October 2, 2014

 Do you know what this is? 

100_4264Look at this.  Here we go.  Nice looking power poles.

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September 25, 2014


“He is from the Ruidoso Art Council.”

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August 31, 2014



This history was put together by Mary Stanfield after weeks of research, phone call interviews and e-mails.  The following is the result:

Jack Boyd Ryan 1924-1914 was born in El Paso, graduated from Austin High School, attended Texas A&M for a short time before he enlisted in the US Army at the outbreak of WWII. He served in France and Germany and was discharged as a 1st Lt. Upon his return, he continued his education at the University of Texas graduating with a business degree. After graduation, he returned to El Paso joining the El Paso National Bank’s Foreign Department putting to use the Spanish he learned as a child in Mexico, where his father was consignee for Standard Oil California. Later he joined his father and uncle in in the Auto Parts business. Car Parts Depot had more than 10 stores in Texas and New Mexico.  This required and allowed Jack to pursue one of his favorite avocations – driving. Gulf and Western acquired Car Parts Depot and Jack concentrated on business interests in Ruidoso, New Mexico, one of which was the purchase of 3700 acres then known as Paso Monte Ranch from Sonny Wright in the late 1960’s. The Ranch was renamed Rancho Ruidoso.

The first Ranch House burned down and Jack built a new one for the family when they came to visit.  Jack not a rancher, he teamed up with Bob Blum and began their vision of developing the land. They had in mind to have small ranches, Condos, a housing development and a golf course.  They began with what is now known as Ranches of Ruidoso, five acre parcels nestled on the flatlands between Paso Monte Rd. and Little Creek Hills where the Ranch house was located. The second phase of the development is now Little Creek Hills, which are two to four acres. During this time, Rancho Ruidoso Water Company became a reality. Next came the Condos, developing them in unit phases. Stanton Corporation came in and purchased the property we now know as Rancho Ruidoso Valley Estates. Jack still owning “the Mesa” as the family refers to it, then sold the property to the Spencer’s where the Theater is now located. The Stanton Corporation had 15 separate investors, and they all seem to have their different opinions and contractors in mind for the Waste Water Treatment plant.

Finally James H. Cardwell, ( Petrol Travel Centers) having the major interest in the Stanton Corporation pulled out. He owned El Paso Amusement Company as well and added the subsidiary of R&M Real Estate. He then offered the Stanton Corporation a deal they could not refuse and purchased the Valley Estates, to avoid his name entered into a bankruptcy. That transaction also included the Waste water treatment plant.

The WWTP came about because Jack Ryan did not want cesspools in the backyard of every home placed in the Valley. It was made a condition of purchase. In the beginning, James Cardwell did not want to charge the Valley Estates property owners for the sewer maintenance as specified in the CC& R’s, but then when the operation and maintenance fell into the Associations lap, there was no other choice than to begin charging maintenance fees.

In 1999 Jack Ryan and Bob Blum were not necessarily advertising to sell “the Mesa” property but Dan Stanger, CEO of Bridge Investment Group of Murray, Utah was touring the Spencer Theater, and walking out into the parking lot, he asked Mike O’Brian, his cousin, who is a Real Estate Broker about the property surrounding the theater. The rest is History. As they began excavating to build the golf course, small ancient artifacts were found, so Bridge Corporation ordered an Archeological study. It appears that the Jornada Mogollon Indians had inhabited the area. They date back to 900 AD.

There is also a small cemetery in the Ranches of Ruidoso area of Saddleback and Country Hills Rd. Nineteen souls are buried there, mostly relatives but there is one baby, not related to any of the families.

The Ryan Family also sold a portion of what is known as the Wilderness Area, to Bridge. They still have an interest in 750 acres. They, in fact, signed off on the easement to Otero CO-OP a couple of years ago. They believed that by securing the residents of everything Jack Ryan had a part in was the right thing for them to do.

Editor’s Note:  If you can add to this history, write me at jph707@yahoo.com.  Please do not use the comment box.



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August 18, 2014


SCHOOL – 1950s v 2014

Scenario :
Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school.

1950s – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.

2014 – Police called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark & charge them with assault.
Both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Both children go to anger management programmes for 3 months.
School governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes.


Scenario :
Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1950s – Robbie sent to the office and given six of the best by the Principal.
Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2014 – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD – result deemed to be positive. Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and school gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.


Scenario :
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1950s – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2014 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care; joins a gang; ends up in jail.

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July 25, 2014


I suppose one could argue electricity or no electricity.  I for one have grown  accustomed to it.  There is an article in the Ruidoso News dated 7-25-14 about how the whole community is up in arms about the transmission lines Otero Electricity is constructing along the West end of our valley.  It quotes Gary (Gregg) Ward and Bertha Randolph as  saying the entire community is mad because of little advanced notice of the construction.  I am not mad.  I think it is good news that we get more reliable power.  The power lines will blend in with the scenery and will be barely noticed.  There are some people that live out here that just hate to see change even if it benefits them.  To me it is a trade off.  A good portion of the lines will be underground anyway so whats the problem?  Three quarters of RRVE won’t see the lines.

If you would like to comment please write me at jph707@yahoo.com

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July 18, 2014


It is the time to ride.  Summer is here and the itch is there.  Let’s Ride.

If you have one of these things you should pay attention.  ATV’s can be dangerous.
Heard about one accident already this year.  Below are the rules to abide by.

The ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules:

  1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle BOOTS, and gloves.

  2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.

  3. Never ride under the influence of ALCOHOL or drugs.

  4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.

  5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.

  6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.

  7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

  8. Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourseSM and the free online E-Course. Visit ATVsafety.org or call 800.887.2887.

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Community Garden

How about a Community Garden?

Would you participate?  Would you volunteer to care for 1 or 2 rows and plant what you like best?

Yes,  It will be some work to get this going.  Would you attend an outdoor meeting at the Pavilion to discuss a Community Garden?

I am not heading this up.  I am just gathering information to see if any one is interested.

Email me at jph707@yahoo.com  or phone 336-7796

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JUNE 6, 2014




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April 9, 2014


Some of you do.  Read this next report by one of the people who cleaned up the roads.

I cleaned up both sides of Little Creek from the mailboxes to the bridge.  By the looks of the trash I picked up there are folks out there drinking and driving in and
around our neighborhood.  So for the rest of us beware of drunk drivers.
Linda Schreiber

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April 6, 2014


Just happened to see two ladies (Mary and Gigi)  carrying garbage sacks so I stopped to give them a ride.  The Clean Up Day went very well.  Filled up two dumpsters with everything from a couch to washing machines and a stove.  There are some homes that have more room to play in.  Many thanks to those who helped.


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