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Event Horizon

Healing One Word at a Time

Saturday, Dec 3: Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship

Ten of the best female performance poets in Albuquerque compete to claim the title of Best Woman Slammer in Albuquerque.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Albuquerque Stars

Saturday, Dec 3: Twinkle Light Parade

Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.

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Run, Santa, Run

Saturday, Dec 3: Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot

Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.

News

The Daily Word in Noticias de Nuevo Mexico

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Pete Domenici is back!

Lobo men's hoopsters beat Abilene Christian by nine.

A Las Cruces woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend with a chainsaw.

A man from Albuquerque died in Califas.

State Game and Fish officers nabbed an alleged poacher.

Hanna Skandera likes Betty DeVos.

There was a deadly police chase near Clovis.

As the Facebook Data Center in Valencia County begins construction, issues have arisen regarding the hiring of local subcontractors and laborers.

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez was found guilty of "gross immorality."

Mountainair's only grocery store closed in April, but is set to reopen before Christmas.

A member of the Breitbart News editorial team will speak at UNM in January.

When humans vacate the state of Oklahoma, they rarely land in the land of enchantment.

New Mexico is among five US states with the highest rates of death from opioid overdose.

The US Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a claim of pay discrimination claim emanating from New Mexico.

Un Burqueño caught a rainbow trout at Tingley Beach, while fly-fishing with an egg pattern.

Event Horizon

Christmas Rocks

Friday, Dec 2: Mother Nature's Luminarias

An interactive black light adventure in the brightly colored world of fluorescent minerals.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle … Art

Friday, Dec 2: Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

A showcase of art created from discarded materials.

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The Other Rio Grande

Thursday, Dec 1: River of Lights

[ Wed Nov 30 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.

The Daily Word in Netflix, Food Rhythm and Doppelganger Competitions

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Netflix knows what we want this holiday season.

Non-binary photographer Jennifer Jackson felt alone so they began a project to represent people like themself.

These kids won't give up on being educated—even under the threat of terrorism.

Has the phrase “rhythm of food” ever entered your consciousness?

Have you heard of the most interesting doppelganger competition in the world?

Copper Square Downtown is in new hands.

Proud to be an American

Being a citizen of the United States has different meanings to each and every one of us. To some it means a new beginning and a better life; to others it's just a place called home.

In 1976, when she was 19, my mom came to America. She was looking for adventure and freedom. She met my dad, got married and moved to New Mexico with him. Then she got her green card.

Many years later I sat at the Convention Center like a proud parent in the audience at my mom’s naturalization ceremony. It had been over a year since she had started the process to become a citizen. I had never felt more proud to be siting there.

I thought back to the many days and nights I spent with my mom helping her study, seeing her make
flash cards and quizzing her. It was an interesting role reversal for me of helping her study for her test as she had helped me countless times with my homework and tests for school. Just as she once sat in the audience for many school achievement ceremonies, now I sat in the audience for one of the biggest things my mom ever did.

When we arrived at the convention center, we were surprised by the number of people there. The line to check in was so long that you could not see the other end, almost going into the hallway leading to the parking garage. As we stood there, I looked around at the assortment of people. I wanted to know everyone's stories. There were two young girls in front of us. I spied over their shoulders. I could see that the one of them had a Vietnamese passport. We later found out that only one of them was becoming a citizen; the other girl was her friend, there with her on this auspicious occasion. Behind us was an older man, he was alone; he was from Mexico. Behind him was a younger man with his kid and what I assume were his mother, father and friends; they were from Argentina. You could see how excited and nervous everyone was. They were all welldressed, after all this was a court proceeding.

Finally we made it to the front of the line and my mom checked in; she had to give up her green card, the one which had the face of my 19yearold mom. After all these years she had the same one that was originally issued to her. Then, my dad and I parted ways from my mom. The rest of us, plus friends of the family, made our way to our seats. The people becoming citizens went to their assigned seats.

It was great to see so many people there supporting their family members at the ceremony. There were so many people at the ceremony that it was a standing room only affair. It looked like almost all of the seats on stage were taken up. My dad and I theorized about the number of people filling the huge ballroom.

The ceremony began. Acclaimed visitors and speakers were introduced, and the judge took her place. She said that even though this was a court proceeding, that it was informal and we could get up and take pictures of our loved ones. She talked about how this was one of her favorite cases because it was for such a happy occasion. The judge talked about her family’s origins and told the story of how they got here.

Next, a lawyer took the podium and made a moving speech. He spoke about many things, including how hard everyone had worked to be there that day, the importance of family and the "American Dream". Usually I roll my eyes at this kind of stuff but, this day, this speech was different; it had so much meaning and its tone of acceptance was moving. I definitely teared up during it. The lawyer also reminded the audience how important this ceremony was and how happy he was to see everyone there, saying that America was built by immigrants, that what makes us great is our diversity. He encouraged people not to forget about where they come from and to pass on their culture to their kids so that it would not be lost. One of the last things he discussed was about how children are our future; how they will keep building and maintain our country.

After the speech the judge returned to the podium. She told the audience that there were over 130 people becoming citizens, and that they were from over 35 different countries. Then she recognized every country by having the people stand up when she said each nation’s name. Some of the countries included Mexico, Cuba, Germany (where my mom is from), Russia, England, Canada, Iran, Iraq, China, and South America.

For the participants to fully become a citizen, they had to say the Pledge of Allegiance and then take an oath. The time had finally come. Then, the audience was given a short time to go and find their loved ones and take photos. After that there was a video message from President Obama and citizenship was bestowed. Finally, joy and pride radiated througout the room, I have never felt more proud to be an American that I did at that moment.

The Daily Word in goat anxiety, the Dallas Cowboys and girl power

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Ever have anxiety? So does this goat, learn how this kid made it better.

Ever kill too many animals and not follow the rules? This local man did.

Are you a true fan of the Dallas Cowboys? Then if you are, what's your favorite lamp?

Stories about girl power.

Another predicted dry year reminds us that we live in the desert.

Need inspiration for looking like the princess that you are?

Today's Events

Simon Gronowski at Vista Grande Community Center

Hear the harrowing expierence of the Belgian holocaust survivor and jazz pianist followed by a performance and a question and answer session.

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