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


Seeing the Forest
for the Trees

Gila WoodNet combines environmentalism with enterprise.

Being Melodramatic
Backstage at the Pinos Altos Melodrama Theater.

The Last Raid
Pancho Villa's attack on Columbus was 90 years ago this month.

Canyon Conquerers
Walking in the footsteps of the "Buffalo Soldiers" who defended Cooke's Canyon.

Still Shook Up
Elvis lives! (Incognito as "Bud Sanders.")

America by Rail
125th anniversary of the Second Transcontinental Railroad.

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40 Days & 40 Nights
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Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

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Volunteer Month

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Dining Guide



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Go Fly a Kite

If the windy spring days in Southwest New Mexico make you think of kite flying, you're not alone. In fact, the American Kitefliers Association, which now boasts more than 4,000 members in 35 countries, was founded in 1964 by Robert M. Ingraham of Silver City.

The area's aerial tradition will be celebrated on Sunday, April 9, with the Grant County Health Council's Family Kite Day, starting at 1 p.m. The free afternoon of kite-flying and demonstrations will be at the Benny Altamirano Sports Complex soccer fields on the 32nd St. Bypass in Silver City. Toytown will have kites for sale at the event, or you can attend a kite-making workshop the day before, April 8, at the Silver Recreation Center at 1 p.m. (registration required).

Kendra Milligan of the health council notes that Ingraham, who died in 1995, was "a big guy in this area" and that his widow, Hazel, still lives here. "We can claim kite flying as a tradition in the area," she adds, "plus we have some great kite fliers in Silver."

Born in Hornell, NY, Ingraham came to Silver City in 1949. He served as editor of the Silver City Enterprise newspaper and later as a columnist for the Daily Press. According to his obituary, "With Paul Garber, curator of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, he was one of the progenitors of the 1960s kite renaissance in this country. Assisted by his wife, Hazel, Ingraham founded, published and edited Kite Tales, a magazine which had subscribers in 50 states and 27 foreign countries when it was published in Silver City."

Ingraham was also the inspiration for the annual Cielo Encantado, a kite festival held each October in Silver City for a number of years. The Ingraham Award, given to "the outstanding person in the field of kiting," was presented at the first fiesta and has since become a national award, presented by the American Kitefliers Association.

For more information on the association, see www.aka.kite.org. For information on Family Kite Day or to register for the kite-making workshop, contact Milligan at 388-9708, ext. 13.


"Think back to how uncomfortable the Democratic presidential candidates looked during that train wreck Spanish debate during the 2004 primaries as they mangled what few Spanish phrases they'd crammed for the occasion. Now imagine Richardson in the same situation. Imagine someone at ease and able to move deftly between the extremes. On Sunday he was one of the guests of honor at the Manchester (NH) St. Patrick's Day parade, for God's sake, and was well received to boot.

"This is no one trick pony. This is a savvy politician and if he takes this campaign seriously, he will put up a serious challenge."

—Shawn Macomber, The American Spectator


"You know I'm really Irish, right? This Hispanic thing is
just a cover."

—Gov. Bill Richardson, campaigning in New Hampshire


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