Alibi V.17 No.49 • Dec 4-10, 2008 
Trucks like these could soon take recyclables to a larger sorting facility. The city’s processing plant is at capacity.

Answer Me This

Who started a petition against Gov. Bill Richardson? What kind of punishment could be abolished in New Mexico? Where, oh where to put an arena in Albuquerque? What's the hot item for thieves this season?

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Trucks like these could soon take recyclables to a larger sorting facility. The city’s processing plant is at capacity.
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Environment

Trash Talk

The city considers three options for expanding Albuquerque’s recycling program

About 5 percent of the trash the city picks up gets recycled.

Mayor Martin Chavez and the City Council would like to see that number go up, but deciding the best way to make that happen is tricky.

Albuquerque doesn't actually recycle anything itself. Instead, recyclable materials left on the curb are sent to the city's processing facility, where items are sorted, crunched into WALL-E-style bails and shipped out of town to recycling plants.

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Vet Tech Teryn Jensen Parker inserts a syringe into Mishka’s leg. Dean Rehnberg, also a technician, holds a bowl as Dr. Carlton Huitt drains the dog’s lungs of fluid. Vet Tech Peggy Carr holds the dog still.
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Worker Files

Emergency Night Vets

From last goodbyes to tail-wagging reunions

Dr. Carlton Huitt tries to move out of the way when the Akita lunges into consciousness. He steps back as one of the dog’s legs makes contact with the bowl full of fluid he just pulled from the dog’s lungs with a large syringe. The container goes airborne, showering the doctor and veterinary technicians as they move quickly to hold the dog in place and keep her from falling off the X-ray stand.

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Thin Line

Sing, Canary, Sing

The Alibi's classified ads have yet again made local TV news—and even msnbc.com. An ad was calling all finks—criminals who need cash enough to rat out other criminals.

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Commentary

Cow Farts, Coal and Combustion Engines

Oh, fair New Mexico! Our glorious skies! Our 70-mile views, our wilderness and our long, lonesome roads!

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Japan—Puzzled zookeepers at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo in Hokkaido have finally figured out why a pair of polar bears intended for breeding have failed to get it on: turns out neither is a lesbian. Since June, Tsuyoshi, a four-year-old “male” polar bear, has been paired with an 11-year-old female partner named Kurumi. Neither showed much romantic interest in the other, leading zookeepers to a belated conclusion. “Observing his behaviors, we got suspicious as to whether or not Tsuyoshi was really a male,” the zoo said in a statement. The zoo put Tsuyoshi under an anesthetic early last month for a gender checkup and determined that he was a she. “I have mixed feelings,” Yoshio Yamaguchi, head of the zoo, told reporters. Tsuyoshi is very popular at the northern Japanese zoological park, and Kyodo News agency reported that zoo officials would not change his name to a female name. Tsuyoshi is a common Japanese name for boys. Experts say when polar bears are young, it is difficult to determine their gender as their long hair covers reproductive organs.

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Letters

[Re: Letters, “The Don on the Art of Nudity,” Nov. 20-26] I am very disappointed that the Alibi continues to print the same demented letters from the Don. There is no doubt he is insane. But, I must ask, why would the Alibi print letters from such a weird source? The only answer I can come up with is the Alibi has such an extremely small readership that they must resort to the absurd. Add to that the shock value and you have a rag magazine that is nothing more than toilet paper for birds and rabbits. I have to say that the Alibi is extremely antagonistic toward normal thinking. Why be normal, you ask? Why be fucking nuts, I ask? Answer this question: I can think of the most absurd ideas that will make most people cringe. Is it really noteworthy? Who gives a shit?

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Silk and Lights and Everything Nice

Dragon Lights Albuquerque

Formerly known as the Chinese Lantern Festival, see the all new larger-than-life, fully-illuminated lanterns, Chinese cultural performances and special handicrafts.
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Hit All the Dusty Trails

Opt Outside

Black Friday gets more and more absurd every year. In fact, for many retailers, the humanity-crushing shopping rush begins on frigging Thanksgiving Day. What a fun, sexy time. Avoid all of that this year with the Opt Outside event as all 34 New Mexico State Parks wave their day-use fees. Which means seeing our beautiful state wilderness is absolutely free. With the support of retailers such as REI, the entirety of Friday, Nov. 23 turns into a day of functional family time or serene solitude as you traverse the trails of what makes New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. Break the brutal sale shopping traditional with a beautiful day in the sunshine.
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My God, It's a River of Lights!

River of Lights

N.M.'s largest all-original holiday light show with over 550 sculptures and millions of twinkling lights.
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Baby, It's Seriously F#@!ing Cold Outside

Winterfest 2018

Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Yeah, neither are we. Fortunately, a little community spirit and fellowship can be infectious. The good ol' city of the 505 is doing their damnedest to provide a little Christmas conversion therapy with this year's Winterfest. Civic Plaza becomes a holly, jolly winter wonderland just two days after Thanksgiving on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 3 to 7pm. Just what makes this so jolly? What the hell could be more merry than the opening of the Holiday Ice Qube Skating Rink with free skating and $3 skate rentals? Local vendors ease the blow with handmade goods and retail therapy. Not to mention, wintery comfort foods, hot cocoa, eggnog and adult libations are abound, thank goddess. The seasonal décor is up and the fat dude in the red suit is there to listen to requests for all the needless crap on your wishlist. This is a free and all-ages event. So put on a coat, skate like a Peanut and get in the damn spirit.
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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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It's Not a Hula

Tahitian Dance Workshop

Don't get it twisted. Tahitian dance is not the hula. Tahitian dance is centered around the hips for storytelling instead of the hands, and it's from … wait for it … Tahiti, not Hawaii. This style, also called 'Ori Tahiti, is a far more aggressive style in most cases, especially from the male dancers. Shock. Kellie Villicano of the Ka Lā Kapu Polynesian Dance School brings this Tahitian Dance Workshop
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