A Trib­ute to Gale Moore

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Not long ago many of us in this “fron­tier” area were shocked to hear of the death of Gale Moore, the ‘one woman’ dy­namo who owned and op­er­ated the Glen­wood Gazette. She was one of those pow­er­ful, ac­tive, so­cial peo­ple who seemed like they’d “go on for­ever.”

Here are some rec­ol­lec­tions from Kathy Knapp, of the Pie-O-Neer restau­rant in Pie Town, New Mex­ico:

Gale was one of the first peo­ple I met when I first moved to Pie Town in the mid90's. She was one of the most en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple I've ever known. In her au­then­tic Hous­ton drawl she would in­tro­duce her­self, "Hi, I'm Gale, and I'd like to sell you an ad!" I just loved that she could make friends so eas­ily. No one was a stranger.

I watched her take her Glen­wood Gazette from a sim­ple flyer to its present day pro­fes­sional, widely-ac­claimed sta­tus. She was in­nately cu­ri­ous and would re­search a sub­ject thor­oughly. She wanted to share this area she loved and all its rich his­tory. Many a night the mid­night oil burned in her of­fice, while dot­ting her i's and cross­ing her t's. Edit­ing was her forte.

She took it upon her­self to in­tro­duce me to all her friends and business con­tacts when I moved to Sil­ver City. She found me a job at Sil­ver Im­age, and a place to rent, all in the same week­end. In be­tween jobs, she would find tem­po­rary work for me, mak­ing pies for events. I of­ten found my­self call­ing her for ad­vice. If she didn't know the an­swer, she knew who did. I was proud to call her my friend.

She sug­gested we take a "girl" horse­back trip into the Gila with Lia Jones, out­fit­ter and a long­time friend. We had some mishaps due to a sick mule and the trip did not go as planned. Our group got sep­a­rated and half of us spent a very cold and damp night in the wilder­ness with no food and no camp­ing equip­ment. Even though we were mis­er­able sleep­ing on horse blan­kets and un­der sad­dles, we found our­selves mak­ing jokes and cracking each other up be­cause some­one had a small bot­tle of whiskey. Lit­tle sleep was had, but at sun­rise we were smil­ing be­cause we were within shout­ing dis­tance of the rest of our group. We laughed about that trip for years.

Hal­loween 2001 we dressed up in cos­tumes and went to a party at the Blue Front. We danced un­til the bar closed. Gale was al­ways car­ry­ing her cam­era and I have some very wild and happy pho­tos of that night.

She liked hav­ing fun.

One Jan­uary she helped me hold a mov­ing sale at my place in Buckhorn. In the mid­dle of the crazi­ness it started to snow. She was a trooper. She said, "Let's put on a pot of cof­fee and keep peo­ple warm while they shop." So many times she came through for me. I'm sure many oth­ers have sim­i­lar sto­ries.

She had a nose for bar­gains and we loved go­ing to es­tate sales. She knew how to lo­cate trea­sures but most of her finds were ear­marked for some­one who would re­ally love a sur­prise. Her heart was size XL.

She in­tro­duced me to Stan King, who is now my part­ner. We all went hik­ing in the Gila and spent a won­der-filled week­end at his Sil­ver Creek Inn. On our trip back I said, "Wow, what just hap­pened, Gale, there were sparks fly­ing!"

She laughed her hearty laugh and said "I don't know, but if I were you, I'd go for it, gir­friend!" I am go­ing to miss her and her many kind­nesses.”

Sam Palah­nuk, the pub­lisher of the Ca­tron Courier had this to say:

“Years ago when I was con­sid­er­ing mov­ing to Ca­tron County, I stayed at the Ale­gre Mo­tel in Que­mado. In the room I found a va­ri­ety of mag­a­zines and one news­pa­per—the Glen­wood Gazette. I read that pa­per cover-to-cover. I was blown away by the de­tailed his­to­ries of lo­cal peo­ple and the amaz­ing pic­tures. That sin­gle is­sue of the pa­per helped me de­cide to move to Pie Town.

Later, when Naomi Martineau asked me to take over the Ca­tron Courier, it was the suc­cess and in­flu­ence of the Glen­wood Gazette that mo­ti­vated me to take on the job. Lo­cal news­pa­pers are re­ally im­por­tant be­cause more than an­nounc­ing news, they act as the voice of the peo­ple.

In many ways, I owe her a debt of thanks.”

We at the Ca­tron Courier wish the best to all of Gale Moore’s kin. We will all cer­tainly miss her. Mary Alice Murphy from The Grant County Beat tells us there will be a spe­cial Gale Moore Trib­ute is­sue of The Glen­wood Gazette pub­lished about Septem­ber 15, which we look for­ward to. What will hap­pen to the Gazette after that is un­known, but for four­teen years that news­pa­per was read and en­joyed by thou­sands and was truly a small-town news­pa­per that made it big.

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