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Albuquerque’s Pigeons: Fines, Hawks, & British Logic

NOB HILL--Feeding pigeons is a criminal act...feeding feral pigeons, that is.  Even if you have a regular old bird feeder and it attracts “significant numbers of pigeons” or creates “conditions that constitute a pigeon nuisance” you can be fined.  Of course, warm-hearted souls who sit on park benches and toss…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on November 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Cimarron & The St. James Hotel

Rudy Coca looked me in the eye and leaned over the bar. “I’ve got the reputation of being the bartender that drinks with ghosts,” he said.  I took a long drink of my root beer and let that statement sink in.  Yes, we were in a hotel that was supposed to be haunted.  Still, ghosts would seem to be the…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on November 4, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The Last Chance To Speak, As The BRT Rolls Through Nob Hill

CAMPUS BLVD & TULANE NE--MaryAnn and I were there at what was advertised as the last chance to give input about the Bus Rapid Transit project that will run down Central Ave.  Monte Vista Christian Church was the scene of the “poster session.”  Quite a few people showed up to look at the…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on October 28, 2014 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

Little Beaver Town, or what’s left of it, is still open for business

OLD ROUTE 66 EAST OF TRAMWAY--Maybe you’ve been asking yourself, “What ever happened to Little Beaver Town?”  But some of you may not have been alive in the late fifties, so let me add a little background: at one time Red Ryder and his sidekick Little Beaver were hot sellers on every comic book rack…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on October 21, 2014 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

The Old Scot, The Flying Scot, & 3 Bike Trips To Keep You Young

OBAN, SCOTLAND--”Get on your bike!”  That’s the advice Mervyn Dudgeon has for the young.  Mervyn was waiting with MaryAnn and me in Oban for the southbound train to Glasgow.  He had just spent a week biking and hosteling in the Hebrides, an island group off the far northeast coast of Scotland.  Mervyn Dudgeon is…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on October 14, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

A Blogger's Manifesto

"The moving macbook writes, and having writ, moves on."    --Omar_Khayyam

NOB HILL--Not too many of us were around when the Duke City Fix started its run.  As near as I can make it out, it was March 29, 2005.  In about six months,…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on October 7, 2014 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Touring New Mexico: The Kelly Mine

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…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on September 16, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Prepare To Be Astounded: Officer Dear Shocker!

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…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on July 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

With Robby on the Cerro Blanco Trial

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…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on July 15, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Touring New Mexico: The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

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…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 17, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

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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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 10, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Coding in the Elementary Classroom...30 Years Ago!

The New York Times recently ran a piece on teaching elementary kids how to write code.  In fact, a lot of people have jumped on this as a way to create some interest in computer science...and as a way to sell yet another program to our already semi-privatized schools.  Well, teaching elementary kids how to…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 3, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Touring NM: The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

When I first moved to New Mexico about 1970, the one road that always made me wish I was somewhere else was US 60 between Magdalena and Datil.  The fearsome Plains of San Agustín seemed to go on forever with no turns, hills, trees, or even other cars to break up the long crossing of 30 miles.  It felt like…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

The Top Twelve All-Time Best of the Duke City Awards!

I know...I know… Everybody seems to be putting out a “Best Of” list.  But this is an All-Time list.  This is the very best EVER.  Well, going back about 80 years anyway.  So argue if you want, but these are my picks for the DCF Wall of Albuquerque All-Stars!  A note of warning:  you may be too…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Fort Bayard: Historic Past, Haunted Present, Questionable Future

I don’t care how many forts or ruins you have seen, nothing can prepare you for the haunting emptiness of the structures which comprise Fort Bayard.  There are 81 buildings lining the streets, dominated by the 145,000 square foot medical center.  It is a u-shaped four-story giant of a building that takes…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 23, 2014 at 11:05am — 3 Comments

Elfego Baca's Socorro

Elfego Baca, New Mexico’s true hero among the pistoleros, was sixteen years old when Billy the Kid was killed by a shot from Sheriff Pat Garret’s gun in July of 1881.  Although they were on opposite sides of the law, they were both part of that wild and wooly period in New Mexico where the Colt .45…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Mary Ann Binford: Not Gone, Not Forgotten

It was exactly thirty years ago, on March 3, 1984, that Mary Ann Binford was selected to be honored as the New Mexico Early Childhood Educator of the Year.  Ms. Binford, however, was unaware of the honor.  She and Dr. Kathy Duddy were doing a presentation at the annual conference of the New Mexico Association…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on March 4, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

East Central: What's Happening at the Sundowner?

CENTRAL & SAN PEDRO NE--Anyone who has driven down Central Ave. east of Nob Hill knows that something is changing in this part of town, and most of it is not good.  Maybe we need another set of arches for Route 66, one at San Mateo and the other at Wyoming Blvd.  Then above Central Ave., in big blue…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 25, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

The Men That Don't Fit In

Throwback Thursdays!!

Originally posted November 20, 2007.

FAR NORTH VALLEY--I was sitting at a picnic table near the old Alameda Bridge when Frank C. came riding…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 20, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

On The Road: Apache Creek, New Mexico

I'm traveling through the country just north of the Gila doing some research.  I decided to camp out at Apache Creek.  There is a small store and a taxidermy shop.  A campground lies across the road and…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on February 11, 2014 at 10:02am — 4 Comments

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