Cuba trip provides insight into personal implications of embargo

Sharon Thomas (for Southwest Senior) | February, 2015 | Features, Travel

Last year, I spent ten days in Cuba. So, when President Obama recently announced an effort to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, I found that news very exciting. Full diplomatic relations will be a welcome policy in Cuba, but what Cubans really want to see is an end to the embargo. Every day we were there, probably several times every

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Human trafficking exhibit coming to Las Cruces

Cassie McClure (SWS Writer) | February, 2015 | Features, Travel

Wandering through our hometowns, we sometimes might think of crime as an afterthought –— when we hear a police car screaming down the main avenue, or when a car alarm goes off during the night. We don’t want to suspect that in the condo next door is someone trapped against their will; that the attendants at our hotels, at our spas, did not ch

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Stars-N-Parks gives public opportunity to view night sky

SWS Report | January, 2015 | Community Calendar, Travel

Residents and visitors to Grant and Luna counties will have eight opportunities to learn about the spring night sky at Stars-N-Parks astronomy programs to be held at area state parks this spring. Eight astronomy programs will be held: six at City of Rocks State Park, between Deming and Silver City; and two at Rockhound State Park, near Deming.

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Monument honors Mexican-American War’s Mormon Battalion

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | January, 2015 | Features, Travel

Near Santa Fe, just south of La Bajada hill, there’s a sign for the Mormon Battalion monument. It’s at Budagher Boulevard, Exit 257 off Interstate 25. I’d seen it before on other trips to our state capital, but I was always in too much of a hurry to get off the beaten path. Not this day. This day I had plenty of time, so I exited and jaunted

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Exploring America’s Main Street Route 66 bridge designed to withstand Rio Puerco flooding

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | January, 2015 | Features, Travel

Where the bridge crosses Rio Puerco, about 20 miles west of downtown Albuquerque, people have forded the usually dry but often flooded river for more than seven centuries — ever since people began migrating from the Chaco pueblos toward the Rio Grande. Of course, at first, they walked. After the Spanish brought horses, they rode. This was the

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Exploring America’s Main Street “Bozo” loves to share his love of cars at Route 66 Auto Museum

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | January, 2015 | Features, Travel

Santa Rosa is perhaps best known for its Blue Hole, a scuba-diving destination. But east of town is another destination for enthusiasts of a different bent — classic automobiles. It’s fitting than the Route 66 Auto Museum is actually on The Mother Road. Route 66 Auto Museum is the accomplishment of James Cordova. “Call me Bozo,” he says.

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Exploring Grand Canyon and Mary Colter’s work

Cheryl Fallstead (SWS Editor) | January, 2015 | Features, Travel

Last month, my husband, Brian, and I embarked on a journey we had long intended to take and were, frankly, a bit embarrassed to admit we’d never done: visit the Grand Canyon. As life-long Westerners, one would think we had already visited this popular and awe inspiring destination. Along the way, however, we discovered another destination: follow

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Exploring America’s Main Street: Route 66 A tribute to the pioneer woman

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | December, 2014 | Features, Travel

This story about Route 66 — The Mother Road — begins in St. Louis. It was there the National Memorial Highway, Route 40, which began in Baltimore, joined up with Route 66, coursing south from Chicago. In 1912, the Daughters of the American Revolution commissioned German-American sculptor August Leimbach to create a dozen monuments to be plac

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Exploring America’s Main Street: Getting my “kicks” on Route 66

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | November, 2014 | Travel

Here I was tooling along old two-lane Route 66, what I could find of it, having an adventure just like Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock from the 1960s TV adventure show, Route 66. As I planned this trip, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to follow in their footsteps?” My journey would have been very short. Martin Milner and George Maharis, who play

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Fort Wingate poised to start another chapter in its history

Bud Russo (SWS Writer) | November, 2014 | Travel

Wiley Denton’s wife, Linda — 20 years his junior — disappears the day Wiley shoots and kills Marvin McKay. McKay was trying to swindle Denton out of $50,000 in a lost gold mine scam. That’s a central theme in Tony Hillerman’s novel The Wailing Wind which has a dramatic ending at Fort Wingate… something to do with Bunker D2187. As I a

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