Life in Albuquerque
 Alibi V.19 No.14 • April 8-14, 2010 

Best of Burque 2010

Life in Burque

Best City Politician

Martin Chavez

Best Animal Rescue: Watermelon Mountain Ranch
Best Animal Rescue: Watermelon Mountain Ranch
2) Mayor Richard Berry
3) Rep. Martin Heinrich (Who's not technically a city politician. Oh, electorate.)

Worst City Politician

Martin Chavez

2) Mayor Richard Berry
3) Darren White

Best Use of City Money

Warehouse 508

508 First Street NW
2) Public transportation
3) Education and schools

Worst Use of City Money

Red Light Cameras

2) Public adornment (pots on I-40, Chevy on a Stick, decorative manhole covers, Tricentennial Towers, beautification, art in parks, art at intersections, public art generally)
3) Politicians' pockets (big salaries, raises, trips, unethical contracts, corruption)

Worst Intersection

Montgomery and San Mateo

2) Lomas and Carlisle
3) Paseo del Norte and I-25

Best High School

Sandia High School

7801 Candelaria NE
2) Albuquerque High School
3) Eldorado High School

Best Post-Secondary School Professor or Instructor

Brian Herrera, UNM Theatre and Dance

2) Paul Ford, UNM Theatre and Dance
3) Leonard Kravitz, UNM Health Exercise and Sports Science

Best Albuquerque Athlete

Roman Martinez, Lobo men's basketball

2) Darington Hobson, Lobo men's basketball
3) Holly Holm, undisputed welterweight champion

Best Charity

Roadrunner Food Bank

5840 Office NE
2) Joy Junction
3) Agora Crisis Center

Best Animal Rescue

Watermelon Mountain Ranch

3250 Westphalia NE, Rio Rancho, 771-0140
2) Animal Humane of New Mexico
3) City-run shelters

Best TV Newscaster

Steve Stucker, KOB-4

2) Nicole Brady, KOB-4
3) Dick Knipfing, KRQE-13

Best Radio Station

89.9 FM KUNM
2) 100.3 FM The Peak
3) 104.1 FM The Edge

Best Radio DJ

Donnie Chase, 100.3 FM The Peak

2) Buck, 104.1 FM The Edge
3) Baxter, 104.1 FM The Edge

Best Local Website


Best Blogger

Joe Monahan,

2) Johnny Mango,
3) Barbara Wold,

Best Festival or Parade

Albuquerque Pride

2) Balloon Fiesta
3) Día de los Muertos Marigold Parade in the South Valley

Best Recreational Program for Kids


Multiple locations
2) ¡explora! Summer Camp
3) Warehouse 508

Best Camping Close to Home


2) Pecos
3) Sandias

Best Public Pool

West Mesa Aquatic Center

6705 Fortuna NW, 836-8718
2) Rio Grande Pool
3) Highland Pool

Best Hiking

La Luz

2) Sandia Foothills
3) Jemez

Best Park for Ice Blocking

Netherwood Park (aka Pregnant Park, near Indian School and Princeton)

To non-natives: Ice-blocking is a summer pastime in this desert city. First, buy a block of ice. Some supermarkets and gas stations carry them—call around. Head to your nearest grassy slope. Fold a towel to put on top of your ice block, have a seat and slide on down. The Alibi makes no guarantees of safety—particularly if inebriation is occurring simultaneously.
2) Roosevelt Park
3) Santa Fe Village Park (adjacent to Taylor Ranch Library)

Best Place to Meet People

Nob Hill

2) UNM
3) Flying Star Cafés

Best Albuquerque Landmark

Sandia Mountains

2) Old Town
3) Frontier Restaurant

Best Resource for New-to-Towners

The Alibi

3) 311

Best 2009 Issue of the Alibi

Best of Burque

2) All of them
3) The one where Vertigo Venus won everything