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V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010


KNME’s “The Line”

I’ll be on tonight. The episode airs at 7 p.m. There won’t be a repeat on Sunday.

We talked a lot about the primary, the resulting candidates, immigration laws, the film industry and Neil Patrick Harris.

V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010

Thin Line

Burning Love: Covering Fire and the People Who Start It

It’s been three years since I started beat reporting, and in that time I suppose I’ve covered 100 fires. Probably more.

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V.19 No.13 |

H.R. Department

Weekly Alibi Eats Its Own

You work from home for one day and this is how you are welcomed back.

V.19 No.14 | 4/8/2010

Shameless Self-Promotion

The Alibi’s Greatest Hits

Every year, we round up articles and submit them to contests. Sorting through back issues and submitting articles can become a hectic affair of scissors, glue sticks, newspaper shreds, envelopes, sharpies, etc. Still, it’s the only time we reflect on our work as a whole.

Contests have categories and requirements. A lot of our best work last year didn’t fit in those boxes (man).

Here is but a small sampling of blue-ribbon (in my heart, anyway) 2009 features. Some of them may have been entered. It’s hard to remember after all the glue-stick huffing.

Bruised, Bloody and Bushy-Tailed: The diary of a wannabe stuntwoman (Amy Dalness)

Beware His Sting: An interview with a real-life superhero (Marisa Demarco)

Juárez: Bleeeding but still breathing (Maren Tarro)

Exonerated: A developmentally delayed man files suit against the system that put him behind bars for three years (Marisa Demarco)

Pearls Before Swine: Strong City stands by its spiritual leader and waits for deliverance—at the hands of God or the legal system (Maren Tarro)

What’s a Feminist Like You Doing in a Place Like This?: Judy Chicago’s Belen vs. The Hometown I Narrowly Escaped (Erin Adair-Hodges)

The Weatherman and Me: Mark Rudd—Political organizer, ex-federal fugitive, my pseudo stepdad (Simon McCormack)

Mixed Martial Albuquerque: Jackson’s MMA gym makes Albuquerque an unlikely stronghold for elite cage fighting (Ari LeVaux)

Blue Reporter in a Red State: A journalist burns out and breaks down in Small Town, USA (John Bear)

V.19 No.11 | 3/18/2010

Shameless Self-Promotion

The Alibi Wins 7 First-Place New Mexico Press Women Awards

Competing against newspapers across the state, the Weekly Alibi swept the New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest with 9 awards. The Alibi's food writing, arts and entertainment coverage, news reporting, features, columns and editing were chosen as superlative in New Mexico.

Seven of the entries are first-place winners and will go on to the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest, where they'll square off against every other Press Women chapter in the country. (The NFPW is a nationwide organization of professional women and men in the press and media fields.) We expect to do well there, as we've done every year that we've entered.

Here's a list of the Alibi's winners:

First Place: News reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Enterprise reporting, Marisa Demarco

First Place: Feature story, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Section edited by entrant, Erin Adair-Hodges

First Place: Food articles, Ari LeVaux

First place: Publications regularly edited by entrant, Laura Marrich

First place: Single page regularly edited by entrant – Lifestyle or Entertainment, Laura Marrich

Second Place: Columns, Alex Limkin

Third Place: Arts and Entertainment articles, Erin Adair-Hodges

Gustavo Arellano


Hispano vs. Mexican

This woman didn’t leave her name or number, but she’s angry about a portion of this week’s feature in which “Ask a Mexican” columnist Gustavo Arellano asks a New Mexican. Her voicemail is awesome. The delivery is fantastic, full of venom but with that particular lilt you only get around here.

"Marisa. I like your paper usually. I'm kinda pissed today. Who is this Joseph Baca that's trying to say that Hispanos in New Mexico are not formerly Europeans many of them? What is he? Is he a MEXICAN? And these Hispanos were also being hanged in the mid 1800s—even if their skin wasn't brown but pink. So why don't you correct that misnomer, his blurb: "Are there still people who call themselves Hispanos or is that some Chicano myth?" Well, it's a Chicano myth, apparently. But it's not a Hispano myth. Get it straight, lady. How long have you lived in this state? And where the hell is Joseph Baca from?"

(To answer, I’ve lived here all my life except for a couple of single-digit years I don’t remember.)

She called back and added:

"Thank you for Jerry Ortiz y Pino's encapsulation of the special session at the Legislature. It was full of information and understanding. It helped a lot. Thank you."

No no, ma’am. Thank YOU.

That’s a plastic Joseph, BTW. We just keep those around.
Marisa Demarco

We Have a Confessional Booth

I’ve asked around. It’s not really clear why a full-sized confessional booth was delivered to the Alibi this morning. The Lord works in mysterious ways. (Or it could have something to do with Devin D. O’Leary and his wacky burlesque shows. Though I should add that he says he’s never seen it before in his life.)

It’s in the hallway. We may put it in front of our Downtown office and charge for use. We could also leave it on the sidewalk with a tape recorder inside and then write about what people say in there. (Oooh. That’s good. I smell a column.)

That’s all I know.

V.19 No.8 | 2/25/2010
We bought it off Jonathan Davis.

Want to be a Web Intern or Blogger for the Alibi?

We can promise gold medallions and cold cuts in your green room. Also, there’s a pool table in the lobby that only costs 75 cents for employees to use. In fact, no one else is even allowed to use it.

Seriously though, we do good work here and would love to help you do good work that can become clips in your future job applications. So if you want to be part of the Alibi family, e-mail

V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009
This baby is neat

The Alibi Had a Baby!

Welcome Frank Nayder!

Young Master Frank Nayder. Born sometime in the morning of November 22, weighing in at 8 lb. 15 oz. Ouch!

Congrats to Ma and Pa Nayder. What do you think wee Frank will grow up to do? Keep in mind that he’s the third child, and they are always crazy (Hi Sister!).

V.18 No.48 | 11/26/2009
“Of course there’s a hyphen in ‘hanky-panky.’ And we’ll have none of it.” —The   Stylebook   personified

Rock You Like a Himacane

When I first met the The Associated Press Stylebook oh so many years ago, I found it smug, snobbish. I resented it the way I resent anyone who’s constantly correcting me. It’s a newsroom’s Holy Words Book, consulted by irreverent, suspicious journalists who rarely agree on anything. If the Stylebook didn’t exist, “left-hander” might appear hyphenated in some articles and unhyphenated in others. The chaos!

Year after year, The Book’s organization (overseen by a crackerjack team of coked-up virgos, I imagine) baffles. It makes a special sense once you’ve navigated it for a spell, but how user-friendly is that, really? Further, I ask you, should Stylebook be one word? I remain unconvinced that it doesn’t belong to the same Frankensteinian family as “appletini.”

Maybe that’s why the Fake AP Stylebook Twitter feed tickles me so. Entries:

Use “shall” in formal propositions. Ex: I shall rock you like a hurricane, Your Majesty.

You don't spell 'whiskey,' you savor it.

Commas are probably the most misunderstood of all punctuation. They frequently dress in black, listen to sad music, and cut themselves.

Female: "Hurricane Jenny", male: "Himacane Jeremy.”

In a double entendre, write a figure of speech so it can be taken in two ways—from the front and from the rear.

"Babymaker" to describe sex organs. "Baby-maker" for an employee in a baby factory.

We assure you, there is no way to denote sarcasm in text.

V.18 No.46 | 11/12/2009

Dear Jerk-Face

You know how when you poured that last cup of coffee the base of the pot was decidedly oriented above the mouth and there wasn't anything coming out? That meant it was empty and needed refilling. You must not know how to take care of that situation. Allow me to educate you:

1) Locate the brew basket and take note of its position. The brew basket is the basket looking metal object that sits directly above the pot with a conspicuous black handle on it. Remove the brew basket.

2) Empty the used grounds/filter from the brew basket into the trash bin. The trash bin is the bin full of trash that should be more or less behind you once you successfully accessed the brew basket mentioned above.

3) Now that the brew basket is empty, briefly assess whether it needs to be rinsed of stray grounds. A flow chart to to help you with this assessment is represented by step 3a):

3a) Are there coffee grounds stuck in the now empty brew basket?

No —> Good. Proceed to step 4.

Yes —> Rinse the brew basket. Repeat step 3a)

4) Replace the filter in the clean brew basket. Filters can be found above the trash bin you discovered in step 2. Filters are the white, cottony-papery inserts in the translucent plastic bag labeled "Coffee Filters". If there are no coffee filters you will have to "Macgyver that shit." Contact me for an advance "Macgyvering" lesson at extension 229.

5) Now that the clean brew basket is lined with a fresh coffee filter it can be filled with fresh coffee. Fresh coffee can be found in the jar of coffee next to the coffee machine. If at any point you find there is little or no coffee in that jar, the jar should be refilled with coffee from the enormous bag of coffee to be found in the vicinity of the microwave or in the cabinet above the coffee machine. If the enormous bag of coffee cannot be located contact Molly at extension 257. She is smart, nice and more than likely willing to help you. Once you have determined that there is coffee and located it, proceed to measure out the appropriate amount as listed on the coffee jar. This will require either the long or short handled black coffee scoop found in the Ghirardelli mug next to the coffee jar. Use the appropriate scoop, as you determine fit by relative depth of coffee in the coffee jar, to scoop the indicated number of scoops on the coffee jar into the fresh liner in the clean brew basket.

6) When you have put the indicated number of scoops of coffee into the fresh filter in the clean brew basket it is safe to return the basket to the position you initially found it in and took note of in step 1).

7) Make sure the pot is directly beneath the replaced brew basket. This will require a certain amount of precision. There are 2 black guide studs to help you ensure the pot is accurately situated. The black guide studs are the black rubberized studs protruding form the base of the machine. Make sure the pot rests in between these studs—not on top of them!

8) Once confident that the pot is in the correct position, press down on the black "start" switch. If you are a novice user of this machine it may be worth your time to wait a few seconds for the brewing cycle to start so you can double check the accuracy of the placement of the pot beneath the brew basket. If the drip goes into the pot you can be assured it has been accurately situated.

Congratulations! You have made coffee.

Jesse Schulz

Graphic Designer, Weekly Alibi

V.18 No.45 | 11/5/2009

Music to Your Ears


What a world. I started interning at the Alibi six years ago as a culinary student and liberal arts college dropout. My entire work history before that consisted of catering and short-order cooking. The Alibi was my first desk job.

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So Long and Thanks for All the Paper Cuts

I remember my first byline in the Alibi. It was attached to an article on Albuquerque's brand-new rapid transit bus system, called the Rapid Ride. I sought out that precious byline at the paper's little blue box outside the Co-op in Nob Hill. White Christmas lights had already been draped around nearby trees. It was a Wednesday around 6 p.m., the time my editor had told me papers would start showing up in that part of town. The issue was the Holiday Film Guide. When I flipped through it, I found my story on page 14. I jumped a little.

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Weekly Alibi Gets New Editor

Laura Marrich to head award-winning alternative newsweekly

Laura Marrich will become the Weekly Alibi's editor-in-chief starting Monday, Nov. 2. She fills the shoes of Christie Chisholm, who is leaving the paper to pursue work as an independent journalist.

"Christie Chisholm has been one of the most capable, articulate and well-informed editors the Alibi has ever worked with, and while we mourn her loss on staff, we eagerly anticipate her accomplishments both as an Alibi contributor and a freelance writer at large," says Alibi Publisher Carl Petersen. "At the same time, the paper will be very fortunate to have someone of Laura Marrich's caliber at the helm. Laura is a born leader with seemingly boundless reservoirs of energy, humor and creativity that energize everyone around her. She will no doubt shine all the brighter as editor."

Marrich will continue to oversee the food section, while Jessica Cassyle Carr will take over the music section from her. Marisa Demarco, who is already the paper's news editor, will also take the title of managing editor.

Marrich has been with the Alibi since 2003 when she started as an intern for the paper's food section. She took over the music and food sections in 2005, at the age of 21, and inherited her position as managing editor in 2007. She has won first-place editing awards from the National Federation of Press Women and was a contributor to projects that garnered awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico. She has been a regular guest on radio and TV programs. Marrich has also been a major force in shaping the Alibi's advocacy for gay rights, a service that won the paper a national award.

"For all the pronouncements on the death of American newspapers," says Marrich, "the Alibi is very much alive as an outpost of independent media—here and in the world at large. The six years I've worked at this paper have been a high-water mark for me. As the Alibi's editor, I look forward to going even further in keeping the discussion honest and lively."

For more information, please contact Publisher Carl Petersen at (505) 346-0660 ext. 228. To reach Marrich directly, please e-mail