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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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The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

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Kirtland AFB Jet Fuel Spill Cleanup Starts Friday, June 26, 2015…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-06-2015

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The leak was discovered in 1999, but some say it has been leaking for decades, but Friday, June 26, clean up starts…so they say. Well, I hope that’s the case….. They will pump the water up out of the aquifer and pipe it about 3 miles to a treatment plant on Kirtland AFB. The cleaned water will be used to water the golf course on the base and after the water meets certain standards, a infiltration system will allow the water to percolate  back into the aquifer. Only one extraction well is pumping now but 2 – 3 others are planned for this year and possibly 4 more wells for 2016. That is good news for the citizens of Albuquerque. We are growing at a tremendous rate and water is absolutely necessary. …The rate of pumping for the present well should be at 100 to 120 gallons per minute starting Friday…That’s a pretty good stream. Thanks to the Air Force Civil Engineering Center in San Antonio, TX along with a team of top Air Force scientists and some folks from the New Mexico State Environment Department….Good job to all of you folks…And thanks…

Warming trend….It’s here….102 degrees In Albuquerque, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 23-06-2015

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Ok, now I’m a believer….It is here with the 102 yesterday and 100 plus for today seems to mean we are in a warming trend…and it is reported that this trend will continue into July and usher in the monsoon rains for this year…while I don’t expect monsoons to the extent we see in India, I’m hoping for a quarter inch or so for our area…Yeah, I know…..but brown is our favorite color…well, for a lot of us anyway. Green means flies and mosquitos and other pesky insects and high humidity….some of us humans are difficult to please, aren’t we? I love New Mexico…We know where to look for water when we need to….High mountain steams, a few nice lakes and a mud puddle here and there….Life is good…

Confused?…About Politic….And Government….And Political Parties..?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-06-2015

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Well, do not feel alone….Lot of us, from time to time, have to pause to think about just what is right. And trying to bring things, important things, down to a family level just does not work either. One thing that always gives me pause is bombing a place where the bad guys have hidden out and they have innocent women and children with them…I think that is a no-no…But, when it come to paying our bills, keeping our payments in the black, I do think we can compare to running a household. I can think of tough times in our early family years where many paydays I would go up one side of the street paying and down the other side apologizing, telling those I owed that I would get them paid….And I did…Never thinking about bankruptcy. I felt a deep obligation to pay my debts. Still do. Others may think differently and that’s ok. As a government we must pay our bills as we must operate our nation, however, someone has to check our spending and when we reach our limits, put the brakes on spending…Both parties need to be working on spending cuts, amen? Welfare is necessary, helping someone up is great, but that should not be a career move..welfare, I mean and monthly drug test should be required for all recipients. Both parties need to be on the same page on this and why would anyone not be in favor of this?….. Congressmen making a career of politics…..No, they should not…two terms max and the same retirement benefits as the rest of us…Paying foreign governments, those who hate us, burn our flag and mistreat it’s citizens, should never happen…those governments using our money to do things all of us are against? No way, neither party should let that happen….. Flying our flag at our homes, in our schools and wearing USA or USA Flag shirts should always be allowed, and never, I say never, let another nations flag be flown over one of our institutions or school…no way…  There are many other things that I could list here but I’m sure you would grow as weary reading them as I would writing them….But one other important point…Prayer in our school and courts and publicly showing the ten commandants wherever they are warranted should be required..We are still a Christian nation, 70 percent of us, and that is a majority, folks, I say, Christianity is still the majority…..But, what I’m trying to say is that if one off our citizens, runs for office and has the above in his or her platform…I’m gonna vote for them…Republican, Democrat, Independent or even the Whigs party, they would be worth voting for. Amen?….

45th President of the United States of America….(pictured before breakfast)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-06-2015

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I almost wrote, H. R. Clinton, but I did not out of fear that I would be correct and quoted by others as being the first to predict that our new president would be Hillary….I do not want that distinction….However, that said, you figure it out. Who will the liberals vote for? Why, Hillary of course…Who will the women vote for? Not all of them, but most of them for Hillary….Who will the welfare recipient’s vote for? Well, not for a dang old Republican, that’s for sure, so rack them up for Hillary….Those who are high on the immigration issue?  Why, Hillary, of course. Those folks looking for a handout….Hillary…..That leaves us conservatives, which ain’t very many, voting for the good guys….Sounds like Hillary by a land slide, huh? What can we conservatives do about it?….Well, we better pick the very best of the Republicans running….And believe me, they are going to have to appeal to some of the above…Can one of them do it….I don’t know… I hope so….But, my friends and fellow conservatives, our work is cut our for us….I don’t think our country can stand another four years of more of the same….or worse….Well, I don’t know everything, matter of fact, I’m kind of lacking in political savvy and for me to see the above really is scary. Maybe she will have an affair, or really have several bad hair days, er, back to back and have a few pictures made of her before breakfast…That would probably do it…pictures before breakfast….work on it guys…

 

Ghost Towns of New Mexico…Kingston, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-06-2015

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Bank Museum, Kingston NMwelcome to the Black RangeThe Old Percha Bank building, now a museum opened by appointment only and the Black Range Lodge…

Kingston was founded when Jack Sheddon found a rich vein of silver ore in 1882. It grew to more than 7000 people very rapidly and was one of the largest towns in the territory. It was also one of the wildest in the wild west. Kingston produced 10 million in silver between 188o – 90’s. It had 22 saloons, 14 grocery stores,  gambling halls, a brewery and three newspapers. Today, only 30 people or so live in Kingston. One floor of the Victoria Hotel remains. The Black Range Lodge (shown above) is built with salvage of Pretty Sam’s Casino. The Old Percha Bank (shown above) is a museum opened by appointment only.  The Spit and Whittle Club, formed in 1888 , is still active and is the nations oldest social club. www.kingstonnm.com……see New Mexico, folks….It’s a great state to visit….Pete Hester

Ghost Towns of New Mexico…Chloride, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-05-2015

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Chloride, NM is located in Serria County, New Mexico, approximately 36 miles northwest of T or C, NM. It was founded in 1880 after Harry Pye discovered silver ore nearby. Despite repeated Indian attacks, one in which Pye was killed, the town grew to 3000 people.  It had 9 saloons, 3 general stores, restaurants, butcher shop, candy store, lawyer, doctor, Chinese laundry, 2 hotels, livery stable, smelter and sawmill. There were 12 operating mines and nearly 500 prospector holes in and around Chloride. The silver panic of 1893 wiped the town out, but many of the original structures still stand. The old Pioneer Store is now a museum. The “Hanging Tree”on Wall Street still stand and is over 200 years old. About 11 folks (at last count) still live in Chloride. (They may not call it a ghost town, but it has some wonderful history that they can tell you about.)  Check out www.pioneerstoremuseum.com or call 575-743-2735…..Pete Hester

Ghost Towns of New Mexico…Monticello, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-05-2015

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Surrounding area near Monticello..  Cottonwood Canyon

One of the ghost towns of New Mexico and Serra County is Monticello, New Mexico, founded in 1856 by local farmers and ranchers and was first known as Canada Alamosa (Cottonwood Canyon). In 1881, the first post master renamed the town Monticello. The town was built in a square with adobe walls in  to protect the residents from Indian attacks. The Warm Spring Apache tribe called that area home. That tribe was led by Chief Victorio. He and his tribe were massacred in October of 1880 in Mexico. The remainder of the tribe joined the Chiricahua Tribe of Southeastern Arizona.  The Southern Apache Agency was located in Monticello. You can still see parts of the old adobe walls of the plaza, should you visit the town. The San Ignacio Catholic Church was built in 1867 and services are still held there today. There are graves in the old cemetery dating back to the 1700s. Located 25 miles northwest of T or C. Visit www.ghosttownd.com/states/nm/monticello to learn more. Pete Hester

Memorial Day…a repost from 2011

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 24-05-2015

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Memorial Day, 2011(updated after dinner Sunday)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-05-2011

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This morning was a beautiful day, quite, serene, nothing going on in our neighborhood. No riots, no hunger, no quarreling and no drug deals going down to my knowledge. A good start to a weekend where we honor those who died to give us this freedom. We kind of take our good life for granted, but a lot of folks died to make it happen. Thanks to the families of our fallen Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines who have suffered in their loss. We share your grief and we honor you and your fallen loved one this weekend. God Bless America and the Military who so bravely fight for our  freedom.

We celebrated our Memorial Day on Sunday afternoon. I asked my granddaughter to read the Gettysburg Address just before our lunch. Wow, that speech always gets to me…What a powerful choice of words and the last two sentences take us living in the 21st Century to task. ….”It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” Our present Congress has it’s work cut out for it….From my seat here is Albuquerque it seems to me the proper course of action is prayer…President Lincoln called it correctly, “that this nation under God”  Our prayers that the Almighty will once again put up the hedge rows to protect our country, return prayer back into the school systems and recognize that without God’s help we will never succeed.

Truth or Consequences, NM…Weekend visit

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-05-2015

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We had a nice visit to T or C, NM this past weekend. I guess most folks heading down to T or C are going either to boat and fish at Elephant Butte Lake or visit the numerous hot springs. Of course you know that the town was called Hot Springs until 1950 when Ralph Edwards of the tv show, Truth or Consequences proclaimed that the first town to change it’s name to the shows name he would come and broadcast a show from that town. Hot Springs won the honor, changed it’s name and for the next  50 years Mr. Edwards came to T or C the first weekend in May for the “Fiesta”. They still have it and its still a pretty big deal. We missed the Fiesta but still enjoyed the visit. The level of The Butte is still down a lot, but up about 35 feet since last year. A good snow melt this year, coupled with some nice area rain storms is helping to keep the lake level rising. My son in law hit a rock on the east side of the lake in his boat and we had to have a tow to make it back to the marina. Still, I think we all had a wonderful time but the fishing was abruptly ended thanks to the unexpected rock collision…….. The next posting I want to share with you information about the ghost towns around that area and some of the history of each. I find it quite interesting…I think you will also….Pete

Fire Station #22, Albuquerque, NM…Chain Saw Art

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 11-05-2015

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Mark Chavez 001Mark Chavez 003Mark Chavez 007Mark Chavez 011Mark Chavez 006My daily walk takes me by Fire station #22. I witnessed the complete renovation of it, including the cutting down of three big pine trees out front of the station. The tree trimmer left about a nine or ten foot stump. I quizzed one of the fireman about it and he let me know that a retired fireman would be doing some chain saw art on the stumps. In the days that followed I witnessed the transformation of these stumps into magnificent works of art. One day, as the roadrunner, rabbit and snake were being carved, I happened by just as the artist took a water break. I had a visit with him and learned that he worked for the fire department for 24 years before retiring. His name is Mark Chavez, Artist and owner of Sandia Bear Company Chainsaw Sculptures, 190 old 66 East, Albuquerque, NM 87123…His web site is sandiabearcompany.com. You can view more of his work on the web site as well as learn more about Mark. Look closely to see the snake climbing up the tree after the rabbit sitting there just under the road runner. On the back side of the owls, there is a baby owl in the knot of the tree and yours truly failed to use a flash so you cannot see it…It’s very cute. Sorry I did not get a good picture. The two eagles are the first ones he did. Beautiful…I hope some of you can see these carvings in person as he did a very good job. He also did the carvings in the burn area down near the Rio Grande River….Good job, Mark….Today I worked on the picture of the little owl in the knot hole…click to enlarge and you can see the little fellow. Same with the snake in the roadrunner picture…click to enlarge to see him….thanks, Pete