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New Mexico troops battle financial problems. Imagine you live paycheck-to paycheck. Since the majority of Americans do, that should be an easy lifestyle to consider. But then imagine you live paycheck-to-paycheck and have to support a family and all its related expenses: mortgage, car payment, insurance, children, you name it. Now imagine that your income was just cut by one-fifth, or even more, and at the same time you had to say goodbye to your family in hopes of seeing them again in about 18 months.
By Sara Hiatt
Don't worry, KRQE—even the Times is dead wrong, sometimes. A few weeks ago, “Thin Line” chalked up News 13's premature report of Joe Skeen's death to the station's need to be the first to report the story, and we still think the gaffe made the station look pretty stupid. But they might feel better to know that lots of news outlets have a hard time discerning if their subjects are dead or not. Last week, we received a copy of an internal memo sent to employees at the New York Times, chiding writers to verify cause of death in an obituary to avoid running an obit on someone who isn't dead.
Ortiz y Pino
Public Art Controversies Stir Passions
A rocket, a 54 chevy and inverted cones make public debate easier
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
I am always amazed at how high emotions can soar in this town over public art controversies. These are after all, essentially matters of individual taste and carry at most symbolic importance.
City Hall brings us up to date with Don Juan de Oñate sculpture
By Greg Payne
Christmas is the season for giving. At the first Yuletide, gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh were presented to a child in a manger. Two thousand years later, the tradition has evolved—there weren't too many folks receiving frankincense or myrrh last week—but gold is still a favorite followed closely, apparently, by bronze statues.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Finland—Hard economic times have reached as far as the North Pole, where even Santa has been forced to lay off his elves. SantaPark, a tourist attraction near the Arctic Circle 520 miles North of Helsinki, has accumulated $550,000 worth of debt in its five years of operation and has been forced to lay off many of the elves staffing its carousel, souvenir stands and restaurant. While business is booming in the surrounding wilderness known as Lapland—home of the nomadic, reindeer-herding Lapps—SantaPark has seen visits decline. Tourism officials in Finland expect a new December record of more than 100,000 foreign visitors. Such numbers have not helped SantaPark, however, which has been accused of overstaffing and mismanagement.
I should have known the minute I walked into the The Guild and received the 8” by 11” sheet on the characters in the Tamala: 2010 movie, that I should have turned around and walked straight out. But nooooooo. I read Mr. O'Leary's review [“Reel World,” Dec. 11-17]. That was my first mistake. I've heard many things about Mr. O'Leary. Most it [sic] negative. But I thought he can't be that bad. I'm from El Paso, Texas, but I drive up to Albuquerque regularly, at least one a month [sic].
Steampunk Spectacular 5: Cthulhu’s Revenge
By Joshua Lee
A science-fiction themed day of workshops, costume contests and entertainment. Teens allowed if accompanied by an adult.
International District Festival
By Megan Reneau
A showcase of the diverse art, food and entertainers from the southeast area of Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Pagan Pride Day
By Maggie Grimason
Over 30 exotic merchants, workshops, ritualistic plays, belly dancing, artisan displays and games and activities for the whole family.
New Mexico Dahlia Festival
By Renée Chavez
A floral competition featuring design, photos and blossoms.
Curiosities of New Mexico
By Joshua Lee
A panel of presentations that will cover fascinating yet less-known nuances of the state's history like Diné Memories of the Crownpoint Boarding School during the 1960s, the Red Power movement and more.
Fall Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
By Megan Reneau
Browse gemstones, mineral specimens, rough rock, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools and equipment.
By Desiree Garcia
Taste authentic Greek cuisine, watch dancers streaming by in colorful costumes, enjoy browsing imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries and tour the St. George Church.
24 Hour Comics Day
By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
By Renée Chavez
Enjoy the signature brews, live music, live art demonstrations, games and a special beer release while raising money for the charity There's A Better Way to help local homeless families.
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