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 Jul 7 - 13, 2005 
Wes Naman

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Talking Cents

Salary increases for New Mexico teachers leave support staff behind

By Christie Chisholm

It isn't a secret that public school teachers are some of our lowest paid public sector employees. In New Mexico, it would be particularly hard to keep such knowledge under wraps, considering the average salary for a first-year teacher barely hovered above the poverty line less than a decade ago. For years, state salaries for teachers have lingered among the lowest ranking in the country—and only recently increased to the 44th highest. This rather dismal reality explains why local educators complain of an exodus, or brain drain, of qualified teachers to other states and other vocations at an alarming rate.

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Wes Naman

News Feature

Albuquerque's Toxic Legacy

Area groundwater hosts an array of hazardous chemicals resulting from years of industrial contamination

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

One night in May 2003, ConocoPhillips spilled nearly 40,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline fuel at one of its fuel storage facilities along Broadway between Gibson and Rio Bravo, only 8,000 of which were recovered; the rest seeped into the ground. This spill, which was the result of human error, was one in a string of South Valley spills dating from the mid '80s, and is an example of the type of hazard and potential extraneous industrial pollution that South Valley residents fear to this day.

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The Real Side

The Party of Marty

Mayor flip-flops his image to compete for GOP votes

By Jim Scarantino

Mayor Martin Chavez is running to the right of his Republican challenger, City Council President Brad Winter. Chavez has so isolated himself from large segments of Democratic voters he has no choice but to chase Republican votes. He was reminded of this imperative when he was creamed in a recent Democratic Party straw poll that saw his leading Democratic rival, City Councilor Eric Griego, far outpace everyone else.

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Ortiz y Pino

War Without End

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

He spun and he spun but President Bush got nowhere with his ballyhooed speech on the Iraq War last week. All his mighty spinning went for naught. He should have saved his breath.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: Korea—The Korean Baseball Association has ruled that players can no longer wear frozen cabbage leaves. “The KBO rules and regulations committee on Tuesday reached a decision that cabbage leaves should be considered as odd materials,” a KBO spokesman told the Australian Free Press. The committee investigated the use of cabbage leaves by players after the cap of pitcher Park Myung-hwan of the Doosan Bears fell to the ground during a game against the Hanhwa Eagles on Sunday, revealing a frozen cabbage leaf. Park said he began using cabbage leaves last year after hearing from a local TV station that U.S. baseball great Babe Ruth had used them to cool off.

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Letters

Rich men getting richer by bilking the government during a war. Same as before. The end is in sight. Same as before. It's making us more secure. Same as before. Young Americans dying in a distant country without a proper plan or necessary support. Same as before. We can learn from history or we can listen to "W." It is time to learn.

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The Long Con

UFOs: Physical Extraterrestrial or Paraphysical Interdimensional

By Joshua Lee
A discussion on how personal, physical observations vary in time and materialization.
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Get Ready to Pet All the Puppers

Woofstock Pet Expo and Adoption Festival

By Robin Babb
Featuring an agility course, vaccine and microchip clinic, nail trimming, pet care info booths, raffles and more.
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Space Junk

Pieces of Other Worlds: Samples from Across the Solar System

By Joshua Lee
Dr. Carlton Allen discusses scientific research of the formation and evolution of our solar system.
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Nature's Name Day

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge 5th Birthday Party

By Maggie Grimason
Cake, hayrides, music, food trucks, kids activities, children's book drive and more.
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(Don't) Get Lost

Map Festival

By Joshua Lee
scavenger hunt for children, workshops, discussions about electronic map resources, door prizes and more.
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A Good Place to Drink Your First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Year

Corrales Harvest Festival 2017

By Robin Babb
Food, music, N.M. cultural history, a kids zone with rides and activities, haywagon rides and more.
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Lively Livers

Liver Life Walk

By Rini Grammer
Raise community awareness of the American Liver Foundation's work in supporting liver health through education, research, community involvement, patient and family advocacy and more.
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What time is it? Healing Time!

Healing Winds Psychic Fair

By Taylor Grabowsky
Psychic readings, reiki, holistic products, spiritual portrait artist, yoga, alternative health demonstrations, food vendors, entertainment for kids and much more.
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