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V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016

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First Steps

Saturday, Aug 13: Estevan the Black: Journey into the Unknown

By Joshua Lee [ Thu Aug 11 2016 12:00 PM ]
Learn about the first European to set foot in what is now the states of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
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V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016

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Viva Frida, Colorful Art Goddess

Saturday, Jul 30: 6th Annual Frida Fiesta

By Monica Schmitt [ Thu Jul 28 2016 11:00 AM ]
Celebrate the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with live music, a Frida Parade and a Frida birthday cake.
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V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016

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Water Under the Bridge

Saturday, Jul 9: Centennial Nights: A River Thirsting for Itself

By Joshua Lee [ Fri Jul 8 2016 10:00 AM ]
Learn about the history of water, agriculture, environment and politics surrounding the Rio Grande.
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V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016


The Daily Word in poverty, gravitational waves and messing with scammers

By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jun 22 2016 12:21 PM ]
The Daily Word

This is how to combat extremists in the Islamic State.

An MDC prisoner escaped from a transport van in Downtown.

Black holes and gravitational waves, dude.

The Dog Head Fire is now 61% contained.

Today in history.

This dude is messing with the minds of email scammers.

He even got this scammer to write in code!

And he attempted to get a free toaster out of the scam.

On top of sickening athletes with filthy water, here's another reason why the Rio 2016 Olympics are bad news.

About one in seven people in America is living in poverty.

V.25 No.23 | 06/09/2016


The Daily Word in the Senate Filibuster, Gun Control and the Dog Head Fire

By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jun 15 2016 12:39 PM ]
The Daily Word

Looks like two senators are finally taking a stand on gun control in a "filibuster-style blockade."

You can watch it live right now!

In Florida, it's easier to get a gun than solar panels, a driver's license, an abortion, an exotic pet...

The Dog Head Fire is burning without containment.

A badass Twitter user is calling out politicians who are "praying for Orlando" but refuse to support gun control laws.

Check out this heroic Rio Rancho teen.

Look back at the history of the gun control debate.

A state worker started a relationship with Nehemiah Griego.

What does a map of a hallucination look like?

This is the first mammal to go extinct from global warming.

Did you know noise has color?

V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

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May the Forest be with You

Sunday, May 22: Hiking to History

By Maggie Grimason [ Fri May 20 2016 11:00 AM ]
Author Robert Juyan reviews his newest book.
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V.25 No.17 | 04/28/2016

The Daily Word in Republicans, Harry Potter and Vaginas

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Apr 28 2016 11:33 AM ]
The Daily Word

uz tha debil” –John Boehner to Ted Cruz

I really enjoy Tina Fey but I don't understand how people can just call her perfect when she relies on socially acceptable racism so much.

And this is exactly why, out of all the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is my favorite.

Kesha is recording again!

The next Vice President could be Tom Perez.


Another Doctors Without Borders hospital has been attacked.

This ancient treat fucks eeeeeverything up.

Former House Speaker and life-long sex offender Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to just 15 months in prison.

V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
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¡Ay, caramba!

Saturday, Apr 16: Fiestas de Albuquerque

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Apr 14 2016 10:00 AM ]
Enjoy the history and traditions of Albuquerque with live entertainment, artists, food, shopping, and free children's activities.
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V.25 No.9 | 03/03/2016

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Workin' Women

Thursday, Mar 10: Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound

By Megan Reneau [ Wed Mar 9 2016 11:02 AM ]
Filmmaker Katrina Parks and writer Carolyn Meyer share stories and history regarding the beginning of the all female American work forces in the US.
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V.25 No.7 | 02/18/2016
Frontpiece of Gaspar Pérez de Villagráâs Historia de la Nuevo México, published in 1610. Villagrá was the official chronicler of Juan de Oñateâs 1598 expedition


1623 in Print in New Mexico

A free First Friday event

Press Release [ Mon Feb 22 2016 11:00 AM ]

On Friday, March 4, State Historian Rick Hendricks talks about the books Spanish colonists were reading in the year that Shakespeare’s First Folio was printed. (Shakespeare may have read them, too!) A Free First Friday Evening event. Free admission 5–8 pm at New Mexico History Museum

V.25 No.5 | 02/04/2016

Sustainable Local Agriculture at Casa San Ysidro

[ Sat Feb 6 2016 8:13 AM ]

On Saturday, February 13 at 1:30pm the public is invited to a free program,
"Food, Farms, Friends," explaining the new partnership between three valued community organizations—NM Land Conservancy, the ARCA and Casa San Ysidro—designed to promote sustainable local agriculture.

This year, ARCA will commence farming the nearly two acre Heritage Field at Casa San Ysidro, fulfilling the Museum's intent to preserve New Mexican heritage by allowing the Museum to keep the Heritage Field agriculturally productive and expand Casa San Ysidro's educational programming and community involvement to include local agriculture.

The program is co-hosted by the Corrales Historical Society and will be held in the Old Church located across the street from Casa San Ysidro: The Gutierrez/Minge House (973 Old Church, Corrales) From 1pm-4pm. Free open house tours and blacksmithing demonstrations at the historic Casa San Ysidro. The public is invited to learn more about these three organizations and explore the history of agriculture in the Rio Abajo area of New Mexico.

For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro, visit

V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016
A view from the heights
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Creative Non-Fiction

Number Eleven

By August March [ Wed Jan 20 2016 9:45 PM ]

There is something wrong with waiting for the Sun-Tran bus number eleven at seven in the morning thought Charlie Jones as he dragged upon a Camel straight and adjusted the band on his watch. A couple of pigeons wandered over and he threw them each ample quantities of the three-day-old Allsups burrito buried in his coat pocket.

Jones was wearing stuff from his father's closet. There was something about that woolen cowboy-style suit jacket and the bolo tie—a turquoise and coral affair that depicted the Zuni Sun God—that made Charlie itchy and paranoid.

—Someone else wore this stuff around Burque thirty years ago and now it's my turn, he mumbled to the small birds.

The Lomas bus followed a wide path made from concrete and dinosaur juice and ended up on the edge of the mountains, a place nearby to Charlie's destination. On board, Jones read through his notes for the day. Once in a while, he looked out the window. The bus drove through places that used to be open range, filled with sage and snakes and the ruins of cars that never made it to Califas.

—So Tony y la familia settled in Barelas, a passenger across the aisle gravely intoned.

Charlie got out of the bus after it crossed Juan Tabo and walked the rest of the way to the high school. The place was mostly painted purple. There were also about three hundred or so depictions of lions—some sculptural—saturating the campus with an air of vibrancy, ferocity.

—The school mascot left its spoor everywhere, Jones whispered reverently.

As Charlie marched through the administrator’s area on the way to his classroom, he was mistaken for a student by the new community resource officer, a man who had just moved to Burque from New Jersey—looking for something he just knew was hidden somewhere in the sprawling western lands. His name was Dwight.

Jones produced his faculty ID. He gave the old man a solemn pat on the back, thanking him for his vigilance and incomparable public service. The two men wandered away from the other satisfied and confident about their ability to communicate with individuals from outside their respective subcultures.

It was still early; Charlie stopped by the teacher's lounge. He had a Sony Walkman in his bag. Jones was about to activate side two of the new Radiohead album when Bob Baca, the biology teacher appeared. Bob began chatting about invertebrates in a very excited tone and then with no small amount of verbal craft segued loquaciously and nearly seamlessly into a diatribe about the wonders of religion.

—A single dude like you ought to give church a try, said the biology teacher, inducing a sense of mock frenzy in Charlie’s fingers, which were unable to flip the cassette tape over at that precise moment due to an overwhelming sense of ennui in the rest of his body.

He reached his room, unlocked the door and activated the switch on the wall. Lights fluttered to life and computers booted. Students began to wander in. One of them asked Charlie if it was true that he was a communist and let his summer school students read Chairman Mao's little red book last year. Charlie waved off the question and made sure he stood with his hand over heart when they played the Star Spangled banner over the intercom that morning.

Jones gave a lesson about how technology was influencing rock music. One of his students, Zach, jumped out of his seat near the end of the talk, and began belting out "Destination Anywhere," by Bon Jovi while gesturing madly at the students in the back of the room. After a couple of verses, he retreated—funky, outrageous and parade-style through the classroom door, never seen again.

During the scheduled lunch break, Charlie sat behind his desk and played Oregon Trail on the Apple IIe. Afterward he spent the afternoon discussing a relatively new thing called the world wide web with a group of final-year students who he believed were probably going to end up designing nuclear weapons or implementing carnivorous global marketing strategies.

On the way out to the bus stop at the end of the day, he nearly tripped over Bob Baca. Jones was looking down, trying to find the rewind button on his music player. Just as he slid awkwardly past Baca, the tape inside the machine reset itself. A recording of Thom Yorke's voice began telling all about a dystopian world—filled with crash survivors and characters right out of Shakespeare—that was just around the corner.

—Fitter, happier, more productive, the voice on recording said with the informative precision of machines.

Charlie cranked up the volume, flashed Baca the peace sign and crossed the street. He walked to the bench where a bus was always waiting and listened.

V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016

Creative Non-Fiction

From the Heights

By August March [ Wed Jan 13 2016 9:40 PM ]
A glimpse of 1979
V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
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One City, Many People

Saturday, Jan 9: People Create Cities: The Lebanese/Syrian Community

By Taylor Grabowsky [ Thu Jan 7 2016 10:30 AM ]
Learn about the Syrian and Lebanese people who helped create Albuquerque.
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V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

Podcast Recommendation: Lore

"Lore" aims for the heart of the world's creepiest folklore

[ Thu Oct 29 2015 12:39 PM ]

The soft voice of Aaron Mahnke may strike the listeners of his podcast, Lore, as oddly disconcerting. Whether Mahnke is discussing axe-weilding murders in the deep south or the creeping monsters of New England's coastline, what is a mainstay of the broadcast is the question, "what is the implication of this story?"

Listen to a few episodes in anticipation of Halloween, but as Mahnke himself tweeted earlier this week, "Let’s remember: 'Lore' isn’t a 'scary story' podcast. It’s a narrative history podcast about the roots of common superstition & folklore." There's much more to these stories than a thrill; they offer a creative exploration of history lived by everyday people, whose lives were touched by traditions and beliefs with mysterious origins and powerful implications.

Listen to Lore here.

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