Feb 15 - 21, 2007 

Kate Trainor

News Bite

Blue in Burque

Mysterious billboards have Burqueños holding their breath

By Kate Trainor

In Albuquerque and along the interstate, people are turning blue in the face. Among them are Al Franken, Orbit (the Isotopes’ furry mascot), a pound puppy and a pigtailed child buckled into a car seat. On billboards throughout the city, these and other personalities are featured literally blue-faced, and for no clear reason. So, we wonder, why the blue faces?

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Forty-one-year old Lorraine Sanchez makes her way down the hall on a pair of crutches at Almas de Amistad. Sanchez, who has trouble keeping off the streets, found a support network at Almas de Amistad that helps her stay clean and out of jail. Sanchez is trying to prepare for a hip replacement, but is often turned away at the hospital due to her unpredictable state.
Tina Larkin

Newscity

Lost Sanctuary

Holistic treatment center for women shuts its doors--for now

By Marisa Demarco

Shawna Campbell-Rosenthal tried to save the building, tried to make sure there wouldn't be a gap in services for the women who come in every day seeking treatment, counseling, sanctuary.

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A bill to ban cell phone use in cars without hands-free devices passed the Council 5-4.
Amanda Hügenkiss

Council Watch

The Push That Never Came

By Laura Sanchez

Not only did the Feb. 5 Council meeting lack pitchfork-toting, cell phone-brandishing mobs--almost no one showed up at all. Deferred bills included training day care staffs to detect sexual abuse and a cost-benefit analysis of a streetcar system. Councilor Michael Cadigan's memorial encouraging the State Legislature to support school board elections on the same day as municipal or state elections passed unanimously.

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The Real Side

Flogging Abbey’s Ghost

The Monkey Wrench Gang heads to the big screen

By Jim Scarantino

Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang is only three months away from movie production. After many fits and starts, the film will be made here in New Mexico and probably released next year. Hat tip to local blogger Coco for the news.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: New York--A wallet belonging to a Korean automobile factory worker has been found--in upstate New York. The worker lost his wallet last year while checking out the wiring on a Chevy Aveo that was bound for sale in the U.S. It wasn’t until the car left the GM-Daewoo assembly plant in suburban Seoul that J.W. Joh realized his wallet was missing. Several months and thousands of miles later, the Aveo was delivered to the Fuccillo Chevrolet dealership on Grand Island, outside Buffalo. An employee at the dealership was getting ready to deliver it to a customer when he found the wallet in the backseat. He handed it over to his general manager, complete with credit cards, driver’s license and $43 in cash. The wallet was passed up the company chain until a GM executive delivered the wallet to Joh during a recent business trip to South Korea.

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Letters

The readers write.

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