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How The Right Wing In ABQ Screwed It Up.

NOB HILL, Albuquerque—Sometimes here under the enchanted skies of New Mexico, we seem pretty far removed from the issues of working people.  Organized labor has felt this and is under constant attack from many sides, including lobbying groups such as the Rio Grande Foundation.



Yesterday afternoon, while…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on August 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Bugging Out: 3 Of America’s 20 World Heritage Sites Are In New Mexico! Here’s Aztec Ruins.

NOB HILL--UNESCO World Heritage Sites are outstanding national and cultural features that the whole world has deemed as meriting extraordinary admiration and protection.  Only twenty World Heritage Sites are in the United States.  Of those, New Mexico has three of them:  Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Taos…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on July 26, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Hey Michael Riordan, It's Not Working!

TULANE & LEAD SE—You can’t tell me that everything is hunky-dory with the traffic in southeast Albuquerque.  And I’m not even talking about Central Ave. and the much maligned A.R.T. system.

I’m talking about the Lead/Coal/Zuni corridor.  Reducing traffic lanes from three to two in each direction and adding…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on July 5, 2016 at 10:30am — 17 Comments

Touring New Mexico: A New Trailer, Santa Rosa Lake

NOB HILL—A couple months ago, my wife and I bought a small travel trailer.  Though new, its style harkens back to the days of the so-called “canned ham” trailers.  It was an impulse buy to be sure.  What one thinks about when signing the check is a dreamscape of soft breezes, quiet woodland settings, mountain…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 21, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

How About A Route 66 State Park for East Central?

CENTRAL AVE. & EUBANK—One of the more distinctive things about Albuquerque is that everybody has an idea of what the city needs in order to make it a better place.  We don’t want somebody else planning our part of town, we want to do it.  If you don’t believe it, just look at the number of anti-A.R.T. signs up…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 14, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

That Sacred Mountain of Manhood, the Swamp Cooler

NOB HILL—It’s spring.  And while the rest of the U.S. is, in the words of the late poet e. e. cummings “mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful,” we here in Albuquerque get ready for our usual hot and dry summer.



“Mud-luscious” my ass!  It was 98° yesterday.  Stick that in your “puddle-wonderful.”  It’s…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 7, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Albuquerque’s Route 66: Half Ribbon of Light, Half Western Romance

Albuquerque’s Central Avenue, otherwise famous as Route 66, has been in the news almost daily this spring as people argue whether a new rapid transit configuration pays adequate attention to the history of the route.



From its eastern terminus of Route 66 at the Art Institute of Chicago on Lake Michigan…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 31, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Auto Show & The Casual Dreamer

ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM, OLD TOWN—The auto show last Sunday at the Albuquerque Museum is reputed the be the largest vintage car show in New Mexico.  Officially known as the annual New Mexico Council of Classic Car Clubs Classic Auto Show, it attracts hundreds of cars and many of them are affiliated with the various car…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 17, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Two of our Route 66 signs are gone, but not our sense of humor.

NOB HILL—There are only two rules you really need to know about “progress” and Albuquerque.  They explain everything that happens here.

  1. Don’t start liking anything in particular about Albuquerque because it is sure to change.
  2. Everything you think should change,…
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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 10, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

It Was Earth Day: Time for Soap, Goats, & a Whiff of History.

NOB HILL—I have always had a soft spot in my heart for germs.  I’m covered with them and we seem to get along very nicely, thank you.  So it was completely out of character for me to buy a scented bar of soap about a year and a half ago in York, England.  It had been recommended by our travel guide, Martin.  He was…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 26, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Ten Predictions: Gutsy Calls Written On My Birthday

NOB HILL—Yesterday was my birthday.  Here’s what Ben Moffett had to say about my age:



“Jon, take it from a dəsˈleks ic -- you are looking damn good for a 37 year old.”



Thanks Ben...I guess.  At any rate, I’m going to use my birthday as an excuse to make some far-out predictions about the state…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Bugging Out: The Quebradas Backcountry Byway

The Sunday drive, a common form of family entertainment when I was a boy, seems to have become pretty rare these days.  Maybe cheaper gasoline will help re-institute this wonderful pastime, for it is both educational and a great way to keep the family talking together in these days when so many forces are…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 12, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Going Mano a Mano Against the Big and Famous

NOB HILL, ALBUQUERQUE—I’m sick and tired of people who run down Albuquerque and New Mexico for not having much of anything important or breathtaking.  Well, our state has features that are every bit as good as those in the rest of the country.  In fact, I’ve made a list to prove it!  Add to it if you…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 5, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Four Waves of Coffee

NOB HILL—I’m a First Wave guy living a Second Wave life.  But now, in a world of Fourth Wave changes, I look to upgrade to today...this second decade of the 21st century.

I was born a bit before the middle of the 20th century in a northern Illinois factory town of 100,000…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 29, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Albuquerque’s Mayors: History, Highlights & What the Smarties Know.

NOB HILL—The mayors of the modern era in Albuquerque started in 1974 with the election of Harry Kinney.  Following him in order were David Rusk, Harry Kinney again, Ken Schultz, Louis Saavedra, Martin Chavez, Jim Baca, Martin Chavez again and Richard Berry.

That makes 7 different…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 22, 2016 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

The BIG Meeting About ART...and My Last.

ABQ CONVENTION CENTER, KIVA AUDITORIUM—The place looked pretty empty when the meeting started.  But according to somebody at the podium, over 50 people had signed up to speak so it sounded like it could be interesting.



Unfortunately, there was nobody on the podium to hear them.  Oh, there were seven…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 9, 2016 at 11:07am — 9 Comments

Columbus, NM and the Pancho Villa Raid: The Only Land-Based Invasion of the United States in Over 200 Years.

On March 9, 1916, almost exactly one hundred years ago, the continental United States suffered its only ground invasion since the War of 1812, and it happened right here in New Mexico.  The village of Columbus, situated about 35 miles south of Deming and only 2 1/2 miles north of the Mexican…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 8, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Deming: Fast Ducks and Something in Common With Albuquerque.

Anybody who does much driving in the Great American Southwest, will sooner or later wander into Deming, New Mexico.  For one thing, it sits on I-10 which is the main wintertime route to the west coast.  Even northerners like to go south from Albuquerque on I-25 and take the Hatch Cut-Off to I-10 in…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 9, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Report From the Pat Davis ART Meeting: Start Late, Blah Blah Blah, End Early

NOB HILL—A couple hundred people showed up last night to discuss their concerns about the pending Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.  From the look of the negative signs on various businesses along the street, I was sure it would be a lively meeting.  Most said something like, “NO ART!”

The meeting was well…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 4, 2016 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

Monday was the birthday party. Today I vote.

NOB HILL—Yesterday I went to Monte Vista Elementary School.  I haven’t taught there for over 15 years, but still it was a pretty emotional experience.  And today, of course, is our school bond election.

But what is a school?  There is something about a school that cannot be captured in statistical…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 2, 2016 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

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