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A Bittersweet Reunion

Last Wednesday I was honored when Ernest "Red" Dow, a leader of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 794, invited me to meet with laid-off workers during a shift change at General Electric.

Among the crowd were two of my former students that I hadn't seen in decades. It was, to say the least, a bittersweet reunion.

Not only will we lose 400 well-paying jobs in the near future, but now we risk losing hundreds of skilled workers to other cities and… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 3, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bode files a federal lawsuit against Marty Chavez

The New Mexico Independent reported on July 24th that John H. Bode of Bode Aero Services filed a federal lawsuit against Marty Chavez. Bode's lawsuit asserts that the Mayor is retaliating against his company for refusing to provide him free air travel services.

As the city's former economic development director (and appointee of the mayor), Fred… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 2, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Won’t Get Fooled Again

At the Economic Forum that took place on July 22, I realized more than ever the challenge we face in planning for a sustainable future.

I sat next to Marty Chavez and listened to his claim that, thanks to the San Juan-Chama diversion project, “we have secured our water future.”

This is great political spin, but it belies reality and good sense. Two interesting articles published by the Albuquerque Journal writer John Fleck: "… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 2, 2009 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Dog trail hikes

I have just moved back to ABQ from Arizona and am looking for some good trails for my two weimaranars. Any ideas?

Added by Eugene Paul Dunaway on August 2, 2009 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

Thank Yourself for Never Smoking

I smoked cigarettes for about 10 years. I loved rolling my own. I went through periods of smoking Kools menthols and Camel filterless. I loved to smoke with a drink or a cuppa coffee, before and after some demanding task. As a shy person, I valued that cigarettes gave me entree into a community, especially when I traveled foreign lands. Gotta light? Spare a smoke? My brand is OPs (Other Peoples’ – Von Anderen, auf deutsch). I smoked when it was cheap to smoke. When I quit, I was smoking more… Continue

Added by mjh on August 2, 2009 at 12:50pm — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Oyama... Holiday in the Sun

The L.A. Times review of Mexico's Playa la Ropa begins, "a long sweep of sand with a great view of the sunset. Some lovely small hotels and restaurants nestle in the hills; palm groves edge the shoreline." Richard Oyama fills in the details. And what details! It is kind of like having Kandinsky draw you a map of how to get to the train station.

He was born in New York. He has a Master's degree in English: Creative Writing from San… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 2, 2009 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

UNM's Smoking Ban, or How to Lose Students and Alienate Community

In the Albuquerque Journal this morning, there was an article discussing the new smoking bans on the University of New Mexico campus. Here's a map of the designated smoking areas with perhaps the best one-sentence summary of the issue. Initially, it is easy to sympathize with the college - in an ideal world, no one ever dies of lung… Continue

Added by Kelsey D. Atherton on August 1, 2009 at 3:30pm — 47 Comments

Two a Day: end of an era...for now

I started my Two a Day project on June 5 so it hasn't been quite two months. I've crossed a lot of items off of my To Do List in that time and I don't think I would have accomplished so much if I didn't have the structure and support of this blog and its commenters to keep me motivated.

This sounds like a farewell post and it is, sort of. I have a new job… Continue

Added by Spring Griffin on July 31, 2009 at 5:32pm — 5 Comments

Live Music Scene in Downtown Albuquerque tonight

5:00 pm Larry Freedman at the Double Tree Hotel Cost of Admission is Free

7:00 pm Alana Grier Trio at the Blackbird Buvette Cost of Admission is Free

7:00 pm Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze at Chroma Studios Cost of Admission is $10 at door $8 in advance

8:00 pm The Porter Draw at the Marble Brewery Cost of Admission is Free

9:00 pm Metal Shakespere Company, Flood the Sun, Dead on Point 5, and Made in Bangledesh at the Atomic Cantina Cost of Admission is Free

9:00 pm… Continue

Added by aaron lewis on July 31, 2009 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Johnny_Mango on Channel 5 Friday Night

I got invited back to The Line segment of New Mexico In Focus this week. It airs Friday at 7:00PM. Here are some highlights:

• Jim Scarantino becomes visibly unhinged talking about Obama's weighing in on the Gates/Crowley episode.

• Republican Marco Gonzales decries restricting the personal liberty of smokers with UNM's campus-wide ban on smoking.

• Teresa Cordova talks… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on July 30, 2009 at 9:12pm — 2 Comments

Isleta Casino's Lake Concert

Oh, where do I begin to tell the story of my adventure? Of course the beginning. Last night my husband and I and a close friend attended the concert of Blondie and Pat Benatar at the Isleta Casino's Lake outdoor venue. We arrived at the Casino's main parking lot at 6:15 and proceeded to have our own little pre-concert tailgate party. We stood around talking, laughing, eating, drinking, and enjoying each other’s company as we watched the people filing toward the entrance of the casino, queuing… Continue

Added by Sherry Elliott on July 30, 2009 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

Albuquerque author Melody Groves on KSJE FM

Western Writer Melody Groves will discuss her irrepresible Colton Brothers and their adventures in her novel Arizona War on KSJE fm's Write On 4 Corners, Friday July 31 at 2:30 pm MDT. To listen live, go to and click on now playing. to listen to the archive go to mp3 podcasts write on four corners. Then find July 31's show. Feel free to download for your use, giving KSJE, Public Radio for the Four Corners credit of course.

Also University of New Mexico Press… Continue

Added by KSJE 90.9FM on July 30, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

National Night Out is Coming

National Night Out is coming up: Aug 4th, there will be lots of great events in the International District, detail event listing coming soon.

National Night Out is a community-police partnership held the first Tuesday of every August since 1984 sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. It aims to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, and other anti-crime efforts. Texas has the option to… Continue

Added by Tim Keller on July 30, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hard Times Require Budget Hardliner

Prior to the launch of our blog, Richard penned this editorial that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal.

Please read, because our City’s declining fiscal health is a very important issue in this election. We cannot allow for continued mismanagement of our city finances, and Richard has both identified the problem and offered a solution. We owe it to our future… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on July 29, 2009 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Candidates spar over term limits

In a Channel 4 News report "Candidates Spar Over Term Limits," Richard again reaffirmed his belief that entrenched encumbancy leads to entrenched corruption. As a reminder, Richard put term limits on his own leadership position while serving in the NM State Senate and as Mayor he has vowed to work with Albuquerque's delegation at the Legislature to put forth a constitutional amendment so voters can put the… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on July 29, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

New Mexico online shopping

I like to support independent, New Mexico businesses. I also like to shop online. Antithetical? Can I get the convenience of shopping onlilne for my sister's birthday present and having it shipped directly to her in Chicago, but buy from a New Mexico business? Any suggestions?

Added by Josh Gentry on July 28, 2009 at 5:06pm — 6 Comments


I would like to be invited to the next event.

Added by Judy Hooks on July 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Art for the Animal This Weekend

For the love of animals, join us Saturday night at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for a posh evening of music, great food and drinks, silent auction and much more. It all support Animal Humane | New Mexico. Tickets are $60 in advance or at the door. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Call Bree at 938-7939 for tickets in advance.

Added by Dorothy Rosado on July 28, 2009 at 11:34am — No Comments

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