V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Is “Megadrought” the new normal?
We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.
Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal
V.21 No.28 |
The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.
Top Syrian defense ministers, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, were killed in Damascus by a suicide bomber.
Shrinking Greenland ice sheet birthed a Manhattan-sized iceberg.
Track the extent of countrywide drought conditions.
City cracks down on illegal dog breeding.
Investigation of the Little Bear Fire initiated.
Santa Fe is the "best food town."
Senate Republicans heart secret donors.
"Outsized level of influence": an infographic.
The end of Penn State football is a possibility.
Should we be required to vote?
Sorry, but the Olympic mascots creep me out.
Ugh, I need some good news.
Life in an undersea space station.
V.21 No.25 |
The Daily Word in Nora Ephron, drought and community relations
R.I.P., Nora Ephron. The multi-talented writer and filmmaker died Tuesday of leukemia.
More than 32,000 residents were evacuated as a wildfire grows near Colorado Springs.
U.S. West isn't the only region suffering from severe drought and heat.
A boat full of asylum-seekers capsized.
Significant handshake in Belfast.
Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic could be on the verge of closure.
APD chief says new recruitment measures are helping address the department's high-stakes community relations problems.
Hungry for the 4th best burger in the country?
What tomorrow's possible Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act could mean to you.
"Male chimpanzees are well known for violence … and the human encroachment on chimpanzee territory, such as in zoo environments, may exacerbate them."
V.21 No.24 |
The Daily Word in hot water, Vegas odds and animals gone wild
A House of Representatives committee could vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over Operation Fast and Furious documents.
Ecuador's embassy in London may now be the only thing standing between Wikileaks leader Julian Assange and extradition to Sweden.
Egypt seizes with new political and constitutional upheaval as conflicting reports over ousted President Mubarak's failing health circulate.
China's reserves of rare earth minerals—essential to production of high-tech devices—are dwindling due to "excessive mining," says report.
Interactive map of West Africa's devastating drought conditions.
Vegas roulette wheel beats 114 billion to one odds.
New state department study counts 20.9 million worldwide victims of modern slavery.
Charter schools may be underperforming when it comes to serving disabled students.
Former inmate now exonerated testifies before Senate subcommittee that solitary confinement in prisons "by its design is driving men insane."
Wildlife conservation group says black bears around the Duke City are being egregiously eliminated from the area.
Charlie Sheen's surge of "tiger blood" was in fact a "psychotic break."
Handy tip: If you're squeamish about squid sperm ruining your calamari dinner, remove the internal organs before cooking it.
Water tanks in NYC as public art.
Amorous prehistoric turtles immortalized.
V.21 No.19 |
The Daily Word in potential game-changers, mass murderers and a flowery commode
Medical records say George Zimmerman was treated for a broken nose and injuries to the back of his head the day after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
It’s been decades since New Mexico has suffered such severe drought; the governor made it a federal declaration yesterday.
With her eye on state legislative races, Governor Susana Martinez’ PAC rakes in thousands of oil and gas industry dollars.
Developments in the Michael Paul Astorga trial in Santa Fe could set the stage for a death penalty debate.
A former Los Lunas prison inmate files suit against a now-retired guard captain, alleging repeated rape and investigation cover-ups.
Investigators try different tactics in search of West Mesa serial killing leads.
The U.S. border patrol shifts security strategy from fence-building to intelligence-gathering.
The new French president’s airplane was struck by lightning.
Convicted Liberian war criminal Charles Taylor lashes out at his prosecution.
Serbian military commander on trial for war crimes is belligerent in court, makes threatening gesture at massacre survivor.
A seemingly “deranged” man set himself on fire outside the trial of accused Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Breivik.
Renewed search in the case of an Italian girl missing since 1983 leads investigators to a Vatican crypt where a mobster’s bones were exhumed.
Portly celeb chef Mario Batali will be subsisting on food stamps.
Japan is known for its compact living spaces, yet behold: the world’s biggest outdoor toilet.
V.21 No.5 | 2/2/2012
DAMNED IF YOU DOOM
Metal subculture is viewed through a gallery lens in art show / concert series DAMNED IF YOU DOOM, opening at Small Engine tonight.
DAMNED IF YOU DOOM
Art and music from the netherworld
Artistic team Todd Ryan White and Jack Wesley Schneider show their appreciation for metal subculture with a music series / exhibit of new work entitled DAMNED IF YOU DOOM.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
When your eyeballs are like raisins, then it’s a drought. Maybe.
Remember when it didn’t rain for months, and the sun punched you during the day? And because of fires devouring trees in every direction, the moon glowed orange at night through the smokey haze?
I think the superheavy instrumental act Pelican sums it up nicely in this number. -------->
But, more to the point, the Water Utility Authority is looking to change how it defines levels of drought. The utility bases drought on how much water we suck from the aquifer under our desert outpost. When the city drinks more than projected, officials can initiate a drought advisory, watch, warning or emergency. As the level increases in urgency, so do water-use restrictions.
But the utility is looking to change the game and proposed new rules. If they come to pass, we’ll have to use up way more aquifer water before an advisory goes into effect. And water-use restrictions would not be tied to the level of drought that’s been initiated. Even if an emergency is declared, your neighbor won’t necessarily have to stop washing her Escalade for hours every afternoon. Instead, the board that oversees the utility will select from a menu of remedies and impose them on customers.
All this and more in this week’s news section.
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
City of Albuquerque
City fines itself for water wasting
The other day I was fined for having water flowing from my yard into the street. Now, I'm not complaining—wasting water is bad, especially since New Mexico is in an extreme drought. But guess who is wasting the most water ... not me, not your annoying neighbor who never fixes the sprinklers. No, it's the city.
According to KRQE, in the last year the City of Albuquerque has racked up a hefty fine of over $21,000 from the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Authority. Even more surprising than the fine is that the areas where the most water is wasted are not large city parks or grassy areas, but street medians. Wow Albuquerque, it may be time for some new sprinklers, don't you think?
V.20 No.29 |
The Daily Word in rain, beer and tall women
Atlantis touches down.
Russians declare the era of the Soyuz.
First spacesuits sewn by women who made bras for Platex.
ACLU sues secretary of state for failing to reveal evidence of 37 immigrants she says voted illegally.
Corrales couple wins $200,000 off the lotto.
Ghost of a ghost town all that remains after Bland burns up in Las Conchas fire.
Hit songs written at expensive writing camps, hit factories.
You may be able to trap creatures again in New Mexico.
Russia finally admits beer is alcohol.
What's a calorie?
You're so vain … creative people, says this study.
Tall women get cancer more.
V.20 No.26 |
Rockets en lieu of fireworks
This 2011 drought-ridden Fourth let's all go with model rockets instead.
V.20 No.25 |
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
V.20 No.20 |
The Daily Word: Food trucks, MacGyver, orgies
77,000 acres burned just north of Silver City.
Judge to decide wrongful death lawsuit in APD shooting from 2009. (Guy was holding a car ashtray, which officers thought was a gun.)
Health Department targets food trucks.
CDC prepares for a zombie apocalypse.
It's raining! But the long drought made the Bosque a tinderbox.
After judgment day on Saturday, what will happen to the believers' pets? Atheists are offering to take them in. For a fee.
Insurance salesmen in Germany rewarded with orgies by their company.
Why is bad food so good?
What would MacGyver do?
Gwyneth Paltrow can rap "Straight Outta Compton."
V.20 No.17 |
The Daily Word: Tornadoes, tortillas, opera, Oprah, royal wedding
Tornadoes rip through the south killing 200 people.
Instead of allowing a Gay-Straight Alliance to form, the Clovis School Board banned clubs.
Albuquerque Tortilla Company sold to Mission (!!!). ATC owners to move into barbecue.
Home prices as opera.
Is a Megadrought on its way?
Bed bugs in Burque.
Gathering of Nations events kickoff around the city tonight.
Prince Charles breakdancing.
Americans don't like princesses as much as they used to.
Some brits don't care about the wedding.
Oprah talks to Obama about his birth certificate.
Ancient medicines recovered from a shipwreck. (That sounds like a spam.)
Protest art of SB 1070.
Bruce Jennings at Corrales Bistro Brewery
Thanksgiving on Mayflower Food Drive for Storehouse at Albertsons Grocery Store
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