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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 9 :::"As I Remember" by Alle n "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Longtime laid out the racecourse with lime Tile long awaited summer Lordsburg resident, historian, markers down the two sides..An day finally dawned bright and :(tory teller and poet informal committee, se- clear. I didn't waste any time get- AHen "Hook" Hill lected by themselves, ting down there. No back row for has written hun- I'm sure, drew up the me. dreds of stories and rules for the race and Weeworth? Yes, Weeworth poems. Back in the selected the starter and showed up dressed fit to kill. He I980s he began the judges. People in had on some tacky new silks, new writing a column town were quite ex- to us, that is. At first he had on entitled "As I Re- cited. There was a lot the modified stovepipe hat but at member'L With his of interest, race time he changed to some- permission, these I'm not sure who' thing more befitting, a jockey columns have been the bookies were for the cap. He had the little racing dusted off and will affair but I could guess saddle on the horse and made a appear in the Allen Hook Hill that the name of one of big to-do about adjusting the stir- Hidalgo County them started with a "C;' rup straps to get his feet high. I Herald from time to time, Hook and lwouldn't be far wrong. Any- didn't see how he was going to still lives in Lordsburg and eel- way, I was there the day the race- stay on. ebrated his 90th birthday in course was marked off and there John Ball was a little late April This column originally ap- were many off-the-cuff wagers getting there but when he came peare'd in the Lordsburg Liberal being made. he was in his track shorts and had on July 21, 1989. . Weeworth took his horse, his track shoes in his hand. I blished By ALLEN (HOOK) HILL down to the course a time or two looked at the sharp spikes on the DTMS students get pu - Last week I set the stage for a before the race and ran the dis- shoes and mused that there was This group of Dugan-Tarango Middle School students have been hard at work getting their stories race between a horse and a man tance several times, and not too no way any horse was going to published. They a had a special event and students were able to mad this stories to their families and foot racer, impressively. That served to in- beat those! friends. Pictured above are Jasmine Torres, Chelsey Huerta, Taylor Gandara, Jennifer Gonzales, You can't believe the bally- fluence many people to side in After a lot of warm-ups, rule Yadalis Martinez, Tristyn Elias; Alejandro Estrada, Natividad Gomez, Lorena Martinez, Kaitlin boo that went on before that race. with the foot racer. John Ball also reading and jockeying back and Hackworth, Sarahi Hernandez, Mrs. Culberson, Veronica Eckert, Kayci Alvarez, Ishmael Talavera, The news spread quickly by word ran the yardage several times. I'll forth for concessions, the race was and Johnny Plowman. Courtesy photo of mouth and it even made the have to admit that my money, if I on. papers. Several daysbef0rethe had ownedany, would certainly John tookanearlyleadand Gila Cliff DwellingsN0000ti0nal Monument race a group went down there and have been on him. it appeared he would walk away with all the marbles but down the fall, winter hours ....... stretch the horse caught him and :![IMILLIONWORI)S:i left him in the dustl Therewasa announces ......  ..... lot of controversy going on be- READE R B O W L cause most of the money was on Courtesy information National Monument is open ev- Gila Cliff Dwellings National the foot racer but what was done Gila Cliff Dwellings National cry day of the year including holi- MOnument was established in was done. Monument Superintendent Steve days. 1907 to conserve, and to allow A date was set for another Riley announced that fall/winter Also beginning Tuesday visitation of, the architectural re- race to take place several days hours of opera- mains of stone struc: later. This time John was to have tion will resume tures built by ances- a ten-yard handicap, as I remem- beginning Tues- tral Puebloan ber. There was not quite the ex- day September people (known to citement for the second race but 6, 2011. archeologists as the the results were the same. F o I 1 o win g Mogollon) between A fast foot racer can't beat a Labor Day week- the 1270s and the fast horse and though Frank end, the cliff early 1300s. The Weeworth never proved anything dwellings will be' natural caves have else I know of, he proved that open from 9 am remarkably pre- until 4 pm. Visi- served the approxi- much. tors ad- mately 40 man- I'm satisfied, too, that if TV mitted on the made roonks of the had been around in those days I trail and at the village, which can Southside Pro Reader Bowl wouldn't know that fact firsthand, dwellings until 4 be visited by today's Southside Elementary School has set a school wide goal to read Think how my life might have pm. Visitors must visitors more than been changed! complete their seven hundred years 110 million words and is competing with Central Elementary School Hook visit by 5 pm. A later. This archaeo- to see which school reaches their goal first. When each school reaches their goal there will be a school wide celebration. Parents ( guided tour will be available ev- September 6, 2011, the park's logical site is administered by the Of these students are encouraged to foster their child's love of cry day at lpm. Visitors for the 1 Gila Visitor Center, museum, and National Park Service. reading and if they are a struggling reader, to read with their child, pm guided tour, which begins at b0okstore willbe open'daily from For more information call Schools will send an updated word count each week to the Herald. the cliff dwellings, need to arrive 8 am to 4:30 pm. The Gila Visitor the Gila Visitor Center, open daily at the trailhead by at least 12:30 Center is closed Christmas Day from 8 am to 4:30 pm, at 575-536- Let us, as a community, support our local students in reaching pm to walk up the trail to the (December 25, 2011) ad New 946i or visit our website at their goal. Good luck Southside Elementary and Central School. dwellings. Gila Cliff Dwellings Year's Day (January 1, 2012). Read One for theTeam! Courtesy photo " " Affordable electricity is essential to our New Mexico economy. \\; So more than a decade ago, when the power supplier to New Mexico's electric cooperatives faced rising costs and an uncertain financial future, 12 of the state's electric co-ops elected to join Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Tri-State stepped up, lowered the co-ops' power costs and committed to provide reliable, affordable, not-for-profit electricity. 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