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 V.14 No.4 | January 27 - February 2, 2005 

Newscity

City Animal Shelter Still Under Fire

"There's a huge gap between ideas, good intentions and reality"

Tick. Tock. In case you're wondering, that's the sound ringing in the ears of more than 27,000 animals a year at the Albuquerque Animal Care Center, where progress seems to move about as quickly as the proverbial snail. Despite findings by the Humane Society of the United States five years ago that animal care practices at the two Albuquerque shelters were abysmal, and followed by promises by the city to improve said abysmal conditions, it seems that any real improvements in animal welfare have yet to begin. At least, that's what animal rights activists around the city are saying, who are irate over what they call "empty promises."

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News Feature

A Gift Not Always Refused

With no help from the Bush administration—but plenty from Europe, Japan, New York and California—solar power is edging into the mainstream

If you're like most Americans, you've spent your life invisibly attached to an electric meter. When you wake up and switch on the light, you nudge it forward a little faster. When you toast bread, watch TV, open the fridge, flick on the computer, you push its pace. For all practical purposes, it only goes one way.

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Council Watch

Very Bad Things

Two hot button bills on the Jan. 19 City Council agenda—the Old Town missile bill and a Montaño restriping compromise—were deferred when Councilor Debbie O'Malley fell ill and left after the break. The recently passed quarter-cent public safety tax budgeted money for social services. Five resulting bills passed, funding programs for adolescent substance abuse treatment, services for victims of sexual assault, child witnesses of domestic violence, treatment for domestic violence offenders and DWI workplace education.

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Ortiz y Pino

School Election Without a Ripple

Public schools deserve voter support

It seems incredible, but the election to choose four Albuquerque Public School board positions and to decide the fate of a proposed $218 million bond issue and mill levy to pay for building new schools and repairing existing ones takes place on Feb. 1.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England—A village in Cambridgeshire has decided to celebrate its history by erecting a five-foot-tall statue of dinosaur poo. According to London's Daily Telegraph, parish council members in Bassingbourn chose the $15,000 bronze sculpture in a competition. It beat rivals including a sculpture of one of the World War II bombers the flew from a local airfield. Fossilized dinosaur droppings, known as coprolite, brought wealth to the area late in the 19th century. “It's an excellent idea; unusual and very imaginative,” said Jack White, the parish council chairman. “Something like a bomber, which used to fly out of here in the war, would have been too obvious.” The winning design came from David Billings, a former teacher at Bassingbourn Village College, who described his design thusly: “The idea is to have a heap of muck on top of a plinth.”

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Letters

Thanks to Krystal Zaragoza for her excellent article, "Closing the Chart", in the Jan. 20 issue of the Alibi. In it, she writes about Dr. Steven Hsi and his transition from family doctor to patient as he coped with Takayasu's syndrome, underwent three major heart surgeries, starting in 1995 and died in March 1999.

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 30)

Get With the Times

Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

Food, music, demonstrations, arts and activities all recreated from the Middle Ages.
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Allen Russell Photography

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Apr 30)

Pow-WOW!

Gathering of Nations

Competitive performances, food, music and art at the largest pow-wow in North America.
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via assistancedogsofthewest.org

EVENT HORIZON (Tuesday, May 3)

The Kind of Hero We Need

Assistance Dogs of the West's 21st Annual Graduation Ceremony

Dogs graduate to take on new roles within the judicial system, veterans’ groups, the FBI, and help individuals with disabilities. Hosted by Ali McGraw.
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courtesy of sabakucon.com

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, May 6)

Con-con-con-con COOOON

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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via morguefile

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Hey Bob, Try a Kebab

Albuquerque Turkish Festival

Samples of Turkish-Mediterranean Cuisine, cultural exhibits, folk dances, live music, children's area, arts & crafts and more.
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via compfight

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Oh, wow-o!

Cinco de Mayo Folk Art and Music Festival

Over 35 local artists, music by Alpha Blue and Mariachi Amor Eternal, and Wild Fiesta Apron Contest hosted by Cherie and Pamela Montoya.
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via morguefile

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Say “Chubby Bunny” Five Times Fast

Rabbit Adoption Event

The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is adopting out rabbits seeking their forever homes. Free nail trims for those who bring their pet rabbits.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, May 7)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, May 8)

Sabaku Con

An anime and Japanese pop-culture convention featuring competitive gaming, cosplay workshops and panels with celebrities like Cara Nicole, Brittney Karbowski and Maile Flanagan.
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Today's Events

Dia de los Ninos Storytelling at Erna Fergusson Library

Bilingual storyteller Liz Mangual reads stories aloud. Children receive a free book.

Mayor and First Lady's Charity Gala at Albuquerque Convention Center

Sitzmarkers Ski Club 50th Anniversay Party at Canyon Club at Four Hills

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