Ruidoso in "Where to Retire" top four

Ruidoso in "Where to Retire" top four

There are 14 comments on the Ruidoso News story from Feb 13, 2012, titled Ruidoso in "Where to Retire" top four. In it, Ruidoso News reports that:

Many who have moved to the Ruidoso area in the last several years consider the location a great place to retire.

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BFD

Ruidoso, NM

#1 Feb 20, 2012
Some parts of this article are an absolute sham. For instance, who in the world thinks this town has great health care for seniors? An ER room with no doctor on duty, doctors and dentists who have numerous complaints against them, cardiology and other specialties completely absent and that's just the tip of the iceberg. No extremes in weather? Well, last winter bursting pipes all over town and the 27 degree below zero temperatures recorded tell a different story. Old, unattended, decrepid water pipes remain an urgent problem here. Trees dying from drought and bark beetles all over and a large explanse of hillside blackened by a fire that no one has admitted starting and officials seem to have stonewalled the answers we seek.

Many of my friends cannot afford the Spencer theater and that includes numerous retirees who, like me, came here to retire several years ago, and they aren't quite as "affluent" as they once were. Since then, things have gone downhill. Water bills have tripled and the village government garners little respect. And I can't help wonder what is so great about the home values here when home prices have plummetted over the last several years? Neither am I convinced of the low cost living here as lauded in the article

Talk about sugar coating ... see excerpts from the article below or click the link to read the entire story.. or rather,'fairytale'.
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"Where to Retire" magazine has included Ruidoso on its list of four special locations around the country.

"Where to Retire" editor Mary Lu Abbott said Ruidoso possesses qualities that are important to today's retirees.

"Perhaps the most alluring attribute of this New Mexico mountain village is its four-season climate, devoid of extremes and full of sunshine," said Abbott. "Ruidoso's appeal goes beyond the temperate weather, combining a Wild /West past with modern day culture, including a renowned theater, Smithsonian-affiliated museum, racetrack and a major resort featuring a golf course and casino."

Ruidoso has been featured in three previous stories that include several towns with a common theme. One was in the November/December 2008 issue of Where to Retire that focused on cooler climates - winter towns. In September/October of 2006, Ruidoso was highlighted among several locations considered low-cost towns with great home buys. And in November/December of 2004, it was mountain retreats.

"Ruidoso combines many desirable amenities for today's retirees with its four-season climate, outdoor recreation and scenic mountain setting," said "Where to Retire" Assistant Managing Editor Maureen L. King. "It has long been a popular vacation spot that has turned into a top retirement destination for many."

Dave G. Houser, a writer who lives in Nogal,
interviewed retirees living in the Ruidoso area and brought his own intimate knowledge of Ruidoso to the story, King said.
Also factored into the listings are things like economics, taxes, health care for seniors and home values.
outsider

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Feb 21, 2012
Don't forget the taxes, Lincoln county has the second highest tax rate in New Mexico.

So FIGHT BACK get out the vote, help Lincoln County become Number One.
Cope

Biloxi, MS

#3 Feb 21, 2012
Looks like he just gave the Chamber of Commerce version of what they would like the town to be.I think you get paid by the word when you sell a story like that.He forgot to mention we have eight new bridges,yea!
Standing by

Nogal, NM

#4 Feb 21, 2012
The Bridges to replace the dilapidated ones washed out in the 2008 floods. That left many folks stranded in the upper canyon.
He forgot to mention the BRT to "keep the racetrack open" and help the local merchants keep their shops to charge their absorbent prices. We agree with BFD low cost of living? They must mean being able to go to Wal-Mart once a week to catch the reduced prices on hamburger, and maybe find something in the 5 for $20.00 at the IGA meat counter that may not have a lot of grizzle or far!
Grumpy

Ruidoso, NM

#5 Feb 21, 2012
All miserable stuff. How dare someone speak good of us!
Cope

Biloxi, MS

#6 Feb 23, 2012
Forgot to note that NM should stop taxing SS payments, if they want to atract more people to the state.36 other states don`t tax ss benifits.
Tax Exhausted

Nogal, NM

#7 Feb 23, 2012
Apparently, this publication did not check where Mr. Houser lives! What makes him the informed expert on Ruidoso? Nogal is approximately 19 miles north of the village. If that is his residence, Mr. Houser does NOT have to pay the high utility bills which may go up even more if these new bills pass. Let's not forget the possible Tax increase!
He failed to state the truth about the generation or group of people that are rude, vulgar and nasty to retirees. Where was Mr. Houser during the BRT campaign? Sipping a cocktail or two with Hubbard and the Chamber elites at the Jockey club? He also failed to inform anyone that outsiders are not necessarily welcome, particularly Texans, Californians and others. They haven't gotten a clue that these people that come here ARE their bread and butter!
Because of the cost of living being so high, we need to go to other areas to shop. But with gas prices going up as well, we will be between a rock and a hard place.
It was affordable at one time, as well as beautiful, but no more, unfortunately.
Cope

Biloxi, MS

#8 Feb 23, 2012
To Tax exhausted.I am afraid of being wrong about this so I will ask carefully.I think the types of taxable things will change when the Governor signs these new bills on her desk.If I understand this bill, It lowered the GRT on the trades in order to make housing more affordable( because of taxing on each phase of building was adding more costs as the building progressed).If I am right this will lower the GRT .OK so what happens when this threshold of 750,000 is not met,Do we have new election?I think the landscape has changed!So what do you think will happen to the future of Ruidoso because of the new laws from Santa Fe?I would love to be more informed about this possible problem.
Tax exhausted

Nogal, NM

#9 Feb 23, 2012
Cope wrote:
To Tax exhausted.I am afraid of being wrong about this so I will ask carefully.I think the types of taxable things will change when the Governor signs these new bills on her desk.If I understand this bill, It lowered the GRT on the trades in order to make housing more affordable( because of taxing on each phase of building was adding more costs as the building progressed).If I am right this will lower the GRT .OK so what happens when this threshold of 750,000 is not met,Do we have new election?I think the landscape has changed!So what do you think will happen to the future of Ruidoso because of the new laws from Santa Fe?I would love to be more informed about this possible problem.
In order not to misinform you, may I suggest that you contact your State Senator and or State representative. Either one could probably answer each of your concerns more clearly and fully, Since they have been involved in the discussions.
I hope you find the answers you are looking for in a satisfactory manner. Since there are several bills involved here.
Cope

Biloxi, MS

#10 Feb 23, 2012
Thank you, I guess I will just sit back and wait to see what bills are signed .I have a feeling this will be written about in the press over the next few months.I have tried to call my Rep in the past and I never got past who are you?(answer nobody who has given any money) and thank you for calling.
Tax exhausted

Nogal, NM

#13 Feb 24, 2012
To Cope: We attempted to post State Rep. Zack Cook's phone numbers but for some reason, the post did not go through. Maybe someone is being protective, but we obtained the information in the government section of the Windstream phone book. That makes it public information. So, if you know someone in Ruidoso that you can contact, have them give you the numbers out of the phone book. They have the Sante Fe office number, the Ruidoso office number even his home phone as well as his e-mail address.
Good luck.
FYI

United States

#14 Feb 24, 2012
Tax exhausted wrote:
To Cope: We attempted to post State Rep. Zack Cook's phone numbers but for some reason, the post did not go through. Maybe someone is being protective, but we obtained the information in the government section of the Windstream phone book. That makes it public information. So, if you know someone in Ruidoso that you can contact, have them give you the numbers out of the phone book. They have the Sante Fe office number, the Ruidoso office number even his home phone as well as his e-mail address.
Good luck.
Topix will not post phone numbers
Cope

Biloxi, MS

#15 Feb 24, 2012
Thank you,I will send a letter or call but I plan to wait untill the dust settles,I have a feeling I am not the only one wondering how all these bills and tax changes are going to effect NM. I think there was also a bill about changing the tax code regarding the race tracks, but I don`t know if it passed or not?We shall see what happens.I sure don`t want to watch another fight over the race track.
Tax exhausted

Nogal, NM

#16 Feb 24, 2012
FYI wrote:
<quoted text>
Topix will not post phone numbers
Is this a new policy? We have posted other public information numbers previously. Most of the time to assist other posters on who to contact. But thank you for the information.

While we have never posted private numbers, Mr. Cook's numbers are published in the local Windstream phone book under the Government Section. Are these considered private listings even though he is listed as State Representative for Lincoln and Otero counties in NM?
Thank you again!

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