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Bugging Out: The Organ Mountains--Desert Peaks National Monument

The President made news in the southern end of The Land of Enchantment last year.  Surprisingly, it wasn't all that controversial.  But what exactly happened..and what exactly is it?

In May of 2014 President Obama proclaimed a new national monument in southern New Mexico.  Called the Organ…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on January 13, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

The History Hack: Nob Hill Business Center

NOB HILL--The banner picture above was taken in 1946 or 1947 just as what is commonly called the Nob Hill Shopping Center was being constructed.  The houses shown in the background are still there, including the iconic log cabin.

That log cabin, built by DK Sellers as a demonstration house for…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on January 6, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Taking Back The Streets...One Parking Space At A Time

NOB HILL--The “parquito” mentioned by OBTS in yesterday’s Morning Fix piqued my curiosity.  Then I read about it again on …

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

Bugging Out: The Farm and Ranch Museum

Many of us would love to get out of town for a couple of days, and the holidays just might give you time to do it.  Thing is, not everyone likes the cold.  Here’s an idea:  go south.  Lots of interesting things to do down there, and many wonderful places to visit.



For instance, what about Las…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on December 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Who Is Katrina Guarascio?

NOB HILL--Katrina Guarascio's forced resignation from teaching high school in Rio Rancho has brought her a lot of attention.  She must be the only poet in history to make the front page of the Albuquerque Journal twice within the span of one week--…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on December 16, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Uniters and Dividers

NOB HILL--Time was when The Pit was the big Albuquerque Uniter.  The whole town seemed to be there.  When one wandered the concourse at half time, there was no doubt that this was the nexus of community focus and spirit.  And I mean the whole community...top to bottom, near and far, rich and poor.  18,018…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on December 9, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Bugging Out: La Jornada del Muerto

NOB HILL--Almost everybody has some time off to bug out for a little trip this month.  Here's an idea for an adventurous journey through a place you may have never visited: La Jornada del Muerto.  I went down there with my son Ivan Diego.



El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Royal Road to…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on December 2, 2014 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

That Person at the Door

NOB HILL--When the doorbell rang last week I answered it.  Standing on the other side of my screen door was Joseph Benevidez.  “I’m looking for work,” he said.  “Do you need someone to rake your leaves?”



I had been waiting for someone just like Joseph to show up.  “Sure,”  I answered.  Our yard was full…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on November 25, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

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

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