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V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012
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You say it’s your Earth Day?

By Margaret Wright [ Tue Apr 24 2012 5:27 PM ]

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.

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V.21 No.16 |

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

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Apr 19 2012 9:45 AM ]
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.

DoubleOh.

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

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

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Mining the Law

An interview with Pete Domenici Jr., attorney for industry

By Carolyn Carlson
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."

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The Good Fight

By Marisa Demarco
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.
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Esther and Steven Abeyta

By Margaret Wright

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Angela West

By Margaret Wright

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Barbara Rockwell

By Carolyn Carlson

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Greg Mello and Trish Williams-Mello

By Carolyn Carlson

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The Orphaned Land

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

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

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

Neverending Stories

Super Sucker Smackdown

By Christie Chisholm
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.
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The Daily Word in awesome Canada, Opposite Day and the sinking ghost ship

By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Apr 6 2012 11:43 AM ]
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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V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012

News Bite

By Margaret Wright
Fuel terminal near a Superfund site seeks a permit to emit more pollutants.
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
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Recycled Fears

Company makes overtures to a leery neighborhood

By Margaret Wright
After a series of polluting industrial neighbors, one North Valley community is concerned about a coming recycling plant.
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Can’t see the forest—or the trees

By Margaret Wright [ Tue Mar 20 2012 4:35 PM ]

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.

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