Honoring the Departed
Sunday, Nov 1: 23rd Annual South Valley Dia de los Muertos Marigold Parade and Celebration
Bosque Battle Déjà Vu
The Daily Word in Facebook feuds, the Aurora shooter and egg shaming
It just goes to show that when you decline someone's Facebook friend request, things can get a little heated.
After Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana, some neighboring states are asking the US Supreme Court to deem it unconstitutional.
Rapper Bobby Shmurda pleads not guilty after being arrested for gang conspiracy and gun charges.
The parents of accused Aurora shooter James Holmes sent a letter to prosecutors asking for their son's life to be spared.
MSNBC lists 10 topics to expect at President Obama's 2014 year-end press conference.
Two people were left dead and one in the hospital after a high-speed chase ensued on US 550 in Bernalillo County.
A teenage kid was harassed by a Walgreens manager for buying eggs for his mama. The nerve of some people.
The historic Old Mountain Lodge was lost in a fire yesterday in Carnuel, N.M.
The DA's Office says Kari Brandenburg is still weighing whether to charge APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez for the shooting of James Boyd.
Calaveras on Parade
A Muertos y Marigolds photo essay
Editor’s note: Artist and Free Art Friday Albuquerque founder Stephanie Galloway has a talent for capturing the beauty of art—and setting it free. Enjoy Galloway’s Día de los Muertos photos from the 2013 Muertos y Marigolds Parade below.
Eeeee! Who you callin’ turkey, chicharrón?
This week in Food, Ari LeVaux visits decades-old Chicharroneria Orozco’s new digs on Bridge and samples a golden-fried plate of turkey tails (aka colitas de pavo), one of the few non-pork meats in the place.
In other chicharrón news, that’s the name of the porcine sidekick carried around by Lynette ("Shit Burqueños Say") in a new series of New Mexico State Fair commercials. Felicidades to Blackout Theatre and Expo New Mexico for a local marketing campaign that’s actually, and awesomely, local.
Calls From the Pen
Media Literacy Project’s one-night extravaganza keeps the line open for inmates
Los Turkey Tails
The 23 year-old Chicharroneria Orozco has for years inhabited a drafty adobe on Isleta. But this summer it set up shop in new digs on the north side of Bridge, just west of the river, in the same building that the underwhelming Siete Mares used to occupy.
New patients 101
This week’s feature examines First Choice Healthcare, celebrating its 40th year of helping underserved areas throughout the state stay in tip-top shape. But while First Choice is accepting new patients, Michelle Melendez says that appointments and routine visits are difficult to schedule right away. Most folks wait several weeks. Here’s a checklist of things to do during that time to ensure your visit runs smoothly.
• If you have insurance, check with them to see if First Choice is in your network. Double-check your policy’s co-pay and deductible. Call and ask how much it’ll cost you if you need lab work or X-rays. That way you have an idea of how much you’ll be paying out of pocket.
• If you don’t have insurance, gather any documents you might need for financial assistance. This might include tax returns, W2 and 1099 forms, pay stubs, bank statements, proof of residence (utility bills), identification documents (social security card, birth certificates, etc.), picture ID (driver’s license), daycare documents, and documents from any other financial assistance or insurance programs you’re enrolled in. Make a file for you, your spouse and your kids.
• Gather a family medical history. Your provider wants to know about the health status of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings and children) as well as any conditions that affect multiple extended family members (for example, if you have three cousins and an aunt affected by lupus).
• Gather your own health history. This includes past diagnoses, current diagnoses, previous surgeries or injuries, immunization status, current medications (including herbs and supplements), and allergy history.
• Be prepared to discuss some personal social issues. Your provider may want to know who you sleep with, if you smoke or drink or use drugs, if you exercise, what your diet is like, where you work, how things are going at home, and if you feel safe and happy. These questions can be uncomfortable but they are not meant to judge. They’re to help your provider select the labs, treatments or referrals you need.
• If a particular symptom is bothering you, keep a diary of that symptom until your appointment. For example, if you have bothersome headaches, write down when they happen, how bad they are, if you have other symptoms, how long they last, what you do to make them go away and what you were doing prior to the headache.
• Make a list of your medications (name of drug, dose, how often you take it), or just toss all your medication bottles in a brown paper bag and bring them with you to your appointment.
• Make a list of every single question or issue you’d like to address during the visit. Now number the first, second and third most important things to you on that list. You need to know your priorities going into that visit. Given time constraints, lesser priorities may have to be addressed at follow-up visits.
• Plan on wearing loose-fitting clothing that’s easily removed. I can’t tell you how many tripled-layer wool turtlenecks, high-waisted skintight pleather pants, and knee-high lace up boots I’ve wasted valuable time wrestling with during the physical exam.
• You may need to authorize your previous health care providers to release your medical records.
• If you have copies of any previous lab or test results, heck, bring ’em with you.
• Try to arrive about 15 minutes early for your visit. I always bring a girlie magazine to flip through or a novel to read in case the clinic is running behind.
• Answering calls or texting during your visit will slow things down. Let your peeps know you’ve got an important meeting beforehand so they don’t start blowing up your cell phone once you’re in the room with the doctor.
A Picture of Health
At 40 years young, First Choice’s network of community clinics is in tip-top shape
Ditching the Yuletide
Holiday lights on every facet of a house is great and all, but we have our own glowing tradition in New Mexico—luminarias. There's just something about the soft light of candles in paper bags that a multicolored strand of incandescent bulbs just can't compete with. Today, head down to the South Valley behind Holy Family Church (562 Atrisco SW) for a ditch bank stroll from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring close to 1,000 luminarias. Carolers, hot chocolate and cookies make the cold a little more bearable. Donations are encouraged. For more, call 242-9588.
A Refuge From Urban Life
Marigold Parade slideshow!
The 13th annual Día de los Muertos Marigold Parade went down in the South Valley on Sunday, Nov. 6. The Alibi covered it in this week’s issue; here are those photos along with about 40 others that didn’t make it to print. Enjoy.
The Walking Dead
The annual Día de los Muertos Marigold Parade marches through the South Valley today. Clad as calaveras (skeletons), attendees walk and pay tribute to a particular dead person—typically a friend or family member—while colorful marigolds help guide the spirits home. This year's theme is Revelemos los Mitos, or Unmasking the Dream. The parade runs from 4 to 8 p.m., beginning at the South Valley Bernalillo County Sheriff's Substation (2039 Isleta SW) and ending at the Westside Community Center (1250 Isleta SW). For more information, call 363-1326 or visit muertosymarigolds.org.
Up in Smoke
Every year in the South Valley a 25-foot-tall bogeyman is burned to cinders. Author Rudolfo Anaya, who helped start the ritual more than 20 years ago, refers to El Kookooee as "an effigy of our own personal and communal fears." The burning will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at the ball fields on Isleta three blocks south of Rio Bravo, behind the South Valley Library. This year's statue was designed by seventh-grader Tyler Young, and is being assembled by a group of volunteer artists. Festivities include music and dancing from Raks Zeina Bellydancers, Circulo Solar Ollin Fire Dancers and Xochipilli Aztec Dancers. Food and Kookooee merchandise will be available. Remember to write down your fears on paper, stick them in El Kookooee and watch them vanish into the blazing night sky.