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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.

Auto Talk
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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…

Touring N.M.
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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.

Auto Talk
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A family road trip can bring on a strong sense of nostalgia. Although much has likely changed since you embarked on your first journey as a child, there are still plenty of ways to appreciate road tripping with the family and bring the best of “then” to “now.”

Touring N.M.
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About 13,500 years ago, as the last Ice Age was coming to an end, bands of hunters were trying their luck in New Mexico’s eastern plains at a place now known as Blackwater Draw. Lakes had formed there and it attracted a lot of animals — large, dangerous animals like the mammoth, mastodon, di…

Moments in Time
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On Sept. 29, 1913, Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the engine that bears his name, disappears while traveling by steamship from Belgium to England. On Oct. 10, his body was found floating in the water. His death was judged a suicide, but many people believed Diesel was murdered.

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Before the weather takes a turn, make sure you follow a few maintenance tips to get your vehicle ready for the damp, cold road ahead.

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So much has been accomplished by those who ended up in New Mexico “accidentally.” In 1928, for instance, a 47-year-old man from Rhode Island had some serious car trouble a few miles north of Alamogordo, in the village of La Luz. He was stranded there long enough that he fell in love with thi…

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It was late morning when my grandson Robert Bennett and I left his mother’s driveway. The plan was simple: tent camping for a couple of nights in the high country of the Jemez Mountains. I knew the perfect place to escape the summer heat, a place where one doesn’t need to run an air conditio…

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People today are keeping their cars longer, a trend that is putting automobile owners better in tune with their car maintenance needs. Vehicle upkeep has become paramount for safety, reliability and enjoyment.

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If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, the car-buying process can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking for a different model, a car is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. It’s not only important to make sure you have the…

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When out-of-town guests show up, the pressure to entertain is really on. My brother-in-law and his lovely wife were sitting at our kitchen table ready to explore this Land of Enchantment. This was their first time west, and all the stories I’ve written about New Mexico were seen as a promise…

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You may not be a legendary stunt driver, but the car you drive today has a lot of technology under the hood. Whether you’re commuting to work or heading to the grocery store, you want to get the most out of your engine’s performance.

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Each year, travelers from the United States head to popular destinations. And while many have Zika on their mind while traveling, and are aware of the need to bring sunscreen, bug repellent and other travel necessities, many don’t know that cholera may be a bigger threat than they thought an…

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I have known about Pecos Pueblo since I first came to New Mexico. But although close to it many times, I was always on my way to somewhere else. What a mistake!

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Whether you’re moving across the country or without a cat sitter, you may find yourself driving with cats.

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It was exactly 20 years ago that I decided to hike the Continental Divide. As you might imagine, along the divide there is a general lack of nearby water, especially in southern New Mexico. Naturally, having a bit more enthusiasm than common sense, that is where I started.

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As temperatures start to rise, checking your tires’ air pressure can help protect them from the heat when hitting the road this summer. Whether you’re trekking cross-country or simply to and from work, the more heat your tires are exposed to could mean potential trouble on the road.

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If you're in the market for a new car, you might be thinking about leasing. After all, it seems very attractive on the surface — so attractive that leases accounted for one-third of all vehicles sales nationally in 2016. Taking a closer look though, you may be surprised to see there's more t…

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U.S. Highway 84 enters New Mexico just east of Clovis, and that is where my wife, MaryAnn, and I stopped for the night. We were pulling our little travel trailer back home from Florida. U.S. Highway 60 joins U.S. 84 through this part of the state. They are both amazing highways. U.S. 60 runs…

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Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season. But before you pack up to leave on your getaway, be sure to take care of your home.

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It was late September. My grandson Robert Bennett had a break from school, so we headed south for a final camping trip before winter.

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Tent Rocks can be a great trip for a newcomer to Albuquerque. You’ll never forget it, especially the spectacular scenery and its geological mysteries. But there was always the other thing: That bone-jarring drive over a long stretch of wash-boarded gravel.

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If you're tempted by steep discounts offered by car dealerships at the end of the year, you're not alone. Car sales rev up especially during the week before New Year's, when dealerships may see sales jump 78 percent over the first part of December, according to Edmunds.com, a leading online …

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“Yeah, we’ve been to Albuquerque lots of times. Didn’t get off the interstate, though.” I have heard this from countless people across the U.S. And why would they exit Interstate 40? Imagine driving a motorhome or towing a large travel trailer down Central Avenue for 10 miles.

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If travel plans frequently keep you away from home, it can be a challenge to maintain your regular fitness routine. With dedication, planning and a little creativity, you can use these three tips from California-

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It just didn’t seem polite to ask my 80-year-old buddy whether a “bucket list” played any part in his deciding to take a glider ride this August. Still, sitting in the car on our way east to Moriarty, I eased into the question sideways. “What in the world would ever prompt you to go up a cou…

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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.