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Two-time All American By Eugene Heathman Futurity winning trainers Editor Carl Draper and John Bassett and two other well-known Ruidoso Downs Racetrainers, Jeffrey Reed and track has been the subject Carlos Sedillo, are accused of increased scrutiny due to of doping their horses with recent allegations of trainillegal drugs to help win ers doping horses. Racetrack races during the trials for the chairman of the board and $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity horse owner R.D. Hubbard, and the $679,000 Ruidoso in conjunction with the New Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Mexico Racing Commission, June 9. is cracking down on wouldFollowing the races, the be violators by increasing the horses tested positive for the amount of and scope of testbanned substances of dering performed on racehorses. morphin, ractopamine and The move is being Photo courtesy of Ty Wyant stanozolol. All the horses ran celebrated by ethical horse The highly-competitive sport of horse racing is undergoing massive in either the trials for the fuowners in the racing industry reforms in the wake of rising doping allegations by increasing testing turity or derby. The futurity who have been continually of horses at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. included approximately 250 been at a disadvantage with horses, which were held May 25. The derby the nationwide problem of horse doping as a negative or a black eye but this is crucial trials were held on May 26. for increased speed and performance. The in making a statement to our fans and horsecrackdown began with the season opener on man that the illegal use of drugs will not be Testing ordered by track officials May 25, resulting in positive drug tests on tolerated. We are grateful to the racing comIn a bold move to clean up the sport on several horses. mission and the local Horsemen’s Committee see rAciNG, pg 3 “Some might think of these positive tests for supporting these efforts,” Hubbard said.

White powder discovery shuts down City Hall only certified team in the state used by New Mexico State Police. “Anything that comes through the mail like this has to be considered suspicious,” Williams said. “That’s why they took all the precautions, and it took them about an hour to analyze it once they got here.” In the entire time it took the team to travel to Ruidoso Downs, set up and finally isolate and analyze the substance – which turned out to be talcum powder – several city employees were locked in the building until 1 a.m. That included Ruidoso Downs Police officers and dispatchers, as well as Police Chief Doug Babcock.

Williams, who arrived shortly after the substance was discovered, was also among those trapped by the quarantine. “It was a relief to find it was just talcum powder, but you never expect this type of thing to happen to you,” Williams said. “I really was disturbed by this, even if it was a prank.” Because the substance was sent through the mail, Williams said the Postmaster, as well as the FBI, are actively seeking whoever it was that sent it. “This scared a lot of people, but I was quite impressed with the law officers involved,” Williams said. “It was a great effort all the way around.”

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By Todd Fuqua Reporter The end of a regular workday turned into a long night for city employees in Ruidoso Downs, as all of City Hall was locked down for seven hours Thursday thanks to a suspicious envelope. The envelope, addressed to the City of Ruidoso Downs and received in the municipal court office, contained a small bag of “white substance,” according to Mayor Gary Williams. As a result, the building was closed and quarantined, and a special HazMat team had to be called in from Rio Rancho – the

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By Eugene Heathman Editor The one action item stemming from the most recent RMS school board pertains to recalling embattled member Curt Temple and President Devin Marshall whose legal fees will not be paid by the district, at least for the time being. The board voted July 10, to disallow payments at least until the recall petition advances. Temple protested the vote stating it was against policy to re-vote against an item that had previously been voted on. “Someone from the defeated side cannot put an item back on the agenda. That’s in all the Robert’s Rules of Order,” Temple said. Vincent defended the action by referring to a July 10 opinion by attorney John F. Kennedy, with Cuddy & McCarthy stating, “Here, the very grounds for a recall demonstrate that the members are being challenged based on performance of their official duties. As a result, it is our opinion that the recall proceeding varies greatly from the circumstance outlined in Attorney General’s Opinion No. 07-03 and the board has the discretion to authorize payment of the cost to the board members targeted for recall to defend it. There is clearly no impartial official or body who can make this decision for the board, since the board members here are both

proponents and targets of the recall effort.” Kennedy concurred the board can decide to defer payment of legal fees until the results of the recall process are determined. The opinion further

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This photo was likely the last taken before the Little Bear Fire burned out of control, looking approximately west from the intersection of the Southfork/Bluefront Trails with the Crest Trail. The fire did not appear to be burning in Little Bear Canyon, but at the head of Three Rivers Canyon. Pictured are Dan Jones, his wife and a USFS Sacramento Hot Shot. See story, pg. 10.


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CoMMUNitY CALeNdAr Healing course There will be a healing course at the seed of Faith, located at 517 Smokey Bear in Capitan, on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 973-3721.

Horses found Four horses, three of them at Ruidoso downs Race Track, have been found – presumably displaced by the Little Bear Fire. if you think any of these horses might be yours, contact the New Mexico Livestock Board at 575-649-2758.

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

Ruidoso Art Festival For more than 40 years, the Ruidoso Art Festival has been an event that has played host to some of the nation’s most accomplished artists. This year will be no exception, as Michael hurd – son of famed artists Peter hurd and henriette Wyeth, will be the featured Lincoln County artist. This year’s festival will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center July 27-29, and will feature 120 artists from 12 diff erent states and the nation of israel. hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. July 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 28 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 29.

Vote to enrich Hondo Thanks to a grant through Dreyers’ Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s “Communities Take Root” program, residents can vote to bring a fruit orchard to the hondo Community Garden. The garden was selected from hundreds of applications nationwide as one of the possible sites for an orchard provided by dreyers, but now it’s up to residents to make it a reality by visiting to support the planting of this orchard. You can vote once a day, every day, through Aug. 29. Only the top 17 locations with the most votes will get this opportunity. The Hondo Community Garden is part of the Lincoln and Otero County healthy Life initiative, a group of public and private agencies and local gardeners, supported by the u.s. Forest service. in 2011, the program introduced more than 300 students to methods for cultivating a diverse, organic food garden. Learn more about the healthy Life initiative by visiting the NMAC’s website at

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 11 a.m. For more information, or to join, call Vic Currier, Post Adjutant, at 802-5293. 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 and beginners and young peoples’ big book study Fridays at 7 p.m. The Sunny Spirit Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday and Thursday at noon and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the women’s group meets Wednesdays at noon in the parish hall of the episcopal Church of the holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information regarding AA meetings in Lincoln and Otero counties, call 430-9502. Altrusa Club of Ruidoso meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1211 hull Road. if you think an organization like Altrusa may be a good fi t for your volunteer eff orts, contact membership chair Judy Griffi n at 937-5437. The Democratic Women of the sacramento Mountain Area meet the third Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit

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 fi refi ghters 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 off ered. 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, fl exibility and movement, 10-11 a.m. Thursday – Qi Gong. Cultivate energy, strength and health, 10-11 a.m. Also on Thursday, music and lunch with TomTom and Friends, noon-1:30 p.m. For more information, call 630-1111. The Kiwanis Club of Ruidoso meets every Tuesday at noon at K-Bobs.

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 participate or watch the action. during the shooting matches, all other shooting is suspended. For more information, call Avery (AKA Rowdy Lane) at 937-9297. The Lincoln County Sheriff ’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse meets the fi rst sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo

on highway 54. For more information, visit www.lincolncountysheriff or call 575-512-7077.

the conference room, at 592 Gavilan Canyon Rd. For questions or directions, call Lyn shuler at 258-0028.

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

The Ruidoso Noon Lions meet at 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday at Cree Meadows Country Club. Ruidoso Masonic Lodge No. 73 meets fi rst Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. if the fi rst Monday is a national holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday. dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-442-2026.

The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Region iX offi ces at 237 service Road. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and fi eld trips. Contact Leland deford at 257-8662 or herb Brunnell at 258-4003. 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 off ers bereavement and grief support groups for those who have had losses in their lives. Two groups are available – Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. or Friday from noon to 1 p.m. The groups meet at Ruidoso home health and hospice, in

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Sacramento Mountain Village is a network of older adults in Ruidoso and surrounding communities who support independent living by off ering services and activities that keep seniors healthy and happy in their own homes. Benefi ts 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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The Lincoln County Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Otero County electric co-op, on highway 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The Garden Club’s purpose is to encourage community beautifi cation and conservation, and to educate members in the

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RACiNG from pg. 1 the local level and preserve the integrity of the futurity and derby series leading to the All American Futurity, Hubbard stated that the testing came as no surprise and was in fact ordered by track officials after following up on rumors that banned substances were introduced to the race barns. “Whenever we get wind of a substance being used, we get our hands on it and send it to a lab to test it and determine whether or not it’s illegal. In this case these were banned substances so we collaborated with the New Mexico Racing Commission to test specifically for these substances. Although I am disappointed by the results everyone needs to abide by the same rules,” Hubbard said. Currently in grade stakes races and qualifying trials, the winner and one other randomly chosen horse are tested. Hubbard would like to see the winner and at least four randomly chosen horses tested after qualifying races. Turnaround time for test results is typically 5-7 days with re-testing of positive samples taking another 7-8 days. Citing that horse doping is a national problem, not just New Mexico, Hubbard is looking forward to the racing commission taking a hard line with stiff penalties for offenders. “The current lab that the NM Racing Commission was using in Iowa doesn’t have the capability to test dermorphin, ractopamine and stanozolol but the U.C. Davis lab in California does, and we have submitted a formal request for the commission to use the lab to maintain the integrity of the sport,” Hubbard said. Although track owners do not have the authority to impose penalties and fines, which are procured by the state racing commission, track owners do reserve the right to and have the ability ban trainers, especially if they have been banned by other tracks. Hubbard believes that in light of the recent negative exposure of the

problems with horse racing in New Mexico, the racing commission is becoming very proactive in establishing a faster process to rule on, disqualify, suspend and even increase the criminal penalties for offenders.

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‘Hot’ horses are not welcome at Ruidoso Downs and General Manager Shaun Hubbard submitted a letter to the New Mexico Racing Commission declaring, “We believe that the industry would benefit from an announcement prior to the races expressing that testing would be done under the highest possible scrutiny so that all horsemen are on notice. In our view, this announcement may well serve as a deterrent ensuring that all horses are competing on equal footing and also protected from unsafe training practices.” Special report by Pete Herrera for SureBet Racing News printed with With funding concerns permissions as an obstacle to tougher Two-time All American Futurity testing, Governor Martinez winning trainers Carl Draper and John is urging policy to locate Bassett have been implicated in the latresources that will enable est black eye delivered to New Mexithe racing commission to co’s horse racing industry. conduct more stringent Draper and Bassett, along with two testing of racehorses. other notable Quarter Horse conditionMeanwhile, Ruidoso Downs is stepping up with ers – Jeffrey Reed and Carlos Sedillo the additional costs for – are accused of using illegal drugs to the 2012 summer season. help their horses win races in the trials General Manager Shaun for last month’s $600,000 Ruidoso FuHubbard said, “With more turity and the $679,000 Ruidoso Derby than $1.8 million at stake, at Ruidoso Downs. The finals of both of those races were run on June 9. The horses that tested positive for the banned substances of dermorphin, ractopamine and stanozolol all ran in either the trials for the futurity or derby. tinue monitoring the need to manage or Thirteen horses tested positive from restrict certain uses on public lands as the two days of trials, nine of them for conditions change. dermorphin. Ten of the positives came The Lincoln National Forest offers from the futurity trials and three, all a myriad of recreation opportunities of the horses trained by Draper, were such as hiking, picnicking and horsedetected in samples taken after the back riding. Stop by the Smokey Bear, derby trials. One of Draper’s horses in Guadalupe Ranger District or Supervithe futurity trials, Separate Battle, also sor’s office, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. tested positive. None of Draper’s horses - 4:30 p.m., or the Sacramento Ranger tested positive for dermorphin. District office from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Draper’s four horses tested positive for more information. for ractopamine, a drug that mimics the For fire safety tips or more inforeffects of steroids and is primarily used mation on fire restrictions across New to build muscle mass in pigs. It is added Mexico, check out to the feed given to hogs and has been or call the Interagency Restriction and approved by the government for use in Closure Hotline at 1-877-864-6985. pigs, but not horses. For more information on the Lin-

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Forest lifts fire restrictions Effective July 11, Lincoln National Forest officials lifted the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Recent monsoon rains have set up a typical summer pattern of afternoon storms reducing fire danger levels from high to moderate. “We will continue to monitor the summer pattern and make adjustments as needed but also want to remind the public to do their part and ensure a safe and fire-free forest, any time of the year” says Robert Trujillo, Lincoln National Forest supervisor. Visitors to public lands should continue to be fire safe and not have a false sense of security about campfires or other sources of ignition because of the recent rainfall. Under moderate fire danger conditions, fires can still start from accidental causes, as well as from lightning. Land managers will con-

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LeGAL FuNds from pg. 1 disagreed. From that point, the esteemed Robert’s Rule of Order was a moot point and the gloves came off. The embattled school board spent much of the remaining discussion time pouncing on opportunities to take jabs at each other’s reasoning and integrity even referring to a failed 2008 recall attempt of the previous school board of which Gladden and Vincent were members. Gladden announced she has forwarded a complaint regarding the legality of the school board vote to the State Attorney General and Marshall defended her actions with a summary directed more at the crowd than the members of the board. “I acted within my scope of authority according

we have come forward with a funding mechanism to assist with additional testing and recommend one of the foremost testing laboratories in the nation at U.C. Davis in California in an effort to ensure that racing at Ruidoso Downs and in New Mexico is above reproach and no harm comes to any of the equine athletes that race here.” The Ruidoso Horseman’s Committee approved this procedure to facilitate the use of the best testing available and the letter further concludes that a higher up-front investment in accurate and complete testing procedures will pay ten-fold over time, not only in saved long-term costs, but also in strengthening the integrity and fairness of the sport.

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to our policy to contact legal counsel with district business. And I believe that that precedent was set from all of the presidents that have been on this board. You know my heart for this, whether we’re reelected or whether the district has to spend $10 to $15,000 additional dollars to do this recall election, my greatest concern is for the kids of this district. My greatest concern is that things start to look up. And I think that all of us probably have the same hope. I won’t badmouth any of you. I will stand to do what I believe is right,” Marshall said. Voting in favor of deferring recall legal fees were Gladden, Marshall and Vincent. Temple abstained. Board member Cecil Davis sat silently and did not vote.

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Nine other 2-year-olds that tested positive after the Ruidoso Futurity trials had the potent painkiller dermorphin in their system. Two of those nine, both trained by Reed, tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid which has been compared to testosterone. Reed had five positives, all tested positive for dermorphin and all won their trial races. They were One Classy Eagle, Teller Im Scootan, Jess a Zoomin, Dm Red Tide and Joker On Jack. Dm Red Tide and Joker On Jack also tested positive for stanozolol. Sedillo had two horses test positive for dermorphin—Greater Still and I’ll Stop The World. Both 2-year-olds won their futurity trial races. Bassett-trained horses that tested positive for dermorphin were 2-yearolds Don’t Tell Lila and Head Trauma. Don’t Tell Lila, a gelding, won his trial and Head Trauma, a filly, finished third. Only two of the nine horses that tested positive from the futurity trials, Jess a Zoomin and Separate Battle, qualified for the finals. Dermorphin is derived from a potion drawn from the backs of a type of South American frog. And only now is testing for the drug proving effective. The New Mexico Racing Commission recently started revamping its penalties for violations of the state’s racing rules. In many cases, it is now following the guidelines and penalties set forth by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.



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Letters to the Editor No reason to “spin” Little Bear info

To the Editor: This letter is a comment on Robert Moroney’s letter, which appeared in the July 10 issue of Ruidoso Free Press. My wife and I were backpacking up the Southfork Trail on Thursday morning, June 7, when we happened upon the Little Bear Fire. We took some photos looking approx-

imately west from the intersection of the Southfork/Bluefront Trails with the Crest Trail. The fire did not appear to be burning in Little Bear Canyon, but at the head of Three Rivers Canyon. Contrary to the unnamed source quoted by Mr. Moroney, the fire was burning in a wooded area. The firefighter shown in the photo told us that they were having trouble fighting it because of the difficult terrain, but the Sacramento Hot Shots were up there fighting it, not watch-

An open statement to the RMSD Board and the public Madame Chair, Members of the Board: I appreciate the opportunity to hopefully shed some light on some wrongs that has spiraled this board toward a bottomless pit of bad boardsmanship. As a past board member, I am extremely disappointed that this board did not form a bond with each other as well as the Superintendent to become a team. As you are learning, you do not acquire many friends as a board member but when arrogance and personal agendas get in the way instead of doing what is best for kids and the district as a whole you end up in the position of a recall. The Ruidoso boards have worked diligently to preserve and protect boardsmanship for as long as I can remember and you have become the poster children for what not to do as a board of education. Believe me, legislators from across the state are watching you and making judgments on all boards as a result of your lack of leadership qualities and micromanaging of this district. You are policy makers.... the Superintendent runs the district. With that being said I have three good faith suggestions that I hope each of you will consider so that this district can begin to heal and regain some positive momentum as the start of school approaches: 1. Devin, you and Curt need to pay for your own legal fees since the judge felt there was just cause in going forward with the recall. I don’t believe this has ever happened in the history of Ruidoso boards. Curt you were the one campaigning about fiscal responsibility... if you’re going to talk the talk you need to walk the walk. This is personal responsibility not district accountability. 2. Devin, traditionally the President of the Ruidoso School Board was an honored position, chosen by the other members of the board because

of proven leadership abilities as a board member and respect from district and community. You have proven that your style of leadership has put this board in a tailspin. Emotions aside, do what is best for the district and step down as board president and then the board needs to appoint Rhonda Vincent as the President of the Board. She has almost six years as a board member, served with three other board presidents and has the respect of the community and district as a whole. 3. It has been over a month since you put Dr. Harris on Administrative Leave. It is apparent that the agenda of each of the three new board members was to fire Dr. Harris from the start. If after one month of investigation you have not found just cause to terminate her, the right thing to do is reinstate Dr. Harris as the Superintendent of Ruidoso Schools immediately so that this district can move forward in a consistent way before the start of school. I am so very sorry that each of you new board members would not allow yourselves the opportunity to experience the comradery of friendship and team work among the six of you, as it needs to be this way for an effective board. This job is like a marriage, you work on it every day. You laugh and cry with each other as well as support each other through thick and thin, honestly without those built relationships I could have never sustained the 20 years that I volunteered for this district, at times with a heavy heart but mostly with a smile on my face. The 2,300 children of this district deserve the BEST! Thank you for your time and consideration. Susan Lutterman, Former RMSD Board member Ruidoso

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ing it. Note that the USFS would have had no opportunity, nor even desire, to put any “spin” on the story at this point. Dan Jones Ruidoso

Mixed messages

To the Editor: After listening to many reports on the Little Bear Fire as to why it wasn’t extinguished in the first three days after it was reported, I’m now getting the impression that someone is not clearly reporting the truth. For the record I would like someone to know my personal experience on Thursday the week of the fire: A friend and myself trailered our horses up to Ski Apache to ride the Scenic Trail then up to Crest Trail for the day. Since high winds were predicted for Friday and Saturday we decided on Thursday for our ride because of my allergies (I don’t do well riding in the winds). When we arrived we were surprised to see a helicopter and Forest Service fire vehicles in the parking lot. We had not known of a fire in the area, and we wondered if it was safe to ride our horses into the forest at that time.

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We pulled up next to the fire truck and a very nice fire officer approached and informed us that it was perfectly safe but suggested we ride towards Monjeau lookout instead of towards the fire once we reach Crest Trail. He further explained that the fire was in a grassy area near White Horse Hill and that they were just watching it for now. We are in drought, dry conditions and high winds were predicted for the next two days at that point in time and I even mentioned that to him. He didn’t seem concerned and didn’t respond to my concerns. Wouldn’t it have been very easy to put it out either with retardant, water or even a bulldozer? It could have been reached very easily from there and a helicopter was on hand just sitting in the parking lot. We did unload and ride that day and I treasure my photos as they are the last of the Crest Trail before that horrible tragedy. What were they thinking? Myself and many others would like whomever is responsible for that decision to “just watch it” answer us as to why? Jill Andrews Ruidoso

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Team Holloman assists with summer reading progam

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Senior Airman Katia Pillot helps Cale Corbin try on a military vest during the Children’s Summer Reading Program at the Ruidoso Public Library July 9. About 50 kids attended the event which included a scavenger hunt, face painting, camp site setup, survival skills, obstacle course, map and compass reading and other special events.

Keeping the village neat – the new forestry committee By Sue Hutchison Reporter Ruidoso Mayor Ray Alborn appointed a working committee to make recommendations to the village in the area of forestry product disposal and/or reuse during the July 10 council meeting. Councilor Jim Stoddard and Councilor Denise Dean have been elected as cochairs, by acclamation. Meeting for the first time July 12, the committee began their assigned tasks of exploring options on forest waste reuse, village rate structures and reviewing forestry department history. “The members of the committee have been selected to bring worthwhile insight to the table,” said Stoddard who gave a brief description of each core member. John Crunk is familiar with insurance issues and was involved in economic agricultural development in Texas. “Bart Byars is a smart businessman who brings common sense to the table, along with Glen Barrow whose carpentry and wood shedding skills will be valuable.” Van Patton owns a composting business, and Robby Hall brings proven methods of harvested wood reuse to the committee. “We’re not taking advantage of our waste product. We can look at using it in worthwhile ways,” said Stoddard who realizes the village will likely produce more slash in the near future due to thinning compliance and continual bark beetle damage. “We’re a tourist driven society and we need to find effective ways to keep our town neat.” Stoddard said the new working committee might cost him some sleepless nights, but is interested in finding a wood product from the tons of forest waste generated by the village. The village formally began to address forest health and wildfire hazard restrictions in 1998. Since that time, four grappling trucks have been purchased to deal with forest debris pickup throughout

the village. Disposal of forest/yard waste of the magnitude generated by the village is problematic, according to Patton, who is responsible for disposing of tons of forest/yard waste annually. Several options for debris reuse were discussed. “Our company would like to develop a sort yard,” said Patton. He continued by saying they have the land and people to sort waste with the intent of reusing it in a different way. Dean mentioned there are those who travel through neighborhoods to remove stacked wood for personal use. “When slash is brought to the right of way it becomes municipal waste. If it’s kept on the property, the owners may use it as they choose. When it’s brought to the curb, it’s our responsibility,” said Jeff Kaplan, general services director for the village. The village council enacted several ordinances in 2002 mandating fuels reduction on all lands within Ruidoso and made a fire hazard rating standard for new construction. Since then, a municipal Forestry Department was created, and in 2004 the Greater Ruidoso Community Wildfire Protection Plan was approved by the existing village council. It was also in 2004 village residents began being charged a regular fee for forestry waste pickup. Dean expressed the thought that current fees may not be sufficient to match the need at hand, and reminded the working committee members rate structure review was a part of their assigned tasks. The committee is advised by Debi Lee, village manager, Dick Cooke, forestry director, and Kaplan. Experts assisting the committee may include Bob Adams, Jeff Cooper, Dan Stagner, and Greentree Solid Waste Manager Debra Ingle. According to the mandate, the committee may also appoint any other member they feel appropriate. Forestry Working Committee meetings are scheduled the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

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Vendor issues heat up with Walmart

By Sue Hutchison Reporter Local Bimbo Bakeries USA vendors Donnie and Julia Glover are responding to recent reactions which have reduced their business significantly. As reported last week in the Ruidoso Free Press, on March 29 Glover was told by one of his product distributors Walmart would no longer allow him to enter the store and stock shelves. Due to an issue with a local Walmart employee, Glover and several vendors who shared his concerns tried to solve the problem initially by offering to discuss it with management. According to Glover, local management asked Glover to list vendors who agreed a problem existed with the employee in question. When completed, Glover asked for a management meeting to discuss their findings. Glover says he wasn’t allowed in the meeting which took place with management and one of his distributors. Following the meeting Glover says he was told by his distributor he was to leave Walmart and not return. He was told his wife alone was allowed to continue to stock shelves with their product. Neither Donnie nor Julia have been allowed to speak with management regarding the issue since March 29. The Glovers were fired from the distributor in question Tuesday, July 10 in response to the article printed in the Press. “We feel like we’ve been bullied, shunned and treated like criminals since then,” says Glover. He is concerned for his wife’s safety and welfare as she delivers and stocks shelves in Walmart alone. Kayla Whaling, Corporate Walmart Media liaison made the following statement July 13: “We have strong ties with this community and will continue to support and work to meet the needs of our customers and associates. “At this time, we have found no information that supports the claims brought forward, and the store 118 Lakeshore Dr. Alto, NM 88312

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will continue to receive deliveries from Mr. Glover’s company. “Anytime a concern such as this is brought to our attention, it is our practice to thoroughly look into the matter. In this case, we conducted an internal review, including having conversations with all suppliers who deliver directly to the store.” Whaling’s statement directly refutes information

delivered by Glover’s distributor. Inequities exist between the corporate and local level. When discrepancies were discussed with Whaling, answers were not given to the Press. “We’ve never had any problems with any other Walmart manager. We’ve never had any problems with any other employee before this one,” says Glover. “We’ll continue to do what it takes to cover the bases and keep our stores filled with bread.”

Style for the home, bling for the horses By Eugene Heathman Editor The Pine Tree Plaza at the corner of Sudderth and Mechem has seen a surge in new tenants during the last three months. Bike Shop Ruidoso and Two Dames Furniture opened in the spring and just last week, a new store named ‘Illusions’ opened at 2814 Sudderth Drive. Paul and Deb Turner have been crafting candles, merchandising home décor, providing ladies apparel and home furnishings for more than 30 years. The Turners are settling in the cools pines of Ruidoso from Greenville, Texas. Deb Turner is a former race horse jockey who has ridden Thoroughbreds in several heavy hitting races at Ruidoso Downs in the late 1980’s. Paul Turner has developed a unique line of his own handmade

sories. Turner has also created his own line of accented leather home furnishings.

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Paul and Deb Turner in their new store, Illusions, which opened in the Pine Tree Plaza on the corner of Sudderth and Mechem. Below, custom tack to add bling to horses plus a variety of stylish merchandise for the home. leather accessories for cowgirls and their horses. Turner began leather craft repairing old saddles then developed his passion into a fine line of bling, spur leathers, custom head stalls, bridles, saddle blankets, saddles and acces-

Fine Art Lounge opens in the Four Seasons Mall

As Ruidoso continues to develop its niche as an arts destination, a new gallery, The Fine Art Lounge has opened on the ground floor of the Four Seasons Mall at the corner of Sudderth and Eagle in Midtown. Tim Seay, the gallery’s proprietor and owner of the Better Home and Better Health Center will soon be serving organic cocoa bean-based coffee, organic mint lemonade and a variety of teas. The Fine Art Lounge will also conduct Tim Seay wellness seminars with guest lecturers and informational sessions for both medical professionals and the public. The gallery features the work of long-time, iconic Taos artists Pat Woodall and Laurie Phelps and more. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 575-770-0136.

B U S I N E S S buzz Firefighters give back to community

Wanting to give back to Lincoln County, firefighters made donations last Friday to several community groups who are making a difference in the county. “We did better than we were anticipating,” said Mike Frieburg, Ruidoso firefighter. A lifelong Ruidoso resident, Frieburg presented checks to 10 organizations at the fire station who were selected for their service to Lincoln County. Receiving donations were: The Nest, Sierra Blanca Boys and Girls Club, COPE, Firefighters for Christ, Ruidoso Shriners, Ruidoso Optimists, Ruidoso Evening Lions Club, Ruidoso Noon Lions Club, Ruidoso Boxing Club and Ecoservants. Awards totaled $2,350. Assisting Frieburg was Adam Gonzalez, Ruidoso firefighter. “The cookoff was a great time to renew friendships with other firefighters and have a friendly competition. We wanted to thank Ruidoso groups for giving back to the com-

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munity,” said Frieburg. Firefighters hope to make the Hook & Ladder cookoff an annual fundraising event once again.

Double R Bar Studio – Not just a space for artistic creativity, but a place to shop

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At top, (left to right) Firefighter Adam Gonzalez, Jessie Gonzales and Jorah Allen accepting for Ruidoso Boxing Club with Firefighter Mike Frieburg making the presentation. Above, Gonzalez, Colleen Widell accepting for The Nest and Frieburg making the presentation.

On Thursday, July 5, Double R Bar Studio celebrated its grand opening. The owner of Double R Bar Studio, Michelle Romero is a self-taught artist and a life long resident of New Mexico. She loves helping other artists get started, so one thing she kept in mind when she opened the business was to find a place where she could help promote others like herself, who love to create but don’t otherwise have an outlet to sell their work. Romero’s plans in the future include having classes and workshops. For now the studio is filled with re-purposed, second hand, unusual, one of a kind and hand made items. The second hand items sold here help provide funds for materials and other expenses. The Studio features décor, crosses, fabric crafts, paintings, photography, jewelry, woodwork, rope art, lighted glass blocks and so many continued next pg.


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LC Community Assistance Program – access to preventive mental health care By Sue Hutchison Reporter County residents have a no-cost mental health resource available 24 hours a day. With the stress of home loss, and fire survival, citizens are finding the need for counseling services. Since its inception in November, 2011, LCCAP has conducted more than 800 sessions to offer preventive mental health care. With five visits offering professional and confidential counseling free of charge, clients are taking advantage of the support. Lincoln County Medical Center’s triad of management includes Lincoln County, LCMC Board of Trustees (Gary Mitchell, chairman) and Presbyterian Healthcare. Presbyterian has managed hospital operations since 1972. “The first visit is an assessment when we determine if we can be of assistance or if we need to refer clients to specialized care,” says Misty McArthur, MSW, LMSW, Behavioral Health Therapist. McArthur leads clients in taking the Likert Assessment which provides a detailed scale to determine where

client issues exist. She uses this tool as a springboard for deciding the next step. “Many times clients are helped by the initial visit. They leave sayMisty McArthur ing, ‘I can’t believe how much better I feel.’ There’s a certain level of calmness which occurs when clients find out what they’re facing may be a normal part of life.” LCCAP is contracted with Diamond Healthcare, with LCMC underwriting the expense of the pilot program. Mental health providers from across the country are watching LCCAP’s progress in assessing mental health issues prior to the need for an Emergency Room visit. LCCAP provides an opportunity to offer support before a crisis. McArthur lines up external resources to assist clients when additional help is required.

“Misty went to each resource to find out fees and tools available to help her patients,” says James Martin, LPCC, NCC, Program Director James Martin for Heritage Program for Senior Adults, a sister support system offered by LCMC. There have been many times the two entities have referred clients to each other in the effort to provide a complete method of care. McArthur is a local Health Council member who has access and information in the process of necessary referrals. “Those who suffered loss from the Little Bear Fire may be facing physical symptoms of mental health issues. We first ask clients who deal with this to check with their primary care physician to rule out any physical issues. Irritability, appetite changes, sudden weight loss or gain, behavior changes are typi-

cal symptoms of those who are dealing with high stressors,” says McArthur, who expects to see an increased need in LCCAP’s services. A 24-hour hotline is manned by Diamond Healthcare’s licensed counseling staff which provides immediate client assessment and schedules appointments with McArthur for care if deemed crucial. The numbers: 1-800-ASSISTANCE or 1-800-888-3689 are available to all Lincoln County residents. “Safety and stability for all clients is our number one priority,” says McArthur, who related the program is open to all ages. She trains community and local staff groups to be aware of, identify and refer those who may need LCCAP’s assistance. The program then offers clients tools of their own to deal with stressors which may be difficult to handle. “We offer short-term, solutionfocused problem resolution.” LCCAP services are offered in Capitan, Carrizozo and Ruidoso and are available to all Lincoln County residents. Phone the hotline at 1-800-8883689 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Engineers collaborate on flood control options By Sue Hutchison Reporter Lincoln County’s monsoon season usually turns brown meadows green and fills dry creek beds with trickling streams of water. According to several engineers who have weighed in on the issue, the county won’t see that stream scenario for years to come. Homeland Security, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team and other national entities have studied the burn scar from the Little Bear Fire. Releasing their findings at the Village of Ruidoso’s bimonthly meeting, the BAER team’s report is sobering. Advising Lincoln County’s resources, a plan is being drawn up to deal with lasting flood issues which have begun to present themselves during the last two weeks. “This is a multi-jurisdictional effort. All of us are working together in support of the county,” says Randall Camp, village of Ruidoso utility director. With soil loss, erosion, and massive dirt movement, he says it’s a monumental task. According to the BAER study, ash in high severity burn areas stands at up to a depth of three inches. National Forest Service areas which have been rated high severity cover 34 percent of the total. Total burn area has been determined at 44,330 acres with 254 structure losses which includes 242 homes. The study stated, “The terrain within the burned area is steep to very steep with a very high potential for excessive erosion and loss of control of water. Numerous steep and short drainages will

aggregate into large streams transporting significant water and debris flows during subsequent rain events. “The study further states, “Pre-fire soil erosion was estimated less than one ton per acre. Post-fire erosion rates for high and moderate severity is predicted to up to 97 tons per acre and sediment delivery 6,200 cubic yards per square mile.” Work around Alto Reservoir is evident to proactively face flooding issues. Willows have been removed by the acres near the dam in hopes of opening the waterway, allowing for a more consistent flow. Heavy equipment operators have been working at a fast pace between showers to secure the area. Recent appropriation of state funds to harden Alto dam gave the village an opportunity to proactively face flooding issues. The process involves placement of large rocks around the sides and slopes of the earthen dam to shore up the function. Vegetation usually holds the structure in place, but with massive increase of water flow, Camp wants to make sure the dam stays in place and functional. Camp explains: with flooding of usually slow flow waterways, debris dams are formed. When water flow is restricted, further damage occurs as the water finds an alternate pathway. To save the bridge on Highway 48 directly south of the junction with Highway 37, more than two acres of forest growth were removed with heavy equipment last weekend. He says it will be decades before that growth will recover. Priorities for continuing flood control and water issues include dealing with the North Fork wells. Supplying

BusiNess BuZZ from pg. 6 other things. Tourists have been the main customer base but Double R Bar encourages locals to come and enjoy this affordable shopping experience and perhaps reserve a class to learn something new. Double R Bar offers an activity for any age: Create-a-Critter. Choose a plush animal to stuff, take home and love. This activity can also be booked for a birthday party where the animals come to you. When you book a party, a story about the birthday girl/boy and the animal of their choice will be recited while the activity takes place. Please call for details. Double R Bar Studio is located at the beginning of Midtown across the

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the village’s water at 70 percent, Camp says they are high on the list. “Because we have lost the Eagle Creek surface source, we need to maintain all our wells.” With high intensity, short duration flow, keeping all the village’s wells functional is crucial. Future plans involve drilling River Well B, to ensure a safe water source, and purchasing emergency generators for back up should existing wells be affected by flood waters. Engineers agree the watershed off the mountain may not be stable for years. Public safety is another concern for the county. Engineers strongly recommend residents maintain high awareness of flood conditions and have an evacuation plan ready. Flash floods can present a wall of water which cannot be crossed

safely. Residents should not attempt to ford any moving water flow, and should find high ground as quickly as possible in the event of flooding. “Up to now, we’ve needed to deal with climate and aging infrastructure issues as primary variables. Our temperatures can vary 100 degrees throughout the year. Now we have an unstable baseline. In addition to the issues we face all the time, the fire has more than doubled the variables.” “We’ve seen record fires with high intensity all across the southwest. There’s widespread damage the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Nobody alive has seen these rivers flow like they’re going to because of the Little Bear,” says Camp. “We all need to adapt for permanent change.”


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Education By Corey Bard

Cheryl Volosin is greatly missed. She has taken a leave of absence, attending to her son who has been hospitalized in Flagstaff, Ariz. Cheryl is the mastermind behind what is the most successful and well-attended summer reading program Ruidoso Public Library has hosted. A part of the summer reading program theme, Dream Big, this past week Sgt. Gieb and a crew from Holloman Air Force Base taught survival skills including compass use, building a shelter, building a fire, edible plants, purifying water plus set up an obstacle course to run through. My father served in the Army and insisted my brother and I learn camping, cooking, hiking, environmental science, wilderness survival, swimming, lifesaving by earning merit badges at Boy Scout summer camp from when we were 12 to about 15 years old. Troop 50 of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church prided itself on camping every month of the year regardless of weather. It did rain and it did snow and it was cold on many of our campouts. We learned how to dress, be comfortable, and appreciate spending time outdoors. This week’s survival camp was a flashback because I camped more in five years as a Scout than I have my total years as an adult. I cherish the three days hiking the Rogue River Trail east of Gold Beach, Ore. I spent with Harry and Teri Hoogesteger as my guides in June 2009. I only teased myself driving through Yosemite and looking at the Grand Canyon last September not sure if I would ever return to hike these majestic places. Summer is a time to be spent outdoors. While watching the kids run through the obstacle course, I was encouraged seeing children having fun. In June, Sam Lee introduced grade school kids to track and field. It was not so much about winning or competing, but learning to enjoy exercise, learning the basics of exploding out of the starting blocks, getting your steps right for a long jump, running with good form and relaxation, throwing using proper footwork and balance, and exchanging the baton in the zone. As the Olympics begin at the end of the month, I am reminded of the summer of 1976 when my heroes were Edwin Moses in the hurdles, Nadia Comeneci in gymnastics,

and Bruce Jenner in the decathlon. I can only laugh that the greatest athlete of my youth is in the middle of the show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” I was amazed to see Janet Evans at 40 and Dara Torres at 45 trying to make another Olympic swim team. Sports and competition and the discipline of practice and being a part of a team all can be learned at very young ages. I have met some great teachers like Sam Lee, Al Carius, Bill Bergan and Joe Newton who dedicated their lives to coaching track and field. Sam Lee reminded me why I trained, qualified and ran the Boston Marathon. It is fun to test yourself and reach your goals. You gain confidence by marking off achievement over years of training. You feel you can transfer goal setting and motivation into other areas of life after having success in sports. The Olympic creed does not mention winning at all costs. It says the goal is to take part or experience the Olympics. The reestablishment of the Olympics just before the start of the 20th Century was a time filled with misguided optimism that nations competing in sport would replace nations fighting wars. Its founders would not understand blood doping, performance enhancing drugs, steroids, or the life commitment of being an athlete today. I hope as I watch the Olympics I will see some outstanding performances. I swing on a pendulum – sports season to season as an often disappointed spectator. I grew up a Cubs fan. I look forward to the Olympics. So much so, I watch Bud Greenspan highlight films during the off years. Being a child and playful and having fun is a part of what exercising throughout life is about. It’s fun to see talented people reach their goals on the biggest stage. I remember watching the Olympics with my family in 1972 and 1976 and being disappointed the U.S. boycotted 1980 in Moscow. In 1984, at 19 years old, I traveled by train to Los Angeles, slept in a tent at a youth hostel, and took a bus to the L.A. Coliseum for a week of track and field. It was a part of life’s great adventure. Our summer reading program theme is Dream Big. Experience happens in many forms: watching, listening, reading, but you really have to get down in the dirt and mix it up sometimes to remind yourself why your alive. I remember the kids crawling on their bellies last week under camouflage netting. I was having fun watching them have fun. Life can be an obstacle course and you have to keep on laughing.

This week in Lincoln County History Courtesy of Gary Cozzens, President, Lincoln County Historical Society July 15, 1938 Salano condition definitely improved. July 16, 1855 Company K, 1st Dragoons, transferred to Albuquerque. July 16, 1878 Sheriff Pepin requests loan of howitzer from Lt. Col. Dudley. Pvt. Berry Robinson fired on in the plaza as he brings Dudley’s reply. July 17, 1878 Captains Purington and Blaird and Assistant Surgeon Appel sent to Lincoln to investigate the attempted shooting of Private Berry Robinson. July 18, 1938 Landry and Mencen were involved in motorcycle accident. July 19, 1878 Alexander McSween and others are killed as they try to escape his burning house on the last day of the

“Five Day Battle.” Dudley and soldiers arrive in Lincoln. McSween house set on fire. July 19, 1938 Two patients, Glumm and Havert, smelling of alcohol were brought into the hospital for treatment. July 20, 1878 Dudley returns to Fort Stanton. Tunsrall’s store looted. July 21, 1873 Capt. James Randlett is indicted by civil jury on charges of murder and attempted murder stemming from the Horrell War. July 22, 1855 Company C, New Mexico Volunteers transferred to Santa Fe. July 22, 1879 JCol. Dudley transferred to Fort Union. July 22, 1938 Miss Glumm not doing well.

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2012 Zia Natural Gas scholarships awarded Zia Natural Gas Company is proud to announce it’s 2012 New Mexico High School Scholarship recipients. A scholarship in the amount of $500 per semester for four years is awarded to students in our natural gas service areas based on academic standing, demonstrated need and an overall sense of community participation. Zia congratulates these fine New Mexico students on their hard work and dedication to their education. Capitan High School – Garret Sterling Schultz; Carrizozo High School – Orinda Joy Clawson; Cimar-

ron High School – Michael B. Martinez; Gadsden High School – Antonio Ortega; Hatch High School – Stephanie Vasquez; Hobbs High School - No applications received; Jal High School – Matilde Garcia; Maxwell High School – Trent Robert Deines and Ray O. Lopez; Ruidoso High School – Ryan Sena; Springer High School – No applications received; Wagon Mound High School – Corey Muniz Making higher education a reality for New Mexico’s youth is an important part of being New Mexico’s affordable energy partner.

Mystery about the death of Billy the Kid The Lincoln County Historical Society program for July is a talk by Dan Jones on the coroner’s jury of Billy the Kid. The talk will be held at the Capitan Library on Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. “Was Billy the Kid really killed in Fort Sumner on July 14, 1881? The inquest report, Pat Garrett and some contemporary sources say he was; other contemporary sources and some modern authors say he wasn’t. Dan Jones will examine the inquest report and the challenges to it.”

Zoo to You! at the Ruidoso Library

Meet our animal ambassadors like birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals in this interactive educational program about wildlife conservation and get your hands on our biofacts, such as animal bones, pelts and hides, feathers and other interesting animal items. This event is a welcome surprise to add to the already outstanding Summer Reading programs created by Children’s Services Supervisor, Cheryl Volosin, and children’s librarian, Kari Dawn Kolander. For more information call the library at 575258-3704. 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.; www. Courtesy photo ruidosopl/ or www. Albuquerque’s BioPark Zoo coming to Ruidoso Public ruidosopubliclibrary. Library July 20 and 21.

Zoo to You! will be at the Ruidoso Public Library on Friday, July 20, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. For 30 years, Albuquerque’s BioPark Zoo has offered the Zoo to You! outreach program to communities throughout the state of New Mexico. Funded by the New Mexico Biological Park Society, this free indoor educational program is given by zoo volunteer teachers called docents.

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Beyblade tournament at ENMU On Saturday, July 21, ENMU-Ruidoso will host a Beyblade Tournament. Harrison Moore, a Capitan Middle School student, is organizing the event, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. WBBA rules apply in this double elimination event that is open to competitors ages 6 - 14. Beyblades are high performance, spinning tops that may be purchased at local shops. The top consists of five interchangeable parts. How the top is configured affects its speed and move-

ment. The tops are launched into a domed arena, and the last top left spinning wins the round. There is no charge for the tournament and prizes and snacks are provided, but competitors must bring their own Beyblades and launchers. Young people interested in learning how the tops work and how to compete are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call ENMU-R Community Education at 257-3012.

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Lincoln County Community Theatre will bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of “Harvey” by Mary Chase to Mountain Annie’s Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21 and July 27 and 28. The story centers around Elwood P. Dowd, played by Jason Johnson, and his best friend and pal, “Harvey” the 6 ft. 3 in. invisible rabbit. Elwood and Harvey go everywhere together, much to the dismay of Elwood’s sister, Veta Louise Simmons, who only wants a life filled with friends and parties intended to introduce her daughter, Myrtle Mae Simmons, to the right beau. Chaos ensues when Veta, played by Sharon Lurix, tries to enter Elwood into the local sanitarium but is

instead herself committed. Pamela Witte stars as Myrtle Mae. Ed Dotson and James Martel play the doctors at Chumley’s sanitarium and Josie Parsons portrays Nurse Kelly. Mike Keylon, as Wilson, is in charge of escorting the patients to their rooms. Lea Keylon has taken on the role of Mrs. Chaveneut while Lori Lamphere portrays Mrs. Chumley, wife of the psychiatrist, Dr. Chumley. Rounding out the cast are Larry Kingsley as Judge Gafney and Wayne Wilkinson as E.J. Lofgren, the cab driver whose inherent wisdom changes the entire course of the story. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door and are a flat $20 each.

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Cast of “Harvey,” performing at Mountain Annie’s Center for the Arts, July 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m.

The art critic Copyright © 2012 Jay McKittrick

The other day at Hobby Lobby I bought an expensive (looking) framed piece of art, and immediately showed it off to my good friend Cody Jones who is a professional artist. “What do you think Cody?” I asked, “And give me your honest opinion.” “OK…” he said as he gave it the once-over. “If you ask me, it’s an abomination. It breaks

all the rules of Realism. Da Vinci would have put a painting like this under his parakeet. The composition is chaotic; the pallet, proportions and perspective are psychotic; and the brush strokes are lazy.” “It’s a hand painted reproduction of a very famous Picasso!” I yelled at him. “I just paid $69.95 for the darn thing at Hobby Lobby.” “Oh, well, in that case . . . It’s an extraordinary piece that demonstrates revolutionary artistic talent and exemplifies the more modern

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qualities of the Cubist movement.” “Say what?” I said. “The frame is cool — I didn’t know they made stuff like this in Indonesia.”


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From the front line – Fighting a wildfire

Part two of a two-part series

By Eugene Heathman Editor

A sleepy fire gains the upper hand While Type 1 Hot Shot crew was attacking the birthplace of the Little Bear Fire with hand dug fire lines, horseback riders, hikers and backpackers continued to enjoy the nearby wilderness area with what appeared to be little cause for alarm as the thick canopy disbursed the smoke, disguising its size and threat to the untrained eye. Meanwhile, on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6, a wildfire decision analysis (WFDDS) was completed for the Little Bear Fire. Incident objectives were developed, courses of action and costs analyzed and the decision was made to continue full suppression, recognizing that safety was of the utmost importance with the possibility of a tactical change that could result in indirect line location. The probability for success was high as the current weather report did not reflect any major changes. The crew on the ground operated in 24 hour shift rotations which are usu-

ally done until control or containment is achieved. Public Information Officer Bobby Kitchens explained two shifts of 14-16 hours overlapping each other so the fire is never left unattended during a shift change. On Thursday, June 7, The District Fire Management Officer (DFMO) and the District Ranger (DR) hiked into the fire. The DFMO and DR met with the IC and walked portions of the fire line. They discussed the strategy and tactics that were being successfully implemented. The DFMO, DR, and IC all agreed on the course of action according to the report published by the USFS. Following the assessment, helicopter bucket drops were ordered but according to the report were ineffective due to the density of the trees and the length of drop which was approximately 200-300 feet. The helicopter bucket was exchanged, however, due to the high altitude and other air density factors, it was deemed unsafe to attempt to use the new bucket. Sling loads of hoses, numerous blivets (soft-sided containers holding around 75 gallons of water) and bladder bags were delivered. “A common misconception is that if we just had enough aircraft, we could put

Nogal Mesa Ranchman’s Camp By Carol Wilson

The evening sky fills with colors as the sun slips toward the horizon. The world is quiet, and hushed, as dusk develops. Then the breeze wafting through the trees begins to carry a melody, and soon the distinctive sounds of a piano drift across the evening sky. As the western horizon darkens to blues and purples, more and more voices are raised in song until the air pulses with the music and words of “Amazing Grace.” Thus, with a song and a prayer, evening services begin at Nogal Mesa Ranchman’s Camp meeting. It has been this way for 70-plus years, as rural folk and their urban friends and neighbors meet together on Nogal Mesa to worship and sing and meet with their Lord. The first meal will be served on Wednesday evening, July 18, followed by the first worship service. Thursday through Sunday the schedule is filled with four worship services a day, children and youth activities, and prayer meetings. The evening worship service on July 22 will conclude the 2012 camp meeting. The concept of bringing the church to the cowboy was birthed over a century ago in the Big Bend area of Texas.

The Boys Camp Meeting was held each summer in the Davis Mountains since 1890. Joe Evan’s family was one of the early organizers of the Camp Meeting. Evans became friends with Presbyterian missionary Ralph Hall, a circuit riding preacher. With his saddle and pack horse, Hall traveled the Southwest to spread the good news of Jesus. When Hall arrived at an isolated ranch, he joined in the work of the day, whether it was rounding up cattle, branding, fence building, or bronc busting. When the work was done, Hall would preach. Evans persuaded Hall that New Mexico needed the same type of summer family camp, where far-flung neighbors could congregate for fellowship and worship of their creator. When the cowboys and the missionary met on the rim of Nogal Mesa and gazed on the panoramic view of the Tularosa Basin and the distant purple mountains, they felt they had found the perfect site for their new Camp Meeting. The Mesa has become a holy spot for many people in the ensuing years. First, ranch families came in wagons and horseback to hear the preaching and teaching. Today, cars and pickups see cAMp, pg 18

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out all fires. Just like any other tool, they are extremely effective at times in certain conditions but at other times are ineffective and in some situations cannot be used at all. In almost all situations, the ground firefighters must follow the air drops and fully extinguish the fires,” Kitchens said. Air Tankers are fixed wing aircraft specially fitted for water or retardant dropping. Small engine air tankers (SEAT) can carry about 800 gallons and the larger planes carry 3,000 gallons or more. On Friday, June 8, Little Bear was surrounded by a preliminary hand-line early Friday afternoon and although this had been accomplished, the Smokey Bear District Ranger did not declare the fire, now named Little Bear, contained. Containment is defined as a constructed or natural barrier that has been established to check the spread of the fire. Fireline, control line and containment line are terms referenced to identify such a barrier. In order to be declared contained, all fuel adjacent to and inside this barrier must be removed or burned. “Any trees, snags, stumps or anything else that might produce embers that could blow across this line and start the fire to spread again must be mitigated,” Kitchens said. The depth of this work varies depending on many conditions including predicted wind patterns, fuel dryness, relative humidity, slope and other factors the term ‘contain’ is a judgment determined that

the fire will not spread under foreseeable conditions. On Friday afternoon high winds (3040 mph) were reported which was causing significant spotting (small fires caused downwind by airborne embers) across the fire line. Two air tankers were ordered and were verbally authorized for use in the Wilderness by the District Ranger. Air tankers and the Hot Shot crews were unsuccessful containing the spot fires. Because of this, the Incident Commander immediately recommended ordering a Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT3). Type 3 Incident is defined as an extended attack plan deploying several single resources with personnel levels reaching as many as 500, especially in a rapidly escalating incident when the fire is not contained by initial attack forces. The IMT3 arrived and immediately began integrating into existing operations. Because of the growing complexity, including observed fire behavior, the district ranger made the decision to order a Type 2 Team (IMT2) at approximately 6:30 p.m. By the end of the day at least nine Hot Shot crews, 36 engines, seven water tenders and multiple aircraft were either ordered or assigned in addition to local resources on the fire. Little Bear had now gained the upper hand and angrily marched into the record books as the most destructive in New Mexico history.

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Ranches, rodeos and rookies I was born umpteen years ago in the middle of a city. I’m told I was nearly born in the hallway of the local hospital because there was literally no room in the inn (or maternity ward, as the case may be). I’ve always been an overachiever. In my first 19 years I learned city survival and unique ways of handling Sue Hutchison urban issues. I can show you how to trip street weights while driving to make green turn arrows magically appear. Back in the day, I could recite the freeway numbers and their destinations in Southern California nearly in my sleep. Still to this day when I’m out there, I avoid the 91 at all costs. I pride myself in being fluent in city-ese. I was not born in ranch, farm, or rodeo country. I’ll never forget the first few months I lived in rural Oklahoma near dairy and pig farmers. It would have been easier for me to live in Taiwan. My new friends and I spoke two completely different languages. I was convinced the local six aisle grocery store owner who wrapped my meat choices in front of me personally knew the specific bovine he was grinding prior to its fatal trip to the meat processor. When same said processor would phone me to inform I had just been given a quarter beef and asked how I wanted it processed, I just passed the phone to my man. (He always told the meat guy to make it all ribeyes…) Farmers and ranchers alike have always been polite and tolerant of this city girl. That’s just the way they are. Where in Southern Cal we have a “you don’t matter” attitude (it’s inbred), in farm and ranch country, men stand in the presence of a woman. They tip or remove their hats, ma’am and sir folks to death and give people like me the benefit of the doubt. When prayer is offered or the pledge of allegiance is spoken, hats stay off, they stand and respect is shown. The 20th Annual Smokey Bear Stampede Ranch Rodeo July 7 at the county fairground was fascinating. I freely admit I’m a ranch rodeo rookie. Camera at the ready, I was determined to document it. Due to the torrential rain the day before, the arena was one giant mud bog. I knew Sea World has one but had no idea there was a splash zone at the rodeo. Proudly I wore mud splatter as I hung over the rail to grab photo shot after shot of the action. I truly didn’t have a clue about the events at the ranch rodeo. I didn’t know a thing about each contest until the announcer described the event. He was probably politely informed by the aforementioned farm and ranch men there was an ignorant city girl writer in the grand-

stands who needed Remedial Ranch Rodeoing 101. I watched calves who entered the arena with white hides turn brown after they had been dragged through the mud behind obediently galloping horses. There were chaps tied onto ranchers which exited the arena more than 30 lbs. heavier due to the mud attached. I learned ranchers value their hats. When one flew off in the flurry of trying to rope anything in sight, time was allowed to retrieve it. It was almost an issue of reverence and respect. One hat which was yet another mud receptacle was replaced on the rancher’s head after retrieval. I almost yelled, “Don’t do it!” I held my tongue. I knew I was outclassed. I knew several folks in the stands who actually understood the events. The Wilson family was there in full force, watching their two youngest participate in the festivities. Fifth generation ranchers, I should have sat next to them – they’re very patient with this city girl. I’ve already asked them countless questions about ranch life and I’m sure they would have politely answered all my rodeo queries. Polite never goes out of style. Even those like me who weren’t reared with it can adapt. It just takes a few rancher types who are willing to show rookies the way. In the next few months we’ll all be called upon to muster

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Above, mud roping at Capitan Rodeo, 2012. At left, a cowboy never forgets his hat.

our polite muscles as continual flooding, upcoming elections (sigh), and where-to-find-moremoney issues abound. I think we live in a wonderful place to flex those muscles and show the rest of the country what it looks like to face adversity with class, cultivation and chivalry. Perhaps a monthly rodeo would do all of us some good. Trying to muster up the courage to ask for help in her first cowboy hat selection, Sue Hutchison can be reached at

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Sports Sports Results

July 9

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Eastside 11, Ruidoso 4 Major District 2 tournament at Roswell Rotary 7, Ruidoso 6 Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Ruidoso 12, Rotary 10

July 10

Baseball Junior District 2 tournament at Roswell Noon Optimist 26, eastside 1 Ruidoso 10, Lions Hondo 9 Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Rotary 13, Noon Optimist 8

July 11

Baseball Minor District 2 tournament at Alamogordo Noon Optimist 20, Ruidoso 6

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July 20

Horse racing John deere NM Juvenile Challenge Trials at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m. Softball Last Chance Qualifi er at eagle Creek, TBA

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July’s the month for Junior June Bug By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Junior June Bug came into the Zia Futurity trials with a fairly good pedigree, having won the Mountain Top Futurity at Ruidoso Downs last month and finishing second in the New Mexico Spring Futurity at Sunland Park. But trainer Jackie Riddle said she’d never seen the colt run as well as he did Friday. “He’s come into this race better than he has any this year,” Riddle said just after watching Junior June Bug win his trial and finish with the fastest time of the day at 19.722 seconds. Junior June Bug dominated the trial by pulling away in the last 200 yards to win by more than two lengths and has now won three of his last five starts. It was a particularly good day for trainers Juan Gonzales and jockey Jaime Leos, who teamed up to qualify three horses into the July 29 final. The two led Runin Sixes, Gonna Cha Cha and Cmon Jesses Girl to the gates and into the top ten times on a day in which the track – already fast – just kept getting faster as the wind was either still or behind

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Jockey Carlos Madiera rides Junior June Bug, foreground, as he accelerates in front of the field to a big victory in Friday’s trials to the Zia Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. the runners for everyone that qualified for the final. Carlos Sedillo also led multiple horses to fast times. Tombstone turned in the fourth fastest time of 19.770, while Rex Hill won the sixth trial with a time of

July 21

Jesastar faces competitive rivals

Horse racing Rainbow derby at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m. Softball Last Chance Qualifi er at eagle Creek, TBA

July 22

Horse racing Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m. Softball Last Chance Qualifi er at eagle Creek, TBA

July 23

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

July 27

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

July 28

Horse racing Bobby dan Crenshaw Memorial, Gwendolyn Eaves Statkes, The By By JJ at Ruidoso downs, 1 p.m.

July 29

Horse racing Zia Festival at Ruidoso downs. Races include Zia Futurity, Zia derby, Zia handicap, Road Runner handicap, sierra Blanca handicap, sierra starlet, Lincoln handicap, Land of enchantment handicap and Rio Grande senor and senorita futurities. First post time at 1 p.m.

July 30

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

19.870 seconds, besting out Rabbits Rabbit and Cmon Jesses Girl, both of whom were also in the sixth trial. Horses which were among the next 10 fastest could compete in the $20,000 By By JJ Stakes, to be run July 28.

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Caliente Colt (8) led a contentious field in the fourth and final trial to the Zia Derby trial Saturday at Ruidoso Downs. Six horses from the trial made it to the derby’s trial, which will be run during the Zia Festival on July 29.

Final Zia Derby trial a suspenseful affair Parga Leos – turned in a blazing fast 19.730 second time, and had to beat out a strong field of determined opponents. The race was so bunched up at the end, that it was likely several of those horses made it into the final. But it took stewards a lot of deliberation to figure out exactly which horses those were.

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor More than an hour after the final trial of the Zia Derby at Ruidoso Downs, owners and trainers were still in the dark as to who had earned a spot in the final come July 28. With stewards hand timing the last of four trials Saturday afternoon, Caliente Colt – a gelding trained by Juan Gonzalez and ridden by Jaime

By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Juan Medina’s Jesastar sports the stakes experience and holds fastest-qualifier honors, however faces a competitive field positioned to step up in the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity this Sunday. Jesastar has flourished for trainer Raymond Vargas after finishing second in each of his starts this spring at Remington Park. In his Ruidoso Downs debut, he won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by a neck and then came back to finish third in the Ruidoso Futurity, just a neck off winner PJ Chick In Black. A son of Mr Jess Perry, Jesastar continued his development in his Rainbow Futurity trial when he drew away to a two-length win in 19.741 seconds for the 400 yards, the fastest time for 23 trials. Following Jesastar on the qualifiers’ list are a number of horses who are showing improving form and will be dangerous in the Rainbow Futurity. Dosi and Norma Alvarez’s second-fastest qualifier Vancouver Moon is undefeated from two starts and each of her wins has come in very impressive fashion. The half-sister to champion First Moonflash won a Ruidoso Downs maiden race to two lengths and then improved on that effort to take her Rainbow Derby trial by three lengths. The FDD Dynasty daughter posted the second-fastest

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Ruidoso Minors season ends against Noon Optimist

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Ruidoso’s Tadd Dictson (17) rounds third under the direction of coach Tricia Jameson, as Noon Optimist’s Trotter Boston waits for the throw to come in from the outfield.


By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor ALAMOGORDO – A day after losing to tournament host Alamogordo Rotary July 11, Noon Optimist rallied to end Ruidoso’s Minor season with a 20-6 victory in the District 2 tournament. It may have come as a surprise to some that Noon Op lost to Rotary, but it certainly wasn’t a surprise to coach Mark Beeman. “They were a little more relaxed today (against Roswell). We may have put too much emphasis on the Alamogordo game yesterday,” Beeman said. “Overall, this was a much better game defensively, and that was the big difference.” Whatever the reason for Noon Op’s loss, they got the bugs out July 12 in a big way, beating Ruidoso in five innings to set up a rematch with Rotary in the district championship. While it may have been a Noon Optimist blowout, it didn’t start that

way. The Roswell team scored first in the top of the first on a double by Colton Sons and subsequent Ruidoso errors, but Ruidoso was able to take the lead in the bottom of the frame with three runs, including an inside-the park home run by Connor Jameson. Noon Op was undeterred, however, and unleashed a torrent of runs in the second inning, batting around and scoring eight times on two hits and a whole lot of walks. From then on, it wasn’t so much a matter of whether Noon Optimist would win, but how soon and by how much. “Our hitting and pitching were off, and when that happens, it’s hard to win,” said Ruidoso coach Tricia Jameson. “We were a different team than when we played Lions Hondo.” Ruidoso was unable to retaliate with any big innings, and didn’t help their cause with numerous errors. Noon see MiNors pg. 15

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Ruidoso Juniors salvage a victory By Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press ROSWELL – After going three games without a win, Ruidoso pulled off a lastinning comeback Tuesday to defeat Lions Hondo 10-9 in the 2012 District 2 Juniors round robin. Maybe the hour delay due to wet fields was a positive for the until-then winless squad. Ruidoso coach Will Green, who’d been saying his team wasn’t playing up to their potential, sounded much happier after the victory. “You know, they stepped up,” he said. “There was a lot less errors. They played a lot better baseball. That’s really it. They executed a lot better today.” For the majority of the game, Lions Hondo was in control. They went up 2-0 in the first on a bunt single by Rudy Castello, who advanced on an error and came home on a wild pitch; and a one-out walk to Gus Benzinger, who stole second, advanced on a fly ball and

Ruidoso made it 3-1 in the bottom of the stanza when Kyler Woodul walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Tony Dievert. They took a lead in the fourth when Tyler Orosco singled, Isaiah Soto walked, Gavin Edison doubled in one run and Woodul singled Photo by Karen Boehler in two. Ruidoso teammates Brady Minihan (7) and Isaiah Soto But the Lions have Lions Hondo’s Ethan Wolf caught in a rundown came back in the between second and third during the Juniors District 2 fi fth with three runs tournament at Roswell. on a one out single scored on a wild pitch. by Benzinger and a Lions Hondo made it 3-0 in the third double by Ismael Rivera. The host team when Castello again bunted for a hit, stole added a final run in the seventh when second, then came home on an error. Brian Espinoza singled, went to second

Surprising loss for Majors By Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press ROSWELL – The lone game in the Minors District 2 tournament at Lions Hondo, July 10, was a consolation round game, and both teams knew it was win or go home. That’s exactly how both played, but in the end, only one team can win, and after battling back from 4-0 and 6-2 deficits to tie the game at 6-6, Ruidoso came out on the short end, falling 7-6. “It was a good game,” said Ruidoso manager Jerald Tercero. “Both teams battled to the end. And you know what? It is what it is. They earned it so we’re proud for them. We’re happy for them. We’re going to walk out of this with class.” Ruidoso pitcher Josh Duncan set Rotary down 1-2-3 to open the game, then it looked like Ruidoso would

score when two batters walked and one singled, loading the bases to open the game. But Alamo pitcher Alejandro Torres buckled down, striking out the next two batters and getting the third on a fielder’s choice, leaving the inning scoreless. Alamogordo then had back-to-back doubles to open the second; a single and hit batter and, one out later, another singles, putting them up 4-0. Ruidoso continued to put runners on but strand them. Torres waked the first three batters in the second, but one was caught stealing and the other two left on ground outs. Ruidoso’s big inning was the bottom of the fourth, when they tied it at 6-all. They had two runners on base on walks in the fifth and two on an error and single in the sixth, but simply couldn’t bring them home.

on a balk, stole third and came home on a wild pitch. Lions Hondo was up 9-4 and all they had to do was get three outs. But they couldn’t. William Green, Brady Minihan and Brandon Ingle each singled, to open the inning, scoring one run. Soto was hit, Eidson reached on an error that scored Soto then another error put Eidson at third. The next two batters were retired by Benzinger with one run scoring on a ground out – tying it at 9-9 – then back-toback errors at short plated the winning run for Ruidoso. “Today was closer to potential,” coach Green said. “I’d say there were still some errors today that could have been avoided, but it was definitely better baseball than it’s been in this tournament. And the difference is, we’re taking our team from the regular season. These guys are compiling teams from multiple teams, and it’s Roswell. They’re all about baseball.”

Ruidoso athletes do well at regional EL PASO – A pair of Ruidoso youth have made their mark at the regional level of USA Track and Field competition, having placed highly at the Region 10 meet, July 8, at Kidd Field on the University of Texas-El Paso campus. Benan Lee and Bailey Jones each placed in the top 10 of their events at the meet, which features the best young track and field athletes from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Colorado. Jones was sixth overall in the Youth girls triple jump with a leap of 30 fee, 4 ½ inches. Lee won the Sub Bantam boys shot put event with a throw of 20 -10 ½, and was fifth in the


Benan Lee turned in a first-place finish at the Region 10 meet at El Paso in order to qualify for the national finals in Baltimore. turbo javelin with a throw of 40-4. Both those finishes qualify him for the Nation-

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Standout efforts in trials to Senor and Senorita futurities By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Impressive performances by Rita Danley’s homebred La La La Dandy in the trials to the $159,744 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity and Mountain Top Futurity winner Thermal came through with another victory in the trials to the $172,026 Rio Grande Senor Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs. There were four five-and-one-halffurlong trials to each of the futurities. The finals will be held during the Zia Festival program on July 29 at Ruidoso Downs. An estimated $1 million in purses will be awarded to New Mexico-breds during the Zia Festival card. The top-two finishers in each trial qualify for their respective finals. There will be a blind draw from all the thirdplace finishers to determine the final two spots in each futurity’s field. La La La Dandy impressed in the first Senorita Futurity trial when she ran away from her competition to win by nearly 12 lengths under jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. The Fred Danley-trained filly raced in

the Copper Top Futurity at Sunland Park and was then second in a Ruidoso Downs maiden race. The rest of the Senorita Futurity first- and second-place qualifiers are No Late Nights, Lakehouse Fun, Way To Go Gerda, KB’s Princess, Back Seat Roll, Desertsmagic and Lisa Sue. R.D. Hubbard’s homebred Thermal, the 3-10 favorite, raced to his third win from four starts when he won his Senor Futurity trial by a handy one-and-onequarter lengths. Thermal settled off the pace for jockey for jockey Duane Sterling and then circled the field to draw out for the win in 1:07.60. A gelding by Attila’s Storm from the Todd Fincher stable, Thermal used the same tactics to win the Mountain Top Futurity by one-and-three-quarter lengths at nearly 15-1 odds. The remaining Senor Futurity qualifiers as first- or second-place finishers are Ramblin’ Starr, Dandy Guy, Marty Squall, Penny Ante Cat, Veil’s Vengeance, Kiss My Hennessy and Slew Up His Sleeve.

ZiA deRBY from pg. 13 It turns out six horses made it in, more than half the field. Who Rae, Gotta Get Two, Eye Am Blazin, First Blazin Love and Cheetah Woods all following Caliente Colt into the Zia Derby, to be run during the $1 million Zia Festival. Up until that final trial race, the field had been pretty static, with Fury Of The Storm leading the way with a time of 19.863 seconds from the first trial on the day. Caliente Colt, a winner in four of his last five starts, broke in from the gate, and had to battle from and 8½-length deficit in the first 100 yards to finish with an impressive 1¾-length victory at the finish line. The next five horses were separated by little more than a neck. Fury Of The Storms time was still fast enough to be the third fastest on the day, and the horse was one of three led to the final by trainer Roberto Sanchez, who also trains Who Rae and RCJ Major Storm, the 10th fastest horse overall and the only horse to run with a time slower than 20 seconds. RAiNBOW from pg. 13 qualifying mark of 19.817. Double Eagle Ranch’s Carters Cookie has a big upside after winning his Ruidoso Futurity trial by more than two lengths in his career debut. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding opened a daylight lead early in the trial and then rolled to the third-fastest qualifying time of 19.892. Kathleen O Matey’s homebred Pyro raced to a third-place finish when he debuted in the Ruidoso Futurity trials and then found the winner’s circle after the Ruidoso Juvenile. The John Stinebaughtrained gelding took the Ruidoso Juvenile by one-half length and then his Rainbow Futurity trial by one-and-one-quarter lengths with the fourth-fastest time of 19.916.

Robert Gentry Family Partnership’s Scatmandu is undefeated from two starts and is the fifth-fastest qualifier at 19.939. Raymundo Villareal Jr’s Eyegotitgoinon, the sole $25,000 supplemental nominee to the Rainbow Futurity, and Fly Hooves RC’s Blaze Carver finished in a dead heat in the fifth trial and share the sixth-fastest qualifying time of 19.987. The Blane Wood-trained Eyegotitgoinon won each of his two starts at Remington Park, including the Easy Jet Stakes. The improving Blaze Carver come into the Rainbow Futurity trials after a second-place run in a Remington Park maiden race.

MiNORs from pg. 13 a score. “I’m so incredibly proud of my kids to make it this far,” Jameson said. “They held their heads up and played hard – tonight just wasn’t their night. “I want them to play next year,” she added. “Because they had fun and got to this point this year, I want them to work hard to make the all-star team next year. If they do that, then I did my job.”

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La La La Dandy, far left, with jockey Ricardo Jaime aboard, found the running fine and dandy, Saturday, during trials to the Rio Grande Senorita Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

Big rematch coming in Rainbow Derby By Ty Wyant For the Ruidoso Free Press Champions Ochoa and Feature Mr Bojangles, who battled in a memorable Rainbow Derby trial duel, are back for a rematch over 440 yards this Saturday in the Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs. The $903,774 purse is an all-time record, breaking the record set last year. A new record purse has been established during each of the six previous Rainbow Derby runnings. Racing runs Friday through Monday at Ruidoso Downs with a 1 p.m. first post time. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs. Last year’s champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old gelding, Ochoa turned in a superlative effort when he ran down and passed Feature Mr Bojangles, the 2011 champion two-year-old colt, in their Rainbow Derby trial. In one of the most competitive trial races in recent memory at Ruidoso Downs, Feature Mr Bojangles raced to the early lead in the 440-yard trial from the eight post position while Ochoa headed toward the outside rail from the outside post position. The Roy Balidillez-ridden Ochoa stretched out into his long stride and passed Feature Mr Bojangles, piloted by G.R. Carter Jr., in the final yards to win by

three quarters of a length. The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained Ochoa checked in with the third-fastest qualifying time of 21.634 seconds, while Feature Mr Bojangles raced to the fifth-fastest time of 21.749. Owned by J Bar 7 Ranch, Monte and Katsy Cluck, and Douglas Benson, Ochoa secured his championships by dominating last year’s $2.4 million All American Futurity by one-and-one-half lengths. Feature Mr Bojangles, from the Roberto Sanchez barn, won three futurities last year in New Mexico to be honored as a the top juvenile colt. His three futurity wins were highlighted by last year’s Rainbow Futurity. He also won the Four Corners Futurity and the Hobbs America Futurity. The winner of seven of 10 starts, Feature Mr Bojangles is owned by R.D. Hubbard, Jim Helzer, S/M Cattle Export Company and Jaime Dominguez. Fastest-qualifier honors went to the surprising Feature Mr Who, winner of his trial at 9-1 odds for his second career win. He was timed in 21.495 while winning by one-and-one-half lengths. He scored his only other career win in his All American Futurity trial nearly a year ago, the only other time he raced over 440 yards.

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July 17, 2012

Little Bear Fire

Information & Resources recovery and preparedness progress Skies are expected to clear across Lincoln County for the next 3-4 days producing only isolated light rain. This will give the Lincoln County Watershed Protection and Restoration group an opportunity to make more progress clearing debris from waterways that are expected to see higher than usual flows during the monsoon season. Heavy rains last week kept the contractors out of the watershed areas due to concern of flash flood for many hours each day. After each rain event it was necessary to focus attention on clearing roadways of rocks, boulders, ash, silt and mud. Crews expect to clear roads of debris throughout the summer monsoons. The heaviest flows of water, silt and debris have been seen in and around Bonito Lake,

and in Eagle Creek affecting the Alto Lake reservoir. Maintaining the capacity of Alto and Bonito Lakes to function as reservoirs is a top priority and pumps have been installed to move water downstream. The Lincoln County Watershed Protection & Restoration group is a multi-agency response involving 19 cooperating agencies from Lincoln and Otero County. Sandbags are available to residents and are limited to 50 per homeowner. The limit is in place primarily due to the high number of homes affected by the fire and potential flooding. Additional sandbags may be approved as the need arises and on a case by case basis. Sandbags can be collected at the Lincoln County Emergency Operations Center at 111 Copper Ridge

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The Reapers Motorcycle Club of Ruidoso was honored to lead the pack of more than 50 motorcycles to the Lincoln County Little Bear Donation Center with two truckloads of goods, including one of food and water, kitchen supplies of all kinds, kids school backpacks and other supplies brought by different motorcycle clubs from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Roswell and El Paso. Of these seven clubs, the Vietnam/Legacy Vets MC put together this helping hand for the Little Bear Victims by bringing bikers together to help a community in need.

Road. NRCS is available to discuss slope stabilization and flood mitigation that homeowners can complete on private lands. Call 575-648-2941. Upon the request of Governor Susana Martinez, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared a disaster in Lincoln County as a result of the Little Bear Fire. The declaration will make low-interest loans available to homeowners, renters and businesses that incurred physical damage from the fire. In addition, businesses that suffered economic hardship because of the Little Bear Fire may also be eligible. SBA representatives will be on hand at the Little Bear Fire Recovery Center at the Old Mormon Church, 1470 Highway 48, Capitan, NM 88316, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Everyone who suffered a loss during the fire is encouraged to apply even if they don’t end up taking a loan since this application will get them in the system for any government assistance that may be available. Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed primary residences. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize damage from future fire. Applications for assistance can be filed through Sept. 7 but the SBA representatives will only be on hand here in Lincoln County to help file the applications until July 26. No applications will be accepted after Sept. 7. More information is available by calling 1-800-6592955 or at The Little Bear Fire Donation Center at River Crossing is requesting additional donations of cleaning supplies and tools. Shovels, rakes and gloves are in high demand. Donations can be dropped off MondaySaturday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations to the Little Bear Fire Relief fund can be made at

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the Village of Ruidoso, and other emergency personnel. us Geological survey (usGs) has worked in cooperation with the usFs and • Fire area closure: For public safety, closure of NM dept. of homeland security & emergency the Little Bear burn area remains in eff ect. Management to install precipitation gages on • Aerial application of grass seed: Grass seed Buck Mountain, at skyview recreation site near is being spread on 19,211 acres of National Monjeau Peak, at Blue Front/Crest Trail, near Forest lands categorized as receiving moderNogal Peak, and near the Rio Bonito stables. ate to severe burn intensity. Aerial seeding will A lake-stage precipitation system has been occur at a rate of approximately 25 seeds per placed on the north shore of Bonito Lake just square foot in the areas that will also receive north of Bonito dam. A stream fl ow gauge has mulch, and at a rate of approximately 70 seeds been placed at Rio Bonito and the bridge at per square foot on areas that are being treated NM 48. Three usGs stream gages already in with grass seed only. The seed will be spread place in eagle Creek are also being used to obusing fi xed wing aircraft. tain precipitation and runoff data for the Little Bear fi re area. The data from all of these gages • Grass seed mix (certified weed-free) for covers all watershed areas aff ected by the Little Little Bear fi re area: Barley (sterile/annual) – 88 Bear Fire. percent. Barley seed can sprout in just a few days with good moisture; slender Wheat• Roads: A large amount of work to repair grass (native to the area) – 10 percent; Little roads that were damaged during the fire and Bluestem, Muttongrass and Prairie Junegrass reinforce roads to lessen the impacts from (all native to the area) – 2 percent, combined. increased runoff of water and debris has been completed, especially along Forest Roads 131, • Aerial application of straw mulch: Approxi107, 127A and 117. This road work includes mately 10,241 acres of moderately and severely removal or replacement of culverts, installaburned National Forest lands that are being tion of water bars, in-sloping and out-sloping treated with straw mulch. These mulched areas to reduce erosion on gravel and dirt roads, are also being treated with grass seed. The grading or resurfacing, and installation of drain mulch is being applied by helicopter at a rate dips. Work to recondition roads after rains and of one ton per acre, which equates to approxirunoff is ongoing. mately an inch of coverage on the ground. The straw mulch provides ground cover and retains • Hazard Trees: Removal of severely burned moisture to help the grass seed sprout. it also trees already identifi ed along county, state reduces the impacts of rainfall on the soil. and National Forest system roads adjacent to Lincoln National forest lands is mostly com• Restoring vegetation reduces runoff of water plete. however, hazard trees will continue to be and debris: Treating burned areas with seed identifi ed and removed as necessary. and mulch has proven to be highly eff ective in restoring vegetation, stabilizing soil, and reduc- • Recreation: Work to repair fire damage in recreation areas including south Fork Camping runoff of water, soil, ash, and debris. This ground is ongoing. Recreation trails have been combined treatment also signifi cantly reduces assessed but much of the work that is planned impacts on private property, roads, bridges, for the trails must be postponed until the moninfrastructure, and other values downstream. soon rains have passed. • Early warning systems: Precipitation-gage Little Bear BAeR information: (575) 224-BAeR data, coupled with run-off model data from (2237); email:; website: the us Forest service (usFs) BAeR Team, will provide alert information to Lincoln County,

Ruidoso Free Press

July 17, 2012

The Alto Café Fire Relief Effort By Eric Ehrich

The Alto Café Fire Relief Effort wishes to extend their heart-felt thanks to the following young people: Sixteenyear-old Lane Southard and 12-year-old Shelby Southard offered to help with the clean up at fire victims sites. Alejandro Arguelles (14) donated his brand-new bicycle to a fire victim. Seven-year-old Ryley Lott Silva and six-year-old Jadon Lott Silva made $290 with their lemonade stand, which they brought to the Alto Café to be used in aid for fire victims. Levy Beaty (12) and Shailyn Beaty (10) volunteered to help with the storage of donated goods in the downstairs shop of the café, which now functions as a warehouse. It is truly heart-warming to see this kind of selfless spirit in our young people.

With all the volunteering and generosity, sadly, there is much more needed in terms of hands-on volunteering, donations of food, blankets and, yes, money. The losses due to damages and total destruction of homes are massive, particularly to folks who were uninsured. Pete and Cheryl of the Alto Café, are working tirelessly to help out with free meals and other necessities. If you have surplus items of the type mentioned above, or are willing to help out with money—whatever you can afford— please call Cheryl at 937-2853. Checks may be made out to Gateway Church of Christ; Memo: Little Bear Fire Relief. The Salvation Army and the Samaritans Purse are active and doing a great job. But much more is needed to do this monumental job. Please help.

Flash flood awareness Isolated thunderstorms producing lightning and areas of heavy rain that increases the potential for flash flooding. Residents are being asked to be vigilant if they see or hear of rainfall moving into the area. The county will be issuing evacuations via the Reverse 911-Code Red system to residents within 100 yards of all affected rivers and streams as rain starts to fall. Residents are urged to take every evacuation order seriously and to move to higher ground at the first sign of rising water. Do not wait – evacuate. Skies may be clear where you are but rain falling upstream through the areas affected by recent fires may move downstream more rapidly than usual. Water flows coming from the Little Bear Fire burn area will be full of ash and debris making them heavier and more dangerous. Consider evacuation routes that avoid main roads at the bottoms of canyons which can unexpectedly flood. Do not drive through any flooded area. Waters may be full of silt which is extremely slick and can quickly cause loss of traction. You will not be able to see through flood waters carrying ash and debris to determine whether the roadway is intact. Waters flowing in creeks and streams that is black and full of ash and debris is dangerous and may contain toxic run off from burnt structures upstream. Do not allow your children to play in or near these waters or allow your pets to drink from them. The dark murky waters can disguise other hazards. Please keep children and pets away from creeks, streams and arroyos – even if they are dry. Homeowners are being urged to keep culverts on their private property free of debris and to move animals, equipment and anything that could be carried downstream by flood waters to higher ground now. Alert systems are in place but you may have only a short time to respond once an evacuation notice is issued. The Lincoln County Watershed Protection & Restoration group is clearing debris from drainages in 200 square miles of Lincoln County. It is the landowners personal responsibility to clear debris from private property. Monitor current weather condi-

tions at The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District are teaming up to help landowners restore burned areas and minimize erosion and flooding. Native Grass Seed to cover one acre is available free of charge at the Upper Hondo SWCD office in Capitan, 516 W. 1st St. (Hwy 380), 354-2220, across from the Capitan High School. This seed will have to be covered with mulch and watered. Mulch is also available (as much as you need) at the Capitan UHSWCD office, at the Little Bear Recovery Center on Highway 48 between MM 14 and 15, and at the entrance to The Ranches of Sonterra, Unit 1, Villa Madonna and Nazarene Church Camp (Bonita Park). New Mexico State Forestry is now taking orders for fall delivery of one- and two-year-old seedlings from their New Mexico Conservation Seedlings program. Native trees and shrubs are available for a very reasonable price. Go to their webpage at to order on line or call 505-476-3325 to have information mailed to you. A Recovery Guide, designed to provide citizens with information regarding various forms of assistance, has been developed and is available at the Little Bear Recovery website (www.littlebearrecovery. org). The disaster recovery team has set up an information number, 575258-INFO (4636), that is designed to put citizens in direct contact with an individual who can provide information regarding animal assistance, basic needs, health and wellbeing, insurance assistance, legal assistance, debris removal and other services that may be needed. This information line will be staffed Monday- Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recovery and preparedness assistance can also be found at: http:// If you are cleaning up a burned structure, you should be aware of the inherent hazards. Learn how to protect yourself by consulting: www., naturalevents/returnhomeadvisory. htm, and

Donations of goods available to fire victims

Christian Services of Lincoln County, Inc. received a shipment of goods from the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Team out of Nashville, Tenn. These are available to anyone affected by the fire - not necessarily just loss of homes. This includes food, personal care items, child care items, cleaning items and many other things. Christian Services of Lincoln County also

has an abundance of clothing, so anyone who is helping with cleanup and needs clothing which can be worn until it’s filthy and then thrown away is welcome to come and take what they need. Contact: Margo Mayo
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Federal disaster declaration for Lincoln County Low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to residents and businesses impacted by the Little Bear Fire beginning June 4. These loans are available to disaster impacted residents and businesses in Lincoln County and the neighboring counties of Chaves, De Baca, Guadalupe, Otero, Sierra, Socorro and Torrance. Not just for small businesses Loans for repairing or replacing disaster-damaged property Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their disaster-damaged primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to replace disaster-damaged personal property, including vehicles. Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate, machin-

loan program, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner complete their disaster loan application. 2. Apply online using SBA’s secure Web site at 3. Apply by mailing your application to SBA at 14925 Kingsport Rd., Ft. Worth, TX 761552243

ery and equipment, inventory and other assets. Interest rates can be as low as 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters, 4 percent for businesses and 3 percent private non-profit organizations. Terms may be up to 30 years, SBA determines loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition. Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster Small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of any size may borrow to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster (regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage) The maximum business disaster loan is $2 million for any combination of property damage and working capital. Three ways to apply 1. Apply in person at the location below where SBA representatives will issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster

SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center, Lincoln County: Old Mormon Church, 1470 Highway 48 (between mile markers 14 and 15), Capitan, NM 88316. The center will be open through Thursday, July 26. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition, disaster loan information and application forms are available from SBA by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba. gov or visiting SBA’s website at Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.

CAMP from pg. 10 pulling motor homes wend their way over the dusty road on the way to Nogal Mesa. Others who can’t come to camp make it a point to come for the evening meal and services. Today, more than 50 families make up a local committee which carries on the work begun in the middle part of the last century. They aren’t all cowboys any more, but all are dedicated to God’s service and the preaching of His word. Over the years, this committee has built a wooden tabernacle perched on the rim of the Mesa, overlooking Tularosa Basin. There is also a wooden cook shack, where three meals a day are cooked over open fires in huge, cast-iron kettles. A large bell tolls seven times daily to summon campers for services or meals, signaling either food for the body or the spirit, depending on the time. No camping fees or meal fees are collected, as the Camp Meeting is run entirely on free-will donations. Tabernacle services will be led by Bobby Barnett of Ruidoso and Michael Peebles of Missouri. Children four to six years of age will meet in the pink trailer

and grades one through six meet at the striped tent at 11 and 5 each day. The youth will have their own services at 9 and 2 each day. A hay ride and watermelon bust is planned for Friday and Saturday, as well as volleyball games and a special youth service on Saturday night. All area youth and youth groups are encouraged to attend and participate. The first bell of Camp Meeting will be rung at 6 Wednesday night for supper. At 7 choir practice starts, followed by evening worship at 7:30. Thursday through Saturday, the breakfast bell will ring at 6 a.m. Bible study starts at 9. This is also the first youth event of the day. At 11, children will meet and adults meet in the tabernacle for worship. Lunch is served at 12:30. Youth gather under their tent at 2, while their elders wait until 3 p.m. for the next service under the tabernacle. Children meet again at 5 while the women meet in the tabernacle and the men meet at the prayer tree for prayer time. Supper is served at 6, and the evening service is scheduled for 7:30. Sunday’s schedule is different only

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RRCA to hold Little Bear Fire art exhibit and sale The Ruidoso Regional Council for the Arts in July and August will host “Up from the Ashes,” a benefit for those who suffered losses during the Little Bear Fire. Works of art will be displayed for sale at the council’s gallery, 1712 Sudderth. A portion of the proceeds of sales of the artwork will be donated. “This event is open to all artists in all mediums who want to participate,” Jeannette Ortega, RRCA board president and chairperson of “Up from the Ashes”

said. “You don’t need to be an RRCA member, although we’d love to have you join.” The exhibit will remain on display until Aug. 24 with one evening a week designated as an Open House with other ‘artful’ happenings. “Our community has been hit hard by this disaster,” said Lyn Kidder. “This is a chance for artists to help, at the same time doing what they do best—their art.” For information, call 575-257-7272 or go online at

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Recently, an innovative training program was created to create a liaison between domestic violence advocates and law enforcement officers. The Law Enforcement-Advocate Training Team Project was devised to create and sustain harmonious working relationships between law enforcement officers and domestic violence advocates. The New Mexico Crime Victims Reparations Commission funded the project using a STOP Grant. Law enforcement officers and advocates work together to address previous sources of professional conflict while modeling cooperative relationships. Nest Advocate Mona Earnest was teamed up with Capitan Police Chief Randy Spears for this project. The duo completed an intensive training program at Ghost Ranch Lodge, which additionally focused on rural and tribal communities. “We always knew we were on the same side, both working for the victims, but this program helps us see the domestic violence epidemic from the other’s perspective. It is a very positive direction for us to be headed in,” shares Chief Spears. Spears and Earnest are now charged with the task providing training to our local Lincoln County officers. In an effort to improve law enforcement’s understanding of domestic violence and its response to battered women, advocates have begun to work directly with police in both coordinated community response projects

and on-scene crisis response teams. Much has changed in the past twenty years with regard to how law enforcement officers respond to domestic violence. No longer is it viewed as a spat between husband and wife or a private matter. It is now viewed as a crime. “I’ve learned so much already. It’s been eye opening to see what the law enforcement officer’s experience is when responding to a domestic violence call. They have to be prepared for every eventuality and make split second decisions. I have so much admiration for what they do,” comments Earnest. Domestic violence calls have long been the most dangerous to which an officer responds. In addition to training on officer safety and confidentiality practices of shelters, attendees explored the distinct roles of the advocate and law enforcement officer in a domestic violence situation. Law enforcement partnerships with advocates provide a multi-system response that holds assailants accountable while challenging the social underpinnings of domestic violence. The Nest Domestic Violence Shelter in Ruidoso Downs is open 24 hours a day. If you are someone you know is being hurt by someone they love, please call our crisis line at 1-888-378-6378. Services at the Nest are free and confidential. For more information, visit our website at

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR • 7-17 thru 7-23 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. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan, located on Hwy 380. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRDForestry Division. Live horse racing at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, Friday - Monday through Labor Day weekend. Post time is 1 p.m. (with the exception of some holidays, special meets and horse sales). Visit for more TUESDAY JULY 17 Creating Dragons & their Eggs, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3 p.m. Ages 6-9, if you are as unlucky as i have been searching for dragons, here’s your chance to make one you can fi nd. 575-258-3704; www.youseemore. com/ruidosopl/.Free. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. WEDNESDAY JULY 18 Farmer’s Market at SBS Wood shavings in Glencoe from 9 to 11 a.m. Dreamcatcher craft, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 10 through teens. if you haven’t heard the legends of where dreamcatchers came from, listen in while you build one for you or as a gift. 575258-3704; ruidosopl/. Free. The Sterilizers perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Live Music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY JULY 19 Business After Hours, hosted by Copy Rite of Ruidoso, 1600 sudderth, 5 - 7 p.m. Michael Francis and Sally Cannning perform at the Laughing sheep Farm in Lincoln, 5 p.m. www. Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30. Karaoke with DJ Pete! Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m., every Thursday, evening. 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. Johnny & the Crashers (Classic Rock) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. FRIDAY JULY 20 Free Movie, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road,

information. Flying J Chuckwagon Supper and Show, Hwy 48 north of Ruidoso. Every day except Sunday; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and show is $25 for adults; $15 for children 4-12. www.� for more information. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, just east of the racetrack. The �irst New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. 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

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. “how to Train your dragon.” don’t forget to wear your beards! 575-258-3704; The Rascal Fair and White Oaks Community Market, 5 p.m. to dark. Produce, plants, fl owers, crafts and unique entertainment. every Friday through the summer. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 10 p.m. Doug Fuqua performs in Wendell’s Lounge at the inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, 5 to 11 p.m. Cree Meadows Country Club is hosting a fi sh fry and live band. Cantina Night at Laughing sheep Farm, 1 mile west of Lincoln, hwy 380, mm 96, from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music with guitar and fi ddle playing Western swing. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant on Mechem drive from 6 to 9 p.m. 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. Susan Kolb performs at the No Name Café 6 - 9 p.m. 522 sudderth, 575-257-2253. Friday evening dinners are by reservation. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem dr., 6 p.m. “Harvey” presented by the Lincoln County Community Theater, Mountain Annie’s, 2710 Sudderth dr., 7 p.m. The unforgettable story of elwood P. dowd and his imaginary 6 ft., 3 1/2 in. tall white rabbit companion. A classic comedy. 575-257-7982; Tickets are $20 and are sold only at the door. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopeli Country Club in Alto from 7 to 10 p.m. Karaoke at The Elks Lodge on Highway 70, next to the Ruidoso emporium, at 7 p.m. with All For Fun Karaoke. Bluegrass music at Casa Blanca in the Cantina, 7 p.m. Jay Castleberry, with Pete and Albert, performs acoustic blue-grass style music.

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.

Johnny & the Crashers (Classic Rock) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. SATURDAY JULY 21 Christmas in July Bazaar, Episcopal Church, 121 Mescalero Trail, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Garage sale, bake sale, candy sale, crafts, boutique, silent auction and a luncheon. 575257-4156. 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. Tony Avallone performs at Cree Meadows Country Club, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Prime Rib plate: $11.95. Tomas Vigil performs at Landlocked Restaurant & Bar on Mechem from 6 to 9 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the swiss Chalet inn, Mechem dr., 6 p.m. Free Movie at sacred Grounds,

2825 sudderth dr. , 6:30 - 9 p.m. “Buck” is a documentary-styled examination of the life of acclaimed ‘horse whisperer’ Buck Brannaman, who was the inspiration for Robert Redford’s “The horse Whisperer.” The master horseman reveals details of his troubled childhood and his dawning awareness of new ways that humans and horses might work with one another. 575257-2273; “Harvey” presented by the Lincoln County Community Theater, Mountain Annie’s, 2710 Sudderth dr., 7 p.m. The unforgettable story of elwood P. dowd and his imaginary 6 ft/, 3 1/2 in. tall white rabbit companion. A classic comedy. 575-257-7982; Tickets are $20 and are sold only at the door. Bluegrass music at Casa Blanca in the Cantina, 7 p.m. Jay Castleberry, with Pete and Albert, performs acoustic blue-grass style music. 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. Johnny & the Crashers (Classic Rock) perform in Club 49 at inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

sunday thru the summer. Sundays Under the Stars, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 6 - 11 p.m. Live music by sK Band at 6 and “up” after sunset. 1-800-545-9011; www. Free. Live music at WPs in Midtown Ruidoso from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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Hispanics unite at Racetrack Chapel By Sue Hutchison Reporter One might think Pastor Marco Sanchez packed the racetrack chapel July 1 with his contagious smile and winsome personality. More than likely, more than 140 attended because they knew they’d hear a message in Spanish from a person who’s living in the middle of difficulty himself and has a strong faith in the process. Marco and Betty Sanchez and their two children moved to Bonita Park Nazarene Camp several months ago. Sharing responsibilities between Angus Church and the camp, Sanchez was given the mandate to develop Hispanic ministries in Lincoln County in addition to camp and church responsibilities. The Little Bear Fire changed the face of both Angus Church and Bonita Park. It also opened the door for Sanchez to find a new place to base his primary ministry during the rehabilitation process at the camp. The Sanchez family lost their home with all its contents and is currently living in a rental in Capitan. No strangers to dif-

ficult circumstances, the Sanchez family is eager to help those in similar situations. Darrell Winter, racetrack chaplain, couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Sanchez still works with Angus Church and the camp, but has time to concentrate on a new avenue of ministry. “I’ve wanted to develop a permanent Spanish ministry for both the Front and Back Side which will be year-round. Ruidoso Downs is a hub of Hispanic culture and we need a Spanish speaking minister.” Winter is in the process of introducing Sanchez to the racetrack community. The chapel is poised to fund the new ministry at least through the end of the calendar year. “I’m meeting horse owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms. There are some who are multi-millionaires and some who don’t have much, but they all love the horses. They’re good at what they do.” Sanchez is surprised at the variety of workers who are a part of the back side culture at the track. He has an advantage of speaking the language, identifying issues which may be lost due to language barriers, and giving first hand direction to workers.

Thought for the week... Charles Clary

For the J Bar J Country Church, the week just past was filled with God and country. Celebrating the birth of our nation and the birth of our church was a week well spent. I thank everyone in the J Bar J who had a part in making the celebration a success. And I thank all of the Ruidoso Christian families who prayed for the church and its 10th anniversary celebration. No doubt about it, anniversaries are important to remember and celebrate. You men who are reading this column, had better not forget your wedding anniversary or your wife’s birthday, There are days that come around every year, and we better not forget them. But there are things that we need to remember and celebrate every day. Every day that we wake up and are on the topside of the grass is a day to celebrate. Every day that we breathe the air of freedom is a day to celebrate. And every day that we live in the salvation that comes from God through faith in Jesus Christ, is a day to celebrate. Think about the things that we have in this great country and the blessings that God has given us, and we have cause for thanksgiving and celebration. For the J Bar J, the celebration doesn’t end with July 8. The celebration goes on and on until Jesus comes again. Think about it!


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

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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 9374487 UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for location NON-DENOMINATIONAL American Missionary Fellowship Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915. Pastor John Marshall Casa de Oracion Comunidad Cristiana Ruidoso 304 Sudderth Dr., Ruidoso,

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From Your First To Your Finest! 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 Cowboy Church Preacher Buster Reed of Amarillo. Call 378-4840 for more info Foot of the Cross Christian Ministries 2812 Sudderth (Pine Tree Shopping Center) Pastor, Phil Appel. For more info please call 937-8677 or visit our website at Grace Harvest Church 1108 Gavilan Canyon Rd, 336-4213 Iglesia Bautista “Vida Eterna” Pastor Rev, Ramon Robledo. 207 East Circle, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346, 361 E.

Hwy. 70, 378-8108. Email: revrobledo@ J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 257-6899 Pastor Charles W. Clary. E-mail: jbarjcountrychurcb@ Miracle Life Ministry Center Ron Rice & Catherine Callahan, Ministers Available 24 hours for healing, prayer. 354-0255; e-mail Pacto Viviente, 25974 Highway 70, la iglesia “J Bar J” en la granja roja. Domingos 12:30 p.m., Jueves 7 p.m. 937-6664. Es un lugar de familia, amistades y de crecimiento spiritual. Peace Chapel Interdenominational (ULC), Alto North, 336-7075. Jeamsie Price, Pastor Racetrack Chapel Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 3787264. Chaplain Darrell Winter The Word of Life Church Rev. Chuck Fulton, pastor/648-2339. 711 ‘E’ Ave., Carrizozo, NM. Afliated with the Evangelistic Assembly Church NON-SECTARIAN Spiritual Awareness Study Group Minister: George N. Brown, PhD. ULC. 257-1569 Men’s Bible Study, Band Of Brothers Call 937-0071 for times and location The 1st Iglesia Apostollca de la Fe en Cristo Jesus Located at: 613 Sudderth Dr. Suite D, Ruidoso. 937-7957 · 973-5413

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“Everyone who works with the horses has a gift. They need to know they are important in the job they do. They are able to send support to their families back home and I am glad I can work with people who have real needs,” says Sanchez. When Hispanic workers tell Sanchez where they’re from, he knows Mexico’s towns enough to identify with locations. With more than 90 percent of the back side workers male, Sanchez realizes the men miss their family members while they’re separated. “It was wonderful for Marco to be able to pray with the jockeys just before racing began today. He prayed in Spanish and the workers were finally able to understand the whole prayer.” Winter’s realized the hole he hasn’t been able to fill see cHApeL, next pg.

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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 Meeting in members’ homes. 257-2987 or 258-5595 BUDDHIST Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra George Brown; 257-1569 CATHOLIC Saint Eleanor Catholic Church 120 Junction Road, Ruidoso, 257-2330. Reverend AI Galvan Saint Theresa Catholic Church Corona. Sunday Mass: 6 p.m. Saint Joseph’s Apache Mission Mescalero. Father Paul Botenhagen, OFM Our Lady of Guadalupe Bent. Father Larry Gosselin Sacred Heart Catholic Church 299 3rd St, Capitan, 354-9102 Santa Rita Catholic Church 243 Birch, Carrizozo. 648-2853. Father Franklin Eichhorst CHRISTIAN Christian Community Church 127 Rio Corner w/Eagle, Mid-town. For more information call: 378-7076

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Come join the music “Music in the Garden” will be held Wednesday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m., in the Prayer Garden at First Presbyterian Church at 101 S. Sutton Drive. The community is invited to join our congregation for this informal sing-a-long and picnic. Bring a salad or sandwiches to share potluck style. This is an early evening of food, fellowship and entertainment. Bring your family, friends and song requests; chairs and beverage will be furnished. If you have questions, call the church office at 257-2220 or Carolynn Canon, 257-5663. First Presbyterian Church of Ruidoso is located on Sutton Dr. at Sudderth Dr., across from McDonalds.

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Samaritans Purse, a faith-based outreach for disaster response stationed at the Church of Nazarene in Bonita Park. Pictured are Brent Graybeal, program manager; Luther Harrison, vice president, Samaritan’s Purse; Ricky Critcher, director, Samaritan’s Purse; Jack Munday, director, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team; Al New, deployment manager and Tim Hass, manager. Luther and Ricky flew in from North Carolina (BG’s base of operations) for less than 20 hours to survey the damage and watch recovery efforts.

Authentic chuck wagon dinner in Corona St. Teresa of Corona is putting on an authentic Chuck Wagon Dinner during Corona Days. Come out and join the fun on Saturday, July 28 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Corona School cafeteria. The proceeds will go toward improving the building (putting in a muchneeded bathroom).

Call Sharie at 575-849-0006 for tickets: Adults $12; children $7; toddlers are free. Tickets will be $2 more at the door. If you live out of town you can mail a check and your ticket will be waiting for you at the door: Sharie Leibold, 216 Robinson Ranch Rd., Corona, NM 88318. Make checks out to St. Teresa.

ChAPeL from pg. 20 without being bilingual. Sanchez takes up the slack. In addition to ministry at church, the chapel branches out to provide ESL and citizenship classes. Betty, born in Mexico, has been a part of such classes earlier in her life and can identify student’s needs. Betty also takes time to teach track children, and had 14 students in Kid’s Club a few weeks ago. Both Marco and Betty are becoming vital parts of the racetrack


chapel team. “I am who I am now because of the Spanish service I attended in El Paso years ago,” says Sanchez who is happy to give back to the Hispanic/Mexican community at the Downs track. Winter’s devotional message Monday to the jockeys prior to race time highlighted the need to show respect for everyone, regardless of job or nationality. Winter and Sanchez hope to show them how.

Weekly Featured Adoptable Pets Hennesy is a pit bull mix of about two years of age. She weighs about 35 pounds. She loves to play fetch. She gets along well with other dogs

and is super-friendly. Una is a six year-old spayed female cat. She’s a little timid and shy, but once she gets some attention, she can’t get enough. She loves taking cat naps in the sunshine.

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


Call 258-9922 or stop by 1086 Mechem (MTd Media) to place your classifi ed ad. deadline for Legal Notices and Classifi ed display is Wed. at 5 p.m.; deadline for Classifi ed Liners is Thurs. at 5 p.m.

120 LEGAL NOTICES TWELFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF LINCOLN STATE OF NEW MEXICO ALTO LAKES GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, ) INC., a New Mexico corporation, Plaintiff, vs. LEROY B. ORTIZ and VELDA M. ORTIZ, Defendants. CV 2011-00257 Div. III NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE UNDER FORECLOSURE JUDGMENT NOTICE is hereby given that under and by virtue of Judgment of Foreclosure entered by the District Court of Lincoln County, New Mexico, on July 5, 2012 in civil cause number CV -2011-00257, the under-signed will offer for public sale to the highest bidder for cash at the front entrance of the Ruidoso Municipal Building at 313 Cree Meadows Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico on the 20th day of August, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., all rights of the defendants to the following described real property located in Lincoln County, New Mexico; Lot 94, DEER PARK VALLEY SUBDIVISION, Unit 4, Lincoln County, New Mexico as shown by the plat thereof filed in the office of the County Clerk and Ex-officio Recorder of Lincoln County on April, 17, 1981; and, Lot 200, DEER PARK VALLEY SUBDIVISION, Unit 8, Lincoln County, New Mexico as shown by the plat thereof filed in the Office of the County Clerk and Ex-officio Recorder of Lincoln County on April 17, 1981 (hereinafter referred to as “the Properties”). Notice is further given that the court directed foreclosure of the Plaintiff ’s claim of liens on the Properties and that the amounts to be realized at said sale from the Property, with interest calculated to date of sale, are as follows: Amount of Plaintiff ’s Judgment . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,971.02 Interest to date of Sale: . . . $75.36 Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $453.75 Attorney’s Fees . . . . . . . . $1,500.00 The Properties will be sold in the manner which realizes the most amount of cash at the sale, either singly, or together. In addition thereto there will be accruing interest, and costs of publication of this Notice, and the Special Master’s Fee fixed by the Court in the amount of$250.00. The terms of this sale are that the purchaser must pay cash at the time the Property is struck off to him, except that the Plaintiff may bid all or any part of its judgment, plus interest without paying cash. RICHARD A. HAWTHORNE, P.A. 1221 Mechem Drive, Suite 2 Ruidoso, NM 88345 (575) 258-3483 /s/ Jennifer Miller, Special Master

130 EMPLOYMENT RAMADA INN is looking for front desk and housekeeping personnel. Apply in person 2191 Hwy 70 West LOOKING FOR FULL TIME NIGHT AUDITOR clerk and housekeeping. 575-630-1166. Pick up application at Motel 6.



Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso is recruiting well-qualified applicants for:

Academic Support Tech Additional information and application procedures are available on-line at Inquiries: Call (575) 257-2120 or (800) 934-3668. An AA/EOE Employer

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190 REAL ESTATE GREAT 1750 SQ FT High ceiling Retail space. Lots of Parking. Great location on Mechem. $1500 month 575-354-0365

616 Mechem • Ruidoso, NM • (575) 257-4011 • 800-530-4597

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REO FOR THE BEST BANKOWED DEALS. Call Fisher Real Estate 575-258-0003

MTD Media is Looking for YOU! Want an Exciting New Career in Advertising Sales & Production? Consider the expanding industry of Radio and Regional Print! If you like people, have a business background and good contacts in the community – you are qualified! We seek candidates for Consultative Sales positions to help businesses promote their products and services to the greater Southeastern New Mexico markets. We provide: training, superior marketing materials, a base of clients, management support - and a lucrative incentive program. Part or full time. Join the MTD Media Team serving Southeast New Mexico markets and Make a Difference! Call Marianne 575-937-4105 or email resume FULL TIME MAINTENANCE TECH NEEDED for apartment complex in Ruidoso. Must have general knowledge of electrical and plumbing. Duties will include groundskeeping, work orders and make readies. Must be able to pass criminal background check. Please apply in person at 107 Jack Little Drive or call 575-921-9276 SUPER 8 MOTEL. Housekeeping, Laundry and Front Desk. Pick up application. MAINTENANCE AND HOUSEKEEPING needed full and part time, call 257-6913 to set up interview NEED SOMEONE TO DO LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING and assisting my wife, she walks with walker and has to go to therapy 3 mornings a week. 806-893-2020 or come to 211 Coconino NEED DEPENDABLE DAYTIME CAREGIVER Monday thru Friday approx. 8 am - 2 pm for disabled business man. We can train the right candidate! This is a great position for CNA. Must have references and pass a background check. Please call 575-336-7474 or fax 575-336-7475 NOW HIRING SERVER/BARTENDER Apply in person. Cree Meadows Country Club 301 Country Club Drive Ruidoso NEWSROOM POSITIONS OPEN The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., is the largest media entity in the Four Corners area. We are anticipating several newsroom openings in the coming month, including: City Editor: We’re looking for an experienced editor who is a whiz with AP style guidelines and good grammar skills, has a proven ability to work with reporters on assign-

ments and time management, and preferably someone with good design and pagination skills. Reporters: We’re anticipating at least two reporter positions being available for hire, so we’re looking for writers with proven experience and a journalism background. Assignment beats are yet to be determined. IT part-timer: We’re interested in hiring someone on a part-time basis to meet our IT needs, with a strong interest and ability in online/digital operations, including building links, attractions, projects, etc., on our web pages. HELP DESK SUPPORT: Temp position. Responsibilities: • Provide first-level contact and problem resolution for all users with hardware, software and application problems. • Perform maintenance on Hardware and Software, to include and not limited to backups, antivirus and updates. Skills/Experience Required • 3 years experience with computer knowledge - preferably on Mac and PC platforms. • Able to work in a fast-changing, stressful environment where you must be flexible and learn quickly. • Able to communicate effectively. • Excellent planning and organizing is a must. Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, clips and at least three references to Editor Troy Turner, We prefer email, but hard-copy applications may be submitted at The Daily Times, 201 N. Allen, or by mail at P.O. Box 450, Farmington, N.M. 87499.


All American Realty RENTALS Homes for Rent Call Pat at

257-8444 ADVERTISE YOUR VACATION PROPERTY, to more than 284,000 New Mexico newspaper readers. Your 25-word classified ad will appear in 32 newspapers around the state for only $100. Call this newspaper for more details or visit for more details.

210 ROOMMATE WANTED ROOMMATE to share 3bd/2ba home in Capitan. Call 575-937-4866




Remodeled home on the golf course. Really nice deck with privacy feeling and deer right in your back yard most of the time. Overlooks fairway with the oldest juniper on the golf course. Fully furnished with exception of a few items. $325,000 MLS #108469

room, 2 bath home in established neighborhood with 2 car garage. Open floor plan and 2 covered decks. Close to the race track and casinos. $225,000 MLS #111092


Adorable Upper Canyon remodeled cabins. 3 units TOTAL. Units #30 & #31 (Spurs & Lace - upstairs & Sleepy Hollow - downstairs) in one bldg and one unit #32 (Singing Pines) by itself. 1 car garage. One add’l cabin next door (#33 Little Adobe) can be added at add’l price. Fully furnished. $550,000 MLS #106872

Looking for a career in Real Estate? Call us! For additional listings & other valuable information:

fans throughout, washer, dryer, fridge, water softener, AC, carpet throughout and storm windows. Plus larger deck $32,900 Call 575973-0289

225 MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH $950 plus utilities 575-613-6970 or 575-3362811

235 HOMES FOR RENT: FURN / UNFURN AMY’S COTTAGES,3 bedroom for rent, furnished, perfect! 575-9731242 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH on 4 acres. Horses are allowed. $600 per month. 575-973-3576

1997 CHAMPION 16X80. Completely furnished, 3BD 2BA. Ceiling

1 BD central, quiet, WD $580 month, bills paid 575-937-9160




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


111 LAGUNA DRIVE – UNF 3 BDR, 2 BA with W/D hookups. $1050/Mo + utilities. Available 8-1-12.


2900 SUDDERTH DRIVE – Large building at the corner of Sudderth & Mechem with many potential uses. Come take a look. 419 MECHEM DRIVE – Approx. 1100 sq ft. Come take a look. $650/Mo + utilities.

575-257-4011 • 800-530-4597 View these rentals at:

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250 FARMS, RANCHES OR LAND/ACREAGE BEAUTIFUL 4 ACRE PARCEL in Alto. Take Mesa Heights Dr. between TR’s Store and Post Office to second Rango Loop Road, go left to by owner sign, Beautiful trees, views, wildlife, privacy, constructed homes only. Asking $50,000 707-542-7408. 20 ACRES WITH WATER! Near Ruidoso, $34,900. New to market, municipal water, maintained roads and electric. Won’t last at this price! Call NMRS 866-906-2857 HORSE FARM FOR $2000.00. 575-378-8163




Inspiration Heights Apartment Homes 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms. Nestled in the pines of Ruidoso Downs 301 Sierra Lane


Under New Ownership This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. TTY Relay - 711

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

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

310 MISCELLANEOUS THRILL DAD with 100 percent guaranteed, delivered-to-the-door Omaha Steaks! SAVE 69 percent - PLUS 2 FREE GIFTS - THRILL THE GRILL ONLY $49.99. ORDER Today 1-877-2916597 or family22 use code 45069TVP AMY’S EVENT TENTS for Rent. 40x40 and bigger. 575-973-0964 DISH NETWORK. Starting at $19.99/month PLUS 30 Premium Movie Channels FREE for 3 Months! SAVE! & Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL - 877-867-1441 CASH!! Cash for your gold and silver. 575-937-3325 AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Train for hands-on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified – Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-886-7324. EVER CONSIDER A REVERSE MORTGAGE? At least 62 years old? Stay in your home & increase cash flow! Safe & Effective! Call Now for your FREE DVD! Call Now 877-8412034 MEET SINGLES RIGHT NOW! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1-800-932-8369 ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from Home. *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 800-482-3316 GET FREE OF CREDIT CARD DEBT NOW! Cut payments by up to half.

Stop creditors from calling. 877639-3441 SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. WIN or Pay Nothing! Start Your Application In Under 60 Seconds. Call Today! Contact Disability Group, Inc. Licensed Attorneys & BBB Accredited. Call 877-738-1851 SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $3997.00? MAKE/ SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill! Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: www. 1-800-5781363 Ext. 300N AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE! A Premier Discount Plan. SAVE on medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs for as little as $29.95/month. Enroll today. Call 1-866-507-4631 30, 6 FT FENCE POSTS $8 each and a soap stone wood stove for sale. 575-648-2583

370 GARAGE SALES/ESTATE SALES MOVING SALE July 20 and 21 Friday and Saturday 7am 109 La Luz Lane. Household items, lawn furniture, granite island-bar, coffee table,end tables, glass kitchen table, clothes

550 AUTOS FOR SALE 02 SUBARU FORESTER AWD. 173,000 miles, great working condition. $4200. Call 575-354-0967

To place your CLASSIFIED AD Call Sarah: 285-9922 We want YOUR business!!


Ruidoso Free Press

July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012  

The July 17, 2012 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the premiere source for sports. business and education news in Ruidoso and Lincoln Coun...

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