Alibi V.13 No.20 • May 13-19, 2004 

Thin Line

Meet Joe Blog. Here in New Mexico, when it comes to local and state politics, there is one seasoned wonk, one long-time news reporter and political consultant living large in his own Internet grist mill, that stands above the rest. Of course, “Thin Line” is talking about the inimitable Joe Monahan.

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Newscity

Take Home Privilege Comes at Taxpayer Expense

APD officers use patrol cars for off-duty errands

The Albuquerque Police Department offers a special perk to recruit and retain its officers—the use of patrol cars to drive to and from work, free gasoline, insurance and loose regulations outlining what personal errands the cars can be used for.

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Singeli Agnew

Council Watch

Go West, Waaaay West

At the May 3 meeting, Council President Michael Cadigan moved yet another vote on extending Paseo del Norte through the Petroglyph National Monument as required by an agreement with Gov. Bill Richardson to allocate over $3 million to the project. But Councilor Brad Winter moved for a two-week deferral.

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Payne's World

Bizarro World

Down is up in the Duke City

"Far off in outer space exists the strangest, wackiest planet in the universe ... it is the square Bizarro World!" So began an edition of a Superman comic book that had the Man of Steel trapped in another dimension where everything was weirdly skewed, perversely inverted. Down was up, ugly was beautiful, left was right and bad was good. Increasingly, the political climate in the Duke City is looking more and more like Bizarro World. Low-wage jobs are touted as high-tech economic growth, fringe development beyond the city's boundaries is labeled "in-fill" and elected officials benefiting from a host of taxpayer goodies is simply good government. While that's bad for Albuquerque, it does make for some pretty easy political commentary.

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Tim McGivern

News Interview

In Search of a Free Market

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., laments today's corporate crony capitalism

The Natural Resources Defense Council is not your garden-variety environmental organization. Meaning, the organization isn't just working to inform the public about the usually dreadful direction our natural world is headed thanks to tons of pollution we humans create every year. NRDC, by their website's own account, is in fact "the nation's most effective environmental action organization." The imperative word here is action, as in legal action. Last week, one of the organization's most famous lawyers, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., spoke to an exuberant crowd of supporters at the National Hispanic Cultural Center lamenting our current state of environmental affairs. Afterward, the Alibi sat down with Mr. Kennedy to get his opinion on the way environmental policy works these days.

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Ortiz y Pino

Shotgun Wedding Works Out

Charter schools and APS find common ground

Last month's newspaper headlines about dropout rates at Albuquerque Public Schools going down are good news. The drop out problem, however, is not an issue that can be retired and forever be done with. Continuously responding to it has to become part of our expectations for our public schools.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: Florida—A drug enforcement administration agent who was giving a gun safety demonstration to a group of children concluded the lecture by shooting himself in the leg. The agent, whose name was not released, was doing the presentation in front of about 50 students and adults at the Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association. According to witnesses, he drew his .40-caliber duty weapon, removed the magazine and pulled back the slide. A police report confirms that he then asked an audience member to confirm that the weapon was not loaded. Witnesses said the gun was pointed at the floor and when the agent released the slide, one shot fired into the top of his left thigh. “The kids screamed and started to cry,” Vivian Farmer, who attened the presentation with her 13-year-old nephew, told Local 6 News in Orlando. “Everyone was pretty shaken up, but the point of gun safety hit home. Unfortunately, the agent had to get shot.” The agent was treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center after the April 9 shooting and returned to work. Police ruled the shooting an accident, but the DEA in Washington is still investigating.

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Letters

Let's face it: whining is a cherished vice for most of us. Apparently the bands Rage Against Martin Sheen and Unit 7 Drain are guilty of whining about their time slots and/or venue locations during the recent Spring Crawl event. Michael Henningsen's response to their whining ("2004 Spring Crawl Wrap," April 28-May 5) was to whine about their whining, apparently in an effort to humiliate them (sorry Mike, I gotta say it backfired).

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Count Barkula and Frankenweenie Come Out to Play

Camp Bow Wow Howl-o-Ween Bash

Doggy costume contest, carnival games for dogs, paw painting, dog Halloween photo booth, face painting for kids, a dunk tank, ice cream, raffle prizes, vendors, trick dog contest and more.
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Wild Wonders

Restore Rocks

Learn about the mission of the Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico and enjoy activities for the whole family.
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Star Power

Cosmic Carnival

Interactive exhibits, view the nearest star as well as a telescope discovery display.
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Confused, but in a Sexy Way

I Can Lick My Own Eyebrows

A guide to assemble and execute phenomenal scenes and personal fantasies.
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Grave New World

Famous and Unusual Graves in N.M.

Dr. Richard Melzer discusses the most illustrious and notorious final resting places around the state of leaders to unsung heroes, criminals to artists and more.
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Elected!

Fireside Chat with Tim Keller and Dan Lewis

An in-depth discussion with the candidates for the Mayoral run-off election.
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Not A'Feared

Spirits of New Mexico's Past

Listen to historical figures' amazing stories of bygone events.
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Calaveras, Maravillas y Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration of Life

Celebrate life and those who have passed. Enjoy pet blessings, live music by Wagogo, arts and crafts vendors, a growers market, a Dia de los Muertos altar, and more.
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Happy Harvest

Fourth Annual Harvest Festival

Food, fun, music and seasonal activities.
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Just a Treat

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Costume Party Fundraiser

Wear your best costume, enjoy snacks, cider, a parade, games, contests and more while raising money for United Nations Children’s Fund.
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A Real Treat

14th Annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Halloween Carnival

A great and safe way for little ones with diabetes to celebrate Halloween with their families and friends.
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