Albuquerque's The Alibi turned the tables on Gustavo Arellano, the columnist behind the racy ¡Ask a Mexican! column. The paper challenged Arellano to ask a New Mexican, and the result, he says, was "brilliant." Joseph Baca, a wine writer and native of the state, answered questions on Santo Niño de Atocha, curanderas, chile and Hispanos. "That Baca guy has a future outside of vacas!," Arellano says.

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The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards have announced the winners of the 2009 Sexies, the annual awards that go to stories that "improve the quality of dialogue around sex and create a more well-informed reading public." Seven Days' Judith Levine took home a first-place win in the Opinion category, where she also tied for second place with a Village Voice piece by Tristan Taormino. Amanda Hess of Washington City Paper picked up a third-place win in the Columns category for "The Sexist," while in the News/Features (Alt-Weeklies, Monthlies) category the Alibi's Marisa Demarco placed third and Rich Kane (OC Weekly) and Michael J. Mooney (New Times Broward-Palm Beach) both were named runners-up.

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Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi took a novel approach to the grind of holiday gift guides afflicting most alt-weeklies this time of year, interviewing local crafters and folks with fledgling cottage industries, most of them undiscovered in their own hometown, in an attempt to translate the locavore movement to holiday shopping. Check out the package here.

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Laura Marrich, who started at the Weekly Alibi as an intern in 2003, takes over the editor-in-chief role today, filling the shoes of Christie Chisholm, who is leaving the paper to pursue work as an independent journalist. Marrich will continue to edit the food section, while Jessica Cassyle Carr will take over the music section from her. Marisa Demarco, who is already the paper's news editor, will also take the title of managing editor. "Laura is a born leader with seemingly boundless reservoirs of energy, humor and creativity that energize everyone around her," Alibi publisher Carl Petersen says in a statement. "She will no doubt shine all the brighter as editor."

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An ad placed by the Albuquerque Police Department this week in The Alibi asks "people who hang out with crooks" to do part-time work for the police, the AP reports. The ad reads, in part: "Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK." Capt. Joe Hudson says the department received more than 30 responses in two days.

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The PEN American Center named Laura Berg as the recipient of this year's prestigious PEN/Katherine Anne Porter First Amendment Award. Berg, who faced a sedition investigation after writing a letter to the editor of the Alibi criticizing the Bush Administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War, will receive the $10,000 prize at a gala tonight in New York City. "When Laura Berg sat down to write her letter to the editor, she was enacting her most basic constitutional right and affirming our national faith that exercising this right is an act of patriotism and civic engagement," PEN Freedom to Write program director Larry Siems says in a release. "That her letter was greeted instead as a threat to overthrow the government shows just how far we deviated from our national values in the years following 9/11." The New York Times applauded the PEN Center's decision, editorializing this weekend that Berg was "well chosen" to receive award.

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