Alibi V.18 No.10 • March 5-11, 2009 
Norma Vasquez de Houdek (left) and Mary Houdek cut the cake at a reception held to celebrate the nuptials of the “Sandoval 64,” the same-sex couples married in New Mexico in 2004.

Answer Me This

Scammers sneak you a computer virus while pretending to be who? The latest in airport-security tech at the Sunport. How much stimulus money is HUD giving New Mexico? And what's new with the Rail Runner?

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Norma Vasquez de Houdek (left) and Mary Houdek cut the cake at a reception held to celebrate the nuptials of the “Sandoval 64,” the same-sex couples married in New Mexico in 2004.
Justin David Taylor Vazquez

Roundhouse 2009

Not Even Close

Domestic partnerships fail in a big way in the state Senate, but advocates hang in there

What's a Democrat, anyway? That’s what Norma Vasquez de Houdek is asking.

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Talking Points

Top Heavy?

UNM faculty pokes holes in a “bloated administration”

They call it a crisis of confidence. About 500 University of New Mexico faculty members attended a meeting last week to make their dissatisfaction loud and clear.

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Making Sausage

Making Sausage

Marisa Demarco

Sing, Jailbird, Sing

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Russia—British newspaper The Sun reports that a 28-year-old Russian man died after ingesting an entire bottle of Viagra in a bid to participate in a 12-hour orgy. Two women told Moscow police they bet mechanic Sergey Tuganov $4,300 that he wouldn’t be able to satisfy them both during a nonstop half-day sex marathon. Tuganov won the bet but collapsed a few minutes later from a heart attack. “We called emergency services but it was too late, there was nothing they could do,” said one of the female participants, who identified herself only as Alina. Medics on the scene said Tuganov’s death was most likely caused by the quantity of Viagra he consumed. There are 30 pills in an average 100mg bottle of Viagra.

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Letters

[Re: Ortiz y Pino, “Talk Dirty,” Feb. 26-March 4] Yes, the locusts have arrived, and they're sitting in the Roundhouse. I find Mr. Ortiz Y Pino’s forgone conclusion that raising taxes is the solution for all of New Mexico’s woes sadly lacking in fiscal sanity. This is highlighted by his conclusion that we won’t be able “to sustain the level of government services that is necessary.” The state budget has increased 50 percent since 2002. Were all of those increases “necessary”? Gov. Richardson’s private army of highly paid exempt employees increased more than 100 percent in the same time. Are they all “necessary”? Given that our state survived for 90 years without them leads me to believe they aren’t as “necessary” as Mr. Ortiz y Pino would like to believe.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 24)

Puppers and Buns

Furry Friends and Turtles Too

Adoption and vaccination clinic with Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Learn about the care of animals with whom we share the planet.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Jun 29)

Goat Pose

Kid Goat Yoga

Yogis practice surrounded by playful goats. All proceeds benefit the local nonprofit native rescued wildlife park.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 30)

Dawn Julio

Space Science: International Asterioid Day

Learn about asterioids, NASA's mission to the Asteroid Belt and what is known about asteroid impacts on Earth. Registration recommended.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 1)

Use the Back Door

Speakeasy Swing

Learn the basics of swing dance without a partner. Go online for the entrance password.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

Yin Your Yang

Yin Yoga

Trauma informed yoga therapy.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

No Place Like Om

Laughter Yoga Wellness Group

A unique form of meditation combining unconditional laughter with a blend of deep breathing exercises, creative visualizations with role playing and simple stretches.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Jul 2)

Get Wild, Baby

Bosque Wild: Guided Nature Walk

A moderately strenuous guided hike through one of the largest riverside-cottonwood forests in the world and along the banks of the Rio Grande. Registration recommended.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

Presentations from industry leaders, as well as exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services. Vendors are licensed producers, dispensaries, nutrient companies, medical clinics, health and wellness providers and more.
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