Museum head resigns with scathing letter

Museum head resigns with scathing letter

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May I Suggest

Ruidoso, NM

#1 Mar 27, 2013
...that the original owner of the place take over the operation again and use some of the BRT (fight back, fight back, fight back) money he said he would use to fix up the track and/or to revive the community to run operations.
Agree

Ruidoso, NM

#2 Mar 27, 2013
Look around the City of Ruidoso Downs and tell me there are not better uses for 200K. I am not degrading the importance of the museum but really, what are the sense of priorities in the Downs for funding?
Thought

Ruidoso, NM

#3 Mar 27, 2013
I think losing Jim will be hard on the already struggling museum. Hopefully the city will recruit a new director that can take the museum to the next level.
WTF-2

Ruidoso, NM

#4 Mar 27, 2013
scathing?...knowing Jim as well as I do, this was pretty tame for him...typical Kavlidge

Since: May 10

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#5 Mar 28, 2013
I agree with you. I didn't find Jim's letter scathing. Missing from the article was the amount of salary the director made after taking the voluntary 25% cut. Details and facts are always a good thing to mention in any article, especially one that deals with a community venture that is failing fast economically. I also agree with those who feel that our local multimillionaire wanted to rid himself of this albatross. We citizens should be the ones "fighting back". We are the ones who ultimately pay the piper.
Red

Ruidoso, NM

#6 Mar 30, 2013
The millionaire, whose name no one mentions, gave the Museum to the City of Ruidoso Downs along with $1.5 million to keep it open for at least ten years. The "City," from what I have heard, never gave the museum director an accurate statement on how much of that $1.5 million was left in its budget. Suddenly last summer, the "City" announced that the Museum was in the hole for thousands of dollars. The "City" offered to "loan" the Museum the money, but stated that the Museum would have to pay it back. The "City" hasn't spent any of its general fund monies for several years now. The only money the "City" transfers to the Museum is from the Lodgers Tax. Lodgers Tax money is supposed to be spent on attracting visitors from out-of-town because it is money collected from out-of-towners. That means that NONE of the tax monies that local residents pay go to the Hubbard Museum. Have any of you complainers been to the Museum? Why don't you go there sometime? After you've been there and seen what they have to offer, then you can complain. Maybe if you told them what bothers you, other than your hatred for RDH,maybe they would try to change it. They have new exhibits every couple months, you know. A lot of them are about Lincoln County. Oh! You don't like Lincoln County either, do you?
Eddie

Ruidoso, NM

#7 Mar 30, 2013
Red wrote:
The millionaire, whose name no one mentions, gave the Museum to the City of Ruidoso Downs along with $1.5 million to keep it open for at least ten years. The "City," from what I have heard, never gave the museum director an accurate statement on how much of that $1.5 million was left in its budget. Suddenly last summer, the "City" announced that the Museum was in the hole for thousands of dollars. The "City" offered to "loan" the Museum the money, but stated that the Museum would have to pay it back. The "City" hasn't spent any of its general fund monies for several years now. The only money the "City" transfers to the Museum is from the Lodgers Tax. Lodgers Tax money is supposed to be spent on attracting visitors from out-of-town because it is money collected from out-of-towners. That means that NONE of the tax monies that local residents pay go to the Hubbard Museum. Have any of you complainers been to the Museum? Why don't you go there sometime? After you've been there and seen what they have to offer, then you can complain. Maybe if you told them what bothers you, other than your hatred for RDH,maybe they would try to change it. They have new exhibits every couple months, you know. A lot of them are about Lincoln County. Oh! You don't like Lincoln County either, do you?
Red, calm down and take some anxiety medicince. No one in this blog is complaining about the millionaire (and hence there is no reason to mention his name) and no one has complained about the museum. However, in my humble opinion there are parts of Ruidoso Downs however that look like a third world country. In a city with so many major problems, there are simply higher priorities than culture or the arts and the valuable tax money that is being spent to promote business in the county would be better spent on solving these problems directly.
David

Hobbs, NM

#8 Mar 30, 2013
Eddie wrote:
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Red, calm down and take some anxiety medicince. No one in this blog is complaining about the millionaire (and hence there is no reason to mention his name) and no one has complained about the museum. However, in my humble opinion there are parts of Ruidoso Downs however that look like a third world country. In a city with so many major problems, there are simply higher priorities than culture or the arts and the valuable tax money that is being spent to promote business in the county would be better spent on solving these problems directly.
Eddie, I'm already taking anxiety medicine and I feel fine, thanks for the suggestion. If you don't think that calling the museum an "albatross" and asserting that "valuable tax money is being spent to promote business" is complaining, then perhaps I don't understand the word. The Hubbard Museum is not a "business," it is an "attraction" and an educational facility, the only one in Ruidoso Downs. Have you noticed that the "City" has no schools, no library, not even a bookstore, unless you include Walmart? The "valuable tax money" that you refer to is required to be spent on bringing more people to the City in order to improve the economy. It can't be spent on road repairs, air-conditioning for City Hall, or school lunches. I agree with you that the City has major problems that must be addressed, but using Lodgers Tax money is not a legal solution. Hubbard Museum employees had their salaries cut last year to "save money." No other City employees had their salaries cut. The City Clerk is the highest paid city clerk in the state. Does that make any sense in a city that has such major problems?????
River Tracker

Hobbs, NM

#9 Apr 27, 2013
So now that the Director has left, doesn't that leave only 4 full-time professionals and 2 part-time employees to run a museum of this caliber? It's obvious, the city only wants to save money on the operations of the museum, but at who's expense? Thos remaining at the museum have to be working double over-time, but not being paid for it. They need more workers, especially going into the summer months. No other city employee is doing that! So, I have a solution - Hire Ms. Rowe as director (she may not have the "credentials", but sure has the experience - and she works well with everyone)Give her a raise and take Jim's salary to hire 2 part-time people. Now you have 5 full-time and 4 part-time and you are saving a lot of money on benefits! Everyone is happy!
Wait

Ruidoso, NM

#10 Apr 28, 2013
David wrote:
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Eddie, I'm already taking anxiety medicine and I feel fine, thanks for the suggestion. If you don't think that calling the museum an "albatross" and asserting that "valuable tax money is being spent to promote business" is complaining, then perhaps I don't understand the word. The Hubbard Museum is not a "business," it is an "attraction" and an educational facility, the only one in Ruidoso Downs. Have you noticed that the "City" has no schools, no library, not even a bookstore, unless you include Walmart? The "valuable tax money" that you refer to is required to be spent on bringing more people to the City in order to improve the economy. It can't be spent on road repairs, air-conditioning for City Hall, or school lunches. I agree with you that the City has major problems that must be addressed, but using Lodgers Tax money is not a legal solution. Hubbard Museum employees had their salaries cut last year to "save money." No other City employees had their salaries cut. The City Clerk is the highest paid city clerk in the state. Does that make any sense in a city that has such major problems?????
The city is part of the Ruidoso School District. Do you want to pay more to maintain a small district serving only the Downs? School lunches are paid thru the USDA not local governments. Geez, get it right.
Again

Shipman, VA

#11 Apr 28, 2013
Wait wrote:
<quoted text>The city is part of the Ruidoso School District. Do you want to pay more to maintain a small district serving only the Downs? School lunches are paid thru the USDA not local governments. Geez, get it right.
You are exactly right..........why the feud between Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs & Alto? We all share this mountain and must be good neighbors! We're all stuck with each other, like it or not!

Back to the subject of the Museum, how many owners would tolerate their employees making demands and assume they were in control of YOUR Business!
Redd

Ruidoso, NM

#12 Apr 29, 2013
Again wrote:
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Back to the subject of the Museum, how many owners would tolerate their employees making demands and assume they were in control of YOUR Business!
The employees made NO demands. They weren't asking for money. They made a proposal to the city council that one of the curators serve as interim director for six months so the museum could SAVE money from the director's salary and in that way not end the fiscal year at a deficit. The city council paid no attention to what they were saying and voted the way they had planned to vote all along. The city council voted to hire a director on contract. That means the director will get no benefits, no health insurance, no retirement. Anyone who takes that job will get beaten up by the city in the same way the last two directors were.
Again

Monroe, VA

#13 Apr 30, 2013
Redd wrote:
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The employees made NO demands. They weren't asking for money. They made a proposal to the city council that one of the curators serve as interim director for six months so the museum could SAVE money from the director's salary and in that way not end the fiscal year at a deficit. The city council paid no attention to what they were saying and voted the way they had planned to vote all along. The city council voted to hire a director on contract. That means the director will get no benefits, no health insurance, no retirement. Anyone who takes that job will get beaten up by the city in the same way the last two directors were.
What part of proposal denied is misunderstood. When the vote didn't go the curators "suggested" they then stormed out saying their resignation would be submitted within the next month or two. That's real dedication! The last two directors were not beaten up, they failed to live within their budgets! The councilors were elected to make these decisions. The mayor too! How do you like the black chain fencing? Disgusting! That wasn't a gift either. There is always more than one side to the story.
Redd

Ruidoso, NM

#14 Apr 30, 2013
Again wrote:
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What part of proposal denied is misunderstood. When the vote didn't go the curators "suggested" they then stormed out saying their resignation would be submitted within the next month or two. That's real dedication!

Were you at the city council meeting or are you taking your misinformation from newspaper reports? Who would be better at making short term decisions about how to run a museum, the people who work there or city councilors who only go to the museum for free meals and dancing?
Again wrote:
The last two directors were not beaten up, they failed to live within their budgets! The councilors were elected to make these decisions. The mayor too!
Again, you shouldn't believe what the newspapers tell you about the last two directors. Consider the fact that the city controls the budgets of all of their departments. If the museum directors weren't staying within their budgets, why didn't the city fire them? No city department can go into debt! If the city councilors were elected to make decisions, why weren't they managing the museum's budget?
Again wrote:
There is always more than one side to the story.
You are absolutely correct!! Shouldn't you consider your own advice!!
Again

Dillwyn, VA

#15 May 1, 2013
Redd wrote:
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Again, you shouldn't believe what the newspapers tell you about the last two directors. Consider the fact that the city controls the budgets of all of their departments. If the museum directors weren't staying within their budgets, why didn't the city fire them? No city department can go into debt! If the city councilors were elected to make decisions, why weren't they managing the museum's budget?
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You are absolutely correct!! Shouldn't you consider your own advice!!
Hey Redd, you work at the museum? Did you attend the City Council meeting? Get over your self!
Redd

Ruidoso, NM

#16 May 1, 2013
Again wrote:
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Hey Redd, you work at the museum?

No I don't!

[QUOTE who="Again"]<quot ed text>
Did you attend the City Council meeting?


I read the transcript.
Again wrote:
<quoted text>Get over your self!


Why should I? Does accurate information bother you that much? Once you've made up your mind about "the way things are," do you find it impossible to change your mind? Has anyone ever suggested that you keep an open mind? Did you tell them to go to hell?
Redd

Ruidoso, NM

#17 May 1, 2013
Again wrote:
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Hey Redd, you work at the museum? Did you attend the City Council meeting? Get over your self!
Hey Again! If you don't get some relaxation sometime soon, you're going to blow a blood vessel. How would the Ruidoso Downs city council function without their numero uno closed-minded, bigoted,irrelevant blowhard?

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