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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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Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

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J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

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Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

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Beautiful Alabama Girl

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-01-2012


This young lady is my niece’s grand daughter….She is a beauty, is she not….Her grand mother had about 40,000 toys for her to play with and she showed KJ and I most of them. This in another of the happy memories from our 2011 reunion visit to Alabama….

Passports needed in New Mexico

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-01-2012


450 people turned out at the state capitol yesterday in support of the New Mexico driver’s license for the illegal immigrants in this county. One lady said they had been coming across the border illegally for years apparently because of severe poverty in Mexico….I reckon, that means  the illegal ain’t really illegal in her eyes….To her I guess it should be an open border where those folks could come and go at their leisure. So, I guess us citizens need a passport to prove that we are here legally and when we approve the passports also make it legal to ask if you have one and to make it available to law enforcement officials who inquire…It is a shame it is coming to this, really, cause a person in Arizona or Texas are U S citizens by virtue of having a valid drivers license…Not so here….We are the “state different”, huh? What I’m not sure about is the loyalty of the people running our state…Are we loyal to America or Mexico?….You tell me…

Momma said

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-01-2012


Did I ever tell you guys about coming home from work a while back, pulling into the drive way and a little neighbor girl was riding her bike close by when I pulled in. She rode close by and said, “Hey, Mr. Hecker.” I spoke and let the erroneous name go without correcting her. The next day when I came home, same  thing, she was riding her bike and again said, “Hey, Mr. Hecker”. Well, this time I thought I should go ahead and correct her. “Honey, my name is Mr. Hester.” She quickly replied, “No it ain’t, it’s Mr. Hecker,  Momma said.” It’s bad to correct a Momma so I let it go. She moved away a little later and I suppose she remembers her neighbor, “Old Mr. Hecker.” My sweetie now calls me Mr. Hecker time to time….Pete Hester

www.friendsofthebosque.org…Bosque del Apache NWR

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-01-2012


The latest count of our birds visiting New Mexico as of Jan. 11, 2012 from Ashley Inslee, Refuge Biologist at Bosque del Apache NWR. Now she says this week’s count represents an approximation…..Ducks, 81,000, Canada Geese, 200….Light Geese, 35,000….Sandhill Cranes, 10,000….Bald and Golden Eagles, 8….American Coot, 762….Marsh and water Birds, 6…..Hawks and owls, 43…..If you are like me you still wonder how they counts the little critters…Well, read all about it in the 2010 Habitat publication at http://www.friendsofthebosque.org/2010Habitatweb2.pdf …..The answer may surprise you…maybe not..Are you interested in helping at the www.friendsofthebosque.org?  In addition to the web site, you could contact Leigh Ann Vradenburg, Executive Director, Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR, P. O. Box 340, San Antonio, NM 87832..phone 575-838-2120…thanks, Pete  (Did you know that San Antonio, NM is home of the Owl Cafe…The originator of the world famous Green Chile Cheeseburger? Do not pass by without trying one, ok?)

Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival, Milnesand, NM, April 20-22,2012

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-01-2012


The 11th Annual High Plains “Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival” kicks off April 20 through 22, 2012. You can read all about it on New Mexico Wildlife or you can contact Tish McDaniel at 575-762-6997 or chickenfestival@yahoo.com. The news release states the following: Nature enthusiasts from around the country will hear the annual calls of the lesser prairie chickens this April and flock to Milnesand, NM for the opportunities to see the birds’ colorful, sometimes comical, mating rituals on the prairie grasslands of southeastern New Mexico. Be sure to register early for the 11th Annual High Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival. The event is imited to 100 individuals, and spots usually are full by the April 1 signup deadline. Registration is limited because of the sensitivity of the lesser prairie chicken during the breeding season. A fee of $100.oo per person covers all field trips, five meals and a commemorative poster.  Festival participants will have the opportunties to: Observe and photograph the mating rituals of the lesser prairie-chicken at close range, either from a passenger van or on the ground in a photo-blind ($25.00 per person)…Bird watch with some of the best birders in New Mexico….Talk with ranchers and biologists working to conserve prairie chickens….Learn about the Southern Great Plains ecosystem….Enjoy good food and Western hospitally…

Milnesand, NM is a small community 30 miles south of Portales, NM and it has no motels, so you may want to stay in Portales….please click on www.wildlife.state.nm.us/recreation/prairie_ckn/Festival.html  for further information….

Also from the New Mexico Wildlife News…..Eagle Nest Lake is now open to ice fishing and to all-terrain vehicles and snowmobles…..The ice currently averages 14.77 inches thick….(which ain’t nearly enough in my way of thinking)….The people on site say it is safe to get on, so if you believe that, its ok with me for you to get on it, but don’t come crying to me if you fall through, ok?….Pete

Ski New Mexico…the snow is great…Shovel Race @angelfire

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-01-2012


Here is the latest snow base amounts at the New Mexico resorts….Angel Fire, 36 inches…Enchanted Forest 36 inches, Pajarito, 41 inches..Red River, 40 inches…, Sandia Peak, 45 inches….Sipapu, 34 inches,…. Ski Apache, 34, inches…Ski Santa Fe, 42 inches, Taos Ski Valley, 42 inches and Valles Caldera, 12 inches…Good skiing and more snow coming later this week….You folks that do such things, come on out to New Mexico…TV tonight says great skiing….I’ll take their word for it….

Now don’t forget the annual shovel race at Angel Fire Resort, Feb 11-12, 2012….Registration and clinic on Feb 11 and the race is on Feb 12….Bring your best snow shovel, probably wide enough to fit your hinny…I don’t think you want much hanging over as that ole shovel reaches speeds of up to 75 miles per hour….they have prizes for those that finish…It sounds like, er, fun, kinda….scary though

Tebow’s Mission??Pam Tebow’s Story

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-01-2012


Tebow and the Bronco’s did not win the game last night….No, they lost by a big margin….But I have this feeling that Tim Tebow’s mission in life is far greater than throwing or running a football. And he is right, the football games have provided him a platform from which to launch into his lifetime work….I definitely think he will be serving Our Lord and Savior is some capacity and I believe he will do it well….I don’t know how long he will play football, but he knows that his long term goals is not on the football field, but rather it is reaping the harvest for Our Heavenly Father…..No, he has never told me about his long term goals, but you just get that feeling….a warm and fuzzy feeling from a Christians point of view, that his days on a football field are numbered, but his days serving our Master has just begun…..Go, Tim, Go……GB2…..Pete Hester

Here is Pam Tebow’s story…..


Pam’s  Story


In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows  the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband  Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth  child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by  a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was  treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was  pregnant.


Doctors urged    her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had    caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her    Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without    the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn’t think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.


While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but    refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her    husband: If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make    him a preacher.


Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her    pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14,    1987. Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes    hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines . He    also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.


The University of Florida    ’s star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college    football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy. His current role as quarterback    of the Denver Broncos has provided an incredible platform for Christian    witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah.


Tim’s    notoriety and the family’s inspiring story have given Pam numerous    opportunities to speak on behalf of women’s centers across the country. Pam    Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters. I pray her tribe will    increase!


May the peace    of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you    always!

Patriots Tebow Too???

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-01-2012


We have all made a lot out of Tim Tebow praying, even giving a new word for dropping to one knee to give thanks to the Almighty or to ask the Almighty for favors….But Christian young men on sports teams are not really new nor are they limited to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos…I have been a Christian most of all my adult life but sometimes I acted like anything but a Christian and at times I did not feel like much of a Christian…At times, we all seem to get off on the wrong path and seek help in our prayer lives….The bible says, “the prayers of a righteous man prevailth much” and there in lies the difference in most of our prayer lives….My point is, there are good Christian men on both the Patriots and Broncos teams and I do think that those men will make a difference. I am glad Tim Tebow has pointed so many to Christ in such a short time, but that said, God is a just God and He hears all those prayers going up at game time from both teams….The Patriots are favored to win the game  and they should win, but don’t forget about, “the prayers of a righteous man”….which team is he on????

Alabama Hester’s…Brother Samuel’s family

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-01-2012


This photo is from last summer during our reunion. My grand daughter got to meet her cousins and my sister-in-law and her daughters shown here with K J on the right….We certainly had an enjoyable visit with them…

College Football, 2011…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-01-2012


What a year….I did pick Alabama in the BCS Championship game but against Oklahoma…Well, I got the best half correct anyway….In the final 25 standings for the 2011 season, the SEC was No. 1, AL, No 2,LSU No 5, ARK , No. 9, S CAR, No. 19  GA,….. the Big 12 , No. 3, OK ST, No. 13, Baylor, No.  15, Kan St, No. 16, OKLA,….PAC 12, No. 4, OR, No. 6. USC, No. 7, Stanford,… Mountain West, No. 8, Boise St., No.14, TCU, …. Big 10, No. 10, WISC, No. 11, Mich St, No. 12, Mich, No. 24, NEB…..Big East, No. 17, WVA, No. 25, Cinn….C-USA. No. 18, Houston, No. 20, Sou Miss…..ACC, No. 21, Va Tech, No. 22, Clemson, No. 23, Fla St….Sooo, the SEC not only had the National Champion in Alabama they were well represented in the top twenty five….Our congratulations to Coach Sabin and the Alabama Crimson Tide….They proved they were the undisputed champions by keeping the Tigers under 100 yards in offense, and in general just beating the crap out of them, and proved to this writer that they did in fact have a kicker…… Now, next year, with a new coach here in New Mexico, we are looking forward to winning several games….I don’t know and will not say how many, but we will win some games…mark it down…It is over for this year, an exciting year and I think we can expect some changes in the BCS methods of madness for next year..But, who really knows….I think I will Tebow on it some……Pete Hester