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Rio Grande (part time river)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-02-2013

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This morning’s Albuquerque Journal (01/07/13) front page, shows a picture of the Rio Grande down ’round Los Lunas, NM and it is down to a trickle. Matter of fact, Mulberry Branch in Pickens County, AL has more flow than the Rio Grande at this point. Last year I crossed over the Rio Grande bridge on Highway 380 at San Antonio, NM and the river was completely dry. It’s a sad fact that our rain and snow is down so much that our farmers, not only in New Mexico, but all the way down the Rio Grande Valley will suffer this year unless we have some relief. The weatherman on Channel 13 yesterday reports that the snow pack at all our ski resorts are down 4 – 8 inches on the year and that will result in less snowmelt runoff. We need some rain, a good heavy drizzle for like 4 days and nights, that might do it or at least it will help. Well, maybe I better leave the amount up to the Almighty, and just say we need a goodly amount. In the next week days, pending me having some time to do so, I will take some pictures from different bridges crossing the Rio Grande and post a couple of them on this site. Some of you who have never been out our way may dispute our calling this a river, but it does run strong 6 months or so out of the year. I will try to take a picture from the same bridge when that happens. However, right now, I will have to say the Rio Grande is a part time river at best.   Pete

Fishing Trip for 2013

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-02-2013

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Well, the Hester boys (and one Denton and one Trower, but they are Hester’s) have decided we need another fish trip. Last year it was up to  Platoro, Co from May 31 to June 3rd, opening weekend for the Gold Pan Acres Cabins and RV Parking Camp. And it could happen again this year. But, this year the final decision has not been made as to where we will go.  One of the options is the Glen Canyon Dam Reservoir  at Page, Az and  renting a houseboat large enough to accommodate the whole clan. Now, it will cost us a dad-blamed fortune to do that, but when it comes to fishing we don’t seem to “clam” up our wallets…..Geez, have you priced a fishing lure lately. They are high…. You lose one and you almost want to dive in to look for it. But on Glen Canyon I figure we may do more playing than fishing, but maybe not, and it is so deep you will not get hung up in the brush. So, we might save money on lures….If we go back to Platoro I hope for a couple of things. One, that they have done some work on the rub-board gravel roads…..Two, that we will go up a little later in the year so it will not be so dog-gone cold. One can not beat the fishing that we had last year…It was terrific…What about it guys…What are some of the other options?  We are not ready for the quality waters up on the San Juan, are we??? Probably not.

Number three grandson is saying some choice words about his flat tire at Gold Pan Acres Cabin, Platoro, Co, in June, 2012….

Immigration Reform?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-01-2013

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Immigration reform does not mean amnesty, does it? Now let me see……If I recall, President Reagan gave amnesty to 8 million back in, what, 1986, or whenever, with the thoughts of tightening down the border, making it hard to hire illegals and controlling the border to keep out more illegals…or something close to that. And now, President Obama want to clear a PATHWAY to citizenship for another 11 million illegals and tighten down the border, control hiring, blah, blah, blah…….So now we will have 19 million votes for the democrats plus children who become voting age…I don’t think President Reagan ever thought the first 8 million would vote for the democrats, but the Republicans are too tight with the purse strings…..What, you don’t think thats the way it is? Well, think again…. America is the land of the free and we are giving it away. We need to be a little selfish. Lets stop this nonsense. Give the illegals a special pass to be here for as long as they want or as needed, but please stop short of granting them citizenship. Granting citizenship to lawbreakers is crazy, completely crazy….Geez, maybe it is just me, a cranky old man, but something just ain’t right. Somebody needs to wise up and I think it is us, the voters of America. But wait, we just spoke….”A chicken in every pot”…..Lord help us…..

New Mexico Elk from KRQE, Channel 13, Albuquerque

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-01-2013

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http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/environment/video-nm-elk-video-goes-viral

hunters and animal lovers, this is some sight….Thanks to a viewer of Channel 13

Update: Did you know that the estimated New Mexico Elk population in 2011 was 82,000 elk? In 1912 hunters had almost eradicated the elk population in New Mexico as it was estimated at 60 elk. By 1934, the population had grown to 4000 elk statewide. During 1939, 1948 and 1955 they moved and restocked certain areas of New Mexico. The population grew to  8000 in 1958, 12000 in 1967, 53,000 by 1982. In the year 1994 10,000 elk were harvested. By 1999 our elk population was 72,000. The elk feed on grasses, forbs, and woody brows and need plenty of cover during the day. Private land owners help preserve some of the herds. They spilt up into smaller herds while resting, normally 25 to 30 and travel in larger numbers, some extremely large herds such as shown in the video.

Bibical Amendments

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-01-2013

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Should we start some amendments to the bible. I mean, some of those rules just plum get in the way….You shall have no other God before me,  I don’t think we can amend that, its pretty plain. ….You shall not misuse the name of the Lord. Now that one would really hamper a bunch of people, limiting their vocabulary tremendously…. Remember the sabbath day and keep it Holy. Maybe we should add the amendment that we could  give 30 seconds of silence while attending our favorite pro football game Sunday afternoon. That would probably take care of the remembering the sabbath, but the keep it Holy…hummmm, but that’s what it says….Honor your father and mother so that you may live long….No change  needed here huh, as it helps them and you…Thou shall not murder…we all know that except maybe the Roe v Wade people feel it is already an amendment, but I don’t think so…..Thou shall not commit adultery and remember Jesus amended this one by saying if you see a woman and even think, er, shall we say..oh, wow and maybe a thought or two on further down the gutter, you guilty….I know, but that’s what it says….Thou shall not steal, what’s his is his and whats mine is mine, we can’t argue with that can we?….Thou shall not give false testimony against thou neighbor, ie, bunch of cars round my neighbor’s house, wonder what he’s selling, must be something cause did you see that expensive SUV he is driving. Its fast too……You shall not covet your neighbors wife or stuff cause that is liable to make you break a bunch of the other no-nos, ie, adultery, stealing…You steal his ass and you in a heap of trouble or steal his oxen either, same thing…..I read on in the New Testament where we now live under grace, the grace of Jesus Christ. He tells us that he came to fulfill the Ten Commandments….He says we all sin….He says repent, turn  from your sins and you will be saved, even to those who believe on His name. So, it is not about how good I am but about how merciful He is. We are all breaking the laws, but He is sure to forgive us. Is there one who does not sin among us. No, not one He says….So maybe you are like me and the one amendment we all need is GRACE….Remember the song, “I’m just an old sinner saved by Grace.” I hope you will take a moment to assess where you are today. I tried to put a little humor in this posting, but it is very real and we all need to think about our relationship with the Almighty. He’s Boss, well, really, He is higher up than that, He is OUR KING….

Sad Story, Teachers….But True…..Sing Loud, folks, sing loud

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-01-2013

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Every so often you hear a story that you feel you must tell and the main reason is  to keep others from making such a terrible mistake……Years ago, a second grade class was putting on a program. All the class was singing in a part of it. The teacher did not like the way one little girl sounded and offered her a quarter to not sing, telling her to just mouth the words. It upset and hurt the little girl terribly and her dad even made a trip down to the school house to address his anger to the teacher. That prompted that little girl to never sing again, never, ever,  because her voice was so terrible, at least she thought that must be right for her teacher to do such a thing. To this day, many years have passed and she will not sing.  I hope and pray that none of my readers would ever be quilty of such a thing. Singing it not so much about sounding good as it is letting the joy escape from ones heart. Shame on that teacher for putting such a burden and damper on that little girl, one who today is now in her golden years, but she will not sing because of being paid a quarter to not sing. Just writing about it makes me sad…I wonder how much joy has been surpressed over the years because someone told her she could not sing……I sing in the shower, while working in the yard, walking around the house, sometimes even while shopping….and it is not about me sounding good or pretty, its about me being happy and releasing it from the inside…….Shame, shame on that second grade teacher….Pete

High School Best Friend

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 15-01-2013

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A few years ago my best friend from high school called the house and I was not here at the time. He introduced himself to sweetie and told her he was my best friend from high school and also that we had always been best friends. Sweetie says “Yes, I have heard him mention you, but I don’t think you have always been best friends.” “What do you mean”, he says. Sweetie says, “well, he told me that you came into high school at the start of the ya’ll junior year and he said you tried out for right half back, his position and he noticed you talking to his girl friend a lot and he was jealous of you and did not like you. The two of you were continual bickering, so much so that one day at PE Coach Elmore says, “I’m tired of the bickering between the two of you. I’m putting these boxing gloves on you and ya’ll fight until you cannot fight anymore. He said the two of you went after it and fought until you could not even lift your arms any more, then the coach stopped you. After that, you were best friends.” He said, “Oh, yeah, you are right. I had forgotten about that fight.” Funny that Sweetie remembered me talking about the fight and he never even had remembered it. Thinking about it now, it was my heart out of wack and not his. You know, he could not box all that good and I thought that I could….I mean that I was dancing around, moving the old feet, throwing jabs, etc, and he threw hay makers..he would take that old glove back to left field and I knew two minutes before he threw them that it was coming….Those darn thing landed with such an impact, that even if I blocked them, it would jar every bone in my body. I really think I won on style but I believe he won on hurt….That day he became my buddy…He’s still my buddy, we still talk and I appreciate him…..Buddies are hard to find anymore and old buddies are even harder to find….I talked to him last week….You are a good’un my friend…..Thanks for being my best buddy..Pete… ps..lets not box anymore, ok? Thanks….

Obama says…It ain’t my fault

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-01-2013

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Did you see the Presidential press conference today. Mr. Obama says, “I am telling you in advance it ain’t my fault. It’s all in congress lap. “The American people sent a message to the country that they want what I want, so Congress needs to step up to the plate and deliver”…….Last term, Bush was to blame, this term is gonna be Congress. It’s like: if you don’t like my writing here today it is not because of what I have written, it is your interpretation of what I have written and I am telling you in advance it’s your problem. Ain’t it? Of course not, I am just not a very good writer…..You can draw your own conclusions of Mr. Obama….Pete

Texas Water Rights or New Mexico Water Rights

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-01-2013

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The State of New Mexico is being sued by Texas. It seems as though New Mexico is holding to much of the Texas water supply according to Texas. Texas farmers say they do not get enough water flow down the Rio Grande. New Mexico Farmers say the same thing about them not getting enough water. It makes me wonder. If you look at the Elephant Butte Reservoir and it is nearly empty, how we can be holding to much? Where do the rights of New Mexico end and the rights for Texas start? I guess that is what the Supreme Court will have to determine. The farmers along the Rio Grande in New Mexico feel that they are not getting their fair share and the Texas farmers in the same valley claim New Mexico is hogging it all. I can verify that most of it is gone. I guess when the Texans drive by the Butte they say, “why it still has some water in it” and it does have a smidgen left for the few catfish and bass left there….Must we turn every drop loose? T or C has depended on the sports activity on the Butte every year…Must that go away…I can certainly understand the farmers in Texas wanting their fair share but a some point you have to understand that half of nothing is nothing. Every city and village along the Rio Grande, New Mexico and Texas and Mexico, depend on that river bringing in some water….If we don’t get some snow melt this year and some rain, I fear it will nearly dry up. The Supreme Court has its work cut out   in making a fair decision on this one. One other wrinkle that has me wondering is the wells down the Rio Grande Valley and the water pulled from those wells is if those water wells pulls resupply from the Rio Grande also. A decision “ain’t” gonna be easy for the folks on the Supreme Court. Good luck to you……I guess at some point all us folks gonna have to ask the Lord to open up the Heavens again and let it rain……a lot….Maybe not 40 days and nights, but  a lot.. Wonder if He will hear us the way some of us been acting?….Pete

Sports fans in Albuquerque…two fans anyway

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 10-01-2013

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Day before yesterday (1/8/13) in the letters to the sports editor of Albuquerque Journal, a fellow by the name of Nathan suggested that the fans of Alabama go back to their mobile homes and grits to celebrate…Very poor taste for one thing, grits are great even in New Mexico and we have many mobile homes here. Then “The Dr.” wrote in today stating what a miserable state New Mexico is, nothing but desert and he would take Alabama any day over the ugly state of New Mexico, or words to that affect. Both of them have a right to their opinion but how wrong they are. I am a Alabama boy, left the state in the fifties and spend the rest of my life in New Mexico. All of us know the beauty of the great state of New Mexico, from the flat lands and river valleys to the snow covered high mountain peaks. Some of the prettest timber you will see anywhere is in New Mexico and that may surprise some. Dry climate, no bugs to speak of and a little dust to test our love for the state in spring……The road is open “dr.” so take your little mind on back to Alabama and enjoy the beauty of that state and we all know how beautiful it is….Green, lush, good fishing, beautiful streams, ie, Coalfire Creek, lakes, hill county of northern Alabama, gulf coast and on and on….Nathan needs to take a trip down there to see for himself….Only thing, Nathan I must warn you that if you wise off down there about how bad Alabama is you may….well, just keep your mouth shut would be my advise…”Dr.” you probably need to keep your mouth shut also…..Now as to the National Championship game…..Bama won, Bama deserved to win and I think Texas A&M deserves to be number two……That’s how I see it anyway…