Last night I sat listening to a radio broadcast and heard the interviewer, whom I assume was Harvey T, say that the most important purchase anyone will make... is their home.
Licensed? Insured? Bonded? In New Mexico?
AVOIDING SCAMS & RIPS OFFS - Ruidoso
Doug Thompson, past President of the Lincoln County Home Builder's Association, had some alarming news for all of us this morning. Homeowners Beware! Know the facts and details about your next contractor. Do not open yourself up to being ripped-off, cheated, or unnecessary lawsuits! Use the tools and advice located at each of these resource websites listed here. Doug offers some serious suggestions that will help you protect you and your property. http://www.kedu.us/
But every single piece of advice offered during this interview was double checked by the victims of Robert Huckins.
CID WAS contacted and all previous complaints had been ignored. So many victims, including Ted Conley, from Conley's Nursery filed complaints years before I hired Robert Huckins to build our home and horse barn. Yet CID never told me about it.
Robert Huckins was registered by the state of New Mexico CID, yet he refused to buy insurance - a factor that should have revoked his license. Yet it didn't.
Robert Huckins was starting building without permits and inspections ~ another factor that should have revokes his contractors license. Yet it didn't.
Every safety net that should have offered prospective clients protection was undermined by an extensive network of people willing to defend and protect Robert Huckins, even when he refused to abide by the government demands that he stop, and had even used tax payers money to place a restraining order against him.
I think the advice given by Doug Thompson is great, worthy of hearing and certainly wisdom demands that you follow it. But it's not infallible. This situation is concrete proof that building contractors can remain in one place, especially a small ski resort village like Ruidoso, and rob people of their life savings, and homes, without repercussions for years.
The only thing needed, is enough people willing to cover for them, and enough to be apathetic to the lives being destroyed.
My daughter arrived with a friend very early this morning to finish fencing, the washing machine repairman arrived shortly after. I went to pick up two job applications praying that work would surface. I need temporary work while I get one business up and running and the fear that I can't find work fast enough is mortifying.
And still the updates and week old photographs of the Little Bear wildfire in Lincoln County tug on the heartstrings.
Firefighters Continue Burnout Operation TodayLittle Bear Fire June 19, 2012 – 9 a.m.Start Time/Date: Monday, June 4, 2012Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness.Cause: LightningFuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pineSize: approx. 39,458 acresContainment: 60 %Resources Committed: Personnel: 981; crews: 9 Type 1, 11 Type 2; engines: 60; helicopters: 4 Type 1; 2 Type 2; 2 Type 3; dozers: 2; water tenders: 15.Today’s weather: 76-90 degrees, relative humidity 7-13%, wind WSW 17-23 mph gusting to 30 mphInjuries: 5Structures destroyed: 254 (242 residential & commercial structures and 12 outbuildings)Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at the softball complex near NM 48 junction is open to residents only.
Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear District south of US 380 to the Mescalero Apache Reservation boundary including a large area east and north of Ruidoso to the south boundary of the Fort Stanton Recreation Area.
Summary: Crews began burning out fuel inside the containment line north and west of Rio Bonito subdivision yesterday. Black line is now in place as far south as Argentina Spring. Crews plan to finish black lining today, tying in with containment line near White Horse Hill. Fuels will be ignited by both ground and aerial ignition. The burnout is low intensity fire intended to consume understory vegetation, robbing the fire of fuel.
Fire is expected to be more active, with more visible smoke this afternoon, as a drying trend continues. Burnout will continue for a few more days within the White Mountain Wilderness, depending on weather. Activity on the remainder of the fire will consist of patrol and mop up, and rehabilitation in all divisions. Release of excess resources continues, making these resources available for other assignments.
My prayers go to all of those who lost their homes... it isn't an easy row to hoe.All subdivisions except Angus and Bonita Park are now open. Ski Run Road and Bonita Lake are open to residents only. Residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic and damaged roads.
There has to be someone related to Robert & Sylve Huckins must have some means to reach them, if it be Michael Huckins, Dr.Kenneth Ogilvie ( Diana Huckins? Dominic Huckins? Malcolm Huckins? ) or Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins and get them to return ALL of the money they stole from us so that I can buy a home and get our lives back. I am begging anyone in this family for help.
I don't believe I have EVER witnessed any none violent crime that can be as devastating as stealing someone's home. I am walking in Dorothy McKeevers footsteps, day by day, month by month, year by year.
Liam Griffin, I sat in your law office with two witnesses as you gave me your promise, your guarantee, that our money would be returned before harm came to us.
Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins you were present the day I signed contract with your son. You walked out of the kitchen with Sylve Huckins and your son introduced me to you. He told you that I was the British horse trainer he had told you about, the one he was going to build the home and barn for. Why didn't you say something? There may be a rational and reasonable explanation but I have spent over 3 years, homeless, not understanding it. I understand it even less knowing that though I was a total stranger, both Dorothy McKeever and Sally Canning you KNEW, and you knew what your son had done to them and others.
Dr. Kenneth Ogilvie, I contacted you and simply asked for a reference, not knowing that Robert Huckins was your cousin. Robert Huckins had just stolen over $30,000 from the domestic violence shelter, HEAL, yet everyone was trying to hide it. There was a history of stealing large amounts of money. $65,000 PLUS from Nancy Canning. $89,000 PLUS from Dorothy McKeever, $45,000 from Francis McKinney. The list just goes on and on and on.
Because of Robert Huckins I ended up paying $140,000 to be homeless.. sat in the cold, emotionally, physically and financially broke. In the middle of a recession, with no way to recover the stolen funds.Today Robert Huckins has his own home...
He also has OUR home.....
He also has a lot of people's money...
And his freedom.
Women are not banks or loan institutions. Women should not be the source of a retirement fund for people who don't want to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Holding women hostage while playing with the judicial system, a horrendous game of cat and mouse extending YEARS, with the victims whose very homes, families and stability are in jeopardy is cruelty, as cruel as a physical beating. It is financial and emotional RAPE. Homelessness is not justice. It is a slow, painful death.
Please, I beg with everything I have within me, please convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.