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“Vetta” translates as summit or peak in Italian and honors Arizona’s tallest mountains. It also serves as the culinary goal for Executive Chef Dylan Tobin. With a welllogged past in Flagstaff kitchens, Tobin began cooking in a café at 14 years old and advanced to sous-chef at 18 before landing in a commanding position at La Vetta at 23. Aiming for classicyet-inventive cuisine, he wowed owner Steve Alvin at his tasting interview with cioppino, now a standard on the menu. The spicy acidity of the tomato broth, swimming with succulent mussels, clams, cod and shrimp, is balanced by a scoop of creamy parmesan risotto. “La Vetta’s meatballs are better than mama’s,” Tobin said. The substantial five-ounce beef and hot Italian sausage balls are blended with fresh herbs, caramelized onion and garlic, and simmered in marinara sauce to impart tenderness and flavor. A vegan variety utilizing local tempeh is available. La Vetta is proud of its proteins, from the North Atlantic lobster, New Zealand mussels and linecaught cod and salmon, which is filleted on the boat, to the Creekstone Farms beef, raised and butchered humanely for quality output all around. Osso bucco is the true test of any Italian kitchen. Traditionally made with veal, diners also can choose pork

shanks braised a la Milanese in red wine for more than three hours. The hefty hunk with gravy is fork tender with fresh herb gremolada and served with saffron risotto, richly finished with butter and cream. As expected, the pasta is freshly made for the lasagna, bakedto-order, and the lobster ravioli sell out nightly. Go stylish with alfredo—it’s Italy’s mac and cheese and a satiating savory. Tobin naturally tastes every component in every dish, yet his favorite is the simple chicken parmigiana. “Food is something everyone around the world can relate to, and it makes their day,” he said. To sip alongside, the wine list is extensive with Italian reds and whites and New World choices, with a number available by the glass, plus local and standard beers. Happy Hour lasts four hours, stretching from 2 to 6 p.m., with a choice menu including those famed meatballs, bruschetta and more. For a classic close to a meal, there is nothing sweeter than a cannoli. This subtle, light roll—filled with ricotta and mascarpone cheese, studded with balsamic vinegar-spiked cherries and chocolate flecks, with ends daubed in crushed pistachios—is the perfect accompaniment to an espresso. For in Italy, or wherever the best Italian cuisine can be found, eating is a divine pastime, best executed with reverence and gusto.

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her husband Mike, the bassist for local Americana and blues band Mother Road Trio, started a new journey, first exploring the Pacific Northwest. A graphic designer by trade, and an educated artist, Shiner’s work is portable, so the family left the Northwest for Flagstaff five years ago. She joined classes with the Master Gardeners to meet her “gardening people,” and participated in the Flagstaff Arts Council’s inaugural ArtBox Institute to learn more about the business side of art and connect with other local creatives. Between her subjects and style, Shiner’s technically stunning work makes considerable room for teaching, too. The show at the conference center, shared with fused-glass artist Anita Caro called “Creative Elements,” pits graphite drawings and watercolor buckeye butterflies together in their aesthetic for a reason, the artist said. The large scale first attracts attention, even from the road, she explained. Then, “Once I’ve captured your attention, then I want you to come in closer. It’s the design of the butterfly that I want you to see first—how delicate it is and how beautiful it is without color.” Her point, she said, is to create an experience for the viewer to imagine a world


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without butterflies, without the pollinators that humanity depends on for life itself. And while the Buckeye varietals are bright, even from the road looking into the conference center, they are painted on a moody background of Japanese sumi ink, juxtaposing the butterfly’s vitality with habitat destruction. In this, Shiner displays an appreciation for the creatures she calls so animated, and vital to our own lives. “I try to do my little bit of education, and then knowing that you draw more people in with honey than you do with vinegar, is to show beauty,” Shiner added. “If all you do is shout at people, you just make them feel guilty or overwhelmed.” She knows the feeling, too. After completing a class on climate change in Eugene, Ore., Shiner felt like giving up, she said. But instead of relenting to helplessness, she decided to pick a passion—in her case pollinators—and own it. Since arriving in Flagstaff, she has joined forces with likeminded groups in town, and is part of a push to eventually create pollinator gardens at all city parks. With added funds, the groups will be able to install educational components with kiosks and more so visitors will become stewards, Shiner said. Beyond an appreciation for pollinators, insights into humanity can be garnered from Shiner’s work that pulls

from a number of media. She learned woodworking from her husband, and has since carved the images she sees, bookended by immense emotions, into the burls and checks of oak and redwood. Not only does such a piece take time, but with her permission, to touch a finished sculpture brings to the forefront clarity as the pieces aren’t only carved with tools, but emotion and a lifetime of experience both beautiful and transformative. With wood she can take time. Conversely, Shiner’s series of 20-minute figure drawings highlight her formative talent. She explained these gestures require unbroken focus on her part to capture the model’s expression and exact mood. Shiner noted that is how she measures her work’s worth—how intune to the moment and even her own mechanics she was, where it is just her, the model or even the Monarch and that piece of paper. Shiner rubs the necklace her oldest granddaughter made for her, a blue Morpho butterfly pasted to the front of a scrabble tile. It’s not about the clock changing hands, she added. “It’s about the lifetime of developing these skills so that if I’m able to capture that moment like a photographer, like an athlete—and I get it—it’s all the better.”



MOUNTAIN The Abineau-Bear Jaw Loop A Hike A Little Off the Beaten Path By Larry Hendricks


ush green aspen leaves mimic the babble of a mountain stream as we pass underneath. Pine cones glisten in early morning light. Moist earth and pine duff warm in the morning sun, and an elk lumbers through the pines and aspens. Several species of birds sing a song of joy to the sunny day on the Peaks. It is a good day to be alive. Our photography gear is ready. We had heard that the spring bloom of mountain flowers might be underway. We were set on capturing images of paintbrush, Rocky Mountain iris, penstemon and lupine when we hit the Bear Jaw/Abineau Trail Loop on the north side of the San Francisco Peaks. A lung-burning hike up the Bear Jaw/Abineau Trail Loop in late spring offers both physical challenge and beautiful sights— not just of the flora and fauna of the Peaks, but also of the volcanic field and the Grand Canyon to the north. My friend Kiril Kirkov and I set out from the trailhead parking 26

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lot at about 7:30 a.m.; the chill of the high mountain air requires light jackets before our bodies start warming from the uphill climb. Our first decision is at the entrance to the Bear Jaw/ Abineau Loop. We can either go left up Bear Jaw, or right up Abineau Canyon. I had hiked the loop before, and I knew our best bet for flower photos was to head up Bear Jaw. The canopy of the green ponderosa pines sway gently against the deep blue of mountain sky. The farther we go in, the more the aspens dominate the scenery. No flowers, except the small sunbursts

of dandelions here and there. Higher still, and the ponderosas make way for other conifer trees—firs and spruces. The whitetrunked aspens, etched with signs from travelers and Basque sheep herders, grow taller. I had been here in early September, when ferns grew thick in the moist shadows of the aspens, but now, the ferns are just starting to sprout from the earth. We take photos of the forest’s glory. After about a two-mile ascent, the air getting increasingly thinner, we come to the Waterline Road. The choice is to head down to the Inner Basin, or up to the Abineau Canyon upper trailhead. The road, which seems flat, continues to thread its way up the mountain for nearly two miles before the view opens up to the north face of the snow-capped Humphreys Peak. On the way, even into summer, the trail is covered in spots with snow. We rest at the junction to Abineau Trail. To the north is an unobstructed view of the Grand Canyon and the cinder cones of the volcanic field of which Sunset Crater is a part. White clouds

(This and next page): Kiril Kirkov stares out at the north side of Humphreys Peak along the Bear Jaw/Abineau Trail Loop. Larry Hendricks at the upper Abineau trailhead, with the Grand Canyon dominating the landscape to the north behind him. july17




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Country Club home got a major culinary boost with improvements in a favorite room of the home. Artitexture Design & Remodel took on the project in the four-bedroom, twoand-a-half bathroom home which called for a remodel in the place where people often gather. “The homeowners wanted their dream kitchen,” noted Larami Sandlin. “Inspired by their love of Hawaii, we decided to combine coastal colors—ocean blues and sand—with classic elements, white cabinets and subway tile. Their original kitchen was dated in 1999, with oak cabinetry, laminate countertops and terra cotta tile.” The result was a dream kitchen come true to go with their inviting country club home. And a few months from now, during the gathering season and eating holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, it will be a welcome space to meet and greet. — Seth Muller


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