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At Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona, we strive to create a healing and nurturing environment for our patients that meet their physical and emotional needs.

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OPENING EARLY SPRING 2018 We provide inpatient rehabilitation services to people recovering from disabling injuries or living with chronic illnesses, such as: • Strokes • Brain injuries • Spinal cord injuries • Orthopedic injuries, including hip fractures • Major multiple trauma • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

HOW WE PROVIDE CARE Our patients have access to the latest rehabilitative technology, 40 private patient rooms, a 7,000-square-foot therapy gym, an aquatic therapy pool, and therapeutic courtyard.

• Multiple Sclerosis • Parkinson’s disease • Guillain-Barré syndrome • Amputations • Burns • Neurological conditions



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his month we celebrate women in business and acknowledge the contributions and achievements women make in Northern Arizona. According to U.S. Census data, almost 61 percent of women in Coconino County are in the civilian workforce, and about 4,000 women own their own business. By comparison, there were 4,766 maleowned businesses in the county in 2012, the last year for which this data is available. All this means that women continue to make significant impact on the way we live in this place surrounding the San Francisco Peaks. Growth in female entrepreneurship has expanded rapidly in economies around the globe. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, female entrepreneurship rates rose by 13 percent on average between 2011 and 2016, while the male rate increased by 5 percent. But barriers for women remain, especially when it comes to growth in their businesses and profitability. Acquiring investment and capital can be more challenging for a woman-owned company. Studies and reports though continue to focus on what this growth means for communities. And those point to beneficial results because women-led businesses tend to combine profit-making with having a positive effect on communities and society as a whole. For this issue of Mountain Living, we spoke with Flagstaff resident Lorena Zeilman, a biologist and first-generation immigrant, who last year opened True Shine, an eco-friendly commercial and residential cleaning service. Some of her motivating factors were paying workers a fair wage, helping them achieve success and having a positive impact on her community. The issue also features the work of late Flagstaff-based photographer Sue Bennett, who had a strong business acumen in a profession traditionally dominated by men. She also had wide-ranging influence and inspired a number of successful photographers. Toward the back of the magazine, you’ll find our Spotlight on enduro mountain bike racer Alex Pavon, who has brought notoriety to Flagstaff in her sport and contributes to the wellbeing of residents by working as an emergency medical technician in town. International Women’s Day is marked March 8. Join us in saluting these women and all women who surpass barriers to lift up themselves, their families and their communities.

Nancy Wiechec



Favorites of the month from the area’s abundant offerings in art and entertainment


Orpheum Theater, 7 p.m. Bring on the shenanigans! Kick up your heels with Celtic music from The Knockabouts. There’s fun for the whole clan. Activities for kids until 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society. Tickets: $6-11.



Ashurst Hall at NAU, 7:30 p.m. The College of Arts and Letters presents pianist Paul Barnes performing works by Philip Glass and Franz Liszt, as well as ancient chant. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “ferociously virtuosic,” Barnes electrifies audiences with expressive playing. Tickets: $20; $12.50 for seniors and NAU employees; free for children and students with ID.



Doris HarperWhite Community Playhouse, 7 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. Drama, fantasy and fun collide in She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers’ Edition, a play for teens and adults presented by TheatriKids. “We’re embracing our inner geeks and warriors,” says Joe Maniglia, director for this Dungeons and Dragons-inspired production acted by 14 young Flagstaffians and some colorful largerthan-life puppets—spiders, lizards, dragons and such. Tickets: $12, available online or by calling (928) 774-1662.


Orpheum Theater, 6:30 p.m. Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie brings his Re:Generation Tour to Arizona sharing the stage with his son Abe and daughter Sarah Lee. The family continues the legacy of Woody Guthrie, father of the American protest song, by lending their voices against oppression and injustice. Tickets: $42-82.


Museum of Northern Arizona Vibrant sculptural glass by George Averbeck and works by painter Serena Supplee are showcased in an exhibit celebrating the forms and hues of the Colorado Plateau. On display through May 28. Included with admission to the museum: $8-12. march18


Cedar House Coffee Shop By Gail Collins • Photos by Nancy Wiechec


omen have an innate ability to juggle multiple tasks. Whether it’s prepping dinner with a baby on a hip or making a business call from the soccer practice sidelines, the balls stay mostly in the air. Perhaps that is why women are natural entrepreneurs, able to manage all facets of a business. Diving into business is as earnest a commitment as caring for those we love. It also affords the same combination of challenges and rewards. Channeling realistic fear into motivation, expectations into short-


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and long-term goals and family support into a community network is a woman’s typical to-do list, and it becomes profitable as a business venture. Confidence and competence are gained in the process. “As a mother, I’m comfortable wearing many hats,” said Wendy Kuek, owner of Cedar House Coffee Shop in Flagstaff. She enjoys the stimulation her family business brings. Kuek has lived and worked throughout the world from her native Asia to England and the U.S. “Each move built experience, cultural education and opportunities,”

she said. And when the family moved to Flagstaff in 2016, the home educator and architect wanted to build community. “In each locale, we extended ourselves, so the coffee shop is another example of that.” Growing up in Singapore, food is a significant part of large family events. Inspired later by Britain’s foodie networks, Wendy and her husband acted as bakers and cooks, aiming to recreate cuisine from their travels. Having a child with health concerns, it also was important to the mother to make clean, quality food with known sources. She

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Courtney Herzog, a local Interior Designer and founder of CH Design Co., created Uptown Offices in an effort to provide a home office away from home. Unable to find a workspace conducive to her interior design work, she rented 611 N. Leroux Street as a base for her company. The space proved to be ideal, but as the only tenant of a 4,000-square-foot office building, she longed for more interaction. Powered by the idea of adding independents to rent nine private suites and to share communal spaces, she parlayed her architectural and design background to construct her vision. As a past project manager and creative concept designer for the National Football League—Herzog constructed design themes, vignettes and landscapes for three Super Bowls—she was up for the challenge. Herzog’s large canvas provided her an opportunity to build something Flagstaff was missing—a semi-private collaborative workspace. This growing office model is transforming the de rigueur business space of yesteryear. Fading are the brick and mortar executive suites for small businesses. The growing trend is all about collaboration and sharing. march18


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PEAK Winter go at Bill Williams Mountain Story and Photos By Larry Hendricks


lue sky spans uninterrupted in all directions. Wind proves nonexistent. The temperature settles in the low 60s at 7,000 feet. Snowfall has been abysmally less than average. It’s a rare January in northern Arizona. With such pleasant winter conditions, my legs itch for a hike. Friend Kiril Kirkov and I decide on a trek up Bill Williams Mountain. The experience proves solitary and special, but one ill-informed decision makes it a much longer hike than expected. We arrive at about 10 a.m. at the trailhead on the north side of the mountain, adjacent to the Williams Ranger District offices on the west side of the city. Ours is the only car. We head into the forest and immediately are met with an inch or two of snow, remnants from one of only two snowfalls so far this season. The footing is good, so we decide to give it a go. The lungs burn with a pretty immediate incline into the ponderosa pine and the oak trees that provide shade and keep the temperatures cool enough that our jackets are still necessary. The trail levels off after the first half mile, and glorious sun bathes the trail with enough light that the snow has melted, and the trail is quick. A bit farther on, the incline steepens. The snow on the trail returns. A crusty top layer gives way to soft powder underneath. My feet slip every once in a while, and it forces me to travel with care and keep an eye on my footing. We pass a road, which I assume (in error, I later learn) is the road to the lookout.

We see footprints in the snow, and guess at which animals made them—elk, deer, coyote, rabbit, squirrels and birds. Kiril says he hopes to see mountain lion prints. Traditionally, there have been mountain lions in the area. I tell him I’m not so sure I want to see mountain lion prints. The trail steepens, and we eventually hike into aspen stands. The air gets cooler, but the sun and lack of wind keep the temperatures enjoyable. I am astounded that we can hike this trail in January. By the time we’re two miles into the hike, we’re cutting our own path through the snow, now about four inches deep and even deeper in spots. We don’t see another human being on the trail the entire time to the top. At about three miles up, our lungs burning, our feet wet from trudging through the snow, we emerge onto the lookout road (Forest Service Road 111) and easily finish the hike to the summit. We bathe in the sun, have a bite to eat, meditate on the San Francisco Peaks to the northeast and enjoy the vivid brilliance of the day. Then, it happens. We decide, on a lark, that trudging back down the trail in the snow might prove uncomfortable, and I remembered we’d crossed a road down below. We amble down the lookout road instead, without questioning whether the road I saw down below was the same road we are now on Tip of the day: Don’t be spontaneous without first doing some research. We follow the lookout road for about three or four miles. To my concern, it keeps descending on the southeastern side

of the mountain, away from our vehicle. We keep expecting the road to begin to turn left and wrap around to the north side of the mountain, but it continues south and east through wide meandering turns. Suffice it to say that we end up at Highway 73 (the Perkinsville Road) about seven miles from our vehicle. A long haul, for sure. We call a fellow in Williams to shuttle us back to our vehicle at the trailhead. Our decision causes us to add about three hours and maybe four or five extra miles to what should have been a seven-mile hike, but we enjoy ourselves, travel through beautiful scenery, have great conversations about life, and laugh at our boneheaded rookie mistake. I’m looking forward to trying the hike again in the fall, when the leaves of the oaks and the aspens will be burning with color. And, I’ll know what not to do.

Bill Williams Mountain Trail No. 21 Length: 7 miles roundtrip Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous (about 2,300 feet in elevation gain) Directions: From Flagstaff, take Interstate 40 west to Williams. Take Exit 161 west of the city. Follow the signs to the Williams Ranger District Office for the Kaibab National Forest. The trailhead is to the left of the district offices. march18



Alex Pavon Enduro Racer Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in Flagstaff along with my little brother. I went to school here, graduating from Flagstaff High in 2012 and from NAU in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in biomedical science and chemistry. I grew up ski racing for the Flagstaff Alpine Ski Team before moving to Aspen, Colorado, to race. I competed in elite national and international races until retiring from ski racing in 2013. Now, I am a professional mountain biker for Juliana Bicycles and SRAM. I also work as an emergency medical technician and am studying to get into medical school. Skiing is still my true love, and I ski coach in the winter. I also host a lot of rides and clinics across North America with my Juliana team. What is enduro mountain biking? Enduro mountain biking is essentially the best of both worlds of downhill and endurance mountain biking. Races are typically two to three days, three to four stages a day,

for four to six hours a day, but can be up to six days and 30 stages or more. Usually you have a certain amount of time to transfer (climb) to the start of any given stage, where your timed stage (descent) begins. Stages can be as short as three minutes or longer than half an hour depending on where you’re racing. The person with the shortest combined stage times wins.

of trails around here—from the mountains of Flagstaff to the red rocks of Sedona. I love any descent that is loose, fast, rocky and technical.

If we took a ride with you, would we be left in the dust? Unless I’m training, doing a workout or racing, I’m a big fan of “conversation pace.” I like going on long rides, relaxing as much as possible on the climbs and having as much fun as possible on the descents, but I try not to ditch people I’m riding with.

Are we still living in a man’s world? Uh… yes. In sports and in day-to-day life. But I have to give credit where credit is due. The athletic world is pulling far ahead of the business world. There are so many race promoters and companies that are leveling the playing field for women in sports. Women in sports work just as hard as their male counterparts and deserve to be paid and recognized as such. Just because there are less women entering a pro race, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be paid out equally—they worked hard to get there, they take the same risks.

What’s your favorite trail in Northern Arizona? That’s a secret I may not be able to give up. Just kidding. It’s just impossible to answer. We have such an amazing variety

You describe yourself as a fulltime funhaver, how can we all aspire to that? Fun-having is a timemanagement issue. I learned that at a young age. I grew up

ski racing and missed loads of school to do it. But my parents always stressed the importance of time management to me. If I didn’t get my work done and get it done well, I couldn’t miss 40 days of school a year to go skiing. Now as an adult, I have to balance working fulltime in the emergency room, racing bikes fulltime, going on ski trips, studying, etc. There is plenty of time for fun if you learn to prioritize fun-having. What does working in the ER teach you about life? The emergency room is an amazing place full of amazing, hard-working people. It’s not for the faint of heart. You see a lot of miracles, but you see a lot of sadness too. It teaches you that life can be really short, that life can be really unfair, and that above all, life is unpredictable and always changing. It has taught me to think on my toes, trust myself, to love, to enjoy every single moment and to never take anything for granted, because you never know when your last moment is going to be. That may sound cliché, but it is the absolute truth. march18


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