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
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)
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
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
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.
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
Roadrunner Food Bank
5840 Office NE Main line: 247-2052 Food assistance line: 349-8841 Toll free: (866) 327-0267 rrfb.org
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) 255-5523 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.
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)
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)
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!
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
2) YMCA/YWCA 3) Blackout Theatre’s Education Program