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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.

Some Boy Scouts were struck by lightning.

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 Naked Rambler is in jail again.

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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?

Kidnapped in Cleveland, hostages for ten years and an instant-classic TV interview.

The United States finally came out and accused China of cyber-espionage.

The pink dolphins of Hong Kong are dying.

I bet Bill Richardson could get Led Zeppelin back together.

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.

On this day in 1980, Yugoslavian dictator Josip Tito was buried.

V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013

Reel World

Comic Stripped

This Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day, an annual orgy of illustrative art in which fair-weather fans descend upon stores to snatch up piles of complimentary comic books. If you’re a true lover of “sequential art” (as comic book genius Scott McCloud calls it), you might want to extend the holiday and head over to Guild Cinema on Sunday, May 5. Local word-and-picture publishing organization 7000 B.C. is sponsoring a special movie screening at 1 p.m. only. The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson looks into the life and art of “Calvin & Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson.

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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.

Anarchist Peter Rabbit.

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.

Do you guys care about the veep throwdown? Guardian says it's crucial. And USA Today breaks it down. All the way down. "Joe just needs to be Joe," says the prez.

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-obvious-maybe-it's-not-news news: NRA backs Heather Wilson.

Some pop stars to be naked on their album covers.

Gov. Martinez wants to evict the Mexican gray wolf pack.

And she's talking about driver's licenses some more.

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The hunt for ore

Larry J. King stands behind his house in Church Rock, N.M., and talks about the site where Hydro Resources, Inc. intends to mine.
Courtesy of Red Rock Pictures
Larry J. King stands behind his house in Church Rock, N.M., and talks about the site where Hydro Resources, Inc. intends to mine.

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.”

V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012
Larry J. King stands behind his house in Church Rock, N.M., and talks about the site where Hydro Resources, Inc. intends to mine.
Courtesy of Red Rock Pictures

Environment

Navajo Group Fights Aquifer Mine

The Navajo Nation outlawed uranium mining and processing in 2005 in response to high cancer rates. Yet Larry J. King is one of many members of the tribe who are fighting plans to mine uranium from an aquifer.

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V.21 No.11 | 3/15/2012
Urban Outfitters “Navajo print fabric wrapped flask”

Talking Points

Faux Navajo

Tribe takes on hipster clothing chain

The Alibi catches up with Shane Hendren, a Navajo artist and board member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

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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.

Caviar lipstick.

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?

The Leila texts.

V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

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.

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V.20 No.22 | 6/2/2011
The KiMo—with its original sign—soon after it was built
Courtesy of the KiMo Theatre

Feature

KiMo Revival

The Southwest's most iconic theater gets its crown back

This week, with the installation of a replica of the KiMo Theatre’s original sign, Albuquerque pays homage to its most flamboyant architectural asset.

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V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010
Boldly colored walls and Ansel Adams
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

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.

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Arts

Navajo Photographer Don James Captures One Nation, One Year

“Self Portrait in MV...conclusion of my One Year One Nation Project”
Don James
“Self Portrait in MV...conclusion of my One Year One Nation Project”

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.

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