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Rus Bradburd

Chile Gumbo

I moved to New Mexico in the summer of 1994, and I brought with me a habit-forming vice, something that I kept secret from my new employer. As a college basketball coach, I figured none of my…

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Expect the Unexpected

To sit and talk with the radiant Denise Chávez is both exhilarating and exhausting. She has the charisma to front a rock ’n’ roll band and the adrenaline to power a football team. Best known as one of…

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Nights of the Round Table

My first week living in Las Cruces, I attended an artgallery opening on the New Mexico State University campus. It had been a hectic few days, as I tried to hit the ground running as a new assistant…

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Roots Take Hold in Silver City

At the first Pickamania festival, in 1985, Bill Bussmann dragged straw bales and wooden planks across his garlic farm to build a crude stage. His makeshift dance floor was blanketed with leftover…

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