The Daily Word in New Mexico News, Breaking Bad and 4-foot monitor lizard

The Daily Word

Ace reporter Barron Jones explores the practical intersection of Nob Hill retail and real estate markets in "Growing Pains."

Scope the inaugural Alibi serialization of New Mexico News by Mike Smith (fait divers/"sundry fates") and ¡Brapola!(comic art). Keep your eyes peeled every two weeks for more terrific, banal and surreal news of New Mexico.

This week's Aural Fixation, "My Breaking (Bad) Heart," emerged in the form of a love note/Spotify mixtape for "Breaking Bad," with 30-plus BrBa soundtrack selections by artists like Mick Harvey, Conway Twitty, Thee Oh Sees, Fever Ray, Timber Timbre, Clyde McPhatter, Ana Tijoux and John Coltrane.

Remember when Alfonso Hernandez was arrested in 2010 for feeding the homeless at Fourth Street Mall? The charges were all dismissed, and then Hernandez sued the City, which has now agreed to settle to the tune of $45,000. Hernandez still shares nourishment and community at Fourth Street Mall every Sunday.

Laura Paskus examines the environmental and emotional impact and the poignant, painful history of Cochiti Dam at New Mexico In Depth.

Alibi media partner La Jicarita remembers the Church Rock uranium mill spill. Riveting short film Memory Keepers is a must-watch, too.

"Breaking Bad" media roundup: "Walter White's Home Town" in The New Yorker; "Albuquerque’s Role on 'Breaking Bad'" in The New York Times; and, in case you missed it, "Breaking Bad viewing parties for the final episodes, in Albuquerque: 'Watching Bad, Breaking Burque'" on Boing Boing.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, your moment of 4-foot monitor lizard.