One of the tidbits in this week’s Council Watch got a lot of attention. Albuquerque is going to build a line from a local dump to our Westside lockup. The excess methane that’s usually burned off at the landfill with be used to heat water in the jail’s boiler room.
It’s predicted the project will save the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center thousands every year for about a century.
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?
Rio Rancho police are cracking down on tailgaters.
Police arrest La Familia cartel boss.
UNM scientists prove that men are funnier than women.
Stephen Colbert finds the one Republican candidate who can beat Obama.
Sarah Palin quits her bus tour halfway through.
Watch out for the TSA Mobile Groping Squads.
The Supreme Court will review the patentability of medical diagnostic tests.
Man arrested after IRS accidently deposits $110,000 into his bank account.
Wimbledon officials wants female tennis players to stop grunting so loudly.
Iran wants to send a monkey into space.
Bronies are real, and they're in Albuquerque.
Coming soon to a restaurant near you: horse-semen shots.
This giant chicken-deboning machine is terrifying, awesome.
Man ships himself across country in a crate equipped to play a MMO as part of an art project.
Oh yeah, they remade Footloose.
New iPhone rumor #32.
Pray for a Destiny's Child reunion.
The seven types of friends everyone needs.
There’s a drought. Fires rage around the state. That means if Burque starts blazing, outside agencies can’t come to our rescue.
Today, Mayor Richard Berry and Fire Chief James Breen upped restrictions in all municipal Open Space areas, effective at midnight. That includes the Bosque, arroyos and retention dams, among other things. The full list is available here.
Restrictions in a nutshell:
• No campfires
• No fireworks
• No vehicles off designated roadways
• No chain saws or other tools operated by internal combustion engines
• No combustion engines, internal or external, period
• No equipment that sparks
• No torches, welding or otherwise
• No camping overnight
I saw this while walking in the Bosque on Saturday. I'm not sure what it is.
The proposal to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is expected to be voted on in Congress this week.
Obama’s approval rating drops to a record-low 42 percent.
Hackers in Miami changed a highway sign to read “No Latinos, No Tacos.”
Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio wants an apology for a Mexican tourism ad mocking SB 1070.
Smartphones may be the future of hotel room keys.
Rear-end collisions more than doubled in West Palm Beach due to the red light cameras. Albuquerque?
A truck carrying 17 million bees crashes in Minnesota. Yikes.
A rise in miscarriages may be linked to the effects of 9/11.
The Bosque fire in Corrales is 35% contained as the winds die down.
Albuquerque City Council approves a budget that includes pay cuts for city employees, balancing a $66 million shorfall.
UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this blog, I rode my bike into Barelas just north of the fire. The smoke was thick, visible in the neighborhood, and residents stood along the sidewalk with their shirts pulled up over their noses. The National Hispanic Cultural Center was evacuated earlier in the day, along with some businesses in the area and homes south of the NHCC. The fire encompassed about 40 acres, according to this KOB report that was updated at about 5:30 p.m.
The session officially ended minutes ago, but because a budget fix hadn't been found for the state's $500 million shortfall, legislators will be seeing each other again soon.
But they did pass a measure this morning that takes money from projects around the state to try and shore up some reserves. They pulled in $130 million that way. I was just reading through this long list of projects that are losing their funds. And I found the Legislature is sucking back cash flow that was set to "plan, design, construct and equip an education building at the Rio Grande Nature Center state park in Bernalillo county."
Remember that story? A few weeks ago I wrote about some neighbors that were pretty bummed about that 5,700-square-foot building going into the Bosque.
Browse that list yourself. So many things are getting the ax.