Iran All The Way Home--If we may, for a moment, put the JonBenet Ramsey case aside, a much more pressing issue is at hand.
Over the Counter
The morning-after pill will be available without prescription
After a three-year fight, Martha Edmands is not about to look a gift horse in the mouth.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved emergency contraception (often called the morning-after pill) for over-the-counter sales to people 18 years of age or older on Thursday, Aug. 24. "We've had so much bad news over the last few years," says Edmands, the director of public and governmental affairs at Planned Parenthood. "It's a good day today."
The age restriction is not ideal, she says. "The FDA should make sure teenagers have access to every safe preventive measure." Still, in the political climate of the past few years, she adds, "at the moment, we'll take the win."
Floods, Frauds and Furies
The Aug. 21 Council meeting saw a full chamber of folks revved up and ready to rumble over workforce housing and land restrictions.
Sign For It
Proposed bill would tighten standards for petitioners
City Councilor Sally Mayer hopes petitioners will think twice before they break the law.
Mayer is sponsor to a bill that would require those who turn in signatures on petitions to sign a statement certifying that, to the best of their knowledge, the signatures they’ve gathered are from registered voters and that they are not forged or in any way fraudulent. The bill passed the Council last Monday, Aug. 21, by a vote of 8-0.
“It’s not going to solve the problem altogether, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Mayer says. "Hopefully, it will help us avoid the situation we had [in October 2005] during the campaign to put the minimum wage ordinance on the ballot--where we had about 3,000 false signatures.”
Rocking the Cause
The city denies a permit for a local youth event and draws the ire of organizers
Standing atop a soapbox on the stage of Civic Plaza, Rodrigo Rodríguez, 18, put down the feedback-inducing microphone and spoke to his peers without amplification.
Ortiz y Pino
Martineztown’s Big Flush
The term frequently kicked around is “hundred-year flood,” but if you can remember more than three such inundations in your own lifetime, that’s probably an inaccurate label to put on what Martineztown went through a couple of weeks ago. It might be more apt to call it a “12-year” flood.
[RE: Letters, “Crap No One Needs,” Aug. 24-30] Mr. Schrader, as you’ve relentlessly pointed out in the Albuquerque press for the last 20-plus years, you don’t pay taxes and encourage the rest of us to live as you do if we protest the war machine. You obviously don’t have the luxury of caring for dependents, for one thing. I applaud you for not supporting the war, but I defy you to prove that you do not ever benefit from the many other tax programs the rest of us fund, including the one used to put a sidewalk under your (bare) protesting feet.
The Real Side
Room At the Inn
How many churches do you figure we have in Albuquerque?
Our Yellow Pages list 553 churches (I counted them). Every one owns a building, be it a sprawling mega-church with a roller park or a plain cinder block chapel, inconspicuous on a residential street. It all adds up to a lot of real estate, and a lot of dry, safe, empty rooms between Sunday school classes.
At the same time, Albuquerque has an estimated 4,000 homeless people, many of them families with children. Shelters won’t let fathers or teenage boys live among women and girls. Consequently, the price of keeping a homeless family together can mean living out of a car, or worse.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Austria--A misguided bank robber was arrested after he tried to hold up his local town hall, thinking the historic building was a bank. Wearing a mask and waving a toy pistol, the unemployed man burst into the town hall in the village of Poggersdorf and shouted, “Hold up! Hold up!” The robber realized his mistake when an employee explained to him where he was, police said in a statement. The robber fled into some nearby woods but was arrested when he came back later to pick up his motorbike, which he had left parked outside the town hall.
A Gathering of Naturalists
Bernalillo County Open Space is hosting a series of livestreamed gardening events on the Bachechi Open Space Facebook page. On Saturday, August 8 starting at 2pm, A Gathering of Naturalists will have a panel discussion with members of the county’s master naturalist program about what a naturalist is, what they do, what projects they work on and some interesting facts about our metro area’s Open Space gems. This open to all-ages free discussion will include how the field of environmental conservation is evolving in an era of change due to the global COVID pandemic, social justice and the climate emergency. Not your style? Then what about on Saturday, August 22 at 2pm you check out a virtual field trip to look for the tracks and signs of wildlife that are found in our uniquely beautiful urban forest we call the Rio Grande Bosque. The virtual tour will be led by Michael Cox, a member of the county’s naturalist program and a volunteer at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. This free field trip is suitable for all ages of bug and critter trackers. For more info log on to www.bernco.gov/openspace.