Jul 30 - Aug 5, 2009 
Mountain View Neighborhood Association President Patty Grice stands in front of a pile of material to be crushed by Coyote Gravel Products. The mound marks the site of the proposed gravel- and sand-crushing facility in her neighborhood.
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Newscity

Dust in the Wind

The South Valley might welcome another polluter to the neighborhood

By Simon McCormack

Patty Grice lives less than a mile from a sewage treatment facility, bulk petroleum storage, concrete-batching plants, a brick manufacturer, a truss-making company, junk yards and car recyclers.

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Answer Me This

By Marisa Demarco

What can't you do at the University of New Mexico next semester? How's the state’s favorite produce doing? Why is Mayor Martin Chavez being called out in a federal lawsuit? Public school students may be able to abstain from ...

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Ortiz y Pino

The Dropout Factor

How to keep kids in our schools

By Jerry Ortiz y Pino

Genuine change in our school systems can’t happen until we get honest about education’s ugliest secrets. Namely, the fact that what we call “dropouts” are actually push-outs, force-outs and ignore-outs. And that most schoolsand the administrators, teachers and principals that staff themhave no interest whatever in bringing them back in.

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News Bite

Next Up

Young activists soak in a community service ethic

By Carolyn Carlson

The first few times Cody Duarte knocked on an unfamiliar door to talk taxes, he was nervous.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: AustraliaHere’s a tip: If you’re huffing gas, try to avoid getting Tasered by the cops. An Aboriginal Australian who had been sniffing gasoline apparently burst into flames after a police officer zapped him with a Taser gun. Ronald Mitchell, who charged at police while brandishing a juice bottle full of fuel, is now recovering in a hospital in Perth. The incident happened in Warburton, an Aboriginal community 950 miles northeast of the city in the state of Western Australia. Cops said they were responding to a complaint at a house when Mitchell, 36, came out of the house and charged them. When he refused to stop, one officer hit him with his Taser. The man was immediately engulfed in flames. The officer threw Mitchell to the ground and extinguished the blaze with his hands. A police spokesperson said Mitchell appeared to have received third-degree burns over about 10 percent of his body.

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