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 Oct 1 - 7, 2009 
Donna Rowe

City Boss Fight 2009

The Hail Mary Pass

Citizens without backing or big money run for political office

By Marisa Demarco

At the start of election season, it seemed like Mayor Martin Chavez had it on lockdown. Albuquerque lazily climbs into the sack with an incumbent, goes the thinking. Most people will check the box next to that old familiar name. But a 406-person poll released Sunday, Sept. 27, shows conservative Rep. R.J. Berry in the lead with 31 percent, followed by Chavez at 26 percent and Richard Romero at 24 percent. The survey was conducted by Brian Sanderoff’s Research & Polling, Inc. for the Albuquerque Journal. The next mayor has to snag 40 percent of the vote or we'll be facing a runoff. Which leaves us with the question: Could the Tuesday, Oct. 6 election really be anyone's race?

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Voting Bloc

Grab the Power

Last-minute Election Day voting info

By Steven Robert Allen

In political circles, people used to always talk about voting as a civic responsibility. That’s fine. Democracy will crumble (has crumbled?) without an engaged citizenry. But the conversation about voting has changed somewhat in the 21st century. People don’t talk about duty so much anymore. These days the message is usually about power. As in, use it or lose it, baby.

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Shameless Plug

Permission to Speak Freely

By Christie Chisholm

When the Alibi was born 17 years ago, it wasn't called the Alibi. It was called NuCity. Its first issue gingerly appeared on the Albuquerque scene on Oct. 9, 1992, a Friday, with a whole 12 pages. That magnificent dozen was created with a Powerbook 140 and Macintosh SE, with the help of a rented laser printer.

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The Radford Files

Is Sandia Peak Tramway the World’s Longest?

By Benjamin Radford

We’ve all seen the signs.

Whether in TV ads, on billboards or in magazines, one of Albuquerque’s claims to fame is the Sandia Peak Tramway. The twin red and blue cars make their way up the cables to the top of the mountain where tourists, skiers and diners can find magnificent views and a 20-degree temperature drop.

As the Sandia Peak website states, “A trip on the world’s longest aerial tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.” The tram moves at about 12 miles per hour, carrying more than a quarter million people each year. It was completed in 1966, constructed by a Swiss firm for about $2 million. There are four steel cables, each of which is about an inch and a half in diameter, carrying passengers to 10,378 feet.

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Ortiz y Pino

The Teachers’ Story

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

Genuine change in our school systems can’t happen until we get honest about education’s ugliest secret: “Dropouts” are actually push-outs, force outs and most teachers and principals have no interest bringing them back in.

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A television awaits Encantada TV’s first signal at the kickoff party on Tuesday, May 5, in Civic Plaza. Broadcast began at 1 p.m.
Marisa Demarco

News Bite

Public Access TV Seeks Shelter and Funds

By Marisa Demarco

Quote... Unquote, Inc. got an eviction notice.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: England—A Jedi Church elder (well, he’s 23) is considering bringing legal action against the U.K. supermarket chain Tesco on the basis of religious discrimination. Daniel Jones from Holyhead in North Wales claims the Tesco store in Bangor victimized his beliefs when it asked him to remove his hood for security reason. Jones, who founded the International Church of Jediism, told the Daily Post, “It states in our Jedi doctrine that I can wear headwear.” Jones went on to clarify the Star Wars philosophy on head covering: “You have the choice of wearing headwear in your home or at work, but you have to wear a cover for your head when you are in public.” Jones, who works in Bangor, had gone to the store to buy something to eat during his lunch break. Jones, who was wearing his traditional Jedi robes at the time, was told by store employees to take his hood off or leave. “They said, ‘Take it off,’ and I said, ‘No, its part of my religion. It’s part of my religious right.’ I gave them a Jedi Church business card,” Jones explained. A Tesco spokesperson responded to Jones’ complaint and schooled him on nerd trivia as well, saying, “Jedis are very welcome in our stores, although we would ask them to remove their hoods. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side, and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood.”

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Letters

It seems to me that many of the right-wing conservatives fare wonderfully well under Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention Social Security. I ask them to name one human service program sponsored by the right-wing, throughout American history, that has bettered their lives?

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Nathan Clements—a musician, promoter and senior at Los Lunas High School—debuts his DJing skills at the dedication on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Eric Williams

Photo Essay

Warehouse 508 is Finally Here

By Marisa Demarco

The project started as Mayor Martin Chavez’ response to the argument that there isn’t a lot for teens to do in Albuquerque. That point was raised repeatedly as the mayor put the hurt on all-ages shows happening in venues where alcohol was served—often in separate rooms or gated areas—to people over 21.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Finish Him

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.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

MuggleWatch 2016

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.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jul 30)

Viva Frida, Colorful Art Goddess

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.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Aug 5)

Geek Out!

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.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

A Midsummer Night's Wings

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.
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The Wailers
Saranga U Nara

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Wailing Through Downtown with a Groove

Downtown Summerfest

By August March
Food and drink, a microbrew garden, an artisan market, kids' activities and live music with The Wailers headlining.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Aug 6)

Glowing Recommendation

Glow Swim

By Joshua Lee
Rangers give presentations about water safety and how to properly use a lifejacket. All swimmers are required to wear a USCG approved lifejacket.
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