The Daily Word in Lobo Football, Northern Ireland, Taos expansion
Lobo Football program scores a nice first-game win beating Southern University 66-21.
What’s up with no white after Labor Day?
Conflicts between Catholics and Protestants leaves at least 13 police injured in Northern Ireland.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Washinton Times, dies at 92.
Slo-mo water balloon bouncing is just perfect for a morning like this.
U. S. Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley 's request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent.
Start stockpiling those dry goods now: Why 2013 will be a year of global crisis.
National gas prices peak for Labor Day Weekend.
Officers in Hobbes say an inmate escaped his cell by breaking a window bar with a razor blade and a Popsicle stick but changed his mind once he got outside.
Summer Guide 2012: High times in New Mexico
Everybody knows it’s cooler in the mountains, so get out and explore them already. You don't need climbing gear or a Sherpa to scale tall peaks—just a thirst for adventure and, perhaps, a beer or two. Here are a few of my picks for an elevated summer.
Summer Guide 2012
The Daily Word in Christmas tragedies, puppy custody, North Korean good looks
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.
An Albuquerque apartment complex leaves dozens of units without heat on Christmas day.
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.
Hey all you lucky ladies, Mel Gibson is back on the market ...
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris battle over custody ... of their puppy.
How Kim Jung Un's looks may help to make him more popular.
Thanks to Mossy, Nayder and Uncle Carl for the links.
The Daily Word in the Red Roof Inn killer, a Pastafarian Christmas and the dropping of the opossum
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.
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."
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.
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.
Five Star Burgers
Meat that’s bloody well done
7 Wet Wonders
Where the water is
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.
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.
“Painting Taos” on PBS
’Round these parts we like our Idiot Box ... well, idiotic. Education and art don’t usually factor into it when you’re confined to a steady diet of “E! True Hollywood Story,” “When Animals Attack” and “Cheaters.” Occasionally, though, we must all expand our horizons and admit that even TV is capable of delivering a little beauty into our lives.
Music to Your Ears
Everybody and their mom hosts a music festival during the summer.
Only a few fests deserve the spotlight. Fewer still warrant a three-hour drive into the heart of Northern New Mexico. The first-ever Taos Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, is poised to make it worth your while. Genre-melding Ozomatli headlines a full day of music held on four acres of Taos Ski Valley. Bob Marley's backup band The Wailers and singer-songwriter Joan Osborne beef up the bill.
Alejandro Blake, events director for Taos Ski Valley, says the lineup reflects a desire for diversity. "What we were really trying to do is have an eclectic group of artists," Blake says. "Somebody who listens to Joan might not listen to Ozo, but I think they'll come up here and appreciate Ozo's music and vice versa. There's no music that's going to be too harsh for anybody."