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V.25 No.42 | 10/20/2016

News

The Daily Word in Udall, the flu, the legislature and hotdog-eating catfish

The Daily Word

Yesterday, US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) campaigned for Clinton in the Beehive state.

This year's piñon harvest is the best our state has seen since 2005.

Over at USA Today, former KUNM reporter and current Penn State journo lecturer Cindy Simmons makes fun of Gary Johnson.

NM Department of Health officials confirmed the first cases of influenza for the 2016-2017 flu season here in New Mexico. Department of Health Secretary Designate Lynn Gallagher used the announcement to reiterate an important scientific concern about this phenomenon, saying, "... I want to remind New Mexicans about the importance of getting influenza vaccine as the best way to protect yourself, loved ones, and the community from flu."

Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net reports on the aftermath of legislation that made it to La Tejana's desk as a consequence the recent special session of our state's glorious legislature.

Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has been named New Mexico's Teacher of the Year.

A recent survey conducted by ZiaPoll indicates that a heroic HRC is favored over misogynist monster and Putin plaything Donald Trump by 10 points in New Mexico.

There is a gender pay gap among academics at the University of New Mexico, says a report issued by the school's office of the provost.

The 550th Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base was deactivated earlier this month. The squadron specialized in combat search and rescue.

Dig catfish? Well, they dig hotdogs! Check out this week's NM fishing report to find out how you can make your angling dreams come true at Burque's Tingley Beach or any number of cool water holes around the state.

V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016

News

The Daily Word in Sandy and Perez, Space and Missile Systems, Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Johnny Mango

The Daily Word

Here, the Durango Herald provides some details regarding the murder trial of former APD policemen Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez.

Last week at Burque's National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, representatives of the Kirtland Air Force Base Space and Missile Systems Center Advanced Systems and Development Directorate "showcased their work" to local citizens and students.

Robert Trapp, at the Rio Grande Sun, writes that it's a bad idea to close highway visitor centers across the state.

As part of a series on “Transformative Events and Processes in New Mexico’s Colonial History,” UNM Taos will be screening the new animated documentary “Frontera! Revolt and Rebelión on the Río Grande," tonight in Taos from 6-8pm.

The Feds say it will take 20 years and nearly $4 billion to clean up "legacy" nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Labs. A nuke watchdog group says those figures have been vastly underestimated.

The best green chile cheese burger at this year's New Mexico State Fair was the Laguna Burger.

Earlier this morning, I-25 near the Budaghers exit was shut down because a truck was leaking liquid oxygen. The hazmat situation has since been resolved and traffic flow restored.

The New Mexico Department of Health says overdose deaths in New Mexico have mostly declined over the past year.

Debate and change continue with regard to the University of New Mexico's controversial official seal.

DCF blogger Johnny Mango visited Navajo Lake and caught three rainbow trout.

V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016

Event Horizon

Raise Your Voice

Tuesday, Jul 12: UNM Seal Forum

The first of a series of discussions with the public about the meaning and future of the seal of UNM.
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016

Event Horizon

An Odd Adventure (for an Otter)

Wednesday, Jun 1: Otter's Odd Adventure

World premiere performance of a new work for narrator and orchestra by the creator of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera."
V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
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Event Horizon

Who Needs Picasso?

Friday, Apr 29: ArtsUnexpected

This student-curated event features over 250 artists including filmmakers, dancers, thespians, visual artists and musicians performing and showcasing their works across campus.
V.24 No.43 | 10/22/2015

news

The Daily Word in Bearded Villains, SNL spoofs the Democratic debate and Eddie Murphy’s Bill Cosby impression

The Daily Word

UNM has stopped dicking around and is now actually trying to help its students.

What to do when your groom splits before the wedding? Host the reception for area homeless people, of course.

Larry David as Bernie Sanders on SNL is everything this country needs.

Eddie Murphy was presented a Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and surprises the audience with a mini stand-up set.

APD gets facial recognition technology to identify crooks.

A group of bearded men were mistaken for ISIS members, but to be fair, their group name is Bearded Villains.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a (dog) match.

Homeland hired graffiti artists to decorate the set, and didn't bother checking the final product.

Here is your Monday morning jam, “Sing” by Pentatonix.

V.24 No.13 | 03/26/2015

news

The Daily Word in disciples, bike cops and a prostitute tester?

The Daily Word

President Barack Obama sat down with David Simon, creator of the hit HBO show “The Wire,” to talk about the drug trade.

The Disciples of Christ are considering moving their biennial convention out of Indiana after the governor signed a new state law allowing businesses to turn away gay customers.

A woman is being charged with fraud for allegedly milking benefits after false claims that she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Authorities believe Andreas Lubitz, a co-pilot for Germanwings Flight 9525 (which crashed en route to Dusseldorf and left 150 people dead), may have had an illness that he kept secret from his employers.

Yesterday, San Francisco's public defender called on an independent investigation of the sheriff's department after claims that four officers forced prisoners to engage in “gladiator-style fights.”

You might not see anymore ABQ cops on bicycles.

UNM's athletic department is trying to come up with $500,000 to $1 million to fund scholarships for student athletes.

A cash-snatching genius is on the loose in Rio Rancho.

An alleged sexual assault at a juvenile detention center has New Mexico's juvenile justice system in a tizzy.

A social media company in Germany wants to hire a “prostitute tester.”

V.24 No.2 |

news

The Daily Word in the Keystone XL pipeline, a randy doctor and hand sanitizer

The Daily Word

In breaking news, the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre have been killed, and a hostage has been freed.

President Obama has proposed a plan to allow people to go to community college for free; however it would cost $60 billion over the course of 10 years. The question remains over how it will be paid for.

The jury selection begins today in the trial of NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who is accused of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Surveillance footage shows that the two officers who fatally shot Tamir Rice (a 12-year-old who had a pellet gun) gave the boy no aid as he lay wounded by their patrol car.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Dave Heineman can approve the route of the "controversial" Keystone XL pipeline, which now leaves it up to the Obama administration to grant approval as well.

The Department of Justice investigates how many sexual assault and harassment cases at the University of New Mexico actually make it to the DA's office.

According to documents Dr. Christopher Driskill missed a birth because he was having sex with another patient.

Some fourth graders were suspended after conspiring to kill their teacher with hand sanitizer (because she was allergic).

V.23 No.50 |

news

The Daily Word in Ferguson police, UNM experiments and Empty Socks

The Daily Word

After a standoff on a California bridge, Daniel Perez was arrested and is being held after vanishing last week with his wife and four sons. His sons are safe; however, his wife's body was found in the trunk of the family's car near their home.

After a report brought attention to harsh interrogation techniques administered by the CIA, the agency's chief defends the behavior, saying it's “unknowable” if they could have gotten the same answers with conventional questioning.

Due to unanswered questions, the FBI is looking into a North Carolina teen's hanging death (after it was ruled a suicide) to see if there was foul play.

The state appeals court in Arizona dismissed Debra Jean Milke's murder charge after she was on death row for 22 years for the killing of her 4-year-old son.

A temporary restraining order placed on Ferguson police has made it mandatory that they warn protesters before using tear gas.

A couple students at UNM are getting some attention for their “social experiment” videos.

Photos and video have been released of the fire that happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Albuquerque media outlets banded together to raise funds for a single father whose house was robbed (and whose Christmas gifts for his two sons were stolen). The Christmas spirit's alive folks!

Some people really didn't like Paz Winshtein's take on the Virgen de Guadalupe.

Empty Socks, a long-lost film by Walt Disney from 1927, was discovered in a library in Norway.

V.21 No.47 | 11/22/2012

sports

UNM Loses in Sweet Sixteen Second Year in a Row

The University of New Mexico's men's soccer program began their season as the number two team in the country. Their successful season ended on Sunday in Storrs, Connecticutas as the number 13 Lobos fell to number 4 University of Connecticut. The Lobos scored the lone goal of the first half in the 32nd minute, but gave up an equalizer in the second half. UConn's Mamadou Diouf put a header in the back of the net in the 76th minute to knot things up. Despite coming out of the second-half break on fire, UNM never found the right mix, even missing a point blank shot with only two minutes left in regulation.

Heading into the overtime periods, the rules change from the regular season, and the Lobos had to fight for every inch, knowing that the golden goal would send whichever team scored first to the Elite Eight. Both teams only managed one shot on goal, UNM in the first OT and UConn in the second. It was this kick in the 105th minute that sealed the deal.

UConn will play in Storrs again next weekend when they face Creighton, who beat Akron with a 5-4 penalty count after 2 scoreless overtime periods. That game will be played to determine who will to make the trip to the Final Four.

UNM ended their season in the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year, disappointing fans who were looking for improvement on last year's incredible, undefeated season. The bitter taste is sure to hang heavily on senior Devon Sandoval, who played a phenomenal game and had an excellent season. Sandoval, one of six seniors on the team, recorded 15 goals for the season. He had been mentioned all season as one of the top seniors in the nation, and is now considered as a possible draft pick in Major League Soccer's draw.

Although Sandoval stands out as the senior with the most prospects for the future and the Lobos are heading home earlier than both they would like, it should be noted that these six seniors helped the team equal a record set by the the 2004-2005 Lobos: 35 wins over a combined two seasons. The net result of those teams? A national runner-up spot in 2005 after losing to Maryland in the final game of the season. The lesson here is that Lobo soccer is back. Losing six seniors will hurt, but this team should be a force to reckon with for some time.

V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012

sports

UNM Misses Out on Championship, Waits for At Large Berth to NCAA Tournament

Yesterday afternoon, the University of New Mexico men's soccer team was defeated by the Air Force Falcons, losing the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation division title to the team that has now contributed three of the Lobos four losses this season. Of course Lobo fans are familiar with the official ruling of the outcome. Despite losing this game in penalty kicks, the game is officially recorded as a tie, an oddity of a rule which caused our team to exit the NCAA Tournament two years ago in disappointing fashion, but with an undefeated record. The Lobos, despite starting the season ranked number two in the country—and sitting at number nine when the game started—were never been able to get over the hump of these division rivals and closed out the conference tournament with another loss to the little team from Colorado that could.

With the defeat, the Lobos will miss out on the automatic bid into the post-season tournament, and will be anxiously watching the televisions at Coaches Bar and Grill at 3:30 p.m. After starting the first half in their traditional, aggressive style, the Lobos were rewarded with a goal from freshman Ben McKendry at the 30-minute mark. However, when the Lobos returned to the field after half-time, they had a brief hot start, but then played a sluggish, slow-paced game, managing only one less shot than in the first half, but allowing 2 for Air Force after none had been attempted in the first half. With a mere 16 seconds left in the match, Kevin Durr blasted one into the back of the net for the Falcons and the game was sent to overtime.

In the extra periods, the Lobos continued their tired play, allowing three shots and only forcing one save. Goalkeeper Patrick Poblete, in fact, had his hands full in the overtime periods, saving two shots successfully. However, when the overtimes were finished, the score still read 1-1, so the game moved to the bane of every soccer fan's existence—penalty kicks. Nobody likes a game to be decided in that way, and although the Falcons will gratefully take the win, they would surely rather have decided the game during the match.

There were plenty of opportunities to do so, though, for both sides, and no team lost for lack of effort. While the Lobos appeared tired, Air Force had played three games in four days and clearly wanted the win, playing out to the very end of the clock and being rewarded with that spectacular equalizer just moments before they were out of time.

The Air Force will receive the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, but coach Jeremy Fishbein says that he still expects the Lobos to host one or two home matches in the tournament. It's unthinkable that the Lobos wouldn't get in, but where they'll play and who they'll play is now very much up in the air.

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012
Pastora Galván
Courtesy of Festival Flamenco

Music to Your Ears

Twenty-Five Years of World-Class Flamenco

In 1987, UNM's College of Fine Arts partnered with the National Institute of Flamenco (located Downtown on Gold) to found the Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque. Now in its 25th year, the week-long silver jubilee—and observation of New Mexico's Spanish ancestry—is bustling with activity.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
The Lobos came up short.
Photo by Ross William Hamilton

sports

Hangover Sports Roundup

Lobo Tournament curse continues, Sweet Sixteen preview

Lobo Basketball

There's no doubt the University of New Mexico basketball team has had great success throughout its history. From conference championships to 30-win seasons, the Lobos have an impressive résumé. But when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, true prosperity has always been out of reach for New Mexico.

It looked like this might finally be the year that curse would be broken. In Thursday's Second Round matchup, the Lobos held off a tough Long Beach State 75-68 to face Louisville on Saturday night.

The first half featured a defensive battle with New Mexico only behind 33-31 and carrying momentum headed into halftime. Despite Drew Gordon injuring his knee early in the game, he returned and had a standout performance with 21 points and 14 rebounds. With Gordon's leadership, New Mexico seemed primed for their its first-ever appearance in the Sweet Sixteen, but when the second half started, the pressure finally got to the young and inexperienced Lobo backcourt. The Louisville Cardinals capitalized on Lobo turnovers and bad offensive execution to gain a 15-point lead. When the Lobos actually ran plays on the offensive end, they were successful and eventually closed the gap to 53-51 with 1:48 remaining. Louisville's star player Peyton Siva was contained by the Lobo defense but he proved to be the difference by hitting a pass to Gorgui Dieng to extended the Cardinal’s lead by four. Siva also nailed some free throws to give Louisville a conformable 59-53 lead headed into the closing seconds. Gordon did give Lobo fans some hope by hitting a three with 2.9 seconds left, but it was too late as Louisville advanced with the 59-56 victory.

While the Lobos have a lot to be proud of this season, head coach Steve Alford and his team have to feel they let a great opportunity slip away. Alford has lots of young talent to find a true leader to guide the Lobos out of the round of 32 and into competing with top basketball powerhouses. This loss with hurt in the short term, but Lobo fans should feel excitement for a promising future.

March Madness Sweet Sixteen Preview

As usual, this year's tournament has produced many upsets and busted brackets. With No. 2 seeds Duke and Missouri taking an early plane ride home, there are some refreshing matchups in the Sweet Sixteen.

Kentucky vs. Indiana has the potential to be one of the most memorable games in this year’s tournament. Marquis Teague hasn't let his inexperience affect his performance in the dance so far by having 24 points and 7 assists against Iowa State. Teague's lead the Wildcats to an impressive 87-71 victory and now will face a hot Hoosiers squad. Indiana had an easy time with New Mexico State but faced the dreaded VCU Rams in the second round. The Hoosiers’ Cody Zeller had 16 points and 13 rebounds to help his team survive VCU’s attempt at another run to the Final Four. Many experts and fans probably have Kentucky advancing, but Indiana has been the more battle-tested squad. If Kentucky doesn't bring the intensity, Indiana can spring the upset.

Despite winning back-to-back national titles, Florida doesn't get much national creditability compared to traditional basketball powers. The Gators haven't had the best season and their seven seed proves it, but they have improved their play and even took Kentucky to the limit in the SEC tournament. They handled their first two tournament games with ease but now will face their toughest test against Marquette.

The Golden Eagles have bounced back from their disappointing loss to Louisville with two wins over BYU and the Cinderella story of the regular season, Murray State. Now Marquette must battle a Florida team with a successful tournament track record.

V.19 No.41 | 10/14/2010
Look out, Patsy! They’re right behind you! Oh wait. It’s just your back-up singers.
photo courtesy of Robert Cochnar

Performance Review

I Fall to Pieces (When I Go To Musical Theater)

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline brings the music of a country master to Rodey Theatre

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline is more a concert than a piece of theater. Its nearly two-hour run time (intermission included) consists almost entirely of songs by the titular singer, performed by Laurie Finnegan. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s very good. A Closer Walk is a well-polished piece suited for a city larger than ours; it will blow the dust off your sense of nostalgia and leave you with a bittersweet glow.

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