Dec 4 - 10, 2008 

Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

Who started a petition against Gov. Bill Richardson? What kind of punishment could be abolished in New Mexico? Where, oh where to put an arena in Albuquerque? What's the hot item for thieves this season?

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Trucks like these could soon take recyclables to a larger sorting facility. The city’s processing plant is at capacity.
Courtesy of the Solid Waste Management Department

Environment

Trash Talk

The city considers three options for expanding Albuquerque’s recycling program

By Simon McCormack

About 5 percent of the trash the city picks up gets recycled.

Mayor Martin Chavez and the City Council would like to see that number go up, but deciding the best way to make that happen is tricky.

Albuquerque doesn't actually recycle anything itself. Instead, recyclable materials left on the curb are sent to the city's processing facility, where items are sorted, crunched into WALL-E-style bails and shipped out of town to recycling plants.

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Vet Tech Teryn Jensen Parker inserts a syringe into Mishka’s leg. Dean Rehnberg, also a technician, holds a bowl as Dr. Carlton Huitt drains the dog’s lungs of fluid. Vet Tech Peggy Carr holds the dog still.
Jes Abeita

Worker Files

Emergency Night Vets

From last goodbyes to tail-wagging reunions

By Jes Abeita

Dr. Carlton Huitt tries to move out of the way when the Akita lunges into consciousness. He steps back as one of the dog’s legs makes contact with the bowl full of fluid he just pulled from the dog’s lungs with a large syringe. The container goes airborne, showering the doctor and veterinary technicians as they move quickly to hold the dog in place and keep her from falling off the X-ray stand.

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Thin Line

By Marisa Demarco

Sing, Canary, Sing

The Alibi's classified ads have yet again made local TV news—and even msnbc.com. An ad was calling all finks—criminals who need cash enough to rat out other criminals.

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Commentary

Cow Farts, Coal and Combustion Engines

By Laura Sanchez

Oh, fair New Mexico! Our glorious skies! Our 70-mile views, our wilderness and our long, lonesome roads!

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: Japan—Puzzled zookeepers at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo in Hokkaido have finally figured out why a pair of polar bears intended for breeding have failed to get it on: turns out neither is a lesbian. Since June, Tsuyoshi, a four-year-old “male” polar bear, has been paired with an 11-year-old female partner named Kurumi. Neither showed much romantic interest in the other, leading zookeepers to a belated conclusion. “Observing his behaviors, we got suspicious as to whether or not Tsuyoshi was really a male,” the zoo said in a statement. The zoo put Tsuyoshi under an anesthetic early last month for a gender checkup and determined that he was a she. “I have mixed feelings,” Yoshio Yamaguchi, head of the zoo, told reporters. Tsuyoshi is very popular at the northern Japanese zoological park, and Kyodo News agency reported that zoo officials would not change his name to a female name. Tsuyoshi is a common Japanese name for boys. Experts say when polar bears are young, it is difficult to determine their gender as their long hair covers reproductive organs.

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Letters

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