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Coco la Boca
Less horsepower, more horses.
Interests: southwest history, folklore, politics, community places
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She stood alone outside under the long portal that edged one side of the old building. The wind was howling through the long stretch of power lines up the mesa. Alva had given the power company an easement across Cozy... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cocoposts
The place was a real dump. That’s saying something because people were dumping all over after they stopped running sheep and cattle on Cozy Y. People needed it then - the land - they used it for everything: animals, plants,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cocoposts
Rosa had been forced to give up her baby. She’d been raped by her cousin but could never tell anyone. The whole place was full of secrets like that, and worse. Secrets and lies and lies about the secrets. They... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cocoposts
Maybe it was concussions Alva got playing football or lead gas exposure over the years but he was unable to focus or absorb new information by about the age of sixty. I mean he was always a bit like that,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Cocoposts
Consuela Escadero Simpson’s mother, Maria, was a dancer. They said all her babies were born dancing. She danced straight through eight pregnancies by two husbands - brothers - and outlived them both. She raised eight girls. Connie was the youngest.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Cocoposts
Sadie turned into Caracol Drive. The old bar was long gone but the place still gave her the creeps. It had been photographed in a couple of magazines before it fell into ruin. After Aunt Connie died everything went that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Cocoposts
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It was banks, bulldozers and boom times. Alva made a killing just drawing lines and filing deeds. The state was one of the last to enact subdivision law. Legislation was quietly vetoed by the rancher governor at least a couple... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Cocoposts
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"There is a valley in the West where phantoms come to brood and mourn, pale phantoms dying of nostalgia and bitterness." Published in 1956, sixty years ago, favorite book was about Albuquerque and a few other things. Favorite movie, Lonely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Cocoposts
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David Riley's "Alameda Church" Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Cocoposts
Stood on the bank of an ancient acequia beside the gigantic stump of a very old cottonwood just cut down in Alameda, New Mexico today (so named because of those trees) and yelled, at no one in particular, "Fucking butchers!"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Cocoposts
They used to say the valley was haunted. Ghosts edge the pasture and she could see them, dark shapes against the ditch bank and smokey shadows along the fence line. Even before she heard the other stories about floods and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Cocoposts
With apologies to those still laboring in the field, my career choice - city planning - got hijacked sometime around the mid-eighties and has been going downhill ever since. The rise of organized private property rights movement(s) and the interests... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Cocoposts
House Bill 307 would put architects, engineers and construction professionals and maybe a planner* together in a committee to recommend** capital outlay priorities for New Mexico. Think New Mexico thinks this is a good idea and I'm sure a lot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Cocoposts
Step One: Don’t keep decorating it. So the Governor sees an angle in having a capital plan. She’s put HB307 - the Capital Outlay Reform Act on her call. I posted about SB 33, another reform bill here. The bills... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Cocoposts
Paseo del Volcan is a project on the far west side of anything metropolitan about Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Promoters have gone largely unchallenged in presenting it as a critical "regional need" and have corralled over $8 million for land.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Cocoposts
The inaptly named Paseo del Volcan project is all set to dole-out $8 million public dollars to big private landowners and that’s just the start. Rest uneasy, the total cost of the project is estimated at $70 million, not including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Cocoposts
Senate Bill 33 - the Capital Outlay Planning and Monitoring Act introduced by Senator Carlos Cisneros is an attempt to get a handle on well-publicized problems with New Mexico's capital outlay process. It's probably an improvement. The bill would create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Cocoposts
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Oh! What’s that smell? Shhh! Leftover Chinese food didn’t mask body odor in the airless room. It would become so much worse as the session wore on. A priest used melodious phrases in the invocation. selfless devotion… common good… unfailing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Cocoposts
How was the Ozark vacation? Picture “Winter’s Bone” with Flooding. You’d be wrong. People are proud to be from the Ozarks. It's a place of great natural beauty. It’s got big trees, big springs and it’s thick with wildlife. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Cocoposts
I took down my Airbnb listing this morning. No ceremony. No regrets. Santa Fe is subjecting hosts to more scrutiny, fees and taxes and it's a matter of time before Albuquerque sees this as a missed source of tax revenue... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Cocoposts
Planning does what it's supposed to do when it’s part of a generally trusted process that goes beyond any one politician's term. That's both why it makes sense and why it doesn’t happen. Planning should be required for public funding.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Cocoposts
I remember Dad saying we shouldn't ever run a Bed and Breakfast inn or hotel because we'd always be changing sheets and cleaning toilets. But Mom did that anyway. And she didn't get paid. The experience has been good so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Cocoposts
Separating fact from fiction. Pereaville story now separate from blog posts on pages listed in sidebar. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Cocoposts
The play is about a very old village in the high desert called Perea. Today it is a collection of structures of modest historical interest on an abandoned alignment of Old Route 66. Perea's Bar, focus of the story, was built on an ancient Tiquex Indian pueblo ruin, if the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Pereaville
Colonel Alfonzo Simpson - Santa Fe Ring member, attorney, founder of Cozy Y Ranch on 18th Century Spanish land grant Alvalito Simpson - Colonel's son, founder Perea Dance Institute, husband to Consuela Perea Simpson and father of Alva. Alva Simpson - Developer Cozy Y Ranchettes 1950s, civic booster, gambler, husband... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Pereaville