Tag: NEW MEXICO

Utah Man Who Looked for Treasure Pleads Guilty to Digging in National Park

A Utah man who went digging for buried treasure inside Yellowstone National Park has pleaded guilty to two felonies and may now face years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines, a federal prosecutor in Wyoming announced on Tuesday. The man, Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, pleaded guilty on Monday to causing more than $1,000 […]

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After Five Centuries, a Native American With Real Power

When she ran for office, her slogan was “Congress has never heard a voice like mine.” Now the person with that voice could soon be overseeing one-fifth of the land in the United States. As interior secretary, her portfolio would include national parks, wildlife refuges, the United States Geological Survey and the vast acreage of […]

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Scenes From a Pandemic Holiday Road Trip

The roads were icy in Frostburg, Md. In Jolly, Texas, the mood was somber. Still, despite a season filled with challenges at every turn, by the time I got to Snowbird, Utah, it was clear that the holidays were in full swing. After three months on the East Coast covering the final stretch of an […]

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Biden Will Pick Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, to lead the Interior Department, according to people familiar with the decision, a move that would make history: If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Native American appointed to a cabinet secretary position. Ms. Haaland would […]

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1 America, 1 Pandemic, 2 Realities

By Manny Fernandez and Jack Healy In one pandemic reality, restaurants are packed. There are no coronavirus limits at college-town bars. No social-distancing dots speckling the floor. Some people are wearing masks, but even a weak proposal to make it a requirement in one city prompted an outcry. Welcome to South Dakota. In another, hundreds […]

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Pfizer Says Its Vaccine Is 90 Percent Effective as COVID Cases Are Set to Overwhelm the American Healthcare System

Photo: William A. Morgan (Shutterstock) Can’t even lie, it felt incredibly good to see the whole world reenact the end of Return of the Jedi this weekend. I’m going to do my best to hold onto that feeling because the upcoming months aren’t looking too hot with regards to the ongoing pandemic. While Pfizer has […]

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The Power of the “Something Else” Vote

Conversely, Native voters also aided in providing Trump and other Republican candidates victories in North Carolina, a crucial swing state. There, the Lumbee Tribe, one of eight tribes in North Carolina, garnered attention for leaning toward Trump for the second straight election—though so did the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, as all five counties that […]

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Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey

Several thousand years ago, a young adult moved barefoot across a muddy landscape. A toddler was balanced on the adult’s hip. There were large animals — mammoths and ground sloths — just over the horizon. It was a perilous journey, and scientists reconstructed it by closely studying an exceptional set of human and animal footprints […]

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2022 Volkswagen Taos – VW Fills Another Crossover Niche

We already mentioned how Volkswagen is being added to the list of automakers using a tourist town in the Southwest to name a crossover and/or SUV. Now we have the full details on the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. In addition to the Taos, there’s the Dodge Durango, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, others I […]

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Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Matalynn Lee Tsosie showed up at the Indian Health Service hospital in Gallup, N.M., one day in April feeling poorly and having trouble breathing. When her coronavirus test came back positive, the hospital gave her a prescription for an inhaler, an oxygen tank and orders to go home and rest. Three […]

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Why New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt Is Echoing in 2020 Protests

ALBUQUERQUE — While protests over police violence against African-Americans spread from one city to the next in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in May, the missive scrawled in red paint on the New Mexico History Museum reached further back in time: “1680 Land Back.” The graffiti invoked another rebellious juncture in what is now […]

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Thousands of Dead Birds Are Dropping Out of the Sky and Nobody’s Sure Why

Several of the dead birds collected by the University of New Mexico. Photo via Allison Salas/Twitter. A distressing video recently posted to Twitter starts with a single bird dead next to a sunflower, and ends with more than a dozen dead birds strewn across a sandy ground in New Mexico.  They’re just a few of […]

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New Mexico Mystery: Why Are So Many Birds Dropping Dead?

ALBUQUERQUE — Huge numbers of migratory birds are dropping dead around New Mexico as scientists scramble to determine what is triggering one of the Southwest’s largest bird die-offs in recent memory. After people began finding the dead birds in recent days in locations ranging from hiking trails to suburban driveways and golf courses, the mystery […]

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Inside a Nursing Home Devoted to Treating Those With Covid-19

In a New Mexico long-term care facility, residents rely on care providers for medical care and moments of connection. Photographs and Text by Isadora Kosofsky Sept. 15, 2020, 11:57 a.m. ET ALBUQUERQUE — “Thank you for caressing my dad’s head,” said Lillie Ortiz, as she watched from her home in Santa Fe, N.M., as Maika […]

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Santa Fe Board Crushes George R.R. Martin’s Plan for ‘Medieval Castle’

It was not quite as dramatic as Daenerys mounting her last living dragon to destroy a rival kingdom. But this week the Santa Fe Historic Districts Review Board crushed a proposal by the “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin to construct a 24- to 26-foot, seven-sided tower with battered stucco walls on his property […]

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Forrest Fenn, Art Dealer Who Enticed Thousands to Hunt for Hidden Treasure, Dies at 90

Forrest Fenn, an eccentric New Mexico art dealer who enticed thousands to search for hidden treasure after he announced in a 2010 book that he had stashed a bronze chest filled with gold nuggets, diamonds and other jewels somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, died on Monday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was […]

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A Nostalgic (if Isolating) Road Trip Along Route 66

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Luke Sharrett shares a collection of images taken along Route 66. […]

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Virus Response Fueling G.O.P. Bid to Retake New Mexico Seat

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — When Democrats in New Mexico swept elections just two years ago, flipping the Republican-held congressional district that stretches across more than half the state ranked among their biggest wins. But in a sign of how tenuous the Democrats’ hold is on some of the House seats they picked up in 2018, […]

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C.D.C. Warns of the Dangers of Drinking Hand Sanitizer After Fatal Poisonings

ImageA funeral attendant providing hand sanitizer to a mourner arriving for a visitation in Elsa, Texas.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times Federal health authorities issued a formal warning on Wednesday about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer and alerted poison control centers across the nation to be on the lookout for cases of methanol […]

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For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency

THE NAVAJO NATION — When Summer Brown lived in Phoenix, she had no problem finding fresh produce. If the Sprouts supermarket near her home didn’t have what she was looking for, she would just drive somewhere else. This winter, Ms. Brown, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, moved back to her childhood home in […]

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A Land Art Pioneer’s Adventures in Time and Space

THROUGH THE WINTER months, Charles Ross’s existence befits an established New York multimedia artist of a certain vintage: whitewashed SoHo loft with a comfortable studio in the back; a pair of sweet, shaggy dogs that he and his wife, the painter Jill O’Bryan, walk up Wooster Street in the chill, past the wrought iron storefronts […]

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A Timely Case on Police Violence at the Supreme Court

Early on a summer morning in Albuquerque in 2014, two state police officers in dark tactical gear arrived at a housing complex to serve an arrest warrant. In the parking lot, they came upon Roxanne Torres, sitting in her car with the engine running. Ms. Torres was not the woman they were looking for. But […]

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‘I Have to Send Anyone With COVID-Like Symptoms to the COVID Unit’

“She’s here for shortness of breath,” the intern said. “She’s coughing, also.” “Does she have a fever?” I asked. “Not now,” the intern said, looking down at the chart. “But I’m waiting for the Spanish interpreter.” “Should she be in the COVID unit?” I asked. She shrugged. “I think she has heart failure,” she replied. […]

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The Legacy of the First Nuclear Bomb Test

It was 1 a.m. on July 16, 1945, when J. Robert Oppenheimer met with an Army lieutenant general, Leslie Groves, in the parched landscape of Jornada del Muerto — Dead Man’s Journey — a remote desert in New Mexico. A group of engineers and physicists was about to detonate an atomic device packed with 13 […]

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