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VOL III, Issue 6, March 23 – April 5, 2016
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Trump the
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ABQ Free Press Local Briefs
Food stamps
A federal court judge barred the
New Mexico Human Services
Department from reimposing
work requirements on food
stamp recipients through the
end of the year, a move that
keeps 17,500 people from losing
their benefits. U.S. District Judge
Kenneth Gonzales’ injunction
stops the imposition of the requirements through Dec. 31. Gov.
Susana Martinez had sought to
impose work requirements on
non-disabled people ages 18-49
receiving food stamps. New
Mexico has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. As of
the end of January, 514,298 New
Mexicans received food stamp
assistance, a 9.7 percent increase
from the same time last year.
Leg traps
Animal Protection of New Mexico and The Humane Society of
the United States filed state and
federal challenges to the validity
of New Mexico’s expansion of
cougar trapping. The New Mexico Game and Fish Commission
approved a new rule to allow
cougar trapping on 9 million
acres of state trust land and
trapping on private land without
a permit. It’s the first time in
50 years the state has allowed
cougar trapping with steel leg
holds. They say the new rule
will endanger Mexican wolves
and jaguars. In February, federal
game officials estimated only 97
wolves remain in New Mexico.
Single moms
Albuquerque ranks 54th on the
list of the 150 best cities for single
mothers, according to a study by
WalletHub. Scottsdale, Ariz., and
Madison, Wis., are the best while
San Bernardino and Fresno,
Calif. are the worst, the study
found. The company measured
incomes and cost of living, housing affordability and access to
childcare, healthcare and welfare
Dying young
New Mexico Department of
Health statistics show that the
counties with the lowest rates of
premature death are Harding,
Los Alamos, Doña Ana and Sandoval Counties, while the leasthealthy counties are Rio Arriba,
Sierra, McKinley, Quay and Mora
counties. Despite a high rate of
violent crime, Bernalillo County
ranks seventh on the healthy
counties list. Santa Fe ranked
eighth. The list was derived
by calculating the number of
people who died before age 75
between 2010 and 2014 against
the county’s population, then
calculating the number of years
of life lost based on the age of the
person. Leading causes of death
were cancer and heart disease;
violent deaths, such as suicide
and homicide; and chronic liver
Zoo run
The 31st annual Run for the Zoo,
an event to raise money for the
Albuquerque BioPark, will be
held May 1. Runners and walkers
will course through the Huning
Castle, Barelas, Raynolds and
West Park neighborhoods, which
will be closed to non-emergency
vehicular traffic starting at 6
a.m. The cost for the run ranges
from $15 to $55 depending on
the event. For more information,
Food trucks
The Great New Mexico Food
Truck & Beer Festival returns to
the Albuquerque International
Balloon Museum on Saturday,
April 9. At least 15 food trucks,
many with local craft beers, will
operate from noon to 6 p.m.
General admission tickets are $5.
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Professional wrestler Joey
Ryan was grappling with his
girlfriend, Laura James in an
intergender pro wrestling match
in San Diego when he dropped
to one knee, presented an
engagement ring and proposed.
To the cheers of the crowd, James
said yes. The couple embraced,
and kissed, Ryan put the ring on
her finger and promptly bodyslammed James to the mat. He
not only gained a fiancée but a
win in the ring, according to the
U.K.’s Daily Mail.
A German researcher says he has
developed a male contraceptive
— a tiny valve in the scrotum
that diverts semen from the penis
back into the testicles. The valve
has an even tinier rocker switch
to allow normal flow during sex.
The implant is 1.8 cm long and
weighs 2 grams. The user can
flip the switch through the thin
skin of the scrotum. The inventor,
Clemens Bimek, says the valve
can be surgically implanted in a
half hour while the patient is under local anaesthetic. He hopes
the device will make vasectomies, which cannot always be
reversed, a thing of the past.
Going prehistoric
The carbon emissions rate is ten
times greater today than during
the prehistoric hot period that is
the closest precedent for today’s
greenhouse warming, Marianne Lavelle wrote in National
Geographic. That period, known
as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM, was
marked by a massive release of
the Earth’s natural carbon stores
into the atmosphere. It’s not
clear what caused the PETM,
but eruptions in an intense
period of volcanism and methane
gas release are suspects.
The excess carbon triggered a
5°C (9°F) temperature increase,
along with drought, floods,
insect plagues, and extinctions.
The new analysis of the sediment
record concludes that the carbon
rush at the start of the PETM extended over at least 4,000 years,
she wrote.
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cott Daniel Williams debuts outdoor installation “From Pink, To Blood Red” at
Downtown exhibition space Off Lomas (602 13th Street N.W.) on Wednesday, March 30.
Williams’ new work takes the form of 10 four-foot-by-six-foot flags. Fashioned from disaster
blankets, these flags present a de-contextualized stanza of Williams’ poetry: “This Valley is
filling with the blood of ghosts, and we are as close to drowning in blankets as we have ever
been.” “From Pink,” the site’s second installation, will be on display through June 19.
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In the March 9 issue, the following quote was misattributed. It was Ed Harness,
head of Albuquerque’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency, who said that APD Lt. Glenn
St. Onge, who oversees crisis training for the department, “did express his preference
for the Portland model as opposed to the Memphis model” of policing during a
presentation that Harness attended.
In the March 9 issue, in an article about the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project,
the name of Maria Bautista was misspelled.
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ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 5
Santolina Seeks $2 Billion in Road, Sewer Subsidies
as it a lie, lawyer talk, extreme hair-splitting or
Last May, attorney John Salazar told the Bernalillo
County Commission that the proposed 14,000-acre
Santolina master-planned community would not
seek a public subsidy to build the roads, sewers,
water lines and other infrastructure the project will
“The developer has committed to pay 100 percent
of the project infrastructure,” Salazar told the five
commissioners during hearings on the Santolina
master plan.
“And there’s no request for a subsidy. There’s been
no request that the county provide incentives to
bring this project to the county,” he said.
Later, Salazar added, “There will be no subsidy for
the developer.”
Just eight months later, though, Santolina officials
are asking the county to divert $2 billion of future
county gross receipts and property tax money to the
project to reimburse it for any infrastructure it builds.
That request came in the form of a Feb. 29 application by Santolina for 40 tax increment development
districts, or TIDDS, within the project to be built west
of 118th Street and south of I-40. TIDDS funnel $2
billion in property tax revenue generated by the project to its developers to reimburse them for building
roads and water and sewer lines on their projects.
Salazar said TIDDs are not subsidies because
the tax money that would be diverted to Santolina
would come from taxpayers and property owners
inside the project, and not from those in other areas
of the county.
“A TIDD is not a subsidy. A subsidy would be
if taxpayers outside Santolina were subsidizing
something,” Salazar told ABQ Free Press. Once all
that infrastructure is built, Santolina will turn it over
to the county.
‘A TIDD is not a subsidy.
A subsidy would be if taxpayers
outside Santolina were
subsidizing something’
— Santolina attorney John Salazar
County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, a Democrat who voted against the Santolina master plan last
summer, disagrees.
“It’s a subsidy. They [Santolina] are paying [for
the infrastructure] up front, but they will get reimbursed,” O’Malley said. “I would say that they are
twisting words and that they are not being truthful.
They are hoping to get a big chunk of our taxes; it’s a
money grab.”
Kelly O’Donnell, an economist and former deputy secretary of the state’s Economic Development
Department, was hired by Santolina opponents last
year to analyze the project’s economic impact. She
also thinks Salazar is being disingenuous.
“They are clearly a subsidy. Any time you take a resource that would otherwise go to government, or to
the larger public, and divert them to a single private
enterprise, that is a subsidy,” O’Donnell said. “It’s
the same as any tax incentive would be. By asserting
Mark Carrel
that a TIDD is not a subsidy there is the implication
that the developer is entitled to this money, which
speaks to a degree of arrogance that has been perpetuated throughout this process. To argue that this is
not a subsidy is somewhat startling.”
“If you can be dishonest at this stage of the process,
what about the water and all the other assertions and
consequences of this project?” O’Donnell asked.
Economist Laird Graeser is considered the leading
expert on TIDDs in New Mexico. “I think you have
to call them [TIDDs] subsidies when you compare
things against mode [of building developments],”
Graeser said.
In the past, developers paid for the infrastructure
needed for their projects. They recovered the costs
through the sale of lots, homes and commercial
buildings. Developers who ask for TIDDS, on the
other hand, rely on property taxes. Governments
rationalize the use of TIDDS on the premise that
forgoing up to 75 percent of property taxes on a
development of vacant land that previously generated little in property taxes is offset by taxes on
increased land values, new economic activity and
gross receipts taxes.
Last year’s hearings on Santolina were fraught
with what O’Donnell and O’Malley consider doublespeak on the part of Santolina officials.
Salazar and others repeatedly said that TIDDs
were not on the table at the time, although they did
say that TIDDs could be used as a future financing
mechanism. What they apparently meant was that
TIDDs weren’t part of the Level A master plan
approval process, which was really only a zoning
change hearing.
And then there’s how Santolina asked for the
TIDDs – 40 at once. During the May 25 hearing,
Salazar made it sound like any TIDD application
would be a separate process based on need. “You
know, of course there are no TIDDs on the table,”
Salazar told commissioners during that hearing.
“Nobody is asking for a TIDD. But when and if
somebody might come in and ask for a TIDD, it will
only make sense to the county if it’s an economic
development project.”
‘If you can be dishonest at this
stage of the process, what about
the water and all the other
assertions and consequences of
this project?’
— Santolina opponent Kelly O’Donnell
“If there’s TIDDs,” he continued, “It’s going to be
because it makes sense for Bernalillo County because
there’s a big employer that wants to come in and
make that site usable for that big employer [who
says] we need the infrastructure. So it will only be
done if the county wants to do it and only if it makes
sense to the county.”
O’Donnell takes issue with that.
“I think it was dishonest and I think they chose
their words very carefully so as to not be technically dishonest,” O’Donnell said. “The fact is, they
disavowed that they were going to seek TIDDs while
they were pursuing TIDDs. They were pursuing
TIDDs at the time they were saying that TIDDs were
not on the table.”
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor at
ABQ Free Press. Reach him at [email protected]
6 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
The Sassy Lass Dukes It Out
With the Internet One on One
ow goes it,
folks? This is
The Sassy Lass,
your friendly
brainiac. I’m here to
answer – or at least
try to answer –
your most curious,
strange and uninhibited questions.
Q: Given the number of bombings
in the Middle East, how long would
it take for Syria to be depopulated as
a result of ISIS suicide attacks and
A: Yowza! Right out of the gate and
I’m faced with a heavy one. Well, let’s
give it a shot, shall we?
The 2011 Arab Spring uprising
against Syrian president Bashar
al-Assad eventually transformed
turned into a full-scale civil war that
has ravaged the nation. On Feb. 1,
the United Nations announced the
Geneva Syria peace talks, organized
in the hope that the international
community might come together to
find solutions.
Later in the month, “The Guardian” published bleak news on
casualties of the Syrian Civil War.
“Confronting Fragmentation,” a
report produced by the Syrian Centre
for Policy Research (SCPR), indicates
that 470,000 people have died since
the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011.
Eighty-five percent of those deaths
were a direct result of violent acts.
That’s almost twice the figure of
250,000 reported by the UN, which
stopped collecting data about a year
and a half ago. It is an underestimation that SCPR report author Rabie
Nasser attributes not to malice, but
a lack of information access in a crisis-addled country.
The Chicago Project on Security and
Terrorism, created by the University
of Chicago, is the home of the Suicide
Attack Database. Try not to think
about how depressing it is that such a
thing is a necessity.
According to the Database, the most
common weapon used in Syria’s suicide attacks is the belt bomb. Imagine
transforming your handy uncle’s
reinforced framer’s rig – that tool belt
with suspenders – into an over-theshoulder explosive holster, and you’ve
got some idea of what the average belt
City Council’s Predicament:
No Power in APD-DOJ Process
bomb resembles.
In Syria almost 82 percent of suicide
attacks are carried out by someone
outfitted in a belt bomb; its lethality is
80 percent. Sadly, most of us are aware
of how these work: person suits up
with explosives and detonator hidden
under clothes, walks into a heavily
populated area, and takes their own
life as well as the lives of multiple
people nearby. Those not killed suffer
debilitating injuries.
At the time of this writing, estimates Syria’s
population to be at 23,270,371, with
the majority of the citizenry being between 15 and 64 years of age. Over the
course of 50 years (1961-2010), Syria’s
average annual population growth
was 3.1314 percent.
That number plummeted between
2011 and 2015, with the average population growth percentage being just
1.122 percent. According to CountryMeter’s estimations, there will be a
daily population increase in Syria of
just 581 people this year – a number
that is based on an estimated number
of births, deaths and emigration. Yet
last year alone, 84,708 Syrians died,
and the population of Syria declined
by 257,346 as a result of emigration.
With all of this data in mind, how
can we accurately calculate the
amount of time it would take to
eliminate the entire population of
Syria? Given the wide discrepancy of
reported casualties, it seems difficult
to determine. Data sources are all over
the road, and citizens are evacuating
each year by the thousands. Perhaps
instead of asking how long it might
take to erase the denizens of an entire
country, we should continue to focus
on how to provide health, aid, and
stability to those who are still alive.
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com today. Your question could be next.
he words from James Ginger, the
independent monitor in the U.S.
Department of Justice’s settlement
agreement with the Albuquerque Police
Department, seemed to momentarily
stun the city councilors.
During a March 18 study session on
the progress APD is making in meeting
the requirements of the settlement
agreement, City Council President
Dan Lewis asked Ginger what role the
council has in the process to reform
APD. Ginger replied, “I hate to say
this, but you are responsible as an
oversight board. The oversight role is
critical.” Ginger added that the council
has to exercise its authority to get APD
moving “in the right direction.”
That raises the question of what
authority does the council really have
over the process, and what can it do?
What happens if councilors keep
getting reports like that of March 18,
which said that APD’s policy-writing
process continues to be a disaster, and
that, 14 months into the reform effort,
almost no progress has been made.
Depending on who you talk to, the
answer is a lot, not much, and that it’ll
probably take a new mayor.
The council, for instance, can’t fire
APD Chief Gorden Eden; only Mayor
Richard Berry can. The council is
barred by the City Charter from meddling in day-to-day operations of any
city department. And, there doesn’t
seem to be much appetite on the Council to do anything right now.
“Maybe we should start looking at
bringing in someone who can work
within the department and have that
person be a facilitator, someone who
can tell the council that things aren’t
going well,” Councilor Diane Gibson
told ABQ Free Press. “I suppose we
could find them a technical writer. And
we can appeal to the mayor to make
necessary personnel changes.”
Councilor Patrick Davis said there
were at least two options. “Some councilors have suggested that we move
forward with a vote of ‘No confidence’
against Chief Eden, but that doesn’t
force the mayor to make any significant
changes,” Davis said. “I think the most
likely place that something might tangibly change is through the budget.”
Davis explained that APD’s current
budget has $500,000 for two deputy chiefs and three majors to help
implement the reform process. The
council could take that money away
and eliminate those positions in next
year’s budget, he said, adding, “That is
probably the most extreme option we
have on the table. By the City Charter,
we can’t do much.”
Councilor Brad Winter said he’s hoping that the policy-writing mess will be
fixed now that APD has hired retired
federal court magistrate Lorenzo Garcia
to take the lead on policy writing.
“I don’t know, I’m hoping,” Winter
The City Council
can’t fire APD Chief
Gorden Eden; only
Mayor Richard Berry can
said when asked what the Council
could do if it keeps getting negative reports about APD “I think [hiring] judge
Garcia is a good thing. I think that will
help the policy issue.”
But Councilor Gibson isn’t so sure.
During the study session, she asked
City Attorney Jessica Hernandez, “But
has he ever written a police policy
before?” Hernandez replied, “He is not
a police department policy writer by
trade … He is an excellent writer.”
One person who thinks the Council
can and should do much more is
former councilor Pete Dinelli. He has
long advocated that APD’s entire command staff be fired because many of
them were responsible for the policing
policies at APD that brought the DOJ to
town. He too concedes that councilors
can’t fire anyone at City Hall.
Instead, Dinelli said councilors can
pass a bill creating a whole new oversight process in the form of a civilian
police commissioner who would be
hired by the council and have to authority to hire and fire people at APD.
“The City Council has the authority
to create a department of public safety
and put a commissioner in charge and
give him or her the authority to clean
house,” Dinelli said. He added that
other cities have police commissioner
systems that have worked well.
If the Council doesn’t act in the next
year, the decision about how to manage
APD will be up to city voters. When
asked how the city gets new people in
at APD, Davis replied: “A new mayor.”
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate
editor at ABQ Free Press. Reach him at
[email protected]
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 7
Never Mind Donald Trump,
N.M. GOP Faces Civil War
he extreme
divisiveness that
has wreaked havoc
among Republicans
nationally over the
candidacy of Donald
Trump has yet to
reach New Mexico,
but with our June
7 GOP presidential
primary around the corner that relative
peace won’t last.
State Republicans are finding plenty
to fight over. Most of it is still under the
radar but it’s about to burst and spread
like spring pollen.
We’ve learned from Republican insiders
that former New Mexico GOP Chairman
Harvey Yates Jr. will take the Republican
infighting public at the Republican state
convention in May where he’ll challenge
Albuquerque attorney Pat Rogers for the
position of Republican national committeeman.
Rogers is a controversial figure who has
held the job since 2008. But fractures in
the party created during the Martinez
administration have widened, and the
anti-Martinez forces are now ready to
challenge Rogers, with Yates carrying their
Yates, who hails from a wealthy southeast New Mexico oil family, has battled
fiercely with powerful Martinez political
consultant Jay McCleskey. McCleskey’s
hardball tactics and the stranglehold he’s
had on state Republican politics – all of it
sanctioned by the governor – will be at the
heart of Yates’ candidacy against Rogers,
McCleskey’s long-time ally.
The imminent Yates-Rogers face-off will
be a test of where the party goes in the
post-Martinez era. Susana’s term ends in
2018. Already a GOP 2018 gubernatorial
primary contest between Lt. Gov. John
Sanchez and Albuquerque Mayor Richard
Berry, a client of McCleskey’s, appears to
be shaping up.
A Berry primary victory, or one by another candidate McCleskey comes up with
if Berry continues to sink in the polls and
is deemed unelectable, could extend the
grip that Rogers, McCleskey and company
have had on the party since they pushed
Martinez into the Governor’s chair in 2010.
That would not be an ideal outcome for
numerous Republicans.
A recent FBI and federal grand jury
investigation of McCleskey ended without
indictments, but the wounds of that probe
are sore and open. Two former Martinez
fundraisers – Andrea Goff and Cecilia
Martinez – made news when they reacted
to the feds’ failure to indict by saying
they fear retribution for cooperating with
the probe, which focused on McCleskey’s
wide-ranging campaign finance activities.
Goff is a fund-raiser for southern NM GOP
Congressman Steve Pearce, a member of
the Yates faction.
Martinez’s office reacted furiously
to Goff’s statement, revealing the raw
emotion behind the party split:
“Goff has proven to be a liar and a fraud
who will desperately say anything to
smear her political adversaries. ... The fact
that she is now running to the media after
her latest false attacks were completely
invalidated by the documented truth
underscores what we have been saying
all along – this was nothing more than
disgruntled hacks trying to score cheap
political points at taxpayer expense.”
Cheap political points or not, the
negatives for the McCleskey-Martinez
faction are adding up: the Goff-Martinez
break; the strong-arm tactics of McCleskey
on fellow Republicans; the long-stagnant
economy; Martinez’s widely ridiculed
behavior at a holiday staff party; and the
lack of any high-profile Martinez administration accomplishments these past five
years – all have weakened the incumbent
and her allies.
Martinez will officially become a lame
duck governor after this November’s
election, but if Yates ousts her friend and
political fixer Rogers at the May convention, Martinez’s limp could become more
pronounced much, much earlier.
As for Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, he seems to
sense that the months ahead are his best
chance to put some space between himself
and a governor who might be more of a
burden than a blessing when he seeks her
chair. Although he ran on the same ticket
with her, Martinez and Sanchez are not
close, and his enmity toward McCleskey –
her Rasputin-like adviser – is well known.
Sanchez made his first big move away
from Martinez’s side when the UNM
regents – appointed by the governor –
rammed through sweeping changes to the
governance and administrative structure
of the UNM Health Sciences Center.
Sanchez said: “Not only were these
changes made without input from key
stakeholders including students, faculty,
staff, and partners, but certain regents
and Health Sciences Center staff were
seemingly excluded from the process until
just days before the public meeting.”
Sanchez’s open split with the UNM
decision, which was backed by the regents
most politically connected to Martinez, is
yet another sign that – with or without
Donald Trump – New Mexico Republicans
are about to have a fight on their hands.
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Celebrate César Chavez Week New Pipeline, Fine Settle EPA
Case Against Water Authority
by sayrah namastÉ
he fight is
never about
grapes or lettuce.
It is always about
people,” said César
Chavez, the famous
leader and perhaps
one of the best
known labor organizers in US history.
Chavez’s birthday on March 31 and
the farm worker movement he led with
Dolores Huerta will be celebrated all week
in Albuquerque, beginning Saturday,
March 26. The march steps off at 10:30
a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural
Center, 1701 Fourth Street S.W., and
returns there.
A fiesta begins at noon. The free event
will feature live music, dance performances, local poets, children’s activities,
and the annual “Si Se Puede” awards.
This year’s keynote speaker this year is
Carlos Marentes, co-founder of the Border
Farm Worker Center.
One of the incredible but true stories
that Marentes talks about is the 1977
march from Austin, Texas, to Washington,
D.C., he helped organize to pressure
President Jimmy Carter for the rights of
farm workers.
The 1,500-mile march took the farm
workers three months. When they arrived
at the White House, they were told
the President was meeting with a Latin
American dignitary and could not see
them. Carter’s guest turned out to be
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
In a virulently racist political climate
where Donald Trump unabashedly
degrades Mexican immigrants, show your
solidarity with some of the most exploited
members of our community. For more
information visit:
People don’t realize that some UNM
students come from farm worker families.
Farm Worker Awareness Week is March
28-31 at the UNM Student Union Building, organized by the Campus Migrant
Assistance Program, which helps migrant
farm workers attend college. Enjoy music,
poetry, seminars, and art while learning
about farmworkers.
There will be a blood drive. The
university program with the most
donors nationally will receive funding
for scholarships. Come and donate blood
between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on all
three days. Find more information at:
Sayrah Namasté is an organizer with the
American Friends Service Committee in
Albuquerque. She writes about events
of interest to Albuquerque’s activist
he Albuquerque Bernalillo County
Water Utility Authority has agreed to
pay a $33,500 fine and build a pipeline
to a South Valley wildlife refuge in a
settlement with the EPA over a 2015 spill
that sent 6 million gallons of partially
treated sewage into the Rio Grande.
The pipeline will run from the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant on
Second Street Southwest about 4.5 miles
to the 570-acre Valle del Oro National
Wildlife Refuge, also on Second Street,
the EPA said.
Reclaimed water carried by the
pipeline will be used in the refuge to irrigate: landscaping along a bike path on
Second Street running from Rio Bravo
Boulevard to the refuge’s entrance;
parks and street median projects in the
area; and landscaping at Mountain View
Elementary School.
The pipeline will cost $400,000 and
must be completed by June 2018,
ABCWUA David Morris said.
The spill occurred on Feb. 27, 2015,
when a power surge during a storm
knocked out electricity to a pump and a
sewer-lift station at the treatment plant
at 4201 Second St. S.W.
After power was restored to the
lift station, the pump station didn’t
work, causing partially treated sewage
to overflow out of massive concrete
retention ponds, onto the ground and
into the Rio Grande.
The spill caused high levels of E. coli
contamination in the river, and was a
violation of the federal Clean Water
At the time, ABCWUA Chief Operating Officer John Stomp said the spill
occurred because of poor equipment
maintenance. Two water utility employees lost their jobs as a result.
After the spill, the EPA ordered the
ABCWUA to install backup equipment
so as to prevent another power outage
and spill.
The reclamation plant treats 55 million
gallons of sewage a day.
Isotopes Park Netting
Going up for 2016 Season
he Albuquerque Isotopes are extending their safety nets to the outfield
ends of each dugout for the coming
“Fan safety is of the utmost importance to us and we support the
commissioners’ recommendations,” said
Isotopes General Manager John Traub,
referring to recommendations from
both Major League Baseball and Minor
League Baseball.
With the change, 22 percent of seats
at the city-owned Isotopes Park will
have protective netting between them
and the field.
The move is drawing some criticism.
Isotopes fan Tom Thompson sits about
seven rows behind the visitors’ dugout.
“I would hate to look through a net.”
Thompson said. He believes the chance
of getting hit with a foul ball is small. “I
have had more instances with lightning
than with a baseball,” he said.
Fred Creek, a season ticket holder,
prefers a clear view but supports the
team’s decision. “Personally, I prefer to
watch a game without the protective
netting. ... However, I played a lot of
organized baseball when I was a young
man, so I understand the risks and know
the rhythm of the game better than
most fans.” Creek said.
Despite posted warnings that fans be
alert for foul balls, some fans don’t pay
attention to play on the field, Creek
said. “I am willing to forgo my pleasure
in having an unobstructed view of the
game in order to protect the fans who
find pleasure visiting with their friends
rather than paying attention to baseball,” he said.
Despite the netting, Isotopes spokesman Kevin Collins said players will
continue to interact with fans, signing
autographs and tossing them balls.
Asked how players could toss balls to
fans with netting between them, Collins
said, “We have no specifics on that. It’s
new for everyone.”
The Isotopes’ season begins on April
15 when they face the Tacoma Rainiers.
The following night is Holly Holm night.
The first 3,000 fans to arrive at the
park on April 16 will receive Holly Holm
bobblehead dolls.
Despite Holm’s loss of the UFC bantamweight title to Meisha Tate, “Our
feelings about Holly have not changed
in the slightest,” Collins said. “We’re
very proud to share a home city with an
incredible athlete like Holly.”
Emily Ashby is an ABQ Free Press
editorial intern.
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 9
Officers Worked 18-hour Shifts When Escapes Occurred
wo corrections officers assigned to
transport convicts Joseph Cruz and
Lionel Clah worked an 18-hour shift
the day the prisoners escaped, according to Secretary of Corrections Gregg
The long shifts were necessitated
because the transport van they were
driving was delayed leaving the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility,
Marcantel said. He wouldn’t say what
caused the van’s late departure.
“Until I actually have a completed
critical incident review, I won’t be able
to talk in definite terms. All I can tell
you right now is it left later that day
than it should have,” he said.
Officers are assigned transport orders with a starting point, stops to
make, and an ending point, Marcantel said. They are then responsible for
completing the transport order, regardless of how many hours it takes to do
so, before they are relieved from duty,
he said.
The van carrying Cruz and Clah left
the Central New Mexico Correctional
Facility near Los Lunas before stopping
at the Penitentiary of New Mexico south
of Santa Fe, where it picked up Cruz
and Clah. From there, it traveled to the
Roswell Correctional Center before
making a fuel stop in Artesia, where authorities say the two men escaped.
The van then traveled another 177
miles to Las Cruces, where the officers
noticed Cruz and Clah were missing.
In all, the officers traveled roughly
514 miles that day.
Other states
Marcantel told ABQ Free Press that
long working hours are no excuse for the
officers’ allowing the inmates to escape.
“I want to underscore something.
I’ve been in public safety for 30, what
would it be now, at least 35 years. And
I have worked frequently tired,” he
said. “So one of the things I must say
is while I acknowledge the long day ... I
will not allow that to be an excuse for
not doing their jobs.”
Spokespeople for corrections departments of several neighboring states
told the ABQ Free Press that transport
officers are not permitted to work such
long shifts.
Terri Watkins, spokesperson for the
Oklahoma Department of Corrections,
said transport officers in Oklahoma
work four ten-hour shifts a week,
though she did allow that there may be
occasional exceptions.
“I can’t say under no circumstances,
because this is corrections, and all sorts
of crazy things happen. I can tell you
standard operating procedure, and
under most circumstances, they are assigned a four-day, ten-hour-a-day work
shift,” she said.
Asked why the hours are limited,
Watkins said it was a safety issue.
“Well, they’re driving, is part of it, and
that’s for the safety of themselves and
the other people on the road,” she said.
Similarly, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections told
ABQ Free Press via email that transportation officers are assigned to four tenhour shifts a week, though “shifts could
be extended due to traffic or extreme
weather conditions, but would not usually be for more than two hours.”
A spokesperson for the Texas corrections department said in an email
that transport shifts “do not exceed 12
hours. However, in unforeseen circumstances (emergencies, escapes, disturbances, weather, etc.) they could work
up to 16 hours.”
An Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman declined to comment,
referring us to Department Order
512 in their online policy handbook.
Order 512, which covers “Employee
Pay, Work Hours, Compensation and
Leave” does not appear to set a maximum time limit for corrections officers’
workdays, though it does mandate that
supervisors shall “carefully monitor
unscheduled work and keep overtime
to a minimum.” It later notes that overtime may be approved for “an escape
or disturbance.”
The Utah Department of Corrections
did not respond to our request for comment by press time.
Low pay
Marcantel said New Mexico corrections officers, including transport
officers, often work long hours and
overtime in the state because the department is understaffed.
“Overtime has become a
more-than-regular issue for the corrections department,” he said. “Given
our staffing vacancy rates, not only is
it overtime that staff are allowed to opt
into, it’s really frequently forced overtime, based on our staffing vacancies.”
Low pay for New Mexico corrections officers means most officers leave
within 36 months for better pay in another state, Marcantel said.
In February, the Legislature approved a $4.5 million appropriation
for the Corrections Department to
“implement an occupationally based
salary structure that brings custody
staff salaries to the minimum of the
pay bands and to provide targeted
salary increases to custody staff for
the purpose of reducing compaction
and improving employee recruitment
and retention.” Marcantel said the pay
raises will go into effect in July. He
hopes staffing levels will increase.
As for the transport officers’ 18-hour
shift, he said the long hours are part of
the reason they use two transport officers. “That’s one of the advantages of a
two-man team, is one can drive while
the other just rests and watches,” he said.
Both escapees were found in Albuquerque and back in custody in
less than 72 hours. Cruz was captured
near Central Avenue and University
Boulevard and Clah was captured a
day later in an apartment in Northeast
Albuquerque after resident Michelle
Abeyta turned him in.
Abeyta is now being charged with
harboring or aiding a felon and will not
receive the $10,000 reward promised by
the U.S. Marshals for information leading to Clah’s capture.
Andrew Beale is an Albuquerque freelance
10 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
HSC Overhaul Shifted Power from Community, CEO
New Mexico Political Report
sudden overhaul in governance
of the state’s largest public medical institution has left several people
questioning the motivations behind
the changes.
One such skeptic is Mel Eaves, a
now-former community member
of the board of directors that made
recommendations on the University of
New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
HSC operates the university’s medical
school, nursing school, two hospitals
and the cancer center.
To Eaves, the motivation for the
overhaul stems from other entities
wanting a piece of HSC’s $220 million
sitting in reserves, earmarked in part
for the construction of a new hospital
to replace UNMH, which was built in
the 1950s.
Eaves, an outspoken proponent for
the new hospital, saw his position on
the board abruptly eliminated following last week’s controversial 4-2 vote
by regents.
“I have no question in my mind that
control of those reserves is a major
impetus for this reorganization that is
under way,” he said in an interview.
$50 million at issue
State government made at least one
recent attempt to get a large sum of
money from HSC.
In early February, the New Mexico
Human Services Department, which
handles Medicaid and food stamps for
New Mexico, met with HSC leadership.
“They wanted $50 million from the
UNM hospital to cover the Medicaid
shortfall,” Ava Lovell, senior executive
for finance and administration at HSC,
said in an interview.
New Mexico faces a $417 million
deficit in the federal health program
for the poor. This came amid a dire
budget situation that resulted in cuts
throughout the state budget.
It’s not unusual for HSC to provide
Medicaid money to the state. Each
year, HSC gives the state roughly $20
million in what are called “intergovernmental transfers” for Medicaid. In
those cases, matched federal money
for Medicaid then goes back to HSC.
But this time the state was asking for
something unusual – $50 million that
wouldn’t flow directly back to HSC.
Lovell, who was not at the meeting,
told NM Political Report that her
information came from HSC Chief
Executive Officer Paul Roth.
Following the vote, Doughty told
reporters that he didn’t alert Quillen or
Hosmer about the proposed changes
because he “felt it would violate the
[state] Open Meetings Act,” which requires public bodies to discuss matters
in public when in quorum. A “rolling
quorum” is when members of a public
body meet one on one, without a
quorum, to discuss a certain issue and
reach consensus.
Doughty added that he spoke about
the proposal with Lee and Regent Jack
Forner before it went public.
He also denied that regents were
blocking building a new hospital.
The HSC chancellor
File Photo
UNM Hospital is one of the facilities a new three-member committee of the UNM regents
will control.
Both HSD Secretary Brent Earnest
and state Finance and Administration
Secretary Tom Clifford made requests
for the money at the meeting, according to Lovell. Also present at the meeting were Roth, UNM President Bob
Frank, UNM Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer David
Harris and UNM Hospital CEO Steve
McKernan. UNM Regent Rob Doughty
joined in on the phone.
Roth and McKernan told the others
that they could not simply fork over
$50 million without the hospital’s
board of trustees, the HSC board
of directors and the UNM regents
approving the exchange.
Earnest and Clifford then dropped
their request.
“The state folks didn’t want that
request to be public, so it never went
anywhere,” Lovell said.
Spokespeople for both agencies didn’t
respond to requests for comment for
this story before press time.
“That $220 million is a major reason
for them to block the new hospital,”
Eaves said. “The governor wants it for
The overhaul
Until the controversial regent vote
took place last week, the HSC board
consisted of five regents and two regent-appointed community members.
The board made recommendations on
HSC issues to the regents, who had the
authority to accept or reject them.
But the changes, authored by
regents Rob Doughty and Marron Lee,
eliminated the HSC board and instead
replaced it with a committee of three
Documents obtained by NM Political Report show that an attorney with
UNM’s Office of University Counsel
started making draft changes to the
guidelines governing HSC’s board
of directors on Feb. 5 – just two days
after the state’s failed request for $50
UNM spokeswoman Dianne
Anderson confirmed that the university’s legal counsel started making the
revisions on requests from Doughty
and Lee.
Eaves contends the quick timing of
the proposed changes after the state’s
$50 million request is no coincidence.
Doughty and Lee’s formal proposal
didn’t become public until March 11,
just three days before the regent meeting where the controversial vote took
Regent Suzanne Quillen, who voted
against the overhaul, said she and Regent Bradley Hosmer didn’t hear that
a proposed overhaul was underway
until March 9.
“It was being worked on and
nobody brought it up for a month,”
Quillen said. “We didn’t know anything until we requested it in writing.”
During the March 14 regent meeting, roughly 50 people spoke publicly
against the overhaul, asking regents to
either reject it outright or at least delay
the vote. Local lawmakers, students
and HSC staff spoke against the proposal for three hours.
More ambiguous is how the changes
affect Roth, who also serves as dean
of the UNM School of Medicine and
is the state’s the second-highest paid
public employee.
Roth’s existing employment
contract with HSC gives him “full
authority” over “all revenues, personnel including deans and faculty”
and “operational matters associated
with the HSC’s research, clinical and
educational programs as necessary to
exercise his responsibilities as Chief
Executive Officer of the HSC.”
A provision in Roth’s contract reads
that he will “accept no other employment that would be inconsistent with
such responsibilities.”
But Doughty and Lee’s authored
changes removed Roth’s full oversight
authority over HSC property, finances,
staff and legal matters and subjected
them to approval of UNM President
Shortly before the Regents made a
vote, Roth told the public that UNM
President Frank would immediately
reinstate Roth’s role as CEO. After
the vote, Roth said in a statement
that he was “grateful” to Frank “for
clarifying that I will continue as CEO
of the UNM Health System, with all
of the responsibilities and authorities
commensurate with that.”
Doughty also told reporters after the
vote that Roth stays in charge of the
“day-to-day operations” of HSC. An
HSC spokesman told NM Political Report that HSC’s press office was in the
process of learning “what that entails.”
Joey Peters is a reporter for
NM Political Report, which is online at
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 11
N.M. Enviro Chief: Leave ABQ Nuke Waste As Is
BY bob klein
itizens Action New Mexico,
a local environmental group,
is condemning the New Mexico
Environment Department’s decision
to leave a Cold War-era Sandia
National Laboratories nuclear and
chemical waste landfill basically
undisturbed in covered shallow
trenches south of Kirtland Air Force
With the addition of a bio-intrusion barrier to keep water and
animals out, the 2.6-acre remnant of
lab nuclear experiments will remain
in place at the south end of the
base – with no clear understanding
by state or local officials of what it
The CANM group argues that the
landfill poses a threat to groundwater that when the volatile chemical
waste within it comes into contact
with water, it could explode and
send a radioactive plume into the
The mixed-waste landfill (MWL), surrounded
by three-strand barbed wire, is located in a piece
of windswept desert about 4.8 miles from the
Albuquerque Veterans Administration Center. It’s
roughly equidistant from Gibson Boulevard Southeast and Isleta Pueblo.
Ryan Flynn, secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, decided on Feb. 12 that with
proper monitoring, the landfill poses no threat to
Albuquerque’s groundwater, even as he acknowledged no one knows what’s in it.
“The public has a right to know what is buried in
the MWL,” Flynn wrote. He stated that advocates
for more disclosure have a point – that records, some
of which go back to 1959, “don’t accurately reveal
what’s in the barrels of waste.”
New Mexico Environment
Department Secretary
Ryan Flynn decided on Feb. 12
that with proper monitoring,
the landfill poses no threat to
Albuquerque’s groundwater,
even as he acknowledged
no one knows what’s in it
In his decision to leave the waste under a dirt
cover, he acknowledged that CANM, which sued
to get 5,000 documents about the landfill under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), had reason to
doubt the veracity of federal and state officials.
CANM “understandably harbor[s] feelings of
distrust toward both NMED and DOE,” Flynn
wrote. “While NMED has provided CANM all of
the records regarding the contents of the MWL in its
possession, custody or control, the issue regarding
the material disposed in the MWL needs to be
unequivocally addressed once and for all.”
The group has argued that Flynn’s decision to
leave the waste undisturbed – the least expensive
option – ignored documents and testimony that
leaving it as is poses a significant threat to health
and safety.
“It’s the usual whitewash,” said Dave McCoy,
executive director of CANM.
In its FOIA request, CANM found internal memos
the group argues point to a conspiracy among lab
and Department of Energy officials during the 1960s
to conceal the contents of the landfill.
More recently, a 2010 EPA Office of Inspector General report raised questions about the groundwater
monitoring network around the landfill and how the
public may have been misled about its effectiveness.
In addition to a hodge-podge of low-level radioactive waste, CANM alleges the landfill contains
high-level nuclear waste, including 119 drums of
plutonium- and americium-contaminated waste.
The landfill also contains thorium, cesium-137,
strontium-90, and hundreds of tons of depleted
uranium-238 and even a radioactive fire truck. The
landfill has been leaking radioactive and hazardous chemicals for decades. In 1974, there were two
depleted uranium fires, records show.
Sandia denies there is any high-level waste in the
landfill, which contains the debris of early nuclear
reactor meltdowns and everything from soil brought
back from Pacific nuclear tests to plutonium-contaminated medical debris from testing on animals, nor
was anything withheld during the review process.
“All technical information and opinions presented
about the Mixed Waste Landfill were included in
the administrative record for consideration by the
NMED Secretary,” said James Danneskiold, a lab
spokesman. “This is based on regulatory procedures
that include issuing public notice, inviting public
comment, and holding a public hearing.”
NMED has declined to respond to
repeated requests for comment from
ABQ Free Press for this and previous
articles about the landfill.
McCoy said that in his decision,
Flynn failed to examine the significance of documents showing
that the groundwater monitoring
network was known to be defective.
Additionally, documents for 19601964 were destroyed, McCoy said,
“during the period when chemical
waste was being dumped into the
MWL. So they have no idea of the
real extent of the problem.”
“This is not something you find in
your grandfather’s dump,” said Eric
Nutall, a University of New Mexico professor emeritus in chemical
and nuclear engineering who has
worked with CANM to review the
5,000 documents obtained through
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its FOIA request.
“It’s dangerous waste material and
highly toxic. In regards to future
land use, you can’t build on it, you can’t even construct a parking lot on it,” Nutall said.
CANM said the potential danger the landfill poses
was demonstrated when a nuclear landfill in Beatty,
Utah, exploded and caught fire this past October.
Utah environmental officials concluded that metallic
sodium in corroded steel drums came in contact
with water and exploded.
This is not something you find in
your grandfather’s dump …
It’s dangerous waste material
and highly toxic’
– Eric Nuttall, University of New Mexico
professor emeritus in chemical and nuclear engineering
CANM alleges that Flynn, in his decision to
basically maintain the status quo, ignored records
showing that the partially known contents of the
landfill are dangerous enough to require more extensive measures, such as full encasement in a concrete
coffin or moving the 119 of drums to a deep, underground storage site.
“He doesn’t address the amounts of mercury
documented in the disposal sheets and clearly didn’t
want to deal with the volatile metallic sodium listed
on the sheets,” the same material that spontaneously
ignited and exploded in Utah “under conditions
frighteningly similar to what we have here in the
MWL,” Nutall said.
In 2003, the cost of digging up the radioactive
material and moving it for storage elsewhere was
estimated at between $545 million and $702 million.
That cost, plus the potential exposure to workers, is
why Sandia says excavation was rejected.
Bob Klein is an Albuquerque investigative journalist.
12 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Ministers of Propaganda
hrough the New Mexico
Inspection of Public Records
Act, I’ve discovered the City
doesn’t have a written news
media policy.
Records show that last July,
during the mayor’s brief stab at
transparency, a city employee
emailed municipalities across the
country asking how they treat
the news media. By and large,
the answers went something
like this from Portland, Ore.:
“I’ve never said no to anyone
who wants to receive our press
releases or press alerts.”
You can imagine that getting
information from the city about
breaking police and fire news,
the mayor’s and top city officials’
availabilities, news conferences
and the like would be important
to us.
Well, we get none of that.
We learn about news conferences when we see them on TV.
Same with Gorden Eden on the
steps of APD headquarters taking questions from reporters. Do
we have questions for the mayor
and Eden? You betcha.
Instead, we get news releases
entitled, “Collaborative Spirit
Defines New City – ACVB Contract,” and “Video Launched to
Encourage 311 App Downloads”
and similar pablum.
We routinely received news
alerts until January, when we
were dropped from the list.
When we inquired of Rhiannon
Schroeder, the mayor’s spokeswoman, she promised to look
into it but never replied further.
That happens a lot with her.
When we emailed APD spokesman Tanner Tixier, he did not
On March 7, I appeared before
the City Council to alert councilors of the mayor’s and APD’s
disparate treatment of this newspaper. Under questioning by
councilors, City Attorney Jessica
Hernandez revealed there are
multiple news media notification
I told the City Council there is
an almost identical case in Santa
Fe District Court against Gov. Susana Martinez, filed by the Santa
Fe Reporter. The suit alleges
that the governor has frozen the
Reporter out of everything. No
phone calls, no emails, no notices
of news conferences, zero, zippo,
Mayor Richard Berry and
Martinez share a scorched-earth
political adviser, Jay McCleskey, who adheres to a policy of
rewarding friends while punishing enemies. Perhaps our Dec. 30
cover of a 911 dispatcher fielding
a call from a drunken woman
saying “Pizz-zah” pissed off Jay
and he called down to Berry and
said, screw ‘em.
We’ve gotten the same freezeout from the governor as the
Reporter, by the way, although
some state agency spokespeople
put their jobs on the line by
occasionally calling us back – or
maybe they never got the memo.
At City Hall, there is evidence
of enmity toward us. Chief
Administrative Officer Rob Perry,
in response to a story we broke
last year, told KOAT-TV’s Nancy
Laflin to discount what we wrote
because we’re “an underground
We’re not newbies, nor are we
unaware that relations between
politicians and the media can
get unpleasant at times. But in
34 years in the business here,
covering eight City Hall administrations and six governors, we’ve
never seen anything quite like this.
In all, between this writer and
Associate Editor Dennis Domrzalski, we’re something like
0-for-50 in calls, emails and texts
to City Hall seeking comment.
It’s their right not to talk to us
if they don’t want to tell their
side of the story, but we believe
they’ve gone too far.
There is federal case law that a
government entity can’t engage
in “viewpoint discrimination”
against a media outlet because of
its religious affiliation or critical
news coverage. Doing so violates
the news outlet’s First Amendment right. That’s the premise of
the Reporter’s case against Martinez. On May 8, the Reporter’s
case goes before District Judge
Stephen T. Pacheco.
We’ll soon find out then
whether the Susana-Berry
practice of choking off public
discourse, rewarding friends
and punishing enemies with tax
dollars, and turning public information officers into ministers of
propaganda will be tolerated.
Dan Vukelich is editor of
ABQ Free Press. Reach him at
[email protected]
Your Guide to the APD
Reform Process, or Not
ete Dinelli is on
track when he asks,
“Should we all laugh or
cry together?”
The former city councilor is talking about the
APD reform process,
which has become both
a tragedy and a comedy,
and which is ever so close to becoming a
The Albuquerque Police Department
can’t, or won’t, write policies that meet
national standards. The independent monitor in APD’s settlement agreement with
the U.S. Department of Justice has accused
APD of using delaying tactics in an effort to
derail reform.
City councilors seem to lack the will to
challenge the APD brass or Mayor Berry’s
administration, although based on their recent questions to the chief and city attorney,
some are beginning to smell a rat.
The latest act in this strange play came on
March 18 when City Attorney Jessica Hernandez made a statement that would cause
anyone with just even few working brain
cells to convulse in disbelief and laugh and
cry at the same time.
One reason APD hasn’t been able to write
acceptable policy, Hernandez told city councilors, was that its leaders – Chief Gorden
Eden and Assistant Chief Robert Huntsman
— felt they were forbidden by the DOJ from
asking for help.
Albuquerque’s two top-ranking cops
believed they could not adapt successful
policies from other police departments. Nor
did they believe, they say, that they could
crib model policies developed by professional police organizations.
In other words, they felt APD staffers
had to write their own policies from scratch
and in a vacuum, no matter how lacking in
expertise and training, and no matter how
much expertise and how many successful
policies were out there simply for the asking.
This fundamental misunderstanding of
APD’s reform mission is especially ironic
when you think about how Berry’s administration lectured us about how crucial
Eden, Huntsman and other APD command
staffers are to reforming the department
and getting our cops to stop shooting so
many people.
They’re so damned indispensable that we
had to give them retention bonuses to stay
and continue their important work. As one
observer said, “These are the geniuses that
we can’t afford to lose?”
It defies all logic until you take a more
cynical view. Maybe they’re not so dumb.
Maybe it’s a ploy to do nothing and wait
Ginger out and send him packing with $4
million of our money.
The play gets sadder when you think
of what Ginger did or didn’t say to APD’s
brass months ago. His team and APD went
back and forth for months over APD’s
inept, time-consuming and expensive effort
to develop a use-of-force policy.
The haggling cost $100,000 of Ginger’s
team’s time. It’s unknown what the cost
to APD was in wasted staff time. And
then there are other proposed policies that
Ginger said he almost immediately tossed
in the trash — because they were useless.
Our two top-ranking cops
believed they could not use
successful policies from other
police departments. Nor did
they believe, they say, that
they could adapt model
policies developed by
professional police
Ginger has been here since last summer.
You’d think that after getting bushels full of
bad policies, he would have picked up his
phone, called APD and said, “Hey goofballs, this is nutty. If you don’t know how to
write this stuff yourself, copy some policies
from departments that have gotten it right,
or some model policies that are online.
It’s not that hard. All it takes is a couple of
phone calls and a couple clicks of a mouse.”
Apparently something like that finally
did happen, but not until earlier this month.
What the hell have we been paying for?
And then there’s Ginger’s recent statement to city councilors that it is they who
are responsible for ensuring that the reform
effort succeeds.
But last year when councilors asked to
meet with Ginger, the DOJ wouldn’t allow
it. So, councilors were supposed to exercise
their oversight authority when the guy who
had the information wouldn’t meet with
them? It’s all so charmingly dysfunctional.
It’s a delightfully entertaining play — if
you don’t care. But if you do, you know the
answer to Dinelli’s question.
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor at
ABQ Free Press. Reach him at [email protected]
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14 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Donald Trump and the Rise of Fascism in America
BY robert reich
’ve been reluctant
to use the “f”
word to describe
Donald Trump
because it’s especially harsh, and
it’s too often used
Trump has finally
reached a point where parallels between his presidential campaign and
the fascists of the first half of the 20th
century – lurid figures such as Benito
Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler,
Oswald Mosley, and Francisco Franco
– are too evident to overlook.
It’s not just that Trump recently
quoted Mussolini (he now calls that
tweet inadvertent) or that he’s begun
inviting followers at his rallies to
raise their right hands in a manner
chillingly similar to the Nazi “heil”
salute (he dismisses such comparison
as “ridiculous.”)
The parallels go deeper.
As did the early 20th-century
fascists, Trump is focusing his campaign on the angers of White working
people who have been losing economic ground for years and who are
easy prey for demagogues seeking to
build their own power by scapegoating others.
Trump’s electoral gains have been
largest in counties with lower than
average incomes and among those
who report their personal finances
have worsened. As The Washington
Post’s Jeff Guo has pointed out,
Trump performs best in places where
middle-aged Whites are dying the
The economic stresses almost a century ago that culminated in the Great
Depression were far worse than most
of Trump’s followers have experienced, but they’ve suffered something
that in some respects is more painful
– failed expectations.
Many grew up during the 1950s and
1960s, during a postwar prosperity
that lifted all boats. That prosperity gave their parents a better life.
Trump’s followers naturally expected
that they and their children would
also experience economic gains. They
have not.
Add fears and uncertainties about
terrorists who may be living among
us or may want to sneak through our
borders, and this vulnerability and
powerlessness is magnified.
Trump’s incendiary verbal attacks
on Mexican immigrants and Muslims
– even his reluctance to distance
himself from David
Duke and the Ku
Klux Klan – follow
the older fascist
That older generation of fascists
didn’t bother with
policy prescriptions
or logical argument,
either. They presented themselves
as strongmen whose
personal power
would remedy all
They created
around themselves
cults of personality in which they
took on the trappings of strength,
confidence and
invulnerability – all
of which served
The U.K. Independent
as substitutes for
rational argument
Nazi rallies in the German city of Nuremburg drew hundreds of thousands of Adolf Hitler’s followers.
or thought.
Trump’s entire
“people who are following me are
behind a steel barrier. (After his win
campaign similarly revolves around
very passionate. They love this counin Florida, they were confined to the
his assumed strength and confidence.
try, and they want this country to be
back row at his victory rally.)
He tells his followers not to worry;
great again.”
Viewing Donald Trump in light of
he’ll take care of them. “If you get laid
After a handful of White supporters
the fascists of the first half of the 20th
off … I still want your vote,” he told
punched and attempted to choke a
century – who used economic stresses
workers in Michigan last week. “I’ll
Black Lives Matter protester at one
to scapegoat others, created cults of
get you a new job; don’t worry about
of his campaign rallies, Trump said,
personality, intimidated opponents,
“Maybe he should have been roughed
incited violence, glorified their nations
The old fascists intimidated and
and disregarded international law,
threatened opponents. Trump is not
There are further parallels. Fascists
and connected directly with the
above a similar strategy. To take one
glorified national power and greatmasses – helps explain what Trump is
example, he recently Tweeted that
ness, fanning xenophobia and war.
doing and how he is succeeding.
Chicago’s Ricketts family, now spendTrump’s entire foreign policy consists
It also suggests why Donald Trump
ing money to defeat him, “better be
of asserting American power against
presents such a profound danger to
careful, they have a lot to hide.”
other nations. Mexico “will” finance a
the future of America and the world.
The old fascists incited violence.
wall. China “will” stop manipulating
Robert B. Reich, chancellor’s professor of
Trump has not done so explicitly, but
its currency.
public policy at the University of Califorhis supporters have attacked Muslims,
In pursuit of their nationalistic aims,
at Berkeley and senior fellow
the homeless, and African-Americans
the fascists disregarded international
Blum Center for Developing
– and Trump has all but excused their
law. Trump is the same. He recently
was secretary of labor in the
proposed using torture against terrorClinton administration. Time magazine
Weeks after Trump began his
ists and punishing their families, both
named him one of the 10 most effective
campaign by falsely alleging that
in clear violation of international law.
cabinet secretaries of the 20th century.
Mexican immigrants are “bringing
Finally, the fascists created their
He has written 13 books, including the
crime. They’re rapists,” two brothers
mass followings directly, without
bestsellers “Aftershock” and “The Work of
in Boston beat with a metal pole and
political parties or other intermediarNations.” His latest, “Beyond
urinated on a 58-year-old homeless
ies standing between them and their
Outrage,” is now out in paperback. He
Mexican national. They subsequently
legions of supporters.
is also a founding editor of the American
told the police “Donald Trump was
Trump’s Tweets and rallies similarly
Prospect magazine and chairman of
right, all these illegals need to be
circumvent all filters. The Republican
Common Cause. His newest film,
Party is irrelevant to his campaign,
“Inequality for All,” is available on
Instead of condemning that bruand he considers the media an enemy.
Netflix, iTunes, DVD and On Demand.
tality, Trump excused it by saying
Reporters covering his rallies are kept
His blog is
Stench of APD’s Skate Park
Cover-up Overwhelms ABQ
ost everything the Albuquerque
Police Department has said about
the Los Altos Skate Park shootings is false.
The worst mass shooting in city history
occurred there March 22, 2015. That part
is true. Seventeen-year-old Jaquise Lewis
was killed there that night. That’s also
The rest? Public relations manure. APD
has spread stink on this case and on
Jaquise for a year now, and it’s time to
call bullshit bullshit.
APD’s most vile lie is that Jaquise – the
dead African-American teenager – is to
blame for the shootings and his own
APD knew that Jaquise
died after being shot twice
in the back but withheld
that information, leaving
the impression that
Jaquise was facing his
killer when he was shot
APD’s version goes something like this:
Jaquise stole a skateboard (because, you
know, Black people like to steal), then
began shooting indiscriminately into
the crowd – wounding six – after the
rightful owner tried to get his board back.
Jaquise was then gunned down in an act
of self-defense. This self-defense shooting
resulted in lives being saved, so, there,
Case solved and closed. Move along
now. Nothing to look at here. Your
skateboards are safe, even though the
skate park isn’t.
APD once claimed “self-defense” before,
most infamously when APD officers killed
homeless camper James Boyd. Self-defense didn’t seem right then, and it didn’t
seem right to Munah Green, Jaquise’s
mom. Munah fought APD to get the
truth, and we now know APD has been
involved in a deliberate effort to mislead
our community about what happened at
Los Altos and how Jaquise was killed.
APD has also pulled out all the stops
to protect the man who they know shot
him: 24-year-old Gregory Buchanan,
who is currently facing drug trafficking
charges (cocaine) and was facing those
charges the night he killed Jaquise.
The APD cover-up started within hours
of Jaquise being killed. APD claimed
for 90 days that it had no leads in the
shootings. Chief Gorden Eden even
posted a YouTube video begging for the
public’s help in solving the case.
Thanks to the public records lawsuit
that Munah Green filed, a Bernalillo
County District Court judge ordered APD
to release information it wanted to keep
from the public, such as:
• Despite claiming it had no leads, APD
knew that very night that Buchanan had
shot and killed Jaquise.
• APD knew that Jaquise died after being shot twice in the back, but withheld
that information, leaving the impression
that Jaquise was facing his killer when he
was shot.
• The skate park video shows Buchanan
initiating a physical altercation with
Jaquise and pursuing Jaquise out of the
skate park and into the parking lot. New
Mexico law states: “an individual who
provokes an encounter, as a result of
which he finds it necessary to use deadly
force, is guilty of an unlawful homicide
and cannot avail himself of the claim that
he was acting in self-defense.”
• Jaquise did not bring a gun to Los Altos,
a fact even APD acknowledges. APD
never retrieved a gun from Jaquise, and it
has not disclosed whether they tested his
hands or gloves for gun shot residue.
• Buchanan brought a loaded gun to
the skate park that he hid in his right
back pocket. Buchanan also had an extra
magazine. Approximately 27 shots were
fired at Los Altos. Most of the shots fired
can be attributed – not to Jaquise – but
to Buchanan.
• Jaquise had his back turned to
Buchanan and had been walking away
at a distance of almost 50 feet when
Buchanan fired eight rounds at Jaquise.
• Buchanan was interviewed by APD
detectives on three occasions after the
shootings. Buchanan lied to APD about
bringing a loaded gun to the skate park
each time. When APD finally confronted
Buchanan with evidence that he had
indeed brought a gun, Buchanan ‘fessed
up. APD then thanked Buchanan for his
• APD has never retrieved the gun Buchanan used to kill Jaquise or demanded
that Buchanan turn it over.
One has to wonder: If a 24-year-old
Black man with cocaine trafficking
charges took a loaded gun to a city
skate park and shot a 17-year-old White
kid twice in the back, would the White
teenager’s family have to fight for justice
the way APD forced Munah Green to
fight for justice for Jaquise?
Of course we know the answer. And
while that answer doesn’t say anything
good about APD, it also doesn’t say
anything good about Albuquerque.
Greg Payne is a former Albuquerque
city councilor and recent graduate of
the UNM School of Law. He works
with the lawyers who represent
Lewis’ mother, Munah Green.
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 15
APD Chief Needs to Step Up,
Do the Right Thing for Shot Cop
BY dan Klein
t’s painful when
a police officer is
killed or wounded
in the line of duty.
It hurts even more
when the injury is
done by another
experienced our own blue-on-blue
shooting when Detective Jacob Grant
was shot repeatedly by Lt. Greg Brachle
during a botched drug sting.
I didn’t know Grant when I was with
APD because he didn’t get hired until
after I retired, but I have gotten to
know him over the past year. When I
was a sergeant, Brachle and I worked
together. I know him, and I like him. I
am sure he feels great anguish over his
But this incident has nothing to do
with friendship. It has everything to do
with the current state of APD.
Cops are angry.
They’re angry that Chief Gorden Eden
didn’t fire Brachle after the shooting.
They’re angry that the Civilian Police
Oversight Commission instead of Eden
had to make the decision to fire Brachle.
Eden allowed Brachle to sit in an
administrative position for 14 months,
checking off the days until he could
retire, something these officers say
Eden would never have done for a beat
cop. They point to quick termination
decisions on officers Steve Hindi, Dawne
Roberto and Jeremy Dear. They say there
is a double standard on the fifth floor,
where Eden and the top brass work.
I agree with these cops. Eden has
shown a serious lapse of judgment by
not making a decision before POC did.
This chief seems to have forgotten,
or he never has known, that his oath
to the citizens and to the integrity of
the department is paramount in his
duties. His decision-making ability is
again called into question by his delay
in the Brachle case. I’m not saying Eden
needed to terminate Brachle, simply
that he needed to step up and make a
timely decision.
Is Eden the chief, or is City Attorney
Jessica Hernandez running APD?
There’s a counterargument that I
have heard from some city officials who
say that I should stop demanding that
Brachle’s police certification be reviewed
by the New Mexico Law Enforcement
Board. They’ve said that Brachle feels
horrible about what happened and now
that he is retired, I should just let it go.
Revoking his certification is “piling on”
and kicking him when he is down, one
A Cop’s
official said.
That’s the wrong argument. The oath
I took to the department and citizens
demands that rules and laws be followed, no matter the rank or popularity
of those involved. The integrity of the
department must be above reproach.
I asked one official how he would feel
if a doctor amputated the wrong foot?
Would he just “let it go” because the
doctor surely must feel badly? Or would
he file a complaint with the licensing
This shooting is no different. Eden
must make a decision on this shooting
and he must, by statute, submit a
complaint to the New Mexico Law
Enforcement Board for a review of
Brachle’s fitness to be a cop – here or
Is Eden the chief,
or is City Attorney
Jessica Hernandez
running APD?
Doing anything less violates state law
and tears at the fabric of public and
department trust in their police chief.
Eden makes $170,000 a year to make
these decisions. If he can’t, then he
should step aside for the betterment of
the city and police department.
I wish that the people running the
city would take care of Grant in the
same way they took care of Brachle.
Hernandez tells the public that the city
is paying Grant’s medical bills and lost
wages. She shouldn’t claim generosity
when the city is only doing what the law
In fact, workers’ compensation only
provides Grant 66 percent of his salary.
Since he was shot in the line of duty, the
city has to pay his medical expenses.
The city’s court filings suggest the city
still suffers from the malady that the
federal Department of Justice federal
monitor James Ginger recently complained about: delay, deflect and divert.
If you agree that the city should treat
Grant at least as well as the city treated
the family of James Boyd, another
victim of a wrongful APD shooting – a
$5 million settlement – then call Mayor
Richard Berry at (505) 768-3000, and let
him know.
Dan Klein is a retired Albuquerque police
sergeant who writes about conditions
street cops face at the Albuquerque
Police Department. Reach him through
16 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Why Did We Shoot This Photo?
hat’s this photo about? Why did we shoot it?
This feature is about places and things around Albuquerque that
may have some sort of significance — historical, cultural, or notorious.
Whether locations or details from “Breaking Bad” or “Better Call Saul” or
just close-ups of everyday things an observant Burqueño should recognize,
we’ll be out there with our smartphones.
Your job is to identify “it” and send us your answer, plus a little bit of detail
and context. Each issue’s winner will be the person who our judges believe
provided the most entertaining explanation in 150 words or less. We’ll
publish the winning answer the following issue.
Send your entries to [email protected] with the subject line “Mystery
Photo” by 5 p.m. the Wednesday after each issue’s publication date – in
this case, March 30. The winner receives two tickets to the April 3 Duke City
Gladiators game at Tingley Coliseum.
This issue’s mystery photo
Dan Vukelich Last issue’s mystery photo
In our March 9 issue we asked readers to tell us why we shot this photo.
Some readers took to writing us short fiction involving the scene in the photo.
Nice to read, but not the winners.
The winner was Steve McCracken who explained the following:
The reason that you took the photo is it contains
the pay phone on Central and Solano where in April
of 2005 the infamous “Runaway Bride,” Jennifer Carol
Wilbanks, phoned her fiancé to inform him that she
had not left him at the altar in Georgia but was instead
kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a Hispanic man and
a Caucasian woman in their 40s driving a blue van.
When asked if she knew what direction her captors
went after setting her free, she said, “I have no idea. I
don’t even know where I am.”
The calls were traced to the pay phone in the photo
Jennifer Wilbanks
at the 7-Eleven at Central and Solano in Albuquerque
where she was picked up by local police.
Later, during police interrogation, Wilbanks admitted that she had not
been abducted, but needed time and space to escape the pressures of her
upcoming wedding.
File Photo
What Does it Take to Get Fired from the City?
lbuquerque taxpayers
will pay $185,000 to
settle a lawsuit against
a city official who told a
female employee that his
city desk was shaped like a
penis, made hand gestures
mimicking masturbation,
sent the woman a sexually
suggestive birthday card,
repeatedly hugged her,
allegedly kissed her and
suggested she go to his
The defendant in the
case, Mark A. Shepherd, is
a retired APD cop and the
manager of the Division
of Security and Parking
Enforcement in the city’s
Department of Municipal
Development. The case
was filed against the city
and Shepherd in April
2015. It was settled on Feb.
3, according to Bernalillo
County District Court
Attorney Michael Cadigan represented the plaintiff, Naomi Parada,
and confirmed that the city agreed to
pay $185,000 to settle the case.
According to the lawsuit, Shepherd’s harassment of Parada began in
October 2013 when she was assigned
to Shepherd’s division.
“Shepherd frequently and repeatedly made hand gestures mimicking
masturbation while talking on the
phone,” according to the lawsuit.
“These gestures were directed at the
attention of Parada.”
‘Shepherd frequently and
repeatedly made hand
gestures mimicking
masturbation while
talking on the phone’
— allegation in sexual harassment lawsuit
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“In 2014,” the lawsuit continued,
“Parada was filing something away
in a filing cabinet. While her back was
turned, Shepherd sneaked up behind
her. When Parada turned around,
Shepherd kissed her on the lips,
against Parada’s will.”
The lawsuit alleged that in 2014,
when Parada informed Municipal Development Director Michael Riordan
that Shepherd had kissed her, Riordan
did nothing. In October of that year,
after Shepherd sent Parada a sexually suggestive birthday card, again
Parada went to Riordan. On Oct. 24,
Parada was transferred to a different
department, a move the lawsuit
alleged was retaliation.
An internal city investigation
determined in early 2015 that Shepherd had indeed committed many
of the harassing acts that Parada
had accused him of. “He [Shepherd]
admitted to making ‘wanking’ gestures to customers and complaints he
found annoying,” the hearing officer’s
report said. “These gestures have been
offensive to some female employees.”
The hearing officer recommended
that Shepherd receive a three-day
suspension that was to be held in
“I do think that Mr. Shepherd
used poor judgment in some of the
behavior described by women in the
office (not just Ms. Parada), including
inappropriate hugging, remarks and
gestures, and giving an employee
an inappropriate birthday card,” the
hearing officer found. “However, I
did not find any of the allegations,
separately or collectively, amounted to
enough evidence to prove a violation of the [city’s sexual harassment
Shepherd, who makes $93,059 a
year, did not return a telephone message left with his assistant in his office
in the city’s Municipal Development
History of problems
It wasn’t the first time Shepherd
had been in trouble for violating
city policy. In April 2008, he faced a
four-week suspension for improperly
allowing four to five Security Division
supervisors to use city vehicles as
take-home cars, according to the city’s
investigative report.
‘I do think that
Mr. Shepherd used poor
judgment in some of
the behavior described
by women in the office
(not just Ms. Parada),
including inappropriate
hugging, remarks and
gestures, and giving an
employee an inappropriate birthday card’
— city hearing officer
In 2004, an internal city investigation found that Shepherd made “misrepresentations” on his application
for the job of DMD security manager.
He got the job but resigned after an
investigation found several problems
with the hiring process.
Shepherd stated in
his application that he
had worked full-time as
the manager of security
services for a private
company, ACMI, from June
1993 through September
2004, when he was a fulltime Albuquerque police
But an investigator called
the firm and was told that
the company had actually
hired Shepherd in July
1994 as a part-time route
merchandiser – a person
who “services vending machines and collects money
from them,” the investigator’s report said.
“This does not appear to
be security-related work,”
the investigator wrote. “I
find that Mr. Shepherd did
not truthfully represent his
work experience.”
The investigation found
other problems with the
hiring process.
“Reviewing city officials should
have scrutinized Mr. Shepherd’s statements regarding his work experience
more carefully,” the investigative
report said. “His application representation that he worked two full-time
jobs simultaneously from 1993 to his
retirement from APD appears on its
face improbable, yet it was accepted at
face value by both the original DMD
qualifying individual and the Human
Resources analyst.”
Shepherd listed then-city Public
Safety Director Nick Bakas as a reference on his resume. But Bakas was
one of the people who interviewed
Shepherd for the job he was applying
for, which was another irregularity,
the investigation said.
The investigator concluded that
Shepherd “knowingly made false
statements in his application.”
ABQ Free Press emailed City Hall
spokeswoman Rhiannon Schroeder
and asked why Shepherd is still
employed by the city and if the city
condones his behavior regarding Parada. Schroeder said she was looking
into the matter but did not get back to
the newspaper.
Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor
at ABQ Free Press. Reach him at
[email protected]
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 19
A Tale of Two Coaches,
And the Guy Who Hired Them
ip Van Winkle
once dozed off
for 20 years. Paul
Krebs’ nap wasn’t so
long. He woke up
after just five years.
The burning
question around
Lobo Land lately
is whether Krebs, New Mexico’s vice
president of athletics, should have fired
Lobo women’s basketball coach Yvonne
A better question is why Sanchez was
hired in the first place.
And here’s another sweet one: If Paul
“Mr. Hindsight” Krebs would have fired
Sanchez – as he should have and almost
did – after her 1-7 start in 2014-15, he
would have saved UNM $150,000. Sanchez’s initial contract ended at the close of
the 2015 season.
It’s a sad decline for a
once-promising program
that could have been
avoided five years ago
when Don Flanagan
What was this man thinking? Instead of
firing her back then, he gave an extension
to a coach he knew wasn’t the coach
for the job. And riddle me this: Why did
Sanchez sign a four-year extension that
included a paltry $150,000 buyout on a job
that pays $266,240 a year? What was this
coach thinking?
The curious thing about this firing is
that it is bringing heat on Krebs. He fired
a coach who ended up being Coach of the
Year (2015) in a gosh-awful conference.
He fired a born-and-raised New Mexican.
He fired a minority. It’s also pathetic that
a local minority voice has tried to claim
this firing was racially motivated. This is a
disservice to anyone actually discriminated
against by an employer.
Sanchez was fired, simply, because she is
not a good D-I coach and her Lobos were
not a good D-I team. Krebs knew this a
year and a half ago.
Sanchez, after the firing, complained to
the local media that Krebs did not attend
a lot of her team’s games. Had he, he
might have noticed how poorly the Lobo
women performed. He also might have
noticed all the empty seats in The Pit – uh,
kind of like men’s basketball!
It’s a sad decline for a once-promising
program that could have been avoided
five years ago when Don Flanagan
resigned. Back then, the women’s program
was on the cusp of becoming one of the
premier programs in the West. Rather than
conduct a search, Krebs hired the local
favorite. He was lazy.
It’s not the first time. Krebs gave Craig
Neal an extension after Neal won big with
Steve Alford’s players. UNM didn’t have
much of a buyout with Sanchez ($150,000),
but dumping Neal comes with a $1 million
Here’s a suggestion: Cut $100,000 from
Krebs’ salary and come contract time cut
$100,000 from Neal’s salary and lure a
big-time women’s coach.
Which brings up another burning question: Despite the cost, can Krebs afford not
to fire Neal?
The community is rapidly turning against
this coach who, amazingly, said in a news
conference that motivation and effort are
not things a coach can coach. Tell that to
Vince Lombardi, John Wooden – or George
There is good reason to suspect The Pit’s
attendance will fade even further in 201617. Neal’s teams are about as much fun to
watch as Sanchez’s teams. Heck, despite
her poor performance overall, Sanchez’s
teams has had better Februarys.
Neal, like Sanchez, was moved from
an assistant’s position into the hot seat.
(Wasn’t Neal really an Alex Kirk hiring?)
Looking at the record, there are at least
two reasons to suggest it was a move Neal
wasn’t ready to make: the 2014-15 season
and the 2015-16 season. The Lobos aren’t
even a Sweet 16 NIT team. Time to book
some court time in Johnson Gym?
Here’s a suggestion:
Cut $100,000 from
Krebs’ salary and
$100,000 from
Neal’s salary and lure a
big-time women’s coach
Krebs fired Sanchez saying the program
had fallen into mediocrity. Well, Neal’s
teams have not made the postseason in
the past two seasons. If that’s not mediocrity, what is?
Krebs gave Sanchez five years to put her
mark on the program. It was not a good
mark and Krebs finally pulled the plug. But
is there any accountability for Krebs? Neal
probably won’t be flushed this season, but
he’s circling the drain.
And Krebs? He’s sitting on the rim.
Richard Stevens is a former sports writer
for The Albuquerque Tribune. More
recently, he was an insider at the Lobo
athletic department. Reach him at
[email protected]
Helen Leavy sent us this photo of her Heeler-mix rescue dog
Maggie. “She is very sweet. She has a great smile and is relaxing
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How to Survive a Taxing Time
iling our taxes is an unavoidable
annual chore. Most of us dread
the task, but the payoff is crucial for
many in such a tight economy. ABQ
Free Press researched what resources
are available and how filing taxes this
year differs from last for people with
or without health insurance.
Many free services available locally
and online can help with electronic
filing for folks who make less than
$50,000 a year. For those age 50 or
older, Albuquerque sites featuring
AARP Tax Aide can assist with spe-
Free Tax Resources
Tax Help New Mexico
At CNM through April 6
Single adults with income of
$55,000 or less and adults over 65
VITA Volunteer Income Tax
AARP Tax Aide
TCE: Tax Counseling for the
cific needs like social security, IRAs
and pensions.
At Central New
Mexico Community College, Tax
Help New Mexico
is an excellent resource for people
who made less
than $56,000 last
year. That said,
be prepared to
wait at CNM for
the better part of
a day. Free means
you’re sharing
these resources
with a lot of
Tax Help N.M.
runs through
April 15 at
various CNM
campus locations.
depts/taxhelp to learn what to bring
along. Other services are provided by
the United Way’s My Free Taxes and
programs like Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling
for the Elderly (TCE).
The State Taxation and Revenue
Department offers free assistance
throughout the year and free electronic filing of New Mexico Personal
Income Tax returns for people with an
annual income of $22,000 or less. Visit for more info or
contact the local office.
The Internet boasts several free filing
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sites, like, and; the
latter even has a tax calculator that
estimates your refund before you get
started filing your return.
If you’re uninsured and didn’t get
around to buying health insurance,
you will have to pay Affordable Care
Act penalties that could significantly
reduce your return. This fact emphasizes an important tax maxim: learn
what penalties and exemptions to
prepare for to ensure a healthy refund.
Karen Lee of CJB Tax and Bookkeeping Services says the new ACA
regulations can be rather confusing for
people who are filing for the first time
with marketplace insurance.
“That has actually impacted a lot
of people. If they answer the wrong
questions, their return can get held
back or stuck, because they didn’t fill
out the form that really no one was
prepared for this year,” Lee said. “It
is mandatory to fill out the 1095-A
Lee also said that while some free
services listed above are well intentioned and useful for individuals who
only claim income from a W-2, those
services’ volunteers may only have
minimal training on coping with new
health care-related tax regulations.
“Everybody gets a form through the
insurance marketplace. Some people
qualify for subsidies, which in turn
allows them to get some money back
if they overpaid on their premium
based on income; if their insurance
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How to
gave them too much in subsidies,
they might have to pay that back,”
Lee said. Mistakes on your return can
substantially delay your refund, and a
professional can help you avoid such
Lee also recommends avoiding
quick-cash lenders that are solely out
to get a percentage of your tax return.
Instead, find an established tax office
with certified tax preparers or public accountants who can provide tax
services and answer your questions
throughout the year.
Lee advises consulting tax professionals who can optimize deductions
and get you prepared for the following year. “It’s nice to get accurate
information about things like taking
money out a 401k or contributing
more, and some people won’t know
til the end of the year if that’s going
to benefit their taxes or not.” To find a
professional, visit for a list of
certified local tax preparers.
On healthcare penalties
According to calc.taxpolicycenter.
org, individuals must obtain health
insurance coverage that meets minimum standards for themselves and
their dependents, or they’ll be penalized via their tax refund. For 2016,
individuals must have enrolled by Jan.
31, 2016.
You can claim exemption from
coverage when you file your tax
return, but certain exemptions must
be granted by the Health Insurance
What to bring with you
Marketplace in
advance. These
coverage exemptions revolve
around certain
hardship situations
and members of
certain religious
sects, according to
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ways, either as a percentage of your
cost more than 8.05
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you had medical expenses you
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couldn’t pay or your income is less
percent of your household income,
than the federal poverty level, you
with a maximum total premium of
could qualify for a health coverage exthe national average price plan sold
emption. To find out if you qualify for
through the marketplace. For adults,
exemption from ACA penalties, visit
that’s $695 and for each child
der 18, it’s $347.50, culminating in a
You must claim at least 100 percent
penalty max of $2,085. To estimate
of the federal poverty level to qualify
what your healthcare penalty might
for tax credits through ObamaCare.
be, visit
In 2015, the federal poverty level was
$11,770, and it rises by $100 per year.
According to, the
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• W-2(s) from employers
• Unemployment compensation statements
• SSA-1099 form, showing total Social Security benefits paid for the year or Form RRB-1099, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits
• 1099 forms, reporting interest (1099-INT), dividends (1099-DIV), proceeds from sales (1099-B), as well as documentation showing the original purchase price of assets
• 1099-R form, if you received a pension, annuity or IRA distribution
• 1099-Misc forms
• Information about any other income
• State or local income tax refund
• 1098 form showing any home mortgage interest
• 1098-T and 1098-E forms, tuition and student loan interest payments
• A list of medical, dental expenses, including doctor and hospital bills, insurance premiums, prescription medicines
• Summary of contributions to charity
• Receipts or canceled checks for quarterly or other tax payments
• Property tax bills and proof of payment
• Form 1095A, if you purchased health insurance through marketplace
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22 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Bites of Burque: Inaugural Edition
Keep truckin’
Last year, the City Council passed a
controversial ordinance that prohibited
food trucks from setting up within 100
feet of an existing brick-and-mortar
After a barrage of complaints that
the rule made it impossible for popular
mobile eateries to find a place to park,
especially Downtown, the Council
revised the rules on March 7.
Now food trucks must maintain
a reduced 75-foot buffer zone from
restaurants and can ignore the zone
if said restaurant is closed. As the
city continues to seek a solution that
satisfies both food truck owners and
restaurants, expect the Council to
revisit these rules again soon.
Electric youth
Dion’s Pizza, the ubiquitous Albuquerque pizzeria where it’s always
1992 and the cashiers exude perpetual
Dion’s Pizza
youth, has been awarded Sandelman &
Associates’ 2015 Quick Track Award of
Excellence due to the institution’s high
marks on customer experience surveys.
Dion’s was number 4 on this national
list, behind Chik-Fil-A, In-‘n’-Out
Burger and a Chicago eatery called
Portillos. Way to go, teenagers!
EDo goes Whole Hog
Formerly home to Gravy and, before
that, Milton’s Café, the iconic diner at
Central and Elm is changing hands and
identities once again. This time around,
Arkansas-based Whole Hog Café BBQ
restaurant will set up shop within the
next few months.
Gravy closed in December, after being a hotly anticipated addition whose
middling reviews on Yelp sealed its
fate early on. It seems to me this local
joint got an undeserved bad rap. That
said, an out-of-towner taking up space
is always better than a vacancy.
Blake’s gets around
Sometimes New Mexico restaurants
get to be the out-of-towner. Blake’s
Lotaburger has a satellite location
opening in Tucson, Ariz., on April 1.
It will be the Albuquerque-founded
chain’s fourth out-of-state location;
there are three in El Paso, Texas.
National Geographic reported that the
chain serves the “best green chile cheeseburger in the world.” A second Tucson
location is slated for a May debut.
And Santa Fe-based Vinaigrette
has also ventured out of state with
their new location that sprouted up in
Austin, Texas, at the end of February.
Let the New Mexican domination
Getting Bearded?
In Northern New Mexico news, one
of my favorite restaurants in the state
has snagged a prestigious nod from
the James Beard Foundation. Rancho
de Chimayó, a sprawling, pastoral
ranch house in Chimayó, N.M. – where
yours truly got married – has made
it to the final round of nominees for a
James Beard Award in the “America’s
Classics” category.
Winners will be announced at the
Chicago Lyric Opera on May 2. In the
meantime, who’s up for a road trip?
Rancho de Chimayó seriously serves
the best margaritas and red chile in
New Mexico.
Ty Bannerman loves to eat and to write,
and those interests frequently collide.
‘The Graduate’ Scores High Marks
et in the 1960s, “The Graduate”
tells the story of an aimless young
college grad, a seductive older woman,
that woman’s daughter and the Gordian knot of their forbidden relationships. “Plastics” are the ultimate symbol of sell-out commercialism, and the
sky is and isn’t always blue in Aux Dog
Theatre’s thoughtful production of
Terry Johnson’s “The Graduate.”
Nearly 50 years ago, the late Mike
Nichols’ 1967 filmic version of “The
Graduate” burst on to the screen. Nominated for Best Picture, Nichols also
won the Oscar for best directing. As
great as the flick is, Aux Dog’s stage
adaptation brings new perspective to
audiences, even those who are familiar
with the movie.
Based on Charles Webb’s 1963 novella, the narrative is tricky but not
all that complicated. Having graduated from a college back East, 20-yearold Benjamin Braddock returns home
to upscale southern California and his
doting, if clueless, parents.
He doesn’t want a successful but
predictable life like his father. Simon
& Garfunkel lyrics are showcased in
both the film and the play, and they
ably express Ben’s disillusioned mindset: “People talking without speaking /
People hearing without listening / And
the people bowed and prayed / To the
‘The Graduate’
Aux Dog Theatre, 3011 Monte Vista NE
Through April 10
Fri.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25,
Russell Maynor
Benjamin Braddock (Matt Pruett) and Mrs. Robinson (Bridget Kelly) share some pillow talk in Aux
Dog’s “The Graduate.”
neon god they made.”
At a celebration given by his parents,
Ben encounters Mrs. Robinson, the neglected, alcoholic wife of his father’s
best friend. When she gets Ben alone,
Mrs. Robinson gets aggressively suggestive, leaving no doubt that she’s
available for a sexual relationship.
Both perplexed and aroused, Ben
engages in an affair with Mrs. Robinson. In postcoital conversation at a
fancy hotel, Ben brings up her daughter Elaine, a college student at Berkeley; the mother’s protective hackles are
raised, and she forbids Ben from having any contact with Elaine.
Prodded by his parents, who are
blissfully unaware of the affair, Ben
takes Elaine out. And then he likes her.
No, he loves her. He wants to marry
her. Mrs. Robinson is furious. While
the film “The Graduate” is visually
stunning, this live stage performance
directed by Victoria J. Liberatori concentrates on characters and their interactions.
Ryan Jason Cook’s set design boasts
a central revolve that allows for rapidfire scene changes. Sound designer
Martin Andrews neatly matches music to mood while Jonathan Lightcap’s
lighting design focuses our attention.
Kathy Gomez’s costume design transports us back to the mid ’60s.
The performances here are generally
strong. Certain ensemble players deserve special mention: Elizabeth Langston, who plays three roles; Tristana
Gonzalez, whose striptease is memorable; and J. Ryan Montenery, who brings
four characters to life.
Marc Comstock is a convincing Mr.
Braddock. His transition from pride to
anger is powerful. Lisa Fenstermacher
makes her mark as a ditsy, mugging
Mrs. Braddock. Lanky thespian Shad
Adair plays the relatively uptight Mr.
Robinson, who seems willfully insensitive to the needs of both his wife and
his daughter.
Kir Kipness’ portrayal of the complicated character of Elaine Robinson
emphasizes her distress over making
the decision between bending to her
parents’ dreams or prioritizing her own
desires instead.
Kipness effectively conjures Elaine’s
confusion upon meeting the unusual
yet strangely appealing Ben Braddock,
who’s played by Matt Pruett. His acting highlights both Ben’s self-loathing
and illogical optimism, lending him a
clueless, cute nature.
This is the third sensual, older woman
I’ve seen Bridget Kelly play, and she’s
been wonderful as each. Kelly’s Mrs.
Robinson is unsatisfied with her marriage of convenience, and her considerable torment evokes our sympathy.
Ben and Mrs. Robinson’s scenes in
bed are darkly funny. Kelly skilfully
conveys Mrs. Robinson’s vain attempts
to maintain some dignity by keeping
her daughter away from her clandestine lover.
Who do we root for in this play?
Whether you’ve seen the film or not,
Aux Dog’s production of “The Graduate” will challenge and amuse.
Barry Gaines, a Professor Emeritus at
UNM and Administrator of the American
Theater Critics Association, reviews Albuquerque theater for ABQ Free Press.
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On Service: A Trail of Breadcrumbs
Professor of Service Ian Maksik’s “On Service”
in our print edition is just the beginning. We can
and do host Maksik’s etiquette, fine dining and
catering content in an expanded version online.
Visit us at and click the
Living/How To category for hyperlinked content
and downloadable diagrams.
bent on a segment of a circle of about
120 degrees.”
Miller’s table crumber was interpreted in various materials and
designs. One sleek, faithful, early
design is still on the market; snag
one at This service
magic happens after clearing the
main course. These handsome table
crumbers (especially the silver ones)
are sadly not used as much these days,
but they remain an affordable option,
and vintage versions are plentiful for
sale on eBay and other resale shopping websites.
Here’s a simple DIY crumber
method. Fold a napkin in fours (see
included diagram), before centering it
on a dinner plate. Use a butter knife
(or your new table crumber) to clear
debris into the napkin’s waiting folds;
safely sweep them up and securely
cover them over, allowing movement
while ensuring errant specks don’t
make it onto guests’ person
or clothes.
Here’s the websclusive
bit: Visit an expanded version of this column, including the Professor’s primer
on how to pour everything
from water to wine plus
advice on winning the love
of lefties, at
Address any questions
you have on service,
etiquette or catering via
email to [email protected]
com. The Professor will
reply via email or in this
column. That’s an “86” aka
“I’m out,” from Ian Maksik, “Professor
of Service.”
Ian Maksik is a Cornell Hotel School
graduate and a former Hilton general
manager and catering editor for New York
magazine CUE. Known as “America’s
Service Guru,” Maksik has keynoted, lectured and trained owners, management
and staff of hospitality facilities in 21
countries and at notable industry conferences. Contact him at [email protected]
or (954) 804-5413.
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of a seasonal draft I’ve simply got to try? Drop me
a line at [email protected]
Pub stop at Alien
I visited the newly rebranded Alien
Brew Pub the other day, mainly to
try the beer and food although I also
wanted to clarify my stance on the
1947 Roswell crash.
The redesigned space, which used
to house ABQ Brew Pub, is now
bedecked with gray and green bugeyed humanoids presumably from the
region of Chiron Beta-5. The moody
lighting gives the joint an appropriately cosmic vibe. It’s a welcome
change from the typical generic
brewpub décor.
The menu here has been spruced up
too. We started with bacon-wrapped
dates — a lovely mix of sweet and savory with cranberry-balsamic reduction drizzled all over — and a pile of
Buffalo wings.
Both appetizers went beautifully
with my massive 22-oz. Black Hole
IPA, a dark “pale ale” with a touch
of floral hops that evaporate quickly
in favor of a strong bitter bite. My
wife tried the Galaxy lager, which
was surprisingly malty and made
for a perfectly refreshing, bolstering
springtime pour.
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to house ABQ Brew Pub,
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y last column left off with serving your boss and
their spouse coffee and dessert.
I promised my readers pizzazz,
so let’s make that coffee or tea
service truly memorable.
I love a good crumber.
Wait — let me explain. The table
crumber was invented in 1939 by
John Henry Miller, who owned
a fine dining establishment in
Before the crumber’s invention,
the only option for clearing away
dinner remnants was a clunky
brush and pan. Miller’s patent
application provides a concise
explanation of the tool: “It consists of
a simple narrow piece of transversely
curved strip of metal, plastic or like,
For my entrée, I ordered the Alien
burger, a bacon, beef and cheese
monstrosity with red chile aioli and
strips of breaded, deep-fried green
chile. My wife tried the Atlantic cod
fish tacos and was pleased though
the slightly-sweet breading made her
apprehensive about her wheat allergy.
All in all, our experience at Alien
Brew Pub made for a nice change of
pace for Uptown dining. Although, I
must admit, I didn’t get any answers
about the Roswell crash.
Hoppy biking
Albuquerque loves both bikes and
Bosque Brewery has
major expansion plans in
the works. The company
plans to spearhead the
redevelopment of the
old Jackalope Pottery
location in Bernalillo
sometime this spring
beer, so it’s no surprise that the folks
at Routes Bicycle Tours and Rentals
found a way to combine the two.
On April 3, they’ll host a 10 to 12
mile brewery tour wherein cyclists
will ride their way to Canteen, Marble, Red Door, Rio Bravo and Santa Fe
Brewing Company’s taprooms. The
route will feature thirst-quenching
samples and backroom tours aplenty.
It’s $60 per biker, and you can rent
a bike for just $5. For more info and
tickets, visit
Beer bellies
Every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.,
get your tipple on while basking in
the sensuous, serpentine stylings of
the Desert Darlings Belly Dancing
Group. Admiring the performance is
free and there’s nothing better than
observing skilled belly dancers doing
their thing while you pour back a pint.
Bosque meets Jackalope
Bosque Brewery has major expansion
plans in the works. The company plans
to spearhead the redevelopment of the
old Jackalope Pottery location in Bernalillo sometime this spring. Once home
to the largest pottery and outdoor décor
center in New Mexico, the building will
provide Bosque with space for a new
canning and bottling operation in addition to a taproom, and will also host a
restaurant, a retail space and a humbler
Jackalope. It’s all part of the Riverpointe
Vista mixed-use development.
Meanwhile, Ale Republic is one step
closer to unfurling their banner at an
East Mountains location. According
to the Mountain View Telegraph,
this “democratic” brewery — where
drinkers will vote on additions to the
tap lineup — has taken its final permitting steps and will soon be serving
pints. Brewer Patrick Johnson’s plans
to cultivate and use wild yeasts for
some truly unique ale flavors are also
mentioned in the article.
Another brewery has announced its
intentions toward Albuquerque, but
this one won’t just be serving beer.
New Mexico Craft Brewery plans to
open our city’s first “cidery” focused
on fruity fermentables — think apples,
peaches, that sort of thing. The Sandia
Hard Cider and Craftroom will have
between 10 and 15 taps dispensing cider and beer, although the former will
take the lion’s share. Its owners expect
to open the Craftroom by late spring.
Brew of the fortnight
Rio Bravo Brewing’s barrel-aged
barley wine is no joke. This 10.5
percent ABV monster is a trickster.
The interplay between subtly fruity
and sweet flavors and tantalizingly
bitter hops makes it easy to down two
glassfuls; fortunately, they’re only 10
oz. apiece.
Rio Bravo Brewing’s
barrel-aged barley wine
is no joke. This 10.5 percent ABV monster is a
trickster. The interplay
between subtly fruity and
sweet flavors and
tantalizingly bitter hops
makes it easy to down
two glassfuls
This barley wine is a treat to imbibe
on a windy spring afternoon, when
you’re in need of a bit of insulation.
It’s also a great excuse to ponder the
inscrutable questions of life, like, if
those Roswell bodies were dummies,
why the cover-up? It just doesn’t
make any damn sense.
Ty Bannerman is a beer drinker, co-host
of City on the Edge podcast, and author
of “Forgotten Albuquerque” as well as a
forthcoming memoir. He most recently
served as managing, feature and food
editor at Weekly Alibi.
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Playing Against the Wind: The A.J. Woods Interview
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N.M. Film Focus: On Class, Casting
s a global audience eyes the growth of New Mexico’s film
and emerging media industry, locals
are regularly presented with opportunities to “get into the business.” Here are
some resources and events to get you
Class acts
The acclaimed Chubbuck Acting
method, studied by Brad Pitt, Halle
Berry and Sylvester Stallone, will be
taught by Rebekah Wiggins in an intensive weekend course through Southwest
Sceneworks. The next beginner intensive
is scheduled for March 26. Visit to learn more.
Area casting director Jo Edna Boldin
is currently enrolling students for her
Audition 101 workshop. Open to the
18-and-over set, Sol Acting Academy
has become a theatrical instruction
institution here in town.
Managed by Vivian Nesbitt, the training resource and performance space
offers classes for aspiring performers
of all ages and skill levels. A perennial favorite for budding actors is the
Albuquerque Actors Studio class taught
by renowned local Lora Cunningham.
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Albuquerque-based casting companies are looking for fresh faces for the
following series pilot and television
series: “Preacher,” “The Night Shift,”
“Longmire,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”
and “Midnight, Texas.” Visit the
websites of White Turtle Casting, EG
Casting and Lorrie Latham Casting for
more details. To be considered for background work on these shows, submit
your interest to Robert Baxter via email
at [email protected] But
before you do, read the next paragraph.
No experience is needed to apply for
background roles. The information casting directors find most valuable is an
accurate physical description of yourself, including height and weight, hair
and eye color, ethnicity, a clear current
photo, accurate contact information and
any special skills or physical characteristics you have. For your schedule of
availability, I advise Thursday through
Monday and every day after 5 p.m.
Physical attributes like full-body
tattoos or no tattoos at all are important
to note. Save yourself and the casting director time and effort by being thorough.
Skills like horseback riding, firearms
training and all sorts of sports, musical
and other specialized training can help
get you cast; sometimes, what makes
you, well, you can even bump you from
the background into a featured role.
Photo courtesy of APA
Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance,” “The L Word”) has
joined “The Night Shift” in a recurring role as
Dr. Syd Jennings, an Army Major.
And, remember, casting companies
do more than places, faces and types:
they also need your car or truck. One of
the casting directors listed above asks
people to include a photo and detailed
description of all the vehicles you own,
and that’s sound advice.
Get exposure
The New Mexico Film Foundation’s
annual Actors Showcase is a prime
opportunity to see local talent in action.
This year’s showcase is scheduled
for Saturday, March 26, at the South
Broadway Cultural Center. Visit to learn more.
Sponsored by Cine Magnifico, The
Indie Scene is a quarterly film showcase at the National Hispanic Cultural
Center featuring some of the best
short films, video segments and music
videos by filmmakers from all over
the state. Submissions of shorts and
videos are open now at
Dubbed the “little Sundance of New
Mexico,” the Taos Shortz Film Fest
happens April 7 through 10. Get info
at On April 9, from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the state film office
hosts its annual Albuquerque Film &
Media Education Summit at CNM.
Visit to learn more. And
save the date for AFME 2016, slated for
April 18 through 24. The experience
takes place at multiple venues along
historic Route 66. Visit
for details.
A new Southern New Mexico film
community effort will take root when
the first Film T or C festival kicks off on
May 6. Go to
to ask questions or get involved. It’s
also time to make plans for the Roswell
Film Festival. Submissions are open
through April 18 at roswellfilmfestival.
com. The fest itself happens May 19
through 21.
New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez,
of, reports on
movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.
s a songwriter, Albuquerque native A.J. Woods possesses
the rare gift of direct eloquence. He
says what needs to be said in clear
language that’s also poignant and
Fleshed out with minor-key acoustic guitar and feathery drums, the
resulting work is populated by narratives and atmospheres he conjures
up. Nature’s fingerprints are all over
Woods’ latest release “The Fence,” out
now on TinyAmp Records.
On tracks like “The Water,” “Movement in the Grass” and “Against the
Wind,” melody lopes, twangs, wails
and moans through riverbeds run dry,
a world dusty with quartz sand and
haunted by tumbleweeds.
On A.J. Woods tracks like
“The Water,” “Movement
in the Grass” and “Against
the Wind,” melody lopes,
twangs, wails and moans
through riverbeds run dry,
a world dusty with
quartz sand and haunted
by tumbleweeds
Woods releases “The Fence” and
limited-edition live album “Movement In the Grass” at the Guild
Cinema (3405 Central NE) on Friday,
April 8, starting at 11 p.m. Tickets are
$5. The evening also features a reading by writer George C. Moreno and
photo projections by Johnny Gomez.
Johnny Gomez
Albuquerque musician A.J. Woods in his natural habitat
I met Woods for an interview at the
South Broadway Library. We initially
set out to do an outdoor interview at
Kit Carson Park — in the middle of
March in Albuquerque. As I feared,
the notorious March winds got the
better of us. Nature cares not for
People ask me where I
went to school, and I tell
them. But if people ask
me where I got my education, I tell them that I got
it at the Guild Cinema
— A.J. Woods
By the time we actually met, it was
so blustery out that I half-expected to
see Winnie-the-Pooh flying Piglet by
his scarf like a kite. Like the kindhearted bear, Woods was a good sport
throughout our “Windsday” chat.
Haley English
Cover art for “Movement in the Grass”
Woods is also slated to do a live
spot on KUNM’s “Music to Soothe the
Savage Beast” program on Tuesday,
April 5. The show starts at 10 p.m. on
KUNM 89.9 FM.
Tell me about “The Fence.” What were
some of the influences for your songs?
It’s a collection of songs. Some are
new, some of them I’ve been working
on for 10 years almost. It’s hard to say
where they come from. It’s kinda like
I put an antenna out, and then they
Why did you want to meet at the
park at first, and what significance
does the natural world have on your
creative process?
I mentioned the park because it’s a
beautiful place with big old-growth
cottonwood trees and decent shade. I
definitely pull some influence from the
natural world. I grew up in New Mexico, I’m from Albuquerque and I feel
like I have a definite connection with
the land and the natural world here.
Why’d you choose the Guild as the
venue for your album release?
I love that theater, and I thought it
would be cool to release my material
in a place that has such distinctly
wonderful intellectual property coming to it. They’re very selective about
the films they show and about putting
good things on there.
I’ve seen so many wonderful films
there. People ask me where I went to
school, and I tell them. But if people
ask me where I got my education,
I tell them that I got it at the Guild
What do you appreciate most about
the Albuquerque music scene?
The diversity of everything. There’s a
wonderful noise music scene here that
I really appreciate. There’s so many
layers to our scene. It’s cool because a
lot of it happens on the underground
level, in houses or art spaces.
It’s not Los Angeles or another one
of these big entertainment district cities. It seems like we’ve been protected
from the kind of corruption that
comes from big money entertainment
here. The people who make music
and art in this city are more interested
in self-expression and the genuine
aspects of creating art, rather than
using art as a vehicle to make money.
The best thing I see here is a healthy
blend of competition, collaboration
and cross-genre support. George C.
Moreno is giving a brief reading as
part of your album release. Other
than your friendship, how did you
get him to participate?
There’s so many layers to
[the Albuquerque music]
scene. It’s cool because
a lot of it happens on the
underground level, in
houses or art spaces
— A.J. Woods
He has such a brilliant mind. I know
his interest in literature and his genuine pursuit of greatness, so I thought it
would be good complement to the set.
My friend Johnny Gomez is also
showing photography that night. He
does his own prints at home; he’s an
analog photographer. In all of the
places he’s lived, he’s always had
his own makeshift or DIY darkroom.
He’s also going to be doing some
projections. He’s very prolific, has an
enormous amount of photos and just
has a great eye.
M. Brianna Stallings writes
so you don’t have to.
28 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Within Range: Of a Spring Day
Melt-Banana + Melvins
Extreme metal grindcore from England; grunge ancestors awash in that
Washington alt.rock sound; dizzying,
disjointed noise rock straight outta
Tokyo. All three bands are known for
revolving doors of past studio or live
members and for destroying eardrums
of legions of loyal fans.
Emerging from England’s early ’80s
punk scene, Napalm Death is the Irish
hammer of extreme metal — though it’s
been building a strong foundation of
brutal grindcore tunes for generations,
none of its original parts remain. Still,
singer Mark “Barney” Greenway, Shane
Embury (bass), Mitch Harris (guitar)
and drummer Danny Herrera are Napalm Death’s most consistent members.
Contrariwise, Melvins’ frontman/
guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer
Dale Crover have been the band’s only
ongoing members since 1984. From
Nirvana to QOTSA to Boris, Melvins’
influence can be heard everywhere.
In addition to palling around with
Merzbow, Mike Patton and John Zorn,
Melt-Banana has something of a reputation for eclectic covers, ranging from
jazz and holiday standards by Nina
Simone to jams by reggae legends
Toots and the Maytals, and of course,
wall-rattlers from The Birthday Party
and Dead Kennedys.
Wikipedia may bill Japanese
master of dissonance Melt-Banana
as the opener for Napalm Death and
Melvins, but let’s face facts: this is a
triple header of equal titans.
The Savage Imperial Death March
Tour visits Albuquerque on Monday,
March 28, at Sunshine Theater (120
Central SW). Doors are at 7 p.m., and
a night of power-loud
starts at 8. Tickets for this
13-and-up show are $20 via
The Cave Singers
In Irish folklore, it takes just one
banshee to keen out high, warbling
songs of mourning. On The Cave Singers’ latest “Banshee,” it takes: singer/
guitarist Pete Quirk’s wild, reedy
voice; Derek Fudesco’s dexterous
guitar; Morgan Henderson’s solid bass
work; and the coursing roll of Marty
Lund’s percussion to tie these 10 songs
of reminiscence, pensiveness and a
relinquishing of control together.
Recorded in six days last July,
“Banshee” is another foot-thumping,
hand-clapping chapter in this neo-folk
group’s history. Rising from the ashes
of Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Cave
Singers released four
albums before taking a
sabbatical year. The group
hooked back up in 2015 to
crowdfund “Banshee.”
The Cave Singers are joined
by the dreamy harmonies of mellow
psych-pop foursome Dræmhouse.
Give a listen to the group’s latest EP,
“Only Friends,” at their Bandcamp
page. Lead singer Chris Cheveyo teeters effortlessly from nonchalance to
defiance, sometimes within the same
Wail, sway, clap and swoon along
with The Cave Singers on Tuesday,
April 5, at Launchpad (618 Central
SW). Doors are at 8 p.m., and the 21plus show begins at 9. Tickets are $12
M. Brianna Stallings makes work work.
m Box: New albums by M. Ward, Heron Oblivion
and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
delivery on “Temptation” melds
with the surfy lead guitar, calling
The Go-Gos’ “Vacation” to mind.
Ward’s warm, welcoming vocals and
lyrical finesse artfully unifies all this
M. Ward:
“More Rain”
M. Ward has been wicked prolific
with She & Him, Monsters of Folk and
other projects recently, but his last solo
album was 2012’s “A Wasteland Companion.” Now he’s rewarding patient
indie-folk fans with “More Rain,” a
vibrant record that rapidly breaks
through the clouds to sunny pop.
“Pirate Dial” would fit in on Paul
Simon’s 1972 self-titled solo album.
“Time Won’t Wait” sounds ’90s altweird (think Meat Puppets) with its
hearty piano and sweet T.Rex-esque
guitar riff. The harmonies on “I’m Listening (Child’s Theme)” hearken back
to Ward’s original idea for a straightup doo-wop album. His lilting lyrical
Heron Oblivion:
“Heron Oblivion”
(Sub Pop)
Stream “Funeral Funk ’49,” a dirgey
shout-out to The James Gang’s ’70s
rocker “Funk #49m,” at Heron Oblivion’s Bandcamp page. While it’s not a
straight-up cover, savvy listeners will
recognize a comparable, albeit slower
rhythm loping throughout Heron
Oblivion’s eponymous full-length
The San Francisco quartet — avian
soprano and drummer Meg Baird;
guitarists Noel Harmonson and Charlie Saufley; and bassist Ethan Miller
— self-identifies as “funeral folk,”
“fuzz burn” and “Albion dirge,” and
its members hail from an assortment
of psych, new folk and noise rock
bands like Espers and Six Organs of
Recorded by lo-fi producer Eric
Bauer (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees), the
release’s seven rumbling, febrile
tracks prove a dark, psychedelic trip.
Standouts include “Oriar,” “Rama”
and “Seventeen Landscapes.”
Thao & The Get Down
Stay Down:
“A Man Alive”
(Ribbon Music)
Our parents’ deaths are as inevitable
as our own but the abandonment can
feel unbearable. When the people who
created us die, can we ever fill the
hole in our hearts? Thao & The Get
Down Stay Down’s new album “A
Man Alive” asks this heavy question.
Thao Nguyen’s father ditched her
family early on. Despite creative and
critical success, Nguyen has been
walking wounded ever since. Thao &
TGDSD’s last album “We The Common” focused on outreach, human
connection and Thao’s volunteer
work with the California Coalition for
MARCH 25–27
Jen DePaolo
Noon, Free, Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW,
3rd St NW and Marquette Ave NW,
2 Events: 23rd Annual
César Chávez Day
10:30 am, National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
3 Shows: 10th Annual
4 Artspree: GRAFT at the Balloon
5 pm, Anderson Abruzzo Balloon Museum,
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, 768-6020,
See for an
extensive list of shows.
Albuquerque Little Theatre,
224 San Pasquale Ave SW, 242-4750,
The Graduate
Aux Dog Theatre,
3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE,
The Quality of Life
Keshet Center for the Arts,
4121 Cutler Ave NE, 227-8583,
Caesar‘s Blood
The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street
NW, 898-9222,
Terra Nova
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle NE,
5 pm, Burt’s Tiki Lounge,
313 Gold Ave SW
Brooklyn Hard Bodies Male
9 pm, Effex Nightclub,
420 Central SW, 842-8870,
Chris J Arellano feat. Brenda
Ortega & Studio B
7:30 pm, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central
Ave NW, 768-3544,
Cirque de la Symphonie
6 pm, Popejoy Hall, UNM Main Campus,
203 Cornell Drive NE, 925-5858,
11 Shows: To Feel Is In Question:
Isabelle Kessler
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
10 Shows: Elvis on the Plaza
Noon, Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque,
8:30 pm, El Rey Theater,
622 Central Ave SW,
9:30 am, New Mexico Natural History
Museum, 1801 Mountain Rd NW,
March Against Child Abuse
Moustachio Bashio
Museum: Landing Party
Mexico’s Native Medicinal Plants:
Maria Thomas
5 pm, Old Town Gazebo, 303 Romero St NW,
7 Community: 4th Annual Million
8 Eats: Frybread Making Workshop
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, RSVP: 724-3510,
Lisa Lopez & Bob Gusch Duo
Part of Art in the Afternoon
2 pm, Free,
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History,
2000 Mountain Rd NW, 242-4600,
Max Gomez
6pm, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
New Mexico Actors Showcase
3 pm, South Broadway Cultural Center,
1025 Broadway Blvd SW, 848-1320,
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal
Comedy Tour
8 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
Stratus Phear
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
8 pm, Taos Mesa Brewing,
20 ABC Mesa Rd, El Prado,
(575) 758-1900,
The Temporary Tattoos
6 pm, Marble Brewery Westside,
5740 Night Whisper Rd NW, 508-4368,
MARCH 26–27
Southern Slam Dancers (Zuni)
Noon, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,
2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
Peri Pakroo
Part of Bloody Sundays Brunch and
Bloody Mary Bar
11 am, Distillery 365,
2921 Stanford Dr NE, 221-6281,
Solo Piano with Bob Tate
6 pm, Free, Vernon’s Speakeasy,
6855 Fourth St NW, 341-083,
Solo Violin and Voices
10:30 am, Las Puertas Event Center,
1512 1st St NW,
in the
9 Word: A Curandera Garden — New
6 Shows: Local Band Showcase
List you r
5 pm, 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave SW,
Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE,
West Side Story
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Launchpad (618 Central SW)
Tuesday, April 26, at 8 p.m.
5 Artspree: Across the Table:
Film Festival 2016
Rodey Theatre, UNM Main Campus,
203 Cornell Drive, 925-5858,
M. Brianna Stallings writes
so you don’t have to.
1 Screens: Sin Fronteras
My Fair Lady
Women’s Prisoners; their new release
looks inward, poking at the dadshaped hole in Thao’s heart.
“Millionaire” opens with warped
loops eerily reminiscent of a carousel
before its lyrics kick you in the chest:
“Daddy I broke into a million pieces
/ That makes you a millionaire.” “A
Man Alive” is like a full-back tattoo:
It’s not for everyone and it’s gonna
hurt like hell, but the result is breathtaking.
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 29
12 Word: Friends of the Library of
Rio Rancho Book Sale
10 am, Loma Colorado Main Library,
755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE, Rio Rancho,
7:30 pm, Tortuga Gallery,
901 Edith Blvd SE, 369-1648,
Santa Fe Desert Chorale: Ailyn
Perez and Gary Matthewman
6 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
Walter Trout
7 pm, Taos Mesa Brewing,
20 ABC Mesa Rd, El Prado,
(575) 758-1900,
Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth
ABQ Free
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Memphis P-Tails
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
Stand Up for Kids: A Night of
Comedy to benefit NM Voices
for Children
7 pm, by donation, African American
Performing Arts Center,
310 San Pedro Dr NE, 244-9505,
10 pm, Isleta Resort & Casino,
11000 Broadway Blvd SE, 724-3800,
Francis Menotti
Jean Cocteau Cinema,
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 466-5528,
7:30 pm, Outpost Performance Space,
210 Yale Blvd SE, 268-0044,
6 pm, Pueblo Harvest Café,
2401 12th St NW, 724-3510,
Yo Soy Joaquín!
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
Andy Zadrozny Jazz Trio
Part of Music at the Museum
5:30 pm, Free, New Mexico Museum
of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
7:30 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
The Haymarket Squares
Marble Brewery, 111 Marble Ave,
Lewis Winn and George
Part of Noontime Guitar in the
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
Masta Ace, Wake Self, Def-i
Sister Bar, 407 Central Ave SW,
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Bad Kats
Eric Cuerno
Part of Noontime Guitar in the
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
Grainne Hambly & William
7:30 pm, Historic Old San Ysidro Church,
966 Old Church Rd, Corrales,
Danger Muffin: Taos Ski Valley
Closing Day Bash
7 pm, Taos Mesa Brewing,
20 ABC Mesa Rd, El Prado,
(575) 758-1900,
The Pirates of Penzance
Popejoy Hall, UNM Main Campus,
203 Cornell Drive NE, 925-5858,
Quietly Kept
Part of Bloody Sundays Brunch and
Bloody Mary Bar
11 am, Distillery 365,
2921 Stanford Dr NE, 221-6281,
APRIL 3–10
Opera Southwest:
Il Turco in Italia
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
Comedy’s Best Kept Secret
Tour: Andrew Frank,
Dan Frigolette, Sonya Vai
8 pm, Aux Dog Theatre,
3011 Monte Vista Blvd NE,
Comedy’s Best Kept Secret
Tour: Andrew Frank,
Dan Frigolette, Sonya Vai
9 pm, Effex Nightclub, 420 Central SW,
Recycled Percussion
8 pm, Popejoy Hall,
UNM Main Campus,
203 Cornell Drive NE, 925-5858,
6 pm, Duke City Sound,
2013 Ridgecrest Dr SE, 267-0192
Big Thunder Dance Group
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,
2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
Nicolas Jaar DJ Set
Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe,
(505) 395-6369,
Idlehands, So Say We All,
Wolfpack Weekend
King & Country
Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic
Center Circle NE, (888) 694-4849,
Dena Derose Trio
7:30 pm, Outpost Performance Space,
210 Yale Blvd SE, 268-0044,
30 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Raising Puebloan Voices
The Maltese Falcon
KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW,
Peace Officer
Part of Indie Lens Pop-Up
7 pm, Free, KiMo Theatre,
423 Central Ave NW, 768-3544,
The Birth of Film, Faust, The
Fall of the House of Usher
Part of The New Mexico Philharmonic
Music & Arts Festival
6:10 pm, KiMo Theatre,
423 Central Ave NW, 323-4343,
Courtesy of IPCC
ig changes are afoot at the Indian Pueblo Cultural
Center. In celebration of the center’s 40th anniversary,
IPCC reveals their first new permanent exhibit in as many
years. Aptly titled “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,”
the exhibit represents all 19 Pueblos and strengthens IPCC’s
history of sharing Pueblo peoples’ history in their own voices.
Artifacts and stories told by artists and elders in Pueblo
languages are available for visitor interaction. Puebloan
stories are woven into a sensory experience that speaks both
to history and traditions shaping modern Native lives.
A museum member preview happens from 6 to 8 p.m.
on Friday, April 1, and the exhibit opens to the public on
Saturday, April 2. Learn more at
‘We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story’
9 a.m., Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW,
Pat Malone
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Part of Noontime Guitar in the
Noon, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 466-5528,
Through March 31, Mountain Men
April 1–7, Journey in Sensuality,
The Last Man on the Moon, Remember
April 8–14, Mermaid
CCA Cinematheque
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe,
(505) 982-1338,
March 26–27, Trapped
Starts April 1, Cemetery of Splendor
Starts April 8, Marguerite, City of Gold
Guild Cinema
3405 Central Ave NE,
March 26-27, Facets Kids Vol 3 –
Family & Community
March 28–30, Ingrid Bergman –
In Her Own Words
April 1–2, Rise of the Legend
April 1–4, Mountains May Depart
April 2, The Girls in the Band
April 3, All the Time in the World
April 5–10, Experiments in Cinema
v11.4 — A Basement Films Event
April 7, Theory of Obscurity
April 8, AJ Woods Album Release
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2
7:30 pm, KiMo Theatre, 423 Central
Ave NW, 768-3544,
Las Maestras de la República
w/english subtitles
6 pm, Free, National Hispanic Cultural
Center, 1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
Silver Ochre: Who Are US
2016-Observations from the
21st Century American Road
7 pm, Guild Cinema,
3405 Central Ave NE, 255-1848,
The Q’s OUTstanding Awards
7 pm, Sandia Resort & Casino,
30 Rainbow Rd NE, 873-8084,
MARCH 26–27
Rio Rancho Home & Remodeling Show
Santa Ana Star Center,
3001 Civic Center Circle NE, 891-7300,
Spring Break Family Day:
Celebrate the Sky
9:30 am, Anderson Abruzzo Balloon
Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE,
Conquer Anger
Thursdays, 7 pm, Kadampa Meditation
Center, 142 Monroe St NE, 292-5293,
Volunteers needed for NM
Veterans’ Museum
New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial,
1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, 256-2042,
Saturday Night Swing Dance
Coffee Education and Tasting
Kids Rock Geology
10 am, Free, Mama’s Minerals,
800 20th St NW, RSVP: 266-8443,
Certifications for Federal
Government Contracts
1 pm, Free, CNM Workforce Training
Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE,
6 pm, National Hispanic Cultural
Center, 1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
Korean War Veterans Open
1 pm, New Mexico Veterans Memorial,
1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, 256-2042,
Book to Art for Kids
10 am, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,
2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
Drinking Liberally —
Albuquerque Chapter
Creative Salon-Tricklock
Theatre Company
Part of Women & Creativity 2016
5:30 pm, Free, National Hispanic
Cultural Center, 1701 4th St SW,
1:30 pm, Free,
Open Space Visitor Center,
6500 Coors Blvd NW, RSVP:
897-8831, [email protected]
Drinking Liberally —
Cedar Crest Chapter
5 pm, Greenside Café, 12165 NM-14,
Cedar Crest, 264-1368,
Latin Gold: Salsa Lessons
& Dancing
First Friday Fractals
New Mexico Natural History Museum,
1801 Mountain Rd NW,
The Organ Transplant Awareness Program of New Mexico
10:30 am, Erna Fergusson Library,
3700 San Mateo Blvd NE,
Lyme Get Together
12, Free, location varies, more info:
Santa Fe Farmers Market:
9:30 am, ABQ BioPark Zoo,
903 10th St SW, 768-2000,
April Fool’s — Zoo Style
10 am, ABQ BioPark Zoo,
903 10th St SW, 768-2000,
The Great Ape-ril: Gorillas
10 am, ABQ BioPark Zoo,
903 10th St SW, 768-2000,
Spring Pastels Flower Show
Home Composting Basics
5 pm, Free, Lizard Tail Brewing,
9800 Montgomery Ave NE,
10 am, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW,
Easter Enrichment
ABQ Jazz Trio Open Jam
Los Ranchos Growers’ Market
8 am, 1607 Paseo de Peralta at
Guadalupe, Santa Fe,
ABQ BioPark, 2601 Central Ave NW,
Bokashi Bucket Composting
6 pm, O’Niell’s NE Heights,
3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 264-1368,
A Night in the 40’s:
Big Band Swing
Burque Noir — Networking
ABQ Food Fridays
6:30 pm, Prosum Roasters,
3228 Los Arboles Ave NE Ste 100,
7 pm, New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial,
1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, 256-2042,
International Folk Dancing
7:15 pm, Rhythm Dance Company,
3808A Central Ave SE, 250-6146,
8 pm, Free, Q Bar-Hotel Albuquerque,
800 Rio Grande Blvd NW,
KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW,
Lensic Theater, 211 W. San Francisco,
Santa Fe, (505) 988-1234,
7 pm, Lloyd Shaw Dance Center,
5506 Coal Ave SE, 299-0332,
4 pm, Civic Plaza, SW Section,
1 Civic Plaza NW,
3rd St NW and Marquette Ave NW,
Casino del Rueda Dance Class
Dial M For Murder
The Met: Live in HD Madama
10 am, Free, meet at Central and 1st
by Century Theater, 289-0586
Women & Creativity 2016
7 pm, Las Puertas Event Center,
1512 1st St NW, (303) 901-3021,
11 am, Free, Mama’s Minerals,
800 20th St NW, RSVP: 266-8443,
Mama’s Minerals, 800 20th St NW,
RSVP: 266-8443,
Noon, UNM Bookstore,
2301 Central Ave NE, 277-5827,
Downtown Walking Tours with
Albuquerque Historical Society
Mama’s Minerals Annual
Easter Egg Hunt
11 am, 88 Louisiana Blvd SE
Basic Necklace & Earring
Making Class
David Wilde: A Cafe in Space
Vol 13
Various locations, Albuquerque,
more info:
Talin Market Food Truck
Round Up
9:30 am, Free, Highland Senior Center,
131 Monroe NE, RSVP: 767-5210,
[email protected]
Algodones Distillery Tasting
and Tour: Slow Food ABQ
2 pm, Free, 15 Calle Alfredo,
Algodones, RSVP: 382-5322,
Santa Fe Beer & Food Festival
Noon, Buffalo Thunder,
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe,
(505) 455-5555,
Salud y Sabor: Cuba
5:30 pm, National Hispanic Cultural
Center, 1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
Pints & Planks Yoga Class
11 am, donation, Rio Bravo Brewing Co.,
(937) 671-8917,
4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139,
March 26, James Anderson, The Never
Open Desert Diner
March 27, Shelley Armitage, Walking
the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place
March 28, Loretta Hall, The Complete
Space Buff’s Bucket List
April 1, Brian Staveley, The Last
Mortal Bond
April 2, John McWilliams, Against the
Wind: Courageous Apache Women
April 3, Bev Magennis, Alibi Creek
April 5, Dale Harris, Love of a God
April 7, Lynn Miller,
The Day after Death
IAIA Library Readings
Various dates and times, Institute of
American Indian Arts,
83 Avan Nu Po Rd, Santa Fe,
Albuquerque Old Town to
Albuquerque, 1846-1949:
David Schneider
Part of Stories of the Middle Rio Grande
10:30 am, Gutierrez-Hubbell House,
6029 Isleta Blvd SW, RSVP: 314-0398,
Italian Opera: Maestro
Anthony Barrese
11 am, Main Library,
501 Copper Ave NW, 768-5170,
Women in Restaurants: Blue
Corn Live
Truckin’ Tuesdays
11 am, Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW,
3rd St NW and Marquette Ave NW,
Red Willow Farmers Market
10 am, 885 Star Rd, Taos Pueblo,
11 am, Free, Therapy, 119 Gold Ave SW,
Lightning Speak: Raven Chacon
5:30 pm, Free, UNM Art Museum,
203 Cornell Drive, 277-4001,
Grotowski’s Bridge Made of
Memory-Embodied Memory,
Witnessing and Transmission in the Grotowski Work:
Dominika Laster
Noon, UNM Bookstore,
2301 Central Ave NE, 277-5827,
The Killer President of
Guatemala — Reconsidering
Ambassador Frank Ortiz:
Michael Cangemi
Part of Brainpower & Brownbags
Lunch Lectures
Noon, New Mexico History Museum,
Meem Community Room,
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5200,
Nadeem Aslam with Phil Klay
Part of Readings and Conversations
7 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
Rough Riders — Theodore
Roosevelt, his Cowboy
Regiment, and the Immortal
Charge up San Juan Hill:
Mark Gardner
6 pm, New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
MFA Fast Fire Series: What is
There We Cannot See?
Part of Meeting of the Minds
Noon, Free, UNM Art Museum,
203 Cornell Drive, 277-4001,
ABQ Slam Grand Slam
Juan Cole with Phyllis Bennis
Part of In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom
lecture series
7 pm, Lensic Theater,
211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-1234,
ABQ FREE PRESS • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • 31
Antici … Pation
Does Not Authenticate:
Art, Identity, and Artifact
Part of Meeting of the Minds
Noon, Free, UNM Art Museum,
203 Cornell Drive, 277-4001,
El Santuario de Chimayo in
History and Today:
William Wroth
Noon, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art,
750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe,
(505) 982-2226,
Loading the Dice — the
Influence of Oceanic
Anomalies on NM’s Weather
and Climate: Deirdre Kann PHD
12:30 pm, Aquarium, ABQ BioPark,
2601 Central Ave NW, 764-6200,
Reframing Resources — Water
in the Contemporary Pueblo
5:30 pm, Free, Indian Pueblo Cultural
Center, 2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
Research Symposium — Recovering the Story and
Music of Manuel Areu
Part of The New Mexico Philharmonic
Music & Arts Festival
2 pm, Frank Waters Room, UNM Main
Campus, 323-4343,
Risk: Rose B Simpson
Part of CreativeMornings
9 am, Free, New Mexico
History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave,
Santa Fe, (505) 476-5200,
Wikimedia Commons
henever I think “time travel,” in pops “The Rocky
Horror Picture Show” glam-rock earworm “Time
Warp.” All hokeyness aside, Emerge ABQ — of Danger
Carnival fame — presents an event that’s at least as fun and
entertaining as Tim Curry in a corset.
ShowOff 5.0: Time Travel is an adulting-up of the science
fairs of our youth. This thoroughly grown-up event boasts art
installations, interactive science fair booths, talent show acts,
circus performances and great music at Sister on Saturday,
April 9, at 8 p.m.
Beatbox aficionado Zack Freeman and a DJ set by
REIGHNBEAU soundtracks the 21-plus happening. A time
travel-themed costume contest calls for brainstorming and
crafting a steampunk, “Back to the Future” or “Time Warp”esque outfit. For ten bucks at the door, your golden ticket to
the space-time continuum is assured.
ShowOff 5.0: Time Travel
8 p.m., Sister, 407 Central Ave SW, 242-4900,,
7:30 pm, Outpost Performance Space,
210 Yale Blvd SE, 268-0044,
APRIL 1–30
APRIL 2–29
A Fragile Legacy — Earthen
Architecture in New Mexico:
Jake Barrow
Poetry and Beer
The Paintings of Kathy Dillon
7 pm, Tractor Brewing Wells Park,
1800 4th St NW, 243-6752,
Reception April 1, 5 pm–8 pm
Sierra Club Office, 2215 Lead Ave SE,
Masterworks of NM 18th
Annual Fine Art Show
Crazy Wisdom Poetry
Do You See What I See?:
Lyndia Radice
Assumed Identities: Photographs by Anne Noggle
Self-Regard: Artist
Self-Portraits from the
6 pm, Free,
New Mexico History Museum,
113 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5200,
Loading the Dice — the
Influence of Oceanic Anomalies on NM’s Weather and
Climate: Deirdre Kann PHD
12:30 pm, Aquarium, ABQ BioPark,
2601 Central Ave NW, 764-6200,
Small Press and Local Author
11 am, Page One Books,
5850 Eubank Blvd NE Ste B-41,
Breaking Big Money’s Grip on
America — Working Together
to Revive Our Democracy:
Bruce Berlin
3 pm, Page One Books,
5850 Eubank Blvd NE Ste B-41,
4 pm, Free, OffCenter Arts, 808 Park
Ave SW, 247-1172,
Reception April 1, 6 pm–7:30 pm
Macey Center Gallery, New Mexico
Tech Socorro, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro,
(575) 835-5342
Back to Life: The Community
of Historic Fairview Cemetery
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History,
2000 Mountain Rd NW,
Beyond the Flesh: Jodie Herrera
6 pm, The Small Engine Gallery,
1413 4th St SW,
Johnpaul Gutierrez Art Opening
6 pm, Archetype Tattoo,
529 Adams St NE Ste A,
Art for the Earth
OFFCenter Community Arts Project,
808 Park Ave SW, 247-1172,
James Barnes Art Opening
7 pm, Distillery 365,
2921 Stanford Dr NE, 221-6281,
We Are of This Place:
The Pueblo Story permanent
exhibit opening
9 am, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center,
2401 12th St NW, 843-7270,
Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro Dr
NE, 260-9977,
New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 476-5072,
Puzzle on page 32
32 • March 23 – April 5, 2016 • ABQ FREE PRESS
Day in Court
by Myles Mellor and Sally York
Alcoves 2016
5:30 pm, New Mexico Museum
of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave,
Santa Fe, (505) 476-5072,
The Figure in Clay
Santa Fe Clay,
545 Camino de la Familia,
Santa Fe, (505) 984-1122,
Gods and Fools: Brandan
Styles & Ellie Rusinova
Soft Serve: Kelly Tunstall
Stranger Factory,
3411 Central Ave NE, 508-3049,
New Mexican
Portraiture Now
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, 724-4771,
Essential Visions:
John Farnsworth and
Michael Tatom
Sorrel Sky Gallery,
125 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe,
(505) 501-6555,
Fiber Rocks!
Solo Exhibition:
Frank Buffalo Hyde
Hacienda de Los Martinez,
708 Hacienda Rd, Taos,
(575) 758-1000,
Tansey Contemporary,
652 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe,
(505) 995-8513,
Natural Forces — The Wild
South Broadway Cultural Center,
1025 Broadway Blvd SW,
RSVP: James Joseph
The Small Engine Gallery,
1413 4th St SW,
Taylor Oliver
Jean Cocteau Cinema,
418 Montezuma Ave,
Santa Fe,
(505) 466-5528,
Chasing the Cure:
Tuberculosis Came to
Albuquerque Museum of Art &
History, 2000 Mountain Rd NW,
Fire and Ice: Alan
Friedman & Douglas Lever
photo-eye Gallery,
541 S. Guadalupe St, Santa Fe,
(505) 988-5152,
No More Stories:
David D’Agostino
A Kinngait Family Portrait
Open Space Visitor Center,
6500 Coors Blvd NW,
Eliza Naranjo Morse
Museum of Contemporary
Native Arts,
Helen Hardin Media Gallery,
108 Cathedral Pl,
Santa Fe,
The Artistic Odyssey of
Higinio V. Gonzales:
A Tinsmith and Poet of
Territorial New Mexico
Albuquerque Museum of Art
& History, 2000 Mountain Rd NW,
1. Recipient
6. Winston Churchill’s
“___ Country”
10. Be a kvetch
14. Flip
15. Latest thing
16. Carbamide
17. Cross query
20. Misjudge
21. Emolument
22. ___ out a win
23. Not req.
24. City in Central China
25. Stage item
27. It’s given on the stand
33. Long bones
34. Flat-bottomed boat
35. Fancy neckwear
36. ___ box
38. Didn’t hold
41. 100 kobos
43. Approval
45. No cross allowed for him
50. Furnace button
51. Berry
52. Hotel
in Court
53. Rel. leader
28. U.N. working conditions agcy.
29. Messenger ___
30. Swift work
31. Word with bum or bunny
32. Square one?
36. Central
37. Web browser entry
38. Kvass ingredient
39. Balaam’s mount
40. Figs.
41. Watchman ___, Chinese Christian author
42. Bone cavities
43. Booster ___
44. Singer DiFranco
45. Gelid
46. Enumerate
47. Gets revenge
48. Black Marias, e.g.
49. Locks up
54. Irascible
55. A constellation
57. Pastry dough
58. Buck passers?
59. Part of A.M.
61. German spa
62. Nave bench
63. First prime
56. Affect, with “to”
57. Kind of approval
60. Testify out of court
64. Bookkeeping entry
65. Canyon in Utah
66. Young hooter
67. Hollows
68. Swerves at sea
69. Choker
1. Cry softly
2. Takeoff artist
3. Four quarters
4. Word with loose or back
5. Skyscraper, e.g.
6. Silver, in heraldry
7. Query list, for short
8. Fit of fever
9. Need a bath
10. Injured
11. Melodic passage
12. Look into again, as a cold case
13. Buttery
18. Kempt
19. Printing flourish
24. Swell place
26. Global fin. overseer
27. Name
By Myles Mellor and Sally York
Answers on page 31

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