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V.20 No.51 | 12/22/2011

Council Watch

Un-Green Time Machine

The Council voted out strident, eco-friendly building regulations and replaced them with the state’s more relaxed 2009 energy code


City rolls back eco-friendly building regs

Councilors have been kicking around the idea of repealing Albuquerque’s building code and replacing it with newly relaxed state rules. We wrote about the plan to undo Albuquerque’s tough standards, but the vote on this measure has been postponed a couple of times.

Tonight, the Council voted in favor of a measure that’s intended to create a “friendlier environment for builders,” said Mayor Richard Berry in a news release. (His pre-mayor background includes co-running Cumbre Construction, a company owned by his wife, Maria.)

In addition to passing a Standardized Energy Code, the city hired a green building code program manager by the name of Lee Brammeler.

More on this story in coming editions.

V.20 No.50 | 12/15/2011
Eric Williams


Down by the Banks

Does our desert city have the right to drink from the Rio Grande?

In 2008, the city stopped relying solely on a rapidly dwindling aquifer. Our water utility flipped a switch, and the Drinking Water Project came online. The good news is the project seems to be working. The bad news is the New Mexico Court of Appeals just ruled the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority doesn’t have the rights for the Rio Grande.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
Elise Kaplan

News Bite

A Refuge From Urban Life

Over the next five to 10 years, the Price’s Dairy farm is slated become a habitat for animals, birds and fish, including an endangered bird called the Southwest willow flycatcher.
V.20 No.48 | 12/1/2011


How Dry Is Dry?

Officials aim to change what we call “drought”

The Water Authority aims to change when we officially call it “drought.”
V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011
Julia Minimata


Muddy Waters

Is the Dirt City’s H20 plan working?

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says its Drinking Water Project was launched to relieve an overtaxed aquifer. But the utility is falling behind in its objectives—and it's only now admitting why.
V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011


Building Code Backpedal

Eco-friendly rules debated in run-up to City Council vote

The government just keeps rolling them back. The Council’s looking to repeal Albuquerque’s energy-efficiency code and replace it with freshly relaxed state regs.
V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Protesters in front of the U.S. Forest Service’s regional headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Elise Kaplan


Gray Snow

Native activists protest a ski resort’s wastewater pipeline

The resort in Flagstaff began constructing a pipeline this summer to bring artificial snow to San Francisco Peak. The snow will be created from treated wastewater, but some Natives say it will desecrate land that 13 tribes hold sacred.
V.20 No.33 |


The Daily Word in Phil Spector, religion and a new oil sheen

The Daily Word

The Burqueño who saved the little girl from a kidnapper is being praised and rewarded by people around the country.

What's this about a new oil sheen in the Gulf?

President Obama tells Assad to split.

Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.—the admitted pharmy addict who won't resign—had his driver's license suspended.

In Japan more than $78 million was found in the post-earthquake wreckage. The people who find the wallets and cash and safes keep turning them over to authorities. Weird.

California high court won't hear Phil Spector's appeal.

Coco Chanel: Nazi agent?

The taxonomy of graffiti.

Veteran APD officer made a deal with a decoy prostitute, according to police. He was arrested.

This person could die if she combs her hair.

Hey little girls: It's never to early to think about dieting.

Religion is going … going … gone in nine countries.

U.S. agency wants to know what it would take to travel to another star. Figuring it out could take a hundred years.

Not everyone is meant for college.

V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011


The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey

The Daily Word

Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.

Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.

Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.

Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.

Carlsbad is running out of water.

Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.

More people are getting their tattoos removed.

Cybersex 2.0

The secrets of hand hearts revealed.

Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.

Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.

American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?

An investigative report on the use of drones.

The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.

V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011

Answer Me This

What do you know about last week?
V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011


Burque in top 10 for green jobs growth

And here we thought all the eco-business was going to go the way of Martin Chavez-head bus decals when our former flashy mayor left his post to Richard Berry.

But Albuquerque is No. 10 on a 24/7 Wall St. list of the cities with the fastest growing green jobs. (Knoxville, Tenn., is No. 1.) From the article:

10. Albuquerque, NM

• Green Job Growth Rate: 7.8% per year

• No. of Green Jobs in 2010: 9,912

• Current Unemployment: 6.8%

• Peak Unemployment: 9.4% (July 2010)

• State Unemployment: 6.9% (14th lowest)

Albuquerque has emerged as a major center for companies that use green technologies as well as large manufacturers of green technologies, such as Advent Solar and Schott AG. Last year, “The EPA awarded $49,000 to the Earth Works Institute and the Gila Resources Information Project towards the employment of New Mexico high school students in green jobs,” reports New Mexico news station KRQE.

Unemployment is now two and a half percentage points lower than it was at the city’s peak, only one year ago.

V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
George Andrejko, Arizona Game and Fish Department

News Feature

Wolf vs. State

Guv-appointed commission yanks New Mexico’s support for wolf reintroduction

The state’s Game Commission voted unanimously to withdraw from the reintroduction effort. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed four new members to the six-member board in March. Bill Montoya is one of those new members. “It was costing us a lot of money,” says Montoya, who worked for the Game and Fish Department for 28 years. “We didn’t think we were going in the right direction.”
autumn_bliss /CC BY-SA2.0

Ortiz y Pino

Debating a Bogeyman

I got an inquiry from Paul Gessing of conservative nonprofit the Rio Grande Foundation. He wanted to know: Would I be willing to go head-to-head against global warming skeptic Pat Michaels about manmade climate change on KKOB? I was intrigued.

Today's Events

Annual Winter Solstice Concert at First United Methodist Church

Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.

Let It Grow • Grateful Dead tribute • Pink Freud • Pink Floyd tribute at Launchpad

A Night in the '40s: Big Band Swing at New Mexico Veterans Memorial

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