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Coco la Boca
Less horsepower, more horses.
Interests: southwest history, folklore, politics, community places
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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
Sammy Simpson: Since Chocky retired he just smokes pot all day and works on that pile of shit he calls a sculpture. But they say he really didn't do much before he quit either. This isn't on the record, right? (muffled.) The way I hear it, he did crossword puzzles... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Pereaville
Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson writes of his support for Santolina Master Plan in the Albuquerque Journal dismissing opposition, throwing around rotten red herrings and concluding: Passion and an intense desire to stop new development in Bernalillo County simply aren’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Cocoposts
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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates from 1911-1913. Father Troy was in charge of construction after previous church was lost to a flood. Granite stones for the foundation were hauled down Alameda Road by horse teams from a quarry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Cocoposts
If you will imagine for a moment that a bureaucracy is an entity with hopes and dreams, it is clear the County wants to wear big boy development pants. This is reflected in actions over the past decade or so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Cocoposts
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"The train pulled into Albuquerque in front of the famous old Alvarado Hotel. In contrast with the rain and cold of Kansas City, the air fairly zinged with warm sunshine. Both girls felt an instant lift of their spirits. To... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Cocoposts
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He jumped the fence at the regular place and worriedly looked behind him. If cows jump over the moon, why not this fence? The bull stopped short and snorted. Call me Ferdinand again, I dare you. Heifer who likes her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Cocoposts
Ten years ago I started this blog as a way to cope with work pressure and the death of my Mother. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Cocoposts