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The Daily Word in Olive Garden, Chick-Fil-A and the destruction of the universe.

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Put a coin in dry ice.

Olive Garden offers you endless noodles for seven weeks.

The founder of Chick-Fil-A died.

Kate Middleton is pregnant again.

Will Bernalillo County commissioners put pot on the ballot?

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The Grim Reaper spoke to KRQE.

Happy birthday, Aimee Mann.

Opinion

County Commission Offers Alternative to Berry's Tender Mercies

On Friday, Aug. 29, Mayor Richard J. Berry made history. In his YouTube communiqué debut, Berry became the first Albuquerque mayor to veto an election amendment. According to Berry's statement, R-14-91 contained proposals he couldn't "in good conscience" allow Albuquerque citizens to vote on. Translation: Berry claims his ethics prevented him from permitting us to weigh in at the polls on a) raising sales tax one-eighth of a centto fund social services for the addicted, homeless and mentally illand b) to reduce criminal penalties for the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

R-14-91 also contained ballot initiatives to a) grant the City Council approval authority over the Mayor's hiring of police and fire chiefs, b) change the voter-initiative process to prevent costly special elections and c) a bond proposal to fund "metropolitan redevelopment." In layman's terms, Berry's veto was a political strong-arm tactic to get the City Council to drop the tax increase and penalty reduction initiatives. Otherwise, these other three issues wouldn't get to voters. And it worked. On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Council compromised (read: caved).

And that, as they say, could have been that. But on Friday, Sept. 5, the Bernalillo County Commission issued a press release calling for voter input on the tax increase and marijuana penalty reduction initiatives that Berry nixed. In the release Commission Chair Debbie O’Malley said, “It’s critical that we hear directly from the people about how to move forward on these two issues that have such a major impact on our community. We need to look for ways to divert people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead. This issue impacts all of us and Bernalillo County residents are ready to talk about solutions.”

In the same release, Commissioner Maggie Hart-Stebbins states, “Better access to mental health services and marijuana penalties are clearly on the minds of Bernalillo County residents. Both of these issues have a significant impact on public safety and county government so it makes sense to give the voters a say in this community discussion.”

The County Commission will convene on Monday, Sept. 8, at 10am to make a final decision on which questions voters will get to address. That's where you come in. O'Malley and Hart-Stebbins want your input on the tax and marijuana penalty initiatives. Based on the overwhelmingly critical responses to Berry's veto video and the veto post on his Facebook page, many of you have something to say. So say it. If the Commission adds these initiatives to the ballot, all Bernalillo County residentsnot just city folkwill have an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in creating local public policy.

These are difficult times for our city, and we appear to be at a crossroads. It's easy to be cynical. But rather than reposting memesespecially those featuring Mark Twain's belief that voting makes no differencetake a few minutes this weekend to engage your representatives on issues that matter to you. To facilitate that conversation, scroll on for quick links to contact O'Malley and Hart Stebbins. Use your voice. It's more powerful than you know.

Click here to email Debbie O'Malley or call her at (505) 468-7027.

Click here to email Maggie Hart-Stebbins or call her at (505) 468-7108.

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Playing Goddess: Animales Animados

Joanna Furgal

Before Coronado’s colonization, one of the names for this place was Tiguex. Nowadays the name has both mystic and civic connotations; it recalls the world as it was before European intervention, and it’s the name of a park near the historic center of Albuquerque. And it’s the perfect place to ponder the mystery and magic of human and animal life on earth, past and present. On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4:30pm, Tiguex Park (1800 Mountain NW) will be the site of Animales Animados: Gods, Goddesses and Mythical Creatures, a collaborative effort combining the talents of Burque’s musical avant-garde and a lofty incarnation of our burg’s awesome aerialists, represented by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective and AirDance ArtSpace.

Musical discourses by Monica Demarco, Mauro Woody, Gena Lawson and others will be accompanied and interpreted by air dancers including Christina Cavaleri, Joanna Furgal, Guadalupe Chavez, Tasha Books and Kristen Galbreath. The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds generated through this musical flight through the before time go toward supporting homegrown women's experimental music festival Gatas y Vatas. Tiguex Park • Sun Sep 7 • 4:30pm • $10 suggested donation • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in yearbook woes, the job market and free pot

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Economists say the job growth in August wasn't very good, but there's no reason to worry.

In Florida, a missing autistic boy was found unharmed; however, the man he was found with is suspected of four murders.

A Maine mother is fighting the state over a do-not-resuscitate order placed on her injured child.

Another individual has come forward to sue Penn State in regard to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Brooksville, Fla. vs. red light cameras

Open space officers located a group of hikers who went missing yesterday in the Embudito area. All three were unharmed.

The autopsy report has been released for the gruesome killing of Emily Lambert in March in Carlsbad, N.M.

People in Portales, N.M., are outraged at topless photos in a high school yearbook.

What's on your New Mexico bucket list?

Starting next summer, citizens in Berkeley, Calif., who make less than $32,000 can get free pot. Assuming they have a medical marijuana card, of course.

Alibi Picks

The Cuckoo Flies Again: ALT stages a crazy classic

In 1962 Ken Kesey wasn’t yet known as a Merry Prankster when his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, groundbreaking for its critical portrayal of a mental institution, launched him from a ’60s acid muncher to the higher pantheon of American letters. For the 85th anniversary of Albuquerque Little Theatre (224 San Pasquale SW), William R. Stafford directs the stage adaptation of the book. Join the crazies and follow the intrigues of Randle P. McMurphyfamously played by Jack Nicholson in the movie versionas he pleads insanity to elude criminal charges and spends a stint in a psychiatric hospital.

We soon wonder which is worsejail or the psych ward? Things get heated as he butts heads with the dominatrix-like Nurse Ratched, who rules the hospital with an iron fist. The action mounts when McMurphy leads the patients into open revolt and all hell breaks loose. It’s a bold look at what defines “insanity” in an uptight society. Who’s crazier, the doctor or the patient? Runs through Sept. 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm; with a special performance on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30pm. Tickets $12-$22. See albuquerquelittletheatre.org or call 242-4750 for more info. Albuquerque Little Theatre • Fri Sep 5 • 7:30pm • $12-$22 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in jet fuel, horse meat and performance art

The Daily Word

The New Mexico Public Education Department is grabbing the financial reins for a group of troubled Albuquerque charter schools.

It may rain this week. *fingers crossed*

The New Mexico State Fair is less than a week away. Eat something fried for me.

Azul Burrito Co., we barely knew ye.

UNM is "not substantially compliant" with the Clery Act, which requires schools to properly communicate and monitor campus safety issues.

"Breaking Bad" is the gift that keeps on giving.

Colonel Tom Miller asks for a take-back on previously submitted KAFB jet fuel spill data.

Today in cultural relativity, zoo animals in Albuquerque will probably get to eat horse meat. And that's not unusual.

Performance art ain't dead yet, and thank goodness (and folks like Emma Sulkowicz) for that.

Alibi Picks

King Kong of Car Shows: KongFusion 2014

Via Wikipedia

There's a thing about car shows: A lot of the time, people think you have to be obsessed with trannys and motors to be included in the fun. But sometimes a car show comes around that has so much more than vehicular jargon that it's almost a waste to look at the cars ... but you do anyways. So if you like cars, or tolerate them, head over to the KongFusion Car Show & Tattoo Expo at Santa Ana Star Center (3001 Civic Center NE) in Rio Rancho for this three-day extravaganza featuring a bikini contest, a burnout contest, games such as Car Limbo and Car Glow, and cash prizes. That's just the tip of the motor, so to speak.

There will also be live music, and by that, we mean rap stars Chamillionaire and Paul Wall, and industrial rock group Powerman 5000. If that's not enough to rev your engine, I don't know what is. The event starts tomorrow at 6pm and continues on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at 11am. Tickets go for $5 (kids), $15 (adults) and three-day passes for $30. Showcasing the “finest and loudest rides in New Mexico,” this should be a memorable outing. Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho • Fri Sep 5 • 6-10pm • $5-$30 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

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The Daily Word in Saved by the Bell and a butt full of cocaine

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Another APD lapel camera somehow stopped recording during a fatal shooting.

Ricky Gervais is kind of a prick, but no surprise there.

Cee Lo Green is actually a huge prick and maybe a rapist, which is more surprising and makes me sad.

Vice magazine continues its hard-hitting reporting by answering the question: What happens when you put cocaine in your butt?

Two UNM physicians are going to kill a bunch of grasshoppers.

The New York St. Patrick’s Day parade will be cooler and gayer this year.

And, for the children of the late 20th century, here are 100 things that apparently happened in that Saved By the Bell movie that you didn’t watch but secretly kind of wanted to.

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The Daily Word in the might of Putin, self-decapitation and what the future holds for the ABQ Isotopes

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A 650 year old tree named Yoda died in El Malpais.

Next season the Isotopes may no longer be the LA Dodger's farm team.

Some folks think skateboarders are going too fast through one ABQ neighborhood.

A man engineered his own decapitation.

Vladimir Putin is shooting his mouth off about the might of Russian armed forces.

Some letters between RFK and JFK are up for auction.

The singer of Survivor died.

Justin Bieber was arrested following an ATV collision.

Negativland is releasing a new album of biblical proportions.

Check out this Pretticons video directed by Richard Kern. Quite different from Kern's earlier work.

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The Daily Word in nude photos, Joan Rivers and dinosaur battles.

The Daily Word

Hackers leak nude celebrity photos snatched from the cloud.

Doctors will wake Joan Rivers from her medically induced coma.

A radioactive boar is running loose in Germany. It has not yet grown to gigantic proportions.

Famous authors’ day jobs might surprise you.

Watch footage of Katy Perry as a teenager. A couple minutes will suffice.

The Portuguese man-of-war is beautiful, as these photos illustrate.

You’ll be able to use your iPhone 6 like a credit card.

APD arrested a shooting suspect last night.

Police are searching for a suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting.

Happy birthday, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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