Alibi V.14 No.51 • Dec 22-28, 2005 

Newscity

The Place in Nob Hill

Redevelopment in Nob Hill takes off, and ticks off some area residents

Nob Hill is waiting for something spectacular. Already one of Albuquerque's favorite shopping destination points (and many people's favorite living destination points), the corridor seems destined for bigger things. Like playing host to a light rail system that the city aims to plop down in coming years, or moving forward with more infill development, higher walkability and, therefore, more pedestrian traffic. In fact, running neck-and-neck only against East Downtown (EDo), Nob Hill has a chance to be the premiere location for new urbanism in the state. And it may all begin with The Place.

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Council Watch

A Culture of Fear

A special Council meeting on Dec. 12 provided a public forum on the city's All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan. The plan addresses wars, floods, earthquakes, fires, hazardous materials, infrastructure damage, civil disturbances, epidemics, energy shortages, major plane crashes, terrorism, severe snowstorms, water shortages, bus and train accidents, tornadoes and landslides. But all the public wanted to talk about was radioactive threats. Councilors Debbie O'Malley and Brad Winter were excused.

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Ortiz y Pino

Cutting and Running

I swear, sometimes the Republicans are just too clever for their own good. Karl Rove, the brain behind the Bush White House, has built an enviable record as a successful strategist largely on his talent for capturing in just a few words the conventional wisdom about a person or situation.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Germany—If you're looking for the holiday spirit, Germany may not be the place to find it. A department store Santa on his way home from work was beaten by stressed-out shoppers in Wiesbaden. Stefan Stettler, 31, was still in character and chatting with other passengers while waiting for his train home. Police say two men, apparently stressed after a full day's Christmas shopping, went ballistic when asked to “tell Santa what they want for Christmas.” The men took Stettler's sack of presents and beat him over the head with it. Stettler broke several fingers trying to protect himself. “Around this time of year, shoppers seem to get this glint in their eyes and you can just see they are going to go off any minute,” Stettler said. “I should have known better. But, come on, who beats up Santa Claus?” Police are still searching for the unknown assailants.

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Letters

As you may know, Mark Guest, one of the leads in the Vortex Theatre's most recent production of Moliere's Tartuffe, was taken ill at the beginning of the run and died this past final weekend. I cannot imagine what went through the cast's mind or that of director John Hardman, whose task was to take over Mark's role, no mean feat under the circumstances.

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For Young Pioneers

Peter and The Wolf

Musicians and alumni from the UNM's music department and local artists narrate the popular children’s tale. Sarita Sol González opens the show with original performance poetry.
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Measure Up

LEAP Into Science: Measure up

Kids learn what people used to measure before tape measures and explore non-standard measurement.
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Strolling Through Holiday Traditions

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Enjoy live entertainment, the traditional lighting of the Old Town Christmas tree as well as discounts and specials offered by local businesses, restaurants and museums.
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Hawkish Holidays

Holiday Wild

See live falcons, hawks and owls, browse arts and crafts that are for sale, enjoy a raffle and kids activities.
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Hit the Snooze Button

I Dreamed I Was a Dog

Award-winning New Mexico author and artist Joel Nakamura reads from his new illustrated children's book following the dream world of a boy.
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