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Centennial Journeys Are Ending

Centennial News, Dec 30, 2012

Our Centennial Year officially closes on January 5, 2013.  Our Friday, January 4th program will be our last in this series.   On behalf of the team involved in these productions, I’d like to personally thank the many radio stations that broadcast our programs.  We never knew how many of you actually picked up the program, but we heard enough feedback to know they were being carried in the corners of New Mexico.  Thank you all so much. 

 

A big thank you is also in order to the New Mexico Broadcaster’s Association and Suzan Strong in particular for making these programs available through the New Mexico News Network’s website.  Their help is much appreciated and we hope you all continue to support their efforts in keeping this website an active member of our news community. 

 

For those of you who would like to have access to these programs for future uses, they will be soon archived on the website of the New Mexico State Historian’s Office.  If you would like to send us any comments or feedback on the series, you can email me, Claude Stephenson, at claude.stephenson@state.nm.us or State Historian Rick Hendricks at Rick.Hendricks@state.nm.us.  Thanks to you all for following us.  We had a great time making these.

 

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12_31_12_San Juan Chama Diversion

Centennial News, Dec 30, 2012

New Mexicans figured out a very clever, if expensive, way to claim and use their fair share of the Colorado River watershed.  Somehow, against many odds, it came to fruition in 1978.  

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01_01_13_1st Aero Squadron

Centennial News, Dec 30, 2012

The very first military aerial sortie ever flown by the United States took off from Columbus New Mexico on March 16, 1916.  

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01_02_13_Roswell Incident

Centennial News, Dec 30, 2012

We kept trying to avoid this story, but in the end, it had to be done.  New Mexico will forever be world-famous for something that may or may not have happened in 1947.  You decide.  

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01_03_13_New Mexico State Flag

Centennial News, Dec 30, 2012

New Mexico’s first flag was, well kind of lame.  The DAR held a contest in 1920  and somehow we ended up with the best of all the 50 state flags.   We are forever thankful to Zia Pueblo. 

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01_04_13_Thank You and Goodbye

Centennial News, Dec 30, 2012

Our Centennial Year has now drawn to a close.  A lot of folks helped make these radio programs possible and we thank them.   We hope that you have enjoyed them. 

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12_24_12_Madrid Christmas Lights

Centennial News, Dec 22, 2012

The mining town of Madrid New Mexico was for many years the home the best Christmas lights ever.   

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12_25_12_Kingston Christmas

Centennial News, Dec 22, 2012

Pretty Sam planned the biggest Christmas celebration the mining town of Kingston had ever seen.  He didn’t disappoint. 

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12_26_12_Puccini in New Mexico

Centennial News, Dec 22, 2012

There has been a persistent rumor over the years that Puccini composed his famous Opera “Girl of the Golden West” during a brief stay in Albuquerque.  Alas, they are just rumors.  The Puccini who came to Albuquerque was a distant cousin; but he left a mark in his own right. 

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12_27_12_Frank Hamilton Cushing

Centennial News, Dec 22, 2012

22-year-old Anthropology whiz kid Frank Hamilton Cushing came to Zuni Pueblo on a Smithsonian Institution-sponsored survey in 1879 and overstayed his welcome.  He did groundbreaking research employing new methodologies and would have stayed a lot longer if he hadn’t stepped on a few powerful toes in Washington.   

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12_28_12_Clyde Tingley

Centennial News, Dec 22, 2012

Politician Clyde Tingley knew how to get things done, get his picture taken doing it, and get his name emblazoned on it.   But he never got what he really wanted and left an unintended legacy.   

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12_18_12_Spruce Baird El Chino Tejano

Centennial News, Dec 17, 2012

Spruce Baird was appointed as the Texas judge of Santa Fe County in the Republic of Texas 1848 in land Texas claimed as theirs.  The people of Santa Fe were not amused.  Baird liked it in New Mexico and stayed anyway, becoming very active in politics building a ranch south of Albuquerque.  But underneath, he was still a Texan.

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12_20_12_Country Club Border Dispute

Centennial News, Dec 17, 2012

Before Elephant Butte and Caballo Dams were built to control spring runoff, the Rio Grande was never content to stay in one place.   This made for some border disputes between Texas and New Mexico between Anthony and Sunland Park.  New Mexico sued Texas to regain lost territory, but it didn’t go well for our fair state.

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12_17_12_Donaciano Vigil

Centennial News, Dec 17, 2012

Donaciano Vigil stood head and shoulders above most New Mexicans of his time and served as our second Territorial Governor.  

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12_19_12_Texas Border Survey Mistake

Centennial News, Dec 17, 2012

Sent by the US Government to survey the Texas-New Mexico boundary line, John H. Clark apparently had a hard time figuring out where the 103rd Meridian was on the ground.  His surveying error cost New Mexico 603,485 acres that Texas still claims as theirs.

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12_21_12_Farolitos or Luminarias

Centennial News, Dec 17, 2012

Every December, New Mexico’s  official “State Question” changes from Red or Green? To Farolitos or Luminarias?  

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12_10_12_Richard Wetherill

Centennial News, Dec 09, 2012

The discovery of the Pueblo ruins at Mesa Verde turned cowboy Richard Wetherill into an archaeologist.  He avidly pursued his new avocation in in the ruins at Chaco Canyon.  He meant well in his chosen profession but lacked a bit in terms of modern methodology. 

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12_11_12_1892 Capitol Fire

Centennial News, Dec 09, 2012

An ostentatious State Capitol Building built in 1886 to replace the aging and inadequate Palace of the Governors is universally hated by most everyone and meets an untimely demise.

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12_12_12_Monte Verde

Centennial News, Dec 09, 2012

A mysterious and beautiful woman captivated the men of Las Vegas, New Mexico, took their money at the gaming tables, and then left town.  Her true history as a convicted Confederate spy during the Civil War only came out after her untimely demise.  

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12_13_12_Elizabeth Garrett

Centennial News, Dec 09, 2012

Pat Garrett’s daughter Elizabeth lost her sight at an early age, but went on to become a respected pianist, singer, composer, and music teacher.  She wrote our state song, “O Fair New Mexico” and thereby reserved her own place in New Mexico history.

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12_14_12_Taos Hippie Communes

Centennial News, Dec 09, 2012

In the late 1960’s waves of Hippies fleeing the dominant culture in urban areas descended upon Taos to begin a new countercultural lifestyle in communes.   The folks in Taos were not all that happy about it.  

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12_03_12_William Pelham

Centennial News, Dec 02, 2012

William Pelham was the first American official sent to New Mexico to try and sort through the Spanish and Mexican land grant documents in order to ascertain legal property ownership in the new territory.  He managed to verify some Pueblo land claims, but was thwarted in most of his efforts.   

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12_04_12_Thomas B Catron

Centennial News, Dec 02, 2012

Thomas Benton Catron was a Missourian and Civil War veteran who came to New Mexico following the war seeking his fortune.  He found it in spades in the legal entanglements surrounding Spanish and Mexican land grant claims in the courts.  Apparently quite the opportunist, he used his legal expertise to become the largest landowner in the new territory and went on to become one of New Mexico’s first two U.S. Senators in 1912.

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12_05_12_Santa Fe Ring

Centennial News, Dec 02, 2012

Many Americans seeking new business opportunities descended on New Mexico Territory following the Civil War.   These newcomers formed a political alliance based in Santa Fe to control the legislature and court systems in order to enrich themselves.  They were very successful.  

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12_06_12_Dennis Chavez

Centennial News, Dec 02, 2012

Dennis Chavez rose from humble beginnings in Barelas, south of Albuquerque, to become one of New Mexico’s most revered politicians.  

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12_07_12_Truth or Consequences Name Change

Centennial News, Dec 02, 2012

The town of Hot Springs, at the place where hot water bubbles up through the mud on the middle Rio Grande, decides to take up a game show host on his challenge to rename their city Truth or Consequences.   

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11_26_12_TWA Flight 260

Centennial News, Nov 25, 2012

TWA Flight 260 unexplainably crashed into the side of Sandia Peak east of Albuquerque one cloudy February day in 1955.   It took years of persistence by a fellow pilot to find out what happened.   The wreckage remains there to this day.  

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11_27_12_Dust Bowl Story

Centennial News, Nov 25, 2012

A touching tale of driving through a dust storm to Clayton during the worst hard times of the 1930’s.   

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11_28_12_Dulce UFO Base

Centennial News, Nov 25, 2012

According to alien radio transmissions intercepted and translated by Albuquerque physicist Paul Bennewitz in the 1970’s, there is a joint CIA, US Military, and alien UFO base in a hollowed out mountain north of Dulce, New Mexico on the Colorado border.  Some people actually believe this stuff. 

 

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11_29_12_White Sands Missile Dogs

Centennial News, Nov 25, 2012

In the 1960’s, dogs were trained to sniff out errant missile parts strewn across the vast White Sands Missile Range.  

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11_30_12_1980 Penitentiary Riot

Centennial News, Nov 25, 2012

The bloody February riot at the New Mexico State Penitentiary is considered to be one of the darkest chapters in our state’s history.

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11_19_12_Kearny Code

Centennial News, Nov 18, 2012

As fate would have it, two political foes from Missouri, one a Colonel and one a Private, and both serving in General Stephen Watts Kearny’s Army of the West during the conquest of New Mexico in 1846, are assigned to write up a code of laws for the new territory.  Much of their work still serves as the basis for most New Mexico law.  

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11_20_12_Alfred Kidder

Centennial News, Nov 18, 2012

Many other southwestern archaeologists are better known, but Alfred Kidder’s work at Pecos Pueblo during the early part of the 20th century, and his chronology of Pueblo cultural history based upon analysis of the artifacts found at excavation sites made a more far lasting impact on the field as we know it today.  

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11_21_12_Boers in New Mexico

Centennial News, Nov 18, 2012

Exiled Afrikaaner farmers from the 1899-1902 Boer War between Britain and Dutch colonists in South Africa helped modernize and improve agricultural techniques in New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley.   Effective guerilla fighters, they also proved to be useful advisors to Francisco Madero and his allies during the Mexican Revolution.  

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11_22_12_Lincoln Canes

Centennial News, Nov 18, 2012

Each of New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos were given canes by the Spanish and Mexican governments as symbols of their sovereignty and authority.  The United States followed suit with canes of its own during the administration of Abraham Lincoln. 

 

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11_23_12_Soccer in New Mexico

Centennial News, Nov 18, 2012

Soldiers training at Camp Cody near Deming introduced New Mexicans to the game of soccer during World War One.

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11_12_12_Armistice Day in New Mexico

Centennial News, Nov 11, 2012

Residents of Albuquerque resoundingly celebrated the end of the War to End All Wars on November 11, 1918.  

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11_13_12_Tuberculosis

Centennial News, Nov 11, 2012

Many victims of this debilitating disease came to New Mexico for its healthful and curative climate.  Tragically, most died, but many survivors stayed on to leave a lasting impact upon our state. 

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11_14_12_Clinton P Anderson

Centennial News, Nov 11, 2012

Clinton Presba Anderson came to New Mexico to cure his tuberculosis and stayed to become one of its most influential citizens.

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11_15_12_Susan McSween

Centennial News, Nov 11, 2012

Accompanying her ill-fated husband Alexander to New Mexico, Sue McSween survived the Lincoln County War and went on to become a successful rancher and businesswoman.  

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11_16_12_Albert Bacon Fall

Centennial News, Nov 11, 2012

One of New Mexico’s first two U.S. Senators following statehood in 1912, Albert Bacon Fall was one controversial fellow.

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11_05_12_1913 Navajo War

Centennial News, Nov 04, 2012

A minor altercation on the Navajo Reservation gets blown way out of proportion.  

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11_06_12_Gadsden Purchase

Centennial News, Nov 04, 2012

It took a lot of negotiation and few million dollars to fix the border errors in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.  

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11_07_12_Canada Alamosa Battle

Centennial News, Nov 04, 2012

One of the lesser-known Civil War battles fought in New Mexico happened months before the full-scale Confederate incursion.  This one, like the ones to follow, went to the rebels.  

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11_08_12_Dona Tules

Centennial News, Nov 04, 2012

Maria Gertrudis Barcelo, known better in history as Dona Tules, was once the richest and most famous woman in New Mexico Territory.  She made most of her money dealing cards.  

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11_09_12-Hobbs Oil Pool

Centennial News, Nov 04, 2012

The history of Hobbs New Mexico would be a lot different if that exploratory oil well had come up dry back in 1928.  

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10_29_12_Vicente Silva

Centennial News, Oct 28, 2012

Businessman and Imperial Saloon owner Vicente Silva seemed like a respectable pillar of Las Vegas society, but he had a very, very dark side.  

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10_30_12_KiMo Ghost

Centennial News, Oct 28, 2012

In spite of evidence to the contrary, it is said that the ghost of six-year-old Bobby Darnall, killed in an accident at the theater in 1951, still haunts the KiMo in Albuquerque.  

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10_31_12_Moonrise Hernandez

Centennial News, Oct 28, 2012

Did you know that Ansel Adams’ iconic photograph was taken on Halloween, 1941?  

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11_01_12_Martin Amador

Centennial News, Oct 28, 2012

Martin Amador’s 1902 testimony before Senator Beveridge’s Committee on Territories set New Mexico statehood back ten years.  Las Cruces residents were not amused.  

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11_02_12_Great Wind of 1882

Centennial News, Oct 28, 2012

The bit of a breeze that barreled through Tijeras Canyon in March 1882 dang near blew Albuquerque to Arizona.

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10_22_12_Horrell War

Centennial News, Oct 21, 2012

The Horrell boys from Lampasas County, Texas, were one mean and violent bunch. Their murderous spree through Lincoln County in 1874 set the stage for the infamous war that followed.  

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10_12_12_Billy the Kids Grave

Centennial News, Oct 21, 2012

Thousands flock annually to Fort Sumner to visit Billy’s grave and take home souvenirs.  But it is dubious if Billy actually lies beneath his prodigal gravestone.  

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10_24_12_KKK in Roswell

Centennial News, Oct 21, 2012

Back in the 1920’s-1930’s Roswell was home to a very active chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.  But interest soon waned and few remember this chapter in the town’s history.

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10_25_12_Grant County Arizona Annexation

Centennial News, Oct 21, 2012

The folks in Grant County were fed up with the leadership, or lack thereof, in Santa Fe, and so in November 1876, they voted overwhelmingly to secede from New Mexico and join up with Arizona.  

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10_26_12_McFie Hall Fire

Centennial News, Oct 21, 2012

McFie Hall was the first major campus building and the centerpiece of New Mexico State University when it was built in 1890.  It went up in flames in 1910 but rose again from the ashes.

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10_19_12_Nana

Centennial News, Oct 17, 2012

Estimated as between 70 and 80 years of age, Apache chief Nana and a handful of men waged a bloody campaign across half of New Mexico during the summer of 1881 and escaped to Mexico unscathed.  

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10_15_12_Nicholas Trist and the Disturnell Map

Centennial News, Oct 14, 2012

Nicholas P. Trist was sent to negotiate a peace treaty and new border following the Mexican American War in 1847.  He took the wrong map with him.  

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10_16_12_James Bartlett

Centennial News, Oct 14, 2012

James Bartlett knew nothing about surveying or mapmaking, but he was sent west by the U.S. government anyway to stake out the new border under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.   He plotted it 32 miles too far north, including Mesilla and Tucson in Mexico, and it all had to be done again.  

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10_17_12_David Meriwether

Centennial News, Oct 14, 2012

David Meriwether was taken prisoner by Spanish troops in New Mexico in 1819 and incarcerated in the Palace of the Governors.   In an ironic twist of fate, he returned 23 years later and took up residence there again, this time as Territorial Governor.  

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10_18_12_Victorio

Centennial News, Oct 14, 2012

After unbearable mistreatment by the U.S. government, Apache chief Victorio took his tribe on the warpath across southern New Mexico in the 1870’s until he and his Warm Springs band were trapped and massacred in Mexico in 1880.    

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10_08_12_Baron of Arizona

Centennial News, Oct 07, 2012

James Reavis claimed to be the rightful heir to the vast Peralta Land Grant, stretching from Silver City in southwestern New Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona, and he had irrefutable documents to back him up.  

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10_09_12_Petersburg NM

Centennial News, Oct 07, 2012

It was going to be the largest city in San Miguel County and home to the largest socialist colony on earth, but alas it was not meant to be.

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10_10_12_Sandia Giant

Centennial News, Oct 07, 2012

The discovery of giant human bones in a cave in the Sandias gave rise to the theory that a race of forty-foot tall humans once roamed New Mexico.  

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10_11_12_Junction City NM

Centennial News, Oct 07, 2012

It was once the county seat of San Juan County, kind of.  Well it was voted most likely to succeed.  

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10_12_12_Roswell Little League Allstars

Centennial News, Oct 07, 2012

The boys from Roswell were on fire that summer of 1956.  They did New Mexico proud.  

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10_01_12_Bolsheviks in the Museum of New Mexico

Centennial News, Sep 30, 2012

A brouhaha ignited by a September, 19, 1920 editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican puts a damper on local Santa Fe artists.

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10_02_12_Taos Wagon Wheel

Centennial News, Sep 30, 2012

A broken wagon wheel during Ernest Blumenshein and Bert Philip’s western painting expedition in 1898 brings them and other artists to Taos.

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10_03_12_Mabel Dodge

Centennial News, Sep 30, 2012

Mabel Dodge came to Taos in 1919 and changed everything.

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10_04_12_Palomas Canyon Battle

Centennial News, Sep 30, 2012

The cavalry and their Chiricahua Apache scouts had Victorio pinned down in Palomas Canyon, but for want of a cartridge . . . 

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10_05_12_Real Cavalry

Centennial News, Sep 30, 2012

The reality of cavalry life during the Indian Wars of the late 19th century was quite a bit different than what is portrayed in the movies.

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09_24_12_Lincoln County War 1 House of Murphy

Centennial News, Sep 23, 2012

Former U.S. Army Quartermaster Lawrence G. Murphy retired at Fort Stanton in the newly created Lincoln County.  With help from his former comrades at the fort, he set himself up in the lucrative business of filling government supply contracts for the soldiers and the Mescalero Apache.  He expanded into mercantile, liquor, real estate, banking, and politics and became the de facto emperor of Lincoln County.  

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09_25_12_Lincoln County War 2 McSween Tunstall

Centennial News, Sep 23, 2012

Canadian-born lawyer Alexander McSween and his wife Susan come to Lincoln County where McSween discovers that the monopolistic House of Murphy is financially vulnerable and could be toppled if he only had the money.  Enter British investor John Tunstall who recognizes a good financial deal when he sees one.

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09_26_12_Lincoln County War 3 Tunstall Murder

Centennial News, Sep 23, 2012

Stung at being outfoxed by Alexander McSween and John Tunstall and by the loss of their business monopoly in Lincoln County, Murphy heirs James Dolan and John Riley decide to get even through court maneuvers, abetted by sympathetic judicial and law enforcement friends.   Things get heated, both sides arm up, and Tunstall is killed, setting off a full-blown war in Lincoln County.  

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09_27_12_Lincoln County War 4 Regulators

Centennial News, Sep 23, 2012

Gunmen hired for protection by John Tunstall set out to avenge his death.  Calling themselves the Regulators, they target members of the Murphy-Dolan gang allied posse responsible for Tunstall’s death and the sheriff who sent them.  

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09_28_12_Lincoln County War 5 McSween House Shootout

Centennial News, Sep 23, 2012

Alexander McSween, accompanied by his hired gunmen, decides ignore a warrant for his arrest and makes a stand in his house in Lincoln.  It doesn’t end well for him. 

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09_17_12_J Francisco Chaves

Centennial News, Sep 16, 2012

Valencia County gentleman rancher, soldier, Indian fighter, politician, and lawyer J. Francisco Chaves was an influential and pivotal figure in late 19th century New Mexico.  

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09_18_12_Mercedes Chaves

Centennial News, Sep 16, 2012

Mercedes Chaves, daughter of J. Francisco Chaves married John B. Lamy, nephew of the Archbishop in a storybook marriage that turned tragic.

 

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09_19_12_Mama Lucy

Centennial News, Sep 16, 2012

Las Vegas restaurateur Lucy Lopez became famous in New Mexico politics in the 1970’s when the liberal wing of the Democratic party became identified with her eating establishment.

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09_20_12_Ray Sutton

Centennial News, Sep 16, 2012

Prohibition agent Ray Sutton was hot on the trail of the self-proclaimed King of the Moonshiners near Raton when he went missing.  He is still missing.  

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09_21_12_Goodnight Loving and Chisum

Centennial News, Sep 16, 2012

Cattlemen Oliver Loving, Charles Goodnight, and John Chisum blazed some famous trails across eastern New Mexico in the 19th century.  

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09_10_12_Adams Diggings

Centennial News, Sep 09, 2012

According to several similar accounts, there is a narrow canyon in southwestern New Mexico where gold nuggets rain like tears from the surrounding cliffs.  Those who claim to have found it were unable to successfully mine it because of the hostile Apache warriors who guarded it.   Since then, many others have looked for it in vain. 

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09_11_12_Mormon Battalion

Centennial News, Sep 09, 2012

A battalion of Mormon Volunteers followed in the wake of General Kearney’s 1846 conquest of New Mexico and left a lasting mark by building a road to California.

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09_12_12_New Mexico State Fair

Centennial News, Sep 09, 2012

The first New Mexico Territorial Exposition in 1881 was a total bust; but it eventually caught on and had a few memorable years until it was interrupted by World War One.  It began again in 1938 and the New Mexico State Fair, or Expo New Mexico in todays parlance, became an annual celebration that has continued unabated.  

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09_13_12_John Braden

Centennial News, Sep 09, 2012

Former scout and stagecoach driver John Braden selflessly gave his life to save innocent bystanders in the 1896 Territorial Fair parade. 

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09_14_12_President Hayes in Santa Fe

Centennial News, Sep 09, 2012

President Rutherford B. Hayes was well received on the first ever-presidential visit to the New Mexico Territory in 1881; but his controversial guest, General William Tecumseh Sherman instigated quite a ruckus.

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09_03_12_St Francis Cathedral

Centennial News, Sep 02, 2012

Archbishop Lamy Jean-Baptiste Lamy may have set his sights a little high in his vision of building a European-style Catholic Cathedral in Santa Fe; but the building is still a landmark today.  

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09_04_12_Bland

Centennial News, Sep 02, 2012

Once a thriving mining town in the Jemez Mountains, the ghost town of Bland is painstakingly preserved by self-appointed mayor Effie Jenks, only to meet a sad end in 2011. 

 

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09_05_12_Navajo Code Talkers

Centennial News, Sep 02, 2012

The U.S. Army recruits Navajos to develop a secret code for use in battlefield communications that the Japanese are never able to crack and that helps to win WWII in the Pacific Theater; but their heroism is not publicly recognized until many years later.

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09_06_12_Sparkle Plenty

Centennial News, Sep 02, 2012

1972 Counter Culture candidate for the New Mexico Democratic Party’s First Congressional District, Santa Fe resident and Bull Ring waitress Sparkle Plenty, steals the show and makes national headlines; but comes in last in the primary election. 

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09_07_12_First Passenger Train to Albuquerque

Centennial News, Sep 02, 2012
The first passenger train to Albuquerque in 1880 was most definitely historical in more ways than one.

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08_27_12_Santa Fe Trade

Centennial News, Aug 26, 2012

Following a long period of isolation under Spanish rule, New Mexico’s borders are finally opened to trading with the United States after the Mexican people rebel against the yoke of European tyranny in 1821.   

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08_28_12_Grandest Party

Centennial News, Aug 26, 2012

The folks in Albuquerque prematurely throw an all-day party to celebrate statehood.

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08_29_12_Cricket Coogler Murder

Centennial News, Aug 26, 2012

The murder of 18-year-old Ovida “Cricket”  Coogler in 1949 opens a major can of worms in Las Cruces.  

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08_30_12_Norman Petty

Centennial News, Aug 26, 2012

Clovis, NM musician Norman Petty opens a recording studio in his hometown and makes rock and roll history.

 

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08_31_12_Karl May and Old Shatterhand

Centennial News, Aug 26, 2012

German scout Old Shatterhand and Apache chief Winnetou rode across New Mexico in the late 19th century and had many historic and memorable adventures saving people in distress and righting wrongs.  Well at least in the fertile imagination of German novelist Karl May.

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08_20_12_Estancia Land Grant

Centennial News, Aug 19, 2012

Two different families held separate land grant titles to the same piece of real estate.  After they sold them to competing interests, the resulting conflict ended up in the courts.  Nobody won.

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08_21_12_Salt of the Earth

Centennial News, Aug 19, 2012

Made by avowed communists in the heat of the Red Scare of the early 1950’s, the movie the Salt of the Earth was filmed in New Mexico and told the story of striking miners in the southern part of the state.  Banned in the U.S. for many years, it has now become a movie classic.  

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08_22_12_Madam Millie

Centennial News, Aug 19, 2012

Mildred Clark Cusey was a shrewd businesswoman whose generosity touched a lot of people in southern New Mexico.  

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08_23_12_Bataan Death March

Centennial News, Aug 19, 2012

Members of New Mexico National Guard’s 200th Coast Artillery were among the first casualties in the Pacific Theater in WWII.  We gratefully remember and honor their heroism and sacrifice.  

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08_24_12_Moon Trees

Centennial News, Aug 19, 2012

Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa took tree seeds to the moon in 1971.  The resulting seedlings were distributed for the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial.  New Mexico got five trees.  Do you know where they are?  

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08_13_12_Dorothy McKibbin

Centennial News, Aug 12, 2012

Nobody got into to the Secret City on the Hill that was Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project without first going through the office of Dorothy McKibbin at 109 East Palace Avenue in Santa Fe.  

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08_14_12_Klaus Fuchs

Centennial News, Aug 12, 2012

The secrets of the atomic bomb were passed into the hands of Russian spies on the streets of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  

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08_15_12_V2 Rockets in NM

Centennial News, Aug 12, 2012

Germany's WWII arsenal of V2 rockets was shipped to White Sands following the war and the German scientists behind the technology were brought with them.  After a bit of a bumpy start, New Mexico became the birthplace of the Space Age.  

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08_16_12_Pat Garrett

Centennial News, Aug 12, 2012

History has proven much kinder to famed New Mexico lawman Pat Garrett than life ever was.  

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08_17_12_Pat Garrett Epilog

Centennial News, Aug 12, 2012

Who really killed Pat Garrett?  

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08_06_12_David Hawkins

Centennial News, Aug 05, 2012

David Hawkins was the only New Mexican in the inner circle at Los Alamos during the Manhattan project.  His job was to troubleshoot problems, mediate disputes, and as the official historian for the project, document the entire endeavor for posterity.  It was likely he who suggested the Jornada del Muerto for the test.  

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08_07_12_Joe McKibben

Centennial News, Aug 05, 2012

Joe McKibben was the guy who flipped the switch that set off the atomic bomb at Trinity.  

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08_08_12_Trinity Test

Centennial News, Aug 05, 2012

The first atomic bomb was detonated at Trinity Site in New Mexico on July 16, 1945, and changed the world.

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08_09_12_Berlyn Brixner

Centennial News, Aug 05, 2012

New Mexican photographer Berlyn Brixner got the job of documenting the atomic test at Trinity.  He used a lot of cameras and shot a lot of film.  

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08_10_12_Trinity Vignettes

Centennial News, Aug 05, 2012

There was more than nuclear fallout from the atomic test at Trinity Site. Many New Mexicans saw the flash from the giant fireball, but had no idea what they had witnessed.

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07_30_12_Los Alamos Ranch School

Centennial News, Jul 29, 2012

Ashley Pond's dream of an elite boarding school for boys based on nature for a teacher gets pre-empted by a top secret project that changes the world.

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07_31_12_Manhattan Project

Centennial News, Jul 29, 2012

The story of how Los Alamos came to embody the atomic age.

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08_01_12_Little Boy Fat Man Gadget

Centennial News, Jul 29, 2012

Three different bombs were made at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.  

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08_02_12_House at Otowi

Centennial News, Jul 29, 2012

By a twist of typically New Mexican fate, Edith Warren provided a place where the past could come to some form of terms with the future at her little teahouse at the foot of the hill that was Los Alamos during WWII.

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08_03_12_Jumbo

Centennial News, Jul 29, 2012

An all-out effort to contain precious plutonium in case of an atomic test misfire comes to define the newly coined term S.N.A.F.U. in 1945.

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07_23_12_Reies Lopez Tijerina

Centennial News, Jul 22, 2012

A charismatic religious leader from Texas moves to Arizona and then comes to New Mexico and devotes his life to restoring the rights of the disenfranchised people of Northern New Mexico to their historic land grant properties.

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07_24_12_Echo Amphitheater Occupation

Centennial News, Jul 22, 2012

In 1966, Reies Lopez Tijerina and members of the Alianza Federal de Merced occupy Echo Amphitheater in the Carson National Forest to draw public attention to the theft of land grants in Northern New Mexico.

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07_25_12_Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid

Centennial News, Jul 22, 2012

A raid on the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse to free Alianza members held as prisoners goes terribly awry when it is found that they are not there.  

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07_26_12_Eulogio Salazar Murder

Centennial News, Jul 22, 2012

Although it is said that many people know who did it, the murder of Eulogio Salazar in January 1968, six months after the courthouse raid at Tierra Amarilla, remains unsolved today.

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07_27_12_National Guard Bayonets 11 at UNM

Centennial News, Jul 22, 2012

A student demonstration protesting the U.S. Cambodia strikes and the shooting of students at Kent State turns violent in May 1970.

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07_16_12_Fred Harvey Restaurants

Centennial News, Jul 15, 2012

The Fred Harvey made rail travel cuisine safe and reliable for grateful gastronomes everywhere.  

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07_17_12_Fred Harvey Hotels

Centennial News, Jul 15, 2012

The Fred Harvey Company built some really cool hotels in New Mexico.

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07_18_12_Fred Harvey Indian Detours

Centennial News, Jul 15, 2012

The Fred Harvey Company puts New Mexico on the map as a must-see tourist destination with its Indian Detours in the 1920's.  

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07_19_12_Conrad Hilton

Centennial News, Jul 15, 2012

Born and raised in the small New Mexico town of San Antonio, Conrad Hilton goes on to found a hotel empire.

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07_20_12_Jesus Arviso

Centennial News, Jul 15, 2012

A man of conflicited loyalties, Jesus Arviso was born a Mexican citizen in Sonora and was captured by Apaches as a boy and traded to the Navajo, who raised him.  Then he joined with the Americans and turned on the Navajo; but the Americans turned on him.  

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07_10_12_David Miller

Centennial News, Jul 08, 2012

David Miller was quite fluent in Spanish, a skill that got him appointed as the official translator for New Mexico during the early territorial days.  

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07_09_12_Great Depression in NM

Centennial News, Jul 08, 2012

Some of the Federal relief programs did a great amount of good for the poor hard-hit people of New Mexico during the Great Depression of the 1930's.  Others, not so much.  

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07_11_12_Whooping Cranes

Centennial News, Jul 08, 2012

A plan to help save the endangered whooping crane by giving them foster parents among sandhill cranes thriving in New Mexico's Bosque del Apache takes off in the 1970's; but never does really fly.  

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07_12_12_Marino Leyba

Centennial News, Jul 08, 2012

Marino Leyba was a bad man back in the 1880's, when he was known as the Sandia Mountain Desparado, waylaying unsuspecting travelers along the Turquoise Trail.  

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07_13_12_Ulysses S Grant

Centennial News, Jul 08, 2012

Donald Waskey ran for New Mexico Governor in 1972 under the assumed name of Ulysses S. Grant, campaigning across the state on horseback.  He left a fugitive from justice shortly after the election.

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07_02_12_White Oaks

Centennial News, Jul 01, 2012

The once bustling mining town of White Oaks was on a path to perpetual prosperity until its citizens got just a little too greedy.  

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07_03_12_FX Aubrey - Skimmer of the Plains

Centennial News, Jul 01, 2012

Francois X. Aubry set speed records traversing the Santa Fe Trail that were not bested until the coming of the railroad.  His feats dazzled and captivated the American public until he ran into an immovable object.

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07_04_12_John Potts Slough Assassination

Centennial News, Jul 01, 2012

John Slough was appointed by President Andrew Johnson as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court to clean up rampant corruption.  He proved quite unpopular among New Mexicans who prefered the status quo.  

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07_05_12_NM Mounted Police

Centennial News, Jul 01, 2012

In 1903, New Mexico finally got a state police force.  Unfortunately, they were a little too effective for the times.

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07_06_12_Houghton Weightman Duel

Centennial News, Jul 01, 2012

Joab Houton and Richard Weightman were two titans in early New Mexico territorial politics who vociferously opposed each other's policies. They came pretty close to killing each other.  

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06_25_12_Claunch

Centennial News, Jun 24, 2012

Claunch was once a bustling little town near the geographic center of New Mexico.

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06_26_12_Massai

Centennial News, Jun 24, 2012

Massai was a Warm Springs Apache who signed on with the U.S. Army as a scout tracking down Geronimo and other rebelious Chiricahua Apache warriors.  He was rewarded by for his efforts by being sent as a prisoner to Florida along with the captured Chiricahuas.  He decided to go back home to the Black Range of the Gila instead. 

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06_27_12_Hiram Hadley

Centennial News, Jun 24, 2012

Hiram Hadley comes to New Mexico for his son's health and becomes the first president of the new agricultural college in Las Cruces.  

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06_28_12_Angel of Santa Fe

Centennial News, Jun 24, 2012

Louisa Hawkins Canby, wife of Colonel Edward R.S. Canby, head of U.S. troops in New Mexico during the Civil War, turns her Santa Fe home into a hospital to treat wounded Confederate soldiers after the Battle of Glorietta.  

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06_29_12_Navajo Brotherhood Caravan

Centennial News, Jun 24, 2012

The Navajo people faced starvation as 1947 drew to a close.  When word went out about their plight, New Mexicans stepped up to the plate to help their neighbors.

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06_18_12_Governor Princes Stone Idols

Centennial News, Jun 17, 2012

Territorial Governor L. Bradford Prince was well known for his large collection of Native American stone carvings.  Unfortunately, they later became millstones around his neck.

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06_19_12_The Rustler King

Centennial News, Jun 17, 2012

John Kinney was a bad man and mean to boot.  Known as the "Rustler King" he was once the most wanted man in New Mexico Territory.

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06_20_12_Adolf Bandelier

Centennial News, Jun 17, 2012

Adolf Bandelier came to New Mexico in 1880 and left an indelible mark.

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06_21_12_Zebina Streeter

Centennial News, Jun 17, 2012

Zebina Nathaniel Streeter led one heck-of-a life.  After trying to do the right thing, he gave up and joined with Juh and his renegade Chiricahua Apache band in the Sierra Madres of northern Mexico, becoming known as the "White Apache," and made war against his former countrymen.

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06_22_12_Armijo Baca Election Fights

Centennial News, Jun 17, 2012

And we think politics are bad today.  They pale in comparison to the knock-down drag-out fights for Bernalillo Sheriff between Perfecto Armijo and Santiago Baca in the 1880's.  

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06_11_12_Otero Watts Duel

Centennial News, Jun 10, 2012

A political contest in Mesilla sparks a duel with pistols that solves nothing.

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06_12_12_Charles Kusz

Centennial News, Jun 10, 2012

Charles Kusz comes to Manzano in the 1880's and publishes a controversial newspaper.

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06_13_12_Aldo Leopold

Centennial News, Jun 10, 2012

Aldo Leopold comes to New Mexico and changes the way we think about wilderness.

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06_14_12_Villistas Pardon

Centennial News, Jun 10, 2012

Villistas captured in Mexico are brought back to New Mexico to stand trial for thier part in the raid on Columbus.

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06_15_12_Albuquerque Nuked

Centennial News, Jun 10, 2012

A little landing incident by a B-36 bomber almost vaporizes Albuquerque.

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06_04_12_Theodore Rouault

Centennial News, Jun 03, 2012

A young French priest causes a scandal in Mesilla, New Mexico, but redeems himself after becoming a community pillar.

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06_05_12_Scottish Rite 1

Centennial News, Jun 03, 2012

The Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe is also celebrating its centennial in 2012.

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06_06_12_Scottish Rite 2

Centennial News, Jun 03, 2012

What goes on in that big pink Scottish Rite building in Santa Fe?

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06_07_12_Manuel Madrid Murder

Centennial News, Jun 03, 2012

The poisoning of Manuel Madrid in Hillsboro at the turn of the 20th century returned a verdict at trial that left a pair of teenaged girls facing the gallows.  

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06_08_12_Ah Nue

Centennial News, Jun 03, 2012

The ghost of a Chinese immigrant is said to still haunt the town of White Oaks, New Mexico.  

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05_28_12_Albuquerque Land and Irrigation Company

Centennial News, May 27, 2012

A group of Albuquerque businessmen figure out how to take advantage of a new water law to make lots of money by building a canal.  

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05_29_12_Old Town Jail Break

Centennial News, May 27, 2012

Legendary lawman Elfego Baca is implicated in the daring escape of a Mexican Revolutionary era general accused of murdering New Mexican Thomas Founrtain from jail in Albuquerque's Old Town in 1914.

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05_30_12_El Vado

Centennial News, May 27, 2012

Once a thriving and bustling logging town, the town of El Vado now lies at the bottom of El Vado Lake.

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05_31_12_Madrid Baseball

Centennial News, May 27, 2012

The little mining town of Madrid, NM was once a baseball powerhouse to be reckoned with.

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06_01_12_Sierra Blanca Pipeline

Centennial News, May 27, 2012

Early entrepreneurs decide to move the water from the snowmelt on Sierra Blanca to more profitable places.

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05_21_12_Jointure

Centennial News, May 20, 2012

Back before the turn of the 20th century, some folks thought New Mexico might achieve statehood sooner if we joined forces with Arizona.  New Mexicans went for it but Arizonans wanted no part of it.  

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05_22_12_Ben Lilly

Centennial News, May 20, 2012

One fanatical hunter single-handedly wiped out the bear and mountain lion population in southwestern New Mexico one hundred years ago.  But he left the wolves alone.

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05_23_12_Mr Chile Roy Nakayama

Centennial News, May 20, 2012

Fans of New Mexico chile owe a debt of gratitude to Las Cruces native Roy Nakayama, Mr. Chile.  

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05_24_12_Shalam

Centennial News, May 20, 2012

A religious colony takes root in Las Cruces in the late nineteenth century.  

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05_25_12_Round Mountain

Centennial News, May 20, 2012

The Battle of Round Mountain figures large in the historic lore of Tularosa, New Mexico.

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05_14_12_Hiroshi Miyamura

Centennial News, May 13, 2012

Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura does his hometown of Gallup proud during the Korean War.  

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05_15_12_Fort McRae

Centennial News, May 13, 2012

Built to protect travellers at the southern end of the Jornada del Muerto, Fort McRae had a short but colorful history.

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05_16_12_First Territorial Capitol Building

Centennial News, May 13, 2012

Because of lack of funding and delays, the first Teritorial Government building built to replace the aging Palace of the Governors as the capitol never did serve that purpose.

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05_17_12_Lozen

Centennial News, May 13, 2012

Chihenne (Warm Springs) Apache Victorio's sister Lozen was a shield to her people.

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05_18_12_1889 Clayton Blizzard

Centennial News, May 13, 2012

An unexpected early fall blizzard in Clayton was one for the record books.

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05_07_12_Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp

Centennial News, May 06, 2012

Internment of Japanese citizens during WWII is now seen as a national embarrassment.  However, no one interned at the Santa Fe camp lived in New Mexico before the war.  

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05_08_12_Amelia Earhart in New Mexico

Centennial News, May 06, 2012

Pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart makes an unplanned and unnannounced landing in Hobbs during her first transcontinental solo flight.

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05_09_12_John Donald Robb

Centennial News, May 06, 2012

A retired east coast lawyer comes west to head UNM's Music Department and preserves New Mexico's rich musical traditions for posterity with his tape recorder.

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05_10_12_Hannett's Joke

Centennial News, May 06, 2012

New Mexico Governor Arthur T. Hannett gets his revenge on the Santa Fe Ring by rerouting Route 66 through Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe.  

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05_11_12_Jim White and Carlsbad Caverns

Centennial News, May 06, 2012

Cowboy turned spelunker James Larkin White devotes his life to the exploration and promotion of Carlsbad Caverns.

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04_30_12_Gagi the Monkey

Centennial News, Apr 29, 2012

Famous movie star Douglas Fairbanks presents the city of Albuquerque with the gift of a spider monkey movie star named Gagi.

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05_01_12_Tolar

Centennial News, Apr 29, 2012

A train carrying supplies and munitions for the Pacific Theater in 1944 derails, catches fire, and explodes, leveling the town of Tolar, NM.

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05_02_12_Giovanni Agostini the Hermit

Centennial News, Apr 29, 2012

The story of the man Hermit's Peak was named for and his mysterious death. 

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05_03_12_Holloman Rocket Sled

Centennial News, Apr 29, 2012

Lt. Colonel John Paul Stapp takes the Sonic Wind 1 for a ride on the Holloman Rocket Sled Track in 1954 at 632 mph and sets a world manned land speed record that remains unbroken to this day.  

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05_04_12_Pile of Papers

Centennial News, Apr 29, 2012

Territorial Governor William A. Pile decides to dispose of useless old Spanish and Mexican documents that turn out to be very important papers.

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04_23_12_No Cow Cattle Company

Centennial News, Apr 22, 2012

A Clayton company is formed with the express purpose of providing a good time for area residents. 

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04_24_12_Charlie McComas

Centennial News, Apr 22, 2012

The abduction of a young boy by Apaches sparks national outrage and an international search effort.

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04_25_12_Charles Kennedy

Centennial News, Apr 22, 2012

Possibly New Mexico's first serial killer, Charles Kennedy ran an inn on the Taos to Mora road that many visitors never checked out of.

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04_26_12_Francis Schlatter

Centennial News, Apr 22, 2012

A German cobbler has a vision from God and comes to New Mexico to heal the sick and afflicted.

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04_27_12_Juan Miguel de la Cerda

Centennial News, Apr 22, 2012

A charismatic con-man of purported Brazialian heritage causes a big stir with tales of buried treasure.

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04_16_12_Decalogue Stone

Centennial News, Apr 15, 2012

Mysterious writing on a stone found west of Los Lunas has sparked much speculation about its possible origin and meaning. 

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04_17_12_USS New Mexico Battleship

Centennial News, Apr 15, 2012

The USS New Mexico was the Queen of the Pacific Fleet during two world wars.  

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04_18_12_Cloudcroft Baby Sanitorium

Centennial News, Apr 15, 2012

The cool climate of Cloudcroft provided a welcome sanctuary for infants suffering from heat-related ailments back before the invention of air conditioning.  

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04_19_12_White Oaks Stage Coach Robberies

Centennial News, Apr 15, 2012

Four former members of the High Fives gang, unsuccessful at train robberies, foolishly decide to try stagecoaches instead.

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04_20_12_Jack Thorp

Centennial News, Apr 15, 2012

A New Mexico cowboy decides to quit chasing strays and start chasing cowboy songs and saves a whole passel of `em for posterity.

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04_13_12_1883 Tertio Millennial

Centennial News, Apr 08, 2012

No one was quite sure what happened in 1550, but the folks in Santa Fe made big plans to celebrate the 333rd anniversary of it anyway.

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04_09_12_Belen Train Robbery

Centennial News, Apr 08, 2012

Bronco Bill Walters and Kid Johnson pull off one of the most lucrative train robberies in New Mexico history, sort of.

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04_10_12_Johnson vs Flynn Fight

Centennial News, Apr 08, 2012

This much ballyhooed boxing match of 1912 didn't turn out so well.

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04_11_12_People Born in Space

Centennial News, Apr 08, 2012

Former residents of Santa Rita try to fill a void in their lives.  

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04_12_12_Gorras Blancas

Centennial News, Apr 08, 2012

Disenfranchised citizens of the Las Vegas land grant turn to night riding and fence destruction to keep their way of life.  

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04_02_12_Gallup Gamerco Strike

Centennial News, Apr 05, 2012

A workers' strike of the Gamerco mines in Gallup turns violent, resulting in the largest number of people ever arrested and tried for a single murder.

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04_03_12_The Montezuma Hotel

Centennial News, Apr 01, 2012

This fire-prone hotel built on the site of the Las Vegas Hot Springs on the Gallinas river still stands today, and is now home to a branch campus of the United World College

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04_04_12_Elephant Butte Dam

Centennial News, Apr 01, 2012

Construction on this dam at the time of statehood tamed flooding on the lower Rio Grande and continues to provide irrigation and electric power.

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04_05_12_Oliver Lee

Centennial News, Apr 01, 2012

A good man or a bad man?  Although he has a state park named after him, the jury is still out on Oliver Lee.

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04_06_12_Cattle Mutilations

Centennial News, Apr 01, 2012

Although "officially" attributed to natural causes, cattle mutilations are still a mysterious phenomenon.

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03_28_12_Stephen Elkins' Famous Handshake

Centennial News, Mar 26, 2012

For want of nail, a shoe was lost. . . . because of an ill-timed handshake, New Mexico statehood was set back 39 years.  

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03_30_12_Charles Lummis

Centennial News, Mar 24, 2012

19th Century adventurer and magazine writer Charles Lummis exploited New Mexican cultures for fortune and fame, made a few enemies in the process, and poisoned the well for future ethnographers.  

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03_29_12_Mysterious Balloon Over Galisteo Junction

Centennial News, Mar 24, 2012

The first published report of a UFO over New Mexico skies.

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03_27_12_George Curry

Centennial News, Mar 24, 2012

Former Territorial Governor George Curry lived and made history in New Mexico.

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03_26_12_New Mexico Rough Riders

Centennial News, Mar 24, 2012

New Mexican members of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders serve with valor in Cuba during the Spanish American War.  

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03_19_12_Beaubien Miranda Land Grant

Centennial News, Mar 18, 2012

The last of the pre-territorial land grants was steeped in controversy.

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03_20_12_Lucien Maxwell

Centennial News, Mar 18, 2012

The story of an iconic figure in New Mexico history.

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03_21_12_Colfax County War

Centennial News, Mar 18, 2012

The sale of Lucien Maxwell's estate, formerly known as the Beaubien-Miranda Land Grant, takes a violent turn at the end of the 19th century.  

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03_22_12_Edmund Ross

Centennial News, Mar 18, 2012

Once the most reviled man in the United States over a controversial senate vote, former New Mexico Territorial Governor Edmund Ross led a quieter life in Albuquerque.  

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03_23_12_Coronado Cuarto Centennial

Centennial News, Mar 18, 2012

New Mexico has a grand party in 1940 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Coronado's entrada into the Southwest.  

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03_16_12_Villista Raid on Columbus

Centennial News, Mar 13, 2012

Pancho Villa's men attacked the town of Columbus New Mexico in the pre-dawn hours of March 9, 1916.  Why did they do it?  It's still a mystery.

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03_12_12_The Long Walk

Centennial News, Mar 11, 2012

General Carleton sends Kit Carson to round up the Navajo and march them 400 miles through snow storms to Bosque Redondo.  

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03_13_12_Bosque Redondo

Centennial News, Mar 11, 2012

General Carleton's plan to put Apaches and Navajos together on a Pecos River reservation turns out to be a major disaster.  

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03_14_12_Railroad Race to Raton

Centennial News, Mar 11, 2012

The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe and the Denver and Rio Grande railroads race to stake their claims on the strategic Raton Pass.

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03_15_12_Uncle Dick Wooten

Centennial News, Mar 11, 2012

Dick Wooten came west to be a mountain man and hunt and trap.  He built a toll road at Raton Pass and lived happily ever after.  

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03_05_12_Ojo del Oso

Centennial News, Mar 04, 2012

General Stephen Kearny sends Colonel Alexander Doniphan into unknown territory to negotiate the first of many peace treaties with the Navajo at Ojo del Oso (Bear Springs).

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03_06_12_Narbona

Centennial News, Mar 04, 2012

Elderly Navajo headman Narbona, long known as a man of peace, is senselessly killed by U.S. troops.

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03_07_12_Henry Dodge

Centennial News, Mar 04, 2012

Henry Dodge was a transformative and calming figure in U.S. - Navajo relations.  

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03_08_12_Navajo War of 1858

Centennial News, Mar 04, 2012

The killing of Major William Brook's slave at Fort Defiance by a Navajo sparks an all-out campaign against the tribe.

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03_09_12_Navajo War of 1860-61

Centennial News, Mar 04, 2012

Colonel Edward Canby leads a coordinated campaign to trap the Navajo in Marsh Pass; but the onset of the Civil War stymies U.S. efforts to pacify the tribe.  

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02_27_12_The Lost Gold Mine of Padre Larue

Centennial News, Feb 26, 2012

New Mexico's most enduring treasure tale.

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02_28_12_Doc Noss and Victorio Peak 1

Centennial News, Feb 26, 2012

Milton "Doc" Noss purports to have found a vast cavern filled with treasure in Victorio Peak.

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02_29_12_Doc Noss and Victorio Peak 2

Centennial News, Feb 26, 2012

Part 2 of the ongoing saga of the lost treasure of Victorio Peak.

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03_01_12_Doc Noss and Victorio Peak 3

Centennial News, Feb 26, 2012

The saga of the lost treasure of Victorio Peak continues.

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03_02_12_Doc Noss and Victorio Peak 4 - Epilog

Centennial News, Feb 26, 2012

The final chapter (or is it?) in this treasure tale.  

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02_20_12_Battle of Mesilla

Centennial News, Feb 19, 2012

The opening battle in the Civil War in New Mexico goes to the Confederates.

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02_21_12_Exploding Mules

Centennial News, Feb 19, 2012

A suicide mission backfires.

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02_22_12_Battle of Valverde

Centennial News, Feb 19, 2012

A decisive victory for the Confederate forces in southern New Mexico.

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02_23_12_Battle of Glorieta

Centennial News, Feb 19, 2012

The Confederates won the second battle, but lost their supply train and the war.

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02_24_12_Confederate Cannons

Centennial News, Feb 19, 2012

Confederate troops buried cannons during their retreat from New Mexico.  Where are they today?

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02_17_12_Beans

Centennial News, Feb 16, 2012

Beans were the biggest crop in New Mexico until the dust bowl dried them up.

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02_16_12_Philmont Boy Scout Ranch

Centennial News, Feb 15, 2012

Oklahoma oil baron Waite Phillips endows the Boy Scouts of America with a gift of land that keeps on giving.

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02_15_12_Saint Katherine's Indian School

Centennial News, Feb 14, 2012

This imposing adobe structure in Santa Fe was the first of many schools built to educate Native Americans.

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02_14_12_Keep the Home Fires Burning

Centennial News, Feb 13, 2012

In spite of tragedies like the Dawson mine explosion, New Mexico coal helped keep the home fires buring during World War I.

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02_13_12_Prather Standoff

Centennial News, Feb 12, 2012

A stubborn Otero County rancher fights eviction to make room for White Sands Missile Range, and takes on the U.S. Army.

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02_06_12_Frenchy Rochas

Centennial News, Feb 02, 2012

The master French carpenter who built the Loretto Chapel's Miraculous Staircase meets an untimely end in Dog Canyon.

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02_07_12_Bursum Bill

Centennial News, Feb 02, 2012

Senator Holm O. Bursum tries to sneak a bill through Congress to steal Pueblo lands.  It backfires.

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02_08_12_Trujillo vs Garley

Centennial News, Feb 02, 2012

It took a court case in 1957 to give Native Americans the right to vote in New Mexico.

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02_09_12_Charles Speiss

Centennial News, Feb 02, 2012

The major author of New Mexico's State Constitution is largely unknown today.

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02_10_12_Flying Lobos

Centennial News, Feb 02, 2012

The UNM Lobo football team makes aviation history.

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02_01_12_George Jordan

Centennial News, Jan 29, 2012

Buffalo Soldier George Jordan receives the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in service during the Apache uprising in the 1880's.  

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02_03_12_Blackdom

Centennial News, Jan 24, 2012

Two former slaves from Gerorgia found an African-American communnity in southern New Mexico.

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01_30_12_Mesilla Plaza Riot

Centennial News, Jan 23, 2012

A scuffle between Democrats and Republicans turns deadly on Mesilla Plaza.

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01_31_12_San Marcial Flood

Centennial News, Jan 23, 2012

A tragic flood washes away the town of San Marcial.

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02_02_12_George McJunkin

Centennial News, Jan 23, 2012

An eccentric and educated black cowboy makes a discovery in northeast New Mexico that changes the understanding of archaeological history in America.

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01_25_12_HAM

Centennial News, Jan 13, 2012

A humble chimpanzee from Camaroon, Africa becomes an astronaut and a national hero.

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01_23_12_The Albert Fountain Mystery

Centennial News, Jan 13, 2012

Perhaps New Mexico's greatest unsolved murder.  What happened to Mesilla lawyer Albert Fountain and his son Henry on their fateful journey home from Lincoln?

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01_24_12_The Bridal Chamber Mine

Centennial News, Jan 13, 2012

A blacksmith from Hillboro discovers the purest and richest silver deposit ever found on the planet.

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01_26_12_Smokey Bear

Centennial News, Jan 13, 2012

An orphaned bear cub rescued from a Capitan forest fire becomes a national icon. 

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01_27_12_Socorro UFO

Centennial News, Jan 13, 2012

Socorro County Sheriff Lonnie Zamora finds himself in the Twilight Zone

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01_16_12_Elfego Baca

Centennial News, Jan 06, 2012

Socorro County Sheriff Elfego Baca and the shootout in San Francisco Plaza

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01_17_12_Camel Corps

Centennial News, Jan 06, 2012

A U.S. Army cavalry troop astride camels in the Southwest desert? Well it seemed worth a try a the time.

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01_18_12_The Telegraph comes to Santa Fe

Centennial News, Jan 06, 2012

The telegraph comes to Santa Fe in 1868 and changes everything.

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01_19_12_Lea County Courthouse

Centennial News, Jan 06, 2012

Lovington and Hobbs vie for the honor of becoming the county seat.

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01_20_12_Folsom Flood

Centennial News, Jan 06, 2012

Sally Rooke, heroine of the 1909 Folsom Flood

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1/10/12 Governor Armijo's Retreat

Centennial News, Dec 29, 2011

Governor Manuel Armijo has historically been portrayed as a coward for not resisting the U.S. invasion of New Mexico.  But was he really?

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1/13/12 Fort Stanton

Centennial News, Dec 26, 2011

Established shortly after New Mexico became a U.S. Tereritory, Fort Stanton has had a colorful history.

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1/12/12 Taos Rebellion Suppressed

Centennial News, Dec 26, 2011

American troops come to Taos to avenge Governor Bent's murder and brutally put down the rebellion.

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1/11/12 Murder of Governor Bent in Taos

Centennial News, Dec 26, 2011

Mexican loyalists rebel against the Americans and murder newly appointed Governor Charles Bent.

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1/09/12 General Kearny 1846 Entrance into New Mexico

Centennial News, Dec 26, 2011

General Kearny leads the Army of the West to Santa Fe and claims New Mexico for the United States of America.

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01/06/12 Taft Signs New Mexico Statehood Bill

Centennial News, Dec 26, 2011

After 64 years as a territory of the United States, New Mexico finally achieves statehood in 1912.  

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