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Victor A. Nwachuku, M.D., FACOG, seems to think of himself as a hard-nosed crusader for better health—but his friends will tell you he’s one of the kindest men they’ve met. One pal recalls being saved with an emergency hysterectomy the night Nwachuku

was the ER doctor at Gila Regional Medical Center, and then helped to find funding because she was unin-

sured. He’s become a friend.

Certainly the staff at the Mbutu public health clinic in their native Nigeria understands that kindness.

He and his wife Nkechi, an RN at GRMC, assumed responsibility for the clinic eight years ago. The

Nwachukus have parlayed financial help from Silver City’s First Baptist Church on Swan Street and do-

nations from their own funds into a well for accessible water, desks, examining tables, surgical equipment, delivery equipment and medications for the clinic. It has about 100,000 people in its catchment area. The clinic typically sees patients with malaria, complicated pregnancies, high blood pressure, heart dis-

ease and diabetes. They’ve been back to Nigeria to visit every year for the past three years. Last year,

Dr. Nwachuku performed seven hysterectomies and myomectomies in the short time he was there. “We’re just scratching the surface,” he says. “It feels good for me, but I know there’s a lot of work to be

done.” They’re forgoing a trip this year because it’s an election year in Nigeria and they owe it to their

two sons and two daughters not to get caught up in the political turmoil.

The old well was replaced with a new water system and the kitchen received extensive repairs.

Arriving in the U.S. in 1979, Victor A. Nwachuku amassed sterling educational

credentials: he has a B.A. in biology from California State University, an M.D. from

Jefferson University Medical School in Pennsylvania. His residency was served at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He is board-certified in OB/GYN. He was lured to Silver City in 2000 by a recruiter. “At first I thought, ‘No way,’ but then I

visited, and drove around, and said, ‘This is the place I want to be.” In 2001,

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Contents SUMMER 2014



14 The Silco Theater. With continuing community support, Silver City’s first movie theater is being resurrected with all its original historic glamour and charm as a modern cinema experience.

10 New Faces In Business. New businesses, business owners and leaders compliment the city’s economy.

16 The Arts. Book and poetry authors and a respected photographer expand the artistic allure of Silver City locally, state-wide and internationally. 42 Best $4 Burritos. The hearty burrito reigns supreme in New Mexico and Silver City’s burrito entrepreneurs attract fiercely loyal clientele. 44 David Kendrick. The retired Silver High band director reflects on his SHS career and highlights his continuing involvement with the Southwest music scene. 46 Making a Difference. Locals discuss their passionate commitments to a variety of issues from renewable energy and wilderness to tennis. 49 The Trades. Addressing critical issues in homes and buildings, new and old, inside and out are the people who advise, produce, supply, install and respond to problems.

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12 Financial. James Edd Hughs comments on achieving financial goals through persistent (“automatic”) investments. 18 Recycle. Create an impressive one-of-akind box from old cookie and candy metal boxes. 20 Out & About. Snapshots of recent local events. 22 Happy Endings. Local residents’ dogs find happy adopted homes. 24 Advertisers Index. 41 Summer Birding. Western Tanagers and a few of its relatives grace the forests and occasion the city.

S1 Area Attractions S2 Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument S3 City of Rocks State Park S4 Historic Downtown S6 Silver City Museum S8 Big Ditch Park S10 Area Events S12 Historic Pinos Altos S14 Fort Bayard S16 Area Maps S18 Index of Advertisers S19 Galleries & Shopping S20 Art Galleries S22 Shopping S24 Health & Wellness S26 Cliff & Gila S27 Glenwood & Alma S28 At Your Service S29 Salons & Spas S30 Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway S32 Deming

54 WNMU Coach Adam Clark. The football team is building momentum for the 2014 season and creating community respect through volunteer projects.. 56 Gospel Mission. Randy Salars focuses on efforts that help feed and clothe the homeless, protect them from the cold, shelter women and provide hope. 58 Specialists Serving the Area. Bolstering local medical facilities, specialists from around the Southwest bring big-city services to the region. 60 Silver City Docs. Attracted to the area over the years for a variety of reasons, local medical professionals strengthen the city’s foundation.


On the cover: Recreating the original 1923 Silco Theater sign through a MainStreet project provided an exciting uplift to historic downtown Silver City. Funds continue to be raised to renovate the Silco as a movie theater. Photo by Joe Burgess. See story on page 14.

SILVER CITYLIFE Terri Menges President & Managing Director

Joseph Burgess Vice President & Photo Journalist

Arlyn Cooley Staff Accountant

Benjamin Fisher James Edd Hughs LeAnne Knudsen Eugene Lewis Kate McGraw Mike Rowse Dutch Salmon Elizabeth Stewart Doyne Wrealli Judy Wuthrich Contributing Writers

Joseph Burgess Writing & Photography

Except where credited Mark Erickson Benjamin Fisher LeAnne Knudsen Debra Sutton Judy Wuthrich Dale Zimmerman Contributing Photographers

Terri Menges Debra Sutton Designers

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Special Thanks Dr. Victor Acquista Cissy McAndrew Tamera Ahner Dr. Michael McCracken Wayne Allen Bonnie Buckley Bill Archibald Maldanado Jerry & Matt Beck Ronald Mardson & Snow Romaine “Ro” Begay Rebecca Martin Robert Benavidez Stef Melendez Wanda Case Matthew Molina Adam Clark Larry Moore Nick Contor Nathan Newcomer Cindy Donatelli Dr. Victor Nwachuku Mark Erickson Sonya Orozco Tenisha Flowers Dr. Norman Ratliff Dr. Greg E. Franklin Officer John Reyes Herman Gomez Linda Rowse Rascal Guiterrez Mike Rowse Laura Howell Jeff Rudolf James Edd Hughs Randy Salars David & Cindy Dr. John Stanley Kendrick Dr. Donald J. Stinar Johan & Rita Kivinen Juan Tellez Kim Klement David Vesica Helen Lemal Joe & Tammie Wheeler Dr. Craig Leicht Lucy Whitmarsh William & Abe Villareal Elizabeth Lloyd Kendra & Sara Wolfe Priscilla Lopez Dr. Lauri Yablik

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Mark Erickson has shot just about everything in his 50plus years of photographing Silver City. One fabulous memory is photographing the famous golfer Billy Casper when he returned to Grant County to put on the benefit Billy Casper Classic for many years. “Mr. Casper autographed every image as well as caps and golf balls. He is a great fellow,” Mark says. Benjamin Fisher grew up in rural Indiana and moved to Silver City in 2012 to build a career in journalism and get his first taste of the Southwest. He has written for Indianapolis Monthly magazine, the Howey Political Report, the Silver City Sun-News, The Silver City Daily Press and Silver City Life and has published poetry in a number of journals.

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Eugene Lewis began serious birding in eastern Kansas in the 1950s, eventually roaming the entire state in his pursuit of the avian species. Upon retirement in 1991 he moved to Silver City, where he has continued his lifelong quest.

Kate McGraw is a longtime Santa Fe journalist and author who describes her recent work on New Mexico Traveler and Silver City Life as the most fun she’s had in a long time. “Doctors,” she states e m p h a t i c a l l y, “are not boring!”

Elizabeth Stewart has a degree in Marketing. Her career includes cable television management, public relations for an electric utility and 17 years in the radio industry. Her most recent career... real estate. Elizabeth lives in Silver City with cats Monkey and Sophia Maria Luisa. 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 back in insurance with Farm Bureau. Doyne Wrealli is named after her grandmother and grew up all over the Southwest. She designated Silver City as the hometown of her heart in 1990 and works part-time as a technical editor for an earth sciences/engineering firm.

Judy Wuthrich is a locally well-known cosmetologist. Her interests include writing, photography, creating art dolls, making jewelry from recycled material and supporting the ethical treatment of animals. She lives in Silver City with her dog Gizelle. 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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NEW FACES Mike Rowse

Farm Bureau Insurance Michael “Mike” Rowse both is and isn’t a “new face in business” in Silver City. He grew up here and attended WNMU. He and his family returned 13 years ago, and owned KSCQ Radio until he sold it in 2005. Recently, he opened a Farm Bureau Financial Services agency in Silver City, and he takes delight in serving the community he’s loved for a long time. But he’s not exactly new, he acknowledges. “There’s no doubt about it, it is easier being known in the community than having to come in and start fresh,” Rowse says. “Definitely Silver City is home, but there still is a sense of community about being in business here. The biggest thing I like about Silver City is that there is such diversity of people here. There are people from all over the world. It’s hard to find that in a town of this size. Despite having lived here, I’m still meeting new faces,” he adds with a chuckle. For Rowse, Farm Bureau was an obvious choice. “My background was in insurance, so it was familiar and I knew of the company and their reputation so it seemed like a good fit,” he says. His wife Linda sells real estate with Coldwell Banker; their daughters Marissa and Jocelyn are attending NMSU and WNMU, respectively. Rowse says his hardest task is convincing people Farm Bureau’s services are not just for farmers. “Farm Bureau encompasses all kinds of insurance,” he said. “Since it began in 1941, they have used their expertise to expand into all markets. It is a mutual association,” he notes, “in which all customers are members. It started as a mutual and still is a true mutual, one of the few companies owned by its policyholders. That keeps costs down, and provides for input from stakeholders.” “I enjoy selling insurance very much because I understand the need for it. As an agent, you’re also a consumer, so you understand that it needs to be affordable. I’ve been on both side of the fence.” 10 – SILVER CITYLIFE

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The members of Curves in Silver City welcome new owners Cynthia Bridgeman and Kim Klement. Curves is a facility designed for women featuring Curves Complete, the only program that includes fitness, meal plans and coaching all in ONE place. Cynthia is a retired schoolteacher and when approached to purchase Curves by a local realtor, she immediately thought this was a great opportunity for her and her daughter. The mother, daughter duo partnered to purchase the busi-


Wayne “Butch” Allen is no stranger to Silver City. He had been a purchasing agent for Conner Fine Jewelers for more than 40 years before he bought the building and opened as Silver City Jewelers. He has serviced up to 20 jewelry stores in 5 states, but this is the first business he’s owned, and it’s because he loves Silver City. Allen still lives with his family in Arizona, but comes here every Thursday and Friday, along with an appraiser and repair expert. “We’ll be doing the same things Conner did, with some additions,” he explains. The store will be buying gold from the public, and will be selling finer silver jewelry as well. Allen hopes to increase store hours and add more employees soon. Being a fine-jewel purchaser can be hazardous; Allen survived an armed robbery on the road with only a graze while being shot at six times. “My Marine Corp training kicked in,” he says. “I dropped and rolled away. That, along with prayer, is what saved me.” His long business success is a testament to the strong, positive relationships he maintains: “Everything on a handshake,” he says. “That’s just how I do business.”


ness and now Cynthia has a new retirement plan and Kim is excited to be able to help other women achieve their weight and fitness goals. Kim has long struggled with her weight and recently lost 60 pounds. Kim’s daughter, Brooklyn also works at Curves after school. This is an exciting time for Curves of Silver City. New fitness programs have been introduced, including the Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, which combines the original Curves Circuit with functional, body weight-based exercises that increase strength, burn fat and kick start weight loss in just 30 minutes! Curves is also now carrying a full line of products, including women’s workout clothing and a variety of meal and snack bars. Give Curves a call at 534-0646 or stop by 2045 Memory Lane for information. SILVER CITYLIFE – 11



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Potential for reduced investment costs — If you invest the same amount of money each month into the same investments, you’ll automatically be a “smart shopper.” When prices drop, your monthly investment will buy more shares, and when prices rise, you’ll buy fewer shares — just as you’d probably buy less of anything when prices are high. Over time, this type of systematic investment typically results in lower costs per share. Furthermore, when you invest systematically, you’re less likely to constantly buy and sell investments in an effort to boost your returns. This type of frequent trading is often ineffective — and it can raise your overall investment costs with potential fees, commissions and taxes. (Keep in mind, though, that systematic investing does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Also, you’ll need the financial resources available to keep investing through up and down markets.) Clearly, automatic investing offers some major advantages to you as you seek to build wealth. Of course, if you’re contributing to a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, you’re already automatically investing because money is taken out of your paycheck at regular intervals to go toward the investments you’ve chosen in your plan. But by employing automatic investing techniques to other vehicles, such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you can continue your progress toward your long-term goals, including retirement. So, do what it takes to become an automatic investor. It’s easy, it’s smart — and it can help you work toward the type of future you’ve envisioned.

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WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS Let’s go out to a movie! Well, not just yet, but there is light at the end of the projector. Turning the Silco Theater building back into a movie house is in high gear. At magazine print time, $500,000 of the estimated $600,000 needed to complete the project had been raised from grants, loans and donations. The non-historic interior modifications had been removed and construction bids closed in mid-July. MainStreet Board President, Lucy Whitmarsh, stated that the group was working closely with the Historical Preservation Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs to give Silver City a destination movie cinema that preserved the historic interior and exterior aspects of the building while adhering to current building codes and modern theater requirements. Silco Theater Project Architect, David Vesica, added, “The gracious rectangular-shaped entry vestibule and original ticket booth will be replicated. We looked to the original bones of the building for guidance and planning solutions.” So what about this going out to a movie? Everybody today has the ability to watch a movie in the comfort of home. So it’s the going out part…it’s exciting to get out of the house, head to the historic downtown district, grab lunch or coffee and take in a movie. Some of the more senior types realize that it doesn’t get any better than that, so the whole family needs to tag along to experience true cinema. But the project is not quite there. Main Street needs your help to pull this off. It’s an economic revitalization project that will stimulate activity at all the downtown businesses, but on a more personal level, it’s one more piece of the puzzle that makes Silver City a great place to live and visit, adding to an exciting downtown district that has a little something for everyone. So purchase that tax-deductible seat and get your name on a plaque – keep this project rolling and preserve one of Silver City’s historic entertainment options for the kids and grandkids…and the rest of us. The Silco movie theater was built in 1923, owned by Edward W. Ward. Over the years

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Mark Erickson, Photographer WRITTEN BY KATE MCGRAW I PHOTO COURTESY MARK ERICKSON Mark Erickson has been photographing Silver City, its surrounding mines and Western New Mexico University for 50 years. Except for a tour in Vietnam, he has lived in an 1898 adobe for most of that half-century. Much has changed in that time, he acknowledges— but he adds in a tone of deep content that much remains the same. “There’s a different feeling from 50 years ago due to an influx of retirees,” he says. “At one time, I couldn’t walk down the street without knowing everyone I met,” he says wistfully. “That’s not really true anymore. And some of the people get here and immediately want to change Silver City. But,” he adds with a chuckle, “Silver City still doesn’t want to be changed.” Erickson arrived in Silver City in 1964, and found work with the university audio-visual department and with the mines to pay his way through Western. At home in southern California he’d started shooting photographs with a $25 Leica at age 10. “One of the neat features to photograph at that time was the old Tyrone town site, which is largely gone now,” he recalls. “After my Army stint I returned to Silver City and began teaching industrial education. I also worked as a mechanic and electrician. When one thing slowed down, another picked up. I also was doing technical theatre—doing that lighting really changed how I began to light my still and cine work. “In the early seventies I was doing a lot more cinematography than still work, but I still was photographing the Gila Wilderness with a Leica and an old Rolleiflex,” Erickson says. He’s long since moved up in technology to digital cameras and videocams. “It’s all instant gratification these days,” he muses. After 50 years, the beauty and charm of the region and its people still captivate him. “I like it here,” Erickson says simply. “I’ve got a lot of friends, I travel around the state, and I’ve done a lot of work in the Gila Wilderness over many years.”

Bonnie Buckley Maldonado Silver City (Past) Poet Laurette WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY BEN FISHER For the greater part of her fifty year residency, Silver City’s first Poet Laureate, Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, just squirreled away her poems and focused on her first career as a teacher and counselor. When she finally retired after decades gathering material, she dug out her notebooks and really got to work. While most of what she experienced as counselor was confidential, it provided her with insight and vision that guided her later poetry. Maldonado joined a local poetry group and eventually co-founded the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, held for the first time in 2013. A selection committee was formed to appoint Silver City’s first poet laureate to serve as a figurehead for the weekend, and to Maldonado’s surprise she was selected. Maldonado is proud of her new connections, laughing through memories of meeting the Albuquerque laureate, slam poet Jakim Bellamy and being invited to read her work around a campfire for southwestern women horseback riders. “On a beautiful Sunday afternoon,” Maldonado shares, “when locals could be doing anything else outside, they chose to come listen to me at the Silver City Museum.” Maldonado’s two-year term is over now and a selection committee, headed again by WNMU Writer in Residence JJ Wilson, has chosen Elise Stuart as Silver City’s second poet laureate. SILVER CITYLIFE – 17

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out & about Grant County welcomed Spring at the 2nd Annual Home and Garden Expo at the Grant County Business and Conference Center. Hundreds of gardeners and garden-enthusiasts came out for an afternoon of food, music, workshops and browsing at the 45 vendor booths. Photos by Mark Erickson.

The Silver City Blues Festival in May is always a big hit with visitors and locals alike, featuring wellknown performers. Photos by Mark Erickson.

Mogollon Ghost Town will be CLOSED for the 2014 season. Funds have been earmarked and prioritized for repairing flood-damaged Bursom road (NM 159) into the historic gold-mining ghost town. Check with Glenwood Ranger Station or for Spring 2015 opening dates. Photos by Debra Sutton.


Gospel Mission Feeding and caring for the homeless are top left: Director Randy Salars visits with Wanda Case. top right: Michelle Madison – volunteer, MJ Hay – cook and Ivan Martinez – maintenance. bottom: Linda Escarcaga – volunteer, Loretta Gabbert – thrift store employee, Marty Dempsey – volunteer and Brenda Callahan – shopper. Photos by Joe Burgess

The Southwest Green Chamber of C o m m e r c e ’s Monthly Merchant's Round Table featuring Dan Shilling, author and proponent of Civic Tourism was held at Diane’s Restaurant.

8th Annual Southwest New Mexico Car Show in Historic Downtown Silver City offered spectators a full spectrum of car show categories Lowrider, Custom, Original, Hot Rod, Muscle, and Euro. Photos by LeAnne Knudsen.

Around Town Ronald Marsdon walks Kathleen Scheid’s English setter, Snow; Officer John Reyes contributes to downtown safety; bicyclers enjoy Bullard Street and Streetside Food provides easy access to creative options.

WNMU Practice An early spring football practice with no pads helps players learn new plays for the coming year, build confidence and spirit, and stay in shape. See story on page 50. Photos by Joe Burgess

Cub Scouts meet at Silver City Museum – Leader Romaine “Ro” Begay and members of Cub Scout Troop 938, Den 1 attend a Cowboy Trunk presentation at the museum. Photos by Joe Burgess.

WNMU Courts left: WNMU men’s tennis coach Robert Benavidez. right: U.S. Tennis Association participants Helen Lemal (serving) and Linda Rowse. See story on page 48. Photos by Joe Burgess.

It was a perfect day for kite flying at the 8th annual FUN KITE FLYING PICNIC on Whitewater Mesa. Participating were Bette Booth, Bill McCabe and grandaughter Carlie Johnson, Bob Robinson, Cordelia Rose, Kelly Cranston, Niels Scharn and Steve Law winner of the raffled kite. Photos by Judy Wuthrich.

What could be more fun than a tasting at Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery at the corner of Bullard and Broadway! The recently-opened eatery and pub reenergized the downtown scene. Photos by (opposite) Mark Erickson and (above) Ben Fisher.

Jump into Summer community fun day provided free activities for the whole family. Sponsored by HMS Family Support Services, Grant County Health Council, and Fitness and Nutrition in the Community Group.

Whitewater Trail at The Catwalk – top: Park entrance and interpretive signs. above: Ali Sutton, daughter of Silver City Life ad designer Debra Sutton and husband Kenny, celebrates her second birthday at Whitewater Creek. Photos by

Photos by LeAnne Knudsen.

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Sadly, some pets become lost or you’ve found someone’s lost pet, but what’s the best means of pets being reunited with their owners? Lately, social media is popular but so is putting flyers around town. Taking a found pet to the local animal shelter is the best option for the animal to find its owners. If a person opts to do advertising for a found pet, do not put too much information on a post or flyer which gives someone a chance to claim an animal that does not belong to them just because they thinks it is cute. A post with no picture and a brief description leaving out one good identifying mark might be a better way to make sure an animal is returned to the rightful owner. If you take the animal to the local shelter but have fallen in love with this pet, at the High Desert Humane Society you can ask for the date in which the animal will be available for adoption and then you will be first in line to adopt if the previous owner is not found. “We just give them the adoption date and ask that they call first thing that morning,” says Gigi from HDHS. “If you do find someone’s pet or you lose your pet you should contact the High Desert Humane Society at 538-9261 and leave a description of the animal, where it was found or lost and your contact information. This can be done 24/7 as we have an answering machine for after-hours calls.”


Teddy Bear

Romeo grew up as a street cat in Silver City. Now he resides with Johan and Rita Kivinen but he still makes his rounds in the neighborhood. He visits the local barbershop, Snuffy Cuts and greets his neighbor Phillip when he gets off work. Romeo knows everyone’s schedule. Romeo has seen more than nine lives and his human, Johan used up one of his lives during a recent rollover in the car. When Johan picked Romeo up from the veterinarian’s office, Romeo managed to escape from the carrier and jumped on Johan obstructing his view and crashed the car. “We've got lots of names for Romeo: Brat Cat and MasterCard BUT we continue to celebrate his being with us,” says Rita.

Rebecca Martin was sitting in front of her gallery, Vibrations, and noticed a woman carrying something. It was a dog! The woman came over and asked Rebecca if she knew anyone who wanted a dog and Rebecca knew this dog was for her. Teddy Bear and Rebecca are now inseparable. Teddy Bear hangs out at the gallery, and can be seen at the Murray Ryan Visitors’ Center. Teddy Bear has a very active social life and has his own Facebook page called ‘Teddy says.’ Rebecca writes the messages that Teddy Bear transmits. Teddy Bear’s stated mission is to spread love and joy. “He’s a little love fountain!” says Rebecca.

Magnus & Bjorn aka Squeaky Dave and Cindy Kendrick had gone a few years without cats in their home and decided it was time to get a couple. They went to the local animal shelter and decided on a pair of cats who were in the same cage with each other. “We like the fact that they are brothers so they actually like each other and they get along,” says Cindy. Magnus and Squeaky like to run up and down the stairs of their loft style house. “We don’t have to worry about bugs, either,” says Cindy. Magnus and Squeaky are always on patrol.

Daizy Duke


Booger & Turd

Daizy Duke was born in an apartment that didn’t allow pets. Her mother’s owner had to find homes for her puppies or get evicted. William and Elizabeth Lloyd adopted Daizy Duke thinking she was old enough for adoption but realized her vision was as if she might be 5 weeks old. Daizy took comfort in a fur to make her feel like she was with her mother. You may meet Daizy Duke at Lloyd Studios when she isn’t skateboarding or riding a scooter with her human companions. “She also likes spelunking and hiking all around the Boston Hills trails,” says Elizabeth.

Priscilla Lopez has a weakness for pets being peddled at parking lots. One day someone was selling puppies at a local parking lot and one of them had an umbilical hernia, so it was free. Priscilla intended to find her a home after Nizhoni’s hernia surgery, but couldn’t part with her. “They say everyone has a human soul mate. I think Nizhoni’s mine. She protects us, snuggles with us and keeps us safe,” says Priscilla. Priscilla’s daughter, Anabella, said when asked how she feels about Nizhoni, “I love her.”

Joe and Tammie Wheeler a couple of unique cats with unique names. Turd was adopted at an animal shelter because they thought she’d be a good mouser. They had never seen a white Manx cat before. “She’s an absolute ball of energy,” said Joe. Booger was one of a litter of kittens being given away at a bait shop in Luna. She and her littermates had really bad eye infections. Booger got her name as her eye infection developed into a sinus infection. “Every time she sneezed, she’d have slime all over her face,” said Tammie. SILVER CITYLIFE – 23

Summer 2014

Index of Advertisers American Legion . . . . . . . . . .S14

Mimbres Region Arts Council .S13

Azurite Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .S21

Mirror Mirage . . . . . . . . . . . .S29

Bear Creek Motel & Cabins .S11

Molly Ramolla Gallery

Bear Mountain Lodge . . . . . .S32

& Custom Framing . . . . . . .S20

Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts . .S22

Morning Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S2

Border Area Mental

Mule Creek Adobe . . . . . . . . . .8

Health Services, Inc. . . . . . .11 Locally owned, licensed, insured, and certified by the National Association of Wastewater Transporters, Inc.

Our professional technicians have been serving Silver City, Grant and Hidalgo Counties for 40+ years.


Sanitized, ADA-Compliant Portable Restrooms and Hand-wash Stations for short or long term construction and special event rentals.


Original Prints & Drawings . .S20

Casitas de Gila Guesthouses . .S26

Palace Hotel, The . . . . . . . . . .S5

Cassie Health Center for Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 R.S. Masonry . . . . . . . . . . . .S18

Cup of Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . .S23

RE/MAX Silver Advantage . . . .9

Dandelion Wish . . . . . . . . . .S22

River Ranch Market . . . . . . . .S7

Dement Electric, Inc. . . . . . . . .19

Rose Valley RV Ranch . . . . . . .S9

Dement Alarms, Inc. . . . . . . . .24

Seedboat Center for

Edward JonesJames Edd Hughs . . . . . . . . .12

Farm Bureau Financial Services Mike Rowse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Farm Bureau Financial Services

4007 HWY 90 SOUTH • SILVER CITY, NM 88061

Susan Sumrall . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S29

Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce . .19,S7 Silver City Jewelers . . . . . . .S22 Silver City MainStreet Project . . . . . . .S4 Silver City Museum Store . . .S6 Silver Rexall Drug . . . . . . . . .S24

Finishing Touch Home

Speed Wrench Garage . . . . .S28 State Farm Insurance -

Frumpy Fox, LLC . . . . . . . . . . .22

Chuck Johnson . . . . . . . . . .15

Furniture Gallery . . . . . . . . . .S28

Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s . .S29

Gila Eyecare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Super Salve Co. . . . . . . . . . .S25

Gila Hike & Bike . . . . . . . . . .S23

Syzygy Tileworks . . . . . . . . . .S22

Gila Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . .63

The Bedroom Shoppe . . . . . . .S7 The Pink Store North . . . . . . .S23

Great American Duck Race . .S31

Thomas H. Laws, CPA, CVA . .S29

Griffin’s Propane/

United Country

Fuel Centers Plus . . . . . . . . .18

Mimbres Realty . . . . . . . . .S9

Hester House Candy & Gifts . .S22

UPS Store, The . . . . . . . . . . .S28

HMS Hidalgo Medical Services C4

Vibrations Gallery . . . . . . . . .S23

Holiday Inn Express-

Vicki’s Eatery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S5

Silver City . . . . . . . . . . . . . S15

Millie’s Assisted Living Community

the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S21 Silver City Food Co-op . . . . . . S5

Fierro Canyon Gallery, The . . .S21 Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Small Home, Big Heart

Prudential Silver City

Copper Quail Gallery . . . . . . .S20

Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S7 • Fax: 575-534-4976

Party Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S23 Pathways to Health . . . . . . . . .15

Television of Silver City . . .S30

Encore A Retail/Resale

575-538-2152 • 1-888-538-2152

One Stop Realty-Southwest .S11

Carson Insurance Agency . . . . .8

CATS - Community Access

• SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTIONS - Nationally Certified

Millie’s Bake House . . . . . . .S28

Angelwings Home Care . . . . .S25

Victoria Chick-Cow Trail

Horizon Home Health . . . . . . .61

Art Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S20

Horizon Hospice . . . . . . . . . . .61

Victoria J. West . . . . . . . . . .S19

Humphrey’s Enterprises, Inc. . .24

WNM Communications . . . . . .2

Innovations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S29

Western Institute for

J & S Plumbing & Heating . .S10 Jalisco Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . S5 JW Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .S20 Leyba & Ingalls Arts . . . . . . .S21 Lloyd Studios . . . . . . . . . . . .S21

Lifelong Learning (WILL) . . .19 Western New Mexico University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Western New Mexico University Museum . . . . . . .55

A small, family-owned and operated assisted living center serving Grant County for over 10 years. Residents are valued and loved in a healthy, nurturing and stimulating environment. 600 N. Hudson St. Extensive community involvement and Silver City, NM 88061 daily activities. Small pets welcome.

Life Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S25

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Melinda’s Medical Supply . . .61

XYZ Ranch Estates . . . . . . .1,S15

Millie’s Assisted Living Center . .24

Yada Yada Yarn . . . . . . . . . . .S22


Western Stationers

Lois Duffy Studio . . . . . . . . .S20

Office Supply . . . . . . . . . . .S28

Lopez, Dietzel & Perkins, P.C. . . . 7,S3

Whitewater Motel . . . . . . . .S27

Manzanita Ridge . . . . . . . . . .S23

Windows, Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . .S29

Manzano’s RV Park . . . . . . . .S12

Wynnegate Gallery & Studio . .S21


The Guide to Southwest New Mexico

Area Attractions HISTORY OF THE SILVER CITY AREA SPANS THE ERAS FROM THE ANCIENT MOGOLLON CULTURES TO THE PEOPLE OF today’s technology age. The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and visitor center are perhaps the strongest attraction in the area, providing a visual showcase of how these ancients lived. The largest collection of ancient Mimbres artifacts, including the NAN Ranch Collection, is displayed at the Western New Mexico University Museum. The Mimbres River Valley, though once inhabited by pithouse and pueblo dwellers is now a scene of orchards, hay fields, cattle and horses. The pride of largescale mining operations is the Chino open pit copper mine on NM 152. The 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest provides many of the reasons for both visiting the area and for making a commitment to live here. Lakes in the immediate region include Lake Roberts and Bear Canyon, Bill Evans and Snow Lakes. Additional attractions include Additional attractions include picturesque Glenwood to the north and City of Rocks State Park between Silver City and Deming.



photo by LeAnne Knudsen

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS 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 NM 15, a winding, mountain forest road. Here, trailers over twenty feet long must take an alternate route on NM 61/35. The other route is through the Mimbres Valley north from NM 152 off US 180 east of town. This route is 25 miles longer, but easier and takes the same amount of time – about two hours. Call ahead for hours and road conditions; (575)536-9461.



Historic Downtown Silver City

SILVER CITY SPRANG TO LIFE DURING THE SUMMER of 1870. The discovery 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 awardwinning 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!


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Celebrating 114 Years

Located in the downtown historic district. Reminiscent of a small hotel in the European Tradition.

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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.

Southwest Books Local & Regional Gifts

Tues.–Fri. 9-4:30 Sat.–Sun. 10-4 Closed Monday

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REAL Food...REAL Choices Weston A Price Foundation Silver City Chapter

We are a member of Slow Food USA - A way of living and eating.

• AGA Certified Grassfed Beef & Lamb • Homemade Jerky • Homemade Sausages • Smoked Hams & Bacon • Pastured Pork & Chicken • Chicken & Duck Eggs

300 S. Bullard in Historic Downtown Silver City


• Grain Free Baked Goods • Stone Ground Nut Butters Wednesday - Saturday 8am to 6pm



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.



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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 NM Highway 15.

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Fabulous getaway nestled in the tall pines of Pinos Altos. • Crackling Fireplaces • Secluded Balconies • Relaxing Porches • Telephone • Satellite TV • Barbeque Grill • Hot Tub in Cabana • Meeting Room • Cabins with kitchens are available. Conveniently located just 7 miles north of Silver City on NM Hwy. 15.

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Area Events July Jul 4 Independence Day Festivities. 4th of July parade though downtown Silver City, followed by music and vendors in GoughPark. Weather permitting fireworks display at dusk. 1-800-548-9378 www, Jul 18-19 Hummingbird Festival. A unique opportunity to catch these beautiful birds in action at the height of the season. Festivities include guest speakers and live entertainment. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern. 575-536-9649 19 Big Ditch Day. Downtown Silver City. Music, educational tours, historical re-enactors, conservation demonstrations, and the Farmers’ Market. Local arts, crafts, and food. Local artists and inventors will display their contraptions, inventions, and innovations in SilverCity’s Makers Fair! 30-Aug 3 Silver City CLAY Festival. Celebrates clay at various venues. Offerings will showcase tile, pottery, adobe and natural building

keynote address is by conservationist Dave Foreman, workshops, guided field trips, and kayaking along the Gila River and in the Gila National Forest as well as events in historic downtown Silver City.. 575-538-8078 19-21 Fort Bayard Days. Learn more about Fort Bayard and the settling of the West. The day includes info on the buffalo soldiers, military re-enactments, Native American history and so much more. It ends with the Buckles and Bustles Military Ball. 575-388-4477 20 Red Hot Children’s Fiesta. This is the largest child development and resource fair in southwest New Mexico. Bring your children out for the many free activities. 575-538-5555 24-28 Cliff Gila Grant County Fair. Outstanding animal and craft exhibits from schools and civic groups across the county. Cliff, NM 575-388-1559

October 4

August 15

Bash on Broadway. Welcome new and returning WNMU students. There will be live music, dancing, face painting and prizes. 575-538-5555 15-16 Copper Country Cruizers Car Show. Vintage vehicles of all kinds in Gough Park. 575-388-3468 17 Signal Peak Challenge. This challenging mountain bike race is part of the New Mexico point series. The race is preceded by dinner and party on Saturday night. 575538-5555 30-Sep 1 Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Show. Museum quality mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems as well as "rough" stones. Grant Co. Business & Conference Center.

September 6

Taste of Downtown. The annual Silver City restaurant tour offers samples from the best of over fifteen of downtown’s restaurants and coffee houses. 575-534-1700 12-14 Pickamania! Free music festival celebrating the close of summer featuring bluegrass, folk, and Americana. Great festival in the heart of southwestern New Mexico. Gough Park. 575-538-2505 18-21 Annual Gila River Festival. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 90th anniversary of the Gila Wilderness Area. This year’s

Pinos Altos October Fiesta. Family fun, live music, great food, and plenty of vendors offering crafts, jewelry, antiques & collectibles. Visit the PA Museum. 575-5748394 email: Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival 11 & Health Fair. A celebration with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople. Dance from 5-9pm 11-13 Red Dot Art Weekend. Current works by regional artists in more than 20 galleries in historic downtown Silver City and nearby areas. 575-313-9631

Ongoing Events Farmer's Market. Shop for the freshest produce and to stock up on locally grown herbs, plants, and more. 8:30 am - noon, Saturdays May thru October. Main Street Plaza beside Big Ditch Park, Enter at 7th/Bullard. 575-534-1704 San Vicente Art Walk - Self Guided Tours visit the galleries and studios in the area. 575-388-4854. First Fridays Downtown. On the first Friday of every month, Galleries and shops stay open late in historic downtown Silver City. Enjoy dinner, take an art walk, or explore our eclectic shops. Look for art openings, special offers, family activities, and more. 575-534-1700 Walking Tour of Historic Fort Bayard 9:30am. Tours begin at the Commanding Officer's Quarters. Jan-Apr two Saturdays per month and May-Sept Every Saturday. Walking tours last about 2 hours with a suggested donation of $3. 575-536-316

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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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Military Families and Youth Programs. 191



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Holiday Inn Express in beautiful, culturally diverse Silver City is your ideal homebase for both vacation and business trips. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will aid you in exploring the nearby attractions of Silver City, Grant County, and the Gila National Forest. Located near Grant County Airport, Freeport McMoRan Mining Company, Gila Regional Medical Center, Western New Mexico University, Grant County Business & Conference Center, and Corre Caminos Transit Depot.

• Complimentary hot breakfast bar

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• Conference Room with breakout area



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Located just off US Highway 180 East behind Wendy’s

1103 Superior Street • Silver City NM 88061

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Hwy. 180 E. off XYZ Ranch Rd. | Silver City, NM | 575-388-1951





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Index of Advertisers Art Gallery/Artists Azurite Gallery 7 Copper Quail Gallery 136 229 Fierro Canyon Galley, The JW Art Gallery 47 54 Leyba & Ingalls Arts 220 Lloyd Studios Lois Duffy Studio 55 Molly Ramolla Gallery & Custom Framing 181 109 Original Prints & Drawings 82 Seedboat Center for the Arts Vibrations Gallery 240 Victoria Chick - Cow Trail Art Studio 109 Victoria J. West 123 Wynnegate Gallery & Studio 221 Attorney 56 Lopez, Dietzel & Perkins, P.C. Automotive Sales & Service Speed Wrench Garage 160 Community Radio & TV CATS - Community Access 236 Television of Silver City Contractors & Builders J & S Plumbing & Heating 46 228 R.S. Masonry, Inc. CPA’s Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s 93 98 Thomas H. Laws, CPA, CVA Developmental Disabilities 166 Life Quest Eco / Natural Products Super Salve Co. 94 Entertainment Mimbres Region Arts Council 62 Events Great American Duck Race 241 General Store / Food Co-op River Ranch Market 224 Silver City Food Co-op 144 Gifts Cup of Grace 90 Home Products / Services Manzanita Ridge 57 Syzygy Tileworks 95 The Bedroom Shoppe 193 Windows, Etc. 116 Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services 222

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Lodging 10 Bear Creek Motel & Cabins Bear Mountain Lodge 184 Casitas de Gila Guesthouses 17 44 Holiday Inn Express Palace Hotel, The 68 114 Whitewater Motel Medical Angelwings Home Care 132 Border Area Mental Health Services 13 Silver Rexall Drug 90 Museum 86 Silver City Museum Store Office Supplies Western Stationers Office Supply 99 Organization American Legion 191 Silver City MainStreet Project 85 Real Estate, Developments Property Management One Stop Realty-Southwest United Country Mimbres 106 Real Estate One Stop Realty 239 151 XYZ Ranch Estates Restaurant Bakery / Coffee 48 Jalisco Cafe Millie’s Bake House 212 Vicki’s Eatery 210 Retail Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts 214 155 Dandelion Wish Encore A Retail/Resale Marketplace 231 36 Furniture Gallery, Inc. Gila Hike & Bike 39 43 Hester House Candy & Gifts Morning Star 65 Party Time 69 Silver City Jewelers 26 The Pink Store North 234 Yada Yada Yarn 117 RV Park Manzano’s RV Park 170 Rose Valley RV Ranch 76 Salons Innovations 84 Mirror Mirage 63 Shipping & Mailing The UPS Store 108

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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 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, LeAnne Knudsen. The Source is a supplement to Silver City Life and is manufactured and printed in the United States of America. ©Zia Publishing Corp. 2014. 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.








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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.

Colorful and richly layered watercolor still life settings with a Southwestern theme. Represented by Gallery 400 on North Arizona St. in historic downtown Silver City.

Westwind Studios by appointment

575-388-4775 On display at Adobe Springs Cafe



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Victoria Chick • Cow Trail Art Studio 109 Molly Ramolla Gallery & Custom Framing 181

Original Prints And Drawings 109

Lois Duffy Studio 55

JW Art Gallery 47

Copper Quail Gallery 136





Contemporary painter & printmaker focused on expressing emotion through the action of human & animal subjects. Represented by JW Art Gallery, Hurley

Cow Trail Art Studio Mon. noon-3 or by appointment

760-533-1897 •

ORIGINAL PRINTS AND DRAWINGS - Etchings, Woodcuts, Linocuts and Drawings by 19th and 20th Century American Artists. Represented by Cow Trail Art Studio. Mon. noon-3 or by appointment

119 Cow Trail • 760-533-1897 HURLEY

Fine art, sculpture, prints, custom jewelry, unique one-of-a-kind imaginary creations. Mon.-Sat. 11-5 Framing by Daniel 654-0334

307 N. Texas St. 538-5538 LOIS DUFFY STUDIO Thought provoking surrealist and realist contemporary paintings, giclee prints, and hand signed cards. Open Saturdays 10am-4pm and by appointment.

211 C N. Texas St. • 313-9631

JW ART GALLERY Fine Art, Bronze & Wooden Sculpture, Custom Picture Framing, Gift Shop, Historic Hurley Museum. W.-F. 9-5 • S-Sun. 10-5

99 Cortez Ave., Hurley • 537-0300


COPPER QUAIL GALLERY An extraordinary selection of fine arts, jewelry, and quality hand-crafted works for you, your home and yard, created exclusively by local artists.

211 A N. Texas St. • 388-2646

The Fierro Canyon Gallery 229

Leyba & Ingalls ARTS 54

Wynnegate Gallery & Studio 221

Lloyd Studios 220

Seedboat Center For The Arts 82

Azurite Gallery





Take a drive up Fierro Canyon and visit our gallery in the middle of the Historic Mining District. Fine art and scenic photography. Thur.-Mon. 10-5

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

Just past the Hanover Post Office

388-2646 YA N K I E S T R E E T

WYNNEGATE GALLERY & STUDIO Featuring Southwest & Impressionist paintings, and scenic photography by Jane Grant and Roy Adams.

110 W. Yankie St. • 214-957-3688 SEEDBOAT CENTER FOR THE ARTS Fine Art & Craft Gallery and Live Performance Space located in the Arts & Cultural District in Historic Downtown Silver City. Recording Studio available.

214 W. Yankie St. • 534-1136



315 W. Bullard St. • 388-5725 B R O A D WAY

LLOYD STUDIOS Custom Knifemaking, Antler Art & Sculpture, Damascus Knives & Swords - all hand carved originals in antler, bone, horn, and ivory by William & Elizabeth Lloyd. Fri., Sat., Mon. 11-7, Sun. 11-4

306 W. Broadway • 303-378-0926 AZURITE GALLERY Designer Jewelry by Linda Boatwright, Featuring Paintings by Local Artists, Fine Wood & Copper Lamps. Wed.-Sat.10-5.

110 W. Broadway • 538-9048 THE SOURCE – S21

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Hester House 43

Yada Yada Yarn 117

Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts 214

Dandelion Wish 155

Syzygy Tile 95

Silver City Jewelers 26





Homemade fudge, truffles & gourmet candies, candles, plush stuffed animals, SW gourmet & gifts, cards. Free gift wrapping.

Everything for knitters new and old! Wool, cotton and fun yarns. Open Tues.-Sun. 11-5 Open knitting Sun.12-3

316 N. Bullard St. • 388-1360

621 N. Bullard St. • 388.3350



Authentic Antiques at Dealer Prices and Elegant Gifts. Consignments Encouraged. Punkie Garretson, Owner. Open 7 days.

218 N. Bullard St. • 388-1737 SYZYGY TILE Nationally recognized handmade tile company, dedicated to producing aesthetically pleasing clay tile in the craftsman tradition. Also, metal, glass, stone, concrete and imported tile. Tours available.

106 N. Bullard St. • 388-5472 S22 – THE SOURCE

Upscale selection of eclectic antiques, collectibles & consignment merchandise. Something for everyone’s taste and budget. We handle estate and moving sales. Tues.-Sun. 11ish-6ish • Random Mondays

109 N. Bullard St. • 534-0074 SILVER CITY JEWELERS Continuing a 67 year tradition of being Silver City's gem expert and fine jeweler. Turquoise, Fine Watches, Clocks, Repairs & Gifts.

410 N. Bullard St. • 388-1177

Cup of Grace 230

Vibrations Gallery 240

Party Time 69

The Pink Store North 234

Gila Hike & Bike 39

Manzanita Ridge 57





Fine selection of inspirational, regional, special occasion, western, and holiday gifts and books. Greeting cards. Free gift wrapping.

Silver City’s most unique gift shop offering original creations by regional artists. Stained glass, weaving, digital prints & cards, instruments, jewelry, and more.

1308 Silver Heights Blvd. 388-2115

108 W. Yankie St. • 654-4384 gallery

PARTY TIME Where FUN times begin! For all your party supplies - Birthdays, Baby Showers, Graduation, Weddings, Holidays, Balloons & much more! Open Tues.-Fri. 11am-5:30pm, Sat. 10am-2pm

316 E. 14th St. 534-0098 GILA HIKE & BIKE Serving the cycling and hiking needs of southwest New Mexico for the past 25 years.

103 E. College 388-3222


THE PINK STORE NORTH Amazing selection of art, silver, jewelry, folk art and fine gifts from all of Mexico, selected by proprietors, Ivonne and Sergio Romero. Open daily 10am-5pm.

210 N. Bullard St. • 956-6250 MANZANITA RIDGE High end furniture and accessories from America’s finest resorts and hotels.

107 N. Bullard St. • 388-1158 THE SOURCE – S23

Health & Wellness By Sarah Gibson 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 in one of the quaint yoga studios downtown. 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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Cliff & Gila By Dutch Salmon STRADDLING THE GILA RIVER, CLIFF ON THE 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.



photo by Debra Sutton

Glenwood & Alma


By Dutch Salmon EVERYONE DREAMS OF FINDING THAT QUIET LITTLE TOWN NESTLED IN THE mountains with a creek running through, the creature comforts a traveler needs, yet retaining a 1950s ambiance. That dream is Glenwood. About 60 miles northwest of Silver City, Glenwood is surrounded by the Gila National Forest. That means plenty of public lands for the adventurous, like the San Francisco Canyon (bass, catfish, hiking and birding) or Whitewater Creek (spectacular vistas and the creek is filled with trout). Stop in at the Forest Service Ranger Station for maps and information. Glenwood also has a state fish hatchery, always fun for the kids, with a public fishing pond and picnic area. A motel and several B & B style inns will put you up comfortably, the general store will keep you supplied. On up the road about 8 miles is Alma, last stop on Butch Cassidy’s Outlaw Trail in the 1890s.A few miles east is the tomb of Sgt. James Cooney, a gold and silver miner scalped by Apaches. There is a combo general store/café and you’ll want to explore Mineral Creek, usually dry in town but a forest road takes you upstream to another marvelous canyon and more trout.






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

575.388.5188 315 E. 16th St. T Silver City, NM



Innovations Unisex Salon. Specializing in Precision Cuts, Perms, Colors, Color Correction, Foil Highlighting and Lowlighting. Georgia Rivera, Jocelyn Rodriguez & Selena Alcorta


202 E. 11th St. T Silver City, NM 84



of Mountain Trail the Spirits National Scenic Byway

THIS 93-MILE LOOP IS FILLED WITH HISTORY AND SCENIC BEAUTY. TO GET STARTED, JUST HEAD NORTH FROM Silver City on NM 15 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 NM 152, you will come to the Santa Rita mine overlook, one of the world’s largest open pit copper mines. Rejoining US 180, turn north at Santa Clara to visit historic Fort Bayard and continue a short distance back to Silver City.

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Deming By Brett Ferneau 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.

August 21-24, 2014 Wet & Dry Duck Races Duck Royalty Pageants Elks Breakfast • Vendors Tournament of Ducks Parade Carnival • Tortilla Toss Outhouse Race • Hot Air Balloons Horseshoe & Washers Tournaments

888-345-1125 • 575-544-0469 202 S. Diamond St. • Deming, NM 88030



• 11 Comfortable Guestrooms with Private Baths • Art from Blue Dome Gallery throughout • Complimentary, Handcrafted Breakfast • Jacuzzi Tubs in Select Guest Rooms • Free Wi-Fi, Proud to be TV-Free • 4 miles of On-site Walking Trails & Public Art Walk • Some Rooms are Dog-Friendly • Smoke-Free Environment • Cell Phone Coverage Visit our website for room descriptions, reservations and a calendar of events. Available for special events, weddings, conferences and family reunions.

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Contemporary Art & Fine Craft Our painters, sculptors, jewelers, furniture makers, glass artists & potters are known for their excellent craftsmanship and unique style. 9-5 Daily Ursa Minor Gallery - The Little Blue Box of Eccentricities • 303 N. Texas St. Downtown Silver City • Thurs.-Sat., Mon. 11-5

Open for weekday breakfast 8-9:30 by reservation weekday luncheon by reservation Open for weekend brunch 11-3 by reservation Visit our website for holiday meal and brunch information.

575.538.2538 • P.O. Box 1163 • Silver City, NM 88062 • 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd.



A long time back, like the year 1956, I wanted to see if my family and I would like to take up camping. Some camping gear was bought like a nice tent and sleeping bags, and other needed items were borrowed. We set off for southern Colorado about the first of August and drove from our small town in eastern Kansas with everything we needed for the week we would be away. Because cars didn’t have air conditioning in those days we decided to do the driving at night to keep away from the daytime heat. And the children, ages six, four and two, could sleep all night. It worked well and we arrived at the campground at six the next morning. As I got out of the car to smell the mountain air I heard a sound nearby and behold there was a gorgeous yellow bird with black wings and delicate red on its head. I dived for my bird book and soon found it to be a male Western Tanager. All these years later I can once in awhile see the Western Tanager in my yard in the spring right here in Silver City. I still am in awe at the beauty of it. The female is similar but without the red. Of course they breed a little higher up in the forest and are worth the effort to find them. We are fortunate to have two other tanager species in our area as well. The Summer Tanager male is all red while the female is a kind of yellow, one description calling it mustard. They also can be seen sometimes around town in the spring. As for breeding, they can be found along the San Vicente Trail just down from the parking area under the Hudson Street Bridge, and along the Gila River. They are generally easy to see, that bright red of the male showing where it is. The third tanager is something of an anomaly as far as I’m concerned, considering its odd common name of Hepatic Tanager. Who came up with that name I have not been able to find out but, of course, it has to do with the color of the male. One source describes the male as liver red while in Birds of New Mexico, the 1928 edition by Florence Merriam Bailey, it is called bricky red and another book calls is just brick red. The Hepatic has a dark bill as opposed to the light bill on the other two tanagers. It also has a dark smudge on the face. The female has been called olive yellow. They nest up in the forest area but I’m told they have been seen at the Little Walnut Picnic Area as well. A fourth tanager, the Scarlet, is an eastern bird but is seen sometimes various places in the state in the spring. A little foraging should find all of these birds, and be sure to reserve a few aahs! for the Western Tanager.

The Western Tanager breeds in the forests just above Silver City and can occasionally be spotted in town during the spring season.



Burritos BEST


Every place has its street foods - New York has the pizza slice, Chicago its dog – foods whose ancestors arrived on plates but who soon went mobile. Here in New Mexico, the grab-and-go burrito reigns supreme. With prices around $4, these hearty, tortilla dressed helpings of meat, cheese and chiles are a filling and affordable lunch for New Mexicans and travelers of any pay bracket. Silver City is home to several stands of just this stripe, which serve the fair citizenry at all hours and for years on end. Each has its own style and fiercely loyal clientele. Each has its own story.


©Joseph Burgess 2014

DON JUAN’S BURRITOS 418 Silver Heights Blvd As the longest open burrito stand in town, Don Juan’s has earned the loyal patronage of many locals, especially those who rise early. Open each weekday at 5:00 a.m., the bright yellow building on Silver Heights Boulevard gets a lot of business from miners, contractors, and firefighters according to owner Juan Tellez. Tellez first opened Don Juan’s in Bayard 33 years ago and is still going strong here in Silver City. “I love this community,” he said. “This is where I started, this is where I’ll end up. We have so many faithful customers, whether they order 1 burrito or 1000.” Be sure to try the Machaca breakfast burrito with roast beef, green chile, egg and cheese. DON FIDENCIO’S Pinos Altos Road If any Silver City burrito stand nears Don Juan’s in terms of name recognition among locals, it is Don Fidencio’s on Pinos Altos Road. It has been open for 12 years now and moved to the new location with the bright waving flags from Hudson Street last year. Stef Melendez, daughter of owner Eleazar Melendez, says it has actually helped their sales if anything. One of Fidencio’s biggest customer bases after locals are the students from Western New Mexico University, who Stef says can’t get enough. Fans flock in at all hours of the day for the California – stuffed with ground beef, a hearty portion of cheese, pico de gallo and even steak fries – and their homemade green chile. “People throw a fit if we ever run out of that,” Stef said.

EL GALLO PINTO 901 N. Hudson St. (at College Ave.) Filling Fidencio’s former home on Hudson Street is El Gallo Pinto. The youngest of the bunch, open in the fall of 2013, it has become a fast favorite for many folks in town. In fact, it was the most popular in a Facebook poll on the subject. El Gallo Pinto is actually a full Mexican restaurant with a drive through window, disqualifying it from the roadside stand genre, but its full range of breakfast and lunch burritos have made a big name for themselves in a short time – especially because of their growing reputation as having some of the best green chile in town.

Whereas most of the burritos in town rely on three or four savory, spicy ingredients to carry their recipes, Mexico Viejo employs a whole field of elements to gain a more complex sampling. Owner Sonya Orozco runs the stand with her two sisters. They are proud of their Apache heritage and includes elements of her ancestor’s cuisine and that of diverse locations south of the border to create things like the Mexicano burrito – filled with egg, chorizo, cheese, red chile and nopales - prickly pear cactus. Mi Mexico Viejo also offers a shady spot in the yard with tables and chairs, making it a lovely place to beat the heat while eating more of it.

MI MEXICO VIEJO 204 E Broadway Just down Hudson Street from El Gallo Pinto is the colorful quirky animal that is Mi Mexico Viejo. Decorated in bright oranges and greens, it’s hard to miss the stand whose fare is as exotic as its facade.

opposite: The quintessential roadside snack – the Burrito California from Don Fidencio’s, Don Juan’s Chile Relleno and the Mexicano from Mi Mexico Viejo. above, clockwise: Don Juan’s owner, Juan Telles, passes burritos to a drive-through customer. At Don Fidencio’s, cook Herman Gomez fries up a Burrito California. Mi Mexico Viejo owner, Sonya Orozco, frolics in front of her colorful burrito stand on Hudson Street.


Courtesy David Kendrick


Courtesy David Kendrick


above: David receives the 2012 Emeritus Teacher of the Year Award from the New Mexico Music Educators Association. Pictured with David are wife Cindy, daughter Kelsey and husband Matt Swanson and daughter Ashley and husband-to-be Sergio Beraun. opposite: David Kendrick directs the Concert band of the Southwest.

After 39 years in any profession, you’re going to leave behind some echoes. That goes double if that profession was band director at Silver High School. David Kendrick spent nearly four decades guiding young musicians through their four years. In that time, he taught hundreds of students – including two daughters – many of whom continue to play today. In fact, eight of Kendrick’s former pupils are now music teachers themselves right here in New Mexico. Those students are the only reason the Midwest native stayed in the Land of Enchantment so long. “I’m not a hiker or a biker, you know,” he said. “I stayed here for the students I’ve met through the years. They’ve been the best part.” In his time at Silver High, Kendrick took his young charges to perform all over the western states with frequent trips to Disney Land and a concert and ski trip in Colorado. “I wish I’d kept a diary,” he said. “All those years. And being around high school students is never dull. Band kids in particular.” What he did keep are mementos he received from students and their parents, all on display in the small office in his home outside of town. Frames hold group photos, letters, and drawings from past pupils. One anthropomorphic Chevy Corvette smiles down, drawn by one who knew of Kendrick’s fondness for the sports car. In his retirement, Kendrick stays busy. The former teacher judges band festivals in New Mexico and Arizona, directs at a winter band camp in Cloudcroft, and keeps his chops up as a trumpeter in the Mesilla Valley Concert Band each Sunday. He also co-directs the Concert Band of the Southwest with Cobre High director Chuck Gearhart. SILVER CITYLIFE – 45

MAKING A DIFFERENCE It’s the People...

Nathan Newcomer Wilderness Alliance 50th Anniversary WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JUDY WUTHRICH

According to Nathan’s mother, he’s a 5th generation New Mexican with the irony being that his last name is Newcomer. As a child, he had the advantage of growing up exploring and appreciating the New Mexico wilderness. Now, Nathan works for the non-profit organization called the Wilderness Alliance whose goal is for the protection and restoration of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. “There is no place on earth I would rather live and work than in the birthplace of the wilderness idea,” said Nathan. This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act and the 90th anniversary of the world’s first administratively-protected wilderness – southwest New Mexico’s own Gila Wilderness. There will be the National Wilderness Conference from October 15-19 in Albuquerque and the Wilderness Alliance will cohost this event and are expecting over a thousand people from all over the country to attend. This will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase both the area’s existing protected wilderness and the group’s current campaigns to protect more. While hiking, backpacking, hunting or fishing, these luxuries are available to locals and visitors because of the additional and permanent protections afforded to federally designated wilderness areas. “The solitude, the lack of commercial development, the absence of noise and fumes from off-road vehicles, the knowledge that oil and gas drilling are not allowed, clean air and water, wildlife – these things are a result of the 1964 Wilderness Act,” says Nathan. Today only 2 percent of New Mexico’s land is federally protected wilderness, the smallest percentage of any of the 11 Western states. At the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance there is an opportunity to do more but feel a sense of urgency. There are an estimated 4.6 million acres in New Mexico that are roadless and deserving of further investigation to determine if they would qualify for wilderness designation. 46 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Cissy McAndrew Walking Her Talk After a vast search of the west, Cissy McAndrew found Silver City, and the mantra, "build community, respect culture" came to her. She's been living it since. A certified fundraiser, Cissy has developed an extensive and diversified network of friends and resources. Her participation over the years on committees including the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo, Copper Cowbells, Freeport McMoRan Community Partnership Panel, Habitat for Humanity, Gila Regional Medical Center Collaborative Council, Women of the Moose, Grant County Prospectors, and PNM Energy Efficiency Advisory Group (to name a few) enables her to unify the community by sharing first-hand knowledge across the region. Not only is Cissy an award-winning real estate agent, she is also the only certified EcoBroker® and GREEN Realtor® in southwest New Mexico. Energy efficiency and renewable technologies are a way of life for Cissy. She is the Executive Director of the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce and she practices range management and recycling, which extends to her goats, as they recycle produce waste into quality fertilizer. In support of her community, Cissy practices triple-bottom-line decision-making: think local, buy local, and invest local. You are likely to bump into her at one of the locally owned businesses, the Farmer's Market or Single Socks. "It's all about personal relationships," she says. She even pays her utility bills in person (although those bills will be much lower with her new solar array, pictured below). Cissy also sponsors the Indie Folk Series of the Mimbres Region Arts Council, and was the MC at the 2014 Blues Festival. After three years operating the Silver City Visitor Center and hosting over 45,000 guests, she is excited about the Green Chamber moving to a vacant storefront in historic downtown to build relationships and assist the local merchants in building a sustainable local economy. She challenges you to get involved!



THE HIDDEN GEM Ask citizens of Grant County about tennis in Silver City, you’ll likely get a quizzical look and a comment about the nice courts at Silver High School. Mention Silver City tennis to players in the Southwest, from Juarez to Phoenix, they’ll describe the players from Silver City as “fun, friendly and GOOD.” When Helen Lemal decided to relocate from the northeast United States, she began looking for warmer weather and an active tennis community. While visiting Tucson, she heard about Silver City and made a visit but wasn’t expecting much. She met Linda Rowse, who invited her to play tennis; the rest is history. Not only were the players friendly but the level of tennis being played was unbelievable. “To have so many good players in such a small town was a big surprise.” It didn’t take long for Helen to put down roots. Drop in to the WNMU courts on any given weekend and you’ll see the courts are full, with players of all ages laughing, competing and having a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome. Worried about your skill level? Then spend some time with Coach Robert Benavidez or the WNMU tennis team. Both run clinics throughout the year for players of all ages and skill levels. Many local players compete in USTA sponsored leagues and often qualify for the sectional championships where they are among the best. Victor Ruiz, Mike Trujillo, Bill Stroman and Rick Miller are regulars on the senior circuit. Helen and Linda are also well known in USTA circles. They have so much fun, players from the surrounding area often ask to join the Silver City teams. The tennis family might have been ‘hidden’ before, but their smiles and warm embrace of all comers has made Silver City a tennis destination. 48 – SILVER CITYLIFE

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Since he started his company 32 years ago, Jerry Beck and his family have made deep connections in the community… Literally. J & S Plumbing and Heating has been installing and repairing Silver City’s pipes and vents for decades, and in that time, Beck has learned a lot about operating in a small town. “In a small community like this, you have to design your business around what people can afford,” he said. The challenges don’t stop there, though, as finding help has proven to be one of the most difficult and perseverant problems in operating a trade business here. “One of the hardest things in a small community is finding qualified help who have the right licensing,” Beck said. Enter his son, Matthew Beck. Matthew has been working for his father’s company for years, holds about eight different licenses necessary for the work and, as soon as all of the arrangements are in place, will take over as head of the company. While he is happy with his decision to follow his father into the trade, he is concerned that he may be too rare among young men in choosing to do so. “It’s getting harder and harder to find help,” he said, “and the help we have is getting older and older.” Between the two of them, though, the Becks are hopeful that the upcoming generation will find the benefits in the field and take aim. “I wish I could convince some younger people to pursue the trade,” Matthew said. “Because, especially here, it’s impossible to be a specialist in a small town you have to know how to do everything. It’s a great, diverse way to make a living.” “It’s definitely in demand, too,” his father added, “and it’s a trade that will last forever.” That certainly seems true for the Becks.



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On this side of the economic fallout, local Bill Archibald – owner of Finishing Touch – proves Silver City can still support local business. Finishing Touch, next to the Silver City Food Basket on Hudson Street, sells specialorder carpet, laminate flooring and window treatments. Owner Bill Archibald and his staff also take onsite measurements for customers. Archibald bought the business from founder Lindy Poe in 2000, but it was a winding road that took him there. Raised in Hurley, Archibald had a longer career in journalism at the Daily Press before venturing into the world of floors. There was a lot to learn, but he soon got the hang of it and found he’d walked into a booming market. “For an eight or nine-year period, it was pure euphoria,” he said. “The market was good; everything was moving. You think that’ll last forever.” Then the country hit the recession. His customers grew more cautious, more careful and slow with their choices. Still, though, Archibald says Silver City has shown its true colors in these hard times. “Silver City is still enough of a small town that with good customer service and being friendly, people will give you their business,” he said. “We’re a close community. You see your customers at the grocery store or a home football game. People want to help each other.” So, despite the poor economy, Archibald and his small staff have found the riches of community and will continue to provide their customers the same great service, because that’s how you make it - together.

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The local legacy of Windows, Etc. is written in glass and stone across Silver City. Nowhere is that truer, though, than in that of the century-old building on Swan Street that serves the business. Formerly a home, the building was one of the first in its neighborhood on Swan Street. Now, instead of a home, it is the storefront for a company that remodels them. New owner Nick Contor recently purchased Windows, Etc. from founder Gail Wolf, for whom he worked for the past seven years. Not a lot has changed though. Since the economic down turn, the company has focused mainly on


remodeling, which matches the more frugal nature of the industry. “Since people aren’t able to afford building new houses,” he said, “they’re fixing up the ones they have.” That’s where Windows, Etc. comes in. The historic building is stocked with windows, doors, kitchen cabinets, and skylights of the highest value. Windows, Etc. also works with Grant County installation specialists and contractors to help stay local, just as Contor plans to do. His wife was raised here and his daughter attends Aldo Leopold Middle School. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said.

It’s a love story: Larry Moore fell in love with Silver City-native Marrissa and moved here from southern California to marry her. He fell in love with the Gila Forest while cutting 200 cords of deadwood per year, for 8 years, to support his growing family. With scrimping and saving, they were finally able to invest in his own tools and he trained to install and service wood and pellet stoves. At one early morning call, he found a miserable woman with two little kids huddled under layers of clothes and blankets. Once the repairs were complete, he saw a sight he had never seen before: happiness and warmth, and he was the cause. They shed their blankets and jackets; all three were dancing around the house and laughing in their short sleeves. The children uttering to their mommy “We have heat!” “I was sold!” he exclaims with a huge smile on his face “What could I ever do that would be better than that?” He now services, repairs and refurbishes pellet, wood and gas stoves from his home-based business. Larry’s Stoves & More provides full service, at one stop. He and his wife are very proud to report that their daughter is now at New Mexico State University and their son already works part-time while attending Silver High School. He and Marrissa are still a love story and a success story, also at one stop. above: Matthew Molina and Larry Moore


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Hauling debris, forming mixed-media paintings, chopping down trees, restoring an antique tool box, riding his Harley Davidson, creating sculpture, playing pool: One Renaissance Man. For the last 10 years, Jeff Rudolf and his truck’s motto has been: “We’ll Do It… When We Say We’ll Do It!” His thriving business attests to how rare punctuality can be in Silver City. The Southwest in general, and here specifically, is truly the Land of Mañana. We cherish our laidback lifestyle, but it can be frustrating on the wrong end of that stick. Along with hauling and major clean-up, Jeff does a lot of tree work: trimming and deadfall removal to improve the health of the trees, to the client’s design, and for fire suppression. He put himself through college trimming trees back in the early 1970s in Connecticut. He’s also lived in Santa Fe and Miami before moving to Silver City in 1992. He was a sheriff’s deputy and then operated a venture called Trucks Plus before starting One Man & A Truck. His artwork features paint-hardened rolled fabric on black canvas in shades of copper, bronze, and silver, evoking metals. Conversely, his sculpture transforms the rigid straight lines of found metal objects into organic swirls and swoops. In fact, his split-level garage/workshop is much bigger than his tidy house, which doubles as his art gallery. Jeff’s phone rings, “I’m gonna be late,” he says tersely before hanging up. Sheepishly, he tells me, “That was a buddy, not work.



The Country Girls of Country Girls Nursery are Mom, Kendra Wolf, and daughter, Sarah. Kendra grew up gardening in Cliff but in adulthood spent her time working outside the home. Kendra rekindled her relationship with the earth a few years ago. The family duo started growing a few things and selling them at the Farmer’s Market downtown. Their produce and flowers sold out the first week and the second. They were a success. Customers started calling and requesting more and the duo was happy to oblige. That was three years ago and since


then green houses have gone up on their property. An antique truck with signage was parked to announce the entrance to the nursery. They’ve expanded, also selling fruit and shade trees, shrubs, evergreens, flowers, and sprouts that can fill your garden. Sarah hopes to become a gardening landscaper, designing and planting edible gardens and parks. Mom is content to continue playing in the dirt and making gardening customers happy. Kendra and Sarah would like to invite you out to Country Girls Nursery, 2906 Mountain View Road. Just follow the signage or call 313-1507.

This writer has always wondered why an area electrician is called Rascal. His answer “my family has called me Rascal since I can remember”. I was hoping for a fantastic story about a childhood adventure, but no, it was just happenstance as far as Rascal knows. Tomas “Rascal “ Gutierrez grew up in the Cliff area and attended Cliff High School. He met and married Lorie Vandiver from Fort Sumner. They have two grown sons, Tommy and Justin. Tommy, wife Meaghan and daughter, Danikah live in the area. Justin lives in Las Cruces. Rascal was a T-Ball coach when his sons were growing up and he has always been passionate about hunting (elk being his favorite prey), fishing, and golfing. He and Lorie enjoy living in Silver City because “everything is so accessible” and of course the access to the great hunting and fishing is high on the list. Rascal learned the electrical business working at Lariat Electric. When Lariat closed, Rascal bought a bunch of their equipment and opened his doors as Rascals Electric. That was in 2002. Now in 2014 Rascal is a highly recommended and busy electrician. “Rascal’s calm demeanor and knowledge of the business make him an excellent electrician to call” according to one customer. Rascal has a home shop and employs three including himself. Eugene Armijo and son, Tommy Gutierrez completes the crew. The company is licensed to work on residential as well as commercial jobs both small and large. Rascal can be reached at 575-574-0471. above: Eugene Armijo, Tommy Gutierrez and Rascal Gutierrez



Adam Clark left Davenport, Iowa and St. Ambrose University in 2004 with a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Ten years later, Adam Clark is now Head Football Coach at Western New Mexico University. Prior to coming to WNMU he most recently coached at Colorado School of Mines where he was defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. Clark came to WNMU as defensive coordinator in February of 2010 with a strong football resume. He was promoted to head football coach at Western in May 2010, only a few months after landing on campus. Clark’s wife Mimi is the Marketing Coordinator for WNMU. The pair has two kids and both lead very busy lives around family and campus. Clark’s Mustang football team is getting to be known as a can do team, both on and off the football field, and Coach Clark makes sure that their positive impact is ongoing. “I saw so much potential in this program when I arrived on campus and I believe we are turning this program into something that will make the entire WNMU community and Silver City proud.” The football program is doing well. “We have a good group of people on the team.” The players put in a lot of hours on


the field with spring training and the fall football season and they are averaging 800 hours of volunteer work in the community each year. Clark is definitely building a winning football program as the Mustangs experience their highest winning percentage in 20 years. Through the university, the players are involved with a variety of community projects too. They work with the Kiwanis Club doing tear down after their 4th of July feed. They help elderly homeowners who need help with yard work or other projects around the house. They’ve worked with 150 homeowners over the last five years. The team donates money, buys presents, wraps and distributes gifts to area kids at Christmas time. The team has also worked with the Silver City Rotary Club and the Gospel Mission. Clark is proud of his team and his enthusiasm is contagious. He feels that if the players make their mark both on the field and in the community that it will only build the numbers in the stands and future success for the football program. WNMU University has an excellent website and you are encouraged to visit for a full biography of Coach Adam Clark, roster of players, and the fall schedule.

Head Football Coach Adam Clark stands before the WNMU Mustang mascot (opposite) explains a play on the whiteboard (above) and demonstrates a move during spring practice. Known as the “can do” team, Clark’s athletes train hard on the practice field and perform civic duties helping elderly homeowners, donating Christmas gifts to children and working with Kiwanis, Rotary and Gospel Mission projects.

Gospel Mission Providing Meals and Shelter for the homeless WRITTEN BY BEN FISHER I PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS

The front room of the Silver City Gospel Mission looks, at first, like just another thrift store. Clothes, toys and kitchenware hang on racks or sit on shelves. Patrons peruse, fingers flicking through the wares. That is until you see the crates of eggs and vegetables waiting by the door and needy locals picking up their monthly goods. The Gospel Mission has been helping Silver City residents for years and the store front is just the beginning of the services offered. The doors at the rear of the room lead to a commercial kitchen and dining room, for instance, where during the daily free breakfasts, director Randy Salars walks between tables, shaking hands with the regulars, checking on their families and work.


“We fill in the gap for hunger and cold,” Salars said. “And we can actually feed and clothe people pretty easily. We try to give them hope as well as material goods, though; a friend to talk to.” Salars was in the Marine Corps for 20 years and said that actually, the last three years as manager have been the toughest of his life. He operates the mission with one additional employee and ten regular volunteers. The Silver City Gospel mission offers daily breakfast and lunch, showers, a shelter from the cold during the winter and operates the Sierra House women’s shelter on the property. They are also getting further into offering more social work, like the addiction and anger management workshops and other aids to the needy. right: Gospel Mission Director Randy Salars says the Mission helps homeless individuals fight hunger and cold and attempts to give them hope. below: the Mission offers breakfast and lunch as well as shower facilities, shelter during winter months, addiction and anger management workshops and a shelter for women. Salars operates with an employee and ten regular volunteers.



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Lauri Yablik, Ph.D Ft. Bayard Medical Center When Lauri Yablick, Ph.D is getting ready to leave NeuroPsychology, Ltd., in Tucson for her three-day sojourn in Grant County once a month, she has a roadie to make sure she’s prepared. “He makes sure I’m packed right and everything’s ready,” she says with a grin. On second thought, better make that Roadie, with a capital R. Roadie is her little dog and he loves visiting his friends in Silver City. Roadie especially loves the water trough when he goes to daycare at Mis Amigos. “He’s not a therapy dog, but he’s therapy for me,” Dr. Yablick laughs. Dr. Yablick started coming to Fort Bayard on the recommendation of the center’s psychiatrist, Bob Garrett, M.D. “He and I had worked together in Tucson. When he ‘retired’ to Silver City, he began working at Fort Bayard, and recommended me when they were looking for someone to provide intervention beyond medication,” Dr. Yablick explains. “My role is to help with behavioral problems and adjustment issues related to the various neurological and health conditions of patients. I also work with training staff and helping families.” She had vacationed in Pinos Altos several times. “It’s a beautiful area, the right combination of things old and familiar and something new and interesting,” she says. “It’s the first time I’ve ever worked in a small-town environment and I really enjoy the familiarity of it. I really like the art scene, you have some spectacular restaurants and the environment is beautiful. I have found Silver City a really friendly and welcoming community.” 58 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Michael McCracken, M.D. Oculoplastic Surgeon Michael McCracken, M.D., FACS, is a well-known oculoplastic surgeon with a thriving practice at the McCracken Eye and Face Institute of Denver/Boulder, Colo. In Silver City, he’s known colloquially as “the droopy-eye guy.” That’s neither a reflection on the young doctor’s looks, nor an aspersion on his medicine. It’s just that the correction of droopy eyelids forms a large part of the practice the visiting physician does out of Dr. Nicholas Mittica’s office. Since 2009, McCracken has flown from Denver to Tucson and then driven to Silver City four times a year. “The most common thing I do is correct droopy eyelids or baggy lower lids, but I also treat patients with tearing and eyelid lumps and bumps. Also, I do cosmetic Botox injections,” he says. McCracken did his ophthalmology resi-

Photo by Mark Erickson

dency with Dr Mittica at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After his eyelid surgery training, he did two additional years of training in oculoplastic surgery at the University of California San Diego. He is truly a highly-credentialed specialist: in addition to the American College of Surgeons, he also is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. So why make the long trip to this small southwest New Mexico town instead of having patients travel (as many do, from across the country) to his Institute in Denver? “I enjoy coming to Silver City for the small-town feel,” he says with a shrug. “I enjoy the down-to-earth feel and the laidback patients. It's a privilege to have the opportunity to serve your community.”

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Greg E. Franklin, M.D., Ph.D. Radiation Oncologist Gregg E. Franklin, M.D., Ph.D. is a radiation oncologist who practices with New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants, Ltd. in Albuquerque. That group has been providing cancer-treatment services to patients at Gila Regional Medical Center for about 20 years. Five years ago, the group added radiation treatments to the services it provides. There are four Albuquerque doctors on the team, and they take chartered flights to Silver City to see patients. “We’re like an outpatient clinic attached to the hospital. These patients are very thankful that we’re there, because they would have to travel at least two hours for treatment otherwise,” Dr. Franklin says. “We get patients from Deming, Lordsburg, even Arizona.” The doctors include both medical oncologists who deliver chemotherapy and radiation oncologists, like Dr. Franklin, who provide the radiation therapy services. And they now have the best technology to back them up. In 2013, the state Legislature appropriated money to GRMC for a new linear accelerator. It’s being installed now and will be running just before summer. The new machine, Dr. Franklin notes, is “the most advanced, state-of-the-art accelerator in all of New Mexico.” “The main advantage of the Trilogy machine,” he says, “is that it allows us to more precisely target the cancer and spare normal tissues, and therefore reduce the side effects that the patients experience.” SILVER CITYLIFE – 59


John Stanley, M.D. Family Medicine John Stanley, M.D. is a familiar face in a new role in Silver City. A family medicine practitioner, he was in private practice at Southwest Family Medicine for 22 years before joining Hidalgo Medical Services/Silver City Community Health Services last February. Stanley says he made the switch to teach a residency in family medicine and to be able to recruit younger doctors who need help with school loan repayments. He and his wife Tracy, his longtime medical assistant, helped his partner Charlie Alfero start HMS in Lordsburg 18 years ago. He also started Gospel Mission Clinic in 1996 and ran it for about 10 years. Stanley is a fierce advocate for family practice. “The best way to practice general medicine is family practice,” says the graduate of the University of Texas at Houston Med School. But, he adds, it’s best practiced in a small town, which is why he came home to where his grandparents lived and his dad grew up. “Family medicine is a real rewarding profession, especially in a small town where you know a lot of people, take care of folks across the spectrum, and can actually take care of the whole person,” he said. He’s fiercely loyal to his hometown, too: “It’s been a great place to raise four kids.”


Donald J. Stinar, M.D. Internist Donald J. Stinar, M.D. is an internist with three subspecialties: critical care, pulmonology (lungs), and sleep disorders. He is medical director of the Intensive Care Unit at Gila Regional Medical Center. He is also on staff at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. He is chairman of the GRMC ethics committee and they coordinate an annual ethics conference. His lung and sleep practice is generally outpatient at his private clinic and eight hours a week at Hidalgo Medical Services. Dr. Stinar provides both treatment and education with the help of David Paul, R.N. “He is an excellent educator, and we are very lucky to have him. Asthma patients benefit a great deal from David’s instruction,” he says. Dr. Stinar has provided a free clinic for many years, first at the Gospel Mission, and now at his office the first Monday of the month. Dr. Stinar trained at Cook County hospital in Chicago, and it provided him with broad clinical experience in critical care and pulmonary diseases. He worked on wards for patients with tuberculosis and leprosy. Treating sleep disorders has become a major, and professionally rewarding part of his practice. “With minimal medication and very little invasiveness you can change people's lives.” The Stinar family has been here since 1997. They enjoy playing handball on WNMU’s courts.” Dr. Stinar’s wife Colleen is an R.N. and also sells real estate. Their son Brian owns a software development business in Albuquerque, and their daughter Autumn teaches English in Berlin. He praises the town he's served for 17 years. “The people here are very friendly. They are patient and grateful.”

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Craig Leicht, M.D. GRMC Pain Management Specialist A little over a year ago, Craig Leicht, M.D. was in Arizona joking with a recruiter who’d brought his son Jonathan to Gila Regional Medical Center as a manager. “Hey,” he said, “maybe there’s a place for me there.” Well, there turns out there was a place for Dr. Leicht, as the center’s first pain management specialist. Double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, Leicht graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in southern California, and did fellowships in San Francisco and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. As a military veteran, he says he has “been all over” but likes Silver City about the best of any place. “It’s been very good so far,” he says. “The patients have been very easy to work with and the staff at the hospital has been very, very welcoming to the newcomer.” Pain management is a growing specialty these days, he notes, as the population ages. Chronic pain is debilitating, the doctor says sympathetically. “It affects the whole outlook on life.” At GRMC’s pain management clinic, the number-one goal is to restore that quality. Leicht doesn’t reach for the prescription pad as a first resort. He has an array of procedures he can try. “I do mainly procedures and very little medicine,” he says. “Thereby the patient won’t need to take as much. We try to make the patient well enough to get back to daily life, exercise, and live a life that won’t spiral out of control because of pain.”

Norman Ratliff, M.B., FACC GRMC Board Certified Cardiologist The outdoor life available in Silver City plus a first-rate hospital attracted Gila Regional Medical Center’s new board-certified cardiologist, Norman Ratliff, M.B., FACC. He’s been here about a year, having come from Las Cruces. His training was in Minneapolis. He and his wife and three children play tennis, hike and fish and his wife “is an avid runner,” Ratliff says. The family loves Silver City. His wife is in healthcare as well. She performs cardiac ultrasounds at the hospital. Originally from Rochester, Minn., she did her training at the Mayo Clinic. Ratliff is the only board-certified cardiologist with a full-time practice in Grant County, serving residents in Grant, Catron, Luna and Hidalgo Counties. “We’re getting lots of patients from Deming, Reserve and Lordsburg,” Ratliff says. He’s in a clinic across from the hospital with a nurse-practitioner and nurse. “We use a team approach to manage patient care,” he says. Non-invasive cardiology is the best practice for many heart conditions, the doctor says. “I think that the future of cardiology is more on the preventive side, with non-invasive imaging, and less and less interventional treatment,” he comments. “A lot of studies have shown that many people do very well on medical therapy—medications—rather than a stent or bypass. It’s been shown that people do very well on medication.” To decide on the medication requires careful study of the patient and tests, he acknowledges. “You need to view the whole picture, the whole clinical situation and decide what tests they need,” Ratliff says. At his clinic, he has an array of possible tests. 62 – SILVER CITYLIFE


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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.

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Silver City Life Summer 2014  

FEATURING: THE SILCO THEATER: Silver City's first movie theater is being resurrected with all it's original historic glamour and charm as a...

Silver City Life Summer 2014  

FEATURING: THE SILCO THEATER: Silver City's first movie theater is being resurrected with all it's original historic glamour and charm as a...