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Today's Features

  • A Japanese monk lifted an empty teapot, passing an empty cup, ritualistically savoring bitter tea that no longer exists as a chorus of monks sang “though the bowl is empty, the scent glows.”

    Members of the Las Vegas Guild of the Santa Fe Opera leaned forward, let the music, as fine and enlightening as vapor from steaming green tea waft over them during the American premiere of Tan Dun’s opera, Tea, last August in Santa Fe.

  • Las Vegas’ Solid Waste Department is solidly behind recycling, and they would like residents to know about it.

    Kelly Eversole, the departments’ Keep America Beautiful Coordinator, says that the city is accepting recycled plastic, paper, cardboard, tin, steel, aluminum and e-waste, including computers, at the transfer station. There is no charge for recycling these items.

    The city is already managing a large volume of recyclable materials. “We shipped out 109.56 tons of recycling from January through March of this year” Eversole said.

  • In a restaurant just around the corner from the Optic hangs a picture of John and Jacqueline Kennedy sitting on a boat of some sort, laughing and looking so happy, so carefree, that it’s hard to believe they really existed. Eating lunch at a table across from this picture, I began to think about the American dream.

  • The Sangre de Cristo mountains loom between high desert and open plains, protecting a circular valley that once housed quiet ranchlands, an important stage stop on the Santa Fe Trail. Today the land is marked with blood, the site of the Civil War’s “Gettysburg of the West,” the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

    Traveler’s driving down Interstate 25 might notice a dirt drive housing a hand-painted red, white, and blue memorial, covered in eclectic messages.

  • The sound of the shutter surprises a nesting sparrow. Elena Gallegos points her camera at what seems to be nothing — a wisp of dried sweetgrass, a dusty stone, the crack between two slabs of concrete. She tries to steady her hands. Click. Click. The sparrow flits from one branch to another, curious, aware.

  • New Mexico Department of Agriculture announced today that funding will be available under the New Mexico Specialty Crops Program.

    Funds are available to New Mexico organizations and individuals that have a long-term commitment to improving the economic viability of New Mexico’s rural economy or have projects with a significant value-added potential.

  • Chickens are a godsend for organic gardeners and farmers. Needing only basic care, they sally forth into gardens, devouring with gusto pests such as grasshoppers and slugs which often decimate crops, and converting them into fertilizer and healthy, free range eggs and meat.

    But can chickens be legally kept in the city of Las Vegas? I asked Thomas Garza, Las Vegas' director of animal control; Garza said that chickens can be kept in the city, and helpfully provided the City's Animal Control Ordinance, which has this to say about keeping chickens:

  • Solar energy systems are good for the environment and good for your wallet. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by solar energy instead of a coal-fired power plant, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by two pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) and three-quarters of a gallon of water is saved.

  • The first thing that strikes the listener is that the woman’s voice is stone cold melodic, even, unafraid. She stands at a microphone, her head cocked to one side as she interlaces curt words, deliberate ideas, into a rug tightly-woven enough to carry weight. Her gestures suggest necessary defiance, the aural transfer of sacred inalienable truth.

  • I'm sitting on the floor next to the woodstove listening to the radio

    it's bringing me voices of protest against the war

    tens of thousands from all over the country

    angry

    righteous

    drumming voices

    when slowly i begin to weep

    seep

    then im sobbing bent forward into my hands it all comes rushing out of my

    shoulders out of my spine

    which must be where ive been putting all of those endless stories of death

    the 8.4 billion a month spent

    the seemingly unstoppable abuse of power