Feb 3 - 9, 2011 
An Industrial-Sized Mess

Environment

An Industrial-Sized Mess

Who will clean up the Gulton site?

By Carolyn Carlson

Pollutants lurk under 10 acres of Albuquerque’s Southeast side, contaminating the groundwater. But no one knows how fast they’re moving toward the city's aquifer. The Four Hills drinking water well is within a mile of the site.

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Neverending Stories

Guv + Dairy Industry = BFFs?

By Christie Chisholm

Gov. Susana Martinez got flak in January when she issued an executive order halting two key environmental rules. One requires that New Mexico decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent every year. The other sets a number of infrastructure requirements for the state’s dairy industry, such as synthetic barriers in manure lagoons to prevent groundwater contamination.

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Figure 1: Sequined handbag

Plutocracy for New Mexico

Tricks of the Trade

By Damian Garde

Disclaimer: What follows is satire. It bears no resemblance to reality.

The sun is shining, and the streets of Santa Fe are heavy with the smell of freshly smarmed lobbyists. Practitioners of the world’s oldest profession are dusting off their sequined handbags, and even John Arthur Smith is smiling.

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Odds & Ends

By Devin D. O’Leary

Dateline: ItalyAn unhappy bride has demanded a separation from her brand-new husband after he brought his mother along for the honeymoon. The woman, identified as Marianna C. of Rome, filed the petition in late January stating that the troubles began when her mother-in-law showed up at the airport just as the newlywed couple was about to jet off to Paris. According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, the 36-year-old bride also complained that, after the honeymoon, the mother-in-law spent the Christmas holidays with the couple, making it “impossible to establish a healthy conjugal relationship.”

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