Good morning! It's Wednesday, June 25,
and the attorney representing a UNM football player who was accused of rape has publicly released a cell phone video showing his client and the alleged victim "in numerous and different sexual positions,"
Taos is still wrestling with whether or not to rename Kit Carson park after something other than the man in charge of the "Long Walk" where thousands of Navajos were forcibly relocated from their homelands,
a group of anti-abortion protestors think that Gov. Martinez isn't "pro-life" enough,
and an Albuquerque man tried and failed to use a fake penis called "the Whizzinator" to pass a drug test.
a teenager who planned an attack on his school involving multiple guns, bombs and molotov cocktails thinks he might be mentally ill,
the Supreme Court ruled that police need a warrant to search your cell phone,
and a man in Queens walked into a McDonald's with a knife sticking out of his back. "He was cool and calm," said his friend.
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President Obama says he will “end the National Security Agency’s ability to store phone data collected from millions of Americans.” Sure …
A 4-year-old girl in Detroit accidentally shot and killed her 4-year old cousin.
In case you haven't heard, the 2014 Academy Award nominations are out!
A voting law in Pennsylvania that would require people to show photo ID's at the polls was struck down.
ABQ police are on the lookout for man claiming to be a UNM photography student who takes photos of girls.
Congress has cut funding for horse slaughter operations by passing a $1.1 trillion budget bill that prohibits the Department of Agriculture from spending money on inspectors for equine facilities.
In the aftermath of Tuesday's Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, N.M., police are looking at suspect Mason Campbell's Instagram page to see if it bears any relevance.
Elias Montoya, a New Mexico State Police officer who was fired for opening fire on a minivan full of kids in Taos, gives his side of the story.
Princess, a football-predicting camel, dies weeks ahead of Super Bowl. RIP.
Taos District Attorney says the New Mexico State Trooper who shot at the traffic-stop mom won't face criminal charges.
Local home movie footage of JFK's 1962 visit to Albuquerque.
UNM has doubled the cost of parking at Lobo games.
The DEA says a Pagosa Springs businessman with ties to Albuquerque is suspected (but not accused) of laundering significant amounts of drug money through his hot springs resort.
Walmart has provided donation boxes in Walmart stores to raise money to help Walmart employees in need over the holidays.
"Selfie" is the Oxford Dictionary word of the year.
Not all Swedes can piss in Jagger's mouth.
The best. James Brown. Interview. EVER.
A teacher in Las Cruces is responsible for the reviled name of El Paso's new AAA baseball team, The Chihuahuas.
Parking meters in Taos will cost double and have time restrictions.
There is a new democratic candidate for Governor of New Mexico.
Obama administration said to be considering possible end to parts of NSA spying program.
A Texas judge did not allow part of the state's new law restricting abortion.
New Mexico isn't the only state debating the ethics of slaughtering horses.
Were Americans really that freaked out by Orson Welles' War of The Worlds broadcast in 1938?
Dot Wiggin, one of The Shaggs, has a new album.
Frank Lloyd Wright once said that “every great architect is—necessarily—a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Given that we live in a state that stresses the importance of sustainable living and eco-friendly promise, the field of architecture has progressed with the trends of becoming environmentally viable.
So, you might ask what are some of the ways that people can become more “green,” seeing as how it's not only a topic of conversation equalling the new “Kardashians” episode, but an actual concern that's permeating the atmosphere, so to speak.
Based in Austin, Texas, Matt Swinney and James Leasure started the Modern Home Tour in 2011 in an effort to combine beautiful architecture with sustainable living. Using the likes of floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light and using solar panels, rather than wasteful air conditioning units, to power the home, these little casitas are aimed and designed at giving people a fresh look at living to protect our future.
“I think that the simple fact is that resources are limited and the population is growing,” Leasure said. “A lot of the really advanced architecture and modern design can help us achieve that.”
Now, the idea of sustainable living isn't without its arguments. Having spoken to several people about the idea of sustainable living, some feel that the idea of trying to promote eco-friendly measures is something that is simply delaying the inevitable. Because of the limited resources, and the idea that the world is crumbling little by little, it would be easy to argue that the actions of a few can hardly outweigh those of the majority.
“In order to take a step, you have to take half a step, and in order to take half a step, you have to take a quarter step,” Leasure said. “There is some value here, and that's sort of our goal, that we show people that this can be interesting and attractive, and even if they won't do it for your fellow man, they can at least see this as being interesting and beautiful.”
And beauty does seem to be one of the main tenets of what Modern Home Tours hopes to achieve. Using geothermal heating and cooling as well as rainwater collection to reuse and recycle what nature gives us, they are showcasing million-dollar homes for people to see how modernity can be beneficial, and how people can use these benefits to advance their home to not only be sustainably sound, but also to educate and teach about how recycling and living green can prolong our future.
But, it seems somewhat ridiculous that people would be able to afford homes of this magnitude, much less adopt the ideas of living green as a measure of everyday life. From looking at these homes, it appears that the ideas of sustainable living can only cater to those who have fat wallets. But Leasure assures that while these homes are somewhat expensive, the ideas aren't.
“The quirks are very acceptable,” Leasure said. “If you take something like that [sustainable living and geothermal cooling] and put them in a new house that doesn't have to have a modern design, you can see that this becomes a real and tangible thing.”
Modern Home Tours will showcase their “green” homes in Taos, N.M. on Saturday, April 27 and in Santa Fe, N.M. on Sunday, April 28, both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 and include both days of the tour, or you can purchase tickets the day of the tours for $40. Children 12 and under get in for free. For home addresses and more information, you can visit newmexico.modernhometours.com.
G and I are in Taos at dusk. We watch a jeep Wagoneer perform a jump from a dirt road off a hill and over some water. We then go to a fancy Mexican buffet. There are circular bas-relief carvings in the patio floor and walls. I get a plate of tacos. G gets green chili enchiladas that I had not noticed. Our waitress, a gray-haired woman, takes my full plate from me, ostensibly to bring me some enchiladas instead. She does not return. I try to hunt her down. I find some of the other wait staff and describe her to them. They point and I find her hiding behind a door. She gives an unintelligible excuse. I go up to the pretty cashier, who informs me that they are now closed. I go upstairs onto the roof. The food is now gone - only empty tables and steam trays remain.
Now we have a plan for stealing one of the Space Shuttles.
Al Qaeda strategy involves lighting forest fires.
Grandmother protects her weed crop by confronting thieves with bear-spray.
People think you have to know someone in order to get a local government job, and they're right.
People think it's conceited for Taos officials to name public buildings after themselves, and they're right.
"I pooped the question. She said yes."
Police are following up on leads as some of Canada's stolen strategic maple syrup reserve surfaces.
Watch (and cry) as these former lab-chimps go outside for the first time.
In Florida, it is against the law to annoy a manatee.
On this day in 2000, Slobodan Milosovic resigned.
Lobo Football program scores a nice first-game win beating Southern University 66-21.
What’s up with no white after Labor Day?
Conflicts between Catholics and Protestants leaves at least 13 police injured in Northern Ireland.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Washinton Times, dies at 92.
Slo-mo water balloon bouncing is just perfect for a morning like this.
U. S. Forest Service approves Taos Ski Valley 's request to expand its expert terrain by 60 percent.
Start stockpiling those dry goods now: Why 2013 will be a year of global crisis.
National gas prices peak for Labor Day Weekend.
Officers in Hobbes say an inmate escaped his cell by breaking a window bar with a razor blade and a Popsicle stick but changed his mind once he got outside.
Everybody knows it’s cooler in the mountains, so get out and explore them already. You don't need climbing gear or a Sherpa to scale tall peaks—just a thirst for adventure and, perhaps, a beer or two. Here are a few of my picks for an elevated summer.