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 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 and Ends

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

[Re: Letters, “The Don on the Art of Nudity,” Nov. 20-26] I am very disappointed that the Alibi continues to print the same demented letters from the Don. There is no doubt he is insane. But, I must ask, why would the Alibi print letters from such a weird source? The only answer I can come up with is the Alibi has such an extremely small readership that they must resort to the absurd. Add to that the shock value and you have a rag magazine that is nothing more than toilet paper for birds and rabbits. I have to say that the Alibi is extremely antagonistic toward normal thinking. Why be normal, you ask? Why be fucking nuts, I ask? Answer this question: I can think of the most absurd ideas that will make most people cringe. Is it really noteworthy? Who gives a shit?

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Support your Local Non-prophet

Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day

By Maggie Grimason
Over 30 exotic merchants, workshops, ritualistic plays, belly dancing, artisan displays and games and activities for the whole family.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Sep 25)

Little Blossoms

New Mexico Dahlia Festival

By Renée Chavez
A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.
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EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, Sep 27)

Strangely Forgotten

Curiosities of New Mexico

By Joshua Lee
A panel of presentations that will cover fascinating yet less-known nuances of the state's history like Diné Memories of the Crownpoint Boarding School during the 1960s, the Red Power movement and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

Got Minerals?

Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show

By Megan Reneau
Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

OPA!

Grecian Festival

By Desiree Garcia
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing  imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries and tour the St. George Church.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

DIY Adventures

24 Hour Comics Day

By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 1)

Latte Birthday Wishes

Birthday Bash

By Renée Chavez
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 5)

Night at the Museum

Outside of the Box

By Renée Chavez
Music and dancing with DJ Mike Vetter, cash bar and food trucks with snacks for purchase, local vendors, talk by pilot of the beautiful fractals hot air balloon and much more.
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