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Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, That Female Reporter, And... Chapter One       Returning to the Black Range and the land of the Warm Spring Apache Indians, I could not believe what I was seeing. The last time I was here the magical portal...

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Wildlife…South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-04-2015


2010 DenHes Vacation 0562010 DenHes Vacation 0582010 DenHes Vacation 063An unexpected sight on the south rim of the Grand Canyon….These two elk were just off the parking lot giving all the visitors a chance to do some picture taking…Some of the photographers were getting pretty close, including my son-in-law who shot these pictures and a few others. The little fellow displayed absolutely no fear of heights. He played all around that cliff….

Water Consumption …Albuquerque vs California

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-04-2015


A couple of years ago the city of Albuquerque asked it’s people to reduced water consumption in an all out effort to reduce water usage in the city. The people listened and responded….very well I might add. In 1995 our usage was 251 gallons per person per day. The last record, I think it was taken in late 2014, however, not real sure on this, but it was recorded at 135 gallons per person. Looking my bill over last time, I was not really a winner, however, we used 175 gallons per person in my household. We don’t have a lot of grass, but we do have a backyard that requires a lot of water and along with Sweetie’s plants probably accounts for that. If things get worst, we can cut back more if we need to. Out in California they are having severe problems with drought and because of the United States depending on the fruits and vegetables  that California produces, California’s problem is a problem for all of us. So, I am hoping the folks out there will work to limit their water usage until we get some more rain and snowfall. According to this morning’s paper the usage out there went up instead of down in the latest check on usage…..Listen, folks of California, this is pretty serious stuff. The rest of America is counting on you to respond to this call to reduce water consumption…..I hope it does not get worse and I know you do also….America thanks you for your fruits and vegetables and we want that service to continue…..We need you…

New Mexico State Bird…and Frequent visitor to my backyard..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-04-2015


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Another reason the little birds in my backyard grow weary…..

New Mexico State Bird:

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Greater Roadrunner

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The roadrunner was designated the official state bird of New Mexico in 1949. Also called the chaparral bird, the roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) inhabits desert and shrubby country in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.Although a roadrunner is capable of flight, it spends most of the time on the ground, running at speeds of 15 miles per hour (or more) to catch its prey (insects, small reptiles, rodents, tarantulas, scorpions and small birds). The Hopi and Pueblo Indian tribes believed that the roadrunner provided protection against evil spirits.

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Oryx…In New Mexico…Good Story Reprinted

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-04-2015


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A graceful gazelle becomes a pest

The exotic oryx is wearing out its welcome in the Chihuahuan Desert


    photo courtesy White Sands Missile Range

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – They are majestic animals, weighing 400 to 500 pounds, their straight black horns 30 to 40 inches long. Their faces are adorned with distinctive black-and-white masks, and they stare at you as if deciding whether to run.

They are oryx gazelles, from the Kalahari region of Africa. But this is the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, where the animals have been multiplying since 1969, when the New Mexico Game and Fish Department released oryx as part of its exotic animal introduction program on the White Sands Missile Range.

The idea to provide exotic big-game hunting opportunities for local hunters originated just after World War II with Frank C. Hibben, today professor emeritus of archaeology at the University of New Mexico, but then chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission. Mustered out of the Navy in the Mediterranean, Hibben had hunted oryx in the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa, an area that resembled his adopted state of New Mexico. Hibben believed there was a “niche” in the Chihuahuan Desert that would support a large ungulate. Years later, he paid for and helped to trap 18 oryx which, after quarantine, were shipped from Africa to New Jersey and then on to the Albuquerque Zoo.

Under federal law, the original animals had to spend the rest of their lives confined at the zoo, but their offspring were released onto White Sands Missile Range, a 2.2 million-acre parcel of property. Studies conducted in the 1960s by wildlife-management scientists at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces suggested that the oryx would be successful, but nobody knew just how far they would spread – or how many problems they would cause.

“The oryx thought this was home sweet home,” says Hibben, “and they took to New Mexico like ducks to water.”

Major headaches

Between 1969 and 1973, 93 oryx were released onto the missile range – and quickly began to reproduce. Researchers believed that the population would never grow beyond 500 to 600 and would remain within the Tularosa Basin. However, the animals proved to be extremely opportunistic, and quickly spread into the San Andres Mountains. Some observers estimate the current oryx population at 5,000 or more, and animals have been spotted from 60 miles south of Albuquerque all the way down to West Texas.

“Oryx do not go through a rut,” says Patrick Morrow, a wildlife biologist at White Sands Missile Range. “Even in the Kalahari, they have the ability to mate and breed year round. But conditions are much harsher there, and African lions prey on them. Here, their only predator is man.”

Since 1974, hunters have killed approximately 5,000 oryx, says Morrow. The first year, the missile range and New Mexico Game and Fish issued only four hunting permits for oryx. This year, the agencies will issue 895 once-in-a-lifetime permits, and Game and Fish will issue 500 year-round permits for hunts off-range.

“Eventually, we’d like to see no oryx outside missile range boundaries,” says Patrick Mathis, area game manager at the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. “We want to decrease the herd on the range to 1,000 animals – down

403 Forbidden Message…Have any others received that message on this site?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-03-2015


I received this e-mail from Errol who could not post his comment. I tried to post it for him and could not. So, I have made a new posting showing his comment and I hope that any of you who had received similar notices will let me know. Thanks for sharing this Errol and I hope it does not happen again. I did not do anything to stop comments and I have not done anything to try and correct the 403 error…matter of fact, I don’t have the foggiest idea what to do about it. Maybe some of our readers can help us out. Pete


The kind webmaster must have this posting closed to comments since I always got
an error message when I tried to post it. At any rate, the following is my
comment made through email:

I wonder what would happen if Geronimo did come
home. He might resurrect an invading force and lead his disenfranchised brethern
in an invasion force and surround the governor’s mansion in Santa Fe demanding
the right to build a casino. Personally, I believe that the free market should
decide the viability of a casino in Lordsburg. If the descendant brethren of
Geronimo can raise the necessary funds to build their casino, then they should
be allowed to do so and let the free market decide. After all, the descendants
of Geronimo are supposed to be a free nation which has nothing to do with the
state government in Santa Fe as long as they behave themselves and not become
envolved in an insurrection. Let the Fort Sill Tribe have their freedom. Some
casinos are doing well while others are closing. The ghost of Geronimo just may
have the management skills to makes theirs survive and thrive. They are
Americans. Let’s give them the chance.

Dad Blame Chiricahua Indians….Hiding as Fort Sill Apache…Bring Geronimo Home

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-03-2015


I wrote this back in February, 2010. An update is below this postings.

Ok, time for another installment of my stuff writing. Now you remember me telling you in the camping stuff post about Cibola National Forest being broken up into three segments, right? Well, I want to tell you about the section west of Socorro. If you look at a New Mexico map and see the towns (that may be  overstating facts) of Winston and Chloride. Ok, just north of there at the tail end of the Cibola National Forest and at the county line lies the Reservation of the Warm Spring Apache Tribe (abandoned) that I have researched so much and have developed a fondness.(Some maps will show it).  Chief Victorio was one of the most fierce of all the Apache chieftains, but we certainly pushed him in that direction. After all, he stood in the way of silver mining and potential gold mining and copper mining for goodness sake. We could not let that happen by some 400  strong tribe (probably at their biggest), could we? His tribe was massacred Oct 14 and 15, 1880 down in Mexico. The remnants of the tribe joined Geronimo and the Chiricahuas. Well, we conquered them and kept them and the Chiricahua tribe prisoners of war for 27 years. We hauled them off to Florida, Alabama and then Oklahoma and said this is your new home boys, never to return….I don’t know why, but the reservation lies idle today, and I guess it is to allow the spirits of the Warm Spring Tribe to forever enjoy that area they so dearly cherished and called home….You remember our Govornor disallowed the Fort Sill Apaches to build a casino down at Lordsburg, huh? They are some of the descendants of the Warm Springs and Chiricahua…We did not need another casino, but had it been me, I would have allowed it just because of the history of the tribe…I have Mississippi Choctaw blood from my Granny Hester, I’m not sure how strong, but I guess it’s strong enough to feel some kinship for my Apache brothers….

March 20, 1015….Albuquerque Journal reported today that the Fort Sill Apaches did not deserve a casino in New Mexico or maybe better said, would not be allowed to build a casino in New Mexico. That kind of upsets me. I am not a member of that tribe nor do I know anyone in that tribe…But, the Warm Spring Apache (written about above) led by Nana after Victorio’s death in 1880 joined the Chiricahuas with the few remaining members of the Warm Spring group, including Charlie, Victorio’s son. The Warm Spring tribe called New Mexico home. Their reservation still remains exact where I said it was above, just south of the Cibola National Forest. With all the information available, including mine, which is the least of all that information, tells that the Fort Sill Tribe in Oklahoma is in fact, from New Mexico and Arizona. So, Governor, deny the Fort Sill Tribe a casino if you must, but the denial cannot be because they are not a New Mexico tribe….No one listens to me….No one listens to them….It’s sad….I wish Geronimo could come home…Does anyone else?

New Mexico Wildlife…Bighorn Sheep

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-03-2015


Here is some information on hunting bighorn sheep in New Mexico.

Alpine Hunts

Alpine hunts in the Pecos, Latir, and Wheeler Peak Wilderness take place at 12,000 ft to 13,000 ft. Access to these areas is often best achieved via horseback, as most groups of bighorn live far from trail heads. The climate can be very fickle in late summer and early autumn, and hunters need to be prepared for sunny warm days, as well as clouds, rain, and sleet, for days as a time. Care must be taken to not be trapped above timberline if a lightning storm should arrive. The high altitude provides an additional challenge as the shortage of oxygen can limit the hiking plans of even the most physically fit. The sweeping expanses of wilderness with jagged peaks and tundra plains are one of the highlights of hunting in the Pecos, Latir, and Wheeler Peak herds.

Rocky Mountain bighorns on Gold Hill in the Carson National Forest - Alpine Hunts for Bighorn Sheep - New Mexico Game & Fish goggle New Mexico Wildlife for information on hunting big game in New Mexico….


University of New Mexico, School of Dental Hygiene

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-03-2015


Hester BooksThis good looking smile of mine is not an accident, folks. When I retired I no longer had dental insurance, so I started going down to the UNM, School of Dental Hygiene and let the students there practice their skills on me. It as been about five years now. I get a second year student and usually we stay together until they graduate. I’ve had some good ones, all nice and caring girls who have gone on to jobs in their chosen career. Yesterday, I said goodbye to Kayle. I could well remember her first time working one me, I’m always kinda “skeered” the first time, but she did good and the instructor only corrected her on a few things. Yesterday, she was a real professional. The instructor bragged on her and I commented to the instructor that she indeed was now a pro. The instructor said that is what they like to hear. But she really was. She had to deep clean two of my back teeth on both sides of my mouth. She gave me two shots and did a good job, with the shots and deep cleaning. When she walked me up to check out and charge me for those services, she gave me a hug…well, and I hugged her just as much, saying goodbye, as she will be graduating this year and moving on with a new job somewhere in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho. She let me know that her, “little”. a name for her replacement, Maria would be handling me starting in August. Maria will be my fourth one to help train….You know what? I feel so proud of all those kids and while my part is so small in their training, I still just feel like an important part of it…So it’s goodbye, Kayle and hello, Maria. I hope to keep that “good looking” smile….Thank you, UNM School of Dental Hygiene…

New Mexico Lobos Men’s Basketball Team….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-03-2015


Disappointing…yes…No NCAA this year…No NIT this year…Well, we could win it all at the MWC tournament this year in Las Vegas and make it, but that’s highly unlikely as we would have to win them all…Teams that we could not beat in regular season and we lost another player with a broken hand last week. We have our top players sitting on the bench, injured….We play extremely good defense, we just don’t have any real good shooters left…The one we do have is guarded by a couple of people so it is hard for him to get a good shot off….Well, “wait ’til next year”… we won our last game against a good Wyoming team and played very tough, breaking a eight game losing streak…but you know what, even with the losing streak, the boys played before sell out crowds, 15,000 plus …And you can say, “well, there is nothing else to do in Albuquerque”, but that is just not true…The truth is the Albuquerque folks love their basketball Lobos….They also love the Lady Lobos, who by the way finished tied for first place in the conference and may go on to further tournament play, draw about 6000 fans a game….We will be pulling for the Lady Lobos the rest of this year but I think our boys are about finished for this season…… Let me mention that down south at Las Cruces, New Mexico State Aggies won the WAC conference and will be playing in the Big Dance, representing the State of New Mexico and we will be cheering them on. I think they finally have all of their boys healthy for a change….Go Aggies…

Politics….So Tiring, Huh?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-03-2015


Do you get as tired as I do of hearing about the bad guys? Republicans and Democratic…In those two parties there has to be thousands upon thousands of ideas, opinions, feelings, good, bad, right, wrong…A couple of my family members tend to lean left, a couple of us tend to lean right, a couple of us stays pretty close to the middle and that is with the same upbringing, same rights and wrongs in their teaching….How does that happen, you reckon? I suppose, different teachers in school, different situations arising during their school years, a genuine difference in the way things are viewed when they happen or even the understanding of the explanation of situations presented to them. But it is good to have these differences….I agree with their right, really I expect their right to an opinion, no matter how the rest of the family views it….. But, the main thing is, while each of our family respects the other family members opinion, don’t make the mistake of believing that the family is divided. No sir, we don’t think alike, but, yes sir, we all love alike….and strongly…. Around here, love stands head and shoulders above politics…..24/7