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


Have Spacesuit, Will Travel
Is space tourism the ticket to success for the proposed spaceport?

For Love and Money
Ivan Thompson, the "Cowboy Cupid," stars in an award-winning documentary.

Connecting the Threads
The Southwest Women's Fiber Arts Collective weaves together area fabric artists.

Blooming in the Desert
"Little Vampire" author and painter Angela Sommer-Bodenburg.

Out of Africa
Festus Addo-Yobo, new director of NMSU's Black Studies Program.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary
Tumbleweeds in Brief
Top 10
Celestial Cycles
The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
People's Law
40 Days & 40 Nights
Chocolate Fantasia
$1.98 Show
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure:
Deming's Art Bloom
For the Love of Art Month
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Secrets of Romance
Echinacea & Colds
Lifelong Learning

Red or Green?
Dining Guide
Si Italian Bistro
Patio Café
Table Talk


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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. While most New Mexico newsmakers take a nosedive, Sen. Jeff Bingaman sneaks almost into first place!

1. (#1 last month) Gov. Bill Richardson—423 hits (down)

2. (7) Sen. Jeff Bingaman—415 hits (up)

3. (10) X Prize—264 hits (up)

4. (3) New Mexico illegal immigration—162 hits (down)

5. (2) Sen. Pete Domenici—137 hits (down)

6. (5) New Mexico spaceport—130 hits (down)

7. (4) Virgin Galactic—126 hits (down)

8. (-) Billy the Kid—121 hits (up)

9. (8) Gov. Bill Richardson + 2008—69 hits (down)

10. (6) Richard Branson + New Mexico—64 hits (down)

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