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6 Editors Notebook The Hunger Games Election
For the 1%, the odds are ever in their favor. By David A. Fryxell

40 The Starry Dome Capricornus, the Goat

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

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8 Letters
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41 Body, Mind & Spirit Fires and Healthcare

Teamwork is the key to keeping up with the exploding demand for healthcare. By Dr. James R. Skee

9 Henry Lightcaps Journal Youre in Good Hands

Solving the uninsured motorist problem. By Henry Lightcap

43 Body, Mind & Spirit Walk It Off

Six healthy reasons to lace up those walking shoes. By Ginerva Holtkamp

10 Desert Diary
Golf jokes, puns and more reader tales.

44 Body, Mind & Spirit EarthTalk

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12 Tumbleweeds Double Take

Silver City author M. John Fayhee has a double dose of new books. By Donna Clayton Walter

45 Body, Mind & Spirit From Blame to Peace

How to get out of the cycle of someone done me wrong. By Gaye Rock

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14 Tumbleweeds
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16 Arts Exposure Connect the Dots

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47 Body, Mind & Spirit Weekly Events

Grant County support groups, classes and more.

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16 Arts Exposure Arts Scene

Latest area art happenings.

48 Ramblin Outdoors A Little Ramblin

Of binoculars and bites. By Larry Lightner

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20 Arts Exposure Down in the Valley

Next months Mimbres artisans festival.

49 Talking Horses The Power of a Long Line

A horse that listens backwards. By Scott Thomson

21 Arts Exposure Gallery Guide

Where to enjoy art in our area.

50 Red or Green? Dining Guide

Restaurant guide for Southwest New Mexico.

22 The Lively Arts Tell Me a Story

The Storytellers of Las Cruces have been spinning yarns for 85 years. By Karen Ray

52 Red or Green? Cooked to Order

Have it your way at Silver Citys Chinese Palace. By Peggy Platonos

24 Hiking Apacheria A Hike Through History

Revisiting some favorite sites in Apache country. By Jerry Eagan

54 Red or Green? Table Talk

Restaurant news.

56 40 Days & 40 Nights

Complete area events guide for October and early November.

28 Getaways Floating Away for the Weekend

Truth or Consequences offers hot-springs soaks, art and more. By Donna Clayton Walter

58 The To-Do List

Dont-miss events this month.

32 Southwest Wildlife Vanishing Riparian Landscapes

Can we meet the threats to the Southwests water systems? By Jay W. Sharp

61 Pet Talk Good to Go

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35 Borderlines Law and Order

Enforcing calm in Palomas. By Marjorie Lilly

62 Continental Divide Life on Mars

A suspiciously familiar landscape. By David A. Fryxell About the cover: Red Cat by Victoria Chick, whose Arenas Valley studio will be featured in this months Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk. Read more about Chick and the event in the Arts Exposure section.

36 2012 Writing Contest The Tunnel of Love?

Hester and George plan a breakoutfrom the nursing home. By Mary Ann ODonnell

38 2012 Writing Contest It Came from the Agave!

When the agave started to bloom, the battle began. By Tara Straubinger

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hose only glancingly familiar with Suzanne Collins best-selling Hunger Games trilogy probably think its simply Survivor with a teenage-girl archer. But Gary Ross, who directed the film adaptation of the first book, recently released on DVD, sees the saga in broader terms: Its about the haves and have-notsthe 99% versus the 1%. Its about the preservation of your humanity in the face of a system that seeks to rob you of it. In a telling scene from the Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of The first book, young heroine Kat- Hunger Games. Says director Gary Ross: Its about the haves and niss Everdeen attends a lavish have-notsthe 99% versus the 1%. banquet before shes thrust into gladiatorial-style games for the amusement of the to the Democratic convention last month, Were plutocrats. Katniss helped feed her family back in all in this together is a far better philosophy than the coal-mining district with her bow and arrows, youre on your own. and put her name into the deadly lottery extra times to earn bonus food rations. But in the Capihe alternative to The Hunger Games call for tol, when she says she cant eat another bite of the resistance to an increasingly cruel plutocunaccustomed abundance, Katniss hosts laugh racy is of course Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged. and tell her to do as they dodrink a potion that Preaching the virtue of selfishness, the atheist, makes you vomit up the precious food, so you can virulently anti-Communist author produced her gorge some more. mammoth manifesto in 1957. It imagines a world Such a sickening contrast bein which the creative heroes of tween wealth and poverty is not, capitalismjob creators, to Contact us! unfortunately, limited to Collins use the GOPs current favorite PO Box 191 imaginative fiction. In fact, actermepitomized by protagoSilver City, NM 88062 cording to Nobel prize-winning nist John Galt go on strike, leavtelephone 538-4374 economist Joseph Stiglitz new ing the moochers of the world fax 534-4134 book, The Price of Inequality, to fend for themselves. As Britemail: Americas growing income disish commentator Giles Fraser parity is at the core of our stubrecently characterized it, Atlas born economic woes. As the rich Shrugged is cheap pornography get richer, the rest of us cant affor the nastiest side of capitalford the demand for consumer ism. goods that drives the economy. Its the sort of book intellecEven if you dont have any moral values and you tual teenaged boys once read, much as young girls just want to maximize GDP growth, says Stiglitz, today devour The Hunger Games and imagine this level of inequality is bad. themselves as Katniss Everdeen. Youthful devoNot surprisingly, New Mexico ranks sixth in the tees of Ayn Rand take on the mantle of heroic innation in income disparity, according to a pair of dividualism dramatized by John Galt or architect new reports released by the Legislative Finance Howard Roark in Rands The Fountainhead. (I Committee and Legislative Council Service. The speak from experience, even though I finished only New Mexico Economic Summary says the top 20% The Fountainhead and gave up around page 500 of of residents earn eight times as much as those in Atlas Shrugged.) the bottom one-fifth of income. Wages in Grant, Then they grow up. (Again, I speak from experiLuna and Doa Ana counties all trail the statewide ence.) average. Unless, of course, the boy is Paul Ryan, now The past three decades have seen that income the GOP vice-presidential nominee. Although hes gap widen dramatically. From 1979 to 2007, accord- lately found it expedient to reject Rand because of ing to Congressional Budget Office figures cited in her atheism, only four years ago Rep. Ryan said, the summary, the highest-earning one-fifth of New The reason I got involved in public service, by Mexicans saw their share of total income rise from and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one per43% to 53%. The top 1% more than doubled their son, it would be Ayn Rand. He gave copies of Atpiece of the pie, from 8% to 17%. Meanwhile, the las Shrugged as Christmas presents and made his crumbs left over for the bottom one-fifth of wage congressional interns read it. earners shrank from 7% to 5%. To understand why thats so troubling, you need As Stiglitz points out, that trend is bad even if only consider this summary of Rands philosophy, you subtract the moral dimension. Its not that the again by Giles Fraser: For Rand, the good Samaririch should simply fork over the fruits of their la- tan was not simply a chump; he was in fact doing bors to those on the bottom of the economic lad- something wicked. We are saved only by selfishder. When those at the bottom lack the opportu- ness. nity to better their lot, however, we all suffer. You And despite Ryans belated disavowal, a group cant be much of a consumer when your house is in of Jesuits from Georgetown Universityechoing foreclosure. You wont be buying that new iPhone criticism by the US Catholic bishops conference when your family doesnt have food on the table. told him, Your budget appears to reflect the values As former President Bill Clinton put it in his speech of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Trinkets & Treasures Gospel values of compassion and love. Kathy Anderson

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he specifics of the Ryan budget, especially to the extent they fill in the (many) blanks in his running mates vague promises,

make Ayn Rand look like Eleanor Roosevelt. According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 62% of the cuts in his plan would come from programs that serve low-income Americans. His proposed cuts to Medicaid alone, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, would cost between 14 and 27 million people their health coverage. This might seem like bitter but necessary medicine if it actually put us on track to balance the budget, but neither Ryan nor Mitt Romney has produced any specifics that would erase the nations red ink. For one thing, even as the GOP plan savages the neediest, it rewards those whove already seen their share of the nations wealth expand. The Tax Policy Center calculated that Romneys proposals would raise taxes on 95% of Americans, an average of $500, while giving millionaires an average $87,000 tax cut. The net would shift $86 billion a year in tax burden from those making over $200,000 onto the middle class and the poor. Similarly, under Ryans plan, The Atlantic calculated that Romney (based on his 2010 tax returns) would see his tax rate drop to 0.82%. (Multimillionaire Romney, its worth pointing out, already pays a lower percentage of his income in taxes than do the publishers of Desert Exposure, one of those small businesses the GOP claims to love.) Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, put it bluntly: The new Ryan budget is a remarkable documentone that, for most of the past half-century, would have been outside the bounds of mainstream discussion due to its extreme nature. In essence, this budget is Robin Hood in reverseon steroids. It would likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern US history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times (and possibly in the nations history). If youre a fan of The Hunger Games, you might think of this as the thugs from the Capitol kicking down the door of the shack where Katniss lives with her mother and sister, Prim, and taking Prims goat. Just to make more goat cheese for the bulimic partygoers back in the Capitol who already have more than they can eat.


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Atlas Shrugged is the sort of book intellectual teenaged boys once read, much as young girls today devour The Hunger Games. Then they grow up.

t doesnt have to be this way. Not so long ago, the Republican Party of Teddy Roosevelt reined in the worst excesses of rapacious capitalism. Even as recently as the 1960s, when Mitt Romneys father, George, ran American Motors before his own GOP White House bid in 1968, the elder Romney would rebate part of his salary and bonus to the company if he thought his compensation excessive. George Romney offered employees a pioneering profitsharing plan, to give workers a stake in the companys success. When asked about the notion that the key to Americas success was rugged individualism, George Romney replied, Thats nothing but a political banner to cover up greed. In the ethos of Atlas Shrugged and Wall Streets Gordon Gekko, of course, greed is good. If you think the good Samaritan was worse than a chump and the only thing America needs to get back on track is to unshackle the John Galt job creators, your choice this November is clear. But if you sympathize with Katniss Everdeen rather than her rich tormentors in the arena, then this truly is The Hunger Games election. The nations wealthiest, armed with super PAC slush funds, want to pit Americans against each other in the economic arena. Instead of a bow and arrow, average Americans have only the ballot. k David A. Fryxell is editor and publisher of Desert Exposure.

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Endangering Species
wonder why Mr. Lightner is surprised that wildlife is disappearing (Natural Disasters, October). A great many articles he has written for the Desert Exposure contain the sport murder of two- or four-legged creatures. Is he personally responsible for the steep decline? Of course not. But multiply his actions and attitude by a million and you have species decline with the corresponding environmental degradation and, equally, with corresponding environmental degradation, the destruction of species. After the Hornocker study of mountain lions in New Mexico, there was no definitive population determined, yet the state upped the kill of females because they wanted the money. Thats how wildlife is managed: living creatures as disposable sources of revenue, or at least the fodder for articles, with all the destructive baggage that comes with it. We have witnessed this decline in our own limited ecosystem. Fox, skunk, bobcat, quail, have all but disappeared. But I dont drop to my knees and pray to Creator/God, repent, and beg for the lands resurrection. It isnt Gods business to fix our problems. Its ours, and Mr. Lightners. R. Earnheart Silver City Larry Lightner responds: Actually, I went back through the annals of cougar study history in the US and found the last Hornacker study of cougars did not occur in New Mexico but in Idaho in 1970a far different environment and food culture than in our state, plus it is outdated. To compare that study with us is to compare apples to grapefruits. We did indeed have a 10-year Hornacker study in New Mexico, but it was on black bears. The study concluded that New Mexico had more bears than what was beforehand believed. As for my writing about hunting and killing in this paper, I have not had even one column on either subject in over nine years now, as the publisher can attest.

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This has been the case in New Mexico. Romneys Bain Capital exploited the Land of Enchantmentsimply eliminating jobs. Just look at the thousands of lost jobs with the bankruptcies of KB Toys, Bealls and Toys R Us by Bain. Then there is the case of Bain Capitals Stream International and its call center in Silver City. New Mexico was bilked. Now America has Mr. Romney running for president on a flim-flam business record, at least in New Mexico, that is shady and abysmal. Lets hope New Mexicans are not duped again by Romneys so-called business experience. Greg Lennes Las Cruces Editors note: The original article was published before our current website, but weve recently made it available online at doc/100443943/Desert-Exposure-Dialingfor-Dollars. According to ProgressNow New Mexico, Bain Capital purchased a majority stake in Stream International in 1999 and sold its interest to Solectron in 2001. That means Bain did benefit from more than $2.5 million in taxpayer subsidies for the Silver City call center, but was not in control when Stream shut down here in 2003.

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Editors note: We ordinarily dont publish letters about letters, but are making an exception in the case of the next letter in the interest of accuracy on this, er, important issue: egarding Paving Paradise in the letters section of the August issue. Being a Joni Mitchell fan I had to set the record straight. Joni Mitchell wrote Big Yellow Taxi while in the paradise of Hawaii and recorded it in 1970 and it was released on her album Ladies of the Canyon. This is over twenty years before Counting Crows was formed and when most of the members of the band were probably under 10 years of age. They did include the song on their 2002 release Hard Candy. David Goudy Port Orchard, Wash. k

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Youre in Good Hands

A modest proposal to solve New Mexicos uninsured-motorist epidemic.

ike most motorists on the bucolic roads of Southern New Mexico, I tend to kind of let my mind drift when Im driving. I get some of my best thinking done behind the windshield, and really, those lines in the middle of the road are more like guidelines than boundaries. I like to remember the lyrics to arcane Waylon Jennings songs, or think about all the dogs Ive owned. Sometimes, I engage in recreational mathematics, because numbers are fascinating to me. In fact, while stopped at an intersection recently, I counted three other cars waiting for the light to change. Using my sharply honed mathematical skills, I calculated thatstatistically speakingone of the four of us New Mexican drivers didnt have auto insurance. Judging a book by the cover, you might guess it was my oil-dripping, wheezy, turd-encrusted rattlebox, but youd be wrong. So which one was it? According to a recent Gallup Poll (they must pester those poor people up there in Gallup something fierce), 26% of New Mexico drivers dont have auto insurance. (Once again, thank God for Mississippi: 28% of them eschew coverage, putting them solidly in first place.) I have been hot-footing iron around on New Mexico roads for over three decades now, and I find this perpetual lack of insurance puzzling. Doesnt our state have a mandatory auto insurance law? Why, of course we do! According to the states MVD website, the state contracts with PASCO, Inc., to provide an online database that matches auto insurance information from New Mexico insurance companies with vehicles registered with the MVD. A subsidiary of PASCO called Validati checks vehicle registrations against insurance companies to verify coverage. In 2009, there were over 698,000 vehicles registered in New Mexico; even if a few more cars have arrived since then, that means there are at least 181,000 uninsured hoopties on the roads today. Thats a lot of cars to avoid. If there are this many uninsured drivers on our roads now, imagine how bad it mustve been before Santa Fe contracted with PASCO to meet these new legislative requirements. In the year 2000a year before the law authorizing the online database was passedthe roads must have been positively infested with uninsured scofflaws, leaving a trail of carnage and non-accountability in their wake. Turns out, in the lawless days of 2000, a staggering 26.3% of New Mexico drivers were uninsured. That means that New Mexico has seen a spectacular decrease of three-tenths of one percent due to our new online database requirement. Makes you wonder how much were paying PASCO, doesnt it? Never one to sit around and squander a perfectly good legislative session on things that make sense, then-Governor Bill Fun Boy Richardson decided

that giving drivers licenses to non-citizens would improve the states uninsured motorist problem by forcing accountability on the licensees. In what can only be called a staggering testament to wellthought-out policy, the rate of uninsured motorists actually climbed more than 3% before Bill rode out of Santa Fe. As an unintended bonus, state tourism activity has seen a real boost from undocumented visitors coming to our state to obtain their very own, authentic US drivers licenses ever since! Mission accomplished.

o Im still looking around the intersection: One of the three cars is a late-model sedan of expensive European extraction. The one behind me is a clapped-out old Buick with a rearview mirror held on by duct tape. And the one on the other side, with rubberized testicles hanging proudly under the rear bumper, is a jacked-up pickup riding on tires larger than the rings of Saturn. Who among the four of us is uninsured, statistically speaking? We may never know, and thats a problem. If law enforcement cant handle it, and superfluous legislation bringing seemingly foolproof (and probably expensive) technology to the challenge cant force compliance, whats left? Well, Lightcap has a three-point plan to solve the problem of uninsured motorists. First, stop issuing drivers license to non-citizens (duh). Second, the car is towed and impounded on first offense until proof of insurance is provided, with a fine far greater than the cost of insurance being exacted (i.e. $2,000). And third, after being found insurance-less the second time, the cars license plate is replaced with a safety-orange version that says, CAUTIONSEX OFFENDER. This probably wont fly with the ACLU, but how important would it suddenly become to make sure you have your current insurance card in the glove box? By instituting the Lightcap plan, New Mexico could save all the money its forking over to PASCO, which doesnt seem to have much of an impact on the problem. Non-citizens would have to go to Washington State, the only other state in the union giving drivers licenses to non-citizens, to get their bogus documents. And when our rate of uninsured drops by double-digits, we could laugh even more loudly at Mississippi and poke them with sticks until they cry uncle. k Henry Lightcap is gunning for that GEICO gecko on the streets of Las Cruces.


Tiger: But youre blind! How can you play golf if you cant see? Stevie: Well, I get my caddy to stand in the middle of the fairway and call to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then, when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves to the green or farther down the fairway and again I play the ball towards his voice. But, how do you putt? asks Tiger. Well, says Stevie, I get my caddy to lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground and I just play the ball towards his voice. Tiger: Whats your handicap? Stevie: Well, actually, Im a scratch golfer. Woods, even more incredulous, says to Stevie, Weve got to play a round sometime. Stevie: Well, people dont take me seriously, so I only play for money, and never play for less than $10,000 a hole. Is that a problem? Woods thinks about it and says, I can afford that. OK, Im game$10,000 a hole is fine with me. When would you like to play? Stevie says, Pick a night. Now were all teed up for this tale from the Santa Claran: A father, son and grandson went to the country club for their weekly round of golf. Just as they reached the first tee, a beautiful young blonde woman carrying her bag of clubs approached them. She explained that the member who brought her to the club for a round of golf had an emergency that called him away and asked the trio whether she could join them. Naturally, the guys all agreed. Smiling, the blonde thanked them and said, Look, fellows, I work in a topless bar as a dancer, so nothing shocks me anymore. If any of you want to smoke cigars, have a beer, bet, swear, tell offcolor stories or do anything that you normally do when playing a round together, go ahead. But I enjoy playing golf, consider myself pretty good at it, so dont try to coach me on how to play my shots. With that the guys agreed to relax and invited her to drive first. All eyes were fastened on her shapely behind as she bent to place her ball on the tee. She then took her driver and hit the ball 270 yards down the middle, right in front of the green. The fathers mouth was agape. That was beautiful, he said. The blonde put her driver away and said, I really didnt get into it, and I faded it a little. After the three guys hit their drives and their second shots, the blonde took out an eight iron and lofted the ball within five feet of the hole, closest to the pin. The son said, Damn, lady, you played that perfectly. The blonde frowned and said, It was a little weak, but even an easy seven would have been too much club. Ive left a tricky little putt. She then

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Postcards from the edge Readers continue to respond to our invitation to submit photos of themselves on vacation holding the biggest little paper in the Southwest even when on their honeymoon. Its with no small parental pride that we share this photo of our daughter and son-inlaw, Courtney and Michael Graziano, honeymooning on an Alaska cruise and posing with their favorite publication (itd better be!) in front of Marjorie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Monument.

porch, rocking back and forth, back and forth. Pa reaches over, takes hold of Mas hand, and says, Ma, whatever happened to our sexual relations? Ma keeps rocking, staring out into space. Finally, Ma turns to Pa and says, You know, I dont think we got a Christmas card from them this year. nnals of technology Given that we grew up with dead tree editions, we of course loved this one from PA Charlie: I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night. I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. This is the 21st century, Dad, he said. We dont waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad. I can tell you, that dang fly never knew what hit him. Once your iPad gets repaired, you can use it to email a favorite joke to diary@desertexposure. com! rchives of inebriation Its not for the easily offended or persons in a certain profession, but we couldnt resist passing along this chuckle from Old Grumps: One night at a bar, a conventioneer sits down next to an attractive women and orders a drink. The woman, apparently having already downed a few drinks, turns around, faces him, looks him straight in the eye, and says, Listen here, good looking. I screw anybody, anytime, anywhere, your place, my place, in the car, front door, back door, on the ground, standing up, sitting down, naked or with clothes on. It doesnt matter to me. I just love it! Eyes now wide with interest, he responds, No kidding! Im in banking, too! good walk spoiled Not one but two golf jokes. The first, from GeraldH, picks up on the bar theme from the previous entry: Tiger Woods and Stevie Wonder are in a bar. Tiger turns to Stevie and says, Hows the singing career going? Stevie replies, Not too bad. Hows the golf? Woods replies, Not too bad, Ive had some problems with my swing, but I think Ive got that right now. Stevie: I always find that when my swing goes wrong, I need to stop playing for a while and not think about it. Then, the next time I play, it seems to be all right. Incredulous, Tiger says, You play GOLF? Stevie: Yes, Ive been playing for years.




Postcards from the edge Next in our travels with readers is this photo of Desert Exposure at the famed Piazza San Marco in Venice (the one in Italy). Grazie to readers Bill Lindenau, Vronique De Jaegher, Frances Penvenne and Steve Westby. Whether youre honeymooning or hell bent for leather, snap a picture of yourself holding Desert Exposure and send it to PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, or tapped in the five-footer for a birdie. Having the honors, she drove first on the second hole, knocked the heck out of the ball, and it landed nearly 300 yards away smack in the middle of the fairway. For the rest of the round the statuesque blonde continued to amaze the guys, quietly and methodically shooting for par or less on every hole. When they arrived at the 18th green, the blonde was three under par, and had a very nasty 12-foot putt on an undulating green for a par. She turned to the three guys and said, I really want to thank you all for not acting like a bunch of chauvinists and telling me what club to use or how to play a shot, but I need this putt for a 69 and Id really like to break 70 on this course. If any one of you can tell me how to make par on this hole Ill take him back to my apartment, pour some 35-year-old Single Malt Strath Mill Scotch in him, fix him a steak dinner and then show him a very good time the rest of the night. The yuppie son jumped at the thought. He strolled across the green, carefully eyeing the line of the putt and finally said, Honey, aim about six inches to the right of the hole and hit it firm. It will get over that little hump and break right into the cup. The father knelt down and sighted the putt using his putter as a plumb. Dont listen to the kid, darlin, you want to hit it softly 10 inches to the right and let it run left down that little hogback, so it falls into the cup. The old gray-haired grandfather walked over to the blondes ball, picked it up and handed it to her and said, Thats a gimme, sweetheart. The blonde smiled and said, Your car or mine? bort, retry, fail We can never remember our passwords, so were tempted to try the technique in this technology tale from Judge Hazard A. Guess: During a recent password audit by a company, it was found that an employee was using the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento. When asked why she had such a long password, the employee rolled her eyes and replied, Hello! It has to be at least eight characters and include at least one capital.

osing the battle of the sexes More on bug-killing, this from the Silver City Greek: A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. What the heck are you doing? she asked. Hunting flies, he responded. Oh! Killed any? she asked. Yep, three males and two females, he replied. Intrigued, she asked, How can you tell them apart? He responded, Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone. Hes expected to make a full recovery after the fly swatter is removed.

And this pithy dispatch from the front lines of the gender wars comes courtesy of TeresaO: Men socialize by insulting each other, but they dont really mean it. Women socialize by complimenting each other, but they dont really mean it, either.

ife on the farm Well stop complaining about petty annoyances, having read this tale of woe sent in by Wes The Sooner: The were two Oklahoma farmers talking one day. The first farmer was complaining about his tractor breaking down. The second farmer said, You think you got troubles. My old mule broke his leg, the hogs get cholera and died, the hens quit laying, we aint had no rain and my cotton and corn are dying. My wife ran off with my hired hand and left me to take care of four kids. And the queen bee started fooling around with a horse fly and now the honey tastes like horse manure!

eeling safer already Thanks to Shanty Shaker for these instructions on how to install a redneck home-security system. Say goodbye to ADT! I know it sounds crazy and ridiculous, but I am currently employing this method at my house and I cannot express the feeling of security, the joy of the simplicity and the value that this system offers. 1. Go to Goodwill and buy a pair of size 14-16 mens work boots. 2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo magazine. 3. Put four giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines. 4. Leave a note on your door that reads: BubbaMe and Marcel, Donnie Ray and Jimmy Earl went for more ammo and beer. Dont mess with the pit bulls. They got the mailman this morning and messed him up bad. I dont think Killer took part, but it was hard to tell from all the blood. Anyway, I locked all four of em in the house. Better wait outside. Be right back. Cooter

orporal pun-ishment Then theres this groaner from CharlesC. Think British: A motorway walks into a pub one day. He goes up to the bar and orders himself a drink. He just sits down when in walks a strip of tarmac. The motorway sees the tarmac and starts to panic so he jumps over the bar and ducks down so it wont see him. The barman looks down at him and says, Whats the matter with you? Why are you hiding? Youve got six lanes and two hard shoulders. Why are you frightened of a piece of tarmac? The motorway replies, You dont know him like I do. Hes a cyclepath.

igns of Ragnarok Finally, with the election just around the calendar page, although we normally eschew politics here in Desert Diary, this second submission from Old Grumps was simply, oddly irresistible. Cant argue with this logic: The left wing said theyd abolish poverty. The right wing said theyd abolish bureaucracy. Odin said hed abolish ice giants. Where are the ice giants? Vote for Odin! k Send your favorite anecdotes, jokes, puns and tall tales to Desert Diary, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, fax (575) 534-4134 or email The best submission each month gets a brand-new Desert Exposure mouse pad, scientifically proven to take the strain out of emailing jokes to Desert Diary.



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What has resulted is a book one might keep on the bedside table, to be pulled out for a chapter or two before nodding off, finding out one neat fact after another. And while it is a fact-filled tome, it is far from dry. The reader is pulled along by Fayhees relentlessly engaging narrative voice and the way he juxtaposes topics. This is a writer who can make interesting such subjects as Colorados license plate numbering system and the states area code history. Not written with as jocular a voice as his Smoke Signals essays, The Companion still entertains with a style that is somewhat tongue-incheek or folksy. Fayhee writes in the section on Highest State Capitals, Many people mistakenly believe that Denverthe world-famous Mile High Cityis the highest state capital in the United States. Well, its not even second. It is third. Santa Fe, NM, at an elevation of 6,986 feet, is the countrys highest state capital; Cheyenne, Wyo., believe it or not, is second at 6,067 feet. If readers find themselves smacking themselves in the forehead in disbelief, they are in good company. Fayhee says he was surprised at how much he did not know about the state where he spent nearly half his life. He points to the books four short geology sectionsthings that people whove lived in the state all their lives might not know, like the fact that there were once mountains in the state higher than what exist now, something intriguing that is known as The Aspen Anomaly, and that the Rio Grande Rift Valley is the second-largest in the world. In the world! Fayhee repeats for emphasis. Adding humor, there are sections like Mountainspeak: Skiing Lexicon, giving the official definition of such terms as shredding the gnar-gnar, and other phrases commonly used by hardcore mountain recreationalists. Close on the heelsor perhaps kneesof that entry is a list of the Most Common Mountain Recreational Injuries. Nailing down accurate stats for the book was no easy matter, Fayhee says. I mean, you want to know what town is the highest? This will get you into a fistfight in some bars, he says with a laugh. What town is the coldest? There are no set ways to measure these things, so sometimes it depends on where youre from as to what you believe. He says these hotly debated points add good-natured stuff to the mix of the information he compiled for the book.



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the 22 chapters from among his 70-plus Mountain Gazette columns as the ones that focused on stories that began with me and a beer and a campfire. He details the painstaking process of culling a sentence here, a paragraph there, from the many versions he writes in the process of creating each column, some of which would run to 20,000 words, to craft the chapters in the book. Thus, none of the stories in Smoke Signals is like the tightly formatted column published in the magazine. Fayhee says he then got feedback from his friends as to which stories worked from a storytelling sort of feeling, which ones evoked emotions or thoughtswhich ones sounded most like he was just speaking from his barstool. Proud of the result, Fayhee says the greatest compliment he got from one friend, a saloon owner, was that she could hear his voice in her head as she read the words. Silver City locals will have the chance to sit on a barstool of their ownor at a table, if they preferwhen Fayhee returns to his current hometown for a booksigning at Dianes Restaurant, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. For sure, you count on a couple of things that Fayhee will be entertaining and that hell likely knock down a beer or two once his authorly duties are fulfilled. k Donna Clayton Walter has been happy to let John Fayhee bend her ear while he bends his elbow at his favorite Silver City watering holes. TUMBLEWEEDS continued on next page



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f last months Gila River Festival whetted (perhaps we should say wetted) your appetite to learn more about the river and the region, this months Fourth Gila Natural History Symposium, Oct. 24-27, comes at just the right time. The biannual event, held at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, features more than 30 presentations of scientific research and natural resource management and is open at no charge to the general public. This years theme is the Gila River itself, as it flows from the Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico to San Carlos Reservoir in Arizona. Jack Carter and his wife Martha will receive a lifeSays Bill Norris, one of the events organizers, time achievement award. (Photo by Greg Sievert) Given its attention to the Gila River across state lines, this symposium also provides a symbolic these easily overlooked, beautiful (though inconhandshake and happy birthday, as both Arizona spicuous) plants in the Gila National Forest. A Creative Voices session featuring personal and New Mexico celebrate their centennial year. Kicking off the symposium will be a keynote reflections on the Gila region by local writers inaddress by Randy Jennings, professor of biology cluding Sharman Russell, Richard Felger, Philip at WNMU, on The Upper Gila Watershed Through Connors, Dutch Salmon, Martha Cooper, Guy the Eyes of a Frog. Jennings specializes in popula- McPherson and Sarah Johnson. A lifetime achievement award will be presenttion ecology and physiological ecology with a foed at the symposium to Jack cus on desert adapted amphibCarter, professor emeritus at ians and reptiles. He has been Colorado College, and his wife a key player with US Fish and Martha Carter. Since moving to Wildlife Service for the recovSilver City in 1990, the Carters ery of the federally endangered have published several books Chiricahua leopard frog. on the plants of New Mexico Other sessions will cover: and Colorado, mentored more A review of hard-rock than a dozen budding botamining reclamation and chalnists, been leaders in the New lenges to surface restoration Mexico Native Plant Society, in the Southwest, with a field and have been a force in protour of techniques developed moting conservation of natural locally by Freeport McMoran Chiricahua leopard frog areas in the Gila region. Copper and Gold. The symposium will begin Fire ecology, with presentations on the effects of prescribed burns on on at noon on Thursday, Oct. 25, with check-in and wildfire and an evaluation of high severity fires as registration at the WNMU Global Resource Center. The keynote presentation and subsequent concura natural process in the Gila Wilderness. rent sessions will begin at 1 p.m. Fridays program The Arizona Water Settlement Act. Budget cuts, students and citizen scientists. will begin at 9 a.m. with presentation of the lifetime How can federal and state agencies incorporate achievement award, followed by morning and afterstudents and citizen scientists into their inventory noon concurrent sessions. A social for registered attendees will be held at the Elks Lodge in downand monitoring programs? What should be the directions of future re- town Silver City ($5) from 5:45-8:00 p.m. A variety search into the biology of species of concern in of field trips will be offered Saturday morning that feature mine reclamation, ethnobotany, riparian the Gila? Mosses and liverworts in the Gila, with sev- restoration, paleontology, and a tour of the WNMU eral presentations by three enthusiastic botanists museum. For more information, see www.gilasymwho have spent hundreds of hours looking for k


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Both the Silver City co-op and Mountain View Market are examples of a global phenomenon that has been gaining steam in the current economic downturn. According to the UN, Cooperatives are present in all countries and all sectors, including agriculture, food, finance, health care, marketing, insurance and credit. It is estimated that 1 billion individuals are members of cooperatives worldwide, generating more than 100 million jobs around the world. The International Year of Cooperatives in 2012 celebrates the unique role that this business model with a social conscience plays in our modern world. In 2008, the top 300 cooperatives were responsible for an aggregate turnover of $1.1 trillion. Thats the size of the worlds 10th-largest economy, Canada, and nearly the size of the economy of Spain. In

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Who and whats been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News ( com). Trends noted are vs. last months total hits; * indicates new to the list. Number in parenthesis indicates last months Top 10 rank. Our second-to-last pre-election Top 10 is pretty light on politics, except for Libertarian Gary Johnsons possible spoiler role. Even our quadrennial New Mexico + battleground state fails to crack the list (418 hits). Time to look to 2016, with Susana Martinez getting buzz as a rising star (up to 161 hits) and a possible GOP ticket contender (301 hits). 1. (3) Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson + president 9,330 hits () 2. (6) New Mexico wolves8,760 hits () 3. (1) New Mexico wildfires7,700 hits () 4. (4) New Mexico Senate race7,110 hits () 5. (7) Gov. Susana Martinez4,080 hits () 6. (2) New Mexico drought3,960 hits () 7. (5) New Mexico spaceport2,670 hits () 8. (8) Ex-Gov. Bill Richardson1,780 hits () 9. (9) Virgin Galactic1,340 hits () 10. (-) New Mexico drivers licenses877 hits ()

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ilver City area performing artists Mountain Aire Folk Music have been selected for the Northwest On Tour 2012-2014 juried touring roster, which includes performers from around the country. Robert and Ronnee-Sue, Mountain Aire Folk Musics husband-wife duo, have performed in Scotland and most western US states and have been selected to showcase at various regional and state arts conferences. For more information, see and www.MountainAireMusic. com. etty McMahon, who won the Grand Prize in the 2005 Desert Exposure Writing Contest, has published a novel, A Rendezvous to Die For. McMahon, a former newspaper reporter/editor and long-time writer who now lives in Deming, was also a contest finalist in 2007 and 2008. The novel is a Minnesota-based mystery that begins when freelance reporter Eric Hartfield is found dead with a tomahawk buried in his skull at the Prairie River Rendezvous. Photographer Cassandra Cassidy becomes a suspect, and must solve the murder before its pinned on her. A Rendezvous to Die For is available at in either a print or Kindle ebook version. Mountain Aire Folk Music. Learn more about the book and author at www. Read two of this years contest finalists elsewhere in this issue.

ormer Silver City MainStreet Manager Frank Milan also has a new book, The Snake & the 7 Rings. The book is high fantasy, set in the mythic past, a book-length poem about a quest, and is for adults and young adults. Milan, now living in Portland, Ore., returns to town on Oct. 23 for a Book Reading & Artistic Showcase at the Silco Theater, 7-9 p.m. The Artistic Showcase will feature the music CD What It Is, art cards and BMovies postcard comics for sale, and display animation storyboards. Those attending will receive a free postcard comic. Requested donation is $2-$5. For more information, visit and k



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olumbus Day Weekend in Silver City has long been circled in red on art lovers calendars as time for the annual Weekend at the Galleries. But this year that weekend will be marked instead with a red dot for the Red Dot Studio and Gallery Walk, Oct. 5-8. The Red Dot event, launched in 2011, will replace the long-running gallery weekend, expanding it to include tours of artists studios and locations beyond downtown. Those new art destinations in Silver City and outlying areas bring the total to 26 private studios open to the public, plus 18 galleries. The focus is on studios Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Each artist will do a daily demonstration showing some aspect of their work. Most studios will also be open Sunday, as well the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. Visitors can meet the artists, ask questions, view special techniques, and observe the unique spaces that reflect each of the artists and their chosen mediums. Painting, fabric art and weaving, pottery,

clay and mosaic sculpture, metal and stone sculpture, fine furniture making, sandblasted glass, and jewelry are among the types of art to be seen on the tour. The Red Dot focus shifts to Silver City galleries on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., with music and refreshments at festive evening openings. Galleries will also be open all four days of the Red Dot event. At noon Sunday, art lovers are advised to grab a cup of coffee and be watching for a fun surprise to happen on the downtown streets. Hidden Red Dots have been placed in all participating studios and galleries. If you find one, check behind it to see if you have won a prize or gift certificate. The Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk is a free event. Start the tour at any studio or gallery displaying a Red Dot sign. Pick up a booklet with studio and gallery descriptions, demonstration times, and a map to all locations, or you can download a booklet and map at k

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hree new galleries are adding to the Grant County art scene this fall, ranging from downtown Silver City to the Mimbres to Hanover and showing works from photography to stained glass. The new Red Earth Gallery at 108 W. Yankie St. in Silver City (most recently home to Ginny Wolfs studio) features photographs of the Southwest by Pud Franzblau, who creates his images the old-fashioned wayfrom film, in the darkroom, using the Ilfochrome (formerly Cibachrome) process. His images, including dramatic slot canyons and rock art, have been collected over decades; they are taken without any artificial lighting or color filters. Each photograph is then an individual artistic creation, frequently taking hours to produce. Ilfochrome has the most stable dyes and renders the brightest and most saturated colors of all the types of color photographic prints, so that even after a century of being displayed, its colors do not fade, says Franzblau. It produces the highest quality archival color photographs in existence today and is the standard by which all other color photographs are

Hanovers new Fierro Canyon Gallery. measured. (505) 850-3182, The Cottage Stained Glass & More gallery recently opened in the upper Mimbres Valley, on Cedar Lane off Hwy. 35. Owner Shirley Mize will show her own stained glass along with works by other local artists. 536-3234. Christopher Saxman will open Fierro Canyon Gallery, 4 Hermosa St. in Hanover, on Oct 27, with a show featuring his work and that of fellow abstract photo artist Mark Raymond Mason, from

British Columbia. The gallery is located in a turnof-the-century building, formerly a mercantile, that Saxmana retired architect and a not so retired contractorhas spent the last two years remodeling, working within the confines of the original walls and ceiling. Says Saxman, The gallery will be providing an outlet for photographers and artists to show their modern works. 537-3262, www.



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opper Quail Gallery will be featuring Dark and Light: Art in Contrast, works by local artists, with an opening reception Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. The gallery will also be showcasing works by new jewelry artists Nancy Bailey and Bruce Williams. 211A N. Texas, 388-2646. During this months Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk (see separate story), Lois Duffy Art

Pancho Villa by Joseph Wade, featured at the JW Art Gallery in Hurley. will be featuring new work, including her painting inspired by the Catwalk in Glenwood. An opening reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m. 211C N. Texas, 313-9631, Leyba & Ingalls Arts will hold an opening reception during the Red Dot tour on Oct. 6, 4-8 p.m., for works by Crystal Foreman Brown. 315 N. Bullard, 388-5725, The Grant County Art Guilds 27th annual Purchase Prize Exhibit continues at the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos, Oct. 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The juried show features 67 paintings on the theme of The West and Beyond. 574-2831, www. Seedboat Gallery is featuring Jay Hemphills Gila photographs as well as Mimi Petersons abstracts and Dave Roberts pottery. 214 W. Yankie St., 534-1136 The JW Art Gallery in Hurley is spotlighting works by Joseph Wade. Old Hurley Store, 99 Cortez Ave., 537-0300, The StudioSpace is featuring paintings by Rady Elbasha, along with photos by Jess Gorell, paintings by Toni Garland and sculpture by June Desert Exposure cover artist Kelley Hestir. 109 N. Bullard. Mary Giardina of Wild Crafted Clay will host a Studio Pottery Sale the weekend of Oct 12-14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., in Cliff. Follow the signs down Box Canyon Road. 535-2151. ARTS SCENE continued on next page

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egular readers will recognize the distinctive style of Victoria Chick on this issues cover. We profiled the Arenas Valley artist back in July 2006 (Landing on Her Feet), and also featured her work on our August 2010 cover. Since we last caught up with her, Chick has embarked on a new series of paintings, exemplified by this months Red Cat, in which her signature felines share the canvas with labels representing the Land of Enchantment. Chick says of this New Mexico Labels Series, These paintings represent a new series incorporating my interest in old crate labels from the 1930s and 1940s. The labels are painted on a separate piece of canvas and bonded to the main canvas with acrylic medium. This series gives me a chance to combine techniques and images and solve the problems of fusing disparate images into a cohesive whole. Chick has also been busy helping to organize this months Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk, Oct. 5-8 in the Silver City area (see separate story), which will include her own Cow Trail Art Studio. So shes an especially fitting choice for this issues cover. She received her MFA in painting from Kent State University in Ohio, and has won honors at MID-FOUR at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Frisco 100 National Drawing Show, and Emerald City Classic International Competition, in which she was awarded first prize in painting. Among institutions that have invited her to exhibit are the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, Boehm Gallery at Palomar College, and

Goldenrod Cat by Victoria Chick. the Oceanside Museum of Art. Solo exhibitions include Founders Gallery of the University of San Diego, Hendren Gallery at Lindenwood College, as well as solo shows at commercial galleries in Missouri, California and New Mexico. The Birger Sandzen Memorial Art Gallery hosted a two-month solo exhibition of her paintings and monoprints in 2003. And about those cats The Cat Writers Association of America honored Chick with the Kuykendall Image Award for Excellence in Illustration, recognition for the best cat image published in 1998. Cow Trail Art Studio is located at 119 Cow Trail in Arenas Valley, Chicks works are available for sale at JW Art Gallery, 99 Cortez Ave. in Hurley, 537-0330, k

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ew at the Main Street Gallery in downtown Las Cruces is Art/S.W., an exhibition of Southwestern artworks by four accomplished New Mexico artistsVictoria Mauldin, Rory Combs, Misha Malpica and Roy Brown. This exhibit includes large-scale oils that evoke both the Southwestern and Native American cultures, limited-edition bronze sculptures, metalwork hand-forged to unite with distinctive ceramic designs, and mixed-media sculptures and masks that portray the dignity and traditions of the Ancient Ones. It opens with a reception Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. 311 N. Main St., 647-0508. Two exhibitions featuring the work of award-winning illustrators and artists continue at the Las Cruces Museum of Art through Nov. 24 and will be featured in a reception on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. during the monthly Ramble. Latino Folktales: Cuentos PopularesArt by Latino Artists is an exhibi- Works by Gabriel Luis Perez, at tion of the works of 12 award- Unsettled Gallery. winning illustrators published in childrens picture books. Artist/Illustrator features the work of three local artistsGaspar Enriquez, Gloria Osuna-Perez and Antonio Castro L. 491 N. Main St., 541-2137, museums. The NMSU University Art Gallery continues Draw a Line and Follow It: Videos by William Lamson through Oct. 28. An up-and-coming Brooklynbased artist, Lamson often uses his knowledge of technology to interact with and change perceptions of everyday objects. This display of some of his recent video work highlights his exploration of the interface between man, nature and machine. This is the first complete exhibition of video-based work to be featured in the gallery. D.W. Williams Hall, at Solano Avenue east of University Avenue, 646-2545, The Tombaugh Gallery continues to show the Southern Chapter of the New Mexico Watercolor Societys annual Fall Show, Stretch, through Oct. 26. 2000 S. Solano, 522-7281. The Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery this

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month features local artists Roberta Leavelle Widner, an oil painter, and Weeden Nichols, a photographer. Next month the gallery will mark its 20th anniversary. 2470-A Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, 522-2933. Blue Gate Gallery presents custom matted and framed (also unframed) prints through the month of October, along with some of Flo Hosa Doughertys original illustrations for the book, The Man Who Set the Town Dancing. 4901 Chagar, 523-2950. Adobe Patio Gallery continues its show by 20 invited artists, Down in the Valley, portraying the Mesilla Valley in all its facets. 1765 Avenida de Mesilla, in the Mesilla Mercado, 532-9310.

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he Branigan Cultural Center presents Artoberfest by Penny Thomas Simpson, an exhibition of watercolors, acrylic paintings and pencil drawings opening Friday, Oct. 5, with a reception 5-7 p.m., and concluding Oct. 27. Simpson concentrates on fruit, flowers and still lifes and recently was an award winner at the 2011 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibit. Also Oct. 5-27, the Branigan will presents 100 Years of Paint, Pencil and Mud, celebrating New Mexicos centennial and 50 years of the Black Range Artists. Eighteen works in a variety of media were juried into the show by Fred Chilton. On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., members of the Black Range Artists will have an Artists Meet and Greet. 501 N. Main St., 541-2154,

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photographers. A new feature of the symposium will be basic digital photography, a day-long track for photographers wanting to know more about digital photography. The session will include actual shooting assignments as well as classroom instruction and demonstrations. Other subjects include: natural lighting; shoestring budget lighting; using an on-camera flash; printing, matting and framing photos; aerial photography; landscape photography; photography with a telescope; architectural photogMesilla Valley Field by Marie Siegrist, at Adobe Patio Gallery. raphy; and high dynamic range photography. Classes on portraiture, hummingbird photography, low-light photogThe artist Gabriel Luis Perez brings his most recent work to Unsettled Gallery in his exhibit raphy, and several classes involving the use of digiAmerican Pie, which opens with an artists re- tal software are also being offered. Also planned ception on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4-6 p.m. Viewers is a session on the legal rights of photographers . may see the colorful work as a zoomed-in exami- A presentation by Paul Schranz, noted area phonation and analysis of foodprimarily focused on tographer, on future developments in photography pizza pies the artist ate when he recently returned will wrap up the day. Cost of the symposium, which begins at 8 a.m., is to Las Cruces for a short stay. Perez earned a BFA in painting from the University of New Mexico and is $50 before Oct. 15, then $60. The cost includes lunch currently an MFA candidate at Claremont Graduate and a digital compilation of course information. For University in California. His large-scale work was more information or to register, go to recently featured at the Las Cruces Museum of Art. or For phone registration call 546-9233. The exhibit in the more intimate space at Unsettled Gallery includes mostly smaller work, although two Sierra County large pieces will also show. American Pie continonte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery in ues through Oct. 27. 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285. Chloride will host its 6th Annual Birthday Mesquite Art Gallery presents the art of NaiBash on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 da Zucker from Oct. 4-27, with an artist reception p.m., featuring works by some 30 local artisans. Saturday, Oct. 6, 4-6 p.m. Zucker studied both art 743-0493, k and science and was a zoology professor at NMSU for nearly 30 years; upon retirement, it was back to All phone numbers are area code 575 except as art. Shes currently working in hectography, a comnoted. Send gallery info to bination of monoprinting and photography that produces one-of-a-kind art pieces. 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502. The Las Cruces Arts Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a luncheon featuring local writer and reporter S. Derickson Moore on Oct. 21 at the Encanto de Las Cruces Heritage and Resort Hotel. The group is also exhibiting Changing Seasons at its Mountain Gallery, 138 W. Mountain St.



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arly-bird registration is now open for the Southwest Photographic Symposium, Nov. 10. Now in its second year, the daylong symposium offers a large variety of classes as well as hands-on workshops for interested photographers of all skill levels. This years event will bring to bear the talents of photographers from three area camera clubs and offer more subject tracks at a new venue, San Andres High School, 2355 Avenida de Mesilla, in Mesilla. Support for the symposium, launched by the Doa Ana Camera Club, has expanded to include the Deming Photography Club and the Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso. Our idea is to bring together a lot of photographic talent and share it with photographers in our area during an intensive day of presentations and demonstrations, says Ron Wolfe, president of the Doa Ana Camera Club. By reaching out to the other clubs, weve enriched the course offerings and created even more of a bargain for participating

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n addition to cattle and, in good years, baskets of succulent fruit, quality arts and crafts are flourishing in the Mimbres Valley. And residents who produce them are now banding together to help promote each others work. We have a lot of talented people here in this valley, but we live so far out that marketing our work is a problem we all face, says Ruth Camp. Her conversations with fellow artist Amelia GianelliCutler on the subject gradually radiated out into the community and brought about the formation of Artisans of the Mimbresa group of valley artists and craftspeople whose goal, Gianelli-Cutler says, is to promote the work of all types of artists in this area and make the Mimbres Valley more visible as a source of serious creativity. We are aiming to create a broader exposure for artists living here in the valley. As a first step in accomplishing this goal, the group will be holding a Mimbres Valley Artisans Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3, with arts, crafts, demos and music planned at three venues in the valley: the Roundup Lodge, the Living Art Studio, and La Esperanza Winery. Items that will be on display and available for purchase include original paintings, photographs, custom jewelry, mosaics, botanicals, fused glass, fiber arts and more, all made by artisans of the Mimbres. In addition to the wide variety of handcrafted items available at all three venues, each will offer a special attraction: edible art at the Roundup Lodge, demonstrations by a Pueblo weaver from northern New Mexico at the Living Art Studio, and wine tastings at La Esperanza Winery. By edible art I mean culinary artnot swans carved out of ice or bouquets of fruit-flowers, but good quality food served with an artistic presentation, says Peggy Platonos, who will be taking over the kitchen at the Roundup Lodge during the festival. My husband, who was an excellent cook, used to say that food should please all your senses, and thats what the dishes on my edible art menu are designed to do. At the Living Art Studio, guest artist Louie Garcia will be demonstrating traditional Pueblo spinning and weaving techniques throughout the day. He will have on hand samples of both historic and contemporary Pueblo textiles for visitors to view. Garcia says he began weaving at an early age, learning from his grandfather: For me, weaving is a form of self-expression. It allows me to meditate while at the same time breathing life into a finished piece, while creating prayers for rain, beauty and balance in the world, just as my ancestors have

The Warrior by Mimbres artist Narrie Toole. done in the past. As my ancestors used materials that were available to them, I too use a variety of materials available to me, including my own homegrown cotton, sheeps wool, turkey feathers, natural plant fibers such as yucca, as well as synthetic fibers. Garcia will be honored at a reception Friday night, Nov. 2, at Wild West Weaving in Silver City, and he will be giving a day-long, post-festival workshop at the Living Art Studio on Sunday, Nov. 4. For more information, contact Theresa Meehan at or (575) 536-2211. From 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Living Art Studio will have another noteworthy event going on, as the local Mountain Horse Singers perform intertribal powwow songs in the courtyard. At La Esperanza Winery, their 2010 vintage Golden Muscat and 2011 vintage Malvasia Bianca wineboth of which earned silver medals at the New Mexico State Fair Wine Competitionwill be among those available for tasting and purchase by the glass from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the festival. Made-from-scratch vegetarian pizza will be available to accompany the wine. An added attraction at the winery from 4:30 to 6 p.m. will be prose and poetry readings of original works by local writers, as well as performances by local musicians. Mimbres Valley artist Narrie Toole says of the Artisans Festival, Its a neat, unified effort by the talent thats in this valley to showcase whats available here. Im happy to be a part of it. Festival hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roundup Lodge, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Living Art Studio, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at La Esperanza Winery. Brochures will be available with a map and directions to the three venues, and there will be roadside signs up in the valley on the day of the festival. For more information, call Peggy Platonos at (575) 5362997 or Misty Blue at (575) 536-3374. k

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The Lively Arts Karen Ray

The Storytellers of Las Cruces have been spinning yarns for 85 years, making the group the communitys oldest continuously active nonprofit. But thats only part of the story.

Tell Me a Story

Pat Gill, president of the Las Cruces Storytellers League since 1971. (Photo by Jean Gilbert)

Storyteller Gwendolyn Jones from New Jersey performs. (Photos by Karen Ray except as noted)

ant to hear a good story? Throughout history, storytellers have been valued members of society, passing on creation stories, cautionary tales and life lessons as well as entertaining with stories of love, terror and humor. Travelers would often circulate stories of far-off people and places. According to the website, The oldest surviving tale is the epic, Gilgamesh, relating to the deeds of a famous Sumerian king. The earliest known record of the origin of storytelling can be found in Egypt, when the sons of Cheops entertained their father with stories. In Las Cruces, the origins of formal storytelling are a bit more recent. But still, Storytellers of Las Cruces was started by Jennie Curry (1892-1992) in 1927making it the communitys oldest continuously active nonprofit group. An annual Jennie Curry Storyfest is held here every February. This year, in honor of the New Mexico State Centennial, a proclamation signed by Mayor Ken Miyagishima was presented at city hall to members of the Curry family and the Storytellers of Las Cruces. The proclamation honored the founding of the Storytellers group and her fostering of an appreciation for our cultural heritage. This summer, Las Cruces hosted the 2012 National Storytellers League Convention, with a theme of The Great Southwest. Next month, Las Cruces storytellers will join other storytellers around the world in the 16th annual Tellabration, just before Thanksgiving. The international storytelling festival was conceived by the National Storytelling Network (NSN), based in Tennessee. The conference in July was sponsored by another, complementary group, the National Storytellers League (NSL), which boasts 400 members. About 30 storytellers from seven different states attended. The NSL, whose motto is Service Through Storytelling, aims to bring both traditional and original stories to people of all ages. The league began in 1903 through the efforts of Dr. Richard Wyche of Tennessee. It is the oldest national storytelling organization, according to president Carol Satz, who says, Story is at the heart of the whole human experience. Gwendolyn Jones, founder of the Garden State Storytellers League in New Jersey, agrees: Technology is great, but there is nothing quite like the eternal triangle of storyteller, story and listener. That being said, one of the leagues goals is to make the art of storytelling relevant to a technologically savvy younger generation. Members of story leagues here and across the country tell stories at a variety of places, including schools, museums, bookstores, churches and civic groups. The NSLs aim, says Satz, is to spread all that is good in literature and life through storytelling.

The oral tradition of storytelling can take many different forms, from folk and classical literature to personal storytelling. An unabashed goal of the storytellers is to keep the art of storytelling alive. Many believe storytelling should be considered a fine art, noting that there have been major storytelling performances at the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center. Since 1983 the NSL has been actively petitioning the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to issue a stamp honoring the art of storytelling. The NSL has two special projects to help spread the word (literally). One is a partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundations national Adopt a Whisker Campaign. According to the NSL website, Local story leagues will feature telling of the childrens picture book Mr. Lincolns Whiskers, by Karen Winnick. This is the true story of 11-year-old Grace Bedell and her letter requesting presidential candidate Lincoln to grow whiskers. He did, then later stopped by to personally thank her. The league emphasizes that this shows the power of a child to change the face of a nation. The other project involves junior storytelling. Satz is passionate about educating children about the power of stories. She taught reading and English for 40 years and both encouraged and facilitated her students involvement in telling stories in their community. The link between individual story leagues nationwide is the quarterly Story Art magazine, which contains district and league news and articles as well as stories and poems submitted by storytellers across the country. The magazine also sponsors an annual short story contest, open to non-members and students. In a recent editorial, Satz wrote, We continue to extend our hands of friendship through the stories we tell each other and to the members of our communities. She added that the NSL storytelling organization has stood the test of time for 109 years because of the dedication and friendships of the members.

Convention attendees assist with a group story. Gill says, I like stories where the people have a problem to solve and get it done by various ways. I like the ingenuity that people have. She points out that a lot of stories around the world are told with gestures and repeating refrains. Asked what she enjoys most about storytelling, she replies, Meeting marvelous people and telling stories to children! I enjoy knowing the story and sharing it with other people. Sharing our heritage, values and history is important, Gill goes on. As a human race we are not that different There are similar themes in stories and people do the same things over and over in different ways. We are more alike than we are different. Storytellers often have a specific focus or trick of the trade that identifies them. Local storyteller Loni Todoroki, the Lady with the Hat, brings hats, props and costumes to her storytelling. Other local storytellers are involved in a variety of ways. Gloria Hacker and Florence Hamilton meet monthly at the Good Samaritan Retirement Village to tell stories. Jean Gilbert, a retired teacher, presents stories through a Humane Society program called Critter Connection. Recently, she conducted a workshop dealing with the subject of bullying entitled How Rattlesnake Got His Fangs, using a snake puppet as a visual aid.

Loni Todoroki portrays Mabel Dodge Lujan.

at Gill, president of the Las Cruces Storytellers League since 1971, is a widely recognized catalyst in keeping the local group active. She became involved in 1960 when she was first invited to a storytellers group. She says the three principles of good storytelling are like the story youre telling, be prepared and animated, and have a good time. Another key to successful storytelling is repetition, often used in childrens stories. This is especially important in cumulative tales in which a character develops over time. This storytelling technique has been around since Adam learned to tie his shoes. For example, in Homers Iliad, composed as an oral epic, predictable repetition such as he fell thunderously and his armor clattered upon him helped to provide structure to the tale and involve the audience. Many people, decades after their student years, still recall this line with humor.

hese and other local storytellers got to share with a national audience at the convention in Las Cruces, whose events gave a glimpse into the current state of the art of storytelling. The kickoff was an interactive session by Las Cruces storyteller Douglas Jackson, who involved his listeners in a traditional story about Pecos Bill. This tale required the audience to hiss like snakes and growl like cougars at different prompts during the story, which they delightedly did. Wry laughter erupted from the group as he introduced his second story by saying, A lot of stories evolve because parents lie to their children. You know, answering questions like, Why is the sky blue, Daddy? or Why does (something) happen, Mommy? So the parents make up stories. Douglas caught the storytelling bug from a lifetime of listening to family yarns. He also analyzed Bill Cosby records, paying special attention to how the comedians stories were structured. He particularly enjoys sharing stories from his childhood The more outrageous the better, kids love it! Each evening during the convention the group gathered at the Hotel Encanto for a time of informal storytelling. Jennilyn Weight from Spokane, Wash., told a humorous story about farm animals visiting a library. She was followed by local storyteller Judith Ames, who cut out a colorful paper butterfly chain as she told a Native American story about a lazy coyote and his interaction with those resourceful insects. Others told jokes, ghost stories and traditional African tales. In the open, friendly atmosphere, the storytellers showcased their abilities to draw their audience in, to delight, to thrill, to make listeners think, maybe even to scare on occasion. Barbi Willey of Norfolk, Va., told one of her favorite narratives about the Witch of Pungo, based on the true story of a beautiful woman who in 1706 was falsely accused of being a witch by jealous women in her Virginia community. She survived the dunking trial, was imprisoned for over five years, and then released. She was exonerated some 300 years after her death. Willey, who began incorporating clowning and puppetry into her tales at the encouragement of a friend, attributes her love of storytelling to her Irish mother. During an opening-day lunch at the Double Eagle restaurant in Mesilla, the tables were turned and the storytellers got to listen. Jerry Harold, the gen-

eral manager, provided historical isiting during meals and background on the elegant builddown times with many of ing and shared a humorous story the convention attendees on the background of the gold provided a fascinating array of ceiling tiles in the main room. personal stories. Roswell grandNext time you visit, notice that mother Andrea Jordan told of they are two different colors and being stranded with a Brazilian ask your waiter why. tribe during a medical missions Then Weight captivated the trip in the 1980s. A love-story audience with a dramatic telling collecting ex-priest, Fred Quinn of the story of Inez and Armando, (incoming National Story League the ill-fated lovers of the Double president), attended with his Eagle. She wove a chilling tale of charming wife, an ex-nun, and the events surrounding the murshared hilarious and poignant Incoming National Storytellers dered pair in the old hacienda. anecdotes. League President Fred Quinn. During the presentation, sitting Local storyteller Sarah Addiin a velvet chair off to the side son, aka Juba (African for Born was a petite ghostly figure in white, face hidden. on a Monday), works at Memorial Medical Center. The light from the window illuminated her figure Her grandmother passed on the art of storytelling to and added a deliciously spine-tingling element. her as a young girl growing up in rural Kansas, tellPenny Tennison, editor of Story Art magazine ing her she had the gift of gab. She varies her voice and member of Washingtons Fireside Storytellers, as her grandmother taught her to set the mood for shared the Native American story of The Old Owl different types of stories. Often she will tell a story Witch who turned pesky kids into mice. Eileen from a different perspectivesuch as telling the tale Beckowitz, also of Washington, told two historical of the three pigs from the wolfs point of view. She ghost stories set in Columbus and Silver City. often uses a storycoat with objects hidden away in The next day, spent at the New Mexico Farm and the pockets during her tales. Ranch Heritage Museum, was on the theme of East Another of Addisons techniques is to personalMeets West. After a private tour, a cooking dem- ize the story, incorporating names of the children onstration (with, appropriately, in her audience and setting the a story by chef Carol Koenig) story in a familiar place. She preand a concert by members of the pares by reading the story three Voz Vaqueros choir, Gwendolyn times before she actually tells Jones took the stage. Although it in front of an audience. This now a New Jersey storyteller and way she is equipped and has the retired college professor, Jones flexibility to customize the tale. grew up on a small poultry farm As attendee Douglas Jackson in Lincolnshire, England. Her noted, You have to prepare to glamorous demeanor and trace be spontaneous in good storyof English accent delighted the telling. toe-tapping audience as she gave Addison gave a storymat a syncopated rendition of Ragworkshop, demonstrating how time Cowboy Joe. One listener to involve the audience using recognized the tune as the Unifabric and small items as props. versity of Wyoming fight song Sarah Addison demonstrates Fabric is used to create the setusing a storymat. and sang along. ting of the story; different colors



and patterns stand in for sand, mountains, structures and fields. This method works well for both youngsters and older people. The interactive nature of the workshop provided many additional ideas for customizing this approach to different audiences and ages. Quinn commented that when he works with the elderly he brings a lot of articles from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s as memory prompts. During one memorable storytelling session he discovered that among his listeners was the dentist who had made jazz musician Louis Armstrongs teeth. Interested in telling a story or two yourself? The National Storytellers League website (www. offers these tips on how to be a better storyteller: Voice control. Dramatic effect. Funny noises. Interesting facial expressions. Selecting the perfect story for a situation and audience. Uncompromising preparation. The league says, Good storytellers arent born, theyre made. They work hard at their art, and it shows. k To learn more about the Storytellers of Las Cruces, contact Sonya Weiner, Western District President, at Members perform on Saturday mornings at 10:30 at both COAS Books locations in Las Cruces, 1101 S. Solano and 317 N. Water St. Karen Ray is a nearly lifelong resident of Las Cruces, who grew up here, attended NMSU, then returned 17 years ago to finish raising her family. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

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Hiking Apacheria Jerry Eagan

A Hike Through History

Revisiting some favorite sites in Apache country.
rior culture with such a debilitating problem? No prosthetics were available to him, certainly. He wouldve had to hobble around as best as he could (as the informant noted) and was forever on the back bench for warfare. Did he become a superb lookout? Sniper? Trainer of novices? His life-expectancy would have been reduced significantly, and I believe the informant indicated he died younger than most Apaches of the time. Possible hearth of the McKinn homestead. As a place where Ive hiked, I was also interested in the story a friend recounted of a herpe- somewhere to die. When I was shot in Vietnam, I tologist whod been bitten by a black-tail rattler in had arterial bleeding and I doubt thered have been Skeleton Canyon, south of Rodeo, where Geroni- enough jungle grass around to compress my blood mo surrendered in September 1885. Ive been there letting. Bullet wounds then were caused by enorthree times on my own. Its a rugged drive in, and I mously destructive .45-.70 and other high-caliber basically walked two or three miles after I couldnt rounds. Bones would have been shattered and exit drive my truck any farther. Documentary filmmak- wounds would have been massive. er Brian Huberman, his wife Cynthia Wolfe and I were there three years ago and we saw several hen Brian and Cynthia visited this July, black-tailed rattlers. According to my source, the we went to the last few places they wantvenom of the rattler bite spread quickly through ed to capture for the film theyre making. the womans body, and by the time she arrived at Along with a friend, Randy Crawford, we hiked the hospital in Douglas, Ariz., a good hour-and-a- in the Peloncillos, the Mimbres and around Fort half walk and drive from the bite site in Skeleton Bowie. We went to the Peloncillos the second day Canyon, the neurotoxins had destroyed enough of filming. I wanted to show them the approximate nerve endings in her leg that she, too, developed location of the battle area (not the site), as the permanent foot drop. scenery is stupendous and as the site had become As some readers will remember, I fell on Provi- one of my favorites until I began to get sick. (See dence Cone on Dec. 21, 2009, and broke my ankle. In Locos Footsteps, February 2011, and From I had to reset the ankle three times using my knee Water to Water, August 2011.) pads and all of the duct tape I carried to crawl off The Northern Peloncillo site of my hikes is essenthe mountain and through cactus, back to my truck. tially a long, six- to eight-mile-long massif, rugged, I was able to reset the ankle once I got to the truck minimally vegetated, with miles of craggy rocks lowith a spare disabled-veteran license plate and the cated south of Hwy. 78 and west of Hwy. 70. The Pelknee pads and more duct tape, in anticipation that oncillos stretch from this spot all the way south to Id have to drive myself to the hospital in Deming Skeleton Canyon and even a bit farther south along from Akela Flats, a good 30-minute drive to the hos- the eastern flank of the San Simon Valley. It was a pital. As it turned out, Luna County sheriffs depu- favorite mountain range of the Chiricahua Apaches, ties and ICE personnel were able to provide me with who had many rancheria up and down the range. support just at Rancherias dark on that would have shortest day of been located the year, 2009, almost any and one volplace that had unteer drove some source me to the of water. The hospital. (See Apaches knew Slip-Sliding where every Away, Februdrop of water ary 2010.) could be had But Apachfrom the northes went out ernmost crags all the time on of the Peloncilforays to look los all the way aroundfor into Mexico. game, a new Hills surrounding Fort Bowie from where Cochise launched the atThey knew route, water tack of Apache Pass in July 1862. where these

Cookes Peak from the McKinn Ranch on Hwy. 35 in the Mimbres. (Photos by Jerry Eagan)

ts been a helluva year. Late in 2011, I developed what was a running diagnosis of: bronchitis walking pneumonia congestive heart failure and then, in late January, a long cascade into Hell. I was in Gila Regional Medical Center, then Memorial Hospital in Las Cruces, followed by almost a month in Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, followed by the University of Texas Medical Center in El Paso and finally Nazareth Hall in El Paso, a rehabilitation facility. There, after two months that took me down onto a ventilator for two weeks, and with five weeks totally gone from memory, I emerged to learn to walk again. The tubes down my throat had also damaged my ability to swallow, so I underwent speech therapy and learned to swallow fluids heavier than saliva. When I left Nazareth Hall, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph, on May 18, I was wheeled to the car by my wife. I had, by then, learned to walk with a walker. Since returning home, Ive progressed from walkers to a single-point cane. At home, I walk awkwardly without the cane due to foot drop, the result of what may be permanent nerve damage in the left leg. I may never walk again normally. Right now, I have a prosthetic brace that allows my left foot to operate more normallythat is, more like it did before all of this trauma. Alas, a separate side effect of meds and three months in hospital beds was dry gangrene on 8 of 10 toes. While the toes on the left foot have almost all healed, the damage on the right foot toes is more extensive. As a consequence, four of five toes will have been amputated either naturally or surgically by the time you read this. At age 65, Ive spent a total of one year plus three months in hospitals. The year was in 19661967, when I was badly wounded in a firefight in Vietnam, followed by malaria. The remainder of the time was, of course, this latest round of hospitalization. The difference between ages 19-20 and age 65 in terms of how I dealt with the hospitalization was significant. On the other hand, my wife Dorothy told the docs many times that I had been vigorous for years prior to this latest near-death experience, hiking Apacheria since 2002. ll of this has, of course, affected how I hike Apacheria. I was reminded of a story in one of the many books Ive read about the Apache of an Apache man who had been bitten by a rattler while out on a raid. As a consequence, he, too, developed foot drop. The article mentioned that his utility as a warrior dropped dramatically and, in effect, he became a ward of the band. Ive now wondered: How did HE manage to survive for any length of time in a mobile, seminomadic, war-

Mountain howitzer at the Fort Bowie National Monument visitor center.

sources, etc. What happened to them when they fell, broke an ankle or leg, and they were miles from home? One old cowboy told me once that when he had broken an ankle out riding the rangealbeit, with another riderthey packed his boot with mud as tight as they could, so he could remount his horse and ride back to the ranch headquarters. From there, he was driven to a hospital. And another Hidalgo County source told me that his family, who had lived for decades in Skull Canyon, south of Rodeo, lost two family members to appendicitis in the early 20th century. The jolting Model T Ford ride out of that place and all the way to Lordsburg, to the nearest hospital, had been too severe. Both died of simple appendicitis. Apaches have appendixes, too. How did they handle such situations? I suspect they all died. In one interview Brian and Cynthia and I got from an old-time rancher/author, Tom Diamond, he informed us that bear grass was often used not only for wiping duties while the Apaches moved about like the wind, but could also be stuffed into a wound to serve as a compress to staunch the blood flow caused by a bullet wound. Of course, many Apaches, badly wounded in skirmishes with the Spanish, Mexicans and Americans, just crawled off

water sources were just as we know where our own banks ATMs are located. In many of these places, not just in the Peloncillos but everywhere the Apaches traveled, one finds large holes in bedrock. When I first came here, people said: Oh, those are mortar-in-bedrock holes. I never heard anyone state that there were other possible uses for such holes. But I experimented, carrying one- or two-liter bottles of water to the sites, cleaning out the dirt and debris, then depositing the contents of the water bottles into the holes. I found many held two liters of water, easily. As the film crew was going to search for a group of these holes in bedrock at my direction (it was impossible for me to walk more than 50 or 60 yards), I suggested they carry among them at least one three-liter bottle of water. They did and, much to my amazement, filmed that three-liter bottle of water filling only half of one of the largest holes. Ive found 50 or more water holes of this nature, plus the normal water catchment from drips, seeps and runoff during monsoonal rains and snowmelt. There would have been lots of water for humans and horses. In fact, being someone familiar with horses, Brian stated quite clearly that the hole he could only partially fill with three liters of water

would have easily allowed a horse to insert its muzzle into the hole and drink every bit of water available. (For the video results of that experiment, visit The Apache improved upon these holes that perhaps nature began in some 10,000-year flood, that were then widened and deepened by Mogollon, Saladan or Payan Indians prior to the Apaches arrival. The Apaches made water where they knew the rains and snow would flow downhill into these places. They also made water by rocking up natural seeps and drips that are The bones of Fort Bowie against the surrounding hills. created in the jumble of rocks in the Peloncillos, so the sun Geronimo until he was discovered by Gen. Crook wouldnt evaporate the collected water (in some in Canyon de los Embudos the following March. cases, six inches deep based upon the water lines (See The Captive, November 2006, and So Many that marked the rock floors of those features). Tigers, August 2007.) While I never could time my hikes to actually SEE Id become aware of the possible location of the drips or seeps in action on the north side of this McKinn homestead through an acquaintance. these mountains, I did find the ground still wet Hed told a well-known archeologist whod been from recent rain or snow. associated with archeological work in the MimIs it any wonder that Spanish, Mexican or Amer- bres Valley in the past. This alleged McKinn site ican soldiers, chasing the Apache madly across had been settled under the Homestead Act of 1862, these desolate places the pursuers lips parched, which granted petitioners 165 acres theyd be entheir throats caked with desperate thirst arrived titled to if they proved up the land. This meant it behind them only to discover that ALL the wa- had been built by John McKinn sometime between ter in those holes had been drunk dry? And is it 1885 or 1886. As is often the case with historical any wonder that the spirit of the pursuers often research, the story has not proven to be factual. If faltered and lagged as they drooped and dropped the McKinns ever lived in this homestead, theres further and further in their chases? not a readily available way to prove it. My McKinn story has probably generated more favorable comments than any, drawing a dozen or ur next field trip was to two sites in the Mimbres Valley, the first to where anecdot- two email communications from various parts of the al information had led me over the years United States and Europe. The McKinn story is one to a location purported to be the original McKinn that has special resonance in the entire Geronimo homestead. John McKinn was the father of Mar- saga because young Santiago was photographed in tin and Santiago McKinn. The former was killed by March 1886filthy, silent, bedraggledat Canyon Apaches on Sept. 11, 1885, in a raid led by Geroni- de los Embudos by C.S. Fly, the Tombstone photogmo and followers, while Santiago Jimmy McKinn rapher who crammed himself into history by takwas abducted by Geronimo. Santiago traveled with HIKE continued on next page



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Chihuahua, Nana and others who had bolted from Over the years between 1862, when Fort Bowie the San Carlos Reservation in May 1885. A large was founded, until 1890, when it was shuttered, part of that band surrendered to Crook at Can- several thousand mostly little-known American yon de los Embudos, but Geronimo and 12 other soldiers served there. As with every other post eswarriors and some women skyrocketed back into tablished by the US military, bugles called throughMexico when told they were to be hanged by furi- out the day. I took a few photos of the flag pole ous Arizonans upon their surrender. and flag flying in the breeze, with Helens Dome, an Van Orden also told us that the McKinn photo, oddly shaped mountain, in the background. which is in many books about the Apache wars, The location of the fort on the saddle of the wasnt the lead photo in the order in which Fly had ridge overlooking the valley to the east, up which shot them. Rather, Fly, with an eye towards maxi- the Apaches were all finally brought before being mizing his profits from his risky venture into Mexi- shipped off to Florida, was a good one. With hunco, had placed the McKinn photo at the head of his dreds of horses and mules and all the dung they series of photos, to play on the publics sympathy dropped, flies and mosquitoes must have been and sell more copies. daunting threats to healthy living. I got bitten by mosquitoes while at Fort Bowie this time. It was the first time in a few years Id ur final expedition for this years filming was to Fort Bowie, southeast of Will- gotten bitten by mosquitoes. But they were there, cox, Ariz. Brian had found a photo taken and in the 1880s malaria would have been, too. Mathere that none of usincluding Larry Ludwig, the larias no fun and I had it in days when medicine ranger at Fort Bowie National Monumenthad was available. ever seen. We were able to corroborate with Larry the likely location of the shot, but to date, havent ort Bowie stands silent now. Hardly anyone sourced who made the photo. goes there. It takes too much work to walk I told Larry that I felt Fort Bowie was, bar none, the one mile-plus trail. Fort Bowie National the most important fort in the entire 50 years of the Monument and the Gila Cliff Dwellings share the Apache wars, 1830-1886. Founded after the Califor- distinction of being among a minuscule number of nia Column fought the Battle of Apache Pass in July parks or monuments where one has to work to get 1862, Fort Bowie remained a central location for to the end goal. I dont know if Ill ever walk the campaigns and patrols against Mangas Coloradas, full trail again. With that comes some sadness that Cochise, Naiche, Geronimo and Chatto, as well as sometimes overwhelms me with sobbing bouts other Chiricahua Apache leaders. (John McKinn, by and rivers of tears. What the HELL has happened the way, was one of those California Column soldiers to me in this, the 65th year of my life? who remained in New Mexico after the Civil War.) Seeing and walking the expanse of Fort Bowie My ability to tour Fort Bowie with Larry, Brian was a poignant visit to one of the earlier places that and Cynthia was limited by the damage done to my excited me so much as I wrote Hiking Apacheria. right foot. While there, I still had all five toes on my Long after Im gone, though, the bones of Bowie right foot, but couldnt walk very fast. My good friend will remain. and fan, Kevin Wallace, who works at REI in Plano, The Apaches certainly didnt win the struggle Texas, sent me a set of Leki trekking poles, which I for their way of life. They may have died of broken tried out for the first time on the hike at Bowie. It felt bones and burst appendices, but they knew where wonderful to hike again, but the heat at Fort Bowie the water was when it counted. They had herbal and my inability to keep up with Larry Ludwigs pace remedies for their illnesses and injuries, but in the left me sitting in the shade of the bones of cavalry end, those remedies couldnt outweigh the modern barracks that had been stabilized years ago by pre- technologies that led to their being conquered as scient national monument planners. almost every other nomadic culture on the planet The photos I took reminded me of my first trip to has been. Even so, its something to see those holes Fort Bowie when I wrote that first article about the that were ground into solid rock be cleaned out of fort and Bill Hoy (Paths to War, May 2008), who dust and debris, and filled with enough water to saaccomplished so much by re-establishing the entire tiate the thirst of man or beast. Theyve been here route of the Butterfield Stage through the monument longer than Fort Bowie, thats for certain. grounds. I am grateful I walked that route, including I know that my friends were amazed to actually the trail through Siphon Canyon, which empties see how much water could be held in those holes out in the valley that looks out over the plains sur- in the Peloncillos that hot July day. Its one thing to rounding Bowie, Ariz. If you visit the Monument, be read about such things; quite another to pour the sure to visit BOTH Forts Bowie I and II. The first was water and see how much water those holes take. built by those sturdy California Column volunteers. Thats one of the pleasures of Hiking Apacheria. As I sat on the saddle of the hill where the fort Im planning on being back out there by years end. is located, I sensed the history surrounding one Lets keep our fingers crossed. k more fort established in a long line of such establishments that were placed in strategic locations Jerry Eagan is working on a book that will designed to interdict and disrupt the Apache way update and expand on previously published of life. Having served at Camp Kaiser, South Korea, articles in Desert Exposure. Brian Huberman for 10 months in 1965 and 1966, perhaps a dozen is working on a release of his tentatively titled miles south of the DMZ, I know a bit about remote film, Warpath, a documentary on the Chiricatours and remote locations. Camp Radcliffe, the hua Apache and Hiking Apacheria (www. See all of Jerrys past home of the First Air Cavalry Division, where I served in 1966 (Charley Company, 1st Battalion, articles at, and visit 7th Cavalry Regiment), isolated in the midst of Viet Cong territory, was a tent city in 1966. While our






Getaways Donna Clayton Walter

Floating Away for the Weekend

T or C offers a world of hot-springs soaks, art and more.
kitty-cornered across Broadway. A great little place where I have often enjoyed a hearty breakfastmy well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio hereHappy Belly Deli also serves up a fresh lunch. Service is quick and the atmosphere is friendly. Yes, my unfamiliar face tags me as an out-of-towner, but I dont mindI take it as a sign of good food when a place is filled with the locals. The Happy Belly serves up omelets, burritos, bagels, soups and salads. Darn good coffee here, too, to get your morning going. Today its lunch, and I enjoy a chicken pesto sandwich with dill potato salad as a side. Fresh, tasty and reasonable. Happy Belly Deli, 313 Broadway, 894-DELI. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-noon. Breakfast every day, lunch except Sunday, pizza for dinner 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Riverbend Hot Springs in T or C.

Homer, one of the authors dogs, on the grounds at Riverbend Hot Springs. The Rio Grande flows by in the background. (Photos by Donna Clayton Walter)

The Happy Belly Deli, a great place for breakfast and lunch, plus pizza for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Seating for 20 people, and fourfooted family members allowed, on the outdoor patio.

kay, Im hardcore. I think theres hardly any time of year too hot or too cold to keep a body from enjoying a soak in mineral hot springs. Tubs, spas, natural pools in the wildernessIve enjoyed em all, especially here in New Mexico where we are blessed with so many options. For those who think our recent hot summer was just too hot to enjoy a steamy soak, the cooler days and nights offer a new opportunity to plunge into fall. And with a plethora of events in Truth or Consequences, a hot springs-and-arts-oriented small town just under 100 miles from Silver City, October may be your month for a weekend getaway (see box). Book now, as lodgings will be in demand! For me, living in Silver City, Truth or Consequencesor T or C as we locals sayis just a couple of hours drive time. For that little bit of time and petrol spent, after my scenic trip over the Black Range or through colorful HatchChile Capital of the WorldI gain deep relaxation from a night and couple of days in a place that seems a world apart. Whether for new hiking opportunities for me and the dogs, a romantic getaway or a self-imposed writing retreat, T or C is a destination I try to visit at least three or four times a year. With a couple of notable bookstores, it scratches my itch for literary immersion. Its decent assortment of restaurants gives my tastebuds something new to enjoy, while its galleries provide food for the eyes. Whatever your pleasure and style, this charming and walkable town affords a reasonably priced escape, with plenty to do or nothing at all, as fits your mood. Heres my plan for one typical threeday weekend:

Friday morning
rabbing a cup of drive-thru coffee and a burrito, Im on the road by late morning, sometimes with my dogs in the back or a buddy in the passenger seat. This timely and effortless departure gets me to the land of hot springs (in fact the town once was named Hot Springs, but more on that later) in time for a nifty lunch. But wait! Is there trouble in paradise? Pulling up to my usual spot on T or Cs Broadway, I find a Closed sign at the Lil Sprout, a charming ecofriendly caf and natural grocery where Ive enjoyed many a tasty sandwich and freshly made vegetable drink. Major bummer, dude, as one of the usual patrons of this establishment might say. Fortunately for me, I am also quite well acquainted with the Happy Belly Deli, practically

store and Gallery. (430 Broadway, 894-7685, This place is a wonderful winding old building with a jumble of mainly books and a little art, grouped into rooms by category. There is a rare book room and some ancient cultural artifacts, as well. I love perusing the art room, with a great collection of art bookstoday I find one on Georgia OKeeffe Id never seenas well as artworks and art-history tomes. My significant other and I have spent a good bit of time here, me hip-deep in art and he in the history room or grabbing up bargain paperbacks. Attentive, service-oriented owner Stan Friday afternoon ow its time for some strolling around Sokolow once found and ordered for me an out-oftown and exploring. Take in the Geroni- print book Id been seeking for some time. Now its time to deepen the wind-down process. mo Springs Museum for a strictly local history lessonexhibits include interesting facts Having thought ahead, I made an appointment for about the areas Apache roots, Hispanic heritage a soak and massage at La Paloma Hot Springs & and much more. An entire exhibit is dedicated Spa (311 Marr St., 894-3148, www.lapalomahotto Ralph Edwards, host of the Truth or Conse- Ahhh, this will take the days quences television show, with wonderful black- driving tension out of my shoulder muscles! Afterward, not quite ready for dinner, I walk and-white photos and the story of how and why the town changed its name. Souvenirs aplenty and east down Broadway to the end and see how the Rio Grande is flowing these days. Ralph Edwards tons of helpful literature for exploring the area. Park offers a pond, quiet spaces for contemplation and a view of Turtleback Mountain. After a leisurely stroll, Im ready to head to Caf BellaLuca, a family-owned restaurant serving authentic Italian specialties. BellaLuca also serves lunchsalads, soup, sandwiches and the like, all with authentic Italian flavor. The place has a deep wine menu, and its the spot locals recommend for a good dinner. I often choose BellaLuca for a leisurely dinner with a book or special dining companion. Tonight its their classic Caesar salad with real anchovies on top, a hand-thrown Sicilian Entrance to the Geronimo Springs Museum in T or C. pizza topped with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, caGeronimo Springs Museum, 211 Main St., pers, onions, olives and proscuitto. The fine dining atmosphere making me feel a little special, I 894-6600, Mosey on up the street for a quick pick-me-up start with one of the dry ross, then switch to a at the Passion Pie Caf. The volunteer at the mu- hearty red wine. Save room for dessertthe classeum couldnt say enough good things about this sic crme brle is my personal fave. Caf BellaLuca, 303 Jones St., 894-YUMM new little gem in town, opened just this past May by a trio of ladies, Gia Apple, Tracy Estes and Judy (9866), Mon., Wed., Thurs. Reagan. A sun-filled, airy spot, Passion Pie already 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 10 is cultivating a loyal clientelePassionistas they a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Tues. Night has fallen softly on the sleepy little town. call them on the cafs coffee punch cardand with the high-energy vibe and aroma of top-notch In my mind, its time for an evening soak! The baked goods filling the place, its no wonder. Treat Charles Motel and Hot Springs (601 Broadway. yourself to some coffee, fine loose-leaf teas and 894-7154 / 800-317-4518, maybe a sweetwhen was the last time you found offers rooftop soaking in one special private tub. Its enchanting, to say real rugelach in the the least, to soak and Southwest? Hey, you stargaze. can take the girl out of Since Im booked New York. this trip to spend the Passion Pie Caf, night at Riverbend 406 Main St., 418Hot Springs, I will 1779, www.passionavail myself of my Daily 7 vorite private pool a.m.-3 p.m. daily, plus thereTierra, with a Saturday 6-9 p.m. waterfall featurefor As the afternoon 50 minutes of soakwinds down, theres ing bliss with stars still time to take in one overhead and the Rio of T or Cs fabulous Grande flowing by bebookstores. Walk up a Gia Apple, one of the Passion Pie Cafes three low. Big ahhhh! few blocks, then over owners, works the counter on a busy day. BusiRiverbend Hot to Broadway to Xochis ness has been good and were thankful for every Springs, 100 Austin (say so-chee) Book- good day, Apple says.

St., 894-SOAK (7625), dried, packaged and sold to local businesses. The city originally donated the land to the volunteer group, which then secured a start-up grant. (For more info, call Paula Green at 894-2739.)

cuisine is described as American-Mediterranean, and while it is health-oriented, I find the place less ecofoodie hardcore, if you will. I settle into a table in the cafs sunny dining room and dig into a turkeybacon-avocado sandwich and small classic Greek salad. Yum! Turtleback Oasis, 520 Broadway, 894-0179, Breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday, dinner on Saturday only. Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Just across the street and up the road a bit is one of my favorite thrift stores. On one visit, the weather suddenly turned hotter than Id expectedor packed for! A friendly resident pointed me in the direction of Chf Thrift Store (407 N. Broadway, 894-5923), where I picked up a couple of summer dresses and pair of sandals for a song Second Hand Rose (414 N Broadway, 894-4029) is another good place where Ive found a bargain. After a perusal of the goods at Chf, I walk back to the east end of Broadwaypoking my head into a storefront or gallery, and there are many colorful windows beckoning in this small but vibrant town. I pick up a journal at Smiths Office Supply, the wonderful kind of arts and letters supply place I love to get lost in (326 N. Broadway, 894-2275). At the end of the street, I stop into RioBravo Fine Art (110 N. Broadway, 894-0572, Exceedingly gracious owner Eduardo Alicea explains that the gallery is in disarray, due to an exhibit having ended and being taken down, but invites me to poke around. Now its time for a little pick-me-up. I head over to Black Cat Books & Coffee, just a couple of doors up (128 Broadway, 894-7070, Fri.-Mon.,


Saturday morning

p and at em! A hearty breakfast at BBQ on Broadway will fuel the start of this day. A down-home, Saturday afternoon friendly eatery favored fter my garden by locals, it has become tour, I head back to a new favorite for me. All Bar-B-Que on Broadway, serving up breakRiverbend. Lodging the usual stuff, from South- fast, lunch and dinner. guests get complimentary west specialties to French soaks in the public pools; toast, served up with great coffee and smiles from non-guests can buy a one-hour pass for 10 bucks. the attentive staff. Lunches and dinners, too. Im going to use my complimentary soak privilege BBQ on Broadway, 308 N. Broadway, 894- for all its worth. Great way to contemplate lunch, 7047. Open Mon.-Wed. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. and after strolling the rows and looking at all that 7 a.m.-8 p.m. luscious produce, Im hungry again! Having gotten my fill of muy authentico huevos rancheros, I head down the street toward the park. This is a pleasant place to just hang out. My dogs are welcomebe sure to pick up after your pet! and I always manage to meet someone interesting. Today its James and his sweet pooch, Lucy. James is a dedicated volunteer at the T or C Community Garden and invites me to survey the groups plot. The garden is located at Third Street and Foch, so I drive up just a few minutes on Broadway, which turns into Date Street at the three-way juncture, and turn onto Third. The garden is next to the Public Library, and as I drive by the Civic Center, I see that tennis courts are available. Note to self: Bring a racquet next timejust in case I have the incli- Turtleback Oasis serves breakfast and lunch every nation to do more than soak, eat baked goods and day but Sunday, dinner on Saturdays. Great healthful groceries, too! read. Nah but you might! James tells me this is the best squash production the garden has had in three seasonsa fact From my digs at Riverbend, I walk the few he is particularly proud of, having conquered blocks up and over to a place thats a new discovthe squash bugs almost single-handedly. At mid- ery for me: Turtleback Oasis Marketplace. This summer the garden, now in its seventh year, had place goes far toward assuaging my sadness over produced some 700-plus pounds of vegetables, losing the Lil Sprout. Serving both breakfast and much of it donated to the food banks in town. In lunch, Turtleback Oasis has a full menu of salads, addition to peaches, apples and dates from the row sandwiches and smoothies, as well as an extensive of trees bordering the space, the plots herbs are offering of natural grocery items. The affordable

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ime to think about dinner, so I walk back to my spot at Riverbend, drop off my new books and assorted purchases and hop in the car to take the short drive up Date Street to Los Arcos Steak & Lobster, a restaurant and bar famous for its steaks. One year I treated myself to a solo trip to T or C for my birthdayjust me, my dog and the desire to soak and celebrate another year of life on earth. Being a shore girl, Ive often enjoyed a lobster on my birthday. Los Arcos seemed the perfect place to get some surf and turf. I was not disappointed. This trip, I want something simpler. The advertisement for Best Green Chile Cheeseburger on the marquee catches my eye. I figure this more ca- The cheery inside of Caf Groovey Grits. sual option is offered only in the sports bar, but the hostess informs me I can dine on the cheap the groovey in the name. Fun, fun, fun! Im fueled right in the fancy dining room. I order up and pull up and ready to head home. out my journal to write a bit. My waiter is prompt Caf Groovey Grits, 315 N. Broadway, 894and attentive, but does not hurry me in the least. I 0350, Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., cant believe my good fortune to enjoy two hours Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 a.m.-9 of writing and magazine-reading solitude, a glass p.m. Karaoke Tuesday night, live music Friday of red wine and one kick-ass burger and a crme and Saturday. brle for dessert for under $20. Los Arcos Steak & Lobster, 1400 Date St., 894eading up the hill, glancing back at my be6200, Open daily loved T or C in the rearview, I do a mental at 5 p.m. checklist and realize that over the past few There is a growing nightlife scene in T or C. Of years Ive visited nearly every hot springs facility course, there are the in T or C, whether just classic old movie thefor a day-soak or to ater, El Cortez (415 stay overnight in their Main St., 894-4914), rooms as well. From and the Bedroxx tubs in private rooms at Bowling Alleycute the Artesian Bath House name, huh? (165 E. 9th and Trailer Park, public St., 894-0082, bedroxx. outdoor pools and pricom) But more locavate spas at Riverbend, tions are adding live in-room soaks at Blackmusic to the mix, giving stone, Euro-style soakopportunities to musiing rooms at La Paloma cians and offering free or gravel-lined pools at entertainment to their Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs, guests. Caf Groovey The dining room at Los Arcos Steak & Lobster T or C offers the hot Grits (see below) now springs enthusiast all has a karaoke night, styles of soaking plealeaving T or C locals and visitors like me almost no sure. (For a full listing of soaking spots in T or Cs excuse for having a ho-hum evening. Hot Springs District, go to www.sierracountynewMe? I soak. Hmm, I think to myself, reviewing that list, I havent yet been to Hay-Yo-Kay Hey, okay! Sunday morning or breakfast, its Caf Groovey Grits, a Theres always the next trip! k place I discovered only recently. This sparkling little joint has about the friendliest serAll phone numbers are area code 575. vice on the planet and makes one mean huevos Donna Clayton Walter is a Silver City-based rancheros. The mood-enhancing art on the walls freelance writer who just cant seem to stay out is for sale and the hanging-bead room dividers give of hot water. evidence of the owners hippy-dippy rootshence

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Our Vanishing Riparian Landscapes

Can we meet the threats to the Southwests water systems?
colony in the Southwest, spoke of the Ro Grandes turbulent waters, wide spreading trees, grassy meadows, countless birds and many fish when the party struck the river just below todays El Paso, following an agonizing passage north across the Chihuahua Desert in the spring of 1598. Early Anglo-American explorers found many rivers and streams still in pristine condition at the mid-19th century. From the mouth of Bill Williams fork to the point above where we crossed the Rio Colorado, is about sixty miles, recorded Dr. J.M. Bigelow, who accompanied a railroad survey team across the Southwest in the 1850s. Along the valley of this river, alamo [cottonwood], mezquite, and willow form the principal, and almost entire, kinds of trees. Free-flowing rivers and streams, with forested banks, issued from mountain ranges and wound through the arid Southwest basins like green threads woven through sand-colored tapestry. They supported long stretches of woodlands commanded by 60-foot-tall Fremont cottonwood and willow trees and other stretches of park-like savannahs dominated by 60-foot tall mesquite trees. The waterways served as a cornucopia for Southwestern wildlife. They offered habitat, commissary and water to dozens of mammal species, ranging from shrews, long-tailed weasels, pocket gophers, mice and rabbits to beavers, gray wolves, mountain lions, jaguars and grizzly bears. They sheltered hundreds of species of birds, both yearround residents and migratory visitors, including violet-crowned hummingbirds, thick-billed parrots and ferruginous pygmy owls, great blue herons, ospreys and bald eagles. They harbored dozens of fish and amphibian species, including several that occurred nowhere else in the world. Perhaps most important, the riparian systems knitted together varied biological strands that evolved in a region defined by its forested mountains and its sparsely vegetated desert basins. Their biodiversity, husbanding the genetic variability essential to help Southwest ecological systems adapt to changing environmental conditions, serves as a crucial gauge for the environmental health of the region.

The Ro Grande today, clear cut and channeled, downstream from Mesilla. (Photos by Jay W. Sharp)

ate in the first millennium, Pueblo settlers began the process of clearing, modifying and polluting Southwestern rivers and streams and the riparian (bordering) woodlands, making way for a sedentary community life with villages, irrigated fields and commerce. Early in the third millennium, Euro-American settlers have very nearly finished the process, having profoundly altered an estimated 90% of the riparian landscape and having planned changes for much of the remaining 10%. Before settlement, the Southwest riparian environments made up the most diverse biological communities within the most biologically diverse region of the United States. The riparian systems endured relatively little damage at the hands of the Pueblos

Even the salt cedar can be colorful in the fall. streams rise in mountains and foothills, their waters soaking into desert basin sands or evaporating into desert sky before reaching the major river systems.

The Roles of the Rivers

ollectively, the river systems and independent streams and their companion woodlands wander for thousands of miles across the arid Southwest. Although they blanket less than 1% of the region, they have performed the most vital of services for their neighboring plant and animal communities and for human settlers. First, the river and stream channels have conveyed that most important of all desert commoditieswaterto sustain life and nurture growth and to recharge subsurface reservoirs. Their sandy soils have filtered sediments and nutrients to improve water quality. Their accumulated sediments have held water like a sponge, releasing it gradually, helping manage and prolong water flow during hot weather and drought as we are experiencing across much of the US today. Their occasional floods, most often following spring thaws and the late-summer rainy seasons, have stirred the biological pot, cutting new channels, distributing plant seeds, creating bottomland vegetational mosaics of forest, marsh and meadow. The forest canopies once shaded the water surface, cooling it, reducing evaporation, prolonging flow. Beaver dams once captured flood waters, trapped fresh alluvium, helped maintain water tables and encouraged riparian plant growth. River and forest game, fur bearers and fish once attracted hunters, trappers and anglers. Occasional fires swept the riparian woodlands, recycling nutrients, redefining vegetation patterns.

Above: The Ro Grande, with wooded banks, much as it looked when Juan de Oate arrived. Below: Albuquerques Ro Grande Nature Center State Park offers a glimpse of what the primal riparian landscape looked like. (whose total population probably never exceeded some 100,000), although the exhaustion of localized riparian resources and altered water flows probably helped force the abandonment of some villages. The systems have suffered far more at the hands of the Euro-American settlers (whose total Southwest population today equals roughly 7 million), especially during the last century and a half. Our riparian landscapes are now among the most threatened environmental systems in the entire US.

Our Great Drainage Systems

Primal Riparian Systems

panish conquistadores found the Southwestern riparian systems mostly intact. Gaspar Prez de Villagr, chronicler of Juan de Oates expedition to establish the first European

ost Southwest waterways connect either to the Ro Grande drainage system, on the eastern side of the Continental Divide, or to the Colorado River system, on the western side. The Ro Grande, which rises in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, drains central New Mexico and all West Texas, a region of approximately 200,000 square miles (plus a comparable area in northeastern Mexico). Fed by a few perennial and many intermittent streams in the Southwest region, the Ro Euro-American Grande flows nearly Settlers 1,900 miles to the Gulf hen Euroof Mexico. American The Colorado Rivsettlers first er, with origins in the arrived, they promptly snowy mountain peaks began clearing the riof north-central Coloparian woodlands, rado, drains western opening the bottomColorado, southeastern lands for communities, Utah, southern Nevada, Giant whirlwind, a symbol of heat and drought. homesteads, roads, western New Mexico, fields and pastures. virtually all Arizona, They cut down the cotsoutheastern California plus southwestern Wyo- tonwood and willow trees, using the timber to ming, an area of 430,000 square miles. Fed by six build towns, houses, furniture, barns, livestock perennial tributary rivers and many intermittent pens and fences. They cut the mesquites from the streams, it flows approximately 1,400 miles to the savannahs, reducing the slow-burning wood to Gulf of California. coke, a hotter-burning fuel, which miners used for Other, independent perennial and intermittent smelting gold and silver from nearby mines. They

and their descendants, in an epic undertaking, have raised metropolises, homes, ranches, farms, parks and roads in the desert wilderness, vesting us today with a heritage built on legendary courage, hardship, sweat, integrity, sacrifice and heroism. It comes, however, with consequences.

the long-term potential of having to divert water from agricultural to municipal uses, which would mean that river-bottom farminga centuries-old industrycould decline or even collapse. They face the prospect of population displacements and economic restructuring.


Top: Flash floods, like this one in the arroyo immediately south of Las Cruces New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, once emptied, unimpeded, into our great river systems. Now the waters are often cut off by altered landscapes and dams. Above: The arroyo only two days later.

heavily stocked their new riparian pastures. They killed out predators that threatened the livestock. They suppressed fires, which would have damaged property. They hunted riparian forests and fished the river waters, both for food and for sport. As communities and agricultural enterprises grew, the Euro-Americans diverted water, via laterals and ditches, from rivers and streams to irrigate yards and fields. They drew water from the rivers and streams and from subsurface reservoirs to meet municipal, industrial and domestic requirements. They channelized rivers, forcing water flows to stay within banks. They delivered their waste into the rivers, counting on the flowing waters for disposal. They built dams to impound water, both to restrain flooding and to assure a steady supply. (One hundred large dams now impound Ro Grande system waters. Some 265 large dams impound Colorado River system watersall now used or lost before reaching the Gulf of California. A large dam stands at least 50 feet high or impounds at least a half cubic Tamarisk, or salt cedar, an invasive species imported as an ornamenmile of water.) tal plant from Eurasia, now forms solid walls along many Southwest The Euro-American settlers river banks, gulping up valuable water.

hile municipal, industrial, domestic and agricultural demands for water grow relentlessly, river and stream flows and underground reservoirs decline relentlessly, with inevitable long-term economic consequences. Excessive irrigation of poorly drained fields has left a legacy of waterlogged soils, salt and alkali and ruined thousands of acres of cropland in some areas. Channel cutting, promoted by denuded and severely overgrazed landscapes, intrudes into shallow water deposits and drains them, lowering the water table. Rivers and streams, no longer shaded by forest canopies, give up more of their water to the sky. Intrusive plants, especially tamarisk, or salt cedar, command exclusive control of impoverished river and stream banks, hogging water and reducing biodiversity. To survive in the coming decades, communities dependent on dwindling rivers and falling underground reservoirs will not only have to implement aggressive conservation programs, they will also have to expand their reach for new water supplies. That means drilling deeper wells, extending pipelines, adding pumping facilities, desalinating water, reclaiming waste water, consuming increasingly expensive power, charging higher rates. Such communities face the possibility of having to limit growth, which is especially difficult in cities like El Paso, where much of the population boom is attributable less to new arrivals from other states and countries than to high birth rates among current resident families. The communities face

Economic Consequences

Environmental Consequences

he clearing of riparian forests and savannahs, the management of water flows, the depletion of water resources and the uncontrolled disposal of our cultural detritus has produced a litany of environmental consequences. For example, biodiversitythe paramount standard for environmental healthhas withered. Fragmented remnants of native riparian vegetation systems no longer remain biologically interactive and mutually supportive. Barren and overgrazed stream banks, stripped of native vegetation, increasingly yield sediments into rivers

Below: The site near where Juan de Oate, with the aid of local Indians, led his colonizing expedition across the Ro Grande in 1598. Now, the river often resembles no more than a small stream.

and streams and stand as red carpets for invasive species such as salt cedar and Russian olive. Spring and fall floods no longer disperse native plant seeds (such as the Fremont cottonwood), sculpt new vegetation mosaics, distribute new bottomland alluvium, nor recharge water reservoirs. Wildlife populations have declined. Species, their ranges shrunk and/or fouled, have become

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Other Consequences
s our primal riparian landscapes fade across the Southwest, the wilderness experience becomes increasingly diluted for families who love camping and the outdoors. The wildlife community declines, to the dismay of those who love the birds, the mammals, the rep- The Ro Grande, especially near the larger communities such as tiles, the butterflies. Populations Juarez, is often fouled with human and industrial waste. of game birds, animals and fish shrivel, frustrating hunters and anglers. Channelized flows, bare river and stream provision of municipal water supplies, the conbanks and trash-filled waters impoverish the soul. tinuation of bottomland agriculture, the restoraEvery fall, we listen anxiously for the call of the Ca- tion of biosystem fragments, the preservation nadian and snow geese migrating southward ahead of an endangered species, the establishment of of the first cold front of the season, and we feel a new wilderness parklands, or the purification sense of relief when we hear them. and protection of water flows. The broader quesPublic health concerns also increase. For exam- tions are: ple, increasing salinity threatens the Ro Grandes Do we have the will, the skills, the technology water quality, which also suffers from municipal, and the financial resources to manage our riparian industrial and agricultural runoffa potential systems, not just to solve isolated problems such witchs brew of human fecal matter, industrial as pollution by municipal waste and uranium mine trace metals, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. tailings, but to assure our collective economic The threats increase downstream of major com- health, environmental health, public health and munities, such as El Paso and Juarez, which have emotional and spiritual health? a combined population well in excess of 2 million. Will national, state and local leadership Near Moab, Utah, ground water contaminated by emerge, not just with concerns for particular conmore than 10 millions tons of uranium mill wastes stituencies or individual situations, but with the has seeped into the Colorado River, threatening broader vision and will necessary to answer a multhe drinking water of millions of Americans. That tifaceted challenge? threat is compounded by increasing salinity, which Will our educational system develop procomprises chlorides, calcium sulfates, sodium, grams, not as adjunctive, but as core curriculum magnesium and potassium compounds. to teach our children about the long-term links between the economy, environmental sustainability, wilderness recreation and human welfare? In Search of Balance The Southwestperhaps the most environur vanishing Southwestern riparian landscape raises fundamental questions that mentally fragile of any large region in our natranscend individual issues such as the tionstill has the glory of its mountains, the solitude of its deserts, the magnificence of its sunsets. But its rivers and streams, its riparian landscapes, its biologically diverse lifelines stand on the precipice of collapse. We face hard decisions. k Jay W. Sharp is a Las Cruces author who is a regular contributor to DesertUSA, an Internet magazine, and who is the author of Texas Unexplained, now available as an e-book from Amazon or iTunes. To read all his guides to wildlife of the Southwest, see wildlife.

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hese are stunningly beautiful days on the New Mexico border. Temperatures in October are not too hot or too cold, and the sky is a swept-clean, primal blue. Its the best time to visit Palomas, and about the best time to do anything at all. The atmosphere is still a little murky in Palomas when it comes to local law enforcement, but its not a dangerous place for Americans to visit. The town has gone way beyond the stormy years of drug violence that lasted roughly from 2007 to 2010. I interviewed Comandante Juan Jose Juarez last month at the municipal police station on a side street in Palomas, in a dark green cement block building. Juarez was originally from Guadalajara. Hes been police chief in Palomas for two years, after serving in Ascension and Galeana. The dcor inside is very spare. The comandantes office has a desk and two couches, one of which was a seat from a car. A young woman police officer, Carmen Borunda, hangs around listening to us. I bring up the subject of police abuses Id heard about. He says every one of the police officers (a total of eight) had been fired over the past year. He stops and thinks, and then says with mild surprise, Almost all of them were fired for abusesmostly for beating people. Carmen told me almost the same story before Juarez came into the room. Juarez says the three prison cells in the station are filled on weekends, especially on Saturday night. The main reasons they arrest people are for drunk driving and, to a lesser degree, for pleitos de parejas, domestic fights. American tourists, unless they get into trouble (which some do), are not going to have anything to do with the police. The duties of the municipal police are very limited. They just watch over traffic and prevent crimes. Theyll go to a scene of a fight, but will refer the case to the Policia Ministerial only if there are any wounds. Carmen is one of the first two female officers the department has ever had. Its a trend in the area, because male police arent allowed to search women they have apprehended. expect Juarez to stonewall or waffle when I ask him about the narco jefe Id heard of who helps maintain order in some parts of Palomas, but he doesnt. He says there actually are a few of these men, not just one. These men cool things down especially in cases of young guys spinning their wheels as they drive through the streets. Juarez tells me, They say te calmes, te calmes (calm down). They want to maintain order, according to him, because they dont want police from other towns to come here. I say to him, This is very ironic, isnt it? (referring to the fact that these men, responsible for so much terror, are now keeping the peace). He looks me in the eye and says firmly, Si. But Im not sure he sees the irony of himself, the policeman, talking about the narcos as if they were a normal part of the life of Palomas. They arent his responsibility anyway, I guess.

When I arrived, there was $9 plus a $20 bill in my wallet, and the guy let me pay just $9. Im not quite sure what theyd do if the ticketed person didnt speak Spanish, but there was nothing scary about the experience. The only problem with this story is that the scenario is different for Latinos. I know a Hispanic businessman in Deming who went to a restaurant in Palomas and found someone, possibly a drug dealer, staring at him with intense hatred. It was apparently a case of mistaken identity, and nothing happened. The case I mentioned in October of a US resident being beaten and robbed by police is more serious. But I think Latinos generally know about this already. nother layer of law enforcement in Palomas that Ive learned about recently is a group of ordinary residents who carry out a regular watch in the streets. Theyre on the lookout for any outsiders who may have a harmful purpose. A street vendor pointed out to me one of their cars that was about a block away. Both Comandante Juarez and Mayor Miguel Chacon say theyve never heard of this group. Its not clear to me whether the group is secret or just informal, but they are serious about not letting the drug violence take over Palomas again. A man who sells burritos said one night he went to his van to get something at about 1 or 2 a.m. and he was stopped by one of these men. But the man soon recognized the vendor and let him go on his way. It may be just a neighborhood watch committee, but the danger is that one of them might get hurt or hurt someone else. But I think they probably are one of the reasons things are so quiet in town.

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One of the tunnels is under her tighter than a trap on a trap line. The things she it, I just know it. I guess you have figured out how we are getting loved were almost too numerous to think about in one sitting. She loved the people; most were out of here and into the old bank, too. Georges friendly, good people. But what endeared her to mind was sharp today. And how do you expect to climb into a tunnel with that walker, anyway? the area was the outdoors. I have it all worked out. I borrowed a flashlight The sunrises and sunsets far surpassed any she encountered in her life. She loved the desert from the guards desk. After bed check tonight we storms: thunder, lightning, wind, rain and gone. can get out the kitchen entrance and the gate behind the kitchen. It only has a New arroyos running almost in slide lock on it; I checked that minutes. No fooling around in out last week. A friend told me this desert. that the door to the bar doesnt Some springs the Florida work very well; its loose. How Mountains would be covered in about it? Come on, we need gold from millions of poppies, some excitement in our lives, sprung from the winter rains. By something to break up our borJune the white yuccas were waving days. ing their flags all over the area. A little excitement sounded If you had a good telescope you good to George; just walking could see the ibex jumping all outside the garden walls soundover the rocky Florida tops. She loved the howling of the This issue presents the remaining ed wonderful. They decided to forgo any pills tonight that might coyotes at night, the yip-yips finalists in our annual writing when they were chasing some- contest. For the grand prize win- hinder their plan and wait until most of the residents were thing. Her dogs learned to howl ner and other two finalists, see asleep and the night guards (as in imitation. The sounds of the our September edition. they called them) were on duty. cranes, hundreds of them, each spring and fall, right over her house. And she could never forget the chi-ca-goester was using her old walking stick ingo of the quail, seeing them running with babies stead of her walker and pulled herself on behind them like little walnuts. down to Georges room. George had dozed Hester was brought out of her reverie by laugh- off; she touched his face, running her fingers ter in the hallway. She had an exciting plan for to- through his hair, and shook him gently. George sat night. She would try to persuade George, her best straight up. Sorry, I was just resting my eyes. He friend and fellow inmate, to go with her and find slid out of bed, pulled his gown over his head, reone of those tunnels. The nursing home was near vealing shorts and a T-shirt, and stood up. Lets go, an old bar that some thought had a tunnel under it, ah, where are we going? Oh, to the tunnels. so they wouldnt have far to go. Shush, we dont want to get found out before It should add some excitement to their lives; we get out. They both giggled quietly. I asked Hester was sick of wasting away in here. She Maureen to stage a heart attack right about now, mused: What could they do with both of us, put us that will divert the guards. Sure enough, a scream in jail? She laughed to herself. She realized shed pierced the silence and the two nurses hustled better not say that to George; Georges body was down the hall. fine, but due to a stroke and a bit of senility, his They crept quietly down through the kitchen, mind was a bit muddled at times. Hesters walking stick clicking ever so softly. George was the love of Hesters life. They met George headed for the refrigerator. I just want a years ago when he was playing in a band. He took snack to eat along the way. her home that night, picked up her children, went Hester turned around too quickly and landed on to his house and they never left. They married the floor. She whispered hoarsely, Yikes, that hurt. soon after and George settled down, or so Hester No, George, we can eat later. Now help me get up. thought. A few years later George went on a crossAfter much growling, Hester got herself up with country tour with the band and never returned. his help and they were on their way. Once they got Years later George had a stroke and his chil- out on the street, they both heaved sighs of relief dren moved him back to Deming into Hesters and headed across the street to the alley on the nursing home. They picked up where they left off side of the old bar, Hester pulling herself along and and spent most of their time together now. Every leaning on George and her stick. once in a while they shut the doors and climbed So the door is supposed to be loose? George into each others beds and had some loving. Mostly questioned. Hester could never figure out how they just enjoyed each others company, whisper- he could remember some things and not others. ing and caressing and holding hands. George grabbed the door handle, jiggled it hard, and pushed open the door. Lets get inside before ester pushed what was left of her dinner somebody sees us. Hester was tired from that short walk and away and grabbed her walker and headed down the hall to Georges room. He was sit- leaned against a counter. Yup, just wait a minute ting there looking out the window at the yard sur- till I get some strength back in my legs and well get going here. I heard the tunnel might be in the back rounded by a brick wall eight feet high.

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room, under a carpet. In the back room, they pulled and pulled the rug, both coughing hard from the exertion and the dust. George yelled, There it is, a trap door! This is just like a pirate movie. She chided him, Lets not alert everybody in town. George started muttering about Hester going into the tunnel without her walker. Finally they got the trap door open and saw a ladder. Hester motioned to George to go first and he headed down; then she threw her stick behind him and climbed down. She flashed the light around and commented, Wow, this is smaller than I thought it would be. Hey, we should tell ghost stories. No, no ghost stories. Hester hobbled over and shined the light down the tunnel. Lets get on with this. I want to see where it goes. George, let go of my leg. Im having enough trouble getting up the ladder without you pulling me back down. Hester yelled, LET GO OF MY LEG! There was a snapping sound. Hester screamed as she grabbed the handle on the trap door and pushed it. Ordinarily she would have been thrilled; now she writhed in pain. She pulled herself up and scooted along the floor. George climbed out and announced, Come on, we need to get home. George, go back and tell the nurse to call an ambulance. I think I broke my leg. Call the fire department. Call somebody! She lay there crying. Are you on fire? With that a loud alarm started. Both of them held their hands to their ears. My eardrums are bursting! The fire department is on the way already, I didnt need to call them, George screamed over the noise. few minutes later the front door burst open and in rushed two policemen with guns drawn. The alarm stopped and there was dead silence. Hands up! Stand up there, one of them yelled to Hester. Hester screamed, I cant, I think I broke my leg! George turned to the policemen and asked, Are you going to take us home? The policemen looked at on another in amazement. What the hell? Who are you and what are you two doing here? George asked, Where are we? Youre in the old New Mexico Bank building. How did The policeman stopped and walked over to the trap door. The other one asked, Did you come out of there? George replied, Yes, and we want to go home. Where is home? The Cactus Wren Nursing Home, George reTUNNEL continued on next page




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hen, one summer, it happened. Or I should say It happened. Like a flesh-eating alien growing an extra tentacle, a stalk began to sprout from the largest of the three agave. It was a mystery to us all. We watched with a mixture of fascination and horror as, in a matter of days, the stalk grew... and grew... and grew. Taller than the surrounding trees it grew, and it was about as thick around as a small coffee can. Having had no experience with plants of this ilk before, we didnt quite know what to expect from the stalk. When would it stop growing? And perhaps the better question was: What would happen when it did? I wondered if it would open up and emit body-snatching spores. Maybe I would wake up one morning and find that my mom and sister had been replaced. It Came from the Agave! A quick trip to Wikipedia informed me that we were not, in fact, in any danger of an alien invasion. Large agave plants like ours apparently live for 15 to 25 years before they sprout a stalk, bloom and promptly die. My mother, sensitive to life and living things, thought that was awful. She was slightly mollified when I told her that usually a baby agave will start to grow from the roots of the dying one. We enjoyed the agave when it bloomed; it brought hummingbirds, woodpeckers and all kinds of other little critters. It was like an oasis in our yard, a source of food and shelter for them. Mom was still upset knowing that it was going to die, but I strongly disagreed with this sentiment. Its beautiful, I told her. Its the circle of life. Which shows how little I knew. Sure, it was beautifuluntil it started to die. The stalk and leaves hardened and turned a kind of sickly purple color, there was no baby agave growing up underneath, and worse yet, it began to lean. We were afraid it was going to fall on the house, dead certain that one day we would wake up to find an agave stalk sticking out of our master bathroom. That is, until one day when a huge wind storm pushed it over to lean towards the front yard instead. After that we didnt have to worry

with a huge naked agave stump in our driveway, they assured us that they would call when they had figured out how to get it to the dump, which I can tell you was extremely reassuring. After about a week of harrowing attempts to back our car out of the driveway without hitting a 250-pound hunk of agave, the men returned with two boards, which they laid out like a ramp going to the ground. They then rolled the stump up onto the truck bed. Pretty brilliant, actually. When they had finally gone, and taken the stump with them, we all stood around looking at the bare empty spot where our largest protector had once stood proudly. We all agreed that it had been quite an experience: a lesson in life and death taught to us by Mother Nature herself. We had never had to deal with anything like this before we moved to New Mexico. Before, Nature had been an abstract concept, something that was to be enjoyed from a distance. The agave was only one of many inconveniences that taught us how little attention nature pays to our schedule. Even though it was a big mess, Mom said, Im glad we were able to see it bloom. I agreed that there had indeed been something sacred about it. We were pleased to have seen it in its glory, and we were saddened to see it go. But mostly, we were just glad that it was out of the driveway and wouldnt crash into the house. We washed our hands of it and that was that. The next summer, the second-largest agave started to sprout a tall stalk.... k Tara Straubinger lives in Silver City, where she attends Western New Mexico University and battles with sentient plant life.



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On a globe of the Earth, the northern and southern limits that mark off the areas along the equator where the Sun can be overhead (the Tropics) are the Tropic of Cancer (north) and the Tropic of Capricornus (south). They were so named because at the time, the Solstices occurred in the constellations of Cancer (June) and Capricornus (December). Like a top that starts to wobble as it is slowly spinning down, the Earth also has a slow wobble with a period of 25,772 years. This wobble gradually moves the position of the equinoxes and solstices eastward along the ecliptic, so the December Solstice has moved from Capricornus to Sagittarius over the last 3,000 years. In mythology, Capricornus represents Pricus, father of the sea-goats, honorable and intelligent creatures with a goats head and body connected to the tail of a fish. They lived in the sea, but could crawl up on land. The longer they stayed on land, the more they transformed into normal goats and lost their intelligence and ability to talk. Pricus was the offspring of Chronos, the god of time, and shared his immortality as well as his ability to change time. Pricus saw all his offspring leave the sea and become normal goats, leaving him alone. This greatly saddened him, and he used his power to reverse time until all his children were back in the sea. He tried to convince them that they should stay in the sea, but one by one, they crawled up on the shore again and became goats. Pricus reversed time again and again, each instance failing to convince his children to stay in the sea. He finally realized that he could not control the destiny of his children. He despaired of being the only sea-goat and begged Chronos to let him die. Chronos instead placed him in the sky to live out his immortality. Located about 400 million light-years out in Capricornus is the galaxy group known as HGC 87. Composed of at least three galaxies, this group is listed in Paul Hicksons catalog of compact galaxy groups. This catalog, HCG (Hickson Compact Group), lists 100 groups of galaxies that are in close proximity. In HGC 87, there are four galaxies within a 120 seconds-of-arc diameter circle. Three of the galaxies are actually close together in space as well, but a small spiral galaxy (called HGC 87D) near the center of the group is probably a more distant background galaxy. The remaining three galaxies are gravitationally tugging on each other. The largest galaxy in the group, HGC 87A, is an almost edge-on spiral galaxy with an obvious dust ring blocking the light from the inner part of the galaxy. This ring should be in the same plane as the rest of the galaxy, but the nearby elliptical galaxy HGC 87B has been tugging on 87A and distorting its shape. The dust

ring is being pulled up on the west side (near HGC 87B), dropping down on the east side relative to the rest of the galaxy. Over time, these galaxies will pull themselves together and merge. The process will take millions and millions of years as HGC 87A and HGC 87B merge first, and then pull in the spiral galaxy HGC 87C. At first, the nuclei of the galaxies will hold together and the combined galaxy will have multiple nuclei orbiting around each other. Eventually, they will merge to form the nucleus of a giant elliptical galaxy. The individual stars will take up orbits around the nucleus, traveling in vastly different planes, forming the outer galaxy. Since the stars are no longer in the same plane, the beautiful spiral structure of these galaxies will be destroyed to form a giant blob of starsan elliptical galaxy.

ercury is barely above the western horizon as it starts to get dark. It will continue to move away from the Sun until Oct. 26, when it will turn back toward the Sun. Unfortunately, the ecliptic is tilted down to the south, so Mercury will never get far above the horizon during this apparition. Mercury starts the month in Virgo, shoots through Libra, and ends up in Scorpius. At greatest elongation on Oct. 26, Mercury will be only six degrees above the west-southwestern horizon as it gets dark and sets by 7:30 p.m. The Messenger of the Gods will be shining at magnitude -0.1 and its disc will be 6.6 seconds-of-arc across. The disc will be 63% illuminated and becoming more of a crescent each day. Mars starts the month in Libra, but rapidly moves into and through Scorpius, ending the month in Ophiuchus. As it gets dark, Mars will be 18 degrees up in the southwest. At magnitude +1.2, the God of War sets at 8:45 p.m. at midmonth. Its disc is just 4.7 seconds-of-arc across, making it a poor observing target. Shining at magnitude -2.7, Jupiter is moving westward in Taurus. The King of the Gods rises at 9:30 p.m. and is visible the rest of the night. It has a disc that is 45.0 seconds-of-arc across. With Saturn too close to the Sun, the last planet to be visible during October early mornings is Venus. The Goddess of Love zips eastward through most of Leo and ends up in Virgo by the end of the month. The unmistakable second planet from the Sun rises around 4:15 a.m., glowing at magnitude -4.0. It is 31 degrees above the eastern horizon as the sky gets light. The disc is 15.5 seconds-of-arc across and 75% illuminated, becoming fuller as Venus starts to swing around behind the Sun. The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks on the morning of Oct. 21. The radiant for this shower is just northeast of Orions upraised arm. The Moon will be completely out of the way for this shower, making this a good viewing opportunity. Best viewing is from 1 a.m. until dawn breaks; you may be able to see up to 20 fragments from Halleys Comet per hour. So put on your coat and get out your chaise lounge. Lie back and remember to 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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Body, Mind & Spirit Dr. James R. Skee

Fires and Healthcare

Teamwork is the key to keeping up with the exploding demand for healthcare.

t has happened twice in Obion County, Tenn. The first time was Sept. 29, 2010. Gene Cranick forgot to pay his $75 annual fee for fire protection. His house caught fire and the city fire department stood by and watched everything burn to the ground. Besides losing his house and all his possessions, he lost three dogs and a cat. The second time was in December 2011, when Vicky Bell lost her home and all her possessions to fire as the fire department stood by and watched. We just wish we couldve gotten more out, she said. The mayor of South Fulton, Tenn., is on record affirming this policy, adding that they cannot allow people to pay on the spot when their home is on fire, because then the only people who would pay the fee would be those whose home is burning. Most of us reading about this feel that this policy is just plain wrong at some level. What is most unsettling is where to place most of the blame for these events. But we all feel it should just not happen this way. The president of the International Association of Fire Fighters described it as incredibly irresponsible. Can you imagine the outcry if there had been the loss of human life also? Imagine if a child had been sleeping in one of those burning homes! Those of us in primary care medicine have been witnessing an analogous situation for decades on a daily basis. Men, women and children go without healthcare services and suffer dearly for it, even die, for lack of insurance. It is not usually as dramatic as fires burning out of controlour government made sure of this when they passed EMTALA laws, which prohibit emergency rooms from turning away patients in need, which they used to do if a patient did not have insurance. Most of the time, however, all an emergency room can offer is a quick temporary band-aid to a chronic problem. Definitive care requires more than an emergency room can offer. The more unfortunate among us deteriorate in a more insidious fashion. This tragedy happens every day here in southern New Mexico, which has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation. This is why most primary care and other medical societies support the Affordable Care Act. We see the effect on a daily basis of peoples lack of health insurance. We also see having a more effective national safety net for healthcare access as something that is decades overdue. Vicky Bell was aware of the South Fulton fire policy, but stated that she thought a fire would never happen to her. For folks working hard to make ends meet, similar risks are taken when it comes to paying health-insurance premiums, which are much more expensive than the $75 annual fee in Obion County. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and those imperfections will surely be vetted in the debates of this election year. The largest imperfection is something that will hardly get noticed during this debate, however, but which will become very apparent once more people actually do get insurance. Will they be able to have access to effective medical care? Whom will they be able to get in to see? Will it have a negative impact on those who already have insurance? Right now, people in our area can often have difficulty getting in to see their healthcare practitioner in a timely fashion. What will happen in the next few years as Obamacare becomes implemented is that baby boomers will get a few years older and, as aging takes its

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toll, they will need more visits and attention from the healthcare system. In addition, it is anticipated that over 30 million more people will gain access to health insurance. Currently, there is an average of 2,300 patients per primary care physician nationwide. It is higher in rural areas such as New Mexico. This number will go up! It all adds up to too much work with too little time. Truly, there is a perfect storm brewing. Those of us in primary care, the foundation of any effective and affordable healthcarethe family practitioners, internists and pediatricianswill be disappearing. For many years now, fewer physicians have been going into primary care because the pay is a fraction of what they can earn as a specialist. So, most of us are approaching retirement age. As unmet demands increase, stress on those trying to provide services under these challenging circumstances will also increase. Retirement will be the solution for many practitioners. So how will folks get access to the care they need? What will be their solution? t Silver Health CARE, we have been proud to be on the leading edge of many innovations in health care. We set up in-house accredited laboratory services for the convenience of our patients and to aid practitioners with more timely diagnoses. We provided hospitalist services to our community before the term was even invented. We added the first and only Urgent Care to the communities we serve to better deal with lifes unexpected illnesses. We added electronic medical records 11 years ago, well ahead of anyone else in our community. More recently, we have had more doctors certified in the meaningful use of electronic records than any other practice in New Mexico. So, in response to the challenges of providing primary care that I have outlined above, we are once again committed to developing better solutions than just having a line of cars extending out from every emergency room. What do you want most from your doctor? Most of us want the same things: We want someone who will listen to us, provide good medical care, order the right tests, make a correct diagnosis, and prescribe the right medications. And, of course, we want all of this without breaking the bank. Our needs do not end there, howeverwe also want someone who knows us as a person, empathizes with us, and whom we feel comfortable with. Sir William Osler, the leading physician educator of BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page

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BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued primarily due to the large variety of conditions and needs that present themselves, making it very his time, said it best: The good doctor treats the difficult to routinize the process. How well would disease; the great doctor treats the patient with a any restaurant run if you could request any of your favorite dishes from your grandmas family recipe disease. What do employers and insurance companies bookand expect it on the table in 15 minutes? want from your doctor? In a word, efficiency. They Essentially, each patient we see can be a unique want us to get you well as soon as possible, and and complex need to satisfy. At Silver Health CARE, we are embarking on at the least expense possiblekeeping testing, referrals and medications to a minimum. In addi- bringing the advantages of this team approach to tion, they want your doctor to do all the important primary care by assigning collaborative roles to screening tests that have been shown to keep you our medical staff. Each doctor will be working as healthy and prevent future illnesses and expens- a member of a team that is dedicated to better es. This includes immunizations, blood pressure meet patients healthcare needs. In addition to the checks, screening for high sugars and cholesterol, doctor, team members will consist of a physician PAP smears and so on. Oh, yes, they also want assistant or nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a medical assistant. The entire team will be complete documentation of all of this. acquainted with you as a patient, so that you alo how does a doctor accomplish all of this ways have a trusted, familiar face to turn to when in a 15-minute visit? In a small fraction of you book a medical appointment, even when an hour, your doctor is tasked with greeting some members happen to be away. Each memyou, updating what has happened to you in your ber will be working at the top of their license life since you were last seen, updating all that has doing what they are trained to do. For example, happened to you medically since your last visit, we do not want the doctor spending time doing clerical functions when reviewing your medisomeone else with cations, checking for more time can do the any side effects, finding sameand oftentimes out what is bothering better. you, reviewing other We will initially be pertinent symptoms creating teams with and history that might four practitioners: have a bearing on your myself, Dr. Brian M. problems, doing an Etheridge, Dr. Colicia appropriate physical M. Meyerowitz and Dr. examination, ordering and reviewing necessary tests, explaining all of Adam C. Gough. During this transition, we want this to you, communicating with other consultants to make sure that patients have time to get familand healthcare workers, often having to call your iar with both the doctor and mid-level that they insurance company for permission to order tests choose so that patients get to know them and they or treatments he thinks you might need, updat- get to know the patients. The concept is to have a ing any preventative health measures you might Medical Home, a comfortable place to go when be due for, doing some very technical coding of patients have a need. all that has been done (including choosing from over 30,000 possible diagnostic codes, soon to be here are several other important compoincreased to over 120,000 choicesfor example, nents to this team model that make it work. the 59 five-digit codes to describe diabetes and The electronic medical record facilitates all of its manifestations will increase to over 200 the communication and division of responsibilicodesall required by the government and insur- ties tremendously, as computers have in so many ance companies), writing new prescriptions and, other areas of our lives. In medical care, there is a oh yes, making sure medications are on your in- tremendous amount of information to keep track surances formulary, and finally, documenting all of, and the accuracy and completeness of comof this as fully as possible because, as far as your puter records is a powerful tool in keeping you insurance is concerned, if it is not documented, it healthy and safe. But perhaps the most important wasnt done! element of the team is the patient. We are working Could you do all of this in 15 minutes? Neither on ways of improving communication, access and can most practitioners! A recent study estimated educational materials to keep patients in the loop. it takes 7.4 hours daily to perform all of the rec- Knowledge is powerthe more patients know ommended preventive care to a panel of 2,500 pa- and understand, the better their health will be. tients and an additional 10.6 hours daily to meet While this team approach to primary care is their chronic conditions. And all signs point to- new to southwestern New Mexico, medical pracward increasing burdens in the future. tices across the country have successfully adopted Everyone knows that our healthcare system is this model of care, and the results have been a winailing, and clearly we are asking more of it than win for both physicians and patients. We feel that is humanly possible in its current state. There has a team approach is very much in keeping with the been recognition across the country that physi- current larger goal in healthcare of creating pacians cant do it themselves. A 2007 study made tient-centered medical homes, with its emphasis it clear that the 15-minute visit can no longer do on optimizing care for patients. what patients expect and deserve: 42% of primary So the next time a patient picks up the phone care physicians report not having adequate time to to book an appointment with an individual doctor spend with their patients; 50% of patients leave the at Silver Health CARE, be prepared to meet his/ visit without understanding the advice their phy- her team members and know that their goal is a sician gave; because they feel rushed, physicians common onemeeting all of a patients healthcare interrupted their patients initial statement of their needs. With good teamwork from the doctor, PA or problems in an average of 23 secondsin 25% of NP, nurse, medical assistantand the patient! the visits, patients were never able to express their we can improve care even in the future environconcerns at all. ment of increasing demands and complexity. We just need a plan! Just as no ones home should burn down unhat can be done? We need to re-envision primary care as a team effort so that necessarily, no ones health in America should sufindividual practitioners are not over- fer unnecessarily for lack of coverage and a plan. whelmed by healthcare demands that they cannot Once we put innovative strategies, such as our possibly meet. The system, as it stands now, is not team approach, in place, there is no reason why sustainable. To solve this problem, there simply coverage cant be expanded to millions, without have to be more resources that are better orga- the house burning down. k nized. Successful teamwork in healthcare is hardly a Dr. James Skee is a board-certified internist new concept: We are used to teams working toat Silver Health CARE, who sees patients at gether in many contexts. In the operating room, a the Silver City, Deming and Bayard locations. surgeon, anesthesiologist, OR tech and OR nurse For appointments, call (575) 538-2981, and in all work together smoothly; at the dentists office, Deming, (575) 544-4422. the dentist, dental assistant and hygienist also Images: Shutterstock work together. Primary care is different, however,

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Body, Mind & Spirit Ginevra Holtkamp

Six healthy reasons to lace up those walking shoes.
ou probably know walking is good for your waistline, but do you know walking may also lower stress levels, improve mood and reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease? Walking even only moderatelyprovides a host of health benefits, and its a gentle, low-impact form of exercise accessible to almost everyone. If youve been inactive and tire easily, the Mayo Clinic recommends starting with short daily sessions of 5 to 10 minutes and building up to 15 minutes twice a week. Then, gradually work your way up to 30 to 60 minutes of walking almost every day of the week. If youre having trouble getting motivated, these six surprising health benefits of walking will help you take the first step.

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The Pasos Adelante walking group heads out at 6:30 a.m. in Douglas, Ariz. (CDC photo) mind. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found moderate exercise can increase the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in forming memories. Researchers randomly placed 120 sedentary people in one of two groups. One group walked 40 minutes a day, three times a week. The other was limited to less-aerobic exercise such as stretching. After a year, brain scans showed that among the walkers, the hippocampus had expanded by about 2%. In the others, its volume had decreased by about 1.4%.

Cmon, get happy. Pick up your feet and pick up your spirits. Psychologist James Blumenthal and his colleagues at the Duke University Medical Center have been studying the effects of exercise in relieving symptoms of depression for more than a decade. Their research shows that exercising for 30 minutes three times a week is as effective as taking antidepressants and that continued exercise greatly reduces the chances of depression returning.

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Live long and prosper. Even small amounts of physical activity can add up to big health benefits. According to a recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet, just 15 minutes a day of moderate exercise such as brisk walking can add years to your life. Researchers analyzed the health records and the self-reported activity levels of more than 400,000 people from 1996 to 2008. After taking into account differences in age, weight, sex and a range of health-related indicators, they found on average people who exercised 15 minutes a day had a 14% reduced risk of death and a three-year-longer life expectancy. Every additional 15 minutes of daily moderate exercise further reduced the risk of death by 4%.


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Bring back the spark. If your libido is lacking, vigorous walking may be an appealing remedy. In her book A Tired Womans Guide to Passionate Sex, Laurie B. Mintz recommends revving up your sex drive with exercise. Exercise increases blood flow all over the bodyincluding to the genitalswhich results in enhanced sexual pleasure, she says. Mintz suggests doubling your pleasure by focusing on the sexual thoughts and sensations that can occur during exercise. Be in the moment, she says. Zone in on your body and your movements, and you may feel a stronger desire for sex. Get some shut-eye. Tired of being tired? A study published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity found people sleep better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, or about 30 minutes five days a week. Some researchers think physical activity improves sleep by helping reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and others suggest simply burning more energy during the day makes you more tired at night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends exercising at least three hours before bedtime to give your body time to cool down. Stay sharp. Walking can strengthen your body and your

Beat breast cancer. Working up a sweat may help prevent breast cancer. In a study from the Womens Health Initiative, postmenopausal women who walked briskly as little as 1.25 to 2.5 hours a week reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by 18% compared with inactive women. In another study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Yale researchers found that women who walked briskly for two to three hours a week after being diagnosed with breast cancer had a 45% greater chance of survival. k Excerpted from Natural Home & Garden, a national magazine that provides practical ideas, inspiring examples and expert opinions about healthy, ecologically sound, beautiful homes. To read more articles from Natural Home & Garden, please visit or call (800) 340-5846 to subscribe. Copyright 2012 by Ogden Publications Inc. BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page


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ost of us assume that all we need do to prevent sunburns and skin cancer from exposure to the sun is to slather on any of the widely available sunscreens on the market today. But the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) points out that this may not be the case, and that consumers should be careful about which sunscreens they trust for themselves and, even more important, for their kids. According to EWG, some researchers have detected an increased risk of melanoma skin cancer among sunscreen users. No one knows the cause, but scientists speculate that sunscreen users stay out in the sun longer and absorb more radiation overall, reports EWG. Scientists also suspect, says EWG, that free radicals, which get released as sunscreen chemicals break down in sunlight, may be playing a role. Most sunscreens screen out some of the ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun that lead to visible sunburns. But many do not protect against the potentially more damaging ultraviolet A (UVA) rays that penetrate deeper into the skin and may facilitate the development of skin cancer later on, regardless of how high a Sunburn Protection Factor (SPF) the sunscreen may have. Also, EWG warns that many common sunscreen ingredients generate free radicals that can damage the bodys DNA and skin cells, accelerating skin aging and potentially causing skin cancer in the process. But just because some sunscreens cant be trusted and overexposure to the sun is unhealthy doesnt mean staying indoors all the time is a viable solution. Getting some sun is good for you, as the body converts it to vitamin D, an essential nutrient that facilitates good health and prevents a wide range of diseases. So whats a sun lover to do? The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recommends wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and timing outdoor play to avoid peak sun. IARC adds that sunscreen still has a place in our lives to augment these other sun exposure minimization tactics. But which sunscreens do live up to EWGs stringent standards? The major choice is between chemical sunscreens that break down quickly, penetrate deep into the skin and may disrupt the bodys hormone system, and mineral varieties that can contain potentially irritating and damaging nano-scale particles. According to EWG, mineral sunscreens are the better choice, as they protect against both UVB and UVA rays, remain effective longer and dont contain as many dangerous substances. Some leading mineral-based options come from Alba Botanica, Beyond Coastal, ECO Logical Skin Care, Karens Botanicals, Kiss My Face, Poofy Organics and Solar Sense, among others. For those who dont like mineral-based sunscreens, which can be chalky and leave a white film until washed off, EWG recommends sunscreens with avobenzone (3% for the best UVA protection) and without the notorious hormone disrupter oxybenzone. Some leading non-mineral choices are available from manufacturers including Bull Frog,

es, its true, genetically engineered mosquitoes, which were bred in the lab to transmit a gene during the reproductive process that kills their offspring, have already been used on an experimental basis in three countriesthe Cayman Islands, Malaysia and Brazilto counteract the quickly spreading mosquito-borne viral infection dengue fever. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 100 million cases of humans infected with dengue feverwhich causes a severe flu-like illness and can in certain instances be fataloccur annually in more than 100 tropical and sub-tropical countries. The British company behind the project, Oxitec, is focusing initially on dengue fever, given that the particular virus that causes it is carried by only one sub-species of mosquito. This makes the illness easier to target than malaria, for instance, which is carried by many different types of mosquitoes. Oxitec first released some of the genetically modified mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean in 2009, much to the surprise of the international community and environmental advocates, many of whom are opposed to genetic engineering in any of its forms due to the unknown and unintended side effects that unleashing transgenic organisms into the world could cause. In Brazil, where the largest experiments have been carried out to date, the government is backing a new facility designed to breed millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes to help keep dengue fever at bay. Dengue fever isnt considered to be a big problem in the US as yet. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that most of the dengue fever cases showing up in the continental US are among those who have traveled to subtropical and tropical areas of the world. Still, WHO reports that the incidence of dengue fever in the US has increased some 30-fold over the last half century. A proposal by Oxitec to test its transgenic mosquitoes in the Florida Keys has some locals upset. In April 2012, the town of Key West passed an ordinance prohibiting the release of the mosquitoes pending further testing on possible implications for the environment. In the meantime, Oxitec has applied to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a patent on its mosquito and permission to release them in the US. Some 80,000 people have signed onto a campaign on the website calling on the FDA to deny Oxitecs application. Mila de Mier, the Key West mother who launched the campaign, is concerned about the potential consequences of releasing an experimental organism on a delicate ecosystem. Oxitecs business goal is to sell genetically modified mosquitoes in the United States, said de Mier. weve already said we dont want these mosquitoes in our backyards, but Oxitec isnt listening. More definitive scientific study is needed, she says, that looks at the potential long-term impacts. CONTACTS: Oxitec,; Change. org, k EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of EThe Environmental Magazine (www. Send questions to: earthtalk@ Subscribe: www.emagazine. com/subscribe. Free trial issue: Photo credit: Fuse/Thinkstock




Body, Mind & Spirit Gaye Rock

How to get out of the cycle of someone done me wrong.

From Blame to Peace

f you truly want to get on with your life, stop looking for occasions to be offended. This way, you can eliminate the step of forgiveness altogether. If you are a person who refuses to be offended by anyone, anything or any circumstance, then youll begin to encounter peace. Your resentments send Spirit right out of your life, while youre busy being offended. By forgiving, you are making room for Spirit. Remember: The opposite of anger is peace. Your goal is not to be right; it is to be peaceful. Stop judging and blamingsimply become an combination has affected your life. Then, deal with observer. Many people blame others for their own it quickly. Acknowledge your unforgiving spirit toweaknesses, using any and all excuses at hand as ward the other person, or it festers and becomes a rationale to return to their self-defeating ways. exaggerated. Admit your mistakes, as much as you notice othCommit to the process of change and decide to ers mistakes. Removing the blame means never forgive. Dont wait until you feel like it. Ask Spirit assigning responsibility to anyone for what you are to touch your heart with the capacity to forgive. experiencing. It means being willing to say, I am Let the wound healing follow forgiveness, not the not sure why I feel this way, why I have this illness, other way around. why I have been victimized, etc., but I AM willing Thank Spirit for bringing it to your attention, to say that I own it. which brings in an attitude of gratitude. Express Why do this? If you take responsibility for HAV- your thanks to Spirit for forgiving YOU in the past. ING it, then at least you have a chance to also take If Spirit has allowed you to be hurt, He will bring responsibility for HEALING from it. If you wait for about good from your suffering, if you allow it. the other person to take responsibility for it, you Take your eyes off the offender and put them on could be waiting forever. So blame has to go for Spirit and love. Choose forgiveness! It is an active healing to occur. choice. There is a Chinese proverb that says, If youre Whom should you forgive? Ah, thats a loaded going to pursue revenge, youd better dig two question, but it really has a simple answer: Everygraves. Your resentments will destroy you, on one. Yourself, the person who hurt you badly long several levels. Rather, work at what you are FOR ago, and the stranger who stepped on your toe at rather than at what you are AGAINST. the grocery store an hour ago. Forgive quickly, so Removing the low energies of resentment and no resentment can occur (and therefore, no damrevenge from your life completely is perhaps the age to your emotions, spirit, physical body or enmost healing thing you can do. They represent ergy system). Forgive everyone in-between. If you slow, debilitating energies that will disempower have to make a list, do it. Forgive freely. you. If you can release them, you will experience Depend on Spirit to help you forgive; dont try more peace. The sense of inner peace will free you to accomplish it on your own. In order to forgive from the resentment, and you can live contentedly. someone, you have to ask Spirit for that persons Practicing forgiveness is far more empowering happiness and welfare. You must cancel the debt. than sitting around feeling wronged. You relieve Dont spend your life paying and collecting debts. yourself of your past. After all, the offense is not Debts are sorted out upstairs, not down here. The against you, its between the offender and God. Its people who hurt you CANT pay you, anyhow! And their karmatheir burdennot yours. if you did the hurting, you cant pay those people. Make your goal peace, as opposed to being Bless them and do not curse them. In Greek, right. Negative thoughts between you and anoth- the word for bless means to speak well of and er person keep you in an ever-growing relationship curse means to speak evil of. You cannot walk with that person. With forgiveness, even if you are in forgiveness and be a gossip. You cant get over it the one you have to forgive, all the negativity you if you continue to talk about it, either. have pouring your own way will cease to flow. Dont just take my word for ithere are some Its your ego that demands that the world and examples from differing religions: all the people in it should be as YOU think they Buddhist text: If you do not practice compasshould be. You must be willing to set down your sion toward your enemy, then toward whom can emotional baggage. Can you imagine your life with- you practice it? out that burden? Transform your personal history! Judaism: The Talmud says to pray for your enWhen your personal history changes (and by that I emies. If a man has received an injury, then even mean your perspective on your personal history), BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued on next page you drop your own labels and limitations. You are not what youve done, what youve been, how others have taught you, or what has been (Ginzan-ji Zen Buddhist Temple) done to you. You are an actor in your own life play, and its Meditation Practice (Zazen) Monday-Friday 7:00-7:30 am time now to move on to the Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 pm next act. Let the past be in Zazen & Dharma Talk Saturday 9:00 am the past. In this way, you will Informal Dharma achieve freedom, because Discussion Group Friday 5:30-6:30 pm you will cease to be hindered Community Movie Night Every other Monday 6:00 pm in your capacity to love and Resident Priest: 506 W. 13th St. (corner of 13th and Virginia) be loved.

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BODY, MIND & SPIRIT continued story. Whether you stay in misery is completely up to you. How great would it be to dump your own if the wrongdoer has not asked his forgiveness, the personal baggage? Shed your karma. Getting the other person to change his or her receiver of the injury must nevertheless ask God to actions isnt the point of forgiveness. The point is show the wrongdoer compassion. Dalai Lama: My true religion is kindness. The to give YOU peace, to change YOUR life. Forgivesun shines for all, and makes no discrimination. ness brings spiritual and emotional (and someThis is a wonderful metaphor for compassion. It times physical) healing. Basically, you are taking gives you a sense of impartiality and all-embracing away the power the other person continues to wield in your life. nature. When your burden becomes too great, it becomes the relationship. It changes who you are. Replace Resentment with Love emove the venom by making a conscious Its a wall between you and the intimacy you seek decision to let go of resentments, one by (with anyone) and between you and Spirit. Remember that everyone is doing his or her one, or all at once. Challenge your list of shoulds: he should have done this, he should not best given his upbringing and conditioning. We are each doing the best we can with what weve been have done that. Love requires quiet reflection and direction given. As we KNOW better, we DO better. from Spirit. You must be quiet in order to hear that still, small voice. Its listening time: Spirit, Forgiveness for Yourself show me how to let go of this anger/resentment/ f you are the one who needs to be forgiven, rebitterness/offense. Spirit will take your pain and alize you cant force someone else to forgive turn it into love and peace, which in turn leads to you. Acknowledge your faults and admit your strength. (By the way, nowhere in Christian scrip- mistakes. Second, its easier to make changes in ture does He justify an unforgiving spirit.) yourself than to try to change someone else. From Acknowledge that suffering is part of the human here on, commit to treating others with compasexperiencethe learning experience. The trick is sion, empathy and respect. to prevail in spite of it! Its how you choose to reYou can also try these individual exercises in spond to an offense (or to suffering) that makes self-forgiveness: the difference. 1. Write (with pen and paper, not on a computAre you going to be forgiving or unforgiving? If er) a list of all the things you have done wrong. you are wise, you will be forgiving, whether you 2. Read the list, preferably out loud. feel like it or not. Let the angry thought go in one 3. Now say, out loud, I did the best I could with ear and out the other. Acknowledge each harmful the knowledge I had at the time. I now forgive mythought and release it. Try this affirmation: The self and go free from.... only person who has the power to make me sick or 4. Burn or shred the list. This burns it at the well is myself. All others are powerless over me. etheric level, and it is gone for good. Here are some ways to help yourself, if youre 5. Repeat the exercise for each incident. stuck: 6. You now have the opportunity to live a life Write it down in a journal. free from the unnecessary suffering of unforgive Pray/meditate, asking for help and guidance. nesstake it, opportunity is knocking! Use guided meditation if you are new to meditation. Are You Imprisoned? Talk with a spiritual leader or psychologist or inally, here is another exercise in forgiving unbiased friend. others: Reflect on times you have hurt others. 1. Write a letter you will not send. Express every emotion, all the conversations youve had in your head. Seeking Reconciliation 2. Take inventory of YOUR actions. How did oes forgiveness guarantee reconciliation with the person who has hurt you? NO! It you contribute to the situation? What motivated might, for one thing, be impossible if the you? How will you respond differently if this arises offender has died, or is unwilling to communicate in the future? 3. Set up a chair and pretend the person is sitwith you. But forgiveness does cut the negative-energy tie between you. It might not even be appro- ting there. Spill all your accusations and hurts to priate to reconcile, such as in the case of an attack the imaginary person in the chair. Hold back nothor assault. But even in these cases, forgiveness is ing. 4. Understand (not necessarily agree) WHY still possible, even if reconciliation isnt. The pain may not be goneyou can forgive and still have they did what they did. 5. Wish them well. This will feel artificial at first, pain from a wound, whether it be physical or emotional. Damage and wounds take time to repair. but over time it will become genuine. We can all learn a lesson from the story of two Forgiving doesnt mean resuming a relationship with the one who has hurt you. Sometimes you former inmates of a Nazi concentration camp, who need to protect yourself: I release you, but that have the following conversation. The first man doesnt mean I need to, or even want to, hang out says, Have you forgiven the Nazis? The other man replies, Yes. The first man declares, Well, I with you. Forgive and forget is a terrible phrase. Who havent. Im still consumed with hatred for them. can forget terrible things? Its like if someone tells In that case, says the second man, they still have you not to think of a pink elephant. Of course, you in prison. Are you imprisoned emotionally, mentally, now you are thinking about a pink elephant. Forgiving doesnt mean forgetting; it means releasing physically or spiritually? Forgiveness sets you free and going on. Its a choice; it doesnt happen on from all of that, and is, therefore, the best thing you can do for yourself. k its own. If, however, you need to reestablish a bond, here are some tips: Get your frustration outjourThis is the third of three parts; read the prenal or tell a friend. Realize its not about whos vious articles in our August and September right. Living well is the best revenge. Breathe! issues. Gaye Rock operates the Rock Center, 413 Breathe in calm, breathe out the poison of anger N. Bullard in Silver City, offering pet groomand toxins. Realize that victims dont have control ing, animal communication and Reiki treatment for people and animals. of their lives. You have a choice whether to be a victim or not. Make yourself the hero of your own

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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. reStorAtive yoGA10-11:30 a.m., 5:30-7 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 388-2425. Slow flow yoGA11:30 a.m. 315 N. Bullard, 2d fl. 519-8948. SoCiAl ServiCeSNoon. Red Barn, 707 Silver Heights Blvd. 538-5666. 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, BACK Country HorSemen2nd Weds. 6 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room. Subject to change. 536-2953. food AddiCtS AnonymouS womenS GrouP6:30 p.m. 1000 N Hudson St., 519-1070. GrAnt County demoCrAtiC PArty2nd 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. 388-2425. lAdieS Golf ASSoCiAtion8 a.m. tee time. Silver City Golf Course. PflAG(Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) 1st Weds. 5:30 p.m. Wellness Coalition, 509 N. Bullard. 590-8797. PinG PonG5:30-7 p.m. Grant County Convention Center. Beginners 7-8 p.m. ProStAte CAnCer SuPPort GrouP3rd Weds. 6:30 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room. 388-1198 ext. 10. rePuBliCAn PArty of GrAnt CountyThird Weds. 6 p.m. Red Barn. trAumAtiC BrAin inJury SuPPort GrouP3:30-5 p.m. All-Purpose Room, Billy Casper Wellness Center, Hudson St. & Hwy. 180. James, 5372429, or Danita, 534-9057. BAyArd Al-Anon6:30 p.m. Bayard Community Center. 575-5373141. CAnCer SuPPort GrouP2nd 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. Citizen CorPS CounCilFirst Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Grant County Admin Bldg. de-StreSSinG meditAtionS12-12:45 p.m. New Church of the SW Desert, 1302 Bennett St. 313-4087. GrAnt County rollinG StoneS Gem And minerAl SoCiety2nd Thurs. 6 p.m. Senior Center, 204 W. Victoria St. Kyle, 538-5706. HiStoriC mininG diStriCt & touriSm meetinGSecond Thurs. 10 a.m. Bayard Community Center, 290 Hurley ArCHAeoloGy SoCietyFirst Sun. of every month, field trip. 536-3092, BeAd SoCiety1 p.m. Alotta Gelato 388-1362. BinGo1st and 2d Sun. Doors open 12:30 p.m., games start 1:35 p.m. Benefits Salvation Army and Post 18 charities. American Legion Post 18, 409 W. College Ave. 534- 0780 Gentle yoGA5:30-7 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 3882425. 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@ reStorAtive yoGA4-5:30 p.m. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas, 3882425. A CourSe in mirACleS6:30 p.m., 600 N. Hudson. Information, 534-9172 or 534-1869. 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. KundAlini yoGANoon. A Daily Practice, 104 N. Texas St. 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. 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. ComPASSionAte friendS4th Tuesday. 6:30 p.m. Support for those whove lost a child. Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 7th and Texas St. Charlene Mitchell, 313-7362. fiGure/model drAwinG4-6 p.m. Contact Sam, 388-5583. GilA writerS6:30 p.m. Gila Regional Medical Center Conference Room, 1313 E. 32nd St. Trish Heck,, 538-4072 . interBody yoGA5:30-6:30 p.m., 315 N. Bullard, 2d fl. 519-8948. 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.



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he other Alpen product is a #728 15-45 spotting scope with a table tripod, heavy nylon case and 45-degree eyepiece. I wanted one to use when sighting in rifles, and the bullet holes on targets were clear and sharp through the glass at 100 yards. But I quickly found that I needed a groundstanding tripod for maneuverability, and I had trouble adjusting to the 45-degree eyepiece; I just couldnt get comfortable with it. I found that I prefer the straight eyepiece. Where I found the glass to really shine, though, was for backyard birding. I set the outfit up on a table on my back porch, where I had visibility up to half a mile of unobstructed viewing. There was a new nest of baby ravens at 200 yards that I endeavored to spy on daily. I found the glass to be somewhat lacking when it came to this range, as far as optical clarity and sharpness, but under 100 yards it was great for viewing all manner of wildlife, at a very affordable price. I watched birds from 17 feet at my bird feeder, up to 100 yards at collared doves and quail. This is quite a good outfit for you who dont venture away from home but still want to watch birds. These scopes are waterproof, dustproof and shockproof and yes, covered by that same great warranty. They too have multi-coated lenses and

amblin on, this past August I spent many days sitting in a blind near several springs and watering places and watching birds and other wildlife. It was quite hot and sunny, so I nestled back under a bushy oak tree or two to be in the shade. I set up a camouflaged umbrella as a ground blind and for part of the time, set my butt down on a legless stadium seat to wile away the hours, my Wing binnos hanging from my neck. At first I was comfortable but after three hours things came unglued. Let me say at this point, dont do this! Use a chair with legs! You see, under said tree lay a thick, two-inch carpet of leaf matter in various stages of decay. In this carpet were various types of insect and critter life. To be exact, ants! There were three types I could see: quarterinch black ants, eighth-inch brown ants and tiny piss ants, the latter of which brought me no small amount of agony. Along about three hours into my sit I felt a bite, then two, on my right wristthere were two piss ants gorging on my flesh and it stung! Of course, they went to ant hell pretty quick-like. The trouble was that their kin had found a highway up my legs, under my pants and underwear, and had deposited bites on the soft flesh of my waist and groin. Yikes, but that itched! I came away with three red welts about a quarter-inch in diameter. They werent chigger bites because those have a white center atop the red mound and when you scratch them, they burn white-hot! When I scratched these bites, they just burned all the morea word to the wise. At home, I stifled the itch with a goodly dose of Sting-Eze and that was that, or so I thought. By nightfall, though, I seemed to have ant bites from my knees to my neck, and boy did they itch. But I observed that there was no tiny bite hole in their center and I quickly determined that what I was experiencing was hives! I was having an allergic reaction to the piss ant bites and this was far worse than the bites themselves. By the time they ran their coarse I had about 24 hives on my body, even on my scalp. Let me say that it takes great personal fortitude not to scratch hives! To add to my misery, the hives gave me the crawlies; I felt as if tiny unseen critters were moving all over my body from head to toe. A careful visual exam proved that was not the case, but the mind is a powerful enemy sometimes. It is now three weeks later and all I have is dull lifeless mounds to remind me of the hives, but for the life of me, I cannot get over the crawlies. By the way, a web search revealed that there is no cure for the hives; ya gotta let em run their coarse. But I did stumble on some degree of relief not found on the web; I coated each mound with stick deodorant, and that helped. So the moral of this story is: Dont ever lie or sit on a bed of decaying vegetable matter, no matter how comfortable and inviting it appears. Keep the sun forever at your back, the wind forever in your face, and may The Forever God bless you too! k When not ramblin outdoors, Larry Lightner lives in Silver City.




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eres a question for you: If you had to name one technique or exercise you could use in between rides that would give you the greatest variety of training options, not require lots of time, equipment or expense, and be of help to both horse and rider, what would it be? Recently I received this exact question from one of our readers. Bored with endless circles on a lead rope or chasing her horse around a round pen, this reader was looking for an option that would accomplish many things at once and give quality results within a busy work, family and riding lifestyle. For me, the answer is pretty simple. I believe you get the most bang for your buck if you learn to ground drive your horse (also known as long lining). It is the one activity where you truly ride the horse from the ground and where you can duplicate virtually everything you do in the saddle. This makes it a perfect training and conditioning exercise that is not time intensive, fitting nicely as a productive option between rides. There is virtually no added expense for equipment, learning the basics is easy, and it is fun. Ground driving is a critical part of the development of a young, green horse as well as an important technique for helping older horses stay fit and interested in their work. It is also one of the best exercises for dealing with a number of common behavioral problems and for introducing and teaching many of the basic skills and responses you want in your horse. Unfortunately, it is overlooked in a lot of training or abandoned after an early introduction. I think this is often due to the fact that more riders arent shown the incredible range of things you can do with it. I try to start and train all young horses with ground driving, but I also focus a lot on teaching owners how it can be used with more mature horses to work on specific issues and fitness for life. The horses body was not really designed for riding, but is perfectly suited for pulling something like a cart or carriage. When the horse is doing this, he almost immediately goes into the kind of collected, efficient posturewith legs under him, hindquarters driving and back raisedthat he needs to develop and strengthen to carry a rider comfortably. With ground driving, youre working in the same way but without the carriage. There are some important initial steps that need to be taken to make sure your horse is comfortable and mentally prepared to be in long lines. Fortunately, the preparatory steps are few and easy to learn, and actually fit nicely with the kind of basic training most riders have already done with their horses. When youre working a horse in long lines, you are really riding the horse even though you are standing 10-15 feet behind. You have two reins one acting as an inside rein to adjust head position for flexion and softness, the other acting as an outside rein to support the horse and define your direction. You can supple and collect the horse, in many cases more easily than from their back, and youre bringing your energy up from behind the drive line, just as you should in the saddle. You can work in the walk and the troteven the canter if youre very skilled. You can work in patterns, with obstacles and even jumps. You can do effective and balanced lateral work and greatly improve the quality of your stops and your backing. You can teach responsiveness to the leg, even though youre not sitting on the horse, with the correct use of the lines. When you and your horse get the hang of it, you can venture out of the arena and head down the road or around the property. There are also major benefits for the rider. It is a great workout, as you are walking everywhere you drive your horse, so you can get fit while playing with your horse. It teaches you good rein management and how to be lighter and more consistent with your hands and your rein aids (one of the biggest issues for most riders). It allows you to work in balance, since you are standing on the ground. It teaches you to think ahead in your riding, since you have to look ahead of your horse and where youre going, and you have to prepare the

horse well in advance of any changes. It may not seem logical, but ground driving will make almost any person a better rider. It gives you a better view of what the horse has to do and it teaches feel.

o, what can you actually do with ground driving? Here are just a few examples of where I use it: horses nervous about their rear blind spot or that are kickers; a horse that jumps forward when spooked or nervous, or has a history of rearing; horses that have trouble with trailers, loading or claustrophobic situations; improving responsiveness to leg aids; improving the forward in a horse, as well as the stop and back-up; helping a horse that is very one-sided, as driving is the only thing that gives a horse a 360-degree view of his body in motion, which helps them process information and become better balanced; horses with saddling problems; horses that lack confidence and crowd the human; horses that are sensitive to things around their bodies or legs, or have problems with blankets or fly sheets; strengthening the bond between horse and rider through better visual input; teaching about the movement of the horse for better understanding of what has to happen under saddle; cross training and strengthening the horse with collected work. I also use ground driving in our therapeutic and rehab work for horses and riders. It is a perfect tool for bringing a horse back from an injury or long layoff, and can enhance the value of chiropractic or massage work as it helps the horse move correctly and start to break down any mental pain blocks. For a rider who has lost confidence after a fall or accident, it can get you back in synch with your horse and gets you doing productive work from the safety of the ground while you recover. It can be a great help for a horse that may be past his riding life, but still wants and needs the interaction and exercise. We recently used driving to help with one of our own horses that had a sudden onset of steroidal laminitis. After proper vet care and farrier work, we used driving for several weeks to keep our horse conditioned and mentally engaged without the weight of a rider, so we could monitor signs of hoof pain and discomfort before getting back in the saddle. Too often the sick, injured or sore horse is just allowed to sit and rest; then the saddle goes back on without an effective test of the status of the recovery. Driving is a great way to help prevent immediate re-injury. Currently, were using ground driving in our volunteer work at End of the Road Ranch Horse Rescue and Sanctuary ( Most of the horses at the ranch will never be riding horses. Whether due to age or injury, early malnutrition or abusive situations, or an understandable wariness of humans, it would not be fair or in their best interest to try to turn them into saddle horses. But, using the foundation steps for driving and bringing some horses up to working in long lines, we have gone a long way toward giving many of them the quality exercise, confidence and trust they need to live in our world. One technique that can be used for training, improving performance and problem solving, which offers benefits for both horse and human without great expense or an enormous time commitmentwell, that sounds like a pretty good tool to have in your horsemanship toolbox. k Scott Thomson lives in Silver City and teaches natural horsemanship and riding. He can be reached at hsthomson@ or (575) 3881830.

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ed or Green? is Desert Exposures guide to dining in southwest New Mexico. The listings herea sampling of our complete and recently completely updated guide online at www.desertexposure.cominclude some of our favorites and restaurants weve recently reviewed. We emphasize non-national-chain restaurants with sit-down, table service . With each listing, we include a brief categorization of the type of cuisine plus what meals are served: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner. Unless otherwise noted, restaurants are open seven days a week. Call for exact hours, which change frequently. All phone numbers are area code 575 except as specified. We also note with a star (*) restaurants where you can pick up copies of Desert Exposure.

If weve recently reviewed a restaurant, youll find a brief capsule of our review and a notation of which issue it originally appeared in. Stories from all back issues of Desert Exposure from January 2005 on are available on our Web site. Though every effort has been made to make these listings complete and up-to-date, errors and omissions are inevitable and restaurants may make changes after this issue goes to press. Thats why we urge you to help us make Red or Green? even better. Drop a note to Red or Green? c/o Desert Exposure, PO Box 191, Silver City, NM 88062, fax 534-4134, or email Remember, these print listings represent only highlights. You can always find the complete, updated Red or Green? guide online at Bon apptit!
diAneS BAKery & deli, The Hub, Suite A, Bullard St., 534-9229. Artisan breads, sandwiches, deli, baked goods: B L D.* 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. Catering. * GAllo Pinto, 901 N. Hudson St., 597-3663. Mexican: B L D. Gil-A BeAnS, 1304 N. Bennett St. Coffeeshop.* Golden StAr, 1602 Silver Heights Blvd., 388-2323. 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.* iSAACS Grill, Bullard and Broadway, 388-4090. American, burgers, sandwiches: Fri.-Sun. L D, Sun. brunch, Mon.-Wed. D only.* 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., 388-4600. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L D.* lA mexiCAnA, Hwy. 180E and Memory Lane, 534-0142. Mexican and American: B L. lionS den, 208 W. Yankie, 6540353. Coffeeshop. mASA y mAS tortilleriA, Suite C-The Hub Plaza, (505) 670-8775. Tortillas, tacos, chimichangas, burritos, enchiladas, menudo, tamales and more. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L.* mi CASitA, 2340 Bosworth Dr., 538-5533. New Mexican cuisine: Mon.-Thurs. L, Fri. L D. millieS BAKe HouSe, 215 W. Yankie, 597-2253. Soup, salads, sandwiches, baked goods: Tues.-Sat. Deep-dish pizza: Thurs.-Mon. D. * 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. Beer and wine bar, sandwiches, light bites: Tues.-Sun. afternoons. PeACe meAl Burrito BAr, The Hub, 6th and Bullard, 388-0106. Burritos: Mon.-Sat. L.* Pretty Sweet emPorium, 312 N. Bullard St., 388-8600. Dessert, ice cream: Mon.-Sat.* QS SoutHern BiStro, 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: Mon.-Sat. L D. red BArn, 708 Silver Heights

AdoBe SPrinGS CAf, 1617 Silver Heights Blvd., 538-3665. 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. 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, Cajun catfish, seared Ahi tuna, authentic Greek gyros, and pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven and featuring a wide range of innovative toppings. (November 2010) Barbecue, pizza, gyros, pasta: Tues.-Fri. D. Sat.-Sun. L D. Italian nights Weds., Sat.* 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.*

CAf un mundo, 700 N. Bullard, 956-8752. The sandwiches, [made with] special home-made rolls, along with the long list of salads that now appear on the cafs menu, are as creative as the buildings dcor. And, of course, theres always a tasty soup-of-the-day available. The menu describes the soups as Flavour-Driven Concoctions and the description fits everything else on the menu, as well. (January 2012) Vegetarian and vegan dishes available. Mon.-Fri. L. CHineSe PAlACe, 1010 Highway 180E, 538-9300. See review in this issue. 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 five-course 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. As they serve Dianes fresh, inventive dishes, the staff will make you subtly aware you are indeed enjoying a big-city-caliber dining experiencewithout the least bit of snootiness to detract from the fact that you are, nonetheless, in small-town New Mexico. (Sept. 2007) Homemade American, Euro and Pacific Rim: Tues.-Sat. L D, Sun. D only, weekend brunch, catering.

Blvd., 538-5666. Steakhouse: L D.* SABor, 1700 Mountain View Road, 388-2737. Mexican, sandwiches: B L D. SHeveK & Co., 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168. Shevek & Co. will take your taste buds on a culinary tour from Spain to Greece, with delicious destinations all along the Mediterranean in-between. The sheer ambition of the offerings is astonishing. (March 2009) Mediterranean: D, brunch on selected weekends.* Silver BowlinG Center CAf, 2020 Memory Lane, 538-3612. American, Mexican, hamburgers: L D.* SilverAdo HeAltH food SHoP, 303 E. 13th St., 534-9404. Sandwiches, burritos, salads, smoothies: Mon.-Fri. L. SunriSe eSPreSSo, 1530 N. Hudson, 388-2027. Coffeeshop: Mon.-Sat. B L, early D. SunriSe eSPreSSo, 1212 E. 32nd St., 534-9565. Coffeeshop, bakery: Mon.-Fri. B L, early D, Sat. B L only.* terryS oriGinAl BArBeQue, Hwy. 180 and Ranch Club Road. Barbeque to go: L D. tHree doGS CoffeeHouSe, 503 N. Bullard St. Coffeeshop, lunch specialties, pizza: L. tre roSAt 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 fillings changing from day to day) and the ever-popular, ever delicious bacon-wrapped dates. (August 2012) International eclectic: Mon.-Fri. L, D. Sat. D. * 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 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, home-made 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. 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. 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. German specialties, American lunch and dinner entres: Saturday midday D. mimBreS vAlley CAf, 2964 Hwy. 35, 536-2857. 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. The Buck, as most locals affectionately call it, has a history of satisfying at the dinner plate with its long-favored menu including generous slabs of meat, hearty green chile stew with kick and honest pours at the full bar. (December 2010) Steakhouse, pasta, burgers: Mon.-Sat. D. 5911. American: Mon.-Fri. B L. Andele reStAurAnte, 1950 Calle del Norte, 526-9631. Mexican: Mon. B L, Tues.-Sun. B 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. tHe BAGel SHoP, 1495 S. Solano Dr., 521-4784. Bagels: Mon.-Sat. B L. tHe BeAn, 2011 Avenida de Mesilla, 523-0560. Coffeehouse. 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.* BrAvoS CAf, 3205 S. Main St., 526-8604. Mexican: Tues.-Sun. B L. BreAK An eGG, 201 S. Solano Dr., 647-3000. Breakfasts, burgers, salads, sandwiches: B L. 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. CAttlemenS SteAKHouSe, 2375 Bataan Memorial Hwy., 382-9051. Steakhouse: D. de lA veGAS PeCAn Grill & Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Blvd., 5211099. 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,



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Its October again, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and that can only mean one thing: its time for Pumpkin Pie gelato! People ask us all year for the stuff, but we only make it in the Fall. Times a-wastin, so come on in and taste this seasonal favorite; its a perfect way to end a good hearty meal, or as an added dividend to a delicious dessert. We sell it by the serving and also have hand-packed pints and quarts available in case you want to stock up. And were not just talking about Pumpkin Pie: we can hand-pack your choice of more than 30 incredible flavors (such as the ever-popular Bounty coconut chocolate and our exclusive Gila Conglomerate), including dairy-free fruit flavors and sugar-free ones sweetened with Splenda (and yes, we can pack several flavors into each insulated container). This is the real deal, folks: authentic Italian gelato, low in fat but bursting with great tastes, made on the premises with imported flavorings and fresh ingredients. (And if all this isnt enough to get you in here, wait til next month when we bring back a couple more of our seasonal favorites: Egg Nog and Peppermint Stick!) Remember that we also carry delicious dessert items such as Key Lime bars, brownies, 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 including Halloween (no, we didnt forget Halloween). 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. Come on down to the most delicious destination in Silver City and experience 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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Chicken Tortilla Soup with all the goodies Bear Mountain Lodge Romaine salad Tres Leche cake with berries $22.

Saturday November 3rd,10th, and 17th

Sunday November 4th and 11th

Pulled Pork baked in orange juice and chipolte Sweet Potatoes whipped with coconut milk Bear Mountain Romaine Salad Pineapple Upside Cake $28.

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Monday November 5th and 12th

Spicy Flank Steak served with creamy polenta and sauteed vegetables Bear Mountain Lodge Romaine salad Chocolate Pound Cake with berries $28.

We can prepare dishes to serve 6 or 12 for "take and bake." Give us a 2 day notice and well have your food ready when youre ready to pick it up.

You dont need a formal gathering, just keep us in your refrigerator or freezer!

Tuesday November 6th and 13th

Chicken Stew with Winter Vegetables and Coconut Milk Bear Mountain Lodge Romaine Salad Poached Pears with chocolate sauce $22.

Wednesday November 7th and 14th

Crab Cakes topped with Remoulade and a side of Asparagus Bear Mountain Lodge Romaine Salad Lemon Mousse with berries $28.

Due to the increased cost of our food items, we have to raise our catering prices. Please go to our website for a current price listing.

Thursday November 8th and 15th

Lasagna-homemade ricotta cheese, spinach, butternut squash, and tomato sauce Vegetarian or with Meatballs Bear Mountain Lodge Romaine Salad Panna Cotta with berries $22.


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Baked New Mexico Chicken-stu ed with cheese and green chili served with a vegetable medley and corn pudding Bear Mountain Lodge Romaine Salad Apple Crisp with real Whipped Cream $28.

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f the three Chinese restaurants currently open in Silver City, the Chinese Palace is the only one where 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. Dont like mushrooms? You can ask to have them left out. Love bean sprouts? You can ask to have more added. Like your food extra spicy? Ask and spiciness shall be given. Sometimes there is a charge for extra ingredients, sometimes there isntit depends on the ingredients. All the cooking is done in huge gas-fired woks by owner Ping Lee, who was born and raised in China, in a medium-sized town just outside the city of Canton. She came to the United States more than 20 years ago at the age of 23, after marrying Shun Lee, who was living in San Francisco at the time but visited his mother in China every year. The two met on one of his visits, and have been together ever since. They have three childrentwo grown and living elsewhere, one still at home. All three children speak the Chinese language as well as English, and all three have helped out in the restaurant. Pings full name is Guiping (pronounced Born and raised in China, Chinese Palace owner GWEH-ping) and, since women do not take their Ping Lee does all the cooking at the restaurant. husbands surname in China and surnames come (Photos by Peggy Platonos) before given names in China, she would be known there as Liang Guiping. Because I live in America, I took my husbands buried noodles add a bit of crunchy surprise when name, Lee, and everybody calls me Ping because it you take a bite. is easier to say, she explains. The food she serves is not what you would find or those who are accustomed to eating Chiin China, either. This is American-Chinese style, nese food in America, some of Pings other she says. The big difference is that the Chinese dishes will surprise you, too. Her Chow Fun eat everything, all parts. So chicken is served with rice noodles, for instance, are not the little white skin and bones, fish with heads, skin, everything. vermicelli-like strands that weve encountered elseOn Pings menu, only spareribs are served with where. Ping uses wide noodles that she says are bones, the chicken is skinless as well as boneless, the real Chinese-style rice noodles. And the nooand the only seafood is shrimp, with the shrimp dles she uses for lo mein dishes are a little narrower cooked and served headless and peeled. than weve encountered elsewhere. But she points In China, traditionally, there was little or no out that China is so big, there are many different cheese included in the cuisine. Now, with Mc- regions, and each one has its own style of food. Donalds, cheese is The Cantonese cuieverywhere in China, sine she grew up with she says. is not very spicy, she But, in this respect, says. But I have spicy Pings menu is more food, too. And anything traditionalthe only I cook, Ill cook spicy cheese on the menu hot if people ask. (with the exception of Most of the years she a Grilled Cheese Sandhas spent in America wich as an American have been spent in New food option) is in the Mexicothree years in filling of the Crab RanLas Cruces, then four goon appetizers she has years in Deming, helping Silver City residents Gilbert Alvo and Elizabeth recently added. She ofher husband in restauMuniz are regulars. fers eight of the delightrants he established in fully crisp, tasty treats each of those places and served with Pings special homemade sweet and learning the restaurant business. The last 14 years sour sauce for just $4.99. have been spent in Silver City, running the Chinese This same sweet and sour sauce is also served Palace with her husbands help. with several other appetizers, including the crispy From China, I never ate hot chiles before. But Fried Shrimpfive of themthat are a real deal actually, sometimes the hot chiles make a good flaat $4. vor for the food, she says. And she has actually The portions at the Chinese Palace are extreme- added a chile-enhanced dish to her menu recently generous, and the prices are quite reasonable, lyGreen Chili Egg Rolls at $1.35 each. with most dinners running from $6.49 to $8. A few I love it here, she says. I love the US and I of the shrimp dishes are slightly more expensive feel so good in Silver City. I feel people here care than that, but the most expensive item on the din- about you. People are more friendly. I feel more ner menu is $9.95spicy Straw Mushrooms with safe here. I love the weather. I love the freedom. Shrimp & Broccoli. I have my husband, my children, the restaurant. I Lunch options (available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) just love my life here. I love what I do. Its imporare lower in price, with portions somewhat smaller tant that you love your work, very important. And in size. These are mostly combination plates that I love my work. I enjoy everythingcooking, talkrange in price from $4.50 to $6.25. (Again the high- ing to the customers, everything. er price is a shrimp dish, in this case Sweet & Sour The Chinese Palace is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shrimp with Egg Roll.) Monday through Friday. Its closed Saturdays and A personal note: the subgum style of chow mein Sundays. Orders can be called in at (575) 538-9300. k Ping serves is a bit more expensive than the regular chow mein, but, in my opinion, its worth that Send Mimbres freelance writer Peggy Platonos little extra cost. It has a greater variety of vegetables and toasted sliced almonds on top. Be advised tips for restaurant reviews at platonos@gilanet. com or call (575) 536-2997. that the crispy noodles are served under the chow mein, instead of on top, as you might expect. The

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American: L D. emiliAS, 2290 Calle de Parian, 652-3007. Burgers, Mexican, soup, sandwiches, pastry, juices, smoothies: L D. GArduoS, 705 S. Telshor (Hotel Encanto), 522-4300. Mexican: 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. 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. 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 PoStA reStAurAnt de meSillA, 2410 Calle De San Albino, 524-3524. A restaurant with history hard-wired into the fiber of its being. Through building, menu and ownership, its roots extend all the way back to the 1840s. (September 2011) Mexican , steakhouse: L D, Sat.-Sun. and holidays also B. lemonGrASS, 2540 El Paseo Rd., 523-8778. Thai: Tues.-Fri. L D, Sat.Mon. D. 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. Italian, pizza: L D. loS ComPAS, 1120 Commerce Dr., 521-6228. 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. 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, Pacific: Mon.-Sat. L D. noPAlito reStAurAnt, 310 S. Mesquite St., 524-0003. Mexican: Sun.-Tues., Thurs.-Sat. L D.* old town reStAurAnt, 1155 S. Valley Dr., 523-4586. Mexican, American: B L.* ono Grindz, 300 N. Downtown Mall, 541-7492. Hawaiian: B L D. PAiSAno CAf, 1740 Calle de Mercado, 524-0211. 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. PlAyerS Grill, 3000 Champions Dr. (NMSU golf course clubhouse), 646-2457. American: B L D. PullAroS itAliAn reStAurAnt, 901 W. Picacho Ave., 523-6801. Italian: L D. roBertoS mexiCAn food, 908 E. Amador Ave., 523-1851. Mexican: B L D.* SBS lAte-niGHt lunCHBox, 120 S. Water St.. New American, vegetarian, vegan, wraps: L D. tHe SHed, 810 S. Valley Dr., 5252636. American, pizza, Mexican, desserts: Wed.-Sun. B L.* Si itAliAn BiStro, 523 E. Idaho, 523-1572. Italian: Mon.-Sat. L D. 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. tHAi deliGHt de meSillA, 2184 Avenida de Mesilla, 525-1900. Thai, salads, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, German: L D.* tiffAnyS PizzA & GreeK AmeriCAn CuiSine, 755 S. Telshor Blvd #G1, 532-5002. Pizza, Greek, deli: Tues.Sat. B L D.* umP 88 Grill, 1338 Picacho Hills Dr., 647-1455. An authentic taste of the Emerald Isle in a delightfully authentic pub atmosphere. (December 2008) Irish pub: L D. vAlley Grill, 1970 N. Valley, 525-9000. American: B L D, Friday fish fry. vintAGe wineS, 2461 Calle de Principal, 523-WINE. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, the handful of tables situated snugly as in a real French bistro to encourage conversation. Kick off the evening with wine and tapas inside, or wrap up the night out on the charming, cozy patio with a dessert wine or port. (June 2008) Wine and cigar bar, tapas: L D. woK-n-world, 5192 E. Boutz, 526-0010. Chinese: Mon.-Sat. L D. zeffiro PizzeriA nAPoletAnA, 136 N. Water St., 525-6757. Owner Gary Ebert and his very attentive and efficient staff serve up gourmet-style pizza on hand-tossed crusts. (August 2009) Pizza, pasta, also sandwiches at adjoining Popular Artisan Bakery: Mon.-Sat. L D. zeffiro new yorK PizzeriA, 101 E. University Ave., 525-6770. Pizza: L D. erneStoS mexiCAn food, 200 Anthony Dr., 882-3641. Mexican: B L. lA CoCinitA, 908 W. Main Dr., 589-1468. Mexican: L.



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At Sunrise Espresso we specialize in high quality espresso drinks designed to please the most discriminating tastes. The menu includes lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, and one of the best black cups of coffee you will find anywhere. All our drinks can be made hot, frozen (blended), or over ice, and most drinks can be made sugar free. Non-coffee drinks include Chai lattes, Italian cream sodas, and assorted teas.

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BBQ Ribs, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Shredded Brisket, Fried Cabbage, Collard Greens & Lots More. 40 Flavors Of Pie
208 1/2 S. Silver St., Deming, NM, 575-494-4639
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still open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649. Seven Silver City restaurants are participating in the Silver City Museum Societys latest Get Mugged Downtown fundraising event. Buy a limited-edition mug at the museum for a $15 donation ($12 for members) and then get it filled at participating eateries on Oct. 13: Alotta Gelato, the Curious Kumquat, Dianes Bakery and Deli, Dianes Restaurant, Javalina Coffee House, Shevek & Co., and Yankee Creek Coffee House. 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921. Shevek & Co. Restaurant continues to celebrate its lucky 11th anniversary, with a Halloween beer-tasting dinner on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. Six courses of Halloween-themed beers will be paired with Mediterranean fare. 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, Bilys will be celebrating Oktoberfest all month long with beer, brats and pretzels on its new patio. and live music Fridays and Saturdays. 2138 Hwy. 180E, 388-1367.
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. Owner Albert Campos prides himself on the authentic Mexican and southwestern food he cooks up, inspired by his home in the Mexican state of Zacatecassuch as the fantastic BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, a family recipe. But the restaurant has much more than Mexican fare. (June 2007) 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. 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 flavors of pie. (April 2012) American, barbecue, sandwiches, pies: Mon.-Sat. L D. * el mirAdor, 510 E. Pine St., 5447340. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D. Golden Sun StAr, 500 E. Cedar St., 544-0689. Chinese: L D. GrAnd motor inn & lounGe, 1721 E. Pine, 546-2632. Mexican, steak, seafood: B L D. irmAS, 123 S. Silver Ave., 5444580. Mexican, American, seafood: B L D. lA fondA, 601 E. Pine St., 5460465. Roomy, bright and airy, La Fonda is no mere taco joint. The extensive menu features all the Mexican favorites at bargain prices, plus a wide range of Anglo fare and a breakfast 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), 5448432. This gem of a restaurant turns out perfectly cooked steaks and seafood, as well as a full line of Mexican fare. (June 2011) Steaks, seafood, Mexican: Tues.-Sat. L D.* mAnGo 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 difficult 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: Tues.-Fri. D, Sat.-Sun. 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 beefa half-pound apiece before cookingand 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. Goodquality 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. APACHe HomelAndS reStAurAnt, I-10. Burgers, ribs, casino-style food: B L D.* PAtio CAf, 23 Broadway, 5312495. Burgers, American: B L.*

he Deli-ssh sandwich shop at 801 N. Hudson St. in Silver City has been relocated and renamed. Its now primarily a Mexican restaurant, Sabor, with a full kitchen rather than just sandwich fixings; some of the favorites from Delissh will still be available at the new location, 1700 Mountain View Road. Completing the restaurant musical chairs, thats the former home of Off the Hook, the defunct catfish and comfort-food eatery. Sabor will be open daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 388-2737. Peace Meal in The Hub, 6th and Bullard in Silver City, is now featuring burritos and no longer serves strictly vegetarian fare. Think of the newly named Peace Meal Burrito Bar as a local version of the wildly popular Chipotle chain. 388-0106. Something new and savory is baking at Millies Bake House in downtown Silver City. Evenings from Thursday-Monday, 5-10 p.m., the daytime bakery will open to serve Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and sandwiches. 215 W. Yankie St., 597-BAKE. Curious Kumquat will be hosting an Oktoberfest party, Saturday, Oct. 13, from 12-9 p.m., with live music and plenty of beer. And if youre planning ahead for the end of the world as we know it, tickets go on sale Nov. 1 for the Silver City restaurants Apocalypse Tasting Dinner, scheduled for Dec. 12. You can eat all 12 courses with no worry about calories or feeling full the next day! Kumquat also has new simplified hours: Tue.Sat. lunch 11 a.m.-5 p.m., dinner 5:30-8:30 p.m. (final seating). 111 E. College Ave., 534-0337. New hours at the recently reopened Tre Rosat Caf in downtown Silver City are Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., closed Sun. 304 N. Bullard St., 654-4919. In the Lake Roberts area, Little Toad Creek Inn also has tweaked its hours. Its now open for dinner on Thursday and Friday, and for brunch as well as dinner Saturday and Sunday. The tavern is

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ew in Deming is Mango Maddies, serving salads, wraps and sandwiches as well as offering coffee drinks and a juice bar. 722 E. Florida, 546-3345. In Las Cruces, The Bagel Shop is now open, serving 21 varieties of handmade bagels. Its an outpost of a popular El Paso bagel restaurant thats been serving schmear for a dozen years. Hours are Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., closed Sun. 1495 S. Solano Dr., 521-4784. If cupcakes are more your thing, try the new Let Them Eat Cake in Barbs Flowerland in Arroyo Plaza. Pick from 12 different flavors along with gluten free, sugar substitute and vegan options. Hours are Tues.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 2001 E. Lohman, Suite 136, 649-8965. k All area codes are 575 except as noted. Send restaurant news to

el CHArro reStAurAnt, 209 S. P Blvd., 542-3400. Mexican: B L D. fidenCioS, 604 E. Motel Dr., 5428989. 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. Mexican, American: Tues.Fri. B L D, Sun. B mid-day D. PAntHer trACKS CAf, Hwy. 338, 548-2444. Burgers, Mexican, American: Mon.-Fri. B L D rodeo Store And CAf. 195 Hwy. 80, 557-2295. Coffeeshop food: Mon.-Sat. B L. rodeo tAvern, 557-2229. Shrimp, fried chicken, steaks, burgers, seafood: Weds.-Sat. D.




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el BAyo SteAK HouSe, 417 Chaparral Dr., 824-4749. Steakhouse: Tues.-Sun. B L D. tortilleriA SuSy, 661 Paloma Blanca Dr., 824-9377. Mexican: Mon.-Sat. B L D, Sun. B L. BiG miKeS CAf, Thorpe Road. Mexican, breakfasts, burgers: B L D. tHAi deliGHt, 16151 Hwy. 70E, 373-3000. Thai, steaks, sandwiches: 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.

AdoBe CAf, Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 180, 533-6146. Deli, American, Mon. pizza, Sunday BBQ ribs: Sun.-Mon. B L D, Wed.-Fri. B L. BlACK Gold, 98 Main St., 5336538. Coffeehouse, pastries. CArmenS, 101 Main St., 5336990. 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. Blue front BAr And CAf, Hwy. 180, 539-2561. Plentiful appetizer platters, perfectly done and tender ribeye, weekend special barbecue dishes smoky sweet and ample. (Nov. 2007) Mexican, American, weekend barbecue, Friday catfish fry: L D. Golden GirlS CAf, Hwy. 180, 539-2457. Dig into an honest taste of the local scene and a down-home breakfast youll surely wish your mama had made. The specials listed up on the whiteboard all come with biscuits and gravy, and the ample menu has all the usual suspectsomelets, pancakes, French toast and, of course, breakfast burritosclueing you into the rib-sticking satisfaction ahead. (Nov. 2007) Breakfast: B. mArioS PizzA, Hwy. 180, 5392316. This unpretentious eatery serves up better pizza than youll find in many a big city. But a recent visit to the tiny, scenic mountain town will forever be remembered as the time I had, absolutely, the best calzone of my life. (Nov. 2008) Italian: Mon.-Tues., Fri.-Sat. D. PurPle onion CAf, Mogollon, 539-2710. Seasonal, quirky and way off the beaten path serves eclectic fare and famous pie. (August 2011) Breakfast, burgers, veggie melts, pita pockets, pies: Fri.-Sun., Mon. holidays, May-Oct.: B L. SnuffyS SteAKHouSe And SAloon, Quemado Lake, 773-4672. Steakhouse: D (Dec.-April: closed Mon.-Tues.)




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AdoBe deli, 3970 Lewis Flats Road SE, 546-0361. The lunch menu features traditional deli-style sandwiches... The dinner menu is much grander, though some sandwiches are available then, too. Dinner options include filet mignon, flat iron steak, T-bone, ribeye, New York strip, Porterhouse, barbequed pork ribs, Duck LOrange, Alaska King Crab legs, broiled salmon steak, shrimp scampi, pork chops, osso buco, beef kabobs. (March 2010) Bar, deli, steaks: L D.*


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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: k







40 Days & 40 Nights

Whats Going on in October

Plus a look ahead into early November.
Bowl recognition, Men Speaking Out. 9 a.m. Womens Club. www. d v A 1Silver City/Grant County m Music presentation, Healing
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BeAStS of tHe SoutHern wild Through Oct. 4. First-time director Benh Zeitlins film is catastrophe as fairytale. 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, 15tH AnnuAl lA CASA viGil Domestic violence awareness. Dinner 5:30, ceremony 6:15 p.m. St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs, 526-2819.

Las Cruces/Mesilla

The Stars Over New Mexico Quilt Show opens Oct. 5 at the Silver City Museum.
Thursdays. 3:30-5:30 p.m. La Tienda, Hwy. 35 and San Francisco St. 17tH BienniAl moGollon ArCHAeoloGy ConferenCeThrough Oct. 6. Regional archaeology conference. Western New Mexico University. AnAHAtA mASSAGe And BodyworKAlso Oct. 18. David Deissenberg. 12-5:30 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. BiG BAnd dAnCe CluBRon Thielmans High Society Orchestra. 7 p.m. $9 non-members, $7 members. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. BoB einweCKHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. SoutHern new mexiCo StAte fAir & rodeoSee Oct. 3. Through Oct. 7. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, I-10 exit 13, 524-8602, money go and what does it actually achieve? This feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a dream cause, becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success. 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, PSyCHiC reAdinGS And enerGetiC HeAlinGSDawn Cheney. 12-3 p.m. Donation. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. SoutHern new mexiCo StAte fAir & rodeoSee Oct. 3. Through Oct. 7. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, I-10 exit 13, 524-8602, tHe imPortAnCe of BeinG eArneStThrough Oct. 14. Oscar Wildes classic farce. 8 p.m. $10, $9 students and seniors. Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1223,


Freiwirth. Registration required. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. WNMU Student Memorial Building. Wednesday (day one required) 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wellness Coalition. Free. 534-0665, ext. 231, GilA fArmerS mArKetTuesdays. 3-6:30 p.m. 414 Hwy 211, 5352729.

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Las Cruces/Mesilla

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Wed 3 TBA Fri/Sat 5 & 6 Danielle French Singer Songwriter-Canada Wed 10 Janos Blues & R&B- ABQ Fri 12 Melanie Zipin & the Sugar Leafs Sat 13 Sarah Peacock Pop-Country- Atlanta Wed 17 Chris Jamison Austin

Fri/Sat 19 & 20 Steve Reynolds Finger Style GuitaristFlagstaff Wed 24 The Oversouls Local Rock & Soul Fri/Sat 26 & 27 Sean Ashby Singer Songwriter & Guitarist for Sarah McLachian Wed 31 Dave McGraw Americana, Duo- Flagstaff

mSt trio6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, trAP, neuter And & return: ferAl CAt CAreNationally recognized expert on feral cat care Joe Miele. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

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Turkey, The Country, Then and Now: Three Irish Broads Abroad. The time these three speakers spent in Turkey spans the 1970s through present day. They will talk about recent changes as well as continuities, such as the friendliness of the people and the wellpreserved monuments of this ancient civilization. 12 p.m. Free. WNMU Global Resource Center, 538-6835, A new HoPe for fiBromyAlGiA: tHe uPPer CerviCAl oPtionPresented by local chiropractor Tapiwa Chiwawa. 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. Self mAStery BooK CluB Wednesdays. With Siddeeq Shabazz. This months featured book is Goals by Brian Tracy. 7:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. SoutHern new mexiCo StAte fAir & rodeoThrough Oct. 7. Midway, auction, food, music, livestock shows and a cowboy rodeo. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, I-10 exit 13, 524-8602,

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dot Studio tour And GAlOct. 8. Connect the Dots between Silver Citys working studios and galleries. See story in Arts Exposure section. Studio tours 10 a.m.4 p.m. dAnielle frenCHBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, firSt fridAy At tHe muSeumExhibit Opening: Stars Over New Mexico Quilt Show with the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild. 5-7 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 5385921, firSt fridAy eventRed Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk, street dance on Market Street, family activities. Downtown Silver City. tHomAS P. rAdCliffeVirtuoso finger-style guitarist, folk-singer and songwriter. 7 p.m. Javalina Coffee House, 201 N. Bullard, 901.3465606.
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Brown BAGCentennial Geologists in Southwestern New Mexico with David Menzie. 12 p.m. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, 538-5921, domeStiC violenCe AwAreneSS montHStanding together to remember the victims/survivors. 15 minutes of silence. Sponsored by El Refugio. 6 p.m. Gough Park. CroCHet CornerThursdays. These informal drop-in sessions hosted by Jan Tripp provide beginning crochet instruction or help with your ongoing crochet projects. 2-4 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, KnittinG tHurSdAySThursdays. These informal drop-in sessions hosted by Shirley Suprise provide beginning knitting instruction or help with your ongoing knitting projects. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, mimBreS fArmerS mArKet

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ArtoBerfeStPenny Thomas Simpson. Watercolors, acrylic paintings and pencil drawings. Artists reception. 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, museums. Art/S.w.Exhibition of Southwestern artworks by four accomplished New Mexico artistsVictoria Mauldin, Rory Combs, Misha Malpica and Roy Brown. Reception 5-7 p.m. Main Street Gallery, 311 N. Main St., 647-0508. dirt trACK rACinGSouthern New Mexico State Fair Dirt Track Racing. Race for a $2,500 prize with a 200-lap enduro. Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., 524-7913. fire And fiBerArtists Reception. 5-7 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, exHiBitionS reCePtionSLatino Folktales: Cuentos PopularesArt by Latino Artists and Artist/Illustrator. Through Nov. 24. Reception 5-7 p.m. Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., 5412137, PinK riBBonS, inC.Through Oct. 11. Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this

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7tH AnnuAl mimBreS vAlley HArveSt feStivAlA day-long hoe down when farmers put down their hoes for a celebration with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople, all coming together to share their love of the Mimbres. Music by Illusion Band, Rivers Bend, Bayou Seco. Nonstop kids activities. Agricultural workshops. Pie contest, bake walk, community greenhouse tours, raffle. Free health fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with testing for blood pressure, BMI, blood sugar, pulmonary, total cholesterol, dental, vision. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. San Lorenzo Elementary School, Hwy. 35, 574-7674, 536-9337, dAnielle frenCHBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, flAG-mAKinG worKSHoPThis fall prayer flags will hang from storefronts along Bullard. See story in September Tumbleweeds section. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A Bead or Two, 703 N. Bullard. GreG renfroWith Charlie. 6:30-9 p.m. Dianes Parlor. GilA monSter CHAllenGe fun rideStarts in the Gila National Forest and ends in Pinos Altos. 108-mile race course. 388-3222, PinoS AltoS volunteer fire reSCue oCtoBer fieStA And fun ride finiSHGila Monster Challenge cycling event. Family fun, games, food, live entertainment and arts and crafts booths. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Loose Blues Band 12-1 p.m. Main Street, Pinos Altos, 574-8394, (race info), QuiltinG CHildrenS CrAft ClASSPre-register. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, red dot Studio tour And GAllery wAlKSee story in Arts Exposure section. Studio tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gala gallery reception 5-8 p.m. dArK And liGHt: Art in ContrAStWorks by local artists. Reception 5-8 p.m. Copper Quail Gallery, 211A N. Texas, 388-2646. CryStAl foremAn BrownOpening artists reception. 4-8 p.m. Leyba &

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have a great time. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine. St. ClAir HArveSt wine feStivAl12-6 p.m. St. Clair Winery, 1325 De Baca Rd SE, 546-1179, Hot SPrinGS feStivAlSee story in this issue. Music by Yarbrough Band and 24/7. Spa tours, beer garden, car show and more. 2-8 p.m. M O N D AY C O L U M B U S D AY
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Sue Szajer (above left) and Janey Katz (left) will be among the Silver City-area artists opening their studios for the Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk, Columbus Day weekend.
fAir & rodeoSee Oct. 3. Through Oct. 7. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, I-10 exit 13, 524-8602, StorytellerS of lAS CruCeSSee story in this issue. Douglas Jackson. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeSSee story in this issue. Nancy Banks. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. StArS-n-PArKSObserve the Summer Milky Way from the northeast to the southwest, Andromeda Galaxy high in the northeast, Mars setting just after program start. Matt Wilson presenting. 8 p.m. $5 per vehicle and $5 per couple, $3 individual. Rockhound State Park, St. ClAir HArveSt wine feStivAlThrough Oct. 7. 12-7 p.m. St. Clair Winery, 1325 De Baca Rd SE, 546-1179, BirtHdAy BASHEntertainment, door prizes, deals on works by approximately 30 local artisans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery, 743-0493, trinity Site tourLocation of the first atomic bomb explosion. Open to the public twice a year. White Sands National Monument, 679-2599 ext. 230, 479-6124 ext. 236, whsa.

posure section. Art walks and studio tours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. widowed PerSonS ServiCeEntertainment from the Silver Stompers Line Dancers. 11 a.m. $10, includes lunch. Glad Tidings Church, 5373643.

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SoutHweStern new mexiCo StAte fAirThrough Oct. 14. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Southwestern New Mexico Fair Grounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd., 546-5255, T U E S D AY LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE
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Ingalls Arts, 315 N. Bullard, 3885725, PSA teStinG9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Gila Regional Medical Center Lab, 1313 E. 32nd St., 388-1198 ext.10. return, 1913Final New Mexico Ghost Play Cycle staged play reading. by Victoria Tester. For mature audiences. 2 p.m. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, 538-5921, roCKy Horror PiCture SHow $10. 9 p.m., doors open 8 p.m. Advance tickets at Yada Yada Yarn, Dandelion Wish and The Buckhorn. Buckhorn Opera House, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, Silver City fArmerS mArKet Saturdays. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Mainstreet Plaza, N Bullard at 7th St. wnmu muStAnGS footBAll vS. ColorAdo meSA univerSityHomecoming. 1:30 p.m. WNMU, wnmu womenS Golf vS. rmAC #3Through Oct. 7. 8 a.m. ACuPunCture At tHe Co-oPRyan Bemis, director of Crossroads Community Acupuncture and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. 3-4:30 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. Bird tourSSaturdays. Please bring binoculars, water, sunscreen, and wear hiking shoes. 8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. dirt trACK rACinGLast points race of the season for modifieds, street stocks, super trucks, legends and hornets. Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., 524-7913. GABriel luiS PerezExhibit through Oct. 27. Artists reception. 4-6 p.m. Unsettled Gallery, 905 N. Mesquite St., 635-2285, nAidA zuCKerExhibit through Oct. 27. Artists reception 4-6 p.m. Mesquite Art Gallery, 340 N. Mesquite St., 640-3502. new mexiCo PumPKin feStivAl Seed spitting contests, pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin carving station, a Pumpkin Princess, pumpkin products. $8-$10. Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho Ave., PlAy me: A neil diAmond triButeFeatures recording artist Chris Waggoner singing in the style of Neil Diamond. Backed by a seven-piece band and the Diamondette singers. Benefit for La Casa Inc. 7-9 p.m. $15. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, rAnGer-led nAture HiKeFridays and Sundays. 6 p.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. SeAn luCy & friendSHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. SoutHern new mexiCo StAte

p.m. Free. Food Co-op, Community Room, 111 6th St., 388-2343, GilA fArmerS mArKetTuesdays. 3-6:30 p.m. 414 Hwy. 211, 5352729. SoutHweStern new mexiCo StAte fAirThrough Oct. 14. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Southwestern New Mexico Fair Grounds, 4100 Raymond Reed Blvd., 546-5255,




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JAnoSBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, lunCH & leArnFrost McGahey, WILLs resident Shakespearean, presents How Shakespeare Changed Everything. She will describe how the Bard permeates our lives nearly 400 years after his death. 12 p.m. WNMU Global Resource Center, 538-6835, worKinG in tHe CloudSam Castello. Ever think that you could be more efficient if you just knew the proper tools to use to share files and coordinate with your co-workers and colleagues? 1-4 p.m. $25. Wellness Coalition, 409 N. Bullard St. Self mAStery BooK CluB7:458:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. tHe BlACK KeySWith special guest Tegan & Sara. 8 p.m. $32.50$45.50. Pan Am Center, 646-1420,


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red dot Studio tour And GAllery wAlKSee story in Arts Exposure section. Art walks and studio tours. tyrone volunteer fire dePArtment oPen HouSeWind Canyon Station. Station members will demonstrate some of the equipment they use for training and for fighting fires. You can learn about hand-only CPR, defensible space around your home, and preparing what youll need if you must evacuate. Free blood pressure screening. 1-3 p.m. Free. Tyrone Volunteer Fire Department Wind Canyon Station, #8 Truck By-Pass Road. ArtiSAnS of tHe mimBreSFinalizing plans for the Artisans festival. 2 p.m. Mimbres Valley Roundup Lodge, 536-2997. memBerSHiP And fAll PlAntinG driveGila Native Plant Society and Lone Mountain Natives Nursery. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Arenas Valley, 538-4345, 313-9910. mAnHAttAn SHort film feStivAl2-4 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, rAnGer-led nAture HiKeSundays. 8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. SoutHern new mexiCo StAte fAir & rodeoSee Oct. 3. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, I-10 exit 13, 524-8602, snmstatefairgrounds. net. SundAy GrowerS mArKet10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. dPAt JAm SeSSionSSundays. Come out and dance, socialize and

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CroCHet Corner2-4 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, KimCHi mAde eASySee Oct. 9. 12-1 p.m. Free. Food Co-op Community Room, 111 6th St., 388-2343, KnittinG tHurSdAyS10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, rollinG StoneS Gem And minerAl SoCiety meetinGPotluck. Robert Waidler presents The Mesabi Iron Range: A Cornerstone of Americas Industry. 6 p.m. Senior Center, Victoria Street, 534-1393. An enriCHinG PreSenCeTerry Reynolds, anthropologist and ethnohistorian, explores the complexity of Las Cruces historical past. Through examining civil, church, business and personal records, she documents the substantial Hispanic presence in the town. She discusses how frontier Hispanic traditions, persons and families influenced the founding and development of Las Cruces and enriched its history. 7 p.m. $2. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 522-4100, BenefitS of uPPer CerviCAl CAreLocal chiropractor Tapiwa Chiwawa. 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. BiG BAnd dAnCe CluBCDs. 7


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ctober in our area has a little bitor a lotof something for every interest, from the serious to the silly, the visual to the audio. The month starts on that serious note, with observations of Domestic Violence Awareness Month beginning Oct. 1 at the Silver City Womens Club and Oct. 4 at Gough Park, sponsored by El Refugio. In Las Cruces, the Oct. 6 performance, Play Me: A Neil Diamond Tribute, featuring recording artist Chris Waggoner at the Rio Grande Theatre, is a benefit for La Casa Inc. A new exhibit, the Stars Over New Mexico Quilt Show, opens Oct. 5 at the Silver City Museum, in conjunction with the Southwest New Mexico Quilters Guild. The museum will also be Amy Goodman presenting the last in Victoria Testers New Mexico Ghost Play Cycle staged readings, Return, 1913, on Oct. 6 at the museum annex. Thats a busy weekend hereabouts. You can read more about the Red Dot Studio Tour and Gallery Walk, Oct. 5-8 throughout Grant County, in this months Arts Exposure section. Saturday, Oct. 6, brings the seventh annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival at San Lorenzo School. Its a day-long hoe down when farmers put down their hoes for a celebration with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople, all coming together to share their love of the Mimbres. You can enjoy kids activities, agricultural workshops, a pie contest, bake walk, community greenhouse tours, a raffle and more. Music will be by Illusion Band, Rivers Bend and Bayou Seco. A free Lonnie Klein health fair offers testing for blood pressure, BMI, blood sugar, pulmonary, total cholesterol, dental and vision. Also on Oct. 6, the Gila Monster Challenge Fun Ride takes hardy bicyclists along a 108-mile race course that starts in the Gila National Forest and ends in Pinos Altos at the annual Pinos Altos Volunteer Fire Rescue October Fiesta. That evening in Pinos Altos, at the Buckhorn Opera House, the Virus Theater presents a staging of the cult favorite The Rocky Horror Picture

n Friday, Oct. 12, Gila/Mimbres Community Radio brings Amy Goodman and The Silenced Majority Tour, with Denis Moynihan, to the WNMU Global Resource Center. Goodman is a progressive broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author who hosts Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and online. That evening, RT Dinner Theater presents a delightful, almost-naughty comedy, The Plays the Thing, at the old Elks Lodge in downtown Silver City. Performances Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20 include dinner; a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 14, is by donation, with desserts for purchase.

ou can read all about the Natural History of the Gila Symposium, Oct. 25-27, in this months Tumbleweeds section. Also on Oct. 26, the Mimbres Region Arts Councils performance series brings the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra to Silver City, with guest artist James Houlik, considered the leading tenor saxophone performer in the world, and maestro Lonnie Klein (whom you read about in Meet the Maestro, December 2011). Speaking of stories from our pages, if our feature on the reopening of Faywood Hot Springs (Hot Springs Eternal, May 2012) got you curious, the springs Halloween Grand Opening, Oct. 26 and 27, is the perfect time to plunge in and satisfy that urge. Its a combination open house and Halloween party. Oct. 27 is also the seventh annual Panchos Car Show & Auto Parts Swap Meet at Pancho Villa State Park. On Sunday, Oct. 28, youre invited to the Silver City Museum Societys annual meeting even if youre not a memberbecause following the meeting will be a Chautauqua performance, Centennial, by actress Van Ann Moore. She will portray five women from New Mexico history at the Silver City Womens Club. Finally, do we need to mention that Oct. 31 is Halloween? Heres hoping your holiday is all treats, no tricks. k

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p.m. $7. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. BrAndon morGAnUNM historian will explore the history of how 100 years ago Columbus, NM, attempted to transform itself into a vibrant town that would rival El Paso, until these plans were interrupted by Pancho Villa. 4 p.m. Nason House, 1070 University Ave. lilliS urBAnHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. PHilliP ConnorSNMSU Outdoor Recs Adventure Arts Series. Author of Fire Season: Field Notes From A Wilderness Lookout. 7-9 p.m. $8. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre. com. tArot reAdinGAlso Oct. 25. Spiritual psychic Linda Marlena Carr. 2-5 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. weiGHt loSS witHout dietinG Health coach Connie Gayhl. 6:30-8 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

Oct 23 Book Reading and Artistic Showcase. 7-9pm. Frank Milan reads from his new book-length poem e Snake & the 7 Rings and shares postcard comix, songwriting, art cards, animation. Donation $2-$5 (free comic!). Oct 24 Progressive Voters Alliance monthly meeting. 7pm. Oct 25 GRMC renovation plan presentation. 5-7pm. Oct 27 Big Ditch Park improvements plan Open House. 1pm. What do you want to see for Big Ditch Park and the farmer's market plaza? View the plans and add your comments. Oct 29 Lighted Christmas Parade Float Workshop. 6pm. Ideas and tips for your parade oat, discount o the entry fee and chance to win coupons for lighting supplies for all attendees.
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Silencing the Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope. Books will be available and Goodman will autograph. Benefit for Gila Mimbres Community Radio. 12-2 p.m. $15. WNMU Global Resource Center, Hi lo SilverS Autumn ConCert Directed by Valdeen Wooton and accompanied by Virginia Robertson on piano and Bill Baldwin on bass viola. The chorus will sing old favorites and songs from Broadway and film. 7-9 p.m. Free. First Presbyterian Church. mAry GiArdinA Studio SAle Through Oct. 14. Wild Crafted Clay. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Box Canyon Road, Cliff, 535-2151. melAnie ziPin And tHe SuGAr leAfSBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, tHe PlAyS tHe tHinGThrough Oct. 20. A delightful, almost-naughty comedy presented by RT Dinner Theater. Limited seating, reservations required. Tickets on sale at Ravens Nest, Alotta Gelato and Curious Kumquat. Dinner at 6 p.m., play 7:15 p.m. $30 dinner and play. Old Elks Lodge, 315 Texas at Market. wnmu volleyBAll vS. CHAdron StAte ColleGe7 p.m. WNMU, Hot CluB

Timeless music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappellis pioneering Hot Club de France. 7-9 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, riograndetheatre. com. noBody elSe But youThrough Oct. 18. A bestselling crime novelist who is desperately looking for a new story hones his focus on the apparent suicide of a small-town woman, an aspiring model who thought she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. 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, tHe Art of montHly BiKe mAintenAnCeJoin Bike Matt as he hosts this monthly workshop. 6-8 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

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restaurants. $15. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, GreG renfro, JeAn eiSenHower And rodney HenderSonFolk, rock and country covers. 12-4 p.m. Curious Kumquat, College Ave. and Bullard. HoiSt A Cold oneBook signing. Melody Groves new book about historic bars of the Southwest. 2 p.m. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, 538-5921, leArn to meditAteAlso Oct. 24. One-hour introduction to meditation using Eknath Easwarans Passage Meditation method. 2-3 p.m. WNMU Miller Library. roCKy Horror PiCture SHow $10. 9 p.m. Buckhorn Opera House, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, SArAH PeACoCKBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, SeCond SAturdAy BooK SAle Friends of Silver City Library. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1510 Market St. Silver City AStronomiCAl SoCietyThe search for Earth-approaching objects by SCAS member Al Grauer, whos also a member of the Catalina Sky survey team. 1 p.m. Free. Isaacs, 200 N. Bullard St., silvercityofstars@ Silver City fArmerS mArKet Music by Bayou Seco. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Mainstreet Plaza, North Bullard at 7th St. SwAP meetA mixture of old and new, including handcrafted items from local artisans. Breakfast, lunch and snack items are available for purchase throughout the day. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mimbres Valley Roundup Lodge, 536-2997. tHe PlAyS tHe tHinGThrough Oct. 20. See Oct. 12. Dinner at 6 p.m., play 7:15 p.m. Elks Club, Texas and Market. wnmu volleyBAll vS. BlACK HillS StAte univerSity3 p.m. WNMU, Bird tourS8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. BlACK rAnGe ArtiStSArtists Meet and Greet. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, dAn lAmBertHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. downtown extrAvAGAnzA!Live music, entertainment stations, dancing under the stars. 6-10 p.m. $50-$65. Downtown Mall, 522-5552, StorytellerS of lAS CruCeSAl Infante and Pat Gill. 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. winter GreenSMaster Gardener Sylvia Hacker will tell how to prepare a winter garden and have fresh greens all winter long. Learn how to prep your garden, container boxes, or pots. 10 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. Holy fAmily HArveSt feStivAl Rummage sale, luncheon, silent auction and raffle drawing. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, 615 S. Copper, 546-9783. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine. Through Oct. 25. After being trained as a seeing-eye dog, Labrador Quill is assigned to Mitsuru Watanabe. But Wanatabe, a lonely and ill-tempered middle-aged man, would rather sleep than be dragged around by a dog. 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, Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. A group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 5231200, S A T U R D AY EARLY VOTING BEGINS
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Leaders. Do you feel your organization could benefit with more youth involvement, but not sure where or how to get started? This workshop will give you guidelines. 1-4 p.m. $25. The Wellness Coalition, 409 N Bullard St., 534-066, GilA fArmerS mArKetTuesdays. 3-6:30 p.m. 414 Hwy. 211, 5352729. CoCKS in tHe HenHouSeEvery Other Tuesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, eveninG witH A doCtorDr. Kelly Elkins. 6-7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

Sept 28-Oct 4 Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 93 minutes, in English) Oct 5-Oct 11 Pink Ribbons, Inc (2012, 97 minutes) Oct 12-18 Nobody Else But You (2012, 102 minutes, In French, w/ English subtitles) Oct 19-25 Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2012, 90 min., Japanese w/ subtitles and English) Oct 26-Nov 1 Found Memories (2012, 98 minutes, in Portugese, w/ English subtitles)
2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla (575) 524-8287 Shows nightly at 7:30- Sunday Matinee at 2:30.
The Fountain Theatrefeaturing the best independent, foreign and alternative films in the Southwest. Home of the Mesilla Valley Film Society since 1989!


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W E D N E S D AY lunCH & leArnBill Baldwin on Historical Irony in Two Events from the Past. He will discuss the mysteries of historical irony by examining two apparently unrelated European events: the start of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, and the premiere of Mahlers Eighth Symphony in 1910. He will draw connections using Peter Druckers concept of modern information-based organizations and their resemblance to orchestras. WILL. 12 p.m. WNMU Global Resource Center, 538-6835, Self-mAStery BooK CluB7:458:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

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CroCHet Corner2-4 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, 990-ez worKSHoPJane Janson, CPA. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $25. The Wellness Coalition, 409 N. Bullard St., 534-066, KnittinG tHurSdAyS10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, AnAHAtA mASSAGe And BodyworKDavid Deissenberg. 12-5:30 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. BiG BAnd dAnCe CluBRon Thielmans High Society Orchestra. 7 p.m. $9 non-members, $7 members. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. CHriS JAmiSonHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. fAll nAtionAlSThrough Oct. 21. The race for a prize of $10,000 will include modifieds, street stocks, super trucks and legends. 6:30 p.m. Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., 524-7913.


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signing by Helen Lundwall. 2 p.m. Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, 538-5921, Peo PurSe And Silent AuCtionSFundraiser for PEO Foundation Scholarship and presidents reception. 1 p.m. $10. First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1915 N. Swan, 3137094 or 538-9471. Serenity ACreS HorSe reSCue oPen HouSeFace painting, rock painting, horse rides, an equine massage therapy demonstration, food and music. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $1. Serenity Acres Horse Rescue, 12 Shasta St., 590-4843. Silver City fArmerS mArKet Harvest pie contest. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Loose Blues Band 9-11 a.m. Mainstreet Plaza, N Bullard at 7th St. Steve reynoldSBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, tHe PlAyS tHe tHinGDinner at 6 p.m., play 7:15 p.m. Elks Club, Texas and Market. weAve your tetrA fiSHUsing the continuous weaving technique on a tri loom, create a colorful Tetra Fish or an entire aquarium with Patricia de Naranjo. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $19, $14 SWFAC members. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, wnmu muStAnGS footBAll vS. AdAmS StAte ColleGe12 p.m. WNMU, wnmu volleyBAll vS. ColorAdo CHriStiAn univerSity7 p.m. WNMU, Bird tourS8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. deSert BABy-weArerS10 a.m.12 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. fAll nAtionAlSSee Oct. 18. Through Oct. 21. 6:30 p.m. Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., 524-7913. GeoloGy of meSillA vAlleyJoin Geobotanist Jerry Arp and discover the regional geology as viewed from SWEC Hill in Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Tour will be a short hike from the exhibit hall. 10 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. livHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. ole eSPAA!See Oct. 19. 7-9

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and accompanied by Virginia Robertson on piano and Bill Baldwin on bass viol. The chorus will sing old favorites and songs from Broadway and film. 3-5 p.m. Free. First Presbyterian Church. GreG & JeAnOpen mic. 5-8 p.m. Dianes Parlor. tHe PlAyS tHe tHinGThrough Oct. 20. See Oct. 12. 2:30 p.m. Seating by donation, desserts for purchase. Old Elks Lodge, 315 Texas at Market. BinGo5 p.m. $5 per card, $10 for three cards. Mimbres Valley Roundup Lodge, 536-3950. rAnGer-led nAture HiKe8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. SundAy GrowerS mArKet10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. deminG ArtS CounCil reCePtionNew Mexico Native American Art. 1 p.m. Arts Center, 100 S. Gold, 546-3663, dPAt JAm SeSSionS2-4 p.m.

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a Job at a Major Research University, Feed Your Family for Thirty-two Years, While Producing Nothing of Any Economic Value. 7 p.m. Free. WNMU Harlan Hall. roCKy Horror PiCture SHow $10. 9 p.m. Buckhorn Opera House, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, Steve reynoldSBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, tHe PlAyS tHe tHinGThrough Oct. 20. Dinner at 6 p.m., play 7:15 p.m. Elks Club, Texas and Market. wnmu volleyBAll vS. ColorAdo SCHool of mineS7 p.m. WNMU,

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BrAntley GilBertS Hell on wHeelS tourAlong for the ride are special guests Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates and Brian Davis. 7:30 p.m. $20.40-$38.25. Pan Am Center, 6461420, fAll nAtionAlSSee Oct. 18. Through Oct. 21. 6:30 p.m. Southern New Mexico Speedway, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., 524-7913. ole eSPAA!Also Oct. 20. Local dance team Paco Antonio and Lucilene de Geus, flamenco and Spanish dance. 7-9 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, Quill: tHe life of A Guide doG

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p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200, lcctnm. org. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeS Nancy Banks. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeSGloria Hacker. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. Holy wAter & wHiSKey2 p.m. $10, $8 DPAT members. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine, diA de muertoS BAKinG ProGrAmBake pan de muerto, a traditional Day of the Dead bread, in a period wood cook stove and an adobe horno. Visitors are welcome to join in the making and baking of these classic loaves, which they can then take home and share with friends and family. Fort Selden, 526-8911,

uniqueness, diversity, significance and impact on their lives, livelihood and job. 12-6:15 p.m. Free. WNMU, CroCHet Corner2-4 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, KnittinG tHurSdAyS10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Common Thread, 107 W. Broadway, 538-5733, GilA reGionAl StrAteGiC fACility PlAn ProJeCtPresented by CEO Brian Bentley. 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Silco Theatre. BenefitS of uPPer CerviCAl CAre5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. BiG BAnd dAnCe CluBCDs. Halloween dance and costume party. 7 p.m. $7. Court Youth Center, 402 W. Court St., 526-6504. eAtinG for tHe HolidAySHealth coach Connie Gayhl. 6:30-8 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. everett HowlHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. rAul lirAA visiting researcher from Chile will discuss his research at the arid-lands agricultural field station Kampanaike located in the Patagonian region on the border of Chile and Argentina, in Ranching at the End of the World: Sheep in Chilean Patagonia. 4 p.m. Nason House, 1070 University Ave. tArot reAdinG2-5 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. hawk and golden eagle in action. 10:30 a.m. Bayard Public Library, 1112 Central Ave., 537-6244. BuCKHorn HAlloween extrAvAGAnzACostume contest. Sonidero verbo ala. DJ Emtron & Bala. 9 p.m. $10. Buckhorn Opera House, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, BiG ditCH PArK oPen HouSeImprovements plan. What do you want to see for Big Ditch Park and the farmers market plaza? View the plans and add your comments. 1 p.m. Silco Theatre. enCHAnted leGendS & loreS of new mexiCoBook signing. Ray John de Argon. 2 p.m. Silver City Museum Annex, 302 W. Broadway, 538-5921, HAlloween GrAnd oPeninGSee Oct. 26. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Faywood Hot Springs, 165 Hwy. 61, Faywood, 536-9663. SeAn ASHByBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, Silver City fArmerS mArKet Saturdays. Last market day for 2012. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Greg & Jean 9-11 a.m. Mainstreet Plaza, North Bullard at 7th St. 100 yeArS of PAint, PenCil And mudArtists reception. Celebrates the centennial year of New Mexico and 50 years of Black Range Artists Inc. 5-7 p.m. Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main St., 541-2154, BioloGy of Bird feAtHerSMaster Naturalist Sylvia Hacker. 10 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. Bird tourS8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. downtown zomBie wAlKThird annual. Zombies are asked to begin gathering in front of the Rio Grande Theatre. 6-8 p.m. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, JeremiAH SAmmArtAnoHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752. nmSu AGGieS footBAll vS. louiSiAnA teCH6 p.m. NMSU Aggies Memorial Stadium, 646-1420, 532-2060, Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200, lcctnm. org. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeSLousie ODonnell. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Downtown, 317 N. Water St. StorytellerS of lAS CruCeSJean Gilbery. 10:30 a.m. Coas Books Solano, 1101 S. Solano. tHe wild rumPuSA different story every half hour, including a reading of Where the Wild Things Are, free wild things face painting, arts and crafts. Wear a costume and get a prize. 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada Road, 524-3334, asombro. org. Juni fiSCHerSinger-songwriter. 2 p.m. $10, $8 DPAT members. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine, 7tH AnnuAl PAnCHoS CAr SHow & Auto PArtS SwAP meetThe Friends of Pancho Villa State Park. Show cars and motorcycles, music, food, games, raffle prizes, door prizes, and the show vehicles. Visit the Exhibit Hall at Pancho Villa State Park to see displays and artifacts relating to Pancho Villas 1916 raid on Columbus and General Pershings pursuit of Villa into Mexico. To pre-register a show vehicle for $18, call the park at 5312711. Regular day-use fee of $5 per vehicle for spectators. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pancho Villa State Park, 531-2711. SundAy GrowerS mArKet10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436. dPAt JAm SeSSionS2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine.


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liGHted CHriStmAS PArAde floAt worKSHoPIdeas and tips for your parade float, discount off the entry fee and chance to win coupons for lighting supplies for all attendees. 6 p.m. Silco Theatre. dAy of tHe deAd mArAtHon SerieSThrough Nov. 1. Mainly Marathons, LLC. Rio Grande Trail starting at La Llorona Park.


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Nov. 4. Altar building, music, dancing, art and food. 12 p.m. Old Mesilla Plaza, 657-2639, Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200, PHilliP GiBBSHigh Desert Brewing, 1201 W. Hadley, 525-6752.


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HolidAy CrAft fAir9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Holy Family Parish Hall, 615 S. Copper St. StArS-n-PArKSObserve the Milky Way from the northeast to the southwest, Andromeda Galaxy high in the northeast, Jupiter 17 degrees high in the east by programs end. Sally Allen presents. 7:40 p.m. $5 per vehicle and $5 per couple, $3 individual. Rockhound State Park, yAmPA vAlley BoyS2 p.m. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine, S U N D AY DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
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12125 Robert Larson Blvd, 524-7913. ComPASSion & CHoiCeS1:30-3 p.m. Branigan Library, 527-8432, rAnGer-led nAture HiKe8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 2 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200, lcctnm. org. SundAy GrowerS mArKet10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

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tHe CASKetSEvery Other Tuesday. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 5236403, W E D N E S D AY HALLOWEEN
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diA de loS muertoS CeleBrAtionAltar building, music, dancing, art and food. 12 p.m. Old Mesilla Plaza, 657-2639, calveracoalition@q. com. rAnGer led nAture HiKeSundays. 8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. renAiSSAnCe ArtSfAireSee Nov. 3. Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave. 523-6403, Steel mAGnoliASSee Oct. 19. 2 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 5231200, dPAt JAm SeSSionSSundays. Come out and dance, socialize and have a great time. 2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine.

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84tH AnnuAl KloBASe & BBQ Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $8. Desserts and refreshments available. Bingo 12-5 p.m. Raffle. Courthouse Park, 700 S Silver. dPAt JAm SeSSionS2-4 p.m. Free. Morgan Hall, 109 E. Pine.


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Frank Milan. See story in Tumbleweeds section. 7-9 p.m. $2-$5. Silco Theater, 311 N. Bullard St., 534-9005, GilA fArmerS mArKetTuesdays. 3-6:30 p.m. 414 Hwy. 211, 5352729. feed n SeedLearn how to save seeds and taste test heirloom fruits and vegetables. If you can, bring some of your harvest to show off during Veggie Show-n-tell. Optional potluck. 5:307:30 p.m. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

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artist, is the leading tenor saxophone performer in the world. Mimbres Region Arts Council performing arts series. $25, $5 students under 17. 7:30 p.m. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre,, 538-250. HAlloween GrAnd oPeninG Also Oct. 27. Open house, walking tours, live music, kids activities, trick or treating, costume contest. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Faywood Hot Springs, 165 Hwy. 61, Faywood, 536-9663. roCKy Horror PiCture SHow $10. 9 p.m. Buckhorn Opera House, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, SeAn ASHByBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911,

42fiveThis award-winning a capella quintet takes you on a musical journey covering familiar favorites from the 1960s to today. Grant County Community Concert Association. 7:30 p.m. $20 adult, $5 students under 17. WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre, 538-5862, Concerts12_13/42Five.php. firSt fridAyDa de los Muertos Celebration on Yankie St. Public altars, childrens and adults costume contests, free live music with the Illusion Band. Downtown. wnmu volleyBAll vS. ColorAdo meSA univerSity7 p.m. WNMU, diA de loS muertoS CeleBrAtionThrough Nov. 4. A fiesta of traditional muerto foods, music, dancing, ofrendas and altars. Candlelight procession to the San Albino Cemetery and back to the plaza for pan de muerto. 2- 6:30 p.m. Old Mesilla Plaza, 657-2639, calveracoalition@q. com. Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200, lcctnm. org.

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BArry CArrHistorian from University of La Trobe, Australia, will give a talk titled Red Mexico City, Havana and New York: Transnational Networks of Radicals, Revolutionaries and Exiles 1918-1940, exploring the interconnections between these three cities at a time of revolutionary fervor throughout the Americas. 4 p.m. Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

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diAnA inGAllS-leyBAMRAC Artist Lecture Series. 6:30 p.m. WNMU Parotti Hall. 538-2505, www.

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reading and light appetizers. 6 p.m. Dianes Parlor. leArn to meditAteSee Oct. 13. 7-8 p.m. WNMU Miller Library. niKKi zeunerThe Myth of Sustainability. We will question the term and the concept of sustainability. Brown bag. Noon. $10. The Wellness Coalition, 409 N. Bullard St., 534066,, 534-066, tHe overSoulSBuckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos, 538-9911, ProGreSSive voterS AlliAnCe Monthly meeting. 7 p.m. Silco Theatre. Self mAStery BooK CluB7:458:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Market, 1300 El Paseo, 523-0436.

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HiStory of tHe GilA Oct. 27. See story in Tumbleweeds section. This symposium provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to come together to discuss the river and its watersheds
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found memorieSThrough Nov. 1. One day Rita, a photographer, arrives in the tradition-bound village of Jotuomba. Initially reticent, the townsfolk gradually open up to her, sharing their stories and allowing themselves to be photographed. Only the village priest continues to find Ritas presence worrisome, especially when she begins asking about the locked cemetery. 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, GHoStS of tHe PAStA living history experience of a variety of eras in New Mexico history. Over a dozen historical characters. 6-8 p.m. $3, $1 children in advance, $4, $2 children at door. Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, 5224100, Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 8 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200,

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Centennial, by Van Ann Moore. Public invited. 1 p.m. meeting. 2:30 p.m. performance. Donation. Womens Club, 1715 Silver Heights Blvd. CowBoy CHurCH And BreAKfASt Prizes awarded for the Rootin Tootin Rib Cookoff. Mesilla Valley Maze, 3855 W. Picacho Ave. rAnGer-led nAture HiKe8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. Steel mAGnoliASThrough Nov. 4. See Oct. 19. 2 p.m. $7-$10. Las Cruces Community Theater, 313 N. Downtown Mall, 523-1200,

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vAlley ArtiSAnS feSticrafts, demos, and music at three venues. See story in Arts Exposure section. Mimbres Valley Roundup Lodge, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Living Art Studio 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mountain Horse Singers perform intertribal powwow songs in the afternoon. La Esperanza Winery 9 a.m.-6 p.m., prose and poetry readings by local writers and performances by local musicians in the evening. 536-2997. tHe Poetry of rAven drAKe2 p.m. Bayard Public Library, 1112 Central Ave., 537-6244. wnmu muStAnGS footBAll vS. BlACK HillS StAte12 p.m. WNMU, wnmu volleyBAll vS. fort lewiS ColleGe6 p.m. WNMU,
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AlAddinAlso Nov. 10. Presented by A Childrens Theatre of the Mesilla Valley. The Arabian Nights favorite about the boy who found a magic lamp and was befriended by a powerful genie. 7-9 p.m. $6. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Downtown Mall, 523-6403, PetPourri PArty iiPartygoers will enjoy catered finger foods and fine desserts, door prizes, music by Veronika Barnes and a cash wine bar. There will be a sale of donated items including a signed Eric Fierro Navajo cuff, and many other fine items. Benefits Deming Animal Guardians. 4-7 p.m. $15. Luna Rossa Winery, 3710 W. Pine, 544-2209. k

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sion with falconer James Rodgers. Come to the library and catch a Harris

renAiSSAnCe ArtSfAireThrough Nov. 4. Spend a weekend with Kings and Queens at the annual Renaissance ArtsFaire. Juried art show and exhibition. Live theater, dancing, music and food, all presented with a Renaissance theme. Young Park, 1905 E. Nevada Ave. 523-6403, Bird tourSSaturdays. Please bring binoculars, water, sunscreen and wear hiking shoes. 8:15 a.m. $5 per vehicle. Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, 5000 Calle de Norte, 523-4398. diA de loS muertoS CeleBrA-

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Pet Talk Angela Clendenin

Are you prepared to evacuate your pets in an emergency?

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ts 5:30 p.m. and you just got home from work when there is a knock at the door. It is a police officer explaining that you have 15 minutes to evacuate your family and pets from your home, because a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed close to your property. What could you grab in your house in 15 minutes that is necessary for your family and pets livelihood? Dr. Deb Zoran, associate professor and member of the Veterinary Emergency Response Team at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), presents this example and asks, Could you gather up your personal documents, your pets rabies documents, your pets food, enough clothing and personal belongings for yourself in 15 minutes and not forget anything? To ensure nothing is forgotten, Zoran recommends a preparedness plan for family and pets in case emergencies or natural disasters occur. She says this plan should include discussing locations for evacuation, meeting sites in case family members are separated or cell phones do not work, and who is taking care of the pets. Zoran strongly encourages not leaving a pet in an emergency situation. Rule of thumb that pet owners should always use is that if you are evacuating, take your pet with you. Dont assume that you will be able to come home to take care of them because you probably wont, she says. Zoran suggests people prepare a go bag, a little bag that is packed with enough clothing, medicine, food, water and other necessities. This bag should also include important documents such as IDs and cash in case power is out at ATMs and banks. The other thing that needs to be in your go bag is a little stash of cash because otherwise you may not be able to pay for gas, food or anything if something truly monstrous occurs where the

power shuts off, she says. There should also be a go bag for pets as well. Zoran says this should include their carrier, leashes, food and water. For cats, this would also include a litter box and litter. As with people, the go bag should include the pets vaccination and medical records in addition to identification documents in case of separation. Zoran says this would include information about micro-chipping or photographs of the animals. For both humans and pets, Zoran says the go bag should contain supplies for three to five days. Remember, the emergency situation is not always a train derailment. Other disasters are hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes. A preparedness plan can help in all emergencies and natural disasters. The truth of the matter is preparing helps you think more logically and clearly because you know what to take and where things are, Zoran says. Zoran explains that all disasters are different so it is important to be able to adapt to the situation. The [preparedness] plan works until disaster hits and then what do you do? she says. You adapt to the situation. If you have a plan and an idea, it is much easier to adapt. If you are interested in learning more about go packs and preparedness, Zoran suggests the following web sites: AVMA,; PetsAmerica, k Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at Suggestions for future topics may be directed to cvmtoday@

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Continental Divide David A . Fryxell

Piquing our Curiosity about a suspiciously familiar landscape.
ike most transplants, we had to learn to love those harshest, most Martian of New Mexico landscapes. Oh, its easy to admire the Organ Mountains, which always look as though some Hollywood set designer has painted them as a backdrop to Las Cruces. The surprisingly pine-studded elevations surrounding Silver City immediately reminded us of the Black Hills back in our home state of South Dakota, site of countless childhood vacations. (Though we looked in vain for the Gravity Runs Backwards! tourist traps of the Black Hills, not to mention Mount Rushmore.) Whats not to love? On our first trip to Silver City10 years ago next month!the drive from Las Cruces to Deming along I-10 left us, however, fearing wed come a long way for nothing. How could we ever learn to tolerate, much less love, such a barren expanse? The highlight of the whole stretch was the gas station and shop at Akela, painted to look like an Old West town. (Maybe gravity would run backwards inside?) The charm of our arrival lunch in Mesilla, after driving up from the airport in El Paso, fell away with every desolate mile much as the tortilla chips at Peppers Caf had vanished. All that remained as I-10 ticked by was an empty bowl of pitiless desert. Until we made the turn onto Hwy. 180 toward Silver City, the unspoken question hanging in the air of our rental car was: Is it all like this? Happily, of course, it isnt. But familiarity has also made us fonder of even the least obviously scenic stretches of the Southwestthose places that led my visiting sister-in-law to inquire, Dont you have any colors besides brown? Yes, we do! We know now that even the most barren hillsides, gifted with generous spring rains, can blaze golden with poppies. In late summer, sunflowers line the highway. Rabbit-bush plants, gauzily gray-green, sway with numberless tiny yellow blossoms. Toward Arizona, ocotillos pout with lipstick-hued blooms and even the cacti put forth flowers, some yellow and some Creamsiclecolored. We even have liquid water, in season. When monsoons deliver, arid washes and so-called rivers not only gurgle wetly but can sweep away unwary crossers and even cars. On our most recent trip to Tucson, even the San Pedro River at Benson, Ariz., was flowingyes, with actual wet water, from bank to bank, not just a trickle down the middle.

Life on Mars


Is it Mars or New Mexico? (NASA photo/ photo illustration by Lisa D. Fryxell)

t occurred to me as the latest Mars rover, the aptly named Curiosity, began beaming pictures back to Earth after its technologically magical landing on the Red Planet, that the Martian landscape of the Gale Crater landing site, also aptly named Bradbury, looked strangely familiar. Was it just the visual echo of images sent home by its smaller rover predecessors? Could I be remembering scenes from the box-office disappointment John Carter, its title so stupidly truncated from John Carter of Mars so audiences may have thought the movie was about the Noah Wyle character from E.R.? Then it hit me. Mars looks like the desert Southwest. Specifically, there are scenes of flat, rock-studded Martian expanses, with low, treeless mountains in the distance, that could have been shot in the Bootheel or not far off I-10 as it arrows from Lordsburg into Arizona. Mount Sharp, a rough rise within the crater where Curiosity landed, looks like any number of stubby mountains around herenot the towering, snowcapped peaks of the Rockies to our north, but the periodic interruptions in the flatness we see so often hereabouts. Theres an image from the Curiositys mastcam that looks as though, if only the camera had kept going a bit farther, surely a highway sign pointing to Rodeo, NM, would pop into view. Wheres the Silver City billboard promoting Four Gentle Seasons? And isnt that the San Simon rest area, just over the border into Arizona, behind that Martian hill? True, even the most barren stretches of southwest New Mexico reveal a few pops of vegetation. You strain to see a yucca or scrubby little mesquite somewhere in the pebbly emptiness captured by Curiosity, not to mention a stray, windblown WalMart bag (the unofficial New Mexico state plant, we were informed soon after moving here). Mars could use a couple of shuttered Mexican eateries, too, and a billboard or two promising the oxymoronic Fresh Jerky! Where, for that matter, do the Martians buy their onyx chess sets without guidance from signs that also proudly proclaim, We gots T-shirts!?

Where do the Martians buy their onyx chess sets without guidance from signs that also proudly proclaim, We gots T-shirts!?

ut even without this seasonal eye candy, the most Martian-like stretches of the region we now call home can be, if not exactly lovable, then at least impressive. Much as we blink with amazement at the images that Curiositys cameras are sending back, so too can we at least nod with appreciation that anywhere can be that starkly harsh. We can whistle with amazement that anything could live in the most unforgiving stretches of the Southwest. No wonder Cochise and his Apaches could hold out against the blue coats down here; the wonder isnt that the cavalry found this country inhospitable, but that the Apaches could survive in such a place. Come to think about it, can we really be sure that Curiosity isnt parked just off I-10 someplace? Consider the improbable nature of the technological feat of landing a craft roughly the size and weight of a car on a planet where the atmosphere is too thin for parachutes to do the job; instead, NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory employed something called a sky crane. Huffington Post blogger Philip Neches puts the challenge this way: I tell my golfobsessed friends that what JPL accomplished is like teeing off at Saint Andrews and making a hole in one at Pebble Beachwith the same ball. Isnt it more likely that NASA simply loaded the Curiosity onto one of those ubiquitous Swift trucks (always the slowest on the road, in defiance of their name) that prowl I-10 and dumped it behind a mesa someplace? The landing footage could all have been computer generated, and the Mars images were seeing now might be just (lightly) Photoshopped scenes of our own desert Southwest. Conspiracy buffs have long speculated that the Apollo moon landing was fakedbut, cmon, thats too complicated to be plausible. And do you really believe a stand-up guy like the (sadly, recently deceased) Neil Armstrong would have been complicit in such a scheme? Or that it could have been kept quiet since 1969? Heck, they couldnt even shut up the Navy SEALSNavy SEALs were talking about here!about the Osama bin Laden raid. Plopping a Mars rover someplace in the Bootheel or on the other side of Fraggle Rock (as its long been graffitied) off I-10, though, would be a piece of cake. Maybe the guys who did the dropoff get some bad burritos in Deming and are never seen again, if you know what I mean. After that, whos the wiser? The JPL joystick drivers can enter navigational commands to their hearts content and, sure enough, Curiosity goes toodling across the Martian landscape. If theyd never visited our southwestern corner of the Southwest, theyd never believe such a setting could be on Earth! Im not saying thats the case, mind you, but I will be keeping an eye out for stray NASA technology next time Im driving in the harsher parts of our area. It would be no stranger than fresh jerky or onyx chess sets. k Desert Exposure editor David A. Fryxell grew up reading way too much science fiction.

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