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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

Ortiz y Pino

The Guv’s Crusade of Destruction

Gov. Susana Martinez is not being held accountable for much of what has happened on her watch. Until reporters begin to dig into the consequences of her policy initiatives, the public will continue to hold her in high regard.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012


The Daily Word in NCAA, Clooney and portrait gourds

The Daily Word

Lobos victorious, will face Louisville in the second round of the NCAA tourney.

Santa Fe's Casanova con man released from jail.

Jury finds Rutgers student who spied on his gay roommate with a webcam guilty of a hate crime. His roommate committed suicide.

George Clooney arrested while protesting Sudan's president.

50 Native American foster kids in San Juan County but only two Native American foster homes.

Feds cough up $4 million to help N.M. schools that are in bad shape.

Aboriginal attorney says Rodarte's fall fashion collection is sickening.

Skip the TSA security lines after paying $100 application fee.

Martin Chavez' former roommate has been accused of embezzlement. Problem for the campaign?

Osama bin Laden sought to kill President Obama so Biden would be prez.

Senators say we'd be shocked to know how the government uses the Patriot Act.

How the music industry works.

How to make a portrait gourd.

People who hate Radiohead.

Fruit flies drink booze when they don't get laid.

V.21 No.7 |


The Daily Word in birth control, Romney's dog and Deep Throat

The Daily Word

25 percent of marriages in the state are interracial.

New Mexico ditches No Child Left Behind.

Honduras prison fire kills inmates, many of whom hadn't been charged or convicted.

Congressional hearing on birth control includes no women.

Santorum says birth control is harmful.

One time, Romney put the family dog on the roof of his car during a road trip. Now, it's haunting his campaign.

Linsanity is no accident.

People who walk slowly may be prone to dementia.

Mamma Mia! actor to play Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat.

Is this bikini model fat?

V.21 No.2 | 1/12/2012


Grading schools and teachers

In this week’s issue, longtime Alibi contributor and State Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, wrote about the great teacher debate rampaging across the country. How do we improve our schools?

Some folks—like New Mexico’s public education secretary, Hanna Skandera—want to tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. This is being explored in various school districts nationwide. In some cases, teacher pay is determined by how well students do on standardized tests.

The details of how this would work in New Mexico haven’t yet been unveiled. But Ortiz y Pino predicts we’ll hear more about it during the legislative session, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

In the meantime, the state graded all our schools. It’s not looking good. There are more Fs than As:

A: 73

B: 191

C: 266

D: 208

F: 89

Look up specific schools here.

Ortiz y Pino

The Great Teacher Debate

Guv to tie schools and pay to test scores

New Mexico lawmakers are considering a proposal from the Martinez administration to link teacher evaluations to student test scores. It will be a huge topic in the coming 30-day legislative session set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 17.
V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011


The Daily Word in cocaine, doves and plus-size

The Daily Word

We might lose 50 post offices.

Politician wears blackface to say he’s Germany’s Obama.

Guy backs car into someone’s living room.

State on a $70,000 hunt for teachers who change students’ test scores.

FBI curriculum: Mainstream Muslims are likely terrorist sympathizers.

Auditor says chairman is blocking a review of the PRC.

Journal complains of the number of police escorting a bike safety ride.

Whites-only scholarships.

Moms say the darnedest things. So do significant others.

The recession has affected yet another business: Cocaine.

Doves are tasty.

Department of Transportation wants to ban e-cigs on planes. Here’s a list of other stinks that should be banned first.

American Apparel and a plus-sized debate.

Overconfidence works.

V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011
Teresa Romero, founder of the Designer’s Lounge
Michael L. Miller


Make Your Own Fall Wardrobe

The Designer’s Lounge adds new classes

If you have a hard time finding clothes that fit you just right, or special items that suit your taste perfectly, consider learning to make your own fashions. The Designer’s Lounge, which just produced the teen fashion show Fall Into the Stars, has added new classes for September. Read this week’s Arts story to get an idea of how far these classes can take you.

One of these additions, Embellishment Crochet, starts tomorrow—and more are coming right up— so check the Designer’s Lounge website soon.

V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011


An academic mix

Autumn is nigh, and with the turning season come books and classrooms and new ideas and pocket protectors. Much music on the topic of school has to do with the rebellion against it, lust, alienation or nostalgia. Linked below is a seasonal mix—most of the rock and roll or punk persuasion (sorry, no Van Halen)—to put you in the mood for education, be your participation willing or begrudging. Listen/watch here.

V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
Eric Williams


Lost and Found

The children of Cuidando los Niños

A soft-spoken young woman in a button-up shirt and black slacks bows her head. “Ya’at’eeh,” she says quietly in Navajo, then switches to English. “I became a mother at age 17,” begins Reina. She now has three young daughters.

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V.20 No.19 | 5/12/2011
The Sunday, May 1 rally in Clovis, N.M.
Courtesy of Albuquerque Pride President Jesse Lopez


Student writes about LGBT rights in Clovis

Clovis High School’s Purple Press was unable to run editor James Walker’s report about another student trying to start a Gay-Straight Alliance. So the Alibi published Walker’s story online.

Steven De Los Santos turned in an application for the club in late February, according to Walker’s story. The Alliance was approved, but then Principal Wayne Marshall changed his mind and decided to send the request along to the superintendent.

The Clovis School Board voted to ban all non-curricular clubs from meeting on campus during school hours or using school resources to spread the word about meetings.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico got involved and demanded the Gay-Straight Alliance be approved—even as a non-curricular club. Albuquerque Pride, the state’s largest LGBT organization, drove down to Clovis to hold a demonstration. Last week, the Alliance was given the green light.

Student editor Walker’s article also addresses other LGBT concerns in Clovis.

V.20 No.17 |


The Daily Word 4.29.11

Morocco cafe bomb, dolphin podcast, Superman's citizenship

The Daily Word

Terrorist attack shreds a Morrocan cafe.

Meteorologists showed live footage of tornadoes approaching.

New regulations aimed at food marketing to help reign in childhood obesity.

Superman threatens to renounce US citizenship.

Del Norte high school football coach popped for second DWI.

Nearly half a million dollars misused around an NHCC fresco causes scandal.

Hilarious minor differences illuminated by The Oatmeal.

Some researchers say dolphins are too smart for captivity.

Kia Motors recalls cars whose gas tanks fall off.

Malfunction delays space shuttle launch.

National Institutes of Health get favorable ruling on stem cell research.

V.20 No.4 |


Two incumbents ousted in yesterday's election

In District 1, challenger Analee Maestas beat Dolores Griego by 502 votes.

In District 2, Katherine Korte won, beating runner-up Peter Sanchez by 189 votes. Incumbent Robert Lucero didn't run.

In District 4, Board President Marty Esquivel retained his seat, beating runner-up Cheryl Ann Harris by 418 votes.

Get to know your APS school board representatives.

Most CNM races were uncontested, but in District 4, newcomer Mark Armijo beat Carmie Lynn Toulouse, who's been on the board since 1999. He won by 171 votes.

Read up on Armijo here.

The CNM bond passed with a good margin.


The APS and CNM election is today

Regardless of the snow, the APS and CNM election is happening today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling location here or call the Bernalillo County Clerk's election line at 468-1291. Read about the candidates and the CNM bond here.

APS and CNM are having snow days.

V.20 No.4 | 1/27/2011


The Most Important Election You Don’t Know Anything About ... Yet

APS and CNM leadership hinges on your vote Tuesday, Feb. 1

All voters in these districts who registered before Jan. 4 are eligible to cast ballots in the APS/CNM election. Find your polling location at or call 468-1291.

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APS School Board

It’s not an election that makes more than a small blip or two on the public’s radar. Turnout is notoriously low. But 2011 sees our public school systems facing enormous stress that could force them to change course long-term.

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