Out of Steelers black. Into Seahawks blue. My NFL football watching buddies will tell you that I'm only now jumping on the Seattle bandwagon following the team's Super Bowl win last February. Not true, but Santa Clara 49ers fans can be forgiven for misreading the fault lines.

As a kid, out of the classic NFL team logos, it was the flying Seahawk that I liked best. I wanted that silver and aquamarine Seahawks jacket, shown on one of the old department store mail order catalogs. It remained a dream fashion accessory.

Pretty soon, though, a football player by the name of Robin Cole appeared on the gridiron landscape. My first sporting loves are University of New Mexico football and basketball. Cole played linebacker at UNM before going on to win a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh in 1980.

I always root for NFL and NBA teams with former Lobos on the roster. Naturally the Steelers were my first officially declared favorite team. It didn't hurt that some of my good friends, and at least one cousin from Dallas, were inveterate Cowboys fans.

Over the years, though, I've lost my old attachments to the Steelers. Whether it be college or professional athletics, I root for the western team by default. Thus the NFC West is a good fit for me, but some of my buddies already have the monopoly on the 49ers jersey wearing market (plus they appear to be fading, the franchise, not the team wear).

So I guess it's time to start planning a trip to the great state of Washington. Just to stand outside of CenturyLink Field and hear the record-setting noise. Boom! Plus they hate, hate "Cheatie Petey" in Westwood. Good. (8-26-14)




                             Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour at Lee Belle Johnson Center April 11

At Lee Belle Johnson
Center Friday night
with Santa Fe Opera
when someone posed
inevitable question,
"Where's 'Dr. Fell'?"
YouTube of course.


Preseason interview with new HSHS varsity girls basketball head coach Charles Donohoe in Nov. 14 Herald

No More Flying Under
Radar for Tigers' Jimenez

Hot Springs Basketball Head Coach Bailey
Says 1st-Year Varsity Senior Does ‘Right Stuff’

By Tony A. Archuleta
HERALD Reporter

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Marc Jimenez, a senior at Hot Springs making his varsity debut this season under first-year Tiger boys basketball head coach Brad Bailey, began his playing career as a seventh-grader at Deming Middle School.

His eighth grade year, Jimenez and his family moved to Sierra County, and he joined the Tiger Cubs basketball team at Truth or Consequences Middle School.

Entering his fifth year with the local program, the former Wildcat is all Tiger now, but it came as a mild surprise when Bailey singled out Jimenez for pre-season accolades.

After all, Jimenez was flying slightly under the radar last year as a junior playing exclusively on the JV team under former head coach Trampus Pierson and assistant coach Derek Bean.

It’s not uncommon for standout sophomores, even freshman, to work their way up to the varsity ranks. And sometimes for impatient juniors, it’s the varsity ranks or bust.

But here's the deal.

First, last year’s team was loaded with talent, including an abundance of seniors. Second, there’s a new coach, it’s a new season, and it's the same hardworking Jimenez.

“Marc has been steady and faithful in the preseason,” Bailey said during an interview before practice at Tiger Gym Friday, Nov. 9. “He’s worked hard, he listens, he does everything I ask him to do. He’s the kind of person that, as a coach, you want 25 guys like that. We’ve got a lot of kids like that, but he’s one of the seniors.”

For his part, Jimenez doesn’t bother to contemplate the whys and wherefores of playing on JV last season as an upperclassman.

Jimenez played JV last year; he’s playing varsity this 2012-13 campaign. That’s his quick and direct take. His businesslike demeanor on the subject suggests he’d play JV this year too if his coached asked him to (and if it was permitted).

Jimenez fits the mold of the student-athlete around whom Bailey wants to build the boys basketball program at HSHS.

“He’s come out and really busted his tail,” said Bailey. “He plays really in-your face D, he’s working really hard, and I feel he deserves a big pat on the back, because that kind of thing needs to be noticed.”

Jimenez will mostly play the guard position. He said his favorite aspect of the game is protecting the rim.

“I like defense, I feel like I’m good at it,” he said.

Expanding on Jimenez’s on-court role, Bailey said, “He’ll be in a ball handling capacity. Our offense runs in such a way that we can run four – or five – guards if we wanted to.”

Earlier in the week when Bailey sent an e-mail suggesting an interview with Jimenez, he wrote, “Marc has been a steady leader and a positive force for our early season work.”

Admittedly, a Herald reporter roughly interpreted this as meaning there’s a new super kid on the block, maybe a transfer from a 5A school with a 30 points per game scoring average.

That’s exactly the basketball mindset Bailey wants to reset.




But one of the early questions was: will Jimenez be an impact player with a capital 'I'?

Bailey’s definition of impact players: “Guys that are here every day, when there’s an open gym, or they’re going to the weight room with me, they’re taking it seriously; when I tell them something they do it.”

Even before the first stat is logged in, Jimenez is that kind of player in Bailey’s view.

“He’s here every day for practice, he’s got a good attitude, he plays hard, and he’s got physical skills,” said Bailey. “So, to me, that can be an impact player, if we keep going in the right direction. He’s not there yet, but he’s making an impact with leadership.”

Jimenez, when asked to describe his strengths on offense, said driving the lane and scoring mostly off of lay-ups are his fortes.

But he sees a bigger picture beyond his offensive and defensive skill sets, mainly, “Trying to help my teammates out, getting them where they need to be, helping them through.”

Official practice started Monday, Nov. 5, and the Tiger football players, whose varsity season ended Friday at Silver, are making the transition to basketball starting this week.

That means Bailey is nowhere close to announcing a starting five – not even Jimenez.

“He sure has a good shot,” Bailey allowed. “He’s definitely one of our top six guys.”

With plenty of big men in the lineup last season, Jimenez’s more slender frame also might have dimmed any varsity aspirations.

“I think he’s a little slow in maturity in terms of his body strength, and I think he’s a late bloomer,” said Bailey. “Offensively, he’s improved quite a bit.”

That a youngster can stick to a program when many a contemporary would succumb to impatience is what impresses Bailey the most.

“He strikes me as a kid who’s willing to be back here,” Bailey said, placing one hand in front of the other. “He doesn’t show off or push himself to the front, and yet he’s been doing all the right stuff.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



$6 Million Bond Election
For TorC Schools Scheduled

By Tony A. Archuleta
HERALD Reporter

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The Truth or Consequences Board of Education on Thursday, Oct. 11, adopted a resolution setting the date for a $6 million school bond election.

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, they will also vote on three school board seats up for election currently occupied by Ann Filosa, Cathy Vickers and Louis Schwab.

Earlier this year, Filosa announced she will not seek reelection. Vickers and Schwab have yet to announce whether they plan to seek another four-year term.

The date for filing a declaration of candidacy at the Sierra County Clerk’s Office is Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Loretta Brush (left), associate vice president of municipal finance for Albuquerque-based RBC Capital Markets, was on hand to present the resolution and informational documentation related to the bond issue:

Bond authorization is $6 million to be sold over a four-year period with $1.5 million bond sales.

•Currently Truth or Consequences Municipal School District has $10,175,000 outstanding bonds, which represents 59.9 percent of bonding capacity.

•Assuming a successful bond election, the district would remain at 55 percent level of bonding capacity for the next four years.

•The property tax rate related to the bond would remain at its current level of $5.67 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The ballot question will read in part, “Shall the school district be authorized to issue general obligation bonds for the purpose of erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings, purchasing or improving school grounds, purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools, providing matching funds for capital outlay projects…”

Projects completed with past bond issues include construction of Hot Springs High School & Vocational Complex, Arrey Elementary School classroom additions, HVAC installation district wide and roofing repairs at TorC Elementary.

Project needs include district-wide health and safety upgrades, including playgrounds, fencing and air-conditioning; district-wide ADA compliance upgrades; TCES upgrades, TorC Middle School upgrades; athletic training facility; technology; science labs; and transportation.

Other key dates: Jan. 8, 2013 (voter registration deadline) and Jan. 11 (early voting starts).

SHORT 2
STUDENTS

Robert Vise, the district’s data coordinator, reported the 40th day student count stands at 1,362, up from 1,350 the previous school year (2011-12).

The district is just two students short of being 1 percent above last year’s 40th day count, meaning it won’t qualify for accelerated funding through the Public Education Department’s complex State Equalization Guarantee Formula.

“Maybe we can find two extra kids,” Interim Superintendent Craig Cummins half-jokingly remarked.

“I’ll do my best,” Vise’s rejoinder.


CONTENTIOUS
ISSUE RESOLVED

Cummins presented the board with copies of the district Staff Handbook that has been merged with the newly-signed collective bargaining agreement.

After months of acrimonious talks between NEA-TorC and former Superintendent Tom Burris (now in Roswell), Cummins, along with Assistant Superintendent Loren Cushman, appear to have solved what had been a major PR and staff morale crisis within the schools.

Cummins said he and Cushman have been visiting each school to explain the new leave policy, which was a major sticking point.

During public comment, NEA-TorC Co-President Barbara Pearlman stated union reps and members alike are “very pleased we got over that hurdle.”

Pearlman also announced that that NEA-TorC “wholeheartedly” supports the upcoming bond issue.

CALL 894
SUB JOB

Mary Wickstrom, administrative assistant at Central Office, said the district is in serious need of substitute teachers. She invited interested individuals to call the district at 575.894.8150 for information on applying for a part-time, on-call position.

Wickstrom said the district currently has 34 individuals on its substitute teacher roll but everything from state and county fairs to illness have left the district scrambling to find available subs.

Wickstrom also announced her resignation from the school district effective the end of December.

“Her resignation hasn’t been accepted yet,” Cummins quipped.

EXPANDED
BUS ROUTE

The board approved Cummins’ recommendation to approve all students eligible for bus transportation services. The change to policy largely affects students living within two miles of Hot Springs High who were previously ineligible to ride a bus to and from school.

Cushman explained the two factors, which make all HSHS students eligible. First, the primary pedestrian walkway – the recently installed sidewalk along New School Road – is officially considered a hazardous walk zone because it leads to a heavily trafficked commercial zone, the signalization-less North Date Street intersection. Second, North Date’s posted speed limit is a pedestrian unfriendly 40 mph.

The Transportation Department also stands to benefit financially from the policy change. “We can get 100 percent (funding) eligibility if you pass this,” Cushman said.





 













 


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