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03 KATHERINE CT.—Sundance Mesa Subdivision: 2,880 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 6 years old, two landscaped courtyards, 3-car garage. Available September 1, 2002. $380,000

01 CALLE ROSA—La Mesa Subdivision: 1,955 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 8 years old, landscaped courtyard, 2-car garage. Available July 1, 2002. $285,000

44 DUSTY TRAILS—Placitas Trails North Subdivision: 1,801 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 6 years old, landscaped courtyard, 2-car garage. $215,000

NEW! 41 SANTA ANA LOOP—Sundance Mesa Subdivision: 2,185 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3-car garage. Under construction. $299,000

NEW! 06 SANTA ANA LOOP—Sundance Mesa Subdivision: 2,185 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3-car garage. Under construction. $299,000

Call Tom Ashe AT 867-3011 for additional information. Will cooperate with agents.

Tom Ashe

“New” New Mexican restaurant in Bernalillo

Bernalillo can always use another New Mexican restaurant, especially one so authentic and ideally located as Aguilar’s. Marie Bonney and Exavier Aguilar recently opened Aguilar’s New Mexican Restaurant at 213 North Camino Del Pueblo, right across from Bernalillo High School.

Aguilar’s offers a complete menu that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and daily specials. The huevos rancheros are reasonably priced at $4, and the breakfast menu is rounded out by three choices of burritos. Lunch burritos include traditional old Mexican favorites like carne asada, chile verde, and chicharrones. They also serve burgers, hot dogs, and french fries.

For dinner, Aguilar’s serves up generous portions of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and stuffed sopapillas. All dinners come with beans and rice, sopapilla or tortilla, chips and salsa, and choice of red or green chile. They also offer à la carte items, children’s menus, and dessert.

Exavier learned about cooking and the food service business at his parent’s restaurant in California. He has also worked at his brother’s restaurants. Marie says, “We serve only fresh homemade ingredients—nothing out of a can. Come in and try the next best thing to home cooking!”

Aguilar’s is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 771-2325 for information or to inquire about carryout and catering.

Purified Water to Go opens on the north side

David and Desirae Sanchez are the owners of the newly opened Purified Water To Go store at 7820 Enchanted Hills Boulevard, Suite E, one block west of NM 528 in Rio Rancho— an ideal location to serve the needs of northern Rio Rancho and the Placitas-Bernalillo area. The full-service retail outlet is equipped with a proprietary state-of-the-art Pure & Fresh 12-Stage Water Purification System® that dispenses Superior Quality Drinking Water®. Purified water is produced using the exclusive Pure & Fresh 12-Stage Water Purification System® and is tested regularly, assuring superior water. The system removes chemicals (chlorine, metals, sediments, salts, impurities, arsenic, etc.) and bacteria, which contribute to the bad taste and odor of city tap water.

For as low as thirty-two and a half cents a gallon, Purified Water To Go can provide safe water while saving hundreds of dollars a year when compared to other bottled or delivered water. Good tasting water encourages people to drink adequate amounts to maintain good health. David Sanchez says, “All water is bottled while you wait, insuring the freshest possible product. No more concerns over how long the water may have sat in a warehouse or on a supermarket shelf! No more wondering if vending machine water filters were changed regularly, if at all!”

David or Desirae will be happy to assist you in filling your bottles or dispensers and and will even carry them to your car. Desirae says, “Don’t worry about those heavy five-gallon jugs. Purified Water To Go carries a large variety of bottles that will fit any need. Stop in and experience our friendly, personal, and professional service. Try the one-gallon taste test and you’ll be convinced.”

The store also carries bottled water related merchandise such as water bottles, crocks, coolers, stands, and accessories. Purified Ice is also available for as low as eighty-five cents per bag. For more information, contact the store at 771-0019 or stop in and see for yourself. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a twenty-four-hour automated water teller available for your after-hours needs.

Walkabout Shoes helps people back on their feet

Janine Jones and Nancy Rudolph have opened another store. Janine says, “We share a faith and vision for Bernalillo that gave us the confidence to open Walkabout Shoes.” The store is located between Natural Threads and the Bernalillo Birding Company and houses a variety of comfortable, quality shoes and sandals, including the Z-Coil, Naot, and Minnetonka brands. They also carry organic cotton, merino wool, and cashmere socks for men and women.

The owners’ original reason for opening Walkabout Shoes was the amazing results they themselves received by wearing the Z-Coil shoes. George Duggins, who now works at the store, had such severe back problems that standing in a grocery checkout line was a major effort. Because he had worn boots all his life (and because of the “unique” look of the Z-Coils), it was a major effort to convince him to even try on the shoes and take a couple of steps. George reports, “I’ve worn the shoes for a year and have progressed to the point where I can hike daily two to three miles in the Placitas hills.”

Janine, too, has back, knee, and foot injuries, which made it very painful for her to stand for any length of time while working at Natural Threads. She says, “Z-Coil shoes have all but eliminated that discomfort, as it did with one of the store’s consignment people who went into our Z-Coil shoes as soon as she was off of a walker after double knee-replacement surgery.”

“Customers comment that, in spite of their personal discomfort, they wouldn’t wear Z-Coils because they look too different. We can now get a limited number of styles and sizes with an enclosed heel. For the person to whom comfort and relief is of primary importance, there is not a concern with how the shoes look, but that they work. The built-in orthotics, combined with the drastic reduction of impact with the ground with each step, makes the shoes ideal for runners and hikers as well as teachers, nurses, casino workers, department-store clerks, and cooks.”

For a test walk around the Something Old compound at 733 Camino del Pueblo or for more information, call 771-0874.

El Pueblo Health Services holds open house

On April 20, El Pueblo Health Services hosted an open house at their new medical facility in Bernalillo. The celebration was held in conjunction with the town’s Dr. Alan Firestone Day and also the windiest day yet this year. The clinic’s thousands of patients are grateful that the winds of change over the last twenty-five years have only strengthened Dr. Firestone’s resolve to stay in town and provide health care where there once was none.

The old clinic has been turned into a parking lot for a handsome modern facility that adds four examination rooms for a total of ten, as well as more space for administration and storage. A treatment room is now available to care for minor lacerations and burns, as well as for the administration of treatments that last for extended periods of time. Two-thirds of the exterior wall is made of rammed earth, and careful attention was paid to natural lighting and ventilation.

Town administrator Ron Abousleman said of Firestone, “Before he came here, we didn’t have any health care facilities. He came with two nurses and has made all the difference in the world. Now he has a new clinic with a large staff and we want to honor him for the work he has done.”

In 1976, Dr. Firestone was assigned to work in Bernalillo by the National Public Service Corps, and El Pueblo Health Services, a nonprofit primary health clinic, was formed. Firestone remained when the corps left, and has since been joined by two more physicians, two physician’s assistants, more nurses, medical assistants, and a large office staff.

In the invitation to the event, El Pueblo said, “We are grateful to the patients, the community, and the many people who assisted the board and medical staff in realizing the dream of this long overdue building.”