Thursday, January 02, 2020

Ken Sanchez Passes Away

Not a good sign when someone in your graduating class passes away: Ken Sanchez, longtime councilman for Albuquerque's West Side. At the 40th high school reunion in 2014, we even did a conga line together and slapped each others backs. Politically, we were probably at opposite poles, but at least he got the West Mesa Aquatic Center built.
RIP Ken Sanchez:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ken Sanchez, one of the longest serving Albuquerque city councilors and an advocate for the West Side, died Wednesday.

He was 63.

In a room full of over 40 loved ones, Mayor Tim Keller, city councilors and Sanchez’s family announced his death Wednesday night.

They didn’t give details on the cause of death.

“Today, we lost one of our most beloved public servants,” Keller said. “It’s with a heavy heart that I have to inform the city of Albuquerque of the passing of Councilor Ken Sanchez.”

Sanchez suffered a “medical emergency” in late November and had not returned to City Hall. In a statement issued at the time, City Council staff said Sanchez was expected to make a full recovery but noted that “his family asks that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”

...Sanchez, a Democrat, was first elected to the City Council in 2005. The decades-long West Side resident had won another four-year term in 2017. He served three terms as council president.

During his tenure on the council, he helped steer a number of infrastructure projects, including the Patrick J. Baca Library, Fire Station No. 7 and the West Mesa Aquatic Center.

Sanchez operated the Gilbert Sanchez Tax Accounting Firm and was the president of Ken Sanchez & Associates Realty.

...During his 2017 reelection campaign, he told the Journal that serving on the City Council and Bernalillo County Commission were his major professional accomplishments, saying that he was able to bring “people together to deal with the challenges and injustice that we have faced on Albuquerque’s West Side.”

For school, he attended Holy Rosary, West Mesa High School, the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

DMTC New Year's

The Winter So Far

The winter so far - drought in the Pacific Northwest and more rain than usual for the Southwestern deserts. Now, if we can only get rain and snow to western Colorado - the headwaters of the Colorado River.

Because of the late start to the rainy season, Sacramento is only about 78% of normal precipitation right now.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Rocks with Wings (2001 TV Movie)

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Last updated: December 31, 2019

Documentary about a female high school basketball team in Shiprock; addresses economic, social, and racial issues in New Mexico. Won the Documentary Prize at the Urbanworld Film Festival. Shot in Shiprock and in Albuquerque at Tingley Stadium. Directed by Rick Derby.

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Notes on Individual Scenes

Shiprock as seen from various angles

Shiprock High School


Hopewell CMS Church (Texarkana, Texas)

NW State in Louisiana

Louisiana Tech in Rustin

Various views - Highway 550 Curve, White Mesa, Big Chief Sign, Various Highway Signs: ABQ 15, Los Lunas 34, Belen 47; ABQ 14, Belen 46 (sign looks like it might have been replaced); ABQ next 14 Exits; Cuba 63, Aztec 161, Farmington 166 (got it).

View of Mesa

Collapsed Stone House (35.827034°, -106.967646°)

Views of Mesa


View of Shiprock with bridge

Thriftway Food Store near Shiprock

Shiprock High School

Welcome to NM Sign/Boundary to Navajo reservation Sign

Navajo Weavers

Heading downhill - unclear

View of mesa

Second view (35.575202°, -106.868590°)

Graveyard with Shiprock

Shiprock High School

Kirtland, NM, are the rivals

Central High School in Kirtland


Cibola High School in ABQ

Tingley Coliseum

Parked vehicle window: Near Louisiana Blvd. & Marble Ave. NE (35.089145°, -106.568200°)

View of Shiprock southern hogback

Thriftway again

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Nightwing (1979)

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Last updated: December 29, 2019

Adventure, Supernatural Horror; based upon the novel by Martin Cruz Smith. A colony of vampire bats threaten a Native American community. Starring Nick Mancuso, David Warner, Kathryn Harrold, and Strother Martin. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, Laguna Pueblo.

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Grand Canyon


Cliff Dwellings

Looks like....Rio Puerco area

Ranch (34.937524°, -107.120868°)

Stone House

Cecil's - Probably Laguna.

View of mountain



Stone House

Selwyn's Trading Post

Stone House


Location in ABQ - Just outside Sandia base on Wyoming????

Vista - Enchanted Mesa - exact location uncertain

Burning Stone House

Near Placitas



Kiva. Acoma?

'Holy Ground'


Fishing - likely somewhere along Rio Puerco

Plaza at Laguna - White church top visible - Is there a kiva there?

View from above town (35.039363°, -107.382978°)

Graves - Nice-looking country - where is this?

Driving offroad - Overheating

Sand Dunes

ABQ Again

Back Country

Hole in Ceiling - Bats

Some scenes filmed in Nevada - I'm thinking towards the end of the film.