State legislators say budget will be the top issue when session begins Jan. 18
District Judge Jerry H. Ritter Jr. echoed the sentiments of many Alamogordoans on Friday at the 32nd annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast.
Ritter was master of ceremonies at the breakfast.
He stated in his opening comments that "in many respects, it has been a long and difficult week in Alamogordo and Otero County."
Ritter was referring to this week's passing of Jack Rathgeber, husband of Eagle Forum chairman Maude Rathgeber, and the sudden passing Tuesday of Alamogordo Department of Public Safety school resource officer Andrew J. Dominguez, 39.
"We are grateful for the blessings at the end of the week to gather together in fellowship," Ritter said. "We are especially grateful to Maude and members of Eagle Forum for their hard work every year in putting on this event, and especially this year. Even in the midst of our troubles, there's hope in our future. We can always put our faith in God and turn to him in prayer."
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