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Index of Advertisers A Bead Or Two . . . . . . . . . . .S36 A & L Feed & Supply . . .55, S36 Action Realty . . . . . . . . .14, S22 a.i.r. Coffee Company, Inc . .S40 Alma Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S45 Amanda Yaryan . . . . . . . . . .S29 AmBank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 American West Properties, Inc.19 Art and Conversation . . . . .S29 Artistic Impressions . . . . . . .S62 Azurite Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .S32 Bear Mountain Motorcycle .S50 Blackhawk Southwest, Inc. . .19 Bloomin’ Gourdworks . . . . . .S32 Blue Dome Gallery . . . . . . .S33 Branding Iron Properties . . . . .24 BroCom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S52 Bryan Truck & Auto . . . . . . .S52 Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House . . . . . . . . . . .S13 Bullard Street Bazaar . . . . . .S30 Candy Bouquet & Gifts . . . .S35 Century 21 Thompson Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . .C4, S28 Chavez Construction . . . . . . .C2 China Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S40 Chinese Palace Restaurant .S39 Coldwell BankerEnchantment Realty . .12, S10 Conner Fine Jewelers . . . . .S30 Cook’s General Contracting . .25 Copper Creek Ranch . . . . . . . .17 Corre Caminos Transit . . . . . . .4 Cosette M. Laperruque . . . .S50 Creations & Adornments . . .S29 Creative Visions Landscaping S55 Curves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 David Jaquez . . . . . . . . . . .S51 Deby Tezak Accountant . . . .S23 Desert Springs Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . .37, S18 Diane’s Restaurant & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . S39 Dragonfly Designs . . . . . . . .S11 Dunn’s Nursery & Garden Ctr. . . . . . . . .28, S6 Eagle Mail Services . . . . . . . .25 Edward Jones . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Eklektikas . . . . . . . . . . . . .S33 Elemental Arts . . . . . . . . . . .S33 Elemental Day Spa .51, S35, S62 Ellinwood, Francis & Plowman 30 Environmental Dev. Group .S-C3 Eva’s Hair Styles . . . . . . . . .S62 Finishing Touch . . . . . . . . . . .32 First New Mexico Bank .32, S38 Flowerings, LLC . . . . . . .27, S36 Furniture Gallery, Inc. . . . . .S17 Gila Hike & Bike . . . . . . . . .S35 Gila House Hotel/ Gallery 400 . . . .S29, S41, S48 Gila Regional Medical Ctr. . . .35 Gopher Taxi & Courier . . . . .S50 Grant County Glass . . . . . . .S50 Griffin’s Propane, Inc. . . . . . . .17 Hacienda Realty & Assoc. . . .57 Hair Creations . . . . . . . . . . .S62 Hamilton Furniture . . . . . . . .S35 Heckler’s Copies To Go . . . . .S51 Hester House . . . . . . . . . . . .S31 Holiday Inn Express- SC 10, S-C4 Home Furniture . . . . . . .31, S30 Hometown Mortgage . .30, S58 Intellectual Lighting & Audio .S53 Isaac’s Bar & Grill . . . .S41, S43 Isagenix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 It’s All About You . . . . . . . . .S62 J & S Plumbing & Heating . .S52 Jalisco Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . .S39 Java Lina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S53 Jewelry By Judy . . . . . . . . .S36 KSIL-High Lonesome Radio .S57 L & M Flooring Inc . . . . . . . .S34 La Cocina . . . . . . . . . . .S40, S42 Legacy Lighting . . . . . . .64, S36 Leyba & Ingalls Arts Supplies & Gallery . . . . . .S29 Lois Duffy Art . . . . . . . . . . .S33 Lopez & Associates, PC .12, S37 Lowry’s RV Center . . . . . . . .S36 M & A Bayard Cafe . . . . . . .S41 Manzanita Ridge . . . . . . . . .S30 Matiz Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . .S62 Medicine Shoppe, The . . . . . .36 Melinda’s Medical Supply . . .38 Mimbres Region Arts Council .S1 Mirror Mirage . . . . . . . . . . .S62

Morning Star . . . . . . . . . . . .S31 Motel 6 - Silver City . . . .31, S25 Mountain View Eye Care 37, S26 Mouse of All Trades, Inc./DOCUmation, Inc. . . .S53 Mr. Ed’s Do It Center . . . . . . .29 Novus Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . .S57 Ol’West Gallery &Mercantile. S32 Old West Country . . . . . .S4, S5 Outwest Home Decor . . . . . .S31 Outback, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Party Zone Party Supplies . .S34 PNM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Prudential Silver City Properties . . . . . . . . . . .29, S2 Raymond James Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S9 Re/Max Silver Advantage . . . . . .24, 27, S16 Re/Max-Sylvia Mikes . . .13, S49 Re/Max-Marilyn Ransom . . .S24 Reese-Benton Gallery . . . . .S32 Royal Scepter . . . . . . . . . . .S30 San Vicente Home Health . . .36 Satellite Solutions . . . . . . . . .S3 Sears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7, S54 Seedboat Gallery . . . . . . . . .S33 Shear Reflections . . . . . . . . .S62 Sherman Dental . . . . . . . . . . .35 SIGRED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Silver City Auto Spa . . . . . . .S52 Silver City Daily Press . .26, S47 Silver City Floral & Co. . . . . .S35 Silver City Golf Course . . . . .S46 Silver City Museum Store . .S27 Silver City Real Estate Inc. . .S14 Silver Portrait Studio . . . . . .S34 Silver Rexall Drugs . . . . . . . .S53 Smith Real Estate . . . . . .1, S59 Smith Real Estate, Mimbres Branch . . . . . . . . .17 Soaring Hawk Ent. . . . . . . . .S60 Southwest Bone & Joint . . . .38 Southwest Plumbing . . . . . .S19 Southwest Systems & Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . .S34 Spirit Canyon Cafe . . . . . . . . .S8 State Farm Insurance Gabriel Ramos . . . . . .26, S12 State Farm Insurance Chuck Johnson . . . . . .26, S20 Sunup Design/Build, LLC . . . .28 Super Salve Co. . . . . . . . . . . .51 Syzygy Tileworks . . . . . . . . .S31 Tatiana Maria Gallery . . . . .S29 T-World Urban Apparel . . . .S35 Terrazas Construction . . . . . . . .5 Terrazas Enterprises, Inc. . . . . .3 Terrazas Funeral Home . . . . . . .2 The Guest House . . . . . . . . .S52 The Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . .S56 The Volunteer Center . . . . . .S15 The Red Barn Steakhouse . .S41 The UPS Store . . . . . . . . . . .S50 The Workshops of Carneros .S30 Therapeutic Massage . . . . . .51 Thomas H. Laws, CPA, CVA .S53 Thunder Creek & Quilt/Fabric Shop . . . . . . .S34 Thunderstruck Art & Design .S32 Timberland Construction .C51,S8 Toy Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S34 Tres Amigos Enterprises, Inc. S21 Udder Delight . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 United Country Mimbres Realty, Inc. . . . . . . . . . .9, SC2 Wagon Wheel Realty . . . .25, S7 Weelearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S32 Wells Fargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Werner Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Western Bank . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Western & Mexican Emporium S31 Western Stationers . . . .55, S51 Whitewater Motel . . . . . . . .S44 Windows, Etc. . . . . . . . . . . .S51 Wranglers Bar & Grill . . . . .S40 Yada Yada Yarn . . . . . . . . . .S31 Yello on Yankie . . . . . . . . . .S33 Zia Publishing . . . .15, S60, S61


above: Terri Menges, Managing Director and Arlyn Cooley, Staff Accountant enjoying the front porch of the new McKinney Road office.

publisher’s note

Fortunately for us at Zia Publishing, we had a smooth transition as we prepared our new office. Everyone who participated had a spirit of willingness and professionalism that made me proud. Taking ownership of a project means taking pride in it as well, and that’s what I noticed most about those who worked so hard to make this happen. Richard Gonzalez and Kerry Ryan shared my vision and applied their deep knowledge and understanding of the unique challenges of remodeling an old adobe structure. They started with the floor reconstruction and continued on up through the rafters applying their expert carpentry skills. They did flooring and tile, installed cabinets, hung doors, etc. to bring life back to this old homestead. They are the best! My dear friend Keith LeMay spent hours engineering and then implementing the electric. Wes Frick and Al Martinez worked endless hours combatting the challenges of this “crooked old house” making it efficient and beautiful in the end. BroCom provided state of the art networking for our computers and telephones. Much of the inspiration was possible only because the late Lawrence Churchill brought Signal Peak wireless to the area. Satellite Solutions’ Wild BlueTM service now enables outlying staff members access to our servers from home. David Jaquez made the outside beautiful, first by carefully digging utility ditches, and then meticulously putting everything back, pouring concrete walkways and patios and removing endless cactus and tree limbs. Action Rental provided not only concrete covers when it rained the day the concrete was poured, but miscellaneous tools as well. J & S Plumbing & Heating, Western & Mexican Emporium, L & M Flooring, KWAL Paint, Grant County Glass; Craig, his crew and especially Vicki with her wonderful insight at Foxworth-Galbraith pulled everything together. Everyone at Mr. Ed’s greeted me when I went there not knowing what I needed and found the right item every time. Julie and her staff at Legacy Lighting, Nick and Gail at Windows, etc., and Sheila at Home Furniture gave their personal attention to the intricate details for which I am grateful. Byrl and the guys at Wal-Mart’s hardware department helped when I couldn’t decide or didn’t understand, and also carried five-gallon buckets of paint to my car. Then, the Barn Crew headed by Ruben Chavarria knew exactly what was needed to save the old barn when everyone else told me to tear it down. Richard Chavarria, Daniel Martel, and Raymond Chavez have turned this wonderful old barn into usable storage space. Silver City Welding provided the much need scaffolding for the repair on the huge mansard roof. Barbara and Jim at By-Pass Storage provided the moving truck and even found us a temporary storage unit until the barn was finished. Johnny at Griffin’s Propane not only connected the old ranch propane tank and made it all work, but had the perfect heater, and an air tight cargo container for magazine storage. Daniel Larranaga hauled off the old cars and ranch equipment, One Man and a Truck - Jeff Rudolf loaded and hauled trash to the dump and Roadrunner Disposal keeps us tidy by providing dumpster service. The hammers and drills are silent now, the concrete has cured, and the steady stream of workers has trickled to a halt, leaving us with a finished office we love. I thank the staff for loving it as much as I do, the crew who brought everything together, all of the suppliers; and, especially Laura Stiles for selling the Hudson Street property and Carol Thompson for finding the McKinney Ranch homestead for me 2 years ago. I hope all of our advertisers and readers will drop by and see our state of the art, high-tech new home in the country where we will continue to create great magazines just for you.

Terri Menges

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on the cover The towering twin smelter stacks that for decades served as landmarks for US180 and airport travelers were demolished with one quick blast June 5, 2007. Built in 1939 and 1967, these historic achievements in metallurgy, engineering and construction assisted process draft and funneled off-gas away from the immediate area. Watched by thousands of spectators whose lives were in some way touched by the operation, many of the locals seemingly lost two friends as the stacks were laid to rest.

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16 The Art of Sundials. Sundials and the journey to understanding them are an education as well as an art for Simon Wheaton-Smith.

46 Michael Metcalf. Sculptures and an aesthetic eye fuse beauty and form for this Silver City artist.

18 FFA Judging Winners. At age thirteen, Daniel McCauley had the poise and confidence to judge livestock and take first place in Nationals

58 6 Generations In Grant County. Don & Susan Turner have a rich history rooted in our area.

20 Isaac’s Bar & Grill. Recently renovated in historic downtown; the menu, cocktails and atmosphere make diners want to linger.

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60 Celebrating 100 Years . Western Bank enjoys growth as it retraces its beginnings in what once was the southwestern part of New Mexico territory.

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33 Copper Creek Ranch. Down home 62 Born In Space. The Santa Rita open pit atmosphere, family entertainment and plenty copper mine gobbled up the local hospital of chow make everyone feel better after giving rise to a generation of folks now considered “Born in Space.” their visit to the Arenas Valley ranch.

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39 Local Professionals That Never Left. Six professionals and their varied lives give us an insight into what kept them in Silver City.

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Area Attractions & Map Galleries & Shopping Dining Out At Your Service Quick Facts Salons & Spas Area Events. The schedule from July through December.

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departments 6 Publisher’s Note. From Terri Menges 10 Editor’s Note. Greetings from Lynn Janes.

50 Health & Wellness. Making Working Out Fun.

12 Investing. James Edd Hughs and Kevin Thompson share tips from Edward Jones.

52 Birding. With resident experts Gene Lewis and Dr. Dale Zimmerman.

15 Faces in Business. Some friendly folks you might recognize.

53 Outdoors. Climbing Gomez Peak with author/outdoorsman Dutch Salmon.

24 Out & About. Snapshots of recent local events.

54 Happy Endings. Happy endings for dogs, cats and birds.

34 Medical. Silver City’s Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners.

56 Pets. Rescue Horses used for training children to ride.

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editor’s note HELLO. WELCOME TO THE SUMMER 2007 ISSUE OF SILVER CITY LIFE. Spring is here with everything new and fresh. We at Zia Publishing are having our own “spring.” After Terri sold the office on Hudson we are now located out on the old McKinney Ranch. What a fabulous place.

Terri took the old McKinney

Ranch adobe homestead and has turned it into a beautiful office. We have such a great space to work in now. I know a lot of great creativity and inspiration will come from this new home. Many of you have asked about Mia, our office cat and if she moved with us. I want to assure you she did, she is family and we could not do without her. She has settled into her new home and is now learning to be friends with a dog. SILVER CITY HOTEL

This issue of Silver City Life has so many great features. I think there will be something for everyone. So many people leave their hometown when they graduate

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to “greener pastures.” It was so great to be able to tell the story of some that stayed to live and work in their community. As I worked to find these people I thought I would only find many like myself, grew up, graduated high school left and then came back. I was delighted to find so many professionals that stayed. I am sorry I could not include all of you. I hope everyone enjoys “Born In Space.” Our mining district has so much history and is the reason Silver City exists today. It is such a great asset and I encourage everyone who is enchanted with this area to investigate all of its

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a part of our area for 100 years now. I want to wish them another 100 years.

And, remember, our friendly staff is always at your service.

In closing I would also like to say congratulations to Western Bank. It has been


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contributors Judy DouBrava is a locally well-known cosmetologist and annual culinary contributor to Chocolate Fantasia. Other interests include writing, photography and the ethical treatment of animals. She lives in Silver City with her husband Jesse and their dogs Spot and Jack. Eugene Lewis began serious birding in eastern Kansas in the 1950s, eventually roaming the entire state in his pursuit of the avian species. Upon retirement in 1991 he moved to Silver City, where he has continued his lifelong quest. Dutch Salmon is a former correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal and the author of seven books, including Gila Rising and the recently published Country Sports. He lives near the Gila Wilderness with his wife Cherie and son Bud. Doreen Frick and her husband, Wes, moved to Silver City a year ago. Originally from Philadelphia, they lived in Spokane before coming here. They have four grown children living in various southeastern cities, so essentially they have the country covered.

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Pat Young lives with her husband Jeff in the mountains above the Mimbres Valley where they hand-built their log home. The retired journalist has written for numerous publications. She currently handles public relations and advertising for Smith Real Estate. Dr. Dale A. Zimmerman is an ornithologist, botanist, naturalist and Professor Emeritus of Biology at WNMU, where he taught for 31 years. He is also a recognized bird illustrator, nature photographer and author with field experience on every continent.

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Many of your fellow Americans just don't think they are capable of building a reasonable amount of savings for their retirement years. Should you be equally gloomy? Not if you save and invest early and often. Just how pessimistic are people about building their net worth? Consider these findings from a recent survey sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America and the Financial Planning Association: Only 26 percent of the adults surveyed think they could accumulate $200,000 in net worth in their lifetime. A whopping 21 percent of those surveyed said winning the lottery would be the most practical strategy to accumulate several hundred thousand dollars. In looking at these figures, two things jump out: The first group may be overly pessimistic - and the second group is totally unrealistic. In fact, a person's chances of winning huge in the Powerball are about 1 in 120 million, give or take a few hundred thousand. So, if you are doubtful that you'll accumulate enough money to retire, and you can't count on the lottery, what can you do to improve your savings outlook?

Here are a few suggestions: • Set some goals. You will find it easier to invest for your retirement if you know how much money you will need to reach your goals. Try to visualize the type of retirement lifestyle you'll want. Will you travel? Volunteer? Open your own small business? A qualified financial professional can help you set a general "price tag" on your goals and show you about how much you will need to save each year - and what sort of investment return you will need to achieve to meet your objectives. • Put time on your side. The earlier you start saving and investing, the better your chances of building the resources you'll need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. You might be surprised at how much you can accumulate over time. For example, if you can afford to put away $100 a month in a tax-deferred investment (such as a traditional IRA) that earned a hypothetical 7 percent a year, you would accumulate more than $121,000 after 30 years. Even after you pay taxes on your withdrawals, you'll still have a sizable sum. Take advantage of your employer's retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or other tax-advantaged retirement plan, take full advantage of it. Every time you get a raise, try to increase your annual contributions. At the very minimum, contribute enough to earn your employer's match, if one is offered. • Avoid heavy debt burdens. Debt is one of the biggest threats to your ability to accumulate the money you'll need for retirement. Every dollar you use to pay off a high-interest credit card is a dollar that could be used for investing. Of course, it's not easy for many of us to make ends meet these days, but do whatever you can to live within your means and avoid racking up a huge debt load that will take you years to pay off. By following these suggestions, you should gain confidence, over time, in your ability to increase your net worth to levels that once seemed unimaginable to you. And you can save money on those lottery tickets, too.



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SILVER CITY LIFE Terri Menges Special Thanks to: President & Managing Director

Joseph Burgess Vice President

Arlyn Cooley Staff Accountant

Lynn Janes Managing Editor

Bill Archibald Joseph Burgess Judy DouBrava Doreen Frick James Edd Hughs Eugene Lewis M. H. “Dutch” Salmon Kevin Thompson Pat Young Contributing Writers

Joseph Burgess Photography except where credited

Judy DouBrava Arlyn Cooley Lynn Janes Terry Humble M. H. “Dutch” Salmon Western Bank Amanda Yaryan Dale & Marian Zimmerman Contributing Photographers

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©Zia Publishing Corp., 2007. This issue of Silver City Life is copyright under the laws of the United States of America. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission of the publisher prohibited. For permission to use any portion of this publication email: All submissions of editorial or photography are only accepted without risk to the publisher for loss or damage. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy in the information provided. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.

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Silver City Life is published bi-annually by Zia Publishing Corp. with offices at: 116 McKinney Road P.O. Box 1248 Silver City, NM 88062 Phone: 505-956-1560 Fax: 505-956-1580 e-mail: Website:

faces in business Written by Doreen M. Frick Photography by Lynn Janes

Jim and Jenny Ho CHINA GATE RESTAURANT Ask anyone in the restaurant business how many hours they work, and then double that to equal Jim and Jenny Ho’s commitment to exceptional quality. Originally from China, and most recently, Montana, a friend in Deming


brought them to our area, but it was the climate and mountains that convinced them to relocate. With four grown children (one in the Air Force) and a thriving new restaurant that


uses only fresh ingredients, they’ve brought a taste of China to the high desert.

Steve Bumpous and Kate Brandon YELLOW DOG RADIO KSIL 105.5 Americana music is the music of choice for this laid-back couple and their equally relaxed Labrador Retriever, Abbie. After building radio stations in other places, most recently Santa Fe, Steve returned to Silver

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City to continue his vocation. Kate, originally from Toronto, has the title of “music director” to complete the mix. From vinyl records to the latest technology, this couple has remained true to their roots and frequency for good music.

Tatiana Maria Kurakin & Jim Druffel TATIANA MARIA GALLERY A life shift accompanying the sale of their lighting business, “Teka Illumination” was the catalyst that drove Tatiana and husband Jim to renovate their Bullard Street building and open “Tatiana Maria Gallery.” Tatiana’s been in love with New Mexico since living in Santa Fe as a child. She brings her life, passion, and keen eye for things of beauty and quality to assemble a unique collection of jewelry, rugs, folk-art and antique furniture from around the world.

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Simon Wheaton-Smith

Preserving the ArtArt of Making Preserving the of Making

Sundials Written and photographed by Judy DouBrava

above and opposite top: Cube Sundials that use the suns angle around the north south polar axis facing true south. opposite bottom: Analemmatic Sundial that is designed for the latitude and longitude of Silver City

Prior to 1941 New Mexico was known as "The Sunshine State", since New Mexico receives about 70 percent sunshine year-round. Silver City is the perfect place to be infatuated with sundials, as is Simon Wheaton-Smith. He began using sundials at about the age of 12. In the early 1800's, children were taught to make sundials helping them to learn geography, geometry, the solar system and history. "It's not the sundial itself, it's the journey to understanding them which gives you so much education that people no longer have," Simon states pas-


sionately. Sundials seem to be a dying interest and certainly the art of making them is scarce. Sundials are often thought of as the kinds found in garden stores. The horizontal ones with a triangle spike sticking up. In order for a commercially purchased sundial to be accurate, you must take in consideration the latitude. Some, because of their design, can never function properly. In order for a sundial to work correctly, you can tilt the base (also known as the dial plate) so the style, or gnomon (the part that sticks up) is parallel with the Earth's

axis and make sure it faces due north. The shadow should fall on or near an hour line indicating the correct time. Simon has an Analemmatic sundial set up in his yard. In the center of an arc is a pillar with a pathway leading to it. If you stand on the proper month’s spot you can use your shadow to view the correct time. In New Mexico, on a sundial you have to consider that we observe Daylight Savings Time. To learn everything you need to know about sundials, you may go to Simon Wheaton-Smith's website: He has written two books which are available through his website, called "Illustrating Shadows" and "Illustrating More Shadows." His sundials may be viewed at the corner of 6th and A Streets. In his spare time, Simon serves on the town council for District 3, is a civil mediator, works with stained glass, does his own clay work on his sundials and has his amateur radio license.

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Future of our Farms

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National Livestock Judging Contest in Phoenix. Terms like “tight-hearted” or “too flatsided” are bantered about in the Ag building as their advisor, Shane Wetzel, presents slides of hogs, sheep and cattle for the students to review. Daniel is from a ranching family and admits it’s easier to judge livestock in real life. At one fair, an ewe gave birth to twins during the judging, providing an education most town kids won’t receive unless they’re dedicated enough to attend FFA and learn ranch life first-hand. Two brothers from Safford, Arizona, Luke and Ben Menges, placed second and fourth in the national contest, making three of the top four coming from this region. Their father, Jeff, is a judging coach. Teaching kids to believe in themselves comes naturally once you provide the tools and skills for them to use. SILVER CITYLIFE – 19

dining Isaac’s is named for Isaac N. Cohen, who constructed this building for his merchantile business in 1881.

ISAAC’S BAR & G R I LL Written by Pat Young, Photography by Joe Burgess

Warm subtle colors please the eye when you enter Isaac’s Bar & Grill. One look at the menu will confirm that there is plenty to please the palate, too. With two bars and a wide variety of beverages including 14 beers on tap, there are also plenty of thirst quenchers. Three California friends, retired from other careers, came to Silver City and gave





Broadway and Bullard in the historic downtown a fresh new look and a thriving new business. “We felt something like this was needed in Silver City – food along with cocktails,” says Bob Rowland, who





2004. “It took us a year to get a liquor license.”

“We have a great staff, and one of the largest commercial kitchens in the area.” The other two owners of Isaac’s are Bruce Helmig, who also serves as general manager, and Dale Harned. Isaac’s is named for Isaac N. Cohen, who constructed this building for his merchantile business in 1881. Over the years, the building housed several other businesses, including Howell Drug Store. More recently, the Corner Café and then Old World Bakery occupied the building. During renovations, which began in 2005 and continued until Isaac’s opened in August of 2006, Rowland

opposite, top: The wide array of tap beer at Isaac’s should all be sampled, the huge assortment of bottled beer will require more time. opposite, bottom: Owners Bob Rowland and Bruce Helmig review an extensive menu with Chef Nathan Lowell. top: A mouth-watering salmon filet will catch the attention of any land-locked seafood connoisseur. above: Silver City night life includes a warm glow from Isaac’s Bar & Grill.


says “we tried to use the old and treasure it, while adding the new.” Silver City’s signature red brick is exposed on portions of the walls. Hardwood floors have been restored to a soft luster. The original pressed tin ceiling has been refurbished. In the basement, there is evidence of a tunnel, long ago bricked in and silent. Back on the business floor, there are tables at sunny windows and overstuffed chairs in cozy corners. The whole floor is accented with occasional pieces of striking southwest furniture. A DJ booth and a bandstand area offer options for entertainment. “We try to have entertainment every Saturday night,” Rowland says. “And we bring in new forms of entertainment.” In February they hosted an “after show” party following the $1.98 “No Talent Required” Follies. All of Isaac’s may be reserved by large groups. In March they hosted the International Film Society on Academy Awards night. They also hosted a comedy night in March. Isaac’s offers a private room, available at no extra charge, for special events, meetings, celebrations or other social gatherings. There is an enclosed patio and courtyard for outside dining. This is the only area where smoking is allowed. “Isaac’s menu was created by head chef Nathan Lowell,” Rowland says. “We have a great staff, and one of the largest commercial kitchens in the area.” Isaac’s can accommodate almost any venue, as long as participants are 21 or older. They open Wednesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and at noon on Sunday. The owners created it as a place to relax and enjoy. But if you can’t linger, they even offer takeout. “I came looking for a place to retire,” Rowland says with a smile, “And it evolved into Isaac’s.”

top: A cool cosmo…does life get any better? Not likely! left: Of course it’s the food and drink, but a friendly, lively atmosphere that changes like a chameleon from day to night certainly contributes to the diverse appeal at Isaac’s. opposite: A succulent steak creates a challenge for those who might normally pass on beef, but the vegetarian fare at Isaac’s is created with equal passion.


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The Reese-Benton Gallery had several art openings that brought out many art supporters including artist Paul Lewis and his mother Eulalia Lewis, Mary and Henry Ewalt, Lynn Hefele, Socorro, artist Janey Katz, Suzi Calhoun, Carlene Roters & Kristen Cameron. The MRAC’s 7th Annual Chocolate Fantasia was a delectable treat for participants of their sold out event. This year some of the volunteers were Dan Swanson, Judy DouBrava, Walt & Joan Huffman, Molly Glazewski and Fran and Mark Weber.

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There was a shoot out at the corner of Texas and Yankie streets. Some of the gun toters were Shila and Bob Swisher, Joe Yniquez, Nicole Robins and Greg Bond. On the same day Yello on Yankie had its ribbon cut to celebrate opening its doors. The 24 Club had its first annual Builders Series Home Tour May the 6th. They showcased some of the most beautiful and interesting homes in the area. It was a gorgeous





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Thunderstruck Art and Design

Lois Duffy Art

Elemental Arts

Azurite Gallery

Reese-Benton Gallery

Blue Dome Gallery


Ol’ West Gallery & Mercantile

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Studio and Gallery showing Imaginative Portraits, Surreal Places and Realistic Scenes of Life

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

Contemporary Ceramics and Mixed Media. Call for an appointment.

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

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

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Silver Portrait Studio

Hester House

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Specialty gifts, games, puzzles and more for all ages and any occasion. Everything your child needs to Learn, Laugh, and Grow!

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316 E. 14th St. • 534-0098 THUNDER CREEK & QUILT/FABRIC SHOP New & Used Household Furniture Mattress Outlet • Quality Cotton Fabrics • Notions, Books, Patterns, Gifts

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L & M FLOORING Sales & Professional Installations. In-House Financing with Approved Credit. Family Owned & Operated. Ceramic Tiles • Wood Flooring Vinyl Flooring • National Brand Carpeting • Free Estimates

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Bullard Street Bazaar

Conner Fine Jewelers

Gila Hike & Bike

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CANDY BOUQUET Beautiful candy bouquets for all occasions. Gifts, balloons, jewelry & Catholic religious items. We Deliver.

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Tatiana Maria Gallery

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Jewelry, Native American Folk Art, Textiles, Pottery & Antique Country Furniture.

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HISTORY Area History

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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THE HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO SPANS THE ERAS FROM prehistoric times through Spanish, Mexican and Anglo activities to the harnessing of modern mining, ranching and building technologies. The region’s Mogollon cultures left behind a wealth of intriguing artifacts and endless questions as to the survival and disappearance of these hearty beings as presented in area museums. Agriculture has played a significant role in sustaining the area’s economy, but mining has no doubt had the greatest impact on local livelihoods. Mining operations began in the early 1800s and continue over 200 years later. Recovery has evolved from the hand picking of native copper to the solvent extraction and electrolytic processing of low-grade ores. The Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway spans the eras from historic Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, farmlands of the Mimbres Valley, historic and modern mining and an outpost of the Buffalo Soldiers.

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BIGBigDITCH 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.

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MUSEUM Silver City Museum LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC 1881 MANSARD/ITALIANATE HOME OF H.B. Ailman, the Silver City Museum is one of 13 museums in New Mexico recognized by the American Assn. of Museums. Founded in 1967, the museum is focused on the regional history of Southwest New Mexico with over 20,000 related objects. Photo collections depict Silver City from the 1870s and include a significant collection from the 1930’s and 40’s. Native American artifacts from the Mimbres, Mogollon and Casas Grandes peoples number over 500 pieces and there are exhibits from more recent Navajo and Apache groups. Extensive mining exhibits and early Anglo and Hispanic settler clothing, furnishings and even firearms are displayed. There is also memorabilia from native son Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, former astronaut and U.S. Senator. It is open every day except Monday and is located at 312 West Broadway. The Museum Store features books and gifts depicting or influenced by local history and cultures.

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MUSEUM WNMU Museum THE WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, LOCATED IN FLEMING HALL on the school’s main campus, houses the Eisele Collection of prehistoric southwestern pottery and artifacts. It includes one of the world’s most complete and comprehensive collections of Mimbres pottery, as well as basketry and other artifacts. Also housed at the museum are pottery from the Casas Grandes culture and other prehistoric southwestern cultures, pottery from Maria Martinez and New Mexico’s San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblos, historic Navajo rugs, historic Silver City photos and, of course, a hundred years of university history. The recently renovated museum was originally designed by Trost and Trost with an unusual truss-beamed ceiling, and at one time served as the school’s library. It opened as a museum in 1974. It is open seven days a week except during university holidays.

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Bear Canyon Lake TRAVELING UP NM35 ON THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS NATIONAL Scenic Byway, visitors pass a small, but beautiful waterfall from the spillway of Bear Canyon Lake during the region’s wet seasons. Just past the falls, a gravel road cuts steeply back up the ridge and opens up to the lake. There is a boat ramp and the shoreline is easily accessed by foot. The lake supports largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Boating is restricted to rowed boats and electric motors. There is an excellent view across the Mimbres Valley from the lake’s access road. The lush irrigated fields, orchards and grazing horses and cattle enhanced by a backdrop of the Black Range mountains is a sight to be savored. The valley was also farmed by the ancient Mimbres culture and plentiful game contributed to the existence of native inhabitants for a period of several hundred years.


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MIMBRES Mimbres Valley THE HISTORIC AND SCENIC FARMING VALLEY OF THE MIMBRES RIVER IS accessed by NM35 and NM61 from City of Rocks State Park to the Continental Divide near Lake Roberts. The valley was inhabited by the ancient Mimbres Culture that produced the pottery on display at Western New Mexico University Museum. Today, the valley supports a growing population around the communities of Mimbres and San Lorenzo, while early farming families who first settled the area continue to tend their fields and orchards. Mission churches built in the late 1800’s at San Lorenzo, San Juan and Faywood contribute to the natural beauty of the region, and Bear Canyon Lake offers anglers an isolated fishing hole. The Trail of the Mountain Sprits National Scenic Byway makes a dramatic entry to the Mimbres Valley on NM152 and then cuts upward through the valley toward Lake Roberts and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.






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Bill Evans Lake BILL EVANS LAKE, 35 MILES NORTHWEST OF SILVER CITY ON US180 IS UNUSUAL IN its location 300 feet above the river that supplies it. Water pumped from the Gila River is impounded by the 62 acre manmade lake. There are picnic tables, fishing for crappie, catfish, bass and trout and an impressive view from the dam across the canyons of the upper Burro Mountains. A record 15-pound largemouth bass was caught in 1995. Bird watching is also prominent along the Gila River and at the lake itself, especially during the Spring and Fall migratory seasons. Travel south along the river past the lake turn-off and bring your binoculars to enjoy the Gila Bird Habitat. Open to the public and stocked by the NM Department of Game and Fish, Bill Evans Lake was made by the Phelps-Dodge Corporation.

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River THE 630-MILE GILA RIVER HAS ITS HEADWATERS IN THE SPECTACULAR wilderness areas above Silver City. The north, west and east forks of the Gila join together below the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument providing access to trout fishing, hiking, camping, hot springs and impressive vistas. The waters that exit the rugged wilderness canyons support numerous warm water species as well as the farmlands of the Cliff-Gila area and that of Redrock and Virden. Humans have depended on the river for centuries. The ancient Mogollon culture farmed the river valleys living in pithouses and later masonry structures, moving briefly into the more protected Cliff Dwellings just prior to disappearing altogether from the area. Later bands of nomadic apaches roamed the area giving rise to the birth of apache warrior Geronimo. A small monument has been erected in his recognition at the park service headquarters.

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LOCATED ON THE EDGE OF TODAY’S GILA WILDERNESS, THE TOWN OF 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.

FOR AN INTRIGUING HIGH MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE REGION’S ISOLATED back-country, Willow Creek and Snow Lake are no doubt the choice for a true get-away. From Silver City, travel north on US180 past Glenwood and turn off onto NM159, a paved, but narrow winding road to the gold mining ghost town of Mogollon. During warmer months, continue by dirt road, skirting the northern edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation’s first wilderness, to Willow Creek, a small brook flowing among towering Douglas fir and shapely Engleman spruce. Rainbow trout and German browns inhabit the fastflowing currents and beaver pools. Further down the forest road that begins to open up into juniper and grasslands, one arrives at Snow Lake, a small quiet lake that overflows directly into the Gila Wilderness. Good camping facilities, fishing, boating, hiking and an abundance of wildlife including deer and elk create a great outdoor experience.




Quemado Lake AT AN ELEVATION OF 7860 FEET, THE 131ACRE QUEMADO LAKE IS PART OF AN 800 acre forest recreation site. The lake offers year-round trout fishing and summer months fishing for channel catfish and small mouth bass. There are two ADA fishing piers, two boat ramps, seven developed campgrounds, a primitive campground and seven miles of hiking trails. Camping and RV spaces are available from May through October and boat use is restricted to oars and electric motors. Reservations are taken for group sites including one accommodating 35 people and another accommodating 75. From Silver City, the lake is accessed following US 180 north past Glenwood, NM12 through Reserve and NM32 from Apache Creek to Quemado Lake. The nearest small town is the village of Quemado, 20 miles north of the lake.


The Catwalk Recreation Trail THE CATWALK NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL IS SITUATED IN WHITEWATER 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 discovery 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.

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SILVER CITY’S 18-HOLE GOLF COURSE, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS A “JEWEL IN THE high desert,” is a challenging championship course with bent-grass greens and watered blue grass fairways. The course includes natural wetlands bathed in four gentle seasons and located in stepped layers of foothill vistas at nearly 6000 feet of crisp, clean air. There is a pro shop, professional instruction, practice green, grass driving range, club rentals, leagues, cart options, group rates and lodging packages. It is home to the Annual Billy Casper Benefit Golf Tournament. If that’s not enough, the course is only two miles from historic downtown Silver City with its unique arts, shopping and dining district. Should I mention that Silver City lies on the edge of a 3.3 million acre forest playground? Grab your clubs, don’t forget the kids and join the locals in a round of excellent golf, Silver City style.

SILVER CITY LIES AT THE CENTER OF A VAST BELT OF MINERALIZATION THAT HAS produced billions of dollars worth of metals required by the nation and the world. The very complex nature of the area’s mineralization has also produced a diversity of gems and minerals, many of which can be found on enormous tracts of public land. Gem and mineral collections are displayed in area museums, shows are hosted throughout the region, huge copper mining operations continue and Rockhound State Park by Deming is dedicated to rockhound enthusiasts. Rockhound State Park was established in 1966 as the nation’s first park to allow collecting of rocks and minerals for personal use. Visitors are allowed to collect 15 pounds. There is a visitor center, spacious campgrounds and abundant hiking trails in the 1100 acre park that also includes nearby Spring Canyon. Mineral dealers are not allowed to collect.


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GOOD WEATHER, SPARSE POPULATIONS AND THE WIDE SPAN OF LIFE ZONES offer unique opportunities for birding in Southwest New Mexico. Birding can begin among the huge cottonwoods of Big Ditch Park in downtown Silver City. Traveling north through Pinos Altos and on to the Gila River and its wilderness tributaries, one finds a rich assortment of jays, titmouses, kinglets, orioles, tanagers, chickadees and more. Hummingbird banding demonstrations are given in the warmer months near Lake Roberts. Driving northwest from Silver City to Whitewater Canyon and The Catwalk near Glenwood, water dippers are frequently seen and an occasional great blue heron. Nearly 160 species have been recorded in the isolated Guadalupe Canyon of New Mexico’s bootheel. Glimpses are possible of elegant trogon, buff-collared nightjar, fantailed warbler and thick-billed kingbird, species found nowhere else in the United States.

THE RIO MIMBRES COUNTRY CLUB BORDERS DEMING’S PUBLIC 18-HOLE, par 72, championship golf course. With a rugged backdrop provided by the Florida Mountains, the well-kept course of over 6700 yards provides the mechanism for staying fit. There are cart options, a pro-shop, club rentals, professional instruction, practice green, and a grass driving range. Deming is an attractive and affordable retirement community that offers its golfers unique shopping, galleries, restaurants, specialty coffee, and a great museum. It is known for its rockhound opportunities and the annual Great American Duck Race. Originally a stop on the Butterfield Trail, it became a railroad town in the 1880s. Today the area grows a significant slice of the state’s chile crop and the majority of the grapes supplied to wineries throughout New Mexico and West Texas. Call golf pro James Williams for tee times.

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MOUNTAINS The Black Range


THE BLACK RANGE IS A RIDGE OF MOUNTAINS LOCATED BETWEEN SILVER City and Truth or Consequences. It is encompassed within the three million acre Gila National Forest. The mountains include about 40 miles of the Continental Divide Trail and a portion of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area. The range is crossed by NM59 on the north end and NM152 on the south end. NM152 crosses at Emory Pass at an elevation of 8178 feet with a spectacular view of the Rio Grande Valley. Numerous switchbacks make driving slow and the passes should be avoided during inclement weather. An abundance of trails are maintained by the forest service, some accessing small fishing streams. Mineralization in the area contributed to the towns of Kingston, Hillsboro, Winston, Chloride and Lake Valley. There are museums at Hillsboro and Lake Valley and an exciting apple festival is hosted by Hillsboro on Labor Day. Small galleries can be found in Kingston, Hillsboro and Chloride.

LAKE VALLEY, LOCATED ON NM27 SOUTH OF HILLSBORO, IS THE SITE OF ONE OF THE largest silver lodes in the world, called the Bridal Chamber. Discovered in 1878, the accompanying town grew to around 4000 people and included 12 saloons, three churches and two newspapers. The Bureau of Land Management oversees the property and has laid out a walking tour. Built in 1904, the schoolhouse has been turned into a museum and preserved much as it was in the early 1900s. Nearly $2.8 million worth of silver was mined from the chamber, often loaded onto railcars and shipped directly to the mint with no processing. One chunk of silver was featured at the 1882 Denver Exposition, but Apaches killed the mine manager shortly after the discovery. The panic of 1893 and a main street fire led to the town’s decline, and in 1954 the post office officially closed. The cemetery and few old homes that remain are a must-see.

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THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF HILLSBORO AT THE JUNCTION OF NM152 and NM27 was founded in 1877 by two prospectors who discovered gold along a nearby creek. The population grew to about 1200 by 1907, but only about 225 remain today. The post office opened in 1879 and despite periods of fierce Indian attacks, has never closed. The village served as county seat for 54 years. Today the peaceful community, shaded by huge cottonwood trees, supports several shops and a handful of artist residents. The walls of the old courthouse still stand. Located in the eastern foothills of the Black Range and on the southern segment of the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, Hillsboro is a cool getaway for residents of the Rio Grande Valley and an exciting excursion for Grant County travelers. Hillsboro attracts visitors from across the region during its annual apple festival in the early fall.

THE SANTA RITA OPEN PIT COPPER MINE IS AN ENORMOUS EXCAVATION NEXT TO NM152 between Silver City and the Mimbres Valley. The mine overlook is a major attraction along the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. Prior to the nineteenth century, Indians in the area utilized native copper findings to fashion ornaments and arrow points. In the early 1800s, underground mining operations were initiated to supply the Mexican mint with copper. Open pit operations began around 1910 as large earthmoving capabilities became feasible. Today, large equipment can be seen maneuvering across the stepped benches of the mine. The haulage trucks appear as mere toys on the far side of the pit, but keep in mind that a standing man stares straight at the hub of the huge wheels. The load carried by each truck is approximately 15 times heavier than the contents of 18-wheelers traveling along the interstate.


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SHAKESPEARE, THE 1880’S GHOST TOWN JUST SOUTH OF LORDSBURG, IS THE authentically preserved remains of a rough and tumble era in Southwest history. Justice was swift in the community of 3000 inhabitants, although questionably just. Hangings and shootings were commonplace. A stop on the Butterfield trail, gambling and prostitution were the way of life. There were no lawmen in Shakespeare and the only deterrent to killing was the understanding that if you shot someone, you had to bury him. Nearby mining activities provided the payrolls that supported the town’s illicit activities. It was also the site of a famous diamond swindle that lured eastern investors. Privately owned, visitors should call ahead for tour dates and re-enactments. (505) 542-9034 or visit

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HISTORY Steins Ghost Town THE RAILROAD GHOST TOWN OF STEINS, SITUATED AT THE WESTERN GATEWAY TO Old West country, west of Lordsburg, was once home to about 3000 hearty residents servicing the old steam locomotives heading back and forth across the southern route to the west coast. Today, about 50 trains a day pass by Steins, but only a few buildings remain. With a population of two, the ghost town offers a glimpse of the wooden structures, utensils and furniture of the period. A trusty burro, a lot of old west tales and no doubt a ghost or two are still hanging onto these fragments of the past. Steins is located on Interstate 10 at the Arizona border and is open Friday through Monday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Call ahead at (505) 542-9791.

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HISTORY Historic Pinos Altos WITHOUT THE ASPHALT ON ITS MAIN STREET, DOWNTOWN PINOS ALTOS 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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LAKES Lake Roberts SURROUNDED BY THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST,AND FED BY THE SAPILLO 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 a 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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ROCKHOUND STATE PARK IS LOCATED 14 MILES FROM DEMING TRAVELING SOUTH on NM11 and east on NM141. The park includes a modern visitor center, spacious, well-equipped campsites, hiking trails, a botanical garden and tons of mineral specimens. Agates, quartz crystals, jade, opal and other stones of volcanic origin can be found in canyon outcrops and scattered across the landscape. Visitors are allowed to take up to 15 pounds for personal collections. The park includes picturesque Spring Canyon, a day-use area with picnic sites and trails leading into the Florida Mountains. Views across the surrounding valleys are spectacular and the desert mountain flora and fauna are impressive. Spring Canyon Park hours are 7:30am to sunset. Mellow spring and autumn weather provide the most ideal times for visiting the area. The park celebrates springtime in the desert with a full day in April focused on the natural history, animals and plant life of the Chihuahuan Desert.

LOCATED JUST 34 MILES SOUTH OF SILVER CITY, THE CITY OF ROCKS STATE Park is the perfect place for a fun-filled daytrip or picnic with the entire family. The park features giant monoliths that were formed from the eruption 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 giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.

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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. Harlyn got the idea for the monument while visiting the area in the spring of 2004. 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.

ON MARCH 9, 1917, THE SMALL BORDER TOWN AND MILITARY CAMP AT Columbus, New Mexico, woke to an armed invasion by soldiers of revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa. A punitive force led by American General “Black Jack” Pershing pursued the rebels 400 miles into Mexico without success. Pancho Villa State Park is located on the site of Camp Furlong that served as the base of operations for General Pershing. The park includes the first site of an operational military airstrip, represents the first time an aircraft had been used in a military operation, the first use of mechanized trucks by United States troops, and the last true cavalry operation by American troops. The new museum and interpretive center includes era military vehicles and a replica of the Jenny airplane that was utilized. There are 61 modern and spacious RV and campsites, a botanical garden and an interpretive walking tour.

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THIRTY-FIVE MILES SOUTH OF DEMING AT THE JUNCTION OF NM11 AND NM9, THE border town of Columbus is a quietly growing retirement and arts community. The scene of an attack on the United States mainland by Mexican revolutionary general Francisco Villa and the resulting punitive efforts by American General “Blackjack” Pershing are commemorated on both sides of the border. Pancho Villa State Park hosts an RV park, a new museum and learning center and an impressive array of desert cacti. Noted on a walking tour are the first use of both motorized trucks and airplanes for military purposes in a prelude to America’s participation in World War I. Another museum located in the station for the old El Paso and Southwest Railroad houses artifacts and information from both the Villa raid and the early years of railroading. Columbus is also the gateway to Mexico’s northeastern region of Chihuahua state and the border community of Palomas.

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)536-9461 or (505)536-9344.

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THIS 93-MILE LOOP IS FILLED WITH HISTORY AND SCENIC BEAUTY. TO GET started, just head north on Piños Altos Road 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.

THE VIBRANT VILLAGE OF PALOMAS, CHIHUAHUA, LOCATED ON THE MEXICAN side of the international border, is a favorite spot for purchasing Mexican home décor, curios or just having lunch and a Margarita. Forty miles south of Deming and just south of Columbus, the community hosts modern dental facilities and a picturesque church constructed of rounded river stone. Palomas is also the Mexican entry point for visiting the ancient ruins of Casas Grandes and the famous modern-day potters of Mata Ortiz. The Paquime archeological site included over 2000 rooms and reached its height of influence between AD 1150-1340. Just south of Casas Grandes, the village of Mata Ortiz is almost totally dedicated to the production of exquisite hand painted and fired pottery influenced by the ancient Casas Grandes culture. Call ahead for changing car insurance and paperwork requirements regarding travel in Mexico and border crossing restrictions for purchases, pets, etc.

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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

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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: 7.25% (2007) City: $3,009,860 City Retail: $214,463,457 Per Capita Income: $17,409 Property: 17,397 Mills (Residential) 15,680 Mills (Non-Residential)

major events Red Paint PowWow Chocolate Fantasia Tour of the Gila Silver City Blues Festival Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo Fourth of July Celebration Weekend at the Galleries Lighted Christmas Parade

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MUSEUMS: 3 Silver City Museum was 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 celebrated 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.

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


historic sites 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 Area 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 Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and City of Rocks State Park.

Mrs. O.S. Warren building built in 1900 was the former Colby’s Sporting Goods. 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) are offered by the Silver City Museum: Business District, Gospel Hill and La Capilla. Billy the Kid Cabin is located near the origin of his real home, this 1800’s style cabin was donated by Ron Howard’s movie The Missing. 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. PINOS ALTOS Fort Cobre Replica is 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.

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

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

health care 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

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BOOT HEEL Rodeo THE TINY VILLAGE OF RODEO IS LOCATED ON NM80 IN THE SOUTHWEST CORNER of the state known as the bootheel of New Mexico. Originally a railroad stop on the El Paso and Southwest Railroad and later the Southern Pacific Railroad, the community has a growing retirement population and cluster of artists. A couple of impressive galleries make Rodeo a worthy destination. The Chiricahua Mountains form an impressive backdrop to the town and a nearby monument marks the surrender site of the Apache warrior, Geronimo. Skeleton Canyon was the location of his last battle. NM80 connects Interstate 10 with the Arizona border community of Douglas, across from Agua Prieta, Mexico. Wide open desert valley, local ranchers, and the only place for miles around to stop and eat, Rodeo also hosts a big fourth of July celebration and October Chile Festival.

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LYING JUST INSIDE THE ENTRYWAY TO THE BEAUTIFUL CHIRICAHUA MOUNTAINS IN Arizona is the arts and research hamlet of Portal. About ten miles northwest of Rodeo, New Mexico, Portal is on the road to Paradise…Arizona. Above Portal are forest campgrounds, a forest service field office and the only remaining field station for the Museum of Natural History. Above the field station the pavement ends and in the warmer months, high clearance vehicles can cross over the high mountain ridge to the eastern entrance of Chiricahua National Monument. Hiking trails access and follow ridges that exceed 9000 feet in elevation. The protected lower canyons and campgrounds are truly a paradise for those interested in “desert island” plant life, animals and birds that migrate up from Mexico.

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Aug 4. Fort Bayard Tour. 9:30am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477. Aug 18. Fort Bayard 141st Birthday. Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477. Aug 18. Fort Bayard Tour. 9:30am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477.

september Sep 1. Fort Bayard Tour. 9:30am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477. Sep 8. Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. 8:30pm City of Rocks State Park. Sep 15. Fort Bayard Tour. 9:30am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477. Sep 15 Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. 8:20pm City of Rocks State Park. Sep 21-23.Silver City Short Film Festival. Sep 22. Fort Bayard Days. Fort Bayard. 505-388-4477.

october Oct 5-8.Weekend at the Galleries. Downtown Silver City. 505-538-2505. Oct 13. Fort Bayard Tour. 9:30am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477. Oct 13. Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. 7:40pm City of Rocks State Park. Oct 19. Hi-Lo Silver Concert. 3:00pm, Hi-Lo Silvers. First Presbyterian Church. Oct 21. Hi-Lo Silver Concert. 3:00pm, Hi-Lo Silvers. First Presbyterian Church. Oct 28. Fort Bayard Tour. 10:00am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477.

november Nov 1-2.Dia del los Muertos. Downtown Silver City. 505-538-2505. Nov 3. WNMU Museum Presents: Black-on-White Gala. WNMU Museum. 505-538-6386. Nov 10. Fort Bayard Tour. 10:00am Fort Bayard Historical Preservation Society. Fort Bayard Theatre. 505-388-4477. Nov 10. Stars-N-Parks astronomy program. 6:15pm City of Rocks State Park.

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Family entertainment that’s just plain old-fashioned fun! Written by Pat Young, Photography by Joe Burgess Yup. Copper Creek Ranch offers a down home setting for

When dinner is over, aprons are off and musical

chuckwagon suppers and western shows. Right down to the

instruments are on for a western stage show featuring the

big red barn that seats 200 folks at picnic tables, and the old


“graveyard,” with headstones like “Here lies Clyde, He died”

guitar and vocals, Patsy, vocals, David Anderson, fiddle and

and “Long Tall Texan.” Who knows? Maybe there are a few cow-

bass, Don Perry, guitar and vocals, and Rita Perry,

boy ghosts around there. The property was once part of the old

lead singer.

Flury Ranch in Arenas Valley.






Adjacent to the barn are western shops, including Cowtown


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The Robertson's, with four children, eleven grandchildren


hungry families, he’s feeding souls as minister at The Church of

and three great-grandchildren, have always been very interest-


Christ in Cliff. Patsy tends to the physical side of people as a

ed in youths.


registered nurse at Gila Regional Medical Center. Copper Creek Ranch, located at 20 Flury Lane, 4.5 miles east

Boots, a gift shop, and a “Remember When Shop” that Patsy describes as “old stuff.”

“We’re the only family entertainment in Grant County,” Patsy says. A number of high school students find fun summer jobs


of Silver city, is open from about mid-June until just after Labor


Day. Gates open at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. Chow


includes barbeque beef and chicken, foil-wrapped ‘taters, cow-


boy beans, applesauce, Floyd’s special homemade “biskits”

“We just want everyone to feel better when they leave than

and homemade cake. To wash it all down there’s coffee, tea or

when they got here,” Patsy says. “As long as we’re having fun,

tenderfoot lemonade.

we’ll keep doing this.”

there as well. There is no alcohol, no smoking, no cussing – just plain old-fashioned fun.



Silver City follows the state’s lead in support of the independent practices of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Written by Doreen M. Frick, Photography by Joe Burgess Walk into a Nurse Practitioner’s office after staying up all night with a sick child and your first impression might make you both feel a little better. Unhurried, unassuming and down-toearth, this fast growing group of innovative health care providers is a welcome addition to the community. Sitting behind the desk is someone who was first a nurse, and has With a wealth of backgrounds and experience, Silver City nurse practitioners and physician assistants contribute to the personal medical attention available to area residents. clockwise from top, left: Micki Burger and Tony Guck, Alexis Harsh, Karen DeGenevieve and Johnny Reed, Ron Oglesby.


grown into a nurse that treats patients. New Mexico is on the cutting edge of this field in being one of the strongest supporters of the independent practice of nurses turned practitioner. Nurse practitioners specialize in the area of medicine that interests them. They may diagnose and treat both acute and chronic conditions, prescribe medications, provide prenatal care, perform lab work and medical tests. Because they know the scope of their practice, most N.P.’s generally don’t go beyond it, and because they listen well, they tend to endear themselves to their patients.

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Nurses at heart and autonomous since 1965, studies show they save insurance companies money. If prevention is the key to good health, it’s good to know these openhearted nurse practitioners are keen to gather the latest information and test studies, and share this wealth with their patients. Meeting up with some of our local nurse practitioners was a glimpse into the health care field at its best. Alexis Harsh just ran into the first preemie she cared for twenty-eight years ago. Karen DeGenevieve knew at age twelve she wanted to become a nurse. Chris Brickley loves to teach, and once had a clinic on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Micki Burger has worked in pediatrics for twenty years and has two children of her own. Pat McIntire runs the Nursing Program at Western New Mexico University and stays on the leading edge of medicine by keeping her clinical practice active. Another facet of the health care jewel is the Physician Assistant. Begun at Duke University during the Vietnam era, medics coming home from serving their country were educated in specialized fields then placed under the supervision of a doctor. Conscientious, and

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corpsman in the Navy who attended Johns Hopkins when he discovered he loved taking care of people. Tony Guck sports a Master’s Degree in both Public Health and Health Science from George Washington University. John Yerxa arrived here after teaching in a medical school in Australia for five years. Another recent relocator is Julie Scheskie who’s always wanted to live and practice in a small town. And then there’s Dorothy Dare. Aptly named, Dorothy wanted to be a doctor back in the 1970’s before it was a popular career choice for women. Determined to make a difference, she dared, like all the others we interviewed, to follow her calling. above: Chris Brickley once had a clinic on the north rim of the Grand Canyon and John Yerxa just arrived from Australia, where he taught for five years at a medical school.



The professionals of Silver City and the surrounding area who also grew up in local communities range from those who have achieved international acclaim to those who have simply poured their whole hearts into their hometowns. Professors, social workers, horse trainers…they make us proud of our community and they also carry a legacy that in many cases is being passed to their children or other area youth. Silver City, both its history and its

present, has become a better place because of their contributions, and their commitments combined with those of our more recent residents have the potential to produce an incredible future. This group of professionals grew up here, their parents participated in the area’s growth and development and we are all benefiting in our own unique ways. Enjoy a handful of the many stories that form the building blocks of Grant County.

Area professionals whose parents also contributed to Grant County’s growth and development include Margaret Diaz, Steve and Georgia Bearup, Louis Terrazas, Dennis Miller, Gabriel Ramos and Gail Graham-Kinter.



If a hundred people showed up one morning at Gila Regional with symptoms of a flu epidemic or contaminated water supply, what would be done? Margaret Diaz from the Grant County Public Health Office is one of the professionals participating in area disaster planning. “Both 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina proved that neither the country nor the local community were prepared to address potential calamities,” stated Margaret. She serves on the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC) that includes representatives from various agencies. Margaret, a practicing nurse for nine years, now focuses on whatever assistance she and her office can give to people in need of health services, especially for those who may not be able to afford it. “We administer immunizations, test and treat sex-

ually transmitted diseases, perform pregnancy tests and investigate such things as Hepatitis A and Salmonella. We follow up with referrals, counseling and anything that might help the individual deal with the predicament. We work closely with WIC, Families First and various state programs and assist other state health offices in our region on a weekly basis. We issue birth and death certificates and make copies needed for Medicaid, etc.” Raised in Silver City, Margaret earned her nursing degree from Western New Mexico University. “Silver City is beautiful and a good place to raise children. Living on the edge of town, my husband Eddie and our children Danielle and Isaac love watching the deer, rabbits and an occasional javalina. Why would we ever leave!” Grant County Public Health Office 538-5318.

above: Public Health Office administrator Margaret Diaz was raised in Silver City and earned her nursing degree at WNMU.



“I love working with people, so I am really enjoying the insurance business,” relates State Farm Agent Gabriel Ramos. Long term, Gabriel, who was twice elected county clerk and is currently Mayor Pro-Tem of Hurley, has his eye on running for state senator. “I set goals for myself early in life and so far have achieved them.” He was only four when he began passing out flyers for his father, Municipal Judge David Ramos, he delivered the Daily Press at eleven, has owned car wash facilities, designed convenience stores and has purchased and refurbished homes for resale. Grandfather Ralph Ramos settled in Hurley and had a career at the Kennecott smelter. Gabriel’s dad also worked at the smelter as a machinist. Gabriel is a graduate of Cobre High School and Western New Mexico University. Following

National Guard training, he worked in various capacities for the hospital, Silver schools and Phelps Dodge Mining Company. While serving on the executive committee for the New Mexico Association of Counties, Gabriel was alerted to new opportunities with State Farm. His wife, Patricia, worked for agent Chuck Johnson and so Gabriel was already familiar with their casualty insurance programs. “I am especially excited about State Farm’s retirement plans and their banking products that have helped my business grow into one of the top New Mexico agencies.” Gabriel is very involved with youth athletic programs, having coached numerous sports from soccer to grappler wrestling, and has two children, Erika, 10, and James, 7. State Farm 388.1969.

above: Third generation resident Gabriel Ramos owns an insurance business and has served in various elected capacities.



It was crane service that Silver City needed and that’s what Steve Bearup brought to the community. Steve formed Big Bear, Inc. in 1972 providing crane and dirt work service for the region. “There were years, however, when business was slow in Grant County,” Steve relates, “and I would have to take to the road.” He hauled his crane across the nation setting microwave towers and hydroelectric transformers. Steve’s regional roots reach the mid-1800s with the arrival of great-great grandfather Bearup. In the late 1800s, his grandfather Dennis homesteaded in Mogollon working a mine on Silver Creek, which is still in the family. Steve was involved with ranch and equipment duties from the age of ten, and later relocated to Silver City for construction work. He served 6 years on the city council and was involved with initiating the

Main Street program. Married in 1962, Steve met Georgia at a Silver City dance. Georgia’s great, great grandparents, the Flemings, also homesteaded here, and were store owners and politicians. Steve and Georgia have two sons, Michael, a CPA and Pat who remained in Grant County to handle work for Big Bear and is studying for his real estate license. Georgia, a Silver City native, became qualifying broker for United Country Mimbres Realty in 2003. “We’re a good team,’ Steve chuckles. “She helps Big Bear with the books and I handle the realty signs for her properties.” “We are very fortunate,” adds Georgia, “to have family involvement in both businesses. We take pride in a strong work ethic.” United Country Mimbres Realty: 505-534-4616. Big Bear, Inc.: 505-388-1840

above: Steve and Georgia Bearup standing by one of two cranes used to set the foot-bridge across Big Ditch Park.



“Since our first sale in the year 2000, 32 horses that we conditioned for endurance racing have been purchased by mid-eastern enthusiasts,” says Gail Graham-Kinter. Sandwiched between Silver City and the Gila National Forest, the Kinters’ 160 acres of leased land lends itself well to the conditioning of horses. “We work them hard at the high altitude which gives them an edge for the races, most of which are conducted near sea level.” In 2000, a horse conditioned by the Kinters finished 13th in world competition. “That got our foot in the door,” explained Gail. In 2005, four of their horses participated in the world championship held in Dubai. “My husband, Terry, and I frequently travel with the horses to their destinations and have had some fabulous experiences, including

participating in near-eastern and European endurance races.” Gail has been involved in endurance racing for 19 years and in 1996, the Kinter family rode a combined total of 2570 miles earning the Bill Thornburgh award for being the top endurance racing family in the United States. Their daughter, Tiffany, was the number two junior in the U.S. that year. Gail and Terry stepped back into racing last year and earned fourth place husband and wife team in the U.S. “My grandfather, Bill Graham, ranched on the Mimbres, was a horse trader and apparently a good teacher for me. I worked cattle with him and gained his knack for picking horses. We’ve never had a horse that wasn’t well suited for racing.” DIV Endurance Horses, phone 505-388-3625.

above: Third generation area business person Gail Graham-Kinter has turned her love of horses into an international family experience.



“I was a little afraid at first,” says Luis Terrazas after taking a part-time job at a local mortuary. He was 15 years old and attending Silver High School. “Once I realized that I could make a difference with people by helping them through a very difficult time in their lives, it became my dream to own a funeral home.” “While enrolled in a mortuary science program it was like a gift from God that I was hired at an elite Ft. Worth funeral home. There were many applicants but divine intervention took place through a series of events and I was given the position.” Luis soon returned to Silver City to be closer to family, the people he knows and the rugged terrain. Luis’s father had moved to Deming at the age of 12 from a ranch in Palomas, Mexico, and attended

WNMU on the GI Bill. His mother, Carmen Maynes, was born in Santa Rita and raised in Santa Clara. His dad, brother and cousin now own local construction companies. While working for local funeral homes, Luis began formulating a plan for starting his own mortuary and built Silver City Auto Spa in 1999 as a financial stepping-stone. In 2004 with the help of family, a local bank and his former Ft. Worth employer, he was able to start construction on Terrazas Funeral Chapels in Santa Clara. “My wife Mandee plays a major role in the business and we are both thankful to be building our business and raising our family in Grant County.” Terrazas Funeral Chapels 537-0777.

above: With family members solidly entrenched in Grant County business, Luis Terrazas established his own mortuary facility.



“When an injured bird or mammal is released back into the wild, it is certainly rewarding,” says Western New Mexico University professor Dennis Miller. “Of course, it is heart-breaking when one doesn’t make it.” Dennis and his wife Denise manage Gila Wildlife Rescue and in 28 years have worked with thousands of critters from bald eagles to ringtail cats. A long-time resident of Silver City, his ties to the community include grandparents, Bill and Alexis Mullane, who owned the Silver City Enterprise and his father, Bob Miller, who taught at WNMU for 35 years. Wife Denise Goodwin Miller, who works at Gila Medical Services, is a Silver City native and is heavily involved with the rescue commitment. Licensed with New Mexico Game and Fish and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the rescue operation is

the Millers’ public service hobby. “We put a lot of our own money into the service, but it survives on donations from generous local companies and individuals. Food and medications are quite expensive today.” In addition to his teaching duties, Dennis performs research for the Forest Service, tracking native fish populations in Arizona and New Mexico and managing their habitats. Dennis received the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award for 2005 and numerous other honors and awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching from the National Science Foundation. “We are proud to be natives of the Silver City community. We have built a rich life for ourselves here with many wonderful friends.” Visit

above: WNMU professor Dennis Miller, a third generation resident, has been recognized for his classroom work and wildlife projects.


the arts


Metcalf Written by Pat Young Photography by Joe Burgess

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SCULPTOR MICHAEL METCALF and interior design talents of his wife, Christine Rickman, are beautifully blended. Next door, in a studio Metcalf had to double in size to accommodate the project, two massive sculptures, mirror images of each other, are being created for the city of Albuquerque. Metcalf was selected from 108 applicants nationwide for this commission, the pinnacle of a still-young career that evolved from a love of building things, including boats. “As a sculptor, I can set my own rules and decide what forms to pursue,” says the soft spoken artist who moved to Silver City over eleven years ago after being hired by Western New Mexico University as a professor of sculpture. It was in this capacity that he was searching for commission opportunities to motivate his students, and happened on to one that turned out to be not only a good learning experience for the class, but

“ ” “Mother Nature created this

beautiful thing, I simply used my aesthetic judgment to reorient the form and cast the base to support it.”

a great opportunity for himself. Metcalf was awarded the commission in the summer of 2005 and took a semester-long leave of absence and one-year sabbatical from WNMU to work on the project. He returns to his teaching position this fall. In his studio, with the help of an assistant, James Hemphill, Metcalf’s sculptures are slowly taking shape. With a flash of light, molten metal fuses together as the TIG torch forms another weld. A small prototype and a photograph fill in where the imagination ends as the eye follows two graceful spires. The 29-foot-tall sculptures, entitled “The Positive Energy of New Mexico,” will be located on either side of I-40 at Louisiana Avenue in Albuquerque. Each sculpture, weighing approximately 8,000 pounds, will be comprised of three arching bronze spires supporting stainless steel splines spiraling out of a boulder (approximately 4,000 pounds), all mounted on a tapered hexagonal stainless steel base. “I must thank Phelps Dodge Mining Company – New Mexico Operations for their help,” Metcalf says. “After the contract was awarded, copper prices increased dramatically. PD realized the significance of this public art project, donating the copper and shipping it to St. Louis, where it was alloyed with various elements to produce

opposite: In his shop, sculptor Michael Metcalf compares a scale model spire cut-away to one that will actually grace an Albuquerque freeway when finished. inset: A completed scale model of the Albuquerque-bound sculptures. top: Another of Michael’s graceful and mechanically intriguing pieces. above: Additional beams and hoists were installed in Michael’s shop to handle the massive spires.


silicon bronze plate (which is 95% copper) for the spires.” Metcalf also received a small business development grant to work with Sandia National Laboratories determining what material to use for the spline curves. Champlin Engineering designed the engineering aspects of the massive artworks. Everything for the sculptures is being fabricated in his Silver City studio. The components will be trucked to Albuquerque and installed with the help of a crane. Most of Metcalf’s unique sculpture, utilizing bronze, wood, stone and stainless steel, is on a smaller scale, exhibited locally at Eklektikas Gallery. His work has been exhibited nationally and abroad. The New Mexico landscape plays heavily into his work since he moved here. “Mother Nature created this beautiful thing,” Metcalf says, pointing to a rock and bronze sculpture in his home. “I simply used my aesthetic judgment to reorient the form and cast the base to support it.” 48 – SILVER CITYLIFE

opposite: the mechanics of building sculptures include installing enormous base bolts that will anchor a spire, developing specialty tools and rigging methods and a whole lot of lifting, beating, shoving, cutting, welding and grinding. this page: The vision and painstakingly detailed work required to mold metallic plates into a thing of beauty befitting New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hub of enchantment are the very reasons Michael was chosen over 107 other candidates from across the nation.

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health & wellness

One Step at a Time Written by Doreen M. Frick

Photography by Joe Burgess

Does anyone really like to work out? If you’re a woman and the thought of going to a gym with grunting weight-lifters in sweaty spandex keeps you firmly planted on the couch, you may want to explore some refreshing options for a total body workout. Many local women have already found a new niche, along with some very becoming curves. Whether you’re carrying a child on your hip or a load of wash, weight-bearing exercise has long been a cornerstone to building strong bones. Take this theory and add some music and cardiovascular resistance training equipment and soon your heart will begin to pump more effectively. Lost muscles will be found and firmed, tuned and toned, thanks to double positive strength training (pushing one set of muscles, pulling another). The resistance of the equipment enables each woman to train to their capacity, whether they’re eighteen or eighty years young. Thirty minutes later, this quick, compact and fun workout is complete, sending you on your way to greater mobility and improved metabolism. Since the body was meant to move, some of us in the couch potato category have experienced a little more rust than we’d like to admit. If stiffening joints and a sluggish system are slowing you down to a shuffle, wander over to the track on 50 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Swan Street where the faithful have discovered the secret to health and strength, one step at a time. Those of us who drive by can feel a pull at our heartstrings, like the tug of a small child begging us to join the fun. The sky seems to brighten as we pull in the parking lot, lace up the sneaks and pick a lane. A stranger waves and smiles, passing us in silence, and now we are one with the group. Birds drop by to scan the bleachers, cheering on the stroke victim who perseveres on the outer lane. EMT’s with walkietalkies share the road with tattooed vets in headsets, track suits walk beside business suits, as the old and the young, the frail and the hearty travel lanes 1-8 for reasons as varied as their appearance. The air is still and calm some days, sometimes electrified and rainbowed, but always unique. Something very special is happening on this track, and just like Sunday dinner at grandmom’s, a canopy of well-being as vast as the New Mexico sky drapes over us all. above: Committing to exercise gyms and programs, or even a simple, but disciplined walking schedule can lead to both physical and social enhancements.

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birding Written by Gene Lewis Photography by Dale and Marian Zimmerman

Summer in the general Silver City area brings an especially rich variety of birds that are

For those who have good hearing the male birds

Phainopepla, Black-Headed Grosbeak, Blue

can be heard announcing to the world their pres-

Grosbeak, Cassin’s and Western Kingbird, Willow

ence. Especially to be listened for is the striking

Flycatcher and a multitude of other species will be

Red-faced Warbler, and less bold but louder Olive

found in the general Gila River area. Here, or wher-

Warbler high in the trees. Also to be found is the

ever one sees it, the stunning male Vermilion

wonderfully active and beautiful Painted Redstart

Flycatcher is always a treat whether for the first

along a creek as well as the less colorful Virginia’s

time or the hundredth. And, it doesn’t try to hide.

Warbler. All these can be found along Cherry

Wandering into higher, more open country on

Creek in the area of Cherry Creek and McMillan

the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National

Campgrounds generally about mile markers 12 and

Monument could give you a Zone-tailed Hawk.

13 on NM 15, beyond Pinos Altos. While up there,

One just might be soaring with a group of Turkey

keep an eye out for Western and Hepatic

Vultures and Common Ravens, something they

Tanagers, Grace’s Warblers, and sometimes the

like to do as a sort of disguise. On the way back by

Greater Pewee can be heard doing its loud Hozay

Lake Roberts and the Mimbres Valley you might

Maria. Of course the Mountain Chickadee and

find a Bridled or Juniper Titmouse and maybe a

nests and

Steller’s Jay will be there and a very vocal

Warbling Vireo.

For a different group of birds the Gila River is the

lands for other birds just waiting to be seen, Ft.


place to go for the Lucy’s Warbler, and the rather

Bayard being one. The area down along the creek

secretive but noisy Yellow-breasted Chat with its

can be very good. Don’t be stopped by the fencing

squeak and squawk sounds to announce its pres-

and gates. Foot access is allowed.

actively at work with building


above: Look for Summer Tanagers that are commonly seen around this region.


Plumbeous Vireo could be heard.

There are many other places in the surrounding

ence. Lucy’s Warbler begins nesting in April and

Another special birding place is found up Little

may be winding down its activity by late May just

Walnut Road to the picnic grounds, a part of the

as the Yellow-billed Cuckoo is arriving on the scene

Gila National Forest. Acorn Woodpeckers will like-

to begin its late nesting cycle. Summer Tanagers

ly be there but other exciting birds could be seen

will be common but look for Bullock’s and Hooded

working over the trees and bushes, a pair of

Orioles as well. Along the river the Common Black-

Bushtits, for instance, or perhaps a Gray

Hawk should be seen, often right down by the

Flycatcher. And, keep your eyes open for Mexican

water as it hunts for frogs, crawdads and maybe a

Jays and Band-tailed Pigeons wandering about in

snake, or in a nearby tree. Pyrrhuloxia,

small flocks.

outdoors BY M.H. Dutch Salmon

For a fun outing along the waters, go in search of the Properly called the common black hawk, the bird

er months but even a casual birder can find them in

is not common north of Mexico, but over half the

the spring, summer and fall in the named places. And

breeding pairs in the USA call the Gila/San

they breed here, too. One time in spring on a canoe

Francisco home.

trip through the Lower Box we spent the afternoon on

This is a large hunting hawk. Wingspan is about 4

the beach underneath some big cottonwoods. We

feet, close to the redtail hawk in size. Plus its wings

had pulled in there to get away from a bad wind. Two

are unusually wide, good for soaring and giving it a

black hawks had a nest above and they about drove

distinctive look in flight. The coal black feathering is

us batty with their constant shrieking as they soared

set off by the obvious white band that rings the

overhead. It was as bad as the wind, or worse, and as

short, broad tail. Its legs are yellow-colored and

soon as the wind let down we were happy to move on

unusually long for a hawk. Like the redtail, the black

and leave the birds to their family affairs.

hawk is considered a buteo or soaring hawk.

Down in the Gila Lower Box fencing has allowed

Black hawks seem very particular about their habi-

the riparian galleries to come back remarkably in the

tats. They like water but you are unlikely to see one

last dozen years. The last time through there by

camped out around Elephant Butte Lake. Ospreys

canoe we saw at least a half-dozen black hawks.

are fish hawks that like big lakes but the black hawk

On a tour of the U-Bar Ranch near Cliff (owned by

likes habitats along flowing streams and even a mea-

Phelps Dodge and managed by Dave Oglivie) a few

ger flow like the San Francisco or Gila Rivers will

years ago we were looking for willow flycatchers. A

draw them in. Living along water, black hawks catch

progressive grazing regime has aided their survival

critters that live in or near the stream â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fish, crawfish,

there. We saw some but the biggest thrill for me

snakes, frogs, muskrats and other small mammals.

was a good look at two Mexican black hawks, seen

They soar and hunt but are also adept at simply

perched on snags at different times and places dur-

perching on a snag then diving down to the catch. At

ing the day. The black hawks tell me we are doing

different times I have seen them with snakes, frogs,

some things right along the Gila.

and different unidentified mammals in their claws.

Mexican black hawk, the signature bird of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers.

Each year our local Gila River Festival draws sev-

The San Francisco Canyon is a good location for

eral thousand people to celebrate the free flow of

this bird. Other hotspots are the Gila River bird area

the Gila River.The organizers picked the Mexican

below the Mangas Creek confluence, and the Gila

black hawk as the colophon of the festival and the

Lower Box between Redrock and Virden. These birds

bird was featured on everything from caps to

will go off to Mexico or further south during the cold-

T-shirts to brochures. It was an excellent choice.

above: The unusually wide wings of the Mexican black hawk make the bird easily recognizable in its Gila and San Francisco River habitats.

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Rufus James & Deborah Cosper Hughs While visiting relatives in west Texas, a stray dog appeared. "She was just skin and bones", said Deborah Cosper Hughs. The little red boxer came running into Deborah's arms, wiggling and licking. Her husband, James, commented, "What are you going to do now?" Ironically, they had two other rescued boxers and a rescued yellow Labrador, but they brought her home. The next day, she wouldn't eat. The veterinarian told them she had Parvo and other immune problems. After a week on IV's, Rufus joined her new siblings; Penney, Spud and Lucy the Lab.

happy endings Written and Photographed by Judy DouBrava

Remember a time when you had a puppy or kitten? The crying in the middle of the night? The potty messes on the floor? The next time you go to adopt an animal from a shelter or some other source, keep in mind the flashbacks from the past of having these babies. Why not adopt an older dog or cat? There are positive aspects of taking on an older pet. Usually, they are already potty trained. Coming from a shelter, they are probably used to being alone occasionally. Older dogs and cats are less energetic and would complement an older person looking for a companion. There is no guesswork at how big a dog or cat will be when considering an older one because they are full grown. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Sure you can! The attention span is much longer on an older dog. Our local shelter: High Desert Humane Society 538-9261 Http://

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Holly & Cookie Raven & Ella Myers Holly, Raven Myers' pony was found and rescued by the SPCA of Chandler AZ, neglected and abused in a backyard. She was found starving, without water or shade in 118 degree weather. Cookie, Ella's pony, was awaiting slaughter in Holbrook, AZ, and was saved by a horse rescue of Springerville, AZ. Cookie was sent to Ella as a project when it was discovered that "this pony can really jump," said the rescuer. So, Ella is training her to do Pony Jumpers. Raven's pony is the resident nanny. "Holly takes care of all the young horses, and takes her job very seriously," says their mother.


George & Max Tad & Patrick

Hershey Kim & Ethan Hopwood

Feeling the emptiness after the loss of an elderly Airedale, Tad Van der Weele and Patrick Conlin, contacted an Airedale rescue group. They were led to 'George' in Georgetown, Texas. A year later, Max, also from Texas, came into their lives. Max had been abused and had some issues, but with love and understanding of the breed, both George and Max have a great home. "We take them to the dog park everyday", said Patrick. Plus, the dogs get walked around the neighborhood. Patrick and Tad also assist the Airedale rescue group on transporting newly rescued Airedales.

Hershey was with his mother and other littermates under a shed. The mother was scavenging road kill just to feed her babies. Someone noticed and decided to call Deirdre Wolf of a wolf rescue organization knowing that she would help. Deirdre crawled under the shed and rescued this unwanted family. The Hopwood's saw an article in a local newspaper, posted by Deirdre, trying to find homes for these discarded animals. Kim and Ethan adopted one of the puppies, now named 'Hershey'. Hershey goes to work every day at the Rose Valley RV Ranch.

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Although they already had 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 parrots and 2 other ferrets, Jan and David rescued another ferret. Scooter was found by running up someone's pant leg in the Tyrone area. This man knew Jan took in rescued ferrets and notified her. "They love attention and are very mischievous, Jan said as she held Scooter. They’re like trying to hold onto a Slinky. Living in a rural setting, they have also attained Major, the English pointer who was just a few months old and starving. And, a Siamese cat, Azia.

"He ain't nothin' but a houndawg", says Dillon describing their newly rescued dog and how he acquired the name 'Houndawg'. By running laps around the house, he finishes the lyrics of the song, "He's rockin' all the time." The Stones noticed this starving, stray dog lying under their spruce tree for three days. The fourth day, he was moved inside. After an ad in the paper with no response, they adopted him. Houndawg has another home companion, 'Pretty Kitty'. She also just appeared one day and moved in. After calling a truce, the two get along fine.




TO DESIRED Written and photographed by Judy DouBrava

above: Jennifer Douglass not only teaches riders proper treatment of horses and the land they inhabit, but also instills a sense of resource conservation.

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Once racehorses finish their racing careers,

of horsemanship. She conveys her beliefs on

their demise is often not as glamorous as some

the training and the treatment of horses with her

would expect. Many non-racehorses also face a

students, who come from long distances just to

gruesome end. Jennifer Douglass finds a fulfill-

train with Jennifer. Instead of dealing with

ing challenge to take in these throw-away hors-

wealthy families with expensive horses, she res-

es and "create beauty out of it," as she aptly

cues these throw away horses and pairs them

says. "They love being active with people as well

with a not-so-wealthy child or adult who is as

as in a herd." She pointed out that horses enjoy

serious about the sport of Jumping or

having a job and a purpose. Jennifer believes


that horses have the same ranges of emotion

Jennifer has trained many horses and riders in

that humans do: they have the same fears and

Show Jumping, also called 'Jumpers'. This event

frustrations. But much of the time they are con-

involves an obstacle course with various types of

sidered only livestock, a vehicle to get from

jumps that the horse must maneuver. The other

point A to point B, or just a status symbol.

training she does is called Dressage, also known

With over 30 years experience working with

as 'horse ballet.' The goal of Dressage is to train

horses, Jennifer believes she can make a differ-

the horse to respond to the rider's subtle com-

ence in the horse industry by bolstering the level

mands while appearing relaxed and effortless.

One of Jennifer's Dressage students is

how to prevent overgrazing, the land

nearing Olympic competition level.

will not suffer. The barns will be passive

Looking into the future, Jennifer is

solar and completely self-sustaining.

going over hurdles necessary to build

On a personal level, Jennifer's goal

an equestrian center. With the help

is to be an example for everyone work-

from her husband, Brian, owner of Sun

ing with horses. She is hoping other

Bear Construction, the new equine

owners in the industry will follow suit

center will be totally off the grid. Not

to truly understand horses' needs and

only will it be a healing place for the

to train them responsibly. "That's my

horses, but with their knowledge on

job," she says proudly.

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Written and Photographed by Joe Burgess

The hearty pioneers who first settled the Silver City area came for minerals, ranching and farming opportunities. They built communities and some of those early families have remained for generations. 58 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SILVER CITYLIFE


on and Susan Turner managed to pull together four

Alton Turner, Don’s father, started Turner Electric and

generations of their family currently living in Silver

was a rodeo cowboy and periodical writer for the Silver

City and sketched out a family tree that totaled six gener-

City Daily Press and Western Horseman. His wife was

ations of Grant County relatives.

Laura Elizabeth Goforth.

Don’s maternal great grandfather Andrew Jackson

Susan’s paternal grandparents, John Lee and Carrie

Goforth and his wife Laura Helena Thompson homestead-

Carnes Lee, came from Arizona and farmed near Gila in the

ed on Sapillo Creek in the late 1880s. Grandfather

early 30s. Maternal grandparents Hubert Foster and Dovie

Leslie K. Goforth served as a republican sheriff during the

Cain homesteaded and ranched at Cliff.

“Salt of the Earth” era and later as Bayard Chief of

operated Kent Lee Construction & Heavy Equipment and her

Police. He was honored as Grant County Citizen of the

mother, Thelma Foster, was the company’s bookkeeper.

Year in 1963.

Susan’s father

Leaving Silver City was never a consideration for Don,

Paternal grandparents John W. Turner and Lola Montez

an electrical contractor, and Susan, a broker at Wagon

Franks married in 1902 and homesteaded T Box east of

Wheel Realty. “I have always been the one designated to

Santa Rita. He operated a mercantile in Santa Rita and was

take care of other family members,” relates Susan, “and

responsible for the establishment of Turnerville. Along with

we enjoy the area.” The two owned Silver Bowling Center

Tommy Foy, John was involved with starting Grant County

15 years before turning it over to daughter Tammy and her

Bank. A democrat, he served in the state legislature and

husband Royce Cole. Daughter Sherri is a nurse at Med

was sheriff from 1923-1926.

Square and is married to Brian Richey.

opposite: Back row left to right: Sherri Turner Richey, Donald Turner, Susan Turner, Tammy Turner Cole. Bottom row left to right: Kagen Richey, Ashlyn Richey, Thelma Foster Lee, Tyler Cole. above: Cousins Tyler Cole and Kagen Richey display a moment of calm companionship.



100 In 1907 a group of men gathered in the south-

western part of the New Mexico territory to dis-

top: Located in the southwest corner of the New Mexico Territory, Western Bank opened its doors 100 years ago as First National Bank of Lordsburg. inset: Robert Martin, Sr. held the position of Board Chairman for forty years. opposite: Silver City branch manager Pam Archibald discusses transactions with current board chairman, Robert Martin, Jr.

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YEARS OF AREA BANKING Written by Bill Archibald Photography courtesy Western Bank

New Mexico wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become a state for another five years.

cuss their ideas for creating a financial institu-

Red Rock rancher Robert Martin Sr. first

tion, which they hoped could be successful and

bought stock in Western Bank in 1936 and

serve the needs of the community.

became chairman of the board in 1956. He held

That meeting spawned an endeavor to be

the position for some 40 years before handing

called First National Bank of Lordsburg. It has

the reins to Robert Martin Jr. who holds the title

endured and blossomed into what we now know

of chairman today.

as Western Bank.

Robert Jr. retired from a successful career

When businessmen Frank Coon, John

with the FBI in 1989. He immediately teamed

McCabe and W.H. Small first launched their ven-

with his father, Pam Dunagan, and Lee Ross

ture, horses were still an accepted mode of

Jones to create the holding company to oversee

travel, and Lordsburg was part of Grant County.

operations of the bank.

photo © 2007 Joseph Burgess

A graduate of Western New Mexico University, Robert Jr. married Marie Parrish of Silver City in 1962. He served as a


WNMU regent from 1991 to 1996 and continues to serve on the WNMU Foundation board.

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photo © Joseph Burgess

Written by Doreen M. Frick

At one time, the organization boasted one thousand members and hosted picnics near the open pit. Apollo 17 went to the moon in 1972 with an astronaut on board who would return to earth long enough to embark on another unusual space adventure, but this one would have its “lift-off” from Santa Rita, New Mexico. 62 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, geologist and lunar module pilot, was being honored at a banquet in Salt Lake City when he met up with two gentlemen connected to the space program who shared his hometown of Santa Rita.

Joking about their birth hospital, torn down in 1954 to make room for the open pit copper mine, they set in motion the idea for a unique club. Settling on the name, “The Society for Persons Born in Space,” they invited anyone born in the Santa Rita Hospital to join the club, free of charge, and receive a certificate signed by the famed astronaut. At one time, the organization boasted one thousand members and hosted picnics near the open pit. Looking out over the immense hole, the club members truly felt they were “born in space.” The demise of the hospital was due to the discovery of native copper, highly prized for its conductive properties. Extracting the copper once the native vein was depleted meant the digging would begin in Santa Rita. Homes were moved or demolished as the pit grew and gobbled up the residential district. The hospital, built in 1910, was not taken away completely; an addition was moved to the outer edge of the pit until that, too, was overcome. Terry Humble is a retired diesel mechanic who worked at the mine and was “born in space.” He’s also a local Santa Rita historian with a lot more stories to tell. It seems the Santa Rita open pit, once prized for its copper that lasts forever, has given us a valuable by-product; a story for the ages - the space age that is!

opposite: Open pit copper mining eventually engulfed the town of Santa Rita, giving rise to the Society for Persons Born in Space that includes astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt. above: These two Santa Rita hospital photos were taken years apart between 1910 and 1954 when it was torn down for a pit expansion.


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