Possible grocery store at 12th and Menaul, an Edith and Mountain roundabout, Manuel's Market proprietor dies, mural montage, and more on the Friday Roundup
Welcome to our weekly collection of briefs, announcements, photos, letters, news from other outlets, and other odds and ends. It's our first Friday Roundup since early December, so there's a lot to talk about. Let's get right to it:
Legislative wishlist includes money for Twelfth Street improvements, roundabout at Edith and Mountain
Other asks include the Rail Yards and "pedestrian connections between the EDo District and Downtown." Read the whole document, passed by the City Council and signed by the mayor last month, here.
First Friday is tonight
The ABQ Artwalk is back for another year in the Downtown core (and some surrounding bits), and the map is here. On Mountain Road, Ricochet Gallery will be hosting a show called "some men are islands."
A grocery store at Twelfth and Menaul? 
Indian Pueblo Marketing, which is behind all the recent development near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, is in talks with an unnamed store, The Journal reports. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, meanwhile, is pursuing an expansion.
Hot eats
KūKri, which specializes in chicken sandwiches (this photo comes from their Instagram feed), is the latest restaurant to set up at the 505 Central Food Hall. They are presently in a soft opening but will hold a grand opening on Tuesday.
That controversy over the Old Town Christmas tree actually got on NPR
Weekend Edition Saturday, to be precise. Read/listen here.
There's still momentum toward formal homeless encampments, but few specifics
KOB reports on a meeting last month where the issue came up, but details aren't much more concrete than when we reported on the issue last March.
Suspect in River of Lights hit-and-run is still at large
Sergio Almanza is wanted in connection with the death of seven-year-old Pronoy Bhattacharya. Read APD's report on the incident here.
Wells Park warehouse that burned down contained artist's studio
KOB reports it was also used to store movie props. AFR's initial report on the blaze is here.
Restoration complete
Fertile Fragments IV, by Alan Paine Radebaugh, was damaged by the shooting that also took out several windows at the Bernalillo County headquarters in October (an incident that looks set to cost around $500,000.) The county announced recently that the oil-0n-linen painting has been restored.
Clara Martinez, proprietor of Manuel's Food Market in Martineztown, is dead at 95
Read her obituary here. Manuel's closed last year (DAN, 9/27/21).
Henry Michael Gonzales, KUNM volunteer and educator who grew up in Sawmill, dies at 71
Read his obituary here.
Philip Robert Vouterin, who grew up in Barelas and worked at the labs for over 30 years, is dead at 90
Read his obituary here.
The latest on Old Town's Salsa Saint and Christmas Shop
They're located in the same building on Romero, which is under new ownership, and both got a writeup in the Journal last month. Salsa Saint is here and the Christmas Shop is here. Read more about the stores in this DAN from last September.
Next Downtown ECHO meeting features ... us!
The now second-annual DAN Downtown news review will happen next Thursday at 1 p.m. Information on how to join the meeting is here
Omicron seems to be increasing the case numbers locally, though perhaps not by the leaps and bounds we've see in eastern states (yet). 87102 had 118 cases in the last week, with 87104 checking in with 76.
A one-minute montage of Downtown area murals
KRQE continues its oddly compelling "Sights and Sound" series, sans narration, here. They also produced a segment on Explora's "Noon Years Eve" festivities.
United appears to pivot away from Downtown
The Journal reports that the soccer team has not ruled anything out but "is not pursuing any of the four sites recommended by a recent feasibility study" - which were all in Barelas, South Broadway, or Sawmill. The Westside and Mesa del Sol areas, as well as possible partnerships with casinos, are being considered instead.
Two elephants at the zoo die after catching virus
A three-year-old died on Christmas morning, KOB reports, and an eight-year-old died this week, KRQE reports.
La Mexicana Tortilla Co. makes nearly 2,000 tamales per day during the holidays
That's apparently normal for the Barelas staple, which starts getting ready for the holidays six months ahead of time, KOAT reports.
All cleaned up
NMDOT seems to have cleaned the garbage out of the retention pond near Eighth and the I-40 recently, as the fresh tire tracks indicate. We reported on this and a couple of other similar ponds back in November, and if that reporting is any indication, the new look will last only until the next rain.
Tuerta owner: 'I am beat and beat down and broke and in debt and it's just too much'
Liam Kimball, the owner of the sandwich shop at Fourth and Central, took to social media on December 30 to air his frustrations about what it has been like doing business there for the last two years. We've lightly edited the following for clarity:


I don't need to tell any of you what a difficult couple of years it has been here at 317 Central - everyone has had a difficult year. As I look ahead to 2022, I am not feeling the hope and passion and drive that I need to keep working to make this place what I want. When I opened Tuerta in October of 2019, I never could have imagined what has transpired since. In that time, on this block alone, I have witnessed gun violence and shootings, vandalism, burglary, and other crime that is so commonplace now I just try and ignore it. I am haunted by police violence. I have seen three dead bodies and held a young man on my lap until he died of an overdose while I attempted to flag down an unsympathetic APD. For nearly a year, Tuerta was one of the only businesses on Central that was not boarded up. I have had to deal with a city government so broken it feels as though it is an adversary, working as hard as it can to destroy Downtown, not build it up. I am beat and beat down and broke and in debt and it's just too much for a sensitive guy like me. I'm not going to even talk about money.

I want to be a part of a thriving, safe and vibrant Downtown - it's what Albuquerque deserves. I want to continue to support local farmers and makers and build a community. I'm gonna take the next couple of weeks and figure it out. Maybe I have to change the whole model? Maybe I have to give up? I've always been a fighter and I am not a quitter but man I don't know what to do.


I LOVE MY CITY and I love my customers and my neighbors and I am going to figure it out. See ya next year.

Homicide near First and Gold
The incident happened December 10, KOAT reports. Police later arrested a suspect, KRQE reports.
Fatal vehicle-pedestrian crash near Central and Clayton
The incident happed on December 10, APD reports.
Possible arson at Tenth and Stover
AFR's report on the December 10 incident is here.
Fire at house near Sixth and Marble
The incident happened on December 15, AFR reports.
Feelin' it
Near Silver and Second, the downtown.abq Instagram account posted this picture with only the words in the headline above to accompany it.
Warehouse 508's youth-focused mission
The arts and entertainment center was profiled in the most recent Crossroads newsletter from the Downtown Arts and Cultural District.
Mapping Indigenous Poetry is at the KiMo next week as the theater reopens
Information on the event, which is sponsored by 516 Arts, is here. Since the pandemic started, the KiMo has undergone extensive renovations in preparation for the reopening, KRQE reports.
With the new X Studio not quite done, Explora looks ahead to next phase
They're looking to raise $10 million for a preschool called Brillante, KRQE reports.
Latest Valley Area Command newsletter is out
Stats, trends, and other info here.
Off-Duty: The Infrastructure Show
Our holiday break of course featured plenty of trash TV and other indulgences, but when that got old we binge-listened to The Infrastructure Show, a podcast about railroads, canals, warehouses, power grids, and everything in between. Hosted by an earnest professor at Northwestern University, it is as fun as it is nerdy.
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