The last month has been horrendous with mixed blessings and curses in abundance.
I obtained a temporary place to stay on June 1st hoping to get both businesses up and running without delay. The delay came when it took 15 days to get internet access.
For the entire day I marketed, promoted and tried to get a business up and running that should already have been becoming established.
During the past month time period my oldest daughter flew back to England in an emergency situation as the worst wildfire in Ruidoso history decimated the community. And my youngest daughter was diagnosed with MRSA entering her hip joints and ovaries. There was so much going on I felt that I didn't have a direction to turn for relief from stress and worry.
224 Homes Burned In New Mexico's Little Bear Fire
It has been ten days the Little Bear fire in southern New Mexico started, and in that time it has burned 224 homes, blackened 39,912 acres, and firefighters have it 40 percent contained.
On the more populated east side the fire has moved into areas with less continuous fuel, slowing the spread and making it easier for firefighters to construct fire line.
On Wednesday most of the fire activity was on the west side. Tanker 911, a DC-10 was used in this area, dropping 11,600 gallons in each sortie.
Not having internet access, or a television, made keeping up with the fire very difficult and more than worrisome.
Fire Information: (575)258-6900http://nmfireinfo.com/2012/06/15/littlebearfire-june-15-9-am-firefighters-continue-to-persevere/
Size: approx. 37,982 acres
Containment: 45 %
Resources Committed: Personnel: 1,449; crews: 12 Type 1, 25 Type 2; engines: 85; helicopters: 7 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 2 Type 3; dozers: 16; water tenders: 23
Injuries: 2 (heat related illness)
Today’s Weather: 78-88 degrees, relative humidity 5-15%, wind SW 10-20 mph gusting to 35 mph
Structures destroyed: 234 (224 residential structures and 10 outbuildings)
Road Closures: NM 532 (Ski Run Road) at NM 48 junction, east and west; NM 37 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 8 North and south. NM 48 has been reopened for through traffic.
Area Closures: The entire White Mountain Wilderness, and that portion of the Smokey Bear Ranger 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: Once again, very active fire behavior is expected today. Fortunately, firefighters have been successfully building containment lines and cooling off the fire front. The primary duty for most firefighters on the south, east and north sides of the fire is patrol and mop up today. Interior islands of previously unburned fuel will continue to flare up, creating considerable smoke. Indirect line construction continues on the west and northwest flanks, with support from helicopter water drops. Line improvement will continue on the west side in preparation for a burnout operation as soon as conditions permit. On the northeastern flank, a burnout along Grapevine Canyon was completed last night.
Re-entry into some neighborhoods has begun, and residents returning to their homes should be alert for fire vehicle traffic. Today, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will continue notifying owners of homes in burned over areas of the status of their property. Owners of property within the subdivisions of Enchanted Forest, Peebles Road area, Wapiti Way, and Valley Heights are asked to come to the Lincoln County Annex, 115 Kansas City Drive, Ruidoso between 7:00 a.m. and noon. Residents of evacuated neighborhoods may call (575) 258-4636 for status information.
Meetings: A community meeting will be conducted in the main gymnasium of Ruidoso High School, 125 Warrior Road at at 7:00 p.m. A community meeting well also be conducted at the fairgrounds in Capitan at 7:00 p.m.
Evacuations: All campgrounds west of Bonito Lake; subdivisions of Villa Madonna, Enchanted Forest, Nogal Canyon (Forest Road 400, campground and summer homes), Angus, Sierra Vista, Copper Canyon, Loma Grande, Eagle Lakes Campground, and Eagle Creek summer homes. Evacuees may contact either Alto (336-4341) or Nogal ( 354-2548) post offices for mail pick up.
Shelters: Ruidoso High School at 125 Warrior Road, and Trinity Baptist Church in Capitan. Pets and livestock may be taken to Pet Paradise in La Luz (575-434-1784), Otero County fairgrounds in Alamogordo (575-434-0788, 575-491-7553, or 575-491-4643), Lincoln County fairgrounds in Capitan (575-808-2814), Humane Society of Lincoln County in Ruidoso (575-257-9814 or 575-378-1039), Ruidoso Animal Clinic (575-257-4027), Dunagan Farms in Ruidoso (575-257-9549 or 575-621-4056), New Mexico Livestock Board (575-649-2758), Carrizozo Animal Shelter (575-648-2351), Thundering Paws in Alto (575-336-7297), and Yolanda and Robert Espinoza (575-354-9019).
Information on wildland fire smoke and your health can be found on the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at:https://nmtracking.unm.edu/eh_alerts/, or call the New Mexico statewide health line at (877)304-4161.
Start Time/Date:Monday, June 4, 2012
Location: Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln NF, including White Mountain Wilderness
Fuels: Mixed conifer, ponderosa pine
Praying for those who have lost their homes. Facing homelessness, for whatever reason, is a horrendous tragedy.
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.
Most people in the armed forces because sadly enough it is their best economic option; what kind of prosperous times are these? ~ Gandhi