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I know that many of you are looking to get out of town this Memorial Day weekend...if only for a day.  Or maybe you just need a few ideas to nudge you into taking that Subie out for a carbon-busting good time.  This piece, which I wrote for last month's…See More
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My real name is Jon Knudsen. Unfortunately "Jon Knudsen" is both hard to pronounce and to remember. Also, Johnny _Mango seems to be a braver person than Jon Knudsen. And better looking. Maybe that's why Jon's GF MaryAnn calls him "Johnny" most of the time.
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Touring New Mexico: The Kelly Mine

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

The Kelly Mine and its townsite, located just three miles south of the town of Magdalena, was once home to 3,000 people.  Its two hotels were so crowded they rented out rooms in 8-hour shifts.  According to an 1883 news article, two hundred wagons were employed hauling silver and lead ore out of the Kelly down to…


Prepare To Be Astounded: Officer Dear Shocker!

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:00am 4 Comments

Jeremy J. Dear, the same ABQ policeman who killed Mary Hawkes, is our tenth highest-paid city employee?

That’s right.  According to the list published in this morning’s Albuquerque Business First, Officer…


With Robby on the Cerro Blanco Trial

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:00am 3 Comments

TAJIQUE, NM--Last month my grandson Robert Bennett, biking partner Mike Moye and I decided to hike to the top of the Manzano Mountains.  I have used this trail several times before and it has a special place in my heart.  I guess it comes from having done it so often that it feels like an old…


Touring New Mexico: The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

It was late morning before MaryAnn and I left our motel in Taos and started a brief one-day tour of the recently designated Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

The Monument consists of two segments.  The southern part, called Orilla Verde, is reached through the village of Pilar and closely…


Chester Nez, John Kerry, & “The Curse of the Bambino”

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 10:00am 2 Comments

CIVIC PLAZA--Ten years ago, on October 26, 2004, Chester Nez stood here on Civic Plaza.  We were in the middle of the Bush/Kerry presidential campaign and John Kerry needed something of a boost.  The stage at the north end of Civic Plaza was crowded with VIP’s trying to lend Kerry a hand.  I took out my vintage cell…


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At 10:10am on April 18, 2013, Benny the Icepick said…

Happy B_D, J_M!

At 9:28am on September 26, 2012, Kevin O'Hea said…

Hi Johnny

Can you tell me who owns the pit photo fo the Womens Lobo BB Pit on page

It is the shot of the pit and the team is looking for a higher res photo to use in their office



At 10:53am on June 18, 2011, Diana Huntress said…

Hi Jon, Did you know Aaron brews his own too?  Did he learn it in 4th/5th?

Let's all get together.  Diana

At 4:18pm on October 12, 2010, Krista said…
Thanks for your blog about the backwardness of UNM when it comes to education and funding. :) On another note, many profs at UNM have little slips of paper that say, "I make ___ days of the football coach's salary to educate the students at UNM." Generally in the 20's or below...
At 11:20am on September 29, 2010, Richard said…
Thanks Johnny. I'm always pleasantly surprised when I go 'home' and vist the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Being from there, I've always been a Peter Hurd fan and it's nice to see more art in Roswell outside of the alien murals!
At 5:39pm on April 7, 2010, Adelita said…
YAY Johnny! I heard you are best blogger in the Alibi's Best of Burque!!!! You always get my vote!!! Congrats!
At 4:47pm on March 2, 2010, yun li said…
Hi Johnny, Thank you for visiting the two whos posting. We are told not to post on DCfix anymore, so we would like to drop you a note to let you know, if you like our posting, please visit our blog at in future. Thank you!

Cece and Yun
At 9:40am on January 28, 2010, Benny the Icepick said…
Love the new photo, J_M!
At 2:08am on December 4, 2009, rtedgel said…
Hey John. Great to hear from you! I am glad you contacted me. I just changed jobs and am staying a lot more local to town after 4 years of pretty constant travel. I am a member a local computer user group that will meet on DukeCityFix so I figured I would join, but did not expect to immediately find a few blasts from my past. Good times! I still have many fond memories of "Roach City" and Monte Vista...

I looked over you blog from your cycling trip. That looked awesome.
At 8:41pm on August 22, 2009, Holly Anne Spickard Pence said…
Wow, Jon. It was so good to see you with Doris. Your house looks wonderful. It looks like you. Take care. I hope to see you soon. Hopefully, I will have a good year. One never quite knows at Mental Vista given its cast of characters. Carri is working as an events organizer for Richard Romero. Love, Holly

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