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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...

What’s the newest creepy trend on TikTok? Skinwalkers

Halloween has come and gone, but spooky stories about things that go bump in the night linger on ... especially on TikTok. One of the most recent hashtags to pick up steam on the video-sharing social network is #skinwalker.

In Navajo culture, skinwalkers are a kind of witch-like people who can turn into or disguise...

A political love story

Please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help counter voter suppression. You can read more about how they are working to restore voting rights to people who have a felony conviction in this collaborative article with The Sentencing Project.

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There is no perfect relationship. There is no perfect...

Why do people disappear north of Pagosa Springs?

Traveling north from Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 160, one passes out of Archuleta County and into Mineral county before ascending a few switchbacks to journey over Wolf Creek Pass. This area immediately south of the Pass doesn’t seem terribly remarkable. It’s a beautiful area with Treasure Falls on one side, a trail to...

Wondering where you should live if you want to see UFOs?

Have you ever seen a UFO? If so, would you like to see a whole lot more? Like, do you want to live somewhere where you can’t get away from them?

If so, a) are you doing OK? And b) you’re in luck. For reasons beyond our comprehension, ISoldMyHouse.com recently took data from the National UFO Reporting Center, sorted the...

Get Outta Town: Visit the mausoleum of Percival Lowell, who mapped Mars’ nonexistent canals

Northern Arizona has all sorts of cool natural wonders — the red rock buttes of Sedona, Monument Valley, Meteor Crater, the Petrified Desert, that Grand Canyon thing. But once you get bored of marveling at Earth’s surface, one of the most fascinating places to go is Flagstaff’s Lowell Observatory.

Located above the city...

It’s our turn to carry the torch left behind by the notorious, brilliant, imperfect Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

There are moments when hope is diminished.

The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of those moments. A light has gone out in the world this day - September 18, 2020.

I could spend this time recounting Justice Ginsburg’s legendary career as an advocate for women’s rights, but you all know how to search...

Does Colorado have an issue with weight? Fat phobia is more deeply ingrained within our culture than you might think

It’s safe to say that, as a year, 2020 has sucked. At the same time, though, and perhaps partly because of it, many Americans have begun reexamining our roles in the treatment of people of other races, genders, classes, and so on. But some types of discrimination receive more attention than others.

Fat-shaming pervades...

Forrest Fenn’s death: A new twist to the hidden treasure debacle

It’s been a year of unraveling, one could say. A year where we do the big no-no of asking ourselves how things could possibly get weirder. After all, how could it get any worse?

It turns out, 2020 is not the year to test that question. After months of back and forths regarding an infamous treasure that was hidden in the...

Found? Remains at Mesa Verde may be those of hiker missing since 2013

At 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2013, Mitchell Dale Stehling set out on the quarter-mile-long hike to Mesa Verde National Park’s Spruce Tree House ruin. He never returned, sparking a massive search that never yielded any evidence of what happened to him.

Until now.

After the National Park Service received an anonymous tip...

Still celebrating Halloween this year? Here are some costume ideas

During a normal year, right about now, a month out, is when most of us would be figuring what to wear for Halloween. This year nobody would really blame you if you wanted to skip the holiday altogether. After all, it’s not like you can safely mingle at parties or anything of that nature. Then again, do you have anything...

Colorado’s San Luis Valley is a hotspot for UFOs, cattle mutilations, and more

Three miles north of the town of Hooper, Colorado — population about 100 — a white tower rises out of the desert. Centrally located between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west, the viewing platform provides observers with an unobstructed view of a large portion of the San Luis...

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