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 V.17 No.48 | November 27 - December 3, 2008 

Answer Me This

Rumor has it the guv will take over which post in Washington? New Mexico may become home to what kind of controversial facility? What are kids getting high on these days? And which New Mexico industry needs help?

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Environment

Change Is in the Air

Do proposed air quality regulations go far enough?

Before a company starts sending pollutants into the air in your neighborhood, you should know about it.

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Walter Jon Williams gets ready to talk to Col. Mike Fincke, commander of the International Space Station.
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News Bite

Spacemen

Local sci-fi novelist chats up a real-life space station commander

Walter Jon Williams found a unusual e-mail in his inbox in August. It was from NASA. Col. Mike Fincke would be lifting off in October, heading to the International Space Station for a four-month stint as its commander. The colonel’s a fan of Williams' work and is reading Implied Spaces—in space.

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Courtesey of Amy Costello

World

Up Close to Suffering

Journalist talks shop about reporting on Africa

For six years, Amy Costello covered conflict zones in Africa, genocide in Darfur, child labor in Ivory Coast, AIDS orphans in South Africa. She worked as a correspondent for the BBC's "The World," Public Radio International and WGBH Boston. Ask Costello for a memory, and the story she tells is a curveball.

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Rex Barron

Council Watch

Middleman in the Recycling Bin

Is the city looking to hire private contractors to handle some of its recycling? Councilor Michael Cadigan wants to know. He started the Monday, Nov. 17 meeting by questioning Chief Operating Officer Ed Adams about the administration's plans. Adams said the city’s sorting facility is at maximum capacity, and the option's on the table. Cadigan said it would be better for the city to make money off recycling without going through a middleman. Farming the work to private companies, said Councilor Rey Garduño, sounds like privatization to him. Cadigan said he hoped the Council would be included in such a decision before the city signed what would have to be a big contract.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Russia—Officials from the Russian Orthodox Church told BBC News that a 200-year-old church was recently stolen. The Church of the Resurrection had stood near the village of Komarovo since 1809. It was still standing in July, but some time in early October, thieves made off with it brick by brick. The disappearance of the historic church was not immediately noticed since it was in an out-of-the-way area and was not being used at the time. Church officials said they had been considering resuming services there. Unfortunately, all that remains now are the foundations and some sections of wall. It is assumed the church was sold off for building materials.

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Letters

[Re: Newscity, “Crossroads for Women,” Nov. 20-26] I was very glad to see Adam Fox's coverage of Crossroads for Women and the recently opened Crossroads Bazaar—great organization and wonderful resale shop! However, I just wanted to set things straight about the nonprofit occupying the little space at 102 Richmond NE just prior. We were Community Clotheshorse, not Community Clothes Stores (easy to see how one could sound like the other when spoken). We had the very specific mission of dressing low-income women who were entering the workforce; none of our clothing stock was for sale. I hope Fox's piece brings the Bazaar lots of shoppers—they've created a great place to shop.

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J. Grisham

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 30)

Probees Anonymous

Roswell UFO Festival

Light parade, 10k, alien costume contest and intergalactic carnival to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Hotline Freedom

Freedom 4th

See the biggest firework show in the state to celebrate the 240th birthday of the USA along with a car show. Nationally known band Lonestar performs.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Steaming Pool of Freedom

4th of July Fireworks Hot Spring Soak

View a fireworks show from the home of the Giggling Springs. Reservations required.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Boom Town

24th Annual 4th of July Celebration

The annual festival for family entertainment, with a lineup of New Mexico’s favorite bands, water slide and jump balloons, BBQ and food for sale and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark.
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Courtesy of Self Serve

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jul 7)

Not your Mama's Show and Tell

Toy Party: A Sex Toy Tour

Self Serve Owner Matie teaches about the world of sex toys, lubricants, sensation play and creative loving. Matie will provide a safe, comfortable space to have intimate questions answered.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 9)

Water Under the Bridge

Centennial Nights: A River Thirsting for Itself

Learn about the history of water, agriculture, environment and politics surrounding the Rio Grande.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Jul 12)

Raise Your Voice

UNM Seal Forum

The first of a series of discussions with the public about the meaning and future of the seal of UNM.
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