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 V.22 No.14 | April 4 - 10, 2013 

Best of Burque 2013

LIFE IN BURQUE

Paseo del Bosque
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Best Bike Trail

Paseo del Bosque

Best City Politician to be Awarded a Medal

Mayor Richard Berry

A lot of us didn’t know what to think about the Republican Richard Berry when he took the 2010 mayoral election. But it looks like the dude has won over a number of our readers with his strategic vision for Albuquerque. His unwillingness to grandstandunlike Marty “Put My Name On Everything” Chavezprobably didn’t hurt either.

2) Martin Heinrich

3) Rey Garduño

Best City Politician to Put in the Stocks

Mayor Richard Berry

Maybe it’s his reluctance to provide leadership on questions like the city’s minimum wage enforcement, or maybe it’s the more aggressive stance he’s taken toward illegal immigration, or, hell, maybe it’s the mustache, but it seems like almost as many of our readers hate the guy as love him.

2) Susana Martinez

3) Ray Schultz

Best Scandal

APD Shootings

It may be no surprise, with an ongoing federal investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department, that the number one scandal in the city are the APD shootings. But, in a metropolis surrounded by the desert, it's kind of expected for some things to go down.

2) Domenici’s love child

3) Savvy tree chopping

Best Use of City Money

Bike Paths

We like our bikes here in Burque-town, but sometimes nearby drivers don’t share the feeling. When some asshole is laying on his horn or insistently crowding you into the nearest acequia, it sure is nice to know that our city is committed to building more bike paths to get you away from those hulking road hogs.

2. Paseo Exchange

3. Education

Octopus Car Wash
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Best “Breaking Bad” Location

Octopus Car Wash

Worst Use of City Money

Unnecessary and Ceaseless Road Repair

A lane closed on Central? No problem, just detour onto Copperexcept the intersection at Carlisle is blocked off. Hmmm, maybe up to Lomas? Oh, they’re working on a water main. Lead or Coal? Forget about it. Sure, road repairs need to be done, but sometimes it’s a wonder we’re able to get anywhere at all.

2. Salaries for politicians

3. City beautification

Best News Anchor We Want to Wear a Cowboy Hat for an Entire Broadcast

Tom Joles

We’re thinking one of those tall-crowned white ones that Tom Mix used to sport while riding the cinematic range. Tom’s wise, even-tempered countenance would lend a certain dignity to it. So ... the ball’s in your court now, Tom.

2) Dick Knipfing

3) Steve Stucker

Best TV Meteorologist Who Also Must Wear a Cowboy Hat

Mark Ronchetti

A cowboy hat in Albuquerque seems suspect, reallythis isn't Tucson, after all, and it's certainly not Dallas. Can't you imagine these cats in a sombrero instead, maybe wrapped in a serape and selling cheap Chinese made trinkets in the shade somewhere, taking nips off a tequila bottle, while at the same time talking about the weather? And who really cares about the weather here anyway"today it's sunny and hot, today it's sunny and cold"these are the choices we have and really anyone with a teleprompter and good dictation could pull it off. Nevertheless, we have our favorite weather folksand we’d like them all to wear cowboy hats.

2) Steve Stucker

3) Joe Diaz

Best Radio Station

KUNM

The Burque music scene permeates the region with its charisma, its vibrancy, its faithful attitude for what makes good music a necessity. KUNM, voted best radio station, spins its progressive and news-worthy annotations for the Duke city.

2) The Edge

3) The Peak

Best Radio DJ To Pick the Alibi Theme Song

Donnie Chase

Well, I've got sour grapes on this one because they didn't pick my winnerthe cats who run Music to Soothe the Savage Beast on KUNMbut there are five of them, after all, and one of them writes for us, so go figure. I still think "The Death March" by Diamanda Galás should be our theme song, but I suspect our actual winner will have other ideas. Should we call and ask?

2) Buck and/or Dex

2) Tie: Swami King and Erica Viking

Best Dog Park

Los Altos

Burqueños y Burqueñas are devoted to their canine BFFs. For socialization and exercise, Los Altos is this year's Duke City dog park of choice for savvy pet owners and their dander-shedding, oxytocin-inducing brethren.

2) North Domingo Baca

3) Santa Fe Village

Best Golf Course

Arroyo del Oso

“Nestled in Bear Canyon Arroyo, this 27-hole Northeast Albuquerque course is noted for its interesting topography.” That description comes from the City of Albuquerque website, and it makes the 1965-built public course seem like a mighty charming place to knock your balls into some cactus. In 1981, Golf Digest Magazine named Arroyo del Oso one of the Top 50 Municipal Golf Courses in the nation. Who are we to argue?

2) Sandia

3) UNM Championship

Best Public Restroom Graffiti

Tractor Brewing Company

You call it art. You call it a documentation. The age-old cave-wall canvas manifesto splattered, smeared, or scrawled on a place that catches the eyes of many. That good ole public restroom. Tractor Brewing Company seems to be the biggest on-hand exhibition where people can drop bombs and bomb at the same time.

2) Burt’s Tiki Lounge

3) Frontier Restaurant

Best Place to People-Watch

Nob Hill

Now that you know where to watch the people, all you have to do is cut a couple of eye-holes in your Weekly Alibi and nobody will be able to tell you’re watching. Stop looking at me!

2) UNM

3) Frontier Restaurant

Best Bike Trail

Paseo del Bosque

Albuquerque’s premiere multi-use trail stretches from the north edge of town to the far South Valley, meandering through the Rio Grande’s cottonwood bosque. This 16-mile paved trail passes the Rio Grande Nature Center, the Albuquerque Biological Park and the Rio Grande State Park. That provides riders with plenty of opportunities to spot public art, wild animals and homeless people camping along the river.

2) Tramway

3) Elena Gallegos

Best Place to Catch Tadpoles

Tingley Beach

We all know the best place to catch tadpoles. In the water, right? Somehow Alibi readers were inclined to get more specific about things.

2) Rio Grande/Bosque

3) UNM Duck Pond

Best Place to See Bats

Isotopes Stadium

Oh, you charming, pun-loving wags. We meant the biological kind, but you gave us the sporting kind. Never mind. You are correct. Isotopes Stadium is a fine place to spot bats. (Sometimes, during select night games, you might even catch a few of the animal kind patrolling the stadium lights for tasty bugs.)

2) Downtown

3) Foothills

Best Place to See a Ghost

Old Town

If y’all are feeling hauntological, visit Old Town. Get schooled on the spectral with a walking tour or do your own research and get your DIY spook-trek on.

2) KiMo Theatre

3) Albuquerque Press Club

Best "Breaking Bad" Location

Octopus Car Wash

“Breaking Bad” brought an iconic yet grimy status to our humble burg. It’s no wonder that our citizens prefer Octopus when trying to wash off the memetic aftertaste of the now-legendary TV series.

2) Dog House Drive In

3) Java Joe’s

Best Place to Have Your Ashes Scattered

Sandia Mountains

In death as in life, Burque denizens prefer the mountains to the mesas, the peaks to the plateaus. So it’s probably better to spend eternity among the timbers as opposed to the tumbleweeds. But the river's nice, too, and, according to Billy Joel, we all end up there anyway.

2) Rio Grande River

3) Jemez Mountains

Best Reason to Stay in Albuquerque

The Weather

Weather can make or break your love of a city. Too cold? You're asking for a snow scraper and calloused hands. Too hot? Hydration becomes too much of a chore. But here in Burque, the weather is phenomenal: beautiful sun-filled days and cool, clear nights. That's a reason to stay.

2) Chile

3) The diversity of the population

Best Reason to Leave Albuquerque

Crime

Hey, violent crime and property crime are on the decrease. But we get your point. In 2010, Albuquerque was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 94.92 percent. Sperling’s Best Places has rated us an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 for violent crime (10 being the bad end of the scale). Still we’re way down from 2009, which saw 56 murders. In 2013 we’re only projected to have 47 murders, 386 forceable rapes and 992 robberies (according to CityRating.com).

2) The People

3) The Weather

 
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