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 V.14 No.34 | August 25 - 31, 2005 
City Council candidate Ken Sanchez poses for a photo at his old office, where he is currently living to qualify for the District 1 race.
Christie Chisholm


District 1 City Council Race Heats Up

Gómez and Sanchez spar over residence issue

Politics can get nasty. But when two elected officials nearly come to blows in a middle school parking lot, you know something's amiss. That was the case nearly two years ago, when City Councilor Miguel Gómez and former two-time County Commissioner Ken Sanchez came inches away from a brawl following a Westside neighborhood coalition meeting nearly two years ago. It took a burly city employee, James Lewis, the mayor's chief administrative officer, to break up the ruckus. The argument stemmed from a dispute over the 2003 city road bond, which failed to pass due to the controversial extension of Paseo del Norte through the Petroglyph National Monument.

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Pictured left to right, City Councilors Michael Cadigan, Eric Griego and Brad Winter are all seeking elected office on Oct. 4. Cadigan is seeking re-election; Griego and Winter are running for mayor.

Council Watch

Kill Bills

At the Aug. 15 meeting, Councilor Craig Loy's bill banning cruising Downtown and Councilor Sally Mayer's massive revision of the city's animal ordinance were postponed. Another Mayer bill that added foxtails to the list of banned weeds passed.

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Ortiz y Pino

Council Races Offer Tantalizing Prospects

In some ways the Alibi food editor probably ought to be the one writing about this year's City Council races because there are enough tasty prospects involved in them to tempt even jaded political palates. There are some recipes for disaster mixed in, as well.

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State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia
Wes Naman

News Interview

Closing the Achievement Gap

An interview with State Education Secretary Veronica Garcia

When New Mexico voters created a state secretary of education back in Sept. 2003, Gov. Bill Richardson promised that the new position would be an integral part of his administration's education reform initiative. Richardson pledged that a cabinet-level secretary would hold public schools accountable for how state funds were spent, ensuring that the lion's share went into the classroom and not administrators' pockets.

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The Real Side

Candles in the Night

Mothers Challenge Bush's War

Dixie Prowell had never done anything like it before. Prowell, 58, an Albuquerque CPA, was moved by Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside President Bush's hobby ranch. Sheehan wants Bush to explain exactly what her son died for in Iraq. While Prowell doesn't agree with all Sheehan says, "I agree with her quest for the truth. She has been able to say he lied in such a poignant way. Her ’emperor has no clothes' story really appeals to me."

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Sweden—Bored with books? Last weekend, the Malmoe Library in southern Sweden initiated the Living Library project. The project enables people to “check out” a real live human being and is designed so that people can confront their prejudices. Nine people, including a homosexual, an imam, a journalist, a Muslim woman and a gypsy were all available for members of the public to “borrow” for a 45-minute conversation in the library's outdoor café. “Maybe not all journalists are know-it-all and sensationalist, just unafraid and curious. Maybe not all animal rights activists are angry and intolerant, but intelligent and committed,” librarian Ulla Brohed told the AFP news organization. The Living Library project only lasted through the weekend, but officials are considering running it again later this year.

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This is to offer my heartfelt sympathies to anyone who missed this year's National Poetry Slam. Congratulations to Team Albuquerque who won the team category competition. Being present for this year's National Slam was like going back in time and attending the best rock concert I can remember. Performances were sophisticated, witty, beautiful, humorous, clever, amusing, thought provoking, imaginative and dramatic. Yet, they were delivered in today's language and they were about today's topics--the way rock was then. These events made me feel young again and hopeful.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Get on the Canna-bus

Duke City Medical Cannabis Convention

This event will have educational seminars covering a variety of subjects on cannabis. The seminars will be hosted by experts in their line of knowledge.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

The Truth is Out There ... in Rio Rancho

2015 New Mexico UFO Conference

What does the government really know? Featuring three top speakers, Col. John Alexander, Nick Pope and Nick Redfern.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Blow the Kids' Minds

Playground Build Day

Lend a hand to build a playground in just one day with local non-profit NewLife Homes. Food, drinks and music will be provided for registered participants.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 17)

Ready. Aim. Fire! Squash?

20th Annual Punkin' Chunkin'

Punkin' Chunkin' is the sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance and accuracy. See large and small pneumatic air cannons, catapults, trebuchets and more.
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