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(Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal) Roger Bell removes ribs from the smoker at his Rio Rancho restaurant, Rub-N-Wood BBQ. He is one of the expected 50 competitors in the Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship.

Competitors share BBQ secrets

Barbecuing bad boy Roger Bell isn’t taking his less-than-winning score in last year’s premier barbec …

Denise Griego de Angel, left, applies acupuncture needles to the ears of Nityamo Lian at La Plazita Institute. The procedure, according to Lian, provides relaxation and calmness for people like herself who do not have chemical dependencies, as well as a reduction in anxiety, depression, stress and cravings for those who do. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Acudetox addresses addictions and anxieties

Acupuncturist Nityamo Lian, who spends much of her time inserting acupuncture needles into clients at a clinic in the Northeast Heights, traveled to the South Valley recently to another clinic, La Plazita Institute.

Breast surgeon Dava Gerard walks in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains last month while training for a 500-mile pilgrimage through Spain. She departed for the trek on May 1 with her husband and will walk up to 20 miles every day, leaving engraved rocks along her path, until her June 20 return. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Local rock star

Surgeon’s Spanish pilgrimage a fundraiser for Pres cancer fund

Guests admire the large retablos exhibit at last year's Spanish Market in Santa Fe. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Four cultural art markets showcase Southwest’s treasures

Four of the Southwest’s best-known and most beloved markets displaying artwork from near and far will be in Santa Fe between May and September, showcasing the art of Native American and Hispanic artisans.

From left, LaShawntie, Donna, Shanté and Frank Payne visit with Myrtle the turtle in the front yard pond at their home in Albuquerque. Five of the Paynes' eight children are adopted, and they have fostered hundreds more. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

‘They needed a mom and a dad’

That’s why the Paynes opened their hearts and their home to hundreds of neglected, abused children.