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Our Cover A luxury forest cabin above Pinos Altos is included on the 24 Club Home Tour. Martin Wright of Outback, Inc. paid close attention to detail in the design and construction of this elegantly simple home.


43 36 F e a t ure s

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18 The 24 Club sponsors its Second Annual Builder’s Series Home Tour and Silver City Life highlights a few enticing features of these showcase homes.

12 Advertisers Index.

26 Michael Metcalf reflects on the support and volunteer efforts required to finish and erect his 30-foot high twin sculptures in Albuquerque. 29 David Lopez, Tom Laws and Jim Redford are among those striving to fill the need for critical professional services in Silver City and the surrounding region. 43 Keeping a Rural Community Supplied is a challenging job and Silver City Life chased down four individuals who made the commitment.

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

14 New Faces in Business 16 Investing. James Edd Hughs and Kevin Thompson share tips from Edward Jones. 24 Out & About. Snapshots of recent local events. 36 Medical. Alexis Harsh opens a local doorway to the popular opportunities provided by Topically Injectible Medicine procedures. 48 Microchip Your Pet. Keeping your best friend safe. 48 Happy Endings. Happy endings for dogs and cats. 50 Outdoors. Dog Packing with Dutch Salmon. 52 Summer Birding. With resident experts Gene Lewis and Dr. Dale Zimmerman. 54 Health & Wellness. Super Salve natural healing products.


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Lowry’s RV Center . . . . . . . . .S27 Lucy’s Techniques . . . . . . . . .S46 Mainstreet . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S31 Manzanita Ridge . . . . . . . . . .S23 Melinda’s Medical Supply . . .38 Mimbres Region Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . ..S1 Mirror Mirage . . . . . . . . . . . .S46 Moonstruck Art . . . . . . . . . . .S21 Morning Star . . . . . . . . . . . . .S23 Motel 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S38 Ol’ West Gallery & Mercantile . . . . . . . . . . . . .S25 Palace Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . .S29 Party Zone Party Supplies . .S26 Pinos Altos Orchards . . . . . . S27 Pots, Pans & More . . . . . . . .S23 Prudential Silver City Properties . . . . . . . . . .16, S28 Raymond James Financial Services . . . . . . . .S7 Re/Max Silver Advantage 10, S6 Re/Max Marilyn Ransom . . .S32 Rose Valley RV . . . . . . . . . . .S42 Satellite Kings . . . . . . . . . . .S47 Seedboat Gallery . . . . . . . . . . .S Sharpening Center, The . . . .S41 Shear Reflections . . . . . . . . .S46 Sherman Dental . . . . . . . . . . .39 Silver City Auto Spa . . . . . . .S40 Silver City Museum Store . .S37 Silver City Real Estate . . . . .S13 Silver Imaging & Portrait Studio . . . . . . . . . .S26 Silver Rexall Drugs . . . . . . . .S41 Silver Satellite . . . . . . . . . . .S12 Silver Steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S43 Smith Real Estate . . . . . .1, S45 Smith Real Estate Mimbres . . . . . . . . . . . . .27, 51 Southwest Bone & Joint . . . .41 Southwest Shade . . . . . . . . . . .S State Farm Insurance Chuck Johnson . . . . . . .9, S14 State Farm Insurance Gabriel Ramos . . . . . . . .9, S10 Stone McGee . . . . . . . . . . . .S42 Sun Valley Do It Center . . . . .51 Sunup Design/Build, LLC . . . .27 Super Salve Co. . . . . . . . . . . . .55 T-World Urban Apparel . . . . .S27 Tatiana Maria Gallery . . . . . .S25 Terrazas Construction . . . . . . . .5 Terrazas Enterprises, Inc. . . . . .3 Terrazas Funeral Home . . . . . . .2 Thomas H. Laws, CPA, CVA .S41 Thundercreek Quilt & Fabric Shop . . . . . . . . .53, S43 Thunderstruck Art & Design .S21 Timberland Construction . .C3,S5 Toy Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S26 Tres Amigos Enterprises . . . .S18 Two Spirit Gallery . . . . . . . . .S15 United Country Mimbres Realty . . . . . . . . . .15 UPS Store, The . . . . . . . . . .S40 Vintage Fantasies . . . . . . . . .S22 VIP Hair Salon . . . . . . . . . . . .S46 Volunteer Center . . . . . . . . . .S42 Wagon Wheel Realty . . . .12, S8 Weelearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S21 Wells Fargo Bank . . . . . . . . . .28 Western & Mexican Emporium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S23 Western Bank . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Western Stationers . . . . 53, S43 Whitewater Motel . . . . . . . .S17 Windows, Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . .S43 Workshops of Carneros, The S22 Wranglers Bar & Grill . . . . . S33 Yada Yada Yarn . . . . . . . . . . .S23 Yello on Yankie . . . . . . . . . . .S21 Zia Family Health Care . . . . . .41 Zia Publishing Corp . . . . . . . . .42

Contributors Judy DouBrava is a locally well-known cosmetologist and annual culinary contributor to Chocolate Fantasia. Other interests include writing, photography and the ethical treatment of animals. She lives in Silver City with her husband Jesse and their dogs Spot and Jack. Brett Ferneau and his wife LeAnne Knudsen relocated to the Silver City area three and a half years ago from Santa Fe. They live near Santa Rita, where Brett is a lieutenant in the volunteer fire department. The couple has two mammoth saddle donkeys, Frosty and Aspen. Eugene Lewis began serious birding in eastern Kansas in the 1950s, eventually roaming the entire state in his pursuit of the avian species. Upon retirement in 1991 he moved to Silver City, where he has continued his lifelong quest. Dutch Salmon is a former correspondent for the Albuquerque Journal and the author of seven books, including Gila Rising and the recently published Country Sports. He lives near the Gila Wilderness with his wife Cherie and son Bud. Pat Young lives with her husband Jeff in the mountains above the Mimbres Valley where they hand-built their log home. The retired journalist has written for numerous publications. She currently handles public relations and advertising for Smith Real Estate. Dr. Dale A. Zimmerman is an ornithologist, botanist, naturalist and Professor Emeritus of Biology at WNMU, where he taught for 31 years. He is also a recognized bird illustrator, nature photographer and author with field experience on every continent.




VICTOR NWACHUKU, MD and YVETTE ROMERO, RN. Horizon Home Health helps rural and bed-ridden people requiring some level of medical attention, but not hospitalization. “Our goal,” states Yvette Romero, “is to help people achieve greater independence and frequently to simply get well enough for physical therapy.” Yvette, a Silver City native, earned her degree as an RN from WNMU Nursing School and has home health experience. She is a partner and also serves as administrator. Victor Nwachuku, MD and senior partner is originally from Nigeria, graduated from Cal State University and Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. “We provide medical care, occupational therapy and dispense medication.” 575-388-1801

DEBORAH CILENTO-FORAN. “Chino Federal Credit Union has redirected its membership efforts toward becoming a more viable aspect of the communities it serves,” states CEO and General Counsel Deborah Cilento-Foran. Deborah came to New Mexico from Maryland but traces her Spanish ancestry back to a 1790 San Carlos, Arizona census and originally back to Northwest Spain. “We are a community credit union and are striving to develop a stronger community appeal.” Deborah has three step-daughters and lives in Deming with her husband and two dogs. She is a member of the New Mexico Bar as well as the District of Columbia Bar. You can contact Chino Federal Credit Union at 575-388-2511.

KATHLEEN INIGUEZ. “Belleza Salon and Tanning is an upscale salon with a little of everything to offer,” says owner Kathleen Iniguez. “Belleza was an appropriate extension of our successful physical therapy and fitness centers. It’s a full-service hair salon, with juice and latte bar and provides spray-on tanning and beds and aqua massage. Facials and body waxing are coming this fall. Belleza carries Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and will begin selling Mexican fountains and wall fountains.” Kathleen states, “We have a professional staff and the latest in spa equipment, but I just want people to feel comfortable here, knowing they are in good hands.” Contact Belleza Salon at 575-388-2900.


CRAIG MARTIN. “Our most popular product is still our high quality ice cream,” says Schwan’s driver Craig Martin. Craig delivers to Hurley, Santa Clara, parts of Arenas Valley, Tyrone, White Signal and points west. Craig attended Fresno State and worked in the restaurant business for 15 years. “While we were still in California, I found an opening with Schwan’s and was able to transfer to Silver City to be closer to my in-laws. Since I stop by to see my customers every two weeks, I tell them that they see more of me than they do their families. They appreciate good service.” You can contact Craig at 575-519-8297.

VICTOR NWACHUKU, MD; CHINONYEREM OSUAGWU, MD; GAIL STAMLER, CNM. Cassie Health Center for Women was established to provide services for women from early teens through menopause. Senior partner Victor Nwachuku, MD, has practiced in Silver City since 2000. Chinonyerem Osuagwu, MD, recently joined the practice after serving his residency in New York City. He commented on the friendliness of Silver City people and how different it is to know your neighbors. Gail Stamler, CNM (certified nurse-midwife) has been part of the local community since 1980. "There is a shortage of women's health services throughout rural America," Gail relates. "Silver City is fortunate to have the Center." 575-388-1561

JAY HEMPHILL. When I drove over the Black Range to check out WNMU, I knew this was the place,” states Jay Hemphill, coowner of Gila Hike & Bike. Jay arrived from Kansas to finish his degree on a tennis scholarship. “I wanted to locate in a mountainous region and the Gila was perfect.” Jay was working in a Kansas bicycle shop when he was bit by the “bicycle bug.” Gila Hike & Bike is a full service shop for back-packing, hiking and biking, both road and mountain. “We carry the major brands and our employees know what gear works in the Gila.” Contact Gila Hike & Bike at 575-388-3222.



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Before you can set realistic goals, you need to determine your current financial situation. When you share the information listed below, in confidence with your financial advisor, it will help him or her gain a better understanding of your current financial situation. • Individual salary and that of a spouse, if applicable • Company retirement-plan savings — 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) • Investments held at banks or other firms • Cash savings • Mortgage, if applicable • Other loans — car, higher education, home equity • Monthly bills • Last year’s tax return • Employer-plan statements • Brokerage statements

Buy diversified, quality investments and hold them for the long term. Where would I like to be? After determining where you are today, work with your financial advisor to set specific goals that can be related to: • Having appropriate insurance coverage • Saving for retirement • Living a comfortable retirement • Funding your child’s education • Helping support other family members • Funding a vacation or second home

Can I Get There? Based on your current situation, future income requirements and risk tolerance, your financial advisor can help you create and implement a strategy. He or she also can help you decide how much to save monthly or annually to work toward your goals.1

How Do I Get There? Investment philosophy centers on buying diversified,2 quality investments and holding them for the long term. Your financial advisor can introduce you to a variety of asset allocation models. Then you can select the right mix of investments in each category.

How Can I Stay on Track? Meet with your financial advisor at least annually to help ensure your strategy stays on track. If any of your goals or circumstances have changed, you can make any appropriate updates to your portfolio. 1. A systematic investment plan does not guarantee a profit, nor does it protect against a loss in a declining market. Such a plan involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels of the securities. You should consider your financial ability to continue purchases through periods of low price levels. 2. Diversification does not guarantee a profit, nor does it protect against a loss. ....................................................................................... Edward Jones does not provide tax or legal advice. You should review your situation with your tax or legal professional if this advice is needed.

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24 Club top: The McDaniel home in Silver City’s Historic District was originally constructed by Ernest and Minnie Brumback around 1906, with a recent addition by RS Bigelow Construction. Ernest managed the Silver City Independent at the turn of the last century. above: The McDaniels carefully protected the charm of the original kitchen and adjacent dining area. right, top: Syzygy tile highlights the new bathroom on the lower level. The floor is kept warm in winter months by solar-heated water panels on the roof. right, bottom: The stairway from the new family room to the new lower level master bedroom and bath parallels the original 1906 block foundation visible at the bottom right corner of the photo.




wenty four women banded together to serve those left at home when area men were called to serve in WWII. More than 65 years later, home and community still play major roles in 24 Club tradition. The service organization has host-

right: The oriental-style dining nook at the Hansen home in Dos Griegos includes an indoor fountain and opens up onto a patio and outdoor fountain area. Built by Chavez Construction, the Tuscany-style design lends itself well to an extensive collection of oriental/Hawaiian art and artifacts. right, bottom: The large richly-decorated bedroom also opens up onto the patio/fountain area. top: Dishwashing with an unobstructed view of the vast Gila National Forest and wilderness area, might even entice the man of the house to contribute to household chores. above: The Jacuzzi/shower area of the Hansen home provides a continuation of the home’s rich oriental art motif.


ed home tours since the early 1980’s to raise funds for local endeavors including Western New Mexico University scholarships. Two years ago, the tour took on another dimension when it became the Builders’ Home Tour. “We try to have something for everyone,” 24 Club president Karen Dunn says. “The tour offers a chance to see what the builders have to offer.” This year’s tour on June 8 was no exception. “It was a nice mix of homes,” says 24 Club member Sandy Moore. SILVER CITYLIFE – 19

left: The cabin built on a hillside above Pinos Altos by Martin Wright of Outback, Inc. has a no-maintenance exterior. The long structure is anchored snugly to the slope of the mountain and provides maximum access to great forest and mountain vistas. left, bottom: The bedroom opens up to an impressive covered balcony and the hardwood floor visible in this image extends throughout the house. top: The kitchen/dining/living area provides a comfortably large open space in the center of the structure, warmed physically by a fireplace and architecturally by a beautiful tongue and groove ceiling. above: The large covered balcony/patio area stretches around two sides of the building and offers spectacular views across forested land toward Signal Peak.

For a $15 donation, participants toured two beautifully remodeled Historic District homes, three newer homes north of Silver City, and a getaway cabin in Pinos Altos. During the tour, participants enjoyed a tea house reception at Legacy Lighting, 1304 N. Hudson in Silver City. One of the Historic District homes was the McDaniel home. Originally built in 1906 as a red brick bungalow, this home has morphed into a spacious residence with recent addition by RS Bigelow Construction, Inc. Bigelow, in business for 25 years, says he is incorporating more green products and solar in his work. 20 – SILVER CITYLIFE

right: The Bilant home built by MG Dominguez Construction on North Swan provides a comfortable setting for entertaining, pursuing personal projects or just kicking back. Dining with a view and a bright interior throughout the home gives the appearance of a much larger structure. bottom, right: Abundant light also fills the master bedroom and there are ample opportunities for exquisite accents. top: A large patio and garden area and the use of cabana fans insure continued outdoor activities throughout the warmer months. above: An intriguing kitchen design services both the living and dining areas of the Bilant home.

“The new addition blends with the old,” McDaniel says. SYZYGY Tile Works created beautiful handmade tile for this home. The Pritikin Historic District home, a cozy stucco with secluded backyard, simple lines and purple picket fence, was remodeled by Lozoya Construction, in business for 30 years. “The home had so much potential,” Pritikin says, adding that Manuel Lozoya was very receptive to her ideas. 24 Club past president and interior designer Christine Rickman assisted with interior colors that showcase Pritikin’s artwork. SILVER CITYLIFE – 21

top: The Pritikin home in the Historic District was remodeled by Lozoya Construction. The purple picket fence first grabs your attention, but a closer look reveals a delightful sculpture garden and interior color schemes that provide rich backgrounds for an impressive collection of artwork. The perceptive influence of interior designer Christine Rickman is evident throughout. above: Simple lines and hardwood floors lead to elegance through every doorway. left, top: The right combination of color, cabinets and a friendly companion warm any kitchen setting. left, bottom: Attention to detail turns a small bathroom into a subject for conversation.

The Bilant home north of town was constructed by MG Dominguez Construction, in business for 22 years. With an inviting entry, corbels and wood columns, Bilant describes the home as “our little casita.” The home features a huge backyard patio, gardens and cabana fans. Kristi and Rick Dunn of Dunn’s Nursery, offering landscaping for any order, also sponsored this home. The Hansen home was constructed by Chavez Construction, in business for over 20 years. Hansen says the Tuscany style home has a Hawaiian influence, complete with eclectic fountains. A spacious master suite highlights the home. The Elliot home was constructed by Timberland Construction. Owner Ernie Terrazas started his business here in 1996. His wife, Rosa, says the Elliots were visiting in Dos Griegos when they spotted this territorial style stucco home and “fell in love with it.”



dramatic entry showcases this residence, also sponsored on the tour by 1st New Mexico Bank. The Pinos Altos cabin, featuring covered decks with spectacular views, tongue-in-groove ceilings, hardwood floors and a no-maintenance exterior, was constructed by Martin Wright of Outback, Inc. The name comes from his Australian roots. Wright says he has built everywhere in the area since 1996. He adds that Mastercraft Metals, Inc, Blackhawk SW Inc, and CVR Electric also sponsored this home. “The whole community is involved and supports the tour,” Dunn says. “A lot of the same people come every year,” Moore adds. “It truly is a community effort.”

top: The Elliot home built by Timberland Construction in Dos Griegos provides an impressive architectural statement in a stunning setting. Colorful woodwork on both sides of the entryway seemingly draws the visitor through the heavy portal and into the spacious living area. left: An enormous living room complete with wet bar provides the ultimate space for entertaining. above, right: The latest in shower fixture considerations accented by a glass block wall truly enhance the bathing experience. above, left: Timberland utilizes split level lines and carefully chosen designs to challenge the imaginations of owners and visitors alike.



Jeff LeBlanc and Melanie Zipin perform at the Buckhorn. Congratulations on “What Does it Mean”a great music video produced in Silver City.


The Arts Beverly Widener from El Paso opened at Gallery 400 while local artists Jan Fell and Henri Hovarter posed with their work at Silver Spirit Gallery. JIM JONES JAN FELL

Tour of the Gila The Downtown Silver City Criterium, part of the 22nd Annual 5-day Tour of the Gila, thrilled spectators May 3rd. Pictured are the senior men categories 4 and 5. 24 – SILVER CITYLIFE


A much calmer side of the Gila Rangers shown here as volunteers applying a much-needed protective coating to the Billy the Kid era cabin. Great job!




Dristi Studios on Bullard hosted an evening of Bakti Yoga led by Dharmashakti and accompanied by Christian Pincock and local artist Michael Kunz. MICHAEL KUNZ


Farmers Market returned to the downtown area. Anna Mayers discusses passive solar green houses while Lee Ann Miller and Betty Graham from Pinos Altos sell fresh eggs.



Metcalf sculptures grace Albuquerque’s skyline WRITTEN BY PAT YOUNG


Photo courtesy Michael Metcalf


Before Silver City sculptor Michael Metcalf’s 30-ft-tall twin sculptures entitled “The Positive Energy of New Mexico” graced the Albuquerque skyline, they journeyed by truck from Metcalf’s studio to the Duke City last September. A dedication ceremony took place in December. Now returned to his position as professor of sculpture at Western New Mexico University, Metcalf reminisced on the enormous project. “I was pleased with the way the sculpture turned out, but I was glad to return to the classroom and a less harried way of life,” he said. With a hired crane, Metcalf and a volunteer crew that included his wife, interior designer Christine Rickman, placed the bases onto prepared concrete pads at I-40 and Louisiana Avenue. Four thousand pound boulders were lowered onto the bases and three bronze spires set in place on each sculpture. Enormous nuts and bolts secured components. Metcalf and volunteers then inserted splines into the spires. He said at one point high winds caused them to lash free-standing scaffolding to the more stable spires in order to continue. Before the sculptures left Silver City, there were “sanding and patina parties” at Metcalf’s studio. Many volunteers helped him prepare the 8,000pound sculptures. “People here are great,” Metcalf said. Dedication plaques on each sculpture also recognize WNMU, Phelps Dodge and Sandia National Laboratories for their assistance. “It’s a real rush to look over when I’m exiting the Interstate in Albuquerque,” Metcalf said, “and know I created and fabricated these sculptures.” 26 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Kite Festival Jennifer Gage of the Daily Press turns loose of her camera to help get a kite airborne. Faith Viamanti calmly and expertly displayed her capabilities with a kite.

Great Race This year’s Great Race participants at WNMU brave the muddy waters and keep their carts rolling.


Custom homes by Sunup Design/Build incorporate simple, elegant design, use natural materials, and integrate indoor and outdoor spaces with patios and gardens. The design philosophy at Sunup Design/Build emphasizes smaller, more energy- and resource-efficient dwellings. Homes feature open floor plans that take advantage of the Southwestern landscape and bring in natural light, while maintaining the intimacy and warmth that make a home feel welcoming and comfortable. Sunup’s building principles are in keeping with the Japanese practice of merging indoor and outdoor space by incorporating the garden design into the home design. The garden makes the home complete.

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Celebration of Spring The Celebration of Spring Festival at Big Ditch Park included an Anton Bodar glass demonstration, Luanne Brooten touching up a mural, Francesca Veltri keeping up with the tortillas, the musical group Andean Tradition playing Peruvian instruments and Tuki Cintron providing a Hawaiian twist to park cuisine.





Silver City Blues Festival The 13th annual Silver City Blues Festival featured artists like Zac Harmon and Sherman Robertson, great weather and a fabulous crowd. The three day event features local, national and international artists.





Azurite Gallery

Blue Dome Gallery

Creations and Adornments

Art & Conversation

The Common Thread

Lois Duffy Art

Leyba & Ingalls ARTS

JW Art Gallery

Ol’ West Gallery and Mercantile

Copper Quail Gallery

Tatiana Maria Gallery

Joe Burgess






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



Designer Jewelry by Linda Boatwright, Paintings by Holt, Gendron & Urban. Wed.-Sat.10-5.

110 W. Broadway • 538-9048

307 N. Texas St. 534-8671

THE COMMON THREAD A Fiber Art Gallery - over 70 Artists. Nonprofit. Features Cloths, Rugs, Baskets, Cards, Home Décor, and Jewelry. Classes offered all year.

107 W. Broadway • 538-5733

An eclectic collection of handcrafted custom jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and paintings.

108 N. Bullard St. 534-4269 LEYBA & INGALLS ARTS



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

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

211 C N. Texas St. 313-9631

315 N. Bullard St. 388-5725



Contemporary craft gallery featuring Janey Katz’s Critters from the “Hood” cut from old trucks & Suzi Calhoun’s colorful pottery. 11-5, closed on Tues.

614 N. Bullard St. • 534-4881 HURLEY

JW ART GALLERY Fine Art, Bronze & Wooden Sculpture, Custom Framing, Gift Shop, Historic Hurley Museum, Monotype Workshops. W.-F. 9-5 • S-Sun. 10-6

99 Cortez Ave., Hurley 537-0300 •

A traditional western gallery of fine art, furnishings, fixtures and beyond.

COPPER QUAIL GALLERY A Gallery of Exquisite Local Artwork in All Price Ranges.

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


104 W. Broadway 388-1811

211 A N. Texas St. 388-2646

305 N. Bullard Street 388-4426

99 Cortez Ave., Hurley 537-0300 •


Fine art photography on display at JW Art Gallery in Hurley.




Silver Imaging

Party Zone

Manzanita Ridge

Pots Pans & More

Datura Therapeutic Day Spa

Toy Town

Hester House

Morning Star

Gila Hike & Bike

Cinema Classics on DVD

Western & Mexican Emporium

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“For portraits you’ll love.” Also a full service photo and digital lab. New Larger Portrait Studio!

Your party supply headquarters for: Birthdays, Baby Showers, Holidays, Weddings, Anniversaries. Open: M-F 9:30-5:30,Sat. 11:30-4.

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

Offering teapots, glassware, pots, pans, cooking utensils, gadgets, restaurant supplies, and more.

107 N. Bullard St. • 388-1158

314 N. Bullard St. • 534-1121

1008 Pope Street 534-4432 • 538-8658

316 E. 14th St. • 534-0098 TOY TOWN

DATURA THERAPEUTIC DAY SPA bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals makeup as seen on TV & available in Silver City exclusively at Datura. 100% pure mineral all over face colors, starter kits, treatments, tools, and much more.

352 W. 12th • 534-0033 GILA HIKE & BIKE Serving the cycling & hiking needs of southwest New Mexico for the past 20 years.

103 E. College Ave. • 388-3222 S26

Everything Your Child Needs to Learn–Laugh–Grow! We assure the best quality toys. Hard to find items you will treasure for years.

113 W. Broadway • 388-1677 CINEMA CLASSICS ON DVD Digitally re-mastered vintage westerns, sci-fi, horror, Golden Age TV, comedy shorts, even silent movies!

At The Marketplace Located in the Hub Plaza Downtown Silver City

MORNING STAR HESTER HOUSE Best homemade fudge in town. Unique gifts and cards for all occasions. Free gift wrapping.

316 N. Bullard St. • 388-1360

Outdoor apparel and footwear for casual, work and play! New Mexico T's and caps. Featuring Carhartt, Life is Good, Woolrich, Prana, Horny Toad, Keen and Merrell. Quality products for Quality People.

809 N. Bullard St. 388.3191 • Fax: 388.3192 WESTERN & MEXICAN EMPORIUM


Specializing in decor and gifts and much more from Mexico and the Southwest. A must see! Mon.-Sat. 11-5.

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

308 S. Bullard St. • 534-0218

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Legacy Home & Gifts

Conner Fine Jewelers

Lowry’s R.V. Center

Ace Hardware

Gila Eco Design Center

Workshops of Carneros

Hamilton Furniture

T-World Urban Apparel

Vintage Fantasies

A Bead or Two

Candy Bouquet

Pinos Altos Orchards & Gift Shop



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Looking for a unique gift? Come see the array of choices we have to offer. Mon-Fri 10-6 • Sat. 10-2.

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

Dealers for Arctic Fox, Nash, Desert Fox, Northwind, & Sunnybrook, Travel Trailers, 5th-Wheels & SURV’s. We specialize in towables. Serving Silver City Since 1967.

Not JUST a Hardware Store. Large Selection of Gifts & Outdoor Furniture. Now Lumber is Available.

910 N. Hudson • 388-1226 GILA ECO DESIGN CENTER Eco friendly products for Interiors. Custom Cabinets, Designer Paint, Ergonomic brushes and rollers. Universal/Accessibility Design for remodels and new construction.

1306 Hudson • 388-1844

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THE WORKSHOPS OF CARNEROS Real wood furniture.

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VINTAGE FANTASIES Vintage Clothing • Hats • Glass

412 N. Bullard • 388-4081 S22

Fine handmade jewelry, thousands of high quality beads and a full line of jewelry making supplies. Restringing.

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“From Ordinary to Extraordinary” M-Sat. 10-6

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Beautiful Candy Bouquets for all Occasions! Now Specializing in Antler Metal Art and Chandeliers! Catholic Store.

2065 Memory Lane


PINOS ALTOS ORCHARDS & GIFT SHOP Large variety of homemade jellies Mexican imports, local artists, yard art, gift baskets, stained glass classes.

(Across from Bowling Alley)

534-4224 • 534-9715

13 Placer St. • 538-1270 THE SOURCE S27


Yello on Yankie

Moonstruck Art


Seedboat Gallery

Thunderstruck Art and Design





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

Contemporary fiber art studio and gallery.

photos by Judy DouBrava

Elemental Arts

TRAILS Boston Hill

Mining Area BOSTON HILL HISTORIC MINING AREA AND OPEN SPACE IS LOCATED ON THE southwestern edge of Silver City. More common entrances are on Spring Street, Cooper Street and at the top of Market Street. Miles of trails from easy to complex await your hiking or biking experience. This area has been known as Boston Hill since the 1800's because of the Massachusetts and New Mexico Mining Company owning the mining claim. By the 1970's, mining came to a halt in this area but the remnants of its existence remain. A bequest by Lennie Merle Forward made the purchase of this area possible for the Town of Silver City. Many volunteers have spent hours of labor to make the trails accessible for our use. Dust the cobwebs off your mountain bike or put your hiking boots on and partake of these great trails with 360 degrees of mountainous views of the Silver City area. Maps are posted at all the entrance signs to guide you along the trails, and more historical information on this site.

Representing Dos Griegos Subdivision

106 W. Yankie St. 590-7554

art - clay - fiber - jewelry Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 4:00 Branding Iron Properties

110 W. Yankie St. 388-4244 SEEDBOAT GALLERY Presenting Fine Art in the Historic Yankie Texas Gallery District.

214 W. Yankie St. 534-1136 S28



Silver City Properties

108 W. Yankie St. • 534-4968

Contemporary Ceramics and Mixed Media. Call for an appointment.

602 W. Market • 534-3147 THUNDERSTRUCK ART AND DESIGN Fine art photography, silver gelatin, sun prints and giclee. Alicia Edwards Thunderstruck Art and Design

401 N. Cooper • 313-3371



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



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


BIG DITCH 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.



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



photo by Harry Benjamin



Willow Creek & Snow Lake

Historic Downtown Silver City

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

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 award-winning district has over 200 entities including retail and service businesses, art studios, government services, nonprofits, churches, and schools. It’s a treasure of a downtown!





The Catwalk Recreation Trail

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



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



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

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






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STATE City ofPARKS Rocks


State Park

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

LOCATED JUST 34 MILES SOUTH OF SILVER CITY, THE CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK IS the perfect place for a fun-filled daytrip or picnic with the entire family. The park features giant monoliths that were formed from the eruption of an ancient volcano and eroded by the wind over an extended period of time. These huge, unusually shaped boulders are perfect for sightseeing or climbing. For some, the park resembles a medieval village; for others it is a collection of misshapen, albeit benign, giants. Essentially, it is a flat-lying sheet of reddish lava jointed along vertical rather than horizontal planes creating the likeness of a city with streets and buildings. There are formations which readily suggest 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.




STATE PARKS Pancho Villa

MUSEUM Silver City

State Park


ON MARCH 9, 1916, THE SMALL BORDER TOWN AND MILITARY CAMP AT Columbus, New Mexico, woke to an armed invasion by soldiers of revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa. A punitive force led by American General “Black Jack” Pershing pursued the rebels 400 miles into Mexico without success. Pancho Villa State Park is located on the site of Camp Furlong that served as the base of operations for General Pershing. The park includes the first site of an operational military airstrip, represents the first time an aircraft had been used in a military operation, the first use of mechanized trucks by United States troops, and the last true cavalry operation by American troops. The new museum and interpretive center includes era military vehicles and a replica of the Jenny airplane that was utilized. There are 61 modern and spacious RV and campsites, a botanical garden and an interpretive walking tour.

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



photo by Bob Pelham

OUTDOORS Rockhounding


& Birding


GOOD WEATHER, SPARSE POPULATIONS AND THE WIDE SPAN OF LIFE zones offer unique opportunities for birding in Southwest New Mexico. Birding can begin at Big Ditch Park in downtown Silver City. The Gila River and its tributaries north of Silver City offer a rich assortment of birds and Hummingbird banding demonstrations are given near Lake Roberts. Other locations include Whitewater Canyon and The Catwalk near Glenwood and the Guadalupe Canyon of New Mexico’s bootheel, harboring species found nowhere else in the US. Silver City lies at the center of a vast belt of mineralization that has produced billions of dollars worth of metals and a diversity of gems and minerals. Gem and mineral collections are displayed in area museums, shows are hosted throughout the region, huge copper mining operations continue and Rockhound State Park by Deming is dedicated to rock hound enthusiasts, encouraging collecting for personal use.

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








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

SHAKESPEARE, THE 1880s GHOST TOWN JUST SOUTH OF LORDSBURG IS THE authentically preserved remains of a rough and tumble mining era on the Butterfield Trail. Justice was swift in the community of 3000 inhabitants, although questionably just. Privately owned, call ahead for tour dates and reenactments. (575) 542-9034 or visit The railroad ghost town of Steins, west of Lordsburg, was home to about 3000 hearty residents servicing the old steam locomotives. Today, the ghost town offers a glimpse of the wooden structures, utensils and furniture of the period. Steins is located on Interstate 10 at the Arizona border and is usually open Friday through Monday. Call ahead at (575) 542-9791.

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HISTORY Historic Pinos Altos WITHOUT THE ASPHALT ON ITS MAIN STREET, DOWNTOWN PINOS ALTOS LOOKS much like it might have appeared nearly 150 years ago, when it was inhabited by the likes of Judge Roy Bean. The town’s amenities, however, have greatly improved in the last century or so. They include a museum, an ice cream parlor, dining establishments and an authentic western bar. The Pinos Altos Opera House is home to Old West melodramas, and local musicians perform regularly at the Buckhorn Saloon. Gold was first discovered in the area by Spanish and Mexican miners. Anglos rediscovered the metal in 1859/60, and for a while the town was called Birchville after the first man to find “color.” Nearly abandoned due to constant fights with the Apaches, it was re-established in 1866 under its original Spanish name. Pinos Altos is located along the Continental Divide, six miles north of Silver City on NM Highway 15.






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


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MONUMENT Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS SCENIC Byway is the 533-acre Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Here you can see the homes and catch a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans who lived here between seven and eight hundred years ago. Along with the ancient ruins, the monument features a visitor center and museum. From Silver City there are two ways to travel to the monument. The first is to go north past Piños Altos on NM 15, a winding, mountain forest road. Here, trailers over twenty feet long must take an alternate route on NM 61/35. The other route is through the Mimbres Valley north from NM 152 off US 180 east of town. This route is 25 miles longer, but easier and takes the same amount of time – about two hours. Call ahead for hours and road conditions; (505)536-9461 or (505)536-9344.









301 West College Avenue, Suite #3 PO Box 1456 • Silver City, New Mexico 88062

(575) 388-2556 • (800) 554-2112 S42





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

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QUICKFACTS New Mexico Facts Statehood: January 6, 1912 Capital: Santa Fe Flag: Red Zia on field of gold Ballad: Land of Enchantment Songs: Oh, Fair New Mexico and Asi Es Nuevo Mexico Motto: Crescit Eundo (It Grows As It Goes) Poem: A Nuevo Mexico Cookie: Biscochito Gem: Turquoise Bird: Roadrunner (Chaparral) Flower: Yucca Tree: Piñon Animal: Black Bear Fish: Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

Silver City and Grant County Profile POPULATION: (2004) est. City: 12,500 County: 30,000 HOUSING: (2004) est. TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS City: 4,700 (500 unoccupied) COUNTY: 14,000 GOVERNMENT: Firefighters: 23 full time City Police: 30 State Police: 12 (10 officers, 2 sergeants) County Sheriff: 32 Officers TAXES: Gross Receipts: 7.25% (2007) City: $3,009,860 City Retail: $214,463,457 Per Capita Income: $17,409 Property: 17,397 Mills (Residential) 15,680 Mills (Non-Residential)

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


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

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

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

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



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



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SILVER CITY HISTORIC BUSINESS DISTRICT H. B. Ailman House built in 1881 houses the Silver City Museum. Bell Block constructed in 1897 and 1906 originally housed a saloon where straight drinks were sold for 12.5 cents Meredith & Ailman Bank built in 1882 was renamed the Palace Hotel in 1900. Silver City National Bank built in 1923, presently used as City Hall. O.S. Warren house built in 1885, is the only building on Main Street to survive the floods at the turn of the century. Mrs. O.S. Warren building built in 1900 was the former Colby’s Sporting Goods. El Sol Theatre building was built in 1934 to show Spanishlanguage films. W. H. White house built in 1901 was built of brick in the Hipped Box style for one of Silver City’s first dentists. Dr. W. H. White dental office built in 1887. Isaac N. Cohen house built in 1882 has the only remaining example of double-hung pocket shutters. Big Ditch Park was Silver City’s Main Street before the turn of the century floods transformed it into an arroyo. Bennett Block on W. Yankie built in 1882 of adobe construction with brick facades. Max Schutz sample room on N. Texas was built to provide a meeting room for traveling salesmen. Goodell’s Feed Store on Yankie was built in 1905 and 1911 and remained a farmer’s supply outlet until the late 1970s. Victorian Homes, this architectural era spans the period of roughly 1825-1900. There are 31 homes still existing in the Silver City area.

Walking Tours (3) offered by the Silver City Museum: Gospel Hill, La Capilla and Business District. Billy the Kid Cabin is located near the origin of his real home, this 1800’s style cabin was donated by Ron Howard’s movie The Missing. La Capilla Chapel Replica, built on a hill on the south side of Silver City. The chapel was a local landmark and was utilized in pilgrimages and festivals for Our Lady of Guadalupe. PINOS ALTOS Fort Cobre Replica is 3/4 scale replica of the Santa Rita Del Cobre Fort (circa 1804) which originally was located at the Santa Rita open pit copper mine east of Silver City. Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House, circa 1860’s This fine restaurant and saloon is authentically decorated with 1800’s memorabilia and photographs. Hearst Church. (circa 1898) built by the Hearst newspaper family and is the current home to the Grant County Art Guild. The gold used in decorating the Hearst Castle in California came from the Hearst Mine in Pinos Altos. FORT BAYARD Buffalo Soldiers: In 1866 Congress authorized the organization of four black regiments to help the “pacification” of the West. The Indians christened these men with their short curly hair the Buffalo Soldiers, a name which the Tenth Calvary proudly bore on its military crest. Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark/ National Cemetery. Established as a territorial post dating back to 1863, the fort has served as a military center of operations, army and VA hospital and continues today as a State Medical Center




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


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


NATURAL Hot Springs of the Gila THESE DAYS, IT SEEMS THAT JUST ABOUT EVERYONE HAS BECOME AWARE OF of the therapeutic benefits that mineral-rich hot springs have on tired muscles and achy joints. In our nearby Gila National Forest, the river’s edge is dotted with naturally occurring volcanic hot springs that are open and free to the public – or at least those willing to do a little work to get there. Some of the better known include the Turkey Creek, Middle Fork, Upper Middle Fork, Jordon and San Francisco Hot Springs. Water temperatures range from 112 to 130 degrees (F). Some are just an easy out-and-back day hike from a trailhead or visitors center; others are more difficult to reach and require overnight trips. For more information contact the USDA Forest Service in Silver City. Non-hikers and those just wanting to relax can visit the nearby Gila Hot Springs Vacation Center, a privately-owned, full service fee facility.


EVENTS Area Events 4

25th Annual Ice Cream Social and Tractor Show. 11am-4pm Ice cream, floats, cold drinks, musical entertainment, children’s games, cakewalk, vintage tractor show. Free; refreshments and game tickets sold. Silver City Museum. 575-538-5921 4-5 4th of July Festivities. Gough Park. Cowboy breakfast, parade, music, food, arts & crafts booths, games, pie-eating contests and fireworks. 575-538-3785. 18-20 4th SASS New Mexico State Championship Shootout. "SW Border Dispute", vendor booths offering a variety of "old west"" products, period clothing‚ leather‚ jewelry‚ arts‚ etc. MM10 on Rte 35 off Rte 152, Mimbres. 575-538-3785. 25 An Enchanting Evening with New Mexico's Most Enchanting Cowboy Tickets $15 include BBQ dinner and an hour show with Mike Moutoux. Ice Cream Parlor in Pinos Altos. 575-538-3785. Live Capone-E (Rap Concert) 6:30 pm. WNMU Fine Arts Theater 575-538-3785. 26-27 St. Vincent de Pauls 18th Ann. Fiesta & Bike Run . Sat. 10am-8pm Sun 9am-5pm. Gough Park. Booths, games,entertainment & food. Battle of the Bands 80’s Rock. 575-538-9373 TBD Annual Backyard Hummingbird Festival. Learn more about hummingbirds as ornithologists band and study them near Lake Roberts. 1-888-4266,

18-21 4th Annual Gila River Festival Intensive workshops‚ a keynote speaker‚ lectures‚ hikes‚ and performances, 26-28 23rd Annual Grant County Art Guild Purchase Prize Award Exhibit Pinos Altos Church Gallery 575-538-8216 27 Tapestry of Talent fashion show 1pm Bayard Community Center. Tickets go on sale August 1st at The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 575-538-5733.


Silco Theater Chairity Auction. 7 pm Silco Theater. 575-534-9005. 15-17 17th Annual Run to Copper Country Car Show. Vintage vehicles of all kinds. Gough Park, Silver City., 30-Sep 1 25th Annual Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Show museum quality mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems as well as "rough" stones. Silver City Recreation Center. Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society at 16 McKinley Street, Silver City, NM 88061. 30-Sep 1 San Vicente Artists Art Fair. Fine Artists & Crafters, Artists in Action, Tempting Foods. San Vicente Artists of Silver City. 575-534-4269

September 13-14 Pickamania! Celebrating folk, bluegrass and Americana acoustic musical traditions. 575-538-2505


October 3-5

23rd Annual Grant County Art Guild Purchase Prize Award Exhibit Pinos Altos Church Gallery 575-538-8216 4 Taste of Downtown Silver City. 10 am-4 pm Historic Downtown Silver City. 575-534-1700. 10-13 Weekend at the Galleries. Downtown Silver City. 575-5382505. TBD 8th Annual Pinos Altos October Fiesta. Featuring Fine Food, Live Music, Crafters, Raffles, & Fun Activities for Children. 575-5340406. info@pinosaltoscabins

September 13-14, 2008

Premier Sponsor: 1st New Mexico Bank of Silver City. Chatham County Line

November 2-3

Dias de los Muertos. Downtown Silver City. 575-538-2505. 29 18th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade. 7 pm Historic Downtown Silver City 575-534-1700.



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Black Tie Ball. 7-11pm Buffalo Bar. Tickets $25. 575-538-2505. 24th Annual Victorian Christmas Evening. 5-9pm An old-fashioned holiday celebration with musical entertainment, costumed characters, children’s stories, plum pudding, hot mulled cider, and other delights of the season. $3 donation Silver City Museum. 575-538-5921

Ongoing Events Farmer's Market 8:30 am - noon, Saturdays through October. Main Street Plaza, Enter at 7th/Bullard. 575-534-1704 Mercado del Sol-Crafts Market 9 am-2 pm Saturdays thru December. Bullard/Kelly. San Vicente Art Walk- Self Guided Tours visit the galleries and studios in the area. 575-388-4854. Mining District Historical Mine Tours Second Tuesday of every month. The tour goes from Bayard to Santa Rita with five stops in between where the guide will give a bit of history and interesting happenings in the local underground mines at each stop. $5.00 Bayard City Hall. 575-537-3327.

“1st annual celebration of Folk, Bluegrass and Americana acoustic musical traditions in beautiful southwest New Mexico.” Red Molly

12th Annual

Weekend at the Galleries October 10-13, 2008 (Columbus Day Weekend)

Premier Sponsor: 1st New Mexico Bank of Silver City.

“Artwalk, dance, wine tasting, phantom studio, art auction, film festival and more!" Mon., Wed.-Sat. 9:00am to 5:30pm Sun. 10:00am to 4:00pm 2115 Pinos Altos Road Silver City, NM 88061



Paid in part by Town of Silver City Lodgers Tax.

photo courtesy Lisa Frixell


Local Professionals


Law, accounting and architecture are fields that have certainly become anchored in our daily lives, even in the rural areas of New Mexico. WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE BURGESS

xcellent weather, millions of acres of

recognizing the local professionals who

outdoor recreational opportunities, a uni-

provide services for this diverse collec-

versity and an abundance of friendly peo-

tion of residents. They are our neighbors,

ple in the Silver City area continues to

they care about the schools our children

entice artists, cyclists, restaurateurs,

attend and most importantly, they allow

shop owners and retirees to escape the

us to conduct our business and our lives

stress levels associated with big city

right here, without having to grapple with

hassle and interstate highway travel.

the challenges of bigger communities

Silver City Life continues its series

like El Paso, Tucson and Albuquerque.

above: Attorney David Lopez, CPA Tom Laws and Architect Jim Redford provide services for the region that would otherwise require traveling to bigger cities and dealing with people who might not understand nor appreciate small town concerns and solutions.


David Lopez


Attorney at Law “I had never been to Silver City, but after graduation, I was hired by Robinson and Quintero. Grant County made me feel at home from day one.”

“It’s especially rewarding when people express gratitude for the services you provide,” states David Lopez of Lopez & Associates, P.C. “The practice is family-oriented and strives for 100% client satisfaction.” Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico, David’s father served as Mayor and State Senator and was a professional boxer, poet, businessman and humanitarian. West Las Vegas was recognized during that era by Look magazine as one of five All America Cities in the western region and the Las Vegas Daily Optic said the honor resulted from response to the leadership of its 37-year old mayor, Junio Lopez. Junio’s vision for his son was to become a priest or an attorney. David chose the latter. Despite growing up in one of the state’s poorest counties, his parents, sisters and brother made him feel rich. “My parents were absolutely the best. Mother was my rock.” David was an All-State Quarterback and lettered in basketball and track. He turned down football scholarships to UNM and NM Highlands to work in California. It was the six months of working graveyard shift in a California factory 6 days a week 10 hours a day that convinced him that education was the key to success. He returned to Highlands University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. During those college years, he traveled to Seville, Spain for a summer study program and fell in love with Conchi Fernandez Lora, the woman he later married. UNM Law School was a challenge. His father died after his first year in law school and two of his children were born during that time. David worked two jobs and used scholarships to pay for law school, graduating in the top 20 of his class. “Conchi was my inspiration,


emotional support and driving force. I had always wanted to help people…just like my father and Conchi absolutely reinforced that”. “I had never been to Silver City,” David continued, “but after graduation in 1989, I was hired by Robinson and Quintero P.C. Grant County made me feel at home from day one. The two Silver City lawyers served as excellent mentors, later became judges and the firm evolved into Lopez and Associates, P.C. My three law associates, Daniel Dietzel, William Perkins and David Gorman are smart, energetic, experienced…the best. We are backed by a loyal staff led by Sandy Seitzinger, Wendy Torres, Whitney Munoz, Jean Roof, Leigh Ann Massengill, Chance Lewis and Judith Des Jardins. Sandy has been my only secretary in 17 years.” Lopez & Associates’ primary practice is civil law with an emerging emphasis on personal injury cases. The firm also handles estate planning, property law, business transactions, family law and criminal law. It also has state, city and business contracts and represents children in abuse and neglect cases. David maintains a sharp mind by participating in regional chess tournaments. David and Conchi’s sons David and Rodrigo attend the University of Arizona and Alejandro is leaping forward to the fourth grade. David proudly states “my son David is an excellent chess player and Rodrigo is in the Honors College studying biochemistry. Alejandro is an excellent student with his entire future in front of him.” Not surprisingly, the firm supports community services like El Refugio, Big Brothers, Rotary Club, local schools, the Chamber of Commerce and charities.

Tom Laws Certified Public Accountant


“In December 1989, 1989, I started Laws & Company. Yes, it was scary because of all the unknowns… no salary, no benefits and no guarantee of work.”

“I had always wanted to work for myself, but it was-

n’t until 1989 that I took the plunge,” relates Tom Laws

form. Estates, trusts and small businesses of every kind should utilize CPAs.”

of Laws & Company, a tax and financial advisory com-

“New businesses are especially vulnerable to gov-

pany. “Was it scary? Yes it was because of all the

ernment agencies and many are consumed by regula-

unknowns—no salary, no benefits, and no guarantee

tions. We handle payroll taxes, monthly financial state-

that anyone would give us a shot at handling their

ments and quarterly estimates of taxes. My daughter

taxes or ask for our financial advice.”

is interested in government audits and so we are mov-

After graduating from New Mexico State with a

ing into that field.”

Bachelor of Accountancy, Tom ventured to San

“I have recently passed the securities exams that

Francisco to work with a construction contractor…

allow me to assist people in financial planning. Once

“Longest six months of my life,” Tom flatly states.

the client needs are well understood, the challenge is

“California was too fast-paced for me, except for the

bringing together the right investments to meet his or

freeways that crawled like a snail. I also worked as a

her specific priorities in life.

cost engineer at the Hartford Nuclear Site.”

“For someone contemplating a career as a CPA,

Tom had met Deborah at New Mexico State and

get as much experience as possible before going on

since she had grown up in Deming, their next move

your own. More and more it is becoming the accoun-

was back to New Mexico for Phelps Dodge Playas and

tant’s responsibility to keep companies ethical. That’s

Tyrone. “I moved over to Kennecott Chino for one

unfair to the CPA, but it’s the direction business is

year and 22 days before it was purchased by Phelps

moving. Initially there is a tough national professional

Dodge. Phelps Dodge tended to move accountants

exam and annually, 40 hours of continuing education

and I had already decided that Silver City was where I

are required.”

wanted to raise my children. In December 1989, I

Tom and Deborah’s family includes Erin, a biologist

started Laws & Company. I have never looked back

at the hospital, Ashley, who is studying for the CPA

and so far the practice has been strong.”

exam while working at Laws & Company and Hanna,

“It is always good to have a professional review your

a student at Silver High who is into soccer, basketball

tax return, and a person should consider a CPA when-

and golf. And it’s no secret that there are three

ever there is more than a W-2 and mortgage interest



Jim Redford


Architect “Since I grew up in Lordsburg and my mother served as Hidalgo County Treasurer, it has been a lot of fun preserving historic locations that were part of my childhood surroundings.”

“It’s very rewarding to see the results of your work

over a period of years,” says architect Jim Redford.

times we appeared to be ecumenical architects with our church projects appearing in every town in the area.”

“We have handled projects at Western New Mexico

“In association with another company, we landed the

University from 1990 to 2008, many of which have

renovation of Harlan Hall at WNMU, and we have now

been historical restorations. The Hidalgo County

performed work for the university for 18 years. We have

Library in Lordsburg was especially challenging, as

a good local team for smaller projects and continue to

were projects at Shakespeare ghost town. Since I

associate with larger firms for the big ones. I feel strongly

grew up in Lordsburg and my mother served as

about supporting each other locally whenever possible.”

Hidalgo County Treasurer, it has been a lot of fun pre-

“We have designed about three area homes a year for

serving historic locations that were part of my child-

19 years and most of the people we designed for are still

hood surroundings.”

our friends. Hopefully, that speaks well for our work.”

Jim graduated from Rice University in architecture

“Currently we are not accepting new work. The

and art and early on partnered with an architectural

EMS building at the hospital is in progress under our

landscape group in Dallas. Much of his practice was

direction, as well as a new city hall for Lordsburg and

overseas from 1974-1982. His wife, Sam, was his

jail for Grant County.”

travel agent during that period, arranging Jim’s trips for

Jim was involved with starting the local Home

five years before actually meeting face to face. They

Builder’s Association, pushing for building plans and uti-

were married in 1989.

lizing architects. He served as subdivision committee

When Jim’s younger daughter started college, he

chairman for the state Home Builders Association,

decided he was done with big city life. “I had always

worked with city and county subdivision laws and ordi-

planned to return to New Mexico and when Sam and I

nances, served on appeals boards, participated in sub-

dined with my sister at the Buckhorn during a cool sum-

division mediation and is the government affairs person

mer drizzle, that sealed Silver City as our destination.”

for the local association.

“The move was tough at first with no business

“I’ve been practicing for 43 years and am extremely

prospects in Silver City. I patched a lot of buildings local-

lucky to have my partner Sam who handles the bills,

ly and fixed roofs. Initially we did more driving than

specifications, etc., and very fortunate to find local engi-

designing with projects from Columbus to Quemado. At

neers who share similar ethics and work practices.”




Injectible Medicines


Recent advances in medical techniques and technology have been phenomenal. Medical products and services scarcely imagined a generation ago have become available nationwide. The vast variety of healthcare options has, understandably, left most of us feeling encouraged but slightly confused. An area of medicine that probably shoulders more than its share of public misinformation is the field of medical aesthetics. Once thought to be exclusively intended for movie stars and politicians, this impressive list of products and services is treated with an air of mystery by the media. Actually, the term simply refers to the healing of damaged skin. “The skin is the body’s largest organ,” says Alexis Harsh, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), “and its first line of defense against infection.” In her Silver City clinic, Alexis and nurse Krista Wood, RN/BSN, began responding to the growing demand for affordable local medical aesthetics services four years ago. These days, in addition to pediatric and primary care, Alexis’ office also provides relief to severe acne sufferers, children burdened by birthmarks, and an increasing number of patients with sun-damaged skin. Hair removal, vein, rosacea and cellulite treatments are offered as well. The technologies used include laser and intense pulsed light, microdermabrasion and topically injectible medicines. A careful look at the list of services would suggest that pigmented lesions caused by sunlight can actually be treated using a specific light spectrum modeled after the same source. Is this true?

opposite: Treating many forms of damaged skin, Krista Wood, RN/BSN and Alexis Harsh, CNP and owner, utilize numerous tools and methods, including topically injectible medicines like Botox® Cosmetic.






“You’d better believe it,” Alexis replies with enthusiasm. “Isn’t that fascinating?” She goes on to explain that while broad-spectrum sunlight damages the exterior skin layer before reflecting away, other derivative light spectrums penetrate the deeper layers to promote healing. What this means to the rest of us is that there is finally an alternative to cutting, burning or freezing off skin lesions, all of which are methods that cause scarring. “Scar tissue is a modification of healthy skin,” says Alexis, “so we try to avoid creating more.” She reports that acne sufferers see the positive results of a single treatment within a week. Alexis and Krista would also like to shed a different sort of light on another aspect of aesthetics that is widely misunderstood: topically injectible medicines, including Botox® Cosmetic. A purified natural protein substance first identified in 1895, Botox® has been successfully used to treat a variety of conditions and ailments around the world, including spina bifida, back pain and migraines. There is no generic “botox.” Botox® is manufactured exclusively by Allergans, Inc., which top left: Medial Calf Veins: Vascular Therapy on mixed cluster of spider veins. Using the Fotona Nd:YAG laser on various vascular lesions. After the initial treatment, a follow-up visit at 6-weeks is done with any touch ups as needed. At 6-months a final check is made to ensure an excellent result. The majority of cases need no treatment at the 6month check. top, right: Acne: Acne Treatment. Using the Nd:YAG.


Academy of General Dentistry








estimates that 70 per cent of its worldwide sales are a result of therapeutic usage outside of aesthetics. above: All photos were taken while the subjects were frowning. A frown is a component of many human facial expressions, including those associated with concern, concentration, and close visual study. As we age, these overactive brow muscles cause ‘frown lines,’ which can be relaxed by Botox® Cosmetic for up to four months with a single treatment.








Already used by millions of people in the U.S., Botox® Cosmetic smoothes those facial frown lines that develop as we age, making us look old, stressed and mean. Administered by miniscule injections with a tiny needle, the protein blocks absorption of neurological chemicals in the body that cause overactive facial muscles to contract, creating lines and wrinkles. The relaxed facial muscles retain a full range of Skin rejuvenation with the Fotona ER:Yag Laser. The improvement of pigmentation, cyschromia, fine lines, significant wrinkles, scarring, texture and tightening are all possible. It is also used to remove benign lesions. The variable square pulsing of the Er:Yag laser allows treatments to range from non-abrasive to fully ablative and from cold ablation to heat only therapies. The remarkable “smooth mode” is more controllable than plasma with similar results. The Erbium albative settings give results similar to CO2 lasers with much less downtime. top: 85 year old woman: skin rejuvenation. Before: This woman has significant pigmentation, skin laxity and texture issues. After: This is only 6 weeks post treatment. Optimal results will be at 3 months. center: 58 year old woman: skin rejuvenation. Before: Fine lines, wrinkles, poor texture and skin laxity are all seen here. After: 6 weeks after a single treatment. bottom: Benign moles: Before: This woman has a number of pigmented raised moles. These raised benign moles are common. After: Both the lip and neck moles are easily treated without scarring. This procedure was less than 10 minutes in the office using the Fotona Er:Yag laser and no aesthetics other than non-contact cold air.


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natural motion without repeatedly creasing the skin’s surface. “There’s no downtime with Botox®,” says Krista. She explains that administration of the medication is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that causes only minor discomfort and requires no recovery time. Beneficial results can be seen in a few days and can last for up to four months. As with all other aesthetics treatments available through her practice, Alexis offers photo documentation – actual ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures – demonstrating the anticipated outcome. Interestingly, Alexis and Krista estimate that 25 per cent of their aesthetics clientele are men. “It’s not just a ‘woman’ thing,” Alexis confirms. “We all want to look our best. Studies done with children verify that we all react to appearances. If we look good, we tend to feel good, so you might say that looking better is better. Aesthetics services are affordable for most people who want them, so why not reap the benefits?” above: Minimally invasive outpatient procedures are utilized by Alexis Harsh and Krista Wood to treat skin concerns at their clinic. Alexis confirms, by the way, that twenty-five percent of their aesthetics clientele are men.

Driver s The

we depend


Four Familiar Faces: Supplying Silver City with Products & Service



istribution is one of the major factors that keeps America strong and allows rural communities to become shining stars. We rarely question why there are bananas in the grocery market every day and heart-regulating medications at the pharmacies. Silver City Life tips its hat to a few of the many drivers who strive to deliver products on time and unbroken‌and usually with a smile, despite a fast-break pace that requires a lot of dedication. They know the streets of Silver City and the outlying county roads like the backs of their hands. They love the area and enjoy the people they serve.

above: Delivering local products on a daily basis are David Arballo, RAC Transport driver from Las Cruces; Hector Arriaga, co-owner of Pan American Barber and Beauty Supply in El Paso; Michelle Geels, DHL International driver from Silver City; and Victor Holguin, Shamrock Foods driver from Deming.


Hector Arriaga



hen mankind first set foot on the moon, Hector Arriaga stepped into the beauty supply business. The year was 1969 and he worked at a beauty supply store in El Paso named Kole's. Hector and his brother, Willie, worked there for 12 years filling bottles with hair tonic and oil plus delivering supplies to the various barber and beauty businesses in El Paso. After the death of the Kole's owner , Hector and Willie decided to continue in beauty supply sales. They received a loan for just $30,000 to launch their own endeavor, Pan American Barber and Beauty Supply. In the beauty business, you have to be accepted by a brand-name manufacturer to carry their products. Since they were new, no supplier was willing to give them this privilege, so they had to sell the bare necessities: combs, brushes, rollers and various generic hair creams and tonics. Finally, a representative from Helene Curtis recognized their sales potential and gave them their start carrying 'label' products. After that, Sebastian, Wella and Nucleic A products soon followed. Hector has been the traveling sales representative for Pan American for all of southwest New Mexico for about 40 years. Hector said, "I figured out my mileage recently and I could have driven around the world twice!" The stylists have come and gone, but once you know Hector there's a special bond. “Clients aren’t clients anymore. They’re family,” Hector states. Even customers have become acquainted with Hector from his frequent visits over the decades. The Drifter Motel has been Hector’s other home on his visits to Silver City. “They know when I’m coming and they’ve booked the same room all this time." Hector says, “Beauticians are like movie stars.” I had to ask, “Why?” “Because of the high divorce rate,” he says with a chuckle. He admits it was hard on his family at first, being gone a lot, but everyone got used to his schedule. Good thing because Hector wouldn't give up his long distance 'family' for the moon.




“I always wanted to drive a truck,” says David Arballo of RAC Transport. “I was raised in South-central California and when I was knee-high to my father, he let me drive a truck in the fields as vegetables were loaded. It’s in my blood. I even taught my 14 year-old sister to drive when I was only ten. Dad owned a truck company and my older brothers also went into trucking. When I retired as a machinist from Textron in California, I attended the Swift driving school in Phoenix and earned my CDL-A license. In Las Cruces, I started driving a school bus and passed the RAC terminal almost every day for a year. In 1999, I jumped on an opening for RAC’s Silver City route.” “I deliver to Silver City, Glenwood, Alma, Mule Creek and even to ranches that always seem to be five or six miles off the pavement. We haul anything that will fit in a trailer. I’ve been caught up in low hanging phone wires in Silver City and sometimes winter weather is a challenge. Occasionally, I have had to ask people to meet me at the bottom of a hill. People in the Silver City area have always been very helpful.” David’s family moved from California to Las Cruces where he attended Court Junior High and Las Cruces High School. David was drafted and stationed at a German base near where his father had served during World War II. “I had always wanted to come back to Las Cruces. In fact, I met my wife Nadine at church there many years before. One day I showed up at her door on my Harley and wearing my leathers after driving from California…scared her half to death before she realized who it was. We haven’t turned loose since.” SILVER CITYLIFE – 45



kay, so tell me again why this petite Australian-born lady with a college degree is delivering freight for DHL International? “The only answer that I have,” replies Michelle Geels, “is that I love the rural interaction with people here. I like being outside and witnessing community changes. I would never do this in the city, but in Grant County, it’s great.” Michelle followed her family to Silver City in 1982. Her father was an engineer in the mining industry. Her New Zealand mother decided to remain in Silver City and Michelle proceeded to earn a degree in art from Western New Mexico University. In 1992, a friend mentioned that Airborne needed a part time driver. Michelle applied and a couple of hours per week soon became 35. “DHL bought Airborne in 2003,” Michelle added, “and our uniforms became much more colorful!” “I deliver freight until the job’s done, whatever it takes. We deliver to both businesses and residential locations and both overnight and ground shipments. Once I was given a box that smelled horribly bad and of course it was my last delivery. It turned out to be dead crawdads. Another time I had a delivery to a new subdivision that had no street signs and was truly in the middle of nowhere. The lady was ecstatic about my finding her home. She called to her husband to witness their first delivery.” “I love animals, but have learned to be very wary around dogs. I never enter a fenced area with a ‘beware’ sign. I have been chased and bitten…I have a few battle scars to show for it.” Michelle’s mother became involved with Tour of the Gila in 1982, and Michelle, who has driven support vehicles for the race, is now co-director along with Jack Brennan.


Victor Holguin Shamrock Foods



“The only thing I deliver to one of the area elementary schools,” says Shamrock Foods driver Victor Holguin, “is five 5-gallon buckets of pickles…they love their pickles. I deliver food and anything related to food, like glassware and paper goods, to restaurants, schools and ice cream shops. In the summer, the deliveries are lighter…no school, no pickles. The busiest season is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.” Victor was born and raised in Deming. After driving for a local rancher and Maloof’s, he began hauling produce from the west coast to El Paso Furr’s stores. Even just hauling between Phoenix and El Paso, Victor could never plan anything around his personal life. “When my first daughter was born, I began looking for a local driving job. Since joining Shamrock 15 years ago, I have really enjoyed delivering to the local area that includes Deming, Bayard, Silver City and Cliff. I have met a lot of good people in the Silver City area and I have family in Bayard.” Victor drives about 600 miles/week x 50 weeks. “One year the roads were very snow-packed,” he states, “but I have actually encountered more delays because of wind and dust. On several occasions I had to wait in Hurley for winds to die down.” “Shamrock stresses family ties and looks out for us. The company also encourages its drivers to participate in the annual Albuquerque truck-driving competitions.” Victor has participated in ten state competitions, taking first in six of them. The wins gave him the opportunities to participate in national competitions in Tampa, Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta and twice in New Orleans. Victor hopes to put in another ten years with Shamrock, and then try something new. But he confides that he truly enjoys s t a y i n g home and hanging out with his wife, Nina, daughters Sarah and Brianna and his in-laws.


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Tin Tin Nancy & Archie Hogue Nancy and Archie Hogue were mourning the loss of a beloved pet. Knowing that they could never find a replacement for their other little dog, they just wanted to look and see what the shelter had to offer. Nancy didn't have the courage to walk down the row of dog kennels until she heard her husband say, "Nancy, I think you need to come see this little guy." Tin Tin was an instant bond with his new family. When they brought him home, he looked around as if thinking, "Is this house really all mine?"



It's horrible to have a missing pet. Microchipping your pet is the newest way to find lost pets. Nationally, only 17% of dogs and 2% of cats end up back with their owners by way of finding them at shelters or other means. Collars can be ripped off. Tags can be lost as well. Having a microchip is good insurance for getting your pet back. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice that is injected between the shoulders just under the skin. Gila Animal Clinic offers this microchip service. There are two major companies that serve as registries for microchips: Avid ( and Home Again ( Through Home Again, the registration fee is $14.95. When you lose your pet, contact them and they will contact local shelters and veterinarian clinics in your area to let them know of your missing pet. above: Microchipping is the latest method for recovering lost pets. They are, after all, family members that simply find it difficult to request help.


Francis & Coffee Rinda Metz Rinda Metz was advised to walk for therapy after a back injury. She liked hiking but needed help carrying supplies to remote locations. She acquired her first llama to help with these needs. "I just fell in love with them," Rinda said. Of the six llamas she now has, four are rescued. Most llamas that are rescued have a tendency to come from people that do not have the resources to care for them. Rinda gives her llamas plenty of attention by taking them on pack trips into the wilderness. She also shears their wool once a year and spins it into yarn.

Callie & Bleu


Nicole Robbins

Nancy & Tom Johnson

Nicole Robbins, our Silver City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce director is not only helping our community, but has also provided a home for an unwanted dog. Nicole brought Callie to our community when she moved here, but adopted Bleu from the shelter to be her companion. Bleu was very underweight and was turned in as a stray. Nicole guessed that he must have been previously owned because he could already sit and lie down on command. She wanted to name him 'Wilson' because he bounced just like a ball, but settled on 'Bleu' because 'he just seemed so blue when I visited the shelter,' Nicole added.

Even though her name is ordinary, Kitty is no ordinary cat. She appeared in the neighborhood and didn't seem to belong to anyone. Nancy's stepson, Tyler, noticed her hanging around the house. Kitty brings all sorts of creatures home including mice and snakes. She helps with the gardening. Her special skill, though, is hiking. "She follows right along on the trails," says Nancy as we walk along their driveway. Kitty pauses occasionally to chase a lizard or two, then catches up with her humans.

Mr. Bruno


Ward Rudick

Doyne Wrealli

Mr. Bruno, formally known as Macho Man at the shelter, was adopted out four or five times, but was returned each time. Two of Ward's friends adopted him for a short time and were ready to take him back to the shelter. Ward took pity on Mr. Bruno and welcomed him to his home with four other dogs. "It took about four months to get him over his separation anxiety," said Ward. Mr. Bruno joins Boojie, Mr. Tickdawg, Miss Blue and Spot who all have their own heartening stories with happy endings since they've met Ward.

One night, a friend of Doyne Wrealli's found his dog playing with a ball of fluff. Doyne was presented with a flea ridden, catatonic with fear, not-yet-weaned, bony, filthy kitten. She had been born feral under a trailer, and had ventured out, right into the dog's mouth. Though not physically injured by the dog, she had to be bottle fed until she caught onto eating solid food, and had to overcome a boatload of terror while she gained weight and lost fleas and worms. First called Little Bits, Elizabeth became an exquisite long-haired lavender-point Siamese with startlingly blue eyes.




It was a greyhound named Goofy that taught me the good sense in hiking with a pack dog. He was a magnificent physical specimen and meanwhile I wasn’t getting any younger. Something clicked. I was thumbing through a CampMor catalog, spied a dog pack for sale, and ordered one out. Our first journey was a revelation. It was just a 3-day fishing trip along the Gila River but the hike in and out of the canyon is the roughest few miles of trail I know of in our local wilderness. I started out by loading Goofy’s food (a few pounds of high protein kibble) on one side of his pack, with 4 apples and a water bottle on the other side to balance the load – maybe a halfdozen pounds in all. He never fussed about carrying the pack and I thought, “it’s not much weight, but it’s six pounds I’m not carrying”. On the hike out 3 days later all the food was gone so I gave Goofy the cook gear. Now he had maybe a dozen pounds on his back instead of mine and he still made the hike with ease. He was good company, gave me someone to talk to, and kept the bears and the coons out of our camp. Goofy is gone to the happy hound hunting grounds. Since then I have used a coonhound named Ben as a packer and a saluki/greyhound cross named Badger. But none has served any better than my current companion, Chance, a greyhound/saluki/trailhound mix. He’s about 26” at the withers and 60 lbs. and can easily carry 15-20 lbs. on a pack trip. Just like people, some dogs make good packers while others are worthless on the trail. Some pets (and people) are just too lazy or out of shape to want to keep up with the pace. Others are unreliable and 50 – SILVER CITYLIFE

may wander off and get lost. If the dog wanders off with some of your camping stuff in his pack you’re both in trouble. So a good pack dog is active, strong, in good physical condition, and is the sort of companion that wants to be with you all the time. Most of the sporting,working and hound breeds are good candidates. I’d look for a dog that’s at least 24” at the shoulder and 50 lbs. and up. A good pack dog in top shape can carry onefourth his weight and perhaps as much as one-third, depending on the dog and the difficulty of the hike. So take the time to weigh your dog and weigh his pack. Start with a light load and some day hikes ‘till he gets the hang of it and works himself into shape. Dogs can’t carry tents, sleeping bags, and other bulky things very well. They can carry compact stuff, like their food and yours, water bottles, cook gear, etc. Balance the load as best you can and watch him on the trail. If the load is heavy on one side, shift an apple or a water bottle or a couple of granola bars to even out the weight. None of my dogs has shown any resentment of the pack. We hike no more than 5 hours a day anyway; the rest of the time we are around camp or fishing and neither one of us is wearing a pack. I don’t work the dog any harder than I work myself and I’m past the days of trying to hike from dawn to dark. A dog has always been a fine companion in the wilderness. A good pack dog can lighten your load by 10 to 20 lbs. and change your pack trip from a work session into a wilderness walk. To find a dog pack, go to:, or,, or,

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With the greater Silver City area being one of the best places for seeing birds in the country, the summer season here offers a plethora of species just ready for viewing. Some places are within a few miles such as Little

Painted Redstart, usually found not far from the

Walnut Picnic Area where Acorn Woodpeckers

stream, and certainly not high in the trees like the

should be easily seen along with such small birds as

duller Olive Warbler. For contrast look for the Red-

Mountain Chickadees and Bushtits, or the larger

faced Warbler, a real eye catcher, usually found in the

Mexican Jay.

lower branches. One thing about the Red-faced

Going another direction, above Pinos Altos at

Warblers is that the males and females look alike. Not

Cherry Creek and McMillan campgrounds, the birds

so with the Western Tanager, he with the red hood

have a different look. Some are spectacular like the

and she a duller, yellowish color. This area also has

this page: The Painted Redstart and opposite: Red-faced Warbler were photographed in the Pinos Altos mountains north of Silver City.


Summer and Hepatic Tanagers, the Summer more easily found along the Gila River while the Hepatic likes higher elevations. . Summer features two specialties for this part of the state. The Common Black-Hawk will be along streams, especially the Gila River where it searches for frogs, minnows and perhaps some crawdads. Last year one was found along San Vicente Creek, AKA The Big Ditch, and it has returned this year as well. Zone-tailed Hawks are found in more upland areas, and seem to be fewer in number, but they can be confused with the Common Black-Hawk since both are mostly black. Sometimes Zonetailed Hawks will be found soaring with Turkey Vultures and Common Ravens since they blend in well and potential prey won’t be alerted to possible danger. Both of these black raptors are exciting to find so keep looking for them, and all the other specialties in this birding paradise. Happy birding! SILVER CITYLIFE – 53

health & wellness



salve to heal the infections and prevent them

extended Grand Canyon rafting trips were

from returning. Clinical Herbologist Denise

experiencing a recurring, debilitating prob-

Tracy-Cowan went to work on the prob-

lem: foot fungus infections. One of the river

lem, producing a salve that met unani-

guides asked his

mously positive results. She

wife to formulate a

soon found that she could



enough of it to meet the demand.


Photo courtesy of Denise Tracy-Cowan

This casual meeting between need and knowledge was the beginning of the Super Salve Company® of Catron County, New Mexico. Located near Mogollon, Denise’s factory makes a wide variety of natural healing products, shipping them to thousands of enthusiastic customers worldwide. As exciting a tale of free enterprise as hers is, though, it is not a story of overnight success. Both Denise and her sister DeeAnn Tracy are second-generation herbalists and graduates of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Their mother, Phyllis Hogan, established Winter Sun Trading Co., Inc. in Flagstaff, AZ in 1976. Over time, the Super Salve® line has grown from one product to 35, with four new products added this year. All are Denise’s own formulas, with some collaboration by DeeAnn. None of the products contain petrochemicals. “Fresh is best,” Denise says, quoting a company slogan. “Our goal is to keep prices reasonable and the quality the best so that everybody can afford to use our products.” The Super Salve Company® has nine employees, some of whom have been there for 12 years. The firm was recently hired to produce a private label salve for a national retailer. “This has been an exciting year. In the last six months, my amazing crew has filled 50,000 tubes of our salve for that company,” Denise reports with pride. Super Salve Company® products are locally available at Dunn’s Nursery and the Silver City Food Co-op.

above: Denise Tracy-Cowan, on the right, and her sister DeeAnn Tracy, on the left, pose with their mother Phyllis Hogan. Denise and DeeAnn are both graduates of the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and Phyllis established Winter Sun Trading Co. in Flagstaff.


Silver City Life Summer 2008  
Silver City Life Summer 2008  

Featuring the best of what Silver City New Mexico has to offer in the way of unique people, businesses and lifestyles. Includes the Silver C...