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


Wage War
The fight to raise the minimum wage moves to the local level.

Birth of the Blues
Behind the scenes of the Silver City Blues Festival.

Inside Stories
Voices from the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.

Going with the Flow
Get your feet wet at the Gila River Festival.

Magic Flute
Las Cruces musician Randy Granger plays his way to the top.

Getaways: Strip Tease
Can you have fun in Las Vegas without gambling? You bet.

Columns & Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary

An Extended Sisterhood
Top 10

Celestial Cycles
Kitchen Gardener
The Starry Dome
Ramblin' Outdoors
People's Law
Business Exposure
40 Days & 40 Nights
Celebration of Spring
SW Wine Fest
Tour of the Gila
Clubs Guide
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure

Lois Duffy
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Creating a Village

Red or Green?
Deming Restaurants
Dining Guide
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. All our other newsmakers sink as illegal immigration jumps to the top of the headlines:

1. (#1 last month) Gov. Bill Richardson—894 hits (down)

2. (6) New Mexico illegal immigration—541 hits (up)

3. (2) Sen. Pete Domenici—486 hits (down)

4. (-) New Mexico Minutemen—400 hits (up)

5. (5) Sen. Jeff Bingaman—205 hits (down)

6. (3) Gov. Bill Richardson + 2008—146 hits (down)

7. (4) Virgin Galactic—138 hits (down)

8. (8) New Mexico spaceport—69 hits (down)

9. (7) X Prize—62 hits (down)

10. (9) Richard Branson + New Mexico—41 hits (down)

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