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Of Bobcats and Ranch Hands

It rained a bit the last two days, eh? And then in Monday’s Journal there was an article about the ever increasingly urbanized bobcats of Placitas. And it got me thinking…

The recent rain was a bit of a departure from the “monsoon season” norm—I’m no meteorologist, but first… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on August 26, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Morning Fix: The Illustrated Man

  • Hey, my fourteen year old wants a koi fish tattooed on her shoulder. Guess she missed her opportunity.
  • Smith's lights up and is going green.
  • Call it what you want:…

Added by Adelita on August 26, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Update: Fundraising for my 9/25 Over the Edge rappel,

I am delighted to report that I have raised a bit over $1,000, which is the minimum amount I need to be eligible to participate in the September 25th Over the Edge rappel for Special Olympics NM.

I am delighted and thrilled with the initial response, and am going to try to raise more.

My ideal goal was to raise at least $1,000 in $10 contributions from 100 people. To date, however, the average contribution has been $28+ -- almost three times what I… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on August 25, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

The Crosswalk Wars: Garduño Steps In

NOB HILL--City Councilor Rey Garduño has entered the fray of what might be called The Crosswalk Wars of Nob Hill. He is about to introduce a resolution in the City Council that would establish two more traffic signals, one at Central and Wellesley. and the other at Central and Morningside. A City Council resolution would be a way to out-flank the city administration which… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on August 25, 2009 at 7:30am — 30 Comments

Morning Fix: Volunteer. It Does a Body Good

  • If you couldn't be there in person, Bingaman's town hall meeting transcript.
  • West Siders - Paseo de Volcan forging ahead.
  • Best headline from the Daily…

Added by Adelita on August 25, 2009 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

Duke City thrift

Maybe I'm a cheapskate, maybe it's the "recycling" vibe, but I love Albuquerque's second-hand stores. Sure, sometimes you have to root around to find the treasures, but I've never been disappointed here. Beyond the average t-shirts and jeans, I've found a belt buckle inlaid with real turquoise (which I thought at the time was glass or plastic), Ann Taylor and Talbot clothing with the tags still on, never-worn Dansko shoes, and hot pink cowgirl boots… Continue

Added by Laura on August 25, 2009 at 3:25am — 13 Comments

Beautiful Burque Sky

This evening while driving west on I-40, my daughter noticed that the clouds were in the shape of the Sandia Mountains. It was a cool mirror image - mountains to the east, mountain shaped clouds to the west! Totally took my breath away!…


Added by Adelita on August 24, 2009 at 10:13pm — 5 Comments

Morning Fix: Caught With His Pants Down


Added by Adelita on August 24, 2009 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

A Visit to the Star Axis

Saturday, August 21st, my wife and I made a group trip with a number of other people to the Star Axis in northeast New Mexico. The trip was arranged and led by the Contemporary Art Society of Albuquerque as part of the Land/Art New Mexico exhibitions, and about 2 dozen people caravanned by car out of Albuquerque at 8:15 or so in the morning, after we all signed papers waiving our right… Continue

Added by M&M on August 23, 2009 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

APS Back in Session

Our public schools are back in session this week, and I want to wish all of our parents, students and teachers great success.

Unfortunately, last week as our community prepared for the start of the school year, news on the education front was disheartening. Local news reports reminded us that the high school graduation rate in Albuquerque Public Schools continues to decline -- plummeting in 2008 to an entirely unacceptable 46.2 percent.

While drop-out rates got worse over… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 23, 2009 at 5:24pm — No Comments

The Sunday Poem: Richard Vargas... what war?

It is amazing that with three full-time news channels we hear so little about Iraq and Afganistan. Who can name more than one province of either country. Not many of us. And this is after what...six years of being there?

Richard Vargas is the author of two books of poetry: McLife and… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 23, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Morning Fix : Back-to-school summer mix

  • Phew! The city avoids stepping in this pile.
  • Mad scientists save us from ourselves again. Maybe those clunkers can be put to use as solar…

Added by once banned twice shy on August 21, 2009 at 1:50pm — 5 Comments

How I'm getting ready for my rappel (continued)

In a previous post, I mentioned that I'm doing some exercises to strengthen my hands and forearms, because I will have to squeeze a device that releases my guide rope so that I can descend.

As you can imagine, additional physical and mental preparation is needed. Fortunately, Special Olympics New Mexico has partnered with Stone Age Climbing Gym in Albuquerque to offer a free rappelling lesson to Over the Edge participants -- with two dates in September from which to… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on August 21, 2009 at 11:13am — No Comments

I'm almost there: latest figures for my 9/25 rappel for Special Olympics NM

The response to my fundraising for the Over the Edge rappel continues to be extraordinary and I am overwhelmed and so thankful.

As of this morning, officially (with an offline contribution still to be tallied) I have only $225 more to raise to achieve my $1,000 goal.

My original aim was to garner $10 contributions from 100 people. The average donation has been more than twice that figure.

Added by Jane S. Blume on August 21, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

They're baaaack...

I get way too excited by hot air balloons, but they're one of the reasons I love living in Albuquerque. We usually have a dormant spell during the summer where we don't see them (at least not over on the west side), but they're back!

The balloons are a bit early this year, perhaps thanks to the mild temps we've been having. And in this neck of the woods, they're among the many signs… Continue

Added by Laura on August 20, 2009 at 9:08pm — 5 Comments

Coming Soon: The Importance of Being Earnest at Albuquerque Little Theater

Greetings Doll fans! Our upcoming show since is fast approaching. I am proud to announce

"The Dolls Present - The Importance of Being Earnest"!

It has long been a dream of mine to do Oscar Wilde's masterpiece "The Importance of Being Earnest" but since it is my favorite play, I have always been a little intimidated by it. And then there are the Victorian costumes! But my fears were groundless. The cast couldn't be better and the… Continue

Added by The Dolls on August 20, 2009 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Sally Mayer Says Goodbye to City Council

In a surprise announcement, District 7 City Councilor Sally Mayer has ended her pursuit of another term.

Sally put together a District 7 mayoral forum a few weeks back and it was a nice night of civil discourse between Richard Romero and RJ Berry. Marty Chavez failed to show up--a last minute cancellation and a snub to Mayer and her constituents.

Here's a notable quote from… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 20, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

North Valley Mayoral Forum: a Night to Remember

Last Thursday night, I attended the North Valley Coalition’s mayoral forum at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. I was looking forward to a lively discussion between myself and the other two candidates running for mayor.

Unfortunately, Martin Chavez did not attend as planned. According to event organizers, Chavez claimed he had an endorsement meeting with the Fraternal Order of Police, which resulted in his last minute cancellation.

Pete Dinelli, one of Chavez’ public… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 20, 2009 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

Marty's Budget Legacy

The smoking gun showing Mayor Chavez's fiscal irresponsibility can be found in the unprecedented transfer of over $112 million in capital funds in order to pay city salaries and basic services as mayor.

Check out both Richard Romero's guest editorial in the Albuquerque Journal, which highlights this abuse and the table below, the data for which, came from the… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 20, 2009 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Preparing for my September 25th rappel for Special Olympics NM

Am I physically ready to do this rappel?

Not yet, I don't think!

I like to walk for exercise, but I am not what one would consider truly "athletic".

So how to prepare...

The first thing I did was to follow a suggestion from Special Olympics to strengthen my hands and wrists, because I'm going to have to press a device that releases my guide rope, allowing me to descend.

The instructions said that all this pressing can get pretty tiring,… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on August 20, 2009 at 12:18pm — No Comments

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