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 V.15 No.11 | March 16 - 22, 2006 


Reaching Water

A new Sandia study shows that a contaminant from the Mixed Waste Landfill could reach the Albuquerque aquifer as early as 2010

War is known for its potential to breed damage. Sometimes that damage is emotional, psychological, physical or political. Other times, it takes the form of pollution. The Cold War left behind a long trail of abandoned bombshells, nuclear reactors and fission products, and a fair amount of them ended up in our backyard.

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Council Watch

The Opposite of New Orleans?

At the March 6 City Council meeting, Councilor Ken Sanchez moved a bill setting the Council's one-year budget priorities. Councilor Isaac Benton amended the bill to add pedestrian-friendly language. Councilor Michael Cadigan amended it to encourage walkways over the now four-lane, high-speed Montaño. Councilor Debbie O'Malley's bill requiring a stoplight at the intersection of Griegos and San Isidro passed 8-1, Sanchez opposed, despite the objection of the administration that traffic volume did not warrant a signal. But after a flurry of deferrals, most bills dealt with who gets to build what where.

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Ortiz y Pino

Looking to the Left

A new book offers a fresh political perspective

I just read Rabbi Michael Lerner's book, The Left Hand of God, and it has me very excited about his upcoming appearance in Albuquerque at the UNM Continuing Education Center. Anyone interested in seeing American politics transformed from its current malaise should read the book—or at least come out to hear Lerner speak.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: South Carolina—Mere weeks after a Florida man beat his roommate to death with a sledgehammer over an argument about toilet paper comes word that two motel maids in South Carolina got into an armed duel with a plunger and a mop over the selfsame substance. The women accused one another of taking toilet rolls from each other's cleaning carts at a motel in Charleston. Police were called after the fight left one of the women, 52, with a welt requiring hospital treatment, reports the Post and Courier. The other maid, 47-year-old mop-slinger Deloris Smith, told police she was only defending herself from her plunger-wielding opponent. She was charged with assault and taken to jail.

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[Re: Feature, “Speaking Truth to Power,” March 9-15]

Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me that Laura Berg got the unwanted attention she received from the Bush administration and the FBI. They are as paranoid as you can get and harken back to the good old days of McCarthyism.

When last I looked, this was America and one of the hallmarks of our freedoms is the ability to voice your own opinion without fear of retribution. Look at the reaction of just one letter, just one woman's opinion. They confiscated her computer and put her through all manner of indignities. They didn't have any reason to do what they did, so they manufactured one: sedition. Even that is a stretch but consider the source. We need more courageous women like Laura Berg. That is her God-given right as an American to speak out against the injustices she saw on a daily basis.

There is no sedition here, dare I speak the "S" word. The only sedition I see here is on the part of the Bush administration and the FBI against one of their own citizens.

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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)

Mars in a Handbasket

Generation Beyond: Mars Experience Bus

Kids experience travelling to Mars in a virtual reality bus, taking a tour along the surface of the Red Planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

Trick or Treat for the World

UNICEF Costume Party and Fundraiser

Trick-or-treat in costume, enjoy snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun all while raising money for refugee children across the world.
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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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Today's Events

Third Annual Acequia Celebration and Fun Run at La Plazita @ Sanchez Farms

Support a benefit for a small South Valley organization that aims to protect and preserve ways of life and local traditions in our community.

Meditation for Kids at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico

World Peace Meditation at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico

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