V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011
The Daily Word in Tim Gunn, The Sucklord and teleportation
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 29 2011 11:14 AM ]
Second report also clears Darren White.
Onion joke goes terribly wrong.
Tim Gunn is coming to New Mexico.
Race car champ Al Unser Jr. arrested for DWI.
12-year-old finds out she’s pregnant after sexual assault.
Chemical castration for pedophiles in South Korea.
ICE sweeps the country, picks up 2,901 undocumented immigrants, 36 in New Mexico.
Feds may challenged four state immigration laws.
The advertising genius behind “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
Meet The Sucklord, asshole.
Online dating is hard.
Sex-toy company is launching a vibrator into space.
China’s also going to space.
The album that changed everything 20 years ago.
A dress made of cow and yak nipples.
Tiny robot rocket jumps.
45 years of KUNM.
Why rats feel like they’re being teleported all the time.
This cantaloupe thing is serious, the deadliest food-borne outbreak since 1998.
V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011
Special Session Crib Notes
By Marisa Demarco
The Alibi’s quick and dirty guide to all things legislative.
V.20 No.36 |
The Daily Word in tester city, drunk elk and Schweddy Balls
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 8 2011 10:07 AM ]
City Council fails to override the mayor's veto of a measure that called for the feds to look into APD. Citizens at the meeting are outraged.
Company schemes to build a vacant tester city in New Mexico.
Ice cream man pulls a knife, according to family.
Meteorologist found asleep in a bathtub with a dead guy wearing a dog collar.
Guv pushes to merge state departments to save money.
Drunk elk stranded in apple tree.
9/11 by the numbers.
Hamlet goes homophobe.
Dick Cheney is honored when people say he's like Darth Vader.
It's National Honey Month. Did you know it can clean your wounds and fix your scratchy elbows?
Stop CHEWING like that.
The future of Grateful Dead marketing endeavors, man.
Ben and Jerry's latest flavor: Schweddy Balls.
V.20 No.35 |
The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 1 2011 9:46 AM ]
Judge stops Gov. Martinez' license verification effort.
MVD didn't issue a driver's license to a teen who had his birth certificate and Social Security card.
Did BernCo put out this recycling plant fire in Southwest Albuquerque fast enough? And why is it always on fire?
Corrections secretary's boyfriend accused of shooting a gun on prison grounds.
PRC tech says he was fired after reporting employees were browsing online porn at work.
Man shot and killed by APD this week held a loaded AK-47, says Chief Schultz.
Those who profited off 9/11.
August was the first month since 2003 without the death of a U.S. solider in Iraq.
Darth Vader: Noooooooooo!
Justice Department sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile.
George R. R. Martin is creepy, rape-y and racist, writes hilarious blogger.
Prosties and strip clubs in Tampa prep for the GOP convention in 2012.
Toddler wears fake T&A for pageant.
Did you hear about the guy with the $16 house?
It's OK if you think parenting is miserably hard work.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 11 2011 11:49 AM ]
Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.
Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.
Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.
Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.
Carlsbad is running out of water.
Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.
More people are getting their tattoos removed.
The secrets of hand hearts revealed.
Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.
Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.
American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?
An investigative report on the use of drones.
The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.
V.20 No.29 |
Martinez requests proof of residency from 10,000 undocumented immigrants
By Elise Kaplan, fearless intern [ Thu Jul 21 2011 4:43 PM ]
Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that the Motor Vehicle Division sent letters to 10,000 foreign nationals with state driver's licenses to request proof of residency. Letter recipients will have 30 days to contact the MVD and schedule an in-person appointment to verify their New Mexican address.
According to the guv's July 19 news release, there are about 85,000 foreign nationals with N.M. driver's licenses. The letters were sent to one-eighth of them, selected at random.
Martinez is seeking data on the percentage of driver’s licenses that have been issued to people from other countries who are no longer residents of New Mexico, according to the news release. If results indicate many licenses are held by nonresidents, the Tax and Revenue Division and the MVD will investigate the residency of more people.
Since passing a 2003 law, New Mexico is one of two states that allows drivers to obtain licenses without a Social Security number. The other state, Washington, permits residents to sign a declaration of their legal foreign worker status to obtain a license. Although Utah allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, they cannot be used for identification purposes.
Since Martinez took office earlier this year she has fought to repeal policies that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Advocates of the practice argue that licensing is beneficial for public safety and the economy.
V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
George Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department
Wolf vs. State
Guv-appointed commission yanks New Mexico’s support for wolf reintroduction
By Christie Chisholm
The state’s Game Commission voted unanimously to withdraw from the reintroduction effort. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed four new members to the six-member board in March. Bill Montoya is one of those new members. “It was costing us a lot of money,” says Montoya, who worked for the Game and Fish Department for 28 years. “We didn’t think we were going in the right direction.”
V.20 No.25 |
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jun 23 2011 10:22 AM ]
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011
The Daily Word with fights, Chihuahuas and Lady Gaga
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu May 26 2011 9:50 AM ]
Serbian general accused of massacring 8,000 Muslims has been captured.
Patriot Act expires tonight at midnight—and Congress is rushing to renew it.
Cibola student taken to the hospital after a fight leads to broken facial bones and seizures.
Errant golf ball kills Chihuahua.
Gov. Martinez ditches her own No. 2 and sits nonchalantly near Heather Wilson.
Growers’ markets open today in Nob Hill and Downtown.
PayPal co-founder will pay college students $100,000 to drop out of college and start companies.
Parents won’t announce baby’s sex.
Maui Time ordered by police to turn over users’ IP addresses.
Supreme Court upholds Arizona law that punishes employers who hire undocumented immigrants.
The Isotopes’ policy on booze. (Not unlike most policies on booze.)
Legislators sue guv over vetoes.
Lost pyramids spotted from space.
The ADHD of Lady Gaga.
V.20 No.17 | 4/28/2011
Utilities Protest Carbon Caps
By Christie Chisholm
Greenhouse gas rules in New Mexico just can’t catch a break. After escaping Gov. Susana Martinez—and demise in the Legislature—they’re in the crosshairs of utility companies. The death-defying regulations have a singular goal: to reduce carbon emissions in the state.
Slideshow: March for the African American Center
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Apr 22 2011 4:12 PM ]
Joby Wallace said she was shocked to learn Gov. Susana Martinez axed funding for the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall. Wallace, president of the center’s board of directors, said she had to read about it in the paper like everyone else.
Last weekend, demonstrators gathered to speak out against the cut. Alibi photographer William Rodwell was on hand to take photos.
After more than a decade of work, the center was launched mid-2007. After a series of smaller cuts, it was expecting about $379,000 in 2011 from the state to operate. The center hadn’t yet acquired much additional funding yet, so it may be out of luck in June when the money dries up.
The move is a slap in the face to African Americans, Wallace told the Alibi in an interview last week. “We can no longer sit around and accept it.”
V.20 No.16 | 4/21/2011
This Week's Feature: The politics of planet saving on local, state and federal levels
City: Will changing The City of Albuquerque’s building requirements be a boon or a bust?
State: Meet Gov. Martinez’ new Environmental Improvement Board
National: Sen. Udall tells the country to get with the program—New Mexico’s program
African Americans to protest guv’s veto tomorrow
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Apr 15 2011 4:57 PM ]
Gov. Susana Martinez zeroed out funding for the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall with a line-item veto on Friday, April 8. “We were very surprised,” says Joby Wallace, president of the center’s board of directors. “We had no idea this was going to happen.”
No one had come from the Governor’s Office to look at the programs, she says, and when the funding was dropped, no one called the center. “We had to read it in the paper like everyone else.”
It took about 12 years of diligent work and lobbying before the center opened its doors in June of 2007. It got a $379,000 yearly operating budget from the state, which Wallace points out, is the least that any museum receives. “We just started, so all our money was from the state.”
The center was home to performances as well as art and cultural exhibits. It also served as a meeting spot for a variety of African American groups and hosted several academic programs, including tutoring, reading, science and robotics, Wallace says.
Three employees may lose their jobs.
The move is a slap in the face to African Americans, she says. “We’re 3 percent of the state’s population, and we’re excluded from a lot of things. This is just another thing to add on and say, You don’t count. We can no longer sit around and accept it. We have to do everything we can to get her attention and let her [Martinez] know, we don’t like the way we’re being treated.”
The funding runs out in June, but the foundation has raised some money, and the center is going to try and stretch it as long as possible. Community members are going to ask Martinez to restore the funding at a budget hearing in September. In the meantime, they’re raising awareness with demonstrations.
Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., protesters will gather at the corner of Central and San Pedro and march to the center at 310 San Pedro. Joining the march will be the Commission on the Status of Women, which also lost its state funding, labor unions, teachers and LULAC.
The demonstration is the first in a series. Wallace says they plan to also hold events in Hobbs and Alamogordo, and they’ve requested a meeting with the governor.
V.20 No.15 |
The Daily Word: Sugar sugar, gas prices, Kobe Bryant
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Apr 14 2011 8:04 AM ]
9 things rich people don't want us to know about taxes.
OK, federal government. What's the plan?
Looks like someone got fat off the financial crisis.
State Supreme Court rules Gov. Martinez overstepped her authority when she ordered two members off the labor board.
The man killed by APD was schizophrenic, says his brother.
Press tries to understand why the mom drove her kids into the Hudson River.
Albuquerque uses its nuisance ordinance to evict people too often, judge says.
Locals find other modes of transport as gas prices spike.
Kobe Bryant ordered to pay $100,000 for uttering a gay slur about a ref.
Is sugar a toxin?
People can't tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines, according to an experiment.
Vice President Biden caught on camera dozing off during Obama's deficit speech.
Oregon House Rickrolls an entire session.
V.20 No.15 | 4/14/2011
By Marisa Demarco
This column's name, Making Sausage, is a reference to a quote widely attributed to Otto von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg. "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made." From the view in the press box in Santa Fe, running a state looks arduous and frustrating. Lawmakers volley back and forth, nitpick over details, argue, dissect, and wheel and deal. And a 60-day session doesn't come cheap: lawmakers voted to spend a max of about $8.3 million on this one.
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