Alibi V.20 No.5 • Feb 3-9, 2011 
Under this chunk of southeastern Albuquerque, caustic chemicals have been seeping into the bedrock for half a century.

Environment

An Industrial-Sized Mess

Who will clean up the Gulton site?

Pollutants lurk under 10 acres of Albuquerque’s Southeast side, contaminating the groundwater. But no one knows how fast they’re moving toward the city's aquifer. The Four Hills drinking water well is within a mile of the site.

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Neverending Stories

Guv + Dairy Industry = BFFs?

Gov. Susana Martinez got flak in January when she issued an executive order halting two key environmental rules. One requires that New Mexico decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent every year. The other sets a number of infrastructure requirements for the state’s dairy industry, such as synthetic barriers in manure lagoons to prevent groundwater contamination.

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Plutocracy for New Mexico

Tricks of the Trade

Disclaimer: What follows is satire. It bears no resemblance to reality.

The sun is shining, and the streets of Santa Fe are heavy with the smell of freshly smarmed lobbyists. Practitioners of the world’s oldest profession are dusting off their sequined handbags, and even John Arthur Smith is smiling.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Italy—An unhappy bride has demanded a separation from her brand-new husband after he brought his mother along for the honeymoon. The woman, identified as Marianna C. of Rome, filed the petition in late January stating that the troubles began when her mother-in-law showed up at the airport just as the newlywed couple was about to jet off to Paris. According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, the 36-year-old bride also complained that, after the honeymoon, the mother-in-law spent the Christmas holidays with the couple, making it “impossible to establish a healthy conjugal relationship.”

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Letters

Let’s breathe air ridden with soot and water laced with mercury and lead. Doesn’t that make you want to live in New Mexico? The leading cause for the distribution of these chemicals is coal-fired power plants. New Mexico has two of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in the nation. These plants are able to spew tons and tons of toxins into the air we breathe and into the water we drink.

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Albuquerque Wine Festival

Enjoy the award-winning musicians, dine on delicious local cuisine, enjoy free painting classes and shop from over 50 local artisans.
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Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

Learn how to bring these winged beauties to the yard and help bring back the Monarchs in greater numbers.
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Corrales Garden Tour

A self-guided tour of six private gardens newly landscaped, rejuvenated and mature gardens from the Bosque to the sandhills.
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Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike

An instructional hike led by Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism. Registration required.
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Pint Size Polkas

Mike Schneider brings the happiest music on earth together with magic and comedy, promising tons of fun for the whole family.
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Scribbling Machine

Make a motorized contraption that bounces, spins, bumps and moves to leave a mark to trace its path. For ages 13 to 17. Registration required.
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