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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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Pujols…Angel fans will pay 156,000/game for 10 years

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-12-2011

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Boy, Angel fans between Pujols and Wilson, you guys will be paying out a fortune to see these two play for the next five years….252,000 per game for the two players, and then for another five years, 156,000 per game just for Pujols…That is based on 160 games per year….per game, folks, per game…when will it stop? If the average attendance is 30,000 fans per game, the $8.40 per ticket to pay for those two players. At 80 home games, 16.80 per ticket. If they play the other seven starters three million per year, that’s another 4.38 per ticket or 8.76 per ticket for 80 home games. Well, what about managers, coaches, vice presidents, owners, ticket sales people, field operations people, and I can only imagine all the others involved….That has to be another bunch…but 8.40 (or 16.80) for two people…Wow….I’m not jealous, I’m mortified….But you fans are the ones to decide, if it’s important to you, you can pay, but as for me……FORGET ABOUT IT…..

Bernardo Wildlife Refuge And Ski Area Snow

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 09-12-2011

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Bernardo, NM is one of 3 working farms in the Rio Grande Valley managed by the Dept of Game and Fish. This 1700 acre farm cultivates about 450 acres annually to provide winter  feed for the birds and animals that visit that area. Several fields are flooded to provide a resting place for the 12000 or so sand hill cranes and 25,000 snow geese that winter in that area. Because it is an area of open water, fields and dense forest it also attracts mule deer, coyotes, raccoons, pheasants, hawks, owls, quail and song birds. Corn is the major crop planted for the animals but they also plant alfalfa, milo and millet. Most of the corn rows are mowed  down in the fall to make it easily accessible to the geese but  they leave some just knocked over so the taller sand hill cranes will have that available.  Several platform areas are available for the public to watch the coming and going of the birds. There are several tour routes one can drive through as well. The hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset, September  through March. Sometime around February these little critters will head back north. Matter of fact, since I live north of that area, I often hear them flying overhead as they start that long journey. If you would like to visit this area, from Albuquerque, drive south on I-25 and follow the signs….Snow base at some of our ski areas are as follows…..Angel Fire, NM 30 inches….Durango, Co, 34 inches…Red River, NM 32 inches….Sandia, NM, 16 inches and opens Dec. 17….Ski Apache, 31 inches,….Telluride, Co 30 inches…..Wolf Creek, Co 58 – 64 inches….Winter is here, folks……Pete Hester

Pearl Harbor Day and Brother Samuel’s Birthday

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 08-12-2011

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Seventy years ago today is a date that is very alive in my heart. We were having Sunday dinner at Granddaddy Bonner’s house and the radio was playing in the living room. From the kitchen all my folks heard the broadcast of Pearl Harbor being bombed. Everyone was upset and all talking at once about what this meant. I did not have a clue, but I was to learn later as my Uncles, one by one left for the conflict, including my Brother Sam. We were celebrating his birthday. Toward the end of the war, at 17 years old,  he joined the Navy and was on his way overseas when the war ended. That day was a sad time, but a time for the awaking of a great nation. Giving rise to one of the most powerful nations and military forces on earth. A nation instrumental in keeping peace  and fighting for peace all over the world, until this very day. Our future as a world power seems a little uncertain at this point, but World Powers, “don’t ever count us out”. We will do what we have to do. That is the resolve of the American People……WE WILL UNITE WHENEVER NEEDED…. Brother Sam has passed on but I honor him and give thanks to God for giving me Sam as a brother. He was the greatest……I still miss him…Pete Hester

Snow….Brrrr

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-12-2011

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I had to work to get my paper this morning. There must have been 4 – 5 inches of snow in my driveway and the paper boy deposited the paper very near the street. Soooo, I went ahead and cleaned a trail from in front of the garage doors and front steps and porch, then a shovel wide trail out to the street. The efforts extended with all that work made the coffee that more enjoyable when I did get back in our nice, warm kitchen. It was not really all that cold, in the twenties, but tomorrow morning the forecast is for six degrees. I should probably dig another trail out to the street before this snow get frozen and hard. I know that tomorrow morning the paper boy will not hit the same area as this morning so I will get it dug out while the digging is good…..When I was younger I loved snow…Now, I don’t hate it, but shoveling snow is not my favorite thing to do. It does make you appreciate a good warm house a lot more, huh? I’m ready for spring, one snow storm is plenty……

Birds and stuff and Christmas on the Pecos Stuff

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-12-2011

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It is getting to be that time of year when the bird counters start counting birds. I love it….Yeah, I know some of you put a damper on me saying a fellow is out there pointing his finger, yelling “stand still will you, I’m counting” and the counting is half way done and up comes a coyote and they all fly off and the counting has to began again……Ok, so maybe that is not the way it really goes, but you can’t keep that picture out of my mine….I will be reporting on the wildlife refuge as soon as the numbers start coming out. The sand hill cranes are already back. We were down I-25 this past weekend and the water in the refuge appears to be low this year. Maybe they have been waiting before turning water into the area to keep down evaporation, don’t know for sure, but I hope more water will be available for them. Anyway, I’ll keep you up to date on the count……….Snow skiing area’s….the first report was in the paper this morning showing the ski resorts that were open or soon to be open and the snow available on the runs. Since I don’t ski, I don’t know if 15 inches of snow ski’s differently than 65 inches of snow, but I would assume it would be more cover to rocks, brush and other small obstacles that would get in a skiers way. Anyway, I like to follow the inches of snow on each resort…Wolf Creek Colorado is already at 37 – 41 inches with 6 lifts open. Red River New Mexico and Durango, CO both have 20 – 24 inches and both are open on weekends. Down south, Ski Apache has 14 inch base and has 3 lifts open. More snow is headed our way this weekend….Skiers, get ready…Also, I love to read about and report on ice fishing, yeah, it is close…Eagle Nest reports it is half covered with ice and is now closed to boating for the season. It is expected to be completely covered after this weekends storm. Ice is on the edges of Fenton Lake but reports plenty of open water for fishing. This weekend might change that report as well. Isleta Lakes still has some money fish available from the annual trout tournament. The old $5000 dollar fish is still available and if it is caught Monday – Thursday the price doubles to $10,000…Now, that is a pricey fish…Winter hours at Isleta Lake are 7 am to 5 pm,  days a week. You might want to get your pole out and see can you caught that big boy….Carlsbad, New Mexico is now enjoying Christmas on the Pecos River. Boats  takes visitors on the Pecos to view all the lights decorating the yards and homes of residents living along the river. According to the Carlsbad Current Argus who spoke with Lisa Boeke, The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce tourism director, bookings for the event are up 20 percent over last year. She reports, “Christmas on the Pecos is listed as a top 100 event by the American Bus Association.” They are expecting tour buses from New York, California, Texas and several other states. To order tickets or get pricing or additional information visit www.christmasonthepecos.com…      You know, New Mexico is a place of many flavors….If you are looking for a place to visit or to relocate, give us a try. You might fall in love with it like a whole bunch of us have….

Holiday weekend stuff

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-11-2011

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Thanksgiving in Tucson….How nice….The food was wonderful and plentiful, very conducive for an old fat boy like me to add a few more pounds. I did…..We not only had a Thanksgiving meal they gave me a Happy Birthday meal with coconut cake and sang happy birthday and expected me to blow out sev……a few candles. I got one on the first try, did better on the second try. Several nice gifts that I will put to good use….My son in law took me to the football game Saturday between Arizona and University of Louisiana, Lafayette. These seats were in the sky box and he had a parking pass that parked us in the shadows of the elevators that took us up to this very nice area of free popcorn, cokes, cookies and a buffet…..did I say free….well, somebody was paying big time, but for yours truly…..free…..Looking down on the little people was enjoyable for a change….Now don’t jump on me, as normally I’m amongst the little people, but Saturday I was sitting with the big money folks….What great seats, on the forty yard line, 150 feet up, or thereabouts. I would like to thanks John and Nancy for the tickets, though given to my son in law, he shared with me and I got to enjoy the game. Arizona won…. That was so nice of you, John and Nancy….42 stuff, lots of 42 stuff….We had some great games, too. Sweetie and I used to rule the roost, now we have a hard time beating any of our Arizona kin….My grand daughter learned to play when she was about seven years old, now twenty or so years later she is kicking her grandma and grandpa’s butt, but we swapped teams around some to keep from losing all the time. Daughter and son in law ain’t bad either. Grandson in law is coming on pretty good. We had to start him from scratch. He plays golf, which is ok, only thing, it does not help him with 42.

Collateral Damage

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-11-2011

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Collateral damage is a term we hear pretty regular anymore. Turn on the nightly news and we hear of bombs exploding that are intends for certain military entities and several others often end up being injured or killed. And it is always sad when the innocent are involved, women and little children who had no part in the conflict. Same way around here….Drunk drivers, people going out to have a good time and on the drive home, wrecks and kill several innocent people, and very seldom does the drunk get hurt in the accident. Just these past few days, more stories of that happening….Collateral damage,… the person started the evening with no thoughts of injuring others, just wanting to have a good time and over does it, leaves the bar saying I’m ok to drive and minutes later some innocent people are on the way to the morgue….I hope that with the Holiday Season upon us again that all of us will work to stop the drinker from driving. Take him or her home and come back tomorrow for the car….Please….No COLLATERAL DAMAGE this Holiday Season…..Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and all the days in between….OK?…Pete Hester

Thompson Waterseal, Clear

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-11-2011

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Every year, round this time, I buy Thompson Waterseal to spray my cedar fence. Sometimes I spray it fall and spring which may be an overkill. However, I have neighbors who have never sprayed and one has put up three wooden fences since I installed mine. So I know it is best to spray your wooden fence. I use my weed sprayer to spray the sealant. This year I went to Lowe’s to purchase the Thompson Waterseal, a 5 gallon can, the same outward appearance container as other years. I got it home and it was a white paint looking substance, not like the sealant of years past, which always had been of the paint thinner appearance kind of. I called Lowe’s and they said I had the correct product and to go ahead and spray it as it would dry clear. Well, I did not want to screw up my fence so I sprayed a section of left over fencing behind my tool room. It spotted and left white globs that did not disappear. I took it back. Went over to Home Depot and asked the sales person if their Thompson’s Waterseal was clear or a white colored substance and if it was clear I would buy it but if it was white I did not want it.. Well, he didn’t know, and if he opened it he bought it, he said. I made the purchase, took it to the car, but before loading it,, opened the top to look at it. It too was white, like white paint again. I took it back. I came home and looked up Thompson Waterseal on line and sent them a message as to what in the world had happened to their CLEAR Waterseal. They sent me a nice note saying buddy, you live in a state that will no longer accept an oil base water seal, and that white crap that you refer to is the new WATERBASED Thompson Waterseal. The only way to tell the difference is in the clean up on the outside of the can. If it cleans up with water, its that white crap. If it cleans up with mineral spirits, it’s the type I like. Some states can still get the oil based type. I refuse to use that water base stuff folks. I can’t spray that stuff as all of it does not dry clear and to apply it would require me to roll it on. So, do any of you know of a product other than Thompson that I can use in my weed sprayer? If so would you leave me a comment or e-mail me at pete@hesterbooks.com. It’s not critical as water will still bead when sprayed on my fence. But I need to know about future sprayings…Thanks, Pete Hester

Lobos Have A Football Coach….Bob Davie

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-11-2011

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For the last ten years Bob Davie has been an Analyst for ESPN and ABC. So, at least he has seen a lot of good football teams in action….Is that good? I don’t know…Before that, 1997 to 2001, head coach at Notre Dame with a overall 35 – 25 record and about three bowl games….Before that he was defensive coordinator at Texas A & M. At earlier locations he was involved in defensive coaching, linebackers or defensive coordinator, so that is welcomed as we need some defense here. But mainly, we need the ability to do some recruiting…..With his background he should be able to do some. I would think most, or a lot anyway, of football players will recognize him from his TV days. Maybe that will help lure them to New Mexico. We need all the help we can get in recruiting. We have a good school and a good conference and we are READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL…. Welcome to Albuquerque, Coach Davie, and we wish you the very best here……

Remembering a Hero of 9/11

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 17-11-2011

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http://www.youtube.com/user/peterscheibner#p/a/u/0/cLj4akmncsA    You guys will want to watch this all the way through. A very moving piece..This story is about the guy who was the original scheduled pilot for American Airlines Flight 11. A very touching video.