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11 Teleperformance USA Opens Silver City Facility. Combined community effort helps to bring an innovative telecommunications industry leader to town. 18 Grant County Employers. A variety of local businesses provide jobs for hundreds of area residents. 24 The Orchid Café. With their latest venture, Cienega Spa and Salon owners Robin and Pam Hogan bring us a taste of Latin America and the Caribbean.

ON THE COVER: A well-known regional performer and recording artist, Silver City’s Brandon Perrault is working on a CD of original music based on the area’s mining history.


28 Local Kids making it Big in the Arts. We talk with seven hometown young people who are making an impression on the visual and performing arts world. 36 Lights on the Horizon. Introducing three young ladies we think you’ll be seeing more of in the future. 41 Area Musicians. Let the good times roll – Grant County musical performers offer support to each other and their communities while making us all smile.


48 MRAC Celebrates 25 Years. On its silver anniversary, number one-rated Mimbres Region Arts Council has plenty to celebrate. 58 Brewer Hill Missionary Baptist Church. A church that feeds both body and soul. 60 Summer Recipes. Delectable dishes that add sizzle to the summertime.


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14 Faces in Business. 16 Relocators. Meet the owners of Manzanita Ridge. 38 The Arts. Janey Katz and her car parts critters.

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52 Outdoors. Take a kid fishing. 54 Birding. Local birding opportunities.

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56 Longtimers. Conversations with Jack and Alice Hill and Lorenzo Cabrera.


65 Out & About. Snapshots of local events.

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68 Gila Regional Medical Center’s Surgical Center of the Southwest.


72 Rebuilding Fort Bayard with GEO Care, Inc. 74 Pets. Recent adoptions and a look at Therapy Pets.

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EDITOR’S NOTE HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE SUMMER 2006 ISSUE OF SILVER CITY LIFE. MY NAME IS LYNN JANES, AND I AM excited about assuming the role of the publication’s Managing Editor. I grew up here and then left, as many do, but Silver City has a way of bringing you back. The people, weather, and Gila Wilderness make it a great place to work and live in. I feel very fortunate to have spent the majority of my life in the area. Our community has always contained a rich mixture of many cultures; today it has become a worldwide cultural melting pot. I am continually fascinated by the diverse backgrounds of the people who enrich our lives by choosing to make Silver City their home. For the past several years I have worked out of town frequently, and putting together this issue of Silver City Life has given me the opportunity to reconnect with the community. What I great time I have had re-establishing old friendships and making new ones. Silver City is blossoming. I had always been partial to the place but it just keeps getting better. It is a community we can all be proud of. At Silver City Life, we strive to keep our readers informed of all that the area has to offer. With each edition we will continue to combine fresh new features with old favorites. Life here is so multi-faceted that it is hard to choose what to cover next, but each issue will contain current events and personality profiles as well as stories of our past and the people who have sustained our community through the years. The management and staff of Zia Publishing Corp. extend our thanks to our advertisers for making this magazine possible. We encourage our readers to shop at and use the services of those advertisers to thank them for their support. Your input and ideas are welcome. Please feel free to contact me. Sincerely,

Lynn Janes Lynn Janes Managing Editor


SILVER CITY LIFE Terri Menges President & Managing Director

Joseph Burgess Vice President

Arlyn Cooley Staff Accountant

Lynn Janes Managing Editor

Brett Ferneau Staff Writer

Judy DouBrava Lisa Jimenez Eugene Lewis M. H. “Dutch” Salmon Vivian Savitt Pat Young Contributing Writers

Joseph Burgess Photography except where credited

Judy DouBrava Brett Ferneau Lynn Janes Lisa Jimenez Mary Alice Murphy M. H. “Dutch” Salmon Dale & Mirian Zimmerman Contributing Photographers

Graham Dodd Database Administrator

LeAnne Knudsen Project Coordinator

Debra Sutton Amanda Yaryan Designers

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Special Thanks cont’d. Diane Holloway Holly Hudgins Margo Hughes Rick Johnson Janey Katz Linda & Carol Keith Ken Keppeler Donna Clayton Lauder Jeff LeBlanc Euelia Lewis Jessica & Charles Lincoln Linda Locklar, DVM Ann & Vincent Marra Shelby Marra Betty Marriage Quinn Martin Cindy & David Martinez Leanna Martinez Faye McCalmont Jeanie McLerie David Meehan Howie Miller Lee Navin LeAnne & Matthew Ormand Rebekah Ormand Alice Pauser Brandon Perrault Ruth Ann Poppe Marisa Quinonez Yvonne & Rudy Quinonez Christine Rickman Patsy & Floyd Robertson Elizabeth Rockey Earseye Ross Arlene Schadel Donna Schaeffer Charles Shaw Gerry & Gabby Tamayo Rosa and Ernie Terrazas Carol Thompson Nancy Trinkle Chris Trujillo David Van Auker Judy Ward Bodhi Werber Zeb & Emily White Melanie Zipin

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Special Thanks to: Mitra Ahsan David Anderson Aria Arasteh Al Arasteh Bryan Ashby David Beatty Colby Beserra Wendy Beserra Betty Bolling Kate Brown Keith & Kyle Brown Patricia Brown Buck Burns Miriam & Pete Burrows Joe Cardona Belia & Lorenzo Cabrera Karen Carr Chris Conner David del Junco Alaina Dunivan Judy DouBrava Rosemary Gallegos Jim & Linda Galloway Camille & Greg Garcia Maggie Garcia Monica Santa Maria Garcia Bill Gassert Ralph Gauer Rosaruby Glaberman Dru Gray Lee Gruber Grant Co. Humane Soc. Carlos Gutierrez Alice & Jack Hill Pam & Robin Hogan

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contributors Judy DouBrava is locally well known as a cosmetologist at Off Broadway and for her annual culinary contributions to Chocolate Fantasia. Her other interests include writing, photography and the ethical treatment of animals. She lives in Silver City with her husband Jesse and her dog Spot. Lisa Jimenez is a freelance writer/grant writer, yogi, community activist and businesswoman. Downtime includes hiking, biking, cooking and gardening. She lives in beautiful historic Silver City with her husband, Avelino, and lots of parakeets. Brett Ferneau and his wife LeAnne Knudsen relocated to the Silver City area three and a half years ago from Santa Fe. They live near Santa Rita, where Brett is a lieutenant in the volunteer fire department. The couple has two mammoth saddle donkeys, Frosty and Aspen.

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Eugene Lewis began serious birding in the early 1950's in eastern Kansas. He roamed all over the state of Kansas in his pursuit of the avian species and then, upon retirement, moved to Silver City in 1991 where he has been heavily into birding as well. Vivian Savitt worked in the Washington bureau of CBS News. She earned a journalism degree from UT-Austin, has traveled throughout the world, and is polishing up a screenplay set in Silver City. Two "unpleasantly eccentric" pugs guard her house on the Big Ditch. Dutch Salmon has been fishing the Gila River for 25 years. He is a former correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal and the author of 7 books, including Gila Descending and the recently published Country Sports. Salmon lives with his wife Cherie and son Bud on 12 acres near Silver City, not far from the Gila Wilderness which they all enjoy. Pat Young a retired journalist, lives with her husband, Jeff, in the mountains above the Mimbres Valley in a log home they hand built. She has written for numerous publications and presently handles Public Relations and advertising for Smith Real Estate.

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WHEN THE SILVER CITY BRANCH OF A NATIONAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT center closed its doors in 2003, the local office of the Southwest New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC), the Silver City-Grant County Economic Development Corporation (SIGRED) and concerned




purposefully began the search to bring a more





community. With patient persistence, flyers were sent and hundreds of contacts made. Two and a half years later, the facility on East









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NMSBDC was one of many people who

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worked to coordinate six site visits to Silver City from major corporations. While it is too early to calculate the longterm





Teleperformance USA will have on the local economy, she says there are already positive indications.

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“The company’s biggest assets are its employees. We know how to train employees profitably, and as long as the company is successful it’s not afraid to give back to its employees and the community.”

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“It’s important that Silver City people manage the Silver City site,” he says.


The site plans to have 500 employees working its phone system by early fall, with more to be added as demand increases. Ultimately, though, the success of the project will result from a collaborative effort. “Success depends on the team,” Bryan says, “not on management, not on Teleperformance USA, but on the team.” opposite: Silver City’s newest business will employ 500 people by early fall to manage and man a telecommunications group.


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Gerry & Gabby Tamayo Pueblo on the Mimbres Bed & Breakfast Welcome to this beautiful bed and breakfast, an adobe style home nestled on 13 acres bordering the Gila National Forest. The Mimbres River flows through the property, and guests can explore the nearby Black and Aldo Leopold mountain ranges, former territory of the Chiricahua Apache, Mimbres and Mogollon tribes. The Pueblo invokes its surroundings, with rooms featuring traditional artwork, antiques and artifacts from the area. For more information, call (505) 536-9391 or visit www.puebloonthemimbres.com.

Kyle & Keith Brown Werner Tire Service, Inc. 1155 Highway 180 East Werner Tire has served Silver City since 1959, and its solid reputation for customer satisfaction is sure to continue under the new ownership of brothers Kyle and Keith Brown. “It’s more important for us to keep a customer than to make a sale,” says Keith. Werner Tire carries a complete line of quality tires and Interstate batteries, and boasts a large selection of after-market wheels. Store hours: 8 - 5:30 M-F and 8 – noon Saturday. Call 538-3807.

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At Grey Feathers Lodge, the outdoor enthusiast or anyone in need of a little R&R will find themselves in paradise, with birding, fishing, hiking and stargazing just a few of the many opportunities available for leaving stress behind. Imagine watching the sunrise from one of their large porches, where it’s common to see elk grazing, deer drinking from Sapillo Creek, or a flock of wild turkey or javelina having breakfast. Call 536-3206 or visit www.greyfeathers.com.

Christine Rickman Christine’s Interior Design 2315 Little Walnut Road and at Syzygy Tileworks 106 North Bullard Christine Rickman, former owner of Christine’s Gallery, offers full-service interior design services, including complete floor plans needed for building; materials, finishes and color selection. Recent clients include Prudential Real Estate, and LifeQuest where she designed the building’s canopies. “I love the whole process of transforming a space,” says Christine, who has a degree in design. “No job is too big or too small.” Christine’s also carries a line of luxurious furniture and fabric. Call (505) 388-3414.

Jessica & Charles Lincoln Jessica’s Bridal Boutique 110 E. 11th Street There’s no bridal boutique like Jessica’s! The bride-to-be will find everything she needs for her special day at this beautiful boutique, where Jessica personally attends to every detail, right down to gloves, jewelry and shoes. “It’s very beautiful to see a young girl’s face when she’s in her gown,” says Jessica. “It brings me great happiness.” Jessica’s carries a large selection of gowns for all special occasions, and offers tuxedo rentals. Call 534-4473, or visit www.jessicaboutique.com.



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The Three


THE PARTNERS IN MANZANITA RIDGE, DAVID VAN AUKER, RICK JOHNSON AND BUCK BURNS, arrived from Globe, AZ in hopes of buying the Murray Hotel. Instead, they purchased Fort Cobre in Pinos Altos, and a building on Bullard Street, now their fabulous used hotel furniture business. Along the way, the three have come to stand among Silver’s most ardent boosters, and Manzanita Ridge is a destination store. “Almost everything that has happened to us has been synchronistic,” says David, a Mesa, AZ native. “Our old store in Globe, also named Manzanita Ridge, was originally a Lighthouse Gospel Church. So was this place. And the people we bought it from were loyal customers in Globe. Before I moved, I had terrible insomnia; meds didn’t work. From night one in Silver, I slept well.” above: Manzanita Ridge partners David Van Auker, Rick Johnson, Buck Burns and Mr. Binx, the cat. inset: Used hotel furniture includes everything imaginable. opposite: The Manzanita Ridge partners also own Fort Cobre, a special events venue.



WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE. “The vibes here were good too,” adds Rick, who’s originally from Ovid, MI. “While we were trying to buy the hotel, people referred to us as the ‘Murray boys’ and offered to help us clean it up!” “Even now,” says Buck, the youngest partner, “people stop in to bring food to Mr. Binx, our cat. The furniture groupies come in twice a week to see what’s new. They call it their ‘Manzanita Ridge fix.’” David acknowledges the store’s success: “We actually expected sales to decrease – in which case we’d have retired. But we do five times more business here than in Globe.” They believe that business wouldn’t be what it is without the “phenomenal” MainStreet Project and the Mimbres Regional Arts Council. “We spent 16 years in Globe hoping it would become like Silver City. That just didn’t happen,” says Rick. “We’ve made an effort to give back to this town.” The effort includes the store’s sponsorship of summer functions like the Millie & Billy Ball and their customer appreciation July 4th Barbecue at Fort Cobre. Last year 1,100 hamburgers and 200 hot dogs were consumed at the barbeque. “We shopped for 500 people,” says Buck, the self-appointed cook. “Some people stayed until midnight.” The partners describe the fort as a “hobby and fun venture that Manzanita Ridge makes possible.” It’s available for charity events and proves good for the local economy. “We had a fashion shoot inside the Fort for a rug advertisement. The photographer used 21 models, some horses and hired locals for the background. We heard that $100,000.00 was spent,” beams David.

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From top-quality health care and financial services to specialized manufacturing, fine dining and custom building, Silver City area businesses are varied and unique. However, they also share some important characteristics that push each to excel – passion for their work, dedication to excellence, respect for employees and a strong work ethic. above, from left: Lee Gruber and David del Junco Syzygy Tileworks John Rossfeld, CEO Gila Regional Medical Center Sean Ormand President and CEO First New Mexico Bank Ernie and Rosa Terrazas Timberland Construction Diane Holloway Owner Diane’s Restaurant and Bakery 18 – SILVER CITY LIFE

The five local businesses featured in this issue embody these key attributes and more: Gila Regional Medical Center, the second largest employer in Grant County; First New Mexico Bank, a locally owned independent bank; Syzygy Tileworks, one of the nation’s most respected makers of handmade tiles; Diane’s Restaurant and Bakery, award-winning eatery in Silver City’s historic downtown; and Timberland Construction, builder of fine custom homes. Though individually unique, each makes an important contribution to the quality of life in Silver City.


WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DECADE HAS MADE IN THE LIFE OF DIANE Holloway, award-winning owner of Diane’s Restaurant and Bakery in Silver City’s historic downtown. Ten years ago, she was an unemployed pastry chef. With the help of friends and a small business loan, she opened her doors May 1st, 1996, and has been working to meet the demand ever since. “I love to feed people,” Diane says, “I enjoy seeing people walk out happy.” She also likes helping the young people she works with nurture their interest in the restaurant business. “I have some very talented people working for me who are very passionate about what they do, and I want to support that any way I can.” With 30 employees, Diane’s experience as a mother serves her well. She has helped members of her staff deal with a variety of challenges, and offers financial support to employees who want to continue their culinary training. “Being a mom isn’t so different from being an employer,” she says. “The restaurant is really an extension of home. We’re a family here.” With Diane’s help, line cook Quinton Bass, 24, is working toward his professional cooking certificate at the Technical Vocational Institute’s culinary school in Albuquerque, where his employer also received part of her training. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” Quinton says. “Once you work here you’re kind of spoiled. It’s a very positive atmosphere.” Diane’s son, Bodhi Werber, is her lead chef and business partner. Reflecting the enthusiasm of the staff, he adds, “Good help is hard to find. We’ve got a great team and I enjoy being a part of it.” top: Quinton Bass prepares for a local catering. above, left: An impressive presentation is part of the dining experience at Diane’s. right: Diane Holloway, owner and driving force behind Diane’s Restaurant. www.ziapublishing.com – 19


FIRST NEW MEXICO BANK IS A HOMETOWN INDEPENDENT FULL SERVICE BANK, the oldest operating in Silver City. The bank values its long-term personnel. As a result the employees value their relationship with the bank, and that’s the way the bank’s President and CEO, Sean Ormand, thinks things ought to be. “We create a nurturing atmosphere for our employees and get their dedication in return.” Sean, a Silver City native, began his banking career in 1985 as a teller. The knowledge of the business that he gained while advancing to the executive level has helped him create the family atmosphere that he knows is so important to an independent bank’s success. “We want our employees to know each of our customers by name so they get that personal attention when they enter our bank.” An incentive that is popular with the bank’s staff of 21 is their full benefit package that includes a medical plan, retirement benefits and bonuses. First New Mexico Bank and its staff can be proud of its active involvement in the community. Each year the bank contributes more than $30,000 to many organizations and fundraising activities. They have a special passion for the youth of Grant County and have established a fund to help children in need. The fund provides glasses, clothing, food and other necessities. “We believe in civic commitment,” Sean says. “We’re not a big chain bank. The money made in this bank stays in the community, and we feel a real responsibility to give back.” top: Rebecca Tollefson and Annette Acuna of First New Mexico Bank’s new accounts department. above: Sean Ormand, President and CEO. right: Leslie Rodriguez and Ajay Reynolds of First New Mexico Bank’s Mortgage Dept. 20 – SILVER CITY LIFE




IMPRESSIVE. THERE IS NO BETTER WORD TO DESCRIBE RECENT IMPROVEMENTS AT Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), and the community seems to agree. In 2000, 45 percent of residents surveyed named GRMC their hospital of choice, and 28 percent said GRMC offered the most modern care and technology. Five years later, 80 percent of residents prefer GRMC, and the number of survey respondents saying that GRMC offers modern technology and patient care has doubled. Why? It’s a winning combination of high-tech services and high-touch patient care, says CEO John Rossfeld. “Our concentrated focus on providing patient-centered care and modern technology has made a tremendous difference,” he says, “Overall patient satisfaction has increased 56 percent in five years, and we’re very proud of that.” In 2003 GRMC became affiliated with the non-profit organization Planetree, and staff eagerly embraced its patient-centered changes such as the “dignity gown,” which covers the patient’s body front and back. “We have you covered,” Rossfeld says with a grin. GRMC now offers longer visiting hours, pet therapy, local art displays, and expanded wellness programs. Hospital administrators even make patient rounds. The new surgical center and improved cancer treatment have greatly improved patient care and convenience. To keep community satisfaction high, Rossfeld is committed to community input in planning activities to ensure that appropriate technologies are available to meet local health care needs. He also understands that technology is only part of the patient satisfaction equation. “As important as our facilities and equipment are, our people are our most important resource,” Rossfeld says. “They make GRMC a great place to work and a great place to be cared for.” top: Gila Regional CEO John Rossfeld reviews the records. insets: staff members discuss results of patient-centered practices and positive attitudes.


SHE IS AN ARTIST, SALESPERSON AND BUSINESS MANAGER; HE IS A SCIENTIST, engineer and inventor. Together Lee Gruber and husband David del Junco form a complementary duo that has put Syzygy Tileworks on the map in the world of handcrafted, custom tile production. Syzygy, a Greek word meaning a pair yoked together or two related things, is the perfect name for the business. For 13 years the two have worked hand-in-hand toward building Syzygy into a nationally recognized name in the industry. “It’s a great combination that has allowed us to grow the business together,” says Lee. “We’ve experienced steady, slow growth. We orchestrated it that way and very wisely so.” Lee and David’s patience, hard work and passion for their craft have paid off. The business recently moved to a 9,000 square-feet space at 106 N. Bullard Street, which includes a well-lit, open showroom and retail space, graced by beautiful stone and tile-accented floors featuring Syzygy tiles as well as those of other specialty tile makers. “This is a big move for us,” Lee says, recalling the days when Syzygy consisted mostly of numerous experiments in their garage. “Now the hope is to grow another 50 to 75 percent in the next two to three years.” Such growth would make room for another 10 employees, bringing their staff to more than 30. Since it only hires locally, Syzygy is an integral part of the Silver City economy. The couple’s own example sets the tone in the workplace. “David and I both emphasize work ethic, respect and kindness,” says Lee. “I think that we’ve been fairly generous employers, and we hope that rubs off.” top, left: One of several display areas in the new building reflects the tile versatility offered by Syzygy. top, right: Lee and David next to one of their new kilns that will provide additional capacity and flexibility. 22 – SILVER CITY LIFE


ERNIE TERRAZAS AND HIS TEAM AT TIMBERLAND CONSTRUCTION, INC. HAVE BUILT A NICHE for themselves in custom home building since they began their business in 1996. Ernie enjoys meeting people and working with clients, in addition to the creative challenges and fast-paced atmosphere of the construction business. “It’s something new every single day,” he says. Ernie’s skills are well complemented by his wife, partner and business manager Rosa, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ernie notes, “Rosa takes care of the paperwork side of the business so that I can be on the job.” Rosa also brings technological know-how to the team, facilitating design and construction with email and building progress photos sent to the company’s clientele, many of them retirees from out-of-state. “We do whatever it takes to keep the customer informed,” she says, “In addition, we now offer nationally backed home warranties.” “We focus on offering distinct designs and good customer service to set Timberland apart,” says Ernie. Lynn Foth and Oscar Fuentes lived in Michigan while their home was under construction. “We were real satisfied with Timberland,” says Fuentes. “We got exactly what we wanted because Ernie and the whole Timberland team were great to work with.” The couple asked for some very specific design elements, and Foth says she was “amazed at how closely they hit every detail.” If we were to have another house built, we’d ask Ernie.” Timberland has 12 employees, and Ernie and Rosa attribute much of their success to their team and to longstanding relationships with their valued sub-contractors. The company recently moved its headquarters to a new location at 1107 N. Hudson. above: Timberland Construction exterior and interior details reveal unique features of the company’s work. right: Ernie and Rosa Terrazas, owners of Timberland Construction.



“Its little wonder the restaurant “We wanted to do this for three and a half years,” says Robin Hogan, “but we waited until we were ready.” The co-owner of Cienega Spa, Salon and Art Gallery is speaking of the newest venture he and his wife Pam have begun at their hundred-year-old building on Cooper Street – the Orchid Café, which opened last July and has been steadily gaining a following for the last nine months. It’s little wonder the restaurant’s popularity is growing. It features

above: Pam and Robin Hogan launched Orchid Café at their spacious Cienega Day Spa location. The spinach omlette right and the fresh fruit salad and Belgian waffle opposite are among brunch favorites, while the yellowfin tuna below is a dinner entrée.

a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere, patio dining in season, and its own unique culinary creations and flavors. The kitchen boasts an indoor charcoal grill, with a radiant blend of natural oak and mesquite coals lending a smoky savor to entrées such as grilled yellowfin tuna steak, Jamaican jerk bacon-wrapped shrimp kabob and chipotle-rubbed ribeye steak over gorgonzola toast, as well as a variety of vegetarian specialty dishes including grilled Boca and Portobello mushrooms. The salads are fresh, the deserts homemade and the lemonade fresh-squeezed. The kitchen is under the creative eye of Chef Nathan “Nate” Lowell

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also enables Robin to assist artists from Mexico to legally enter the U.S. for the annual Fiesta de la Olla, held by the Mimbres Region Arts Council.

Natural materials and passive solar design emphasize the intrinsic beauty of our homes.

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own or as part of a complete spa experience that can even include lodging. Robin says that in recent years both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have become popular times when people give gift certificates for spa day packages. Cienega Spa and Salon is a full-service establishment offering both men





manicures and facials to massage, and having a restaurant on the premises augments the possibilities. “The restaurant is a nice asset for the spa,” he concludes, “and we’re having fun with it. You can’t have one any other way.” The Orchid Café is open seven days a week for lunch and Wednesday through Saturday for dinner. In addition, Sunday brunch features lox and bagels, specialty omelets and fresh fruit waffles. www.ziapublishing.com – 27

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Seven Success Stories: Hometown Young People in the Arts WRITTEN BY BRETT FERNEAU

row, No one can say it’s been easy, and none of the Grant County young people we’ve profiled top from left: on the following pages got a free ride to where they are today. Nor have they reached the Aria Arasteh Alaina Dunivan ends of their journeys. They continue practicing, working and creating, seeking to improve Leanna Martinez Colby Beserra their abilities and understandings of their chosen fields. Their futures are promising simply bottom row, from left: because each has created his or her own destiny. Rebekah Ormand While the emotional support of family and friends is important, it is often no match for Chris Conner Rosaruby Glaberman the derision, ennui or envy of an increasingly competitive and cynical world. It’s much easier to abandon an aspiration and speak wistfully of what might have been than to continue pursuing the muse wherever she leads. Perhaps the most notable thing about these seven is that they dared to dream early in life of achieving success in the visual or performing arts, and never lost their courage or commitment. All of our local young people are important to us, and we believe that they have futures just as bright as each is willing to strive for. We hope that these stories might help encourage them to reach for the stars.


Aria Andrew Arasteh was originally attracted to pianos as a toddler, attempting to play any that he

Aria Andrew

encountered. He started taking lessons at age four. By the time he was 11, the Silver City native had won the statewide competition sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association. “The competitors are extremely proficient at their craft,” says longtime piano teacher Patricia Brown, who has taught Aria from the beginning. “They work at it for hours and hours a day. Achievement at that level requires an intense amount of personal involvement.” Patricia is a proponent of the Suzuki method of instruction, which teaches music to children as a language. When Aria was not yet five, his mother, Mitra Ahsan, took him to the Suzuki Institute in Los Angeles. He attended the Colorado Suzuki Institute during summers from age five on, studying both piano and violin. He played in several honors recitals there, and performed Clementi’s Sonatina #3 with a string quartet at age eight. Last year Aria was awarded the Paderwski Gold Medal by the American College of Musicians for 10 years of excellence in Auditions. Now 15, Aria is living proof that an arts background does not come at the expense of the sciences. Since the ninth grade, he has been concurrently enrolled at Western New Mexico University, where he has taken several classes in computer science. Aria notes that he may have inherited his interest in music from his father. Al Arasteh is a recognized flamenco guitarist who performs at the Twisted Vine when he is not teaching math at WNMU.



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When did you first become interested in your field? – At two or three. My mother couldn’t take me anyplace where there was a piano or I’d try to play it. Was growing up in a small town an advantage or a disadvantage? – I can’t really say. My teachers have been absolutely wonderful, so I don’t think it was a disadvantage. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – It didn’t cross my mind. Were there obstacles to overcome in reaching your current level of achievement? – There were a few times when I thought it was too much trouble and I didn’t want to play anymore. Doing something consistently can be difficult. Now I’m thankful to my mom and my teacher for not allowing me to “temporarily” quit. Who have been sources of encouragement? – My teacher, Patricia Brown; my parents, a lot of people who have listened to me play and friends I’ve made at workshops. What do you hope to accomplish in the future? – I want to improve my sightreading. What do you like most about what you do? – When I know a piece well enough to just play it and listen to it without paying attention to my hands or what I’m doing. The sense of accomplishment is a great experience. What do you like least? – Getting something wrong stuck in my head. Learning something like the wrong notes or the wrong fingering can cause huge problems later on when it’s already learned. Do you ever get discouraged? What do you do about it? – It’s been my good fortune that my teacher has always helped me pick pieces that are challenging but not so difficult I can’t play them. Only once have I tried to learn a piece that was beyond my ability. If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? – There’s not much to redo, but I would have listened to my teacher more about hand positions and sight-reading. When you’re doing something for fun you’re not necessarily learning basics. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you are doing? – Eat your veggies. (Laughs.) Seriously, pay attention to what your teachers have to say. They know what they’re talking about. It will save you a lot of trouble. www.ziapublishing.com – 29




Photo courtesy Leanna Martinez


When did you become interested in dancing? – At five. At what age did you decide to pursue it professionally? – At 14 I was running track, cheerleading and missing a lot at school because of dance. That’s when I realized that dance was what I truly enjoyed, and was most passionate about. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – It did bother me because I don’t think our society puts enough emphasis on the arts. But I realized the reason for dance is self-expression, not recognition. Were there obstacles you had to overcome? – Having self-confidence. You’re criticized constantly. You have to be tough and independent, and you have to grow up young. What or who have been sources of encouragement? – My parents of course, David and Cindy Martinez. They’ve never pressured me and always supported me. They have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Ellen Johnson, my best friend, has also been a great source of support. What do you hope to accomplish from this point forward? – I eventually want to perform full time with a dance company. For the time being I am training and auditioning for various companies and conservatories. What do you like most about what you do? – The sense of accomplishment. It’s difficult, and I enjoy challenge. What do you like the least? – Twelve-hour rehearsals, swollen achy feet. You have to overlook the pain part. Do you ever get discouraged? What do you do about it? – Oh, yeah. Sometimes you feel down, like you’re never going to improve. Sometimes you get a bad part. Most of the time it’s just a bad day. You have to step back and look at why you’re doing it. Has it been worth the dedication and hard work so far? – Yes, it has. It helps me in everything I do. If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? – It’s hard to say. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the mistakes I’ve made. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? – I like the outdoors. Hiking, rafting and camping. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you’re doing? – – Don’t do it because of what you think it might bring you. You have to truly love what you do and work hard at it. 30 – SILVER CITY LIFE

At age 17, Leanna Martinez has already been dancing for a dozen years. Born in Rhode Island to a U.S. Navy officer and his wife, Leanna lived in Washington state and Florida, where she began performing with Florida’s Pensacola Youth Ensemble at age five. The family relocated to Silver City in 1994. After a year’s ballet training in Silver City, 12-year-old Leanna was recommended for pre-professional training at the Ballet Arts School in Tucson, where admission is gained by audition only. Accepted, she began a rigorous schedule that challenged her dedication to her art. She took her week’s tests at her regular school on Friday mornings in order to be in Tucson on time for Friday night rehearsal. After a weekend of hard work, she would return to Silver City on Sunday nights. At 16 Leanna attended boarding school at Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan. Following graduation she began dancing for Ballet Tucson, which stages two major performances with a full orchestra and two smaller performances annually. Major performances typically require four months of rehearsal. Last summer Leanna auditioned again, this time with Burklyn Ballet Theatre, which accepts only 25 dancers yearly. After four weeks of intensive training, the troupe performed “Sleeping Beauty” for ten days straight at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world. Intelligent and articulate, Leanna says her demanding schedule forced her to mature quickly, and to decide early on if dancing was what she really wanted to do in life. Her career demonstrates what talent, dedication and hard work can accomplish for a ballerina from a small townin the American West.

Local viewers may have already seen Chris Conner on television and not realized they were watching a


Silver City native at work. Chris has appeared on commercials for Landrover™ and Toyota™ as well as episodes of the programs “E.R.” and “West Wing.” A trained theater actor who enjoys Shakespeare, this 30-year-old has also performed in numerous live stage productions across the country, most recently “Pennsyltucky” at the Epiphany Theater Company in New York City. His movie credits include “Playing By Heart,” “Judgment Day,” “Late Last Night” and “Gods and Generals,” in which he portrayed another young actor from a different century. The role was fixed at a point in time when that actor, John Wilkes Booth, had not yet become famous as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln. Chris pragmatically regards acting as a trade and himself as a journeyman tradesperson plying his craft. It is a viewpoint in sharp contrast to often starryeyed notions of show business celebrity. If his name sounds familiar it may be because of Chris’s acting credentials, or there could be another reason: his father Mike has operated Conner Fine Jewelers in downtown Silver City for many years. Chris’s wife Julie White is a stage actress whose performance in the play “The Little Dog Laughed” opened to rave reviews in New York City recently. When we talked to Chris he was moving back from New York to Los Angeles, because that’s where a working actor needs to be located to undertake the extensive and bewildering process of auditioning for TV program pilots. In the future, though, Chris hopes to own a home in a place called Silver City.



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Do you feel growing up in a small town was an advantage or a disadvantage to your career? – In a small town you have the opportunity to be a kid. In the cities children have to turn into adults quicker. I got to enjoy my childhood. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone wanting security. It’s a war of attrition. You have to stick it out and be willing to fail. Who have been sources of encouragement? – Greg Klein, my agent; my wife’s been wonderful; and there’s no way I could have undertaken it without the support of my parents. What are some changes you’ve noticed in your field since you started out? – The business has steered away from classically trained actors. It’s more about the look now. More models than stage actors are becoming stars. What do you hope to accomplish from this point forward? – Steady work. I want to amass a satisfying body of work, and to be able to look back and say it was fun. Lots of people want to be stars, but not that many want to be actors. I want to work, not necessarily be a star. What do you like most about what you do? – The community itself. Show people are a ball to be around. What do you like the least? – You can’t just go do it; you have to wait until someone hires you. Do you ever get discouraged? What do you do about it? – Sure, it’s part of the business. You have to stay focused. Keep alive artistically by having outside interests. How long do you plan to continue your career? – ’Til I die. Has it been worth the dedication and hard work so far? – Absolutely. No regrets at all. If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? – Mistakes are part of the learning curve. I can’t imagine changing anything. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? – Playing golf with my father; I wish I could do more of that. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you are doing? – Like any other tradesman, go to school and learn your craft from the ground up. That way you’ll have a foundation to build on. www.ziapublishing.com – 31


When asked how long she’s been interested in acting, Rosaruby Glaberman laughs and replies,


“Since birth!” The twenty-four year old stage actress works in the challenging field of action-based theater, an art form that does not begin with a pre-written script. While writers may be involved, the final production is the result of a collaborative effort of all individuals participating in it. When work started on the latest project in early March, the story was not yet created but the theater dates were already booked. Confident in the outcome, Rosaruby describes the process as both frightening and exciting. Rosaruby was born and raised in the Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch community. She is the daughter of noted area potter Kate Brown, who established one of the first art galleries in Silver City. When Rosaruby was 14, Kate drove her to California where she auditioned for the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Accepted with a scholarship, she graduated three years later and went to New York where she earned her bachelor’s degree in theater at Eugene Lang College, part of the New School University. While in New York she was involved with the North American Cultural Laboratory (NaCl) and underwent several months of intense physical and voice training, eventually touring Eastern Europe with the production company. These days Rosaruby lives in Austin, Texas where she works with the Ariel Dance Theater. An experienced director and stage manager, she recently created her own solo show called “Eleven Minutes,” which she performed at the Frontera Fest in Austin. Rosaruby has also done some film work and is interested in doing more, but remains committed to the unique struggle and creative spontaneity of live theater.


Photocourtesy Kate Brown


When did you first become interested in your field? – At birth! At what age did you decide to pursue this professionally? – When I was in boarding school in California. Do you feel growing up in a small town was an advantage or a disadvantage to your career? – I grew up in an artistic community, and the people were creative and very supportive. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – It still concerns me; I feel I’m still struggling. But even if there was nobody watching, I’m still doing what I want to do. What or who have been sources of encouragement as you’ve pursued your career? – The artists that I know, people who are doing the same things I am. Is there someone in your field who you particularly admire? – Any ensemblebased theater group. What do you hope to accomplish from this point forward? – I want to travel more, and I’m interested in drama therapy. Acting has helped me to learn to express myself, and I think it helps others too. I’ll probably pursue a graduate school degree in that. What do you like most about what you do? – I like the feeling of working with other artists; the close community of it, and the ‘rock star’ feeling you get on stage. What do you like the least? – You have to deal with a lot of rejection. You can’t be thin-skinned and take up acting, because people are going to tell you exactly what they think. Auditions are always hard. How long do you plan to continue your career? – Until I don’t want to do it any more. Has it been worth the dedication and hard work so far? – Definitely. If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? – (Laughing) Hey, my life’s not half over yet! I just hope I don’t make any big mistakes. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? – Travel is my favorite thing. I enjoy hiking, meeting new people, eating good food and drinking good wine. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you are doing? – Go out and create it for yourself if it’s not there. Don’t get breast implants just because some director tells you to. Being unique is the best thing to do. 32 – SILVER CITY LIFE

It’s a long journey from the sunny campus of New Mexico State University to the dark world of cannibalism


and tribal warfare, but Rebekah Ormand is taking it in stride. This 24-year-old gymnast performs with the traveling stage show “Peace Child,” a theatrical dance production based on the book of the same name by Don Richardson. It tells the true story of a missionary couple’s adventures in the former Netherlands New Guinea in the 1960s, among a culture in which treachery was considered a high form of social accomplishment. Petite and blonde, Rebekah performs in heavy makeup, and as the show’s only gymnast she’s usually in the thick of the action. Traveling in a 15passenger van with a large truck carrying stagehands, the show set, scaffolding and lighting, the troupe has toured the western United States since November. In all, the production will appear in ten states and several cities in Canada. We caught up with Rebekah recently, when the company was in town to perform at Cobre High School in Bayard before pushing on to Arizona. Rebekah was born in Silver City where she grew up learning gymnastics and competing with the Silver Stars gymnastics club. In recent years she has become interested in coaching, and has spent the last four summers working as a coach at Lake Owen, a gymnastics camp in Wisconsin. She continued coaching and performing while majoring in English at NMSU Las Cruces. After graduation last June she auditioned for the Montana-based producers of “Peace Child” by videotape and was accepted. When the show ends its run next June, Rebekah plans to return here for a vacation before resuming her coaching career.



When did you first become interested in your field? – I started training at 3 1/2, but my mother claims I was doing cartwheels before birth. When did you decide to pursue this professionally?– I decided on coaching when I was 17 or 18. Do you feel growing up in a small town was an advantage or a disadvantage to your career? – It was difficult because we didn’t have a real facility. My instruction was sort of on-and-off. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – I never noticed. When I was with the Silver Stars, we were impressed to get our picture in the paper. But I never felt like I was anybody special. Were there obstacles you’ve had to overcome? – I started competing when I was 14, and many other kids were 8 or 9. Mentally it felt like I was racing the clock, but I was probably more focused because I started later. Who have been sources of encouragement? – My coaches: Sabrina Pack, Aaron Graves, Jim Gault and Kyle Shanton; my teammates; and my parents, Matthew and Leanne Ormand – they never pushed me and were always supportive. Is there someone in your field who you particularly admire? – The cast of “Peace Child.” They’re incredible dancers. What do you hope to accomplish from this point forward? – I’ll continue working with children, and I’d like to try writing. What do you like most about what you do? – With “Peace Child,” it’s performing. I’m doing something I love doing and working in a production I believe in. What do you like the least? – Hard floors. Gymnasts are used to working on mats. Stage floors are hard, so you get bruises. How long do you plan to continue your career? – Age limits your time as a gymnast. I plan to go on coaching for years and years. Has it been worth the dedication and hard work so far? – Yes, definitely. If you could do life over again, is there something you’d do differently? – Probably not. Everything you go through makes you the person that you are. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you are doing? – Be sure you enjoy it; otherwise it’s not worth it. Try not to compare yourself with others. Focus on doing your best and challenging yourself. www.ziapublishing.com – 33


Silver City native Colby Beserra’s publicity photo might appropriately appear in a dictionary beside the


word “versatility.” At 33, this singer, songwriter, guitarist, teacher, actor, director and bandleader has already enjoyed an extensive career, but it seems that he is just getting started. Following his graduation from Northwestern University in 1996, Colby spent a year teaching fifth grade before accepting the position of Managing Director at the Vittum Theater, a stateof-the-art community theater at the Northwestern Settlement House in Chicago, Illinois. During his four-year tenure at the Vittum he was hired as a featured vocalist for the Ken Arlen Orchestra, a Chicago-based musical powerhouse with whom he performs over 100 gigs a year. He subsequently became a Creative Consultant for Arlen Music, as well as a bandleader and performer with the bands Soul Motion and the AMC Rhythm & Blues Revue. During this time he has shared the stage with such noted performers as the Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle and Richard Marx. In 2002, Colby began writing the songs for his self-titled debut solo album. Released in 2005, it features melodic guitar lines and intelligent lyrics sung in a bright, clear voice over tight bass and drum tracks. Colby is named for his grandfather, Bill Colby. Bill operated Colby’s, Inc., a sporting goods store, for 53 years at the northeast corner of Bullard and Market Streets in downtown Silver City. Although he pursues his career in a decidedly urban environment, Colby’s roots remain firmly planted in New Mexico, and he credits our sweeping sunsets and long desert roads with helping him create the “high lonesome” sound heard on several of his original recordings.


Photo courtesy Wendy Beserra


When did you first become interested in your field? – When I was eight I joined the Silver City Children’s Choir directed by Mr. Sass. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – You spend your 20’s getting over vague notions of fame and fortune. I’m happy making good art and feel fortunate to earn a living at it. Were there obstacles to overcome in reaching your current level of achievement? – I took a pay cut and gave up job security to pursue music. My wife and I talked it over a lot. Why did you choose Chicago instead of New York or LA? – Chicago is a good place to be a working artist. It’s a bluecollar town. Everybody works – including musicians! Who have been sources of encouragement? –My grandparents and my mom, Wendy Beserra. Is there someone in your field who you particularly admire? – James Taylor, Sting and Stevie Wonder. What are some changes you’ve noticed in your field since starting out? – The industry has turned upside down. Traditional ways of making records and getting airplay have changed forever. What do you hope to accomplish in the future? – I want to start my own band in the special events industry and use that as a platform to perform and distribute original music. My goal is to continue to write. What do you like most about what you do? – Singing and making people happy feels like what I was put on earth to do. Do you ever get discouraged? What do you do about it? – Sure, I get discouraged. I lock myself in a room with my guitar and force myself to write a new song. How long do you plan to continue your career? – As long as I possibly can. I’ll take a cue from Mick Jagger. You’re only too old if you feel too old. Has it been worth the dedication and hard work so far? – Absolutely. If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? – I’d learn to speak Spanish and I’d have studied finance more carefully when I was younger. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you are doing? – Stick with those music lessons and absorb as much as you can. That way you’ll have the skills to make your own choices later on. 34 – SILVER CITY LIFE

On a typical workday, Alaina Dunivan deals at close range with giant worms and insects, wild primitive


mammals and carnivorous birds with teeth. On days when she is able to get away from the creatures, this 22-year-old often finds herself surrounded by military tanks and machine gun emplacements. What’s more, she enjoys every bit of it. This is the fantastic world of the Karen Carr Studio, where Alaina and owner Karen Carr produce huge, photographic-quality murals for top museums and institutions around the country. Two years ago, Alaina brought her considerable artistic abilities to the studio for a six-month tryout. She never left. As a child, Alaina regularly accompanied her mother, farrier Tammie Baker, to work shoeing horses. This gave her a thorough knowledge of mammalian anatomy, something she uses often in her artistic vocation. Since no one has ever actually seen a prehistoric animal, Karen and Alaina must rely on skeletons, research and their own knowledge of biology to create images of these extinct creatures. They use computers in their work, but like other tools, computers cannot bestow artistic ability on those who use them. The results will only be as good as the artist. A mural project can take from one to four years to complete. Among other venues, the studio has work on display at the Smithsonian and Audubon Museums. Karen and Alaina are currently working on the “Price of Freedom” exhibit for the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, VA and illustrating books on natural history. “Alaina is the kind of person you can point toward something and walk away,” says Karen. “You don’t have to stand over her shoulder. She gets it done.”



Your age? – 22. Were you born in Grant County? Did you grow up here? – I was born in San Diego. We moved here when I was six months old. My great-grandfather was a copper and gold miner at the Royal John Mine here. When did you first become interested in your field? – I’ve always been interested in it. At what age did you decide to pursue this professionally? – After graduating from high school. Do you feel growing up in a small town was an advantage or a disadvantage to your career? – It was an advantage. You learn how to talk to people. My mother runs her own business, and I was never in day care; she always took me with her. You can learn a lot at the hitching rail. Many performers and artists never receive widespread recognition. Did that bother you, starting out? – No. I just like to do it. Who have been sources of encouragement as you’ve pursued your career? – Mom and Karen taught me. My mom has always been an artist. Is there someone in your field who you particularly admire? – Karen, John Gurche and Mike Casaus. Mike was my art teacher at Silver High School. What are some changes you’ve noticed in your field since you started out? – I’ve become a better artist. I’m better at noticing things. What do you hope to accomplish from this point forward? – I’d like to become better known and add to my own portfolio. What do you like most about what you do? – Drawing animals. What do you like the least? – Maps and peripheral graphics. Do you ever get discouraged? What do you do about it? – Yes, everybody does. I just attack it harder and try to get it right. How long do you plan to continue your career? – As long as I can. Has it been worth the dedication and hard work so far? – Yes. I can’t put it into words. If you could do life over again, what would you do differently? – Have more horses. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? – Riding, photography, packing into the wilderness with my husband, Cory, and our horses. Are there any words of experience you’d like to pass along to young people who might dream of doing what you’re doing? – If you have the ability and enjoy it, try and pursue it. www.ziapublishing.com – 35

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endowed with an abundance of



capable, talented people whose

AGE 11

AGE 12

Silver City and Grant County are

abilities and contributions often

Marisa Quinonez seems quiet and

The daughter of mining engineer

go unnoticed simply because

shy — until she has a microphone in

Vincent Marra and his wife Ann,

her hand. She sings a wide variety


of songs in both English and

school while living with her family

Spanish, from classics like “Crazy”

in Chile. As a result she became

manship, medicine, technology,



fully bilingual at an early age, and

visual and performing arts – name

contemporary artists like Ashlee

keeps in touch with her South

a field of human endeavor and

Simpson and Kelly Clarkson. She

American friends via Email.

they are just “local folks.” Commerce,



you’ll likely find an area resident who excels at it, quietly going







gave her first public performance at

Shelby began dancing ballet and

a community talent show at age six.

folklorico in Chile, continuing with

Now an 11-year-old fifth grader,

ballet, jazz and tap dancing when

about his or her business without

Marisa is in her second year with

the Marras relocated to Silver City.


the G.W. Stout Folklorico Dance

If her name sounds familiar, it may

Team, which performs at school and

be because she was crowned

community events around the state.

Little Miss Silver City in 2004,


The same can be said of the area’s school-age youth, who


going on to become Little Miss

dance classes since she was five

New Mexico that same year. She

without imposed expectations. In

and is in her first year on the Junior

studies dancing six hours a week


Dance Team.

plus Saturdays, meanwhile finding




encouragement Silver



presents three young ladies we think you’ll be hearing more about in years to come.




The daughter of Rudy and Yvonne

time to play basketball, softball and

Quinonez, Marisa has four brothers,

maintain a 4.0 grade average.

four dogs and a cockatiel that

While she loves dancing, she says

whistles along when she sings.

that school comes first, and would

Examples of her poetry are being

curtail her other activities if she

published in two upcoming books,


“Anthology of Poetry by Young

homework. Interested in math,

Americans” and “Celebration of

Shelby tutors other students twice

Young Poets.”

a week.





MAGGIE GARCIA AGE 16 Maggie Garcia is a lifelong singer, but thought little of it until the fifth grade when a friend introduced her to a voice instructor. The evening of that very same day Maggie





performance at the Cobre High School Fine Arts Auditorium. She received a standing ovation. Maggie plays piano, flute, guitar and violin. She appears with the Cobre Mariachis, the Cobre High School Band, Choir, and Jazz Band and sings in her church choir. She performs at weddings and sings “Mananitas,” a Spanish birthday song, for individuals throughout the area. Citing her parents, Greg and Camille Garcia, and her high school band teacher Mr. Gerhart as positive influences, Maggie has written five original songs and plans to record a CD locally when she has written five more. She will be singing at the street dance that kicks off the 2006 Silver City Blues Festival in May. www.ziapublishing.com – 37

Mention the name Janey Katz at just about any salvage yard in New Mexico


or Arizona, and they'll know her.


opposite: Janey Katz with her collection of old truck doors and hoods from which spring truck critters and angels (insets above and page 40).



...The owner might even show you a sculpture she has given as a token of appreciation. That's because Janey frequents salvage yards searching for old car hoods and doors to create what she calls “re-in-CARn-ART.” “It's a little bit above recycling,” she says, flashing a warm, genuine smile that reappears frequently when she talks. She transforms forgotten car parts into works of art. It all began in the early 1990's in Santa Fe. Janey says she was waiting tables, but arthritis caused her to quit. “I've always been attracted to the patina on old cars and trucks,” she says. “I used to be a painter. So I thought, I'll paint using these colors. Then I thought, why don't I just use the vehicle?" She discovered an old hood in an arroyo. Her blacksmith suggested she get a plasma cutter, and the rest is history. “All I had to do was ‘draw’ with the plasma cutter,” Janey says. She never sketches on the metal first. Janey started with nudes, then angels holding animals. The solo animals, well known as “Hood Ornaments,” or critter pins, and “Critters from the Hood,” or critter

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sculptures, came later. The number of galleries displaying her work mushroomed from one in Santa Fe to 100 around the country. In 1998, Janey and Suzi Calhoun bought Little Cherry Creek Ranch north of Silver City as a “getaway” from their home in Galisteo near Santa Fe. Janey says they weren't here three days when they realized there was something magical about Silver City. “The people are Silver City," she says. "This town feels very seamless to me." They stayed and have become active additions to the downtown. Suzi, also an artist, displays her pottery next to Janey’s critters at Art and Conversation. They also have Yada Yada Yarn and The Wherehouse, home to an antique, art, and flea market during the summer months. Their latest investment is “The Hub,” a city block downtown where an old Chevrolet dealership once stood. Janey envisions a town square retaining the historic “car dealership feel,” with fountains, benches, restaurants and shops. Every unique piece of Janey’s artwork reflects a bit of her personality. Turn the artwork over and you'll know the year and make of the resurrected vehicle. In the case of a Hood Ornament critter pin, she feels “animals are always a reminder of the existence of unconditional love.” If you have a Critter from the Hood sculpture, she says that, “being as they're from the ‘Hood,’ they each have an attitude of their own.” If you own one of her earlier angel artworks, then she believes you have a “guardian.” But perhaps that spirit applies to all of her art. “My belief is that we all have ‘guardian angels’ that watch over, protect and care for us,” Janey says. “My hope is that you will take my sculptures home and hang them in a special place where they can make you smile and remind you that you never really have to do anything alone.” 40 – SILVER CITY LIFE


Blue Dome Gallery

Elemental Arts

Art & Conversation

Azurite Gallery

Last Day In Paradise


Silver Spirit Gallery

Lois Duffy Art

Bloomin’ Gourdworks

Leyba & Ingalls ARTS

Creations and Adornments









Contemporary Ceramics and Mixed Media. Call for an appointment.

Contemporary Fine Craft, Art and fine decor. Open Wed.-Mon. 11am-5pm (Sun. until 3pm)

Fine Arts & Crafts; Gourds, Pottery, Textiles, Paintings and Furniture. Mon. - Sat. 10-4 • Sunday 10-1

Contemporary craft gallery featuring Janey Katz’s Critters from the “Hood” cut from old trucks and Suzi Calhoun’s colorful pottery. Open 7 days a week until 6pm.

602 W. Market 534-3147 www.weelearts.com AZURITE GALLERY Designer Jewelry by Linda Boatwright, Paintings, Wood & Copper Lamps. • Wed.-Sat. 10-5.

110 W. Broadway 538-9048 www.azuritegallery.com TEXAS STREET

307 N. Texas St. 534-8671 www.bluedomegallery.com LAST DAY IN PARADISE Western Paintings by: Narrie Toole L.C. Crow • Victoria Chick • Jean Bohlender. Novels by the owner: Robert K. Swisher Jr.

211-B N. Texas St. • 313-5610 www.rkswisher.com rkswisher@signalpeak.net

211-C N. Texas St. 534-0822 www.loisduffy.com


614 N. Bullard St. • 534-4881 www.artandconversation.com janey@lizardbreathranch.com

Contemporary Fine Art & Craft, Sculpture, Art Glass, Ceramics, Folk Art, Jewelry and Mixed Media.


104 W. Yankie St. • 538-8081 www.eklektikas.com

A community of artists offering a wide variety of outstanding work. Open Mon. - Sat. 10-6


109 N. Bullard St. 388-2079


LOIS DUFFY ART Studio and Gallery showing Imaginative Portraits, Surreal Places and Realistic Scenes of Life.

106 W. Yankie St. • 590-7554 www.gourdweb.com


BLOOMIN’ GOURDWORKS Fine Art with a Twist; Sculpture,and Folk Art.

Contemporary Art ranging from Realism to Abstraction in a variety of media. Call for a class schedule.

211- A N. Texas St. 534-1071

315 N. Bullard St. • 388-5725 www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com

CREATIONS AND ADORNMENTS Handcrafted and custom jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and painting.

108 N. Bullard St. 534-4269

Elemental Day Spa

Silver Portrait Studio

Blackwell’s Jewelers

Yada Yada Yarn

The Furniture Gallery, Inc.

Gila Hike & Bike

The Workshops of Carneros

Syzygy Tileworks

The Wherehouse

Valencia Antiques

Fantastic Finds

Morning Star









Elements for a healthy home ranging from aromatic cleaning products to kitchen compliments.

“For portraits you’ll love.” Also a full service photo and digital lab.

406 N. Black St. • 534-1811

215 W. College Ave. 534-4432 • 538-8658

Fine Jewelry. Fine jewelry repair. Your desires in jewelry custom designed and created for you by Silver City’s only Jewelers of America. Certified Senior Bench Jeweler. Rush service is available. Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-4

Everything for knitters new and old! Wool, cotton and fun yarns. Thurs.-Mon.11-4 Open knitting – Sun.12-3

218 N. Bullard St. • 538-3011


THE FURNITURE GALLERY, INC. Large selection of famous name brands, LA-Z-BOY, Flexsteel, Lacrosse, Sealy, Simmons, Tempur-Pedic and many more. Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00 to 5:00

1300 Silver Heights Blvd. 388-3109 www.thefurnituregalleryinc.com THE WHEREHOUSE Antiques, Art, Fleas! Hip new indoor marketplace. Food & Coffee. Saturdays 9 to 3. May-November

305 S. Texas St. • 534.4881

GILA HIKE & BIKE Serving the cycling & hiking needs of southwest New Mexico for the past 16 years.

103 E. College 388-3222

501 N. Bullard St. • 388.3350 www.yadayadayarn.com

Real wood furniture.

Featuring locally produced handmade tile by nationally known Syzygy Tileworks. Also available – • Imported Ceramic Tile • Metal, Glass & Stone Tile • Concrete Tile

405 N. Bullard St. 538-8889

106 N. Bullard St. • 388-5472 www.syzygytile.com




An eclectic collection of antique glass ware, maps, furniture, iron, silver jewelry & architecture.

“Come in for the smell of it.” Yankie Candles, gifts and decorative accessories. Celebrating 10 years of service!

Outdoor apparel and footwear for casual, work and play! Quality sporting goods, sportswear and footwear for team and individual sports. New Mexico Ts and Caps.

212 W. Broadway 538-4388

204 N. Bullard 538.3600 • Fax: 538.3600

809 N. Bullard St. 388.3191 • Fax: 388.3192

New 2U

Conner Fine Jewelers

Silver Cooks

T-World Urban Apparel

Manzanita Ridge

Western & Mexican Emporium


Candy Bouquet

Alotta Gelato

Quaint Essentials • Antiques & More

A Bead Or Two

Haircuts & More




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New and Used Clothing. 0-3X for Everyone. Shoes and Accessories. All Styles.

Southwest New Mexico’s leading jewelry store, since 1946, featuring diamond appraisals and membership in the American Gem Society.

Kitchen gadgets and gifts for the home. Products including Kaiser Bakeware, Good Home Co., Oxo, Totally Bamboo and Microplane.

Complete Line of Licensed Sportswear, Hip Hop Clothing & Accessories. • Corona • Mudd • Echo Red • G-Unit • Sean John • Lowrider • Phat Farm.

105 S. Bullard #6

215 W. Yankie St. • 534-4514

401 N. Bullard St. 538-2012 • 388-2025


Top quality furniture and accessories from America’s finest resorts and hotels.


Beautiful flowers, colorful art, delightful lavender products, thoughtful service, custom silk designs and fresh flower bouquets.

107 N. Bullard St. 388-1158

Specializing in decor and gifts & much more from Mexico and the Southwest. A Must See! Mon.-Sat. 11-5.


ALOTTA GELATO Wonderful Italian ice cream and delicious baked desserts. Sun.-Thu. Noon-9 Fri.-Sat. Noon-10

619 N. Bullard St. 534-4995 www.alottagelato.com

215 W. Yankie St. • 534-4514 PINON PLAZA

308 S. Bullard St. • 534-0218

1445 Hwy. 180 E., Ste. C (Across from Burger King) • 534-3406 CANDY BOUQUET Under New Ownership A Welcome Alternative to Flowers. Gift shop and Unique items to delight anyone.

2065 Memory Lane (Across from Bowling Alley) • 534.4224

A BEAD OR TWO QUAINT ESSENTIALS ANTIQUES AND MORE High quality furniture, glassware and fun stuff for your home.

217 N. Bullard St. • 534.9708

Offering fine handmade jewelry, thousands of high quality beads and a complete line of jewelry making supplies. Restringing available.


1607 Silver Heights Blvd. Pinon Plaza • 388-8973

2065 Memory Lane

Not just for hair – Great selection of gifts and candy bouquets for that special person. (Across from Bowling Alley) • 534.9715





DITCH PARK WHEN SILVER CITY’S FOUNDING FATHERS CREATED THE TOWN SITE in the latter 1800s, they laid out the grid like those of many eastern cities – with the streets running due north, south, east and west. They did not realize that the new town’s proximity to a north/south running slope would encourage a natural disaster to occur. In 1895 and again in 1903, flash floodwaters roared down Silver City’s Main Street, gouging out a huge ditch with a bottom some 55 feet below the original street level. As rains continued to feed the creek in the years that followed, cottonwood trees grew, providing shade. The town’s Main Street was gone, but every adversity carries with it the seed of an opportunity. Working together, local businesses, residents and civic organizations created a beautiful and unique downtown park. Big Ditch Park can be accessed via the footbridge at the Silver City Visitor Center parking lot.

-THE GROWTH OF SILVER CITY’S ARTS COMMUNITY IS A RESULT OF THE cultural and natural appeal of the area and a concerted effort to diversify the regional economy. The establishment of an art market unique to Silver City is indeed contributing to the economic base. Regular openings, tours, galas, and other special events have dramatically increased local involvement and developed Silver City as an arts destination. The arts play a role in almost every celebration and there are major festivals dedicated specifically to the arts. There is no doubt that art is an integral and key segment of Silver City’s lifestyle. Silver City’s recognition for its cultural depth results from the dedication and organizational expertise of numerous local groups, and the overwhelming volunteer efforts and financial support of the entire community. The city is proud of its achievements and is anxious to share them with its visitors from around the world.

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MUSEUMS THE MUSEUMS OF SILVER CITY SHOWCASE BOTH THE ANCIENT AND modern histories of the area. The detailed Victorian design of the H.B. Ailman home, built in 1881, was saved from destruction by a group of local individuals who recognized its potential as a museum. Displays, photographs, and records depict the growth of the mining and cattle industries, and of the community. The Western New Mexico University Museum houses the world’s largest permanent display of ancient Mimbres Indian artifacts. The museum also features a life-size cutaway replica of a Mimbres pit house to help visitors visualize homes built by the native inhabitants 800 to 1100 years ago. Self-guided walking tours offer an in-depth foundation about the community. The reconstruction of La Capilla Chapel, overlooking the downtown district, resurrects an intriguing chapter of local lore. Even the hundred-year history of the “Big Ditch” is a factor in defining the community.




looks much like it might have appeared nearly 150 years ago, when it was inhabited by the likes of Judge Roy Bean. The town’s amenities, however, have greatly improved in the last century or so. They include a museum, an ice cream parlor, dining establishments and an authentic western bar. The Pinos Altos Opera House is home to Old West melodramas, and local musicians perform regularly at the Buckhorn Saloon. Gold was first discovered in the area by Spanish and Mexican miners. Anglos rediscovered the metal in 1859/60, and for a while the town was called Birchville after the first man to find “color.” Nearly abandoned due to constant fights with the Apaches, it was re-established in 1866 under its original Spanish name. Pinos Altos is located along the Continental Divide, six miles north of Silver City on NM Highway 15.

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National Scenic By-way



THIS 93-MILE LOOP IS FILLED WITH HISTORY AND SCENIC BEAUTY. TO get started, just head north on Piños Altos Rd. from US 180 East in Silver City to the old gold-mining town of Piños Altos. From there, NM 15 will take you through the Gila National Forest to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Leaving the monument, the byway backtracks along NM 35 to Sapillo Creek and Lake Roberts. Continuing across Continental Divide, the road descends into the Mimbres River Valley. The historic church at San Lorenzo was built in the 1800’s. Continuing west on NM 152, you will come to the mine overlook near Santa Rita, where you can view one of the world’s largest open pit copper mines. Rejoining US 180, you can turn north at Santa Clara to visit historic Fort Bayard, or continue on a short distance back to Silver City.



Mogollon (pronounced Muggy-own) began in 1876 following the discovery of gold and silver in nearby creeks. It took its name from the surrounding mountains, themselves named for a Spanish territorial governor in the early 1700s. With the opening of the Little Fannie mine, the town boomed until 1942, then suddenly became a ghost town when the mine closed. After a brief resurgence as an artist colony in the 1960s it was deserted again. Modern-day Mogollon is home to 18 year-round residents, a volunteer fire department, and several seasonal businesses including dining and lodging establishments. It has a private museum, an historic theater and a church undergoing renovation. To visit this picturesque village, turn east off US 180 onto NM Highway 159 about three miles north of Glenwood. The scenic mountain road rises about 3,000 feet in 8.5 miles to reach Mogollon.

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Canyon near Glenwood. The Catwalk is a metal bridge secured into the canyon walls that leads through some of the most beautiful parts of the canyon. This 250 foot metal causeway clings to the sides of the boulder-choked Whitewater Canyon, which in some places is only 20 feet wide and 250 feet deep. There are many spots where a hiker can leave the steel causeway and relax on the grassy banks of the sycamore shaded stream.The original catwalk was a gravity fed waterline for a local mill. The mines above the canyon were worked from their discover in 1889 until 1942 (Billy the Kid's stepfather, William Antrim, was a blacksmith at the town called Graham). The Civilian Conservation Corps. was assigned the task of rebuilding The Catwalk as a recreation attraction for the Gila National Forest in 1935. The present metal catwalk was rebuilt by the Forest Service in 2004.


MONUMENT IN OCTOBER 2004 ABOUT 120 PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE GILA CLIFF Dwellings National Monument Visitor Center to dedicate a monument to famous Chiricahua Apache chief Geronimo, who was born in the area in 1829. The monument was a collaborative effort between the Forest Service, the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway Committee, the Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce, and Geronimo’s own great grandson, Harlyn Geronimo and Harlyn’s wife Karen of Mescalero. Chief Geronimo had told biographers that he was born near the headwaters of the Gila River, which is the area where the National Monument stands today. Geronimo died in Oklahoma in 1909, after unsuccessfully pleading with federal authorities to be allowed to return to his homeland to die. Harlyn Geronimo got the idea for the monument while visiting the area in the spring of 2004. Volunteers began building it on September 18 as part of the National Public Lands Day event.

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ROBERTS Creek, Lake Roberts is a man made 75-acre lake offering some of the finest mountain fishing, boating and camping in New Mexico. Lake Roberts features boat ramps, two campgrounds, picnic spots, and variety of nature trails leading into the forest. The lake beckons fisherman, hikers and birders to experience the natural beauty of the area. Overlooking the west end of the lake stand the “Vista Ruins,” an authentic Mimbres Indian pit house site. The area is home to hundreds of species of birds, and is a wintering spot for bald eagles. As many as ten species of hummingbirds may be observed in the summertime at feeding stations along NM Highway 35 and at nearby local inns. Late March to late May is the best time to fish for the lake’s 10- to 14-inch rainbow trout, but Lake Roberts also contains crappie, catfish and some bass.

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COMBINE YOUR FASCINATION WITH NATURE’S WINGED POPULATION AND the unforgettable scenic grandeur of the Gila Wilderness, America’s oldest designated wilderness area. Well over 300 species of birds have been observed in the region’s habitats, which vary from riparian lakes, streams and grassy high mesas to Ponderosa pine, piñon and juniper forests. A number of species also find the dense cottonwood trees of Silver City’s Big Ditch Park attractive, as well as the Gila River/Mogollon Creek confluence near the town of Cliff. In the Little Florida (pronounced: flor-EE-da) Mountains to the south, mineral collectors will be delighted to find an entire state park built with them in mind. Rockhound State contains abundant volcanic rock and mineral specimens, hiking trails with spectacular views and plenty of birds and wildlife. Visitors may take up to 15 pounds of minerals for their personal collections. Varieties include quartz crystals, geodes, agate, chalcedony, jasper and opal.

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Park is the perfect place for a fun-filled daytrip or picnic. The park features giant monoliths that were formed from the erruption of an ancient volcano and eroded by the wind over an extended period of time. These huge, unusually shaped boulders are perfect for sightseeing or climbing. For some, the park resembles a medieval village; for others it is a collection of misshapen, albeit benign, giants. Essentially, it is a flat-lying sheet of reddish lava jointed along vertical rather than horizontal planes creating the likeness of a city with streets and buildings. There are formations which readily suggest giants’ chairs, prehistoric monsters, or creatures of imaginative myth. Complete with a desert garden, the park offers picnicking and camping spots. Adjacent to the formations rises Table Mountain, a perfect example of a mesa.



National Monument

ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS Scenic Byway is the 533-acre Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Here you can see the homes and catch a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans who lived here between seven and eight hundred years ago. Along with the ancient ruins, the monument features a visitor center and museum. From Silver City there are two ways to travel to the monument. The first is to go north past Piños Altos on NM 15, a winding, mountain forest road. Here, trailers over twenty feet long must take an alternate route on NM 61/35. The other route is through the Mimbres Valley north from NM 152 off US 180 east of town. This route is 25 miles longer, but easier and takes the same amount of time – about two hours. Call ahead for hours and road conditions; (505)5369461 or (505)536-9344.


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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


PROFILE POPULATION: (2004) est. City: 12,500 County: 30,000 HOUSING: (2004) est. TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS City: 4,700 (500 unoccupied) COUNTY: 14,000 GOVERNMENT: Firefighters: 23 full time City Police: 30 State Police: 12 (10 officers, 2 sergeants) County Sheriff: 32 Officers TAXES: Gross Receipts: 7.125% (2000) City: $3,009,860 City Retail: $214,463,457 Per Capita Income: $17,409 Property: 17,397 Mills (Residential) 15,680 Mills (Non-Residential)

PARKS & MONUMENTS City of Rocks State Park Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument The Catwalk National Recreation Trail. (Glenwood)


MAJOR EVENTS Red Paint PowWow Chocolate Fantasia Tour of the Gila Silver City Blues Festival Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo Fourth of July Celebration Fiesta de la Olla Weekend at the Galleries Lighted Christmas Parade

MUSEUMS: 3 Silver City Museum. Founded in 1967. A restored Mansard/ Italianate home built by H.B. Ailman House with 20,000 objects relating to the peoples and history of southwest New Mexico. Admission is free. WNMU Museum. Celebrating its 30th Anniversary November 6, 2004. Home of Pottery and Artifacts of Prehistoric Southwestern Cultures. Available for viewing are historic photographs of Silver City and surrounding areas. Admission is free. Pinos Altos Historical Museum: circa 1860’s-housed in a log cabin that once served as the 1st school house in Grant County. Houses a great collection of mining artifacts and historic memorabilia. Admission is free.

SILVER CITY HISTORIC BUSINESS DISTRICT H. B. Ailman House built in 1881 presently houses the Silver City Museum. Bell Block constructed in 1897 and 1906 originally housed a saloon where straight drinks were sold for 12.5 cents Meredith and Ailman Bank built in 1882, renamed the Palace Hotel in 1900. Silver City National Bank built in 1923, presently used as the City Hall. O.S. Warren house built in 1885 is the only building on Main Street to survive the floods at the turn of the century.

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ATTRACTIONS SILVER CITY BORDERS THE 3.3 MILLION ACRE GILA NATIONAL forest and serves as the hub for a diverse and exciting array of area attractions. Driving the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway is an excellent introduction to the culture and rugged terrain of the region. The loop includes the old west gold mining village of Pinos Altos, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Lake Roberts, Bear Canyon Lake, San Lorenzo Mission (in the lush Mimbres Valley), the Santa Rita open pit copper mine, and the Ft. Bayard National Landmark. Highway 180 West through Cliff and Glenwood offers Bill Evans Lake, the Catwalk National Recreation Trail, and the scenic gold mining ghost town of Mogollon. Highway 180 East accesses the City of Rocks State Park, which will soon be developed as a night skies camping site for stargazing. Hot mineral baths are available near the cliff dwellings and City of Rocks.

Mrs. O.S. Warren building built in 1900 was the former Colby’s. El Sol Theatre building built in 1934 to show Spanishlanguage films. W. H. White house built in 1901 was built of brick in the Hipped Box style for one of Silver City’s first dentists. Dr. W. H. White dental office built in 1887. Isaac N. Cohen house built in 1882 has the only remaining example of double-hung pocket shutters. Big Ditch Park was Silver City’s Main Street before the floods at the turn of the century transformed it into an arroyo. Bennett Block on W. Yankie built in 1882 of adobe construction with brick facades. Max Schutz sample room on N. Texas built to provide a meeting room for traveling salesmen. Goodell’s Feed Store on Yankie built in 1905 and 1911 remained a farmer’s supply outlet until the late 1970s. Victorian Homes. This architectural era spans the period of roughly 1825-1900. There are 31 homes still existing in the Silver City area. Walking Tours (3). Offered by the Silver City Museum: Business District, Gospel Hill and La Capilla. Billy the Kid Cabin. Located near the origin of his real home, this 1800’s style cabin was donated by Ron Howard’s movie The Missing.

Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House. circa 1860’s This fine restaurant and saloon is authentically decorated with 1800’s memorabilia and photographs. Hearst Church. (circa 1898) built by the Hearst newspaper family and serves as the current home to the Grant County Art Guild. The gold used in decorating the Hearst Castle in California came from the Hearst Mine in Pinos Altos. FORT BAYARD Buffalo Soldiers: In 1866 Congress authorized the organization of four black regiments to help with the “pacification” of the West. The Indians christened these men with their short curly hair, the Buffalo Soldiers, a name which the Tenth Calvary proudly bore on its military crest. Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark/ National Cemetery. Established as a territorial post dating back to 1863, the fort has served as a military center of operations, army and VA hospital and continues today as a State Medical Center

La Capilla Chapel Replica. The chapel was a local landmark and served as a gathering place for the residents of a neighborhood built on a hill on the south side of Silver City.

MEDICAL Gila Regional Medical Center: 68 Beds, 43 Physicians Optometrists: 2 Dentists: 12 Clinics: 5 Chiropractors: 9 Fort Bayard Medical Center: Long term care facility with 4 Physicians offering services in Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Geriatric care and Chemical Dependency unit. Pharmacies: 4 Acupuncturists: 2

PINOS ALTOS Fort Cobre Replica. A 3/4 scale replica of the Santa Rita Del Cobre Fort (circa 1804) which originally was located at the Santa Rita open pit copper mine site east of Silver City.

GHOST TOWNS Mogollon: 75 miles NE US180 Shakespeare: 46 miles SE NM90 Steins: 63 miles SE NM90/I-10


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ROCK! WRITTEN BY VIVIAN SAVITT PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY ????, ???? ,????, ????, ???? clockwise from top left: Local musical talent includes Captain Cactus, Copper Creek Wranglers, Monica Santa Maria Garcia, Bayou Seco, Brandon Perrault and Melanie Zipin.

WITH THE OPENING OF NEW PERFORMANCE SPACES SUCH AS ISAAC'S Bar & Grill and the soon-to-blossom Silco Theater, Silver City’s music scene continues to expand. Established venues like the Twisted Vine, Buffalo Bar, Silver City Brewery, Drifter Lounge and special events such as Storyteller’s Night at Dos Baristas and Open Mike at the Buckhorn Saloon highlight both new and known acts. The musicians themselves are a group of gifted, energetic, and friendly folks who lend time and talent to outreach programs and fund raisers. Music seems to run in families; four of the six acts profiled here involve husbands and wives. While the performers’ creative approaches are as diverse as their personalities, all seem to share a sense of community. www.ziapublishing.com – 41

Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler, the husband-wife duo known as Bayou Seco, have


been collectors of traditional music for 28 years. The multilingual folklorists have learned


songs from elder musicians in their own surroundings, observing their lives and

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community values. This insight materializes on stage in Bayou Seco’s compelling performances of Cajun and Southwestern music. Eunice, LA, where the couple met, represents the “heartbeat of Cajun music,” according to Jeanie. “The action occurs in rural dance halls where weddings, saint days and other functions are celebrated,” she says. Look for Bayou Seco’s CDs at Alotta Gelato and the Silver City Museum shop. Tejano (“Tex-Mex”) music is the driving force for Bayard-based Monica Santa Maria Garcia and Illusion, a band put together by Monica’s husband, bass guitarist Rick Garcia. Illusion also features Monica’s brother Joe Santa Maria on tenor saxophone, Ron Martinez on drums and Jessie Lozano on lead guitar. “The band learns new songs quickly,” says Monica, a Silver City native. “We also play country western tunes and oldies, including Selena and Elvis Presley hits. Here in town

Tejano music only attracts a medium sized crowd, so we perform more frequently in Tucson and Deming. We’ve also played the Tejano Fiesta in Lordsburg for four years.” Last March, Illusion played at the three-day Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair in San Antonio, Texas, “the Tejano music capitol of the world.” The Texas Talent Music Association puts on the event, which has spurred the band on to its next milestone. “We returned to e-mail requesting CDs! So we’ll have one out this summer.” Another husband and wife musical team, singer/songwriter Melanie Zipin and guitarist/co-writer Jeff LeBlanc, specializes in original music. The couple met nine years ago. “Jeff could carry the music part with his guitar playing, and it was great to write with someone else,” says Melanie. “We started booking gigs and traveling.” Admittedly shy, Melanie had to be coaxed onto the stage the first time she sang in public. In 1999, when fans of her introspective and entrancing lyrics began requesting


GARCIA “We are a Tejano band from Bayard. At “Fan Fair,” where 100 bands played, only four were from New Mexico. The feedback was great.” Website: eocities.com/ illusionband2001

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CD’s, a friendship with producer Phil Brown facilitated this next dimension to her work. A band and CD materialized. In due course, the Mimbres Region


PERRAULT “Musicians here are close. All of us understand that music is about sharing our unique voices as well as love for the community.” Website: www.brandonperrault.com

Arts Council (MRAC) hosted a release party for her. Today Melanie and Jeff have two CDs out and a third in the making. “The new CD will be simpler both in background and instrumentation,” Melanie says. “It will be about voice and lyrics.” Well-known performer Brandon Perrault, who has rarely passed up a chance to sing anywhere, about almost anything, is in a songwriting phase too. With ten CD’s out (available at Dos Baristas) ranging from covers of Mexican traditional tunes to patriotic, jazz and country music, this versatile musician has been inspired by the film ‘Salt of the Earth’ to explore mining history. A fourth generation Silver City native, Brandon aspires to travel more extensively and to expand his audience outside the southwest. Last year he journeyed to Tokyo, performing at a traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony. To the delight of the audience, Brandon sang “Brown-Eyed Girl” and “Morena de Mi Corazon,” a song written by actor Antonio Banderas for the film “Desperado.” Live rock ’n’ roll is the forte of the 10-year-old musical entity known as


Captain Cactus and the Midlife Crisis Band. The five-member group practices in a loft built by guitarist/songwriter Howie Miller. Captain Cactus plays both original and cover tunes and appears frequently at the Drifter Lounge.



“New listeners don’t expect so much electric guitar,” says bass guitar and mandolin player Quinn Martin. “Everyone ends up dancing and all of us have fun.” Besides Howie and Quinn, the band’s roster also includes Joe Cardona on guitar, Bill Gassert on drums and Betty Marriage singing lead vocals. Quinn and Bill have played together for seven years. “I’m in it for the money and Bill for the babes,” quips Quinn. On a more serious note, he says, “There are new options now that Betty’s involved. Betty invigorates the music.” “I inspired Howie to write for me,” Betty adds. Her slinky voice revels in tunes like Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” and Howie’s composition “Isolation Blues.” Meanwhile, back at Copper Creek Ranch, “the old west is alive and kickin’.” Owners Floyd and Jo Ann “Patsy” Robertson are dedicated to preserving classic western music made popular by artists like the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bob

“I had never really thought about my singing other than as another way to express myself, along with my beadwork, poetry and drawings.” Website: www.melaniezipin.com

Wills, Marty Robbins and Rex Allen. The Copper Creek Wranglers can cook, too, and we don’t mean just musically. On Friday and Saturday nights from late May to early September they serve a barbecue chuckwagon supper with real cowboy ‘fixin’s’ before

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taking off their aprons and taking the stage to round out an evening of western family fun. Floyd plays guitar, and both he and Patsy sing. The Wranglers lineup also includes


David Anderson on fiddle and bass, Tamera Perry on guitar and vocals, and Debbie


Anderson on vocals. Ken Anderson coordinates the sound.Weather is never a problem; the events take place in the ranch’s big red barn, with a seating capacity of 200. Reservations are recommended. The Wranglers’ latest CD is “Rhythms of the West.” Many area musicians supplement their musical activities with an amazingly diverse

“We pump at least three new songs into every gig, but we always play “Gloria” or “Mustang Sally” whenever we perform.” Bookings: (505) 590-1769

assortment of occupations and community activities. A WNMU graduate, elementary school music teacher Brandon Perrault participates in the Fine Arts Friday program and frequently helps fellow musicians with sound at the Buckhorn Saloon. He also teaches the Cobre High School Mariachis with fellow musician Lorenzo Cabrera (see Lorenzo’s story on page 57.) Brandon enjoys using his talent to “help others move ahead.” Proceeds from his recently released CD of spiritual music benefit his two favorite churches in Santa Clara. Melanie Zipin teaches a weekly creative writing course at Meadow Hawk Middle School and administers PNM’s Fine Arts Friday Program for the Mimbres Region Arts Council in Grant County and Deming elementary schools. “This program” she says, “places artists in the schools either performing or leading classes on an array of subjects from bookmaking to theater.” Monica Santa Maria Garcia is the mother of two young children who works as an


administrative assistant to the superintendent of Cobre Schools. “Fortunately my family helps with baby sitting,” she notes. Quinn of Captain Cactus is a deputy district attorney, and lead singer Betty is a former KSCQ disc jockey and Phelps Dodge truck driver. Joe is a former California studio guitarist who does concrete work.



While Ken and Jeanie of Bayou Seco play a variety of instruments, Ken, who usually plays the diatonic, or “button” accordion, is also a violinmaker. He and partner Peter White have created instruments played throughout the country. Ken even made the five-string fiddle that Jeanie plays. She, in turn, gives lessons to children who perform as the Fiddling Friends. Each summer the couple takes traditional American music overseas, performing at festivals in Europe.

“We try to make sure everybody feels better when they leave than they did when they came in – and nobody goes away hungry!”

Floyd at Copper Creek Ranch, who had been entertaining thoughts of retirement, has put that idea on hold for the time being. Instead, he is running for Grant County Commissioner of District One in this June’s election on a platform of “honesty, integrity and hard work.” “I had thought that I’d just sit on my porch, play my guitar and sell boots,” he says, referring to the ranch’s Cowtown Boot Shop. “Well,

Jo Ann “Patsy” Robertson Copper Creek Wranglers Website: www.coppercreekranch.cc

the porch will still be there when I’m ready.” www.ziapublishing.com – 47



THE MIMBRES REGION ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES ITS SILVER ANNIVERSARY this year. Rated the number one arts council by the State Arts Division for the third year in a row, the MRAC, like fine wine, just seems to get better with age. Many new area residents cite the arts council and its events as one of the reasons for relocating to Silver City. The late John Stermer and his wife Lucy founded the MRAC 25 years ago. John was a wellknown local artist, and his work is displayed in the Governor’s Gallery in Santa Fe and private collections around the country. He recognized the importance of having an organization to support the broad spectrum of arts. Through the years, many prominent people in our community have served on the 15 seat volunteer board of directors, including State Representative


Photo by Judy DouBrava

top: Honeyboy Edwards, one of the talented Blues artists at last year’s event. above: crowds jam Gough Park during Silver City’s popular Blues Festival. right: A few of the hard-working individuals who keep pushing the Mimbres Region Arts Council to the top of the performance list for the State of New Mexico include Sheila Swisher, Office Manager; Diane Miller, Volunteer Coordinator; Dea Gross, Bookkeeper; and Faye McCalmont.

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Dianne Hamilton and City Councilor Steve May. Present-day MRAC Executive Director Faye McCalmont notes that many newcomers get involved with the arts council as soon as they unpack. “It’s exciting to watch,” she says, “I enjoy drawing people in so they see the value of this organization and become willing to put their energy into supporting the arts.” Faye’s own involvement with the arts council dates back to the very first Silver City Blues Festival in 1996. At the time, however, it wasn’t planned as a festival, simply an indoor evening of blues. When the venue didn’t work out, the event was moved to Gough Park with free admission. above: Pottery workshops sponsored by MRAC include the famed potters of Mata Ortiz, Mexico. above, right: James Edd and Debbie Hughs chat with Michael Metcalf at Lois Duffy Gallery during Weekend at the Galleries. opposite, top: Grant County Mural Project. opposite, bottom: Michele Booth provides entertainment at Lois Duffy Gallery.

“It was freezing that day. It was so cold that people brought sleeping bags,” she recalls. “There were maybe 200 people in the audience.” Now one of the most renowned blues fests in the country, the yearly event draws thousands. This year’s festival will kick off with a street dance Friday, May 26th, featuring Brandon Perrault and talented Cobre High School singer Maggie Garcia.* Phil Guy, brother of blues legend Buddy Guy, showcases the Saturday lineup in one of his first gigs since the release of his new album, He’s My Blues Brother. Harry Manx, a Mohan Veena player and favorite from last year’s folk series, performs on Sunday, followed by 75-yearold folk blues legend Odetta.


The scope of the MRAC’s activities has also grown exponentially through the years. When Faye became executive director a decade ago, the organization had an annual operating budget of $50,000. That same budget today is close to $400,000. Among the programs the council provides are Fine Arts Fridays at Silver City, Cobre and Deming schools, a musical performance season rich in variety, the Grant County Youth Mural Program with help from area artists, the highly successful Folk Series, the Fiesta de la Olla, the Talented Neighbor program for supporting local musicians, a gallery space for local artists, an artist lecture series and Weekend at the Galleries, another event that draws thousands of people yearly. “All of this is only possible because of all the great people who are involved,” Faye says. “It’s because of such terrific community support that we have so much to celebrate.” Happy anniversary, MRAC! *Read more about Maggie Garcia in “Lights on the Horizon,” page 36. www.ziapublishing.com – 51

Photo from M.H. Salmon collection.


Above: Bud, Christopher and Ethen

Take A Kid

FISHING BY M.H. “Dutch” Salmon

SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO IS A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE A KID FISHING. The warm climate means fishing is feasible about 9 months of the year. We don’t have a lot of water – not compared to states like New York or Minnesota – but we’ve got a good variety of water. There are big lakes like Elephant Butte, small lakes like Lake Roberts, and streams like the Gila River. Bass, catfish, trout, carp, and panfish are all a possibility, depending on where you go. I like to start a kid fishing with bait rather than spin casting or fly fishing. It’s easier as a first step, and kids get a kick of out catching the bait as well as catching the fish with the bait. I recall two memorable adventures out along the Gila River. My son Bud, then 8 years old, had two friends visiting from Hawaii. Christopher and Ethan didn’t know word one about fishing but we gathered up some gear and away we went. At the first crossing I turned the three rascals loose with a fine-mesh net. You should have seen them get after those crawfish, scurrying away in the shallows! They whooped and hollered and finally got up enough courage to pick them up and put them in a plastic sack. The kids had so much fun chasing crawfish, they hated to quit and start fishing. 52 – SILVER CITY LIFE

But you only need so many crawfish and I gathered the boys up and we headed for a big pool upstream. It was pretty spot surrounded by cottonwood and willow and nobody else around. I helped them to bait up, we got two lines in the water, and it didn’t take long and we had a bite. In the end we caught three nice smallmouth bass, and with the big one of 16 inches it took all three boys taking turns to get him in. They said it was almost as much fun as chasing those crawfish. The year before Bud and I had a great adventure at the same pool. Again we used a crawfish as bait, and this day he had stood and watched me hook and land a 30" carp. With the flimsy fly rod I was using it took me 11⁄2 hrs. to get the fish in. I needed Bud to help net the fish at the bank. Carp are great fighters and after landing and measuring the fish we let this fellow go. Watching the struggle, Bud got intrigued by carp fishing and a few weeks later we were back at the same pool.

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This time we used the fine-mesh net to catch some hellgrammites, turning over rocks and holding the net downstream. Bud had a lightweight spinning rod, but we rigged this spinning rod up for bait and put a hellgrammite on the bottom. He hooked a huge fish, especially huge for a 7-year–old. But where I had labored for 11⁄2 hours, it only took Bud 20 minutes to land a 30" carp. Bud said, “Dad, it’s the same fish!” Probably so; they looked exactly alike. Only this time we took the fish home, used the filet knife, and finished the adventure by cooking up some fine fish patties. Trout like the colder water. Catfish and carp like the warmer water. The bass and panfish are somewhere in-between, and may overlap in places. All these fish are fun, catching the bait to lure them is fun too, and now is the time to take a kid fishing.

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The Variety of


Draws People Here



City is well known for its artists and the great variety of art galleries but the variety of birds around here has been often overlooked. A few years ago a checklist for the area had a whopping 310 species and there have been a number

added since that time. By the way, the species list for New Mexico is more than 500, putting this state in the number five position for the most species recorded. What birds can be different enough to draw people to visit or even to move here? How about the Red-faced Warbler, 54 – SILVER CITY LIFE

Painted Redstart, Scott’s Oriole, Blackchinned Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, Hutton’s Vireo and Magnificent Hummingbird? Or three species of tanagers, five species of thrashers, more than 20 species of sparrows and seven species of wrens? This is but a small

sampling of the wonderful birds to be seen within a few miles of Silver City. Some birds are here year round while other are to be found only in the spring and summer, or the winter season. On a more personal note, a place I go to regularly happens to be the sewage pond area for the village of Tyrone. Over a span of 14 years I have listed 189 species in that general area while I have a list of 94 species seen in or flying over my yard right in the

middle of Silver City. I know of one birder living at the edge of town with a yard list of more than 140 species. My wife and I moved here in 1991 because of the great birding opportunity and the friendly climate. I have not been disappointed with either. How does one learn where to look for birds? The Southwestern New Mexico Audubon Society is a good starting point. It has meetings held the first Friday of the month on the WNMU campus in all the months but summer and January, and regular field trips. It also sponsors two Christmas Bird Counts in December and a Spring Migration count in May. Other special events are a raptor count the first Saturday of December and a Gila River count the first Saturday of May, sponsored by the biology department at WNMU. Two other sources of information on where to find birds are the New Mexico Bird Finding Guide, which has several pages devoted to the southwestern counties, and the Southwestern New Mexico Birding Trail Map, a state game and fish department publication that gives a listing of birding places within a drive of an hour or so from Silver City and tells of some of the specialty birds that can be found at each stop. I must also mention such birds as Common Black-Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Montezuma Quail, Lucy’s Warbler, Grace’s Warbler (it’s nice to have the ladies represented), Vermilion Flycatcher and a large variety of other flycatchers. I have neglected water birds but they are here though in smaller numbers than other places and can give some surprises. Also, look for Sandhill Cranes along the Gila River in the winter months. I could go on but it is best to go out and discover the bird life on your own. Just get out and look, and don’t forget your binoculars and bird book. You could be surprised by a Bridled Titmouse or Pygmy Nuthatch along the way.


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Jack and Alice Hill were both





Your age? Jack: 84. Alice: 83. Were the “good old days” really all that good? Jack: They were basically people-friendly. Alice: Silver City was a nice town to grow up in. As a child, what was one of the things you enjoyed most? Jack: Swimming. Alice: Horseback riding. As a child, what was one of the things you enjoyed least? Alice: Sauerkraut juice. Is life better/easier now? Jack: We lived through the great depression, so things are better now than then. Alice: Everybody was in the same boat, though. We didn’t feel deprived. What has been one of the biggest changes in southwestern New Mexico over the years, and how do you feel about it? Jack: There’s been a big increase in population. That’s both good and bad. We’ve lost a lot of privacy. Alice: A lot of people want to change everything. I’m all for change, but if something’s not broken you shouldn’t try to fix it. What is your favorite place to visit in Silver City? Jack: I enjoy lunch at the bowling alley after a round of golf. Alice: Good heavens, to have to pick one out! I’d say the Silver City Museum. Do you have a favorite actor or movie? Jack: “A Shot in the Dark” with Peter Sellers. Alice: “Pretty Woman” with Julia Roberts. If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? Jack: Spend it. Alice: I’d see somebody I love who needed something and buy it for them. I might even get Jack a pair of shoes. What event or occurrence do you feel had a large impact on our area or on you personally? Both: The war (World War II). What do think of current technology? Jack: Fabulous. Alice: Too much, too fast. What do you know about people and life today that you wish you had known when you were younger? Alice: I wouldn’t want to know; that would take all the spontaneity out of life. Life is all about what’s around the next corner. Is there something helpful you would like to say to young people who are just starting out? Jack: Get that education, but have fun too. Alice: I’d like to see kids have time to be kids while they’re still young. I’d also say: There’s more good than bad to life. You can count on it.


born in Silver City just a year apart, but they didn’t meet until Jack was home on leave during World War II. The young Navy torpedo bomber pilot was the best man at a good friend’s wedding, while Alice was there as a bridesmaid for her own good friend. Jack and Alice were later married in the same church. For seven years after the war the couple operated Hill’s Camp, a combination store and service station with rental cabins located across from Benny’s Market on Pope St., where Med Square stands today*. From there they both went on to long careers in education. Jack taught math for ten years at Cobre and 18 years at Silver High School before becoming principal there. “I was talked into it,” he says modestly of his tenure as principal. Alice was a secretary for 29 years at Stout and La Plata Middle Schools, which were called junior high schools at the time. “I loved every minute of it,” she reports, “I like teenagers.” With her sister Ida Foster Campbell, Alice Foster Hill researched and wrote Triumph and Tragedy: A History of Thomas Lyons and the LCs, published by High-Lonesome Press. It is the documented true story of partners Thomas Lyons and Angus Campbell, who founded an immense cattle empire, the LC Ranches, in southwest New Mexico in the late 19th century. Jack and Alice are proud of the book and their own careers, but prouder of their three grown children: Bobbi, a guidance counselor, John, who works in construction and builds handcrafted furniture, and Scott, a physical therapist. All three live in the Silver City area. *See State Senator Ben Altamirano’s story in the previous issue of Silver City Life.

At 71, Lorenzo Cabrera has been sharing music with others for 66 years. His father, also named Lorenzo, was a mariachi who played the violin, guitar, bull fiddle and guitarron. He taught his son to play guitar and sing by age five, and young Lorenzo was performing in public soon after. At 15, Lorenzo was also playing the vijuela, a five-stringed instrument, and appearing with his father’s band, Los Gavilanes, at such 1950s venues as the Fiero Nightclub and the El Dorado Lounge in Hanover. His music changed direction when he learned to play the saxophone and joined the Swing Kings. He was a member of Soto’s Pan American Band and the Maruffo Latineers before starting his own band, the Coronados. After several years with the Coronados, the course of his music changed once more when he picked up his guitar again and began playing at his church, where he organized a choir. With a family to support, Lorenzo always kept his day job and retired after 34 years at Kennecott Corp. He opened a guitar studio in Silver City where he sold instruments and gave lessons until health problems forced him to give it up. He thought he had retired again until Cobre High School called, asking him to help organize and teach the Cobre Mariachis. That was ten years ago. Since then, he has taught several of his own grandchildren in the class. “The kids have gotten used to me,” Lorenzo says, “They won’t let me retire.” He doesn’t seem to mind. He enjoys working with the students and helping with their problems when asked. Lorenzo and his wife Belia have five grown children, all musicians.



Where are you from originally, and how long have you lived here? – I was born in Rincón, a farming village near Hatch. My family moved here in the ‘40s. What sort of work did you do? I retired from Kennecott as a repairman. During strikes and layoffs I worked at the county or for several different building contractors. I always had a job with one of them. Were the “good old days” really all that good? Let’s say that when there was work, they were real good. As a child, what was one of the things you enjoyed most? Playing music and singing. As a child, what was one of the things you enjoyed least? Working. (Laughs.) Is life better/easier now? Oh yes, it’s very different Was life better/simpler then? No. It was rough. If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it? – In my experience, it’s not what you have; it’s how you use it. I’d share it with the ones who really don’t have it. Is there something in life you’d still like to do? – I’d like to travel someday, maybe to Europe just to see what’s on the other side of the world. What event or occurrence do you feel had a large impact on our area or on you personally? Mine strikes and layoffs always had a big impact. The economy was different than today. Without that money, everything started to die. There was very little credit. Like you said in the magazine [the previous Silver City Life], people like Gabby Armendariz and Ben Altamirano [who extended credit on groceries] helped tremendously, but there weren’t many of them. My wife’s uncle had La Fe Store in Vanadium, and he would let people charge. I think the community grew as more places offered charge accounts. Is there something helpful you would like to say to young people who are just starting out? I deal a lot with kids. When I was young my dad and I were friends. That’s missing now. Maybe life is harder now, because both parents have to work. Families don’t eat meals together. We’re so involved with ourselves that kids get neglected in different ways. We need to spend more time with them and show them more love. I wish I could help each one individually. I’ll tell you this: music works wonders.

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Charles Shaw, more commonly known as “Chef” around the Brewer Hill Missionary Baptist church where he is in charge of The Brewer Hill Kitchen and Catering Service, came to Silver city in 1963. A quiet man who takes cooking very seriously, Shaw has been a chef for over 50 years. “You have to be patient with food,” he says. “Recipes come from years of testing.” Below is one of Charles’s recipes, which he offers with these words of wisdom: “Follow a recipe until you master it. Only then should you innovate and improvise.”

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Chicken Livers Supreme Ingredients: 1 lb. chicken livers 1 bunch green onions 1/2 box mushrooms 1 pint sour cream Salt Black pepper Garlic 1 cup flour Season and dredge chicken livers. Fry, turning once, for about 5 minutes in a 12-inch frying pan. Take livers out of pan. Slice mushrooms; chop big ends of green onions. Sauté onions and mushrooms for about 4 minutes in a 10-inch sauce pan. Using the 12-inch pan, add a cup of flour to make gravy. Add livers and saute ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add sour cream and serve. Serves 4. May be served with rice or noodles. More information on Brewer Hill Kitchen and Catering service is available by calling the church at 534-0048. 58 – SILVER CITY LIFE

WRITTEN BY PAT YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE BURGESS A welcome mat is always out at Brewer Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Silver City. Depending on the timing, a visitor might be served a moving sermon or a marvelous meal. The church could be solemn and quiet, or filled with beautiful music. On many days, it is filled with the wonderful aromas of cooking. The church is housed in a modest white building atop Brewer Hill, with panoramic, peaceful views of town and the mountains beyond. An attached kitchen, commercially equipped and immaculately kept, is home to The Brewer Hill Kitchen and Catering Service, an auxiliary business that helps financially support the church. The land where this church sits was named after Rebecca Brewer. Madam Brewer, as she was known, was one of Silver City’s many colorful characters over the years. She donated the land, with the only cost being approximately $150 in fees. There was a stipulation, however, that the land could only be above: Pastor Earseye Ross at Brewer Hill Missionary Baptist Church. opposite: Church members gathered for Sunday services following an evening of event catering.

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When I visited Cuzco, Peru, with the Arts Council & Museum Tour, our large group was frequently served buffet style. I was impressed by the marinated dishes among the appetizers and salads. Upon my return, I created my own dish that I dubbed Cuzco Confetti Salsa.

Cuzco Confetti Salsa 11⁄2 cup (fresh or frozen) lima beans 1 cup (fresh or frozen) corn (cut off cob) Microwave these vegetables for about 1 minute to thaw or blanch ⁄2 cup chopped and peeled cucumber 1 ⁄2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1 ⁄2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 ⁄2 red onion chopped 1 ripe tomato chopped 1

Mix all vegetables in a large bowl Add: 1 ⁄2 cup chopped cilantro 1 ⁄2 tsp oregano Salt and pepper to taste 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil Squeeze the juice of 3 fresh limes Serve at room temperature Carol Thompson CENTURY 21

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Many of the folks who stop for coffee on Sunday mornings at Dos Baristas Coffee Gallery have been requesting more to eat than our pastries. I began experimenting with quiches, which we are now offering on Sunday mornings until they run out.

Spinach, Mushroom & Cheese Quiche Ingredients 1 pastry shell for deep dish pie plate 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach 1 ⁄2 pound sliced mushrooms 1 ⁄2 tsp salt 1 ⁄8 tsp black pepper 1 tablespoon horseradish 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream 1 ⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 4 large eggs 11⁄2 cups half & half 1 ⁄8 tsp salt 1 ⁄8 tsp cayenne pepper 1 ⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain and dry spinach. In a bowl, combine salt, pepper, horseradish and sour cream. Blend in spinach. Spread mixture in the pastry shell. Sauté the mushrooms in butter. Drain and layer on top of the spinach mixture. Sprinkle with the grated cheeses. Beat the eggs and add the half and half, and remaining seasonings. Beat until smooth. Pour the egg mixture into the pastry shell. Bake at 375 degrees in a preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the top is puffed up and browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to set. Enjoy! Ruth Ann Poppe Dos Baristas Coffee Gallery

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I was surprised to find chayote in the local Silver City markets, but zucchini can also be substituted in this dish. It can be served separately or used as the bed for a baked meat product. It is simple and adds a delightful Southwest flair to a meal.

Chayotes with corn & Jalapeños chiles 3 1 3 4 2 1

Chayotes medium red onion, chopped or 4 garlic cloves, crushed fresh jalapeño chiles whole kernel sweet corn 15 oz. cans Philadelphia cream cheese 8 oz. Salt to your taste 1 ⁄2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoons of oil for frying. Peel chayotes, cut in half and remove seeds, then cut halves in small bite size cubes. Cover with water and boil until tender, about 15 nimutes. Drain and set aside. Drain corn and set aside. Heat oil in frying pan, add onions, garlic, chayotes and corn. Fry over medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Wash jalapeños, cut in halves, scrape seeds and veins. Put in cold salt water and set aside. Add cream cheese in pieces over the rest of the ingredients in frying pan. Continue cooking until cheese melts. Dry jalapeños and cut length-wise into strips. Add strips to frying pan and mix for a few minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesean cheese and serve in a warm dish. You can also top with chicken or pork and serve.. Carlos Guiterrez


A refreshing summer drink is Agua de Jamaica. I found the dried red Jamaica flowers in Palomas labeled as hibiscus. I have made the drink for large groups, as well as another drink called Horchata, a rice and milk drink. I’ll save Horchata for another issue.

Agua de Jamaica 2 cups dry Jamaica flowers 10 cups water 1 cup sugar Rinse the flowers briefly to remove impurities. Place in a saucepan and add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and let stand for 10-20 minutes. Strain into a pitcher, dilute with 4 cups water and add sugar. Carlos Guiterrez

Grandma Horcasitas’ Biscochitos

Correction of incomplete recipe printed in Silver City Life Winter 2006.

1 lb. lard 4 cups flour 1 jigger wine 1 tsp. anise flavor or anise balls 3 ⁄4 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 ⁄2 tsp baking powder 1 ⁄4 tsp. salt Cinnamon sugar mixture to roll cookies in Cream lard. Add sugar, cream again. Add eggs, wine and anise. Mix. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the combined dry ingredients. Knead. If dough is too sticky to form into little balls, add more flour with a little baking powder. Form into little balls, or you may roll out dough and cut into designs. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until slightly brown. Roll them in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

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Chive Butter Melt 1 stick of butter with 1 tablespoon fresh chives Prepare gas grill or heat coals for medium heat. Cut eight large sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil and place shrimp, scallops, corn and cherry tomatoes in the center of each sheet – divided equally. Drizzle 2 tablespoons Chive Butter over the seafood and vegetables. Seal packets and grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Shrimp should be pink and vegetables tender. Serve individually or place on a colorful platter for extra pizzazz. If you can’t wait until summer to grill, you may place packets on a cookie sheet in a 375 degree oven for 30 – 40 minutes. Great with a michelada! Rosa Terrazas Timberland Construction, Inc.



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MainStreet USA held a fund-raising dinner for restoration of the Silco Theater, catered by Orchid Café and with entertainment by Gypsy Feet. Photographed were Frank Milan, Miriam and Henry Cwieka and daughter Liz Baxter, as well as attendees Judy Menefee, Sudie Ruhne, Barbara Smith and Dr. Wilson. At the head of the line for East Indian cuisine were Laura Howell, Melinda and George Austin. Recognizing the efforts behind the La Capilla Chapel project were Carlos Provencio, Mona Britt, Joe and Senovia Ray, Raul Turietta, Randy Villa, Duane Brokett, and John and Dianne Hamilton. GRMC’s Surgical Center of the Southwest, an important segment of the region’s medical care facilities, held an opening reception for its new facility. Participating were Tom Boyle, Valerie Duntz, Maria Muñoz, Mario Quintana, Patricia Heil, Elva Quimby, Tami Betes and Marielle Remillard. A contributor to the region’s alternative healing options are the Silver Paws therapy pets. Tiki the poodle is with Raelynn Botello. “Making a Hand,” a photography exhibit focused on New Mexico’s ranch children opened at Western New Mexico University Museum and among the attendees were Ty and Sherri Bays and their sons Clell and Ketch, Linda MacArthur with her grandson Jacob and Cynthia Bettison with Gene Peach and Karen Rossman. Among the many locals attending an opening at Leyba and Ingalls Arts were Burghardt, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, Marcia Smith and David Furnas; Star, John Rehovec and Susan Hill; Terri Matelson, Tiffin Mabry and Jane Janson; Morgan Bighley, Melanie Zipin, Shauna and Naio McCosh; Suzi Calhoun, Mary Alice Murphy and Janey Katz; Rudy Griego, Cynthis Bettison and Fred Barraza; Diana Ingalls Leyba with Linda Brewer and Jane Janson; Rachel Bighley and

Star, John Rehovec, Susan Hill

Terri Matelson, Tiffin Mabry, Jane Janson

Lisa Hawk, Melanie Zipin, Jeff LeBlanc

Suzi Calhoun, Mary Alice Murphy, Janey Katz

Morgan Bighley, Melanie Zipin, Shauna McCosh, Naio

Rachel Bighley, Maura Gonsior

Diana Ingalls Leyba, Linda Brewer, Jane Janson

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Frank Milan, Miriam & Henry Cwieka, Liz Baxter

Judy Menefee, Sudie Ruhne, Barbara Smith, Dr. Wilson

John & Dianne Hamilton

Laura Howell and Melinda & George Austin in the serving line

Duane Brockett

Carlos Provencio, Mona Britt, Senovia Ray, Raul Turietta, Randy Villa

La Capilla Chapel Dedication Attendants

Ribbon Cutting at JW Art Gallery

Ty and Sheri Bays & sons Clell and Ketch

Linda McArthur and grandson Jacob

Gene Peach, Karen Rossman, Cynthia Bettison

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Maura Gonsior; and there’s Melanie again with Lisa Hawk and Jeff LeBlanc. Also enjoying the art were Rudy Griego, Cynthia Bettison and Fred Barraza. If you missed the opening of the impressive and spacious new JW Art Gallery in the Old Hurley Store, make an effort to stop and welcome owners Karin and Joseph Wade. The current exhibition includes work by Shannon Stirnweis, Loren Schmidt and a representation of Wade’s own work. The ribbons were cut by Hurley Mayor Baca and well-wishers included council members, village employees and State Representative Manny Herrera. Admiring the artwork were Rolene Jameson Aguirre and Annie Baca from the Clerk’s office. Impressed by the printmaking shop were Ouida Touchon from Cruz Nopal Art Studio in Las Cruces and El Paso print maker Oscar Moya. Mayor Baca discussed the galleries impact with owner Joseph Wade. Another delectable Chocolate Fantasia event included Tyler Connoley and Kristen Pyle, Judy DouBrava, Connie Hostetler and Jess Gorell, Kim Godfrey and Mattie Johnson, Avelino Maestas, and Aaron and Lorena Salsburg from El Paso. At the Pinos Altos Art Fair we found Eric Patterson singing Knocking on Heavens Door and Dana Smolens, Jim Jones, Frank Ferrara and Skip Thacker, the Gila Rangers Cowboy Action Club. Furr’s Supermarket stepped up to the line last Thanksgiving providing a dinner enjoyed by many needy locals. Among the volunteer servers were Don Ganader and Arlyn Cooley, Martha Choquette, Norma Arambula and Pat Leonard.

Valerie Duntz and Maria M. Muñoz Mario Quintana and Patricia Heil

Mayor Baca, Joseph Wade

Karin & Joseph Wade and Manny Herrera

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Cecilia Bell making introductions




Gila Rangers — Dana Smolens, Jim Jones, Frank Ferrara and Skip Thacker

Lizz Arellano

Jean Wright

Bob Pelham

Among the participants at a lively Fort Bayard Days event were Bob Mallins showing medical equipment that had been used in the Civil War, Cecilia Bell introcucing Ron Hendersen playing the part of Lt. Fountain from camp near Glenwood Nov.-Dec. 1885, Lizz Arellano showing knitted items from 1800 patterns, John Bell as Col. Bushnell and Becky as Miss Harding discussing the ‘chasing technique’ used with TB patients, Bob Pelham enjoying a carriage ride provided by Serenity Acres and Jean Wright at the Silver City Museum Society booth with items for sale. Geo Care, the management group at Ft. Bayard, held a successful job fair at Holiday Inn Express. Facilitating the event were Vicki Hawkins, Erlinda Sierra, Johanna Sosaya and Donna Linette. Your Photos Wanted! Be an “Out & About” reporter! Silver City Life invites its readers to submit their photos of local events and gatherings for this department. Our staff does its best to cover a broad range of events. Nobody can be everywhere at once, though, so the best way to ensure that your favorite group or organization is featured in these pages is to send your own photo. Please attach a note listing the organization, the event, and the people pictured in order from left to right. Photos cannot be returned, so you’ll want to send a duplicate. Send photos to: Zia Publishing Corp. Dept. O 611 N. Hudson St. Silver City, NM 88061

Raelynn Botello and Tiki

Thanksgiving Dinner participants

Kristy Arambula

Martha Choquette, Christen Rogers

Don Ganader, Arlyn Cooley

Norma Arambula, Martha Choquette

Tyler Connoley, Kristen Pyle

Judy DouBrava

Connie Hostetler, Jess Gorell

Kim Godfrey, Mattie Johnson

Avelino Maestas

Aaron and Lorena Salsburg

Norma Arambula, Martha Choquette, Pat Leonard



SURGICAL CENTER OF THE “We work for the health of our neighbors.”


SOUTHWEST “hightouch patient care and high-tech medicine.”

Gila Regional Medical center is a terrific Center’s Surgical Center example of our of the Southwest is a brick commitment to highand mortar testament to touch patient care and the hospital’s mission high-tech medicine.” statement, “We work for The phrase “highthe health of our touch” refers to a neighbors,” and to its philosophy of treatment combination of high-tech in which the physical and services and patientemotional comfort of the centered care. The new patient is the first 8,000-square-foot facility consideration. boasts two state-of-the-art State of the art operating rooms, six pretechnology allows the op rooms large enough for hospital to offer new a family member to stay procedures unavailable with a patient before elsewhere in New W R IT TE N BY LISA J I M E N E Z surgery, and a separate Mexico. Navigated knee P H OTO G R AP HY C O U RTE SY admitting area for surgical replacement surgery G I LA R E G IO NAL M E D ICAL C E NTE R patients. allows precise alignment “Connecting the new surgical addition to the existing surgical of the prosthesis, resulting in many years of additional wear. suite allows us to provide the best customer care and convenience Green-light laser surgery, along with the hospital’s new of an ambulatory surgery center, backed up by a full-service lithotripter, provides new treatment options for various urinary hospital,” says Joan Dewbre, GRMC’s director of surgery. “The tract problems, and the $4.7 million investment in high-tech


opposite and above: The new Surgical Center of the Southwest employs state-ofthe-art technology that allows Gila Regional Medical Center to offer procedures unavailable elsewhere in New Mexico.

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surgical equipment and facilities also gives patients new options for eye surgery services, colonoscopies and endometrial ablation, a much less invasive alternative to traditional hysterectomies that is available in only a few New Mexico hospitals. Surgeons played an important role in the development of the surgical center, according to John Rossfeld, GRMC’s chief executive officer. “We asked for input from the surgeons right from the beginning because we were looking for ways to make the care as patient-centered and convenient as possible,” Rossfeld says. “Our surgeons and department staff were key to making this center happen.” More than 4,000 surgeries are completed each year at the hospital, and two-thirds of them are ambulatory, requiring no overnight stay. In addition to general surgery services, GRMC offers surgical services in the areas of

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orthopedics; ophthalmology; ear, nose and throat; gynecology; general practice; podiatry and urology. GRMC is the state’s only hospital affiliated with Planetree, a national nonprofit organization advocating patientcentered care in a healing environment. “We try to train all personnel to introduce themselves and to interact with patients and their families,” says GMRC communications coordinator Elizabeth Rockey. “We strive to provide the sort of care that patients want, not necessarily that which is most convenient for the hospital.”


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Publisher’s note: In an industry-wide survey of 1600 hospitals, GMRC’s Chemotherapy Department was recently rated highest in the nation in customer satisfaction, including a 100% score in the “Friendliness” category. The department will be part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center slated for construction at the Surgical Center of the Southwest facility in the upcoming year.

opposite and above: The $4.7 million investment in high-tech surgical equipment and facilities provides new patient options and less invasive alternatives. Two-thirds of the surgeries performed by the hospital require no overnight stay. www.ziapublishing.com – 71


Fort Bayard BY PAT YOUNG

A LONG HISTORY AS A LOCAL LANDMARK AND A CARING HAVEN FOR VETERANS AND OTHER PEOPLE WITH HEALTH care needs will continue at Fort Bayard Medical Center. It will simply be wearing a new name under GEO Care, Inc. And by early in 2008, it will be housed in a new state-of-the-art facility as well. Built in the 1860’s, Fort Bayard was home to hundreds of African American soldiers, nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” by the Cheyenne and Comanche. The U.S. Army transformed the post into a medical facility after noting that the area climate held the promise of good health. It later became a Veterans Administration Hospital, and most recently, a staterun hospital. According to the new Fort Bayard Administrator, Dale Pelton, the facility will continue to have a distinct veteran’s unit and a separate chemical dependency detox and rehabilitation unit, as well as skilled nursing care with a complete rehabilitation therapy department and a long-term care unit.

above: Fort Bayard will preserve its historic links to the past as it moves into a new era with a proposed state-of-the-art medical facility. 72 – SILVER CITY LIFE

“We expect people from all over the country to come visit,” Pelton says. “And I would like to say that I have been very pleasantly surprised by the condition, cleanliness and spaciousness of the existing facility, as well as the caring, compassionate staff.” GEO Care, Inc. is an international company, with 100 percent of its revenues coming from state and government contracts. It officially took over management of Fort Bayard in November of 2005. Only two people on the 24-person management staff have been brought in from outside the area, including Pelton, who comes from Tucson, and Vicki Hawkins, Director of Nursing Services, who comes from Santa Fe. The rest of the staff includes previous employees and people hired locally, according to Pelton. GEO Care, Inc. has been mandated to design, construct, build and manage the new 230-bed facility on a parcel of land adjacent to the existing hospital. The land will be owned by Grant County, as will the building once bonds are paid off. Jorge Dominicis, President of GEO Care, Inc., says, “There has been tremendous cooperation between GEO Care and the various communities, especially on choosing a site for the new state-of-the-art facility. Furthermore, GEO Care has successfully addressed and corrected all of the operational deficiencies cited by the Center for Medicare-Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of New Mexico Department of Health during its re-visit to the facility. We are happy with the progress that has been made to improve the quality of care at the facility and look forward to transforming Fort Bayard into a center of excellence for long-term care.” While a new building and another chapter begin for the Fort Bayard Medical Center under GEO Care, Inc., there is hope that the old buildings will remain a link to the past. That, says Pelton, will be up to the State of New Mexico and the Fort Bayard Historic Preservation Society. “We certainly support renovation of the existing facility as a national monument.” www.ziapublishing.com – 73




Silver Paws, a volunteer group of therapy dogs, interact with patients to help lower blood pressure and stress levels and relieve depression. Dogs are screened and tested to qualify.


THERE ARE MANY METHODS OF ALTERNATIVE HEALING THESE DAYS, but only one of the methods is quite hairy. This method is Therapy Dogs. Studies have proven that interaction with these dogs can help lower blood pressure and stress levels, and relieve depression. Silver City is fortunate to have a volunteer group of Therapy Dogs called "Silver Paws." The dogs and their owners visit nursing homes, schools and hospitals in our area and in Deming. Silver Paws was started by Betty Bolling and now has five to six therapy dogs in the group. Donna Schaeffer with her Great Dane Ace, Bichon Frise Abbi, and Margo Hughes with her poodle Tiki, are active members of Silver Paws. Jean Spires also

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volunteers in this group with her shepherd mix Bo, and more dogs are being tested to see if they qualify to be Therapy Dogs. Betty originally took her Schnauzer Happy, to one of the local facilities to visit a friend. While walking the hallways, other patients noticed her dog and came out to pet Happy. Betty realized that it lifted the spirits of the patients and that they looked forward to seeing the dog. One of her friends told her about a national organization called Therapy Dogs Inc. and after some consideration, she decided to start our local group, the Silver Paws. So, what does it take to make your dog a Therapy Dog? Mixed breeds or pedigrees that are at least one year old are welcome. Current vaccinations are required, as well as a stool check. Dogs must go through a series of tests performed by Therapy Dog Testers in order to qualify. Some of things the testers look for are how the dog/handler team initially greets someone, if the dogs are under control with a loose lead, the team’s canine/human behavior, and the team's appearance. Having basic obedience skills comes in handy, but is not required. The dogs are also judged on their reactions different types of smells, to wheelchairs, walkers, and canes, and to people with an uneven gait, coughing and other distractions. After meeting these requirements at three different facilities without any faults, the dog may proudly wear the red heart on his/her collar signifying that it is an official Therapy Dog. Betty has been involved with the Silver Paws for 15 years. Her other Schnauzers, Elke and Jenna, accompany her now. Since meeting Betty, Margo Hughes and Tiki have been members for three years. Asked how she likes being a volunteer Margo’s response when is, “I love it!" The Silver Paws motto is “Sharing smiles and joy.” For more information on how to become a Therapy Dog volunteer, contact Donna Schaeffer at 538-0350.

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Animals aren't the only ones that are warm and fuzzy – animal companions tend to give us warm and fuzzy feelings as well. Not everyone is meant to have a pet, though. When considering adopting a pet, please let some common sense be involved in the decision. If you are never home, a pet, unless it is a fish, probably isn't for you. If you have very young children, a large puppy that loves to jump probably isn't your best decision. Many pets end up at animal shelters because obtaining them was not a wise choice, or they were not given enough time to adapt to their owner’s lifestyle. One thing that helps when adopting dogs is enrolling them in an obedience class or working with them on your own teaching basic commands. ‘Sit,’ ‘lie down,’ ‘stay’ and ‘come’ are all good commands to start with. A dog wants to please you and will feel proud when it learns something new. Be consistent, and all will go well. Obedience classes will instruct you on how to teach your dog if you need more help with training. When adopting a shelter dog, keep in mind that you do not know what they have been through and may need more patience than others. Submissive behavior does not always mean they were mistreated, but may simply mean they are unsure of their situation. Dogs are pack animals. When taken out of a pack, you, their new family, becomes the pack. Dogs need to know that you, not they, are the boss. Do not simply tie or chain your dog outside and feed it once a day as your only contact with it. The dog will feel separated from its pack, and may become aggressive because it will naturally want to protect its space, which is only the length of the chain.


Bonnie, Lady and Lula Linda and Carol Keith Having a soft spot for animals and volunteering at the animal shelter is sometimes a tough combination. Linda's softest spot tends to be for Dobermans. Bonnie ended up at the shelter, afraid of everything. After being adopted by Linda and her family, she has regained her confidence. With the Keiths’ active lifestyle, Linda felt that Bonnie needed constant companionship, so they adopted a dog for Bonnie. Lady livened up their home with all of her energy and became a great companion for Bonnie. The Keiths’ daughter, Carol, needed a small dog for apartment living and found Lula the deer Chihuahua at the shelter. She's a deer Chihuahua because her legs are so long, but she is also a dear to the Keiths. Even though she is much smaller than the other two dogs, Lula rules the roost when she is visiting.

Angel, Tabitha Heather, Silky, Willie, Pepper, Princess, Misty Miriam & Pete Burrows Who says you can't find heaven on earth? Four cats adopted from our local shelter have found it with Miriam and Pete Burrows. These cats, along with 3 other cats that relocated from Wisconsin with their human companions, have a spacious yard with special cat fencing. They have 3 cat doors to come and go as they please, and sand pits available outside for their toilet needs. The yard has plenty of trees and more were planted for their climbing pleasures. Miriam went to the animal shelter looking for one extra cat and came home with four. It was hard to decide which cats to adopt. "I would take them all home if I could," Miriam said. How do you come up with that many names? Their names are: Angel, Tabitha Heather (one name), Silky, Willie, Pepper, Princess, and Misty.

Shilo Lee Navin

Blondie Dru Gray

Shilo started out her life chained with a collar that she outgrew. No one took it off, so the collar grew into her neck. She was tied and abandoned at the animal shelter. Surgery was needed to remove the collar. Her picture was in the newspaper and area children donated their pennies to help pay for the cost of her care. She became known as Penny. Penny received a scholarship to obedience school and graduated with her adopted human, Lee Navin. Penny now goes by the name of Shilo. Shilo was afraid of many things like noises and humans, but after lots of patience, she now understands that they will not be allowed to hurt her anymore.

Cut, bitten and kicked by other horses, Blondie awaited her fate in a corral at a slaughterhouse. The owners of Serenity Acres saw potential in her, saved her life and brought her back to Silver City for rehabilitation. After considerable medical and personal attention, she was on the road to recovery. Dru Gray volunteers at Serenity Acres and found a special connection with Blondie. The more they worked together in rehab, the more Dru thought they would be a good team, so she asked if she could adopt Blondie. It has taken several months of patience and care for Blondie to gain her confidence in the human race, but Dru is showing her that some humans are kind.

Indy Zeb & Emily White

Valentino Linda Locklar, DVM

Zeb and Emily White “just wanted a cat.” They didn’t get just any cat. They got Indy, the toilet trained cat. After a few months of patience and perseverance, Indy learned how to use the toilet. It took 3 trips to the animal shelter before they decided on this mellow cat. She was 4-5 months old. The staff at the shelter instructed them on how to take care of a cat. Indy is taking care of business just fine. When asked why they wanted a cat, they replied, "We like the independence of a cat." Maybe the name Indy is short for Independent.

The veterinary clinic (Animal Medical Center) seemed empty since the loss of its clinic cat in December, so Linda Locklar's two employees, Nancy Trinkle and Rosemary Gallegos went to the animal shelter in search of a cat. Valentino caught their eye. “He is so loving and affectionate.” Why the name Valentino? “He has a perfect little heart on his nose,” Rosemary points out. He adjusted quickly to his new home. There is one problem though – everyone wants to take Valentino home with them. Linda Locklar, DVM, says with a grin that Valentino is the consulting physician and official cat scan. “Valentino thinks he has to oversee all of my patients.” Even when dogs growl at him, it doesn't seem to faze him. www.ziapublishing.com – 77


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May 3-7 20th Annual Teleperformance USA Tour of the Gila bicycle race. 388-3222 www.tourofthegila.com. 5 WNMU Spring Commencement. At Old James Stadium. 538-6320. 6 Friends of the Library Book Sale. 534-4210. Premier Yard Sale. At the Animal Shelter. 538-9261. 13 9th Annual MainStreet Celebration of Spring. In Historic Downtown and Big Ditch Park. 534-1700 www.silvercitymainstreet.com. 12-14 Gila River Festival. At various locations in Cliff and Silver City. 5388078

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19-21 USSSA – Blues Festival Men & Women’s Slo-Pitch World Hispanic Qualifier. 388-3242 or 313-2303. 21 Woodwind-String Recital. At the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. 388-4764. 23 Hummingbird Study and Banding. 534-4866 www.hbnm.org. 26-28 11th Annual Silver City Blues Festival. At Gough Park and other venues. 538-2505 or 888-758-7289 www.mimbresarts.org. 27-29 Annual Three-Day Shoot. 388-2737 www.mangusbowmen.com. 27 Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. At sunset at City of Rocks. 527-8386. 31-Jun 3 Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo. At SW Horseman’s Park. 388-2586. Ongoing Melodrama Theater at the Pinos Altos Opera House. Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm. 388-3848.


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Farmer’s Market. Saturdays 8:30-Noon at 6th and Bullard starting May 13th. 536-9681.

JUNE Jun 4 Garden Club Tour. 538-5192 or 538-3787. 9-11 USSSA Southwest Baseball Tournament. 388-3242 or 313-2303. 10 3rd Annual Millie and Billy Ball. At Flame Convention Center. 538-2505 or 888-758-7289 www.mimbresarts.org. 16 MRAC Gallery Exhibit Reception for works by San Vicente Artists. 538-2505 or 888-758-7289 www.mimbresarts.org. 16-18 St. Mary’s Reunion. 785-243-2113. USSSA Southwest Girls Fast Pitch Tournament. 388-3242 or 313-2303. 24 Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. At sunset at City of Rocks. 527-8386. Ongoing Melodrama Theater at the Pinos Altos Opera House. Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm. 388-3848. Farmer’s Market. Saturdays 8:30-Noon at 6th and Bullard. 536-9681. Copper Creek Ranch Chuckwagon Supper & Western Show. Friday and Saturday evenings. 538-2917.

JULY Jul 4 Independence Day Parade and Park Activities. At Gough Park. 538-3785. 7-10 Hummingbird Study and Banding. 877-620-2327 www.bearmountainlodge.com. 8 Summer Shoot. 388-2737 www.mangusbowmen.com. Annual Ice Cream Social. At Silver City Museum. 538-5921.

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October 6-9. Weekend at the Galleries

14-16 Fiesta de la Olla. In Historic Downtown Silver City. 538-2505 or 888-758-7289 www.mimbresarts.org. USSSA Regional All-Star Baseball Tournament. 388-3242 or 313-2303. 22-23 Backyard Hummingbird Festival. At Lake Roberts. 888-536-4266 www.hbnm.org Ongoing Melodrama Theater at the Pinos Altos Opera House. Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm. 388-3848. Farmer’s Market. Saturdays 8:30Noon at 6th and Bullard. 536-9681. Copper Creek Ranch Chuckwagon Supper & Western Show. Friday and Saturday evenings. 538-2917.

2-3 Annual San Vicente Art Fair. At Big Ditch Park. 538-1082 www.silvercityartists.org. 9 Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats. 538-2505 or 888-758-7289. 23 Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. At sunset at City of Rocks. 527-8386. Ongoing Melodrama Theater at the Pinos Altos Opera House. Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm. 388-3848. Farmer’s Market. Saturdays 8:30Noon at 6th and Bullard. 536-9681. Copper Creek Ranch Chuckwagon Supper & Western Show. Friday and Saturday evenings. 538-2917.

AUGUST Aug 4-6 USSSA Men’s Class “E” West Zone State Championship Slo-Pitch. 388-3242 or 313-2303. 12 Pre-Hunt Shoot. 388-2737 www.mangusbowmen.com. 18-20 15th Annual Run to Copper Country Car Show. At WNMU Old James Stadium. 388-3468. 26 Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. At sunset at City of Rocks. 527-8386. Ongoing Melodrama Theater at the Pinos Altos Opera House. Saturday Evenings at 8:00pm. 388-3848. Farmer’s Market. Saturdays 8:30Noon at 6th and Bullard. 536-9681. Copper Creek Ranch Chuckwagon Supper & Western Show. Friday and Saturday evenings. 538-2917.


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Sep 2-4 23rd Ann. Gem & Mineral Show. At Silver City Recreation Ctr. 538-3216. www.ziapublishing.com – 79

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