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FineLifestyles SPRING 2018 | VOLUME 4 ISSUE 1

SANTA FE & ALBUQUERQUE

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GATHERING OF NATIONS CELEBRATES NATIVE CULTURE AND TRADITION LAS CAMPANAS COMPADRES GIVES BACK CREATIVE SANTA FE: CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY ANTOINE PREDOCK’S LIFE IN ARCHITECTURE


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FIRST WORD With Fine Lifestyles editor EMMALY WIEDERHOLT

HERE IN THE DESERT, the word most commonly found on local’s lips is “water.” We constantly need more precipitation, and the recent dry balmy winter has put us all on edge. However, there are a handful of other words in the air this spring, like “innovation,” “tradition,” and “generosity.” Our cover features Albuquerque’s Alfa Romeo, whose Giulia has been named the 2018 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Talk about innovation; the Giulia is the first Italian car to win the coveted automotive title, awarded by experts after thorough evaluation. Other innovators featured in this issue are renowned Albuquerque architect Antoine Predock—whose buildings combine green sensibility with poetic statement—and Creative Santa Fe—a nonprofit that harnesses the City Different’s creativity to apply it toward tackling systemic issues. What would the Land of Enchantment be without its many traditions? This April marks the 35th anniversary of Gathering of Nations, the largest powwow of its kind. Drawing on the many traditions of tribes across the US and Canada, Gathering of Nations has become its own tradition. Finally, it’s worth noting the endless generosity of New Mexicans. Las Campanas Compadres, for example, donates facilities and time to give special needs children valuable equestrian and swimming therapy. The Land of Enchantment, as always, needs water. But let’s not forget we still live in a place of abundance. Here’s to innovation, tradition and generosity!

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SPRING 2018 Volume 4 Issue 1 EDITOR Emmaly Wiederholt emmalyw@finelifestylessw.com DESIGN DeAnne Bell PHOTOGRAPHY Caitlin Elizabeth Paulina Gwaltney Herschel Mair Daniel Quat CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Deborah Stone PUBLISHER Mike Puzey mikep@finelifestylessw.com 910.508.3694 SALES MANAGER Joe Encinias joee@finelifestylessw.com 505.250.2202

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James Kallas Jewelers

“Jewelry is my passion. I believe that jewelry is so much more than metal and stone; it is your honor, your promise to be true, your history and your heritage. It is an heirloom from your ancestors, or perhaps something you will pass onto future generations. Every piece of jewelry that passes through my hands it treated with that level of respect. This is what I believe.”

- James Kallas

Your Local Jeweler, Your Family Jeweler, Your Favorite Jeweler

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE .................................................... 8 HEALTH & WELLNESS ......................17 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ...................21 DINING .................................................. 27 DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE ................ 32 HOUSE & HOME ............................... 40

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FEATURES COVER: Alfa Romeo: The Joy of Driving ........68 Gathering of Nations Turns 35 .......... 22 Las Campanas Compadres Gives Back ........................65 Creative Santa Fe Harnesses Creativity .............................70

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Where Luxury Accessories Abound By Debbie Stone

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uality pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories are the name of the game at Real Deal Collection. The shop has earned a reputation for offering high-end designer brands at a fraction of retail price. “We have hundreds of awesome pieces,” says owner Corey Palmer, “And every item is guaranteed authentic—forever.”

Palmer, a longtime collector of vintage bags, got into the business because she wanted to prevent the circulation of counterfeits. “I got scammed before… there’s just so much smoke and mirrors out there,” she explains. “It’s upsetting, which led me to becoming an authenticator myself.” Palmer started Real Deal Collection in 2006, and has been going strong for over 10 years. “Everyone can wear accessories, no matter what dress size you are,” explains the luxury handbag aficionado. Palmer stay true to her store’s name: She offers the ‘real deal.’ The most popular brand at Real Deal Collection is Louis Vuitton, followed by beloved brands such as Chanel, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Bottega Venetta and Céline. “Women just love these gorgeous classic designs,” Palmer asserts. In addition to handbags, the store offers luxury brand shoes, scarves, wallets, sunglasses, jewelry and luggage—all in gently used condition. Furthermore, Real Deal Collection buys, sells and trades bags and accessories, and thus is a great resource for someone looking to clean out their closet or turn their no-longerworn items into cash or trade for something fresh. Real Deal Collection 223 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.795.5979 RealDealCollection.com TOP RIGHT: Corey Palmer STYLE

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here’s something about diamonds that particularly dazzles. While commonly found in engagement rings, diamonds come in a variety of colors and can be used in jewelry for all occasions. Luckily, New Mexico has just the gemologist with industry expertise to source such rare diamonds: Joe deBella of deBella Fine Gems and Jewelry Arts. Joe’s decades of experience make him a master of jewelry arts, and he has traveled the world collecting elusive gemstones. He earned a graduate degree from the Gemological Institute of America, but earned his chops as a diamond sorter and buyer in Colorado, and later as a wholesale colored stone seller in East Africa. He has owned three stores in Santa Fe beginning in 1981; his current location is next to the Lensic.

stone’s color and clarity, and has the know-how to maximize a diamond’s brilliance. Customers are intimately involved in the design process, which makes each piece personalized. Joe’s inventory of rare colored diamonds gives unusual and unique options, like a three-carat yellow (canary) diamond, or a small match set of natural blue diamonds. After selecting a diamond, he aids in choosing a metal—from platinum to rose gold and more—that compliments the coloring of the stone. In terms of quality, Joe deBella’s inventory is unparalleled. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind engagement or commemorative piece, or simply admire the array of sparking display.

Joe’s diamonds are all certified, well-cut, ethically sourced, and one-of-a-kind. Certification comes from the American Gem Society or the Gemological Institute of America, and a paper trail shows where a diamond was mined and who has handled it. Joe emphasizes proportion ratios to showcase a

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deBella Fine Gems and Jewelry Arts 213 West San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.795.7497 DeBellaJewelers.com deBella_Jewelry


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s Santa Fe’s only certified watchmaker, David Perlowin and his timepiece on, World Class Watches, is a trusted resource for watch lovers. “The level of trust is so important,” he says. “Many customers of mine say they would never buy a watch from anyone else.” A second-generation watchmaker following in his father’s footsteps, Perlowin fine-tuned his knowledge at the prestigious Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program (WOSTEP). Only about five percent of watchmakers in the US have achieved this certification. Service is the cornerstone of Perlowin’s business, though he also carries new, pre-owned, vintage and antique timepieces. Collectors and watch lovers from Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos, as well as visitors and parttime residents, come to him for his renowned service and to see his shop’s treasures. One brand, Eterna, is particularly held in esteem by Perlowin. The Swiss company has been in business since 1856. “Eterna is synonymous with innovation. The most popular movement ever used, the ETA AG, was developed by them,” explains Perlowin. “They were the first to use ball bearings in the oscillating weight on automatic watches, which is now quite common. Their movements also have a double column wheel, which equates to a higher function.” World Class Watches carries several Eterna lines, like the Super KonTiki and the Heritage Collection. Though there is no definitive difference between a men’s and women’s watch, there are stylistic choices that make a watch more feminine, like smaller case measurements, diamond adornments, or mother of pearl dials. Eterna’s Lady KonTiki 36mm quartz is one such graceful movement. Perlowin reflects: “Eterna’s movements are unique and incredibly high grade for a reasonable price.” Stop by today to experience World Class Watch’s beautiful inventory for yourself. World Class Watches 216 Mckenzie St., Santa Fe 505.992.0200 www.wcwtimepieces.com ABOVE: David Perlowin, photo by Linda Carfagno

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Expert ADVICE

CUSTOM JEWELRY

JAMES KALLAS Owner

James Kallas Jewelers 2801 Rodeo Rd., Ste B10 Santa Fe 505.986.1955 JamesKallasJewelersInc.com

get ideas from finished pieces on display in the store. We tailor the design to the specific tastes of the customer.

ustom jewelry starts with an idea for a specific piece. For instance, with an engagement ring, we start out with the shape of the stone. It could be a family stone, or it could be something as specific as a princess cut one-carat diamond. We source stones from several dealers around the country. It’s about choosing the best stone both budgetwise and visually.

The final hand-sketched design gets input into a computer program, Matrix 3D Computer-Aided Design. The 3D rendering program still isn’t that common in the business, but more and more jewelry designers are using the technology to give customers the ability to see their design in different metals and stones for easy comparison, like what a shank in platinum and a setting in green gold might look like, or comparing a sapphire with a diamond. The whole idea is to give the customer a visual cue of what the finished piece will look like, so there’s very little guessing.

From there, we start narrowing down the design field: classical, modern, deco, etc. We try to come up with something that suits the tastes of the customer, usually through a series of hand sketches. Sometimes clients bring in a photo of something they like, or they might model it off another piece of jewelry they admire, like their mother’s ring. Customers also

After the 3D rendering, we make a wax model on one of our three in-house wax mills. This gives the customer a final opportunity to hold a 3D version of their piece before it is made. It’s an easy way to check the proportions in person. From there, we cast it, polish it, finish it, and get it on their finger. The entire process takes two to three weeks.

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At James Kallas Jewelers, we’re proud to say we do every step of the process inshop. Most jewelry stores are majority showroom, whereas ours is two-thirds shop. We have a laser welder, an engraving machine, a cleaning station, a lapidary setup, and a casting station, all in-house. We’ve made every kind of jewelry imaginable, and can make anything a person could want. We both create jewelry and repair it. This sets us apart from most other jewelry stores out there. When you come in, you’re likely to speak to someone who is actually going to work on your piece. There’s nothing worse than ordering a custom piece of jewelry and, when it’s finished, it’s nothing like you envisioned. The steps we take prevent that from ever happening. We show the client the evolution of their jewelry at every stage. Most jewelry stores are simply taking an order to be shipped elsewhere. For truly custom jewelry, we take care of our customers in-house, at every step of the way.


Art and Craftsmanship

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ortenson Silver and Saddles has been crafting custom saddles and trophy buckles, Conchos and other unique handmade silver and leather goods for more than 25 years. Clint Mortenson’s work has been featured in several Hollywood films, including “The Missing,” “Ridiculous Six,” “True Grit” and “Longmire.” Mortenson’s experience as a horseman, combined with his unique vision and attention to detail, ensures that every piece he creates is intricate, authentic and completely original. A cornerstone of Mortenson Silver and Saddles’ commitment to quality is that every piece is custom-made. When designing, he incorporates functionality and beauty into every piece. Whether the job is large or small, Mortenson’s shop can produce anything from family brand buckles to WRCA world champion buckles, to a working cowboy saddle, to a silver mounted show saddle, to an 1800s-period reproduction saddle. Mortenson’s saddle shop can create anything a customer imagines. Together, Mortenson and his team provide years of experience in custom craft work. Mortenson Silver and Saddles 96 Bonanza Creek Rd., Santa Fe 505.424.9330 SilverAndSaddles.com

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Turmeric WHAT’S ALL THE BUZZ?

It’s popped up in your Facebook feed, and your best friend is taking it. Turmeric is the new health and wellness trend, and it seems everyone is extolling its benefits. So what’s all the buzz about?

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urmeric is a rhizome in the ginger family (it looks rather like orange ginger when fresh), and is native to India and Southeast Asia. Often sold in powder form, the bright yellow-orange spice is a favorite in curries and other Asian dishes. Much of the fanfare over turmeric arises from curcumin, a bright yellow chemical believed to reduce inflammation. Curcumin is a principal component of turmeric, and has been shown in preliminary studies to decrease inflammation and pain, as well as ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Lab tests have even indicated that curcumin seems to block the growth of certain kinds of tumors. It's worth noting that very little clinical research exists on the efficacy of turmeric. However, the rhizome has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat any number of digestive, dermatological and circulatory conditions. Recommendations on how to take it vary. Of course, it can be added to dinner, or taken in pill form. Evidence shows that the body does not absorb turmeric well, so it is commonly recommended to pair it with black pepper, which contains a compound, piperine, that helps break it down. Despite the hype, the jury is out. Advocates herald turmeric as the new superfood, while critics claim there’s not enough evidence. Turmeric only seems to have adverse side effects if taken in unusually large amounts or in uncommon ways, like through an IV. It probably has positive effects on health, and hopefully more research will be completed soon. For now, it sure adds flavor!

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GUIDED IMPLANT SURGERY

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DR. ESMAEL VALDEZ Divine Dental of Santa Fe 550 St. Michael’s Drive, Ste. 2 Santa Fe 505.471.7000 DivineDentalOfSantaFe.com Divine Dental Centre 2500 7th Street, Suite H Las Vegas, NM 505.454.8483 DivineDentalCentre.com

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n exploring dental options, have you considered the extraordinary benefits of implants? If you’ve done your research, you’ve certainly heard of the state-of-the-art technology of implant placement called Guided Implant Surgery. As a dentist who places implants every day, I can say with confidence that the procedure is safe, predictable and efficient. Guided Implant Surgery is a superior option that provides an excellent solution for both dentists and patients alike, and this cuttingedge technology is available at Divine Dental. When a patient is in need of an implant, an oral evaluation and medical exam is performed in order to be certain that a patient is a candidate for guided implants. Once the need has been assessed, a

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3D image (also known as CBCT or Cone Beam Computed Tomography) is created. CBCT is a special type of digital x-ray machine used to increase implant predictability, as regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. The 3D image is used to generate a virtual representation of the patient’s jaw and oral anatomy. We then develop a digital treatment plan to place the implant in the exact position in a virtual version of the patient’s jaw. A surgical guide custom-designed to fit the patient’s mouth is then fabricated. During the surgical procedure, the surgical guide is placed in the mouth and snapped on to the surrounding teeth. I’m then able to make a precise, guided osteotomy (a hole in the gums) and place the implant in the bone with exact depth and angulation. This precision is all made possible within the process of the guide/guided surgery. Our patients feel confident knowing that the exceptional benefits of Guided Implant Surgery include safety, comfort, durability, convenience and esthetic quality. It is also typically performed in much less time than previous methods of traditional dental implant surgery. Less incisions and sutures

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are usually needed and therefore postoperative swelling/discomfort is decreased. My considerable experience with Guided Implant Surgery allows me the highest level of precision and control, the certainty of a predictable medical and esthetic outcome, and the knowledge that I am providing my patients with the most sophisticated technologies and superlative services. In addition to placing single implants, we offer All On 4 implant dentures. The term refers to “all” teeth being supported “on four” dental implants, a Guided Surgical Implant procedure for total rehabilitation in patients with badly broken, decayed or compromised teeth due to gum disease. It provides patients with a fixed full-arch prosthesis. Guided Implant Surgery is an in-office procedure that is predicable, safe and efficient. All planning is done prior to the surgical process. The goal is dental implant planning that supports predictable results and enhanced precision while improving your overall experience. The key to successful implant placement is innovative technology and a great dentist.


Fat Reduction from the Experts at

AlluraDerm MD MedSpa is the TOP COOLSCULPTING PROVIDER* in New Mexico

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lluraDerm MD MedSpa is proud to be the top CoolSculpting provider in New Mexico! Since AlluraDerm MD MedSpa was open in 2007, it has won many awards. Recently, AlluraDerm MD MedSpa has been the top provider in two out of three quarters in 2017 and is currently the top provider in 2017! The fat cells in our bodies typically become a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells. After dieting and weight loss, fat cells get smaller, but the number of fat cells stays the same. When weight is gained, fat cells get bigger. The CoolSculpting fatfreezing procedure reduces the number of fat cells in treated areas by about 20 to 25 percent. These fat cells are naturally processed and eliminated, so they won’t migrate to another area of your body. And, unlike what happens with other procedures, there’s no change to fat cells in untreated areas. CoolSculpting is the world’s #1 noninvasive fat reduction procedure. It’s an innovative way to contour your body by freezing unwanted fat away with no surgery or downtime. With more than four million CoolSculpting

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treatments performed worldwide, people everywhere are getting a better view of themselves, thanks to the one-of-a-kind CoolSculpting procedure. The CoolSculpting procedure will NOT help you lose weight. However, if you want to lose unwanted fat and look slimmer in your clothes, then CoolSculpting may be right for you. CoolSculpting however is not for everyone. There may be medical conditions that preclude you from treatment or a body habitus that may result in an unnatural appearance. Fortunately, AlluraDerm MD MedSpa has been helping patient’s shape their future with CoolSculpting since 2012, and the staff has remained the same since

2012. We did not become CoolSculpting specialist overnight. We have the most consistent staff to produce consistently good results, which led us to become the top provider of CoolSculpting in New Mexico, and we are proud of it.

AlluraDerm MD Med Spa 9501 Paseo Del Norte NE, Suite B Albuquerque 505.821.9630 Alluraderm.com *#1 provider in New Mexico for Q1 & Q2 2017

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Expert ADVICE

DR. MARK RASMUSSEN, OD Optometric Physician

1651 Galisteo St, Suite 1 505.983.7746 ultimateeyecaresantafe.com

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TREATING DRY EYES

out before using the drops and wait 15 minutes or more before reinserting your contact lenses. For mild dry eye, contact lens rewetting drops may be sufficient to make your eyes feel better, but the effect is usually only temporary. Switching to another lens brand could also help.

ry eyes or dry eye syndrome is an ongoing condition that treatments may be unable to cure. But the symptoms of dry eye—including dryness, scratchiness and burning—can usually be successfully managed.

Check the label or, better yet, check with your doctor before buying any over-the-counter eye drops. Your eye doctor will know which formulas are effective and long-lasting and which are not, as well as which eye drops will work with your contact lenses.

Your optometrist may recommend artificial tears, which are lubricating eyedrops that may alleviate the dry scratchy feeling. Prescription eye drops go one step further: they help increase tear production.

To reduce the effects of sun, wind and dust on dry eyes, wear sunglasses when outdoors. Wraparound styles offer the best protection. Indoors, an air cleaner can filter out dust and other particles from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to dry air resulting from air conditioning or heating.

However, artificial tears should not be confused with eye drops that are advertised to ‘get the red out.’ These eye drops may indeed reduce the appearance of redness in your eyes, but this is accomplished by making the blood vessels in your eyes smaller rather than actually lubricating your eyes. As such, these drops can sometimes make symptoms worse. One should also be aware that if you wear contacts, some eye drops require you to take them

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For more significant cases of dry eye, your eye doctor may recommend punctal plugs. These tiny devices are inserted in ducts in your lids to slow the drainage of tears away from your eyes, thereby keeping your eyes moister. Doctors sometimes recommend special nutritional supplements containing certain essential fatty acids to decrease dry eye symptoms. Drinking more water may also offer relief.

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Treating any underlying eyelid disease, such as blepharitis, helps as well. This may call for antibiotic or steroid drops, plus frequent eyelid scrubs with an antibacterial shampoo. If you are considering LASIK, be aware that dry eyes may disqualify you for the surgery, at least until your dry eye condition is successfully treated. Dry eyes increase your risk of poor healing after LASIK, so most surgeons will want to treat the dry eyes first to ensure a good outcome. This goes for other types of vision correction surgery as well. If medications are the cause of dry eyes, discontinuing the drug generally resolves the problem. However, the benefits of the drug must be weighed against the side effect of dry eyes. Sometimes switching to a different type of medication alleviates the dry eye symptoms while losing the efficacy of the treatment. In any case, never switch or discontinue your medications without consulting with your doctor first.


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Gathering of Nations Celebrates Native Culture and Tradition By Emmaly Wiederholt

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ew Mexico is known for its vibrant Native culture; whereas many places in contemporary America have little knowledge of local tribes, New Mexico’s 19 pueblos, three Apache reservations, and portion of the Navajo Nation are a source of great pride. Thus, it only makes sense that the Land of Enchantment would host the largest powwow in North America. Gathering of Nations, an annual event held in Albuquerque, is celebrating its 35th year this April, and has grown over the past three and a half decades into an international destination to learn about, share and enjoy the many customs and traditions of indigenous North American people. Gathering of Nations (GON) is the largest powwow of its kind. Approximately 100 powwows take place each year throughout the United States and Canada, primarily in the summer months. GON starts the powwow season off with a bang; whereas most powwows will include a couple hundred participants, GON has over 2,500 participants each year, with representatives from all 562 US tribes and over 200 Canadian tribes.

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GATHERING OF NATIONS HAS OVER 2,500 PARTICIPANTS EACH YEAR, WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL 562 US TRIBES AND OVER 200 CANADIAN TRIBES. GON is Albuquerque’s second largest event after the Balloon Fiesta, drawing both Native communities as well as outsiders interested in experiencing the prodigious skill showcased by the various dancers, singers and drummers competing in the powwow. The wide array of traditional dance styles—including women’s fancy shawl, women’s jingle, men’s fancy feather, and men’s grass— are highly competitive. Judges assess the technicality and artistry of the dancing, as well as the craftsmanship of the costumes. To be a headliner at GON’s powwow is no small feat. As GON has grown, it’s been able to expand in many directions. Stage 49, for example, features contemporary music by Native artists. Then there’s Teepee Village, a quiet space to reflect away from the noise and bustle. New this year is the Horse and Rider Regalia Parade, which aims to promote horse culture. Don’t forget Powwow Alley full of delicious fares and treats. Finally, there’s the Indian Traders’ Market, which features over 400 vendors selling authentic crafts and artifacts. A particularly special event is Miss Indian World, a contest among young Native women looking to be ambassadors of their culture. “Throughout Indian country, there’s always been a powwow princess. This is an attempt to find a representative of all tribes. It’s a cultural pageant, not a beauty pageant,” explains Derek Mathews, founder and director of GON. “It’s all about understanding tribal traditions and culture.” Mathews himself is associated with the Pueblo Indian cultures and traditions of Northern New Mexico, and has a background in theater and the performing arts. His family has long been involved in powwows. He became the advisor of the Native American Club at the old University of Albuquerque, and soon found himself taking on the role of organizing the annual powwow. That was in 1983. “It’s been thriving ever since through wordof-mouth,” says Mathews. “For a lot of the people who come every year, it’s become a reunion. Albuquerque is a wonderful place for different tribes to come together.” GON is open to all indigenous people of the Americas, though most participants are from the US and Canada. In recent years, there have also been Miss Indian World contestants from Mexico and Guatemala, as well as powwow dancers from Central America and the Caribbean.


“Gathering of Nations brings unity between tribes by sharing cultures and traditions,” Mathews emphasizes. “It’s a coming together of the different tribes to share and learn from each other, as well as an opportunity to educate outsiders about Native American people.” Before the 2009 recession, GON regularly enjoyed crowds of over 100,000. Since then, attendees number between 75,000 to 80,000. Reflecting back on 35 years of organizing, Mathews is particularly heartened by the growing Native pride he sees. He describes a school group from the Northwest who were embarrassed to be Native Americans. The council leaders brought the kids to GON, hoping to inspire them. “By the end of the trip,” Mathews describes, “they wanted to make their own traditional outfits. It was a complete turnaround. We have been able to reinforce Native culture and pride.” This year’s festivities take place April 26–28 at Tingley Coliseum/Expo NM in Albuquerque. Miss Indian World kicks off the event on Thursday the 26th, followed by the powwow on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. The opportunity to experience a cultural event unlike any other is in our own backyard and, as Mathews sums up, “We invite everyone to come, share, learn and enjoy.”

For more information, visit www.GatheringOfNations.com. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: GON powwow teepees; GON powwow drum group; GON powwow staff carrier; GON powwow fancy dancer bustles

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ong ignored by oenophiles, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico, is fast becoming one of the world’s hottest and well-respected wine areas.

Baja’s first vineyard, Bodegas de Santo Tomás, was founded in 1888. After the Mexican Revolution, much of the region fell under private control and was quickly transformed into the first large winemaking operation in Mexico. The valley is the same size as Napa Valley, but Napa has 40,000 acres of vineyards, versus the 6,200 acres in Valle de Guadalupe that produce almost 90 percent of Mexico’s wines. Considered a laboratory of experimental wine production due to at least 120 different varietals being grown under no rules, ambitious winemakers submit the vines to intense pruning, which diminishes production but adds richness and complexity to the wine. Collaborations with prestigious wineries from France, Spain, Italy and Chile are testament to the superior terroir of the area. During this author’s recent winetasting trip to the area late last year, it became evident that the Valle now produces world-class wines that any wine lover or fine dining establishment would be happy to have grace their table. At Adobe Guadalupe, Tru Miller, owner, and Daniel Lonnberg, oenologist from Chile, are at the forefront of the Valle’s revolution. Try their Gabriel, a classic Bordeaux style blend; Rafael, a Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo blend, or the exotic Kerubiel, a blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache and Mourverdre. At Henri Lurton, Lourdes “Lulu” Martinez Ojeda and her team are

producing world-class wines. Henri Lurton, owner of the Grand Cru Classé, Château Brane-Cantenac in Margaux, has placed a confident bid on the area. Lulu, after working for almost 10 years at Château Brane-Cantenac, has returned to her hometown of Ensenada to bridge the divide between France and Mexico. Her Chenin Blanc is a stunner and worthy of the industry’s highest accolades. Other wineries of note that particularly impress are Lechuza, Corona del Valle, La Trinidad, Vena Cava and Solar Fortun. Catch a flight into San Diego and then drive south for about an hour. What you will find in terms of wine and food quality will change your mind forever about the wine and cuisine of Mexico.

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t top restaurants, chefs commonly offer a degustation menu—a tasting menu that features the talents of the chef or the specialties of the region. The word ‘dégustation’ is French, and refers to the careful and curatorial tasting of various foods, focusing on the senses, usually in the form of several small portions over many leisurely courses. Nationally recognized with a coveted Four Diamond Award from AAA, it only makes sense that Sazón would soon offer its own tasting menu in the vein of what it has already achieved renown for: Chef Fernando Olea brings his culinary talents to a sumptuous nine course Degustación Menu that features the extraordinary flavors of Mexico. On January 11th, Sazón initiated its new Degustación Menu. With two seatings nightly at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. by reservation only, the

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CHEF DEGUSTACIÓN DULCE SIMFONIA a symphony of flavors ice cream / caramel / nuts / sauce / essence of chile Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Ruinart, France, NV FLAUTITA DE CHAPULINES baby grasshoppers in a crispy corn tortilla Artenom Seleccion de 1579 Tequila BARRIGUITA DE LECHON pork belly / jalapeño sauce Delirio De Oaxaca Anejo Mezcal Higado de Ganso foie gras / raspberry sauce Garnacha/Carignan, La Perla del Priorat, ‘Noster Priorat Sants’, Catalonia, Spain, 2008 extensive dinner is sure to delight. “We are trying to bring what is happening globally to Santa Fe without losing the essence of what we are: contemporary Mexican cuisine,” says Olea. In a bold move, Olea places dessert first on the menu. The rationale? “I offer the dessert at the beginning of the dinner because that’s when the palette is freshest,” explains Olea. Chef’s signature Dulce Sinfonia is a symphony of flavors including ice cream, caramel, nuts and essence of chile. From there, the dinner proceeds with baby grasshopper taquitos wrapped in crispy corn tortillas. Successive courses each get slightly heavier, ending with Muscovy duck enmolada. Courses are subject to change depending on availability of ingredients. Depending on the catch of the day, the fish course might vary. Also available is a vegetarian menu including stuffed zucchini, a crab-free version of Olea’s famed Sopa de Amor, and an enmolada stuffed with mushrooms. New to the restaurant is the mole rosa, featured on both menus, comprised of beets, almonds, pine nuts, white chocolate and chile chipotle. Libations are an equally important part of the Degustación experience. Sazón’s co-owner Lawrence Becerra has carefully paired a complimentary drink menu to Olea’s cuisine. “Many times with a degustation menu, there will be a white wine for the first couple of courses, then it will switch to red, before ending with a dessert wine, so you might only sample a few wines over the entire dinner. Here at Sazón, we’ve paired a wine with each course,” Becerra explains. “And it’s not only wines… we are also showcasing our world-class tequilas and mezcals. The dessert is paired with a fantastic Champagne, the grasshoppers come with tequila, and the pork belly is paired with mezcal. Then we go into a selection of wines both old- and new-world.” The Degustación Menu can be ordered alone or with drink pairings. “Aside from food and drink, the plating is beautiful,” Becerra emphasizes. “The plate is a canvas for Fernando. The entire menu is a sampling of flavor, texture and color.” Olea adds: “It’s an opportunity to sample the best of the restaurant in one evening.” Sazón 221 Shelby St., Santa Fe 505.983.8604 www.SazonSantaFe.com

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TALLARINES rice noodles in a creamy white wine reduction Gruyere cheese / Tacuba salsa / Enoki mushrooms Rosé, Mourvedre/Grenache/ Cinsault, Hecht & Bannier, Bandol, France, 2016 DUETO DE SOPAS creamy soup of roasted poblano peppers / lump blue crab / topped with Amaretto foam and chocolate silky black bean soup / bacon / sour cream / cheese/corn strips Chardonnay, Grgich Hills, 40th. Anniversary, Napa, CA, 2014 PESCADO EN MOLE ROSA fish of the day / Mole Rosa Tempranillo, Marqués de Murrieta, ‘Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial’, Rioja, Spain, 2007 ENMOLADA DE PATO corn tortilla stuffed with Muscovy duck / sweet potatoes / Mole Poblano Cabernet Sauvignon, Paul Hobbs, Napa, CA, 2014 CHOCOLATE MEXICANA Coffee / Selection of Tea

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Fitz-Gerald’s co-conspirator is the ever-effervescent Nelly-Joy Irakoze, a Burundi native who previously ran a Santa Fe bed and breakfast. “The best thing about Casa Nova is the joy I feel when I walk in the door,” she says. “I am very fortunate to be part of this amazing gallery, and am happy to be surrounded every day by the unique art and craft Casa Nova offers. It brings me back home each time I enter Casa Nova. What else to ask? Casa Nova has become my home!”

Fitz-Gerald admits her goal is not only to bring out the best of Africa’s artistic talent, but also to support and nurture the artists, craftspeople and designers in the interest of poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood creation. “Your purchase helps give them a sustainable income toward financial independence,” she says. She notes how her customers love the stories behind the products, as well as the fact they can make purchases with a social conscience.

Currently showcased in the gallery are the Kuba textiles, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Woven from the raffia palm, the elaborate and complex geometric designs are generally sewn onto a main woven panel of fabric, which is then embellished with repetitive patchwork, applique and embroidery to form a textured surface. These richly tactile fabrics influenced, among others, the famous French artist Henri Matisse; he combined the African aesthetic with his own vivid color palate.

Fitz-Gerald also leads tours to Africa once a year, an insider’s tour for those interested in exploring the continent in depth. She infuses the experience with cultural and culinary forays, as well as with a hearty dose of adventure, safari, flora, fauna and, of course, art. Casa Nova by Natalie 530 S. Guadalupe St. 505.983.8558 CasaNovaGallery.com

While traditionally used as ceremonial skirts, the Kuba’s intriguing designs also make great interior décor; through unique shops like Casa Nova, anyone can now admire and find inspiration in the Kuba textiles, using them as pillow or bed covers or hanging them as art in their own right.

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atalie Fitz-Gerald likes to refer to her shop as a “visual feast,” which accounts for how often she produces that special “wow” factor among her customers. The Santa Fe resident owns Casa Nova, an up-market gallery located in the city’s historic Railyard district. Creating a medley of cultural fusion, Fitz-Gerald personally sources her stock from primarily African countries, though other regions of the world are also represented. “I was born in South

Africa,” she notes, “and for many years I admired all the wonderful art being created in rural cooperatives. I knew I wanted to open a store one day and sell those exceptional products.”

“The Kuba are used both functionally, ritually, and for barter and exchange,” Fitz-Gerald explains. “The middle color is woven by the men, and the women complete the applique. From an artistic and design standpoint, they are absolutely brilliant.”

“I work with anywhere from 25 to 30 cooperatives at any given time,” says Fitz-Gerald. “It’s a collaborative effort with regards to design, product development and marketing, and I always strive to be very sensitive to issues of heritage and tradition.”

These Kuba textiles are part of an extensive textile collection available at Casa Nova Gallery including, but not limited to, Indigo, Mudcloth, Kente Cloth, felted fabric, Oaxacan, Chinese and South East Asia textiles.

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anta Fe’s Residential Luxury Market continued its five year rise in 2016, and saw a significant 16.2% increase

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ANTOINE PREDOCK A Life in Architecture By Emmaly Wiederholt

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ntoine Predock is a self-described modern architect, which means he doesn’t adhere to any certain style or historical precedent. The long-time Albuquerque resident has worked locally, nationally and internationally for the past five decades. “My work has to do with honoring a deep connection to place, both geologically and culturally,” he describes. “I believe buildings can have a deep sense of place without blowing in any stylistic winds.” Growing up, Predock didn’t know what architecture was. He went into engineering at UNM but felt an emptiness in those courses, and decided to take an aptitude test. When the test signaled a proclivity for architecture, he remembered a technical drawing class he had taken as a freshman that had been taught by an architect, Don Schlegel, whom Predock recalls had a special kind of energy. Predock immediately switched direction to the fledgling UNM architecture program, and never looked back. He finished his studies at Columbia University, and further completed a fellowship in Spain and an internship in San Francisco. The La Luz Community, situated along the Rio Grande Bosque, was Predock’s first signature achievement, and put him on the map internationally. Designed in 1967, he envisioned one event on the landscape, an aggregation of modern adobe townhouses. “I

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wanted to respond environmentally,” he explains. “The buildings are almost blank on the West side to counter the afternoon summer sun and dust-storm winds in the spring. Every unit has a great view of the Sandia Mountains and city lights across the valley.” An exhibition in Paris followed, leading to other commissions, as well as several awards. Predock says he has often been called a green architect, but feels the genre is primarily assessed by sustainability, rather than by the poetic statement of a building. Artistry has always been his

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priority; he says considering the environment should go without saying. To that end, New Mexico has been an instrumental teacher to Predock in terms of design: “I had to learn to deal with the power of environment and its assault on a building. I learned to be sensitive to the sun’s movement as well as the prevailing winds. New Mexico taught me a cosmic sense of responsibility to the sky and earth.” Downtown Albuquerque housed Predock’s headquarters for 50 years, along with offices in Taiwan and California. Last year, Predock and his wife, sculptor and UNM professor Constance DeJong, decided to gift to UNM their Albuquerque residence, studio and archive, which will become the Predock Center for Design and Research—a design studio, workshop and archival display. UNM is currently fundraising for the Center’s endowment to ensure its longevity. In 2014, Predock completed a crowning achievement: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He won an international competition for his design: “Symbolic roots clutch the earth, while glowing alabaster rampways ascend to the sky. It has a narrative and episodic progression from darkness to light, ending in the Tower of Hope looking out across the city.” Future projects include a residence in Provence, France; a residence in Scottsdale, Arizona; a condominium tower in Taipei, Taiwan; and Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications in Education City, Doha, Qatar. Otherwise, you can find the renowned architect enthusiastically riding motorcycles, his other life passion. “Don’t believe in any stereotypical or ‘custom house’ version of things,” he advises regarding design. “The space you live and work will shape your life. Don’t take it lightly.”

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ince the SOMERS gallery on Palace Avenue was rechristened GRACE in February, the jewelry and the storefront have been evolving on many levels. The GRACE line of jewelry shares the quality, feel and wear-ability of the original SOMERS line, and is drawing rave reviews from customers for its small batches of standout, versatile and one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from 22 carat gold, wood accents and gorgeous strands of semi-precious stones. Beyond the jewelry, the gallery itself has become a work of art. Inside, visitors won’t find another cool color palette with the merchandise protected behind panels of buffed glass. The collections’ new backdrop is a vibrant tangerine curtain, painted in exquisite detail across the walls. Hand-blown glass vessels hang at intervals, brimming with greens and fresh flowers. On a quarterly basis, GRACE also exhibits the work of like-minded visual artists. The effect is layered, energetic and immediately uplifting.

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“Galleries as disappearing white boxes feel so boring and uninspired,” explains designer and owner Hillary Randolph. “I design these necklaces and bracelets to become part of your life—treasured possessions you’ll wear constantly—that are meant to inspire and remind you who you are. The entire gallery expresses that vitality, and our guests love it.”

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n fact, philanthropy is a vital part of GRACE’s business model, founded on the idea that a successful business should profit and have impact. “We believe that being part of a compassionate and thriving community means supporting nonprofits and charities that make a positive difference, both here in Santa Fe and across the nation,” Hillary says.

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The last time we checked in with designer Hillary Randolph, she had just debuted walk in GRACE, her new line of candy-colored dog collars and leads that look amazing and do good too. GRACE donates 10 percent of proceeds from the line to Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary in Glorieta, which also benefits from sales of her best-selling leather-and-bead bangles, designed by Hillary’s daughter, Coco.

Shortly after the brand debuted last year, Hillary began offering share with GRACE gatherings in private settings where GRACE jewelry and lifestyle sales raise money and awareness for the host’s favorite charity. GRACE typically donates 20 percent of proceeds, and share with GRACE made meaningful contributions to the Environmental Defense Fund and Hospice of the Chesapeake last year. “There’s great synergy in these events,” Hillary remarks. “I love how we’re breaking the traditional mold of having to ask for donations. The host brings her friends together out of passion for her cause and, if they fall in love with the jewelry, they’re contributing too.” Hillary’s longstanding dream to support local nonprofits has also recently come to life. For the past year, GRACE researched local charities to find the perfect fit for the brand. “There is so much need here in Santa Fe, it was difficult to pick just one,” Hillary explains. “And, although we liked

the idea of supporting several, we didn’t want to dilute our impact.” Fortunately, an introduction to 100 Women Who Care Santa Fe made everything possible. This growing group (now 130 women strong) operates on a simple concept: they meet four times per year, with each member donating $100 per meeting. In the space of one hour, the women listen to brief presentations by three local nonprofits; one is selected via a group vote and receives $100 from each member, for a total of $10,000 (and more than $40,000 per year). Since the two runner-up organizations are ineligible to present again for 12 months, Hillary decided to donate a portion of her quarterly proceeds to them, so everyone comes out a winner.

For more information about 100 Women Who Care Santa Fe, visit their website at www.100WomenWhoCareSantaFe.com. To host a share with GRACE trunk show in your home, contact GRACE gallery at 505.780.5611.

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“100 Women Who Care was an ‘aha!’ moment for me,” Hillary describes. “It’s a community of local women with an efficient model, which really resonates with everyone. It’s all about women connecting for a cause, which suits the GRACE mission perfectly. In one short hour, 100 committed women collect $10,000 that immediately impacts Santa Fe. It’s an amazingly powerful effort.” Meanwhile, Coco will soon initiate 50 Kids Who Care for Santa Fe youth, so stay tuned.

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As the holidays draw near, Hillary Randolph is expanding her collection at GRACE Gallery to include one-of-a-kind accessories and seasonal gifts. “This is the ideal time to stretch in directions I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” she explains. “The jewelry has been so successful, and I’ve loved exploring a new aesthetic via the GRACE line. But the more time I spend in the gallery, the more I understand that what draws people in is a feeling they get when they first look inside. Visitors immediately understand we are about quality, details, uplift, and connection. Ultimately, those values translate beyond jewelry.” Additions to the collection reflect Hillary’s longstanding desire to collaborate with artists and artisans whose work she admires. Take the thoughtful assemblage of glass bottles, hand-blown by a young woman she met in New York years ago. Each stoppered vessel contains a hand-lettered message, “Like your guardian angel would write and toss into the sea knowing only you—or someone you adore—would find it. And if that’s not enough,” Hillary quips, “they make delightful bud vases.”

Hillary Randolph

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Holiday ornaments are handmade by a local craftsperson who sources his materials locally. “He came through the door one day in hopes I’d buy something for myself, but when I saw how beautiful his work was, I placed an order for the gallery on the spot,” Hillary explains. Other seasonal rollouts are designed to make this year’s gifting GRACEful and bright, and include luxurious cashmere wraps, inspirational notecards, and classic SOMERS designs decadently cast, for the first time, in chocolate. GRACE 125 E. Palace Ave. 505.986.0288 WearYourGrace.com


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Real Estate Market Insights

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he luxury market continues to shift upward with an 18% increase in 2017 sales over 2016. We see movement accelerating in this upward trend in 2018 as Santa Fe continues to resonate as a desirable place to live in the buyers’ mind.

Homes for Sale 4Q17

-18.4%

186

3Q17

247

2Q17

249

1Q17

180

4Q16

228

Seasonality always plays a large part here, but the decrease shown in number of properties for sale in the 4th quarter of 2017 vs 4th quarter 2016 is significant and will put pressure on prices. (*Luxury is defined as residential properties $1m and above)

DBarker@SantaFeRealEstate.com LBarker@SantaFeRealEstate.com 505 992 3563 505 490 2626

530 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe • 505 982 9836 • SantaFeRealEstate.com


The Santa Fe Luxury Real Estate Market Luxury Selling Price

Luxury Sales

per Sq. Ft.

4Q17

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3Q17

47

2Q17

12.8%

32.1%

27

4Q16

3Q17

1Q17 4Q16

3Q17

19%

210 244 169

Lower days on market is reflecting the increased demand in this market segment.

$327

Sales Price

4Q17

2Q17

$399

Luxury Average & Median

151 117

$381

An increase of over $100 per square foot over last year is a welcome sign for luxury homeowners. Buyers are focused on quality and paying for it.

Luxury Days on Market days

$438

4Q16

Luxury sales are approaching our peak market conditions seen back in 2005 - 2006. This market segment finished the year strong, closing above the same quarter last year.

18

3Q17

1Q17

39

4Q17

$432

2Q17

40

1Q17

4Q17

Average

2Q17

3.17%

Median

$1,609,000 $1,268,000 $1,475,000 $1,325,000 $1,438,000 $1,248,000 $1,584,000

1Q17

$1,350,000

4Q16

$1,351,000 $1,229,000

Again, healthy increases across the board bodes well for the new year.

Our market is shifting more rapidly than we have experienced recently. We have noticed a welcoming trend of younger buyers in our Luxury Market as they are more mobile and less tied to a specific job location in major metropolitan markets. For real-time neighborhood specific data & statistics, visit SantaFeRealEstate.com/Market-Insights *Data source: All information contained herein is derived from the Santa Fe MLS and is believed to be accurate.

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100 Pedregal Place

OFFERED AT: $1,185,000 INQUIRIES: 505 690 7333 ASSOCIATE: J.C. Linson

1677 Cerro Gordo Rd, #11

OFFERED AT: $1,150,000 INQUIRIES: 505 660 5170 ASSOCIATE: Robin Zollinger

1236 Vallecita Drive

OFFERED AT: $895,000 INQUIRIES: 505 603 3688 ASSOCIATE: Belinda Young

5 Calle Estrella

OFFERED AT: $849,000 INQUIRIES: 505 470 5604 ASSOCIATE: John Hancock

54 Churchill Rd

1301 Tano Ridge Rd

13 Daisy Circle

OFFERED AT: $749,990 INQUIRIES: 505 930 9102 ASSOCIATE: Coleen Dearing

OFFERED AT: $890,000 INQUIRIES: 505 577 5273 ASSOCIATE: Mark Banham

49 Camino Tetzcoco

OFFERED AT: $879,000 INQUIRIES: 505 603 1494 ASSOCIATE: Georgette Romero

OFFERED AT: $835,000 INQUIRIES: 505 670 8201 ASSOCIATE: Michael D’Alfonso

1110 Piedra Rondo

530 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 505 982 9836 • SantaFeRealEstate.com 8 Summer Night

OFFERED AT: $725,000 INQUIRIES: 505 930 4105 ASSOCIATE: Sherie Stiver Zinn

37 Calle Cantando

OFFERED AT: $750,000 INQUIRIES: 505 699 7835 ASSOCIATES: Kathy De La Torre + Natalie Rivera Benavent

81 B N Shining Sun

OFFERED AT: $599,000 OFFERED AT: $724,900 INQUIRIES: 505 603 1494 INQUIRIES: 505 670 8696 ASSOCIATE: Natalie Rivera Benavent ASSOCIATE: Georgette Romero


315 Loma Arisco

OFFERED AT: $579,000 INQUIRIES: 505 204 2491 ASSOCIATE: Stephanie Duran

91 Avenida Aldea

OFFERED AT: $569,000 INQUIRIES: 505 577 5909 ASSOCIATE: Tami Acker

33 Camino San Lucas

OFFERED AT: $568,000 OFFERED AT: $560,000 INQUIRIES: 505 501 1888 INQUIRIES: 505 919 8048 ASSOCIATES: Jeff Assad ASSOCIATE: Leslie Elliott + Patricia Love

834 Dunlap

7 Chapala Road

OFFERED AT: $540,000 INQUIRIES: 505 670 3645 ASSOCIATE: Ginger Clarke

OFFERED AT: $522,500 INQUIRIES: 505 455 8701 ASSOCIATE: Alex Nettey

258 NM 503

624 Galisteo St., #31

OFFERED AT: $475,000 INQUIRIES: 505 660 5170 ASSOCIATE: Robin Zollinger

3013 Cliff Palace

OFFERED AT: $407,500 INQUIRIES: 505 660 4788 ASSOCIATE: Francie Miles

89 Avenida Aldea

530 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 505 982 9836 • SantaFeRealEstate.com 1 Ensenada Drive

OFFERED AT: $377,000 INQUIRIES: 505 470 4348 ASSOCIATE: Tom Matthews

127 Solana Drive

OFFERED AT: $369,000 INQUIRIES: 505 470 7314 ASSOCIATE: Ernie Zapata

OFFERED AT: $438,000 INQUIRIES: 505 660 6008 ASSOCIATES: Carol Hawkins

4429 Blue Juniper Loop

OFFERED AT: $324,900 INQUIRIES: 505 660 3610 ASSOCIATE: Jody Lusk


Getting the

Garden Ready “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” -Mahatma Gandhi

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he days are getting longer and warmer, which means gardening season is upon us. In order to have a bountiful and verdant backyard by late summer, it’s important to start now. New Mexico is not an easy place to garden; high elevation, dry weather and extreme changes in temperature make the Southwest harder to cultivate than other areas of the country. Harder—but not impossible. With a few modifications, you can get your garden up and running. A good place to start is the soil. New Mexico’s soil is often hard and sandy. Remember: Adobe bricks are made from it. But plants, especially vegetables, tend to thrive in lush, fecund soil. Natural fertilizers and compost are great at restoring soil nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Because we live in a high and dry area, mulch is the name of the game. Mulch covers the soil, reducing evaporation and erosion, as well as moderating the soil temperature against hot days and cold nights. It also limits weed growth. Bark and hay are common mulches and, as they decompose, they enrich the soil underneath. Perhaps most important of all in a dry landscape is using water efficiently. Drip irrigation systems protect against excessive run-off and evaporation. A good irrigation system applies water only where and when it is needed, instead of wasting precious droplets that end up benefiting pesky weeds. Hooking up your irrigation system to a rain barrel off your roof’s gutter is a great way to conserve water. Enriching your soil, mulching and irrigating are good ways to get your garden in shape for the coming summer. However, every micro-climate has different needs, so talk to your local garden store for expert advice specific to your backyard.

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The dry, harsh climate of the desert can take a toll on most exterior siding products. Intense sun, steady winds, temperature changes, UV rays, and gritty sand can cause wood, vinyl, cement, or aluminum siding to deteriorate rapidly. But one siding material has been proven to have what it takes to stand up to our wind and weather: stucco. At Dreamstyle Stucco, installing stucco is our passion – our expert installers have more than fifty years combined experience. And, Dreamstyle Stucco offers authentic, maintenance-free traditional stucco, or high-quality synthetic stucco which repels water, offers superior color consistency, and resists dirt.

WHY CHOOSE DREAMSTYLE STUCCO – Been in Business for 25 Years – Licensed, Bonded, and Insured – Iron-clad, Extended Warranty – Expert Installation

Just as important as choosing the right style of stucco for your home is the proper installation of your new stucco walls. Dreamstyle Remodeling’s stucco crews are all highly experienced and skilled, ensuring that your stucco will be applied professionally in order to deliver many years of reliable performance and protection

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Shower Systems

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Expert ADVICE

GETTING RID OF MOLD EASIER SAID THAN DONE

KLAUS HERRING

Managing Partner/Owner ARCS Alpha Restoration & Construction Services, Inc. 505.473.2057 3812 Oliver Road Santa Fe Klaus.H@ARCS247.com www.ARCS247.com

ABOVE: ARCS mold remediation technician wire brushes and scrapes mold from interior framing.

“IF YOU DON’T GET RID OF THE FUNGUS (MOLD), ALL YOU’RE DOING IS PROVIDING IT WITH LUNCH.” –DR. CYNTHIA CAREY

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he quote above is from Dr. Cynthia Carey at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The word in parentheses was added by us, as mold, in its infinite number of species, is also a fungus. IF YOU HAVE MOLD, HOW DO YOU GET RID OF IT? The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) publishes the ANSI approved Standard for Mold Remediation. Dozens of experts in the field review this publication and all are in agreement with Dr. Carey, but getting rid of mold is easier said than done. With all the roof leaks and various other forms of water damage occurring in many New Mexico homes, mold is having a field day. Plenty of moisture (all that water getting into your house

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from that leaking roof you didn’t fix before winter started), a nice dark space (the space between plaster or drywall and the stucco on the outside of your house), plenty of organic food (all that tasty wood or the scrumptious cellulose on the back of the sheetrock) and really comfy temperatures (right around 68 degrees Fahrenheit) make a perfect home for your newest house guests (Mr. Penicillium, Mrs. Aspergillus, Aunt Cladosporium and Uncle Stachybotrus, just to name a few). Once they’ve moved into your home, getting rid of these house guests is a daunting task. Some folks will lead you to believe that simply wiping the offending fungus away with bleach will do the task. Others swear by any number of magic cures, potions and assorted other hocus pocus that’s to be sprayed over or painted on.


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: ARCS technician removing mold from frame; Mold on sagging ceiling due to leaky roof; Ceiling with water damage.

The fact of the matter is that nothing works as well as physical removal of the offending house guests. Before you serve eviction papers, there are some critical preparations that need to be made. First: Protect yourself at all times. Wearing proper personal protection equipment, including eye and respiratory protection, will keep you from getting into a knock-down, drag-out with these house guests. They’ve been known to invade your personal space and cause all sorts of illness and disease. Second: Build a protective containment. Keep in mind that mold spores are microscopic in size and adept at avoiding attacks directed against them by launching themselves into the air and floating throughout your living space. Picture blowing directly onto a dandelion… the seeds all float in the air. This is similar to what mold does when disturbed, except billions of microscopic mold spores float in the air. To trap them, you will need a HEPA-filter equipped device that scrubs the air clean of the offending escapees (a negative air machine or air scrubber).

Third: Evict the mold. This requires some actual elbow grease as the plaster or sheetrock on your walls and ceilings will need to be removed (along with all the mold attached to the back of it). The moist insulation needs to be pulled out and discarded and then you’re finally left with all the mold attached to the framing and plywood. This needs to be wire brushed, sanded or scraped off. Wait! You’re not done yet. There are still spores hiding in all sorts of nooks and crannies. These need to be removed by using a HEPA vacuum, and every millimeter of walls, floors and ceiling inside your enclosure needs to be carefully vacuumed. Finally, the last step of the eviction process is the detailed wipe down of the walls, floors and ceilings to make sure you got every last spore. Fourth: Verify, verify, verify. Hire a qualified, professional third-party testing company. These folks perform a post-remediation verification test and provide you with written test results. These are pass-or-fail results. ARCS guarantees to pass such a test the first time. In the event we do not pass

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we will return and re-clean any areas in question at no additional charge. This document proves the remediation efforts have been successful and should be kept with other important papers (like your insurance policy). There are still some insurance companies who do provide limited coverage for mold remediation. Check your policy to determine if you have such coverage. Once you have passed the clearance test, ARCS’ restoration technicians make sure any damaged areas in your home are restored to match your existing finishes as close as possible. To help our customers, ARCS has a 24hour emergency response line, always answered by one of our on-call staff.

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The Awning Advantage There’s something timeless about an awning; the appeal lies both in the quaint quality it lends an edifice, as well as its utility blocking the elements. With so much direct sun, New Mexico’s homes and offices are ideal for awnings, both as accent pieces and sun blockers. Santa Fe Awning has been family owned and operated for over 20 years, and has the inventory and knowhow to create the perfect awning for your home or business. 50

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wnings are great for north, east and northeast exposures because they block the directness of the morning sun. They are also good protection against rain hitting windows or doors, and can help cut cooling costs by keeping the sun off the glass,” explains manager Sara Talachy. “In the winter, a canopy over a doorway can keep ice off the walkway below. And because so many people in Santa Fe have custom doors, an awning can protect a beautiful front door.” Awnings commonly come in aluminum or fabric; aluminum is hardier and comes in basic colors, whereas there are over 200 fabric color options in both solids and stripes. Fabrics are vinyl or canvas, and have a 10-year warranty. Businesses often prefer fabric awnings because they can be backlit, and a business name and logo can be printed on the fabric. For businesses, it’s a great way to make an office facade pop, as well as give additional branding. Huge awnings, like that over the Santa Fe Opera – which Santa Fe Awning installed – can be used as an elaborate patio cover. Santa Fe Awning has even had customers use awnings as makeshift patios and enclosures. One man installed a mini patio under his awning that could be zipped in during the winter to create an improvised mud room. Santa Fe Awning also did the patio enclosures at the Boxcar Bar and Grill and Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza. It’s a great option for businesses wanting to make use of a patio area year-round.

construct, but also among the most popular. “It comes down to preference,” says Talachy. “A lot of costumers like the dome, but it’s harder to create the circumferences. It’s a classic, upscale look.” Other designs include quarter barrel and half barrel, as well as concave. Santa Fe Awning designs, fabricates and installs all its awnings, taking care of the project from beginning to end. Painting is done in-house in acrylic, usually by Talachy herself. “It gives an ambiance to the living space outside,” she describes. Give your home or business an easy facelift with an attractive awning in time for spring!

Awnings come in a few standard shapes. The rigid frame, or straight-slope awning, is comprised of a triangle over a window. This is the most basic and common design. By utilizing a scissor framework underneath a straight-slope awning, it can become retractable. The dome design is the most difficult to

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Expert ADVICE

WHY GET YOUR RUGS GREEN CLEANED BEFORE MOTH SEASON?

MICHAEL ROSE Owner

One World Rug Care and Gallery 2100 Osuna Rd. NE Albuquerque 505.821.0302 OneWorldRugCare.com

bugs are hyper attracted to soiled rugs because they taste better.

Have you been thinking about getting your rugs cleaned for the holidays? ONE WORLD RUG CARE OFFERS FREE PICKUP AND DELIVERY IN THE ENTIRE STATE Moth season is here and you should be aware. During the fall and winter, these pesky creatures come into your home because they know it’s getting cold and they need to find a new living environment. Now is the crucial time to get the dust, pollen, allergens and soils out of your rugs. Moths and infective

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Look to the experts at One World Rug Care for all your area rug cleaning and restoration needs. At One World Rug Care, we are the only chemical free artisanal rug cleaners in the entire state specializing in seven different methods. All rugs are different and should be cared for with the most appropriate methods without compromising structural integrity. All rugs are cleaned one-ata-time, without cross contamination submersion or spa-like wash pits. By cleaning your rugs now, you can protect your investments during the most crucial time of year. One World Rug Care has been rated among the most elite area rug experts in the country. It has been rated #1 in the entire state of New Mexico by the Persian Rug Collectors Guide and Top 72 Trusted Experts by Carpet Collectors Guide. For free at-home advice, feel free to contact us anytime.

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Expert ADVICE

THE DISADVANTAGES OF AN EVAPORATIVE COOLING SYSTEM

Rich Duran Owner

Rich Duran Plumbing & Heating, Inc. 17 Bisbee Court, Suite E Santa Fe 505.992.0306 Rich@RichDuranPlumbing.com

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ncrease the comfort of your home during the hot summer months with a wall-mounted Daikin MiniSplit Cooling System.

Winter has come and gone with a whimper. That could mean we are in for a very hot summer. Don’t suffer through the long hot summer with an inadequate cooling system! Most homes are equipped with evaporative cooling systems or “swamp coolers.” Here are the disadvantages of these systems:

VENTILATION

An evaporative cooler only works well when it has a constant supply of fresh air from outside. Otherwise, the air in the house gets saturated with water and the cooling effect ceases. To use an evaporative cooling air conditioner, you must either leave windows open or install vents in your roof to allow moisture to travel through your house. This can bring in excessive dust and pollen from the outside, triggering allergies. Leaving windows open can also be a security risk.

WATER

WHAT IS A MINI-SPLIT SYSTEM?

Evaporative coolers work by evaporating water into hot, dry air, lowering the temperature of the air in the process. Running an evaporative cooler saves electricity, but it does require a constant supply of water. In an area where water is very scarce, using a traditional air conditioner may be a more economical choice.

Unlike central air conditioning systems, mini-split systems are ductless and compact. Like a larger, traditional split system that has one inner component and one outer component, a mini-split has an indoor venting component and an outdoor compressor and condenser. Mini-split units tend to be mounted high on walls, though some models can be mounted near the ground. These systems are great for small spaces or for homes where the homeowner only wants to cool down specific rooms. Since walls don’t need to be torn up to install a network of ducts, mini-splits are cost effective and need little work to set up.

MOLD AND MILDEW

Evaporative coolers use wet pads, blades, nozzles or screens to disperse water into the air. These surfaces can become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacteria if not cleaned regularly. People who are sensitive to mold and mildew may suffer serious discomfort or illness. MAINTENANCE

WHY CHOOSE DAIKIN?

Daikin AC mini-splits offer individual control, which means every unit can be operated independently. If you have multiple units throughout your home, you are in complete control of which rooms are cooled. These AC units are easy to install since no ductwork is needed, and their advanced heatpump technology makes them highly energy efficient, saving money on monthly energy bills.

Daikin is the world’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and a global leader in its industry.

Call us today before it gets too hot to see if Daikin is a good system for your home!

Evaporative coolers need more maintenance than other cooling systems. They build up salts and mineral deposits which must be removed, particularly in hard water areas. Pads and other parts must also be changed regularly. If your evaporative cooler is mounted on the roof, maintenance can be time-consuming and inconvenient.

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A NEW KIND OF ROOFING COMPANY

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ixing a roof is a hassle; from comparing companies to scheduling construction, no one particularly looks forward to needing a new roof. However, there’s a new roofing company that is changing the industry, both in terms of an exceptional product and extraordinary customer service. Based out of Santa Fe but also serving Albuquerque and Los Alamos, Fix My Roof offers superior materials, workmanship and warranty.

Father James Sanchez, Abiqui, NM “I highly recommend Fix My Roof.”

Fix My Roof is a flat roof specialty company owned by John Grisak and Justin Kibbe. The idea for the company came out of Grisak’s experience as a large loss residential and commercial insurance adjuster. He noticed there was one particular roof that insurance companies preferred: a liquid applied silicone membrane. Grisak moved back to his native New Mexico and set up shop seven years ago, applying the technology to the flat Pueblo-style roofs that are especially prevalent in Santa Fe. Kibbe, who has a background in marketing analysis, got on board when he saw the strength of the technology and the fact that, at the time, it was not being offered elsewhere in the state. The first silicone roof was presented at New York City’s World Fair in the 1960s. The white color of the silicone reflects the sun instead of absorbing it, which means buildings are easier to cool. A second advantage is that it is 100 percent UV stable; the primary cause of prematurely aging roofs in New Mexico is the UV, given

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Lydia McHaley, Business Partnerships Coordinator; Steve Herrera, Facilities Manager; Mary Martin, Executive Director, Santa Fe Animal Shelter “Fix My Roof has stopped all our leaks, and the building stays cooler.”

Phil & Kristi D., Corrales, NM “We couldn’t be happier!”

Krysia N., Cochiti, NM “The entire Fix My Roof team was friendly, reliable and professional.”

SO MANY OF OUR CUSTOMERS WERE FRUSTRATED WITH ONGOING LEAKS. IT’S SO HEARTWARMING TO GIVE THESE CUSTOMERS A SOLUTION THAT MAKES THEM FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEIR HOME AGAIN.

our high elevation and number of sunny days. A third advantage is, because the silicone is applied as a liquid, it doesn’t have any seams; New Mexico is known for its warm days and cool nights, and this regular rising and falling of temperature causes buildings to expand and contract, eventually tearing roof seams apart. Finally, the silicone application is a roof restoration rather than a tear-off, which saves customers money. Fix My Roof couples its remarkable product with incomparable service. In fact, their warranty covers 10 years’ worth of both materials and labor, as well as a free yearly inspection at no additional cost. The company culture is based on empowering employees by paying well above minimum wage (rare in the roofing industry), and this translates to superior customer service.

was leaking like a sieve until Fix My Roof restored it using their 21st century solution. The silicone membrane keeps my house so cool that I haven’t turned on the AC once!” says customer Cindy Martinez. Gretchen M. echoes: “Fix My Roof’s warranty and personal follow-up are amazing. Their technology is the leading edge of roofing innovation!” Kibbe enjoys being able to provide customers with a roofing solution so they can love their home once more. “So many of our customers were frustrated with ongoing leaks. It’s so heartwarming to give these customers a solution that makes them feel good about their home again.”

The company has been heartily endorsed by the Santa Fe Business Incubator, as well as by several customers. “My flat roof

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Solatube

Solatube Daylighting

makes every season beautiful.

brightens your home with natural light 2 hour installation • No structural modifications to your home

Now with integrated solar-powered NightLight

The Natural Lighting Co. Call or visit our showroom!

505-294-5284 1724 Moon St. NE, Albuquerque

Use sunlight to showcase your home’s beauty

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Hot, Stale Air Out. Cool, Fresh Air In. Add a whole house fan. Cool Your Home in Minutes with Solatube ’s NEW Whole House Fans. ®

• Quiet operation • 2 hour installation • No structural modifications Call or visit our showroom!

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Expert ADVICE

THE BENEFIT OF SOLATUBE PRODUCTS

The Natural Lighting Co.

BROOKE NUTTING The Natural Lighting Company 1724 Moon St. NE Albuquerque 505.294.5284 TheNaturalLightingCo.com

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he Natural Lighting Co. has been brightening homes in New Mexico for more than 20 years. We are proud to be the official Premier Dealer for the full line of Solatube products. Our excellent round skylights are an energy efficient option for bringing natural light into dark areas of your home. As a member of the Premier Dealer network, Solatube, the manufacturer, maintains certain requirements of our business. We are a licensed general contractor in the state of New Mexico and carry all required bonding and insurance. All of our installations come with a five-year rooftop guarantee and a ten-year product warranty. And our master installers have more than 30 years of combined experience installing the full line of Solatube products. Solatube Daylighting Systems have evolved from a simple round skylight to a highly customizable product, with accessories including electric light

fixtures, solar electric night lights, daylight dimmers, decorative fixtures, and round and square options in various sizes. Solatube products are unlike competing round skylights. The products are made of robust materials and come standard with industry-leading warranties. The products are UV protected, contributing to their long-term durability and ability to endure the elements. As a market leader and innovator, Solatube has a dedicated research and development team, looking at consumer needs beyond daylighting homes. This has led to Solatube expanding their products in the home ventilation market. For more than 15 years, Solatube has offered solar-powered attic ventilation fans. These fans are designed to evacuate heat from attic spaces in pitched roof homes during the day. They require no electric power, running entirely on energy generated by photovoltaic panels. The solar-powered fans are now accompanied by a newly introduced whole house fan. Continued research in the home ventilation market revealed more needs than just evacuating daytime heat buildup in the attic. Two primary needs surfaced. The first is related to thermal mass, the ability of a

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material to absorb and store heat. Building materials in the home hold heat throughout the day and leave the home uncomfortable at night. While solar-powered options help to reduce heat gain during the day, an efficient whole house fan can draw the stored heat out of the home’s building materials. This makes the temperature of the home more comfortable, and dramatically improves the efficiency of the home’s air conditioning system. The second need, and arguably more important of the two, relates to indoor air quality. EPA studies have revealed indoor air quality in many new and existing homes is inferior to even the worst outdoor air quality. Dust, pet dander, and the “off-gassing” of building materials all contribute to a decline in indoor air quality. Running a whole house fan in short bursts in the morning and evening can exchange the air in the home, resulting in a healthier indoor environment. Whether you are looking to brighten dark areas of your home or are interested in improving your indoor air quality, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss our products with you. We have a showroom in Albuquerque where you can see these fantastic products in action. We look forward to seeing you there.

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BEWARE OF SUGAR ANTS

TOM LARRABEE Truly Nolen 1441-A S. St. Francis Dr., Ste. D Santa Fe 505.989.5047 TrulyNolen.com

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ur Santa Fe service office has seen an uptick in sugar ant calls over the past few weeks. Sugar ants found in Santa Fe and around New Mexico are also known as odorous house ants. This unusual name stems from the fact that, when crushed, they emit a smell similar to the odor of rotten coconuts. These ants are highly-tolerant of other ants and occasionally live in compound colonies with other species.

Sugar ants are completely black in color and tend to be very small—about 1/16 inch long. They have an uneven thorax and antennae with 12 segments. Distributed worldwide, this ant species is one of the more common household ants, and carries the dubious distinction of being one of the most difficult household ants to control. More than just the food it consumes or spoils, this ant is considered a serious pest simply due to its ability to “get into things.” In addition, hospitals are of heightened concern, as the ants can spread disease and contaminate sterile equipment and rooms. The sugar ant is a major indoor pest and has the ability to survive most conventional household pest control treatments. We know they will appear each spring because they take advantage of artificial heating in buildings to survive the winter. The best signs are the small amber-colored workers as they forage along surfaces. This ant infests almost all areas of a building where food is available, and additionally infests many areas where food is not commonly found. Infestations commonly occur in food service areas. Sugar ants have a wide preference for the types of food they like to consume. In infested areas, if sweet, fatty, or oily foods are left uncovered for only a short period of time, one can likely find a trail of sugar ants to the food. They will also eat other insects.

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Sugar ants will nest in well-protected and hidden areas throughout a structure, but they can also nest outdoors in lawns or gardens in warm climates. Sugar ants can build nests in walls, cabinet voids, behind baseboards, refrigerator insulation, the hollows of curtain rods, the folds of clothes, sheets, paper, and other undisturbed dark spaces. Sugar ants have multiple queens and are able to move their colonies from place to place when disturbed. They begin new colonies when a small group of workers and a single queen migrate from an existing colony to start a new colony. Do-it-yourself control of sugar ants is difficult due to their nesting in inaccessible areas. Treatment must be thorough and complete at all nesting sites, as well as the foraging area. Thus, treatment must include walls, ceilings, floor voids, and electrical wall outlets.

Baits are the preferred method of control for sugar ants, and several baits (insecticides) are labeled for indoor ant control. Ants nesting on the outside may be controlled by also using a perimeter barrier treatment.

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However, sugar ants can become a major problem, especially when infesting buildings. When disturbed with repellant insecticides, the colony will scatter and create many new colonies. It is best to contact a pest control professional when these ants are causing problems. A colony of sugar ants will scatter if a toxic substance disturbs it, creating multiple problems where there had been only one. In controlling them, it is often advisable to seek professional help.

(Tom Larrabee is the Service Office Manager for Truly Nolen in Santa Fe. Founded in 1938, Tucson-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest familyowned pest control company in the United States.)

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races of history are abundant in New Mexico. People have been living here for over 12,000 years, and they’ve left their mark on the landscape in the form of cliff dwellings, timeworn structures and petroglyphs. Many of these sites are now part of the U.S. National Park Service, making them easy to explore. Chaco Culture National Historical Park, also known as Chaco Canyon, has the distinction of being one of the state’s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is the largest excavated prehistoric ruins in North America, dating from A.D. 850 to 1200. Highlights include massive Chacoan great houses, kivas, rock art and stunning vistas. Complicated mazes of interlinked rooms with multi-story construction and sophisticated masonry testify to an advanced level of engineering not seen anywhere else in the Southwest at that time. They serve as testament to the complexity of Chaco social structure. You can explore the park by car, bicycle or on foot, and guided tours are available. Stargazing is also a popular activity as Chaco is one of only 12 International Dark Sky Parks. TOP: Mesa Verde National Park BOTTOM: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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ABOVE: Bandelier National Monument, Photo by Debbie Stone

At Bandelier National Monument, evidence of human presence goes back over 11,000 years. There are petroglyphs, pictographs, masonic homes and several carved cliff dwellings that visitors can reach via ladders to get a peek at life for the Ancestral Pueblo people who called this place their home. Within the park’s 33,000 acres, trails abound. The popular Main Loop Trail, which is in Frijoles Canyon, goes past a number of archeological sites including Big Kiva, a communal meeting place, Tyuonyi, a food storage facility, Talus House and Long House. The latter boasts hundreds of petroglyphs of a variety of subjects. Remnants of Ancient Puebloan agriculture can also be seen throughout this picturesque site, though the fields were abandoned centuries ago. Further south near Silver City is the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, which is accessed via the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. The dwellings are located in natural caves on a cliff, and were constructed sometime around 1280 A.D. by the people of the Mogollón culture. Five of the caves contain the ruins of these homes and consist of about 42 rooms. Visitors can see foundations of small storage areas and evidence for a larger central room with a hearth, ash pit and a circular depression that may have supported large pots. Archeologists believe these quarters were occupied by 10 to 15 families, who lived in them only until the early 1300s. It is not known why the dwellings

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were abandoned, though some experts think a changing climate motivated the migration. Additional cliff style homes can be explored at the Puye Cliff Dwellings on the Santa Clara Indian Reservation near Los Alamos. For more than three centuries, from about 1250 to 1577 A.D., these structures were home to some 1,500 Puebloans. Carved out of a 200-ft. cliff ridge formed from the Jemez Caldera volcano, the dwellings contain some 740 rooms. The rooms dig into the cliff wall and extend for over a mile along the south face of the Puye mesa, sometimes at two separate levels. Numerous stairways in the form of ladders and handholds link the great Community House on the mesa top to the base of the cliff. “Stairs” have been cut and worn into the cliffs, often with finger grips to make the climbing easier. On many faces of the walls, there are petroglyphs of animal forms, human figures and geometric designs. Today, the Puye Cliff Dwellings is a National Landmark, owned and operated as a cultural monument by the Pueblo of Santa Clara. Perhaps the premier southwest archaeological showcase, however, is Mesa Verde in nearby Colorado. Established in 1906 to protect and preserve the dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people, this park is, as National Geographic says, “one of the 50 must-see places of a lifetime.” It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978 in recognition of its exceptional archaeological relevance. There are thousands of archaeological sites, including hundreds of cliff dwellings, as well as pithouses, pueblos, masonry towers and farming structures, with many more yet to be revealed. The Ancestral Puebloans who built these sites inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years, from 550 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Like those of the Gila Cliff Dwellings, they eventually left their homes and moved away. Make sure to stop at the visitor center to get oriented to the park and maximize your experience by taking a ranger-led walking tour. PICTURED: Chaco Culture National Historic Park, BOTTOM: Photo by Debbie Stone

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or people with special needs, it can be costly and inconvenient to access valuable physiotherapies like equestrian and swimming therapy. This is why Las Campanas Compadres (LCC) puts to good use The Club at Las Campanas’ world-class equestrian facility and pool—as well as the generosity of many Las Campanas residents—to offer free riding and swimming lessons to people with special needs. Founded by Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra in 2007, the program underwrites 1,500 lessons per year, and has underwritten over 9,000 riding and swimming lessons to date. “It’s not just about kids learning to ride a horse or swim,” says Lawrence, “it’s about building self-esteem.” Most LCC participants live in Española, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Vegas. The only qualification for participation is that the state recognize the student as having physical, cognitive or emotional special needs. LCC is age agnostic, although most participants are between the ages of 5 and 18. LCC has over 100 participants on the books, but about 40 come week-to-week to take advantage of the 10 to 12 private lessons offered per day.

but now she jumps right on. It gives her a boost of confidence, which she really needs.”

Nicole, age 10, likes to ride Johnny. She’s been a student with the program for four years. With pink cowgirl boots and a horse pendant on her necklace, the fourth grader especially loves petting the horses, in addition to gaining self-assurance riding them. Her mom, Christine, shares how, “It gives her confidence, and gives me confidence as well. Nicole loves horses, and she’s gotten to the point where she trots. The first time she was afraid,

One key aspect of LCC’s success is its special needs saddle—the only one like it in the state. It has a fast-release high back, head rest, soft shearling cushion, arms and hand rests. “Without a saddle like this, anyone who doesn’t have full use of their legs, arms or torso can only ride a horse with a back-rider holding them. This allows the student to experience the sensation of not just being on a horse, but riding a horse,” describes Lawrence.

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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT KIDS LEARNING TO RIDE A HORSE OR SWIM, IT’S ABOUT BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM. Many of the horses in the program are older, and Suzanna expresses how, “They love it: Horses are sensitive creatures and they know when they have someone special on their back. That’s why this kind of therapy works.” The riding program is run by Karen Evans, a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Certified Instructor, Advanced Level, Physical & Cognitive Disabilities. The swimming program is run by Dave Caldwell, an accredited swim instructor who has worked as a coach for several university programs. Additionally, LCC has a pool of 40 volunteers, who fill up time slots according to which students have signed up for lessons each week. Volunteers quickly become attached to participants, and though the Becerras report no trouble matching volunteers to lessons, LCC is always open to new volunteers. Many are Las Campanas residents, as well as folks from Santa Fe and Los Alamos. “The community has really embraced this program,” emphasizes Suzanna. Wendy, a resident at Las Campanas, has been volunteering with LCC for about a year. “I recently retired, and it was always my goal to do volunteer work,” she says. “I love horses, and I thought this would be a good way for me to give back. I love making a difference in someone’s life.” The equestrian program was off to a good start when the Becerras decided to expand the program to include swimming at the Las Campanas pool. “Not everyone wants to get on a horse, or can,” explains Lawrence, “but most people can get into a pool. It’s important for kids to conquer fears, build coordination, listen to direction, and acquire a sense of accomplishment.” LCC sets goals for participants that are achievable, but that require work. This is another way of reinforcing self-esteem. “We have a lot of students who have never spoken to strangers,” explains Suzanna. “After a few times on a horse or in the pool, they open up.” She adds that LCC functions like a big family. “When Lawrence and I come and volunteer, we get immense pleasure from seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces.” This July, LCC will celebrate its 10th anniversary by having a Wild West Show followed by dinner and dancing at The Club at Las Campanas’ equestrian facilities.

To learn more about the charity and upcoming festivities, visit LasCampanasCompadres.com. Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra


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CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY By Emmaly Wiederholt

Imagine if we could harness the breadth and depth of creativity in Santa Fe to apply it toward tackling systemic issues that affect our community. Imagine several individuals and organizations coming together to solve problems that affect us all. Imagine ways to leverage the cultural diversity and intellectual richness of our state to reframe critical issues and drive positive change. This is the work of Creative Santa Fe.

ABOVE: Nuclear Summit Group December 2017, Photo by Minesh Bacrania

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reative Santa Fe was founded in 2005 after the City of Santa Fe commissioned an economic development plan by Angelou Economics, which recommended a strong strategic focus on Santa Fe’s creative industries. A subsequent study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research confirmed the importance of these industries to Santa Fe’s economy—a $1.1 billion-a-year sector. However, no single organization was overseeing public and private partnerships to support that economy and ensure its sustainability. Thus, Creative Santa Fe was born. In 2011, Cyndi Conn joined the organization and, with her staff and board, propelled Creative Santa Fe in a new direction. Conn has an extensive background in the arts, and believes art is a through-line that touches upon several different fields. She introduced a series of dialogues and initiatives that bring together various points of view and areas of expertise. “If we only look at the creative economy, we limit ourselves from showcasing all of what makes Santa Fe so innovative and successful,” Conn explains. “Santa Fe is known for being at the intersection of science, technology, art and new media. What if we become known as a place that solves issues that are both local and global?” One of Creative Santa Fe’s current endeavors is the Disruptive Futures Dialogue Series, which problematizes subjects like affordable housing, poverty, environment, cyber connectivity and emerging media. The project will span two years, and already TOP: On the Nuclear Brink at the Lensic Dec 2016, Photo by Minesh Bacrania MIDDLE: Ground Up Culture and Landscape with Walter Hood, July 2012 BOTTOM: Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center Charrette Group 2017 FineLifestyles

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includes 27 local partners. “How do we build conversation with people who are experts in their fields, and then embed the arts, young people, and different cultures and ethnicities to reframe how we address issues that affect everyone?” Conn poses. As part of Disruptive Futures, Creative Santa Fe has hosted open-to-the-public summits on key issues. 2016 marked a conversation on nuclear weapons that included not only national nuclear partners like former Secretary of Defense William Perry, but also creatives like journalist and filmmaker Eric Schlosser. Over three days, 47 interdisciplinary leaders came together to creatively brainstorm scenarios about the future of global security. Partners from the nuclear weapons field felt it was one of the most innovative conversations they’d taken part in.

expected to begin by fall 2018, pending a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit award. Creative Santa Fe is always looking for people to get involved in its myriad initiatives, either in the form of ideas, volunteerism or financial support. “We’re working on big systemic issues, and it’s a process,” Conn reflects. She sums: “We help different groups move forward collectively. We want to help organizations who are already doing great work move forward in a collaborative way.”

To learn more, visit CreativeSantaFe.org.

Conn likes to describe Creative Santa Fe as an action-tank rather than a think-tank. “We’re not trying to become an organization that tackles every issue. Rather, we want to leverage the good work creative people are already doing,” she describes. “Creative people help us think about the world in a different way. When you bring new voices into a discussion, you broaden its scope and pave the way for new solutions.” A good example of one of Creative Santa Fe’s long-term initiatives is the Siler Yard: Arts + Creativity Center. Affordable live/work space for artists and creatives has long been a problem in the face of the City Different’s high cost of living. In 2012, Creative Santa Fe started working alongside Artspace, a national arts consultant, to investigate the feasibility of building a live/work rental space. New Mexico Interfaith Housing joined the team in 2013 to serve as lead developer and applicant for affordable housing development funding. In 2015, Creative Santa Fe received a $150,000 National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” planning grant to initiate community engagement and ensure the project taps into the demographic for whom it is intended. Siler Yard won’t just be affordable housing; it will also be a shared resource center for the creative workforce. MAKE Santa Fe will likely be the anchor tenant, helping artists get the skills needed to become entrepreneurs and promote their work. The City of Santa Fe donated five acres of land in 2016, and construction is TOP: Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center Drawing 2017- Atkin Olshin Schade Architects BOTTOM: Scott Kratz Panel Discussion, NM History Museum, June 2017

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