• I avoided this story for a day or two because technically Silver City is not near our beloved Duke City, but once Jezebel jumps on it, uses the word "janky" and tips us off to a treasure trove of local yokel comments, I acquiesce. You can thank me later.
  • This is potentially the BIGGEST news of the year, LITERALLY.
  • If you fall prey to clicking on the paid line items at the tops of Google searches, watch out forthis State MVD scam.
  • This fake self-written news story on cnn.com belies the actual issue. Is the city exempt from recompense in this situation? Here's the business page of the author/business owner. Looks like a stand-up business.
  • JCC and former head of Homebuilders Assn. are starting a Green Building Summer Camp for kids.
  • Newscastic.com, while not my favorite source for local information, does a nice job with this shortlist of upcoming TV and Film projects in the area.

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Comment by once banned twice shy on January 30, 2014 at 9:21am

Yeah, Jezebel jumped on that toe Jesus story and got the facts wrong by saying it was an Albuquerque-area woman (actually Silver City) and then manages to transpose some of the letters of KRQE.  I guess to Jezebel we're all just a bunch of stupid New Mexicans, so who cares what town the story comes from?

And I'll look forward to an alternative to the Journal in Albq.  Wish them much success.

Comment by shotsie on January 30, 2014 at 10:30am

My fave snark comment from Jezebel is: "So god's a foot fetishist?"

About the CNN article - in my hood, two garages were built next to their neighbors property line (with the neighbors being intimidated, er, asked nicely to sign the proper piece of paper.)  One garage was definitely built to accommodate a painting business, and is two-story, so the windows now look over their neighbors property, and also cuts off their view of the mountains.  Great!  (I'll bet the third garage in the story is being used for the guy's business - why else does he need it for?)

Anyway, I'd like to see a way for the affected next door neighbor to be compensated for their loss of view - you shouldn't be made to feel like a jerk for not signing your property rights (and value) away, just so a neighbor can avoid the extra cost of building within his/her property lines properly.  You give your neighbor a cash settlement to make him/her happy, otherwise you don't get your permit.  The city could even set a standard % of a fee (like 1-3% of the property value), given to the effected party, with a checkoff box for declining this fee.  Selling a house is much harder when your next door neighbor encroaches on the utility easement - the neighbor should receive compensation.  

Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on January 30, 2014 at 10:36am

I think my main sticking point on the situation (which, granted, is written by and from the point of view of the building party) is that the City erred in the proper distance (treating the "back of property setback" which is 15 feet, as a "side of property setback", which is only 5 feet) and the neighbor actually SIGNED it the first time? It's confusing, but I think your view is that the builder has most if not all of the fault, and I don't think that's the case here.

Comment by Laura F. Sanchez on January 30, 2014 at 3:05pm

Re the story about the upcoming ABQ Free Prees, how very cool that a former Albuquerque journalist at the Alibi, Christie Chisholm, is now an associate editor/production editor at the Columbia Journalism Review.


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