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I badly needed to go to the restroom. It was Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. I remember the date for two reasons: 1. It was the day of the Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade and, 2. It was the day of Bedlam (the annual football game between the evil OU Sooners and my alma mater, Oklahoma State University). more
Another white horse just rode by. I guess I saw him comin' I felt him breathin' down my neck, I heard his hoofbeats drummin'. more
Six months into this pandemic, it has become tragically clear that the coronavirus has no understanding of or regard for American exceptionalism. more
A big reason Life is Good in Las Cruces is the great local color and flavor throughout the Mesilla Valley. We frequently hear the importance and value of buying local, and the refrain is even more true during the pandemic. more
I’m takin’ you back to the summer of 2003. Out of the blue, I got a call from Patrick Gottsch, a member of the well-known Nebraska ag family. He told me he was building a TV channel dedicated solely to agriculture and the rural community. more
Sen. John Arthur Smith told me several years ago that he was sold on the potential for Spaceport America after hearing space industry executives gush about the possibility to conduct secretive testing and research in the remote New Mexico desert. more
On the third Monday of January, the night before Opening Tuesday of the New Mexico Legislature, the Santa Fe Plaza is bustling. Music and people are spilling out of the many restaurants and bars, vehicles are all over the place. You can hear the laughter and feel the eager anticipation. more
Yer lookin’ at a man who never learned to cook unless you count pork & beans And a flowery grace like you’d read in a book is really beyond my means more
If they get the technology right, this could be one of the most productive 60-day sessions in the history of the New Mexico Legislature. It will undoubtedly be the least ceremonious. more
Where is the best place in Las Cruces to buy a recliner? What about your favorite place to get your hair cut? Who is the king of red enchiladas? more
They were just words. "Tear down the Berlin Wall!" Reagan to Gorbachev at the Brandenburg Gate, 1987 "Chance of rain." Weatherman in Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina, 2005 "Give me liberty or give me death." Patrick Henry, 1775 "I wish I'd never read this book, so I could read it again for the first time". Dan Trimble about Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea," 1992 more
This is why we can’t have nice things. That was essentially the claim made by local developer Randy McMillan after plans fell through for a special tax district to fund an upscale project on the old Las Cruces Country Club property off Main Street. more
Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day. Even if you’ve been living in the Hermit Cave in the Organ Mountains for the past year, it would be hard to believe you were unaware of the election. more
Ol’ Wayne was real particular about his steers. He figgered if he spent his hard-earned pennies tryin’ to get a few extra pounds, he dang sure wasn’t gonna sweat it off ‘em durin’ the gather. more
Every four years at this time I have the same thought: Isn’t there a better way to do this? Much of my frustration is tied to the fact that we don’t pick our nation’s leader in a national election. Instead, we have 50 local elections held on the same day, providing 50 opportunities for local officials to tinker with the process. more
When I rolled out of Silver City that December night in 2000, I wasn’t thinking 20 years ahead. more
“Doctor, I'm here because I'm a . . . I'm a . . .” “Relax. Many people have psychological conflicts. Lay back on the couch and tell me about it” more
Thinking about the future of democracy in the United States and in New Mexico, it’s necessary to consider the challenges presented to a well-functioning democratic system by high levels of economic inequality. more
"Where were you born?" The reporter asked one of my Colorado cowboy friends. "Iowa," he answered. "Iowa!" she said. "Why did you move?" "Because it's hard to be a cowboy in Iowa." more
I don’t believe any of these five businesses closed in 2020 due solely to the Coronavirus, but it certainly had an impact. more
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