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 Sep 17 - 23, 2009 
Albuquerque’s sorting facility

City Boss Fight 2009

Why Wait for Election Day?

Get your voting done now! (And bring your ID.)

By Steven Robert Allen

I spend much of my professional life complaining about all the things government does wrong. I’m not naturally a whiny person, but it’s my job to point out potential ways to improve it.

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Albuquerque’s sorting facility
Christie Chisholm

Environment

(Un)Green in the Q

Would the city recycle more if it were easier?

By Simon McCormack

Albuquerque is way behind its municipal counterparts when it comes to recycling.

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Council Watch

Traffic Chill in Nob Hill

By Carolyn Carlson

Traffic along Central through Nob Hill will just have to slow down. The City Council approved the installation of two stop lights at the intersections of Wellesley and Morningside. The lights are needed for safe pedestrian crossings, according to Councilor Rey Garduño. At the Wednesday, Sept. 9 meeting, several business owners and residents spoke in support, saying pedestrians have to “haul ass” across Central because there are not enough safe crossing points. A couple of councilors griped about Nob Hill getting the lights without a recent traffic engineering study, saying they want more lights in their districts, too. In the end, there was unanimous approval.

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Dateline: Malpais

Where the Hell Am I?

By Juan Maloso

Hi, my name is Juan Maloso and I live nowhere.

I am what you call a city slicker, but my chosen line of work has taken me to small towns across America. I move more than Mongolian sheep herders. I never get to really know anyone outside of work, and before long, I move on.

Most of these locales are at the very least semi-rural and at the most, the country.

Since I was born and raised on concrete, the country is often a source of amusement—the amusement of the country residents at me.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: China—Whatever you do, don’t shoplift from a Chinese Wal-Mart. A customer at a new Wal-Mart superstore in Jingdezhen apparently died at the hand of Wal-Mart employees who suspected her of stealing. According to the China Daily, employees surveilled suspected shoplifter Yu Xiaochun for several minutes before approaching her. As Yu exited the store, one Wal-Mart employee stopped her and requested a receipt for some merchandise. Yu handed over the receipt, then snatched it back, saying no one was wearing a Wal-Mart uniform and she didn’t believe they worked there. In response, four more Wal-Mart employees allegedly gathered around the woman and began beating her. Yu somehow managed to send an alert to her family through her cellphone. When Yu’s mother and sister showed up at the store, the staff members were allegedly still pummeling her. Police eventually arrived and put a stop to the incident. Yu, 37, was rushed to a nearby hospital but died of her wounds three days later. Police say two of the security guards involved in the incident have been detained.

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Letters

I never had it in my head to vote for Mayor Marty, but especially not after today. I got ANOTHER campaign recording phone call to MY BUSINESS and it tied up my line after I hung up. I'm pretty sure it is illegal to call from a blocked line to a number on the Do Not Call list (the Caller ID said 505-000-0000) and have the recording not release the line for some time after hanging up. I can't add blocked lines to my call rejection service, but I can reject Mayor Marty when I vote.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Apr 28)

Like a Phoenix

Annual Plant Sale

By Joshua Lee
Browse various plants at reasonable prices. Proceeds support the educational efforts of the council of the Albuquerque Garden Center.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Apr 30)

Olly Olly Oxen Free

Epic Hide and Seek

By Taylor Grabowsky
A park-wide game of hide and seek, camouflage, deer and wolf and other outdoor games.
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EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, May 4)

Allies Unite!

Town Hall on Immigration

By Renée Chavez
Discuss policies and the realities of immigration in N.M. and learn about opportunities to volunteer to support immigrant families.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 5)

The Big Five-Five

Cinco de Mayo

By Renée Chavez
Performances from Ballet Folklorico Fiesta Mexicana and Mariachi Buenaventura with a presentation on the history of Cinco de May celebrations by Teresa Carpy from Consulado de Mexico en Albuquerque.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 7)

Travel Well and Arrive

New MeXpo

By Rini Grammer
Over 50 destination booths, indoor and outdoor activities, live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and more.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 13)

Youth of the Nation

Youth Engagement

By Rini Grammer
Kids identify their skills while learning about themselves, how to approach different activities with an economic mindset and find hobbies that are inherently valuable.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 19)

New Mexico Hempfest

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