Page 1

A C O M M U N I T Y - I N P U T N E W S PA P E R

December 1 - 15 • 2010 AZTEC







Vol. 18 No. 23

TALON PO BOX 275 • AZTEC, NEW MEXICO 87410 • 505-334-1039

505-334-1039 (main) • 334-1551 (fax/phone) • e-mail: •




FREE twice a month

In this issue • Letters: 2,3,7,17 • City of Aztec: 5,8,15 • Living Green: 6,9 Bird Talk: 6 • Puzzles: 8,14 • Book Nook: 20 • Obits: 21 • Classifieds, Advertisers: 22 • Events: 23

Fast Forward NM completes first round of computer training, promises to return By Debra Mayeux Fast Forward New Mexico recently completed two months of free computer classes at the Aztec Public Library. The classes covered all aspects of computer usage, starting with basic computer skills and ending with ways the Internet can be used to grow businesses. “We’ve covered a lot of ground,” said Alice Loy, cofounder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, one of the organizations that is administering the program. Fast Forward New Mexico is a three-year, grant-funded program that is offered in 16 of New Mexico’s public libraries. It is a project of the New Mexico State Library in partnership with the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, University of New Mexico, and the 1st-Mile Institute. The project was awarded a $1.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, Department of Commerce. Aztec was one of the premiere locations for the program, which actually kicked off Sept. 18 at the library. Libraries have become the new technology centers for the public, according to State Librarian Susan Oberlander, who said Aztec is paving the way in that area. “Aztec has such an awareness of public libraries and public computers,” Oberlander said. Fast Forward just seemed to fit into Library Director Leanne Hathcock’s plan for promoting digital literacy through a popular digital arts program. The digital arts program offers training in computer animation, music editing, film editing and graphic arts. This training is advanced, so Fast Forward partnered with the library to give people the basic skills they need to move forward into more advanced computer training. One purpose of Fast Forward is to make computers and the Internet available to rural populations and to offer that training in a non-threatening environment. The public library is a community center, where people have historically gathered for information, Oberlander said. The public library has always been a place for continuing education, reference or research, job searches and gathering information. Librarians would assist people in


Brent Hanifl instructs participants in Fast Forward New Mexico's Social Networking for Your Business class on Nov. 15 at the Aztec Public Library. locating newspapers, magazines or books to help in their quests. The library still offers those features, but there is one major shift in the medium for information and that is toward computers, according to Oberlander. “It used to be librarians would go to books to answer questions. Now, librarians can go online,” Oberlander said. Through classes offered by Fast Forward New Mexico, other people will garner the skills to use computers. “Online is fabulous. It’s taken the information search and marched it forward two centuries.” Some 30 Aztec area residents took advantage of the free training that consisted of eight courses and 64 hours of hands-on computer education. While Fast Forward professionals conducted this first round of classes, some area people, such as Angela Watkins, also trained to continue offering basic computer skills classes at the library. The small business success training will be offered on a limited basis as there are fewer instructors available to teach the courses that cover such topics as using the Internet to promote and market your business. “This is for people building cultural enterprise, but it is useful for any business owner,” Loy said. Class participants received training on how to use

Do you remember when? by Michelle Morgan The City of Aztec is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with local historian and author Marilu Waybourn. Earlier this year the City of Aztec was contacted by Arcadia Publishing regarding the publication of a photographic history book on the City of Aztec. Unfortunately, the City does not employ a historian but luckily, after some research, the City was able to locate just the right person for the job. Mrs. Waybourn has authored numerous history books on San Juan County people and communities and is eager to complete a photographic history book on the City of Aztec. The book will likely be released in the fall or winter of 2011 and will be locally and internationally distributed everywhere from the Aztec Visitor Center to Now we need your help. Were you born in Aztec? Did your grandfather or great grandfather tell tall tales? Does your family have old pictures of those tall tales? We are looking for any historic (preferably 1963 or earlier), unpublished photos of the City of Aztec and its early residents. We are particularly interested in photos of the construction of Navajo Dam Road. If you are interested in participating in this exciting project and would like to

Alice Loy, right, instructs Jose Chaverri and Terri Hensley in social networking, during the Nov. 15 Fast Forward New Mexico class at the Aztec Public Library. social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. They also were advised on how to create their own video advertisements that can be posted on You Tube and Vimeo for free. “This is where advertising is going,” Angela Watkins said. “I like the idea of independent entrepreneurs advertising for themselves,” Instructor Brent Hanifl agreed. Hanifl came to Fast Forward from his job at the Santa Fe Art commission. “I thought Fast Forward was something I would be interested in,” he said, while teaching his first class in Aztec. He also showed participants various Websites that promote art and allow artists to sell their wares for a minimal commission. One such site is called Etsy. “It’s growing and growing. It’s a resource that would hurt you not to use,” he said. While the students were given multiple options for self-promotion, business advice also came into play. “You have to think ahead. You can’t just do everything, and think about how you’re pricing things across the board,” Loy said. Fast Forward training can be valuable to all involved, and according to Loy it will return to Aztec in the future. The program is expanding into three other New Mexico communities during the early part of 2011, but “we will come back,” she promised. For more information about free computer training call the Aztec Library at 505-334-7657.

SHOP LOCAL! It’s Here! 31 Nights of Fantasy of Lights From December 1 through New Year’s Eve, December 31 Aztec train station. Photo courtesy of the Aztec Museum.

contribute historic photos for consideration please contact Marilu Waybourn via email at or schedule a photo scanning session at the City of Aztec (by appointment only) by contacting the Community Development Department at 3347604. Please help us make this book the greatest history ever told. For additional details please contact the Community Development Department at 334-7604.

Gather family and friends for a drive through Riverside Park in Aztec to oooh and ahhh over the growing collection of lighted displays. Carriage rides available! Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 to 9:00 Friday and Saturday, 6:00 to 10:00. Dec. 25 and 26, 6:00 to 9:00.

Suggested donation - $5.00 per vehicle Fantasy of Lights is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public parks and providing service and support to the youth of our community.


DECEMBER 1 - 15 • 2010

Questions? Answers? Contact Candy, 334-1039

(505) 334-TIPS

Help wanted Christmas in San Juan County, a joint effort of ECHO, Inc. Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Shop with a Cop and Toys for Tots are in need of help to insure that an estimated 2000 can fully celebrate the Christmas Holiday. You can help by providing a location for a giving tree, by sponsoring a child’s wishes on a giving tree, holding a food drive or donating toys and food. Needed by December 17th for the boxes are: Canned or boxed milk Cereal Juice Cranberry sauce or canned fruit Canned yams or sweet potatoes Desert mixes or pie filling Canned vegetables Stuffing/dressing mix Macaroni & cheese Turkeys or small hams Ready to eat: Canned meat or ham; canned soup, canned chili or stew, canned fruit, crackers (for homebound seniors) Donations may be dropped off at ECHO, Inc. Food Bank, 401 S. Commercial, Farmington. Giving trees with children’s wishes will be available in a variety of locations beginning November 22. Families wishing to qualify for holiday FOOD ONLY assistance may apply through Dec. 22 at ECHO, Inc. Food Bank. Those needing TOY assistance should apply at The Salvation Army through Dec.18. ECHO Applicants will need proof of all date of birth(s), proof of household income(s), physical address and picture IDs for adults. For more information, call ECHO at 325-8222 or The Salvation Army at 325-5117.

The Old Man knows When I was young I was sometimes guilty of not listening to older people, even though I was aware that they had information I did not yet possess. There was always the temptation to tune out or manufacture a reason to be somewhere else. Sometimes I thought the information was not important but in my eightieth year I wish there were a replay button to resurrect those long ago conversations Bruce L Salisbury © 11 November 2010

Aztec Fantasy of Lights still needs volunteers to host during the 2010 Holiday show. Groups, clubs, organizations, families or just a group of 4-6 friends would work nicely!! Dates still available, but subject to change, are: 12/25, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/30 & 12/31. Please call 330-5230 if interested.


Happy Birthday! Happy December birthday to Seth Wells, David Lawson (60), Orien Israel, Ryan Kimbrel, Blane Giles, Linda Lawson, Candy Frizzell, Jesse Hathcock, Joel Israel, Millie Barrios-Raymond, Kay Moore, Mary Kay Cornwall, Glenda Selph, Shelly Hamlin, Chad Christy, Stephen Parks, Chance Blackwell, Carlotte Gordy, and Vivian Giles.

Let’s talk about air When I read Katee McClure’s article entitled “Clean air? Not here!” I thought she would be telling us about some far away place where people wear face masks and cough their lungs up because of the damage to their lungs. To my surprise, even though she mentioned Los Angeles, California, she began to write about people in San Juan County walking around on portable oxygen. I have carried portable oxygen for a dozen years because of having left a part of my right lung in the hospital after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Most of those who utilize oxygen in San Juan County do so because they do not desire to move to sea level (as in Los Angeles) or below sea level (as in New Orleans.). When I go to Seattle I do not require auxiliary oxygen and I jog on the beach with the kids. My guess is that if we could gather a representative group of people from Los Angeles, equal to the population of San Juan County, and bring them here we would have a medical disaster when their puny smog infested lungs tried to suck up enough thin air to survive at nearly a mile above sea level. Please don’t refer to the children of San Juan County as SICK without giving us some medical proof to hang our hats on. Since you NEVER saw many people carrying portable oxygen in Los Angeles I am totally amazed. Perhaps you had an agenda when you started to write your article? Our doctors do not get a “kick back” for prescribing the life giving oxygen that many of us require to live at this altitude, and when I think of moving away from my beautiful mountains, as one doctor suggested, it makes me feel sad. No Katee, you should not (eventually) be required to walk around wearing oxygen, as you seem to fear! I can recommend a doctor who will write you a prescription for “going downhill toward sea level” so that people won’t see you wearing portable oxygen supply, and he may even know a real estate agent or two. The time for change is indeed now! Let’s quit looking down our noses at people who appear in public wearing the oxygen that helps them to live and prosper at this altitude. Bruce L Salisbury © 17 November 2010

SJC Jazz Band The San Juan College Jazz Band will rock the hall with its 2010 concert debut, Thursday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall. Also on the program are two jazz combos with singers Sam Bonham and Marcy Freestone, and both of the new rock combos featuring singers Diana Lang and Megan Woodard. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. FMI, call the San Juan College Box Office at 566-3430.

Call 505-334-1039 to get your stories, ads, events, etc. in


Don’t eat alone on Christmas! Have dinner with the community Empty nester? Family lives elsewhere? Single mom or dad with kids? We have the perfect event: the 4th Annual Community Christmas Dinner, to be held on Christmas Day, December 25 from 11 am to 2 pm, at the Aztec Senior Center! Delivery service to people who are shut-ins, elderly or have disabilities is once again being offered. Please call the number below to request your Christmas meal. The dinner is also a wonderful opportunity to share the holiday spirit with others! Susan Rarick and Cindy Koelle have been busy offering local businesses the opportunity to participate in this community-wide event. These lovely ladies are visiting local restaurants and stores to round up both cash donations and food and supply contributions so that a Christmas feast may be enjoyed by all! Although we have gathered food and supplies for 300 dinners, we now need YOUR help to put it all together! If you would like to help cook, set up, serve, clean up or deliver meals, call Susan Rarick, 334-5512, for day contact, and Cindy Koelle, 334-0280, for evenings.

City of Aztec Visitor Center is HOT! That’s right, although the cold weather may be keeping you down, the Aztec Visitor Center will keep you HOT! Hot, as in wired, the Aztec Visitor Center now offers free Wi-Fi! As all of us know, sometimes vacations don’t always go as scheduled and sometimes you roll into a strange town with no direction and after local business hours. Now, for those visitors travelling with laptops (as we know many do), if you roll into the Aztec Visitor Center parking lot after hours you can still get quality customer service and directional advice for all your travelling needs. Just log into our free Wi-Fi, visit the Aztec Tourism homepage and let the internet answer all of your travelling questions. Have questions? Contact the Community Development Director at 334-7605.

Thank you to Park Avenue Elementary staff and students for the coin drive they did for our son, Garylee Zuniga. We are thankful we live in such a generous community. The Zuniga Family

Have questions for the Aztec City Manager? Then “Ask Josh” by sending an email, letter or phone call to TALON, and get your answer in the TALON. OR... If anyone has any concerns, thoughts, or opinions they would like to share, please do not hesitate to email Josh Ray at

AZTEC ANIMAL SHELTER 825 E. Sabena Street • Aztec

505-334-6819 • Noon - 4:00 pm Seven days a week Lost a pet? Looking to Adopt?

Come see us!

• T h e TA LO N R e g u l a r s • Susan Barnes, Natural Health 327-1914 Bert Bennett, Fire Department 334-9271 Jim Dahlberg, Cedar Hill 947-1355 Mike Heal, Chief’s Corner 334-7620 Gary Lepire 634-2040 Book Nook, Library Staff 334-7658 Marti Kirchmer, SJCE 334-3831x200 John Rees, Bird Talk 632-8335 Christine Ragsdale 215-8733 Bruce Salisbury 334-2398 Cindy Iacovetto, Senior Center 334-2881 Nick Garcia, The Big C 334-2434 Sustainable Living, Elisa Bird 334-1840 These folks share their time on a regular basis to write in their field of interest. If you have subjects and tidbits they might be interested in, give them a call. If you would like to try your hand at writing, give us a call at 334-1039. Many others have submitted stories, poems and information on an occasional or one-time basis. Thanks to everyone, it sure makes for good reading.

Don’t Be Left Out Next Preferred Deadline is December 8th You are encouraged to be early, but send items in even if it’s past deadline - if there’s space, there’s a way! 505-334-1039 TALON, PO Box 275, Aztec 87410 Dropbox at Zip & Ship SINCE


TA L O N The Aztec Local News

PO Box 275 • Aztec, NM 87410 • 505-334-1039 • fax/voice 334-1551 web page: The Aztec Local News (TALON) is published semimonthly, on the 1st and middle of each month. As a community-input newspaper, serving the Aztec, Bloomfield, Cedar Hill, Center Point, Flora Vista, La Plata, Navajo Dam, and Blanco areas, we welcome stories, news, events, poetry, photos, etc. from area residents. 6500-7000 copies of The Aztec Local News are delivered to over 150 locations in the area for free pickup and mailed to those who prefer the convenience of a subscription. Editor & Publisher: Candy Frizzell, 334-1039 Writer: Katee McClure,330-4616, Advertising info: 505-334-1039 Distribution: Lee Potter, Stephanie Sandoval, Melody Ahlgrim Proofreaders: Gina Martinez, Linda Lawson, Debbie Israel © Copyright 1993-2010 by The Aztec Local News. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the editor. Printed by The Gallup Independent. The Aztec Local News is a compilation of articles, poems, stories, opinions, etc. written by area residents. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the individual authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Aztec Local News. If information is presented as fact and it is relevant to you, verify it. Although we strive for correctness and honesty, this community paper does not have the resources to check all incoming info. Be aware also that what’s in TALON, ends up on the internet.

Subscribe to TALON Make it easy on yourself and get The Aztec Local News delivered to your house or business, relative or friend.

Name: __________________________ Address: ____________________ City, State, Zip: ____________ Send a check for $16 / year (24 issues) to:

TALON, PO Box 275, Aztec, NM 87410

City of Aztec Pot Hole Hotline 334-7660



Irrigation ditches asked to hire their own lawyer Most irrigation ditches here in the San Juan Basin will hold their yearly meeting Monday, December 6, 2010. The San Juan Agricultural Water User Association held a meeting where 14 ditches were represented November 11, 2010 at the Roadside Restaurant. Some ditches did not make it because they are usually held at Bloomfield High School. Being Veterans Day, the Association was unable to hold it at the high school. The Association’s lawyer, Victor Marshall, was there and explained the Navajo Water Right Settlement will be entered for the Adjudication’s Court to approve and that he is agreeing to and needs the ditches themselves to sign a contract with him to oppose the settlement in court. The State lawyer has also indicated she may not adjudicate the ditches CFS as was the case in the Echo Ditch Decree. I will meet with any ditch to explain the proposed contract with the lawyer and explain why each ditch should hire him. Because most ditches are meeting on the same day, Dec. 6, I encourage each ditch to hold a vote to hire the lawyer and his fee will be the three (3) dollars an acre on each ditch. This is a nominal amount and will probably be enough money if all the ditches sign up. I have contacted the cities of Aztec and Bloomfield to explain to them how the 1868 priority date amounts of water the Navajo Nation is trying to get on the HogBack ditch will cause them shortage in a lot of the drier years

in September and October especially if their Storage Reservoir is not big enough and they have junior priority water such as Bloomfield. There’s no reason the state should have agreed to an extra 125 CFS on the HogBack ditch than they have ever used in the past. Enterprise and El Paso who get water with a 1954 priority date down the Bloomfield Irrigation Ditch will also be vulnerable for shortages in August, September, and October in drier years but these industries don’t seem to understand how water rights work. They should ask Arizona Public Service Company which have a 1955 priority date junior right why they have been paying a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) primarily to the Navajo Nation, in the shortage sharing agreement to never be curtailed. If these two industries, El Paso and Enterprise, don’t smarten up they deserve what they will get later on. They will have to lease water from the Navajo’s and believe me it won’t be cheap. They will be lucky to get any water as I expect the Navajo’s not to use their water rights but lease them to Las Vegas, Nevada and California. I hope Susana Martinez replaces the State Engineer and some of his lawyers as, in my opinion; they are corrupt by not following existing water law but trying to interpret it like they want it to be where the State Engineer has too much power. Robert E. Oxford, Aztec, 505-330-2284

Come Join Oliver’s Restaurant for the Holiday Season

Schedule your Christmas Party with us: Offering our delicious Prime Rib cooked fresh daily, Ribeye Steak, Our famous BBQ Ribs with our own homemade BBQ sauce, Ham Steak Dinner, Grilled Salmon, Fried or Blackened Catfish We will also be offering other holiday specials

OLIVER’S RESTAURANT 1902 W. Aztec Blvd., Aztec • 334-7480 Open Mon-Tues: 6 am -2 pm Wed-Sat: 6 am - 8 pm

To my December Grandbabies:

Open Invitation to all Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain Sufferers to try Naprapathic Medicine: Ava Adelia Warren who turns TWO on December 7th

Estreya Isabella Barela who turns THREE on December 12

We love you both! Grandma Cheryl and Grandpa Pete.

Supporting our teens – activity can actually increase calm, the ability to stay present Many people learn by doing but teens especially need to jitter and move. Sitting in school all day is hard on a body that is growing and learning. In the world of harm reduction and harm prevention – we have a set of “protective” factors that surrounds young persons as they move through the world. One important “protective” factor is: young people do better when engaged in civic, educational or sports groups – activities that keep them grounded and focused while they work off that energy. When we combine protective factors with the 7 leadership principles from MOST Of Us® we have a recipe to put into action. Activities + stay present Here are some tips to try as an adult role model: • Start kids early on activities that require patience and attention. • Model group and family engagement yourself and volunteer to coach. • Practice good sportsmanship when attending games and activities.

Nicholas Garcia's Annual Coloring Book Drive


Don't forget about the 3rd Annual Nicholas Garcia's Coloring Book Drive. We will have wrapped boxes in Aztec for people to fill with coloring books for all the kidos in the hospital during the holidays and year round. After the last Coloring Book Drive, the coloring books lasted for the whole year! A round of applause to all who donated. The boxes will be at First Community Bank and Aztec Restaurant. We are still finding more places to put boxes, so look out for them! You can also call Nick at 505-486-7595 or Stephanie at 505-609-1204 anytime and we will meet you to pick them up.

• Focus on our Four Corners beauty, wildlife, a sunset, a crackling fire, rather than the T.V. Teens in our region make good decisions most of the time. They need us when they fall off course and prevention is always cheaper than intervention – hope always beats fear! [Our MOST of Us® community messages include data from our kids; they are “test piloted” with our kids, and they represent the best parts of living in northern New Mexico]

Have other methods (physical therapy, chiropractic, drugs, injections or even surgery) failed to relieve you of your symptoms? There is another alternative. Dr. Portia Sykes, DN welcomes new patients to see if Naprapathic treatments will benefit you. • Gentle Manipulations • Pain Reduction without surgery or drugs • Increased Mobility and Range of Motion • Decreased Tension and Stress

Call now to schedule a treatment. 8100 E. Main St. Farmington

(505) 327-0086


DECEMBER 1 - 15 • 2010

The State Champion PlayMakers bring to you IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Make your Holiday Appointments! Call Melanie! She does it all: weaves; men’s, women’s and children’s haircuts and styles. Call Amy for a Pedicure

Check out our prices on AG • Enjoy Matrix

220 N. Main, Aztec

Judy Johnson Owner

Cuts • Color • Perms • Nails • Manicures • Pedicures • Tanning Rooms • Waxing Walk ins Welcome • Men & Children, too Call to make an appointment at 334-7214 Tuesday - Friday, 8 - 5:30 • Saturday, 8 - 2:30

Happy Holidays!

What says Christmas more than sitting down with your family, a large bowl of popcorn and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE on your TV screen? This Christmas season allow the AHS PlayMakers to bring a bit of nostalgia into your life with their rendition of this American Classic. On November 30, December 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 pm and on December 4 at 1:00 pm we would like to join with you in ringing in the season. The production will be staged at the high school multi-purpose building at 500 East Chaco. It’s a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, a good man thrust into self-doubt by financial setbacks. He is a simple man who has always wanted to travel the world and get out of the small town of Bedford Falls, but he allows his strong sense of responsibility to keep him bound in his home town. Every time good fortune seems about to smile on him, another tragedy strikes. He finds himself alone on a bridge contemplating how useful his life insurance policy would be to his family. During the course of the play, he realizes with help from his friends, his loving family, and a guardian angel that his self-worth comes from his big heart, not his shrunken finances. The American Film Institute (AFI) selected It’s a Wonderful Life as its “Most Inspiring Movie of All Time.” The AHS production keeps this wonderful script intact while using an abstract set to bring this Christmas message home to you. Our cast will feature Ian Hensler as George, Breeana Bell as Clarisse, and Kimmy Blake as Mary. We will once again be doing our part to help local families by accepting food donations as part of your admission cost. Tickets are $5.00 or $3.00 and 3 cans of food. This production is being brought to you with special permission from Dramatic Publishing. Please come join us for IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. We look forward to inspiring you to have a tremendous holiday season.

The Cast Kelly Eaves, Agent Home - Auto - Life - Business 1308 W. Aztec Blvd. • Aztec


• For all your insurance needs •

George Bailey Clarisse Odbody Mr. Gower Harry Bailey Ma Bailey Aunt Tilly Violet Peterson Bernice Uncle Billy Mary Hatch

Ian Hensler Breeana Bell Shane Kirkland Kyle Forsythe Yolanda Wilson Cathlene Kilpatrick Maggie Dingwall Sherly Jones Tim Drake Kimmy Blake

The Bailey family (Ian Hensler, Alison Pike, and Kimmy Blake) share a tender moment. Henry Potter Secretary Mrs. Hatch Sam Wainwright Miss Andrews Mrs. Thompson Mr. Martini Mrs. Martini Miss Carter Pete Bailey Tommy Bailey Zuzu Bailey Mr. Welch Janie Bailey Mr. Andrews

Austin Polkinghorne Davina Randleman Zoe Pike Charles Dobey Terra DiGiacomo Jessica Gomez Charles Dobey Sammie Barnes Alyssa Wagner Eric Lang Skylar Israel Alison Pike Braddin Bell Casey Pike Brycce Bell

The Crew Stage managers: Davina Randleman, Dayton Howell, Dani Austgen Props: Zoe Pike, Shane Kirkland Lighting: Dani Austgen Costumes: Cady Kilpatrick, Tim Drake, Breeana Bell, Kimmy Blake, Jessica Gomez, Promotion: Kyle Forsythe, Terra DiGiacomo, Davina Randleman, Maggie Dingwall

TALON The Aztec Local News Call for ad rate info, 334-1039

Benefit Concerts for the Lighthouse Church Minimally invasive procedures. Maximum outcomes. The Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence. At your Mercy.

Mercy’s Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence is focused on patient results. Chronic hip, knee and spine conditions .org ur ango require specialized care. Our fellowshipmercyd trained orthopedic and spine surgeons and their skilled teams have years of experience performing advanced surgeries, including minimally invasive total joint replacement and complex spinal procedures. Offering advanced orthopedic and spine services is one more way we serve the region. That’s your Mercy. 1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO 81301 | phone: (970) 247-4311

Joint Replacement & Spine Procedures | Fellowship-trained Surgeons | Patient Focused Care

By Rev. Greg Schiller Back in August of this year, The Lighthouse Church in Farmington burned down. It appears to have been juvenile vandals who committed this act as other adjacent properties were damaged as well. As of the time of this writing, those responsible have not been caught. The church was destroyed with no insurance to rebuild. They are little by little doing work as the money trickles in. Ever since this tragic event occurred, it has laid heavily on my heart and I kept feeling as though there was something I could do to help this church, her pastor, and her congregation. After several meetings with friends, musicians, and spiritual mentors, it became obvious that the way I could help was by joining my band (The More Faith Band) with other bands

and putting together benefit concerts and holding the concerts in churches in the area. I have (to date) set up two concerts to take place in the month of December. The first show will be at The Word of Life Christian Center (1500 North Fairview Avenue, Farmington) on December 4th at 6pm. The second show will be at the Laguna-Acoma Baptist Mission Church (Rt. 66 Cubero, NM) on December 5th at 6pm. We will have three musical acts: a traditional country gospel group called Ramblin Fever doing one set, The More Faith Band (Rock/Funk praise & worship) doing one set, and Anne Rowland (contemporary Country/Rock praise) doing one set solo and a second set with The More Faith Band backing Anne up to close the show. The show will be free and a Love Offering will be taken. The money taken in the offering will go directly to Pastor Schrock of the Lighthouse Church to help fund her rebuilding. The shows will feature something for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you there.

Fall Art Student Exhibit Eclectic and superb describes the San Juan College Fall Art Student Exhibit, which will be on display December 2 – 10. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, December 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Gallery. The exhibit will showcase the work of SJC art students and will include drawings, paintings, two and three dimensional design, photography and metal art – just to mention a few. The Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information about this exhibit or other Gallery events, contact Cindy McNealy at 505-566-3464 or



Aztec Senior Center news by Cindy Iacovetto, Director, Aztec Senior - Civic Center ~December 2010~ Please note that changes to the menu may be necessary Wed 1st Baked Fish Thurs 2nd Ham Salad Sandwich Fri 3rd Meatloaf Mon 6th Spaghetti Tues 7th Baked Chicken Wed 8th Cube Steak Thurs 9th Tuna Salad Fri 10th Sweet & Sour Pork Mon 13th Green Chili Stew Tues 14th Roast Turkey Wed 15th Frito Pie Thurs 16th Beef & Cheese Burrito Fri 17th Baked Chicken Mon 20th Smothered Steak Tues 21st Chicken Ala King Wed 22nd Roast Beef Thurs 23rd POTLUCK Fri 24th CLOSED Mon 27th Meatloaf Tues 28th Chicken Enchiladas Wed 29th Beef Stew Thurs 30th Hamburger Fri 31st Pork Chops

Remember our Thursday Night Dance! Every Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This is a family activity and open to everyone! We have live entertainment and lots of fun. Come down and dance or just listen to the music. Dance lessons are available and refreshments will be served. $3.00 at the door, please. This is a family activity so “Mind Your Manners or Get The Boot!” Also, Zumba is Tuesday and Friday nights from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. 101 S. Park Ave. 505~334~2881 Menu hotline 505~334~7618

KOB 4 announces new morning and noon anchors A new era in morning and noon news begins this week on KOB Eyewitness News 4. KOB 4 veteran, Antoinette Antonio is permanently joining weatherman Steve Stucker weekdays on KOB Eyewitness News 4 Today from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and KOB Eyewitness News 4 Midday at noon.

Quilting for Critters The Aztec Bee, a group of quilters in Aztec has specially quilted and donated three quilts to Farmington Animal Services to be raffled in order to raise money for the anticipated Regional Animal Shelter. The drawing will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Patchwork Pig during the Holiday Art Walk. The quilts were on display at the Farmington Civic Center in conjunction with the San Juan Quilters Guild annual show during the Fall Art Walk, and have since been on display at the Farmington Museum, and are now on display at the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the Farmington Civic Center, Farmington Museum, Farmington Aquatic Center, Farmington Recreation Center, and the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center. Tickets will also be sold at the Patchwork Pig quilt store in Historic Downtown Farmington during the Holiday Art Walk. The quilts will be on display at Patchwork Pig during the Holiday Art Walk on Friday, December 10 and the drawing will take place at Patchwork Pig that evening at 8:00 p.m. The first drawing will award the winner with the quilt of their choice. The second drawing will award the winner with their choice of the remaining two quilts. The third drawing will award the winner with the remaining quilt. All proceeds from this raffle will go towards the anticipated Regional Animal Shelter. The Patchwork Pig is located at 309 W. Main St in Farmington, NM. FMI on the Quilts for Critters Quilt Raffle, contact Ken Collins at (505) 599-1428.

Greetings vendors & shoppers: Holiday Season Community Market If you are a Market Vendor or Customer and missed the 1st Thursday Market in Bloomfield, don't pout, don't cry, I'm telling you why. There will be a special Holiday Season Community Market the 1st Thursday, December 2nd at the Multicultural Center, 333 1st St., Bloomfield, NM, 10:30am to 5:30pm. The Market will feature antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, artisan foods, health products and cosmetics, homemade soup and sandwich snacks, special holiday novelties, and much more. The Market is still seeking leather crafters, quilters, knitters, weavers, tinkers, tailors, bakers, candlestick makers and hens-alaying. The products will make unique gifts and are wholesome, nontoxic, made in the USA, handcrafted and farm fresh. For more information or to reserve a space for the 1st Thur. Dec. 2nd Market, call 330-1231 or email your name, phone, email address and product description to ESSENTIALLYMORE@GMAIL.COM. Check your local Chambers and Community Centers for upcoming events. Always stay tuned to the TALON NEWSPAPER for all the local news.

Holiday treats for pets courtesy of Animal Haven Clinic As the holidays approach, (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) these timeless tips bear repeating. Giving animals candy is a NO! NO!! Hard candies can become lodged in the throat causing suffocation. Chocolate is toxic to animals. Do not give your dog or cats leftover bones, especially chicken or turkey bones as they are hollow and splinter easily causing the animal to choke. If swallowed, they can poke holes in the throat, stomach or intestines, thus requiring surgical repair. Do not give your pets leftovers as they can cause vomiting and diarrhea. You can buy “special treats” designed for pets to give them while you are having your celebration meals.

Home Repairs Custom Shelving & Storage Systems Door & window repair & replacement TILE


Wildwood Trim & Remodel ADDITIONS • REMODELING • REPAIRS General Contractor • lic 16778 30+ years experience


Benefit Raffle/Jimmy Shine Brewton Jimmy Shine Brewton is a nine year-old child severely injured in an automobile accident on July 13, 2010. A raffle drawing for a queen-sized quilt, a rocking chair, and gift cards was held on November 20th in Jimmy’s hospital room at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. Jimmy was told that many people care about him and bought tickets to help him get better. Jimmy drew the winner’s names himself and then smiled a big smile and said, “Thank You!” to all who participated. The winner of the beautiful Star Log-Cabin quilt is Craig Nygren. The quilt was donated by Sherry Magee on behalf of Gerrie Moore and was handmade by Cecil McIntyre of Farmington. The second prize, a Cracker Barrel porch rocking chair, was delivered to Kathy Yates. Mary Greenfield received a Wal-Mart gift card, Barbara Gallaway received an Office Max gift card, and Sharon Seegert received an Outback gift card. Congratulations to each of you! Thank you to all who prayed, donated, bought tickets and cared so much! Your compassion and help is truly appreciated by Jimmy, his parents, Janis Weaver and Shine Brewton, as well as all Jimmy’s family and friends.

December 2010 Talon  

Welcome to Fast Forward New Mexico! Our mission is to provide you with the skills and knowledge essential to capturing the Internet’s world...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you