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Tales from the Pecos Wilderness

Edith Grove's post about hiking in the Pecos brought back a rush of memories about that fabulous place. And why not? The Pecos Wilderness has to be the crown jewel of all the New Mexico high country. And it just might be the absolute best of anything that our state has to offer.



Do you know these names? Hamilton Mesa, Rio Valdez, Mora Flats, Beatty's… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on July 28, 2009 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

Flying Star & The Grove Make Huffington Post

NOB HILL--HuffPo is running a story called "10 Best US Cities for Local Food." Albuquerque is listed at #8, but appears at this point to be ranked by readers at #4! Two restaurants are mentioned by name: The Flying Star (my own local hangout) and the Grove. To quote from the article,



Albuquerque makes eating… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on July 27, 2009 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Two a Day: good enough

This week's Two a Day was about painting rather than weeding. The project started last year when I bought paint for my deck, painted three boards, then decided that the brown I picked was too green and what's the point? Well, now I figure a slightly green brown is better then what my husband jokingly calls 'the rustic look', which really just means weathered and… Continue

Added by Spring Griffin on July 24, 2009 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

Morning Fix

  • So downtown bars can now stay open til 3:30 but the booze stops flowing at 2:00. "I believe people will stay. I really do," says one bar owner, talking about drunk people standing around waiting for food. Maybe he should talk to the folks at Frontier first.
  • Those direct flights from…
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Added by pepeye on July 24, 2009 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

Hardy Women's Society (ABQ Chapter)

My friends Penelope and Agnes from the Albuquerque chapter of the Hardy Women's Society (HWS) asked if I might share this Albuquerque-made project with the DCFers. This is their annual garden "catalog" - shot on location in the Ridgecrest area.



The HWS is an old organization (since 1898) that is new to the interwebs. The Albuquerque chapter is pretty extensive - I recently joined myself… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on July 23, 2009 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Morning Fix

  • I do love a good rant, even if it doesn't seem to make much sense. "OAF huge lumberjack, jolly green giant sap-sucking praying mantis person." Really?
  • Garduño's finds itself $750,000 in arrears on its taxes.…
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Added by pepeye on July 23, 2009 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

Bail Me Out!

Last summer a woman that I worked with turned me on to a series of silly books about a not very successful bounty hunter who works for her cousin’s bail bonds office. Not exactly heavy reading, but I’ve gotten through all fifteen books in the series. Let’s just say I call them my in-betweener books.



It was a bit of a coincidence that a fellow DCFer and friend,… Continue

Added by Adelita on July 22, 2009 at 9:57am — 12 Comments

Holy Matatchines, Batman! ASI teens rock the Harwood with massive clay mural.



Check out some of these pieces from the Mayor’s Art Summer Institute (ASI) tile mural project taking place at the Harwood Art Center:







Pretty tremendous, eh? Would you ever guess this was the work of local teens? This mural, tentatively titled “Dance of the Matatchines” will be added to the existing ASI mural that has been growing on the… Continue

Added by The Harwood Art Center on July 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Morning Fix

  • $500,000 in Federal stimulus funding coming to Cedro trailhead. Hikers and mountain bikers who have to pee rejoice.
  • Possible tornado touchdown in Moriarty last Friday. One observer reports "she's never experienced 10 seconds of terror like she did on Friday."…
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Added by pepeye on July 22, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Escaping the Heat (Swiss Alps Style)

I love desert heat. When I was expecting my first child, I would escape to Death Valley in the summer to get more of the heat I craved. I visit friends in Phoenix in July, and have been known to head to southern New Mexico in the summer when it is just too cool here in Albuquerque.



My heat cravings translate into rarely cooling my home in summer. (This is also partly due to my desire to reduce my… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

Morning Fix

  • I'll bet this crosswalk is the most dangerous street crossing in the city. On weekends it looks like a combination of Frogger and Death Race 2000. Is this the best we can do Mr. Mayor?
  • Quite a bit of discussion about bike safety here at DCF lately. The…
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Added by pepeye on July 21, 2009 at 6:00am — 13 Comments

Donate Your Bones

My classes with the Citizen Police Academy (APD) continue to provide a unique look at our unique city...



We went on a lovely field trip this past Sunday afternoon to the Office of the Medical Investigator. Yes, there are a number of those coolers with bodies in bags like you might see on teevee (minus the smell). Ok, it was a pretty grim 'field trip', however, one thing that came out of it is, that we learned that you can, after deceasing of course, donate your bones… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on July 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Biggest headline ever?

With tomorrow's date (give or take forty years) and the recent passing of Walter Cronkite it seemed timely that while cleaning our office storeroom this morning we would come across an old Albuquerque Journal.





Below the fold:…



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Added by Ron Da Bomb on July 20, 2009 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

Saturn in the Desert



It doesn’t take long in this City to find things that are oddly out of place. Vestiges of prior lives left behind by the unyielding forces of change Such is the case of this elaborate tribute to Saturn located in an empty lot in SE Albuquerque. At first I believed this to be a piece of art, but then I thought it could simply be left over from part of the neighboring trailer park or some business that closed and the building has long since been… Continue

Added by Tricross on July 20, 2009 at 9:13am — 11 Comments

Morning Fix



Good morning Fixers. Thanks to the Powers-That-Be for letting me serve as your substitute MF'er for this week. Now on with the show....



  • The great Walter Cronkite has passed. His career briefly…
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Added by pepeye on July 20, 2009 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

Isotopes - A View from Outfield

Last night took the two boys, 4 & 8, to the Isotopes game. Only seats available were in the grass -- seemed like a great call. Relaxing, green & cool out there. Lots of diversions & entertainment and 6 bucks apiece ... all good. I really do like the park, it's a jewel and a lot more family friendly than your average Major League stadium. But what's with this trend to blast music at piercing decibel levels to introduce each batter? That, compounded with the non-stop da-da-da-DA-da-DA… Continue

Added by Brent Morris on July 18, 2009 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Frozen treats to beat the heat!



Anyone who has grown up or lived for a period of time in the Midwest knows the glories of frozen custard. My wife, Megan, and I met in Milwaukee when both of us did volunteer service in the inner-city, and some of our first dates were at frozen custard shops -- like Kopps, Gilles and… Continue

Added by M&M on July 19, 2009 at 2:20pm — 16 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jennifer Frank... Daylight Savings I.

Jennifer Frank’s poems have surfaced slowly but steadily throughout the years in journals and anthologies such as Kalliope, Phoebe, Harwood Anthology and Looking Back to Place, online, in galleries and on the occasional city bus. She lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and son.



"Trains and time are two recurring themes in my work. The main image for this poem arrived when my reading about trains online led me to an article about… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on July 19, 2009 at 2:13am — 5 Comments

We had a great tour of Albuquerque Studios

This week the boss and I had the honor and privelage of a visit to the Albuquerque Studios, where Breaking Bad and Terminator Salvation and The Spirit (to name a few) were filmed. It was totally awesome. To begin, we spent time with the Chief Operating Office and the Vice-President (who are also husband and wife) and the Studio Concierge, a very pretty young woman who has an incredible job. They were very interested in our business and what we do. I was impressed by their desire to do business… Continue

Added by David Madsen on July 17, 2009 at 2:20pm — 5 Comments

Two a Day: reclaiming the brick

My two a day was cut short this week, or rather, it was redistributed. I worked in the back yard for four hours on Thursday instead of the customary two, I wanted it to look nice for company. Naturally, after such a herculean effort (it actually did kick my butt) I took Friday off. Here is how the week went:



Monday:

Whoah it was hard to scrape… Continue

Added by Spring Griffin on July 17, 2009 at 9:47am — 15 Comments

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