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

Environment

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

Environment

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

Environment

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

Environment

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

Newscity

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 |

news

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

news

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

news

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.
V.20 No.25 |

news

The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks

The Daily Word

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.24 |
Indiana Jones would not be happy

news

Poisonous Sea Snakes Invade BioPark

... Run!

Like many of you, I find snakes as fascinating and seductive as I do terrifying. They can be unpredictable and intimidating in their exotic, alluring beauty.  Wait—are we still taking about snakes here? Anywho, it seems the BioPark decided it would be the ideal place to raise two venomous snakes rescued from an "accidental capture." Apparently, the snakes got tangled in with a fish shipment of some sort, and ended up in Cali. These snakes, dear cowboys and girls, are not your average rattlers. They are Hydrophis fasciatus, sea snakes from India considered to be among the deadliest species on planet Earth.  I imagine I'm not the only citizen of the Duke City that considers this a bad idea. The irony here is that these snakes are also among the more fragile of reptiles and almost never survive in captivity. Experts are on the case and reptile enthusiasts are aroused by the prospect of these two slinky scoundrels making the BioPark their long-term crib. Will this be a break-through for zoo keepers and serpent-lovers alike, or a deadly tragedy for some unlucky zoo-goer that most obviously could have been avoided? To snake lovers partial to the two-eyed variety, I say visit the BioPark this summer if you must, but be sure to bring your anti-venom.

V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011

Answer Me This

What do you know about last week?

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A Butterfly for Brooklyn at Belen Public Library

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A screening of Judy Chicago's film, followed by a talk and a reception.

Merican Slang CD Release Show: Mondo Vibrations • reggae, rock • The Rudy Boy Experiment • rock, blues at Low Spirits

4th of July Celebrate Freedom at Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum

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