"The difficult ... you're supposed to do right away. The impossible ... that'll take you a few days longer." Building your own town
out near Tuscon, Arizona probably falls in the category of "the impossible," but Ed Keeylocko did that, a pickup truck of materials at a time. This is the story of Cowtown Keeylocko
, built by an African-American with red hair and swamp green eyes, who was abandoned by his mother, a self-proclaimed minority of minorities. He served in Korea and Vietnam
, and he returned to the US, where he took up ranching in Arizona. In December of 1974, he founded Cowtown Keeylocko, a western ranch that is "an odd mixture of the real and the fanciful."
The ranch/town expanded by 1989 to have a mayor, citizens, its own zip code, fourty-six head of cattle, three ranch hands, 10,800 acres of land, and five buildings
(Google books preview). The March/April 1996 issue of American Cowboy has a short article on Ed Keeylocko and his cowtown
, and here's a more recent (but still dated) website on the mayor and trail boss of Cowtown Keeylocko
, with stories from visitors and photos from a roundup.
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 31, 2014 -
In 1960 or so, Professor Perry C. Van Arsdale was helping his 7-year-old granddaughter researching the Santa Fe trail. He found his granddaughter's textbook to have some number of errors. He set off to create a map of pioneer history (prior to the 1900's), using his own knowledge and information from judges, sheriffs, and descendants of historical figures
. This was his start in creating the Pioneer New Mexico map
, which would contain 300 towns that no longer exist
, old trails of all sorts
(including the three historic Santa Fe trails and various camel
routes), locations of minor squabbles and major battles, and because he couldn't fit everything on the maps, he also included extensive notes in the corner of the map
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 27, 2013 -
Phoenix pulls back the curtain on the future of inland empires. If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come
, the place to look is where that climate is already harsh, and growing more so — the aptly named Valley of the Sun.
on climate change and Phoenix concluding one or several decades from now, people will bet on a surer thing: they’ll take the road out of town.
posted by adamvasco
on Mar 15, 2013 -
Environmental and Native American activists in Flagstaff, AZ face federal charges
for allegedly "interfering with a forest officer" after a protest action in which they "quarantined"
the Coconino National Forest Service lobby to protest a decision permitting the expansion of the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort onto the San Fransisco Peaks
– a site regarded as sacred
by the Navajo, Hopi, and Havasupai people. The proposed expansion entails the use of treated sewage effluent, aka reclaimed wastewater
for snowmaking operations. These events occurred on the same day that the USDA and Forest Service issued a final report (pdf)
which outlines recommendations for working more closely with Native representatives surrounding sacred sites issues.
posted by Scientist
on Dec 11, 2012 -
"I Loved it...I Loved it All"
An eight minute film essay that Ned Judge
co-produced and directed with Edward Abbey in 1985. At the time Judge was working for a network magazine show. The executive producer took him to lunch one day. He told him that he was having trouble with his son who was 18. The son thought his dad was a corporate whore. He had told his father if he had any balls at all he’d put Edward Abbey on his show. That’s why the EP was talking to him. Would Judge see if it was possible? Judge had an acquaintance who knew Ed and he passed the request along. Ed responded that he’d give it a try. He signed the contract and wrote a script. Judge and Abbey met in Moab and went out to Arches National Park to shoot some practice sessions with a home video camera. They would review them at the motel in the evening. After a day or two, Ed was feeling pretty comfortable on camera so they scheduled the shoot. They were all happy with the way it went. But then they ran head-on into network reality. Roger Mudd, the show’s host, was extremely negative about putting an “eco-terrorist”
on the show. The executive producer caved (his son was right about him apparently). So this Abbey essay was put on the shelf and never aired. Abbey died 3 years later in March 1989. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Oct 15, 2012 -
Putting a law degree to good use:
a Deputy Attorney General of the State of Hawaii responds to a request for Barak Obama's birth certificate from the Secretary State of Arizona. (Scroll down for the actual correspondence.)
posted by alms
on May 21, 2012 -
"Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world
" says LulzSec (previously)
in their latest release, Chinga La Migra
. "We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 (previously) and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
is a new track from nerdcore rapper ytcracker (previously)
posted by finite
on Jun 23, 2011 -
Walking Home: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes.
Laura Milkins is walking home. Home is Grand Rapids, Michigan. Laura lives in Tucson, Arizona. That's 2,000 miles (3,219 km), or about 4,473,976 steps. Right now she's in the shoulder of the road somewhere around Holbrook, Arizona. She has a pack on her back, a webcam streaming 24 hours strapped to a sun visor on her head
, and hopefully, a place to stay tonight. You can follow her every step of the way, by watching live video broadcast from her hat.
Or walk with her
. [more inside]
posted by Tufa
on May 25, 2011 -
Copycat of Arizona's immigration status bill
has passed the Mississippi Senate by a vote of 34-15. The difference here is that there is a precondition with the immigration status check. Though selection cannot be based on race, color, or country of origin but ability to English can cast enough suspicion to warrant a check on immigration status.
posted by azileretsis
on Jan 20, 2011 -
On July 28, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton
issued an injunction
(link to pdf of court order) blocking several portions
of the recent immigration bill SB1070,
which was passed on April 23. (Previously on Metafilter.)
Among other provisions, the bill would have allowed Arizona police officers to demand proof of immigration status of people suspected of being in the country illegally pursuant to a legal police stop.
Most importantly, the federal ruling blocked the portion of the law that would have allowed police officers to demand proof of legal status. Opponents
of the law, who had already planned demonstrations yesterday, the first day the law was set to take effect, reportedly view the ruling as a victory, though partial and perhaps temporary.
Proponents of the law
are predictably unhappy
with the ruling, and react with disappointment.
posted by diocletian
on Jul 30, 2010 -
"In our need to restore our sense of self-control are we actually going to reward politicians who are not working to bring us together, but instead are forsaking America's beautiful 234-year history of diversity?" Another Op-Ed from a national newspaper? No, it's the note from Bill
in this month's Penzeys Spices catalog
(.pdf), introducing a new blend called Arizona Dreaming
, which combines the flavors of South of the Border "in ways Americans love so much."
posted by JoanArkham
on Jul 22, 2010 -
Tucson's own Calexico
has made one of their concerts available
(Nuremberg 2009) for streaming and downloading. Calexico's Joey Burns has also been very busy lately with Artists For Action
, an Arizona organization that is actively speaking out against
AZ's controversial SB 1070. Calexico has a history
of hosting benefit concerts in support of various border issues. [via]
posted by .kobayashi.
on Jul 20, 2010 -