Learn how ranchland became White Sands Missile Range

SWS Report | October, 2017 | Features, History

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum offers indoor and outdoor exhibits explaining our state’s agricultural and ranching heritage, in addition to a wide range of special presentations and programs. October 11, 1 – 3 p.m.: Discovery Afternoon, Sheep and Wool Meet a Navajo-Churro ewe from the museum’s flock, learn about her histor

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How did Social Security do it without computers?

Ray Vigil (Social Security Public Affairs Specialist) | October, 2017 | Columns, Features

More than 85 percent of American homes have some sort of computer. Millions of people rely on computers daily to access, formulate, and store information. People use computers for everything from sharing family pictures to shopping to banking and paying bills. But, we haven’t always been able to count on the convenience of the computer to make ou

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Should I start a 529 education savings plan for my grandchildren?

Michele Ungvarsky (SWS Columnist) | October, 2017 | Columns, Features

Lately, I have frequently been asked about 529 plans, or higher education savings plans. So, I will give the basics and advise you to check with a financial planner before investing to determine whether is a good fit for your goals. The 529 refers to the Internal Revenue Code section 529, which is regulation allowing the higher education plans.

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Bird of the Month: Ladder-back Woodpecker

Mark Pendleton (MV Audubon Society) | October, 2017 | Columns, Features

When I saw my first Ladder-backed Woodpecker, I did a double-take. Oh, I knew it was a woodpecker, alright, but it was on a Red Yucca Stalk. Everyone knows, or so I thought, that woodpeckers forage on trees, not mere plants. Well, guess what? “Ladder backs” will also alight on chaparral bushes, and I’ve even seen them on weed stems. When you

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Tinseltown Talks: L.Q. Jones reflects on Hollywood journey

Nick Thomas (SWS Columnist) | October, 2017 | Arts, Features

For over 50 years, L.Q. Jones was a familiar supporting character actor in some 100 films and hundreds more television shows. Lanky, tough, and athletic, he could tackle any role although was often cast as the “heavy” in Westerns and dramas, projecting the “bad guy” image with merely a sinister smirk or a menacing twinkle in the eye.

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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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You can learn the lingo of Social Security using online glossary

Ray Vigil (Social Security Public Affairs Specialist) | September, 2017 | Columns, Features

Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. But if a technical term or acronym (an abbreviation of the first let

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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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