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V.20 No.51 |


The Daily Word in Christmas tragedies, puppy custody, North Korean good looks

The Daily Word

Sad, sad Christmas news:

A man dressed as Santa opened fire and killed several members of his family after opening presents Christmas morning.

Six members of a Connecticut family were burnt alive on Christmas day.

Intense Twitter complaints about Christmas disappointment.

An Albuquerque apartment complex leaves dozens of units without heat on Christmas day.

Accused Taos teen faced murder charges.

At least one happier Christmas note: The story of the World War I Christmas truce.

Jesus' tomb is apparently actually in Japan. Who knew?

Financially struggling US cities having trouble controling sewer overflows.

Why is so cute when animals think that things that aren't real are real? Like this frog attacking tiny iPad ants.

Mysterious nodding disease spreading across Uganda.

Hey all you lucky ladies, Mel Gibson is back on the market ...

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris battle over custody ... of their puppy.

What Google, Youtube, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter looked like at launch.

How Kim Jung Un's looks may help to make him more popular.

Thanks to Mossy, Nayder and Uncle Carl for the links.

V.20 No.50 |


The Daily Word in the Red Roof Inn killer, a Pastafarian Christmas and the dropping of the opossum

The Daily Word

APD made an arrest in the Red Roof Inn killing.

The executive director of the Taos County Housing Authority is the target of an embezzlement investigation.

Louisiana warns of brain-eating parasite in tap water.

Vaclav Havel died.

Alternate takes on Christmas decorations and nativity scenes in Virgina are upsetting to some people, including people who do not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The first car in Antarctica was a VW beetle.

Hilarious Canadian road rage documentary from 1950: "Gentleman Jekyl and Driver Hyde."

Meet NYC killer dubbed the "Exterminator."

This video of a naked model with interchangeable body parts is indeed very Cronenberg.

How to make a penny disappear by changing the speed of light.

PETA wants to halt the annual new year's eve "dropping of the opossum" in this small North Carolina town.

On this day in 1964 the first episode of The Pink Panther aired.

V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011


Taos Pride is this weekend

I just spent a lovely weekend in Taos for a wedding. As the sun sets there, the evening air grows chilly—as opposed to slightly less boiling hot, like in Burque.

Last year, Taos celebrated its first ever Pride weekend, though its founder died a few weeks before the event. The fest was held in Robert Quintana’s honor. Friends described him as an energetic organizer who pulled people together and created community. He loved a good soiree, they said. There was a touch of seriousness to the first Taos Pride, but volunteers still predicted “a screaming big party.”

And they’re at it again. Taos Pride will paint the town in rainbows this weekend on Aug. 19, 20 and 21. Festivities include a cabaret, a drag show, music and a recovery brunch, among other fabulous things.

V.20 No.22 | 6/2/2011
Gorgonzola cheese and applewood-smoked bacon beef up the Five Star Burger.
Sergio Salvador


Five Star Burgers

Meat that’s bloody well done

Last week I explained the new direction this review column is taking, including the fact that I’ll no longer be eating or writing about mystery meat. There are many shades of mystery, and this simple-sounding mandate was tested numerous times during my first attempt to follow it at Five Star Burgers—with tasty results.
V.20 No.19 | 5/12/2011
Julia Minamata


7 Wet Wonders

Where the water is

Blue Hole, Jemez, Heron Lake, Carlsbad Riverwalk, San Juan River, T or C and Rio Grande Gorge
V.19 No.47 |
Sam Adams

The Freak 8-Legged Lamb

One person can only tolerate a certain amount of Southwestern ski lodge tchotchkes. This I learned while shopping with the family in Taos' downtown square over the Thanksgiving weekend.

But if you can make it past the endless array of turquoise-this, Kokopelli-that, and enough New Age silk scarves to suffocate a Kenny G crowd twice over, you might stumble on the Governor Bent House and Museum.

Part antique gift shop, part curiostore, the Bent House showcases an intriguing array of New Mexican miscellany. My find of the day, across from the 100-year devil shark baby, was the "Freak 8-Legged Lamb."

If, like me, you are a fan of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, you might agree that our mainstream museums suffer from a general lack in items of questionable authenticity and hybrid surgical experimentation. Which is exactly why the Freak 8-Legged Lamb put a holiday shine on an otherwise gray, snowy Thanksgiving weekend.

The text in the picture reads:

"This lamb was born on a ranch 7 miles west of Mountainair, N.M. in 1929. It is abnormal in that it should have been twins. Notice the two legs on the back and the 3rd ear on the top of its head. It is exceptionally unusual since most freaks have double heads. It lived 5 days."

If that isn't enough to sate your fucked-up taxidermy fix, you might see a stuffed ash tray-holding alligator while antiquing in Nob Hill.

V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010
Robert Quintana washes a car at a fund-raiser for Gay Pride Taos on Saturday, July 31.

In Memoriam

Services for Gay Pride Taos founder today

Robert Quintana, 29, was in the midst of organizing the first official Gay Pride event in Taos, N.M., when he died on Aug. 9.

His family has invited the public to attend his memorial today at the Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home (818 Paseo del Pueblo Sur) at 1 p.m. The service will be delivered by Pastor Steve Wiard from El Pueblito United Methodist Church. Pastor Wiard knew Quintana for many years, and the two had a high mutual regard for one another, says Pride organizer Janie Corinne.

Afterward, there will be a celebration of Quintana’s life from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the El Monte Sagrado Angladas Building (317 Kit Carson).

Donations to help cover the costs of funeral are being accepted by the Robert E. Quintana Memorial Fund at Centinel Bank in Taos. Once those expenses are met, the fund becomes a scholarship for LGBT youth.

V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009

Idiot Box

Still Life

“Painting Taos” on PBS

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V.18 No.33 | 8/13/2009

Music to Your Ears

Summer Skiing

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