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                                   by Staci Guy
                   here are countless reasons given by                                  Southeastern New Mexico will enjoy
                                                                                        reading. Our content stretches from
                   countless individuals as to why learning                             Carlsbad, through Artesia and Roswell,
                                                                                        all the way over to Ruidoso. Some of the
                   about history is important. Don’t                                    stories might pique your interest because
                   believe me?                                                          they are new to you, while others might be
                                                                                        better known. We hope you will take the
                                                                                        time to read those “well-known” stories
                                                                                        because there could be some details
                   Just ask Google, and then prepare to make   to know how a little bed-and-breakfast in   included that you didn’t know before, or
                   the couch your perpetual resting place   Roswell has historical connections to both!   that perhaps might have just faded from
                   for the next 48 hours while you read page   You can read about those connections in   your memory.
                   after page of opinion-laden ramblings that   “If These Walls Could Talk,” written by
                   essentially tell you what you already knew.   Molly Marley, Editorial Director for Focus   I have no doubt you will be entertained
                   History is important – it is a wise teacher,   on Roswell.           and possibly even educated in terms of
                   a reminder of and connection to our roots,                           the history and some of the mysteries of
                   and a fore warner of grim possibilities   What better sources for historical   Southeastern New Mexico in our winter
                   should we not learn from our past.   information and insight than the folks at   issue of Focus Magazine. Happy reading!
                                                     the local museums! Nancy Dunn, Manager
     STACI GUY     But enough of the boring stuff! History is   of the Artesia Historical Museum & Art   Blessings!
     Associate Publisher  important, yes, but it is also entertaining   Center, shares some not-so-common
                   and fun and sometimes even comical! At   knowledge about a ghost town under   Staci Guy
                   Focus Magazines we wanted to take a look   Brantly Lake, known today as Sever Rivers,
                   at some of the lesser known historical   which you can read about on page 49; and   (Staci is the Associate Publisher of Focus
                   accounts of Southeastern New Mexico, and   she also answers some interesting questions   Magazines and Editorial Director of Focus
                   at the same time, lighten things up a bit with   in a piece titled “Legend, Myth or Fact?”   on Artesia)
                   some fun and quirky mystery pieces. For
                   instance, have you ever driven down U.S.   For our second installment of Focus
                   70 near Glencoe and seen the little church   Magazine’s Regional Issue (our first issue
                   chapel precariously situated in a hole and   came out in November 2016), our aim
                   thought to yourself, “How did that church   is to share some stories and insight with
                   get in a hole?” Well, we did and freelance   our readers that residents all across
                   writer Harold Oakes got the scoop, which
                   you can read about on page 53. Or have
                   you ever heard about the urban legend of
                   La Llorona, the weeping ghost-woman
                   who reaches out of the water and drowns
                   unsuspecting children? Kyle Marksteiner
                   takes us on an exhilarating ride as we
                   discover the origins of the tale and hear
                   from residents who have their own theories                                                                                              A fever that’s a little too high. A sprain that’s a little too painful. A cut that’s a little too
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