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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill ha~ writ- ten hundreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1980's he began writ- ing a column entitled "As I Remember." With his permission, these columns have been dusted off and will ap- pear in the Hidalgo County Herald from time to time. Hook, who is 93, still lives in Allen Lordsburg. This col- umn appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on May 11, 1990. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg We sailed down the highway to the turn off near Rodeo. From there on it was dirt road up to Rustlers Park. All the way to the A drive to turn off i had felt like a gone goose, but it didn't take long on that rugged dirt road to convince me that the first part of the journey had been a luxury cruise on a super highway. The dust literally rained upward onto us. We choked and gagged, closed our eyes and hung on to the platform like de- mons possessed. After cons of Hook Hill time we arrived at the Portal store where we found the other members of our party lolly gagging around, wait- ing for us to show up. After cokes and candy everybody loaded up and headed off for Cave Creek....everybody, that is except the five of us who had been riding on the back platform of the Bill Townsend vehicle. That slight stubborn streak the wife credits me with having reared up its tiny head when we climbed off the platform at Por- tal. I had not been to Cave Creek or Rustlers Park before and there- fore had no idea how" far it was, but I said to the riders, "I don't know about you guys but I've had enough ofthat thing so I'm walk- ing the rest of the way". The oth- ers agreed, so we sent the driver and those in the front seat on their way, and we took off on foot. Up the road about a mile we came upon our driver and the oth- ers. They had supposed we'd be worn out by that time and would be more than eager for a ride. We were still feeling macho, so we declined and sent them on up the road again. We walked on...and on. I'll admit we were beginning to drag a little but we were still going strong when we saw the vehicle coming back down the road to- ly bViceW ward us. The driver had delivered passengers Victor Andujo of Silver City, Adarsh Vangala, Esperanza Coca, and Wendy .guyen of Albuquerque heaven the rest of the to Cave Creek andhad come back for us. HMS welcom UNM students to MDprogram By DR. HOSEZELL BLASHICot- when I saw a " which We declined again and he drove ton City was built far up on the mountain on up the road shaking his head. Courtesy submission Regional Medical Center, Dr. include Mental Health First Aid. I have been completely in- undated with common routines around Animas and Cotton City for a while. I was tired and needed to see a dif- ferent locality. "It would be excit- ing news to see Sierra Vista," I thought as I packed my car to leave. I tried to take a nap in case I was to get lost in the big states of New Mexico and Ari- zona-with wide open spaces. The name "Sierra Vista" was quite enticing to me. I was very excited about driving there, to see what the city had to offer. Any- thing that I would see on my way would be a novel experience for me. I traveled from Douglas, Ari- zona, on Highway 80 towards Si- erra Vista. I also drove on High- ways 90 and 92 in the state of Arizona. I have always been fas- cinated with the big and beauti- ful things in Arizona. I was sure that I would see exciting things in Arizona again. Phoenix and Scottsdale rate high on my list. top. Pathways led to its' door en- trance. This church reminded me of the men who built the Tower of Balb--trying to reach Heaven. My eyes opened wider when I saw the Deliverance Way. If you got daily prob- lem, you can be de- livered by Iraveling on the Deliverance Way. This highway re- minded me of when the Hebrews or Israel- ites were delivered from Egypt to the Promised Land. I was thrilled with amaze- ment when I drove towards and passed the "Healing Way". This road reminded me of the sick people from all walks of life--the blind, the lame and the crippled people. Obviously, many physi- cians live and practice their pro- fession on the Healing Way. These people try to get well and main- tain good health before they die. When all healing methods fail on the "Healing Way" the people will die and be buried at a funeral home----one that I saw on my way to Sierra Vista. , As I surveyed the lav&l,r~pe I kid yo, u not, but I also ~ff.~i~na-as ,} drove ~i~-~, pas~ed the ~J~'duluv:ian Way '. erra Vista, I was am tzed that What? This way reminded me of Cochise Cotmty has two colleges the "Appion Way"--the road that in the state. Obviously, education Apostle Paul traveled to Rome. is a high priority in Arizona. Certainly all these highways Of all things, I saw the King's and places enroute to Sierra Vista Highway. Wow! This was so neat reflect a heavenly view. I looked and very cool I thought as I for the "Damascus Road" but I pushed the pedal to the metal. did not see one. Perhaps one was This highway would be ideal for nearby. the biblical men like King Saul, It was a rewarding experience King David and King Solomon to drive and see the heavenly to travel on. And King Jesus view down here on earth. And to would add a different dimension . top it off perfectly, I saw a beauti- to this highway as the "most trav- ful woman at Bank of America, eled king", who was a perfect ten. Wow! What Later, I saw a Church of a trip. One that will last a lifetime. Christ, which focused in my eyes. This is a place for people to at- tend and fellowship with other Dr. Hosezell Blash can be people, reached by email at What really did shock me is At length we made it to Cave Creek. The rest of our gang had been there long enough to play themselves out and they were just in the process of going on up the mountain. We told them to go ahead, we would walk on up. The whole works drove away. The five of us played around for a while, then set out up the road at a fast pace. Have you ever been to Rus- tlers Park? Well, let me tell you it's a long haul on foot. We walked hard for a long time but gradually wore out and before many miles passed, we were barely creeping up the hill. Most of us had blisters on our feet and toes, and add to that the fact that we were getting mighty hungry and thirsty. We were in no way prepared for such a trek and it stuck out like a sore thumb. We were grumbling along feeling sorry for ourselves and I, for one, was kicking my tail for being so stubborn in insisting that we walk. We were about at wits end when we saw a car coming down the mountain toward us. We were half a mind to hitch a ride back down the mountain and wait for the gang at the Por- tal store. However, to our surprise, the car turned out to be one of ours. One of the school teachers was driving and he had come back down for us. There was ab- solutely no argument. At the top they had saved a little food for us, .but by the time we finished eating it was nearly time to start home. We got in about an hour of play in the snow but missed most of the fun en- joyed by the others. Did someone say something ' about stubbornness? Well, at least it paid off in one respect. They crowded us in to the other cars for the trip home. It wasn't nearly as exciting as the ride up. Hook hook june @ hotmail, com Historic Panoramic Photograph for sale Lordsburg 49 " x 8 "' printed on foam core board--can be framed or displayed without a frame. Can be seen at the Hidalgo County Herald. Call Edmund Saucedo at 575-542-9716 Hidalgo Medical Services Jonathan Jones of HMS, Dr. You're invited: The group has welcomed four students from Donald Johnson of HMS, and will gather to share their experi- the UNM BA to MD program, a spent time at Gila Regional Medi- ences in our communities and combined degree program be- cal Center. In addition to medi- offer how this has enriched their tween the School of Medicine cal shadowing, the students also knowledge of our rural areas in and the College of Arts and Sci- participated in service learning their journey toward becoming ences at UNM. The combined BA/ projects that benefit the commu- medical professionals. MD Program is designed to help nity directly. The students Please join them and allow alleviate New Mexico's physi- partnered with The Wellness them to thank our community for cian shortage, especially in our Coalition (TWC) of Silver City this enriching experience on medically-underserved areas, to assist with the kick-off a new Wednesday June 25, 2014, 5pm Each year nearly 200 New project that HMS-CHI and TWC at the HMS Silver City Commu- Mexico high school seniors com- are partnering in: Southwest nity Health Center (SCCHC) on pete for less than 30 positions. Mental Health Net. The project Pope Street. These students are guaranteed a is intended to empower localFor further information seat in UNM's School of Medi- youth in southwest New Mexico about the Southwest Mental Cine, upon graduation from the through a series of training op- four-year BA/MD program if they portunities in an effort to reduce Health Net project, call The the instance of teen suicide and Wellness Coalition at 575-534- meet the required standards. This year's group includes mental health crisis by creating 0665. For more information on two young men, one a native of positive relationships. The BA/ student pathways to health ca- MD students did multiple out- reers through FORWARD NM, Silver City, and two young women. They shadowed with Dr. reach activities such as the Jump contact Danielle Moffett at the Okay Odocha of Surgical Associ- Into Summer activity booth to HMS-Center for Health Innova- tion at 575-534-0101 ext. 2107 ates, Dr. Nathan Williams at Gila promote the kick-off and avail- ability of these free trainings, to or New Mexico attorney files lawsuit to open primary elections Courtesy submission Democrat or Republican. Albuquerque attorney J. Ed- The lawsuit would allow for ward Hollington has filed a law- those voters currently registered suit in State District Court on be- as DTS to request a major party half of David G. Crum aimed at ballot at the polls during the pri- allowing non-party-affiliated mary election. They could then voters access to New Mexico's vote for the Democratic or Repub- primary election ballot, lican slate of candidates of their "We are hoping that this suit choice. means yesterday was the last pri- According to the state con- mary in which 1 and 240,740 stitution, all residents who are other voters could not cast a bal- registered to vote and not dis- lot simply because we have not qualified "by reason of criminal declared a political party affilia- conviction or felony" are permit- tion," Crum explained, ted to vote in state elections. Currently in New Mexico, "The right to vote is one of our 19 percent of the state's registered most fundamental, constitution- voters, or 240,741 individuals, ally-protected rights, and the are registered as "Decline to State of New Mexico is arbitrarily State" their political party, or denying that right to nearly a DTS. They are prohibited from quarter of a million New Mexi- voting in the state's primary elec- cans," Hollington said. tion since state election code re- Crnm attempted to vote early quires voters to affiliate with one on May 21, 2014 and was turned of the major political parties, away by polling officials citing Friday, July 18 ._No Early 425 Pyramid Heights Birds 7:30 AM to 11 AM Please All proceeds will go towa.rds school supplies Jbr the (mnual "Back to School Backpack Bash" Monetao, donations and/or school supplies will also be accepted and welcomed to benefit our Hidalgo county school children grades K-12 his DTS registration status. "I am one of a rapidly growing group of voters who choose not to af- filiate with a political party on voter registration, but that choice doesn't allow the state to exclude me from voting," he said. Crum added that since elec- tions are paid for with taxpayer money and the state's constitu- tion says registered voters have the right to vote "at all elections for public officers," he believes his lawsuit has merit and will ul- timately be affirmed by the courts. New Mexico is currently one of 11 states that operate on a closed primary system. Accord- ing to the New Mexico Secretary of State website statistics, since 2000 and 2014, the number of voters registered as DTS increased from 100,932 to 240,741, or 138.5 percent. Currently, DTS voters comprise 19 percent of the state- wide electorate. Hollington said he hopes the lawsuit will be resolved within two years so that more voters will have access to the 2016 primary election. Crum added that he be- lieves allowing more voters a say in determining candidates for the general election will force candi- dates to have more accountabil- ity to all voters. "The primary election is a critical part of the election of public officers. 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