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V.20 No.45 |

news

The Daily Word in Penn State riots, UC Berkeley beatdown and the 90-foot-wave surver

The Daily Word

Local credit unions see lots of new accounts after Bank Transfer Day.

The city of Farmington tries to assure Navajos that the city is a safe place for them to visit.

N.M. rattlers provide venom for cancer treatment.

Perry screws up. Big time.

A 70-year-old machine gun that still works.

Dude surfs a 90-foot wave.

Someone stole a ghost bike.

A trailer park in Tesuque Pueblo is demanding proof of citizenship from renters.

Unseen photos of Marilyn Monroe.

Caviar lipstick.

Police beat protesters with clubs at Occupy demonstration at UC Berkeley.

Penn State students riot over the firing of their football coach, who is accused of covering up his assistant coach's child molestation.

There are no more rhinos in West Africa.

Ex-banker takes over Greece.

California had a law against euthanizing "downer" animals. The Supreme Court overturned that law.

Why is gold our basis for money and not something else?

The Leila texts.

V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011

Feature

Bicycle Deaths

Ghost bikes are descansos (roadside memorials) that remind us of cyclists killed by vehicles. Although the New Mexico Department of Transportation documents more than 100 deaths of bicyclists in New Mexico since 1989, only 10 ghost bikes haunt Albuquerque’s streets. The Duke City Wheelmen Foundation installs ghost bikes when a friend or family notifies the group of a death. Jennifer Buntz, the group’s founder, says the Duke City Wheelman began memorializing fallen comrades in 2010. For more information on the individual memorials, how to install a ghost bike or to get involved, visit dukecitywheelmen.org. (EK)

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V.20 No.26 |

NEWS

Ghost bike commemorates fallen comrade

The Duke City Wheelmen Foundation will dedicate a ghost bike to Dan Montoya, Saturday at 9 a.m. The memorial will take place east of I-25 on Tramway.

The ghost bike commemorates Montoya's fatal crash with motorist Bruce Wickensburg on May 12. Wickensburg says he lost consciousness behind the wheel, according to the accident report.

Montoya, 54, a well-known member of the bicycling community, worked for Honeywell Aeronautics as a senior electrical engineer until his death. He is survived by his wife Deb Rivera, relatives and friends.

Jennifer Buntz, founder of the Duke City Wheelmen Foundation, will say a few words at Saturday's dedication about Montoya and bicycle advocacy efforts around the city. The event is open to the public.

Since its start in 2010, the Duke City Wheelmen Foundation has installed 12 ghost bikes throughout the city. The Albuquerque City Council passed a law last March protecting the ghost bikes as descansos, or roadside memorials. The foundation receives donated bikes for volunteers to sandblast and spray-paint white.

Another dedication will take place July 30 for Matt Trujillo, a cyclist who was killed in an unrelated car crash on May 12.

V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011

Council Watch

Pernicious Pigeons?

Police issues remain forefront during the public comment portion of the Council meetings. On Monday, March 7, councilors heard from a distraught Sylvia Fuentes, the mother of Len Fuentes, one of the 14 people shot by the Albuquerque Police Department in 2010.
V.20 No.8 | 2/24/2011

news

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Bob Dylan's Free Wheelin' girlfriend died.

Whippersnappers say no to the new sexiness.

In other news, a 23-year-old grandma looks like a grandma.

A bad lady was a mean to dogs.

Watch Thom Yorke kill Justin Bieber.

Alibi's Ben Radford reports on North American Lake Monsters.

Blair River, spokesperson for the Heart Attack Grill, died of pneumonia.

Banksy bailed out some artistic Russian hooligans.

It's life, Jim, but not as we know it. NASA found fossilized bacteria on a meteorite.

Quick. Somebody buy me a Dune coloring book.

I love e-books. Andy Rooney hates e-books.

China wins top honors in 700-year-old Chinese mummy preservation.

On the other hand, China's mega-mall is kind of like downtown Albuquerque.

National Geographic built the house from Up!

I don’t remember any of these weird wrestlers.

Godfather's Pizza guy for president.

Listen to the new smooth jazz Metallica.

My new burial plans involve being shattered like a frozen liquid Terminator.

Kidnappers cut off Samantha Hernandez’ finger.

Heather Wilson is probably going to run for Senate.

The arts board wants to protect Albuquerque’s Ghost Bikes.

Read more Albuquerque stories from Adelita over at DCF.

Happy birthay Bryan Cranston.

Thanks to Tom Nayder, Robert Masterson and Geoffrey Anjou for some of today’s fine news stories.

V.19 No.36 |

News

Descansos

This week, the news section talked about ghost bikes, memorials constructed around the state to mark the spot where a cyclist was killed by a vehicle. One went up in Laguna for the young activist who was riding across the country to raise money for breast cancer research.

The all-white bikes first began appearing in St. Louis, according to this site, but they've been installed across the country. They're reminders to drivers that we need to be aware and considerate of cyclists.

But many municipalities remove the ghost bikes. New Mexico's seen it happen. That bike in Laguna was removed by the state's Transportation Department. It was later re-erected after one activist found her way through some red tape. New York City is considering a adding a rule to the books on the "removal of derelict bicycles."

The problem, some say, is that the bikes are not treated as descansos, or traditional roadside memorials. Alibi.com ran a special websclusive article by Patrick Lohmann this week about the fight to keep ghost bikes in New Mexico.

V.19 No.36 | 9/9/2010

Neverending Stories

A Question of Descansos

The city and state have gone back and forth on whether they will allow ghost bikes to stand. Jennifer Buntz, president of the Duke City Wheelmen Foundation, champions the memorials for cyclists killed by motorists around the state.

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The Ghost Bike in Laguna

John Anczarski, 19, was cycling across the country with three friends to raise money for breast cancer research. The University of Colorado student began his trip in Pennsylvania and was heading for San Diego. He was 10 days from his destination on June 21 when an SUV in Laguna, N.M., ran him off the road. He suffered head trauma and died the next day at UNM Hospital.

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