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In this time of contested history, it has become difficult to choose an appropriate way to recognize individuals. People in the past lived out the ideas and culture of their time. Few rose above them. more
Duplicity and political opportunism by prominent business leaders tears the fragile fabric of our community. It weakens the cohesiveness of a strong and vibrant and caring area like ours. We are seeing this in the efforts to discredit science and our governor, who is following science to protect us all from a virus that has no political agenda. more
When the crew came toward the cookhouse Hazel shut and locked the door. "Don't you even think about it! Looks like y'all been in a war." more
When word came down last week New Mexico State University had canceled its football season, you could hear the snarky comments coming from miles away, things like: “Hey, the Aggies will finally have an undefeated season!” more
My childhood summers were spent traveling around the country. My parents wanted my brother and me to learn about and appreciate the country to which our grandparents had immigrated to create new lives for themselves and their children. more
When Mario Moccia was named athletics director at New Mexico State University in 2014, he inherited a men’s basketball program that, thanks in part to the legacy of Lou Henson, was a consistent conference champion and qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. more
I played in a celebrity golf tournament in Oklahoma City a while back. Now, I’ve been to a few celebrity team ropings, a couple celebrity stock dog trials, a million brandings and one celebrity rock pickin’ -- but this was my first celebrity golf tournament. more
A few years ago, a friend of mine who isn’t a basketball fan asked me “Why is Lou Henson such a big deal? I mean, he and his wife are super nice and great in the community, but I don’t know the history. Help me out.” more
Both wildfire and coronavirus are contagions. Both derive their power from their capacity to propagate. Both seem to have mutated from routine seasonal varieties into something meaner, the product of people changing how they live on the land. more
“Where do you draw the line?” my friend asked, as we watched a news clip of Confederate monuments being removed. It’s a fair question, given the recent toppling of a monument dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. more
“The farmer has always been a peasant.” – Richard Blinco, Idaho When the market crashed in 1975, Richard had a ranch, feedlot, dairy, potatoes, alfalfa and a packing house. Here we sit 45 years later, and not much has changed. more
What is the best thing about running a small business? Most business owners and operators will tell you the best thing is the customers. more
When I moved to Las Cruces in 2002, The Whole Enchilada Fiesta was the one annual event that was listed in all the national tour guides. more
The other day on the internet, I saw an old commercial of a semi truck that had these words painted on the side: JONNY KAT, KITTY LITTER. more
People all over the country are re-evaluating the merits, or lack thereof, of the names of different buildings, parks, military bases, schools, sports teams and just about anything that has a name. more
Six months into this pandemic, it has become tragically clear that the coronavirus has no understanding of or regard for American exceptionalism. 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
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
The New Mexico Legislature passed a number of useful bills in the recently completed special session dealing with police reform, racial equality and elections. more
It’s all about lines. Where is your line? It varies from topic to topic. Lately everyone, it seems, is expressing their line on almost every topic. more
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