See how you do on this quick quiz of popular events from the last year-and then read on to refresh your memory even more.

1.

The city of Santa Fe's

economic future will be based

on:

a.

cheese products.

b.

criminal activity.

c.

arts and culture.

d.

parking fees.

2.

The next manager of Los Alamos National Laboratory will be:

a.

hopefully better at keeping track of classified information.

b.

a private corporation out to rule the world.

c.

heralded by politicians as a great choice.

d.

all of the above.

3.

It was a good year for former judge Frances Gallegos

and now-resigned state treasurer Robert Vigil:

a.

True

b.

False

4.

New Mexico received a wave of new residents from:

a.

Louisiana.

b.

Mexico.

c.

Hollywood.

d.

Mars.

5.

The day the music died was:

a.

a lyric in some old song.

b.

a headline we used way too many times.

c.

the day Gov. Richardson promised to stop singing in the shower.

d.

the day the Paramount nightclub closed its doors.

Score yourself five points for every correct answer.


ANSWER KEY

1. C.

That's right. Santa Fe's had years of talk about economic development, but in 2005, a few of the ideas from Richard Florida's

The Rise of the Creative Class

seemed to take hold. Don't worry, if things don't work out, the other three options seem like viable alternatives too.

2. D.

As of presstime, we'd yet to hear an answer on who will be the next manager of LANL. But that information could come before this paper hits the streets. Regardless of the outcome, the national lab will be in privatized hands for the first time in history.

3. B.

As competing scandals go, the Gallegos and Vigil scenarios pulled their weight in drama, complete with public officials who have resigned, have pending legal matters and continue to maintain their innocence.

4. A or B.

Kind of a trick question here, as New Mexico has served as a haven for Katrina refugees and continues to be a major player in the ongoing issue of Mexican immigration. Of course, some might argue that Hollywood and Mars are continuing to send us new residents on a daily basis as well.

5. D.

Technically A and B are probably right too (and C is just too weird to think about) but this refers to-alas!-the end of an era for Santa Fe's music scene.


SCORING

Zero to 10 points:

Wake up and smell the triple non-fat mocha frappuccino. Do you live under a rock in an arroyo? New Year's Resolution: Pay attention to the world around you.

15 to 20 points:

You've got an RSS feed for local media and even, occasionally, have been known to attend a public meeting or two. New Year's Resolution: Think before you vote.

25 points:

Hello, News Junkie. You attend City Council meetings so often there's a chair with your name on it. New Year's Resolution: It might be time for you to start making news.