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Contents
6 Editors Notebook Republicans Unbound
What hath business donors wrought? Plus a bad Dem idea. By David A. Fryxell Horses are like recreational vehicles with personality and poop. By Henry Lightcap

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7 Letters
Our readers write.

35 Body, Mind & Spirit Diary of a Caregiver


When his wifes ailing parents moved in, everything changed. Last of four parts. By John Catsis

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8 Desert Diary
Senior humor, skiing and baking, plus more reader tales.

38 Body, Mind & Spirit Home Cooks First Aid Kit


Take the ouch out of kitchen accidents, naturally. By Gina DeBacker

10 Tumbleweeds
Udalls friends with chemistry, the other Continental Divides, a pack of reader critter photos, and the Top 10.

39 Body, Mind & Spirit Natural Arthritis Relief


Ease the ache and stiffness without over-the-counter pain pills. By Michelle Schoffro Cook

12 Talking Horses Barstool Wisdom


Insights on horses and sport from an unlikely source. By Scott Thomson

42 Body, Mind & Spirit Weekly Events


Grant County support groups, classes and more.

Silver City: Ilene Wignall (575) 313-0002, ilenew@desertexposure.com Las Cruces/Mesilla: Kristi Dunn (575) 956-7552, kristi@desertexposure.com Deming: Marjorie Lilly (575) 544-3559, marjorie@desertexposure.com

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13 Arts Exposure Scanning and Recording


Hillsboro artist David Farrell carries on a long tradition of capturing color and light on canvas. By Marjorie Lilly

43 100 Hikes Wooly Adventures


Sheep Corral Canyon Road offers a variety of hiking possibilities. By Linda Ferrara

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16 Arts Exposure Arts Scene


Latest area art happenings.

45 Red or Green? Dining Guide


Restaurant guide for Southwest New Mexico.

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19 Arts Exposure Gallery Guide


Where to enjoy art in our area.

46 Red or Green? Unexpected Treasure


Deming Truck Terminal serves good, home-style Indian food. By Peggy Platonos.

20 Growing Together Uncommon Dreams


Silver Citys new Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability harvests a communitys hopes and ideas. By Sharman Apt Russell

48 Red or Green? Table Talk


Restaurant news.

22 Out and About The Arc of the Line


Tempted to try fly-fishing? A river runs through the Southwest, too. By Mary Syrett

49 40 Days & 40 Nights


Complete area events guide for November and early December.

50 The To-Do List


Dont-miss events this month.

24 South of the Border Love Never Dies


At Casa de Soles, the children of murdered or imprisoned parents find a place in the sun. By Victoria Tester

54 Continental Divide Baggage Claims


An inspiring lesson in Big-Airline Economics 101. By David A. Fryxell

26 Southwest Wildlife Peak Experiences


The proposed Organ MountainsDesert Peaks National Monument encompasses a vast array of geologic and human history. By Jay W. Sharp

31 Borderlines Mexican Holidays


Suggestions for getting past Mexico travel jitters. By Marjorie Lilly

32 The Starry Dome Indus, the Indian


What to watch in the skies this month. By Bert Stevens

About the cover: Chamisa and Ash in Winter Light by Hillsboro artist David Farrell. Read all about the artist and see more of his work in this issues Arts Exposure section.

33 Ramblin Outdoors Snake and Sacroiliac


From back pain, back to mountain biking. By Larry Lightner

34 Henry Lightcaps Journal The Horsey Set

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crats may exult in the death throes of the Republican Party, as John B. Judis recently predicted in The New Republic, be careful what you wish for. The rise of what one former GOP staffer dubbed suburban revolutionaries and people alienated from business, from everything may have fearful consequences far beyond winning and losing elections, as we have seen this fall. Its not just the GOP: A new Gallup Poll found that 60% of those surveyed believe a third party is needed; only 26% say the two main parties are doing an adequate job of representing the American people. When a significant segment of the electorate decides the way forward is to emulate Howard Beale of the 1976 film Network, democracy might just run right off the rails. Beale, of course, is best remembered for his iconic line, Im as mad as hell and Im not going to take this anymore! But his rant leading up to that explosion sounds like it could have been written in the angry autumn of 2013: I dont have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. Its a depression. Everybodys out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickels worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and theres nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and theres no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes, as if thats the way its supposed to be. We know things are badworse than bad. Theyre crazy. Things have got to change. But first, youve gotta get mad! The bigwigs of the Republican Party have been stoking that anger for half a century. When the villagers with torches start coming for them, too, we may all be consumed by the consequences.

Editors Notebook David A . Fryxell

Republicans Unbound
What hath business donors wrought?
iterature and myth are replete with tales of characters who are destroyed by monsters of their own creation. Perhaps the US Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association and other business lobbying groups should have given Mary Shelleys Frankenstein a quick read before the 2012 elections. Prior to those elections, such groups spent millions to boost Republican redistricting efforts, carving out seats so safe their representatives in Congress could be immune to threats from the leftor, as it turns out, from the very business interests who helped them get elected. The Chamber spent $32 million on the 2012 election, almost entirely on GOP candidates. The bankers group alone invested $2.6 million, 80% of it on Republicans, including $10,000 donated to New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce. Besides his usual gaggle of big-energy donors, Pearce also got $10,000 apiece from such stalwarts of the business community as the National Association of Realtors, National Auto Dealers Association and American Crystal Sugar. The American Institute of CPAs hardly a bunch of fire-breathing radicalskicked in $8,500, while Contact us! USAA Insurance and the National PO Box 191 Beer Wholesalers Association doSilver City, NM 88062 nated $7,500 each. telephone (575) 538-4374 What did these business leademail: ers get for their money? A goveditor@desertexposure.com ernment shutdown, a threat to letters@desertexposure.com default on the national debt and a ads@desertexposure.com blocked immigration reform plan that most supported. Frank Keating, a former GOP governor from Oklahoma who now heads the bankers association, warned the Senate banking committee that ordinary Americans will bear the brunt of the damage if our leaders do not prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt for the first time in history. That threat, he neglected to point out, came entirely from the GOP majority in the House his group helped create.

whether to count him among the most radical 40 or 90 GOP members in Congress, although keep in mind Pearce was among only a dozen in his party to vote against John Boehner as House speaker. In a recent National Journal profile, Pearce claimed the anti-Boehner vote is probably the most popular vote Ive made, in this district. When he tells audiences he cast that vote, Pearce says he gets, Always applause, sometimes standing applause. Its not clear whether the applause comes from those backing a Tea Party agenda or those fed up with Boehners lack of backbone in dealing with, well, members like Pearce. The profile went on, But there is a clear aim to his leadership bashing. Pearce is working to inoculate himself from anything those party leaders might do that wont play well in his district. In short, he is emphasizing that he is not part of Boehners inner circle, and has little control over what Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and others might do. What Pearce could have done last month, of course, was announce that he would join with moderate House Republicansat least 20, according to NBC Newsand Democrats to re-open the government. That is, if Boehner had agreed to allow such a vote. Like the business interests that helped elect him, Pearce wants it both ways.

n the local level, a study by Wallet Hub reported that New Mexico ranked seventh among all states in damage from the government shutdown. That is likely not the dividend that New Mexico donors such as Yates Petroleum, Hobbs Iron & Metal or Roswell Toyota had in mind when they sent Pearce back to Congress. After waffling in the press about whether he would support a clean government-funding resolutionwithout, in effect, the failed 2012 GOP platform attachedPearce voted 16 times against consideration of a Senate-passed continuing resolution that would reopen the government. He then voted against the bipartisan compromise that ultimately reopened the government and prevented default. Its unclear

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hose business interests, however, have had an eye-opening few weeks in seeing what their GOP creations really believeand how much those House members are off the leash. The top lobbyist at the National Retail Federation told the New York Times, We are looking at ways to counter the rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that, for lack of a better word, is more anti-establishment than it has been in the past. Joe Echevarria, head of the Deloitte accounting and consulting firm, noted that while both parties have extreme elements, only in the GOP do the radicals exercise real power: The extreme right has 90 seats in the House. Occupy Wall Street has no seats. Like Victor Frankenstein playing with body parts, the monster created by business Republicans was bound to turn against its masters eventually. The GOP has been playing with fire ever since it turned its back on its long-standing commitment to civil rights and pursued a Southern strategy of thinly veiled racial appeals. After the party regained Congress in 1994, key strategists such as Karl Rove, Paul Weyrich and Grover Norquist set out to stay in power with an alliance between business and social conservatives. As long as Wall Street threw their allies occasional red meata Supreme Court appointment here, a platform plank therethey got the votes to protect corporate interests. The Great Recession shook that alliance, however. Fox News, the Internet, the Club for Growth and billionaires like the Koch brothersquasi-libertarians (who also gave $10,000 to Pearces campaign) more extreme than traditional GOP backershave fueled a right-wing populism that rejects traditional Republicanism as angrily as it does President Obama. According to a recent Pew survey, 65% of Republicans disapprove of Republican leaders in Congress. As Chris Chucola of the Club for Growth puts this view: I think the whole concept of compromise and bipartisanship is silly. Some trace this middle American radicalism (as Donald Warren labeled it in a 1976 book, The Radical Center) to the right-wing, anti-immigrant, anti-minority populism that found expression in the presidential campaigns of Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan (with his peasants with pitchforks). Othersincluding prominent if carefully off-the-record business lobbyistscite Richard Hofstadters seminal essay on The Paranoid Style in American Politics and recall McCarthyism and the John Birch Society. Whatever its roots, this anti-establishment wing of the GOP no longer obeys its longtime Wall Street puppet masters. Those trying to straddle this divide, like New Mexicos Steve Pearce, may find that an increasingly difficult balancing act. And while Demo-

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emocrats, of course, have their own bad ideasnotably one floated right here in New Mexico by state party chair Sam Bregman. In an email last month, Bregman announced a new online list of Democratic owned and union supported businesses throughout New Mexico. He explained enthusiastically, This is an opportunity to let fellow Democrats in your community and throughout the state have the opportunity to frequent and patronize Democratic businesses on an ongoing basis! Does anyone really want to go back to the days of Democratic saloons and Republican (or, back then, Whig) saloons? Its one thing to reward businesses with your patronage when they do good in a way you approve ofhelping save whales, say, or eschewing plastic shopping bags. But seeking to further divide an already polarized society by identifying businesses with one party or the other leads down a road whose destination we may not like. There is a difference, too, between supporting (or avoiding) businesses that have taken an overt political stance such as buying TV ad time for a cause, versus doing business based purely on labels. We confess to buying Bounty rather than Brawny paper towels because of the odious electioneering by the far-right Koch brothers, whose conglomerates produce the latter. (So far, withholding our vast papertowel expenses has yet to make them see the light.) But lets not start worrying about whether that autorepair shop is run by someone with whom we might disagree, or what label that barber might prefer on the ballot. To their credit, the New Mexico GOP has no plans to follow the Democrats divisive lead. In a statement, party chair John Billingsley urged fellow Republicans to patronize all local, small businesses without regard to political affiliation. Besides, who knows? Given a conversation, we might actually agree with the car guy on some things, and the barber on others. Given a chance, we might realize that we are all Americans, and we are all in this together. k David A. Fryxell is editor of Desert Exposure.

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our latest editorial in the September issue (My Way vs. the Highway, Editors Notebook) continues your bashing of the only congressman in Washington that continues to help the people here in the conservative battleground of Catron County. Where are the other so called politicians when it comes to helping the rural residents here in our battle against big government i.e US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service? Nowhere to be seen are our ultra-liberal Senators Heinrich or Udall. Hell I dont think either one of them has ever had a town hall meeting in Catron County. Now if you want to talk about worthless those two are fine examples of your progressive big government politicos. We applaud and support Congressman Steve Pearce and with him how can he compromise on ultra progressive liberal values that he and most of his constituents so absolutely abhor. He stands firm against the socialist forces of your ilk trying to bring this great nation into the likes of the European Union socialist failures. Most of the people I deal with here and across the nation (hunting outfitter business) dont like what you and the rest of the liberals and sheeple are doing to this nation. Hooray Congressman Pearce! Dont cave into or compromise with the progressive liberal idiots, including you Mr. Fryxell. Tom Klumker San Francisco River Outfitters Glenwood, NM Editors note: Thanks for writing and contributing a different point of view, which we always welcome in these pages. Actually, that particular editorial was not intended to bash Rep. Pearce, and in fact praised him for his vote on NSA surveillance. Rather, it hoped to explain why he and other House Republicans have little motivation to compromiseleading, as predicted back in September, to last months government shutdown and default threat. Sorry if that wasnt clear.

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enjoy every issue of Desert Exposure, and October was outstanding! Good Weed, Bad Weed was a great article by Nancy Gordon, and my viewpoint exactly: What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. We have had some beautiful weeds this summer and autumn because of all the rain. Also loved Ravens, the poem by Sara Boyett. They are my favorite bird. I never tire of watching them. Or are they watching me? As for Henry Lightcap, hes always great and like him, I dont plan on going anyplace except my beloved New Mexico. Oh, I might visit Arizona, sure. But Im coming home. Long may you publish! Sharon White Miller Bayard k Let us hear from you! Write Desert Exposure Letters, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, or email letters@desertexposure.com. 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.

Defending Ellins
ravo, well done! Thanks for an excellent article on marriage equality (Love ConquersFor Now, Editors Notebook, October). There is an event being planned in Las Cruces to raise funds for Lynn Ellins [Doa Ana County clerk] defense. It will be held at the Azure Cherry Gallery in December. I will be marrying any and all couples who attend the event. Thanks for your heart and insights. I so enjoyed this refreshing article. Rev. Barbara Besser Las Cruces

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he Hard Art of Dying (Body, Mind & Spirit, October) was a timely article. I have one suggestion: Five Wishes (available online, at some health clinics, through AARP ) is a legal document that allows a person to specifically state their wishes. The one obvious fact of life is death and facing it makes it easier for those we leave behind as well as helping an individual prepare themselves. My doctor has agreed to no life support for me as I do not wish to be hooked up to any machine when I need to just die. Hopefully quickly, and in bed in my own home. Maya nolastname Via email

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11. I thought we agreed we would not drink during the day. 12. Your mother is coming to stay, isnt she? Also combining Biblical wisdom and the sexes is this from CharlesC: Rhoda and Rachel got arrested for engaging in a street brawl. They were brought before King Solomon. The reason? Both insisted that wealthy young Ben was engaged to their daughter! After a tedious exchange of words that generated plenty of heat, but shed no light, Solomon decided to have Ben sawed in half and each lady awarded half. Rachel reacted with horror and insisted that Ben be spared. Rhoda said to cut him up. Then King Solomon awarded for Rhoda because she obviously was the real mother-in-law!

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oure only as old as you feel Maybe its just that were feeling our age these days as the weather cools, but we couldnt resist this flurry of senior jokes, starting with this one from Pop Hayes, entitled, Why Old Men Dont Get Hired: At a job interview, the Human Resources Manager asks: What is your greatest weakness? Old Man: Honesty. Human Resources Manager: I dont think honesty is a weakness. Old Man: I dont really give a damn what you think. Then theres this racy tale from the Silver City Greek: Penny and Edna, two senior widows, are talking. Penny: That nice George Johnson asked me out for a date. I know you went out with him last week, and I wanted to talk with you about him before I give him my answer. Edna: Well, Ill tell you. He shows up at my apartment punctually at 7 p.m., dressed like such a gentleman in a fine suit, and he brings me such beautiful flowers! Then he takes me downstairs. And whats there: a limousine, uniformed chauffeur and all! Then he takes me out for dinner, a marvelous dinnerlobster, champagne, dessert and after-dinner drinks. Then we go see a show. Let me tell you, Penny, I enjoyed it so much I could have just died from pleasure! So then we are coming back to my apartment and he turns into an ANIMAL. Completely crazy, he tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me three times! Penny: Goodness gracious! So you are telling me I shouldnt go?

Edna: No, no, no. Im just saying, wear an old dress. Finally, these philosophical musings on aging from Old Grumps: Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. Ive traveled a long way and some of the roads werent paved. When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra. One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. First you forget names; then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper. Its worse when you forget to pull it down. Youre never too old to contribute to Desert Diary! Share your favorite funnies at diary@desertexposure.com.

ye of the beholder We are beholden to GeraldH for this collection of tales on the theme of Different Ways of Looking at Things: Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully, the divorce court judge said, and Ive decided to give your wife $775 a week, Thats very fair, your honor, the husband said. And every now and then Ill try to send her a few bucks myself. A doctor examining a woman who had been rushed to the Emergency Room took the husband aside and said, I dont like the looks of your wife at all. Me neither, Doc, said the husband. But shes a great cook and really good with the kids. An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has been living with for the last 40 years. The Wizard says, Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you. The old man says without hesitation, I now pronounce you man and wife. A blonde calls Delta Airlines and asks, Can you tell me how long itll take to fly from San Francisco to New York City? The agent replies, Just a minute. Thank you, the blonde says, and hangs up. Two detectives were investigating the murder of Juan Gonzalez. How was he killed? asked one detective. With a golf gun, the other detective replied. A golf gun! What the heck is a golf gun? I dont know. But it sure made a hole in Juan. A man is recovering from surgery when the surgical nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling. Im OK. But I didnt like the four-letter word the doctor used in surgery, he answered. What did he say? asked the nurse. Oops! While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least 10 years and 20 pounds since I had even consid-

Postcards from the edge Two more photos this month submitted by traveling readers, showing themselves holding a copy of Desert Exposure. Our rst photo comes from Jim and Lin Townsend of Tyrone, who write: This was taken in Norfolk, Va., in front of the MacArthur Memorial Visitor Center, a port stop on our 15-day Atlantic Inter-Coastal Cruise.

osing the battle of the sexes We welcome back long-time contributor Toni in the Vets Ofce, who sends along this yarn in one of our favorite categories: In a morning Bible study, a group of women were studying how to live in a loving relationship with your husband. The women were asked, How many of you love your husbands? All the women raised their hands. Then they were asked, When was the last time you told your husband you loved him? A few women answered today, some said yesterday, and some didnt remember. The women were then asked to take their phones and send the text message, I love you, sweetheart. After a few minutes, the women were asked to exchange phones and read aloud the responding text messages. Here are some of the replies: 1. Who is this? 2. Uh, mother of my children, are you sick? 3. I love you, too. 4. What now? Did you wreck the car again? 5. I dont understand what you mean. 6. What did you do now? 7. ?!!??? 8. Dont beat about the bush, just tell me how much you need? 9. Am I dreaming? 10. If you dont tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.

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this story. He had gone alone to a friends house for a party. His friends house was filled with many guests. He was chatting it up with a few women guests, when all of a sudden the lights went out. As the outage continued, he attempted to feel his way out of the room to the outside. As it would happen, his hand touched a soft round part of a body. A hand grasped over his. Then the lights came on and he was ashamed and profusely apologetic to the young lady. Stammering, he said he was just trying to find his way out of the room. She took his hand and smiled, then said, If the lights go out again, Ill meet you here.

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Postcards from the edge Our second reader photo with the biggest little paper in the Southwest shows (left to right) New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson with Silver City Arts and Culture District and Tourism Director George Dworin, Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber Director Cissy McAndrew and Desert Exposure at the 2013 Governors Conference on Tourism. Whether youre on a cruise or at a conference, snap a picture of yourself holding a copy of your favorite publication (ahem, that would be Desert Exposure) and send it to PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, or diary@desertexposure.com. ered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husbands advice. What do you think? I asked. Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one? Better get a bikini, he replied. Youd never get it all in one. Hes still in intensive care. The graveside service was just barely finished when there was a massive clap of thunder, followed by a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied by even more thunder rumbling in the distance. The little old man looked at the pastor and calmly said, Well, shes there.

ownhill all the way We get lots of golf jokes, but very little ski humor. Thanks to Ned Ludd for addressing this shortage: Ian decided to go skiing with his buddy, Bob. So they loaded up Ians minivan and headed north. After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard. They pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night. I realize its terrible weather out there and I have this large cabin all to myself, but Im recently widowed, she explained. Im afraid the neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my house. Dont worry, Ian said. Well be happy to sleep in the barn. And if the weather breaks, well be gone at first light. The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night. Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they went on their way and enjoyed a great weekend of skiing. But about nine months later, Ian got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the lawyer of that attractive widow he had met on the ski weekend. He dropped in on his friend Bob and asked, Bob, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm where we stayed on our ski holiday about nine months ago? Yes, I do, said Bob. Did you, er, happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her a visit? Well, um, yes, Bob said, a little embarrassed about being found out, I have to admit that I did. And did you happen to give her my name instead of telling her your name? Bobs face turned beet red and he said, Yeah, look, Im sorry, buddy. Im afraid I did. Why do you ask? She just died and left me everything. n the dark Another tale of unlikely romance, this from PA Charlie: My friend and I were discussing what was the most shocking event in your early life. He told me

ruth or dare Finally, this tale of baking disaster comes from The Packrat Out Back: Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies Group in Tuscaloosa, but forgot to do it until the last minute. She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix and quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack for Scout camp. When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured. She exclaimed, Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake! So, being inventive, Alice looked around the house for something to build up the center of the cake. She found it in the bathrooma roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and then covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect. Before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head for work, Alice woke her daughter and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home. When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. The daughter grabbed her cell phone and called her mom. Alice was horrified; she was beside herself! Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, ridiculed! All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back. The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time. She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at the fact that Alice was not from one of the founding families of Tuscaloosa. But having already RSVPd, she couldnt think of a believable excuse to stay home. The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper-crust Old South, and to Alices horror, the bake sale cake was presented for dessert! Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake. She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the mayors wife said, What a beautiful cake! Alice, still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess (who was a prominent church member) say, Thank you, I baked it myself. Alice smiled and thought to herself, God is good. k Send your favorite anecdotes, jokes, puns and tall tales to Desert Diary, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, or email diary@desertexposure.com. The best submission each month gets a Desert Exposure mouse pad, scientically proven to take the strain out of emailing jokes to Desert Diary.

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Finally, youve got to love this submission from Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos, who writes, As photographers, we have many wildlife photos. This one gave me the biggest laugh I have had in a long time in regards to a photo opportunity. The photo was taken in our backyard this morning when a well-antlered deer encountered our backyard metal sculpture (I call her Maizey) by metal artist Mark Bowen. I think of various captions including, Whered the chick get those cool antlers? Share your own photos of local creatures great and small. Send to editor@desertexposure.com or mail to PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, and include your postal address for a little thank-you. k

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Council, an industry trade group, is so interested in the New Mexico Democrat: Udall recently took over legislation orphaned by the death of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg that would craft new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for the chemical industry. Udall succeeded Lautenberg as chair of the Senate Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee. Hes partnered with Louisiana GOP Sen. David Vitter on the legislation, which the American Chemistry Council supports. Why would the trade group back stronger EPA regulation? Because the chair of the full Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, California Sen. Barbara Boxer, has stated shed prefer to scrap the bill and start over on even stricter rules. Udall told the Albuquerque Journal that he backed the legislation because overall it would mandate stronger safety regulations nationwide. While some states, such as California, already have stricter rules, New Mexico and most other states do not. k

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known as the Great Divide, the Continental Divide of the Americas or the Continental Gulf of Divisionis one of six in the continent, though far and away the longest and most important. It stretches from Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska (westernmost point on the mainland), all the way to the tip of South America, in Tierra del Fuego. It intersects the other major divide, the Laurentian (or Northern Divide) at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park, Montana. In general, waters to the west of the Continental Divide flow to the Pacific Ocean; those to the east head for the Atlantic (including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean) or Arctic Ocean. Exceptions are called endorheic regions, and include New Mexicos Plains of San Agustin. Most of the other divides run west to east from the Continental Divide to the Atlantic, divvying up North Americas waters between the Arctic, Hudson Bay, the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico. From north to south, they are called the Arctic (which meets the Continental Divide at a spot called Snow Dome), Laurentian and St. Lawrence divides. (The St. Lawrence splits off from the Laurentian in northern Minnesota.) The Eastern Divide, roughly through the Appalachians from the St. Lawrence Divide south to the tip of Florida, sends water either to the Atlantic seaboard or the great drainages of the Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi. A sixth, circular Great Basin Divide carves out a unique swath that includes Nevada and pieces of neighboring states. So, no, our Continental Divide is not the only one. But it is the Great one. k

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Map of the Divides underlying North Americas hydrology. (Wikipedia)

Who and whats been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google.com). Trends noted are vs. last months total hits; * indicates new to the list. Number in parenthesis indicates last months Top 10 rank. Still dealing with Mother Natureand that force of nature known as Breaking Bad. 1. (6) New Mexico ooding337 hits () 2. (1) Gov. Susana Martinez310 hits () 3. (3) New Mexico + immigration253 hits () 4. (4) New Mexico drought229 hits () 5. (7) Virgin Galactic204 hits () 6. (10) New Mexico gay marriage173 hits () 7. (-) New Mexico + Breaking Bad147 hits () 8. (8) Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson146 hits () 9. (5) Sen. Tom Udall136 hits () 10. (-) Rep. Steve Pearce117 hits ()

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ne of the more thought-provoking barstool conversations Ive had in a long time took place recently with a young mounted Border Patrol agent. When he learned what I did for a living, he threw out some interesting thoughts and questions, hitting on things Ive thought about for as long as Ive been working with horses. When he was accepted into the mounted Border Patrol, he admitted he knew nothing about horses and had no riding experience, but he was very fit and athletic. He showed up for work one day and they gave him a horse and a whip and pointed towards the round pen. Im paraphrasing here, but in essence he was instructed to go chase the horse around and show him whos boss, then well go for a ride. Shortly after, he crashed when his horse went one way and he went the other, unfortunately breaking a few bones in the process. He compared this with a recent trip to a bike shop to investigate buying his first mountain bike. The salesman sat him down and went through a list of questions: what is your height, weight, how fit are you, do you plan to compete, how often will you ride, what kind of terrain, is this just a starter bike, are you a thrill seeker and speed freak or just looking for the recreational benefits? After what felt like a job interview, the salesman brought out several different bike options, going through the features and benefits of each as they related to his profile and interest. He then adjusted each bike to fitseat, pedals, handlebars, etc. The salesman also brought out a selection of safety equipment that he would recommend to any biker, regardless of skill level, but especially to people hitting the trails where we live. The agent then took a demo ride on each bike, and bought the one that best suited his particular situation. Do people go through this kind of decision-making process, the agent asked me, when buying a horse? He had just added two new activities in his lifeone for work, one for playand saw that both had a high degree of risk. With one there seemed to be a great deal of attention paid to making sure there was the best fit possible to maximize enjoyment and minimize risk, whereas with the other it was more like anybody can do this so just go do it. He clearly realized limitations of time and money with the Border Patrol forced its process to be different, but he was curious about how the average rider approaches a decision with so many variables, where mistakes can lead to injury or worse. Looking at his cast, I think he wondered why someone might be more thorough when buying an inanimate object, where the personality and behavior of the bike is determined only by the person riding it, than when buying a horse, a living thing that can and does have a mind of its own. s I was about to share some thoughts, he came in with another good one: Do you consider riding a sport? He was not asking about the riders who actually compete in one of the various equestrian disciplines, but the actual act of riding, thinking again of the average rider. As a former athlete and pretty competitive guy myself, I asked how he would define a sport. He felt the definition should be broad but would start with having to use your body. Not necessarily at a high cardiovascular level, but there had to be movement. As an illustration he said he would consider fly fishing a sport. He thought a sport required coordinated movement and usually the use of left and right sides with equal dexterity. You needed to be able to multi-task because sport requires adjusting to changing conditions. You needed to be able to run to the other side of the court, but as you were doing that you had to also be adjusting your body and your racquet so you could hit the ball when you got there. He also believed that sport usually required the use and mastery of some piece of equipment and that success or improvement in sport came with how good you could get with your equipment. He felt all sport requires a level of fitness appropriate to that activity. For some sports that could mean brute strength; for others it might mean flexibility, agility, endurance, speed, balance or hand/

eye coordination. Most sports require a combination of all these things. This is why he thought there had been such an explosion in cross training, even for the recreational athlete. To get better at any sport, or to enjoy it more, you practiced and improved parts of the sport to be better at the whole. So, you just dont go play a round of golf and expect to improve, but you spend more time hitting buckets of balls or working on the putting green. You practice your casting before you hit the stream, or shoot arrows at a target before your annual hunting trip. He felt naturals in any sport were few and far between, even with recreational or weekend athletes, and real sport requires practice at any level.

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e brought the conversation back to riding and candidly admitted that he thought riding was the most challenging sport he had ever tried. It starts with your primary piece of equipment being a horse, not a bat, ball, racquet or bike. (He apologized for calling a horse a piece of equipment, but I understood what he was trying to say). Your major piece of equipment in ridinga flight animal that is fast, strong and may or may not really want to be doing things with you that dayhas to be managed, trained AND conditioned. In addition, there is actual equipment (bridles, reins, saddles) ON the horse that requires skilled use. So, youre partnered with a living thing that isnt human. You have equipment that you have to master and use correctly or you might end up in the accident room. You need balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, instinctive movement, even cardiovascular fitness, and the more you practice each component and develop yourself, the better you perform. Maybe riding is sport in its most complete form. If it is, he wondered, shouldnt you choose your equipment wisely and then practice to develop all the necessary skills? It was getting late and I told him I could only give him my opinions on all thisbut that I imagined there would be many trainers who would agree with me. Yes, it would be great if more people selected their horses in the same way he was introduced to buying a bike. An honest appraisal of your skills, fitness, amount of riding, where the horse fits in your life, etc. would lead to much better decisions at the beginning, and more fun and safety down the road. Competitive riders think about this a bit more, but far too many recreational riders select their horses based on color, breed, price, what they rode as a kid, advice from a neighbor, status they might gain or from something they saw in a movie or ad. In other words, lots of factors that may have nothing to do with their real skills, their intended use or the history and previous training of the horse. Personally, Id love to see more people treat riding as a real sport, perhaps the most complex athletic activity there is. Dont approach it as a passive activity where the horse is supposed to know what to do and you just go along for the ride. Work on your own fitness and skills. Practice with your tools and equipment so that you use them with precision and feel. Put the fitness and development of your horse on the same level as your own. Think about it like this: If you dragged your golf clubs or tennis racquet out of the closet for the first time in a year, went to play and were just awfuland came home with aches and pains to bootyoud say, Im out of shape, I havent practiced, how could I have expected to play well with the little time I put in. You wouldnt blame your equipment. So dont be so quick to judge your horse for a bad ride, lack of performance or unwanted behavior. After all, in sport, results and performance come from the hands that hold and guide the equipment, or in this case, the horse. k Scott Thomson lives in Silver City and teaches natural horsemanship and foundation training. You can contact him at hsthomson@msn.com or (575) 388-1830.

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Hillsboro artist David Farrell carries on a long tradition of capturing color and light on canvas.

ainter David Farrells house in Hillsboro is the old Sierra Electric Co-op Power Plant made of fieldstone and rescued from oblivion by his partner, Barbara. Most of the outside and inside walls of the house are plastered with old tools, many found objects, Mexican figurines and retablos, a chair or two hung on the walls, and Farrells paintings (inside the house) from floor to ceiling. The couple obviously live and breathe art. Farrell, this months cover artist, has been selling his paintings since he painted peoples portraits in a strip mall in Venice, Fla., when he was 14. He continued to sell when he did portraits in Jackson Square in New Orleans, when he was going to art school, and throughout his life to now, when he is making a living mostly from the sale of his art. His paintings glow with warm and subtle colors that he labors with a passion to achieve. Farrell taught his love of color and light at his Black Range School of Art for about three years, until the economy slowed things down in 2010. Hes been teaching on an individual basis since. Hes been deeply influenced by the colorist stream of artistic thought. Despite his art education from two universities in the southern US, he says, When I really learned a lot was studying with the two masters. He states and restates his debt of gratitude to these teachers. he two artists hes talking about are Leslie Posey in Sarasota, Fla., and Henry Hensche in Provincetown, Mass. They werent famous artists but were dedicated teachers. They came from the old school where you had to master all three fieldsfirst drawing, then sculpture, and then painting, says Farrell. Besides teaching him the technical side of sculpture, Posey taught him about the rhythms that figurative forms possess in nature, Farrell says. I use Poseys understanding of sculptural form every time I paint the rhythms in nature with pigment and color. Farrell, who worked with Posey several years, says, I got close to him, and took care of him, with another student, till he died. (Posey, incidentally, was part of Pershings campaign against Pancho Villa following the raid on Columbus in 1916. He was wounded and transported to a US hospital.)

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Top: David Farrell near Hillsboro. Above: Red Pears and Arcana Eggs Farrell also spent seven summers during the 1980s learning from Henry Hensche in Provincetown. There he focused on painting. Provincetown has a unique white light, I guess because its stuck out there in the ocean. Hensche was fascinated by light and color. He taught his students to paint light by painting elemental objects like blocks and substituting putty knives for brushes, so students wouldnt be distracted by issues of form and outline. Hensche derived his method from his own teacher, Charles Hawthorne, who founded the Cape Cod School of Art, where Hensche later taught and was director. Hawthorne in turn learned from William Merritt Chase. Chase, Hassam, Sargent and other painters all went on pilgrimages to Giverny to see Monet, says Farrell. We all studied Monet. Monet really was the master. About his two mentors and teachers, he says, I feel as if I am part of the long lineage of these two masters.

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FARRELL continued brushstrokes, he finds out the complexities and subtleties of lights incarnation in objects. Or he may portray the bracing encounter of one color with another. He works in oils, and says he tries when he can afford it to get New Holland paint, the Ferrari of paints, as he puts it. His colors are tangible, earthy and plain. You can taste the chiles or pears he puts on his canvasses. Farrell manages to convey a kind of radiance through the opacity of his paint. He perpetually pays homage to his teachers, and occasionally his colors and even his brushstrokes mimic their works and have a retro flavor to them. Farrell rarely takes part in competitions. He explains its because Im more interested in my growth as an artist. His comments are often simple and non-technical: I want to get life into my paintings and I put my heart into them.

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hen he was about 19, Farrell learned to do construction to support his art. Later he managed cottages on a beach in Florida and did maintenance, and managed a farm in Costa Rica for a while. He still does plumbing and makes stone walls from time to time. Among the clutter in his shed there is a pine coffin that he is making for a woman friend in Hillsboro. For a long time he used to sell his art at galleries in Florida, Cape Cod, Chicago, San Francisco and Santa Fe. But recently hes found that his sales are coming more from private collectors. Sometimes they come to view his art in Hillsboro. Farrell acknowledges that its hard supporting himself as an artist. Ive learned to keep my expenses low, he says.

sked what his definition of being a colorist is, Farrell replies, Its about what we see; its all about the relationship of colors. We dont

see a color detached from all the colors around it. He quotes Monet as saying its about a sugar bowl having a conversation with a cup. What hes talking about is a different way of seeing. A painter should train his eyes just to see color and light, says Farrell, and not focus on form. When Im painting, Im actually not looking at the object Im painting, he says. He tells students, Keep your eye moving, actually scan past it. Scanning the whole situation, recording it scanning the situation, recording it. Thats what youre doing. Farrell adds, Sometimes a student would ask me, How do you know what the right color is? Im not even worrying about whether this is the right color. I would feel it in my solar plexus whether its right or not. I wouldnt mix colors before paintingId mix the colors on the canvas. Thought is what gets in the way.

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ainters working in natural light always find the colors of things changing. There is just a small window of painting time before it changes. Monet would have his kid come running out with canvases every 15 minutes. Farrell changes his canvases about every 40 minutes. Henry Hensche would call the range of colors in a scene the color key. He was always taking about big massesthen breaking these masses down into variations, says Farrell. So if you had a pot, there would be the light mass and then the shadow mass. If it was a cloudy day, though, youd do it all in one mass note. A simple example of what a note is would be Farrells pears in a still life. Painters use the same lingo as musicians, he says. Hensche often taught by having his students watch him. I could talk all day and you would Top: Saddle Along Dry Arroyo Above: Winter Morning Shadows learn more by watching me,

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Farrell quotes him saying. He really started out being abstract, through at least half of the painting time. Ironically, though Farrell struggles to avoid thinking about form, his forms and compositions pop from the canvas, because of his efforts to subordinate them.

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arrell spends a lot of his time traveling. He often goes for about a month and a half to camp and paint, sometimes to the Taos or Santa Fe areas. Hes also gone to Wyoming, Colorado and Washington State, to the Olympic Peninsula there. Camping and painting is a Above: Early Fall Morning in Percha Creek. Below left: Late Afterwonderful combination, he says. noon Light on Black Range Foothills. Youre living in your landscape. In early fall, he departed on an extended trip to his right-brain painting periods. throughout the country to teach one- and two-week Sometimes he paints near home. Barb knows classes in a sort of Black Range School of Art on the that when I start a series of paintings, things dont road program, as he calls it. get done. Things break and dont get fixed, he says He also likes to go to New York City. Hell take a with a laugh. It takes me two or three weeks to get month and paint the Old Masters at the Metropolitan the flow again, to sink back into that bubble. Museum of Art. After a lot of painting I have a hard time comFarrell alternates his periods of creativity with his municating with people. I see their lips moving but more mundane activities like plumbing. He makes I dont hear them, he says. Its a different way of his own frames during the time he allows for left- living. k brain activities, to balance out the time he gives over David Farrell is one of six artists in a show, Common Ground, continuing at the Historic Percha Bank Museum and Gallery in Kingston through Nov. 22. Historic Percha Bank is located a quarter-mile mile up Main Street, on the left, across from the re station. Marjorie Lilly writes the Borderlines column.

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his months big arts event is the Silver City Fiber Arts Festival, held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Grant County Business and Conference Center at 3031 Hwy. 180 E. The festival will feature juried vendors of handmade fiber art and fiber art making supplies, a variety of special exhibits showcasing many different fiber art items, classes and make-it and take-it workshops, lectures and more. The festival is free; donations are encouraged at the door, to help the Southwest Womens Fiber Arts Collectives nonprofit fundraising efforts. Above: Scene from a past Silver Fifteen special exhibits will be City Fiber Arts Festival. Right: Quilt on display at the festival, includby Jean Biddick, featured in the ing Red and Green 19th Century Artist Lecture Series on Nov. 14. Quilts, The Wonders of Spinning and Weaving, Bountiful Baskets, Sensational Silk Painting, and 11 other exhibits. All plore examples of the exhibits are listed on the website www.fiber- of her quilts as well as the artscollective.org. This is a unique opportunity for area residents quilts of others to see excellent samples of a large range of fiber who have used art, says Lynn Welsch, festival chairperson. If you architecture as are curious about a specific fiber art, the Fiber Arts the basis for Festival is the place to be. If it isnt in an exhibit, one their quilt designs. Several of the actual quilts will of the juried vendors will be sure to have what you also be shown. An award-winning quiltmaker, author and teachare looking for. The sponsoring Southwest Womens Fiber Arts er, Biddick specializes in creating machine-pieced Collective provides opportunities for rural women to works. She has received numerous accolades for earn income, classes in various fiber arts, and educa- her machine-pieced and mosaic tile quilts, including tion about the many different fiber arts. Year-round, from the American Quilters Society and the Internathe nonprofit group operates The Common Thread, a tional Quilt Festival in Houston. She is the author of fiber art gallery of handmade fiber items by members Blended Quilt Backgrounds and Masterful Machine at 107 W. Broadway. 538-5773, scfiberartsfestival@ Pieced Quilts, both published by AQS. The lecture is free and open to the public. 538-2505, www.mimbregmail.com. The evening before the festival, fiber fans will sarts.org. want to attend the third lecture of the 2013-2014 Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the Mimbres t the start of the month, on Nov. 2, its the GuaRegion Arts Council the Western Institute for Lifetemalan Market Holiday Sale, 9:30 a.m. to long Learning (WILL) and WNMU. Jean Biddick will 3:30 p.m. at the Mimbres Region Arts Council speak on Architectural Influences in Quiltmaking Gallery. The sale will feature an extensive selection on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at WNMU Parotti Hall. of handmade weavings created by Guatemalan artiBiddick and other quiltmakers have used floors, sans and offered for sale by Curt and Sonia Porter. gates, windows, staircases and entire buildings as Items for sale will include woven scarves and shawls, inspiration for their work. Her presentation will ex- coats and vests, jewelry and more. Admission is free.

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bration for the new artistic offshoot will be held Nov. 15, 4-7 p.m. Seedboat Gallery continues Anti-Gravity, a show of works by Paula Wittner. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136. On Nov. 23 and 24, Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern in Lake Roberts will host a Wilderness Artisan Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. In addition to arts and gifts, there will be live entertainment including Bob Einweck at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Glee Maiden at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, info@littletoadcreek.com. Yada Yada Yarn and Art & Conversation will hold a Black Friday Sale of yarn and artworks, all day on Nov. 29. 614 N. Bullard, 388-0888. JW Art Gallery in Hurley will host a Grant County Art Guild Members Exhibition, Southwest Birds, from Dec. 7-Jan. 3, featuring more than 50 original pieces. The show opens Dec. 7 with a reception 1-5 p.m. 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, jwartgallery.com. The 33rd annual Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch Studio Sale will be Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with works by 25 artists. www.studiosalemimbres.com.

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Corner of 7th & Texas Streets Silver City, NM 88061 575/538-2015 Bazaar from 9-1, next door garage sale 8-1 Brunch served; Bake sale; Clothing boutique; Crafts, Nancy Wyatt Pottery and so much more,

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Unsettled Gallery hosts Jeri Desrochers solo show and fundraiser for Casa de Peregrinos Food Program, opening on Nov. 9. 1201 N. Pope St., 538-2505, www.mimbresarts.org. That same Saturday is the annual Day of the Dead Downtown Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Yankie and Texas Streets. You can enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, and childrens activities. 534-9323. At Leyba & Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard, a special ofrenda will be dedicated to iconic local artist Harry Benjamin, 4-6:30 p.m. 388-5725. Copper Quail Gallery will feature From the Woods, a show of natural furnishings and accents by Michael Boyle, Nov. 1-30, with an artists reception Nov. 9, 1-5 p.m. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646. Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge will open Ursa Minor, the little blue box of eccentricities, downtown at 303 N. Texas St. An opening cele-

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he Branigan Cultural Center presents Descansos: Love, Grief and Faith, an exhibit of photographs by Storm Sermay that opens on Friday, Nov. 1, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and concludes on Saturday, Nov. 23. The exhibit of blackand-white images focuses on the roadside shrines for lost loved ones. In conjunction with the exhibition, the center is hosting a series of three collage workshops on successive Saturdays, Nov. 9, 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. The programs are free and open to the public. Register in person at the Branigan Cultural Center, or by calling 541-2154; registration deadlines are the Thursday before each workshop. Also opening Nov. 1 at the Branigan Cultural Center is Art Across New Mexico, which presents New Mexicos vibrant artistic heritage beginning 14,000 years ago and ending with contemporary images. This panel exhibition of high-definition photographic ARTS EXPOSURE continued on next page

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he Unsettled Gallery hosts Jeri Desrochers solo show and fundraiser for Casa de Peregrinos Food Program, opening on Nov. 9 from 4-6 p.m. The Las Cruces artists new work depicts the abundance and fragility of the Mesilla Valley. The exhibit closes on Saturday, Nov. 30, with a special event where additional giftable art by Desrochers will be unveiled for holiday shopping. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285.

Kurt Van Wagners work will be part of the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallerys celebration of fall. bett Center Art Gallery. A reception will be held Nov. 9 from 4-6 p.m. Mesquite Art Gallery will be showing the recycled and found art of Wanda Fuselier all month, with a reception Nov. 9, 4-6 p.m. 340 N Mesquite St., 640-3502. The Mountain Gallery, home of the Las Cruces Arts Association, will feature works by Monique Harrison. 138 W. Mountain Ave. The Potters Guild of Las Cruces 31st Annual Holiday Sale will be Friday, Nov. 22, 1-6 p.m., and saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Las Cruces Association of Realtors building, 150 E. Idaho. The annual Fall Studio Tour along the Picacho Corridor will be Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 635-7899, fallstudiotour@gmail.com.

The Branigan Cultural Center presents Descansos: Love, Grief and Faith, an exhibit of photographs by Storm Sermay. Creative Harmony Gallery and Gifts features an evening with artist Peter Goodman, Nov. 1, 5-8 p.m. 220 N. Campo St., 312-3040. Featured artists this month at Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery are Bert Gammill and Naida Zucker. A reception for them and other members on the theme of autumn in Old Mesilla will be held on Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe, 522-2933. The 2013 Pro-Artists Series at the Adobe Patio Gallery will feature a solo exhibition, Continuum: Drawings, Paintings and Prints by Louis Ocepek. It opens with a reception Nov, 9, 6-8 p.m., and continues through Nov. 30. 765 Avenida de Mercado, 532-9310. The City of Artists Promotional Association, in cooperation with the 20th Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, is holding an art exhibit showcasing Mariachi-inspired pieces from regional artists. The show runs Nov. 8-26 at the NMSU Cor-

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he Deming Arts Center hosts a Christmas Market offering handcrafted gifts, opening Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 22. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The next exhibit at the center, opening with a reception Jan. 5, 1-3 p.m., features Las Cruces painter Irma Lee. 100 S. Gold, 546-3663, demingarts@hotmail.com.

Hidalgo County

n Rodeo, the Chiricahua Gallery Holiday Show opens Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring original work by local and regional artists and artisans with an emphasis on southwestern and nature themes. The show runs through Jan. 6. Pine Street and Hwy. 80, 557-2225, www.chiricahuagallery.org.

he transition from warm weather into winter prompts both animals and humans to migrate. This theme of Migration is explored in a new show at the Historic Percha Bank Museum and Gallery in Kingston. An opening reception will be held from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23. (From Interstate 25 take exit 63 onto Highway 152 to mile marker 40miles are in descending order and bear right onto Kingston Main Street. Historic Percha Bank is located .25 mile up Main Street, on the left, across from the fire station.) Its almost time for Christmas in the Foothills, the annual holiday arts and crafts festival in Hills boro. This years event on Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., features arts and crafts in the Hillsboro Community Center, open studios, music, Clydesdale wagon rides and events at the Black Range Museum and at the Percha Creek Museum and Gallery in nearby Kingston. k Adobe Patio Gallerys 2013 ProArtists Series will feature a speAll phone numbers are area cial solo exhibition, Continuum: code 575 except as noted. Send Drawings, Paintings and Prints gallery news to: events@desertby Louis Ocepek, a selection of exposure.com. works on paper from the past to the present.

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ANN SIMONsEN STUDIO-GaLLERY, 104 W. Yankie St., 654-5727. ART +CONVERsaTION, 614 N. Bullard, 388-3350. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays 12 a.m.-6 p.m. Gallery and gathering space. www.artandconversation.com. ARTEsaNOs, 211-B N. Texas St., 519-0804. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-6 p.m. [a]SP.AE, 110 W. 7th St., 5383333, aspace.studiogallery@gmail.com. AZURITE GaLLERY, 110 W. Broadway, 538-9048, Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.azuritegallery.com. BLUE DOME GaLLERY, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road (Bear Mountain Lodge, 2251 Cottage San Road), 534-8671. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. www.bluedomegallery.com. CLaYFUL HaNDs, 622 N. California, 534-0180. By appointment. Phoebe Lawrence. CLaYMOON STUDIO, 13 Jade Dr., 313-6959. Marcia Smith. By appointment. COMMON ThREaD, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733. Mon., Thurs, Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Retail and gallery space for ber arts. www.berartscollective.org. COppER QUaIL GaLLERY, 211-A Texas St., corner of Yankie and Texas, 3882646. Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fine arts and crafts. COW TRaIL ART STUDIO, 119 Cow Trail in Arenas Valley. Mon. 12-3 p.m. or by appointment, (706) 533-1897, www.victoriachick.com. CREaTIONs &ADORNMENTs, 108 N. Bullard, 534-4269. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Work by Diane Reid. DRagONFLY STUDIO, 508 W 6th St., 388-8646. By appointment. FRaNcIs McCRaY GaLLERY, 1000 College Ave., WNMU, 538-6517. GaLLERY 400, Gila House, 400 N. Arizona, 313-7015. Tues.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. www.gilahouse.com. GUaDaLUpEs, 505 N. Bullard, 5352624. Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. HOWELL DEsIgN &GaLLERY, 200 W. Market St., 388.2993. www.anthonyhowell.com. JEFF KUhNs POTTERY, 3029 Pinos Altos Road, 534-9389. By appointment. LEYba & INgaLLs ARTs, 315 N. Bullard St., 388-5725. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Contemporary art ranging from realism to abstraction in a variety of media featuring artists Crystal Foreman Brown, Romaine Begay, Christana Brown, Susan Brinkley, Gordee Headlee, Diana Ingalls Leyba, Dayna Griego, Constance Knuppel, Mary Alice Murphy, Phillip Parotti, Betsey Resnick, Teri Matelson, Joe Theiman, Zoe Wolfe, Melanie Zipin. www.LeybaIngallsARTS.com, LeybaIngallsART@zianet.com. LOIs DELONg STUDIO, 2309 Paul Place, 388-4759. By appointment. LOIs DUFFY ART STUDIO, 211C N. Texas, 534-0822. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Original paintings, cards and prints. www.loisduffy.com, loisduffy@signalpeak.net. LLOYD STUDIOs, 306 W. Broadway, (303) 378-0926. Weds-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. lloydstudios.com. MaRYs FINE ART, 414 E. 21st St., 956-7315. Mary A. Gravelle. MIMbREs REgION ARTs COUNcIL GaLLERY, Wells Fargo Bank Bldg., 1201 N. Pope St. www.mimbresarts.org. MOLLY RaMOLLa GaLLERY &FRaMINg, 307 N. Texas, 538-5538. www. ramollaart.com. OFF BEaD GaLLERY, 701 N. Bullard, 388-8973. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. OL WEsT GaLLERY & MERcaNTILE, 104 W. Broadway, 388-1811/3132595. Daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. SEEDbOaT CENTER FOR ThE ARTs, 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136. Mon., Thurs.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues.-Weds. by appointment. info@seedboatgallery.com. SILVER SpIRIT GaLLERY, 215 W. Broadway, 388-2079. STONEWaLkER STUDIO, 105 Country Road, 534-0530. By appointment. Barbara Jorgen Nance. STUDIO BEhIND ThE MOUNTaIN, 23 Wagon Wheel Lane, 388-3277. By appointment. www.jimpalmerbronze.com. ThE STUDIOSpacE, 109 N. Bullard St., 534-9291. www.jessgorell.com. STUDIO UpsTaIRs, 109 N. Bullard St., 574-2493. By appointment. SUsaN SZajER STUDIO, Sanctuary Road, 313-7197 By appointment.

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TaTIaNa MaRIa GaLLERY, 305 & 307 N. Bullard St., 388-4426. VIbRaTIONs GaLLERY, 108 W. Yankie St., 654-4384, starxr@usa.net. WILD WEsT WEaVINg, 211-D N. Texas, 313-1032, www.hosanaeilert. com. Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. WIND CaNYON STUDIO, 11 Quail Run off Hwy. 180 mile marker 107, 574-2308, (619) 933-8034. Louise Sackett. Mon., Weds. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. WYNNEgaTE GaLLERY & STUDIO, 110 W. Yankie St., (214) 957-3688. Mon., Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Wed. by appointment. YaNkIE ST. ARTIsT STUDIOs, 103 W. Yankie St., 313-1032. By appointment. ZOEs GaLLERY, 305 N. Cooper St., 654-4910. ChaMOMILE CONNEcTION, 3918 Highway 35N, 536-9845. Lynnae McConaha. By appointment. COTTagE STaINED GLass & MORE, Cedar Lane off Hwy. 35, 536-3234. Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2-5 p.m. KaTE BROWN POTTERY aND TILE, HC 15 Box 1335, San Lorenzo, 536-9935, katebrown@gilanet.com, www.katebrownpottery.com. By appointment. NaRRIE TOOLE, Estudio de La Montura, 313-2565, www.narrietoole.com. Contemporary western oils, gicles and art prints. By appointment. REEsE-BENTON ARTs, 3811 Hwy. 35, 536-9487. By appointment. KaThRYN ALLEN CLaY STUDIO, 601 Erie St., 537-3332. By appointment. T. ALI STUDIO, 421 E. Elm St., 5373470. By appointment. FIERRO CaNYON GaLLERY, 4 Hermosa St., 537-3262, www.errocanyongallery.com. Thurs.-Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. La GaRITa, 13 Humboldt, 537-6624. By appointment. JWART GaLLERY, Old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300. Weds.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., www.jwartgallery.com.

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GRIggs &REYMOND, 504 W. Griggs Ave., 524-8450, Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. JUsTUs WRIghT GaLERIa, 266 W. Court Ave., 526-6101, jud@delvalleprintinglc.com. Las CRUcEs MUsEUM OF ART, 491 N. Main St., 541-2137. Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.4:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. LUNDEEN INN OF ThE ARTs, 618 S. Alameda Blvd., 526-3326. Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. MaIN STREET GaLLERY, 311 N. Downtown Mall, 647-0508. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. MEsqUITE ART GaLLERY, 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502. Thur.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 2-5 p.m. MOUNTaIN GaLLERY aND STUDIOs, 138 W. Mountain St. Thurs.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. M. PhILLIps FINE ART GaLLERY, 221 N. Main St., 525-1367. MVS STUDIOs, 535 N. Main, Stull Bldg., 635-5015, www.mvsstudios.com. NEW MEXIcO ART, 121 Wyatt Dr., Suite 1, 525-8292/649-4876. Weds. 1-6 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NMSUART GaLLERY, Williams Hall, University Ave. east of Solano, 6462545. Tues.-Sun. NOpaLITOs GaLERIa, 326 S. Mesquite. Fri.-Sun., 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. QUILLIN STUDIO aND GaLLERY, behind Downtown COAS Books, 312-1064. Mon.-Thurs., Sat. TIERRa MONTaNa GaLLERY, 535 N. Main St., 635-2891. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. TOMbaUgh GaLLERY, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281. Weds.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or by appointment. UNsETTLED GaLLERY & STUDIO, 905 N. Mesquite, 635-2285. VIRgINIa MaRIa ROMERO STUDIO, 4636 Maxim Court, 644-0214. By appointment. agzromero@zianet.com , www.virginiamariaromero.com. ART SpacE GaLLERY, 601 S. Silver, 546-0673. Mon., Fri. 12-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., donni@chris-donni.com. DEMINg ARTs CENTER, 100 S. Gold St., 546-3663. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. GOLD STREET GaLLERY, 112-116 S. Gold St., 546-8200. REaDERs COVE UsED BOOks & GaLLERY, 200 S. Copper, 544-2512. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photography by Daniel Gauss. STUDIO LEMaRbE, 4025 Chaparral SE, 544-7708. ChIRIcahUa GaLLERY, 5 Pine St., 557-2225. BaRbaRa MassENgILL GaLLERY, 894-9511/895-3377, Fri.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MONTE CRIsTO, Wall St., 743-0190. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. k SUbMIT gaLLERY INFORMaTION TO Desert Exposure, POBox 191, Silver City, NM 88062, fax 534-4134, email editor@desertexposure.com.

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Silver Citys new Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability harvests a communitys hopes and ideas.
boxes of macaroni over 10 apples or a fast-food hamburger over a fresh salad. Food insecurity is not always knowing when or where your next meal will be. Unsurprisingly, food insecurity is also linked to high rates of ill health, including obesity and diabetes. Importantly, the goal of The Volunteer Center is not simply to provide more food to its clients but to give them more access to healthy and nutritious food. Food has just become something we consume, says Alicia Edwards, executive director of TVC, like putting gas in a car. But as we look at hunger in Grant County, we also have to ask questions about peoples relationship to food. Where do we get our food? Whats in it? Do we have the time and knowledge to prepare nutritious food? To grow it? Is the food we eat making us feel better and healthier? The goalthe dreamof The Volunteer Center is to help people forge new relationships to food, to support a local economy with meaningful work centered around food, and to empower people to find their own creative solutions to hunger and poverty.

Uncommon Dreams

Youth Conservation Corps members help erect the horno at the new center.

Silver Citys new Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.Eleanor Roosevelt

dream begins as what? A thought or idea synapses snapping, neurons firing in the brain. An emotiona sorrow, a conviction, a growing excitement. An image! A woman weeding a garden. A basket of vegetables: purple eggplant, red tomatoes, white onion. Perhaps the dream includes the smell of a home-cooked meal. Tamales. Lasagna. Or fresh herbs. Lavender. Rosemary. Perhaps there is the sound of rain. Or pots clattering in a kitchen. The dream of Silver Citys new Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability began, prosaically, in the mission statement of the nonprofit The Volunteer Center (TVC), which reads: To mobilize the volunteer human resources in Grant County to meet the needs of The Volunteer Center will hold the community. The work of TVC its 5th Annual Hunger for focuses on issues of hunger and Knowledge fundraising dinner poverty and includes the Grant on Nov. 6. Sponsored by TVC County Community Food Pantry, and WNMU students in Emma which distributes roughly 4,000 Baileys Social Inequality and pounds of food a month; mobile Sociology of Food courses, food pantries that serve over 200 the dinner will be held at the families in surrounding areas like new Commons Center for Gila and Hurley; eight community Food Security and Sustainand school gardens; the promotion ability, 501 E. 13th in Silver of locally grown food; the AlimenCity, 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to para el Nino weekend backpack with all proceeds going to program, which gives out nutriThe Volunteer Center of Grant tious snacks to over 350 hungry County. Call the WNMU kids in the Cobre and Silver school Social Science Department , districts; and a variety of services (575) 538-6634, for reservafor seniors such as building wheeltions. chair ramps, facilitating other federal programs, and delivering prepared frozen meals. According to the USDA, an estimated 14.5% of American households were food insecure some time during 2012. In New Mexico, one in six seniors go hungry at some time in the year, as do and one in four children. Food insecurity is eating dry cereal two days in a row and waiting anxiously for the free school breakfast on Monday morning. Food insecurity is dreading the questions your daughter will ask about dinner Lining up for tonight. Food insecurity is a sense of shame at the the food pantry sight of empty kitchen cupboards. Food insecurity is distribution. choosing the most caloric bang for your buck: 10

his summer, on three-quarters of an acre at the corner of 13th and Corbin Streets, the dream of the Commons Center for Food Security and Sustainability opened its doors for business, a dream as concrete as its floors and radiant-heating system. On the first Saturday of every month, the Food Pantry distributes here from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as from 4-6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. Clients come in, register, and take their cart around a circuit of tables. They choose from cans of fruits, vegetables, soups and stews, and meat like tuna. Shop locally is the pantrys motto and many of these products come from sales at the nearby Food Basket, Albertsons and Walmart. A popular his kind of dreaming requires patience. Five item remains the one-pound bags of frozen grass-fed years ago, The Volunteer Center was given hamburger meat donated by a local rancher. Whenever possiblethroughout this past summer funds to create a physical space for its programs, including the Grant County Food Pantry, of- and into fallthere are tables of produce: squash, fices for staff, a commercial kitchen, and enough land carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, apples, for gardens. The location had to be just rightgood peaches and nectarines. Much of this is grown locally soil, parking spaces on the street, a centrally located by gardeners in the Grow a Row to Share program, neighborhood, and an affordable price. An architect as well as businesses like Silver Health Care, Frisco was chosen, and days and nights spent by the execu- Farms and Poco Loco Produce. Another table has tive director, staff and board of The Volunteer Cen- staplesorganic rice, oats and beansfrom the Silter looking at plans and drawings. What statement ver City Food Coop. Foods like peanut butter and should this new building make to the public? How to pasta are bought inexpensively and delivered to the pantry by the Roadrunner Food Bank in Las Cruces. fit in classrooms? How to heat and cool this space? Finally, in 2012, construction started: the noise of (The general public can also donate appropriate food hammers and machinery, cranes lifting hundreds of items to the pantry, although cash contributions are pounds into the air. To reduce costs, volunteers did especially welcomed; every dollar you give to The Volunteer Center can purchase much of the clean-up and aleight dollars worth of food.) most all the finish work. RangThe Grant County Food ing in age from seniors to the Pantry does not ask for docuWellness Coalitions Youth mentation; anyone who feels Conservation Corps crew, food insecure is welcome they painted and caulked. here. In addition, with proof They cleaned windows. They of residence and a picture put in baseboards. They laid ID, clients can qualify for the down brick for a patio. They government commodities sculpted mud into a horno or program and get a second outside adobe oven. box of supplies. How much This was hardly a simple food you might get that Satbuilding project. This was The rst pizza from the horno oven. urday or Wednesday depends a vision kept most fiercely alive by executive director Alicia Edwards, as well as on how many people in your household and how by every staff and board member, volunteer and re- much food is available to give away. The amount really varies each week, Alan Mong, cipient who had ever come to The Volunteer Center for help and sustenance, a vision sustained by hun- manager of the pantry, says. That depends on what dredsthousandsof people here in Grant County. we get from Roadrunner Food Bank, what we can afThis was a dream of sustainability. The Commons ford to buy, and what the government sends. Definitely Center is energy-efficient, sited to get optimum sun- we are serving more people now that we have moved light through its large double-paned windows and ga- to this neighborhood. Its just a better location. rage doors, with high-R-value insulation, radiant heat in the floor, and a steeply angled butterfly roof defter the food pantry closes, and once volunsigned to catch rainwater. Eventually the surroundteers have put away the food, tables, chairs and ing compound of gardens, orchards and greenhouses carts, most of the Commons is transformed will use and demonstrate integrated and organic back into a large airy spaceready to be turned into systems of permaculture. Vegetables can be picked a lecture hall or rented out for a wedding reception. fresh and distributed at the food pantry, with herbs Along the north wall, the newly installed stove plucked and used in the cooking classes, while com- rangeseemingly as big as a Smart Caris part of post from the Centers commercial kitchen goes back the legal commercial kitchen that can be used in outside to feed the soil. cooking demonstrations and for social enterprises This was a dream of community, a place where like making and selling burritos, Christmas tamales, people can meet to talk about issues of food and or scented soap and candles. Such projects will crehealth, where the single parent who has started ate revenue to help make The Volunteer Center more growing his own tomatoes will also learn to can for financially sustainable. the winter. In a flash of inspiration, a young woman Outside, the ground is plotted into squares of might find herself rediscovering her great-grand- crops like hairy vetch and rye grass, buckwheat and mothers famous salsa recipe, taking classes in mar- cowpeas to enrich the soil, with plans for a producketing, renting out the commercial kitchen, and sell- tion garden this coming spring. Becca Anderson, diing her new product regionally. Grandparents taking rector of programs, says The Volunteer Center will care of grandchildren can find support here in neigh- be engaging groups of volunteers for that work, as borhood barbeques. A teenager might use this space well as hiring a farmer/gardener. She points to the for a poetry slam; another group comes for their fruit trees started this fallpears and plumsand monthly book club. the memorial garden of herbs and flowers for Jane-

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ane Moorrisey, an early and influential TVC board member. Anderson attests that the outdoor horno has already proven itself at baking bread and pizza for neighborhood parties. And she envisions all this space as a teaching area where people can hold workshops on everything ecological, from raising chickens to using solar ovens. In particular, she sees children hereneighborhood kids visiting on weekends, after-school programs bringing their students to learn about gardening, teenage volunteers from The Wellness Center and Aldo Leopold School. Im so excited, Anderson says, at the partnerships we will Readying food-pantry items for distribution. start seeing, the different levels of engagement. Its all about healthy food and healthy employment remains over 7%, a number that doesnt inoptions. The vision of the Commons is taking shape clude those who have stopped looking for work or who every day, right before our eyes. work at minimum wage without benefits. Strikingly, the median household income here is $36,925, well below When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. the national average of $52,100. Compared to the rest of When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me New Mexico, our health scores put us among the bota communist.Dom Harder Camara tom 4 of 20 counties: 20.2% of us are obese, 26.5% of our friends and neighbors have high blood pressure, and he memorial garden, with its flowers and 9% in our community suffer from diabetes, according herbs, also has a bench for contemplation. to the state Department of Health and Human Services. A dream begins as what? Certainly, it begins as And that bench has a plaque inscribed with the above quote. A Brazilian Catholic, Archbishop Cama- food. An apple, a piece of cheese, corn on the cob. ra was a hero of liberation theology in the 20th cen- Every day, the food we eat is broken down in our tury, a spiritual leader who once suggested the Pope body and transformed into energy and thoughta give away the Vatican and all its art to help the poor. daily miracle. We eat breakfast and turn it into hugThe words on the memorial bench are a reminder ging a child or driving a car or writing a poem. Or building a community food centera comto those resting here that the work of The Volunteer Center is both complex and ongoingthat dreams mons for us all. k often lead to more dreams. I think food is a good starting point for all kinds Sharman Apt Russell is a former board member of conversations, Alicia Edwards says. What is the impact and challenge of a community based in low- of The Volunteer Center and the author of Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005). She wage work? How do we get out of the cycle of dam- teaches writing at WNMU and Antioch University aging ourselves with unhealthy food? What is our viin Los Angeles. sion for change and economic development? Its a pertinent question in Grant County, where un-

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Out and About Mary Syrett


Tempted to try y-shing? A river runs through the Southwest, too.
The Compleat Angler, published in 1653. Europeans brought Waltons fly-fishing ideas with them to America. New World fishing-rod builders catered to the gentry by creating custom-built rods and charging considerable sums for them. The expensive equipment helped enhance the image of fly-fishing as being for aristocrats or those a cut above, at least financially. The term fly-fishing refers specifically to angling with disguised hooks wrapped around fur, feathers, silk or hair in different shapes and sizes designed to imitate insects, minnows, worms, fish roe, small crabs, grasshoppers, frogs, mice or beetles. Just about anything that fish eat can be imitated by an artificial fly. Over 20,000 fly patterns exist, each tied differently and having a distinctive (often fanciful) name. A lightweight floating bait may look more like real food to a fish than does a plastic lure. Think about it: What looks and sounds more like a grasshopper hitting the water? A quarter-ounce crankbait smacking the water with a startling kerplunk, or a nearly weightless cork-bodied bug that lands softly as though it fell from a tree, leaving at most a tiny ripple? After using spinning gear for years, my first season using a fly rod convinced me that fish cant resist the temptation to strike feather-light, naturalappearing bugs. It is amazing how many different kinds of fish a person can catch using an artificial fly. Freshwater varieties include trout, bass, muskellunge, walleye, Northern pike, grayling and even carp. Fly angling for bluegills and crappies ranks high on many peoples fun-to-do list as well.

The Arc of the Line

Hatchery Gila trout caught in the West Fork of the Gila River. (Photo by R.C. Helbock/New Mexico Game and Fish)

Fly-shing in New Mexico. (Photos by Lisa D. Fryxell)

or a long time, fly-fishing intimidated methe grace, beauty and the seeming expertise it must take to master the sport. Purists flock to flyfishing. Its angling the most natural way possible no worms, minnows, bobbers or spinning lures. The object is to mimic flies gliding by and hatching on or just below the surface of the water, tricking fish into gulping down your offering. When I tried fly-fishing for the first time, I discovered that my misgivings were overblown. After an hour or so on a New Mexico river with a guide, I was fly-fishing. Not expertly, to be sure, but I quickly learned that one doesnt have to be an expert to catch fish big enough to fit nicely in a skillet. Many an angler, reveling in the beauty of the great outdoors, has whispered something akin to Izaak Waltons classic comment, I have laid aside business and gone a-fishing. Fly-fishing does have a certain cachet attached to it. From the Norman Mac Lean book-turned-film A River Runs Through It, to the Howell Raines memoir Fly-Fishing through the Midlife Crisis, to the provocatively titled Sex, Death and Fly-Fishing by John Gierach, fly-fishing is awash in metaphors. Fly-fishing is not just about wading through water and trying to fool a fish into believing your artificial fly is a tasty bug. The activity requires sensitivity to weather and water conditions, as well as an understanding of whats hatching and what fish are eating on a particular day. There are also the intricacies of fly-casting and fish habitat. The long-held practice of catching, then releasing, fish is considered good sportsmanship and is certainly, when practiced correctly, fish-friendly. ly-fishing is an ancient activity. The technique was probably invented when primeval man first caught a fish by tying feathers to a sharpened birds beak and then tossing the lure into the water, fastened to the end of a stout vine. By the time Juliana Berners wrote The Treatyse of Fishynge with an Angle, published around 1496, artificial lures were already being hand-tied in fine detail. Izaak Walton (1593-1683), a London iron merchant, further refined and romanticized the fishing technique (and country life) through his writings in

San Francisco River System and the Blue River, as well as the Sacramento and Zuni Mountains. Upper reaches and headwater tributaries of both the Gila River and the San Francisco River offer excellent trout fishing. The unique position of New Mexicos Black Rangestraddling the Continental Dividemakes it the only place in the state where a person can fish for two of New Mexicos native trout species: the Gila trout and the Rio Grande cutthroat. Situated 30 miles northwest of Silver City, Bill Evans Lake is 300 feet above the river that fills it. Water from the Gila River is pumped up to a high mesa where the water is impounded. Bill Evans Lake regularly fills creels with crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass. Trout here are most active from October through May. To find out more about fishing on Bill Evans Lake, call the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at (575) 522-9796. Other lakes in southwestern New Mexico can also be excellent places to haul in big trout. Those bodies of water include the Jicarilla Apache Lakes (including Stone, Enborn, La Jara, Horse and Mundo), as well as MacAllister, Ramah and he first thing to Quernado Lakes. Ramah learn about flyLake, located near El fishing is how to Morro National Monucast. Its just like spin ment, features bass and casting, only the optrout. Elephant Butte posite. That is to say, if Reservoir, situated a youve ever used a spinfew miles north of Truth ning or bait-casting rod, or Consequences, has you know that you cast recently been stocked a lure out and the weight with a million striped of the lure pulls the line bass. behind it. In fly-fishing, The Rio Peasco loby contrast, what youre cated near Cloudcroft casting is the consideris spring fed; its waters ably lighter weight of teem with brown trout the fly line, at the end of and rainbows. Many of which is an artificial fly. the browns and rainTo succeed at fly bows average 10-16 fishing, an angler must inches with good odds understand the enviof some trout reaching ronment of a lake or A novice angler gets a y-shing lesson on a New 20 inches in length. Trestream, know which Mexico stream. mendously huge aquatic insects are providing food for fish at a particular time, and then sneak up, insect populations allow trout to grow year-round. Fly anglers fishing the Rio Peasco should use quietly, on the prey. To find out what tiny creatures fish are consuming on a given day, take a foot of the abundant watercress found here as cover, casthousehold screen and nail both ends to pieces of a ing flies to sometimes skittish trout. Moss grows sawed-off broom handle so that the screen rolls up throughout the area. Big trout often seek shelter easily and can be stored in your fishing vest. Unfold within it, as well as in the bottom depths of deepthe screen perpendicular to the current and turn water pools. One of the special things about fishing here is the over some rocks. Then look to see what bugs get caught on the screen. Thats more than likely what year-round season for many waters. Add in the broad fish are eating today. Next, look in your tackle box variety of speciesfrom panfish to bass, catfish, for something that resembles whats on the screen Northern pike and walleyes, as well as, of course, troutand you have one of the best places in Amerand fish with that. Remember, fish are lazy creatures at heart. All ica to fish. they really want in life is a vantage point from which to watchand occasionally samplethe never-endhen executed properly, fly-casting is aring cafeteria line of food sweeping by them in the tistic. Its also an easy way to catch fish. current. Often this means a place where fast water Some people would have you believe that meets slow, where shallow water meets deep, where fly-fishing requires the muscle control of a trapeze shaded water meets sunny, where a log, weed bed or artist, the patience of Job, and the pocketbook of rock sticks out of the water. someone with the last name of, say, Gates or Buffett. But fly-casting enthusiasts have a term for this rout-filled streams and lakes in southwest New kind of belief. They call it ridiculous. Sure, you can Mexico are found in the Gila National Forest, spend huge sums of money on fishing gear. Yes, you the Pinos Altos Range, the Black Range, the more than likely will have your fly line fall like a

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To learn more about Gila Trout shing, see www. wildlife.state.nm.us/recreation/shing/documents/GilaTroutFishingMaps.htm. Hatchery Gila trout are stocked into Willow and Gilita Creeks (two Gila trout bag limit, no limit on brown trout), the Gila Forks Winter Trout Area (bag limit ve trout any species) and Sapillo Creek (ve trout any species). Effective ies for trout shing in southwest New Mexico include damselies, snails and scuds. If you prefer bait-shing, many people in the area sh for trout using homemade dough bait, as well as Z Rays, Pistol Petes, Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs. tangled birds nest at your feet a few times before you catch on to the rhythm of casting. And forever keep in mind what Izaak Walton sagely observed: Angling may be said to be like Mathematics, in that it can neer be fully learnt. Fish have the good sense to live in some of natures most gorgeous settings, places you might never visit if you werent trying to catch them. In addition, theres a simultaneously calming and stimulating aspect to the endeavor. This angle of repose is difficult to express in words. But when it all comes togeth-

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Fishing on the Gila River. (Photo by Mike Barragree) erthe rhythm of your casting, the energy of moving water, the way your mind is focused yet relaxed as fly line with a tiny lure at the end becomes an extension of your willit is magical. A fishing guide once observed, When you are fly-fishing, you are living in the momentand that doesnt happen often enough in peoples lives. When people fly-fish, they seem to forget their cares and worries, and people need to do that more often. Some days, the big ones like the look of the bait you present; other days they dont. But, regardless of whether you manage to get a fighter on the line, the scenery is guaranteed to send you home with a smile on your face. And whether you eat your catch or throw it back, the activity is definitely heart stopping. k Mary Syrett is a freelance writer and avid angler. Fishing-related articles written by her have appeared in several publications.

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scrubbed table in the kitchen. Lulu encourages each woman to share her own story with me, what has brought her to volunteer at Casa de Soles. Their eight stories differ in details, but all the women have suffered deeply from violence, worry, depression. All are mothers. Nearly all mention God. Some were abandoned by men they loved and would not leave their houses anymore, or else they saw their children did not know how to treat others because they only watched television day and night, if they had televisions. They suffered violence from their fathers or other men they loved. At least one is an alcoholic, but someone entrusted her with a task that would make a difference to someone besides herself and now she does not drink so much, or sometimes even at all. They were not raised to value themselves and are learning to do so. Some want to share the new strength theyd found through therapy, and others resisted going to therapy because they said God was all they needed, that they had cried enough as children on the banks of rivers in faraway places like Oaxaca. One has leukemia, wears a surgical mask. One is a trained teacher, doing her practicals. They all count their blessings. All seek unity with each other. They see their eight individual stories as truly one story. All sacrifice. All work hard, sweeping, mopping, cooking, carrying, teaching, calming, loving and listening to the children and each other at Casa de Soles. They see they are making a difference. I start crying. I call them miracles. I hide my own story. I dont tell them I have been broken, too. The teacher hugs me. Im going out to beg now. We all have a job here, and that is mine, another volunteer says with a smile. I go to local vendors, and all over the city, to ask for food to keep the children going.

South of the Border Victoria Tester


At Casa de Soles, the children of murdered or imprisoned parents nd a place in the sun.

Love Never Dies

Scenes from Casa de Soles. Photos by Victoria Tester

stand in a thin field of weeds along the international border fence in Anapra, Juarez, watching a Mexican woman dreaming. Yes, this woman is a dreamer, but for the past 15 years she has waged daily battles of love in one of the poorest, most torn communities in Mexico. Here, she explains, as we look out over the barren, sandy plot, is a playground for the children. Do you see it? And look, here is a garden. And there She points to the closest deserted house, a little larger than its neighbors. is the new Casa de Soles. After a while we look down at what might be dusty verdolagas, purslane, at our feet. Maybe something that can be added to todays meal of beans and rice that will feed the Casa de Soles (House of the Suns) children and volunteers. No, we decide, disappointed, it is not purslane. Not something to eat. A US Border Patrol truck, a hundred feet away, moves closer. Be careful, she warns me. Dont go too near the fence. They shoot at us with bullets. Theyre only rubber, but She motions towards the many patched places in the tall border fence where it has been cut by smugglers. Nearby houses, patched together with wooden pallets and now empty, stored guns, drugs and desperate people who paid to be smuggled across the border. She leads me into a house whose owner was murdered three weeks ago. This is where she lived. This is where they brought kidnap victims. Hostages. Where they kept them. It is a dirty hovel with little left inside. Long, fingerlike black stains, a candelabra of darkness, mark the walls of the first room. An evangelical pamphlet lies abandoned on the floor. We go into another filthy room. On the bare wall, a childs bright drawing. A love letter to his or her small world. Even here, the woman says, in wonder. Even here, in this place where they hurt people. Even here they speak of love. Of God. I am sick with fear. I am afraid of the other, closed door that might open. I am afraid of the very walls around us. I stand here, the woman tells me, gently. But it isnt fear I feel. It is sadness. This woman is Lourdes Contreras, known affec-

tionately as Lulu to the many children served by Casa de Soles, a day shelter that functions mostly for the children of murdered or imprisoned parents. She feeds, educates and heals, with the vital support of the women of her Anapra community, across the border from Sunland Park, NM, more than 65 children in a building that served, not long ago, as a devils workshop. According to their size, age and progress, here in this same building, children were taught to rob, to steal cars, to kidnap, and to kill.

he children color pictures. Here, they have a place to be together before and after school. Those too young for school, or not enrolled, can stay all day. Some ask my name, and draw me love letters with winged hearts. Here, they are taught the values printed in Spanish on the wall: Sharing. Tolerance. Love. Respect. Compassion. Justice. Gratitude. Responsibility. Honesty. Humility. Order. Courage. Solidarity. Forgiveness. Here, they are taught a language for the monster that may still destroy their lives: What is violence? Rape. Murder. Child abuse. Animal abuse. Sexual abuse. Fighting. Yelling. Alcoholism. Robbery. Drug trafficking. Together, they happily eat a breakfast of donated peanut butter on thick bread. These three children here, Lulu tells me quietly, were still struggling to get registered for school. They have no mother, and their father wont enroll them himself because he says the two little girls will only marry, and the boy will work. All three children are well under 12. But Lulu found them school supplies, a donation. The oldest reaches into her backpack and takes out her box of crayons, touching its promising rainbow. his morning Casa de Soles is out of propane. Two large pans of food are raced off to cook at the home of a woman in the community who will sacrifice her own propane. Most of children are now at school. We women gather at the

ive children fall apart. It is a therapy session where they voice their silent rages and their griefs over their murdered loved ones. The children close their eyes and one by one, we women become their lost mothers, their lost aunts, even a lost uncle. The children hold to us more tightly than anyone has ever held us. They wail. They

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be so alone. We hold them to us as they mourn, and we, their dead loved ones, let them go, slowly, only as they let us go. No te quiero soltar, no te quiero soltar, a little girl wails. I am her dead mother and she will not let me go. I wait, then say, very gently, into her agony: Love never dies. Her mouth parted in despair, she opens her eyes and stares into my face for a full 30 seconds. I think she has not heard me. Then she whispers it, as a question, a way, maybe, to go on. Love never dies? Today, I am holding the broken heart of the world in my arms, and this Love is the only thing on this earth I still know. Love never dies, I say. Then she nods her head softly and is willing, very slowly, to let go. k Victoria Tester is an award-winning poet and playwright, the coordinator of the San Isidro Bean Project and a postulant to the Third Order Society of St. Francis. She may be reached at franciscanatthemexicoborder@gmail.com.

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sob, they keen into our shoulders as they tell us how it feels to have lost us. They beg us to forgive them for the precious lost pencil, for that morning they misbehaved. They beg us to forgive them, and they sob and thank us and thank us when we do. They tell us they have no one to play with now, they tell us they are so lonely without us, they do not want to go home to do the washing or the cleaning or to take care of tiny brothers and sisters. They want us back, they want us back, they soak our shoulders and the places over our hearts with their tears. They want only to be where we are now. They will be good, they will be good, so they can be with us one day. They want only to be with us now, wherever we are. They sob that they do not want to let us go, they do not want to let us go. They thank us for coming to see how they are, they knew we cared enough to come to see how they are. They tell us they know they have to let us go so we can be where we have to be now. But, they tell us, they dont understand why, why they have to

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testify to the hardships and isolation borne by early immigrants, stagecoach operators and passengers, cattle drovers, hard-rock miners, settlers, cattle rustlers, soldiers, renowned lawmen and just sheer drifters. You will hear the legends of lost treasure, adventure and survival. It is this potential that led a coalition of organizations, communities and citizens to propose that our president establish the Organ MountainsDesert Peaks National Monument by proclamation. As envisioned by its backers, the monument would encompass some half-million acres, or roughly 800 square miles, divided into several areas within southwestern New Mexico. These would include the 9,000-foot-high Organ Mountains, east of Las Cruces; the sprawling Portrillo Volcanic Field, west of El Paso; and the Sierra de Los Uvas, Robledos and Doa Ana ranges, north and northwest of Las Cruces. This encompasses a land largely sculpted by the colossal forces still at work along the Rio Grande Rift. For those interested in Earths story, prehistoric peoples and western history, the monument would offer a powerful inducement to explore and discovera veritable mecca for adventure travel.

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The proposed Organ MountainsDesert Peaks National Monument encompasses a vast array of geologic and human history.

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Above: Organ Mountains at sunset, as seen from the west side. This section of bare rock peaks is called The Needles. (All photos by Jay W. Sharp)

The Organ Mountains


he Organ Mountainsbare stone pinnacles that rise a mile above the Rio Grande and the desert scrublands to the west and the Tularosa Basin and White Sands to the eastemerged from earths molten interior to form perhaps the most botanically diverse ecosystem of any mountain range in New Mexico. With varied environmental niches and rainfall patterns, the Organs host nearly a thousand species of plants; dozens of species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians; and a multitude of arthropods (those creatures with exoskeletons, segmented bodies and jointed legs). In the lower elevations, you will find many plants of the desert. Midway up, you will encounter oaks, junipers and acacias. At the higher elevations, you will discover ponderosa pines, oaks,

Below: Sugarloaf Peak, on the eastern side of the Organs. Apparently, this peak was rst climbed by Werner von Brauns German rocket scientists. It is now one of the favorite peaks for climbers in the Organ Mountains.

n 1981, we moved from the Houston area to El Paso. In Houston, we lived between two heavily forested bayous with waters feeding into Galveston Bay. In El Paso, we would live in the Franklin Mountains western foothills with a view overlooking the Rio Grande and southwestern New Mexicos Chihuahuan Desert scrublands. My family and I have always loved the land, archaeology and history, and in Houston, we had come to treasure the magic of coastal waters, the marine and wildlife communities, and the dense green vegetation. With archaeologist friends, including professionals, we had excavated 1,500-year-old shell midden sites, which came embedded with rangia shells, Goose Creek Plain pottery and, sometimes, dozens of human burials. We had become well acquainted with historic monuments such as the Battleship Texas, a floating shrine to its service in both World Wars, and the San Jacinto Battleground, the site of Texas triumphant 1836 battle for independence from Mexico. We had learned to cope with sweaty summer days, dark and rainy skies, frequently flooded streets, black mud, abundant poison ivy, tenacious mosquitos and sneaky ticks. So from Houston, we arrived in the Chihuahuan Desertwith its palpable dryness, crystalline skies, dusty roads, sunbaked mountain ranges, sandy and rocky soils, scattered and stunted shrubs, well-armed cacti and yuccas, and, thankfully, relatively few biting and stinging insectsnot knowing quite what to expect. We certainly knew little of the nearby mountain ranges, faults, basins, playas or volcanoes and lava flowslargely the product of the collision of two of Earths tectonic plates, which gave birth to the Rio Grande Rift. (By contrast, we understood the geology of Houstons sprawling Harris County fairly well. It did not have one single exposed natural rock, not even a pebblejust gumbo and sand, remnants of advancing and retreating ocean shorelines over time.) We knew little of the desert wildlife and plant com-

munities. We knew virtually nothing about the regions prehistoric peoples and the signature rock art and ceramic imagery. We had never heard of Juan de Oate and his historic Spanish colonizing expedition of 1598. We knew little about the conflict with Apaches; the historic trails of immigrants, traders and hopeful gold prospectors; the route of John Butterfields Overland Mail stagecoaches; New Mexicos chapters in the Civil War; or the exploits of Billy the Kid.

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nce settled in, we began with help from newfound friends from local and state archaeological societies, nearby universities and government agenciesto learn about our home in the desert. My wife, in fact, worked in archaeology at Fort Bliss and later volunteered for archaeological site monitoring for the Bureau of Land Management. As we would soon find, if one has the persistence to drive rough dirt roads through mesquite and creosote brush, hike rocky and sandy trails over hills and through Organ Mountains, east side, from San Augustine Pass, showing the canyons, endure the scratches approximate route that Lieutenant Colonel John Robert Baylor and his and punctures from thorny and troops followed to capture a Union force eeing eastward from Fort spiky plants, tolerate and avoid Fillmore, near the Rio Grande, during the Civil War. the rattlesnakes in rock crevices and beneath shrubs, carry extra water on your hip or junipers and mountain mahogany. Along the way, back, and adequately prepare for possible emergen- you may find some 30 species of ferns and several cies, you can be richly rewarded here. plants peculiar to the Organs. Exploring with a community of like-minded souls, These mountains also hold wide-ranging chapters you will discover stunning chapters in the story of our in the tapestry of our human story, from the primitive restless earth. You will find plant and wildlife commuHatch nities remarkably suited to the desert environment. Although you mustmust! by lawleave the artifacts 25 undisturbed, you may find lithic and ceramic debris Sierra Doa Ana de las Uvas and campfires left behind by hunting and gathering Mountains Mountains Robledo peoples and agriculturists hundreds to thousands of Mountains years ago. You may come upon images or rock art 25 scribed or chiseled or (rarely) painted on stone surLas Cruces facesof human figures, wildlife, mythical creatures 10 Mesilla and symbols; many of the latter recall, archaeologists 10 suspect, the rich spiritual life of the Jornada Mogollon Puebloan people a thousand years ago. You will visit the sanctuaries of Mescalero, Chiricahua and other Apache groups who laid in wait for West Potillo Mts. Anthony opportunities to raid and pillage Hispanic and Anglo TEXAS caravans and settlements. In mountain alcoves, you will find secreted places such as a hideout used by 10 East Potillo Mts. Billy the Kid and his buddies and a cave allegedly used by the famed Chiricahua Apache Geronimo. In mountain foothills and sequestered canyons, you may come upon ruins and long-forgotten graves that Proposed national monument areas.
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cended, for fun, by Germanys World War II rocket scientists; they had come to our country with the renowned Werner von Braun at the end of the great conflict to help develop American missile weaponry and space technology. You can explore mountain alcoves with roofs blackened by prehistoric campfire smoke and entrances once marked by prehistoric shamanistic imagery. You may find remnants of lithic tools and weapons, ceramic fragments and bedrock mortars that recall bygone peoples. You might hike part of the tortuous trail that Confederate Lieutenant Colonel John Robert Baylor and his troops followed to capture a Union force fleeing desperately eastward from Fort Fillmore, near the Rio Grande, during the Civil War. You can find historic ruins that speak, variously, to sanctuary, healing, punishingly hard work, and isolation. You can visit the remains of an isolated resort where famed lawman Pat Garrett and legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa sought retreat. You can explore the vestiges of mining operations, where hard-working men once found gold, silver, iron and other minerals. Occasionally, you may come upon a small excavation where one or two individuals, equipped with pickaxes and shovels, sought their personal fortunes in rocky strata. With exceptionally good luck, you just might discover the fabled Lost Padre Mine and Organ Mountain peak and foothills, from the west side of the range. to the technologically advanced, the serene to the violent, the ordinary to the famous, the everyday to the mystical, drudgery to dreams. The characters of the Organ Mountain venue ranged from spear-carrying hunters to rocket scientists, Native American shamans and a 19th century European holy man to 20th century medical professionals, serenity-seeking vacationers to murderers and war-makers. They include ordinary people as well as the rich and internationally famous, hard-riding cowboys and big-time ranchers, hard-rock miners and treasure seekers and dreamers. Exploring the Organ Mountains, you can follow trails that lead you upward, from the desert plant community into the ponderosa pines. You can climb towering bare rock peakssome of them first as-

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its mother lode of gold. On the west side of the Organs, you can look across the Rio Grande and the Mesilla Valley into the desert scrub lands. To the east, you can look across the Tularosa Basin and the White Sands Proving Ground, where much of Americas modern rocket technology was birthed. In the eastern foothills, you can pitch a tent on a site in designated campgrounds. There you can spend a deeply black evening engulfed by profound silence, feeling the desert air grow cool around you, and looking up through crystalline skies at dazzling stars and a brilliant moon.

Organ Mountains, ruins of a resort in a secluded canyon, near Dripping Springs, on the west side. Reportedly, it was visited by Pat Garrett and Pancho Villa.

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Portrillo Volcanic Field, an ocean of lava.

The Portrillo Volcanic Field


he 500-square-mile Portrillo Volcanic Field bears vivid scars inflicted by the Rio Grande Rifts violent geologic historylow and brooding igneous mountain ranges, sprawling lava flows, magmatic dikes and plugs, volcanic cones, and immense craters. It is covered by the veneer of the Chihuahuan Desert, with ragged blankets of sand, growths of stunted mesquites and creosote

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shrubs, clumps of cacti and stands of yuccas. In this desolate and unforgiving landscape, you sometimes discover traces of ephemeral prehistoric encampments, marked by thinly scattered shards of crudely fashioned brown-ware pottery, fragments of stone tools, and burned rocks from centuries-old fire hearths. Some of the sites occur near playas, those shallow depressions that occasionally hold water and perhaps served as prehistoric corn fields. Others occur in the midst of desert scrublands, inexplicably distant from any water, food sources or distinguishing geographic features. Surprisingly, in the mountainous areas, you can find occasional rock art sites, which recall the reverence that prehistoric people felt even for this grim land. In a hard drive through the scrublands, the low-lying volcanoes and the lava flows appear almost frozen in time. That impression was reinforced in the 1920s, when three young men, exploring the shield-shaped volcano called Aden Crater, in the northeastern part of Portrillo Volcanic Field, made a remarkable discovChester R. Longwell said after visiting the fumarole in ery. In a 15-by-30-foot chamber at the bottom of a 1928, The descent into the pit is difficult. From the 100-foot-deep fumarole, or gas vent, near the eastern first landing the pipe continues down irregularly by a series of steep slopes, rim of the crater, they nearly horizontal stretchfound the well-preserved es and vertical drops, skeletal remains of a late and the diameter varies Ice Age creature known greatly. For the careless, as a shasta ground it could be, as Longwell slothan animal, now suggested, a most apextinct, about the size of palling death trap. a black bear. Apparently Roughly 10 miles by misstep or in flight, south-southeast of Aden the sloth had stumbled Crater, you will find sevinto the fumarole. Someeral craters called maar how, it had survived the volcanoes, the most fa100-foot fall. It made its mous and best preserved way into the stony space being Kilbourne Hole, that would become its now a National Natural tomb for 11,000 years. A Landmark. Typically, a covering of bat guano, conventional volcano said Time Magazine consists of a cone or a in 1929, preserved the shield of volcanic ash and sloth-bones, teeth, tencinders, lava flows and dons, hide and even a basaltic blocks. By confood ball in its stomach. trast, a maar-type volcano Located today at Yales features a hole blown Peabody Museum, the through the surface of sloths remains provided the earth by the pressure biological scientists with of superheated steam, an unequaled picture of which is created when the animals life in a late Portrillo Volcanic Field, Aden Crater: Michael magma rises to contact Ice Age world. subterranean water. You can still descend Sharp, the authors son, peering into the opening of Kilbourne Hole prothe 100 feet, by rope, into the fumarole, or gas vent, which three young men vides a dramatic illustrathe fumarole and explore descended back in the 1920s and discovered the tion of the monumental the room where the sloth well-preserved skeletal remains of a late Ice Age forces at work. In its sudmet its end. Just bear in creature known as a shasta ground sloth. den formation, tens of mind, as Yale Professor thousands of years ago, a steamy drumbeat of eruptions blew hundreds of millions of cubic yards of basalt, rocks and sand into the sky. It produced, according to Earl M.P. Lovejoy in El Pasos Geologic Past, a funnel-shaped crater. It would span nearly two miles in length and a mile in breadth. Much of the ejecta fell back into the crater, partially refilling it. Other material fell around part of the craters lip, creating a rim. Still other material fell in a scatter across the surrounding desert floor. After the principal Kilbourne Hole eruptions, according to authority Jerry M. Hoffer, lesser, staccatolike eruptions produced steamy clouds of smaller ejecta that consolidated to form a rampart of stratified tuffs [consolidated volcanic ash]. These have been described as festooned dunes because their stratified layers resemble festoons billowing in the wind. After the drama of the eruptions drew to a close, the walls of the crater slumped, widening the diameter. Winds deposited dunes of sand around the rim. In the 1960s, during the Apollo manned flights to the Moon, astronauts and scientists visited Kilbourne Hole to study its features. These bore similarities to possible maar-type volcanoes on the surfaces of other bodiesfor example, Mars, in our solar system. Today, exploring Kilbourne Hole, still hundreds of feet deep, you will see graphic evidence of the monumental forces that lie beneath the surface of our planet. You can examine the strangely beautiful fesPortrillo Volcanic Field, Kilbourne Hole: When the maar-type volcano erupted, it blew through an earMONUMENT continued after next page lier large lava cap. (Photos by Jay W. Sharp)

Although some, including Rep. Steve Pearce, have called for a major scale-back of the areas included, the proposed Organ MountainsDesert Peaks National Monument, as originally envisioned, appears to have broad community support. Additionally, according to Brook Stockberger in the Las Cruces Sun-News, A new economic study by BBC Research & Consultingcommissioned by monument supporter the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerceestimates that the action will generate $7.4 million in new economic activity annually and create 88 new jobs. The study also estimates an additional $562,000 per year generated in combined state and local government tax revenue. Stockberger also reported that state representative Jeff Steinborn said he believes that the economic benet to the area could be even greater. What struck me, said Steinborn, is how conservative this report was.

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he Sierra de los Uvas and the other mountain ranges north and northwest of Las Cruces recall perhaps the most notable chapters in the human saga of the proposed monument. In the low and rugged peaks, secluded canyons and desert grasslands, you can find records of prehistoric peoples, international territorial dispute resolution, the Apache Wars, early farming and ranching, World War II bomber aircraft training targets, and fabled human travel corridors. You may find prehistoric rock art along rocky outcrops that almost seem to have a spiritual aura. You can still see rock cairns that mark the boundary of the Gadsden Purchase, an acquisition of land that settled a dispute between the United States and Mexico in the mid-19th century. You may visit battle sites where settlers, travelers and the US Army fought bitter and deadly battles with the Apaches. You can explore the ruins of historic farm and ranch homes. You can still see the remnants of the aerial targets from World War II. Across the southern part of this section of the monument, you can follow more than 20 miles of the rough dirt trail that once connected St. Louis and San Antonio to Los Angeles and San Francisco. It served wanderers, immigrants, cattle drovers, 49ers and John Butterfields stagecoaches. Paralleling the eastern boundary of the Robledos, along the Rio Grande and the fertile Mesilla Valley, you can retrace the historic trail that connected Mexico City to Santa Fe. Called El Camino Real de Tierra Adentroor The Royal Road to the Interiorby the Spanish, it has, for thousands of years, served travelers, including explorers, hunters and gatherers, im-

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Ranges North and Northwest: Top, Picacho Peak, from the west. Trails ran north and south of the peak, headed west. John Butterelds stage coaches usually followed the northern branch. Above: Robledo Mountains, Outlaw Peak, which provided a hideout for Billy and Kid and some of his buddies. migrants, traders, missionaries, raiders, soldiers and many others answering the call to adventure. You can stand near the site where one of Juan de Oates colonistsPedro Robledodied in May 1598. According to legend, he was buried, with treasure, on the west side of the Rio Grande, in the mountain range that lies within the proposed monument and now bears his name. The Camino Real corridor was first traveled by the Spanish in the late 16th century. It remains in use today by modern travelers. (Note that the Robledo Mountains embrace the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, which bear the fossilized tracks of the wildlife that roamed the area some 280 million years ago. You can arrange to visit that site today by contacting the Las Cruces office of the Bureau of Land Management, 575-525-4300.) Exploring those mountain ranges that lie north and northwest of Las Cruces, and the Robledo Mountains in particular, you may, with exceptionally good luck, find the long-lost grave of Pedro Robledo. Andwho knows?his treasure. For modern-day explorers in search of adventure, however, there is treasure aplenty from one end of the proposed monument to the other. k If you would like additional information or to arrange a possible tour, contact Lucas Herndon, executive director, Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, at (575) 323-1423 or info@ organmtnfriends.org. Jay W. Sharp is a Las Cruces author who has been a contributor for various print and Internet publications over the past several years and who is the author of Texas Unexplained, now available as an e-book from Amazon or iTunes. To read all his guides to plants and animals of the Southwest, see www.desertexposure.com/wildlife.

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lot of Americans, including myself, feel jittery about traveling to Mexico these days. The country has been in such turmoil during the last seven years that this attitude is understandable. But many states in Mexico have been very peaceful for this whole time and have been given no travel warnings from the US State Department. The people in these places scoff at foreigners who think theyre going to be mowed down by AK-47s when they step on Mexican soil. A few local people have been traveling freely in Mexico throughout the period of the drug war. To hear about someones actual experiences in these places might help shake off some of the fear of people whove been thinking of going there. woman in Columbus, Sheila Bjeletich, is one of the best traveled and most enthusiastic of these. Shes traveled to some of the safest places and cant say enough about them. Her first piece of general advice is to fly to DF [Distrito Federal, or Mexico City] and travel from there. Flying on Interjet is super-cheap now. Of Mexico City she says, Its a must. She mentions the museums, music, art, street happenings, and lovely people. I go to the DF twice a year just to sink my teeth into the excitement of Mexican city life. I have dozens of suggestions. Mexico City is one of the safest places in Mexico right now. Sheila has also gone to several sections of the country that are off the beaten path and might be exactly where Desert Exposure readers would like to go. One of these places, to the east of the DF, is called the Zona Volcanica. There are fabulous mountain towns, very authentic, she says. Theres no real fast food, just street food. Another place she loves is the Sierra Norte de Puebla. This is an area of fabulous jungle and pine woods of northern Puebla state. Sheila says, Stay in Cuetzalan. Traditional Nahua people still wear traje [traditional dress] and speak Nahuatl. She recommends the well-known San Miguel de Allende, and you can ask Sheila about a woman who gives tours there, Mazunte, Oaxaca, is another of her favorite spots. Its a relaxing and hip beach town, she says. I sleep in a hammock or tent. Ciudad Oaxaca is always fun and yes, it has crime because its a city. Another area in Oaxaca she likes is called the Valles Centrales de Oaxaca. Grab a second-class bus at the giant Segundo (bus station) and visit the Zapotec settlements, she says. There are pyramids, ancient markets, weaving, art and traditional food. Sheila has also traveled to the Copper Canyon. Everyone has to see the Teleferico at least once, a tramway into the canyon. Oh, its glorious. Shed be glad to communicate with readers at sheilabjeletich@gmail.com.

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sees no problem traveling in the area he goes to. The State Department lists 13 Mexican states as being safe places to travel. Check Travel.State.Gov to get more information. Deming resident who with his family has been a great world traveler for years (26 countries, he says) is Louis Luna, a New Mexico native. He traveled throughout the state of Chihuahua during the Calderon period and hardly seems to be aware there was danger. He chuckles when he says he knew it was dangerous last year when he traveled 60 miles from Chihuahua City to Cuauhtemoc after a Vicente Fernandez concert that ended at 2:30 a.m. But nothing happened on the drive Louis is enthusiastic about Mazatlan, Sinaloa, where his family has gone many times. He says theyre building a brand new set of hotels, some really serious hotels like a Hilton Hotel and Embassy Suites, right along the beach. Louis has always gone by car to Mazatlan, crossing the border at Santa Teresa to avoid Juarez, then driving on Ruta 45 all the way to Durango. He then goes west for six hours to Mazatlan through breathtaking mountainous territory. But Louis says he recently saw on Mexican news that the government inaugurated a new highway through the mountains. They spent billions of dollars on it, and it makes the trip much shorter. Now Im really excited, he says. I want to drive over the autopista. Louis would caution anyone who travels in Mexico: 1. to travel on the autopistas or toll roads, which are large highways that are well-guarded by soldiers, and 2. to travel during the day.

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arol Kane and her husband Tim, who moved from Silver City to near Tucson in May, have traveled a few times to Merida in the state of Yucatan in recent years. For some reason, Merida has been wrapped in a cocoon of security throughout the Calderon years. It may have been the safest place to be. The Yucatan is full of archeological sites, most importantly Chichen Itza. Carol and Tim took Spanish classes and said the teachers there were very friendly and acutely interested in learning English from them. They found a lovely house to rent from a real estate broker whos very successful among expats. The Kanes would be willing to share his name with readers (mustangmama@cox.com).

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uis Benavidez at the Pink Store in Palomas (tollfree 866-474-429) has been leading week-long tours to the Copper Canyon for years. He speaks English, which he says he learned at the Pink Store. The tour goes to Creel, then to Divisadero, where theres an excellent hotel and four look-off points into the canyon. The travelers then take the train through the canyon and end up at El Fuerte in Sinaloa. Fuerte means fort, and the hotel where tourists stay is in an imposing, well-maintained fort built by Spaniards in 1710. The town was founded in 1560. Theres a nice swimming pool in the luxurious hotel. When I ask Luis what his clients do in the town, he looks at me and says with a trace of humor, Nada. Luis also takes people on shorter tours to the town of Mata Ortiz. According to State Department reports, Chihuahua and Sinaloa are still states where Americans should defer non-essential travel. Copper Canyon is listed as one of the areas one should avoid. But Luis very calmly says he

s Ive said before in this column, Palomas has been very peaceful for a couple of years. There may be even less drug activity there than I thought, because its controlled by the Juarez Cartel now while Ascension, the nearest town on the drug transportation route, is controlled by the rival Sinaloa Cartel. This is what some Palomenses are saying. Id urge anyone to go there for their Christmas shopping and visits to the dentist, oculist or pharmacist this year. Its the closest and easiest traveling in Mexico that you could do. k Borderlines columnist Marjorie Lilly lives in Deming.

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Indus is a modern constellation that just barely comes over our southern horizon, two-thirds invisible from the desert Southwest. Its brightest star, Alpha Indi, is a magnitude-3.1 orange giant that is only 101 lightyears away. The rest of the stars in Indus are fainter. There is no obvious pattern of stars that can be seen in the sky.

(times MDT/MST) Nov. 1, 2 a.m.Venus farthest east of the Sun (47 degrees) Nov. 3, 2 a.m.Daylight Savings Time ends 5:50 a.m.New Moon-Hybrid Solar Eclipse Nov. 7, 12 a.m.Jupiter stationary Nov. 9, 10:57 p.m.First Quarter Moon Nov. 17, 8:16 a.m.Full Moon 10 a.m.Leonid Meteor shower peaks 8 p.m.Mercury farthest west of the Sun (19 degrees) Nov. 25, 12:28 p.m.Last Quarter Moon 8 p.m.Mercury 0.3 degrees south of Saturn ward. What a particular comet will do is very uncertain. The best example is Comet Kohoutek (C/1973 E1), which was to be the comet of the century in 1973-74, but fizzled out after it passed the Sun.

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f you look toward the southern horizon as it gets dark on these November evenings, you will be looking into the stars of the constellation Indus, the Indian. The southern two-thirds of this constellation are always below our horizon, but the northern third is visible to us, including the brightest star in this constellation, Alpha Indi. Indus is a modern constellation created by Petrus Plancius as one of 12 new southern constellations he drew from the southern hemisphere observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman. These new constellations first appeared on a celestial globe published in Amsterdam in 1597. Johann Bayer then picked them up for his celestial atlas Uranometria in 1603. Plancius originally depicted Indus as a nude male with arrows in both hands, but no bow. In the late 16th century, Indus could refer to either a Native American or native Asian. Indus is far from the plane of our solar system, which in our sky is called the ecliptic. But this does not mean anything to the comets that come into the inner Solar System and sometimes make a spectacular appearance in our sky. In ancient times, comets would appear unannounced, usually in the evening or morning sky heading toward or away from the Sun. Many times the comet would be brightest moving away from the Sun, making it a spectacle for all to see. Today many comets have catalogued orbits so we know when they will appear. Some, like Comet Halley, appear on a regular basis, so they are called periodic comets. Other comets come into the inner solar system once and will not be seen again for many hundreds of thousands of years. These comets come

This chart show the position of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) in the morning sky in November and December 2013. The comets position is plotted at the time that the Sun is approximately seven degrees below the horizon. The date for every other position is marked. Besides the comet, a few other objects are plotted at their location for specic dates. These positions are only valid for the dates indicated. The tail shown here does not represent the actual tail of the comet. It may be longer or shorter or be in a different direction. from a spherical cloud of icy planetesimals roughly a light-year away from the Sun. First hypothesized by Jan Oort, this is called the Oort Cloud. These planetesimals are largely composed of water, ammonia and methane ices, along with dust trapped in the ice when it formed. Occasionally, one of these planetesimals will fall out of the Oort Cloud either due to a collision or gravitational interaction. If one of these falling icy planetesimals makes it near the Sun, the Suns heat will cause the ices to turn to gas and escape, carrying dust that was trapped in the ices with it. This forms the tail that we see coming off the comet. Not only does the Suns heat convert the ices to gas, but the Suns light also strips the electrons from the gas atoms, making them ions. These ions are affected by the Suns magnetic field, while dust particles coming off the Sun are not. This causes the gas to arc away from the straight dust tail, forming a second tail, the gas tail. Photographically, the gas tail is usually blue or green, while the dust reflects sunlight, making it white. Comets can be amazingly bright, with tails that stretch over tens of degrees in our sky. How a particular comet will look depends on how close the comet comes to both the Sun and the Earth. Since the Sun is the powerhouse that generates the tail, if the comet comes close to the Earth after it passes the Sun, it will be brighter than the comet would appear if it comes close to the Earth before passing the Sun. Of course, the comet could completely evaporate as it passes the Sun, so there will be nothing to see after-

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enus will spend the entire month moving eastward through Sagittarius, passing just a quarter of a degree from the second-magnitude star Nunki on Nov. 18. The Goddess of Love is 21 degrees above the southwestern horizon as it gets dark, setting by 9 p.m. At midmonth, Venus will be a 41% sunlit crescent that is 30.0 seconds-of-arc across. Venus shines at magnitude -4.5. Jupiter rises about 10 p.m. in the constellation of Gemini. Jupiter starts the month moving very slowly eastward, but on Nov. 7, it comes to a stop and starts moving westward. The King of the Gods disc is 43.2 seconds-of-arc across and it shines at magnitude -2.5. Mars comes up next at 2:30 a.m. It starts the month under the hind legs of Leo, sliding eastward into Virgo just before the month ends. The God of War has a disc that is 5.2 seconds-of-arc across at midmonth. Mercury pops up in our morning sky during the second week of the month. It reaches its farthest point from the Sun on Nov. 17. It then turns around and heads back toward the Sun, disappearing by the end of the month. At its best, Mercury is magnitude -0.5 with a 57% sunlit disc that is 6.8 seconds-of-arc across. The Messenger of the Gods starts the month in Libra, moving westward into Virgo. On Nov. 10, it stops and turns back eastward toward the Sun, ending the month back in Libra. Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) will reach perihelion at the end of this month. This comet was discovered on Sept. 21, 2012, by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok using the 16-inch telescope of the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) near Kislovodsk, Russia. Comet ISON is what is called a sungrazing comet, only 724,000 miles above the surface of the Sun at closest approach. During this entire apparition, the comet will be in the morning sky. It moves toward the Sun during most of November, swinging around the Sun on Nov. 28. It will then head northward away from the Sun. The comet will pass 5.3 degrees west of the Great Globular Cluster M13 on Dec. 22. Comets are notoriously unpredictable. Comet ISON has not been brightening as quickly as expected so far this year, and it is possible that its tiny three-mile-across nucleus could completely disintegrate in the fierce heat of the Sun. On the other hand, it could break apart like Comet West (C/1975 V1), exposing more surface to the Suns heat, creating a bright comet with a long tail. The best way to know what is happening is to go out and look for the comet yourself with binoculars. There will be a solar eclipse on Nov. 3 over the North Atlantic Ocean and most of Africa. The central eclipse is annular for the first 15 seconds at the beginning of the eclipse, and then total for the rest of the eclipse when the Moon moves slightly closer to the Earths surface. The eastern part of the United States will get a partial eclipse. Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 3, so set your clocks back an hour 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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emember the bull snake that I told you about a coupla months ago? Well, we hadnt seen it in more than seven weeks, and believe me, I looked. Then, at the end of September, I came up the driveway and there she was, laid out full-length right where I had seen her that first time, over four months ago. I walked up and began talking to her as she carefully watched me. She was still quite non-aggressive and made no effort to coil up or defend herself. I noticed that she was still about the same five feet, and still appeared to be quite fat almost her entire length. She soon grew bored with me and turned tail in the direction she had obviously come from. She slipped over the layer of large rocks that lines the lower side of the drive and soon entered an unseen hole that absorbed her entire body. She gave the impression that she knew the hole was there, as she never hesitated or acted indecisive as she approached it. It left me with the notion that she knew every nook and cranny of her domain here on my property, just as she had done the first time down by the house when she had entered a squirrel hole there, more than a hundred yards away. I suspect that this last hole may be her winter den to come, since fall weather was rapidly approachingtime for all serpents to disappear below the earths surface.

n another note, Ive been down in the back once again; it began in mid-September for no reason that I can ascertain. I strongly believe that it is my left sacroiliac joint that has somehow dislocated once again. Ive had sporadic trouble with it doing so ever since I slipped down a short waterfall and landed wrongly and somewhat harshly on my left foot back in 2011. Back then I heard and felt a large crack to that area and I was incapacitated for some time with it. This time out, I felt no such crack but the results are the same: pain at the site of the joint, and severe pain down my left quad muscle and left groin muscle. I cannot walk or stand for more than a coupla minutes without it putting me down. Very discouraging, to say the least, as for a person who loves to hike and hunt, it means temporary or permanent doom.

I should not have squeezed the front brake hardly at all. Having done so, I soon found my nose and spectacles kissing the hard-packed earth!

hat all brings me to the gist of what I am trying to say: I needed a way to somehow stay in shape until my malady passed. I had begun riding my mountain bike again back in July, as a way to cross-train myself back into shape after having a hernia surgery and the sacro being out then. That was another time that the same joint had dislocated, beginning back in January. It had popped in at the end of June and I had felt good enough to dust off the old bike. I say old bike, because it is like me. It is exactly 20 years old and I am 68. I bought it new from Jack and Mike at Gila Hike & Bike in 1993. At the time it was fairly state-of-the-art: a Specialized Rock Hopper Comp with a solid steel frame. Movable suspension was pretty well unheard of back then. It has served me well over the years and I can only imagine how many thousands of miles I have put on it. The only change to the system has been an ever-increasingly higher set of handlebars to accommodate my weak back so that I dont have to lean over so far. That worked well in allowing me to see the trails before me better. Anyway, for no particular reason, I had not ridden the bike much in the past three years or so, and this year I vowed to change all of that. So I began to ride almost every day in the dirt. I have a digital speedometer/odometer mounted on the handlebars to permit me to see both how far and how fast I am going. I decided to ride five miles a day, no more and no less, since that was an easy way to tell how far Id come every day and not forget, as I

am prone to do. After the sacro moved this time and put me in agony, I found that riding the bike didnt seem to bother me at all, so I have continued. The experience has been a pleasant renewal. Even the experience of feeling every little rock, bump and divot has been somehow comforting on that old bike. It took a coupla miles at the start to get my balance back and to learn how and when to shift the many gears. I have 21 of them and I had to relearn what gear to use and when. I finally settled on my middle front sprocket and the three highest or smallest sprockets on the rear. They seem to suffice for what riding I do, which is mostly over nearly level ground. It also took me about two weeks for my butt to harden up again and adjust to the discomfort of the solid frame and seat and all of the bounces. It took another two months for me to be able to slightly look around as I ride. I found that if I did so before those two months, I would suddenly ride off the trail and nearly wreck! Then, all of a sudden, things like eye and bike coordination came together. Now I can at least look to my right or left for short periods without losing my way, so to speak. I try to get in four to five days a week with my jaunts, depending on the weather, mostly in the realm of temperatures. I dont care to be out when it is below 60 degrees, but I know that will have to change as I acclimate to colder days. In this time of renewal, Ive had only two mishaps to date. The first happened early on. I decided to change my course and go down this little hill, not at all steep, but it was covered in loose soil and small rocks, pebbles and a rut. In order to navigate it, I had to start down and immediately perform a left turn. I did so, squeezing both front and rear brake levers hard. That was a mistake; I should not have squeezed the front brake hardly at all. Having done so, I soon found my nose and spectacles kissing the hard-packed earth! Fortunately, that and my dignity were all that were injured. The dignity recovered right away but the nose took about a week. After that lesson, I discovered that if I just kissed the front brake lightly, while applying good pressure to the rear and using my uphill leg to steady me, I could negotiate the downhill quite handily with no further mishaps. The second mishap occurred about two months along. I endeavored to try riding up a small onefoot step in the earth, and had made 11 of the small whoopties without incident. On number 12, I was out of timing and as I approached the step, my right pedal was fully in the downward position as I endeavored to power stroke with my fully extended right leg. That resulted in a pop as I over-extended my hamstring and the rear part of my lower leg, causing undue pain. I kept riding slowly to get my five miles in, then promptly iced it down. I was good to go in two days, thankfully. It has been a real joy to ride again. I am seeing some definition to leg muscles that I had not seen in several years, even though I hiked faithfully. My lungs, upper body and arms seem somewhat in better shape, too. About the only anomaly is that I now look like I have a round, fat donut about my waist when I wear those tight Spandex riding shorts! Thank goodness, I dont ride where others can see me! As always, keep the wind forever in your face, the sun forever at your back, and may The Forever God bless you too! k When not ramblin outdoors, Larry Lightner lives in Silver City.

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y neighbor has a horse. Actually, he has two horses, which is probably because he doesnt want the first horse to get lonely and suicidal. How a man chooses to flush away his money is a personal choice, but along with boats, race cars and ex-wives, few lifestyle accouterments strike me as more inconvenient, expensive or timeconsuming than a gaggle of hay-burners parked on his property. Close to my property. Really close; in fact, the horses are parked on the property line. My patient wife and I recently relocated to an area that is a bit more rustic than a stifling subdivision and a bit more urban than a dried-out ranch covered in crispy cow pies. As we were actually buying the new digs, we noticed a neighbor adding on to the white-painted pipe fencing on the southwest corner of our anticipated purchase, right by our mailbox. Maybe hes just reinforcing the fence, or storing surplus pipe in an unconventional manner, we theorized. Once we were moved in, his sinister plan became clear: He was a neo-horseman, a suburban cowboy. All hat and no ranch, and he was going to stable horses on his humble parcel of soil that already played host to a house, shop, RV, swimming pool and mini-orchard. Now, I have been around horses for much of my life, and have no beef with them. Theyre like recreational vehicles with personality and poop. I remember first being tossed over a saddle when I was about five or so, and that was pretty cool. Later on, I learned that a horse is smart enough to know when there is a stupid person riding it and how to leverage gravity to discharge its load, and thats why there are reins. As iconic as it is to ride a noble steed across the desert, I learned that technology is far more efficient and reliable to get from point A to point B. And our new neighbor is a nice enough fellow. Like many others Ive met over decades of desert living, he is a recent transplant to the West from godforsaken lands east of the Mississippi River. Nobody falls in love with all the western mythos and cowboy crap as quickly as an expatriated Carolinian, and our neighbor had signed up for the full package. Big black truck, horse trailer, multiple-x beaver Stetson, boots and creased Wranglers. He has only lived in New Mexico for a year, and he looks like a character out of a Cormac McCarthy novel. I look like a feedstore employee.

Whenever I go to that corner of the property, it smells like a dead goat stuffed with sweat socks and ammonia.

ur cow-person neighbor built his stable right against our property line, so we can revel in all the glorious perfumes of the equine lifestyle. As a bonus, we get to share in managing a sort of wildlife refuge for flies that have no sense of personal space. The flies enjoy occupying my patio, landing on my face, my tumbler of scotch, my grill

pretty much everything that needs to be coated in fly funk. So we now have these horses outside our bedroom window, making their random horsey noises at any time of the night. Whenever I go to that corner of the property, it smells like a dead goat stuffed with sweat socks and ammonia. These two ponies are sporting masks so they cant see anything, which is probably a good thing since theyd be horrified to see that theyre covered with flies. If I were a horse, Id want the mask pulled down over my nose, too. Owning horses seems like a lot of fun, since the guy with the hat and his son are out there every evening, shoveling liquid effluvia and distributing more poop fuel. I spoke with him once about his equestrian lifestyle. My son and I really like horses, he explained in a carefully practiced drawl. But he aint good for nothin. I wasnt sure if he meant the horses or his son, who was standing right there, quietly filing away the insult for the day he wakes daddy up with an axe. To prove it was his sons worthlessness in question, he barked at the boy to go get the water hose. I dont get to ride em much, but Ive always wanted my own horses. You know, just in case of an electromagnetic pulse event, after which your truck, the wifes SUV or the motorcycle doesnt work and you really, really need to get to town to gather zombie-fighting supplies, I suppose. Theyre eating my bushes, I politely pointed out as one of his equine funmobiles snapped a branch off my shrubbery. Hope it isnt poisonous, I lied. He offered to weld another bar into our common fence to make the horses lives more miserable. I dont think this will do anything to keep in the stench or the flies. In the end, I enjoy my new stomping grounds, and I am aware that the exotic smells of the country are all part and parcel of the arrangement. I dont understand why somebody would choose to own a horse when there are lots of other perfectly good ways to waste money, but to each his own. (Cant you still rent a horse?) Sooner or later, the wanna-be waddie might figure out that being a westerner is more than belt buckles and bridles, but hes having a good time for now, and thats all that matters. Maybe when he tires of the whole overly complicated situation, hell trade in his hoofy friends for a couple of ATVs. Until then, Ill just cover the top of my tumbler with my hand when I sit on the patio, and develop a fondness for earthy aromas. k Henry Lightcap swats ies in Las Cruces.

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Body, Mind & Spirit John Catsis

When his wifes ailing parents moved in, everything changed. Last of four parts.
Editors note: When Silver City author John Catsis in-laws, Harry and Vera, moved from San Antonio, Texas, so Catsis and his wife could care for them, he began keeping a diary. Begun in our August issue, the story concludes here.

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usy day. Getting ready for what could actually be a trip to Texas in three days. Connie and I go into town to do some last-minute shopping. Ive got to stop by the Verizon store for a minute, Connie informs me. Mom washed Dads cell phone with the laundry and it doesnt work. The Verizon clerk said that kind of problem is usually resolved with a fresh battery. So we tried a new one. No soap. Or should I say too much soap. Why does Harry need a phone, anyway? He never uses it. Its his intercom, Connie explained. Its how he keeps in touch with Mom when he needs something. How about getting one of those air horns at a party shop? I offered. It does the same thing. After all, Vera doesnt always wear her hearing aids, and even then, a cell-phone ring can be difficult to hear. An air horn, she cant miss. Even though Connie liked the idea, it didnt happen.

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nce again, Harry offered to help Connie drive to San Antonio. That must never happen. As far as Im concerned, Harry should never drive again. Connie gave in once last year, and when I heard about it, I was quite upset. This time, her response was: You havent been checked out yet. Thats an aviation term that Harry would understand. A pilot who hasnt flown for a while, or is going to fly a new aircraft, must first go through a check ride with a licensed instructor.

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took a tour of the back yard and found that much of Harrys stuff (most folks would call it junk) still had not been removed by Steve, their nephew. Vera was still angry at him. I paid him good money and he still did not do everything I asked. I dont know the details of their arrangement, but I do know that Steve was very appreciative for all the help he got many years ago, while recovering from a water-skiing accident that nearly took his life. While he was recovering, Harry ran errands and helped in many other ways. Now it was Steves turn, and he did it by removing all of Harrys old, inoperable vehicles from that lot 30 miles distant and saving them $300 a month in storage fees. Harry had been paying that amount for the past 30 years. Do the math$300 times 360 months is a bunch of money. Steve and a crew also repaired the roof on the bedroom wing of the house, and replaced and painted the fascia boards. But not all of them. Thats what Vera noticed the unfinished work. Its not in her character to compliment anyone for work completed. And she always will find something wrong. She also claimed the workers had stolen a valuable Luger pistol that Harrys father had brought home after World War I. Its worth $6,000, Harry would repeatedly tell us. While apparently pleased to be home, Vera would continue to remind us of the work she believed had been left undone by Steve and his crew. Like the hot tub, which had not been removed. Harry had purchased it from a home center, but refused to spend any money to have it hooked up by a plumber and electrician. I can install it, he insisted at the time, but it stayed on the back patio for perhaps 20 years, collecting roaches and filling only with rain water. A hole had been punched in the bottom of the fiberglass tub to empty it. Harry saw the three-inch BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page

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ts 3 a.m. and I wake up coughing. Couldnt stop. Went to the bathroom to get some water. Within a minute, Vera was standing by my side. This woman, nearly deaf, heard coughing from her bedroom on the other side of the house, perhaps 50 feet away, and feared it was Harry. Oh, its you, she said, as if disappointed. What a strange transformation. For 67 years, Harry and Vera fought. Regularly. Now, with dementia, Harry has become quiet, almost childlike. Compliant. And Vera has become his constant caregiver. Later that day, Vera found Harry in his recliner, reading the newspaper. I wonder if he understands anything he is reading? Vera asked him why he didnt do something she had asked him to do some time before. His answer: I didnt have time. And with that, he continued to read the paper.

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am now receiving only snippets of information from daily phone calls between Connie and her mom. Essentially, it appears Vera seems happy to be home, and caring for her own garden. Harry, on the other hand, continues much as before. I suspect he still walks to the bathroom to care for essential activities, but other than that, he does little except sit in his chair in the den, read, watch TV and nap. Helluva way to go out.

Dec. 2, 2012
era calls shortly after we return from church. Her sister, Anna, has died in California at the age of 89. Alzheimers. Though ill for several years, she was placed on hospice care only a few weeks ago. Now, among all of Veras siblings, only she remains. And among all Harrys siblings, only he remains.

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n todays phone conversation, Vera mentioned she probably would have been better off in Silver City. Its obvious that dealing with She also claimed nearly every responsibility exNov. 17, 2012 the workers had stolen a valuable cept grocery shopping, which -Day! And, true Laurene handles once a to her word, Luger pistol that Harrys father had week, was beginning to Connie began brought home after World War I. overwhelm her. loading the Honda for Its worth $6,000, Harry would Your mom had to go our trip back to Silver repeatedly tell us. home, I reminded Connie. City. After breakfast on She had to sit in her living the patio, where Harry joined us, we loaded Opa, our dog, and headed home room one more time. She told me that once, and I agreed. at 9:50 a.m. On the drive home, I asked Connie to reflect on the last 11 months, and what it meant to her. Heres Dec. 5, 2012 what she told me: his morning, while enjoying coffee in bed with This was a trial year of learning how to care for Connie and Opa, we talked about the freedom my parents in our home. As you know, I resisted we are enjoying by being alone in what now the idea of nursing homes. While Dad would adjust has become a big house. Connie seemed wistful, as if to one, Mom would not; shes not a communal-type she wished her parents back, living out their lives in person. Mom likes her privacy, gardening and TV. Be- the rear of our home. sides, as she told me, Everyone is so old there. Yeah, but with just the two of us here, I said, I I was wearing down by the time Laurene of- can now go about my business in the nude. fered to take over, Connie continued. My eye conAfter breakfast, I was sitting at the computer, dition required I step back and take better care of working. Connie walked in my office and chuckled. myself than those around me. Its the obtuse theory I had to put a towel on the seat, I said. The that when the plane is going down, you first put on leather is cold to the touch. your own oxygen mask before helping others. I had to let my parents go; I could no longer protect them Dec. 17, 2012 from lifes journey and transition. It would have been oday, Steve called Vera to confess. During the easier if they were deep Christian believers. I dont cleanup process Steve had given Juan, his loyal believe its the fear of death that keeps them alive. employee of 17 years, the key to their residence Theyre just not done with each other yet. in the event he needed to use a bathroom. Steve also hired a young woman to help with the cleanup work. That was several months ago. He hasnt seen either Nov. 22, 2012 hanksgiving. After dinner with friends, Con- of them since. Neither has Juans wife. Steve admitted that Juan and the woman probably nie made her daily telephone call to her mom, catching up on events of the day. She learned stole Harrys tools and six weapons, including the

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treasured Luger pistol that Harrys dad, Harvey, had brought back from World War I. I dont know how many other weapons Harry owned, but I would presume they included several rifles and shotguns. He was into hunting most of his life. The Juan-and-girlfriend caper might also explain the mysterious excessive water usage in August. Steve offered to pay the $943 bill. JoAnne failed to come by for a visit, as they had promised. Neither Laurene nor JoAnne called to say they would not make it. Harry had waited all day for the visits that never happened. Connie recalled an experience she had while visiting a nursing home during her graduate-school studies: You could see them by the entry of the home, all waiting for someone to visit. It was a big deal. I suspect some of the anticipation was based more on hope than reality.

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onnie and I spent Christmas alone. It was wonderful. Connie dutifully called her mom, as she does every day, and learned that they, also, had spent Christmas alone. It was the first time for the Harry and Vera to spend the holiday by themselves since the first year of their marriage.

March 2, 2013
ts been a while since Ive written because Harry and Vera seem to be doing well. Harry had all his four rotten lower teeth pulled last week, and a denture immediately installed. Yesterday he had his first hamburger in months. Harry has talked to Connie on several occasions, and in each conversation he tells her he and Vera are going to come out to visit us soon. In the latest call he told her he doesnt think he has much time, but thats OK; he loves us all and is proud of us. He still remembers our names.

Dec. 28, 2012


arry fell twice yesterday. The first time he was getting up from his chair in the den and failed to stand upright. It was all he and Vera could do to get him back on his feet. Its especially tough for them now, as most of the time they are alone. Vera told Connie she hesitates calling Laurene because she feels she is imposing. Sometime later, Harry fell again, this time in the kitchen. Connie suspects he was looking for wine, because there usually is no reason for Harry to enter what he considers female territory.

Now, among all of Veras siblings, only she remains. And among all Harrys siblings, only he remains.

Jan. 11, 2013


era made a couple of discoveries while tidying up her bedroom. First, she found a pair of old slippers that she did not recognize. And in the closet, there were some crumpled bed sheets that had been dumped there. Vera believes Juan and his new girlfriend were using the house for more than just visits to the bathroom. At least they were considerate enough to put the sheets on top of the bed instead of crawling into the bed, Connie commented. Vera also had found a box containing a new jigsaw under the bed. She showed it to Harry, who immediately asked to have it. Not that he would ever use it. Its just his nature. Harry has yet to do any work around the house. His routine is no different from what we experienced in Silver City, except for one thing: He now has to walk 20 feet to the bathroom whenever he needs to relieve himself.

emember the gun heist I mentioned earlier? Well, Connie learned from her mom there were two burglaries, not just one. The first occurred when the roof on one part of the house was being repaired. Workers were let in to repair a damaged ceiling in Harrys bedroom. There, they did more than repair the ceiling. When Steve learned about the theft, he told Vera he went to a gun show and purchased replacement weapons. These were the ones that his trusted employee, Juan, and his new girlfriend took a few weeks later.

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n addition to dieting to lose weight and exercising, arthritis sufferers may benet from trying the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi. A 2009 study published in Arthritis Care and Research found the traditional mind-body exercise effective against osteoarthritis of the knee. The 12-week study compared tai chi with a control program using wellness education and stretching in a group of 40 arthritis patients, average age 65. Patients randomly assigned to the tai chi group scored signicantly lower on a standard pain index; they also showed better physical function and health-related quality of life, with lower depression. In a similar study published in 2008 in Medicine and Sports Science, researchers found promising results for tai chis effectiveness in alleviating rheumatoid arthritis. The small pilot study saw improvements in an index of disability, disease activity, functional capacity and quality of life. Such ndings have led the Arthritis Foundation to establish a tai chi program, offering classes in locations nationwide. To see if there is a class in your area, call (800) 283-7800. deep breathing throughout the day. Stay active: While it may be tempting not to use achy joints, exercise can prevent further stiffening and reduce joint pain. Try to get at least 20 minutes of exercise three times per week. Ask your doctor to recommend the best exercises (strength, range-of-motion or aerobic) for your type of arthritis and your personal case. The Arthritis Foundation offers an exercise program via classes nationwide and DVDs. k Excerpted from Mother Earth Living. To read more articles from Mother Earth Living, please visit www.MotherEarthLiving. com or call (800) 340-5846 to subscribe. Copyright 2013 by Ogden Publications Inc.

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Turmeric was found to not only reduce inammation but to decrease joint damage in arthritis sufferers. help alleviate pain after about three months. Avoid glucosamine if you are allergic to shellfish. Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) naturally occurs in green vegetables, fruits and grains. It is taken in supplement form for its reported anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties. Because it has bloodthinning properties, avoid using MSM if you are taking pharmaceutical blood thinners, including acetaminophen. Typical doses range from 1,500 mg to 5,000 mg a day. Fish oils and the essential omega-3 fatty acids they containeicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)are anti-inflammatories. Eat fatty fish such as wild salmon a few times a week or supplement with 1,000 to 3,000 mg of fish oil daily. A common daily dose is around 500 mg of EPA and 360 mg of DHA.

hile all supplements should be used carefully, the Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) says you shouldnt take these supplements for arthritis at all: Arnica (Arnica Montana)Taken orally, poisonous unless extremely diluted in homeopathic pill form; applied topically, on unbroken skin, it is generally considered safe. It can cause miscarriages, allergic reactions, paralysis, heart palpitations and death. Aconite (Aconitum napellus)A strong, fastacting poison that affects the heart and central nervous system. Adrenal, spleen, thymus extractsDerived from raw animal organs, which the FDA warns could possibly be contaminated. Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) A potential poison, should be taken only as a prescription drug (colchicine) under a doctors supervision. ChaparralMay cause hepatitis and kidney and liver damage. Kombucha teaHas a high risk of contamination with anthrax and other bacteria.

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Grant County Weekly Events


Support groups, classes and more.
TEA PaRTY PaTRIOTs2nd and 4th Tues. 6 p.m. Red Barn Steakhouse, 708 Silver Heights Blvd. 388-4143. ARchaEOLOgY SOcIETYThird Weds. of every month. Oct.-Nov., Jan.-April 7 p.m. Silver City Womens Club. Summers 6 p.m. location TBA. 536-3092, whudson43@yahoo.com. Back COUNTRY HORsEMEN2nd Weds. 6 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room. Subject to change. 574-2888. BaYaRD AL-ANON6:30 p.m. Santa Clara Senior Center, 107 East St., Santa Clara. 537-3141. A COURsE IN MIRacLEs6:30 p.m., 600 N. Hudson. Information, 534-9172 or 534-1869. CURbsIDE CONsULTINgFree for nonprots. 9 a.m.-noon. Wellness Coalition, 409 N. Bullard, Lisa Jimenez, 534-0665, ext. 232, lisa@wellnesscoalition.org, FOOD ADDIcTs ANONYMOUs WOMENs GROUp6:30 p.m. 1000 N Hudson St., 519-1070. GRaNT COUNTY DEMOcRaTIc PaRTY 2nd Weds. Potluck at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sen. Howie Morales building, 3060 E. Hwy. 180. GROUp MEDITaTION5:30 p.m., A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas St. 3882425. LaDIEs GOLF AssOcIaTION8 a.m. tee time. Silver City Golf Course. LEgO CLUbAges 4-10. 4:30 p.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave., 538-3672. PINg PONg5:30-7 p.m. Grant County Convention Center. Beginners 7-8 p.m. PROsTaTE CaNcER SUppORT GROUp 3rd Weds. 6:30 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room. 3881198 ext. 10. REpUbLIcaN PaRTY OF GRaNT COUNTYThird Weds. 6 p.m. Red Barn. STORYTIMEAll ages. 10 a.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave., 538-3672. TRaUMaTIc BRaIN INjURY SUppORT GROUp3:30-5 p.m. All-Purpose Room, Billy Casper Wellness Center, Hudson St. &Hwy. 180. James, 537-2429, or Danita, 534-9057. ARTS ANONYMOUs5:30 p.m. Artists Recovering through the Twelve Steps. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3845 N. Swan St. 534-1329. CaNcER SUppORT GROUp1st Thurs. 6 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Board Room. 388-1198 ext. 10. CaRDIac SUppORT GROUp3rd Thurs. 4 p.m. Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 Hwy180E, 590-2578. DE-sTREssINg MEDITaTIONs12-12:45 p.m. New Church of the SW Desert, 1302 Bennett St. 313-4087. GILa WRITERs2-4 p.m. Silver City Public Library. Trish Heck, trish.heck@ gmail.com, 534-0207. GRaNT COUNTY ROLLINg STONEs GEM aND MINERaL SOcIETY2nd Thurs. 6 p.m. Senior Center, 204 W. Victoria St. Kyle, 538-5706. HaTha YOga5:30 p.m. First Church of Harmony, 609 Arizona St. Lori Zitzmann. HIsTORIc MININg DIsTRIcT & TOURIsM MEETINgSecond Thurs. 10 a.m. Bayard Community Center, 290 Hurley Ave., Bayard. 537-3327. ARchaEOLOgY SOcIETYFirst Sun. of every month, eld trip. 536-3092, whudson43@yahoo.com. BINgO1st and 2d Sun. Doors open 12:30 p.m., games start 1:35 p.m. Benets Salvation Army and Post 18 charities. American Legion Post 18, 409 W. College Ave. 534- 0780 HOLIsTIc PREsENTaTIONs11 a.m. PeaceMeal Coop Deli. 534-9703 PRaYER aND STUDY IN ThE EasTERN ORThODOX TRaDITIONSunset. Theotokos Retreat Center, 5202 Hwy. 152, Santa Clara. 537-4839, theotokos@ zianet.com. AARP ChapTER #1496Third Monday. 12:30 p.m. Senior Center, 205 W. Victoria. Contact Marcia Fisch, 388-1298 AARP WIDOWED PERsONsSecond Mondays. 11 a.m. Glad Tidings Church. Contact Sally, 537-3643. AL-ANON12:05 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1915 Swan, Silver City. Contact Valerie, 313-2561. ART CLass-9-10:45 a.m. Silver City Senior Citizen Center. Beginners to advanced. Contact Jean 519-2977. GENTLE YOga5:30-7 p.m. First Church of Harmony, 609 Arizona St., Becky Glenn, (404) 234-5331. LEgO MINDsTORMsAges 10 and up. 4 p.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave., 538-3672. PINg PONg5:30-7 p.m. Grant County Convention Center. Beginners 7-8 p.m. SILVER CITY SqUaREsDancing 7-9 p.m. Presbyterian Church, 1915 N. Swan St. Kay, 388-4227, or Linda, 534-4523. TaI ChI FOR BETTER BaLaNcE1 p.m., Senior Center. Call Lydia Moncada to register, 534-0059. ALcOhOLIcs ANONYMOUsMens group, 7 a.m. Unitarian Fellowship Hall. 3845 N. Swan. Jerry, 534-4866. ALZhEIMERs/DEMENTIa SUppORT 1st Tues. 1:30 p.m. Senior Center. Margaret, 388-4539. BaYaRD HIsTORIc MINE TOUR 2nd Tuesday. Meet at Bayard City Hall, 800 Central Ave., by 9:30 a.m. $5 fee covers two-hour bus tour of historic mines plus literature and map; call 537-3327 for reservation. ChEss CLUbAll ages. 4 p.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave., 538-3672. COMpassIONaTE FRIENDs4th Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. Support for those whove lost a child. Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 7th and Texas St. Charlene Mitchell, 534-1134. FIgURE/MODEL DRaWINg4-6 p.m. Contact Sam, 388-5583. KIWaNIs CLUbNoon. Red Barn, 708 Silver Heights Blvd., 590-0540. LOs COMaDREs CaNcER SUppORT GROUp1st Tues. 6 p.m. Business and Conference Center, 3031 Hwy. 180 E. (next to Ace). 388-1198 ext. 10. REIkI CIRcLEFirst Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. 2035 Little Walnut. Treatment for those in need of healing. Vicki, 388-8114, or Virginia, 3884870. SLOW FLOW YOga11:30 a.m. 5:30-7 p.m. First Church of Harmony, 609 Arizona St., Becky Glenn, (404) 234-5331. SOcIaL SERVIcEsNoon. Red Barn, 707 Silver Heights Blvd. 538-5666.

Sundays

Wednesdays

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(Ginzan-ji Zen Buddhist Temple)

Meditation Practice (Zazen)


Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 am Tueday & Thursday 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am by appointment
Resident Priest:

Mondays

Dokusan (Pastoral Counseling)


506 W. 13th St. (corner of 13th and Virginia) Rev. Dr. Oryu Paul Stuetzer

KUNDaLINI YOga5:30 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 388-2425. NEWcOMERs CLUbThird Thurs. 11 a.m., luncheon noon. Womens Club, Yucca and Silver Heights Blvd. Linda Sylvester, (480) 518-5839, lindasylvester@msn.com. PROgREssIVE PILaTEs5:30-6:30 p.m., 315 N. Bullard, 2d . 519-8948. TOPS5 p.m. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1915 Swan, 538-9447. WOMENs CaNcER SUppORT GROUp1st Thurs. 6-7 p.m. GRMC Conference Room, 1313 E. 32nd St. 388-1198, ext. 10. VINYasa FLOW YOga11:30 a.m First Church of Harmony, 609 Arizona St., Becky Glenn, (404) 234-5331. YOga cLassFree class taught by Colleen Stinar. 1-2 p.m. Episcopal Church fellowship hall, 7th and Texas. KUNDaLINI YOgaNoon. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas St. OVEREaTERs ANONYMOUs6 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center conference room. 313-9400. SILVER CITY WOMaNs CLUb2d Fri., 10:30 a.m., lunch 12 p.m. 411 Silver Heights Blvd. 538-3452. TaIZ2d Friday. Service of prayer, songs, scripture readings and quiet contemplation. 6:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 538-2015. WOODcaRVINg CLUb2d and 4th Fridays except holidays. 1 p.m. Senior Center. 313-1518. YOUTh SpacE5:30-10 p.m. Loud music, video games, chill out. Satellite/ Wellness Coalition. ALcOhOLIcs ANONYMOUs BEgINNERs6 p.m. Lions Club, 8th & Bullard (entrance at Big Ditch behind Dominos). Newcomers and seasoned members welcome. ALZhEIMERs/DEMENTIa SUppORT 10 a.m.-noon. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room. Margaret, 388-4539. BLOOMINg LOTUs MEDITaTION1 p.m. Details: 313-7417, blooming-lotussangha@googlegroups.com. DOUbLE FEaTURE BLOckbUsTER MEga HIT MOVIE NIghT5:30-11 pm. Satellite/Wellness Coalition. EVENINg PRaYER IN ThE EasTERN ORThODOX TRaDITION5 p.m. Theotokos Retreat Center, 5202 Hwy. 152, Santa Clara. 537-4839, theotokos@zianet. com. KIDs BIkE RIDE10 a.m., Bikeworks, 815 E. 10th St. Dave Baker, 590-2166. NaRcOTIcs ANONYMOUs6 p.m. New 180 Club, 1661 Hwy. 180 E. SaDhaNa MORNINg PRaYER, MEDITaTION, YOgaLast Sat. 5-7 a.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 388-2425. SpINNINg GROUp1st Sat., 1-3 p.m. Yada Yada Yarn, 614 N. Bullard, 388-3350. STORYTIMEAll ages. 10:30 a.m. Silver City Public Library, 515 W. College Ave., 538-3672. VINYasa FLOW YOga10 a.m. All levels. First Church of Harmony, 609 Arizona St., Becky Glenn, (404) 2345331. k Send updates to events@desertexposure.com.

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100 Hikes Linda Ferrara

Sheep Corral Canyon Road offers a variety of hiking possibilities.


Trail 876 on your left. For this hike, stay to the right, on 3131G. You will soon meet Sheep Corral Canyon Road. You may either turn around at this point, make it a loop hike by walking on Sheep Corral Canyon Road, or go back and explore Trail 876, which also comes out onto Sheep Corral Canyon Road. Notes: Sheep Corral Canyon Road is a wellmaintained road but can be a bit rough in spots. As

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you explore farther up, it gets rougher still. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for the rough spots. There are many, many trails to investigate up and down Sheep Corral Canyon Road. Helpful Hint: I know there are lots of positives to hiking alone; there are also negatives. Hiking with a buddy increases safety. If you get hurt, dehydrated, lost or stuck, having someone with you increases the possibility of positive results. k To read more about Linda Ferraras 100-hike challenge, check out her blog at 100hikesinayear. wordpress.com.

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Name: Sheep Corral Canyon RoadForest Road 3131F/G Distance: Various Difculty: Easy Directions: Starting at the intersection of Hwy. 15 and 32nd Street in Silver City, drive 15.9 miles north on Hwy. 15 (aka Pinos Altos Road, aka PA Road). On the left is Sheep Corral Canyon Road. There is a brown highway sign to show you where it is. Drive up this dirt road. At the 3.2-mile mark, pull over and park where you see the brown Forest Service marker reading, 3131F. If you park on the left, the trail is on your right. Do not go over the cattle guard for this hike. Hike Description: Your hike begins on 3131F. After just a minute or two of walking, the trail/road turns into 3131G (on your right). Enjoy a shaded hike through pine trees, along a creek with interesting boulder and rock formations. At approximately the 1.18-mile mark, you will meet the intersection of

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NaNcYs SILVER CaF, 514 N. Bullard St., 388-3480. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D. ThE PaRLOR aT DIaNEs, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Always evolving, always interesting, Dianes has it all. (Sept. 2013) Burgers, sandwiches, homemade pizzas, paninis: Tues.-Sun. L D. 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.* Qs SOUThERN BIsTRO aND BREWERY, 101 E. College Ave., 534-4401. Qs Southern Bistro has found its niche and honed its elevated pub menu to excellence to serve its fun-loving, 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 foodsteaks, of course, plus chicken, seafood, burgers, sandwiches and a sampling of superb Mexican fareyou 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, cast-iron cooking. Weds.-Sat. * SabOR, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-2737. Mexican, sandwiches: B L D. ShEVEk & CO., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168. If sampling new types of food is part of the adventure of traveling for you, you only have to go as far as Shevek & Co. Restaurant in Silver City to take a culinary tour around the world. (May 2013) Mediterranean: Fri.-Tues. D.* SILVER BOWLINg CENTER CaF, 2020 Memory Lane, 538-3612. American, Mexican, hamburgers: L D.* 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.* ThREE DOgs COFFEEhOUsE, 503 N. Bullard St. Coffeeshop, baked goods, sandwiches, wraps: Mon.-Sat. B L.* TRE ROsaT CaF, 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 llings changing from day to day) and the ever-popular, ever delicious bacon-wrapped dates. (August 2012) International eclectic: Mon.-Fri. L, D. Sat. brunch, D.* VIckIs 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. Dont miss the

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A Fund Raiser to Benefit Bridge Community

Late Afternoon Fundraising Dinner


with entertainment by The Gila Highlanders

Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. (due to Daylight Savings Time)


First United Methodist Church 314 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM
Pasta, Salad, Bread, Dessert and Beverage

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ADObE SpRINgs CaF, 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. BILLYs BBQ aND WOOD-FIRED PIZZa, Hwy 180E, 388-1367. A freewheeling mixture of barbequed ribs and brisket, freshly made pasta and pizzas baked in a wood-red oven and featuring a wide range of innovative toppings. (November 2010) Karaoke Fri., live entertainment Sat. Barbecue, steak, pasta, pizza: Tues.-Fri. D. Sat. L D. Italian nights Weds., Sat.* BRYaNs 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. CaF 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 changes daily, with entres that are always imaginative and tastycomfort 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 CaF, 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 vecourse culinary creations. Entres 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. DIaNEs REsTaURaNT, 510 N. Bullard St., 538-8722. Always evolving, always interesting, Dianes has it all. (Sept. 2013) Fine dining (D), steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches (L), salads: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. D only (family-style), weekend brunch. DIaNEs BakERY & DELI, The Hub, Suite A, Bullard St., 534-9229. Always evolving, always interesting, Dianes

has it all. (Sept. 2013) Artisan breads, sandwiches, deli, baked goods: Mon.Sat. B L early D, Sun. B L.* DON JUaNs 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. Take-out meals, catering.* EL GaLLO PINTO, 901 N. Hudson St., 597-4559. Breakfast dishes are served all day, along with all the other traditional Mexican favorites like burritos (with a long list of lling options) plus a vertical grill cooks sizzling chicken and carne al pastor. (October 2013) Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L. 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 courtthink Panda Expressor just want your wontons without waiting, theres good news. Normal appetites will nd the three-item combo tough to nish, so plan on leftovers whether youre eating in or taking out. All of its plenty tasty, and you can enjoy it just like in the food court. (February 2007) Chinese: L D. GRaNDMas CaF, 900 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2627. American, Mexican: B L.* GRINDER MILL, 403 W. College Ave., 538-3366. Mexican: B L D.* JaLIscO CaF, 100 S. Bullard St., 388-2060. 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., 3884600. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L D.* La MEXIcaNa, Hwy. 180E and Memory Lane, 534-0142. Carrying on the legacy of unpretentious but tasty and authentic Mexican food established many years ago at the familys restaurant in Chihuahua. (April 2013) Mexican and American: B L, closed Tues. Lions Den, 208 W. Yankie, 654-0353. 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.* MEXIcO VIEjO, Hwy. 90 and Broadway. A remarkably extensive menu for a small roadside food vending stand, and the dishes are not what one normally nds in other Mexican restaurants. (July 2013) Mexican food stand: Mon.-Sat. B L early D. MI CasITa, 2340 Bosworth Dr., 538-5533. New Mexican cuisine: Mon.Thurs. L, Fri. L D. MILLIEs BakE HOUsE, 215 W. Yankie, 597-2253. The food is ovenfresh and innovative. (November 2012) Soup, salads, sandwiches, baked goods: Tues.-Sat. *

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German potato salad. (Dec. 2009) American: Mon.-Sat. B L. Sun. B.* WRaNgLERs BaR & GRILL, 2005 Hwy. 180E, 538-4387. Steak, burgers, appetizers, salads: L D.* YaNkIE CREEk COFFEE HOUsE, 112 W. Yankie St. Coffeeshop, coffee, homemade pastries and ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies.* FIDENcIOs TacO ShOp, 1108 Tom Foy Blvd. Mexican: B L D. LITTLE NIshas, 1101 Tom Foy Blvd., 537-3526. Mexican: Wed.-Sun. B L D. LOs COMpas, 1203 Tom Foy Blvd, 654-4109. Sonoran-style Mexican, hot dogs, portas, menudo: L D. M & A BaYaRD CaF, 1101 N. Central Ave., 537-2251. A down-to-earth, friendly, unpretentious placekind 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 CaF, 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. PaRkEYs, 8414 Hwy. 180W, 5354000. Coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat. 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.* 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 & CaF, 684 Hwy. 35, 536-9459. For the German sampler, caf 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 lling). (July 2011) German specialties, American lunch and dinner entres: Saturday midday D. ELk X-INg CaF, (352) 212-0448. Home-style meals, sandwiches and desserts: B L. MIMbREs VaLLEY CaF, 2964 Hwy. 35, 536-2857. You wont go home hungry from the Mimbres Valley Caf, 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. B L D, with Japanese tempura Wed. D. BUckhORN SaLOON aND OpERa HOUsE, Main Street, 538-9911. Steakhouse, pasta, burgers: Mon.-Sat. D. Road, 541-5534. Burritos: B L D. CaF AgOgO, 1120 Commerce Dr., Suite A, 636-4580. Asian, American, sandwich, salad, rice bowl: Mon.-Sat. L D. CaF DE MEsILLa EN La PLaZa, 2051 Calle de Santiago, 652-3019. Coffeehouse, deli, pastries, soups, sandwiches: B L early D. CaRILLOs CaF, 330 S. Church, 5239913. Mexican, American: Mon.-Sat. L D. CaTTLEMENs STEakhOUsE, 2375 Bataan Memorial Hwy., 382-9051. Steakhouse: 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. DaYs HaMbURgERs, Water & Las Cruces St., 523-8665. Burgers: Mon.Sat. L D. DE La VEgas 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. DELIcIas DEL MaR, 1401 El Paseo, 524-2396. Mexican, seafood: B L D. DGs UNIVERsITY DELI, 1305 E. University Ave., 522-8409. Deli: B L D.* DIcks CaF, 2305 S. Valley Dr., 524-1360. Mexican, burgers: Sun. B L, Mon.-Sat. B L D. DIONs PIZZa, 3950 E. Lohman, 521-3434. Pizza: L D. DOUbLE EagLE, 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. All the steaks are aged on the premises in the restaurants 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. EL AhUUas, 1001 E. University Ave., 556-9484. Mexican: B L D. EL PaTRON CaF, 1103 S. Solano Dr. Mexican: Tues.-Thur., Sun. B L, Fri.-Sat. B L early D. EL SOMbRERO PaTIO CaF, 363 S. Espina St., 524-9911. Mexican: L D. EL TIbURON, 504 E. Amador, 6474233. Mexican, seafood, steak: L D. EMILIas, 2290 Calle de Parian, 6523007. Burgers, Mexican, soup, sandwiches, pastry, juices, smoothies: L D. EMpIRE BUFFET, 510 S. Telshor Blvd., 522-2333. Asian: L D. ENRIqUEs, 830 W. Picacho, 6470240. Mexican: B L D. FaRLEYs, 3499 Foothills Rd., 522-0466. Pizza, burgers, American, Mexican: L D. FIDENcIOs, 800 S. Telshor, 5325624. Mexican: B L D. FORk IN ThE ROaD, 202 N. Motel Blvd., 527-7400. Buffet: B L D 24 hrs. GOLDEN STaR ChINEsE FasT FOOD, 1420 El Paseo, 523-2828. Chinese: L D. GOOD LUck CaF, 1507 S. Solano, 521-3867. Mexican, seafood: B L early D. GRaNDYs COUNTRY COOkINg, 1345 El Paseo Rd., 526-4803. American: B L D. GUacaMOLEs BaR aND GRILL, 3995 W. Picacho Ave., 525-9115. Burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches, Hawaiian appetizers: L D. HIEbERTs 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. J.C. TORTas, 1196 W. Picacho Ave., 647-1408. Mexican: L D. JEssEs KaNsas CITY BBQ, 230 S. Church, 522-3662. Barbecue: Mon., Tue., Thurs-Sat. L D. JIREhs, 1445 W. Picacho. Mexican, American: B L early D. JOsE MURphYs, 1201 E. Amador (inside Ten Pin Alleys), 541-4064. Mexican, American: L D. JOsEphINas OLD GaTE CaF, 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, 5224133. Smoothies, frozen yogurt: B L D. KIM-ChI HOUsE, 1605 S. Solano, 652-4745. Korean: Tues.-Sun. L D. KIVa PaTIO CaF, 600 E. Amador Ave., 527-8206. Mexican, Southwestern, American: B L D. La COcINa, 204 E. Conway Ave., 524-3909. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L. La GUaDaLUpaNa, 930 El Paseo Road. 523-5954. Mexican: Tues.-Sat. B L D. Sun. B L. La MEXIcaNa TORTILLERIa, 1300 N. Solano Dr, 541-9617. Mexican: L D. La NUEVa CasITa CaF, 195 N. Mesquite, 523-5434. Mexican and American: B L. La POsTa REsTaURaNT DE MEsILLa, 2410 Calle De San Albino, 524-3524. A restaurant with history hard-wired into the ber 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. LE RENDEZ-VOUs CaF, 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. LORENZOs 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 CaF, 6335 Bataan Me-

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Alotta Words about ALOTTA GELATO


Join us Downtown at the 23nd Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 23th at 7:00 PM! Gobble gobble! Pumpkin Pie gelato is back, Egg Nog and Peppermint Stick ought to be back by the time you read this! Our loyal customers wait all year for these seasonal favorites, and theyre only available for a limited time. Any of them (or all of them!) would be a welcome finale to a Thanksgiving dinner, or we can hand-pack your choice of 30-plus incredible flavors, including dairy-free fruit flavors and sugar-free ones sweetened with Splenda (and yes, we can pack several flavors into each insulated pint or quart container). There are no turkeys here, folks: authentic Italian gelato, low in fat but bursting with great tastes, made on the premises with imported flavorings and fresh ingredients. Remember that we also carry delicious dessert items such as Key Lime bars, Raspberry Streusel bars, Chocolate Chip brownies, Triple Lemon Cheesecake, cookies, flourless Chocolate Raspberry Torte, and big honkin slices of three-layer Carrot Cake plus hot and cold drinks to go with them. Lastly, we have gift certificates available in any amount for any occasion (and plenty of such occasions are coming in the weeks ahead). ALOTTA GELATO is open 7 (count em!) days a week, beginning at Noon every day until 9:00 PM (Sunday through Thursday) or 10:00 PM (Friday and Saturday) sometimes even later. (Note that we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will re-open as usual on Friday November 22rd.) Come on down to the most delicious destination in Silver City and gobble some of the best gelato anywhere, from the oldest gelato store in the Land of Enchantment! Thanks for reading! As a token of our esteem for you, our valued customer, bring this ad for 25 off any size gelato for each member of your party.
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AbRahaMs BaNk TOWER REsTaU500 S. Main St. #434, 523-5911. American: Mon.-Fri. B L. A DONg, 504 E. Amador Ave., 5279248. Vietnamese: L D. ANDELE REsTaURaNTE, 1950 Calle del Norte, 526-9631. Mexican: Mon. B L, Tues.-Sun. B L D. ANTONIOs REsTaURaNT & PIZZERIa, 5195 Bataan Memorial West, 373-0222. Pizza, Italian, Mexican: Tues.-Sun. L D. AqUa REEF, 900-B S. Telshor, 5227333. Asian, sushi: D. BaaN ThaI KITchEN, 1605 S. Solano Dr., 521-2630. Thai: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. L. A BITE OF BELgIUM, 741 N. Alameda St., 527-2483. Belgian food: Mon.-Fri. B L. BLUE AgaVE CaF, 1765 S. Main St. (inside Best Western Mission Inn), 5248591. Southwestern: B. BLUE MOON, 13060 N. Valley Dr., 647-9524. Bar, burgers: Sat.-Sun. L D. BOba CaF, 1900 S. Espina, Ste. 8, 647-5900. Sandwiches, salads, casual fare, espresso: Mon.-Sat. L D.* BRaDLEY D aND WILLIaM B, 2540 El Paseo Road, 652-3871. American comfort food: L, D. BRaVOs CaF, 3205 S. Main St., 526-8604. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L. BURgER NOOk, 1204 E. Madrid Ave., 523-9806. Burgers: Tues.-Sat. L D. BURRITOs VIcTORIa, 1295 El Paseo
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Deming Truck Terminal serves good, home-style Indian food.


truck terminal in southwestern New Mexico would seem to be a most unlikely place to find curries and Mango Lassi, but thats exactly what the Singh family has added to the more traditional American and Mexican menu at the Deming Truck Terminal. Well, actually, the Indian food is offered on a separate menu and you have to ask for that menu. The list of dishes is not very long, but the spices and flavor of the dishes that are offered are authentically Indian. The [Indian] food we have here is not fancy. It is totally simple, explains Baljinder Singh, who is part of the management team that includes his father, brother, uncle, Maribel DiLullo (left), head cook fat the Deming Truck Terminal restaurant, does most of the creative cooking for the restaurants regular cousin, wife and grandmother. Compared to the other restau- menu, while Grandma Daljit Kaur Sandhu (right) has been in charge rant the family owns and oper- of cooking for the restaurants Indian Food Menu since it was introatesNeelam Exotic Indian Cui- duced nearly two years ago. (Photos by Peggy Platonos) sine in Berkeley Heights, NJ the Indian Food Menu at the Deming Truck Terminal is year and a half ago. extremely basic, he says. In our other restaurant, we Prices on the Indian Food Menu are very reasonhave 380 items on the menu. Thats a totally different able, ranging from $3.99 for virtually all the vegetable story. We have one kind of chicken here. There, we dishes (including Vegetable Biryani) to $5.99 for the have over 50. Chicken Curry and $7.99 for the Goat Meat Curry. Raita The other restaurant also has a full range of spicy costs $2.79. Plain yogurt is available for $1.99, and can heat available. Here, one size fits all, and that degree be used like Raita to tone down the heat of the curries. of heat falls somewhere between korma mild and Prices for the various types of Paranthas range from vindaloo ferociously hot. For those to whom even $1.89 (plain) to $2.29 for Aaloo or Gobi Paranthas. this medium-range heat is too much, the saving grace Takeout prices are higher, apparently because is the very good, refreshingly cool Raitaa yogurt- portions are larger. All the prices are listed on the Inbased sauce with shredded cucumber and a subtle dian Food Menu. Two sizes for takeout are available: hint of spices that can be mixed in with any of the cur- 16 ounce and 32 ounce. Its advisable to ask for your ries to tame them a bit without spoiling their flavor. takeout order to be packed in plastic containers; othThere are only two meat dishes on the Indian erwise, the dishes come packed in tall cups that are Food Menu at the Deming Truck Terminal: Chicken difficult to transport safely. Curry and a Goat Meat Curry that is listed as Mutton. (The he food on the regugoat meat supply is erratic, lar menu at the DemIm told, so that dish is not ing Truck Terminal always available.) includes fairly standard There are quite a few spicy American and Mexican opvegetable dishes to choose tions for breakfast, lunch from, however, includand dinnerall reasonable ing Rajmah (featuring red in price and all above-averbeans), Chole (chickpeas), age in quality. Here and there Palak Paneer (spinach and on the menu are unexpected a soft cheese), Mattar Panlittle special toucheslike eer (peas and the same soft the grilled pineapple slices cheese), Gajar Mattar (carserved with the grilled chickrots and peas) and the very en breast dinner. nice, mild Indian pilaf known The meals do not come as Vegetable Biryani. out of cans, Maribel states Deserving of special men- The variety of spices used in the curries served flatly. I make the sauces mytion are the different ver- at the Deming Truck Terminal restaurant are ar- selfthe spaghetti sauce, sions of Parantha that are ranged in a neat palette that makes it easy the chile con queso, the red offered. A Parantha is made, for the cook to add just the right combination and green chile sauces, the Im told, by rolling out a light to each dish on the Indian Food Menu. salsa. I make the soups and dough and placing a cooked the stews. Even the pizza filling in the middlethe choices of filling being Gobi dough is made here fresh. (cauliflower), Aaloo (potato) or a combination of the Maribel also makes the breakfast biscuits and sautwo (which I can say from experience is very good). sage gravy from scratch, and the result, Baljinder Singh The dough is then gathered up into a ball and rolled says, is outstanding: People come from Albuquerque out again, which integrates the filling into the dough. for our biscuits and gravy. The flat circle of dough is then cooked on a griddle A Sunday buffet has recently been added at the and emerges as a moist, tasty creation that is almost Deming Truck Terminal. The buffet runs from 11 a.m. crpe-like in texture, even though it does not contain to 3 p.m. every Sunday, and features all three types eggs. of cuisine offered at the restaurant: Indian, American Desserts include Kheer (Indian rice pudding) and and Mexican. The cost is $7.95. Gajerila (carrot pudding). There are special Indian The Deming Truck Terminal is located at 1310 W. drinks available, too: Masala Tea, Lassi (a yogurt-based Spruce St. in Deming. The restaurant is open seven drink) and my favorite, Mango Lassi, which is made as days a week from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. ordered and is, in my opinion, well worth the wait. For more information, call (575) 544-2228. k All the cooking for the Indian Food Menu is done by 73-year-old Dajit Kaur Sandhu (known to all as Send Mimbres freelance writer Peggy Platonos Grandma), with the able assistance of the restautips for restaurant reviews at platonos@gilanet. rants head cook, Maribel DiLullo, who has been com or call (575) 536-2997. learning the intricacies of Indian cuisine since the spicy food was introduced in the restaurant about a

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morial W., 382-2025. Mexican: B L D. LOs COMpas CaF, 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. MaRIas, 1750 N. Solano Dr., 5569571. 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. MIgUELs, 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. Asian, Pacic: Mon.-Sat. L D. MOONgaTE CaF, 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 BROThERs PLacE, 334 S. Main St., 523-7681. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D. NELLIEs CaF, 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.* ORIENTaL PaLacE, 225 E. Idaho, 526-4864. Chinese: L D. PaIsaNO CaF, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 524-0211. Mexican: B L D.* PaNcakE ALLEY DINER, 2146 W. Picacho Ave., 647-4836. American: B L, early D. PaRkERs 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. PEpEs, 1405 W. Picacho, 5410277. Mexican: B L D. PEppERs CaF ON ThE PLaZa (IN ThE DOUbLE EagLE REsTaURaNT), 2355 Calle De Guadalupe, 523-6700. Creative handling of traditional Southwestern dishes. [plus] such non-Mexican entres 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 CaF, 361 S. Motel Blvd., 527-1993. Mexican, American, steak: Mon.-Sat. B L D. PLaYERs GRILL, 3000 Champions Dr. (NMSU golf course clubhouse), 6462457. American: B L D. PULLaROs ITaLIaN REsTaURaNT, 901 W. Picacho Ave., 523-6801. Italian: L D. Qs, 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. RascOs BBQ, 5580 Bataan Memorial E. (inside Shortys gas station). Barbecued brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, ribs. RED BRIck PIZZa, 2808 N. Telshor Blvd., 521-7300. Pizzas, sandwiches, salads: L D. RObERTOs MEXIcaN FOOD, 908 E. Amador Ave., 523-1851. Mexican: B L D.* ROsIEs CaF DE MEsILLa, 420 Avenida de Mesilla, 526-1256. Breakfast, Mexican, burgers: Sat.-Thurs. B L, Fri. B L D. SaENZ GORDITas, 1700 N. Solano Dr., 527-4212. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D. SaNTORINIs, 1001 E. University Ave., 521-9270. An eclectic blend of Greek and Mediterranean dishesgyros with different meats, such as lamb or chicken, hummus with pita, Greek saladsplus sampler plates and lessfamiliar items such as keftedes and pork shawarma. Vegetarian options are numerous. (July 2010) Greek, Mediterranean: Mon.-Sat. L D. SaVOY DE MEsILLa, 1800-B Avenida de Mesilla, 527-2869. If you are adventurous with food and enjoy a ne-dining experience that is genuinely sophisticated, without pretension or snobbishness, you denitely need to check out Savoy de Mesilla. The added attraction is that you can do this without spending a weeks salary on any of the mealsall of which are entertainingly and delectably upscale. (March 2013) American, Continental: B L D. ThE ShED, 810 S. Valley Dr., 5252636. American, pizza, Mexican, desserts: Wed.-Sun. B L.* ShEba GRILL, 2265 S. Main St., 5251100. Indian, Middle Eastern: Mon.Thurs., Sat.-Sun L D, Fri. D. SI ITaLIaN BIsTRO, 523 E. Idaho, 523-1572. Wood-red pizzas are the star of the show, along with plenty of authentic pasta dishes. (February 2006) Italian: Mon.-Sat. L D. SIMpLY TOasTED CaF, 1702 El Paseo Road, 526-1920. Sandwiches, soups, salads: B L. SI SEOR, 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.* TIFFaNYs 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, its in portions that would satisfy a GrecoRoman 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, 5259000. American: B L D, Friday sh 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 efcient 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. BIg MIkEs CaF, Thorpe Road. Mexican, breakfasts, burgers: B L D. COUNTRY CUpbOaRD, 827 Fort Selden Rd., 527-4732. American: B L D. BILLY CREWs, 1200 Country Club Road, 589-2071. Steak, seafood: L D.

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TIRED OF TURKEY?
Come out and try a great German dinner on Saturday 12 to 3pm special items. Reservations appreciated November 30.

We can do private parties of 8 or more by reservation

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Doa Ana

Radium Springs Santa Teresa

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 let mignon, at iron steak, T-bone, ribeye, New York strip, Porterhouse, barbequed pork ribs, Duck LOrange, Alaska King Crab legs,

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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. CaMpOs REsTaURaNT, 105 S. Silver, 546-0095. Mexican, American, Southwestern: L D.* CaNOs REsTaURaNT, 1200 W. Pine St., 546-3181. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. L D. ChINa REsTaURaNT, 110 E. Pine St., 546-4146. Chinese: L D. DEMINg TRUck TERMINaL, 1310 W. Spruce St., 544-2228. American, Mexican, Indian: B L D, Sun. L buffet. EL CaMINO REaL, 900 W. Pine St., 546-7421. Mexican, American: B L D. ELIsas HOUsE OF PIEs aND REsTaURaNT, 208 1/2 S. Silver Alley, 494-4639. The southern-style fare is a savory prelude to 35 avors 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. FORghEDabOUDIT pIZZa & WINgs, 2020 Hatch Hwy. 26, 275-3881. Direct from New York City, Bob Yacone and his wife, Kim Duncan, have recreated an authentic-style New York pizza parlor on the outskirts of Deming. (June 2013) Italian, pizza, wings: Mon.-Sat. L D, Sun. 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. IRMas, 123 S. Silver Ave., 5444580. Mexican, American, seafood: B L D. La FONDa, 601 E. Pine St., 546-0465. 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 thats 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), 544-8432. 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 MaDDIEs, 722 E. Florida St., 546-3345. Salads, sandwiches, juice bar, coffee drinks. MaNOLOs CaF, 120 N. Granite St., 546-0405. The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner choices, and its difcult to convey the immense range of food options available. In every section of the menu, theres a mixture of American-style comfort food items and Southwest-style Mexican dishes which no doubt qualify as Hispanic comfort food. Theres nothing particularly fancy about the food, but its 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: Mon.-Sat. L D. PaLMas ITaLIaN GRILL, 110 S. Silver, 544-3100. Even if you think you dont 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 familys New England food traditions. (Sept. 2010) Italian: L D. Sat. prime rib, Sun. buffet.* PaTIO CaF, 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, sauted 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. RaNchERs GRILL, 316 E. Cedar St., 546-8883. Steakhouse, burgers: L D.* SI SEOR, 200 E. Pine St., 5463938. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L. SUNRIsE KITchEN, 1409 S. Columbus Road, 544-7795. Good-quality comfort food. Theres nothing on the menu that is really exotic. But all the familiar dishes, both American and Mexican, are done well, and its 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. HOMELaNDs REsTaURaNT, I-10. Burgers, ribs, casino-style food: B L D.* PaTIO CaF, 23 Broadway, 531-2495. Burgers, American: B L.* ApachE

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Table Talk
n downtown Silver City, Shevek & Co. plans a busy November. On Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. is a Halloween- and Day-of-the-Dead-themed Beer Tasting Dinner. Six scary (but tasty) beers are paired with six courses of Mediterranean foods. On Nov. 9, its a Complete Dinner: France cooking class, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with a demonstration and hands-on experience preparing six traditional French dishes. (See thekissmethodgourmet.com/classes.html for details. Register by email at contact@thekissmethodgourmet.com or call 534-9168.) On Nov. 21, Beaujolais Nouveau arrives, and four-course tasting dinners follow on Nov. 22 and 23. Nov. 25 is the deadline to order Thanksgiving dinners. Then its Hanukkah, Nov. 27-Dec. 5, with dreidel-spinning specials. Thanksgiving interrupts on Nov. 28, with Shevek & Co.s special family-style dinner; seatings are on the hour from 12 noon through 6 p.m. 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com. Eat Your Heart Out has reversed course, dropping its foray into barbecue fare and going back to catering. 800 W. Market, 313-9005. Caf Oso Azul at Bear Mountain Lodge is again hosting trivia nights on Wednesdays, Nov. 6 and 13 and Dec. 4 and 11, at 7 p.m. And reservations are being taken for Thanksgiving dinner. 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538, www.bearmountainlodge.com. The Silver City Masonic Lodge will be sponsoring a Chili Challenge on Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the lodge, 11 Ridge Road. 654-5102. Tre Rosat will be serving Thanksgiving dinner, by reservation. 304 N. Bullard St., 654-4919, www.trerosat.com. Little Toad Creek in Lake Roberts is hosting a Distillers Dinner in the Woods, Nov. 15 by reservation only. The six-course spirit-paired dinner will feature the first taste of Little Toad Creeks aged whiskey ($75, dinner only $50). Then on Nov. 28, 12-7 p.m., its a gourmet Thanksgiving buffet ($27 adults, $15 ages 6-12, $5 ages 3-5). The Inn is closing for the season Dec. 2, but youll be able to visit Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillerys new tasting room in downtown Silver City, location TBA. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, info@littletoadcreek.com.

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EL ChaRRO REsTaURaNT, 209 S. P Blvd., 5423400. Mexican: B L D. FIDENcIOs, 604 E. Motel Dr., 542-8989. Mexican: B L early D. KRaNbERRYs FaMILY REsTaURaNT, 1405 Main St., 542-9400. Mexican, American: B L D. MaMa ROsas PIZZa, 1312 Main St., 542-8400. Pizza, subs, calzones, salads, chicken wings, cheeseburgers, shrimp baskets: L D. RaMONas CaF, 904 E. Motel Dr., 542-3030. Lordsburgs quit Mexican food treasure offers some unusual takes on traditional recipes. (December 2012) Mexican, American: Tues.-Fri. B L D, Sun. B mid-day D. PaNThER TRacks CaF, Hwy. 338, 5482444. Burgers, Mexican, American: Mon.-Fri. BLD RODEO STORE aND CaF. 195 HWY. 80, 5572295. Coffeeshop food: Mon.-Sat. B L. RODEO TaVERN, 557-2229. Shrimp, fried chicken, steaks, burgers, seafood: Weds.-Sat. D.

HIDALGO COUNTY Lordsburg

Animas

Rodeo

new restaurant, Bradley D and William B, has opened in the space at 2540 El Paseo Road in Las Cruces that long housed Lemongrass. American-style comfort food is the fare. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily. 652-3871. Chain eateries continue to flock to Las Cruces, with the states first outpost of the Corner Bakery now open at 2305 E. Lohman Ave. The fast-casual menu features breakfast dishes, paninis and other sandwiches, pasta and desserts. 541-5767. A second Dunkin Donuts will be firing up the fryer on East Lohman Avenue, next to Pioneer Bank, sometime in December. That will be swiftly followed by a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, aiming for a late 2013 or early 2014 opening on Mall Drive near Buffalo Wild Wings and McAlisters Deli. k Send restaurant news and listings changes to updates@red-or-green.com.
MaRIOs PIZZa, Hwy. 180, 5392316. ) Italian: Mon.-Tues., Fri.-Sat. D.

ADObE CaF, Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 180, 533-6146. Deli, American, Mon. pizza, Sunday BBQ ribs: Sun.-Mon. B L D, Wed.-Fri. B L. CaRMENs, 101 Main St., 533-6990. Mexican, American: B L D. ELLas CaF, 533-6111. American: B L D. UNcLE BILLs BaR, 230 N. Main St., 533-6369. Pizza: Mon.-Sat. L D. ALMa GRILL, Hwy. 180, 539-2233. Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, Mexican: Sun.-Weds., Fri.-Sat. B L. GOLDEN GIRLs CaF, Hwy. 180, 5392457. Dig into an honest taste of the local sc Breakfast: B.

CATRON COUNTY Reserve

BaRbER ShOp CaF, Main St., 895-5283. American, Mediterranean, sandwiches: Thurs.-Sat. L. HILLsbORO GENERaL STORE & CaF, 100 Main St., 895-5306. American and Southwestern: Sun.-Wed., Fri.-Sat. B L. NOTERestaurant hours and meals served vary by day of the week and change frequently; call ahead to make sure. Key to abbreviations: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.*=Find copies of Desert Exposure here. Send updates, additions and corrections to: updates@ red-or-green.com. k

SIERRA COUNTY Hillsboro

Glenwood

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40 Days & 40 Nights

Whats Going on in November


Plus a look ahead into early December.
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Silver City/Grant County 1 C C Single and group categories. 9 p.m. Dianes Parlor,
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501 N. Bullard St. TasTINg DINNERSix Day of the Dead- and Halloween-themed beers paired with Mediterranean foods. 6:30 p.m. Shevek & Co., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, contact@silver-eats.com. WNMU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. CSU-PUEbLO7 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. ART AcROss NEW MEXIcOOpening reception. 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 5412154, las-cruces.org/museums. DEscaNsOsExhibit through Nov. 23. Opening reception. Storm Sermay photographs. 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums. DIa DE LOs MUERTOsThrough Nov. 3. Music and food, candlelight procession, homemade altars, giant piata. 2-7 p.m. Old Mesilla Plaza, 524-3262, mesillanm.gov/tourism. ENOUgh SaIDThrough Nov. 7. Nicole Holofceners new romantic comedy tells the story of a pair of single parents who nd a romantic connection just when theyve given up on the idea of love. James Gandolni costars as a big softy named Albert. His failed marriage has left him emotionally bruised. But when he meets Julia Louis-Dreyfus neurotically lovable masseuse, Eva, at a party, sarcastic sparks y. 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, mesillavalleylm.org. JaMEs aND ThE GIaNT PEachJames Henry Trotter escapes his tragic early life by going on an amazing journey with a giant peach. 5 and 7 p.m. $5. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre.com/ boxofce.php. LUNchTIME YOgaFridays. 12 p.m. $12. Downtown Desert Yoga, 126 S. Downtown Main St. NMSU WOMENs SOccER Vs. UTah VaLLEY3 p.m. NMSU Soccer Fields. SOFTbaLL ChaMpIONshIpsThough Nov. 3. Mens and Womens Division. Harty Softball Complex, Paz Park, Maag Park.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

5Th ANNUaL ALL SOULs TRaIL RacERugged 5K and 10K trail races on Boston Hill. 9 a.m. La Capilla, 5242902, mrgreendreams@msn.com. CRaFT CLassPocket Shrine Adult Craft Class. Limited to six students. 12:30-4 p.m. $35, includes supplies. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. DaY OF ThE DEaD DOWNTOWN CELEbRaTIONMusic, food, arts and crafts, childrens activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Yankie/Texas Arts District. FIDDLINg FRIENDs12:15-1 p.m. Alotta Gelato. WNMU FOOTbaLL Vs. ChaDRON STaTE COLLEgE12 p.m. wnmumustangs. com. GUaTEMaLaN MaRkET HOLIDaY SaLE9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. MRAC/ Wells Fargo Bank Gallery, 1201 N Pope St., mimbresarts.org. HaVINg YOUR CakE aND EaTINg IT TOO: PRacTIcINg ThE ART OF GETTINg WhaT YOU WaNT!Through Nov. 3. Blake Farley. Two-day retreat. Pre-register. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $99. Agave Spirit Retreats, 514-4509, director@ agavespiritretreats.com. STaRs-N-PaRksVenus is low in the west. Neptune and Uranus are in the east. The Sagittarius Milky Way is past the meridian. Fall constellations are rising. M31 is available for observation. 7:25 p.m. $5 park entrance fee. City of Rocks State Park, astro-npo.org. 109Th ANNUaL BaZaaRBrunch, bake sale, clothing boutique, crafts, Nancy Wyatt pottery. Bazaar 9 a.m.-1 p.m., next door garage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 7th and Texas, 538-2015. WNMU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. NEW MEXIcO HIghLaNDs7 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. BasIc DOWsINg CLass1-3:30 p.m.

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$15. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces/Mesilla 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522ARgENTINE TaNgO DE Las CRUcEs 4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. Tuesdays. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU COMpOsTINg WORkshOpMVM students free with ID. 2251 Calle de Farm Manager Lori Garton. Learn how Santiago, 620-0377. to build and maintain a compost heap TRap, NEUTER & RETURN: FERaL CaT the right way. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $20, CaREJoe Miele. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. $15 members. MVM Farm, 2653 Snow Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, Road, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket. 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop. coop.. Animas DIa DE LOs MUERTOsSee Nov. 1. ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT Through Nov. 3. 12-7 p.m. Old Mesilla AssIsTaNcE10 a.m.-1 p.m. Elementary Plaza, 524-3262, mesillanm.gov/tourSchool. 534-0248. ism. EVERETT HOWLHigh Desert BrewW ednesday ing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. Silver City/Grant County GUIDED HIkEsSaturdays and ANThONY KEaRNsIrelands nest Sundays. 2:30 p.m. Park entrance fee. tenor. 7:30 p.m. $20, $5 students to age Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 17. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theater, Calle de Norte, 523-4398. 538-5862, gcconcerts.org. HIgh SchOOL BaND COMpETIHUNgER FOR KNOWLEDgE DINNER TION$15. NMSU Aggies Memorial See story in this issue. 5-7 p.m. $15. The Stadium, 646-1420, 532-2060, nmstaCommons Center for Food Security and tesports.com. Sustainability, 501 E. 13th., 538-6634. NMSU SWIMMINg aND DIVINg Vs. TRIVIa NIghTBring yourself or a NORThERN COLORaDO11:30 a.m. team of seven people, max. 7 p.m. Free. RENaIssaNcE ARTsFaIREThrough Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Nov. 3. Spend a weekend with kings Ranch Road, 538-2538. and queens at the annual Renaissance ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT ArtsFaire. Local, state and regional artiAssIsTaNcE4-8 p.m. WNMU Library. sans gather to participate in a juried art 534-0248. show and exhibition. Live theater, dancVirden ing, music and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT las-cruces-arts.org. Young Park, 1905 E. AssIsTaNcE4-7 p.m. Nevada Ave. Community Center. SaTURDaY MORN534-0248. INg BIRD WaLksSaturdays. With members T hursday of local Audubon Silver City/ Society and park Grant volunteers. 8:15 p.m. County Park entrance fee. BROWN Bag Mesilla Valley Bosque PROgRaMThe Bell State Park, 5000 Calle Ranch with David de Norte, 523-4398. Remley. 12-1 p.m. STORYTELLERs OF Silver City MuLas CRUcEsGloria seum Annex, 302 W. Hacker. 10:30 a.m. Broadway, 538-5921, Coas Books Downtown, silvercitymuseum.org. 317 N. Water St. HIsTORY aND STORYTELLERs OF BasEbaLLThe focus is Las CRUcEsFlorence on the 1925 baseball Hamilton. 10:30 a.m. team; the players, Coas Books Solano, their families and On Nov. 9, the Silver City 1101 S. Solano. some history of some Museum will feature the Deming Chicago Black Sox HOLIDaY ART FEsbook Two Prospectors: The players who came to TIVaLThrough Nov. Fort Bayard and the Letters of Sam Shepard & 3. 9 a.m. Convention area to work and play Johnny Dark, edited by Center, 2300 E. Pine baseball. Mary DarSt. Chad Hammett. ling and Kathy Hill. LUNa COUNTY 3 p.m. Fort Bayard, PsYchIc FaIREEvery Saturday. 11 (505) 220-1854, (307) 640-3012. a.m.-4 p.m. 4815 Silver City Hwy. NW, INTRODUcTION TO YaRD aND GaRDEN jackassjunctionpublishing.com. INFRasTRUcTURE DEsIgNJean Eisenhower. 12-1 p.m. Free. Silver City Co-Op S unday Community Room, 520 N. Bullard St., D aylight S a V ing 388-2343, homeandgardeninspiration. T ime E nds net.

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Enough Said (Starring James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus) The Spectacular Now Populaire (French with subtitles.) Mother of George (A film about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law.) Wadjda (Arabic with subtitles.)

2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla www.mesillavalleylm.org (575) 524-8287 Shows nightly at 7:30- Sunday Matinee at 2:30.
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mesillanm.gov/tourism. GUIDED HIkEsSaturdays and Sundays. 2:30 p.m. Park entrance fee. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. NEW HORIZONs SYMphONYFelix Mendelssohn, The Hebrrides (Fingals Cave), Johann Hummel, Trumpet Concerto in E at, Allegro con spirito, Andante Sostenuto, Rondo, Pancho Romero, trumpet. 3 p.m. Free. NMSU Atkinson Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe, 6462421, music.nmsu.edu. NMSU WOMENs SOccER Vs. BakERsFIELD1 p.m. NMSU Soccer Fields. RENaIssaNcE ARTsFaIRESee Nov. 2. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. las-cruces-arts.org. Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave. DPAT JaM SEssIONSundays. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org.

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BIg BaND DaNcE CLUbJim Helder Septet. 7-10 p.m. $9, $7 members. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. NMSU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. UMKC7 p.m. SEaN AshbYHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. SpIRITUaL PsYchIc TaROT REaDINgs Linda Marlena Carr. 2-5 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop. ThE COLOR OF PIE TOWNOpening reception. Pie and coffee. The exhibit includes 37 of Russell Lees iconic color photographs of Pie Town from 1940. 6-8 p.m. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 5224100, nmfarmandranchmuseum.org. TRaDITIONaL & SpEcIaLTY ChEEsE TasTINg10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop.

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ENROLLMENT ssIsTaNcE4-5 p.m. Silver City Public Library. 534-0248. NMSU MENs BaskETbaLL Vs. UNMPan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu.

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AUTUMN HaRVEsT FEsTIVaL Through Nov. 10. Arts and crafts show. 4-7 p.m. Grant County Conference Center, Hwy. 180E, 534-0510, showyourcrafts@ymail.com. GOLDEN DRagON ChINEsE AcRObaTs FROM ChINaImpresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques. 7 p.m. WNMU

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ts that time of year when autumn slides into the holiday season, with plenty of must-do events representing both seasons. In Las Cruces, fall is still in full swing at the annual Renaissance ArtsFaire, at Young Park Nov. 2-3. But in Silver City on Nov. 2, the holiday shopping season is already starting with the 109th Annual Bazaar at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. More seasonal shopping can be had at the Autumn Harvest Festival at the Grant County Business and Conference Center, Nov. 8-10.

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lenty of performances will tempt your ticket dollars in November, too. The Grant County Community Concert Association brings Irish tenor Anthony Kearns to the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre on Nov. 6. Born into a musical family in Kiltealy County, Wexford, Ireland, Kearns began performing in his youth and won several competitions throughout Ireland. Most recently, in March, he performed for PresiR. Carlos Nakai. dent Obama and Irish Prime Minister Kenny at the Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Kearns repertoire ranges from into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Irish favorites to Broadway, from light comedy to Fame in 2005. The Library of Congress has more than 30 of his recordings preserved in the American grand opera. Then on Nov. 8, the Mimbres Region Arts Coun- Folklife Center. cils Performance Series presents the Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats, also at the WNMU he Fall Classic, the World Series, is barely Fine Arts Center Theatre. Continuing a tradition behind us, and you can still get a bit of basedating back 25 centuries, impresario Danny Chang ball at historic Fort Bayard on Nov. 7. A and choreographer Angela Chang combine acro- special Baseball and History tour at 3 p.m. will batics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, focus on the 1925 baseball team, the players and ancient and contemporary music and theatrical their families, and those Chicago Black Sox playtechniques. The acrobats use everyday objects ers who came to Fort Bayard and the area to work such as plates, jars and bowls, and perform such and play. Baseball was a popular activity for playphysical feats as the sigers and fans, entertaining nature Thousand Hands locals and the tuberculosis Dance, umbrella jugpatients at the old fort hosgling, and air floating. pital. Guest speaker and On Nov. 15 and 17, author Mary Darling will the Hi Lo Silvers present present her screenplay, At their autumn concert at First a Prince. Other guests First Presbyterian Church will include family members Fellowship Hall. Directed and descendants of the 1925 by Valdeen Wooton and Fort Bayard baseball team accompanied by Virginia players, author Terry HumRobertson on piano and ble and tour guide Kathy Hill Bill Baldwin on bass viol, Members of the Chicago White Sox team of the Fort Bayard Historic the chorus will sing old that became infamous as the Black Sox. Preservation Society. The favorites, spirituals, and tour will begin at the New songs from Broadway Deal Theater. and film. Also on the program is a song by the Spare If youd rather make a pitch, Hollywood-style, Parts barbershop ensemble. find yourself at the Silco Theatre in downtown SilFamed Native American flute player R. Carlos ver City on Nov. 13 for So You Want to Be in NM Nakai, along with Will Clipman, performs in a spe- Pictures? This New Mexico Film Office Town Hall cial benefit concert, Awakening the Fire, for will feature headshots for casting directors, 6-7 Gila/Mimbres Community Radio on Nov. 17 at the p.m., a presentation on local film opportunities, 7-8 Old Elks Club in Silver City. (GMCR members can p.m., and The Making of a Marquee, a short film attend a members-only house concert and dinner about the Silcos new sign. the previous evening.) A native of Flagstaff, Ariz., of Navajo and Ute heritage, Nakai was inducted ollywood is also the theme for Silver Citys annual downtown Lighted Christmas Parade on Nov. 30, Holiday Magic on the Silver Screen. Before the parade begins at 7 p.m., you can enjoy holiday crafts for kids at the Silver City Museum, get your photo taken with Santa at Gallery 400, and listen to music by Brandon Perrault and Friends on Broadway. Over in Las Cruces, the season starts even earlier with the world premiere of an all-new musical version of Charles Dickens classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he confronts the spirits of Christmases past, present and future. After a preview on Nov. 21, the American Southwest Theater Companys production of A Christmas Carol at the NMSU Center for the Arts runs Nov. 22 to Dec. 8. Adapted by NMSUs Tom Smith, the production will feature additional songs by Roger Butterley. Says Smith, At its heart, this is a ghost story. But its also a story about confronting ones past, and opening your eyes to the world around you. Its the everyone in Tiny Tims God bless us, everyAnthony Kearns. one that this piece really embraces. k

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Fine Arts Center Theatre. mimbresarts. org. INTO ThE MINDAdventure Art Series. 6:30 p.m. $8. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. NMSU WOMENs SOccERThough Nov. 10. Hosts WAC Tournament. ThE SpEcTacULaR NOWThrough Nov. 14. Sutter Keely is an underachieving high school senior whose easygoing charm makes him well-liked but not taken seriously. Sweetly innocent Aimee Finecky is a top student, sunny and hardworking. Will Aimees inuence set Sutter straight? Or will he break her heart? 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, mesillavalleylm.org. Plaza, 525-1735, lascrucesmariachi. org. WAC SOccER TOURNaMENTNMSU Soccer Fields. DPAT JaM SEssIONSundays. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org. M onday Veterans D ay
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p.m. Free. Grant County Conference Center, 3031 Hwy 180 E., berartscollective.org. HI LO SILVERs AUTUMN CONcERTAlso Nov. 17. Directed by Valdeen Wooton and accompanied by Virginia Robertson on piano and Bill Baldwin on bass viol, the chorus will sing old favorites, spirituals, and songs from Broadway and lm. Also on the program is a song by the Spare Parts barbershop ensemble. 7 p.m. Free. First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1915 N. Swan St. R. CaRLOs NakaI aND WILL CLIpMaNAlso Nov. 16. A special GMCR members-only house concert and dinner. 5:30 p.m. Old Elks Lodge, 315 N. Texas St. 597-4891, gmcr.org. WNMU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. ADaMs STaTE UNIVERsITY7 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. DIsTILLERs DINNER IN ThE WOODs Six-course spirit-paired dinner will feature the rst taste of Little Toad Creeks aged whiskey. Reservation required. $75, dinner only $50. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, 1122 Hwy. 35, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, info@littletoadcreek. com. EL TRaTaDO DE La MEsILLa REENacTMENTRe-enactment of 1854 ratication of the Gadsden Purchase. 2 p.m. Free. Old Mesilla Plaza, 524-3262, mesillanm.gov/tourism. NMSU BaskETbaLL Vs. UTEPPan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu. edu. POpULaIREThrough Nov. 21. A perky young secretary seems to be just the type for a French insurance agent in this romantic comedy that manages to turn the speed-typing competitions of the 1950s into cinematic fodder. French with 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, mesillavalleylm.org.

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tions. Keynote speaker: Department of New Mexico Veterans Services Deputy Secretary Alan T. Martinez. 10 a.m. Fort Bayard National Cemetery. WIDOWED PERsONs SERVIcESuzanne Thompson will speak about Medicare. 11 a.m. $10 includes lunch. Glad Tidings church, 537-3643. VETERaNs DaY CEREMONYMusic and guest speaker. 11 a.m. Parque de los Veneranos, Mesilla.

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p.m. Grant County Conference Center, Hwy 180E, 534-0510, showyourcrafts@ ymail.com. COMpLETE DINNER: FRaNcECooking class, limited to eight. Pre-registration required. 11 a.m. Shevek & Co., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, contact@silvereats.com. CRaFT CLass: HaNDkERchIEF DOLL For crafters age 8 and older. Limit 10 crafters, pre-registration encouraged. Parent or guardian attendance required. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $5. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. EDUcaTION aND ENROLLMENT FaIR Also Nov. 23. Affordable Care Act. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Business and Conference Center, Hwy. 180E. 534-0248. FROM ThE WOODs...Exhibit Nov. 1-30. A show of natural furnishing and accents by Michael Boyle. Artists reception. 1-5 p.m. Copper Quail Gallery, 211A N. Texas, 388-2646. TWO PROspEcTORs: ThE LETTERs OF SaM ShEpaRD & JOhNNY DaRk Book signing. 2 p.m. Free. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. MaRIachI ART ShOWArt exhibit showcasing mariachi-inspired pieces from regional artists. Opening, 4-6 p.m. NMSU Corbett Center Art Gallery. CONTINUUMArtists reception. Works by Louis Ocepek. 6-8 p.m. Adobe Patio Gallery,1765 Avenida de Mercado, 640-8328, adobepatiogallery.com. DEsERT Dash10K, 5K and Childrens 1K Trail Race. Fundraiser for the non-prot Asombro Institute for Science Education. 9 a.m. $30, $35 race day. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada Road, 524-3334. JIM KEaVENYHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. NMSU AggIEs FOOTbaLL Vs. BOsTON COLLEgE$13-$30. NMSU Aggies Memorial Stadium, 646-1420, 532-2060, nmstatesports.com. NMSU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. ChIcagO STaTE7 p.m. STORYTELLERs OF Las CRUcEsLouise ODonnell. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. STORYTELLERs OF Las CRUcEsJudith Ames. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. JERI DEsROchERsSolo show and fundraiser for Casa de Peregrinos. Opening. 4-6 p.m. Unsettled Gallery, 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, unsettledgallery.com. VETERaNs DaY PaRaDE9 a.m. Downtown Main Street. RONsTaDT GENERaTIONs Y TUcONENsEs2-4 p.m. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org.

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FaTs & OILsAlso Nov. 14. Doug Simons. 12-1 p.m. Free. Silver City Co-Op Community Room, 520 N. Bullard St., 388-2343, silvercityfoodcoop.com. TakE Back ThE NIghTCommunity march for safety and streets free of violence. 5:30-8 p.m. WNMU Student Memorial Building patio.

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ARgENTINE TaNgO DE Las CRUcEs Tuesdays. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU students free with ID. 2251 Calle de Santiago, 620-0377. EVERY OThER TUEsDaYOvercome of Las Cruces. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. NMSU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. UTEP7 p.m. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam. nmsu.edu.

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Town Hall. Headshots for casting directors, 6-7 p.m. Local lm opportunities, 7-8 p.m. The Making of a Marquee short lm, 8 p.m. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard St., 538-5560. TRIVIa NIghT7 p.m. Free. Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538. ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT AssIsTaNcE5-8 p.m. Cobre High School. 534-0248. ORThO-BIONOMY: WhEN NOThINg ELsE HELps YOUR PaIN5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop.

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FaTs & OILsSee Nov. 12. 12-1 p.m. Free. Silver City Co-Op Community Room, 520 N. Bullard St., 388-2343, silvercityfoodcoop.com. GRaNT COUNTY ROLLINg STONEs GEM aND MINERaL SOcIETYAdrienne Booth of the Gila Conservation Education Center: Who We are and What We Do. Potluck dinner, bring your own service ware and a dish to share. 6 p.m. Senior Center, Victoria St., 534-1393, rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com. JEaN BIDDIckArtist lecture. Awardwinning quiltmaker. 7:30-9 p.m. WNMU Parotti Hall, 538-2505, mimbresarts. org. BIg BaND DaNcE CLUbCDs. Mike DArcy DJ. 7-10 p.m. $7. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. HIsTORY NOTEsStories of Murder and Mystery in New Mexico by Norman L. Rhoades. 1-2 p.m. Free. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, las-cruces.org/museums. La CaaDa ALaMOsa as a FRONTIERArchaeologist Karl Laumbach on archaeological and historical data recovered during 15 years of research. 7 p.m. $2. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, nmfarmandranchmuseum. org. LaURa MEYERHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT AssIsTaNcE10 a.m.-1 p.m. Community Center. 534-0248.

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Conference Center, 3031 Hwy 180 E., berartscollective.org. GRaNT COUNTY ROLLINg STONEs GEM aND MINERaL SOcIETYField trip. Contact for details. 388-2010, rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com. R. CaRLOs NakaI aND WILL CLIpMaNAwakening the Fire concert. Benets Gila/Mimbres Community Radio. Tickets online, Alotta Gelato, Gila Hike & bike. 7 p.m. $25. Old Elks Lodge, 315 N. Texas St. 597-4891, gmcr.org. TWO GaRDENINg WORkshOpsJean Eisenhower of Home and Garden Inspiration will host a combination workshop with arborist Cheyenne Thomas, who will teach proper pruning for tree beauty, health and productivity, demonstrating techniques on ve fruit trees on the site. After a bring-your-own lunch, Eisenhower will present an introduction to yard and garden infrastructure design. Reservations required, space limited. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $25. homeandgardeninspiration.net. WNMU FOOTbaLL Vs. NEW MEXIcO HIghLaNDs12 p.m. WNMU Ben Altamirano Memorial Stadium, wnmumustangs.com. WNMU WOMENs BaskETbaLL Vs. SULL ROss STaTE UNIVERsITY4:30 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. WNMU VOLLEYbaLL Vs. WEsTERN STaTE COLORaDO UNIVERsITY7 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. 1sT ANNUaL NaTIVE AMERIcaN MaRkETWorks by Native American artists, lectures, cultural demonstrations. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 park entrance fee. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. ANgELINa BaLLERINa, ThE MUsIcaL2 p.m. $15, $25. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 5236403, riograndetheatre.com. CW AYONHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. DaNZas SIN FRONTERasPan American Dance Institute showcases dance companies from New Mexico and Texas. 7 p.m. Renfrom Gym, 646-2070. DEsERT BabY-WEaRERs10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop. Map DOWsINg & DOWsINg FOR ENERgIEsPre-requisite: Basic Dowsing Course or equivalent. 1-3:30 p.m. $15, $12 Friends. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road,

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Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Guadalupe Montessori, 1731 N. Alabama St., Silver City Currently seeking tree decorators, bakers, and volunteers!

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AUTUMN HaRVEsT FEsTIVaLSee Nov. 8. 4-7 p.m. Grant County Conference Center, Hwy. 180E. 534-0510, showyourcrafts@ymail.com. ChILI ChaLLENgE11 a.m.-2 p.m. Silver City Masonic Hall, 11 Ridge Road. FULL CIRcLEMesilla Valley Dance Collective. 7 p.m. $10. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. LOOk WhOs DaNcINg3-10 p.m. agavit@nmsu.edu. Pan Am Center, 6461420, panam.nmsu.edu. MaRIachI SUNDaYsMariachi Diamante (Deming) and Mariachi Diamante (Las Cruces High School) and Ballet Folklorico Pizintli. 3-5 p.m. Old Mesilla

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Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1915 N. Swan St. SILVER CITY MUsEUM SOcIETY ANNUaL MEETINg1-4 p.m. WNMU Global Resource Center, 12th & Kentucky, silvercitymuseum.org. FUNDRaIsINg DINNERBenets Bridge Community. Entertainment by Gila Highlanders. Pasta, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. 4 p.m. $10. First United Methodist Church, 314 W. College Ave. 538-5754. COMpassION & ChOIcEs1:30-3 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St. 527-8432, jnaomiscott@ comcast.net. MaRIachI SUNDaYs IN OLD MEsILLaMariachi Real de Chihuahua, Mariachi Herradero, Maraichi Tapatio and Ballet Folklorico del Amanecer. 3-5 p.m. Old Mesilla Plaza, 525-1735, lascrucesmariachi.org. DPAT JaM SEssIONSundays. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org. LE ChaT LUNaTIqUEFilthy, mangy jazz. 3-5 p.m. $5. Hillsboro Community Center, Elenora St., 895-5686, lmckray@me.com.

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Earth Matters A show about earthly


matters that impact us all!
Brought to you by: Gila/Mimbres Community Radio Gila Resources Information Project New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Upper Gila Watershed Alliance

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BaskETbaLL NEW MEXIcO6 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT AssIsTaNcE4-5 p.m. Silver City Public Library. 534-0248.
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FOR FIbROMYaLgIa: OpTIONDr. Tapiwa Chiwawa. 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop. ARgENTINE TaNgO DE Las CRUcEs Tuesdays. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU students free with ID. 2251 Calle de Santiago, 620-0377. RIchTER UZaR DUOBrad Richter (guitarist) and Viktor Uzur (cellist). 7:30 p.m. $20. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. EW hE ppER ERVIcaL

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GREg aND ChaRLIEOriginal The story behind the Silcos new sign will be part of folk and favorite So You Want to Be in NM Pictures? Nov. 13. classic folk-rock. 6:30-9 p.m. Free. com/boxofce.php. Dianes Parlor, 501 N. Bullard St. OLD GROVEHigh Desert Brewing, BEaUjOLaIs NOUVEaU PaRTYAlso 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. Nov. 23. 5-9 p.m. Shevek & Co., 602 POTTERs GUILD OF Las CRUcEs 31sT N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats. ANNUaL HOLIDaY SaLE10 a.m.-4 p.m. com. Las Cruces Association of Realtors buildLas Cruces/Mesilla ing, 150 E. Idaho. A ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. RObERT MIRabaL PREsENTs: BLUE Through Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. CORN, ThE JOURNEYFeaturing the JeNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. mez Pueblo Dancers. 7-9 p.m. $25-$35. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown com/boxofce.php. Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. INTERNaTIONaL MaRIachI CONFERSTORYTELLERs OF Las CRUcEsDougENcEStudent showcase. 7:30-9:45 las Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books p.m. $9-$10. Pan Am Center, 646Downtown, 317 N. Water St. 1420, panam.nmsu.edu. 525-1735, STORYTELLERs OF Las CRUcEsJean lascrucesmariachi.org Gilbert. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, MOThER OF GEORgEThrough Nov. 1101 S. Solano. 27. A lm about true love, infertility and ThE COWbOY WaYNew exhibit a meddling mother-in-law. The couple by Robert Shooy Shufelt. Farm & under duress is part of Brooklyns closeRanch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping knit Nigerian immigrant community. It Springs Road, 522-4100, nmfarmanbegins with a traditional Nigerian weddranchmuseum.org. ding in a crowded Brooklyn apartment. Kingston The idea of childrenone of whom will MIgRaTIONOpening reception be named Georgeis woven throughout for art show. 12-5 p.m. Percha Bank the words blessing their union. Nightly Museum and Gallery, Main St. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $7 regular, Lordsburg $6 seniors and students, $5 MVFS ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT members, children and Weds. Fountain AssIsTaNcE11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hidalgo Theatre, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Learning Center. 534-0248. 524-8287, mesillavalleylm.org. Rodeo POTTERs GUILD OF Las CRUcEs 31sT ChIRIcahUa GaLLERY HOLIDaY ANNUaL HOLIDaY SaLEAlso Nov. 23. ShOWFeatures original work by local 1-6 p.m. Las Cruces Association of Realand regional artists and artisans with an tors building, 150 E. Idaho. emphasis on southwestern and nature S aturday
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NMSU MENs BaskETbaLL Vs. NORThERN COLORaDOPan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu. GaRDEN CaRE FRIENDs OF ROckhOUND STaTE PaRk9 a.m. Rockhound State Park, Hwy. 143.

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delicious sample foods and join the fun at your community market. Silver City Co-Op, 520 N. Bullard St., 388-2343, silvercityfoodcoop.com. NEWcOMERs CLUbThanksgiving meeting and luncheon. 11 a.m. $10 for lunch. Elks Lodge #413, 4051 Hwy. 90, (480) 518-5839. A ChRIsTMas CaROLThrough Dec. 8. A musical version of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre.com/boxofce. php. BIg BaND DaNcE CLUbSteppin Up. Live music. 7-10 p.m. $9, $7 members. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. BOb EINWEckHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. EaT SMaRT LIVE WELLWays you can improve your skin health through

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1 p.m. Bayard Public Library, 1112 Central Ave. STaRs-N-PaRksVenus is low in the west. Neptune and Uranus are in the east. The Sagittarius Milky Way is well past the meridian. The fall constellations are rising. M31 is available for observation at the meridian. Orion rises by programs end. 6:10 p.m. City of Rocks State Park, astro-npo.org. BEaUjOLaIs NOUVEaU PaRTY5-9 p.m. Shevek & Co., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com. WILDERNEss ARTIsaN FaIRThrough Nov. 24. Arts, gifts, entertainment. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, 1122 Hwy. 35, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, info@littletoadcreek.com. DKG CRaFT ShOWHoliday and all-occasion craft items. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Harvest Christian Fellowship Church, Hudson St. EDUcaTION aND ENROLLMENT FaIR Also Nov. 23. Affordable Care Act. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Business and Conference Center, Hwy. 180E. 534-0248.

WILDERNEss ARTIsaN FaIRSee Nov. 23. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern 1122 Hwy. 35, Lake Roberts, 536-9649, info@littletoadcreek. com. MaRIachI MassBishop Oscar Cant presiding. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam. nmsu.edu. 525-1735, lascrucesmariachi.org 20Th ANNUaL Las CRUcEs INTERNaTIONaL MaRIachI PaRqUE FEsTIVaL Colorful mix of mariachi music, folkloric dancers, New Mexican foods and family activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Old Mesilla Plaza, 525-1735, lascrucesmariachi.org. ANNUaL TOYs FOR KIDs MOTORcYcLE PaRaDEPlease bring a toy worth more than $5. 9 a.m. $10. Mesilla Valley Mall, 523-1061. ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 22. Through Dec. 8. 2 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php. DPAT JaM SEssIONSundays. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org.

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20Th ANNUaL Las CRUcEs INTERNaTIONaL MaRIachI CONFERENcE aND SpEcTacULaR CONcERTPaquita La Del Barrio with special guest Sebastien De La Cruz. El Charro de Oro. 7:30 p.m. Pan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu. edu. 525-1735, lascrucesmariachi.org ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. Through Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre.

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25 E S L W Easy ways to create your own homemade skin care.


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5-6 p.m. $3, members free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop. NMSU MENs BaskETbaLL Vs. BEThUNE-COOkMaNPan Am Center, 646-1420, panam.nmsu.edu. HOLIDaY ANTIqUE aND CRaFT ShOWAlso Dec. 1. St. Genevieves Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., 526-8624. NMSU FOOTbaLL Vs. IDahO$13-$30. NMSU Aggies Memorial Stadium, 646-1420, 532-2060, nmstatesports.com. NORaSee Nov. 29. Through Dec. 15. 8 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, no-strings.org. STORYTELLERs OF Las CRUcEsTerry Alvarez. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. DOUg FIggs2-4 p.m. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org. 6. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 300 College St., 538-5754. STUDIO SaLEThrough Dec. 8. 33rd Annual Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch. See Arts Exposure section. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch, off South Royal John Mine Road, www.studiosalemimbres.com. ThIRD ANNUaL TaMaL FIEsTa Y MsStroll along decorated streets, visit traditional crafts vendors and eclectic shops and galleries, and enjoy some of the best holiday food in the Americas. Eat tamales right on the spot at the festival, or order a dozen to take home. Downtown Silver City, 538-1337, tamalestaymas.org. SOUThWEsT BIRDsGrant County Art Guild members exhibition. Opening 1-5 p.m. JW Art Gallery, 99 Cortez Ave., Hurley, 537-0300, jwartgallery. com. FEsTIVaL OF TREEsThrough Dec. 8. See Dec. 6. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Guadalupe Montessori, 1731 N. Alabama St., 3883343, guadalupemontessory.org. AqUapONIcs WORkshOpInnovative, sustainable growing system where sh and plants are grown together, mutually beneting each other. Learn about this sustainable food system and how to produce vegetables like lettuce, sprouts and herbs in your own urban aquaponics system. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $20, $15 members. MVM Farm, 2653 Snow Road, 523-0436, mountainviewmarket.coop.. A ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. Through Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php. ILYa YakUshEVAlso Dec. 8. Piano-Classics Three. 7:30 p.m. NMSU Atkinson Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe, 646-2421. La Casa ANNUaL HOLIDaY BaZaaRAlso Dec. 8. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Convention Center, 680 E University Ave., 526-2819. NORaSee Nov. 29. Through Dec. 15. 8 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, nostrings.org. SaNTa FE OpERa HOLIDaY ShOW79 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre.com. MIkE MOUTOUX2-4 p.m. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org. LUNa COUNTY PsYchIc FaIREEvery Saturday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 4815 Silver City Hwy. NW, jackassjunctionpublishing.com. ChRIsTMas IN ThE FOOThILLsAnnual holiday arts and crafts festival. See Arts Exposure section. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hillsboro Community Center.

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ARgENTINE TaNgO DE Las CRUcEsTuesdays. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5, NMSU students free with ID. 2251 Calle de Santiago, 620-0377. EVERY OThER TUEsDaYDanny Ruley. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 5236403, riograndetheatre.com.

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ANNUaL NOchE DE LUMIp.m. Free. NMSU Corbett Center Student Union, 646-4415, A ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. Through Dec. 8. 2 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php. FaLL STUDIO TOUR10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Picacho Corridor, 635-7899, fallstudiotour@gmail.com. GUIDED HIkEsSaturdays and Sundays. Journey through the park on a ranger-led hike. 2:30 p.m. Park entrance fee. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. HOLIDaY ANTIqUE aND CRaFT ShOWSt. Genevieves Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., 526-8624.
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NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php. NORaThrough Dec. 15. A minimalist version of the play utilizing ve actors who remain on stage throughout. Set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the plot is a story of a young Victorian wife who is trapped by her own kindness and adherence to standards of what a wife must be. 8 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 5231223, no-strings.org. WaDjDaThrough Dec. 5. The deceptively simple story of a girl whos willing to do just about anything to buy her rst bicycle. The lm, which nds a sneakily innocuous way to address the severe constraints placed on women in Saudi society, was also written and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al-Mansour. Arabic with 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, mesillavalleylm.org.

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DPAT JaM SEssIONSundays. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org. KIWaNIs ChRIsTMas LIghT PaRaDE6 p.m.

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Give the gift of the Old West this holiday season!


Six-Guns and Single-Jacks: A History of Silver City and Southwestern New Mexico by Bob Alexander ($21.95)
Step back in time with as Bob Alexander colorfully recounts tales of the violence and lawlessness that made Silver City and Old Grant County one of the most dangerous places in the Southwest. Settlers and Apache struggled for control of this rugged mountain haven, while later the likes of Billy the Kid used it as a launching pad for a lifetime of crime. Alexander has synthesized his years of researching and writing about this corner of the Old West into a comprehensive history of those colorful pre-statehood days, illustrated with more than 80 rare historic photos.

MENT AssIsTaNcE8 a.m.-12 p.m. Elementary School. 534-0248.

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GREg aND JEaNOriginal folk and select covers. 2-4 p.m. Free. Yankie Creek Coffee House, Yankee and Texas. HOLIDaY CRaFTs FOR KIDsIn conjunction with the Lighted Christmas Parade. 12-1 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. JOsE ThE DONkEYBook signing by Nancy Pidutti. 2 p.m. Free. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, silvercitymuseum.org. HOLIDaY BLOck PaRTYMusic by Brandon Perrault and Friends. 12-4 p.m. Broadway, downtown. Also Santa photos at gallery 400, 1-7 p.m. LIghTED ChRIsTMas PaRaDE Holiday Magic on the Silver Screen. 7 p.m. Downtown Silver City. ThE LITTLEsT BIRDsCello and banjo folk duo. Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern, 1122 Hwy. 35, Lake Roberts, 536-9649. BOURbON LEgENDHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. Through Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php. FaLL STUDIO TOURThrough Dec. 1. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Picacho Corridor, 635-7899, fallstudiotour@gmail.com.

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WNMU WOMENs BaskETbaLL Vs. ANgELO STaTE UNIVERsITY6 p.m. wnmumustangs.com. TRIVIa NIghTBring yourself or a team of seven people, max. 7 p.m. Free. Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Ranch Road, 538-2538.

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A ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. Through Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php.

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Send events info by the 20th of the month to: events@ desertexposure.com, fax 534-4134, POBox 191, Silver City, NM 88062 or NEWsubmit your event online at www. desertexposure.com/submitevents. BEFOREYOUGO: Note that events listings are subject to change and to human error! Please conrm all dates, locations. times and

GILa WILDLIFE REscUEDennis Miller will present a short talk on the raptors in his care this past spring and summer, including the story of a Golden Eagle that survived a terrible impact with a car and was tracked after release to the north banks of Alaska. Southwest New Mexico Audubon Society. 6-7 p.m. WNMU Harlan Hall, 388-2386. NO ROOM aT ThE INNThrough Dec. 7. Nativity display returns. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 300 College St., 538-5754. FEsTIVaL OF TREEsThrough Dec. 8. Live decorated and undecorated evergreens, baked goods, handmade holiday decorations, lights, activities. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Guadalupe Montessori, 1731 N. Alabama St., 388-3343, guadalupemontessory.org. A ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 21. Through Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 646-4515, nmsutheatre. com/boxofce.php. NORaSee Nov. 29. Through Dec. 15. 8 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, no-strings.org. ACA HEaLTh INsURaNcE ENROLLMENT AssIsTaNcE11 a.m.-3 p.m. Special Events Center. 534-0248.

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Desert Desperadoes: The Banditti of Southwestern New Mexico by Bob Alexander ($21.95)
Award-winning author Bob Alexander traces the areas Old West outlaws across Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley, Silver City and Grant County, Deming and Columbus, Lordsburg and Shakespeare, into the Gila and even to El Paso and southeastern Arizona. Besides such well-known desperadoes as Billy the Kid and Johnny Ringo, the book colorfully recounts the careers of characters including Bronco Bill Walters, Curly Bill Brocius, Kit Joy, Three-Fingered Jack Dunlap, Pony Diehl, Black Jack Christian, Six-Shooter Smith and John Kinney, King of the Rustlers. Among those seeking to bring the books banditti to justice are Pat Garrett, Dangerous Dan Tucker and Harvey Whitehill. Illustrated with more than 80 rare historical photographs, plus a cover by noted Western artist Donald Yena.

STUDIO SaLESee Dec. 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mimbres Hotsprings Ranch, off South Royal John Mine Road. www. studiosalemimbres.com. FEsTIVaL OF TREEsSee Dec. 6. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Guadalupe Montessori, 1731 N. Alabama St., 388-3343, guadalupemontessory.org. A ChRIsTMas CaROLSee Nov. 22. 2 p.m. $10-$17. NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave., 6464515, nmsutheatre.com/boxofce.php. ILYa YakUshEVSee Dec. 7. 3 p.m. NMSU Atkinson Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe, 646-2421. La Casa ANNUaL HOLIDaY BaZaaRSee Dec. 7. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., 526-2819. Las CRUcEs MaRaThONMarathon, half marathon, 5k, and fun run. NORaSee Nov. 29. Through Dec. 15. 2:30 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors over 65. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223, no-strings.org. DPAT JaM SEssIONSundays. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 110 E. Pine, 545-8872, dpat.org.

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Available locally at: Silver City Museum OKeefes Bookstore in Silver City Log Cabin Curio Shop in Pinos Altos Mesilla Book Center

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the first bag, $40 for the second and $90 for the third. (There is no room on the airlinebagfees.com website, alas, for the charge for a fourth bag, which I believe has something to do with first-born male child or pound of flesh. The latter would have the happy side effect of reducing the planes load and thus fuel consumption.) Other airlines have held off on this obvious follow-up punch to checked-baggage fees. But the road (sorry, runway) ahead is clear: Soon penny-pinching passengers will board with no baggage at all, checked or carry-on, only the things they can stuff in their pockets. (This in turn will of course cause a massive backup at the TSA security lanes, where this pocket luggage will have to be disgorged, scanned and then laboriously repacked. Isnt the law of unintended consequences fun?)

Continental Divide David A . Fryxell

An inspiring lesson in Big-Airline Economics 101.

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or the benefit of those of you planning holiday air travel, Id like to share some lessons learned during a recent whirlwind round-trip flight to the East Coast. To make the most of your flying experience, its important to understand the economics driving (if youll pardon the expression) the major air carriers. First, keep in mind that airlines have been deregulated since the Bad Old Days when you could catch a flight pretty much from anywhere to everywhere. For anyone who recalls with a shudder of horror the era when flying was like attending a posh cocktail party in the sky, with polite and welldressed fellow passengers and flight attendants with duties besides grim safety instructions and repacking bulging overhead bins, this surely comes as a relief. Being able to fly from my hometown of Sioux Falls to Chicago without having to change plans at, say, Dallas, was such a burden. What to do with all that time on your hands? Better yet, there simply arent as many airlines to have to keep track of nowadays. Pan Am, TWA, Eastern, Western, Northwest, North Central, Ozark and all the others that cluttered our brains back then have gone to the Great Terminal in the Sky (no doubt having to connect through Atlanta). Until the federal government woke up and belatedly realized we would soon have only one or two major airlines, American and USAir were about to merge, too. (USAir, remember, is itself the product of an earlier merger between USAirways and America West. The airline also contains bits of the corporate DNA of Empire Airlines, Mohawk Airlines, Lake Central Airlines, Allegheny Airlines, PSA, Piedmont Airlines and even the Trump Shuttle. Trying to untangle its lineage is like doing genealogy in the backwoods of West Virginia.) Free of all this clutter, competition and overhead, the airlines were supposed to transform into a model of passenger-centric efficiency and profitability. Stockholders as well as the flying public were guaranteed a golden age of hot and cold running profits and trouble-free transportation. Instead, of course, the big airlines began losing money faster than they could lose bags.

ot to worry! The pillars of free enterprise at the helm of the nations major airlines had a solution to this sea of red inkfees! Everything you once took for granted as a fare-paying passenger would now cost you. The most prominent example of such a fee is the surcharge for checking a bag. With the notable exception of Southwest Airlines (on JetBlue the first checked bag is free), youll pay at least $20 to check

a bag; fees soar to as high as $100 for a third bag. If any of your bags is overweight, it would be cheaper to purchase your own plane. Who could possibly have foreseen that this enterprising innovation would cause passengers to carry on their bags instead? (Adam Smith, you can put your hand down now, Mister Know-It-All Smarty Pants.) Already disincentivized (as executives like to say on their PowerPoint slides) by checked baggage arriving late or not at all, cheapskate passengers responded with a boom in wheeled roller board bags. Stuffed like Thanksgiving turduckens with all a passengers worldly goods, in blithe disregard of those dust-gathering Your Bag Must Fit Here setups, these humungous contraptions lay claim to overhead bins like Hitler with the Sudetenland. Folks looking to store a briefcase or coat might as well fly them from the wings. On my recent ordealI mean, flightsI had to help a woman too short and weak to stuff her roller board into the overhead bin. What if, I wondered, she hadnt been seated next to a tallish, adequately muscled (ahem) man she could implore for help? (I wondered this only after pondering what the heck was in her bagthe parts to a Sherman tank?) Is it really wise to travel with a bag so overladen you cannot lift it yourself? Even so, she also carried a purse big enough to hold a St. Bernard, which she clutched on her lap the entire time in feckless disobedience to safety instructions. The roller-board boom has also led to a race to board the plane, as inevitably the overhead space fills up before all passengers can stow their stuff. (Intriguingly, those who must then gate-check their orphaned bags do not have to pay for the privilege. Unless disincentivized by delays at their destination or by simply never seeing their luggage again, arent these folks getting away with something?) Amazingly, passengers now jostle for the privilege of boarding first and spending extra minutes crammed into seats made of foam and cardboard with legroom adequate only for what the politically correct call little people. Here again, the genius of the airline barons comes to the fore! Having coerced people to carry on their bags, causing a crush to board, the airlines now have begun charging still more fees for getting on the plane first to claim that precious overhead space. Who says capitalism is not the greatest system in the universe? ouve no doubt already foreseen the inevitable next step in this evolution, which is of course to also charge passengers for carry-on bags. Spirit Airlines, a pioneer in the cattle car with wings approach to serving (I use the term loosely) the flying public, has already broken the ice by charging $35 per carry-on item. Thats in addition to $33 for

If any of your bags is overweight, it would be cheaper to purchase your own plane.

ltimately, given the TSA pressures, the only solution will be for passengers to fly naked (not a pretty thought if youve scoped out the flying public lately), with only a plastic lanyard about their necks to hold their photo ID and boarding pass. After several sticky hours of bare flesh adhering to plastic airline seats, they will have to be pried free to exit the aircraft. Upon arriving at their destinations, air travelers will have little choice but to stock up at wildly overpriced airport shops. (Underwear Now Only $80! Pants $125 Per Leg!) Think about it: If you were a cab driver or airport-motel or rental-car bus operator, would you stop and pick up some naked guy? So you can pay those baggage fees now or buy a whole new wardrobe laterits up to you. Either way, all that consumer spending will be a huge boost to the economy. (Admittedly, buying new clothes mostly gives a boost to the economy in China and Malaysia, but Asian sweatshop managers have to eat, too.) Brilliant, isnt it? My appreciation for how well this all works outnot for me or other air travelers, but lets look at the big picture here!gave me great comfort as I gobbled my $12 airport-vendor sandwich and guzzled my stillfree-for-now inflight soft drink on my recent trip. At least, I thought, if this questionable fare doesnt sit well with my stomach, the airplane bathrooms are still free. By the time you read this, though, Im sure the captains of industry will have closed that loophole, too. k Long before editing Desert Exposure, David A. Fryxell started his career on an inight magazine, TWA Ambassador.

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