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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010 7 Just A Thought The bear necessities of life will come to you By RICK KRAFT We were about to get off the school bus miles inside Denali National Park in the heart of Alaska. The bus driver/tour guide stood in the front of the bus, told us to remain seated, and explained to the group of about 50 of us what to do if we encountered a bear. We were going to disembark and then walk a hundred .yards up a narrow path with trees and bushes on both sides to a remote cabin to hear a speaker Rick Kraft talk about what the national park was like 70 years ago. The bus driver said it was unlikely that we would encounter a bear, but he needed to explain to us what to do just in case. The group on the bus had an average age of probably close to 70 years of age, so I was curious what he would tell a senior group such ,as this. Fortunately for the group, no bears were spotted on our stop (although I was tempted to hide in the bushes and scare the living daylights out of some members of our group when they walked by onthe path!). At the visitors' center I had picked up a flyer entitled "Bear Facts" put out by the National Park Service. I read it with inter- est as I spent two years of my life raising and traveling with bears while I was in college. Attending college at Baylor University in Waco, Texas I had the opportu- nity to work with the bear mas- cots from 1978 to 1980. We took the bears all over the country to football games including West Point, New York to play Army and Atlanta to play Clemson in the Peach Bowl. The bears were trained to 'walk on two legs, lay on their backs with their paws in the air, clap their paws, hold and drink a bottle of Dr. Pepper (the official school drink), and run along side us when we needed them to. Which trick they did depended on what was happening in the football game. They were school ambassadors and even met Ronald Reagan when he came through town. The bears I worked with were like pets. They were brother and sister, named "Abner" and "Daisy Mae." When we got them, they were so small they could be held one in the palm of each hand. When they were "retired" after two years, Abner weighed around 300 pounds and Daisy Mae about 225. They were North American Black bears. I had to chuckle when I read the flyer on what to do if you en- countered a bear. First it told you that you needed to decide if it was a grizzly bear or a black bear. It showed you what the paw print of each looked like. I thought it would be unlikely in the heat of the moment that any of our group could decide what bear we were dealing with by its paw prints. As a side note, one of our other tour guides said, tongue in cheek, that the best way to deter- mine which bear you are encoun- tering is to climb a tree. If the bear follows you up the tree, it is a black bear, if the bear pushes the tree over, it is a grizzly! The flyer said that both black bears and grizzlies have many different colors. Black bears weigh up to 400 pounds and griz- zlies can weigh over 1000 pounds. At this point I am not sure most on the bus could still iden- tify what bear they could be in the presence of. Then the flyers said that grizzlies have a distinc- tive hump on their back. As a per- son who worked with bears, ! feel I could identify which bear we Gila Cliff Dwellings announce summer hours Submitted by GCDNMISilver City Superintendent Steve Riley announced summer hours for Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The multi-agency Gila Visitor Center is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are=biS:'datly fro':30 am Until: 5:00 pm and while he-gate :t6 dae Cliff Dwellings clbes at 5:00 pm, visitors have another hoUr m which to complete their hike. Guided tours inside the Cliff Dwellings are offered daily at 1:00 p.m. Those planning to attend the tour should begin hiking up from the trailhead contact station no later than 12:30 p.m. Visitors may also take the self-guided tour by obtaining a free copy of the Canyon Companion trail guide available at the trailhead. A guided tour of the "Trail to the Past" is offered Saturdays at 12:00. This short i/4 mile hike takes visitors to a small alcove dwelling and a large pictograph panel. Both Lower and Upper Scorpion Campgrounds are open for car camping. Please note that until Gila National Forest and National Park Service staff can replace the water line across the bridge, the closest potable water is at the Visitor Center or the RV Station. Vehicles can be driven directly to TJ Corral and the West Fork Trail (#151) trailheads. To prevent visitors from being trapped on the north side of the bridge, visitors are cautioned not to use those trailheads for long-term parking. The West Fork Bridge may be closed at any time during periods of heavy rains or high water in the West Fork of the Gila River. For further information, please contact the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461. ttUGE SELECTION! b elkkBU'tn qelrow 'onque ar lose 5ilverRnqs .anq]es l_oqos ,anium ,fi. E&P9 PIERCI00IE Located inside the Cottage House, 214 E. Motel Drive, Lordsbur were encountering quickly. Here is why it is important to identify the bear correctly. The flyer said if you are attacked by a grizzly bear, leave your pack on and "PLAY DEAD." "Lay flat on your stomach with your hands clasped behind your neck. Spread your legs to make it harder for the bear to turn you over. Remain still until the bear leaves the area." It would take a trusting person to follow this advice. If you are attacked by a black bear "DO NOT PLAY DEAD." "Try to escape to a secure place such as a car or building. If es- cape is not possible, try to fight back using any object available. Concentrate your kicks and blows on the bear's face and muzzle..." As I read this flyer, I thought, isn't this the way life is. There are times when you can study all the angles and make a decision with as much information as you can gather. There are other times when you have just a few seconds to decide what needs to be done. In the latter category, a wrong decision with a bear encounter could mean the difference in life or death. Decisions that should take time include who to marry, whether or not to pursue or ac- cept a new job, and whether or not to buy a house. Some split second decisions we can prepare for if we antici- pate them occurring. For example, a professional baseball player prepares to try to hit a 90 mile per hour pitch. Other immediate de- cisions we just have to make a decision impromptu as they can't be anticipated. This category would include a car running a red light in front of you or a terrorist bomb exploding. Regardless of the decisions we make, decisions need to be made. Oftentimes we make the best decision we can and bad things happen. Oftentimes we just fiat our make bad decisions. Hope- fully decisions we make turn out to be good decisions. Immediate crisis decisions are often second guessed and we later play the "What if?" game. What we need to remember here is that not a ,single one of us is able to go back and change any decision we have made. Whether our past decisions are primacily good, bad, or equally both, they are now historical events in our lives. We should learn from the past decisions to assist us in mak- ing future decisions, but we shouldn't beat ourselves or oth- ers up because of decisions we or they have made historically. If you are still here, God has more for you to do, regardless of your past. My challenge to you is two- fold. First, be equipped for im- promptu decisions that will likely occur to you in the future, sec- ond, don't beat yourself up over bad decisions you have made in the past or beat others up over bad decisions they have made. We need to move forward from where we are. The inability to overcome past decisions hinders what we and others need to be accomplishing today going for- ward; Oh, by the way, I hope you are never attacked by a bear, but if that day comes, it is my prayer that you make the right thresh- old decision, because what deci- sion you make will determine what happens next. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto :thekraftlawfirm @ or write to P O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Sate continues through the end of July! STOP IY OR CALL TODAY FOR ALL YOUR CYCLE NllDfl OIL HAIIGII ,00TIIIIS BATTERIES TUNE UPS A00OTOR WORK 00RTS LoRdsbu00a00000Rks 1020 W. Motel Driv%'91, PM Lordsburg, NM ---- ----: 575--'R'00-3099 A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy TRISH BYRD TAYLOR./Lordsburg At left, William S. Byrd (1904-1998)World War II, March 1942 Above, William S. Byrdand Marian O. Byrd, parents of Trish Byrd Taylor of Lordsburg The Byrds were on vacation in Mexico, June 1956. SSA announces popular baby names in NM Submitted by RAY VIGILISSA El may help an older relative lists of baby names for each year Paso .... The Social Security Admin- istration today announced the most popular baby names in New Mexico for 2009. Continuing a popular Mother's Day tradition, last Friday the federal government's top official for baby names, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the nation's most popular baby names. How does New Mexico com- pare to the rest of the country? Isabella and Alden topped the list. Nationally, Isabella and Jacob were the most popular baby names. Please go to Social Security's website -- to see the top baby names for 2009. The top five boys and girls names for 2009 in New Mexico were: Boys: 1) Aiden 2) Noah 3) Joshua 4) Jacob 5) Gabriel Girls: 1) Isabella 2) Olivia 3) Mia 4) Nevaeh 5) Sophia New to the website this year is an exclusive video of Chubby Checker counting down the most popular names of the past decade. Chubby also has information about a new "twist" in the law that neighbor get an average of almost $4,000 of extra help with Medi- care prescription drug costs. In addition to each state's top 100 baby names, Social Security's website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys' and girls' names for 2009 and a list of the top 100 names for twins born in 2009. The website also offers since 1880. To read about this year's win- ner for biggest jump in popular- ity, how The First Family and "Twilight" affect baby names, and whether or not Elvis still lives, go to pressoffice/pr/baby-names2009- pr.htm. NMSU's hot sauce and salsa now landing in airports across the SW By JUSTIN BANNISTERINMSU Need some serious spice while on the go? New Mexico State University's' Holy Jolokia hot sauce and salsa, made from the hottest chile peppers on the planet, are now available in airports across the region. NMSU, CaJohn's Fiery Foods and The Paradies Shops will celebrate Holy Jolokia's success during an event at 10 a.m. Friday, May 21, at the El Paso International Airport. Ca John's Fiery Foods partnered with NMSU last year to produce the hot sauce, and later a salsa, made from Bhut Jolokia chile peppers. Bhut Jolokias are certified by NMSU's Chile pepper Institute and confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest peppers on Earth. They have a rating of more than one million Scoville Heat Units, which is about 100 times hotter than the average jalapeno. "The hot sauce and salsa are delicious. They're extremely hot, but they're delicious. We really think customers are going to enjoy them," said Mark Gladden, the major ifts officer for NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. The Paradies Shops operates stores in more than 70 airports and hotels across the U.S. and Canada. The company initially carried Holy Jolokia only at the El Paso International Airport, but later ex- panded to more than a dozen other locations. A portion of Holy Jolokia sales will help the Chile Pepper Insti- tute in raising money for an endowed chair in chile pepper research and to establish a new, expanded Chile Pepper Institute facility fea- turing a tourist venue; conference, seminar and classrooms; a sustain- able teaching and demonstrating garden; and a state-of-the-art green- house. The Bootheel Youth Association has.scheduled a 00SLD00t00t=E0000 pl00eK00l00CKSt=00 00XC00l00SOtt for Hidalgo County youth ages 12, 13, and 14. We have a few available slots left for this trip. Thetrip is scheduled for July lOth overnight to July 1lib in Sacaton Canyon near cliff New Mexico. The trip is free and the Bootheel Youth Association pays for supplies all food equipment and transportation. If you are interested please come to the BYA Tuesday thrt Friday from 4-8 PM for more information. Bootheel Youth Association-Empowering Lives through Adventure-Based Edu- cation. ,I