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 V.16 No.35 | August 30 - September 5, 2007 

The orange shading in the middle of the map would become a new city if the South Valley’s incorporation is successful. The gray box is a detention facility that would remain under Bernalillo County’s jurisdiction.
Courtesy of UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Newscity

With Maps Drawn, the South Valley Takes a Step Closer to Incorporation

Usually when there are 50,000 people concentrated in one relatively small segment of land, we call it a city. Not so, however, in the case of the South Valley, an unincorporated area that receives its public services from the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. But that may soon change.

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Thin Line

Homeless Man

“I am not an alcoholic or a drug addict,” Homeless Man writes. “If you were to meet me, you would never know that I have spent many nights at all of the local facilities. But all I own is the clothes on my back.”

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Answer Me This

1) According to a report released on Aug. 17 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving fatalities in New Mexico have changed in what way since 2005?

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Heath Haussamen

Talking Points

The Southern Star

A conversation with Heath Haussamen, New Mexico’s online political journalist

Albuquerque does not look southward enough. It frequently takes an intrastate college sports rivalry or a flamboyant British billionaire promoting space travel to draw our attention to Las Cruces, New Mexico’s second largest city and one of the fastest-growing communities in the country.

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Council Watch

What, Exactly, Are You Building?

Whether big-box stores, regulations, ponds or neighborhoods, the motto of the Aug. 20 Council meeting might have been the carpenters' warning, "Measure twice, cut once." Certainly the Raging Grannies, who showed up calling for an end to the disastrous occupation of Iraq, would have advocated more careful upfront planning.

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The Real Side

Rediscovering Albuquerque on Two Wheels

What I did with my summer vacation

Albuquerque looks strikingly different from the seat of a bicycle.

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Commentary

The Pave It or Save It Election?

It's no secret the local blogosphere gets delirious over political gossip. It's also no secret Mayor Martin Chavez and several city councilors butt heads regularly over development projects. In this year's Council elections, the two non-secrets have collided for a perfect storm of speculation over who's backing whom to push through what. Four women who never previously ran for office are seeking Council seats in the even-numbered districts. They all have connections to Mayor Martin Chavez' administration.

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Eric J. Garcia

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Japan—A man armed with a knife tried unsuccessfully to upgrade his weapon of choice last week, using the blade to steal a gun. The unnamed man, armed with a 6-inch knife, pushed his way to the traffic department counter inside a police station in Kunugiyama, Toyama Prefecture, last Wednesday morning and demanded to be given a pistol, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports. Officers were able to convince the man to put down the knife and then overpowered him. The suspect, who was later found to be a 28-year-old local farmer, was arrested for attempted burglary. Police are investigating his motive.

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