V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
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 ericwphoto.com
The Orphaned Land
V.B. Price on the state’s toxic legacy
V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
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
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.
V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012
Fuel terminal near a Superfund site seeks a permit to emit more pollutants.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com
Company makes overtures to a leery neighborhood
After a series of polluting industrial neighbors, one North Valley community is concerned about a coming recycling plant.
Can’t see the forest—or the trees
I'm still poring over the findings of a U.S. Forest Service study released last month that gave Albuquerque a high ranking in two key areas—and neither has stellar tidings for our local climate and quality of life.
Researchers documented a high loss of our urban forest area and an increase of impervious ground cover. This means that trees disappeared across the city at the same time that rooftops and pavement spread. The study found us up there in terms of tree loss with New Orleans and fast-growing, drought-stricken Houston.
More impervious surfaces mean more challenges for our thirsty city. Water that falls on an open field has a drastically different outcome compared to water falling on blacktop. The more paved-over, compacted area there is, the less water is absorbed into the ground. It’s also more likely that the water that does soak in (or run off to the river) is polluted and prone to flooding.
You can check out the full text of the Forest Service study here.
V.21 No.11 | 3/15/2012
Tonight! Outdoor cinema at the Banff Mountain Film Festival
The world-touring film fest makes a pit stop at the KiMo Theatre at 7 p.m. Its fluid and beautifully shot collection of short films features mountain culture, outdoor sports and environmental subjects—including Chasing Water, previewed in this week’s feature. Bonus: $10 to $12 tickets benefit the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and the Mountain Fund.
A River Ran Through It
The tale of the once-mighty Colorado waterway, part of Tuesday’s Banff Mountain Film Festival tour stop
CROSSS • metal, psychedelic • Homebody • Blique • Time Parents at Burt's Tiki Lounge
Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime Lecture at Clinton Adams Gallery at UNM Art Museum
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