This is the last week to make it to 4th of July Campground to enjoy the sugar maples turning crimson before they fall off in earnest. Thanks to Masshole for the reminder that it's that time of year. Many thanks to Celine for the camera… Continue
Ah, the fair. It's the yearly melting pot that brings Albuquerque and New Mexico together in the name of puke rides and funnel cakes. Horses, cattle, adorable bunny rabbits and artwork are hauled in from across the state. We identify with each other culturally through these things. It's one of the oldest methods of social engagement and definition. It smacks of the childlike excitement at the prospect of cotton candy and mechanical rides; it's tied strongly to ideas of discovery, or observation… Continue
Monday, September 16, 2009, 2:00 PM: PNM has just completed the final testing and my solar electric system is now turned on (Clouds form, rain falls). It's been quite a while since writing Part 1 so you may want to reread it for the backstory. This is a narrative and technical, detailing what's happened since last October and also the insights gained. Let's get… Continue
Our public schools are back in session this week, and I want to wish all of our parents, students and teachers great success.
Unfortunately, last week as our community prepared for the start of the school year, news on the education front was disheartening. Local news reports reminded us that the high school graduation rate in Albuquerque Public Schools continues to decline -- plummeting in 2008 to an entirely unacceptable 46.2 percent.
Last Thursday night, I attended the North Valley Coalition’s mayoral forum at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. I was looking forward to a lively discussion between myself and the other two candidates running for mayor.
Unfortunately, Martin Chavez did not attend as planned. According to event organizers, Chavez claimed he had an endorsement meeting with the Fraternal Order of Police, which resulted in his last minute cancellation.
The smoking gun showing Mayor Chavez's fiscal irresponsibility can be found in the unprecedented transfer of over $112 million in capital funds in order to pay city salaries and basic services as mayor.
We're going to a wedding at the end of the month and I need an outfit. The wedding is semi-formal, and it's happening at the ski lodge of Winter Park Resort in Colorado. I have a budget of probably $100. I'm also a new mom, so baby friendly is essential, and stylish-esque would be nice. Any non-mall ideas of where to go tomorrow afternoon?
Oh yes, it's hot. It's blazing. Nobody wants to be out in this. But your clothes do. Summer is a perfect time to explore the joys of solar laundry drying. My friends at the Hardy Women's Society asked if I could share this How-To video on taking advantage of our copious solar resources by using a clothesline. Take it away, Hardy Women's Society...
One thing I really appreciate about DCF is the desire to stay positive about our fair city.
I was recently at a workshop where people were talking about careers and livelihood in Albuquerque and was struck by the common theme of hate. These were all good people, mind you, people who wanted to be happy and prosperous. Yet each and every one of them (including me) was holding on to a reason for their unhappiness.
In a Channel 4 News report "Candidates Spar Over Term Limits," Richard again reaffirmed his belief that entrenched encumbancy leads to entrenched corruption. As a reminder, Richard put term limits on his own leadership position while serving in the NM State Senate and as Mayor he has vowed to work with Albuquerque's delegation at the Legislature to put forth a constitutional amendment so voters can put the… Continue
Ever wonder where to find chic, unique fashion choices in ABQ, even on a budget? Wonder no more. When you take my class this Saturday, July 25 from 10-11 am, Bargain & Budget Shopping in Albuquerque, you'll learn:
· How to think outside the box of your traditional shopping patterns to find chic, unique fashion choices.
· To plan for your purchases instead of just hunting for the latest, greatest and cheapest.
I'm getting ready for our Revenue Stabilization Committee meeting in Farmington and keep thinking about "the lesser of evils" and thought I'd reach out and see what others feel about the following potential situation. Lets say our state funding continues to fall, and we have stark choices. Hopefully it won't come to this but, what would you do?
- cut services (social service, schools, universities, government headcount?)
- cut headcount and/or across the board 10% cuts for… Continue