Saturday, September 29, 2012

SNEAK PEAK AT ELECTION BALLOT

We've obtained a preliminary copy of the 2012 Presidential Election Ballot in its new format. This is not yet available on regular news sites:



Friday, September 28, 2012

JIMMY HOFFA'S BODY FOUND??

Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa subject of new Detroit search- BBC News

Police said they had been informed a body was buried under the driveway.

But their tipster did not say if it was Hoffa's body that was interred there.
Police say they are looking for a body but play down suggestions that Hoffa could be buried there, citing timeline discrepancies.
Well, if they don't turn up Mr. Hoffa's remains, perhaps someone should drop a dime, call the Costilla County Sheriff's office and tell them Jimmy Hoffa's body is buried on Luke Road in Costilla County. Maybe a real search would be carried out!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

THE EVENTS OF 10/02/2008

     Up until now, this blog has attempted to tell the story of Jack Gordon's mysterious disappearance on October 2, 2008 in broad strokes.  There is a limited paper trail.  A small handful of news reports and the original sheriff's incident report are the main reference sources.  There are, however, other sources of information and we can try to fill in some of the gaps in the story from first-hand accounts and see if we can pick out any useful details. 

   I'd like to start with a timeline of that day, as well as we can reconstruct it.

October 2, 2008
          8:00 a.m.-  Between 8:00 and 8:30 that morning one of Jack's neighbors sees him leaving his residence in Fort Garland, coffee cup in  hand bound for his home site on Luke Road for the morning.
          8:30 a.m.-  Jack leaves the apartment in Fort Garland in their white conversion van.
          8:40 a.m.-  One of the neighbors from Luke Road bumps into Jack at the Fort Garland post office and chats with him briefly. Nothing seems amiss.
          8:50 a.m.-  Jack stops in at the home of a local auto mechanic on Hwy 159 and speaks with him for a few minutes. He leaves at about 9:00 a.m.
          9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- No reported contact with or sightings of Jack by any of the neighbors
          1:00 p.m.- Jack's wife starts to wonder why he is not back yet.
          2:00 p.m.-  Jack's wife calls the auto mechanic's home and speaks to his daughter asking if someone can drive out to the place on Luke Road and check on Jack.
          4:00 p.m.-  Jack's wife gets a ride with one of her Fort Garland neighbors the 10 miles out to Luke Road. The van is parked in its usual spot in the driveway, but there is no sign of Jack on or near the premises.
          4:30 p.m.- Jack's wife goes to one of the neighbor's nearby homes and calls the Sheriff's office. The dispatcher contacts Deputy Jacob Vigil to respond.
          5:00 p.m.- Deputy Vigil talks with Jack's wife at the scene and conducts a brief search of the house and vicinity.  He spots a single set of footprints that "went to the back of the house and around the other side and onto the road where I lost track."  He is unable to identify any distinct tire tracks on the road.  We think he tried to make contact with the neighbor John Busby during this time, but that is not specified in the incident report. He advises Jack's wife to contact him if she has not heard from Jack by 8:30 p.m. She returns to Fort Garland.
          7:30 p.m.- Jack's wife contacts me (as well as other family members to inform us that he is missing.
          8:30 p.m.- Jack's wife contacts Deputy Vigil, informing him she has not heard from Jack
          9:00 p.m.-  Deputy Vigil and a small group of neighbors search the area around the house on Luke Road on foot, with flashlights, find no trace of Jack.
          10:00 p.m.- Deputy Vigil speaks with Jack's wife in Fort Garland and advises her to contact the sheriff's office at 8:00 a.m. the next day if Jack has not turned up, so that Search and Rescue can be mobilized to join the search. On his way back to the Sheriff's office Deputy Vigil returns to the house of the neighbor John Busby (aka John Robert Fureigh) and attempts to contact him.  There is a chain across the driveway and there are no lights on at the house.
        
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS-
     1. Who made the single set of footprints?  Jack? One of the civilian searchers? Jack's wife?  Jack's killer?  Or perhaps Deputy Vigil (remember Winnie the Pooh and Piglet?)
     2. What happened during the time gap from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

COSTILLA COUNTY MANHUNT- UPDATE

   As we last reported, the Costilla County Sheriff's office was hot on the trail of a 5'6" 119 fugitive, Robel Turcios-Rodriguez, but had not yet re-captured him.  At that size, he probably 'slipped through the cracks!'  Now we hear that the man was spotted in neighboring Huerfano County, to the east of Costilla County.  Here's the report from the Valley Courier today ("Escapee Evades Valley").
"The search in Huerfano County for a jail escapee from Costilla County was scaled back Thursday after law enforcement officers couldn’t find the suspect."
   Nice!! I guess that's why I won't be at work today, I "scaled back" the search for my car keys after I couldn't find them.It gets even better. The Huerfano County sheriff also had this to say:
“There’s really no organized search right now until we get a good location on him.”
   Or to phrase it differently, we're not going to look for him until we locate him!!  Fortunately: 
“We do not believe he is confrontational. It appears he’s doing all he can to remain hidden. He wants to get away.”
   And doing a mighty fine job of it, by the looks of things. Hmmm...I guess the take-home message is this.  If you are going to live in or travel through Costilla or Huerfano counties, don't plan on being a crime victim. Or perhaps I should say, take measures to not be a crime victim.  If you believe in the old notion that "crime doesn't pay", just consider how little it pays to be a crime victim in Costilla County. I think John Robert Fureigh can rest a little easier.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

COSTILLA COUNTY MANHUNT

Reports out of Alamosa via the Valley Courier dated yesterday of a manhunt underway for an escaped fugitive.  Manhunt continues for escapee:

Escaped inmate Robel Turcios-Rodriguez, 26, remained on the loose in Costilla County on Monday as multiple local law enforcement agencies joined in a manhunt to bring him in...Turcios-Rodriguez is 5’6”, weighs 119 pounds and has short black hair and brown eyes.
Additional information was provided about the fugitive:

Authorities stated Turcios-Rodriguez was not armed when he escaped
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Costilla County Sheriff's office.

COMMENT: It seems the Sheriff's team is eager to enlist the public's help as they vigorously pursue this behemoth of a desperado; all 5 feet 6 inches, 119 unarmed pounds of him.  Other fugitives in the area? Perhaps not so much...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

WELCOME TO FORT GARLAND

   Nestled against the base of Mount Blanca, tiny Fort Garland, Colorado sits at the intersection of US Highway 160 and Colorado State Highway 159.  Highway 160 is the main east-west route traversing the southern edge of Colorado from Springfield in the extreme southeast corner of the state through the San Luis Valley and across famous Wolf Creek Pass to Cortez in the far southwest.  Highway 159 heads south from Fort Garland to the Colorado-New Mexico border on the way to Taos.

  Although small, Fort Garland offers everything a wayfarer could possibly want. You can start your visit at the Visitor's Information Center.  Ask the attendants if they know about Jack Gordon and John Busby, some of the locals love to talk about Jack's disappearance.

   Gas, food, hardware and lodging are available. The 1st Stop and a Texaco station offer fuel ($3.69 a gallon for regular as of Labor Day weekend 2012).

   The Old Fort Market is a small, but surprisingly well supplied grocery store. The locals all shop for their hardware needs at the Post Comissary, an old-fashioned general store owned and operated by Matt and Bill Martinez.

   Del's Diner, The Old West Cafe and the Silver Sage Steakhouse offer home-style meals in a friendly setting.

  The Lodge motel and the Fort Garland Motel offer overnight lodging. For entertainment you can tour the original Fort Garland, once commanded by the legendary Kit Carson.  Or for the kids, there is an old west show at the White Mountain Trading Post, complete with horses and a bison.
  Fort Garland is the main service community for folks living in the Sangre de Cristo Ranches or the Forbes subdivisions (Trinchera Ranches, Forbes Park and Forbes Wagon Creek). Give it a look-see if you are in the area.  It may not be much of a destination, but it is a nice spot for a little stopover or a rest break on your way to or from other places such as the Great Sand Dunes or Taos, NM.
  This is where Jack Gordon was living while working on the construction of his home in the Sangre de Cristo Ranches, up until his disappearance on October 2, 2008. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"LUCKY" INDEED!!

Via Drudge today, this report out of Newberry Springs, CA, via CBSlocal.com, a Los Angeles area news affiliate:

Dog Brings Home Human Foot In Newberry Springs, Prompting Search For Remains

Apparently, the dog, named "Lucky", brought home a human foot. The search revealed more "remains" along the I-40 corridor.  Details in the article are sketchy.  Was it multiple parts of the same body? Or was it multiple parts of different bodies?

If Jack Gordon's body is ever discovered, it will probably be by pure happenstance rather than the astute investigative skills of the Costilla County Sheriff's office.  A random incident such as a hunter stumbling upon skeletal remains, a wild animal unearthing a bony remnant, a skeleton in a crawlspace found by firefighters in the aftermath of a house fire or perhaps a dog named "Lucky" bringing something home to his owner.  Could we be so lucky?!?


Sunday, September 2, 2012

BUZZWORD BINGO- DNC EDITION

Presenting
for your television viewing pleasure
This Week Only
BUZZWORD BINGO
(Limited DNC Edition)

Yes folks! It's the age-old Blame Game...exciting new home version.
Special edition prepared for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Fun for all ages!!

SAMPLE GAME CARD:




Rules:
     1. Each player receives a game card with a 5 X 5 grid
     2. Each square contains a name or description of a villain
     3. Players watch the Democratic National Convention
     4. Listen for speakers to blame somebody else for the awful state of the country
     5. If your card contains a square with that villain, mark off the square
             (You can use small coins as markers if you have any left)
     6. If you get five in a row either across, down or diagonally, shout out "Bingo!"
     7. If you get five in a row during a single speaker, shout "Yahtzee!!"
     8. If you get five in a row during a single sentence, shout "Triple Bingo Yahtzee!!!"
     9. YOU WIN!!
    10. All other players have to drink a shot of their current beverage
    11. Then clear off the cards, shuffle, and play again!
(UPDATE: The center "Bush" square if a free square, since that is a given)

Here is a sample blank game card, cut and paste, print and make up your own categories groups or even specific right-wing villains!