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happening October 27

Ski Run Road Challenge

Run, watch or cheer on the participants in the annual 9.2m run (solo or team relay) and 3m fun run. Sanctioned by USA Track & Field. Proceeds benefit the Ski Apache Adaptive Skier Program. Late registration 6:30 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Creek Sports Complex (Hwy 48 and 532). 257-9507, Registration fees.

Ruidoso Legal Fair

Free consultations with attorneys to discuss: divorce, child support, wills, power of attorney, health care directives, guardianships, public benefits, bankruptcy and foreclosure, creditor/debtor concerns, landlord/tenant issues. Bilingual. Presented by the 12th Judicial District Local Pro Bono Committee and NM Legal Aid. Ruidoso Senior Center, 501 Sudderth Drive. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free.

Halloween events October 27 Nob Hill Fall Fest

Family fun with festival booths – Bingo, engraving, face painting, jumping balloons, food court, costume contest, and silent auction. Ruidoso Convention Center, 3 - 7 p.m. 575-257-9041. Booth tickets 25 cents each.

‘Club Dead’ at IMG

Enjoy the scariest Saturday night featuring a DJ and costume contest with prizes for the scariest, funniest, sexiest, most original and best overall costumes. Must be 21 years or older. Masks or fully painted faces prohibited in the casino. 8 p.m., 575-464-7777, $20.

October 28

Trick or Trunk

Children birth through fifth grade and their families are welcome for this joint event between St. Eleanor’s Catholic Church and Community United Methodist Church. Come in costume and trick or treat from car to decorated car in a safe, family atmosphere. 120 Junction Road. 4 - 6 p.m. Free.

October 31

Midtown Trick or Treat

Trick or treat through Midtown with select shops providing goodies for young families. 3 p.m.

October 28

Annual Empty Bowl event

Benefiting Help End Abuse for Life (HEAL) & Nest Domestic Violence Shelter, attendees will vote for their favorite soup, plus receive a hand crafted bowl filled with their favorite soup, breads, and cookies, live entertainment and silent auction. 4 - 7 p.m. 2714 Sudderth Drive. 378-6378, $15.

October 30

Brisket and Bingo at RMS

Support Ruidoso Middle School’s Ag, Mechanics and Culinary Arts programs with a brisket dinner $7 and desserts for $1 plus Bingo cards for $1 or 12 for $10. Ruidoso Middle School, 5:30 to 8 p.m. 630-7800.

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Ruidoso showcased on national airwaves

Mexico, most recently the Little Bear Fire in Lincoln County, the most destructive fire in the state’s history. Hedgecock’s radio show naturally touched on key presidential politics but continually reverted to forest management and the need for better relationships between the public and private sector, using tribal land management as examples of responsible forest management several times. The Roger Hedgecock Show see ruidoso, pg 3

By Eugene Heathman Editor As part of a week filled with land use conferences and politics, nationally syndicated conservative talk show host Roger Hedgecock broadcast his radio show live from The Quarters Saloon and Grill Friday before a packed house. High profile local politicians shared their mission to propose better public land management in the wake of massive and devastating wildfires that plague New

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Conservative radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock,right, and Congressman Steve Pearce discuss changes needed in forest management policies during a live broadcast from The Quarters Friday.

Mescalero opens fitness trail to public

By Eugene Heathman Editor The Mescalero Apache Tribe in a movement to promote healthy lifestyles constructed a paved, 5k multi use trail that begins at the upper parking lot behind the Inn of the Mountain Gods to Highway 70. The official groundbreaking was held Saturday in conjunction with a health fair and fun walk held for Breast Cancer Awareness. Roads and Transportation Program Manager Alfredo ‘Freddie’ Pacheco hailed the trail, which was entirely funded by the Mescalero Apache Tribe, as a designated place for tribal members and the general public to embrace and participate in exercise programs. “Even when the trail was just dirt in the construction phases, people were walking on it. There has been an incredible amount of positive feedback from everyone. This is a beautiful trail and we’re happy to provide it to the community,” Pacheco said. The trail took several years to develop from inception to the ribbon cutting and Pacheco says it was worth the wait. The Ruidoso Valley Greeters conducted the ribbon cutting before a crowd of anxious walkers and with the help of tribal members involved with the project. The fun walk immediately followed the ceremony featuring tribal and local breast cancer survivors and supporters of healthy living. Pacheco emphasized the trail which is marked and includes fitness stations is open to everyone.

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The Ruidoso Valley Greeters performed the ribbon cutting for a new 5k, 3.5 mile trail for tribal and public use Saturday. At right, trail walkers ascend the first hill of the 5k trail winding through the mountains of the Mescalero Apache reservation near the Inn of the Mountain Gods.

Alto Lakes, Greentree at odds over waste disposal By Sue Hutchison Reporter Minimizing costs and maximizing service is the goal of Alto Lakes Water and Sanitation District, according to a letter sent to Lincoln County commissioners from the district dated Oct. 18. The district has found another source of solid waste disposal which reduces the district’s costs by 46 percent over Greentree Solid Waste’s fees. Sierra Contracting will begin operating the disposal station using their own equipment and haul off waste for Alto residents after the GSWA contract ends in Nov. 2012. “I don’t know what their full plans are. We gave them options. We went back six times and they turned down all six,” said Debra Ingle, Greentree Solid Waste Authority director. According to correspondence since mid-year between Alto Lakes Water and Sanitation District and Greentree Solid Waste Authority, an impasse has been reached. Earl Adamy, board chair of Alto Lakes Water and Sanitation District expressed his dismay when the district tried to remediate the issue with little result. In a letter dated Aug. 15, Adamy

wrote: “This spring at my request, District Manager Edington made inquiries to Supervisor Ingle regarding the Authority’s interest in extending or renewing the lease. We had no response to these inquiries other than the Authority would not be likely to extend the lease under the existing terms.” Greentree will lose more than 25 percent of their business when the pull-out occurs, according to Ingle. Ten Greentree full- or part-time employees have already been apprised of the situation with the outcome of job loss. Revenue for the Authority will take a significant hit. Add into the mix the more than $4 million debt Greentree is holding due to improving facilities and equipment, Greentree is looking at making big adjustments to survive. “We haven’t raised our residential rates in five years,” said Ingle. With this loss of Alto Lakes and loss of revenue for more than 200 billable homes which were burned in the fire, rates are under the microscope these days. In an interview with the Ruidoso Free Press, Adamy says financial figures he was provided from recent GSWA’s records

say otherwise. “According to the financial statement we were provided, 9.75 percent of Greentree’s total revenue is provided by Alto residents,” says Adamy. “The district board is mindful of its responsibilities to district residents to minimize costs and there was no way that it could justify continued service from Greentree,” said Adamy in his letter to the commission. “The district board, at its Sept. 27 regular meeting decided to assume management and operational responsibility for the station upon expiration of the Authority’s lease agreement at the end of November. The board has awarded a hauling and disposal contract for household, bulk, recycled and green waste to Sierra Contracting and the board has approved the capital expenditures required to effect the desired changes in operation.” Commissioners and Ingle discussed the issue of Alto residents using other dump sites for personal trash disposal. Part-time Alto residents frequently take their trash with them as they leave to go home, finding a dumpster alongside the road to deposit their trash, according to Ingle. Ingle knows regardless of what agree-



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ments are reached on paper between the two entities, Greentree will still handle some of Alto’s trash, one way or another. Adamy said the district residents were contacted and advised to use the district containers for all waste and that GSWA containers were prohibited. Alan Morel, county attorney recalls resolution 2005-05. “The Authority pledged revenues, the participants pledged revenues. The debt was incurred while Alto was a part of the county, an unincorporated part still,” said Morel. Commissioners recommended planning a meeting with all entities to discuss the situation fully. Morel attempted to meet with both sides Thurs, Oct. 18 but the meeting was cancelled. “We reached the point where we will no longer deal with Supervisor Ingle,” said Adamy. “We had our attorney, Angie Schneider phone Alan Morel quite a few weeks ago to have further discussion. Morel gave Schneider some background, but indicated we had the power of the state to operate (our disposal site).” “Hopefully by next (commission) meeting we’ll know more,” said Jackie Powell, commission chair.


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October 23, 2012

Community Calendar FOMA fundraiser Come eat at Schlotsky’s for dinner this evening to raise funds for Friends of Music Appreciation. Fifteen percent of sales will go to the Ruidoso High School band as part of their effort to get to Anaheim, Calif. to compete in the World Strides Heritage Performance April 4-7.

Early voting Early voting for this year’s elections has begun. Citizens can cast their votes at the Ruidoso Senior Center or at the Lincoln County Clerk’s office in Carrizozo. Early voting ends Nov. 3, three days before election day on Nov. 6.

Medicare survival The first of three Medicare survival seminars will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Ruidoso Public Library. Come to the seminar to learn what is and is not covered, the difference between a Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage Plan, how Medicare Part D works and what type of protection you have from the high costs of long-term illness. There will also seminars at Otero Electric in Carrizozo at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, and at the Carrizozo Senior Center, Nov. 5, at noon. For more information, call Fran Altieri at 973-0571.

Trick or Trunk Children birth through fifth grade – and their families – are welcome at this year’s Trick or Trunk, a joint Halloween event between St. Eleanor’s and Community United Methodist Church. This year’s event will be this Sunday in the churches’ shared parking lot at 120 Junction Rd. from 4 to 6 p.m. Come in costume and trickor-treat from car to decorated car in a safe and family atmosphere.

Wildland Interface The Greater Ruidoso Wildland Urban Interface group will meet Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. in the Ruidoso Convention Center. The next Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition meeting will be Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Ruidoso Village Hall. For more information, visit the LBFRC’s website at www., or their Facebook page at groups/LBFRC.

The Tempest

Ruidoso High School’s Red Feather Theatre Company will present all five acts of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Nov. 1-3 at the Ruidoso School’s Performing Arts Center. Forgiveness and reconciliation is a major theme throughout, with an array of characters including a sorcerer, monster, prince power hungry royalty, drunken mariners, goddesses and magical spirits. This was Shakespeare’s last play, an eloquent farewell to the public

and stage. Show times are 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets at $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For reservations, call 630-7945. Tickets can also be purchased at Golden Yarn, Can’t Stop Smokin’, Zocca Coffee and the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce.

Lone Tree auction Join Fort Lone Tree Camp near Capitan for its annual silent and live auction on Nov. 11 from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and include great food and atmosphere. Call 575-354-3322 or visit for more information.

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. For more information, call 8083267 or visit

Low-cost yoga A low-cost community yoga class for beginners and intermediate students is held every Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Blue Lotus Healing Arts Center, 2810 Sudderth in room 207 above Schlotzsky’s. Room temperature is warm, so wear layered clothing and bring water. Mats and props are provided. Call Marianne Mohr at 575-802-3013 for more information. 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 8025293. The Arid Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1216 Mechem at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. daily; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. 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 4309502.

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.

energy, strength and health, 11 a.m.-noon. Available daily by appointment: Licensed massage therapy with Sandra Gussett. For more information, call 6301111.

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

The Kiwanis Club of Ruidoso meets every Tuesday at noon at K-Bobs.

The Democratic Women of the Sacramento Mountain Area meet the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at Cree Meadows Country Club at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 257-4160 or visit The Federated Woman’s Club of Ruidoso, supporting community service organizations and providing scholarships, meets Mondays at 11 a.m. at 116 S. Evergreen Dr. A pot luck lunch at noon is followed by bridge and other card games. A special program is also presented most months. The group and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309. 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. Inspired Living at Sanctuary on the River is held every week from Tuesday through Thursday with various disciplines offered. Tuesday – Iyengar Yoga in the conservatory, intermediate 10 a.m.-noon, gentle 4-5 p.m., beginner/mixed 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday – Tai Chi. Develop balance, flexibility and movement, 11 a.m.-noon Lunch and Learn with Dr. Sandra Lewis-Davis, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Organic lunch provided by Wild Herb, $15 per person. The Wish Experience, Manifesting Your Destiny. 5:307:30 p.m. $20 per person and space is limited. Held the first Wednesday of the month. Thursday – Qi Gong. Cultivate

The Lincoln County Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Otero County Electric co-op, on Highway 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The Garden Club’s purpose is to encourage community beautification and conservation, and to educate members in the arts and sciences of horticulture. For more information, call 973-2890. The Lincoln County 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. The Lincoln County Community Theater meets the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come. Call 808-0051 for the meeting location, or visit www. 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 par-


ticipate or watch the action. During the shooting matches, all other shooting is suspended. For more information, call Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at 937-9297. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo on Highway 54. For more information, visit or call 575-512-7077. Optimist Club meets at noon every Wednesday at K-Bobs. The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the 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. Ruidoso Evening Lions Club meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 106 S. Overlook. Ruidoso Gambling Support meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:45 p.m. in the Lincoln Tower at 1096 Mechem Dr., Suite 212. For more information, call 575464-7106. Ruidoso Home Care and Hospice offers bereavement and grief support groups for those


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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 575336-4187. 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 Cree Meadows Country Club, 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


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Robert Shepperd - Sheriff

Stirling Spencer - Probate Judge

Paul Baca - Assessor

Preston Stone - Commissioner D1

Dallas Draper - Commissioner D3

Miles Henisee - NM Court Appeals

Diana Martwick - District Attorney

Bill Burt - NM Senate D33

Aubrey Dunn - NM Senate D39

Zach Cook - NM House D56

Nora Espinoza - NM House D59

Heather Wilson - US NM Senate

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October 23, 2012


LOC AL GOVERNMENT Lincoln County Commission Item Avalon Forest subdivision final plat approval.

Carrizozo Senior Center building.

Infrastructure Capitan Improvement Plan amendments.

Hiring a temporary project manager/consultant to manage FEMA related activities.

Additional Sole Community Provider funds.

County Manager contract review.

What it’s about The plat’s original approval was granted more than five years ago and the developer has met the standards set forth (see commission briefs for more detail). The facility may need to increase in size, from 3,700 square feet to 5,000 square feet. The extra space would accommodate a growing senior population in Lincoln County. The county is submitting four priorities to the state legislature for funding assistance. Bonito Road was added with the possibility of using FEMA funds to take it to a base course until reservoir stabilization occurs. Nita Taylor, county manager, will look for a person who has local knowledge and is able to work with FEMA to expedite paperwork and filing issues. The commission will hear from the Lincoln County Medical Center in subsequent meetings to find out how much is still available at a two-for-one federal match for funding issues. Commissioner Tom Battin suggested not making a decision until LCMC has and opportunity to present current finding. Commissioners discussed Nita Taylor’s contract with doubts about the availability of funds to offer her a raise. Kathryn Minter and Tom Battin suggested a committee to study area compensation packages for managers and give a report at December’s commission meeting, with the idea that Taylor’s contract be renewed at her current rate of compensation.

How they voted Passed 4-1, with Jackie Powell dissenting.

Passed unanimously, with Tom Battin including the new square footage as part of the motion.

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Passed unanimously.

Fans of conservative radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock packed The Quarters Saloon and Grill Friday to focus on responsible forest management and national political issues. RUIDOSO from pg. 1

Motion to grant Taylor the right to hire a temporary project manager until the end of the fiscal year – not to exceed a $50,000 salary – passed unanimously.

None required.

Motion to renew Taylor’s contract and create a compensation study committee approved unanimously.

see county commission briefs, pg 7

was syndicated nationally in 2009 and now the power and popularity of his show is broadcast from 3 - 6 p.m. weekday afternoons. Bringing the show to multiple platforms for his national audience will make it the first of its kind coming from the west coast. Roger Hedgecock’s popularity has long made him a media favorite well beyond his Southern California base. Prior to being nationally syndicated, Roger served as the No. 1 guest host for Rush Limbaugh for almost 10 years. Roger is frequently featured on Fox News and CNN as well as on C-Span’s “Washington Journal.” While he enjoys high audience ratings as a talk-show host, he is clearly a man of action who frequently goes far beyond just talking about the issues. With a continuing campaign that he calls, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” Roger has led hundreds of his listeners on a series of trips to Washington, D.C., encouraging them to take on the nation’s political leaders as “citizen lobbyists.” Roger also frequently takes his show on the road bringing his radio audience directly to where they can make the

most impact throughout the country.

Guns in bars

The afternoon was not without drama, as well-known right-to-carry activist and candidate for Lincoln County Sheriff Walter Seidel openly wore his firearm, despite a notice citing New Mexico law posted at the front entrance prohibiting the carrying of loaded or unloaded firearms on the premises serving hard alcohol with the threat of a fourth degree felony for violators. Ruidoso Police reported a citizen had called them regarding the firearm, but Seidel had removed the gun prior to their arrival at the request of Quarters management with protest. The situation was tactfully diffused in the parking lot by Ruidoso Police with no further incident as of press time.

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Bond C

To the Editor: As the president of Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso, I want to outline the benefits to the college and the county if the General Obligation Bond “C” passes in the general election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Lincoln County. If New Mexico voters approve Bond “C” in the Nov. 6 election, ENMURuidoso will receive one-half million dollars for renovation and infrastructure upgrades to the Mechem Drive campus. These kinds of campus improvements help ENMU-Ruidoso remain competitive with other institutions. This contributes to enrollment growth and better educational opportunities for the people of our region. Keeping ENMU-Ruidoso competitive encourages more area graduating high school seniors to remain local to attend college. Often these individuals stay in the area to pursue careers and further contribute to the vitality of the area. With a larger tax base, tax rates can be kept lower while community assets such as streets and public schools can be improved. Bond projects have a positive impact on local economies as the money spent locally recycles several times and the construction projects create jobs. Construction workers eat, shop and stay in the community; and construction companies buy materials from local vendors. This influx of business puts gross receipts and lodgers’ tax dollars into local coffers. Those who do not have a direct stake in higher education in Lincoln County still benefit from the shot in the arm to the local economy. Since other bonds are expiring this year, the net increase to taxpayers is zero. With absentee and early voting upon us, please send a message to New Mexico that Lincoln County takes a back seat to no one when it comes to higher education. Thank you for helping us support the future of our area and New Mexico. Dr. Clayton Alred, president ENMU-Ruidoso To the Editor: I am Rick Hutchison, pastor of the Angus Church of the Nazarene. In an article in the Ruidoso News on Wednesday, Oct. 17, Diane Stallings makes a statement that could be misunderstood and I would like to make sure that there is no misunderstanding. In the article entitled Seeing Red, Stallings writes about Greentree Solid Waste, “(Debra) Ingle said out of 137 structures burned, (referring to the Bonita Park Campground), 84 were individually billed. The Nazarene church owned the others and they were billed as a commercial customer.” I would like to make it clear that the Angus Church of the Nazarene does not

own the structures on the Bonita Park Campground. Bonita Park Camp and Conference Center is owned by the District Advisory Board of the NM District Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Fred Huff, district superintendent. The rebuilding of these structures has not yet begun because of concerns for safety as the area was not yet completely cleaned of hazardous debris. However, we expect the cleanup process to be completed within the next few weeks and that those who owned homes on the campground and wish to rebuild will then be able to initiate the process. Dr. Fred Huff will meet with the District Advisory Board in two weeks and will make decisions regarding rebuilding. Rick Hutchison Capitan

Re: Cynthia West and the “Citizens Posse” ads in the Free Press To the Editor: I read the ads you placed in the Free Press and I am left with one question that I would like to ask you. Could you please explain to the citizens of Lincoln County, exactly what is the difference between a Militia and a Citizen’s Posse? I am anxiously awaiting your answer to this question. David Locke Ruidoso To the Editor: I recently learned New Mexico no longer allows straight party voting on our ballots, instead we must vote for our choice of candidate for each position on the ballot. I hope your newspaper will help educate the voters of Lincoln County so they won’t mistakenly believe that by voting for a particular presidential candidate that they have ipso facto voted for all candidates in that party. We must vote for each candidate individually by marking our choice for each position on the ballot. Thank you for helping to ensure our voices are heard, and ensuring each of our ballot selections count. Marti Santos Alto To the Editor: In the November 2012 election, voters will choose between two starkly different political parties. A Romney win would come at a great cost...not one of the problems facing the United States “will improve once the power of the presidency is bestowed upon those who have created those problems and continue to profit by them” (Alterman, ibid., p. 20). “Millions of Americans who have been forced to live on the edge of financial collapse, or whose health is dependent on affordable and reliable health care, will see their margin of safety disappear” (Alterman, ibid., p. 20). As

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from... Social Security to... Medicare, to the air we breathe and the water we drink, and helping send children to college with Pell Grants. We should not be backing off” (Culture Editor, Elizabeth DiNovella, The Progressive, October 2012, p. 15). Will Democratic and Republican voters have the courage to stand up against moneyed interests and elect leaders at the state and national levels who support justice and quality of life for everyone rather than the fortunate few? Will you, the voter, courageously vote for grassroots values that are relevant to your life – and pocketbook? “That dog does hunt!” Governor Brian Schweitzer’s plain talking phrase describes how Montana is successfully coping with employment and improving their economy (Democratic National Convention, Sept. 5). Vote to restore fairness, community and opportunity to the center of American life. Stand with President Barack Obama in his second term. Under his leadership and vision, the nation will reclaim the American Dream for us all. Forward. Adelante! Virginia Watson Jones Capitan

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long as so many have so little, there will simply not be the buying power to create a robust economy and the millions of jobs we need (Senator Bernie Sanders, VT and September 2012). Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy calls the regressive legislation of a possible Republican White House “harsh, radical and wrong” (Democratic National Convention, Sept. 5). The top 1 percent never trickles down. In an interview with Piers Morgan, May 25, President Clinton urged: “We need to keep going with President Obama’s plan to build the economy from the bottom up. It only works if we have a strong middle class.” Despite the frustrations some Americans have with the Obama presidency, he stands with the preservation of democratic values that will too quickly disappear after this election unless we give him our vote. The alternative that Governor Romney and Representative Ryan offer is a terrifying diversion “of our country’s political process from addressing the urgent needs of the majority (and of the country itself)” (Hightower, ibid., p. 2). U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown D-Ohio adds: “More and more people understand... that we’ve got to have a defense of what government does well,

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Local activism touted at breakfast panel By Todd Fuqua Reporter Land issues and the role of the federal government in local affairs continued to be the theme over the weekend, as Ruidoso Downs Race Track played host to syndicated radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock in a morning breakfast panel. Hedgecock was joined by Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, New Mexico State Rep. Yvette Herrel of Otero County, conservative columnist Marita Noon and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce in answering questions from the 40 or so gathered at the Billy the Kid Sports Bar and Grill. Topics ranged from energy use to oil and gas, and ended up with a discussion on the federal government’s responsibilities in managing local land use. But the real theme was how things can be changed at the local level. “Change comes from the local activists, like the protest sponsored by Ruidoso Realtors in the wake of the Little Bear Fire,” Pearce said. “This is how New Mexico can get more help for its issues. I can’t start all the fights, that’s your job. But I’ll be there to support you.” Hedgecock concurred, relating a story from his earlier days as a show host in San Diego. “I got a call from a woman who was concerned about the general lawlessness of the border with Mexico, who drove down there with a few of her friends, parked their cars on the border and shone their lights into the area where illegals would cross,” Hedgecock said. “They were ‘shining a light’ on the subject. She asked me when I’d be out there, I asked when they were going again. They were going that Friday, so I showed up and there were about 1,000 people there.” Hedgecock claimed the impromptu protests eventually led to the construction of a series of fences in the area which greatly curtailed illegal border crossings. Ivory, who is also the president of the American Lands Council, pointed out tools of connectivity like the Internet, Facebook and Twitter to pass the mes-

sages along. Ivory also pointed to the role of a strong sheriff’s department in resolving local issues. “The sheriff is there to protect the safety and welfare locally and check the national government,” Ivory said. “The formula is health, safety, welfare and action. The sheriff’s department gets its power and support from you, the citizens.” Ivory stated the goal shouldn’t be the excising of all federal involvement in local issues – rather an equal working partnership between national and local authorities to create proper solutions. Among the specific issues addressed: Energy production. Noon, who is also the executive director for Energy Makes America Great, Inc., decried energy policies that are being put in place by the current administration, stating the goal is to make energy too expensive to use. “In our society, energy use is the central tenet of human health and prosperity,” Noon said. “Why are we talking about spending more and using less? Hedgecock, who hails from the San Diego area, says he’s been living in the type of society Noon is talking about for years, and claims the quality of life has suffered as a result of failed energy policies. Quality education. Ivory pointed out a “federal fault line” which separates states that have state control over public lands versus federal control. Almost all the states in the west – including New Mexico – have less than 50 percent of state-controlled land. This means states cannot properly reap the benefits of oil and gas leases which would help to fund education. Again, this is a problem which Ivory stated needs to be fixed starting at the local level. Hedgecock warned, however, that pouring money into a system doesn’t necessarily mean it will be fixed. “In California, we pour zillions of dollars into education, and we still underperform,” Hedgecock said. “We have got to abolish the national Department of Education and stop allowing the government to run education. Schools should be a community-run entity.”




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NM MainStreet director receives Rural Economic Development award

SANTA FE – Rich Williams, the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s MainStreet director, recently received the Dallan Sanders award at the New Mexico IDEA annual meeting in Ruidoso. The Dallan Sanders Award is given in recognition of a person’s dedication and achievements in rural economic development in New Mexico and is given in honor of Dallan Sanders of Portales. Rich Williams has worked with the New Mexico MainStreet program for 10 years, with a significant amount of that time devoted to encouraging the econom-

ic vitality of rural areas both on a statewide and regional level. During his tenure as the New Mexico MainStreet director, the program has assisted in the establishment of 1,600 new businesses in MainStreet districts which led to the creation of more than 5,000 jobs. “The work in rebuilding and enhancing our local, rural economies has just begun and I am proud to have taken part in it,” Williams said. “We will need to become even more innovative based on each community and region’s assets in partnering and leveraging our resources and services to better the lives of rural

New Mexicans.” New Mexico MainStreet is a public/private economic development partnership with 22 affiliated communities doing downtown revitalization. The Economic Development Department partners with the municipality and a local group of downtown stakeholders who have formed a nonprofit revitalization organization. New Mexico IDEA is a statewide economic development organization that is dedicated to promoting New Mexico’s economic growth through focused advocacy, education and training opportunities.

‘The Loan Fund’ supports growth, jobs and development USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner helped celebrate the obligation of $400,000 to the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund also known as “The Loan Fund.” The money will be used to help expand small rural businesses in rural New Mexico. Last month the Obama administration announced that ‘The Loan Fund’ was one of 17 projects made to communities across the nation through the Intermediary Relending Program. The IRP program provides loan funds to private nonprofit organizations such as ‘The Loan Fund’ which then becomes an intermediary to provide financial support in rural areas of 25,000 people or less. The revolving loan program is designed to provide financial assistance for various type of projects including; community development projects, the opening of new businesses or expansion of existing businesses with the goal to save or create new jobs in rural areas. “Often it has been tough for the small business owner to access small loans from traditional lenders. This funding will allow the “Loan Fund” to open a new avenue of financial support,” Brunner said. “The Obama Administration is committed to make available existing federal resources to create jobs even in the smallest of communities, and I believe this funding will help achieve that goal one business at a time.”

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Anyone remember Elton John’s early 70s album titled “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player?” As the story goes, Elton’s friend Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton John during a get-together in California as if holding a pair of six-shooters. Elton John put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player,” so naming the album. These days, being a Real Estate Broker can often feel like being the piano player. It seems as if many of the customers and clients in our transaction world want to take a shot at us and not because we’re necessarily at fault for the woes folks experience in the marketplace, but rather simply because we’re there. When you get right down to it, it’s easy to target us. We’re the professionals. We’re supposed to be able to manage and fix the circumstances in which our customers find themselves and bring all to a successful conclusion and in every situation. Most of time, we do a pretty good job of doing exactly that. But the real estate market created by the ‘Great Recession’ has put in place many more obstacles to securing contracts and closing deals, and equally a lot more stress on those involved. So let’s all try and remember that magic wands don’t exist and we may be good but not good enough to fix the unfixable. Let’s take a run through some of the situations occurring in the current market wherein we Real Estate Brokers think you may want to take a shot at us. 1) Don’t shoot me because you purchased your home during the last property valuation peak from 2005 to 2007 when banks were falling over themselves to lend you money and appraisals were in the clouds, and, now, there is no way to come close to your purchase price selling the same property in 2012. 2) Don’t shoot me because we’ve lined up what appears to be a very solid purchaser for your home who proudly waved around their loan pre-approval letter while making the offer. Then after 60 days of escrow, their lender

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acquires amnesia regarding the buyer’s wonderful qualifications which warranted the pre-approval, denies their loan and you’re back on the market waiting for the next buyer.

3) Don’t shoot me because your septic system hasn’t been upgraded since New Mexico environmental groundwater Bob Moroney contamination regulations became stricter than a Catholic nun monitoring detention. Everything changed in the fall of 2005 and so your system is from the Pleistocene era and it’s another $12,000 out of your pocket to upgrade and legally transfer your property. 4) Don’t shoot me because the buyer’s inspection has revealed your home could be used as a horror movie set with its plethora of problem points from black mold to insect infestation, from overheating aluminum wiring to decaying Polybutylene pipes. Now, the buyer wants it all fixed up nicely or they’re walking away from the deal. 5) And lastly, don’t shoot me because you’ve forgotten or ignored the many occasions I’ve cajoled, pleaded and begged, recommending you lower your asking price, repair the broken, decaying deck boards, get the bats out of your belfry and even replace the lime green shag carpet in the living room. So, though we may be the closest and easiest target you’re ever going to have a shot at when attempting to sell your property. Keep in mind, like the piano player who’s only responsible for ticklin’ the ivories, there’s only so much we can directly control in any transaction. We need your help, communication and understanding as a partner to accomplish our mutual goal.

B U S I N E S S buzz Zia Natural Gas Company lowers Lincoln County rates

Zia Natural Gas Company has applied to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to adjust its Gas Cost Factor for the next year, effective Oct. 1. For the Lincoln County system, the new Gas Cost Factor is $0.3118/ccf down from $0.3836/ccf. Currently, the average residential customer uses 30ccf in October. Therefore, the average bill will decrease from $32.52 to $30.17, a decrease of 7.2 percent. The cost of purchasing and transporting gas to Zia’s system is passed directly through to the customer as the Gas Cost Factor. A regulated utility is not allowed to make or lose money from the cost of gas. As always, Zia Natural Gas Company encourages all of their customers to winterize their homes and conserve energy by lowering the thermostat


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Ribbon cuttings

The Ruidoso Valley Greeters performed two ribbon cuttings Oct. 18. Misty Mountain Gourmet, (pictured at top right) which is now located in with Papa Bears Cupcakes at 2314 Sudderth. Stop in and say hi to Commie and Rene. A second ribbon cutting was held at Tall Pines Medical (pictured at right). Dr. Michael Spence and Dr. Jacqulin Yutsos are located at 714 Mechem, just across from Lawrence Brothers.

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Ask an entrepreneur – A vote for Bond C will help

renovations to the facilities of ENMU-Ruidoso According to the G.O. Bond for Education Committee, the passing of this bond in the Nov. 6 election will fund about $119 million in projects statewide for colleges and universities and ensure $9 million for ENMU. “The state has invested billions in the facilities at universities,” said ENMU President Steven Gamble. “It only makes sense that we put money into the maintenance and repair of those facilities. That’s the purpose of the (general obligation) bond.” Gamble stated that the funds from this bond will not result in a tax increase. “The way we can do this and not raise any taxes is through the GO bond,” Gamble said. “Eastern has $9 million that it will receive when the bond passes. This will enable us to completely renovate our largest classroom building on campus. It will help create jobs in Curry and Roosevelt counties and throughout the state.” According to Gerald Burke, chairman of the G.O. Bond for Education Committee, this bond will replace former Bond B, at the cost of $6 per year per taxpayer based on information given by the state’s Department of Finance and Administration. From the ballot information: The 2012 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act authorizes the issuance and sale of higher education and special schools capital

improvements and acquisition bonds and asks: Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $120 million to make capital expenditures for certain higher education and special schools capital improvements and acquisitions and provide for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of interest on and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bonds and the collection of the tax as permitted by law? While this is standard language based on general obligation bonds, it is important to note that voting for Bond C in the 2012 general election will not result in any increase in property taxes for any New Mexico property owner.” Higher Education Bond C proposes $119 million for capital improvements and renovations that will include nearly every public college and university in the state. A complete list of proposed projects statewide is included on the website General Obligation Bond C is funded with no new taxes. Campaign organizers say that voters would, instead, see a positive economic impact due to the addition of an estimated 1,200 jobs for architects, contractors and other workers to complete the capital improvements. Proponents also say that by improving our higher

education buildings, New Mexico provides a better learning environment for students and builds a more highly educated workforce. “No matter where you live in New Mexico, there Marianne Mohr is a school and a community that will benefit from Bond C,” claim former New Mexico Governors Garrey Carruthers and Toney Anaya. Both are co-chairs of the 2012 General Obligation Bond for Education Campaign Committee and continued: “These infrastructure improvements to our colleges and universities are critical to maintain a high standard of education and produce the skilled workforce that is essential in a competitive economy.” Marianne Mohr is a retired investor and business consultant from Southern California and currently Advertising Director at MTD Media. Reach her at 575-937-4015 or marianne@


By Sue Hutchison Reporter

New Chair and Vice Chair

Jackie Powell, new chair of the county commission nominated Commissioner Mark Doth to take her place as vice chair for the remainder of 2012. With a unanimous vote, Doth was elected to serve as vice chair for the period indicated. Doth’s commission term ends December 2014.

Smokey Bear District update

District Ranger David Warnack presented information on closure areas due to the Little Bear Fire, informing the commission that as of last Friday all that remains closed is the Southfork area and Ski Apache. “As people find their way into the burned area they’ll see the seeding and mulching done post fire were very effective. A lot of it actually took and it was very green out there. I was happily surprised,” he said. Forestry is looking for possible places to put the dredged material from watershed run off. “The more miles you have to take. prices skyrocket,” said Warnack who is working with Alamogordo to find solutions. Mentioning the accumulation of rock and debris due to floodwaters, contractors are being considered to bring a mobile crusher to grind some of the debris. “Ski Apache will remain closed at this time because of construction and lift replacements,” said Warnack who mentioned concrete pilings are being poured with the assistance of a helicopter. Ski season is anticipated to open on schedule. Regarding hunting season, Warnack reported several areas including portions of Nogal and Tanbark Canyons had been opened for bow hunters. Warnack related a significant reanalysis of the Northfork Eagle Creek Well area will entail taking a hard look at alternatives. The Village of Ruidoso will pay for the reanalysis, with hopes that in nine months the study will be complete. Utilizing cooler temperatures and possible snowpack, controlled burns will happen throughout the winter months to reduce the large amount of forest fire fuels. “We need a safe and robust scheduled burn season,” said Warnack.

Avalon Forest Subdivision receives final platting approval

At the Sept. 18 commission meeting, final platting approval for Avalon Forest Subdivision was tabled to allow Don Murphy, developer and a full commission board to attend and discuss the issue. All commissioners were present, with Tom Battin joining telephonically. Curt Temple, Lincoln County Planning Director informed the commission Murphy had met all the demands placed upon the area for final plat approval. “I don’t know

how we can approve this with a true heart. We’ll be approving more problems,” said Powell, who is concerned about longstanding drought issues with over taxation of existing aquifers. “The only way I would approve it is if it was a cistern or water off the roof only,” she continued. Alan Morel, county attorney, reminded the commission of the fact that the preliminary platting was approved years ago, and that the agreement provides improvements on the property. “In reality you’re looking at an administerial plat. Mr. Temple has stated publicly that he’s approved of the final plat. You can’t look at this subdivision any differently. You can’t look back at what should have been done,” he said “Our hands are tied and we have no other choice but to approve. It’s a bad thing with everything that’s going on,” said Eileen Sedillo, commissioner and former chair. Don Murphy stated his fire prevention mitigation. “I solicited the help of the forest service. I thinned and cleared according to the forestry standards. We took a couple years to thin it.” The original plat was approved for 60 lots and Murphy indicated he’s knocked it down to 24 for final plat approval, spending more than $40,000 on utility installments according to commission requirements. Murphy continued by stating all roads were above flood plains and would not be maintained by the county. “At the time (of original approval) no one had come in to be approved for less than what they originally approved for,” commented Battin. Powell and Minter advised Murphy to strongly suggest cistern and rainwater catchment installations to builders when the subdivision began selling lots. With discussion regarding changes in the past 10 years since the original plat was approved, and hydrology studies, Powell called for the question by saying, “I hate this.” The final approval passed with Battin, Doth, Minter and Sedillo voting yes and Powell voting no.

State takes on collection of delinquent property taxes

Beverly Calaway, chief deputy treasurer informed the commission that partial payment for delinquent tax bills are no longer allowed, and the state is exercising a 1990 policy which gives authority for state officials to collect taxes in full, or property owners face penalties. Calaway, speaking for Glenna Robbins, county treasurer, stated Lincoln County sets a high standard for property tax collection, and has been successful in the past in dealing with delinquent accounts. “When there’s been a three year delinquency, the property goes on a list and we (in the past) start working on these properties to get these taxes collected,” stated Cala-

way. When taxes continue to be unpaid, the property is sold, according to Calaway. “We have an excellent reputation and we have clean records. We do our job and do it according to law,” she said. Calaway indicated some of those who have delinquency issues are out of work and need local attention by someone who knows of their struggle. State officials say there are counties who haven’t had a delinquent property tax sale in more than 13 years. Understanding the state’s desire to be consistent in collecting payments and distributing penalties, Calaway stated Lincoln County shouldn’t be penalized for following the law. Doth suggested a strongly worded letter to the governor needed to be sent, and wondered if a county resolution would give the letter some teeth. “I don’t believe any state department can work with Lincoln County property owners better than we can. Your support would be much appreciated,” answered Calaway who indicated a meeting to discuss this issue would take place Oct. 24. “We’ll see where we go from there,” she said.

County manager’s contract review

With her County Manager contract about to expire, Nita Taylor’s performance was evaluated, along with discussion regarding her compensation package. Morel recommended evaluation of Taylor’s compensation, stating she was currently at 77 percent of the compensation package of Tom Stewart, the former county manager at the time of his resignation. Commissioners agreed Taylor had done an outstanding job. “It’s been a horrible year because of disasters; you’ve done a good job and made it through,” said Powell, but continued by expressing her hesitancy in granting a raise to the county manager when other county employees had not been given a raise this year. “You deserve a raise, but with all the expenditures we’re looking at, my feeling is not at this time. We haven’t given anyone a raise. It’s not to say you don’t deserve it,” said Commissioner Eileen Sedillo. Minter suggested evaluating Taylor from a board of elected officials to assess Taylor’s priorities and vision for the county. Expressing his concerns by telephone, Battin said, “I’m very uncomfortable with making a decision today about salary increase. I’m tremendously impressed with her dedication and stamina during the fire emergency. I would like to know more than what we do today compared with other counties, (such as) job descriptions and range of compensations, size of budget and size of county. I don’t have any complaints (or see any) weaknesses or shortcomings. Commissioner Minter men-

tioned a committee. “I do recommend we continue. I don’t know if we have a contracted deadline, but maybe we can target the end of the year. (The current commission) are the ones who have experienced working with our manager. I’d like more info before we make a decision.” Attorney Morel recommended the commission enter into a contract to extend for another year, address the salary at some time in the near future, and stated the deadline for renewal was Nov. 2. Sedillo and Battin agreed the evaluating committee should not include anyone who answers directly to Taylor. “Perhaps we could say this committee could review compensation and not performance,” said Battin. With the understanding that a committee would evaluate what others in the state are paying, and with Battin’s suggestion that the report be delivered to the commission in the regularly scheduled December meeting, the offer to renew Taylor’s contract was passed unanimously. Taylor accepted and indicated she would “re-up” at the same salary. “I’m a firm believer in performancebased pay, not only with the manager’s position but with others as well. My desire is to stay in sync and to become closer to what Mr. Stewart was making,” said Taylor.

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Education By Corey Bard

In the Dutch Settlement of Tarrytown, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, school master Ichabod Crane arrives to educate the town’s children. He wants to marry Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter of a wealthy farmer, but Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt – the town rowdy – has already set his heart on marrying her. The romantic rivalry climaxes with the appearance of the legendary Headless Horseman, allegedly the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head blown off by a cannon ball during the Revolutionary War. Every night the Headless Horseman rides out in search of his head. Generations of readers since its publication in 1820 have been entertained and frightened by the galloping Headless Horseman riding through the haunted woods of Sleepy Hollow. This tale is a classic ghost story written by American author Washington Irving. Happy Holloween. Ruidoso Public Library recently received the audiobook version of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but also has several written versions. Grade school and middle school groups, a couple of day cares and the Wilderness Camp will tour the

Haunted House at the library and be told spooky stories the last two weeks of October. Story time continues every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24, 6 p.m.: Concert: Bettman and Halpin acoustic duo, award winning musicians. Oct. 25-26, Carlsbad, NM Library Mini Conference Nov. 1, Nisha Hoffman will tell tall tales of New Mexico Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Friends of the Library Board Meeting Nov. 7, 11 a.m.: Book Club Meeting Noon: Library Board Meeting Nov. 8, Leadership Lincoln in Carrizozo Nov. 10, 11 a.m.: Civil War week begins with Walter Pittman, ENMU History Professor “The Civil War in New Mexico” Nov. 13, Noon: “Gone With the Wind” movie Nov. 14, 11 a.m.: Writer’s Work Shop Noon: “Gettysburg” movie Nov. 15, 11 a.m.: Corey Bard presents “The Humor of Abraham Lincoln” Nov. 15, 6 p.m.: Third Thursday Music Night with Randy Jones Nov. 16, Noon: “Glory” movie Nov. 17, 11 a.m.: Professor Dwight Pitcaithley, NMSU, “The Lincoln Douglas Debates” Nov. 22, 23, 24, 25, Library closed for Thanksgiving weekend

Music in the Library

Join us at the Ruidoso Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. for an evening of entertainment by the award-winning duo of Bettman & Halpin. Together they create a delightfully acoustic eclectic sound that weaves a spell, taking the audience from up-tempo down-home fiddling, to soulful-sorrowful ballads, to super-hooky folk/pop. Bettman & Halpin create a hypnotizing performance with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. Stephanie Bettman is an accomplished, talented writer, singer and fiddler. As a writer, her lyrics convey wit and wisdom, poetry and insight. Vocally, she is compared to Joan Baez for her soaring soprano and as well as Emmylou Harris for her plaintive emotional voice. Her awardwinning fiddling combines elements of bluegrass and jazz. A former actress and trapeze artist, Bettman loves an audience and immediately creates an intimacy with her listeners. Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. The guitar and mandolin master is equally impressive on the fiddle and banjo. His music business history includes playing with Merle Haggard, Lone Star, the Steve Miller Band and many more. Halpin is a dynamic and sensitive vocalist whose velvety, close harmonies allow the duo to achieve a chilling and simply transcendent harmony blend. Touring together since 2008, Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various regional and national competitions, including: “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting” in the Great American Song Contest for the instrumental “Buttonwillow” in April 2012. Grand Prize winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition; winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest; Music Connection’s top 25 New Music Critiques; their two CDs received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim, both

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reaching the top 10 on the National Folk DJ chart. Don’t miss the performance of the incredible duo, Bettman & Halpin, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6 to 8 p.m. inside the library. Learn more about the group at: Ruidoso Public Library is located at 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso. Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or http://ruidosopubliclibrary.

October 23, 2012

Renewable energy in the Land of Enchantment

legislators in the future. Wind energy is power New Mexico has sources of channeled by a turbine that is renewable energy, believe it or moved by the wind. There are not. What is renewable energy? seven wind power plants in Renewable energy is power New Mexico. Together, they that comes from sources like generate 698 megawatts of the sun, wind and water. These power. That can power over sources can be refilled after we 698,000 homes continuously use them, in a short amount for an hour. of time. Here in this state, we New Mexico is a hub of have biomass energy sources, renewable energy. We have geothermal energy sources, solar energy sources, and wind Madison Buechter the resources to produce many types of energy that do not energy sources. use fossil fuels. New Mexico is one of the Biomass energy is created by burning non-fossil resources, such as grains and fire states to lead in changes to keep our planet habitable. wood. This type of energy is used mainly to heat homes. It’s a viable energy source Madison Buechter is an 11th-grade student at for those who live in forested areas like Capitan High School, participating in a dual Lincoln County. credit composition class. Those who enroll Geothermal energy is power that is harnessed from heat from the inside of the earth. receive high school credit and college level It is not being used as of yet in the state, but credit for the same class. Students have been we do have the heated groundwater to proinvited to submit articles of interest to the Ruduce this energy. idoso Free Press in an effort to provide a stuSolar energy is emitted from the sun and dent’s voice. Madi, 16, was born in Tucson, harnessed by solar panels. The state of New Ariz. and has lived in Capitan 14 years with Mexico does not have any large solar energy her parents, sister and brother, two cats and plants, but it is used by many individuals on a dog. Madi enjoys baking, watching movies, businesses and personal housing. With more writing and reading with plans to attend the than 250 days of sun in New Mexico annuUniversity of Arizona, specializing in Chemially, solar energy may become interesting to cal Engineering. By Madison Buechter

NM Tall Tales told at the Library

the Hubbard Museum, she Lincoln County’s own started the children’s poetry storyteller, Nisha Hoffman, contest for the Cowboy shares her collected tales of Symposium. She also has Lincoln County and Southtold stories at the Ruidoso west New Mexico with the Valley Greeters Christmas public at the Ruidoso Public Jubilee, at libraries all Library Thursday, Nov. 1, over New Mexico and for 4:30 p.m. in the adult library historical societies. She section in front of the Aralso developed a preschool/ chive Room. MDO program at the ComNisha dramatically munity United Methodist shares the true stories (that Church and still is active in are often equal to tall tales) the program as well as being of early New Mexican such as Justices of the Peace, Courtesy photo active with the Fort Stanton preservation group. pioneer families, Fort Stan- Nisha Hoffman. A firm believer in the ton legends as well as tales tradition and value of oral history, Nisha is of Hispanic and Anglo women who tamed also a writer, having published articles on the West. Fort Stanton for many travel magazines and Since adding New Mexico Tall Tales a children’s book on Charles Goodnight, This to her repertoire, the acceptance and reis the Wagon that Charlie Built. sponse from audiences has been amazing. Sometimes a family member will be in the Come hear some fascinating tall tales audience, such as a great-granddaughter of presented by Nisha Hoffman Wednesday, the gentleman in the story. People started Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. It just might tweak your emailing Nisha family histories, stories from curiosity to explore the Ruidoso Public magazines and hints of stories they heard Library’s awesome Southwest section or about so that Nisha could further investigate Archive Room – where you can find books to get the full, true story. full of the true stories of the settlers to our Nisha also does Living History perforarea of New Mexico and the Southwest mances of the personas of Susan McSween United States. and Lydia Lane. A retired teacher and child Ruidoso Public Library is located at 107 care director from Overland Park, Kan., Kansas City Road, Ruidoso. Library hours are: Nisha became active in Lincoln County with Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Fort Stanton preservation group and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. became a docent for the Hubbard Museum to 2 p.m. or of the American West and Old Lincoln. At

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October 23, 2012

Surviving breast cancer – my story

I don’t remember much but explaining One day, I was to my husband and just getting ready to teenage children that lead a special group they found some canof unknown particicer and did not get pants in a study on it all. They wanted Revelation at our Old to wait a few weeks Hippie Come Clean to see how fast it is church in San Diego. growing and what I had read good strain it is. ole Billy Graham’s They all looked book entitled “Until at me in disbelief. Armageddon” when That six letter word I was informed they cancer was in their needed someone to mom and wife. lead some studies on I knew I was Revelation that were Sage Leeyer to do the study and videotaped with Ann I was going to be Graham. I thought teaching the trial as I lived it. I was a how directed I was to that. The class Stage 2 and it was hormone-related. was to start in November. I decided to go off all dairy and Ann Graham did a seminar at the meats and use nuts and beans as my proSports Arena in San Diego on the breast tein. I prepared myself as life was going cancer awareness weekend. After the to move forward with as much gusto as I event I thought, hmm, haven’t checked normally enveloped in my life. my breasts lately so that night, I did I began the study and informed the my own version of the melon check. I seven participants of my diagnosis and noticed a lump about 1.5 inches on the faced the decision whether or not to left I had not noticed before. Not sore. have a mastectomy or another lumpectoNo one in my family had cancer in our my. We took a week break in the end of recent history so maybe it was just a November and my surgery was schedfluid filled cyst like my sister got. I had uled. I went with another lumpectomy. breast-fed all four of my children and that was supposed to be preventative too. The surgery found that it had spread to my lymph nodes so while I was under Two weeks later I got my mamthey removed all the lymph nodes under mogram and was called back in. They my left arm. I was scheduled for chemostated they needed to check it out further. Doctors believed it could be cancer therapy on Jan. 5. On Jan. 4, my home was struck by so we opted for a lumpectomy to find an 11,000 acre wildfire that hit 13 homes out. The lumpectomy procedure was in in the back country. I was like “Oh well, and out. I’m up at bat and what are you going to I remember it being close to dusk pitch next?” while waiting to visit with the oncoloI was still doing my study leading gist. My husband was supposed to be and speaking now on fire in my life. I there and he did not show. I remember spent nine months out of my home while distinctly the doctor walking in with it was completely restored along with a clipboard and stated while looking me. I felt I was renewed in my body down, “Well, it’s cancer.” Afterward, I do not remember much with disease removed and destroyed and my home restored with all new items. except for going to my car in darkness I walked in complete thankfulness and and the radio coming on with a song, “God is watching over me.” I swallowed have carried this torch to today, 12 years later. I am heading out this anniversary hard and slowly began to drive the 45 weekend to Albuquerque to be taught minutes home not calling anyone and how to manage our area’s Relay For Life just sinking my thoughts into a dark Cancer Support beginning in February. cave. Is this for real? I say to those as I told my family, Well, I felt I had been prepared “No matter what happens, it will be for trials with all that I had been readOK.” ing and prepping for my Armageddon. By Sage Leeyer

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s k r o w t w u a l b y h c a i d Wh you to ow? r r r fo tomo t o n Seidel will selectively enforce the laws upon Lincoln County citizens “The role of the Sheriff’s office is to discern what laws are to be enforced and what isn’t going to be enforced. The people get to determine who enforces the law. I AM, We the People.”

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Seidel visited with the village assessor, who would be the official to place the encumbrances on his assets. Seidel explained (as he does with everyone) that Title 42, Chapter 1, Subchapter 1, Section 1983 of the federal code would be used to sue her personally for violating his civil rights — that is, he would sue her if any of his assets were encumbered without having first secured a warrant from an Article III court. Source: Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America, Nov. 22, 2011

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Celebrating survival part three

Decades ago in a town After surgery, Grace far, far away, I knew a very began chemo at the New young new mother who Mexico Oncology Lab in wanted to give her newborn Ruidoso. “They’re comdaughter a unique name. passionate, wonderful, She liked the name April precious people,” she says but thought it was too plain, and remembers her first so she named her daughter treatment. “They give you Apprell and pronounced it diphenhydramine before the same way as our fourth the treatment and after, I month. Although her family thought, ‘this is nothing!’ loved the spelling, I didn’t and took down (Gordon’s) get it at all. I admit I’m not studio to rehang it. Two Sue Hutchison the sharpest knife in the days later I couldn’t turn drawer but I truly felt sorry over in bed.” She began to for the little kid. notice a pattern and found she was good If I had that name, I would have for two days and down for three after marched right down to the Name-Chang- each chemo treatment. It took 12 weeks ing Office at dawn of my 18th birthday to finish the prescribed round. to become Sue, or “At the time, something equally my bra size was simple. I think my 32 C and 32 long,” name fits me; plain, Grace laughs. She down to earth and remembers her hair straightforward. loss: “You never There are times know how much you we want to be noappreciate hair until ticed, and there are you lose it. I have a times we beg to hear bald brother and my the words, “nothing son came home from remarkable.” school one day and Rarely do I meet said, ‘Mom, you look folks who simply like Uncle Glen!’” fit their names, but She had an inch of Grace does. She is black, curly hair alltruly a grace-filled around by Christmas woman who consisthat year. Grace Snidow tently shows me her Grace never name. Many know her and many know looked at her diagnosis as a negative. “I the last name she shares with her accom- knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I plished artist husband, but Grace Snidow was going to be a survivor. I felt it was is remarkable survivor indeed. God’s will I went through it and I got When I recently checked into LCMC through it with God’s grace. If I could to get smashed, Jayne Montes, the communicate one thing to women it radiologic technician treated me and two would be if you have to have a mastecspecific body parts with respect. New tomy, just do both.” Reconstruction and this year are cloth capes, sleeveless, snap therapy finished, Grace continues with in the front, thank you. Gone was the her life these days. In addition to managpaper thing I’ve worn for years which is ing her husband’s magnificent art, she’s a bit awkward when trying to be suave involved in community pursuits and a and smashed simultaneously. As I stood board member of The Snidow Museum there in the soft lights, obediently breath- of Art which is dedicated to preserving ing and not breathing when directed, I her husband’s authentic depictions of the hoped for the words, “nothing remarkAmerican West. able” to be mailed to me, or phoned in I’m not fond of getting the daylights by Dr. Brown the next day or two post smashed out of me. However as long as procedure. I can afford it, I will schedule an annual Because my mom died of metasmammo. I will admire each survivor I tasized breast cancer, I take “nothing meet, honor those who have died in the remarkable” seriously. Even though Dr. grip of any type of cancer, and realize Brown does her call-backs overwhelmcancer will never take my memories or ingly early in the day for this non-mornmy relationships away. ing person, I always thank her when she I’ll try to be remarkable in other gives me my annual-so-far good news. ways. As she’s dealt with breast cancer, Grace has continued with her million Realizing that truly “fitting her name” dollar smile, concern for others and her would indicate litigation, Sue Hutchison work. She’s not self-centered in the least, can be reached at suehutch@valornet. so when I asked if I could share her story com. with you, she told me it’s not often she grants interviews. I was touched she allowed me the privilege of chronicling this difficult part of her life. Grace found out she Lic. # 86887 had cancer when Dr. Donald Wolfel evaluated her RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL annual mammo and found REMODELS & NEW CONSTRUCTION three small spots. He told Grace he didn’t like what Bonded & Insured he saw and referred her to Dr. Tom Lindsay who NICK NAJAR agreed with Wolfel. Grace Owner connected with Dr. Linda 575.354.5409 • Cell 575.808.1797 Smith in Albuquerque and her treatments began.



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October 23, 2012


2012 Election

Know your candidate

Know your candidate

Phil Griego

Aubrey Dunn

for NM Senator, District 33 & 39:

great-grandson, a notNM State Senator uncommon situation these Phil Griego is a rancher days. As a result, they and acequia mayordomo. are acutely interested in Senator Griego is focused education and aware of on representing strongly current problems, particuthe interests of rural New larly for rural schools. Mexico. In reading any Senator Griego also proposed legislation, his pointed out that the New first concern is how it will Mexico legislature had affect his mostly rural conpassed a memorandum stituents. He is a member calling for the reversal of a bipartisan coalition of of the corrosive Citizens legislators whose concerns Phil Griego United decision, so deare for equitable funding structive to democracy. for rural areas. He has been successful in getting funding for senior and In the June primary election, the community centers, domestic and waste incumbent senator faces challenger water systems, firefighting equipment Nicole Castellano, who had earlier and funds. introduced herself to Lincoln County Senator Griego was asked about Democrats attending the county prethe seemingly ambitious 27 bills that he primary convention. introduced in the last legislative session. Senator Griego invites his new conHe responded that 21 of those bills had stituents in Lincoln County precincts 1, been passed. He is proud of his ability 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 16, 19, and 21 to contact to “reach across the aisle” and find joint him by e-mail, senatorgriego@yahoo. solutions to problems in common. com, or by phone 505-469-9470. He The senator serves on a number of plans to visit the county regularly. legislative committees: Corporations He encourages citizens to keep an and Transportation (Chair); Conservaeye on their state government via the tion (Chair); Legislative Finance; and Sunshine Portal, an initiative by then Lt. Water and Natural Resources (Chair). Gov. Diane Denish and continued by the On a personal note, Senator current administration. http://sunshineGriego and Jane, his wife of 45 years, are raising three grandchildren and a — Democratic Party of Lincoln County

Senator Griego visits Capitan Courtesy photo

Senator Griego has served as New Mexico Senator in District 39 for 16 years. Thanks to the recent redistricting, he is now the State Senator for much of Lincoln County north of Ruidoso, including Capitan. Consequently, he has been visiting and getting acquainted with Lincoln County since he won the Democratic primary in June. Recently he has been in White Oaks, Ruidoso, Fort Stanton, and Capitan. Last Monday and Tuesday, he chaired the Senate Water and Natural Resources Committee, meeting at the Convention Center in Ruidoso.

Hedgecock and Ivory at panel

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Syndicated radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock, right, speaks with Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory during a break in the breakfast panel held at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, sponsored by Lincoln County Patriots.

for NM Senator, District 39:

Aubrey Dunn was born in Alamogordo New Mexico and grew up on a small apple farm in High Rolls, New Mexico. He graduated from Alamogordo High School and attended Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Animal Science. He was active in 4-H youth livestock production and has been a lifelong advocate of New Mexico’s agriculture and small businesses. Aubrey started his professional career as a crop inspector for the Monte Vista Production Credit Association and spent ten years of a 25 year banking career as President and CEO of First Federal Bank in Roswell. Today he serves as a newly elected director of Farm Credit of New Mexico helping to promote and grow agriculture across the state. Aubrey and wife Robin (married 33 years) started ranching with on a small place in Mayhill, N.M. in the mid-90s and have grown it to the 40-section ranch they have now. They live on the ranch and operate it full time. They both know the value that small businesses bring to our communities and in addition to the ranch have had other successful small businesses over the course of their marriage together. Aubrey and Robin have three children and one granddaughter. The oldest, Blair, is a practicing attorney in New Mexico. Their daughter, Jamie is an Optometrist with UNM hospital in Albuquerque, and Jed the youngest is a student at New Mexico State University majoring in Range Science. Their granddaughter, Harper, is 3. Aubrey has been active in our communities by serving as: Past Chairman of the Otero County Fair Board

Aubrey Dunn and family Past board member of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Past board member of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Past board member of the Otero County Economic Development Past member Alamogordo Rotary Club Past member Roswell Rotary Club Past board member of the New Mexico Bankers Association Past board member of the New Mexico School of Banking Vice Chairman Chaves County Soil and Water District Vice Chairman New Mexico Coalition of Conservation Districts Member New Mexico Cattle Growers Member New Mexico Farm Bureau Member of Board of Directors Farm Credit of New Mexico Aubrey is following the example of his father and grandfather in bringing integrity and honesty to the New Mexico Legislature. Both his father and grandfather served in the New Mexico Senate where they were known for their honesty while doing the right thing for New Mexico first. Aubrey’s leadership and service is prompted by making New Mexico the best place it can be for our children and grandchildren.

Local Realtors support Pearce

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The Ruidoso/Lincoln County Association of Realtors on behalf of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) presented Congressman Steve Pearce a $10,000 check Saturday. Cindy Lynch is the NAR Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Pearce. Pearce praised local realtors for stepping up the pressure against Washington D.C. bureaucracy to reform public land management in the wake of the Little Bear Fire. “Other groups in the western United States have noticed the impact this small group is making by demanding transparency, accountability and change of policies which destroy our public lands, people’s homes and businesses,” Pearce said.

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October 23, 2012

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October 23, 2012


Sports Sports on the Radio

Oct. 25 Pro football Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Oct. 26 High school football Ruidoso at Portales, 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 College football Fresno State at UNM, 1 p.m.

Oct. 28 Pro football New Orleans at Denver, 6 p.m.

Oct. 29 Pro football San Francisco at Arizona, 6 p.m.

Sports Results

Oct. 16

Volleyball Cloudcroft d. Capitan, 3-0 Hagerman d. Mescalero, 3-0 Corona d. Hondo, 3-0 Boys soccer Silver 4, Ruidoso 1 Girls soccer Silver 4, Ruidoso 1

Oct. 18 Volleyball Gateway Christian d. Corona, 3-2 Hagerman d. Capitan, 3-0 Cloudcroft d. Mescalero, 3-1 Ruidoso d. Carlsbad, 3-2 Hondo d. Lake Arthur, 3-0 Girls soccer Robertson 10, Ruidoso 0

Oct. 19 Football Dora 65, Hondo 52 Ruidoso 26, Las Vegas Robertson 21 Magdalena 34, Mescalero 7 Volleyball Carrizozo d. Quemado, 3-0

Oct. 20 Football Capitan 64, Cloudcroft 0 Carrizozo 64, Alamo Navajo 0

Sports Upcoming

Oct. 23 Volleyball Carrizozo at Reserve, 5 p.m. Mescalero at Capitan, 5:30 p.m. Gateway Christian at Hondo, 6:30 p.m. Ruidoso at Portales, 6:30 p.m.

For more photos, full stats and the latest results updated daily, visit

Warriors survive at Robertson By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor A week after losing their first game of the season to Silver, the Ruidoso Warriors were wanting – needing – a victory. They got it, but the 26-21 score over Las Vegas Robertson on Friday was a lot closer than they probably would have liked. “We were in the red zone six times and didn’t score,” said Ruidoso coach Keif Johnson. “That was frustrating. We had four turnovers too, so that didn’t help us.” Neither team was able to score in the first quarter, and Ruidoso (7-1) didn’t get on the board until three minutes into the second quarter with a 1-yard punchin by quarterback Bryce Pompos. It was the first of four touchdowns Jacqueline Carmody/ Pompos would have a hand in, includ- Ruidoso running back Devon Carr cradles the ball ing a 44-yard ramble with two minutes on a carry during the Warriors’ win at Las Vegas left in the first half to put the Warriors Robertson on Friday. up 12-0 at the break. But Robertson (3-4) got on the fourth quarter to put the Cardinals back by board with a 5-yard run by James Gonzales just five points, and Robertson was able to lightly. with four minutes left in the third quarter. take the lead on a fumble recovery for a Gonzales got in the endzone again in the touchdown.

Hondo schools honored by NMAA By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It’s not something you can avoid in athletics – there are winners and losers, and some organizations are more successful than others. But Hondo High School has reaped the benefits of being good sports, as well. Craig Washnok, Hondo activities director, recently returned from the New Mexico Athletic Director’s conference in Albuquerque with a special award in tow. It’s a plaque which shows Hondo was second in Class B for this year’s Director’s Cup award. “We got our points in sportsmanship, and we’ve been getting sportsmanship awards in Hondo for years,” Washnok said. “We haven’t had a player or coach ejection in four years.” Elida was the top school in Class B, having won it the two years of

Class B’s existence on the strength of their two-time defending state champion volleyball and girls basketball teams. The Eagles also have some athletic accomplishments to point to, including the boys basketball team’s second place finish in state in March and state tournament appearances by the girls basketball and volleyball teams, as well as the football team’s appearance in the six man playoffs. Of course, it’s not just about athletics, it’s also about activities, and Hondo’s FFA chapter has also done well at last year’s state competition. A state title or two might have made the difference between first and second place for Hondo, but Washnok knows the real success is in the respect shown by students, coaches and sponsors at events. “As long as we can continue our sportsmanship, that’s what this is about,” Washnok said. “This shows how many great kids we have out here, and we’re all proud of them.”

Oct. 25 Volleyball Corona at Valley Christian, 5 p.m. Mescalero at Hagerman, 5:30 p.m. Capitan at Cloudcroft, 5:30 p.m. Hondo at Vaughn, 6:30 p.m. Roswell at Ruidoso, 6:30 p.m. Boys soccer Ruidoso at Socorro, 3 p.m. Girls soccer Ruidoso at Socorro, 5 p.m.

Oct. 26

“That’s because we started turning the ball over,” Johnson said. “But what’s great about our team is we kept our composure and were able to score that last touchdown for the win.” That last touchdown was a 15yard Pompos pass to Parker Johnson with seven minutes left. It was a lead that the Warriors extended on a sack by Matthew Carr in the Robertson endzone for a safety in the final minute. Devon Carr led the Warriors with 91 yards on 22 carries as the workhorse of the Ruidoso offensive attack, while Johnson’s scoring reception was one of just two catches for a whopping 66 yards. This Friday, the District 4-3A season gets underway when the Warriors travel to Portales to take on the Rams. PHS is 2-5 after being shut out 48-0 by Roswell. The Rams may have struggled this year, but that doesn’t mean coach Johnson is taking them see wArriors pg. 15

Ruidoso netters earn hard-fought victory By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Beating a team three times in a season is difficult – regardless of the sport, or how good your team is. The Ruidoso volleyball team faced that challenge Thursday at Carlsbad, a squad they had defeated in both the Sweet 16 and Zia Classic tournaments earlier in the year, and it took some doing to win again. The Lady Warriors earned a 25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-10 win which coach Bernadette Garcia said highlighted her team’s no-quit attitude. “To beat them like we did in the first game shows some dominance, but then we were down 8-1 in the second game,” Garcia said. “We used some timeouts and got things under control to rally. We lost, but that’s after being down.” The Lady Warriors (10-6) were down 15-5 at another point in the match, but outscored Carlsbad 14-4 before finally falling. After Ruidoso rallied to win game three, the Lady Warriors’ serving failed them, allowing the Cavegirls to win game four and force a fifth and deciding frame. After the Lady Warriors got the victory, Garcia said she was proud of how her girls represented themselves on the court. “Champions are made at moments like this,” Garcia said. “Wins are nice, but this was one that really felt awesome. They’re finally getting rid of the timidity and playing with some passion.” Ruidoso gets back to District 4-3A play Oct. 23 with a match at Portales. The Lady Rams are a squad that has been Ruidoso’s nemesis for many years, but Garcia knows her team has the capacity to beat them. “This is the epitome of a close, hard-working team,” Garcia said. “If we can continue this at Portales, that’s going to be a heck of a match.”

Football Ruidoso at Portales, 7 p.m. Tatum at Carrizozo, 7 p.m. Mescalero at Capitan, 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 Volleyball Lovington at Ruidoso, 2 p.m. Cross country Ruidoso hosts the Ruidoso Invite at RHS, 10 a.m.

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Tigers take no prisoners at Cloudcroft By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor CLOUDCROFT – Capitan won its fourth straight football game Saturday – and its first District 3-1A game of the year. It was a 64-0 thrashing of Cloudcroft that showed the Tigers have returned with a vengeance from its 0-3 start to the year. “It feels really good to have everyone now,” said quarterback Ruben Mendoza, who was one of six Tigers to score a touchdown on the day. “In the first three games, we just didn’t have everybody, but now everything is starting to click.” Capitan dominated the contest in every conceivable way. The Tigers (4-3, 1-0 district) scored 38 points just in the first quarter en route to ending the contest at halftime on the mercy rule, and outgained Cloudcroft (1-7, 0-1) by 238 yards – entirely with the ground game. Cloudcroft’s only first down didn’t come until there were four minutes left in the second quarter – on a 37-yard pass from

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Capitan’s Dreamer Whipple, right, is tackled by Cloudcroft’s Mitch Manford after Whipple had recovered a Bear fumble during Saturday’s District 3-1A game at Cloudcroft. quarterback Sammy Rabon to Dylan Derrick that took the Bears down to the Capitan 24-yard line. Two plays and two flags later, Cloudcroft kicker Niklas Bartsch attempted a 37-yard field goal that went wide right. That was as far as the Bears ever penetrated into

Capitan territory. Prior to Rabon’s only completion, Cloudcroft hadn’t even been able to cross midfield. The Tigers, meanwhile, were running at will, with six different players touching the ball for double figures. Three of them – Jacob Wil-

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Hondo receiver Irving Gomez, right, prepares to run into the endzone after a catch as Dora defender Tyler Sites misses the tackle, Friday, at Hondo.

Hondo holds its own By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor HONDO – Not many people, other than the Hondo Eagles, felt this was going to be a close football game. The Eagles hosted an unbeaten Dora six-man team during Hondo’s Homecoming in the last game of the regularseason, and gave the Coyotes all they could handle in a 65-52 loss. Hondo (3-4) now has two weeks before the start of the playoffs, and coach Brandon Devine said the time off will help. “We’re waiting now for the quarterfinals, and we’ve got a few boo-boos to take care of,” Devine said. “This couldn’t have happened at a better time. We’ll spend a lot of time conditioning and working to fix a few little mistakes.” The game started with a particularly wild first quarter, in which the teams combined for 51 points and ended with Dora in a 33-18 lead. It turned out that lead was what eventually gave the Coyotes (7-0) the victory. “They might say they (Dora) were playing flat, but you still can’t take anything away from my boys,” Devine said. “They didn’t expect us to play as well as we did.” Dora opened the scoring with a 10-yard run by quarterback Tyler Sites – who led his team with 233 of the Coyotes’ 394 yards on the ground – but Hondo followed up with a 22-yard scoring strike from Billy Candelaria to Irving Gomez just over a minute later to tie it up at 6-all. The scoring floodgates for both team

were open after that, although the Eagles did a bit better job of containing Dora’s offense in the second quarter. Things could have really got out of hand in the third quarter, when Dora’s Armando Arzate intercepted a Candelaria pass in the Coyote endzone and returned it 81 yards for the score, but the play was called back to the Coyote six on an “inadvertent whistle.” Dora still scored on the ensuing drive, but the momentum had stopped, and Hondo started using that to their advantage. The Eagles got another scoring pass – this one from Beto Nores to Gomez – and then forced the Coyotes to turn the ball over on downs at the Dora 27. Hondo capitalized with a drive that took just three plays to find paydirt on a 20-yard scamper by Nores to put the Eagles back by 13 with 2:33 left. But Dora was able to retrieve the onside kick, and engineered a clockkilling drive to secure the victory. Nores was the team leader for Hondo, accounting for 336 yards and five touchdowns both as a rusher and passer. Most of the Eagles’ yards came in the air, with Gomez, Candelaria, Lalo Lerma and Adrian Vazquez combining for 293 yards receiving. But for a few busted plays, this game might have been very different, and Devine attributes that to the team’s youth. “That’s just us being young,” Devine said. “But we played with our heart tonight and it showed. We preach to them to leave it all on the field, and they did it tonight.”

cox, Mikey Hamm and Dreamer Whipple – had at least 70 yards each and combined for 229 yards on just 18 carries.

“Having the full team back is great. We’re loaded at the skill positions and we’re faster than everybody,” Whipple said. “We’ve got the people we need on the field and have the drive to pull away from people.” All six Tigers that gained yardage ended up in the endzone on the day. Wilcox led the team with four scores. It was not just the fourth win in four games, it was also the fourth time in a row Capitan had beaten its opponent by at least 39 points, and was the third straight game that ended at halftime. That may be impressive, but it’s also a little frustrating for coach Collin Justiss, who is working to get his team ready for a likely playoff berth. “We need the reps, and I tried to cut down the bleeding as much as possible, but what do you do?” Justiss said of Capitan’s scoring onslaught. “I don’t know what to say

about that. This is what we’ve been capable of all along.” If they do make it to the playoffs, the Tigers will likely face Hagerman, Fort Sumner or Jal – the three teams that beat Capitan to start the year. “I think it’s a big possibility to see them again,” Mendoza said. “They’re ranked higher than us, but we’ll play our hearts out, and we’re not the same team now. We’re way better.” Still, Justiss is realistic enough to know he’s still got two more district games to play against Mescalero and Magdalena in the next two weeks, and a miscalculation against either team could derail the Tigers’ chances at the postseason. “We’re not even looking at the playoffs, we’re looking at Mescalero next week,” Justiss said. “We’ve got to get through district. If we stub our toe there, we’re probably not in.”

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By Richard Stevens Senior Writer/ If ever a single Lobo -- and a New Mexico offensive front -- ever deserved to leave the field in victory, that night came Saturday at the Air Force Academy. New Mexico’s Kasey Carrier dazzled the crowd and destroyed the Air Force defense for 338 yards on 39 carries, but the Lobos, who played most of the second half without B.R. Holbrook, fell 28-23 in a heartbreaking effort by a team of gutsy Lobos.

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Gateway pulls off upset over Corona off will energize these girls.” The match throws the rest of the regular season in doubt. Corona – initially a prohibitive favorite to win its second straight regular season district title by running the table – has more than a week off before facing Lake Arthur on the road on Oct. 30. Gateway Christian plays at Hon-

do next Tuesday in a showdown between second-place teams. The winner of that match would have sole possession of second place and stand to challenge Corona for the district title. But Hondo is the only one that would face Corona again – a Nov. 1 season finale at Corona.

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The Corona duo of Hannah Gage (23) and Shelly Gensler go up for a block of Gateway Christian’s Shaye Nelson, Thursday, at Roswell. advances in which the Lady Warriors proved scrappy in long volleys. The Lady Cardinals had game point serve twice before a hit by Lizzie Worrrall went long to give Corona the 26-24 victory. The second game was even more frustrating for the Lady Cardinals, who opened the frame with a 7-1 lead before their serving and serve-receive woes allowed Gateway to take the lead at 20-17 and never relinquish the advantage. “Evidently, I’m not getting the job done,” Gage said of Corona’s service problems. “This is the most disappointed I’ve ever been with an effort as the coach at Corona. The effort just wasn’t there.” The rest of the match was the same – with Corona taking a lead, then watching the Lady Warriors storm back to tie it or take their own lead. “Losing that fist game was disappointing, but I knew we could pull it back up,” said Gateway outside hitter Kate Hammonds. “I could feel that spirit getting up in us.” Gateway Christian really got into its groove in game four, using a late 6-0 run with Longmire serving to take control and never let go for the seven-point win. The Lady Warriors continued with that momentum into the deciding game, as Corona only had the lead once at 3-2.

Gateway got the serve right back and built a 6-3 lead with Shreea Mistry serving – taking advantage of unforced Lady Cardinal errors. They never gave the lead up, and a kill by Hammonds put the match away for the Lady Warriors. “I was a little nervous about this match yesterday, but after practice today, I felt at peace about it and knew that we were all ready,” Hammonds said. “We were all pumped and ready to go.” “Corona was struggling and kind of beating themselves, but then they started to play smarter and keeping the ball in play, trying to force us to make the errors,” Pirtle said “I was glad that we stepped up and kept attacking the ball to make them work for any points they got.” “I’m not sure I can bring anything positive out of tonight,” Gage said. “I didn’t have a single girl – on the floor or on the bench – that had a normal game. It was maybe a 50 percent effort. And the seniors were making mistakes like the eighth graders. “So now it’s back to day one, working on serves and serve receives,” he added. “Maybe a week

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By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor ROSWELL – Corona may have come into Thursday’s District 3B matchup with Gateway Christian looking to extend its two-year win streak over district opponents, but the Lady Warriors had other plans. Gateway Christian got one of its biggest volleyball wins in school history with a 24-26, 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 15-7 victory to mark the Lady Cardinals’ first district loss in two years and put the Lady Warriors into a second-place tie with Hondo. The Lady Eagles defeated Lake Arthur in three games on Thursday night. Corona (14-3, 6-1 district) now holds a slim half-game lead atop the district standings, and coach Richard Gage knows the rest of the district will be gunning for the Lady Cardinals. “Nothing’s safe now,” Gage said. “If we continue to play like this, we won’t even be in the hunt.” “If we continue to play like this, it looks more like a three-way playoff,” said Gateway coach Kerri Pirtle. “After Tuesday, maybe not even that.” Probably the most frustrating thing about Thursday’s match for Corona is that this had no business being this close. The Lady Cardinals came in with serving problems – both giving and receiving – which had also plagued them in a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 win over Hondo two days before. That is what ultimately spelled their doom on Thursday. Game one was a prime example. Corona got a pair of leads midway through the frame – including a 16-6 lead following a six-point scoring streak with Hannah Gage serving – but couldn’t hold either advantage. Gateway (7-9, 4-2) gained a lot of momentum starting with a block by Charlee Longmire of Lady Cardinal hitter Shelly Gensler, which sparked an 8-0 run to tie things up at 17-all. From there, Corona had to fend off numerous


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Carrizozo netters sweep past Quemado By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Carrizozo’s volleyball team swept District 4B opponent Quemado on the road Friday, but don’t think it was all that easy. “They were kind of competitive, and this is the start of a rivalry,” said Carrizozo coach Pam Allen. “That always plays into what happens.” The Lady Grizzlies (13-3, 2-1 bidistrict) have been hampered by illness striking most of the varsity on the court, and Allen said she was impressed with how the girls stepped up. “The seven kids that do the bulk of the varsity playing have been really sick, and we had to play through it on Fri-

day,” Allen said. “These kids have lots of heart and they believe in their teammates. We came through that in good shape.” Carrizozo is at Reserve next week, and a win there puts the Lady Grizzlies at 2-0 in District 4B. They’ve split with Class 1A team Animas in bi-district play, meaning they’d still have to travel to Animas to play for that championship, even if they end up winning the District 4B title. Allen is just hoping to get past the team illness. “Our plan is to play through and advance to the state tournament,” Allen said. “I need to be alert in practice and design things so we can get through this and not create too much fatigue.”

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Lady Eagles get payback in Lake Arthur By Paul Lessard For the Ruidoso Free Press LAKE ARTHUR – The Hondo Lady Eagles rode a strong serving performance to solidify second place in the wild world of District 3B volleyball Thursday after a straight sets win over Lake Arthur. The Lady Eagles got their district record to 4-2 with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 win over the Lady Panthers, who fell to 3-3 in district. “Pretty happy with what we did tonight,” stated coach Dwayne Morris of his team (8-8 overall). “Lake Arthur’s a good team – they got some good sets on us. We were out for a little payback after last time (a Lady Panther win). “What can you say, we played hard,” he added. “We had a good game with Corona the other night. We knew coming into this one that it would be a difficult game, but nothing we couldn’t handle if we played our game.” Hondo and the Lady Panthers (5-10 overall) battled on pretty even terms in game one until the mid-way point. An ace serve by senior captain Selena Chavez and a nice dig by Valeria Lerma got the Lady Eagles off to an early 4-2 lead. Lake

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Hondo’s Alyssa Gomez sets the ball to the back court, Thursday, at Lake Arthur.

Arthur rattled off four straight to take a 6-4 lead and the game was a roller-coaster for awhile with numerous long, tiring rallies. Hondo got to within one after a big kill by Montana Prudencio and then stretched the lead to two. A diving return

Capitan swept again in district By Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press HAGERMAN – Hagerman celebrated its Dig Pink night and its District 7-1A home volleyball opener Thursday with their second easy victory in a row. Hagerman downed Capitan in a quick 25-13, 25-16, 25-8 match. After some pre-game ceremonies to raise funds to combat breast cancer, the Lady ‘Cats (9-5, 2-0 in district) got right to work, going up 3-0 and never trailing. The Lady Tigers (1-14, 0-2) kept it close briefly – trailing 5-3 – but then Jessica Rodriguez ran off Photo by Karen Boehler six straight serves to make it 11-3, Capitan’s Teyna Montoya hits the and although Regan Pruett, Teyna ball across the net during Thursday’s Montoya and Cheyenne Eldridge District 7-1A match at Hagerman. each managed a few offensive points for Capitan, it wasn’t nearly enough. cat coach Monica Morales said isn’t The Bobcats had their big serving untypical. run early in Game 2, with Jamie Warf “We’re kind of roller coaster a little putting Hagerman up 6-1. For the next bit on that,” she said. “We serve really few servers, the teams pretty much well, then if we’re off, we’re off.” traded side outs, with service errors As for the four-point run by Capiplaguing both teams. Lori Gossett and tan late in Game 2, Morales said she Rodriguez each had short runs. Then, gave everyone on the bench time to see with the game still somewhat close at action. 18-11, Gossett served five straight and a “I think it was just getting kids rotation error on Capitan made it 24-11. in and out,” she said. “Not our usual But a lift kept the Lady ‘Cats from serve-receivers the whole time. They getting the final point, and Eldridge served well, I think.” served four straight for Capitan before a Capitan coach Rebecca Gonzales lift call gave that final point to Hagersaid her team is young but is slowly man. improving. Tori Douglas opened Game 3 with “It’s just little mistakes here and six straight and the rout was on, as the there that we’re trying to sharpen up, Tigers only managed one offensive and that’s what we’ve been doing all point in the game, from Destini Tayseason long, which is fundamentals and lor on a big Capitan block. Shayanna different skills and talent of each of the Eubanks added five serves for the ‘Cats girls and trying to make that all mesh late in the game, with the winning point together as one,” she said. “But this coming on a kill by Leslie Trevizo. game was definitely a show of a couple The match might have been over more blocks than we’ve had in the past. even quicker but for nine service errors So that’s good. We’re making improveby Hagerman, something Lady Bobments.”

Numbers deceiving at Rio Rancho By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor The Rio Rancho Jamboree is more than a cross country meet, it’s an event, with almost every team in the state making the trek to the home of the Rams in what amounts to a preview of this year’s state meet. The state meet will also be held at Rio Rancho, which is why Ruidoso coach Trevor Rabourn decided his team needed to be in the mix

last week. The Warriors have been running well this year, but the Jamboree was a reality check, as the boys finished 10th in the small school division, while the girls were a distant 14th. However, Rabourn said the numbers can be a little deceiving. “We ran pretty well, although we’re not training for this meet, it’s just another stepping stone to state,” Rabourn said. “We’re still in the midst

of wrapping up some of the hardest training weeks of the year. To do that and have a stellar performance is difficult.” Among 3A competition, the boys were actually seventh behind powerhouses like Pojoaque, St. Michael’s and Shiprock. The Lady Warriors were ninth in 3A schools. This Saturday, the Warriors will be at home as they host the annual Warrior Invite at 10 a.m. at Ruidoso High School.

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by Abby Castillo fell for a point to cut the lead to one, but then Lerma went on a strong serving run to get the lead up to 16-11. Castillo had another great return for a winner, but then Selene Medina went on her own serving run getting the lead to 21-12. Cristina Caro got a big kill to stop the run which led to a mini-run by the Lady Panthers. The slow comeback got to 2218, but then Prudencio got another kill and the run ended. Ashley Chavez got in one last good serve to end game one 25-19 in favor of the Eagles. Morris was pleased with the play of his squad. “We were having some serving issues and with some other little things, but overall I’m really pleased with what we did,” Morris said. “We had a good game. We played in control and we played our game.” Game two saw the Lady Eagles ride the game one momentum to an early lead. After a kill by Prudencio, Hondo was up 4-0. The Lady Eagles then stretched the lead to 8-4 after a great tip by Chavez and then went up 10-4 after Lake Arthur hitting errors.

The Lady Panthers’ net play was finally rewarded with a big block by Caro to trim the lead to 13-7 and then LA slowly cut the lead to 13-9. Despite the fine setting by Myra Davila and the hitting by Caro, the Lady Eagles still got the lead to 17-11. Lake Arthur went on one last run getting the lead down to 19-14. Two errors late gave the game to Hondo again at 25-19. The Lady Panthers refused to die and continued to fight in game three, but Hondo continued to play inspired ball, especially at the service line. Medina began with some bombs from the service line to go up 4-1, but Lake Arthur got the benefit of a net violation and found the score tied at 4-all. Castillo got in some good serves herself as the Lady Panthers led briefly 6-5. The teams went back and forth and, after a kill by Chavez, the game was tied at 9-all. Hondo continued their relentless attach and stretched the lead to 14-9. They continued to place the ball where Lake Arthur could not return and the lead got out of control at 18-10. One last run by the Lady Panthers was not enough and the game ended on an error at 25-16.

Grizzlies gearing up for district rivals By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Carrizozo didn’t break much of a sweat in its 64-0 football thrashing at Alamo Navajo on Saturday. In fact, there were a few Grizzlies who didn’t suit out at all. That suited ’Zozo coach Kevin Sheehan just fine.

“We got to rest a number of key players, and there were some younger kids who stepped up to get some needed experience,” Sheehan said. “We had some injuries from the week before, so they needed to be benched.” With a pair of big games against District 2 rivals Tatum and Gateway Christian looming, the

Grizzlies (7-1) got a lot of output from players they’ll probably need to rely on in the season finale. Seniors Tavi Nash and Carl Barela did get to play, and put up big numbers in the game. Nash ran for 105 yards on just 15 carries and returned two punts for touchdowns. Barela carried the ball three times for 76 yards and two scores.

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER Tuesday Seniors team standings, week 6 of 32 Name Won Lost Just Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16½ 7½ Spud & the Tater Tots . . . . . . . . 14½ 9½ Smokey Bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 10 The Who?`. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 10 Ageless Wonders . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 13 This week’s high scores Scratch series – Smokey Bear 2,627, The Who? 2.422, Spud & the Tater Tots 2,258 Scratch game – Ageless Wonders 883, Just Us 799 Men’s handicap series – Gene Nitz 744, Larry Caywood 643, Hubert Lee 628 Men’s handicap game – Harry Allwein 242, Jim Clements 230, Bob McCann 217 Women’s handicap series – Linda Mitchum 718, Linda Clements 612, Martha Chavez 598 Women’s handicap game – Ursula Eckersley 225, Rose Bivens 220, Gloria Wheeler 219 ––– Tuesday Mixed team standings, week 6 of 16 Name Won Lost Ruidoso Bowl 16 8 Rhino Rose 16 8 Team 7 16 8 No Pin Zone 12 12 Living On A Spare 10 14 Homies 10 14 Ebowla 10 14 Energy 2 Spare 6 18 This week’s high scores Scratch series – Rhino Rose 2,034, Homies 1,642 Scratch game – Ruidoso Bowl 637, Ebowla 505 Handicap series – No Pin Zone 2,628, Living On A Spare 2,449 Handicap game – Team 7 888, Energy 2 Spare 813 Men’s scratch series – Gene Nitz 642, Spud Mitchum 548, Etienne Turner 485 Men’s scratch game – J.R. Mitchell 205, Ronnie Wright 195, Tom Rheingans 173 Men’s handicap series – Curtis Williamson 704, Alan Kirgen 649, T.J. Sanders 630 Men’s handicap game – Max Cimarron 248, Keith Elkins 247, Rocky Solis 236 Women’s scratch series – Pam Bernard 426, Millie Cimarron 346, Patty Kim 336 Women’s scratch game – Ginger Williamson 175, Diane Killingsworth 132, Linda Mitchum 121 Women’s handicap series – Misty Goss 625, Sam McAlister 605, Rachel Weber 595 Women’s handicap game – Di 237, Dena Mitchell 210, Mary Gillett 196 ––– Wednesday Mixed team standings, week 6 of 32 Name Won Lost Team 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16½ 7½

Ruidoso U-Haul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Western Auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14½ Living Energies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13½ Ruidoso Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10½ No Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Team 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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This week’s high scores Scratch series – Western Auto 2,160, Ruidoso U-Haul 2,781 Scratch game – Living Energies 753, No Doubt 583 Handicap series – Team 7 2,717, Team 8, 2,520 Handicap game – Ruidoso Bowl 910, Team 6 876 Men’s scratch series – Hans Dubay 663, Jim McGarvey 662, Floyd Ganaway 566 Men’s scratch game – Weldon Ganaway 236, Tom Douglas 229, Joe Shafer 212 Men’s handicap series – Phil Fannings 703, Chris Carter 667, Bob Layher 650 Men’s handicap game – Ken Brower 255, Ronnie Wright 247, Sid Thomas 222 Women’s scratch series – Pam Bernard 496, Kathy Kiefer 387, Irene Pawlowski 384 Women’s scratch game – Jean Fanning 168, Gloria Wheeler 147, Trina Thomas 136 Women’s handicap series – Michelle Lopez 662, Gail Bailey 660, Vivian Mowdy 645 Women’s handicap game – Sharla Ganaway 249, Nancy Seidel 237, Laura Flynn, Sonia Younis 217 ––– Thursday Men’s team standings, week 6 of 32 Name Won Lost Good Ole Boys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 6 Insidhers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 7 Ruidoso Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 11 Buckner Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 12 Western Auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 12 GSV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10½ 13½ Down’s U-Haul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 15 Ruidoso Septic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4½ 19½ This week’s high scores Scratch series – Western Auto 2,990, Insidhers 2,612 Scratch game – Down’s U-Haul 890, GSV 831 Handicap series – Good Ole Boys 3,379, Buckner Electric 3,176 Handicap game – Ruidoso Bowl 1,128, Ruidoso Septic 1,109 Scratch series – Hans Dubay 726, Richard Guevara 645, Jim McGarvey 631 Scratch game – Keith Brower 240, Darryl Bagley 239, David Hoffer 236 Handicap series – Jim Clements 740, Hubert Lee 722, John Cardone 711 Handicap game – Rudy Lugo 263, Gene Nitz 253, Keith Eickholt 244

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October 23, 2012


State representatives converge in Ruidoso By Sue Hutchison Reporter While Lincoln County residents have been appraised numerous times about the county’s progress in the aftermath of the Little Bear fire, the message was delivered to a different audience last week. NM Senators and Representatives were on hand as the Water and Natural Resource Committee heard local officials and citizens speak about the fire’s effects. Both official business and public input were conducted at the two day event. NM Senator Phil Griego chaired the committee and invited Debi Lee, Village of Ruidoso manager, along with Nita Taylor, Lincoln County manager, Jackie Powell, county commissioner and Kathryn Minter, county commissioner to describe after effects of the fire. David Warnack, Smokey Bear District ranger, was invited to join the group, explaining again the full suppression tactics used by the Forest Service at the fire’s onset June 4. Griego, incumbent candidate for NM Senate District 33, is a farmer and rancher and says he is familiar with conditions drought and flooding bring. “I’m still ranching and know what difficulties our farmers and ranchers face. I wanted the committee members to hear firsthand how Lincoln County is managing under these trying times,” Griego said. “It’s important for the committee to see our citizen’s faces and hear their personal stories.” Both Lee and Taylor took time to explain the fire’s impact on local watershed, Grindstone and Alto reservoirs, surface water and subsequent emergency measures to ensure the safety of the county. “The fishies are flopping,” said Lee, who

indicated that between extended drought conditions and lack of good surface water, current problems warrant a variety of remediation methods. While final numbers will not be secured for years, Taylor indicated more than 1.4 million “out of pocket” dollars of expense to the county has already been spent. “The county is the filing agent for FEMA funds,” said Taylor, who indicated that documentation is still in progress to secure additional FEMA grants and funds. She continued by thanking volunteer entities who have contributed more than 16,000 hours of service in assistance to affected areas in the community. “Groups like Samaritan’s Purse were here to volunteer their time, (saving the county thousands),” she said. Lee introduced Justin King, village assistant utilities director/capital projects manager, who was the deputy Incident Commander during the Little Bear fire. He delivered current information of the village’s efforts to mitigate fire and flood concerns. “More than 500 truckloads of hay have been delivered to reseed the burn scar,” said King. Managing evacuations and utilizing the village’s Reverse 911 system kept King and the village hoping during the fire. Showing a map to the committee, King spoke about the massive effort to keep culverts, ditches and roads clear of debris from post fire flooding. He answered questions committee members posed about current post fire and flood mitigation. Committee members questioned Warnack, who again

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Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and 4 By Fred Nathan

Toward the end of your ballot in this coming election is an opportunity to professionalize and streamline New Mexico’s dysfunctional Public Regulation Commission (PRC) by voting in favor of Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and 4. This matters because no local, state or federal government agency directly affects more New Mexicans on a daily basis than the PRC. In addition to approving the prices New Mexicans pay for electricity, natural gas, water and landline telephone service, the PRC also regulates every type of insurance – ranging from auto, property, life and title insurance to health insurance. The PRC controls the cost and service of motor carriers (including taxis, moving vans, buses, shuttles, ambulances and tow trucks); processes corporate registrations; regulates oil, natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines; and even oversees the State Fire Marshal’s office and ski lift inspections. As a result, the PRC has the broadest regulatory power of any state agency in the nation, yet the qualifications required of the five PRC commissioners are surprisingly low for such a powerful position. PRC commissioners are only required to be: 1) at least 18 years of age; 2) residents of the state for at least one year; and 3) not convicted felons. That is it. There are no professional requirements or educational requirements – not even a high school diploma. This is particularly troubling because PRC commissioners must frequently make very complex and technical decisions that require them to understand, analyze and apply economic, legal and engineering concepts. The decisions they make affect hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and tens of millions of dollars. Constitutional Amendment 2 would authorize the legislature to increase the qualifications of PRC commissioners and require continuing education so that the commissioners are better able to fulfill their mission of ensuring fair and reasonable utility rates and service for all New Mexicans. The PRC would also benefit from being streamlined so that commissioners can focus on their core mission, the regulation of utilities. A good place to start would be removing the PRC’s responsibility for processing the registration of corporations. The PRC’s corporations bureau has long been plagued by

problems including lost checks, lost paperwork and delays lasting weeks and even months. Further confusing the situation, the PRC handles the reporting and registration of only some types of businesses, like limited liability companies (LLCs), while the Secretary of State handles it for others, like limited liability partnerships (LLPs). Constitutional Amendment 3 would consolidate both units into an efficient one-stop shop for all business registrations and filings at the Secretary of State’s office, the way 41 other states do it. Another important reform would be to remove the PRC’s authority over the Insurance Division. Under the PRC, every Superintendent of Insurance has either been fired or forced to resign because of the inherent conflicts that arise from working for five bosses with competing political agendas. In addition, the Insurance Division has been placed on probation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners three times in its 16-year history, in large part because in the past, PRC commissioners had pressured the division to hire unqualified but politically connected employees. Constitutional Amendment 4 would instead allow the superintendent to be selected by an independent nominating committee, insulating the regulation of insurance from political interference. Three of the five current PRC commissioners – Chairman Patrick Lyons, Commissioner Doug Howe and Commissioner Jason Marks – have joined with Think New Mexico to advocate for the passage of Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and 4 as essential first steps toward turning around the PRC. Lyons is a Republican, Marks is a Democrat, and Howe is an Independent. This tri-partisan cooperation reflects the fact that this package is about enacting common sense reforms, not politics. Please encourage all your friends and family to vote in favor of Constitutional Amendments 2, 3 and 4 (on the second side of your ballot). If you would like to learn more about these constitutional amendments to reform the PRC, please visit Think New Mexico’s website at Fred Nathan is Executive Director of Think New Mexico, an independent, results-oriented think tank serving New Mexicans. Think New Mexico released a report last October entitled “Rethinking the PRC.”

defined his team’s full fire suppression tactics when the fire was initially spotted June 4, including helicopter and chain saw presence. He spoke about ongoing Forest Service and other cooperative agencies in rehabilitation efforts for Monjeau lookout and Ski Apache. “We share one landscape,” he said. Chaves County Representative Candy Spence-Ezell and Bernalillo County Senator Cisco McSorley continued to question Warnack, expressing common and widespread concerns and misconceptions which have spread throughout the state. Warnack explained factual and ongoing mitigation efforts, explaining documented fire remediation. “I stand by our district ranger 100 percent,” said Powell. “(It’s) the policy (that) needs to be changed to include local input. If it ain’t working, fix it,” she continued and spoke about widespread flooding damage in the Hondo Valley including livestock concerns with surface water contamination. Powell’s comments were directed to committee members

to encourage Washington D.C.’s policy makers to take another look at Forest Service policies. Representatives from State Forestry, Fire and Aviation Management, Forest and Watershed Restoration, and Forest Industries were invited to make statements. Mark Doth, county commissioner joined the panel and spoke in favor of an interstate compact agreement to manage forested lands cooperatively and locally. “I included public comment on the agenda to give Lincoln County residents a chance to voice their concerns,” said Griego. “I’ve been to Lincoln County 17 times before the primary (election) and 14 times since, and I know the county’s concerns. If I’m elected, I know Lincoln County will be pleased with the way I represent them in Santa Fe.” “I wanted the committee to be here to hear Lincoln County’s concerns so when I present my bill regarding National Forestry Policy Reform to the Senate, they’ll know about what’s important to the residents,” said Griego.


Ruidoso Free Press


October 23, 2012

On this flat we call The Globe – Jake McCaw A performance artist under construction By Georgene Inks Theatre Arts instructor, Red Feather Theatre Company Jake was new to the high school theatre program that year, exposed to it while working on and watching the Red Feather Theatre Shakespeare’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Recalling being impressed with theatre students, whom he says he observed working together “fixing things” and staying together, like a family, Jake began exploring his interests. Initially, his exploration led him into the high school art class, the very class that was painting a replica of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre stage background on seven periaktoi which had canvases 14 feet high and 6 feet wide; flats designated for the upcoming Shakespearean production. Not only did he paint, he was even offered the role of a statue in the play, which he gracefully declined. Yet, he found himself enrolling in the theatre class anyway because it interested him, especially the way theatre students worked together. Then, upon entering class, he immediately received a special project, a kit, about the size of a thin magazine wrapped in plastic. It was this thing, along with painting Shakespeare’s Globe on the periaktoi that he recently reminded me, is how he began with Red Feather. Many years before meeting Jake, I placed a very special kit in my backpack, after buying it in London. I was there attending a production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at The Globe Theatre and watched the famous play, from the point of view of a groundling, standing for three and a half hours at the foot of the stage; it seemed like only moments. The stage background was intensely colorful and the roof over the stage was brilliant with the painted designs of stars; the Zodiac. It was on this replica stage that the great Shakespearean actors referenced the heavens, the palaces, yes, the great “globe” itself; a reality still sinking into everyone’s mind at the time. It was an amazing experience seeing Hamlet there. I was traveling with my beloved 15-year-old son and we were “doing Europe” on a shoestring, staying in youth hostels and sleeping sometimes in train stations. I carried only a backpack for a month and everything I needed was in it. He did the same. The kit, which I decided I had to have while visiting The Globe’s wonderful store, had only one option – the backpack – and that is where it stayed, flat inside against the back cover. From this snug position it traveled with me by train to Amsterdam and then along the Rhine River up to Munich and later by sleeper train down to Florence, then to Rome and finally all the way down the boot to Brendisi. Next it traveled by a starry, starry night on a ferry across to Greece and on a bus over to Athens finally making it down to Crete, the island of the mythological Minotaur, getting there by night voyage. After watching a full moon celebration on the beach, the kit traveled back up by ferry and train through Greece and Italy on sleepers coming to rest for a while in Paris and last of all, a fast plane to Houston. Once, back on U.S. soil I took it out of my back pack and placed it in a safe place, in one of my many moving boxes, which eventually were placed on my 36-foot sailboat, Morning Star. As if Europe wasn’t enough, the English kit was carefully tucked into a floor storage pocket on my boat,

resting quietly there for four years while voyaging from the U.S. mainland to the Virgin Islands, back and forth to the British Virgin Islands and even to Venezuela; a dangerous dance with Hurricane Emily from St. Croix. Finally, after the boating life ended, Shakespeare’s store remnant found a light filled resting place on a book shelf in the theatre classroom at Ruidoso High School where it stayed perched throughout the first year of my employment with the district; a teacher of high school theatre classes. During my second year, teaching in this mountain theatre classroom, it finally found just the right person and constructionist. I handed the precious thing to a new student named Jake, initially impressing me as someone with unusual concentration, motivation, inquisitiveness and an immediate “Trust me, I can do this” attitude. Because I had decided Red Feather would produce Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” I thought the background of The Globe would be appropriate and a great learning project. Also I wanted this kit to finally get used and used properly. We had both been waiting for just the right time, place, person... “An auspicious star” to coin a phrase directly from Prospero’s lines in “The Tempest.” Little did I know, when I handed Jake the project that this would be the first of a myriad accomplishments he could take credit for in Red Feather productions throughout the next four years. I couldn’t have even speculated that finally, during his senior year, not only would he construct and play the leading role in the last play Shakespeare wrote, “The Tempest,” Jake would also compose and play his own musical score in conjunction with performing it, all in his last year of high school. Jake took his first role with Red Feather seriously and applied a perfectionist methodology constructing the miniature replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; he describes it as being on flat sheets of thin cardboard, intricately divided to form all the pieces of the Bard’s theatre, complete with stage, columns, balconies,

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walls and roof. The flat kit of The Globe, which had fit into and traveled to so many places, now became an intricately constructed 3D model; which is an effective hands on tool helping many students see the connections of what they were painting and what the staging of a Shakespearean production was really designed for. Only someone with razor like focus, patience, analysis, concentration and a consistent application of direction could have constructed the model without totally botching it. Jake was trusted with it and constructed The Globe Theatre, flawlessly. Now, four years later, he is the musical director and composer as well as lead actor in the upcoming Red Feather production, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Along with a full class load Jake is under tremendous time and energy constraints rehearsing and constructing the character of Prospero, one of the greatest roles Shakespeare ever created; a character who perhaps is saying farewell to the world and his beloved stage, “This flat we call The Globe.” to be continued...

Nurse Practitioner now providing care in the ER Fast Track

Lincoln County Medical Center welcomes Erik Cooper, FNP, to our ER Fast Track. Erik brings six years of experience as a registered nurse working in a Level II trauma emergency room setting to his new position as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The ER Fast Track treats patients after triage and assessment determines they have non-emergent and non-urgent conditions, allowing for care in a more timely and efficient manner. Erik provides care in the Lincoln County Medical Center ER, Friday through Monday, Noon to 10 p.m.

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Things to do every day Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs. - Mon. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. 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 TUESDAY OCTOBER 23 Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24 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. Live Music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY OCTOBER 25 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-can-eat 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 Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. FRIDAY OCTOBER 26 The Rascal Fair and White Oaks Community Market, 4 p.m. to dusk. Produce, plants, flowers, crafts and unique entertainment. Every Friday through the summer. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn 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 available for seniors, military and youth. Visit www. or call 575-378-4142. “A Land So Strange” exhibit, Hubbard Museum, 26301 Hwy 70, Ruidoso Downs, runs

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. 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. Fast Forward – an Albuquerque, NM favorite/Latin 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. SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 Ski Run Road Challenge, Start: Eagle Creek Sports Complex (Hwy 532/Ski run road) Finish at Ski Apache Plaza, 8 - 11:30 a.m. A 12M run (solo or team relay) and 3M Fun run on Ski Run Road among the beautiful Sacramento Mountains. It is a point-to-point run, uphill to MM 9.5 (10,000 feet) with a downhill fin-

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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, and seasonal attractions such as Bumper Boats, Panning for Gemstones, Rock Climbing Wall, Extreme Air and Kiddie Bounce House.

ish at Ski Apache Plaza (9,600 feet). Sanctioned by the USA Track & Field. All proceeds benefit the Ski Apache Adaptive Skier Program. 575-2579507 or 575-937-7106; Fees vary from $30 solo 3M to $150 team. 16th Annual Great Pumpkin Race & Harvestfest, Cloudcroft. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fun for the whole family. There are 3 categories for the Great Pumpkin Race: Amateur, Semi-Pro and Pro. The pumpkin race takes place on Burro Ave. next to the Nivison Library. The Harvestfest takes place at the library. Costume contest (parade at 3 p.m.), coloring contest, pumpkin decorating/carving contest (please bring your already decorated/ carved pumpkin) and games (start at 1 p.m.). Trick or treating (Burro Ave., 4 - 6 p.m.) for the kids and at dark a Haunted House at the Museum. Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce: 575-682-2733. Ruidoso Legal Fair, Ruidoso Senior Center, 501 Sudderth Drive, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free Consultations with Attorneys regarding: Divorce, child support, wills/power of attorneys, health care directives, guardianships, public benefits, bankruptcy and foreclosure, creditor/debtor and landlord/tenant. First-come, first-served basis. Bilingual attorneys available. Presented by the 12th Judicial District Local Pro Bono Committee and New Mexico Legal Aid. Steve Waldorf performs at Grace O’Malley’s, 12 - 3 p.m. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recom-

mended. 257-8930. Nob Hill Fall Fest, Ruidoso Convention Center, 3 - 7 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Pumpkin carving, engraving booth, face painting and much, much more. 575-2579041. Tickets are required to play at the booths. Tickets are 25¢ each at the door. 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. Free Movie “Lenny,” Sacred Grounds Coffee & Tea House, 2825 Sudderth Dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. Our last movie for Dustin Hoffman movie month. “Lenny” is the story of acerbic 1960’s comic Lenny Bruce, who’s groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the “Establishment” as too obscene for the public.” This movie is definitely not for every age or every taste. Language and subject matter could be offensive to some people. 575-257-2273. 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. “Club Dead” Halloween Party, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, 8 - 11 p.m. Enjoy the scariest Satur-

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day night around during this annual event which features a DJ and costume contest with prizes for the scariest, funniest, sexiest, most original and best overall costumes. All Club Dead attendees are encouraged to join in the contest fun and must be 21 years or older. Masks or fully painted faces are prohibited in the casino. 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Costume contest registration. Costume judging at 11 p.m. 575-464-7777; $20 at the door. Fast Forward – an Albuquerque, NM favorite/Latin 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. SUNDAY OCTOBER 28 Third Annual Empty Bowl Event for HEAL and the NEST, Mountain Annie’s Center For the Arts, 2714 Sudderth Dr., 4 - 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. Only 300 bowls and tickets will be available. Attendees will receive samples of various soups prepared by local chefs and restaurants, a ticket to

vote for their favorite soup, a handcrafted bowl filled with their favorite soup, breads, cookies for dessert, live entertainment and an opportunity to bid in a silent auction for pottery. This year attendees can also select a professionally-made bowl by local potters for $25. This event is being coordinated by HEAL volunteers, Brendan and Audrey Gochenour, who have arranged a soup competition between local chefs, restaurants, individual food enthusiasts and civic organizations. 575-378-6378; www. Trick or Trunk, parking lot between St. Eleanor’s Catholic Church and Community United Methodist Church, 120 Junction Rd., 4 - 6 p.m. Children birth through fifth grade, and their families, are welcome. Come in costume and trick or treat from car to decorated car in a safe and family atmosphere. Free. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. MONDAY OCTOBER 29 Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Ruidoso Free Press

October 23, 2012

High Mesa Healing Center

Focus and future

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Down the road on High Mesa in Alto just past Kokopelli, a small sign indicates a north turn to approach High Mesa Healing Center. Barbara Mader, RN, HTP, RM and founder of the center is busy with her life’s goal of providing a place for holistic health and wellness. Mader’s personal journey is one of discovery. Her 80th birthday was celebrated on International Peace Day in September, and she’s going strong. Mader tells how she acquired the property. “George and I had been looking at property in the area and found a parcel of land. It was priced high, and we kept looking elsewhere. But I put the screws on George and we made an offer on the original 10 acres. The owner’s realtor told the owner it was the first offer he’d had in years and the owner took it,” says Mader. Originally it was just the house and 10 acres and she’s acquired an additional 30 plus acres surrounding the original parcel. The property is dedicated to holistic health and well being. Last weekend, Mader and 15 others met for an intensive look at the future direction of High Mesa Healing Center. A new mission statement was developed. “HMHC exists to create an inclusive community for conscious evolution of Being through the integration of mind, body and spirit.” “I tapped certain people on the shoulder who have experienced something special here, people who know what I’m here for,” says Mader. Susan Finch, Andrea Reed, Pam Tomlin and others came together to create a fresh direction for the center. “Things are shifting globally, and we want a new level of being. I don’t want to be left behind,” smiles Mader. Cheryl Strong of Strongpoints presented methods of affirmative inquiry to assist in the process. For more than 20 years Mader has operated High Mesa Healing Center with holistic wellness in mind. She feels she’s beginning to see the fruit of her efforts. “The icing on the cake is the validation I’ve seen from Pastor Ryan Arnold (First Christian Church, Ruidoso).” Mader recalls meeting Arnold shortly after he arrived two years ago. “He gets it,” she

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


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a bench to reflect and be still or taking advantage of center classes and groups, Mader says anyone is welcome to come and participate. For classes, information or contact information, phone 575-3367777 or visit the website:

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says. “The center is about building bridges between churches, healthcare and the community. Ryan understands what we’re about and lends his support.” Arnold is the current president of the Lincoln County Mescalero Ministerial Alliance. “I’ve been attacked by religious people who don’t understand what we’re about. Quite simply, I’m a space-holder for anyone to come and go to experience the energy here,” says High Mesa Healing Center in Alto. Mader. Attending a Bible class at First Christian, Mader was recently build a home so she’ll be here to help. affirmed as the group studied the book of Our plan is to keep it simple but powerJames. “James mentioned elders anointful while still evolving into what we can ing with oil to bring Jesus’ healing to become. We’re experiencing great focus those in need. Ryan both validated me and power right now,” says Mader. and understands our place at the center in The public is always welcome, says the healing process,” she says. Mader. Walking the labyrinth, sitting on Currently, Tai Chi is offered, as well as Pilates classes. Attitudinal Healing sessions are available for those who need fresh direction, and full moon and winter solstice celebrations are planned. This First Christian Church presents year’s winter solstice will be especially the Ninth Annual Fall Arts and Crafts significant, according to Mader, because Festival Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1211 Hull the Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21. Road (next door to White Mountain Massage Therapy and Healing Touch Meadows). Admission is free. sessions are always available, as are Join them between 9 a.m. and 4 Biogenesis, consultations, Reiki, Spirip.m. for shopping among the many tual Response Therapy and Shamanic artists and craftsmen displaying and Journeying. selling their work. Check out the 30Mader muses about what the center plus booths where vendors, some local, will look like in two years. “I hope to be some from Texas and elsewhere in doing what I’m doing now,” she says. New Mexico, will be selling wooden “I’ll probably delegate more,” she laughs. crosses, jewelry, embroidered items, “Our daughter plans to move here and wind chimes, candles, plants, scents, soaps, hand creams, ceramics, holiday Weekday Bible study decorations, and more. This year’s Festival will include groups available


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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. wwwonechurchnm. com 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 127 Rio Corner w/Eagle, Mid-town. For

representatives from Veritroy, an Albuquerque company that purchases old and gold jewelry items. The company’s partners, who work only with churches, include a certified jeweler, and will have a State Certified Scale on site. First Christian Church will offer baked goods for sale, as well as some gently used items in the country store, and the church will be offering snacks, breakfast and lunch items for sale. First Christian Church offers plenty of free parking, so join your friends and neighbors for an early start on your holiday shopping. For more information, or to reserve a booth, call the church at 258-4250.


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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: 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, 354-0255, 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. Stephanie Harmon, Pastor.

257-4170 Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in Capitan. 648-2846 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor NAZARENE Angus Church of the Nazarene Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336-8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor QUAKER Quaker Worship Group Unprogrammed meeting at the Anderson-Freeman Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details of this and other Quaker activities contact Sandra Smith at 653-4951 PENTECOSTAL Apostolic Pentecostal Assembly Retired Pastor and author Harry A. Peyton Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Ruidoso 613 Sudderth Dr. Unit D. Pastor, Art Dunn, Youth Pastor, Nathaniel Dunn. Free home Bible studies PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian Church 101 Sutton Drive (Nob Hill), Ruidoso, 257-2220. Tony Chambless, Pastor Ancho Community Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Corona United Presbyterian Church Pastor Terry Aiello, CLP Nogal Presbyterian Church Reverend E.W. “Bo” Lewis REFORMED CHURCH Mescalero Reformed Mescalero. Bob Schut, Pastor SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Ruidoso Seventh Day Adventist 207 Parkway, Agua Fria, Ruidoso Downs, 378-4161. Pastor Andrew Spooner 437-8916; 1st Elder Manuel Maya 937-4487 SPANISH SERVICES Iglesia del Nazareno Angus Church, 12 mi north of Ruidoso on Hwy 48. 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

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From Your First To Your Finest! Ruidoso 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345. 257-6075. Pastor: Carlos & Gabby Carreon. *All Services are Bilingual* - Translators Available Centro Familiar Destino 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso, NM 88345, 257-0447. Services are bilingual Christ Church in the Downs Ruidoso Downs, 378-8464. AI and Marty Lane, Pastors Christ Community Fellowship Capitan, Highway 380 West, 354-2458. Ed Vinson, Pastor Church Out of Church Meeting at the Flying J Ranch, 1028 Hwy. 48, Alto. Pastors: Tim & Julie Gilliland. Mailing Address: 1009 Mechem #11 Ruidoso 88345. 258-1388. Keepin’ it simple ... Keepin’ it real! Cornerstone Church Cornerstone Square, 613 Sudderth Drive, 257-9265. John & Joy Wyatt, Pastors Foot of the Cross Christian Ministries 2812 Sudderth (Pine Tree Shopping Center) Pastor, Phil Appel. For more info please call 937-8677 or visit our website at Grace Harvest Church 1108 Gavilan Canyon Rd, 336-4213 Iglesia Bautista “Vida Eterna” Pastor Rev, Ramon Robledo. 207 East Circle, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346, 361 E. Hwy. 70, 378-8108. Email:

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had to traverse a ‘lava field’ in which they may have had to sacrifice an arm or (and) a leg to “Are the characteristics of a leader inget the entire group across. nate or can they be learned?” was a writing The program includes the students discussprompt in Mr. Pierson’s eighth grade class in ing issues and concerns they identify at their Carrizozo. Youth Leadership Lincoln feels own schools and present them to the school offithe answer is “learned.” Spurred by the adult cials, participating in community service and inLeadership Lincoln educational program with terviewing leaders in their city. Each lesson and alumni coming from various backgrounds: shy and vocal, gregarious and introvert, in top, activity is intended to motivate students to make the correct choice to have a positive impact on mid and lower level management, the alumni the people and community around them. understand it is the passion of the individual “I love seeing these children grow,” say that creates the leader. facilitator and Leadership Lincoln alumni, Each year a group of eighth graders from each of the Lincoln County schools – and plans Rhonda Vincent. Many of the students from for Mescalero, are asked to participate in Youth the smaller cities in the county are life-long residents. Knowing many of the students Leadership Lincoln. Alumni of the adult Leadand their families, Vincent feels the students’ ership Lincoln go to each of the schools for connection and leadership will affect not only about an hour and half each month and work with the students on how the choices they make lives, but generations. Photo courtesy of Sandi Aguilar Leadership Lincoln strives to identify, affect others. Hondo students must untangle themselves to create a unified and enlighten, encourage and retain emerging The first session of the program involves complete circle. leaders of diverse backgrounds, and cultures team building with the emphasis on working for the purposes of enhancing the together, listening and communication as the quality of leadership in Lincoln basis for leadership. Carrizozo and Hondo County and the Mescalero Apache were the first of the schools to take a circle of Reservation. The program began rope and make shapes such as a star, without 9/1 Espiranza Monique Ortega, F, 7 lbs 7.1 oz, 18 in. 9/14 Audriona Ann Gutierrez, F, 6 lbs 13.8 oz, 19 ½ in. speaking, learning there are more ways to com- 11 years ago and has more than Mariana Lopez, Ruidoso Diona & Manuel Gutierrez, Timberon municate than simply talking. The students also 120 alumni. 9/2 Ethan Kaleb Vaughn Martinez, M, 6 lbs 13.6 9/15 Jacob Alexander Mitchell-Miguel, M, 7 lbs oz, 19 ½ in. Symone Fossum & Manuel Martinez, 0.1 oz, 20 in. Tamantha Mitchell-Miguel & Anthony Mescalero Miguel, El Paso 9/3 Logan Hunter Hobson, M, 7 lbs 5.7 oz, 19 in. Billie Bryce Liam Magoosh, M, 7 lbs 2.1 oz, 19 in. Kimberly & Bryon Hobson, Tularosa Tortalita & Amen Magoosh, Mescalero 9/4 Luke Melvin Jensen, M, 6 lbs 15.7 oz, 20 in. Tara & 9/16 Jeneah Leigh Sanchez, F, 6 lbs 11.6 oz, 19 in. Joshua Jensen, Ruidoso Brie Martinez & Benjamin Sanchez Jr., Mescalero Bristine Lynn Loretto-Bush, F, 5 lbs 10.5 oz, 19 in. Olivia Joy Pinkston, F, 6 lbs 10.7 oz, 20 in. Athea & Stephanie Loretto & Brendon Bush, Ruidoso Downs Patrick Pinkston, Alamogordo 9/6 Anthony John Shanta Jr., M, 6 lbs 13.8 oz, 18 in. 9/17 Darien Kai Lueras, M, 5 lbs 2.1 oz, 17 in. Katina & Juana Bernice Smale & Anthony Shanta, Mescalero Carl Lueras, Carrizozo Copyright © 2012 grandparents, who lived Aaliyah Danielle Gutierrez, F, 6 lbs 7.1 oz, 19 ½ in. 9/19 M, 7 lbs 11.2 oz, 20 in. Samantha Cruz & EduJay McKittrick on a golf course, gave Marissa Gutierrez, Tularosa ardo Vazquez, Alamogordo I believe it was Gan- me my first set of hick9/8 Alawa Lou Fossum, F, 8 lbs 2.0 oz, 20 in. Rebecca 9/20 Jasper Wade Bigmouth-Hill, M, 9 lbs 0.1 oz, 20 dhi who said, “If a man ory clubs. Since then I & Ewell Fossum, Mescalero in. Leslie Bigmouth-Hill & Adam Hill, Mescalero could live for millennia, have owned some of the Annie Love Buttram, F, 7 lbs 9.2 oz, 20 in. Barbara & 9/24 Brelyn Grace Ham, F, 9 lbs 6.3 oz, 22 in. Jessica & he might achieve wisdom best sticks that money Michael Buttram, Carrizozo Joshua Ham, Artesia or witness world peace, can buy. I’ve taken 9/12 Leah Michelle Gonzales, F, 7 lbs 1.6 oz, 19 in. 9/25 Ayden Riley Martin, M, 7 lbs 4.5 oz, 19 in. Kalyn but he will always wonprofessional lessons, and Monique Morales & Wesley Gonzales, Ruidoso Sheffield & Breck Martin, Nogal der why he fails at golf.” I play every chance that I Clara Marie Miller, F, 7 lbs 10.1 oz, 20 in. Kelly & Kacy 9/26 Arya Rose Nowell, F, 6 lbs 1.7 oz, 18 ½ in. Shana I love the game, my- can get. Miller, Holloman AFB & Taylor Nowell, Capitan Jay McKittrick self. I love the fairways That being said, (and Kyliegh Shae Crow, F, 6 lbs 7.1 oz, 19 oz. Shelly Marler Lakin Michelle Yanez, F, 7 lbs 2.1 oz, 19 in. Alice Beyer and greens, the trees and I don’t want to sound & Brian Crow, Ruidoso Downs & Michael Yanez, Ruidoso ponds, and the feeling like I’m bragging) but Nicole Marie Padilla, F, 8 lbs 10 oz, 19 ½ in. Holly 9/27 Kason Harold Shepperd, M, 8 lbs 6.1 oz, 19 in. plosion of dirt and cactus of the wind in my face I am quite possibly the Archilta & Nicholas Padilla, Mescalero Leslie & Shane Shepperd, Mayhill particles that blew back as I drive on somebody worst golfer in Lincoln in my face. else’s lawn, (like a crazy County. I lose balls on “What are you doperson) with a beer in the practice green. Even one hand and a club in old ladies play better than ing over there?!” the pro shouted to me from the other — but then I’m I do. Scottish. The other day for ex- across the fairway. “I’m clearing my I may have a genetic ample, I was playing with ball!” I yelled back. predisposition for those a course professional kinds of shenanigans. when I sliced my ball into “Why?... What’s it look like I’m doing?” And I’ve been playthe desert rough. Taking “It looks like you’re ing golf for as long as out my pitching wedge, I digging a hole to bury I can remember. When swung like heck, creating your clubs!” I was a little boy, my a huge divot and an exBy Sandi Aguilar

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SANTA FE – the Rural Infrastructure Revolving Loan Program dropped its annual interest rate from 3 percent to 2.375 percent on Oct. 9. The RIP program provides low interest loans for the construction or modification of water supply, wastewater and solid waste facilities to local authorities that will correct hazardous or inadequate conditions. Eligible local authorities are municipalities, mutual domestic water consumers associations, and water and sanitation districts that have a population of less than 20,000, and counties with a population of less than 200,000. There are no fees associated with the RIP loans. Communities are limited to $2 million in loans in any one fiscal year. Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Repayment begins one year after completion of the project and can be paid back on a schedule of up to 20 years.

Linda Hayes Turner passed away Sept. 19 in Las Cruces. Services were held Sept. 22 in Las Cruces. Ms. Turner was 62 years old. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Baker of Carrizozo, daughter Kimberley Martin, grandson Jacob and granddaughter Elizabeth, all of Las Cruces; sister, Cynthia MacKenzie of Arizona, and brother-in-law, Robert MacKenzie of Carrizozo. The family would like to thank everyone for their sympathy and condolences.

Eric Thompson

A memorial service for Eric Thompson, 63, of the RuidosoRuidoso Downs area will be Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Ruidoso. Eric passed away Monday, Oct. 15 at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1949 in Dallas. He moved to Lincoln County in 1987 from El Paso. Eric loved the Lord, teaching Sunday school and witnessing to people. He loved to hunt and was president of Lincoln County Pregnancy Crisis Center. Eric married Deborah Campbell

June 17, 1990 in Ruidoso. He is survived by Deborah; his children, Erik Thompson, Elisa Patterson-Burke and Clarrisa Campbell; his parents, Dick and Trudy Thompson; a brother, Tim Thompson; two sisters, Kathy Kroll and Chris Tilt; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family has requested memorials to the Lincoln County Pregnancy Crisis Center, PO Box 4668, Ruidoso, NM 88355. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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MOVING SALE — Hundreds of items priced to sell. Kitchenware and some furniture, artwork, incl ltd. ed. prints, photo prints, exotic handicrafts/curios, garden tools/ supplies, photography gear, office equipment, men’s clothing, many books, Nat Geo mags back to ‘92. Sat. Oct 27, 8-5, 137 Juniper Springs Rd., Loma Grande/Nogal. Follow signs on Hwy 37 between MM 4-5. FRIDAY 12:30-6 SATURDAY 8-6. Furniture, home decor, small appliances. 133 Meadows Drive off of Gavilan. FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at First Christian Church, 1211 Hull Road. FREE ADMISSION! Arts, crafts, collectibles, gently used items, baked goods and more in the Country Store. A company which purchases gold & gold jewelry will be at the Festival. Booths still available for vendors. Call 258-4250 to learn more.

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Ruidoso Free Press

October 23, 2012

Ruidoso Free Press, October 23, 2012  

The October 23, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Co...

Ruidoso Free Press, October 23, 2012  

The October 23, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln Co...