Trump deploys feds against wishes of city officials
By Robin Babb
Sheriff Manual Gonzalez III was welcomed to the White House to speak with President Trump about a supposed surge of violent crime in Albuquerque and other US cities, and the possibility of deploying federal agents to those cities in response. Later, Attorney General William P. Barr confirmed this possibility when he announced the launch of Operation Legend.
Weekly Alibi has been covering news, arts and entertainment for Albuquerque and the surrounding area since 1992, and we have no intention of slowing down. We are the independent media voice in Albuquerque print and we aim to stay that way.
“Brave New World” feels less like a farsighted glimpse into a future world of wonder and more like an unoriginal, corporate groupthink-produced sci-fi soap that uses successful contemporaries like “Westworld” as a photocopied blueprint.
Ellen Lesperance is a painter interested in the sweaters worn by the protesting women during the 19 years of an all-women anti-nuclear protest outside the gates of the Royal Airforce base Greenham Common in England throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Weekly Alibi sat down with Lesperance to talk about protests, knitting and the strength of sweaters.
Time was one of the crazier places you could go in New Mexico was the Tinkertown Museum. There you would find an amorphous structure and grounds that displayed a genuine fear of blank spaces and the unbounded creative output of its creator, Ross Ward. Sadly, Ward died in 2002 but the new book The Tinker of Tinkertown: The Life and Art of Ross Ward is a tribute to his work and a creative life well lived.
If the monsoons have sent your garden into overdrive in the last few weeks, you're likely looking for a way to deal with the bounty once your crisper drawers fill up. One quick option is to pickle something!
The New Mexico Restaurant Association needs to know
By Andrea J. Serrano
A few weeks ago, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) hosted a virtual protest urging restaurants across the state to post pictures of their employees outside of their establishments with signs that read “Let Us Serve.” This action came after Governor Lujan Grisham announced reimposing the ban on indoor dining at eateries and breweries.
PED Secretary told reporters that the department is working on a plan to reopen schools and get kids back into the classroom; the New Mexico Restaurant Association is continuing to battle health orders that ban indoor dining; the federal Bureau of Land Management has been surrendering land in New Mexico and Arizona to the US Army for use in the construction of a border wall.
Joe Biden is turning the Democratic Party into “Republican-lite"; a CBD company is recalling dozens of hemp products after notified of lead contamination; two cannabis producers, a cannabis manufacturer, a testing laboratory and a cannabis patient filed petitions against the New Mexico Department of Health’s new set of rules.
A study found that CBD could be an effective treatment for cannabis dependency; another study has reportedly found a correlation between regular cannabis use among women and increased sexual gratification.
Weekly Alibi speaks with Jimmy Santiago Baca, who lived in one of the toughest prisons alongside men that our society deems the worst of the worst. He has partied with movie moguls, taught at Yale, rubbed elbows with literary snobs, and he still walks the dusty New Mexico streets with us looking for green chile.
There is nothing like a global pandemic to keep musicians home recording albums. Those making electronic music may have it a bit easier than those requiring a full band in these times of social distancing, but Clark Andrew Libbey found a workaround for this problem on his new album Small Town Famous by playing all the instruments himself.
Just as Julius Caesar is the eponym for the Cesarean section and Humphrey Bogart is known for holding a joint too long, golfer Arnold Palmer, while surely not the first person to mix ice tea with lemonade, now extends his legacy to the beverage that bears his name.
NORML told our presidential candidates what’s what last week; New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health Inc. is suing the New Mexico Department of Health over new regulations; the House Appropriations Committee just released directives that were attached to spending legislation and included a number of cannabis provisions.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced a new program to make hemp testing more accurate; Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood is suing a number of CBD companies for using his name and image.
Preventing substance use begins with education and early intervention
By Nickolaus Hayes
Many Americans coming out of this pandemic will need assistance, along with those in recovery and anyone struggling with addiction. There could be a potential surge of people needing help, and substance use treatment providers should be prepared to adapt to the increased need.
State fails to dismiss Yazzie/Martinez case, plans to meet court mandate
By Robin Babb
Last Wednesday, July 15, the NM Legislative Education Study Committee met via Zoom to discuss the Public Education Department’s goals around the Yazzie/Martinez case. Ryan Stewart, New Mexico’s secretary of education, gave a presentation to the committee on the initial steps the PED is taking.
APD receives scrutiny amid overtime investigation, public comment
By Robin Babb
Two City Council committee meetings last week brought up the subject of police department budgets, a topic receiving attention nationwide as protests against police violence continue in many cities. The Albuquerque Police Department’s budget is now under review, with a state investigation into the department’s use of overtime hours raising questions about ethics and accountability.
As unemployment supplement ends, many fear what's next
By Dan Pennington
Our government needs to step up and ensure people have some semblance of protection right now, or we’re looking at another Great Depression. We can’t expect everything to just kick in to full again, so maybe another New Deal is in line.
A number of agencies are investigating APD of overtime fraud; New Mexico’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate is rising, but that number includes patients who have been sent here from Arizona; the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee says state spending on a nursing expansion program has paid off.
The Luna Project is a group of a dozen women artists working in a variety of mediums that meet frequently to share techniques and critiques, showing once or twice a year since 2003. Lightscape is packed with recent two-and three-dimensional works from all 12 artists. It is underestimated how groups like this can push individual artists to improve and, most importantly, finish their works.
New Mexico Restaurant Association campaign leaves bad taste in mouth
By Dan Pennington
The #LetUsServe campaign, being hosted by the New Mexican Restaurant Association, is a digital peaceful protest wherein restaurant employees within the state hold up signs, asking Governor Lujan Grisham to pretty please reopen indoor dining for restaurants.
Drive-in movies, golf and swim strokes, hundreds of miles of a variety of trails and virtual tours of museums, zoos and other cultural gems are available distractions to ward off the COVID stir crazies.
Those with preexisting conditions face more hurdles than ever
By Erin Beck
The coronavirus has irreparably changed life as we know it, forcing us to adapt in unexpected ways. In healthcare it has become far more difficult for people with existing conditions to get the care they need.
The New Mexico Restaurant Association organized a virtual protest against the public health order; Department of Workforce Solutions will continue waiving work search requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation; Organizers of two major events are still holding public gatherings in defiance of the governor’s health order.
Lack of information makes eviction moratorium confusing for tenants and landlords
By Robin Babb
Last Monday, July 6, local community organizer Selinda Guerrero and her family were evicted from their home, during what is supposed to be an eviction moratorium in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Floor Is Lava” challenges contestants to cross a room without touching the floor. But since this is a TV show in 2020, it’s amped up with plenty of hyperactive CG graphics and an over-the-top set that constitutes the sole reason for the show’s appeal.
Carolyn Meyer is an 85-year-old white woman that has grappled with racism herself; her own. Her one-woman show is about growing up in small-town America, how racism permeated everything and how she changed her own mind. Weekly Alibi sat down with Meyer to talk about her own evolution in thinking about race, her show and what’s next.
Downtown Albuquerque hadn’t been looking all that great and then came the pandemic that shuttered much of the businesses, followed by protests that were followed by window smashers. The next morning more particle boards went up over windows and doors. Victoria Van Dame and Jessica Anderson from OT Circus connected artists with business to create “a community project to revitalize Downtown while promoting peace.” The result has been the transformation of Downtown into a public gallery of fresh, local work, rendering Albuquerque into a city unlike any other in America.
The one thing that the entire voting spectrum (except Biden) can agree on is cannabis legalization; a bipartisan coalition of state treasurers—including New Mexico’s Tim Eichenbergwant protections for cannabis banking; FDA reports many CBD products sold over-the-counter across the country have been mislabeled.
A meta-study, which analyzed data across multiple studies, suggests that CBD can treat cocaine misuse; Researchers at Augusta University say CBD could have a positive effect on acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)—a severe autoimmune response in the lungs that afflicts some COVID-19 patients.
A recent University of New Mexico study found that cannabis use can have an immediate effect on symptoms associated with depression. According to the researchers, cannabis users were likely to report experiencing positive side effects within moments of consuming marijuana, including feeling happy, optimistic, peaceful and relaxed. Remember those feelings?
While it may seem odd that a drug known to cause dizziness and coughing could actually be beneficial as part of a workout plan, many patients claim that the psychotropic effects of cannabis actually help them compete in sports and overcome physical challenges while exercising.
Alice Moon was diagnosed with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a rare and—for some strange reason—controversial medical condition that causes victims to suffer from abdominal pain and severe vomiting. We recently spoke with Moon about her illness and how it’s perceived by the cannabis community.
The best thing about having a medical marijuana card (other than not being thrown in a cage) is knowing how much safer it is than its pharmaceutical alternatives. But that doesn't mean you're free from danger while dosing with this little green plant, dear reader. It won't kill you, but it can definitely make you feel like you're dying.
Pandemics can be stressful. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming. Since the advent of COVID-19, dispensary sales of medicinal cannabis are way up across the state of New Mexico. Since the state gave them the essential mark, it’s been up to dispensaries to follow through with making the distribution of cannabis products compliant with Department of Health guidelines.
You’re down in the dumps and just dropping lower by the second. It’s called the COVID-19 blues, and we’re all bound to get it sooner or later. Luckily we know which bright and tasty strains will help banish that old depression and bring out the sweet and positive people we were meant to be.
Suddenly, Medical Cannabis—a business that currently has no access to banks, insurance, commercial lending and capital markets—is marked as an “essential business” during a pandemic. That’s a game changer, coupled with the fact that consumption of Medical Cannabis in New Mexico is booming.
We’re living in plague times, and everyone is suddenly super focused on their health. Cannabis smokers are especially nervous since it’s come to light that tobacco smokers who contract COVID-19 are more likely to develop more severe complications than non-tobacco smokers.
Consumption of cannabis has long been a social activity. Ancient nomadic tribes burned cannabis in fire pits for ceremonial purposes. Marijuana "tea pads" in the 1920s resembled opium dens or speakeasies, except that prices were very low. Fast forward to 2020 and soon we will be seeing what Cannabis Consumption Areas can offer patients in New Mexico.
Studies and research being conducted on cannabis and its possible role in combating the deadly bronchial and lung inflammation associated with the coronavirus show the green weed just might give COVID-19 a much-needed slap in the face. That’s karmic.