January 2017 From the first moment visitors walk in the bright, sunlit, three-story atrium of New Mexico Tech's Headen Center in Socorro, they are encouraged to share in the New Mexico geological experience. Signs saying "Feel free to touch–but please be gentle" are found on massive mineral specimens, inviting, a hands-on experience for young and old alike.
February 2017 Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Jeff Witte says, “One of the unique things about this conference is everybody tends to be an optimist. It’s jam-packed with forward-looking people with a passion for what they do best—growing food.”
March 2017 Those buzzing honeybees and bumblebees, colorful butterflies and quick-darting hummingbirds have a huge job to perform—pollinating plants that grow into the fruits and vegetables we eat and the blossoms we enjoy.
April 2017 How do you move over 2,000 pounds of plaster-encased fossil wood? In 2014, a team from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) found out.
May 2017 Known historically for its prosperous yields of carrots and uranium, west-central New Mexico is also fertile ground for gears, grease and good times. For nearly 50 years, the Uranium Capitol Speedway near Milan has been a seasonal, weekend destination for drivers and race fans of all ages.
June 2017 If moonlight were a fabric, it would be a blend of silver satin and a charcoal chenille and fuzzy like a florescent caterpillar. That’s how the beautiful light feels falling on my teenage daughter, Willow. It’s bright enough that the bill of her camouflage cap casts a shadow over her eyes in this pre-dawn dark. Think about it: the gleam has traveled from the sun, bounces off the moon and lands on us to light up our way as we walk into the forest at 4:30 a.m. this April day.
July 2017 Congratulations to this year's photo contest winners. And a thank you to all who participated. This year's judge, Paul Weideman of Santa Fe, had over 200 entries to judge. And boy, was it fun and hard to select the winners. Weideman is a lifelong photographer, at age 11 taking pictures of sites in Europe and Africa with an Argus camera during a family trip. He has written more than 200 articles about photography and hundreds more on other topics in his 20 years with Pasatiempo, the Santa Fe New Mexican's weekly arts magazine.
August 2017 Each year in September, pilots and fans of flight gather at the Socorro Municipal Airport. On a sunny day last year, I chatted with three pilots as we stood by their small planes. The men, in identical blue jeans and yellow “Chile Flight” T-shirts, introduced themselves as Goat, Viking, and Boo: their pilot nicknames. They came to Socorro from Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque to attend the 2016 M Mountain Fly-In with their one- or two-seat planes.
Each year in September, pilots and fans of flight gather at the Socorro Municipal Airport. On a sunny day last year, I chatted with three pilots as we stood by their small planes. The men, in identical blue jeans and yellow “Chile Flight” T-shirts, introduced themselves as Goat, Viking, and Boo: their pilot nicknames. They came to Socorro from Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque to attend the 2016 M Mountain Fly-In with their one- or two-seat planes.
Standing next to a training dummy weighing over 100 pounds, Trish Fenton, engineering technician for Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative in Portales, says when an employee suffers catastrophic exposure to an energized line, rescuers have four minutes to get the worker out of harm’s way and begin CPR before lack of oxygen to the brain can become fatal.
I have committed a great sin, and God is punishing me for it. And so I order you that you and your brothers are not to do likewise.” Such was the deathbed wish of Agustin Guichi to his son. Certainly, his sin could probably more accurately be described as an elaborate prank.