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Old 10-20-2006, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Chaparral, NM
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Lived in Chaparral for 22 years and I love it.
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Old 10-20-2006, 01:14 PM
 
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That is why there are different areas. I didn't and don't think much of Chaparral or Anthony or down in that area. Glad that you like it though since you are living there.

GQ
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Chaparral, NM
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Thanks, GQ
I have been all over the world and still traveling all over the world as an Army Brat, Solider in the Army, as an musician and now Electronic Warfare and this is the place I love the most.
There are a few things I do not care for but as a whole I love the place, I think it is all in the way one has been raised and the experiences in life. Have a good day
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:43 PM
 
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Yeah, I know what you mean about being an Army brat. I have lived in 36 different states and 4 different countries and been around the world twice. I have not found utopia yet. I have to say that I do like NM for a lot of reasons and of course there are bad things about the state also, but the good usually outweighs the bad. I will say something though and that is the fact that this state seems to have a real huuuugggge problem with nepotism and crime within the governments around the state and the government of the state. We can't hardly turn the news on without hearing about a judge that has either quit or been charged with some sort of dubious action, people being charged with sexual molestation, spousal beating and etc. It just does not stop in this state. And please don't bother to tell me that all states and cities have problems. Yes, they do but this state is a crooked state overall and they know it.

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Old 10-20-2006, 07:46 PM
 
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Default Nepotism and Crooked Politics

This is not an attempt to excuse politics in NM, but I have lived all over the US, and everyone thinks that their state and local governments are corrupt and that the problem is worse in their city/state. Bottom line is there is suspicion of politicians and government everywhere, and it is probably well founded. I doubt that government in NM is any better or worse than elsewhere. That being said, we should strive for better.
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:08 PM
 
Location: ABQ (Paradise Hills), NM
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I have been all over the world and still traveling all over the world as an Army Brat, Solider in the Army, as an musician and now Electronic Warfare and this is the place I love the most.
There are a few things I do not care for but as a whole I love the place, I think it is all in the way one has been raised and the experiences in life.
This statement is truly is truly what it is all about. In all but the most extreme circumstances, just about any location is what you make of it. Each person brings their own history and experiences with them that colors their perceptions; what is one person's dump is another's paradise. While Chaparral (despite my username ) is not a place I would want to live, its nice to hear that it is near someone else's heart. More power to you Q!

It is rare to find a place that's immune from all the maladies that modern life presents us. They are pretty much present everywhere, just to varying degrees. I agree with domino and find his statement to be true. But far be it from me to say that I am the final arbiter of "the truth", as that is a very relative term.

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Old 02-01-2007, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Southern New Mexico at the moment
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Default Chaparral, New Mexico,

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Lived in Chaparral for 22 years and I love it.
I've lived in Chaparral since 1974, I went to Anthony Elementary and Gadsden Jr. High and Gadsden High because we were bussed across the mountain back then. We now have 3 Elementary schools, one Middle School and our new High School opens in July of 2007. Compared to the large cities around us our crime rate is non-existent,, but only our bad news makes the news. All the good things we have going don't make the news because people don't want to hear good news and they don't want to believe good things about us. Most people who don't think much of Chaparral don't know Chaparral and usually haven't lived here. They've formed thier opinions based on others feelings or what they see in the news. I cared enough about Chaparral to come back to live here and teach her. I hear a lot of complaints but no volunteers to try help what they percieve as bad things happening here. Yes we have some Wannabee (gang) issues,, and a lot parents complaining about while at the same time not knowing where thier children are or keeping track of them. And it's always the same line: "I had no idea he/she was in a gang, or had a gun." Well,, where were you?
Having said all this I do have to admit Chaparral isn't what it used to be, a safe place to raise your children. I could leave on horseback and be gone for hours and not have to worry about being acosted. My parents didn't worry too much about my safety, we were spread out but watched out for each other. I now have a teenage son, I don't let him out of my eyesight for long at all. I don't trust those around me too much anymore. It's still a good place,, just not as good as it used to be. But it could be again if people would care and not bury their heads in the sand and complain instead of being pro-active.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:48 PM
 
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Can you all tell me what type of food shopping there is there in Chaparral? I will be moving there shortly. Gas stations? mini markets? gardening/hardware ? or do you have to go into El Paso for most of it?
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:39 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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There is Stires Mart, and a few other small stores, they even have their own cable company out there... I used to live out there as well. My sister was married to the Hunt family for a couple years. Yeah the area has grown.. did they incorp Chaparral, New Mexico, I know there was a vote to do so. Do they have a dedicated Sheriff now? Back in my days you were the law on your property.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Southern New Mexico at the moment
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We have Stires Grocery store but we also have several smaller stores around the community. We have three gas stations, 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school (new). We are not incorporated yet, hopefully not for a long time to come since we can't support it. We are having the first sewage system installed, it runs from the high school Southward. We do also have hardware stores, pizza delivery, several small restaurants and one larger one. A lot of people choose to shop in El Paso because it is cheaper if you are doing large quantity trips, but if you need smaller quantities it's cheaper to shop out here than drive to town and spend gas, time, and money.
May I ask why you are moving out here?
K
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