Alibi V.16 No.9 • March 1-7, 2007 
Betina McCracken (left) and Katie Falls

Talking Points

System Overload

So what does it take to get child support in this state?

Earlier this month, the Alibi ran an article that focused on a single child support case in New Mexico, the case of Jessica Sanchez and her two children [News Feature, “Show Mom the Money,” Feb. 8-14]. The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) did not respond to calls before the article went to print, but later contacted the Alibi with their comments. Katie Falls, deputy secretary of the HSD, and Betina Gonzales McCracken, HSD communications director, spoke with us about the article and child support in New Mexico.

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News Bite

About Schmidly

UNM's new president has a long way to go to solve the university's diversity problems

Before David Schmidly looms a large and daunting goal: solving UNM’s “diversity problems.”

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The Real Side

Hold the Hillary

Dems à la mode

I’m writing this at the Flying Star in Downtown Albuquerque. I came to get a slab of their awesome strawberry rhubarb pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I ended up with a headache instead.

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Councilors Don Harris and Martin Heinrich sponsored a bill authorizing $8.9 million in industrial revenue bonds for Historic Hotels LLC to purchase and renovate La Posada. The bill passed unanimously.
Amanda Hügenkiss

Council Watch

Here Comes the Dessert Cart

At the Feb. 21 meeting, Councilor Don Harris sponsored an extended moratorium on construction in Tijeras Arroyo and a bill authorizing a study of whether the speed humps in his district actually work. Both bills passed unanimously.

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Ortiz y Pino

The Firing of Ritchie McKay

A loss for the Lobos

I knew Ritchie McKay’s father, Joe, when I was a UNM undergrad living in the Mesa Vista dormitory back in the early ’60s. I and all of our fellow residents liked Joey.

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Ed Mazria has been an advocate for sustainable architecture for more than 30 years.
Courtesy of Mazria Inc.

News Profile

In the Year 2030

Ed Mazria leads a new generation of architecture

Ed Mazria takes global warming seriously. The Santa Fe architect is taking carbon emissions so seriously he’s brought his fight to reduce carbon emissions to the rest of the planet.

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Thin Line

John Bear Loses His Head--So I'm mad at the televison news again.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Serbia--A routine appendix operation in the Serbian capital of Belgrade turned into a knockdown, drag-out brawl after two surgeons abandoned a patient on the operating table to settle their dispute outside. Surgeon Spasoje Radulovic was operating when his colleague Dragan Vukanic entered and made a remark that started a quarrel, said the anesthesiologist on duty. “At one moment, Vukanic pulled the ear of the operating doctor, slapped him in the face and walked out,” she told the daily Politika. Radulovic followed Vukanic and an all-out fight ensued, resulting in bruises, a split lip, loose teeth and a fractured finger. The routine appendix operation was eventually completed by the attending assistant doctor.

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Letters

Your new column "Some Frequently Asked Questions" [“On Sea Lions, Space Elevators, Swanson, Lorenzo Lamas and More!” Feb. 22-28] is a transparent imitation of “The Areas of My Expertise,” and it embarrasses me to think that there are people living in this city who actually find this forced randomness funny. This writing style is tired, irritating, and it shows an incredible lack of creativity.

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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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