La Docena Sucia
Heather Wilson makes the Dirty Dozen list ... again
Eat your heart out, Eminem. Get out of the way, Lee Marvin. There’s another “Dirty Dozen” in town, and Congresswoman Heather Wilson is among its ranks. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) named Wilson to its “Dirty Dozen” list, a report put out by the organization every federal election cycle that pinpoints the 12 federal-level politicians who shun the environment and are the most in favor of deregulating big industry. The LCV began publishing its “Dirty Dozen” list more than three decades ago.
A local group claims our groundwater is at risk for radioactive contamination
A touchy subject remains touchy as plans are made to deal with a local radioactive waste site.
Oops, They Did It Again—A good friend of mine reminded me on a recent Sunday morning that all newspapers are biased. She said this in response to some snarky comment I made about how incredibly biased the Albuquerque Journal is while thumbing through said daily. I paused. I took a little offense (not I, said the ego-ridden news editor). And then I realized she was right. All newspapers, no matter how much we try, are always at least a little biased. We're human, not news-writing cyborgs.
Councilors work to improve and expand affordable housing in Albuquerque
If you've looked for a place to live lately, you've probably noticed that housing costs in Albuquerque have skyrocketed. Even worse, condemnations and demolitions are eating away at the least expensive tier of our housing stock.
Through the Cracks
Damage to Westside residents' homes sparks a dispute with a hospital
Robyn Mintz came home from work to an alarming sight: a 2-inch high ridge along the length of her kitchen tile, like a small-scale seismological event. It looked as though the foundation had shifted, buckling the floor along a retaining wall. Now, after Mintz and her fiancé, John Short, have spent a few months walking on the floor, it's started to shatter.
Ortiz y Pino
How do we preserve our history while redeveloping our rundown present?
The problem with hidden gems is that they are hidden. Sometimes buried; sometimes unnoticed yet in plain sight.
The Real Side
Our attorney general discovers public corruption is a problem in New Mexico
Is Attorney General Patricia Madrid risking interference in the prosecution of former State Treasurer Robert Vigil just so she can look tough on public corruption in time for the Congressional election?
Odds & Ends
Dateline: New Jersey—A terrified black bear who wandered into a West Milford neighborhood found himself stuck up a tree after he was chased by an angry neighborhood cat. The bear was first spotted in the tree by neighbors who thought the 15-pound cat was just looking up at it. Then they realized the bear was afraid of the orange tabby named Jack. After some 15 minutes, the bear descended, only to be chased up another tree by the ferocious feline. Eventually, Jack’s owner, Donna Dickey, called the hissing cat back into her house. It was then that the bear was finally able to make its escape. Ms. Dickey said Jack has often chased off small animals. “He doesn’t like anybody in his yard,” Dickey told reporters.
A few weeks ago Jerry Ortiz y Pino correctly wrote that Albuquerque police officers are "getting more out of control ... with impunity." [Ortiz y Pino, “Law and Order: Patriots, Big Brother and APD,” June 1-7] He followed that up with the observation that when an officer is accused of misbehavior the "system will form tightly around the accused policeman to protect him from anything resembling objective public scrutiny."