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 V.18 No.20 | May 14 - 20, 2009 

Lauro Silva near Western Refining transport tanks in the Mountain View neighborhood
Eric Williams

Newscity

South Valley Showdown

Residents square off against manufacturers near their homes

For decades, homeowners in the South Valley's Mountain View neighborhood have put up with pollution in their backyards.

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Photo Essay

Desert Industry

Lauro Silva, principal investigator for South Valley Partners for Environmental Justice, took me on a tour through the Mountain View neighborhood.

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Answer Me This

Why are ghost experts coming to New Mexico? Which big-time politician is swinging through town? Why did a former UNM president resign from his White House job? And why is a Pokémon card game club in trouble?

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City Boss Fight 2009

The Calm Before the Storm

The Oct. 6 election is nonpartisan, but party money and support will likely find its way into the race. And with battle lines being drawn on the Democratic side—there are two Dem contenders—campaign season will no doubt be full of twists and turns as the candidates move toward the checkered flag.

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Gene Grant

Screen Time

Easy ways to improve Albuquerque's community cable

Last week Marisa Demarco reported on the new community cable channel 26 called Encantada TV [Re: News Profile, "Encantada TV," May 7-13]. It will primarily focus on arts and culture and is operated by Channel 27 group Quote... Unquote, Inc. During the fanfare on Civic Plaza surrounding Encantada’s launch, there was a humorous moment with blindfolded kids trying to bust a television piñata.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: China—A regional government has backed off a rule urging local government workers to smoke more in order to boost tax income. Authorities in Gong’an County ordered civil servants and teachers to smoke 230,000 packs of the locally made Hubei brand cigarettes each year. Those who did not smoke fast enough or used brands made in other provinces were fined or even fired, reports the BBC. The government backtracked after an official was interviewed in a local newspaper. “The regulation will boost the local economy via the cigarette tax,” Chen Nianzu, a member of the cigarette market supervision team in Gong’an county, Hubei Province, told the Global Times newspaper. As the story spread, the local government’s website published a statement saying simply, “We decided to remove this edict.”

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Letters

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