In Route 66’s glory days, signs of all kinds dotted Central Avenue. As use of the famous highway declined, and businesses moved or closed, those blank facades reinforced the sense of desolation along parts of Central. Read more »
There’s nothing like a quirky, comfy coffeehouse. It’s an organic entity that calls for the perfect mix of great coffee, a homey atmosphere and inviting staff. Combine all that with tasty eats, a free pool table and walls adorned with creations of local artists, and you have the recipe for Witch’s Brew. Read more »
Indie rock duo Widowspeak has made a lot of headway in just five years. The group’s sound has been described as cowboy grunge, dream country and earthtone pop. A ghostly cadence haunts their catalog. Read more »
The events of March 22 that culminated in the shooting death of an Albuquerque teenager didn’t begin at Los Altos Skate Park north of Interstate 40 at Eubank. Read more »
Here’s a wrap-up of Fourth of July events around the Albuquerque-Santa Fe area. Read more »
Shove over, beer and wine, ’cause spirits have arrived in the Land of Enchantment. Read more »
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After more than 20 years of decline, and just as many years of effort and research to reverse that slide, New Mexico’s chile industry this year is poised for a breakthrough that could revive it and change forever the way green chile is harvested.
Beginning in late July, about 200 acres of the state’s commercial green chile crop will be harvested by a mechanical picker from Israel. It will be the first time ever that mechanical harvesting will be tried on a commercial chile crop. If the test is successful, it could revolutionize the industry that’s been shrinking since its high point in 1992. Read more »
What ideas would you bring to the table if you were governor of New Mexico for just one day? Read more »
Legendary local musician Gordy Andersen is engaged in the fight of his life – for his life. Read more »
Gary Glasgow, an Albuquerque cartoonist, gets to the bottom of the Confederate flag flap in the next issue of ABQ Free Press, New Mexico’s second-largest newspaper. Available online and on newsstands July 1. freeabq.com
The Bernalillo County Commission approved the development agreement with the owners of the proposed Santolina development on the far West Mesa, but only after sometimes contentious debate and an effort by one commission to shut down the entire discussion. Read more »
The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled that denying worker’s compensation benefits to farm and ranch workers is unconstitutional. Read more »
Chicago Cubs dad catches Dodgers’ foul ball, boosts Cubs’ anti-Karma, curses child’s baseball future as well. Kid likely doomed to be a Phillies’ fan.
The EPA, clean air advocates and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant have reached a deal to cut the plant’s pollution and improve the air quality on the Navajo nation and in 15 nearby national parks. Read more »
New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham today joined with other members of Congress to demand details of how the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration selects people to be questioned about whether they are carrying drugs or cash. Read more »
The special prosecutor in the James Boyd police shooting case has filed second-degree murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers who were involved in the March 2014 fatal shooting of the mentally ill, homeless camper. Read more »
ABQ Free Press cartoonist Gary Glasgow offers his take on Albuquerque CAO Rob Perry’s reaction to a former City Councilor Pete Dinelli’s suggestion Perry/Mayor Richard Berry should clean house and fire top commanders at the Albuquerque Police Department. Perry’s reaction came in an interview with KOAT-TV reporter Nancy Laflin.
Editor’s note: This is an email conversation between Alan Webber, a businessman who sought the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor, and Paul Gessing, a Libertarian who heads the Rio Grande Foundation. The topic was Gov. Susana Martinez’s push for standardized testing of New Mexico schoolchildren. Read more »
By Joey Peters
New Mexico Political Report
At 26 and with four years of teaching music at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque under his belt, Nick Prior is ready to take his career to its next phase. That would mean advancing from a state-certified Level 1 instructor to Level 2, which would bump his modest salary from $30,000 a year to $40,000 a year. Prior leads six choir groups at the school, half of which have earned state awards. Read more »
The nuevomexicano music scene is vast – a limitless expanse for fans and scholars to explore. From Pueblo work songs and traditional corridos to Norman Petty Studios in the ’50s and beyond, one could spend a lifetime immersed in the diverse sounds of New Mexico. Read more »
Julie Benner, widow of slain Rio Rancho Police Department Officer Gregg ‘Nigel’ Benner, has joined New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’ Violent Crimes Case Review Team. Read more »
Some residents of La Resolana Seniors Community in Northeast Albuquerque have an idea they believe would show how the Section 8, rent-assisted facility is run by its owner and manager. They want to print up signs with the word “cell” and put them above their apartment numbers. They complain managers run the complex like a prison and use intimidation and a system of snitches to frighten them into compliance with ever-changing and increasingly restrictive rules. Read more »
Summer’s here and the time is right for films in theater seats. Sitting in the dark, surrounded by noise, reveling in the joy of large machines pumping out recirculated air – it reads like a day trip to Paradise for the typical industrial fan. Read more »
If there’s one thing the Internet loves, it’s making up new names for everything. “Normcore,” “dadbod,” and recently “Yuccies” or “Young Urban Creatives” are being touted as the Next Big Thing.
By Abraham Lustgarten
A couple of miles outside the town of Page, Ariz., three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona’s sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West’s largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart. Read more »
The District 1 Albuquerque Office of the New Mexico Environment Department will be relocating during the last week in June from 5500 San Antonio Dr. NE, to 121 Tijeras Avenue, NE, near Broadway and Tijeras.
Lavu Inc., Albuquerque’s home-grown company that makes software for the restaurant industry, has raised $15 million in funding, the company said Monday.
New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson intends to retire from the state’s highest court later this year. Read more »