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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.

What We're Reading: Blind Eye

A DOUBLE MURDER ANCHORS MARTHA BURNS’S debut novel, Blind Eye (Atmosphere Press), but the mystery of its perpetrator fits into larger dramas of generational abuse and a community’s reluctance to…

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Give The Telephone Museum a Ring

DEEMED TOO DELICATE FOR ERECTING TELEPHONE POLES and laying cables, women were relegated to uncomfortable chairs and repetitive-injury-inducing switchboard tasks. They had to “always smile when…

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In Praise of New Mexico Churches

IN HISTORIC CHURCHES OF NEW MEXICO TODAY (Oxford University Press, 2017), Frank Graziano travels throughout the state to detail the history of churches and the people who care for them today…

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Adobe Churches Face Challenges

SUNBAKED BRICKS OF MUD WERE an easy building material for Spanish colonists, who erected churches atop stone foundations and then plastered the walls with more mud—reapplying it when rains washed it…

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A Church Worth Saving

IN 1986, SERVICES AND PARISHIONERS at Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, in Doña Ana, moved to the new Our Lady of Purification, across the parking lot. The new church was larger and held amenities like…

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Nuts for Del Valle Pecans

IN 1986, SALLY HARPER DREAMED of turning her family’s newly acquired pecan orchard into an all-organic enterprise. By the early 1990s, she had trucked thousands of pounds of pecans to health-food…

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Building on Sacred Traditions

FATHER ALBERT BRAUN SO LOVED the Mescalero Apache people that he dedicated decades of his life to creating a Romanesque church with rock walls that soar as high as 90 feet. The cornerstone was laid in…

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