‹‹ V.20 No.14 | April 7 - 13, 2011

Best of Burque 2011

Life in Burque

Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Best Albuquerquean

Don Schrader

When you see his jean booty shorts barely clinging to his tanned physique, you know it's summer. A longtime Alibi letter contributor, his values and health advice always spur mixed responses from the citizenry. But a guy bearing six-pack abs for decades might not be so far off the mark.
2) You, the people of Albuquerque (aka "Me!")
3) Steve Stucker

Best City Politician

Mayor Richard Berry

A lot of you really dig the man at the top of City Hall. Safe to say, compared with Martin Chavez (who's still drawing votes in a few categories), Berry is low-key. This year, he announced a plan to survey the homeless population and shelter the most desperate people in the city. He invited neighboring towns to seek refuge in Albuquerque's high schools during the freeze. All in all, he seems open to the ideas of the people who make the 505 go ’round.
2) Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver
3) Tie: City Councilor Debbie O'Malley, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque)

Worst City Politician

Mayor Richard Berry

It's no surprise that the mayor took home both the Best and the Worst prize. Happens all the time in Best of Burque. Well, it's certainly not his well-documented mustache—right on trend with hipsters everywhere—that's bringing him down. Maybe it was the "allow la migra to interview everyone in the Prisoner Transport Center" thing.
2) Public Safety Director Darren White
3) Former Mayor Martin Chavez

Best Use of City Money


The job market, the economy, the future of the human race—it’s easy to argue that the health and wealth of them all comes back to one thing: how and what we learn. You want your money going to our collective brainpower.
2) Bike paths, lanes and trails
3) Road improvement
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Worst Use of City Money

Lead/Coal construction

Everyone hates this orange-barreled, artery-clogged nightmare—especially those stupid traffic dividers that make it impossible to cross the street or turn left.
2) Red-light cameras
3) Salaries and raises for city administration/politicians

Best High School

Sandia High School

7801 Candelaria NE
Cafeterias, gym classes, peer pressure. High school is a smorgasbord of awkward teenage angst. But our readers say that if you go through it at Sandia, it’ll suck a lot less. You might even have a good time. Go figure.
2) Highland High School
3) Eldorado High School

Best Athlete

Dairese Gary

He's head coach Steve Alford's first recruit at the University of New Mexico, and he started 130 games for the team. A workhorse, his toughness propelled a young Lobo squad to the NIT. But he couldn't follow his teammates there: In the Mountain West Conference tourney semifinals, he tore the ACL in his right knee. Burqueños won't soon forget Gary’s grit, and they cast their ballots in appreciation.
2) Holly Holm
3) Brian Urlacher

Best Charity

Roadrunner Food Bank

5840 Office NE
Main line: 247-2052
Food assistance line: 349-8841
Toll free: (866) 327-0267
So Roadrunner Food Bank is pretty amazing. It feeds about 40,000 people every week and distributes more than 22 million pounds of food a year. It’s hard to comprehend how many cans of soup and pasta boxes that amounts to, just like it’s hard to imagine what we’d do without Roadrunner Food Bank.
2) Joy Junction
3) Animal Humane

Best Animal Rescue

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico

Main Campus
615 Virginia SE (one block West of Wyoming)
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch)

NE Heights Adoption & Training Center
9132 Montgomery NE (between Wyoming and Eubank)
323-PETS (7387)
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Westside Adoption & Training Center
10700 Corrales Road (Just north of Alameda)
890-PETZ (7389)
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Animal shelters are a tough business, which is why it’s important to have smart, savvy and caring people at the helm. Animal Humane, with its many outreach events, incentives and volunteers, shows other shelters what’s possible.
2) Watermelon Mountain Ranch
3) City-run shelters

Best Charity Event of 2010

Souper Bowl (Roadrunner Food Bank)

How could an event based around eating lots and lots of soup from some of the best restaurants in town not climb to the top of this category? Plus, the proceeds go to feeding the hungry. It’s a delicious win-win.
2) Doggie Dash & Dawdle (Animal Humane Association of New Mexico)
3) Chocolate Fantasy (New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation)

Best News Anchorman

Tom Joles (KOB Eyewitness News 4)

He's a familiar figure, telling New Mexico's stories at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. every weeknight. Behind the scenes, he's racking up accolades. Joles has three Emmy awards under his belt. Now he’s got a Best of Burque award, the most time-honored popular vote in the city.
2) Dick Knipfing (KRQE News 13)
3) Steve Stucker (KOB Eyewitness News 4)

Best News Anchorwoman

Nicole Brady (KOB Eyewitness News 4)

Did you know that the friendly face sitting next to Joles since 2007 has an ancestor who was killed by Billy the Kid? Her great-great-great grandpa William Brady, sheriff of Lincoln County, was ambushed by Silver City's claim to fame. Dude! Young Guns!
2) Shelly Ribando (KOAT Action 7 News)
3) Antoinette Antonio (KOB Eyewitness News 4)

Best TV Meteorologist

Steve Stucker (KOB Eyewitness News 4)

He's a friend to animals, a follower of Christ, an impersonator of Elvis and Albuquerque's favorite weatherman. Even the most negative of Nancies can't resist Steve Stucker's vibrance and cheer. God bless him.
2) Mark Ronchetti (KRQE News 13)
3) Joe Diaz (KOAT Action 7 News)

Best Radio Station

89.9 KUNM

Public radio has been dealt some bad cards lately, but unfortunate political sleight of hand hasn't prevented Albuquerque and northern New Mexico's community-powered radio from being favored over the largely corporate-controlled airwaves year after year.
2) 100.3 The Peak
3) 104.1 The Edge

Best Radio DJ

Donnie Chase (100.3 The Peak)

Has this baby-faced charmer ever not won this category? You’ve loved Donnie ever since he used to deliver your daily traffic reports across the dial. Now you can find him every morning on the “Jackie, Tony and Donnie” show.
2) Erica Viking (Coyote 102.5)
3) TJ Trout (94 Rock)

Best Festival or Parade

Albuquerque Pride

Every June, Burqueños come out of the closet and into the streets to celebrate the gayest of holidays. The public display of freedom, tolerance and vivid colors (happening on Saturday, June 11, this year) Is a magical time in the city.
2) Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
3) Día de los Muertos Marigold Parade

Best Recreational Program for Kids


1701 Mountain NW
Can we put ¡explora! on the Best Recreational Program for Adults list, too? It’s an awesomely fun hands-on science center that gets kids (and grown-ups, especially on adult nights) excited about things like electricity, refracted light and systems in motion. And that’s worth a million awards.
3) Blackout Theatre’s Education Program

Best Dog Park

Los Altos (Eubank between Lomas and I-40)

This shaded swath comes with a nice neighborhood, happy dogs, courteous owners and plenty of benches.
2) North Domingo Baca (north of Paseo del Norte between Louisiana and
3) Coronado (south of I-40 between Second and Fourth Streets)

Best People Park

Roosevelt (UNM area)

Maybe it’s the towering cottonwoods and rolling hills that pull people into this park for picnics, playtime and Frisbee golf. Long and lush, it’s the people’s park of choice.
2) Tiguex (Old Town area)
3) Hyder (Ridgecrest area)

Best Golf Course

Arroyo del Oso

7001 Osuna NE
Pro shop and tee times: 884-7505
Information line: 889-3699

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