One Arabian Night
Our intrepid reporter tries belly dancing

Once Upon a Time in the West
Six Guns and Shady Ladies brings back the Wild West

Brick-and-Mortar Memories
Growing up in Silver City, you remembered certain buildings

Plucking at Heartstrings
Mogollon Mountain Dulcimer players

Paths to War
Walking the trails near Fort Bowie

Tube of Plenty
CATS community television

Scat Happens
Get the straight poop on visiting critters

Columns and Departments
Editor's Note
Desert Diary

High Stakes in Akela
Garrison Keilor and Me
Top 10

Business Exposure
Celestial Cycles
Into the Future
The Starry Dome
Southwest Gardener
Ramblin' Outdoors
40 Days & 40 Nights
Blues Fest
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

Special Section
Arts Exposure

M. Fred Barraza
Arts News
Gallery Guide

Body, Mind & Spirit
Erica Williams
Overcoming "Us vs. Them"

Red or Green
Dining Guide
Meson de Mesilla
Table Talk

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D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    May 2008

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 Gov's spat with the Clintons vaults him back into the news. . .


  1. (#1 last month) Gov. Bill Richardson — 4,486 hits (up)

  2. (3) New Mexico Senate race — 169 hits (down)

  3. (7) Virgin Galactic — 123 hits (up)

  4. (2) Sen. Pete Domenici — 116 hits (down)

  5. (6) Gov. Bill Richardson + vice president — 108 hits (up)

  6. (4) Sen. Jeff Bingaman — 96 hits (down)

  7. (5) New Mexico Border Patrol — 94 hits (up)

  8. (-) New Mexico spaceport — 82 hits (up)

  9. (10) New Mexico illegal immigration — 75 hits (up)

  10. (-) Spaceport America — 70 hits (up)



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