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“We Have the Hometown Spirit”






DEMING R E A LT Y C O . Totsie Slover 220 S O U T H G O L D D E M I N G , NM

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“Come to Deming and enjoy the “Meeting your needs and striv“Deming, New Mexico is a great southwest weather ing for customer satisfaction.” GREAT place to retire. and hospitality! Blue skies, sunshine, great water Call me, I’ll sell you a house then –Former RVer, relocated to and friendly people.” Deming Eight years ago. join you on the golf course.”

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“I have been in Southwest New Mexico 70 years, 32 with a Real Estate License. Your business will be appreciated – for lands sake buy it.”

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“A lifelong resident of Deming. “Snowbird or RVer? My top priority is to meet your Tired of cold weather and snow? needs and exceed your expectaLocate your winter permanent tions. Call me for all your home in Delightful Deming” Real Estate needs.”

If you love a small community atmosphere then Deming is the place to be! Give me a call with your questions or concerns.

“Fun, Energetic, Full Of Life, AND I’ll work hard for you too!”

If you are not ready to buy a home, I will be happy to find a suitable rental for you OR manage your rental property.



A Great Small Town. Fast ducks, friendly people and a new transit system are just a few of the amenities our community offers.


State Parks & Starry Skies. In an often overly illuminated world, local parks offer a refuge for stargazers of all ages.


“It’s the People!” Friendly, exceptional people are no exception in Deming, as the folks in these profiles are happy to point out.


Chiles & You. Luna County chile peppers are appealing, abundant, tasty and so versatile that they can become part of a lifestyle.


Deming Arts Tour. Gifted, prolific and hard working, these area artists display their best.


Joint Health and Graceful Aging. Deming offers multiple resources to help its citizens remain mobile.


Create a Backyard Habitat. Master gardeners Jim and MaryKay Brady show us how to help bolster the fragile desert ecosystem while creating a pleasant personal space.


New Mexico Quick Facts Mileage to Deming


Weather Recreation Transportation Interstates & Highways


Deming Quick Facts Deming Visitor Information City Services Art and Culture Area Wineries Deming Area Lodging Deming Area Restaurants



Financial Institutions Educational Institutions Health Care Services and Facilities

Photo courtesy of Joe Burgess.


New Mexico State Parks Events


Annual Events Calendar Utilities Providers Radio Stations


Religious Organizations Community Organizations Pet Policies


Advertisers Index


505-546-8881 • FAX : 505-546-8880 SERVING LUNA COUNTY SINCE 1947. 2 – DEMING HORIZONS








Photo courtesy of John Gilkison




Few communities can boast of such a spectacular-looking harvest. The worldwide market for Luna County chile peppers is here to stay.



Terri Menges President & Managing Director

Joseph Burgess Vice President

Arlyn Cooley Staff Accountant

LeAnne Knudsen Advertising Sales

Brett Ferneau Writer

Joseph Burgess Photography

Terri Menges Debra Sutton Designers

Anna Davis Administrative Assistant

Special Thanks to: Sally Allen Miguel Ascencio Melinda Bartlett Luanne & Joe Beginski MaryKay & Jim Brady Rena Bulsterbaum Albert Campos Deborah Cilento-Foran Marian Dyer Connie Gallegos John Gilkison Mike Harris Darrell Hawkins Wayne Heckler Dave Johnson Barbara & Jim Lane Diana LeMarbe Cyndi Longoria Vivian Moore-Craver DJ Nelson Marti Niman Lyn Orona Paula Page Rosa Perez Barbara & Jim Reedy Maria Reynolds Lisa & Don Ross Leticia Roybal Ramon & Martha Sanchez Pam & Chris Sanders Jessica Savage Rachel Schneider Micki Shillito Helena Slack Totsie Slover Katherine Smyer Myrna Taylor Luis Terrazas Lois Tharp Tim Weber Linda Werner Deming Horizons is published annually by Zia Publishing Corp. P.O. Box 1248, 116 McKinney Road, Silver City, NM 88062 Phone: 505-388-4444 Fax: 505-534-3333 email: Website: ŠZia Publishing Corp., 2008. 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 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.



QUICK 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 Land Area: 121,599 sq. miles Population: 1,928,384 (2005 Census) Highest Point: Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet) Lowest Point: Red Bluff Reservoir (2,842 feet) State website:


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




Deming, New Mexico has long been known as a rest stop alongside the trail, the railroad lines and the highway. In recent years, though, a growing number of people have been stopping here to call it home instead. One of the fastest-growing cities in the state, today’s Deming is teeming with activity and opportunity. Retirees comprise one segment of the population that has discovered Deming, and a local subdivision was recently listed as one of America’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities by “Where to Retire” magazine. Many relocators cite the mild Deming winters and year-round golf as reasons for moving here, although the most popular reason stated is still “the friendly people.” The town hosts many community events and special occasions, such as the famous annual Deming Duck Races. Keeping informed on upcoming events is as easy as reading the electronic message board at Joe Perk Coffee Shop, the unofficial hub of the downtown district. The area offers a number of other outstanding restaurants and galleries as well. The town’s growth has resulted in upgraded municipal services and the implementation of new ones. An important advancement in public transportation came to town last January with the expansion of the Southwest Regional Transit District (SWRTD) into the Deming area. Considering today’s gasoline prices, the move came at an excellent time. Demingites and visitors can now

choose between an on-demand, curbto-curb service, a daily fixed route around town, and a daily shuttle to Columbus and back, all at fares that cost less than driving a private automobile. Connections are also available to Lordsburg and Silver City. “We have a very supportive board of directors,” reports Katherine Smyer, Interim Executive Director of the SWRTD, “They’re all fantastic people to work with. We’re happy to have expanded the bus service from Silver City into Deming providing transit service to the public.” Of course, farming, ranching and history remain important aspects of life in Luna County. Both culture and agriculture are well served here, and Deming is home to two organizations belonging in the category of ‘world’s largest:’ The Deming-Luna Mimbres Museum’s exquisite permanent collection of Mimbres pottery is the largest of its kind in the world, while Border Foods, Inc. is the world’s largest processor of green chile peppers and the nation’s largest processor of jalapenos.

opposite page: The grace and elegant simplicity of Southwestern architecture are reflected in this Deming home, overlooking the rugged Florida Mountains. this page, top: The newly renovated Southwest Regional Transit District station provides connections between Corre Caminos and municipal transit routes. this page, center: Joe Perk Coffee Shop’s climate-controlled patio, located in historic downtown Deming.


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 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

95 92 88 78 66 57



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 546-9481 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 Public Parks & Entertainment Complex: Voiers Pit Park Water Sports: Sam Baca Aquatic Center 546-7958 TRANSPORTATION Airports: Deming Municipal Airport 544-3660 El Paso International Airport 915-772-4271 Bus Lines: Corre Caminos Transit 544-9963 Greyhound Bus Line 546-3881 Las Cruces Shuttle Service 800-288-1784 Railway: Amtrak 800-872-7245 INTERSTATES AND HIGHWAYS Interstate 10 travels east-west Interstate 25 is 62 miles east of Deming US180 north to Silver City State Rd 11 south to Palomas State Rd 26 east to Hatch



QUICK FACTS Elevation - 4,335 feet Population - Over 27,000 in Luna County (59% urban, 41% rural)


VISITOR INFORMATION Chamber of Commerce: Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce 546-2674 Top Annual Event: Great American Duck Race 888-345-1125


SERVICES Emergency: Dial 911 for all emergencies Fire Department: Deming Fire Department 546-8848 Law Enforcement: Columbus Police 531-2348 Deming Police 546-0354 Luna County Sheriff’s Office 546-2655 NM State Police 546-3481 Post Office: Deming Post Office 800-275-8777 Senior Citizen Center: Beckett Senior Citizens Center 546-8823


CULTURE The Arts: Deming Arts Center 546-3663 Deming Performing Arts Theater 544-3728 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 - 12 Bed & Breakfast - 4


RESTAURANTS Over 40 to choose from



INSTITUTIONS LOCALLY OWNED BANKS: Chino Federal Credit Union 546-0459 First New Mexico Bank 546-2691 First Savings Bank 546-2707 NATIONAL BANKS: State National Bank 544-7345 Wells Fargo Bank 544-6658


INSTITUTIONS DEMING PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT: OFFICE - 400 CODY ROAD 575-546-8841 My Little School Preschool Bataan Elementary Bell Elementary Chaparral Elementary Columbus Elementary Martin Elementary Memorial Elementary Smith Elementary Sunshine Elementary Deming InterMediate School Hofacket Mid-High School Red Mountain Middle School Deming High School CHARTER SCHOOLS: Cesar Chavez Charter High School HIGHER EDUCATION: Dona Ana Branch Community College Mimbres Valley Learning Center University of New Mexico - Las Cruces Western New Mexico University


& Starry Skies State Parks



Most Deming residents associate the sky with sunshine, because the area enjoys more than 340 sunny days a year. After sunset, however, the


skies over our nearby state parks offer a compellingly different attraction:


peaceful darkness under a glorious canopy of stars.

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


Astronomy, the study of stars and planets, has fascinated humankind since the beginning of time. Unfortunately for most present-day city dwellers, bright artificial lighting at ground level prevents them from seeing anything in the night sky except the moon and a few of the nearest

Gila Regional Medical Center: Cancer Center - Silver City Surgical Center - Silver City Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home Presbyterian Medical Services - Deming Health Center Silver Health Care - Deming Center

stars. Now, thanks to the National Public Observatory (NPO), Deming

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

mostly of volunteers. Its Stars-N-Parks program operates in over a dozen


parks in three states, including eight state parks in New Mexico.

Cardiology Chiropractic Dentistry, Orthodontics and Oral Surgery Family Practice Gerontology Gynecology Hematology Internal Medicine Mammography Neurology Obstetrics Oncology Ophthalmology Pediatrics Podiatry Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Radiology Surgery

residents and visitors can see a magnificent view of the sky as our ancestors saw it from the vantage point of our rural state parks. The NPO is a New Mexico-based non-profit organization comprised

Adjacent to the Deming area, City of Rocks, Pancho Villa and Rockhound State Parks offer the program year around, with a layoff during the two warmest months. Presentations typically take place on Saturday nights when there is little or no moon visible. Visitors are asked to arrive before dusk to prevent the distractions of dust and car headlights. The best stargazing begins at nautical twilight, one hour after sunset. Essential to the program are the volunteer astronomers who share their time, knowledge of the heavens and often their equipment, such as telescopes and laser pointers. Before dusk, these instructors give demonstrations and help novices become comfortable navigating the night sky. After dark, red-filtered flashlights and red rope lights provide


safe illumination while preserving everyone’s night vision. Writer and NPO Publicist Jessica Savage knows Deming well, and has attended many of the events, interviewing the public. “People in the Deming area are really proud of their state parks and the natural environment,” she reports. “Learning about the night sky adds another layer of natural history to these resources. It gives them that connection not only to the land and its history going back to Mimbres and Chiricahua Apaches, but also to the universe itself.” Jessica notes that program participants include couples, seniors and families with children of all ages. “It's a great opportunity for them to have an inexpensive night out that's also educational,” she says. “Sometimes we get junior amateur astronomers youngsters bringing their telescopes to the program. We encourage that because it allows our knowledgeable presenters to offer them some tips.” The NPO also hosts the Southern New Mexico Star Party, a four-day gathering, at City of Rocks State Park each spring and fall. City of Rocks features a public observatory with a high power telescope and retractable roof. A piggyback telescope mounted on the main telescope provides a video image that can be viewed by a number of observers at one time. So why not spend an evening with the stars? Whether you already enjoy it or have never tried it, stargazing is at its best in Deming area state parks.

which includes Spring Canyon, Invite you to visit the Park anytime. We sponsor 4 special events during the year. Desert Alive! Bluegrass Festival Native Plant Fall Sale Holiday Lights - 1,000 Luminarias

opposite page: Photographer Joe Burgess took this striking photo at a local State Parks star party during the recent total eclipse of the moon.

For More Information call 575-546-6182



New Mexico

Visitor Center: 575-546-6182


2008 July 19, August 16 Music in the Park. 6-8pm. Kick up your heels to some great entertainment sponsored by Friends of Rockhound State Park. Bring your lawn chairs and join us in the fun. Popcorn and light beverages for sale. September 20 Fall Native Plant Sale. 8am-12pm. Come early for a great selection of native plants, adapted plants and cactus. Free coffee and homemade cookies will be available. Event hosted by Jack Key Motors of Deming. Mariachi and Ballet Folkloric. 6-8pm. Grab your family, friends and neighbors and take a short drive to the park for a terrific evening of local talent. Free event sponsored by First New Mexico Bank. December 13 Holiday Lights. 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. Free event sponsored by First New Mexico Bank and Peppers.


2009 April 4 Desert Alive! A Salute to Spring and Native Plant Sale. 8am until all plants are sold. Native plants, adapted plants and cactus for sale. Master gardeners will answer questions on planting and maintenance. Events include nature hikes, butterfly / insect programs and silent auction. Free event sponsored by Edward Jones. April 11 Easter Egg Hunt (rain date April 18). May 22-24 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival. Live bands, open mic sessions and food vendors. Visit for ticket information. June 20, July 18, August 15 Music in the Park. 68pm. Kick up your heels to some great entertainment sponsored by Friends of Rockhound State Park. Bring your lawn chairs and join us in the fun. Popcorn and light beverages for sale.

CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK EVENTS Visitor Center: 575-527-4386

2008 September 24-26 Southwest New Mexico Star Party. Interpretive astronomers guide visitors as they view planets and stars. Call for details.

PANCHO VILLA STATE PARK EVENTS Visitor Center: 575-531-2711


September 13 3rd Annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration & Car Show. 9am-3pm. Classic and vintage car and truck show kicks off the Annual Mexican Independence Day festivities. Live entertainment, special presentations, jumping balloon for the kids, food and craft vendors. November 15 2nd Annual “Fire on the Desert” Red & Green Chile Cookoff. 9am-3pm. Honoring the BEST red and green chile recipes from area cooks with trophies and prizes given to winners in each category. Fundraiser for Annual Camp Furlong Day.

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March 7 6th Annual Camp Furlong Day. 9am-3pm. Hundreds of riders on horseback will end their historic 250-mile journey from Mexico to the U.S. border. The event is timed to coincide with the March 9, 1916 raid on the village of Columbus and adjacent military camp by Pancho Villa and his men. Featuring folkloric dancers, live entertainment, special speakers, presentations, vintage wagon rides and Charro performance by Carlos Herrera and his trick horses. 1-888-NM-PARKS

It’s the

People! “ ” We present stories of Deming neighbors and friends who enrich our community while striving to perfect their own excellence. WRITTEN BY BRETT FERNEAU PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE BURGESS At first glance, the Demingites profiled here appear to have little in common: they include a chef, a circus performer, a precision rider and an astronomer. One trait that they all share, though, deserves a closer look. That trait is their passion for what they do. It wouldn’t matter where they lived; they would still engage in their pursuits with exhilarated determination. Just the same, they have all chosen Deming as home. Some have lived here for half a century and some came a few years ago. Their primary reason for locating here turns out to be another thing that they share…

Achievers who choose to call Deming their hometown include, above, left to right: Darrell Duane Hawkins, trick roper extraordinaire; award-winning Reining competitor Luanne Beginski; well-known National Public Observatory presenter Sally Allen, and noted Chef Albert Campos, founder of The Campos Restaurant. DEMING HORIZONS – 13

Darrell D. Hawkins To millions of spectators nationwide, circus performer Darrell D. Hawkins is better known as the “Rope-Spinning Cowboy,” a man who can twirl a loop 60 feet in diameter. In the last 21 years, he has spun his lariat standing atop elephants, slack wires and step ladders, and even while standing on his head. Assisted since 1996 by his wife and show partner Deloris, Darrell has performed in all 50 states, received write-ups in Circus Report and Billboard magazine, and is listed in the Circus Archives. What is more interesting, though, is that performing is only the latest of his careers. Now 79, Darrell has been a working range cowboy, Grand Canyon mule packer, truck driver, ranch foreman, stockman, barber and locksmith. He began mastering the basics of trick roping at age eight; 50 years later he closed his Star Barber Shop in Deming and joined the Culpepper & Meriwether Circus. The show was on the road for 233 days straight during that season, but for the “Hawk,” it was only the beginning of another journey. “I never did anything just for the money,” he recalls. Like cattle roundups, circus work is continuous and demanding for most of the year, with a seasonal layoff during the deep winter months. During layoffs, Darrell and Deloris always returned home to sunny Deming, where they have maintained a permanent residence. These days, they book one show a month at Wild West events, stage venues and nearby circuses. The act has already scheduled several dates a year in advance. “I came to Deming in ’47 with a saddle and a bedroll,” Darrell says, “and got to know a lot of good people, like I’d known them all my life. You could accomplish anything here, if you spent a little money and worked hard. I think it’s still that way. I wouldn’t want to live anyplace else.”


Luanne Beginski Associate real estate broker Luanne Beginski – last name pronounced ‘BeGINski’ – was not a born horsewoman. In fact, she didn’t begin riding until she was fully two years old! Her first riding instructor was her father, a working cowboy who gathered and trained wild mustangs in the Santa Fe area. She learned to ride playing cowboys and Indians and grew up around Santa Fe and on a working cattle ranch near Wagon Mound, NM. Today, Luanne is an award-winning participant in the growing equine sport of competitive Reining. A judged event that evolved from skills required of working ranch horses and riders, Reining strives for absolute precision in both speed and maneuverability where the horse must be willfully guided. Contestants run one of ten patterns, each of which includes slow small circles, fast large circles, rollbacks – reversing directions – over the hocks, exactly four 360-degree spins on one spot, figure-eights with flying lead changes and the sliding stops from full speed that have become a symbol of the sport. “Reining is a partnership between horse and rider,” Luanne says, “and good partnerships are hard to come by. It takes a certain kind of horse.” Obviously, it also takes a certain kind of rider. Luanne’s current competition horse, an eight-year-old aptly named Lady, came to her partially trained. “She had a good attitude,” Luanne says, “and a willingness to work. She tries hard and doesn’t take things personally.” On her own side of the partnership, Luanne takes exceptional care of her three horses. “I have a passion for riding,” she says. “It’s my form of creating a finished product.” An area resident for 11 years, Luanne gives the same answer that the majority of folks do when asked what she likes most about Deming. Without hesitation, she replies, “The friendly, caring people.”


Albert Campos “After four years, we still get people coming in who have discovered us for the first time,” says Albert Campos, chef and owner of The Campos Restaurant on south Silver Avenue in Deming. That upward trend is likely to continue for some time, because good word-of-mouth advertising is slow but everlasting. Originally from Zacatecas, Mexico, Albert has been in the restaurant business in the U.S. for almost four decades, which included nearly 20 years at the prestigious Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla, culminating in the sought-after position of Chef. At his family’s restaurant, the menu features Albert’s international recipes and fresh ingredients from around the world, including Luna County. Our staff recommends the salmon crepes, charbroiled steaks and manicotti, but that still leaves over three pages of untried entrees, plus the fresh-daily desserts. Some recipes, like the cactus-roasted brisket, came from his mother in Mexico; others are purely his own. Included is a choice selection of more traditional tried-and-true favorites sure to please any palate. The Campos Restaurant employs Albert’s wife, brother-inlaw and several unrelated, friendly employees. Albert is a proud member of the Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce, while his two sons have taken up his former career and traditions at the Double Eagle. Noting that there is a “big difference” between restaurant employment and ownership, Albert estimates that he works between 10 and 14 hours daily. “But it’s worth it,” he adds. “It’s like a dream. I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.” Albert often spends his days off experimenting in his kitchen at home, and seldom takes long vacations. “I can’t stay at home for long,” he admits. He plans to stay in Deming, though. He leans in the front doorway and looks at the sky. “It’s a peaceful, friendly place,” he says with a positive nod.


Sally Allen When Sally Allen was a teenager, her older brother built his own reflector-style telescope, carefully grinding the main mirror himself. He was so enthusiastic about the project that he invited Sally to come outside and view the heavens through the new device.

Hoping not to disappoint him, Sally half-heartedly took a look at the rings of Saturn – and instantly became hooked on astronomy for life. While pursuing a career as an elementary schoolteacher, she kept her eyes on the skies at every opportunity. These days, this four-year Deming-area resident is delighted to share her accumulated knowledge of the stars with anyone bitten by the astronomical bug. Sally is one of a handful of volunteer “presenters” working on behalf of the National Public Observatory (NPO), which sponsors the Stars ‘N’ Parks programs hosted by our area state parks. * Using her own two telescopes, a large stationary instrument and a smaller, hand-held ’scope called Fred, she guides stargazers of all experience levels on tours of the cosmos. Outgoing and enthusiastic, she can even demonstrate principles of astronomy in broad daylight. “I'm not a professional,” she explains, “just someone who loves the night sky and enjoys sharing its grandeur whenever possible.” Noting the increasing scarcity of prime locations for viewing a starry night sky, she adds, “We’re very thankful to the New Mexico State Parks system.” While Sally’s name remains listed on the active roster of Deming substitute elementary teachers, her primary passion is volunteering – as an astronomer, a member of the Friends of Rockhound State Park, and at the First Christian Church, where she attends services with her husband, Bill. “We love it here,” she says of the Deming area. “It’s a comfortable, lovely, friendly place. We’re thankful that we’re here.” * See “State Parks & Starry Skies” on page 10.



ANNUAL EVENTS 2008 July Art in the Park. Courthouse Park. 27 August 22-24 Great American Duck Races. 888-345-1125 September St. Ann’s Fiesta. Courthouse Park. 14 24-28 Southwestern New Mexico State Fair. 575-543-5736. October Columbus Day Festival. 11 18-19 St. Clair Wine Festival. 575-546-5394 19 Holy Family Catholic Church Klobase Festival. Courthouse Park. December Christmas Light Parade. 6 6 Columbus Christmas Festival. 6 Deming Arts Council Tannenbaum Festival Reception. 575-546-3663. 14 Deming Luna Mimbres Museum Green Tea Reception. 575-546-2382. 2009 March TBA Rockhound Roundup. 575-267-4399. April TBA Smokin’ Oldies Car & Motorcycle Show. 575-546-6243. May Cinco de Mayo celebration. 2 575-546-2674. June Luna Rossa Wine Festival. 13 575-544-1160 July Fireworks Display. SWNM State 4 Fairgrounds. For information on events and event dates, please contact the Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce at 800-848-4955


PROVIDERS ELECTRIC SERVICE PROVIDERS: Columbus Electric Cooperative 546-8838 PNM Electric/Gas Service 546-8535 NATURAL GAS SERVICE PROVIDERS: City of Deming Gas Dept. 546-8848 PNM Electric/Gas Service 546-6535 Propane Service Providers: Columbus LP Gas 531-2577 Deming Propane 546-9012 I-10 Chevron, Inc. 546-7459 ServiGas 546-0001 Ziggy’s Propane Co., Inc. 546-4166 TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS: Alltel 800-255-8351 Qwest 800-244-1111 Verizon Wireless 800-209-6151 TELEVISION SERVICE PROVIDERS: A-1 Dish Network 877-203-9044 Comcast Cable TV 546-0417 DirecTV 800-280-4388 WATER SERVICE PROVIDERS: City of Deming Water Dept. 546-8848 Columbus Village Water Dept. 531-2171


STATIONS 1230 AM KOTS - Country 94.3 FM KDEM - Pop Music 91.7 FM KZPI - Christian


Chiles & YOU



he world has discovered – and fallen in love with – southwestern New Mexico chile peppers. Public sentiment ranges from appreciation to utter obsession as the number of self-proclaimed ‘chile-heads’ continues to grow. The official New Mexico State Question – “Red or green?” – is asked more than 100,000 times each day. The noble chile, however, is such a versatile fruit that it can be enjoyed on several different levels. For example, you can grow chiles in your garden. Why let the commercial producers have all the fun? Gardeners report that, like tomatoes, homegrown chiles taste better than store-bought. The Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces offers a vast variety of seeds for sale, as well as books and reprints of scientific research articles to help guide your green thumb. * Now that you’ve grown some chile plants, you’ll want to pick a few chile



The skilled hands shown slicing genuine New Mexico jalapeno chile peppers belong to Martha Sanchez of Las Cazuelas Restaurant in Deming. Those of us homemade chile enthusiasts who are less adept should remember that wearing rubber gloves helps to prevent discomfort.

Apostolic - 1 Assembly Of God - 2 Baha’Is - 1 Baptist Independent - 1 Baptist Missionary - 1 Baptist Southern - 3 Catholic - 2 Charismatic - 1 Christian - 2 Christian Science - 1 Church Of Christ - 3 Episcopal - 1 Episcopal Anglican - 1 Jehovah’s Witness - 1 Lutheran - 1 Lutheran ELCA - 1 Methodist United - 1 Nazarene - 1 Pentecostal - 2 Pentecostal United - 1 Presbyterian USA - 1 Seventh-Day Adventist - 1 Other - 15


ORGANI ZATIONS 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, Puppies-$30.00 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. 575-546-9711. Pet Boarding: 2 Pet Supplies & Food: 2 Pet Grooming Services: 2 Veterinarians: 3


fruit at a time in late summer when they’re full grown but still green. Wash them and roast them in the oven, or use the backyard grill. Keep turning them until the skins are evenly blackened. Remove them from the heat, allow a minute for cooling and bundle them up in zippered plastic bags, as many to a bag as will fit comfortably. Let them ‘sweat’ for about half an hour. The skins will pull right off. Remove the skins, the veins, and most of the seeds. In New Mexico, it is considered proper for green chile to contain a few seeds for decoration. At this point you also have the option of letting the chiles cool completely in the bags, then freezing them. You can thaw the bags in cold water next winter and still peel the chiles. If you omitted the very first step, growing your own chiles, you can buy some and roast your own, just the same. A cautious word: capsaicin – the ‘heat’ chemical in chiles – will find every tiny scratch and cut on your fingers and hands. Wear rubber gloves when peeling chiles, and remember to keep your fingers away from your face and eyes. If you get into trouble, cold milk is a good antidote. By autumn, the chiles you left on the vine will have ripened to a deep red color and dried, or you will have purchased some dried red chiles. Making a basic ‘red’ sauce involves rehydrating, simmering, pureeing and straining the dried peppers, and is a little too long a process to go into here. There are many reliable cookbooks that deal with the subject. Note: some red chile ristras are intended for decoration only and are sprayed with shellac. Ask your vendor. All of this brings us back to the reason we like chiles in the first place: they are tasty, and cooking with them is a lot of fun. Find a cookbook that you like, learn some basic 20 – DEMING HORIZONS

recipes by heart, and then begin to experiment. Nothing beats a good green chile stew on a chill winter evening. There are enchiladas and rellenos, and red chile sauce is great on huevos rancheros for breakfast. The main ingredient is a mixture of caution and enthusiasm. Of course, there are those of us who can’t garden, or who wipe our noses when peeling chiles, or can’t boil water. In other words, there are the rest of us, and for us, enjoying New Mexican chile peppers is especially easy: we just head out to one of a multitude of great restaurants in Deming. * Visit top: : Many bulk vendors provide roasting services for green chile pepper purchasers. It’s a hot job. above: Handmade ristras are ready for purchase in late autumn. Some will remain edible over the winter, but others are strictly decorative. Ask your vendor.




Rancher’s Pool Hall & Bar

Abbey Forbes - Pencil Drawings Diana LeMarbe - Clay Tiles and Clay Sculpture Barbara Littlefield - Custom Quilted Wall Hangings

Vicki Engle - Pen & Ink and Watercolor



Carol Ward - Weaving and spinning demonstration

Linda Werner Pastel, Oil and Watercolor

Teresa Struhs-Nelson - Pastel and Oil


Presented by the Deming Arts Council, the recent Art Tour reaffirmed area residents’ prolific contributions to the world of the visual arts. Local works were exhibited in several convenient gallery-like settings, representing a wide spectrum of media. Participants included specially invited artists from the Columbus community. A picture is worth a thousand words; so let the photos speak for themselves.

John De Young - Pastel demonstration

Country Club Estates Art in the Alley

Debbie Hayhurst - Southwestern Home Decor and Vests

Maria Reynolds - Watercolors and Mixed Media 24 – DEMING HORIZONS

Tim McAndrews - Painting and Photography

Richard Hayhurst - Metal Sculpture and Oil

Maria’s Studio & Healing Room The Healing Room is always ready at Maria’s Studio. Contact us for spiritual coaching, intuitive readings, guided meditations and healings. Visit the website to learn which galleries are currently showing Maria’s artwork. • • • • • •

Watercolor, Acrylics & Mixed Media Artist Third Degree Reiki Master and Teacher Metaphysical Science Minister Certified Clairvoyant Spiritual Coach Author




Fine Art Xi’an Antiquities

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An extraordinary collection of world-class Oriental art and religious antiquities handpicked by a leading expert.

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• Photo & Art Restoration & Conservation • Monotype Workshops

537.0300 Hours: Wed./Fri. 9-5 Sat./Sun. 10-6 Preview artists:

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Deming - Luna Mimbres Museum Located in the Historic Deming National Guard Armory

Deming Arts Center Exhibiting a wide range of works by local, regional and national artists. Open Mon.-Fri. 10am to 4pm

Special Exhibits Include: 575.546.3663 • 100 South Gold Avenue Mimbres Indian Pottery Exhibit Geode Exhibit • Doll Room • Oldtimer’s Room Exhibit • China & Glassware • Ranch & Farm Exhibit • Gem & Mineral Exhibit • Main Street Exhibit • Military Room • Art Gallery Visit our Museum Store Featuring: Pottery, Indian Jewelry, Excellent Book Selection and Unique Gift Items • Open Mon.-Sat. 9am to 4pm, Sun. 1:30pm to 4pm

575.546.2382 • 301 South Silver Street • D e m i n g L u n a M i m b r e s M u s e u m . c o m

Statements Southwest Offers unique handmade tiles made by Diana LeMarbe. Add the personal touch to your home that reflects your individual personality.

575.531.2741 • PO Box 313 • Columbus, NM 88029

Struhs Studios Teresa K. Struhs-Nelson, Artist Capturing the color and beauty of the world around us in pastel and oil paintings. Exhibiting at the Columbus Village Library Art Exhibits. Works shown by appointment.

575.531.2305 • PO Box 554 • Columbus, NM 88029

JOINT Health







e all know that aging is a natural part of living, but by now most of us have noticed that some people age more gracefully – and some more rapidly - than others.

While many factors involved in the process are genetic in nature, some of the aches and pains we presently experience in our joints originated as long-forgotten injuries that occurred when we were younger. Our joints are natural engineering marvels comprised of bone, muscle, connective tissue and cartilage, a slightly elastic, cushion-like material that keeps the ends of our bones from rubbing together. During the aging process, cartilage becomes thinner and can change from a smoothly surfaced pad to an eroded one. This is the beginning of the condition known as osteoarthritis. Two other conditions affecting the joints tend to occur in later life as well: reduced muscle mass and increased weight. The bigger we are, the more weight our bodies must support, and the less muscle we have, greater is the weight that must be carried by our joints. We can’t turn back the calendar, but there are things we all can do to help lessen discomfort and retain mobility during the years ahead. For many, taking the first step is a matter of, well, taking the first step. The benefits of frequent walking for the cardiopulmonary system are already well documented. Walking also increases circulation, strengthens muscle and ligaments, and contributes to weight reduction. In studies, women who reduced their weight by a dozen pounds experienced up to a 50% reduction in arthritis pain. Demingites are fortunate to live near Voiers Pit Park, where well-maintained, slightly inclined, low

left: Ignoring a nearby water hazard, this golfer limbers up before sinking a putt at Rio Mimbres Golf Course. above: This early-morning walker at Voiers Pit Park takes in the cool air, bright sunshine, paved and landscaped trails, and designated rest areas.


impact walking trails are open to the public. Remember to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program, and start slowly. With Deming’s fair, sunny climate, you can plan to go walking on several days during most weeks. Experts recommend varying your low-impact routine in order to avoid overtaxing any one particular area of the body. If you are injured, you will not be getting much exercise, so treat yourself well. Demingites can enjoy swimming at the Sam Baca Aquatic Center, year-round golf at the Rio Mimbres Golf Course or bicycling in their own neighborhoods. These activities can be varied with weight training at local fitness centers, where certified personal trainers can design programs tailored for people with joint trouble. Nearby orthopedics stores can provide reinforcement for problem joints 28 – DEMING HORIZONS

and muscles, and visiting a licensed massage therapist now and then can also be helpful. Deming offers all these resources, so it would be a shame not to take advantage of them. Exercise draws a natural lubricant called synovial fluid into our joints. As with lactic acid in muscle, synovial fluid can cause inflammation, discomfort and damage if it remains in the joint for too long after we cool down. Experts recommend putting an icepack on a strained joint for about ten minutes after exercise, which will draw the fluid back into the bloodstream for elimination. Stretching and cooling down exercises – before and after – should also be included in any fitness routine. above, left and right: Thanks to the careful design of Voiers Pit Park, walkers can vary the intensity of their workouts. Remember to start out slowly, and stretch your muscles before walking to help avoid discomfort afterwards.






Deming’s mild climate and long growing season are both factors that make gardening a ‘growing’ passion with its residents. At the same time, the avocation of birding has grown exponentially in the last few years, as more Americans discover the benefits of lowimpact exercise and the wonders of the great outdoors. With a little knowledge, planning and effort, you can combine both of these activities and create your very own garden habitat for birds, hummingbirds and butterflies. Feeders are a good way to help birds and hummingbirds get through times of food scarcity, but it is unwise to allow wild creatures to become dependent on,


and thus compete for, these sources of food. According to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), “…food for wildlife should come from primarily natural sources such as native plants.” Flowering native plants are part of the key to creating your backyard habitat. Hummingbirds would much rather drink nectar from a tubular blossom than take sugar water from a plastic tube. Desert Honeysuckle, Penstemon and a host of others desert plants attract these tiny marvels. You can expect your backyard habitat to become part of a high-desert cycle of plants and wildlife. Birds and butterflies help the native plants to pollinate and reproduce, which helps all living creatures. However large or small, your backyard habitat helps create a win-win situation with all the other backyard habitats. Besides, it’s fun! Getting started is easy, and you’ll meet some friendly people along the way. Just head for the Luna County Cooperative Extension Office on a Thursday morning and talk to Jim and MaryKay Brady. They are both certified master gardeners with extensive experience in Deming area soil and growing conditions. The Bradys’ own garden is certified as an official NWF Habitat. Next, head for Rockhound State

opposite page: Tiger Lilies are just one of a wide variety of plants that help the desert ecosystem to thrive. above: Happy customers purchase desert-hardy ornamentals at the twice-yearly Native Plant Sale hosted by the Friends of Rockhound State Park.

Park and visit the Native Pollinator Garden there. Allergy sufferers, we know what you’re thinking, but this is not that kind of pollen. The garden contains examples of native plants that have a specific symbiotic relationship with birds and insects of the region. For example, says MaryKay, “the primary pollinator of the Claret Cup Hedgehog [a cactus] is a hummingbird! The flowers even stay open at night, unlike many other species of cacti. And a snapdragon requires a specific bee of just the right weight to open the flower.” At the Native Pollinator Garden you can get an idea of which plants will look best together when planted in your own private paradise, and what sorts of wildlife they will attract. After returning home, kick off your shoes and visit This is the official website of the NWF, and will fill in the many blanks left by this short feature. Finally, after you’ve made your list, you can purchase many of the plants you’ll need at the annual Spring Native Plants Sale. It’s part of the Desert Alive! event held the second Saturday of each April at Rockhound State Park. A Fall Native Plant Sale is also scheduled for September. Happy habitat! DEMING HORIZONS – 31

Advertisers Index Accommodations Comfort Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . .9 Holiday Inn - Deming . . . . . . . . . .4 La Quinta Inn & Suites . . . . . . . 11 Antiquities Deming-Luna Mimbres Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Xi’an Antiquities . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Art Galleries Deming Arts Center . . . . . . . . . .25 JW Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Maria’s Studio & Art Gallery . . .25 Artists Diana LeMarbe . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Maria Reynolds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Teresa K. Struhs-Nelson . . . . . . .25 Joe Wade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Medical Supplies Brace Yourself Medical Equipment Store . . . . . . . . . . .28 The Medicine Shoppe . . . . . . . .28 Melinda’s Medical Supply . . . . . .9 Mental Health Service Border Area Mental Health Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Museums Deming-Luna Mimbres Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Attractions Deming Visitor Center . . . . . . . .12 Great American Duck Race . . . .12

Nursery & Garden Center Dunn’s Nursery & Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . .20

Banking Chino Federal Credit Union . . . .7 1st New Mexico Bank . . . . . . . .C2

Organizations and Centers Deming Arts Center . . . . . . . . . .25 Friends of Rockhound State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Chamber of Commerce Deming - Luna County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . .12 Coffee Shops Joe Perk Coffee Shop . . . . . . . .21 The Waymaker 3-N-1 . . . . . . . . .12 Construction Blackhawk Southwest, Inc. . . . . .29 Copiers & Xerox Service Heckler’s Copies To Go . . . . . . .22 Development Disability Services Life Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Life Quest Early Childhood Intervention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Document Center Heckler’s Copies To Go . . . . . . .22 Eye Glasses & Hearing Aids Dior Optical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Florist Tharp’s Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Funeral Chapels Terrazas Funeral Chapels . . . . . . .8 Glass Repair & Service All Glass MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Grocery & Meat Markets El Rey Meat Market . . . . . . . . . .21 Peppers Supermarket . . . . . . . .20 Heating Supplies & Service Lester’s Plumbing & Heating . . .22 Home Decor & Furnishings Furniture Gallery, Inc. . . . . . . . . .29 The Pink Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Poncho's Imports . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Southwest Statements . . . . . . . .25


Medical Centers & Hospitals Gila Regional Cancer Center . .C3 Gila Regional Medical Center .C3 New Mexico Cancer Center . . .C3 Southwest Bone & Joint Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Pharmacy Farmacia Express . . . . . . . . . . . .23 The Medicine Shoppe . . . . . . . .28 Plumbing Supplies & Service Lester’s Plumbing & Heating . . .22 Propane Service ServiGas - Ikard Newsom Propane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Real Estate and Developments Luanne Beginski . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 CENTURY 21 Deming Realty Co. . . . . . . . . . .1 RE/MAX Country Associates . . . .3 Solid Ground Realty . . . . . . . . . .23 Suncrest Realty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . .23 Tres Lomitas Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Restaurants Dairy Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Joe Perk Coffee Shop . . . . . . . .21 Las Cazuelas Restaurant . . . . . .21 The Pink Store Restaurant . . . . .23 The Waymaker 3-N-1 . . . . . . . . .12 Salon Dee’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Satellite Television Satellite Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Shopping Deming-Luna Mimbres Museum Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 JC Penney Catalog Merchant . .22 Mary’s Perfume & Jewelry . . . . .22 The Pink Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Poncho’s Imports . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Unique Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 The Waymaker 3-N-1 . . . . . . . . .12 Telephone Service BroCom, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Home Health Care Gila Regional Home Health . . .C3

Title Company Mimbres Valley Abstract & Title Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Loan Companies The Cooper Agency, Inc. . . . . . . .2

Transit & Shuttles Corre Caminos Transit . . . . . . . .C4

Manufacturing Steer Safe, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

Winery St. Clair Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

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Deming Horizons Vol. 4  

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