V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
By August March [ Wed Nov 4 2015 8:05 PM ]
Freeman had a good idea of what was going to go on later that night, but didn't let on until he was sure his father had passed out in the living room from a twelve pack of Lowenbrau Dark and the stress that comes from designing nuclear weapons for a living.
He crept out into the garage, yanked down the back gate of the old man's red and white FJ55 and dragged the inflatable raft out the storage bay. Duck feathers and dog hair went flying everywhere, but finally the raft was on the cement floor.
He went back in for a moment and made sure Harold was comfortable, threw a blanket over him for effect, while the old master snored and snored away. Then he got on the phone, dragging the handset—and the ten foot coiled plastic cord that followed it everywhere—into a pantry by the kitchen, for privacy.
On the other end of a connection made possible by manipulating a rotating plastic wheel with the index finger, Alexander listened intently while Freeman layed out his idea: They were going to climb up on top of the big water tank that was nestled in the foothills by the high school.
Using stealth, a pair of bolt cutters taken from shop class—while Mr. Duran was hamming it up on the table saw—and of course, Harold's prized hunting raft, they were going to float around and maybe even take a swim in the largest artificial body of water either Eagle Scout could ever imagine.
Alexander's folks were running some sort of high-
Alex locked Arcoiris the retriever in the back bedroom and grabbed the keys to his van. It was a forest green Dodge that comfortably sat eight. Alexander and his friends called it the Congo van, mostly because they imagined one day taking it on a road trip to Africa or somewhere thereabouts.
Before he got to Freeman's pad, he stopped at Sherri's place, which was only two doors down. It was a sprawling ranch-style with a weeping willow and heaps of lava rock in front. He convinced Sherri and her pal Barbara to join in on the action. The two gals climbed out a bedroom window.
Both of them lit up Salems as they took a seat in the very back of the Dodge. Put on KFMG Sherri said, they are playing a special on the new Pink Floyd album. Alexander grimaced and spit out the window. He already heard Animals; it sucked. So, he tuned the radio to KRST instead, and started headbanging to some song or other about a Green Manalishi. The group drove by Allsups and picked up a dozen burritos and a twelve pack of Jolt Cola for luck.
By this time, Freeman was waiting out in the drive way, had folded the inflatable raft into a lumpy bundle. He was anxious to get going and when Alexander arrived, ran up to the Congo van and started shouting about how they didn't have all night and for crissakes, why'd he bring Sherri and Barbara along?
Just in case the unexpected happens, said Alexander, plus which, both of them can drive a five speed and that ought to count for something.
It was no trouble climbing up to the top of the water tank, hell there was even a staircase. Sherri and Barbara stayed in the van with a walkie talkie, six of the Jolts, and all of the burritos. That was meant to be a reward to be bestowed when Alexander and Freeman returned, wetly triumphant.
As Freeman cut the chains that locked the door at the very top of the tank, Alexander dragged the raft into position. Once past the gate, they lugged the raft and a 50 foot rappelling rope over the top. At the center of the tank there was a simple but awfully large metal grate. They struggled to lift the grate. Finally it gave way and rolled off the tower, clanging and tolling like a church bell when it hit the asphalt below.
Alexander made a bowline knot around one of the stair-railings and threw the rope down into the dark hole. Freeman hit the inflate button and tossed the raft down there too. Both of the scouts activated their flashlights and left their hiking boots at the edge of the water tower's maw. Freeman stared at his watch.
Alexander got on the walkie talkie. Barbara and Sherri were on the other side, parked down the road a ways, by the Temple of the Nazarene. He told them if they didn't hear back in exactly two minutes, one of them ought to come up the stairs with the flare gun while the other drives over to Fire Station 16 to tell what happened.
V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
The Daily Word in Lizard People, Nostril Ticks and Street Apes
By Carl Petersen [ Fri Nov 1 2013 11:46 AM ]
They found a fancy secret railway tunnel between San Diego and Tijuana.
Chinese submarines can get us.
An angry bar brawler brandished a chainsaw.
The determined mouse struggled with his cracker.
Here’s my vote for coolest Halloween candy.
What’s the most popular Halloween candy?
Bone up on blood sucking with this TED-Ed vampire cartoon.
Should we build a Death Star?
We’re closer to understanding why warm water freezes faster than cold water.
Watch out for nostril ticks.
Somebody stole a donation box from Donut Mart.
Spend some time with the street apes of Jakarta.
V.22 No.37 |
The Daily Word in ferret bans, molasses spills and coal slides
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Sep 18 2013 9:22 AM ]
Admission to the State Fair is free for everyone today! Go eat something fried!
Two days after the Navy Yard shootings, the usual idiots are saying the usual idiotic things. Things like "False flag," "crisis actors," "Obama," and "conspiracy."
A muddy coal slide, or perhaps a coal-y mud slide, slopped its way through Madrid, NM on Sunday night.
But it's water that's resumed flowing for residents of Jal, NM.
A Tennessee judge has ruled that it's okay to name your baby "Messiah." Just in case you want your kid to have that particular reason to hate you for the rest of their life.
A pipeline pumping molasses from Hawaii to California, which is totally a real thing, ruptured last week, spilling 233,000 gallons of the delicious-
And, as of yesterday, you may no longer bring ferrets into Arizona restaurants. Miniature horses are still cool, though.
V.22 No.29 |
The Daily Word in roll-coaster mishaps, a royal baby and Carlsbad farmers
By Mark Lopez [ Mon Jul 22 2013 11:20 AM ]
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.
V.22 No.26 |
The Daily Word in Arizona firefighters, New Mexico water plan and meth in the pelvis
By Mark Lopez [ Mon Jul 1 2013 10:04 AM ]
An Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19 firefighters.
Zimmerman trial update: The jury was able to listen to Zimmerman's interview tape from the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, which could give clues as to who the "aggressor" was.
Europe wants to know if the U.S. has been bugging them ... otherwise, we can kiss that trans-Atlantic free trade agreement bye-bye.
Sen. Karen Peterson and her partner, Vikki Bandy, become first same-sex couple to legally marry in Delaware!
Wait a minute ... so that's one well (or spring) for 290 water systems? So, what's plan B?
New Mexico orders another trial for Manuel Turrietta, who was convicted for killing Alberto Sandoval in 2006 in a gang-related shooting.
Ashley Browder's memorial banner taken down from the corner of Paseo Del Norte and Eagle Ranch Road.
Wow Claudia! That's a whole pound of meth! How'd you get that in there?
Hello sir, I believe this arm is yours ...
V.22 No.25 |
The Daily Word in sea monkey collections, gay marriage and Wendy Davis
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Jun 26 2013 9:45 AM ]
The Rio Grande has become way less grande.
And county employees are broiling in their building.
A Las Vegas, NM school district ruins it for everyone. Because somebody wrote its name down wrong.
The Supreme Court went gay! Let's all get married!
Texas hero-lady Wendy Davis successfully fights for reproductive rights and shows everyone how a filibuster is really done.
A Florida entomologist found the wasp boss-level.
Here's a dude who collects all the crap they used to sell in the back of old comic books. I love this dude.
V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Our monthly sampler platter of news from around the state
By Nora Hickey
A sampler platter of food news from around the state.
MRGCD election Tuesday, June 4
It’s all about the water
By Barron Jones [ Mon Jun 3 2013 10:09 AM ]
Property owners in several New Mexico counties will head to the polls this Tuesday to elect board members for the agency that regulates the usage of the water trickling down the Rio Grande from Sandoval to Socorro counties.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) is holding the election so that verified property owners can select board members for positions three and four in Bernalillo County and positions six and seven in Socorro and Sandoval counties, respectively.
Nearly all the candidates agree that the most troubling issues facing the MRGCD is the area’s lack of water.
Incumbent Adrian Oglesby said persistent drought conditions over the past three years makes this one of the most important elections since the district was formed nearly 100 years ago.
“The next four years will be critical, we are in the worst drought we ever seen, our reservoirs are functionally empty and we have huge infrastructure issues,” Oglesby said. “So the next four years we need really intelligent leadership to make sure the district survives.”
The MRGCD with its 200 employees and $20 million budget is responsible for upkeep of drainage ditches, levees and canals along the Rio Grande from Cochiti Dam to Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge. The district is also responsible for delivering water to nearly 60,000 acres of farmland for farms of all sizes, ranging from one-acre family plots to 900-acre commercial farming operations.
Oglesby said that in the past the MRGCD has relied on stored water to irrigate those farmlands, but aggressive drought conditions has him projecting that the stored water will run dry in early July. He added that water reserve depletion would amount to some pretty substantial losses and a big hit to the middle valley economy.
“If that happens we are obligated to shut off water to everyone but the pueblos that have very senior water rights. They have a small portion of water being held for that, and once that water runs out, then farming stops until it start raining again,” Oglesby said.
Jim Roberts is facing incumbent Karen Dunning for Position No. 3 in Bernalillo County. Adrian Oglesby will face challenger Louis Trujillo for Position No. 4 in Bernalillo County. A third candidate, Andrew Leo Lopez died May 28. Lopez will remain on the ballot, and if he wins board members will appoint someone to take his seat.
David Lorenzo C’ de Baca is challenging incumbent Derrick Lente for Sandoval County Position No. 7 and Chris Sichler faces challenger Jericho Sanchez for Socorro County’s Position No. 6.
The nearly 80,000 eligible voters can cast their ballots at any one of 26 polling locations throughout Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Socorro counties. Unlike most elections, voters must show a driver’s license or state ID to cast their ballots because of a property rights requirement for voting. Those who can’t supply ID or prove property ownership at the polls will be issued a provisional ballot.
The MRGCD was formed in the mid-1920s primarily to drain ground water from farmlands in the Atrisco and Old Town areas of the city. However, a couple of years later, the District added irrigation to its list of responsibilities.
V.22 No.20 |
The Daily Word in shady dentistry, bear bile and riding a Ferris wheel for way too long
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed May 22 2013 9:03 AM ]
New Mexico's at the top of the list! Of worst droughts in the country!
And pumping water out of the ground just isn't working like it used to.
"El Dentista," an unlicensed dentist in Santa Fe who performed his "services" out of a van, left a trail of mouth infections and unnecessarily removed teeth in his wake. The New Mexico Department of Health is offering free counseling, blood testing and referrals to his victims. But remember, it could be worse.
Developers in Oklahoma are resistant to the idea of including tornado shelters in their homes because it costs too much money. Sad trombone.
Clinton Shepherd of Chicago just finished riding a Ferris wheel for two days straight. "I was thrilled and honored to be able to have all the love and support I did," Shepherd said.
And it turns out that increasing demand for bear bile (used in a nonsense "home-remedy") is really bad for bears.
V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #295: Mermaids.
By Brutus De Cervantes [ Tue May 21 2013 1:47 PM ]
I swim in deep marble tanks with dreadlocked mermaids.
V.21 No.30 |
The Daily Word in Chick-fil-A, Chick-fil-A, and Chick-fil-A
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sun Jul 29 2012 9:34 AM ]
Student Ghetto residents are trying to stop a townhouse under construction at Garfield and Girard.
The 101 year old Peterson Dam in Las Vegas New Mexico is leaking 60 million gallons of water per year.
Albuquerque's Hope Christian School denied enrollment to a boy because his parents are gay.
Last Thursday Rick Santorum weighed in on the Chick-fil-A controversy. Friday, Sarah Palin ate some Chick-fil-A. Saturday, The Vice President of public relations at Chick-fil-A died. The Mayor of D.C. calls Chick-fil-A "Hate Chicken."
Tourette's syndrome can really make your life complicated.
The Plaid wasn't a particularly loud pattern but I tried to kill him anyway.
Heard of "concierge medicine" yet?
The founder of Amazon has pledged 2.5 million dollars to support marriage equality in Washington.
London's Zil Lanes.
Money awarded to record labels that won their case against Pirate Bay will not be shared with the artists whose rights were being defended.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Is “Megadrought” the new normal?
By Ari LeVaux [ Tue Jul 24 2012 4:13 PM ]
We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.
V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: Flooded Village
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Thu Jul 19 2012 2:55 PM ]
Dig a trench from the river to water the plants and float the boats. Don't drown the people. Sounds simple enough, but the grid-based puzzler Flooded Village throws enough twists and turns at you to keep the old think-box working overtime. Further impediments (like ice) rear their ugly heads, forcing you to make more convoluted excavations in the landscape. What are you waiting for? Get digging!
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal
By Ari LeVaux
In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn't used his tractor in two years, he told me, and he’s cooking instead of farming because "there isn't any water." He pointed east at the Chuska mountain range, which straddles the New Mexico border. In a normal year, water coming off the mountains reaches his fields, he said.
V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Mining the Law
An interview with Pete Domenici Jr., attorney for industry
By Carolyn Carlson
For Domenici Jr., it's a question of balance: "You start with the premise that the reality is that human beings will affect their environment when resources are developed," he says. "So as a society we have to figure out ways to protect the environment while allowing population growth and economic growth to occur."
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