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V.20 No.9 | 3/3/2011

Making Sausage

Free the Data—Crack open the databases, New Mexico. Taxpayers want a look. Under Rep. Joseph Cervantes' (D-Las Cruces) bill, the state would allow people to peruse electronic collections of data "maintained by or on behalf of a public body."

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V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Jesse in his room at Endorphin Power Company.
Sam Adams

News Profile

Pedal Power

Green-thinking recovery center gets its motor running—but still needs fuel

Jesse was far from home last winter, detoxing at a rehab facility in in the Midwest. The 23-year-old recovering addict returned to New Mexico to take up residence at the Endorphin Power Company. At the transitional living facility, exercise helps addicts kick their habits, replacing the euphoria of drugs with endorphins.

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The Daily Word 09.30.10: Un-naked Santa Fe, Ochocinco Os, Color Me Badd

Apartment fire kills a baby.

Albuquerque balloonists missing in Italy.

For all his talk of government spending, Jon Barela's company sure does like those film tax rebates.

Santa Fe stiffens its nudity law to prevent another World Naked Bike Ride.

A distant, Earth-like planet that may have life.

Canada's throwing out its anti-prostitution laws.

Drivers text anyway.

Tony Curtis died.

Lobo Club won't spend donations to buyout (fire) Locksley.

Chad Ochocinco cereal box accidentally advertises a sex-talk phone number.

Obama likes Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity.

AIG says it's totally going to pay us back.

The men of Color Me Badd tell their story.

It's OK to vote against stuff.

Does gargling salt water help anything?

    V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010

    Hail, Velocipede!

    Trail-a-Week: Kirtland

    Mission not accomplished

    There's a U.S. Air Force Base in the middle of Seoul, South Korea. If the myths of the American expatriate community are to be believed, they've got a Taco Bell in there. After three or four months of nothing but gim, bap and gimbap, I’ve witnessed otherwise-reasonable American civilians so thirsty for Fire Sauce they start to plan insurrections and armed raids. While I was in Seoul, my craving for Enchiritos never reached such a fever pitch, but I finally understood that urge to overthrow the government this morning when I went to ride my bike out by Kirtland Air Force Base.

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    V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010
    Betty Sprocket

    Hail, Velocipede!

    Trail-a-Week: Paseo de las Montañas

    Jeez, you guys, I’m runnin’ out of trails. For this, my penultimate week on the bike path beat, I had to search the map and my soul to find one I haven’t already written about. I couldn't remember ever having been on Paseo de las Montañas, and I couldn't exactly figure out why. The map showed it intersecting Tramway just south of Candelaria, a stretch of road I've traversed too many times to count. How could it be that I'd repeatedly ridden past an inviting bike-only turnoff without ever even noticing it? The answer is that there is no inviting bike-only turnoff. I made a couple of increasingly bewildered circuits on Tramway's western shoulder before giving up and hauling my bike through the grass until I found the trail.

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    V.19 No.32 | 8/12/2010

    Hail, Velocipede!

    Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Volcan

    "Dammit, Sprocket," panted my buddy Drew as I mushed him down Rio Bravo like a sled dog. "Why do I always get more than I bargained for when I hang out with you?" Our leisurely Saturday ride on the Paseo del Bosque turned into a militaristic crusade after a conversation with another cyclist at a rest stop about our mutual loathing for backtracking. "If you don't want to turn around here," he advised us, "go down Rio Bravo. You can get all the way out to Paseo del Volcan. It's great out there."

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    V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
    The autoless portion of the Tramway trail near Candelaria
    Betty Sprocket

    Hail, Velocipede!

    Trail-a-Week: Tramway

    "Gross," quoth my boyfriend when I told him I'd be riding and writing on Tramway Boulevard this week. "That road is home to the most aggro asshole cyclists in the whole city. I'll never understand why they insist on riding on the shoulder when a dedicated bike path is just 50 feet away."

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    V.19 No.30 | 7/29/2010
    Betty Sprocket

    Hail, Velocipede!

    Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (North Half)

    Mmm, how about those gravid gray rain clouds lately? August, our wettest month, is nigh. When that musty creosote tang is in the air, a low sun shining under the numinous pillar of a classic anvil-shaped thunderhead, I always feel inspired to buy a blank canvas and demonstrate my searing love for the desert monsoon season by painting an extremely trite watercolor landscape. Alas, nothing that springs from the brush of Sprocket will ever be worthy of even the shittiest Old Town gallery, so I choose to express myself through the medium of bike rides.

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    V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010
    Betty Sprocket

    Hail, Velocipede!

    Trail-a-Week: Foothills Open Space

    Dudes, I'm serious when I say "skinny tires." The velocipede between my legs is a single-speed street bike, so when someone suggested I get off the asphalt, I was like, ew. But then I was all, hmm. I've never been mountain biking ever. Why? It’s scary. I'm not x-treem enough. I could fall into a cholla or succumb to derailleur angst. And dirt and granite just tend to clash with my cute spandex threads.

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    Sports

    Lance Armstrong Will Not Win the Tour de France

    At this point, that's old news. Everyone who follows cycling (and pretty much everyone who doesn't, as well) has long since come to terms with the fact that the once-unbeatable Armstrong is, at this point, old. In his own words, he's “just not fast enough.” He has acknowledged that, “ Lance Armstrong is over in about four days,” joining the rest of the world in celebrating and mourning his last race.

    So why does this matter? Cycling always was and always will be bigger than just one man, right? The Tour de France this year is coming down to the wire, with a mere 8 seconds separating the current leader, Alberto Contador, from the second-place rider, Andy Schleck. The next stage, taking place in the Pyrenees on Thursday, promises to be drama-filled.

    Still, at least here in America, there's Armstrong. He of the superhero name. He of the gravity-defying odds. He of the Livestrong organization. Armstrong captivates our collective imagination because of his story, because of his proto-American attitude and, perhaps, most of all, because of the way he refused to quit.

    There are more than a few people the world over who do not believe that Armstrong accomplished what he did by legal or fair means. The constant hunt for him in the French press has gotten plenty of attention in the past, and just this month Andrew Corsello wrote a damning piece for GQ (which doesn't appear to be online in any version other than PDF for the iPad) where he claimed that Armstrong has lied so vehemently and for so long, he has no choice but to continue the lie.

    So why does it matter that Armstrong will not win the Tour de France? It matters precisely for the aforementioned responses: People the world over, not just in America, react viscerally to Armstrong as a person and as a symbol. His story sparks people's hopes and dreams and the accusations against him spark our fears and nightmares. Beyond the overt symbolism, though, he matters as a person, too: He is a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, a feat unmatched in history. He grabbed all of his victories in that race on successive trips. And he did all of this after being diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. When he arrives on the Champs-Élysées, it will not be as a champion, almost against our expectations. And that's worth watching.

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