From the South Valley near the Valencia-Bernalillo County Line, the sandhill cranes are flying north toward Albuquerque and beyond at elevations so high you can hardly see them with your naked eye. You can heard them clearly, however. The migration started at least three weeks ago, but this (Feb. 26) seems to be a peak day. None of the birds are flying just above the rooftops as they sometimes do.
Some University of New Mexico old-timers from the hippie era, especially those who hung out in the communication department (before speech comm merged with journalism) might remember Tom Cherones, who went on to become an Emmy Award winner as the producer of the Seinfeld TV Series. I think thats akin to an athlete becoming an all-America or a journalist winning a Pullet's Surprise.
Anyway, Tom has written his first novel, just out, called "The Hardly Boys: The Mystery of the…Continue
BOSQUE DEL APACHE NWR -- Maybe the corn isn't as high as an elephant (sigh!) this November, but the sandhill cranes are at least eyeball to corn ear with 260 acres of cob salad as the 16th annual Festival of the Cranes gets underway.
Not that the cranes would be caught dead in a standing cornfield. They like their corn "bumped" as the refuge staff calls it -- knocked to the ground, the better to see the wily coyote that lurks in the…Continue
Thanks to whoever posted the schedule on Duke City Fix of David V. Holtby’s new book signings, because I wouldn't have known it was on bookshelves otherwise. I picked it up a few days ago at Holtby's signing at the UNM Bookstore.It's title is Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood, University of Oklahoma Press, and I found it to be just what I needed to understand that long struggle to achieve statehood.
Most New Mexicans with an interest in the state pretty…Continue