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 Mar 9 - 15, 2006 
An exterior view of the Sawmill Lofts during construction.
Erica Jett


Rebuilding Sawmill

A new affordable housing project in Albuquerque aims at retaining local artists

By Christie Chisholm

The land is ripe for movement. And, if all goes according to the Sawmill Community Land Trust's (SCLT) plans, before long it will be bustling. With a combined 200 units of affordable housing, both to rent and own, offices, a child care center, a plaza, a community garden, a dog park, a playground, a market, a pub and retail spaces coming in over the next few years, all on the same 34 acres, there's sure to be some vibrant commotion moving into the neighborhood.

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Ortiz y Pino

A Bad Case of Sensationalism

A recent Channel 13 “investigative” report circulates faulty information

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

I missed KRQE Channel 13's recent “investigative” report on so-called unqualified persons being hired to state jobs by Gov. Bill Richardson, but around the office water cooler it was a hot topic. I gather its thesis was that our governor has been found to have (who would have imagined it!) hired persons into state jobs primarily for their loyalty rather than their skills.

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Punch Line

Show Me Your Papers

This country was built on the backs of immigrants—most of whom would have been considered illegal by today's standards

By Eric Griego

In times of growing mainstream xenophobic, anti-immigrant hyperbole, it takes leaders of courage to stand up for the American dream. Sadly, in our community and our country, they are as hard to find as American citizens willing to pick tomatoes.

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Scott Rickson

Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O'Leary

Dateline: Romania—A Romanian soccer team is demanding a refund after the player it traded for 35 pounds worth of pork sausages quit. Defender Marius Cioara retired a day after the second division team UT Arad sold him to fourth division Regal Hornia for a pile of meat. After the deal was confirmed, a spokesperson for Regal Hornia told reporters, “We gave up the team's sausage allowance for a week to secure him, but we are confident it will be worth it.” But, a day after the deal was leaked to the national media, Cioara announced he was giving up soccer and leaving the country. “The sausage taunts all got too much,” he said. “They were joking I would have got more from the Germans and making sausage jokes. It was a huge insult. I have decided to go to Spain where I have got a job on a farm.”

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[Re: Feature, “Charting a New Course,” Feb. 23-March 1]

Thank you for the article on charter schools. Charter schools are a wonderful movement, especially for the state of New Mexico, and are often misunderstood by the pubic. As a charter school teacher, I feel you explained charter schools very well. I had only one concern, you forgot to mention my school, East Mountain High School, in your article. I am sure this was an oversight on your part because EMHS has been a model charter school since opening in 1999. EMHS consistently has high test scores with the majority of our 330 students scoring at or above proficiency. As an APS charter, EMHS is grounded in the philosophies of a liberal arts curriculum based on inquiry and discovery learning. Students of EMHS enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one attention by their teachers.

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