Taken for a Ride
Residents battle BMX and the city
By Kate Trainor
From her living room window, 85-year-old Mary Trujillo has a full view of her newest neighbor, the Duke City BMX track. Her husband, 89-year-old Felix Trujillo, can hear announcements over the stadium loudspeaker booming through their bedroom, which is nestled in the middle of the house. Every Sunday, after morning mass, the Trujillos avoid going home, so as not to feel harassed by the noise, crowds and traffic BMX brings to their block. The open-air arena, which launched last fall, was erected to keep kids off the streets. Meanwhile, it’s driving the neighbors out of their homes—and into court.
By Marisa Demarco
See For Yourself—You've seen this picture: An angry Arab youth with a rifle, or dust from an explosion rising from bombed-out buildings while people run scared through the streets. Violence, anger and war riddle the images we see coming from the Gaza Strip and Iraq.
Waste Pit Blitz
How New Mexico deals with legacy waste at Los Alamos
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
In 1943 the United States was in need of a centralized place to host the Manhattan Project, a two-billion-dollar military undertaking staffed with hundreds of thousands of employees racing to develop the atomic bomb before Nazi Germany. Sixty-four years later, with the war that established the lab long over, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) continues to develop nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, these operations have been to the detriment of soil and groundwater, as the 36-square-mile lab now houses hundreds of waste sites contaminated with dangerous substances, some of which have already shown up in water supplies. Currently the lab is in the midst of what might be an even larger undertaking than building the bomb: Cleaning up decades of dumping, over acres and acres of land before 2015.
The Mosquito and the Elephants
By Laura Sanchez
The mayor-Council showdown over a tax cut delay amounting to about $9 million headlined the June 4 meeting. Three other bills, all deferred, put the amount involved into context. A proposed new software system for the administration would cost $25 million. A proposed restriction on tax increment development districts in fringe developments could keep hundreds of millions in the city's tax base. And tighter energy conservation standards for construction would lower city utility bills for decades.
Ortiz y Pino
We Are What We Eat
Our culture of corn
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
Congress is once again considering the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. That’s been going on periodically for most of my conscious life, but until I finished reading Michael Pollan’s devastating analysis of American agriculture, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, a month ago, I have to admit I never paid much attention to the issue.
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Dateline: India—Wildlife officials in India have found a high-tech way to trap wayward leopards—with cell phone ringtones. So far six leopards that have strayed too close to villages have been lured into traps by ringtones playing the calls of roosters, goats and cows, said H.S. Singh, chief conservation research officer in the western Indian state of Gujarat. “Now instead of using live bait, sounds of animals have been downloaded as ringtones on mobiles, which are attached to speakers kept behind cages and then played at regular intervals,” Singh said last Tuesday. “The leopard drawn by the sound is an unsuspecting victim,” Singh said, adding that the trick only worked at night. All the leopards were later released unharmed in forests away from the villages, Singh said.
To this date, I have not been able to obtain Mr. Scarantino's response to my questions about some of the factual errors in his article and his interview published in the Alibi [The Real Side, “The Man Who Got Iglesias,” Talking Points, “A Conversation with David Iglesias,” May 24-30] namely:
Pictures of Pride
Alibi photos from Pride 2007
By Laura Marrich
Thousands of people lined up along Central on Saturday, June 9, to take part in Albuquerque's biggest parade—and, from all appearances, the largest Albuquerque Gay Pride Festival in its 30 year history.
Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party
By Maggie Grimason
Live music featuring Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Burque SOL and Sol One as well as an art market with local vendors, art auctions, an art swap and more.
Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party
By Joshua Lee
Enjoy a night of activities and giveaways leading up to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
6th Annual Frida Fiesta
By Monica Schmitt
Celebrate the life of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with live music, a Frida Parade and a Frida birthday cake.
Albuquerque Cosplay Ball
By Maggie Grimason
A night out with local cosplayers. Enjoy skits, waltz lessons, food from Kirei cafe, a dance contest hosted by Nikoel of SenshiGomi cosplay and more.
Summer Wings, A Festival of Flight
By Monica Schmitt
Bilingual, guided walks to learn about native animals. Watch a hummingbird capture, banding and release, an insect capture, indentification and release and learn about nature journaling.
Saranga U Nara
By August March
Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining.
Christmas In July Sunday Funday at WOWZUH
Enjoy local vendors, food, crafts, games, facepainting, a wet area, sensory bins, perfomances and much more—with a holiday theme.
Sunset Yoga on the Bosque at Tingley Beach
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