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Tom Reeves was a big, blustery man. Six-foot-seven, bald, with some remaining wisps of graying red hair on the sides of his head, he wore cowboy boots and kept two silver dollars in his pocket. more
More than 160 million Americans voted this year. While we may not have all had joy in our hearts, it was a peaceful process. And, in two months we will have a nonviolent transition of power. more
He was the last burro left in the dusty corral. His two companions had been sold by the man. They were younger, stronger and finer looking, even by burro standards, which are quite high. They were worth more and brought more money, which was what the man needed. more
Recently, a report was published by the Legislative Finance Council regarding a funding method utilized by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) to compensate landowners for conservation practices essential to maintaining critical habitat provided to wildlife on their private property. more
The morning of Friday, Feb. 5, I drove U.S. 70 from Las Cruces to Tularosa. The whole way, across the desert, two counties, three cities and two military installations, flags were at half-staff. At homes, businesses, government agencies, churches. more
Lee Trevino has a street named after him in El Paso. Abraham Lincoln has a town named after him in Nebraska. Monty Montana has his namesake state, and I’ve even got some hills named in my honor in South Dakota. more
Some little kids will heed your advice and never touch the hot stove; others need to find out for themselves. It’s the kid who touches the hot stove twice you’ve got to worry about. more
As the representative from House District 34 in southern Dona Ana County, I know many New Mexicans may not be familiar with the legislative district I represent. The communities of La Mesa, San Miguel, Brazito, Chamberino, La Union, Sunland Park and Mesquite are home to good, hard-working people. more
Having statewide broadband is something critical to both professionals and students in New Mexico, as 20 percent of our state’s homes and businesses lack access to broadband service (CTC Technology & Energy, 2020). more
There’s a fingernail moon hangin’ low in the sky. The crickets make small talk as he passes by. As the gentlest breeze stirs what’s left of his hair. He spits and he sniffs it, but no moisture there. more
I’m scheduled to get my second COVID-19 shot Friday, meaning I’ll be fully vaccinated in a couple of weeks. The pandemic, for me, is almost over, and I’m incredibly grateful to the brilliant men and women who developed these safe and effective vaccines. But this doesn’t feel like victory. more
What will happen to you when you die? I don’t mean, Will you go to heaven? Or, Will you be reincarnated? I mean, What will be done with your physical body? more
Almost no one was happy with 2020. There are presumable exceptions. Many people chose to get married during the year. Many babies were born. And, I’m pretty sure, it was a banner year for Sonic Drive-In, the restaurant built for a pandemic. more
Embarrassing moments. Nobody likes to talk about them. Oh, they’ll talk about slipping on the ice on their first date or getting bucked off a gentle horse. Other folks empathize and usually laugh. But it makes people uneasy when it’s really embarrassing. more
When I heard that the chairman of the Texas Republican Party wanted to secede from the union, I had the same thought as when then-Gov. Rick Perry floated the idea in 2009. What can we do to give them a nudge? more
The Las Cruces City Council will hold a work session later this year on the Amador Project, the ongoing renovation of the historic Amador Hotel for adaptive re-use. more
If it were possible to clone human beings from history, what would they be doing today? more
We are rapidly approaching the midway point in yet another year. Local media carry news stories about the future of the City of Las Cruces and its new budget, its new strategic plan for the next five … more
Last month I complained about state and federal legislators spending a lot of time on things not relevant to governing. My conclusion? They’ve spent a lot of time working on solutions to problems that don’t exist, as we face the biggest health, economic and social crisis of our generation. more
Imagine you were a livestock man in medieval England 1,000 years ago. It's early spring. Snow on the ground, mud in the cow lot. You walk the small pasture where the heavy heifers are kept. more
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