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New Mexico Water

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-03-2010


As long as I have been out in this country, I still become amazed at the trouble water brings…Maybe I should say the lack of water brings…But we have to have it and in order for any city to grow out here they need a good supply of water…Once someone has water rights it is a real fight to get it away from them or to infringe on their usage…One thing though, it is use it or lose it, per state water laws. So some farms on the east side of the state are selling some of their water rights…The latest news, the owner of some wells in the Lake Sumner aquifer, who bought the rights down around Lake Sumner, near Fort Sumner, wants to sells its water to the city of Santa Fe, who needs it for the city usage. They would build a 150 mile pipeline which will rise in elevation over 4000 feet in that distance…  But now, the Carlsbad Irrigation District says, no, the water under the ground in the Pecos River Run Off area belongs to us and if Santa Fe gets it, it will short us on irrigation water and so they filed a law suit trying to stop the sell. (Texas is due a lot of the Pecos River water as well, but I have not heard what they are saying at this point). Carlsbad says Santa Fe needs to get its water from the Rio Grande River runoff area, since that is where they are located…..It is over my head, it is complicated, it has for years been certain ways, but  now with the growth of our New Mexico cities it is becoming more and more critical in having sufficient water to take care of its citizens. Albuquerque bought water from the San Juan River in the Famington area and it is currently being injected into our aquifer here….Sales of water rights do happen, it has happened and it is legal….But a whole lot of people have a whole lot to say about it…Do the folks in Alabama and Mississippi have any problems with water?…Maybe too much water at times, huh?

Clovis/Portales/Cannon AFB, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-03-2010


We just got back from  a few days over on the state’s east side. I was surprised at how busy they are over that way….Cannon is still in the growing mode as they continue with their new mission and more civilian personnel will be added soon…So they are building in both cities getting ready for the new influx of people..The dairies are going full blast as is the cheese factory….And that is good to have the steady business for employers and employees…Tractors are rolling all across the flat farm land around Floyd, Portales and Cannon… We came by one farm that had four new looking John Deere tractors parked and maybe a older one or two as well…And that is good, purchasing new equipment to get the job done and the factories up north have to get geared up to produce even more…Makes the world go round…I went to Wal Mart a couple of times while in Portales…They have a young lady greeter who wears a big bow or something in her hair, has a very big smile and a very big voice….She greeted me with a big wave and a cheerful and loud, HELLO BUD D D E E..At first I was a little shocked, but before I could return the greeting, another person coming in was getting the same loud and cheerful, hello buddie, and she drug out that buddie  also…She was warm and cheerful and got my shopping off to a good start….Enjoyable trip…..Good folks over that way…

New Mexico Representatives Voting, a duty?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-03-2010


Is it the duty of our elected officials to vote on bills, any bills before the House or Senate. Let me answer…Yes, yes, yes,  it is a duty….On a recent tax vote, four of our elected officials were excused from voting. One did claim sickness.  All four stated they were against the tax increases, yet they did not vote…It does not matter how I feel about the bill, if I am either for it or against it, but it certainly matters how our elected officials feel about it. So, Senators and Congressmen, do your job…. VOTE…Vote for the bill, vote against the bill, but go on record one way or the other….If you are going to set on the fence you might as well be out here with the rest of us citizens who have no vote…When you don’t vote, you do not represent anyone…You are worthless, a vote was wasted on you….It blows me away that you think you have done some good by not voting….WHAT A WASTE OF VOTERS EFFORTS…..Please do your job and vote on the issues, and always on the tough issues…..Pete Hester


Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-03-2010


My nephew is convalescing from by-pass surgery. I also went through that several years ago and it was during that time that I took up painting and writing. I’m not real good at either, however, it does satisfy something down deep inside me and as I continue to both write and paint, I believe I do see some improvements. So, I wanted to show you my very first painting, which I call “Contrail”. Our skies are continually streaked with contrails of  jet aircraft criss crossing. One late afternoon on the way home from work I counted 17 contrails in the afternoon sky. I have given this painting to number 3 grandson…It was one of his favorites.

So, nephew, you might want to consider becoming an art – tist…….You were always good at drawing as I recall….Well, just a thought….Uncle

New Mexico Lobo’s – 28 – 3 MWC Champs

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-03-2010


How ’bout them Lobos….28 – 3 and conference champs… They  should be seeded pretty high in the NCAA tourney, huh? We’ll see and we will keep you posted….Go Lobo’s….March 6, 2010….I erred and I have made the correction to 28 – 3….You will recall I had shown 27 – 3….but it is 28 and 3 my friends…this is to help make up for 1 – 11 football season, which will be much better this coming season….By the way, our Lobo baseball team is worth watching also, I think they are 8 and 3 now, thanks to Coach Birmingham…You are doing a good job coach….

Television commericals

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-03-2010


Most of the time folks are lucky to get a year or two out of their TV Commericals. I spoke to a lady today who told me her son was in a commerical which had been made back in 1986. We watched the commerical air, March 1, 2010. Her son, Kevin Hall and several of his cowboy buddies made the commerical for Roswell Meat Market, Roswell, NM, way back yonder and it is still in use and is a good commerical. Kevin is now all grown up, has a family of his own and is working on a spread over around Post, TX. Most tv commericals are lucky to run a half a dozen times…Here is this one still running from the eighties…This one may be a record…I asked Kevin’s Mom if he made any money off the commerical…Well,  she thought he may have gotten a bag of beef jerky out of it…That’s a good story and I would like to thank Mrs. Hall for telling me about it….Pete Hester

Shamu, the killer whale

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-02-2010


We all hated to hear of the death of the trainer of the killer whale….One thing that has always worried me about working with animals is that they are animals..Holding something in its mouth is one way for it to show affection and to be playful with its owner….I believe this whale loved its trainer and wanted to play, nothing more…But on the other hand, many animals can turn on you in a second, dogs attacking children they normally play with, and attacking owners that have been loving them for years and we really have no way of knowing it’s motive(well, duh)…I would appeal to all animal lovers to love and take care of their pets, but don’t leave small children unattended around them…Just a word of caution as most of the time they will be ok, but, be safe, ok?…….

Brother Sam and Dad pictures

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-02-2010


I ran across a picture of my brother Samuel E. Hester and my dad, Daniel W. Hester, given to me by a cousin last year. I wanted to share them with you….They are Pickens County Alabama born and raised….Born there….lived there….buried there….And I loved them both dearly…Sam’s family own several acres of the original homestead of Middleton Hester’s from about 1855….double click on the picture to increase its size…..

Rio Grande Silvery Minnow

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-02-2010


Well, our silvery minnow is back in the news. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife has revised it’s recovery plans for the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow. It does not say what the revision is. But you remember me talking about Texas needing it’s water released from New Mexico to flow on down toward El Paso and beyond. Well, my thinking is now that the silvery minnow has the water to survive now because  Texas is getting it’s water. So, as long as we keep the water flowing the little fella’s will be ok…..Now, why did we not think of that before….Them little critters need water….Duh…I guess them Texas fellas do too…I’m glad we got it all worked out….

More stuff…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-02-2010


I have heard honking, high up, for several days now. I guess the cloud cover has hidden the migrating geese from me…signs of spring, huh….and that’s good…a new beginning…..Update….Feb 18, 2010 numbers from the wildlife folks shows the number of birds to be way under the last report….Gone up north to see our northern neighbors….I suppose they will be back in record numbers next winter after all that partying up north….

Carlsbad was voted some money to work on the new cavern at the south end of the city. I hope they can patch it up…Reckon what they will do? Pump brine water back into the cavity? Make more caves to explore? ….Now that’s a joke folks so don’t jump on me, ok? Really, how do you fill a major hole like that….Stuff 2.5 million dollar bills down the hole? Let’s see, there are 100 pennies in a dollar, so 2.5 million dollar in pennies, now that would be, geez, these dang cheap calculators….Well, its a bunch, so it might fill the hole’….Ok, I’ll be quiet…but let me know how they will fill that dang hole, ok?

Visitors have been down a little lately. I suppose the writer of this blog needs to do a little more work on something worth while to write about. Everybody is talking a tea party…Well, I was not invited to the first tea party, so I probably will not attend this one and I sure don’t want to write about it. But I am very sure I will hear about it….I am a conservative and I vote that way, but I don’t like to get out and mix it up and carry on publicly…It just ain’t me…But I will vote my mind and stand for what I believe and listen to what you have to say…More than two paragraphs though and you lose me…ADD I guess….

New Mexico Lobo’s , 25 – 3…squeeked by Air Force…but a win is a win, huh? those boys in blue used all of the clock everytime they went on offense. We won, but I will not get my 4 tacos for a dollar at Taco Bell since we did not score 65 or more points…Now that’s a shame and Air Force is to blame…So Tuesday, between 4 and 6 pm, I will have to pay regular price for my tacos at Taco Bell…Colorado State next Tuesday for the Lobo’s….In the pit….No, they are playing at Colorado State….Feb 24 update:  We won…We are now 26 – 3 and rated number 10 nationally…Pretty good, huh?…Only thing about being rated, everyone wants to knock you out of the ratings and sometimes just to say “we beat a ranked team”….Anyway, Go Lobo’s…….