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V.23 No.40 |

News

The Daily Word in balloons, Vulcans and tiger muskies

The Daily Word

Although the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Board made a bid to bring them here, next year's World Hot Air Ballooning Championships will be held in Saga, Japan.

The Albuquerque Development Commission approved renovation plans for the El Vado Motel.

The Vulcans are here.

A man allegedly threatened others with an AK-47 at the Rio Rancho Wal-Mart. He was arrested.

Apparently two local firefighters fought.

A UNM official apologized for some of the "sensational and controversial" topics on offer at this year's Celebrate Sex event.

At least three Albuquerqueans caught a tiger muskie this past week at Bluewater Lake. One "was trolling a rainbow-colored jointed Rapala" while another used a hot dog as bait.

An accused Alison Krauss impersonator was arrested at an Albuquerque motel.

Director Adam Wingard talks to the Mountain View Telegraph about filming in Moriarty and Estancia, N.M.

Fringe conspiracy theory website Top Secret Writers covers police brutality in Burque.

V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012

Council Watch

Fresh Eyes

Albuquerque hires a new independent review officer and councilors consider big-box regulations.
V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

A Ford in the Rio Grande

El Vado Auto Court’s uncertain but promising future

Amid the Spanish Pueblo revival architectural accents and painted figures from Native American mythology that adorn El Vado Auto Court’s peeling walls, a banner announces “The purest Route 66 motel surviving! 70 years of continuous hospitality!” It’s a sad irony for a business that has been shuttered since 2005 and whose ultimate fate remains in limbo.
V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
R.I.P. Aztec Motel

Architecture

Aztec Motel razed

A piece of Americana was lost last week as the Aztec Motel, which once stood at Central and Aliso in Nob Hill, was demolished. According to this KRQE report, owner Jerry Landgraf, said it would have cost too much—an estimated $1 million (which, in the scheme of things, seems like an insignificant amount of money)—to restore the memorabilia-bedecked landmark, built in 1932. Landgraf now intends to erect lofts or shops at the site. On the bright side, the City of Albuquerque owns El Vado and the De Anza, and plans to restore those historic Route 66 motels.