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 Dec 25 - 31, 2008 
Construction workers dig deep to bring the Drinking Water Project online.

Answer Me This

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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.

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Construction workers dig deep to bring the Drinking Water Project online.
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Environment

Pour Me a River

Albuquerque drinks from the Rio Grande

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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.

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Council Watch

Bean Counting

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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.

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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

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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.

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Letters

[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.

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What Have They Done to the Earth?

10th Annual Sustainability Expo

By August March
A vibrant array of growers' market, food trucks, educational events and live entertainment including demonstrations, music, bicycle auction and clothing swap.
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Earth Day Done Right

Earth Day Celebration

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Discover different ocean habitats and how to protect them. Learn about why it is important to buy sustainable seafood. Also make a recycled craft to take home.
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Man's Best Friend

Mini-Maker Faire

By Joshua Lee
Maker Faires showcase lots of cool folks and their projects as they discuss their processes and teaching skills with the public.
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The Slap and Tickle

Spring Type-Out

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Experience an outdoor public typewriter gathering using a wide variety of typewriters. Write poetry, start that novel and discover digital detox.
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My Little Donkey, My Little Mule

Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association All Breed Classic

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Support or compete in a great variety of equestrian classes for prizes.  Enjoy donkey races during lunch break. Registration required.
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Co-op-erate as a Community

EarthFest 2018

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Tons of local vendors, social and economic justice organizations, artists, environmental advocacy groups, performers and, of course, La Montañita’s delicious deli foods.
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Sexual Healing

Sex and Self-Love for Survivors

By Robin Babb
Trauma survivors learn to take control of sexuality and reclaim the sense of self through gentle, nurturing techniques. Donations are welcome.
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