Health Hero
NMSU's Rebecca Palacios works to improve border communities

Seeing in the Dark
Rick Beno snaps candid portraits of the universe

Old Man River
Silver City musician Greg Renfro just keeps rollin' along

Desert Home Companion:

Check Engine Light
It's two hours to Las Cruces, but a world away

Let Them Eat Cake
Be careful what you bake, especially for a birthday

One Dark and Stormy Night
Sometimes blazing a trail requires getting your feet -- and more -- wet

Outdoor Miracles
Lessons learned between heaven and the junipers

Gift of the Magma
The Organ Mountains are home to a diverse ecosystem.

Columns and Departments

Editor's Note
Desert Diary
100 Hikes
Southwest Gardener
Henry Lightcap's Journal
The Starry Dome
Talking Horses
Ramblin' Outdoors
Guides to Go
Continental Divide

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40 Days & 40 Nights
The To-Do List
Blues Festival

Red or Green
Shevek & Co.
Dining Guide
Table Talk

Arts Exposure
Arts Scene
Transparent Beauty
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind
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The Slippery Slope of Projection

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Table Talk

As promised in these pages, River Ranch Market is now open, Weds.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., featuring grassfed beef, pastured poultry, gluten-free baked goods and "good, clean food cooked in cast iron by real cowgirls." 300 S. Bullard, 597-6328.

Millie's Bake House in downtown Silver City celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday, May 4, with an open house, cake and refreshments from 5-7 p.m. 215 W. Yankie, 597-2253.

In the Mimbres, La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery will celebrate the release of its specialty wine, "Born in Space," a tribute to those born in the former town of Santa Rita (now part of the mine), on May 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Speakers will include local history authors Terry Humble (see "Mining Santa Rita's History," November 2012) and Antony Romero from 1-3 p.m., followed at 3:30 p.m. by music by Brandon Perrault and Friends and food by Acosta Farms. Royal John Mine Road, off Hwy. 61, Mimbres, (505) 259-9523, www.laesperanzavineyardandwinery.com.

In downtown Silver City, Shevek & Co. (see review in this issue) will be open with special menu items and extended hours for Tour of the Gila, including on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1 and 2. For Mother's Day, May 12, mothers dining at Shevek & Co. will receive a complimentary dessert or glass of wine. And the restaurant will be open late Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, during the Blues Festival, and be open on Memorial Day, May 27. 602 N. Bullard St., 534-9168, silver-eats.com.

In Pinos Altos, the Buckhorn will be serving beer for the Tour of the Gila bike race on Sunday, May 5, and will be open Sunday, May 12, for Mother's Day for dinner. It's the first time the Buckhorn has been open on a Sunday. Main Street, 538-9911.

Billy's will also be celebrating Mother's Day, with an all-day buffet that includes champagne for moms. 2138 Hwy. 180E in Silver City, 388-1367.

Little Toad Creek Inn & Tavern in Lake Roberts will feature a Mother's Day gourmet buffet on May 12, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Call for reservations. 1122 Hwy. 35, 536-9649, littletoadcreek.com.



In Mesilla, Arabella's, serving Italian, Spanish and Cuban fare, will open in the building at 1750 Calle de Mercado that was home to Lorenzo's de Mesilla for 16 years.

The popular Panda Express Chinese-food chain has opened a Las Cruces outpost at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the NMSU campus. Other chain eateries in the works include a new Dunkin' Donuts, expected this summer at 2513 N. Main St., and a Schlotzsky's restaurant in the 1700 block of east University Avenue.



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