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 May 14 - 20, 2009 
Lauro Silva near Western Refining transport tanks in the Mountain View neighborhood

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South Valley Showdown

Residents square off against manufacturers near their homes

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For decades, homeowners in the South Valley's Mountain View neighborhood have put up with pollution in their backyards.


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Photo Essay

Desert Industry

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Lauro Silva, principal investigator for South Valley Partners for Environmental Justice, took me on a tour through the Mountain View neighborhood.


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Answer Me This

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Why are ghost experts coming to New Mexico? Which big-time politician is swinging through town? Why did a former UNM president resign from his White House job? And why is a Pokémon card game club in trouble?


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City Boss Fight 2009

The Calm Before the Storm

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The Oct. 6 election is nonpartisan, but party money and support will likely find its way into the race. And with battle lines being drawn on the Democratic side—there are two Dem contenders—campaign season will no doubt be full of twists and turns as the candidates move toward the checkered flag.


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Gene Grant

Screen Time

Easy ways to improve Albuquerque's community cable

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Last week Marisa Demarco reported on the new community cable channel 26 called Encantada TV [Re: News Profile, "Encantada TV," May 7-13]. It will primarily focus on arts and culture and is operated by Channel 27 group Quote... Unquote, Inc. During the fanfare on Civic Plaza surrounding Encantada’s launch, there was a humorous moment with blindfolded kids trying to bust a television piñata.


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Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

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Dateline: China—A regional government has backed off a rule urging local government workers to smoke more in order to boost tax income. Authorities in Gong’an County ordered civil servants and teachers to smoke 230,000 packs of the locally made Hubei brand cigarettes each year. Those who did not smoke fast enough or used brands made in other provinces were fined or even fired, reports the BBC. The government backtracked after an official was interviewed in a local newspaper. “The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax,” Chen Nianzu, a member of the cigarette market supervision team in Gong’an county, Hubei Province, told the Global Times newspaper. As the story spread, the local government’s website published a statement saying simply, “We decided to remove this edict.”


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Letters

[Re: Ortiz y Pino, "Tempest in a Tea Cup," April 30-May 6] Obviously the wealthy business interests organizing the tea bag protests were appealing to the patriotic legacy of the Boston Tea Party, mostly without precisely using that terminology.  They had good reason for not doing so. The Boston Tea Party was people protesting against a tax cut for the wealthy, the East India Tea Company. The tax cut allowed England's big business to undersell local small businesses.


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Silk and Lights and Everything Nice

Dragon Lights Albuquerque

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Formerly known as the Chinese Lantern Festival, see the all new larger-than-life, fully-illuminated lanterns, Chinese cultural performances and special handicrafts.
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It's Not a Hula

Tahitian Dance Workshop

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
Don't get it twisted. Tahitian dance is not the hula. Tahitian dance is centered around the hips for storytelling instead of the hands, and it's from … wait for it … Tahiti, not Hawaii. This style, also called 'Ori Tahiti, is a far more aggressive style in most cases, especially from the male dancers. Shock. Kellie Villicano of the Ka Lā Kapu Polynesian Dance School brings this Tahitian Dance Workshop
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A Consensual Cuddle Puddle

The Cuddle Revolution

By Mayo Lua de Frenchie
This is a completely platonic experience for adults only. Please arrive on time. Use a series of exercises to practice consensual and safe touch, as well as authentic connection.
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