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The Pink Flamingo has spent some time, this past week driving around, proving to myself that I’ve not been seeing things these past dozen or so years.

It isn’t often that you get to disprove the veracity of a New York Times article.  This is my chance.  I am basing my critique of the article on the fact that this is where I live, and have since 1998.  I drive past the location in question almost every day, and have since 1998.

Last Sunday, the NY times featured a hit piece about Ruidoso Downs.  Not only was it factually inaccurate, but it portrayed the community where I live as little more than a junk yard.  The article has been the talk of the town.  In order to clear my head, and confirm my thinking, I spoke with a leading animal rights advocate here in town.  Like she said, if horses were dying and being mistreated at the rate suggested in the article, I would have heard about it because she would have asked me to blog about it.

It’s that simple.

You aren’t even hearing about now.  I know these people.  I’ve made calls to them about local horses being abused, and have been informed of arrests.  Contrary to the NYTimes, people here take their animals quite seriously.  We’re not the trash, the NY Times makes us to be.

Now, to the photo below.  Last year, almost to the day, this entire area was hit by a horrific wild fire – the White Fire.

Now THIS is my problem:  To the right, you can see a “burn” area.  This is NOT from the White Fire, but the Cree Fire, which was Easter Sunday, 1999.  The photos to follow this are before and after.  I’ve also added photos from the July, 2008 flood.  What you will be able to compare is the color of the flora during a rainy summer and during dry times, that we had last year.

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I’ve driven all over around here, and still don’t know where this photo was taken.  What I do know is that horses are not thrown away like trash.  They’re big money.

There is something else, I’ve noticed. The track closes on Labor Day, every year.  By early August, this entire area is bursting with wild sunflowers, thistle, and other wild flowers, even during a dry year.  There is NOT a flower in sight.

NY Times

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There is a difference in how the area around here, especially the track looks, when we’ve had rain in the summer.  These photos were taken in July of 2008.

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You see, fire alters a landscape for many years.  What you see in the few pictures above has forever been destroyed.  The lush green that appears in the NYTimes photo is much different from the photos I took on Friday.  This is springtime after the White Fire.

In September of 2011, when the accident in question occurred, the only difference in this scene …. well, check out the blog with a photo from before the White Fire on April 3, 2011.

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There is no way this photo could have been taken during the 2011 racing season.

NY Times

 

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