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There are 33 counties in New Mexico. And yes, New Mexico is big, but our counties are extreme in both directions, large and small. For instance, our largest county by area is Catron County with 6,928 square miles. That’s about the same size as New Jersey. At the other extreme, the smallest c…

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Many drivers may feel that they don’t have the time or money to address vehicle repairs immediately, but beware: ignoring some repairs can get you pulled over and even ticketed.

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One of the most notorious unsolved murders of our territorial days, that of Albert Fountain and his eight-year-old son Henry, took place in 1896. They disappeared from a lonely road between Alamogordo and Mesilla, leaving only their abandoned buckboard and two pools of blood.

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Cooke’s Peak is one of the most recognizable mountains in southwestern New Mexico. It looms above the rest of the Cooke’s Range like a pointy cap. Situated in the flat country northeast of Deming, it can be seen for 50 miles. But its real importance was that it marked the only dependable wat…

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As the popularity and availability of electric vehicles (EV) continues to grow in the U.S., a new survey suggests that many consumers still have a lot to learn about the technology.

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I’ve seen pictures of the Dawson Mine for years: coal mine entrances, coke ovens, railroad coal cars ready to be sent the 137 miles to Tucumcari and the Rock Island Line. And I have seen old pictures of the town of Dawson, as well. And pictures are about all that is left. For this coal minin…

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Almost 100 million Americans will go on a family vacation sometime this year, and nearly half of them will choose to make it a road trip, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

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Clayton, in the far northeast corner of New Mexico and about 10 miles from the Texas border, is most famous for two things: the dinosaur trackway at Clayton Lake and the somewhat “botched” hanging of train robber Black Jack Ketchum. But the Hotel Eklund, a striking three-story stone structur…

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It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear a…

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It was 1896, and New Mexico seemed like the land of opportunity to Frank Boyer.  Boyer, an African American living with his family in Pelham, Georgia, was looking for a better future than what he saw around him: humiliating, restrictive Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan.  

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Many vehicle owners know it’s important to regularly have their motor oil changed. But did you know that choosing any oil weight other than the one specified in the owner’s manual could damage the engine? 

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Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.

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Congratulations, college graduates! You're all set to enter the job market, but do you have what it takes to get to and from interviews or work? It might be time to move on from worn-out, hand-me-down vehicles for your fresh start in life.

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Miguel Atencio, a reader of this column, wrote to me via email asking if I had any suggestions for day trips for him and his 11-year-old son. I thought that was a great question, as parents of school-age children begin to make plans for summer vacation. Below are six ideas for day trips with kids.

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Driving south toward Truth or Consequences, you’ll notice a large range of dark and distant mountains off to the west. This is the Black Range, known for its silver deposits and a few ghost towns that serviced the mines and miners. Their inhabitants once numbered in the thousands.

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These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, home buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From smart HVAC and sprinkler systems to connected garage door openers, it’s all about creating convenience and comfort.

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There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to driving, and the list only grows once you’ve got your own set of wheels. Whether you’re facing a purchasing dilemma over which make and model is best for you, or simply wonder how much is too much to top off the gas, being a responsible d…

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Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieti…

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Looking for a cure for the winter blues? Start making plans for the summer. Having something fun to look forward to — such as days off and family trips — can make those dreary days seem more bearable. One thing you'll want to add to your summer planning list is finding a great summer camp or…

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"From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific" ... because it's time for winter vacations! No matter their destination, Americans are more than twice as likely to drive as fly this year (76 percent vs. 24 percent), according to a recent survey.

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New Mexico is full of mysteries: some big and some small. This one is big. It concerns a large rock in a ravine on the north side of Hidden Mountain, west of Los Lunas. It contains several lines of what might be Paleo-

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For many of us, the holiday season means traveling. In fact, millions of U.S. residents travel more than 50 miles away from home during the holiday season. Unfortunately, burglars are also aware of these holiday season travel statistics.

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It’s a sad but undeniable fact that some of us would rather watch a plumber run a snake down a clogged sewer line than go shopping for the holidays. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  

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If you love a good podcast, you're not alone. According to Podcast Insights, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts regularly, seven per week on average. You can find a podcast about virtually any subject that strikes your fancy, so if you're looking for a new show to engage and delight you…

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For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?

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I have to admit there was a part of Route 66 I had never seen: the old road east of Tucumcari. So last month, while traveling along Interstate 40, my wife and I took a look.

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Sweet potatoes mirror the colors of autumn leaves. They can be incorporated into every meal, from sweet potato biscuits for breakfast, a side of sweet potato fries at lunch, or a roasted sweet potato for dinner with a smooth sweet potato custard for dessert. 

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When you hand car keys to your teenager for the first time, your heart races as you think of what could happen. The fact is that car accidents are the No. 1 cause of death among teens in the U.S., so it’s important to communicate the gravity of this newfound responsibility.

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There aren’t many roads in the gently rolling hills of the Kiowa National Grassland, in northeastern New Mexico. One of them, N.M. Highway 39, leads to Mills. This community has a couple of houses, a post office, and a dirt road heading west, which is where one of the most surprising geograp…

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My grandson Robby and I were driving along one of the most beautiful routes in New Mexico: State Road 117, south from Grants. Undulating bluffs and La Ventana Arch make for an enchanted landscape on the eastern side. To the west, the impenetrable and threatening lava flows of El Malpais, the…

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Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat. When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they e…

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Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.

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Unless you’re a veterans service officer with one of the veterans groups, you probably can’t help a fellow veteran push through the paperwork required to file a claim.

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The temperatures are rising, and so are the numbers of vehicles on the road. Summer is right around the corner, bringing with it a number of road trips to the beach for many families.

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According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), wheels are among the most purchased items by consumers in the $42 billion automotive aftermarket industry. Because there are so many wheel options for your car, SEMA recommends researching the various wheel types available and l…

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White Oaks is a ghost town nestled in the hills 12 miles northeast of Carrizozo. It saw its luck run out with the dwindling veins of gold, and a railroad that found Carrizozo more affordable for a depot than the price-gouging land speculators of White Oaks.  It was 1879 when gold was discove…

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It was late morning on Super Bowl Sunday when MaryAnn and I pulled out of our driveway and headed for Tijeras Canyon.  Our destination was the Salt Missions Trail, a 140-mile loop that features old Route 66 on the north end and the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument on the south.

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There must be a hundred murals here in the Duke City. They compliment a very strong public art program which includes hundreds of pieces bought through our decades-old One Percent for the Arts Initiative. This art scene is one reason Sunset magazine named Albuquerque “Best Place to Live” in …

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Among the many components that make up your family’s vehicle, perhaps none is as intricate as its transmission. The interlocking cluster of gears, joints, axles and bands is the central nervous system that transfers the energy created in your vehicle’s engine to the wheels. Without a properl…

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or many Americans, fixing a flat remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don’t know how to change a flat tire and what’s more, every driver is predicted to experience up to five flat tires in their lifetime. Before hitting the road, study up on th…

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With technology advancing in leaps and bounds around us, perhaps the one thing that has generated the most buzz involves the marriage of the automobile with the computer: a connected car. Here are some important things to know about connected cars.

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You may know Southwestern New Mexico for it’s million-acre forests and seemingly endless miles of desert, or perhaps you immediately think of Billy the Kid and hunting mule deer. But if you’re touring the Southwest and lack the inside scoop on where to dine, here are three deliciously wonder…

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As the seasons transition, motorists undoubtedly have many things on their minds. All the while, the temperature continues to cool — and one thing often left unconsidered is the impact of changing weather conditions on daily driving routines. The further into the winter season we get, the mo…

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Looking for something a bit more exciting than standing in long checkout lines at the mall and suffering through post-spending regret?

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As you drive down the street, the threat of potential distractions is everywhere. Federal research shows that distracted driving is a factor in one out of every six crashes, and accounts for 5,000 automobile crash-related fatalities each year.

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If the approaching holidays have you seeing dollar signs and cringing to avoid the stress the season brings, you may be relieved to know there is one simple step to help bypass many of the common holiday headaches. Traveling by vehicle costs less, is more convenient and is not as stressful a…

Beauty & Fashion
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Selecting the perfect outfit can be a daily challenge, especially during the fall months when the weather becomes as unpredictable as the fall foliage. If you’ve vetoed everything in your closet and need advice, remember these simple tips for the chilly days of autumn through the cold winter…

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I was driving north from Santa Fe. My wife asked, “Are we taking the high road to Taos?” We were almost to Pojoaque. Of course we were. I turned onto N.M. Highway 503, the “high road” that meanders east into the hills. Suddenly, we saw the church at Nambé and pulled over.