Answer Me This
By Simon McCormack
How many calls is the unemployment office getting every day? What do you have to do to get tasered around here? Why was a Guadalupe County sheriff arrested? Problems plague the first few days of Rail Runner service to Santa Fe.
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
Pour Me a River
Albuquerque drinks from the Rio Grande
By Christie Chisholm
Two roiling basins of water press against each other, divided by a two-story-high concrete wall. One side is a gurgling brown mess of chemical dust—it looks like mud soup. But the other side glistens, clear as glass, tempting a dip of the hand.
By Carolyn Carlson
Most of the Dec. 15 City Council meeting was deferred due to icy roads and snow. The councilors still managed to get a couple things out of the way. The most interesting items—sweeping water conservation measures, sector plan approvals and what to do with all those water-hog city toilets—will be heard sometime in the new year.
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Dateline: China—London’s Telegraph reports a Chinese man was struck and killed by a wayward weather rocket—a fact that was not discovered until the man’s body exploded while being cremated. The body of Wang Diange, from the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia, was found in the wreckage of a house where he had been overseeing the wake of a recently deceased family member. As it was raining and thundering at the time, family members concluded Wang had been struck by lightning. Several days later, after his own funeral, Mr. Wang’s body blew up as it was being fed into the cremation chamber, blasting the metal doors from their hinges. When the fire had been put out, the only clue left was a small, twisted piece of metal, which seemed to be the glowing remnant of a screw. A military serial number was found on the metal and a lengthy investigation traced it back to the local weather bureau. The day that Mr. Wang died, the weather bureau had been firing shells into the atmosphere to break up hail in a bid to protect the local tobacco crop. Inside the shells was silver iodide, a chemical that helps break hail into rain. The weather bureau’s own investigation concluded that one shell must have failed to explode, hit the house in which the wake was being held and lodged inside Mr. Wang’s body. As a result of the investigation, the weather bureau paid out a 80,000 yuan (about $15,000) settlement to the Wang family.
[Re: Pop Culture, “Be a God,” Dec. 11-17] I'm getting tired of Ben Radford, apparently the Alibi's skeptic-in-residence. He seems to be fixated on the concept of "religious hypocrisy." We Buddhists would recommend he let go of the concept and try to relax. Sure, there is religious hypocrisy, but truly spiritual beliefs feed, clothe and shelter a lot of people in the world.
Duke City Medical Cannabis Convention
By Ty Bannerman
This event will have educational seminars covering a variety of subjects on cannabis. The seminars will be hosted by experts in their line of knowledge.
2015 New Mexico UFO Conference
By Devin D. O'Leary
What does the government really know? Featuring three top speakers, Col. John Alexander, Nick Pope and Nick Redfern.
Playground Build Day
By Renée Chavez
Lend a hand to build a playground in just one day with local non-profit NewLife Homes. Food, drinks and music will be provided for registered participants.
20th Annual Punkin' Chunkin'
By Cerridwen Stucky
Punkin' Chunkin' is the sport of hurling a pumpkin by mechanical means for distance and accuracy. See large and small pneumatic air cannons, catapults, trebuchets and more.
Family Night at Pajarito Environmental Education Center
Pelvic Floor Tricks for Enhanced Pleasure at Self Serve
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