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Gila Wilderness The Outdoor Classroom WRITTEN BY ABE VILLARREAL I PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY WNMU PHOTOGRAPHER JAY HEMPHILL If you picture the typical small college campus, images of storied brick buildings, and long green landscapes may come to mind. Western New Mexico University, located in the historic Silver city community, has that and so much more. Looking north onto the main campus, a striking view of mountains, hills and the unforgettable landscape of the Gila Wilderness capture your attention. You are at the footsteps of the nation’s first designated wilderness area, 40 miles of the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest outdoor classroom. When Western New Mexico University was established in 1893, New Mexico was a territory, tuition was only $10 for two 20-week semesters, and the campus landscape consisted of one building, Old Main on the hill, looking over the mining community. More than 120 years later, one thing has always been constant, the Gila Wilderness, it’s beauty and resources. With more than 3,500 enrolled students, the hills and streams of the Gila provides a dynamic outdoor classroom experience for thousands of Mustangs. And for generations of alumni, the rugged trails and scenic landscapes have provided for real-life learning. WNMU offers programs in biology, botany, geology, zoology, chemistry forest wildlife management, and environmental sustainability among other science related fields of study.


A new program in Outdoor Leadership Studies was recently introduced offering students outdoor experiential and adventure-based experiences while developing leaders in support of the outdoor resources and lands in need of advocates and stewards. “It’s a challenge to think of another place, another college campus, where our students are able to go out into the field and enter a world of imagination and discovery,” said Matthew Lara, Director of Admissions. “There is no other place like the Gila.” The next time you make the Gila Wilderness your weekend getaway, you might find a student, wearing a purple shirt, with paper and pencil in hand. He’s on an a venture, researching the great outdoors and growing into the person he’s meant to become. He’s a Mustang.

background: Student mountain biking at Gomez Peak. opposite, top: Fall Aspen in the Black Range. opposite, bottom: Students hiking at Hell’s Half Acre. above, left: Students exploring a side canyon at Hell’s Half Acre. above, left: Waterfall in Sacaton Canyon.



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You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. But you can’t just create these strategies – you also have to communicate them. Specifically, you need to inform your spouse and your grown children what you have in mind for the future – because the more they know, the fewer the surprises that await them down the road. Let’s start with your spouse. Ideally, of course, you and your spouse should have already communicated about your respective ideas for retirement and have come to an agreement on the big issues, such as when you both plan to retire, where you’ll live during retirement, and what you want to do s retirees (volunteer, travel, work part time and so on). But what you both might have let slip through the cracks are the important specifics related to financing your retirement. You’ll need to answer several questions, including these: • When will you each start taking Social Security? • Are there strategies for maximizing both of your Social Security payments? • When will you need to start tapping into your respective retirement accounts, such as your IRA and 401(k)? And, once you do start withdrawing from these accounts, how much should you take out each year? You may want to work with a financial professional to address these issues, but however you proceed, you and your spouse need to be “on the same page” regarding the key financial components of your retirement. 8 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Now, consider your grown children. You need to clearly communicate your estate plans to them, not only for the sake of openness and honesty, but also because they may well play active roles within those plans. So when talking to your children, make sure you cover these areas: • Durable power of attorney – You may well decide to give one of your grown children the durable power of attorney to pay bills and make financial choices on your behalf if you are unable to do so. • Estate executor – An executor is the person or entity you name in your will to carry out your wishes. An executor has a variety of responsibilities, so you’ll want to choose someone who is honest and capable of dealing with legal and financial matters. Again, you could ask a grown child to serve as your executor, but, to avoid potential conflict of interests among your children, you might want to go outside the family. Talk with an attorney about how best to name your executor. • Status of will and living trust – Assuming you have already drawn up a will, share it with your grown children. The same is true with a living trust, a popular estate-planning tool that may allow your survivors to avoid going through the time-consuming, public and expensive process of probate. A will and a living trust will obviously contain a great deal of information your children should know about – so take the time to explain your thinking when you created these documents. You want to enjoy a comfortable retirement, and you want to leave a meaningful legacy through your estate plans. To help accomplish both these goals, you need to include your loved ones in your arrangements – so open those lines of communication. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Copyright © 2016 Edward Jones. All rights reserved. Member SIPC. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Robert “Jaime” Ramirez, Zia Publishing’s senior photographer and NM sales manager, earned a BFA in Art with an AA in Graphic Design in 2015 from WNMU. He believes that “if you have a vision and a strong urge to share it, it’s merely a matter of time and hard work to find a way to express yourself.”

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Mike Rowse born in Silver City, Mike and wife, Linda met as students at WNMU. Careers took them around the western U.S. but they returned home in 2001 to run KSCQ radio. Their two daughters worked in the business making a true family affair. Mike is now with Farm Bureau insurance. Jay Scott moved to Silver City as a teen from the desert of southwest NM. He immediately fell in love with the surrounding mountains, forests and canyons. With a lifelong backgkround in art, including photography, he has a natural artist’s eye and he can see beauty everywhere in anything. He also enjoys visiting with customers as an ad sales rep for Zia Publishing.

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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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Santa Fean Craig A. Smith Smith is a freelance writer-journalist specializing in arts, features, and human interest stories. His biography of the founder of The Santa Fe Opera, A Vision of Voices: John Crosby and The Santa Fe Opera, was published May 1, 2015 by The University of New Mexico Press.

Boston born and raised, Christine Steele fell in love with the Southwest and calls Silver City her “adopted home town.” She’s been telling mostly true stories since she was a chubby gradeschool kid. She turned to journalism as way to get through college in 2003. She’s addicted to road trips, Western skies, and good green chile anything. Judy Wuthrich is a local cosmetologist. Her interests include writing, photography, creating dolls, making jewelry from recycled material and supporting the ethical treatment of animals. She lives in Silver City with her dog Gizelle.

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The law firm of Lopez, Dietzel, Perkins, & Wallace,P.C. has served the Silver City, Grant County region for the past 25 years. David Lopez was born in Las Vegas, NM and attended law school at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He came to Silver City in 1991 to interview with attorneys J.C. Robinson and Henry Quintero. “I liked them and how friendly and open the community was,” David recalled. When the other two partners left to become judges, David took the lead and the firm became Lopez & Associates. It has since evolved to Lopez, Dietzel, Perkins, & Wallace, P.C.. Over the years, David and his partners have earned the reputation of working diligently for each of their clients. David’s areas of practice include divorce, child custody, child support, probate, guardianship and conservatorship, landlord and tenant law, business law, collections, criminal law, DUI/DWI, paternity and personal injury. He and his wife have been married for 30 years and have three sons. When he is not practicing law, he enjoys chess, tennis and running 5ks with his youngest son. 12 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Daniel B. Dietzel, Partner A man who likes a challenge, Dan first discovered Silver City through the Signal Peak Challenge, a downhill mountain biking race. A fan of the Gila Wilderness, avid cyclist and motorcyclist, he spent several years in Silver City before leaving for law school at UNM. He was admitted to the bar in 2003 and returned to the community to begin practicing. “I liked it here and was looking to find a small town to do criminal defense work in,” he said. He’s a tough litigator who enjoys the excitement of a courtroom challenge, where he fights hard for his clients. When he is not battling it out in the courtroom, Dan still finds time to explore the asphalt and dirt tracks of New Mexico.

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William J. Perkins, Partner Will attended law school at Brigham Young University and was admitted to New Mexico State Bar in 2003 and joined the firm that year. His areas of practice include business, criminal and family law, and he particularly enjoys real estate matters and estate planning. He and his wife Maria have been married 14 years and have five children between the ages of 1 and 12. “We love the community,” said Will. “It’s a great place to raise a family.”





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Cathryn Wallace, Partner Kate Wallace joined the firm five years ago, becoming partner just this year. The former Minnesotan previously worked on Wall Street in equity research and investment banking before pursuing a career in law. She attended law school at Northern Illinois University and was admitted to New Mexico State Bar in 2010. While her areas of practice cover everything from contracts to criminal law, she has a passion for child advocacy, business law and criminal defense. When she is not practicing, she enjoys doit-yourself projects with her husband David Leadbetter and spending time outdoors with her daughter and stepdaughter.

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CROW Rendezvous with the Gila Trappers BY MARK ERICKSON

opposite: Silke with Juanita.


enis and Carol Murati moved to Silver C City in 1980 and having particip participated in mountain man rendezvo rendezvous in the Albuquerque area began to see what interest there was here. With W th kindred spirit Terry Koenig they Wi recreatedd the h 1825-1840 18 trappers and traders period and held the first rendezvous at Sheep Corral in 1982. The Crow Moon in March and the cawing of the crows signaled the end of Winter to the more Northern tribes and so the Moon of the Crow rendezvous takes place at that time. Denis, aka “Red Capote”, in league with the Albuquerque based New Mexico Mountain Men gather together in the Gila for the annual event. This was the thirtyfourth year that it has been held. There are many events held that show the skills that the men used to survive and make money. Bow and arrow, “hawk” and knife, shooting at targets both large and small, are all part of the plan. 1840’s attire and the camp accoutrements are required. Time is turned back, skills and expertise are shared by all. Unfortunately, with the computer age in full swing, participation is going down. The equipment is expensive and, as Denis and Carol explained, “No one is getting younger!”


above, left: Denis Murati. opposite: Moon of the Crow camp life.



MR. MAYOR Ken Ladner

Caring more about the results than the credit. WRITTEN BY MIKE ROWSE PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK ERICKSON

Forty years ago, Ken Ladner drove from Salt Lake City to Silver City to interview for a position at WNMU. Along the way, he and his wife almost turned around several times. They were not impressed with Shiprock or Gallup; if Silver City was anything like this, they wanted no part of it. Then they drove down Snake Hill at dusk and saw the beautiful valley nestled against the mountains and just knew it was the place for them to raise their family. Ken took the job at WNMU not only out of a love for teaching but because of the friendliness of the people in town and at the university. Having so many hiking trails within a 10 minute drive didn’t hurt either. Standing on Gomez Peak with his wife, Becky, reminds him of the beauty of Silver City and the people that make his hometown special. At one point, Ken was asked to be interim president of the University. Relations with the community were strained at the time so he hit the pavement, speaking to various community organizations about his vision for the future. As a result of his reaching out, he was tabbed by various community leaders like Dianne Hamilton and Linda Kay Jones, to get involved with the Chamber of Commerce, then the MainStreet Project, where he stayed on the board for 20 years, and finally a successful run for mayor. As you travel around Silver City, you may not realize the impact Ken has had on our community; street lights downtown and the visitor center for example. He is quick to point out that he is only one of a number of great people who’ve helped to improve our town and make it the gem you see today. In fact, Ken loves working behind the scenes to help others create things that improve our community. A rare breed indeed, someone who cares more about the results than the credit. As mayor, Ken spends time talking to anyone who will give him time. Almost without exception, the feedback from visitors and residents alike is that Silver City offers a unique combination of beautiful country, friendly people, and an amazing quality of life. As Ken heads out for yet another hike up Gomez Peak, he couldn’t agree more. We think it’s people like Ken who make Silver City such a great place to live.


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With the everever-growing r growing use of multiple packaging of bottles and cans, the use of 6rpack rings increases. Measures have been taken to make them photodegradable so they disintegrate within a few days. A brewery in Florida has taken it one step further and developed edible 6-pack rings. They consist of barley and wheat left over from the brewing process so if they end up in the ocean, they will disintegrate or actually feed the marine life. The artistic ideas are endless using plastic 6-pack rings so I thought I’d share one idea. Supplies you’ll need are several plastic 6-pack rings, a stapler, spray paint, hanging lamp hardware with a light bulb, 2 hangers, duct tape, pliers, scissors, extra wire and wire cutters. To create your lampshade you first need to line up some 6-pack rings vertically in a row to get an idea of how round of a barrel shape you want. Using the stapler, staple the outer edges of the rings to connect each one to form a barrel. Using the other 6-pack rings, start stapling the top, tapering it as you go until you have an opening about 4 inches wide. Using the duct tape, tape the bottom corners of the hangers together. Pull the bottom wires of the hangers apart forming a circle. Using the pliers, bend the top hook parts of the hangers in a 45-degree angle and tape it as it will be the part that holds your lamp hardware. Make sure your 6-pack staple creation fits over your wire armature. I added extra wire at the bottom to stabilize it and keep the barrel shape. Spray paint your lampshade. Run the cord from the hardware from the inside out and hang it from a hook. Plug in and enjoy your new lamp.


The Guide to Southwest New Mexico

photo by Jay Scott

• Area Attractions • Museums • Restaurants & Coffee • Galleries & Shopping • Salons & Barbers • Medical Specialties • Health & Wellness • Events ...and more!


Courtesy of Area Merchants and Zia Publishing Cover: Finn’s Gallery proudly opens in the Harry Benjamin Studio and Gallery in downtown Silver City.


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Index of Advertisers

Auto Repair Todd’s Axis Motors


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Chamber of Commerce Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce 253 S31 Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce 165 S35 Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce 159 S55 Churches Calvary Chapel New Church of the Souhwest Desert





Contractors & Builders J & S Plumbing & Heating 46 S15 Tres Amigos Enterprises 102 S39 CPA’s Laws & Co, LLC 98 Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s 93

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Eco / Natural Products Super Salve Co. 94 S55 Entertainment Mimbres Region Arts Council



Grocery & Meat Markets Peppers Supermarket 250 S31 Home Products / Services Kiss My Glass Window Cleaning 31 S47 57 S45 Manzanita Ridge Syzygy Tileworks 95 S45 Windows, Etc. 116 S51 Lodging Bear Creek Motel & Cabins Bear Mountain Lodge Casitas de Gila Guesthouses Double E Ranch Cabin Rentals Holiday Inn Express Palace Hotel, The Rodeway Inn Whitewater Motel

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Palomas, Mexico American Dental Care 268 Farmacia Express 267 The Pink Store 234

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Organization American Legion Silver City MainStreet Project

Real Estate, Developments Property Management United Country Mimbres Real Estate 106 S5 XYZ Ranch Estates 151 S9,S63 Restaurant Bakery Coffee Jalisco Cafe Javalina Millie’s Bake House Retail Bayard Mercantile Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts Dandelion Wish Gila Hike & Bike Silver City Floral Co. The Marketplace Town & Country Garden Club Thrift Store

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Shipping & Mailing Eagle Mail Services 28 108 The UPS Store

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photo by WNMU photographer Jay Hemphill

Art Gallery/Artists Finn’s Gallery 260 Leyba & Ingalls Arts 54 Lois Duffy Studio 55 Soul River Studio 259 Tree Spirit Gallery 270 Victoria J. West 123

P CKED FULL OF HISTORY, Y BEAUTY, Y, BEAUTY TY, TY Y, A RUGGED REGION PA PACKED WILDLIFE, RENEWA RENEWABLE SPACE INDUSTRY, W BLE ENERGY AND SPA WA P CE AGE INDUST PA S RY ST RY, Y, the diversity of Southwest New Mexico includes the mountain communities of Silver City, Glenwood and Reserve, the I-25 communities of Socorro, Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte, and the I-10 communities of Lordsburg, Deming and Las Cruces. From border villages and meandering rivers to pine covered wilderness peaks, it is crisscrossed with visitor opportunities that attract people from every segment of the population. Any of these locations can serve as your base for exploration. A grand loop connects them all with scenic byways scattered throughout. State and national monuments, lakes, hiking and biking trails, unique museums, historical sites and intriguing 21st century centers of space technology build the itinerary for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Silver City, on the Continental Divide and bordering America’s first designated wilderness, serves as a starting point for the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. It includes the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and connects to the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway.


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ONE OF THE AT A ATTRACTIONS TRACTIONS ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS NATIONAL 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 NM15, a winding, mountain forest road. Here, trailers over twenty feet long must take an alternate route on NM61/35. The other route is through the Mimbres Valley north from NM152 off US180 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; (575) 536-9461.

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THE ECLECTIC COMMUNITY OF SILVER CITY AND ITS LOCATION ON THE EDGE OF THREE MILLION ACRES of ational forest has been a draw for highly qualified medical personnel, who in turn have contributed to the establishment of state-of-the-art medical facilities. Local access to all levels of care has eliminated hours of travel to congested cities and provides the small-town advantage of friendliness and truly caring personnel. The county-owned, not-for-profit, Gila Regional Medical Center is the anchor for area clinics and caregivers that together provide a full array of quality medical services normally found only in larger communities. Maintaining a close relationship with the Medical Center are independent facilities and specialists that focus on family health, women’s health, dentistry, pediatric and adolescent care, sports injuries and alternative medicines. The medical field is a major source of employment opportunity for the area and is bolstered by Western New Mexico University’s School of Nursing.

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THIS 93-MILE LOOP IS FILLED WITH HISTORY AND SCENIC BEAUTY. TO GET STARTED, JUST HEAD NORTH FROM Silver City on NM15 to the old gold-mining town of Pinos Altos. Continue through the Gila National Forest to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Leaving the monument, backtrack to Sapillo Creek and take NM35 to Lake Roberts and across the Continental Divide to the Mimbres River Valley. The scenic valley includes orchards, the Mimbres Artisans studios and galleries, and the historic San Lorenzo Church built in the 1800s. Turning west on NM152, you will come to the Santa Rita mine overlook, which is one of the world’s largest open pit copper mines. Rejoining US180, turn north at Santa Clara to visit historic Fort Bayard and continue a short distance back to Silver City.

The Source is published bi-annually by Zia Publishing Corp. 116 McKinney Rd., P.O. Box 1248, Silver City, NM 88062, 575-388-4444,, President & Managing Director, Terri Menges. Vice President, Joseph Burgess. Staff Accountant, Arlyn Cooley. Designers, Debra Sutton, Yessica Nograro and Terri Menges. Contributing Writers, Joseph Burgess, Judy Wuthrich, Brett Ferneau, Sarah Gibson and Dutch Salmon. Photography and writing by Joseph Burgess except where noted. Advertising Sales, Robert “Jaime Ramirez, Jay Scott. The Source is a supplement to Silver City Life and is manufactured and printed in the United States of America. ©Zia Publishing Corp. 2016. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission of the publisher is prohibited. 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.



Gila Regional Medical Center GRANT COUNTY’S GILA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENCEN TER (GRMC) PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE of emergency, medical, diagnostic and surgical services for residents of a large portion of southwest New Mexico and Southeast Arizona. From its humble beginnings in 1884 as the culmination of a sewing club’s efforts to bring quality health care to the area, Ladies Hospital was established and evolved over the years into today’s 68-bed accredited and Medicare certified hospital. It is home to the Cancer Center and the Surgical Center of the Southwest. Care at GRMC includes a behavioral health unit, a preventive cardiologist, an interventional pain specialist and a fully equipped wellness center. It is linked to the New Mexico Cancer Center system with Physician Specialists making regularly scheduled visits to their Cancer Center. Important to both patients and employees is GRMC’s patient-centered approach to healthcare. Everything is focused on providing a more positive healing environment with home-like rooms, patient access to their electronic health records and a patient liaison. Gila Regional Medical Center is committed to building the best rural hospital to work, receive care and practice medicine in the country.

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Geronimo Monument IN OCTOBER 2004 ABOUT 120 PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT VISITOR Center to dedicate a monument to famous Chiricahua Apache Chief Geronimo, who was born in the area in 1829. The monument was a collaborative effort between the Forest Service, the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway Committee, the Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce, and Geronimo’s own great grandson, Harlyn Geronimo and Harlyn’s wife Karen of Mescalero. 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.



photo courtesy Kathy-Lyn Allen Pacheco

Hidalgo Medical Services - HMS HIDALGO MEDICAL SERVICES (HMS), A FEDERALLY L LY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER (FQHC) AND progressive primary healthcare organization, provides comprehensive primary care, mental health, dental and family support services at 13 locations in Hidalgo and Grant counties. HMS, a nonprofit organization, reflects a culture of inclusion and diversity. HMS leadership has created an environment where providers are given the freedom to provide healthcare services, while managing limited administrative workloads through an ongoing team-based, integrated approach. HMS’ Mission Hidalgo Medical Services positively impacts the health, well-being and quality of life for the people we serve through comprehensive, affordable and integrated personal and community health. “HMS is a mission-driven and patient-centered nonprofit entity where our providers and staff offer our neighbors, family and friends comprehensive and integrated healthcare services. There is no other place that I’d rather be than leading this truly dynamic and inspiring organization,” says Dan Otero, HMS CEO.



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Continental Divide Trail SILVER CITY AREA HIKERS ENJOY A RARE OPPORTUNITY: CONVENIENT DAY HIKES ON SECTIONS OF A renowned footpath that stretches from Mexico to Canada. Also known as the ‘King of Trails,’ the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) runs through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Along the way it visits 25 national forests, 20 national wilderness areas, three national parks, one national monument, eight Bureau of Land Management resource areas – and passes close by Silver City. While it takes six months to walk the entire trail, Silver City residents and visitors can enjoy pleasant day hikes on segments of the same trail just minutes from their doorsteps. While our moderate climate makes access available yearround, probably the best times to visit the CDT are during the spring and fall. Parts of the trail are challenging, so hikers should be in good physical condition and remember to bring plenty of water.






Health & Wellness WITH ALL IT HAS TO OFFER, IT IS NO WONDER SILVER CITY, NM WAS VOTED ONE OF THE 50 BEST PLACES to live by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Looking for a health food store, a new workout routine or vegetarian eatery? Silver City's got it. There are numerous health food stores with a variety of products for your dietary needs. Want a workout? Try a new type of yoga or a labryinth. If you're looking for something more upbeat, join a dance class at one of the health clubs in town or the University. At any one of Silver City's gyms, there are a variety of exercise classes available whether you're looking to try dancing, water aerobics, a step class, or a simple treadmill routine. With a gym to match your personality, there are unlimited ways to keep healthy and fit in this small town.





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Area Events August October Mimbres Valley Harvest 20 Copper Country Cruises 1 Festival & Health Fair. A Car Show. Vintage vehicelebration with valley cles of all kinds in Gough growers, storytellers, muPark. 575-313-9700, sicians and craftspeople. 575-574-2186 Dance from 5-9pm

Lake Roberts SURROUNDED BY THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST, AND FED BY 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 NM35 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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Brandon Ridenour Concert. 2014 Winner Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Sophisticated arrangements of classical masterworks. 7-9pm 575-538-5862 WNMU FACT

September 3-4 Southwest Print Fiesta. Original fine art prints, letterpress creations, printed wearables and more. Featuring the Silver Steamroller Street Printing event. Print Making 7-16 Red Dot Art Fest. Current demonstrations, chilworks by regional artists dren’s printmaking activity in more than 20 galleries tent, Live Silk Screen Tin historic downtown SilShirt Printing, acoustic ver City and nearby areas. Americana music by local and regional artists, Hoot575-313-9631 enanny stage, NM Craft Brew Garden, Food and 15 Folk Series Hubby Jenkmore. ins. Buckhorn Opera 575-538-2505 House. 575-538-2505 3-5 Grant County Gem & Mineral Show. Museum quality mineral speci- November mens, jewelry, and arts Oct. 30-Nov. 4 Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos. crafted from rock and Downtown Silver City. Ingems as well as "rough" cludes a parade, music, stones. WNMU Intercrafts for the family, and mural Gym. rollingstonestraditional art & food. 5 Adam Trent Concert. Voted small venue enter3-5 Taste of Downtown. The tainer of the year by CA annual Taste of Downtown Magazine. An incredible Silver City restaurant tour presentation using stateoffers samples from the of-the-art techniques. 7best of downtown’s 9pm WNMU Fine Arts restaurants and coffee Center Theatre. houses. 575-538-5555 575-538-5862 22-25 Gila River Festival. One of the Southwest’s premier 19 Folk Series Moira Smiley. Buckhorn Opera nature festivals includes House. kayaking along the Gila 575-538-2505 River and in the Gila National Forest as well as events in historic down- 26 Lighted Christmas Parade. 7pm. Historic Downtown town Silver City. gilaconserSilver City. 575-534-1700 575-538-8078

21-25 Grant County Fair. Outstanding animal and craft December exhibits from schools and 3 Tamal Fiesta y Mas. civic groups across the Tamales, capirotada, bizcounty. Cliff, NM 575-313cochos, Mexican hot 4079. chocolate, music and more! 10am-3pm 575538-4332 www.tamalfies 23-25 Grant County Art Guild Purchase Prize Show. Hearst Church Gallery in 8 Victorian Christmas. Halls Pinos Altos, NM. 10amdecked with traditional dec5pm. orations, music, hot mulled cider and holiday cookies, all in the spirit of an old30-Oct 2. Grant County Art fashioned community celeGuild Purchase Prize bration. 5pm Silver City Show. Hearst Church Museum. 575-538-5921 Gallery in Pinos Altos, NM.



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Area Events 28-30 Continental Divide Trail T ail Tr February 2017 Festival & Kick Off. Out14 The Kat Trio Concert. The door vendors and recretrio's unique repertoire ational opportunities features Russian arrangecelebrate the opening of ments and transcriptions the CDT season. of classical works, known inspirational songs, and American pop stan- 22 Big Ditch Day. Music, educational tours, historical dards, including Scott re-enactors, and conservaJoplin rags. 7-9pm 575tion demonstrations. Local 538-5862. WNMU Fine arts, crafts, and food. Arts Center Theatre. TBD WNMU Great Race. Held 11 Chocolate Fantasia. annually for almost 5 Sample delicious handdecades, this week of acmade gourmet chocolate tivities culminates with confections, presented in push car mini-races and local galleries and shops. competitions. Historic Downtown. 575-538-2505 www.mim May 6 Hurley Pride Festival & Car Show Cars, food, 25 African Guitar Summit. music, vendors, raffles and WNMU Fine Arts Center demonstrations. 575-538Theatre. 575-538-2505 26-28 Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival. Free Music March in Gough Park. Featuring 18 Kubecca Concert. the hottest rising Blues Kubecca combines the stars along with veteran classical and jazz education performers. Gough Park. of Kuba with Rebecca's 575-538-2505. www.mim musical theater experience to create a diverse proJune gram featuring country, jazz and show tunes. 7-9pm May 31-Jun 3 Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo. Southwest WNMU Fine Arts Center Horseman’s Arena. HighTheatre. 575-538-5862 flying bull riding, fast riding and roping and much more! 575-538-3785 31 Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Concert. 4 one of the premiere arts July organizations in southern 4 Independence Day FesNew Mexico with a long tivities. 4th of July parade tradition of providing symthough downtown Silver phonic music to area audiCity, followed by music ences. Under the baton of and vendors in GoughMusic Director Lonnie Park. Weather permitting Klien. 7:30-9:30pm fireworks display at dusk. WNMU Fine Arts Center 800-548-9378 Theatre. 575-538-5862 22-30 Silver City CLAY Festival. Celebrates clay at varApril ious venues. Offerings will 14 Cherish the Ladies Conshowcase tile, pottery, cert. Unique blend of inadobe and natural building strumental talents, vocals, processes. captivating arrangements and step dancing, of Irish culture and immensely hu- Ongoing Events morous and entertaining Farmer's Market. Shop for package. Grammy Nomi- fresh produce. Stock up on lonated Irish/ American Su- cally grown herbs, plants, and pergroup.3-5pm. WNMU more. 8:30 am-noon, Sat. MayFine Arts Center Theatre. Oct. Main Street Plaza beside Big Ditch Park. 575-534-1704 575-538-5862. San Vicente Art Walk - Self Guided Tours. Visit the April 19-23 The Tour of the galleries and studios in the Gila. 5-day stage race. area. 575-388-4854. One of the most challeng- ing and iconic bicycle Walking Tour of Historic Ft. stage races in the U.S. Bayard. 9:30am. Tours begin at The race has the feel of the Commanding Officer's European racing on the Quarters. Jan-Apr 2 Saturdays winding, narrow mountain per month, May-Sept. Every roads in the Gila National Sat. Aprox. 2 hours with a sugForest. 575-590-2612 gested donation of $3. 536-316


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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Historic Pinos Altos EXCEPT FOR 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, dining establishments and an authentic western bar. 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 NM15.

Todd’s Axis Motors Old-fashioned, full service garage. European, Asian, domestic service & repair. A/C, brakes, front end, engines, axles etc. "Fix it right the first time." NO GUESSWORK

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Todd Dennehy 575-534-0286







Santa Rita Mine Observation Point THE HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO SPANS SPA P NS THE PA ERAS FROM PREHISTORIC TIMES THROUGH SPANISH, SPA P NISH, PA Mexican and M i d Anglo A l activities ti iti to t the th harnessing h i off modern d mining, ranching and building technologies. 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 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 earth-moving capabilities became feasible. Today, large equipment can be seen maneuvering across the stepped benches of the mine.

Nestled in the tall pines near Pinos Altos, just 7 miles north of Silver City, NM, this tranquil lodge is the perfect, private setting for year-round getaways. Lodge with kitchen. 15 unique completely furnished cabins can accommodate up to 45 people.

Imagine the possibilities! Wedding Destination Anniversary Celebrations Family & Group Reunions Workshops & Group Meetings • Crackling Fireplaces • Secluded Balconies • Relaxing Porches • Satellite TV • Gift Shop • Hot Tub in Cabana • Cabins with kitchens are available • Bird Watching • Dark Skies & Stargazing • Hiking & Biking Road Trips to Nearby Attractions • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument • Access to Continental Divide Trailhead • Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark • Lake Roberts • Shakespeare Ghost Town • Silver City Museum

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CHURCHES Historic Downtown Silver City

SILV L ER CITY SPRANG TO LIFE DURING LV SILVER 1870. THE DISCOVER DISCOVERY THE SUMMER OF 1870 OF silver brought thousands of miners, and merchants followed in their footsteps. The town's founders decided Silver City would be “built to last.” In 1880, an ordinance was passed requiring masonry construction for new buildings. This left behind solid commercial buildings, brick Victorian homes, and adobe structures. Devastating floods between 1890 and 1910 washed away the original Main Street and all but one of its handsome brick buildings. The stately Warren house is the sole survivor. What used to be Main Street is now known as the Big Ditch. The Silver City Visitor Center and Big Ditch Park provide gateways into Historic Downtown for visitors and residents. Silver City MainStreet Project has provided comprehensive downtown revitalization services since 1985. This vibrant award-winning district has over 200 entities including retail and service businesses, art studios, government services, nonprofits, churches, and schools. It’s a treasure of a downtown!

CALVARY CHAPEL OF SILVER CITY A non-denominational church teaching verse-by-verse through the Bible. Worship:Thurs. 6:30pm, Sun. 8:30am & 10:30am.

203 N. Bullard St. 3001 Hwy. 90 S. (575) 388-1031

Calvary Chapel


NEW CHURCH OF THE SOUTHWEST DESERT No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, come refresh, renew, and restore your spirit at NCSWD. All are Welcome. Casual Service. Sunday Worship & Prayer11:30 a.m. Bible Study 1:00 p.m. Wine & the Word, Tuesday at Little Toad. 5:30 (RSVP)

1300 Bennett St (575) 639-0994

New Church of the Southwest Desert


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At Your Service INFINITE BLESSINGS JOURNEYS Suzanne J. Toupin, D.C. Chiropractor, Shamanic Healer.

409 N. Bullard St. (575) 654-3416

Infinite Blessings Journeys


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EAGLE MAIL SERVICES USP, FEDEX, Postal Store, Copies, Mail Boxes, Fax, Notary.

2311 Ranch Club Rd. (575) 388-1967

Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm.



Area Birding & Rockhounding GOOD WEATHER, WEAT A HER, SPARSE AT SPA P RSE POPULATIONS PA POPULA LAT LA ATIONS AND THE WIDE SPAN SPA P N OF LIFE ZONES OFFER UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES PA for in Southwest New Mexico. Birding can begin f birding b d S h N M B d b at Big Ditch Park in downtown Silver City. The Gila River and its tributaries north of Silver City offer a rich assortment of birds and Hummingbird banding demonstrations are given near Lake Roberts. Other locations include Whitewater Canyon and The Catwalk near Glenwood and the Guadalupe Canyon of New Mexico’s bootheel, harboring species found nowhere else in the US. Silver City lies at the center of a vast belt of mineralization that has produced billions of dollars worth of metals and a diversity of gems and minerals. 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 rock hound enthusiasts, encouraging collecting for personal use.

Dine-In Or Carry Out Steaks • Children’s Menu Breakfast - Sat 7am -11am • Sunday 7am -1 pm

(575) 388-2060 103 S. Bullard St.• Silver City, NM 88061


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All profits go to benefit and beautify our community. We accept donations: clean clothing & smaller items.

Open Wed., Fri., Sat. 9am-2pm

606 N. Bullard Street in Downtown Silver City The store is run entirely by member volunteers of the Town and Country Garden Club. The Club is a non-profit organization. Come join our volunteers! Being a gardener is not required for membership.


A variety of dining experiences Cozy hotels San Vicente Creek Walk Live entertainment and movies Galleries and specialty shops Silver City Museum 575-534-1700 • Funded by Silver City Lodgers Tax




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At Your Service 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 1930s and 40s. 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, 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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Serving the Community’s Veterans, Active Duty

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Mirror Mirage Family Oriented Full Service Salon. Perms, Cuts, Colors, Nails, Wax, Manicures & Pedicures. Walk-ins Welcome. Charlotte Benavidez, Owner Book Exchange

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Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark By Dutch Salmon NAMED FOR GENERAL GEORGE D. BAYARD, AN EARLY-DAY CAVALRY OFFICER AND INDIAN FIGHTER, Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark was activated in 1867 and played a major role in the Apache wars. Abandoned as a cavalry post in 1900, it was converted into an army medical facility and later into a state hospital. Recently, a state-of-the-art nursing home with a VA wing was opened just off the historic grounds. Many of the buildings are being preserved and there is an active national cemetery. Activities include Fort Bayard Days in September. Many of the outlying buildings and original officers’ residences are being preserved for history. For the recreationist, Fort Bayard is attached to the Fort Bayard Game Refuge. A refuge for elk, there are thousands of acres of pine-studded uplands open to hikers and equestrians (no motorized vehicles), where active outdoor types may follow the trails used by the cavalry over 100 years ago. Find Indian petroglyphs, old homesteads and the State’s largest alligator juniper, and all just 10 miles east of Silver City.

Southwest Books Local & Regional Gifts Find an extensive selection of Southwest Books and unique Regional Gifts in our Museum Store Museum Society members save 10% on purchases

Tues.–Fri. 9-4:30 • Sat.–Sun. 10-4 Closed Monday 312 West Broadway • Silver City, NM 88061 575.538.5921 •

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One of a Kind Shops & Galleries

Galleries & Shopping 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.

Bayard Mercantile

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Syzygy Tile


Manzanita Ridge


Gila Hike & Bike


Dandelion Wish


BAYARD MERCANTILE Something for everyone! Gently used curios, collectibles, clothes, furniture and more. Wed thru Sat 10am-4pm

102 Hurley St. Bayard, NM

SYZYGY TILE Nationally recognized handmade tile company, dedicated to producing aesthetically pleasing clay tile in the craftsmen tradition. Also, metal, glass, stone, concrete and imported tiles. Tour available.

106 N. Bullard St. 388-5472

BLACKWELL’S ANTIQUES & GIFTS Authentic antiques and elegant gifts at dealer prices. Consignments encouraged. Punkie Garretson, owner. Open 7 days a week. Mon-Sat 10:30am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm.

218 N. Bullard St. 388-1737

MANZANITA RIDGE High end furniture and accessories from America’s finest resorts and hotels.

107 N. Bullard St. 388-1158

photo by Judy Wuthrich



GILA HIKE & BIKE Serving the cycling and hiking needs of southwest New Mexico for the past 28 years.

103 E. College St. 388-3222

Upscale selection of eclectic antiques, collectibles & consignment mechandise. We also handle estate & moving sales. Tues - Sun 11ish - 6ish • Random Mondays

109 N. Bullard St. 534-0074


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One of a Kind Shops & Galleries

Leyba & Ingalls Arts


Tree Spirit Gallery



575-388-1350 Finn’s Gallery


The Marketplace


117 MARKET ST. SILVER CITY, NM on the corner of Market and Texas 1

Lois Duffy Studio


LEYBA & INGALLS ARTS SUPPLIES & GALLERY The finest in art supplies as well as art for the discriminating collector.

Open Mon - Sat 10am-6pm, Sun by chance.

Custom framing and classes available.

Silver City Floral Co


TREE SPIRIT GALLERY Fine art, sculpture, photography, weaving and Hopi art. Open Monday, Thursday-Saturday10am5:30pm Sunday 10am-2pm

315 N. Bullard St. 388-5725

206 N. Bullard St. 956-6666



Unusual, eclectic collection of local art and gifts. Zen garden, learning center and much more.

A variety store in the HUB offering a vast selection of new, used, vintage, and antique bargains. Tues - Sat 10:30am - 5:30pm "New Location"

300 N Arizona St. (406) 790-0573 LOIS DUFFY STUDIO Thought provoking surrealist and realist contemporary paintings, cubiform paintings,giclee prints, and hand signed cards. Open Saturdays 10am-4pm and by appointment.

211 N. Texas St. 313-9631


Colorful and richly layered watercolor still life settings with a Southwestern theme. On display at Adobe Springs Cafe.

Westwind Studios by appointment

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409 N. Bullard St. 388-2897 SILVER CITY FLORAL CO Specializing in Exquisite Floral Designs, Unique Floral Designs, Gift Baskets & Goodies, Sympathy Flowers. Open Mon - Fri 9am-5pm 204 E 11th St. 388-1206

BE SURPRISED Explore original art to Western bling and everything in between. An electic emporium filled with vintage finds and contemporary collectibles.

Soul River Studio 400 N. Bullard St. 707.490.4367



Big 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.


Hatch CLAIMING TO BE THE CHILE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, THERE IS AT LEAST NO DOUBT THAT HATCH SETS THE standard for green chile. From Taos to El Paso, roadside vendors advertise only Hatch chile, and the hotter, the better. Hatch certainly comes to life Labor Day weekend with its renowned Chile Festival. Vendors, music and other entertainment, art, cook offs, and lots of fresh and roasted chile set the stage for a weekend of excitement and sizzling tongues. Roasted corn on the cob is another favorite, but nothing rivals the chile. Chile ristras hang from every porch and drying chile covers the roofs of markets. Located at the crossroads of state highways 26, 185, 187, interstate 25 and the Rio Grande, there is no lack of visitors. Year-round chile shops, antique and unusual gift shops as well as restaurants and a small museum keep pace with the traffic.



Pancho Villa State Park ON MARCH 9, 1916, THE SMALL BORDER TOWN AND MILITARY MILITA T RY CAMP AT TA A COLUMBUS, NEW MEXICO, WOKE to an armed invasion by soldiers of revolutionary r ry 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.


campus houses the NAN Ranch Collection—the largest, most comprehensive collection of scientifically excavated prehistoric Mimbres materials from a single Mimbres site. Other collections include the Eisele Collection of prehistoric Southwestern pottery and artifacts, including basketry; the Back Collection of historic Maria and Julian Martinez San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery and Santa Clara Pueblo pottery; historic Navajo rugs; the O.C. Hinman Collection of historic Silver City/Grant County photographs; Campus Collections containing 121+ years of university history; and the U.S. Senator (NM) Jeff Bingaman Memorabilia Collection. During its 100th birthday year, the University Museum’s building, Fleming Hall, will be under renovation. This $3.2 million project, funded through a general obligation fund passed by NM voters in 2014, will include the updating of the HVAC system, installation of a fire suppression system, and a new security system. The University Museum invites the public to visit their temporary exhibit and Museum Shop located at Watts Hall – Lower Level, 500 E 18th St. It is open M-F 10am-4pm, closed University holidays, FREE admission, ADA accessible, 575-538-6386,


Western New Mexico University (WNMU) WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY’S MAIN CAMPUS IS LOCATED ON A HILL, LOOKING OVER THE HISTORIC Silver City community. Founded in 1893, WNMU began as a teacher’s school and throughout the next century it would grow into a comprehensive university with over 70 fields of study and several fully online programs. Today, WNMU serves the people of the southwest region looking to earn associate, baccalaureate and master degrees. Popular programs include business, education, criminal justice, occupational therapy and social work. WNMU is fully accredited with secondary accreditations for programs including early childhood education and nursing. On the field, the Mustangs compete in NCAA Division II sports including basketball, football, volleyball, softball, tennis, cross country and golf. The university’s proximity to the Gila Wilderness make it an ideal university for students looking to explore the outdoors.

photo courtesy WNMU photographer Jay Hemphill

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Palomas, Mexico THE VIBRANT VILLAGE OF PALOMAS, 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, prescription drug stores and same-day prescription eye glass services. Palomas is also the Mexican entry point for visiting ancient ruins of the Casas Grandes culture and the intriguing modern-day potters of Mata Ortiz. The famous “Pink Store” carries souvenirs and quality hand-picked art and décor from top sources throughout Mexico. Authentic Mexican food in the restaurant is a huge draw, utilizing delicious white cheese made by the nearby Mennonite community. For shopping in Palomas, everything is located within easy walking distance from the American side. You must, however, have a current passport or other WHTIcompliant document to reenter the United States. Call ahead for automobile requirements.

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Cliff & Gila STRADDLING NG THE GILA RIVER, RIVER CLIFF ON THE TH NORTH SIDE AND GILA ON THE SOUTH, THESE TWO SETTLEments together total perhaps 500 habitants and are close enough that the newcomer might see them as blending into one town. Don’t be fooled. Each has its own post office, zip code, and defenders. Cliff has the BBQ café, gallery, mini farmers market, filling station, fire station and school (K-12); Gila has the library, medical clinic, and tennis courts. Both retain an attachment to a rural ambiance based on irrigation agriculture that is uncommonly lovely, increasingly rare, and takes you back in time as you drive the Gila Valley, upstream or down, on either side of the river. True tales are still told here. Tom Lyons’ LC Ranch, based in Gila, was New Mexico’s largest at 1.5 million acres circa 1900. Along nearby Rain Creek, Carl and Blue Rice killed New Mexico’s last grizzly bear in 1931. Meanwhile, the bucolic agricultural vistas will have you in a reverie of settling down on your own green parcel, with homegrown food, 5 acres, and independence.

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City of Rocks State Park LOCATED JUST 34 MILES SOUTH OF SILVER CITY, THE CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A fun-filled day trip 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 giants’ chairs, prehistoric monsters, or creatures of imaginative myth. Complete with a desert garden, the park offers picnicking and camping spots. Adjacent to the formations rises Table Mountain, a perfect example of a mesa.


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ALMOST ANY DRY-LAND ACTIVITY THAT OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS PREFER IS LIKELY TO BE FOUND IN abundance at New Mexico’s Rockhound State Park. Hiking and picnicking: of course. Birding and wildlife observation: a prime spot. Astronomy: the skies are among the ‘darkest’ – that means the best – in the country, and the park hosts National Public Observatory ‘Star Party’ events each year. Desert botany: thanks to the Friends of Rockhound State Park, founded by late master gardener Jim Brady and his wife MaryKay, visitors can learn about growing drought-hardy plants in our fragile ecosystem, and encouraging habitation by small wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies. So far, nothing has been said about rocks. Rockhound State Park is also a mineral collector’s paradise, where almost every visitor is encouraged to dig and carry away up to 15 pounds of minerals including gray perlite, thundereggs, geodes, jasper, onyx, agate, crystalline rhyolite, Apache tears (obsidian), and quartz crystals. Dealers are excluded.


Deming DEMING HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE ITS BEGINNINGS AS A ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE RAILROAD TOWN IN the old west. Situated 33 miles north of Mexico beneath the majestic Florida Mountains, today’s Deming is rapidly growing, while retaining its friendly small town ambiance. Claiming to be the green chile capitol of the world and the source for most New Mexico wines, Deming also boasts a vibrant arts community, live music venues, a year-round golf course and a host of first-class restaurants. The Deming Luna Mimbres Museum displays unique collections of ancient pottery, geodes and old west memorabilia. Its transit system provides convenient travel around town and connections to Lordsburg and Silver City. Deming hosts many community events and special occasions, such as the famous annual Deming Duck Races and Deming Onion Festival. Straddling Interstate 10, it is a natural rest stop between El Paso, Texas and Tucson, Arizona, and a jumping-off point for Rockhound, Pancho Villa and City of Rocks state parks.

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The bird articles in the two previous issues of Silver City Life featured those birds that are black or have a good amount of black. Now it is time to get into something with more color. How about birds called Painted Bunting or Painted Redstart? I wonder if John James Audubon had something to do with the several colors on the Painted Bunting. Unfortunately the Painted Bunting is scarce around here but it is found in New Mexico. For the Painted Redstart just go up to places like McMillan Campground and they will be there in the summer. Another bird that someone had fun with is the Red-faced Warbler, also found up in that same area. The male Vermilion Flycatcher is found down in lower areas such as near the Gila River. But, there are also other colors out there and they should not be forgotten. How about the various Orioles? Around here we will have Bullock’s, Hooded and Scott’s and again the males are the more strikingly marked in their variations of orange and yellow. And speaking of yellow, there are the Lesser Goldfinches we get on a regular basis, especially when bags of niger seed get put up, both for the birds to eat and us to watch as the birds work hard to get at the seed. I notice the niger seed must make them thirsty since they frequently hit the water in the bird bath. Getting more deeply into the color red, think of Hepatic Tanager and Summer Tanager. Both are around here in the summer and once again it is the male that shows off its color. The Western Tanager has red but only in the face. The Northern Cardinal can be found but mostly near the Gila River. Its cousin, the Pyrrhuloxia doesn’t have much red. Of course there is red on the males of the House Finch and Cassin’s Finch but the color seems to be more subdued in my estimation. That also goes for the male Red Crossbill. While the Painted Redstart falls into the warbler category there are other warblers featuring yellow in a variety of ways. I suppose the Yellow Warbler has to be yellow but there are many warblers with yellow showing up on their throats, sides or rumps. Here are some to be seen around here: Townsend’s, Grace’s, Macgillivray’s, Wilson’s, Yellow-breasted Chat and Common Yellowthroat. Of course there is a Yellowrumped Warbler, the one here also having a yellow throat. I guess my overall favorite is the Red-faced Warbler because it seems to be so friendly, coming quite close for me to see its beauty. Keep an eye out for any of these birds, and there are a lot more with color all ready to show off.

The Red-faced Warbler is one of many colorful birds that can be seen in the area throughout the summer. This bird photo was taken in the Pinos Altos mountains by Marian and Dale Zimmerman on June 7, 1999!


opposite: Jump 15, which was the name that the jumpers called this DC3: The last DC3 used by the forest service has now been retired and will be up for auction. A challenge coin honoring the 75 years of smoke jumping.


Jeff Davis Smokejumper WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK ERICKSON 2015 marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the smokejumpers. The first official jumps in history were in 1940 in the Nez Perce Forest in Idaho. The final DC3 known as “Jump 15” used by the Forest Service that you see in the photo was retired at the end of 2015 and will be auctioned off. The early years of jumping were with the Eagle parachute manufactured by the Derry Brothers, Frank, Chet, and Virgil’s, Eagle Parachute Company. There were a number of frustrating, agonizing situations that had to be worked out. In the end, the training outfit that was selected consisted of a 30-foot Eagle backpack chute and a 27-foot emergency chestpack chute, with a quick attachable harness. A two piece felt-padded suit, with a pocket on one trouser leg to hold a rope for letdowns from trees and obstacles. A football helmet with a wire mesh face mask, athletic supporter, ankle braces, a wide leather and elastic belt to protect against back and abdominal injuries, and heavy logger boots completed the jumper outfit and provided protection for the hazards of jumping into timber. Jeff Davis began his career in 1957 at the Aerial Fire Depot at Missoula, Montana and the “new men” made their first jumps out of a Ford Trimotor aircraft. In 1966 he transferred to the Missoula Equipment Development Center as a jump certified R&D specialist. Jeff went to military bases such as the Boston R&D center to find out if parachuting equipment would be suitable for smokejumpers. One of the changes he came up with was utilization of Bell helmets which offered much more protection. Today all of the jumpers use crash helmets. The evolution of the parachute from the home sewn ones used by barnstormers and daredevils jumping from hot air balloons to the modern round FS14s and “ram air” parafoil parachutes that offer much more control and are used by sport jumpers and smoke jumpers alike. In 1981 Deanne Shulman became the first female jumper after having been rejected for not weighing enough at 125 pounds. Many have followed. One of the things that people forget about is that sometimes there is an extended “pack out” after the jumpers have done their work. If you can imagine a 30 mile pack out with a pack that is 125 pounds dry and 150 pounds wet you can understand that one needs to be in shape. The smoke jumper mission: get on the fire fast, hit and run, quick initial attack. Jeff spent eight fire seasons on the Gila jumping from 8-20 fire jumps per season. “When the fire calls came we’d load up the Doug (DC3) and jump.” Jeff is retired and lives in Silver City, New Mexico. The author would like to thank the USDA Forest Service and the National Smokejumper Association for information used in this article. SILVER CITYLIFE – 23

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Carmen Vendelin is a traveler, not only to different places but to many different times and cultures: As an art historian, she works to help others understand artistic legacies and how they relate to life and customs. As the new director of the Silver City Museum, she looks forward to buttressing its position as a major community and regional resource. A native of Boise, Idaho, Vendelin came to New Mexico in 2014 from extensive work on the East Coast and in the Midwest. After two years as Curator of Art at Santa Fe's New Mexico Museum of Art, she became interested in the Silver City position. "After 15 years living on the East Coast, I was ready to move back West," she said. "I prefer the high desert and mountains, and I like the culture. I was happy to have the job in Santa Fe, where I worked with a really great collection — but I was also really ready to move from being a curator to having a greater role as a director. "Silver City was a town that interested me because of its history and location. When the museum director position was listed, I thought that this would be a great opportunity." The museum, inaugurated in 1967, is located in the restored 1881 H.B. Ailman House at 312 W. Broadway. The collections include some 55,000 objects relating to Southwest New Mexico. The current major exhibition is "Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women," which opened April 15, 2016. With the museum's 50th anniversary coming up in 2017, Vendelin is looking forward to working with staff to improve the institution's exhibition space as well as implement a major exhibit. "I am in the very beginning stages of thinking about how to celebrate the anniversary next year," she said. "I am thinking broadly about developing '50 Years Ago in Silver City' programming, and an exhibition that could include the Museum's origin story (and) local people's memories and experiences." She also is considering ways "to connect with the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe's 'Turn On, Tune In' digital history project, which will feature a local individual who was involved in Silver City's counter culture circa 1960-1975." "We get a lot of positive feedback from visitors, but I know we can reach more people," Vendelin said. "I am looking to expand what we do through collaborations with other institutions in Silver City and New Mexico. There is an enthusiasm for working together and many opportunities for the Museum to collaborate with various organizations and groups."


Caytlyn Foy Bonura, DDS, has deep roots in Silver City. Born and raised here, she is now principal of Silver Smiles — a welcoming practice devoted to patient comfort and care, with services ranging from general family dentistry and endodontics to advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry. "I have always been interested in health care," Bonura said. "From a very young age, I wanted to be a doctor." She became specifically interested in dentistry during a summer medical camp in Philadelphia while she was in high school. That interest grew over the next three summers, when she was able to work in the practice of longtime Silver City dentist, Dr. Douglas Gorthy. "They allowed me to come in and work chairside to let me get a first-hand look at what dentistry was really about," Bonura recalled. "I loved it!" Both her formal schooling and her practical experience are notable. A 2014 graduate of Silver City High School, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, summa cum laude, from Nebraska's Creighton University. She then attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following that, she attended the University of New Mexico, where she completed an advanced education program in general dentistry. "After residency, I moved back to Dallas, Texas, to where my nowhusband was living. For the last three years I have been working as an associate dentist for a practice with three offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It was a great practice to hone my skills and learn to work efficiently." On the other hand, when the opportunity to move back home became available, it was irresistible. "My husband and I thought it would be a great opportunity — not only from a business perspective of fulfilling my dream of owning my own practice, but also from a family perspective. My parents along with my sister, brother-in law and their new baby all live here. It was a perfect opportunity to be back around family and bring us to a place where we can comfortably raise our own family." Bonura maintains a healthy and active lifestyle outside the office. She is devoted to spending time with her husband, Shelby, and their fourfooted dog family member, Maynard, as well as her other family and friends. She also is an avid cook and sports watcher, with a special delight in college football. "I really enjoy all aspects of what I do, the basis of that being the patients and helping people. Even though most people don’t genuinely enjoy visiting the dentist, it’s great have patients that really appreciate you and what you can offer them. "This being a smaller town, there is really an opportunity to get to know people. I love that there is a sense of community here. People really do care about other people. That is something you really miss when living in such a large city or so long." SILVER CITYLIFE – 25

Deborah Hutchings Fine Art Art from the Heart WRITTEN BY CHRISTINE STEELE I PHOTOGRAPH BY JAY SCOTT From the tranquility of a New England seashore, to the brilliance of a poppy field in France, or the well worn comfort of a New Mexico homestead, artist Deborah Hutchings can take you there. The former East Coast advertising executive has made Silver City her home for the past ten years. Her art often takes on a special meaning for people because it has been created just for them. Deb has established a niche doing commissions – creating personalized paintings and note cards – for people as a way to capture a special memory or scene. Combining the skills she learned in her advertising career with her passion and talent for fine art, Deb creates a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of original artwork for folks who want that special treasure that will bring them years of joy. “I sit down and interview them in great detail to get a feel for them,” Deb explained. “I connect with them. I enjoy the process and get them exited about it.” Sometimes a painting she has already created will speak to someone in a special way. “I love when people come into the gallery and ask about a painting,” Deb said. A recent customer was drawn to a particular piece that she thought looked familiar. When she inquired, she learned that it was near Durango, where she had grown up. She bought the painting. Deb has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of West Chester and has done postgraduate work at Northeastern University. She has studied art at the Ridgewood Art Institute, Silvermine School of Art, and The Lyme Academy. Her work has been in independent shows in New England and Durango, Colorado, and she is currently featured in the Gallery on Main in Bozeman, Montana. In Silver City, you can see her work at her gallery, Deborah Hutching Fine Art, 406 B. N. Bullard St. and online at



At just 24 years old, Lacey Oldham has recently become one of Silver City’s newest business owners. Lacey began working at what was then H & S Feed, at 182 Truck By Pass, two years ago. This past February, when the current owners offered to sell to her, she jumped at the chance to own the store she had been helping to run. “They gave me a good offer,” Lacey said. “I love where I live. I love what I do. I like showing up to work everyday.” Oldham’s Feed and Supply is open six days a week and specializes in feed of all types. “We carry a wide range of feeds, for dogs, cows, pigs,” she said. “We are also really working on our show feeds. I’m building my inventory back up. Our main thing is hay, that’s our big seller.” From horse feed to cattle tubs, lick tubs, and all your feed needs, Oldham’s is happy to help. “I have feed request forms for our customers. I’ll look into what they have requested and how much I will have to offer it for and how much I would have to buy,” Lacey explained. “The customers are really understanding if I can’t get something but They come in and see if I have it first or can get it.” But what she loves most about the work, is the people. “I like seeing who walks in,” Lacey said. “I enjoy it. Most of the time, it’s good people. They like to talk and I like getting to know them.” Oldham’s Feed and Supply is located at 182 Truck By Pass, Silver City, N.M. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: 575-534-9200 On Facebook: Oldham’s Feed and Supply.


Dave Chapman Tapas Tree Grill WRITTEN BY MIKE ROWSE I PHOTOGRAPH BY JAY SCOTT Eclectic; varied; wide ranging; the menu at Tapas Tree Grill can be described in many ways, but most appropriately, YUM! Owner Dave Chapman has created a menu that features great burgers, Thai noodles, a wide variety of crepes and so much more. The restaurant business is in Dave’s blood, having started working in his Dad’s restaurant at the age of 10. Given his lifelong career in the business, mostly around Orlando and St. Petersburg, you might think Dave really loves to cook. But his passion for the business lies more with creating relationships with customers. He loves making people happy and seeing returning customers, especially the tourists who come back year after year. It was the people of Silver City that tipped the scale when Dave and his partner, Kevin Hubbs, decided to relocate here. Knowing they wanted to be in the southwest, Dave spent some time camping in Colorado and New Mexico, visiting a number of small towns. He visited many beautiful areas and Silver City was on the tail end of his journey. Certainly the weather was a bit more to his liking, no harsh snow bound winters. Being near the mountains and national forest helped as well. But walking down the streets of Silver City and having complete strangers smile and say hello was the real clincher for Dave. So many people from so many diverse places, the tapestry of Silver City’s people made him feel at home. The name of the restaurant reflects the menu offerings at Tapas Tree. Ever since he was younger, Dave liked the name ‘Tapestry” which reflects different fabrics coming together creating a beautiful and varied picture. Everything is made from scratch, not pulled frozen from a bag. Many of the ingredients come from local sources, especially the Farmers’ Market. Dave loves being able to walk down the street and select fresh ingredients; you know his customers appreciate it as well. Dave and Kevin aren’t done yet. They anticipate expanding in the future. Maybe it will be a full service restaurant or a retail store. But it will be in Silver City and downtown. Dave sees a bright future for the historic district, maybe with monthly street festivals featuring musicians, performers, and vendors on a summer evening with patrons strolling down Bullard enjoying the great food and atmosphere. Dave’s easy smile and great food will be a great part of being downtown.



It’s fun f n to meet people with an aura of happiness and contentment about them. Maybe fu May a be living in Silver City does that to people or ay maybe b happy h people l are attracted d to Sil Silver Ci City. Wh W Whatever the h reason, JJodi di Ed Edens-Crocker C k iis one off those h people l who h llove what h they h do and where they are doing it; whether it’s being a mom to kids Jessi 9 and William 6 or running the foundation for WNMU, Jodi embraces every opportunity and challenge thrown her way with energy and a positive attitude. Jodi had never been in New Mexico. She and Jack were invited by President Joe Shepherd to visit him in Silver City a few years ago. A family trip to Boulder, CO gave them a chance to accept the invitation. Their visit came during Homecoming weekend and the Red Dot Art Festival; they were surprised that there was so much going on in such a small town. They explored the area visiting the City of Rocks, Cliff Dwellings, and enjoyed the variety of restaurants and art galleries around town. But it was the people they talked to during their visit that made an impression. Jodi called it “an amazing conglomerate of interesting people.” Just so much diversity! It wasn’t long before Joe called again, this time to lure Jack to WNMU as Provost. Although he’d recently ‘retired’, Jack liked WNMU and the opportunity to help guide the institution into a new era. Being gypsies at heart, Jodi said the decision wasn’t hard to make. She came back for another visit, driving around town just to make sure her first impression was accurate. Penny Park caught her attention right off the bat. What a great place! The schools are great as well. She was able to volunteer at Stout Elementary and with other community organizations around town, loving all of the family oriented activities available in the area. Having a background working in university foundations, she jumped at the chance to become Director of the Foundation at WNMU. Jodi appreciates the great history of the institution as well as the passion of the alumni, seeing a tremendous amount of potential to build upon the work that’s been done before. It’s wonderful when you get to do what you love, with people you love, in a place you love. WNMU’s Foundation has a bright future with Jodi at the helm. SILVER CITYLIFE – 29

Harry Bright Bright Funeral Home EDITED BY CHRISTINE L. STEELE I PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK ERICKSON Mr. Harry Bright has been taking care of families in their time of need for more than half a century. Raised on an Alfalfa farm and ranch on the Gila River, Mr. Harry Bright attended Cliff High School, where he played basketball, and graduated from Western New Mexico University with a Business Degree before going on to the California College of Mortuary Science. Bright Funeral Home was established in 1902 by W.S. Cox Mortuary, located downtown next door to Howell Drug Store on the corner of Bullard and Broadway. In 1948, Sid Curtis purchased a controlling interest in the business and bought the property at 210 West College Avenue where he built Curtis Mortuary. In 1964 Harry started working for Curtis Mortuary, which then became Curtis/Bright Funeral Home in 1969. With Mr. Harry Bright’s long history in the community, he personally knows most of the families he cares for. While that can be emotional and sometimes difficult, he says it helps him to care for his clients well. Mr. Bright stated “We work for our clients” and the goal is to make the families burden a little lighter. Mr. Bright’s wife, Frances Bright shared “we don’t make decisions for our clients; we assist them by offering choices and understanding their needs.” Bright Funeral Home serves all of Grant, Luna, Hidalgo and Catron counties with a second Funeral Home located in Lordsburg, New Mexico. They take special pride in honoring veterans, and in the past couple of years begin offering ECO friendly services “The Natural Way to Return,” which makes them an Earth Friendly Funeral Home. Bright Funeral Home is the only local funeral home to offer an URN CARRIER, people are very impressed when asked how the urn carrier has been received by the home’s clients. They are a funeral home with class and professionalism, and the URN CARRIER, and ECO Friendly adds more value to their services. Bright Funeral Home is a family run operation. They also consider their employee’s family and conduct their business with professionalism and pride as a family atmosphere. Come by and meet Harry and Frances Bright and Staff at 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM, or call Silver City, NM at 575-3881911, or Lordsburg, NM at 575-542-9444. 30 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Summer 2016

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S11 Cassie Health Center for Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,S61 Dandelion Wish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S45 Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . .S31 Diane’s Bakery & Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Diane’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Double E Ranch Cabin Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S27 Eagle Mail Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S49 Edward Jones-James Edd Hughs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Farm Bureau Financial Services Mike Rowse . . . . . . . .10 Farmacia Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S41 Finn’s Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S44 Gila Hike & Bike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S45 Gila Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . . .35,40,S59,S61 Griffin’s Propane/Fuel Centers Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 HMS Hidalgo Medical Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39,S57 Holiday Inn Express- Silver City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S11 Horizon Home Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Humphrey’s Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Infinate Blessings Journeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S49 J & S Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S15 Jalisco Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S17 Javalina Coffee House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S21 Kiss My Glass Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S47 Laws & Co., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S47 Leyba & Ingaalls Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S44 Lois Duffy Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S44 Lopez, Dietzel & Perkins, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce . .S35 Manzanita Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S45 Melinda’s Medical Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Millie’s Assisted Living Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Millie’s Bake House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S19 Mimbres Region Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S2 Mirror Mirage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S47 New Church of the Southwest Desert . . . . . . . . . . . .S49 Palace Hotel, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S19 Peppers Supermarket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S31 RE/MAX Silver Advantage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Rose Valley RV Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S7 Rodeway Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11,S9 Sherman Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Silver City Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Silver City Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S44 Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce S27, S55 Silver City MainStreet Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S17 Silver City Museum Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S19 Soul River Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S21 State Farm Insurance - Chuck Johnson & Jon Saari .11 Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S51 Super Salve Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S55 Syzygy Tileworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S45 The Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S44 The Pink Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S41 Todd’s Axis Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S51 Town & Country Garden Club Thrift Store . . . . . . . . .S17 Tree Spirit Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S44 Tres Amigos Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S39 United Country Mimbres Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S5 UPS Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S51 Victoria J. 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out & about 2016 Blues & Bikes Festival Fun was had by all! PHOTOS BY ROBERT “JAIME” RAMIREZ

The Mimbres Region Arts Council’s 21st annual event held May 27-29th brought huge crowds, lots of dancing and great music from Taj Mahal, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Busted Nuckle. The entirely free main event was one of the biggest so far.

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2016 Tour of the Gila New Mexico’s premiere road cycling race!

2016 Chocolate Fantasia Around the World theme! PHOTOS BY JUDY WUTHRICH


Beginning in Silver City, New Mexico, the men's course covers around 540 km over five days, while the women's course covers about 100 km less. It consists of three road races (stages 1, 2 and 5, nicknamed the "Gila Monster"), an Individual Time Trial (stage 3) and a Criterium (stage 4).

The Mimbres Region Arts Council presented the 17th Annual Chocolate Fantasia! on February 6, 2016. Encore Boutique took first place with an Ellis Island theme, Raven’s Nest took second and Diane’s Restaurant came in third.


Shaelynn Allison, a 2016 graduate of Western New Mexico University, y is the fourth generation woman in her family to y, graduate from this establishment establishment. Shaelynn received an As Associate degree in Applied Technology in welding. Her mother, Shelli Allison, graduated in 1998 with her BS in Medical Technology and then in 2013 she received her Associate Nursing degree. Shelli’s mother, Linda McGee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting in 1969 and got an MBA in 1973. Linda also taught Accounting for 37 years at WNMU. Linda’s mother, Dillon Stone, got her Bachelor of Arts in teaching biology in 1962. Dillon is also in the Western New Mexico University Hall of Fame.

2016 Big Bang Weekend in Glenwood Celebrating our independence. PHOTOS BY LORALEE HAMMER

Glenwood hosted its Big Bang Weekend, Saturday July 2nd, featuring a Western auction and dance with music by Bucky Allred and Friends at the Glenwood Community Park. Sunday July 3rd the Doo-Dah Parade proceeded down U.S. Highway 180 through Glenwood, followed by games and food at the Glenwood Community Park and a fireworks display after dark.

New Campus Pavilion Named after Rep. Dianne Hamilton at The Gardens at WNMU. PHOTOS BY JUDY WUTHRICH

Family and friends gathered at a WNMU naming ceremony on July 1 for a new campus pavillion that is named after Representative Hamilton in acknowledgement for her lifelong service to community and higher education. She has served as Representative in the New Mexico State Legislature since 1999 for Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra Counties. Prior to her time in elected office, Rep. Hamilton served as a member and as President of the WNMU Board of Regents for eight years. SILVER SILV L ER CITYLIFE – 33 LV



For Peggy White, health care is something of a family affair: her daughter and two sisters are nurses, and White is now the Chief Nursing Officer at Gila Regional Medical Center. She had no plans to become involved in nursing when she entered Western New Mexico University some years ago, but chance and opportunity intervened. "WNMU had two options, teaching and nursing," White said. "Of the two, nursing intrigued me the most, so that was the direction I took, and never looked back. I’ve been very blessed to have had the opportunity; it has been a very good profession for me. White came to her position in August 2015 through a special succession planning program at the medical center. In it, a person gains training and skills toward a position by shadowing the current leader in that role — something of an advanced internship. Today, she oversees more than 200 caregivers in the 68-bed hospital — registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, ward clerks, surgical technicians, and others. She also has oversight of the Emergency Medical Services Department. Collegiality is an important part of her approach. "I don’t consider it being 'in charge," White stressed. "I feel I’m in the service of the nursing department. We have a great team of nurses here at GRMC. Every one of them are compassionate, and grounded in patient-centered care. They take pride in our community and love being caregivers." As a result, "I would have to say the most rewarding aspect of this position for me is being a part of such a fantastic team. The most gratifying experience for me so far has been watching my team respond professionally and compassionately to the needs of our patients and our community, day in and day out. They are all very hardworking and supportive of this community." 34 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Bret Sarnquist, Dietician Gila Regional Medical Center WRITTEN BY CRAIG SMITH PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE KELLERMAN

If you need information in nformation on proper prop nutrition, how to bake gluten-free cookies, or what it's like to be an avid endurance athlete, Bret Sarnquist is your man. The Gila Regional Medical Center's chief dietician combines all those abilities, and he's always eager to answer help people and answer patients' questions. "My primary responsibility as a dietician here is to look after patients’ nutrition," Sarnquist explained. "My job is to make sure our patients get the nutrition they need, and that those with extraordinary needs are identified. So if people are lacking education, or resources, or something along those lines, I can sit down with them and provide nutrition education or counseling." Sarnquist's family was devoted to food and cooking, and he is a high-performance athlete, devoted to long-distance running and biking — activities where proper nutrition is key not only to success, but to basic health. But his first post-college career was far from food: He went on the road as a free-lance writer and photographer covering special-interest sports including rock climbing and mountain biking. He then went into the food industry, eventually ending up in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he was owned and ran a gluten-free bakery. When that phase of his life came to a close, "I tried to re-evaluate what I liked about the food industry — and what I

liked the most was food science and nutrition and working with people." So, he attended Arizona State University in Phoenix to take his degree, then returned to Flagstaff to do his dietetic internship. From there to GRMC was a logical step. Sarnquist loves his work, his clients, and his Silver City life. And he hasn't stopped moving, either. He recently ran two 50-mile races, and when we spoke, he had plans to go back to Flagstaff to run a local 10K race.

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Jordan Lane Administrator, Silver City Care Center WRITTEN BY CRAIG A. SMITH I PHOTOGRAPH BY JAY SCOTT

It's not hard to find words to describe Jordan Ashley Lane. Caring, competent, and compassionate come to mind. So do passionate, principled, and professional. A native of northeast Texas, Lane brings all those skills to her work as Administrator of Silver City Care Center, the city's 100-bed skilled nursing facility. There, she is in charge of overall operations, as well as a caring staff of more than 90 persons devoted to their important work. Before assuming her local administrator post, Lane worked as a rehabilitation director in several skilled nursing facilities in Texas. There, she had the kind of revealing personal experience that showed her where her calling and passion lay. "I decided on a career in long-term care/geriatrics after working in several long-term care therapy settings," she said. "(These) allowed me to be a part of a team that provided the necessary skills to residents to either go home, or be independent" in the setting. "A pivotal experience for me was when I formed a bond with a resident who did not like therapy, but would do his therapy if I stayed next to his side throughout the treatment. That relationship, and the possibility of others like it, helped me to see I had found where I wanted to focus my efforts in making this a career." In any long-term nursing setting, stability of the environment and quality care at all levels form the bedrock of success. The goal is to provide every patient with a positive outcome on an individual basis, every day and in every way. "I feel SCCC has done an outstanding job of providing quality care," Lane stressed. "From the moment they walk through our doors, their needs are our needs. We truly stand by the saying 'We’re all family here.'" Nor does she let her many duties keep her from regular contact with the center's patients. "I definitely am able to interact with residents and their families on a daily basis. They feel comfortable coming to me for any needs," she said. "I also have a great team that helps meet the needs of the residents and do an outstanding job of taking care of those needs before it gets to me." Besides her work, Lane is devoted to visiting her family in Texas, outdoor activities, traveling, and reading. But she find her greatest refreshment in the successful administration of the Center. "SCCC has a long track record of success, and I wanted to play a part in that," she said, explaining her decision to become a new member of the Silver City community. "SCCC has an incredible team here who care deeply for each resident and strive to better each of their lives, and that’s how I knew SCCC would be a good fit for me."


Neal Bowen, PhD Chief Mental Health Officer Hidalgo Medical Services WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATHY-LYN ALLEN PACHECO Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) offers comprehensive, patient-centered and affordable primary medical healthcare services in Southwestern New Mexico. Neal Bowen, PhD, HMS Chief Mental Health Officer, would like to continue to build more awareness of the integration of affordable mental health services that his team at HMS offers to all community members at a very high level. On the heels of international work and an educational career in Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia, Dr. Bowen founded a mental health clinic for refugees and immigrants in Texas, led faculty activities at Central Washington University, and joined the HMS team in 2005. His grown son, daughter and granddaughter are his life. His family has always inspired him to work to protect children and families, in particular from the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). “I have worked within Hidalgo and Grant counties for the past 11 years to increase mental health patient services and raise the level of awareness for mental health issues. The array of mental health services that our team at HMS provides to members of this community is phenomenal,” says Bowen. HMS mental health includes the spectrum of services related to individual and group therapy, school- based adolescent counseling, play therapy, outpatient treatment, medication treatment, and crisis management. Patient-centered and affordable mental health services are available at eight of HMS’ 13 locations throughout Hidalgo and Grant counties. “Over the next five years, HMS’ goal is to successfully function as a key resource for our community’s mental health services, in particular by providing substance abuse services through the planned Tu Casa project.” With the ever-changing landscape of mental health services in the state of New Mexico, it is vital that HMS remains nimble and dynamic,” says Bowen. “Our community has a real need for community collaboratives – on the state, city and county levels – that can specifically address our community mental health challenges. I would like everyone in our community to truly understand what it means to be a ‘trauma-informed community,’” says Bowen. 38 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Dan Otero Da Ch Executive Officer, Chief Hid Hidalgo Medical Services WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATHY-LYN ALLEN PACHECO

In February 2016, Hidalgo Medical Services hired Dan Otero as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). If you were to ask Dan how the first few months have gone leading Hidalgo and Grant counties’ only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) organization, which provides comprehensive healthcare services provided at 13 locations, he’d tell you “it’s been amazing working side-by-side with such committed employees, providers and board members to serve our communities.” “As a Silver City native and leader within the New Mexico healthcare community for the past 27 years, I was absolutely honored to be selected as CEO with Hidalgo Medical Services. HMS is a mission-driven and patient-centered nonprofit entity where our providers and staff offer our neighbors, family and friends comprehensive and integrated healthcare services – each and every day. There is no other place that I’d rather be than leading this truly dynamic and inspiring organization,” says Otero. Many in the community recognize Dan as a familiar face with Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC). As an accomplished healthcare executive for the past 17 years, he welcomes the opportunity to coordinate collaborative initiatives between HMS and other local and regional healthcare providers, for the benefit of the community. “Hidalgo and Grant counties are very unique in a number of ways. One of the highlights of HMS and this community that I hope to expand upon includes being recognized as a national leader in providing excellent, integrated and comprehensive, patientcentered healthcare,” says Otero. Dan and his wife, Kim, both attended Silver High School and have been married for 28 years. Their family includes their two daughters, Sari and Nichole, and son-in-law, Matthew, and Silver City is where Dan has always called “home.” Otero says, “I’m proud to give my best in service as CEO to HMS patients, clients, first and foremost, by enabling HMS providers and staff to make a positive difference in our community, while realizing their full potential.”

OUR MISSION: Hidalgo Medical Services positively impacts the health, well-being and quality of life for the people we serve through comprehensive, affordable and integrated personal and community health.

You are part of the HMS family. We accept private insurance, Centennial Care, Medicare, and offer individuals a sliding fee scale.

HMS provides our patients with timely, affordable, and quality health care services to help you and your family stay healthy or return to health. § §

Primary Care Pediatric & Adolescent Care

Neighborhood Community Health Centers

School-Based Clinic Locations


Animas Valley Clinic


Cobre Schools Health Center


Bayard Community Health Center


Lordsburg Schools Health Center


Silver Schools Health Center


Women’s Health


Cliff/Gila Community Clinic


Mental Health


Lordsburg Community Health Center


Dental Care


Mimbres Valley Clinic

New Mental Health Locations


Med Square Clinic


HMS New Beginnings Recovery Center


Silver City Community Health Center


HMS Community Mental Health


Ena Mitchell Senior and Wellness Center

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Family Support Specialized Services

Hidalgo Medical Services is a non-profit Health Care & Community Development Organization that improves the quality of life of the people of Hidalgo County and Southwestern New Mexico since 1994. SILVER CITYLIFE – 39

Silver City Life Summer 2016  

FEATURING: WNMU's Outdoor Classroom • Lopez, Dietzel, Perkins & Wallace P.C. • Moon of the Crow • Diane's Restaurant Celebrates It's 20th An...

Silver City Life Summer 2016  

FEATURING: WNMU's Outdoor Classroom • Lopez, Dietzel, Perkins & Wallace P.C. • Moon of the Crow • Diane's Restaurant Celebrates It's 20th An...