Escapades of a Vampirologist – now retired

Norine Dresser (Photos by Mariah Chase For SWS) | October, 2017 | Articles, Features

I never dreamed I would become a vampirologist, at least that’s what others called me. But now that Halloween approaches, memories of that unforeseen former profession flood my consciousness. It began when an Associated Press science reporter called me for a folklorist’s opinion about a paper delivered by Canadian biochemist Dr. David Dolphi

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Bosque Redondo memorial recalls dark moment in history

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | October, 2017 | Articles, Features

The Pecos River meanders across the grasslands of eastern New Mexico. It was there, 150 miles east of Albuquerque, Gen. James Carleton established Fort Sumner in 1862. The fort was one in a series of fortifications established to protect the people of the territory. It was also the place Carleton chose to relocate the Mescalero Apache and Navajo in

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VFW Post supports Honor Flight

SWS Report | September, 2017 | Articles, Features

Members of VFW Post 6917 in Las Cruces have adopted a WWII Army veteran from Las Cruces, making it possible for him to participate in this year’s Mission 10 flight to Washington, D.C.. Raul Sanchez, VFW Post Commander, Beth Miller, Auxiliary President and Mary Tutza, Post Quartermaster (left to right) present the check to Honor Flight of Southern

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Spay and Neuter Action Program helps people and their pets

Elaine Stachera-Simon (Spay Neuter Action Network) | September, 2017 | Articles, Features

If you have been in Las Cruces any length of time, you know that this is a town with a lot of people who love animals. You also know that many households throughout the county have limited means, and can’t always take care of their pets in the way they’d like. One organization that helps people in Doña Ana County do right by their furry com

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Day in Saguaro National Park surpasses day in school

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | September, 2017 | Articles, Features

I am standing on the patio of the visitor center at the Saguaro National Park, looking upon a forest of cacti stretching toward the Red Hills and Wasson Peak to the east. If there is a single plant that, to me, says desert, it’s the iconic image of this stately, branched cactus. I came here to see and learn about the saguaro cactus. I wasn’t di

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Monuments to Main Street offers adventure

Cheryl Fallstead (SWS Editor) | September, 2017 | Articles, Features

Monuments to Main Street is returning to Doña Ana County for its second action-packed year. The month-long celebration provides numerous opportunities to explore places and events that make southern New Mexico unique. Through the month of September, Visit Las Cruces is promoting many free tours, and a few with a fee, that will help residents and v

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News you can use from the City of Las Cruces

SWS Report | August, 2017 | Articles, Features

• The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will extend hours of operation at the Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell Ave., beginning September 5. Hour will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. New programs, classes and activities schedule will be available Septe

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Social Security Administration warns about fraudulent calls

SWS Report | August, 2017 | Articles, Features

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a new Social Security Administration (SSA) employee impersonation scheme. SSA and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently alerted citizens about an OIG employee impersonation scheme and a scheme targeting former clients of Kentucky disa

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Endangered giant ibis nests located in Cambodia

SWS Report | August, 2017 | Articles, Features

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), working in collaboration with Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment (MoE), announced this month that 19 nests of the giant ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) have been discovered during the current breeding season in the Northern Plains of Cambodia in Preah Vihear Province. Community members and conservationists are

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Bohr remembers flying on Sentimental Journey

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | August, 2017 | Articles, Features

The old man walked the length of the B-29 bomber on display at Tucson’s Pima Air and Space Museum. He sang a song as he walked beneath the open bomb bays, his voice hesitant and scratchy. But he knew the words, and he knew the melody. As he emerged from beneath the plane just before the nose wheel, he sang, “Gonna make a sentimental journey to

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