D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e    May 2006


Wage War
The fight to raise the minimum wage moves to the local level.

Birth of the Blues
Behind the scenes of the Silver City Blues Festival.

Inside Stories
Voices from the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Going with the Flow
Get your feet wet at the Gila River Festival.

Magic Flute
Las Cruces musician Randy Granger plays his way to the top.

Getaways: Strip Tease
Can you have fun in Las Vegas without gambling? You bet.

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40 Days & 40 Nights
Celebration of Spring
SW Wine Fest
Tour of the Gila
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Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

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Table Talk

Silver City's downtown eating options are about to get a lot wider (as, no doubt, will many Silver City waistlines). The former Clifton Chevrolet structure, built in 1950, has been rechristened "The Hub" and will soon become a mini-food court of sorts. Already home to Alotta Gelato and the Java the Hut coffeeshop, plus Hot Spot clothing, the block will be adding:

Diane's Bakery & Deli, an offshoot of the popular downtown restaurant; The Brisket Bistro; and Peace Meal Cooperative Restaurant and Deli. Rumor has it that a Tortilla Factory may also be in the works. All are expected to open in early summer, with two huge spaces for retail or other restaurants still to be filled...

Out in Arenas Valley, the Many Moons gift shop has opened a coffee bar, serving espresso drinks as well as Chai tea, iced coffee and tea, chocolate, soft drinks, flavored bottled waters, pastries, muffins and cakes. Get your coffee fix at 11786 Hwy. 180 E., 534-2400. . . .

We're hearing good things about Marisco's Cancun, now open at 504 E. Amador Ave. in Las Cruces, 525-2163. Owner Jose Ramon Acevedo, a Cuban-born Los Angeles businessman, has turned the one-time site of a Chinese restaurant into a home for Mexican seafood dishes, as well as American fare. It's open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. . . .

Also in Las Cruces, Joy Luck Chinese restaurant, 3530 Foothills Road, 532-0157, is under new management. . . . So is La Casita Cafe, now renamed La Nueva Casita Cafe, 195 N. Mesquite Street, 523-5434. Jaime Salazar, who grew up just two blocks away and was formerly chef at the Holiday Inn, now runs the restaurant with his daughter, Melissa. . . . Subbie's on North Valley Drive in Las Cruces has closed to the public and become a catering kitchen. . . .

Also closed are Bob's Burgers and La Samba, both in Las Cruces, and Jack's Rib Joint in Deming.




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