Alibi V.15 No.20 • May 18-24, 2006 
James Aranda (left) stands at the front of a protest outside Westland offices last December.

Newscity

Summer Rules

Police on Segways, prisoner transport and curbing intoxication

It’s not a crackdown, says Sgt. Juan Griego of the state’s Special Investigation Division. But at a meeting held last Tuesday, May 9, by the Downtown Action Team, the topic of choice was public safety. At the event, the city rolled out its plans for Downtown enforcement this summer. And it goes a little something like this:

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Newscity

Our New System

Paper ballots are the wave of the future in New Mexico

During the 30-day State Legislative session earlier this year, a bill requiring all precincts in the state to use paper ballot voting systems (SB 295/HB 430) passed in the Senate and House. The legislation was later signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson. Now state officials are in the midst of trying to meet the new requirements (uniform paper ballot voting systems across the state and an adequate number of voting machines) before this fall’s midterm election.

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Newscity

Dollars and Cents

No yellow-brick road here--it's strictly numbers and dollar signs. The primary election is just around the corner and candidates have filed campaign reports with Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. The reports make all the gritty details of financing an election accessible to the public, including total contributions, names of contributors, loan amounts and where all the money is going. This table includes the big numbers--how much money each primary candidate has received for the 2006 election up until the file date of May 8 in the form of monetary donations and goods, plus the gubernatorial candidates running in the general election in November. For complete details, visit the Secretary of State's website: www.sos.state.nm.us.

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Thin Line

Hey, This Isn't "My"Space—Raise your hand if you read the Terms of Agreement before signing up for stuff online.

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James Aranda (left) stands at the front of a protest outside Westland offices last December.
Christie Chisholm

News Feature

A Potential

The vote on the fate of Westland Development draws near

To say that Westland Development is a piece of land is to say the United States is nothing more than divided earth. To say that the fate of Westland will help sculpt the future of Albuquerque also does not give it justice. To say the company’s proposition is historic, monumental, a deal that could not only permanently affect the region but also the lives of thousands and generations to come edges closer to the truth. To say that Westland Development is a living piece of heritage whose destiny is teetering precipitously on the outcome of a few thousand votes is to call it what it is: a past, a present and a potential.

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Ortiz y Pino

License to Kill

America’s assassin training program

Since only 16 percent of Americans have a passport, what most of us know about how the rest of the world sees us is indirect: filtered information derived second- or third-hand from print media or television.

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Punch Line

A Sense of Center

Will Albuquerque and the rest of New Mexico’s towns find their heart?

Wanna have some fun with the locals? Pretend you're a tourist and start asking people where the center of town is. Most people in Albuquerque will respond, “You mean Downtown?” Then you should say, “Well, the place where people interact, the place that sort of sums up the town.”

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England--A pet fish has been blamed for burning down a family home in Poole, Dorset. Kipper, an 8-inch catfish, is thought to have triggered the freak accident when it fought with a rival in its tank. According to an article in England’s The Sun, fire investigators believe that water splashed out of the aquarium and landed on an electric plug below. That sent a power surge up the tank’s light cable, causing the plastic lid to burn, which melted and dripped onto a leather sofa, which finally burst into flames. The flames soon engulfed the family’s living room. Luckily, a smoke alarm woke the building’s landlord, who rushed 25-year-old Sharron Killahena and her two children out of their upstairs bedrooms. The home was destroyed and all six fish in the tank died, but, “at least we are here to tell the tale,” said Killahena.

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Letters

I take strong exception to Paul J. Gessing's letter last week [“Let Them Pay,” May 11-17] and his assertion that state government spending on the New Mexico Rail Runner, the film industry and the spaceport are “undeniably for the benefit of the wealthy.”

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Seas the Day

Pirate Adventure Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Corrales

Enjoy 2.6 miles of trail through a corn maze, pumpkin patch picking, petting zoo, picnic area and barrel train rides. Keep a look out for the pirates.
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Have You Met Ted?

TEDxABQ Two-Day Event

An exploration of emerging ideas from New Mexicans focused on the community.
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Gimme Shelter

Build Your Refuge Day

Help build the first trail on the refuge, voice ideas for education and interpretation programs and help the design of the visitor center. Also enjoy kids' activities, tours, food trucks, music and augas frescas.
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Reefer in Reality

The Medicine in Marijuana Film Screening

The biggest thorns in the paw of medical cannabis are the lack of research available on the subject and the vast amount of misinformation bandied about by both its friends and foes. Using a National Academy of Sciences report as a starting point, Ben Daitz and Ned Judge present The Medicine in Marijuana, a documentary that tells the stories of cannabis patients and practitioners. For one time only, meet the cast and crew in person at the Guild Cinema, this Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1pm for a showing of the film and Q&A. Tickets are $7 at the door.
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

This is a completely platonic experience for adults only. Please arrive on time. Use a series of exercises to practice consensual and safe touch, as well as authentic connection.
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Ragin' Like the Pagans

Pagan Pride Festival

It's fall again and time for the 18th Annual Pagan Pride Day Festival. Through education, activism, charity and community a better understanding of Paganism can be part of the higher consciousness. For the price of a canned food item, bag of rice or sack of beans you can enjoy a day filled with activities and entertainment at beautiful Bataan Park at Lomas and Carlisle. The food donations given help to feed families across Albuquerque. All food collected is donated to the First Unitarian Church food pantry. The day's activities include vendors, kids' corner, artisan gallery, workshops, live entertainment and more. Come out to see special musical guest star, Wendy Rule. Pagan Pride day takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9am to 5pm. This is an all-day event so bring a picnic basket, but if that isn't enough to satiate the hunger, check out local food trucks, with vegan and vegetarian options provided by Street Food Institute.
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