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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010 T Just A Thought Living by the code of the West By RICK KRAFT Do you have a code that you live by? Are there absolutes in your life? Is it easier to just take it a day at a time rather than to have written guidelines against which to measure everything you do? Many people use the Bible or another religious book as a benchmark, others might focus on a more recent writing such as the six pillars of Character Counts. Still others live without seeking to adhere to any written standards. A few weeks ago I was given a colorful certificate with a list- ing of what was called the "Code of the West." It was written by a man named Don Bishop. It was written from the standpoint of a cowboy's view of the Rick Kraft tion - be cheerful - grant quick assistance to friends and strang- ers in need - endure hardships without complaining - don't make excuses - try to be better than the other fella - share any- thing you own with a fellow worker - demand square deal- ings - never tolerate cowards - be generous with your life and money - treat women like la- dies - stealing and rus- tling are evil wrong doings - do your best - never quit - if it's not yours, don't take it . If it's not true don't say it. If it's not right, don't do it." There are a 'lot of concepts covered in the one page code. I w'iI1 address some of them. "A cowboy's word is his bond." The New Mexico world to provide instructions on . Bar Association has a code on how we should live oui" lives. The code states as follows: "A cowboy's word is his sacred bond - bargains sealed with a hand'shake are more binding than legal documents -' be loyal to the boss and the brand = be thankful for your job - lay down your life, if necessary, for the privilege of defending your out- fit - be proud of your occupa- professiondism that contains the same language for attorneys...an attorney's word is his bond. Some would say this concept is "old school," that the days that we can rely on person's word are behind us now. Understand that for most all of the history of mankind, written documents didn't exist or were rare. "Your Activities Director, Susan Palomarez presents Tina Garcia with an Outstanding Volunteer Certificate. Garcia is Outstanding Volunteer By LORENZO ALBA, JR. The weather coming around in Lordsburg, sunshine and warmth hitting that natural beauty the bootheel possesses. And it was an- other eventful week at Sunshine Haven. It's Volunteer Week and in observation of this wonderful event, Sunshine Haven recognized one it's own volunteers, Tina Garcia, with a certificate for Outstanding Volunteer. Tina Garcia has been a volunteer here since August of last year. "It brings joy to my life to come here and bring joy to others..I like working with people and makinga difference brings joy to my life," said Tina Garcia of her time here at Sunshine Haven. "I'd like to take the opportunity to Thank Tina Garcia for all of her wonderful efforts with our residents and for volunteering her time to out facility" said Susan Palomarez, Activities Director. "She has a tremendous amount of energy and such a big heart. The fact that she shares all that with us is a treasure to our residents and home," adds Palomarez. Tina received recognition in front of our management team and received a standing ovation from us all. It was well deserved and merited. ' Volunteers like Tina Garcia are thesunshine in our home. We'd like to also recogpize Nick Ruiz for his time here as a volunteer and all the volunteers in our community. Sunshine Haven is beginning to blossom; well the roses are blooming. Once again we'd like to thank everyone who donated flowers and roses to our facility. We had donations locally and from as far as California. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our residents surely are enjoying them. And as I say every week, stop by and take a tour, help us bring a smile to one of our residents. See you next week! word is your bond" is a key in- struction for anyone to follow to be effective in their day to day life. The focus on this Concept and the handshake concept is that a person's reputation for honesty and truthfulness is very highly held. If a person keeps their word sealed with a hand- shake, the core of a written con- tract is unnecessary. Unfortu- nately, just because two indi- viduals agree on the heart of an agreement, there are often lesser terms of the agreement that the two might disagree upon if the transaction has any complexity. "Be loyal." This concept seems to carry less weight in the 2000's than it has in generations past. Often the question today is "what have you done for me lately?" Check out all of the ad- vertising done by institutions in a competitive market such as cell phones, cable/satellite television companies, or auto insurance companies. People seem to be willing to change businesses based upon current Offerings rather than years and years of loyalty. "Defend your outfit." This overlaps with the being loyal. If you don't defend your orga- nization, who will? "Be thankful, be proud of your organization, be cheerful, endure hardships without com- plaining." T.hese statements spell out the importance of keeping a healthy attitude no matter what circumstances you are in. There are two short instruc- tions that juml out at me from the list. One is "don't make ex- cuses." How much of each of our world is made up of ex- cuses? Do we ever stop and ask the question, "How often do I use excuses to keep from doing something I should be doing?" I think each of us would be amazed at how often we "ex- cuse away" matters of impor- tance. Another instruction from the Code is "never quit." We live in a world packed with adver- sity. Too often a little adversity causes us to stop and turn around. There are ,timcs,hen., we need to change directions, but too often we give up on mtters that are worth pushing forward. What is you IQ num- ber? IQ is not your intelligence rating, it is your "I Quit" score. Success comes to those who are focused and committed and who don't give up. The Code of the West pro- vides directions that apply to in- dividuals who live in places other than "the West" They are generic rules that by reviewing we can become better people. My challenge to you. today is to have a written code to live by. It doesn't have to be the Code of the West, but if the rules of living are written down and quantified, they are more likely to be followed. If you have no rules to live your life by, what is the backdrop against which you measure your life? Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and" an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkra_ft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto :thekraftlawfirm @ aol. corn or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. he 17amd/. o/rloia ./#acti.e oa, ld like to e:#es.s au deecse,t a,t.d h.eact[e/t qea.tit.ude to our ami/9  Teie,,.ds. [o all o[ qour J.u#poct, [ooe and k.iudlea c/ueitt.q. out, t,eeent /os.... /tatt.k qou. e m.ueh /at, a[[ t.he ciait, ealfi, earc/J, [ood, ttta,teq, .[OlCet, J. a,d too,t, o[. all lot 9our #raqer. 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Dr. DeMoss was mayor of Lordsburg from 1934 to 1936. The historic former Lordsburg City Hall on Main Street was built during his administration as part of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'New Deal.' Junior Ranger Day at Gila Cliff Dwellings Sat. Courtesy submission Gila Cliff Dwellings Na- tional Monument will celebrate Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 24 * with an entire day of free family-friendly activities. Live the Life The Mogollon people occu- pied the region surrounding the Gila headwaters for nearly a thousand years. On Junior Ranger Day, visitors can expe- rience firsthand Mogollon lifeways. Stop by the Gila Visi- tor Center between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00"p.m. to whirl a bull roarer or grind corn with a mano and metate. Try your hand at crafting a Mogollon- style clay pot--yours to keep no matter how it turns out! Get Up Close and Personal Interested in peering into the eyes of a live owl or mar- veling at the talons of a hawk? Park your car at Woody's Cor- ral and make the short walk to Lower Scorpion Campground. Staff from Hawks Aloft, a non- profit conservation and educa- tion group will be showing off their bird ambassadors between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Be Bear Aware Would you know what to do if you met a bear on the trail? Join staff from [he Gila National Forest at Upper Scorpion Campground between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to become bear aware! Touch a real bear hide and skull, learn how to hike and camp safely in bear coun- try. Skulls and Bones Drop in between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Gila Cliff Dwellings trailhead to touch real animal skulls and learn about the wildlife of the Gila Wilderness. On this special day, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monu- ment will offer the Junior Ranger Program to visitors all of ages. Junior Ranger books will be available free of charge at the Gila Visitor Center. Par- ticipants who successfully com- plete the required activities will earn not only a Junior Ranger badge, but an honorary 15% same-day discount at the West- ern National Parks Association. Schedule of Special Events: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Live the Life at the Gila Visitor Center. 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hawks Aloft at Lower Scorpion Campground. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bear Aware at Upper Scorpion Campground 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Skulls and Bones at the Gila Cliff Dwellings Trailhead. Access to the Cliff Dwell- ings: A 35-foot long temporary foot bridge placed across the West Fork Bridge permits visi- tor access to Gila Cliff Dwell- ings National Monument. Visi- tors to the Monument must park their vehicles at Woody's Cor- ral and then hike or bike on the closed road for one mile to the trailhead. Please plan on allow- ing at least three hours to visit the site, as accessing the Cliff Dwellings will now be 3 miles round-trip. The Cliff Dwellings will be staffed daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and while the gate to the Cliff Dwellings closes at 4:00 p.m., visitors have another hour in which to com- plete their visit. Visitors should plan on beginning the hike across the West Fork Bridge from the parking area at Woody's Corral no later than 3:00 p.m. Please note that there will be no guided tours during this interim period. Entrance fees will be waived until vehicle access can be reestablished. For further information, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461. Advertising in the J Hidalgo Count)' HERALD Is easier than ever! CALL Elbrock Water Systems, LLC 575-548-2429 575-557-2291 gl Septic Tank Installation Septic Tank Pumping & Inspections Portable Toilet Rentals & Service Septic Tank Treatment Products NM LIC. #81570-MS03 BONDED & INSURED AZ LIC. #194466-K-80