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FineLifestyles WINTER 2015 | VOLUME 1 ISSUE 5

TURQUOISE 101 SECRET JEMEZ HOT SPRINGS NORDIC SKIING LIKE NEVER BEFORE

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BARKER REALTY Celebrating 50 Years


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s we celebrate our 50th year of representing fine home buyers and sellers in the Santa Fe area, we thank all of you who have made our noteworthy success and growth possible. Being locally owned and operated translates into our communities’ success. Philanthropy is a Barker Family tradition and we remind you that your business with Barker Realty | Christie’s International means supporting your community. Your money stays here in Northern New Mexico and supports more than one hundred local organizations from fine performing arts to animal rescue and the betterment of our youth. It is with long term gratitude that we salute you, our business and community partners. Your intelligent buying and selling decisions bring success on many fronts.

“Barker Realty has long been instrumental not only in Santa Fe real estate, but in Santa Fe the community. Their affiliation with Christie’s creates a partnership steeped in tradition, history and excellence.”

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In-town Compound with Exceptional Guest House Rare single level home with guesthouse in prime SouthCapital with privacy, situated on a half-acre fenced lot! MLS# 201503398 $885,000

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Kristina Lindstrom 505 577 9060

Country Estate A Refuge From the Busyness of the City Contemporary Territorial masterpiece on 20+ profoundly rare, historic, private/secluded hilltop acres surrounded by protected land.

Unparalleled views of the Sangre de Christo Mountains One of the newer homes in the subdivision, you will love the way this property is nestled into its surroundings.

Exquisite Adobe with Premier Location Elegant Las Campanas adobe home with big sunset views and a 10 minute walking distance to the Clubhouse and athletic club.

MLS# 201504488 $1,325,000

MLS# 201503815 $1,159,000

MLS# 201503665 $1,495,000

Spencer Ralston 505 231 1528

Dee Hall 505 660 1125

Ginger Clarke 505 670 3645

2015 Hacienda Parade of Homes Award Winning Home adjacent to Canyon Rd. This award winning, single level home that makes the hustle and bustle of the big city melt away at your Santa Fe private retreat.

Hacienda de Placitas

Red River Alpine Retreat

Remarkable Tesuque Views

Windmill House, is a landmark estate conveniently located between Santa Fe & Albuquerque in the historic community of Placitas.

Nestled in New Mexicos Enchanted Circle scenic byway, this Alpine Retreat is located in the heart of Red River & is located adjacent to the Ski Lift.

This striking Tesuque residence showcases stylish expression, architectural grace, and the perfect location to capture astonishing views.

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MLS# 201404473 $1,200,000

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Gary R. Hall + Meleah Artley 505 920 0900

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FIRST WORD With Fine Lifestyles editor EMMALY WIEDERHOLT

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oesn’t this time of year make you want to put on that old Frank Loesser song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and snuggle up next to a piñon popping fire with a mug of warm eggnog? It’s winter in Santa Fe, no doubt about it. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean we have to hibernate and stop taking advantage of all the wonderful things to do in the City Different. With the turistas gone, this time of year always reminds me of the heart of our city – the locals! Two such prominent locals who have made an indelible mark on Santa Fe are David and Lisa Barker of Barker Realty. Our cover couple bring more to the pages of Fine Lifestyles than their dashing looks; they also share the story of their family history in New Mexico dating back over 130 years. Today, Barker Realty continues to share its communal values with its brokers, buyers and sellers. Other must-reads in this issue include a turquoise 101 tutorial, the inside scoop on off-the-beaten-path hot springs in the Jemez, a spotlight on Nordic skiing in and around the state, and an update on the local film industry. We’re certainly hustling and bustling for it supposedly being the quiet time of year. To winter fun and frills – cheers!

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Winter 2015 Volume 1 Issue 5

This is My Century. Shannon First Time Homeowner

Editor Emmaly Wiederholt – emmalyw@finelifestylessw.com Design DeAnne Bell, Wyndham Blagden, Sylvie Grontis, Brenda Linker, Susanna Space Cover Photography Daniel Nadelbach Photography Linda Carfagno, Kara Duval, Luke Montavon, Daniel Nadelbach, Daniel Quat, Carolyn Wright Contributing Writers Carolyn Patten, Elaine Ritchel, Kelly Skeen, Deborah Stone Publisher Mike Puzey mikep@finelifestylessw.com | 910.508.3694 Advertising Consultants April Brown aprilb@finelifestylessw.com | 505.695.9735 Trevor Burns trevorb@finelifestylessw.com | 505.216.6856 Reggie Quintana reggieq@finelifestylessw.com | 505.629.5272 Keith Yates keithy@finelifestylessw.com | 505.236.9319 Fine Lifestyles Santa Fe, is published four times a year by Fine Magazines, LLC. We reserve the right to edit any materials chosen for publication including photographs. We reserve the right to reject or accept any article, photograph, images or advertisement. All contents of Fine Magazines, LLC, publications are copyrighted 2015 with all rights reserved, except for original articles submitted to Fine Lifestyles, where copyright resides with the author. No other part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of Fine Magazines, LLC or its writers. The name Fine Lifestyles Santa Fe, its logo and material cannot be reproduced without the written consent of the publishers. The views and opinions expressed in the expert advice columns herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Fine Magazines, LLC or the companies it represents. The information contained herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. Return Undeliverables to: 4216 Cactus Flower Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87507

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Helping Each Find Their Way “Thank you Santa Fe for 50 amazing years, from our family to yours.”

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hula is a dog who lost her way on Highway 599 outside of Santa Fe. Luckily for her, Lisa Barker just happened drive by and see the beautiful Siberian Husky running across the freeway. Lisa, always willing to go the extra mile to help a friend in need (furry or otherwise), took the time to chase down Chula, drive her to the Barker Realty | Christie’s office, which she owns with her husband David Barker, and give her food and water.

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Chula, like most who enter the Barker Realty | Christie’s office in the Railyard’s old Gross Kelly Warehouse, quickly felt right at home. She set up shop in David’s

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own office, happily greeting all who passed. Lisa, meanwhile, took the time to track Chula’s owners, eventually helping her find her way home. This anecdote is emblematic of the way David and Lisa run Barker Realty | Christie’s. They are willing to go the extra mile to help their brokers, clients, and even a lost dog. All who enter their business or home are made to feel like family. And whether it’s one of the 55 brokers who work with Barker Realty | Christie’s, a client looking to buy or sell real estate, or simply a runaway pet lost from home, they are focused on helping each find their way.

HEALTH & WELLNESS ...................... 27 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT ...42

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HOUSE & HOME ................................. 72 Photo courtesy True West

PETS ......................................................93 SPORTS, RECREATION & TRAVEL... 102 BUSINESS .......................................... 108

102 Pre-owned timepieces, including Omega s Rolex s Cartier s IWC s Panerai s Ulysse Nardin Authorized Rolex Service. Visit our website for pricing and availability.

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Turquoise 101 ..............................................10 Secret Jemez Hot Springs ..................28 Nordic Skiing Like Never Before .... 102

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GO NORDIC! By Deborah Stone

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By Emmaly Wiederholt

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he blue-green rock you see everyone in New Mexico rocking as part of their outfit, men and women alike? Turquoise, also known as the state gem, and might as well be “state look.” Here are a few fun facts about the stone we can’t get enough of:

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Turquoise isn’t peculiar to the Southwest. It was first mined in Sinai and Persia in the ancient world. Sarabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghareh are the oldest known turquoise mines, and historians believe ancient Egyptians especially favored the stone. A turquoise bracelet was found on a 7,000 year-old mummified Egyptian queen.

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Copper is what gives turquoise its blue coloring; aluminum is what turns it greenish. The mineral is a hydrous phosphate of aluminum, which includes a small percentage of copper. Turquoise is formed by a chemical reaction occurring when water that contains traces of copper and aluminum leak through rock. The mineral generally forms in veins.

5. The Anasazi began mining turquoise in parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona by 1000 AD. Many Native Americans in the region believe turquoise is holy, and use it for ridding negative energy, supporting happiness, and boosting mental and spiritual clarity. 6.

Modern turquoise jewelry combines Spanish silver mining and smithing techniques brought over in the 16th century.

The name “turquoise” came about because traders from the Middle East to Europe were often collectively referred to as “Turks,” thus lending their name to the stone they brought with them.

7. Turquoise is the official birthstone of December.

3. Turquoise found popularity in native

8. It is rare to find natural turquoise in

tribes throughout what is now the Southwestern United States and even down into present day Mexico. In fact, the Aztecs believed the stone held sacred powers and adorned masks and other memorabilia with it.

stores. The majority of retail turquoise has been stabilized, meaning it has been treated to increase its durability. Often, low quality turquoise is dyed to enhance the color. Reconstituted turquoise is made out of fragments shaved down to

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a powder before reconstituting it as a large stone.

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Most turquoise jewelry in the Southwest stem from the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi traditions.

10. While New Mexico was an important source of turquoise for centuries (i.e. the Turquoise Trail through the town of Cerrillos), almost all the Southwestern turquoise mined today comes out of Arizona and Nevada. If you’re looking to buy your first turquoise piece of jewelry or add to your growing collection, remember not all turquoise is created equally. Natural stones are naturally more expensive than stabilized or reconstituted stones. However, natural stones are more fragile and porous, so it goes without saying to wear your special bracelet or bolo with care. Inspired yet to don turquoise? Sporting turquoise jewelry is as New Mexican as eating green chile. In other words, when in Rome, do as the Romans do, or in this case, when in New Mexico, do as the New Mexicans do. The perfect turquoise piece is out there for you; it’s just a matter of shopping until you find it!

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True West Takes Up Where Packard’s Left Off

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emember Packard’s? The iconic store that lived on the plaza from 1944 to 2013 and was known not only for the quality of its Native American art and jewelry, but also for the integrity with which it handled business? Good news! True West, which opened in December of 2014, has taken over Packard’s legacy, carrying many of the same artists and upholding the business integrity between customers and artists for which Packard’s was known. Just up from the plaza on Lincoln Avenue near Marcy Street, the airy new True West gallery hosts a large array of authentic Native American traditional and

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contemporary jewelry, pottery, weavings, carvings, sculpture and art. Owners Craig Allen and Lisa Sheridan were formerly associated with Packard’s as managers. “We’re carrying on the torch,” says Sheridan. “Packard’s legacy as a destination store was because of their honesty, the quality of merchandise, and the longstanding trust among artists and customers. In the two years since they retired, nobody has really filled the void.” True West’s official Grand opening was March 14, 2015. The gallery represents approximately 125 artists, and quite a few are carryover from Packard’s.

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“Packard’s was a longstanding and trusted source,” reflects Allen. “We experienced it firsthand; Lisa was part of their management team for seven years, and I came in toward the end.” Of the many artists True West represents, the majority are Native American. “There were a few artists we sought out because we knew about their good quality. We’ve had a lot of artists seek us out because they’ve heard how we’re operating and many of our artists have been referred by other artists. We sit down, look at their work and see if they’re a fit,” Allen explains. He continues: “We have had nothing but positive feedback from our customers.

Everybody likes our wide selection and they like that price-wise, we have something for everybody, and we have merchandise from $25 to $85,000. A lot of people have been amazed to see so many well known artists in one place. We have some of the best quality available, and at a fair price.” Several of the jewelry pieces at True West are considered vintage, meaning they date as early as 1920. Then of course there are modern and contemporary pieces by such noted names as Doug Coffin, Rhett Lynch, Lawrence Baca, Jennifer Jesse Smith and Fritz Casuse. Allen and Sheridan are meticulous about discovering if the stones in the jewelry they carry are natural, stabilized or block. “We don’t carry any block turquoise,” Allen says. “About 95 percent of what we handle is natural,

and if it’s stabilized we disclose that to the prospective buyer.” Though True West hasn’t even been open a year, they’ve already been accepted into the Gallery Association and Downtown Merchants’ Association. Typically membership takes a pedigree in business for quite a few years

Lisa reflects on True West’s quick growth: “I hear from customer after customer when they find out who we are and how we got here that they’re thrilled because no one filled the void that Packard’s closing created until now. People say it feels like Packard’s felt. There’s a good vibe. That’s been very rewarding.”

PHOTO LEFT AND INSIDE OF THE STORE TOP RIGHT BY KARA DUVAL

True West Santa Fe 130 Lincoln Avenue 505.982.0055 Truewestsf.com

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In addition to Robert Graham’s stylish print shirts, Kaldoun also stocks shirts by IKE Behar. And when it comes to shoes, look for Robert Cavalli, Galliano Couture and J Ghost, a cowboy boot style made in Italy. “We are here to dress you. In some ways it’s easier to dress a man because most men have never been dressed. They’ve been fit for a suit but they’ve never been dressed from head to toe. I show them their potential how to look good for the daytime, afternoon and evening,” Kaldoun describes. For example, a man and woman from Oregon recently visited Eternity. “A nicelooking man with his gorgeous wife,” as Kaldoun recalls. The wife asked if Kaldoun could dress her husband, whose signature look at the time was t-shirts, jeans and flip flops. After Kaldoun dressed him, “She was so happy… heck, he was so happy. He hadn’t seen his potential before. But in a nice button shirt and jacket, he looked totally different.” “Men, at any age, want to look sexy,” Kaldoun asserts. “Even if they’re dressing like a slob, they want to look good, but they never admit it. When I dress them and make them look cool, they love it, whether they’re 20 years old or 85 years old.”

How to Dress a Man Photos by Carolyn Wright

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ost women have, at some point in their lives, put effort into their appearance. And the resources for helping her look good are endless, from boutiques to beauty supplies. But what about men? Should they be relegated to old t-shirts simply because of their gender? Of course not. Here in Santa Fe, Eternity for Men answers that

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direct plight, with owner-and-dresserextraordinaire Kaldoun Sassila giving men the tools and know-how to look as good as any woman. Across the street from Eternity for Women and just a stone’s throw from the Plaza, Eternity for Men carries several prestigious lines ranging from jeans, shoes and button-down shirts to

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accessories like shaving kits, cologne and cigar boxes. “We carry casual to dressy. New Mexico is a casual state overall. The look is jeans and a nice shirt. We carry all the top jeans – True Religion, 7 For All Mankind, AG, Robert Graham, Diesel, G-Star Raw and Paige. It’s combining a European look with the New Mexican style,” says Kaldoun.

Beyond the clothes, Eternity for Men sells colognes (including Amouage and Montale; Eternity is one of thirty stores in the country that carries these lines), cigar boxes, lighters, leather goods and pens (made by the well-regarded Dupont company) and beautiful shaving kits. It’s worth noting Eternity for Men carries the full lines of Diesel, G Star Raw and La Coste. “It’s a man’s store, simple and sophisticated. It’s a place for a man to feel like a man. It’s not a section in a department store. The concept is very French or Italian, where there are designated men’s stores. You don’t see it in this country so much. The idea is it’s a sanctuary for men.” Eternity for Men 112 W. San Francisco St. 505.989.2744 Eternity for Women 125 W. San Francisco St 505.989.3460

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Authentic Traditions Gallery 66 E. San Francisco St Santa Fe 505.983.6689 authentictraditions@gmail.com AuthenticTraditions.com

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ABOVE L-R Kelsyn Graham, Hope Fowler, Hillary Randolph, Jeffrey Isaacs

Portrait of a Young Artist Photos Carolyn Wright

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eet Coco Randolph: artist, jewelry designer, philanthropist and kidentrepreneur. At age eight, Coco began creating animal sculptures that earned a place in two gallery openings. A year later, on a cross-country drive with access to her iPod and videos banned, imagination met the open road and Coco turned to crafts, using materials that she’d gathered from her father’s studio. By Nashville, Coco’s

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Bangles were born. These effortlessly cool leather-and-beadwork bracelets soon made their debut in New York when her mother, Hillary, featured them at a jewelry show — and they sold out. Handmade in New Mexico of greencertified metals, colorfast silks and leather, today Coco’s Bangles have 50 wholesale customers across the country, sell briskly here in town at Somers Gallery, and benefit the needy to boot as

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part of Coco’s Causes, through which a percentage of her sales benefits the Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary in Glorieta. Colorful and affordable, they’re perfect for all ages. Stay tuned for more of Coco’s designs — for a cause!

Somers Jewelry 125 E Palace Street Suite 137 505.780.5611 www.somersjewelry.com

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56 Years Experience With 20 years as Film Industry Makeup Artist

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Contemporary Hunter style in Pure Beaver dress weight material. Gros grain bound edge with matching Estrada Reata hat band

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CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE AT ULI’S!

February 2016

Uli’s is a women’s and men’s (children too!) clothing boutique for people with discriminating and fanciful taste. Uli herself is renowned for her ability to dress specific body types and personal styles to their best look.

For more information call 910.508.3694

She has a loyal following of clients from all over the country that fly to Santa Fe just to meet with her to do wardrobe and style development.

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Pacifica features a lively and varied activity program designed to meet our resident’s needs spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Care costs are determined by an individual assessment, assuring that residents pay only for the care they need, without hidden costs. Pacifica has a dedicated and caring staff with an average length of employment of over five years. Each staff member knows our residents by name and strives daily to make our community their home. Pacifica is pet friendly because we understand how important it is to have a best friend remain part of our resident’s lives. Resident animals are admitted based on temperament, not size. Pacifica offers our residents a beautiful, engaging and compassionate setting where families can be assured their loved ones will be treated like family.

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Mother Nature’s Spa By Emmaly Wiederholt

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he last of the golden aspen leaves have dropped, and winter has surely settled in. However, colder weather is no excuse to stay indoors, and we’re not just referring to winter sports. New Mexico has a number of hot springs, especially in the Jemez mountain range, that offer the opportunity to warm up and take in Mother Nature in one fell swoop. Depending on the temperature and mineral composition, hot springs offer extensive health benefits. It’s pretty much accepted across the board that a good soak helps with pain, stress and skin ailments, even if it’s in your own tub. Soaking in hot water boosts blood circulation, increasing oxygen levels to the brain and throughout the body. It also helps soften tense muscles, adding to the feeling of stress washing away. If you suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia, the buoyancy of sitting in water supports your joints. And skin conditions like eczema are often soothed by mineral-rich water. Unless you’re pregnant or have a specific condition that would stop you from taking the plunge, there’s no reason not to seek out local hot springs and enjoy their warming benefits throughout the cold winter months. You know about Ojo Caliente, Ten Thousand Waves and Jemez Springs, but did you also know there are a handful of springs in the Jemez Mountains that only involve a little driving and hiking to enjoy in peace and solitude? The Jemez Mountains are the result of massive volcanic eruptions which took

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place millions of years ago. Surprisingly, magna still flows beneath the range, heating underground water and making for perfect day-long getaways. For instance, the San Antonio Hot Springs in San Diego Canyon start at 105 degrees and become cooler as they flow through pools down the rock face. It is accessible by taking N.M. 4 to La Cueva and turning west onto N.M. 126. In the deep of winter, road access becomes difficult, so grab your Nordic skies or snow shoes and trek in to the springs. Just the view of the cliffs is worth the visit. Spence Hot Springs is the most popular and accessible of the off-the-grid Jemez springs. Get to it from N.M. 4 at mile post 24.5. A 15 minute hike out of the large parking lot leads to two pools with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. One more to look for are the McCauley Warm Springs, accessible on a 3.5 mile out-and-back trail located off N.M. 4 at mile post 23 by the Jemez Springs Campground. While perhaps not hot enough for a full-on dip, it’s perfect for soaking your feet mid-hike, and of course the scenery is unparalleled. Whether you decide to go the commercial route with Ojo Caliente or Ten Thousand Waves, or whether you prefer to seek out hot springs in a remote nook of the Jemez, the combined benefits of relaxation and Mother Nature are sure to calm your mind and energize your being.

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PHOTO OF KRISTEN L BIGGS MD BY TERRY BEHAL ALL OTHER PHOTOS BY KARA DUVAL

Drinking From Your Own Personal Fountain of Youth

By Kristen L. Biggs, MD, RPVI, RPhS, FACS Kristen L. Biggs, MD, Skin Care & Vein Centre, PC 409 St. Michael’s Drive, Suites A&B 505-695-7070 KristenLBiggsMD.com

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e all want to look as young as we feel. There are numerous products and services available in the skin care industry which are geared toward turning back the hands of time. Many of these services involve the topical administration or injection of substances to reduce signs of aging. However, some of the potential drawbacks of these substances include temporary durability or a rare risk of an infection or allergic reaction. Anti-aging medicine has explored even better alternatives by looking within patients for the answers to skin rejuvenation.

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is gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. PRP can be applied topically to the treatment area, or it can be injected under the skin.

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, has been utilized in various aspects of healthcare for approximately 40 years. PRP plays an important role in soft tissue healing. It has had numerous applications in different medical fields, including cardiology, dentistry, orthopedics, rheumatology and plastic surgery. Well-known for its role in wound healing, it has been used to heal ulcers in diabetic patients, to help burn patients, and to expedite bone fracture healing and cartilage repair. What is so magical about PRP? The answer lies in the platelets themselves. Platelets contain numerous growth factors which initiate cell division and proliferation, which promotes wound healing. More specifically, the growth factors which have been isolated from platelets are known to stimulate the growth of blood vessels, nerves, skin cells and collagen. As we age, the collagen in our skin breaks down by repetitive UV exposure from the sun’s rays. This process leads to thinner skin with textural

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irregularities, dark spots and wrinkles. Since the turn of the century, plateletrich plasma has been used in cosmetic surgery. Previously published scientific articles reveal biopsy-proven increases in new collagen formation and thickening of the epidermis of the skin with the topical application of growth factors. When the growth factors are derived from a patient’s self-donated platelet-rich plasma, there is a potential to “drink from your own personal fountain of youth.” Coined the “vampire face-lift” by some, PRP plays a vital role in anti-aging aesthetics because of its ability to stimulate collagen, improve skin tone, reduce wrinkles, and reverse sun damage. After the discovery that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was instrumental in increasing blood flow to hair follicles and subsequently promoting hair growth, laboratory studies began testing PRP for hair restoration applications. Approximately five years ago, when hair follicle units were pre-treated with PRP

prior to male pattern baldness hair transplantation surgery, there was a noticed improvement in hair thickness and stimulation of hair growth. In addition, the procedure was generally well tolerated and had a low risk of side effects due to the fact that the PRP was obtained from the patient himself instead of an alternative source. Whichever the intended application, platelet-rich plasma must be concentrated for treatment use. Normally, there are 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter in the body. This count must be increased to over 1 million platelets per microliter to release enough growth factors to be effective. After collecting a small sample of blood from the patient, it is placed within a tube in a centrifuge. After spinning the tube for a period of time, the red blood cells sink to the bottom due to their higher density, while the plasma and platelets collect at the upper part of the tube. The PRP can then be removed from the tube and immediately administered during an aesthetic procedure.

At Kristen L. Biggs, MD, Skin Care & Vein Centre, we offer micro-needling using the Eclipse MicroPen™ Elite, a device which creates controlled microinjuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. Automated microneedling creates superficial microchannels which can be used with topical gels, creams and serums to improve the appearance of the skin. It can be used on all parts of the body, including the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back. Previously, we offered these treatments with topical application of growth factors obtained from a pharmaceutical source. Now, we have the ability to perform these treatments in the office with PRP. Prior to the procedure, the skin is first desensitized with topical numbing cream. The PRP is then prepared. A sterile cartridge containing 12 points is attached to the Eclipse MicroPen™. Our medical estheticians apply a thin layer of topical gel to the skin and select the appropriate pen setting based on the treatment plan. Then, in a single motion, the pen

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The procedure is virtually painless. While some areas are more sensitive than others, the speed of the reciprocating tip reduces discomfort while the applied hydrating gel also makes the treatment more comfortable. The procedure itself takes 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. Immediately after the treatment, there is oftentimes a bright redness to the skin. The total healing time depends on the settings used and the number of overlapping passes performed. On average, patients are red for approximately two days. Many patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours. Patients notice an immediate “glow” to the skin. Visible changes to the skin develop over the course of several days and weeks. Results can continue to improve up to six months after treatment as collagen production continues. Some patients only require a single treatment once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of two to three treatments spaced about six to eight weeks apart. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photoaging, stretch marks or acne scars, it is recommended to receive six to eight sessions at six week intervals. For more information, visit our website at KristenLBiggsMD.com or call the office at 505.695.7070.

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routine physical checkups, health management, preventive/wellness care and chronic disease management. Urgent care is available during all office hours, while traditional primary care, preventative care and health/wellness management services are provided during normal daytime hours. Aspen Medical Center accepts all types of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. “We try to accommodate everyone. We do accept patients with no insurance, and our fees are reasonable,”says Dr. Ropp. Offering a convenient, less expensive alternative to an emergency room visit, the center welcomes both appointments and walk-ins. A new addition to the traditional medical care available at Aspen Medical Center is their recently opened Wellness Center which provides acupuncture, body work and health programs such a walking club and Qi Gong classes. Next door to the main office, the Wellness Center is becoming very popular with individuals who want to add a more proactive component to managing their health and preventing chronic illness. “Our patients appreciate that we offer both traditional and alternative healthcare in the same facility. It’s holistic.” says Rachel Ropp, the acupuncturist at Aspen Wellness.

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e do what we can to provide a good service and be a force of good in the community,” says Dr. Andrew Ropp, MD, about his vision for Aspen Medical Center, an urgent and primary care clinic conveniently located near the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Zafarano Drive. Others in the community are taking notice of the center’s exemplary community involvement and business practices. The center opened in April 2013, and won the coveted Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Award for

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Aspen Medical Center also recently opened an urgent care facility — Aspen Urgent Care — in Española, an area that has long been under-served when it comes to medicine. Doctor Ropp adds, “We are happy to help serve the healthcare needs of another northern New Mexico community.” The Española facility is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Aspen Medical Center in Santa Fe is open MondayFriday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

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Business Excellence this year. The awards are given to businesses nominated by their peers; the judging criteria includes business growth, customer service, green and family friendly business practices and community involvement. Supporting schools, sports teams and community events are a top priority for the team at Aspen Medical Center. The business is a gold sponsor for the Rio Rapids Northern Soccer Club, and also sponsors various baseball, basketball and volleyball teams in the area. They have also sponsored the Panther Run at

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Wood-Gormley Elementary School, as well as last year’s San Isidro Harvest Run for the Food Depot. “Santa Fe is our home,” Dr. Ropp explains, “and being involved in the community goes along with the business of providing a service.” A modern outpatient facility, Aspen Medical Center uses the latest technology, including on-site X-ray and laboratory services, to provide care for all ages. Open seven days a week until 9 p.m., Aspen Medical Center offers all types of urgent and primary care, from dealing with fevers and colds to sprains,

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This can lead to severe vision loss and even blindness.

ovember was Diabetes Awareness Month. Dr. Mark Rasmussen, OD of Ultimate Eyecare Santa Fe has been serving the community for nearly 30 years, and would like to give you some expert advice on diabetes.

Diabetes can affect your eyes in different ways. When your blood sugars are high or when you start insulin treatment, you may experience blurry vision or other vision problems. But your eyes may be damaged even if you don’t notice any changes. Don’t wait for symptoms to arise to get your vision checked!

Diabetes can increase your risk of eye problems. Your blood sugar (glucose) levels may be high because your body can’t make or use insulin properly. Too much blood sugar can build up and damage nerves and blood vessels in your body. When damage happens to the blood vessels in your eyes, this can lead to vision loss or blindness. Anyone with diabetes is at risk, so it is important to get routine eye exams.

The retina senses light coming into your eye and sends messages to your brain about the things you see. When blood glucose builds up, the blood vessels inside the retina may be damaged. This is called diabetic retinopathy. At first, you may not notice any changes, but over time, these blood vessels may develop fragile defects in the blood vessel walls, which can leak fluid. With advanced diabetes, fragile blood vessels grow throughout the retina.

You can help prevent eye problems by keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol under control. A major study found that people with diabetes who managed their diabetes intensely had one fourth the rate of diabetic retinopathy as those who followed standard diabetes treatment. It also helps to stop smoking. It is very important to get an annual dilated eye exam to detect early signs of the disease.

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Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include how well you control your blood sugar and blood pressure. Control of blood cholesterol may also help reduce the risks. Your chances of developing diabetic retinopathy increase the longer you have diabetes.

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Plastic Surgery, Skin Care and the Science of Rejuvenation Photos by Carolyn Wright

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hen it comes to beauty, the products and procedures claiming to deliver miracles are endless. A respected, trained and experienced plastic surgeon who takes the time to educate you on your options, what to expect, and what’s right for you will make a bigger difference than all the products and procedures money can buy.

a member of both the America Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center offers a full suite of plastic surgery and skin care services, as well as a private, on-site operating room, which boasts the highest possible level of accreditation from the American Association for  Accreditation  of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center’s founder, Dr. James Green, has been practicing plastic surgery in New Mexico for the past 25 years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and

“Our philosophy is comprehensive; it is based on science and compassion. I think it is important that patients not only understand their options, but also the results that are to be expected

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based on their individual situation,” Dr. Green explains. “There are so many products and services on the market. It’s overwhelming to figure out what is right for you. This is medicine, not fashion.” There are three general areas for which patients come to Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center: skin care, injectables and plastic surgery. Skin care is first, and it’s important. Regular skin care treatments maintain and improve the health of your skin and deliver a younger, more radiant appearance. The second area is injectables, which includes relaxers and fillers. “Muscles cause expressions, and

expressions cause lines,” describes Dr. Green. “In addition, as we age, we lose facial volume. Injectables allow us to mitigate both of these effects.” The third area is surgery. “When we talk about rejuvenation procedures, plastic surgery is considered the gold standard because it provides the largest and longest lasting improvements. The best way to look as good as possible for as long as possible is to take advantage of all areas of rejuvenation—skin care, injectables, and plastic surgery,” Dr. Green sums up. A comprehensive list of services offered at the Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center

includes: facelifts, liposuction, breast augmentation and reductions, tummy tucks, nose jobs, Botox and fillers, and a long menu of skin care treatments. Santa Fe Plastic Surgery Center emphasizes patient privacy and quality of care. The beautiful facility allows patients to relax while receiving individualized care of the highest professional and ethical standards. “It’s about compassion,” says Dr. Green. Positive patient testimonials abound. “I had two plastic surgery procedures (a midface lift and lid lift), and I was thoroughly pleased with the results.

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The entire procedure of undergoing and recovering from the surgery was easier than I expected. I’d recommend Dr. Green to anyone considering plastic surgery. He’s ethical and honest, and pricing is reasonable,” says one woman. “I like caring for people,” Dr. Green reflects. “The best part of our job is the personal interactions. Our best result is our patient’s best result.” Santa Fe Plastic Surgery 1631 Hospital Drive 505.988.2215 santafeplasticsurgerycenter.com

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Kellam Orthodontics A Smile Worth Showing Off Photo by Carolyn Wright

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A smile is an expression of joy; it should never make a person self-conscious. Having straight teeth and an aligned bite allow a grin to glow, and nobody knows this better than Dr. Steve Kellam of Kellam Orthodontics. Dr. Kellam has been straightening smiles in Santa Fe for 21 years. He makes wearing braces much easier by using a unique brand called SPEED Braces. “It’s a newer technology,” he explains. “Traditional braces have a rubber ring that holds the wire into the brace. With SPEED Braces, the bracket snaps around the wire. The result: the wire works

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harder to straighten teeth faster, stays much cleaner and is gentler to the teeth. The brackets are more aesthetic because they’re small, and the treatment times are shorter because they’re so much more efficient.”

For the adult considering braces, Dr. Kellam advises “It’s never too late! We have successfully treated patients who were well into their 70s. If you’re concerned about aesthetics, we also offer invisible aligners.”

Dr. Kellam prefers to see kids when they are about eight years old. “Even if they’re not ready for treatment, we check in regularly every nine to 12 months,” says treatment coordinator Josie Hultberg. Dr. Kellam adds, “A lot of offices these days rely on TVs and video games, but we take pride in talking to the kids, getting to know them and their families on a first name basis. That’s a big deal to us.”

There are many reasons to consider getting braces beyond wanting a perfect smile. Dr. Kellam works closely with general dentists and oral surgeons to eradicate problems associated with improper tooth and jaw alignment, which are can cause jaw pain and headaches. “A poorly fitting bite means wear to the teeth and is hard on the jaw joints,” points out Dr. Kellam.

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The best part of Dr. Kellam’s job: “The days we take the braces off and look at the before and after pictures. People forget so quickly how far they’ve come,” says Dr. Kellam. “And they’re so happy,” adds Hultberg. Dr. Kellam’s office has done its fair share of community outreach. In conjunction with Villa Therese’s Catholic Clinic and the Kiwanis Club, Dr. Kellam has treated dozens of deserving kids. “It’s for those kids with severe orthodontic problems who wouldn’t otherwise be able to obtain treatment,” describes Dr. Kellam.

Kellam Orthodontics has been a longtime supporter of local school events such as Carlos Gilbert Elementary’s Halloween carnival and Wood Gormley Elementary’s Panther Run. Dr. Kellam’s own kids attend Santa Fe schools and, you guessed it, have been his patients. “I have three kids, ages eight, 14 and 16; my daughter has an expander, my middle son has braces and my eldest son has finished treatment. I am pleased to report so far the kids have survived having Dad peer into their mouths at every opportunity.” If you’re considering a straighter smile for yourself or your kids, Kellam Orthodontics

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offers free consultations. “A lot of patients think they need a referral, but they don’t,” Dr. Kellam explains. “They can come directly to us.” Head straight to Kellam Orthodontics to straighten your smile and begin grinning gloriously.

Kellam Orthodontics 539 Harkle Rd. Ste D 505.982.5531 www.kellamorthodontics.com

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A CLOSER LOOK AT NEW MEXICO’S FILM INDUSTRY By Christa Valdez

ON LOCATION MOVIE SET PHOTO: KIKO SANCHEZ

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he Land of Enchantment has been making regular appearances on the big screen since the earliest Hollywood cowboys gallantly galloped across its scenic vistas. Nowadays, the film industry is quite literally booming all over the state. After decades of documentaries and westerns dating back to the early 1900s, modern day New Mexico has become an industry leader and key player in the global bid to secure film jobs and training. From its humble beginnings as a backdrop in gritty cowboy classics and spaghetti westerns, New Mexico is now a recognizable figure in mainstream and even cutting edge film and new media productions. First-of-their-kind scripted series for streaming and online television outlets are currently being made here season after season. Present day Santa Fe and surrounding areas are experiencing no shortage of productions in 2015 and beyond. From the original series, “Graves,” starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, to “Edge,” a streaming series adaptation of the wildly popular graphic novel saga by Terry Harknett, New Mexico is a flurry of production activity.

Never straying too far from its deep and well established western genre roots, local production companies still consistently churn out western fare, from “Cowboys and Aliens” to Disney’s “The Lone Ranger.” These high level productions draw millions of eyes and global attention. This is the case with the highly anticipated upcoming remake of “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film was shot on location in northern New Mexico and is due in theaters fall 2016. Santa Fe has proved to be adaptable and transformative for everything from prehistoric imagery to futuristic scenery, both of which were achieved in 2014’s “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” for Fox Television. A scale-model spaceship interior was built, housed and filmed at Santa Fe Studios, featuring show host Neil DeGrasse Tyson taking flight from the ship’s helm to all reaches of the furthest galaxies past, present and future. The local film industry handily takes up the task of recreating and dramatizing history in the award-winning series, “Manhattan,” filmed in Santa Fe and Los Alamos for WGN Television. Then there’s

the worldwide phenomenon of “Breaking Bad” and its prequel, the Critic’s Choice award-winning series, “Better Call Saul,” which both star the city of Albuquerque. Here’s a fun New Mexico film anecdote: at the end of its third season, the cable network series “Longmire” was cancelled, leading legions of dedicated fans to rally around one woman who took it upon herself to save the show. Retired advertising and marketing director Pamela Nordick had close ties to the show as the aunt of co-star Adam Barkley. Nordick and her posse of fans took-up the rally cry #LongLiveLongmire. Thousands strong, they bombarded the internet and other media, eventually saving the show. All of this film frenzy bodes well for the state’s economy. As noted Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin said in a local radio interview, “Because of all this [film] work, we have more and more really experienced crews, which is a crucial thing. You want crew members who really know what they’re doing and we have that here in New Mexico.” From westerns to the wave of tomorrow, let’s hope film in New Mexico is here to stay.

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The Lensic

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Coming Soon from Lensic Presents January 16 | The Met: Live in HD – Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet)

Helping grow the New Mexico independent film industry while offering financial assistance and educational opportunities to New Mexico independent filmmakers Donations are tax deductable and may be made at www.nmfilmfoundation.org info@nmfilmfoundation.org

January 30 | The Met: Live in HD –Turandot (Puccini)

January 31 | Ever the Twain: Shakespeare in Mark Twain’s America February 11 | BalletBoyz

February 27 | Geoff Hoyle: Lear’s Shadow

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OTTMAR LIEBERT Mixes and Matches By Carolyn Patten Photos Carolyn Wright

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ew easy-listening musicians have achieved the kind of acclaim Ottmar Liebert has. The Cologne, Germany native is a five-time Grammy Award nominee, and has received 38 Gold and Platinum certifications in the United States, as well as certifications in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His many albums span the gamut, drawing on musical traditions and influences the world over. He also happens to live in Santa Fe. “It’s just as surprising for me as anybody else; I had always lived in big cities,” Liebert says. “In the late 80s, I was living in Boston, and a friend of mine was visiting Santa Fe and suggested I come check it out. After I arrived, I climbed up to the ski basin where I could see out at least 60 miles. I’d never seen that much space in my life. I felt my mind become as open as the landscape.” At the time, Liebert was playing electric guitar in a rock band in Boston. On that initial visit to the City Different, he went to a concert where one musician was playing flamenco guitar, another was playing banjo and the third was playing classical violin. “It was such a weird and interesting combination,” he recalls. “I started to combine the Spanish and Mexican influence of the city with just about anything else I could throw in there.” Liebert had found his new home. At the end of 1989, Liebert had a meeting with a record company in Los Angeles. They told him he had to change his name, as no one could pronounce or remember Ottmar Liebert, and they

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told him he had to move to Los Angeles. “I stood up from the table and said the discussion was over,” he describes. “Frankly, I liked my life in Santa Fe more than I could imagine liking my life as an L.A. musician with a recording contract. I think the record company was pretty surprised, and eventually offered me the contract. I kept my name and stayed in Santa Fe.” Liebert’s newest album, Waiting + Swan, fuses the music of Bob Marley with a bit of flamenco flair. “I saw a connection between reggae and the flamenco tangos rhythm,” he explains. “After doing some research, I discovered the rhythm originally came to Spain through the Harbor of Cádiz from the Caribbean. From there, it made its way down to Andalusia and turned into the tangos flamenco rhythm. So tangos and reggae are siblings; they have the same original African rhythm at heart. I thought it would be interesting to do something that brought them back together.” As a lifelong fan of Bob Marley, Liebert uses many Marley covers to play out his reggae-flamenco experiment. The resulting album is at once familiar and fresh. Liebert continues to share his mix-and-match musical approach with the rest of the world, but at the end of the day, he draws strength from the mountain city he calls home: “If you look at how comfortable people are mixing things in Santa Fe – from food to music – there’s a lot of hybridization going on, which I think is really healthy and interesting.” For more information, visit ottmarliebert.com.

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gazes of owls and the slow rambling of elephants. The success of her work has allowed her to promote and support donkey and horse shelters and local animal rescue agencies. She often hosts animal visitors from the local shelters she supports to come to her gallery and pose for portraits, and has had donkeys, bobcats and birds of prey as models. A portion of the proceeds go to supporting the animal advocate groups. Art lovers and animal advocates alike are struck by the joyous color and soulful composition of her work. When asked about her own small herd (which includes a Shetland pony, a Missouri Fox Trotter, a riding mule and a miniature mule), her response is as buoyant as her artwork: “Having such a close relationship with them feeds my soul and keeps me happy. I love being able to see my corral from my studio window. I love that my collectors are often horse and donkey owners and lovers. My success just makes me want to give back even more!”

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arbara Meikle was born “horse crazy,” drawing horses from an early age. Growing up in New Mexico, she worked at local stables where she learned the ins and outs of horse care, all the while observing and studying these beautiful animals. The opportunity to ride along the banks of the Rio Grande and the high desert of New Mexico gave her added appreciation for the beauty of this ancient landscape. Thus began Barbara’s love of nature, which provides lifelong inspiration for her art. Barbara earned a degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Denver. She continued to develop her style while working for galleries

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throughout the country, specifically New York, Chicago and Denver. Eventually the enchantment of her home and the dream of owning her own gallery brought her back to New Mexico. She settled down in the quiet village of Tesuque, just north of Santa Fe. The natural but vivid backdrop of her studio is complete with dramatic arroyos, brilliant mesas, and magnificent mountains. It is perfect scenery for her to work her unique and colorful brushstrokes, using mostly a palette knife and oil paint on canvas. The result lends itself to an almost three-dimensional feel as texture and color converge in a life-like and dynamic way. Barbara also travels throughout New Mexico, Colorado

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and the west, searching to capture that illusive quality we all love about wild places. Wherever she goes, her palette and brushes are by her side. Now a horse owner herself,Barbara is also inspired by the quirky and adorable personalities of donkeys. She added another medium to her repertoire – bronze sculpture – to display other aspects of their sweet and distinctive personalities. Her love of animals goes on; Barbara is constantly experimenting stylistically, expanding her imagery to include many types of creatures. Collectors are delighted she can convey the soulful eyes of bison, the curious

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The Hillerman Legacy, Take Two By Emmaly Wiederholt Photos Jean Fogelberg

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ere in New Mexico, we’ve been blessed with a number of very talented writers who set their stories in our Southwestern desert. One such name is especially beloved: bestselling author Tony Hillerman. His 18 mysteries following Navajo policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee continue in popularity among New Mexicans and out-ofstaters alike. The care with which he depicted the Southwest lent an authenticity to his books that thrilled readers beyond the plot. Hillerman passed away in 2008, but his characters did not pass with him. His daughter, Anne, a respected journalist and nonfiction author living in Santa Fe, revived her father’s series with her first novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter, published in 2013 to critical acclaim. “After my dad died in 2008, my husband and I published a book about landscapes my dad loved,” Anne relates. “When it came out, we went on a book tour, and people inevitably asked if there was another book in my dad’s computer or at the publisher that hadn’t been published. They wanted more Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn stories. I was always sorry to say there wasn’t. I must have gotten that question a thousand times. It dawned on me that I was missing those stories just as much as the fans.” After much consideration, Anne decided to take over her father’s series. But it wasn’t just missing the stories that drove her to it: “As part of the landscape book, I reread all dad’s mysteries, and realized something about his female character, Bernadette

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Manuelito,” Anne explains. “She started as a rookie cop, and by the second to last book she’s almost acting like a real policewoman, but in the end Jim Chee rescues her again. I realized that with my dad gone, Bernie is forever the sidekick and bringer of coffee. I felt like she needed a chance to rise up from second string to having her own book. I hated for the mysteries to end with her trapped in a subservient role.” After the success of Spider Woman’s Daughter, Harper Collins offered Anne a contract for three more books in the CheeLeaphorn-Manuelito vein. Her newest book, Rock With Wings, is centered in Utah’s Monument Valley. “I wanted to write about a place my dad hadn’t; it cuts down on the comparisons and gives readers a little something new. Bernie is still my leading heroine though. In fact, I was originally going to have Bernie and Chee work together but realized Bernie needed her own crime to solve.” Rock With Wings came out in May 2015, so look for it in a bookstore near you. Anne is currently working on the next mystery, which will be set somewhere on the Navajo reservation. On the local writing scene, Anne notes: “I’ve lived in Santa Fe a long time and I think it’s a great town for writers. It’s very supportive of all different kinds, from people like me who have had some luck, to those who self-publish, to poets and memoirists. There’s a place for all of us, and it makes the community so special.” For more information visit annehillerman.com.

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Beloved by Tourists and Locals Alike By Deborah Stone Photos Daniel Nadelbach

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hen visitors ask Santa Fe locals about the toprated restaurants in town, they’re invariably steered towards Geronimo. The legendary Canyon Road establishment, which is the only restaurant in the state to receive both the AAA Four Diamond and Mobil/Forbes 4 Star Awards, has earned a reputation as the place for exceptional dining in the City Different. Tradition and innovation combine at this cutting-edge establishment where food takes center stage.

Partner and executive chef Eric DiStefano, who has been at Geronimo’s for 18 of its 25 years, has what many in the industry describe as an extraordinary understanding of ingredients and a talent for blending flavors in unique and creative ways. He calls his cuisine, “global fusion,” an eclectic meld of different styles from around the world, including Italian, French, Asian and Southwest. The menu, which changes seasonally and makes the most from local ingredients found at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, features a range of inspiring starters

from a creamy cauliflower bisque and Asian pear salad with Bleu d’Auvergne, grilled cheese, to foie gras “flapjacks” and Hawaiian ahi tuna sashimi and tartare served with buttermilk scallion pancakes. Signature entrees include Chef DiStefano’s famous telicherry rubbed elk tenderloin, green miso sea bass, fiery sweet chile and honey grilled Mexican white prawns and mesquite grilled Maine lobster tails. Other customer favorites include such savory delights as spice rubbed roasted game hen, New Mexico “Four Corners” grilled rack of lamb and the ever-popular center cut beef tenderloin “Frites,” which is accompanied by sautéed organic chard, hot and spicy hollandaise, horseradish and hand cut russet potato fries.

Your sublime culinary experience is enhanced further by a cozy and inviting ambiance set within a 260-year-old historic home. The elegant and intimate Borrego House, which was built by Geronimo Lopez in 1756, boasts thick adobe walls, kiva fireplaces and wood beams. “It’s a beautiful house,” comments Chris Harvey, one of Geronimo’s partners, “and our customers really enjoy dining in a place that has this great history.” He adds, “But, it’s also a very contemporary and chic dining scene.” As for service, Harvey notes that the staff exemplifies the art of hospitality. “We take pride in our staff,” he says. “They’re attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, and do everything possible to ensure customers have the highest quality dining experience.”

There’s also a separate vegetarian tasting menu featuring oven-dried shitake mushroom organic “wedge,” butternut squash and lobster mushroom bisque, and house-made baked asparagus and leek cannelloni. If you still have room for dessert, try the decadent flourless German chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream and smoked sea salt caramel sauce or the orange “creamsicle” cake, a heavenly concoction served with lemongrass ice cream, cardamom sauce and sesame Florentine.

With a location on storied Canyon Road, the restaurant sees its share of tourists. However, it has always catered to locals. “It’s the locals here that have given us so much continued support over the years,” explains Harvey. “That’s very important to us and we really appreciate it.”

Geronimo 724 Canyon Road 505.982.1500 Geronimorestaurant.com

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El Farol Holiday Entertainment Schedule December 20, 29 and 30 – Robert Mirabal Dinner Show December 21 – Nacha Mendez Dinner Show December 22, 23, 26, 27 and 31 – Special Holiday Flamenco Shows *All dinner shows are priced at $25 Christmas Eve dinner seating at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve dinner seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 and entertainment in the bar for the countdown to 2016

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also up to date with the present. Beyond the extraordinary menu boasting tapas and entrees made with local ingredients, El Farol also hosts some of the best night life in the City Different.

Earlier this year, USA Today compiled a list of the most historic restaurants across America. El Farol was glad but not surprised to find itself on the list. Included with the best of Yankee taverns and historic hotspots, El Farol stands out as a place not only steeped in the past, but

“I take umbrage when people say there’s no night life in Santa Fe,” says owner David Salazar. “For the past 28 years, we’ve had live music here at El Farol seven days a week. Basically we try to have people come out, have good food, listen to a little bit of music or dance and get home by 10:30 and still be able to function the next day. On the weekends, we let our hair down a little bit more and stay a little bit later.”

anta Fe is very much a living museum, and nowhere is this more obvious than at El Farol on Canyon Road. For the past 180 years — since 1835 — the old adobe building that houses El Farol has been a warm gathering place of great food, outstanding entertainment and warm friendship.

December’s holiday lineup includes the Mirabal Dinner Show on December 20, 29 and 30, put on by two-time Grammy award-winner Robert Mirabal. Nacha Mendez graces the night of December 21 with her Latin world music blend. Ask anyone around town where they might catch a flamenco show, and you will be directed to El Farol. Though the restaurant and cantina features flamenco throughout the year, the special holiday flamenco dinner shows are on December 22, 23, 26, 27 and 31. All the dinner shows are priced at $25, and guests order off the dinner menu. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the shows begin

at 8 p.m. Just like Salazar promised, you can get home by 10:30 p.m. and be able to function the next day, all the while spoiling yourself with the best of local food and entertainment. Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? A particular holiday treat in Santa Fe is the farolito walk down Canyon Road on Christmas Eve. The little brown paper lanterns light the way through the maze of art galleries, with many putting out cider or warm cocoa for passersby. Of course, it gets a little cold, so why not warm up with dinner beforehand? El Farol’s Christmas Eve dinner has three different seating times: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Make your reservation today to enjoy a special prefix meal and get out of the cold while still getting into the holiday spirit. A week later is New Year’s Eve, and what better place to ring in the New Year than at Santa Fe’s premier night life establishment? With dinner at 6 p.m. Owner David Salazar

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and dancing and music beginning at 8:30 p.m., the revelry continues at the bar until countdown. Unlike the usual dinner shows, you won’t make it home by 10:30 p.m., but then again, Salazar does say El Farol let’s its hair down on the weekends, especially when it comes to New Year’s Eve. Essentially, El Farol is a three-in-one establishment. You get the historic feel of dining in a 180-years-old building; you can enjoy tapas and other entrees made with the freshest of local ingredients; and

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you will find yourself singing and dancing the evening away to some of Santa Fe’s most talented local entertainment. “When people come out to El Farol, they have an opportunity to enjoy a café society,” describes Salazar. “I remember a long time ago when people would go out they would dress up, eat, dance and listen to music. We’re not in an era of dressing up, especially out here in the west, but we do have good food and great entertainers, and we try to put it all together.” It is not only a place where you can find superb

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food and talented entertainers, but where you can also find the community essence of Santa Fe, as rich with local flavor as it was 180 years ago and counting. Credit for history information goes to Maria Johnson of Santa Fe Selection.

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Drink and Dine Divine

On the sweet side, the selection is equally impressive with an assortment of drool-worthy pies, cakes, truffles and house-made ice cream and sorbet. As for atmosphere, the restaurant boasts high ceilings and an open, contemporary kitchen within a formal dining room setting. Service, as you can imagine, is impeccable and attentive, though never stuffy. “Our guests often tell me that although the menu is fine dining and the wine list extensive, the ambiance and service bring a casual elegance to their experience they really enjoy,” comments Quinn Stephenson, one of the café’s partners, as well as its beverage director. “They love the energy of the place and the modern fun feel to it,” he adds.

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oyote Café has been a fixture in Santa Fe’s culinary scene for the past 27 years. The toprated restaurant is a favorite with locals and tourists alike, who have come to expect only the finest when it comes to food, libations, service and overall dining experience. Those who patron the famed establishment know they’ll have a memorable evening, whether they’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for an exceptional meal out on the town.

Stephenson takes particular pride in the inventive cocktails he enjoys creating, which have helped establish the restaurant as one of the best bars in town. Each specially crafted concoction has its own catchy name, like the agave flip (patron reposado, malmsey madeira, egg whites, lemon and maple syrup) and the Kentucky breakfast (small batch basil Hayden bourbon seduced by smoked bacon). And then there’s the house famous $100 Margarita with its 100-year-old grand marnier and edible gold flakes!

Executive Chef Eric DiStefano, who is also one of the restaurant’s partners, has earned many awards and accolades for his culinary talents and is regarded as one of the top chefs of the Southwest. With a passion for using the freshest seasonal ingredients, many of which come directly from local farmers, purveyors and foragers, Chef DiStefano creates an eclectic menu showcasing global fusion cuisine.

For those seeking to dine or drink in a more casual and alfresco environment, Coyote Café’s cantina is the place to be. You can watch the sun go down while listening to sizzling Latin music and dining on traditional southwestern delights from this colorful rooftop locale.

Some of his signature items, such as the tellicherry pepper elk tenderloin, fiery hot and sweet tiger prawns, mesquite grilled Maine lobster tails and the legendary cowboy cut, are widely requested classics. For fish aficionados, the grilled Scottish salmon gets high marks, along with the olive-oil poached Chilean sea bass. An array of signature starters, including surf and turf tartare and the coyote Caesar salad, Eric’s futomaki twist, display the Chef’s innovative skills and nod to Asian influences. The tartare features ahi tuna and filet mignon paired with wasabi hotcakes and a quail egg, while the salad is a sensory explosion of romaine spears and Reggiano anchovy parmesan wrapped in rice paper with warm polenta croutons.

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Coyote Café 132 West Water Street 505.983.1615 www.coyotecafe.com

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“”The atmosphere is suitable for an important business lunch, a celebration with friends or family, or even a romantic dinner. The ambience is contemporary industrial, with plenty of light, combined with a clubby steakhouse feel, with white tablecloths and red cushy chairs updating the classic banquette.” Anne Hillerman wrote for The Albuquerque Journal, “Wonderful. That’s the adjective that springs to mind when I remember my dinner with friends at the elegant Midtown Bistro. This cleverly named, off-the-beaten-track restaurant has some of the best food in Santa Fe.” “We’re blessed,” says co-owner Catanach. “It has been a lot of fun over the past two years. We opened in 2013. We have a great staff; to have our employees on board with us because they share our passion is an honor, and it reflects to the customers when they come through the door.”

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ometimes a gem is where you’d least expect to find it. You know you’ll find a rich delectable dining experience in and around the plaza, but off of St. Michael’s Drive? The answer is yes. Midtown Bistro, on San Mateo, is tucked away in a Zen fountain garden. If you’re looking for a place to wine and dine away from the tourist trademarks, this upbeat and sensible restaurant is the place to be. Executive chef Angel Estrada, a veteran of Santa Fe’s fine dining scene, is co-owner of the restaurant with longtime Santa Fe restaurateur Edmund Catanach. “Locals tells us they are so happy to have a fine dining spot in midtown,” Estrada says. “Visitors to Santa Fe have discovered us too, and the restaurant is very busy every day of the week.”

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The dinner menu highlights top quality meats such as grilled French cut pork chops with roasted sweet potato puree, baby bok choy and habanero pineapple sauce, and filet mignon with roasted poblano gratin, asparagus and red wine demi glaze. Achiote marinated, grilled Scottish salmon is accompanied by fingerling potatoes, broccolini and Tabiko caviar buerre blanc. The free-range chicken breast is prepared with a stuffing of Spanish goat cheese served with buttermilk polenta cake, sautéed vegetables, capers, pancetta and balsamic butter pan sauce. A well-curated wine selection pairs elegantly with each menu choice, from the bluenose sea bass to the rack of New Zealand lamb and the vegetarian black bean and quinoa pilaf.

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The scrumptious dessert menu includes chocolate layer cake with Chantilly cream and fresh berries, key lime pie, cheesecake with caramel sauce, crème brule, chocolate mousse, carrot cake, a light and fluffy tres leches cake with strawberry sauce, and an artisanal cheese plate. Saturday and Sunday brunch menus feature the popular pork and chicken taquitos, house-made soup and pasta of the day, a wide selection of entrée salads, fluffy waffles, eggs served any style, omelets, burgers, Pacific blue crab cakes and the signature grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, avocado, mozzarella and house-made lemon pepper potato chips. The New Mexican writer Susan Meadows wrote of Midtown Bistro:

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recent custom birthday cake features fondant shoes and a Chanel purse. Swiss Bistro also makes the Zozobra cakes. Each year, the team ensures that the cake looks as much like Old Man Gloom as possible. For all of Swiss Bistro’s cakes, Marquez uses quality ingredients and looks to European recipes. “We’re the only ones in Santa Fe who do a traditional black forest cake. Instead of using an American chocolate cake, we use a European chocolate cake with cherries soaked in kirsch. And for all of our cakes, we do multiple layers instead of the traditional American cake with two layers,” he explains. This approach has made Swiss Bistro a favorite among Santa Fe’s European community for seasonal treats, such as the Yule log, a traditional European rolled cake decorated with a bark-like texture and sprigs of holly. For the holidays, Swiss Bistro makes around 600 yule logs ranging from six inches to three feet. Another popular holiday treat is stollen, a dense bread filled with candied fruit and dusted with powdered sugar. “It’s similar to fruit cake – but better!” confides Marquez. “We’re one of the few that still make it in town.”

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t’s a quiet morning at Swiss Bistro. The bar facing the espresso machine is the perfect spot for munching a buttery croissant before heading off to work. Behind the counter, owner Julian Marquez answers the telephone, takes orders and greets the regulars who begin to file in.

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the restaurant here, and when he put it up for sale, I thought it was a unique opportunity to keep something in Santa Fe that had been here for a long time.” Today, the pastries that Marquez loved as a child are a still a source of pride for Swiss Bistro. “Everything is made here,” he reveals. “The pastry chef arrives at 4:30 in the morning to fill the pastry case every single day.” This morning, the pastry case is brimming with flaky croissants, fruit Danishes,

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apple strudel, swan-shaped cream puffs, Napoleons layered with kiwi and strawberry, carrot cake, chocolate mousse cake, truffles, macaroons, rhubarb pie and butter cookies. A plate piled high with cinnamon mini-palmiers tops it all off – the perfect partner for a cappuccino. Apart from delectable pastries, Swiss Bistro is also known for its unique custom cakes. “We can do pretty much anything you can think of,” says Marquez. His team once created a blue cake decorated with a blueprint for an architect’s birthday. A

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tarted in 1981, owner Keith Obermaier describes Kokoman as a panoply of liquor options. “We’re pretty incredible when you think about the diversity of what we have, from the least expensive item to high dollar products,” he says.

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Situated in an unassuming building off highway 285 near the turn off toward Los Alamos is what many would arguably call the best liquor store in the state. Kokoman Fine Wines carries an unprecedented selection of wines, beers and spirits from all over the world. Whether you’re headed between Taos, Los Alamos or Santa Fe, the little ramshackle shop you might miss if you’re not looking is the place to go for just about any libation preference. 66

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General manager Jerome Valdez adds: “Most grocery stores carry what sells the most. We carry products that are often more obscure.” To break down the math, Kokoman carries over 3,500 wines, 1,000 varieties of beer, 105 single malt scotches, 390 types of vodka, 220 tequilas and 157 types of rum. They also receive small allocations of rare bourbons and whiskies throughout the year. Walking through the wine arm of the store is a bit like walking through a wines-of-the-world museum. You can find a wine from just about anywhere on the map: Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Germany,

Austria, Hungary, Israel, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, California, Oregon, and let’s not forget New Mexico. “We carry a lot of old world wines,” explains Obermaier. “We pick wines that are very different than the Trader Joes or bulk wines being carried these days.” Obermaier estimates they hand select 80 percent of their inventory. While Obermaier handles the wines, Valdez handles the beers and spirits. “People pass through here and stop because they know they can only get what they’re looking for here. We seek out specialized beers from different breweries that are always coming out with seasonal or special release brews,” describes Valdez. Some of the beers at Kokoman can age up to 10 or 20 years. “This liquor store is fantastic! My husband and I are craft beer lovers and when we go out of state we like to shop for craft beers we cannot buy at home,” says Ashley from Oklahoma City.

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“Kokoman is like bringing all the wine countries right to your doorstep. Their scotch, whiskey, vodka and other selections are unbelievable,” says Michael from San Bernadino, California. Not sold yet? Check it out for yourself. Kokoman hosts a free wine tasting every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s well worth the short drive north of Santa Fe to take advantage of this gem off the beaten path. “I believe we’ve got some of the best pallets in the state. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years and we’ve developed a knack for it,” says Obermaier. Valdez quips: “It’s sort of like a sunken ship from the outside, but people come in and found out we have the treasures.” Kokoman Fine Wines 34 Cities of Gold Road, Pojoaque 505.455.2219

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f you’ve ever thrown a party or hosted an event, you know it’s hard work. From the food to the entertainment, there is much to keep track of to ensure your guests have a seamless good time. This is why, when planning an event, you call the Cowgirl. Yes, the Cowgirl, that fun and funky restaurant on Guadalupe Street with the to-die-for margaritas, legendary green chile cheeseburger and awesome local entertainment. Owners Nicholas Ballas, Barry Secular and Chef/partner Patrick Lambert offer one of the most comprehensive catering services available in Santa Fe. “We’re full service catering. We can do anything from a party of 10 to 2000,” says Lambert. “You can rent out the restaurant or a smaller room, and we do off site catering as well.” “The standard restaurant menu is a good basis for our catering menu, but we really springboard into a whole panoply of options spanning the globe. Patrick’s training ranges from Pacific Rim to classical European, with a lot in between,” notes Ballas. Voted Best Caterer by the readers of the Santa Fe Reporter for four out of the past six years, the Cowgirl’s list of regular clients includes such local heavyweights as Christus St.Vincent Hospital, the Folk Art Market, Hipico and the City of Santa Fe.

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“We’re a restaurant without walls,” explains Lambert. “We even do multiday events. We just did a three-week grand prix equestrian event down at the horse park.” “One of the hits at this year’s Folk Art Market opening night was Patrick’s amazing paella,” adds Ballas. “In fact, we’ve done the Folk Art Market opening for the past five years. I had numerous follow up calls this year from people who were surprised we did paella and wanted us to cater their upcoming event.” “People think of the Cowgirl as laid back, so they are often surprised when we show up with goat cheese torta and jerk chicken satay. We can pull off anything,” says Lambert, before adding, “And we have a very comfortable price point.” Worried about entertainment? Not with the Cowgirl. “We have a great guy who does music booking with us, and he’s more than happy to assist our catering clients,” says Ballas. The Cowgirl’s catering is available within a 50 mile radius, up to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, out at Pecos, even up I-25 to Las Vegas. The trained catering service staff are separate from the restaurant servers and work year round. With the holidays around the corner, special packages are currently available. In-house seasonal menus often translate to specialty catering menus. For example, Lambert puts together a turkey-driven Americana menu around Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a Cajun style menu in time for Mardi Gras. “We’re friendly and fun-loving at a catering job, just like we are here at the restaurant. And often that’s the reason why people hire us,” says Lambert. Basically, if you’re planning a party, no matter size, theme or venue, call the Cowgirl. They’re the party behind the party.

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Bartenders Rich and Lisa, who have been with Vanessie for close to 10 years, offer specialty cocktails named after regular guests, performers and staff. Chef Tino is another long-time member of this Cheers-like group; he’s created Vanessie’s classic and contemporary cuisine for more than 10 years. In recent years, the menu has shifted to add more creative offerings in addition to traditional dishes. You can now order anything from shrimp and scallop tapas to kobe sliders. Starters and fresh salads add variety to the menu, with the roasted beet and goat cheese salad standing out as a staff favorite. Come for the food, stay for the music, and never pay a cover charge. Vanessie’s most celebrated pianist and vocalist is Doug Montgomery, a Juilliard graduate trained in classical style who performs anything from Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel. Montgomery has been with Vanessie since day one and plays up to five nights a week, which is more than enough to make him worthy of his own cocktail – the Montgomery Manhattan. “He’s definitely the star of Vanessie,” says Amasaki. “People connect Doug Montgomery and Vanessie together.” Creatively mixing classical and pop tunes while honoring requests, Montgomery provides an inviting and upbeat dining experience for his captive audience. Loyal guests plan their Santa Fe vacations around Montgomery’s schedule, which has now increased from seasonal to a year round shows.

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This year, Vanessie of Santa Fe celebrates 32 years of providing fine continental cuisine and live music in a grand, yet cozy and romantic atmosphere. With a boutique inn just steps away from the restaurant and piano bar, it has become a Santa Fe landmark where you can eat, play and stay.

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he Vanessie compound is tucked away between San Francisco and Water Street, conveniently located in its own private and serene setting. With just 18 rooms, the Inn of Vanessie provides the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the amenities of a five star hotel. Guests are given individual attention from an innkeeper, and stay in rooms decorated in traditional Santa Fe and contemporary Native American décor, original local art and artifacts.

The restaurant and lounge located on the same property welcomes you with high ceilings, cozy fireplaces and lively piano melodies. The atmosphere is one of familiarity with regular performers, guests and a close-knit staff. General manager Hideko Amasaki has been with the restaurant for 21 years. “We’re very lucky to have great locals and returning tourists who support us,” she notes.

Season eight finalist on America’s Got Talent, Branden James has paired up with James Clark as a vocal, piano and cello duo; they are regular performers who attract younger guests. And if you want to sing a long to your favorite 60s and 70s pop songs, keep an eye on the schedule for Bob Finnie, a pianist and vocalist known for getting people out of their chairs to dance to familiar tunes. Current music and creative cooking has allowed Vanessie of Santa Fe to upgrade their image, accommodating music lovers and foodies of all generations while maintaining it’s reputation as a timeless Santa Fe classic. Vanessie 434 W. San Francisco St. 505.982.9966 www.vanessiesantafe.com

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N.B. Laughlin

Speaking of home, David’s family has called Santa Fe “home” for over one hundred years. David is a fourth generation New Mexican. His greatgrandfather, N.B. Laughlin, arrived in Santa Fe in 1879. He was travelling from Dallas to Denver on horseback, ran out of cash, and had to sell his horse in the little mining town of Cerrillos. He walked his way into Santa Fe. Many a Santa Fean can thank the tenacity Mr. Laughlin had in making his way to what was then a dusty little town, for his progeny have benefited the City Different in countless ways.

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hula is a dog who lost her way on Highway 599 outside of Santa Fe. Luckily for her, Lisa Barker just happened drive by and see the beautiful Siberian Husky running across the freeway. Lisa, always willing to go the extra mile to help a friend in need (furry or otherwise), took the time to chase down Chula, drive her to the Barker Realty | Christie’s office, which she owns with her husband David Barker, and give her food and water. Chula, like most who enter the Barker Realty | Christie’s office in the Railyard’s old Gross Kelly Warehouse, quickly felt right at home. She set up shop in David’s

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An attorney by trade, N.B. Laughlin ended up serving what was then the New Mexico territory by being appointed to the Territorial Supreme Court. His daughter and David’s grandmother, Ruth Laughlin, wrote the 1948 novel The Wind Leaves No Shadow about the life of Santa Fe gambling house matron Doña Trules. David’s grandfather, William Judson Barker, was a respected lawyer and state district judge. And David’s father, Laughlin Barker, served in the navy in WWII before

own office, happily greeting all who passed. Lisa, meanwhile, took the time to track Chula’s owners, eventually helping her find her way home. This anecdote is emblematic of the way David and Lisa run Barker Realty | Christie’s. They are willing to go the extra mile to help their brokers, clients, and even a lost dog. All who enter their business or home are made to feel like family. And whether it’s one of the 55 brokers who work with Barker Realty | Christie’s, a client looking to buy or sell real estate, or simply a runaway pet lost from home, they are focused on helping each find their way. Laughlin Barker

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“What sets us apart from other brokerages is the level of service and support that we provide our associates. In many aspects, we are a team striving toward the same goal, to help our agents continue to be successful.” Gabrielle Vigil Transaction Coordinator

“We are a data driven enterprise. With the right balance of industry experience and industry metrics, we can create strategies that build on momentum instead of stagnating and playing catch up. We always strive to be innovators.” Robert Romero Chief Financial Officer

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returning to Santa Fe to found Barker Realty | Christie’s in 1965. David and Lisa bought the business 30 years ago in 1985. Today, Barker Realty | Christie’s combines the breadth of Santa Fe’s past with the sophistication of its future. A company that enjoys both reputation and momentum, Barker Realty | Christie’s is proud to be a medium-sized business by design in a world where national franchises have increasingly become common. “We have resisted merging or being bought out because we feel we are quicker on our own feet. Culturally, we focus on what we can bring of value to our clients – our associate brokers, buyers and sellers,” David explains. Lisa adds: “Since David has been in the business for awhile, people ask what his exit strategy is. I always say: Barker Realty | Christie’s is a family member. It is like one of our children. It’s part of the Barker history in Santa Fe.” In the early 20th century, downtown Santa Fe used to look more like downtown Durango or Montrose in Colorado. Laughlin Barker was one of the first to put

a portal on one of the brick buildings on West San Francisco Street in the 1960s. Another good example of the Barker family leaving a distinctive mark on the architecture of Santa Fe is their own office building. The historic Gross Kelly Warehouse was built in 1913 in what is now the heart of the Railyard district. David and Lisa bought and renovated the building in 1999 with the help of local architect Mark Hogan, transforming it into a warm blend of tradition and innovation. Setting Barker Realty | Christie’s apart is their collaborative management strategy. David and Lisa work directly with their management team and, in keeping with king Arthur’s court, the round table method is preferred. This synergetic approach enables their team to continue to innovate and explore new strategies.

Of the many who have been in the good hands of David and Lisa over the past 30 years, from Chula to brokers, buyers and sellers, they have all benefited not only from the astuteness, adeptness, creativity and energy David and Lisa continuously give, but also from their gentle willingness to help each find their way, whether that’s support managing clients, help buying or selling a home, or – in the case of Chula – simply getting home. Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate 530 S. Guadalupe St. 505.982.9836 www.santaferealestate.com

Likewise, this collective modus operandi extends towards philanthropy, which is a hallmark of the Barker family tradition. For example, when one of their 55 brokers wants to make a contribution toward a cause, it is David and Lisa’s practice to match it.

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“The Time to Repair the Roof Is When The Sun Is Shining.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy OPPOSITE Example of poor maintenance around chimney flashing, allowing water to penetrate the interior of the home.  TOP Example of ponding and ice build-up in front of a canale with front view inset.  BOTTOM LEFT Ice build-up in canale and damage to roof in front of canale with tar build-up preventing drainage. BOTTOM RIGHT Example of damage caused by ice build-up around canale allowing water to enter the building.

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good roof protects from the rain, snow, hail and wind, helping to keep us warm and dry when Mother Nature brings sudden storms. At least that’s how a roof is supposed to work. The fact of the matter is that since 1980, roof damage caused by severe weather outbreaks in the United States has risen from about $2 billion in 1980 to more than $15 billion in 2013 (Source: Munich Reinsurance). Many believe this trend is a direct result of global warming caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels. Data from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, collected globally from 1900 to 2008, shows a global increase of CO2 emissions from about 2,000 teragrams in 1900 to 32,000 teragrams by 2008. Locally, this year we have already seen the effects of the strongest El Nino since 1997 manifested in record setting

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rainfall. Forecasters are expecting the most snowfall in years this winter. This means roofs throughout New Mexico will be subject to damage by the elements. The adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is especially true now. Every roof should be examined by a qualified professional before winter really sets in. Flat roofs especially need to be closely scrutinized. All roof membrane seams, roof pipe penetrations, skylight, chimney and parapet flashings must be looked at and repaired if such is required. In particular, the junction of roof to canale (roof scuppers or drains) needs to be sealed, as this is the most likely area of ice buildup and subsequent water penetration into the home. Make sure there is no obstruction to allowing water to flow freely from the roof into the canale. Often roofers will “repair” the area around the canale by smearing copious amounts of tar around

the opening. This then results in a tar dam that actually prevents the water from flowing freely into the canale and causes ponding behind the canale. Eventually, this will result in water penetrating the roof membrane and leaking into the house.

a licensed general contractor as well as a GAF Certified Master Roofer and a Johns Manville Pinnacle Roof Contractor. Our roofing division offers free roof inspections and we will tell you if your roof needs maintenance, repairs or replacement.

A popular option of preventing ice dams is the installation of an ice-melt system at every canale. These systems can be controlled by switches or thermostats and, if installed correctly, will keep the canales ice-free even on the coldest winter night. Pitched roofs should also be examined. Shingle and metal roofs often have issues at pipe, skylight and chimney penetrations. Metal roofs with exposed screws can have missing or loose screws, which can be the cause of water leaks into the house.

Often, your homeowners’ insurance covers damage to the interior of your home or business if the cause of the damage is due to a covered loss. Sometimes, depending on your insurance company and policy wording, ice dams and the resulting damage to the roof are also covered. It is wise to schedule a visit with your insurance agent and review your insurance policy. If needed, the policy can be updated. Many insurance agents can also assist with helpful hints and tips on how to prevent damage to your home or business.

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and moisture is already leaking into the house causing water damage. In such cases, our insurance restoration experts will work with you and your insurance company to rectify the damages. Our certified water damage and mold remediation technicians will help you to dry out the affected rooms and remove any mold contamination. If mold is discovered, a qualified third party testing company should certify that the affected areas are clean before restoration work starts. ARCS’ restoration technicians will make sure any damaged areas in your home are restored to match your existing finishes as closely as possible. To help our customers, ARCS has a 24-hour emergency response line, 505.473.2057, and is always answered by one of our on-call staff.

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hroughout the years working closely with my clients, I have noticed that many people know the difference between stucco and synthetic stucco, also known as EIFS, which is an acronym for Exterior Insulation and Finish System. However, there is some uncertainty in understanding the physical and chemical properties of the two products and the overall effect they have on the home. If you are building a new home or repairing the existing stucco or synthetic stucco on your home, there are important considerations to be made and procedures to follow so that you may avoid costly repairs should the product fail to protect the home from moisture penetration. Stucco is an earthen-based product composed of Portland cement, sand

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and water with lime mixed in for workability. Synthetic stucco is an acrylic/ polymer-based man-made material. The permeability to water is the key difference between cement plaster and an acrylic-based material. There are other differences between their physical properties; flexibility, color retention, impact resistance and texture are some of these differences. Traditional cement stucco will absorb surface moisture and allow the moisture to evaporate out of the wall system through the transmission of water vapor. Synthetic stucco is a barrier type exterior cladding and is highly resistant to moisture penetration, which is a good thing when it comes to keeping moisture out, but this quality can create serious and expensive problems when moisture is trapped behind the wall and not able to evaporate out of the wall system. When synthetic stucco develops surface cracks, the moisture is trapped within the wall system and over time can start deteriorating the wall system from the inside out. The trapped moisture over an extended period of time may lead to serious mold issues that can be very costly to remediate. Indoor air quality can be compromised when moisture vapor is trapped inside the building. In humid environments where the ambient temperature inside a building

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can reach dew point – the point where water vapor turns to liquid a result of temperature and pressure – the water has nowhere to escape if a water barrier such as synthetic stucco has been applied to the exterior siding of the building. Water collecting inside interior wall systems can go undetected for a period of time, which allows for the formation of mold growth. Building occupants are breathing mold spores before they know there is a problem, which can lead to serious and long-term health issues. There have been numerous law suits as a result of the EFIS system installed on buildings where there has not been a mechanical system in place to allow trapped water to drain out. Whether you are applying a three-coat cement plaster or a synthetic based polymer to the exterior of your home, how it is applied is critical to the success or failure of each of these products. Each manufacturer has their own set of details and procedures for installing their product, and builders and applicators are expected to follow their installation procedures or the manufacturer will not warranty their product should the material fail to do its job. Both stucco and synthetic stucco will develop cracks over the life of the product, so timely maintenance is important to getting 10 to 15 years of protection from moisture penetration from either cement plaster or an acrylic based plaster.

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ere in the City Different, we have an abundance of stunning vistas in all directions. However, that vista comes with its own abundance of sun and wind, and if you’ve ever tried to spend an extended period of time outdoors, the elements might chase you inside. Chase you inside, that is, to call Santa Fe Awning. Santa Fe Awning has been family owned and operated for over 20 years. Owner Jeff Maul was a single father of two when he called Yellow Pages and met the deadline by hours to place an ad; Santa Fe Awning was born. From there he started the company. He sold awnings in the morning, installed in the afternoon, sewed and welded at night. “My dad’s always been an entrepreneur,” says Sara Talachy, Maul’s daughter

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and manager. Today, Santa Fe Awning continues to offer the high quality product and custom service that distinguishes it from other options. “Our goal is to create a comfortable environment outdoors by blocking the wind and minimizing the sun. It can mean installing a patio screen so the napkins don’t blow off the table, or it can mean building artistic shade with the shade sails,” Talachy relates. “We custom design on site. We start with a complimentary design consultation and estimate. It takes two to four weeks for the manufacturing of the product before setting up an installation date. A lot of our products can be customer installed, but we like to provide full service.” It’s worth noting 90 percent of Santa Fe Awning’s products are made in their warehouse. They’re also the first awning

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company in the world to have 126 inch wide fabric. This is important because it avoids a seam in the middle of your view. Compared to major retailers, Santa Fe Awning’s products are designed and manufactured to last 10 to 15 times longer. The products are milled in the U.S.A. with high quality fabrics that resist UV rays. Santa Fe Awning’s products are constructed with lasting parts and fabric that are easily replaced years down the road. A big thing an awning does in the summer is keep the sun off your glass. Glass magnifies heat, so awnings keep cooling costs down and makes the home more energy efficient. Vice versa, in the winter the awning can retract so homeowners can take advantage of the solar gain to lower heating costs.

“Customers don’t have to be home when we install as long as we have permission to go on the property,” Talachy notes. “We don’t go inside the home for 90 percent of our product installations.” Additionally, many of the products can be integrated into smart homes. You can raise and lower your awnings from wherever they are in the world with the peace of mind they are of the best quality and fully serviced. And when you return home, the sun and wind won’t keep you from enjoying your view.

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COME TO US WITH YOUR DREAMS, LET US CREATE THEM

Experience, Knowledge and Respect

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efore 2008, there were nearly 800 independent mortgage brokers in New Mexico. Today, there are sixty. Among this select group is Lance Armer of Santa Fe Mortgage. “If I had to explain why I’m still in business after twenty-three years, it would come down to the fact that I had the tenacity and drive to hang on during the downtime,” says Armer. “I kept plowing on, turning on the lights each day, solving problems and trying to bring in business.” A modest man, Armer isn’t comfortable tooting his own horn, but when pressed, he will tell you that he’s done about 1,000 loans totaling $250 million. He built his company from the ground up and flies solo. “I don’t have any support staff,” he comments. “I’m it.” Referrals and

word-of-mouth are the way he gets his clients, many of whom have done repeat transactions with him over the years. Armer has many pearls of wisdom when it comes to mortgages. He points out a mortgage can make good fiscal sense even to an individual with a high net worth who can pay cash for his/ her home. He says, “Right now, you can borrow $417,000 for 15 years at a 3.125 percent interest rate and invest it to more than compensate for the interest you’d be paying on the loan. And you can pay the loan off at any time without penalty when the math quits working for you.” He explains, “You’ll spend $105,875 in interest over the fifteen years. Meanwhile, your $417,000 compounded at four percent interest grows by more than $350,000.” Armer notes that instead of locking up your money in the total purchase of a house, you can finance a portion of it. This is an attractive alternative, as it keeps one’s assets more liquid and flexible, with the potential of coming out substantially ahead over time. And, you can do this up to six months after you buy your house in cash. Armer

knows there are many variables involved, which is why he feels it’s important to educate people about their options. “If people understand their options, they can make educated decisions that are best suited to their situations,” he explains. The Santa Fe man does residential mortgages exclusively and works with people across the board, from first time buyers to multiple home owners. He strives to understand each client’s situation and isolate what is necessary to obtain the loan with the minimum amount of invasiveness. “I respect people’s privacy, realizing that many of my clients have complicated financial lives.” He adds: “I also try and make everyone feel comfortable, as the mortgage process can be stressful. I apply my experience to their unique situations.” Armer emphasizes he treats his clients the way he’d like to be treated if he were in their shoes. He knows he can’t succeed without having his clients succeed. “I can’t do what I don’t believe in,” he says. “I have always followed this rule and it’s worked for me and for my clients..

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The Santa Fe Animal Shelter invites you to

Help us light the way home for homeless animals. November 18 - December 18 For every $100 gift we receive, we will add your name – or the name of an animal or a person you wish – to a farolito, and line the Shelter’s entrance. Our goal is to raise $200,000 and light the way home for 2,000 Shelter animals. Join us on December 18 for a lighting ceremony at the Shelter.

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Shelter Offers Special Christmas Eve Delivery Santa Claus and his elves are working overtime at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter this holiday season. The jolly guy and his buddies are ready to deliver any animal adopted from the shelter to loving families in the area on Christmas Eve.

pet shops, as gifts or from veterinarians. That study, the ASPCA noted, found that the odds of dog relinquishment were higher when getting an animal from a shelter, a friend, as a stray or from a pet shop, compared to receiving an animal as a gift. Similarly, the ASPCA said most cats relinquished to shelters had originally come from friends, as strays and from shelters. Relinquished cats infrequently came from breeders, veterinarians or were gifts.

“People really do enjoy this fun service,” Moore says. “Anyone who adopts any animal – snake, rabbit, gerbil, cat, dog, kitten or puppy – can take advantage of the special delivery.” Adopters still fill out a questionnaire to ensure they get the best match for their family. High-energy animals, for example, may not be suited for people with mobility issues, and allergies are always a concern, as well as rental contracts that forbid companion animals. “Our goal is to make everyone happy – humans and animals,” he said. “A companion animal can bring a family a lifetime of joy, but it has to be the best fit.”

The survey findings help open new adoption options for shelters. The ASPCA recommends that people should give pets as gifts only to those people who have expressed an interest in owning one and have the ability to care for it responsibly.

A study of about 2,600 dogs and 2,300 cats relinquished to 12 shelters in four regions of the United States found that dogs relinquished to shelters had most frequently come from friends, shelters and breeders. Relinquished dogs infrequently came from

For more information about adopting an animal from the shelter for Christmas Eve, contact an adoption counselor at 505.983.4309 ext. 610.

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anta Claus delivery has become an annual tradition at the shelter, where placing pre-adopted animals in loving homes is a perk of the job, says Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. Moore, an imposing guy who stands well over six ft. tall, enjoys dressing up as Santa Claus and delivering furry friends to awe-struck children and their families. He plans to do it again this year and hopes to enlist an elf or two – members of his staff of volunteers – as helpers. Potential adopters are welcome to pre-adopt the animals and the shelter will hold them until the Christmas Eve delivery. The adoptions must take place by December 24. There is no cost for the delivery, although a donation is always appreciated.

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“We do full service, from preventative care to medicine,” Kathy explains. Though Smith Veterinary Hospital no longer treats bear cubs, they do welcome dogs, cats and pocket pets, like rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. A separate cat clinic provides the ideal environment for a sick kitty; no barking dogs can be found on the quiet cat side of the building. “To have a whole cat hospital is pretty unusual,” adds Mike. “Feline medicine is totally different from canine medicine.” Walk-ins are welcome seven days a week, and urgent care is available until 10 p.m. on weekdays. The 16 veterinarians – many of whom have been on staff for over a decade – complement each other in their special areas of interest. “If we need a second opinion on a challenging case, we just grab someone, so often we’ll get four to five second opinions,” Kathy describes.

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here is something about pets that tugs at our heartstrings. That’s probably why so many people have furry family members. When those pets are sick or hurt, owners depend on veterinarians to provide high-quality and compassionate care. Fortunately, the veterinarians at Smith Veterinary Hospital are available seven days a week. Smith Veterinary Hospital is a familyowned veterinary hospital that has been serving Santa Fe’s animal community for nearly seventy years.

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Dr. Ed Smith opened the practice in 1946 and was the only veterinarian in the greater Santa Fe area for many years. He treated both large and small animals. In fact, he even treated a little bear cub who had been burned in a forest fire. That bear cub? The original Smokey Bear. Ed’s son, Dr. Tom Smith, owned and ran the practice from 1964 to 1995. In keeping with tradition, Tom’s daughter, Dr. Kathy (Smith) Dobesh and her husband, Dr. Mike Dobesh, took over the practice in 1995. Kathy is the third

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generation of the Smith family to own and practice veterinary medicine at Smith Veterinary Hospital. Over the years, the practice has grown into a premier pet care center. It has been relocated, expanded, and renovated in order to keep up with the number of pets in Santa Fe and now has separate dog and cat reception and treatment areas. It continues to invest in the highest-quality equipment and diagnostic tools in order to provide the best possible care to its patients, large and small.

An on-site pharmacy provides any medications a dog or cat might need after diagnosis. “Whatever walks in the door, we take care of,” Mike notes. Should it be something that can’t be treated on site, the animal can quickly be referred to a specialist. An in-house laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray machine allow for testing in minutes. The family-owned business continues to build on the legacy Dr. Ed Smith and Dr. Tom Smith set in motion many years ago. “It’s great to have clients who have been coming back over the decades,” says Kathy. “Taking care of pets never gets old,” reflects Mike. “People love their pets so much, you can’t help but want to help them.”

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magine a line of farolitos coming from the darkness to a warm place of refuge – the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Now imagine that each of those brightly lit paper lanterns represents the saved life of a homeless animal, thanks to the community’s generosity. It’s a striking visual and something that Evelyn Viechec, the shelter’s director of growth, believes will grow into an annual holiday tradition. But the 2,000 farolitos the shelter hopes to collect through $100 donations during its month-long campaign this winter represents much

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more than a beautiful event; it’s a symbol of hope and love for animals everywhere, especially in northern New Mexico. “Santa Fe is such an animal-loving community,” Viechec says. “The community expects – and deserves – a lot from its hometown shelter. We hope everyone will come out and feel a sense of pride that he or she has helped saved the life of a homeless animal.” The Light Their Way Home campaign, which starts November 18, culminates with the farolito lighting at 6 p.m. on

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December 18 at the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. Scores of volunteers and staff have agreed to help light the farolitos and will join in the celebration that evening, which includes refreshments, the lighting of the shelter Christmas tree and singing around a courtyard luminaria. Farolitos and luminarias are a unique New Mexican tradition, one that the shelter will honor in its own special way. The lights have their roots in the 1800s, when small bonfires were used to guide people to the celebration of Christmas mass.

Now, the lights will help with saving the lives of homeless animals. For every $100 gift the shelter receives during its campaign, the shelter will add the donor’s name – or the name of an animal or a person someone wishes to honor – to a farolito and line the shelter’s entrance. The goal is to raise $200,000 and light the way home for 2,000 shelter animals. “A homeless animal’s life is often filled with darkness, without a loving

home to brighten his or her life,” says Mary Martin, the shelter’s executive director. “With your help, we can light their way home this holiday season and beyond.” For more information about the Light Their Way Home campaign, or to make a donation, visit the shelter’s website at www.sfhumanesociety.org or visit the shelter’s Facebook page, www.facebook. com/sfhumanesociety.

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mountain environment as well as the wolves,” Cougar notes. “We also have packages for purchase. You can arrange for a wolf to come to the Wolf Den Lodge and greet you the evening you arrive. Or you can take a walk with a wolf, or have what I call a canine encounter, where I’ll personally take you into different habitats and introduce you to wild and exotic dogs.” All proceeds go to the sanctuary, as it is a non-profit organization. “Everything we do is to help support our mission; we want Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary to be your vacation education destination,” quips Cougar. Tours are given four times a day every day but Monday. It costs 1,000 dollars a day to keep the 70 animals living in the sanctuary fed and in good health, so Cougar is constantly on the lookout for people who want to sponsor a wolf. For more information, visit wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org.

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n Western New Mexico on the Ramah Navajo Reservation – a noncontiguous section of the Navajo Nation – is a little town called Candy Kitchen, which houses a secret gem: the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. Dedicated to rescuing captive bred wolves and other exotic canines that are victims of the exotic pet trade, the sanctuary is a remote wooded area where the animals can be ensured a better life. “All of our canines are victims of being imprisoned by humans and being tortured and caged,” explains Leyton Cougar, executive director. “I will not rescue an animal unless I can improve its life exponentially. All of our animals are

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in compatible pairs or family groups in different sized habitats depending on their age and activity level. The average habitat in our sanctuary is 7,000 sq. ft. per pair. At 7,500 ft. elevation, the sanctuary is fully wooded and snowy throughout the colder months” – perfect for wolfish canines. “It’s important to understand most people would never imprison a wild animal like a wolf, but unfortunately, there are some who want to possess something that’s innately wild,” says Cougar. “What ends up happening is the animal ends up getting abandoned. It’s not just wolves; we also have in our sanctuary one of the rarest dogs in the world – the New Guinea singing dog, as well as coyotes and a fox.”

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Possible reasons why an animal might need Cougar’s assistance run the gamut. Maybe it’s a breeder who passed away and left all her animals in cages for her family to figure out what to do. Or maybe it’s an individual who’s reporting their cousin who’s got a wolf that’s been chained up. Or maybe it’s a wolf that’s been in a cage for five years without getting any attention but occasionally someone throws it food. The sanctuary includes a 40 acre campground with an RV park, picnic area and cabin rental. There’s also the Wolf Den Lodge, a three-bedroom home available for rent. “These are places visitors can come and experience our

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even spot some elk wintering or perhaps a few bald eagles feeding along the Jemez River. Head to the town of Red River where you’ll find Enchanted Forest, New Mexico’s largest full-service crosscountry ski area with 33 km of groomed trails for both classic and freestyle skiing, as well as access to miles of backcountry trails. And if you want to ski with your dog, you’re in luck, as there’s an additional five km set aside especially for you and Fido. The facility, which is located in the Carson National Forest, has stunning mountain vistas and meandering wooded trails, giving skiers a back country feel in a groomed, patrolled area. It also offers lessons for all levels and ages as young as three, with a complete package including equipment, trail pass and instructional session - for less than the cost of a lift ticket at most

downhill ski sites. There’s even lodging available if you care to stay overnight; the facility now has several rustic yurts spread along its trail system that are only reachable by ski or snowshoe. A variety of special events take place at Enchanted Forest, including the popular Moonlight Ski, Luminaria Ski Tour and Just Desserts Eat & Ski. Further along the Enchanted Circle is Angel Fire Resort, which boasts a feebased 15 km groomed trail system. The terrain includes trails dedicated to beginner, intermediate and expert levels. To access them, you need to take the chairlift to the summit, with the bonus being incredibly breathtaking views of New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak. So when that lovely white stuff begins to fall, get out there and go Nordic!

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inter’s coming, and based on meteorologists’ predictions, it’s going to be a wet one for New Mexico. We can only hope Mother Nature will favor us with moisture in the form of snow. This translates to more opportunities for exhilarating outdoor recreation. Many folks immediately think of skiing when it comes to winter sports. If images of long lift lines, crowded slopes and hefty prices deter you, maybe it’s time to try Nordic, or cross-country skiing. It’s one of the best forms of low-impact aerobic exercise, ranking up there with swimming in providing a workout that

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doesn’t overstress any particular part of the body. Unlike running, for example, there is very little shock to the feet, knees and hips, thanks to the gliding motion used in classic cross-country skiing. Every muscle is targeted and employed in this total body activity, which is also an impressive calorie burner. Cross-country skiers enjoy improved aerobic fitness and increased endurance. Equally important is the feeling of wellbeing and freedom they experience from escaping the rat race of town for the forested wilds where peace and tranquility abound. Over the years, Nordic skiing has steadily gained in popularity as more people

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realize it’s a sport which can be done at all ages and fitness levels. Young and old alike can participate, whether recreationally or within a competitive milieu. Those looking for an affordable, fun and safe winter pursuit have become hip to cross-country skiing, giving the sport a considerable boost. As a result, dedicated trail systems are popping up all over the country. In northern New Mexico, you’ll find a number of Nordic trail systems groomed for both classic and freestyle skiing. In Santa Fe, for example, there’s Norski, where you can find five km of groomed trails near the Santa Fe Ski Basin. There are also seven other ungroomed trails at

Over the years, Nordic skiing has steadily gained in popularity as more people realize it’s a sport which can be done at all ages and fitness levels.

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ave you ever looked out along a long stretch of road and wondered, “What’s out there?” If you’re up I-25 near Raton, the answer to your questions is: Vermejo Park Ranch. Owned by media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner, Vermejo Park Ranch boasts 585,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Given its owner, you might not be surprised to learn of its gorgeous historic accommodations and superb outdoor recreation, but you might be surprised to learn it is open to guests year round. The large and opulent main house on the premise, Casa Grande, served as a home for the Turners until renovations began four years ago. In June 2016, Casa Grande will officially open its doors again, this time to guests. Renovations have included extensive reconstruction bringing it up to date in terms of plumbing and electricity, and also restoring the original interior look and feel. “We’ve even gone so far as to match the original wallpaper,” says Nicole Reed, head of marketing and program development.

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The original owner of Vermejo was William H. Bartlett, a grain tycoon from Illinois who made his fortune in Chicago.

Bartlett had two sons with tuberculosis, so he moved to New Mexico in hopes of remedying them via the dry western air. He bought the Vermejo property and built his own outdoor playground. Casa Grande was built in 1907, designed by an architect who had been an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The current renovations seek to restore the grand old house to its former glory. Besides Casa Grande and its imminent grand opening, the ranch includes two other guest accommodation options. The area known colloquially as Headquarters is home to the restaurant, shop and communications center. Headquarters also hosts the historic home, Casa Minor, with 12 hotel rooms and six independent guest cottages all built in the early 20th century. Then there’s Costilla Lodge, which is another hour’s drive into the property. Costilla Lodge is completely off the grid, powered by solar. It’s available as a buyout for a two night minimum or occasionally available by the room. While Casa Grande’s official opening is in June, a soft opening takes place February 11th in time for Valentine’s Day. “It’s a test

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run after the renovation,” Reed explains. “We really need that time frame to ensure the building is operational and up to our standards, yet it will be open for guests.” Vermejo’s assortment of outdoor activities runs the gamut. The winter season include ice fishing, snow shoeing and select availability of Nordic skiing depending on snow levels. There are also ongoing wildlife tours, which of course are weather dependent. As winter transitions to spring, the ranch becomes a fly fishing hub. Late March and early April are especially fantastic for fly fishing, and then for three weeks in April the turkey hunts reign supreme. Summer brings everything from fishing, hiking and horseback riding to cultural, historic and wildlife tours. Whether you’re looking for a remote getaway or an opulent retreat among the finest of scenery, Vermejo Park Ranch packages the expanse of New Mexico into a destination unlike any other. Vermejo Park Ranch Raton 575.445.3097 www.vermejoparkranch.com

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Romantic Escape for TWO in the Jemez Mountains

Nestled in the Jemez Mountains, enjoy luxurious modern amenities in a rustic yet elegant setting. Elk Mountain Lodge offers romantic private cabins surrounded by clear rivers, abundant wildlife and natural hot springs. Only moments away from Jemez Springs, pamper yourself at one of the local bath houses or enjoy music at many of the local restaurants. Spend a cozy winter evening surrounded by beautiful pine while enjoying a soak in your very own Jacuzzi tub. Additional packages include chocolate covered strawberries, roses and special bubble bath— perfect for creating a special mood. Homemade breakfast is served each morning along with Piñon coffee, during which visitors have the pleasure of meeting the lodge’s owners and their canine mascot, Kodi. Plan your romantic mountain escape by visiting ElkMtnLodge.com or call 575.829.3159. Elk Mountain Lodge 37485 Highway 126 Jemez Springs, NM 575.829.3159 www.elkmtnloge.com

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“Patients have sought me out because of the belief that female physicians are more compassionate, better listeners and willing to spend more time with them. It’s certainly the feeling of the community and what many are looking for in seeking new providers. I’ve known many patients who find my practice attractive because I am a female surgeon. I also have the experience of being a mother, and those maternal and nurturing instincts from my family life translate into my professional life. I’m interested in my patients on a personal level.”

“I have been in the jewelry business in Santa Fe since 1976. In 1975, I apprenticed to a special order jeweler in Portland, Oregon, before returning to Santa Fe to start my own manufacturing workshop with my first employees. Since 1976, my operation has grown while continuing to manufacture on site. My store features varied collections, work by other local jewelry artists, custom design, inlaid gemstones, diamonds and colored gems. Repairs and insurance appraisals are also done on premise. I continue to be inspired to create new designs, and am now making jewelry for the third generation of my first clients.”

“I think I was born to travel and find beauty in exotic places. I traveled to Alaska in the early 1970s, worked on a fishing boat, taught school to native children and took pictures for Alaska Magazine. But fabrics really caught my eye––they seem the ultimate creation to make the functional beautiful. I designed clothing for a while and in 2000 started Pandora’s with Betsy Hackman. I’m seduced by color and texture. I travel to Latin America, Europe and Asia to find creations that I use to make Pandora’s an ever-changing fantasyland of touchable color.”

“After having worked in galleries nationwide, I moved back to Santa Fe in the early 90s and started selling my own work. I opened a cooperative with seven other artists and a few years later opened a gallery with another artist as partner. I am now the sole proprietor of my own gallery and I love it! I love meeting the people who come to Santa Fe from all over the world and being able to share my artwork and creative spirit with them. I love controlling what happens to my own work, which is very important to an artist’s career.”

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With an idea With a mission With a plan With dedication and determination With good advice from S.C.O.R.E. With good credit... With my credit cards and a bank loan from L.A.N.B. With a husband who believes in my dream No-one has turned me down when I’ve sought financial assistance in Santa Fe; and for that, I operate one of the city’s most unique and successful fine art galleries in the state. No-one sees my gender here, only my seriousness, focus and capabilities.” LISA RODGERS, PHOTO BY CAROLYN WRIGHT

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me through trends and enabled me to succeed over a long career.” Linker and her husband, an architect, have been coming to Santa Fe since the 90s. “It’s a place that called to me – I was attracted to the big blue sky, and the softness of the landscape and architecture,” she says. Year two into her business here, she finds her local clients have trust and confidence in her. “Clients call upon me over and over again,” she says. “I’m service oriented, and I bring to my customers the same expertise I did to the big corporations back east.” Linker offers design for both print and web. She finds the basic principles of print apply to the web. “Anything created for print can be translated for the web,” she says. For example, an ad built for a print magazine or newspaper is easily repurposed for blogs or social media. While she takes on projects such as ads, displays, packaging and magazine layout, her specialty is branding and logo design, or, in her words, building the presence, look and feel of a company. She can also revive an existing brand and update it so it maintains it’s equity.

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he art of design might be defined as that certain intangible thing that guides the eye seamlessly through information, both keeping it organized and aesthetically pleasing. It is the art of conveying facts and figures, translating an idea, or marketing a brand, all the while looking good. Whether you run a business or need to update your personal website, chances are the efficacy of your work could be bettered with good design.

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Brenda Linker has been working in the graphic design field for over 25 years. Before recently moving to Santa Fe, she lived and worked in New York and New Jersey in the corporate sector. Her clients have spanned the gamut from pharmaceuticals to small boutiques, but her love of design stems back to her childhood. “I enjoyed illustration, and working with information and images,” she recalls. “In high school I designed event posters, yearbooks, and greeting cards and realized that this was what I

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wanted to do professionally. I had some very good art teachers who recognized my abilities and pointed me in the right direction.” Linker studied design at Carnegie Mellon University. Her formal training went beyond the commercial, focusing on the concepts of design. “It’s not about embellishment or pretty images. It’s about integration,” Linker explains. “I think creatively and conceptually. My classic design sensibilities have carried

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Additionally, she designs books. She’s currently working on a series of children’s books for Healthy Kids New Mexico, a division of the New Mexico Department of Health. If you’re an artist or photographer looking for a designer to help compile your work into a beautiful coffee table book, Linker has the knowhow and eye to make it happen.

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“I enjoy helping people promote their business. I make the design process approachable, I listen, and create unique solutions,” Linker reflects. “I’m passionate about great design. I wake up in the morning and love what I do.”

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Website design is a continually changing field, and Kate’s diverse background allows her to flourish in it. She thrives on the demanding nature of the business and is always pursuing ways to utilize the latest technology. “I love my work,” she says. “It allows me to be very creative on so many different levels – with design, content and then the marketing of the content. I take great pleasure when I know a client is happy with their results and have met their goals.” When it comes to branding, Kate helps companies define their brand and successfully communicate it to their customers. In website design and development, she covers all aspects for a successful web presence, from design and functionality to marketing, website

security and maintenance. She also assists with e-commerce set-up if companies are planning on selling their goods or services on their websites, as well as with social media and search engine marketing to boost visibility and credibility. This can include setting up business profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. and posting relevant status updates, even blogging if desired. Kate’s list of clients is extensive. She has worked with healthcare networks, management companies, architectural firms, art galleries, artists, photographers, writers, mortgage companies, realtors, fitness studios and many others. She has received glowing testimonials from her clients, who call her, “masterful,” “a real wiz,”

“exceptional,” “creative thinker,” “expert” and “impressive.” The comments are a testament to Kate’s continued success in the industry. “When my clients are successful,” she notes, “I feel I’ve done my job well.” Kate and her husband love raising their two very artistic children in Santa Fe.

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clients create a successful web presence. Her designs are creative, elegant and eyecatching, yet highly functional, allowing users to find information quickly. “It takes a second to form an opinion of a business based on its website appearance,” she describes. “First impressions are vital. A website needs to be attractive to get attention, but it also needs to be easy to navigate or else people will get frustrated and move to another site. Website visitors have little time to linger and need to get information immediately.”

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Kate prides herself on being very creative, accessible, prompt, and professional. She enjoys educating people and helping them achieve their goals. Communication is key in her business. With a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Kate comments: “I come with solid communication and writing skills, I feel I can effectively convey concepts to clients, as well as grasp their needs. I do extensive and careful research as part of the process.”

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Avoid Emotional Investment Decisions

Cutting losses Declines in the financial markets can lead some investors to try to “cut their losses” by selling investments whose price has declined. Yet, when prices have dropped, it may actually be a good time to buy investments, not sell them, especially when the investments are still fundamentally sound. Chasing performance

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In the investment world, the flip side of “fear” is “greed.” Just as some investors are propelled by fear of loss, others are motivated by quick, big gains. They may pursue “hot” investments, only to be disappointed when the sizzle quickly fizzles. Instead of trying to “score” that one big winner, you may be better off spreading your investment dollars among a range of vehicles – stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit (CDs) and so on. While diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss, it may help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. Focusing on the short term

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hat’s the biggest obstacle to your ability to invest successfully? Is it the ups and downs of the financial markets? Political events? The fact you weren’t born rich? Actually, the chief hurdle you face is something over which you have control: your own emotions. Your emotions can lead to a variety of ill-advised investment behaviors, such as these:

When the market is down, you might get somewhat upset when you view your monthly investment statements. But any individual statement is just a snapshot in time; if you were to chart your investment results over a period of 10, 15 or 20 years, you’d see the true picture of how your portfolio is doing – and, in all likelihood, that picture would look better than a statement or two you received during a down market. In any case, don’t overreact to short-term downturns by making hasty “buy” or “sell” decisions. Instead,

stick with a long-term strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Heading to the investment “side-lines” Some people get so frustrated over market volatility they throw up their hands and head to the investment “sidelines” until “things calm down.” And it’s certainly true that, when owning stocks, there are no guarantees; you do risk losing some, or all, of your investment. But if you jump in and out of the market to “escape” volatility, you may take on an even bigger risk – the risk of losing some of the growth you’ll need to reach your goals. Consider this: if you had invested $10,000 in a package of stocks mimicking the S&P 500 in December 1979, your investment would have grown to more than $426,000 by December 2013. But if you had missed just the 10 best days of the market during that time, your $10,000 would only have grown to less than $206,000 – a difference of about $220,000, according to Ned Davis Research, a leading investment research organization. The bottom line? Staying invested over the long term can pay off. (Keep in mind, though, that the S&P 500 is an unmanaged index and isn’t meant to depict an actual investment. Also, as you’ve no doubt heard, past performance is not a guarantee of future results.) Our emotions are useful in guiding us through many aspects of our lives, but when you invest, you’re better off using your head – and not your heart.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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you have the benefit of professional advice, samples that you can touch and feel, and the ability to see proofs during the process. A Santa Fe armature photographer wanted to surprise his wife with a special gift. He took his smartphone photographs from a memorable trip in Sedona, Arizona to Graphic Sky Printing and asked what they could do. He reviewed the various media available and decided on a stretched canvas

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