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  • Dispatch New Mexico - Years-long drought draining away

    It seems New Mexico’s drought is over. Let the flooding begin.

    The drought actually began to noticeably subside a couple of years ago, and has now disappeared altogether in nearly all of the eastern side of New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor, which was covered in blood red (the color used for exceptional drought) just a couple of years ago, has been showing a steady retraction since.

  • Work of Art: Those were the days

    Charles Arnold Goddard has lived to be 100. Several dozen relatives, friends, neighbors and even business associates gathered at his Myrtle Avenue home Saturday to share the occasion. A group of fellow veterans was there to present him with a certificate for his Army captaincy, and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz handed him a certificate from the city.

  • Parade was a great show of horsemanship

    It didn’t quite rain on the parade! Oh, no-how could it? And of course, it wouldn’t rain on more than 200 horses, quite a few carriages, wagons and buggies, plus honored guests and flag bearers.
    Our railroad roundhouse (where the Santa Fe railroad used to service its huge steam engines) yard was the perfect place to start off this parade. The horses just didn’t show up there. A few were actually ridden to that location, but at least 90 percent of them were trailered in, as were the wagons and buggies.

  • Work of Art: Are personal notes passé?

    Some people said I was trying too hard to win the girl. Carol’s parents, who encouraged the match, told me they approved of the way I would send them a thank-you note each time they invited me to spend the weekend at their house.

    What’s unusual about a thank-you note? Not much — unless it’s mailed from the town of the hosts before I even left town. Back in the ‘60s, here’s what happened often:

  • Dispatch New Mexico; Partisan divides

    Last week I heard a DJ on the radio talking about a list of the most liberal and conservative cities in the U.S., so I looked it up online.

    Turns out it’s a dated listing, from last August, but I’d say it’s still applicable. And, hey, it’s a “Top 10” list and that always gets our categorical attention.

  • Another perspective - Success for all ... or some

    By Sam Minner

  • Just a Thought - Change in system equals change in results

    By Rick Kraft

    Insanity has been defined as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This quote has been attributed to several famous people, including Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin.

    It amazes me how often we don’t get this concept. We think if we stay the same way long enough, the world around us will change for the better. Then we get frustrated when it doesn’t. We fail to recognize that the same actions equal the same results.

  • Work of Art: Maybe we’d rather not know

    SALT LAKE CITY — All the way along the route to what locals call Mormon Central, I thought about my friend Vince Distasio, who was a colleague back in the late ‘60s, when we taught at Cuba High School.

    Back then, there were a lot of Highlands University alumni: Rosalie and Neil Niebes, Jack Bradley, Marcella Fuentes, Tomas  Salazar, Elias Garcia, Joe Ray Atencio, Peter Arguello, Ruben Cordova, Robert Romero and me.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Homelessness a small town problem too

    It’s easy to see homelessness as more of an urban problem, since that’s where it’s more visible. But it’s a problem in smaller cities and towns too, as is evident virtually everywhere.

  • Just a Thought - I really didn’t say everything I said

    By Rick Kraft

    “Ninety percent of the game is half mental. ”What? That statement doesn’t even make sense. Don’t ask questions, it was said by Yogi Berra!

    This is just one of many quotes of “wisdom” by baseball great Yogi Berra, who apparently wasn’t too bright with numbers.He also once said “90 percent of short putts don’t go in.” Each of these quotes supports the premise that four out of three individuals are poor at fractions!