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I am no better and neither are you We're all the same whatever we do You love me you hate me You know me and then You can't figure out the bag I'm in I am everyday people We gotta live together! Wandering among more than 120,000 people in San Juan County, we pass by strangers every day and know only their faces, the way they walk or what they wear. They are everyday people — the man who rides his bike down the street with everything in his basket, waving at everyone he passes; the neighborhood guy with a little dog, a big cigar and a serious face who takes a walk every night at 9 p.m. sharp; or the woman who wears the funky hats at the coffee shop counter. We wonder: What are their stories? People do extraordinary things every day. They share their time, resources, and love. They show incredible strength and courage. They inspire us by their example. Quarterly, we collect stories about real-life everyday people, written by local writers who are also curious about people’s stories. It’s people who make up our community. We hope you know some of our everyday people and that you come away thinking “Wow, I see that guy every day and I never knew that about him.” Maybe through these chance connections we can create a community with fewer and fewer strangers. After all, we are all just everyday people.

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Celebrating the Lifestyle, Community and Culture of the Four Corners Vol. 5, No.3 ©2013 by Majestic Media. Majestic Living is a quarterly publication. Our next issue will publish in May.. Material herein may not be reprinted without expressed written consent of the publisher. If you receive a copy that is torn or damaged call 505.516.1230.

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contributors DeBRA MAyeUx, of Farmington, is an awardwinning journalist with recognitions from the Associated Press of new Mexico and colorado and the new Mexico Press Association and the colorado Broadcast Association. She has covered stories throughout the Southwest and in Mexico and Jordan, where she interviewed diplomats and the royal family. After nearly 20 years in the business, she recently opened her own freelance writing and media business. Mayeux enjoys the outdoors, reading and spending time with her family. She is the coordinator of Farmington Walk and Roll, a Safe Routes to School organization. She is married to David Mayeux and they have three children: nick, Alexander and Peter.

LAURen DUFF is a recent graduate of the gaylord college of Journalism and Mass communication at the University of oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree in print journalism with a minor in international studies. While in college, Duff was a reporter at the university newspaper, the oklahoma Daily, and interned in Washington D.c. as a communications intern at the national Petrochemical and Refiners Association. originally from Dallas, Texas, she moved to Farmington days after graduating college and has fallen in love with the area. Duff enjoys traveling, writing, and cheering on her alma mater. BooMeR SooneR!

MARgAReT cHeASeBRo has been a freelance writer for over 30 years. Her articles have appeared in many magazines across the country. She was a correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal and worked for several local newspapers. She has four published books of children’s puppet scripts. A former elementary school counselor, she is a Reiki Master and practices several alternative healing techniques. She enjoys playing table ennis. She and her husband live near Aztec.

Ron PRice owns and operates Productive outcomes, inc. He offers a variety of services including dispute resolution, adoption home study investigations, and workplace training. Ron also provides marriage education and enhancement to couples planning marriage or who wish to remain happily married. Ron is happily married to Maridell Price, a Registered nurse at the San Juan Regional Medical center. They have been married 30 years. Ron has a BA in Sociology from the University of Rhode island, and a Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of new Mexico.  

Tony BenneTT grew up in Farmington. He received his bachelor’s degree in photography from Brooks institute. He owned and operated a commercial photography studio in Dallas for over 20 years. He was also team photographer for the Dallas cowboys for 10 years. now back in Farmington, Tony wants to bring his many years of photo experience to photographing families, weddings, events, portraits, and more, to his hometown………and SKi ! He teaches at San Juan college.

JoSH BiSHoP is a recent graduate of San Juan college with an associates degree in Digital Media Arts and Design. He currently works at Majestic Media as a video producer and photographer.

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summerfeatures: 12

Golf and life

A non-profit organization in San Juan County combines golf and life skills to help kids ages 5 through18 become well-rounded individuals. By Margaret Cheasebro



Knowledge is power

A healing way of being

New Mexico women are concerned about their safety. With muggings, drug-related shootings and assaults happening throughout the region, learning to protect oneself and one’s family is an impor tant par t of life.

Energy should move freely through the body like smooth flowing traffic. By Debra Mayeux

By Debra Mayeux



Teaching & preaching

His father is a pastor, his brothers are studying to be pastors and, on his mother’s side of the family, there are 38 ordained pastors and/or foreign missionaries. The Rev. Guy Mackey was destined to wear a collar. By Debra Mayeux

Douglas Pendergrass of Flora Vista has seen his share of injuries. By Margaret Cheasebro

40 Life’s creative process

Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing stone castles perched on top of rolling hills, seagulls flying above, and mountain peaks peering through wispy, grapefruit colored clouds. By Lauren Duff


Life’s twists and turns


Airbrush and engines

Kaitlyn Youell, 22, grew up a cowgirl with a hankering for painting. She raised and showed steers and sheep, while keeping a horse and goats for pets. By Debra Mayeux

56 Centuries-old partners

There were hitching posts on Main Street in historic downtown Farmington. By Debra Mayeux



The heart of the river

Talking and caring

Dr. Bob Lehmer, 73, loves the outdoors. He loves the rivers that run through Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington, and he loves working with people.

Communication can be found at the heart of any solid relationship, and for two people as busy as Barb and Rick Tedrow it is the glue that holds their lives together. By Debra Mayeux


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G lf & life First Tee combines both in character building lessons for kids Story by Margaret Cheasebro Photos by Tony Bennett A non-profit organization in San Juan County combines golf and life skills to help kids ages 5 through18 become well-rounded individuals. The First Tee, a national organization begun in 1997, has 200 chapters in 720 locations worldwide. It spread to San Juan County in 2005. Tom Yost is executive director of The First Tee of San Juan County, N.M. He was once the assistant golf professional at San Juan Country Club and later head golf professional at Riverview Golf Course. “We teach aspects of the game of golf so kids improve their golf game,” he said. “Within that, we tie a life skill lesson plan into whatever we’re talking about.” Training free to students The training is free. The First Tee raises its operating money through avenues such as federal and private grants and donations from local businesses, national corporations and individuals. Its annual operating budget is about $140,000, which covers equipment and travel costs, salaries and benefits, marketing and public relations. Through its National School Program, The First Tee has a presence in six San Juan County elementary schools and at the Farmington Boys and Girls Club. The schools include Animas, Bluffview and McKinley in the Farmington School District, Ruth N. Bond in the Central Consolidated School District, and Central Primary SUMMER 2013 | MAJESTIC LIVING | 13

First Tee Code of Conduct Taken from the Parents’ Guide to The First Tee. The First Tee coaches encourage young people to follow these behaviors while playing golf and in other aspects of life. Respect for Myself • I will dress neatly and wear golf or athletic shoes. • I will always try my best when I play or practice. • I will keep a positive attitude and catch myself doing something right regardless of the outcome. • I will be physically active, eat well, get enough sleep, and take care of myself so I can stay healthy. • I will be honest at all times, including when I keep score and if I break a rule. • I will use proper etiquette and maintain my composure even when others may not be watching.

Respect for Others • I will follow all instructions and safety rules. • I will keep up with the pace of play on the golf course. • I will be friendly, courteous and helpful. • I will remain still and quiet while others are playing and have fun without being loud and rowdy. •I will be a good sport toward others whether I win or lose. Respect for Surroundings • I will keep the golf course and practice areas clean and in as good or better shape than I found them. • I will clean and take care of my and others’ golf equipment. • I will be careful not to damage anything that belongs to others.

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and Blanco in the Bloomfield School District. The National School Program involves training physical education teachers in The First Tee curriculum, developed by great minds in the fields of physical education, life skills and character values. It also provides schools with age appropriate plastic golf clubs and tennis balls that stick to a target, making them safe for school use. The equipment comes from SNAG Golf, which stands for Starting New at Golf. Merrion supports program Through a generous donation from the Merrion Oil and Gas Foundation, Yost plans to have the equipment in 15 San Juan County elementary schools by the end of 2017. “The First Tee is about building character, and it uses golf to do that,” said Neil Merrion, who is on the Merrion Oil and Gas Foundation board. “It fits in with what our foundation was originally set up to do. We want to support things that improve the community, get more people involved in athletics, and build character.” For schools without a National School Program, every fall and spring The First Tee staff teaches golf and life skills in as many elementary, middle and high schools as possible that request it. They also offer after-school programs at several schools and at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Facility. They also work with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Special Olympics. In its core program, The First Tee provides summer programs from early June to mid-August that teach golf and life skills to junior golfers at Riverview, Hidden Valley, San Juan Country Club, and Civitan golf courses in San Juan County, and at Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez, Colorado. Golf professionals at those courses have been trained by The First Tee to teach its curriculum. Impact 8,000 kids “We impact about 8,000 kids in San Juan County every year,” Yost explained. “About 7,500 of those kids are either National School Program kids or in the in-school program that we run. Another 500 are in the after school

and core programs.” If students get As and Bs on their report cards, they can get recognized on The First Tee’s A-B Honor Role and receive a certificate. Their program is built on a foundation of nine core values: honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, courtesy, confidence, perseverance, judgment and sportsmanship. Those core values are encompassed in each of five program levels. PLAYer introduces kids to the game of golf, to basic life skills, and to The First Tee’s Code of Conduct and Nine Core Values. PAR focuses on interpersonal communication and self-management skills. BIRDIE emphasizes goal setting. EAGLE stresses resilience skills, conflict resolution and planning for the future. ACE helps participants focus on setting goals for golf, career, education and giving back to the community. Kids prove their skills To progress from level to level, kids must prove they have attained certain golf and life skills. “They’ve got to show us they’re able to apply the life skill lessons we’ve taught,” Yost said. “Application is what we’re looking for.” In the higher levels, participants have a chance to qualify for scholarships based on golf or life skills, to play with professional golfers at Pebble Beach, improve their skills at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., or to meet executives on the Coca-Cola campus in Atlanta, Ga. There’s a Life Skill and Leadership Academy every summer where those fortunate enough to be selected spend a week participating in championship golf, life skills, activities and career exploration on a university campus. They live in a dorm and meet other The First Tee participants from around the world. Helps advanced players An eight-day PLAYer Advanced Academy helps advanced players, who are pursuing collegiate golf, to learn golf and life skills and improve their chances of competing at a higher level. 16 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013

Members also may participate in The First Tee Outstanding Participant Summit that recognizes exemplary achievement in a variety of areas from academics to community service. The First Tee also offers RBS Achievers of the Year awards for participants who have overcome life challenges while upholding the Nine Core Values. It’s not easy to qualify for those opportunities because kids must compete with other First Tee members around the world. Patrick Gregoire, a home schooled high school student in Farmington, was selected as a Top 100 participant in 2011 to attend the National Lifeskill and Leadership Conference at Arizona State University. “He really enjoyed the week,” said his mother, Shari Gregoire. “It opened up possibilities for golf in the future for him. It made him really want it.”

situations. “Anything you do in life is not just about the sport or the skill of it,” Gregoire said. “It’s about the character you build while you’re doing it, and the person you become through that experience. And that’s what The First Tee stresses, the life skills.” Those life skills impressed Tina PachecoWhite as well. Her son Asa, 10, became involved in The First Tee when he was 6 years old. “When he came home after the first time of doing it, he told me he learned what integrity was,” she recalled. “He told me integrity is being honest with your golf shot if anyone is looking or not. That set off a light bulb with me. It’s pretty unusual that a 6-year-old could describe what integrity is.” She was so impressed with the program that she became a First Tee board member.

Life skills came in handy Patrick became involved in The First Tee when he was 11. Now 17, he has learned life skills that have helped him through challenging

Bluffview most recent addition The most recent school to receive the National School Program is Bluffview Elementary. Through that program, that school’s physical

education teacher, Kathy Lund, was trained by The First Tee, and the school received golf equipment. “The National First Tee program in the schools benefits students in several ways,” said Bluffview principal Sha Lyn Weisheit. “It will provide students with a recreational life skill that they can use into adulthood. The First Tee’s nine core values correlate nicely with expectations for students as they strive to improve their current academic levels, and they will help students as they interact with one another and with people in the community.” Lund loves the program. “I consider it a tremendous opportunity for Bluffview students,” she said. “It helps students become responsible, productive citizens. Tom Yost has done a fantastic job getting students involved in The First Tee in many different schools, donating numerous hours to help students learn the game.” Yost caddied at 11 Yost grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enjoys the world of athletics. From the time he was

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little, he loved every sport. “When I was 11, a kid moved in next door and got me hooked on golf,� he said. “I started caddying when I was 11. Every job I ever had after that was golf related. I played golf on my high school team. I got some offers to play at small schools, but I wanted to work in the golf industry.� He came to San Juan County after his friend Mike Stark, then head golf professional at San Juan Country Club, contacted him in Cincinnati. Stark and Yost met in high school and attended New Mexico State University’s Professional Golf Management program. “Mike called and said, ‘I need an assistant. Do you want to come out?’ That was in 2000, and I hooked up my truck to a U-Haul and drove the 27 hours to Farmington,� Yost said. In 2001, the head golf professional job at Riverview opened up, and Yost took it. Stark eventually left golf to become Chief Operating Officer of San Juan County. He’s on The First Tee board. Golf is lifetime game “The program gives kids an opportunity to learn a game they can play for a lifetime,� Stark said. “In terms of an athletic program, it’s unheard of in its uniqueness. It combines what you can learn in a game and life skills to provide you so much guidance in the game of golf and in your life. I’ve never been a part of anything else that had that ability.� Yost and others brought the program to San Juan County because “we saw a niche that wasn’t being met in our market with junior golf,� he said. Chapter began in 2002 The First Tee chapter started in 2002 when San Juan College and Central Consolidated School District owned Riverview Golf Course. At first, it came under the umbrella of the college’s 501(c)3 status. Now it has its own 501(c)3 designation. Making business plans and meeting other requirements followed. It took two or three years to raise the necessary operating budget before The First Tee began teaching kids in 2005. Eventually, working at Riverview Golf Course and getting The First Tee off the ground, stretched Yost too thin. So he resigned from Riverview and became The First Tee executive director. “It’s my passion,� Yost said. “I’m paying forward what people gave me the opportunity to do when I was younger.�

Johnston teaches women about guns, safety and self defence Story by Debra Mayeux Photos by Tony Bennett New Mexico women are concerned about their safety. With muggings, drug-related shootings and assaults happening throughout the region, learning to protect oneself and one’s family is an important part of life. A San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy brought a woman’s safety class to the area 13 years ago, and since then Connie Johnston has trained more than 600 area woman how to protect themselves and their children. Last summer, she used her knowledge and experience to open Safer-U, a business that teaches everything from handgun basics to conceal-carry classes to reality based crime prevention and shooting training for area residents. Margie Poff, of Farmington, signed up for the Handgun 101 class followed by the conceal carry class. “My husband doesn’t own a gun, so I have to protect my family,” Poff

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noon until the bullets began flying out of their chambers into multiple targets set up amid the bluffs. While some practiced their shooting techniques with six of Johnston’s trained law enforcement professionals, others sat in lawn chairs enjoying the scenery and snacks. Everyone was outfitted with guns, holsters, safety glasses and air plugs to protect themselves and their senses. “There is a focus on safety, and we’re learning from professionals,” Poff said. “We really need these professionals to teach us how to operate the guns.” Professionalism was important to Johnston, when she decided to start up Safer-U. “Customer service is paramount,” she said,


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“We bring in heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, paraphernalia and prescription drugs,” Johnston said. This allows students to see what the drugs look like and also hear about signs and symptoms of use. Another part of the Women Against Crime


program is teaching mothers how to protect

they were her colleagues. Her instructors are

their children from Internet predators, and

Nick Bloomfield, Dave McCall, Carlos Loomis,

how to deal with a solicitation from an

Reyes Flores, Dustin Parsons, Scott Facka and

Internet predator if it is received.

Matt Anthony.

There is a day of shooting at the Wildlife

“It’s a unique concept – a group of law

Federation and a focus on developing a

enforcement that’s banded together to teach

personal protection plan. “If we don’t have a

citizens,” she said. “It’s inspiring when we

plan, unfortunately, we freeze and do

have cops on the range teaching 25 citizens

nothing,” Johnston said. “Those seconds are

about handgun safety. It makes us proud of

imperative, so if you put something in a plan

what we do.”

that is what you will do.” Johnston had been teaching this course for

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office promotes a community policing model that in-

so many years, but she wanted to reach a

cludes such programs as Neighborhood Watch

larger audience. She and colleague Nick

and partnering with community members to

Bloomfield talked about reaching out to the

make neighborhoods safer. “Law enforcement

non-law enforcement public and offering

thinks we cannot provide protection for our

people the same type of class. They wanted

community by ourselves, so we’ve got to work

to decrease the likelihood of a person being

at keeping our community safe by working to-

victimized and also create partnerships with

gether with the community,” Johnston said.

the general public when it came to fighting

This can be done by arming trained civilians

against crime.

with handguns, and “having guns in key places

“We wanted to offer programs that gave options to law-abiding community members to increase their safety,” Johnston said.

when the threat comes through the door.” This is one of the reasons for Johnston offering reality based training to San Juan

This led to the creation of Safer-U, and

County through the Safer-U business. Reality

Johnston was able to find instructors, because

based training typically had been available to SUMMER 2013 | MAJESTIC LIVING | 23

law enforcement and the military, but it

gear for both the instructors and the

recently became available to businesses

students, and it will also afford the student

that train civilians in the proper use of

the opportunity to go through the scenario

handguns and safety.

multiple times until they get it right.

In this program, participants are given

The students also receive instruction on

guns that hold only non-lethal rounds.

liability issues, including the civil and crimi-

They will receive classroom training,

nal cases that can result from shooting a

followed by scenarios, where the student

handgun even in the case of self defense.

will have to decide when to shoot. They

“It really makes you think,” said David

also will have to deal with finding cover,

Greenwood, who was taking the conceal

shooting moving targets, addressing the

carry class. “This was a Christmas gift for

threat and the inevitability of equipment

me, and I’m really enjoying it.”

malfunctions. “We take all of that, teach it all, and

He sat alongside Sabrina Stratton, who took the class better to protect herself

they practice it and learn it,” Johnston

after she became the victim of a crime.

said. At the end of the class everyone will

“This has given me a lot of good pointers

be given a non-lethal firearm and

and information to think about,” she said.

scenarios. They will have to go out, ad-

“This whole thing is empowering – to learn

dress the scene and control the scene. “It

from people who do this every day – peo-

gets them moving and thinking. It forces

ple who are law enforcement professionals.

decision making.” This type of training requires protective


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he quickly filled that role as founding member of the Anglican Order of Dominicans. The Dominicans are a Roman Catholic order of teachers, and Mackey along with his father the Rev. Jeffrey Mackey received the Roman church’s blessing upon establishing the Episcopalian order, according to Jack Yerby, parish administrator at St. John’s.

His father is a pastor, his brothers are studying to be pastors and,

“The Dominican’s strong point is teaching and preaching – Father

on his mother’s side of the family, there are 38 ordained pastors

Guy is good at that,” Yerby said. “He has excellent sermons. We post

and/or foreign missionaries. The Rev. Guy Mackey was destined to

them on our website and we get a lot of great comments about

wear a collar.


Mackey, 40, is the priest at St. John’s Epsicopal Church in Farm-

Mackey took this gift of “teaching and preaching” one step fur-

ington. He came to the area four years ago from Mansfield, La.,

ther when he was commissioned as a chaplain in the New Mexico

where he pastored a church for eight years. When he arrived in

State Guard. “My assignment is to be a chaplain for the National

Farmington, St. John’s was struggling and ready for a spiritual leader,

Guard at the Farmington Readiness Center,” he said.


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agencies,” he explained. “There are certain niches where only a priest – only a clergyman – can go. If you want to take care of soldiers, you have to take the oath, put on the uniform, and do it.” Mackey served in the U.S. Army Reserve when he was younger, so he knew what it was like to be a citizen soldier. He knew that they too need ministry and church services, but he also knew they would better accept him if he joined the State Guard. Once signing on, Mackey was assigned to serve one weekend of every month at the National Guard Readiness Center, near the Four Corners Regional Airport. He arrives at the center with the other citizen soldiers and takes classes and training, and serves right beside them. Sometimes his work includes doing vehicle checks and maintenance. Other times he is training how to handle injuries in a volatile situation. This includes learning how to wrap wounds and tie tourniquets. “I want to be familiar with them and their duties, so I understand what they are doing,” Mackey said. He also provides them with church services while at the facility. “Services on duty may be the only time they go to service at all.” The duties of a chaplain, however, are more than once a month on weekends. “The chaplaincy can go outside of the guard. It is not limited to people in uniform,” Mackey said. He is on call for the families in case of accidents or illness, and he also can provide personal counseling.


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Mackey will soon be trained to counsel soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, and according to Yerby the parishioners at St. John’s are “very supportive” of Mackey’s service. The service truly is a part of Mackey’s makeup. He was raised in the Christian and Missionary Alliance – a church that he said is part of the “Holiness Movement.” It is an evangelical church with a heavy focus on missionary work. At one time this church had more missionaries in the field per capita than any other church in America. Mackey’s youth was spent learning the importance of reaching out to others in a missionary type capacity. He was the eldest

Mass begins. “The attitude of awe and respect

Mackey child, and when his father converted

is present in the room.”

to Episcopalian in 1993, it took Mackey a couple of years to accept it. Once Mackey decided to become an Epis-

He refers to himself as a “young traditionalist” – someone who looked back further in history for a spiritual and church-related

copalian in 1995, he was off to the seminary

tradition, and he found it in the Episcopal

two months later. He said the church felt right,

Church, where his preaching focuses on

because it focused on the “idea of the Holy

teaching a congregation of 130 people.

and Powerful God.” There was the Liturgy of the Mass, the

At St. John’s, “big picture politics” are left at the door. The parish life is about a

priests wore vestments, and God was treated as

relationship with God. “St. John’s is a church

the Almighty and the Powerful One.

of people who study,” Mackey said. “I really

“I made a change in action to what I be-

am a teacher at heart, so I fit in.”

lieved,” Mackey said. When you walk into an

He brings the same teaching spirit to the cit-

Episcopal Church it is silent, parishioners are

izen soldiers of the New Mexico National Guard

prayerfully awaiting the Mass. Then the bell

one weekend of every month, and whenever

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getting it back on track. The 68-year-old Farmington woman became a doctor of Oriental Medicine and opened a clinic in 2007, after searching for the perfect occupation. “I never really found a career I liked,” St. Clair said, “but after I had a couple of Chinese doctors work on me it just grabbed me. I wanted to do this for people.” In Chinese medicine, the doctor places tiny needles in proper places on the body to make the energy flow. “This releases energy that is stuck and gets it where it needs to be,” St. Clair explained. “Energy is removed from one place where it is stuck and stagnating to areas that are deprived.” Acupuncture can be used to treat many different health conditions. It helped St. Clair and that is why at the age of 50 she enrolled

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at the Portland College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Ore., so she could become a doctor of Oriental medicine. She studied under Wei Li, a renowned acupuncturist and author, who wrote the book “Clinical Nephrology and Chinese Medicine.” Li began practicing Chinese Medicine at the age of 17. She wrote that its influence came from the principles of Confucian ideology, which “emphasizes the need to preserve the wholeness of the body throughout life and death.” There also are Taoist ideologies in Chinese medicine, and these deal with a description of the universe as “a collection of interdependent yet polar natural forces” such as the Yin and Yang. This means that man can achieve ideal health through “perfect harmony with


the natural forces surrounding him.” These two theories promote the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine as remedies to ailments, and St. Clair said those medical



modalities helped her, so she decided to study them to help others. Upon her graduation with a degree in Chinese medicine, St. Clair moved to Farmington, where she opened her first clinic in 2007.


She later moved back to Portland, but returned to Farmington. “I always knew I wanted to be in Farmington,” said St. Clair, who spent most of her professional life in Santa Fe. She had owned a bakery, worked for a publishing company and worked in a bank, but helping people through alternative medicine and doing that in San Juan County was her goal. St. Clair returned to Farmington in 2009 and opened the Four Corners Acupuncture Clinic in an office neighboring Mesa Family Practice. She remained there for a few years, until she had a brush with death. St. Clair was at a retreat in the mountains north of Denver when she had an unexplainable and severe nose bleed. An air ambulance had to fly into the mountains to get her and take her to the Swedish Medical Center in Denver. “I was classified in critical condition, and I felt terrible, and so weak” she said. St. Clair could no longer work and once again closed the clinic to return to Portland. Her teacher Wei Lee cared for her until she could once again give acupuncture and Chinese medicine a go. “I love working with people. I missed the clinic, so I came back,” St. Clair said. “I like helping people; I find it very satisfying.” This time around, St. Clair was able to design and develop the clinic she always wanted with color and atmosphere representative of Chinese medicine’s five elements of theory. The walls in the lobby and hall are deep 2300 E. 30th St. Building B #103 • Farmington

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St. Clair has had success in treating patients

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representing the liver and gall bladder, two very

other things.

important organs in Chinese medicine.

She helped Mary Beth Yates with insomnia.

“There is a lot of white and shades of white

“Rhenna came highly recommended to me,”

for the long and large intestine,” St. Clair ex-

Yates said. “She is such a calm and gentle person

plained. Yellow in the kitchen area represents the

in addition to having a sense of humor.”

stomach and spleen, while blue in the herb room

All of this is included with her skill, and Yates

is for the kidney, urinary tract and bladder.

said that “brings a benefit to the healing process.

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St. Clair stays busy performing acupuncture

Yates sought treatment from St. Clair earlier

treatments on people with varying ailments. She

this year and has already seen success. She also

uses needles from China and Japan. “It is New

appreciates that St. Clair is not a “pushy” per-

Mexico law that they are only used once,” she

son. While St. Clair believes in Chinese medicine


she presents treatments as an option. “She also

The needles barely penetrate the skin and are

and the results can be achieved without putting

gives you a lot of information and is very knowl-

never inserted into blood vessels. They are

chemicals in the body – chemicals that don’t re-


placed along lines of energy to stop blockages

ally belong there,” St. Clair said. “It can be used

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get back to 100 percent, but he believed the answer was out there somewhere. The twists and turns of his life led him to attend chiropractic school. After practicing as a chiropractor in Texas for several years, he went to work for AIRROSTI (Applied Integration for the Rapid Recovery of Soft Tissue Injuries). As he learned their techniques and received treatments for his own soft tissue injuries, he beat the doctors’ bleak odds about his future. “I don’t think I’m even 1 percent disabled,” he said. “Always search for something that’s going to help you. It’s out there most of the time.” Prefers smaller community Pendergrass came to Flora Vista in 2012 when his wife, Toni, was hired as president of San Juan College. She grew up in Aztec. Pendergrass grew up in rural Texas towns. They both wanted to raise their children in a small town atmosphere. “We thought it was really important for our kids to be around agriculture and to have a great education with smaller classes and lifelong friends,” Pendergrass said. “There’s nothing like growing up in a small town where you can make lifelong friends.” The Treatment Room When he moved here, Pendergrass started his own business, The Treatment Room: Muscle and Sports Therapy, at 2300 E. 30th St., Suite 102 B,


in Farmington. He treats soft tissue injuries in people of all ages. “It’s strictly soft tissue work, primarily focusing on fascia,” he explained. Fascia is soft tissue that covers each muscle. “Fascia can be tricky at times,” he noted, “because there are a lot of different things it can do. Falling on an outstretched arm could be different


than treating something that’s just a pull, because your fascia can lock into positions. What we hope is that when we injure ourselves, the fascia will bounce right back to its normal position. But since it has very little blood supply, it doesn’t have the same healing capabilities as the muscles do with blood enriched tissue. I realign fascia to restore the normal functionality.

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Then your body’s capabilities of healing will increase.” Lucky to have him here Jesse and Stephanie Hickey, co-owners of Animas CrossFit, a Farmington gym, have both been treated by Pendergrass. “From my viewpoint as a physical therapist, I think we are extremely lucky

Douglas Pendergrass of Flora Vista has seen his share of injuries. From

to have Dr. Pendergrass in our area,” Stephanie said. “At this time, there’s

knee injuries while playing high school football and steer wrestling to a bro-

no one doing work like he’s doing. He approaches body work from an array

ken back while working for an offshore drilling company, all of which re-

of techniques. I experienced immediate and lasting results after 30 or 40

quired surgery, he knows what it feels like to hurt.


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Jesse didn’t realize he was having discomfort when he did lunges. “He did manual therapy on me, and when I did lunges after that I felt so

much better,” said Jesse. “My sacrum was out of place, and he put it back in place.” Gayle Dean, executive director of the San Juan College Foundation, went to Pendergrass with a sprained ankle. “I had swelling, pain and very little flexibility,” Dean said. After two treatments I was walking normally and even running. Dr. Pendergrass explained everything as he worked on my ankle, so I was able to continue the exercises at home. I believe his expertise made a huge different in my recovery.” Works with athletes and others About a third of Pendergrass’ patients have been athletes in many different sports. His clients range in age from preschoolers to people over 80. They come with wide ranging issues from plantar fasciitis and rotator cuff injuries to back and knee injuries. Soft tissue treatment works for about 90 percent of them, he said, unless they have a significant tear that requires surgery. Even people with degenerative issues can be helped to some degree. “I can understand when my patients talk about knee or shoulder pain,” he said. “A lot of these things I’ve experienced myself. I know what questions to ask. Then I can treat them or send them in the right direction. Sometimes they need surgery. It’s important to work closely with other physicians in the area. The most important thing is the person’s wellbeing, getting them to the right person to get the job done.” izing it. Agriculture, rodeo background Pendergrass didn’t start out planning to become a chiropractor. Born May 17, 1968, in Houston, Texas, he moved to Del Rio, Texas, when he was 2 and grew up there until he was 16 when his grandmother died. Then the

“I worked for 10 months with a broken back,” he said. “It got to where I couldn’t move any more. I ended up having surgery. They fused it – rods, screws, bolts.” He spent much time recovering at home in Del Rio. Then he moved to

family moved to El Campo, Texas, about 70 miles from Houston. There, he

Austin and began doing bid work for a friend who owned a large landscap-

graduated from high school in 1986. His family owned a ranch with cattle,

ing company.

sheep and goats. He was involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America. During high school football, he played defensive and offensive tackle and offensive guard. He also wrestled steers in high school and college, placing third in state in the Texas Youth Rodeo Association.

Visits Ruidoso During his growing up years, Pendergrass spent summers with his family in Ruidoso to escape the Texas heat and because his father raced horses. So it

A humble man, he doesn’t talk easily about his accomplishments.

was natural for him to go to Ruidoso over Labor Day weekend in 2001 to

“I could hold my own, I guess,” he said.

watch the All American Futurity. The decision was life changing, because there he met Toni.

Texas Aggie He earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. “My dad was a proud graduate of Texas A&M University,” Pendergrass

“She had just finished up at the University of Texas in Austin with her dissertation,” he said. “She was in Ruidoso with her mother and father, and I met her there. I called her when I returned to Austin. On our first date, we attended a University of Texas game.”

said. “He told my brothers, sister and me that we could attend any college

UT was a rival of Pendergrass’ Texas A&M alma mater.

we wanted, but his money was going to Texas A&M!”

“I gritted my teeth, sat through it and made it out of there in one piece,”

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“We knew we wanted a family, and we started having kids immediately,” he said. “We’ve been blessed with three beautiful children, a son and two daughters.” They’re ages 8, 5 and 1. Both parents pitch in with household duties.

ing at San Jacinto College, South Campus, in Houston. Pendergrass began working as a chiropractor in Houston. Always interested in learning more, he began checking out AIRROSTI, a company he had heard about in chiropractic school. “I started looking at the doctors who were working for the company, and

Career change After he met Toni, he decided to go to chiropractic school. The decision resonated with his family’s medical background. “I come from two generations of MDs,” he said. “My great-grandfather

six of them were my classmates,” he said. “I called them up individually and they said, ‘They have a lot of trade secrets, so I can’t tell you much about it, but if you’re fortunate enough to be hired, it’s amazing.’” That convinced Pendergrass. After going through an extensive interview

was a medical doctor in the horse and buggy days. My grandfather was a

process, he was hired by AIRROSTI and learned about their soft tissue tech-

medical doctor in the military, and my mother is a pharmacist.”


His father, who didn’t choose a medical career, was a district judge for the state of Texas for several years. In chiropractic school, Pendergrass had access to therapy on a regular basis. “It drastically improved my health,” he said.

Amazed by new technique With soft tissue work, people often get better after two treatments, he said. More challenging cases can take five or six treatments, a very different outcome than that which he found in his traditional chiropractic practice. Toni is proud of her husband’s skills. “He’s worked with MDs to help

Graduates as chiropractor At first, the family lived in Dallas, where Toni worked at El Centro College, Dallas County Community College District. In 2006, Pendergrass graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas. Later they moved to Houston when Toni became Vice President of Learn-


people recover from soft tissue injuries,” she said. “Usually he just has to treat people one to three times and they’re out of pain.” Because AIRROSTI had no job for him in Houston, Pendergrass worked in San Antonio and went home to see his wife and kids on weekends.

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From murals to bronze Myers has been a landscape artist all his life Story by Lauren Duff Imagine waking up in the morning and seeing stone castles perched on top of rolling hills, seagulls flying above, and mountain peaks peering through wispy, grapefruit colored clouds. This is the world Lola Brown lives in each day since local artist Steve Myers painted every inch of her “castle” – a process that took ten years to complete. “Lola’s Castle,” located near the San Juan Country Club in Farmington is a masterpiece in itself and Myers was able to transform Brown’s vision, which has brought joy to her life since her husband, Carl, passed away in 2002. But long before embarking on this ten-year journey, Myers has made a name for himself in the art world and is known for his western artwork that has been showcased in countless galleries throughout the United States. An artist’s past Myers, 61, is a native New Mexican. Growing up in Farmington, he was able to entrench himself in the American Indian culture, which has been a major inspiration for his artwork. When Myers was younger, he painted landscapes of the enchanting New Mexico scenery. “I have been a painter and landscape artist all my life,” he said. In 1970, Myers graduated from Farmington High School and then studied Western Art at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. “My biggest influence was John Hampton, founder of the Cowboy Artists Association,” Myers explained. As a way to add variation to his landscape paintings, Myers decided to move back to the Four Corners and paint the oil field scenes. Eventually, he broadened his art skills and learned how to mold clay, which would be transformed into bronze sculptures. Myers’ clay molds were cast at a foundry, a factory that produces metal castings. The complexity of casting hindered Myers’ ability to do it himself, he explained.

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His sculptures, which mainly represent Ameri-

“As the painting grew, my relationship with

“Lola knew nothing about the painting

can Indian culture, were sold in various galleries

Lola grew,” Myers explained. “This painting be-

process, but this made her get up in the morn-

throughout New Mexico and Arizona.

came my life and Lola’s life.”

ing and think about the creative process,”

Myers returned to Farmington permanently

The murals on each of the walls are massive:

Myers explained. “The creative process is the

ten years ago to be with his “significant other,”

12 feet high by 30 feet long, 9 feet high by 24

healthiest state of mind to be in. An unhealthy

Margaret Walters, and take a break from the

feet long.

state of mind is when it is stagnant.”

galleries. It was during this time, he met the 85year-old Lola Brown. Living in the painting

Myers learned to paint these large dimen-

Myers said this ten-year project is the perfect

sions when he worked for an Albuquerque-

example of art therapy, where studies have

based billboard company in the late 1980s.”We

shown it can assist in the healing process.

painted the billboards by hand. I painted for

According to the American Art Therapy Asso-

Coors, Chevrolet, Nike, and every whiskey com-

ciation, “Art therapy is a mental health profes-

pany,” Myers explained. I think I was one of

sion in which clients, facilitated by the art

into one continuous landscape painting on

the very last pictorialist in the billboard world,

therapist, use art media, the creative process,

every wall space in Brown’s home, which is

and that gave me the ability to paint on that

and the resulting artwork to explore their feel-

equivalent to 6,000 square feet. “When I got


ings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-

What began as one mural eventually turned

done with the first mural Lola loved it and she

Brown moved into the home in 2003 after

awareness, manage behavior and addictions,

looked at the other wall and said what about

her husband passed away. Through the devasta-

develop social skills, improve reality orienta-

that one,” Myers said with a grin.

tion and pain, Brown was able to heal when she

tion, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.”

10 years later, Brown’s home looks as though it is in another time period. Paintings of castles, sparkling oceans, and sunrays reaching through clouds wrap throughout each room.


and Myers began to brainstorm the different scenes that would be painted on her walls. “I loved every minute of it and I can’t fathom sitting here without any of this,” Brown said.

Brown said the paintings in her home “brings back memories” from traveling around the world three times. “Steve is a wonderful artist; he is number one. He understands what you

want when you tell him.”

Farmington Public Library. Alexandra Caldwell

“I lived up on scaffolding and she wouldn’t

and Evan Caldwell were Myers inspiration for this

plete. Other sculptures by Myers that can be seen

mind it. Lola preferred to live in an art mess,”

statue. In 2002, they died in a tragic car acci-

around Farmington include one at the Boys and

Myers said.

dent but their legacy lives on through the sculp-

Girls Club and a life-size sculpture of Brown’s


husband, Carl, which stands outside the pro shop

A different art media

“The birds represented the rising of the spirit,” Myers explained. “Evan was a photogra-

Even though Myers grew up as a painter, he eventually taught himself a different art technique.

Carl had a huge influence on San Juan Coun-

pher, so you can see a camera around his neck

try Club’s inception after he donated the land

and Alexandra was a dancer.”

where the golf course and the clubhouse are lo-

The sculpture was completed in 2004 and it

Myers began sculpting after meeting Vic

at the country club.

graces the library’s grounds.

cated today. Myers also has been working on a series of

Payne, a Santa Fe sculptor. During his first year

Recently, another one of Myer’s sculptures

acrylic paintings that portray orchestra women.

creating western bronze sculptures, Myers sold

was installed at Ricketts Park, just in time for the

“The women represent passion and the instru-

65 sculptures.

Connie Mack World Series this summer.

ments represent the music that is shown in the

After selling his paintings and bronze sculp-

The sculpture is a 13-foot-tall baseball

tures in galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Albu-

catcher. Myers said the sculpture represents a

querque, and Taos, Myers decided to move back

“generic” 17-year-old Connie Mack player.

to Farmington permanently in 2002.

“I was involved in this project because I was

Since then, he has created several sculptures that can be seen around the city.

involved in Connie Mack when I was younger. It was a thrill for me to leave my legacy at that

There is a life-size sculpture of two teenagers

field where I played as a kid,” Myers explained.

with their arms stretched out holding birds at the

The sculpture took Myers one year to com-

artwork.” Myers is devoted to his artwork, but if he is not sitting behind an easel or chipping away clay, you can find him swinging a 9 iron on the golf course fairway or fly fishing in the San Juan River. “As far as the future, I don’t know what the future holds for me,” Myers said with a chuckle.

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Kaitlyn’s artistic talents merge with her love of fast cars Story by Debra Mayeux Photos by Tony Bennett Kaitlyn Youell, 22, grew up a cowgirl with a hankering for painting. She raised and showed steers and sheep, while keeping a horse and goats for pets. While this 2008 Kirtland Central High School honor graduate enjoyed a rural life, she would paint on anything she could find and shared her desire to be an artist with family members. Her parents supported her endeavor, but one aunt told her no one would appreciate Kaitlyn’s art until after her death. Kaitlyn decided to prove this aunt wrong, and she did just that by


going from showing sheep to showing cars. By the age of 16 Kaitlyn was working as an apprentice in a local body shop, where she not only learned how to do body work on vehicles, she also learned how to paint and detail cars. “You start off by sanding it and prepping the surface using wax and paint remover,” she explained. The paint is applied and once the artwork is finished and approved by the vehicle’s owner, a clear coat is applied to give it flawless shine. Kaitlyn, who works as a phlebotomist at San Juan Regional Medical Center, completed her first car while studying in the auto body program at San Juan College. She convinced her husband, Mike Youell, to let her experiment on his Mustang. Her parents didn’t think she could paint a car, but Mike was supportive. “When my husband trusted me with his car, that opened the art up for me,” Kaitlyn said. “He expected just flames, and it came out to be more than flames.” The Mustang is a work of art that has been showcased in car shows throughout the area. It not only has flames, there are skulls and full Grim Reaper on the hood. “I was excited. I didn’t expect it


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Sticking out became easy with Kaitlyn around to airbrush the family cars. She even airbrushed their son’s skateboard and Power Wheels Escalade. “Everyone always likes her work. They go to her because they trust her,” Brandon Youell, 11, said. Soon after completing the Mustang, Kaitlyn painted a pink Chevy Camaro with tigers on it. People saw her work and started coming to her. “She’s amazing. I’ve had a lot of airbrush work done over the years – nothing compares to what she has done,” Mike said. Kaitlyn has even garnered the attention of Ilene Roth, the wife of the late Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. She was invited to the Rat Fink Family Reunion each summer in Manti, Utah, by Roth’s wife, Ilene Roth. “She only invites the top artists, and that was a big honor. I was extremely excited,” Kaitlyn said. This small, quiet woman has immersed herself in a world of fast and furious sports car,

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of the river Mutt and Fern Foutz donated 26 acres of land for river trails in 1987, which helped to get the now extensive trail system rolling.

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Since he arrived in Farmington in 1972 as the only orthopedic surgeon in San Juan County, he has played important roles in the community. From volunteering as a doctor at football games to playing a leadership role on the Parks and Recreation Commission, Lehmer has promoted recreation and helped to make river environments enjoyable places to hike, picnic and learn about nature. When he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Farmington

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Chamber of Commerce on January 11, it surprised him. “It was totally unexpected,” Lehmer said. “There are so many good people. I don’t deserve it any more than anybody else here. We’ve had

vat said. “He’s had a hand in probably every program, every event, every

“He was on the Parks and Recreation Commission for 32 years. He’s had a hand in probably every program, every event, every project that the commission did during that time. It would be hard to say what wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”

project that the commission did during that time. It would be hard to say what wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.” Almost single handedly, Lehmer raised about $350,000 in private donations for the River of Fountains at the west end of Berg Park. Nearly 200 feet long, it features 45 computer controlled pop jets, leap jets and bursting jets in which children and adults can play. “On a warm day, hundreds of kids are over there,” Horvat said. “That is without a doubt something that wouldn’t exist without him.

– Ed Horvat

“He’s low key. He never draws attention to himself. It’s never about him. It’s always about the quality of life for everyone who lives here.” Don’t Meth with Me Lehmer is also active with the Rotary Club in its program Don’t Meth with Me, which educates San Juan County fifth graders about the dangers of methamphetamines and other drugs. “It’s really making an impact on young people not to get involved in drugs,” Lehmer said. Greatest love is outdoors But his greatest love is the out of doors, a love that came early to him. He enjoyed the green agricultural setting of Champaign, Ill., where he grew up with a sister six years his senior. His father, who was in the radio and television repair and sales business on the University of Illinois campus, was Lehmer’s Boy Scout master and played an active role in his baseball activities. But his father died of a heart attack at the age of 44 when Lehmer was only 15. His mother, who’d been a stay-at-home mom, went to work in the records department of a multi-specialty medical clinic to support the family. Lehmer found positive guidance from his father’s brother, an obstetrician, for whom Lehmer was named. Attends medical school

so many good people work on our river projects and do other things in the community.” No surprise to others His award didn’t surprise people who know of his tireless community involvement. Ed Horvat, San Juan Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services manager, believes the community wouldn’t have some of the things it now enjoys without Lehmer. “He was on the Parks and Recreation Commission for 32 years,” Hor-

Attracted by his uncle’s work as a doctor, Lehmer attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and took a medical internship at Kings County Hospital in New York. He’d already decided to be an internist when he had a rotation in orthopedics during his last six weeks of medical school. “I fell in love with it,” he said. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” It was 1966, and the Vietnam War was in full swing. “They were drafting everyone,” Lehmer said. “They had a thing called the Berry Plan. It was a deferment for doctors. They drew your name out of a hat.” SUMMER 2013 | MAJESTIC LIVING | 51

Lehmer got the Berry Plan, which deferred him from military service until he completed his residency at Downstate University in Brooklyn, N.Y. He married during that five-year residency. His wife suffered from severe post-partum depression and died when his daughter was 9 months old. When he finished his residency in 1970, the military wouldn’t send him to Vietnam because he was a single parent. Instead, he practiced at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in

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Farmington with his new wife, Peggy, Lehmer was drawn by the skiing and hiking opportuni-


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At first, they worked in a county office building on Lake Street. In 1975 they bought twoand-a-half acres on 20th Street, where they built Orthopedic Associates. Over the years, they added Bob Grossheim to their practice, then Bob Stemsrud, Pete Saltzman, and finally Dennis Kloberdanz. After 40 years in practice, Lehmer retired in August 2012. He’s still involved with SJRMC as a member of the hospital’s Partnership Committee. It focuses on how SJRMC can positively interact with the community. Involved in recreation Lehmer has always been involved in recre-

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ation. In 1979, he accepted an appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission, a volunteer position that he held for 32 years until he resigned in 2011. He’s still down at the parks commission once a week talking with architect Roger Drayer about river trail development. His interest in developing connections between parks along the river began in 1984 when




a graduate student named Pru Larson did an inventory of the city’s open spaces for her master’s thesis. “I was fascinated by her study,” Lehmer said. “I told her, ‘We need to do something about our rivers in Farmington because they’re such an asset to the community. Every great city has rivers flowing through it. We’re ignoring what we have.’” He has pictures of the river in 1984. “It was neglected,” he said. “Old couches and trash cars lined the river banks.” Wants a trail system At that time, Boyd, Berg, Animas and Westland parks were along the rivers. Lehmer wondered how those parks could be connected with a trail system. In 1985, he mentioned his idea to then parks director Bob Hudson. “Bob was a wonderful visionary,” Lehmer said. “You brought an idea to him, and he could figure out how to achieve the goal. At the time, we SUMMER 2013 | MAJESTIC LIVING | 53

had a lot of pressure from people who wanted

tem, people began donating land along the

a golf course, soccer fields, and an indoor


swimming pool. So Bob said let’s form all these Lehmer doesn’t wave his own flag

study committees and see what we come up with.”

“Bob had credibility, and he caused people to donate large tracts of land,” said Farmington

River Reach Foundation begins

resident Evert Oldham, who served on the

Following up on a suggestion by Farmington

River Reach Foundation in its early days. “Bob

architect Bill Freimuth, the city applied for a

listens. He’s very quiet. He’s thoughtful. He’s a

R/UDAT (Regional Urban Design Assistance

very wise person, and he understands politics.

Team) study by the American Institute of Archi-

He is not there to wave his own flag. He’s

tects. The AIA sent a team to the city, which

going to pass the credit around. You’ll find his

met with residents and recommended a nine-

leadership in every aspect that somebody else

mile river trail system as well as the formation

is getting the credit for.”

of a non-profit organization to spearhead the

Five years later, in 1993, another gross re-

plans. That was the beginning of the River

ceipts tax passed, which provided money to Mutt and Fern Foutz donated 26 acres of land for river trails in 1987, which helped to get the now extensive trail system rolling.

build the Farmington Boys and Girls Club,

Course with land donated by San Juan College,

Plata Highway, the museum at Gateway Park,

with a five-year sunset clause passed over-

a soccer complex on Fairgrounds Road, and

and money to buy land along the rivers.

whelmingly, which provided about $12 million

money to develop a trail system along the river.

Reach Foundation, and Lehmer served as its first president. In 1987, a quarter percent gross receipts tax

for an aquatic center, the Pinon Hills Golf

As Lehmer and others talked up the trail sys-

more soccer fields, the sports complex on La

Today, Lehmer sees so much that still can be done to develop the river.

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“I’ve heard him called Old Man River, which probably sums it up, be-

our civic center to a new convention center and put in a diversion canal,

cause he’s relentless in his pursuit of it,” said Freimuth. “He’s stayed on

greenways and parks along there. People would have restaurants. They

the River Reach Foundation continuously. He never left it.”

would want to live there. They’d have hotels, theaters, things like that.

“I’m in love with the river,” Lehmer said with a smile. “Two-thirds of the surface water in New Mexico passes through Farmington.”

The city of Farmington would be changed. It’s a huge project. I wish I was 20!”

Two of his passions are to put a bridge from Gateway Museum across the river to a central park, where horse and bicycle trails could be de-

Parks along river are string of pearls He also hopes to see trails developed along the river between Aztec

veloped. “Maybe we could set up a village and bring in Navajo weavers, a blacksmith, and a general store,” he said. “We could have stage coaches and robberies and show what the Wild West was like.”

and Farmington. “I think we can do it,” he said. “It’s a natural thing to connect what we have. The parks along the river are like a string of pearls. We need to connect those parks and create an outdoor amenity for people to

Wants to connect downtown and river His other passion is to see six blocks of downtown Farmington developed from Broadway to the river, where a new convention center could

enjoy the natural beauty that we have.” It’s something his six children and seven grandchildren could enjoy. His love for the land and its people spills out of him in gusts of warmth.

be built. “Right now that area is a hodgepodge,” he said. “You see empty lots,

“These are my passions,” he said, “and I just love the people I work

lots for sale, old buildings. The river needs to be a part of downtown.

with. Gosh, there are so many neat people you meet. They always have

We need to get the city and private people to buy into a project to de-

such great ideas. You bring all those ideas together, and you can create

velop that all the way to the hospital, over to Behrend, to bring that all

something pretty wonderful.”

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Group keeps area horse and rider teams out on the trail Story by Debra Mayeux Photos by Tony Bennett There were hitching posts on Main Street in historic downtown Farmington. People 56 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013

would ride their horses along the road and highways to get into town and back. It wasn’t

cent years, horses and their riders have been

too long ago that San Juan County not only

limited to trails on public and private lands,

looked like the Old West, it was the Old

and the bonds between the horse and rider


have dwindled to weekend rides for recre-

The 21st Century has brought a lot of

ation instead of transportation.

changes to Northwest New Mexico, and one

The hitching posts have disappeared in

of the most notable has been the disappear-

Farmington to make way for cars, and motor-

ance of the horse as a means of travel. In re-

ized recreation vehicles have taken to the


hills where horses once roamed. The North American Trail Ride Conference, or NATRC, would like to preserve and promote the good old days of distance riding through its annual trail rides. San Juan County is in District 3 of the conference. This district is quite active putting on trail rides for sport and recreation. Members follow the North American Trail Ride Conference Mission Statement – “promote horsemanship and horse care as they apply to the sport of distance riding by offering a variety of challenging and educational experiences designed to strengthen horse and rider partnerships.” The people who turn out for NATRC sanctioned rides say they do it for the love of the sport and the bonding experience with their horse. They have several opportunities to ride throughout the Southwest, including rides in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico with three rides a year in San Juan County. “The thing about these rides – there’s a 58 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013

lot of places you get to ride where normally you wouldn’t,” said Jerry Sims, a national director for NATRC Region 3. The riders have had the opportunity to ride on private ranches and even at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. “We get to ride on the grounds and spend the night.” The NATRC is divided into six regions across the U.S. Riders compete within their own region as well as in other regions. They earn points for the rides, and those points are tallied up at year’s end for awards. “The riding season is different in different


places,” Sims said, explaining that the NATRC gives riders an option to stay on horseback all year, if they so desire. One of the first locally sanctioned rides was in 1973 at Navajo Lake. “We’re the second longest consecutive ride in the country,” said Dr. Bill Cumberworth. He and his wife, Judy, started the ride when they moved to the area from Albuquerque. They partnered with the now-defunct Four Corners Arab

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Horse Association to start the ride. This year, Cumberworth’s daughter Cathy Cumberworth was the chairwoman of the ride, which took place during Mother’s Day weekend out at the lake. Only weeks before the Navajo Lake ride, there was a Piñon Mesa Trail Ride in La Plata. There were some 50 riders who traveled from all over the region to ride. Most rolled in on Friday, April 19, and spent the night, so they could take off early Saturday morning on the trails. The riders consist of horseman of all ages and abilities, and there also are some 25 to 30 volunteers helping each ride without getting on the back of a horse. “It’s a very friendly group of people. “It’s very family oriented,” Sims said. “We have kids whose parents rode, and the kids have grown up and become riders.”

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There also are families that ride together, such as Kathy Pape and her 10-year-old daughter Emily Pape, who traveled up from Bosque Farms with Kathy’s mother, Lorraine Cordova. They represented three generations of riders and horse enthusiasts participating in the ride for the love of their horses, the outdoors and companionship. “I got my first horse when I was 5,” said Kathy, who ended up earning the award for a first-time rider in the Piñon Mesa event. Kathy had attended a riding clinic taught by Sims and he convinced her to come out for the ride, she said. “We thought why not take the girls out with the boy horses.” Kathy shared her story as she sat atop Wrangler, a 9-year-old Mustang. Her daughter Emily was riding 14-year-old Kolt, who she said likes to “buck her off,” and Grandma Lorraine was riding a 21-year-old Quarter Horse named Cody. “I would like to live on horseback,” Emily said, who was excited to meet new people and new horses. “There are so many horses and the horses can get to know each other.”


Her mother Kathy said the sport is a “friendly” one, where there is adventure and the pleasure of meeting new friends and learning horsemanship skills. Lorraine, who said she rides all of the time, had one goal for the day, saying, “When the little thing stays on top of the big thing it’s a good ride.” The NATRC rides are all about safety, according to Sims, who is a horsemanship judge – an honor he said one has to earn. Sims had to complete nine different rides with nine different judges to receive this certification. “You see how each one judges, and some are better than others,” Sims said. During the NATRC rides there is a horsemanship judge, who rates the rider. There also is a judge and veterinarians who keep an eye on the horses to make sure they are not stressed. The horses also are checked on Friday, before the ride, and on Sunday, after the ride, to see if they are still healthy and hydrated. “I don’t even watch the horse. I pay attention to what the rider is doing,” Sims said. “The veterinarian watches the horse.” His goal in being a horsemanship judge has been to educate riders about safety for themselves and their horses. “I try to teach the younger riders to become a partner with their horse, because you’re a team.” Cumberworth added that the sport should be used as a “teaching experience for riders.” Sims, who got involved with the NATRC through his wife, Beth, in the 1990s, became a judge and a national director so he could give something back to the community and the sport. “I felt I could really give something back to the sport by teaching people,” he said. “I don’t care what you’ve done in the past or you are the top trainer in the world, NATRC will teach you something. We never stop learning,” Sims said, of the activities and rides. “You’re going to learn something – and a whole lot.”


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and caring Lots of love, great scheduling keeps Rick and Barb Tedrow’s busy life running smoothly Story by Debra Mayeux Photos by Tony Bennett Communication can be found at the heart of any solid relationship, and for two people as busy as Barb and Rick Tedrow it is the glue that holds their lives together. Barb and Rick were high school sweethearts at Belen High School. He was a senior and she was a junior when they began dating. The next year Rick was off to the University of New Mexico, and soon after she graduated from high school, Barb followed. The couple married in 1996 and started a family three years later while Rick was still studying to become a lawyer. During this same time, Rick’s parents decided to move from Belen and head north. “Instead of me moving away for college, my parents moved away and left me behind,” he said. His parents came to Farmington, and when Rick visited he knew he would someday move his family here and build a life in the area. “I fell in love with it.” Rick’s first job in Farmington was an internship with then District Attorney Sandra Price and at the law firm of Tully and Jolley. He went back to Albuquerque to finish up his degree, and they 62 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013

had to convince Barb’s family that the move would be okay. It has worked out so far, as Rick is now the San Juan County District Attorney and Barb is the owner and operator of two daycare centers that serve 250 children in the community. Looking back on what the Tedrows have accomplished since coming to San Juan County, Rick admitted it has been a long tough road filled with sacrifices. “Rick graduated from law school and was delivering pizzas,” Bard said. “Barb and I both worked to build the businesses,” he said. “Our kids, when they were young, spent time in daycare. We took out second mortgages and used credit cards to finance our business, but we saw something and ran with it.” Their first business venture came when Barb bought an All-State Insurance business. She later bought Gold Star Academy childcare, and the business stole her heart. She recently opened Smiling Faces Child Care Center, which is on track to become a non-profit childcare facility. Smiling Faces on West Elm Street in the heart of Downtown Farmington was built by George Coleman, because he believed in Barb’s dream of providing quality services for children in need. She filed for a non-profit status to expand childcare into a full-fledge child development program that offers New Mexico Pre-Kindergarten, childcare, home visits, counseling for families and children and developmental services to children with special needs. The non-profit program will

end result of children that do not receive a good

state’s 14 district attorneys to work with the state

be called Family Assistant Children Educational

start in life.

in crime prevention that begins at birth.

Services, or FACES First.

“We, over the last four years, worked together

Rick also has helped manage the business be-

at the state level and collaborated on services

hind the scenes. “He does the bookkeeping, pays

will be able to expand services,” she said. This

for children, because children who have better

the taxes. He has always been supportive and

work came from her connections with New Mex-

programs throughout their childhood, I don’t

said that I could do this,” Barb said.

ico’s Children Youth and Families Department.

have to deal with later on,” Rick said. “One of

She listened to their needs, and they listened to

the ideas behind this, is hopefully it will not give

for San Juan County District Attorney. “I love

her advice when it came to developing early

me as much work as DA, because we are focusing

campaigning,” Barb said. “You put me in a meet-

learning programs that benefit children from

on prevention.”

ing with people smiling and laughing – I love it.”

“Once we are given our non-profit status we

She returned the support when he made a run

Barb’s job was to work with CYFD and state

She also is ready to go out and put up yard

In a way, the childcare business has brought

legislators to create better programs, and Rick,

signs and visit with her husband’s constituents.

Barb closer to Rick’s world, because he sees the

as the president of the New Mexico District At-

Rick enjoys the visiting as well. “As district attor-

torney’s Association, was able to bring in the

ney, you can put the politics aside,” he said.

birth through kindergarten.


“We’re here for everyone in San Juan County

and business, how does the couple manage

and we attempt to bring justice and do what’s

their children?


being appointed to the Early Learning Advisory

It’s easy because of technology, Rick said.

While Barb does what is right for kids, Rick also is making a difference in the lives of chil-

Barb also has to travel to Santa Fe, after

“The key to a happy marriage is texting.” He texts Barb to let her know if he is on

Council, on which she serves as the public policy chair. “It’s a lot of work,” she said. This led her to be involved in the formation of Shared

dren through coaching. “Sports – that’s my fa-

track to pick up the kids and get them to

Services, a members-only website for child care

vorite thing in the world,” he said.

school or extracurricular activities, and she texts

providers. It offers training, resource material,

him to let him know her schedule. They also sit

and insurance and human resources information,

down and talk about their schedules.

as well as how to become an accredited facility

Rick coaches ball teams for his three children, and he even helps out with other teams. “I believe that kids who are involved in activi-

“We use calendars, and we let each other

ties – sports, music, arts, theater – they don’t

know when the other one has to be gone. It’s

come through my office. They have goals. They

taken years, but we’ve learned to use calen-

have structure,” he said.

dars,” Rick said.

Rick has coached baseball, softball, football and soccer during the past 11 years. “I’m trying not only to help my kids, but other kids as well.

and train teachers. She also was asked to serve on the national board for Shared Services. And she is president of San Juan Rotary Club and serves as the early childhood liaison for San

“We don’t have time to fight, because we never see each other,” he joked. They also split up their responsibilities. Rick

Juan Safe Communities. Rick serves on the board. They open their home in August to Connie

My kids have a two-parent home,” he said,

typically is gone in January and February for the

Mack World Series ball players and have been

pointing out that children from single parent

state legislative session, so when he gets home

acting as a foster family to them for the past 14

families sometimes can use extra help and sup-

Barb has jobs and chores get done that he to

years. Rick also serves as the legal counsel for


take care of. He also doesn’t coach in Novem-

the Connie Mack World Series Committee.

ber and December, because his kids don’t like

The Tedrows attend First Presbyterian

However, with both Barb and Rick working and traveling to Santa Fe for different activities




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tistry and will be this year’s New Mexico Mission of Mercy cochairs, Schumacher, McNeill, Thompson, and Manz have different stories to tell regarding how they became interested in the profession. Schumacher is originally from Kansas City, Mo. When he was young, Schumacher visited his uncle, who was a dentist, and “learned about (dentistry) through that angle.” He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., for his undergraduate degree and then went to dental school at University of

Dentistry is a profession that

Missouri Kansas City, graduating in

requires caring individuals who

1986. “When I was in college I

want to have an effect on an-

knew I wanted to go into a health

other person’s life. Whether it is

profession and I didn’t know if I

reconstructing someone’s teeth

was going to track medicine or den-

or giving someone a brighter smile, dentists are devoted to their patients. Four local dentists are going the extra mile and redefining what it means to care for the community. Dr. Charles Schumacher, Dr. John McNeill, Dr. Jennifer Thompson, and Dr. Julius Manz are cochairs of this year’s New Mexico Mission of Mercy in San Juan County, an event that will provide free dental care services to area residents. An estimated 1,500 adults and children will receive dental services during the two-day event, which will begin Sept. 13 and last through Sept. 14 at McGee Park in Farmington. “The whole event is pretty amazing. It is not just about treating the patients, but there is a lot of emotion going on,” Manz said. “It is a very uplifting event in itself, and the amount of energy and business and work going on is pretty awe inspiring.” The beginning

tistry, so I started working for a local dentist and thought that was going to be a great pathway for me and here I am.” Schumacher has been practicing dentistry in Farmington for 27 years. McNeill, a retired oral surgeon, went to Georgetown Dental School and graduated in 1971. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in California and eventually moved to Farmington in 1979. He retired from the practice in 2010. McNeill said he enjoyed the profession because he was able to “help people on a daily basis and interfere with their lives in a positive way, and give them back something that they somehow lost or need.” Born and raised in Farmington, Thompson received her undergraduate degree at Duke University in North Carolina. She then became involved in the University of North Carolina Dental Program and graduated from there in 2008. Thompson now is a dentist at Thompson Dental Group with her mother Donna M. Thompson, D.D.S.

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“I have a mother, father and two uncles who

Mission of Mercy

are dentists,” she said. “I didn’t think I was going to be a dentist, I had my engineering degree, but

During the two events, 3,722 patients were helped by 3,200 volunteers, and more than

Mission of Mercy began in 2000 with the first

$2.2 million in free dental care was donated.

dentistry is beautiful and combines so many

event in Virginia. New Mexico was the fifteenth


state to launch Mission of Mercy with the help of

“Charles (Schumacher) is responsible for bringing

the New Mexico Dental Foundation.

this to the state. It also made sense for him to be

Manz was born and raised in Alamogordo, N.M., and graduated from the University of New

At the time, Schumacher was the president of

Now, the event is coming to San Juan County.

the leader here in Farmington. He recruited the

Mexico in 1985. He did not go to dental school

the New Mexico Dental Association and was in-

rest of us and we have recruited more people so

immediately. Instead, he worked as a nuclear

strumental in bringing Mission of Mercy to the

it has grown,” Manz said about the four co-chairs

power submarine officer in the United States


and volunteers.

Navy. “I retired as a lieutenant commander and

Schumacher said he and a couple of other As-

An estimated 200 dentists from New Mexico

then I went to dental school at the University of

sociation members were invited to the Kansas Mis-

as well as other states will volunteer their time

Colorado.” He graduated from dental school in

sion of Mercy in Garden City five years ago. “As

and effort at the Mission of Mercy in San Juan

1998 and is now the director of the dental hy-

soon as we walked through the doors, we just got


giene program at San Juan College. Manz also will

so excited and said we have to do this in New

be the New Mexico Dental Association president

Mexico. This is just a wonderful thing to do for

are free and people who wish to receive these

starting in June.

the communities.”

services do not need to have medical insurance.

“I think we all like working with our hands and

In 2010, the first New Mexico Mission of

manipulating and doing fine tasks like that. Those

Mercy occurred in Albuquerque. “The idea was to

were all things that really interested me in getting

spread this around to different areas of the

into the profession,” he said.

state,” Schumacher said. The second Mission of Mercy was held in Las Cruces in 2012.


All dental care services offered at the event

Manz said also that immigration status will not be checked and “Everyone is welcome.” “If you are willing to stand in line, we want to treat you,” Thompson said. Patients experiencing pain will be treated first

at the event. “We will deal with that whether it’s the extraction of a tooth, root canal, or a filling that needs to be done,” Manz explained, adding that dentists also can restore front teeth if necessary. “We won’t be able to do everything, but we will do the best we can.” Patient education also will be available at the event. “A large part of it is for the future. We want to increase awareness of their dental health and give them resources so they can follow up,” on their oral health, Schumacher explained. A giving community Organizing the Mission of Mercy in San Juan County has been a “community endeavor,” Manz explained. “I think even more so than the events in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. We are pretty proud about that. Farming-

ton is a very giving community.” More than 15 local businesses have donated to the event, with the three largest sponsors being San Juan County, Delta Dental, and ConocoPhillips. The Mission of Mercy is looking for local volunteers to help with the event. Volunteers will assist with hospitality and serving food, greeting patients, registration and escorting patients, serving as translators, and helping with security, parking, and data entry. Volunteers must be available from Sept. 12 through Sept. 15. “I would like to say how grateful we are to all the volunteers and all the people who have donated. We have had a lot of people who are helping us and we are grateful for that,” McNeill said. For anyone interested in being a volunteer, visit

Dr. Pendergrass On the university medical team As positions with AIRROSTI became available closer to Houston, Pendergrass moved his way back home until he worked with AIRROSTI in a clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He also worked with athletes at nearby Rice University as part of their medical team. “Any sport that Rice had, I worked with them,” he said. “A lot of people would have surgery. Post operative, they’d come to me and I’d increase their range of motion. Sometimes I’d work side by side with their physical therapist, whatever it took to get them back to 100 percent.” Awesome guy Dr. Paul Unger, a chiropractor who works for AIRROSTI Rehab Centers in Texas, practiced with Pendergrass for awhile. “Dr. Pendergrass is an awesome guy,” Unger said. “He’s a really good doctor, very wholesome, caring and compassionate about his patients and his community, and is always willing to give back. He’s very bright and very good at what he does. I hope the community wraps their arms around him and takes advantage of his knowledge and his ability to heal injuries very rapidly.”

ROSTI, which does not operate in New Mexico. “It was hard to leave a lot of good friends I met and trained with and so many doctors I got real close with,” he said, “but it’s best for our family.” His office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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CMA: ‘Changing the world, one heart at a time.’ Story by Ron Price Photos by Tony Bennett

local chapter, known as the Sonshine Roadrunners. He and his wife, Kay, have been active members since 1996 and Jerry has been president for 10 of those 17 years. While they are both enthusiastic participants now, it was not always that way. “I didn’t use to like motorcycles until the Lord told me ‘this is your husband’s heart and a min-

You know the old expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Hopefully, after reading this article you’ll be less likely to judge a motorcycle “gang” member by his or her appearance.

istry I have called him to so quit griping and go riding,’” Kay recalls. Jerry, on the other hand, always loved motorcycles “CMA gave me an opportunity to do min-

New Mexico is Roy Morrow of Bloomfield. He oversees the 11 chapters in the state.

istry and ride at the same time.” He appreciates

Roy has been involved in CMA since 2001.

groups in our society that have long been associ-

that “CMA makes ministry easy. We show up at

“First I got a motorcycle and thought I’d just ride

ated with crime and scandal, there is a lesser-

rallies, set up a booth and people come to us.”

around and have fun.” At that time in his life Roy

According to Jerry, part of their ministry in-

“was drawn to the 1 percent lifestyle” which he

While there certainly are notorious motorcycle

known group of motorcyclists worldwide who are the exact opposite. The group is the Christian

cludes giving out “coffee 24/7, water, literature,

describes as being “motorcycle clubs.” “But then I

Motorcycle Association.

basic toiletries, measuring blood pressure, and

met Jesus and my interests changed,” he said.

This organization’s vision is “Changing the


It was soon thereafter he was introduced to

world, one heart at a time.“ It was founded in

“We hang a banner at our booth which reads

CMA. “It just seemed like a perfect fit.” Now Roy

Arkansas in 1975 by Herb Shreve and now has

‘Need prayer? Ask here,’” Kay said. “It is amazing

describes CMA as “a part of my life, my ministry.

reached into all 50 states with approximately

how many people will come to us requesting

It’s what I feel God has called me to do.” He ap-

1,236 chapters and 162,050 members. CMA has

prayer for themselves or for their family.”

preciates the opportunities to do good for oth-

also gained a worldwide influence with at least one chapter in 32 other countries. The local chapter was formed by Dwayne and

CMA has developed an organizational structure to help ensure chapters are conducted in an ethical and appropriate fashion throughout the world.

ers, primarily motorcycle riders “at rallies and everywhere to and from.” Another facet of CMA organizational structure

Mary Jo Albin around 1983, and currently has a

Each of the 50 states has a state coordinator who

in America is National Evangelists who are assigned

membership of 50 plus, with 35 actively and reg-

is responsible for making sure chapter members

to various regions of the country.

ularly involved.

adhere to the guidelines, policies and procedures

Jerry Smiley is the current president of the 70 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013

of the organization. The State Coordinator for

Hiram and Sharon Villasenor of Aztec hold that position for the Rocky Mountain Region, which

includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Ari-

Though they wouldn’t trade their lives for any-

zona and New Mexico. In 1995 they had become

one, Hiram and Sharon said, “We’re gone so much

empty-nesters and were looking for something to

that when we visit our own church people think

occupy their time. Hiram bought a motorcycle

we’re visitors.”

and was soon invited to check out CMA. About

A huge component of CMA is an annual

attend an event at which we surprised him with a motorcycle. “The wonder and gratitude on this man’s face was just one more reminder of what a great organization CMA is,” Craig said.

that same time a missionary couple visited his

fundraising event called “Run for the Son” which

His fellow CMA associates regard Craig as

church and they too were members of CMA. You

is a 100-mile ride held the first Saturday of May.

being a top-notch fundraiser for the Run for the

might say the “handwriting was on the wall.” After being members for just a year and a half,

In 2012 the combined efforts of all members

Son. Among his fundraising secrets is that he will

raised nearly $4 million. The goal for 2013 was

do just about anything to help the cause. This

Hiram was asked to take on the position of state

to reach $5 million. CMA has partnered with vari-

past January he was promised a donation if he

coordinator, which he did for about five years.

ous organizations around the world to make sure

would jump in the Animas River on New Year’s

The call then came to the position of full time

these funds are spent appropriately. One such

Day. Suffice it to say collecting the money gave

paid staff as Regional Evangelist.

partner is Missionary Ventures, an organization

him a much warmer feeling than the experience of

that works to provide indigent pastors in poor

earning it.

Though he has certain official duties “Most of what we do is equip our members to reach out to

countries with transportation. Many of these pas-

their community to make a difference for Christ,”

tors are responsible for large territories and their

for several years. Chris and Lynette Honneffer are

he said.

primary mode of transportation is by foot.

relative newcomers, having joined in 2010. They

As if they didn’t have enough territory to over-

Funds from CMA have been used to provide

Many local CMA members have been involved

said they participate because “We get to spread

see, Sharon adds that because Hiram is bi-lingual

boats, horses, bicycles and even a camel. By far

the Good News of life in Christ by being our-

they have had the opportunity to carry the CMA

the preferred donation, however, is a motorcycle.

selves and having fun in the process,” Chris said.

ministry to Spain, Peru, Mexico, Argentina and

Local members Craig and Carrie Siegel have had

“How good is that?”

Paraguay. While there they help to train and

the privilege of being present when deserving

equip local chapter leaders to encourage and

pastors received their gift. Craig recalls a time in

While much of her past is not something she

serve their members.

Peru when a pastor rode a bus for 13 hours to

boasts about, Marlena is thrilled to be able to go

Marlena Dee has been a member since 2005.


to prisons and tell inmates, “This is what God did for me and He will do the same for you.” She feels God is using her past mistakes as a walking testimony and it is her deepest hope that someone might learn and benefit from her experience. Margie Boyd has been involved in CMA since 2001. She always enjoys wearing her colors into restaurants or stores. She never gets tired of the experience when people come up to us and ask us to pray for them. She also values her opportunities to go into women’s prisons. “They realize that we’re not all perfect and there is hope for a better life.” The “colors” is the official patch that denotes membership in the association. It is so much more than simply an insignia or a decoration. The colors serve as a mark of identity and purpose. Ask any member what it means to wear the colors and you’ll likely receive a passionate response. “When wearing the colors I get to take the Lord’s work wherever I go. I get to show the world what He has done for me and what He lets me do for Him,” said Kerry Eagle, a member with his wife Sandy, since 2006. Any one is welcome to ride with the CMA and participate in their events, but to be a member and wear the colors involves a process where a prospective member can check out the organization and vice versa. Jerry Smiley suggests a person interested in joining CMA should come to at least three meetings to make sure they are a good fit for us and us for them. One factor they especially consider is if they feel this person will be a good representative of the chapter and our Lord. The Sonshine Roadrunners chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Golden Corral restaurant. In the coming months a lot of time will be devoted to the upcoming Western National CMA Rally scheduled for Chama, July 16 through 20. For more information contact Jerry or Kay Smiley at 505.334.3618 or at 72 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013








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Harris’ tireless efforts create lasting tribute to WWII heroes Story by Margaret Cheasebro Photos by Tony Bennett Navajo Code Talkers and some of their descendants were among many to attend the March 21 dedication in Santa Fe of the first Navajo Code Talkers monument in New Mexico. It rests in the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 501 N. Guadalupe St. The project was the brainchild of Aztec resident Zadeea Jean Harris, state regent of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the DAR’s Desert Gold Chapter in Aztec. Its 83 members make up the third largest DAR chapter in the state. Both larger chapters are in Albuquerque. Because every state regent must have a project, Harris chose the Navajo Code Talkers. “I started doing research and found there was no monument to them in New Mexico,” she said. “There are murals, and I think there’s a bronze somewhere. So I decided to raise money to put up a monument in their honor. We only have 23 code talkers left, so I felt a real urgency.” SUMMER 2013 | MAJESTIC LIVING | 75

How the code was developed Story by Margaret Cheasebro During the early months of World War II, Japanese intelligence experts broke every code that U.S. forces could devise. Not only could they anticipate American actions, they also sabotaged messages and issued false commands to ambush Allied troops. Phillip Johnson, the son of a Protestant missionary who had grown up on the Navajo Reservation and spoke Navajo, heard of the crisis and suggested to military officials that the Navajo language had potential as an indecipherable code. It had no alphabet and was almost impossible to master without early exposure to the language. After top commanders saw his impressive demonstration, they let him begin the Navajo Code Bill Toledo

General reads governor’s speech New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez had planned to attend the dedication. When she was unable to come, Brigadier General Andrew Salas, Adjutant General, New Mexico National Guard, read her speech. “For decades, our Code Talkers have been an incredible source of pride for all New Mexicans and all Americans who value the contributions they have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world,” her speech started. “This elite group of Marines was recruited from the Navajo Nation to devise a unique military communications code based on their native Navajo language,” the speech continued. “This code proved to be unbreakable and played a major role in bringing an end to the war. Allied forces were able to systematically attack Japanese forces without being detected in advance, protecting and saving the lives of untold numbers of their fellow U.S. servicemen and innocent civilians. Their courage and intelligence guided them through some of the heaviest combat in the Pacific theater, passionately defending not only their beloved Navajo Nation and fellow Navajo people, but the United States of America as well.” 76 | MAJESTIC LIVING | SUMMER 2013

Talker test program. Formed in 1942, the elite unit of Navajo Code Talkers was made up of 29 Navajo Marines who created the code. Over time, there were about 420 code talkers. The code became the only unbroken code in modern military history. Its use in the Pacific theater saved thousands of lives and hastened the war’s end. The code began with about 200 terms and by war’s end had grown to over 600. With the code, Navajo Code Talkers could communicate in 20 seconds what it took 30 minutes for coding machines of the time to do. It consisted of native words that resembled military terms. For example, “turtle” in Navajo became the code word for “tank,” and the Navajo word for “chicken hawk,” a bird that dives on its prey, became the code word for “dive-bomber.” To supplement those terms, words could be spelled out with Navajo words that represented the first letter of the word’s English meaning. Several different Navajo words stood for each letter of the alphabet so the code couldn’t be cracked by excessive repetition of one word. For example, the letter “A” was represented by several Navajo words, among them “Wo-la-chee,” which means “ant,” “Be-la-sana,” meaning “apple,” and “tse-nill,” which means “axe.”

Tribute to Code Talkers

Ross Madame Alexander doll with an entire wardrobe sewn by Farmington resident Pat Gif-

Albuquerque resident Latham Nez, grandson


of 92-year-old Chester Nez, the only code

“We had a committee that researched the

talker of the original 29 still alive, came to the

clothes Betsy Ross would have worn,” Wooder-


son said. “A lady in Albuquerque won the doll.

“It was very well attended,” Latham said. “We got to see the actual monument. It’s a great

That doll made about $2,700 for the monu-

tribute to the Navajo Code Talkers.”

ment project.”

He’s happy it is located in the state’s capital. Hummingbird pins big sellers

“Growing up, I heard a lot of stories about

Another fund raiser involved the sale of hum-

my grandfather and what he did,” Nez said. “I

mingbird pins.

had trouble with it myself. I asked him why did

“My logo for my state regency is the hum-

he fight for a country that tried so hard to take his language and heritage away from him. He

mingbird,” Harris said. “I chose it because I’m a

told me what happened when he was young. He

malignant melanoma cancer survivor, and the

didn’t want to see it happen to his children or

hummingbird is the logo of the Wings of Hope

anybody else. That was mainly why he volun-

Melanoma Research Foundation. It’s been a

teered.” Judith Shiess Avila of Albuquerque spent three

Chester Nez, last of the original 29

“They had to keep silent until 1968 when the

great seller, because everybody loves hummingbirds.” They also earned a $2,600 URS Community

years listening to Chester Nez’s stories about

code was declassified,” said Harris. “Until then,

World War II. She used those stories to co-write

the code was still being protected. They were

Giving Grant awarded to people who do com-

with Nez the book, Code Talker.

heroes, and they couldn’t say they were heroes.”

munity service projects in northern New Mexico.

Navajo Code Talkers created the code them-

Money left over from the monument fund

Grateful to DAR “I was shocked that there was no monument in New Mexico to the Code Talkers,” Avila said. “I was very grateful the DAR wanted to fill that

selves. They used Navajo words that bore some

raising project went to Henderson House in Al-

resemblance to military terms and developed a

buquerque, a transitional house for homeless

code the Japanese were never able to crack.

women veterans and their children.

However, Japanese knew the code had some-

gap. I think it’s something we should have, and I

thing to do with the Navajo language. They man-

think we need more monuments to the Code

aged to capture some Navajos who were not


code talkers and made them listen to the code,

Avila also attended the dedication. Eight days

Avila told the Chautauqua audience. To those

Harris loves national cemeteries Harris wanted the monument to be in a national cemetery because she loves them. “I cry. I read their names, and I feel blessed

later she made a Chautauqua series presentation

Navajo prisoners, the code sounded like gibber-

to live in this country where we recognize and

about Navajo Code Talkers at San Juan College’s

ish. They were no help to the Japanese.

have a final resting place for our veterans,” she said. “People who go to a national cemetery un-

Little Theatre. She told the audience it was the challenge of Nez’s growing up years on the Navajo Reserva-

Many fund raisers Desert Gold Chapter regent Judith Wooder-

tion that made him strong and resourceful.

son admires the way Harris handled monument

Those were important qualities to his fellow

fund raising.

Marines, and they helped to make him a successful Code Talker.

“Zadeea is a very energetic, enthusiastic supporter of veterans and what they do for our country,” she said.

Came home in silence

DAR members from across the state and the

derstand the monuments and the reasoning for them.” When Harris contacted Santa Fe National Cemetery Director Cliff Shields about putting the monument there, he was excited. “I told her there are a lot of monuments at all of our national cemeteries, but we will probably be the only national cemetery that honors

nation donated money for the Navajo Code

the code talkers with a monument here,” Shields

gent project would be a Code Talkers' monu-

Talkers project. The Desert Gold Chapter’s con-

noted. “How appropriate it is to have a Navajo

ment, she began studying about what they did.

tribution was a fund raiser raffle for a Betsy

Code Talker monument at this cemetery with the

When Harris decided that her DAR state re-


nearby Navajo Nation being the largest Native American reservation on the planet.”

Contacts U.S. Mint She faced more hurdles. “I wanted to use the Congressional

Many hurdles to jump over Harris had to jump over many hurdles to make the monument a reality.

“I was glad about that, because I couldn’t design anything.” She chose Family Craft Memorial, Inc. of

Medal of Honor that the Code Talkers received

Farmington and Durango to create the monu-

in 2001,” Harris said. “To use it on the monu-

ment because of their enthusiasm and willingness

ment, I had to get permission from the U.S.

to work with her.

One hurdle was easy. When she proposed

Mint. When I emailed them, they said, ‘We never

“I love being involved in anything that recog-

the idea to New Mexico DAR members, they

give permission,’ so I said, ‘This is my story,’ and

nizes our military and the people who serve our

gave her enthusiastic support.

I explained how important the monument was.”

country,” said Elaine Clarence, manager of Fam-

Getting permission to use the words

A conference call with their lawyers

“Navajo Code Talkers” took a little longer. She

and representatives ensued. They wouldn’t give

wanted to include them on a 24-inch by 12-

her permission unless the Marines allowed her to

inch bronze plaque displayed on the monu-

use their logo and the Navajo Code Talker logo,


both of which appear on the Medal of Honor.

“I had to get permission from the Navajo Code Talkers Association to use ‘Navajo Code

“That took a little while,’ Harris said. “Finally, I got approval from everybody.”

Talkers,’ because it’s protected,” she said. ¬¬¬¬Keith Little was president of the association when she made her request in November 2011. He died in January 2012, so she didn’t get permission until sometime after a replacement president was named.


ily Craft Memorial’s Farmington office and bookkeeper for the business. They’re like rock stars The project has taught Harris how much people care about Navajo Code Talkers. “They’re like rock stars,” she said. “If one of them is going to be somewhere, people show

National Cemetery guidelines The monument itself had to meet National Cemetery guidelines. “It’s got to be exactly like the other special monuments that are already there,” Harris said.

up. They’re in their 80s and 90s, and people love them. They should be getting the recognition and, sadly, most of them are gone. I’m really blessed to know how much people love and respect them and appreciate what they did.”

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ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY Animas Credit Union........................18 2101 E. 20th St. 3850 E. Main St. Farmington, N.M. 505-326-7701 405 W. Broadway Inside Farmer’s Market Bloomfield, N.M. Ashley Furniture HomeStore...........65 5200 E. Main Street Farmington, N.M. 505-516-1030 Basin Home Health .........................53 200 N. Orchard Avenue Farmington, N.M. 505-325-8231 Budget Blinds ...................................2 825 N. Sullivan Farmington, N.M. 505-324-2008 Cascade Bottled Water & Coffee Service .............................61 214 S. Fairview Farmington, N.M. 505-325-1859 City of Farmington..........................35 Great Lakes Airlines Farmington, N.M. 1-800-554-5111 ConocoPhillips ..................................9 DeNae’s Boutique...........................29 3030 E. Main Farmington, N.M. 505-326-6025 Desert Hills Dental Care ....................5 2525 E. 30th St. Farmington, N.M. 505-327-4863 866-327-4863 Desert View Family Counseling .......48 905 W. Apache Farmington, N.M. 505-326-7878 Directory Plus.................................79 162 Stewart Street Durango, C.O. 970-259-6500

Durango Party Rental......................72 505-327-7985 970-259-6009 Edward Jones/Marcia F. Phillips.......52 4801 N. Butler Ave., Suite 7101 Farmington, N.M. 505-326-7200 Emmanuel Baptist Church ...............59 211 W. 20th Farmington, N.M. Employee Connections, Inc. ............60 2901 E. 20th Street Farmington, N.M. 505-324-8877 Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau............................39 1-800-448-1240 Four Corners Community Bank ........58 Farmington, N.M. 505-327-3222 New Mexico 970-565-2779 Colorado Four Corners Orthodontics..............69 3751 N. Butler Ave. Farmington, N.M. 505-564-9000 1-800-4Braces Global Communication Solutions .....17 505-325-609 Good Samaritan Society ..................16 505-334-9445 Graff Orthodontics..........................38 3180 N. Butler Farmington, N.M. 505-327-4884 Kauppi Kustom Landscaping...........14 505-215-8677 Le Petit Salon..................................34 406 Broadway 5150 College Blvd. Farmington, N.M. 505-325-1214

Live True 22 ...................................16 4251 E. Main St. Farmington, N.M. Lujan Quality Carpet Cleaning..........61 505-215-2188 Metal Depot....................................64 505-564-8077 Millennium Insurance......................28 2700 Farmington Ave., Building A Farmington, N.M. 505-325-1849 Nearly Famous Totally Glamorous ...48 2501 E. 20th St., Suite 4 Hutton Plaza Farmington, N.M. 505-325-8360 505-325-6266 Next Level Home Audio & Video......15 1510 E. 20th St., Suite A Farmington, N.M. 505-327-NEXT Parker’s Inc. Office Products ...........68 714-C W. Main St. Farmington, N.M. 505-325-8852 Partners Assisted Living ...........28, 72 313 N. Locke Ave. Farmington, N.M. 505-325-9600 Pelle Laser Spa ...........................4, 49 5920 E. Main St., Suite B Farmington, N.M. 505-326-1623 Presbyterian Medical Services............. ..........................................18, 32, 60 Farmington Community Health Center 1001 W. Broadway Farmington, N.M. 505-327-4796 Quality Appliance............................32 522 E. Broadway Farmington, N.M. 505-327-6271

R.A. Biel Plumbing & Heating ..........55 Farmington, N.M. 505-327-7755 Reliance Medical Group...................42 3451 N. Butler Avenue Farmington, N.M. 505-566-1915 1409 West Aztec Blvd. Aztec, N.M. 505-334-1772 ReMax of Farmington........................3 108 N. Orchard Farmington, N.M. 505-327-4777 San Juan Nurseries .........................43 800 E. 20th St. Farmington, N.M. 505-326-0358

Strater Hotel ...................................83 699 Main Ave. Durango, CO 970-247-4431 Tony Bennett Photography .............78 505-793-6832 Treadworks.....................................25 4227 E. Main St. Farmington, N.M. 505-327-0286 4215 Hwy. 64 Kirtland, N.M. 505-598-1055

San Juan Oncology..........................46 735 W. Animas Street Farmington, N.M. 505-564-6850

Tucker, Burns, Yoder & Hatfield .......73 105 N. Orchard Farmington, N.M. 505-325-7755

San Juan Plastic Surgery .................33 2300 E. 30th St., Building B, Suite 103 Farmington, N.M. 505-32701754

Webb Toyota...................................84 3911 E. Main Farmington, N.M. 505-325-1911

San Juan Regional Medical Center ...19 630 West Maple Street Farmington, N.M. 505-609-6300 San Juan United Way .......................23 505-326-1195 Southwest Concrete Supply.............53 2420 E. Main Farmington, N.M. 505-325-2333 Southwest Obstetrics and Gynecology. .......................................................24 622 W. Maple St., Suite 1 Farmington, N.M. 505-325-4898 Spotless Solutions ..........................22 505-326-4755

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