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UPDATE! Call to Action: We know budgets need to be cut, but this is ridiculous

In one of the many enewsletters I get came this disturbing piece of news for anyone who cares about the arts community: The House Appropriations and Finance Committee will meet Wednesday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m. to vote on the budget proposals submitted by the State of New Mexico's Legislative Finance Committee and the Executive Branch. The LFC recommends reducing New Mexico Arts budget by $400,000 and the… Continue

Added by Kelly on January 26, 2009 at 8:30am — 22 Comments

Puppy Dog Tales

It's puppy season! Okay, I guess the shelters would tell you it's sort of always puppy season, but spring is, after all not only puppy time, but the perfect time for a new friend of the canine persuasion. You did make that obligatory New Year's resolution to lose weight and exercise more, right?



No, I am not a representative of the Humane Society or the ASPCA. I am the worst kind of…

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Added by Aeaeae on January 26, 2009 at 10:30am — 22 Comments

Morning Fix: Price Settled

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Added by Somegye on January 26, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Martini Mike's Hangover Report - Lone Wolf Edition



I am up far too early for having gone to bed at approximately 4 am. I hold the looming thought of the inevitability of going to Lowes today at bay. My camera is full, my coffee is warm, and giddy girls carry on downstairs. Last night is almost like a dream at this point. Mostly a good dream except for a place I won’t mention by name. Hey, in the words of Doris Day… “… Continue

Added by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on January 24, 2009 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Mayor Chavez, You've Got a Drug Problem

Last December I found myself conducting a hurried search for a new place to live. I ended up on Iron SW, between 3rd and 4th. The place is lacking some basic modern amenities, is old and cold, but is funky enough to appeal to an unemployed, fulltime MFA student/writer/poet looking for inexpensive digs where he could study, write, and let his creative juices flow. The neighborhood consists of several churches close by, a homeless shelter on the corner, and a large playground across the street… Continue

Added by Richard V on January 24, 2009 at 10:47am — 16 Comments

Delicious absurdity



For sheer silliness, with a touch of existentialism, peel your butt off the couch and plunk it down at UNM's Theater X Sunday afternoon for the show "Nharcolepsy". Hey, you even get to throw stuff at the actors.



It's another fun offering from Tricklock Company's Revolutions International Theater Festival. This marks… Continue

Added by Megan on January 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Liveblogging From the SGC: Cadigan Drops Bombshell About Obama's Stimulus Plan

ACOMA ROOM, ABQ CIVIC CENTER--Michael Cadigan spoke on a panel this morning whose topic was "Tools and Strategies for Addressing Climate Change at the Local Level." Towards the end of his segment he announced that Obama's stimulus package contained an interstate off-ramp for the SunCal development southwest of the city. Not only will it be an interchange in the middle of nowhere, it "will be 15 miles from people's jobs." Cadigan characterized the… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on January 24, 2009 at 1:22pm — 25 Comments

Live Blogging from the Smart Growth Conference

ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER--This is the 8th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference. There are over a thousand people here: attending panel discussions, training sessions, local tours, and speeches. This is a nation-wide event plus a smattering of attendees from other countries. Here are a few impressions.…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on January 23, 2009 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: For Sale

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Added by Somegye on January 23, 2009 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

The Cult of Coronado (the Wiener)



Whether you’re a Burqueño, a Northeast Heightseño or a Nob Hilleño, you know it. I know it. Coronado Wieners are where it’s at…wherever that may be. They’re the bomb…and the packaging looks like one too--like a case of dynamite from a loony western cartoon.



I once debated with myself about smuggling a two-pound, pink package of Coronados with me on a plane. But I feared it would have caused panic with the TSA once the wieners hit the… Continue

Added by Jeremy Jojola on January 22, 2009 at 11:30pm — 30 Comments

Bald Eagle on the Bosque

This morning on our daily walk to the Bosque we were delighted to see a Bald Eagle! It was just another moment that I wished I had brought the camera. It was such a rare and awesome sight. The crows however, weren't as happy, they were chasing the eagle out of every tree he landed in.

I have a question for anyone who might know, is this normal? I have never seen a Bald Eagle in NM in the wild and wondered if they migrate through here or something?

Added by Paula Manning-Lewis on January 22, 2009 at 12:03pm — 24 Comments

Winter Day Trips Follow Up

We had a spectacular week with our visitors from abroad. I'm now revisiting the list of places that we thought about taking them in my post from a couple weeks ago: Winter Day Trips & Sightseeing. Here's the play-by-play.



Rail Runner to Santa Fe: We rounded everybody up on a Tuesday, took two cars downtown to park in the garage on 2nd Street and caught… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on January 22, 2009 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Morning Fix: Goodie

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Added by Somegye on January 22, 2009 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Tiguex

An early map shows the "province" of Tiguex in an unlikely location.



By the time Europeans had begun colonizing the Americas in earnest, the middle Rio Grande valley had been inhabited for over 10,000 years. In that time, many peoples had left their mark there, from the scattered remnants of hunter-gatherer camps to the pit-houses of the area’s first agrarian settlers, to the multi-story villages of the early-Pueblo people. And, even… Continue

Added by FitzerMan on January 20, 2009 at 9:30pm — 18 Comments

Morning Fix: No Shame



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Added by Somegye on January 21, 2009 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

Viva la revolution!

Oh I love this time of year. That's because it's Revolutions time. I'm talking about the Revolutions International Theater Festival, now in its 9th year. I'm always amazed that more people don't know about it because it really brings some of the best theater of the year to town.

Tricklock Company, Albuquerque's own, travels the world with its own… Continue

Added by Megan on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Day One

It was 1975 at Eldorado High School and it had just snowed. A pretty good dump for Albuquerque. One of those rare snows that didn’t shut down the entire school system. Jones, in his infinite wisdom, thought it would be a great idea to go throw snowballs at cars. Me and Pissant didn’t really want to do it, but Jones, and this new kid, Blane were up for it. Someone else was there too, but I don’t remember. It might have been Alan “Hairlip” Schactner (so-called by Jones because Alan had an actual… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on January 19, 2009 at 9:24pm — 18 Comments

Things I Learned This Week



Some weeks I seem to learn more life lessons than others. I'd love to hear the ones you learned during your past week as well!



1. The wedding of two deaf people is a quiet but happy affair.



2. Good energy and optimism are infectious. So is a bad attitude.



3. Sometimes cheaters win, but when a group of teenagers maintains dignity and good sportsmanship, they are the bigger winners.



4. Sharing a cup of… Continue

Added by Lisa Abeyta on January 19, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: Long Ago

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Added by Somegye on January 19, 2009 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

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