Somewhere in our winter brains, somewhere far from freezing pipes and ice covered parking lots, there is a person relaxing in a pool of steaming water, a person who gazes at the glistening stars in a very dark and cloudless sky. Watching the rising steam blend with the Milky Way passes for entertainment in that…Continue
CENTRAL AVE. & TINGLEY DRIVE SW--I know everybody in Albuquerque is going crazy with the colors of autumn right now. What an incredible sight! Yet, some of us want just one thing this season: MORE! And that is what the ponds near Tingley Beach are all about.
No Need To…
SAN MATEO & MONTGOMERY NE--This week had the biggest demonstration of public anger and frustration since the days of George W. Bush’s presidency. In fact, the rally concerned education, a sort of legacy issue from Bush’s days of “No Child Left Behind.” New Mexico's governor and her would-be PED…Continue
A fish has turned one of New Mexico’s lakes into a major national story. Bluewater Lake State Park, located about thirty miles west of Grants, has become a prime fishing ground for the huge tiger muskie. These fish are so large that the average tiger muskie being caught there is 30 inches long. That…Continue
Think things are bad where you work? Try being a teacher. They have been abused by politicians and so-called educational "experts" to the point of telling the APS Superintendent of Schools they are ready to quit. I have never seen morale this low. Now, after a public meeting where Winston Brooks apparently…Continue
I see Mayor Berry has announced a $30,000,000 renovation of the Convention Center. The web page touts $300 million in hospitality improvements all aimed at bringing out-of-towners to downtown Albuquerque. Good Luck.
The Road Is Closed
Downtown has been allowed to become a…
The four corners area is loaded with features that bring lots of visitors, everything from the best fishing in the west, to spectacular scenery, to thousand-year-old ruins. However, left out of items in the “Must See” category has been the town in the middle of all this: Farmington. But no…Continue
PIE TOWN, NM--There was a time when the most famous lost goldmine in America was right here in New Mexico. It started at the end of the Civil War when troopers from Fort Tularosa found a man named Adams wandering around in the desert near the Plains of San Augustín. He told of Apaches killing his fellow…Continue
Nine years ago, way back in September of 2004, I started a blog called Albloggerque. One of the people I followed around was Navajo artist Robert Goodluck. His life and times were sometimes painful, but I told his story anyway. One story was about when Robert had…Continue
NOB HILL--Once the Bike Coop left its old digs on Central Ave. a sort of gloom fell across this part of Nob Hill. Everyone had heard the rumors of sky-high rent increases that forced them to close their doors. What good could possibly come of this? Probably only a national chain would have the deep pockets…Continue
MAGDALENA, NM--In May I went with former Sandia labs scientist Doug Chinn on a 3-day trip to Water Canyon and the San Mateo Mountains. We saw a total of four people during that time. Compare that number with what else we saw: six elk, a herd of antelope, four mule deer, a gang of wild turkeys, and half…Continue
FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, ALBUQUERQUE, NM--What was said was good. But just being there...well, sometimes the face says it all.Continue
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NOB HILL--Central Avenue is part of one of the greatest modern trade routes of all time--U.S. Route 66. In terms of the last 100 years, it is the story of America itself. It is no wonder that when life seems to get a little slow at our house, MaryAnn and I venture down to the Mother Road for an…Continue
In August of 1846 General Stephen Kearney stood on the roof of a low adobe structure on the plaza of Las Vegas, NM. He looked down at the assembled crowd. “We come amongst you as friends--not enemies,” he read, and claimed the area for the United States. That low adobe building still stands, and…Continue
My wife MaryAnn and I relaxed for a day in Crested Butte, Colorado. We’re on vacation, and spent the morning sitting in the sun drinking Americanos at a curbside table. People Watching is the main sport in Crested Butte...despite what the ski and bicycle shops would like to believe. Here are a few…Continue
In northern New Mexico, La Bajada is the hill to remember. Down south, that honor falls to the towering heights of Emory Pass. The difference is that the road over Emory Pass has not been straightened out--and though paved, it is still steep, narrow, twisting, and perilously beautiful.
NOB HILL--Call me dense. I made a prediction about 25 years ago that all of us would become brain surgeons. We could operate on our friends--slicing through tissue and foam, deftly tying off thousands of nerve endings, and understanding what we were doing after only a few minutes at the computer.
NOB HILL--Who will be the Democratic candidate to face Governor Susana Martinez in the fall of 2014? With her polling numbers still around a 60% approval rating, one might ask, "Who would want to?" Taking Martinez on in November, 2014 certainly is a gamble. Even getting through the Democratic…Continue
In New Mexico, with its vast distances, travel routes can become just as famous as destinations--like Route 66 and El Camino Real. Both of these particular routes converge in an escarpment between Albuquerque and Santa Fe that throughout history was so formidable to the traveler it became known simply as La…Continue
NOB HILL--It's time for Earth Day once again. The climate change deniers, the oil pipeline cheerleaders, the Texas water thieves, the mouth-pieces that spout the smoke of dirty power plants...to hell with all of them! This is OUR day! And Sunday, April 21st it will be celebrated right here in Nob Hill. La…Continue