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 Oct 19 - 25, 2006 
Al McCly was homeless for years before being recruited to help build the Albuquerque Opportunity Center, where he now works.

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Off the Streets

A look at one of Albuquerque’s shelters for homeless men

By Jacqueline Paul

Al McCly came to Albuquerque in 2001 to see how far he could get from his estranged wife. Before long, he had lost his car, been in jail and lived underneath a tree in an abandoned lot all due to his problems with alcohol. McCly explains that camping under the deserted tree was easy. With his last few bucks he bought all the supplies he'd need to live in the open. “I didn’t have to pay rent or worry about anything,” he says.

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News Bite

Trash Gas to Juice

City councilors aim to convert local landfill gas to electricity

By Laura Paskus

It’s pretty easy to ignore trash. You throw it in the dumpster, leave it in a container alongside the curb, a truck picks it up and shoots it off to the landfill. Few think ever again about that trash rotting in a landfill; even fewer consider the gas coming off those landfills. The fumes are mostly methane gas, but also carbon dioxide, organic compounds such as nitrogen and sulfur, and toxic chemicals such as benzene and vinyl chloride.

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Robert Hyde’s been his brother’s close ally through John’s long bout with schizophrenia.
Wes Naman

News Feature

The Kendra Question

The fight over Kendra’s Law may be over, but the question remains: Does it pertain to John Hyde?

By Mark Sanders

In August of last year, when John Hyde infamously put Albuquerque in the national spotlight, not many locals were talking about Kendra’s Law. There was no reason, really, until the ill-fated day when Hyde shot and killed five city residents, including two police officers. Soon afterward, the law—which makes mental health outpatient care mandatory under certain circumstances—became synonymous with the Hyde killings.

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Thin Line

By John Bear

You Can't Make This Stuff Up--It has been a strange and decidedly terrible past couple of weeks in the world, evident from the headlines barraging our nation's front pages. So many bizarre and unimaginable incidents have transpired that I feel the need to slap myself around and splash water in my face to make sure I'm not in the middle of some prolonged nightmare. It’s times like these that made me decide to become a journalist instead of a fiction writer. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Commentary

Vote for Cash

Arizona has an initiative on the ballot this November that would reward one lucky voter with $1 million in future elections. Should New Mexico do the same?

By Zim Emig

Roughly half of the 64 percent of eligible New Mexican voters who bothered to vote in the 2004 presidential elections cast their ballots for John Kerry. You know who you are. You’re the wide-eyed hopefuls who awoke Black Wednesday with third-degree heartburn and both ears still ringing from the blows ... of the news that amidst widespread allegations of voter disfranchisement, fraud and electronic vote flipping in states like Ohio and New Mexico, it took less than half a day for DNC "strategists" to convince Kerry to throw in the towel.

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Punch Line

For Sale: Land and Property. Whites Only.

Repeal a racist section of the state constitution--vote “Yes” for Constitutional Amendment No. 1

By Eric Griego

For those of you laggards who have not yet filled out your absentee ballot or voted early, here is some important information on the upcoming election. Pay attention.

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Ortiz y Pino

Forget the Carrot, Whale with the Stick

No Child Left Behind is a failure, and those who voted not to fund it should be held responsible

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

The first time we fall for the ol’ “bait ’n’ switch” tactic, we should justifiably feel angry at the con man who tricked us. But if we fall into the same snare a second time, it really is ourselves we should be pissed at. And subsequent pratfalls ought, at some point, to produce at least a wary kind of learning--either that or we deserve whatever we're being dished.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Wisconsin--A 20-year-old man has been charged with armed robbery in a hold up that took place in his parents’ Campbellsport tavern last Thursday night. A bartender told investigators that she was closing up CC Cody’s Tavern late Thursday when a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt and ski mask entered and pointed a gun at her. The man told her to get down and then shoved her to the floor. The bartender said when she turned, the cash drawer and her purse were gone. The bartender easily identified the robber, however. She told police she recognized his voice as belonging to Chad Rinas, who had just finished his shift working at the bar, which his parents own. Law enforcement officers arrested Rinas several hours later at a Campbellsport mobile home park. Rinas was charged with armed robbery with use of force, obstructing an officer and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

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Letters

[RE: Letters, “Vagrant Park,” Oct. 12-18] Although I live in Taos, I have worked in Albuquerque for the Trinity House crew which serves a free community picnic to anyone who wants it every Sunday at Robinson Park. The lovely work they do includes providing a toilet for people when nobody else—not even the city—will do so. To shed light on the recent misinformation sent to you and published as a letter to the editor, let it be known that Trinity House is not a church. They are a home for people who don't fit in to churches, as part of the anarchistic Catholic Worker Movement, started in the ’30s to help “build the new society within the shell of the old.” Trinity House gets its name from the infamous nuclear bomb detonated here in New Mexico 61 years ago, as well as the notion that “God is for all of us; God is in all of us; and God is with all of us.”

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The Long Con

UFOs: Physical Extraterrestrial or Paraphysical Interdimensional

By Joshua Lee
A discussion on how personal, physical observations vary in time and materialization.
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Get Ready to Pet All the Puppers

Woofstock Pet Expo and Adoption Festival

By Robin Babb
Featuring an agility course, vaccine and microchip clinic, nail trimming, pet care info booths, raffles and more.
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Space Junk

Pieces of Other Worlds: Samples from Across the Solar System

By Joshua Lee
Dr. Carlton Allen discusses scientific research of the formation and evolution of our solar system.
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Nature's Name Day

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge 5th Birthday Party

By Maggie Grimason
Cake, hayrides, music, food trucks, kids activities, children's book drive and more.
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(Don't) Get Lost

Map Festival

By Joshua Lee
scavenger hunt for children, workshops, discussions about electronic map resources, door prizes and more.
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A Good Place to Drink Your First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Year

Corrales Harvest Festival 2017

By Robin Babb
Food, music, N.M. cultural history, a kids zone with rides and activities, haywagon rides and more.
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Lively Livers

Liver Life Walk

By Rini Grammer
Raise community awareness of the American Liver Foundation's work in supporting liver health through education, research, community involvement, patient and family advocacy and more.
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What time is it? Healing Time!

Healing Winds Psychic Fair

By Taylor Grabowsky
Psychic readings, reiki, holistic products, spiritual portrait artist, yoga, alternative health demonstrations, food vendors, entertainment for kids and much more.
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