The Daily Word in Manhattan bombing, drought farming, and the Emmys
A homemade bomb exploded in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring 29 people. The prime suspect of that bombing and an earlier one in New Jersey, Ahmed Khan Rahami, was arrested after a shootout with police this morning in New Jersey.
13-year-old Tyre King was fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio last week. An independent medical examiner has stated that King was "more likely than not" running from police when he was killed, based on the location and direction of the bullet wounds.
There's been a years-long drought in the Breadbasket of America, and the Ogalalla Aquifer -- the underground water reservoir that serves the farms of the Great Plains -- is drying up. It's time for us to revisit our destructive methods of farming and irrigating.
The Emmy Awards show was this weekend. Here's the highlights.
There's a nip in the air and people are starting to talk about "leaf peeping" again. It's autumn, hosers. In honor of the season, let's revisit this classic McSweeney's essay: "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers."
The Daily Word in Anaya, Diversity, Microwave Weapons and Hotdogs
New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya will be honored with a National Humanities Medal at a Sept. 22 White House ceremony.
UNM has the highest number, per capita, of Hispanic and Native American faculty in the USA. But academia still lags with regard to instructor diversity, say experts.
Wise Pies may have to temporarily halt operations due to a beef the company has with state tax officials.
A state Republican lawmaker has filed an ethics complaint against a child advocacy group that ran satirical ads on the teevee.
Among this coming weekend's TedxABQ Talks: a discussion of combat-based nonlethal microwave weapons being developed at the local Air Force Research Lab.
The New Mexico Restaurant Association says Tatsu Miyazaki is our state's Chef of the Year; Pizza 9 also won a good neighbor award for being a positive force in our community, writes Las Cruces' newspaper of record.
The Texas Hornshell mussel is an endangered species struggling to spread its DNA in Southeastern New Mexican rivers.
Nearby Cibola County has seen a 50 percent decrease in precipitation over the past year.
Burque resident Anthony C. Osmond used a hotdog to catch and release a 28 inch tiger muskie.
UNM Landscape Prof at Page 1
Baker H. Morrow, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of N.M., will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 1, to talk about and sign his updated non-fiction effort, Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes: Keyed to Cities and Regions in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Revised and Expanded Edition.
The book is described as such: "First published in 1995, this invaluable guide to the trees, shrubs, ground covers, and smaller plants that thrive in New Mexico's many life zones and growing areas is now available in a long-awaited new edition. Landscape architect Baker H. Morrow considers the significant factors that impact planting in New Mexico—including soil conditions, altitude, drought, urban expansion, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation—to provide the tools for successful gardens and landscapes in the state. Added photographs and sketches identify the forms and uses of plants, including many new species that have become widely available in the region since the 1990s. The latest recommendations for specific cities and towns include more photos for ease of reference, and botanical names have also been updated. With ingenuity and efficient water management, Morrow demonstrates how to create landscapes that provide shade, color, oxygen, soil protection, windscreening and outdoor enjoyment."
Morrow, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has been a principal of Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., Landscape Architects for the past 36 years. Morrow is Professor of Practice of Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico (since 1975), where he is the founder of the MLA program in the School of Architecture and Planning. A third-generation New Mexican, he is the author of a number of books, including Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes and A Dictionary of Landscape Architecture, and the co-editor of Canyon Gardens: The Ancient Pueblo Landscapes of the American Southwest. Morrow is an award-winning landscape architect, experienced at working with stakeholders on pressing issues in both English and Spanish. He and his firm have received over 90 design awards and citations since 1980. Practicing in New Mexico and the surrounding area, he has served as project manager and principal in charge for more than 3000 projects. Among Professor Morrow’s award winning projects are the Journal Center, the New Mexico State Fairgrounds entries, Park Square, Dietz Farm Plaza, Children’s Psychiatric Center at UNM, St. Joseph Square, the Albuquerque Academy, and Yale Boulevard in Albuquerque.
Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Morrow event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.
The Daily Word in democracy, pizza and Hotel California
Yesterday's Daily Word proffered in-depth coverage of the Paris terror attacks on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. In the spirit of promoting the universal values of democracy and freedom of expression, here's a link to an English translation of Charlie Hebdo's website. Parlez-vous français? Here's the original, untranslated link.
The drought-sapped rivers of the Southwest formally invite El Niño to kick up "the oomph."
Northbound Girard at Coal is closed as police investigate a city bus crashing into a home. According to APD, no one in the home was injured, and information on passenger injuries is forthcoming.
FREE download OTD = Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove's truly creepy cover of the Eagles' "Hotel California." Stream and download it here.
Wherever you're heading, "bring your Alibis" along for our websclusive weekly pop quiz, a review of dirty German sex comedy Wetlands, your weekly rock sermon, a Netflix-centric We Like to Watch (Instantly) column on Finding Fela!, The Weird World of Blowfly and Hit So Hard, an interview with awesome Native comedy troupe the 1491s and a review of Indian-slash-Nepali restaurant Taste of Himalayas.
The Daily Word in cold onion rings, decriminalizing marijuana and a flying Yoda
A man is suing the Bloomfield, N.M. Burger King; he claims he was attacked by the manager after complaining that his order of onion rings was cold.
Beginning this weekend, The East Mountain Centre for Theatre is presenting an original musical with a catered dinner in Sandia Park.
The Special Shapes Rodeo at Balloon Fiesta this morn included floating objects resembling a cactus, an owl and Yoda, among other flights of fancy.
New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Gary King believes in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana but incumbent Susana Martinez disagrees.
The 12th annual Soccorrofest happens this weekend and features funky, rockin’ local blues quartet Rhythm Divine.
Going into this weekend’s action, the UNM Volleyball team remains undefeated.
Over at HuffPo, author Sandra Ramos-O’Briant writes about driving from Burque to El Defe in 1967.
Owing to ongoing drought, this year’s Maize Maze is mostly composed of sorghum.
The Daily Word in rabbit heads, smell-texts, and rousting the homeless from the Bosque
There's a large forest fire north of Gallup.
BCSO is rousting homeless from the Bosque again.
APD aren't the only police department in New Mexico involved in controversial shootings.
There is going to be a shake up in the central Bernalillo County administrative offices and not everyone is pleased.
It's not easy returning fine art stolen by the Third Reich to the rightful owners.
Yeah, you live in New Mexico, where Betty Boop is a Chicana icon—but how much do you really know about the curvaceous Fleischer character?
Some folks find rabbit heads a culinary delicacy.
Florida may be the next state to legalize medical marijuana.
And now ... some outrageous messages on church signs!
You will soon be able to text your friends the smell of that fart you just ripped.
The garage where reporter Bob Woodward met with his source known as "deep throat" while writing one of the most bombastic stories in US political history is being razed.
The Bugs of Summer
A long-term drought shakes up the insect world, here’s how to deal with it.
The Daily Word in grasshopper clouds, millennial habitats and synthetic drugs
Swarms of grasshoppers have been observed in many areas of Albuquerque.
Hello and goodbye, Nicolas Gregory Chili Buss.
A drought advisory has been issued by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.
A new pool for the South Valley is needed but is not funded.
The DEA is busy busting local synthetic-drug pushers.
Some bad men who beat and then kidnapped an El Paso man, driving him to Albuquerque in the process, have been sentenced to long prison terms.
There is a job fair for veterans today at the Convention Center.
Millennials have a habitat. Knowledge of that habitat can be exploited by capitalists seeking to acquire more feria.
UFO expert Alejandro Rojas posted this letter about Kirtland Air Force Base and the Paul Bennewitz controversy.
Journal columnist Leslie Linthicum, writing about the recent City Council meeting takeover, is criticized by a commenter for “keeping with Albuquerque Journal's longstanding policy of presenting uninformed corporate stoogery as journalism."
Monitoring the Drought
It’s dry, dry, dry[ Thu Mar 27 2014 5:18 PM ]
Things are heating up around the state, folks, and not in a good way. Significant portions of the Land of Enchantment are currently suffering under extra-dry conditions, and almost a quarter of the state is dealing with extreme drought.
A press release from the Office of the State Engineer says:
“This chart depicts an analysis of drought severity in New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.”
For more information visit the New Mexico Governor’s Drought Task Force website.
Forget the Groundhog: Harvester Ants Say Spring is Here
Important weather info: Not only were termites swarming early, but ticks are out in full force and that’s about a month too early. More importantly, harvester ants are coming out; they would never come out if the ground were going to freeze again. Spring is here to stay, and summer is around the corner.
Because of the drought, many insects will be trying to get inside your home. Many more will be coming out of the desert looking for water—there isn’t any out there.
Surprisingly, there was a mosquito under my outside light last night. I could tell by the way it was standing that it was an Aedes mosquito. Of the 18 species of Aedes in NM, 13 are vectors of encephalitis or West Nile Virus. There won't be much water out in the wilderness, so they’ll be breeding in standing water around our homes. Mosquitoes aren't going to go away; they are going to become even more common in cities and towns, where the water is.
The termites, ticks, harvester ants and mosquitoes convince me spring is here, and global warming is a real thing. You’ll need to keep plenty of non-DEET mosquito repellant on hand.
The Daily Word in drones, reefer stores, hematomas and how the NSA controls your iPhone
Here's a list of local holiday closures to help you figure out when to put out your trash and stuff.
The Rio Grande is bone-dry in southern New Mexico.
Santa Fe's plastic bag ban takes effect February 27th 2014.
NSA has 100% access to your iPhone. Messages, contacts—and they can remotely turn it into a listening device. Not cool.
Ariel Castro's neighbor was a murder-raping pig and he is going to jail.
Michael Schumacher is getting relatively better after his terrible skiing accident.
There is now a better cardboard box, people.
Cab Calloway's lexicon of hip will make you the life of the party before you cop a final.
Dig this totally righteous anti-Nazi Christmas card from 1943.
"The octopus-man would make a fine policeman or soldier ...."
The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers
Something royal this way comes ...
Police have identified one of three murder victims in East Cleveland, and they've charged 35-year-old Michael Madison with three counts of aggravated murder.
German roller-coaster manufacturer is sending experts to Arlington, Texas to investigate the death of a victim who died while riding the Texas Giant over the weekend.
Mohammed Morsi, recently ousted president of Egypt, has gone missing, and family claims he was "abducted by army."
Police are investigating the drowning of 19-year-old Matthew Mares in Los Lunas that happened over the weekend.
APD to testify today in court in a wrongful death lawsuit in relation to the shooting of 27-year-old Christopher Torres in 2011.
Carlsbad farmers could possibly receive less than half the water allotted to them from a network of wells that pump groundwater into the Pecos river.
In a nutshell: If you fake cancer and take $9,000 in donations from your community, then you're probably gonna go to jail.
Bite Sized Edition
The Alibi’s monthly news buffet
The Daily Word in Levi Chavez, Jenny McCarthy and the worst person in North America
The latest police shooting at least has a certain comedic value.
The Bosque has reopened! Please don't set it on fire.
Even though Los Zetas leader Miguel Treviño (official Worst Person in the North America and responsible for some truly evil acts) has been captured, don't expect Mexican cartel violence to stop any time soon.
And finally, today it's ok to marry gay in the UK.
The Daily Word in Levi Chavez, water-swiping Texans and Sarah Palin redux
The recent rains mean that the National Forests aren't quite as likely to catch on fire if you camp in them. But you're still not allowed to do it yet.
Something something Levi Chavez trial something!
The Texans are coming for your water.
Behold, the strange and convoluted saga of the worst video game in the world! And charity marathon!
Sarah Palin is planning on running for senate.
Australia is spying on phone records too. But for really important reasons, like catching litterbugs.
You should be ashamed for giving up on Catch-22 after only 20 pages, but hey, at least you're not alone. Goodreads presents a graphic of the most commonly abandoned books.