Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Mexico New?

Bumper sticker seen in parking lot at Costco:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


A small controversy is brewing in these parts over the background of a supporter of one of the democratic party candidates for governor.

People are accusing some fellow of accepting money from a ont-time member of the Weather Underground.

Weather Underground (The Weathermen) were scouring the earth in the 1970's - about the same time as our country was in an awful conflict over the future of Vietnam.

Most people alive today (maybe an exaggeration) don't even know where Vietnam is on a map, let alone know who The Weathermen were, or what they did.

And Weather Underground - an online weather forecasting site.

Weathermen today in our part of the work appear on television every day to tell us what the weather is predicted to be for the next few hours.   Some of our weathermen are now called forecasters.  Once in a while they actually look out the door and see what it is is now.

In my mind, the weathermen I most remember are Bob McCoy (KOB-TV) and Howard Morgan and Thermo (KOAT-TV).

Monday, April 21, 2014

Don Chalmers and our community

Albuquerque and New Mexico lost a leader Easter Sunday when Don Chalmers died.  This community needs more like him, hopefully they will surface and use his community involvement as a model.

When Don first came to New Mexico and opened a dealership in Rio Rancho, Paula Maes and I were part of the team that orchestrated the grand opening.  

I remember our first meeting.  It was at The Quarters restaurant. Don had just taken delivery of a Motorola StarTac cell phone.  It was the little flip phone that fit in the shirt pocket.  He paid $1400 for the phone.  It was the newest thing on the market and he wanted to be a part of it. 

Knowing now, that grand opening should have been a bigger deal for this community – but our community did not know at the time how big of a man Don Chalmers would be in the following years.  To some, at the time, he was just another car dealer.


That’s not to say he couldn’t sell you a car.  He could do that with grace, while munching on a bag of popcorn.

One specific community involvement instance was with the State Fair.  He understood the folks who went to the fair could easily be his customers.  And a Ford F-150 was the perfect vehicle for those ranch roads or for trips to the market by drugstore cowboys.

There is a thing every year where the business community comes forward and expresses support by purchasing animals that have been raised by young folks who are studying agribusiness as a way of life.

I commented to Chalmers that the sale had fallen into the doldrums recently and needed a new spark. The most recent Grand Champion Steer had sold for something like $12,000.  That’s a paltry sum in most corners.

Don Chalmers said, “I’ll change that.” 

And he did.  The next Junior Livestock Sale, Chalmers bought the Grand Champion for more than $28,000 – I seem to recall.   And it set the stage for rebuilding the auction.

Don Chalmers wasn’t afraid to put his money, his time, and his talents where he felt it would build a better community.  He and his lovely wife Dianne did that everywhere, from the neighborhood where they owned a farm near Belen, to the dealerships and homes in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Thanks.   Rest In Peace, Don.  You’ve done your share to make this a better world.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Albuquerque PD Cleanup

Let it be said, the United States of America Department of Justice has found a lot of things wrong with the Albuquerque Police Department.

Suffice it to say, at this time and place - we as a community should all work to make our police department better.  

We should all work to make our community better.

We can't get there if we don't try.

Stop the name calling - stop putting blame - let the experts who know how and want to help us solve our problems get to work!

We'll soon be better for it!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Albuquerque PD Change Coming?

In this little corner of the world (the mid-Rio Grande Valley) there is much adooo about a Department of Justice announcement on Thursday regarding the Albuquerque Police Department.

Things are different in the department since my 2nd cousin was chief (Bob Stover) - or going back even more - since Paul Shaver was chief (oh yes, I'm that old)...

Laws have changes, public attitudes have changed - awareness has changed.

Everyone is anticipating that the feds will come in, wave a magic wand, and everything will be better - instantly.  Even the formal agreement between the City and the United States of America will take time to hash out.

Don't expect instant gratification.

It'll take time.  

Be patient.

Take time, try to adjust!

There will be resignations from the department - some gun happy roughneck guys & gals will want to find another place to brandish their wares.  Good!

In the end, let us hope the DOJ has concrete recommendations to make - we'll all be better for it.

Let us bite our lower lip and say "this is change for the good."

Our community will be better, we'll all feel safer - and maybe people will start into our community instead of moving out.

Let's hope so!