The Greater Ruidoso Area Wildland-Urban Interface Working Group, and is directly connected to the Ruidoso community wildfire protection plan and ongoing fuels reduction work. The project is a combined effort between the Lincoln National Forest and the Mescalero Indian Tribe and employed a range of 10 to 20 crew members, who were tasked with the reduction of forest fuel adjacent to the Village of Ruidoso. Personnel from the Lincoln National Forest’s Smokey Bear Ranger District provided this opportunity in an effort to increase public awareness and involvement in wildland urban interface (WUI) treatments on National Forest lands. “Some of the areas that we visited are adjacent to Ruidoso and neighboring communities. Myself and several other Forest Service employees are on hand to speak about the effectiveness of treatments that have been done in the past, what is currently being implemented, and what is planned for the future,” said Dan Ray, District Fuels Specialist.

The village council enacted several ordinances in 2002 mandating fuels reduction on all lands within Ruidoso and made a fire hazard rating standard for new construction. Since then, a municipal Forestry Department was created, and in 2004 the Greater Ruidoso Community Wildfire Protection Plan was approved by the existing village council. It was also in 2004 village residents began being charged a regular fee for forestry waste pickup. Village of Ruidoso councilors and Lincoln County commissioners plan to improve firefighting capabilities in the area around Ruidoso and Fort Stanton. Effective firefighting in rural Lincoln County will require capital improvements and foresight amidst budget priorities, protecting the public and responsible Eco management. A coalition of landowners in north Lincoln County have been exploring strategic solutions to eradicate the invasive wooded species, regenerate vegetation and reclaim lost watershed through biomass production. Contractors from the Midwest are interested in Lincoln County forest fuels because of the high heat produced when it burns and the initial low moisture content. Congressman Steve Pearce has emphasized the massive U.S. debt and his belief that the only way to cut into the federal deficit was to create an estimated 20,000 logging industry jobs lost in New Mexico. Pearce’s plan outlines portions of U.S. Forest Service land would be contracted out in 5,000-acre allotments for logging purposes. With 550,000 acres of Lincoln National Forest in Otero County alone, more than a thousand jobs would be created almost immediately, Pearce said.

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Pension reform with the Public Employee Retirement Act (PERA) imposes restrictions to those who, after retirement, determine they would like to accept another position as a public employee. “Once you retire, you’re done. Now there’s the effort to start over since there are professions difficult to find (knowledgeable) employees,” Lee said. She explained according to the proposal after July, benefits will decline, which may have an impact on current and future employees of municipalities. Lee stated she would need to leave her job “along with a lot of good people in the village. There’s a pretty significant charge of emotion around this issue,” she said. Lee stated public employees from state areas would meet together in Albuquerque in a couple weeks to organize and publicize the message. Lee’s report of upcoming legislative priorities concluded by mentioning the Law Enforcement Protection Fund and the New Mexico Council of Code officials, which supports statewide standards to ensure inspectors operate in a free and efficient flow of construction services. Denise Dean, councilor moved to accept the priorities as outlined. With Gloria Sayers, councilor, offering the second, the motion to accept passed unanimously.

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The Cancer Chronicles –

Week three

By Perry Champion

Welcome to week three of the cancer chronicles. To say that I struck a nerve with a few people regarding my “Cancer stories” comment last week would be an understatement. In my defense I was stretching my “cancer patient” wings as it were. A friend of many years suggested that the readers want more of me (my view and humor) rather than an “edgy” clinical piece. I can understand that. So let’s give it a shot.


Today is day 30 of my cancer odyssey and time is flying by. Early on I wrote that I would offer you details on my condition, including symptoms, physical condition, mental state and overall outlook. We need to continue to do that so that you know where I am on this journey. I mentioned last week that a test had discovered a large blood clot in my right thigh. Not a good thing and not treatable with blood thinners as one of the tumors is an ulcerated mass on my duodenum. I have lost 20 pounds in the last 30 days and my outlook is OK (I think) given what is happening. I suspect that even Mary Poppins would struggle with what is going on.

The flu shot

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Perry Champion intakes liquid nutrients for the first time in 33 hours following the first treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Part of the protocol for pancreatic cancer (and others I suspect) is to receive a flu shot. I offered that I have had unfavorable responses to flu shots in the past. That did not seem to matter as I received the injection and within four hours was as ill as I have ever been. The better part of last week was spent

in bed with the flu. The flu in addition to what I was already dealing with. Yes, I needed the flu. In the previous paragraph I mentioned time. I have days or perhaps months left-no one knows for sure. I have also written about the importance of communication with your friends and family during this impossible time. Time and communication. Essential and overlooked so often. Last week was not a good use of time. Lesson learned.

Road trip – Bucket list

As you read this I am in the middle of our annual family Thanksgiving tradition – Deer hunting in Texas with my brother Greg and his boys: Douglas and Richmond. This year I get a “pass” on the cooking detail – finally. We are in fact breaking with tradition as Carrol (my girl friend) is going to act as chauffeur and cook on this what is likely to be my last sojourn to hunt Texas whitetails. This is a momentous trip given that no woman has ever been invited to take in the exploits and shenanigans of one of our deer hunts. So I’ll be climbing into our hunting blinds in the afternoons as I can no longer tolerate the cold morning air. I also chose to give Greg my Weatherby 257 Magnum. I just can not take the recoil of that terrific rifle any longer. The answer to the recoil problem? I dug into the gun safe and pulled out a Remington 700 in .243 caliber with a heavy barrel and match trigger. The weight of this rifle should tame the moderate recall and besides, Greg has agreed to pack the gun in for me. It doesn’t get much better!

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By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor When the Ruidoso Warriors take on Robertson in the Class 3A state quarterfinals on Friday night at W.D. Horton Stadium, they’ll be playing more than just a solid Cardinal team. They’ll be playing a problem that can plague a team when they’ve beaten another squad

Pro football Houston at Detroit, 10 a.m. Washington at Dallas, 2 p.m. New england at New York Jets, 6 p.m.

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High school football Robertson at Ruidoso, 7 p.m.

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Volleyball Class 3A State tournament at Rio Rancho Ruidoso d. Raton, 3-1

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Class 1A semifinal Capitan 24, hagerman 6 Volleyball Class 3A State tournament at Rio Rancho Quarterfinals Ruidoso d. Silver, 3-2 Semifinals Ruidoso d. Hope Christian, 3-1 Class B State tournament at Rio Rancho Quarterfinals Carrizozo d. Gateway Christian, 3-0 Corona d. Santa Fe Waldorf, 3-0 Semifinals Carrizozo d. Clovis Christian, 3-0 Elida d. Corona, 3-0

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Football State six-man championship Lake Arthur 65, hondo 41 Volleyball Class 3A state championship Pojoaque d. Ruidoso, 3-1 Class B state championship Elida d. Carrizozo, 3-1

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High school football Class 1A state championship Escalante at Capitan, 1 p.m.

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Boys basketball Mescalero at New Mexico Military institute, 6:30 p.m. Ruidoso at Hatch, 7 p.m. Wrestling Navy/Gold scrimmage at Ruidoso high school, 6:30 p.m.

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before: It’s hard to beat a team twice in the season. The Warriors beat Robertson on the road Oct. 19, but it was 2621 affair that came down to a pass from Bryce Pompos to Parker Johnson with seven minutes left to finally give Ruidoso the victory. Turnovers were the issue – particularly a pair of fumbles inside the Warrior 20, one of which was returned by Robertson

to take a lead. “We’ve got to play a more mistake-free ball game,” said Ruidoso coach Kief Johnson. “They (Robertson) have the weapons to score on us.” The Cardinals showed off a lot of those weapons in a 40-26 win over Portales in the first round last weekend. James Gonzales had 106 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns, while Dominic Lucero also scored twice

Lady Warriors shine at state By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor RIO RANCHO – It wasn’t the easiest challenge Ruidoso’s had in the Class 3A state championship, facing four-time state champion Pojoaque after entering the tournament as a No. 12 seed. But the Lady Warriors had faced plenty of challenges this year, and weren’t about to lay down for the heavily-favored Elkettes in Saturday’s championship match. After falling behind two games, Ruidoso was able to rally for a victory in game three, only to fall 25-15, 2518, 18-25, 25-14 and finish second in the state. Disappointing? Sure. But coach Bernadette Garcia was quick to point out how difficult a season the Lady Warriors had, and why earning a spot in the state title match represented a huge accomplishment. “I’ve been saying this

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with 92 yards on 11 carries. Robertson had only two pass catches for 51 yards and a touchdown, similar to what Ruidoso did against Lovington two weeks ago. Not much passing, a lot of running, and a lot of success. “They’re on a four-game winning streak, but so are we,” Johnson said. “It’s Thanksgiving weekend and we’re very thankful to be in the playoffs. This will be a good matchup.”

Red for red: Carrizozo finishes second at state By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor RIO RANCHO – It was a heartbreaking turn of events for the Carrizozo Lady Grizzlies in this year’s Class B state championship match, as the volleyball team – which had been top-ranked for much of the year – lost again to the team that seems to have had their number the past three years. Elida pulled off a comeback in the third game and rode that momentum to a 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17 victory to win their third straight Class B title. It was the latest time the Lady Tigers had frustrated Carrizozo, as they ousted the Lady Grizzlies from the state semifinals two years ago and relegated them to the red trophy in last year’s state title match. It was not only the third straight state title for the Lady Tigers (22-2) it was also the fourth straight time they had beaten Carrizozo. But this time, on the floor of the Santa Ana Star Center, the Lady Grizzlies really felt they had a shot. “The seniors believed they could win this, and I’m extremely proud of the job they’ve done for us this season,” said Carrizozo coach Pam Allen, referring to Lady Grizzlies Andrea Vigil and

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Ruidoso senior Destri Vincent spikes the ball during the Class 3A state championship at Rio Rancho on Saturday.

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Hondo earns another state trophy By Paul Lessard For the Ruidoso Free Press HONDO – For the second time in four years, the New Mexico state six-man championship was contested by teams separated by only 83 miles. Lake Arthur came to Steven Chavez Field in Hondo on Saturday to take on their former district rivals in a rematch of the Panthers’ victory earlier in the season, and the outcome was similar – a 65-46 victory which

delivered Lake Arthur its second straight state title and third in four years. The Panthers (9-1) used an enormous rushing game from junior Miguel Rubio, who finished with 405 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, as the Eagles (5-5) could never slow him or Lake Arthur down. The Eagles’ dream post-

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Hondo’s Billy Candelaria, right, lowers his shoulder as he drives for the end zone for an Eagle touchdown against Lake Arthur’s Miguel Rubio, Saturday, during the sixman state championship game at Hondo.

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Capitan avenges loss in semifinals By Tom Ruiz and Todd Fuqua For the Ruidoso Free Press HAGERMAN – There was plenty of drama already for Friday’s Class 1A state semifinal between old foes Capitan and Hagerman, and that was before senior center Juan Ramos collapsed on the practice field Wednesday. Ramos, brother of sophomore quarterback Alejandro Ramos, was taken to Roswell, where it was determined he had an eggsized brain tumor, with doctors attempting to remove the mass Monday in Albuquerque. Needless to say, Hagerman’s thoughts were elsewhere than the football field on Friday, but the game still had to be played, with Capitan avenging their seasonopening loss to the Bobcats with a 24-6 victory. “Our hearts and our prayers go out to that family,” said Capitan coach Collin Justiss. “Our community has also stepped up and helped out where we could. But we had to go in there and play football.” The Tigers, (8-3) who had

several players out in the first However, the stout defense of game against Hagerman, were the Tigers came to the rescue all suited out this time around. and held Hagerman to a three And the ground attack of and out offensive series. Capitan, which Hagerman coach To open the third quarCasey Crandall feared the most, ter, Hagerman took the ball came to haunt them. from its own 20-yard line to Tory Padilla, the Tiger’s the Capitan 34 where another leading rusher, opened the scorinterception ended the drive. ing with a 3-yard touchdown Capitan effectively ended run, and a 6-0 first quarter lead any hopes of a Hagerman after the two-point conversion comeback when they confailed. verted the turnover into a The Bobcats (9-2) attempted touchdown four plays later and to answer with a score of their a 24-6 lead. own. They marched to the Now the Tigers must Capitan 34, thanks in part to a prepare for the state title game Ramos 21-yard run and a face against Escalante, a contest mask penalty. that will be at Capitan’s home But an interception by field this Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s Ramos ended the drive. The the first time the Tigers have Courtesy Robert Bailey been in a championship since pick was one of three for Ramos Capitan’s Tory Padilla (23) pushes Hagerman defender Daniel Cain the game. Capitan continued 1994. They haven’t won a state brera out of the way with a solid stiff arm on his way to a fi rst down, its relentless rushing attack. title since a 14-12 win over Friday, in a Class 1A semifinal victory at Hagerman. In the second quarter, Padilla Reserve in 1982. scored his second touchdown “There’s no surprises now. ties to score. On their first possesally good job of controlling the of the game when he scampered We’ll run the ball and be heavy sion of the second quarter, Ramos clock,” Crandall said. 23 yards, culminating a 55-yard on defense,” said Justiss, whose hit Daniel Cabrera on a 15-yard So good in fact, that the drive. A two-point conversion team has allowed just 34 points in touchdown pass to trim the Tiger Tigers controlled nearly nine gave the Tigers a 16-0 lead. its last eight games, including a lead to 16-6. minutes of the fourth quarter, “They are a ball control team. when the Bobcats needed the ball 20-6 victory over Fort Sumner the On the ensuing kickoff, The longer they had the ball the Hagerman snuck in and recovered week before. “This game’s going the most. less we had it, and they did a rean onsides kick at the Capitan 40. to be fun for all involved.” Hagerman had its opportuni-

Corona girls make it to semis win, and maybe By Todd Fuqua that took a little bit Sports Editor too much out of todd@ruidosofreepress. com them.” RIO RANCHO – Corona actuThe end to Corona’s ally had a slim lead volleyball season on to start game one, Friday had a familiar and after Elida tied ring to it. it at 5-all, the Lady Much like the Lady Cardinals got back Cardinal basketball into the by blockteam back in March, ing the Lady Tiger Corona’s netters faced a front line at the net. more experienced Elida However, Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press team that knows someenough of those Elida’s Reda Allison (13) sends the thing about winning. balls got through ball over a block by Corona’s HanThey taught the Lady and hit the floor to nah Gage, Friday, during the Class B Cardinals a lesson in the semifinals at Rio Rancho’s Santa Ana enable Elida to start Class B semifinals by to pull away. The Star Center. turning in a 25-17, 25Lady Tigers (21-2) 15, 25-19 sweep at the showed they were in just three games, the conSanta Ana Star Center. human with some miscues, tention of those three games “There’s a reason gave Gage some hope for the but Corona could never they’re the No. 1 team,” said future of this program. take advantage. They also Corona coach Richard Gage couldn’t get their offensive “In stretches we played of Elida. “I’ve seen them game to click. really good ball, and we did play all weekend, and this is “We’d capitalize on one well against Santa Fe Walthe best game they’ve put on dorf,” Gage said, referring to mistake, but then we’d make the floor. They stepped it up one of our own and give the Lady Cardinals’ perforwhen they had to.” it right back,” Gage said. mance in the semifinals earWhile the Lady Cardi“They gave us chances.” lier in the day. “They came nals (20-4) may have seen It may have been a Coin 19-1, and they pushed us. their season come to a close rona loss, but it was a Corona But the girls stepped up to

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The LOBO report Lobos find miracle win in paradise By Richard Stevens Senior Writer/ Maybe you should call this “The Lobo Miracle in Paradise.” Maybe KKOB’s Scott Didrickson said it best: “I don’t’ know how, but they pulled it off. It was hard to believe the Lobos pulled that out.” The New Mexico Lobos scored six points in the final 12 seconds to stun George Mason 70-69 in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam Tournament being played in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. UNM scored eight points in the final 20 seconds.

loss in the semifinals of the Class B tournament. Gage said this experience will be very valuable for the Lady Cardinals down the road. “This group will learn,” Gage said. “I’m losing three seniors, but there’s a ton of freshmen and eighth graders in there. They’ll remember this and I’m looking forward to the future. Any time you get to state and get to the final four, it’s a good weekend.”

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HONDO from pg. B1 season came to a screeching halt at the hands of the defending champs after upsetting No. 4 seeded San Jon and No. 1 seeded Dora to make it to the finals on their home field. A very fast start by the Panthers put Hondo in an early hole that they fought hard to get out of, but simply could not complete the comeback. The Panthers needed only 2:23 to go up 20-0 in the game. Rubio broke a 40-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and then, following a 3-and-out by Hondo, followed up with another 1-play drive with a 25-yard scamper. The Eagles again turned the ball over on downs and Cody Dalton hit a wide open Luis Velo for

the 25-yard touchdown pass. Just like that, the Panthers had 20 points off of 4 plays and the Eagles had 15 yards on 8 plays. “That was really big,” stated Rubio of the quick start. “I thought it might end quicker, but we lost our momentum, we underestimated our opponent, and when you give a little bit of momentum to a team like that – they’re going to do work with it.” The Eagles did “do work with it” and finally got going with a long eight-play drive which saw a lot of sophomore Roberto Nores running and passing. He hit Billy Candaleria from eight yards out to cut the lead to 20-6. Hondo coach Brandon Devine

attributed the beginning of the game as a key to the final. “I feel like it comes down to our slow start. We played awfully flat,” Devine said. “We showed our maturity level at the start of a big game. But I was proud of the boys of how they fought and got back into it.” “You got to set the momentum,” stated Lake Arthur coach Jose Porras of the key to an early lead in the game. “We had the momentum and then we kind of went into a stalemate – they started to think about not losing the game and there were thoughts of this game ending early. But we got to keep on keeping on even though there were times where we let up.”

The Eagles got stops on three LA possessions while scoring two more touchdowns and got the lead down to 41-24 at the half. Nores ran it in from 24 yards for the score at the 1:24 mark. A quick three-play drive to start the second half ended with a one-yard dive into the endzone by Andrew Padilla with the score, and Hondo was suddenly just nine points back at 41-32. The Eagles got even closer at 47-40 after another Nores score, but that was as

close as they would get. “I told them that I was proud of the season they had. I told them it’s not about this game, but about their whole season and where they had come from,” said Devine of the Eagles, who were never a game above or below .500 on the season. “We’re proud of them. I told them we had to fight our way through the hardest part of the bracket to get here. The things we did to get here helped us earn this red trophy.”

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Carrizozo hitter Sarah Ferguson, right, reaches to tip the ball over the net in front of Elida defender Kenzee Criswell in Saturday’s Class B state championship match at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

“It bleeds the stuff out of you when you’re playing as hard as you can and you can’t catch a break,” Allen said of the game three collapse. “It’s real hard to overcome all that stuff.” By the time it was over, Elida had won the game and momentum was decidedly in their favor. That showed in game four, when the Lady Tigers opened the frame with the first seven points. Carrizozo eventually staged a scoring streak of their own to get to within three, but that push seemed to deplete their reserves, and Elida was able to come away with the blue trophy. “These kids came along this year, they worked together and did everything they had to do to be successful,” Allen said. “They did us proud and I wouldn’t trade these kids for any team anywhere.”

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Victoria Ventura. “It was an honor to be in the gym with them.” “We’d seen them at state three times now, and each time we had to go through them to win the title,” said Elida coach Darrell Chenault. “We knew they had brought everybody back from last year, but we’re also blessed with a cool bunch, a great community and three awesome seniors that step up hard and play.” Carrizozo (20-4) certainly came out on fire in game one, taking a 6-all tie and eventually turning it into a 22-18 lead thanks to stiff defense, opportunistic offense and the power hitting of Sarah Ferguson. The junior was seeing all parts of the floor and finding the holes in the Lady Tiger defense. Of course, she wasn’t the only one with the scoring touch. Vigil had her share of scoring touches, while Ventura was a stalwart presence at the net with blocks and a fiery attitude that was contagious. “It was a courageous effort by the kids from our school,” Allen said. “They played hard, they never quit playing and dug as deep as they could dig.” While the Lady Tigers never regained the lead, they weren’t exactly on their heels, and they got back to hitting for points in the second game, steadily stretching out their lead as the game went on. “Losing that game woke us up a little because we played a lot better after that,” Chenault said. “We had adjusted defensively, they were dinking a lot, and we were able to pick them up after that.” Carrizozo’s tenacity was still on display in a play in which Fantasia Dennis dove headfirst onto the scorer’s table to make a save and keep a rally going, but a shot into the net eventually gave Elida the point. The match could have gone either way, and it looked as though Elida was going to put the hammer down and finish it by taking a 10-5 lead early. But Carrizozo was able to make the adjustments they needed and went on a six point run to take the lead at 12-11. They later stretched that lead to five points and seemed to be cruising to the win and a 2-1 lead in the match. But Elida proved why they’re the three-time state champions. Kaylen Jasso took charge and began to pound the ball on the Lady Grizzlies. While her hits were finding the floor, she and teammate Reda Allison were frustrating Carrizozo’s offense with blocks.


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STATE from pg. B1 all year. We were 0-4 in district and down two games against Lovington in the district tournament,” Garcia said. “Nobody thought that team would come here and be on the (championship) court.” Ruidoso (14-12) reached the title championship showdown after finishing second in pool play on Thursday, then facing off against Raton in the first round that evening. The Lady Warriors took a 23-25, 25-10, 30-28, 25-23 victory to advance to the quarterfinals, the first time in three years a team from Ruidoso had been that far. Next up was Silver on Friday Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press morning, and after a 22-25, 25-17, Ruidoso’s Jade Devara receives a Pojoaque 25-15, 15-25, 15-9 win, the Lady serve in the Class 3A state championship, SatWarriors were up against No. 1 seed urday, at Rio Rancho. Hope Christian in the semifinals. serving to get to within six points at 21-15, The Lady Huskies were the last but the Lady Warriors were able to just hold team to beat Pojoaque back in September, and most expected a rematch in the state title them off for the victory. “He (Trujillo) took two early timeouts, game. and after that, I knew he couldn’t stop our But the Lady Warriors had different momentum with time outs any more,” Garcia plans, winning 25-22, 15-25, 25-12, 25-22. said. “We just kept the pressure on them and Ruidoso lost the first two games against we could break them down and show that Pojoaque Saturday, but then the Lady Warthey’re beatable.” riors decided to show why they were state After that, Pojoaque cleared the floor and championship worthy. They opened with got a good talking-to by Trujillo. the first three scores of the game, and the The talk worked, as the Elkettes went Elkettes (19-5) began looking a little tentafrom a 7-all tie to a 17-13 lead, and eventutive. ally earned the victory thanks to the unstop“Since we lost to Hope Christian in pable play by Erica Rendon. She was all over September, this was definitely the hardest the floor with huge kills, big blocks and even match we’ve had, said Pojoaque coach Joey had the final three serves for points to earn Trujillo. “We dominated Lovington and Portales (in the first two rounds) but we knew the state title. Ruidoso was going to fight.” So, it was a red trophy for the Lady Ruidoso never lost the lead, but it was Warriors, but Garcia said the Lady Warriors slim until a five-point scoring stretch punctu- will be back for more, now that they’ve had a ated by a huge spike by Gonzales gave the taste of glory. Lady Warriors some breathing room. The “This team has opened the door. Our lead eventually grew to 11 points. program is going to come back,” Garcia said. They needed that space, as Pojoaque “You’ll see us back here, and we’ll be taking staged a comeback with Kristen French home a different trophy.”

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Nov. 30 season-opener against Goddard. Madigan Gonzales, Lyndsey Saenz, Chloe Whipple and Andi Harrelson have joined the team after a run at the state volleyball championship, and are joining returners Darian Magooshboy, Tylynn Smith, Daisey Cuevas and Lexi Davis from last season’s squad. All that experience is needed to win District 4-3A, something the Lady Warriors will have to do if they want to avoid seeing Portales again in the first or second round of state. “You can’t get around how tough Lovington and Portales will be, but we can compete with them,” Hood said. “We’d better. We’ve got the talent out there to do it.” Preparation for district will be a little different this year. Ruidoso has lost Roswell as a pre-district opponent, as well as Hatch, which dropped down to 2A. In Hatch’s place, Hood has scheduled a home-and-away series with Class 1A Cloudcroft. It’s a small school, but one that has some talent. Other than that, the schedule is pretty much the same, and Hood thinks it’s as good as any to prepare the Lady Warriors for district. “Also, they believe in themselves,” Hood said. “We Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press won’t have an issue with Ruidoso’s Alexa Davis keeps her focus during that.” basketball practice at Ruidoso High School. By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Expectations for last year’s Ruidoso girls basketball team were pretty high, so a loss in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament to Portales was a letdown. This year, coach Dean Hood expects his girls to do just as well, even better. “With our core players in there and some key additions, I think we’ll be in really good shape with varsity,” Hood said. The Lady Warriors only now have a full team for practice in advance of their

Lady Chiefs looking to go far By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor MESCALERO – The goal for Mescalero’s girls basketball team this season is pretty simple – win the District 7-1A title and go further in state. Sounds simple, but there’s a lot that has to happen for that to pass. The Lady Chiefs finished last season 21-9 and went 5-1 in district, losing the district tournament championship to Capitan. That loss relegated Mescalero to a No. 8 seed in the state tournament. High enough to earn a home game in the first round – which they won – but low enough to be paired with eventual state champion Melrose in the quarterfinals in Bernalillo. The district looks a bit different now, with the

addition of Cloudcroft, and rival Capitan has lost almost their entire squad to graduation. The Lady Chiefs will get to see plenty of all their district rivals in each others’ tournaments, not something that Raynor relishes. “I don’t like to show my hand, so we’ll have to have a different game plan before district stats,” Raynor said. “All the other coaches will have to do that, too.” All but two players are back for the Lady Chiefs, with Diona Chavez as one of five seniors on the squad. She’ll be joined by center Ardis Holder, Tularosa transfer Kristen Baca, Morgan Lee, Rhapsody Gaines and Heather Enjady. Sophomore Alexis Guydelkon and junior Cheralyn Lester will split time between varsity and JV.

Chavez is nursing a knee injury she suffered in last season’s state game against Melrose, an injury she had to deal with all throughout the volleyball season. “The knee is doing better, but this was the first day I’d wrapped it since practice started,” Chavez said last Wednesday. “We’ll just have to watch it closely once the season starts.” The Lady Chiefs have always made their name as an up-tempo scoring team, but Chavez reports all the running they’ve done in practice is to prepare them defensively. “Our main goal is defense wins games, not offense,” Chavez said. “We’re pushing ourselves to run to do that. We have at least an hour of running to start each practice.”

Mescalero boys back on the court By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor MESCALERO – For Mescalero’s boys basketball team, not much has changed. They’re still going to be small and fast, only this year Mike Torres hopes the Chiefs can get past the first round of the state tournament. “They got a taste of that last year,” said Torres, whose team lost to Fort Sumner in the first round of state. “Their attitude is great right now. We just have to point them in the right direction. Everyone will get a chance to play, and that’s what benefits us.” Mescalero graduated Godfrey Cordova last year. At 6-foot-2, he was the tallest player the Chiefs had, and they’ll have to rely on speed once more. “Probably the tallest we’ll ever have,” Torres said, referring to Cordova. “This year it’s about speed again. It’s an up tempo game, but it’s still about structure. We’re working on the formula.” There are plenty of players out for the

season – 28 varsity and JV players – plus six returners from last year’s squad. Seniors Tahari and Aaron Kaydahzinne, senior Dillon Perico, junior Kyle Yahnahki and sophomore Alex Kirgan were team leaders in minutes last season, with senior Damien Gamboa turning in limited time. They’ll be augmented by junior Ariel Gallerito in the paint, who isn’t exactly a giant, but will give the Chiefs a little bit of height. One down side is an injury Tahari suffered in the football season. He was still sidelined as of last week’s practice, and may be on the bench for the team’s first game at New Mexico Military Institute on Nov. 27. District 7-1A could be one of the toughest groups in the state right now, with Capitan returning a very talented squad, Hagerman always tough, and the addition of Cloudcroft to the ranks. “It’s a great district now, and we’ve got to play the best to be the best,” Torres said. “There are a lot of great teams around here, and our kids will see that and have to play at that level. We’ll get better.”

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Experienced Warriors starting season By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor The Ruidoso boys basketball team isn’t wasting any time getting started this year. They open up today with a 7 p.m. start against Class 4A power Roswell. It will be a rough start, as most of Ruidoso’s core players are still out for the football season. The Warrior gridders play their first state playoff game this Friday against Robertson, and depending on how far they get, the basketball team will miss a few players for about two weeks, according to coach Dennis Davis. “It’s about the same time that we started last year, but football is going longer now,” Davis said. “Because the two overlap, we’re not going to start quite as many kids. Still, the success of the football team is good for us.” Ruidoso is looking to return to the state tournament after falling to Sandia Prep in the first round last season. That squad was 1018 and split their District 4-3A schedule with Lovington and Portales. This year, there’s plenty of senior leadership in Davis’ fourth year as coach. That experience is what gives both the Warriors and prognosticators around the state the belief that Ruidoso will go far.

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Ruidoso’s Rylan Vega makes a layup during basketball practice at the Horton Complex. The Warriors begin the season tonight with a home game against Roswell High. “We’ll have a lot of seniors, assuming everyone comes out,” Davis said. “We’re also gaining some kids back from injury and other situations that should help us out a lot.” Joe Marquez, Ismail LaPaz and Devon Carr are definite additions from the football team, once that season ends, while cross country runners Avery Carr, Derrick Montelongo and Rylan Vega have been with the team for two-weeks’ worth of practice. Also back is Adam Ramos, who didn’t play last year with a knee injury, as are juniors Isaac Gilliland and Blayne

Maldonado. Davis thinks that once the team is all together and on the same page, the Warriors should challenge for a district title. “Skill-wise, we should be in a pretty good condition,” Davis said. “There are still some unknowns. “Both Portales and Lovington have new coaches and new people involved, so we don’t really know what they’ll look like, but we’ll have more experience and more skill at almost every position. “Still, there’s a lot of time between now and district,” he added. “We still have a lot of work to do.”

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER Tuesday Seniors team standings, week 10 of 32 Name Won Lost Smokey Bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 14 spud & the Tater Tots . . . . . . . . . 25 15 Ageless Wonders . . . . . . . . . . . . 22½ 17½ Just Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21½ 18½ The Who? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 19 Last week’s high scores handicap series – spud & the Tater Tots 2,625, smokey Bear 2,474, The Who? 2,331 handicap game – Ageless Wonders 894, Just us 817 Men’s handicap series – Larry Caywood 713, hubert Lee 643, Bob McCann 613 Men’s handicap game – Jim Clements 251, Arden eckersley 224, Tom douglas 214 Women’s handicap series – Gloria Wheeler 708, Linda Clements 650, ursula eckersley 606 Women’s handicap game – Lucy servies 267, Rose Bivens 226, sandi Meek 215 ––– Tuesday Mixed team standings, week 10 of 16 Name Won Lost No Pin Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3 Homies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Rhino Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 Living On A spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 Ebowla. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8 Ruidoso Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 9 Energy 2 Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 9 Last week’s high scores scratch series – Ruidoso Bowl 1,893, eblowla 1,473 scratch game – Rhino Rose 632, Team 7 516 handicap series – homies 2,507, No Pin Zone 2,476 handicap game – Living On A spare 862, energy 2 spare 782 Men’s scratch series – hans dubay 622, Ronnie Wright 564, Jimmy Mauritsen 503 Men’s scratch game – Tom douglas 203, Kurtis Lee 203, Max Cimarron 155 Men’s handicap series – Keith Weber 659, Tom Rheingans 653, Alan Kirgen 613 Men’s handicap game – T.J. sanders 240, J.R. Mitchell 237, Curtis Wiliamson 221 Women’s scratch series – diane Killingsworth 453, Millie Cimarron 349, Gracie Rheingans 305 Women’s scratch game – Pam Bernard 147, Mary Gillett 126, Katie 100 Women’s handicap series – Rachel Weber 619, sam McAlister 598 Women’s handicap game – diane Prouse 221, Ginger Williamson 209 ––– Wednesday Mixed team standings, week 10 of 32 Name Won Lost Team 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 2

Ruidoso U-Haul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7½ 4½ No Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7½ 4½ Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 Western Auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 6 Team 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Living energies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8 Ruidoso Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 11 Last week’s high scores Scratch series – Western Auto 2,095, Ruidoso Bowl 1,813 scratch game – Team 7 643, No doubt 635 handicap series – Team 8, 2,670, Team 6 2,519 handicap game – Ruidoso u-haul 886, Living energies 835 Men’s scratch series – Weldon Ganaway 639, Jim McGarvey 560, Tom douglas 543 Men’s scratch game – Keith Brower 212, Bob Layher 212, hans dubay, Kurtis Lee 209 Men’s handicap series – Chris Carter 682 Gene Nitz 641, Ken Brower 600 Men’s handicap game – sid Thomas 247, A.J. seidel 238, Joe shafer 209 Women’s scratch series – Linda sinclair 458, Lucy servies 438, shelley McGarvey 422 Women’s scratch game – sandi Meek 165, Kathy Kiefer 162, Pam Bernard 144 Women’s handicap series – Michelle Lopez 697, sonia Younis 673, Trina Thomas 645 Women’s handicap game – sharla Ganaway 244, Nancy seidel 237, Laura Flynn 220 ––– Thursday Men’s team standings, week 10 of 32 Name Won Lost Good Ole Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 1 Ruidoso Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 GSV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 down’s u-haul. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Western Auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Ruidoso Septic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Buckner Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 8 insidhers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 9 Last week’s high scores scratch series – Western Auto 2,908, down’s U-Haul 2,903 scratch game – GsV 1,081, insidhers 937 handicap series – Good Ole Boys 3,479, Buckner electric 3,288 Handicap game – Ruidoso Bowl 2,275, Ruidoso Septic 1,171 scratch series – Jim McGarvey 248, Kurtis Lee 635, Weldon Ganaway 609 scratch game – david hoffer 258, hans dubay 256, John Cardone 226 handicap series – Ron Buckner 754, Gene Nitz 732, John Divine 723 handicap game – efrene Gonzales 287, Keith eickholt 285, donald Yeager 281

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November 20, 2012


ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR Things to do every day

able for seniors, military and youth. Visit www. or call 575-378-4142. Annual Fall American Photography Competition & Exhibition, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, runs through March 17, 2013. The Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Photographic Society of Lincoln County are proud to present the 21st Annual Fall American Photography Competition and Exhibition. The Hubbard Museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 575-378-4142; “A Land So Strange” exhibit, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, runs through Feb. 8, 2013. An educational journey of nearly 400 years of New Mexico history. Hundreds of artifacts and images from the 16th to the 20th century tell the story of the Native Americans, the Spanish, and the EuroAmericans who created the New Mexico we experience today. Visit www.hubbardmuseum. org. Free with admission to the museum. Pillow’s Funtrackers - Open weekends and most holidays throughout the year. 101 Carrizo Canyon Road just off Sudderth. Three go-kart tracks, miniature golf, arcade, Mountain Maze,

Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs. - Mon. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. 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. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan, located on Hwy 380. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRDForestry Division. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, just east of the racetrack. The �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $6 for adults with discounts availTUESDAY NOVEMBER 20 “A Chorus Line,” Spencer Theater, 108 spencer Rd., Alto, 7 p.m. Winner of 9 Tony Awards including “Best Musical,” the New York Drama Critics Award and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “A Chorus Line” is a choreographic masterpiece about the blood, sweat and tears of dancers and their quest to be members of a faceless chorus line. The hilarious and heartbreaking drama, which takes place within an audition, features Marvin hamlisch music (“One,” “i Can do That, sing!,” “What i did for Love,” “At the Ballet”) that helped make the 1975 Broadway smash hit the second-longest-running show of all time. Pre-concert buffet at 5 p.m., $20. 575-336-4800; Tickets for performance are $56 & $59. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

and seasonal attractions such as Bumper Boats, Panning for Gemstones, Rock Climbing Wall, Extreme Air and Kiddie Bounce House. Blue Lotus Healing Arts Yoga Center – Fun that’s good for you and the family. Daily mind-body activities ranging from meditation and relaxation classes to athletic, energizing classes and Hot Yoga are scheduled throughout the day at the Yoga Center. Classes are available for all levels from beginner to advanced. Located at 2810 Sudderth Suite 207, above Schlotzsky’s. Drop-in or purchase a package of classes with tuition ranging from $13 per class for drop-in to $108 for 20 classes in one month. For more information, go to or call 575 202-8010 or 802-3013. Christmas tree permits available through Dec. 21. The Lincoln National Forest has Christmas tree permits available for $5 each, one per household, at the Lincoln National Forest Ranger Stations in Carlsbad, Cloudcroft, and Ruidoso or the Supervisor’s of�ice in Alamogordo. For more info: Smokey Bear Ranger District of�ice at 575-257-4095 or Sacramento Ranger District of�ice at 575-682-2551; detail/lincoln/home/?cid=stelprdb5336243.

fet at 5 p.m., $20. 575-336-4800; Tickets for performance are $56 & $59. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21 Farmer’s Market at SBS Wood Shavings in Glencoe from 9 to 11 a.m. The Sterilizers perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. “A Chorus Line,” Spencer Theater, 108 spencer Rd., Alto, 7 p.m. Winner of 9 Tony Awards including “Best Musical,” the New York Drama Critics Award and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “A Chorus Line” is a choreographic masterpiece about the blood, sweat and tears of dancers and their quest to be members of a faceless chorus line. The hilarious and heartbreaking drama, which takes place within an audition, features Marvin hamlisch music (“One,” “i Can do That, sing!,” “What i did for Love,” “At the Ballet”) that helped make the 1975 Broadway smash hit the second-longest-running show of all time. Pre-concert buf-

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22 Grindstone Stables Sleigh Rides, runs through Nov. 25. 523 Resort Dr. Call for your reservation today - 575-257-2241; $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, 5:30 - 7:30. Karaoke with DJ Pete Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m., every Thursday, evening. All-you-caneat taco bar from 6 - 9 p.m. Open to the public Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem dr., 6 p.m. Susan Kolb, local favorite, performs at Grace O’Malley’s, 7:30 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown

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Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23 Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 - 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 11 p.m. Terry Bullard Band performs at Cree Meadows Country Club, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday night fish fry. Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem dr., 6 p.m. Open Mic Night, Sacred Grounds, 2825 sudderth in the Boulder Plaza, 6 - 8:30 p.m. hosted by Tradd Tidwell. 575-257-2273. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem dr., 6 p.m.

The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant and Cantina, Mechem Drive, 7 - 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Ab Quintanilla Y Los Kumbia Kings, inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 8 - 10 p.m. Kumbia Kings is a Latin Grammywinning Mexican Cumbia group from Corpus Christi, Texas. Their music encompasses the styles of Cumbia, hip hop and R&B. 575464-7777; Tickets start at $25. Cadillac Kings – returning for another dancing-filled weekend! Country and classic rock, Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Toys for Tots Kumbia Kings After Party featuring Algo Nuevo, Lucy’s Mexicali Restaurant, Midtown, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sponsored by Lucy’s, Tre’s Tattoo studio, Ruidoso River Resort, KBUY/KWES Radio and holiday inn express. $7 and a toy for singles; $10 and a toy for couples. All proceeds go to benefit Ruidoso/Lincoln County Toys for Tots.

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. Cadillac Kings – returning for another dancing-filled weekend! Country and classic rock, Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Toys for Tots Kumbia Kings Pre Party featuring Algo Nuevo, Lucy’s Mexicali Restaurant, Midtown, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sponsored by Lucy’s, Tre’s Tattoo studio, Ruidoso River Resort, KBUY/KWES Radio and holiday inn express. $7 and a toy for singles; $10 and a toy for couples. All proceeds go to benefit Ruidoso/Lincoln County Toys for Tots. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24 Steve Waldorf performs at Grace O’Malley’s, 12 - 3 p.m. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 11 p.m. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 10 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem dr., 6 p.m. “Julie & Julia,” Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea house, 2825 sudderth dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. A heartwarming, truth-inspired tale starring Amy Adams as Julie Powell, who decides to spice up her uneventful life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child’s culinary classic “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” 575-257-2273; Free.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25 Christmas Tree Lighting at the inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 2 - 6 p.m. Join the inn of the Mountain Gods to kickoff the Christmas season with goodies, a Gingerbread house auction, pictures with Santa, a live choir performance and of course the tree lighting. 575-464-7777; www. Free. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY NOVEMBER 26 Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Weekly Featured Adoptable Pets Joy is a wonderful girl about 2 years old and weighs 40 pounds. She is house trained and loves to play with other dogs. Joy also loves to go for walks and is great on a leash.

Willy is 5 months old and has been in the shelter since he was a baby. He loves to play with other cats and is very friendly and social with everyone. All Willy wants for Christmas is a forever home.

To adopt one of these featured pets, contact the Humane Society of Lincoln County. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11-5 and Saturday 11-2. Location: 422 Gavilan Canyon, Ruidoso. 575-257-9841. Website:





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By Corey Bard

With Thanksgiving this week – I want to give a big thanks to all in the state of New Mexico who supported higher education and their libraries passing Bond B & C in the recent election. It is a vote of confidence that communities all over the state will continue investing in their children’s future. ENMU and the public library represent resources in Ruidoso that can allow people to better themselves and improve their ability to get a better job. With people young and elderly living on fixed incomes in Ruidoso, more and more I see the computers in the library being used for classes, applying for jobs, searching out health care information, shopping, and the usual keeping up with friends and relatives by email, Facebook, or other social media. The 2010 GO Bond replaced 16 work stations in the library, provided the software for word processing and making spreadsheets, and paid for a service maintenance agreement for the next three years. Your vote for the 2012 GO Bond is worth more than $26,000 in potential improvements that the library can put in place over the next several years. A big thank you goes out to the Friends of the Library who continue to volunteer to run the bookstore at the library. Funds from the bookstore and the annual book sale plus membership in the Friends of the Library support the phenomenal summer reading program. Over 500 children participated last summer in one of the most creative and imaginative programs put together by Cheryl Volosin, Kari Dawn Kolander and so many volunteers. The Friends have also funded our Chautauquas, original plays, and provided matching funds for grants that bring historical programming to the library. In

June we began a monthly Third Thursday Music program that has brought talented musicians to Ruidoso from Florida and Colorado plus sponsored many local performers. The Friends recently agreed to continue funding Third Thursday Music in 2013 and we hope to attract local performer Luke West, traveling Celtic performers, 3 Shillings Short, and a string quartet from The El Paso Symphony. Stay tuned. Many volunteers have helped this past year with story time, shelving books, processing books, working the circulation desks, and landscaping the garden. Our Advisory Board is also made up of volunteers from the community. Thanks to everyone for helping make this a great library and making my job run smooth. The staff is one of the most capable and professional I have worked with. A lot of what happens at the library is because Marie Slaten is making the items available to circulate. She is often busy in back, but without her, the technical processing of the collection would not happen. Many of you have met Jennifer Stubbs since we joined New Mexico Library 2 Go making e-books available. Jennifer has conducted the training sessions so you can learn to use your nook, kindle, Sony Reader, iPad, or smart phone to download from the library. We are preparing for a training session for local libraries so they too can take advantage of the e-books now offered. Jennifer writes a blog located on our website about stuff concerning the library. Sharon Stewart has been a part of program development and publicity. She tries to keep the library visible in the newspapers, heard on the radio stations, creates handouts and flier reminders and generates our monthly newsletter. Cheryl Volosin and Kari Dawn Kolander run the Children’s Department. Everyone involved in the library makes it possible to pay no attention to the director behind the curtain. The great and powerful wizard has spoken.

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Its election time, again By Eugene Heathman Editor Just when Ruidoso residents thought it was safe to breathe easy now that the national election is over, the RMS board and ENMU-Ruidoso College Board elections will be held Feb. 5, 2013 at the Ruidoso Convention Center Up for grabs on the RMS board are two board seats, one held by Board President Devin Marshal and the other by Kerry Gladden. Marshall was elected to fill a two year term in 2011 following the resignation of Rafael, ”Rifle Salas” following his being elected to serve on the Ruidoso Village Council. The term for position 4 will revert to four years in the upcoming election. Gladden’s seat will be a four-year term. Gladden was appointed to the board in 2008 follow-

ing the resignation of Danny Sisson then elected the following February. Also on the ballot is a request from the district for a property tax of $2 per $1,000 of taxable property value for projects and other budget items to take effect, if passed, in 2013 through 2018. ENMU-Ruidoso is mandated to hold the College Board election simultaneously with local school board elections. Two seats will be filled. Those living in district will be able to file their declaration for candidacy and sworn statements for one day only, Dec 18 at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Write-in candidates have until 5 p.m. on Jan. 2, to file a declaration of intent. The Lincoln County Clerk’s office will provide absentee ballot applications upon request.

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Hondo Valley Schools Veteran’s Day Program On Nov. 12, the students at Hondo Valley Public Schools held a program to honor our Veterans, past and present, at 2:00 in the gym. Ms. Nieto welcomed our visitors, and Porfiria Zinn gave a heartfelt opening prayer. The mood in the gym was somber as we all remembered those that we have lost, and those that were able to attend on this important day. The third, fourth, and fifth graders did the presentation of the flag while singing “American Soldier” by Toby Keith. Silent tears fell down the faces of many as the kids pulled the flag over their heads. Jorge Ceniceros and Kevin Chacon led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Salute to the New Mexico flag. After the flag was put away, these same students sang “Thank You Soldiers” by Michael and Angela Souders. The Kindergarten, first, and second graders sang and presented “This Land is Your Land.” This helped lighten the mood in the gym. The little ones were precious as they marched and sang to the audience. They went on to recognize the veterans and

soldiers present in the audience and presented them with handmade cards. The guest speaker was Ms. Chism of the 307th Medical Battalion, 82nd Airborn Division. Students were captivated now knowing that their own counselor played such an important part in protecting our freedom. Mr. Washnok’s eleventh grade history class recognized the soldiers from the area who are still serving in the armed forces, and Mrs. Sanchez discussed care packages that would be made and sent out to soldiers in the spring. Novelda Chavez, the mother of a fallen soldier from Hondo, Lance Corporal Steven Chavez, read a special poem to honor not only her son, but all of the other soldiers and veterans, past and present. Ending the presentation was a moment of silence. Students love this day because it gives them a chance to say thank you for the freedom that they enjoy every day, and they realize the sacrifice that so many brave men and women have made for them. Many of the students may become those brave men and women one day.

By Ashley Rose Tuner Homeschooler, Grade 6 People have always had Thanksgiving, for instance, when a war ended or a disease stopped they would have a feast. Many people incorrectly label the Pilgrim’s feast as “The First Thanksgiving”. Since the Pilgrims did not celebrate it annually on a given date, they really can not be credited for the holiday. “Far from establishing a national holiday for a nation not yet dreamed of, Jamestown colonists held a simple prayer service in gratitude for their providential rescue from starvation.” In colonial New England thanksgivings were held with some frequency in the 1630s and 1640s, proclaimed by civil authorities. In 1636 Thanksgiving Day began in Scituate as a day of prayer followed by a merry family dinner. “In ye Meetinghouse, beginning some halfe an hour before nine and continued until twelve acloke, ye day being very cold day, beginning with a short prayer, then a psalme song, then more large in prayer (a longer prayer than the first) after that an other psalme, and then the word taught (the sermon by Reverend John Lothrop), after that prayer and then a psalme then making merry to the creature (attending to creature comfort in this case a holiday meal) the poorer sort being invited of the richer.” In 1621 Puritans decided to have a feast of

thanks for a fruitful harvest. They invited the Wampanoag Indians for the kindness they had shown them. Chief Massasoit brought 90 of his warriors with him. The Puritans had corn and fowl and the Indians had brought deer they had hunted. In 1846, more than 200 years after the Pilgrim’s feast of thanks, “Sarah Josepha Hale editor of a magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book began to campaign for an annual national Thanksgiving holiday,” but notice that she was not campaigning for a day with which to celebrate the Pilgrims’ coming to what is now the United States. Before Thanksgiving was made a national holiday, the governor of each state would proclaim a day of thanks. This was especially true in the Northern states. “What Mrs. Hale wanted was an annual proclamation by the president fixing a uniform date and legal enactment of Thanksgiving as a national holiday whose observance could not be omitted by the whim of some future chief executive. And she finally found a president (Abraham Lincoln) willing to cooperate.”On Oct. 3, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed a nationwide Thanksgiving Day for the fourth Thursday of November. Now we consider Thanksgiving a day for football, turkey, and pumpkin pie and we give all the credit to the Pilgrims.

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Yin/Yang and the young athlete – A letter to a young swimmer By Sarah Crewe

A comment by one of our swimmers inspired me to write to her with the hopes of explaining what is happing with her body and mind as she grows into the athlete she is meant to be. Herein is a variation of what I wrote. This swimmer is frustrated because, after improving tremendously the past year, this year she is not seeing much improvement. She feels discouraged, frustrated, and feels like giving up. First, regarding frustration: This is normal. Kids are not miniature adults. They are both physiologically and psychologically in a constant state of development. They have to learn, often on a daily basis, to teach their ever “new” bodies how to perform. Perhaps last year an athlete had a pretty good stroke and was fast and efficient. Lo and behold this year that stroke, or dance move, or gymnastics tumble, is dysfunctional and could lead to an injury. That is not the athlete’s fault. Although frustrating, this process of getting better, falling back a step or two, and then getting better, is perfectly normal. Pre-pubescent kids in general have a low economy of motion, have a low tolerance for heat stress, and for many reasons (including their muscle fibre composition and ability to store glycogen) they rely much more on fat as fuel for their activities. They can sustain very high intensity activities for about 10 seconds to 4 minutes. This is one reason why you see kids running on the playground or in a game of soccer, for example, for short periods of time-fast. But when it is time to stop, they stop. To push kids to run or swim for very extended periods of time without stopping is questionable at best, and detrimental at worst – but that is a topic for another discussion. When young kids are learning a new sports skill, their

brain consciously controls their muscle movements and this memory pattern is recorded in their brain over time so that the movement becomes more automatic. Your child soon (or not-so-soon) looks more coordinated, and viola: Perfection. Please note: Kids develop at different rates. Just because a kid is 9 years old does not mean they are developmentally 9. Coaches instinctively know that there are 4 ages: Chronological, anatomical, biological, and athletic. This is why you may see kids of various chronological ages in the same ballet or gymnastic class for example. Some kids are athletically “older” than others at the same age. Parents: Don’t worry. And don’t blame the coach. They are doing what is best for your child. Kids will catch-up, and as we discussed earlier, change, as they age. A child athlete-prodigy at 8 may get (and often is) passed up when the other kids “grow into” their age as teenagers – but that is also a topic for another discussion. Difficult motor skills are learned most rapidly at an early age and stored in the central nervous system. This is why, if you watch any young kids learning a sport, the coach’s focus is primarily on technique and fun: Short bouts of perfection. But, when your child starts their intense growth spurts, and/or the hormonal changes accompanying puberty, guess what happens? Their brain has to reconfigure all those motor synapses. This is seen most dramatically in very technical sports such as swimming, ballet, and gymnastics, where even a slight degree of change in the distribution of body weight will drastically alter balance, and thus performance.

In puberty, the athletes’ central nervous system becomes more developed and young athletes have a larger body surface area to assist with the release of heat. They have higher levels of muscle mass, increased anaerobic capacity, and an increased ability to store carbohydrate: They are ready to go harder, longer. But, the caveat is, they also have to learn how to work within those new and improved bodies. Moreover, this learning never ceases. Perfect practice makes perfect, and since we are all human and not automatons (phew!), no matter how good, or old, an athlete is, they always need to work on technique to reinforce skills within that ever changing central nervous system: We need to train the brain and the body. This is the Yin/ Yang of sport. All swimmers (and athletes) myself included, (and I have been swimming for 46 years) have to work on their technique. Drills should be a part of every warm-up. Without fail, every year, I end up altering my stroke – due to fatigue or sheer laziness-- and find pain in my shoulder or deltoids, and have to start all over again with drills to correct my mistakes. This recently happened to me right before the Hawaii Ironman last month where I competed while enduring tremendous shoulder pain. My time in the Ironman swim was 10 minutes slower than my previous Ironman, which, for all you non-swimmers, is an eternity, even in a race lasting 12 hours. My poor stroke mechanics were the primary cause of my slow swim (nothwishstanding the beating I took from my fellow competitors). I was very frustrated, like our swimmer, and, upon finishing, contemplated quitting my sport. To be continued...

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Building the kingdom of God one person at a time

The Foursquare denomination came into being in 1922 in Oakland, California and is called such because of its four central messages. It is said to represent a complete picture of Christ. Jesus as Savior, Baptizer, Burden Bearer, and coming King, each component is represented in one square of their logo. Perry joined with the Foursquare Church and became a pastor like his dad. Perry pastored in Las Animas, Colorado, Santa Fe and Albuquerque before heading south. “In 1981 God told me to go to Capitan. God said, ‘I’ll send revival and I want you to be there.’ It’s been 31 years and we’re still walking toward that goal,” says Perry. “Our church is family. We teach strictly God’s word. We have no written doctrine but the Bible.” Married to Glenda Huey, her family’s roots go back to homesteading days in the Capitan area. “Glenda set her sights on me 20 years before we were married,” Perry Sue Hutchison/Ruidoso Free Press smiles. “She’s been my greatest strength,” he says. They’ve Pastor Harold Perry. shared in the process of birthing Capitan Foursquare Church take a paycheck from the church. Perry reports 1200 converwhile Glenda’s career has helped to support their ministry. Glenda worked at Lincoln County Medical Center as an aide, sions in ten years in Carrizozo’s detention center alone and feels his ministry to incarcerated people is a mainstay. “My in records and as an administrative secretary for more than detention ministry is what keeps me going,” he says. 25 years. “I emphasize relationships not religion,” Perry says. “In Perry’s passion is working with those who are incarcermy (prison) classes, I always tell everyone when they’re reated. He reports he’s been a prison chaplain or mailed Bible studies to prisons in Florida, California, Texas, Arizona leased from here go home and go to church with your family. Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Mexico both federal and I want to grow relationships with those I help.” state prisons. “I mail more Perry continues to wait on God for revival. “We accept than 400 packets a month, people regardless of what wrong they have done because and we’re supported by they are the ones who need help. Jesus came to minister to earmarked donations. We try the lost.” to make up the difference,” To find service times or speak with Perry, phone 575smiles Perry who lives on 354-9117. Capitan Foursquare Church is located at 547 Charles Clary a fixed income and doesn’t Highway 48, south of Capitan. We come to the time of the year when we celebrate Thanksgiving. We give thanks for food, family, football, and friends. We give thanks for our nation, our neighbors, and the natural resources that have given us prosperity, provision, and peace. But, as my family gathers, we will be celebrating the above plus the four great grandchildren born in the last few months. As we gather, we spend a time of testimony of God’s blessings over the past year. We have had babies born, couples married, family relocations, job changes, and other blessings. We have had physical problems, surgeries, dialysis, by passes and stints, We have had marital issues, financial struggles, and heart breaks. But, in all this, we come together to give God thanks for His watch care as He has brought us through the difficult times of the past year. As we gather, there is a sense of the presence of God in our lives and a sharing of grateful hearts. New families created, new babies born, new victories won. It is a time of family reunion and celebration. We have a time of sharing that helps us know how to pray for one another. There are about ninety of us who gather for our family time of Thanksgiving. I must confess that there is food, football, food, football, food, football. There is food in the dining hall, football on the TV and real life touch football on the field, There are new babies to be held and loved. There are pictures to be taken. There are table CHURCH SERVICES games to be played. Sunday School 9:45 AM One big family, getting together with Thanksgiving to God for all of life’s blessings, all Morning Worship 10:45 AM of life’s struggles, and all the members of our ever growing family. Now, we all have different Sunday Night 6:00 PM Listen or Download FREE situations in our lives. So I ask you to count your many blessings. Take time to give God Wednesday Night 7:00 PM thanks. This may have been a very difficult year for you and yours, but there are still some things for which you can be thankful. If you had a difficult year, you can, at least, thank God that it is over. Don’t live in the past! Live in the day, every moment. Don’t waste a minute of it. 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By Sue Hutchison Reporter Decades ago, the Huey family used to own an Army barracks across from Capitan’s cemetery. “It was so bad we could see between the cracks,” remembers Harold W. Perry, pastor of the Foursquare Church in Capitan. It was home for the church when it began in the early 1980’s, according to Perry. “We started the church May 31, 1981 with 14 people,” he said. He’s pastored the church since. A builder and contractor as well as minister, “we went inside and put in new walls and covered them with plastic and sheet rock. We added a ceiling so we could have services in the winter,” recalls Perry of the original site. The church worships now at their permanent location on Highway 48 south of Capitan. Born into a pastor’s family in Hagerman, New Mexico, Perry’s father belonged to the Assemblies of God church. With his dad eventually pastoring several churches, traveling in ministry trips to Tularosa and Lincoln County were common. Perry remembers some of the history of this area. “The Downs was first called Palo Verde, which means green tree, and it was called Greentree for a while. When the track came it offered $14,000 to the town to change its name to Ruidoso Downs,” says Perry who remembers the Assemblies of God purchased property there in 1960.

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ANGLICAN Mescalero Family Worship Center Gary Dorsey, Pastor; 464-4741 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Carrizozo Community Church (AlG) Barbara Bradley, Pastor. Corner of C Ave. & Thirteenth One Church Pastor Todd Carter. 139 El Paso Road, Ruidoso. 257-2324. BAPTIST Canaan Trail Baptist Roland Burnett, Pastor; Located just past milepost 14 on Hwy. 48, between Angus & Capitan. 336-1979 First Baptist Church - Carrizozo; 314 Tenth Ave., Carrizozo. 648-2968; Hayden Smith, Pastor First Baptist Church - Ruidoso; 270 Country Club Drive, Ruidoso,NM 88345. 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, 973-0560, Pastor Zach Malott Mountain Baptist Church Independent-Fundamental KJV. 145 E. Grandview Capitan. 937-4019 Ruidoso Baptist Church Wayne Joyce, Pastor; 126 Church Drive, Palmer Gateway. 378-4174 Trinity Southern Baptist Church (south on Highway 48) 700 Mt. Capitan Rd. 354-2044. Mel Gnatkowski, Pastor 808-0607 BAHA’I FAITH Baha’i Faith 257-8857 or 258-5595 BUDDHIST Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra George Brown; 257-1569 CATHOLIC Saint Eleanor Catholic Church 120 Junction Road, Ruidoso, 257-2330. Reverend AI Galvan Saint Theresa Catholic Church Corona. Sunday Mass: 6 p.m. 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 243 Birch, Carrizozo. 648-2853. Father Franklin Eichhorst CHRISTIAN Christian Community Church

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127 Rio Corner w/Eagle, Mid-town. For more information call: 378-7076 First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Rev. Ryan Arnold; 1211 Hull at Gavilan Canyon Road, 258-4250 Carrizo Christian Fellowship Leonard Kanesewah Ill, Pastor. 56 White Mt. Dr., 3 mi. W of Inn of the Mountain Gods Mescalero. 464-4656 CHURCH OF CHRIST Gateway Church of Christ 415 Sudderth, Ruidoso, 257-4381. John Duncan, Minister Church of Christ - Capitan Highway 48. Joshua Watkins, Minister CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LDS Church of Jesus Christ LDS Ruidoso Ward, 1091 Mechem Bishop Melvin Jenson, 258-1253 Church of Jesus Christ LDS Mescalero Branch, Mormon Missionaries 317-2375 EPISCOPAL Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount 121 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso. Rev. Judith Burgess Rector 257-2356. Website: www. St. Anne’s Episcopal Chapel in Glencoe Episcopal Chapel of San Juan in Lincoln St. Matthias Episcopal Chapel Carrizozo, 6th & E Street FOURSQUARE Capitan Foresquare Church Hwy 48, Capitan. Harold W. Perry, Pastor EVANGELICAL The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 1035 Mechem Dr. 802-5242 FULL GOSPEL Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship Int’l K-Bob’s Hwy. 70 in Ruidoso. Ron Rice, 3540255, e-mail Mission Fountain of Living Water San Patricio JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Jehovah’s Witness - Ruidoso Kingdom Hall 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 257-7714 Congregacion Hispana de los Testigos de Jehova 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 378-7095 LUTHERAN Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 258-4191; 1120 Hull Road. Pastor Thomas Schoech. METHODIST Community United Methodist Church Junction Road, behind Wells Fargo Bank. 257-4170

Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in Capitan. 648-2846 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor NAZARENE Angus Church of the Nazarene Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336-8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor QUAKER Quaker Worship Group Unprogrammed meeting at the AndersonFreeman Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details of this and other Quaker activities contact Sandra Smith at 653-4951 PENTECOSTAL Apostolic Pentecostal Assembly Retired Pastor and author Harry A. Peyton Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Ruidoso 613 Sudderth Dr. Unit D. Pastor, Art Dunn, Youth Pastor, Nathaniel Dunn. Free home Bible studies PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 101 Sutton Drive (Nob Hill), Ruidoso, 2572220. Tony Chambless, Pastor Ancho Community Presbyterian Church; Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Corona United Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Nogal Presbyterian Church Reverend E.W. “Bo” Lewis REFORMED CHURCH Mescalero Reformed Mescalero. Bob Schut, Pastor SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Ruidoso Seventh Day Adventist 207 Parkway, Agua Fria, Ruidoso Downs, 378-4161. Pastor Andrew Spooner 4378916; 1st Elder Manuel Maya 937-4487 SPANISH SERVICES Iglesia del Nazareno Angus Church, 12 mi north of Ruidoso on Hwy 48. Marcho Sanchez, Pastor. 336-8032 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for location NON-DENOMINATIONAL American Missionary Fellowship Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel; 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915. Pastor John Marshall Casa de Oracion Comunidad Cristiana Ruidoso 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345. 257-6075. Pastor: Carlos & Gabby Carreon. *All Services are Bilingual* -

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November 20, 2012

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Choosing gratitude

Leslie Sagara-Yoshimura & Sean Keller

Leslie SagaraYoshimura and Sean Keller were married on Oct. 20, at the Sanctuary on the River. The Reverend Ryan Arnold of First Christian Church conducted the ceremony. Following the reception, a private dinner gathering of the bridal party and family was held at the Buttery in Midtown. The bride is a practicing doctor and professor from Tokyo, Japan who moved to Ruidoso this past year. The bridegroom is a wildland firefighter with Smokey Bear Ranger Station. The couple were childhood best

friends, both having grown up in Seattle, where they remained close throughout their childhood. Reunited last year as adults, the years apart, living very different lives, quickly faded away. Local and long time family members and friends gathered together to celebrate the reuniting of this loving couple who have shared decades already together and look forward to those to come. The couple wishes to send their loving thanks to everyone that joined in, in making this day so very special.


Emma Gail Rank Geer • 8/15 - 11/4/2012

On Sunday Nov. 4, two and a half month old Emma Gail Rank Geer passed away in her sleep. My Guardian Angel, you will forever be loved and missed by your family. You influenced so many lives and I have learned so much from you in the short amount of time you were here. I will be so excited for the day we meet again and I can hold you in my arms.


You will live in our hearts for eternity. Like the lotus flower beautiful things grow in the dark. We all love you and miss you. — Mommy, Daddy, Keegan, Mema and Papa A memorial account at Wells Fargo 6455634193 has been established to help Jayci bring her baby home and give her a final resting place. Contact Sara Whittaker at 575-418-5650 for information.

“A grateful mind is a great mind.” — Rev. William Secker

our faces on the journey from Auschwitz to a Bavarian camp as we beheld the mountains of Salzburg “I have often thought with their summits glowit would be a blessing if ing in the sunset, through each human being were the little barred windows stricken blind and deaf for of our prison carriage, he a few days at some time would never have believed during his early adult life. that those were the faces It would make him more of men who had given up appreciative of sight and all hope of life and liberty. the joys of sound.” Despite that factor – or James D. Martin — Helen Keller maybe because of it – we were carried away by nature’s beauty, The famous stress researcher Hans which we had missed for so long.” Seyle claims that two attitudes more Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s devothan any other influence the quality of tional book, “Springs in the Valley” tells everyday life, and on these two emoof a man who found a barn where Satan tions “depend our peace of mind, our kept his seeds ready to be sown in the feelings of security or insecurity, of human heart. He found that the seeds of fulfillment or frustration, in short, the discouragement were more numerous extent to which we can make a sucthan the others and he learned that those cess of life.” The most destructive seeds could be made to grow almost emotion is revenge. In contrast Seyle anywhere. But when Satan was quessays, “Among all emotions there is one tioned, he reluctantly admitted that there which, more than any other, accounts was one place in which he could never for the absence or presence of stress in get them to thrive. “And where is that?” human relations: that is the feeling of asked the man. Satan replied sadly, “In gratitude.” the heart of a grateful person.” Victor Frankl was imprisoned in a Nazi death camp and discovered that James D. Martin is the program the one thing they couldn’t take from manager of the Heritage Program for him was his freedom to choose his own Senior Adults at the Lincoln County thoughts. During great deprivation and Medical Center. Heritage is a program imprisonment he learned the art of bedesigned to improve the quality of life ing thankful and to count his blessings. for the older adult. Confidential screenIn one especially poignant paraings are available by appointment. If graph, he wrote: “If someone had seen interested please call 575-257-6283.


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120 LEGAL NOTICES TWELFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF LINCOLN STATE OF NEW MEXICO ALTO LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, INC., a New Mexico corporation, Plaintiff, vs. DALLAS DRAPER and ROBYN DRAPER, husband and wife, and TAXATION AND REVENUE DEPT., STATE OF NEW MEXICO, Defendants. CV 2012-00262 Div. III NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE UNDER FORECLOSURE JUDGMENT NOTICE is hereby given that under and by virtue of Judgment of Foreclosure entered by the District Court of Lincoln County, New Mexico on October 31, 2012 in civil cause number CV 2012-00262, the undersigned will offer for public sale to the highest bidder for cash at the front entrance of the Ruidoso Municipal Building, 313 Cree Meadows Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico on the 21st day of December, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., all rights of the Defendants to the following described real and personal property located in Lincoln County, New Mexico; Lot 96, DEER PARK VALLEY SUBDIVISION, Unit 4, Lincoln County, New Mexico, as shown by the plat thereof filed in the office of the County Clerk and Ex-officio Recorder of Lincoln County on November 12, 1968 in Tube No. 328; (hereinafter referred to as “the Property”). Notice is further given that the court directed foreclosure of the lien on the Property and that the amounts to be realized at said sale from the Property, with interest calculated to date of sale, are as follows: Amount of Plaintiff ’s Judgment......................$2,959.61 Interest to date of Sale .......$34.46 Court Costs: ......................$553.75 Attorney Fees ................$2,329.15 In addition thereto there will be accruing interest, and costs of publication of this Notice, and the Special Master’s Fee fixed by the Court in the amount of $250.00. The terms of this sale are that the purchaser must pay cash at the time the Property is struck off to him, except that the Plaintiff may bid all or any part of its judgment, plus interest without paying cash. Witness my hand this 2nd day of November, 2012. /s/ Jennifer Miller Jennifer Miller Special Master VILLAGE OF RUIDOSO NOTICE OF CANCELATION OF A REGULAR MEETING Notice is hereby given that the Governing Body of the Village of Ruidoso has canceled the regularly scheduled meeting of November 27, 2012. The next regularly scheduled meeting is December 11, 2012. The regular meetings are held at the Village of Ruidoso Administrative Offices, 313 Cree Meadows Drive, Ruidoso. The regular meetings begin at 3:00 p.m. Meetings of the Village of Ruidoso Governing Body are open to the








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We look forward to meeting you! public. If you have questions or need to request a copy of the agenda, please contact Irma Devine, Village Clerk, 313 Cree Meadows Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345; Telephone: (575) 258-4343, Ext. 1002; E-Mail: Irma Devine, CMC Municipal Clerk VILLAGE OF RUIDOSO

will begin at 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the public meeting is to consider case #PL&FP20122006 a Subdivision Request for the following property: 614 Excaliber Lot 15A, Block 1, Camelot Mountain Tract By order of the Planning Commission Shawn Fort Building Official



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Governing Body of the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico will hold a public hearing in conjunction with the regularly scheduled meeting on December 11, 2012, beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building of the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico. The public hearing is concerning the approval of a Transfer of Ownership Liquor License. The State of New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department Alcohol and Gaming Division has given preliminary approval of this license.

The Ruidoso Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting scheduled on December 4th, 2012 at Village Hall, 313 Cree Meadows Drive. The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider case #PV20121967 a Variance Request for the following property:

The name of the applicant is Valda Fletcher, whose address is 2823 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345, to be used at the business known as The Ranchers, located at 2823 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, New Mexico, 88345. Comments or inquiries should be directed to the Village Clerk, Irma Devine, 313 Cree Meadows Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345, (575) 258-4343, Ext. 1002 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. VILLAGE OF RUIDOSO BY: /S/ Irma Devine, CMC Municipal Clerk ALTO LAKES SPECIAL ZONING DISTRICT - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Notice is hereby given that the Alto Lakes Special Zoning District will hold a public hearing on December 6, 2012, during its regular meeting which begins at 9:00am in the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club Clubhouse to hear public testimony and vote on the application of Anderson for the granting of a Variance applicable to the property located at DPW, Unit 6, Lot/Tract 168A commonly known as 103 Porcupine Ct. Alto, NM. LEGAL NOTICE The Ruidoso Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at its regular meeting scheduled on December 4th, 2012 at Village Hall, 313 Cree Meadows Drive. The meeting

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140 GENERAL HELP WANTED NEED SOMEONE to do light houskeeping and assisting my wife. She walks behind a walker and needs help with her wheelchair. Hours would be 8-12 Monday - Saturday. Call 806-893-2020 GREAT WALL OF CHINA Restaurant is accepting Applications for host/ hostess. Please apply in person at 2913 Sudderth Drive. LIVE-WORK-PARTY-PLAY! Hiring 18-24 girls/guys. $400-$800 wkly. PAID expenses. Signing Bonus. Energetic & fun? 1-800-250-8975 AIRLINES ARE HIRING - Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-206-4704

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DENTAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES-Ruidoso, NM. Seeking qualified an experienced Dental Assistants. Radiology Certified helpful. We WILL train the right person. Must have vast computer experience/ knowledge and like working with children. Please fax resume to, Attn: Laura 575-257-0249. DENTAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES-Ruiodoso, NM. Seeking qualified and experienced front office Medical Administrator. Must have experience working in a medical office, computer literate and like working with children. Please fax resume to, Attn: Laura 575-257-0249. THE RUIDOSO PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC is looking for a part time medical transcriptionist and a full/ part-time Clinic Represntative/PR with excellent people skills to help our business grow. Must be hard working, focused and professional with a verifiable history of getting things done. Non smoker. Apply at 439 Mechem Dr. 575-258-1800

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145 WORK WANTED GENERAL HANDYMAN for hire. Tile, wood flooring, flagstone and landscaping. No job is too big or too small 575-937-1927

THE CITY OF RUIDOSO DOWNS is accepting applications for the position of Full Time Street Maintenance Worker. Starting pay $10.62hr with Full Benefit package. EEOE. For complete job description and application visit City Hall at 123 Downs Drive, NM, call 575-378-4422 or email us at



323 HEATH DRIVE – FURN 3 BDR, 2 (3/4) BA (showers only) with knotty pine walls & wood floors. Approx. 1337 sq.ft. $975/ Mo + utilities.


105 KEYES DRIVE #A-2 – UNF 2 BDR, 2 BA with appliances and W/D. Approx. 1100 sq.ft. $800/ Mo + utilities. WHISPERING BLUFF #207 – FURN 2 BDR, 2 1/2 BA. Approx. 1152 sq.ft. $750/Mo + utilities, water included. (Available January 15) 406 SUNNY SLOPE #3 – FURN 2 BDR, 1 1/2 BA. $1100/Mo includes utilities. (Available January 4)


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2900 SUDDERTH DRIVE – Large building at the corner of Sudderth & Mechem with many potential uses. Come take a look. 419 MECHEM DRIVE – Approx. 1100 sq.ft. Come take a look. $650/Mo + utilities. 2213 SUDDERTH DRIVE – Large retail space in the heart of Midtown with additional parking! Could also be used as residential or office space as well as retail space. Possible tenant improvements. So many options. Approx. 2018 sq ft. $1800/Mo + utilities.

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225 MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 1 BEDROOM PARK MODEL UNIT. Centrally located. $525/ $350. References and lease required. 575-2570872.

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

481 PARADISE CANYON – FURN 3 BDR, 2 BA with log siding & a great deck. Approx. 1760 sq.ft. $1600/Mo includes utilities.

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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 1750 SQUARE FEET, best location,

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Ruidoso Free Press

November 20, 2012

Ruidoso Free Press, November 20, 2012  
Ruidoso Free Press, November 20, 2012  

The November 20, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln C...