Drought hangs tough in region

Feb 13, 2013 Full story: Ruidoso News 16

A multi-year drought in the Ruidoso area hangs tough. The National Weather Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service , in a coordinated review, said snowpacks in New Mexico's mountains were dismal.

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#1 Feb 13, 2013
Many scientists are now saying that this arid climate will become a permanent condition in this area. If this be the case, people need to get ahead of this by implementing policies and coming up with solutions that will preserve our forest and other vegetation. What water saving measures can we as residents take and what can be done on a broader scale in the community to combat this drought and guarantee the availability of water for our citizens in the future?
Good By Tree

Hobbs, NM

#2 May 12, 2013
if this is the new normal, then many people will leave Ruidoso NM Myself and countless others are here, moved here, because of the beautiful forest that have existed for hundreds of years. These same forest are dieing, they are breaking off half way up the trunk. One person with the forestry predicts that in 10 short years the forest will all but be gone. The mountain top will look like El Paso's Mountains. No trees left. We will be arid, desert like. That's not the Ruidoso Nm I have grown up knowing. Will the last forest minded person out of Ruidoso please turn out the light.
mule driver

Phoenix, AZ

#3 May 13, 2013
This is just some more of the same old liberal lies about global warming so they can raise our taxes. What we need to do is organize, ban together and Fight Back. We can stop their lying agenda by increasing the BRT just 3/16ths of a percent and give that mere pittance of our freedoms to RDRT. If we do not stand together and Fight Back right now then them lying liberals will win again and raise our taxes. So take the pledge and post your signs....Fight Back.
So Beat Down

Ruidoso Downs, NM

#4 May 29, 2013
Mule Driver, I admire your get up and go. I have been beat down for so many years here in Ruidoso that I have nothing left. You must fight back for those of us to beat down and exhausted to join in.
mule driver

Phoenix, AZ

#5 May 30, 2013
I do my best to keep up the spirit of false hope for the little people, to insure their dreams of reaching the brass ring is always just a mere finger tip away. That the hard earned monies of the little people being given to the rich guy is so much more profitable than having their tax dollars go to them ridicules liberal agenda ideas like schools, roads, hospitals, fire and police and all of the other useless stuff they try to cram down our throats.
Tom Cooper

Absecon, NJ

#6 Jun 3, 2013
Don't let Mule Driver ruin this thread with his ignorance. Residents of Weed and surrounding areas need to focus on survival due to global warming changing our environment.

Let's focus on reality not ignorance.
Also Beat Down

Ruidoso, NM

#7 Jun 3, 2013
Tom Cooper wrote:
Don't let Mule Driver ruin this thread with his ignorance. Residents of Weed and surrounding areas need to focus on survival due to global warming changing our environment.
Let's focus on reality not ignorance.
When people in RUIDOSO (do not know about weed) talk about being beat down, it is not just the drought at play here. The corruption and yes, ignorance (i.e. educational standards) here are also contributing factors but the list is a mile long. Seriously, I have not spoken with anyone lately that does not have aspirations of leaving this town. One real estate web site that I viewed tonight has 609 properties for sale just inside Ruidoso, to speak nothing of surrounding areas. Yes, the REALITY is that many people have had it with paradise and are now leaving, or trying to leave.
Another Beat Down

Alto, NM

#8 Jun 4, 2013
Would love to get out of here also but just can't walk off from our property.
Selling

Ruidoso, NM

#9 Jun 4, 2013
Another Beat Down wrote:
Would love to get out of here also but just can't walk off from our property.
Yes. I do not know how many people have advised me to just rent out my house and leave. Brilliant solution. When you have a 75% equitity share in a property it is pretty tough to just rent it out and come up with a down payment on a piece on another property elsewhere. Many banks will no longer accept the value of a rental property as collateral for another home loan. Also, we all know what kind of great renters there are in Ruidoso.
been there done that

Ruidoso, NM

#10 Jun 4, 2013
Selling wrote:
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Yes. I do not know how many people have advised me to just rent out my house and leave. Brilliant solution. When you have a 75% equitity share in a property it is pretty tough to just rent it out and come up with a down payment on a piece on another property elsewhere. Many banks will no longer accept the value of a rental property as collateral for another home loan. Also, we all know what kind of great renters there are in Ruidoso.
Think about bankruptcy. The new bankruptcy laws allow you to keep most, if not all of your equity and it is possible to exit from bankruptcy with a decent credit rating, but not perfect.
Bankruptcy does have the stigma is use to have many years ago due to the huge number of people who have had to file in recent years.

You will be surprised. The new bankruptcy laws recognize the occurrence of the economic downturn and the declining real estate market in Ruidoso (even though real estate in the rest of the country is booming again).
Had our home for sale 3 years and we are leaving now with equity and house still unsold.

It may not be for you but if you have never considered this move, it will not cost you anything to look into it. Life does not last forever and the real estate market may not recover here for many, many years.
mule driver

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Jun 4, 2013
Oh Tom I'm so sorry my sarcasm has eluded you. Ruidoso is a very republican district and republicans are disbelievers in the planet becoming warmer causing severe weather, drought and other problems. Also republicans are anti-tax which means no increase in taxes, so the wonderful citizens of Ruidoso (Lincoln County) voted to increase their taxes and give the monies to some rich guy. Do you not see the hypocrisy here or were you not aware of what goes on in Lincoln County? So I have a tendency to bring up this absurdity of giving tax dollars to a rich guy instead of using that money for the many needs of the community. And do not forget Steve Pearce complaining about the inadequate job the forest service is doing after he voted to cut their funding.
To focus on this reality is observing ignorance.
BTownsend

Ruidoso, NM

#12 Jun 4, 2013
Your point about Pearce is well taken. He comes with his smoked bear, makes some uninformed and blatant accusations about how policy was violated during suppression of the Little Bear, being advised at that point by an uneducated fire chief that does not know what the hell he is talking about either and then he returns and apologizes to the public and the USFS for jumping to uninformed conclusions. But now he still wants to somehow dictate to the agency how it will conduct its business in the future. His credibility on the matter is already shot at the local level and he would be well advised to stay in Washington DC since that is where USFS policy is written and directives to local ranger districts such as Smokey Bear are issued.
game boy

Mayhill, NM

#13 Jun 4, 2013
bla,bla,bla
local

Ruidoso, NM

#14 Jun 4, 2013
BTownsend wrote:
Your point about Pearce is well taken. He comes with his smoked bear, makes some uninformed and blatant accusations about how policy was violated during suppression of the Little Bear, being advised at that point by an uneducated fire chief that does not know what the hell he is talking about either and then he returns and apologizes to the public and the USFS for jumping to uninformed conclusions. But now he still wants to somehow dictate to the agency how it will conduct its business in the future. His credibility on the matter is already shot at the local level and he would be well advised to stay in Washington DC since that is where USFS policy is written and directives to local ranger districts such as Smokey Bear are issued.
Wish the same fire chief would have been equally vocal about policies violated during the White Fire and his role in the initial attack of that fire.
Another Beat Down

Alto, NM

#16 Jun 6, 2013
WOW, how tacky can you get??? Not all renters are bad but it only takes one. I've lived through that mess.
So Beat Down

Ruidoso Downs, NM

#18 Jun 7, 2013
Well at least we got some rain tonight. Wow it had been so long that I wasn't sure we would ever get any. I cut a tree the other day. The tree rings for the last twelve years were so close together I could hardly count them. 12 yrs of drought. I counted rings back to 100 yrs. One could really see in this tree how things have changed and are continuing to change. It was frightening. Well I guess our Village of Ruidoso will raise our taxes to cover expenses as opposed to looking for ways to trim the budge. I have an idea. See Wingfield Park, yes that Green Space that is used two or three times per year. I am sure that cost some serious money to maintain, insure etc. Lets just keep beating up (down) the locals even more. I need counseling but I cant afford it and am working three jobs. Help

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