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6 Editor’s Notebook • No Time to Waste
Silly season at the Roundhouse. By David A. Fryxell Progress against violence here, but still far to go in much of Mexico. By Marjorie Lilly
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34 The Starry Dome • Canis Major, the Big Dog
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8 Desert Diary
Bus and taxi drivers, golfers and dogs, plus more reader tales.
35 Body, Mind & Spirit • Greasing the Wheels
Local Bicycle Advocacy Group aims at increased bike safety. By Donna Clayton Walter
10 Tumbleweeds • Flying Lessons
Watching ravens learn to take wing. By Erin Evans. Plus the Top 10.
36 Body, Mind & Spirit • Rx for R & R
Reclaiming a day of rest. By Carol Venolia
12 Talking Horses • Trailer Troubles
A horse asks, “If it’s so much fun, why don’t YOU ride back there?” By Scott Thomson
37 Body, Mind & Spirit • Breathing Easier
Creating a healthier indoor environment for you and your pets. EarthTalk
14 Ramblin’ Outdoors • Ma Nature’s Children
Snow and rain, mud and wind, the good and bad. By Larry Lightner
39 Body, Mind & Spirit • The Anti-Cancer Diet
Nine healthy ideas to reduce your cancer risk by eating right. By Linda B. White
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15 100 Hikes • The Other Georgetown
Not the posh Washington, DC, neighborhood—the forested New Mexico hiking trail. By Linda Ferrara
42 Body, Mind & Spirit • Weekly Events
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43 Henry Lightcap’s Journal • Analog Addiction
He’s making a list… and checking it on his phone. By Henry Lightcap
16 Southwest Gardener • Pre-Spring Debut
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18 Arts Exposure • The Oreo Cookie Principle
Artist Louise Sackett paints with passion, bolstered by intellect. By Marjorie Lilly
44 Red or Green? • Dining Guide
Restaurant guide for Southwest New Mexico.
46 Red or Green? • Magical Dining
The new Savoy de Mesilla. By Peggy Platonos.
21 Arts Exposure • Fair Forecast for Art
Annual art fair in Las Cruces.
48 Red or Green? • Table Talk
22 Arts Exposure • Arts Scene
Latest area art happenings.
49 40 Days & 40 Nights
Complete area events guide for March and early April.
23 Arts Exposure • Gallery Guide
Where to enjoy art in our area.
50 The To-Do List
Don’t-miss events this month.
24 Adventures • Becoming Trekkerman
The first steps in walking the world’s best trails. By Ric Samulski
26 Four-Legged Friends • Second-Chance Ranch
At her Harmony and Hope Horse Haven, Ruth Plenty makes a home for horses not ready for the finish line. By Dawn Newman-Aerts
54 Continental Divide • Going Topless
Tis the season to scream at idiot drivers. By David A. Fryxell About the cover: “Afternoon at Holly’s” by Louise Sackett. For more about the artist, see this month’s Arts Exposure section and louisesackettfineart. com.
28 Letter from Santa Fe • Square Pegs in the Roundhouse
The legislature’s 60-day theater of the absurd. By Jeff Berg
30 Out and About • Have Hound, Will Hike
A dog can make a great hiking companion—if you’re both prepared. By Karen Ray
33 Borderlines • By the Numbers
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eople who think we ought to go back to the another legislative session in which it looks like “good old days” when state legislatures, rath- not nearly enough will get done. er than direct popular vote, elected US senators obviously don’t pay enough attention to New Mexico’s Roundhouse. Every legislative session, our representatives in Santa Fe give us new reason to wonder whether they should be allowed to vote Steve Pearce skips the on anything at all—much less replace the will of State of the Union. the people in electing US senators. Not that our legislature doesn’t have a full plate t’s not only in Santa Fe where the people’s busithis year. The state’s two big pension plans need a ness sometimes takes a back seat to extremist $12 billion fix. A possible compromise to address agendas. You may have wondered, for example, the problem of non-citizens obtaining New Mexico where our own Rep. Steve Pearce was during last driver’s licenses—which could keep the rest of us month’s State of the Union address to a joint sesfrom boarding airplanes with our own licenses— sion of Congress. Pearce, who never met an endanawaits action. Three bills have been introduced gered species he didn’t loathe, was home in New to implement the will of 81% of New Mexico vot- Mexico at a public hearing on the status of the ers who, in November, directed the Legislature to lesser prairie chicken. come up with basic requirements for PRC candiAs he tweeted in explanation of his absence, dates. (For more on this session, see Jeff Berg’s “Public hearing on the chicken is the same day as report in this issue.) the State of the Union. It’s more important to be in To her credit, though we may not agree with all NM, standing with you.” her proposals, Gov. Martinez has laid out a clear The US Fish and Wildlife Service is weighagenda for legislative action, including fixing the li- ing whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a cense problem and stricter stanthreatened species. According dards for school promotion. to Pearce spokesman Eric Layer, Contact us! Yet the legislature has re“The hearing date has long been PO Box 191 sponded, as in past years, by on the congressman’s calendar, Silver City, NM 88062 frittering away precious time since before the announcement telephone (575) 538-4374 in its 60-day session. Roswell of the State of the Union adRep. Nora Espinoza introduced dress. This is a very important isemail: a clearly unconstitutional measue to New Mexico. New Mexico email@example.com sure that would have made enjobs, as well as millions of firstname.lastname@example.org forcement of federal gun laws lars in state revenue for email@example.com a third-degree felony. Carlsbad tion, are at stake over this deciRep. Cathrynn Brown made sion. Rep. Pearce believes that it headlines with a bill that would was important to stand with his have punished victims of rape and incest for “tam- constituents at the hearing.” pering with evidence” if they obtained abortions. In an earlier statement, Pearce charged, “The (Brown quickly recanted and said the bill had been push to list the lesser prairie chicken comes badly crafted. But one would hope that legislators straight from a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biofine-tune their measures before attempting to enact logical Diversity. It was chosen not because of scithem, not only after a public outcry.) However you ence, but to attack our energy production, farming feel about the difficult issues of guns and abortion, and ranching here in southern New Mexico.” He these measures are symbols, not substance, and gave no details, however, on how the listing would only serve to inflame passions rather than bring us endanger jobs, just rhetoric like, “The Endangered together for solutions. Species Act is one of the most heavy-handed, unBrown and Silver City Rep. Dianne Hamilton bending laws we have. As we’ve already seen, also both proposed bills to address the largely non- it gives bureaucrats the power to destroy entire existent problem of voter fraud in New Mexico. economies with hardly a second thought.” (See “The Fraud of Voter Fraud,” November 2012 Actually, US Fish and Wildlife has already bent Editor’s Notebook.) to business interests in proposing a “threatened” status rather than the more stringent “endanf Brown were looking for more carefully writ- gered.” The “threatened” status allows Fish and ten extreme legislation, the American Legisla- Wildlife more flexibility in crafting conservation tive Exchange Council (ALEC) would no doubt measures for the bird. We don’t know enough about the issue to form an be happy to oblige. Backed by big corporations and right-wing special interests, ALEC drafts and opinion. But Pearce’s fervent opposition to conserpromotes model legislation on topics ranging from vation efforts—skipping the State of the Union!— blocking environmental protection to attacking shows a lack of balance on environmental issues. This even extends to staffing decisions: The conunions to turning back the clock on marriage and divorce. The organization’s success is a cautionary gressman recently hired Las Crucen Fred Huff as Distale in entrusting too much power to amateur state trict Policy Advisor. Huff, described by the Sun-News as “a lifelong land access advocate,” has frequently legislatures. In neighboring Arizona, the controversial petitioned for extreme anti-environmental positions. anti-immigrant SB 1070 had its roots in an ALEC Huff opposed creation of the Prehistoric Trackways closed-door meeting with for-profit prison industry National Monument and wrote Gov. Martinez about lobbyists. This year, an Arizona bill with language the conspiracy-theorists’ favorite “Agenda 21” (acsimilar to that pushed by ALEC in other states cording to Wikipedia, “a non-binding, voluntarily sought to empower teachers to be global-warming implemented action plan of the United Nations with deniers. Arizona also had its own bill criminalizing regard to sustainable development”). Maybe the lesser prairie chicken really is a federal gun-law enforcement—likely not a coincifeathered job killer. That whirring sound you hear dence. At least our Southwestern legislatures haven’t could be the UN’s black helicopters. But it’s more gone as far as Virginia—yet—where a legislator in- likely that Steve Pearce needs some input on entroduced a bill calling for the state to issue its own vironmental and other issues from outside the currency. And then there’s Tennessee, where the extreme right-wing blogosphere and beyond his city of Memphis narrowly outmaneuvered a legis- corporate cash machine. He might even have learned something at the lative attempt to bar it from renaming city parks that honor Confederate figures including an early State of the Union address. k “dragon” in the KKK. While it’s perhaps comforting to know that New David A. Fryxell is editor of Desert Mexico isn’t alone in wasting the taxpayers’ time, Exposure. there’s no excuse for failing to prioritize the issues
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noticed in Henry Lightcap’s column in the February 2013 issue his use of the word “hoards” when referring to barbaric Mongols. While that is a bona fide word, he should have used the word “hordes” in referring to a mob or other unruly group, such as the Mongols. The supreme example of hoards can be found in the case of the Collyer brothers of New York City. Glenn Theron Silver City k Let us hear from you! Write Desert Exposure Letters, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters are subject to editing for style and length (maximum 500 words, please), and must be in response to content that has appeared in our pages. Deadline for the next issue is the 18th of the month.
aving a modicum of information and plenty of opinion, I’ll give you my take on Downtown Silver City after being in the area for close to 20 years (“The Sky Is NOT Falling,” Editor’s Notebook, February). There are currently about 16 vacant business locations on Bullard in a matter of five streets, and although some recent closings have caused a media stir, many of these have been closed for long periods, some several years. Certainly the start of a ghost town. On the other hand, if you canvas the non-downtown parts of Silver City, up Hudson, Pope and Hwy. 180, I doubt if you’ll find more than a few vacancies, and those that occurred in the past were filled in a short time (the Bealls center, the old motorcycle complex, the Adobe Springs mini-mall, the old Walmart site, etc.). And don’t give me that old wives’ tale that “Walmart drove businesses from downtown.” No Lightner Lover True, you can’t compete with Walmart on price, egarding Larry Lightner’s “The Law of Nabut there are many niches that can survive. Anyture,” Ramblin’ Outdoors, February: It’s way, Walmart probably accounts for more employpathetic when an irrational hunter tries ees than all of downtown, and donates heavily to to employ theology and philosophy to rationallocal functions. (Does downtown?) And why is ize his destructive behavior while afflicted with it that all the franchises and national brands are his ignorance of sentient animals as compared outside of downtown (except for to plants and the natural order lonely Domino’s)? of nature. Why? What is the difference? Bob Young A finger does point to regulations Las Cruces and a lack of proper incentives. Several businessmen have told Looks Aren’t Everything me that the climate there hinders, much enjoyed David Fryxell’s not helps. Continental Divide column, The REAL Chamber of Com“Beauty and the Beast” (Febmerce hides out way up Hwy. 180, ruary). Watching the Super Bowl and probably has no love for its commercials featuring babes and previous neighbors. nerds just confirmed what he I don’t have any idea what the wrote. It’s a slam dunk you don’t purpose of the “Green” Chamneed to be a hunk. Just have a ber of Commerce is, but all the sense of humor or something. I myriad organizations, including Correction: The caption in the had to laugh at one commercial the City Council, should focus lower right of page 26 in our where a hot bombshell makes out less on springtime at Big Ditch, February issue, in the article with a passionate fat nerd wearstreet dances, foreign language “Making Mariachi,” should ing glasses. Then the message apmovies, solar water heating have identified the student pears, “When sexy meets smart, monsters for the visitors center, in the foreground as Arturo your small business scores.” and the like, and get some out- Dominguez, and the one in Touchdown! side, objective consultation on the background as MontserPaul Hoylen how to fix downtown for those rat Ramirez. Deming
who have disposable income. Let’s face it, downtown competes with the rest of Silver City and is losing. In my opinion, the main potential sources of customers for downtown are retirees, tourists and the employees of the biggest employer in the area, the mine. So the question is: What downtown attracts them? Art galleries? Artists don’t buy the products of the huge number of art galleries, tourists do! Yet it embarrasses me to be downtown on a weekend and to see tourists walking on Bullard past the vacant stores and the other businesses that are closed, because “we always close on the weekend.” I could go on and on, but I really think the town should hire an outside consultant to tell them what they don’t want to hear. Bert de Pedro Silver City
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what he had learned in Sunday School. “‘Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.’ “‘Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?’ his mother asked. “‘Well, no, Mom, but, if I told it the way the teacher did, you’d never believe it!’” “A Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible—Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. “Little Rick was excited about the task, but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. “On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know.’ “Isn’t that so true?” good walk spoiled… Just in case you ever need to know, here from Shanty Shaker is “The Polite Irish Way to Call Someone a Bastard”: “A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole of the Dunmurry Golf Club, outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland, when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him. The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome. “They were even after the first few holes. The second guy said, ‘We’re about evenly matched, how about playing for five quid a hole?’ “The first guy said that he wasn’t much for betting, but after winning the next few holes agreed to the terms. “The second guy won the last 12 holes with ease. “As they were walking off number 18, the second guy was busy counting his 60 quid when he confessed that he was the pro at a neighboring course and liked to pick on suckers. “The first fellow revealed that he was the parish priest at the nearby St. Anne’s Church. The pro was flustered and apologetic, offering to return the money. “The priest said, ‘You won fair and square and I was foolish to bet with you. You keep your winnings.’ “The pro said, ‘Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?’ “The priest said, ‘Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation.... and, if you would be so kind as to bring your mother and father along, I’ll marry them.”
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nnals of inebriation… Let us be clear that in sharing this funny from The Santa Claran, we are in no way minimizing the seriousness of drinking and driving, a problem New Mexico seems to suffer in abundance. In any case, it seems the jokester here has learned a lesson: “I’d like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving. As you well know, some of us have been lucky not to have had brushes with the law on our way home from the various social events over the years. “Last week, I went to the Buffalo with some friends and had a few too many beers and then topped it off with a margarita. Not a good idea. Knowing full well that I was at least slightly over the limit, I did something I’ve never done before: I called Corre Caminos to take me home. “Sure enough, as luck would have it, I came to a police roadblock about a mile from my house, but because it was a Corre Caminos bus, they waved it past. “I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise, because I’ve never driven a bus before and am not sure where I got it.”
“After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the guy’s table and said, ‘I study psychology and I know what a man is thinking. I guess you felt embarrassed, right?’ “The guy responded in a loud voice, ‘$500 FOR ONE NIGHT? THAT’S TOO MUCH!’ “All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock. “The guy whispered in her ear: ‘I study law and I know how to make someone appear guilty.’” Then there’s this tale from GeeRichard: “Ben, a long-time Santa Fe taxi driver, is parked at a curb when a beautiful, bare-naked young woman jumps into his cab. His jaw drops when he turns to see her, but he avoids saying anything. “Grinning back, the obviously drunken dame chides: ‘Whatsamatta, you never seen a woman’s body before? Or are you just so overwhelmed by my boobs?’ “Ben shakes his heads and says to her, ‘Naw, I’ve seen plenty of pretty bodies and boobs. My problem is I’m just wondering where you’re gonna pull out the fare if I take you anywhere.’”
Postcards from the edge… Readers continue to respond to our invitation to submit photos of themselves on vacation holding “the biggest little paper in the Southwest.” First, here are Victor and Arlene Trujillo of Deming, posing with their favorite publication in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
osing the battle of the sexes… This academic edition of our perennial coverage of the gender wars comes courtesy of GeraldH: “A guy asked a girl in a library: ‘Do you mind if I sit beside you?’ The girl replied with a loud voice: ‘I DON’T WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU!’ All the students in the library started staring at the guy, and of course he was embarrassed.
ids say the darnedest things… After all that sex, drinking and sin, it’s time for a visit to Sunday school, with thanks to Deborah: “The Sunday school teacher was describing how Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, ‘My mommy looked back once while she was driving,’ he announced triumphantly, ‘and she turned into a telephone pole!’” “A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, ‘If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?’ “A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, ‘I think I’d throw up.’” “A Sunday school teacher asked, ‘Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?’ “‘No,’ replied Johnny. ‘How could he, with just two worms?’” “A Sunday school teacher said to her children, ‘We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me what it is?’ “One child blurted out, ‘Aces!’” “Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother
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ou’re only as old as you feel… A tale of the joys of aging, sent our way by CharlesC: “A rather elderly gentleman, in his mid-80s, walks into an upscale cocktail lounge. He is very well-dressed, smelling slightly of an expensive after-shave, hair well-groomed, great-looking suit, flower in his lapel. He presents a suave, well-looked-after image. “Seated at the bar is a finelooking lady in her mid-70s. The gentleman walks over, sits alongside of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, ‘So tell me, Good Looking, do I come here often?’”
why tell it to me or anyone at all?’ “The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. “It also explains why Socrates never found out that his wife was cheating on him with Diogenes.” k Send your favorite anecdotes, jokes, puns and tall tales to Desert Diary, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, or email email@example.com. The best submission each month gets a brand-new Desert Exposure mouse pad, scientifically proven to take the strain out of emailing jokes to Desert Diary.
Postcards from the edge… Back in this hemisphere, here is Anthony Romero of Santa Clara at Point of the Bears in Lake Payette, McCall, Idaho. He writes, “It’s one of the most scenic spots in the state of Idaho. I spent Thanksgiving in McCall with Frankie and Nancy Romero and family, Robbie and Maria.”
isdom of the ages… Writes Ned Ludd, “Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip.”
ur pets, ourselves… One of those “Eureka!” moments, shared by the Silver City Greek: “It just hit me! My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the doctor once a year for his checkup, and again during the year, if any medical needs arise. For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him. “He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep. If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He receives these accommodations absolutely free. “He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever. All of his costs are picked up by others who earn a living. “I was just thinking about all this and suddenly it hit me like a ton of bricks: “My dog is a CONGRESSMAN!” Share your own eureka moments, jokes, anecdotes and humorous life lessons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ondering the imponderables… Some laws of the universe that no doubt will seem all too familiar from your own personal experience, courtesy of Yerby: “Law of Mechanical Repair—After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee. “Law of Gravity—Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe. “Law of Probability—The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. “Law of Random Numbers—If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal—and someone always answers. “Variation Law—If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now. (Works every time.) “Law of the Bath—When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings. “Law of Close Encounters—The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with. “Law of the Result—When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, IT WILL! “Law of Biomechanics—The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach. “Law of the Theater and Hockey Arena—At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.”
Indeed we will! “In ancient Greece (469-399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, ‘Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?’ “‘Wait a moment,’ Socrates replied. ‘Before you tell me, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.’ “‘Triple Filter?’ asked the acquaintance. “‘That’s right,’ Socrates continued. ‘Before you talk to me about Diogenes, let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?’ “‘No,’ the man said. ‘Actually, I just heard about it.’ “‘All right,’ said Socrates. ‘So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?’ “‘No, on the contrary...’ “‘So,’ Socrates continued, ‘you want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?’ “The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, ‘You may still pass the test, though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?’ “‘No, not exactly.’ “‘Well,’ concluded Socrates, ‘if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful,
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ur ranch came with two ravens. We have been here nearly seven years, and they are year-round residents. They have become very comfortable with us and allow us to observe the finer points of raven parenting every spring. Privately, I call them Edgar and Lenore (I was an English major). They are very dedicated to each other, never very far apart, and seem to be equally involved in the care and training of the youngsters. Last year, the two babies got blown out of the nest before they were really flightworthy. They could kind of blunder up Edgar and Lenore in winter. (Photos by Erin Evans) onto a low branch, but it was a slow process. Unfortunately, our the corrals is a windmill tower, with the windmill dogs killed one before I could get to it, but I man- removed. In addition, I have quite a few feeders of aged to rescue the other and brought him in the various configurations scattered around because house, where my husband dubbed him Clyde (he I enjoy the huge variety of birds that live here or was a physics major). We had a big bird cage, but pass through. In short, it is Birdie Heaven. It is also ravens are pretty good-sized birds and after only prime training ground for baby ravens. about a week Clyde was experimenting with flapThey start out by coming to the big drinker, both ping and jumping around, so we had to come up for water and because there are always cattle going with a different arrangement. Besides which, he in and out, so there are lots of bugs and lizards to was noisy and messy. catch. They sit on the panels or on the plank fence So we fixed him up a perch and a shelf for while Edgar and Lenore feed them, squawking and food and water in the greenhouse. Clyde was in shaking their wings, beaks open, each demanding there only for a couple of days when Edgar and to be fed first. They are incredibly vocal, but don’t Lenore realized where he was. They would sit on yet have the vocabulary of the adults; it is mostly a the fence outside the greenhouse and jump up and lot of squawking and shrieking. down, talking to him the whole time. He would see One afternoon, I was working in the garden them flying over and start squawking, and when and realized that the yard was strangely quiet. I they landed on the walked around to that fence, he would jump side and saw all three up and down and flap youngsters huddled on in response. He could the fence under the big fly across the greencottonwood tree, silent house, but he also and immobile, with shredded some letMom and Dad nowhere tuce and pecked holes in sight. in the peppers where This became a patthey had begun to turn tern I observed on the red and yellow. So we afternoons I happened released him back to to be around the house. parental custody and The kids would sit quienjoyed watching him etly, then after a while learn the raven ways they would start chatthrough the summer until he moved on. tering in low tones. I could just imagine the conversation: “How much longer do you think they’ll be his past summer, Edgar and Lenore fledged gone?” “Do you suppose they’ll bring food?” Then three youngsters, a first. Each spring, I watch suddenly Edgar and Lenore would come swoopthem to see when they start building their ing in from somewhere, and the cacophony would nest so I can get a general idea of where it is locat- start all over again. There seemed to be a definite training regimen ed. They always come down to the house to drink and they forage around the corrals and the yard, as the youngsters got stronger. Each new phase but there is a quiet period before the kids hatch. would be accompanied by much flapping and After they hatch and before they are ready to leave squawking, “You want me to land WHERE?” Trees the nest, there is a lot of flying back and forth feed- or fences would be approached, wings flapped craing those hungry mouths. Then comes the morning zily, and sometimes the kid would veer off and cirwhen I hear that unmistakable high-pitched shriek cle around again. One afternoon they had zeroed of a young raven making an uncertain flight. The in on a tall oak by the side of the canyon. Two of them had already arrived at their perches in a top fun has begun. We have quite a few large trees at the headquar- branch, using their wings to maintain a precarious ters, plus a perimeter fence, part of which is made balance. The third one came in, veering from side of heavy oak planks, and corral fences, with lots to side and flapping wildly, and managed to knock of places for inexperienced flyers to land. We have both of the others off the branch. Fortunately, it several permanent drinkers, and at the bottom of was a thickly foliated tree, and after much shrieking and flailing, everyone regained a foothold.
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his went on all summer, and provided daily entertainment. Landing on top of the windmill tower was apparently some kind of final exam. The kids got pretty comfortable around us, and would sometimes stake out a bird feeder and clean up the seed that
pattern of observing my morning rounds, always aware of opportunities to pick up any seed or grain I might spill or toss in their direction. On a quiet, cloudy morning in mid-October, we were all down feeding the old horses when three black missiles came swooping out of the west, squawking and chattering, delighted to be home. Edgar and Lenore didn’t seem to return the feeling: “What the heck are THEY doing here?” They retreated to a bare tree on the ridge above the nest site. The youngsters have been around a couple of times since then, but they get a pretty chilly reception from Mom and Dad, and seem to have settled into another watering facility a little farther down the canyon. Edgar and Lenore are never too far away, either from the headquarters or from each other, and I have come to enjoy their presence tremendously. I am already looking forward to this year’s fledglings. k Erin Evans, an English and philosophy major at Williams College, lives on the historic C Bar Ranch between Silver City and Lordsburg.
had been kicked on the ground. Or they would sit on the roof of the bunkhouse porch, waiting to pick up any dog food that hadn’t been finished. They didn’t really need to be fed any more, but if Edgar or Lenore landed near them on the fence, they would still open their beaks, shake their wings, and squawk like babies. As the summer drew to a close, Edgar and Lenore would take the kids out away from the headquarters for longer and longer periods. Sometimes the youngsters wouldn’t come back until the next afternoon. Finally, near the end of August, tranquility returned, and Edgar and Lenore were once more on their own, sitting together in companionable silence. They went back to their
Who and what’s been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google. com). Trends noted are vs. last month’s total hits; * indicates new to the list. Number in parenthesis indicates last month’s Top 10 rank. Should we be worried that suddenly New Mexicans are the only ones talking about the Spaceport? Meanwhile, is it time to send Bill Richardson to North Korea again to keep them from nuking us? 1. (4) Gov. Susana Martinez—2,950 hits (▲) 2. (-) New Sen. Martin Heinrich—269 hits (▲) 3. (8) Sen. Tom Udall—252 hits (▼) 4. (1) New Mexico drought—190 hits (▼) 5. (-) New Mexico wolves—185 hits (▲) 6. (3) Virgin Galactic—182 hits (▼) 7. (-) Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson—175 hits (▼) 8. (-) Ex-Sen. Jeff Bingaman—128 hits (▼) 9. (-) Rep. Steve Pearce—106 hits (▼) 10. (-) New Mexico wildfires—74 hits (▼) In the recent movie remake Red Dawn, North Korea invades the USA. Maybe somebody should have called in Bill Richardson before it came to that?
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sk anyone who works with horses, “What’s your least favorite problem to fix?” and I’m sure trailer issues will be on the shortlist. It’s where the basic nature of the horse is in direct conflict with the needs of the human. Asking a large, highly claustrophobic flight animal, which relies on sight, hearing and smell to evaluate danger, to get into a very small space with no way to escape is something that makes absolutely no sense to a horse. We expect them to feel safe, no matter what the quality of our equipment or the skill of our driving, and to believe all other drivers on the road are sane and respectful of someone pulling a horse trailer. Even we don’t believe that! Studying the psychology of the horse, I’m truly amazed they will do this for us. If you’ve ever ridden in a horse trailer, you know it is a pretty awful experience. If you suffer from any of the many phobias associated with everyday life, you know how hard it is to do something when all your instincts say you shouldn’t. I know plenty of people who are uneasy about getting in a crowded elevator, a subway car or a plane. Maybe fear of being trapped in a small space with no escape is universal for all living things. Rational thought may get us over our fears, in some cases, but rational thought doesn’t guide the behavior of horses and most other creatures. One of my first students saw her trailer problem like this: “He should just go in—it’s what horses are supposed to do. I want to go for a ride. He should look forward to that and know he’ll be safe.” Back then, I let that one roll off my back. Today, I’d probably advise her to consider an activity that didn’t require working with another living being. I don’t think in 50 million years there has ever been a horse who said to itself, “Hey, I’m willing to be trapped in that little metal can because it will be fun afterward!” When I first started with horses, I didn’t even own a trailer. We had direct access to miles of trails with extraordinary beauty and a wide variety of riding challenges. But I noted that in every clinic I attended, trailer loading was a central piece of the program and the subject of many participant questions. In addition, every trailer loading demo I saw involved a nice trailer parked in an arena with perfect footing, allowing the clinician to work in relative safety to quickly accomplish the task using the approach of making the trailer the “good place to rest” and everywhere else a place to work. It made perfect sense based on the psychology of the horse. But I saw the techniques were hard for some people to master and I knew many of the horses did not load when they went home with their owners. I got pretty good at this task myself and was able to load almost any horse. To get my Horseman level certification from Dennis Reis, I even had to load my own horse at liberty from the other side of the arena, maybe 75 feet away, without any rope, using only my body language, voice and training stick. Try that at home sometime and you’ll get a sense of how much a horse really wants to get in a trailer if he is free to make other choices and there are no treats involved!
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horse and owner. I believe you need to build that foundation before you specialize, and that trailer loading is really a form of specialization—like developing your horse for a specific riding discipline. Before you try to do something like reining, dressage or even trailer loading, put the foundation in place first. It was also obvious I had to be able to help people and their horses in less than perfect working conditions, perhaps with safer techniques requiring less movement and leaving the trailer until the end of a process. Three foundation principles have to be in place to make the trailer less stressful for a horse. First, the horse has to believe that yielding softly and willingly to pressure, especially a forward or backward request, is a safe and correct response. Second, he has to learn patience and to wait for your direction. Third, he must have experienced some sensory challenges, presented progressively and with success, that help him deal with his claustrophobic nature. If all of this is put in place without using a trailer, I think you’d be surprised at how quickly the trailer itself becomes a non-issue. I do this with the basic tools of natural horsemanship and some simple “toys” and homemade equipment. The first goal is get the basic yields in place so the horse responds willingly and softly. Reward the slightest give or a single step by releasing the pressure, making the horse’s success clear and obvious to him. Once you can send your horse anywhere, bring him to a stop where he is focused only on you, waiting for your next request, you’re ready to move on. I use barrels (plastic, not metal), ground poles, tarps, plywood and similar things to reinforce that going over, under or through things based on my direction will always be OK and will lead to rest, reward and praise. You can simulate a trailer with barrels and ground poles to set up an alley and even a slanted space and gate. Send your horse into this space and back him out, gradually making the space tighter and closer to your trailer dimensions. You can add some plywood or a homemade “bridge” to simulate what a horse experiences stepping into or out of a trailer. Sometimes I hang my “carwash” over my simulated trailer. Any horse that will walk calmly through my carwash while going over my bridge, and back through it as well, will go in a trailer with few problems. The beauty of this approach is that you can do it with a much greater margin of safety for you and your horse. Knocking over a plastic barrel is a far better option than rearing up in a trailer.
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hen I started my training business, a funny thing happened. In 10 years I’ve never been called to help with a trailer-loading problem where I arrived to find a high-quality, bright, modern trailer parked in a arena with great footing where it would be easy and safe to work. Typically there is a trailer parked in a driveway or field with lousy footing. The trailer, kept together with twine, rope or bungee cords, had seen better days. A quick look around the area would show evidence of damage or struggles from previous attempts to “fix” the problem. Sometimes, the horse would show evidence of injury from those attempts. After this heavy dose of reality, I thought differently about the problem. I saw this as a foundation training problem, similar to other behavioral issues tied to lack of solid foundation between the
he point of all this is simple. The trailer is just a specific sensory challenge for a horse. Any good horseman knows that to get a horse comfortable and relaxed with a situation, you first need the horse to respect your leadership, give softly to pressure and follow your direction. From there, you can tackle any issue by gradually moving to it in progressive small steps, rewarding success at each step. Forget the trailer at first and build your foundation instead; then when you do get to it you’ll find your horse will approach it as just another part of the exercise. It won’t be about jamming him in there, shutting the door and hoping everything is OK. Like just about everything we ask our horses to do, if he is emotionally invested in the process rather than being focused on the thing, it will just be one other exercise the two of you do together as a partnership, even if it doesn’t make any sense to him. k Scott Thomson lives in Silver City and teaches natural horsemanship and foundation training. You can contact him at hsthomson@ msn.com or (575) 3881830.
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s I sit at this desk it is Feb. 9, 2013, and it is snowing and blowing outside. Once upon a time I liked snow; that’s because it was thrilling to me. I liked to be out in it, no matter how hard or how softly it was falling, nor how many inches accumulated upon the earth. I not only liked it, but I loved it! That’s because I could do so many things in it. As a kid I built all manner of snow forts; I had innumerable snowball battles to go along with those snow forts. I wonder if kids today still build snow forts? I also loved to hike in it and would take every opportunity to do so. As you may well guess, I loved to hunt in the snow, too! No matter the conditions, I hunted anyway. I’ve always loved to drive in snow. My first true snow vehicles were Volkswagens, including the sportier Karmann Ghia. I soon figured out to pair a set of oversized snow treads on the rear, and I could nigh go anywhere. I remember one time when my bride and I were first married and we were going to her home for the weekend; it was nearly a blizzard out and dark to boot. Back then we owned his and her Ghias and this trip I was driving the faithful old 1960 version with a diminutive 36-horsepower engine that could barely get out of its way on the pavement, but was sure a terror off-road. I didn’t mind because it got 42 measured MPG! Anyway, the snow was about a foot deep already and all of a sudden the road got very bumpy in a rythmic sort of way. I stopped and opened the door and looked down to behold cut corn stalks sticking up out of the snow! It turned out that I had missed a left turn in the road and had meandered cross-wise over the rows of cut corn for about 40 yards. No problemo. I merely put the tranny in first gear and let out the clutch and toodled on out of there, nary slipping a wheel. That’s because I had long ago learned that with the engine over the rear wheels it gave me great traction with those oversized snow tires. In all, in my younger years (before the age of 50), I owned a total of 11 VWs. They were great fun snow and mud vehicles! When I graduated to a two-wheel-drive pickup, it was a 1970 Datsun. I took it off-roading in Southern California and soon got it stuck! I remembered my VW adventures and quickly put oversize snow treads on the rear and then layered a row of cinderblocks in the bed and covered those with plywood. I covered a lot of snowy roads with that Datsun and never got stuck. In 1985 I bought my first new four-wheel-drive pickup, a Ford F150, and three years later moved out to New Mexico with it. It was here that I learned the number-one rule of four-wheel driving: It allows you to get stuck even deeper in the snow! But I digress. I used to like to sled in the snow, too—at least I did until I tried it after a many-year layoff, at age 65. I soon learned that tubing is not for the old-at-heart, nor is sledding..
to ambush all our feet. I will grudgingly admit that when God made snow, He made it with a good point: As it lingers, it slowly sinks into the parched soil and surface-feeds the many plants and trees that desperately need it. By lying upon the leafage it also slowly quenches the thirst that droughtparched vegetation needs. I can appreciate both of those points.
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like Ma Nature’s other child—rain! Unlike snow, it comes and goes and soaks right in and then leaves not much of an after-thought. Around my place the soil is pretty much dry in anywhere from an hour to a day after the rainfall. That means it doesn’t much limit my outdoor activities. I still like to hike in the summer rain, if it is not too cold. And not much beats the pleasure of being under the roof of a tent, tarp or metal roof when the rain falls; I love the soothing sound it makes no matter how hard the rainfall. Rain has several great purposes. It cleanses the air from pollution and dirt. It also cleans the streets and roads from oil. It waters the plants on a short-term basis, and the aquifiers on a longterm basis. A good flashflood from a torrential downpour does wonders for filling tanks, dams and streams. Yeah, I like rain, especially two types: the thunderous lightning storm that comes quickly and almost overwhelms us, and also the slow, mild, allday-long variety that soothes and calms my nerves. The only possible negative effect of rain on me is that I hate those days on end when it never quits raining and the dreaded humidity comes along with it. Boring. s I alluded to before, I hate Mother Nature’s mud. I see no good use for it. It is obnoxious and meddling in the daily affairs that I do. It is ugly to look at and not at all soothing. I have gotten stuck in it both with my feet and with vehicles. I’ve seen cattle mired in it and horses, too. What good is it? I don’t much like wind, either. It limits what I can do. In winter it is cold, and in summer it can be annoying. Notice I’m not talking about wind’s cousin, the breeze. Breezes I can live with and embrace. In my latter years, though, I have trouble hearing what is going on in the wind—not good. I have to wear more clothing if it is windy and cold. I just don’t like it. Wind also creates sandstorms and dust devils; they can be a real hazard to all manner of life forms. I remember one time when we were moving to New Mexico and were somewhere on the road; my wife was driving the Ford. Along came a sudden dust devil and with it a big chunk of wood that swirled right into her path, colliding just at the edge of the top of the windshield. It left a big, dented reminder of what dust devils can do, and had that chunk hit into the windshield I hate to imagine what would have happened to her and the kids. I will grudgingly admit that there is good to the wind. In its favor, it does dry out that ugly old mud. It also fluffs up and makes the soil loamy in the springtime, and for some reason, I like loamy soil. It is good for seed planting and hiking both. Wind also is a cruel but necessary tool to take out the weak and sickly in nature. We soon find out what needs to stay or go when it comes to wind and trees. Wind also blows the dust away, but it causes havoc as it does so. I could go on, but I’m out of space. As always keep the sun forever at your back, the wind forever in your face, and may The Forever God bless you. k When not ramblin’ outdoors, Larry Lightner lives in Silver City.
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probably lost my love affair with snow back in my mid-50s. Part of the reason was that where we live, snowfall had become very rare for some years, and I lost the ability to drive comfortably in it; as with everything, it takes practice to keep up. With that loss, eventually I came to hate the white stuff! It is beautiful to behold while it is snowing and possibly for the first two hours after; then it becomes a pain. After the snow comes the meltdown and that means mud, lingering mud. Ugly brown mud. I hate mud, too. It is hard to drive off-road in, and messy in the house. If I go for a hike, my boots get muddy and no matter how I try to clean them I bring mud in my soles. I also have to fetch a bucket of warm, soapy water to wash the dog’s feet before they can enter my domain. What a pain. It wouldn’t be bad if the snow melted and went away all at once, but it lingers for weeks in shady places, making for that dang mud
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Name: Georgetown Road— Forest Road 4085L Distance: Various Difficulty: Easy to moderate Directions: Starting at the intersection of Hwy. 90 and Hwy. 180, take Hwy. 180 East to Hwy. 152 (7.3 miles). Turn left (north) onto Hwy. 152 and drive 6.3 miles to Georgetown Road. Turn left on Georgetown Road (a very well-maintained dirt road). Travel 1.5 miles to a cattle guard. Right after the cattle guard, on your left, you’ll see FR 4085L. There is a sign for it.
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There are interesting markers to check out. 2. If you continue on Georgetown Road (past FR 4085L), at the 3.9-mile mark you will see another cemetery. (For more on this historic cemetery, see “Grave Undertaking,” November 2007 Tumbleweeds.) 3. At the 4.5-mile mark you can park the car and explore the old building foundations and mining remnants. 4. At the 4.9-mile mark, you’ll come to the Georgetown Cabins. They have an informative sign on the right that describes the history of this area and other points of interest. (For more on the cabins, see “High-Tech Hideaway,” September 2009 Tumbleweeds.) 5. Continue to explore down the side trails and you’ll be rewarded with various mining-activity remnants. Cool stuff! Helpful Hint: The more you know about your hiking area (desert, shaded, mountainous, rocky, water nearby, etc.), the better prepared you can be. For example, if the trail has lots of loose rocks, you may want to bring hiking poles and wear hiking boots that support your ankles. k
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Hike Description: In this hike you will experience a lot of up and down hill terrain. It is nicely treed with the typical juniper, scrub oak and pines. I like this area because there’s a lot to enjoy: wildlife, views of the Kneeling Nun and Gila National Forest, ranch activity and mining history. It’s also close enough to town that you can get there quickly. Keep track of which trail you’re on because there are many intersecting trails and forest roads back there (all worth exploring). Notes: If you’re interested in area history, you may want to check out the following locations along Georgetown Road: 1. When you turn in from Hwy. 152, go just 0.4 miles. On your left you will see an old cemetery.
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his time of year, gardeners are watering, soil building, raking and cleaning up. In-between chores, we consider our gardens’ potential and rouse ourselves to be more horticulturally inventive with forthcoming purchases of plants, trees and seeds. For me, this is a blissful time—knowing that as beauty unfolds over the next few months, the communion that transpires between me and the garden will grow ever more powerful. Year-round, my garden fulfills me. Whether I am indoors viewing it through a window, or rushing along the pathway from front door to sidewalk on a cold blowy day, my creativity genes are operative—focused on embellishing beds or restricting them. I am in “designer’s mode,” thinking about plant combinations that are both stunning and practical. As I write this, my garden rests in situ since late last year. A variety of potted plants from tomatoes and zinnias to helichrysum petiolare (licorice plant) and various ivies are visible, but brittle from seed heads downward. What I observe in the ground are mostly straw-colored perennials: leymus, stipa and miscanthus grasses, nepeta and agastache, the bygone flower pods of delosperma and my dog’s sole patch of buffalo grass—to name only a few. Although these plantings look faded and diminished, they have served as fodder for passerby creatures; even in their current state, they stimulate my eye toward achieving new and effective landscaping schemes. Anyway, I don’t think for a minute that the landscape at Ditch Cottage is glum. Au contraire! nyone with an iota of color sense will appreciate the currently slate, celadon and lavender hues of Sedum rupestre—the outstanding ground cover that resembles spruce tips. Left standing through winter is the statuesque plume poppy (Macleaya cordata), with its dramatic fig-shaped turquoise leaves during the growing season, which shrivel to taupe and mauve. Even my temperamental crabapple tree, which rarely reveals its full spectrum of autumnal confetti flecks, offers nutmeg-colored branches when the months are nippy. “But,” you may admonish me, “the color palette that you describe seems as gothic as a Tim Burton movie!” “Only kind of,” I retort. For the more somber-colored elements of any well-thought-out winter garden are emboldened by evergreen plantings to keep the eye and spirit
Top: Viewing this Buffalo arch (a personal moniker), on C Street at Market in Silver City, always makes me smile. What a dignified gateway! Perhaps the residents have equally grand plans for the hedge surrounding the property. Above: A rare example of topiary in our town growing at Noble Park. It’s so cute! (Photos: Vivian Savitt) uplifted. My stalwarts through the past winter include rosemary and elaeagnus shrubs, yucca, agave, pine and weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies “pendula”). Their backups, in turn, are silver and blue conifers, the red highlights of Nandina domestica (Heavenly bamboo), and a purply-black wallop from the leaves of Cotoneaster parneyi (Parney’s red clusterberry). Also, the silvery-white foliage of thread-leaf sage (formerly called Artemesia filifolia, now reclassified as Seriphidium filifolium) has become a signature shrub on my grounds. I adore its ghostly presence (yikes! Tim Burton again!), windswept shape, water hardiness and aroma. Along with cactus and succulents, all the pre-
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Above: Voila! The sculptural attributes of the common juniper depicted by topiary artist Pearl Fryar on his acreage in Bishopville, South Carolina. If you haven’t done so, see the awe-inspiring documentary “A Man Named Pearl,” available on DVD. You’ll be clippin’ up a storm in no time. (Photo: Nic Barlow, courtesy of Timber Press) viously noted shrub species—with their lovely textural mix—keep the landscape interesting around the calendar.
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hen it comes to texture, I enjoy using herbs as inexpensive and attractive plant choices, not to mention the economic and culinary benefits of growing them outside the kitchen door. Many herbs, such as varieties of sage and oregano, provide a range of foliage colors. Once you’ve seen a pad of thyme nestled around pavestones or the variegated leaves of pineapple mint meandering through low-growing perennials, they become irresistible and essential inhabitants. In spring, I shall expand my herb plantings and place them at appropriate sites throughout the garden. I have decided to limit my vegetable selection to dark green, lutein-rich varieties of kale and chard—with the hoped-for result of improved eyesight. Since space at Ditch Cottage is at a premium, these leafy greens will be propagated in pots. Arugula will hang out with them nearby in the ground. As for tomatoes, I’ll rely upon the kindness of
esides the aforementioned objectives, I have undertaken a personal crusade to inspire anyone who grows juniper in their landscape to take up topiary—or “decorative pruning” if that sounds easier. We need more topiary in these parts, and it’s so amusing to encounter a peculiar shape amongst the scenery. Although shaping and clipping woody plants takes time and practice, juniper is ubiquitous; there is plenty around to allow for both mistakes and disasters. Juniper can be pruned in early spring, so get out your secateurs now. In the meantime, whether you’re layering your raised vegetable beds with new bales of alfalfa and straw, or rinsing out ornamental pots for your new thriller-spiller-and-filler container garden, Think Inventively! Plan to do something unusual this season. k Vivian Savitt gardens at Ditch Cottage in Silver City.
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erally means “open air,” but in common practice it’s everal of Sackett’s paintings are hanging in loosely translated as “with the thing there in front of her house, and there are many more in her you”—instead of painting from a photograph. Currently she paints studio. I like a penmostly in pastels and cil drawing of sliced oils. She usually does lemons that’s hanging in landscapes in oils and a hallway. The lemons still lifes in pastels. are very translucent, “There’s something and I ask Sackett about very sensuous about them. What she points pastels,” she says. out is that the lemons “There’s nothing beare “very abstract in a tween the pigment and lot of ways.” you. There’s nothing A lot of landscapes artificial, no gloves.” are on the walls of her I was attracted to garage-studio. Her use Louise Sackett’s works of color is subtle and because of the luminosthe landscapes are “Mother’s Love” by Louise Sackett. ity she achieves. There’s warm and dreamy. She’s an enthusiast of what is called plein air an acute realism in her still lifes, and she makes sunpainting. She explains that in French the phrase lit- lit colors that leap off the canvas. She, on the other hand, is always talking about the composition, or the nice effect she achieved in a particular shadow of a leaf. She tells me about one of her workshop instructors, Ken Oster, and a certain model for thought passed along by him: Intellect/passion/intellect. “You can’t express passion in a piece of art without it being bolstered by intellect,” she explains. She calls this the “Oreo cookie principle.”
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ackett grew up in a FrenchCanadian community in Gardiner, Mass., a town off Route 2 (a road I know like the back of my hand from my own
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ackett early showed a talent for art herself and headed for an art degree after high school. “I was accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design, but my mother wanted me closer to home,” she says. So she started out taking courses at the Worcestor Art Museum School. This education was cut short by her marriage at 19, when she moved to San Diego. She spent many years getting her BA in art at San Diego State University. SACKETT continued on next page
SACKETT continued She was turned off by abstract art because of instructors who had “absolute sour grapes because they hadn’t made it like Pollock.” Sackett became a confirmed realist when she took her abstract works and burned them. “I literally had a bonfire in the courtyard of the SDSC campus. I got a permit.” But she adds, “Art is big. There’s room for all.”
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ackett had a career for 25 years with the Navy in San Diego doing work that involved armament systems. “I was a classically trained artist but could understand computerspeak,” she says. “I did 3D modeling, schematics, animations and scenario training.” Some of her talent for this may have come from her grandmother’s training. “I had the ability to translate anything they told me into visuals,” she says. “I liked the tactile element of the thing. “Art took a back seat,” she adds, although she did take workshops during the last few years of this time period.
“Serenity Valley” by Louise Sackett. She describes his contemporary, Paul Gauguin, “For a roué, he was really good,” she jokes, using the French term for a rake or debauchee. “His color is phenomenal—rich, saturated, lush.” She admires current Minnesota painter Jeffrey T. Larson. ”He’s the total antithesis of Gauguin,” she says. “He’s controlled, muted. His composition is right on the money.” About John Singer Sargent, she says, “He practiced economy of means. If one stroke can say it, don’t use three to ten.” She also likes contemporary landscape artist Camille Przewodek. “She’s from what they call the Cape Cod School,” Sackett says. “She uses an entirely different color system. Her work literally glows.”
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he’s now pretty much a full-time artist, actively exhibiting her own art and taking workshops. She’s even given a couple of workshops herself in Silver City. “The light is what attracts me to the subject matter,” she says. “The light is the attraction; it’s the hook. You like things that glow, like any child. I’m a child.” But she says she always asks herself, “Is the composition strong enough to ith the help of her carry it?” husband, Sackett “Whitewater at the Catwalk” I keep asking her how she spends a lot of time gets such beautiful light into these days taking trips outdoors her paintings. “If you look at a thing long enough, to do paintings, although limited by the weather and you see more and more things,” she says. “It’s the sometimes bad health. She finds painting on boards way light breaks across an object, the way it falls easier than using a notepad or easel. on it, the way it lessens as the object turns.” She doesn’t use pastels, because “pastels break, “You have to understand the structure of it, as and they’re very expensive,” she says. The car is it’s revealed by light,” she says deliberately, as if always packed with oil paints and other supplies summarizing her approach to painting. for their trips, and she carries what she can into In one of her blog entries titled “Getting the the field with a backpack. Glow,” she describes what this glow is: “SomeSackett is affiliated with many organizations times it’s in your face. Sometimes you have to hunt including the International Plein Air Painting Sociit down, get under a tree and look up, glance at a ety (IPAP), American Women Artists (AWA), Black sun-filled sky of backlit clouds, lean over a cliff to Range Artists and Fine Line Artists. see the magical effect of light.” “I want to build a community out here,” she says, meaning an art society made up of people livn comments about other artists, past and pres- ing in the houses in the surrounding hills. k ent, who have influenced her, Sackett is full of enthusiasm (the word “amazing” pops up over Louise Sackett’s website is at and over) and pungent observations. louisesackettfineart.com. “I gravitate towards painters that paint light,” Marjorie Lilly writes the Borderlines column. she starts out saying, mentioning Swedish painter Anders Zorn.
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otters from Mata Ortiz will be guest artists for the third annual Las Cruces Arts Fair, March 15-17 at the convention center. The fair opens on Friday from 5-9 p.m. with a gala including music and a cash bar. Then Saturday and Sunday will feature more than 100 artists from across the country and their works, selected for the juried fair. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 each day including Friday night, with children under 12 free on Saturday. The 17 potters from the village of Mata Ortiz, Mexico, will demonstrate their techniques and sell their creations. Mata Ortiz artists participating are Laura Bugarini, Martin Cota Guillen, Hector Gallegos Jr., Hector Gallegos Sr., Graciela Martinez de Gallegos, Paula Gallegos Bugarini, Aide Gonzales, Eli Navarette Ortiz, Jorge Quintana, Manuel “Manola” Rodriquez Guillen, Damian Escarcega, Lydia Quesada, Miguel Escarsega Quezada, Gregorio “Goyin” Silveira, Jesus Octavio “Tavo” and Sabino Villalba. Participating artists include 43 from New Mexico, 15 from Texas, 14 from Colorado as well as representatives of Arizona, California, Montana, Washington, Maryland, Indiana, Oregon, Missouri, Virginia, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Idaho. The fair will feature artist demonstrations as well as children’s art activities (free for ages 6 to 12). All artists will contribute to a silent auction that benefits the Doña Ana Arts Council, sponsors of this event. A wide variety of artists and artworks will be featured, including: • hand-drawn and hand-dyed silk garments by Sue Orchant of Albuquerque • hand-woven and naturally dyed jackets and coats by Elizabeth Jenkins of Taos • enameling on copper by Britt Densford of Corrales
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Excerpt from Trekkerman: Walking the World’s Best Trails (Wasteland Press, 2013, $17.95/$4.95) by Ric Samulski: e’d learned from previous experience that when asking directions in rural Ireland, there are certain criteria to be met. Peter McCarthy in his book McCarthy’s Bar explained the process. “The preferred approach is to turn the encounter into a social encounter,” he told readers. “…on a par with what goes on when two strangers meet and get chatting at a party or a wedding reception.” An elderly man was walking our way. “Good day to you,” I began. “And to you. It’s a fine day for a walk outside. Where are you two headed?” “Oh we’re going west on the Dingle Way, but we’ve lost the path,” I told him. “Well now, so you’re doing the Dingle. I’ve done it myself a time ago. It was a grand experience. My daughter walked with me, but now she’s off to school in Dublin. Going to be a nurse she tells me, but the phone rings last week and it’s a teacher she wants to be. That’s a fine profession, but mum and myself we’re wishing she’d want to be a technical type like an engineer. Where are you from?” “We’re Americans,” I told him. “It’s America, is it? My sister married a Yank and they moved to Kansas. He’s got something to do with horseracing or wagering.” “Do you mean Kentucky?” “Oh, I get those two mixed up. Is that where the Darby is?” At this point Rosemary and I knew that we’d best be careful. The conversation could lapse into a wide-ranging discussion of the world’s economy, Clinton’s sexual adventures, botany, Afghanistan, the price of meat or the advantages of cottage cheese over yogurt. I held up my map and pointed to Feohanagh. “That’s a tiny village and the scenery is as fine as in all Ireland. You’ll be headed that way if you avoid the next turn, but if you take it, then don’t bother with the next because it’s too far from your direction unless you go to the right.” “How come they talk like that?” I asked Rosemary after we got on our way. “It’s stream of consciousness,” she answered. I still don’t know what that means.
Adventures • Ric Samulski
The first steps in walking the world’s best trails.
Above: Heading up the Annapurna Circuit’s Thorong La Pass. (Photos by Ric Samulski)
Editor’s note: Silver City’s Ric Samulski is the author of a new book, Trekkerman: Walking the World’s Best Trails, published by Wasteland Press. It’s available at www.trekkerman.com and at Amazon.com in paperback for $17.95 or as an ebook for $4.95, and is also available in Kindle and Nook formats. Here he explains how his fondness for travel and hiking led him to becoming the “Trekkerman” and to detail his adventures in a book. iking and backpacking became a large part of my life when my wife Rosemary and I moved to Wyoming early in our adult lives in the late 1960s. The state’s iconic mountain ranges— the Big Horns, the Tetons and the Absarokas—very quickly cast their spell on us, and within our first year among those ranges, we started exploring their peaks and valleys. We just couldn’t seem to get enough of them. That was also about the time that millions of other Americans began venturing into America’s national parks and wilderness areas in search of pristine landscapes, wildlife, fishing and solitude. It was all part of the backpacking boom But it was Wyoming’s Wind River Range that seemed to draw most of our attention. We spent some 25 years pursuing careers along the base of those mountains that dominate the skyline of
The author beginning his trek of Scotland’s West Highland Way. western Wyoming. For the first decade we taught school, and I spent four of those years teaching Arapahoes and Shoshone Indians on the Wind River Reservation near Lander. In 1975 we took an occupational change of direction and purchased The Pinedale Roundup, the official weekly newspaper in Pinedale, Wyo. That
Below: 18,000 feet above sea level, Thorong La Pass, the “world’s highest mountain pass.”
isolated mountain town was also the most popular access community into the Bridger Wilderness and the Wind River Range. I continued to explore those mountains that seemed to pull on me like a kid to candy at every opportunity. I was aware that there were plenty of other places across the US and around the world to pursue my love of backpacking, but I just didn’t seem to have the time or financial resources to seek them out. Those obstacles were overcome when we sold the paper.
ver the years I had bumped into a few backpackers who had done treks abroad, but these still seemed out of reach. It may have been a little old lady from Oregon, whom I ran into at a trailhead at the northern end of the Wind River Range, who was the biggest motivating factor in getting me to begin my worldwide treks. She had just finished a multi-day backpack, and I offered her a ride. “Thanks,” she said. “I just finished walking the range and I was hoping to get a ride into town.” “You walked the entire 90 miles?” I asked. “Yes.” “It’s 50 miles back to town. Left: The author’s wife Rosemary overlooks the North Sea on England’s Coast to Coast Walk.
“The Great Treks of the World. Traversing the Wind Rivers is one of those great treks,” he said. Over the next decade, starting when I was 60 years old, I completed all or part of what trekkers around the world consider to be many of the world’s best trails. They are: • The Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Originally a medieval pilgrimage, it extends some 400 miles from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic Coast, and the days are filled with conversations from people around the world. There’s lots of red wine, cheese and olives. • Torres del Paine Circuit. A hardcore backpacking experience into Patagonia’s wilderness. Glaciers, guanacos, towering peaks and arduous mountain passes. • The West Coast Trail. A backpack along British Columbia’s Vancouver Island along the beach and through the rain forest. Crashing Pacific surf, seals, ladders and cable cars. • England’s Coast to Coast Walk. A 200-mile walk through the Lake District and across the moors and dales of northern England. There’s a B&B at the end of every day. Take your umbrella. Top: New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. • Scotland’s West Highland Way. No tent Above: There are plenty of opportunities to pray needed. A picturesque walk along Loch Lomond along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. and through the Scottish Highlands. Lots of mountains and plenty of whisky. • Routeburn Track, New Zealand. A threeHow did you expect to get there?” “Don’t be silly,” she teased. “Who’s not going to to four-day traverse of the Southern Alps. You can take your tent, but the rain is so serious that staypick up an 82-year-old woman?” On the ride back, she told me that it took her 12 ing in huts is almost mandatory. • Ireland’s Dingle Way. Take a week or so days to walk the length of the Wind River Range to walk the along the ConDingle Penintinental Divide sula, Europe’s Trail. “I’ve most westwanted to do it erly point. It’s a long time. It’s a pub every been on my list. evening and But I’ve got a a B&B evfew more to go. ery night. Is There’s so little that Maureen time and so O’Hara at the many places,” end of the bar? she explained. • The An“ W h a t napurna else have you Circuit. The done?” I asked world’s classic her. trek. It circles “Well, last the iconic year I went to Himalayan Nepal and did Mt. Fitz Roy rises above the plains of Patagonia. massif though a trek there. It mountain vilwas my third lages and over 18,000-foot Thorung La Pass. A cultrip to the Himalayas.” I was aware that long-distance trekking was tural experience with Hindu temples and Buddhist popular in the Himalayas, but that was the first shrines. time I had ever actually met anyone who had been there and done that. When I asked her to tell me n my book, I’ve also included a chapter on tramore about the treks, she rattled off a list of them versing my beloved Wind River Range. These like a seasoned sherpa. mountains, all things considered, may offer the “You can do the Everest Base Camp, or the An- finest backpacking experience anywhere. It takes napurna Sanctuary, or the complete Annapurna 7 to 10 days to do the Continental Divide Trail from Circuit. There’s even one called the Royal Trek, but one end to the other. Glaciated peaks, isolated lots of people prefer Pakistan’s Karakoram or the mountain meadows, great vistas and fine fishing. It Hindu Kush area.” “Aren’t those trips complicated and expensive?” I asked her. “Listen,” she told me, “those places are well known. You don’t need a guide. Just get to the trailhead and follow the German girl in front of you.”
just doesn’t get any better. The first step in undertaking any of the overseas trips is usually purchasing an airline ticket. Like jumping into a pool, once you’ve taken the plunge, the rest will follow. There were a few times when my old body was challenged, but no matter how long or steep the trail, I always seemed to get over the pass. It’s not about the lungs and legs, it’s all about the heart and head. And keep in mind you’ll usually find plenty of companions along the way. It’s tough to get lost. Just follow the German girl ahead of you. k Author Ric Samulski lives in Silver City. He will be doing a presentation on Trekkerman at Gila Hike and Bike in Silver City on Friday, March 15, 4-7 p.m.
ew people in my life had motivated me so quickly. That same summer I had a conversation with a young backpacker from Ohio. “What brings you to the Wind Rivers?” I asked him. “How’d you find out about them?” “They’re in the book,” he told me. “What book?” I responded.
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At her Harmony and Hope Horse Haven, Ruth Plenty makes a home for horses not ready for the finish line.
from Rodeo, NM. They don’t ask for much, she says, but they give back quite a lot.
Above: Ruth Plenty with one of her rescued horses. (Photos by Dawn Newman-Aerts except as noted) Right: Close-up of “Gunner.” (Harmony & Hope photo)
“Somewhere in time or in space; there must be some sweet pasture place; where creeks sing on and tall trees grow; a paradise where horses go; for by the love that guides this pen, I know great horses live again….”—Stanley Harrison
t the Harmony and Hope Horse Haven in Portal, Ariz., Ruth Plenty gets up early every morning to care for more than 60 horses who have found a second chance and a home—after abandonment, neglect, injury or just a string Other licensed area equineof bad luck. rescue ranches include: Plenty, whose accent still reveals Serenity Acres Equine Rescue a hint of her New Attn: Rebecca Ferranti Hampshire upbring12 Shasta St. ing, is part of a network of rescue Silver City, NM 88061 operators who don’t have to look (575) 590-4843 much beyond their own pasture to know that the last few years have End Of The Road Ranch been hard on horses. “It’s really Attn: Carol Johnson about a down economy, the rising PO Box 5011 feed and fuel costs we see,” says Silver City, NM 88062 Plenty, looking out from the ranch (575) 313-5714 that stretches across 40 fenced www.endoftheroadranchnm. acres in the San Simon Valley. com Here you’ll find old thoroughwww.facebook.com/eotrr bred horses and blind ones, horses that have earned cash prizes and racing trophies, and those that can barely stand when they arrive through her gate. But that’s the norm in equine sanctuaries these days, says Plenty. Some horses here are quirky, or stubborn like certain old folks; others are more mischievous and playful like kids. Plenty takes in an average of four to six equines per year at the “haven” in Portal, a town just over the border
u t h Plenty believes her own love for horses began at age three—sometime between her first ride on a draft horse and a visit to the county fair, when she went to “bear hug” a rom the seat of her tractor, Plenty appears Shetland pony. comfortable as she hoists bales of hay and “The pony spun moves in and out of the corrals with rancharound and hand expertise. As both caretaker and friend of kicked me in the horses, Plenty makes two rounds of the corrals the head,” she says. “But my aunt says each day. That’s a lengthy hodge-podge of 60 corI’ve had this ‘horse disease’ ever since.” rals that add up to roughly seven miles of walking According to Plenty, her own and carting buckets of feed. vision for this rescue ranch took She says that her horses, with all their quirkihold in the 1990s. It was Plenty’s ness, are much like close friends. There’s Blue, early experience with the harsh re- with the bad knee, and Mr. Porter, whose eye was alities of racetrack life that led to a purposely damaged. There’s Wood Town Bob, Sanrescue commitment. “My husband toni and Tux, who won all those big purses, and and I had spent roughly 15 years Cody who is blind but finally retired. As Plenty working with the racing industry passes through the corrals, horses not only take in Phoenix, breeding thorough- notice of her company, but are eager to greet her breds, and dealing with a side of the for a simple rub on the head. racetrack world that was too often She estimates that each horse costs an average heartbreaking.” She saw horses that of $140 per month in a typical year. Then there’s were injured or drugged; beautiful the cost of vaccinations, worming and hoof care horses that didn’t win enough races; (every six to eight weeks), fly repellants and athletic horses that weren’t wanted. masks, blankets for the ill and elderly through the She knows that only a few of winter. She says an illness can be costly—to euthathose horses found second careers. nize or to bury an expense. “I have to admit that “Some were sent back to the sometimes the worst fear I think about is where breeding barns. Others filled a demand for pleasure riding, or became backyard pals,” says Plenty. “But many others were sent to auction, and their next trailer ride was to the slaughterhouse.” Nonetheless, she notes, the equine industry continues to turn out thousands (of various breeds) annually. Thoroughbred breeders alone are known to register at least 40,000 foals a year. Horse industry estimates show that over 100,000 horses are sold at US auctions each year; most are shipped to feed lots, and slaughtered to become products in places like Mexico or Asia. It was horses like the unwant- Taking Woodrow for a walk. (Harmony & Hope photo) ed animals she’d seen in Phoenix that Plenty hoped to reclaim at Harmony and Hope Horse Haven. the next hay load will come from, but that’s just what horse rescuers deal with.” A handful of dedicated volunteers are at the oday, at her Portal ranch, Plenty is up before daybreak. More than 60 horses are anxious core of her sanctuary. They, says Plenty of her for attention, for the proper mix of grains supporters, are well trained and compassionate and alfalfa in bins. Medications are added as need- people—locals like Bobby Schurian, Joy Schneied and water tubs are topped off. By mid-morning, der and Madeline Stamer. “These people come in here and give hours of their time, to love and hoofs and mouths are due to be looked at. Plenty doesn’t often get the one-to-one time she care for these horses. They’re the ones that carry and the horses are fond of. But she always takes grain pails, scrub the tubs, brush them down when time to nuzzle and pat, or just talk to them, by they need it—or, the less glamorous jobs, like just cleaning out stalls. name. “But it all has to be done,” says Plenty, “day in “I find that thoroughbreds, in particular, are so drawn to human companionship,” she says. “So and day out.” Over the years, Plenty has found both mentors you can’t help but bond with them through the year, but (like people) personalities can be dam- and benefactors. She credits a handful of dedicataged or strengthened depending on the care or ed horse-lovers like Grace Belcoure of the CERF
connection they’ve had with their owners or trainers…. I’ve found lots of satisfaction in this work.” She reminds visitors that every one of these horses has a story to tell, a situation they’ve been through. While some of the horses come to her from owners who can’t or won’t care for them any longer, others are more directly rescued. “Unfortunately, new owners don’t fully understand what it takes to care for a horse long term… the costs of properly caring for them,” Plenty says. “Horses have a long lifespan, so maybe they can’t afford the rising cost, or maybe they have their own health issues.” Her gate entrance sign sums up her philosophy: “God Is My Partner.”
NM, and Green Valley, Ariz., likewise provide a second chance to horses who deserve proper care and a permanent home. In the Silver City area, End of the Road Ranch and Serenity Acres Equine Rescue work hard to help homeless horses (see box). They are among nine equine rescue operations licensed by the New Mexico Livestock Board.
A farrier works on Boom Boom. (Harmony & Hope photo) Foundation and Pam Berg of GEVA (Glen Ellen Vocational Academy) and others who have provided hundreds of horses with a second chance. Last year, Harmony and Hope was awarded funds to update gates and fencing through CARMA (California Retirement Management Account), a fundraising organization in California that helps retired thoroughbreds. Locally, residents led by Debbie Anbinder worked tirelessly last year to gather volunteers for two fundraisers that raised almost $2,000 in donations. And Hope and Harmony is hardly alone: Regional horse rescues located in places like Aztec,
nfortunately, horses can arrive at Harmony and Hope cranky, frightened or just “headshy” if they don’t feel well. A few carry mistreatment from the past. Most times, they respond with their own kind of gratitude, says Plenty of her lifelong passion for horses. “I tell people, there might be a lot of work here, but I’ve been doing exactly what I’ve wanted for the past 17 years—what I feel is important in life. When I can’t do it any more, just lay me to rest with the horses.” While her schedule would seem rigorous to a greenhorn—two feedings a day, rain or shine, medicines to apply and stalls to clean—it’s mostly routine for Plenty and volunteers. “We try to get the hoof cleaning done for at least 10 to 15 of the horses each day. The pens are cleaned regularly, then there’s worming, and vaccinations.” She is particularly proud of the well-stocked storehouse—a place, she says, that operates a little like a catering company, but keeps things organized. Here, you’ll find a room full with horse staples. “We have roughly 12 different menus for the horses,” says Plenty—special diets for seniors, quarterhorses, racehorses and the sick. Among the general feed products like barley and alfalfa tubs, she has recipes for active and hot-blooded seniors, along with low-protein feeds and high-quality supplements. She explains that horses, like fine athletes, have summer and winter diets to follow.
Haven, Plenty reflects, “You could say this was always a personal thing I had to do. Bringing them back from injury or neglect is never easy, but it’s been awfully rewarding.” Says Plenty of caring for the 60 or so equines who call her ranch their a home, “I have my busy days, and routine ones, and once in a while, a sad day.” She adds, “It’s not easy sometimes, but I’ve never have a bad day when I’m with the horses.” k For more information on Harmony and Hope Horse Haven, see harmonyandhopehorsehaven. com or write PO Box 173, Rodeo, NM 88056. Dawn Newman-Aerts is a former Minnesota newspaper journalist who lives in Rodeo.
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But it might offer some sense of security that a lot of the other rights and laws provided for back then are still in effect, although many are altered through various amendments of some sort. At this year’s legislative session, a 60-day têteà-tête among 60 state representatives (38 Democrats and 32 Republicans) and 42 senators (25 Democrats and 17 Republicans), legislators gazed at over 1,200 bills, memorials and resolutions representing over 50 subjects. Bills were introduced covering everything from a horse slaughtering facility (HB 90 asked for an appropriation of $20,000 to be granted to NMSU to “conduct a study of the feasibility of locating a horse slaughter facility in New Mexico to process horse meat for human consumption”—are horse tacos on the horizon, Wilburrrr? Reps voted “neigh” on this one) to HB 68, which would bring a welcome respite to all of us by shortening the political campaign season in some ways (tabled).
Letter from Santa Fe • Jeff Berg
Square Pegs in the Roundhouse
The legislature’s 60-day theater of the absurd.
of COAS Books in Las Cruces. No longer living in Las Cruces myself, I decided that my first visit to this year’s “theater of the absurd” (as the legislative session was described by Rep. Jeff Steinborn) should be on Las Cruces Day. Las Cruces is one of the few cities in the state that has its own day, actually a weekend, where a contingent of Las Cruces boosters heads north to have their say. After all, the city can be considered the “capital” of the “other” New Mexico, meaning any population spot south of an imaginary line centered in Belen, just south of Albuquerque. Beckett was in attendance—one of, as I was told, 300 Las Cruces folks who came up for schmoozing and promoting. Although the rotunda was busy with foot traffic, it was not so busy this year as in 2007 with booths or displays from businesses and firms operating in Las Cruces. Positive Energy, a now-statewide solar energy firm, had a booth, as did NMSU, the Las Cruces Bulletin and my favorite New Mexico folly, the Spaceport. Beckett introduced me to Stacie Allen, the 2013 head of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Conquistadors, a group of fearless cheerleaders for the city in the desert. Relentlessly charming and upbeat, Allen explained, “This is a collaborative effort between the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and over 200 business leaders. They come here to talk about issues that matter to southern New Mexico, such as education, the Spaceport, and capital outlay.” The city of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County and the Bulletin all work to make this happen, said Allen, who is the CEO of Las Cruces’ Big Brothers and Big Sisters in her “normal” routine. She added, “We’re also here to support Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces), who was just elected state Senate president.” Papen is the first woman to be selected for that spot since Louise Coe held a Senate seat from 19251940. Coe, an educator, was then the last woman to be in the New Mexico Senate, which is normally overrun by “good old boys,” until 1965. I ran the gauntlet of other Las Cruces attendees, some of whom I know, including folks from Positive Energy who will be mounting solar panels on our Santa Fe home this month, and many others I don’t. I had a long, interesting talk with a Las Cruces city councilman, Miguel Silva. I stopped by various legislators’ offices before heading for the galleries that overlook the House and Senate chambers.
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The secutity staff had a crockpot of green chile stew or some such treat along with fresh tortillas and dessert. All of this right outside the chamber.
ne of the most exciting and important things that happened on my four visits to this year’s meeting of New Mexico legislators was being able to find a parking place each time that didn’t require hitchhiking back to Santa Fe from Socorro. That didn’t happen when I last wrote about capitol doings for Desert Exposure, in March 2007 (“Capitol Punishment”) It might not have been a legal parking place, although it looked it. And I also noted other things that some folks may think of interest: • There remains no security check of any kind when entering the Roundhouse. AND you can carry a gun in the Roundhouse, but not in the Senate or House chambers, since, you know, we don’t want any duels or shootouts between Whigs and Federalists. • There are state police present at entrances and walking through the hallways and chambers, but it is all quite casual. Officers are in committee meeting rooms when the public has comment on “hot button” issues, such as well, government intrusion into women’s bodies and shootin’ irons, as keen-eyed readers will read about later. • I was able to go in the House chamber during a recess during the session. No one challenged me; no one really looked at me. Many legislators and others were also milling about. Later I was denied access to a room because I didn’t have a press pass. Once I got that, I was later denied because I didn’t have a camera, even though it was announced the previous day that there were no cameras allowed. • At the doorway that I used to enter the House chamber, there was a small passel of older Hispanic men gathered around a table. These gentlemen, dressed in suits and ties, had badges indicating that they were “Security.” They were more like foot traffic directors who made up their own rules. But they were all pleasant and efficient. They were, to me, so “old school” New Mexico that I wanted to sit with them and chat. But when I thought of that, they had introduced their own “chat” session, which including having a crockpot of green chile stew or some such treat along with fresh tortillas and dessert. All of this right outside the chamber. They spoke Spanish among themselves and I wasn’t sure if I thought of them as a throwback cultural icon or something that made me wonder about “security.” Since I didn’t see any guns, the best they could have done would have been to throw the crockpot at a bad guy. One would think that the Roundhouse, home to all of our statewide elected officials, might be a bit more leery of the idea that some displeased citizen would come in and leave some lead calling cards scattered about. e that as it may, I got an immediate and warm reception as soon as I walked into the Roundhouse from Mike Beckett, proprietor
Papen is the first woman to be selected as Senate president since Louise Coe held a Senate seat from 1925-1940.
arrived promptly at 10 to the gallery about the House chamber, only to find, of course, that nothing was going on, nor was anything about to happen soon. While waiting, I heard a familiar voice from the chamber floor (during a recess), that of Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, director of the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley. VescoMock was busily doing two things with two volunteers from the shelter. The first and least important was to get Rep. Phillip Archuleta (D-Doña Ana) to microchip his pets. I figured that if Vesco-Mock and her assistants could wander the chamber floor, I could, too. I buttonholed Vesco-Mock, to find out why she was going from representative to representative, handing each a box of animal crackers. “We are trying to get some money from capital outlay to buy a new van to take animals to other towns or cities where they would have a better chance for adoption,” Vesco-Mock answered. “The city gave us an old truck that was going to go to auction last year, but it won’t last much longer. I doubt that they will do it, but it’s worth a try. Everyone has said they would vote for it, except for one representative.” I had to press her a bit to find out it was Lee Cotter (R-Doña Ana), who pulled off an upset victory over long-time Rep. Mary Jane Garcia last fall. I’d met Cotter in the past and it became immediately clear we had nothing in common except gender. Vesco-Mock said that Cotter had told her that he “didn’t believe in that.” here was some good legislation that would make things better for some people. And then there were the suspect bills and resolutions that always bring out the differences in our society. HB 122, introduced by the House’s flashiest dresser, Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell), was sneakily called the “Woman’s Right to Know Act.” It was Espinoza’s “stated” postulation that any woman who was contemplating an abortion should receive all the facts about her pregnancy, by requiring her physician to mandate “an ultrasound and the use of a fetal monitor to make the fetal heartbeat audible to the pregnant female.” Bills that are introduced in New Mexico go through committee review, and HB 122 went to the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, which held a hearing on it. Espinoza brought a witness with her, a nurse from Albuquerque who claimed that she knew of doctors who did not do this with their patients and the patients were later appalled to find out that this had not happened. It is during these committee hearings that the public has a voice. You can sit in a stuffy, crowded room with other informed or ignorant citizens, and when the committee chair asks for comments from supporters or from those against a bill, you can speak a brief piece. A show of hands was also asked for in this committee, chaired by Rep. Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan). Supporters brought up the usual rhetoric, including some guy who spoke about Noah’s Ark for reasons that remain unclear. The “nay”-voting citizens were much more prevalent, and a spokes-
hings have changed somewhat since the 1850 version of the state constitution of New Mexico was approved. (As the Office of State Historian explains, “New Mexico in 1850 was not yet an organized political Territory. It had a military governor. In May 1850, this first constitution was drafted, then adopted by a vote of 8,371 to 39. A governor was elected and a US senator named. Then the uproar began: Texas claimed half of New Mexico and threatened to occupy Santa Fe. Washington refused to seat the senator or recognize the governor.) That slightly antiquated document includes such language as, “Every male person of the age of twenty-one years, or upwards (Africans, or the descendants of Africans, and uncivilized Indians excepted,) belonging to either of the following classes, and who shall have resided in this State for six months next preceding any election, shall be a qualified elector at such election.” (Those two classes are US citizens and Mexican citizens who took an oath renouncing their allegiance to Mexico—wording is spotty here.) And this: “No divorce from the bonds of matrimony shall ever be granted, except by special act of the Legislature.” (Good thing I shed myself of previous wives in different states!)
person from Planned Parenthood reminded all that this service was already provided for and those who did not receive it should seek relief elsewhere. Rep. Espinoza stated at the outset that this bill was NOT an abortion bill, but rather one about women’s rights. Only a few people believed her: two fellow Republicans on the committee (and even one of them wavered for a while) and the eight people from something called the New Mexico Freemen (the Noah’s Ark supporters). The bill was tabled, effectively killing it. Espinoza and Sen. Pat Woods (R-Broadview), which defined marriage as an act between a man and woman (killed). Perhaps the bill that caused the most commotion was HB 206—so much so that its sponsor pulled her contact information off the Web after the bill went viral and national. As originally drafted, the legislation specified that “procuring of an abortion as tampering with evidence in cases of criminal sexual penetration or incest” would be a crime, and a big one to boot. This lawmaking attempt was submitted by Rep. Cathrynn Brown (REddy), an attorney by trade, who later claimed it was worded wrong, although the new version wasn’t really any different. Amazingly, she had the support of several other representatives, all Republicans, all women, including the omnipresent Espinoza.
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ot being one for big “guv’mint” unless it fits her needs (see above), Rep. Espinoza also sponsored HB 114, which spoke of “prohibiting enforcement of federal firearm laws” in New Mexico, making any “federal officer who is an official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm or firearm accessory, or upon ammunition, that is owned or is manufactured commercially or privately in New Mexico” guilty of a third-degree felony. Pistol-packin’ gentlemen were in attendance and spoke up. One of them threatened the committee members with treason charges if they didn’t pass the bill, as his square-butted “belly gun” rested smugly against his hip, the caliber probably matching his IQ. The committee was not moved, the bill was tabled, with Rep. Alcon noting in his summary that he couldn’t believe “that such a bill was written.” This caused Rep. Espinoza to bluster her way out of the hearing room, her large decorative chapeau spinning rapidly around her carefully coiffured head. Another shootin’ iron bill that was drawing attention was SB 230, which would allow one school employee to carry a concealed weapon on school premises (perhaps an off-season job for Rep. Espinoza). Then there was a resolution by the busy
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upposedly, New Mexico’s 1850 constitution also disallowed voting privileges to “idiots, insane persons and persons convicted of a felonious or infamous crime.” Perhaps adding that phrase to the qualifications required to run for office should be introduced. It might give us a better opportunity to have smart, levelheaded and quality candidates. It was an interesting session, but I had to hope that more people were contacting these elected officials electronically, by phone or by mail. Not a lot of citizens were in attendance, except for those who had interest in a specific bill or meeting, and most of those folks were from special-interest groups or lobbyists. I’ve come away with the idea that democracy can work, but it needs more attention from reasonable people who don’t wear three-cornered or tinfoil hats. k Longtime Desert Exposure contributor Jeff Berg now lives in Santa Fe.
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these mountains all day. If either of us slips in a full pack, the high water and strong current will give us an exhilarating tumble down the river. We might even see our lives flash by a few times before we can get out of our packs. Hence, we stay together. Our system works like this: He crosses first and then I go over, so we won’t both fall in at the same time. If he does go down, I can shout helpful words of encouragement to him when he comes up gasping for air. This is our form of marital bonding. Mountain Man headed across first, pack loosened. I watched warily as he braced himself against the mid-thigh current. Scout, like his master, loves this and leaped into the water, swimming out to the middle and angling for the opposite shore as the current swept him downstream. He scrambled out on the other side, grinning happily. He had success- Nicole Ray hiking with Copper. fully escorted one human across and loved his job. I was halfway over, mentally chanting, “Don’t low dogs on a leash. Kat also notes that some of the look at the water, look at the shore,” when I saw the best local hikes for varied terrain are the Doña Ana strobe light come on over his furry head and real- Mountains, which have some great bike trails, and ized he was going to try and help me. Slow motion the Corralitos Ranch west of Las Cruces. kicked in as I shouted, “Keep him away from me! Doug is an avid hiker who has been enjoying He’s coming in!” Planting the walking stick more the trails with his canine friend, Ludo, for five firmly into the riverbed, I checked that my pack belt years. Ludo is a six-year-old Basset Hound. “He was unhooked in case I’d have to shed it in a hurry. absolutely loves it,” Doug says. “It’s a great experiScout bounded across the rocky shore, headed ence for sharing time with your dog. He can really straight for me and convinced I am having as much grow up on a hike; he will learn to understand his fun as he was. My mind fast forwarded to the next place in the family. They really feel like they have a few seconds when he would crash into me like job to do.” He says it is a great time to get to know some wet, smelly astereach other better. oid. Calculating which Kat recalls going pack straps I could to Stewart Lake in the undo before he got to Santa Fe National Forme, I simultaneously est: “It was grueling on braced myself in the us people. Ludo would vain hope that I could go to the end of the trail keep my balance. and back. He was a riot; I was still yelling, Bassets have that hys“Stop the dog!” when terical personality.” my frantic prayer was Prior to setting out heard and at the water’s on your hike, contact edge, he tripped, faceyour local game and planted and flipped, fish office or parks sercushioned by his dogvice and check on the gie pack and effectively leash regulations. This stopped in his errand of will avoid disappointhelpfulness. Chattering ment and a wasted trip with cold, I stumbled if dogs are not allowed. across the last few feet In our southwest region of slick rocks and fast there are many wondercurrent. We got soaked ful locations that welby a great shake from come dogs, but do your the sodden pup, then research first. pulled ourselves togethCar sickness can er and moved on down complicate just getting Austin Ray hiking the Catwalk with Copper. the trail in the brilliant to your hiking spot. spring sunshine. Kat, who also writes a I humbly relate this story to underscore the wisdom regular column for “Dog Cruces” magazine, says of using a leash or a harness in at least some of your the most common cause of travel nausea is that hiking experiences with your dog—for his safety and the dog stresses during car rides. While Better Life yours. My husband could have restrained Scout while does carry a product called “Happy Traveler,” she I crossed. An over-enthusiastic pup can potentially also suggests desensitization training: Get your wreak a lot of havoc in the space of a few seconds. dog used to the car a bit at a time. You can use treats to help the dog learn that good things haphe first step to enjoying New Mexico’s beau- pen on car rides, not just a trip to the vet. tiful country while hiking with your dog is to prepare her. Just as athletes condition for an ut on your hike, Kat advises, “Training event, so you need to help your pup strengthen her treats would be a good idea to keep your muscles and toughen her footpads. This is a great dog focused while out hiking.” Good traintime for both of you, no matter your ages, to get in ing not only works with the physical conditioning shape before you tackle that hike. Know the abili- of your dog but also teaches him to pay attention ties of both yourself and your pet and remember to to you. Teach him to walk either in front or beleave enough stamina, food and water to get back hind you, not under your feet. A well-trained dog out from wherever you’ve hiked in to. Everyone that responds to your commands and is calm and will enjoy the trip much more if you take the time controlled around other dogs and people will be a to prepare. pleasure to have along. Doug Lacy, owner of the Pet Health Shoppe in SilKatherine Aromaa of www.coopersdogtraining. ver City, recommends incremental conditioning to com writes, “When taking your dog hiking and backprepare your dog for longer hikes. He says working packing off leash, you must have voice control over up to two-hour hikes on steep terrain is a good idea. your dog to keep your dog as well as other people, Both he and his sister, Kat Lacy, owner of Better Life animals and the environment safe. When you take Natural Pet Foods in Las Cruces, recommend the off that leash, you are taking more risk.“ Baylor Canyon and “A” Mountain trails, which alDoug Lacy cautions, “You want to be aware of
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Austin Ray and Scout near Little Bear Canyon. (Ray family photos by Ian Ray)
Brenna Lacy hiking with Ludo. (Ludo photos courtesy Doug Lacy)
raining a young dog in the niceties of companion hiking sometimes brings the unexpected. Hiking in to a hot spring in the Gila National Forest is one of our favorite springtime trips here in southern New Mexico. The Gila Wilderness contains some of the roughest national forest area in the country and it can be a great place to hike with your dog if you plan and prepare. A few years back we decided it was an opportune time to begin acquainting our young dog with the joys of the trail. Scout is a Husky-mix pound rescue who resembles a large, well-fed coyote. At the time of this outing he was not quite a year old, still in the throes of gangly canine adolescence. This six-mile hike was a great fit for our condition and skill level. But the last section contains 14 river crossings. As rivers go, the Gila is a puny cousin of the Missouri or Mississippi, but not bad for a wild little southwestern waterway. In spring, even in drought, it is always in a varied flood stage due to winter snow melt higher up. This adds some excitement to what in summer are deliciously cold mid-calf water crossings. We hiked along the dappled trail, watching Scout experience all the new smells of his first trip. He rapidly became more adroit at navigating, learning to give trees and rocks a wider berth to account for the light pack he carried. We had practiced with him at home taking walks and short hikes with the loaded pack. At the river crossings it became evident he was in his element as he dashed into the cold water and wriggled out on the other side, his abundant energy recharged. At about crossing 10 I picked up a walking stick to steady myself against the strong current as we prepared to work our way across. My 35-pound pack helped anchor me to the riverbed. My husband and hiking buddy carries twice that, but it slows him down a bit so I can keep up. The man was born in the wrong century and could hike
how your dog will react if presented with a snake. You can use a shed snake skin to train them and get an idea how they will react.” If the dog shows no alarm or tries to bite the snake skin, you will need to train her to be wary of snakes and not confront them. He says there are snake training classes available to condition your dog to react properly. The majority of your hikes may require just a leash and some water, but it’s a good idea to be prepared with a bag of easy-to-grab gear. You might include: leash, dog pack, portable water bowl or plastic baggies, paw protectors, snacks, first aid kit, collar and ID tags. My favorite “must try” idea is the hands-free leash with pockets by Outward Hound. This allows you to keep your hands free while still keeping your dog under control. Many pet-supply stores carry travel kits containing several basic items. It’s easy to customize these with a few things essential to the type of hiking you and your pet do. Dog packs vary in price and quality, from an entry-level pack for about $35 up to $180 for a sturdy camel pack with a water bladder. Ruffwear makes some packs that are convertible so you can use them as a harness for other hiking situations. Look for one with reflective trim to help keep your dog safe and in sight in low-light situations. Other packs have a pocket for a removable cold pack, which could greatly increase comfort on a hot day. Take your dog with you if possible to get the correct fit for his pack, or take good measurements if ordering online. The Colorado-based company Mountainsmith is “dedicated to the K-9 adventure experience” and has thorough online fitting guidelines. Practice walks will get your dog used to the space around him; he presents a wider profile with the pack and will initially run into things. On the REI website, author Erica May writes in “Hiking or Backpacking with Your Dog” that you should “ease your dog into the routine of hiking. If you want your pet to carry some of the load, start off by having him or her wear a pack around the house, then on short walks, then longer walks.” Kat Lacy emphasizes proper gear: “If you take
cold night where he would have to share body heat with three dogs.” If you’re staying overnight and it’s going to be that cold, bring along extra gear for you and your pal to snuggle up with, including a ground cloth. Kat also recommends a waterproof fleece jacket that she says is “especially good for short-haired dog breeds that don’t develop much of a winter coat.” Be mindful that wet fur and cold nights are not a good combination. Give your dog a chance to dry thoroughly before the temperatures drop. Often a lightweight sleeping bag liner and a ground cover over a good bed of pine needles will be just right on a cool mountain night. Another unique piece of gear for longer trips is a “twist and go” pop-up tent. This provides quick instant shelter and can be a big help in keeping your dog warm and dry while keeping your own camping gear clean and dog-odor free. Hiking in the cooler part of the day during the warmer seasons and reversing that during our short winter is often a great strategy. “Prepare for the highly variable weather conditions here in the southwest,” Kat encourages. We’ve all read stories of folks caught out in the elements, ill prepared for what they will face. Don’t let that happen to you and your pet. For hot weather, a great accessory is the “Chiller Coat,” a silver vest that has a water-absorbent layer to keep your dog cool. It lasts two to four hours and can be a big help for those hot summer days when it’s easy to overheat. It also has reflective trim to improve visibility.
Crossing a river with Ludo. them on long hikes and don’t prepare, you’re going to get bloody paws.” Paw protectors can be indispensible in rough country and extreme temperatures. But getting your dog used to wearing boots for the first time is like watching a Laurel and Hardy routine. Do both of you a favor and don’t slip them on the dog for the first time right at the start of your hike. Let your dog get used to them. Kat encourages people to “bring their pets in to fit them. All employees in the store are trained with the products and can help with fitting.”
emember that classic band, Three Dog Night? According to www.idiomsite.com, this expression refers to being cold: “Often when ranchers or cowboys were out on the range they would have to sleep with their dogs to keep warm. A one dog night was a night when he had to share body heat with one dog, a two dog night was two dogs and a three dog night was an extremely
rush up on your first-aid skills before heading out for a hike. Besides your own first-aid supplies you can add some items that will address your dog’s unique needs. Kat says, “You need bandages that are self-adhesive, so you can wrap it over a dressing and it will hold.” Also pack a sturdy pair of tweezers and perhaps some “AspirEase” for pain management. Applying a bug deterrent, especially to neck, ears and belly, will protect against fleas and ticks and
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stamina. (Avoid actual nuts, though, as these may give your dog tummy problems and pancreatitis; some sources say macadamias cause neurological problems. Grapes and raisins are a big no-no, too, as of course is anything containing chocolate.) When camping, feed your dog somewhat away from camp, in the same place each day if you’re stationary, or in a dedicated food station you show her each day. Make sure to put the dish away so as not to attract wild animals. At the end of your hike, take a few minutes to debrief before climbing in the car. Offer your dog fresh water and let him cool down in the shade if it’s been hot. Offer water again a few minutes later. You could give him a light snack but don’t feed him heavily before the car ride home. Check his body for ticks, lacerations, thorns, rub spots and sores, paying special attention to his feet and legs. If you’ve been in a place with poison ivy, you will want to bathe your dog to remove the essential plant oils that could give you a rash even days later. Check your dog elping dogs again after you arrive with good home and note if he’s nutrition is been worrying over Doug’s primary focus any sore spots. Give his in preparing people coat a good brushing to hike with their and feed and water him dogs. It’s important well again in familiar to “prepare for a hike surroundings. Wash out by carrying food you any portable dog bowls know your pet will you’ve used and check like. There are several his pack, boots and lightweight options The intrepid Ludo, hiking Basset Hound. leash for signs of wear. out there that are high nutrition. On backpack trips, air-dried raw meat When your gear is in good shape and put away, curl works out better for me and my friends.” At the up with your canine pal and enjoy the memories of Pet Health Shoppe he has lamb and venison op- the hike. How did you both do? Now is a great time to start planning your next tions available to provide maximum nutrition for outing with your dog. With a bit of coaching and the lightest weight impact. Some dogs “go off their food” during longer some positive experiences, she can become a great hikes. But don’t worry if your dog doesn’t eat as hiking companion. Make it a pleasant experience much as at home. Her routine is different and the by building stamina and being prepared and you’ll surroundings may be so interesting that she just both be dancing at the door ready to go on another isn’t as hungry. You can help offset this by feeding trip. See you on the trail! k her out of the same dish you will use while hiking for a few days before going. Usually, dogs will Karen Ray is a Las Cruces based writer and eat snacks, so make sure those are nutritious and personal historian. She can be reached at high protein; banana chips, jerky, even a peanut firstname.lastname@example.org. butter sandwich can really help with your pet’s
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(times MST/MDT) March 4, 6 a.m.—Mercury between Earth and Sun (inferior conjunction) 2:53 p.m.—Last Quarter Moon March 10, 2 a.m.—Daylight Savings Time begins March 11, 1:51 p.m.—New Moon March 19, 11:27 a.m.—First Quarter Moon March 20, 5:02 a.m.—March Equinox, spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere March 27, 3:27 a.m.—Full Moon March 31, 4 p.m.—Mercury greatest distance west of Sun (28 degrees) our line of sight. If the atom happens to be moving perpendicular to our line of sight, its line-of-sight speed is zero; it will have no Doppler shift and the color is the element’s normal color. An atom coming straight at us has all its speed, causing a large Doppler shift of the element’s color toward the blue. An atom traveling directly away from us shifts the color toward the red. Atoms traveling at angles between directly toward us, perpendicular to us and directly away from us all spread out the narrow spectrum line into the broad spectrum lines seen in Wolf-Rayet stars.
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ur sky during winter evenings has some of the brightest constellations in the heavens. Orion, Taurus, Canis Minor and Gemini all have first-magnitude stars that light up our cold, chilly nights. But the constellation with the brightest star in the sky is Canis Major, the Big Dog, with its brilliant star Sirius. The name Sirius is derived from the Ancient Greek Seirios (“glowing” or “scorcher”), and at magnitude -1.4, it is a scorcher to the eye. Sirius is a slightly variable spectral class A1 star that is twice the mass of our Sun, but puts out 25 times the light and heat. But the thing that really makes this star shine in our sky is that it is only 8.6 light-years away from us. The Egyptians based their calendar on the helical rising of Sirius, the first day that Sirius appears in the morning just before the Sun. This always signaled the annual flooding of the Nile River. In Greek mythology, Canis Major and Canis Minor are the big and little hunting dogs belonging to the great hunter, Orion. Both dogs are ready to help Orion find and catch his prey, which may be Lepus, the Hare, which crouches at Orion’s feet. It is also possible that Canis Major is helping Orion fight Taurus, the Bull, who is also nearby. One of the few deep-sky objects in Canis Major is NGC 2359 (New General Catalog number 2359), known more commonly as Thor’s Helmet. This nebula is an emission nebula that is shaped like a helmet, with vertical sides and a rounded top. It also sports two wings, one on either side, similar About halfway up in the southern sky on these cool March nights is the constellation Canis Major and its brilliant star Sirius. Sirius is the brightest star in our sky, shining at magnitude -1.4. Sirius is often called “The Dog Star,” based on its home constellation. Sirius has an 8.3-magnitude white dwarf companion that takes 50 years to orbit its primary star. Even though Canis Major is in the Milky Way, there are few deep-sky objects to be found here. to the helmet that the Norse god Thor is often pictured wearing. It is eight minutes-of-arc by eight minutes-of-arc in size, roughly a quarter of the size of the Moon in our sky. At the center of the Thor’s Helmet nebula is a Wolf-Rayet star. This type of star is massive, some 20 times the mass of our Sun or more. It has already passed the stable part of its life on the main sequence (where our Sun is now) and is starting down the road to being a supernova. As it gets older, a star starts blowing off the gas in its outer atmosphere. The gas travels outward at a high speed as a stellar wind until it encounters the gas and dust that exists throughout our galaxy. Thor’s Helmet is the bubble formed by the stellar wind, with the surface of the bubble composed of the galactic gas and dust piling up as the bubble’s surface expands into space, pushed by the stellar wind.
The Planets for March 2013
his month we have two planets too near the Sun to be seen. Mars and Venus are both on the other side of the Sun from us and will not be visible for a few months. Still high in the western sky as it gets dark is the planet Jupiter. Moving slowly eastward just north of the Hyades star cluster in Taurus, Jupiter shines at magnitude -2.3. Jupiter’s disc is 37.3 seconds-ofarc across. The King of the Planets sets around 1 a.m. MDT. Saturn is moving westward in western Libra. Glowing with its characteristic yellowish light, the magnitude +0.3 Ringed Planet rises around 10:45 p.m. MDT and is visible the rest of the night. Saturn’s disc is 18.2 seconds-of-arc across and the Rings are 41.3 seconds-of-arc across. They are tilted down 19.1 degrees from our line of sight with the northern face showing. Mercury is in the morning sky during the later half of the month. Having been in the evening sky last month, Mercury passes between the Sun and the Earth on March 4. The next day it leaves Pisces and enters central Aquarius, where it spends the rest of the month. Mercury will reach its greatest distance from the Sun on March 31, when it can be found eight degrees above the east-southeast horizon as it gets dark. At that time, it will be magnitude +0.3. The Messenger of the Gods’ disc will be 7.6 seconds-of-arc across and 50% illuminated (half full). As we go into April it will become more illuminated (fuller). Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) will be in our evening sky this month. This comet. named after the telescope that discovered it in June 2011, has been moving up from the south and should be visible low in the west around March 12. Then it will be four degrees left of the 2% illuminated crescent Moon, just 10 degrees above the western horizon as it gets dark. PANSTARRS is expected to be first magnitude and sport a visible tail. This comet is “new” in that this is its first time in the inner Solar System, making its appearance very unpredictable. It could break apart and fizzle out, or produce a large quantity of dust, creating a spectacular tail. For the rest of the month, it will continues to move northward (to the right) as it moves away from the Sun and rapidly to fades from sight. The astronomical season of spring begins on March 20, when the Sun passes through the celestial equator going north. In the southern hemisphere, the season of fall begins as the Sun becomes lower in their sky. But for us, denizens of the northern hemisphere, the days are getting longer and the nights shorter, so maker the most of the shortening nights and “keep watching the sky”! k An amateur astronomer for more than 40 years, Bert Stevens is co-director of Desert Moon Observatory in Las Cruces.
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olf-Rayet stars get their name from astronomers Charles Wolf and Georges Rayet. In 1867, they were surveying the spectra of the stars in Cygnus with the 16-inch Foucault telescope at the Paris Observatory. They discovered three stars that had continuous spectra with broad emission lines. The light from a star can be broken up into its different colors. An incandescent light bulb has a continuous spectrum, looking much like a rainbow with no bright or dark lines. This is what Wolf and Rayet saw in the spectra of these three stars, but they also saw bright areas in the spectrum, like broad lines at specific colors. Bright lines in a spectrum are generated by the atoms of specific elements (like hydrogen, helium, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen) that are excited by ultraviolet light from the star and release light in the particular color associated with that element. The lines are broadened by the rapid motion of the atoms in the gas, indicating that the gas around a Wolf-Rayet star was moving at an amazing 180 to 1,500 miles per second. Normally, an element would glow in one very specific color (narrow spectrum line). But when you have that element’s gas atoms moving at many different high speeds, each atom will have a different Doppler shift depending on its speed along
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Greasing the Wheels
he hard-working members of the Grant County Bicycle Advocacy Group (BAG) have secured a grant from Freeport-McMoRan to further their work to advocate for Grant County’s roadways, making them safer and more enjoyable for local cyclists. The group’s most recent efforts, supported by the grant, will include a program to enhance a sometimes problematic but very important relationship—the one between police officers and bicyclists. Looking over their agenda at a recent meeting, a handful of BAG Cycling enthusiast and bike advocacy group member Marguerite special committee members ac- Bellringer on her bicycle near a freshly applied “sharrow” on 41st knowledged that the careless ac- Street in Silver City. tions of a few bicyclists—weaving around traffic, bicycling on the wrong side of we all need to follow the laws so all of us are safe.” the road, running stop signs and the like, whether through carelessness or ignorance of the laws—can embers of the committee acknowledge tarnish the reputation of cyclists among motorists. that bicyclists who run stop signs are not Such behaviors also may harm bicyclists’ image behaving like vehicular traffic, as if the among police officers, whose job it is to make cy- rules don’t apply to them because they are on two clists safer through law enforcement. wheels. This can annoy some motorists and puts And so, the group is using the funds—almost cyclists in danger, whether they realize it or not. $10,000—for a variety of things that will enhance To enhance awareness and compliance, the bicyclists’ safety and enjoyment of Grant County group also is working on an informative pamphlet roadways, including a series of Officer Bicycle that may be handed out by law enforcement ofSafety Training sessions next month. Conducted ficers to educate cyclists who break traffic laws by Sergeant Michelle Thiry of the Phoenix Police and who endanger themselves and others—as a warning, rather than a ticket. The pamphlet will also include city and county maps outlining the safest routes to bicycle on as well as local amenities for bicycling tourists. The grant will have a lasting impact on the safety of Grant County cyclists in two ways, the group says. Not only will the bicycle safety pamphlets be carried and distributed by law enforcement for years to come, but promotion of bicycle education through radio and newspaper messages will raise awareness in the community over the course of a year to reach both bicyclists and motorists alike.
he other education piece will address the younger bicycling crowd during this year’s Pedalista event. The event, to be held this April in Gough Park, will involve games, educational segments, prizes and more, designed to ensure smarter, safer riders in the community and increase community involvement in and excitement about recreational cycling. (Read more about Pedalista in April’s Desert Exposure.) Though geared for all ages, the BAG committee members hope that Pedalista will encourTop: Silver City cyclist Marguerite Bellringer chats with Harold age children to get up on bikes Love of the NMDOT during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new for fun and transportation, and bridge near Jose Barrios Elementary School. Above: A “sharrow,” a that starting kids out right— special bike-themed arrow that marks bike lanes, encourages motorknowing the rules of the road ists to “share the road” with bicyclists. and riding safely—is an important goal of the event. Department, the training event is designed to train “It’s a great form of exercise!” says Giese. “And police officers in Grant County how to safely and it’s fun!” effectively enforce New Mexico Motor Vehicle Codes regarding bicycling on roadways. he advocacy group supports non-motorized “Educating police officers, who in turn educate travel corridors throughout Silver City by bicyclists to follow the rules of the road, helps evencouraging partnerships with the town and eryone,” says Michele Giese, a nurse, public health the school systems, encouraging access to public educator and member of the Grant County Bicycle BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page Advocacy Group. “Whether on two wheels or four,
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come a part of its work to enhance local cycling, contact BAG Co-Chairman Rebecca Summer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jamie Thomson at email@example.com. The group welcomes your input. k Long-time Silver City freelance writer Donna Clayton Walter now bikes in Santa Fe.
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or many of us, busy work weeks end with weekends jam-packed with back-to-back errands, household chores and other obligations. With these hectic schedules, the idea of taking an entire day just to relax may sound laughable. But while taking a day off might feel like a luxury we can’t afford, a day of rest may actually be a health imperative we can’t afford to give up. Our bodies require rest to be healthy. The negative impacts of stress range from tight muscles and irritability to increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart conditions and cancer. Not taking vacation time has been found to increase risk of heart attack in men by 32%. Rather than considering a day of rest a luxury, we should consider it a necessity.
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umans have long recognized the value of taking a day to relax and abstain from labor. The tradition exists in religions and cultures from around the globe, from modern Christianity to ancient Babylonia. But of course, observing a day of rest doesn’t have to be tied to any specific religion or culture—it’s all about relaxation, whatever that means to you. Several years ago, in the midst of a way-toobusy life, I decided to create my own weekly day of rest. I wasn’t concerned about limiting my use of cars, computers or other tools; what I needed was freedom. So I decreed that I could do anything my heart desired on Sundays, as long as it entailed no sense of obligation. Sounds lovely, right? I could not believe how hard it was. Those first few Sundays found me playing computer games for hours. Simple relaxation and self-indulgence were too unfamiliar. I’d been driven for so long by my sense of responsibility that it took many Sundays for me to learn to just breathe and enjoy. I am so glad I did. Not only did I ease into naps under the oak tree and aimless country drives, but these new habits had a ripple effect throughout the rest of my week. In the midst of a busy workday, I began to notice when I was flagging and would take a restorative break. The result? I cleared my head and got more done.
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or many of us, the idea of taking a day off every week can be frightening; a day off is a day lost, a day of falling behind on the neverending to-do list, a day that could be spent doing something useful. Guilty feelings leap up, as if we owe it to others to grind ourselves into oblivion. Our sense of worth is so often wrapped up in what we do—especially for others—that it’s difficult to stop. And when everyone around us works without rest, we fear we’ll appear lazy and self-indulgent if we step off the treadmill. But driving ourselves to be productive at all times actually makes us less productive. Our bodies require (not just prefer) regular rest in order
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to function well and keep on going. While stress brings on illness and fatigue, relaxation makes us physically healthier. And many studies confirm the importance of rest, in both small and large doses, in keeping our minds working at peak efficiency. Quite simply, a day of rest makes us more productive the rest of the week. A day off also can improve our relationships both at home and at work, making us less likely to snap at our children, spouses and coworkers. It lets us unwind and spend unhurried time with friends and family. And most important, it will make us live longer, healthier lives, allowing us to do more to help others and the world for a much longer span. Linda Ross teaches college English. A couple of years ago, she was burned out, depleted and contemplating a leave of absence. Then she turned to the ancient wisdom of Sabbath practice. Her standard: “On Sunday, I don’t do anything that feels like work.” In the past, Linda dreaded Sundays because they were the last day before Monday, the big workday. “Now I look forward to all of Sunday,” she said. “It’s so restorative, and my life feels balanced.” Food journalist and cookbook author Mark Bittman (author of How to Cook Everything) decided to unplug one day a week after he realized that only when asleep was he not talking on the phone, texting or checking email. He turned off his phones, TV, computer and PDA, and found forgotten pleasure in reading books, napping, sipping herbal tea, gazing out the window and taking a walk without earbuds. “Once I moved beyond the fear of being unavailable and what it might cost me, I experienced what, if I wasn’t such a skeptic, I would call a lightness of being,” he wrote of the experience in his 2008 New York Times article, “I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really.” “I felt connected to myself rather than my computer.” A day of rest is for filling your well, feeding your soul and rejuvenating your mind and body. It’s about stepping aside, just for a day, from the killing illusion that the world depends on your efforts. It’s a time to surrender to something much larger and deeper than your individual, try-hard self—and to realize that the world keeps right on going, even when you pause long enough to enjoy it.
Design Your Day of Rest
ake up your day of rest any way you want to. Start by considering what you most need a break from. It could be something specific, such as driving a car, or something more general, such as perfectionism. Think about the activities, obligations and attitudes that pervade your days, and ask: “Is this restful? Does this restore me?” The answers will be different for everyone. If you consider cooking a chore, prepare meals ahead of time to eat on your day off, or indulge by going out to eat. If you love cooking, use your day off to make an elaborate feast. Forgo paying bills online if it causes you stress, but don’t ban the computer if your favorite leisure activity is catching up with friends online. For each activity, ask if it helps you relax and, if the answer is no, leave it out of your day off. If you have a family, include them in planning the day. You may want to share relaxing experiences on your day of rest, or (if you’re usually together) you may want to build in some alone time. Once you experience the bliss of regular downtime, you may find the healing effects spreading to other days of the week. Perhaps you’ll claim some restful evenings, or pause several times a day for a moment of mindfulness. As self-restoration becomes a habit, you’ll become more in tune with your own rhythms, making yourself healthier, calmer and happier. k Excerpted from Mother Earth Living, a national magazine that provides practical ideas, inspiring examples and expert opinions about healthy, beautiful homes and lifestyles. To read more articles from Mother Earth Living, visit www.MotherEarthLiving.com or call (800) 340-5846 to subscribe. Copyright 2012 by Ogden Publications Inc.
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Dear EarthTalk: My family has bad allergies and I’d like to improve our indoor air quality. What are some steps I should take? Even for those of us without allergies, poor indoor air quality is an often overlooked health issue. Recent research has shown that the air inside some buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air in the most industrialized of cities. And since many of us spend some 90% of our time indoors, cleaning the air where Poor indoor air quality is an often overlooked health issue. Recent we live and work might be one research has shown that the air inside some buildings can be more of the most important things we polluted than the outdoor air in the most industrialized of cities. (iStockPhoto) can do for our health. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists three basic strategies mechanically bring fresh air into the house,” the for improving indoor air: source control, improved EPA warns. “Opening windows and doors, operventilation and air cleaners. Source control, ating window or attic fans when the weather perwhereby emissions from individual sources of polBODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page lution are eliminated or reduced—for instance, finding somewhere outside the home to store old paint and construction supplies— is typically the most effective strategy. If the sources of pollution are beyond your control, bringing in more air from outside through better ventilation is the best bet. “Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not
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develop health problems from exposures much mits, or running a window air conditioner with the faster, EWG adds. “Average levels of many chemicals were subvent control open, increases the outdoor ventilation rate.” The agency adds that local bathroom or stantially higher in pets than is typical for people, kitchen fans that exhaust outdoors also remove with 2.4 times higher levels of stain- and greasecontaminants while increasing the outdoor air ven- proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and tilation rate. Air cleaners (either mechanical filters or elec- more than five times the amounts of mercury, tronic cleaners) can also help reduce or remove compared to average levels in people,” reports the some forms of indoor air pollution. “Some air group. Their 2008 study looked at plastics and food cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, packaging chemicals, heavy metals, fire retardants while others, including most table-top models, are and stain-proofing chemicals in pooled samples of much less so,” reports the EPA. “People with sensi- blood and urine from 20 dogs and 37 cats tested at tivity to particular sources may find that air clean- a Virginia veterinary clinic. “For dogs, blood and urine samples were ers are helpful only in conjunction with concerted efforts to remove the source.” The agency’s free contaminated with 35 chemicals altogether, inonline “Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home” com- cluding 11 carcinogens, 31 chemicals toxic to pares the general types of residential air cleaners the reproductive system, and 24 neurotoxins,” and their effectiveness in reducing pollutants in- adds EWG. This is particularly alarming given that man’s best friend is known to have much cluding particles and gaseous contaminants. Some of us swear by our houseplants for keeping our indoor air free of pollutants. Mother Nature Network reports that certain plants are known to filter out specific contaminants: Pets ingest pollutants and pesticide residues and breathe in an array of indoor air Aloe removes contaminants just like children do—and since they develop and age seven or more airborne form- times faster than children, pets develop health problems from exposures much faster. aldehyde and (Hemera Collection) benzene; spider plants scrub carbon monoxide and xylene; and gerbera higher cancer rates than humans. A 2008 Texas daisies take the trichloroethylene left over from A&M Veterinary Medical Center study found dry-cleaned items out of your air. The EPA, howev- that dogs have 35 times more skin cancer, four er, does not consider houseplants to be especially times more breast tumors, eight times more effective at air filtration, and even warns that over- bone cancer, and two times more leukemia per watered indoor houseplants can in and of them- capita than humans. And according to researchselves present a health hazard because damp soil ers from Purdue University, cancer is the second may promote the growth of allergens. leading cause of death for dogs, with about one Good housekeeping also can go a long way to- in four canines succumbing to some form of the ward improving indoor air. WebMD reports that disease. Meanwhile, hyperthyroidism—a condiregular mopping and vacuuming (with a HEPA- tion which many think is on the rise in felines filter-equipped vacuum cleaner), keeping interior due to chemical exposures—is already a leading moisture levels low, maintaining a smoke-free en- cause of illness for older cats. vironment, and ditching chemical air fresheners In its Pets for the Environment website, EWG are all key to maintaining good breathing space lists dozens of ways for pet owners to ensure that inside. WebMD also suggests testing your home dogs and cats are as safe as possible in this dangerfor radon, a radioactive gas found in soils that can ous world we inhabit. Among other tips, EWG recpenetrate cracks in a building’s foundation and has ommends choosing pet food without chemical prebeen linked to lung cancer. servatives such as BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, and CONTACTS: EPA Indoor Air Quality, www.epa. looking for organic or free-range ingredients rather gov/iaq/; WebMD’s “Breathe Easy: 5 Ways to Im- than by-products. As for drinking water, EWG sugprove Indoor Air Quality,” www.webmd.com/lung/ gests running tap water through a reverse osmosis features/12-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality. filter—either faucet-mounted or pitcher-based— before it goes into a pet’s bowl to remove common Dear EarthTalk: What are some tips for contaminants. Also, replacing old bedding or furniture, especially if it has exposed foam, can prevent keeping my dogs and cats healthy? pets from ingesting fire retardants. From avoiding Believe it or not, our pets may be exposed non-stick pans and garden pesticides to choosing to more harsh chemicals through the greener kitty litter and decking material, the list of course of their day than we are. Research- tips goes on. Taking steps to ensure a safer environment for ers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pet dogs and cats were pets—some 63% of US homes have at least one— contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals will mean a safer world for humans, too. EWG tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than concludes that our pets “well may be serving as sentinels for our own health, as they breathe in, inthose typically found in people. “Just as children ingest pollutants in tap water, gest or absorb the same chemicals that are in our play on lawns with pesticide residues or breathe environments.” CONTACT: EWG Pets for the Environment, in an array of indoor air contaminants, so do their pets,” reports EWG. 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ancer is the second leading cause of death and accounts for one in four deaths in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million people annually will receive a cancer diagnosis—a number that excludes skin cancers, which are so common they’re not reported to cancer registries. The group also reports that more than 577,000 Americans will die from per year, a rate of more than 1,500 people a day. Despite these disheartening statistics, cancer is a largely pre- Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables ontain glucosinolates, ventable disease. Genetics play compounds the body breaks down into anti-cancer substances. a significant role in only a few cancers. Scientists attribute one-third of cancers which, among other functions, reduce oxidation to tobacco use, one-third to diet and one-third to (free radical damage) and inflammation—twin proenvironmental exposures (infectious microorgan- cesses that promote chronic diseases, including isms, ultraviolet light, radiation, pollutants and cancer. Flavonoids belong to a broader chemical other toxins). Physical inactivity, obesity, insuf- group called polyphenols, which provide multiple ficient sleep and alcohol are also linked to some benefits for plants and those of us who eat them. cancers. Most foods and supplements that make health Prevention of many cancer risk factors is pretty headlines—including fruits, vegetables, chocolate, straightforward: Stay away from tobacco, restrict tea and wine—are brimming with polyphenols. alcohol intake, manage your weight, move your Berries, cherries and grapes: These tasty, nubody and get enough sleep. Those changes prevent trient-dense fruits owe their deep, vibrant colors to a host of illnesses and promote flavonoids such as anthocyanins healthy longevity. Although it and proanthocyanins, which takes patience and perseverpack potent antioxidant, antiance, changing our habits is well inflammatory and anti-cancer worth it in terms of cancer preeffects. Red grapes also contain vention. resveratrol, the same antioxidant found in red wine. Complex carbs: Refined cience is fairly certain that carbohydrates lead to spikes in our diets play an important blood sugar, insulin and insulinrole in cancer prevention, like growth factors, which can but exactly how the two are linked is far from clear-cut. Most human cancer stimulate tumor growth. But whole (unprocessed) studies are observational, meaning they provide evi- grains, legumes and vegetables contain complex dence for associations between various diets and carbohydrates, which digest more slowly and concancer but don’t establish cause. In general, how- tain fiber. Fiber may help bind potentially cancerever, plant-based diets seem to help prevent can- causing substances in the bowel, preventing their cer. Edible plants contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, absorption into the bloodstream and helping to healthy fats, and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory prevent colon cancer. Fiber consumption also supcompounds. Some plant chemicals fight cancer ports healthy digestive microorganisms, which cells directly, while others promote a healthy im- contribute to healthy immune function. Cruciferous vegetables: This plant family, mune system, which helps reduce cancer risk. A number of anti-cancer foods, spices and herbs which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, rapstand out for their ability to fight this disease. Most BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page are rich sources of flavonoids and carotenoids,
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ini, mung beans, alfalfa sprouts and Brussels sprouts, among others, contains glucosinolates, compounds the body breaks down into anti-cancer substances. Animal and population studies link increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables with reduced cancer risk. Studies have found broccoli to be especially effective in fighting certain types of cancer. Dark green leafy vegetables: Kale, collards, mustard greens, bok choy, arugula, watercress and maca are natural sources of minerals such as cal- Extracts of pomegranate have been shown to inhibit the growth of cium and magnesium, both of breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers in cell cultures and animal which may protect against colon studies. cancer. Women who eat more leafy greens have a reduced risk of breast cancer. a particularly rich source of phytoestrogens called Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and stinging isoflavones. While estrogen has been implicated nettle (Urtica dioica) brim with vitamins and min- in the development of breast and uterine cancer, erals. Preliminary research suggests they also have phytoestrogens have much weaker stimulatory anti-cancer activity. Note: Nettles must be cooked, effects, and population studies link consumption dried or blended (as in a smoothie) to remove of soy foods with a reduced incidence of breast, their sting. You can also obtain anti-cancer benefits uterine, ovarian, prostate and colon cancer. Soy from dried nettle and dandelion greens in the form consumption also decreases growth factors that of tea. Simply add one tablespoon herb per cup hot increase breast cancer risk. water, steep 15 minutes, strain and drink. One concern has been whether isoflavones presSeeds and nuts: These healthful snack foods ent a risk for breast cancer survivors. Reassuringcontain vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and fiber. ly, a large study of Chinese and American women Increased consumption correlates with a reduced found that soy food consumption correlated with a risk of certain cancers, particularly colon cancer. reduced risk of recurrence. While soy foods seem Flax seeds, sesame to be beneficial, some seeds, sunflower seeds experts discourage and pumpkin seeds against supplementing contain lignans, which with soy protein or soy our intestinal bacteria isoflavones. can convert into phyOrange fruits and toestrogens (plant esvegetables: These are trogens). Flax seeds, rich in plant pigments the richest source of called carotenoids, lignans, may inhibit the which protect against growth of breast, colon several types of canand prostate cancer. cer including prostate, Regular consumption breast, cervical, lung, of pumpkin and sunovarian, pancreatic and flower seeds has been Flax seeds, the richest source of lignans, may inhibit gastrointestinal. Nonlinked with a reduced the growth of breast, colon and prostate cancer. vitamin A carotenoids risk of breast cancer. (lycopene, lutein, astaxWalnuts may also inanthin and zeaxanthin) hibit colon and breast cancer. protect against DNA damage. Orange vegetables Tomatoes and tomato products: These are (carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, winter squash), an excellent source of dietary carotenoids. They orange fruits (cantaloupe, mangos, apricots, guaowe their red color to lycopene. Research associ- va, goji berries) and the leafy greens mentioned ates regular consumption of tomatoes and tomato earlier are all good sources of carotenoids. products with a reduced risk of prostate cancer Pomegranate: Extracts of pomegranate have and possibly breast cancer. Even a single serving been shown to inhibit the growth of breast, prosof tomatoes or one tomato product a day may help tate, colon and lung cancers in cell cultures and protect DNA from damage. It’s best to obtain lyco- animal studies. Extracts also protect against pene via your diet; whether lycopene supplements ultraviolet light-induced skin cancer. All parts protect against cancer is controversial. of the pomegranate fruit—rind, pith and juicy Legumes: In addition to being fiber-rich, le- seeds—have valuable chemicals and are edible. gumes contain phytoestrogens. Soybeans contain The seeds taste delicious alone, in salads and atop yogurt. However, the rind and pith, while edible, are bitter. Juice the whole fruit in a commercial juicer to benefit from the rind and pith’s active chemicals. You can also eat the pith whole or infuse water with the rind to make a tea. k Excerpted from Mother Earth Living, a national magazine that provides practical ideas, inspiring examples and expert opinions about healthy, beautiful homes and lifestyles. To read more articles from Mother Earth Living, visit www. MotherEarthLiving.com or call (800) 340-5846 to subscribe. Copyright 2012 by Ogden Publications Inc.
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He’s making a list… and checking it on his phone.
y name is Henry, and I’m an analog addict.” “Hi, Henry!” the crowd replies in half-hearted unison, gripping their Styrofoam coffee cups in their nicotine-stained talons. Sadly, there are no further statements expressing support or proclaiming this to be a place of safety. So I visualize them all naked and screw my courage to its sticking place. “It’s been three weeks since I wrote a list by hand onto paper, and it feels great,” I lied, hoping to earn the support of these similarly defective souls. A fragile, emaciated girl with large, sympathetic eyes seemed to be the only one engaged in my cathartic moment, so I continued: “You know, they say that once you’re a list-maker, you never stop, and that’s the truth. When I was a kid, probably around 10 years old, my dad used to leave me a daily chore list. Although I hated doing my chores, I found the rush of crossing items off the list incredible. Of course, crossing one thing off just made me want to cross another thing off, and another, and another—until the list was all crossed off. I hit bottom.” The girl with the big bug eyes never blinked, and her lips were delivering some whispered benediction that nobody else could hear. An elderly gentleman waved a cane at me and shouted, “Amen!” Or maybe he said, “gray hen” or “cayenne” or “John Glenn.” I really wasn’t paying attention. “So I started creating my own lists, and man, it was fantastic. I would grab a pencil or pen and any scrap of paper I could find and make lists. Everything got committed to paper— my favorite movies, things I needed to do that weekend, people that I wanted to send Christmas cards to. Of course, there were things like shopping lists that everybody was doing; there wasn’t any harm in it, right? Just good organizational fun. Heck, even my own blessed mother wrote out shopping lists!” The power of the group was working; I could feel it. The girl’s eyes were dancing, and her right hand was twitching uncontrollably, grasping an invisible pencil. The man with the cane was thumping it on the floor, punctuating my every sentence. Even the fat guy with the Ramones T-shirt sucking down all the free donuts in the back of the room stopped to listen. “Then, one day, I found out something incredible: People were making lists electronically.” A small gasp from the donut-sucker validated my outrage. “I’m not just talking about making lists on the computer and printing them out. I mean, they were eliminating paper from the equation. Completely.” I nervously licked my lips and tried not to stutter. “And it’s all because of—this!” I dug into my pocket and thrust out the glassfaced usurper of order. “This dumb ‘smart’ phone harshed my Zen! You can simply get onto the Interwebs like so,” I frothed, punching at the appropriate buttons, “And now my list is on the ‘Cloud’!” The big-eyed girl’s orbs flicked upward in apprehension. “No, not those clouds. The ones on the dumb-phone that let you and anybody else access your list. So, for example, your wife can be putting things on the list across town while you’re taking things off it. And there’s no paper involved in the process at all!”
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I dug into my pocket and thrust out the glass-faced usurper of order.
was losing my audience, so I took a deep breath. “Look, I know it’s not a big deal. In fact, having lists on the Cloud makes a lot of sense on paper.” Oh, the irony. “It’s convenient, I don’t need to find a pencil or paper, and I already tote the phone around with me anyway. So I tried to kick the habit, cold turkey, and at first it was hard. Really hard,” I said, remembering secretly writing lists down on paper when I knew nobody was watching, like a drunk with a secret flask in his desk. “But I made the commitment to clean up my act, and it’s been good for me.” I guess. Hell, I don’t know. Waiting for the applause that was sure to follow, I thought about how thoroughly modern I had become. It wasn’t just a conversion that I had to face, but that all of mankind was involved with. I see veritable herds of modern shoppers at the local MalWart, grasping their phones and referencing their newfangled digital lists. But, just like a recovering addict, I spot the “users” in the crowd, the ones with grubby, wrinkled-paper shopping lists stuffed into their greasy pockets, and I feel that old monkey climbing up my spine again. Wait, what happened to my applause? There was supposed to be comforting applause! Instead, the girl had yanked out an old receipt and was scribbling notes on the back (probably a list of people to annoy). The cane guy had fallen asleep or perhaps some state far more sedentary and permanent. And donut boy was licking the maple icing off a donut. Was there a chance that nobody cared about my long struggle with the ecstasy of the hand-written list? Analog addictions do not die easily, but quixotic struggles against ubiquitous technology seldom receive applause. Point taken. I guess I didn’t need a support group to figure that out after all. k Henry Lightcap checks things off in Las Cruces.
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ed or Green? is Desert Exposure’s guide to dining in southwest New Mexico. The listings here—a sampling of our complete and recently completely updated guide online at www. desertexposure.com—include some of our favorites and restaurants we’ve recently reviewed. We emphasize non-national-chain restaurants with sitdown, table service . With each listing, we include a brief categorization of the type of cuisine plus what meals are served: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner. Unless otherwise noted, restaurants are open seven days a week. Call for exact hours, which change frequently. All phone numbers are area code 575 except as specified. We also note with a star (*) restaurants where you can pick up copies of Desert Exposure.
GrAnt County Silver City AdoBe SPrinGS CAfé, 1617 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-3665. “Under new ownership and refocusing on what has made it a longtime Silver City favorite: excellent breakfasts and lunches.” (April 2011) Breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches: Mon.-Thur. B L, Sat. & Sun. B L D.* AlottA GelAto, 619 N. Bullard St., 534-4995. Gelato, desserts and hot drinks: All day.* ASiAn Buffet, 1740 Hwy. 180E, 388-0777. “A boundless buffet that would satisfy the Mongol hordes.” (April 2010) Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, sushi: L D. Billy’S BBQ And wood-fired PizzA, Hwy 180E, 388-1367. “A freewheeling mixture of barbequed ribs and brisket, freshly made pasta, Cajun catfish, seared Ahi tuna, authentic Greek gyros, and pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven and featuring a wide range of innovative toppings.” (November 2010) Barbecue, pizza, gyros, pasta: Tues.-Fri. D. Sat.-Sun. L D. Italian nights Weds., Sat.* BryAn’S Pit BArBeCue, Mimbres Valley Self Storage and RV Park, (660) 247-3151 or (660) 247-3160. “Authentic Southern-style barbecue.…. Brisket, pork ribs, chicken and sausage dinners, pulled pork and chopped brisket sandwiches.” (August 2010). Now also BBQ tenderloin and smoked turkey. Barbecue: L D. CAfé oSo Azul At BeAr mountAin lodGe, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538. “Bear Mountain Lodge blends food, art and natural beauty into a memorable experience that pleases all the senses.… The menu
If we’ve recently reviewed a restaurant, you’ll find a brief capsule of our review and a notation of which issue it originally appeared in. Stories from all back issues of Desert Exposure from January 2005 on are available on our Web site. Though every effort has been made to make these listings complete and up-to-date, errors and omissions are inevitable and restaurants may make changes after this issue goes to press. That’s why we urge you to help us make Red or Green? even better. Drop a note to Red or Green? c/o Desert Exposure, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, fax 534-4134, or email email@example.com. Remember, these print listings represent only highlights. You can always find the complete, updated Red or Green? guide online at www.desertexposure.com. Bon appétit!
notch pastries in the morning, deli lunch or…dinner. . . Diane’s new Deli has it all—to go!” (Sept. 2007) Artisan breads, sandwiches, deli, baked goods: B L D.* don JuAn’S BurritoS, 418 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5440. Mexican: B L. drifter PAnCAKe HouSe, 711 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-2916. Breakfast, American: B L, breakfast served throughout. eAt your HeArt out, 800 W. Market, 313-9005. Catering. * GAllo Pinto, 901 N. Hudson St., 597-3663. Mexican: B L D. Gil-A BeAnS, 1304 N. Bennett St. Coffeeshop.* Golden StAr, 1602 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2323. “If you sometimes long for the guilty pleasures of the Chinese food served at a mall food court—think Panda Express—or just want your wontons without waiting, there’s good news…. Normal appetites will find the three-item combo tough to finish, so plan on leftovers whether you’re eating in or taking out. All of it’s plenty tasty, and you can enjoy it just like in the food court.” (February 2007) Chinese: L D. GrAndmA’S CAfé, 900 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2627. American, Mexican: B L.* Grinder mill, 403 W. College Ave., 538-3366. Mexican: B L D.* JAliSCo CAfé, 100 S. Bullard St., 388-2060. “The Mexican restaurant where you take out-of-town guests…. Jalisco’s massive menu goes well beyond the traditional combination plates, though it has those, too.” (December 2007) Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D. JAvA tHe Hut, 611-A N. Bullard St., 534-4103. Espresso and coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat.* JAvAlinA Coffee HouSe, 201 N. Bullard St., 388-1350. Coffeehouse.* Kountry KitCHen, 1505 N. Hudson St., 388-4512. Mexican: Mon.Sat. B L early D, Sun. B only.* lA CoCinA reStAurAnt, 201 W. College Ave., 388-8687. Mexican: L D. lA fAmiliA, 503 N. Hudson St., 388-4600. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L D.* lA mexiCAnA, Hwy. 180E and Memory Lane, 534-0142. Mexican and American: B L. lion’S den, 208 W. Yankie, 6540353. Coffeeshop. mASA y mAS tortilleriA, Suite C-The Hub Plaza, (505) 670-8775. Tortillas, tacos, chimichangas, burritos, enchiladas, menudo, tamales and more. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L.* mi CASitA, 2340 Bosworth Dr., 538-5533. New Mexican cuisine: Mon.-Thurs. L, Fri. L D. millie’S BAKe HouSe, 215 W. Yankie, 597-2253. “From pies to pizzas, the food is oven-fresh and innovative.” (November 2012) Soup, salads, sandwiches, baked goods: Tues.-Sat. Deep-dish pizza: Thurs.-Mon. D. * nAnCy’S Silver CAfé, 514 N. Bullard St., 388-3480. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D. tHe PArlor At diAne’S, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Beer and wine bar, sandwiches, light bites: Tues.-Sun.
changes daily, with entrées that are always imaginative and tasty—comfort food in a form that most of our mothers would never have thought of producing.” (March 2011) Weekend brunch, weekday L by reservation only.* CHineSe PAlACe, 1010 Highway 180E, 538-9300. “All the food is cooked to order. This means that not only does every dish arrive at the table freshly cooked and steaming, but also that you can tailor any dish to suit your taste.” (October 2012) Chinese: Mon.-Fri. L D. CourtyArd CAfé, Gila Regional Medical Center, 538-4094. American: B L, with special brunch Sundays.* CuriouS KumQuAt, 111 E. College Ave., 534-0337. “A hotspot of modern culinary innovation. Lunch features soups, salads and sandwiches. Dinners are elaborate, imaginative, exotic five-course culinary creations. Entrées always include vegetarian and vegan options… plus others determined by what local ranchers have available.” (July 2010) Contemporary: Mon. L, Tues.-Sat. L D.* deliGHtful Blend, 3030 N. Pinos Altos Road, 388-2404. Coffeeshop. diAne’S reStAurAnt, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. “As they serve Diane’s fresh, inventive dishes, the staff will make you subtly aware you are indeed enjoying a big-city-caliber dining experience—without the least bit of snootiness to detract from the fact that you are, nonetheless, in small-town New Mexico.” (Sept. 2007) Homemade American, Euro and Pacific Rim: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. D only, weekend brunch, catering. diAne’S BAKery & deli, The Hub, Suite A, Bullard St., 534-9229. “Top-
afternoons. PeACe meAl Burrito BAr, The Hub, 6th and Bullard, 388-0106. “Slow-roasted beef, pork and chicken options in addition to vegetarian and vegan fare… with a commitment to provide food that is organic and healthy.” (January 2013) Chipotle-style burrito bar: Weds.-Mon. L early D.* Pretty Sweet emPorium, 312 N. Bullard St., 388-8600. Dessert, ice cream: Mon.-Sat.* Q’S SoutHern BiStro And Brewery, 101 E. College Ave., 534-4401. “Q’s Southern Bistro has found its niche and honed its ‘elevated pub’ menu to excellence to serve its funloving, casual dining crowd.” (October 2010) American, steaks, barbecue, brewpub: Mon.-Sat. L D. red BArn, 708 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-5666. “From the friendly staff to the down-home food—steaks, of course, plus chicken, seafood, burgers, sandwiches and a sampling of superb Mexican fare—you might be settling in for lunch or dinner at an especially large ranch house.” (October 2009) Steakhouse: L D.* river rAnCH mArKet, 300 S. Bullard, 597-6328. Grass-fed meats, pastured poultry, gluten-free baked goods, to-go soups and stews lunches. SABor, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-2737. Mexican, sandwiches: B L D. SHeveK & Co., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168. “Shevek & Co. will take your taste buds on a culinary tour from Spain to Greece, with delicious destinations all along the Mediterranean in-between. The sheer ambition of the offerings is astonishing.” (March 2009) Mediterranean: D, brunch on selected weekends.* Silver BowlinG Center CAfé, 2020 Memory Lane, 538-3612. American, Mexican, hamburgers: L D.* SilverAdo HeAltH food SHoP, 303 E. 13th St., 534-9404. Sandwiches, burritos, salads, smoothies: Mon.-Fri. L. SunriSe eSPreSSo, 1530 N. Hudson, 388-2027. Coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat. B L, early D. SunriSe eSPreSSo, 1212 E. 32nd St., 534-9565. Coffeeshop, bakery: Mon.-Fri. B L, early D, Sat. B L only.* terry’S oriGinAl BArBeQue, Hwy. 180 and Ranch Club Road. Barbeque to go: L D. tHree doGS CoffeeHouSe, 503 N. Bullard St. Coffeeshop, lunch specialties, pizza: L. tre roSAt CAfé, 304 N. Bullard St., 654-4919. “The dinner menu ranges from humbler (but not humdrum) fare like burgers, pizzas and pastas to daily specials that include more upscale items like grilled salmon and petite sirloin steak. Appetizers include homemade chile relleno poppers, egg rolls (with specialty fillings changing from day to day) and the ever-popular, ever delicious bacon-wrapped dates.” (August 2012) International eclectic: Mon.-Fri. L, D. Sat. D. * viCKi’S eAtery, 315 N. Texas, 388-5430. “Serving hearty breakfasts, sandwiches both cold and grilled, wraps and salads that satisfy in a homey yet sophisticated way. Don’t miss the German potato salad.” (Dec. 2009) American: Mon.-Sat. B L. Sun. B.* wrAnGler’S BAr & Grill, 2005 Hwy. 180E, 538-4387. Steak, burgers, appetizers, salads: L D.* yAnKie CreeK Coffee HouSe, 112 W. Yankie St. Coffeeshop, coffee, home-made pastries and ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies.* BAyArd fidenCio’S tACo SHoP, 1108 Tom Foy Blvd. Mexican: B L D. little niSHA’S, 1101 Tom Foy Blvd., 537-3526. Mexican: Wed.-Sun. B L D. loS ComPAS, 1203 Tom Foy Blvd, 654-4109. “If you want to know how special a hot dog can be… these Sonora-style hot dogs are masterpieces that please the eye as well as the taste buds. First, the beef hot dogs are wrapped in bacon and grilled, then nestled into a special soft, everso-slightly sweet bun custom-made especially for Los Compas at a state-ofthe-art bakery located in Palomas. The dogs are topped with beans, melted cheese, guacamole, mustard, ketchup, grilled and raw onions, diced tomatoes, and then the whole thing is finished off with decorative squiggles of mayonnaise.” (May 2012) Sonoranstyle Mexican, hot dogs, portas, menudo: L D. m & A BAyArd CAfé, 1101 N. Central Ave., 537-2251. “A down-toearth, friendly, unpretentious place— kind of a cross between a Mexican cantina and a 1950s home-style diner, serving tasty, no-frills Mexican and American food at reasonable prices.” (October 2011) Mexican and American: Mon.-Fri. B L D. SPAniSH CAfé, 106 Central Ave., 537-2640. Mexican, tamales and menudo (takeout only): B. SuGAr SHACK, 1102 Tom Foy Blvd., 537-0500. Mexican: Sun.-Fri. B L. Cliff PArKey’S, 8414 Hwy. 180W, 5354000. Coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat. Hurley GAtewAy Grill, 2705 Hwy. 180E, 537-5001. “From Friday Steak Night to everyday American and Mexican food, worth hitting Hwy. 180 for.” (December 2011) American and Mexican: Sun.-Thur. B L, Fri.-Sat. B L D.* lAKe roBertS little toAd CreeK inn & tAvern, 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649. “‘Rustic gourmet’… designed to appeal to the eyes as well as the taste buds. And this is true of the items on the brunch menu, as well as those on the very different dinner menu.” (June 2012). Steaks, sandwiches, American: Thurs.Fri. D, Sat.-Sun. brunch and D. Tavern with soups, sandwiches, Scotch eggs: Daily L D. SPirit CAnyon lodGe & CAfé, 684 Hwy. 35, 536-9459. “For the German sampler, café customers can choose two meat options from a revolving selection that may include on any given day three or four of the following: bratwurst, roast pork, schnitzel (a thin breaded and fried pork chop), sauerbraten (marinated roast of beef), stuffed cabbage leaves, or roladen (rolled beef with a sausage and onion filling).” (July 2011) German specialties, American lunch and dinner entrées: Saturday midday D. mimBreS elK x-inG CAfé, (352) 212-0448. Home-style meals, sandwiches and desserts: B L. mimBreS vAlley CAfé, 2964 Hwy. 35, 536-2857. “You won’t go home hungry from the Mimbres Valley Café, an oasis of down-home good food in a friendly atmosphere. The menu is simple and hearty, a blend of American and Mexican.” (Jan. 2009) Mexican, American, burgers: Mon.-Tues. B L, Wed.-Sun. 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mist as the liquid nitrogen converts to gas. “That ice cream,” crooned a friend, after her first bite of the finished product, “is a one-way ticket to heaven! It has cuddled up to my tongue and is making a home there. Mmmmmm.” As if the variety, intricacy and carefully artistic presentation of the dishes on the extensive menu were not enough, Tatsu and his creative culinary crew are always prepared to honor any special dietary needs of customers, including those with gluten tolerance issues. Takeouts are always available, and catering can be arranged.
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The new Savoy de Mesilla offers a grand—and affordable—culinary adventure.
f you are adventurous with food and enjoy a fine-dining experience that is genuinely sophisticated, without pretension or snobbishness, you definitely need to check out Savoy de Mesilla on the outskirts of Las Cruces. The added attraction is that you can do this without spending a week’s salary on any of the meals—all of which are entertainingly and delectably upscale. Savoy de Mesilla is the newest of award-winning chef Tatsu Miyazaki’s innovative restaurants (which include Las Cruces’ Aqua Reef), and a real treat. The restaurant promises “mouth-watering innovative cuisine, highlighting American dishes with global influence, gracious service and a relaxed atmosphere that will leave you delighted and refreshed.” And, although only in its third month of existence, it actually delivers on every part of that promise. “We want our guests to have a magical dining experience,” Tatsu explains. He has designed every aspect of the new restaurant with that in mind—from the carefully planned, tastefully understated décor that provides a soothing, relaxing atmosphere, to the food, which, rightfully, provides the real drama and entertainment. Plan to spend time at a leisurely meal, starting with a careful reading of the extensive menu. The descriptions of the dishes will give you a clear idea of the creativity Tatsu brings to the kitchen, where he currently has six dedicated apprentice chefs working with him. “We are having so much fun in the kitchen,” Tatsu says, with the quiet enthusiasm that is his trademark. He says his aim is not just to produce memorable meals, day after day: “Future chefs— that’s what I’m creating.” He is no doubt instilling in those future chefs the same free-wheeling culinary imagination and artistry that he displays in delicious entrées like Cherry Port Duck ($22): tender slices of panseared duck breast teamed with a cherry port reduction sauce. The highest-priced entrée currently on the
Award-winning chef Tatsu Miyazaki displays some of the artistic appetizer plates he routinely serves at his new restaurant, Savoy de Mesilla. (Photos by Peggy Platonos)
menu—which changes with the seasonal availability of fresh ingredients—is not the Angus Truffle Filet Mignon ($26) but the Rack of Lamb served with thyme-infused demi-glace ($28). At the low end of the price scale, a number of entrées are offered for $18, including Stuffed Pecan Chicken, where pecan-breaded chicken is stuffed with sun-dried tomato, artichokes and fresh mozzarella cheese, and the vegetarian Portobello and Vegetable Terrine, with layers of grilled portobello mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, roasted red pepper and smoked gouda cheese, served with tomato-basil sauce. Artistry and imagination show up in the appetizers, too, like the Ahi Tuna Napoleon ($12), where sesame-seared ahi tuna is served in a plump stack with layers of avocado, fried wonton squares and rice noodles, combining to create the effect of an Oriental pagoda. Or the Jalapeño Bacon Wrapped Dates ($7), where Arabian dates are wrapped in jalapeño-rubbed bacon and served on orange slices that look like brightly colored lily pads. Meal-sized salads and sandwiches at Savoy de Mesilla are equally out-of-the-ordinary, starting at $9 for a three-grain, corn, black bean and roasted red pepper vegetarian Garden Burger or $10 for a lightly curried Chicken Salad Pita Sandwich. Midlevel $12 items include Baked Goat Cheese Wild Mushroom Salad and Savoy Parmesan Crusted Chicken Caesar Salad, as well as several varieties of stuffed meat patties that are most definitely not your average burgers. The highest-priced salad and sandwich selections cost $16. They include the Spicy Steak Noodle Salad, with heat provided by Tatsu’s special chiliracha marinade, and the Smoked Salmon Caviar Flat Bread sandwich, which features Atlantic smoked salmon and robiko caviar with Tatsu’s special “Dynamite Sauce” in combination with crème fraîche. And if you think those dishes sound exotic, wait until you come to the fried spicy Louisiana-style alligator appetizers ($8), or the Goji Sea Scallops and Shrimp entrée served with goji berry mango sauce ($24).
atsu Miyazaki has impressive culinary credentials—although after your first bite of the delightful dishes at Savoy de Mesilla, you may not really care that he is an American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Executive Chef, or that he has served as Chef Instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, or even that he has won lots of awards, including an ACF National Gold Medal. It’s nice to know that Tatsu has long been respected by such well-known chefs as Julia Child, Paul Prudhomme, Iron Chefs Hiroyuki Sakai (Japan) and Cat Cora (America), and many others whose photos are displayed on Savoy de Mesilla’s walls. But as a diner, all that really matters is that Tatsu is producing innovative, artistic and tasty food right here in southwestern New Mexico. “I enjoy talking to chefs,” Tatsu says, “and also to customers.” “He is such a joy to work with,” says Savoy manager Eileen Flint. “He keeps everything fresh and alive.” “Well, we want to make it fun, so you have to keep coming back,” says Tatsu. The restaurant is located at 1800-B Avenida de Mesilla in Mesilla. It is open seven days a week:
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ctive drama presents itself at the table with dessert, if you choose either the Winter Berry Cream Brulée ($8) or the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream ($16 for two portions created, in a matter of minutes, at the table). The Cream Brulée arrives, adorned with a colorful assortment of berries, in a dessert bowl perched inside a much larger glass bowl that is filled with a swirling, smoky-looking mist that streams up and out as it is set before you. As the mist disperses, you realize it was just dry ice “melting” at room temperature directly into gas. But knowing the physics of it doesn’t take away the thrill. The Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream provides a more drawn-out experience that ultimately sends ripples of delight through your taste buds, after providing a few minutes of visual entertainment. Liquid nitrogen, which is extremely (and dangerously) cold, added a little at a time, almost instantly freezes custard mixture into creamy ice cream— producing its own smoky Sundays & Mondays
Moyazaki demonstrates making Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. The liquid nitrogen (in the metal pitcher) is extremely cold and, when mixed into a vanilla custard, freezes the custard into a very smooth, mellow ice cream in less than three minutes. The mixing is done at the table, where the mist pours out of the mixing bowl as the liquid nitrogen converts to gas. Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to the main dining area—which is separated from the bar area by an attractive, waisthigh partition—a small alcove seats 12 people for private parties and a separate room seats larger parties of up to 26. There is also a year-round, openair (though roofed) outdoor patio, with couches for casual groupings, along with dining tables that are each equipped with a central fire pit to provide heat for those hardy diners who refuse to knuckle under to chilly weather and stay indoors. For more information or to make a reservation, call (575) 527-2869. k Send Mimbres freelance writer Peggy Platonos tips for restaurant reviews at platonos@gilanet. com or call (575) 536-2997.
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PinoS AltoS BuCKHorn SAloon And oPerA HouSe, Main Street, 538-9911. “‘The Buck,’ as most locals affectionately call it, has a history of satisfying at the dinner plate with its long-favored menu including generous slabs of meat, hearty green chile stew with kick and ‘honest pours’ at the full bar.” (December 2010) Steakhouse, pasta, burgers: Mon.-Sat. D. doÑA AnA County lAS CruCeS & meSillA ABrAHAm’S BAnK tower reStAurAnt, 500 S. Main St. #434, 5235911. American: Mon.-Fri. B L. Andele reStAurAnte, 1950 Calle del Norte, 526-9631. Mexican: Mon. B L, Tues.-Sun. B L D. Antonio’S reStAurAnt & PizzeriA, 5195 Bataan Memorial West, 373-0222. Pizza, Italian, Mexican: Tues.-Sun. L D. AQuA reef, 900-B S. Telshor, 522-7333. “Las Cruces’ smashing, elegant sushi restaurant is more than dinner—it’s a dining adventure…. Though Aqua Reef bills itself as serving ‘Euro-Asian cuisine,’ the menu feels (delightfully!) hard-core Asian, excelling in the fresh and raw.” (April 2008) Asian, sushi: D. BAAn tHAi KitCHen, 1605 S. Solano Dr., 521-2630. Thai: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. L. tHe BeAn, 2011 Avenida de Mesilla, 523-0560. Coffeehouse. A Bite of BelGium, 741 N. Alameda St., 527-2483. Belgian food: Mon.-Fri. B L. Blue AGAve CAfé, 1765 S. Main St. (inside Best Western Mission Inn), 524-8591. Southwestern: B. Blue moon, 13060 N. Valley Dr., 647-9524. Bar, burgers: Sat.-Sun. L D. BoBA CAfé, 1900 S. Espina, Ste. 8, 647-5900. “The signature Bubble Tea is just the beginning of an inventive eating experience. The menu—with a long list of soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, wraps and ‘other stuff’— is the same for lunch and dinner, although Tuesday through Thursday nights Boba lays on special Caribbean fare and Friday nights are Asianthemed, with sushi.” (June 2009) Sandwiches, salads, casual fare, espresso: Mon.-Sat. L D.* BrAvo’S CAfé, 3205 S. Main St., 526-8604. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L. BreAK An eGG, 201 S. Solano Dr., 647-3000. “Dedicated to owner Janice Williams’ love of movies and theater, movie posters and stills dot the walls. The menu uses groan-inducing but fun movie-related puns, such as “The Ommies,” for the nice selection of omelets. Lunch offers a full range of sandwiches, salads, burgers and a few wraps. Portions are done right—just enough to fill the gap without emptying your wallet.” (Sept. 2008) Breakfasts, burgers, salads, sandwiches: B L. CAfé AGoGo, 1120 Commerce Dr., Suite A, 636-4580. Asian, American, sandwich, salad, rice bowl: Mon.-Sat. L D. CAfé de meSillA en lA PlAzA, 2051 Calle de Santiago, 652-3019. Coffeehouse, deli, pastries, soups, sandwiches: B L early D. CArillo’S CAfé, 330 S. Church, 523-9913. Mexican, American: Mon.Sat. L D. CAttlemen’S SteAKHouSe, 2375 Bataan Memorial Hwy., 382-9051. Steakhouse: D. CHA CHi’S reStAurAnt, 2460 S. Locust St #A, 522-7322. Mexican: B L D. CHiCAGo SoutHweSt, 3691 E. Lohman, 521-8888. Gourmet hot dogs and smoothies: Mon.-Sat. L D. CHilitoS, 2405 S. Valley Dr., 5264184. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D. CHilitoS, 3850 Foothills Rd. Ste. 10, 532-0141. Mexican: B L D. CHinA exPreSS, 2443 N. Main St., 525-9411. Chinese, Vietnamese: L D. CHineSe KitCHen, 2801 Missouri #29, 521-3802. Chinese: L D. CiroS mexiCAn reStAurAnt, 160 W. Picacho Ave., 541-0341. Mexican: B L D. dAy’S HAmBurGerS, Water & Las Cruces St., 523-8665. Burgers: Mon.Sat. L D. de lA veGA’S PeCAn Grill & Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Blvd., 521-1099. “The restaurant uses local produce whenever possible, including the pecan wood pellets used in the smoking and grilling. A lot of the foods and drinks are infused with pecans, and also with green chiles from Hatch, processed on site. They even serve green chile vodka and green chile beer.” (February 2010) Pecan-smoked meats, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, craft beers: L D. deliCiA’S del mAr, 1401 El Paseo, 524-2396. Mexican, seafood: B L D. dG’S univerSity deli, 1305 E. University Ave., 522-8409. Deli: B L D.* diCK’S CAfé, 2305 S. Valley Dr., 524-1360. Mexican, burgers: Sun. B L, Mon.-Sat. B L D. douBle eAGle, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. “All the steaks are aged on the premises in the restaurant’s own dedicated beef aging room… An array of award-winning margaritas and deliciously decadent desserts.” (March 2012) Southwestern, steaks, seafood: L D, Sun. champagne brunch buffet. * duBlin Street PuB, 1745 E. University Ave., 522-0932. Irish, American: L D. emiliA’S, 2290 Calle de Parian, 652-3007. Burgers, Mexican, soup, sandwiches, pastry, juices, smoothies: L D. emPire Buffet, 510 S. Telshor Blvd., 522-2333. Asian: L D. fidenCio’S, 800 S. Telshor, 5325624. Mexican: B L D. forK in tHe roAd, 202 N. Motel Blvd., 527-7400. Buffet: B L D 24 hrs. fox’S PizzA den, 1340 E. Lohman Ave., 521-3697. Pizza: L D. GArduÑo’S, 705 S. Telshor (Hotel Encanto), 522-4300. Mexican: B L D.* Good luCK CAfé, 1507 S. Solano, 521-3867. Mexican, seafood: B L early D. GrAndy’S Country CooKinG, 1345 El Paseo Rd., 526-4803. American: B L D. GuACAmole’S BAr And Grill, 3995 W. Picacho Ave., 525-9115. Burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches, Hawaiian appetizers: L D. HieBert’S fine foodS, 525 E. Madrid Ave. #7, 524-0451. Mexican, American: B L D. HiGH deSert BrewinG ComPAny, 1201 W. Hadley Ave., 525-6752. Brew pub: L D.* internAtionAl deliGHtS, 1245 El Paseo Rd., 647-5956. Greek and International: B L D. JAPAneSe KitCHen, 141 Roadrunner Parkway, 521-3555. Japanese: L D. JireH’S, 1445 W. Picacho. Mexican, American: B L early D. JoSePHinA’S old GAte CAfé, 2261 Calle de Guadalupe, 525-2620. “A delicious change of pace. There are a variety of classic deli sandwiches to choose from, all served on freshly baked bread, as well as the soup of the day in a cup or bowl, and salads.” (October 2008) Pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches: Mon.-Thur. L, Fri.-Sun. B L. KAtAnA tePPAnyAKi Grill, 1001 E. University Ave., 522-0526. Japanese: Mon.-Fri. L D, Sat. D. KevA JuiCe, 1001 E. University, 522-4133. Smoothies, frozen yogurt: B L D. Kim-CHi HouSe, 1605 S. Solano, 652-4745. Korean: Tues.-Sun. L D. KivA PAtio CAfé, 600 E. Amador Ave., 527-8206. Mexican, Southwestern, American: B L D. lA PoStA reStAurAnt de meSillA, 2410 Calle De San Albino, 524-3524. “A restaurant with history hard-wired into the fiber of its being. Through building, menu and ownership, its roots extend all the way back to the 1840s.” (September 2011) Mexican , steakhouse: L D, Sat.-Sun. and holidays also B. lAS trAnCAS, 1008 S. Solano Dr., 524-1430. Mexican, steaks, burgers, fried chicken: L D, Sat.-Sun. also B. lemonGrASS, 2540 El Paseo Rd., 523-8778. Thai: Tues.-Fri. L D, Sat.Mon. D. le rendez-vouS CAfé, 2701 W. Picacho Ave. #1, 527-0098. French pastry, deli, sandwiches: Mon.-Sat. B L. let tHem eAt CAKe, 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 136, 649-8965. Cupcakes: Tues.-Sat. lorenzo’S PAn Am, 1753 E. University Ave., 521-3505. “Homey, classic Italian fare.… Also features ravioli dishes, in half and full portions, served with salad and a basket of warm, fresh bread. Save room for dessert.” (July 2008) Italian, pizza: L D. loS ComPAS CAfé, 6335 Bataan Memorial W., 382-2025. Mexican: B L D. loS ComPAS CAfé, 603 S. Nevarez St., 523-1778. Mexican: B L D. loS ComPAS, 1120 Commerce Dr., 521-6228. Mexican: B L D.* loS mAriACHiS, 754 N. Motel Blvd., 523-7058. Mexican: B L D. mAin Street BiStro And Ale HouSe, 139 N. Main St., 524-5977. Bistro fare, beers: L, D Mon.-Sat. mAriA’S, 1750 N. Solano Dr., 556-9571. Mexican: B L D. meSillA vAlley KitCHen, 2001 E. Lohman Ave. #103, 523-9311. American, Mexican: B L.* meSon de meSillA, 1803 Avenida de Mesilla, 652-4953. Steaks, barbecue, seafood, sandwiches, salads, pasta: L D. metroPolitAn deli, 1001 University Ave., 522-3354. Sandwiches: L D. miGuel’S, 1140 E. Amador Ave., 647-4262. Mexican: B L D. mi PueBlito, 1355 E. Idaho Ave., 524-3009. Mexican: Mon.-Fri. B L D, Sat.-Sun. B L. milAGro Coffee y eSPreSSo, 1733 E. University Ave., 532-1042. Coffeehouse: B L D.* mix PACifiC rim CuiSine And mix exPreSS, 1001 E. University Ave. #D4, 532-2042. “For a true taste of Tokyo, a classic curry, a Vietnamese tidbit or big bite of Australia—all served up with the sophistication of San Francisco—head to Mix Pacific Rim Cuisine for an international dining experience that satisfies.” (March 2008) Asian, Pacific: Mon.-Sat. L D. moonGAte CAfé, 9395 Bataan Memorial, 382-5744. Coffeeshop, Mexican, American: B L. mountAin view mArKet KitCHen, 120 S. Water St., 556-9856. Sandwiches, bagels, wraps, salads and other healthy fare: Mon.-Sat.: B L early D. * my BrotHer’S PlACe, 334 S. Main St., 523-7681. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D. nellie’S CAfé, 1226 W. Hadley Ave., 524-9982. Mexican: Tues.-Sat. B L. noPAlito reStAurAnt, 2605 Missouri Ave., 522-0440. Mexican: L D. noPAlito reStAurAnt, 310 S. Mesquite St., 524-0003. Mexican: Sun.-Tues., Thurs.-Sat. L D.* old town reStAurAnt, 1155 S. Valley Dr., 523-4586. Mexican, American: B L.* ono Grindz, 300 N. Downtown Mall, 541-7492. “Expect Ono Grindz’ authentic Hawaiian fare to thrill your taste buds in an atmosphere that charms all your other senses.” (Feb. 2008) Hawaiian: B L D. orientAl PAlACe, 225 E. Idaho, 526-4864. Chinese: L D. PAiSAno CAfé, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 524-0211. Mexican: B L D.* PAnCAKe Alley diner, 2146 W. Picacho Ave., 647-4836. American: B L, early D. PArKer’S BBQ, 850 E. Madrid Ave., 541-5712. Barbecue carryout: L, early D. PASSion ultrA lounGe, 201 E. University Ave. (inside Ramada Palms), 523-7399. Steaks, burgers, salmon: L D. PePe’S, 1405 W. Picacho, 5410277. Mexican: B L D. PePPerS CAfé on tHe PlAzA (in tHe douBle eAGle reStAurAnt), 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. “Creative handling of traditional Southwestern dishes…. [plus] such non-Mexican entrées as Salmon Crepes and Beer Braised Beef Carbonnade.” (March 2012). Southwestern: L D. * PHo SAiGon, 1160 El Paseo Road, 652-4326. Vietnamese: L D. Pit StoP CAfé, 361 S. Motel Blvd., 527-1993. Mexican, American, steak: Mon.-Sat. B L D. PlAyer’S Grill, 3000 Champions Dr. (NMSU golf course clubhouse), 646-2457. American: B L D. PullAro’S itAliAn reStAurAnt, 901 W. Picacho Ave., 523-6801. Italian: L D. Q’S, 1300 Avenida De Mesilla, 571-4350. Brewhouse with steak and pasta: L D. rAnCHwAy BArBeQue, 604 N. Valley Dr., 523-7361. Barbecue, Mexican: Mon.-Fri. B L D, Sat. D. rASCo’S BBQ, 5580 Bataan Memorial E. (inside Shorty’s gas station). Barbecued brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs. red BriCK PizzA, 2808 N. Telshor Blvd., 521-7300. Pizzas, sandwiches, salads: L D. roBerto’S mexiCAn food, 908 E. Amador Ave., 523-1851. Mexican: B L D.* roSie’S CAfé de meSillA, 420 Avenida de Mesilla, 526-1256. Breakfast, Mexican, burgers: Sat.-Thurs. B L, Fri. B L D. SAntorini’S, 1001 E. University Ave., 521-9270. “An eclectic blend of Greek and Mediterranean dishes— gyros with different meats, such as lamb or chicken, hummus with pita, Greek salads—plus sampler plates and less-familiar items such as keftedes and pork shawarma. Vegetarian options are numerous.” (July 2010) Greek,
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We want to thank those customers who come to us for a treat/boost/fix through rain, sleet, snow and the dreaded “Wintry Mix” (which is not a flavor of gelato, by the way); we greatly admire and truly appreciate your devotion (addiction?). For those of you who were in hibernation, it’s time to wake up and smell the gelato! Come on down! Spring is on its way! And that can only mean one thing: the return of Girl Scout® Mint Cookie Crunch! Delicious mint gelato is taken up a notch by the addition of real Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie pieces. It earns a merit badge in yummyosity, for sure! Stop in and have a taste, while supplies last! (Note: no Girl Scouts were harmed in the making of this gelato.) In case you didn’t know: we have space available in our store at no charge for your next event/party/meeting/spring fling— just call us for details and to add yourself to the schedule. We’d like to point out that our gift certificates are perfect for all occasions, can be purchased in any amount, and can be used a little at a time— a gift that keeps on giving! ALOTTA GELATO is open 7 nights a week until at least 9:00 PM (10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights). We have all kinds of hot drinks (such as coffee, 20-plus kinds of tea, hot cocoa, hot cider and even ramen noodles) to take away the last, lingering chill of the March winds, and we also carry delicious dessert items such as Key Lime Bars, Chocolate Chip Brownies, Triple Lemon Cheesecake, slices of flourless Chocolate Raspberry Torte, Chocolate Chip cookies, and big honkin’ wedges of triple-layer Carrot Cake! Wake up those taste buds from their long winter nap! Buy a pint or a quart of Girl Scout Mint Cookie Crunch, Cherries Jubilee, Gila Conglomerate, or any of our incredible flavors, take it home to share with your friends and family, and enjoy the best gelato in the state, made right here in Silver City! Thanks for reading; as a token of our appreciation for you, our valued customer, bring this ad for 25¢ off any size gelato for each member of your party. Visit us online at: www.alottagelato.com
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a family recipe. But the restaurant has much more than Mexican fare.” (June 2007) Mexican, American, Southwestern: L D.* CAno’S reStAurAnt, 1200 W. Pine St., 546-3181. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D. CHinA reStAurAnt, 110 E. Pine St., 546-4146. Chinese: L D. el CAmino reAl, 900 W. Pine St., 546-7421. Mexican, American: B L D. eliSA’S HouSe of PieS And reStAurAnt, 208 1/2 S. Silver Alley, 494-4639. “The southern-style fare is a savory prelude to 35 flavors of pie.” (April 2012) American, barbecue, sandwiches, pies: Mon.-Sat. L D. * el mirAdor, 510 E. Pine St., 5447340. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D. Golden Sun StAr, 500 E. Cedar St., 544-0689. Chinese: L D. GrAnd motor inn & lounGe, 1721 E. Pine, 546-2632. Mexican, steak, seafood: B L D. irmA’S, 123 S. Silver Ave., 5444580. Mexican, American, seafood: B L D. lA fondA, 601 E. Pine St., 5460465. “Roomy, bright and airy, La Fonda is no mere taco joint. The extensive menu features all the Mexican favorites at bargain prices, plus a wide range of Anglo fare and a breakfast that’s worth the drive to Deming. Famous for its fajitas: Choose chicken, beef or both, fajitas for two, or try the unusual stuffed fajita potato or seemingly contradictory fajita burrito.” (September 2009) Mexican: B L D.* lAS CAzuelAS, 108 N. Platinum Ave. (inside El Rey meat market), 5448432. “This gem of a restaurant turns out perfectly cooked steaks and seafood, as well as a full line of Mexican fare.” (June 2011) Steaks, seafood, Mexican: Tues.-Sat. L D.* mAnGo mAddie’S, 722 E. Florida St., 546-3345. Salads, sandwiches, juice bar, coffee drinks. mAnolo’S CAfé, 120 N. Granite St., 546-0405. “The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner choices, and it’s difficult to convey the immense range of food options available. In every section of the menu, there’s a mixture of American-style ‘comfort’ food items and Southwest-style Mexican dishes which no doubt qualify as Hispanic ‘comfort’ food. There’s nothing particularly fancy about the food, but it’s fresh and tasty. And the prices are reasonable.” (February 2012) Mexican, American: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L. mimBreS vAlley BrewinG Co., 200 S. Gold, 544-BREW. Craft beer, burgers, wings, paninis: Tues.-Fri. D, Sat.-Sun. L D. PAlmA’S itAliAn Grill, 110 S. Silver, 544-3100. “Even if you think you don’t like Italian food, you might want to try this family-run enterprise, with Harold and Palma Richmond at the helm. In addition to the name, Palma brings to the restaurant her Sicilian heritage and recipes that came to the United States with her grandmother. Harold brings training in classic Continental cuisine, along with his family’s New England food traditions.” (Sept. 2010) Italian: L D. Sat. prime rib, Sun. buffet.* PAtio CAfé, 1521 Columbus Road, 546-5990. “The famed burgers are ground fresh daily from 85% lean beef—a half-pound apiece before cooking—and formed for each order. You can adorn your burger in any of a dozen different combinations of cheese, bacon, chiles, pico de gallo, sautéed onions, barbecue sauce, fresh mushrooms, even ham.” (February 2006) Burgers, American: Mon.-Sat. L D.* Prime riB Grill (inSide HolidAy inn), I-10 exit 85, 546-2661. Steak, seafood, Mexican: B D. rAnCHer’S Grill, 316 E. Cedar St., 546-8883. Steakhouse, burgers: L D.* Si SeÑor, 200 E. Pine St., 5463938. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L. SunriSe KitCHen, 1409 S. Columbus Road, 544-7795. “Goodquality comfort food. There’s nothing on the menu that is really exotic. But all the familiar dishes, both American and Mexican, are done well, and it’s that care in preparation that lifts the food above the ordinary. This is not a freezer-to-fryer type of restaurant.” (September 2012) American, Mexican, breakfasts: Mon.-Thur. B L, Fri. B L D. tACoS mirASol, 323 E. Pine St., 544-0646. Mexican: Mon., Wed.-Sat. B L D, Tues. B L. AKelA APACHe HomelAndS reStAurAnt, I-10. Burgers, ribs, “casino-style” food: B L D.* ColumBuS PAtio CAfé, 23 Broadway, 5312495. Burgers, American: B L.* HidAlGo County lordSBurG el CHArro reStAurAnt, 209 S. P Blvd., 542-3400. Mexican: B L D. fidenCio’S, 604 E. Motel Dr., 542-8989. Mexican: B L early D. KrAnBerry’S fAmily reStAurAnt, 1405 Main St., 5429400. Mexican, American: B L D. mAmA roSA’S PizzA, 1312 Main St., 5428400. Pizza, subs, calzones, salads, chicken wings, cheeseburgers, shrimp baskets: L D. rAmonA’S CAfé, 904 E. Motel Dr., 542-3030. “Lordsburg’s quit Mexican food treasure offers some unusual takes on traditional recipes.” (December 2012) Mexican, American: Tues.-Fri. B L D, Sun. B midday D. AnimAS PAntHer trACKS CAfé, Hwy. 338, 548-2444. Burgers, Mexican, American: Mon.-Fri. B LD rodeo rodeo Store And CAfé. 195 Hwy. 80, 557-2295. Coffeeshop food: Mon.Sat. B L. rodeo tAvern, 557-2229. Shrimp, fried chicken, steaks, burgers, seafood: Weds.-Sat. D.
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Mediterranean: Mon.-Sat. L D. SAvoy de meSillA, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla, 527-2869. Upscale finedining: L D. tHe SHed, 810 S. Valley Dr., 5252636. American, pizza, Mexican, desserts: Wed.-Sun. B L.* Si itAliAn BiStro, 523 E. Idaho, 523-1572. “Wood-fired pizzas are the star of the show, along with plenty of authentic pasta dishes.” (February 2006) Italian: Mon.-Sat. L D. SimPly toASted CAfé, 1702 El Paseo Road, 526-1920. Sandwiches, soups, salads: B L. Si SeÑor, 1551 E. Amador Ave., 527-0817. Mexican: L D. SPAniSH KitCHen, 2960 N. Main St., 526-4275. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D. SPirit windS Coffee BAr, 2260 S. Locust St., 521-1222. Sandwiches, coffee, bakery: B L D.* St. ClAir winery & BiStro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, 524-0390. “A showcase for St. Clair wines… rooted in the same attention to detail, insistence on quality and customer-friendly attitude as the winery.” (July 2012) Wine tasting, bistro: L D. SunSet Grill, 1274 Golf Club Road (Sonoma Ranch Golf Course clubhouse), 521-1826. American, Southwest, steak, burgers, seafood, pasta: B L D. teriyAKi Bowl, 2300 N. Main St., 524-2055. Japanese: Mon.-Sat. L D. teriyAKi CHiCKen HouSe, 805 El Paseo Rd., 541-1696. Japanese: Mon.-Fri. L D. tHAi deliGHt de meSillA, 2184 Avenida de Mesilla, 525-1900. “For the adventurous, there are traditional Thai curries, soups and appetizers to choose from, all of which can be ordered in the degree of heat that suits you.… The restaurant is clean, comfortable, casual in a classy sort of way, and totally unpretentious.” (January 2011) Thai, salads, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, German: L D.* tiffAny’S PizzA & GreeK AmeriCAn CuiSine, 755 S. Telshor Blvd #G1, 532-5002. “Greek as the Parthenon, the only pure outpost of Greek food for 200 miles…. When the food arrives, it’s in portions that would satisfy a Greco-Roman wrestler.” (February 2005) Pizza, Greek, deli: Tues.-Sat. B L D.* umP 88 Grill, 1338 Picacho Hills Dr., 647-1455. “An authentic taste of the Emerald Isle in a delightfully authentic pub atmosphere.” (December 2008) Irish pub: L D. vAlley Grill, 1970 N. Valley, 525-9000. American: B L D, Friday fish fry. vintAGe wineS, 2461 Calle de Principal, 523-WINE. “The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, the handful of tables situated snugly as in a real French bistro to encourage conversation. Kick off the evening with wine and tapas inside, or wrap up the night out on the charming, cozy patio with a dessert wine or port.” (June 2008) Wine and cigar bar, tapas: L D. woK-n-world, 5192 E. Boutz, 526-0010. Chinese: Mon.-Sat. L D. zeffiro PizzeriA nAPoletAnA, 136 N. Water St., 525-6757. “Owner Gary Ebert and his very attentive and efficient staff serve up gourmet-style pizza on hand-tossed crusts.” (August 2009) Pizza, pasta, also sandwiches at adjoining Popular Artisan Bakery: Mon.-Sat. L D. zeffiro new yorK PizzeriA, 101 E. University Ave., 525-6770. Pizza: L D. doÑA AnA BiG miKe’S CAfé, Thorpe Road. Mexican, breakfasts, burgers: B L D. orGAn tHAi deliGHt, 16151 Hwy. 70E, 373-3000. Thai, steaks, sandwiches: L D. rAdium SPrinGS Country CuPBoArd, 827 Fort Selden Rd., 527-4732. American: B L D. SAntA tereSA Billy CrewS, 1200 Country Club Road, 589-2071. Steak, seafood: L D. lunA County deminG AdoBe deli, 3970 Lewis Flats Road SE, 546-0361. “The lunch menu features traditional deli-style sandwiches... The dinner menu is much grander, though some sandwiches are available then, too. Dinner options include filet mignon, flat iron steak, T-bone, ribeye, New York strip, Porterhouse, barbequed pork ribs, Duck L’Orange, Alaska King Crab legs, broiled salmon steak, shrimp scampi, pork chops, osso buco, beef kabobs.” (March 2010) Bar, deli, steaks: L D.* BAlBoA motel & reStAurAnt, 708 W. Pine St., 546-6473. Mexican, American: Sun.-Fri. L D. BelSHore reStAurAnt, 1030 E. Pine St., 546-6289. Mexican, American: Tues.-Sun. B L. BenJi’S reStAurAnt, 821 W. Pine, 546-5309. Mexican, American: Mon., Tues. Thurs, Fri. B L D, Weds. B L. CAmPoS reStAurAnt, 105 S. Silver, 546-0095. “Owner Albert Campos prides himself on the authentic Mexican and southwestern food he cooks up, inspired by his home in the Mexican state of Zacatecas—such as the fantastic BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich,
n downtown Silver City, Shevek & Co. Restaurant has introduced a new bar menu featuring seasonal burgers, pizza and sandwiches. It’s also taking patrons on a trip to Spain and Portugal this month, with a six-course Iberian Wine Tasting Dinner on Friday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.; reservations recommended. That’s followed by an Iberian Cooking Class on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. featuring all the items in the tasting dinner. Preregistration is required for the class, but attendance at the dinner is not. 602 N. Bullard, 534-9168, silver-eats.com. The first Silver City Restaurant Week will be held March 3-9. The week gives people the opportunity to try new restaurants they might have overlooked or feel they couldn’t afford. Restaurants get to “put their best food forward” in order to gain new fans and can experiment with menu items. Participating restaurants will be featured on fliers throughout town and on the Silver City Restaurant Week Facebook page. Up in Lake Roberts, Little Toad Creek’s brewery and distillery will hold its grand opening on March 9, with live music, four beers and the debut of its vodka and Venom Dark Rum. Then on March 17 it hosts a St. Patrick’s Day pub party, 12-8 p.m., featuring traditional Irish fare, green martinis and the introduction of Little Toad Creek’s own Irish Red Ale. 1122 Hwy. 35, 5369649, www.littletoadcreek.com. Also going Irish for St. Patrick’s Day weekend is Billy’s on Hwy. 180 in Silver City, with Emerald Isle fare and live music, March 15-16. 388-1367. River Ranch Market, mentioned in this space last month, now plans to open its doors in midto late April. Cecilia McNicoll’s store will feature grass-fed meats (beef, lamb, goat, pork and fresh sausages) and pastured poultry, gluten-free baked goods, and to-go lunches (soups and stew) and protein shakes. 300 S. Bullard, 597-6328, www.riverranchmarket.com. lso as promised in this space last month, Mountain View Market Kitchen is now open, serving healthy breakfast and lunch fare in downtown Las Cruces. Hours are Mon.Sat., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 120 S. Water St., 556-9856, www. mountainviewmarket.coop. Maria Rodriguez has opened Maria’s restaurant at 1750 N. Solano Dr. in Las Cruces,, which restaurant-scene watchers may recognize as the one-time home of Sara’s Place. The new eatery will serve Mexican food Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 556-9571. The Corner Bakery Café, which has some 140 franchise locations nationwide, plans to open a Las Cruces outpost at 2305 E. Lohman Ave. It would be the first New Mexico restaurant for the breakfast and bakery chain, which has three El Paso locations. Las Cruces Sonic fans despondent since the fire that closed the location at 930 N. Valley Dr., rejoice! The drive-in has reopened. The Blue Front Café in Glenwood (reviewed in our November 2007 issue) has closed. k
CAtron County reServe AdoBe CAfé, Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 180, 533-6146. Deli, American, Mon. Send restaurant news to updates@red-orpizza, Sunday green.com. BBQ ribs: Sun.-Mon. B L D, Wed.-Fri. otHer CAtron County B L. Snuffy’S SteAKHouSe And BlACK Gold, 98 Main St., 533SAloon, Quemado Lake, 773-4672. 6538. Coffeehouse, pastries. Steakhouse: D (Dec.-April: closed CArmen’S, 101 Main St., 533Mon.-Tues.) 6990. Mexican, American: B L D. ellA’S CAfé, 533-6111. American: B L D. SierrA County Glenwood HillSBoro AlmA Grill, Hwy. 180, 539-2233. BArBer SHoP CAfé, Main St., Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, Mexi895-5283. American, Mediterranean, can: Sun.-Weds., Fri.-Sat. B L. sandwiches: Thurs.-Sat. L. Golden GirlS CAfé, Hwy. 180, HillSBoro GenerAl Store & CAfé, 539-2457. “Dig into an honest taste of 100 Main St., 895-5306. American and the local Breakfast: B. Southwestern: Sun.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. B L. mArio’S PizzA, Hwy. 180, 5392316. “This unpretentious eatery note—Restaurant hours and serves up better pizza than you’ll find meals served vary by day of the week in many a big city. But a recent visit and change frequently; call ahead to the tiny, scenic mountain town will to make sure. Key to abbreviations: forever be remembered as the time I B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.*=Find had, absolutely, the best calzone of my copies of Desert Exposure here. Send life.” (Nov. 2008) Italian: Mon.-Tues., updates, additions and corrections to: Fri.-Sat. D. firstname.lastname@example.org. k
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What’s Going on in March
Plus a look ahead into early April.
around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. Directed by Roger Michell, starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams. Nightly 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $7 regular, $6 seniors and students, $5 MVFS members, children and Weds. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. miCHAel frACASSo—Live music performance. Potluck. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15. Rokoko Gallery, 1785 Avenida de Mercado, 405-8877, rokokoart. com. new mexiCo wAterColor SoCiety—Southern Chapter will sponsor an exhibit of 40 watercolor paintings. Reception 5-7 p.m. New America School, 207 S. Main. 522-6382. our town—Through March 10. The drama about two families living in adjacent houses in sleepy Grover’s Corners, NH, in the early years of the 20th century has been described by many as the Great American Play. Thornton Wilder’s play details the everyday lives of those two families, the Gibbs and the Webbs. But underlying the events of their lives—marriages, births, and deaths—is a hope for something more. 7:30 p.m. $10-15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. tony lAzorKo Pro ArtiSt SerieS—Opening reception. Printmaker. 6-8 p.m. Adobe Patio Gallery, 1765 Avenida de Mercado, 532-9310. twitCH—Through March 17. Inspired by recent events in LeRoy, NY, this is a poignant drama with lots of laughs. The play follows a group of already marginalized high school students who begin to develop tics and Tourette’s like symptoms, a condition they name “the twitch.” World premiere production by Amy Lanasa. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, no-strings.org. we Are one—Artists’ reception. 5-7 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com.
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Learning and the Silver City Astronomical Society present Fred “Mr. Eclipse” Espenak, retired NASA astrophysicist, who will share his experiences chasing and predicting eclipses around the world, most recently in Libya and China. 1 p.m. Free. WNMU Global Resource Center. 538-6835, willlearning.com. AliSter m—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. dreAmerS—Two men, an EWI and digital drumming combine to make this new duo, Paul DeMarco and Dale Rucklos. 6 p.m. Yankie Creek Coffee House. firSt fridAy—Birthday celebration for downtown businesses. 4-7 p.m. Downtown. 538-5555, 534-1700, silvercitymainstreet.com. lAnd And SKy—New images by photographer Allen W. Sanders. Artist reception. 4-7 p.m. The Copper Quail Gallery, 211A N. Texas, 388-2646. tHe fAr Side of AntArCtiCA—First Friday Audubon Program. Patricia Espenak, presenter of this program, is a retired chemistry teacher, whose common interests in astronomy and travel have paralleled her teaching career and has drawn her to all seven continents. In 2003, the opportunity to travel to the farther reaches of this forbidding continent presented itself, because the path of a total solar eclipse passed through Mirny, a Russian research station, near the Shackleton Ice Shelf. On the way, there were encounters with some of the sub- and peri-Antarctica Islands. Even veterans of Antarctic travel seldom visit these isolated dots of land scattered between India and that frozen polar world. 7 p.m. Free. WNMU Harlan Hall. AGGie women’S tenniS vS. ColorAdo StAte—NMSU Tennis Court, nmstatesports.com. downtown Art rAmBle—Musicians include: We Are One Dance & Drum, Doña Ana Lyric Opera vocal students, the flute-guitar duo of Lisa Van Winkle & Kerry Alt, and La Cella Bella. 5-7 p.m. Downtown Mall. Hyde PArK on HudSon—Through March 7. The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Daisy Suckley, centered
a.m.-1 p.m. Bayard Public Library, 1112 Central Ave., 537-6244, bayardpubliclibrary.org. PASSive SolAr worKSHoPS—How to design, construct and install a passive solar hot water heater using salvaged hot water tanks. Please preregister. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $5-$20. Habitat Restore, 538-9540. Peter fletCHer—Classical guitarist. 10 a.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave, 538-3672. PrACtiCAl PSyCHiC ProteCtion—9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. $49. Rock Center, 413 N. Bullard, 956-5200, www.gayerock.com. Silver City StrinG BeAnS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. Swnm AuduBon field triP— Head to Redrock and the Gila Wildlife Preserve to look for desert species such as Abert’s Towhee and Crissal Thrasher, both of which should be responsive to calls at this time of year. The lower elevation and riparian areas mean a wide range of birds are possible—both winter visitors still around, and early migrants, depending on the weather conditions. 7:30 a.m. Meet at WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 388-4210. wnmu SoftBAll vS. reGiS univerSity—Doubleheader. 12 and 2 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. wnmu women’S BASKetBAll vS new mexiCo HiGHlAndS univerSity—5:30 p.m. WNMU Brancheau Complex, wnmumustangs.com. wnmu men’S BASKetBAll vS. new mexiCo HiGHlAndS univerSity—7:30 p.m. WNMU Brancheau Complex, wnmumustangs.com. CowBoy dAyS—Award-winning cowboy musicians, Charreada (Mexican-style rodeo), gunfight reenactments, horseback and stagecoach rides, Western arts and crafts sale, Western movies, children’s activities cowboy and ranching demonstrations, greenhouse plant sale. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. A CAve in tHe roBledo mountAinS—David Soules will lead another Back by Noon first, this time a short hike to see the pictographs, morteros (grind holes) and abandoned mine shafts at Robledo Cave in the Robledo Mountains. Moderate, due to a fairly
March 1 – 7 Hyde Park on Hudson. Starring Bill Murray as FDR March 8-14 All Together. (In French and German with English subtitles). March 15-21 Oscar Nominated Shorts. The five Oscar-nominated short animation and five live-action shorts. March 22-28 Any Day Now. Starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva. Mar 29-Apr 4 Amour. In French and English with subtitles as needed. 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla • www.mesillavalleyﬁlm.org • (575) 524-8287 Shows nightly at 7:30- Sunday Matinee at 2:30.
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f you think the most exciting thing this month will be setting your clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time, you need to check our events calendar. Theater-goers should note the Black Box Theatre’s world premiere of Twitch in Las Cruces on March 1, running through March 17. Inspired by recent events in LeRoy, NY, Amy Lanasa’s play follows a group of already marginalized high school students who begin to develop tics and Tourette’s-like symptoms, a condition they name “the twitch.” Then, March 20-22 at the Oñate Performing Arts Center in Las Cruces, 25 Las Cruces High School students from different departments will join forces to sing, act and dance their way through The Secret Garden, the Tony Awardwinning musical by Marsha Norman, based on the book by Frances Burnett. usic lovers have plenty of dates to circle in March, too. On March 2, the Public Library in Silver City hosts a free performance by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher. This concert is part of a nationwide tour, which will culminate at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Fletcher began guitar study at the age of 7 and made his debut at the age of 15. He has recorded three albums and played sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall. The next event in the Mimbres Region Arts Council’s performance series arrives on March 6 with Rhythm of the Dance at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre in Silver City. The two-hour danceand-music spectacular produced in Ireland features a live band, three tenors and 22 dancers in authentic costumes tracing the history of the Celts. The show has been performed in 51 countries across four continents. On March 22, MRAC’s Indie/ Folk Series brings Mark Erelli to the Buckhorn Opera House in Pinos Altos. Starting with his self-titled debut album released in 1999, Erelli’s albums have spent weeks in the top 10 of the Americana radio charts and garnered four Boston Music Award nominations. The next night, March 23, the Grant County Community Concert Association presents La Catrina String Quartet at the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater. The quartet has a double mission: to promote Mexican and Latin-American music worldwide and to perform the masterworks of the string-quartet repertoire. Currently in residence at NMSU, the group won a 2012 LatEVENTS continued
La Catrina String Quartet. in Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording. Back at the Buckhorn, a new Thursday night music series kicks off March 28 with blues by the Andy T. Nick Nixon Band. It’s free in the saloon. And the musical month wraps up on March 29 with the “American Idol” season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, at NMSU’s Pan American Center. His now-ubiquitous debut single, “Home,” marked the biggest opening sales week for an “Idol” winner’s coronation song; it has since gone triple platinum and been featured as the soundtrack for the 2012 US Olympics Women’s Gymnastics team. Joining Phillips will be the alternative band Churchill.
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aybe you’d also like to learn a little this month. Start on March 1 with a presentation on eclipses at the WNMU Global Resource Center co-sponsored by the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Silver City Astronomical Society. Fred “Mr. Eclipse” Espenak, retired NASA astrophysicist, will share his experiences chasing and predicting eclipses around the world. Espenak has witnessed 24 total eclipses of the Sun in the past 43 years. He now lives in Portal, Ariz., where he operates the Bifrost Astronomical Observatory. In Las Cruces, the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum stages its 14th Annual Cowboy Days on March 2-3, honoring the state’s ranching traditions. The family fun includes demonstrations, music, food, team roping, living history, arts and crafts vendors, horseback and stagecoach rides, Western authors, children’s activities, a plant sale, gunfight re-enactments and more. Then it’s the 48th Annual Rockhound Roundup Gem & Mineral Show in Deming, March 7-10, at the Southwest New Mexico State Fairgrounds. The free show features more than 100 vendors, guided field trips, educational demonstrations, silent auctions on Friday and Saturday nights and much more for the rockhound in all of us. That same weekend, March 9, the annual commemoration of Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus includes the 14th Cabalgata Binacional plus a full day at the Columbus Plaza, Depot Museum and Pancho Villa State Park. Featured speakers are Douglas Burnett and US Army historian Robert Bouilly. On March 11, a special program on mental illness, Minds Interrupted, brings an evening of monologues to the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces. Heartfelt personal stories, introduced by J. Paul Taylor, will share the pain, anger, confusion, humor and resilience of living with mental illness. k
flourish throughout the season all without the use of any toxic chemicals. If you are new to growing, this workshop will be a helpful kick-start to your new garden. If you have been gardening forever, this workshop just may give you those helpful hints you crave each year. Pre-registration required. 2-4 p.m. $20, $15 MVM members. Mountain View Market Farm, 2653 Snow Road, mountainviewmarket.com. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS—Loni Todoroki. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS—Pat Gill. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. tHe life And timeS of PAnCHo villA—Dr. James Hester presentation. 1 p.m. Free. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-
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steep ascent and descent on loose rocks with unsecured footing. Advanced reservations are required and space is limited. 7:45 a.m. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, wildmesquite.org. AGGie women’S tenniS vS. nortHern ArizonA—NMSU Tennis Court, 646-1420, nmstatesports.com. dAn lAmBert—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. SACred HArP SinGinG Convention—Also March 3. The Sacred Harp songbook, continuously in print since 1844, is the backbone of one of this country’s oldest, most vital, and soulstirring musical traditions. All participants are invited to lift up their voices in song regardless of musical training or ability. No experience necessary. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aztec Masonic Lodge, 180 E. Boutz Road, 520-1010. HeAlinG in Community—Local acupuncturist and community organizer,
Mateo Bernal, will read passages from his book, Healing in Community: Finding Peace and Freedom in a Palestinian Refugee Camp. The last chapter of Bernal’s book is about the founding of Crossroads project in Ciudad Juarez to assist people affected by violence. Bernal, who has taught acupuncture to refugee groups in Guatemala, Mexico, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, will discuss his experience using acupuncture as a community organizing and health care tool. He will be available to answer questions about acupuncture for various conditions. 3-5 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. our town—Through March 10. See March 1. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. SPrinG PlAntinG worKSHoP—This workshop will demonstrate who, what, where and when of your organic spring garden. You will learn which plants to get growing, how to start them, when to plant them, different techniques of planting, and how to make sure they
1223, no-strings.org. louiSiAnA teCH—7 p.m. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu. nmstatesports.com. our town—Through March 10. See March 1. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. PSyCHiC reAdinGS—Dawn Cheney. 12-3 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. roCKHound rounduP—Through March 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Southwestern New Mexico Fair Grounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd., 546-0056, dgms. bravehost.com.
Center, Hwy. 180, 544-4937. StArS-n-PArKS—Potential for program to be done on west side of the park, away from observatory to observe Comet PanSTARRS. Jupiter is in the southwest. The winter Milky Way is well presented with Orion Nebula and the bright star Sirius. The spring sky is rising in the east. 7:20 p.m. $5 per vehicle. City of Rocks State Park, astro-npo.org. Steve reynoldS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. A midSummer niGHt’S dreAm— See March 8. Through March 17. 7 p.m. $10. The Gin Studios, 430 N. Compress Rd. ArtiStS’ reCePtion—David Shaw photography. Harvey Daiho Hilbert, painter. 4-6 p.m. Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502, mesquiteartgallery.com. nmSu AGGieS BASeBAll vS. lA SAlle—3:05 p.m. $6. NMSU Presley Askew Field, 646-1420, 532-2060, nmstatesports.com. nmSu AGGieS men’S BASKetBAll vS. ut-ArlinGton—7 p.m. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu. nmstatesports.com. our town—Through March 10. See March 1. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. PAnCHo villA: outlAw Hero— Documentary. Outlaw, soldier and politician, Villa led a life that ended in violence, but gave birth to a legend. 1-2 p.m. Free. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums. Peter PAn—See March 8. 1-3 p.m. $6. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. SoutHweSt JewiSH Art feStivAl— Also March 10. “All Things Beautiful” will present a wide variety of fine art and more including many works by Jewish artists on Jewish themes. Preview and sale accompanied by a celebration of traditional Jewish foods. 6-9 p.m. $25. Temple Beth El, 3890 Sonoma Springs Ave., 524-3380. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS—Louise O’Donnell. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS—Judith Ames. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. tHe renAiSSAnCe of mAtA ortiz—Emmy Award-winning documentary film by Scott Petersen 5-6:30 p.m. $10. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. tHe Hole Story: KilBourne Hole—Join geologist Eric Kappus for an exploration of amazing Kilbourne Hole, a volcanic crater located in western Doña Ana County between Las Cruces and El Paso. This is the largest steam crater in New Mexico, created by a massive explosion through the earth’s crust. Easy to moderate; off-trail hiking but not too rough; little elevation gain. Advance registration required. 8:30 a.m. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, wildmesquite.org. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. wAter tower BuCKet BoyS—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. roCKHound rounduP—Through March 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Southwestern New Mexico Fair Grounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd., 546-0056, dgms. bravehost.com. 10tH AnnuAl CAmP furlonG dAy & CAlGAtA BinACionAl—9 a.m. vendors, exhibits and music at Village of Columbus Plaza. 10 a.m. Columbus Memorial Day Ceremony at the Depot Museum. 11 a.m. guest speaker Douglas Burnett talks about 1st Aero Squadron. 1:30 p.m. presentation by US Army historian Robert Bouilly on the 12th & 13th Cavalries before, during and after Villa’s raid at the Pancho Villa State Park exhibit hall. 8 a.m. Pancho Villa State Park, 531-2711. S u n d Ay d Ay l i G H t S Av i n G t i m e
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14tH AnnuAl CowBoy dAyS— See March 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 5224100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. SACred HArP SinGinG Convention—See March 2. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aztec Masonic Lodge, 180 E. Boutz Road, 520-1010. mei linG Po mCKAy—Poetry performance. Tombaugh Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281. our town—Through March 10. See March 1. 2 p.m. $10-$15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. dPAt JAm SeSSionS—Sundays. Come out and dance, socialize and have a great time. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine.
NMSU students free with ID. 525 E Lohman, 620-0377. every otHer tueSdAy—LCHS Solo & Ensemble Honors Orchestra. 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. trAP, neuter And return And winter ferAl CAt CAre—Join nationally recognized expert on feral cat care, Joe Miele, who will explain some simple things we can do to make the feral cat population more comfortable, and learn how to humanely reduce the population by preventing new litters. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.
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eSl trAininG—Two-day training. A whole-language-based training to help enhance the ability to increase skills in English. If you are new to ESL or experienced, this is a great opportunity to help individuals in the community. Refreshments and lunch provided. Free. Silver City Public Library, 388-0892. it’S A wrAP—Exhibit opening. Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective. 4:30-6 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. Steve reynoldS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. A midSummer niGHt’S dreAm— Through March 17. An adaptation of the classic Shakespearean comedy as you’ve never seen it before. Fairies dancing above the stage, suspended from luxurious aerial silks, star-crossed lovers and their love potion mishaps, political intrigues in the realm of the fairies, men dressed as women. The night is complete with food and drink so you can revel like it’s 1599. Project in Motion. 7 p.m. $10. The Gin Studios, 430 N. Compress Road. AGGie women’S tenniS vS. wnmu—NMSU Tennis Court, nmstatesports.com. All toGetHer—Through March 14. Five old friends decide to move in together as an alternate to living in a retirement home; joining them is an ethnology student whose thesis is on the aging population. Directed by Stéphane Robelin, starring Guy Bedos, Daniel Brühl, Geraldine Chaplin, Jane Fonda. In French and German with English subtitles. Nightly 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $7 regular, $6 seniors and students, $5 MVFS members, children and Weds. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. JAzz BAnd—7:30 p.m. Free. NMSU Atkinson Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe, 646-2421. nmSu AGGieS BASeBAll teAm vS. lA SAlle—6:05 p.m. $6. NMSU Presley Askew Field, 646-1420, 5322060, nmstatesports.com. our town—Through March 10. See March 1. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. Peter PAn—Also March 9. Presented by A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley, J.M. Barrie’s timeless classic is brought to life on-stage when the Darling children receive a visit from a mischievous boy who can fly and who takes them to Never Never Land, where an ongoing war with the evil pirate Captain Hook is taking place. 7-9 p.m. $6. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. roCKHound rounduP—Through March 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Southwestern New Mexico Fair Grounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd., 546-0056, dgms. bravehost.com.
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eStHer JAmiSon—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. rHytHm of tHe dAnCe—This twohour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life, including 15 dancers, 3 tenors, 7 acoustic musicians and a seanos dancer. Combining traditional Irish dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, the show is a thousand-year-old story executed with all the advantages of the modern-day stage show. 7 p.m. $20, $15 MRAC or GCCCA member, $5 student. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org. yourdAy SelfmAStery ConverSAtion—Wednesdays. Join YourDay Las Cruces Life Style Coach’s Siddeeq Shabazz and Azadeh Boroumand for ongoing discussions centered around discovering and applying tools of self-mastery and growth. This month’s featured book is The New Psycho-Cybernetics. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.
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Brown BAG lunCH—An armchair tour of historic buildings. 12-1 p.m. Free. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. JuliA mitCHell— Artist Lecture Series. Weaver will share her recent work that explores clouds, blowing grasses, and the palette and distressed surface of ancient Roman wall painting. 6:30 p.m. Free. WNMU Parotti Hall, 5382505, www.mimbresarts.org, www. will-learning.com. women’S CAnCer SuPPort GrouP—First meeting, facilitated by Dr. Kathleen Froese. First Thursdays. 6-7 p.m. GRMC Conference Room, 1313 E. 32nd St. 388-1198, ext. 10, email@example.com. BiG BAnd dAnCe CluB—CDs, DJ Mike D’Arcy. 7-10 p.m. $7. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 5266504. HerBAl mediCine—Thursdays through March 21. From the Ground Up proprietor Deborah Brandt will lead an in-depth course series detailing the diverse uses and applications of traditional herbal medicine to maintain a healthful, vibrant quality of life. Classes may be taken individually or as a series. 6:30-8 p.m. $15, $10 MVM members. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. lilliS urBAn—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. nmSu AGGieS men’S BASKetBAll
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fiddlinG friendS witH BAyou SeCo—12:15-1 p.m. Yada Yada Yarn, 614 N. Bullard. friendS of tHe liBrAry SeCond SAturdAy BooK SAle—The Friends sell a huge variety of gently used books, music CDs, DVDs, recorded books on tape and CD, and videotapes. 9 a.m.1 p.m. 1510 Market St. Brewery And diStillery GrAnd oPeninG—Live music, craft beers, vodka, dark rum. Little Toad Creek and Tavern, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, littletoadcreek.com. HiGH deSert Gun SHow—Through March 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4, under 12 and military/law enforcement, free. Grant County Business & Conference
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BilinGuAl StorytellinG—With Maria Vigil. 2-3 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. HiGH deSert Gun SHow—9 a.m.3 p.m. $4, under 12 and military/
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law enforcement, free. Grant County Business & Conference Center, Hwy. 180, 544-4937. A midSummer niGHt’S dreAm— See March 8. Through March 17. 7 p.m. $10. The Gin Studios, 430 N. Compress Rd. AGGie women’S tenniS vS. tArleton StAte—NMSU Tennis Court, nmstatesports.com. nmSu AGGieS BASeBAll vS. lA SAlle—1:05 p.m. $6. NMSU Presley Askew Field, 646-1420, 532-2060, nmstatesports.com. our town—See March 1. 2 p.m. $10-$15. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. rememBer tHen—3-5 p.m. $12. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. SoutHweSt JewiSH Art feStivAl— “All Things Beautiful” will present a wide variety of fine art and more including many works by Jewish artists on Jewish themes. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Temple Beth El, 3890 Sonoma Springs Ave., 524-3380. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 2:30 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. deminG ArtS CounCil reCePtion—Youth Art. 1 p.m. Arts Center, 100 S. Gold, 546-3663, demingarts. orbs.com. dPAt JAm SeSSionS—Sundays. Come out and dance, socialize and have a great time. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine. roCKHound rounduP—9 a.m.-5 p.m. Southwestern New Mexico Fair Grounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd., 546-0056, dgms.bravehost.com. HillSBoro Bill And KAte iSleS ConCert—3-5 p.m. $5. Community Center, Elenora St. 895-5686.
Cutting-edge model for creating true cross-sector collaboration. In addition to presenting the five conditions of Collective Impact, the presenters will share two case studies of how collective impact has worked. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $15. The Wellness Coalition, 409 N. Bullard St., 534-0665 x231. rollinG StoneS Gem And minerAl SoCiety meetinG—“Digital Microscopy” presented by Kyle Meredith. He will be showing photos of rock and mineral specimens taken with a small digital microscope hooked up to a computer. After viewing several prepared shots, he will use the microscope to show live enlargements of specimens brought in by club members, so if you have anything you are curious about seeing extremely close up, please bring it to the meeting. Potluck, bring your own serviceware and a dish to share. 6 p.m. Senior Center, Victoria St., 5341393, rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com. Community forum—See March 12. 12-1 p.m. Free. Silver City Food Co-op, Community Room, 111 6th St., 388-2343, silvercityfoodcoop.com. A new HoPe for fiBromyAlGiA: tHe uPPer CerviCAl oPtion—Learn what Upper Cervical care is, how it works, and how it can be a drugless option to help deal with fibromyalgia, as it has for some. Local chiropractor Dr. Tapiwa Chiwawa. 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. BiG BAnd dAnCe CluB—Jim Helder Septet. 7-10 p.m. $9, $7 members. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. BourBon leGend—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. ColCHA, emBroidered ConneCtionS —History Lecture Series. Mary Pierce, also an experienced colcha embroidery instructor, a stitch unique to the Northern Rio Grande River Valley. 1 p.m. Free. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums. eAStern viewS of weStern women: doCumentinG tHe women of tHe wild weSt—In this presentation, NMSU professor and library archivist Martha Shipman Andrews will compare and contrast the symbolic representations of women’s lives in the West with the realities of their daily existence as homesteaders, ranchers, students and businesswomen. This program will take place in the Museum’s Theater. 7 p.m. $2. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. HerBAl mediCine—See March 7. 6:30-8 p.m. $15, $10 MVM members. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. SArAH reinHerSten—NMSU Outdoor Rec’s Adventure Arts Series. Renowned both for her sprinting and distance running, Sarah Reinertsen gained international prominence after making sporting history as the first female to complete the world’s toughest endurance event—the Hawaii Ironman—using a prosthetic limb. 7-9 p.m. $5. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. SPirituAl PSyCHiC tArot reAdinGS—Linda Marlena Carr. 2-5 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 7 p.m. $7. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. College Ave. A midSummer niGHt’S dreAm— See March 8. Through March 17. 7 p.m. $10. The Gin Studios, 430 N. Compress Road. BAyou SeCo—Contradance. 7:3010:30 p.m. La Mesilla Community Center., snmmds.org. Community reiKi CirCle—Reiki is a holistic healing approach that simply energizes our bodies’ own natural healing abilities. Michael Abeyta, a certified Reiki practitioner, will give a short demonstration. 7-8 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. lAS CruCeS ArtS fAir—Through March 17. Opening night. Music and cash bar. See story in Arts Exposure section. 5-9 p.m. $6. Convention Center, 680 W. University Ave., lascruces-arts.org. oSCAr nominAted SHortS— Through March 21. The five Oscarnominated short animation and five live-action shorts. See theoscarshorts. shorts.tv for details. Nightly 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $7 regular, $6 seniors and students, $5 MVFS members, children and Weds. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. SetH’S BiG fAt BroAdwAy SHow—Performer Seth Rudetsky has played the piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows. Fundraiser for the American Southwest Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. $25. NMSU Center for the Arts, 646-4515. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org.
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher performs March 2 at the Silver City Public Library, en route to Carnegie Hall.
www.myplacejewell.com. A midSummer niGHt’S dreAm— See March 8. Through March 17. 7 p.m. $10. The Gin Studios, 430 N. Compress Road. BASiC dowSinG ClASS—Learn the basics of dowsing (questing, divining, water witching), how to use the four basic dowsing tools, and the benefits associated with dowsing. 1-3:30 p.m. $15, $12 Museum Friends. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. dAniel PAyne—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. deSert BABy-weArerS—Learn about safe and comfortable babywearing, practice new methods, try different carriers and meet other baby-wearers at this monthly meeting. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. lAS CruCeS ArtS fAir—Through March 17. See story in Arts Exposure section. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6. Convention Center, 680 W. University Ave., las-cruces-arts.org. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS— Douglas Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS—Gloria Hacker. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. twitCH—See March 1. Through March 17. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. riCK morGAnStern—2 p.m. $10, $8 DPAT members. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine, dpat.org. St. PAt S
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pine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives. 7:05 a.m. White Sands National Monument, 679-2599 ext. 230, 479-6124 ext. 236, nps.gov/whsa, 678-1134, bataanmarch.com.
ArGentine tAnGo de lAS CruCeS—Tuesdays. 6-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU students free with ID. 525 E Lohman, 620-0377. SiGn of tHe SHineS—Every Other Tuesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre. com.
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AnimAl friendS new mexiCo meetinG—3:30 p.m. Silver City Food Co-op, Community Room, 534-1024, animalfriendsnm.org. widowed PerSonS ServiCe— David Remley will speak about Kit Carson. 11 a.m. Glad Tidings Church, 537-3643.
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mindS interruPted—The National Alliance on Mental Illness Doña Ana County and Compassionate Touch Network will present an evening of monologues by seven Las Cruces residents who have written their personal stories about the impact of mental illness on their lives. There will be a brief reception in the lobby after the stage presentation. 7-8:15 p.m. $10. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre. com.
Community forum—Also March 14. Presentation by members of the community who attended the 2013 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference. 12-1 p.m. Free. Silver City Food Co-op, Community Room, 111 6th St., 388-2343, silvercityfoodcoop.com. ArGentine tAnGo de lAS CruCeS—Tuesdays. 6-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU students free with ID. 525 E Lohman, 620-0377.
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SunSHine weeK reCePtion—Sunshine Week is a national event that coincides with James Madison’s birthday, aiming to promote and educate about the importance of open government, transparency and freedom of information. Winners of the library’s Sunshine Week essay contest will be honored, followed by featured speaker Walter Rubel. 4:30-5:30 p.m. NMSU Zuhi Library, nmsu.libguides.com/sun. yourdAy SelfmAStery ConverSAtion—See March 6. Wednesdays. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.
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with Nikki Zeuner and Lisa Jimenez.
GilA nAtive PlAnt SoCiety meetinG—“White Water Blue, Paddling and Trekking Alaska’s Wild Rivers” talk by Frank Keim about his adventures on 12 of Alaska’s wild rivers, all of which are included in his new book of the same title. The book highlights the wildness of the rivers, including their charismatic animals, wildflowers, bird life, geology and human use patterns. 7 p.m. WNMU Harlan Hall. GreG renfro—Acoustic folk, originals and covers. 6-8 p.m. Yankie Creek Coffee Shop. iBeriAn wine tAStinG dinner— Six courses with matched wines. Reservations recommended. 6:30 p.m. St. PAtriCK’S dAy PArty—Also March 16. Billy’s, Hwy. 180, 3881367. tHe overSoulS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. treKKermAn PreSentAtion—Ric Samulski talks about his new book and his walks all over the world. See article in issue. Complimentary wine and beer. 4-7 p.m. Gila Hike and Bike,
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in science, technology, engineering and math for young women in grades 5 through 8, on the WNMU campus. Presenters are local professionals in those fields eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the students. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. WNMU Brancheau Complex. lAndlinK And loCAl inveStment forum—A meeting to connect farmers and ranchers with landowners and local investors and training, mentorship and financial opportunities. New Mexico community partners cooperate to provide guidance and information on tenure arrangements, sales and/ or lease agreements, connections to conservation easements, agriculture trust opportunities, opportunities to connect with local investors, and opportunities to invest in local agriculture. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Silver City Food Co-op, Community Room, 111 6th St., 388-2343, silvercityfoodcoop.com. St. PAtriCK’S dAy PArty—Also March 16. Billy’s, Hwy. 180, 3881367. wnmu tenniS vS. CAmeron univerSity—WNMU courts. wnmumustangs.com. 11tH AnnuAl nAtive PlAnt SAle—Native plants are excellent landscaping plants because, once established, they do not require much watering, except under extreme stress, and they can withstand our strong sun. Natives promote water conservation in the community and are important for the survival of birds, butterflies and other animals. In addition, native plants are more likely to survive severe winters. Plants that are ordered at the sale or online will be ready to pick up on April 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot across from Gough Park, 12th and Pope St. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway. www.gilanps.org. rollinG StoneS Gem And minerAl SoCiety field triP—Contact for details. rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com. wnmu SoftBAll vS. new mexiCo HiGHlAndS univerSity—12 and 2 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. tHe roAdrunnerS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. wnmu Pottery SAle—A great selection of pottery and clay art works donated by current and former students and faculty at WNMU. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown location TBA. 313-7278. 6tH AnnuAl we Are one dAnCe And drum—Students, teachers and professional performers of Middle Eastern dance and drum will perform Middle Eastern and African dance and music with a variety of drumming groups. 6:30 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., 639-1616,
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tHe SeCret GArden—Through March 22. This spring 25 Las Cruces High School students from all different departments will join forces to sing, act and dance their way through this popular musical. 7 p.m. $10, $5 students. Oñate Performing Arts Center, 5700 Mesa Grande Dr., 639-0511. yourdAy SelfmAStery ConverSAtion—See March 6. Wednesdays. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.
BridGe Community AnnuAl meetinG—A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served. Entertainment by Gerri Kalish. Brief program, financial and progress updates and a question and answer period. Everyone interested in this project is welcome. 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 300 W. College Ave. St. PAddy’S dAy PArty—Irish food and drink, darts tournament. 12-8 p.m. Little Toad Creek and Tavern, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, littletoadcreek.com. wnmu SoftBAll vS. new mexiCo HiGHlAndS univerSity—11 a.m. and 1 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. A midSummer niGHt’S dreAm— See March 8. 7 p.m. $10. The Gin Studios, 430 N. Compress Rd. ComPASSion & CHoiCeS—Dr. W. Terrence Meyer on “Quality of Function as a Guide to Advance Health Care Decisions.” 1:30-3 p.m. Branigan Library, 527-8432, jnaomiscott@ comcast.net. iriSH fiddler PAddy JoneS—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. lAS CruCeS ArtS fAir—See story in Arts Exposure section. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6. Convention Center, 680 W. University Ave., las-cruces-arts.org. twitCH—See March 1. 2:30 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, no-strings.org. dPAt JAm SeSSionS—Sundays. Come out and dance, socialize and have a great time. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine. 24tH AnnuAl BAtAAn memoriAl deAtH mArCH—The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philip-
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Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 5266504. Give uS tHiS dAy—Through March 23. A stage adaptation of the 1956 memoir by Sidney Stewart, relating a first-person account of the Battle of Bataan, the infamous march that followed and the brutal inhumane treatment American soldiers endured for three and a half years. 7-9 p.m. $10. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. HerBAl mediCine—See March 7. 6:30-8 p.m. $15, $10 MVM members. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. new mexiCo’S AfriCAn AmeriCAn leGACy: viSiBle, vitAl, vAluABle— Exhibit through Sept. 15. Opening reception. The exhibit, presented by the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque, focuses on some of the first African American families who settled in different communities around the state. 6-8 p.m. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. PSyCHiC reAdinGS—Dawn Cheney. 12-3 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. tHe d.A.m.n. union—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. tHe SeCret GArden—See March 20. Through March 22. 7 p.m. $10, $5 students. Oñate Performing Arts Center, 5700 Mesa Grande Dr., 6390511.
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Senior lifeStyle exPo—Through March 23. Providing the most up-todate information about healthcare, travel, energy and finance. Featuring author Doug Fine at 1 p.m. Convention Center, 680 W. University Ave. lcpresswomen.blogspot.com. Any dAy now—Through March 28. In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager who comes to live under their roof. Directed by Travis Fine, starring Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva. Nightly 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $7 regular, $6 seniors and students, $5 MVFS members, children and Weds. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. Give uS tHiS dAy—See March 21. Through March 23. 7-9 p.m. $10. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre. com. tHe SeCret GArden—See March 20. 7 p.m. $10, $5 students. Oñate Performing Arts Center, 5700 Mesa Grande Dr., 639-0511.
place. 9 a.m. Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall, 5225552, wildmesquite.org. Give uS tHiS dAy—See March 21. 7-9 p.m. $10. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. Senior lifeStyle exPo—See March 22. Featuring author Doug Fine at 10 a.m. Second Chance prom in the evening. Convention Center, 680 W. University Ave. lcpresswomen. blogspot.com. Print liKe PoSAdA!—Participants will create their own series of printbased media using recycled materials, pencils and paint along with learning about famous Mexican printmakers like José Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Children ages 7-12. Pre-registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 5412154, las-cruces.org/museums. StefAn GeorGe—High Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS— Douglas Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS—Sonya Weiner. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. Bill BArwiCK—Singing, songwriting, storytelling and guitar. 2 p.m. $10, $8 DPAT members. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine, dpat.org. Su
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Amour—Through April 4. Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. Directed by Michael Haneke, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. In French and English with subtitles as needed. Nightly 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $7 regular, $6 seniors and students, $5 MVFS members, children and Weds. Fountain Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, 524-8287, mesillavalleyfilm.org. Community reiKi CirCle—See March 15. 7-8 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. PHilliP PHilliPS—“American Idol” season 11 winner performs. 7:30 p.m. $18.50 and $28.50. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu.
24/7 BlueS BAnd—Every Other Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 5236403, riograndetheatre.com. ArGentine tAnGo de lAS CruCeS—Tuesdays. 6-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU students free with ID. 525 E Lohman, 620-0377.
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wnmu SoftBAll vS. ColorAdo meSA univerSity—11 a.m. and 1 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. duSty BuSKerS—Gospel Revival Matinee and Bloody Mary Brunch. 2 p.m. Little Toad Creek and Tavern, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, littletoadcreek. com. dPAt JAm SeSSionS—Sundays. Come out and dance, socialize and have a great time. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine.
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duSty BuSKerS—Americana/ Bluegrass night. 7 p.m. Little Toad Creek and Tavern, Lake Roberts, 5369649, littletoadcreek.com.
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duSty BuSKerS—Celtic/Irish night. 7 p.m. Little Toad Creek and Tavern, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, littletoadcreek.com. wnmu SoftBAll vS. ColorAdo meSA univerSity—12 and 2 p.m. wnmumustangs.com.
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tAleS of tHe CHASe—Presentation and book signing with Dutch Salmon. 2-3:30 p.m. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. wnmu tenniS vS. CSu PueBlo—wnmumustangs.com. wAlly lAwder returnS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com.
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The “American Idol” season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, performs on March 29 at NMSU’s Pan American Center.
sARTS.com. dutCH oven 401—Experienced Dutch oven cooks will help new cooks prepare their chosen recipes. Call to preregister. 10 a.m. Grant County Administration Building, Hwy. 180, 388-1559. iBeriAn CooKinG ClASS—11 a.m. Preregistration required. Shevek & Co., 602 N. Bullard, 534-9168, silver-eats. com. lA CAtrinA StronG QuArtet— One of the most unique chamber ensembles on tour today, their blend of Latin-American and standard repertoire has proven enormously attractive to diverse audiences, catering to the more traditional concertgoers while stimulating the next generation of listeners. Grant County Community Concert Association. 7:30 p.m. Nonsubscribers $20, $5 students to age 17. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. www.gcconcerts.org. lAtCH Key KidS—Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com. PAtHwAyS to HeAltH—Book signing with Dr. Victor Acquista. 2-4 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. wnmu SoftBAll vS. CSu PueBlo—12 and 2 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. CASAS de AntAÑo—Home tour. Seven properties will be included on this year’s tour. Five historic homes in the Mesilla Plaza area (Paul Taylor’s house, The Taylor Monument, among them) plus the newly refurbished Mesilla Community Center, formerly the Mesilla School, and the Schaefer farmhouse east of Mesilla are featured. Two adobe houses on Calle del Arroyo demonstrate typical dwellings being stabilized and restored. 1-4 p.m. 644-0599. dinoSAur trACKS of mt. CriSto rey—Did you know you can find dinosaur tracks just a stone’s throw from downtown El Paso? Geologist Eric Kappus will lead on a leisurely stroll around Mt. Cristo Rey in Sunland Park to see the tracks and learn what they tell us about how these creatures lived their lives. Easy. Call for meeting
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BABy Boomer Comedy SHow— Subtitled “Clean comedy for people born before seatbelts, safety helmets and Facebook,” the Baby Boomer Comedy Show features veteran comedians Jan McInnis and Kent Rader presenting clean humor on topics that the Boomer generation can relate to: family, kids, work, do-it-yourself projects, dieting, aging and more. 7-9 p.m. $15-$18. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. tHe CowBoy rideS AwAy—Country stars George Strait and Martina McBride in concert. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu. StArS-n-PArKS—The winter sky is setting in the west, while Jupiter is visible in the southwest. The planet Saturn should clear the mountains to the east before program end. The spring sky is well presented. 8:40 p.m. $5 per vehicle. Rockhound State Park,
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yourdAy SelfmAStery ConverSAtion—See March 6. Wednesdays. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.
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ate at this point. I may even have said, under my breath to myself, something along the lines of, “Seriously, dude, loud enough for ya?” (Male drivers admonishing each other, I’m pretty sure, refer to the other driver as “dude” when not employing some colorful expletive involving sexual gymnastics.) Again, though, aside from muttering, I restrained myself. This soon-to-be-deaf driver could very well be packing “heat” and respond to my righteous indignation with a hail of lead, or whatever it is Bushmasters fire these days. (To hear the NRA talk, I assume any day now the ammo will be nuclear.) With his hearing obviously already gone beyond repair, he might figure he has little left to lose by venting his hostility and rage over his hearing loss at hapless Albertson’s shoppers. I’d been much too careful with my shopping list to lose it all in a tiff with some rock-and-roll-addled jerk with nothing better to do than park at Albertson’s all afternoon. I’d gotten the last prosciutto “chub” and wasn’t about to risk it in gunplay, however righteous my cause. Once safely ensconced in the anonymity of my sedan (not the convertible, please note), with my own raucous blare of Sirius XM’s Watercolors smooth-jazz channel masking my words, I gave that fellow what-for. Bet your ears were burning, buddy, and now you know why!
Continental Divide • David A . Fryxell
Tis the season to scream at idiot drivers.
s the weather warms up, it will soon be time for one of our guilty Southwest pleasures— driving our little convertible with the top open. Actually, it’s not so “guilty” anymore, as the British racing-green Mazda Miata that seemed such an indulgence when we bought it, a few years after moving here, will turn 12 years old this year. We haven’t owned it for all that time, but bought it from a guy in Las Cruces who took much better care of it than we have. What a shock this poor little car must have experienced when it pulled into our gravel driveway and no longer got cosseted by a snug-fitting car cover when it was parked! When we take to the open road, however, my wife has to annually remind me just how open we are out there in the convertible. She usually drives, as my long legs have to undergo some Olympic-gymnastlevel bending in order to slide beneath the steering wheel. That leaves both my hands free for emphatically informing our fellow motorists of my opinions about their driving performance. In the convertible with the top down, as I tend to forget, they can see me. When my expressions of discontent with other drivers also become verbal, there is even some danger that people in other cars—especially if, say, they have their windows rolled down—can hear me. It’s not that I’m a rude driver (or passenger, in this case). I’m not one of THOSE drivers who are forever leaning on the horn or waving their arms out the window at some imagined slight. (You know who you are.) Seldom even do I give fellow motorists the one-fingered salute—and when that urge to express myself overtakes me, I keep it below dashboard level even in the comparatively private confines of my non-convertible sedan. One never knows these days, after all, who might be “packing” and be moved to answer my little gesture with a Bushmaster gesture of his own.
the drivers around me. Sometimes this little playby-play is also illustrated with gestures such as the classic palms-up signal of puzzlement (or, as Sarah Palin would put it, “WTF?”). You can imagine how in a convertible with the top open, this gesticulating could be misconstrued. Certain phrases (“…idiot!” “…moron!” “…shouldn’t be licensed to drive a (expletive) tricycle!”) could be misinterpreted as they waft from our open car to the ears of passing motorists at whom these phrases are directed— with, I must add, all good will in the world and a sincere desire for driver’s education. It is not, please note, that I am such a great driver myself. I’m well aware that most Americans believe they are above-average drivers—a mathematical impossibility. But I freely confess that I flunked my first driver’s license road test as a feckless 16-year-old. True, I maintain to this day that had those parking cones been actual automobiles, they would have stuck up higher and I would have seen them before dinging them in the parallel-parking portion of the test. Never since have I been called upon to parallel park between orange cones—proof of the inapplicability of this test to real life behind the wheel. Unlike all too many New Mexico motorists, however, I do signal my turns and lane changes. I drive neither too fast nor too slowly on I-10. I understand that the left (“passing”) lane on I-10 is designed for passing (hence the name), not for driving indefinitely at a speed precisely matching the misnomered Swift-brand truck in the right lane. I do not hang in other drivers’ blind spots. I do not cut in front of other cars. I obey the rule learned way back in driver’s ed class (see?) to wait until I can see the car in the right lane in my rearview mirror before pulling in front of it. I do not have gigantic fuzzy things hanging from said rearview mirror that might distract me or impair my view. I do not drive down Ridge Road toward the dump with stray bits of my material to be dumped flying off the back of my vehicle. When other drivers insist on doing any of these things, is it not a public service to inform them that they are, well, idiots? round here, drivers do not even have to be driving to earn my withering scorn. The other day in the Albertson’s parking lot, for example, a parked car was “sharing” its stereo at such a volume that people at the far end of the lot, had they been able to turn it down, would have done so with the haste of someone snatching up “buy one, get two free” ribeyes. OK, I figured, probably some guy waiting for his girlfriend’s shift to end. When I came out with my groceries, however, the same car was still blaring at the same earacheinducing volume. I believe a palms-up gesture of puzzlement, or perhaps a baffled shoulder shrug combined with dual raised eyebrows, would have been appropri-
o, as you can see, I do understand the importance of self-restraint in my crusade to correct the automotive efforts of others. In the Albertson’s parking lot or in the open air of our Miata, I try to keep my opinions to myself. With the onset of spring-like weather, I will once again vow to stifle my “suggestions” to other drivers as we zip along. (Though who could not benefit from a suggestion such as, “Get your eyesight checked, (expletive)!” or “Next time you get behind the wheel, (expletive), how’s about a warning!”?) It’s a shame, though. Think how much safer and smoother-flowing the highways and byways of our enchanted state could be with a steady stream of advice and instruction spewing from the open top of our convertible. And if the driver of a truck six times our height somehow managed to catch wind of this freely proffered wisdom and we survived the ensuing attempt to run us off the road, I bet the trucker’s insurance company would have to buy us a new automotive indulgence. I hear the latest Mustang convertible is ideal for gesturing from the passenger seat—plenty of arm room…. k If Desert Exposure editor David A. Fryxell has insulted you from his very small car, he is deeply sorry.
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