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TYPES OF TEA
This week: green
By Rebecca Ponder As discussed in previous articles, all tea comes from the leaves of the Camelia sinensis plant. The styles of tea are produced by altering the shape and chemistry of the leaf, unromantically called “processing” or “manufacture”. tea processing includes five basic steps (plucking, withering, rolling, oxidation and firing). Some teas don’t utilize all of these steps, while other teas repeat them several times. these variations result in five major types of tea: white, green, oolong, black and pu’erh tea. This article focuses on green tea; a prior article discussed white tea; subsequent articles will discuss the remaining three types. Green tea is the most popular of all varieties of tea worldwide. It is produced primarily in China and Japan, where it is a celebrated beverage. types of green tea vary significantly, depending on the steps taken during production, such as steaming, panfiring, rolling, etc. However, it is the application of heat either by steaming or pan-firing, which stops the enzymes from browning the leaves. The heat stops the oxidizing process, thus
preventing the leaves from becoming oolong or black tea. Basically, green tea can be thought of as perfectly cooked vegetables: tender, fresh and full of bright green ﬂavor. Popular green tea names include gunpowder, Sencha and Jasmine. there are, however, so many types of green teas that it would take one’s lifetime and more to have every one of them even if one drank a new green tea every day. green tea was the focus of the first studies on the health benefits of tea. Over the years, there have been a ﬂood of reports declaring the nearly miraculous effects that can occur from drinking green tea. This has brought about an increase demand for tea. Only recently have these anecdotal claims been submitted to serious scientific inquiry. The current results of these studies will be examined in subsequent articles. EVENTS AT SACRED GROUNDS:
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By Janie Smith the band the Cowboy Mafia came on the scene in ruidoso 10 years ago. Specializing in red dirt country and southern rock and blues, the band plays music that gets people off their seats and on their feet to dance. a frequent fixture at the no Scum allowed Saloon in White Oaks, the band made new Year’s Eve special at the saloon on Tuesday night. During a break, the leader of the band, Mark Paxton, had a tale to tell about how the band came to be known as the Cowboy Mafia. Once upon a time there was in Texas the largest marijuana drug smuggling operation in the United States. It was based on the vast ranch of the multimillionaire Rex Cauble, who owned a string of top cutting horses including the famous Cutterbill.
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On the cover (left to right): Darrell ‘Big Iron’ McDonough, Mark Paxton, Paul Coates and Brian Myers; above, ‘Big Iron’ McDonough; at top right, Brian Myers.
His horse trainer was also the foreman of the ranch. While the horse trainer, Muscles Foster, was highly successful with training Cauble’s horses, he was also engaged in another even more profitable enterprise, namely drug smuggling. Eventually, the long arm of the law snagged this operation, but while Cauble was innocent of the extra curricular activities of his foreman and ranch hands, he took the consequences of the drug bust and ended up guilty of the crime. This is where Roy Graham comes in. Mark Paxton was friends with Roy Graham who was a private pilot for the legendary Texan Rex Cauble. Graham, knowing the truth of the matter, wrote a book called “the Cowboy Mafia.” after the book was published, Graham told Paxton that he should call his band that name, and thus The Cowboy Mafia was born. today while there are no criminals in the band, there is an edgy feel to their music. The present four members of the band have their own tales to tell. Darrell “Big Iron” McDonough says, “the heartbeat of any band is the drummer.” Legally blind, McDonough plays those drums with a deft feel. He says that he became a drummer because as a child he was tapping on anything that came his way. He bought his first drum on time at a pawn shop in 1984 and now owns five drum sets. McDonough’s has played in honky tonks from Alaska to Miami. In 1989 he started playing with Paxton. Dressed with his trademark black stove pipe hat and black leather vest, McDonough sets a strong beat for the band. Brian Myers has been with the band for six years and says, “I hold down the bottom.” Myers plays bass. He has been friends with Paxton for 30 years. Previous to being a member of the Cowboy Mafia, Myers was in the air Force for six years where he was a jet engine mechanic. He also went to trenton State in new Jersey where he studied music, majoring in trumpet. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general Science which led to his teaching at the Holloman Middle School where he also coached football, basketball and track. Retired two years ago, Myers says, “music is just about playing and having a good time.” He went on to say that the no Scum allowed Saloon is his favorite place to play. the third member of the Cowboy Mafia is the lead guitar and singer, Paul Coates, who was a professional musician on the road for most of his
life. He says, “If it is good music, I love it.” Coates defines good music as being danceable and having good lyrics. He has been playing with the Cowboy Mafia for six years. While a professional musician, Coates also has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Information from the University of Mary in Bismarck, S.D., and an associate Degree in electronics from the University of Minnesota. When not playing music, he is a salesman at the Lincoln County Mercantile in Capitan. Mark Paxton, who is the originator and driving force of the Cowboy Mafia, is the fourth member of the band. He plays guitar and does vocals. a bit of an outlaw himself, Paxton says, “I’m really good at getting in trouble and music keeps me from going to jail. Music saved my life.” Paxton didn’t start playing the guitar until he was 38, and apparently headed on a downward spiral. He loved music and dancing which led to his desire to learn to play the guitar. Playing music gave him a purpose in life that culminated in the formation of The Cowboy Mafia. today, when not playing music, Paxton builds motorcycles and restores old Harley Davidsons. It is obvious when watching and listening to The Cowboy Mafia that Paxton has found his true path in life. From a crime to a book to a band, The Cowboy Mafia sends out a sound that rocks the house. Four good friends have joined together to make music to sing along with or, more importantly, to dance to. Whenever and wherever this band is playing good times follow. Their music is the music of the grassroots of America. This music provides some good old time fun and enjoyment for all.
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Park to offer free admission on nine days in 2014 Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “National parks not only protect and preserve the places we most value; they also add enormous economic value to nearby communities and the entire nation. Visitor spending represents a $30 billion annual benefit to the national economy and supports more than 250,000 jobs,” said Jarvis. “Fee-free days are a great way to both thank those visitors and introduce parks to first-timers who can find a new place to call an old favorite.” The 86,416-acre Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers 46,850 acres of federally-designated wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the state of Texas, and another 35,484 acres of backcountry that are eligible for wilderness study, representing about 95 percent of the park; 84 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to strenuous, 60 percent “America’s national parks welcome more than of which are available for horseback riding; RV 280 million visitors a year. To say thanks for that and tent camping at Pine Springs and Dog Cansupport and invite every American these treasures yon; ten backcountry campgrounds; the second that they own, we are declaring nine days of free largest gypsum dune field in the nation (third largadmission next year,” said National Park Service est in the world); and seven of the ten highest named peaks in the state of Texas, including 8,751’ Guadalupe • Be aware of the difficulty of the Santa Fe — Winter is a wontrail you are taking and make sure derful time to be outdoors – and that you are physically prepared. hiking is a great way to get exercise and spend time with the family. • If you travel with at least one New Mexico State Parks offers the companion, your safety is infollowing hiking tips to stay safe creased. and get the most out of your outdoor • Be aware of wildlife and be alert. winter adventure: Learn behaviors in acting appro• Hiking begins before you reach priately if you encounter bears or the trailhead – let people know other wildlife. where you’ll be hiking, when you • Stay on the trail for your safety expect to return, and who you are and to protect park resources. hiking with. State Parks also offers fun ranger • Dress in layers. The base layer guided hikes, which provide safe should be a wicking fabric that and educational experiences. For pulls perspiration away from the instance, Cerrillos Hills State Park skin. outside Santa Fe has many beautiful • Wear sturdy boots that are brotrails and offers interesting nature ken in. and history hikes year-round. Also, • Check weather conditions and Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, pack accordingly. Take plenty of near Las Cruces, consistently holds water and snacks for your hike. weekend hikes for birding, nature • Study your maps before you hiking or for fitness. begin the trip and track your Plan your hike on a State Park progress with your map. trails by visiting our website, which includes details about trail length, • Know which trail you are on. difficulty and features. Visit www. Trails are often marked with nmparks.com to learn more. trailhead signs and can tell you “Conditions are right for advenif you are on State Park or other ture at New Mexico State Parks.” property. Pine Springs, Texas — Guadalupe Mountains National Park Superintendent Dennis A. Vasquez announced that the park will join the other 400 national park areas in offering free admission on nine days during 2014, including several holidays, so circle the dates and plan your trip. The 2014 entrance fee-free days are: Jan. 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend April 19-20: National Park Week’s opening weekend Aug. 25: National Park Service’s 98th birthday Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day Nov. 11: Veterans Day
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Peak, the state’s highest point. Established on Sept. 30, 1972, Guadalupe Mountains National Park preserves one of the best examples of Permian (252 to 299 million years ago) geology in the world. The convergence of desert, coniferous forest, oak woodland, gypsum sand dunes and riparian habitat, along creeks and around springs, supports a myriad of plants and animals, including 900 plant species, 240 confirmed bird species, with more likely to be present, 60 mammal species (including 16 bat species), 46 reptile species, 9 amphibian species and several invertebrate species, making the park a paradise for wildlife watching, nature photography and art. The park is under fantastic night skies, so make sure to bring your telescope. The park also preserves and tells the stories of paleoindians, the Mescalero Apache Indians, the cavalry, including the famed Buffalo Soldiers, the Butterfield Overland Mail and early ranching at the historic Frijole Ranch History Museum, Williams Ranch, Pratt Cabin, and the Pinery Butterfield Station Ruins. Located 110 miles east of El Paso, 65 miles north of Van Horn, Texas, and 55 miles south of Carlsbad, Guadalupe Mountains National Park has been described as one of America’s best kept secrets.
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Physicist-turned-playwright Robert Benjamin’s ‘Salt and Pepper’ soon to be performed by LCCT By Rosalyn Stevenson Robert Benjamin the playwright, emerged from Robert Benjamin the research physicist in 2004, when he retired from his Los Alamos 30-year career after “agonizing” about the decision to leave a job he loved as a research scientist to pursue play writing full time. Benjamin became a scientist he said, due to the inﬂuences of the “Sputnik era” he grew up in and the exhortations of the president at that time for boys and girls good in math and science to become scientists. Benjamin says that script writing is a “calling” for him and says he can find no other way to describe it. He said that he wrote his first scripts in about 1990, teachPhoto courtesy of Robert Benjamin Courtesy photo ing himself how to do it by, as he said: Robert Benjamin Lea Keylon “reading books about it and sitting alone in Playwright Director the corner of the room, writing.” He said that he has learned that “that is not how to do it. Script writing is a collaborative effort with actors and others. I really learned by having two or three actors read the lines for me and seeing how many mistakes I made, how much more I had to do to bring a scene to life. Lots of people in the theatre helped me.” Benjamin said that he has always loved theatre and has attended as many plays as he could over the years. He said that arthur Miller is his favorite playwright, mentioning “the Crucible,” “all My Sons,” and “Death of a Salesman” as favorites. The Dixon Community Players (Dixon, New Mexico) presented the world premier of Benjamin’s play ‘Salt and Pepper’ in June of 2013. In august of 2013 the play was produced in Taos at the Metta Theatre; had 12 performances in October and November at the Spiral theatre in new York City under the title of “Wrinkles” as a part of that emerging theatres’ series on aging and was presented by the Santa Fe rep and teatro Paraguas last november. The play has been called: “An innovative collection of intertwined, whimsical plays that celebrate Given the theme, you might expect poignancy and aging with courage and humor.” words of wisdom and you get those. You also get A review by Bonnie J. Gordon in the Los Alamos laugh after laugh, because this play is really funny. Post says: “‘Salt and Pepper’ takes on the nearly The house rocked with laughter over and over on uncharted territory of aging as a person, not a steopening night.” reotype. this play is at its heart, about courage ─ Benjamin has had two other full-length plays to live, to change, and to die when the time comes. produced multiple times, plus productions of
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nearly 20 short plays. His first full-length play is titled “Time Enough.” “Parted Waters” his second full-length play was commissioned by the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, which premiered the play, March 2009. It’s been produced at theatres around the country. “Parted Waters,” as produced by teatro Paraguas of Santa Fe, was an official new Mexico Statehood Centennial event during 2012 and it continues to be performed in Santa Fe. “Parted Waters” has been called “a poignant, often humorous contemporary drama” and follows three generations of a new Mexico Hispanic family who are descendants of conversos (Christians who converted from Judaism.) the play “Salt and Pepper” by robert Benjamin is in the casting stages by the Lincoln County Community Theatre. Local director of the play, Lea Keylon, will choose the seven or eight actors for the piece. Keylon is also president of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln County Community Theatre, where the play was introduced by Clara Farah, a local teacher of “Creative Aging” at ENMU. this will be the third play directed by Keylon for the Lincoln County Community theatre. She codirected “Moon Over Buffalo” with Dawn Madaris last July and “The Plight Before Christmas” in December. Keylon said the play is planned for six performances: Feb. 28; March 1-2 and 6-8. Casting for four males and three or four females will be held on Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Ruidoso Community Center. Call 1-360-631-0243 for further info. Keylon said that she “loves this play (“Salt and Pepper”). It is unique. Our culture does not deal well with aging and this play deals humorously and poignantly with some of that. It is fitting for our area where many of the full time residents are over 50.” the final act of “Salt and Pepper” has also been made into a 10-minute opera. Asked if he foresees any offers for television production of his play, Robert Benjamin said: “I don’t know. Everything is happening so fast, I just fasten my seat belt and go for the ride.” Benjamin is working on several new plays.
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Celebrate Maggie’s birthday at the Living Desert Zoo Maggie, Living Desert Zoo and gardens State Park’s black bear, has become a local celebrity because she paints with her feet and her paintings are for sale up at the zoo. Maggie was orphaned at the age of one month and was raised by a wildlife rehabilitator in Missouri until she found a home at the Living Desert State Park when she was five months old. general Curator Holly Payne started Maggie on her artistic career shortly afterward as a behavioral enrichment activity to give the young bear something to do. We invite you to celebrate Maggie’s ninth birthday with us on Saturday, Jan. 18. • guess Maggie’s weight for a chance to win a painting by our famous bear. • at 1 p.m., general Curator Holly
Payne will present a program about Maggie’s history here at the Living Desert Zoo and gardens State Park. • Children’s crafts from 1 to 3 p.m. • Face painting from 1 to 3 p.m. • at 2:30 p.m., a docent will read “Maggie’s First Birthday,” a children’s story written and illustrated by former Docent Coordinator Susan Young. • Maggie t-shirts are available for sale. • Watch Maggie unwrap her edible birthday gifts at 3:30 p.m. during the keeper talk at the bear exhibit. All visitor center activities are free, but regular admission fees apply to enter the zoo to see Maggie: children 6 and under free, 7-12 years $3, 13 and older $5. For more information call the park at 575-887-5516.
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Fishing report for Southeast NM Bataan Lake: Fishing was very good using chartreuse, bright green and garlic-scented PowerBait for trout. No reports on other species. Black River: Stream ﬂow at Malaga on Monday was 7.1 cfs. No reports from anglers this week. Blue Hole Park Pond: trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and garlic scented PowerBait. Bonito Lake: Closed. Bosque Redondo: trout fishing was good using garlic scented PowerBait, salmon eggs and small spoons. No reports on other species. Bottomless Lakes: trout fishing at the Devil’s Inkwell was good this past week. Anglers did well using rainbow and chartreuse PowerBait. Brantley Lake: Anglers are to practice catch-and-release for all fish here as high levels of DDt were found in several fish. Carlsbad Municipal Lake: Trout fishing was good using salmon eggs, garlic cheese, PowerBait and small spinners. Chaparral Park Lake: trout fishing was reported as excellent this past week. Anglers did very well using PowerBait and spinners. Kevin Ortiz reported catching a limit of trout in a very short time. He was using garlic-scented PowerBait. He also informed us that some anglers were doing well using small Panther Photo courtesy of Eugene Heathman
Martins. El Rito Creek: trout fishing was fair using salmon eggs. Eunice Lake: No reports from anglers this week. Green Meadow Lake: trout fishing was fair using garlic cheese and PowerBait. No reports on other species. Greene Acres Lake: trout fishing was fair using PowerBait and salmon eggs. Grindstone Reservoir: trout fishing was very good for anglers using salmon eggs, PowerBait and homemade dough bait. No reports on other species. Jal Lake: No reports from anglers this week. Lake Van: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, homemade dough bait and salmon eggs for trout. Oasis Park Lake: trout fishing was good using olive wooly buggers, PowerBait and salmon eggs. Pecos River: Stream ﬂow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 15 cfs. Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light. Perch Lake: trout fishing was fair to good using salmon eggs and garlic scented Power Bait. Ruidoso River: Stream ﬂow at Hollywood on Monday was 5.3 cfs. No reports from anglers this week.
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The Photographic Society of Lincoln County
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For anyone who has an interest OTERO in photography By Rosalyn Stevenson the Photographic Society of Lincoln County was started in 1994 when Leland Deford moved to the Ruidoso area from El Paso. “There was nothing organized for photographers at that time. I met Herb Brunell, another photographer, and he and I got together and started the Photographic Society of Lincoln County as a meeting venue for anyone with an interest in photography,” Deford said. Deford is currently president of the group with Herb Brunell as vice-president. Deford’s interest in photography began he said, “When I was 4 years old and hyperactive and my mother gave me a camera and told me to go take pictures. the camera had no film in it but I ran around framing pictures and I was hooked. Later when I was in Boy Scouts I documented everything with a camera and I still do.”
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hobbyists, amateurs, professionals, from ages 13 Deford said he got more and more proficient and through early 80s.” He said the only qualification used his photographic skills on every job ALAMOGORDO he had • CLOUDCROFT • TULAROSA for becoming a member is to “want to know more including working for the El Paso Fire Department. about photography.” He said he got much professional training working Deford said that the Photographic Society meetwith the FBI taking photos of suspicious fires and ings often include a display or audio visual presentabecame a forensic photographer. tion by one of the members if they have photos they Deford is now a teacher of photography at want to share. He said that the group often goes on ENMU-Ruidoso where he teaches digital photogphotographic day trips and occasionally goes on two raphy on Thursday mornings and an introduction to or three day trips. Sometimes sessions are planned forensic photography on Thursday afternoons. to include photographing a model or other themes Herb Brunell is a photographer and coauthor of and that sessions can include some critique but only the book “Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs,” published in if a member requests it for their photos. 2009. The group currently meets once monthly, on the the Photographic Society of Lincoln County second thursday, at the White Mountain annex, started with about eight or nine members and 201 White Mountain Drive, ruidoso. this annex has kept up a steady membership of about 25 to of Eastern New Mexico University is also where 35 members at various times through the years, Deford has his photographic classrooms. according to Deford. He described the members Call 575-258-5908 for more info. as “a group of photographers including
Photo courtesy of Leland DeFord
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Tom Morello: Working with Bruce Springsteen on ‘High Hopes’ a tremendous honor
Lloyd Bishop/NBC — Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming 18th studio effort, “High Hopes,” features guitarist Tom Morello of the alternativerock act Rage Against the Machine on a total of eight tracks. Morello says he was thrilled to be able to contribute his guitar talents to so many songs on the release, as well as getting the chance to share vocals with the Boss. “I played on (Springsteen’s 2012 album) ‘Wrecking Ball,’ but I’m playing a lot and singing on this one… duetting too,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I am a big Bruce Springsteen fan. It’s a tremendous honor to be able to collaborate in that way and to be asked to keep lending my gui-
tar to songs is something I would have never dared to dream.” Morello, who also sat in for The e Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt during Springsteen’s australian tour last March, says the original plan was for him to play on only one new song on High Hopes, but then the Boss kept inviting him back for more. “Before the tour, I was sent the song ‘american Skin (41 Shots)’ to play guitar on,” he explains. “I did that in my home studio and Bruce seemed to like that very much. Then they sent me a couple more songs to have a go at or to solo on.” Check out Morello’s work on “High Hopes” at CBS.com/Springsteen, where the entire album will be streaming through Jan. 13. In addition, three songs from “High Hopes” that feature Morello – the title track, “Hunter of Invisible game” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad” – will be featured in the Jan. 12 installment of CBS’ the good Wife. “High Hopes” hits stores Jan. 14. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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of the group’s royalties. TMZ.com reports the singer’s lawsuit claims the record company shorted the band a total of $1.5 million earned from their music. In addition, Lee alleges the label launched a campaign to sabotage Evanescence by “replacing its promoters with a bunch of idiots” who constantly provided them with “lame ideas.” Wind-Up records has yet to release a statement on the issue. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Report: Stevie Wonder joining Daft Punk for Grammys performance
Columbia Records/Motown — It was announced last month that Daft Punk will perform at the Grammy Awards. Turns out they’ll welcome a very special guest onto the stage that night. rolling Stone is reporting Stevie Wonder will join Daft Punk for their performance. The duo’s “Get Lucky” collaborators, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers, will take part, too. The Grammy performance lineup also includes duets between Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, and fun. frontman Nate Ruess and Pink. the ceremony airs on CBS on Jan. 26. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Report: Evanescence’s Amy Lee sues record company for $1.5 million in royalties Wind-Up Records — Frontwoman amy Lee has filed a lawsuit against evanescene’s record label, Wind-Up Records, claiming the company has improperly pocketed a large portion
Jason Aldean spicing things up for fans with 2014 tour
Broken Bow Records — Jason Aldean sees a lot of the same fans in the crowd at his concerts year after year, so he makes sure to change things up for them with each new tour. He’ll launch another run of shows Jan. 16 in Iowa, and he’s got quite a few tricks up his sleeve. Jason explains, “For us, it’s about going in, it’s building a new stage and finding different ways to kind of change it up where when people come out, they feel like they’re not getting the same show.” Jason has also been working on some new arrangements of his biggest hits for the new tour in the past few weeks. He adds, “Before we actually go on tour, me and the guys in the band rehearse and just kinda find new ways to spice it up a little bit.” Jason Aldean is taking Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr on the road with him this year. Before his own tour gets underway, Jason opens two shows for george Strait starting Jan. 9 in Louisiana. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio Continued on next page
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ROSWELL: Jan 10 Sam Barnes and friends, playing an acoustic set, will perform at Pecos Flavors Winery, 305 N. Main St., 7 - 9 p.m. $5 admission. 575627-6265 17-19, “On Golden Pond,” Community 24-26 Little Theatre, 1101 N Virginia Ave., Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Call for Fri. and Sat. reservations: 575-622-1982
LEA COUNTY HOBBS: Jan 23 Exhibit opening: Bigger than T-Rex, Western Heritage Museum, New Mexico Junior College, 5317 Lovington Highway, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 1. A T-Rex is huge but what if there was a bigger carnivore on the loose? Well there is: the giganotosaurus. This 45-foot-long skeleton will be on display along with: Mapusaurus (45 feet long); Mapusaurus juvenile skeleton (20 feet long); Velociraptor skeleton (5 feet long) – and more. The opening will feature special speakers who will shed some light on these creatures and the time they lived. 575-492-2679.Free
ARTESIA: PVT Scholarships. PVT is taking applications for the PVT Education Foundation Scholarship due by March 1 and the Foundation for Rural Services Scholarship due by Feb. 24. Both scholarships are for undergraduate work. Applications can be obtained at PVT Headquarters, 4011 W Main St. or on www.pvt.com. 800-505-4844 or 575-748-1241 Jan 11 Bunnell Strings, Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main, 7:30 p.m. This string quintet of five siblings transforms classical, pop and rock genres with their crossover blend of styles. www.bunnellstrings.com.$20. 575-746-4212 18 World Concert Series #4, Roberto Capocchi, Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main, 7:30 p.m. 575-746-4212 CARLSBAD: Jan Fri’s Friday Focus, Best Western Stevens Inn, 1829 S. Canal St. 7:30 a.m. Carlsbad Chamber networking breakfast - share information about your business or organization. operations@ carlsbadchamber.com
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Frankie Ballard announces details on new album ‘Sunshine & Whiskey,’ due out Feb. 11
Warner Music Nashville — Frankie Ballard has revealed the track listing for his new album, Sunshine & Whiskey, due out Feb. 11. The project features 11 songs including his top-15 hit, “Helluva Life.” as for the rest of the album, Frankie only included songs he knew would mean something to him, as well as to his fans. He says, “It’s got lots of different emotions, from partying and having fun to some really deep stuff. It’s an emotional journey as well as a musical journey.” Frankie will be playing songs from Sunshine & Whiskey at his Jan. 30 show in New Jersey. Here’s the Sunshine & Whiskey track listing: “Young & Crazy,” “Sunshine & Whiskey,” “It Don’t take Much,” “Helluva Life,” “Drinky Drink,” “tell Me You get Lonely,” “Sober Me Up,” “I’m thinking Country,” “tip Jar,” “Don’t You Wanna Fall” and “Don’t tell Mama I Was Drinking.” Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Member Hobbs Chamber of Commerce • Member Lovington Chamber of Commerce • Member Artesia Chamber of Commerce Member Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce • Member Carrizozo Chamber of Commerce Member Roswell Chamber of Commerce • Member Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Member Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce • Member Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce
ALTO: Jan 21 ‘Man of La Mancha,’ Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd., 8 - 10 p.m. Winner of five Tony awards including Best Musical, this breathtaking new touring production by Columbia Artists Theatricals stars 30 singers, dancers and musicians. “Man of La Mancha” is a comedic tragedy based on Miguel de Cervantes classic novel, set in southern Spain. Filled with heartbreaking hilarity, Quixote, a seeming madman, insists that there are castles and knights and virtuous ladies, but others only see taverns, windmills and trollops. Pre-performance enchilada buffet at 6 p.m. ($20). 575-336-4800; www.spencertheater.com. Performance is $66 or $69 RUIDOSO: Thru Jan 10 Christmas Tree Recycle, Schoolhouse Park, Sudderth Dr. Drop off your Christmas tree inside the orange fencing. After Jan 10, the trees will be mulched and the mulch will be available at Schoolhouse Park for residents to pick up. Sponsored by PNM, the Village of Ruidoso, Ruidoso Parks and Recreation and Greentree Solid Waste. 575-257-5030. Free Feb 1 Created Equal - Book Discussion, Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Library Directory Corey Bard discusses “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” Part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle program funded by NEH. Copies of the book are available at the library. 575-258-3704; www.youseemore. com/ruidosopl/. Free admission 5 Lincoln County Day in Santa Fe, 5 - 7:30 p.m. The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce encourages all Chamber members and village businesses to a Chamber-hosted reception with legislators at 5 p.m. at The Inn & Spa at Loretto (211 Old Santa Fe Trail). Specific issues affecting local commerce and business will be addressed. 575-2577395. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $40 at the door RUIDOSO DOWNS: ALBUM: Mid-20th Century Photographs by Carmon Philips of the People and Places of Lincoln County exhibit at the Hubbard Museum of the American West. 26301 Hwy 70 West, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. 575-378-4142; www.hubbardmuseum.org
MESCALERO Jan Wed’s Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, Club 49, Inn of the Mountain Gods. 7 p.m. Professional comedians will perform live. $5 admission. Must be 21 or older. 575-464-7053 11 Terrain Park Competition No. 3, Ski Apache, Highway 532/Ski Run Road, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Try your skills in our terrain park competition located at the bottom of the mountain on the gondola lift line. Compete for prizes, medals and bragging rights. 575-464-3641; www. skiapache.com 18 “America’s Got Talent” finalist Joe Castillo, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 8:30 p.m. Using nothing but a light table, sand and music, Castillo creates powerful images that tell epic stories, creating captivating, fluid illustrations for large audiences with an overhead video camera projected on a large screen. The show will be accompanied by dinner at 7 p.m. Limited tickets are available. 575-464-7089; www.innofthemountaingods.com Ski Apache GPS Mileage Challenge, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Designed for all levels of skiers and board riders who tally distance, which is tracked automatically by GPS, to be combined other members of a five-member team. Teams must include one person under 18, one female, one snowboarder, one person over 50 and one person from any other group. If a team has four persons over 50 and meeting the other requirements that team will receive 500 vertical feet. Teams can sign up at the Flaik GPS booth in the days leading to the competition or the same morning. $35 entry fee per team. Prizes include medals and T-shirts. Awards ceremony will be on Plaza at 3 p.m. 575-464-3600; www.skiapache.com 19 Chris Young, Inn of the Mountain Gods, Carrizo Canyon Rd., 8 p.m. At just 28, Young already has five No. 1 songs under his 10-gallon hat, like the current chart-topper party song “Aw Naw” and the frisky love song, “Getting You Home (The Little Black Dress Song).” Other great country hits include “Tomorrow,” “You” and “I Can’t Take it From Here.” 575-464-7089; www. innofthemountaingods.com.
ALAMOGORDO: IMAX NM Museum of Space History “HUBBLE,” Daily at 10 a.m., 12 and 3 p.m. The seventh awe-inspiring film for the award-winning IMAX space team. Accompany the astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult tasks ever undertaken in NASA’s history. Explore the galaxies and some of the greatest mysteries of our celestial surroundings “Tornado Alley,” Daily at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Join storm chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding adventure. Experience the adrenaline of nature’s most dramatic phenomena Jan 16 Business After Hours for Vision Ford Lincoln, 1500 S. White Sands, 5:30 - 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and networking with fellow Chamber Members while learning about the products and services Vision Ford Lincoln has to offer. Free 24 5th Annual Primetime Business Expo, Sgt Willie Estrada Civic Center, 800 E. First Street, 3 - 7 p.m. Meet your Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Members, learn about all the great products and services they offer, enjoy music, food and win door prizes. Cash bar. 575-4376120. Free to attend. 26 Lake Lucero Tour, White Sands National Monument. Have you ever wondered how the white sands formed? Take a tour to Lake Lucero with a ranger and learn about the formation of the sands and the special plants and animals that live in and around the dunes. This three-hour tour is to the dry lakebed of Lake Lucero and only offered once a month. Reservations are required. 575-679-2599. $3 per adult and $1.50 for kids and America the Beautiful Senior and Access pass holders. CLOUDCROFT: Jan 24-26 Murder Mystery Weekend, The Lodge at Cloudcroft, 601 Corona Place. A perennial favorite, the weekend includes a champagne reception, buffet dinner on Fri. and Sat. evenings, Sun. breakfast buffet, lodging both nights, a mystery gift and prizes to the best sleuths. Performed by Alamogordo Music Theater. Call for more information and reservations (not available through online booking) 800-395-6343
Wednesday YOUNG AT HEART FOR 55+ Billy’s Seafood Night starting at 5 pm in Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill for $21.95 Senior Day Senior Specials for $3.95 in Billy’s Race Book Thursday BILLY’S “SHOOT OUT SIX” HANDICAPPING CONTEST IN BILLY’S RACE BOOK. Bottomless Pasta — all you can eat for $3.95 Friday Surf & Turf starting at 5 pm in Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill for $13.95 Saturday BILLY’S GOLD RUSH Prime Rib starting at 5 pm in Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill for $13.95 Sunday Beer Specials in Billy’s Race Book Monday $2 Beer and Hot Dogs in Billy’s Race Book Tuesday CRAZY FREE SLOT PLAY GIVEAWAY $2 Beer and Hot Dogs in Billy’s Race Book