The Daily Word in politics, cultural appropriation and optical illusions
Can you feel the Bern, New Mexico?
Way to take a thousand steps backwards, Oklahoma.
Surprise, surprise: NRA backs Trump.
The Daily Word in Dr. Pepper, arsenic and workin' for the money
“Unsafe levels of arsenic in the wine"? I ain't drinkin' it!
A New York City man was sentenced to 20 years to life for killing his 5-year-old son with rat poison.
About 50,000 chickens perished in a fire at a New York poultry barn.
The body of Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird was found in the New Jersey River more than a year after he'd first been reported missing.
Think you work a lot? Washington Post has compiled a list of US cities where people work the most.
Talk about a heist gone wrong: Two employees at a Verizon in Roswell confessed they fabricated a robbery in an attempt to steal phones and cash.
Albuquerque elementary teacher Sonya Romero got spotlighted on “Ellen” yesterday for fostering two of her students. Get ready to cry y'all.
Elizabeth Sullivan, 104, says drinking three cans of Dr. Pepper is one of the reasons she's still alive. Go figure.
The Daily Word in goopy beach, a Flying Wallenda controversy and the Naked Rambler
Everyone uses a cell phone but no one wants a cell tower in their backyard.
No plans this weekend? How about scooping hundreds of pounds of algae and trash out of Tingley Beach?
Some Navajos are upset by Flying Wallenda Nik Wallenda's plans for a tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon and also point out that he is not actually going across the Grand Canyon anyway.
Snowden is in Moscow and American government officials are completely losing their minds.
Old school use of a coolie by Indian journalist has the journalist in hot water.
This story makes one wonder how many drones are watching us right now.
Some mugshots of Edwardian era women arrested for public drunkenness. "Occupation: polisher and prostitute."
Chris Brown may have assaulted a woman in a nightclub last night.
The Daily Word in the incredible story of the Cleveland hostages, pink dolphins and hairy visors
Reported cases of HIV infection are on the increase on the Navajo Reservation.
Colorado pot legalization involves some new taxes that may not have the support of pro-marijuana groups.
KOAT reports a rash of bike thefts downtown.
Are some of our contemporary English words identical to words from a 15,000 year old "proto-Eurasiatic" Ice Age language?
The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.
The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.
The ABBA museum in Stockholm is now open!
This article explains the origins the conservative Islamist movement in Bangladesh.
There's only enough room in this world for one manufacturer of "visors with simulated hair," AKA hairy-hats.
The Daily Word in veep debate, diamond planet and sassy Big Bird
Supersonic human free fall has been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather.
Navajo Nation will put drone tech to good use by using an unmanned aircraft to monitor crops.
Soprano to take a Virgin Galactic flight into space and siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing.
A diamond planet bigger than Earth.
13 obscure punctuation symbols you might like to use, such as the authority point and the snark mark.
Lots of people are going to be sassy Big Bird for Halloween.
Advice from Miami stripper Skrawberry. (Warning: Kinda raw.)
America is not mostly Protestant anymore.
How to find truth on the Internet.
In today's so-
And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.
The hunt for ore
Reporter Christie Chisholm spoke with Larry J. King, a Navajo man who’s fighting Hydro Resources, Inc. The company wants to mine an aquifer under Church Rock, N.M.
Rooting around in the aquifer for uranium will make the water in it undrinkable, says Rich Abitz, a geochemist, in the story. The EPA has agreed to look into the company’s permit.
King has also started a campaign on Change.org that asks people to sign a petition to prevent the mining.
“Being in the Southwest, and being where every drop of water is precious—and where water is sacred, too—we need to preserve the water not only for ourselves but for future generations,” says King. “Without water, there is nothing.”
Navajo Group Fights Aquifer Mine
Tribe takes on hipster clothing chain
The Daily Word in Urban Outfitters, marshmallow vodka and BofA’s sneaky fees
Navajo Nation suing Urban Outfitters for titling some products “Navajo.”
Arizona public schools ban Bless Me Ultima, the landmark novel by local literary legend Rudolfo Anaya.
Image of Jesus appears in a tortilla in Española.
Request your FBI file.
HuffPo article on the owner of Effex, an LGBT rights activist and a Christian Republican.
Farewell, heartthrob Davy Jones.
Recycling photos from around the world.
Understanding fluffed marshmallow vodka.
The Aquabats have a TV show.
Track down criminals with Twitter.
Bank of America rolls out even sneakier fees.
Yoga championships. It’s a thing.
The life of the robot.
The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver
Local credit unions see lots of new accounts after Bank Transfer Day.
The city of Farmington tries to assure Navajos that the city is a safe place for them to visit.
N.M. rattlers provide venom for cancer treatment.
Perry screws up. Big time.
A 70-year-old machine gun that still works.
Dude surfs a 90-foot wave.
Someone stole a ghost bike.
A trailer park in Tesuque Pueblo is demanding proof of citizenship from renters.
Unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe.
Police beat protesters with clubs at Occupy demonstration at UC Berkeley.
Penn State students riot over the firing of their football coach, who is accused of covering up his assistant coach's child molestation.
There are no more rhinos in West Africa.
Ex-banker takes over Greece.
California had a law against euthanizing "downer" animals. The Supreme Court overturned that law.
Why is gold our basis for money and not something else?
Lost and Found
The children of Cuidando los Niños
A soft-spoken young woman in a button-up shirt and black slacks bows her head. “Ya’at’eeh,” she says quietly in Navajo, then switches to English. “I became a mother at age 17,” begins Reina. She now has three young daughters.
The Southwest's most iconic theater gets its crown back
Down-Home Fine Dining
July 13 was the official opening of Cool Water Fusion Restaurant in Wyoming Mall Shopping Center. The location is not visible unless you’re driving through the center’s expansive parking lot, but I guarantee that once you find it, you’ll happily make a return trip. On a visit to Cool Water Fusion, I learn that it is the creation of Glenn Williams and Jason Upshaw, both formerly of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Pueblo Harvest Café and Bakery.
A native Santa Fean, Williams earned his chops in management; at 27, he was the youngest General Manager of the Year for Humperdink's restaurants in Texas. He’s also no slouch in the kitchen, as I learned by sampling his bread pudding—a no-fruit, straight-up bread and custard classic—topped with vanilla ice cream. Upshaw, former executive chef at Pueblo Harvest, met Williams when he joined its staff as the restaurant’s general manager. Their combined skills brought new excitement to the Pueblo Harvest menu with such signatures as bison short ribs.
Navajo Photographer Don James Captures One Nation, One Year
Each time Navajo photographer Don James saw professional portraits of his tribe, he sighed—not in reverence, but in hopelessness.
For the glossy prints, mostly depicting ceremonies and cultural icons, failed to capture the daily life of the Navajo people.
So he began his project, a yearlong journey into the Navajo Reservation, a space occupying parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, to tell the real stories of Navajo Nation. Equipped with only his truck, sleeping bag, camera, and a few changes of clothes, James set off on what would become a life- changing experience.
His final work is presented in his book One Nation, One Year, and each colorful photo is accompanied with a short explanation about the subject, and the day and time at which it was taken. The photos are arranged in chronological order, from February 8, 2008, the beginning of his trip, to February 4, 2009, the day he left the reservation. The official book release party took place last night at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and there’ll be another at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz., on July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The book is available at major bookstores.
Determined to gain that insider’s perspective, the Albuquerque resident put himself on a $100 per week budget—which would cover food, lodging and gas. He hitchhiked around the reservation and spent nights with his subjects. Though most people welcomed his project, a few did not. As James told it at the book opening, he approached his 73-year-old grandmother for a picture. She was shearing her sheep to sell the wool at the market. Instead of praising his project, she became annoyed and huffily demanded that he put the camera down and come and help her with the sheep. She later cried with joy when she saw her picture in his book.