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 V.13 No.22 | May 27 - June 2, 2004 


At Least the Frogs are Happy

While summer pool season commences this weekend, Rio Grande pool sits dormant for another year

In our sun-scorched climate, there is perhaps no greater gift from the taxpayers to local kids than a refreshing and affordable public swimming hole—when it's open.

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Ortiz y Pino

Making Bad Traffic Worse

Will the city ever get serious about managing growth?

I recently walked a mile in another man's shoes. Or more accurately, I drove 10 miles on Coors Boulevard during rush hour, and must say I have a better appreciation for what Westsiders go through every day.

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News Feature

Eternal Sunshine of the Political Mind

Romero and Nelson contend for a shot to unseat Wilson

Supposedly, Bernalillo County Democrats are flaming mad about the current state of affairs in Washington, D.C., and are geared up, actually more than years past, to defeat Republican Heather Wilson this November. After all, she is a special case, because unlike most incumbents, she's vulnerable. They say Wilson is a phony like George W. Bush—she says she's for jobs, health care, environmental protection, education and supporting the Bill of Rights, and blah, blah, blah, but when you look at the record, all that rhetoric is just a sham. In reality, she's more like a sycophant in Dick Cheney's court than an independent, genuine New Mexican. And enough is enough!

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News Sidebar


There are a whole host of Republican and Democratic primary elections happening on Tuesday, June 1, which means it's time to do your civic duty and go to the polls. If you're not registered, or think you are but don't know what party you belong to, then you should stop reading now and go back to your feckless, vanity-bit existence.

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Council Watch

Death by Asphalt

The May 17 council meeting passed legislation revamping the Police Oversight Commission, updating a property wall ordinance, and authorizing budgets, bonds and goals. Chief Financial Officer Gail Reese's report on negotiations with developers of a proposed downtown arena raised serious questions about the eventual cost of the project. But the gut-wrenching, crowd-drawing issue at the seven-hour meeting was the proposed Paseo del Norte extension through the Petroglyph National Monument.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Germany—A couple who went to a fertility clinic after eight childless years of marriage have been advised to try a radical new approach to impregnation: sex. Doctors at the University Clinic of Lubek subjected the couple to a series of examinations and found they were both apparently fertile and should have had no trouble conceiving. It took some time, but doctors eventually got to the root of the problem. According to a clinic spokesman, “When we asked them how often they had had sex, they looked blank and said, ’What do you mean?'” The devoutly religious couple apparently had never gotten the “birds and the bees” talk. “We are not talking retarded people here,” said the clinic spokesman, “but a couple who were brought up in a religeous environment who were simply unaware, after eight years of marriage, of the physical requirements necessary to procreate.” The 30-year-old wife and her 36-year-old husband are now being given sex therapy lessons at the clinic.

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[RE: “Sun of a Bitch,” May 13-19]: Thank you for your excellent article on the sun, sunburn, Don Schrader, etc. As someone who went through a minor battle with basal cell carcinoma, I note that there were several important things you omitted: Wear a hat! Not a baseball cap (which doesn 't protect your ears or neck), but a real hat with a wide brim. Hats are cool, when you realize how they protect you. This is especially important for balding men, most of whom seem to ignore those red splotches they constantly get on their scalp when they don 't wear a hat. Wear sunglasses, especially polarized ones. UV rays are bad for your eyes.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 22)


Naturalist Series: Bats Found Around the World

Dr. Ernie Valdez from the U.S. Geological Survey discusses different shapes, sizes and colors of bats that occur around the world and their unique behaviors that reflect their amazing morphology.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 22)

Pittie the Fool

Eighth Annual Pittie Parade

Celebrate your favorite pet with adoptable dogs and several rescue groups. Participate in the Pittie Parade and canine costume and tricks contests.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Straight Outta Carlsbad

A Special Evening with Linda Wertheimer

The legendary broadcast journalist and New Mexico native discusses her unique insights on today's top news stories. A panel discussion featuring KUNM’s news staff follows Wertheimer’s presentation.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Oct 23)

Running Water

Third Annual Acequia Celebration and Fun Run

Support a benefit for a small South Valley organization that aims to protect and preserve ways of life and local traditions in our community.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 28)

Get Learnt


Influential women share their expertise on various topics ranging from gender parody to finding long term solutions to climate change.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

A Grin that Glows

Jack-O'-Lantern Fest

Enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s'mores, balloon artists and more.
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Today's Events

Dr. Ernie Valdez from the U.S. Geological Survey discusses different shapes, sizes and colors of bats that occur around the world and their unique behaviors that reflect their amazing morphology.

Celebrate Sevilleta at Visitor Center, Sevilleta NWR

Day of Destiny IX at Westside Community Center

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