Bob: Community Pick

Gene Grant--Political Commentator

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Best City Political Stinkeroo

The 30-day Session. “We didn’t have time” is now officially inexcusable. Thanks for the minimum-wage increase. Idiots.

Best Community Action Group

Is there anyone taking young people into the fray better than the Southwest Organizing Project right now?

Best Use of Local Tax Dollars

Tingley Beach. It’s not even the same place anymore.

Best Wasteful Use of Local Tax Dollars

“Retired” government workers who come back with full pay and full retirement.

Best Local Crackpot

Anyone but Don Schrader. Can we start throwing some love on someone, anyone, other than this guy?

Best Radio Personality

Marcos Martinez at KUNM. The best interviewer in the city.

Best Use of Public Access Television

How about if City Hall fully funds public access first?!

Best Brewpub

Chama River Brewing Company Downtown. Close the voting.

Best Downtown Bar

Well, if Pearl’s was to magically reappear …

Best Karaoke

Atomic Cantina. Some folks need to get off their “signature tune,” but the attitude is perfect.

Best Jukebox

Anodyne. Shuggie Otis!

Best Movie Theater

The Guild. An amazing year.

Best Local Band Overall

Nels Andrews and the El Paso Eye Patch. We’re losing him to The Big Apple. Sob …

Best Cultural Bargain

Duke City Shoot-Out.

Best Poet

Hakim Bellamy and/or the entire ABQ slam team. Watch out, Austin.

Best Local Visual Artist

Any local filmmaker trying to make something happen.

Best Writer

Pari Noskin Taichert. Her latest book, The Belen Hitch, was nominated for an Agatha Award. Her first book, The Clovis Incident, killed.

Best Independent Bookstore


Best DVD/Video Store


Best Hotel For Poets (and Their Groupies) During a National Poetry Slam

Hotel Blue.

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