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 V.13 No.1 | January 1 - 7, 2004 


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New Mexico troops battle financial problems. Imagine you live paycheck-to paycheck. Since the majority of Americans do, that should be an easy lifestyle to consider. But then imagine you live paycheck-to-paycheck and have to support a family and all its related expenses: mortgage, car payment, insurance, children, you name it. Now imagine that your income was just cut by one-fifth, or even more, and at the same time you had to say goodbye to your family in hopes of seeing them again in about 18 months.

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Thin Line

Don't worry, KRQE—even the Times is dead wrong, sometimes. A few weeks ago, “Thin Line” chalked up News 13's premature report of Joe Skeen's death to the station's need to be the first to report the story, and we still think the gaffe made the station look pretty stupid. But they might feel better to know that lots of news outlets have a hard time discerning if their subjects are dead or not. Last week, we received a copy of an internal memo sent to employees at the New York Times, chiding writers to verify cause of death in an obituary to avoid running an obit on someone who isn't dead.

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Ortiz y Pino

Public Art Controversies Stir Passions

A rocket, a 54 chevy and inverted cones make public debate easier

I am always amazed at how high emotions can soar in this town over public art controversies. These are after all, essentially matters of individual taste and carry at most symbolic importance.

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Payne's World

Re-making History

City Hall brings us up to date with Don Juan de Oñate sculpture

Christmas is the season for giving. At the first Yuletide, gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh were presented to a child in a manger. Two thousand years later, the tradition has evolved—there weren't too many folks receiving frankincense or myrrh last week—but gold is still a favorite followed closely, apparently, by bronze statues.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Finland—Hard economic times have reached as far as the North Pole, where even Santa has been forced to lay off his elves. SantaPark, a tourist attraction near the Arctic Circle 520 miles North of Helsinki, has accumulated $550,000 worth of debt in its five years of operation and has been forced to lay off many of the elves staffing its carousel, souvenir stands and restaurant. While business is booming in the surrounding wilderness known as Lapland—home of the nomadic, reindeer-herding Lapps—SantaPark has seen visits decline. Tourism officials in Finland expect a new December record of more than 100,000 foreign visitors. Such numbers have not helped SantaPark, however, which has been accused of overstaffing and mismanagement.

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I should have known the minute I walked into the The Guild and received the 8” by 11” sheet on the characters in the Tamala: 2010 movie, that I should have turned around and walked straight out. But nooooooo. I read Mr. O'Leary's review [“Reel World,” Dec. 11-17]. That was my first mistake. I've heard many things about Mr. O'Leary. Most it [sic] negative. But I thought he can't be that bad. I'm from El Paso, Texas, but I drive up to Albuquerque regularly, at least one a month [sic].

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 22)


Naturalist Series: Bats Found Around the World

Dr. Ernie Valdez from the U.S. Geological Survey discusses different shapes, sizes and colors of bats that occur around the world and their unique behaviors that reflect their amazing morphology.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 22)

Pittie the Fool

Eighth Annual Pittie Parade

Celebrate your favorite pet with adoptable dogs and several rescue groups. Participate in the Pittie Parade and canine costume and tricks contests.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Straight Outta Carlsbad

A Special Evening with Linda Wertheimer

The legendary broadcast journalist and New Mexico native discusses her unique insights on today's top news stories. A panel discussion featuring KUNM’s news staff follows Wertheimer’s presentation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Running Water

Third Annual Acequia Celebration and Fun Run

Support a benefit for a small South Valley organization that aims to protect and preserve ways of life and local traditions in our community.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


Influential women share their expertise on various topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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Tomorrow's Events

Celebrate your favorite pet with adoptable dogs and several rescue groups. Participate in the Pittie Parade and canine costume and tricks contests.

98 Apples Children's Resale Event at Christina Kent Early Childhood Center

Naturalist Series: Bats Found Around the World at Bachechi Open Space

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