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Gary Johnson makes his pitch to hundreds in downtown Albuquerque.
Sam Kerwin

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Gary Johnson's ABQ Rally

Low Riders and High Hopes

By Sam Kerwin [ Fri Aug 26 2016 9:32 PM ]

On Saturday August 20, Low Riders lined the walkway up to the convention center. The most popular third party candidate, Gary Johnson at 11% according to a recent four way poll by NBC News, riled up his supporters inside.

Loosely spaced in one of the convention center’s smaller rooms, over 600 people attended the rally. The turnout was a far cry from the thousands who attended Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump's rallies earlier this summer in Albuquerque. But those who did show up eagerly cheered Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, his vice presidential running mate, as they outlined their vision for a new America.

Weld took the stage and laid out the path to winning the presidency, which includes: advertising themselves and their platform over the next month to begin polling consistently over 15 percent which would qualify them to be part of the televised presidential debates. Then use the debates as a platform to reach a national audience and pitch their ideas and unique policy positions even further. Weld noted that the media will have a field day with a third party insurgency in the midst of this year’s already crazy presidential election, thus focusing the national dialogue back onto where they stand on the issues. Which will result in convincing over 50 percent of eligible voters to vote for them and winning the election.

High hopes for a third party, yet nonetheless Gary Johnson followed by summarizing what he would do differently on a range of issues as President of the United States in a refreshingly concise 25 minute speech.

“Let’s stop the military interventions that have resulted in a less safe, not more safe world.” Johnson began, “If we’re attacked we are going to attack back. But how about judicial use of our military? Let’s stop being the world’s policemen. The minute we inject ourselves into regime change there is always unintended consequences: Iraq, Syria, Libya.” Johnson’s anti-interventionist stance is in stark contrast to Clinton’s history of hawkishness and Trump’s bewildering statements saying that he may even nuke european nations in certain circumstances.

Pivoting from foreign policy, Johnson turned to the economy, stressing entrepreneurship and minimal regulation to spur job growth, “Create your own job, create jobs for others,” Johnson said, “You know, I think the model for the future is Airbnb; it’s the sharing economy...Uber everything: Uber doctor, Uber lawyer, Uber accountant, Uber electrician, Eliminating the middleman, allowing you the entrepreneur to directly provide your goods and services.” Johnson also said that he is the only candidate that supports free trade and the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

In addition, Johnson promised that he will submit a balanced budget to congress in the first 100 days of his presidency. Juxtaposed to the increased spending Clinton and Trump have planned, Johnson stressed fiscal responsibility by the government. As Weld had put it, “There is no such thing as government money, there is only tax payers money,”

Johnson enthusiastically embraced open immigration. Disagreeing with Trump, Johnson said, “We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this county and work to get a work visa.” Johnson lamented the inherent inefficiencies of immigration quotas, saying that a surplus of jobs and a demand for them is the driving cause of immigration and no quota will be able to stop the flow of migrants.

“I guess the Olympic pole vault finals are today, and Donald Trump is watching those very closely, determining how high the Mexican pole vaulters can go.” Johnson quipped, “Look building a fence across the border is crazy. That is not the country that we are.”

“I’m planning on voting for Johnson,” Jennifer Montano said as the crowd of supporters dispersed and the low riders vanished, “Everyone has chance.”

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Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department to conduct DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols this weekend

NM DOT announces two major weekend construction closures around the Big I

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 26 2016 7:31 PM ]

This weekend will see the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the county, with deputies on the lookout for aggressive driving, seatbelt use, proper child safety restraints, valid insurance and registration and driving under the influence.

These patrols and checkpoints begin today and will continue through Saturday, August 27th. The BCSO asks local media to make the public aware of their presence in the hopes of deterring these preventable driving practices.

Beginning at 9pm this evening, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the I-25 Northbound exit ramp at Lomas will be closed, as will the I-25 Northbound flyover ramp to Eastbound I-40. Detours will be posted near these work zones.

As always, avoiding a DWI is in motorists' hands.

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Green Cab: 505-235-5140

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UBER? use your app.

Lyft has regained permission to operate in New Mexico as well.

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The Daily Word in a horrific child murder, Phillippino assassins and KFC's top secret recipe

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 26 2016 11:54 AM ]
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A 10 year old girl was abused and murdered in a bizarre crime that resulted in the arrest of the girls mother and two other people.

Owners of the bankrupt Flying Star chain are not happy with a proposal that includes selling their restaurants.

From the Philippines comes this story about independent, government sanctioned assassins who kill drug dealers.

The FDA is recommending that blood banks screen donations for the Zika virus.

Donald Trump's The Apprentice required contestants to agree to an unusual and invasive set of contract demands.

Riders on New York City's D-Train spent thirty minutes atop a bridge in a stopped subway car without air conditioning, full of crickets and worms, with a screaming, urinating woman.

Did the nephew of Colonel Sanders divulge Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret recipe?

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The Daily Word in Groceries, Triple-A Beisbol, Kirko Bangz and Gigantic Bluegill

By August March [ Thu Aug 25 2016 12:32 PM ]
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As of 6am this fine August morning, there is a grocery store in downtown Albuquerque and it is open.

The Albuquerque Isotopes went 12 innings against the El Paso Chihuahuas, but lost 4-2 after Chihuahuas' third baseman Carlos Asuage and shortstop Jóse Rondón came alive late in the game.

Members of the Kirtland Air Force Base 512th Rescue Squadron recently saved a couple of hikers who were lost in the mountains of Colorado. But they had to leave the llamas behind.

The Daily Lobo reports on violence at the Metropolitan Detention Center and the protests that have consequently ensued.

H-Town rapper Kirko Bangz caused some trouble in Hobbs.

New Mexico's Human Services Department will now be under the guidance of a special master.

At Shady Lakes, Northwest of town, "There are some gigantic bluegill hanging out at the trout gutting station."

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The Daily Word in bikers, cryptids and resuming construction on the ART project

Special late edition

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 19 2016 11:20 PM ]
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Daily Beast has details about the end of Gawker as we know it.

Gawker broke the Rob Ford, crack-smoking-Mayor of Toronto story so it is fitting that they were able to release the entire, extremely damning video.

Lyft is back.

ART is on, the stay has been lifted, construction will resume.

Even I will admit this cryptic sighting is an old man with a bad limp.

This 2016 Hell's Angels' Bash sounds kinda boring but these vintage prints by Dave Mann depict a wilder time.

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The Daily Word In Another Land

The 10pm News

By August March [ Thu Aug 18 2016 9:59 PM ]
The Daily Word

Goodbye, Gawker.

Meanwhile in Malawi, a "heartless burglar" was will spend the next seven years in remand.

A rainy summer up north means more mosquitoes in Manitoba.

A Channel NewsAsia-Institute of Policy Studies survey found that racism is still an issue in Singapore.

The leader of Nepal's newly formed government will meet with the Indian Prime Minister to discuss economic aid for the struggling Himalayan nation.

Here's an update from Aleppo.

A young man residing in the Vale of South Glamorgan was busted for selling cannabis, but avoided jail.

Jigging for squid was recently banned at Nantucket's town pier.

In other fishing news, a Burqueña caught a seven pound Large Mouth Bass at Elephant Butte Lake by trolling a Bomber.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.

Courtesy StarFire PR

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ABQ Trolley Co. to Launch Tour Excursions

Trolley trips include transportation to Sandia Peak

Press Release [ Mon Aug 15 2016 4:57 PM ]

Albuquerque, NM  (July 26, 2016) – For the first time ever, New Mexico visitors (and locals) can enjoy full tour packages designed and hosted by locally-owned and operated company: Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF). Starting August 9th, ABQ Trolley Co., a division of AT&SF, is offering half-day, full-day, and multi-day tour packages. Provided year-round on AT&SF's newest vehicle, ABQ Trolley X , excursions immerse patrons in local art, culture, nature, and history.

"There's not another company in Albuquerque or New Mexico that does half-, full-, and multi-day tours for leisure tourists," says AT&SF co-founder Jesse Herron. "Typically, people have to sign up with a large group tour from an outside company." 

"We're two local guys, helping people experience our destination in the most unique and enriching way possible – a ‘small-batch' craft tour with a private guide for VIP service," adds other co-founder Mike Silva.

NM Xcursions, as the tours will be known, begin August 9, and take place Tuesday-Friday. Full schedule details at www.abqtrolley.com. More excursions are in the works and will be unveiled soon. Multi-Day tour packages will begin this fall.

NM Xcursion #1 — Kicks on Route 66

This is a full-day outing that celebrates the Mother Road like only Albuquerque can. Not only does our city have one of the best-preserved sections of this highway, we have two of them. Sixteen miles of the legendary road pass through Albuquerque, with neon signs buzzing overhead and nostalgic restaurants, shops and attractions along the way. This excursion includes history, interactive demonstrations, visits to AT&SF All-Star shops, and lunch at a local diner. It also includes a drive on the musical highway, a new attraction many locals have yet to discover. All museum fees, lunch, snacks and water are included. 

NM Xcursion #2 —- TRAMsporter

This summer also marks the 50th anniversary of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. In all of those years, there has never been affordable transportation from Old Town to this popular attraction. AT&SF is making history by offering an evening excursion directly from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town to the Tram. The TRAMsporter will enable patrons to experience the stunning sunset views and mountain vistas of the Sandias at the most beautiful time of day. It is perfect for visitors and locals who want a fun, unique evening or a great date night. Ticket includes round trip TRAMsportation to the base of the mountain where patrons will experience the Sandia Peak Tramway (Tram tickets are not included), restaurants and nature trails at their leisure. 

"There's definitely been a huge need for a service to the Tram since it opened in 1966," says AT&SF co-founder Mike Silva. 

"Sandia Peak receives numerous requests seeking transportation options.  We are pleased that ABQ Trolley Co. has taken the initiative to provide this alternate service to visitors," says Debi Owen, Director of Communications at Sandia Peak.

NM Xcursion #3 — Not Your Father's Santa Fe

AT&SF is partnering with revolutionary arts production company, Meow Wolf, to invite guests to step outside of the adobe box in Santa Fe. This full-day excursion follows the Turquoise Trail from Hotel Albuquerque to Santa Fe for a fully immersive and unique tour. The final destination is Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return for an other-worldly experience described as "surreal" and "mind-blowing." Other highlights include unusual art collections, a ghost town brought back from the dead and lunch at Duel Brewing. This is the perfect tour for visitors who want more from Santa Fe than traditional arts, museums and historic sites. 

"Not only are we proud to work with Meow Wolf to showcase the hip, active and exciting part of Santa Fe, we are also looking forward to offering this much-requested tour service between our two cities," says Silva. Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF) is the parent company of ABQ Trolley Co., Duke City Pedaler, Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk, Albu-Quirky, and Mother Road Bike Taxi. ABQ Trolley Co. was founded by Jesse Herron and Mike Silva in 2009 and expanded to AT&SF in 2015.  Additional information can be found on www.atsfworks.com

AT&SF is proud to have recently been inducted into TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame, and has now received their esteemed Certificate of Excellence for six years in a row.

*For media inquiries, please contact Kristi D. Lawrence with StarFire PR & Marketing at kristi@starfirepr.com or call (505) 720-7403 .

Ain't nobody in trouble don't deserve trouble.

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BCSO Conducting DWI Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols Today, Aug 12th Thru Saturday, August 13th

Construction-Related Lane Closures Around the Big I Aug. 12th to Aug. 15th

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 12 2016 2:53 PM ]

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office will be be conducting saturation patrols this weekend, looking for people driving under the influence and driving aggressively. Checkpoints will be set up in the North Valley to further check driver's insurance compliance, seatbelt compliance as well as child safety restraints in vehicles.

These checkpoints and saturation patrols are in effect thru Saturday Aug. 13th.

Let us all take some responsibility for bringing down our state's drunk driving numbers. This can be accomplished with greater public awareness, in conjunction with more effective enforcement by local law organizations. Fundamentally, drivers can avoid trouble by designating a driver, driving respectfully, buckling your seat belts and knowing when to find alternate carriage home from any party or show if you've tied one on.

There are also some concomitant construction projects affecting the Big I area from Aug, 12 thru Aug. 15th. As Follows:

I-25 Southbound bridge over Menaul will have right lane closures.

I-40 Eastbound over University Blvd (east of the Big I) will have various lanes closed.

If you are heading north on I-25 to eastbound I-40: left lane will be closed during this time.

If in doubt as to your ability to drive, CALL A TAXI.

Yellow Cab: 505-247-8888

Checker Cab: 505-243-7777

Safe Ride ABQ: 505-203-5386

Green Cab: 505-235-5140

ABQ Cab: 505-883-4888

UBER? use your app.

Tavern Taxi only functions on certain major drunkening
holidays but still keep them in mind. They're a community service.

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The Daily Word in Trump's downward spiral, Adblock v. Facebook and how local law enforcement pad their budgets with seized cash

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 12 2016 10:36 AM ]
The Daily Word

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence are teaming up with Raw Tools for a guns-into-plowshares gun buyback in Santa Fe later this year. Alibi covered the related Guns into Gardens event this Summer.

An MDC corrections officer once fired over allegations of excessive force is under investigation for mistreating an inmate.

NM Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined the ranks of those urging Public Service Company of New Mexico to fast track a contract to supply power to a proposed Facebook data center. The data center will also need water.

The Adblock v. Facebook war goes on.

Time published an excellent chronicle packed with inside information that details Donald Trump's downward spiral and the GOP's strategic response to the Oompa Loompa presidential canditate's alienating style.

Using a network of industry informants the DEA has confiscated hundreds of millions of dollars from domestic air and train travelers, often without laying charges.

It's not safe to text while driving while steering with your feet.

Composer Howard Wulkan (center) and friends
Courtesy StarFire PR

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New Mexico Statewide Call for Entries

Winning choirs to be featured in Theme Song for Global Documentary Scored by Film Composer Howard Wulkan

Press Release [ Wed Aug 10 2016 3:23 PM ]

August 4, 2016, Albuquerque, NM – Cinder Cone Media Worldwide and The LAB Recording Studio announce a statewide “call-to-entry” for a New Mexico children’s choir to be featured on the theme song to the upcoming highly-anticipated documentary film CORNERSTONE.

CORNERSTONE, written and directed by Debi Lang of Caring For the World Films, is the story of CNN Hero of the Year Jackson Kaguri’s mission to create the NYAKA AIDS ORPHAN PROJECT. It was inspired by his vision to transform his village in Uganda that was ravaged by the epidemic.

Wulkan, who was tapped to compose the original score and sound design for the film, brought in Portland, OR-based Ben Wuamett, founder of alt-folk band EZRA BELL, to co-write and sing the theme song for CORNERSTONE.

“My vision is to combine the modern singing and songwriting style of Ben Wuamett with Ugandan instrumentation AND a traditional hymn approach, choir-and-all,” said Wulkan. “I’m looking for something special; something unique. The finished piece will be included in the film and accompanying soundtrack.”

Call for submissions are open to children’s choirs ages 6-14 and can come from houses of worship, schools, clubs, community centers and any other organizations that are globally-minded. Cinder Cone encourages all participants to submit links of their best performances (video you tube link OR audio mp3).

Submissions will be open through 8/14. The public is invited to vote for their favorite finalist via the Cinder Cone Worldwide Facebook Page starting on 8/15 and ending on 8/21. The winner will be announced on Monday, 8/22 and the official recording will take place at The LAB Recording Studio in Albuquerque on Sunday, 8/28. To learn more about submissions, rules, requirements and compensation details, please visit www.cinderconeworldwide.com.

Cinder Cone Media Worldwide is A Conscious Media Company owned by Howard & Lainie Wulkan. Cinder Cone utilizes the power of media to effect change in the world and is the umbrella organization for Cinder Cone Records, The LAB Recording Studio, Zeta Global Radio and Cinder Cone Events. For more information, visit www.cinderconeworldwide.com and the Cinder Cone Worldwide Facebook page.

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