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The hallucinogenic tea known as hoasca or ayahuasca is brewed from a vine and the leaves of a bush from the Amazon basin in South America. (Courtesy of Terpsichore/WikiCommons)

Hoasca, source of SF legal fight, is trendy topic around the world

While litigation has continued for years over a temple planned southeast of Santa Fe by a church group that uses a hallucinogenic tea from the Amazon as a sacrament, there’s been an explosion of international interest in the brew, usually known as hoasca or ayahuasca.

Cast members of the British play “Oppenheimer” watch the explosion of an atomic bomb. (Photo by Keith Pattison/Courtesy Royal Shakespeare Company)

Another dramatic take on the Manhattan Project

Fans of the “Manhattan” television series have something else to check out while waiting for the show’s second season (filmed in and around Santa Fe, and set to hit cable TV in April).

The Stow Lake Boathouse in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. (From the Ortega Family Enterprises Gallery)

Santa Fe business sheds controversy in that other SF

When Santa Fe’s Ortega Family Enterprises won the contract to run the food and boat concession at Stow Lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 2010, an uproar ensued.

The cliffs around Abiquiu are among the scenic highlights of U.S. 84 north of Santa Fe, where, an L.A. Times writer says, you might fall into a “road-trip trance.” (Albuquerque Journal File Photo)

When driving to Durango, look for the mud huts

Just in the interest of accuracy, Santa Fe and northern New Mexico should issue news alerts on a regular basis that broadcast this basic fact – not every rectangular, flat-roofed building with brown or tan stucco is “adobe.”

Sandra Ramos O‘Briant’s book provides a female view of the Mexican-American War.

Growing up ’50-50′ in Santa Fe

Novelist Sandra Ramos O’Briant, in an article posted on the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices section, weighs in on growing up in Santa Fe “50/50″ – Anglo and Hispanic.

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