Alibi V.19 No.21 • May 27-June 2, 2010 

Council Bite

Budget Wounds

A standing-room-only crowd showed up to the Monday, May 24 meeting to remind the Council that cuts are losses to essential services for real people.

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The North Div Channel trail just south of I-40
Betty Sprocket

Hail, Velocipede!

Trail-a-Week: North Diversion Channel

If m’lady is hankering to pedal her penny-farthing down a bucolic country lane, I'd advise her to stay away from the North Diversion Channel. This trail runs alongside the enormous eponymous arroyo, and the views are all concrete and desert sky. The trail starts at Balloon Fiesta Park, but you can pick it up at Paseo del Norte and head south, looking out over that mysterious industrial area around Jefferson where you've never had any reason to go in your car. (Has anyone?) After you cross Menaul, the urban terrain gets really interesting when the North Diversion Channel converges with another massive arroyo. You'll negotiate a swoop, twirl and dive through an underpass on your bike. I like to pretend that cars were never invented and all roads look like this miniature version of a mountain highway. You'll start to gain altitude and crest near the Big I. Gaze down upon all the pollutey motorists and enjoy a surge of smug cyclist's superiority. The trail ends at UNM's North Campus, but you'll be so close to the Frontier, it'd be foolish not to go get some huevos. You have to fortify yourself for the ride home, don't you?

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The Radford Files

Miracle Muscles, Only $14,615

I am best known for my investigations into paranormal topics such as ghosts, monsters, crop circles and so forth. But my skeptical antennae start to tingle at any extraordinary claim.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Italy—Investigators in Naples are looking into the possibility that pizzas in the famed city are being baked with wood stolen from a local cemetery. “Pizza, one of the few symbols of Naples that endures ... is hit by the concrete suspicion that it could be baked with wood from coffins,” wrote Italian daily Il Giornale. Neapolitan pizza is traditionally cooked in a stone oven over an oak-wood fire. The newspaper reports that local police believe criminals may be offering smaller, low-end pizza shops a cheaper alternative. “A gang might have set up a market for coffins sold to hardhearted owners of bakeries and pizzerias looking to save money on wood,” Il Giornale said. Naples’ historic graveyard has long been a target for thieves. Last year, some 5,000 flowerpots were looted from the cemetery grounds.

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Letters

By now, everyone in the city of Albuquerque knows about the grim scene at the Duck Pond this weekend as hundreds of turtles and fish flopped in the reeking muck in 90 degree sun struggling for breath. It took the fish two days to die. The university publicly denied responsibility for the animals because they had not placed them in the pond. [NM Physical Plant Director] Mary Vosevich stated that during routine cleaning, the pool drained faster and lower than anticipated, causing the deaths of the animals.

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Your future governor is probably one of these candidates. From left: Pete Domenici Jr., Diane Denish (Democrat), Doug Turner, Susana Martinez, Allen Weh and Janice Arnold-Jones

Election 2010

GOP Candidates Talk Immigration and Business

Republican candidates for the state's top job got heated over the issue fortifying right-wing politicians nationwide: immigration.

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For Young Pioneers

Peter and The Wolf

Musicians and alumni from the UNM's music department and local artists narrate the popular children’s tale. Sarita Sol González opens the show with original performance poetry.
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Measure Up

LEAP Into Science: Measure up

Kids learn what people used to measure before tape measures and explore non-standard measurement.
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Strolling Through Holiday Traditions

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Enjoy live entertainment, the traditional lighting of the Old Town Christmas tree as well as discounts and specials offered by local businesses, restaurants and museums.
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Hawkish Holidays

Holiday Wild

See live falcons, hawks and owls, browse arts and crafts that are for sale, enjoy a raffle and kids activities.
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Hit the Snooze Button

I Dreamed I Was a Dog

Award-winning New Mexico author and artist Joel Nakamura reads from his new illustrated children's book following the dream world of a boy.
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