Alibi V.29 No.27 • July 2-8, 2020

Police Union Contract Extended Due to COVID-19

How should new contract reflect current focus on police violence?

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The City of Albuquerque’s contract with the Albuquerque Police Officers Association (APOA), the union for Albuquerque law enforcement officers, is due to expire on June 30. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contract will be extended until the City Council can safely meet to vote on the contract’s renewal.

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A Memorial for the Missing and Murdered

Long-awaited park dedicated to victims of West Mesa murders

The City of Albuquerque, with input from the families of the victims of the West Mesa murders, created Women’s Memorial Park to reflect and to have a small sense of peace.

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Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Crying Fowl

Artemis Fowl on Disney+

Despite its literary history, Artemis Fowl reads like a generic mash-up of mystical YA series Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (with a dash of Men In Black for good measure).

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These are the People in Your Neighborhood

Frank Blazquez’s Barrios de Nuevo Mexico

Frank Blazquez sees someone that looks interesting, then he walks up to them and asks if he can take their picture. No chit chat. No establishing a rapport.

Sharing Code

The New Mexican art you missed

Sharing Code tells the story of how computer art began at the University of New Mexico in 1968 with the development of a computer program designed for artists to use with little computer training.

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Inequality Starts With Education

Black Voices ABQ demands change for a stronger, healthier and more diversified community and economy. A huge factor hindering social change is education, but on top of New Mexico being one of the lowest ranked states in education, schools with primarily Black and Brown students receive less funding than schools with primarily White students.

Councilors Cleaning House

One long Zoom call later, City Council tackles corona questions

Burque City Councilors earned their summer vacay after a nearly 6 1/2 hour Zoom meeting, clearing their government table of a myriad of items.

Newscity

Hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 continue to drop in New Mexico; state district court judge will reconsider a ruling that accused New Mexico of failing to provide adequate education for children; Gov. Lujan Grisham issued executive clemency to a number of New Mexico prisoners last week.

Odds & Ends

Funny because unsafe sex (with all that heavy breathing and panting) happens to someone else.

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Service Industry Faces More Challenges During the Pandemic

It takes two to tango to make restaurant service function

With restaurants cautiously reopening throughout June, it’s become a weird trek back out into a world we once knew, with some of us hoping to sit down and eat something that isn’t burned and unseasoned by our inattention in the kitchen. For restaurant owners this has become a double-edged sword.

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One Hand Washes the Other

DOJ finds no violations in antitrust cases

DOJ is letting itself off the hook in antitrust investigations of cannabis businesses; ProgressNow New Mexico accused Pat Davis of upholding racist institutions.

Congress Votes to Allow Study at Dispensaries

The House of Representatives voted to let researchers study cannabis sourced from actual legal dispensaries instead of from the only government-approved source; a new study has found that cannabis use while pregnant could increase the risk of children’s sleep problems.

Alibi V.29 No.26 • June 25-July 1, 2020

A Summer Respite

The Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz is a summer cocktail meant to be enjoyed on the veranda overlooking the Italian Riviera. If the veranda is unavailable, your local picnic table, plastic Walmart chair or kiddie pool will suffice.

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Oñate’s Legacy of Chaos Continues

How a peaceful prayer ceremony escalates to violence

As of early June 2020, despite years of outcry from the community, Juan de Oñate's statue continued to stand at the head of the Albuquerque Museum.

An Occasionally Wild Boy

Steve-O pays homage to where it all began while supporting locals facing food insecurity

With COVID-19 wiping out so many aspects of our lives, it has been hard for many to find a new normal. Jon “Bones” Jones, local UFC fighter, reached out to his old friend and former Albuquerque resident, Steve-O of “Jackass” fame and a spark lit up in Steve-O’s head.

Newscity

State will investigate claims that Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque practiced racial profiling; a number of New Mexico tribal casinos have reopened; Lawmakers made a number of cuts to the budget because of COVID-19 and related drops in oil revenue.

Uncharted Territory

City Council navigates new paths as protests and COVID continue

It’s a different world from whence we last touched base. Our local government bodies have had to quickly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with budget adjustments, small business help and police reform.

A New Public Safety Department

Mayor Keller’s new public safety department could reduce burden on cops

Mayor Tim Keller announced the formation of Albuquerque Community Safety, a new unarmed public security department in Albuquerque. This department’s purpose is to handle public safety calls related to homelessness, addiction and mental health issues instead of the Albuquerque Police Department, which is currently called in to deal with such cases.

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Cop Out

Networks cancel police cam shows

Social change, driven by the massive wave of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, has resulted in the cancellation of a pair of popular docu-reality TV shows about police.

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Bringing Art Auctions Online

Jennifer DeSantis and the OT Circus ABQ Online Art Auctions

Weekly Alibi sat down with Jennifer DeSantis (at a social distance) to find out how the OT Circus ABQ Online Art Auctions work.

An Iridium Layer in the Anthropocene

David Santiago’s “New Normal”

When the pandemic hit, David Santiago wanted to do something to help, so he began a new three-print series as a way to support nurses around the country.

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Market Value

Cannabis sales OK during pandemic

The writing’s on the wall, and it’s clear to everyone that New Mexico is all set to turn into Thunderdome thanks to the seemingly inevitable economic recession looming on America’s horizon. And as we’re seeing, cannabis is one of the only coronavirus-safe industry options we have left available to us.

Nevada to Pardon Cannabis Prisoners

Officials in Nevada have authorized the unconditional pardon of thousands of convicted cannabis offenders; a new study says frequent cannabis use can cause semen to become infused with THC and other cannabinoids.

Alibi V.29 No.25 • June 18-24, 2020

Study Examines Cannabis-Impaired Driving

Transportation officials in Colorado have released the findings of a study that asked cannabis users about their opinions on driving while under the influence of marijuana; NBA will reportedly not be testing players for recreational drugs for the rest of this season.