August 17, 2008 |
"The most interesting part about [El Morro] is the signatures of all the people going through there," reader Laura LaCour-Johnson, a native of Albuquerque, write in her nominating letter. "The best time to go is just before winter, when it's chilly but you can still go up. If it has just snowed, it's really, really nice. " THE SETTING El Morro National Monument , a much-carved bluff in the high desert of western New Mexico. THE VIBE Anasazi, with one layer of Spanish colonialism and another of American Manifest Destiny, all seen through the lens of National Park Service stewardship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1997 |
Janaloo Hill did not go up the slope to her parents' graves for the two weeks after the fire. Too early to visit, the pain too fresh, the guilt too intense. It was nobody's fault. Still, she couldn't shake the feeling that she had let her parents down. How could she climb that slope and tell her mother and father that a rich chunk of the New Mexico history they had put so much of their lives into preserving--that she had put so much of her own life into preserving--was gone?
May 3, 1998 |
To Hispanics, he was a gutsy trailblazer who bravely settled a New World. To American Indians, he was a ruthless colonialist who cut off the feet of their ancestors. Now the city's plans to celebrate the Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate's arrival in New Mexico 400 years ago have hit a snag: The guest of honor isn't welcome by all.
May 1, 1988 |
Despite the extraordinary physical beauty of its setting, the story that Ira Clark has to tell in this massively detailed history of New Mexico is largely one of communities struggling to overcome the economic poverty of their land and water resources. It's a curiously shut-ended kind of struggle--a process of self-cannibalization really.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999 |
Blackened skeletons of ponderosa pines stand guard over knee-high green grass and wildflowers poking up around volcanic stones. The stones--more than a dozen in pink, brown and gray--are in two parallel lines next to a gully that cradles small stagnant pools of water from recent rainfall.
May 3, 1987 |
The answer that has eluded so many for so long lies 400 feet down below, in the bowels of a rocky peak littered with creosote trees, rattlesnakes and bullet-pocked military targets. On top, rusted steel bars bolted to weathered timbers guard the four-foot-square opening to the secret of Victorio Peak. Underneath, buried by time and temptation, lies either 100 tons of gold bars worth perhaps $1.2 billion, or one of the wildest hoaxes of the Wild West.