Alibi V.15 No.10 • March 9-15, 2006 
Erica Jett

Newscity

Rebuilding Sawmill

A new affordable housing project in Albuquerque aims at retaining local artists

The land is ripe for movement. And, if all goes according to the Sawmill Community Land Trust's (SCLT) plans, before long it will be bustling. With a combined 200 units of affordable housing, both to rent and own, offices, a child care center, a plaza, a community garden, a dog park, a playground, a market, a pub and retail spaces coming in over the next few years, all on the same 34 acres, there's sure to be some vibrant commotion moving into the neighborhood.

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]

Ortiz y Pino

A Bad Case of Sensationalism

A recent Channel 13 “investigative” report circulates faulty information

I missed KRQE Channel 13's recent “investigative” report on so-called unqualified persons being hired to state jobs by Gov. Bill Richardson, but around the office water cooler it was a hot topic. I gather its thesis was that our governor has been found to have (who would have imagined it!) hired persons into state jobs primarily for their loyalty rather than their skills.

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]

Punch Line

Show Me Your Papers

This country was built on the backs of immigrants—most of whom would have been considered illegal by today's standards

In times of growing mainstream xenophobic, anti-immigrant hyperbole, it takes leaders of courage to stand up for the American dream. Sadly, in our community and our country, they are as hard to find as American citizens willing to pick tomatoes.

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]

Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Romania—A Romanian soccer team is demanding a refund after the player it traded for 35 pounds worth of pork sausages quit. Defender Marius Cioara retired a day after the second division team UT Arad sold him to fourth division Regal Hornia for a pile of meat. After the deal was confirmed, a spokesperson for Regal Hornia told reporters, “We gave up the team's sausage allowance for a week to secure him, but we are confident it will be worth it.” But, a day after the deal was leaked to the national media, Cioara announced he was giving up soccer and leaving the country. “The sausage taunts all got too much,” he said. “They were joking I would have got more from the Germans and making sausage jokes. It was a huge insult. I have decided to go to Spain where I have got a job on a farm.”

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]

Letters

[Re: Feature, “Charting a New Course,” Feb. 23-March 1]

Thank you for the article on charter schools. Charter schools are a wonderful movement, especially for the state of New Mexico, and are often misunderstood by the pubic. As a charter school teacher, I feel you explained charter schools very well. I had only one concern, you forgot to mention my school, East Mountain High School, in your article. I am sure this was an oversight on your part because EMHS has been a model charter school since opening in 1999. EMHS consistently has high test scores with the majority of our 330 students scoring at or above proficiency. As an APS charter, EMHS is grounded in the philosophies of a liberal arts curriculum based on inquiry and discovery learning. Students of EMHS enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one attention by their teachers.

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]

Image via Pixabay

EVENT HORIZON ()

Folk Yeah!

4th Annual South American Folk Fair

A wonderful day that mixes traditional food, folkloric dances, arts and crafts and finishes with a Salsa music concert and dance.
calendar
Courtesy of Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival

EVENT HORIZON ()

We Like Highland Games

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival

Goes without saying. Anywho, the biggest, baddest and most eloquently mountainous of countries within that sceptered isle known collectively as the United Kingdom has a festival here in Burque. It is so much fun: people put on kilts, listen to bagpipes, eat haggis, dance jigs and all that Scotch stuff. The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival happens yearly…
calendar
Courtesy of Watermelon Ranch

EVENT HORIZON ()

How Much is That Pupper in the Window?

National Adoption Weekend

Everyone knows by now that the best way to get a new furry best friend is to adopt one from a local shelter or rescue. If you've been waiting for the perfect moment to adopt, this weekend is National Adoption Weekend. Four times a year, PetSmart Charities hosts these adoption events. Almost 30,000 pets nationally found forever homes during the past event in February. Your friendly neighborhood rescue Watermelon Mountain Ranch has many pets available for adoption…
calendar

EVENT HORIZON ()

Albuquerque Wine Festival

Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
calendar

EVENT HORIZON ()

Sex Ed Game Show and Carnival

A game show with consented audience participation on everyone's favorite subject as well as prizes, a spanking booth, and more.
calendar

EVENT HORIZON ()

Vermicomposting: Worm Farms for Fun and Profit

Jeremy Bridge addresses everything needed to know about compost worms, from how to select and establish a bin, to harvesting compost and troubleshooting common problems.
calendar

EVENT HORIZON ()

8th Annual ABQ Blues and Brews

The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week boasts over 80 breweries, unlimited sampling and five fantastic blues bands.
calendar