Animal rights organizations say a Rio Rancho pet store sells dogs from puppy mills, and the store responds
Susan Kern urges me to take a good look at the puppies in her store. “I want you to see that they’re happy and that they’re perfectly healthy,” she says.
Answer Me This
How did a sick teenager spend his prom night? Bad news for smokers. What are mobile home owners demanding? Which TV show will begin shooting in New Mexico?
What legislation was turned into links, and what was left as greasy globs of guts? The session’s over, but Gov. Bill Richardson hasn’t taken action on everything that made it to his desk. We'll keep you in the loop as things progress by adding updates here.
The Radford Files
Descansos: A Closer Look at Roadside Memorials
Descansos are the roadside memorials that pepper our state. The word “descanso” comes from the Spanish word meaning “to rest” (as in a resting place, either a final one for a body or a temporary one for pallbearers making their way to a grave). Roadside memorials are both traditional and popular in the Southwest. Albuquerque Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum noted Dec. 21, 2008, that “the decorated crosses that dot our highways, marking the place where a soul left this earth in a car crash, are high on my list of what makes New Mexico the best place to live.”
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Australia—An Australian state minister has lodged a complaint after a city councilor put forward a motion to buy her a sex toy. Sydney Councilor Danny Lim lodged the motion to buy a "vibrator" for New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge. He wanted to encourage her to "stop screwing with the people of Strathfield and screw herself instead," reported the Australian Daily Telegraph. The Council refused to table the motion, but Ms. Judge has lodged a complaint calling for action against Mr. Lim. Lim admitted to the incident and said he had been behind a series of corruption allegations against Ms. Judge—claims that have been rejected. "The pattern of harassment and verbal abuse is intimidating and upsetting to me and my family," Ms. Judge said.
I read in the Journal that ASUNM and GPSA Presidents Ashley Fate and Christopher Ramirez are requesting a truce between the UNM administration and the UNM faculty. As a UNM student, I’m appalled that these two are supposed to be representing us.
Gathering of Nations
Albuquerque is the proud home to the biggest indigenous powwow in North America and in case you live under a rock, it's the Gathering of Nations at Tingley Coliseum in Expo New Mexico. With 2019 title sponsors Ultra Health, this celebration of culture and community is set to have its most extraordinary year yet. The festivities begin on Thursday, April 25, with registration for most events as well as The Miss Indian World Pageant talent presentation in the evening. Tickets for this event are $15. On Friday, April 26, the fun continues with a huge day of events including the grand entry. Saturday, April 27 concludes the powwow for another year with A Tribe Called Red and other incredible indigenous artists on Stage 49 and the crowning of Miss Indian World 2019. The all-ages gathering has events running from 9am to midnight daily with a ticket cost of $19 per day or a wristband for $42. VIP tickets are already sold out.