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The Daily Word in Viagra for horses, unpaid premiums and flavored condoms

It looks like Google Doodle brought out the big guns for Valentine's Day … oh yeah, it's Valentine's Day.

Joel McHale has been chosen to host the White House Correspondents dinner. It might get a little “Soup”-y.

Oscar Pistorius is “consumed by sorrow” over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

Word to the wise: If you don't pay your premiums, you don't keep your insurance.

A former teacher is accused of phoning in a bomb threat to the school he used to work at. Where do they find these people?

The mayor will announce the new police chief some time this morning.

So wait … does Viagra help horses run faster? So where should I place my bets? But let's keep this on the hush-hush, know what I'm saying?

Just in case you're getting flavored condoms for tonight …

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The Daily Word in the postal service, Van Damme's split and New Mexico immigration

Mr. Ford can't fight the fever … “to lose some powers” has gotta be rough.

Police have identified the passenger who fell from a small plane that was flying over the Atlantic.

Patsy Davis' body was exhumed from her frontyard after her husband lost a court battle to keep her in her wanted resting place.

The postal service lost $5 billion this past year.

An abortion protester named Rives Grogan was arrested yesterday for shouting at people near Zimmerman Library about religion and abortion. He's being charged with disorderly conduct and public nuisance. And that's not counting his Veterans Day stunt.

Today is the last day for early voting in the special election. The election itself happens on Nov. 19.

US attorneys have prosecuted 5,999 people for immigration offenses in New Mexico so far this year, the fastest rise among the country's 94 judicial districts.

And you thought you could do the splits?

Vote

Happy Voting Day!

Polls stay open until 7 tonight

Today, it’s your Burqueño right and responsibility to choose the mayor, approve or disapprove some bonds, and possibly select a councilor for your district. Polls stay open until 7pm, and you can vote at any of them. The city’s even provided a map of polling locations that includes wait times.

Remember, for city elections, an ID is required. According to the city’s website, though, they’re pretty liberal about what constitutes voter identification:

• Government-issued card containing the voter's name and photo

• Driver's license

• Student identification card

• Credit or debit card

• Insurance card

• Union membership card

• Professional association card

• City Clerk-issued identification

• Other membership cards with the voter's name and photo

It’s certainly nice to see that if you’re one of the folks who could be negatively impacted by a voter ID law, you can at least present your Costco card in lieu of a driver’s license.

Municipal elections aren’t the sexiest of the elections (and that’s really saying something), but they represent a chance for normal people like you and me to have a say in what happens close to home. Take a few minutes to vote today and you’ll be justified in complaining about the results for the next 364.

V.22 No.39 | 9/26/2013
Theresa Thompson via Flickr cc

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It’s Called Voting

You should try it sometime

Wherein we premasticate and kiss-feed informative political nourishment to our dear readers. Scope the Alibi’s 2013 mayoral election digest before heading to the polls.

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The Daily Word in Dick Clark, feminist nuns and sex robots

New mayor of Sunland Park is 24-years-old.

Kirtland is going to look a little harder for leaked jet fuel.

Dick Clark made stars. R.I.P.

Paramedics in N.M. work 72-hour shifts.

DOH to medical board: You can't ask the feds to reclassify marijuana.

Romney says something weird about cookies.

Killer swan.

Sex robots are our future.

Vatican cracks down on feminist nuns.

"Hopefully" may spell the end of grammar.

DoubleOh.

Passengers say an American cruise ship ignored a drifting fishing boat, leaving two men to die.

V.20 No.21 | 5/26/2011
Courtesy of the City of Albuquerque

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Burque’s Game Plan

Rather than spending Chavez-style on one or two big-ticket items, why not spread that money into myriad projects that connect in an integrated way? That's the idea behind Berry's "ABQ the Plan.”

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010

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Politics as usual

Public servants and the most direct ways to harass them

Here they are, your beneficent elected officials. Call them often and tell them what a great job they are doing. They love to hear from their constituents.

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Tell the mayor what’s on your mind—in person—today

La migra in the Prisoner Transport Center? Officer-involved shootings? Take-home police cars? Water-sucking lawns? That fabled arena? Your neighbor’s dog? The rainbow warrior?

Mayor Richard Berry is holding a “Chat with the Mayor” session today at 2 p.m. With a New Mexico ID in your hand, you will be given five minutes with Berry. First-come, first-served at the Thomas Bell Community Center, 3001 University SE.

V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010

Council Watch

Mind on Its Money, Money on Its Mind

Coming off a monthlong break, the Council slid back into taking care of business at the Monday, Aug. 2 meeting.

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Worst Thing About Being Mayor So Far?

Cue the music you play for winners.
Cue the music you play for winners.

We asked Mayor Richard Berry that very question, along with others from the Best of Burque ballot. Find out what he said.

As a bonus, you can see my hand in our picture of the mayor. This hand will sign autographs: To Thad, Have a kick-ass summer! <3 ~Hand.

V.18 No.43 | 10/22/2009

Ortiz y Pino

We Were Mugged!

Why Richard Berry won the mayor’s seat

The morning after the municipal elections, as I was removing droopy “Romero for Mayor” signs from my front lawn while a steady drizzle soaked my jacket into a leaden metaphor for my soggy spirit, I got a cell phone call from a friend (actually, now a former friend) who was calling just to berate me.

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V.18 No.39 | 9/24/2009
(From left to right) Martin Chavez, Richard Romero and Richard (R.J.) Berry at the Wednesday, Sept. 16 debate sponsored by the   Alibi  ,   New Mexico Independent  , KNME and KUNM
Eric Williams

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Mayor

The Alibi endorses: Richard Romero

Mayor Martin Chavez is really good at a few things. And he’ll never let you forget it.

Chavez has been mayor of Albuquerque for 12 years, from 1993 to 1997, and later for two consecutive terms beginning in 2001. In the past, Albuquerque mayors were only allowed to serve two terms back to back. But Chavez sued the city early last year to have the term limit for the office removed—after he withdrew from the race for U.S. Senate—and he was successful.

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