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Datebook: January 6 – New Mexico Becomes 47th State 100 Years Ago

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After much contention, largely over the issue of whether or not to permit Indian slavery, statehood was granted to New Mexico on January 6, 1912, becoming the 47th state. The issue was that members of Congress maintained that territories could not restrict slavery under the Missouri Compromise, while others insisted that older Mexican legal traditions (which forbade slavery) took precedence. New Mexico is uniquely cultural, with the second-highest Native American percentage in the country (after Alaska), mostly comprised of Navajo and Pueblo peoples. It also has the highest percentage of Hispanics. Thus, the state flag is represented by red and gold colors, which pay homage to Spain, as well as the Zia symbol – an ancient Native American symbol for the sun. New Mexico is politically diverse, often considered a “swing state.” One quarter is forested, and includes the nation’s largest National Forest: Gila National Forest at 3.3 million acres. The official state animal is the black bear, named after discovering Smokey the Bear.  Tourists come for the food and the annual hot air balloon festival. Government spending has benefited New Mexico in the form of three Air Force bases, and research laboratories. The first atomic bombs were made and tested at White Sands. And, of course, Roswell is the home of an alleged 1947 UFO crash site.

It’s Friday, January 6

The Graves County High School Choir hosts a silent auction tonight in the high school commons area before and during the Mayfield-Graves County basketball game. Proceeds from the silent auction will help buy choral risers, tuxedos, new sheet music, and a piano. Items up for auction include a signed Swamp People t-shirt, UK basketball game tickets, and more.

The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival seeks applications from local and regional musicians of all genres interested in performing in this year’s festival. All musicians should apply by February 15 at 5PM. Find application materials at

Market House Theater holds open auditions for “The Adventures of Nate the Great” on Monday and Tuesday at 5PM in the studio theater classroom. All of the characters in this kids’ detective play are elementary school age. Performances are February 23 through 27th, with three morning school matinees. For more information, contact Market House Theater between noon and 5.

Visit us online at, where you can find more community events.

Datebook: May 20 – Kentucky proclaims neutrality 150 years ago

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Civil War battle map of Kentucky, published in Harper's Weekly October 19, 1861.

On May 20, 1861, both houses of Kentucky’s General Assembly passed declarations of neutrality, declared by Governor Magoffin. Both the North and South respected the Commonwealth’s neutrality, but positioned themselves  strategically to take advantage of any change in the situation, with camps along the border. Click here to read more about Kentucky’s neutrality and the resulting difficulties.

Here’s Datebook for Friday, May 20

Paducah’s Human Rights Commission and the City feature musicians, singers, dancers, poets, and other entertainers from the area tonight at 7 in the 5th Annual Evening of Performance at the Carson Center. It’s a free performance with refreshments. Doors open at 6:30.

Kentucky Emergency Management’s website,, offers short interactive exercises about earthquake preparedness topics including hunting for hazards in your home that could fall on you during a quake, keeping emergency survival kits in your home, your car, and your office, about dropping, covering and holding on, and what to do after the shaking stops.

The Lowertown Arts and Music Festival opens in Paducah today with activities from 3 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow’s hours are 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the Festival continues Sunday noon to 5.

Parking is at the Paducah Bank at north 5th and Monroe or the Carson Center lots at south 2nd and Washington, because Lowertown streets are closed to traffic for the duration.

Get details at Enjoy your weekend!

morning cram [strauss-kahn edition]

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Embattled International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned.

NPR reports he wants to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.

KENTUCKY~ Livingston County may may have 150 damaged homes. The Army Corps of Engineers will set up a Birds Point/New Madrid Levee Info Center. Paducah is closing roads prepping for the Lowertown Music & Arts Fest. MSU officials will vote tomorrow to accept Paducah/McCracken County’s funding agreement for their own mini-campus. Murray’s Pella will add 75 jobs. US Sen McConnell defends the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The (unofficial) loser in the GOP Secretary of State race isn’t conceding and will ask for a recanvass. Voter counts prove not many cared about Tuesday’s Primary. The Governor’s race is heating up and Beshear is launching TV ads next week.

TENNESSEE~ Contractors don’t want a deadline to finish the Clarksville Marina. Henry County buddies up with Bethel University to add financial stability to a HCMC expansion project.

ILLINOIS~ Another round of Honeywell v USW is slated for next week.