The Daily Word in fire, horse slaughter and Nazi Christmas party photos
Fire destroyed the National Institute of Flamenco studio and conservatory Downtown. No one was injured, and the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Wanna help the Institute get back on its feet? Donate here.
Pick up a copy of our latest issue—look for a bright red cover depicting Krampus—for deets on "Longmire," Crib Notes, a review of Saving Mr. Banks, a soulful/funky Xmas mixtape by DJ Tahnee, an art show themed on the King of mainstream horror and a review of the freshly relocated Daily Grind.
The 10th US Court of Appeals lifted an order preventing Roswell-based horse slaughter facility Valley Meat Co. from opening. Valley Meat owner Rick De Los Santos says the plant will open for business on Jan. 1, 2014.
New Mexico finds itself unable to impose limits on PAC contributions after a decision by the 10th US Court of Appeals in Denver.
Tejana Susana gets a jumpstart on her annual PR campaign against the issuance of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in New Mexico.
JLaw comes out against fat-shaming.
Scope a chilling photo essay documenting a Nazi Christmas party.
Lobos Lose in Final Four to Notre Dame
courtesy of Lobo TV
On Friday afternoon, the University of New Mexico soccer team lost in the Final Four of the NCAA post-season tournament. Although UNM did a good job of controlling possession and took as many shots on goal as the Fighting Irish did, they allowed an early slip in defense, which led opportunistic Patrick Hodan to a goal in the seventh minute. With that disadvantage ensconced in their minds, the Lobos refused to play timid, challenging the staunch Notre Dame offense again and again.
As the second half began, though, and time started to slip through the fingers of the Cherry and Silver, things got a bit more tight. The set pieces started to develop for both teams—there were no corner kicks in the first half, and 8 total in the second. UNM still played the role of the aggressor, but it was clear by the mid-point of the second half that it was because they had to, not because they wanted to. Finally, in the 65th minute, Notre Dame connected again with the back of the net. Again, it was Hodan, this time off an extremely odd miss, hammered off the crossbar by Vince Cicciarelli and followed up on by Hodan after an unlucky Lobo touch.
From then on, it was desperation mode for coach Jeremy Fishbein and his crew; watching their magical season evaporate in front of their eyes and on ESPNU. When the final whistle sounded, UNM was still down 0-2, and Notre Dame was advancing, although their opponent was still to be determined at the time. Later Friday evening, Maryland took down Virginia for their place in the national title match.
There have got to be several consolations to ending the season in a loss, even in the face of departure from their seniors. Kyle Venter has been invited to the MLS Super Draft and is almost certain to be selected, while goalkeeper Michael Lisch and a pair of Michaels—Kafarri and Calderon—will all be gone next year, even if they don't all make it to the MLS. But the silver lining to these heavy contributors leaving the team is that there is a strong youth movement behind them. For a team that sometimes felt like it was overachieving this year, there's a solid foundation to build upon next year. And, much like this year's eventual champion, Notre Dame, there's a strong chance the Lobos will come back stronger next season.
The Lobos played yet another fantastic season and have much to be proud of. The future looks bright.
Alibi Flashback: Billy Jack in New Mexico
2005 Tom Laughlin interview
Actor-director Tom Laughlin will probably forever be less famous than his creation, ass-kicking pacifist Billy Jack, but that’s to be expected as, by all accounts, Laughlin pretty much was Billy Jack. He died this past weekend at age 82, but back in 2005 Alibi’s Devin O’Leary got a chance to chat with him about his pioneering indie film productions. An excerpt:
Billy Jack and The Trial of Billy Jack were both shot in New Mexico. What brought you here?
It was both Arizona and New Mexico. When Billy Jack was halfway through, Sam Arkoff [president of AIP] tried to screw me and Dolores on the picture—really tried something rotten and evil. So we shot the picture and worked on a deal to buy him out. At that time, the Academy Awards were on and all the state governments had their film commissions trying to hustle you to come shoot in their state. We had shot half of it in Arizona already, just because it was closer to us in Los Angeles. They had a big meeting. The governor [of New Mexico] came out. He'd been partying a bit the night before. He came out in his stocking feet. He saw Dolores there and he quickly changed. He comes out and he says, “I want you to finish this in New Mexico. What do you need?” She says, “I need helicopters for a week.” He says, “You got 'em!” She listed everything. “You got it! You got it!” Well, we couldn't say no to that. Later on, guys on the [film] commission, after he gave us all those, they really ripped him. They said, “You stupid idiot, those helicopters cost us 150 bucks an hour.” But in any event, the locations in both places were spectacular.
You can read the rest of the interview with Tom Laughlin in our back issue department.
The Daily Word in a very personal End of the World, a broken carcass eater and antiquing in "the Burq"
Give the man a hand and a leg up. Because his severed hand was grafted to his ankle for safe keeping until it could be reattached, and therefore puns are in order.
It may not quite be Mission Impossible, but the secret bidding war to repatriate long-lost Hopi artifacts to the tribe was still pretty cool.
The End of the World has finally come for Doomsday prophet Harold Camping.
Stores like Toys R Us are going to stay open for nearly 100 straight hours in the run up to Christmas. So you can get your toy shopping done at 3am on Sunday night if you're the creepiest person on the planet.
New Mexico Agriculture Department's huge, two-story tall "animal carcass grinder/digester" is still not working. And thank God, I say, because that sounds terrifying.
7 Books in 7 Categories That’ll Delight This Christmas
Here at the Alibi, we suspect that the death of print has been blown a bit out of proportion. Whether you’re getting or giving this Christmas—or just going out for Chinese food—you can’t go wrong with the written word. Here are seven books in seven categories united only by their general awesomeness.
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