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Get Grounded in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth Drive, 6 - 9 p.m. Food, drink and silent auction. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association for research, care and support programs. 575-937-0596.

September 27

Appliance/Tire Disposal event

All American Park in Ruidoso Downs and Lawrence Brothers IGA parking lot in Ruidoso, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free drop off recycling for old major appliances and discarded tires, coordinated by Greentree Solid Waste. No heavy equipment, tractor or large semitruck tires will be accepted. 575-378-4697.

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Carrizo Canyon Rd., 8 - 10 p.m. Lead singer of Poison which sold 25 million albums and had 15 top 40 hits, including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unskinny Bop” and many more. 575464-7777;

September 28 Garage Sale

White Mountain Elementary Parking Lot, 203 White Mountain Dr., 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Help support the school and the community. 575-937-9766.

7th Annual Tour de Ruidoso

Start and finish at the Lodge at Sierra Blanca, start is 8:10 a.m. Fundraising event to benefit a variety of local not-for-profit organizations. Century, 100 K, Nearly Flat 20 miler, and new this year a 42 mile option. www.!__tourde-ruidoso-century-ride for information.

September 29

Sierra Blanca Christian Academy Annual Gospel Sing

Flying J Ranch on Hwy 48 N., 5 - 8 p.m. An annual fundraiser for SBCA. Enjoy light refreshments, old-fashioned gospel songs and an auction for desserts. 575-630-0144; http://sbchristianacademy. org/. Free.

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37th Annual Chuckwagons of the West Jamboree Flying J Ranch, Hwy 48 N., Alto. Join the Flying J Wranglers in welcoming Wrangler bands from other Chuckwagon stage-shows – a celebration of western music and heritage by some of the best cowboy bands in the world. Doors open at 4:30; Chuckwagon supper at 6; Music starts at 7. 1-888-458-3595; jamboree.html. Adult tickets are $40. Children 12 and under are $25.

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Stoddard honored for legacy of service supporting common sense By Eugene Heathman decisions. Editor Stoddard served on eugene@ruidosofreepress. com the Village of Ruidoso’s Former councilor Jim Council since 2006. Stoddard was honored for Prior to his service on the his service to the Village Council, he served seven of Ruidoso by Mayor years as Chair of RuidoAlborn and fellow counso’s Parks & Recreation, cilors during Tuesday’s two years on the Lodger’s village council meeting. Tax Committee, three Though not present years on the Board of Refor the meeting, Stoddard gents of ENMU-Ruidoso received a plaque accomas well as a number of panied with a heaping Blue Ribbon Committees helping of gratitude for his for the Ruidoso schools. legacy of public service to One of Stoddard’s Eugene Heathman/Ruidoso Free Press help realize many of his first action items when Jim Stoddard ambitious initiatives. Stodbecoming councilor first dard’s goals as councilor were to keep water actions was to renew the initiative to construct related issues as a top priority for the Village of a river trail along the Rio Ruidoso. The quality Ruidoso; to develop the best quality of service of life project that will span from Two Rivers for the residents and visitors of Ruidoso while Park, past Eagle Drive. Crews recently com-

pleted the first phase, which includes benches, a paved multiuse path and a Sculpture Park. The second phase of the project to Eagle Drive is in the design stage. During his tenure, Stoddard strongly believed that councilors should adhere to policy decisions. He believed village councilors should not interfere with daily operations while seeking guidance from department managers and the village manager when considering decisions on village business. Stoddard graduated from University of Nebraska, in Kearney, Neb., in 1960 and received his MS in 1975 and Ed. S. in 1982. He served as a teacher and coach for 14 years and a school administrator for 14 years. In 1989, he became the Executive Director of the R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation and has been semi-retired since 2009. Stoddard is married to Jean Stoddard and they have lived in Ruidoso since 1991. They have two children and three grandchildren in Texas and Tennessee.

Storms break for rolling thunder By Karen Boehler For the Ruidoso Free Press Monsoon rains that drenched New Mexico – including Ruidoso – the past few weeks didn’t put a damper on the Golden Aspen Rally Wednesday through Sunday. Motorcycle riders could be seen streaming in along U.S. 70 both east and west, N.M. 37 from the north and other roads big and small, heading for the newest headquarters of the annual event: the Inn of the Mountain Gods. The weather – often the biggest worry at the mostly outdoor event – was nearly perfect for the weekend. “We haven’t had the weather,” said organizer Ron Andrews. “It rained all day Monday. It rained about an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon, sprinkled (Thursday), and nothing after that.” In fact, because it rained on Thursday in 2012 and not this year, Andrews said numbers were up about 25 percent Thursday from the year before, and while final figures won’t be known for a few days, overall more than 27,000

registered riders, passengers and others just coming to check out the two-wheeled event was at least equal, if not a bit up, from last year. While most of the events at the rally were unchanged from past years, there was one big difference in the 44th annual event: the location. The spring AspenCash rally moved to the Inn of the Mountain Gods and was deemed a success, and the Golden Aspen Rally was more of the same, just bigger. “The Inn of the Mountain Gods is wonderful,” Andrews said. “The staff here goes out of their way to do whatever we need and fix whatever happens to break. And, of course, the scenery out here is just beyond belief. So it’s working out very very well.” That assessment os agreed with by See MOTORCYCLES, pg. A3

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A rider and passenger enjoyed the beautiful weather along Highway 70 Friday just west of Ruidoso.

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Drainage the issue in Downs council By Todd Fuqua Reporter A routine discussion about municipal improvements open up a sore spot at Monday’s Ruidoso Downs Council meeting. Cleatus Richards, public works director for the city, explained the priorities for the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan which is required to apply for Community Block Development Grant money, pointing to a new fire substation at Dipaolo Hill as the top priority. The next highest project – which would be started in 2014 if funding is granted – would be the first phase of improvements to the water and sewer system in the Agua Fria addition, specifically around Griffith, Parker and La Canada roads. In fact, the Agua Fria addition took up the next three priority slots, with drainage improvement at Joe Welch lane in the Ruidoso Gardens addition – commonly known as “Spaghetti Flats” – was fourth on the list and wouldn’t begin work until 2015. It was that project that brought Wayne Williams to the table for comment during the public hearing. Williams, who lives in the area and has been outspoken on the subject of drainage, took Richards and the council to task for not seeing the problem from his point of view. “I showed the mayor the causes of the prob-

lems the other day, and making new drainage ditches through the property isn’t going to fix it, you have to stop it at the source,” Williams commented. “There’s an intersection there that’s uphill in all four directions. Make the people that have dug into the mountain there fix their drainage problems. I’ve been telling you this for years.” Williams went on to state Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press he was willing to file suit to David Aguirre, left, and Shaye Ventura were named keep the project from happenRuidoso’s Homecoming King and Queen during the ing as proposed by Richards, crowning ceremony at Friday’s game against West Las saying he would be doing so in Vegas at W.D. Horton Stadium. the interest of his neighbors. Richards later responded by four new vehicles for the Ruidoso Downs Police saying the source of the flooding is on National Department, which has a few cars in the shop Forest land, which is outside of the city’s jurisnow and a rapidly aging fleet. diction, thus the plan for ditches to better direct Police Chief Christopher Rupp suggested water from the area. the purchase of four Dodge Charters at about “We have to deal with the water when it $31,000 per vehicle, as they would give the city gets to us,” said Richards as Williams quietly the best value for its purchase. made comments to the contrary. Councilor Dean Holman said he hates to The Council approved the ICIP, with the understanding that the contentious street renova- deviate from a set budget, but understood that these vehicles are needed to allow the protection tion at Joe Welch Lane wouldn’t be tackled immediately. The priority plan is merely a tool with of citizens. The motion to buy four brand new vehicles which the city can show the state what it believes – which should be delivered in about four weeks is the most pressing infrastructure needs. The council also debated on the purchase of – was approved unanimously. ALTO


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Community Calendar

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Range control at White Sands Missile Range has forecasted two road blocks this week. Highway 70 will be closed at 8:10 a.m. today and should be open by 9:30 a.m. The block will affect San Augustine Pass and White Sands National Monument, as well as Owen Road and the Las Cruces Gate. On Friday, Highway 380 is scheduled to close at 12:48 p.m. for two hours between mile markers 3 and 49. All roadblocks are subject to change without notice.

GSWA meeting change The Greentree Solid Waste Authority Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Sept. 24 has been moved to this Thursday at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the GSWA office at 378-4897 or toll free at 1-877-548-8772.

WME sale A garage sale to benefit White Mountain Elementary will be held Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at the school’s parking lot. Anyone with items to sell can purchase a space for $10, and all proceeds from each sale would remain with the individual. Only the space reservation fee goes to the school. For more information, call or text Leslie at 937-9766.

Dem meeting in Carrizozo There is a Democratic Party meeting in Carrizozo on Oct. 3 at the Heart of the Raven, 415 12th St. Tacos will be served at 5 p.m., with the meeting to begin at 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be Steve Brockett, the newly elected CD2 Vice Chair.

AVSD The Alpine Village Sanitation District’s next regular meeting is Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. at 114 Alpine Meadows Trail. All residents of the district are welcome to attend. For more information, call 257-7776 or 973-0324, or email at

Firewood available For residents in Sun Valley, there will be wood until snowfall. Free, cut firewood and un-cut logs are available at the Sun Valley, La Junta and Little Creek subdivisions north of Ruidoso west of Highway 48, behind the Alto Post Office. Drive on the Sun Valley and connecting side roads; look for stacked wood next to County roads. Call Jim Miller for details and/or locations at 575-937-2873.

Altrusa mammograms The Altrusa annual low-cost mammograms – $55 each – run from Oct. 7-18. Women must be ages 30-64 and be a resident of Lincoln County or have a doctor in Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Medical Center is taking appoints now. Call 2578292 and ask to schedule an Altrusa Mammogram. All appointments are made on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call 9735731.

Meat for sale The Carrizozo Grizzlies FFA chapter is selling meat, with orders due by Oct. 7. All orders will be delivered Nov. 11. To order, call Melanie Gutierrez at 575-6482346, ext. 110.

Rascal Fair open Rascal Fair, a White Oaks community market, is open for the 2013 season every Friday through October. Each Friday, from 4 p.m. to dusk, the market will be open for local, organic fruit and produce, fresh eggs, plants and seeds, baked goods, pottery, woodwork and much more. The market is located just east of the No Scum Allowed Saloon in White Oaks.

Christmas Bazaar

Harold Oakes, Post Commander, at 575-315-5374. American Legion Post 11 meets the third Saturday of each month at Wells Fargo Bank in Carrizozo at 9 a.m. The Arid Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1216 Mechem at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m. daily; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. There is also a Monday 6:30 p.m. women’s open meeting. The Sunny Spirit Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday and Thursday at noon and Friday at 5:30 p.m., while the women’s group meets Wednesdays at noon in the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount at 121 Mescalero Trail. For more information regarding AA meetings in Lincoln and Otero counties, call 430-9502. Al Anon of Ruidoso – for family members of alcoholics – meet at 1216 Mechem Dr. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

The Capitan Women’s Club is seeking vendors for its Country Christmas Bazaar at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on Dec. 7. Booth fees are reasonable and spaces are going quickly. For more information, contact Ashley Ivins at

Alcoholics Anonymous of Capitan meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 115 Tiger Dr., just one block off of Highway 48. For more information, call Ted at 354-9031. Alcoholics Anonymous of Carrizozo meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall.

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

Located at The Adobe Plaza, the Buddha Yoga Wellness Center offers yoga classes at 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 4:30 p.m. class is a relaxed stretch/basic yoga format, and the 6 p.m. is more vigorous yoga with variations for beginners. Both include guided mediations, aromatherapy touch for stress reduction and relaxation. Students of all levels are welcome. Three classes per week are recommended for therapeutic effects. The Buddha Yoga Studio is located at The Adobe Plaza, 200 Mechem. Park and enter from rear. For class schedules visit: or call 575-802-3013.

Lincoln County Transit The Lincoln County Transit service is for anyone needing to get to doctor’s appointments, to work, while the car is in the shop or if you’re a “golf widow.” Call 378-1177 to order a ride. Costs are $2 for 19 and over, $1 for students ages 7-18, seniors for $1 and children under 7 free. An all-day pass is only $5. Hours of operation – Monday, 6:30-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Thursday, 6:30-11 a.m. and 2-6:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Sunday.

A bereavement support group meets Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. at the Ruidoso Public Library. All residents of Lincoln County are welcome. For more information, call Ruidoso Home Care & Hospice/Encompass at 258-0028. The Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. at Otero Electric, 507 12th St. in Carrizozo. For more information, call Fran Altieri at 973-0571. 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.

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A special program is also presented most months, and hosts Yoga Wednesdays. For times or further information, call 257-2309. The Federated Republican Women of Lincoln County meet the fourth Monday of each month at K-Bob’s at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 3368011 or visit Firefighters for Christ meet on the second Thursday of the month at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Chapel at 7 p.m. This service is open to firefighters and their families. For more information, call 258-4682. Gamblers Anonymous meets every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the Mescalero Reformed Church, 336 Wardlaw Dr. in Mescalero. For more information, call 575-6826200. Inspired Living at Sanctuary on the River – ongoing programs and Live your Passion coaching to enhance your life. Visit www. for a current event schedule, or call 630-1111 for more information. The Kiwanis Club of Ruidoso meets every Tuesday at noon at K-Bobs. The Lincoln County Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Otero County Electric co-op, on Highway 48 in Alto, at 9:45 a.m. Visitors are welcome. The Garden Club’s purpose is to encourage community beautification and conservation, and to educate members in the arts and sciences of horticulture. For more information, call 973-2890. The Lincoln County Community Theater meets the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to come. Call 808-0051 for the meeting location, or visit The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse is part of American Western history that continues today. The Posse meets the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the headquarters located a mile south of Carrizozo on Highway 54. For more information, visit www.lincolncountysheriffsposse. org or call 575-512-7077. 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. Mountain Poets meet the first Saturday of each month at the Ruidoso Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Ruidoso Public Library conference room. Come join other poets and share your efforts. Read your work aloud in a non-critical, supportive atmosphere. The meetings are hosted by Carol Borsello, a veteran of many words and a local member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society. For more information, call 575-2025709 or the library at 258-3704. Optimist Club meets at noon every Wednesday at K-Bobs. The Photographic Society of Lincoln County – dedicated to the advancement of digital photography – meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the ENMU Community Education Annex on White Mountain Drive, the middle building of the three Ruidoso elementary school buildings. Annual dues are $15 per family which includes lectures and field trips. Contact Leland Deford at 257-8662 or Herb Brunnell at 258-4003 or 937-0291. Rotary Club of Ruidoso meets at Cree Meadows Country Club noon every Tuesday. Ruidoso Noon Lions Club meets every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Cree Meadows Country Club. For more information, call 257-2476. Ruidoso Evening Lions Club meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 106 S. Overlook. Ruidoso Gambling Support meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 5:45 p.m. in the Lincoln Tower at 1096 Mechem Dr., Suite 212. For more information, call 575-464-7106. The Lincoln County Health and Wellness Coalition meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon at Sanctuary on the River, 207 Eagle Drive, to promote Lincoln County as a Health and Wellness destination. Bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call 630-1111.

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SAA meets every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Mount at 321 Mescalero Trail Road. For more information, call 575-956-3101 or 575-3364187. Sacramento Mountain Village is a network of older adults in Ruidoso and surrounding communities who support independent living by offering services and activities that keep seniors healthy and happy in their own homes. Benefits of membership include art and yoga classes, weekly walking and discussion groups, social functions and monthly member breakfasts at K-Bobs, on the fourth Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Membership is open to any Lincoln County resident 49 years or older. For more information, call 258-2120 or visit Veterans of Foreign Wars LCpl Steven M. Chavez Post 12071 meets on the third Monday of each month at Cree Meadows Country Club “North Forty” Room. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. with the regular meeting at 7 p.m. For more information or to join, call Commander Jerry Ligon at 575-808-1114 or Post Adjutant Jerry Grace at 575-9730007. Vietnam Veterans of America, PFC Robert G. “Bobby” Montoya Chapter 1062, meets every fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Plaza, 201 Second Dr. in Ruidoso Downs. For more information, call President Vic Currier 575-802-5293.



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Ruidoso Toastmasters meet every Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the ENMU Annex, 201 E. White Mountain Dr., next to the elementary school. Ruidoso Toastmasters Club is for those who want to improve their thinking, listening, speaking and leadership skills for that next job, promotion, or just to be more effective. Call 575-7993215 or 832-444-3633 for more information. Free for guests and prospective members. There is a membership fee when you decide to join the club.

American Legion Post 79 – Jerome D. Klein Post, meets on the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at Veterans Plaza, 201 Second Dr. in Ruidoso Downs. For more information, or to join, call


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Ruidoso Masonic Lodge No. 73 meets first Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m. If the first Monday is a national holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-354-0111.

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Physician’s Office Building, on track and under budget By Sue Hutchison For the Ruidoso Free Press Coming in under budget and planned to open before deadline, Lincoln County Medical Center’s new Physician’s Office Building is planned to open in November. “This is the first project I’ve been involved with where our client can keep their contingency fund,” said Jason Parsons, Jaynes Construction’s project supervisor who has seen the building from conception to projected completion. Al Santos, LCMC administrator anticipates opening the POB’s doors at a grand opening event late November. With suites of exam rooms and office space dedicated to local as well as visiting physicians, along with cost effective lighting and energy reductions, Santos and Parsons are pleased with the progress. LCMC, owned by Lincoln County and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services presents a collaborative effort to the community. County Commissioners have worked with the construction team as well as architects Dekker/Perich/Sabbatini to ensure costs are kept low while delivering efficient and cuttingedge care, says Santos. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is supplying more than $1.3 million in furniture, fixtures and supplies for the new building with deliveries taking place this week.

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At right, Al Santos, LCMC administrator at the POB construction site looks at the progress with Jason Parsons, Jaynes Construction project supervisor. Below, Santos discusses the POB’s progress with Brad Treptow, LCMC public relations director at what will be the second floor nurse’s station. At bottom, construction is being completed, walls are being painted, flooring is being installed for a grand opening event planned in November.

MOTORCYCLES, from pg. A1 Magill reported only four accidents, none of most riders. which were motorcycle-related. “My wife and I have been all over,” With the beautiful weather, an outside said 75-year-old Marvin Ballau of El Paso, bandstand offered continuing entertainment who came in on a Kawasaki Concours. “To throughout the rally, with food and drink a lot of different casinos all over the place, supplied by the Inn on a grassy lawn overand the setting of this one, there’s just no looking Lake Mescalero. comparison.” “It’s gorgeous,” said Linda Hensley, Ballau has been coming with his son, who rode with her husband from Lubbock, Gary – who rides a custom Harley – and Texas, on a shiny Victory Vision Tour 2013. grandson for a number of years, and Gary, “I like it up here. It’s more peaceful and from Albuquerque, agreed with his father’s relaxing.” assessment. And Hensley is one of thousands of rid“I like it here, too,” he said. “I like ers who not only come up for a day, but use the parking area. You can just head to the casino, and it’s all right. I was going to head the weekend as a chance to see all the sights of Lincoln County and beyond. to the casino. Do some winning.” “Today we went on the tour. We had a Besides the roads, the casino seems to great time,” she said. “We’d never make it be a big attraction with the riders, and Bob on “The Amazing Race” because we’d fight. Silverang, human resource director for the But it was great. And tomorrow we’re going Inn, agreed the new location is working out to go on (another) tour and tonight we’re well. going to the cowboy dinner. So we’re doing “I think it’s good for the bikers,” he said. “I think it’s good for the Inn, the expo- it all.” Becky Harrington, who was born and sure. We’ve got a lot to offer. A lot of people come out. They have a good time. I think it’s raised in Ruidoso, but living in Oklahoma the last 20 years, said the rally is something a win-win.” The trade show offered at least as much that brings her back every year. “We’ve been coming ever since it’s floor space as the racetrack (86,000 square been going on and we always bring more feet), with riders getting to check out clothing, jewelry and accessories in the carpeted, and more friends with us,” she said. “Just everybody comes. We just have a good air-conditioned comfort of the convention center, with wheeled vehicles – bikes, trikes time.” See more photos, pg. A10 and trailers – under a tent on the parkinggarage rooftop. Ruidoso Police Chief Joe Magill reported a very smooth weekend. More than 100 police officers from all over the state were present. Magill reported to village councilors Tuesday that RPD responded to 200 calls, made just eight arrests, Karen Boehler/Ruidoso Free Press three DWIs and Motorcyclists had everything from accessories to clothing to 30 citations in jewelry at the trade show. Here, potential customers talk with village limits. TIm Ybarra, owner of Chief’s Drop Dead Custom from Lubbock.




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Can I just see the photos? It all started because my college friend. What? I wanted to see photos of I thought I was already what I missed. her friend. So after she I needed to take a trip “friended” me, I spent back east to help care for some time looking and nomy mom and give my ticed the list of people who sister a break. She had had already looked at the been caring for my mom photos. I recognized longnon-stop since dad died. ago-friends’ names who Mom simply couldn’t lived all over the country, live alone and since my from coast to coast. I sister offered, mom moved clicked on their faces and across the country to begin was given the message that Sue Hutchison a life of waiting for the I needed to “friend” them inevitable. Earlier in her and be accepted before we life, mom had been diagcommunicated. nosed with breast cancer and we knew, What pressure! What if I asked a even after a mastectomy, mom’s days were hope-you’re-still-my-friend to be mine, numbered. only to find they didn’t want to reciproSo I would fly across same said cate? Was there Facebook etiquette of country and spell my sister occasionally to which I was unaware? How long did I hang out with mom while my sis and fam- have to think if I wanted to say yes or ily would spend a week away. no when someone asked me to be their During one of these trips I learned my friend? Should I accept a friend of a friend college reunion back across the country of a friend, or just my own? And then (get used to it – there’s a lot of back and there are the looming issues of “sharing,” forth across the country in this one) was “copy-and-paste-if-you-care,” posts, and occurring simultaneously with my week the part where whole moral sermons are of respite care. While knowing beyond encapsulated in one sentence. doubt that I was in precisely the right place I was in way over my head. at the right time, I still faced a twinge of And so it began. My friend list grew what-is-happening-on-the-other-side- offrom the one whose photos I viewed to the-country at the same time. Mom had more than 400. I’ve learned that other sufficient horror to deal with at the mofriends have several thousand. I have ment, and never knew about the conflict. friends who are in this country, in other (She joined dad less than four years after countries and who speak not only English he died – surprisingly one day before his but several other languages. I post my own birthday – we happen to hold on to the photos now, in addition to keeping up with fancy that she was his surprise guest that my college friends, their friends, their kids, year at his party.) my kids, their pets, our local current events and community happenings. Recipes are So, after the week of mom-sitting, posted at times, along with video clips of I headed back across the country on the non-stop flight with which I was becoming just about anything. A few of my friends are simply readvery accustomed, headed home, glad I’d been with mom but also hoping I’d find out ers – rarely will they type anything of their own but enjoy “spying” on friends about the reunion. Not to fear. A college and their lives. Some friends link me with friend told me she took a slew of photos online addresses for articles, items, and and that I was welcome to view them. things they feel I need, others preach, On Facebook. some whine and still others feel it’s imporFacebook? tant to inform their friends of just where I barely knew how to answer my cellin the world they happen to be at that phone when it rang and had it only for the purpose of being reachable in emergencies. moment. Old and young, typers or spies, it’s the number one social media outlet on I am a part of one of several generations the planet. Across the country, across the who learned typing (and without looking at the keys), not keyboarding. Who learned world, Facebook is a popular and (relatively) an easy way to communicate. I’ve been penmanship, the correct form to write with friends who are chatting with each correspondence, and how to change the other without saying one audible word element on an IBM Selectric if I wanted as they’ve typed away on their computitalics (our only other choice, back in the ers. They will laugh, type something else, day). Unlike my children who began their laugh again, and never speak to each other. elementary matriculation with scheduled It’s rampant. computer class time, I didn’t touch one beI’m not complaining though. Just a fore my 30s. Replacing my typewriter with few days ago I saw a video clip on Facea computer keyboard was one thing but book of my one-year-old grandson taking learning about fonts, cutting and pasting, a few wobbly steps. He, too, lives across and replacing the return key with enter; the country. Glad his mom “friended” me well that was a whole new ball game. and keeps all of us posted with his growth, I wanted to see those photos. I look for new photos and video clips Badly. regularly, watching him grow up all on So badly, in fact, that the next day I Facebook. took the time to start a Facebook page for Who needs to fly across the country myself just to view them. It wasn’t difanymore? I do, for one. ficult or I never would have succeeded. I Because there’s nothing like a human didn’t intend to do anything with it. I just touch, a human voice and sticky one-yearwanted to see my long-ago friends and old fingers poking my face as I hold him. look at the fun-sans-Sue they had. 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September 25, 2013

letterS to tHe editor Filling Councilman Stoddard’s position

It seems to me the people of the Village of Ruidoso have already spoken on this matter. For what it’s worth, I agree with Councilwoman Gloria Sayers’ comments in the Ruidoso Free Press of Sept. 11. As one who ran for Village Council in the last election, I believe we already have several people who are ‘vetted’ publicly. If memory serves me, the next highest vote count was for Rick Albers followed by Sam Pirelli – two people who are qualified and have the best interests of the village at heart. Rick in particular has attended more meetings than almost any bystander, he has a business background, and would serve the people well. I urge you to appoint Rick Albers to fill Jim Stoddard’s seat if he’ll have the job. If not, then the next in line should be Sam Pirelli. Vic Currier Ruidoso

Families matter

A few days ago I was notified that the state had closed the service agency in Roswell which provided support for my disabled son and our family and nearly 100 other individuals. We also were told that numerous other provider agencies serving our challenged community have been closed,

including a local provider here in Ruidoso. We weren’t told why, just that services would continue until we transitioned to a new provider or another program. This has caused a lot of stress and anxiety throughout this already fragile community by putting staff onto unemployment, upending the lives of countless individuals their families and friends, and damaging the delicate relationships that have taken years to establish. And while it may not be legally necessary to explain these radical decisions, I believe a thorough explanation from the governor is in order, or perhaps an independent investigation by the state’s auditor. We are not pawns in some budget cutting fantasy world, we are human beings and the people who choose to work in this field are some of the most caring and decent people in our society they deserve better, we deserve better. Chris Edstrom Alto

Peace Day, every day

To the Editor: International Peace day was Saturday and a beautiful day to celebrate. What is there to celebrate in the offseason month of September you say? Was it the numerous motorcycles trekking through our village singing sounds that may not be appreciated by everyone? Actually, it was great day to join the Continued on next page

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32nd annual Ruidoso Oktoberfest rolls into town

In the mountains of Southern New Mexico the signs of fall are everywhere, and the resort community of Ruidoso is prepared to celebrate the change in seasons. For the past three decades, the cooler nights and warm days that herald the golden aspens have been welcomed with a traditional German festival. The 32nd Annual Ruidoso Oktoberfest will be held this Oct. 18 19 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. “The Ruidoso Oktoberfest has become a family tradition in our community, and it’s a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons,” said organizer Mark Doth. “This year we’re bringing back the exceptional group, Salzburger Echo, from Salt Lake City, Utah to help us celebrate.” Salzburger Echo brings the Alps to their audiences, playing Old World and contemporary folk music from the alpine regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They continue to amaze audiences with their 12-foot alphorns, Swiss cowbells, holzernes g’lächter and harmony yodeling. Performances in authentic costuming are musically enjoyable and visually exciting. Together since 1992, Salzburger Echo has played many venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. They are one of the most sought-after Alpine bands in the nation. This year marks the 180th anniversary of Oktoberfest celebrations worldwide. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Bavaria’s King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. It didn’t take long for the fun-loving Bavarians to replace the horse races, agricultural shows and other distractions with a focus on great beer, music, dancing and food. The wedding reception was such a success that Ludwig issued a royal decree making October festival time in Munich, Germany. The festival was dedicated to the fall harvest and to the region’s most famous product, beer. In 2012, 6.4 million visitors attended the Oktoberfest in Munich. They consumed 116 oxen, 57 calves and 6.9 million liters of beer. In the same tradition, Ruidoso’s Oktoberfest has become a much loved annual celebration. “Our entertainers are a big part of the festival,” said Doth. In addition to Salzburger Echo, the Albuquerque bands Swingshift and Die Polka Schlingel will get the crowds dancing. Authentic folk dance troupes entertain the crowds when the live “oom-pah-pah” bands take a break. Always a crowd pleaser, the large German dance troupe from Fort Bliss in El Paso will be returning again this year. A favorite of the kids, the “Kinderhall” offers games, prizes, and pumpkin decorating. Throughout the main hall more than 40 arts and crafts booths feature some terrific local and regional talents. The libations that have made Oktoberfest famous the world over are in abundant supply at the Ruidoso event. “We have plenty of imported German beer and authentic German food,” said Doth. “We’re known LETTERS, from pg. A4 global celebration of “International Peace Day,” a day dedicated to honoring peaceful leaders, sharing peace education and a day asking for a global cease fire, personal and political. Consider the wise teachings of peaceful people like Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Addams, Noam Chomsky, Peace Pilgrim, John Lennon, Julia Ward Howe and numerous others. These people brought the message in many forms – from songs, to poems, to powerful literature and oratory. What a valuable message. I ask you as friends and neighbors to consider what means to us on a personal level. How can we promote peace in our neck of the woods of Lincoln County and Mescalero? Not only are there opportunities to celebrate, but also many ways to promote more peace in our community.

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for the wonderful food and drink that our vendors provide. This is a really fun family celebration. You’ll see kids aged 2 to 90 out there doing the chicken dance or the polka, and it’s all for a good cause.” Proceeds from the Ruidoso Oktoberfest benefit a variety of Lincoln County charities. The Ruidoso Oktoberfest is presented by Special Events Resource Group (SERG). SERG is a non-profit corporation formed with the purpose of providing funds to benefit legitimate and recognized Charities and fund Education Scholarships for the youth of Lincoln County. Since its beginnings in 1999, SERG has contributed over $175,000 to Lincoln County charities. Tickets to the Ruidoso Oktoberfest are $9 per day for adults or $16 for two days. Young adults 13 - 17 years of age are $5. Children 12 and under are free. Event hours are Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon to 11 p.m. For more information, call 575-257-6171 or visit the Ruidoso Oktoberfest website at www. and on Facebook at

of compassion.” The challenge is to live each minute of the day in as compassionate a way as possible. In other words, you should do your best to help other people in need, to be considerate and respectful, and to avoid causing harm to any living being. If you are already quite compassionate, try being compassionate toward groups you don’t often focus on. Be sure to carefully observe and analyze what transpires during the experience. Thanks to Dinah Hamilton at ENMU and Barbara Mader at High Mesa Healing Center for sharing in peace education as well as Dan Ray and the Forest Service and Rod Mays and members of the First Christian Church for creating healthy opportunities to build community at the garden. Thank you too for your consideration and attendance at both of the parties. Andrea Reed, Common Ground Community Builder Ruidoso

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No easy transition to easement for American Tower By Erik LeDuc Reporter CAPITAN — Trustees took a look at changing their agreement with America Tower Corporation for the lease of land after the company made a request to change the agreement to an easement – a perpetual agreement, rather than the current monthly arrangement. However, the language of the request left trustees baffled as to whom the agreement benefited the most. “I don’t know why they’re looking to pay more,” Mayor Sam Hammons said, turning to Village Attorney Zach Cook for clarification. Under the current agreement, American Tower will pay $2,400 per year for the first 10 years before rising to $2,800 for the second decade an $3,000 for the final decade, $72,000 in total over 30 years, Cook said. Among the possible options presented by American Tower, there is one plan that pays out an lump, one-time sum of $31,176 to the village, another that will pay $40,546.62 over 7 years in $482.70 per month and a final, 10-year plan of $45,089.51 in payments of $375.75 per month, according to the proposal from the Lyle Company, an authorized partner of American Tower. “It would be good for us in that we’d get a lump sum and it would get it completely off their books,” Cook said, adding that he found the proposal fairly unclear as well. “If an easement is granted, what oversight would the village then have on what happens,” Capitan resident Pearl Tippin questioned, mentioning that it would be in the village’s interest to regulate the number and height of towers, as well

that he had been informed the village couldn’t offer those plans. “I’m just hoping you allow this to go to PERA 2 at If we take that lump sum, from now this time.” Strickland added that she had been informed by the on there are no negotiations state that the village was ineligible for higher level plans, – Ricky LaMay, trustee though she remained unclear as to exactly why. “They’ve changed a lot up with PERA.” as other land uses. “What would be more beneficial to the Currently the village is on PERA 1, with the village village in the long term? Would the town lose more income contributing 10 percent to officer’s 7 or 8.5 percent contribuby granting an easement or continuing with this agreement?” tion, depending on salary. “If we take that lump sum, from now on there are no Higher level plans, such as PERA 5, the highest plan, negotiations,” Trustee Ricky LaMay said, adding that the raise the bar to an 18.5 percent municipal contribution to a company would have to come to the council to approve new 16.3 to 17.8 percent employee contribution. construction or certain changes, though the council would “It makes it hard to retain officers and it makes it hard to lose a great deal of control. hire officers when they’re coming from a plan four or five,” “I think we should table it – if they’re serious about it, McGarry added. “It looks like plan 1 to plan 2 is a baby they should come talk to us,” Hammons said. step, maybe in the future we can move up to other plans in Cook suggested that the council not take any action on the PERA program. If you look at it, $2,200 a year to retain the proposal and contact the company in order to get a repre- someone is a lot cheaper than hiring and training a new ofsentative to come down and explain the proposal properly. ficer or paying overtime.” Village Clerk Kay Strickland added that the proposal Strickland stated that to move the village to PERA 2 was “for discussion purposes only,” and not a final proposal would cost about $2,200 extra per year, an extra five percent, before trustees moved on to other agenda items. for McGarry, currently the only officer after Kevin Kennedy’s resigned to take a job with the Sheriff’s Office (which is Attracting officers at PERA 5), not counting Chief Randy Spear, who had opted Trustees also took a look at upping their Public Employ- out of the program. “Then, of course, when we get another ee Retirement Association plan for their police force. officer, it would depend on his pay.” “Originally I was hoping to go to Plan 5, so we could LaMay said that the village needed to do something “to compete with other agencies, such as (Ruidoso Downs), remain competitive. That’s probably part of the reason we Ruidoso and the county, which are all up in the PERA 3 lose people, if the county’s at plan 5.” ranges,” Capitan Police Officer Sean McGarry said, adding Continued on next page


Signs of change: son, father open The Sign Shop By Erik LeDuc Reporter If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time. These simple words typify a way of life that’s not too common these days, especially in the business fields. Haste, as they say, makes waste. But though haste and waste may make quick money, it won’t build a reputation that’s worth much – and that reputation for quality is what Morgan Smith’s signs have been known for over the past several decades. “We advertise old school quality and service,” he said. “My goal is, and that’s what I’ve taught (my son) – the better we can fix a sign, the longer we can make it burn, that’s a better reputation for us. If it

can burn 10 years, maintenance free, we’ll build it that way if we can. We do not cut corners.” The business is owned by his son, Brandon, though Morgan will stay on for a while to lend his expertise, “but he knows the business pretty well – he was raised in our sign shop, which I started in 1957,” he said. Beginning the business in Clovis, Morgan made a brief stop in Amarillo before heading to Roswell, where he ran Pecos Valley Signs for about 30 years, “that’s where we became known to a lot of people – we did Sonic’s work state wide, we did Bell Gas, Brewer Oil, they were some of our clients.” Facing the entryway is a wall, nearly full of black and white photos that Morgan took of past projects (there’s about 300 photos, give or take, he said), with neon towers, walls, arches and all sorts of shapes, sequences and designs that Morgan completed before his first attempt at retiring, which gave the family the excuse they were waiting for to move to Ruidoso. “My wife and I’ve been married for 32 years, and ever since we were married we’ve talked about coming up here,” he said. The father and son duo have been setting up shop since mid-spring of this year, adding equipment, modifications and decorations as they go on. Just look for the neon light show on U.S. 70, where Morgan has been playing around with a sign for himself over the past two months (the cords still need to be contoured along the lights, but a proper neon rig should run for a century, Morgan said with pride, looking up at the display).

They’re both experts, to one degree or another, in a variety of fields. If there’s something involving neon, Morgan’s your man, while Brandon has followed a modern path, learning programming and specialized printing programs – it leaves the shop with an interesting dichotomy, slick plastic technology Erik LeDuc/Ruidoso Free Press edging up against Father and son Morgan and Brandon Smith stand beside the solid, sometimes latest in a history of pink ladder trucks. ungainly, relics of a vinyl cutting machine now, our next plan sign making. is to get a printer that will actually print Most of the neon equipment isn’t even pictures on plastic, decals – state-of-the-art made anymore, Morgan added, patting a stuff.” piece of equipment from the 1980s. Brandon’s most recent project has been Give him a chance and he’ll tell you working with vinyl lettering, offering about exactly how it’s done – school tours are eight colors (more when the truck gets in) welcome as well, he said, adding that in more than 3,000 fonts for businesses to he’s hosted all kinds of inquisitive guests, stick on windows, doors – wherever someincluding National Geographic on three one might see it. They’re also working in occasions at Pecos Valley Signs. Just don’t plastics, with lighted signs, road boards and shake his hand when he’s hanging onto a anything else that might draw some attenlive wire – he’ll be pulling about 40,000 to tion, he said. 60,000 volts. It’s gotten a lot easier lately, Brandon Still, neon’s a niche that won’t be added, no longer having to bounce between around forever, he admits without rancor. Signs are heading further into computeriza- three programs and hand-mapping the cuts and spacing. “It was a learning experience.” tion, which is Brandon’s field. For more information, stop by the Sign “The signage nowadays is probably 80 Shop at 27155 U.S. 70 or call Brandon at percent computer, but you’ve got to have experience in designing,” he said. “He’s got 575-551-0104 or Morgan at 575-551-0105.

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Perspective as important as persistence when running a business By Finance New Mexico

Business leaders are a hardy breed, loath to admit trouble and express anything but optimism and confidence. This tough façade is handy when applying for loans, seeking investment capital and competing in the rough and tumble marketplace. But it’s hard to maintain when customers are drifting away, employees are quitting, cash flow is falling short and a new product is taking too long to reach market. It’s hard to stay externally cool when internal fears wear down nerves and mental stability. As tempting as it might be to turn inward and work even harder at such times, experts suggest a healthier approach is for the business owner to create some distance between her personal and professional lives. When a business is failing or struggling, the owner shouldn’t isolate himself or develop the tunnel vision of obsession; that just intensifies panic and despair. People who have been there say hard times are the times to strengthen meaningful connections with family, friends and one’s inner self – to find meaning outside work. With the clarity that comes with distance and objectivity, an entrepreneur protects her mental health and might see

opportunities and safeguards that aren’t apparent up close. She might find ways to cut losses for herself and investors. And she might discover opportunities amid the crisis, according to Harvard Business School professor and former CEO Bill George. George preaches the benefits of lessons learned the hard way in his foreword to a new book by Steven Snyder, Leadership and the Art of Struggle. George writes that failure teaches us about our blind spots and weaknesses. “Only in acknowledging our own flaws and vulnerabilities,” he writes, “can we become authentic leaders who empower people to perform to the best of their abilities.” Every entrepreneur knows the value of perseverance, but perspective is just as important. Running a business is risky, and the “dropout” rate for startups is high. Only 37 to 58 percent of businesses remain open four years after they start, according to research published in July 2013 by Entrepreneur Weekly, the Small Business Development Center, Bradley University and the University of Tennessee. Given those stats, someone courageous enough to invest time, money and passion to build a business needs to acknowledge that professional failure doesn’t equal personal

failure. They should gird themselves emotionally for the anxieties and stresses associated with starting and nurturing a business or navigating a stable venture during setbacks. This includes taking care of physical and emotional health, which is good for the individual and the business. The recession and its aftermath have taxed business leaders, entrepreneur and physician Dr. David Bull said in reaction to a 2012 survey by small business insurer Hiscox that showed 75 percent of small business respondents reporting stress-related ailments. While stress is an important defense mechanism, Bull said, it’s meant to be a temporary response to immediate danger. “It’s important to make sure,” he said, “that you take steps to combat stress, which include eating healthy, making time for exercise, ensuring you get enough sleep, having time out, taking part in hobbies or outside activities and ensuring that you schedule vacations.” Finance New Mexico is a public service initiative to assist individuals and businesses with obtaining skills and funding resources for their business or idea. To learn more, go to

Council approves re-zoning for new Sacred Grounds site By Eugene Heathman and Marianne Mohr

Plans for the new Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop and Tea House at 2702 Sudderth cleared a Midtown zoning hurdle at the Aug. 20 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting then presented to Ruidoso Village Council. An official zoning change was approved, during Tuesdays Village Council meeting with Will Ponder presenting sketches which rather than constructing an entirely new building, will retrofit the existing home-style building on the property. “Unlike our original plans for 2702 Sudderth, it won’t be a totally new ‘green’ building from the ground up but will be an adaptive reuse of the existing building that many of our friends have known in other guises through the years,” Ponder said. With the necessary approvals in place, the Ponders will begin the construction phase in the near future. “The hearings have been interesting and, thanks to our supporters, gratifying,” Ponder said. With Will and Rebecca officially

you walk into the new Sacred Grounds, moving full speed ahead, people should even if you were blindfolded – up until know that they haven’t been sitting on their hands doing nothing. It takes a lot of you walked through the front door – you mind mapping, sketching, moving things would instantly know where you were when the blindfold was removed.” around in preliminary sketches, and living with ideas for a while to see if what’s Courtesy photo in the minds of the owners – and what is The design of the proposed Sacred on paper, really works. The Ponders have Grounds Coffee and Tea House at gone through at least 10 different kitchen 2704 Sudderth Drive will retrofit layouts to “get it right” for their current the existing structure on the propand future staff. And, as Will says, “there erty and feature a stairway to the is nothing more important in our new new Ruidoso River walk trail. design than the accommodation of our customers and staff in a fabulous, workable and enjoyable environment on both sides of the counter.” The couple goes on to say that “Many of our customers and friends have expressed Ten percent more sales were reported to the their fears, hopes and concerns REALTORS Association of New Mexico (RANM) about preserving and maintainfor August 2013 than August 2012 and the reported ing the ambiance of the current August 2013 median price was 5.5 percent higher accommodations. We want to than August 2012. assure everyone that we’re not Aug. 2013 Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011 changing things just for the sake of changing things. When Total Sales 1,644 1,494 1,273 Median Price $178,218 $168,995 $164,000

AMERICAN TOWER, from pg. A6 Trustee Diane Riska also suggested the council take some time to research why the village was excluded from higher level plans before making a motion to approve the change to PERA 2, though Strickland advised that the transition will likely require another agenda item to finalize the approval.

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 Trustees outlined their objectives for the next five years in an Infra-

(Median price indicates half the properties sold for more and half for less.)

January through August 2013 year to date numbers also reflect a steady growth in both number of sales and in median prices compared to 2012. 2013 Year-to-date sales: 11,138; 2013 year-to-date median price: $171,017.5. This is an almost 12 percent increase in sales compared to last year at this time (9,967 sales January through August 2012) and a 2.4 percent increase in median price (2012 year to date: $165,200). 2013 RANM President Cathy Colvin says

“Changes in affordability are impacting the market. Mortgage interest rates, while down slightly this week from the highest level in two years, pushed some buyers off the sidelines. The initial rise in interest rates provided strong incentive for closing deals, however, rate increases do diminish the pool of eligible buyers, especially as prices rise.” Despite higher mortgage interest rates, compensating factors such as additional jobs will help sustain a continued recovery. M. Steven Anaya, RANM CEO also reminds us that “Mortgage underwriting standards should normalize over time from current stringent conditions as default rates fall. That should mean more eligible buyers and thus help sustain a market recovery.” The trends and numbers reported are only a snapshot of market activity. If you are interested in buying or selling, consult a REALTOR familiar with your market area; he/she can provide information on specific trends in your neighborhood.

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structure Capital Improvement Plan, starting with updating the village’s meter systems. “We’re thinking about trying for a meter system where people just have to drive by to read the meters,” Hammons said, adding that the village also was looking at installing electronic meters in the water tanks. “The higher the priority on the ICIP when the legislators look at it, the more likely you are to get it done.” Trustee Lilly Bradley added that any water, safety or infrastructure projects also have been fairly solid bets to get funding. “It’ll stand a better chance, but no guarantees,” Cook said. Metering and monitoring also took up the second ICIP item, with a request to fund the village getting a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system to monitor water, wastewater and other infrastructure, followed by the purchase of more utility trucks, a community center, improvements to the walking/bicycle trail, sidewalk and streetlight improvements and a skateboard and basketball park. The last two items, both going through the New Mexico Department of Transportation, wouldn’t go through the legislature, “but the DOT likes to see these on our ICIP,” Strickland said.

August N.M. real estate market out-performs previous year

 Strickland also announced that the village’s final budget had been ap-

proved by the state’s Department of Finance and Authority. Overall, the village anticipates $3,849,509 in revenues with $4,355,590 in expenses, estimated to leave the village with a total ending cash balance of $1,815,610 in its accounts. The bulk of the imbalance lies in accounts for non-reoccuring expenses, such as the Fire Protection Fund – using an accrued balance to buy a new pumper unit – street department projects and others. The village’s major funds, general and water, will both dip as well, but by much smaller numbers. The general fund is budgeted to be about $130,000 over revenues with an ending balance of about $1 million, while the water fund is anticipated to be about $100,000 over revenues, ending at about $500,000, according to the budget.

 Trustees approved a change of auditors after a favored contractor, Thad

Porch, had left the firm originally contracted to conduct the village’s audits for the next two years. “The reason we’re doing this again, we went out for quotes for an auditor last year,” Strickland said. “(Porch’s) proposal was accepted for three years, and the second year would be this year.” Strickland said the village was still interested in dealing with Porch, weighing years of familiarity with the village in his favor. She said Porch had advised her that the village would have to cancel it’s previous contract to retain his services, though he would not charge them for any work done previously, which would still be paid to the former firm. The final bill would be $12,733. “That would save us about $2,300, so I thought it was a good idea,” she said. “Now he has his own business back.” Strickland added that the village had worked with Porch over many years, while he was running his own firm as well as when he was working under another firm. “He’s really good, and I don’t think we want to lose him,” Hammons said, adding that Porch had been originally recommended to the village by the DFA as a quality auditor.

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September 25, 2013

Capitan residents spar with school board over renovations By Erik LeDuc Reporter No matter which way the bond bag is shaken, there’s not going to be enough money to bring Capitan High School up to state standards, much less build a new facility. Of the original $5 million bond, passed Feb. 5, about $4.5 million is left after school officials and contractors packed the students up and shipped them out, anticipating a reasonably easy rebuild. What they found, however, was not so simple. Structural issues relating to drainage have compromised the building’s floor slab, now sloping an inch or two over four-odd feet and sunken several feet below ground level. The roof, designed to have a 30-year lifespan 33 years ago, also is in a state of disrepair. Yet what constitutes the bulk of the increased expenses are modernization and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements – if you update half a building, you must apply it to the entirety of the structure, School Board President Ed Vinson explained on Monday, standing before an unexpectedly small crowd of unsurprisingly recalcitrant district residents. While residents and the board agreed on a few things, youth need the best facilities they can get, the tide of dissatisfaction with the issue sprung from a simple source – transparency and foresight, both of which the board lacked, audience members contended, arguing that the costly complications would not have come about if the board had conducted better surveys of the facilities before diving in. “I think it’s pretty obvious the question isn’t ‘why didn’t things happen in the past,’” said Jim Dickinson, a former Capitan educator. “We need to face today, this is where we are and we need to make some tough decisions. We need to ask people if they’re willing to pay more to get more. I’m on a fixed income and I’m not looking forward to more taxes. I don’t have kids in the Capitan district and I never have, but I’m willing to pay more if we move forward and do something for our kids.” Board Member Robin Parks defended the costs that have already accrued, stating that while the board obviously did not have a lot of information that would have been useful, it had moved forward with making “responsible decisions” for the children’s best interests. Overall, of the $474,436.21 spend thus far, $123,791.43 was identified as relating to the temporary move, with $350,644.78 applicable to the overall project – for both, the bulk constitutes architectural fees, $237,589.88, mostly covering the overall project. “I believe our fee was right around six percent of the construction costs,” said Matthew McKim of Dekker/Perick/Sabatini, the architectural firm contracted for the project, adding that the contract, along with other materials relating to the project, is scheduled to be released on the Capitan Schools website on Wednesday. “At this point we need to move forward,” said Pat McMurray, senior facilities manager for the Public School Facilities Authority. “The reason we’re here, the reason we’re where we are is the cost of the project, the scope of the project that has been recently defined as we’ve gotten into the project more and more. We partner with (school) districts and help them look at their existing facilities to determine what’s the best return on their investments, what’s the best way to spend the dollars. We’ve come to the determination that the better rate of investment is to replace (the high school).” The school doesn’t look bad – far from it, Capitan has taken very good care of its facilities, he said. “At first look it doesn’t seem too bad, but the systems are reaching the end of their useful life. These issues need to be addressed with a permanent solution.”

Other options

While there are other options aside from building a new school, it would amount to kicking the can down the road if the board moved only to repair the facility, McKim said. “There’s a lot of dominoes that fall, there’s a lot of things you have to look at with these buildings,” he said, passing the podium to Shannon Parks, an architect with the firm. Shannon first compared the costs of renovations to bring the facility up to modern standards against the estimate of a new structure – about $7.2 million, or 81 percent of a possible $9.3 million cost for a new building. Estimates for construction alone on the renovations are $5.35 million with a new building estimated at $6.6 million in construction costs. “When you look at it, these numbers are disturbingly close,” she said.”So we had to look at what do we need to do in rebuilding.” She added that the firm had looked at the

haps lower the requirements to 5 mills, possibility of scaling the project back to though it has yet to be formalized for fit within the budget, “the trouble with the 2014 session. that is there’s so much that needs to be “There’s support for this, or I done to the high school, we’re not able wouldn’t even be suggesting it,” he to pull enough out.” said. Even pulling out major upgrades, In order to meet the requirements, such as work on the slab, would drag the should it change, the board would need cost down to only about $6.9 million, to perhaps another $1 million bond to and the facility would have a lifespan reach bonding capacity, at which point of perhaps another decade, give or take, the state would fund the remainder of she said, though “we really recommend the project balance “at 100 percent,” he taking care of the slab issues – it’s not said. going to stop moving, it’s not going to The $5 million bond raised the mill stop sagging.” levy rate about 1.5 mills, Capitan SuAs for what would be covered at perintendent Shirley Crawford added. the minimum, according to the firm, “We recommend that you accept the HVAC system, one of the biggest the advance from PSFA for $5 militems on the request list, would make lion that would be paid back in four it in, as well as upgrades on the electriyears,” McMurray said, offering to cal systems “in order to handle the new mechanical systems,” and upgrading Erik LeDuc/Ruidoso Free Press work with school officials to set up the bond elections to repay the sum, which the building’s envelope to better seal At left, Matthew McKim and Shannon Parks of also would apply towards reaching the internal climate, she said. “We also, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini sat front row to field the state’s eligibility requirements for of course, would look at replacing the questions from the audience. In back, School a waiver on cost-sharing. “You might metal roof. That’s the responsible thing Board President Ed Vinson takes a breather. as well do that right now with the high to do – the roof is leaking and it’s over adequate facilities,” he said. school – meet that 7 mill requirement and 30 years old. We would also remove underBoard members have previously stated have the state take care of the balance.” utilized square footage” – the high school’s the goal was to pass a consecutive series of This would allow the entire, campuslibrary and entry lobby. The library would bonds, right around the $5 million mark, wide project to be completed in about four have to relocate “within the building that to keep a smaller, stable increase in propyears, “and it buys the work at today’s dolwas to remain.” erty taxes over the years to pay off gradual That downsizing would mitigate many lars – I really think this is a win-win to go construction of the total master plan, roughly with this,” he said. drainage issues with the high school, but budgeted at $30 million, though that number would not eliminate them entirely, she addYet should the board accept the advance ed. “And with this level of renovation, there is far from firm. but fail to pass bonds to repay the amount, in are certain codes and ADA requirements we But to get the best return on the district’s a worst-case scenario, the state could impose must meet.” Those items also would include money may mean doing entirely the oppoits own tax increases on the district to recoup installing a sprinkler system, modifying site – one suggestion heavily leveraged by the advance – an option that has never ocrestrooms and reconfiguring classroom enMcMurray and board members was to look curred in the state’s history and not one that trances to meet ADA. at getting a waiver from the state for the loanyone, legislator or staffer, would want to Those upgrades would extend the life of cal match on the remainder of the project by explore, he emphasized. the building but, “bottom line – it’s a 33 year raising another bond to bump the district’s “The most important thing to think about old building. We’d be looking at the need to taxes to meet eligibility requirements. in this community is our kids,” Board Memreplace it in 15 years. Your maintenance and Currently, the waiver criteria require a ber Justin King said. “Whether or not we operation costs will continue to rise, way district to be bonded to 7 mills, up from the spend $4.5 million right now, we spend $9.5 more costly than with a new facility, and current 4.66 mills. One mill equates to $1 million right now or we spend $35 million you’ll still have a building with a floor slab per $1,000 of taxable property value, which over the next 15 years, it makes absolutely that’s three feet below the drainage outside is considered to be one third of the total no difference. Taxes are what taxes are, and the building.” value. The district also must have at least right now, most of those taxes are sitting up 70 percent of students eligible for free or in Santa Fe, going out to districts like Fort Shopping for new reduced lunch – Capitan is at 66.3 percent, Sumner, Estancia.” If the board and voter chose to pursue a which McMurray said was likely only a The key is learning to get the most out new structure instead, it would pay off in the question of better reporting in the district to of the system they’re paying into by applylong run, Shannon contended. meet the remaining 3.7 percent – perhaps 18 ing leverage to legislators, he said. “They’re While the initial expense would be more students. not my legislators, they’re not the board’s large, “the additional 19 percent cost for the As for criteria already met, the school legislators – they’re your legislators. Help new building, you’ll see that money back in has less than 800 students (about 500 curthem pass this measure so we only have to the lifetime of the building,” she said. “We rently) and is 40 percent above the minimum pass $1 million more in bonds.” would look at doing a two-story structure. 50 percent cost share requirement. The Capitan School Board will hold a It’s more efficient, you’d be able to handle McMurray said a bill had been introspecial meeting on Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 the drainage better and it would save more duced to change the requirements last year, p.m. to determine which of several options room for play areas and usable space for and though it failed then, another measure the district will pursue in acquiring fundyour kids.” in the works was appraised at having better ing and continuing work on the Capitan A new structure also would be built to chances in the upcoming January-February High School. All members of the public are modern standards, which would mean a 50legislative session. If passed, it would perinvited to attend. year estimated lifespan, she added. If the new building proceeds, it would be located in the southeastern quadrant of the school grounds, she said, pointing out a space next to the proposed mutli-purpose facility on a draft design map. New construction also would leave the high school available, with a minimum of repairs, to use by the elementary school students during the second phase of the project, which shifts focus to improving the younger children’s learning space. That would save the district between $700,000 to $1 million on the cost of supplying temporary modular housing, McMurray said, adding that the temporary buildings would be “an eyesore” that would remain until another district had need of them. The costs and savings of the minimum repairs and modular classrooms have not been calculated into the $9.3 million estimate, McKim later clarified. “The cost to move back, we got a bid from a contractor, the cost would be about $44,000,” Vinson added. “That would include taking down the walls that we put up to separate the library from the hallway, that would include putting the doors back up that we took town, bringing the internet back into the high school, making the WiFi hot, getting all of the ceiling tiles back in and getting the carpets back that we took out.”

Bonds and words

Yet to build new, as McMurray and most board members have advocated, will be roughly double the amount of the bond already passed. The state would cover 10 percent, $930,000, of the project’s cost, he said. “Would you, or could you, as a local community, pass an $8.4 million bond – I don’t know if you could or not,” he said. “But your leadership in the district, because of previous history and two failed bond elections, decided, ‘you know, that’s a lot.’” The board’s goal, McMurray said, was to pass the highest bond they thought was feasible to begin work on a staged project. “The concept was, and the idea was, if we can get that support for $5 million we can shape this project to match existing funds to do the things they need to do to get the kids

Ruidoso Free Press

September 25, 2013

Clinical depression, part 2: Myths and facts “The universe is an immeasurable wheel, turning forever more…revealing with each pass things unseen before.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Myth #4: Clinical Depression will go away on its own. Fact: Clinical Depression is no different than any other medical illness and requires the proper professional treatment. Some older people believe they’re ‘too old’ to get help for clinical depression, or are reluctant to talk about their feelings. Others believe depression will go away and they should just ‘tough it out.’ Some also think depression is a sign of weakness or associated with ‘being crazy.’ Simply put these thoughts are irrational and just plain wrong. The truth is clinical depression left untreated can lead to physical disability, premature death, worsened symptoms of other illnesses or suicide. Myth #5: With all the aches and ailments older people have, it’s normal for them to feel depressed. Fact: While being depressed because of chronic/serious illness is the most common cause of clinical depression in older adults, it is still not normal to be depressed. Sometimes depressive symptoms are dismissed as a temporary ‘low’ mood if it is associated with a serious illness. If co-occurring depression is diagnosed after an evaluation by a doctor or mental-health professional, it should be treated in addition to the physical illness. Some medications can actually cause clinical depression so it is very important that people tell their doctors about all medications they are taking and report any depressive symptoms.

Myth #6: Persistent feelings of sadness, helplessness and worthlessness cannot be treated. Fact: Clinical depression is James D. Martin one of the most treatable of all medical illnesses. More than 80 percent of people with depression can be treated successfully with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both. The sooner people seek treatment the better. Early treatment can increase its effectiveness. The first step to treatment is recognizing that something is not right and talking with your doctor or a mental-health professional about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. If clinical depression is diagnosed, it’s important that all treatment options be discussed. Mental-health professionals include psychiatrists, psychologists, certified counselors, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and therefore can prescribe antidepressant medications if needed. Mental-health professionals who are not physicians can provide psychotherapy and often work in concert with psychiatrists and family physicians to ensure a good continuum of care. James D. Martin is the program manager of the Heritage Program for Senior Adults at the Lincoln County Medical Center. Heritage is a program designed to improve the quality of life for the older adult. Confidential screenings are available by appointment. If interested please call 575-257-6283.

Altrusa’s Vino Bingo – Third annual fundraiser ‘the perfect place to be’ By Mary Jane Thomas

Last week, Altrusa International of Ruidoso hosted the third annual Vino Bingo fundraising event at the beautiful Sanctuary on the River on Eagle Street in Ruidoso. The Rio Ruidoso was roaring after local downpours, but despite the rainy, chilly weather, the event was nearly sold out. The event opened with a social hour and dinner so the attendees could visit and socialize with each other. Attendees dined on a nice variety of sandwiches from Subway on Mechem, salads and other goodies. Several wines and beers were served by bartenders from Ruidoso’s Cattle Baron. Gary Restivo volunteered to serve as the bingo caller. Prizes were given for each of the eight games, including a $100 cash blackout prize. Once again businesses and individuals came forth to donate to the event and give back to the community. The sponsors included Spencer Theater, Reddi Ice, Ziascapes, High Country Agency, Buffets Candies and all the radio stations, said event co-chair Denice Vincent. “Vino Bingo was a roaring success. Great people, good fun and the soft, intimate setting made The Sanctuary the perfect place to be last Thursday. 90-plus citizens and 20 Altrusans enjoyed the fun of bingo and joys of helping our neighbors, all the while being wrapped in the twinkling lights and gentle warmth of The Sanctuary, the babbling

Rio Ruidoso, and the company of friends. Thanks to all who braved the drizzling evening to give back to the folks of Ruidoso,” said Altrusan Mary Jane Thomas. All proceeds from Altrusa’s fundraisers are used for community service projects in the Lincoln County area. Last year, Altrusa’s efforts and community support allowed the club to give back more than $17,000 to improve the quality of life to residents in Lincoln County, reported club treasurer Judy Griffin. The club’s projects include financial support of HEAL and The Nest, the Lincoln County Food Bank, the Food4Kids Backpack program, and several child and adult literacy programs. The club also champions a local low-cost mammogram program, which is in its 25th year in partnership with Lincoln County Medical Center. For more information about joining Altrusa International of Ruidoso or the club’s upcoming Christmas Home Tour fundraiser in December, go to

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September 25, 2013

Outdoors Playing through the pain – it’s all about the hunt By Jim Lowrance

All my life I have chased wild game. I’ve hunted hard used the best calls, newest scent lock, leafy camouflage – anything and everything to make me the best of the best. I could usually leave most of my fellow hunters longing for the stamina and drive I possessed. At least, that is what I believed. I open the New Mexico game and fish website three minutes after they have posted the winners of the lottery. I had a winning number, Elk bow first three weeks of September. I immediately crossed the last two weeks of August for scouting and all three weeks of September for the hunt. I knew I would get to do some scouting in late July and early August on the weekends. I would hopefully be able to really take off some time to make this year’s hunt the best yet. I herniated a disc in my lower back as a teenager. It reoccurred Aug. 5. Luckily, I was able to find the chiropractor who saved me from almost certain surgery at age 19 once again. He now practices in Albuquerque. After two visits he referred me to an anesthesiologist who practices in El Paso. Thursday, Sept. 12, he placed a lumbar epidural steroid injection. He had warned me it would get worse before it got better. So luckily I don’t remember most of that day. I had been on daily medication just to perform a minor task like drive to work and through the fog try to keep things running at the swelling number of job sites. So much for taking off time to make this a really great hunt. So much for even getting to hunt. Monday the 16th I felt good enough to think about drawing my bow. Tuesday I sighted in my bow and hunted that afternoon. Well OK, I had my bow and I was in the woods – I could only get a quarter mile from my rig due to piriformis (butt) and soleus (calf) spasms every 100 yards. But hey, that is so much better than the tag soup I thought I was going to eat weeks earlier. Wednesday the 18th I watched the sun come up maybe a half mile from the truck, bow in hand and the music erupting all-around me. Thank you, God. After a very long bugling contest, the bulls left me to the silence of the woods. After about an hour I hobbled back to the truck and drove home. Before the hunt, I took the truck in to my mechanic to have a tail light problem analyzed. I told him of my problem and ask him if he had one tied up that I could shoot. He took me to the side and said they have been screaming every afternoon at this certain spot which is not too far from where you can park if you get there early. “Can you draw me a map to this certain spot?” He did. I was revitalized with the thought of bulls at a distance the macho invalid could undertake. Arriving at secret spot at 4 a.m., I proceeded to get all my gear perfect. My wife had sprayed me with earth scent generously so I proceeded to spray my gear and took off for the first 150 yard limp. I got to the spot where I could go no more and found a great spot on the ground to stretch the

knots that had formed in that distance. Ten minutes later I am ready to limp to the next resting spot. Again there is no seat, just the burned dirt. So I make myself as comfortable as you can as a 50-year-old sitting on the dirt. Frustrated, I begin to gather my day pack and bow when out of the corner of Courtesy photo my eye I catch movement. Slowly bring- Ruidoso resident and bow hunter Jim Lowrance poses with his Septeming the binoculars up, I find an elk calf. ber archery season bull elk. That’s nice, moving binos to the right and spot horns. Now that is unbelievable. I sit quietly hoping dart off the bow. they will turn and venture into bow range. No such luck. But I Now everything goes into slow motion. The arrow might as well try this “A-number-one” bugle. He responds, but disappears behind the tree to the left. Just as my heart begins keeps moving. Well maybe I didn’t blow it perfect enough so to sink, he lunges. I am able see the fletchings buried in his I throw everything into it. He responds and keeps going. I am chest, 4 inches back of the crease of his leg and mid chest. good for another 150-yard limp, so why not. I get to the spot His second lunge – the white fletching turns red. Third lunge where it is time to sit down and 20 yards ahead I see a tree that all of the fletchings are now red and dripping. He begins to had something fall on it early in life and it just grew around really stretch out now covering 10 yards per lunge. At 100 it. Wha-la I have a seat where I can put my feet on the ground yards, he begins to stumble. At 130, he falls. He kicks a and my rear end off the ground almost like a chair. couple of times. Time moves back to normal. Reaching for my bugling call, I throw my best herd bull Looking to the heavens, I thank God for this gift. For impression into the silent afternoon. He responds before I most of my life, I have pursued wild game and have been am finished. I go into my bugle with a chuckle. Nothing but successful on occasion with many more failures. Nothing silence. I thought he might have been coming toward me the makes me feel more alive than to have stalked game to withlast time he bugled but now I don’t know. Did I go over the in bow shot and been the top of the food chain. But nothing top? Was it not perfect? Did I hit the wrong note? I slowly has made me feel more humble than to have been handed reach to put both hands on the bugle leaving my bow with this gift. It was as if God was saying, all of those great feats an arrow knocked in my lap. Again just a hint of movement you thought you had accomplished in your life had very little – I freeze. As I slowly turn my head, I realize he is standing to do with you and were really a gift. 45 yards off looking right through me. The bull he was sure None of us can become complacent and not do our part was right where that bush is, isn’t there. He rolls his lips and but all of us need to realize every great accomplishment in bugles right at me. Man, if it ends right here I’m in heaven. our lives is a gift. He slowly moves downwind to get a whiff of me. Just Happy hunting. to my left are two burned trees that touch each other and two more that are at 30 or so yards 14” apart. If he continues he will be behind the first two. If he keeps this track he will be We want your hunting stories and trophy just behind the others before he can scent me. I release the photos. Wildlife management for food bugle with one hand and slowly grasp the bows grip still in and sport is a long-standing heritage of my lap. I make sure the bugle is not going to roll off the tree the area and the Ruidoso Free Press wants and slowly attach my release to the string. He continues ever to share your success. Email to : so slowly advancing to where I can thread an arrow through the 14” opening at 30 yards. I can do this. I have practiced hundreds of times. Look through the spot into the opening forget about the trees. His eyes go behind the first two trees. I raise the bow and draw all in the same action. His off side leg covers the opening. He brings his other leg forward and through the opening. Touch the release and the fletchings

Golden Aspen Run motorcycle rally

Karen Boehler/Ruidoso Free Press

Motorcycles were lined up along the roads at the Inn of the Mountain Gods last week as riders came from all over the U.S. to participate in the Golden Aspen Rally. Below left, a Harley rider grins as he heads down U.S. 70 from Apache Summit on his way to the rally. At right, this paint job on a custom Harley Davidson, owned by Gary Ballau of Albuquerque, seemed to fit right in at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Below right, there’s something for everyone at the Golden Aspen Rally, even 3-year-old Joaquin Rivas, who enjoys a ride on a swing with his dad, biker Carlos Rivas of El Paso.

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Sept. 25

Pro baseball Houston at Texas, 6 p.m.

Sept. 26

Pro football San Francisco at St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Sept. 27

Pro baseball California at Texas, 6 p.m. High school football Ruidoso at Tularosa, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28

Pro baseball California at Texas, 1 p.m. College football UNLV at UNM, 6 p.m.

Sept. 29

Pro football Seattle at Houston, 10:30 a.m. Philadelphia at Denver, 1:45 p.m. New England at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 30

Pro football Miami at New Orleans, 6 p.m.

Sports Results

Sept. 17

Volleyball NMMI d. Hondo, 3-1 Gateway Christian, d. Capitan, 3-1 Ruidoso d. Tularosa, 3-0 Boys soccer Centennial 6, Ruidoso 3 Girls soccer Centennial 6, Ruidoso 0

Sept. 19

Volleyball Hondo d. Mescalero, 3-2 Carrizozo d. Cloudcroft, 3-0 Dexter d. Capitan, 3-0 Boys soccer NMMI 2, Ruidoso 1 Girls soccer Roswell 10, Ruidoso 0

Sept. 20

Football Ruidoso 58, West Las Vegas 6 Estancia 29, Capitan 7 Carrizozo 64, Springer 0 Lake Arthur 56, Hondo 42

Sept. 21

Boys soccer Deming 6, Ruidoso 2 Girls soccer Ruidoso 3, Deming 2

Sept. 23

Volleyball Dexter d. Mescalero, 3-0

Sept. 24

Boys soccer Ruidoso vs. Hatch at W.D. Horton, late Girls soccer Ruidoso vs. Hatch at W.D. Horton, late Volleyball House at Corona, late

Sports Upcoming To keep up on high school scores or view live gamecasts, use this QR code or visit www. ruidosofreepress. com Schedule is subject to change

Sept. 26

Football Vaughn at Hondo, 6 p.m. Volleyball Mescalero at Hondo, 5:30 p.m. Boys soccer Ruidoso vs. Silver at RMS, 4 p.m. Girls soccer Ruidoso vs. Silver at RMS, 4 p.m.

Sept. 27

Football Ruidoso at Tularosa, 7 p.m. Jal at Mescalero, 7 p.m. Escalante at Capitan, 7 p.m. Tse Yi Gai at Carrizozo, 7 p.m. Volleyball Capitan, Carrizozo, Mescalero in Capitan Classic, TBA

Sept. 28

Volleyball Corona at Quemado, 3:30 p.m. Capitan, Carrizozo, Mescalero in Capitan Classic, TBA Cross country Ruidoso at Capital City Invite in Santa Fe, 10 a.m.

Oct. 1

Volleyball Corona at Gateway Christian, 5 p.m. Hondo at Lake Arthur, 5:30 p.m. Carrizozo at Capitan, 5:30 p.m. Boys soccer Ruidoso at Socorro, 3 p.m. Girls soccer Ruidoso at Socorro, 5 p.m.




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Ruidoso puts down Dons that someone else is out By Todd Fuqua there and is working Sports Editor harder than I am.” He wasn’t the only It’s amazing what a one scoring. He wasn’t week off can do. even the leading rusher on After one game was the night. Freshman Cisco literally washed from Mayville – playing primartheir schedule, the Ruily in the second half – had idoso Warriors returned 77 yards on nine carries, to the gridiron Friday while Matthew Carr put with a vengeance, scoring up 53 yards and scored a touchdowns in almost evtouchdown. ery conceivable way and “Cisco’s another playsweeping aside West Las er for us. He runs hard, Vegas 58-6 at W.D. Horton I tell you what,” JohnStadium. son said. “We keep him The Warriors (2-1) working out in the weight were able to dominate room, he’ll be another thanks to their running Parker Johnson that won’t game, gaining 187 yards be tackled easily.” to the Dons’ 14. They also The only score for overwhelmed the West the Dons (1-3) came late Las Vegas line, forcing in the third quarter, when quarterback Jose Montano Montano punched it in to throw when he’s more Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press from one yard out with effective at the run. West Las Vegas running back Adrian Valdez, 1:21 left. West Las Vegas’ Ruidoso picked off right, is stopped by Ruidoso defender Parkcelebration was short, as four passes, three for er Morrow, Friday, at W.D. Horton Stadium. Johns returned the ensurtouchdowns by Parker ing kickoff 83 yards for Johnson, Parker Morrow and has 12 scores this year. another touchdown. and Jordan Wright. “I’m proud of him as a dad When Wright returned his “The defense did what we and as a coach,” said coach Johninterception for a score, it brought asked them to do, they got better son. “He’s one of those kids that the game to within a point of and kept on stopping the ball,” you want the ball in his hands. fi nishing early, as the game would said coach Keif Johnson. “I He just goes after the football on have ended with a 50-point lead would have liked to see a bit betdefense, too. It’s about the hard or greater. ter pass rush on them, but I don’t work he’s put in the offseason.” Ruidoso was up 55-6 at that know how many bat downs we “In summer, I was in the point, a score made possible by had, that was key.” weight room every morning, a missed extra point from Travis The game was another exam- and in the afternoon, speed and Mosher following the Warriors’ ple of the offensive and defensive strength training,” Parker said. second score of the game. prowess of Parker Johnson, who “Some days, I don’t want to get had five touchdowns on the night out of bed, but I remind myself see WARRIORS pg. B3

Ruidoso netters sweep Tularosa

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The paucity of Class 3A

In days of yore, there was once a classification of schools in New Mexico known as “3A,” and it was a truly magical classification. This grouping of school featured some of the strongest of teams and bitterest of rivalries, although some felt it was a little too favorable to those schools that were just a little bit bigger. So the powers at the New Mexico Activities Association decreed a new classification would be created – 5A – in which the largest schools in the state would reside, and all other classes would be reorganized to “level the playing field….” This is how the fable of New Mexico’s current five-classification began. Since then, a Class B has been created for the smallest of the small schools to create further parity, but a curious thing has happened since then – at least in our part of the state. Class 3A is disappearing. Much like this country’s middle class, which is feeling the sting of lower wages and shorter hours while trying to maintain a level of comfort – 3A schools are finding their counterparts either growing or shrinking and making the jump to 4A or 2A. This phenomenon is especially acute in District 4-3A, a district that has had only three schools – Ruidoso, Portales and Lovington – since the five-classification system began in 2000. Three-school districts are nothing new here. District 4-4A with Artesia, Roswell and Goddard and District 4-5A with Hobbs, Clovis and Carlsbad are three-schoolers as well. But District 4-3A could be in danger of becoming a one-team district. A close friend of mine who teaches in Lovington told me the Wildcats could be moving to 4A because of the influx of population and funds thanks to the oil boom. see CLASS 3A pg. B3

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Ruidoso was finally able to take the lead once Lindsey got the serve and rattled off six straight points – including an ace. By that point, the Lady Warriors had an 18-13 lead and Tularosa (4-3) never recovered. After a pair of ties – both brought on by kills from Marikka Temple – Ruidoso went on a 7-0 run to take full control of the game, although the Lady Wildcats held off the end once Ruidoso got to a game point serve for three points. “They were getting a little too relaxed, so I told them they had better start passing and making the points,” Garcia said. “I was getting a little worried. There were a few mistakes here and there, but they were able to pull it out.” That included an extremely long volley that ended with an anti-climactic error by the Lady Warriors. Ruidoso finally took the victory on a spectacularly strong kill by Mosher, a freshman who started to show how dominant she can be at the net. Of course, she wasn’t the only one on the court for the Lady Warriors. Andi Harrelson came up with some key brocks throughout the final game, including one on Tularosa hitter Kimberlee Turner to bring things to an end. “We’ve been working on our blocking and getting better every day,” Harrelson said. “Winning this in three games was just Brought to you by great.” This is the final match for Ruidoso for quite a long time, Shalom Keller as the Lady Warriors Ruidoso girls soccer won’t play again until Shalom scored all three Lady Oct. 5, when they host Warrior goals in their big win on Saturday against Deming, Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press Goddard. That leaves but she wouldn’t have had plenty of time for Ruidoso teammates Isa Lindsey (7) and Lia Mosher go any of them if she hadn’t got up for the block against Tularosa’s Jana Rice on Sept. 17 Ruidoso to work and good passes and kicks from her improve. at RHS. teammates. By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor At the start of the first game of Tuesday’s volleyball match between Ruidoso and Tularosa, it looked as though it was going to be a short match. It was, it just didn’t end up the way it began. The Lady Wildcats had a 6-1 lead to start the first frame but ended up losing a 25-18, 25-20, 2520 decision to a determined Ruidoso squad. “Tulie got out there with a great start,” said Ruidoso coach Bernadette Garcia. “But the girls battled back and stayed focused. They’ve been trying different ways to relieve the pressure, and it worked tonight.” The Lady Warriors (5-6) was able to stem the tide after Tularosa’s fast start, as Lia Mosher, Chloe Whipple and Isa Lindsey came up with some kills to eventually bring their team to within one at 11-10.


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Deming (2-8) actually opened with the first goal of the game seven minutes in on a shot by Alyssa Magana, and the score stayed 1-0 for the next 14 minutes. It was then that Shalom Keller – who had a hat trick in the game – streaked down the left side and shot it in for a 1-1 tie. That was only the Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press third goal Ruidoso had Ruidoso forward Shalom Keller, left, scored all year, but they weren’t done. The drives toward the Deming goal as Lady Wildcats Alexa Mora (3) and Selena Paez Lady Warriors took attempt to stop her. their first lead of the season at 3:31 left in Him, then I can’t score.” the half on a cross kick by Keller The Lady Warriors couldn’t with Deming goal keeper Lizzette relax, however. Deming took Gamboa on the ground. advantage of a handball call on “Every time I get the ball, I Ruidoso in the box with less than just thank God that he gave me two minutes left, as Tayler Pinethe ability to dribble the ball and hart slammed it home to make it a score,” said a thoroughly humble 2-all tie at the break. Keller. “If I take my focus off of Deming changed goal keeper in the second half, going with Daisy Chavez, who proved her worth through most of the rest of the game with numerous stops. Ruidoso had a pretty good keeper of its own in Jessie Midkiff, who had just as much luck as skill in keeping the Lady Wildcats out of the goal. “The match we played before (against Roswell) they didn’t pass or talk as much. Today, we gave it our all,” Midkiff said. “I was also feeling it with a lot of adrenaline.” Among the great stops was a free kick awarded to Deming just three feet to the left of the net, and an instance in which Midkiff fell down in front of the goal and teammate Aurelia Espinoza cleared it. Midkiff also came up with some great Todd Fuqua/Ruidoso Free Press kicks out of Ruidoso’s Sara McMasters (white shirt) is surrounded by Deming players Alexa Mora, far right, Tayler Pinehart (10) Isha Shura the goal area to midfield, (background) and goal keeper Lizzette Gamboa at the Lady including one Wildcat net, Saturday, at Ruidoso Middle School. By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor It’s been a hard, long slog for the Ruidoso girls soccer team. It was a slog that finally produced the fruit of victory in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Deming. When the final whistle blew, you’d have thought the Lady Warriors (1-8) had won a state title. “We did really well with good teamwork,” said Ruidoso defender Lexi Lucero. “We’ve been doing well in practice with more running and passing drills, and we did that better in this game. We were communicating better.” “The girls that were out there were the girls that had been coming to practice,” said Ruidoso coach Darien Ross. “They just knew how to play well together.” Why shouldn’t the Lady Warriors be happy? They won the game outright, although it didn’t come with uncertainty.

Bowling RUIDOSO BOWLING CENTER Tuesday Night Mixed standings, week 1 of 28 Name Won Lost Golden Oldies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1 Team 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1 Amigos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 BLJ Trio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 AMRX-A-LOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 3 Last week’s high scores Handicap series – Golden Oldies 1,854, Team 5 1,838, BLJ Trio 1,834 Handicap game – Amigos 684, AMRX-A-LOT 660 Individual scores will be tracked starting week 5 ––– Tuesday Night Mixed standings, week 2 of 16 Name Won Lost Sh’Dam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1 Team 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 2 Four Feathers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3 Bowl Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3 Zocca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4 Rhinorose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4 Gypsyhound Outlaws. . . . . . . . . . 4 4 Ruidoso Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3½ 4½ Scorgasm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1½ 6½ Last week’s high scores Handicap series – Zocca 2,748, Four Feathers 2,615, Ruidoso Bowl 2,537 Handicap game – Bowl Movement 905, Rhinorose 881, Sh’Dam 860 Individual scores will be tracked starting week 5 ––– Wednesday Night Mixed standings, week 2 of 32 Name Won Lost

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Team 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Team 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Team 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4½ Team 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4½ Team 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Team 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Team 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Team 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Team 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Last week’s high scores Handicap series – Team 8 2,464, Team 7 2,394, Team 2 2,374 Handicap game – Team 6 849, Team 9 834, Team 5 828 Individual scores will be tracked starting week 5 ––– Thursday Night Men’s standings, week 2 of 32 Name Won Lost Team 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 0 Team 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1 Team 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3 Team 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5 Team 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5 Team 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 Team 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 Last week’s high scores Stratch series – Team 1 2,853, Team 4 2,529 Scratch game – Team 2 980, Team 7 816 Handicap series – Team 6 3,023, Team 5 2,898 Handicap game – Team 3 1,043, Team 5 2,898 Individual scratch series – Gene Nitz 629, Richard Guevara 615, Jim McGarvey 591 Individual Scratch game – Terry Bernard 248, Tommie Armstrong 230, Evan Reed 223

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Ruidoso midfielder Lexi Lucero, right, kicks the ball past Deming’s Christian Rice as Lady Wildcat Isha Sura trails the play during Saturday’s match. which Keller almost put in for a score with 18 minutes left before Chavez came out to kick it away. “There were many times that but for the grace of God, we didn’t get scored on more than we could have,” Ross said. “We still have to work on our defense.” Finally, with less than two minutes left in the match, a shot by Keller found its way in off a free kick and Ruidoso re-took the lead. “I just pushed through their defense and was hoping I could score that last goal so we could win,” Keller said. “I knew how much it meant to the coach and all the girls to get the win.” After that, the Lady Warriors’ aggressiveness secured the victory. “When we scored that goal, I had no idea how much time was left,” said Ross referring to the head official being the final say

about time on the field. “I didn’t want my girls to think they had already won it. I was yelling to them to play to the buzzer. They kept that ball down there the rest of the match.” Ruidoso’s District 3-1A/3A season gets underway this week with matches against Hatch and Silver. Deming has already tied Silver and Socorro this season, defeating Socorro and losing to Silver on penalty kicks. If that’s any indication, Ruidoso could have a few more district wins under its belt before the season is over. “Now they’ve been bitten by that victory bug,” Ross said. “We still have to get our passes down, but we’re going to be a more competitive team.” “If we play like we did today a little harder, we can get some more games,” Keller said. “We just have to be aggressive.”

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Lake Arthur wins battle of unbeatens Rubio ran the ball in By Karen Boehler to make it 14-6 Lake For the Ruidoso Free Press Arthur. HONDO – Although Hondo The rivalry and Lake Arthur weren’t squaring showed during the off in either a district, playoff or next Eagle possession championship 6-man football game when Nores was tackFriday night in Hondo, the rivalry led hard by Rubio, and between the two teams was clearly fans started screamevident, both on the field and in the ing – not for the first stands. time – for a face mask Fans on both sides had choice penalty, but the ofwords for their opposition, some ficials called Nores for had to be warned to tone things illegal grounding and down and even on the field, the the ball went back to tempers – especially on the Panther Karen Boehler/Ruidoso Free Press Lake Arthur. side – were evident. But unfortuLake Arthur running back Miguel Rubio, left, was a thorn in HonAfter both teams nately for the cheering throng of do’s side all night Friday, but Eagle Roberto Nores managed to went three and out, the Eagle fans packing the stadium, the bring him to the ground in the first quarter. Panthers got the ball result didn’t come out in their favor, and appeared to score And this time, the possession paid off with Lake Arthur walking away on a pass to Velo, but it was called back on as junior quarterback Roberto Nores ran the with a 56-42 victory. illegal motion. But Rubio followed that call ball to the one, then Billy Candelaria took it That was a big improvement over last with a 10-yard carry, and after a good kick, year’s mercy-rule shutout in Lake Arthur, and over for the TD with 3:42 remaining in the LA led 22-6. the Eagles drew first blood in the game. But quarter. The kick was blocked, and Hondo Hondo then used a face mask call to get while both teams are perennial playoff teams, had a 6-0 lead. a quick first down, then worked their way neither looked very sharp, with turnovers and The Panthers came back with a big run to the goal, with Nores crashing through penalties constant throughout the game. by Miguel “Meatball” Rubio followed by a the line with 1:12 left in the half to make it Hondo coach Brandon Devine said his touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Dal- 22-12. team played well, but did admit the passing ton to Luis Velo, and after a good kick, Lake The Eagles recovered the ball on an was a bit off. Arthur led 8-6 with 2:43 on the clock. onside kick, but then fumbled the ball back “We dropped some balls and lost our Solid running moved the Eagles down to Lake Arthur, who made it 30-12 on a confidence on it and we’ve got to get that the field, but incomplete passes ended their pass from Velo to Dalton.with 18.3 seconds working again for next week,” he said. possession and an almost-interception by remaining. Three penalties in the Panther’s first Hondo on a Dalton pass and another penalty The Eagles took full advantage of those possession gave the ball back to Hondo on left the 8-6 after one quarter with the Panfinal seconds, throwing an interception but downs to open the game. The Eagles (3-1) thers still in possession. getting it back on a penalty, then, with time then turned the ball back over on a fumble The Eagle defense stopped LA to open run out, Candelaria threw to Nores for the after getting a first down, but held LA (4-0) the second, but a first-play Hondo pass was TD and after an offsides penalty moved the to three and out to regain possession quickly. intercepted at the 22, and two plays later kick up, Juan Chacon finally got it through

Grizzlies whip Red Devils CLASS 3A from pg. B1 I’ve heard similar rumblings that Ruidoso might be rejoining the ranks of 2A due to enrollment decrease. That would leave Portales all by its lonesome in 4-3A. You can ask Animas over in District 5-1A – that’s no way to do things. Animas is the only 1A school in southwestern New Mexico to play volleyball – former district opponents Quemado and Reserve are now in Class B, while Cliff doesn’t play any sport until basketball in the winter. That means the Lady Panthers have to play a strange bidistrict schedule with District 3B – featuring Quemado, Reserve and Carrizozo – in order to get the matches they need before getting a state tournament berth they’re guaranteed of each year simply because they can put a team on the court. Would the same thing happen with Portales? If so, would they be in a bi-district with 4-4A? If that happened, you’ve practically reconstituted the old District 4-3A of yore, when Lovington, Portales, Goddard and Artesia duked it out each season in spectacular fashion. So why not do that? End the failed five-class system, go back to four classes, and make post-season mean something again. It’s pretty much happening anyway.

By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor There isn’t much you can say about a 64-0 victory, except to say that your team played well. That’s pretty much how Carrizozo football coach Kevin Sheehan summed up his team’s blowout of Springer/Maxwell on Friday. “It was 52-0 at the end of the first quarter,” Sheehan said. “We jumped on them and never got off.” Lawry Johnson had 131 yards on nine carries to lead the Grizzlies (3-0), while Nick Chavez added 120 yards on five carries. Chavez had three touchdowns, while Johnson and Caleb Ventura had two each. “We spread the ball around pretty good,” Sheehan said. “The guys were focused on offense and defense. It was just a great game all around.” Carrizozo’s scheduled home game on Friday against Tse Yi Gai has been moved to Magdalena. The contest is still scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Mistakes lead to Capitan loss By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor The final score of Friday’s Capitan-Estancia matchup wasn’t reflective of how close the game was for a majority of the time. The Bears led 7-0 at halftime and were up 14-7 after the Tigers scored near the end of the third quarter, but Capitan mistakes in the final frame eventually led to a 29-7 Estancia win. “We made three critical unsportsmanlike penalties to put them in scoring position,” said Capitan coach Jim Hughes. “After that we had to throw, and threw an interception. We had our opportunities, but we’re still improving. I can see the signs.” In comparing this game to Capitan’s matchup against Fort Sumner the week before, Hughes said the Bears (3-1) had many more weapons and were more experienced than the year before. This wasn’t the same

WARRIORS from pg. B1 Mosher made up for it with a 35-yard field goal that ended it with 1:39 left on the clock. It was a fitting end to a game in which the Dons (1-3) were dominated in almost every facet. West Las Vegas did earn 134 yards passing – more than Ruidoso – but a majority came in the second half after the contest had pretty much been decided.

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No, he’s not the only player for the Warriors, but Johnson’s contributions to Ruidoso’s thrashing of West Las Vegas are hard to deny: Five touchdonws on two receptions, one rush, a pass interception return and kickoff return. He racked up 132 yards rushing and receiving in the victory.

the uprights, ending the half at 36-20. The Panthers stretched it to 36-20 early in the third when Nores fumbled and defender Felipe De La Cruz picked up the ball and ran it in for the score at 6:56. Rubio made it 43-20 on a carry at 2:35 but Hondo got back in the game on a penalty-filled possession. Moving the ball forward on a combination of runs and Lake Arthur penalties – including another face mask call on Dalton, which had the fans screaming for him to be ejected – and an unsportsmanlike call that had the officials warning the Panthers, Candelaria passed to Chacon to make it 43-26 with 1:47 left in the third. Hondo opened the fourth with a greased-lightning run by Nores then, after being stopped just inches from the goal line on fourth down, the ball bounced back and forth between players with James Chaves somehow holding on long enough for the score. A good kick and Hondo was back in contention, 43-34. Rubio came back on the second play of the Panther’s next possession to make it 50-34, but after falling short on their next try, Hondo recovered a Lake Arthur fumble and used that advantage to score on a short run by Nores. But after almost holding the Panthers on their next possession, Rubio made a nice run that was good by inches, then came home for the final TD of the game. “We walk away from this learning,” Devine said. “And like I said, it’s Week 4. This ain’t the state championship. This is Week 4. We’ve got to get ready to play district next week so that’s what this game was about.”

CAPITAN TIGERS team that the Tigers (2-2) beat a year earlier. “We’re missing some people, too,” Hughes said.

“We’ve lost some people to injury and had to move some people around.” Next up is Escalante, a rematch of last year’s Class 1A state championship game. The Lobos have picked up right where they left off, going 4-0 this season

with a seasoned backfield that includes quarterback Reynaldo Atencio. “That will be a tough one, but Jal (who Capitan has beat this year) played them close,” Hughes said. “That gives us some optimism.”

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Bike tour represents recreation growth By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor This weekend’s Tour de Ruidoso might not be getting bigger – organizers are hoping just to equal last year’s 240 participants – but the overall goal of turning Ruidoso into a recreation destination is coming to fruition. “As young as we are in this as a community, this is pretty good,” said Cody Thurston, owner of the Bike Shop in Ruidoso. “You look at places like Tucson, whose race has up to 10,000 riders. That’s a big city and has been doing it a lot longer. This is seven years for us.” Thurston – who along with a dozen other Ruidoso residents took part in the Sept. 14 Tour de Ocho Millas near Roswell – is among the several more local riders that will take off from White Mountain Athletic Complex for the seventh annual running of the race – a fundraiser benefiting a variety of non-profit organizations in Lincoln County – on Saturday. It’s a much more challenging course than the Ocho Millas, with altitudes right around 7,000 feet for the first six miles of the run and a route that travels from Ruidoso to Capitan through Fort Stanton and back again. Of course, not every rider will run the entire course. For those not wanting to run the 100-mile “century” course, there’s the nearly flat 20-miler starting on airport road with a

ston, referring to recently built trails around Grindstone Lake. “Not only are these properly built, they’re sustainable. The views are incredible. The result you get from the new trails are nothing like we’ve had before.” Thurston also looks to a new paved trail near the Inn of the Mountain Gods and the opening of a mountain trail at Ski Apache as additional draws. “The ski area is a big plus, with them planning on 25 miles,” Thurston said. “We’ve seen a huge influx of people coming in for that type of riding. We also have seven more miles to build at Grindstone. “(The Mescalero Tribe) is starting to realize the importance of recreation here,” he added. “It’s been successful everywhere else, and once it’s built, it’s the gift that keeps giving.” There’s still a long way to go to realize Ruidoso’s true potential, but Thurston said things have been moving much faster than anticipated. “If you talk to the professionals and people in the business, they’ll tell you it’s moving faster than most projects,” Thurston said. “The village and Forest Service have been extremely supportive. We’ve got in-kind service from Eco-Servants, Lodger’s Tax funds to help make the project complete. It’s been a five-year push to get where we’re at, and I only see it getting better.”

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The Bike Shop team of Ruidoso riders that competed in the Tour de Ocho Millas on Sept. 14. Several more local riders are expected to compete in this weekend’s Tour de Ruidoso. turnaround at Highway 48. There’s also a 100K run for those in between. The Tour’s popularity is part of a larger push to make Ruidoso and Lincoln County more of a destination for bikes, hikes and all sorts of outdoor activities one would think a town like Ruidoso would be a natural for. “The response to the new trails is incredible,” said Thur-

Early goals don’t stave off disappointing loss By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Halfway through the first half of Ruidoso’s boys soccer game against Deming Saturday, the Warriors had a 2-0 lead. That lead didn’t hold. The Wildcat offense got a lot more robust by the end of the half, taking a 3-2 lead into halftime and eventually running away with a 6-2 victory. “In the second half, we were never really in it,” said Ruidoso coach Aaron Romero. “We laid down and died today after they got a couple of goals. We’re playing with a lack of confidence, that’s what it boils down to.” The Warriors (5-5, 0-1) capped off a rough week that also saw them lose to Cen-

tennial and District 3-1A/3A opponent New Mexico Military Institute. The NMMI loss – a 2-1 decision on Thursday – was likely the more disappointing simply because it was a district contest, but the Deming game was its own brand of frustrating. Ruidoso forward Ernesto Ibarra started off the scoring parade with a penalty kick in the third minute. Goal keeper Federico Montellano deflected it, but the ball hit off the cross bar and still crossed the line for the score. Luis Leyva later scored from the left side in the 13th minute to make it 2-0. The Warriors then found maintaining a lead can be just as difficult as coming from behind.

“It’s something I’m unaccustomed to. In the past we’ve trailed almost every game,” Romero said. “Now we start quickly, and it’s just as challenging. We need to string together some consistency.” After a few scoring chances for the Warriors came up empty, and after a few close calls for Ruidoso goal keeper Raul Tello, the Wildcats finally got the ball into the net in the 32nd minute off the foot of Heracio Martinez. That lit a fire under Deming, which was now pressing into the Warrior side of the field much more effectively. The Wildcats tied it up in the 35th minute on a goal by Adrian Caraza and took the lead just before halftime on a penalty kick from Oscar Chavira.


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Ruidoso’s Ernesto Ibarra opened up the scoring against Deming on Saturday with this penalty kick.


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Ruidoso Free Press

September 25, 2013


Capitan can’t beat Gateway a second time Lady Tigers also fall to Dexter

“We just didn’t play very well today,” said Capitan coach Jessica Becker. “I don’t know. I think we’re tired. We’ve been working very hard in practice.” “(It looked like) slow motion,” said Gateway coach Keri Pirtle. “I don’t know if it’s the weather, or the girls are still drained.” Both teams came off competitive tournaments over the weekend, which could have been a reason for the somewhat lackadaisical play. Game 1 went back and forth early, but the Lady Tigers (3-5) slowly pulled out to a 14-6 lead on some aces by Maria Villegas and Tenya Montoya and kills by Torri Trapp. But then Gateway began coming back, taking advantage of Capitan mistakes and holding the Lady Tigers to only one more offensive point – an ace by Kayla Padilla. Lady Warrior Emma Kieninger tied the game at 15-15 with an ace then the score was tied at 16- and 17-all before GCS pulled away for the win. Game 2 was very similar, as Capitan pulled ahead big, going up 14-7 before Gateway began fighting back. The Lady Warriors went on a 9-1 run, tying the game at 15-all then going up 16-15 before a good block by the Capitan front row tied it back up. After that, the teams went back and forth through 19all, when the Lady Tigers finally Karen Boehler/Ruidoso Free Press took the lead for good. Capitan Lady Tiger Tenya Montoya sets the ball A GCS mistake put Capiduring Game 1 of Tuesday’s match vs. Gateway tan back on top, then two good Christian in Roswell. hits by Robbie Lee Robertson By Karen Boehler and Todd Fuqua For the Ruidoso Free Press ROSWELL – After narrowly winning a five-game match vs. Gateway at home to open the volleyball season, Capitan and the Lady Warriors had another close match Sept. 17 in Roswell. But this time, Gateway came out on top, winning 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 26-24. Come Thursday, the Lady Tigers had lost a three-game match to Dexter, 25-11, 25-21, 25-16. The Gateway Christian contest was a match neither team seemed to want to win, as neither squad could hold a lead and neither squad looked very sharp.

’Zozo netters remain unbeaten By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Carrizozo didn’t struggle too much in their 3-game victory over Cloudcroft on Thursday, at least according to Lady Grizzly coach Pam Allen. “Our kids played well, even though we were short (starting setter) Shayna Gallacher,” Allen said of Carrizozo’s 25-11, 25-15, 25-14 victory. “Her sister Keristie stepped in there

and did a spectacular job for us.” Shayna is off to Albuquerque for the State Fair as a member of FFA, a regular occurrence at this time of year. With Kristie stepping in at the varsity level, there were junior varsity players that also had to step into the position in a best-of-three game victory. Carrizozo (9-0) is in the middle of another long layoff before competing in this year’s Capitan Classic

starting Sept. 27. It’s a tournament that features some of the best small school teams in the state, including Tatum – the defending Class 1A state champions, defending Class B champion Elida and Fort Sumner. “We’ll be fine tuning a little bit on the things we saw from one match to the next,” Allen said. “The more often you play teams that are really tough (like Tatum or Elida) the better you’ll be.”

Hondo pulls out win over Mescalero By Todd Fuqua Sports Editor Two games into the Hondo Lady Eagles’ volleyball match on Thursday, it looked as though they were going down in defeat again. The Lady Eagles lost the first two games to Mescalero 28-26, 25-16, and coach Dwayne Morris could feel his frustration growing. “We were winning that first game, but then were out of rotation near the end and ended up losing,” Morris said. “The girls weren’t talking or covering. It was just mental errors.”

After what Morris termed a “pep talk,” the Lady Eagles got their act together and won the final three games 25-22, 25-21, 15-4 to escape with a five-game victory. It was a good end to the week, as Hondo (2-6) opened the week with a 25-23, 19-25l 25-14, 25-23 loss to New Mexico Military Institute on Sept. 17. “Those were real close games, and we should have beat them,” Morris said. “We did real well, we just had some hitting errors. I was actually pleased with that match.” Mescalero (0-7) fell to Dexter in three on Monday, and is at Hondo again this Thursday before playing in the Capitan Classic.

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stretched the lead to 22-19. A long volley ended in a Lady Tiger hitting error, but three mistakes by Gateway have Capitan the Game 2 win. The momentum continued to swing in Game 3, with the Lady Tigers starting out with a 9-2 lead; GCS tying it at 10-10 then going up 14-11. Capitan pulled within one on some solid serving by Richardson, but another hitting error sent the ball back to the Lady Warriors, with Charlie Longmire serving the final four points and Jordan Menagh getting the win with a kill. Game 4 was the closest, as neither side could get any early lead. The game was tied on almost every point Karen Boehler/Ruidoso Free Press from 2-2 through 17-all, Capitan hitter Torri Trapp goes up high for the kill when Longmire went on during Game 2 against Gateway Christian in Roswell a five-point run to make it on Tuesday. 22-17. Gateway got to game point, but the Lady Tigers Becker’s goal has been to add a new got the ball back on a tip, then Richardson wrinkle in the Lady Tigers’ play with each match, meaning they may not be winning a had the rowdy Capitan fans on their feet as lot, just trying to get better by the time Disshe served four straight, tying the game at trict 7-1A play starts. 24-24. But they couldn’t get any further, “We’ll still be learning, because I was giving up the final two points to the Lady starting all over with this team from the Warriors. beginning of the year,” Becker said. “It just Getting better takes time.” Capitan hosts its home Capitan Classic The fact that Capitan is only 3-5 after starting this Friday. It’s traditionally one of a three-game sweep to Dexter on Thursday the strongest small-school fields in the state isn’t all that big a concern for Becker. and has served as a preview of the Class 1A The Lady Tigers are getting better, and and B state tournaments with schools like that’s all that matters. Tatum, Elida, Fort Sumner and Carrizozo in “We put in a whole new defense, and Dexter was the first test of that,” Becker said. the mix. “We’re always excited to host this tour“This wasn’t a district match, so I wasn’t nament,” Becker said. “This will be a good worried about that. It was a struggle, but tournament and a good test of our team.” we’re getting better.”

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Rangers gain on second Wild Card By T.R. Sullivan ARLINGTON – The Rangers still need help and didn’t get it on Monday. Instead, they had to be satisfied taking care of their own business against the struggling Astros. With the victory, the Rangers remain two games behind Tampa Bay in the Wild Card race after the Rays rallied to beat the Orioles earlier in the day. But they did pick up a half-game on the idle Indians and are one game behind them with six to play. “The good thing is we won,” said Alex Rios, who hit for the cycle on Monday. “It doesn’t do any good looking at what’s happening around us. We know what’s in front of us. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re still optimistic.”



Ruidoso Free Press

By Corey Bard

Will Smith portrayed Chris Gardner in the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness” about Gardner’s rise from homelessness to becoming a successful stockbroker. Chris Gardner was first written about in Dan Rather’s book ‘The American Dream’ which defines the American Dream in so many ways experienced so differently by so many people. To some, it is like the founders of the United States, looking for religious freedom fleeing persecution in their homeland. For others, it is pursuing financial freedom – finally having enough money to do what they had always hoped to do. Still others abandon the rat race of chasing material wealth for more simplified living and a stress-free existence. Dan Rather came from Texas and became one of the most recognizable people hosting the evening nightly news. He can identify with some of the people in his book who were able to use their sudden fame and recognition to help and be of service to others. He has put together a fascinating collection of people that offers hope to all of us. It is still possible to come from any corner of

the world and make a life for yourself. It is still possible to set goals and work hard and achieve them. There are still people who aspire to serving their country or helping others and put other people before themselves. There are still people who achieved what they did because they had the support and encouragement of family. Families can still be the building block from which the rest of life rises from. Families and interacting in your community. “The American Dream” is already dated. It was published in 2001, yet the stories still ring true and deliver some pride in the good old USA. I know I would rather have been born here. We are all lucky not to live in country destroyed by war. We are lucky to live in the strongest military power in the world which has kept our home relatively safe. I feel fortunate there are people who want to be soldiers and are better suited for that role than myself. I wish everyone had the ability to realize their potential, discover their talents and live out a life free to pursue their interests that do no harm to others. ‘You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will live as one.’ — “Imagine,” John Lennon

Nominate a family for the 2013 NM Healthy Families Award Do you know a family with good communication skills, strong family values and stability within their home? Significant research shows the importance of healthy families on a healthy society, and the New Mexico Coalition for Healthy Families (NMCHF) will honor these families at its annual award banquet. To nominate a family for the 2013 New Mexico Healthy Families Award, fill out the nomination form at and mail it to NMCHF P.O. Box 26755, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Entries must be received by Oct. 1. Nominations are now being accepted. NMCHF will recognize and honor all of the nominated families at the banquet. These healthy families show commitment and dedication to the well being of their children and their community. Which family in your community would you like to nominate? The second annual award celebration will take place on Nov. 4, bringing families together for fun, good food and an opportunity to recognize these special families from across the state of New Mexico.

September 25, 2013

Forest health speaker series begins in October A monthly speaker series featuring experts in forest health is scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month, beginning Oct. 1. The talks run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at ENMU-Ruidoso in Room 103. A collaborative effort among Smokey Bear Ranger District (USFS), NM State Forestry, Village of Ruidoso Forestry, Lincoln County, SCMRC & DC, Mescalero/ BIA, LBFRC, ENMU-Ruidoso Community Education and private citizens, the series will also include a Forest Health Expo to be held in the spring of 2014. The goal of the speaker series and Expo is to inform area residents in important aspects of living in a WUI, or Wildland Urban Interface. As more people move into undeveloped areas, homes are being built on land ripe for wildland fires. Many factors determine a WUI, including the type and amount of vegetation, building materials used in homes, weather patterns, hydrology, topography and access. The Little Bear Fire is a tragic reminder of how quickly a fire can spread in our forest and the long-lasting effects such an event has on a community. Unfortunately, this type of fire is not likely to be the last such catastrophic event. The organizers hope that by addressing a variety of topics about the WUI that full- and part-time residents may be better informed and prepared for future disasters. The title for the Oct. 1 talk is “What’s Buggin’ Your Trees?” presented by Sharon Paul, forestry program manager and certified Silviculturist, with the Lincoln National Forest.

This presentation will cover insects that are active in the forest, and a discussion of factors leading to why us, why now starting with landscape scale and narrowing to backyard scale. Paul will also explain how to identify different types of insects, their life cycles, the damage they cause and any preventative measures that can be taken. Healthy trees have the ability to repel these insects with sap, but stressed trees lose their ability to protect themselves naturally. This talk addresses this very real and local problem. The second session will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5, again at 6 p.m. at ENMU-Ruidoso. Frank Silva, timber manager Capitan District of NM State Forestry, will moderate a discussion titled “What a Healthy Forest Looks Like.” Future sessions will include timber harvesting on the Lincoln Forest, prescribed burning (how and why), updates on Smokey Bear District Restoration projects, wildlife interaction, watershed preservation and post-fire flooding. This speaker series will continue into 2014 and are free and open to the public. Food and door prizes will be offered. Seating is limited, so online registration is encouraged. A webpage for the Forest Health Speaker Series is part of the ENMU-Ruidoso website and may be found by clicking on “Community” and then clicking on the link under “Community Education.” For more information on the talks, the series or the Forest Health Expo, please call ENMU-Ruidoso Community Education at 257-3012.

September ENMU-Ruidoso community education classes Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be an Arrow Head Copper and Silver Pendant with Cabochon Stone- beginning class. Texturing metal, setting a cabochon stone with bezel wire and finishing metal and making a bail out of textured metal will be covered. Students will walk away with an arrow head pendant that is sure to be the talk of your friends. The class is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring a lunch. There is a $95 fee. On Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, Cindy Carl will

from 2 to 5 p.m. There is a $95 fee. For more information on these or any Community Education class, please call us at 257-3012. Registration is available over the phone or by coming in to Room 213 at the campus.

be holding Creative Writing classes. This is for people who feel like exploring their creative talent but feel that they do not have the skills to stand by famous authors. There are no test or textbooks, all a student needs is an imagination and a willingness to express how they feel. There is a $55 fee. tightly to keep it from blowing open. A In the beginning of the monsoon seaJanet Alexander’s small audience watched from the winson, we had rains and the clouds broke last class this month dow. All at once, in a very quiet voice, and we had sunshine. To young children will be Sept. 29 and is Casey whispered, “What is it?” Then this is acceptable. But when it rains and called Beginning Metal Bryce asked, “Who is it?” Casey whisit rains and it rains they tend to get a little Clay Earrings Embedpered again, “What is it?” Alice who had rowdy. ding Wire. Students will been following closely the progress of With the rain a myriad of unusual tenure and color, using our questionable personage said, “It’s a creatures have appeared. One of which an alcohol ink, for the rain witch.” was a 1,000-legged worm. Camden found center of their very own Bryce was quick to respond, “I don’t him and brought him to me to identify earrings. The class lasts like witches.” Casey being more practiand assure him it wasn’t poisonous. It cal pushed Alice, “How do you know it’s was about an inch and a half long and he a witch?” let it crawl up his arm. He was fascinated to these Not to be deterred Alice explained, along with all his friends. He was very “Didn’t you see her fingernails? They businesses for supporting protective of “his” bug. When it was time Nisha Hoffman were each a different color. She can run to go inside they walked to the grass to Newspapers in Education: her fingers across the sky and make a leave Camden’s bug. Then things got rainbow.” Then this comment came from the rescue very quiet. Everyone was looking at the ground. After I heroes area, “My dad says there are a lot of witches in asked what was going on it got very still. Then a small California.” voice said, “Ms. Nisha, Camden pulled his bug apart During one of the breaks in the storms I took my in the middle!” And a smaller voice stated, “It was my kids out to the playground and noticed something bug.” smelled really bad. Careful investigation by my team The rain was coming down hard and fast. It was of experts identified the outside trash can which had difficult to see. Something was coming down the street a good deal of yucky water in it. We threw out the with a shuffling gait. Slightly stooped at the shoulders, Their contribution trash and emptied the water but the smell remained. the only thing really visible were the shoes, dark black, allows students at A day later we were making our way to the building clunkie and boots. It was covered all in black. It had a elementary, middle black trash bag with the bottom cut out tied at its’ waist portico for some protected outside time. I commented that something still smelled. Tyler spoke right up, “Of making a skirt. Another trash bag had been cut up the and high schools course, Ms. Nisha, I just farted.” side forming a hood and cape effect. This was clutched

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Ruidoso Free Press

September 25, 2013

Holloman F-22 fleet consolidation delayed

By Capt. Erin Dorrance 49th Wing Public Affairs Editor’s Note: This article is the fourth in a series of four articles featuring the F-22 Raptors at Holloman Air Force Base. HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE — The 7th Fighter Squadron, which flies Holloman’s 24 F-22 Raptors, was supposed to move its hundreds of F-22 support personnel and aircraft to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., in the spring of 2013 to comply with the Air Force’s F-22 fleet consolidation plan, but that never happened. Congress enacted a freeze on U.S. Air Force structure changes, including aircraft transfers. As a replacement for the F-22, Holloman was supposed to receive two F-16 training squadrons from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., but this move was also postponed due to the congressional freeze. “Let me emphasize that although this mission change has been delayed, it has not been canceled,” Col. Andrew Croft, 49th Wing commander said. “We are actively preparing for the arrival of the F-16s, and, in the meantime, F-22s will continue to fly at Holloman and remain ready for worldwide deployment anytime, anywhere.” And that is exactly what the F-22s have been doing. In fact, the 7th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Southwest Asia in January. Since they have been back at home station, the

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squadron has been taking advantage of unique training opportunities made available by the expansive White Sands Missile Range which borders Holloman Air Force Base, and includes approximately 3,200 square miles in parts of five counties in southern New Mexico, according to the U.S. Army. “Some of our pilots get to fly three to five times a week,” said Lt. Col. Shawn “Rage” Anger, 7th FS commander. “But we have been affected by sequestration, and will have less flying hours throughout the remaining year. All of our pilots will remain qualified, but they won’t be as proficient with fewer hours in the jet.” As training continues for the 7th FS, the squadron is


also preparing to start moving people to Tyndall as early as October of 2013. F-22 aircraft may transition as early as January of 2014, said Colonel Anger. “Our goal is to take 60 to 70 percent of our current squadron to Tyndall so that we can start flying operations as quickly as possible,” he said. “The remainder of the squadron will PCS (permanent change of station) to various assignments as part of the natural flow of the assignment system.” The 7th Fighter Squadron name will remain at Holloman Air Force Base, and the squadron is scheduled to be renamed the 95th Fighter Squadron, a historical squadron within Tyndall’s history. As Holloman prepares to lose the F-22 Raptors, the base has been gearing up to become a training base for F-16 aircraft, which are expected to be in use for at least another 20 years, and are currently the aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Holloman will receive 56 F-16s in their aircraft inventory by October of 2015, with the first two aircraft arriving in April of 2014, said Col. Rodney Petithomme, 56th Fighter Wing Detachment 1 commander. The F-16s will accompany the unmanned aerial vehicle schoolhouses already in place at Holloman. All MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators come to Holloman to receive their training before proceeding to their operational duty assignments.

Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 Things to do every day Ruidoso River Museum - Open at 101 Mechem Drive. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thurs. - Mon. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Simulcast Horse Racing at Billy the Kid’s Race Book at Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino. Simulcast races are shown live from across the country and betting windows are open to place your wager. Billy’s Race Book also serves delicious food and has a full bar. If you love horse racing, it is the place to go. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 Pre-school Story Time, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10:30 a.m. This week: Meet two firemen and make flame headbands. 575-2583704. Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, Club 49, Inn of the Mountain Gods, 7 p.m. Professional comedians will perform live every Wednesday night. $5 admission. Must be 21 or older to attend. 575-464-7028. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26 Tiny Tots Program, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. For infants and children through 3 years old. Programs can include: stories, dance, music, free play and sometimes a craft. Mark Kashmar, country blues, Café Rio, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Get Grounded in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s, Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth Drive, 6 - 9 p.m. Food, drink and silent auction. This is a fundraiser and all proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association for research, care and support programs. 575-937-0596. Karaoke with DJ Pete Cree Meadows Lounge, 6 - 11 p.m. All-you-can-eat taco bar from 6 9 p.m. Open to the public. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27 Appliance/Tire Disposal Event, All American Park in Ruidoso Downs and Lawrence Brothers IGA parking lot in Rui-

Flying J Chuckwagon Supper and Show, Hwy 48 north of Ruidoso. Now open Saturdays only through Oct. 12; gates open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and show is $27 for adults; $15 for children 4-12. www.� for more information. Smokey Bear Park is open in Capitan, located on Highway 380. Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s day. $2 for adults, $1 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free. Smokey Bear Historical Park is operated by EMNRD-Forestry Division. Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, just east of the racetrack. The �irst

doso, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For LC and Mescalero residents; free drop off recycling for old major appliances and discarded tires, coordinated by Greentree Solid Waste. Furnaces, hot water heaters, dryers, washing machines, refrigerators, stoves and freezers will be accepted. Passenger vehicle, SUV and light truck tires with less than 17” rim diameters will also be accepted. No heavy equipment, tractor or large semi-truck tires will be accepted. 575-378-4697. Free. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Rascal Fair, White Oaks Community Market open every Friday 4 p.m. to dusk. Located just east of No Scum Allowed Saloon in White Oaks. Local, organic fruit and produce, fresh eggs, plants and seeds, hot weekly favorites at the Goldrush Grill, baked goods, pottery, woodwork, handmade soaps, baskets, jewelry and metalsmithing from local artisans. Pan for gold and sip free coffee by the campfire. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 - 10 p.m. Terry Bullard Band performs at Cree Meadows Country Club, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday night fish fry. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Open Mic Night, Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth in the Boulder Plaza, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Hosted by Tradd Tidwell. 575-2572273; Free. Michael Beyer performs old-

er songs and jazz at Kokopelli Country Club in Alto from 7 - 10 p.m. Karaoke at The Elks Lodge on Highway 70, next to the Ruidoso Emporium, at 7 p.m. Bret Michaels, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 8 - 10 p.m. Lead singer of Poison – one the most important bands in rock and roll, Poison sold 25 million albums and had 15 top 40 hits, including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Unskinny Bop” and many more. 575-464-7777; Ulysses, Rock, Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 Garage Sale, White Mountain Elementary Parking Lot, 203 White Mountain Dr., 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Buy a space for $10 and keep all of your sales. A great opportunity to clean out closets. A pick up service for charity is available for any unwanted items. Help support the school and the community. 575-9379766. 7th Annual Tour de Ruidoso, start and finish at the Lodge at Sierra Blanca, start is 8:10 a.m. Fundraising event to benefit a variety of local not-for-profit organizations. Century, 100 K, Nearly Flat 20 miler, and new this year a 42 mile option. The after party will be at the hotel after the ride.!__tour-de-ruidosocentury-ride. $40 for Century and 100k, $25 for Nearly Flat 20 miler; $10 late registration fee. Robin Jones Memorial Optimist Club Scholarship Golf Scramble, Cree Meadows Coun-

New Mexico museum to be granted “af�iliate” status with the Smithsonian Institution. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $6 for adults with discounts available for seniors, military and youth. Visit www.hubbardmuseum. org or call 575-378-4142. ALBUM: Mid-20th Century Photographs by Carmon Philips of the People and Places of Lincoln County exhibit opens at the Hubbard Museum of the American West. 26301 Hwy 70 West, Ruidoso Downs, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. 575-3784142; Cree Meadows is open to the public and try Club, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Help the Optimist Club raise money for scholarships and other programs for the children of Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Shotgun start. Raffle for more than $1,500 in cash prizes. Tickets are $5 each. The drawing will be held during the golf tournament. Need not be present to win. 915588-2487. Cost $80 per player including green fees, cart, lunch, prizes for everyone or $280 for a four-person team. Susan Kolb performs at Tina’s Cafe, dinner reservations recommended. 257-8930. Mike Sanjku performs in Wendell’s Restaurant at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 5 - 10 p.m. Mark Remington performs at the Swiss Chalet Inn, Mechem Dr., 6 p.m. Free movie “Blood Simple,” Sacred Grounds, 2825 Sudderth Dr., 6:30 - 9 p.m. Ethan and Joel Cohen’s first feature film. Not for the squeamish – a classic art-house movie of the 80s. The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance), and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client, and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. Not a movie for all tastes nor for all ages. 575-257-2273. The Eliminators perform at Casa Blanca Restaurant, 7 - 9 p.m. Michael Beyer performs older songs and jazz at Kokopelli Country Club in Alto

invites all non-members to join the family and share the fun without membership. Cree offers golf with a view; Sierra Blanca view dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner; entertainment on Thursday nights: DJ Pete Karaoke and Friday nights: the Terry Bullard Band. The “19th Hole” bar and lounge offers libation at best prices in town and a dramatic Sierra Blanca view. Schedule weddings or meetings in the “North 40” banquet facility. Call 575-257-5815 for information about participating in a classic hometown Country Club where everyone can enjoy the atmosphere and services without membership.

from 7 - 10 p.m. Ulysses, Rock, Club 49 at Inn of the Mountain Gods, 8 p.m. The New Riversong Ramblers, 2710 Sudderth Dr., 8 - 10 p.m. Featuring Bart Trotter and Mark Remington. 575-257-7932; Tickets are $20. Military personnel, $16. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29 Sierra Blanca Christian Academy Annual Gospel Sing, Flying J Ranch, Highway 48 N., 5 - 8 p.m. An annual fundraiser for SBCA. Enjoy light refreshments and old-fashioned gospel songs. There will also be an auction for desserts. 575-630-0144; http:// Free. Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 30 Live music at WPS in Midtown Ruidoso, 8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. TUESDAY OCTOBER 1 Fall Cattle Drive, The Felix Canyon Ranch, Flying H, New Mexico, Oct. 1 - 3. Felix Canyon has teemed up with Troy Haviland of Arizona to help give participants a real-life experience of the day-to-day work of the cowboy. Horses will be provided as well as accommodations and food. Space limited – Reserve today. 866-323-3111; http://www.ranchlinehunting. com/leisure. 37th Annual Chuckwagons of the West Jamboree, Flying J Ranch, Highway 48 N., Alto, Oct. 1 and 2. Join the Flying J Wranglers in welcoming Wrangler

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News from around the state SEPTEMBER 19 District moving toward bond election

LOVINGTON — The school district here has signed an agreement with an Albuquerque architectural firm to work with the district if voters pass a $35 million bond issue at a special election in November. “No dollars are involved,” Lovington School District maintenance superintendent Bill Lewis said of the agreement, “unless of course the bond passes.” Lewis said the firm, Design Group, has experience in the bond process. The school has put out a request for proposals for a construction manager and will receive the proposals by October 10. “We are supposed to have a construction manager in place before the bond passes,” said Lewis. “Then once the bond passes, we would have all parties for the team involved and ready to hit the ground making decisions.” If the bond passes, the school district, architect, and construction manager would sit down and prioritize the projects and how break them down into bid packages. The school district is bursting at the seams. The student population has grown 27 percent in the last the years, ballooning from 2,863 in 2003 to 3,665 last week. — Lovington Leader

Police car clips vehicle, hits pole

ROSWELL — After clipping a trailer, a police officer turned his unit away from other traffic and collided with a pole instead, according to police. The driver of the truck said he was driving east on a city street Sept. 19 and was waiting to turning left into a restaurant parking lot when he heard a bang and saw the police car attempting to pass before making a hard right to avoid a collision with western traffic. According to police, the officer clipped the trailer then hit the pole to avoid hitting any other vehicles. There were no injuries and citations were pending. — Roswell Daily Record

Commission OKs biofuel bond plan

ROSWELL — County Commissioners have approved a plan for an innovative biogas company to begin processing cow manure into usable fuel. The plan would collect Chaves County dairy waste and send it out of town through a pipeline. “These individuals would be benefitting Chaves County by taking our manure and processing it, and sending it into the pipeline,” said County Manager Stanton Riggs. “It’s a very important project to Chaves County, not only to the dairies. We think it’s a win, win.” Commissioners approved a resolution that allows the company to go out for the $20 million bond. By taking the action, the county will defer taxes on the property. However, in lieu of taxes, the company, AGPower, will pay an equal amount of taxes to public entities. AGPower will also hold the county harmless with the bond payments. With the help of $20 million in bond revenues, the project will be located near the Three Amigos Dairy. — Roswell Daily Record

Evidence challenged in cruelty case

FORT SUMNER — A De Baca County ranch owner challenged evidence that led to a seizure in May of more than 1,700 head of his cattle by the state and the filing of 25

counts of animal cruelty against him. Richard Herbert “Dick” Evans, 69, appeared before Judge Buddy Hall in De Baca County Magistrate Court on Sept. 11 to present a Motion for A Definite Statement of Facts. Ken Wilson of Roswell is his defense attorney. Also known as a Bill of Particulars, the Definite Statement of Facts is a detailed, formal, written statement of charges by the prosecutor given upon the defendant’s formal request. Through his attorney, Evans sought to have 10th District Attorney Tim Rose identify “precisely” which 25 head of the 1,700-head herd were malnourished and subsequently led to the charges against him. “The vague and uncertain identification ... prohibits the defense from preparing to meet the state’s charges,” the motion states. “The defendant cannot prove that 25 cows were not malnourished because he is not told what cows were malnourished. ... Surely it is not asking for too much detail to know which 25 cows out of 1,700 have been allegedly cruelly mistreated.” Rose provided a packet of color photos of cattle he said were taken during the service of a search warrant on the Double V May 14. The 25 photos were part of more than 500 photos taken in various locations on the 200-section ranch. More than 60 carcasses in various stages of decomposition were photographed, as were a large number of cows and calves in “extremely poor condition.” Stating, “these photos are a joke!” Wilson argued that at least two of the photos presented by Rose were of the same cow. He also argued that the state had failed to identify the cattle through ear tags or marks and said, “the state is guilty of a gross formation of evidence.” — De Baca County News

Open government group files suit for audit

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) has filed a lawsuit seeking release of the Behavioral Health Audit report, which the state Human Services Department relied upon in halting Medicaid payments to 15 health care providers in the state. The lawsuit, filed under the state Inspection of Public Records Act, asks the state district court in Santa Fe to require records custodians from the office of the Attorney General and Human Services Department to produce unredacted copies of the audit report or to produce information sufficient to justify the redactions. Both the Attorney General and Human Services Department have previously refused FOG’s request for the report, providing only a heavily redacted version, according to a press release. “The audit report was significant enough to cause HSD to suspend Medicaid payments to 15 behavioral health providers in New Mexico,” said Gregory P. Williams, an officer of FOG, in the press release. — The Taos News

SEPTEMBER 18 Village still can’t find missing water

EDGEWOOD — Tijeras officials reported decreased water use in August as they continue to investigate possible leaks in their water system. Mayor Gloria Chavez and Deputy Clerk Diane Klaus said after a recent meeting that water usage in August was about 1 million gallons versus about 1.2 million in July. Roughly 22.5 percent of the water usage in August was unaccounted for, they said. This figure also represented a decrease from July’s percentage, they said. — The Independent, Edgewood

New Mexico in state of disaster

CLAYTON — On Sept. 13, Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order declaring an emergency due to the floods cased by heavy rains in the past days. The declaration covered the entire state of New Mexico and made funding available to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist local communities in recovery efforts. Through the executive order, the governor directed state government to “ensure the well-being of everyone affected by these heavy storms.” — Union County Leader

USDA gives support to biofuels projects

CLAYTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making nearly $15.5 million in payments to 188 producers through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, including two in New Mexico. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstock include but are not limited to crop residue; animal, food and yard waste; vegetable oil; and animal fat. In New Mexico, Mount Taylor Machine in Milan was funded $861 for the

creation of wood stove pellets from waste wood, which Rio Valley Biofuels of Anthony is receiving $1,951 for creating biofuel used from vegetable oil. — Union County Leader

SEPTEMBER 17 Driver who caused wreck runs from scene

LOVINGTON — Two people were killed recently when a pickup traveling 70 mph through a residential area ran a stop sign and t-boned another vehicle. The driver of the pickup fled the scene on foot, leaving the injured driver and dead passengers at the scene. Police are still trying to confirm the identity of the driver of the dark brown Ford F-150 that caused the accident. The pickup’s owner denied driving the vehicle, saying it was stolen on the night of the accident. According to Lovington Police investigators, the pickup was traveling north and entered the intersection at 70 mph when it hit a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Omar Alfredo Hisnojos, 22, of Lovington, who was traveling east on Jefferson Street. The impact tore the passenger-side doors off the Silverado and ejected the two passengers, Manuel Garcia Favela, 19, and his sister, Carina Celene Favela, 21, of Odessa, Texas, when it flipped onto its top and skidded down the street before flipping back onto its wheels with Hisnojos pinned inside. The Favelas were dead at the scene. The Ford F-150 continued north, snapping a telephone pole and plowing into the Cornerstone Ministries building on the northeast corner of Jefferson and 1st Street. The front end of the pickup peeled back into the cab. Witnesses at the scene say a Hispanic male in a plaid shirt fled the scene on foot heading north. — Lovington Leader

Health service transfers clients to Arizona

SILVER CITY — Border Area Mental Health Services Inc. has transferred all of its clients in southwestern New Mexico to La Frontera Mental Health Agency in Tucson, Ariz. According to a news release, at least a dozen other New Mexico community mental health centers have also been forced to transition their clients and services to either La Frontera or four other Arizona agencies that were designated by the state’s Human Services Department to assume operations of these clinics. The takeover was mandated by the Human Services Department after a state-contracted auditing firm alleged it had found multiple violations of Medicaid funding reimbursements by these New Mexico mental health centers. — Silver City Daily Press

Hospital CEO explains layoffs

TAOS — Holy Cross Hospital administrators sought to address concerns about the elimination of 44 jobs at the facility at a community forum Sept. 18. “Health care is changing and we can’t be the same Holy Cross we used to be,” CEO Peter Hofstetter told a sparse morning audience comprised largely of hospital board members and officials. The nonprofit is grappling with an uncertain financial future as the state and federal governments change the way they fund health care, the CEO said.

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Federal payments to the hospital had declined by more than $15.3 million over the previous three years, according to Hofstetter. Cuts totaling $5.1 million by Holy Cross did not bridge the gap, he added, stressing the organization would have to examine a variety of options in addressing its changing economic circumstances. The number of inpatients served by the hospital has also declined. Holy Cross admitted 5,589 inpatients in fiscal 2011 compared to 4,707 in 2013. The number of outpatients increased, meanwhile, from 72,615 in 2011 to 78,546 in 2013. — The Taos News

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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. Don’t forget to check out our website:

Soccer balls Copyright © 2013 Jay McKittrick …And soccer balls... It ain’t make no sense! I’m just a soccer dad, but whatever happened to good ol’ fashioned black and white checkered soccer balls? Do they still make ‘em anymore, or have they gone the way of orange slices, a banana and water for snack? I saw a ball on the field this morning that sparkled like the paint job on a bass boat; another that looked like a Rorschach test; and another that I thought was on fire. I almost poured my kids blue Gatorade on the thing to put it out. And, what’s with all the ultra-bright colors? With the exception of golf balls and tennis balls, you don’t see neon footballs,

fluorescent basket balls or glow in the dark baseballs. Did some bureaucrat decide that black and white checkered soccer balls aren’t safe for our kids to play with anymore? Is this new and improved hot pink soccer ball movement about protecting the children? “Let’s fund it and fix it – if it saves just one child from getting hit in the head, (etc. etc. blah. blah. blah.) then it justifies the expenditure!” And have you noticed all the abstract shapes and logos on soccer balls these days? Are soccer ball designers influenced by the crop circle phenomenon, or are they just trying to teach our kids sacred geometry and good sportsmanship at the same time?

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My kid’s game ball this morning that looked like it was from another world. It had some kind of wormhole painted on it, and the surface of the thing resembled polished titanium. It wouldn’t have surprised me if the thing created a trans-dimensional vortex when it flew into the goal. Yep! Soccer balls – It ain’t make no sense! – but neither does candy, cookies and Coke during half time.

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September 25, 2013


Have you ever thought of your life as a puzzle? Each situation is like a puzzle piece as you build the picture of your life. But for some, no matter how hard you try, the pieces just don’t seem to fit together. The problem isn’t the pieces my friend. The problem is the picture. The biggest tragedy of the church is that we have bought into the most sinister lie of them all. We have let the enemy convince us that the puzzle pieces of our life are supposed to paint a picture of us struggling to make ourselves clean and free from sin. We falsely believe that as we focus all of our energy and determination on fighting against the sin in our lives that we slowly produce a picture of what God desires us to be. Then, as we look at the facades of those around us, we “think” we see others who are further along in their puzzle building efforts. So we try even harder. But deep in our heart of hearts, if we were to be absolutely honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that despite all of our efforts, our puzzle is really just a bunch of pieces that we have forced into the wrong place as we try to build the wrong picture. And many of us end up tired, frustrated and even depressed spiritually. Oh we may paint on a good face, but as Jesus said, “Inside we are a bunch of dead men’s

bones.” But the real picture is one of Jesus Himself in all of His glory and righteousPhil Appel ness. We are free and clean already by simply putting our trust in Him. Get that straight and the pieces start to fit together beautifully. You see, Jesus created you to be a masterpiece, not a pencil sketch. He created you to be a page turner novel, not a vacuum cleaner reference manual. He wrote into each day of your life a beautiful, powerful verse of poetry with meaning waiting to be explored. Please don’t sell His joy short. Let today be a personal revolution! It’s time to overthrow that old dictator named Shame. It’s time to break those shackles once and forever! Jesus died to set you free from sin and condemnation. Accept His grace by trusting in His righteousness and you will never be the same again!


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Cooper Barnett, 54, of Ruidoso passed away Sunday, Sept. 22 at his home. He was born March 11, 1959 in Carrizozo and had lived off and on in Lincoln County all of his life. He is survived by his daughter, Grace Crawford and granddaughter Nora of Atlanta; son, Ethan Barnett of San Antonio, Texas; mother, Jo Ann Barnett of Ruidoso; father and stepmother Tom C. Barnett of Rita of Cocoa, Fla.; brother, Scott Bar-

nett of New York City; two nieces, Crystal Campbell of Ruidoso and Nikki Christian of Baltimore; and nephew, Shane Barnett of Alto. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gail Campbell. A celebration of his life will be at Dream Catchers on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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ANGLICAN Mescalero Family Worship Center Gary Dorsey, Pastor; 464-4741 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Carrizozo Community Church (AlG) Barbara Bradley, Pastor. Corner of C Ave. & Thirteenth One Church Pastor Todd Carter. 139 El Paso Road, Ruidoso. 257-2324. BAPTIST Canaan Trail Baptist Roland Burnett, Pastor; Located just past milepost 14 on Hwy. 48, between Angus & Capitan. 336-1979 First Baptist Church - Carrizozo 314 Tenth Ave., Carrizozo. 648-2968; Hayden Smith, Pastor First Baptist Church - Ruidoso 270 Country Club Drive, Ruidoso,NM 88345. 2572081; Dr. Alan Stoddard, Pastor First Baptist Church - Ruidoso Downs 361 E. Hwy 70, 378-4611, Randy Widener, Pastor First Baptist Church - Tinnie Bill Jones, Pastor Mescalero Baptist Mission 1016 Old Road Box 9, Mescalero, NM 88340, 9730560, Pastor Zach Malott Mountain Baptist Church Independent-Fundamental KJV. 145 E. Grandview Capitan. 937-4019 Ruidoso Baptist Church Wayne Joyce, Pastor; 126 Church Drive, Palmer Gateway. 378-4174 Trinity Southern Baptist Church (south on Highway 48) 700 Mt. Capitan Rd. 3542044. Mel Gnatkowski, Pastor 808-0607 BAHA’I FAITH Baha’i Faith 257-8857 or 258-5595 BUDDHIST Buddhism of the Lotus Sutra George Brown; 257-1569 CATHOLIC Saint Eleanor Catholic Church 120 Junction Road, Ruidoso, 257-2330. Fr. AI Galvan Saint Theresa Catholic Church Corona. Sunday Mass: 6 p.m. Fr. Mike Williams Saint Joseph’s Apache Mission Mescalero. Father Paul Botenhagen, OFM Our Lady of Guadalupe Bent. Father Larry Gosselin Sacred Heart Catholic Church 299 3rd St, Capitan. Mass 5:00 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Sunday. 354-9102. Fr. Mike Williams Santa Rita Catholic Church 243 Birch, Carrizozo. 648-2853. Fr. Mike Williams CHRISTIAN First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


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Charles Clary With the onset of fall, we are in for changes in temperature, wind, and weather in general. The motorcycle rally brought in many tourists and participants for the weekend. For me, the rally is the main indicator of the changing of the seasons. Fall is upon us. Football is under way and our students are back in school. Fall, in the Sacramentos, is a wonderful and beautiful time of the year. The Lord truly blessed us with the privilege and opportunity to live in an earthly paradise like the Sacramentos. We have been blessed with good moisture over the last few weeks, and the forests are filled with green. The motorcycle rally brought much “green” as well. I know that some folks get tired of the roar of the cycles, But, we need to understand that we live in beautiful area of the mountains which attracts tourists for the many different activities that are a part of Ruidoso life. Almost 20 years ago, Alice and I made our first trip to the paradise of the Sacramentos, and on our first trip, we bought a lot with the dream of building a retirement home. In the ensuing summers, we rented cabins, sold our lot, and bought a cabin. With my retirement in Texas, we moved to Ruidoso and we have enjoyed the people, the climate, and the mountain atmosphere, With my third retirement in December, we are moving back to Texas. God willing, we will be back to Ruidoso, though not permanently, when the summers in Texas get so very hot. God has blessed us in the founding of the J Bar J Country Church. There are many church members and friends that we will miss when the move is made. The columns that I write each week will be turned over to others who will write with God’s leading. While there are a few weeks to go, I want to express my appreciation to our newspapers and radio stations for the opportunity to write and speak to the broad audience of readers and listeners in Ruidoso, Lincoln County and southeast New Mexico. We have been blessed with the people, the land, and the spirit of New Mexico, and when we leave, we will cherish the memories and the friendships that will go beyond our time on this earth. I suppose that I am feeling a little emotional with the thought of leaving. CHURCH SERVICES Listen or Download FREE

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1211 Hull at Gavilan Canyon Road, 258-4250 Carrizo Christian Fellowship Leonard Kanesewah Ill, Pastor. 56 White Mt. Dr., 3 mi. W of Inn of the Mountain Gods Mescalero. 464-4656 CHURCH OF CHRIST Gateway Church of Christ 415 Sudderth, Ruidoso, 257-4381. John Duncan, preaching minister Church of Christ - Capitan Highway 48. Joshua Watkins, preaching minister CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST LDS Church of Jesus Christ LDS Ruidoso Ward, 1091 Mechem Bishop Melvin Jenson, 258-1253 Church of Jesus Christ LDS Mescalero Branch, Mormon Missionaries 3172375 EPISCOPAL Episcopal Church of the Holy Mount, 121 Mescalero Trail, Ruidoso. Rev. Judith Burgess Rector 257-2356. Website: St. Anne’s Episcopal Chapel in Glencoe Episcopal Chapel of San Juan in Lincoln St. Matthias Episcopal Chapel Carrizozo, 6th & E Street EVANGELICAL The Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 1035 Mechem Dr. 802-5242 FOURSQUARE Capitan Foresquare Church Hwy 48, Capitan. Harold W. Perry, Pastor, 9377383 FULL GOSPEL Mission Fountain of Living Water San Patricio Full Gospel Church Seed of Faith Fellowship, 517 West Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan. Pastor Beverly Sills, 973-3721. 6 p.m. Sundays & Wednesdays, pastorbev1@ JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Jehovah’s Witness - Ruidoso Kingdom Hall 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 3364147, 257-7714 Congregacion Hispana de los Testigos de Jehova 1102 Gavilan Canyon Rd., 336-4147, 378-7095 LUTHERAN Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 258-4191; 1120 Hull Road. Pastor Thomas Schoech. METHODIST Community United Methodist Church Junction Road, behind Wells Fargo Bank. Judy Shema, pastor. 257-4170 Capitan United Methodist Church Pastor Jean Riley and the congregation of Capitan United Methodist. White Oaks and Third in

Capitan. 354-2288 Trinity United Methodist Church 1000 D. Ave. 648-2893/648-2846. Carrizozo. Jean Riley, Pastor NAZARENE Angus Church of the Nazarene Angus, 12 miles north of Ruidoso on Hwy. 48, 336-8032. Rick Hutchison, Pastor QUAKER Quaker Worship Group Unprogrammed meeting at the AndersonFreeman Visitor’s Center in Lincoln. For details, 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 The 1st Iglesia Apostollca de la Fe en Cristo Jesus 613 Sudderth Dr. Suite D, Ruidoso. 257-

8053. Pastor Alex Castillo 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, 3784161. Pastor Chuck Workman, 575-636-3773; 1st Elder Manuel Maya 937-4487 SPANISH SERVICES Iglesia del Nazareno Angus Church, 12 mi north of Ruidoso on Hwy 48. Marco Sanchez, Pastor. 336-8032

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP Sacramento Mountains Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Call 336-2170 or 257-8912 for location NON-DENOMINATIONAL American Missionary Fellowship Rick Smith, 682-2999. E-mail: RickS@ Calvary Chapel 127 Vision, next to Cable Co., 257-5915. Pastor John Marshall 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. www. Keepin’ it simple ... Keepin’ it real! Cornerstone Church Cornerstone Square, 613 Sudderth Drive, 2579265. John & Joy Wyatt, Pastors Foot of the Cross Christian Ministries, 2812 Sudderth (Pine Tree Shopping Center) Pastor, Phil Appel. For more info please call 937-8677 or visit our website at Grace Harvest Church 1108 Gavilan Canyon Rd, 336-4213 Iglesia Bautista “Vida Eterna” Pastor Rev, Ramon Robledo. 207 East Circle, Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346, 361 E. Hwy. 70, 3788108. Email: J Bar J Church 40 Hwy 70W, 257-6899 Pastor Charles W. Clary. E-mail: Miracle Life Ministry Center Ron Rice & Catherine Callahan, Ministers Available 24 hours for healing, prayer. 354-0255; e-mail Open Circle - High Mesa Healing Center, Sundays, 10-11 a.m. Call 575-336-7777 for information 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 Racetrack Chapel Horseman’s Entrance, Hwy 70, 378-7264. Chaplain Darrell Winter 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

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September 25, 2013

The Empty Bowl event, cooking and crafting By Rosalyn Stevenson

With the purchase of a $15 entrance ticket one can taste many delicious soups and chilis created by local professional and non-professional cooks and be able to bid on handmade bowls to take home. The bowls are created by local artisans for the Empty Bowl Event to take place Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. at Mountain Annie’s: 2710 Sudderth Dr. The best Chili category is new this year at the Empty Bowl cooking competition. Also new this year is the option for the public to purchase, for only $5 more, six more tickets with which to vote for their favorite soup or chili. The public will be greeted at the entrance of Mountain Annie’s by the classical music talents of Tomas Vigil and in the theatre of Mountain Annie’s where the auction and tasting will take place, musical entertainment will be provided by Susan Kolb. The winner of the Soup tasting will be crowned the “Number One Souper Cook” and winners will be named in local radio and newspapers. Winners will also receive trophies for the best professional and amateur cooks, and a plaque for the best chili. The mission of Help End Abuse for Life (HEAL) and the Nest is to coordinate and offer support services and safe haven for victims and survivors of domestic violence. They do this by “advocating for positive social change, providing training and education, building alliances, securing and developing resources and influencing public policy and attitudes about domestic violence.” HEAL operates the Nest, the only shelter for victims of domestic violence in the Lincoln County area.

Domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic. Violence against women is a global problem, affecting women of all ages, ethnicities, races, nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds. Studies show that between one quarter and one-half of all women in the world have been abused by intimate partners. HEAL (Help End Abuse for Life) is committed to ending violence worldwide. The Nest Domestic Violence shelter educates the community on the worldwide prevalence of domestic violence using presentations, media, public service announcements and education. To arrange for a guest speaker from HEAL, call 575-378-6378. Lincoln County has ranked higher than any other in the state of New Mexico for Domestic Violence cases. HEAL opened the Nest to respond to an overwhelming need for services in Lincoln County. In partnership with LCCC-VAW (Lincoln County Coalition on Violence Against Women), HEAL has developed a program that encompasses specific areas that are targeted for education and outreach services. Recently HEAL has joined with the Lincoln County Sheriff Department to provide law enforcement training to outlying areas. “When we talk about domestic violence at HEAL, we don’t focus on broken arms and black eyes. The women who suffered those injuries at the hands of someone who claimed to love them have already paid that price. Instead, we talk about healing families, about the miracles that we are blessed to witness inside the shelter every day.” Colleen Widell, executive director of HEAL, spoke about her motivation for dedicating her time and considerable energy

to the social services available at HEAL and the Nest: “When I was eight years old, my best friend’s mother was beaten and paralyzed for life by her husband. When I saw her in the hospital, I turned to my own mother and said, ‘This is so wrong. How do we make this stop?’” Widell has pursued a career in the social services for over 30 years and in the Ruidoso area since 2006. Widell is considered by many to be a beacon of service in the community. To sign up to participate as a cook in the Empty Bowl soup competition, call Brendan Gochenour at 937-8370. Photo courtesy of Diane Gremillion Easter

Artisan-made bowls for Empty Bowl Event 2010.

Run Ruidoso! By Hilary Romig

A mob of 200 people gathered Sept. 14 at a McGary’s art gallery in Midtown. The race commenced with rain coming down in sheets as the participants of the annual Run for the B.E.A.C.H. got ready for the race. The race has been hosted for several years and the donations go toward breast cancer research. People of all ages from the community participated; among them was a large group from Lincoln County Medical Center who participate every year. The walk is three miles with a choice to run as well. Prizes are given out to those who qualify and there is also

a silent auction for those who would like to bid. One highlight of the event is that every year a local artist paints a beautiful picture that is printed onto the T-shirts given to the racers. The painting itself is auctioned off at the end of the event with the money going toward Breast Cancer research. Though Saturday was wet with blankets of grey clouds, everyone seemed to enjoy their time in the race. “It is a fun one!” said participant Robin Rafkin, a runner who came to do the race for the first time. It seems this race will thrive as an anticipated event in Ruidoso.


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100 PUBLIC/SPECIAL NOTICES ENMURuidoso invites letters of interest for a vacancy on the Branch College Board. The term of service begins upon appointment by the Board and continues until the February 2015 election. To serve, members must be twenty-one years of age, a qualified voter, and a resident of the college taxing district. Interested parties should cite their qualifications for service on a policy-making board. Letters should be addressed to the College Board and will be accepted in the President’s Office until November 1, 2013. Inquiries: (575) 257-3006 AA/EOE 120 LEGAL NOTICES TWELFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF LINCOLN STATE OF NEW MEXICO EUNICE LANDRUM (ELIAS), Petitioner, vs. ELIAS ISAAC ELIAS, Respondent. D-1226-DM-2013-00083 Division III NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF SUIT TO: Elias Isaac Elias GREETINGS: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that there has been filed in the District Court of Lincoln County, State of New Mexico, a certain cause of action wherein Eunice Landrum is the Petitioner and you are the Respondent, the same being Cause No. D1226-DM-2013-00083, Division III. The object and purpose of the said suit is to dissolve your marriage as prayed for in the complaint.

requesting that the Petitioner’s minor child’s name be changed from Lara Nicole Carter to Elizabeth Nicole Carter. Furthermore, Petitioner hereby gives notice of a hearing on the Petitioner’s Petition for Change of Name, which shall be held before the Honorable Karen L. Parsons at 8:15 a.m. on the 7th day of October, 2013, at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Carrizozo, New Mexico, whereby the Petitioner will request the Court to sign the final Order changing the minor child’s name from Lara Nicole Carter to Elizabeth Nicole Carter. /s/ Gail Carter INVITATION TO BID BID NUMBER 13-01 The Town of Carrizozo Board of Trustees will receive sealed bids for the renovation of two fire stations. Bids must be submitted to the Office of the Town Clerk, P.O. Box 247, 400 9th Street, Carrizozo, New Mexico 88301, telephone number (505)6482371, no later than 3:00PM on Friday, September 27, 2013 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. Bids must be clearly marked 13-01 Renovations to Fire Stations. The successful bid will be awarded by the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting at 6:00PM, Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in the Council Chambers, 400 9th Street, Carrizozo, New Mexico. Bid specifications may be obtained from the Office of the Town Clerk. The Board of Trustees reserve the right to reject any or all proposals, and in the case of ambiguity or lack of clearness, to determine the best bid or to reject the same. Specifications will be allowed by fax. Questions regarding this bid should be directed to Leann Weihbrecht, Town Clerk/Treasurer, at (575)648-2371. Leann Weihbrecht, CMC Town Clerk/Treasurer Town of Carrizozo TWELFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT COUNTY OF LINCOLN STATE OF NEW MEXICO CHARLES DODSON,

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that unless you enter your appearance or file pleadings herein on or before October 15, 2013, the Petitioner will make application to the Court for a Decree by Default, and Decree by Default will be rendered against you as prayed for in the complaint.


The name of the Plaintiff ’s attorney is RICHARD A. HAWTHORNE, P.A., Richard A. Hawthorne, and whose address is 1221 Mechem, Suite 2, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 88345.


WITNESS my hand and seal of the District court of Lincoln County, New Mexico this 27th day of August, 2013. DISTRICT COURT CLERK By: /s/ Gloria LaMay Deputy STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF LINCOLN 12TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF Gail Carter No. CV-13-216 For Change of name of the minor child, Lara Carter NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND NOTICE OF HEARING COMES NOW the Petitioner and hereby gives notice that a Petition for Change of Name was filed in Carrizozo, Lincoln County, New Mexico, on the 22nd day of August, 2013,

vs. Elsie Marie McWilliams, Defendant. D-1226-CV 2013-00206 Div. III

NOTICE is hereby given that under and by virtue of the Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure entered by the District Court of Lincoln County, New Mexico, on September 16, 2013 in civil cause number CV-201300306, 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 25th day of October, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., all rights of the defendant Elsie Marie McWilliams to the following described real property located in Lincoln County, New Mexico; Lot 12, Block 8, CREE MEADOWS COUNTRY CLUB SUBDIVISION, Ruidoso, 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 February 3, 1947; (hereinafter referred to as “the Property”). Notice is further given that the court







I’d Go Wireless, your local Verizon Wireless Premium Retail in Ruidoso is now accepting applications for a friendly, outgoing, professional Sales Manager/Customer Sales & Service Rep. Sales experience a plus. Will train. Please inquire in person at 26126 US Highway 70, Ruidoso, NM. directed foreclosure of the mortgage on the Property and that the amounts to be realized at said sale from the Property, with interest calculated to date of sale, are as follows: Principal Amount of Plaintiff ’s Judgment: . . . . . . . . . $6,589.67 Interest from September 16, 2013 to the date of sale:. . . . . $1.44 per diem Costs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $435.75 Attorney’s Fees . . . . . . $2,500.00 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. /s/Jennifer Miller Jennifer Miller, Special Master RICHARD A. HAWTHORNE. P.A. 1221 Mechem Drive, Suite 2 Ruidoso, NM 88345 (575) 258-3483



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140 GENERAL HELP WANTED SUPER 8 RUIDOSO is hiring for housekeeping, night auditor, and front desk clerk. 575-378-8180 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for golf course maintenance help. Apply in person, Cree Meadows Country Club 301 Country Club Dr.

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LAUGHING SHEEP FARM is now accepting applications for cook and grill chef. Positions start immediatly for the right person. Good pay, Friday and Saturday nights only. Call 575653-4041

150 HEALTHCARE CANADA DRUG CENTER is your choice for safe and affordable medications. Our licensed Canadian mail order pharmacy will provide you with savings of up to 90 percent on all your medication needs. Call today 1-800-661-3783, for $10.00 off your first prescription and free shipping. ATTENTION SLEEP APNEA SUFFERERS with Medicare. Get CPAP Replacement Supplies at little or NO COST, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, prevent red skin sores and bacterial infection! Call 1-866-938-5101 MEDICAL ALERT FOR SENIORS 24/7 monitoring. FREE Equipment. FREE Shipping. Nationwide Service. $29.95/Month CALL Medical Guardian Today 888-416-2099

190 REAL ESTATE TWO NEIGHBORING 20 ACRE RANCHES each just $12,900 or together for $24,000. Lender repossession. 1 hour 45 minutes southwest of Albuquerque. These ranches previously sold for 3x the new asking price. Remote, high dessert setting with good access and electric. Financing available. Call NMRS 1-888676-6979

All American Realty SALES & RENTALS Long & Short Term Rentals Nice Commercial $ 1200 Available Now (575) 257-8444


Great 3 bedroom, 2 bath chalet-style house in awesome condition and location! Nice decks for enjoying the cool mountain air. Fully furnished and perfect for full-time living or vacationing. $210,000 MLS #113265 258-4759


323 HEATH DRIVE – FURN 3 BDR, 2 BA. $975/Mo + utilities. 111 FIR – UNF 2 BDR, 2 BA. $800/ Mo + utilities. (On the Market - Subject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice) 213 BRADY CANYON – UNF 1 BDR, 1 BA. $400/Mo + utilities. 176 JUNIPER – UNF 2 BDR, 1 1/2 BA. $675/Mo + utilities. Available Oct. 1 135 N. CANDLEWOOD – UNF 1 BDR, 1 BA. $750/Mo + utilities (water is included). 105 EVANS – UNF 2 BDR, 1 3/4 BA. $1000/Mo + utilities. Available Oct. 1 962 GAVILAN CANYON – UNF 2 BDR, 2 BA. $1200/Mo + utilities (water is included). 964 GAVILAN CANYON – UNF 2 BDR, 2 BA. $1200/Mo + utilities (water is included).


111 LAGUNA – UNF 3 BDR, 2 BA. $1000/Mo + utilities. 481 PARADISE CANYON – FURN 3 BDR, 2 BA. $1600/Mo includes utilities. 561 ENCHANTED FOREST LOOP – UNF 3 BDR, 2 BA. $875/Mo + utilities. (On the Market – Subject to showing with a lawful 30-day notice) Available Oct. 5.


406 SUNNY SLOPE #3 – FURN 2 BDR, 1 1/2 BA. $1100/Mo incl. utilities. #416 CHAMPION’S RUN – FURN 2 BDR, 2 BA. $900/Mo + utilities. 108 TURNBERRY LANE – FURN 2 BDR, 2 BA. $1400/Mo + utilities.


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. $500/Mo + utilities.

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1093sf with 566sf back deck. Stove, fridge, swamp cooler, and washer/ dryer included. Relocating must sell well below market value. Asking 132k. Call 575-937-3369

205 ROOM FOR RENT ROOM AND BATH with private entrance. $350 per month. 575-3788163


FOR SALE BY OWNER in Sun Valley Area. 2bd/2ba with bonus room. 1/2 acre lot with fenced back yard.

On approx. 0.83 acres +/-. Beautiful treed views plus soft mountain view from floorto-ceiling windows. Upscale quality furnishings, unique custom staircase, custom cabinetry, and nice decks. Carport and parking. Sit in the hot tub and enjoy the serenity! $187,400 MLS #112964

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HOUSE FOR SALE by owner 332 L.L. Davis Drive. 3bd/2.5ba shown by appointment only. Lane Bachman 575-258-5854



Fabulous Sierra Blanca and surrounding mtn views. The approx. 25 ft real river rock fireplace in the living room, master suite, kitchen and halls is the focal point of this 4 BR, 3 BA majestic home. Accented with artist Mary Burleson stained glass thru-out the home. Many, many unique features you need to see! MLS #112855

CAPITAN HOME for rent or rent to own. 3 bed 2 full bath, covered porch, carport. 575-808-5542 3BD/2BA $975 plus utilities on south Cree. 575-430-7009

3BDRM/ 1BTH APARTMENT in Ruidoso Downs $550mo $300dep must pay gas and electric. Call 9371081 or 808-2182

245 TOWNHOUSES/CONDOS FOR RENT 3BDRM 2BTH FURNISHED CONDO for rent. Beautiful Sierra Blanca views. $800 mo + electric and security deposit call 575-651-0101 or 575-937-9323

260 APARTMENT RENTALS FULLY FURNISHED 2 bedroom 1.5 bath townhome in nice residential neighborhood. Wood burning stove, front porch, back deck. All utilities paid. $1000/month. Call Sandy, 575-

LARGE EFFICIENCY Upper Canyon, private entrance. Cable, all utilities included. $525/month $250 deposit. 575-973-4805


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


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275 RETAIL SPACE SALE/ LEASE COMMERCIAL/STORE-FRONT RETAIL. Approx 1800 square feet great location best price in town $1500. 575-354-0365

300 WANT TO BUY WANTING ANTIQUE fishing tackle lures and reels, cir. 1940. Top cash dollar paid. 575-354-0365

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360 APPLIANCES WHIRLPOOL HE FRONT LOAD WASHER AND DRYER with storage drawers. $350 each or $600 for set o.b.o. 575-257-3465

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The September 25, 2013 edition of the Ruidoso Free Press, the source for news, business, religion, education, opinion and sports in Lincoln...