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Seasons Greetings • Local Shopping Encouraged • Holiday Event Guide • Irene Lewis’ Pies

DECEMBER 2012 • CIBOLA BEACON


Shop Local, Live Local ‘I BELIEVE IN CIBOLA COUNTY’ By Donald Jaramillo Beacon Managing Editor

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One of the many Nativity scenes on display last year at the annual Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church at 1010 Bondad Avenue in Grants. There will be more than 80 on display from around the world The free display opens today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is open again tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 287-9844 for more informaiton.

CIBOLA COUNTY – Spending money at local businesses has a bigger impact on the local economy than spending those same dollars at national chains, according to a new study. Civic Economics conducted the research recently detailing the amount of revenue returned to the community by locally-owned, independent businesses. The study showed that 52 percent of all revenues went back into their communities compared to nearly

15 percent for national chain stores. The report also indicated that local eateries returned nearly 79 percent of revenues compared to just slightly more than 30 percent for national restaurants. “It’s easy to spread holiday cheer this season by purchasing even just a few of those ‘wish list’ items from small businesses within your community,” said Jeffrey L. Gerhart, chairman of Independent Community Bankers of America. ICBA is encouraging shoppers to spend at least 30 percent of their holiday dollars locally. By doing so, con-

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• Retaining money in the community – Each time that money is spent at locally owned businesses, more money is available to support other local businesses like retail stores, movie theaters, auto repair shops, restaurants, health services, etc., and more local jobs are created • Local businesses generate local jobs - Income to those businesses is returned in the form of salaries, which are spent locally as well. And don!t forget all those youth team sponsorships, raffle items, high school scholarships and other investments in our community that are made by local merchants. They don!t have to do any of that, but they do because they care. • Retains local flavor - Experiences at local establishments are completely unique, expressing the local flavor of the area. • Increases community involvement - The men and women who own and operate businesses downtown have deep community roots. They sit next to us at athletic events, coach our children, and volunteer in our churches and charities. The brick-and-mortar smallbusiness owners in our community represent the backbone of our local economy.

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sumers will be supporting small businesses that create local jobs and fuel their economy – making everyone’s holiday on main street a little bit sweeter. Grants State Bank (GSB), the area’s bank that has been in business the longest, is a member of ICBA. “Americans shoppers have power and that’s why the holiday season is a great time to take on this 30 percent spending challenge and get to know your local small businesses and what they have to offer,” said Gerhart. “I have no doubt that once shoppers see the great services and products that they can obtain locally, they’ll be back for more throughout the year.” Two years ago, it was GSB President, Ron Williams, who started a shop local initiative in Cibola County named “Cibola Friendly, Cibola Proud.” Recently, two local pillars passed away who also started ‘buy local’ efforts. Ralph McQueary was tagged “Mr. Grants” because he continually encouraged residents to buy locally. Eddie Peña, who passed away earlier this month, started the “I Believe In Grants” campaign in 1984 because many of the mines in the area were closing. Along with them, went many residents. Grants’ population in just a matter of two-three years

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Holiday Trees Christmas Tree Cutting Permits Available The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands will begin selling Christmas tree cutting permits starting Nov. 14 for the Mount Taylor Ranger District. Trees may be cut between Nov. 22 and Dec. 24. Cost is $10 per tree (up to 10 feet). For trees taller than 10 feet, the cost is $1 per foot. The tags also permit digging up a live tree. Christmas Tree tags may be purchased at the following locations:

• Mount Taylor Ranger District Office, 1800 Lobo Canyon Rd., 2878833. • Northwest New Mexico Visitors Center, 1900 E. Santa Fe Ave., Grants; weekends only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1-505-876-2783. • Cibola National Forest and Grasslands Supervisor’s Office, 2113 Osuna Rd. N.E., Albuquerque, 1505-346-3900. • Wingate Workcenter, located on Painted Horse Trail in Fort Wingate, N.M. Follow the signs to the Wingate Workcenter/Administrative site; Saturdays only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/cibola for additional information about the Christmas Tree Cutting Program.

4-H Council Annual Christmas Tree Sale Starting Monday, Dec. 3, the Cibola County 4-H council will be holding its annual Christmas Tree Sale at Diamond G on 225 El Morro Road, Grants. Trees will be $10 each with many sizes to choose from. Call 287-9266 for more information.

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was cut in half, from 20,000 to 10,000. Obviously, Peña, who was president of the area Chamber of Commerce at the time, felt a need to push residents to spend money in Grants as many of the shops’ walk-in traffic was cut in two also. Grants MainStreet Project, Inc. encourages holiday shoppers to shop downtown at local main street businesses. “Small businesses in MainStreet districts are the heart of so many New Mexico communities,” said state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela. “It takes risk and a lot of hard work to open a business and by supporting these businesses this holiday season we will see the benefits all year long by having these local retailers locate in our downtown.” Rich Williams, New Mexico MainStreet Program Director, added, “Dollars spent in MainStreet businesses are more likely to re-circulate in the community. This creates jobs and builds a stronger tax base.” See ‘buying local benefits local communities’ on Page 3.

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Through early December, Avon sales women are hosting a promotion that they are hoping will provide 100 seniors in Cibola County with a pair of slippers. Cibola County residents are encouraged to purchase a pair of slippers from the for $9.95, specially designed for the elderly, and in mid-December they will donate them to residents at the Grants Good Samaritan Society and Pueblo of Laguna Rainbow Center, both of which are elderly care facilities. The Avon ‘slippers for seniors’ promotion is in its fifth year, according to Linda Griego, one of Avon’s district representatives. Residents are encouraged to contact their Avon sales representative and purchase a pair of slippers. Call Griego at 290-0805 for more information. HOLIDAYS 2012

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Message from the Publisher . . . By Donald Jaramillo Beacon Managing Editor

It’s been proven, a dollar spent at a locally owned small business goes much further then a dollar spent at a national chain store. It is estimated that for every $100 spent at a national chain store, $43 remains in the local economy. However, for every $100 spent in a small locally owned business, $68 remains in the community. Americans will shop more in November and December than they have the other 10 months of the year put together. That is a lot of shopping and that is a lot of money.

It would be nice if residents spent 30 percent, or even one-half, of that money right here in Cibola County. That would make a huge difference in our economy. There are many small shops, artists and crafters to choose from in our county that have great gifts for all ages. You will find that their service is good and the durability of the items in most cases matches that of a chain store or better. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. The national chain stores have already received their big piece of the shopping dollar pie.

Make this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, “I Believe in Cibola County and Shop Local,â€? weekend. There are several events in Grants to go along with all your shopping opportunities. Make this weekend “I believe in Cibola Countyâ€? weekend. Make Ralph McQueary and Eddie PeĂąa proud. They were two community leaders who encouraged people to take pride of our community. Lastly, from my family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season. Feliz Navidad.

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Holiday Events Nativity Display

Today, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1010 Bondad Ave., Grants, is hosting a live Nativity reenactment along with an exhibit of more than 80 Nativity scenes from around the world. Ina Hoffman, one of the event organizers, noted that additional displays are welcome. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday evening and from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday. Call 287-9844 for more information.

2nd Annual Christmas Arts & Craft Fair

Tomorrow, Dec. 1, the LCEP is hosting its second annual Christmas Arts & Craft Fair K’awaika Center, which is the old Laguna-Acoma High School, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All vendor spaces have been reserved in advance. The fair offers a selection of holiday gifts and food concessions. Call 1-505-552-7243 for more information.

Tomorrow, Dec. 1, the Grants Mainstreet Project, Inc. will be holding the annual Holiday Light Parade and Winter Festival. The event is being held in conjunction with the Grants/Cibola County Chamber of Commerce “Shop Local” effort. Many small businesses will display their goods and services inside of the Cibola County Complex, 515 W. High St., Grants from 4 - 9 p.m. Residents are encouraged to browse at the Cont!d on Next Page

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“shop local” event before and after the annual light parade. The parade starts at El Cafecito Restaurant, 820 E. Santa Fe Ave., and proceeds west down Santa Fe Avenue to Fire and Ice Park. After the parade, at Fire and Ice Park, there will be hot cocoa, cookies, live entertainment, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. This year there will also be a performance from the Grants High School ROTC and prizes for the “Best Decorated Business.” Float entry fee is $5 per float. Call 285-3573 for more information on the parade. Or, 287-4802 for information on the Chamber’s “Shop Local” effort.

Arts and Craft Fair

Today, Nov. 30; and Saturday, Dec. 1; and Sunday, Dec. 2, the Grants Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its annual holiday Arts

and Craft Fair at Future Foundations Family Center at 551 Washington Ave., Grants. There will be more than 50 artisans and artists from the surrounding area. The event offers a wide selection of holiday gift items and will include the Cibola County 4-H Council’s auction of decorated Christmas trees. The fair will be from 6-9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Saturday; and from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call 285-3542 for more information.

4-H Council ‘Festival of Trees’ Fundraiser

Today, Nov. 30; and Saturday, Dec. 1; and Sunday, Dec. 2, the Cibola County 4-H Council will host a “Festival of Trees” where sponsored, decorated trees are auctioned off with the purchase of a $1 ticket.

Tickets will be available for sale during the Grants Park and Recreation Arts and Crafts Fair, located at Future Foundations Family Center, 551 Washington Ave., Grants, on the same days as the Festival. All items displayed with the decorated trees are to be considered part of the tree. Organizations that are decorating their trees with gift certificates should display only copies. The money raised goes towards 4-H scholarships. Call 287-9266 for more information.

Festival of Wreaths

On Friday, Dec. 7, Roberta’s Place will be holding its annual Festival of Wreaths at the Grants Senior Center, 550 Jurassic Court, Grants, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and include a gourmet pasta dinner, deserts, and a silent auction. A queen-size handmade quilt will be raffled. They will

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also be selling Christmas wreaths for $20. These wreaths are to be purchased, decorated, and then donated back to Roberta’s Place for the wreath raffle. Call 287-7200 for more information. Christmas Bazaar On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Malpais Masonic Lodge, 1004 W. High St., Grants, is hosting a Christmas Bazaar, which will offer crafts, baked goods and a variety of candies. The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Al Prewett at 240-0148 or 2854018 for more information.

Winter Wonderland Arts and Crafts Festival

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Arts and Crafts Festival will take place at the K-awaika Center cafeteria. The holi-

day event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor spaces are available for $20, and the price does not include a table and chairs. A food handler’s card is required if selling baked goods, pre-cooked and pre-wrapped food. The eighth grade St. Joseph School Completion Committee will provide a food concession for the event. Call 290-7692, or email: jtim1221@yahoo.com, for more information.

El Morro ‘Holiday Craft Show’

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Old School Gallery, State Highway 53, is hosting its annual “Holiday Craft Show,” 1-5 p.m. Vendor booth spaces are now available for reservation, which includes a $10 fee. Call 1-505- 783-4710, or visit

www.elmorro-arts.org, for more information.

Seasonal Music Performance

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Cibola Arts Council and the Double Six Gallery are hosting an evening of live musical performances, 1001 W. Santa Fe Ave., Grants, from 6 – 8 p.m. Zuni Mountain musician Brian Neher will perform from medievalmusic to 18th century pieces by Bach. Call 287-7311, or visit www.cibolartscouncil.com, for more information.

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Annual Caroling Party

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the El Morro Area Arts Council is hosting its annual holiday caroling party at the Old School Gallery, State Highway 53, 4 – 6 p.m. Pianist Mark Gibbons will accompany area residents singing of seasonal music. The event includes refreshments. Call 1-505- 783-4710, or visit www.elmorro-arts.org, for more infor-

mation. 6th Annual ‘Solstice Surprise’ On Saturday, Dec. 22, the El Morro Area Arts Council is hosting the sixth annual Solstice Surprise event, 6 p.m. The event includes holiday musical performances, story telling, drumming, Ceili dancing, and refreshments including traditional fruitcake. Tickets are $3 per person. Call 1-505-783-4440 or 1-505-7834710 for more information. Navajo Winter Stories On Saturday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 19, the Inscription Rock Trading Post at mile-marker 46, State Highway 53, El Morro, will be presenting Navajo storyteller Nixon Martinez, who will be telling traditional tales often told in winter by the Diné people.

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Any Kind of Pie You’d Like MADE SPECIALLY BY IRENE LEWIS By Marie Gallegos Beacon Correspondent

RAMAH - Irene Lewis takes great pride in her pies and because no two people bake exactly the same, she is the only one who makes the pies at the Stagecoach CafĂŠ in Ramah. She makes a variety of pies - any kind of cream pie you can think of she can make; pistachio cream, coconut cream, banana cream, chocolate cream or strawberry cream. Irene specializes in traditional fa-

vorites such as apple, blueberry, pumpkin and raisin pie, just to mention a few. If she has not made the pie you want, the gifted baker will take your order and make it.

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Upon request, Irene will make a sugarless pie. The pastry chef recalled that she had done just that for a couple who are on the Atkins’ diet and who wanted a sugarless chocolate cream pie. “I whip my own cream,â€? she pointed out and added, “Cream doesn’t have a whole lot of carbs; it’s what you put in it. Instead of sugar I used Splenda and it worked really well.â€? Irene spends long hours at the Stagecoach CafĂŠ, Monday through Cont!d on Next Page

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Saturdays from early morning, at 7 a.m., to late at night, 9 p.m. Saturdays are devoted to making pies…15 pies baked at once; 10 minutes each from rolling out the dough, topping, cutting and filling and then crimping the dough to putting them in the oven to bake. The baker laughed at the notion that she is her own pie assembly line. There is a pie case, an original old oak telephone booth darkened with age that Irene and John purchased at an auction. She said she told her husband, John that it would come in handy if they ever had a restaurant as they

Irene Lewis in front of her pie display case at Stagecoach Cafe in Ramah, just two miles outside of southern Cibola County. BEACON / GALLEGOS

could use it for a pie case. When they brought it home, Irene used it as her linen closet and about seven or eight years ago, they decided to purchase the Ramah eatery and the old telephone booth became home to all her pies. John told the story of how his father and uncle built the building in 1964 that houses the café today. Originally it was a Laundromat and later became a restaurant, going through several owners. Nowadays, John’s 90-year-old father comes in every morning to make the pancake batter and has been doing it since Irene and John opened the doors to their first customers. He also takes care of the Ramah museum and told Irene that he plans on living to be “103 or die trying.”

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John’s mother came from England bringing with her recipes from the bakery where she once worked. Later when the Laundromat turned into a restaurant she made the pies for the café owners. After her mother-in-law died, Irene picked up the pie making. When asked why not buy pies already made Irene replied, “Oh, no, I don’t do anything readymade. Even my chicken-fried steaks are made from scratch. I don’t like premade stuff. I want home cooking.” She added that their breakfast burritos are a favorite and very popular with her customers. A few years ago the Route 66 Tour coordinator stopped in at the restaurant and after having eaten he asked Irene if she would be interested in serving a motorcycle group each year. They come from Germany, Switzerland, and Norway so Irene opens the

restaurant on Sundays for them. From Ramah the group goes to Zuni, Gallup, and Acoma. The tour commences in May starting out either from Los Angeles, Calif., to Chicago, Ill., or from Chicago to Los Angeles. The group always stops in at the Stagecoach with the tour ending in September. “This will be our third year,” Irene proudly stated. What does she serve? “Whatever I bake. And they like their coffee very strong,” noted the cook. She gets a two-day notice prior to their arrival and she thoroughly enjoys the annual event. The groups range from the smallest of 15 people to the largest group of 56. Although she is the only one who makes the pies, she does get some help. Dorcas Piño works the café as she HOLIDAY 2012

has done for previous owners for the past 14 years. “She can do almost anything,” John proudly stated. Sometimes Irene’s mother waits tables. Unlike many restaurant chains, John and Irene both agreed that they would never serve premade boxed food or prefab dinners. Prior to operating their own restaurant John and Irene worked for Ski Hill in Los Alamos for about seven years where 2,500 trays of food, cafeteria-style, were made almost every hour. “Home-cooking may not be cost effective but quality is more important than money itself. We just want our reputation to be that we make homemade food and that nobody leaves hungry,” emphasized Irene. They have a motto: “If we won’t eat it or drink it, we won’t serve it.” 13


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