Bruce Sterling's lead editorial in SEED Magazine's feature on the 21st
century enumerates the disastrous contradictions and changes in the
shifting global mindset, and scathingly demands that we fix them. This
is inflaming, heady stuff.
Who-knows-who would-be water entrepreneurs sneak under the wire of new state legislation on deep salty wells. From the Santa Fe New Mexican:
On Monday, five companies with undisclosed ownership notified the state
engineer that they intend to drill deep wells in the Santa Fe area and
pump out up to 24 billion gallons a year.
They are among various companies that in the past year have been
preparing to exploit a rare, unappropriated water supply that underlies
the Rio Grande Valley before the New Mexico Legislature considers a
bill that could give the state engineer authority over deep wells.
Used clothes may smell of dead people's perfume. Thrift store treasures are carefully examined as I remove each item from the shopping bag. The dog and cat assist and we occasionally make faces together as the accumulated history is revealed in a sniff.
Councilor Cadigan told the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Albuquerque (where Mayor Marty dared not tread) about the SunCal phenomenon and local planning struggles, including the New Mexico State Transportation Commission's proposal to use stimulus money for an interchange project very much to SunCal's benefit.
LA Times notes that Equestrian Culture may be fading into the sunset - and not just in Southern California.
"This is a dying phenomenon," said Barbara Blanco, a Loyola law
professor and amateur horsewoman. "I am convinced we are the last
generation that will keep horses in our yards."
Horses are "increasingly a very expensive luxury," she said.In the San Fernando Valley, Benson and others have formed an advocacy
group, the Los Angeles Horse Council, to argue for zoning and other
changes that could benefit horse owners.
The third-generation horse owner estimates that more than 50 stables in
Lake View Terrace, Sylmar and Sun Valley have closed in the last decade. That should be of concern even to those who wouldn't dream of climbing onto a horse's back, she said.
According to Benson, the vanishing of horses is a sign that "we are
separated from the land. . . . People are afraid of the dirt. They are
afraid of the dark. They have no sense of their place in the natural
The man who headed Rio Rancho's development department for more than a decade died Friday. Police have not determined a cause of death for Art Corsie, 57, who was found near his car. His car was parked on the mesa west of Southern and 10th Street SE
in Rio Rancho, a common area for walkers and joggers. Police do not
believe his death was suspicious, Rio Rancho police spokesman John
Rio Rancho residents in the "mature" part of that sprawling burg are catching on about the difficulty of paying for repair and maintenance when you're busy bonding to benefit builders. Rosalie Rayburn obscures the point in the Albuquerque Journal West story about the proposed distribution of a $25 million tax-funded bond package.
From the Denver Post comes news of a commercial real estate bailout - spurring more wonder about the wisdom of
encouraging SunCal's construction in Albuquerque through TIDD bonds. Bonds to finance infrastructure, to support more building, with loaned money.