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Vol 2002, Oct Issue 


October 2002

The Meeting.

The Jazzers softball team presented us with a very nice plaque, thanking us for supporting them last softball season.  There is a picture of the team on it and Dick said that they really appreciated our help. (Although there was some grumbling about the donation, I think we did a good thing. We should be glad that we helped the girls.)

 Laveta Hawks has agreed to be our interim secretary.  YEAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! 

She will take over till we vote in new officers in January.  I don’t have her phone number yet but I am sure you can reach her through the Federation address.

 Jack Reid spoke about the gun show coming up in February.  He needs some help in the areas of: Security, Ticket Sales, Gun check-in, Advertising, and the Raffle.  If we can get 5-6 people (one for each of the different areas) the job won’t be very hard.  Every little bit helps.  You don’t have to know what to do, just be willing to try.  The plan is to have the regular show in February and do another one in September 2003.  Again, EVERY little bit helps and with 475 members it shouldn’t be hard to do.  Call Jack to help at 632-8819

 Jack Banovic got up and said that we were just about ready for the Sportsfest.  There were going to be ads in the newspaper for it.  (Although the newspaper and KOBF-12 were alerted, no one from the media showed up.)

 The raffle winners were announced. (I think that’s why we had so many people there.) 

And the winners are………..

BB Gun……Bob Bird

Free Membership……Duncan McCondilitche

Buck Knife……Joe Kasuboski

.22 Henry……Tom Maddox (way to go Tom)

Chess set……Harold Begay

Remington Model 700……Ferol Murusky (I guess he gets to shoot something besides black powder now.)

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who bought a ticket.

 The subject of getting more involved came up again.  Do you know our range is second only to Raton, in the state, for it’s facilities?  We have something that most shooters only dream about. But shit happens and some one has to take care of it. If you would be interested in making sure our assets don’t disappear, contact a board member or officer and get involved.  It’s kind of like accuracy.  If you don’t work on it, you lose it.

 Bond Kinney discussed the need for an October work party.  The fence has about 50’ missing and quad runners are coming in and driving over the berms.  (Ya, I know they are stupid, but we ought to fix the fence.) 

Sunday, October 20th at 10 AM.  Bring gloves.

 Charles Phalan gave the club a money order for $100 to the club from a German film crew who was visiting the United States.  They were doing a documentary that will air in Germany and 5 other countries in Europe about different aspects of life here after 9-11.  The only stories they get about guns in the US are the sensational news items about mass killings etc.  The crew wanted to do a positive story about shooting sports, self-defense, hunting aspects that would show that not all Americas are deranged gun toting mass murderers.  They arrived in time to film the .22 Bullseye shoot on Thursday and afterward got a chance to do some shooting themselves.  A copy of the video will be sent to us and when we get it we’ll show it.  The $100 was donated to the Youth Sportsfest.

 We are at 49% NRA membership.  Please send in the information form on the back of the newsletter in with your dues renewal.  We haven’t made it through the whole renewal year to find out if we are in compliance yet.  If you aren’t a member of NRA, please join.  The more, the merrier.


If you have any announcements, please call Anna Kinney 564-3651, email: ptnopt@fisi.net or mail it to the Federation address: PO Box 1411, Farmington NM, 87499.  The deadline for the newsletter is 7PM, the Monday one week prior to the next meeting.

If you move let the Secretary Laveta Hawks know!

Our Next Meeting is Tuesday October 15, 2002 at 7:30 P.M


We have 2 members that have started home based businesses. Butch Osbun has opened one called Powder and Ball Traders. He deals in muzzleloading and mountain man equipment. He has CVA magazine and muzzleloader kits, does leather clothes and hand carved powder horns. For more info or for supplies call Butch at 634-1169.

Steve Brooks has opened The Cows Hide. He does custom leatherwork with almost 40 years experience. He does special made holsters and belts, leather vest or moccasins, as well as saddle repair. He also has black powder accessories, motorcycle accessories and of course, scrimshaw pistol grips. For more call Steve at 325-7790 or 330-9073.

Top Gun  (Benchrest National Championships)

Each year the TransContinental League selects the top 20 Hunter Bench Rest Shooters in a nationwide competition.  For 2002, Lynn Wood of the San Juan Wildlife Federation attained the honor of Top Gun (best shooter in the league) with a score of 750-50X.  Congratulations to Lynn on his achievement!

Two other members of the San Juan team qualified for the Top 20, but way behind Lynn.  Myron Crockett was 13th with 749-46X and Barry Davis finished 16th with 749-43X.

We are honored to have these guys as members of our club.  Three in the top 20 in the United States.  Congratulations to all. 

Buckets and Trash

All of the ranges now have at least one trash can and one brass bucket.  Please pick up all brass, steel, and aluminum cases and put them in the buckets.  (Including .22s and dud rounds too!)  The outdoor range officer has a recycle project in mind.

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors will be meeting every 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm. (Same day the newsletter has to be in.)  The members at large are welcome to attend.

Range Schedule

The 2002 range schedule is available at the secretary’s desk at the during meetings. Stop by and pick one up.

Remember, the range will be closed September 16th for fence maintenance and September 21st for the Sportsfest!

Indoor Hunter Pistol will be held the first Wednesday in October at 7 PM. That’s October 2, 2002 at 7 PM.

.22 Rifle Indoor is held every Tuesday. Contact Charles Phelan at 327-2029.

Indoor Bullseye is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM. Contact Frank Blackmer at 598-5400

All activities must be cleared with the Executive Range Officer and written on the Range Calendar.

What a Blast:

Official! World’s funniest joke.

In an experiment conducted in Britain, people around the world were invited to judge jokes on an Internet site as well as contribute their own.  The LaughLab research, carried out by psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, attracted more than 40,000 jokes and almost 2 million ratings.

And here it is…

Two hunters were out in the woods when one of them collapses.  He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.  The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services. 

He gasps: “My friend is dead!  What can I do?”  The operator says: “Calm down, I can help.  First, lets make sure he’s dead.”

There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard.  Back on the phone, the guy says: “OK, now what?”


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