D  e  s  e  r  t     E  x  p  o  s  u  r  e    January 2006


Grease is the Word
With biodiesel, restaurant grease can be made to go places.

Who Walks with
the Warriors?

A hike through the rugged ridges of the Florida Mountains.

Double Feature NMSU and DABCC train tomorrow's filmmakers.

Natural High
Bear Mountain Lodge
-pampering plus wilderness.

A Different 'Toon
The Bakshi School of Animation trains future cartoon creators.

Writer of the
Purple Sage

Confessions of a cowboy poet.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary
Death Becomes Her
True West Town
Tumbleweeds in Brief
Top 10
Celestial Cycles
Into the Future
The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
Away at Grad School
People's Law
40 Days & 40 Nights
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure:
Michelle Arterburn
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Little Feather: Yarrow
Foot Work

Red or Green?
Dining Guide


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The Tumbleweeds Top 10

Who and what's been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google.com), which tracks 4,500 worldwide news sources (trends noted are vs. last month's total hits; * indicates new to the list). Number in parenthesis indicates last month's Top 10 rank. The space race blasts New Mexico into the headlines, with "Virgin Galactic" CEO Richard Branson and Gov. Bill Richardson aboard!


1. (#2 last month) Gov. Bill Richardson—961 hits (down)

2. (1) Sen. Pete Domenici—749 hits (down)

3. (6) New Mexico illegal immigration—585 hits (up)

4. (-) Virgin Galactic—481 hits *

5. (-) New Mexico spaceport—381 hits*

6. (-) Richard Branson + New Mexico—379 hits *

7. (3) Sen. Jeff Bingaman—348 hits (down)

8. (5) Gov. Bill Richardson + 2008—302 hits (up)

9. (-) Gov. Bill Richardson + baseball draft (he wasn't)—142 hits *

10. (8) X Prize—128 hits (up)

Read more Tumbleweeds this month:

Death Becomes Her
True West Town
Tumbleweeds in Brief


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