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Today's Features

  • Theres something about thunder that excites me. It reminds me of when I was little and I used to scream at every loud boom and hide under the table. Or of when my family would be driving somewhere and I would count the seconds between each flash of lightning, to figure out how close it was.

  • In a career spanning more than 40, writer, radio producer and aural historian Jack Loeffler has turned sound—human voices, as well as manmade, natural and mechanical sounds of all types—into history.

    In his new book, Survival Along the Continental Divide: An Anthology of Interviews, Jack Loeffler enlists the voices and ideas of a dozen leading regional scholars and activists to create a lively and enlightening look at the complex forces that have shaped the way New Mexicans define their communities and themselves.

  • The Immaculate Heart of Mary bursts into leaping orange flame next to the sword-pierced heart of her resurrected Son. A twisted ring of thorns presses into Mary’s flesh, transmitting the pain a Mother breathes for her child. Jesus’ heart stands behind His mother, a silent sentry promising rest.

  • Local artist and photographer Marisol Macias sees ghosts. Well, in the eye of her imagination, at least.

    A collection of Macias’ work, titled “Ghost signs, Ghost Stories,” is on exhibit at Highland University’s Ray Drew Gallery from July 12 through Aug. 10.

  • Theresa Jaramillo and Thomas Martinez are brother and sister, who, after years of working together at local eateries, decided to take a leap of faith; in November 2007, together with Theresa’s husband, Earnest, they took over D’Vino’s restaurant at El Fidel Hotel.

    “It comes naturally to us” said Thomas. “We grew up around the stove, where someone was always cooking. Theresa learned to make rice when she was 5.”

    “We learned from dad and mom, and grandma Tere,” Theresa said.

  • A band whose music has been described as “Sweet island Latin with a jazzy flair of vocals and instrumental solos,” Los Tropicales, was formed 12 years ago in New Mexico.

  • The smell of roasted corn and the vivid music of a mariachi band fill the hot July air. Friends and families are talking and laughing throughout the park. It seems you have found your way to the plaza, where the annual Fourth of July Fiestas are in full swing. Sound interesting?

  • The road to Vida Encantada Nursing and Rehab twists past a subdivision littered with toddlers’ toys, past the great prairie’s golden summer grasses, past the long curved road of life that leads most of its residents home here.

  • Sometimes archaeological treasures turn up in unexpected places. Such is the case with items from a traveling exhibit titled “Outhouse Archaeology” that is displayed at the Las Vegas City Museum this summer.

    The exhibit’s contents come from a historic outhouse located on New Mexico Highlands University’s campus. Expansion of the Donnelly Library in 1995 led to the discovery of a house foundation and outhouse. Highland’s Anthropology Laboratory, under direction of Robert Mishler, excavated the site.

  • This musical and cultural extravaganza will light up the night with Mariachi Music. Old music will find new voices as members of Mariachi Cardenal Infantil, Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil, Mariachi Pantera, Mariachi Sol del Valle, Mariachi Luna de Plata and Mariachi Paisano del Valle present their favorite songs for a concert at the Memorial Middle School Gym this Saturday, June 28, starting at 7 p.m. Baile Ilusion will dance to their set of traditional Mexican folklore songs.