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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...

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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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San Juan Shale Oil, Farmington, NM and I’m all for a Railroad

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-11-2011


San Juan Shale May be poised for Next Boom, by Kurt Madar, The Daily Times, Farmington, NM….According to this article, Steve Dunn of Merrion Oil and Gas, that his company is in the middle of negotiations to start drilling for oil in San Juan Basin Shale, which could fuel the next extraction boom in the state of New Mexico.  He expects some results by next summer. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have changed the type of rock that oil and gas companies can profitably drill. Because of these changes, huge amounts of oil once thought unreachable in San Juan Basin’s Mancos Shale deposits now are within reach.. With the new technologies, companies can start tapping shale formations for both natural gas and oil.. Steve Dunn estimates that the basin has about 30 billion barrels of oil in the Mancos formation, of that he figures 1.5 billion is recoverable. He said that in the last 30 years the basin has produced some 300 million barrels…..That is quite the oil reserve if you ask me and of course, it is very good news for the Farmington area and for New Mexico…..We will keep you posted on this drilling news as it develops….Did you know there is no railroad serving the Farmington and Bloomfield areas, a major oil and gas production area….No rail service…Amazing….You would think one of the railroads would try to capitalize on that, wouldn’t you? Gov. Bill Richardson built the Railrunner with passenger service only from Belen to Santa Fe, on exiting tracks for the most part, it is not a paying deal and probably never will be, but he did it.   You would think that rail service, say Gallup to Farmington, NM, a distance of 133 miles would be a lot more lucrative than that of  ninety mile passenger service and certainly a lot more useful to the state and especially to that area. It could well serve as a rail hub for Southwestern Colorado and Southeastern Utah…..Geez, I wish I had a bunch of money, I’d build me a railroad,….. New Mexico, Colorado and Utah…The old NMCU Express, serving the Four Corners Areas of America….Can I get any backers? ….Very doubtful, but where is the guts from the Burlington Northern? No rail service  with two major refineries and several major gas plants, served by pipeline and trucks only…..How did that happen you reckon?….Pete Hester

Herman Cain/Accusers or blackmailers?Update Nov. 7, 2011

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-11-2011


Of course, I don’t know Herman Cain and have no idea as to his reputation. Nor do I know his accusers in the sexual harassment charges. The fact that they were paid something, for silence or whatever, and the fact that the women accepted the payments for silence tells me a couple of things. One, Mr. Cain was willing to make some kind of appeasement payment to settle the whole thing and two, the women were not damaged enough to not accept the dollars offered for the silence. What is happening now is that Mr. Cain is gaining the national spotlight and is making the women think they have more to gain and by “speaking out”. They hope they can capture a national audience thereby really capitalizing with TV exposure and possible big bucks by breaking their payoff promise. I do not condone any sexual harassment, but for them to restart the “I’ve been wronged” after being paid to set “things right” in my opinion amounts to blackmail. Does it seem that way to you or am I missing something? ……11/7….AS more ladies come forward one has to wonder about Mr. Cain’s actions in the past…..

Sports Stuff….Like Bama beating the Bengals…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-11-2011


This is going to be a good football weekend…No. 2 Bama beats No. 1 LSU…Both teams better play four quarters and don’t leave “nothing” on the table. This one could be the Mother of all football games…..Lobo Football stuff….Ex Lobo coach Rocky Long is gonna kick the sh……, he gonna kick the stuffing’s out of the Lobos..I wish I had some words of wisdom for the Lobos but I am all out of words, ‘cept…Good Luck!!!!…Lobo Basketball stuff…Coach Alford is bringing in one of his ex-players, now coach of Davenport, an NAIA club who was 29 – 6 last year, for an exhibition game…As you know, we have big plans for our basketball Lobos this year, hoping to equal the record of the Lobo soccer team who is presently 15 – 0 – 2 on the season and is ranked no. 1 in most polls…By the way, our Lobo women soccer team is the Mountain West Conference champs this year..Pretty good, huh?..Our cross country was the conference champs also…Tebowing stuff….I’m proud of Tim Tebow, a very nice, Christian man, who after guiding his Denver Broncos to a win in Miami was shown on national TV bowing on one knee and praying…giving thanks for the Broncos win and followed it up the next week with the Detroit Lions beating the crap out of them. One of the Lions mocked Tebow after a sack and if he was really giving thanks for the sack, I apologize…However, if he was mocking Tebow about praying, that may come back to haunt him…it probably will…I am not a Bronco fan, but I am proud of Tebow and what he stands for…Way to go Tim, but Coach Fox said you have to improve as a pocket passer to keep your starting job as qb…Humm, Tim you might want to do some Tebowing there this week….Cowboying stuff…..Where in the world have the cowboys gone????…Coach Garrett says there is plenty of blame to go around and I say he sure got that right. What happened to the running game of a week ago?  They cannot put together a couple of good games in a row, can they? They have some excellent players on both sides of the ball, but all of them can get hot and cold…together…at the same time….Anyway you can alternate some of the hot and cold????Get it together fellows……Looking at college football games this weekend and trying to decide the winners, the one I am in a dilemma over is the Arkansas vs South Carolina game…Arkansas should win, but they need to start earlier in the game….Go Hogs….Arizona should win this week,they are picked over Utah and I am hoping they win big,( huh No. 1 Grand daughter?)….Wisconsin will win over Purdue, ….Upset special stuff……I need to pick a upset special this week, but I am going to pick two upsets…Notre Dame (favored by 14) is beaten by Wake Forest and TCU (favored by 19) is beaten by Wyoming….(Why would anyone make such a wild choice as those two upsets you reckon? Well, its just a feeling……we’ll see?)

New Mexico Wildlife and Burn Area

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 31-10-2011


I received my latest New Mexico Wildlife, Vol. 56, NO. 3 – Fall 2011 issue as a supplement to the Albuquerque Journal today. It is a great read, informative and enjoyable. Nice article on the Las Conchas Fire that recently burned 157,000 acres. Some one third of the Valles Caldera National Preserve was burned in that fire. While the effects of the fire were devastating, the forest is bouncing back. Wildlife is coming back into the burn area to eat the new grass and plant shoots that are now returning. The summer monsoon rains, while washing away a lot of top soil, has the forest returning to life. A flyover of the area by elk biologist Stewart Liley said he liked what he saw. “We are seeing good numbers of elk returning to the burn areas”. He counted about 150 elk in his flyover in late September. He and others agree that wildfires are an important component in the natural cycle that provides food, water and shelter for all wildlife species. You can go to www.wildlife.state.nm.us for information on resident hunting as well as for out of state licenses, etc. Check it out…There is more to New Mexico than deserts, believe me…..elk, deer, bear, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, ibex, javelina, oryx and Barbary sheep…If you are a hunter, New Mexico is pretty special…..Ah, heck, even if you are not a hunter NEW MEXICO IS SPECIAL…..

football picks, Oct 29 updated on Sunday

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-10-2011


Air Force over New Mexico…We will just have to start over next year…, Arizona over Washington….Nope, not this year…, Arizona St over Colo..Colorado and New Mexico might be a good game…., Arkansas over Vandy…Just barely, I thought for a while Vandy had this one…, Auburn over Miss…Yeah, they won pretty good to didn’t they…, TCU over BYC..Yeah but closer than I would have thought, Okla St over Baylor, Yeah and worse than I thought.., Texas Tech over Iowa St…Geez, what happened to The Red Raiders? Flu or something?…, Okla over Kansas ST..Yeah, Landry is back on track now…, Mich St over Neb (upset special) My upset was not too special, huh? Nebraska surprised me…, Texas A & M over Mo..Take your business on over to the SEC boys, you are in for some tough times…., Nevada over NMSU, yeah, but I was proud of the Aggies, they played an excellent first half but could not hold on.., Wisconsin over Ohio St.. Wisconsin is going to have to figure out how to play well about one or two more minutes longer..two weeks in a row now….. New Mexico State is capable of beating Nevada, and could but they will need to play their best game of the season..I don’t think that will happen, however, so I will go with Nevada. Prove me wrong Aggies…Well, the wolf pack prevailed, but the Aggies gave them a game…I was proud of the way you Aggies play. Keep on improving….Ready for Georgia?????Just go down there and play your game, guys, just be true to your selfs and don’t back down from any of them…One play at a time…..

Murderer identified

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-10-2011


Killings have resumed in our back yard this summer. I think I may have mentioned it and also mentioned that I thought it was a feral cat. Well, maybe I missed. Today, no. 2 son was visiting and surprised a hawk with a Roadrunner in his talons trying to take to the air with his prey. For whatever reason, after reaching a height of 3 feet or so, he dropped the Roadrunner. The Roadrunner hung around our yard trying of shake off his injury but it must have been too damaging to shake off. The hawk stayed close, first on the neighbors mailbox, then later in the front yard pine tree. No. 2 son tossed a rock into the limb he was resting on and scared him off. Only thing when the hawk flew off the Roadrunner did what it is famous for and that is run, but mighty shaky. No. 2 said it had a hole in its side and he did not think he would run very far. I asked my son to help identify the would be murderer by going through my bird book. He did…The Red Tail Hawk, Eastern version, a year round resident of New Mexico statewide. I had thought I had seen one flying by in the past few weeks…Now I know…There were feathers every where when we had a murder and I wondered about not seeing bones, figuring I would see them if it was a hawk….I guess he flies off with everything except feathers…There are feathers all over our front yard today…I guess he really tore the Roadrunner up..Now before you get to feeling to sorry for that dang old Roadrunner, he is the one that would get up in the pine trees around my house and rob the eggs from the nest or kill the young that was in the nest. I personally witnessed him being mean to the other birds. Nesting birds, dove, robins and sparrows, would go crazy when the Roadrunner was around…More sayings for “as the old saying goes”….”What goes around, comes around” and “when you make your bed you have to lie in it” and “do it to others before they do it to you”, well, something near that…Thanks No. 2 for helping to clear up the mystery of the killings going on in our yard….

Viva Mexico and Mexican Flags in America

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-10-2011


Yesterday CBS News was showing a protest out in California, in part protesting the treatment of illegals in this country. One man was in a close up on CBS, wearing a shawl (or something) with the words, in very large letters, VIVA MEXICO….In the background, there were several people carrying Mexican flags. I wonder why so many of them continue to sneak across the border into the United States if Mexico is so great? They can cry and whine about the treatment they receive in the USA all they want but the illegals are lawbreakers and no sympathy  should be extended them. Come in the front door, earn a citizenship and learn about America and what it means to be an American…Then and only then, can you put down your Mexican flags and honor your new country. You are a thief when you come in, take welfare, health-care and other benefits when you are not entitled to them and you wonder why American are so unappreciative of your country. You don’t give us a very good opinion of it based on you and your actions. Listen folks, I have said before and will say again. Your people are hard working, fun loving and gracious people, but please when you immigrate to the United States, please do it the right way and get your visa or green card or what ever is required to enter the United States. We do need you here, legally……

La Nina Drought continues…Ranchers are tough, but tough enough?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-10-2011


According to John Fleck, Albuquerque Journal, Oct 21, 2011, Forecasters Predict Extended Drought will stretch into next year. Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico already suffering the worst of the 2010-11 drought, could be hit hard again next year. The same article predicts heavy snow and rains for the northern tier of states. He points out that Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado and Louisiana are also suffering drought conditions and it will expand into Florida. The article also states that for New Mexico, this has been the driest year in the history, with records going back into the 1800s.La Nina causes a shift in the large scale wind patterns that bring winter storms across the North American continent, tending to shift them north. La Nina does not guarantee a dry winter here in New Mexico, but the forecasters said,  strongly shifts the odds. Some of the other items of interest in this article states that with little to no grass available our ranchers have to sell off a lot of their cattle. Streams and springs are drying up, water is being hauled into some ranches and the price of alfalfa has shot up to $300 dollars per ton. In addition, the sell off of cattle is creating a glut of cattle on the market driving the market prices for beef down. Some areas of central New Mexico got rains late in the summer, however, I am not sure it was in sufficient quantities to produce enough grass for the winter. Some ranching stuff…I have had the pleasure of knowing several ranchers in New Mexico and West Texas and  I have been amazed at the talents these ranchers possess. They are mechanics, welders, buyers, sellers, handy men, carpenters, black smith, veterinarian’s, and  number one bull sh..ers…Most of them are in isolated locations, miles from the nearest garages and part stores, so they have to make do to survive…I take my hat off to the ranchers of America…They are a vanishing, independent breed of craftsmen….I hope they can survive…I think they will….Pete Hester

Football picks for 10/22

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-10-2011


Really, there is no need to pick this week. I think all the favored teams will win. TCU is favored by thirty thousand over New Mexico and Hawaii is favor by a bunch over New Mexico State. However, I think New Mexico State will play better than the spread has them, 21 points…..I predict a seven point or less game and if NMSU plays well the entire game and does not fall apart, they can beat the Rainbows….By the way, I am picking Arizona but they are a 3 point favorite over UCLA..(I’m pulling hard for them no. 1 GD )….So, let us recap who I think will be the winners this week….Alabama over Tenn (Alabama looks tougher every week, don’t they?), Arkansas over Miss, Texas A & M over Iowa St, Okla ST over Mo (Okla St may end up being the surprise team of the season, huh?), Okla over Texas Tech, TCU over New Mexico (I am still hoping the Lobos can make a few scores and then hold them to under 40), Hawaii over NMSU, Arizona over UCLA, Wisconsin over Michigan St and this could be a close one, and  LSU over Auburn…I am tempted to pick the upset at Hawaii, but they are at home and our old NMSU desert rats will be in awe over the island of Hawaii anyway, so I better not…

Update: first things first, my comment on no need to pick…Wow, what a weekend at Tuscaloosa, first half anyway….and in Norman, Ok….what is the world? Wisconsin at Michigan St? That may should have been the least surprising of them all. But, Alabama finally got on track but Bama scared the crap out of a few of us the first half. I had trouble watching all the games…I ’bout wore out my remote control switching between games….Recapping, Alabama beat Tenn, TCU beat New Mexico,  Hawaii beat NMSU, Arkansas beat Miss, LSU beat Auburn, Arizona beat UCLA Tex A&M beat Iowa St, Okla St beat Missouri….My loses, Texas Tech beat Okla and Mich St beat Wisconsin…I was shocked but that is why they play the games…..I wish the TCU game could have gone on a little longer cause I think we about had them wore down….

King of the one liners, Coach Eric Roanhaus, Clovis NM High School Wildcats

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-10-2011


Eric Roanhaus, head football coach of the Clovis, NM Wildcats has always been very quick witted. Saturday night his team was defeated by  Albuquerque Manzano High. Trailing and with only a few minutes left in the game, Clovis had two long plays called back, one a 89 yard touchdown run called back after a hold, then the next play he called a short swing pass that went for a 94 yards TD. That one was called back on a illegal block. Still they drove down to the five yard line in spite of a sack and a couple more penalties, the game ended with an incomplete pass play. He lost 28 – 20. On the last drive, the Wildcats had a holding penalty,  an illegal block, a sideline warning, delay of game and a personal foul.  When asked about the officiating of the game, Roanhaus said that if that official would come down to Clovis that he would have someone marry his parents for him….. That’s a good one…..He is a great coach and he does not lose many games and he “calls ‘um like he see’s ‘um…..usually with humor…