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New Mexico True Family Vacation

Jan 23, 2015 By Caitlyn

True or False, this is what days should be? The New Mexico Tourism Department shares just a sliver of all the adventures available for families on a New Mexico vacation. It is New Mexico True.

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Here, the best seat in the house sits 12,500 feet high.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

Late-season skiers, rejoice. Thanks to the new Kachina Peak chair lift – one of the highest in the U.S. at 12,450 feet – lift-serviced terrain at Taos Ski Valley just doubled. “Ooooh” and “ahhhh” at the unparalleled views of northern New Mexico. And then get ready to hit the…

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Here, the landscape shifts with the wind.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

Turns out, the largest gypsum dune field in the world is no match for a little gust of wind. White Sands National Monument pays homage to this mysterious work of Mother Nature – 275 square miles of white sand dunes that wax and wane at the whim of a…

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Here, the quickest path back in time is by rail.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

As soon as you hear the wheels chugging and see the plume of coal smoke billow into the sky, the time travel commences. With little evidence of modern civilization along many routes, it’s like you’re seeing the landscape just as it existed back in the Old West. And, in…

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Here, it’s easy to wind up unwinding.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

Even the venturesome traveler deserves a little break every once in a while. Mineral springs. Hot springs. Resorts and spas. Whether you seek rejuvenation or not, you’ll find it here. The 100- to 115-degree natural aquifer that bubbles up from beneath Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, is one option…

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Here, “big fish” tails have a way of coming true.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

  If you’ve got the bait, and a bit of patience, chances are the fish will be bitin’ in New Mexico. The state claims some of the most hallowed trout waters in North America, especially in the San Juan River. But that’s not the only catch to be had…

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Here, 300 days of sunshine means tee time, all the time.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

The secret’s out – New Mexico boasts some darn stunning golf courses. Especially for those that like a bit of diversity in their game, with mountain, desert and links courses to choose from. Albuquerque alone has nearly 10 courses – including the Black Mesa Golf Club, ranked one of the…

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Here, a spare inner tube might be your most valuable souvenir.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

Two wheels is the way to travel in New Mexico. Whether you’re a road-only purist or a mountain maniac, you’ll find some of the best cycling opportunities in world, thanks to thousands of accessible locations, wide expanses and a downright bike-friendly state of mind around every hairpin turn. Each region…

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Here, under the stars equals over-the-top adventure.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

If you can hike it, and your tent fits, you’ve likely stumbled onto one of New Mexico’s numerous camping areas. Literally, all six regions of the state offer opportunities to pitch your tent and take in any number of outdoor adventures. Diversity is an understatement when it comes to what…

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Here, “strictly for the birds” takes on a whole new meaning.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

A little wing-peeping goes a long way in New Mexico – especially with nearly 500 different feathered friends on its state bird list, four Audubon chapters and a flock of bird clubs throughout the state. Come springtime, Southwest New Mexico is especially flap-happy with migrations beginning in late April. More…

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Here, when snow melts, rivers beckon.

Jan 23, 2015 By TMPROMOTIONS

As soon as winter’s mountain powder melts, a new breed of adventurer finds their way to New Mexico – the white-water rafter. The northern part of the state boasts the most high-octane white water, due in part to the abundant mountains. The unbridled 17-mile Rio Grande Gorge run is the…

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Boot It Up

Jan 22, 2015 By TM Promotions

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Ranch Life Sweepstakes

Jan 22, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

One winner will receive a three-day, two-night stay for up to 4 occupants at the Jaynes Gang Ranch Guest Home in Orchard, Texas to be fulfilled by Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Games. During your stay, you can join ranch workers and bull trainers to learn the…

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Sweepstakes Rules: Ranch Life

Jan 22, 2015 By TM Promotions

One winner will receive a three-day, two-night stay for up to 4 occupants at the Jaynes Gang Ranch Guest Home in Orchard, Texas to be fulfilled by Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Games. During your stay, you can join ranch workers and bull trainers to learn the business and also enjoy…

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Arizona Sweepstakes

Jan 22, 2015 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

Winner will receive a two-night stay in luxurious accommodations provided by the new Sheraton Mesa Hotel. Prize also includes a Grand Canyon or Apache Trail tour for two from Detours Arizona, a hot air balloon ride for two from Rainbow Ryders, and a Queen Creek Olive Mill…

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Sweepstakes Rules: Arizona

Jan 22, 2015 By TM Promotions

Winner will receive a two-night stay in luxurious accommodations provided by the new Sheraton Mesa Hotel. Prize also includes a Grand Canyon or Apache Trail tour for two from Detours Arizona, a hot air balloon ride for two from Rainbow Ryders, and a Queen Creek Olive Mill Culinary Experience.

My Brother’s Secret

Jan 14, 2015 By W.K. Stratton

Growing up in my family, there were things you just didn’t talk about. Like feelings. Or sex. Or dying from AIDS.

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Switzerland in Houston

Jan 5, 2015 By TM Promotions

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Doc McPherson, 95

Dec 31, 2014 By andrea valdez

The Texas wine industry is having something of a moment, our reds and whites clinching awards and our vineyards attracting high-end winemakers. And much of that success can be tracked back to Clinton “Doc” McPherson.  Considered a true pioneer of the Texas wine industry, McPherson and his colleague and business partner, Bob Reed,…

Harley Clark, 78

Dec 30, 2014 By andrea valdez

If you attended the University of Texas—or any of the school’s football games, basketball games, swim meets, graduations, or any other place the Longhorns cheer—it’s hard to imagine a time before revelers thrust their “Hook ’em, Horns” hand sign in the air while singing the “Eyes of Texas.” But the signal…

Bobby Keys, 70

Dec 30, 2014 By andrea valdez

Few kids first put their lips to a saxophone reed with dreams of playing in the world’s greatest rock and roll band. Fewer still actually get to live that fantasy. But then again, not many kids grow up with one of rock’s greatest legends practicing within earshot of their open…

Bobby Keys, 70

Dec 30, 2014 By andrea valdez

Few kids first put their lips to a saxophone reed with dreams of playing in the world’s greatest rock and roll band. Fewer still actually get to live that fantasy. But then again, not many kids grow up with one of rock’s greatest legends practicing within earshot of their open bedroom…

Animals We’ll Miss

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

Miss Beazley, 9, October 28, 2004–May 17, 2014 A void was left in George W. Bush’s Dallas home this May with the departure of Miss Beazley, his beloved Scottish terrier. A fixture in the White House for several years (Bush gave her to the first lady in late…

The North Central Texas College Softball Team Players

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

The North Central Texas College softball team suffered great tragedy in late September when a bus crash killed four players—Brooke “Brookie” Deckard, Jaiden Pelton, Megan Richardson, and Katelynn Woodlee.  Deckard, a sophomore from Blue Ridge who played first base at NCTC, was a passionate teammate and friend. At Blue Ridge…

Marilyn Burns, 65

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

Marilyn Burns didn’t win any awards for her role as Sally Hardesty in the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but her bone-chilling portrayal as the lone survivor in a horror movie marked by several grotesque deaths earned her one honorable distinction: the title of Scream Queen. And it’s unlikely…

Betty King, 89

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

From the age of fourteen, when she served as an honorary page, Betty King knew she wanted to be involved in Texas politics. She wouldn’t return as a salaried employee until eight years later, in 1947, when she began working as a clerk for the House Appropriations Committee. In 1977 she…

Ed Sprinkle, 90

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

He was known as “The Claw” and “the meanest man in football”—and for good reason. A defensive end for the Chicago Bears for more than a decade, the former Texan was infamous for delivering some of the hardest, most devastating hits in the NFL during the forties and fifties.

Edith Sawyer, 93

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

Edith Sawyer didn’t talk much about her time in the Navy or the days spent assisting to break Japanese code for the National Security Agency during World War II. Maybe it was because after she returned from war, she focused on raising her three daughters (and after that, earning a nursing degree, which…

Robert Heard, 84

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

Lyndon B. Johnson could not hide from Robert Heard, even when the president tried sneaking away to his ranch in Stonewall. Heard, a seasoned AP reporter, knew his way around the Hill Country, rendering LBJ’s attempt to evade him hopeless. As the story goes, Heard’s relentless pursuits of Johnson earned him a code…

Ian McLagan, 69

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

The name on his passport was Ian Patrick McLagan, but the first thing he would tell you is to call him Mac. He died on December 3, 2014, of complications from a massive stroke. The doctors told us that his cognitive functions were knocked out in seconds. The part of…

Ian McLagan, 69

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

The name on his passport was Ian Patrick McLagan, but the first thing he would tell you is to call him Mac. He died on December 3, 2014, of complications from a massive stroke. The doctors told us that his cognitive functions were knocked out in seconds. The part of…

Rod Kennedy, 84

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

Across drought-weary Texas, small-town signs plead locals to “Pray for rain” and farmers search the sky hoping to find some cloud dark with promise. But standing on his Hill Country ranch at the start of Memorial Day weekend, Rod Kennedy would lift his eyes heavenward, an utterance for clear skies…

Sheila Johnson, 54

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

Every day, I read dozens of stories from Texas publications, from the major metro dailies to the small-town weekly circulars. The dates of the various stories change, but the content rarely does. Politicians squabble; police make another drug arrest; the local football team does better (or worse) than expected; weather…

Willard Mercier, 82

Dec 29, 2014 By andrea valdez

The photograph tells you all you need to know. Taken sometime in the early fifties, it shows a young Lone Star Beer deliveryman in the uniform of the day: crisp khaki shirt and pants, peaked cap and black bowtie. He’s got a case of cans on his right shoulder and…

Going Deep

Dec 24, 2014 By Paul Cullum

Margaret Brown’s new documentary, The Great Invisible, delves into the human suffering experienced in the wake of the BP oil spill.

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Grand Opening of vineyard vines

Dec 22, 2014 By TM Promotions

vineyard vines Austin Grand Opening 8 Oct 2014 vineyard vines Austin Grand Opening 8 Oct 2014 vineyard vines Austin Grand Opening 8 Oct 2014 vineyard vines, Austin Texas Monthly  partnered with vineyard vines to celebrate the grand opening of…

Saddle Up

Dec 11, 2014 By Lonn Taylor

Four generations of an illustrious border family have passed down a magnificent nineteenth-century example of Tejano saddlery.

A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit

Dec 9, 2014 By Sonia Smith

When the 85-year-old matriarch of a prominent pecan-farming clan in San Saba was murdered, her death shook the town—and exposed how obsession and greed can fell a family from within.

Bum Steers 2015

Dec 5, 2014 By annette waller

From arrogant announcers to zany zygotes—and everything in between—it was a banner year for the Bum Steers.

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No. 4 St. James

Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Things Celtic

Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

The Texas Lone Star Tartan was designed by a fifth generation Texan and made in Scotland. These Kilts and accessories feature the bold colors of Texas. Things Celtic is the exclusive source for the Texas Lone Star Tartan. http://Lonestartartan.com | Things Celtic.com  …