T of C ISSUE 17

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It is also a Bonney issue. Many of the pieces pertain to the history of William H. Bonney, both past and current events, or relate to Lincoln County history.

This HOME Page is reserved for the Table of Contents (see below), which lists all of the articles on each of the category/pages, in this current issue. It also has important notices, timely tidbits, and other things just for the fun of it.



… YOU SPELL THAT SPICY GREEN OR RED VEGETABLE “CHILE” (pronounced CHEE lay) AND NOT “CHILI” (pronounced chee lee).

FOCUS Page is reserved for feature photos, stories and articles about Roswell and regional areas of New Mexico.

In this issue’s FOCUS Page:

* Beyond Courage, the story of the Bataan Death March in a musical documentary.

* United States Lands on Mars! with a link to the NASA website (continued)

* Photos from the Hubble (continued)

* USDA’s Current Drought Maps of New Mexico, effective March 17, 2004

Water — our state’s most important resource — continues to be a serious issue. In 2003, New Mexico received the least amount of precipitation in its recorded history. Although large areas of the state did receive several inches of precipitation (rain or snow) in late March and early April 2004, because of six years of inadequate moisture, it remains in drought condition.

Series of articles about water – its history and problems — of the Lower Pecos River Valley and the Roswell Artesian Water Basin have been published in prior issues, most of them written by local water historians and authorities, some appearing on the Industry page. Also in many of the prior issues appeared maps of early ditches in the Roswell area that were pertinent to the readjudication of water rights. Those can be viewed by clicking on the archive button and looking at earlier issues, mostly found on the Home/Main pages.


BYWAYS Page is usually reserved for exploration of scenic and historical places in and near Roswell and all around New Mexico. Come share the Enchantment.

In this issue’s BYWAYS Page:

* A Bonney Ballad — Billy’s history put to rhyme (continued)

* James Bonney on the Santa Fe Trail — the history of an early Bonney of New Mexico (continued)

We continue to explore Billy “The Kid” Bonney’s Origins, a subject that remains a mystery. That exploration is often, but not always, found on the Byways Page. Click Archives button to look at prior issues. Also in this issue, current controversies concerning Billy are explored on the Industry page.


LIFESTYLES Page features people and groups of people who have affected Roswell, its outlying areas or the state of New Mexico, now and long ago. Sometimes it also features lifestyles of the not too distant past in essays. Varied lifestyle subjects of interest, such as elder care, health and fitness, and investments will also be featured in some issues.

In this issue’s LIFESTYLE Page:

* Rio Pecos Kennel Club Pet Fair

* Animal Welfare Alliance

* Lt. Col. N.A.M. Dudley, Court of Inquiry, Fort Stanton NM 1879 (continued) — relating to the Lincoln County War of 1878 — translation by Bob Barron of the lengthy handwritten court transcripts of the historical document, and that work refurbished by Barron’s daughter, Donna Tatting. These records provide valuable insights into the lifestyles of that era, of the actual events of the Lincoln County War and of what followed.

* Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang (BTKOG) (continued)



INDUSTRY Page is usually reserved for articles about our local industries. Those will include dairies, wool growers, oil and gas, ranching, agriculture, pecans, bus manufacturing, the various airplane industries, and the UFO tourist industry.

This issue’s INDUSTRY Page features two diverse subjects:

* Wings of Freedom, history and photos of two World War II restored bombers.

* Battle for Billy’s Bones (continued) — the currently raging battle over the exhumation of Billy and his mama, and putting Billy, dead for 123 years, on trial for murder, perhaps too, also trying for murder Sheriff Patrick Garrett, the man who allegedly shot him.

RWM thinks the Industry page is the appropriate place for information about the current Billy battle since it seems to be a publicity stunt to promote New Mexico tourism.



OPINION Page is mostly reserved for editorials, essays, short stories, poetry and emails.

In this issue’s OPINION Page:

* A Pictorial Tribute to our Men and Women in the Military


NEWS Page (currently “under construction”) sometimes has links to news-stories in other publications.


LEGISLATION Page (currently “under construction”) usually lists some legislative bills introduced in both houses during the current sessions, following them as they are introduced and processed through to their final resolutions. Internet links are provided for full descriptions of the bills. This page is only maintained during Legislative sessions.


ARCHIVES Page holds, for easy retrieval, prior issues. As this is Roswell Web Magazine’s 17th issue, the Archives contain the first 16 issues, by page/category, for easy retrieval.


The Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang (BTKOG) Gathers each July

Around the anniversary of Billy the Kid Bonney’s demise (July 14, 1881 in Fort Sumner, NM), members of his modern-day Gang leave their guns and tempers behind — but not necessarily their politely rendered and sometimes differing opinions — and gather in the forest beyond Ruidoso for fellowship and fun. Gangsters of all ages and from all over, even sometimes beyond the shores of the U.S.A., camp together, often in appropriate era garb, one weekend a year.

Most of the Gang are serious historians and try to stick to historical facts. However, that can be difficult. For instance, there are many published versions just of his famed escape from the Lincoln County courthouse alone. And a very few BTKOG members hold differing opinions about Billy’s demise. Did he really die that hot night in July, 123 years ago, at Fort Sumner? The vast majority of BTKOG members believe indeed he did. Among the BTKOG, the greatest controversy is whether or not his bones should be dug up.

New Mexico’s modern-day Lincoln County sheriff recently opened an investigation into Billy’s escape from the Lincoln County jail nearly 1-1/4 century ago that resulted in the deaths of two men. Then others joined the circus. The sheriff asked the New Mexico State Police to assist with the investigation, and in June, 2003, Gov. Bill Richardson approved the reopening of the homicide case, putting Billy on trial. How can the courts punish someone already dead? Also under consideration is exhumation of the remains of Billy, and his mama for DNA comparison, to establish whether he really did die in New Mexico. But there are many who want Billy and Catherine left alone, to rest in peace.

The locations of their remains — those of Billy in Fort Sumner and Catherine in Silver City — are indefinite, and the possibility of identifiable DNA is unlikely. It is this editor’s opinion that the only ones benefiting by this silly searching expedition are those who claim Billy’s bones repose outside of New Mexico. Therefore, let them dig up their own bones!


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In New Mexico, if you look,
like in a beloved old picture book,
you’ll see the remnants left behind:
a tierra de ayer (land of yesterday) where time’s been kind.


(Excerpt from Enchanted Lands, New Mexico, by Jan Girand.)