Exploring America’s Main Street: Route 66 Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre remains the King

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

In 1937, Route 66 entered Albuquerque at the foot of the Sandia Mountains as Central Avenue. For years, it was the Duke City’s main street, especially near Old Town. On Central, between 4th and 5th Streets, sits the KiMo Theatre. It opened the same year Route 66 opened, but then the highway made a sweeping “S” from Santa Rosa nearly to Las

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Exploring America’s Main Street: Route 66 – Budville and Thoreau preserve more than their historic garages

| October, 2014 | Features, Travel

Budville and Thoreau sit like bookends to Grants, and I marked both on my map to see during my exploration of Route 66. Both have historic garages with interesting stories. My interest in Budville is obvious. Thoreau captivates me because of the way locals pronounce the name — like “threw” or “through.” That’s appropriate because the

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Exploring America’s Main Street: Route 66 in New Mexico Governor Hannett gets the last laugh

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

We like to think of Route 66 shooting straight across New Mexico from Glenrio on the Texas border on past Gallup to the Arizona border. That’s how I followed it as reported the last two months in Southwest Senior. We think the road ran straight across the state because that’s how Interstate 40 is today, and we know it followed The Mother Roa

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National Pubic Observatory offers Stars-N-Parks events

SWS Report | September, 2014 | Community Calendar, Travel

Residents and visitors to Doña Ana, Grant and Luna counties will have several opportunities to learn about the fall night sky at Stars-N-Parks astronomy programs to be held at area state parks this fall. The National Public Observatory (NPO) sponsors the Stars-N-Parks astronomy programs. Stars-N-Parks attendees should arrive at the park at suns

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El Rancho Hotel continues long-time New Mexico legacy

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

Armand Ortega was 13 years old and working a part-time job near his home in Holbrook, Arizona. His daughter, Amelia Ortega-Crowther tells the story: “Dad went to Gallup with some of the guys he worked with to have dinner at the El Rancho Hotel. In those days, they had gambling there. It wasn’t legal, of course, but they had roulette wheels a

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Explore the area with SWEC

SWS Report | September, 2014 | Community Calendar, Travel

The Southwest Environmental Center offers a wide range of outdoor adventures this fall, including learning about bird migration routes and medicinal plants. Advanced reservations are required and space is limited, so sign up early. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water and a hat. All trips are open to the public. Most are free for SWEC members. A $5

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New Mexico Watercolor Society exhibit opens at Branigan

SWS Report | July, 2014 | Articles, Arts, Features, Travel

The exhibit Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection — an exhibition of seventy paintings from Marin’s prized compilation of works by twenty-nine Chicano artists — continues at the Las Cruces Museum of Art through Saturday, July 19. These works offer glances into the lives of the artists as they depict moments of their

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Evening market returns for summer

SWS Report | July, 2014 | Articles, Features, Food, Travel

Hot summer days are turning into hot summer nights downtown at the Farmers’ and Crafts Market. The cooler evenings in Las Cruces are perfect for outdoor activities, so the market down on Main Street is looking to turn up the heat. Their second Evening at the Market, part of a summer series, will take place this Wednesday, June 11 at 5 to 9 p.

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Starlight Children’s Theater brings laughter to Las Cruces

Bud Russo | July, 2014 | Arts, Columns, Travel

If you recall your giggles and guffaws the last time you saw a Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera, then you know what to expect when The Starlight Children’s Theatre Company of Las Cruces stages Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience. Patience is a story of two wealthy poets, who take themselves very seriously and who both love the village milkmaid, un

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