Author/Artist/Coach Rene Sepulveda 1st Place Valentine Competition Winner Road Runner Emporium, 2nd Life Media

Thank you for the support and the public voting our entry as #1 in the Roadrunner Emporium Valentines Box Contest. We appreciate the public vote or confidence. Come on by Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo join, Author and Executive Coach Chris Edwards, owner Debra Reyes, Artist René Sepulveda and the over 40 artist and vendors offering many great values in home decor, women’s apparel, antiques, jewelry, photography, paintings, repurposed gifts, farm fresh eggs, local honey and more.

Check us out Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

If you drop by this Monday 2-15-2021 during the hours of 10 to 5, Author Chris Edwards on his Southwestern US Book tour will be on site, to sign Coach Bob Sepulveda the Early Days book 1 on sale at the gallery and online. Drop by this Monday

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Small Town Republicanism Highjacked – Take Back Republicanism – a Commentary by Bay Area Author & Political Strategist: Chris Edwards

As Published in The Napa Valley Register 2/9/2021

“That’s another one of those Clinton murders,” Ms. Greene said, referring to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death in a 1999 plane crash, suggesting that he had been assassinated because he was a potential rival to Hillary Clinton for a New York Senate seat.

Ms. Greene casually unfurled the cascade of dangerous untrue conspiracy theories in a video that was originally posted to YouTube in 2018. It provides a window into the warped worldview amplified by the freshman Republican congresswoman from Georgia…a conservative provocateur who has proudly brought the hard-right fringe to the Capitol…

The excerpt in The New York Times 1/29/2021, would normally seem foreign to Napa, sadly that is no longer the case.

What is the case, is these fringe conspiracy minded individuals are now out and proud. One outcome of Doris Gentry ‘s poorly executed run for mayor, is elements of the fringe backed her- out, loud and exposed themselves.

These individuals moved to the mainstream and highjacked Doris Gentry’s campaign messaging, with her blessing, until caught. She backpaddled and claimed, “not to have them in her rolodex,” yet she continues down the path with them looking like a fool in their grips, hook, line, and sinker.  Even after a resounding loss, she still propagates their messaging in social media with a recent homophobic post on Facebook. She posted on the now defunct Parlor, without remorse.

A former grand jury member, a restaurant owner and doll maker, a former homeland security employee and members of the right wing religious community all embraced her campaign, high jacked its messaging; and under its auspice brought the Proud Boys, Walk Away and extremists into the mainstream of Napa.


The Napa County GOP under the leadership of Chairman, Larry Green invited the public, “To See What The GOP Is All About” as reported in the Napa Register 6/13/2019 and hear Walk Away founder, Brandon Straka, spew propaganda. Since then Straka was arrested in connection with the Capitol assault. Indeed, this did prove what the, present, Napa GOP, is all about! It continued to support Doris Gentry after the revelations of her resume embellishments and the fact her Chocolate and Wine Charity Fundraiser only netted a profit of less than $200.00 on $56,000.00 raised. The GOP leaders doubled down – its leaders via social media posts and comments, attacked people that exposed Doris.

Doris launched her campaign with Ben Bergquam trying to legitimize their movement locally, all the while the press identified him as a Proud Boy. His Napa debut was at the launch fundraiser for Doris Gentry, as seen in multiple videos. This fine “patriot” was, also arrested, for harassment and trespassing on government property in Sacramento per The Hill 1-31-19.

The GOP party leadership still has not distanced itself from these extremists. It is being used as a platform of hate, and it’s time that the silent majority of rational, educated Republicans, take the party back.

Many within the communities of people of color and the LBGTQ community have witnessed this thuggery in Napa for decades only to be  told; “oh,  you are exaggerating, that is old Napa from decades ago, every city has issues, that’s not my Napa.


Well, the dirty little secret is, this is “our Napa” of the past and continues in the present. It has been swept under the carpet for too long.

Now we make the national headlines with Ian Benjamin Rogers arrest for bombs, machine guns and The LA Times Reports 1-28-21; “ A suspected far-right extremist and radicalized supporter of former President Trump facing federal explosives charges may have been targeting California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Bay Area headquarters of social media giants Twitter and Facebook, according to the FBI.”


This has got to stop; here, now, and today. The centrist of both parties need to purge radicalized individuals from their rolls.

The Republican party needs to take a hard look at itself. It was once a party of law and order, fiscal responsibility, constitutional principles, and patriotism. The party used to support the constitution. It once led, as an example, of constructive compromise, under constitutional and logical science based debate. Not any longer. It has been highjacked by radicalized, false, and conspiratorial ideology; that is self-serving, and does not represent constitutional law nor the views of the SILENT MAJORITY.


Until the Republican party can take a self-inventory, purge itself of this contagion and re-establish itself to its founding principles; it will decay upon itself, as a failed cause.

Today, the leaders of the Republican Party of Napa County need to stand up and retake true Republicanism, or the Central Committee and its leaders should be recalled, as should any Republican elected official that continues down these rabbit holes of conspiratorial fraud they are perpetuating onto this nation.

https://napavalleyregister.com/opinion/letters/republicans-need-to-take-a-long-hard-look-at-themselves/article_20724bdd-b78d-5582-9b17-85e92b883fb1.html

Remembering the Challenger 35 years later – Author Chris Edwards

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster was a fatal incident in the United States’ space program that occurred on January 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger (OV-099) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard. The crew consisted of five NASA astronauts, and two payload specialists. The mission carried the designation STS-51-L and was the tenth flight for the Challenger orbiter. The Challenger disaster should best be remembered for the sacrifice of seven astronauts who died in the accident-  Judith ResnikDick Scobee, Capt. Michael J. SmithEllison Onizuka,  Ronald McNairChrista McAuliffe, and Gregory Jarvis.

But for those currently in leadership positions, it should also be remembered as a colossal failure of process – a process designed by the best and the brightest. By the people who sent men to the moon. That was a sobering thought on January 28, 1986, and it remains so today.

The space shuttle Challenger disaster remains one of the most evocative events of the American 20th Century—and for more than just the obvious reasons.

Certainly, the 35th anniversary of this tragedy returns to mind a multitude of images, memories and emotions that prompt pause. But it also reminds us of the crucial importance of informed decision making and risk oversight which are as relevant today as they were on January 28, 1986.

As some will remember, the specific, highly technical cause of the Challenger accident was the notorious “O-Ring”; i.e. the failure of the pressure seal in the aft field joint of the right solid rocket motor. The failure was due to a faulty design unacceptably sensitive to a number of factors, including the effects of cold temperature (launchpad temperature was 36 degrees on January 28).

But more important to remember is the decidedly non-technical contributing cause: the multiple risk management errors that fatally flawed the Challenger launch decision. As documented by the presidential review commission, these were not errors arising from system complexities, but rather from the erosion of once-effective and redundant safety protocols. 

Space, space exploration and the benefits are not without risk. The risk is worth the reward however we should never sacrifice safety protocols and redundancy further the governments legislative branch has a responsibility of checks and balances in oversight to ensure safety is in place, contracts are not awarded unfairly and the value to the American people in life and treasure is never taken for granted.

Our hearts continue to bleed for the errors of that fateful day but our quest for what is out there amongst the stars should always continue…

Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off – January 26, 1986

“The Hill We Climb” wise words by an amazing young lady Amanda Gorman

Inspirational words and the text of the poem written by this amazing young lady..

“The Hill We Climb”

Author and Auditory by Amanda Gorman

“When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one. And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect, we are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

So we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another, we seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew, even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we’ll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one should make them afraid. If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in in all of the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. That would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can periodically be delayed, but it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith, we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us, this is the era of just redemption we feared in its inception we did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves, so while once we asked how can we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us.

We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free, we will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, our blunders become their burden. But one thing is certain: if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left, with every breath from my bronze, pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one, we will rise from the golden hills of the West, we will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution, we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked South, we will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation in every corner called our country our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful, when the day comes we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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Author Chris Edwards 

Executive Operations Coach & Author of

#1 Football Biography Track & Field Category Top 10 Bestseller

Coach Robert (Bob) Sepulveda: The Early Days 

January Important Issues Poll 2021

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2021 with renewal & hope…

Thoughts on this MLK Day from myself and Rene Sepulveda… “This MLK Day 2021, is even more important than in past years, as it is on the eve of a historic inauguration. On this day, we as a nation seem more divided than at any time since the days of Dr. King. It is my hope, that we take this day, as a day of reflection on the messaging of Dr. King and in that reflection remember the many things that unite us. Today let’s use his message and his memory as a means of healing and moving us forward toward unity and bury those things that divide us.”

The words of my little brother Steven Edwards… ” Its crazy to think how the works of one man can impact your life and society as a whole. I have friends who have greatly enriched my life that I can say for certain, I wouldn’t have been able to have, if we didn’t live in a world Dr. King helped push forward.Because of the efforts of him and other civil rights leaders, not just black Americans, but ALL Americans, should be thankful for his efforts and sacrifice; as every child in the rainbow, has gained from his message.

I was bummed when Chadwick Boseman died. He was my age and grew up near me. If it hadn’t been for the work of leaders like Dr. King; Boseman, one of my fellow South Carolinians. would have been held back by a system that discriminated against him for about the dumbest of possible reasons…imagine a world where we discriminated because of eye color or hair color or race, and how dumb that would be, and the talent we would all miss out on.

As such, I am grateful for what civil rights leaders such as Dr. King and others like Congressman, John Lewis or Novelist, James Baldwin did and sacrificed for us. As a result of their legacy, some personal friendships and relationships I have will last a lifetime, and for that I am thankful. Our culture as a whole would be so much poorer if guys like Chadwick, Lewis, Baldwin and the celebrated Dr. King didn’t have their opportunity to leave their mark on our world. May the spirit of their legacy endure for generations.”

Authors Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda

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Celebrating Officer Eugene Goodman protecting Democracy- Send a Thank You

🚨ACTION🚨: Several of my friends are sending a heartfelt “Thank you” note to Officer Eugene Goodman, the hero that saved lives during the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol. This is the officer that realized the Senate door was unguarded and tricked the rioters into following him away from the senate chamber doors and up stairs away from the elected officials. In doing so it has now been proven he potentially saved the Vice President and others as a few of those chasing him were indeed armed and one had restraints with the intention of holding senators hostage so as they would not be in session to count the votes for president. This officer with only a baton is an America Hero. He is who should be receiving the Presidential medal of Freedom. Show your support of this courageous officer and send a thank you in support of the Blue to:

Officer Eugene Goodman

US Capitol Police

119 D ST NE

Washington DC 20510

This officer protected democracy and is an example of the Blue Line

🚨ACTION🚨: Several of my friends are sending a heartfelt “Thank you” note to Officer Eugene Goodman, the hero that saved lives during the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol. This is the officer that realized the Senate door was unguarded and tricked the rioters into following him away from the senate chamber doors and up stairs away from the elected officials. In doing so it has now been proven he potentially saved the Vice President and others as a few of those chasing him were indeed armed and one had restraints with the intention of holding senators hostage so as they would not be in session to count the votes for president. This officer with only a baton is an America Hero. He is who should be receiving the Presidential medal of Freedom. Show your support of this courageous officer and send a thank you in support of the Blue to:

Officer Eugene Goodman

US Capitol Police

119 D ST NE

Washington DC 20510

“Love Lives Here” Valentines Window Display

Turn up the sound, watch and enjoy something joyful and full of love. Thank you Alamogordo Artist, Delia Lopez for creating the beautiful window display at Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Participating Artist Delia and the 40 partner artist, remind us, “this is where love is” for “Valentines Day” and every day!

Come join Roadrunner Emporium owner Debra Reyes and the 40 local artist. Shop early and shop local for this upcoming Valentines Day – February 14th, 2021.

Again, thank everyone, for your support in shopping local and support of the arts community during these difficult times.

Please support small business, stop by with a mask, and see Debra and the team of over 40 artist at 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, 9 to 5 Monday thru Saturday.

“Love Lives Here” Valentines Window Display created by Artist Delia Lopez for Roadrunner Emporium, Alamogordo, New Mexico – Video production by 2nd Life Media Author/Executive Coach Chris Edwards & Artist/Author/Fitness Coach Rene Sepulveda

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Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lights Contest Video featuring Roadrunner Emporium -Video created by Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda-authors, artists, coaching

Check out a few of the Alamogordo Christmas Lights contest entrants. From Cuba road to McKinley Avenue and beyond and the Winter in the Desert window display at Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo. All are officially entered in the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Christmas lights contest. 

Come check out each vía the attached video or do a Covid SAFE drive by. Locations for each are found 

Trail of Lights Holiday Contest Participants https://goo.gl/maps/TogBGmiYZQLk8o6N8

Come see our window display at 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, comment and like us on our and the Chambers Facebook page. Thanks and enjoy a natural Alamogordo lights and our Natural Desert Winter Holiday display..

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Cholla Cactus Art (Cholla Art)- Cylindropuntia Art by Rene Sepulveda 2nd Life Media & Boutique

Cholla Cactus Art – Cylindropuntia Art

CHOLLA CACTUS ART is crafted from the Cylindropuntia which is a genus that contains species of cacti, commonly referred to as chollas. Cholla cacti belong to the Cactaceae family and can be found in the arid zones and deserts of New Mexico. 

If want to make sure that you’re getting a Cholla cactus, and not an Opuntia one, check its stems. While Opuntia cacti have flattened stems, Chollas have tubular ones. 

Cholla cacti serve as a source of food and water for many desert animals. The fruit of the Jumping Cholla species is edible for bighorn sheep and deers. Moreover, Cholla wood is used for bird perches or in vivariums as a substrate for moss or many air plants. They can reach between 5 and 15 feet (1.5-4.5 m) in height. They have succulent stems that store large amounts of water. These stems are modified branches responsible for the photosynthesis, blooming, and fruit-bearing.

Cholla cactus wood is used as bird perches often, the wood skeleton is highly favored for making handicrafted centerpieces and ornamentation for gardens, back patios and center pieces for great rooms, living rooms and conservatories. Larger pieces are used in public art displays and are highly prized and of great value. No two art pieces are the same.

Former NCAA Award Winning Coach, Fitness Specialist, Author and Artist Rene Sepulveda has embraced his Native American roots in rediscovery of the arts of the natural wonders around him. His reconnection to his ancestorial roots has allowed him to rediscover the use of Cholla Cactus wood art, lava rock and tree roots and to craft them into interesting and colorful works of art that are in heavy demand for the collector of Southwestern natural art. 

Cholla Desert Cactus Art is highly prized as each is unique in design, size and color. No two pieces are alike as each is a combination of the artistic design from Mother Nature pairing her treasures with the creativity of Rene Sepulveda.

Works are commissioned under the 2nd Life Gallery in partnership with Author and collaborator Chris Edwards bringing the beauty of nature online and to fine galleries in the South Western United States and California. 

Remembering World AIDS Day 2020

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever international day for global health. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to HIV. Each year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

I became involved in the 80s, when I saw hundreds of young men and women around me dying mysteriously. Upon moving to California, I saw 100s loose their lives. 

I will always be moved by the tireless work of Russell Kassman, Chris Carnes, Sharon McNight and others who helped bring joy to the infamous Ward 5B one Christmas by moving in a piano and bringing a performance to a ward of men dying but whom got one last moment of joy in their life. 

And for decades since each have tirelessly worked along with Donna Sachet

and her “Songs of the Season” to continue to raise funds, educate and inspire. 

So many people have helped over the years and so many people died due to early government inaction. The lessons of that day carry forward today. History has a tendency to repeat itself with a broader punch when we don’t learn the lessons of our past. But through the wisdom of people like Chris Carnes, Gretchen Carol Fleischmann

Sharon McKnight, Russell Kassman, Donna Sachet and then later in life Floyd McGregor, L Pierce Carson, Martin Durand, Deb Stallings, and others we carried hope forward via The Napa Valley AIDS Project and ultimately In partnership with Liz Alessio and the Care Network and Planned Parenthood. 

Thank you Hank Plante for keeping the stories alive over the decades.  We must never forget our history, as it is a reflection of whom we are today and whom we will become tomorrow.

I became involved in the 80s, when I saw hundreds of young men and women around me dying mysteriously. Upon moving to California, I saw 100s loose their lives. 

I will always be moved by the tireless work of Russell Kassman, Chris Carnes, Sharon McNight and others who helped bring joy to the infamous Ward 5B one Christmas by moving in a piano and bringing a performance to a ward of men dying but whom got one last moment of joy in their life. 

And for decades since each have tirelessly worked along with Donna Sachet

and her “Songs of the Season” to continue to raise funds, educate and inspire. 

So many people have helped over the years and so many people died due to early government inaction. The lessons of that day carry forward today. History has a tendency to repeat itself with a broader punch when we don’t learn the lessons of our past. But through the wisdom of people like Chris Carnes, Gretchen Carol Fleischmann

Sharon McKnight, Russell Kassman, Donna Sachet and then later in life Floyd McGregor, L Pierce Carson, Martin Durand, Deb Stallings, and others we carried hope forward via The Napa Valley AIDS Project and ultimately In partnership with Liz Alessio and the Care Network and Planned Parenthood. 

Thank you Hank Plante for keeping the stories alive over the decades.  We must never forget our history, as it is a reflection of whom we are today and whom we will become tomorrow.

Author, Executive Coach, Artist Chris Edwards

Vote In Person Early the Stakes Are to High for Doris Gentry as Mayor of Napa

Doris Gentry Too Scary to become Mayor of Napa – Lacks Integrity, Proud Boy Affilations At the kickoff of Mayoral Candidate Doris Gentry for Mayor of Napa she was recorded and the event was live streamed by the Proud Boy Ben Bergquam who gave the white power signal at Doris’s event as she was speaking. The Proud Boys is a far-right and neo-fascist male-only organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada. While the group officially rejects racism, several members have been affiliated with white supremacy and the Proud Boys has been described by US intelligence organisations as “a dangerous white supremacist group.” Wilson, Jason (November 19, 2018). “FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as ‘extremist group’, documents say”. The Guardian. Archived from the original on November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018. She also was vided and photographed at her kickoff party with former Gay Porn Star Brandon Straka founder of alleged Russian Backed “Walk Away” – The website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russia’s interference on U.S. elections, reported that WalkAway was “connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots to manipulate voters” Doris Gentry has misrepresented her ownership of companies and her job titles in an effort to make herself bigger than life in her run for Napa Mayor. https://napavalleyregister.com/news/l… Doris Gentry has suggested that gay individuals in the military should be separate from other troops. Doris Gentry managed a fundraiser for Foster Children in Napa grossing over $56,000 yet only reported $194.00 in profit for the charity in the official state records. Doris Gentry is not fit for the office of Mayor of Napa https://www.thetruthaboutdorisgentry….

Alamogordo New Mexico High School Tiger Football: First District Title Since mid 1940’s under Coach Rolla Buck. Thanks Coach Gary Hveem 1981 Season District Winner, 1982 Graduating Class

Coach Bob Sepulveda The Early Days Book 1 Available Now on Amazon. Order your copy today.

Excerpt from Coach Bob Sepulveda The Golden Years Book 2 in final draft soon to be released on Amazon and fine independent bookstores everywhere…

Alamogordo Team hits the field 1981 Photo Courtesy Coach Bob Sepulveda The Early Days Book 2 available soon on Amazon Book 1 Available Now

Fall 1981…

New Mexico Prep Guides Football ranked Alamogordo the 4th best team in the state on August 10, 1981 for the new season. The Tigers were ranked behind Clovis, Albuquerque Highland and defending state champion Albuquerque Eldorado. Coach Hveem rated the top five slightly different he believed within the district the Highland Hornets are the team to beat. State-wide he thinks Clovis different he believed within the district the Highland Hornets are the team to beat. State-wide he thinks Clovis should be in the top spot.

 The Tigers were slated for a tough pre-district season with their first game scheduled against the 1979 Oklahoma state champions Eisenhower High School of Lawton Oklahoma. Next, they travel to Hanks a team ranked for the District crown in El Paso.

                Then the Tigers were scheduled to play Albuquerque Del Norte, Carlsbad, Roswell, Mayfield, Highland, then Sandia. The final homecoming game is with Las Cruces.

                Alamogordo Coach Hveem stepped into his 6th year and is the longest tenured varsity Football coach in Alamogordo history. As such beginning the 81 season, for the 82 school year, he has compiled a record of 35-16-1 and 5 straight winning seasons. Coach Hveem notched his 100th career win as a head coach in November of 1980 when the Tigers stopped the Las Cruces Bulldogs 41-12 in Aggie Memorial Stadium. That win earned the Tigers a trip to the state playoffs last season and placed Alamogordo in the spotlight statewide an accomplishment that had been a long time in coming.

   The team for this season is slotted with different student athletes in all but one of the 22 starting slots bringing a different brand to play for the new season…..

Friday November 6th, 1981 turned into a historic night for Alamogordo Tiger football. A 36 year record was broken. The Tigers put the finishing touch on their first AAAA title during their homecoming game by rolling over the Las Cruces Bulldogs 54-8 in their final regular season game of the year.

                The homecoming game victory in Tiger Stadium gave the Alamogordo Tigers a 4-0 record in the season of District 3AAAA play and sole procession of the district championship. This great win marked the 3rd time in 6 years under Coach Hveem that the Tigers qualified to advance to the state playoff, but it is the first time they have qualified for state as the District Champion. Because of the Tigers first place finish, they will host the 1AAAA runner up in the quarter finals of the state playoffs.

NOTE: The Alamogordo Tigers had only won 1 District #1 title in Football prior. That title was won in the mid 1940’s under Coach Rolla Buck 36 years later under Coach Gary Hveem a District Banner again came home to Alamogordo. In the 1940’s the title was won when Alamogordo was a Class AA team. They moved to class AAAA in 1958. This is the very first Class AAAA District Banner for Alamogordo and the team goes into the history books for this achievement 36 years in the making.  

The Santa Fe New Mexican November 19, 1981 ran a story titled, Demons already tagged first round knock out ,referring to the planned first round state playoff game against Alamogordo.

The story said; “some prep forecasters are saying that the Demons won’t even score against Alamogordo… One prognosticator even went so far as to call the Santa Fe Alamogordo clash merely a first round bye for the Tigers… Hveem says his team is quite well balanced  but the outcomes depends on the strength of the opponent game day.”

                Alamogordo did its job and beat Santa Fe as expected 14 to 0 and progressed to the state semi-finals round. A first in decades….

…The psychological game of warfare was before the two big rivals for the state semi-finalists. The Tigers and the Cats has historically been fierce rivals.

For more stories photos and more purchase the Book series. Robert Sepulveda The Early Days Book 1 Available Now at Roadrunner Emporium 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo New Mexico or purchase online world wide on Amazon. Visit the Roadrunner Emporium to see a window display dedicated to decades of Alamogordo Athletes…

Coach Robert Sepulveda The Golden Years Book 2 with stories like above a comprehensive history of football, track and field and cross country coming soon to Amazon, Roadrunner Emporium and fine independent bookstores everywhere…

1981 Alamogordo High Tigers 1st District Winning Team since the 1940s Photo Courtesy Coach Bob Sepulveda The Early Days Book 2 available soon on Amazon Book 1 Available Now
Victory winning the District Title in 1981 1st since 1940s Alamogordo Tigers Photo Courtesy Coach Bob Sepulveda The Early Days Book 2 available soon on Amazon Book 1 Available Now
Don Daughter receives a throw from Quarterback Roger Black 1981 Photo Courtesy Coach Bob Sepulveda The Early Days Book 2 available soon on Amazon Book 1 Available Now

A view from the Window at Le Gras 

A view from the Window at Le Gras is a heliographic image and the oldest surviving camera photograph. It was created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France, and shows parts of the buildings and surrounding countryside of his estate, Le Gras, as seen from a high window. 

In honor of National Camera Day, observed each year on June 29th it’s an appropriate photo to share. This day commemorates photographs, the camera, and the memories recorded from each.

George Eastman, also known as “The Father of Photography,” brought the camera to the masses. While he did not invent the camera, he did invent many additions that improved the use, ease, and production of the camera, making it widely available to homes around the world. Steve Jobs and the team of Apple with the introduction of the I-phone transitioned the masses from cameras to smart phones to record the daily events of our lives. And of course Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook with its 2 Billion members provides the platform for instant views around the world of just that special moment. 

I think Mr. Eastman and those Frenchmen before him would be pleased of leap in technology and use of cameras daily and instantly in the moderen era. 

From the original to present photography has come a long way. Smile, snap a photo and post in celebration today…
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The real Gender Issue in College “secondary sports” – gymnastics, track and field facing cuts amid pandemic under the guise of Title IX Compliance – A commentary by Author & Political Consultant Chris Edwards

The right wing fringe is raising alarms questioning the Gender Equity bill that just passed the house and is on the way to the Senate. To our friends on the extreme right fringe, watch this report from 60 Minutes linked. Watch, pay closest attention to the last 8 minutes on how programs are sacrificed to keep Football alive using Title IX as a shield.

Congressman Mike Thompson of my California District and Congresswoman Rep. Yvette Herrell of my New Mexico district of which I am deeply imbedded in each, why don’t you find areas of compromise and address this issue, the real gender Title IX issue.

Instead of questioning the Gender Equity bill to my friends on the extreme Right Fringe, watch this report and watch, pay closest attention to the last 8 minutes on how programs are sacrificed to keep Football alive using Title IX as a shield. Congressman Mike Thompson, Congresswoman Rep. Yvette Herrell why don’t you find areas of compromise and address this issue, a real gender issue.

The long term impact of our present course is, colleges will continue with Football but we will no longer as a nation be competitive the Olympics. Where is the national pride all sports are equal and all genders men and women should have equal access?

The #1 minority participation sport for men and women is track and field and Cross Country per the NCAA. The graduation rate of those diverse athletes with higher rates of POC than other sports are higher (over 80% track, cross country over 90%) for those sports than Football (graduation rates 52%). However those programs such as Clemson are cut under the guise of funding and Title IX compliance.

The education problem and football:

In Minnesota the programs cut saved the university $1.2 Million however the Football coaches salary is $4 Million. Is the football coach of value greater than the 5 cut sports in a university environment, a institution of higher learning? Hmmm.

The University of New Mexico cut the men’s soccer a few years ago, though Albuquerque hosts a professional team. UNM used title IX as the shield in debate to protect football which in NM is a money looser but a center of pride. The priority of secondary education and the partnership of sports is education, isn’t it? Isn’t the product of the institution supposed to be a well rounded student that graduates?

As congress people, Yvette and Mike, craft a bi-partisan committee for review and seek solutions to this issue. Do you have the commitment to bipartisan leadership?

The long term impact is colleges will continue with Football but we will no longer as a nation be competitive the Olympics. Where is the national pride all sports are equal? 

The #1 minority participation sport for men and women is track and field and Cross Country. The graduation rate of those diverse athletes with higher rates of POC than other sports are higher (over 82%  track, cross country over 90%) for those sports. For Football (graduation rates are as low as 38% at some colleges). However track and field programs are cut such as the recent cut at Clemson under the guise of funding and Title IX compliance.  

“The global pandemic has further exposed disparities in our world that have existed for years,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, shared with me. “That includes the unfortunate gap in academic achievement and sustainability among our student-athletes. … Student-athletes must succeed as STUDENTS, not just as athletes. Since less than 2% of these gifted young people will ever make it to the professional ranks, we must prepare them for success both on and off the field. The message needs to be sent to our collegiate leadership letting them know that Black EDUCATION Matters.” Article by Richard Lapchick ESPN, Dec 23, 2020

Minority graduation rates of athletes are dropping and as the opportunities in a variety of sports are cut. The graduation rates in football run as low as 38% in some colleges to an average 72% of recent. However in the more diverse sports of Track and Field and Cross Country the graduation rates run in the 90% range on average. Athletics departments pad the overall graduation rate with those athletes rather than admit the issues with football graduation rates.

The university systems in the post Covid-19 world are going to be under even greater financial pressure. As leaders let’s cut the misinformation on gender issues and get to the real facts and review the real issues around Title IX and its abuses.

As congress people Yvette and Mike, craft a bi-partisan committee for review and seek solutions to this issue. Do you have the commitment to bipartisan leadership?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/college-sports-cuts-gymnastics-swimming-pandemic-60-minutes-2020-12-06/

Author & Political Consultant Chris Edwards is the Author of Coach Bob Sepulveda The Early Days Series. A three book series on the history of interscholastic sports, Title IX and the impact of sports from New Mexico and beyond. Available on Amazon and better independent book stores in the US:

2nd Life Boutique Artist Rene Sepulveda Introduces his Valley of the Fires Sculpture Collection

The Valley of The Fires Collection – Volcanic Lava Stone, Wood & Metal Sculptured Art by New Mexico Artist Rene Sepulveda on exhibition at the 2nd Life Boutique of Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak located in Southern New Mexico erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles.

From a distance, the region appears as barren rock but when you visit the nature trails there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees, and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include a variety of desert ants, bugs, bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, lizards, great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows, and golden eagles and more.
This collection of sculptured works crafted by Artist Rene Sepulveda is a tribute to the wildlife, flowers, cactus, and beauty of the region, crafted from recycled lava, woods and metals found from the Tularosa Basin and Sacramento Basin. The molten lava rock is repurposed rock pulled from abandoned homes and abandoned locations; repurposed into a “second life” as an “artistic sculptured art piece” to bring joy and value to the owner of each unique piece.
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Artist Rene Sepulveda was introduced to the beauty of natural lava mixed with metal and wooden elements, during his childhood visits to the home of Mr. and Ms. Pack, of Alamogordo, whose exclusive estate was custom built and designed to showcase these unique local elements.

Years later Rene Sepulveda has designed this collection of natural sculptures in memory of their inspiration. Each is distinctly different as no two pieces of lava rock are the same. Each is cleaned, treated, sealed, and enhanced to preserve that natural elements of the artistic creation for generations of enjoyment.

Each comes with a letter of authenticity signed by the artist and each piece of art is marked with an identifier of its origin from the artist, Rene Sepulveda.

2nd Life Media and Boutique under the direction of Author, Artistic Director & Executive Coach, Chris Edwards is honored to be implementing the artistic vision of the Artist Rene Sepulveda and his Valley of the Fires Sculptured Arts Collection and that of our collective of artists and vendors showcased at Roadrunner Emporium and partner galleries.
View the collection in person at Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

This unique collection of Rene Sepulveda crafted designs may be seen in person or they may be purchased online at
https://www.etsy.com/shop/2ndLifeBoutiqueStore

Post Incarceration-Government Endorsed Institutional Barriers to Success

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/chris-edwards-657817155_gobeach-activity-6768740851624611840-AIPE

Post incarceration so many struggle as so many businesses won’t hire individuals post incarceration. The reality is for most if given a change they are the best and most loyal team members. The story below is a success story. The barriers to re-entry laws and licensing laws that won’t license an ex-felon even for jobs like nail salons, massage, cosmetology etc need to be removed as barriers. Once the felon has been released from incarceration he/she has paid their debt to society there should not be long term punitive retribution. If you want to cut poverty, homelessness and crime then cut the barriers to re-entry.

Learn more in Removing Barriers to State Occupational Licenses To Enhance Entrepreneurial Job Growth:: Out of Prison, Out of Work 

https://lnkd.in/guZnHUz

#society#change #2ndLifeMedia#justice #AuthorChrisEdwards #RetakeRepublicanism California State University, Long Beach218,844 followers2d • 2 days ago

In a social media post, Joseph Valadez said he was incarcerated for half of his adult life but persevered and went on to graduate from CSULB. As a university, we’re proud to support students from all backgrounds, and we’re always inspired by student success.

Thank you for sharing your story, Joseph!

#GoBeach

Photos by: CSULB student Miguel De La Rosa in linked story

Read Joseph’s full post from Facebook below:

“They say that “a picture is worth a thousand words” I’m here to debunk that stigma.
I finished my last two semesters at Long Beach on the “President’s Honor List” for making straight A’s.
Was also on the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.67
Not bad for someone who spent half his adult life in prison. There’s a misconception about guys like me that I want to break. If I can do it, anyone can.
Right now I’m waiting to see if I get accepted to the Masters Program MSW at Long Beach. Please wish me luck.
Photos were taken by a student photographer at the campus.”

Commentary by Author Chris Edwards – Rush Limbaugh’s Legacy of Hate-“AIDS Update”

Note below is a political commentary that may not be popular to some. As a matter of societal decency we general stay away from talking ill of the dead. But this exception is very personal to this author and political consultant thus the commentary are the exclusive thoughts of Author Chris Edwards and do not reflect the thoughts or ideas of any client, business or other associated person.

I’ll add some perspective to this post as it has offended some…

Many of us who lost hundreds of friends and business associates, creative souls in the arts, on Broadway via the movies, health care workers and others through the AIDS crises remember, vividly, his radio shows and gleeful daily regurgitation at the misery the LBGTQ & community of color was suffering at the height if the AIDS pandemic. He used to read the names of individuals that died of AIDS and blow celebratory whistles. 

You can fact check me as I post commentary that is based on facts. Iowa’s Cedar Gazette reported in 1990 that Limbaugh’s “AIDS Update,” a recurring segment in which he made jokes about a disease that had killed more than 100,000 people in the United States the previous decade, started by playing songs such as “Back in the Saddle Again,” “Kiss Him Goodbye,” “I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” and “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.” 

The “Aids Update” segment was featured multiple times during the Reagan presidency by Mr. Limbaugh. 

Vivid was his tirades of calling it G-d’s retribution, and urging the quarantining of Gay, hemophiliac children and suggesting men of color and woman of color engaged in behaviors they brought the wrath of God down on them and they got what they deserved. I used to listen to his show and heard it first hand and never can forget nor forgive. While certainly not his only hateful and disgusting commentary over the years, he is at least as culpable as the extremist that invaded the capital and others in leadership and the airways for the divisive state we find ourselves in today. 

He was to the point of being gross and disturbing but that didn’t stop him from airing other homophobic content. Limbaugh, for instance, had another segment that used former Congressman Barney Frank, a prominent gay politician, as fodder. That segment featured the song “My Boy Lollipop” as slurping sounds played in the background. Limbaugh also spread the unfounded claim that gay men practiced “gerbilling” (you can read more about the unfounded urban legend here) and once said, according to James Retter’s book “The Anatomy of a Scandal,” that gay men “deserved their fate.”

He did not deserve the Medal of Honor, and presenting him with it tarnished the award forever. 

He was an awful human being, and the world is a better place without him in it. 

I wish for him every sentiment that he extolled on the victims of AIDS, x 2.

So some of you may be disturbed by most post. I’m more disturbed that you would show empathy for this behavior in a bigoted individual that has harmed our democracy by the extremist antics he espoused. Further he damaged the Republican Party and began its slide that led to the Trumpian rise of indoctrination of ignorance over science.

#TakeBackRepublicanism

Congratulations to the New Owner in Southern New Mexico of Artist Rene Sepulveda’s Newest Root Art Creation – Tree Root Art by Rene Sepulveda

Rootart Root Art – by Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda

Root art, tree root art or treeroot art, rootart by Fitness Coach & Artist Rene Sepulveda reaches both above and below ground as deep as they please, roots can symbolize our personal growth.  A recent designed selection was crafted specifically for a home owner in New Mexico and sold for $2250. Congratulations to the new owner of a one of a kind piece of work that arrived and was showcased with a letter of authenticity as unique and one of a kind by Artist Rene Sepulveda of 2nd Life Boutique and Gallery located at the Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo New Mexico.

Tree Root Art ROOTART helps to convey themes of security and stability, symbolizing the need to stay grounded so we remain safe.

What is the origin of Root Art?

The root of a plant, of course, is the part that usually grows underground, secures the plant in place, absorbs minerals and water, and stores food manufactured by leaves and other plant parts. Roots grow in a root system and as such can be seen as reaching, thus inspiring and artistic in design.

Native artist, Tibetan artist and few others believe in the essence of the root system, the beauty, and the symbolism  to the complexities of personal growth and being grounded to craft works of natural beauty. 

Art comes from Latin –Artem ‘skill’ that usually refers to the quality or expressions of what is beautiful or of great significance. For instance, the word artefact refers to an object of cultural interest made by a human being.

Thus ROOT ART is the combination of the wood from the natural root system combined with a skilled artists ability to combine color, texture and designs into a masterpiece that is eye catching and alludes to the grace of nature.  

Fitness Coach & Artist; Rene Sepulveda has developed a method of selecting interesting and entertaining root systems, combining them with color, texture, and the elements of nature.

Root art in the garden:

Garden design with unique root art decorations can impress and amaze. Garden design ideas recycling dead tree roots look creative and surprising. Artworks and unusual containers for flowers made of tree roots personalize yard landscaping ideas, bringing a lyrical mood, or stimulating a playful atmosphere in beautiful gardens.

Many works of rootart and some pieces of rootart of Rene Sepulveda have been showcased in print media.

The most famous and largest root garden is located in the UK and is owned by Prince Charles. You can create your own beautiful garden design with root art and decorations to add character, unique shapes and spectacular centerpieces to your fabulous yard landscaping ideas.

Rene Sepulveda’s passion for color, textures and design blended with, an idea of fitness when practical into the design element, is the key to his vision of artistic expression. Fitness equipment and space can be exciting, vibrant and colorful. The integration of color, textures and design into a fit lifestyle of living are important to his creations. 

His designs have been critically acclaimed for their “colorlicious styling.” Some of his artwork and designs are  are showcased at the Second  Life Gallery at Roadrunner Emporium, on New York Avenue in Alamogordo, New Mexico and are available online. 

Rene Sepulveda is credited with starting the “colorlicious styling & textured design’s” trend in home and patio decor.

2nd Life Media also showcases the visual displays and photography of Author & Executive Coach Chris Edwards  

Guest artists and authors showcased include Martin Durand and  Dr. Quynh Tonnu

Visit us online at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/2ndLifeBoutiqueStore

or learn more and visit

https://2ndlifemedia.com/second-life-gallery

Remembering – International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

Eight decades after the Holocaust began, people worldwide pause on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to honor the memory of Europe’s Jews, LTBGTQ individuals, gypsies and those who were disabled among those who were targeted for annihilation. During this ceremony, leaders from the United States and abroad will join Holocaust survivors in conveying the urgent responsibility we all share to protect the lessons and legacy of this history and to defend the truth—now more than ever.


If you have not done so it should be required for all students and adults to visit the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC either in person or at a minimum virtually. The lessons are as relevant today as they were the many decades before. to learn more

visit:https://www.ushmm.org/remember


We will never forget!