Featured Posts

Top Reads...this site Thanks folks for spending some time on the site reading our stories. The reason I say "our" is because I cannot take credit for some of the stories being read. The top stories so far this month are...

Read more

Parkinson's....Boxing Helps...Part 2 Rock Steady Boxing Part II A personal statement on benefits of RSB Authored by Otis Vaughn February 28, 2019 Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) really works and greatly slows the progression of Parkinson’s...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Oryx…In New Mexico…Good Story Reprinted

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


Wildlife 8 comments

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

Letter to President Obama by Lou Pritchett of Procter & Gamble..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-03-2015


 Chilling Letter from Proctor & Gamble to Obama

By Lou Pritchett,


Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America ‘s true living legends – an
acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the
world’s highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere
recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.
Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept
that came to be known as “partnering.”

Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer
Development for Procter and Gamble and over the
course of 36 years made corporate history.


Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of
the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive
ivy-league education or your extravagant  lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing
up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t
understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with
radical extremists who hate
America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see
America fail..

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America ‘ crowd
and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country
where the government sector
dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a
government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on
our own vast oil, coal  and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that
lays the golden egg which provides
the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against
certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you
on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing
points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything You do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh’s,
Hannity’s, O’Reilly’s and Beck’s who offer opposing, conservative points of

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Lou Pritchett

This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it.
Big surprise. Since it hit the Internet, however, it has had over 500,000
hits. Keep it going!

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men do nothing..
It’s happening right now.

The CHANGE is here!!  90% of Americans will forward this.

This is verifiable at:

Sent from my iPhone

North Carolina State Fair Champion Hog…..

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-02-2015


The Cox Family with the Reserve Champion Overall at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair
The Cox Family with the Reserve Champion Overall at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair


Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-02-2015


From a friends Facebook page…

The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim
The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Musiims
The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims’

Think of it:

Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
Confusians living with Baha’is = No Problem
Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
Christians living with Jews = No Problem
Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem

Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
Muslims living with Christians = Problem
Muslims living with Jews = Problem
Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
Muslims living with Atheists = Problem

**********SO THIS LEAD TO *****************
They’re not happy in Gaza
They’re not happy in Egypt
They’re not happy in Libya
They’re not happy in Morocco
They’re not happy in Iran
They’re not happy in Iraq
They’re not happy in Yemen
They’re not happy in Afghanistan
They’re not happy in Pakistan
They’re not happy in Syria
They’re not happy in Lebanon
They’re not happy in Nigeria
They’re not happy in Kenya
They’re not happy in Sudan

******** So, where are they happy? **********
They’re happy in Australia
They’re happy in England
They’re happy in Belgium
They’re happy in France
They’re happy in Italy
They’re happy in Germany
They’re happy in Sweden
They’re happy in the USA & Canada
They’re happy in Norway & India
They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic! And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not themselves… THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!! And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy and finally they will be get hammered


Think about it…….

Like · ·