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Kate Nelson
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Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson has been discovering New Mexico’s stories, towns and restaurants since 1989 as a Midwestern transplant. Today, she serves as New Mexico Magazine’s managing editor and enjoys hearing from our longtime readers.

Datebook: May 2022

WILLIE WAS A HORSE WRANGLER and maybe a rustler, which might explain why, after the sheriff shot him dead, they tossed his bones aside. Willie now resides beneath the floorboards of the Victoria 913…

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New Deal Reckoning

IN THE DARKEST DAYS of the Great Depression, new roads, bridges, dams, hiking trails, and rock-solid schoolhouses appeared throughout New Mexico. The national goal was simple: Put people to work…

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Rail Yard Renaissance

ONE DECEMBER DAY IN 1920, Isadore Freed, a Russian émigré to New York and then Iowa, stepped off an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway train at the Albuquerque depot. Behind him, the Alvarado Hotel…

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Explore Historic Ratón

GERALDINE CHICARELLI DAVIS TEETERS ATOP a sharply cut bank, peering into the sluggish creek below. She remembers when it flowed with enough force for children to splash and swim for days. She…

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Top 10 Stories for 2021

Above: Cerro de Guadalupe, the remnant of an ancient volcanic eruption, looms to the east of the village of San Luis, in the Río Puerco Valley. Photograph by Andrew Kornylak. REMEMBER HOW HAPPY WE…

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What We're Reading: The Unmasking

SET MOSTLY IN an approximation of Silver City’s Bear Mountain Lodge, Lynn C. Miller’s The Unmasking: A Novel (UNM Press) mixes a murder mystery with literary analyses of Virginia Woolf, Gertrude…

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Adobe Fireplace Tips and Tricks

Above: Use these tips for building a fire in a kiva-style fireplace. Illustration by Chris Philpot. NEW MEXICANS LOVE THE AROMA of piñon smoke from a chimney. Well, at least northern New Mexicans do;…

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