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West Mesa Murders: Theories differ on the identity of the West Mesa Bone Collector, or if he even exists

Content warning: This article includes descriptions of murder and sexual assault.On Feb. 2, 2009, Christine Ross was walking her dog Ruca in a suburban housing development on Albuquerque’s West Mesa when they found a bone. Realizing it was a human femur, Ross contacted the police. As they...

Buying local art as holiday gifts supports the community during COVID-19

For the last eight years, Durango’s Studio & Gallery has put on the Bizarre Bazaar, an event in which the gallery hosts more than a dozen local artists and their works so you can go buy them as holiday gifts. But naturally, that same thing that canceled everything else this year and turned 2020 into the ultimate suckfest...

As COVID-19 returns in force, we get El Moro cocktails to go

Socially-responsible alcohol enthusiasts that we are, we didn’t order out frequently enough to hit every bar offering cocktails to-go during the spring COVID-19 shutdowns. So when the fates decided to roll out Coronavirus Closures 2: Electric Boogaloo in November, we figured we’d try out the to-go options at some places we...

“Happiest Season” is an oddly compelling mix of holiday romcom and LGBTQ film

While looking for something to do on Thanksgiving, we stumbled into one of the most surprising movies we’ve seen this year — “Happiest Season,” directed by Clea DuVall and streaming on Hulu. We generally don’t find ourselves compelled to watch the Christmas-themed romantic comedies that come out in droves every November,...

Meal kit design brings a whole new meaning to “you are what you eat”

The way things have been going this year, would it surprise anyone if we all woke up in a David Cronenburg body-horror film? While it’s not quite something out of “Scanners” or “Videodrome,” the one of the nominees of this year’s Beazley Designs of Year at the Design Museum of London is still quite unsettling.

Several...

How is the food at the Weminuche Woodfire Grill at Vallecito Reservoir?

Sometimes you just want to wander out into the wilderness and get away from it all. But then, once you get there, you realize that you’re actually kind of hungry and could go for a sit-down meal. That’s precisely what happened to us recently when we wandered into Weminuche Grill. Located on the north end of Vallecito...

Three comedic films for a stay-at-home for the holidays Thanksgiving

Let’s face it. There’s less incentive to head home for Thanksgiving this year than any other year in recent memory.

Can you imagine sitting around a table, trying to enjoy a holiday meal with your worst relatives — the ones with bad takes on who won the election, the state of race relations in America, and whether or...

Trying out cocktails at The Bookcase & Barber in the spirit of 1920

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had us thinking a lot about the Spanish Flu epidemic, which ended in 1920. The virus killed between 17 million and 100 million people and may have even tipped the balance of power toward the end of World War I. Heavy stuff. To brighten our thoughts, we thought it only appropriate to entertain...

Stillhouse Junkies hosting online concert series through February

How does Stillhouse Junkies fiddle player Alissa Wolf feel about the onset of winter and COVID-19 effectively sending live music back into the digital realm?

“It sucks,” she says.

That said, the Durango-based progressive string band is making the best of the situation, creating a digital space not just for it to...

What holiday gifts can you give to really commemorate 2020?

The traditional holiday shopping season kicks off with Black Friday on Nov. 27. Assuming you’ve kept your job through the pandemic and still have an income, you could buy your friends and family things they want or need. Or ... you can get them something that truly embodies 2020, something they’ll look at in the future and...

Remembering Alex Trebek’s greatest role — as a mysterious man in black

On Nov. 8, longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek died. The 80-year-old had announced in 2019 that he was fighting advanced pancreatic cancer.

Most people will remember him for his role on “Jeopardy!” — his dapper charm and slightly stern demeanor were perfect for the slightly-more-erudite-than-average quiz show. He...

Get Outta Town: In southern New Mexico, a giant pistachio beckons

Since the dawn of history, people have loved snacks. One snack in particular was a favorite of both the biblical Queen of Sheba and the ancient Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, who had it planted in the kingdom’s hanging gardens. It became a favorite in Greece after Alexander the Great sent it back from Persia, where it was...

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