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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012

Ortiz y Pino

The Guv’s Crusade of Destruction

Gov. Susana Martinez is not being held accountable for much of what has happened on her watch. Until reporters begin to dig into the consequences of her policy initiatives, the public will continue to hold her in high regard.
V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012
Larry J. King stands behind his house in Church Rock, N.M., and talks about the site where Hydro Resources, Inc. intends to mine.
Courtesy of Red Rock Pictures


The hunt for ore

Reporter Christie Chisholm spoke with Larry J. King, a Navajo man who’s fighting Hydro Resources, Inc. The company wants to mine an aquifer under Church Rock, N.M.

Rooting around in the aquifer for uranium will make the water in it undrinkable, says Rich Abitz, a geochemist, in the story. The EPA has agreed to look into the company’s permit.

King has also started a campaign on that asks people to sign a petition to prevent the mining.

“Being in the Southwest, and being where every drop of water is precious—and where water is sacred, too—we need to preserve the water not only for ourselves but for future generations,” says King. “Without water, there is nothing.”

Larry J. King stands behind his house in Church Rock, N.M., and talks about the site where Hydro Resources, Inc. intends to mine.
Courtesy of Red Rock Pictures


Navajo Group Fights Aquifer Mine

The Navajo Nation outlawed uranium mining and processing in 2005 in response to high cancer rates. Yet Larry J. King is one of many members of the tribe who are fighting plans to mine uranium from an aquifer.
V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
The small lot of the Smith’s gas station on Constitution and Carlisle lacks space for cars to wait while others refuel.
Andy Carrasco


Fuel to the Fire

Every day, fumes, traffic snarls and tanker trucks aggravate neighbors of the Smith's gas station on Constitution and Carlisle. And with a permit for the station to sell more fuel, the situation isn’t going to get any easier.
V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
Eric Williams


You say it’s your Earth Day?

The Earth Day Network reports that 1 billion people marked the eco-holiday on April 22. But with consciousness-raising taking place on such a massive scale, it’s easy to overlook the everyday people who fight to keep our corner of the planet clean and healthy. For them, eco-activism is not a once-yearly event.

For the eco warriors profiled in this week’s feature, the work is hard, the hours long and unpaid. It’s about attending meetings, learning how to speak up in public, keeping track of paperwork, forging alliances with neighbors. It involves concerted, long-term effort in the face of what often looks like an uphill battle.

V.21 No.16 |


The Daily Word in Dick Clark, feminist nuns and sex robots

The Daily Word

New mayor of Sunland Park is 24-years-old.

Kirtland is going to look a little harder for leaked jet fuel.

Dick Clark made stars. R.I.P.

Paramedics in N.M. work 72-hour shifts.

DOH to medical board: You can't ask the feds to reclassify marijuana.

Romney says something weird about cookies.

Killer swan.

Sex robots are our future.

Vatican cracks down on feminist nuns.

"Hopefully" may spell the end of grammar.


Passengers say an American cruise ship ignored a drifting fishing boat, leaving two men to die.

V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Pete Domenici Jr.

News Profile

Mining the Law

An interview with Pete Domenici Jr., attorney for industry

For Domenici Jr., it's a question of balance: "You start with the premise that the reality is that human beings will affect their environment when resources are developed," he says. "So as a society we have to figure out ways to protect the environment while allowing population growth and economic growth to occur."


The Good Fight

For all of the polluting industries that have thrived here since the Manhattan Project, New Mexico is also teeming with citizen environmental activists. These are people who in their free time—after work, after the kids are asleep—pore over reams of documents, learn about bureaucratic processes and permits, and put up a fight on behalf of their neighbors. They study, they attend meetings, they write letters, they become experts on industry and its effects. Here are a few of their stories.
Eric Williams


Esther and Steven Abeyta

There are two Superfund sites and a high concentration of heavy industry in the area where Esther Abeyta’s family has lived for three generations. Her home is on land her grandmother bought for $90 and two chickens. And as the San Jose Neighborhood Association president, she’s determined to stay ahead of health and environmental issues.

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Eric Williams


Angela West

A longtime resident of the South Valley who helped start the Mountain View Neighborhood Association 30 years ago, President Angela West is well-versed in the ups and downs of the community she calls home. She says she’s also proud that her association protects the future while staying rooted in the past.

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Barbara Rockwell

Barbara Rockwell and her husband David fulfilled a dream when they moved to the southern end of the Village of Corrales and started building their home. “Corrales in 1977 was a rural village farming alfalfa, apples, corn and chile,” she says. But it was slowly becoming a bedroom suburb of Albuquerque, she adds. “There was no Intel on the western horizon, just the flowing line of the mesa and open fields of grass,” Rockwell says in an email interview. “Above all, there was the fresh, sweet air.”

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Eric Williams


Greg Mello and Trish Williams-Mello

Greg Mello and Trish Williams-Mello have made standing up to the nuclear industry a way of life.

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Eric Williams


The Orphaned Land

V.B. Price on the state’s toxic legacy

Before germ theory and the sanitary practices that resulted, doctors were mystified about the role of microorganisms in infection and death. The idea of hand-washing was controversial. Surgical procedures were performed in unseen filth.

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V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
Brap Ola

Neverending Stories

Super Sucker Smackdown

The State Engineer rejects a company’s application to pump water from beneath tiny Datil, N.M. But Augustin Plains Ranch LLC vows to fight back.


The Daily Word in awesome Canada, Opposite Day and the sinking ghost ship

The Daily Word

Thousands pilgrimage to Chimayó today.

Las Vegas, N.M., fights fracking and bans oil and gas drilling.

Why Canada should be cheered for ditching the penny.

Menacing Easter bunnies.

Kid sells his kidney for an iPhone.

Marine Corps pilot says he played tag with a UFO in the ’70s.

Guy gets naked for Opposite Day.

Jesus appears in duct tape in Albuquerque.

Coast Guard sinks a ghost ship with a cannon.

Ex-Gov. Gary Johnson says making Gov. Susana Martinez the veep pick would be Sarah Palin, Part Deux.

Smallest town in the States sells for only $900,000.

Why Catholics really eat fish on Fridays.

Pit bull takes a bullet for his owner.

Chevy Chase is an asshole.

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