Monday, November 12, 2018

Free to the public: NM Wood Industry Summit Comes to Ruidoso November 16 &17

Greater Ruidoso WUI Working Group
 Otero WUI Working Group
Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345
Contact:  Rick Merrick
Cell:        (575) 937-1789

New Mexico Wood Industry Summit Comes to Ruidoso November 16 and 17”

 Is There A Forest Industry in New Mexico ???
Let’s talk wood! The New Mexico’s forest industry will be gathering in Ruidoso for the first New Mexico Wood Industry Summit, to be held Friday/Saturday November 16 and 17, 2018 at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The Summit is designed to meet the needs and interests of the New Mexico wood industry and will include presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics. A trade show with exhibit booths will also be available as well as special activities for youth. Private contractors, wood users, equipment manufacturers, plus state and federal and tribal government officials are expected to attend. The two day event is free and open to the Public.

“We are interested in attracting people from across New Mexico and the southwest,” stated organizer Rick Merrick (Lincoln and Otero County forester). “Our combined interest of revitalizing the regional and state-wide forest products industry as well as improving forest health and watershed improvement has led to this groundbreaking event.” Merrick added that he hoped the general public would also be interested in attending, particularly young people interested in Forest related careers.  

Don Vandendriesche, Deputy Director of USDA Forest Service’s Southwestern Region and former New Mexico State Forester/USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources/ current Mescalero Apache Tribe  President Aurthur “Butch” Blazer are expected to highlight a strong speaker lineup. Door prizes and other giveaways will be available as well as equipment demonstrations and wood products. 

Event sponsors include the South Central Mountain RC & D, Eastern New Mexico University at Ruidoso, Little Bear Forest Reform Coalition, Otero County Electric Cooperative, MCM Elegante Lodge and Resort, Boss LLC/Rick Evans, Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District, Custom Crates and Pallets LLC, the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico State Unversity and Garrison Tree Service.
For more information on the summit or to register for the event, contact Rick Merrick at 575-937-1789.                                                             

Sunday, November 11, 2018

FOR the Chautauqua at the library on TODAY, Nov 11 @ 2 pm. Your history lesson: World War 1 - 100 years ago it ended. DO you know why it started? How much do you know about this " war to end all wars"?

I have only included a few of the many photos available to learn the history of World War I.  I encourage you view more photos with the captions at this website:

World War I in Photos: Introduction

A century ago, an assassin, a Serbian nationalist, killed the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary as he visited Sarajevo. This act was the catalyst for a massive conflict that lasted four years. More than 65 million soldiers were mobilized by more than 30 nations, with battles taking place around the world. Industrialization brought modern weapons, machinery, and tactics to warfare, vastly increasing the killing power of armies. Battlefield conditions were horrific, typified by the chaotic, cratered hellscape of the Western Front, where soldiers in muddy trenches faced bullets, bombs, gas, bayonet charges, and more. On this 100-year anniversary, I've gathered photographs of the Great War from dozens of collections, some digitized for the first time, to try to tell the story of the conflict, those caught up in it, and how much it affected the world. This entry is part 1 of a 10-part series on World War I. In this installment, I hope to give a glimpse of the war's beginnings, and a preview of what is to come.
  • Nine European Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII in May of 1910, four years before the war began. Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel II of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of Greece and King Albert I of Belgium. Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King-Emperor George V of the United Kingdom and King Frederick VIII of Denmark. Within the next decade, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Tsar Ferdinand's empires would engage in bloody warfare with the nations led by King Albert I and King George V. The war was also a family affair, as Kaiser Wilhelm II was a first cousin to King George V, and an uncle to King Albert I. Of the remaining monarchs pictured, over the next decade one would be assassinated (Greece), three would keep their nations neutral (Norway, Spain, and Denmark), and two would be forced out of power by revolutions. 
    W. & D. Downey
  • In 1914, Austria-Hungary was a powerful and huge country, larger than Germany, with nearly as many citizens. It had been ruled by Emperor Franz Joseph I since 1848, who had been grooming his nephew, Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the heir to the throne. In this photo, taken in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, a visiting Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Czech Countess Sophie Chotek, are departing a reception at City Hall. Earlier that morning, on the way to the hall, their motorcade had been attacked by one of a group of Serbian nationalist assassins, whose bomb damaged one car and injured dozens of bystanders. After this photo was taken, the Archduke and his wife climbed into the open car, headed for a nearby hospital to visit the wounded. Just blocks away though, the car paused to turn around, directly in front of another assassin, who walked up to the car and fired two shots, killing both Franz Ferdinand and his wife. 
  • Assassin Gavrilo Princip (left) and his victim Archduke Franz Ferdinand, both photographed in 1914. Princip, a 19 year old a Bosnian Serb who killed the Archduke, was recruited along with five others by Danilo Ilic, a friend and fellow Bosnian Serb, who was a member of the Black Hand secret society. Their ultimate goal was the creation of a Serbian nation. The conspiracy, assisted by members of Serbia's military, was quickly uncovered, and the attack became a catalyst that would soon set massive armies marching against each other around the world. All of the assassins were captured and tried. Thirteen received medium-to-short prison sentences, including Princip (who was too young for the death penalty, and received the maximum, a 20 year sentence). Three of the conspirators were executed by hanging. Four years after the assassination, Gavrilo Princip died in prison, brought down by tuberculosis, which was worsened by harsh conditions brought on by the war he helped set in motion. 
    Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek
  • Between 1914 and the war's end in 1918, more than 65 million soldiers were mobilized worldwide - requiring mountains of supplies and gear. Here, on a table set up outside a steel helmet factory in Lubeck, Germany, a display is set up, showing the varying stages of the helmet-making process for Stahlhelms for the Imperial German Army. 
    National Archives / Official German Photograph
  • The Salonica (Macedonian) front, Indian troops at a Gas mask drill. Nationaal Archief
  • (CPL Blog editor note: The horrific results of poison gas in warfare have spurred the drafting of various treaties signed since the end of the first world war. Progressive agreements in this area have resulted in the banning of the use of chemical weapons in warfare as well as the production, transportation and stockpiling of these compounds. Sadly this has not brought an end to their use in conflicts. from
  • Unloading of a horse in Tschanak Kale, Turkey, equipment for the Austro-Hungarian army. 
    Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek 
  • More photos of War Animals at
  • A bridge across the mud flats in Flanders, Belgium, in 1918. 
    Library of Congress
  • Now then Flanders is important, because this is where the poem "In Flanders Fields" was written and started the tradition of poppies for  remembrance.   from the Smithsonian Magazine:
  • The seeds of common poppy (Papaver rhoeas) only germinate when the soil in which they live is disturbed. Intense fighting during World War I decimated Europe’s physical environment, causing thousands of poppies to bloom where battles once raged. 
  • On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the “war to end all wars” ended. While the United States honors all of its military veterans annually on November 11, this year is particularly special—it coincides with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day)—holidays observed in Europe to commemorate the end of World War I and remember the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty.
  • People honor lost loved ones in many ways. Some plant trees while others create shrines or sew quilts. Less often, an everyday object becomes a symbol to commemorate a collective loss. An ordinary plant became such a symbol one century ago.
    The common poppy, Papaver rhoeas, is an annual plant in the Papaveraceae family. It produces seeds that can remain dormant in the soil for as long as 100 years. Since the seeds need light to grow, they only germinate in disturbed soils. Trench digging, bombs, and mass cemeteries decimated Europe’s landscape during World War I, causing millions of poppies to bloom on the disrupted soil. Imagine the contrast between the horrors of war and the beauty of red poppies blanketing the European countryside.
    What we can only imagine now was once reality to Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. In 1915, McCrae noticed poppies blooming on a battlefield in Belgium, inspiring him to write the war poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem references the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers:
    In Flanders field the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row
    That mark our place, and in the sky,
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead; short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders field

    Take up our quarrel with the foe!
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high!
    If ye break faith with us who die

    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
    Not long after the publication of McCrae’s poem, Europeans and Americans alike wore silk and paper red poppies to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War I—a tradition that continues today on Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.
    It might be challenging to see the same poppies that once bloomed on the environmental scars left behind in World War I. However, a number of natural history museums around the world care for dried plant specimens, including poppies, and make them available to the public.  Whether they are blooming in Europe or preserved in museum collections, poppies symbolize the past. Sometimes, they preserve the memories of loved ones lost in a bitter war 100 years ago. Other times, they reveal Earth’s history. Despite their painful reminders, poppies teach us about the past so we can make our future—and Earth’s—better.
  • see videio reading 'In Flanders Fields" at
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Chautauqua on Sunday Nov. 11 @ 2pm

Capitan Public Library will be 
commemorating the 
100th anniversary of the Armistice, 
officially ending World War I -- the war to end all wars
Sunday, November 11 - 2 p.m.

Bess Truman
Chautauqua characters Bess Wallace
 Truman and Edith Carow Roosevelt, 
as portrayed by Kay Sebring-Roberts 
Kuhlman, will discuss the role of the
 male family members in the Great
 War and the effect of those efforts had 
on their on lives.

Edith, wife of a Republican president 
(Theodore Roosevelt), had already left 
the White House when WWI broke out.  
Bess, wife of a Democrat president 
(Harry Truman), was not yet married to 
him when United States entered "the war
 to end all wars".

Each character will appear solo -
- Bess for 40 minutes and 
Edith for 20 minutes -- with an 
intermission for refreshments while the 
actress changes costumes and characters.  Audience members will be 
invited to ask questions of either first lady
 and of Kuhlman to conclude this 

This event is timely, coming just five days 
after a midterm election and celebrates 
values of service that are unrelated to 
political party affiliation.  Poppies, a symbol
 of remembrance of World War I, will be 
created by volunteers and available at the

Edith Roosevelt
A resident of Ruidoso, Kuhlmann recently 
retired from NMMI where she taught theater.
 She is the author of over 50 history-based 
plays.  Of these, many are one-woman shows 
or Chautauquas.  A trailblazer in her own right,
 Kulmann is continually adding to her cast of 
woman portrayals.

This event is being provided free of charge
 through the New Mexico Humanities Council 
and is appropriate for audiences age 12 and

Please consider donating to the Library

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Dear Capitan Public Library Patron,

Capitan Public Library is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, devoted to making public library services available to the Capitan/Lincoln County region.  We provide the highest quality programs that benefit all residents in our villages and the surrounding areas.  A few of these are: Children’s After School Program & Summer Reading Program; Adult First Friday Programs, Sunday Sessions, Book Club, Writer’s group & Ancestry Classes; free internet access, computer help and community meeting rooms. Our Library also serves as the community Visitor’s Center where many visitors stop in for suggestions on what to do in Lincoln County. The Capitan Library receives limited local or state government support. 

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The Capitan Library: A Small Library where BIG things happen!

Capitan Public Library
101 E, 2nd street
PO Box 1169
Capitan, NM 88316

At Carrizozo Library on Sunday, Nov 11 @ 2pm

Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter Hours in effect at the Library

Library hours:  Tuesday - Thursday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday & Saturday: 10 AM - 2 PM; 
Sunday & Monday: closed.   

Just in case you didn't know what an Amigo Award means:

 The New Mexico Library 
Amigo Award is given to an
 individual (friend, volunteer,
 trustee, board member, 
other citizen, or other non-
certified personnel) whose 
work on behalf of the local
 library has resulted in 
significant progress
 and/or achievement for that

Congratulations Debbie!

You really earned this award!

Flags to be placed on each veteran’s grave at Ft Stanton at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 9th

Veterans Day falls on Sunday, November 11th this year. Cecile Kinnan and the Spencer 
Theater ushers have partnered with David Flores of the Department of Veterans 
Services  to facilitate the placing of flags on the graves at the Fort Stanton Military 
Cemetery. Flags will be placed on each veteran’s grave at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9th and retrieved on Tuesday, November 13th. Dennis Metz will play taps
 before the placement of the flags on  Friday and will play taps at the gate of the 
cemetery at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th.

As each flag is placed in the holder next to the grave a thanks for the service of the
 veteran will be recited. The cemetery has been in existence since the 1800s and is
 the final resting place for more than 1000 veterans. The number of graves at the 
cemetery is increasing as the new section has been opened. Will Stilsman has donated 
100 new flags to the cemetery, and donations allowing the Spencer ushers to purchase
 more flags to replace those that are worn would be greatly appreciated. 

The Spencer Theater ushers are also collecting money to purchase wreaths to be
 placed on the graves during the Christmas season. Money for either the flags or 
the wreaths must be sent to the co-sponsors of these projects The Noon Day Lions,
 c/o Mike Schattner, treasurer, or Don Fowler, project coordinator, P.O. Box 1130,
 Ruidoso, NM 8355. Please include a memo stating that the money is for Wreaths 
Across America and/or Veterans Day flags.

The cemetery is located at 1398 Hwy 220 that can be reached by turning left off of 
Airport Rd. or through Capitan on Hwy 48 to 380 to 220. It is near Ft. Stanton. Flags will
be placed regardless of the weather, so be sure to check the conditions at Ft. Stanton 
and come appropriately dressed. Individuals, families, and groups are all welcome.

If you have any questions, contact Cecile Kinnan at 336-9157. 
Join the ushers and your friends and neighbors in this worthwhile endeavor to honor 
our veterans.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Debbie Myers awarded NMLA Amigo Award

2018 Winner for New Mexico Library Association's Amigo Award:

 Debbie Myers, Capitan Public Library

 The New Mexico Library Amigo Award is given to an individual
 (friend, volunteer, trustee, board member, other citizen, or other
 non-certified personnel) whose work on behalf of the local library
 has resulted in significant progress and/or achievement for that 
library; or in recognition of work in the promotion of library
 service within the state.

Even before she retired from 25 years of teaching elementary children in Ruidoso, Debbie Myers began volunteering with the Capitan Public Library Children's Library in 2005.  She took charge of offering after-school programs and the annual Summer Reading program.

Debbie continues to create weekly programs offered year round.  She took charge of selecting and ordering the children's books for the library catalogue.  She instantly became a vitally necessary member in the volunteer library.

Debbie creates special-themed sales to occur throughout the year to raise money for the 100% self-supporting, non-profit library. Two annual sales are the first weekend of May Plant Sale and the first Saturday of December Holiday Bazaar.   These sales are successful due to her diligent search for excellent items for the public to purchase, including making her own crafts and pottery to donate.
The Capitan community and outlying communities enjoy a beautiful library that is well-staffed by volunteers and offers many programs for all patrons, especially children, thanks to Debbie Myers.

At the award ceremony on November 1 in Albuquerque during the NMLA Annual Conference, Debbie took the opportunity to recognize her parents, Carol and Dwight Myers, for years of their involvement with the NMLA.  They both had the highest honor  given by NMLA --a Lifetime Membership -- since 1988.  In the 70's the Myers started the N.M. Book League and its magazine, Book Talk.  Carol was the sales manager for University of New Mexico Press for 15 years while also serving the NMLA as its treasurer and newsletter publisher. Dwight worked for book publisher Prentice Hall for 35 years as well as serving on the NMLA Board as Awards and Education Chair. 
Tom Mann of the Capitan Library  introduces Debbie Myers
at the NMLA Awards Ceremony

Many in the audience remembered the Myers and were pleased to see their daughter recognized for her work in the library public service industry.
Well deserved, Miss Debbie!  Congratulations!