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A C O M M U N I T Y - I N P U T N E W S PA P E R
July 16 - 31 • 2011
Vol. 19 No. 14
S I N C E 19 93
a month
In this issue
• Letters: 2 • Aztec City: 8 • Crossword: 9
• Green Living: 13 • Obits: 21
• Classifieds: 22 • Advertisers: 23
PO BOX 275 • AZTEC, NEW MEXICO 87410 • 505-334-1039
505-334-1039 (main) • 334-1551 (fax/phone) • e-mail: [email protected] • www.aztecnews.com
Aztec Mayor Sally Burbridge, Suzanne Cartier-Bowker
of Aztec Urgent Care and David Bruzzese of
Mercy Regional Medical Center
Public-private partnership will enhance Aztec
Over 1000 people cheer on the Blues Festival. Photo by Katee McClure
By Joshua Ray, Aztec City Manager
Blues crowds weather the weather by Katee McClure
with his style. By the time Grady was on stage the
clouds rolled in to cool off the audience.
After Grady came the rain, and then some more rain,
and then even more rain. It's a good thing that a lot of
people brought umbrellas to shade themselves from the
sun because they sure came in handy for the rain.
The rain delayed the headline band of Davy Knowles
and Back Door Slam, but Davy insisted on playing rain
or shine. Knowles had the entire crowd on their feet
right up to the stage during his performance.
Heat, rain and wicked winds couldn't stop the show
and that is a testament to the folks who attended, the
vendors, the musicians and the scores of volunteers.
The committee who puts on the event would like to
thank the City of Aztec, especially the Parks Dept. and
the Electric Dept. for their incredible support.
Also the dozens of volunteers who donated so much
time ... Thank You!
Thank you to our awesome sponsors:
Majestic Media, the Dog 96.9, Main St. Music, Aztec
Well, Cascade Bottled Water Co., City of Aztec Lodgers
Tax, Hidden Valley Golf Course, KSUT
Aztec Urgent Care, Citizens Bank, Noel's Inc, Vic
Titus - Titus Murphy Law Firm, Directory Plus, Aztec
Machine & Repair, Durango Party Rental, Priscilla
Shannon, Attorney, Andrea Kristina's Bookstore, Animas
Trading Company, Transit Waste, Serranos, the Main
Street Bistro, Aztec Feed and Supply, Garrick's
RV Rentals, Twice the Ice, Finish Line Graphics
and of course ... TALON.
Part of the proceeds of this year's event will
be donated to the Aztec Animal Shelter and the
Aztec Boys & Girls club. But mum's the word
since they haven't been told yet.
In this issue...
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✦ AZTEC Municipal School
District 2011-2012 ✦
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Page 15
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This year's Animas River Blues Festival crowds sat
through blistering hot temperatures and driving rain to
hear the five bands that performed. The one thing they
didn't do was leave (except for a few). The weather at
the fest couldn't have been more diverse yet over 1000
people stuck around to enjoy the show.
This year's promoters were concerned about putting
on the Fest at a different place in Riverside Park but had
to for the sake of the bands (who usually get fried on
stage) and to accommodate the larger crown.
A few umbrellas were provided for shade and the promoters plan to supply many more for next year’s event.
There was a great cooling off area that the kids and
adults enjoyed with a water misting tent and water wiggles to really get you wet.
The Plateros, a Native American Blues band, started
off the day with an introduction by Ambrose Teasyatwho
who announced them both in English and the Navajo
language. It was a proper tribute to acknowledge the
many different cultures that are represented here in San
Juan County.
Next up was Teresa Lynne and the Dreamboats from
Denver with smokin' hot vocals and harmonica playing
by Teresa.
The Jeff Strahan Band from Texas started getting the
bands on their feet with his soulful and rock blues.
Grady Champion from Mississippi thrilled the crowds
On Tuesday, June 21, Mercy Regional Medical Center,
Aztec Urgent Care, and the City of Aztec entered into a
public-private partnership that will result in two positive
community enhancing projects. Suzanne Cartier-Bowker
of Aztec Urgent Care and David Bruzzese of Mercy
Regional Medical Center attended the Aztec City
Commission meeting and presented checks to Mayor
Sally Burbridge (see attached picture) on behalf of their
Mercy Regional Medical Center and Aztec Urgent
Care opened offices in Aztec in 2010 and immediately
became active in the community. They established a
presence at local community events, on City advisory
boards, and throughout the community. Suzanne CartierBowker became active with Aztec Trails and Open
Spaces (ATOS) and with the Economic Development
Advisory Board (EDAB). Through these meetings, she
became aware of new projects within the City and with
potential areas for Aztec Urgent Care and Mercy
Regional Medical Center to become actively involved.
The Mercy Regional Medical Center and Aztec Urgent
Care offices are located at 604 S. Rio Grande Ave., on
the south entrance into the City of Aztec. Upon arrival in
2010, Suzanne Cartier Bowker approached the
Community Development Director Roshana Moojen to
begin discussing sign options for these businesses. Sign
concepts were brought before the City and instantly a
larger project took shape. The City was working to
rebuild the three main gateway entrances to the City and
this project was ideal for the City’s master plan for the
Southern Gateway. Project Manager Ed Kotyk worked
with Aztec Urgent Care staff and with City staff to
develop a conceptual for the project and then Sherri
Gurule, Aztec Police Department, took those plans to the
New Mexico Department of Transportation to seek
approval for the gateway project.
In addition to the Southern Gateway project, Mercy
Regional Medical Center and Aztec
Urgent Care also entered into a partnership with ATOS to assist with educational kiosks along the newly created trail system. These kiosks will
include information about the City’s
trail system and educational information about health and wellness. This
project is designed to help Aztec
become a completely walk-able comPage 5
munity, focusing on its wealth of natural beauty and amenities and encouraging citizens to live active lifestyles.
These projects are excellent examples of public private partnerships and
how they can have a positive impact
on the community. All three entities
will invest dollars into this project in
an effort to create aesthetically pleasing additions to the community that
everyone can enjoy. In addition, such
projects strengthen the relationship
between the City and the business
For TALON info,
call Candy 334-1039
Media matters
Bloomfield, like
all of our Tri-City
area residents, has
a number of aged,
infirmed, and disabled residents. For
Early stages of
those who own or
vs. deliver
are able to rent a
private residence,
there's no need to detail the responsibilities regarding upkeep in order to maintain some semblance of curb appeal. It
goes without saying that the effort
involved in doing so can appear to be
exhausting and even expensive unless of
course, you're affluent enough to be able
to hire people to maintain your property.
The problem here of course, is that most
folks who fall into these categories are
living off of very little as it is and so the
end of each month (after bills) leaves
very little to lavish on professionals in
order to maintain a well manicured minimansion although it may well have
always been a dream in spite of our best
efforts to attain that end.
Bloomfield, like other municipalities
has ordinances that force residents to
observe certain codes that adhere to the
curb-appeal concept; City beatification
projects are a primary goal of any municipality. Courting and attracting the advent
of new business prospects, after all, is
how a community grows and develops.
I want to thank TALON for its
approach to disseminating the local news
since it relies on single copy stands
around town, strategically placed in areas
of high foot-traffic as opposed to having
incompetent delivery personnel sling or
otherwise recklessly “Discard” as oppose
to “Deliver” (one atop another atop
another atop another {etc.} their publication). For years the Sun (and now the
new Tribune) insist upon this practice
which only results in either the wind
blowing the discarded pub all over the
yards of people who have neither the
inclination nor the physical ability to
handle these repercussions or find their
local “Street-cleaner squandering their
tax dollars on cleaning-up after the mess
these other pubs leave behind. Moreover,
these unprincipled practices not only create extra work for residents that they can
not physically accomplish but also set
them up for thieves who see the pile of
discarded papers at the bottom of drives
as great targeting for a B&E. Ask yourself this: If you or I were to drive down
any road and simply throw something
into private residences or public throughways and be seen or reported, would we
not be subject to fines for littering? I'm to
the point where I'm considering a formal
Restraining Order through the court system. Why should anyone have to go that
far to keep someone from littering on
your property or public roadway?
For 12 years now I've had to go headto-head with the Sun over this very issue
and have had to confront the Tribune
once already since they were instituted.
I'm always promised to be put on a “Do
Not Throw” list yet somehow always
find their litter on my property and usually after the wind has scattered it to all
parts of my yard. It's not unusual to ride
throughout our neighborhoods and find
evidence of weeks of blatant disrespect at
the foot of driveways or even in the
streets where a street cleaner is forced to
deal with their mess.
Again, I want to thank TALON for not
engaging in this practice; it's refreshing
to know that at least one of our local TriCity publications respects its readers by
relying on the conventional means of dissemination. “Discarding” as opposed to
“Delivering” news is a burden to all and
in the end it's because, at least to some
G.N. Lepire, Bloomfield
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
Local dog club
needs your support
Some folks may remember seeing an
article for a Dog Show & Frisbee
Competition in TALON about this time
last year. A new club to the area, the 4
Corners Australian Shepherd Association
(4CASA) hosted the event in hopes of
getting the word out about the club, and
ultimately to increase its size. I'd like to
stop and thank everyone that did come
out to watch or participate, your response
was very encouraging.
4CASA was formed in order to provide
a place for local dog lovers to learn, compete and socialize their canine pals.
Participation is open to all dogs and
breeds, not just Australian Shepherds.
Eventually, the club hopes to become an
affiliate club of the Australian Shepherd
Club of America (ASCA), chosen
because nearly all ASCA-sanctioned
events (agility, herding, tracking, obedience) are open to all breeds, including
mixed. Anyone in the Four Comers that
enjoys competing in such events may
appreciate not having to make the drive
to Albuquerque to participate,
Unfortunately, 2011 has not been kind
to 4CASA. Membership numbers are
dropping, leaving fewer people to help
organize events, which in turn means
fewer activities. If you would like to see
this club succeed, please show them your
support. Let them know you're out there,
and that you ARE interested. Write a letter, send an email, make a call - one kind
word can make a world of difference.
4CASA, P.O. Box 1216, Bloomfield, NM
87413; visit their website at: www.windy
1st Anniversary!
be celebrating our first anniversary.
It is a pleasure serving the Aztec and
Bloomfield communities and we look
forward to many more years ahead. We
thank you for your support over the past
Aztec Urgent Care is located at 604 S.
Rio Grande in Aztec. We are open 8am to
6pm everyday including weekends. Lab
and X-ray services are on site provided
by Mercy Regional Medical Center. No
appointment needed.
We would like to thank City of Aztec
and Aztec Chamber for all their support
this year as well.
It is an honor to be part of such a fantastic community.
Aztec Trails & Open
Space Meeting July 19th
(3rd Tuesday of each month)
@ Cottonwood Cycles in Aztec
Info: 334-2828 or
[email protected]
Piñon Hills Classic
to benefit First Tee
Piñon Hills Golf Course is currently
taking registrations for the annual Piñon
Hills Classic to be held Saturday &
Sunday, July 30 & 31, 2011.
Registration ends Friday, July 22, 2011.
The entry fee is $150 per amateur player and $200 per professional player –
includes green fee, cart, range balls,
lunch both days, and awards. $10 of
every entry fee will go to First Tee of
SJC. This is a 36-hole stroke play event
by USGA rules for 18 holes per day with
an optional Skins game.
The tournament is open to the first 120
amateur golfers (with an active USGAGHIN handicap or approved USGA
index) and the first 20 professionals.
Flights will include professionals, men’s
flights, seniors age 50 & up, and ladies.
Registration deadline is Fri, Jul 22 at
5pm. No refunds after the deadline.
Piñon Hills Golf Course is located at
2101 Sunrise Pkwy in Farmington.
FMI on the Piñon Hills Classic, contact
the Pro Shop at (505) 326-6066.
Trying to keep up with you all...
We have been investigating a house.
The people are real nice, they have kids.
They were scared to do anything upstairs
in their home. They wanted whatever it
was to go away, so we went in and got
rid of it for them. They are very happy.
There is another place behind the mall
in Farmington, and this weekend levels
were high. It is on two acres, with the
house built in the 1920s. We are looking
to go in to a place in Aztec, just waiting
for a call from the lady. I am also looking
to get into the train station off of Rio
Grande, and need to call them. Just been
so busy.
But, hey, we are hanging in there and
still hunting.
Whispering Spirits
Paranormal Research Society
Krystal Hepner,
Founder Milton Hepner
The Aztec Senior Community
Center has canceled the yard
sale scheduled for
Saturday, July 23rd.
Nominate a Sorehead!
August 10th
Being an Old Aztec
Sorehead is a treasured
position that few will
hold. The earliest local Old Sorehead
selection was in 1969, and the six citizens chosen were incognito, sporting
brown paper bags over their heads.
Requirements for election as an Old
Sorehead include interest and participation in community affairs and - most
importantly - a sense of humor. To win
the coveted position of “Old Sorehead,”
the nominees, by means of collection
cans, collect money for votes. The collected money supports two local community projects (TBA).
Don’t delay - it only takes a minute to
get a Sorehead nominee called in and the
deadline for nominations is Friday,
August 10th. This year, the unbagging of
the 6 new Old Soreheads will be held
during the Aztec Founders Day parade
on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 and
winners will reign for the next year (but
they will always be Old Soreheads).
Drop your nomination for the Sorehead
roster in the TALON drop box at Zip &
Ship, 1409 W. Aztec Blvd., call in your
nominations to 334-1039, mail them to
TALON, P.O. Box 275, Aztec, NM
87410 or email to [email protected]
Nominators remain anonymous.
Suggestions for (Aztec) recipients of this
fundraiser are also welcome.
TALON is the sponsor for the Old
Soreheads and Stephanie Sandoval and
Nick will again help TALON organize
the Sorehead contest and the accompanying fundraiser. If you have any questions,
call the TALON office at 334-1039 or
Stephanie at 609-1204.
• I want to wish my awesome & wonderful husband, Kevin Ahlgrim, a very
Happy 50th Birthday on July 28, 2011!
That's 5 decades or half a century.
However you want to put it, it's still 50
years. I love you! Love Always, Melody
• Wishing our special friend, Joanne
O'Neal, a Happy Birthday on July 27,
2011. We ALL love you very much!
Love, Melody, Kevin and Kaylee
Happy July Birthday to:
Kevin Ahlgrim-50, Joanne O'Neal,
Debbie Flournoy, Laticia King-15,
Christen Castel-24, Eric Thornton, Mark
McDonald, Sammy Garcia-6, Kelly
Garlington-17, Jon Olson-30, Billy
Mobley, Lori Martin, Brenda Clayton,
and Belinda Preston.
Happy July Anniversary
Wishing Joanne and Terry O'Neal a
Happy Anniversary! Love, Melody,
Kevin & Kaylee
• T h e TA LO N R e g u l a r s •
Susan Barnes, Natural Health
Bert Bennett, Fire Department
Mike Heal, Chief’s Corner
Book Nook, Library Staff
Superintendent’s Corner, Kirk Carpenter
Marriage Matters
John Rees, Bird Talk
Oil & Gas Basics, Susan Franzheim
Bruce Salisbury
Cindy Iacovetto, Senior Center
Nick Garcia, The Big C
Sustainable Living, Elisa Bird
Water, Robert Oxford
Recreation w/ Ryno, Ryan Lane [email protected]
These folks share their time on a regular basis
to write in their field of interest. If you have subjects and tidbits they might be interested in, give
them a call. If you would like to try your hand at
writing, give us a call at 334-1039. Many others
have submitted stories, poems and information on
an occasional or one-time basis. Thanks to everyone, it sure makes for good reading.
Don’t Be Left Out
Next (preferred) Deadline:
July 21st
You are encouraged to send your
articles, photos, ads, etc. in early
(but send in even if past deadline, if
there’s room it could run).
The Aztec Local News, 334-1039
PO Box 275, Aztec 87410
Drop box at Zip and Ship
Send via email: [email protected]
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PO Box 275 • Aztec,
NM 87410
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[email protected]
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newspaper, serving the Aztec, Bloomfield,
Cedar Hill, Center Point, Flora Vista, La
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welcome stories, news, events, poetry,
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Editor & Publisher: Candy Frizzell, 334-1039
Writers: Katee McClure, 330-4616,
Debra Mayeux, 320-6512
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Distribution: Lee Potter,
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Proofreaders: Gina Martinez, Linda Lawson,
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Navajo Water Settlement and La Plata River
Section Adjudication continues
I have not received notice yet but I am told by Victor
Marshall a meeting on scheduling the Navajo Water
Settlement court will be held July 19, 2011 by Stephen
Snyder, the Special Master appointed by the court, to
conduct hearings as to what can be challenged. This
meeting will be at the District Court house in Aztec.
This meeting concerns how the settling parties determined who to send notices to and did they sufficiently
satisfy this requirement.
The last public meeting conducted by the State,
Navajos and Federal Government occurred in the
Bloomfield High School auditorium on June 29, 2011. I
was not able to attend but I am told as many as 500 people showed up. This meeting was attended by John D’
Antonio, State Engineer, whereas I don’t believe he
attended the County Chambers meeting or the Piedra
Vista school meeting in Farmington. The State took
more than their allotted 2 hrs at the Bloomfield meeting
I am told possibly to shorten the time of the San Juan
Agricultural Water Users Association and Victor
Marshals time after the State presentation. I did attend
Dear Editor,
Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village would like to publicly thank Elder’s Greenhouse and Gardens for their
generous donation of seven flats of annual flowers,
including orange zinnias, assorted colors of verbenas,
gorgeous black petunias, bright red salvia, florescent
lilac petunias, and many more.
These cheerful posies now adorn our courtyard and
can be seen from Main Street for the public to enjoy. We
at Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village feel that these
flowers add greatly to the beauty of our grounds, and we
are thrilled to have them here!
Elder’s Greenhouse and Gardens also provides the
flowers for the City of Aztec that can be seen on Main
Street. Elders is located at #30 County Road 3008 in
Aztec. Just visiting their greenhouses is like a short
vacation to a tropical wonderland. We are so appreciative of their thoughtfulness and generosity to the Aztec
Thank You,
Sue Tilley, Museum Technician
Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village
Thank you...
The Swope family of Aztec extends a heartfelt "thank
you" to all of the people who supported us through
Patrick's surgery and ordeal. Our family was literally
lifted up and carried along with all the kind thoughts,
prayers, and support that were sent our way.
Thank you!
The Swopes
A helping hand
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the State’s La Plata River Adjudication meeting held
earlier that same day of June 29, 2011 at the Aztec
District Court house beginning at 1 pm. At this meeting,
conducted by the new Adjudication Judge, the new State
Attorney, Gary Storm, announced he was only working
part time on this adjudication, as he is not done on the
Carlsbad Adjudication case. He did seem like he was
trying to get on top of the La/Plata River. I was not
aware that PNM and San Juan County, with their attorneys, have yet to settle their water rights. I am guessing
there were 30 or so water users at this hearing yet to
have agreed to the State position on how much water
they will get to keep. There was talk of field checks yet
to be performed by the State but the State will have very
little money in their budget to close out the La Plata
River Section before moving to the San Juan River
Robert E. Oxford
Cell 505-330-2284
PHONE 505-334-9270
Sangre Joven to play at
Sutherland Farms August
6th Harvest Fiesta
Sangre Joven, New Mexico’s newest rising stars will
be featuring their traditional New Mexico music as the
feature band at Sutherland Farms August 6th Harvest
Fiesta. Daniel Lee Gallegos, of Las Vegas, NM is no
stranger to the music industry. He and his brothers credit their parents for taking the time to teach them how to
sing and play guitar. Their style of music is performed in
El Estillo Del Norte Nuevo Mexico and consists of
Rancheras, a few Cumbias and Valses traditional to their
heritage for centuries, country and some oldies in the
The band has recorded seven very successful albums.
They have had the opportunity to open for Los Lobos
and their song Besitos de Amor was nominated for best
SALSA/Tropical song of the year. The band is currently
showcasing their music all over the southwest.
The band will play at Sutherland Farms NM Harvest
Fiesta from 6-9 p.m. following an afternoon of music
that begins at 1:30 PM that will showcase local musicians.
Admission is $8.00 for 12 & up and $2.00 under 12
for a great family afternoon of music and free fun activities for the children with train rides, games and piñata
fun every hour!
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Aztec Feed & Supply
216 S. Main • Aztec • 334-8911
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
Depression Recovery and San Juan “Local First”
Logo Contest
Wellness course
Aztec Outlaw Days
On Thursday, July 14, 2011 Governor Susana
Martinez made the very exciting announcement about
the New Mexico Tourism Departments “Catch the Kid”
summer promotion. Governor Martinez also announced
at this time that the City of Aztec was one of only 10
places in the entire state of New Mexico to be featured
in this promotion. To celebrate this exciting promotion,
the City of Aztec is hosting a new event for the City
called Aztec Outlaw Days, on Saturday, August 13,
2011 in celebration of our fine community.
This celebration will include a Flap Jack Feed, hosted
by the Aztec Senior Center, the opening of “Journey
Stories” Smithsonian Exhibit, at the Aztec Museum, a
High Noon Shoot Out on Main Ave., historic demonstrations in Pioneer Village, a Marshmallow Shoot Out, a
presentation on the real outlaws of San Juan County by
local author Mike Maddox, an evening dance, and other
activities too numerous to mention. Collaborators on this
event include the Aztec Ruins National Monument, the
Aztec Chamber of Commerce, The Aztec Museum, San
Juan County Historical Society, Four Corners Equine
Rescue, Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen, Rein
Dance, the Step Back Inn, Heaven and Earth, and
numerous other businesses and organizations. The New
Mexico Tourism Department will be present with their
official Tourism trailer complete with tourist information
and all sorts of goodies. We will have vendors, games,
and even the opportunity to have your photo taken with
the amazing “Rocky the performing miniature horse.”
On Friday evening the Step Back Inn will have a
Cowboy Reception for guests, as well as the community
beginning at 6:00. The reception will include pioneer
ancestors talking about the founding settlers and the stories of old Aztec. We would like to take this opportunity
to invite the entire Tri-City community to come out, see
the saloon girls and outlaws, help us celebrate, and
“Catch the Kid.’ So mark your calendars to dress in your
best “Outlaw duds” and come join us.
If you would like to have a vendor booth or if you
need more information on Aztec Outlaw Days, please
contact the Aztec Visitor Center at 505-334-9551 or
email [email protected]
A Paraprosdokian...
from Thomas Welts
A paraprosdokian is a two part quotation in which the
second part puts a different twist on the first part, most
often with a humorous effect and something to think
• Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to
his level and beat you with his experience.
• I wish I could agree with you; but, then we'd both be
• Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom
is not putting it in a fruit salad.
• It only takes one careless match to start a forest fire;
yet somehow, it takes a whole box of matches to start a
• You do not need a parachute to skydive; but, you do
need one to skydive again.
• Some cause happiness wherever they go, others
whenever they go.
• Sometimes my mind wanders and other times it goes
away completely.
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Being human is a wonderful experience that can be
extremely challenging at times. For most all of us life
can get overwhelming and seemingly too difficult to
bear. Yet somehow we manage to suck it up and keep
going. It’s sorta like the old backpacker’s prayer: “Lord,
you lift em up and I’ll put em down.” Another all too
common challenge for most of us is occasional bouts
with depression and/or anxiety. Some of us, to be sure,
deal with these conditions on a much more serious and
deep level than the rest of us, but all of us are prone to
down moments in our lives. Usually we handle these
moments relatively well, but sometimes they can keep
us from performing at our peak.
If this sounds familiar to you, I may have some good
news for you. Beginning on August 15, I will be facilitating a Depression Recovery and Mental-Emotional
Wellness course designed by Dr. Neil Nedley. Dr.
Nedley is an internist who realized that depression complaints were very common among his patients. He decided to investigate this area of wellness and was chagrined
with what he found.
Dr. Nedley learned that efforts to heal and eliminate
depression and anxiety were not at all the common practice among his peers. He embarked on a research project
to change this and to help patients come out from under
their clouds of depression rather than just be medicated
and placated. I, like Dr. Nedley, do not in any way recommend folks stop taking their medications unless
directed to do so by their prescribing physician. His program, however, has had success in helping patients do
just that and to live lives less burdened and encumbered
by their seemingly endless barrages of negative
In this course participants will learn of what Dr.
Nedley calls ten “hits” which contribute to a state of
depression. To be actually diagnosed as having more
than common sadness one would have to score positive
in at least 4 of these ten areas. Two of these areas are
ones which you simply cannot do anything about –
genetics and upbringing. The other 8, however, are areas
which can be addressed successfully and which can have
a dramatic impact on improving one’s mood and overall
life satisfaction.
There are obviously numerous factors which contribute to divorce and the breakup of families. I haven’t
checked the research for specific numbers, but I’m confident that depression and anxiety rank high as causes,
and results, of divorce. What if this didn’t have to be the
case? What if we could learn to overcome past hurts and
make meaningful changes in our lifestyles that would
enable us to be healthier mentally and emotionally?
What impact could that have on our marriages and parenting? Well that’s exactly what this course offers. For
more information feel free to visit Dr. Nedley’s web site
at www.drnedley.com. I just checked and we are not yet
listed on their schedule, but will be soon. For questions
about the local course, please call 505 334-3504.
Survivors Motorcycle
Club puts together benefit run for Animal Shelter
The Survivors Clean and Sober Motorcycle Club is
putting on a benefit run for the La Plata County Humane
Society (LPCHS). The money raised will go towards
remodeling the Shelter’s dog isolation room.
Last year was the first year that the Survivors did a
benefit run for LPCHS and because it was such a big
success, they wanted to make another go at it this year.
They were able to raise over $1000 which went towards
the Shelter’s fundraiser, the Bark and Wine. The Critter
Crawl will start at Desperados Bar and Grill, 351 S.
Camino Del Rio, Durango, on Saturday July 16th at
10am – first vehicle out at 10am, last vehicle out by
11am. This “poker run” has several stops, and will end
back at Desperados around 1pm. There they will have an
auction, raffles and door prizes – everybody wins something! Cars are more than welcome to join the fun as
The Survivors is a brotherhood of clean and sober bikers whose primary purpose is to be in the community for
the brother or sister who wants to stop drinking and
using drugs.
“We have more folks pitching-in to help this year –
sponsors, helpers, and participants. So we’re really
excited about this year’s benefit run – the second annual
Critter Crawl. Please come join us for fun in service,”
says Joey Mueller, current Survivors local president.
FMI call (970)946-0337 or email at
[email protected]
Several local independent businesses from San Juan
County are planning a Local First campaign. A Local
First campaign educates consumers about the economic
and social advantages that independent and local businesses bring to a community. The goal is to create a
thriving local economy by maximizing the potential of
local businesses, and transferring market share (business, government, and consumer purchases) from nonlocally owned businesses to local independently owned
One of the greatest things an individual can do to support his or her local community is to patronize its locally
owned businesses. Compared to their national competitors, local independent businesses recycle more money
back into the local economy and give greater support to
a community's nonprofit and civic needs. They are better
positioned to respond to the special needs of the community, and they are more tied to the community's
future. Additionally, unlike a homogenized Anyplace,
USA, a community with vibrant independent businesses
retains its unique character as a great place to live and
San Juan Local First, (SJLF), is inviting the public to
participate in a logo design contest. The logo will be
used in all promotional advertising for the organization.
The contest is open only to residents of San Juan
County. There is no age limit; however, any entrant
under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s
signature. The winning logo designer will win $500
cash. For more details, and submission rules, interested
individuals can download an electronic version at
www.SanJuanLocalFirst.org. Hard copy applications can
be picked up at the following locations: Animas Credit
Union - all locations ~ Arts & Crafts in Animas Valley
Mall ~ Brown’s Shoe Fit, 124 W. Main St, Farmington
Budget Blinds, 825 Sullivan Ave., Farmington ~
Majestic Media, 2604 E. Main, Farmington Parker’s
Office Products, 714 W. Main, Farmington ~ Wines of
the San Juan, 233 Hwy. 511, Blanco. Submissions will
be accepted until 5PM August 1, 2011. After the winning logo is announced, SJLF will follow up with a
kick-off campaign in early September. Local independent business owners will be invited to join the organization. At the kick-off, membership benefits will be
shared, along with plans for the upcoming holiday season.
For more information: phone (505) 419-2605
Welcome to National
Night Out 2011!
ready to come celebrate in the park and help us
strengthen neighborhood and community policing.
This year’s National Night out is Tuesday August 2,
2011, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be held at
Minium Park.
National Night Out is designed to: Heighten crime
awareness and drug prevention awareness; generate
support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts.
This is done to strengthen neighborhood spirit and
police-community partnerships; and send a strong message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods and
local businesses are organized and fighting back and
they are not welcomed.
From 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. we will be celebrating in
the park with great fun, entertainment, games, food
plus don’t miss out on our “famous” donut eating contest featuring our very own Chief of Police, and City
Manager and maybe we can talk our Mayor into some
From 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Residents and local
businesses throughout the City of Aztec and across the
nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on porch
lights and go outside. This will send criminals lurking
a strong message that we have all united to make our
City of Aztec a SAFER community to live in.
This is a very important night for the citizens of
Aztec to stand together to promote awareness and safety. This event allows all local businesses to show case
their business to the local community and show support in getting the message out that criminals are not
welcomed in our community.
We will have live music, food, activities and many
displays at this year’s event…so bring your family and
say no to CRIME!
Coming Soon
Sorehead Elections
Contact TALON with your Sorehead nomination:
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New Report Reveals Toxic Air Near Natural Gas Operations
Citizen Samples Confirm Neighboring Communities at Risk
El Cerrito, CA - Citizen sampling of air quality near
natural gas production facilities has identified highly
unsafe levels of toxic chemicals near homes, playgrounds, schools and community centers in Colorado
and New Mexico. A new report issued by Global
Community Monitor, GASSED! Citizen Investigation of
Toxic Air Pollution from Natural Gas Development,
details the air sampling results, environmental and public health threats with living amid the natural gas boom.
A coalition of environmental and community based
organizations in Colorado and New Mexico collected
nine air samples that were analyzed by a certified lab.
The lab detected a total of 22 toxic chemicals in the air
samples, including four known carcinogens, as well as
toxins known to damage the nervous system and respiratory irritants. The chemicals detected ranged from 3 to
3,000 times higher than what is considered safe by state
and federal agencies. Sampling was conducted in the
San Juan Basin area of Colorado and New Mexico, as
well as Garfield County in western Colorado.
“Carcinogenic chemicals like benzene and acrylonitrile should not be in the air we breathe – and certainly
not at these potentially harmful levels," said Dr. Mark
Chernaik, scientist. “These results suggest neighboring
communities are not being protected and their long-term
health is being put at risk.”
"My husband, pets, and I have experienced respiratory
and other health related problems during the twelve
years we have lived on Cow Canyon Road in La Plata
County, Colorado. We believe these health issues are
related to the air quality in our neighborhood and in the
area,” said Jeri L. Montgomery, neighbor of natural gas
development. Through the course of the pilot study,
neighbors of natural gas production facilities documented chemical odors and sampled the air. Neighbors have
appealed to local, state and national government agencies to investigate their air quality complaints, to limited
"We are very concerned about the total disregard for
the health and welfare of the people "existing" near the
sickening toxic oil and gas industry dumps located in
neighborhoods such as the land farm on Crouch Mesa
and the waste disposal facility in Bloomfield that are
permitted and approved by the State of New Mexico and
Federal EPA,” said Shirley McNall, member of San Juan
County, NM Residents Worried About Our Health.
"Experts and agencies recognize more air monitoring
is needed, but it's not happening," said Paul Light, cochair of the Battlement Concerned Citizens. "Rather
than wait for the government, we used the Bucket
Brigade to collect much-needed air quality information."
The community and environmental groups in the San
Juan Basin and western Colorado worked with Global
Community Monitor, which trains community members
living near industrial operations to run their own
“Bucket Brigade” to sample their air. The Bucket
Brigade has been used in 27 countries internationally.
The bucket uses EPA methods for testing and an independent lab for air sample analysis.
Complaints about air quality have also surfaced in
other states around the country, including West Virginia,
Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming. Little
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information exists to educate and inform citizens about
the chemicals being stored, emitted into the air, ground
or water in close proximity to their homes. “People are
getting gassed, and they don’t even know what is coming at them. The air monitoring provides crucial information in understanding what families are being
exposed to on a day-to-day basis,” said Denny Larson of
Global Community Monitor.
Federal loopholes in the Clean Air Act allow major
corporations to circumvent basic protections that put
public health first. US EPA is currently drafting new
regulations to control and monitor air pollution from
natural gas development. Congress is debating new legislation, such as the Bringing Reductions to Energies Air
Born Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act.
As regulation moves forward, GASSED! states that
solutions are possible. The natural gas industry should
invest in pollution controls to increase efficiency and
reduce the amount of chemicals in the air. The report
also calls for mandatory air monitoring at all natural gas
operations and disclosure of chemicals used in the
process to local residents.
In addition, the proximity of neighbors and wells is
often too close. The report recommends a minimum
quarter mile buffer zone between homes, schools and
natural gas operations. This is similar to regulations
enacted by Tulare County, CA on pesticide spray and St.
Charles Parish, LA on industrial development. The
report further states, “As the natural gas industry continues to grow, so will the number of families neighboring
and affected by the emissions. Industry and government
leaders have a unique opportunity to address public
health and environmental issues. For coexistence
between communities and gas industry to be possible,
chemical exposure has to be immediately addressed.”
The full report can be viewed at: www.gcmonitor.org.
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You can also purchase
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Keep Kids Safe by dialing
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Report suspected child abuse or neglect by calling
#SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE.
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
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TRWC Art Center
All Day Silver PMC
Workshop with Sue
Saturday August 13 from 9 am to 5 pm
This full day workshop is for all levels.
Pre-registration and prepayment are required as space
is limited.
Workshop Fee (Includes all materials):
Members: $170 • Non Members: $195
Reserve a space by paying 1/2
down with balance due no later
than 2 weeks prior to class.
Sorry, no refunds or credits.
One full day class working
with silver PMC to create your
own unique fine silver pendant
and earrings.
The fee includes tools and silver clay - tool kit and finished
jewelry will go home with each
Wear clothes that can get dirty!
Why so expensive? The main
material for this class is the PMC
clay—the clay contains silver.
Market price for silver has been
rising dramatically.
For more information - email [email protected], call
the TRWC Art Center at 505-716-7660, or stop by at
109 N. Allen Avenue in Farmington!
Readers are Leaders
prize redemption
By Catherine Walker Grobler
Pam Shenton of the Vanilla Moose graciously accommodated Cub Scout Pack 325 on the back patio of the local ice
cream establishment on July 5, 2011. The boys and their families tucked under umbrellas during the brief rain.
Andrew Grobler, who, with the help of many, collected
gently used children's books for a Mosaic Academy Book
Drive in May, was the winner of a $100 Vanilla Moose gift
certificate. He used the certificate for the Tuesday meeting.
After the scouts and their siblings enjoyed ice cream cones
topped with a cherry, they had a Lego build off. The boys
created their version of the Empire State Building and the
abominable snowman topped one of the towers.
Time to watch 'King Kong' at the next pack
According to Andrew, "Scouting is great
because it is so much fun. Having a nice, sugary
treat is good, too!"
If you are interested in scouting in Aztec,
please contact Darren Smith of Pack 325 at
[email protected]
Pack 325 meets most Tuesday evenings at
6:30pm (in Minium Park during the summer and
at Aztec Presbyterian Church during the rest of
the year).
Get a Head Start for your child!
Presbyterian Medical Services accepts applications for their early childhood education programs all year long. Services include center-based Early Head Start, Head
Start and Pre-K programs. We also offer home-based Early Head Start services. These
programs accept children aged six weeks to four years old including children with special needs. Centers are located in Aztec, Bloomfield, Kirtland, and Farmington and the
Little Feet Center in the Sky View Mesa housing area off Highway 371.
Applications can be submitted at the Presbyterian Medical Services regional office
in Farmington at 608 Reilly. Services are free to those who qualify. Call PMS - San
Juan Children’s Services at 326-6434, or come by 608 Reilly for more information or
an application.
TALON is Read in Far Out Places
by Far Out People!
TALON is read in Johannesburg, South Africa
And the
winners are...
The 2011 Aztec Lady Tiger
Soccer Team would like to
thank everyone who supported
us by participating in our raffle. Congratulations to Rita
Rodarte, Riley Roland and
Darla Chavez for purchasing
the winning tickets!
1st Prize - Rita Rodarte won
the New Honda 4-Wheeler
2nd Prize - Riley Roland won the 60"
Mitsubishi HDTV
Calling All Four Corners Brave Heart Women!
Durango has an exciting Brave Heart Women’s Event
coming up on Sunday, August 28. Dr. Ellie Drake,
founder of Brave Heart Women, is including Durango
on her Big City National Tour as the only small town
stop for a full day of bringing women together for inspiration, learning, networking and entertainment at the
beautiful Sleeping Beauty Ranch. Participants will find
their passion, explore their life’s purpose, build self
esteem and discover how they can contribute to the
vision of global peace.
Dr. Ellie Drake is an Iranian born, naturalized
American medical doctor who has chosen to devote her
life to empowering women to make the really big
changes that are so needed at this time. Brave Heart
Women is endorsed by people that include Maya
Angelou, Carol Channing, Courtney Cox and so many
other women you may admire and be inspired by.
For a limited time, you can still get a free $97 ticket
and a free book ($24.95 value), a compilation of writings by visionary women authors), including Mariel
Hemingway. Shipping & handling is the only cost! An
optional organic lunch is available for $20.
To register, go to www. BraveHeartWomenTour.com
and put in referred by Sondra Joyce, Nanci Moore or
Penny Wanger.
For questions, call Susan Urban at 970-317-0939.
TALON is Read in Far
Out Places
by Far Out People!
TALON is read in Barcelona, Spain
Eleanor and Kelly Townsend and daughter Jerra Gonzales
read TALON at the Basilica De La Sagrada Familia
(Sacred Family) in Barcelona during a June 2011 visit. It
is the unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi who started
building it in 1882 and died in 1926. They said they would
probably be working on it another 30 years. There is a
great photo gallery of the building with a little history at
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JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
Naturopathic Notes: fat burners
To lose fat, eat fat. Really?? Yes, really. However,
first you need to know what foods will burn the most
fat, and what foods prevent the fat from burning.
It is important to eat foods you enjoy. Here is a list of
foods that help to burn fat:
sprouted grains
organic butter
coconut oil
sweet potato
olive oil
all fresh fruits
all fresh vegetables
It is also important to know which foods prevent
your body from burning fat. These foods are:
hydrogenated anything
substitute butters
substitute margarines
processed foods
artificial sweeteners
high fructose corn syrup
What are the foods that take more energy to digest
than they deliver to your body? These foods are an
important source of phytonutrients, yet are not sources
of fat-packing calories.
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These foods can be eaten in
unlimited quantities without you
gaining weight. Your stomach
will sense that it is full and signal you to stop eating. Even
drinking a glass of water
BEFORE each meal is a proven
weight loss strategy. All of the
following foods contain a lot of
water in a fibrous matrix. Water may be the most effective appetite control substance.
Celery: One cup of celery contains only 19 calories. It
takes far more than 19 calories to prepare, eat, digest
and eliminate this one cup of celery, therefore qualifying
it as a negative-calorie food. You can eat as much celery
as you want. Celery does contain powerful medicine.
Celery juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory. One of the
active constituents in celery, apigenin, cuts the risk of
ovarian cancer. Celery is high in sodium and balances
the electrolites in the cells. It is also high in potassium,
calcium folic acid, Vitamins A & C. It is thought to have
a relaxing effect by calming the nerves.
Lettuce, onions and greens: are all water vegetables.
Onions contain an assortment of anti-cancer nutrients
and immune-boosting properties. It is also high in vitamins C, E and A, selenium and zinc.
Pickles: being made from cucumbers, a water veggie,
is a negative-calorie food. However, many pickles are
also packed with sugar AND FD&C yellow #5 (which
may contribute to behavior problems and lower IQ). The
vinegar will aid in digestion, increasing HCl. Make sure
you read labels before purchasing, even in a natural
foods store.
Grapefruit: contains naringenin, an antioxidant which
triggers the liver to break down fat. Naringenin activates
two kinds of enzymes that tricks the liver into believing
it is fasting, thereby breaking down fatty acids instead of
carbohydrates. Only raw grapefruit – not juice – offer
this benefit. Grapefruit contains 75 mg. of vitamin C,
some potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Full spectrum sea salt: We are not speaking of
processed white salt (sodium chloride). The body needs
full spectrum salt which is rich in minerals to stave off
food cravings. Food cravings are really just cravings for
minerals. This can be done by adding REAL salt, which
is either pink or gray in color, to the diet.
Going on a diet is not in your highest interest. If you
are looking to lose pounds, you must change your
lifestyle. In eating foods that are whole, natural and
pure, you are making steps to a healthier and happier
way of living.
What is the state of your health? Let us help you find
a healthier way to spend the rest of your life.
For comments and questions e-mail:
[email protected] Susan (a nationally
certified tui-na practitioner and instructor,
and certified by ANCB as a Certified
Traditional Naturopath) can be reached at
her office at #4 Road 3641, Aztec,
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BLM at Stage 2 fire
Jicarilla Ranger District of forest still at Stage 1
Some fire restriction exemptions allowed for oil and
gas industry
Lack of precipitation, high temperatures and low
humidity has forced the Bureau of Land Management
Farmington District Office to prohibit the use of campfires, charcoal grills and chainsaws on BLM land.
The restrictions are what the BLM refers to as Stage 2
fire restrictions on public land administered by the
Farmington District office.
The BLM Farmington District Office includes the
Farmington Field Office and the Taos Field Office.
Stage 2 restrictions also restrict smoking to inside buildings and in vehicles, or at developed recreation areas
while parked or standing in an area that is clear of flammable material for at least three feet in all directions.
Also banned under Stage 2 fire restrictions are any
type of combustion engine – including ATVs and motorized dirt bikes – not equipped with a spark arrestor. A
spark arrestor prevents sparks from coming out the
Meanwhile, as of Monday (July, 11) the Jicarilla
Ranger District of Carson National Forest east of San
Juan County, in Rio Arriba County, was still at Stage 1
fire restrictions. Under Stage 1 restrictions, campfires
are allowed in developed campfire rings in developed
campgrounds. The rules for smoking during Stage 1
restrictions are the same as those for Stage 2. Stage 1
and Stage 2 fire restrictions also are the same for fireworks - always prohibited on any federal lands.
The threat of fire is so severe in some other parts of
the Carson National Forest that the areas have been
closed to the public.
Oil and gas operator Stage 2 exemptions
The BLM Farmington District Office has granted
some exemptions to Stage 2 fire restrictions to permitted
oil and natural gas operators. The BLM is allowing
operators to weld and use acetylene torches and other
open flame devices if the work area is clear of flammable material for at least 20 feet in all directions from
where work is being performed.
The exemption criteria require that operators must
function as two-member teams when welding and using
acetylene torches and other open flame devices. The
exemption criteria requires each team to have on-site
fire suppression material available, including shovels,
water and at least two 20-pound fire extinguishers of
Class A,B,C.
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
Esteemed local program trains area residents for careers in water purification
By Debra Mayeux
The world’s population increases by 2.5 people every
second, with six new babies born each minute in the
United States. All of these 7 billion people need clean
drinking water to survive, and according to David H.
Paul, a world leader in water purification, we ran out of
pure water years ago. The world needs water purification plants to create good water. “We have to treat it,”
David told a group of government officials during a July
8 tour of his new educational facility.
Aztec City Commissioner Jim Crowley and City
Manager Josh Ray joined Bloomfield Mayor Scott
Eckstein, Bloomfield City Manager David Fuqua and
San Juan County Commissioner Margaret McDaniel on
a tour of the David H. Paul Water Technologies Training
Institute, which recently relocated to 1911 Rustic Place
in Farmington. “We moved to make sure students have a
better facility to learn in,” said Charlie Bedford, of the
company. The facility houses several working examples
of water purification systems and filters, a water testing
laboratory and a computer center. In this building students will receive hands-on training in a career that
almost guarantees a job upon certification.
“We’re training people who have never been in water
quality to get into the business, and companies are looking for people who’ve really got that background,”
Charlie said. Since the institute was founded in 1988
more than 16,000 people have been trained in water
treatment. Many had little to no knowledge of the industry, but were professionals after completing the program.
Others already were employed in water treatment but
needed additional training and were sent to the
Farmington facility to learn more.
“We’ve trained almost all of the Navy ships and U.S.
military. … We train everyone in the world,” David said.
An industry visionary, David left his job at Public
Service Company of New Mexico’s San Juan
Generating Station to open a water-treatment consulting
business. His services became a commodity desired at
plants and facilities around the world. Then, he decided
to develop a water technologies training program in his
hometown of Farmington. He first worked with San
Juan College to offer water-treatment certification at an
accredited college. He also was asked to develop similar
programs in Yuma, Ariz., San Antonio, Texas, and
Tampa Bay, Fla.
He had several years of success in the community college circuit, but regulations led him to create his own
college. David H. Paul Inc. grew to include the technologies training institute. “We want to cookie-cutter have colleges all around the country and run it like a
business,” David said. The home base would remain in
San Juan County, where area residents continue to
receive training in the four-semester program.
Students, who average between the ages of 35-45, participate in four semesters. During that time, they work
on four individual water-treatment units and learn to
troubleshoot possible problems with the unit’s parts and
membranes, which are at the heart of water purification.
The membranes act as filters that attract and remove
impurities in water. They differ in size and cost.
Companies need the membranes to run efficiently for
long periods of time.
“We teach them how to maintain these things (membranes); how to troubleshoot and that saves companies
millions of dollars,” said Bill Dees, instructor. The large
membranes cost up to $4,000 each and can operate for
10 years if maintained. “We train people on how to
operate them properly.”
Students learn how to test water in a laboratory. They
Aztec City Commissioner Jim Crowley points to a water-treatment machine, as Travis Caveney, instructor
for David H. Paul Water Treatment Training Institute, explains how it works, during a tour on July 8
at the institute's new facility in Farmington.
learn leadership, and in the third semester, students also
learn professional development. “Part of their assignment is to work on resumes and look for jobs,” Charlie
said. If a student finds a job, they can start right away
and continue their education through a correspondence
A job with a competitive salary is guaranteed, if the
student works for it. “Almost every industry uses hi-tech
water treatment. … There have always been more jobs
than we can fill,” David said. Those jobs have salaries
that range from $43,000 to $100,000 depending on the
company and location. Students have received jobs with
companies such as General Electric and Intel. There are
jobs overseas and even in the energy industry here.
“We’ve placed more people in the Four Corners area,”
David said. “We’ve also placed people in Iraq and
He added that most Middle Eastern countries don’t
have fresh water sources. Their water comes from the
sea, so water-treatment jobs in the Middle East pay the
highest salaries, according to David.
In many ways, the institute prepares local students for
a career in an industry that takes them away from the
region. But it also put San Juan County on the map as
having one of the world’s best water technologies consulting firms and training programs.
A new group of students will enter the program on
Aug. 27. Three have registered, but there is room for up
to 16 students per class. The entire cost of the program
is $8,200, and Charlie said a payment plan is available.
The institute could be accredited in about 12 to 18
months, making financial aid available.
For more information about the David H. Paul Water
Technologies Training Institute call (505) 599-0241 or
go online at www.watertechtraining.com.
Pictured left to right are Aztec City Manager Josh Ray,
Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein, David H. Paul,
Bloomfield City Manager David Fuqua, San Juan
County Commissioner Margaret McDaniel and Charlie
Bradford. They are looking at a water-treatment membrane in the student resource room at the David H. Paul
Water Treatment Training Institute.
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David H. Paul, left, explains how a water-treatment
membrane works as he shows it to Aztec City
Commissioner Jim Crowley during a July 8 tour of the
David H. Paul Water Treatment Training Institute.
Instructor Travis Caveney looks on in that back.
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San Juan County Early Pioneer - George Albert Tinker by Janelle McEwen Osborn, La Mesa, CA
As the state of New
Mexico enters into its
Centennial we should
respectfully pay tribute to
our courageous pioneer
ancestors who settled the
territory and paved its
way to statehood. One of
these pioneers was
George Albert Tinker, my
great grandfather.
George Albert Tinker
was born on 3 Mar 1852
in Lawrenceville,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania to Joseph
Wainwright Tinker and
Eva Jane Billingsley. In
1868 the family migrated
to Poweshiek County,
Iowa where they purchased land and began
farming. George left his
parents’ Iowa home in August of 1876 traveling on foot.
Although his mode of transportation is uncertain, oral
history states that he walked over a thousand miles to
reach Lake City, Colorado and then crossed over the
mountain into Silverton where he hoped to seek a fortune in silver mining.
While working in the mines at Silverton, he met and
fell in love with Emma Happs, and they married on 22
October 1880. Their first child, Martha (Eve) Tinker, my
grandmother, was born in Silverton in 1883. The following year they left Silverton to begin a new life in the territory of New Mexico and settled in what is now San
Juan County. George was drawn to the area’s rich land
where he could successfully raise crops and livestock. In
a letter he wrote to his family he stated that he could
acquire a New Mexico land patent which he eventually
The couple’s first residence was in Riverside where
George ran a stage coach crossing at Twin Crossing. In
1885 the family relocated to Cox Crossing which was
later named Cedar Hill. The story of the community’s
naming was often told by family members, since my
great grandmother was instrumental in the decision making process. It was sometime between 1887 and 1892
when the Literary Society had a meeting to name the
settlement. Each member wrote the name of their choice
on a piece of paper, and the winning name was drawn
from a hat. The name submitted by my great grandmother, Emma Happs Tinker, was drawn and the community
officially became Cedar Hill.
As the community began to grow, responsible citizens
like George Tinker adopted leadership roles. George was
civic minded and became deeply involved in the development of Cedar Hill. He was a Justice of Peace, a
Notary Republic, and a proponent of Cedar Hill’s first
educational system where he taught school in a small
cabin near Cox Canyon. As an advocate of education, he
donated the land for the official Cedar Hill School in
Live in fear
Don’t live your life in fear, if you believe the end is near.
Don’t bother clinging to those you love dear.
Think of the one who gave you the gift of life.
No: Not your mom or your dad nor husband or wife.
Don't put your treasures here on this earth.
Cause when it's all over, they’ll be of no worth.
Forgive all your enemies, give to the poor.
Cause that is one sure way to see Heaven's door.
It won't be so hard to cope, if you never give up on hope.
By:Margaret A Trujillo
Tinkers first cabin in Cedar Hill
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George Tinker Family
1906 and supervised its building. The school house still
stands today and is used for community functions.
George’s personal life expanded along with Cedar
Hill. He and Emma had four more children after Martha
(Eve). Mary Edith (Edie) was born in Riverside. Joseph
William (Joe), Zadie Emma, and George Albert Jr. were
born in Cedar Hill. Emma died on 5 August 1895 at the
age of 29. In 1896, George was remarried to Lula Smith
Carmon and became a stepfather to her two children,
Jesse Paul Carmon and Inez (Dolly) Carmon. George
and Lula went on to have five children of their own:
Belle Elizabeth, Hannah Ethel, Charlotte (Lottie) Esther,
John Augustus, and Lula (Ena). Collectively, the couple
had 12 children.
In addition, George was a resourceful farmer. When
challenged with getting water up the Animas River’s
bank, he built a water wheel to irrigate his fields.
Consequently, he raised excellent crops and was well
known for his Elberta peaches. In 1909, a Durango
newspaper reported that he sold 312 dollars worth of
peaches, all from 14 young Elberta peach trees.
Sometime around 1909 George purchased a thrashing
machine and went into the thrashing business, but on 12
November 1909 he stepped off his thrashing machine
and fell in his yard. According to a Durango obituary he
died of a stroke. He was 57 years old.
George Albert Tinker was more than a civically active
businessman and farmer. He was my great grandfather; a
man of faith and hope who courageously left his Iowa
home and headed west in search of a better life. As a
result of his perseverance and ambition he successfully
began the expansion into the New Mexico territory,
leaving a legacy of strength and integrity along with the
pioneering spirit and determination to follow one’s
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downtown Farmington
The Farmington Downtown Association will host
the 29th Annual Rod Run Block Party in downtown
Farmington on Saturday, July 16 from 6 to 10pm.
The Rod Run Block Party will follow an all day
Show 'n Shine in Civitan Park sponsored by the
Northern New Mexico Street Rodders. The Block
Party will feature cool cars under the stars, great
music by Durango based band Freeplay, and lots of
food and activities for the entire family.
FMI or additional photos, please contact Elizabeth
Isenberg, Downtown Coordinator at 599-1419.
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“We’re here to help!”
There are probably many residents throughout San
Juan County who don't even realize that under the
Community Development Project (333-3130/334-4552),
help with their property is only a phone call away. Larry
Hathaway oversees the program while Fred Frost supervises the actual work as the County's Public Works/
Citizens Liaison. Under recently passed County legislation intended to improve the appearance of the County,
the existing program has now taken on a more prominent
role with regard to both residents as well as the aims of
the initial ordinances.
At the advent, the program targeted residents with
infirmities, the aged, and those with disabilities but today
it has expanded to include the impoverished or even
those who are simply without means. Property demands
can become more than one can handle when so afflicted
and that's where Fred and the County can step in with a
helping hand. Tree branches, twigs, a build-up of leaves
and other natural property burdens are no problem for
this program since County inmates, anxious for fresh air
and exercise, are more than willing to supply a little muscle. When it comes to the actual removal, the County
supplies the backhoe, flat beds, hauling cages, and other
equipment needed for the job.
The scope of the program is not limited to fallen tree
limbs and such but also includes old refrigerators, junk
cars that have been sitting in the yard as an eye sore for
years, or that old Silver-Stream that's been sittin' there
since... well, forever. They also clean up County roadways and highways of debris and other trash that only
deters from the beauty of San Juan County.
Fred says, “If we're able to help citizens to come into
compliance with current County ordinances, home values and both residential and business properties will also
rise while simultaneously beautifying the County; it's a
win/win situation.”
Once the Community Development Office is contacted at the above numbers within the County annex building, the process is officially in swing. Shortly thereafter,
Fred will be returning the call and setting up an agreeable day and time for him to inspect the property and
take pictures. After discussing the property needs and
with pictures in-tow, Fred then sets about to ensure that
the paper-work is submitted with dotted-I's and crossed
T's. Not long after that he'll again call to set up yet
another agreeable day and time to bring in the equipment and crew and get the job done.
This is a beneficial program that serves both the aims
of the County as well as residents/residences in need of
help which should come as a comfort to all in knowing
that “Hey – The County Cares.”
Living Green in
San Juan County
Elisa Bird [email protected]
Need more
Have shelves and
cabinets custom fit
to the strangest spaces.
What does “green” mean?
For the last few weeks I have been looking at starting
a Green Living Consulting Service; assisting individuals
and businesses in setting up and implementing green
practices and systems. In testing the waters I spoke to a
couple of people in passing about such a service and
they asked “what is green?” This took me back as the
term Green is such an over used catch phrase these days.
In an earlier article I wrote how the concept of simple
living gave rise to sustainable living which evolved into
green living and is now being referred to as local living.
On the Sustainable San Juan website it states Green
Living is meeting our everyday needs locally - being
locally self reliant and less reliant on national or global
economies, supporting and enhancing the resources
and skills of our local people while conserving our
resources. My quick response is Green Living increases
our economy, improves our lives and conserves the very
resources that support us.
But how does the philosophy and concept of Green
Living interpret into a day to day practice? Living green
can be broken down into several areas of our lives:
Food – eating and supporting locally produced food
Energy – local produced energy – wind, solar, conserving energy
Water – conserving our water use: rain water, grey
water, drip system
Transportation – energy saving driving practices plus
walking, bike riding
Economy – buy local first, keep our shopping dollars
in town with small businesses
Resource conservation - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,
Building – energy efficient homes & materials - insulation
You could include in this list, healthy living – healthy
diet, exercise, and using - people and pet safe - cleaning
supplies. Sustainable San Juan’s website has information
on all of these areas, wwwSustainableSanJuan.com.
Green Living Audit:
The first step in going green, is to do a green living
audit to determine areas you would like to make greener,
don’t try to take on making your whole life green at
once. Just pick the areas that are easiest to green and
build from there, most people already do some form of
green living. Involve your children in this activity.
How do you use water and electricity?
How do you drive, how often do you drive?
Where does your food come from, how much does
your food dollar stay in San Juan County?
How much trash do you generate; what can be
reduced, reused, recycled?
How well is your house insulated?
How do you heat and cool your house?
Another great audit is to check your carbon foot print:
Ecological Footprint Quiz from Center for
Sustainable Economy - http://myfootprint.org
From Sustainable San Juan’s website is the following:
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Green living in practice - rainwater catchment
and simple garden.
Community Garden welcomes
helping hands!
We are fortunate to have in San Juan County two great
community gardens, in Shiprock and at the Good
Samaritan Village here in Aztec. In some areas of the
country, location to community gardens is a strong selling and renting point for properties. Community gardens
are a great way to garden together and to share the experience of gardening. A new community gardening experience is taking place on West Apache in Farmington,
across from Creamland and next to Navajo Prep. Talking
to Matt Camacho, this is the beginning of a garden but
at this point it is a composting project utilizing worms,
donated woodchips from area companies and tossed out
veggies from local stores. The garden space has been
donated by Navajo United Methodist and recently a visiting church group put in a watering system.
But what is needed most at these county wide community gardens, is community - community involvement!
The work of gardening has fallen onto the shoulders of
just a handful of folks. Matt mentioned community gardens does take a lot of work; digging, watering, but this
comes with great satisfaction of being a part of building
our local food system. All three garden projects need
volunteers to come and help out at the gardens with
a tasty harvest as an additional reward. So come and
bring community into community gardens!
Aztec Village Community Garden – Joann 947-2542
Farmington Garden Project – Matt 947-4776
Shiprock Community Garden – Colin 734 347 9866
5 Easy Ways to go green
1) Change margins on paper from standard 1.25 inches to 75 inches
2) Use Compaq Florescents
3) Use cloth shopping bags
4) Don’t top trees just trim the top 1/3 of canopy
5) Unplug electronic appliances when not in use
Here’s to simple/sustainable/green/local living here in
San Juan County!
Greenhouse Growing
With Joe and Marti Macaluso
August 8th • 6 - 8 pm
Aztec Library
At Sustainable San Juan’s August meeting we will
be having Joe and Marti Macaluso talk about their
experiences growing veggies in a green house.
All are welcomed. 716-3915
NM Poison Center
Green living in practice - the solar dryer
Halt GM planting until
Dr. Huber's research is
US scientists claim to have discovered a type of
microscopic organism linked to genetically modified
crops and the pesticides used on them. The research,
which is yet to be completed, suggests the pathogen
could be the cause of recent widespread crop failure and
miscarriages in livestock.
Emeritus Professor Don Huber from Perdue
University says his research shows that animals fed on
GM corn or soybeans may suffer serious health problems due the pathogen. Learn more and sign the petition
to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to stop the planting of
these seeds until further research is done.
Industry and regulators covered up
Roundup/birth defect link for decades
The pesticide industry knew from its own studies
(including one by Monsanto) as long ago as the 1980s—
and EU regulators knew since the 1990s—that the bestselling herbicide Roundup causes birth defects. A new
report by international scientists now exposes the 30year cover-up, including efforts as recent as last year by
the German government's consumer protection office to
rebut a 2010 study showing Roundup causes birth
defects in frogs and chickens at tiny doses. The study
was prompted by reports of high rates of birth defects
and cancers in areas of South America growing GM
Roundup Ready soy, which is sprayed with high doses
of the herbicide. Read a lengthy article on this in the
Huffington Post
(www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/roundup-scientistsbirth-defects_n_883578.html), a summary in The
Ecologist, or the full report "Roundup and birth defects:
Is the public being kept in the dark?" at
RoundupandBirthDefectsv5. Monsanto responded to the
report, but the report's authors pick apart the company's
statements, showing how they are unsupported and
The Institute for Responsible Technology is working to
end the genetic engineering of our food supply and the
outdoor release of GM crops.
Safeway launches
summer food drive to
help feed the hungry
Partners with Salvation Army and
other local food banks to end hunger
Denver, Colo. (July 7, 2011) –Safeway’s Denver
Division today launched a food drive to help feed the
hungry during the crucial summer months when food
banks are often overlooked. Beginning this week, local
Safeway stores will offer a specially produced grocery
bag containing tuna, peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and instant
mashed potatoes for $10 a bag. The program, which
runs through July 24, 2011, strives to make donating
easier for shoppers and help ensure the food bank recipients receive the quality items they need. Safeway’s
Denver Division includes 140 stores in a five state
region (Colo., Wyo., N.M., S.D. and Neb.).
“We hope that all local residents help us with this
drive. Our supplies tend to be lower at this time of year,
yet our clients need for food remains the same,” said Lt.
Colonel Daniel Starrett, Intermountain Divisional
Commander. “With school out of session, many of our
clients have lost another opportunity to receive food.
These pre-packaged bags will help us secure the products our clients most desire.”
The pre-produced bags can be found at the entrance of
every Safeway store. A shopper simply adds the bag to
their cart of groceries and pays the $10 fee at checkout
before dropping the bag in the marked bins. Safeway
contributes $175 million in food donations to food banks
each year across the U.S. and partners with local organizations in the summer and fall by placing food collection barrels in stores.
“We are proud to be partnering with our area food
banks on this community-wide collection effort,” said
Kris Staaf, Safeway’s Director of Public Affairs. “We
hope customers will help us end hunger by purchasing
the items most needed by our food banks. Every bag,
every can and every dollar does count!”
Industry statistics show that the demand for food via
local food banks has increased by 45% since 2008. In
the Rocky Mountain Region, one in eight people struggle with hunger and more than 40 percent of those seeking food come from a household with at least one working adult.
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
Emotional hijacking by Ron Price
I hope some of you were able to remember to grab
your thumb when you were angry or upset since I wrote
about it in my last article in May. I’m confident you had
occasion to put it into practice. Life, it seems, provides
us with numerous opportunities to react or respond to
what other people do or say to us. When we choose our
response we’re likely in good shape. When we just
react, however, we are capable of outrageous, unfortunate and regrettable behavior.
We’re all human and we can easily get our feelings
hurt by the actions, or misdeeds of others. In most
instances we are able to maintain composure and deal
with the situation in an appropriate, thoughtful manner.
There are times however, when we experience “emotional hijacking” when the emotional part of our brain
(the Limbic System) is so activated and engaged that it
literally overrules the thinking part (the Frontal Lobe).
When this happens trouble is usually not far behind.
Road rage is a classic example of “emotional hijacking.” You’re driving down the road enjoying the day
when someone cuts you off or does something else to
irritate you. What do you do? Well if you’re not thinking, you’re likely going to run them off the road or
worse. It’s a common occurrence in our society today
and it need not occur – on the roadways or in our
John Gottman, a marriage and family researcher, professor at the University of Washington and co-founder,
co-director of the Gottman Institute calls this “flooding”
Join us for the 1st Annual
Koogler Tigers Gridiron Challenge
7 on 7 Football Tournament
WHERE: Aztec YAFL Field/Hartman Park
WHEN: July 21-22
TIME: 5:30-8:30PM
COST: $20.00 per child
Registration: JULY 21 FROM 4:00-5:30PM, at the
AZTEC YAFL FIELD. Registration form and
Waiver of Liability must be completed by a parent or
guardian before your child can participate.
Cash or money orders only, no checks!!!
This double elimination tournament is open to all
upcoming 4-7 grade players in San Juan County
No contact format/1 hand touch
PLAYERS, please wear shorts, t-shirt and cleats if
you have them.
For more information please contact:
ERIC STOVALL: 505-860-4535
KASH DONALDSON: 505-860-4726
CHARLOTTE PARKER: 505-330-2110
DELEA TAYLOR: 505-330-6680
a wonderful
Aunt by Bruce L Salisbury
My Aunt Dorothy Johnson
Haynes lived most of one hundred years. She was born on
July 26, 1907 and departed
from this life on January 03
2007. The closing years of her life were clouded with
Alzheimer’s but even in those last years I enjoyed visiting with her as she would sit at the window and watch
the birds visiting in the feeders outside. She always
treated us like honored guests and made polite conversation. I once showed her an old photo which had shown
up in someone’s trunk. It was of a dignified looking gentleman with a beard and wearing a suit. We had kept it
because the studio which made it was Brady, famous for
Civil War Pictures. She looked at it for a moment and
you could see the clouds lift from her face as she
declared: “Oh my Bruce! That is my Grandpa!”
When at last Dorothy died she was buried in
Farmington with as many surviving children and friends
as possible to bid her farewell and we were delighted
when during a quiet moment toward the end of the
graveside services we heard the rustle of wings and
looked up to see Geese floated above us in perfect formation. My wife and I chuckled to realize that this beautiful human was being saluted at her goodbye with a “fly
over” of Canadian Honkers.
I am attaching my favorite photo of Dorothy Johnson
Haynes. Sometimes we don’t remember how beautiful
people are. I often think that young people are like cottonwood tree saplings, there being little difference in
appearance from one to the next and they tend to bend
whatever direction the breeze blows. When they are
mature and their bark gets tough they are even more
when your emotions displace your thoughts. Most of us
are old enough to remember cars with carburetors and
most of us can remember getting a car flooded. I’m told
it was possible to get the car started if you simply held
down the gas pedal. I didn’t know that then, so for me
the only remedy was to sit and wait for the gas to drain
from the carburetor and then I could start the car.
Being flooded was not good for cars. I propose it’s not
good for marriage and other relationships either. When
you and/or another are flooded – literally not in your
thinking brain – that is not the time to try to resolve differences or address issues. You’ve heard the expression
“I was so mad I couldn’t see (or think) straight? Well, it
turns out that is literally true and therefore you will not
be at your best in those circumstances.
You can likely go back in time and quickly identify
situations when you were in a heated exchange with a
loved one. Chances are huge that one or both of you
were flooded at the time, yet you continued to turn the
key and give the situation more gas. If you did that with
a car you would only make the condition worse. Same
goes for a relationship. We simply cannot continue to
engage in a conversation when we ourselves or the other
are not in the right frame of mind to converse calmly
and respectfully. We, or they, will eventually say or do
something so horrific that the relationship could be in
great jeopardy for its very survival. And this need not
be the case. All that is required is for either party to call
a time-out to give each an opportunity to calm down and
get back into the thinking portion of their brain.
That’s where grabbing the thumb can really help but
anything that serves to remind you that despite the fact
that you are at that moment angry as all get out, you
really do not want to inflict pain and suffering on your
loved one. You will if you’re not careful so please let me
implore you to develop a time out signal. Form the habit
of taking a time out so that words you will later regret
don’t just come flying out of your mouth.
Harley’s Humor
Laws of Parenting
1. The later you stay up, the earlier your child will
wake up the next morning.
2. For a child to become clean, something else must
become dirty.
3. Toys multiply to fill any space available.
4. The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less
your child will like it.
5. Yours is always the only child who doesn't
6. If the shoe fits...it's expensive.
7. The surest way to get something done is to tell a
child not to do it.
8. The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end
up on the carpet.
9. Backing the car out to the driveway causes your
child to have to go to the bathroom.
Aztec Chamber Luncheon
What: Chamber Luncheon – Sally Burbridge-Mayor,
City of Aztec & Christa Romme-Director, Chamber of
When: Thursday, July 21, 2011, Noon- 1 pm
Where: Hidden Valley Golf Club, Aztec
Sally Burbridge, Mayor with the City of Aztec, and
Christa Romme, Director with the Aztec Chamber of
Commerce will be speaking about the Economic
Development Advisory Board (EDAB) for the City of
Aztec. Information will include the composition and
purpose of the board as well as some of the exciting
projects that have come from this board’s activities.
There will also be a brief information and question session about the revisions to the Business Licensing
Ordinance and processes for the City. The luncheon will
be from 12-1 pm, Thursday, July 21st at the Hidden
Valley Golf Club in Aztec.
Attendees will order and pay from the menu.
You must RSVP to the Aztec Chamber at 334-7646 or
[email protected] by 5 pm on Tuesday, July
19th. For more info, contact Christa Romme, Executive
Director, 505-334-7646.
"Eyes on Drilling" Tipline
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
announced the creation of the "Eyes on Drilling" tipline
for citizens to report non-emergency suspicious activity
related to oil and natural gas development.
The agency is asking citizens to call 1-877-919-4EPA
(toll free) if they observe what appears to be illegal disposal of wastes or other suspicious activity. Anyone may
also send reports by email to [email protected]
Citizens may provide tips anonymously if they don't
want to identify themselves.
In the event of an emergency, such as a spill or release
of hazardous material, including oil, to the environment,
citizens are advised to call the National Response Center
at 1-800-424-8802.
Neighborhood Watch Round Valley Flora Vista by Joan Earnshaw
The June 29 meeting of the Flora Vista
Neighborhood Watch was full of excitement. We got to see the SWAT vehicle up
close and personal.
The kids especially enjoyed taking a
really close look at the vehicle.
Lt. Shane Ferrari showed us some of
the weapons from the SWAT vehicle and
explained how it is used to catch criminals and protect officers. He also
answered all our questions.
And just as Lt. Ferrari was answering
the last of our questions, the Sheriff’s
Office helicopter landed! We had not
expected to see the helicopter, but
Deputy Gross stayed long enough to tell
us all about it and let us take a good look.
We even got to hear
how much the SWAT
vehicle cost, but fortunately grants paid for
most of it.
Meet the authors:
Travel writers Mark
and Amy Williams
We were in the right place at the right time! We very much appreciate both officers taking some of their personal time to show us important equipment as well as explaining how it’s used. They even thanked
everyone for paying their taxes—some of which helped pay for that
Salt cedar eater returns
An exotic insect with origins in Eurasia that eats invasive salt cedar (tamarisk) is
alive and well in San Juan County.
Last summer was the first time the Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field
Office began monitoring the bug’s arrival here. This summer the bug (scientific name
Diorhabda spp.) is back and thriving. “We are monitoring its movement,” said Sarah
Scott, a natural resource specialist at the BLM Farmington Field Office.
Salt cedar was introduced to the United States from Eurasia in the 1900s to control
erosion along waterways. Today it grows out of control in parts of San Juan County,
becoming so dense in some riparian areas there is no room for native vegetation to
Last week (June 30) Scott was examining a stand of salt cedar along the La Plata
River, near where La Plata Highway meets U.S. 64. Salt cedar bug larvae were all
over the plants. The larvae stage is when the bug eats the most and does the most
damage to salt cedar. The larvae stage is expected to soon become a beetle.
The insect was first openly introduced as a salt cedar biocontrol agent in Utah in
As the BLM monitors the bug’s movements in San Juan County, the agency is making plans for what to plant in place of salt cedar when it dies. Studies have shown salt
cedar dies after four or five summers of the bug defoliating the plant.
Scott said the salt cedar bug also has been discovered along the San Juan River
below Navajo Dam and along the Animas River near Aztec.
“This is a good time to start planning rehabilitation projects,” Scott said. “We can
plant native cottonwoods and willows where the salt cedar is expected to die, so that
other invasive plants such as knapweed don’t move in to take the place of salt cedar,”
Scott said.
Salt cedar plants along the La Plata River
on Farmington’s west side are being
defoliated by exotic bugs.
DURANGO — Maria’s Bookshop will
host book signing for travel writers Mark
and Amy Williams, authors of Top 30
Things to Do in Durango on Tuesday,
August 2nd from 6:30 to 7:30 at 960
Main Avenue in Durango.
Mark and Amy Williams are husband
and wife and live much of the year in
Bayfield, Colorado. They have written
two regional travel books, Top 30 Things
to Do in Telluride and Top 30 Things to
Do in Durango, both from Ridgeway
publisher Wayfinder Press. They will
speak about their experiences writing flyfishing and travel guides in the
Southwest, and will be signing copies of
Top 30 Things to Do in Durango as well
as three regional flyfishing books.
For more information about this event
and others coming up at Maria’s
Bookshop, call (970) 247-1438 or visit
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
Anatomy of gas-pump prices Part 33
Dan Froomkin, of the The Huffington Post wrote April
29, 2011: "The next time you're gritting your teeth as
you fill your tank with $4 gas, here's something to consider: Your pain is their gain.
"The ...Big Five oil companies announced first-quarter
earnings ... Between ...them, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell,
Chevron, and ConocoPhillips made $34B in profits in
the first three months of 2011 - up 42% from (2010).
"That's about $110 for every man, woman, and child
in (America) - in just three months. Exxon alone cleared
a cool $10.7B profit from January through March, up
69% from 2010. That's $82,175 a minute.
"Why the staggering increase in earnings? Precisely
because you're paying $4 a gallon for gas.
"Gas prices shoot up when oil prices shoot up, and
when oil prices shoot up for reasons that have nothing to
do with how much it costs to bring it out of the ground,
it's a windfall for the folks who produce it.
"The average cost to produce a barrel of oil, including
exploration, development, extraction and taxes, is about
$30, according to a U.S. Energy Information
Administration survey. The going rate to buy one is
about $113.
"Why is the price so high? Part of it is increased
demand and geopolitical worries. But no less an authority on the matter than GoldmanSachs acknowledged earlier this month that speculation is at least partially
responsible, driving oil prices up faster and higher than
supply and demand could possibly explain.
"That means the people who are betting on oil prices
are actually making the price of oil go up.
"And while the pain is widely felt ... the benefits are
not being widely shared.
"The industry's powerful Washington mouthpiece, the
American Petroleum Institute, argues that the staggering
earnings simply reflect oil and gas companies' tremendous contributions to the economy, and that their stock
prices are shoring up the nation’s pension funds.
"Adam Sieminski, chief energy economist for
Deutsche Bank, thinks the numbers get too much attention. ‘The overall profit numbers look really big because
OIL & GAS Basics
they're really big companies that move a lot
of product around,’ he says. ‘To say that
they're enormous profits only works if you're
talking about the total number. They're not
enormous profits if you compare them across
other companies and other industries.’
"Siemenski even accentuates the positive.
‘Yes, when gas goes up, everybody squeaks,
because it's uncomfortable,’ he says. But
high oil prices mean, among other things,
that ‘it becomes more attractive to do alternative energy… The worst thing that ever
happened to wind and solar power companies was when oil prices collapsed in 2008
and early 2009,’ he says. Furthermore, when
gas gets pricey, ‘people who made a decision
to get a Prius instead of a Hummer get a
payback, and from a societal standpoint,
that's probably good.’
...(E)very visit to the gas pump reflects a
transfer of money from the many to the few
- and in most cases, from the not-so-rich to
the super-rich.
"By and large, the oil companies' profits
are not finding their way back into the communities from which they came; are not
being used to create more jobs; and are not
being invested in new equipment and exploration.
"Some of that money is going back out
the door in the form of larger dividends to
stockholders. But in the case of two of the
big five in particular - Exxon and
ConocoPhillips - more than half of their total
profits are being used to buy back their own
"Fully $5.7B of Exxon's haul went to buy
back its own stock - and the company
announced that it expects to buy back yet
another $5B's worth in the second quarter of
the year. Conoco earned $3B in the first
by Susan Franzheim
three months of 2011 - and spent $1.6B of that to buy back 21M of
its own shares.
"Buying back stock is not an uncommon tactic among publicly
held companies, particularly when they experience a sudden and
possibly temporary up-tick in revenue. Buybacks are almost guaranteed to send stock prices up, by boosting earnings per outstanding share, increasing the demand for the stock and sending a signal
that the company thinks its stock is undervalued.
"But from the viewpoint of a company's CEO, other top brass
and its board of directors, stock buybacks have all sorts of particular advantages, as well.
"Top executives, after all, often get significant stock options. If
stock prices don't go up, such options are worthless. By contrast,
the higher the stock price goes, the more valuable the option.
(Exxon's stock is up 32% from six months ago.)
"Companies that buy back their stock can either retire it or simply keep it themselves, under the control of the board of directors,
to reissue later or award as bonuses.
"Dividends, by contrast, are not nearly as good a deal for company executives. For one thing, they are taxed as income. An increase
in the stock price is not taxed as income; it's not taxed at all until
the stock is sold -- and only then at the capital gains tax rate, which
is limited to 15% (15% would be a lot for the median American
family, which pays less than 5% of its income in federal taxes. But
it's a huge break to those paying income tax at the highest marginal
rate of 35%.)
"’Buying back shares benefits existing shareholders, no one else.
And more than anyone else, it benefits existing management,’ says
Henry Banta, an energy industry analyst and partner in the
Washington D.C. law firm of Lobel, Novins & Lamont.
"’They're basically enriching themselves,’ says Daniel J. Weiss, a
senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. ‘With this windfall, they enrich the board of directors, senior managers, and shareholders.’
"And in 2007, when Exxon was using $30B a year from the previous oil-price bubble to buy back its shares, Bloomberg columnist
David Pauly wrote: ‘In most cases, stock buybacks are suspect….
Managements should ignore investors' call to repurchase their
shares and invest money in ways that will increase profit, not just
earnings per share.’
"As for the dividends paid by Exxon and the other oil giants,
there may be a lot of shareholders, total -- including a lot of pension funds and mutual funds -- but the vast majority of shares are
held by a very small elite.
"Edward N. Wolff, an economics professor at New York
University, studies wealth distribution. His latest study includes
data through 2007. When it comes to total equity in stocks, Wolff
says, ‘it's still very concentrated in the hands of the rich.’
"’Less than half of households owned stock as of 2007,’ he says.
‘Probably less now’ because of the financial crisis, he suspects:
‘Probably more like 45%, maybe less.’ That includes 401ks, mutual
funds and the like.
"’Even that really overstates things because a lot of the people
who do own stock own very small amounts,’ Wolff says. As of
2007, the percentage of households that owned $5,000 or more of
stock was 35%; only 22% owned $25,000 or more.
"Who's got the rest? The wealthiest 1% of households has 38%,
Wolff found; the wealthiest 5% has 69%; the wealthiest 10% has
"The bottom 60% of households owns 2.5% of the total stock. ...
"There's another thing the big oil companies are doing with their
profits: they're hoarding them. If precedent holds, as soon as oil
prices started shooting up again, a lot of that money started going
into the bank for safekeeping -- and adding yet more to the $1 trillion or so in corporate cash lying fallow and slowing the recovery.
"And as it happens, a not insubstantial chunk of last quarter's
profits were a direct gift -- from the taxpayers. Somewhere
between $4B and $9B of the industry's annual profits comes from
federal subsidies.
"President Barack Obama has proposed repealing $4B a year in
subsidies; the American Petroleum Institute says the proposal
would actually cost the industry about $90B over the next decade.
"Response to Obama's proposal was lackluster at first, from both
sides of the aisle.
But Democrats, afraid of being thrown out of the White House
by an angry, gas-impoverished voting public, are suddenly seeing
the fight to repeal those subsidies as a winning political issue.
"Although the repeal would neither increase nor decrease the
price of gas, it would take a bite out of Big Oil. And pushing for
the repeal will almost inevitably highlight the modern Republican
Party's nearly lockstep allegiance to the thriving oil and gas interests -- something that, in a period of high gas prices and even higher profits, couldn't be good for them.
"But yet another thing the industry does with all its cash is buy
influence in Washington. ...For instance, Exxon, during the same
quarter it made nearly $11B, spent just a tiny fraction of that on
lobbying. But that was still a whopping $3M."
Can diet soda make you fat?
(SPM Wire) Diet soda may not be a good weapon in your battle
of the bulge. So says two new studies that indicate diet soda may
contribute to larger waistlines and even to diabetes.
Two studies presented at a recent conference held by the
American Diabetes Association indicate that diet soda may be free
of calories but not of consequences.
Epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at The University
of Texas reported data showing diet soda consumption is associated
with increased waist circumference in humans, and a second study
found aspartame raised blood sugar in diabetes-prone mice.
Deb Jacupke, Director of Marketing, Good
It’s All about Living! BySamaritan
Society - Four Corners Village
The Village welcomes Delane Wilson
When Delane Wilson applied
for the Maintenance Supervisor
position at Good Sam he looked
like a “walking, talking, baseball
cap wearing” answer to our
prayers! We were thrilled to find
out that he had owned his own
business and his 30 year career
featured experience in every
skilled trade we would need including plumbing, electrical,
HVAC concrete/masonry, drywall, and painting to name a few.
Then, during the interview
process he advised the hiring
committee “I’m looking for my
LAST job.” Yup, he’s our kind of
guy for sure!
Delane’s broad background is
critical because maintaining the
Good Sam campus can be a real
challenge. For starters, the original building was constructed in
1978 after the Aztec community
leaders approached the Society
Delane Wilson, the new maintenance
about the need for a senior care
supervisor at Good Samaritan Society –
facility in the Four Corners. Then
Four Corners Village shown in the
over the years, the Village service
mechanical room.
lines grew to include Long Term
Skilled Care, Memory Care (Alzheimer’s Care), Short-Term Skilled Rehab, Assisted
Living and Senior Independent Housing with Services. The original base building
was expanded to accommodate most of the new service lines which meant that the
new added-on building systems were sometimes patched into the OLD systems.
Anyway, you’ve got to know your stuff to make sure that everything is working
Starting with his first day of work, Delane set about making the facility his own,
climbing on the roofs, digging through storage areas, testing equipment and generally taking over. He also added a very capable assistant named Mike Nez to his staff as the work is just too much for one person alone. Together they are revamping systems, updating the maintenance program and overall making life much nicer for staff
and residents alike.
If you ask him why he likes it at Good Sam he grins when he tells you, “It’s never
the same day-to-day and it has a lot of variety. Between the staff and residents it’s
like having 115 WIVES to look after!” On a serious note he admitted that he likes
that Good Sam is a faith-based organization and he says he could feel that difference
when he entered the building.
Delane is happily married to wife, Addie and together they have 2 sons and 1
daughter - and one 9 month old granddaughter.
Vaughan Auctioneers now
open for business
Greetings to our old friends and all the new ones we will make. Ken
Vaughan has reopened Vaughan Auctioneers, a business his father, Vergil
Vaughan, started and operated here for many years. Our new location is 5631
Hwy. 64 in Farmington, NM 87401 (that’s one mile west of SunRay Park).
Ken will have an auction every Thursday night starting at 7 pm, unless it
falls on a holiday. Vaughan Auctioneers serves the Four Corners area.
Consignments are welcome for equipment, autos, boats, furniture, appliances anything and everything. We welcome estate sales, business closings or downsizings.
Thanks to all for your support. We look forward to serving you, or just stop
by to visit. For more information, call Ken 505-860-7708 or 505-325-8145.
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I can remember a time not so long ago when a debate
raged over the possession and use of nuclear weapons. It
was a time some insisted that mankind's technological
advancements had exceeded his ability to socially apply
those technological abilities. Opponents, on the other
hand insisted that the Cold War dictated that all parties
concerned should rely on common sense and Faith (of
sorts) in order to curb (MAD) Mutually Assured
Destruction. We are still here. Our survival is attributed
to the open-minded attitude that men do not intentionally seek to destroy themselves and hence, we are still
here. But ignorance could've easily rendered our reality
in a quite different light; we explored, we, learned, and
we grew as a people globally. Ignorance and rash judgments could've resulted a very different reality than that
which we know today. Indeed, there are still some countries today who have yet to work their way through the
growing pains that the USA, China, and the (then)
Soviet Union had to learn the hard way. Countries like
Pakistan and India, long time enemies over the disputed
Kashmir region have also joined the nuclear family and
attained a sense of reason but not without the usual
close-calls and posturing that could've ended everything.
Since the 1980's, much exploration and research has
similarly diffused the many myths regarding medical
marijuana use. That's only happened since open-minded
medical professionals have withheld and/or restrained
from rash decisions/judgments regarding its use and
value with regard to treatment of a wide variety of legitimate medical conditions. Indeed, even legislators of
certain states (even if grudgingly so) have dropped the
veneer and accusatory finger-pointing in favor of documented clinical quantification that THC-9 has its effective and justified uses. Unfortunately, the usual appointed boards who oversee certification for either individual
use or for that of growing & harvesting stubbornly hold
to their own preconceived notions while ignoring the
people who can truly benefit from the sympathy and
understanding of an open mind. The Hippocratic Oath
states that as a medical professional you must first (as in
deny medical relief to no one) “Do no harm.” When certification, whether for individuals or for that of dispensaries, becomes such a complex exercise that it even
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ignoring the Hippocratic Oath?
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only honor, as opposed to rejecting, the most basic principals of the Hippocratic Oath. Perhaps government and
politicians are better served to direct their energies in
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rather than the humane focus of the certifying authority,
Greenlight is the only likely candidate to assist those in
true need of THC-9 to have (lawful) access to a legitimate drug.
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Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter
invites Four Corner area residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for Farmington families by
participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End
Alzheimer’s. Berg Park and the beautiful River Walk
will be the site of the Walk on September 10, 2011 at
8:00 a.m.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is an experience where area
residents will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how
to get involved with the association and make a difference in lives of more than 100,000 New Mexicans who
are impacted by this overwhelming disease every day.
The goal of this year’s Walk is to raise $14,000 through
sponsorships and Walk fundraising. Each walker will
also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those
affected by Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a
growing epidemic in New Mexico and is the nation’s
sixth-leading cause of death. Caring for a loved one with
Alzheimer’s disease takes a heavy emotional toll on
family providers. The Alzheimer’s Association New
Mexico Chapter provides free services that include support groups, safety programs, care consultation, 24/7
helpline, respite reimbursement, information & referral,
The Savvy Caregiver Program and The Veterans’
Project. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the association’s
largest fundraiser and it helps the Alzheimer’s Assoc.
continue to provide support services and training in NM.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Information:
Date: September 10, 2011 • Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Berg Park, Farmington, NM
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A comfortable reflection
By Debra Mayeux
Little Callie Frost can’t stop looking at herself in the
mirror. The 8-year-old has a full head of hair for the first
time in 6 years, and she likes it.
“I can’t wait to see all of my friends when school
starts,” she said with a big smile. “My one friend didn’t
recognize me at first, but she figured out who I was after
I told her.”
Callie, of Flora Vista, has lived the past 6 years of her
life without hair on the left side of her head. Instead the
child’s scalp was covered with scar tissue from a bad
burn in December of 2004. Twenty-five percent of her
body was covered in 2nd and 3rd degree burns, scarring
her scalp, face, neck and arms.
She received the injuries in a horrible kitchen accident
when she was 2 years old. Callie tried to hand her mother, Bobbi Frost, a plastic grocery bag. Bobbi was cooking sopapillas in hot oil. The bag hooked on the panhandle, and Callie pulled the pan down on herself. Since
that day, she has been receiving specialized care for burn
victims from Shriners International.
The most recent part of her recovery included a threemonth procedure that stretched her scalp, allowing doctors to pull the scalp over, remove the scar tissue and
cover her entire head with her existing hair.
The Frost family left for California in March, with
Callie’s first surgery happening on March 16. Doctors
placed a balloon under the skin of her scalp with a tube
attached behind her ear. Then, Bobbi had to inject 22 ccs
of saline solution into the balloon, stretching out the
scalp. The procedure was repeated each day for three
“It hurt but it was worth it,” Callie said. The liquid put
pressure on her head and neck, because of its weight.
“My neck hurt a lot.”
Callie was hospitalized at the Shriners Hospital for
Children in Los Angeles. She said it was a great place
with a playroom for making crafts and other children’s
activities. “Once in a while we would go down there and
play, but when I was really sore I didn’t,” Callie said.
There also was a zoo that was brought in to visit the
children. “They had eggs of different birds.”
When not at the hospital, the Frost’s visited Universal
Studios, the beach, Hollywood and Disneyland, and they
stayed at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. “I
loved it,” Callie said. She had to wear a bandage and hat
to cover her swollen head, but that didn’t keep her from
enjoying herself.
It was a day at the beach that led to the finalization of
her procedure.
Liquid started
leaking from the
tube, and Callie
was rushed to
the hospital. “I
was scared, but I
went into the
hospital for surgery. The next
day I had hair,”
Callie said with
a big giggle, running her hands
through her hair.
“The nurses
and doctors said
Callie shows off her new hair
Callie was a
and haircut after a three-month
trooper,” Bobbi
surgical procedure that removed
said. The doctor
scarring from her scalp and
even gave Callie
stretched out the skin of her
a hairline to
head to give her hair.
match her
Despite the matching hairline, Callie was anxious
for a haircut. “When we got back home I told my
mom I wanted bangs.”
This youngster
has come out of her
shell. “She’s gotten
sassy. She is a lot
more confident and
awesome,” Bobbi
Callie admitted
she is a stronger
person because of
her medical experi- Callie, right, with her brother
J.D., and mom, Bobbi, when
ences, and even
the family visited Universal
though she has
Studios, while Callie
hair, her road to
underwent treatment.
recovery will not
end for a very long time.
“We have constant follow ups,” Bobbi said. Callie
has to visit the doctor twice a year in Albuquerque,
and most likely will return to California for two
more surgeries.
On those return visits, she wants to go back to
Disneyland and ride the Matterhorn, Space
Mountain, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain.
That’s a lot of mountains, but Callie said she is up
for the climb that will leave her and her new hair
standing on top of the world with a great big smile.
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Quality meats, sides and Aztec ambiance found
at new Red Barn Bar-b-que restaurant By Debra Mayeux
The food of the west and a tribute to Aztec is what
Carl Vandruff had in mind when he built a new restaurant from the ground up at 200 S. Ash Ave. The property
once housed Carl’s childhood home, but he decided to
use it to fulfill his dream of owning a restaurant.
Red Barn Bar-b-que opened its doors in April, and the
staff has been serving up wood-smoked meats and
homemade side dishes since that time.
“All of the recipes for the sides come from his wife.
They are made from scratch every morning, and we are
very picky about the exact ingredients we put in them,”
said Ted Chester, general manager. Management is so
picky that it ships in wood from Texas to smoke the
meats. “We only smoke with Texas oak,” Ted said. “We
smoke our meat twice a day, and we smoke it until it’s
Many barbecue restaurants will cook their meats with
electric heat and add smoke at the end. “We generate our
heat from smoke. We smoke it 100 percent through, and
we don’t allow any electric or gas heating our meat.
That’s pretty important to us,” Ted said.
The meat – pork, beef, turkey and ham – is smoked
overnight for the lunchtime crowd, and during the day
for the dinner rush. “It’s fresh all day,” Ted said.
When Carl decided to open a business, he didn’t know
if he would offer tacos or barbecue. He wanted to offer a
fast-casual dining experience that rivaled the typical
fast-food restaurants that line Aztec Boulevard. He also
wanted to bring the Aztec experience to diners. The
lights on the property are the old Main Avenue street
fixtures, and Carl even purchased the old rocket slide
from Minium Park. The slide soon will grace the property. “We’re kind of off the beaten path, but we’re dedicating the whole restaurant to Aztec,” Ted said. “We’re trying to change it up and provide something that wasn’t
there before.”
The new business also brought in 15 new service-oriented jobs for Aztec. The staff is happy and helpful, and
they rave about the meat-based menu that also touts low
A half-pound of meat starts at $6.50 and increases to
$13 for a pound. Pork ribs are $8.50 for a half-rack or
$17 for a full rack. Sides are $1.50, and kids can eat for
“Meat is expensive, it’s always going up. We try to
Patrons enjoy a barbecue lunch on July 8 at the
new Red Barn Bar-B-Que at 200 S. Ash, Aztec.
Meals are prepared, according to the order,
during lunchtime rush at Red Barn in Aztec.
control our costs everywhere, so we can to keep
the meat at an affordable price,” Ted said.
Affordable lunch combos also were added to the
menu, so diners “could have a good amount of
food for an affordable price.”
Homemade desserts are available to finish off
the meal.
“Our business is steadily getting better, but we
need to get busier,” Ted said, inviting folks to
drop in and give Red Barn Bar-b-que a try.
It is located at 200 S. Ash Ave. The telephone
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Flora Vista man and his 60-plus pets receive a stay of execution By Debra Mayeux
Judge grants extension allowing Kurt Kutzner to get things in order
FARMINGTON – A Flora Vista man will be allowed
to keep his 60-plus pets for an additional 60 days, as he
attempts to turn his property into a full-fledged animal
rescue kennel and cattery.
Kurt Kutzner faced the removal of his 51 cats, 10
dogs, 10 kittens and a rabbit, after being in violation of a
county ordinance that stated he had toom many pets. San
Juan County Animal Control officers wanted Kurt to
vaccinate all of the pets, and file for a kennel permit that
would allow him to keep the animals, which set to be
removed from his care in early June. He filed a temporary injunction against the sheriff’s office and San Juan
County Animal Control, as he hoped for a “stay of execution.”
Were the animals siezed, they would have been taken
to the Aztec and Farmington Animal Shelters, where
their health and adoption status would have been determined.
Kurt feared the animals would be euthanized as it is
difficult to find homes for shelter animals, his attorney
Priscilla Shannon said.
She argued Kurt’s case on July 12, in front of District
Judge John Dean, who said he did not want to see any
animals’ “lives put in danger.”
Kurt’s problems began in May, when San Juan County
Animal Control discovered that he had far more animals
living on his property than was allowed under the
County Ordinance No. 10. The ordinance allows up to
three dogs and five cats per household. He applied for a
kennel license and asked to be able to keep the animals
that he began collecting five years ago.
“I was living in Crawford’s Pen, near Bloomfield.
There were a lot of animals over there that people were
neglecting and abusing,” Kurt said. “I decided to rescue
those animals. They were all hungry. I don’t think any
were injured. They were just wandering around with
nowhere to go.”
Kurt later moved to Flora Vista, where he purchased
12 acres with the purpose of “living out in the country
away from people” with his pets. They all moved into a
single-wide mobile home, that Kurt called a “fixerupper.”
The home was not in a good condition, according to
Animal Control Officer Connie Jordan, who testified in
court that there was an “odor coming from the house.”
County Attorney Doug Echols asked animal rescue
expert Padgie Kimmick if the ammonia smell could be
harmful to the pets in Kurt’s house.
“I don’t know if the smell bothers the cats as much as
the people taking care of them,” she said.
Reports stated that Kurt’s home was not sanitary and
the animals posed a health threat, because none were
Kurt testified that he tried to clean up, and he tried to
have his pets vaccinated. “Every chance I had to try (to
comply) the officers turned me down,” he said.
Priscilla had contacted animal-rescue experts in
Colorado and asked for help in securing the vaccines,
medical care and spay-and-neuter services. Her contact
was Padgie, who runs a cattery in her home, along with
a trap-neuter-and-release program for feral cats. “I’ve
neutered about 5,000 cats,” she said. “For me it’s all
about the cats.”
She was going to transport vaccines from Durango,
Colo., to Flora Vista and have a veterinary technician
administer rabies shots to Kurt’s animals, but animal
control told her that would not meet the requirements set
out in the ordinance county and state statute.
According to law, a veterinarian must administer vaccines, and the county also wanted the animals to receive
a clean bill of health. Priscilla said other options were
visited, but all were met with deadends. She stated that
Kurt continued to try and find help, but he was not being
given enough time. “There are a number of things in
place for Mr. Kutzner to retain his animals. He has not
received clear guidelines,” she said. “Is death preferrable
to the living conditions they are in?”
Tina Roper, of the Aztec Animal Shelter, stated that
“death” was not imminent, even if the animals were
seized, because the shelter has an “extended-stay” policy
and also works with animal rescue organizations.
Dean stated that he would retain the “status quo” by
not allowing for seizure of the animals, giving Kurt
another 60 days to comply. He did, however, say that he
wanted animal control to have access to look at the animals and determine their health. Should one or more of
the animals be in questionable condition, it could be
taken and treated by a veterinarian.
Animal control visited Kurt’s home on July 13 and
took three of his cats to review their health, according to
the man’s attorney.
In the meantime, Kurt needs to get busy fixing up his
property. He said he has a plan for a cattery that includes
laying a cement slab with drainage and placing an aluminum-corrugated building on the slab. The building
would be wired for electricity and would have running
Padgie said that she would transport the cats to
Kurt Kutzner spends time on his day off, July 10, with his dogs in an
outdoor dog run/kennel at his Flora Vista home.
Kurt Kutzner, right, listens to his attorney, Priscilla
Shannon, just before a hearing in the Elevent Judicial
District Court on July 12. Cat-rescue specialist
Padgie Kimmick, of Durango, Colo., sits in the back
ready to offer advice.
Durango and have them spayed or neutered. “I’m going
to pay for the vaccinations and the animals will be tested
for feline leukemia,” she said. “I’ve offered to take all of
the kittens and find homes for them.”
Padgie also would refer Kurt’s case to an organization
called Dogster, which helps people care for their dogs.
Priscilla added that area residents were offering Kurt
help in the construction of his cattery and also to help
clean up his home, which does have stains from animal
urine and a strong smell of ammonia inside of it.
The smell, stains and cat hair found throughout the
home are one of the reasons his home was considered to
be unsuitable, according to Doug Echols, who asked
witnesses questions, which hinted that Kurt could be
considered a hoarder.
“I don’t judge people by how they’re living, I judge
them by how they take care of their cats,” Padgie said.
Kurt said that he cared about his cats and dogs. “I’m
trying to put together a picture of what would make the
animals the happiest. I’m hoping to take my monies and
contributions from people to make this happen.”
Kurt has 60 days to succeed in bringing his home up
to par and constructing the cattery. The animals need to
have their medical certificates within 30 days.
“I’m not changing anything, I’m just extending the
time. The county will have open access to these animals.
… I’m not going to stop them from doing their job,”
Judge Dean said. “Your job is to comply with that they
Help wanted
In order to comply with the court ordered upgrades to
his home and dog kennel and to construct the cattery,
Kurt could use help with materials, labor, and financing. Please call Chuck Holmes at 860-4252 if you can
Artists in Bloom
Artists Janet Grenawalt and Sandy Martin will once
again share the stage at Feat of Clay’s July reception and
show. The artists share a common bond. Both work for
Basin Home Health, Janet as a physical therapist assistant
and Sandy as a registered nurse. But more that that, the
women share the love of creating beautiful things from
old, lost or forgotten items.
Last year their show was dubbed “A Prescription for
Art.” This year they consider this a “refill” on their first
prescription. Martin states “I enjoy showing with Janet.
We share a love of giving new life to what some would see
as trash. I hope we are able to continue to “refill” this
“prescription” for many years.”
Grenawalt works primarily in mosaics. She uses stained
glass and Milliefiori to create sun catchers, lamps and candle holders. Grenawalt also often uses broken china, and
Italian glass called smalti. She states “I just love the rustic
look the smalti can add to a mosaic and I use it every
chance I get.”
Martin, primarily a jewelry designer, also works in
by Janet Grenawalt
mixed media. She has used old text from an 1860’s encyclopedia as a
background for her paintings. She also used a variety of silversmith techniques to create three-dimensional jewelry.
Although the women work in different
media, they have both focused on floral
motifs’ as the theme of the show. Janet has
created wall hangings, mirrors, and decorative trays with daisies and sunflowers as her
subject matter. Sandy has chosen to highlight
the poppy in both her paintings and jewelry.
The show will open with a reception on
July 22nd at 5:00 pm at Feat of Clayy. The
show will run from July 22nd through August
20th. The gallery is located at 107 Main Ave.,
Feat of Clay is a local artist Co-op featuring contemporary art. The hours are
Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.
by Sandy Martin
Kimberly L. "Kim" Baldonado, 45, of Aztec, died on
Monday, June 27, 2011, in Aztec. She was born July 3,
1965, in Alexandria, La., to Karl and Lillie Selph.
She was a loving wife, exceptional mom, wonderful
and loving grandma who dedicated her life to making
everyone happy and feeling welcome.
She always had a smile on her face and brightened our
day with laughter. She always put everyone first and
herself last. She had phenomenal hugs and kisses and
unconditional love.
A perfect problem solver, she was our 24-hour doctor.
She always loved spending time with her family, especially with her grand-babies. They were her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister,
Noreen Selph; and grandparents, Jose and Claudita
She is survived by her husband, Raymond Baldonado;
son, Nick Baldonado; daughters, Melinda (Jared) Anaya
and Adrian Baldonado; brothers, Kenneth Selph, Nathan
(Stormy) Selph and Benjamin Selph; sisters, Nancy
(Jeff) Casados and Kathy (Chuck) McIntire; and grandchildren, Katelyn and Olivya Anaya.
She was loved by everyone and will be missed by all,
especially her husband, kids and grand-kids. We love
you always, Mom!
Mass of Christian Burial was held July 2, at St.
Joseph's Catholic Church in Aztec, with Father Joe
Blonski as the celebrant. Interment was at Aztec
Cemetery. Pallbearers were Nick Baldonado, Chance
Justis, Chris Casados, Jeff Casados Jr., Manuel Casados
and Javier Prada.
Arrangements were with Angel Valley Funeral Home
in Farmington.
Fedelina "Feddie" Garcia, 65, of Aztec, passed from
this life on Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Farmington. She
was born Sept. 14, 1945, in Bernalillo, to Vidal and
Gavina Sanchez.
Fedelina was a resident of La Jara, N.M. She moved
to Aztec and graduated from Aztec High School in 1964.
She then met the love of her life, Emilio Garcia Jr. They
were married Sept. 21, 1965, at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church in Aztec. Jr. and Feddie would have celebrated
their 46th wedding anniversary in September.
Feddie had five boys, 14 grandchildren and one greatgrandchild that she adored; they all were her angels.
She loved her Bingo and said "Bingo!" a million
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary
for 35 years. She worked at American legion Post No. 9,
cooking her delicious chile in the kitchen, selling Bingo
cards and visiting all the Bingo players. They were all
family to her; not one person was a stranger. Feddie
loved everyone and once you met her you were loved by
her. Feddie was very generous and never knew the word,
Her boys, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and sister
will miss Fedelina dearly. She was an amazing woman
and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emilio
Garcia Jr.; father, Vidal Sanchez; sister, Theresa Garcia;
and grandparents, Napolon Trujillo, Josefita Montoya,
Amalia Sanchez and Helario Sanchez.
She is survived by her sons, Nathan (Stephanie
Sandoval) Garcia, Emilio Garcia, Francisco (Dorothy
Beebe) Garcia, Joseph (Chastity Garcia) Garcia and
Erick (Amanda Bradd) Garcia; mother, Gavina Sanchez;
sisters, Nora Gonzales and Georgia Ruybalid; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at St.
Joseph's Catholic Church, 500 N. Mesa Verde Ave. in
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday,
July 16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Father Tom will
be the celebrant.
Interment will be at noon, Saturday, July 16, at the
Gobernador Community Cemetery in Gobernador.
The reception will be between 2:30 and 3 p.m. on
Saturday, July 16, in the parish hall of St. Joseph's
Catholic Church.
Pallbearers are Francisco Garcia, Santiago Sandoval,
Marcos Garcia, Emilio Garcia, Joe Sanchez, Mario
Guterez, Joseph Garcia and Josh Archibeque.
Arrangements are with Angel Valley Funeral Home,
2111 W. Apache St. in Farmington.
Stanley Leo Lanier, 74, of Farmington, died on
Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home. He was born
July 19, 1936, in La Plata, to Sidney Leo Lanier and
Bonnie Hazel Cox Lanier.
Stanley and Judy Lanier were married in May of
1962, in Aztec. He worked for a freight company for 25
years, and in the oil field for 10 years. He was always
farming on the side, which he loved, especially his cows
and growing green chili.
For many years, Stanley raced at the Aztec Speedway,
driving his Purple People-Eater and The Roadrunner.
He never met a stranger and loved to talk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother,
Elmer Lanier; and sisters, Norma and Lorna.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy Lanier;
sons, Jimmy D. Lanier and Rodger Lanier; brothers,
Jimmy, Gary and Jackson Wayne Lanier; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 2, at Cope Memorial
Chapel of Aztec, with Pastor Dennis Vaughn officiating.
Interment was at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were
Jennifer Meador, Wayne Meador, Andy Lee, Camron
Lanier, Breanna Lanier and Jeromy Lanier.
Arrangements were with Cope Memorial Chapel of
Dana Marie Martinez, 48, of Bloomfield, died on
Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Albuquerque. She was born
Dec. 13, 1962, in Chicago, Ill., to Frank Descourouez
and Mary Hughs.
Dana was a special education teacher at Blanco
Elementary School. She held a Master's degree in
Special Education K-12, from New Mexico State
She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey J. Martinez;
father, Frank Descourouez and stepmother, Cammie
Descourouez; mother, Mary Hughs; brothers, Lance
(Shawn) Descourouez, Blair Descourouez and Frank
(Lynette) Descourouez; sisters, Joy (Tom) St. Andrews
and Gigi (Joel) Penticoff; and 33 nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass was held July 9, at St. Rose of Lima
Catholic Church, with Father Tim Farrell as the celebrant.
Arrangements were with Angel Valley Funeral Home
in Farmington.
Jimmy Lee McKnight Sr., 64, of Bloomfield, went
from his home and this world of strife to a world of
glory on Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Bloomfield. He
was born July 28, 1946, in Athens, Ala., to Flossie and
Edward McKnight.
The family relocated to New Mexico in 1960.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; parentsin-law; grandparents; his sister, Phyllis (Ralph)
Mangum; his brothers, Ronnie (Brenda) McKnight and
Don (Helen) Mannino.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mary; and his
truly loved children, Michelle (Stacy) Hickox, Melinda
McKnight, Melanie (Daryl)
Brock, Lee (Christie) McKnight, Janie (Jeff) Denny
and Jeremy (Kali) McKnight; his sisters, Helen Mannino
and Betty Brelia; his brother, James (Dolores)
McKnight; his nieces and nephews; sister, Jan Brashear
and brother, Andy (Barbara) Brashear.
He lived to love his 13 grandchildren, including the
grandson he was blessed with 13 hours after he passed.
Memorial services were held July 6, at Angel Valley
Funeral Home in Farmington.
Arrangements were with Angel Valley Funeral Home
in Farmington.
Martha May Nicks, 64, of Aztec, joined her Lord in
Heaven on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, after a brief and
sudden illness. She was born Feb. 10, 1947, in
Martha loved serving her customers throughout the
years and was a dedicated employee of Dad's Diner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and
Rose Gonzales; and siblings, Lucy, Josie, Tommy, Mele
and C.B.
Martha will be missed by her four children, Shirley
Dick and husband, Ray, Daryell Gilday, Rosanna Leach
and husband, Dave, and Leandr Nicks; grandchildren,
Michel, Michelle and Charley of Des Moines, Iowa,
Lyle, Mariah and Ryan of Farmington, Rebecca and
Sean of Brighton, Colo., and Maiya May of Aztec. She
is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Jane,
Marian, Peggy, Helen, Jerry, Frank, Abie, Richard,
Lucky and Tim.
Funeral services have taken place. Arrangements were
with Daniels Family Funeral Services in Farmington.
Darlene L. Simpson, 80, of Aztec, died on Tuesday,
July 5, 2011, in Aztec. She was born July 11, 1930, in
Durango, Colo., to Helen and Dave Burkett.
She leaves behind a legacy of friendships and memories. She will be missed by all.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; and her
husband, Gene Simpson.
She is survived by her son, Kevin (Theresa) Simpson;
her daughters, Darla (David) Boggs and Patty Smith;
brother, Bud (Nyla) Burkett; sister, Marie Shilling; six
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held July 9 at First Baptist
Church of Aztec, with Terry Eagle and Mike Hunter
The family would like to thank Guardian Angel
Hospice for their loving care of our family, and San Juan
Oncology Staff.
Memorials may be made to the Aztec Firefighter's
Association, 201 W. Chaco Ave., Aztec NM 87410.
Arrangements were with Cope Memorial Chapel of
Thank You
We would like to thank everyone who hugged our
necks, cried with us and shared memories.
Thanks to those who washed dishes, kept the food hot
and ready. May God Bless you.
A special thanks to those officers and medics whose
compassion and caring hand made a difference.
Thanks to the Olive Garden for a wonderful lunch. To
the staff and management of the Hiway Grill: there will
surely be a place in heaven and in our hearts for your
loving support and all you did for us.
The family of Rodney Dean Williams
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives
through the eight recovery principals found in the
Beatitudes and Christ-centered 12 steps. This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by
sharing our experiences, victories and hopes with one
another. In addition, we become willing to accept.
Every Friday Night at First Baptist Church
700 Navajo Ave, Aztec, NM 87410 • 505-334-6833
What Time: Dinner is served at 6:15 (no charge)
Large Group Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
Child care is provided!
Gotsch to Sign “Belle’s
Star” and “Belle’s Trial”
Farmington author Connie Gotsch will sign her youth
novels, Belle's Star and Belle’s Trial at Valley
Veterinary Clinic in Farmington Sat., July 16 from
8 am to noon.
Gotsch based the stories loosely on the life of her own
dogs, Kiri and Ben, who brought love and laughter to
her for many years. Her new dog, Miribelle will appear
in future Belle books and will be on hand to pawdagraph
books at Valley Vet. For every book Gotsch sells, she
will donate a dollar to the Farmington Animal Shelter
Written from Belle’s point of view and illustrated by
Farmington artist, John Cogan, Belle's Star and Belle’s
Trial encourage kids to treat animals and each other with
respect; empower children to make good choices when
they face difficult situations, and encourage self discipline.
In Belle’s Star, Darcy, a spunky soccer playing girl,
and her Aunt Ellen rescue Belle from abusive owners
and offer her love. Belle has never met a kind human.
Living with Darcy terrifies her. Other people and animals, including a cat, teach her about trust.
In Belle’s Trial, Belle finds life as a pet boring when
Darcy goes to school. Looking for a challenge, Belle
digs her way out of the yard, turns over waste baskets,
and chews furniture. Darcy’s Mom and Dad consider
finding her a new home where someone can give her a
job. Darcy provides employment that challenges Belle’s
mind and body. However to do the work, Belle must
learn self discipline. Darcy must make a hard choice.
Both must cope with someone who has made their lives
Award winning journalist and retired Farmington elementary school counselor Margaret Cheasebro has
designed activities booklets for Belle's Star and Belle’s
Trial. The booklets are available in downloadable form
from apbooks.net upon purchase of the novels.
The guides can assist in classroom sessions designed
to help elementary school students learn to interact with
people and animals. Home schooling parents, who like
to read and discuss stories with kids, can use the guides.
Families and community groups can work on projects
that foster strong community ties. Veterinarians, pet
store owners, and animal shelter workers can use the
guides to promote pet care.
John Cogan has created black-and-white illustrations
for each of the chapters in Belle’s Star and Belle’s Trial;
and a color image for each book’s cover. Known for his
landscape acrylics still life, portraits, and wildlife
images, he shows work at El Prado Galleries in Sedona,
Arizona; Galleries West in Jackson, Wyoming; and
Southwest Galleries in Dallas, Texas.
Gotsch plans additional signings in at Petco July 24,
and at In Cahoots Gallery on August 12th. Both are in
no charge - no frills 20 word personal classified.
$5 ad - 21 words, $1 each additional 10 words.
$10 ad - 3.25 X .75, single line frame
$15 ad - 3.25 X 1, deco type, single line frame
$20 ad - 3.35 X 1.5 - deco type, single line frame
$30 ad - 3.25 X 2 - deco type, frame, graphic
Send your ad with payment to The Aztec Local News,
PO Box 275, Aztec, NM 87410, or drop in the drop box
at the Aztec Chamber of Commerce or Zip and Ship.
NM Animal Cruelty
Taskforce Hotline:
Health Center
Family Clinic
1601 E. 20th • Farmington
Open Afternoons and Evenings
By Appointment ONLY: 564-3628
Urgent Pager: 505-716-0102
Uninsured Patients
Discounts for
CASH Payments
ACCEPTED including
JULY 16 - 31 • 2011
TA L O N C l a s s i f i e d s
Green Living Website for living green in San Juan
County: Renewable Energy, Increasing Economy and
Local Food Production, Green Building and much more:
Help Wanted, Medical Assistant (MA) for Aztec
Urgent Care. Minimum of 2 years clinical experience in
an Urgent Care, ED or similar medical setting required.
Including 2 years IV insertion, Critical Thinking, CPR,
ACLS, Triage, IV & IM medication administration
skills. Salary DOE. Please drop off resume to 604 S Rio
Grande Ave, Aztec NM or e-mail to [email protected]
Handyman Services: very reasonable
prices. I do any job a homemaker can
do, but doesn’t, doesn’t know how, or is
not able. Minor repairs, tile, wallpaper,
paint, garden/lawn. Pet friendly and reliable. Carl @ 333-2443.
For sale: gas stove, top condition, $100; big boys bicycle, new, $75; 74 Dodge pickup 3/4 ton 200 series, 318
V8, $1200 or best offer. Hwy frontage in Flora Vista w/
mobile home & second hookup, 1.5 acres. $175,000.
Listen live online to progressive radio:
“The Dog Lady” training, nutrition, behavior. All
breeds. Call Judy Dette, 334-7159.
Concrete work: Make deteriorated steps like new.
Very experienced. 330-1432.
Wanted: small all terrain motorcycle (50cc or smaller) in decent condition, 334-5444 (if no answer, leave
Want to join or start a Sabbath home Bible study /
fellowship group, full gospel. 334-5121.
Steel Buildings
Factory Direct
Medicare and Medicaid
Discounted inventory
33x39, 42x57, 54x99, 60x156
Misc. Material Available
Source # 129
American Legion Post 93 will be canceling meetings in July and August 2011.
505-334-3317 or 505-280-6996
I do construction/repair work. 330-5431.
Wanted: Independent Contract Drivers- Drive rental
vehicles throughout 4-Corners region. Drive on days
when you’re available. Must be non-smoker, provide
copy of DMV clean driving record and be at least age 30
with your own cell phone. No CDL required. Contact
Audra Law at 564-3509 or [email protected]
For Sale Two banjos, $125 each. Both in good condition. Guitar zither made in East Germany. Beautiful
unique instrument, $100. 505-334-6534
Lost on May 26th, ruby and gold bracelet. Very precious and irreplaceable. If found please contact Joy at
801-5380, Reward!!
Doublewide for sale, Aztec: Clean 3 bdrm, 2ba, 2car oversized garage, chicken coop/ 2 horse stalls, lattice covered patio from house to garage. 5 1/2 years old
on 1.6 acres. #5 CR 3171, Aztec. 334-1404.
For sale Aztec: One acre fenced at HWY 574 and corner of CR 3089. Mobile home, 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths.
Large utility room, enclosed porch. Has 2 storage buildings. Includes appliances (washer, dryer, stove and
fridge). $50,000. 505-334-1083 or 505-333-4322.
For sale: Sears rototiller-4 years old $125; 2 lawn
mowers, green one $10, red one $15. Home made
flatbed, $200. Misc. tools, various prices. Whirlpool
deep freeze, 2 1/2 years old, $250. Macrame’ cord 6mm,
$1.50 per skein; macrame’ cord 3 mm, $1 per skein.
Other misc. crafts. Located at 1001 Rd. 574 and corner
of CR 3089. Call 334-1083, 333-4322
For sale: Ifit.com walker. Certified Personal Trainers
program/Heart Rate Control Program, manual & CD,
$700. Call 334-1083, 333-4322.
For sale: 1973 Volkswagen Vanagon, needs engine.
$1000 obo. 860-6976.
For sale: black walnut wood; 12 1/2” Dewalt planner;
6 X 48” belt sander; 2004 Moped Scooter; small
rototiller Craftsman; 2003 Starcraft pop-up camper;
Honda generator; Airco welder. 334-2586.
For rent: 3bdrm, 2 bath doublewide mobile home in
Farmington. $400 deposit, $1000/mo. All utilities paid.
For sale: Singer sewing machine Model 534 w/wood
cabinet. Large decorative wall mirror. 505-320-1224.
For sale: 1992 BMW 325-I, maroon 5-speed, 4-door.
Volunteer needed to help me ride my ATV again
since my disability. Experienced riders only. Call for
details, 320-6165.
For sale: 4-piece sectional - rust color.clean and
untorn. $400, paid $2000. 505-258-5190
For sale: refrigerator, runs well, $25. 947-0708.
Looking for a lead receptionist for a growing medical
office in Aztec New Mexico. Candidate will have previous office experience, including knowledge of Microsoft
Office. Maturity a plus and a proven track record of
commitment to current and/or past employers. Customer
service is a must. Salary DOE with benefits. Please send
cover letter, resume and references to [email protected]
Auction every Thursday @ 7 PM
5631 HWY. 64-Bloomfield HWY.
Contact Ken: 505-860-7708
Aztec Recycle Center
303 South Ash Street (behind the metal building)
• Sports Physicals •
• Drug Screens • DOT Physicals
• Respirator Exams • PFTs
• Tuesday Friday:
10 am to 4 pm
• Saturday:
8 am to noon
Large trash drop-off bins
Recycle your newspaper, corrugated cardboard, brown paper bags, white office paper,
clear, brown and green glass, #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans and foil, tin, & steel cans
Priscilla A. Shannon
Attorney at Law
Divorce, Child Custody
Grandparents Rights
Guardianships, Probate and Wills
• 333-2055 •
105 East Chaco • Aztec
Flora Vista Mutual Domestic Water Assoc.
will have its regular monthly Board of Directors
Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
at 5:30 pm. 334-6045
Visit us at our website: www.floravistawater.com
Sewers & Drains $75
7 am - 7 pm, no OT charges
Monday - Saturday • 334-9353
(reference #3)
Rabies Clinic
in Aztec
Sunday, July 31, 2011
The San Juan Animal League will be holding its
RABIES CLINIC on Sunday July 31, 2011 at the
Park, Aztec, NM. The clinic is held at 12:30 to 4:30.
This clinic offers discount vaccinations to dogs and cats
and is operated by volunteers. Check us out on
Facebook. For questions, contact us on the web
www.sanjuananimalleague.com or call 505-327-7802.
Free music series “Fridays at
the Fort” continues July 29
Robby Overfield and D.L. Marble to perform
at Community Concert Hall
The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College,
in partnership with Alpine Bank Durango, continues its
“Friday’s at the Fort” free music series Friday, July 29,
2011, 5-7 p.m. Local country artists Robby Overfield
and D.L. Marble are set to perform.
Robby Overfield, opening the show at 5 p.m., is lauded as an acoustic musician who blends the art of storytelling and genuine lyrics with a powerful voice.
Originally from Detroit, Mich., Overfield has continued
to expand his musical framework from his base in
Durango, Colo., including unique perspectives on his
own life and encounters. With an ability to captivate
with his live performances, Overfield is said to leave his
audiences changed by the power of music and emotion.
At 6 p.m. D.L. Marble will take the stage. Considered
one-of-a-kind and the best of the local up-and-coming
Alt-Country/Americana artists, Marble was raised by his
mother, never knowing much of his father who spent
most of his life in a Texas prison. He rode bareback
horses and was a high school football star, but his passion was music, and he performed for all who would listen. Marble, who admittedly has taken the long road, is
said to write songs not for critics or music executives,
but to release his internal feelings as well as rock his
Fridays at the Fort will conclude for the summer on
August 26 – with artists to be announced.
Tickets are not required for Fridays at the Fort, and
the doors to the hall will open at 4:30 p.m., with no
reserved seating. Refreshments are available for sale,
and patrons may take beverages into the hall. For further
information, visit www.durangoconcerts.com, call
970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office in Downtown
Durango at 7th St. and Main Ave.
Hotline number
For an updated schedule of area meetings,
check out www.riograndena.org
Support TALON
Dispatch: 325-3409
Narcotics Anonymous
• 334-3965 •
Red Apple Bus
“Providing the most elite
care in the Four Corners”
Pest Control
Bugs-A-Winginit •
Residential & Rental Properties
Crane’s Roost Care Home
Commercial • Residential
Allan Walraven
Jewell’s Carpet Cleaning
The Farmington Red Apple Transit
• Good Rates • Different sizes
• RV and Open Space available
Limited hours: 2- 6 pm,
Call 334-6111
or 334-7175, leave message
Services • Business Builders
Need a ride?
Aztec Cottonwood Storage
A Journey to Better . . . . . . . . . . .18
A New Beginning . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
AliceMarie Slaven-Emond . . . . . .22
All About Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Allstate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Animas Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Aztec Chamber Calendar . . . . . . .6
Aztec City Chatter . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Aztec Farmers Market . . . . . . . . .20
Aztec Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Aztec Outlaw Days . . . . . . . . . . .15
Aztec Recycling Center . . . . . . . .22
Aztec Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Aztec Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Aztec Urgent Care . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Basin Home Health & Hospice . . .6
Bugs-a-Wingin-It . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Business Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Cottonwood Storage . . . . . . . . . .23
Crane’s Roost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Expectations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Five Star Mechanical . . . . . . . . . .15
Good Samaritan Village . . . . . . . .17
Home Plumbing . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Hot Nails by Amy . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Inland Kenworth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Jewell’s Carpet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Local Computer Solutions . . . . . .12
McDonalds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Mercy Medical Center . . . . . . . . .15
Most of Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Mr. Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Premier Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Priscilla Shannon, Atty . . . . . . . . .23
Ramsey Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Reliance Medical . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Rising Sun Plumbing . . . . . . . . . .12
Ryan Lane, Lawyer . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Sage Demolition/Construction . . .22
San Juan College East . . . . . . . .18
San Juan Regional Medical . . .5,17
Sky Ute Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . .7,16
Southwest Midwives . . . . . . . . . . .11
Steel Buildings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Style Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Sundance Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Sutherland Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Vanilla Moose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Vaughan Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . .22
Wildwood Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Zip & Ship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
United Blood Services - Farmington Office
Local Mobile Blood Drives
Find the hero
in you.
Give blood 3
times a year.
Any donor that wishes to donate at any of the New
Mexico drives can call to set an appointment or get
more information at 505 325-1505, Monday and
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM
– 1:00 PM. Or Sign Up Online at www.bloodhero.com.
Local Mobile Blood Drives (See complete list online)
Farmington Weekly Draw Hours at Farmington office
Monday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday, CLOSED
Friday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
KD’s Video movie reviews by Martha Pereyra
July 19th, 2011:
LIMITLESS starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro-UG-Action. Eddie,
a burned-out writer, discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his
brain's capacity. He soon acquires limitless success, but his dream life soon
becomes a nightmare, as the drug's brutal side takes effect.
TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT starring Toper Grace, Teresa Palmer-RComedy. When Matt's high-school crush shows up at his dead-end mall
job, he & his buddy devise a wild scheme for Matt to finally win the girl of
his dreams.
Direct to Video
DESERT FLOWER starring Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins-R-Drama.
Based on the best selling book & true story of a woman who achieves stardom as a top model & uses her celebrity to make a difference in the land
she left behind.
LOU starring John Hurt, Emily Barclay-NR-Drama. A tender story of the
relationship between 11yr old Lou & her grandfather Doyle. Not long after
Lou's father walks out of her life, her irascible grandfather crashes in
bringing with him the healing power of love
TEKKEN starring Jon Foo-R-Action. The year is 2039 & the world wars
have destroyed everything & territories are run by corporations. In the
midst of this society, a young man with raw fighting skills is driven to
defeat the world's most elite fighters.
WAY OF THE WEST starring Jessica Pare, Tony Munch-R-Western. A
lone Mountie has come to town to clean up its crime & corruption after
finding an innocent man dead.
THANKS to our advertisers who
support TALON and the free
services it offers. 505-334-1039
NM Poison Center:
July 26, releases:
SOURCE CODE starring Jake Gylenhaal-PG-13-Thriller, Action. When
Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program that enables him
to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 min. of his life.
Direct to Video
DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT- starring Brandon Routh, Sam
Huntington-PG-13-Horror. Dylan Dog is a world famous private investigator specializing in affairs of the undead. He must track down a dangerous
artifact before a war ensues.
IRONCLAD starring Paul Giamatti-R-Action. Set in the time of King
John's signing of the Magna Carta, a group of Knights Templar hold out
for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle.
TRUST starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener-R-Thriller. When 14 yrold Annie made a new friend online - a 16yr-old boy named Charlie, her
parents don't think much of it. Slowly she learns he is not who he claims to
be, setting in motion devastating revelations that forever change her family's life.
These and many more at KD's Video in Bloomfield-632-8579. Thank you
for your patronage. KDs Video - 302 N. 1st St. Bloomfield, 632-8579.
• 888-811-8282 •
You can call the Rape Crisis Center
from anywhere in the state and call
an advocate any time
(24 hours/7 days a week)
and not have to worry
about a phone charge.
825 E. Sabena Street • Aztec
Noon - 4:00 pm
Seven days a week
A call for San Juan County artists
The 2012 edition of Handmade: Guide to the Arts in San Juan
County is being prepared, and there is a call for all artists in San Juan
County to be a part of this arts and entertainment publication. The booklet
is dedicated to promoting San Juan County as an art and cultural destination in the Four Corners.
Publisher Michael Bulloch and Editor Debra Mayeux invite artists of
every genre to consider being a part of this publication. “Artists, writers,
actors and craftsmen are asked to contact us no later than Sept. 30th, if
they want to be included in the next guide,” Mayeux said. “We printed
more than 7,000 copies and distributed them throughout the U.S. in 2011.
We hope to build upon that this upcoming year. We only need your support.”
The guide also includes art organizations, theatre organizations, galleries
and venues. Advertising prices vary, so for more information please visit:
www.handmadeartistguide.com or call Debra, 505.320.6512; Michael,
505.716.6057 or Tim, 505.486.0403.
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TRWC Art Center Classes
July, August and September scheduled classes at TRWC Art
Center are:
August 13 – PMC (Precious Metal Clay) with Sue Johnson. Create
1 of a kind earrings, pendant and broach with .99 pure silver. Class
fees TBA – based on market price of silver.
September 10 – Fun with Line – Learn to look more closely at subject matter and use line in an expressive way. $20 members, $30 non
Drop-In Watercolor classes – every Saturday at 10 am (unless
another event is scheduled in the classroom). Call for more info. All
levels welcome. $5 members, $10 non members. Punchcards available.
FMI call 716-7660, visit us on facebook “TRWC Art Center & In
Cahoots!” or our website threeriverswomen.com, or drop by the Art
Center at 109 N. Allen Avenue in historic downtown Farmington.
TRWC Art Center is a 501 (c)(3) all volunteer, local non profit with the
mission of fostering, promoting, educating and encouraging the creative artists
of San Juan County – and we believe there is an artist in everyone.
Membership open to anyone wishing to support TRWC’s mission, vision and
New Mexico's best high school football players
showcased at Rio Rancho High School Stadium
July 23, 2011– spectators welcome
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, the 4th annual NMpreps.com Elite 100 Combine will take place showcasing 150+ of New Mexico's best high school athletes. The event will be held 8am to 3pm at the Rio
Rancho High School Football Stadium, 301 Loma Colorado NE, Rio Rancho, NM. All media outlets
and spectators are welcome to attend, FREE admission.
Each athlete will be tested in four core events: Bench Press, 40-Time, Vertical Jump, and the 20Yard Shuttle Run. Combine Details: http://nmpreps.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=1172&CID=1060860
Numbers for each player are recorded and sent out to regional college coaches.
A representative from the National Collegiate Scouting Association, Inc. (NCSA) will be present to
talk to parents and attendees about the complex college recruiting process, http://www.ncsasports.org.
Aztec Athletes: Adam Lucero, Andrew Pope, Bradley Hardin, Cory Saxon, Jeremy Hathcock,
Michael Cowden, and Xavier Salazar
Farmington Athletes: Daniel Lacey, Essiel Camasco, John Garcia, Sear Farley, and Shawn
For more information: http://www.nmpreps.rivals.com