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V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016

Daily Word

The Daily Word in smaller rocks, Holm's thumb, Brandenburg and hotdogs for bait

The Daily Word

The city of Albuquerque replaced some landscaping in order to prevent its use in violent protests.

An official at ABQ Ride says bus ridership in the city has declined due to lower gasoline prices.

Holy Holm had surgery in Burque to fix a thumb she busted in Chicago.

The newspaper of the party for socialism and liberation writes that New Mexico, suffering from endemic poverty and violence, "is sick of capitalism."

Here's a BuzzFeed feature on Bernalillo County DA Kari Brandenburg. The article has caused some local controversy and Brandenburg says she was misquoted regarding her opinion of hizzonor Richard Berry.

This week's New Mexico fishing report says it's possible to catch catfish at Tingley Beach using hotdogs as bait. Oh, and Bluewater lake is full of Tiger Muskies.

V.25 No.7 | 02/18/2016

The Daily Word in Local Zookeepers, Government and Education

The Daily Word

If you haven’t already heard, Harper Lee died last night.

The NM Legislature is finally funding the 5,500 rape kits that are on backlog to be tested.

The ‘Hairy Panic’ tumbleweed has taken over an Australian town.

North and South Korea are gunna go to war any minute now.

The Mayor gets called out by a local (former) zookeeper.

In case you need reassertion that the police don’t care about black people in Florida.

This badass kickboxer is teaching Muslim women to defend themselves.

The methane leak has been "permanently" capped.

“Men are just smarter than women. It’s just a scientific fact.”

V.25 No.5 | 2/4/2016
News City
Robert Maestas

Newscity

Newspaper Covers Anti-Abortion Forces

News from around the state.
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Ty Bannerman

Council Watch

Homes for the Homeless?

The council questions the Albuquerque Housing Authority

This week, an update from the Albuquerque Housing Authority and a farewell to the Downtown Business Improvement District.
V.24 No.14 | 4/2/2015

BOB: Life in Burque

City Living

Best Elected Official

From politics to charity, from radio stations to news teams, you crowned the winners in our City Living categories.
V.24 No.13 | 3/26/2015
Robert Maestas

Council Watch

Retaining APD’s Finest

The Council looks into how to keep a stable police force on the streets.
V.24 No.8 | 2/19/2015
“Camp Faith”
Ty Bannerman

Opinion

Letter from Tent City

The camps may move, but the problem of homelessness remains

The battle over an enclave of homeless people goes back and forth, but the root problems remain the same.
V.22 No.40 |

news

The Daily Word in abortion bans, Mayor Berry's re-election and the subtle charm of the lobstercycle

The Daily Word

Mayor Berry wins reelection with a historic majority of the vote. Of course, not everyone's happy about it.

Things aren't so clear in District 7's City Council race, though, giving Democrats some hope of reclaiming their former edge.

And even though the 20+ week abortion ban wasn't on the ballot, Pro-choice activists were out getting pledges for votes against the measure which will be decided by a special election coming up in November. An Albuquerque Journal poll shows that 54% of voters approve of the ban.

Meanwhile, fans of Breaking Bad have placed a cross near Walter White's death site in the North Valley, so feel free to drop by and pay your respects to a fictional drug dealer/murderer/bad husband and father.

One (made up but totally descriptive) word: Lobstercycles.

And for your "lost technology of our forebears" files: pneumatic tubes for shooting cats across New York. Also dogs, mice, roosters, guinea pigs, and monkeys. Because, why not?

V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013

Letters

Readers talk back about election coverage, mayoral endorsements and Abq’s good and bad.
V.21 No.44 |

Election

"What Do We Do Now?"

Few celebrations at state GOP rally

The mood's been somber in the Marriott hotel ballroom since Obama’s win was flashed on the big screens looming in each corner. Lieutenant Gov. John Sanchez tried to console a woman who looked on the verge of tears, saying that this loss could serve to rally and galvanize conservatives to work even harder as they go forward.

"But what if the country goes completely bankrupt in the meantime?" replied an older man with an "I voted" sticker on his lapel. "It could happen."

"I'm feeling a little flabbergasted that people in this country and this state don't realize what's going on," said Bob (he didn't want to share his last name). A retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, Bob said individuals need to take more responsibility for their own actions and not rely on government to take care of things for them.

"When are they going to wake up and realize that the country is in a malaise that, to a large extent, is caused by government?"

Take the passage of Albuquerque's minimum wage ordinance, for instance, said Bob. It's a sign that people are caught in a cycle of government dependence: Instead of getting more education or working harder, they legislate themselves a raise.

There’s a clear segment of the country that favors the policies of Romney, Bob continued. The fact that their candidate didn't win does not bode well for the overall economic health of the country, he added.

“I think we’re going to see that there’s an overwhelming number of counties that vote Republican, and it’s only the cities that vote Democrat,” he said. “You have an influx of people into cities who are dependent on government, and people who are not dependent on government leave the cities. And of course what’s happening now? Cities are going bankrupt.”

Mayor Richard Berry and Westside City Councilor Dan Lewis were both pleased that the Paseo/I-25 bond measure passed resoundingly.

"I'm excited because it'll alleviate enormous traffic problems and improve air quality," said Berry. "Plus, the Mid-Region Council of Government estimates that it could create up to $2 billion in economic activity."

Berry said he had misgivings about the minimum wage increase initiative, particularly the effect it could have on organizations that provide home healthcare services to the elderly and disabled. Still, he said "our bosses—the voters—have spoken, and I wouldn't be doing what I did if I didn't believe in the will of the people."

“I’m excited,” said Monica Youngblood of her race’s outcome for state House district 68. “My constituents want legislators who can help the governor reform New Mexico in a good way, and my seat is good pick up in the right direction.”

V.21 No.38 | 9/20/2012

news

The Daily Word in sick pilots, LiLo arrested again, zoo prices

The Daily Word

I learned that trick in the 4th grade: American Airlines has been forced to cancel 250 flights this week as unhappy pilots “call in sick.”

The Chicago teachers’ strike has come to an end.

Mayor Berry didn’t talk with the City Council before raising zoo prices.

Space shuttle Endeavor becomes the last to take flight from now until forever.

The 2010 death of a high-profile lawyer that was ruled a suicide is now looking more like a murder.

Arsenic and old rice.

Lindsay Lohan has been arrested (again). This time she’s been charged with leaving the scene of a crime after it was reported she clipped a pedestrian with her car.

The wolves, they are safe.

Meet vegetable woman! She is my best friend.

Why flying used to be so much more awesome.

Life is hard when you’re addicted to money.

Man arrested for stealing his own impounded car.

R.I.P Steve Sabol.

V.21 No.33 |

News

The Daily Word in early voting, virgin birth, and the Yeti genome project

Saturday evening edition

The Daily Word

Jason Alexander plus Nickelback equals awful.

Like a virgin. Birth.

Just another metal bar through the skull story. Phineas Gage.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's statement on the recent excessive force/tasering incident involving APD.

Gas Prices per gallon around the world.

Why Facebook is losing advertisers.

Update on the search for Amelia Earhart's plane.

Steve Terrell outlines who is spending what in the Heinrich/Wilson Senate race.

Insane Clown Posse on CNN, explaining pretty much everything.

Early voting in some states is no longer an option.

Update on the Moors Murders.

Staten Island photos circa 1983.

I'm going to refer to this next time my office computer throws a rod.

Ew gross.

Embarrassing nightclub photos.

Exciting new research into a male contraceptive pill... wait, what? A Yeti genome project?

On this day in 1952 Patrick Swayze was born. Go to 15:15 in the video and ignore Sebastian Bach.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011
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news

How much do City officials make?

Berry’s expanded online transparency efforts

Mayor Richard Berry provided us with a new online time-waster Wednesday on the city's ABQ View government transparency website. The database list includes the names, departments, positions, base pay and total year-to-date earnings of all 6,000 city employees. It will be updated every pay period. Seriously, I've already looked up the salaries for the Police Department and am moving on to Parks and Recreation as soon as I finish writing this blog.

ABQ View launched in August of 2010 and started out by publishing the names (or positions) and salaries of appointed officials and the 250 highest-paid employees. The city is the first in New Mexico to publish this information on all employees who's salaries come from tax-payer money, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Due to Berry's efforts on increasing government openness, the city received a Sunny Award from the Sunshine Review for a perfect record in transparency. Only 112 governmental entities throughout the country have received this distinction from the nonprofit organization that collects and shares state and local government information.

Some city employees expressed concerns about publicizing a notoriously taboo subject like salary, but Berry pushed ahead saying that the community deserves to know how its money is spent. Concerns about identity theft have not been substantiated.

The expansion of the website allows interested parties to search out instances of nepotism as well as examine the database for tax money spent on travel expenses and city contracts. For the incurably nosy, its the peephole we've been waiting for.

V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010

news

Tell the mayor what’s on your mind—in person—today

La migra in the Prisoner Transport Center? Officer-involved shootings? Take-home police cars? Water-sucking lawns? That fabled arena? Your neighbor’s dog? The rainbow warrior?

Mayor Richard Berry is holding a “Chat with the Mayor” session today at 2 p.m. With a New Mexico ID in your hand, you will be given five minutes with Berry. First-come, first-served at the Thomas Bell Community Center, 3001 University SE.