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V.20 No.27 |

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The Daily Word where a dog bites Morrissey, Ron Paul Retires and there's Carmageddon in LA

The Daily Word

Republicans gave away the debt ceiling fight.

The House fails to pass the Bulb Act.

Americans are having fewer children.

The Westboro Baptist Church chickens out of protesting Betty Ford's funeral.

Bronze letters stolen from buildings in Belen.

Recall elections begin in Wisconsin.

OUTRAGE after Michelle Obama eats a hamburger.

Ron Paul is retiring from Congress to focus on losing his presidential election.

Why the dollar store is a ripoff.

Bring your protractors to Pittsburgh.

The National League wins the All-Star Game.

Some dog hates Morrissey almost as much as I do.

L.A. is preparing for Carmageddon.

I've been a Netflix member since 2000, and in that time they've never raised my rates, but what the hell Netflix?

Greatest headline ever.

RIP Sherwood Schwartz.

Best ever cover of They Might Be Giants' Istanbul (Not Constantinople).

The last know surviving dinosaur was the triceratops.

What is a derecho?

Front row on world's steepest roller coaster.

Five million 4chan posts visualized.

Richard Simmons discovers planking, but when will he master flanking?

Happy Birthday Bob Crane!!!

V.19 No.51 |
Sweep the leg.
John Bear
Sweep the leg.

birds

Weird Bird Number Five

Sandhill Crane doing the Crane Technique from Karate Kid

V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010
Albuquerque Artist Evan Stoker painted “X-Ray Guy” on the back of Bernies Fabrics and Notions on Main Street and Reinken Blvd. in Belen. The piece is part of a larger mural on all sides of the building.
John Bear
Albuquerque Artist Evan Stoker painted “X-Ray Guy” on the back of Bernies Fabrics and Notions on Main Street and Reinken Blvd. in Belen. The piece is part of a larger mural on all sides of the building.

Arts

Random piece of street art: number two

Brain in Belen

V.19 No.46 | 11/18/2010
John Bear

Culture Shock

The Art Is Getting Away

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V.19 No.30 |
Snowy Egrets sit in the Belen Marsh at dusk.
John Bear
Snowy Egrets sit in the Belen Marsh at dusk.

Nature

The Belen Marsh

A really cool short trip south of Albuquerque

The jewel of the City of Belen is nestled behind a Taco Bell.

It’s the Belen Marsh, an accidentally made salty wetland where nearly 100 species of birds come to entertain bored photojournalists.

Legend has it the Belen Marsh was created when road crews dug out a large amount of earth to build a freeway bypass. They ended up hitting the water table and brackish water filled the hole in the ground, forming an ideal place for shorebirds to hang out.

Many amazing birds can be found in the marsh: Snowy Egrets, Ibis, Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Kill Deer and a bizarre duck called Ruddy which has a turquoise bill. There are also muskrats in a nearby irrigation canal and a clutch of burrow owls is roosting in a nearby field. It’s a great place to take children who will find the large shorebirds reminiscent of dinosaurs.

The marsh has, unfortunately, been used as a dumping ground, but a local environmental organization has gone out and cleaned up some of the wreckage. It sits on private property so it is probably wise to stay on the street, unless, of course, you are daring.

It has been a source of contention, as one group wants to see the marsh drained and filled to make way for a parking lot. Another wants it left alone as it is a unique miniature ecosystem.

To get to the marsh, take I-25 south to the first Belen exit. Head east. Once you see the Taco Bell, take a right. It is to your left. It’s buggy down there so bring mosquito repellent. A camera wouldn’t hurt either, and it’s a good place to practice taking action shots. Those birds move.
Enjoy. And hurry before some oil company comes along and starts drilling and there are no more birds to enjoy. It could happen.


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