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Business Beat


As promised in this space last month, the former Nature Conservancy property Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City has been purchased by a group including Linda Brewer and John Rohovec, local owners of the Blue Dome Gallery. Other partners in Bear Mountain Arts LLC are Diane Fisher of Albuquerque, Tom and Sharon Dukes of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeffery Brown and John McNulty of Tucson. The bed and breakfast, which re-opened in mid-August, will also be the new home of the gallery; two tenants have already been signed for Blue Dome's downtown location, opening in time for October's Weekend at the Galleries.

The lodge will be a venue for workshops, seminars and special events. Brewer says, "The potential is our imagination." She adds that the new owners will continue to operate the property with much the same conservation philosophy: "The lodge will have an emphasis on being green, hiring locally, supporting local businesses, and, of course lots of arts and art-related events. In the next year or so, we will open the walking sculpture garden, create roof gardens on the portals, and hopefully go solar. There will still be great hiking and birding."



Cyber Pros is expanding to a larger space, next door to the current location at 1816 N. Silver St. in Silver City, and will be opening a computer training center. Classes will include personalized training on customers own computers, followed by small-group classes on topics such as computer literacy, intermediate Windows and Microsoft Office applications. Classes will be taught by Chellee Chase-Saiz, an experienced instructor and computer professional. Owner Ben Beltron, who took over the computer-repair business in March, is also adding electronics repair, including TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos and video-game consoles. 388-2778





Also under new ownership is Exit Realty of Las Cruces, which has been purchased by Chris Harrison and Joseph Arnone. They will continue to operate at 3529 Foothills Road and will retain all current agents and listings. Previous owners were Chuck and Kathy Olson. 532-5678



Publishing observers can't help wondering what the heck happened between August 9, when the Sun-News published a big self-promotional piece about its "new approach" under publisher Ann Reed, and August 10, when the newspaper announced that Reed had "resigned effective immediately." Departing after almost two years at the helm, Reed "will remain in Las Cruces to explore other opportunities." (Read: No, she isn't leaving because she got a better job at another paper.) She'll be replaced by Jim Maxwell, who had been group publisher of parent company MediaNews Groups' seven New Mexico properties.





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