RED RIVER MINER Volume XXII, Number 30

Volume XxII, Number 30 • Red River, New Mexico • Thursday, November 13, 2014 • 50 Cents
Bits & Pieces����������������������� 2
Bizbits��������������������������������� 3
Chamber Chat��������������������� 4
Food for Thought ��������������� 5
Headin’ West����������������������� 5
Bulletin Board��������������������� 6
Out of the Past ������������������� 7
Typhoon Nuri:
Bringer of Arctic cold
or new type of hair dryer
just in time for Christmas?
(See page 13)
Snow Report
Snowguns growling and snow is
in the forecast for the week!
A BIT OF FAMILY TIME - The bighorn sheep are becoming a familiar sight on Highway 38 near the Moly Mine. Drivers are advised to slow
down in that area and pay attention to the roadside. These are not small creatures: be alert and don’t stop on the highway to take pictures.
Morton Beeheffler
The Red River Miner
November 13, 2014
The Packing Party will be
held at Faith Mountain Fellowship Church, Sunday, November
16th at 3:00 pm. Faith Mountain
invites community members to
come and enjoy this early Christmas celebration.
For more info, call Faith Mountain Fellowship at 575-754-6653.
It’s a Red River Tradition
Adios, My Friends
Firefighters and friends of Dick
and Brenda Wilkerson came out
last week to bid Dick farewell as
he leaves to join Brenda in Amarillo, where she recently relocated
to care for her parents.
Dick moved to Red River in
February of 1997 and started 4W
Mechanical Plumbing & Heating.
He also joined the fire department in 1997 and served as a volunteer for many years to come.
He then went on to be become a
lieutenant, EMT intermediate, fire
inspector, wildland certified firefighter and served on the wildland
crew four years.
The Wilkersons will be missed.
Speaking Of The Season
Every fall, Faith Mountain Fellowship Church hosts their annual
“Packing Party” for a ministry
called Operation Christmas Child.
At this event, children and adults
of all ages from the Red River
community fill shoeboxes with
school supplies, hygiene products,
clothes and toys.
These boxes are then sent
around the world and are distributed to underprivileged children,
giving them the opportunity to
begin healthy lifestyles, receive
education and learn about the love
of Jesus Christ.
Opening day at the Red River
Ski Area will be Wednesday,
November 26, the day before
Thanksgiving. They will be open
weekends only until December 12
when they go full-time.
It will be a busy weekend
around town. Thursday will see
the annual Frozen Turkey Race at
RRSA, followed by another Red
River tradition known as “Switch
On The Holidays,” at 7 pm in
downtown Brandenburg Park and
Santa’s first visit of the season at
the Red River Conference Center.
Saturday evening will
see the 3rd Annual Thanksjibbing
Rail Jam at the Lift House, followed by the first Torchlight Parade and Fireworks of the season
at 7 pm, on The Face.
Jan J. Stith
Jan Tillman was born July 31,
1941, the only daughter of Nolan (Mutt) and Norma Tillman, in
Tucumcari NM, and died October
21, 2014, in Keller, TX.
She grew up in the Wheatland
and San Jon communities, graduating from San Jon High School
in 1959. She married Charles L.
Stith in 1963 and had three children: Teddy Ben, Terri Dawn and
James Dee Stith.
The union took them to many
places and after living in the Atlantic City, NJ and Washington DC
ares for 22 years, they returned to
New Mexico in 1996 and established a home in Red River.
After failing health forced a
move to a lower, warmer climate,
they moved to Tucumcari where
she lived the remainder of her
She was preceded in death by
her parents and older brother, Teddy Joe Tillman. She is survived by
Charles, her husband of 51 years,
her three children, Teddy (Angela), Terri (Philip) Herr. James
and two grandchildren Katherine
Claire and Jackson Mark Herr,
two brothers Nolan V and Edward
Lee Tillman, and many cousins,
nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service celebrating
her life was held November 1 at
Dunn Memorial Chapel, Tucumcari.
Donations can be made as memorial gifts to the American Lung
Association, The American Heart
Association, the Crohn’s and
Colitis Foundation or a charity of
your choosing.
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Mountain Treasures
Deli, Coffee Bar, Fine Art & Jewelry
Ristorante Italiano
Homemade Soups, Pastries, Breads & Salads
open Daily
“Long gone is the boring side salad! Check out
our new salad menu with 15 wonderful, fresh &
substantial main course salads! Varied flavors
that will keep you interested in your greens.
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(Except Tuesdays)
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Red River’s Jerry Hogrefe has been certified as the winner of the Taos
County Sheriff’s race held during the November 4 elections. Hogrefe
received 67% of the vote in defeating his Republican opponent Ronald
G. Montez.
“The turnout countywide was about 45% of the registered Taos
County voters,” Hogrefe said in a November 7 phone interview with the
Miner. “That’s a good turnout for a mid-term election.”
For Hogrefe it was the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of campaigning, first for the Democratic nomination against a field of eight
challengers, then the November 4 election.
“I absolutely want to thank everyone who had a part of my campaign,
but also everyone who came out and exercised their right to vote. Regardless of their party or their candidate or the bond issue, it’s important
that we exercise our right to vote or we might lose it!”
The former Marshal of Red River and a retired Taos Police Department captain succeeds term-limited sheriff Miguel Romero. He will officially be sworn in December 31 in Taos.
“There are a number of things I want to accomplish in a short amount
of time. I want to rebuild the relationship between the Sheriff’s Department and the other law enforcement agencies, namely the NM State
Police, the Tribal Police and the Taos Police. The deputies and patrol
officers seem to work well together, but the administration relationships
have been strained for awhile. I want us to share our information, technology, training and resources.”
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Ann Huskinson
Alyce Lindberg Densow
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Red River, New Mexico 87558
November 13, 2014
chamber chat
On August 4, 2001 the United
States Senate designated the week
of November 11 through November 17 as “National Veterans
Awareness Week. www.military.
com/veterans has the following information:
“Veterans Day gives Americans
the opportunity to celebrate the
bravery and sacrifice of all U.S.
veterans. However, most Americans
confuse this holiday with Memorial
Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs. What’s more, some
Americans don’t know why we
commemorate our Veterans on Nov.
11. It’s imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans
Day so that we can honor our former service members properly.
Veterans Day, formerly known
as Armistice Day, was originally
set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor
the end of World War I, which officially took place on November
11, 1918. In legislation that was
passed in 1938, November 11 was
dedicated to the cause of world
peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”
In 1954, after having been
through World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress
amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and
inserting the word “Veterans.” With
the approval of this legislation on
June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a
day to honor American veterans of
all wars.
Memorial Day honors service
members who died in service to
their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day
is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably
in the military - in wartime or
All of us have veterans in our
lives. We all need to remember and
thank these veterans for the sacrifices that were made for our freedom. These men and women gave
unselfishly in times of war and
peace. There are many material
means to acknowledge their sacrifice, but a simple, “Thank you for
what you have done for our country” is the easiest. As a veteran’s
friend, family, co-worker or neighbor, it is our responsibility to ensure that veterans feel their service
to this country is appreciated and
show our support for the veterans
and their families.
The National Veterans Wellness
and Healing Center in Angel Fire,
Inc. strives to offer support and to
“establish an environment that is
responsive to the needs of veterans
and military families using creative
therapies and processes that focus
on emotional physical healing. Our
focus is to provide tools for those
couples that suffer with the Invisible Wounds of War and to assist
with the reintegration into their
families within their home communities.” –
The National Veterans Wellness
and Healing Center works in conjunction with the David Westphall
Veterans Foundation in Angel Fire
to treat and help veterans with
post-traumatic stress disorder
through week-long retreats for veterans and active duty families. The
retreats depend on private donations, grants and the State of New
Mexico. For more information on
how you can help our veterans,
contact [email protected]
org or call 575-595-1971.
Remembering our veterans this
Barbara Calhoun, Exec. Dir.
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I don’t do many lo-cal recipes. Probably should, but just always
go for the fully-leaded taste instead. This is an exception. It’s not
crazily low in those dreaded calories, but a tasty start and serves
Because it is a “made-up” recipe the amounts are “guesstimates.”
With that disclaimer, here goes.
Partially freeze about ½ lb of boneless rib steak. Slice it paper
thin and remove as much fat as you can without being all day about
Slice lots of onions, also thin.
Skim a hot skillet with just a little olive oil and quickly tan the
meat. Remove meat and put in the onions. When they start to wilt
and have used up the oil add about 1/3 of a can of either chicken broth
or vegetable broth. Let them steep a few minutes longer.
Add the meat back into the pan along with the remaining broth
and some salt and pepper. When the beef is very tender, make sure
you have about 2 cups of juice left. If you need to add some liquid
some red wine would be good or just more broth. Stir in about half
a carton of Fat Free cream cheese and about a cup of Fat Free sour
Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Heat through but don’t
boil. Serve over egg-free noodles.
To make sure your sauce is really smooth, you can take some
sauce out of the skillet, add the cream cheese and sour cream and
whisk before adding back to the mix.
Any questions? Contact me at: [email protected]
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sunday: 11 am - 2 pm
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Committed to the Values of Northern New Mexico
Virgil Martinez
would like to thank all those
who took the time to come
out and vote in the
November 4 election
By Alyce Lindberg Densow
“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
“If you have just one or two
spiritual friends with whom you can
share your highest aspirations, you
should consider yourself richly
blessed.” –Kriyananda
“No friendship can cross the path
of our destiny without leaving some
mark on it forever.” –Francois Mauriac
“The true friend seeks to give,
not to take; to help, not to be helped;
to minister, not to be ministered
unto.” –William Rader
“There is a magnet in your heart
that will attract true friends. That
magnet is unselfishness, thinking of
others first.” –Paramahansa Yogananda
Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him lost a true
friend when Dr. Neal Holden passed
away on October 22. In his 89 years
on this earth, spent mainly in Oklahoma and Red River, New Mexico,
he, as they say, “went about doing
People he helped over the years
as a physician and surgeon honored him at his passing by getting
in touch with Mary Nell, his wife
of 68 years, to remember his kindness and caring for them. Dr. Neal
was one of the old-time family
physicians. He knew the real
meaning of ”to give, to help, to
minister,” and he did it with a love
and compassion that humbled the
rest of us. And with a droll sense
of humor that rubbed off the saintliness with a very fine edge of
Human he was, and a character,
too – never more a character than
when he was in the company of one
of his dearest and longtime friends,
Robert (Bob) Prunty. If it were not
for my friendship with Bob, I never
would have gotten to know Neal
and Mary Nell. They spent all the
time they could at their cabin in Upper Red River Valley, bringing their
children, Mark, Steve, Ken and
Donna, on Red River vacations –
later the kids’ spouses and even later
the seven grandkids. It was a family
affair in that big house – one in
which Bob played a very special
part. From Bob, they learned all the
stories about Red River’s early days,
the history, and all the characters
Bob had met and known in his long
years here. (And maybe some fantasies, too!)
I have a picture of Neal and Bob
standing at the top of Costilla Pass
where the old stage coach road entered Moreno Valley from Catskill
from the east and Costilla from the
I think of these two special
friends as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – sauntering off into the
mountains in their big boots, blue
jeans and straw hats – because even
in their eighties they were still boys
looking for adventures. They pretty
well covered every possible foot of
the surrounding territory, and beyond, checking out old gold mines
and turquoise mines, ghost towns
and Indian trails.
After they and other guys belonging to the Old Folks Club
brought down a section of the pipe
carrying water to the flume that
went from high up in Red River way
over to Elizabethtown for its gold
mining days, the look on their faces
was pure joy. Neal said, “When we
got to the top of the Pass road we
discovered no one had brought a
saw or axe to cut the pipe sections. I
finally found an axe, plus a hacksaw
in my Jeep – what a Chinese fire
drill! But we had great fun.” (pipe
sections are displayed at Red River
Neal and Bob could talk their
way into and onto private properties
all over the territory. Another of
their adventures concerns the private area on Philmont Ranch near
Cimarron, protecting the 10,000
year old ancients’ pit houses, and
the dinosaur footprints of fifty-five
million year old T-Rex. On the back
of one T-Rex picture, Neal wrote, “I
rode this critter to school!” On a pit
house picture he wrote, “where I
grew up!” He gave me some beautiful pictures of the petroglyphs there,
Another time, while visiting an
old building, Neal whipped out a
scalpel and carefully cut down some
very old newspaper stories, the
newspapers covering the building’s
walls to help keep out the cold. Bob
told this one on him with an impish
The last adventure they shared
was summer of 2008, when Neal
and Bob spent an entire day covering the area of Moreno Ranch purchased by the Sandia Indian tribe
near Albuquerque. Their caretaker
got talked into hauling them by
jeep through an incredibly beautiful territory they both spoke of
with awe after the trip. (That land
used by the Indians for guided elk
Only a few others, including
Winnie Hamilton and her Tall Pine
Resort family, have expressed to me
the love for and awe of this Red
River territory and its history which
Neal and Bob had. That summer
was the last time Neal and Bob saw
each other. Bob died on December
6, 2008. He was 87.
This column is dedicated to dear
friend, Mary Nell, and family with
all my love.
Till Next Time
November 13, 2014
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Worship Services
Faith Mountain Fellowship Church
Corner of River St. & Copper King Trail
Wednesday Potluck 6 pm - Classes 6:45 pm
Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 am & 6 pm
Pastor Ed Hampton - 754-6653
First Baptist Church of Red River
103 High Cost Trail
Sunday School - 9:30 am
Sunday Contemporary Worship - 8:15 am
Sunday Worship - 10:30 am
Wednesday - Kids’ Program - 5:30-7:30 pm
Pastor: Joe Phillips - 754-2882
St. Edwin’s Catholic Church
North End of Silver Bell Trail
Sunday Obligation Mass
Saturday 6 pm (Confession preceding or by appt.)
Rev. Andrew Ifele - 586-0470
St. James Episcopal Church
St.Edwin’s at north end of Silver Bell Trail
Worship: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays - 5:30 PM
All are Welcome - Info: 575 758-2790
Fellowship of the Parks
One mile north of stoplight in Questa
Worship - 11 am - Pastor - Shon Diaz
Questa Church of Christ
Two miles north of stoplight on 522
Worship Services - 11 am
St. Mel’s Catholic Church
200 N. Willow Creek Dr., Eagle Nest
Sunday Obligation Mass on Saturday 4:00 pm
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Historical Society!
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and maintain our museum.
Your contribution will also enable you to attend special members-only events like the
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Join now by mailing your dues to Red River
Historical Society at P.O. Box 384, Red River
NM 87558
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John and Aileen Brandenburg with some feathered friends. (Photo courtesy Brandenburg collection)
OUT OF THE PAST - mid 1920s