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Standing beneath a portrait of Felix Silva Sr.,Felix Silva III, Felix Silva, Jr.,

Standing beneath a portrait of Felix Silva Sr.,Felix Silva III, Felix Silva, Jr.,
and Denise Silva keep family business a tradition

Another Silva takes over at Silva’s Saloon

Opened in Bernalillo by Felix Silva Sr. the night after Prohibition ended in 1933, Silva’s Saloon is the oldest bar in New Mexico that has been continually owned and operated by a single family. Felix Silva Jr. started cleaning the spittoons and outhouse when he was six years old and worked with his dad until Felix Sr. passed away at the saloon in 1995.

Last month, Felix Silva III and his sister Denise officially took over as proprietors. Felix Jr. will still be behind the bar, but he says he’s just there to clean the bathrooms, as he always has. Denise said that nothing has really changed, “Daddy is still Silva’s Saloon. We’re here to give him some more free time for fishing and gardening at the ranch.” Felix III, retired from Sandia National Lab, will tend bar when needed.

Denise retired as a first-grade teacher at Albuquerque Public Schools on May 27 and started a regular shift at the saloon at 10:00 a.m. the very next day. She joked, “I’ve gone from watching little six-year-olds to big six-year-olds.”

Felix III has two sons who could possibly continue the tradition. “If it’s up to us, the family will still be here to see a hundred-year anniversary.”


Getting the job done right at Universal Transmissions

Getting the job done right at Universal Transmissions

Getting the job done right at Universal Transmissions

Sparkling clean new workspace at Universal Transmission

Universal Transmission changes location

Ty Belknap

Last month Universal Transmission held a grand opening at their new location at 3148 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Family-owned and -operated for ten years, the company has now expanded from three to six bays and 7,200 square feet.

Hector Gonzales, a resident of Rio Rancho for twenty-seven years, has been in the  transmission-repair business for thirty-seven years. He works in the shop with Hector Jr. Daughter Linda runs the office. They offer complete transmission service, standard and automatic, on all makes and models of vehicle. They specialize in transmissions, so the free inspection and estimate will not include the usual intimidating list of optional repairs.

I took my ‘92 Ford Explorer in for service last year because the transmission was leaking and it was increasingly difficult to shift gears. Expecting to to be sold another new transmission and clutch, I was pleasantly surprised when Hector told me he could get a part fabricated that would fix the transmission at minimal cost. The new clutch he installed continues to work smoothly and easily. A slight leak that persisted around a seal was promptly fixed later for no additional charge.

“We stand behind our work, and always assure quality and honesty,” says Linda. Universal Transmissions offers ninety days same as cash payments and nationwide warranties.

For more information, call 896-0555 or visit


TaGrMo celebrates 27 years open in Bernalillo

TaGrMo True Value Hardware store is celebrated its 27th anniversary on June 5 at 952 Camino del Pueblo—the main street of Bernalillo. They invited the community to stop by for food, refreshments, live music, face painting and prizes.

Store co-owner Helen Abousleman says she looks forward to serving the community for many more years to come. She attributes the store’s longevity to its great customer service and assortment of quality products.

“We wouldn’t have been a success if we didn’t have the support of all the surrounding communities,” Abousleman said. “Our customers have played a huge role in helping us reach this milestone. “

When it first opened in 1977, the store sold only a limited variety of inventory due to the small amount of floor space. Since then it has grown from 600 sq. ft. and two employees to 6,300 sq. ft., 12 employees, and a vast variety of basic and hard to find items.

Maria Rinaldi, Community Development Director of the Town of Bernalillo said, “TaGrMo has made a great contribution to this community for many years. TaGrMo has greatly impacted the economic health of main street.”

The store was founded by Ron and Helen Abousleman and today the store’s day-to-day operations are run by Karla Miera, who has been with the store for twenty-four years. Miera states that almost on a daily basis customers compliment the store by saying, “We have looked everywhere for this item and couldn’t find it. We should have come here first!” TaGrMo also has a knowledgeable staff that offers home improvement advice and great customer service.

TaGrMo is a member of the Chicago-based TruServ Corporation—a Fortune 500 company and wholesaler to the world’s largest member-owned cooperative. The TruServ cooperative includes nearly 8,000 independent retailers in the U.S. and around the world operating under the store identities of True Value, Grand Rental Station, Taylor Rental Center, Home & Garden Showplace, and Induserve Supply. TaGrMo benefits from the cooperative’s $4 billion collective buying power, allowing the store to stock a wide selection of quality products at competitive prices.






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