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Departments 7 Advertisers Index. 7 Winter Birding. Birds with beautiful color are common in the area throughout the winter. 10 Contributors. Meet the team that brings you Silver City Life. 12 Financial. Communicating your estate plans with your family.



8 WNMU Scholar-in-Residence turns 90. Considered the principal scholar of the chicano Renaissance Felipe Ortego is an important legacy to the university.


14 Silver City’s First Magistrate Judge. Johm H. “Jiggs” Scholl reflects on family history, 16 Making an impact in Silver City’s Art Community. Kevin Lenkner’s focus is to share arts with as many people as possible. 18 The story of Arenas Valley Animal Clinic. Providing professional and loving care for animals from Mexico to Arizona for 45 years. 24 Creating favorite Dining Spots. Anthony Qunitana’s restaurants attract a melting pot of clientele by providing something for everyone. 26 Hooked on Aviation. Randy Roth’s passion for gliding brought him to Silver City’s world-class conditions. 28 Coming home to service area Solar needs. Mark Morgan specializes in Residential, Commercial and Solar Electrical services. 30 Celebrating Women’s Contributions to the American West. The exhibit focusing on the women of southwestern New Mexico has some 120 items. 34 Silver City’s Medical Community. Meet the Emergency Director and physician at GRMC, a Certified Nurse Practitioner and Chief Support Officer at HMS and Medical Director at Silver Care Center.


21 People Making a Difference. Meet a few community minded citizens including Jan Sherman sharing childhood stories in her new book, La Rea Hederson marking 12 years of providing loving flowers to our community and Lauren Unger the new head women’s basketball coach at WNMU. 32 Out & About. Snapshots of recent local events.

Our cover: The Silver City Museum is celebrating women’s contributions in the history of the American West with the current exhibit titled Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women. See story on page 30. Photo by Jay Scott.

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Southwest New Mexico Attractions Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway Geronimo Monument Continental Divide Trail Lake Roberts City of Rocks State Park Mimbres Valley Historic Pinos Altos Historic Downtown Silver City Silver City Museum Big Ditch Park La Capilla WNMU Museum Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark Santa Rita Mine Observation Point Area Birding & Rockhounding Galleries & Shopping Silver City One of a Kind Shops & Galleries Bill Evans Lake Cliff & Gila Glenwood & Alma The Catwalk & Mogollon Ghost Town Deming Rockhound State Park Pancho Villa State Park Palomas, Mexico Lordsburg & Rodeo Hatch Hillsboro Health & Wellness Hidalgo Medical Services - HMS Gila Regional Medical Center Health Care

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Mark Erickson James Edd Hughs Eugene Lewis Kathy-Lyn Allen Pacheco Mike Rowse Craig Smith Abraham Villarreal Judy Wuthrich Contributing Writers

Mark Erickson Jay Hemphill Joseph Kellerman Kathy-Lyn Allen Pacheco Robert “Jaime” Ramirez Rebecca Reza Jarrod Swackhammer Jay Scott Debra Sutton Judy Wuthrich Contributing Photographers

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Index of Advertisers American Legion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S29 Angelwings Home Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S53 Bear Creek Motel & Cabins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S17 Bear Mountain Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S7 Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S37 By Pass Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Calvary Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S36 Carson Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Casitas de Gila Guesthouses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S11 Cassie Health Center for Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,S59 Chavez Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Dandelion Wish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S37 Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce . . . . . .S47 Eagle Mail Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S37 Edward Jones-James Edd Hughs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 El Gallo Pinto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S36 Farm Bureau Financial Services Mike Rowse . . . . . . . .25 Finn’s Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S36 First American Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Flowers On 11th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S35 Gila Eye Care / Opthalmology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gila Eye Care / Optical Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Gila Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . . . .2,35,S56-S59 Griffin’s Propane/Fuel Centers Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 HMS Hidalgo Medical Services . . . . . . . . . .40,S54-S55 Holiday Inn Express - Silver City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S11 Horizon Home Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Humphrey’s Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 J & S Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S17 Kiss My Glass Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S29 Laws & Co., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S13 Life Quest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S53 Lois Duffy Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S36 Lopez, Dietzel & Perkins, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Lordsburg Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce . .S49 Manzanita Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S37 Manzano’s RV Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S7 Melinda’s Medical Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Millie’s Assisted Living Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Mimbres Region Arts Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S2 Mirror Mirage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S25 Morning Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S21 New Church of the Southwest Desert . . . . . . . . . . . .S36 Palace Hotel, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S19 RE/MAX Silver Advantage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Rose Valley RV Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S5 Seedboat Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S37 Sherman Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Silver City Arts & Cultural District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S64 Silver City Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Silver City Food Co-op & Market Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . .S35 Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce S9,S53 Silver City MainStreet Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S19 Silver City Museum Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S21 Silver Smiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 State Farm Insurance - Chuck Johnson & Jon Saari . .4 Stone McGee & Co. CPA’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S29 Syzygy Tileworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S37 The Pink Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S47 Todd’s Axis Motors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S25 Town & Country Garden Club Thrift Store . . . . . . . . .S21 Tres Amigos Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S41 United Country Mimbres Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S5 UPS Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S13 Victoria J. 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If you hear tap, tap, tapping on your chamber door, the chance of it being a raven, as in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, is far less than it being a woodpecker. There are many kinds of woodpeckers around this part of New Mexico and they all do the tap, tapping. The one I seem to hear most is the Ladderbacked Woodpecker since they are common year-round. It is a friendly critter and seems to like my presence. Another common Woodpecker is the Hairy, easily separated from the Downy by its longer bill and a more distinctive flashywhite on its back. Actually the Downy Woodpecker is quite uncommon here since this is the southern edge of its range. Among the woodpeckers in our area, the Northern Flicker seems to be the most easily recognized. One must remember there are two versions of the Northern Flicker, the yellow-shafted and the red-shafted. Around here it is usually the red-shafted variety but sometimes they get mixed up and have some of each color. Not so easy to distinguish is the Red-naped Sapsucker since it looks a lot like the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker which shows up now and then. Speaking of which, the Williamson’s Sapsucker does get down this far in the winter months but it has to be diligently searched out. Another woodpecker is the Lewis’s, no relation to me that I know of. One year it spent at least two weeks in my neighborhood, checking out my ancestry. At least I suppose that was why it stayed so long. Returning to woodpeckers staying all year, the strangelooking Acorn Woodpecker can be found in family groups, one place being Little Walnut Campground. The Acorn puts on quite a show for you while you stand or sit while enjoying the action. Especially down along the Gila River and in other locations one can find the Gila Woodpecker. One place I have found the Gila Woodpecker is in the wooded area to the west of the county fairgrounds at Cliff. American Three-toed Woodpecker? Yes, there is one with that unusual name. Do you normally count the toes on woodpeckers, or any birds for that matter? I tried to count the toes on the Three-toed Woodpecker and might have found three. At any rate there is such a bird and it can be found not far from Silver City but it has to be searched for diligently. It is up in the forest but I have heard of it invading previously burned areas where insects of some kind use the loosened bark to hide. So get out when you hear the tapping and see what kind of woodpecker is trying to attract your attention. It might be one of those critters with three toes. SILVER CITYLIFE – 7

Chicano Renaissance Leader Turns 90 Continues to Teach, Write 8 – SILVER SILV L ER CITYLIFE LV


very calendar calend holiday, Dr. Felipe Ortego y Gasca sends an email to his colleagues at Western New Mexico University. The email is simple and includes an attachment with a short write up. Orinc tego, a professor profe f ssor of English and fe a the university’s Scholar-in-Residence, is sharing thoughts on history and social issues he feels are important to his readers.

Now that he turned 90, he finds himself the same way he has for several years, behind a computer screen and a keyboard, contributing his ideas on current issues important to culture and society. “Felipe is a rare combination of academic, activist and a person with sustained creativity,” said Dr. Jack Crocker, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at WNMU. “His intellect and experience are an important legacy to our university.” Considered the principal scholar of the Chicano Renaissance, Ortego is the founder of Chicano literary history having written the first study in the field, Backgrounds of Mexican American Literature, in 1971. “The piece opened the way for other scholars to consider the scope of Chicano literary history,” said Ortego. “This provided the template for scholars who followed.” Before turning heads with his alternative perspectives on Chicano literature, Ortego began his colorful life as the child of a field worker in Chicago. He served during World War II as a Marine and his worldview was formed from his travels through Europe. Post-war, Ortego served a ten-year tenure as an Air Force officer during the Korean Conflict and the early Vietnam Era. He found his passion in the high school classroom, first teaching French, and then finding his identity as a professor of English. Several decades of teaching and serving in administrative academic roles, Ortego continues to influence students, activists and opinion leaders with the written word. “Writing has been both a creative and therapeutic instrument,” said Ortego. “For me, the writer is always part of the story because we see stories that we tell through our own eyes.” His latest birthday is only the most recent in a long list of milestones. He has appeared in a major motion picture, written plays and was the fifth Mexican American in the United States to hold a Ph.D. in English. And it has all been sprinkled with controversies along the way. “My outlook as a professor of English can be characterized as a vision of inclusively opening the aperture of the English curriculum so that it reflects the mosaic of the American people,” said Ortego. “Not just the privileged texts of British literature.” Ortego is well known in New Mexico and Texas as an activist, speaking for those he feels are marginalized and championing for Mexican American representation in literature. He organized the Chicano Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1968 at a time when there were very few Chicanos in English. Ortego turned 90 years old on August 23 and it is appropriate that he has sent out one of his famous emails marking the occasion, this time reminding his colleagues that with longevity, comes opportunity, and Ortego is taking advantage of opportunities he sees on the horizon to continue to write and influence. He’s not done yet.



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Mark Erickson has shot just about everything in his 50-plus years of photographing Silver City. One fabulous memory is photographing the famous golfer Billy Casper when he returned to Grant County to put on the benefit Billy Casper Classic for many years. “Mr. Casper autographed every image as well as caps and golf balls. He was a great fellow,” Mark says.

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Jay Hemphill Born in the Kansas City area Jay Hemphill moved to Silver City, NM in 1999 to attend WNMU. He graduated from WNMU with a BFA in photography in 2003. He loves hiking and backpacking in the Gila.

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.

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Mike Rowse born in Silver City, Mike and wife, Linda met as students at WNMU. Careers took them around the western U.S. but they returned home in 2001 to run KSCQ radio. Their two daughters worked in the business making a true family affair. Mike is now with Farm Bureau insurance.

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

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Jay Scott moved to Silver City as a teen from the desert of southwest NM and immediately fell in love with the surrounding mountains, forests and canyons. With a lifelong background in art, including photography, he has a natural artist’s eye and he can see beauty everywhere in anything. He is the owner of Kiss My Glass window cleaning and also enjoys visiting with customers as an ad sales rep for Zia Publishing.

Abe Villarreal is the Director of Communications at Western New Mexico University. A native of Douglas, Arizona, when not on campus, he enjoys writing about his observations on marketing, life, people and American traditions. He lives in Silver City.

Judy Wuthrich is a local cosmetologist. Her interests include writing, photography, creating dolls, making jewelry from recycled material and supporting the ethical treatment of animals. She lives in Silver City with her dog Giselle.



Here’s Your


At this time of year, your life is probably more hectic than usual, so you may have assembled an impressive “to do” list. This can be a helpful tool for organizing your activities in the near future – but have you ever thought of developing a “to do” list for long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement? If not, you may want to think about it – and here are a few list-worthy items to consider: • Examine – and re-examine – your planned retirement age. You may have long counted on retiring at a certain age, but are you sure that this goal is the best one for your overall financial situation? Think about it: If you like your job, and you stayed at it for just a few more years, you could significantly boost the funds in your 401(k) or other retirement plan, and you might even be able to delay taking Social Security – which, in turn, would result in larger monthly payments. • Put a “price tag” on your retirement lifestyle. When you retire, do you want to travel the world or stay at home pursuing your hobbies? Will you truly retire from all types of work, or will you do some consulting or take up part-time employment? Once you know what your retirement lifestyle might look like, you can better estimate your costs and expenses – and this knowledge will help you determine how much you need to withdraw each year from your various retirement accounts, such as your IRA, 401(k) or other employer-based plan. • Be aware of retirement plan withdrawal rules. It isn’t enough just to recognize how much you need to withdraw from your retirement plans – you also must know 12 – SILVER CITYLIFE

how much you must withdraw. Once you turn 701⁄2, you generally have to start taking money out of your traditional IRA and 401(k). These required minimum distributions, or RMDs, are based on your account balance, age and other factors, but the key word to remember is “required” – if you don’t withdraw the full amount of the RMD by the applicable deadline, the amount not withdrawn can be taxed at a 50% rate. • Review your health care situation. When you turn 65, you will likely be eligible for Medicare, but you’ll want to become familiar with what it does – and doesn’t – cover, so you can establish an annual health care budget. And if you are planning to retire early, which might mean losing your employer-sponsored health insurance, you will need to be prepared for potentially large outof-pocket costs. • Think about long-term care. One service that Medicare doesn’t cover – or, at best, covers only minimally – is long-term care. If you faced an extended stay in a nursing home, the costs could be catastrophic. A financial professional maybe able to help you find a way to reduce this risk. • Develop your estate plans. Estate planning can be complex, involving many different documents such as a will, a living trust, power of attorney, etc. So you’ll want to work with a legal professional to ensure you’re making the right choices for yourself and your family. By checking off these items, one by one, your retirement “to do” list will eventually get “done.” And when that happens, you may find yourself pretty well prepared to enjoy life as a retiree.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Copyright © 2016 Edward Jones. All rights reserved. Member SIPC. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

James Edd Hughs, AAMS® Financial Advisor 210 Hwy. 180 W, Suite 100 Silver City, NM 88061 (575) 534-1221


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“Jiggs” Scholl Silver City’s First Magistrate Judge WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK ERICKSON


randmoth randmother her and Carl Scholl who had a bad case of tuberculosis decided to head West W st from We f om Louisville, Kentucky fr k ky for ffor a warmer warm drier d i climate li t arrived i d in i the th Silver Sil Cit City area iin th the early l 1900 1900s. Th They used d tto sit it iin th the bbeargrass overlooking C Cottage San Road and bought that property finishing the house in 1913 where Jiggs lives today. The SScholls als also got into a partnership and bought the Gila Hot Springs where they employed Doc Campbell who later bought the ra ranch. Jiggs recalled that travel from the ranch to Silver City was perilous at best and took a long time. Jiggs entered the Navy in 1943 at age 17 ½ and was two days out of San Francisco when the war ended. Jiggs stated that San Francisco was as dead as a tablecloth as the populace had been partying for three days and three nights upon his arrival. He then ran a route for the American News Company out of El Paso for ten years until it was bought out and then worked at Silver City Auto and for Lou Osmer until he ran for Magistrate Judge in 1970. In the pre magistrate days the


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Justice of the Peace made his salary through fines and one could see the probable problems that would cause. Judge Scholl was on the bench for six terms, a total of twenty four years. Now in his nineties, he still gets out and gardens at the family home in Silver City. He is a fountain of knowledge about Silver City history.

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Kevin Lenkner Executive Director, Mimbres Region Arts Council




walk through historic downtown Silver f l fe fu ffeast a for the eyes. Art City is a colorfu colorful galleries line up side streets, wall depicting southwestern hemurals depictin roes and animals anim are sandwiched in between jewelry. betw t een street artists selling homemade tw h Musicians can be heard play playing a ing as restaurant doors ay open and close. “When the fiffirst thing I noticed is “Wh W I movedd hhere, th Wh that Silver City was disproportionately artistic for a town of its size,” said Kevin Lenkner, Executive Director of the Mimbres Region Arts Council. “I expected a few artists and galleries, but this town is oversized in talent and artistic creativity.” Lenkner relocated from York, Pennsylvania and began his leadership post with the arts council in September of 2015. York is a community of about 40,000 people inside a county of about 500,000. One thing that both communities share is a growing need for art education, especially among the youth. “The challenge of our town is to make sure that audiences continue to be grown and to focus on the importance of art education,” said Lenkner. While the southwestern New Mexico community is buzzing with year round music festivals and art events, Lenkner knows that art has a deeper impact when its interactive, not just seen or heard. “Our primary focus is to share arts with as many people as possible,” said Lenkner. “All the events that we do are to nurture a creative community.” Lenkner and his team of three staff members are already making an impact with new events such as the Southwest Print Fiesta that took place in September. The event was a success with people of all ages. “You have to start talking about the idea of creativity which goes beyond the traditional definitions of what it means to be an artist,” said Lenkner. “We can all be creative and use the same tools and ways of thinking that artists use.” Prior to his arrival in Silver City, Lenkner managed a non-profit art center for 20 years. He is married and has a five-year-old son. “There’s a great need to get kids participating and active in the arts so that you can appreciate it as an adult,” said Lenkner. “The arts are forwardthinking and I want that in the town in which my son will grow up to be an adult.”

William J. PERKINS





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hat's the stor story of Arenas Valley Veterinary Clinic, one of the most successful and applauded veterinary practice practices in the state. Since its fo ffounding undi by Dr. J. Hal Hopson, DVM, in the early 1970s, through the ownership of Dr. r John We r. W Wenzel, nzel, D DVM, and today, Dr. Clay Allred, DVM, the practice has served its clientele with ability ability, ty, ty y, compassion compassion, and the highest degree of professionalism.


opposite: Today, Dr. Clay Allred stresses the privilege and pleasure of helping large, small and wild animals and assuring their human owners. left: Dr. Hal Hopson opened the clinic in 1972 setting the standard of care that the clinic continues to maintain today. below: Dr. John Wenzel started working at the clinic in 1987, took over the practice in 1991 and passed it on to Dr. Allred in 2008.

"They are three men in the vet world I feel are so much alike, and I've been impressed with all of them," said Buddy Howard, Animal Control Officer at High Desert Humane Society, of the veterinary trio. "Part is their dedication to the practice, plus their willingness to go that extra mile to help the customer. You just don't see much of that in today's world." Hopson, who graduated in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University in 1959, inaugurated the clinic in 1972. Before that, he had been based in Deming, then worked for the New Mexico Livestock Board, and as State Veterinarian for three years. When he decided to go back into private practice, he moved to Silver City. "I had some good support from livestock owners and

ranchers, and the Forest Service had a big operation going there," Hopson recalled, "so I could make some headway with them." He also did work with a large dairy farm. "I practiced there almost 20 years. I was very fortunate to have good clients and the economy was good. "Through the years, I developed a good rapport with the livestock people and the small animal clients. As time went along I had more work than I could do. That's when I hired Dr. John Wenzel to work for me. SILVER CITYLIFE – 19

right, from left: Renee Hurt, Becky Rea, Clay Allred, Jessie Stanford, Matt Davidson. Not pictured: Jennifer Jenkerson, Ty Proctor.

"I was there 20-plus years, and John Wenzel was there 20-plus years, and Clay has been there eight years. They've taken the practice and made it grow and prosper. It's gratifying to see your clients taken care of, as well as they have cared for them through the years. "They've done an excellent job. I appreciate that from both those young men. They've got a real stable clientele and stable work force. The people that work for them and the clinic have been very faithful." Wenzel, who has been Extension Veterinarian for the State of New Mexico since 2006, began his stint in veterinary medicine at age 14 by working for a clinic in Albuquerque. He attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque after high school, but soon transferred to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and then to Kansas State University for veterinary studies where he graduated in 1986, and began working for Hopson in 1987. He took over the practice in 1991. "The whole time I worked with Dr Hopson, we didn't have a cross word," Wenzel said. "I can't tell you how much he helped me, and how much I absolutely enjoyed working with him. Dr. Hopson is just an absolutely outstanding person. And as a veterinarian, he was progressive, he was a firm believer in continuing education. He was a leader in the profession. He set a high standard of care that I think that clinic has always maintained. "I was very happy to pass the baton to Dr. Allred. I'm glad that he was here and ready to take over the clinic when I was ready to move to a different phase." Allred, who came into the practice in 2008, grew up in southern Utah — and according both to his parents and his memories, "I've been around animals all my life at some level, and always wanted to be a vet." He took his degree at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., then worked in Utah for a year. After that, he researched other potential jobs — and soon found himself and his family in Silver City. "My first day was April Fool's day, 2008," he recalled. The clinic today serves animals large and small, from dogs and cats to horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Some 50 to 60 percent of the practice, in fact, is large animal-focused. 20 – SILVER CITYLIFE

In the past, the business also has dealt with exotic and wild animals, from neutering a camel to inserting radio transmitters in Gila monsters. Today, it assists specialized animal nonprofits at times, including occasional work with raptors, foxes, and deer. At Arenas Valley, helping animals and reassuring their human owners is a privilege and a pleasure, Allred stressed. And there is longevity in clients as well as the practice: The active patron pool still includes persons who brought pets or livestock in during the very first year of operation. Today, the clinic gladly serves clients from as far away as Mexico and Arizona, as well as from six southern New Mexico counties. All who come are welcomed, cherished, and deeply appreciated. "It's just wonderful helping something that can't really communicate in words," Allred said of his dedication to his work. "It's kind of a challenge, and also just neat to be around animals. I love helping them." Arenas Valley Animal Clinic is located at 11865 Highway 180 East in Arenas Valley. For more information, call 575-388-1993.


The Guide to Southwest New Mexico

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

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

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Art Gallery/Artists Finn’s Gallery 260 Lois Duffy Studio 55 Seedoat Gallery 82 Victoria J. West 123


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Area Events ing and iconic bicycle stage races in the U.S. Tamal Fiesta y Mas. The race has the feel of Tamales, capirotada, bizcoEuropean racing on the chos, Mexican hot chocowinding, narrow mountain late, music and more! roads in the Gila National 10am-3pm 575-538-4332 Forest. 575-590-2612 8 Victorian Christmas. Halls decked with traditional dec- 28-30 Continental Divide Trail Festival & Kick Off. Outorations, music, hot mulled door vendors and recrecider and holiday cookies, ational opportunities all in the spirit of an old-fashcelebrate the opening of the ioned community celebraCDT season. visitsiltion. 5pm Silver City 575-538-5555 Museum. 575-538-5921 22 Big Ditch Day. Music, educational tours, historical reFebruary 2017 enactors, and conservation 14 The Kat Trio Concert. Feademonstrations. Local arts, tures Russian arrangecrafts, and food. visitsilments and transcriptions of 575-538-5555 classical works, well-known WNMU Great Race. Held inspirational songs, and annually for almost 5 American pop standards, decades, this week of activincluding Scott Joplin rags. ities culminates with push 7-9pm 575-538-5862. car mini-races and competiWNMU Fine Arts Center tions. Theatre. 575-538-5555 11 Chocolate Fantasia. SamMay ple delicious handmade Hurley Pride Festival & Car gourmet chocolate confec- 6 Show Cars, food, music, tions, presented in local galvendors, raffles and demonleries and shops. Historic strations. Downtown. 575-538-2505 575-538-5555 25 African Guitar Summit. 26-28 Silver City Blues & Bikes Festival. Free Music in WNMU Fine Arts Center Gough Park. Featuring the Theatre. hottest rising Blues stars 575-538-2505 along with veteran perform25 Tommy Knocker 10. ers. Gough Park. 575-538Mountain Bike Event at Ft. 2505. Bayard. visitsilvercityorg 575-538-5555 June May 31-Jun 3 Wild Wild West March Pro Rodeo. Southwest 18 Kubecca Concert. ComHorseman’s Arena. Highbines the classical and jazz flying bull riding, fast riding education of Kuba with Reand roping and much becca's musical theater more! 575-538-3785 experience to create a verse program featuring country, jazz and show July tunes. 7-9pm WNMU Fine 4 Independence Day FestivArts Center Theatre. 575ities. 4th of July parade 538-5862 though downtown Silver 31 Las Cruces Symphony City, followed by music and Orchestra Concert. 4 one vendors in GoughPark. of the premiere arts organWeather permitting fireizations in southern New works display at dusk. Mexico with a long tradi800-548-9378 tion of providing symFiber Arts Festival. Every phonic music to area other year. Vendors of fine audiences. Under the fiber art and supplies, exbaton of Music Director hibts, classes, workshops, Lonnie Klien. 7:30-9:30pm lectures and demos visitsilWNMU Fine Arts Center 575-538-5555 Theatre. 575-538-5862 Hummngbird Festival. A to catch these birds in acApril tion. Banding, guest 14 Cherish the Ladies Concert. speakers, live entertainUnique blend of instrumenment. tal talents, vocals, captivat575-538-5555 ing arrangements and step 22-30 Silver City CLAY Festidancing, of Irish culture and val. Celebrates clay at varimmensely humorous and ious venues. Offerings will entertaining package. showcase tile, pottery, Grammy Nominated Irish/ adobe and natural building American Supergroup.3processes. CLAYFesti5pm. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 575-538August Bash on Broadway. WelApril 19-23 The Tour of the come new and returning Gila. 5-day stage race. WNMU students. Live One of the most challeng-

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ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY IS THE 533-acre Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Here you can see the homes and catch a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans who lived here between seven and eight hundred years ago. Along with the ancient ruins, the monument features a visitor center and museum. From Silver City there are two ways to travel to the monument. The first is to go north past Piños Altos on NM15, a winding, mountain forest road. Here, trailers over twenty feet long must take an alternate route on NM61/35. The other route is through the Mimbres Valley north from NM152 off US180 east of town. This route is 25 miles longer, but easier and takes the same amount of time – about two hours. Call ahead for hours and road conditions; (575) 536-9461.



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Area Events music, dancing, face painting and prizes 575-538-5555 Copper Country Cruises Car Show. Vintage vehicles of all kinds in Gough Park. 575-313-9700, 575-574-2186 Fort Bayard Days.

September Southwest Print Fiesta. Original fine art prints, letterpress creations, printed wearables and more. Featuring the Silver Steamroller Street Printing event. Print Making demonstrations, children’s printmaking activity tent, Live Silk Screen TShirt Printing, acoustic Americana music by local and regional artists, Hootenanny stage, NM Craft Brew Garden, Food and more. 575-538-2505 Chicano Music Festival. Every other year. Vendors of fine fiber art and supplies, exhibts, classes, workshops, lectures and demos 575-538-5555 Signal Peak Challenge. Every other year. Vendors of fine fiber art and supplies, exhibts, classes, workshops, lectures and demos 575-538-5555 Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Show. Museum quality mineral specimens, jewelry, and arts crafted from rock and gems as well as "rough" stones. WNMU Intermural Gym. Taste of Downtown. The annual Taste of Downtown Silver City restaurant tour offers samples from the best of downtown’s restaurants and coffee houses. 575-538-5555 Gila River Festival. One of the Southwest’s premier nature festivals includes kayaking along the Gila River and in the Gila National Forest as well as events in historic downtown Silver City. 575-538-8078 Grant County Fair. Outstanding animal and craft exhibits from schools and civic groups across the county. Cliff, NM 575-3134079.

October WNMU Alumni Golf Tourn. Four-man scramble with a shotgun start. 575-538-5555 WNMU Homecoming.


Hotdogs, bonfire at the Flame,parade, tailgating and football game ad Homecoming party. 575-538-5555 Gila Monster Gran Fondo. Final stage of the Tour of the Gila takes plae in the Gila National Forest. 575538-5555 Southwest Festival of the Written Word. Every other year. Writing workshops, readings, panel discussions, guest speakers, poetry reading, music and performance art, writing contest and book signings. 575-538-5555 Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival & Health Fair. A celebration with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople. Dance from 5-9pm Red Dot Art Fest. Current works by regional artists in more than 20 galleries in historic downtown Silver City and nearby areas. 575-313-9631 November Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos. Downtown Silver City. Includes a parade, music, crafts for the family, and Lighted Christmas Parade. 7pm. Historic Downtown Silver City. 575-534-1700

December Tamal Fiesta y Mas. Tamales, capirotada, bizcochos, Mexican hot chocolate, music and more! 10am-3pm 575538-4332 www.tamalfies 8 Victorian Christmas. Halls decked with traditional decorations, music, hot mulled cider and holiday cookies, all in the spirit of an oldfashioned community celebration. 5pm Silver City Museum. 575-538-5921 Ongoing Events Farmer's Market. Shop for fresh produce. Stock up on locally grown herbs, plants, and more. 8:30 am-noon, Sat. MayOct. Main Street Plaza beside Big Ditch Park. 575-534-1704 San Vicente Art Walk - Self Guided Tours. Visit the galleries and studios in the area. 575-388-4854. Walking Tour of Historic Ft. Bayard. 9:30am. Tours begin at the Commanding Officer's Quarters. Jan-Apr 2 Saturdays per month, May-Sept. Every Sat. Aprox. 2 hours with a suggested donation of $3. 575536-316

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

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

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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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Geronimo Monument


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

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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.




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




Lake Roberts SURROUNDED BY THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST, AND FED BY SAPILLO CREEK, LAKE ROBERTS IS A MAN-MADE 75-acre lake offering some of the finest mountain fishing, boating and camping in New Mexico. Lake Roberts features boat ramps, two campgrounds, picnic spots and a variety of nature trails leading into the forest. The lake beckons fisherman, hikers and birders to experience the natural beauty of the area. Overlooking the west end of the lake stand the “Vista Ruins,” an authentic Mimbres Indian pit house site. The area is home to hundreds of species of birds, and is a wintering spot for bald eagles. As many as ten species of hummingbirds may be observed in the summertime at feeding stations along NM35 and at nearby local inns. Late March to late May is the best time to fish for the lake’s 10 to 14-inch rainbow trout, but Lake Roberts also contains crappie, catfish and some bass.






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

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Hillsboro City of Rocks State Park LOCATED JUST 34 MILES SOUTH OF SILVER CITY, THE CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR a fun-filled day trip or picnic with the entire family. The park features giant monoliths that were formed from the eruption of an ancient volcano and eroded by the wind over an extended period of time. These huge, unusually shaped boulders are perfect for sightseeing or climbing. For some, the park resembles a medieval village; for others it is a collection of misshapen, albeit benign, giants. Essentially, it is a flat-lying sheet of reddish lava jointed along vertical rather than horizontal planes creating the likeness of a city with streets and buildings. There are formations which readily suggest giants’ chairs, prehistoric monsters, or creatures of imaginative myth. Complete with a desert garden, the park offers picnicking and camping spots. Adjacent to the formations rises Table Mountain, a perfect example of a mesa.


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



Mimbres Valley

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

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.



Historic Pinos Altos EXCEPT FOR THE ASPHALT ON ITS MAIN STREET, DOWNTOWN PINOS ALTOS LOOKS MUCH LIKE IT MIGHT HAVE appeared nearly 150 years ago, when it was inhabited by the likes of Judge Roy Bean. The town’s amenities, however, have greatly improved in the last century or so. They include a museum, dining establishments and an authentic western bar. Gold was first discovered in the area by Spanish and Mexican miners. Anglos rediscovered the metal in 1859/60, and for a while the town was called Birchville after the first man to find “color.” Nearly abandoned due to constant fights with the Apaches, it was re-established in 1866 under its original Spanish name. Pinos Altos is located along the Continental Divide, six miles north of Silver City on NM15.

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Lordsburg & Rodeo A GATEWAY TO THE OLD WEST, THE LORDSBURG AREA THRIVED ON MINING IN THE NEARBY HILLS, A STAGE- coach stop on the Butterfield Trail and early railroad services. It was a stopover for Charles Lindbergh in his Spirit of St Louis and home of the state song written by the blind daughter of famed Sheriff Pat Garrett. Today, you will want to relive history and the county’s farming and ranching heritage at the Lordsburg Hidalgo Museum, search for historic details in the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library and visit the fierce old ghost town of Shakespeare. Southwest of Lordsburg, the arts village of Rodeo showcases the work of local artisans at the Chiricahua Guild and Art Gallery and the Chiricahua Desert Museum. A monument representing Geronimo’s surrender is located just west of town. Declared an “outstanding natural area for birding habitat,” southwest Hidalgo County hosts species found nowhere else in the United States.

Nestled in the tall pines near Pinos Altos, just 7 miles north of Silver City, NM, this tranquil lodge is the perfect, private setting for year-round getaways. 15 Two-Story Cabins with all amenities, available nightly. Beautiful Lodge with kitchen for Special Events.

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

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88 Main St. • 4766 Hwy 15 (mailing only) • Pinos Altos, NM 88053

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Historic Downtown Silver City

SILVER CITY SPRANG TO LIFE DURING THE SUMMER OF 1870. THE DISCOVERY OF SILVER BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF MINERS, and merchants followed in their footsteps. The town's founders decided Silver City would be “built to last.” In 1880, an ordinance was passed requiring masonry construction for new buildings. This left behind solid commercial buildings, brick Victorian homes, and adobe structures. Devastating floods between 1890 and 1910 washed away the original Main Street and all but one of its handsome brick buildings. The stately Warren house is the sole survivor. What used to be Main Street is now known as the Big Ditch. The Silver City Visitor Center and Big Ditch Park provide gateways into Historic Downtown for visitors and residents. Silver City MainStreet Project has provided comprehensive downtown revitalization services since 1985. This vibrant 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!

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Palomas, Mexico THE VIBRANT VILLAGE OF PALOMAS, LOCATED ON THE MEXICAN SIDE OF THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER, is a favorite spot for purchasing Mexican home décor, curios or just having lunch and a Margarita. Forty miles south of Deming and just south of Columbus, the community hosts modern dental facilities, prescription drug stores and same-day prescription eye glass services. Palomas is also the Mexican entry point for visiting ancient ruins of the Casas Grandes culture and the intriguing modern-day potters of Mata Ortiz. The famous “Pink Store” carries souvenirs and quality hand-picked art and décor from top sources throughout Mexico. Authentic Mexican food in the restaurant is a huge draw, utilizing delicious white cheese made by the nearby Mennonite community. For shopping in Palomas, everything is located within easy walking distance from the American side. You must, however, have a current passport or other WHTI-compliant document to reenter the United States. Call ahead for automobile requirements.



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

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

Pancho Villa State Park

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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.



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

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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.


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


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Mogollon Ghost Town TWO UNIQUE ATTRACTIONS ARE WITHIN A SHORT DRIVE INTO THE MOUNTAINS FROM GLENWOOD and Alma. In 1893, a pipe and catwalk were bolted to the shear, narrow walls of lower Whitewater Canyon to carry water to a mill and the town of Graham at the canyon’s outlet. Today, the U.S. Forest Service maintains Catwalk National Recreation Trail - a picnic area and metal catwalk leading to a trail that climbs deep into the Gila Wilderness. A narrow paved road winds up into the mountains to Mogollon, an 1876 gold and silver mining boomtown. Remains of mining operations, the company store, theater, church and a few die-hard residents occupy the picturesque canyon. A private museum and seasonal businesses provide a glimpse of the once-bustling town. Due to recent flood damage to both locations, be sure to check with the Glenwood Ranger District office – 575539-2481 or local Glenwood and Alma businesses for current status.


La Capilla LA CAPILLA, THE LITTLE CHAPEL ON A HILL OVERLOOKING SILVER CITY, PRESERVES A BIT OF THE ROUGH AND tumble history of the area’s early mining era. It provides one of the best views of the community and offers a smidgeon of exercise for young folks of all ages. The original adobe chapel, dedicated in 1885 and taken down in 1914, was commissioned by Hipolita and Beatriz Manquero, two sisters originally from Chihuahua City, to house a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The underlying motivations for constructing the chapel are still discussed, but it none-the-less played a key role for local Catholics during the late 1800s. The replica, completed in 2004, now anchors the north end of a 23-acre heritage park being developed by the town of Silver City and area civic groups. A number of features are planned for the park, and the trails have joined the larger Boston Hill and Big Ditch systems.


WNMU Museum By Cynthia Bettison THE WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY MUSEUM, LOCATED IN FLEMING HALL ON THE UNIVERSITY campus houses the NAN Ranch Collection—the largest, most comprehensive collection of scientifically excavated prehistoric Mimbres materials from a single Mimbres site. Other collections include the Eisele Collection of prehistoric Southwestern pottery and artifacts, including basketry; the Back Collection of historic Maria and Julian Martinez San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery and Santa Clara Pueblo pottery; historic Navajo rugs; the O.C. Hinman Collection of historic Silver City/Grant County photographs; Campus Collections containing 121+ years of university history; and the U.S. Senator (NM) Jeff Bingaman Memorabilia Collection. During its 100th birthday year, the University Museum’s building, Fleming Hall, will be under renovation. This $3.2 million project, funded through a general obligation fund passed by NM voters in 2014, will include the updating of the HVAC system, installation of a fire suppression system, and a new security system. The University Museum invites the public to visit their temporary exhibit and Museum Shop located at Watts Hall – Lower Level, 500 E 18th St. It is open M-F 10am-4pm, closed University holidays, FREE admission, ADA accessible, 575-538-6386, Custom Homes • Adobe Homes • Metal Roofing • Metal Buildings Kenny Sutton, Licensed Contractor • Glenwood, NM • Lic.#93981 •

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SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE SAN FRANCISCO RIVER AND THE RUGGED MOGOLLON MOUNTAIN RANGE that became the nation’s first designated wilderness area, the quaint communities of Glenwood and Alma provide lodging, restaurants and supplies in a 1950s ambiance. They are surrounded by public lands that provide hiking, birding and fishing for the adventurous visitor. Glenwood, shaded by the giant cottonwood trees lining Whitewater Creek, also has a state fish hatchery that provides a public fishing pond, picnic area and loads of fun for youngsters. Glenwood is the gateway to Catwalk National Recreation Trail and Mogollon Ghost Town. Alma was the last stop for Butch Cassidy’s 1890s Outlaw Trail and touts the nearby tomb of Sgt. James Cooney, a gold and silver miner scalped by Apaches. A combination general store/café with the greatest pastries ever can provide supplies needed for exploring Mineral Creek that supports trout fishing where it exits the mountains.

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


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By Abe Villarreal

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

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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 Phelps-Dodge Corporation.

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Silver City

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Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark Seedboat Center for the Arts 82 Blackwell’s Antiques & Gifts 214

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ESTABLISHED IN 1866 AS A UNITED STATES ARMY INSTALLATION TO PROTECT MINERS AND OTHER SETTLERS, FORT Bayard was set aside as the Fort Bayard military Reservation by presidential order in 1869. General George Crook and 2nd Lt. John Pershing were officers during the 1880s. The Buffalo Soldiers, were on detached duty there and a bronze statue of Corporal Clinton Greaves, Medal of Honor recipient, is in the center of the parade grounds. After the capture of Geronimo in 1886 the post was scheduled for deactivation, but Surgeon General George Miller Sternberg chose Fort Bayard as an Army tuberculosis hospital and research center. In 1966 it became a long term care facility for the state of New Mexico. Recently, a stateof-the-art nursing home with a VA wing was opened just off the historic grounds. It received National Historic Landmark status in 2004. The original Fort Bayard Cemetery became part of the National Cemetery system in 1973. It is attached to the Fort Bayard Game Refuge where hikers may follow the trails used by the cavalry over 100 years ago all just 10 miles east of Silver City.

SEEDBOAT CENTER FOR ARTS Fine art gallery located in the Arts & Culture District in Historic Downtown Silver City.

214 W. Yankie St. 534-1136

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

218 N. Bullard St. 388-1737

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

106 N. Bullard St. 388-5472 MANZANITA RIDGE High end furniture and accessories from America’s finest resorts and hotels.

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EAGLE MAIL SERVICES UPS, FEDEX, Postal Store, Copies, Mail Boxes, Fax, Notary. Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm.

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

109 N. Bullard St. 534-0074


Silver City

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YADA YADA YARN Everything for knitters new and old! Wood, cotton and fun yarns. Open Tues - Sat 11am-5 pm, Sun 11am3:30pm, open knitting 12 pm.

621 N. Bullard St. 388-3350 FINN’S GALLERY

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

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

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NEW CHURCH OF THE SOUTHWEST DESERT Come refresh, renew, and restore your spirit. All are welcome. Casual Service.

Sun. Worship 11:30, Bible Study 1pm. Wine & the Word, Tues. Little Toad. 5:30 (RSVP)

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Military Families and Youth Programs. 191 1300 Bennett St. 639-0994 CALVARY CHAPEL OF SILVER CITY A non-denominational church teaching verse-by-verse through the Bible. Worship: Thurs. 6:30, Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 3001 Hwy. 90 S. 388-1031 EL GALLO PINTO GRILL AND RESTAURANT Serving authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine made with fresh ingregients. Open T-W 8am-2pm, Thu-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 8am-2pm

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Santa Rita Mine Observation Point 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. Mining has no doubt had the greatest impact on local livelihoods. Mining operations began in the early 1800s and continue over 200 years later. Recovery has evolved from the hand picking of native copper to the solvent extraction and electrolytic processing of low-grade ores. The Santa Rita open pit copper mine is an enormous excavation next to NM152 between Silver City and the Mimbres Valley. The mine overlook is a major attraction along the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway. Prior to the nineteenth century, Indians in the area utilized native copper findings to fashion ornaments and arrow points. In the early 1800s, underground mining operations were initiated to supply the Mexican mint with copper. Open pit operations began around 1910 as large earth-moving capabilities became feasible. Today, large equipment can be seen maneuvering across the stepped benches of the mine.

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Galleries & Shopping Area Birding & Rockhounding 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.

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






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Jan Sherman often shared stories with her friends of growing up in the little mining town of Mogollon, New Mexico and they encouraged her to write about these adventures. Everyone was fascinated with these stories of her unusual childhood with her brother Bud exploring abandoned mines or hiking to good fishing spots and spending the night out in the wilderness. Most of the time, it was just Jan and her brother inventing their own entertainment. That’s where hypnotizing chickens came into play. Someone taught them how to hypnotize chickens by laying the chicken on its side with its face on the ground where just one eye showed. Then, you take a stick or just use your finger and draw a line in the dirt straight out from the face. It hypnotizes the chicken and it will just lie there until you draw another line across the straight line you used to hypnotize the chicken and it will wake up. Jan and her brother would have a whole row of chickens lined up in the yard and her mother would holler out the back door and say, “You all better not be hypnotizing chickens! They won’t lay eggs!” Jan shares these and other unique stories of life in the small mountainous mining town of Mogollon New Mexico in her book, “Hypnotizing Chickens.” She shares her experiences but also some history of the town and what it was like living there as a child in the years from 1928-1940. The house she grew up in called the Heyne House was built in the early 1900’s still stands today. Jan’s book is available at the Silver City Museum, O’Keefe’s Book Store, Holiday Inn Express or directly from Jan at Millie’s Assisted Living. this page: Jan signs books October 8th at the Silver City Museum Annex. top: Jan’s son Jeff Ray, right accompanied by Pat and Tony Prewitt, perform the song “Hypnotizing Chickens” that he wrote which can be read on the last page of the book.


La Rea Henderson Flowers on 11th WRITTEN BY CRAIG A. SMITH PHOTOGRAPH BY JAY SCOTT La Rea Henderson Hende erson has been working with and loving flowers since she was 15, and it shows in her work. As owner of Flowers on 11th, formerly Silver City Floral Company, she serves a clientele ranging from corporate, university, and health care executives to celebrities, clans, families, and individuals in the Tri-County area and beyond. January 1, 2017 will mark 12 years that Henderson has been a floral specialist in Silver City. Interestingly, she originally wanted to be a hair stylist, but exposure to flowers intervened. "I never had a day of schooling in floral work," she said. "It's something I watched and I learned about, and I grew a passion for it." It's quite a passion, at that. Whether creating arrangements for weddings or funerals or special occasions, as well as graduation flowers, corsages, and one-ofa-kind gift baskets, Henderson and her staff bring creativity and inspiration to the highest level. They draw their blooms from around the world, and with them, they produce striking results. In fact, the shop was voted number one florist in Silver City, in a 2016 reader's choice poll conducted by the Silver City Sun-News. On an equal level with its stunning floral pieces is Flowers on 11th's commitment to customer service. "We give major attention to every customer," Henderson said, adding that deliveries will be made not just in Silver City and environs, but as far afield as Deming — and even Phoenix, El Paso and Santa Fe for special deliveries, such as poinsettias at Christmas time. "That kind of attention is just as important to me as the design," she added, especially when it comes to important occasions such as funerals or weddings. Flowers on 11th is at 204 East 11th Street in Silver City Call 575-388-1206 for more information or to place an order. 22 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Lauren Unger WNMU Women’s Basketball Coach WRITTEN BY MIKE ROWSE I PHOTOGRAPH BY JAY SCOTT Lauren Unger,r,r the new head women’s basketball coach at W NMU, new from an early age that when her playing career was over, she was going to become a coach. In her short time as an assistant basketball coach and they had cross country coach at the collegiate level, she has had tremendous success. Winning has been a way of life for Lauren as a coach. As a grad assistant she helped her alma mater, UT Permian Basin, win a conference title and coached the Player of the Year and two First-Team All-Conference Players. She then transitioned to assistant coach at the UA-Fort Smith. While there, Unger helped guide the team to back to back 20 win seasons and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. She also coached the cross country team to its first meet win ever. Her fellow coaches and former players describe her as one of the most focused and hard-working individuals they have ever met. Lauren’s philosophy is that no one will outwork her or her team. You may not win all the games but you can expect to outwork and out hustle your opponents every time. Lauren grew up in California and her career as a player and coach has taken her to larger cities. She knew her desire to become a head coach would create opportunities in places she may not have thought about, she never anticipated living in a small town in Southwest New Mexico. When asked what she liked about living in Silver City, Coach Unger’s response is quick and enthusiastic, the people are so friendly and there is so much diversity. It was something her parents noticed quickly as well up on their first visit. A self-described foodie, she really loves the choices of restaurants, especially in the downtown area. The availability of outdoor activities so close to town is something that she appreciates as well. Being able to leave her front door and be on Gomez Peak in a few minutes is amazing to her. A recent visit to the Cliff Dwellings also gave her a positive impression of the history associated with our area. She can’t wait to do more exploring, of course after the season concludes. Given her track record, you can expect her team to succeed on and off the court. No doubt they’ll be exciting to watch.



Anthony Quintana Creating a Place for Everyone WRITTEN BY ABE VILLARREAL I PHOTOGRAPHED BY JAY HEMPHILL We all have our favorite dining spots. Some of us like fast food, others want a strong coffee coff f ee with our breakfast. For some it’s the atmosphere that takes priorff r rity. y The saying goes that you can’t please all the people all the time, but that’s just y. what Anthony Quintana has set out to do. “When you enter Q’s Southern Bistro, it is a melting pot because of the ages, ethnicities and professions,” said Quintana, owner of Q’s and Fry House restaurants. “You “Yo Y u can take your date for a nice dinner or go to Open Mic on the patio. Yo There is something for everybody.” Opened in 2010, Q’s Southern Bistro provides American fare with a touch of Mexican influence; in large part to the important role Quintana’s mother has played in his life. “My mom is the one that influenced me,” said Quintana. “When dad would ask me to go fix a car, I chose to learn how to cook red chile with my mother.” Today, Q’s is mostly known for it’s weekly Taco Tuesday events. Local diners can also expect to experience live music, birthday parties, and fight nights on a regular basis. Silver City foodies have expressed their high approval of the place with several reader’s choice awards by the Silver City Sun-News including selecting Q’s as the #1 restaurant in Silver City, and naming Q’s the home of the best dinner and best catering. In early 2015, Quintana opened his second restaurant, Fry House, in historic downtown, offering a sports-bar style option for the restaurant district of the community. It was immediately popular and in that same year was voted to have the best burger and best lunch special in town. “Fry House is the fun place,” said Quintana. “We serve 14 different sauces for our hot wings.” A walk into either restaurant and the atmosphere is always light and easygoing. Vintage images of familiar stars from classic Hollywood including Marilyn Monroe and James Dean cover the walls. Large TV screens showcase the day’s sporting events and waitresses can be seen carrying beer after beer to patrons. Life seems good for the 31 year-old restaurateur and still he has long-term plans for growth. “I don’t want to stay stagnant, and I’m always trying to reach above and beyond,” said Quintana. Born and raised in Las Cruces, Quintana’s family has been from the area for generations and he plans to make Silver City his home for many more years. “The goal is turn this into something that is long lasting,” he said. “I love it here. Silver City is in the middle of everything and we have so much to offer for a small community.” SILVER CITYLIFE – 25



Randy’s family ran cattle and had a livestock auction in Sturgis, South Dakota. His dad had a light plane that Randy flew in and became hooked on aviation. Work on the ranch was with a capital “W” just like Winter in those parts and so Randy left right after high school to spend three years as a helicopter mechanic with the US Army. He later attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona graduating in its second graduating class of 1981. After graduation he went to Houston and spent two and a half years as a copilot and mechanic. Randy had the distinction of being the youngest DC9 First Officer with Republic which Northwest bought a year later and he retired from commercial flying in 2011. He has accumulated over 24,000 hours of flight time including glider and motor glider time. He has taught at Turf Soaring School and has owned a Stemme and is now flying a Phoenix motor glider out of Grant County Airport. He and his wife Cheryl decided that they had enough of South Dakota winters and came south until there were no more snow fences. They were looking for moderate weather and a good area for gliding. As they also have horses they also looked for an area adjacent to the forest so that they could ride. Randy states that the glider flying is world class here with flat land and mountain flying available. Oh, and yes, he does have a Harley.

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Stories of Southwestern

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from left: Andie Portillo,Museum Educator, Linda Overman, Adminstrative Assistant and Carmen Vendelin, Museum Director.

The American West has a complicated, sometimes cruel and sometimes grand history — and women have played a major part in it, from ancient times to today. The Silver City Museum is examining and celebrating their contributions with a current large exhibit titled Stories of Southwestern New Mexico Women. The show opened in April 2016 and will be on display through April 2017. "Part of the thinking that went into it, was to be really multicultural and inclusive, and not just tell the story of famous people that everyone has heard of," said museum director Carmen Vendelin. "History tends to focus on great men. This is focused on women, and beyond who we think of as the major women — stories of what you might call everyday women. In some cases they did do things that were unusual or interesting — like the mining women, for example — who are not female military or political heroes. Apache women warriors such as Lozen do feature in the exhibition.

Although they are very notable, their stories may not be familiar to the wider general public." And the exhibit has a definite focus on women of southwestern New Mexico, Vendelin emphasized. "A lot of times, New Mexico history tends to focus more on Santa Fe and the north. So it's nice to talk about the stories that are more local, and again, that people don't know about so well." There are some 120 items in the exhibit, including a Mimbres woven sandal, an Apache storage basket and beaded pollen bag, a Spanish table cover and altar linen, a Mexican poncho, a Territorial trunk with its stand, and an ore bag. Additional objects include mining gear, a Conestoga wagon replica, early household items, early 20th century grammar school items, and medical equipment. There also is a mercado vignette that contains trade items of the cultures on display. Materials come from the Museum's own holdings, but also from the New Mexico Museum of History in Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Museum, and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. A series of illustrative text panels chronicles the contributions to life of women from Mimbres, Apache, Spanish, Mexican, African-American, and Anglo cultures. Essay contributors include Toni Laumbach (Mimbres culture), the chief curator and deputy director for the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum; Sherry Robinson (Apache), a long-time New Mexico journalist and author; museum consultant Louise Stiver (Spanish); Joan M. Jensen (Mexican), professor emerita at New Mexico State University; and Susan Berry (American), former director of the Silver City Museum. Programming to support the exhibit is cosponsored in part by the Western Institute of Lifelong Learning, while the exhibit itself was made possible by a donation from John Frank in memory of his wife, Jackie Frank, who was a devoted museum volunteer and researcher of women's history. The Silver City Museum, opened in 1967, is located in the historic 1881 H.B. Ailman house at 312 W. Broadway. For information on hours and additional exhibits and programs, call 575-538-5921 or visit SILVER CITYLIFE – 31

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Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad WNMU student AsiaMarie Garcia Juarez performs at the Silver City Museum participates in Take Back The Night, a domestic violence awareness event.

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MEDICAL COMMUNITY Curtis Beerens Emergency Department Director Gila Regional Medical Center WRITTEN BY CRAIG A. SMITH PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH F. KELLERMAN As Emergency Department Director at Gila Regional Medical Center, Curtis Beerens is responsible for a 13-bed unit that treats 16,000 to 17,000 patients a year. Its coverage ranges from those needing immediate critical care to people with mild, non-emergency ailments. It is a big job — but it's an ideal fit for Beerens, who has been involved in health care for decades. A native of Michigan, Beerens began studying emergency medicine while still in college. He went on to become an emergency medical technician, then qualified as a paramedic. After 33 years in the field, he decided to go to nursing school. He now holds both an R.N. license and a Master of Science degree in nursing. Before coming to GRMC, he worked in emergency care departments in Arizona. "The director is responsible for overall day to day operation of the E.R. department," Beerens explained. The operations include "staffing, financial and budgeting practices, the development and evaluation of policies and procedures, improving community services, and examining areas of potential expansion" for both infrastructure and services. Thus a typical day might include staff meetings and evaluation, review of reports and statistics, some direct work with patients, and regulations review — an especially challenging area, since health care regulations and evaluation directives change frequently. The Emergency Department is a notable part of GRMC's activities. A county-owned, not-for-profit entity, the center has 68 beds and is the acute care hospital for a large region of New Mexico's southwest. For Beerens, this fast-paced position is both rewarding and challenging. In addition to the satisfaction he finds in working with and supporting the department's staff, there is the important aspect of patient interaction. "I still get the opportunity to get out and be active on the floor, especially when we're busy or have critical things going on."


Dr. Kendal Allred Emergency Room Co. Innova Gila Regional Medical Center WRITTEN BY CRAIG A. SMITH PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH F. KELLERMAN Dr. Kendall Allred, Allred d, M.D., still remembers when he decided that the challenging field of emergency medicine was where he wanted to be. In college, he was working as an emergency room technician in Phoenix. One day a patient came in suffering great distress in breathing. And, "I watched this guy go from being on death's door to being completely stable within minutes, because of what his doctor was able to do. I remember he (the doctor) turned to me and he said, 'See, that's why you want to do emergency medicine.' And from that minute on, that was it. I was hooked." Today, Allred is medical director of the Emergency Department at Gila Regional Medical Center. It is a job where, "I'm really happy. It's different every day, it's challenging every day." Allred grew up in Safford, Ariz., "a small town very much like Silver City" — and not much more than 100 miles away. There he had strong role models in the physicians in the community. He was a Boy Scout when began to think that he might want to work in medicine as a profession. After high school and some community college, he spent two years on missionary work in Mexico. He then finished community college, and went on to attend Arizona State University for his undergraduate studies and University of Arizona for medical school. Later, he was on staff in the emergency department of a major California hospital. Then serendipity stepped in. A doctor friend invited him to join the firm Innova, which had recently negotiated to staff the GRMC emergency department. Shortly after interviewing, Allred began work at Gila in August 2015. "I love the environment that I work

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Dara Foster MSN, APRN, FNP-C Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Hidalgo Medical Services WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATHY-LYN ALLEN PACHECO Dara Foster, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, is a very recognizable face in Grant County. Foster has cared for thousands of local patients over the past 14+ years as a Registered Nurse at Gila Regional Medical Center. She is a mother, wife, daughter, and sister. In her new role as the full-time certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) Bayard Community Health Center, Foster now provides primary care to HMS patients across the entire lifetime spectrum. “I am a long-time resident of southwestern New Mexico and Grant County, and I love being part of HMS. I also truly enjoy working in a rural clinic setting. Having joined HMS this past June, I have been fortunate enough to provide medical care to many familiar faces at the Bayard Community Health Center for the past six months. Serving others in this role makes me feel fulfilled as a member of this wonderful community,” states Foster. Foster’s professional philosophy concerning providing primary care to individuals and families includes using evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. As HMS is Hidalgo and Grant counties’ only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Foster feels very strongly that this is the best professional and personal fit for her. “In addition to other requirements, FQHCs must serve an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, and have an ongoing quality assurance program. HMS’ leadership and support allows me, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, to efficiently affect positive change within my community and with my patients,” adds Foster. Foster completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at New Mexico State University, and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Frontier Nursing University. She enjoys hiking, making soap and horseback riding. Services provided to patients at the HMS Bayard Community Health Center by Foster include annual exams for women, men and children, the diagnosis and treatment of acute conditions across the lifespan, management and evaluation of chronic stable conditions, sports exams, immunizations, and overall collaboration with providers and adjunct therapies to coordinate care for patients. The Bayard Community Health Center is located at 805 Tom Foy Boulevard. 36 – SILVER CITYLIFE

Edith Lee, MSW Chief Support Officer Hidalgo Medical Services WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KATHY-LYN ALLEN PACHECO “As Chief Support Officer with Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) and as a formally trained social worker, I am passionate about helping HMS patients and clients find solutions to their healthcare, safety, housing, transportation, employment, income, education, or food and nutrition barriers. As a mother and as a member of this community, I hope to positively influence our community’s underserved and most vulnerable populations, while working to improve the state of health disparities in southwestern New Mexico,” states Edith Lee, Chief Support Officer with HMS. Lee moved to Silver City two and a half years ago to attend graduate school at Western New Mexico University. Upon completing her Master’s degree in Social Work, and because she enjoyed working and living in the community so much, Lee decided to stay in Silver City. Originally from Arizona, Lee grew up in rural and frontier communities because her father was a cattle rancher. She has a personal connection to helping others to successfully access community resources that they need, because her family struggled with similar issues during her childhood. “Poverty is cyclical, and it was important for me to break that cycle in my own life. I am the first person in my family to obtain a college degree,” adds Lee. In a report by the Kaiser Foundation, “many factors combine to affect the health of individuals and communities.” This same report states that only 10% of an individual’s health and well-being is influenced by health care itself; whereas 20% is affected by social and environmental factors, and 40% by individual behavior, often a result of their response to their social environment (Heiman and Artiga, 2015). As a youngster diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, Lee watched her parents worry about being able to find resources to meet her nutritional and medical needs. She understands how having a lack of resources or not knowing where to go for help can very quickly and negatively impact an individual or a family. According to Lee, the HMS Family Support Services team is here – in both Hidalgo and Grant Counties – to help families and individuals find the day-to-day resources that they need to survive and thrive. By focusing on its mission and providing integrated, patient-centered care, HMS Family Support Services offers resources that are typically available to community members at no or significantly discounted cost. Lee encourages all community members to learn more about HMS Family Support Services by stopping by their office at 110 W. 11th St. in Silver City or by calling (575) 534-0248 today.

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Dr. Bassam Homsi, M.D. Medical Director, Silver City Care Center WRITTEN BY CRAIG A. SMITH I PHOTOGRAPH BY JAY SCOTT Southwestern New Mexico boasts many able medical personnel, from technicians and nurses to physicians and surgeons. One of the most active and dedicated is Dr. Bassam Homsi, M.D. An internist based in Deming, Homsi is Medical Director at Silver City Care Center, the city's 100-bed skilled-nursing facility. He also is medical director of Sunshine Haven Nursing Home in Lordsburg, and responsible for nursing home patients in Deming. He has been working in the region for nearly 20 years. He came here from Mount Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Mich., where he had worked and held a residency after study at Wayne State University in Detroit. At Silver City Care Center he is responsible for the overall care of the patient population, from those ambulatory and generally independent to those needing skilled nursing care. "I love to help the elderly," the doctor said. "My nurse practitioner, Sara Campbell and myself cover the service. It makes me feel better when I help a lot of people especially the ones who can't communicate their problems. It's challenging, yes, but at the end of the road it is extremely rewarding." Therefore, the goal of working with patients with such notable and often immediate needs "is to make them function better without being in pain, so they can have a good life and a good lifestyle. We always try to find a balance to allow them to have the kind of life they would have at home." A major part of the care equation, he said, is having a good relationship with both the patients and their families. He considers those entrusted to him as individuals with their own hopes, needs, and personalities, not just numbers in a record book. "For me, it's very important to have this kind of relationship," he explained. "You have to make it work properly and professionally. It is a field that demands immediate action, all the time. My phone is available for any emergency. "It's very important, to work with the rehab center staff to decrease the need for narcotics, sedatives, in the nursing home," he added. "I'm pushing very hard to find the balance to keep (patients) comfortable without being sedated. We are doing much better than a lot of nursing homes in that aspect and we continue to do so." Asked what has kept him in the region for some 20 years, Homsi was definite. "The people!" he said. "Absolutely, that's number one. They're very genuine, positive, and receptive to everybody. I've known people a long time, and they have become good friends. It's not just a patient-doctor relationship. “I truly believe, if you give the best you have, that's what you will receive."


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