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The police union wants their voice to be heard when it comes to changes in the Police Oversight Commission.

Albuquerque's Tea Party says they've been a target of the IRS and they still haven't been granted non-profit status.

A possible end game of Mayor Berry's Rio Grande Vision is imagined in one man's dystopian vision of the Bosque's future. 

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Comment by once banned twice shy on May 15, 2013 at 11:00am

You know, I was watching the news the night they had the whiny mom on complaining about her child getting pecked by a peacock.  Here's the deal:  make sure your kid stays away from wild animals.  Yes, that includes peacocks and no I don't buy the story from the mom that her darling child was just sitting mildly in the corner when a wild peacock attacked her.  Reminds me of the time I saw some stupid woman trying to get her child to stand next to a goose over at Tingley beach so she could take a picture.  Hello?  Lady?  Ever hear that geese are really, really mean?  You can bet that lady would be the first one screaming if the goose took a chunk out of her kid, though.

Comment by Phil_0 on May 15, 2013 at 11:08am

I am really torn about the Bosque plan...obviously paving the hell out of it would be terrible and some folk's vision of a place filled with boardwalks and ice cream shops and boat launchs really seems to ignore the fragility of the Rio Grande and its ecosystem (to say nothing of the many wonderful, quiet places that "enhanced" public access could destroy). That said, many of the existing public access points seem haphazard and kind of trashed and could use better infrastructure and some environmental restoration as well as a general sprucing up.

So far many of the plans under discussion seem like they'd enhance existing access points and improve the Bosque's interface with surrounding areas rather than impose a lot of new development...most of the new construction being discussed sounds like it would be sited just beyond the Bosque, rather than in it. That doesn't sound so bad, yet. I am intensely nervous for the future of this precious resource, but I guess not so convinced that the proposed changes point us in the direction of Limkin's apocalypse. At least I sure hope not.

Comment by hettie on May 15, 2013 at 1:49pm

My daughter and I were at the zoo last Friday and saw two different instances of people approaching very, very close to male peacocks whose tails were on full display. The common trope it that the display is a mating signal, but I've also read that it's an aggressive signal, essentially saying "I'm in attack mode!" The people just didn't seem to care that this was a living animal who was acting nervous and cornered, as they were only interested in getting photos. 

Comment by DCMc on May 15, 2013 at 4:10pm

The Tea Party is a political organization and should not receive nonprofit status.

Comment by PJH on May 15, 2013 at 8:56pm

What I've seen and heard of the proposed bosque plans do not alarm me at all.  I think that the more people who actually see the bosque or at least approach it and the river the more they will appreciate the gems that they are in our midst and the better it can be protected and preserved.  I'd bet that a large percentage of county residents have yet to see the Tingley Beach renovation and the number who have actually walked into the bosque itself must be miniscule.  Better to have better established trails, even boardwalks, than for the people that do enter to trample wherever they want.  That being said, I remember fondly the few times of nude sunbathing on an island and wading in the river, knowing that the bosque was so overgrown that it was unlikely many people, if anyone, would venture out.

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