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FAST FACTS State Capital: Santa Fe Statehood: January 6, 1912 State Flag: Red Zia on field of gold State Ballad: Land of Enchantment State Motto: Crescit Eundo (It Grows as It Goes) State Poem: A Nuevo Mexico State Songs: Oh, Fair New Mexico and Asi Es Nuevo Mexico State Cookie: Biscochito State Tie: Bolo Tie State Gem: Turquoise State Tree: Piñon State Flower: Yucca State Grass: Blue Gramma State Animal: Black Bear State Bird: Roadrunner State Fish: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout State Insect: Tarantula Hawk Wasp State Fossil: Coelophysis State Question: “Red or Green?” Land Area: 121,599 sq. miles Population: 2,009,671 Highest Point: Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet) Lowest Point: Red Bluff Reservoir (2,842 feet) State website:


Renewable Energy. Luna County is the most suitable location for a variety of renewable energy sources, including electricity from sunlight and wind, and oil from algae.


Deming Lifestyle. Four featured locals share how they have contributed to building Deming into a hometown that generates a feeling of pride.


Local Photographers. The Deming Photography Club provides an exciting avenue to sharing and improving photo skills.


Deming Arts Center. Murals are appearing downtown as a result of an Arts Center community program called Paint the Town.


Music in the Park. The summer music series continues to draw regional talent and an expanding audience to Rockhound State Park.


Best White Wine. St. Clair Winery took the Sweepstake Award at the nation’s largest and most prestigious competition.


Medical Options. Gila Regional brings cancer treatment and a surgical weight-loss option to Southwest New Mexico.

4 Photo by LeAnne Knudsen





DEMING Alamogordo - 127 miles Albuquerque - 233 miles Boston, MA - 2,678 miles Carlsbad - 267 miles Chicago, IL - 1,717 miles Dallas, TX - 742 miles Denver, CO - 686 miles El Paso, TX - 102 miles Farmington - 415 miles Gallup - 309 miles Glenwood - 121 miles Grand Canyon, AZ - 476 miles Houston, TX - 855 miles Lake Roberts - 84 miles Las Cruces - 59 miles Lordsburg - 69 miles Los Angeles, CA - 708 miles New York City - 2,308 miles Palomas, Mexico - 35 miles Phoenix, AZ - 336 miles Portales - 335 miles Roswell - 244 miles Ruidoso - 173 miles San Diego, CA - 630 miles San Francisco, CA - 1,088 miles Santa Fe - 292 miles Seattle, WA - 1,850 miles Silver City - 53 miles Socorro - 156 miles Taos - 362 miles Truth or Consequences - 85 miles Tucson, AZ - 224 miles Washington DC - 2,195 miles White Sands - 91 miles



New Mexico Fast Facts Mileage to Deming


Advertisers Index


Weather Recreation Transportation Interstates & Highways


Calendar of Annual Events Utility Providers Radio Stations


Deming Fast Facts Deming Visitor Information City Services


Art and Culture Area Wineries Deming Area Lodging Deming Area Dining


Financial Institutions Educational Institutions Health Care Services and Facilities


New Mexico State Parks Events


Religious Organizations Community Organizations Pet Policies



ABOUT THE COVER A striking full-moon photo of Macho Springs Wind Farm on the Hatch highway is merged with an example of local Deming architecture to illustrate both the history and the future of the region. Deming and Luna County combine a small-town, personable atmosphere with the amenities of its advanced clean industries. Photo courtesy Element Power.


Terri Menges

Terri Menges Debra Sutton

Joseph Burgess Vice President & Photo Journalist Arlyn Cooley Staff Accountant LeAnne Knudsen

Element Power Gila Regional Medical Center LeAnne Knudsen Public Service Co. of New Mexico Sapphire Energy, Inc.

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Joseph Burgess

Contributing Photographers

Brett Ferneau

Todd Yocham TuffDog Studio

Writing & Photography except where noted Contributing Writer

Web Master

Special Thanks to: Don Arnott Veronika Barnes Michelle Franco Daniel Gonzales Kathryn Hodson Laura Howell Jessica Johnson Della King John Knight Geraldine & Gertrude Kretek Marcia Langston Linda Smrkovsky Ron Wolfe

Deming Horizons is published annually by Zia Publishing Corp. P.O. Box 1248, 116 McKinney Road, Silver City, NM 88062. Phone: 575-3884444 Fax: 575-534-3333 ©Zia Publishing Corp., 2012. This issue of Deming Horizons is copyrighted under the laws of the United States of America.

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WEATHER Deming/Luna County is located in the high Chihuahua Desert along the US-Mexico border in southwestern New Mexico. 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20


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65 1.86" 63 1.69” 57 1.35” 45 .76” 33 .42” 27 .64”




H - High L - Low P - Average Precipitation (Inches) Average annual precipitation - 9 inches Average winter temperatures - 59° - 27° Average summer temperatures - 94° - 62° Average spring temperatures - 76° - 41° First frost – About November Last frost – About April 15 Average annual snowfall – 3 inches (gone within hours) Average humidity in July – 25% Average wind speed - below 11 mph Average days of sunshine per year – 340+ 191 clear days, 99 partly cloudy days, 72 cloudy days Elevation – 4,335 feet above sea level Driest months of the year – April and May Wettest months of the year – July, August and September

RECREATION Golf Course: Rio Mimbres Golf Course 546-0136 Motor Sports: Arroyo Seco Motor Plex 544-3440 Nearby Ghost Town: Shakespeare 542-9034 Nearby New Mexico State Parks: Caballo Lake State Park 743-3942 City of Rocks State Park 536-2800 Elephant Butte Lake State Park 744-5923 Pancho Villa State Park 531-2711 Percha Dam State Park 743-3942 Rockhound State Park 546-6182 Spring Canyon State Park 546-6182 Outdoor Attractions: Florida Mountains, Florida Peak - 7,295 ft. Public Park & Entertainment Complex: Voiers Pit Park Water Sports: Sam Baca Aquatic Center 546-7958 TRANSPORTATION Airports: Deming Municipal Airport 544-3660 El Paso International Airport 915-780-4749 Bus Lines: Corre Caminos Transit 866-934-3866 Greyhound Bus Line 546-3881 Las Cruces Shuttle Service 800-288-1784 Railway: Amtrak 800-872-7245 INTERSTATES AND HIGHWAYS I-10 travels east-west I-25 is 59 miles east of Deming US Hwy 180 North to Silver City State Rd 11 south to Palomas, Mexico State Rd 26 east to Hatch



una County has emerged as a hotspot in the production of renewable energy, with commercial power already being generated by wind and solar facilities. PNM’s solar field south of Deming came on line August 2011 and the Macho Springs Wind Energy Farm northeast of town was producing electricity in November 2011. Sapphire Energy has proven its technology for producing fuel oil from algae and its 300-acre project near Columbus will conclude its commercial viability. Oil extracted from the fast-growing algae can be transported and refined with the same equipment used for petroleum products, it utilizes and recycles the area’s plentiful brackish water sources and

Photo courtesy Sapphire Energy, Inc. Photo courtesy Public Service Co. of NM

algae growth consumes carbon, helping to offset the combustion footprint. The protein-rich byproduct can be utilized as feed for cattle or fish. What makes Luna County the attraction for renewable energy investors? Linda Smrkovsky with Deming-Luna County Economic Development notes a number of incentives, but the abundance of sunshine is the clear advantage. Luna County and a portion of Hidalgo County provide the most sunshine for your investment dollar of any region in the United States! A new solar plant is currently under consideration adjacent to the Macho Springs Wind Farm, the City of Deming is considering solar panels for its water treatment plant and land has been set aside for possible installation of a molten salt solar tower facility that stores a portion of the thermal energy collected, allowing for a more consistent output of electricity and for addressing peak power demands. Did I mention… more jobs, additional tax generation, no pollution. It’s a powerful fit for Luna County!

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opposite: The Macho Springs Wind Farm below Cook’s Peak generates power while allowing the continuation of cattle grazing. above, top: An aerial construction photo of the Sapphire Energy Algae Farm near Columbus – the project will begin producing oil late Spring 2012. above: The PNM solar field south of Deming generates power for PNM customers.



ANNUAL EVENTS January Chamber of Commerce Gala. 575-546-2674 February Deming Arts Council Membership Tea. 575-546-3663 March Bi-Nacional Cabalgata. Village of Columbus. 575-531-2620 Rockhound Roundup. 575-543-8915 Guatemalan Mercado. 575-546-3663 April Old Timers Reunion. 575-546-3200 Smokin Oldies Car & Motorcycle Show. 575-546-6243 Easter Egg Hunt. 575-546-8848 May Art Fest. 575-546-3663 Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Voirs Pit Park, 575-546-2674 Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Columbus. 575-531-2620 Health Fair. 575-546-2174 June Luna Rossa Wine Festival. 575-544-1160 Art Gallery Tour. 575-546-3663 Kool Tunes. First Friday Jun-Oct. 575-546-1179 July Fireworks Display. SWNM State Fairgrounds. Fireworks, BBQ and Street Dance. Columbus. 575-531-2620 Men’s Golf Tournament. 575-546-9481 August Great American Duck Races. 888-345-1125 September St. Anne’s Fiesta. Courthouse Park. 575-546-3343 Southwestern NM State Fair. 575-543-5736 Deming Arts Council Dinner Fundraiser. 575-546-3663 October St. Clair Wine Festival. 575-546-1179 Guatemalan Mercado. 575-546-3663 Czechoslovakian Klobase B-B-Q Festival. Courthouse park. 575-546-9783 Columbus Festival, Parade and Street Dance. 575-531-2620 December Christmas Light Parade. 575-546-2674 Columbus Christmas Festival. 575-531-2620 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum Green Tea Reception. 575-546-2382



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For information on events and event dates, please contact the Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce at 800-848-4955

UTILITY PROVIDERS ELECTRIC SERVICE: Columbus Electric Cooperative 546-8838 PNM Electric Service 546-6535 NATURAL GAS SERVICE: City of Deming Gas Dept. 546-8848 New Mexico Gas Service 888-664-2726 PROPANE SERVICE: Columbus LP Gas 531-2577 Deming Propane 546-9012 Fox I-10 Chevron, Inc. 546-7459 Griffin’s Propane Co., Inc. 546-4166 ServiGas/Ikard & Newsom 546-0001 TELEPHONE SERVICE: Alltel 800-255-8351 Qwest 800-244-1111 Verizon Wireless 800-922-0204 WNM Communications 855-597-9662 TELEVISION SERVICE: Comcast Cable TV 546-0417 DirecTV 800-531-5000 Dish Network 800-201-0978 Qwest DirecTV 866-379-4987

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eraldine and Gertrude Kretek claim that Deming is “A great place to live!” After 81 years, they should know. Deming Horizons knows that it is people like the Kretek twins, photo specialist Ron Wolfe and downtown business owner Dela King who ultimately create and continue to develop a community that is a place of pride – a hometown to love. These are four individuals among many who support area groups and causes, contribute their personal time and energy and are constantly striving to keep Deming special.

above: Four individuals contributing to Deming’s present and future quality of life include Ron Wolfe, retired data processor and active photographer/promoter; Geraldine and Gertrude Kretek, Deming natives and long-time supporters of Southwest New Mexico State Fair; and Dela King, downtown advocate and owner of Room With a View.

delA King A DOWNTOWN ADVOCATE “It’s all about community and supporting each other in our business efforts,” states downtown business owner Dela King. “To create a vibrant downtown district while maintaining the historic character of the buildings is definitely a challenge, but one that will pay off in the long run for the city. It requires patience and most of all, commitment. Results from the combined efforts of business people, arts groups, schools, the city and local volunteers are already materializing. And there’s much more to come!” Dela moved to Deming seven years ago from Oklahoma City and opened her shop, Room With a View. She has expanded her custom framing and gift gallery to include her entire elongated building on Pine Street. She and Barbara Reedy contributed much time and effort toward Deming’s acceptance as a MainStreet Community and Dela has served on the board since 2005. She has assisted board members with a variety of projects like locating funding for “way finding” signage to important community assets. Dela personally conducts two or three events each year at Room With a View to promote other businesses and artists in the downtown area. Room With a View was selected as the 2009 Business of the Year by the Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce and Dela has served on the Chamber board. Dela convinced the city to open up the vacant area next to her business, and it is now evolving into an art park. High school students are painting a mural on one of the walls during the 2012 summer months. If you’re downtown and see the “façade squad” volunteers working on the front of a downtown building, why not stop and lend a hand. “The improvements I see every month make me proud to be a Deming business,” states Dela, “and local participation will keep the ball rolling!” DEMING HORIZONS – 7



Ron Wolfe retired from the data processing industry, but photography has always played a significant role in his life. While living in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, he was a member of a local photography club and his work was featured at the Westboro Art Gallery. A big leap came when he began offering annual digital photo workshops on cruise boats out of Florida. Ron and his wife, Sue, moved to Deming in March 2007. “We liked New Mexico and Deming provided an affordable base for us.” Ron is past president of the Deming Photography Club and continues to provide photos and historic photo restoration to various local groups and organizations like Animal Guardians, First Fridays, Cancer Society and the Chamber of Commerce. He is the Superintendent of Photographic Arts for the Southwest New Mexico State Fair and past president of the Country Club Estates Home Owners Association. He presently serves as president of the Doña Ana Camera Club and last year organized a Southwest Photographic Symposium in Las Cruces. The symposium generated sufficient regional interest that he is now searching for a larger location for the event. Ron has been hanging his photographic art in the gallery of Southwest Environmental Center in downtown Las Cruces and he is providing work in support of preserving Otero Mesa. His extraordinary photo work earned a first place in the still life category and honorable mention in black and white at the March 2012 El Paso Foto Festival (The only awards offered in each category were first and honorable mention). He is also listed as an on-site photographer for Red River Paper Company out of Dallas. But how about those cruise workshops? Ron is still providing digital photo workshops on cruise boats, with the next one sailing out of Boston into Canadian waters. Participant photographs taken on shore are critiqued back on board. Photo instruction just doesn’t get any better!



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As children, twin sisters Geraldine and Gertrude Kretek helped their mother Bessie prepare garden produce, homecanned preserves and baked delicacies for entry at the Southwest New Mexico State Fair in Deming. At age 82, the sisters were Grand Marshals for the same fair in 2011. In the meantime, they have carried on their mother’s work to this day. “Our mother always had faith in the fair,” Geraldine explains. When they harvest their garden, says Gertrude, “We like to wait until the last minute so the produce is nice and fresh.” If this was all there was to their story, it would be a story worth telling. The Kretek twins, however, seem unstoppable; they are also award-winning tennis players, swimmers, pecan growers, white-face cattle ranchers, and honored golfers. Their father, one of Deming’s early settlers, was Frank F. Kretek, Sr., born in Czechoslovakia. The sisters learned how to prepare dishes like klobase and kolache so well that they were invited guests at the Smithsonian Institution in 1992, cooking traditional Czech foods for visitors. Gertrude won the Carta Blanca Golf Tournament in Juarez, Mexico in 1965 with scores of 68, 70 and 71 for the threeday event. “That’s a heck of a score to have at the Juarez course,” Geraldine says proudly, and she should know; she still has the original scorecard. The twins also display matching handbags autographed by Arnold Palmer on their 75th birthday. Perhaps one simple monthly habit describes the sisters best, though. Once a month the Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce buys a two page spread in the local newspaper to keep readers aware of local events. The cost is offset by contractors and businesses advertising their services and merchandise. The ad the Kretek sisters buy reads simply “Gert & Gerry Kretek - Deming, New Mexico! A great place to live!” “I’m proud to be in Deming,” Geraldine says. “I’ve stayed here all my life,” says Gertrude. “I love Deming.”


FAST FACTS Founded - 1881 Elevation - 4,335 feet Deming Population - 15,296 Luna County Population - 27,227

VISITOR INFORMATION Chamber of Commerce: Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce 546-2674 Top Annual Events: Great American Duck Race 888-345-1125 Rockhound Roundup 575-543-8915

CITY SERVICES City of Deming Offices 575-546-8848 Emergency: Dial 911 for all emergencies Fire Department, Non-Emergency: Deming Fire Department 546-8848 Law Enforcement, Non-Emergency: Columbus Police 531-2348 Deming Police 546-3012 Luna County Sheriff 546-2655 NM State Police 546-3481 Post Office: Deming Post Office 546-9461 Senior Citizen Center: Beckett Senior Citizens Center 546-8823

ART & CULTURE The Arts: Deming Arts Center 546-3663 Morgan Hall 545-8872 Historic Walking Tour 546-2674 Tumbleweed Theater 531-2311 Libraries: Columbus Library 531-2612 Marshall Memorial Library 546-9202 Museums: Columbus Historical Museum 531-2620 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum 546-2382 Pancho Villa State Park Museum 531-2711

WINERIES Luna Rossa Winery 544-1160 St. Clair Winery 546-1179

LODGING Hotels & Motels - 18 RV Parks - 14 Bed & Breakfast - 1

DINING Coffee Shops - 3 Donut & Pastry Shops - 2 Fast Food - 11 Pizza - 3 Restaurants - 28





AGood Mix!

n important element of the Deming Photography Club appears to be the background mixture of its members. There are current professionals and there are those who previously had made their living as photographers. Some are striving to keep their skills current while others are simply absorbing everything they can about the art of photography. A few just want to take a better picture. The bond for the group, of course, is the enjoyment of photography and the camaraderie their cameras provide. The club provides numerous learning opportunities. There are workshops for portrait photography, both indoor with professional lighting and outdoor with natural light. There has been a workshop on macro photography and field trips for shooting landscapes. Photo editing techniques for digital images are another important element of the club, and there are discussions about light balance, depth of field and calibrating color monitors. Members frequently give presentations, such as club vice president Lon Shelton who shared his knowledge of astrophotography. Lon moved to the Deming area to photograph night skies because of the greater potential for cloudless nights and lower light pollution. At the meeting, he discussed his mechanized telescope, laptop computer controls and photo enhancing programs. Club president, Michelle Franco, has challenged members with her project. 52 Members are requested to take a photo each week with an assigned theme like a flower or still life arrangement. Once a month, members are given a photo to edit and the results are discussed at the following meeting. “In the three years that I have been a member of the club,” states Michelle, “I have learned a lot about my style of portrait photography. The critiques and editing tips help so much. We recognize that we are not competing against each other, but rather helping each other achieve a higher level of professionalism. Each of us maintains our individual perspective, which may appeal only to certain people in the community.” Michelle notes that the area is full of photo opportunities like the gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, the Florida mountains, poppies, cloud formations and an

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occasional blanket of snow. Past president, Don Arnott, commented that in addition to photographing the architecture of Deming’s downtown buildings, there are numerous day-trip opportunities – ghost towns, lakes and tall pines, the City of Rocks and other area state parks, as well as numerous summer activities from rodeos to duck races and music in the parks. The club is involved in two shows in 2012, one at the art center and the other at the museum. The shows provide members the opportunity to showcase their work to the public, which helps publicize the club and occasionally leads to job opportunities for members. The club meets the first three Tuesdays of the month at 9:00 am at the Senior Center and the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.

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opposite: Deming Photography Club members at a recent photo show held at the museum included Rusty Wright, Don Arnott, vice-president Lon Shelton, President Michelle Franco, Dave Shephard, Dan Gauss and secretary-treasurer Janet Wolfe. above, top: Club members at an astrophotography presentation were Rusty Wright, Joe Polichio, Dan Gauss, Lon Shelton, Fred Williams, Don Arnott, Dave Shephard, Janet Wolfe and Patty Wilson. above two photos: Club membership includes frequent excursions and live photo shoots for improving techniques.




It’s happening! Artistic murals are appearing in the historic downtown area. A program initiated and facilitated by the Deming Art Center has garnered participation from area schools, local businesses and the county’s Keep Luna County Beautiful Program – the source of funding for materials. A portable 4’ x 8’ mural completed by Marcia Langston’s art class at Red Mountain Middle School will hang on Rick Sherman’s building at the corner of Silver and Spruce Streets. During the summer of 2012, high school art and honor students will be painting a mural on a wall of Dela King’s building in the Art Park space. The work will be facilitated by art instructor Jesse Kriegel. Pictured above are Jessica Johnson, Program Coordinator for Keep Luna County Beautiful, Kathryn Hodson, Executive Director for the Deming Art Center, and Marcia Langston, art instructor at Red Mountain Middle School. Middle school students photographed are Dakota Hughes, Isaiah Prieto and Cynthia Medrano. Esmeralda Cardoza, Mireya Dominguez and Cassandra Landry also participated in the middle school project “Paint the Town will make local art more accessible to the public,” states Kathryn Hodson. “It will create a more inviting downtown area and give people more pride and ownership in their community.”

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Visitor Center: 575-546-6182 APRIL Desert Alive and Native Plant Sale! 2nd Sat. 8am-12noon. A Salute to Spring. 8am until all plants are sold. Native and adapted plants, and cactus for sale. Celebrate spring with a salute to the wildflowers, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Guided walks, talks and programs. New Mexico Centenial Celebration 2nd Sun. 1-5pm. Featuring "Enchanting Cowboy" Mike Moutox with music and cowboy poetry; Randy McCowan, story teller; Western roper Darrell Hawkins. For the kids; Stick-horse race, Potato relay, Penny toss. Booths featuring some of our numerous official state symbols. MAY Stars-n-Parks. 2nd Sat. 8:30-10:30pm. The National Public Observatory will host a telescope program on the night skies. Music in the Park. 3rd Sat. 6-8pm. "Three's Country" a local Deming trio, playing country and rock'n roll. Bring your lawn chairs and join us in the fun. Light refreshments available. Donations cheerfully accepted. Location: Group Shelter JUNE Music in the Park. 3rd Sat.6-8pm. "Loose Blues Band" from Silver City performing oldies and blues on guitar, harmonica, bass and drums. Bring your lawn chairs and join us in the fun. Light refreshments available. Donations cheerfully accepted. Location: Group Shelter JULY Music in the Park. 3rd Sat. 6-8pm. Brandon Perrault a popular entertainer from Silver City, performing a variety of guitar and vocal numbers. Bring your lawn chairs and join us in the fun. Light refreshments available. Donations cheerfully accepted. Location: Group Shelter AUGUST Music in the Park. 3rd Sat. 6-8pm. A double Header; Justin Reyes, a young guitarist/vocalist and Veronika Barnes, accordionist/vocalist. Light refreshments available. Donations cheerfully accepted. Location: Group Shelter

SEPTEMBER Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico. 3rd Saturday. 6-8pm. Grab your family, friends and neighbors and take a short drive to the park for a terrific evening of local talent. Fall Plant Sale. 4th Saturday. 6-8pm. There will be a variety of native plants from $6-$16 and master gardeners there to assist. DECEMBER Holiday Lights. 2nd Saturday. 5-6:30pm. Over 1000 luminarias light the paths around the Visitor Center and Native Garden. Make it part of your holiday tradition with coffee, hot cocoa, cider, Mexican cookies and carols as part of the enchantment.

PANCHO VILLA STATE PARK EVENTS Visitor Center: 575-531-2711 MARCH Camp Furlong Day. 9am-6pm. Commemorating Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, NM on March 9, 1916, and the subsequent Punitive Expedition led by General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing into Mexico in pursuit of Villa. Pancho Villa State Park hosts a series of special guest speakers in the park’s Exhibit Hall. $5 per vehicle entrance fee. JUNE Creatures of the Desert. 10am-4pm. Features expert speakers and live exhibits of a variety of creatures found in the Chihuahuan Desert such as birds, reptiles, and mammals. $5 per vehicle entrance fee. SEPTEMBER Pancho’s Car Show. 10am-2pm. Featuring vintage to late model show cars, trucks and motorcycles. Enjoy music, food and drink, door prizes, raffle prizes, the park’s Exhibit Hall, and beautiful show cars and motorcycles. Registration: $25 per show vehicle. $5 per vehicle entrance fee. DECEMBER Luminaria and Tree Lighting. 6pm. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and campfire. $5 per vehicle entrance fee. 1-888-NM-PARKS 14 – DEMING HORIZONS

Friends of

Rockhound State Park A rockhounder’s paradise for collecting semi-precious stones, bird watching, hiking, wildlife sightings and learning about native plants.


Attend our annual special events: Desert Alive! & Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday, April 14th, 8am to noon Sunday, April 15th, 8am to noon

Photo by Ron Wolfe

Music in the Park 3rd Saturday 6pm to 8pm May, June, July and August Mariachi and Ballet Folkloric Saturday, September 15th, 6pm to 8 pm Fall Native Plant Sale Saturday, September 22nd, 8am to noon Holiday Lights with over 1,000 Luminarias Saturday, December 8th, 5pm to 7pm Call for schedule or visit


MUSIC in the PARK Music fills the clear open air of a natural venue that is unbeatable. The best of Southwest New Mexico’s performers liven up the picnic shelter area of Rockhound State Park during the third Saturdays of the summer months, with the added feature of exceptional views of the Florida Mountains during the unfolding of Mother Nature’s own Deming sunset spectacle. Music in the Park is sponsored and organized by Friends of Rockhound State Park as a means of broadening the utilization of this unique facility. The series includes free monthly presentations in a variety of musical genres, May through August, with a September finale of local mariachi music and folk dance sponsored by First New Mexico Bank and the Deming Lions Club. “We are particularly excited about the 2012 series,” says coordinator Veronika Barnes. “We hope you’ll join us at the park.” This year’s features include Three’s Company, a mix of country and rock’n roll; Silver City’s Loose Blues Band performing oldies and blues; Brandon Perrault, a well-known Silver City guitar and vocal artist; and a double hit featuring Justin Reyes and Veronika Barnes. The performance in September features Deming’s own Mariachi Corazon del Desierto and Estrellas del Desierto Ballet Folklorico. For more information, email: above: Deming’s own “Guitar Greg” Scarpella was featured in the 2011 series of Music in the Park. The summer program is sponsored by Friends of Rockhound State Park in support of park activities.

Fabulous getaway nestled in the tall pines of Pinos Altos. • • • • • • • • •

Crackling Fireplaces Secluded Balconies Relaxing Porches Telephone Satellite TV Barbeque Grill Hot Tub in Cabana Meeting Room Cabins with kitchens are available.

Conveniently located just 7 miles north of Silver City on NM Hwy. 15.

575.388.4501 888.388.4515 Make reservations & view availability online 88 Main Street • Pinos Altos, NM 88053


575.544.4450 • Fax: 575.544.4460 1410 S. Columbus Rd., Suite B Deming, New Mexico 88030


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Amenities & Services: • Free Bright Side Breakfast featuring hot fresh waffles, fresh fruit, Otis Spunkmeyer pastries, hot and cold cereal, bagels, hot eggs, bacon, sausage biscuits, yogurt, milk, juice and fresh coffee.

* Extra discount for cash.

Monday-Friday 9 to 6 Saturday 9 to 5

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* Free Delivery In Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties.

• Free Wi-Fi Access • Outdoor Pool & Jacuzzi • Guest Laundry Room • Meeting Facilities • Fitness Center • Pets welcome

La Quinta Inn & Suites 4300 E. Pine Street • Deming, NM 88030 Phone: (575) 546-0600 • Fax: (575) 544.8207 •





575.388.4412 • 315 S. Hudson St. #6 • Silver City, NM 575.546.2174 • 901 W. Hickory • Deming, NM 575.542.9477 • 332 Motel Drive • Lordsburg, NM 575.533.6649 • #1 Foster Rd. • Reserve, NM

We’re here for you! Monday • Tuesday Thursday • Friday

7am-noon • 1pm-6pm Wednesday

9am-noon • 1pm-6pm Same day appointments available

575.546.4663 Friendly, Affordable Health Care Family Medicine Children’s Health Care CDL Physicals Workmen’s Comp

Immunizations Health Screens Sports Physicals Lab Work

Payment options: Medicare, Medicaid, Salud and private insurance. Medicaid application done on-site. Uninsured patients welcome - sliding fee scale services.

300 S. Diamond

Deming, NM

Fine Jewelry • 10 & 14 kt Gold Diamonds • Sterling Silver Expert Jewelry & Watch Repair Original Perfume • Watch Batteries Se Habla Español

We Buy Scrap Gold



ORGANIZATIONS Anglican, Episcopal - 1 Apostolic - 2 Assembly Of God - 2 Baptist Independent - 1 Baptist Missionary - 1 Baptist - 1 Baptist, Southern - 3 Catholic - 3 Christian - 1 Church Of Christ - 2 Episcopal - 1 Jehovah’s Witness - 1 Lutheran - 1 Methodist, United - 1 Non-Denominational - 2 Pentecostal - 1 Pentecostal, United - 2 Presbyterian, (USA) - 1 Seventh-Day Adventist - 2


ORGANIZATIONS The Arc American Legion Bataan Post #4 Cancer Support of Deming Community Action Agency of Southern NM Deming Helping Hands Inc. Deming Literacy Program Deming Noon Lions Club Deming Rotary Club Deming Shrine Club Elks Lodge #2799 Habitat for Humanity of Deming Help Program The Healing House Kiwanis Club Knights of Columbus Council #4256 La Vida Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #2088 Luna County Healthy Start Masonic Hall A F & A M Meals on Wheels Safe Ride Services Inc. Senior Volunteer Services St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Toys for Tots Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1477 YWCA

PET POLICIES PET FRIENDLY COMMUNITY Number of Pets Limit: No more than 4 animals may be kept at one city residence-any combination of dogs, cats and potbellied pigs. Dog Off Premise Leash Law: When off premise, dogs must be restrained by a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. An exception is when the owner or keeper physically carries or holds said animal. Cat and Dog License Fees: Intact M/F cat or dog-$5.00. Spayed/Neutered cat or dog-$3.00 Vaccination Clinics: Deming Animal Clinic 3 times a year Humane Society Adoption Fees: Cats-$35.00. Dogs-$55.00, Senior Discount Fee includes rabies shot if the animal has not had one, city/county license and spaying or neutering of your new pet. A local veterinarian at the Deming Animal Clinic can do the spaying or neutering. The Mary Jessica Fund will pay up to 50% ($50.00) to spay or neuter pets of qualifying low-income families. Call 575546-2024 for more information. Deming Animal Guardians (a non-profit organization): Deming Animal Guardians provide spaying or neutering discounts and low cost specials. 575-544-2209. Pet Boarding: 2 Pet Supplies & Food: 2 Pet Grooming Services: 2 Veterinarians: 2



WHITE WINE WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS ou’ve undoubtedly seen the billboard on Pine Street – We Make The Best White Wine in the U.S. It’s not just a marketing ploy. St. Clair Winery’s Gewürztraminer won the white wine sweepstake award at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for 2011, the largest competition in the U.S. From over 5000 entries, it was indeed proclaimed the best white wine in the U.S. for 2011. And it wasn’t just a fluke. St. Clair wines are highly regarded at the competition. In 2009, Florent and D.H. Lescombes earned the Red Sweepstake Winemaker Award with their Cabernet Franc and in 2010, the Cabernet Franc won the Judges’ Choice Double Gold Award and the Cabernet Sauvignon won the Judge’s Choice Silver Award. In addition to the sweepstakes in 2011, the DH Cabernet Sauvignon won a gold medal and silver medals were won by the St. Clair Riesling, Triple Berri Bliss and the Pomegranate wines. Wine aficionados don’t have to venture to Napa Valley or upstate New York – the best is right here in Deming! Do you know that the grapes grown in the Mimbres and Pyramid Valleys of Southwest New Mexico supply many of the wineries across New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas? America’s first wine grapes were planted in New Mexico in 1629 by Spanish monks.


Photo by LeAnne Knudsen



of the OLD


In what many consider to be the heart of Old West Country, Hidalgo County and its county seat of Lordsburg are Deming’s neighbors to the west. The Lordsburg Hidalgo County Museum captures the city’s beginnings as a railroad, agriculture and mining town, highlights the landing of Charles Lindbergh and displays a nationally-recognized collection of prisoner of war memorabilia. Just two miles south of town lies Shakespeare ghost town, once home to the likes of Billy the Kid, Curly Bill Brocius and Russian Bill. Southwest of Lordsburg near Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains is Rodeo, a community that has gained popularity as an arts village in recent years. Presently, Rodeo is home to three galleries: The Chiricahua Gallery, the Rock Shop and the Roger McKasson Studio Gallery, a working studio owned by the noted painter and sculptor. Rodeo also offers restaurants, B & B’s, RV facilities and the Chiricahua Desert Museum. Hidalgo County is known for its wildlife photo opportunities and particularly for its bird population. Species of birds found nowhere else in the United States venture into the county’s southwest corner and the wilderness study area along the Gila River. Clear, starry night skies make the county a great destination for amateur astronomers.

We have it all...

• Beautiful Landscapes

• Gorgeous Weather

• Historic Ghost Towns

• Art Communities

• Year-Round Activities

• Photo Opportunities

• Birding Habitats

For more information, contact: Lordsburg - Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce 575-542-9864 • 206 Main Street • Lordsburg, NM 88045



INSTITUTIONS LOCALLY OWNED BANKS: Chino Federal Credit Union 546-0459 First New Mexico Bank 546-2691 First Savings Bank 546-2707 Western Heritage Bank 546-8881 NATIONAL BANKS: Compass Bank 544-7345 Wells Fargo Bank 544-6440


INSTITUTIONS DEMING PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT: OFFICE - 1001 S. DIAMOND 575-546-8841 Little Lambs Preschool Help Headstart (3-4 yrs.) My Little School (3-4 yrs.) Bataan Elementary (K-5) Bell Elementary (K-5) Chaparral Elementary (K-5) Columbus Elementary (K-5) Martin Elementary (K-5) Memorial Elementary (K-5) Ruben S. Torres (K-5) Deming Intermediate School (6) Hofacket Mid-High School (9) Red Mountain Middle School (7-8) Deming High School (10-12) CHARTER SCHOOLS: Cesar Chavez Charter High School HIGHER EDUCATION: Dona Ana Community College Branch Mimbres Valley Learning Center Western New Mexico University Branch


SERVICES & FACILITIES ASSISTED LIVING Beehive Homes of Deming Willow Manor

HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES: Ambercare Home Health Coordinated Home Health Gila Regional Home Health Mimbres Valley Home Health & Hospice

FITNESS CENTERS: Ultimate Fitness

MEDICAL CENTERS AND HOSPITALS: Deming Health Center - PMS Gila Regional Medical Center - Silver City Gila Regional Cancer Center - Silver City Gila Regional Surgical Center - Silver City Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home Silver Health Care - Deming Center

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Border Area Mental Health Services, Inc.

AVAILABLE MEDICAL SERVICES: Acupuncture Cardiology Chiropractic Dentistry, Orthodontics and Oral Surgery Family Practice Gastroenterology Gynecology Hematology Internal Medicine Mammography Obstetrics Oncology Ophthalmology Orthopedic Pediatrics Podiatry Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Pulmonary Radiology Sports Medicine Surgery Urology


Cancer & Obesity New Regional Options


he words cancer and obesity are frightening words for Americans, often creating feelings of hopelessness with visions of treatments in some faraway and unfamiliar city. This is especially true for people living in rural areas like Southwest New Mexico. Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, however, has taken major steps to broaden medical options for both of these afflictions for residents of the four-county region it serves.

Cancer Gila Regional Cancer Center (GRCC) in Silver City is bringing the best available treatment closer to home. Previously, patients were traveling to the larger cities for followup treatments that were both costly for travel and overnight stays and physically taxing on the patients. Those treatments are now offered in Silver City, currently the closest option for Deming residents. Three medical oncologists/hematologists provide approximately 10 clinics monthly and two radiation oncologists provide weekly clinics at GRCC, all commuting from the

Photo courtesy Gila Regional Medical Center

• Oxygen & Respiratory Equipment • Incontinent Supplies • Hospital Mattresses & Beds • Power Lift Recliners • Bathroom Safety Aids • Motorized Scooters • 24 Hour Emergency Service • Scrubs • Mastectomy Products • Medicare, Medicaid & • Orthopedic Supports • Diabetic Care Supplies Private Insurance Accepted • Medicare accredited through The Compliance Team. Inc.

New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are therefore administered by the state’s top personnel in the field… right up the road in Silver City. Posing at the Gila Regional Cancer Center in Silver City are Shelly Carter, RN, and Rosalie Saiz. The center provides radiation and chemotherapy treatment administered by some of the state’s top personnel in the field. above: The Celebration of Life cancer memorial at Voiers Park in Deming is a reminder of the critical importance of early detection and treatment of this disease.

910 East 32nd Street • Silver City, New Mexico

575.534.4013 • 866.534.4013 DEMING HORIZONS – 21

Obesity Luna County has an obesity rate of 26.8% among adults and 11.3% among its youth. The county ranked highest in the state for deaths related to heart disease and for those related to diabetes. Heart disease and diabetes both have negative links to obesity. Many of those categorized as obese have tried unsuccessfully to diet and exercise the pounds away. When that is the case, bariatric surgery in the form of a stomach lap band, an FDA approved weight-loss tool, may be an option. Insurance companies also recognize the health benefits and cover the cost for qualified patients. Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is the only hospital in New Mexico offering lap band surgery. It provides the least amount of patient risk of the bariatric surgery options and it is the only one that is reversible. Who qualifies for insurance coverage? Qualification is primarily linked to the individual’s body mass index, related disorders and failed attempts with other weight-loss options. Dr. Roland Snure is the physician trained in this minimally-invasive procedure. To register for a free seminar, call 575.956.3600. 22 – DEMING HORIZONS

Photos courtesy Gila Regional Medical Center

YOUR PROPANE HEADQUARTERS top: Dr. Roland Snure performs lap band surgery at GRMC in Silver City – the only hospital in New Mexico offering the weight-loss option. above: The Lap-Band® System is a weight-loss device that reduces the size of the stomach without having to cut, bypass or staple the stomach. It is adjustable without further surgery and can be removed if necessary.

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