Alibi V.15 No.25 • June 22-28, 2006 
Courtsey of League of Conservation Voters

Newscity

La Docena Sucia

Heather Wilson makes the Dirty Dozen list ... again

Eat your heart out, Eminem. Get out of the way, Lee Marvin. There’s another “Dirty Dozen” in town, and Congresswoman Heather Wilson is among its ranks. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) named Wilson to its “Dirty Dozen” list, a report put out by the organization every federal election cycle that pinpoints the 12 federal-level politicians who shun the environment and are the most in favor of deregulating big industry. The LCV began publishing its “Dirty Dozen” list more than three decades ago.

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Scott Rickson

Newscity

Half Life

A local group claims our groundwater is at risk for radioactive contamination

A touchy subject remains touchy as plans are made to deal with a local radioactive waste site.

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Thin Line

Oops, They Did It Again—A good friend of mine reminded me on a recent Sunday morning that all newspapers are biased. She said this in response to some snarky comment I made about how incredibly biased the Albuquerque Journal is while thumbing through said daily. I paused. I took a little offense (not I, said the ego-ridden news editor). And then I realized she was right. All newspapers, no matter how much we try, are always at least a little biased. We're human, not news-writing cyborgs.

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Council Bite

Barely Living

Councilors work to improve and expand affordable housing in Albuquerque

If you've looked for a place to live lately, you've probably noticed that housing costs in Albuquerque have skyrocketed. Even worse, condemnations and demolitions are eating away at the least expensive tier of our housing stock.

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When the arroyo was filled to make room for the hospital parking lot, an 18-inch drainage pipe was left in its place.
Wes Naman

News Feature

Through the Cracks

Damage to Westside residents' homes sparks a dispute with a hospital

Robyn Mintz came home from work to an alarming sight: a 2-inch high ridge along the length of her kitchen tile, like a small-scale seismological event. It looked as though the foundation had shifted, buckling the floor along a retaining wall. Now, after Mintz and her fiancé, John Short, have spent a few months walking on the floor, it's started to shatter.

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Ortiz y Pino

Saving 66

How do we preserve our history while redeveloping our rundown present?

The problem with hidden gems is that they are hidden. Sometimes buried; sometimes unnoticed yet in plain sight.

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The Real Side

Patsy’s Patsies

Our attorney general discovers public corruption is a problem in New Mexico

Is Attorney General Patricia Madrid risking interference in the prosecution of former State Treasurer Robert Vigil just so she can look tough on public corruption in time for the Congressional election?

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: New Jersey—A terrified black bear who wandered into a West Milford neighborhood found himself stuck up a tree after he was chased by an angry neighborhood cat. The bear was first spotted in the tree by neighbors who thought the 15-pound cat was just looking up at it. Then they realized the bear was afraid of the orange tabby named Jack. After some 15 minutes, the bear descended, only to be chased up another tree by the ferocious feline. Eventually, Jack’s owner, Donna Dickey, called the hissing cat back into her house. It was then that the bear was finally able to make its escape. Ms. Dickey said Jack has often chased off small animals. “He doesn’t like anybody in his yard,” Dickey told reporters.

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Letters

A few weeks ago Jerry Ortiz y Pino correctly wrote that Albuquerque police officers are "getting more out of control ... with impunity." [Ortiz y Pino, “Law and Order: Patriots, Big Brother and APD,” June 1-7] He followed that up with the observation that when an officer is accused of misbehavior the "system will form tightly around the accused policeman to protect him from anything resembling objective public scrutiny."

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EVENT HORIZON ()

Press On

Printing Press Demonstration

Special guest Bill Farmer gives a tour of the library’s press room. Try your hand at setting type and participate in a demonstration of one of the replica and antique printing presses.
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A Pretty Fowl Day

Bird of the Bosque del Apache: Field Trip

A journey to see thousands of birds at N.M.’s world-famous refuge south of Socorro. Drive there or ride in the museum van. Registration required.
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Dide, There's Free Shit at Maple Street

Community Clothing Swap

Ever been to a clothing swap? It's a helluva good time. People just bring in sacks and bins of old clothing and everyone exchanges to their heart's content. Things we've heard of people scoring from clothing swaps: Jimmy Choo heels, Valentino bags, nice leather gear, brand new makeup, vintage costumes, brand new clothes and so many more unexpected treasures. While this Community Clothing Swap doesn't guarantee high-end apparel for the taking, there is a great variety to sort through. Maple Street Dance Space hosts the swap on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 5:15 to 7:15pm and accepts donations throughout the evening. All ages are welcome to bring their clean women's, men's and kids' clothing and accessories as well as snacks or beverages to share. Not only do you get to bring a home a bag or two of newfound accouterments, but everything left over doesn't go to waste. The leftover garments go to Vision Zero Albuquerque and Thrift-A-Lot, in support of Transgender Resource Center. 
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