Our heartfelt thanks to these local business supporters of the FASF!
Please support them with the same enthusiasm they’ve shown for us!
(Click on any of the photos below. If they have a website, it will take you there – or enlarge their graphic.)
Attorney – Jeffrey Wayne Smith – An Active FASF Member
Mr. Smith is also fluent in Italian and Spanish
Attorney – Ben Longwill
Ben Longwill is a licensed New Mexico attorney who specializes in Real Estate Law and Probate. He also actively defends clients who have been charged with driving offenses. Telephone Mr. Longwill at 575.524.4141 and arrange your introductory conference and explore this talented and colorful lawyer’s rich legal background and experience.
BIG “O” TIRES
Big O Tire Stores of Deming & Silver City NM – Owned and Managed by Megan & Cal Wenzel (above) – Tel: 575.544.2446 – Not just hard to beat deals on Tires, but all around complete automotive and truck services – at competitive prices – Click above photo for complete website and scheduling feature – Big O Tires is a national firm, so your tire warranties are good wherever you travel, not just locally! Megan is an active member of the FASF Board of Trustees.
L to R above: Alejandra Sanchez, Administrative Assistant; FASF member, Bill Wallace , Columbus Stockyards Mgr.; and Aidee Palacios, F. C. Felhaber Livestock Broker . . . Bill is a Trustee of the FASF.
Foreground in picture at left, L to R: Aidee Palacios, Livestock Broker; Bill Wallace, Stockyards Manager, Alejandra Sanchez, Assistant to Mr. Wallace, and cattlemen, all busily occupied at the Import/Export Control Office and Weight Station . . . photo to the right shows Alejandra checking large livestock scale, as small group of cattle pass through for weighing . . .
L to R above: Aidee Palacios, Broker; JZ Smith, CATTLEMEX owner; and Alejandra Sanchez, Admin Assistant for Columbus Stockyards, working at facility’s high technology weight station . . .
L to R above: U.S. Customs Officials gathered with Alejandra Sanchez (right), during Grand Opening Ceremonies, September 2014.
The old Columbus Stockyards were sold by Luna County to Cattleman JZ Smith of Columbus and Tubac, AZ, whose new CattleMex invested heavily in modernizing the old Columbus stockyards, turning it into a major Mexican-American Import/Export facility for both horses and cattle. CattleMex celebrated its Grand opening with special ceremonies just last month. Mayor Skinner of Columbus, his wife, Diana, and Miss Columbus, Tonya Moreno, helped Mr. Smith conduct the festivities, at which both New Mexico and Mexican officials, Federal (U.S. Customs), and Congressman Steve Pearce’s Office were present to welcome guests for the celebratory occasion. CattleMex is currently the largest business operation to open in Columbus in many years. Managing the sprawling new facilities is FASF member, Bill Wallace III. Bill and his assistant, Alejandra Sanchez are all pictured above. Bill was raised in Casas Grandes, Mexico and later obtained his degree in agriculture in the states. His family goes back many generations in both Mexico and New Mexico, and were operating a vast ranch in Mexico through which Panco Villa traveled, when he launched his infamous raid on Columbus in March of 1916. If you’d like to get any information about CattleMex or the stockyards, call Bill, JZ, or Alejandra at : 575.531.3004
COLUMBUS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE – Has powered rural SW New Mexico and SE Arizona with electricity since 1949. The Coop has continued to grow as it has reliably and economically served farms, ranches, homes and industry since it first began generating and distributing power to its members. It now has over 2000 miles of power lines throughout its service area in Luna, Hidalgo, and Grant counties in New Mexico, and Cochise county in Arizona, while servicing almost 7000 individual electric meters. The member owned non-profit cooperative is governed by a Board of Trustees incuding: Edward Elbrock, President; Randy L. Massey, Vice President; William C. Miller Jr., Secretary-Treasurer/Director, NMRECA; FASF member Eddie Diaz, as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer; Hal B. Keeler, Tri-State; Nancy Clopton; William J. Cloudt; Joe Johnson; and Jay Peterson. The Power Utility’s daily operations are run by: Chris Martinez, Executive VP and General Manager; Denise Barrera, Information Systems Manager; Charles C. Kretek, General Counsel/Human Resources; Rachel Marrufo, Office Manager; and Salvador (Sonny) Parra, Operations Manager. Main offices are located at 900 N. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88031. Telephone 575.546.8838 or 800.950.2667
Columbus NM (City Hall) – This is where it all began back in March of 1916, when Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa terrorized the community with his infamous raid, which immediately gave rise to the birth of American Air Power, as the First Aero Squadron launched its Jenny airplanes from Columbus in pursuit of the illusive Villa. Today, working to enhance and develop this historic village are Mayor Philip Skinner and Trustees Bruce D’Salas, Xavier Muñoz, Bill Johnson and Martha Skinner. Further helping local villagers and the town’s many visitors are Municipal Clerk Cindy Varnhagen, Treasurer Margie Osmer, and Water Clerk, Amanda Rios. To reach any of this friendly town’s personnel just call: 575.531.2663
The Columbus Village Library has just joined the rapidly growing ranks of local FASF business supporters. The unquestioned center of graphic arts and literature in Columbus has just stepped aboard to help the Foundation reach its goals. The friendly and helpful staff is lead by Director, Jeane Canfield, wife of retired FASF Secretary, Bud Canfield and librarians Maggie Calderon, Michael O’loughlen, and Laura Herron. The staff hopes that, whenever in or visiting Columbus you stop by to enjoy the fully stacked shelves and take in the regularly exhibited artistry of local artists hanging on the facility’s walls, or use their fully equipped computer center with its high speed broadband Internet, offering you late model computers, or wi-fi access, should you have your own laptop computer in hand. Or, if you have any questions about Columbus or the surrounding area, this hospitable staff will be more than happy to give you a hand. You can get library hours and have your questions answered by calling them at: 575.531.2612
Deming is famous as the locale of the silver spike. In March 1881, the town became the site of the completion of the second transcontinental railroad, uniting the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad from the east with the Southern Pacific from the west. Immediately adjacent to the Center you’ll find a relic of these days of yesteryear in the perfectly restored old Union Pacific cars and steam locomotive on display.
DEMING VISITOR CENTER – 800 E. Pine St. – Coming to this historic high desert community for vacation? Before, or after you arrive, be sure to check in with the Visitor Center for guidance in finding the numerous exiting sights to visit and explore in this southwestern corner of the Land of Enchantment. Managers: Julie Mendez, Kathryn Hodson or one of their on duty volunteers will help you get started and eagerly answer your questions. Don’t delay, give them a call at: 575.567.1962
Owned and Operated by Diana & Javier Diaz
In photo above in front office are (L to R) Susan Muñoz, Office Manager & CEO Javier Diaz – Top rated on both Facebook and Angie’s List. Complete well services, including Solar, Geothermal and conventional. D & J’s service area reaches out in a 100 mile radius from Deming, but this professional operation also serves Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra & Doña Ana Counties. However D & J has also been known to bid beyond this distance. Their main offices are at 2600 Columbus Rd. SW, Deming, NM 88030 Hours: M – F from 8:00 to 5:00Tel: 575.546.7221 – Five out of five stars rating on Facebook! Javier also happens to be one of the publicly elected Luna County Commissioners.
Diaz Farms – Fresh Locally Grown Produce – A three generation family farm, owned and operated by Eddie and Guillermina Diaz in Deming, New Mexico – Telephone: 575.546.7264 – Located at 2485 Silver City Highway in Deming. – Diaz Farms is famous for their champion caliber green and red chile, but also well known for their flavorful onions, melons, pinto beans and many other types of produce. Need hay? Come to Diaz for good quality and competitive prices! Enjoy watching your chile roasted while you wait – or buy your order from already freshly on-site roasted stock. FASF member Eddie is the brother of Javier Diaz of D & J Pump & Well Service (above) and is also the Assistant Treasurer of the local electric utility, COLUMBUS ELECTRIC (see above).
- Pictured above, standing on the porch of the offices for the Sales & Service facility of “E&G Wireless” in Columbus, are (L to R): Gracie Carreon, Manager; Mely Gonzales, Service Representative, and Veronica Pelido, an E&G customer.
E&GWireless is one of our newest FASF Business Supporters. The company is owned and managed by Gracie Carreon of Columbus. The enterprise was the exclusive idea of this young Columbus native. In spite of predictions by some area wireless communications “experts” that such a new business couldn’t succeed in Columbus, it has – – – and how! Gracie was certain that the town of Columbus could use its own wireless service and sales facility and it would appear that her instincts were right, because E&G has managed to grow and thrive in the two and a half years since its humble beginnings from her home.
Gracie personally showing one of her customers some of the many cell phones she offers.
Gracie (L) checks Mely’s (R) calculations and data for one of their customer’s accounts.
After only about a year from her start up at home, the business grew so fast that it was necessary to purchase and set up her own free-standing office building, which she did, right alongside the Columbus Highway a few short miles North of the center of town. This innovative young entrepreneur has managed to more than just succeed, she has flourished and grown as few expected was possible.
Her company’s slogan is: “Big Enough to Serve, Small Enough to Care,” and that accurately describes Ms. Carreon’s operation, already approaching its third year of successful sales and exceptionally friendly service. If you’d like to explore and possibly purchase one of Gracie’s unbelievably low cost Cell Phone service plans and/or some new or used cell phone equipment, you can either stop by in person at the above office at the Southeast corner of the Columbus Highway and West Carter Avenue, so that Gracie or one of her gracious staff can show you the many possibilities available, or call them at (575) 545-3719. E&G’s friendly staff are all bilingual, speaking both English and/or Spanish.
Please to stop by and discover for yourself why this Columbus Wireless company is growing so explosively. Their hospitality and friendliness are genuinely unparalleled – – – and E&G’s prices are amazingly competitive! See the story about Gracie Carreon’s entreprenuerial success story under our “INSIGHTS” Column (found under right side bar menu under “MORE TO SEE“).
ELITE AUTO CARE – TOYOTA Factory Trained – Master Diagnostics Specialist – 30 Years TOYOTA Experience – Specializing in LEXUS, TOYOTA & SCION – 4451 Edgar Park Ave., El Paso, TX – Tel: 915.757.3500 – ELITE has customers from Las Cruces, Deming and Columbus, as well as West Texas. Their Facebook rating is five out of five stars! Owned and managed by Mike & Beverly Wilkerson.
GUTIERREZ ENTERPRISES – Pictured on top is Yoya’s Convenience Market, Gas Station and Splash Car Wash, all locally owned and operated by Salvador “Sal” Gutierrez and family. Not only is Yoya’s Market named in honor of Sal’s wife, but you can often meet her there at this, Deming’s busiest convenience store, working with her friendly staff.
When you need a fast and economical vehicle lube, stop by Thunderlube and Car Wash on Deming’s East side and you’ll find Sal managing this high speed service facility. Yoya’s is located just below the intersection of Florida Street at 1620 South Columbus Road and the Splash Car is adjacent to and immediately South of Yoya’s. To get that speedy vehicle lube, drive East on Pine Street to1900 E. Pine. To make a reservation for your lube work call Sal at 575.544.3918. Yoya’s phone is: 575.546.4109. Sal has another self-serve car wash facility, which is located on the SW corner of Spruce and Pearl Streets near central Deming, in case you’re ready to clean your car or truck and are in that neighborhood. In April of 2015 Sal and Yoya are opening Deming’s newest full service grourmet Mexican Restaurant, a truly exquisitely furnished and elegant upscale facility immediately South of Yoya’s Market and Service Station.
First New Mexico Bank – Columbus Branch – Teresa Molina, President