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V.23 No.24 |


The Daily Word in fire, a haunted VHS and Redskin racism

The Daily Word

Good morning, it's Wednesday, June 18,

and the Assayii Lake Fire is continuing to spread,

a memorial for Nancy Myers, a woman who was killed at a homeless encampment by a hit-and-run driver on June 9th, will be held this Friday at 6pm at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission courtyard (525 Second SW),

and one New Mexico gubernatorial campaign has been caught lying in emails, and the other apparently doesn't like "fat girls" in bikinis,


the US Patent Office has revoked the Redskins' trademarks because they are "disparaging to Native Americans,"

Youtube will soon begin blocking music videos from independent labels,

and a London bus stop is being haunted by a VHS copy of Hell Raiser.

Have a great day!

V.23 No.23 |


The Daily Word in Flashdancing, pure evil and also a goat

The Daily Word

Good morning, it's Wednesday, June 11,

and let's take a moment to remember the famous "Flashdancer of Albuquerque Academy,"

before we settle into the grim business of keeping our eyes peeled for a black or green small pickup truck with front end damage

that was probably involved in the deadly "hit-and-run" that killed one pedestrian and injured three others on Monday morning at an encampment of homeless people on Iron and 1st,

that was almost certainly an act of hatred and malice.

Usually, I put in a bunch of other stories here too

today I'm just too mad about this to give it much effort

but, still, here are some pictures of Prince Harry petting an official military goat.

V.21 No.10 |


The Daily Word in high-speed bus chase, new iPad, Kony 2012

The Daily Word

Man steals school bus, say police, who chase him down I-40 from Grants to Albuquerque.

People want politicians to do something about gas prices, poll says.

BernCo Sheriff Dan Houston gets a vote of no confidence from his deputies.

Los Lunas judge fails alcohol test, steps down.

LSD might help people quit the booze.

Lots of new jobs, but unemployment rate holds steady.

Vogue Italia shoots for ghetto fabulous, rips off regular people, maybe wanders into racist and classist territory.

Banks are foreclosing on many churches now.

NPR fact-checks viral video "Kony 2012," which aims to take down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with charges that he kills and rapes children.

Philosophy student at McGill is intentionally homeless.

New iPad not as fast as they say it is.

Coke and Pepsi change their recipes to be less cancerous.

Speaking of soda pop, Blue Sky may owe you a refund for not being made in New Mexico for a few years.

Filmmakers and Sarah Palin talk about the relative truthiness of Game Changer.

V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011
Solar tubes on the roof of Downtown @ 700-2nd Street. They heat water for the complex, which offers apartments on a sliding scale of $0 to $500 monthly.
Eric Williams


Eco-friendly living for the working class

We got curious about one of the bonds on the ballot. (No, not No. 12, which handcuffs millions for the Paseo interchange to millions for a sportsplex.)

We were interested in “No. 10: Affordable Housing” that kicks $10 million to workforce housing, homes for working families and inexpensive rental properties for senior citizens.

Read Carolyn Carlson’s report on the developments that come out of this money.

V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011
One of 12 housing developments around the city that houses people on a fixed income.
Eric Williams

Fair Housing

Home and Garden

City cash creates eco-friendly living for the working class

The Downtown @ 700-2nd complex is one of 12 paid for, in part, by the city’s Workforce Housing Trust Fund. They expand the housing choices for the city’s working class and those with disabilities.
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.2 | 1/13/2011

News Bite

First, a Roof

Mayor Richard Berry says homelessness is one of the most difficult challenges he's come across during his time in City Hall. "There are issues you look at as a mayor and you can say, OK. Here's a problem. Here's a linear solution." But homelessness, with its many dimensions and causes, is another story.

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
Lisa Huval, policy and advocacy director for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
Sergio Salvador

News Feature

The Cost of Living

The affordable housing crisis in New Mexico

Michelle knew she was close to the edge, but she didn’t realize how close until her fiancé found himself out of work. He had been employed as an electrician on a construction site. When the project finished, he didn’t have another gig lined up. He searched, but two years ago during the height of recession phobia, no one was hiring. Suddenly Michelle’s waitressing income was the only thing supporting the two of them and her five girls, ages 4 months to 14 years old. A few months later, after falling behind on rent, they were evicted.

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010


Give survival-kit backpacks to homeless APS students

Paige Brown of Rudy’s Bar-B-Q organized a grassroots supplies drive last year that gave 100 backpacks full of gear to homeless teenagers attending Albuquerque Public Schools.

She writes:

“As I watched a news program one evening documenting a story about efforts aimed at trying to keep homeless kids in school, I was incredibly moved at what it must take to remain committed to school when your basic needs are not being met. For many kids, school becomes their only anchor in life, and as many of us know, the anchors that keep us feeling secure and able to pursue our dreams are something that many of us are blessed with.”

No doubt it’s hard to stay in high school when you’re sleeping in a shelter or in a car or on the street. In 2007, there were a little more than 3,000 homeless children enrolled in an APS school. In 2009, there were about 5,000, according to the APS Title I Homeless Project.

This year, Brown wants to up the ante. She’s looking for 250 Teen Survivor Backpacks. They will be collected at a reception on the Rudy’s patio (2321 Carlisle NE) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Here’s what we should bring:

APS High School Supply List

1 sturdy backpack

12 pencils (#2)

6 pocket folders (with brads and pockets)

2 pink eraser

1 box colored pencils

4 college spiral notebooks

1 binder

4 packages lined paper (college)

2 glue sticks

1 zipper bag or school box

2 red pens

2 highlighter markers

4 ball pens (black or blue)

1 calculator

1 zip drive (2 to 4 GB)

1 ruler

1 protractor

1 compass

Other supplies a homeless high school student can use:

Snack pack, granola bars, etc.

Shampoo and conditioner


Toothbrush and toothpaste

Hand sanitizer

A blanket


Monthly (city) bus passes

Gift card for food, clothing, shoes

ACT study guide/practice book

A popular high school-level fiction, biography, or dictionary (including bi-lingual)

Anything else the donor sees fit, a surprise that can bring cheers, motivation and encouragement to the student is very welcome.

V.18 No.51 | 12/17/2009
A march to end homelessness charged through Downtown along Fourth Street today. One participant told me it was organized by Health Care for the Homeless and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, among other providers.
Marisa Demarco

Help the Homeless

I got a phone call yesterday from Marcy Allen, a reader responding to intern Graeme Prentice-Mott’s article on the old Westside jail used as a shelter during the winter. Allen was struck by the article and wanted to get involved. She’s been speaking with Pastor John Hill at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission about how to help the homeless.

The New Life Program is part of the Rescue Mission. It feeds the public daily breakfast and dinner. And it also houses about 30 men with the goal of helping them back into the job market, says Pat Birmingham, assistant director of programs. “Our ministry serves destitute homeless, people with nowhere else to turn,” he says.

The program is looking for basics, like socks, underwear, toothpaste and shaving cream. “That’s just basic taking care of our fellow citizen stuff,” says Allen.

If you’d like to donate, bring such items down to the shelter at 525 Second Street SW. They accept donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are plenty of homeless providers who need donations of goods, money or time. Feel free to add as a comment to this blog a wish list along with drop-off hours and locations.

V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009
The men’s sleeping area at the old Westside jail, used as a homeless shelter during the winter months.
Eric Williams


Sleeping in the Old Jail

Is Albuquerque’s winter haven for the homeless up to code?

The western slope of the Petroglyphs falls dark early, except for an aisle of towering floodlights in front of a lone building. Men in winter coats file out of an old school bus carrying bedrolls. Then they wait. Before the men may go inside, the women who have ridden in the back of the bus must first clear through to their separate wing. Here, in the old Westside jail, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission has been sheltering people from the cold for about five winters.

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