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HOUSE VOTES FOR `RED OR GREEN' AS OFFICIAL STATE QUESTION 02/27/99 New Mexico has a state flower, bird, tree, fish, animal, gem, grass, fossil, cookie, insect _ and two vegetables. Now the House proposes an official state question: "Red or green?" It refers, of course, to the omnipresent question for restaurant customers _ what kind of chili they want on their meals. "The Restaurant Association estimates the question `red or green' is asked in our state 175,000 times a day," said Majority Leader Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, the bill's sponsor. Chili is a $62 million crop in New Mexico, which has the largest production in the United States, Lujan said Friday. There were 35,000 harvested acres last year. It's grown around the state, and it has become a staple of southwestern cuisine. Chili is also one of the state's official vegetables, along with the pinto bean. The House passed the official-question bill unanimously and sent it to the Senate. The Legislature passed a similar measure previously, but Gov. Gary Johnson vetoed it. "We feel there's going to be a lot of folks asking the governor and making sure he signs it this time," Lujan said.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/bison990227.html Silk took hold of a horse’s tail, and the horse pulled him away from the skulls, tearing the sticks free from Silk’s flesh. Others applied traditional medicines to stop the bleeding and disinfect the wounds. The ritual has not been performed in over 100 years, Chasing Horse said. Until Saturday, it has never been seen by white people, he said.

http://www.latimes.com:80/excite/990226/t000018056.html When it comes to "cowboys and Indians" stories, we heard only the white man's side of the tale. To fill us in on the other perspective, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage recently opened an exhibition, "Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America" that gives a more balanced account.

http://nt.excite.com:80/news/bw/990225/il-hyatt-hotels-corp Elements from the Santa Ana Pueblo tribal village will be on display. A tribal museum, hosting exhibits depicting the history of the Pueblo of Santa Ana, will be an integral part of the resort.

http://www.phillynews.com:80/inquirer/99/Feb/27/front_page/GALL27.htm So many drinkers froze to death that the locals had a name for them: Popsicles. There was a nickname for Gallup, too: "Drunk City." Old guidebooks warned tourists about the strip of Old Route 66 that runs through town. But Gallup is cleaning up its act.

http://www7.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/local/docs/tribe26.htm The Timbisha Shoshone, exiled from their homeland in Death Valley National Park decades ago, will help the U.S. government manage the national park.

http://nt.excite.com:80/news/bw/990225/az-sw-real-estate-auctn An ersatz western theme town in Camp Verde will be auctioned.

http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1999/02/25/fp13s1-csm.shtml Did baby T rex tumble out of its eggshell as a downy fuzzball?