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 V.14 No.17 | April 28 - May 4, 2005 

Newscity

Size Still Matters

Resident takes city to court over water metering system

In Albuquerque, approximately 10,000 households are paying more than they need to on their water bill. That's right, you heard me. And if you belong to one of these households, you've probably been paying extra since you moved into your home—which for some, could be more than 20 years ago. The potential extra cost can be found in the "fixed" charge that comes with your water bill that's based on the size of the water meter that you have on your system. It may not seem like much at first but when added up every month over the course of 23 years, it's certainly enough to get Gary Williams, a retired military officer, riled up. It's also apparently enough to get him to take the city to court.

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Thin Line

Bloggers united. If you're looking for a small taste of home-cooked news, opinion and sincere social blather, there's a new website, www.dukecityfix.com, that deserves some praise for its design, informed analysis and occasional sophistication. If you are a local news hound who just can't succumb to the Albuquerque Journal's sleep-inducing product, and pine for the days when the Albuquerque Tribune was one of the finest mid-market dailies in the nation, you might go to this blog for respite. I'm not saying it's comprehensive, but if you look at what a group of local volunteers are doing online to promote the city and foster dialogue among our citizens, you will see further reason for the decline of mainstream newspaper readership. Don't get me wrong; someday these folks could wind up competing with our own feisty alt.weekly, and as the day approaches, well, let the games begin! Competition, in theory, breeds better quality. Check them out and see for yourself.

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Ortiz y Pino

A Quiet Revolution

There is no escape! There really is no end in sight! I'm just guessing here, but I'm sure that during last week's tumultuous school board hearing on charter school renewals this thought must have crossed the minds of all APS School officials present.

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Council Watch

Double Header

After slogging through a Committee of the Whole meeting, councilors tucked into their regular April 18 agenda. Councilor Sally Mayer's bill reinstating the community mediation program passed unanimously, as did Councilor Martin Heinrich's bill requiring that city buildings over 5,000 square feet meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Councilor Tina Cummins' bill bringing Albuquerque fire safety regulations in line with the recently adopted International Fire Code passed unanimously. And Councilor Craig Loy got a unanimous go ahead for his bill allowing a disabling "boot" to be placed on the vehicles of first-time DWI offenders. Councilor Eric Griego again pushed the Downtown arena negotiations, calling for either a viable financing proposal from Arena Management Company or a new bidding process. Councilor Miguel Gomez, hinting at a competing plan, called for a second hearing, once more halting the bill.

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Commentary

Environmentalism, R.I.P.

Just when I was getting ready to celebrate Earth Day, environmentalism kicked the bucket.

Twenty-five leaders of large enviro groups were recently interviewed for "The Death of Environmentalism," a report presented at a recent conference of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and authors Mark Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus concluded the environmental movement has become a relic and a failure. They're right. The movement too narrowly defines environmental problems and relies almost exclusively on shortsighted technical solutions. It lacks new ideas. Easy access to foundation funding has let it grow fat and complacent.

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Letters

So there are almost 100 bands in this town that are better than Vertigo Venus? Wow. Who knew Albuquerque was such a hot bed of talent. Maybe they should move the SXSW from Austin to Albuquerque. Well, that ought to teach any other bands from Detroit a good lesson about moving to New Mexico. What do you do when you're that weak? Crawl, baby, crawl.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Argentina—Rock star Andres Calamaro was recently charged with saying that he would like to smoke marijuana--a statement he made more than 10 years ago. “I feel so good that I could smoke a joint,” Calamaro told a crowd of 100,000 fans on Nov. 19, 1994 in La Plata, 30 miles south of Buenos Aries. Calamaro, 43, figured he was off the hook in 1995 when a group of enraged parents hauled him before a judge, who dismissed the charges of justifying a crime. Undeterred, the parents spent the last 10 years looking for a less “liberal” judge. “This trial is absurd. It's Kafkaesque,” Calamaro's lawyer, Jose Stefanuolo told a crowd of fans who came to support the musician. Stefanuolo says he will try to get the case dismissed. If that doesn't work, he will invoke the statute of limitations.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Twinkle, Twinkle, Albuquerque Stars

Twinkle Light Parade

Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

Run, Santa, Run

Santa Shuffle and Elf Scoot

Watch runners complete a 5K or walk a 1K in a Santa costume.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 3)

The Other Rio Grande

River of Lights

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
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Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
Public Domain

EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Dec 4)

Armed with Knowledge

Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Dec 7)

Second Star to the Right

Stargazing Night

Peer through telescopes at the dark winter sky. Learn about stars, constellations and other night sky objects with astronomers from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Dec 10)

Starlight in a Paper Bag

Eleventh Annual South Valley Acequia of Lights

Stroll along the enchanting luminaria-lit Atrisco Acequia under the stars.
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Today's Events

Kick off the holiday season with dozens of festive floats, dancers, car clubs, animals, marching bands and more.

Elevated at Westside Community Center

River of Lights at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

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