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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has 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 Lordsburg. This col- umn appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on June 1, 1990. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg So the "why do people fall into the drug trap?" is partly an- swered by the need for a person to belong to something. It's an answer, after a fashion, but not'a valid answer because too many other young folks feel the same need but they listen to the still small voice that comes from within and they do not succumb to the temptation. They have been taught in the home, in the churches and in the schools that illicit drugs are taboo and even though the enticement is great, they resist. True, training in the home ranges from good to very poor, but there are few parents in- deed who actually teach their children to be bad or to engage in illegal and or debilitating ac- tivities. Almost every child who ever was has at least a faint sense of right and wrong, at least enough to hear the voic e if they'll but listen. Some do; some don't. Most of us have experienced the desire to be members of a club, gang, or society of some sort Allen Hook Hill that demands of the would-be joiner completion of certain acts. Sometimes warped minds are at the helm and they design illegal or il- licit performances for newcomers that actually shock the minds of normal hu- man beings. Some- times these demands are made of people in their very tender years. Don't get the idea that you or your comity are immune to this type situation. A few years ago one of our grandsons came of age to join Little League here in Lordsburg. He showed up early for the first practice and there were six or seven boys there already, but no coach. Some of the older boys gathered around our grandson and demanded that he smoke a "joint" with them if he wanted to be a member of their team. He knew better than to give in to them and he finally had to walk away from the pressure. He was a sad boy when he arrived at our home because' he thought he now wouldn't be able to play Little League. We quickly contacted some- one in the sheriff's office and one of the men came right up to the practice field and straightened things out. A day or so later our grandson was on the team and there were no more incidents. Had he given in there is no telling where it would have ended, for him at least. Young folks, there is no ques- tion but what it pays tremendous dividends to plan in advance what you will do in a given situ- ation, particularly when peer pres- sure is concerned. To keep your feet planted firmly on the ground of life you need to call your own shots. There is no sound or earthly reason to allow peers or would- be friends to dictate what you will or will not do. But in calling your shots be sure you take advantage of the advice and counsel of those who love you and care what hap- pens to you, and not the advise of some street demon who could care less about you, whether you live or die, fail or succeed, be happy or live a life of pain and misery, or perhaps not have enough of a brain left to even know yourself what's happening to you. It's your decision. Make it now. Make it right. Sometimes there is no real reason why young people end up with problems. They just drift into a situation because it is there and no thought is even given to the consequences. A few weeks ago we were talking with Pete Chase, a man I have admired for many years. He was one of the adults who helped us win the state bas- ketball championship in 1939, which I mentioned in an earlier column. Pete told us he had run into medical problems some time back and had given up the smok- ing habit which, according to re- searchers, is the cause of so many of our medical ills. He said he feels like a new man and wonders why he hadn't quit years ago. He mused thusly, "I don't know why I started smok- ing in the first place, it was just there and it was the thing to do. Nobody forced me, it just hap- pened?' He is fortunate to be away from it but you might not be so lucky if you allow yourself to drift into an undesirable situation. Stay awake. Hook hookjune @ hotmail, com Historic Panoramic Photograph for sale Lordsburg 1916 49 "x 8 " printed on foam core board--can be framed or displayed without a frame. Can be seen at the Hidalgo County Herald. $20 Call Edmund Saucedo at 575-542-9716 $2Ol Governor Martinez announces 7% increase in New Mexico tourism revenue Courtesy information Earlier this month, Governor Martinez announced yet another record-breaking year for tourism in New Mexico. Overall spend- ing by visitors to New Mexico increased by 7% in 2013, which translates to roughly $300 mil- lion in new revenue taken in by communities throughout the state. As a result of this growth, the leisure and hospitality indus- try was able to create 1,700 new jobs last year, with an additional 700 new jobs already created be- tween January and May of 2014. "Tourism is a strong eco- nomic driver and a critical com- ponent of the diverse economy we are working to create in com- munities throughout New Mexico," said Governor Martinez. "More people are ex- periencing the adventure and beauty of New Mexico and spending more money while they're here. This leads to new jobs and growth in cities, towns, and villages throughout-the state." In early 2012, the Tourism Department unveiled the New Mexico True campaign. At the heart of New Mexico True is a promise to tourists that they will experience "adventure steeped in culture" when visiting our state. In 2013, the advertising effort helped lead to an 11% increase in what are known as marketable overnight trips to New Mexico, or vacations, which are the type of trips targeted by the New Mexico True campaign as pro- viding the greatest boost to our economy. Altogether, the increases an- nounced today represent the third consecutive year of tourism growth in New Mexico (and the second consecutive year of record-breaking tourism growth). Overall visitor spending has grown by more than 24% since 2010 and marketable overnight trips are up 38%. Over that time period, an additional 2.4 million visitors came to New Mexico, with a record 32.2 million people traveling to our state last year alone. "It is exciting to see another record-breaking year for tourism," said Tourism Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson. "This data continues to reinforce the point that New Mexico True is work- ing by attracting active visitors who stay longer and spend more money all over the state." The Tourism Department is seeing encouraging signs that this momentum will continue through 2014, due in part to the fact that statewide lodging re- ceipts through May 2014 are up 6.1% over last year and gross re- ceipts accommodations taxes are up 6.4% through the first quarter of 2014. Since 2011, the Tourism De- partment has dramatically in- creased the percentage of its bud- get dedicated specifically to the advertising and promotion of New Mexico (from 28% in 2007- 2010 to 68% in 2014). Trees, memorial stakes going up at Short Park The collaborative restoration project at Short Park between La Frontera NM and the City of Lordsburg is well underway. Crews have been working hard on the project, which includes the plant- ing of dozens of trees, painting, and the creation of volleyball pits and tether ball poles. Memorial stakes are being placed at the base of the new tres in honor of local loved ones. According to La Frontera site manager Edgar Gomez, while they are going quickly, there are still some trees without memorial stakes. For more in- formation on the memorial stakes, contact Bookkeeping Plus at 575-542-3125. Courtesyphoto The irrigation system doesn't water the crops. Power does. Power works hard on the farm every day. It helps agriculture grow and flourish. To aid in this, electric cooperatives across the West are working hard to make sure that power is reliable, affordable and responsible. With their power supplier, Tri-State, co-ops are innovating to help homeowners, farmers and ranchers, and businesses use power wisely. In doing so, members of electric co-ops save money and make better use of resources. Learn more at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association P.O. Box 33695 Denver, CO 80233 Wholesale power supplier to 44 electric cooperatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wyoming. TRI-STATE THE POWER BEHIND YOUR LOCAL ELECTRIC CO-OP A Touchstone Energy'Cooperative k''