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CONTENTS 6

A Great Small Town. The historic and economic aspects of Deming are topics discussed by City Administrator Rick McInturff.

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Hometown Professionals. Six locals share their reasons for living, working and retiring in Deming.

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Viva Palomas. Columbus, New Mexico and Palomas, Chihuahua hold the keys to Luna County’s intriguing International Port of Entry.

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Retirement. Retire In Deming. Retire in Deming. It’s the sunshine. It’s the activities and businesses catering to retirees. There are dozens of reasons Deming has become a retirement hotspot.

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Medical. The Healthy Woman Program. The women of Mimbres Memorial Hospital have created a unique network to help area women make informed healthcare decisions.

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Economic Development. The fastest growing city in the state, Deming’s population growth is providing development opportunities in business and entertainment.

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Outdoors. Rockhound State Park. Keeping rock samples is encouraged, as are hiking, birding and picnicking at Rockhound and adjoining Spring Canyon State Parks. 23

Agriculture. Carzalia Valley. Beef, chile, pecans, grapes, wine and yes, onions are among Luna County’s exports to national and international markets.

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Wine & Vineyards. New Mexico’s largest vineyards and the state’s largest winery make Deming a major player in Southwest wines.

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New Mexico Facts, Mileage to Deming and Area Lodging

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Area Churches, Volunteer Organizations and Pet Friendly Policies

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Weather and Health Care

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Primary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Child C a r e , Ar ea Lib r a r ie s Fin a nc i a l In st it u t io ns , D e mi ng Re cr eat ion an d Commu nit y Acti vi tie s

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De mi ng an d L un a Cou nt y Prof ile and Com m un ity S erv ice s

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D e m i n g M u s e u m s , T h e A r t s , F i l m O f fi c e a n d “ R e a c h f o r t h e S t a r s ” P r o gr a m

26 About the Cover Deming blossoms in the spring, but seemingly explodes with color when the midsummer monsoons arrive. Nothing rejuvenates the soul like a well-kept garden. Photographed by Joe Burgess

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F E AT U R E S


HORIZONS DEMING

A COMPLETE RELOCATION LIFESTYLE GUIDE

Terri Menges President & Managing Director

Joseph Burgess Vice President

Arlyn Cooley Staff Accountant

Sarah Gibson Joseph Burgess Melanie Zipin Contributing Writers

Joseph Burgess Photography except where credited

Sarah Gibson Country Club Estates Contributing Photographers

Moses Clark Network Administrator

Debra Sutton Designers

Melanie Zipin Production Coordinator

Lynn Janes Advertising Sales

Carol Nemec Otwell Proofreading

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Special Thanks to: Mary Calvani Bales Sally Hossley Bales Evelyn Carmack Paolo & Sylvia D’Andrea Dick & Betty Gilmore Paul Hoylen, Jr. Margot Hoylen Richard Manning Susie Nolte Barbara Reedy

Deming Horizons is published annually by Zia Publishing Corp. with offices at: P.O. Box 1248 116 McKinney Road Silver City, NM 88062 Phone: 505-388-4444 Fax: 505-534-3333 email: info@ziapublishing.com Website: www.ziapublishing.com ©Zia Publishing Corp., 2007. This issue of Deming Horizons is copyrighted under the laws of the United States of America. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission of the publisher prohibited. For permission to use any portion of this publication email:info@ziapublishing.com All editorial and photographic submissions are accepted explicitly without risk to the publisher for loss or damage. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy in the information provided. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.

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NEW MEXICO

FACTS

Statehood: January 6, 1912 Capital: Santa Fe Flag: Red Zia on field of gold Ballad: Land of Enchantment Songs: Oh, Fair New Mexico and Asi Es Nuevo Mexico Motto: Crescit Eundo (It Grows As It Goes) Poem: A Nuevo Mexico Cookie: Biscochito Gem: Turquoise Bird: Roadrunner (Chaparral) Flower: Yucca Tree: Piñon Animal: Black Bear Fish: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

MILEAGE TO

DEMING

Palomas, Mexico: 35 Miles Silver City: 53 Miles Las Cruces: 66 miles Lordsburg: 69 miles L a ke Roberts: 84 Miles Truth or Consequences: 95 Miles White Sands: 91 Miles El Paso: 108 Miles Glenwood: 121 Miles Alamogordo: 133 Miles Socorro: 166 Miles Ruidoso: 182 Miles Tucson: 224 Miles Albuquerque: 241 Miles Roswell: 250 Miles Carlsbad: 271 Miles Santa Fe: 304 Miles Gallup: 309 Miles Phoenix: 336 Miles Taos: 372 Miles Grand Canyon: 476 Miles San Diego: 630 Miles Denver: 686 Miles Los Angeles: 708 Miles Dallas: 742 Miles Houston: 855 Miles San Francisco: 1088 Miles S alt Lake City: 1148 Miles Mexico City: 1231 Miles St. Louis: 1335 Miles Chicago: 1717 Miles Seattle: 1850 Miles Miami: 2075 Miles Washington DC : 2195 Miles New York City: 2308 Miles Montreal: 2431 Miles Boston: 2678 Miles

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LODGING

Hotels/Motels: 18 Deming, 2 Columbus RV Parks: 11 Deming, 1 Columbus Bed & Breakfast: 1 Deming, 1 Columbus Cabins/Resorts: 1 6 – DEMING HORIZONS

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Written By Melanie Zipin Photography by Joe Burgess

Small Town

“DEMING HAS BEEN DISCOVERED,” SAYS CITY ADMINISTRATOR RICK MCINTURFF, ONE OF MANY residents who moved away for a time and then returned to stay. With the Florida Mountains as a backdrop, the desert surrounding Deming offers stunning vistas, an abundance of sunshine, and a community rich with history and filled with friendly people. Deming is named after Mary Ann Deming Crocker, wife of Charles Crocker, one of the "Big Four" of the railroad industry. First established as a railroad town, settlers who came afterwards left a treasure of Victorian and Craftsman buildings. Deming is the county seat of Luna County and was founded in November 1881. Now, Luna County is projected to be one of the three fastest-growing counties in New Mexico in the next decade. Located 60 miles west of Las Cruces and 32 miles north of Columbus, Deming is perfectly situated to explore the surrounding attractions, cross the border to Palomas for lunch and shopping, and be back in time for dinner. About 1,000 years ago, this valley was home to the prehistoric Mimbres Indians. They lived in villages along the Mimbres River and are known worldwide for their classic pottery. There are numerous historic sites around the Deming area. Deming is located within the Upper Chihuahuan Desert climate zone. The Mimbres River runs primarily underground through the Deming area and its surrounding area is underlain by an aquifer of very pure water. The aquifer is slowly recharged primarily by water from the Cook’s Range and Black Range mountains to the north.


The climate is dry, hot, and breezy. Winters are mild, with occasional snow that usually melts within a day or two. Most precipitation occurs during ‘monsoon’ season with an impressive display of thunderstorms and showers during the months of JulySeptember. There are numerous species of wildflowers, mixed with a range of native desert plants and flowering cacti that make the desert come alive in a spectacular array of color. Agriculture, the arts, business, climate, friendly residents, government, location and infrastructure all play a part in making a great small town. An increasing number of people from around the country are noticing that Deming, New Mexico excels in all these aspects of small town life.

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opposite, top: The historic Luna County Courthouse and adjacent cottonwood-shaded park provide a stunning venue for year-round community functions. inset: Desert flora brightens the entry garden area of Voiers Park amphitheater and walking path development. above: The city continues its focus on historic business district improvements with antique lamps, bricked alleyways and this corner mini-park water fountain. DEMING HORIZONS – 7


AREA

Anglican: 1 Apostolic: 1 Assemblies of God: 2 Baptist: 9 Bible: 2 Bible - Missionary: 1 Catholic: 2 Christian: 2 Christian Science: 1 Church of Christ: 3 Church of Jesus Christ: 2 Episcopal: 2 Lutheran: 2 Methodist: 2 Nazarene: 1 Non-Denominational: 2 Pentecostal/United: 3 Presbyterian: 1 Seventh Day Adventist: 1 Other: 14

VOLUNTEER & SOCIAL SERVICE

ORGANI ZATIONS The Arc Community Agency of SNM, Inc. Deming Helping Hand Deming Shrine Club Elks Lodge #2799 Fima Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. Healing House Healthy Start Kiwanis Lavida Resource Center Masonic Lodge Meals on Wheels St. Vincent de Paul Toys for Tots YWCA

PET FRIENDLY

POLICIES

Limits: No more than four (4) animals (any combination of dogs, cats and potbellied pigs) may be kept at one residence. Leash Law: When off the premises, dogs must be restrained by a leash not exceeding six feet (6') in length. An exception is when the owner or keeper physically carries or holds said animal in his hands. License Fees: Intact animal M/F dog or cat $5, Spayed/Neutered dog or cat $3 Vaccination Clinics: Deming Animal Clinic, 3 times per year. Humane Society: Adoption fee is $55 for dogs and $35 for cats. This fee includes a rabies shot (if the animal has not had the shot already), a city/county license, and the spaying or neutering of your new pet. The local veterinarian at the Deming Animal Clinic can do the spay or neuter. The Mary Jessica Fund will pay up to 50% ($50) for spaying or neutering of pets for qualifying low-income families. Call 505-546-2024 for more information. Deming Animal Guardians: The Deming Animal Guardians periodically provide spaying and neutering discounts and low cost specials. Call 505-546-9711 for more information. Pet Boarding: 2 Deming, 1 Columbus Pet Supplies & Food: 1 Pet Grooming: 3 Veterinarians: 2

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RETIRE Written By Melanie Zipin Photography by Joe Burgess

To Deming

ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CITIES IN THE STATE, DEMING, NEW MEXICO HAS BECOME A GROWING HOT spot for retirees from around the country. Boasting 340 days of sunshine a year, one can bask in the sun; stargaze during the clear, bright nights; take advantage of the many new businesses catering to tourists and retirees, while enjoying the historical turn-of-the-century architecture; visit a wealth of area attractions; or partake in any of the many activities offered in the community. Any day is a good day for golf at the Rio Mimbres Golf Course, an 18-hole course set among panoramic mountain views and open to the public. The nearby Sam Baca Aquatic Center offers a general swimming pool, a lap pool and a heated therapy pool. The popular paved, landscaped walking trails at Voiers Pit Park provide another opportunity for low-impact aerobic exercise. Once a gravel pit, the reclaimed property was transformed into a beautiful park with approximately a mile of gently inclined paths lined with trees and shrubs. The Deming Luna County Senior Citizen’s Center is a full-service facility that hosts a broad variety of health, social and in-home services. Ongoing activities at the center include fiber arts, bingo, belly dancing, and ceramics, to name a few. The Deming Garden Club, which was instrumental in establishing the native plants pollinator garden at Rockhound State Park also hosts events at the Senior Center. For more information check out their web site at http://www.zianet.com/demsrcnt/index.html With so much to do, don’t forget to eat your share of green chile. More green chile is grown here than anywhere else in the state. And last but not least, Deming's premier event, the Great American Duck Race, which boasts "Pure Water, Fast Ducks." is held each year on the last weekend in August. Too much to do? Relax, there’s always mañana. top: Golf is a priority for many Deming residents at its public 18-hole championship course. inset: Among Deming’s endless year-round opportunities for social interaction, Friends of Rockhound State Park gather for a program at the Visitor Center.

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CHURCHES


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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Mimbres Memorial Hospital

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HEALTHY WOMAN Program

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HOME HEALTH CARE Coordinated Care Corporation Gila Regional Home Health Mimbres Memorial Hospital In-home Health Care & Hospice Mimbres Valley Home Health & Hospice Mountain Shadows Premier Home Health Care Services

AS SIS TE D L IV ING Beehive Homes Helstrom House Willow Manor

MEDICAL SERVICES AVAILABLE Cardiology Chiropractic General Dentistry Family Practice Gerontology Gynecology Hematology In-home Health Care and Hospice Internal Medicine Mammography Neurology Obstetrics Occupational Medicine Oncology Ophthalmology Oral Surgery Orthodontics Orthopedic Pediatrics Podiatry Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Radiology Surgery

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WOMEN MAKE THREE-FOURTHS OF THE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS IN AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS OVER 12,000 WOMEN IN LUNA COUNTY, 18% of which are head of households, makes for a lot of decision making. Women often make these decisions without help or support not only for their own health, but for their families and loved ones as well. Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming has recognized what an incredible burden this can be on women and is determined to help. Recently, the women at Mimbres Memorial joined forces to create The Healthy Woman Program, a free community resource. The program, according to its mission statement, is designed "to empower women with the knowledge and confidence to make informed healthcare and well-being decisions for themselves and their loved ones." Registration is free and women can sign up online. Members will receive invitations to a variety of health resources, monthly health seminars, events and be a part of an email communication forum on a range of topics. The Healthy Woman Program will be run by Co-Director Susie Nolte and Director of the Senior Circle Advisory MaryAnne Cleaver. The Healthy Woman Program directors hope that their program will arm women with the "abilities to take charge of their health and the health of their family." One of the program seminars will feature the new general surgeon at Mimbres Memorial Hospital, who will speak about breast health care. This and


all other seminars will be free to program members as well as members of the community. The Healthy Woman Program will have an advisory board comprised of women from around Luna County to help pick topics relevant to the needs of the community and its female members. Because women are the primary decision makers in their families, they need the proper information to make informed decisions. “This will be a resource for them,” said Susie Nolte. The Healthy Woman program is also hoping to partner with Luna County Health Council to further expand their mission. Join other Luna County women at the Healthy Woman Program's kick off events Tuesday, October 16th. While most details for this event are still in the works, the affair will feature dinner and a national guest speaker, Susanne Metzger, author of several books about women’s health and contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul. Entry fee for this event is $12 and includes dinner. Ms. Nolte is also hoping to engage the assistance of local businesses to help provide discounts for members of The Healthy Woman Program.

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PRIMARY & SECONDARY

EDUCATION

PUBLIC SCHOOLS ELEMENTARY: 8 My Little School (Pre School) Bataan Elementary School Bell Elementary School Chaparral Elementary School Columbus Elementary School Martin Elementary School Memorial Elementary School Smith Elementary School MIDDLE: 4 Deming Middle School Deming Intermediate School Hofacket Middle High School Red Mountain Middle School HIGH SCHOOL: 2 Deming High School Deming Cesar Chavez Charter High

HIGHER

EDUCATION

Don˜a Ana Branch Community College Mimbres Valley Learning Center Western New Mexico University Associate Degrees Masters Degrees

CHILD

CARE

Day Care Centers: 7 Head Start Programs : 2

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LIBRARIES

Deming Public Library Columbus Library La Familia Lending Library Marshall Memorial Library

FINANCIAL

INSTITUTIONS

BANKS: Locally Owned: First New Mexico Bank, First Savings Bank, Chino Federal Credit Union National: State National Bank, Wells Fargo Mortgage Companies: 2 Financial Planning: 4 Loan Companies: 14

DEMING

RECREATION

BMX Park Deming High School Tennis Courts Luna County Skate Park Pit Park Rio Mimbres Country Club and Golf Course Sam Baca Aquatic Center

COMMUNITY

ACTIVITIES

Clubs & Organizations: over 90 Restaurants: 48 Deming, 3 Columbus Public Golf Course: 1 Area Churches: 45+

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Hometown STORIES AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE BURGESS


PROFESSIONALS Deming is about people, people who care about the schools, the economy, history, the arts and each other. There are good reasons why natives choose to stay in Deming,

why entrepreneurs are confident

about the future of the community and why Deming has been a magnet for retirees. Looking for a cross section that might reflect a few of Deming’s strengths, Deming Horizons snagged a handful of people who were kind enough to share their stories with friends and neighbors. Take a moment to reflect on the reasons why you chose to work or retire in Deming to see if there are any common threads with those interviewed. DEMING HORIZONS – 13


EVELYN CARMACK Evelyn Carmack was a strong contributor to the many success stories of Deming High School graduates.

“We diagrammed sentences until we could do it in our sleep,” states Sally Hossley Bales about her former Deming High School teacher, Evelyn Carmack. “And now, years later, we help our children with their papers because we have it down pat. Well, almost...” “She was strict and so well organized,” adds Linda Pacheco. “We couldn’t help but learn from her.” Evelyn flew into Deming in the early 50’s, when there were still regularly scheduled flights. But this wasn’t just any passenger…this lady was special. She had fought to get into college and she was now fighting for her life. After graduating from high school in Birmingham, Alabama she showed up at a Tennessee college with no money and no paperwork. She bullied her way into the school, worked numerous odd jobs to pay expenses and graduated with honors. After teaching for two years in Tennessee, she was told by her doctor that she would soon die from a lung disease unless she 14 – DEMING HORIZONS

moved immediately to Phoenix. The doctor’s nurse contradicted him, however, saying that she had known patients who had not recovered in Phoenix, but that a little town called Deming, New Mexico, had an excellent recovery record. Indeed, Miss Carmack retired after 30 years of teaching in Deming and continues to enjoy her dog, Cody, and visits from former students. Miss Carmack was first assigned to junior high in Deming, but soon transferred to the high school level. She was National Junior Honor Society Sponsor for many years. Referring to her students as her "children," she always said she “chose teaching over marriage because she didn't think her health could support both.” “Deming has had many great teachers,” continues Sally, “and many successful graduates. Deming gave us a solid education that made us competitive with students from much larger, more affluent schools.”


PAOLO & SYLVIA D’Andrea Paolo and Sylvia D’Andrea are major contributors to Deming’s emergence as a powerhouse in Southwest wines.

Managing New Mexico’s largest vineyard while developing their own fields and winery, Italian-born Paolo D’Andrea and wife Sylvia, a local native, are a driving force establishing the unlikely community of Deming as a significant player in Southwest wines. The 300-acre New Mexico Vineyards, under Paolo’s direction since 1988, supplies 14 New Mexico wineries plus four in Texas. From D’Andrea’s own 16 acres (doubling in 2008) Paolo produces the award-winning Luna Rossa wines. D’Andrea produces 19 Luna Rossa wines, with four more on the way. Sylvia manages the store operation and her specialty is bottle etching. “I have etched wine bottles for dignitaries, families, the FBI and Governor Richardson. When people are thinking about that extra special gift, we hope they are thinking about us.” The D’Andreas recently opened a store in Mesilla at the Plaza del Mercado. Sylvia’s local roots include 5 generations currently living in

Deming, totaling 126 family members. She and Paolo have four children of their own. “They are growing up with the business,” says Paolo, “as I did with my father’s vineyards and winery in Italy. They are a big help to us.” Recent wine releases include Late Harvest Zinfandel, awarded 2007 Best of Show at the New Mexico State Fair. It carries a full aroma and a little higher alcohol content, a good after-dinner wine that can be enjoyed in front of a fireplace with chocolates or a good cigar. “Our first release in 2007 was Pinot Grigio and our first port is on the way. From the next harvest, we will begin producing the first wines in New Mexico from the MontepulcianoAglianico grapes, originally from Southern Italy.” “People often go directly to the small wineries to find specialty wines like Refosco. The nursery at New Mexico Vineyards, provides the opportunity to graft and develop new strains. …that’s our advantage.” DEMING HORIZONS – 15


DICK & BETTY GILMORE Dick and Betty Gilmore spent a lifetime developing area housing and volunteering for the community.

“Deming has been good to us and we try to give back to the community whenever possible,” say Dick and Betty Gilmore. Commitments include Dick’s involvement with museum improvements for the last 25 years, he serves on the board of the Mimbres Learning Center and has served as president of the Deming Economic Council. With 16 other farmers, he formed Mimbres Valley Produce, originally benefiting local onion growers, and recently Dick pulled together a group of local contractors who volunteered their time to build an impressive high school athletic building. Not to be outdone, Betty has 20 years of volunteer service with the public schools. “Gotta keep busy,” she says, “it improves my disposition!” She also serves on the board of the Deming Arts Council and was on the founding board for S.W.I.S.H. Dick moved from Philadelphia in 1952 and worked for R.S. Palmer Lumber Co. as a carpenter. He married Betty in 1956 16 – DEMING HORIZONS

and started his own business in a partnership with his late brother Eddie. In 1962, the brothers bought 80 acres from Olive and Pricilla Whitehill. “People thought we had lost our minds purchasing a piece of old desert property. The first house we built was 1120 square feet that sold for $9975 including curbs and landscaping.” Grandview Manor was built in 1962, Holiday Park started in 1964 and Whitehill II in 1979. “Following a slump in the 80s, the city and county began working together to extend services and encourage growth. People from Connecticut really can’t believe the sun shines every day here and that the locals are so friendly.” A subdivision for manufactured homes was developed in 1997 in a partnership with John and Janette Smith and in 2005, Whitehill Estates III was developed with Juan and Eva Luna. The Gilmores raised 5 children in Deming and have 11 grand children and 12 great grandchildren.


MARGOT hOYLEN A Deming retiree of 36 years, Margot Hoylen clutches onto memories of her career in the Foreign Service.

“I enjoyed every minute of embassy life,” states Margot Hoylen, a thirty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. “Every day was a new experience and everyone was very friendly in those years.” Margot began working at the U.S. Embassy in Bogatá, Colombia, where her father was employed. She soon transferred to the embassy in Paris and met Foreign Service worker Paul Hoylen. “We married in 1948 and truly raised an international family, with a daughter born in Paris, a son in Vienna and our second son in Venezuela. In Paris, procedures at the time didn’t allow spouses to work together, so I ended up quitting. It wasn’t long, however, before guidelines were reversed and spouses were expected to work.” Paul served as American Consul in the oil-rich region around Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela, for the last six years of their duty, where he looked after 7000 Americans. “We stayed for three tours in Venezuela. No one else wanted to go there and we loved it.”

Other countries on the Hoylen’s tours of duty included Yugoslavia and England. “Yugoslavia was a little rough, but exciting. And of course, when we were transferred from Yugoslavia to Austria, it was like going to heaven.” When we were considering retirement, our son, Paul, Jr., who had been a student of ancient southwest cultures, had already chosen to live in Deming. We were looking for a location with reasonable living costs and decided to join him, moving from Washington D.C. in 1971. Margot, who had studied art in Bogatá and continues to paint at the age of 91, was instrumental in founding the Deming Arts Council. “At first, no one was interested. Once artists began to retire in Deming, that changed.” “We have enjoyed the people here and the history, and I absolutely enjoy sitting on my sun-drenched porch with no one bothering me.” DEMING HORIZONS – 17


DEMING & LUNA COUNTY

PROFILE

POPULATION – 2006 CENSUS C i t y: 15,296 County: 26,016 MEDIAN AGE : 34.9 Male: 47.3% Female: 52.7% 18 yrs. & over: 69.1% 65 yrs. & over: 18.6% TOTAL CIVILIAN WORKFORCE IN LUNA CO.: 13,032 Employed: 11,667 Unemployed: 1,366 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME : $19,400 REAL ESTATE - CITY Total Households: 5,267 Total Housing units: 6,192 Median Home Price – New: $174,900 Median Home Price – Resale: $76,300 SALES TAX RATE C i t y: 7.375% County: 6.375% PROPERTY TAX 1/3 OF ASSESSED VALUE DEMI NG CI T Y LI MI TS Residential: .019612 Non-Residential: .023301 D EM ING OUTSID E CITY LI M ITS Residential: .018050 Non-Residential: .021078

COMMUNITY

SERVICES

TRANSPORTATION Interstate 10: Travels east-west through Deming Interstate 25: 62 miles east of Deming U.S. 180; Through Deming north to Silver City State Roads; 11 south to Palomas, 26 east to Hatch Air: Deming Municipal Airport owned by the City of Deming has more than 50,000 sq ft. of hangar space available, a repair facility and a terminal with passenger and crew facilities. El Paso International Airport, 100 miles east of Deming, is the closest commercial airport. Bus: Deming has a Greyhound line bus terminal. City Transit: Corre Caminos Transit Rail: Amtrak’s Sunset Limited stops in Deming. Deming is also served by two commoncarrier railways. Trucking: Major trucking companies service Deming via I -10. Deming Industrial Park: There are approximately 400 spaces available for manufacturing, food processing and warehousing type businesses with all utilities in place. U TILI TIES Electrical: Public Service Company of New Mexico, PNM, Columbus Electrical Cooperative Inc. Natural Gas, Water and Sewer: City of Deming Telephone: Qwest, Valley Telephone Co-op Inc. Wireless: Verizon, Alltel, Sprint PCS Cable Television: Comcast Newspaper: Deming Headlight, Las Cruces Sun News Radio: Luna County Broadcasting, KDEM 94.3 FM, KOTS 1230 AM

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ECONOMIC

Development

Written by Sarah Gibson Photography by Joe Burgess

WITH JUST OVER 14,000 PEOPLE DEMING

IS MORE THAN JUST A CHARMING SMALL town. Sixty miles west of Las Cruces, situated in Luna County, Deming is full of ranchers, farmers, law enforcement, retirees, charming locals and tourists. Since the 1990s, Deming’s population has grown considerably for the town’s size and it continues to increase. Deming is the fastest growing city in the state, according to U.S. Census Bureau and currently ranks 18th in the state for its size. In addition to population, entertainment and businesses are experiencing growth in Deming as well, having a positive effect on the town. Deming Electronics moved into town in April adding more and more employees. “We were really fortunate to have them come to town,” says Linda Smrkovsky, Deming Economic Developer.


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Also new to town, Ernesto Sirolli, the founder of Sirolli Institute, has helped to establish The Border Enterprise Project, furthering economic development in small communities, assisting and expanding small businesses and creating new jobs. The Border Enterprise Project celebrated its one year anniversary on July 18th, boasting over 100

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top and right: The recently completed amphitheater at Voiers Park, shown here under construction, adds an important segment to Deming’s entertainment opportunities. Walking paths winding through the reclaimed former gravel pit help keep Deming locals fit. 20 – DEMING HORIZONS


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ROCKHOUND STATE PARK

EVENTS

Music in the Par k Every third Saturday of the month. 6 - 8 pm. A variety of musical entertainment for listening and dancing. Summer Concert Series. Des ert Alive ! Saturday April 14. 8 am - 2 pm A salute to spring and Native Plant sale. H um m ing b ir d F e s t i v a l Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19. 7 am - 10 am with Joan Day-Martin, authorized bander for New Mexico. Fall Native Plant Sale. Saturday, September 22. 8 am - 12 pm. A great time to get roots established for enhanced growth next year. Ho liday Light s Saturday, December 8. 9 - 8 pm. 1000 luminarias light the paths around the visitor center and native gardens.

DEMING MAJOR

EVENTS

A ug us t: 24 - 27: Great American Duck Races Oc to be r: 6 -10: Southwest New Mexico State Fair 13 - 14: St. Claire Wine Festival 14: Columbus Day Fest, Columbus, NM 14:: Czechoslovakian Klobase Festival December: 8: Christmas Light Parade 8: Tannenbaum Festival 9: Green Tea at the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum.

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2008 EVENTS March : Rockhound Roundup Ma y: Cinco de Mayo J u ne : Luna Rossa Wine Festival J u ly : 4th of July Fireworks Display 22 – DEMING HORIZONS

ROCKHOUND

State Park Written By Melanie Zipin

Photography by Joe Burgess

IS LOCATED ON THE RUGGED WEST SLOPE OF THE LITTLE FLORIDA MOUNTAINS. IT IS A FAVORITE FOR "ROCKHOUNDS" BECAUSE MINERAL COLLECTORS ARE allowed to gather up to 15 pounds of mineral specimens for their own collections. There are rock and mineral specimens of volcanic origin including geodes, quartz, chalcedony, jasper, agate, and common opal. The hiking trails are varying degrees of difficulty for the novice as well as the seasoned hiker and offer an abundance of birds and wildlife, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, including the nearby “sky islands.” Park amenities include sheltered picnic tables, primitive and developed campsites, an RV dump station, a children’s playground and a visitor center featuring displays of the minerals to be found there and a botanical garden. In addition, it is also the home of the state parks system’s first native pollinator garden, specifically designed to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. The garden teaches the public about the complex and natural relationship between insects and flowering plants. A cooperative effort between parks management, local master gardeners, the Deming Garden Club and the Friends of Rockhound State Park, the garden contains nearly 40 species of local native flowering plants. The park also features year-round scheduled events like live music, native plant sales, a hummingbird festival and a Christmas luminaria display. Rockhound State Park is just five miles south of Deming on NM 11 and then nine miles east on NM 141. Visitors planning on collecting minerals should bring their own tools and eye protection. For more information contact Rockhound State Park, P.O. Box 1064, Deming, NM 88030, phone (505) 546-6182. You can also Email JAJimenez@state.nm.us or visit www.nmparks.com.

above: The visitor center at Rockhound State Park provides an impressive view of the Florida Mountains and Spring Canyon State Park.


PARKS State

Written By Melanie Zipin Photography by Joe Burgess

PANCHO VILLA

Pancho Villa State Park is located at Columbus just north of the U.S.- Mexico border. The 60-acre park includes the ruins of historic Camp Furlong, used during the pursuit of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa following his raid on the town in 1916. The park has beautiful xeriscapic gardens, RV and camping facilities, showers, restrooms, picnic areas, playground, historic buildings, interpretive exhibits, and a pleasant, helpful staff. For more information: 505-531-2711

CITY OF ROCKS

Established in 1952, is a geologic monument formed about 34.9 million years ago when a very large volcano erupted. The large sculptured rocks rise up to 40 feet and are separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets. The facilities at the park include campsites, hiking trails, picnic areas and a desert botanical garden. The visitor’s center offers educational displays and modern restrooms with hot showers. Home to 35 species of birds, it’s located on State Hwy. 61 off US 180, 27 miles north of Deming.

SPRING CANYON

State Park is a day use area of Rockhound State Park with good picnicking facilities. An impressive canyon (elevation 4,500 feet) is surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Florida Mountains. The park offers an excellent variety of flora, fauna and wildlowers, as well as excellent birding opportunities and hiking. From Deming, take NM 11 south five miles, go east on NM 141 past the Rockhound entrance and follow the signs. DEMING HORIZONS – 23


AGRICULTURE Carzalia Valley Deming Area

Photo © Sarah Gibson

Written by Sarah Gibson, Photography by Joe Burgess

DEMING’S SOUTHWEST DESERT LOCATION, CLIMATE AND ABUNDANCE OF LAND MAKE IT AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR FARMING AND AGRICULTURE. THE ground is fertile and the growing season is long and sunny. The desert’s hot days and cool nights make a great place for growing vegetables and produce. Deming sits aside a major railroad line which links the East and West coasts, making it a great location for natiowide transporting of products like pecans, grapes and chiles, some of the Deming’s main crops. However, far away from the vineyards and pecan trees lie 600 acres of onion fields, outside of Columbus in the lush green Carzalia Valley, home to Carzalia Valley Produce. Here, five generations of Johnsons have been growing quality produce with the latest farming technology. W.R. Johnson started the farm in 1918 as a cattle ranch until the 1950s when the drought struck. W.R. Johnson’s son turned to farming and, as a result of hard work family dedication, Carzalia Valley Produce is growing strong. The Johnsons primarily grow onions: sweet, yellow, red and white, selling about 25 million pounds a year all over the United States and even overseas. “Onions are a high risk but high value crop,” says fourth generation, Jim Johnson, now Vice President of Carzalia Valley Produce. Johnson believes his family has hit a “niche market” and really concentrates on growing his onions and other vegetables well. In addition to onions, Carzalia Valley Produce also cultivates chiles, watermelons and pumpkins. Since 1981 the farm has grown from 60 acres to about ten times that now. “The best thing about my job,” states Jim Johnson “is that I get to spend time with my kids: fifth generation, TJ (5) and Walker (3).” Despite being around family, 25 full time employees and about 400 seasonal employees, Jim still puts in 18-20 hour days. But it’s worth it. The farm, considered to be one of the most modern farms in the United States, uses the latest technology for their produce, including seed breeders, irrigations specialists and labor saving machines made by NM State University. “In order to be a farmer these days you have to be a little bit of everything: biologist, chemist and mathematician,” says Jim, smiling and watching his two boys play just down the hall. top: About 25 million pounds of onions annually are shipped from southern Luna County. inset: Jim Johnson of Carzalia Valley Produce with sons TJ and Walker.

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DEMING

MUSEUMS

Colu mbu s His t oric al So cie t y M us eum Southern Pacific RR depot housing rural history exhibits. Cu s t om H o u s e U.S. Custom House built in 1889. Offering many unique gifts, collectables and antiques. D e mi n g Lu n a M i m b r e s M u s eu m Displaying a wide variety of American memorabilia including frontier and military history exhibits. Gem, mineral and geode exhibits. Mimbres pottery and artifact exhibits.

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ARTS De m in g Ar ts Ce n ter Deming Performing Arts Theater Tumbleweed Theater

FILM

OFFICE Do e s De m i n g h a v e a f u t u r e in t h e m ov i es ? The Luna County Film Office thinks so, and is working hard to make it happen. The office works with other agencies like the New Mexico Film Office to determine what locations production companies are seeking. The scenery in the Deming area is a natural for western movies, but other genres of films already made here include drama, horror and suspense. Possible draws in the area for movie companies include City of Rocks, the Florida Mountains, No Name Western Town and the buildings of Deming’s historic district. The Luna County Film Office is compiling a list of local people who are interested in working in the movies. These include background extras, builders, drivers, livestock owners and handlers, stagehands and technicians. For more information, drop by the Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.

“REACH FOR THE STARS”

PROGRAM New Mexico has one of the darkest skies in the country, perfect for spending time gazing at the speckled jewels that dazzle the night sky. New Mexico State Parks’ “Reach for the Stars” program offers hundreds of “star parties” at many of the 34 State Parks throughout the year to inform visitors about the need to protect the skies, while engaging interest in the world above. A star party is the marriage between technology and nature, where interpretive rangers or astronomers guide visitors as they view the planets and stars through a telescope while cultural stories and facts are revealed about the galaxy. ‘City of Rocks State Park was the first to receive a solar powered observatory; with Clayton Lake State Park following suit in June 2006.For star party locations and schedules, log onto www.nmparks.com or call 888-NMPARKS.

WINE & Written by Sarah Gibson Photography by Joe Burgess

Vineyards

FOR A SMALL TOWN, DEMING PRODUCES COUNTLESS

GRAPES. TWO-THIRDS OF THE GRAPES USED TO MAKE New Mexico wine are grown in Deming, America’s oldest wine-producing region. Deming is home to two wineries: Luna Rossa and St. Clair. St. Clair winery, the largest in New Mexico and 75th largest in the U.S., produces over 200,000 gallons of wine a year. Despite its size, St. Clair is a family-run winery with a local product. Their wine is only sold within New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. The Lescombes family, originally from South Africa by way of France, came to New Mexico in the 1980s to find

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different wine products, St. Clair produces many styles of wine. “We like to control our product from the grapes to the distributor so it’s not sitting on a shelf somewhere, so that it’s being tasted,” stressed Lescombes. The grapes grown in the St. Clair vineyards thrive on the fertile soil, cool nights and hot days of the desert. At 180 acres, Lescombes above: The Luna Rossa winery and vineyards contributes to Deming’s expanding role in America’s wine industry. inset: Wine ages in oak barrels at Luna Rossa. DEMING HORIZONS – 27


Spectacular 360 degree views in Rural Mimbres Valley.

Photo © Sarah Gibson

5-100 acre tracts.

hopes to expand the vineyards to 240 acres in 2008 and to involve more farmers in the growing process. “There’s so much growing potential in this region,” noted Lescombes. The Lescombes have plans to expand by the end of 2008. Beyond the tasting room presently at the Deming location, expansion will include a 10,000 square foot storage facility, an event center and a bistro. The bistro will allow people to sit and enjoy food, helping them to really comprehend the nature of the wine they drink. “We’re still trying to understand the market and hope to keep making our wines better year after year,” says Lescombes. For six generations his family has worked hard to produce excellent local wine. Their best-selling wine? Plum Loco.

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Viva PALOMAS Written and Photograped by Joe Burgess

ESCAPE TO MEXICO WITH YOUR FRIENDS FOR A

DELICIOUS SEAFOOD LUNCHEON AND A PERKY margarita that will absolutely make you forget about the pile of laundry back home. Browse through the best products that Mexico has to offer, and don’t worry, you’ll be back to Deming in time to pick up the kids from school. New Mexico’s only 24-hour port of entry is exciting and it is practical. Palomas is only a half hour’s drive south of Deming, but a totally different world awaits. With a population of around 5800 people, the community offers ultra-modern dental and optometry facilities and knowledgeable pharmacists to help you save enough on prescriptions to pay the gas in your 30 – DEMING HORIZONS


The colour of living

husband’s guslin’ duly. Most importantly, you’ll bask in that feeling from having traveled internationally that makes you want to shout ¡Viva México! ¡Viva Palomas! Well, try to control your emotions, remembering that you are a visitor in a foreign land. Leathergoods, exquisite jewelry from the interior of Mexico, Taxco silver, Mata Ortiz pottery, furniture, retablos, blue glass…obviously, the article could be filled with Mexican products yearning to be purchased by an appreciative foreigner. Suffice it to say, however, that Palomas buyers travel throughout the republic searching for the quality and savings that keep visitors returning to shop at this Mexican port. Personally, I travel to

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the first grease rack for military vehicles remains today at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus. The visitor center holds a wealth of information and displays, including a replica of that first plane. One doesn’t have to be bold to cross the border from Columbus to Palomas, just psyched up for a great treat. And don’t forget that there are facilities in Palomas to handle large wedding parties and quinceñeras.

opposite, top: A colorful shopping plaza attracts American visitors to Palomas, Mexico. above: Mexican entertainers serenade diners at the Pink Store in Palomas. DEMING HORIZONS – 31


Enjoying YOUR VISIT to

México! Written and Photograhped by Joe Burgess

WHETHER YOU ARE TAKING A WEEKEND

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changing this year, so be sure to verify the requirements with your travel agent or local visitor center before embarking. After January 1, 2008, passports may be required for land travel, depending on Washington’s direction. If your goal is to sip a Margarita with Antonio Banderas in a real Mexican cantina, apply for a passport well ahead of the trip to avert any last minute disappointments. If you drive to the border bar, bring along your desig-

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without a prescription, but it’s best to have your doctor’s signature. Just keep that pack of common sense readily available and sprinkle a little courtesy on every conversation to make that excursion into a foreign land one you’ll want to repeat. top, left: Palomas has come of age with a first class accommodation, the Hotel Karina Fierro. inset: The blazing guns of revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa are brilliantly portrayed in bronze facing Av. 5 de Mayo (Main Street).


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