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SF New Mexican:

Century-old cottonwood finally gets ax. I was walking by this cottonwood the other day, thinking I should find a way to photograph it.  Opportunity lost, forever.

12/07/05 • 09:43 AM • EnvironmentalPersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Santa Fe Community College goes biomass, at least in a small way.

12/06/05 • 09:34 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


Taiwan Skyscraper *Causing* Quakes?  My emphasis.

12/05/05 • 08:11 AM • EnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Newest wind ranch, at Elida, nearing finish.  The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind ... well, at least one of the answers to energy independence.

12/02/05 • 07:57 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (3) Comments

The inefficiency of my fireplace

had me digging around for information on Russian fireplaces.

11/19/05 • 08:41 AM • EnvironmentalPersonal • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Panel fears Los Alamos Lab pits’ radioactive waste could seep into water.  “... the lab is not using liners on the waste pits is based on the lab’s best judgment.”  Most should recall that plutonium has been found in the mud at Cochiti Lake, just downstream from LA, PCBs in the fish ... and perchlorate is showing up in wells of the area.  Best judgment.

11/17/05 • 08:47 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force.  “... something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.”

11/16/05 • 04:32 PM • EnvironmentalLawPolitics • (4) Comments


intends to fight high energy prices.  Ya gotta see how.

11/11/05 • 09:42 PM • ConsumptionDesignEnvironmentalHealth • (2) Comments

NY Times National:

House Shelves Alaska Drilling in Budget Fight. “There is a clear message from the election results all over the country ... [snip] ... The American people, by and large as a body politic, are looking for a more centrist approach.”

11/10/05 • 10:59 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Fashion mogul plans hilltop palacio. Sounds like he’s doing his utmost to minimize the impact of building on a legal hilltop lot.

11/10/05 • 09:46 AM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments


People for the Ethical Treatment of Pumpkins.

11/09/05 • 09:19 PM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalFood • (0) Comments

NY Times/AP:

Senators Grill Oil Executives.  Oh, a tongue-lashing and a bit of fine-feathered display is so painful.  “Thou shalt not touch thy compaign contributors profits ...”

11/09/05 • 10:28 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times Editorial:

A Thought for Interior.

11/03/05 • 12:28 PM • Environmental • (0) Comments

NY Times Business:

Exxon-Mobil profits up 75%.

Later: Shell, too.  “Exxon Mobil exceeded $100 billion in revenue for the first time. Revenue rose 32 percent to $100.7 billion, dwarfing the economies of such countries as Egypt and the Philippines. Shell’s revenue climbed to $94.7 billion from $89 billion.”

Note, one of the numbers to watch is “refinery margins”.

10/27/05 • 10:23 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Republicans Ask Oil Industry for Help With Fuel Prices.  Fair weather friends.

10/26/05 • 08:39 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Sandoval Co: 1872 law might allow mining firm to buy BLM land dirt-cheap.  “The deals fall under an 1872 mining law that lets the government sell public lands that contain minerals for just $2.50 or $5 an acre. This type of sale, known as a patent, gives companies absolute title to the property.”  I wonder if private citizens can get in on this, if they own a shovel.

10/26/05 • 08:21 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalHistorySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Good news:  Administration drops plans for nuclear bunker-buster.

10/26/05 • 08:19 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments

Washington Post:

Investigators Link Levee Failures to Design Flaws.  Just out of curiousity, I did a quick search on ‘sue army corps of engineers’ ... looks like a popular pastime.  I theorize that, even if some of the pilings failed, the interconnections between panels should have secured the structure and distributed the load.  I’m curious if there are areas where the pilings held, or only slightly moved, but the interconnections failed.

10/24/05 • 09:48 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsLawNature • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Bottom line, recycle your PC.

10/24/05 • 08:17 AM • EnvironmentalHuman Rights • (0) Comments

NY Times International:

Behind Gold’s Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions.  “Some metal mines, including gold mines, have become the near-equivalent of nuclear waste dumps that must be tended in perpetuity. Hard-rock mining generates more toxic waste than any other industry in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency estimated last year that the cost of cleaning up metal mines could reach $54 billion.”  We still have large untouched expanses here in the Western Rockies, but in a day’s driving you’re usually sure to come across more than a few tailing piles.

10/24/05 • 08:08 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Residents to see large increase in gas bill.  “As prices for fossil fuels rise, Sardella said, it is becoming increasingly obvious that everyone must make the switch to renewable-energy sources.  The best way to have those energy sources benefit the local economy is to keep them locally owned ...”

10/24/05 • 08:00 AM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Chimayo’s red chile, close to extinction?  Say it ain’t so!  “The chile, grown locally since the 17th century, is close to extinction. But if they get their way, Chimayó red might not only make a comeback, it might wind up listed as a featured ingredient on the swankiest menus in the country, like the Meyer lemon, the Vidalia onion or the Key lime.”  And so it should be.

10/24/05 • 07:57 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments

NY Times Editorial:

National Parks under siege.  The parks have been ignored, defunded, gored by popularity ... and now they want motorized vehicles?  Sorry, not on *my* watch.  If you want to wait for embryo-free embryonic stem cells, I want you to wait for electric silent leave-no-trace vehicles.  Then again, perhaps the wolves and grizzlies of Yellowstone will see people on ATV’s as “meals on wheels” ... our parks are intended to be the original dark and mysterious jungle, not the predictable zoo with near-domestic animals.

10/21/05 • 09:27 AM • EnvironmentalHistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments

NY Times:

Arctic Map Vanishes, and Oil Area Expands.  Reminds me of the old treaty shenanigans of the 1800’s.

10/21/05 • 09:18 AM • EnvironmentalHistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Brick by brick: A century’s worth of repairs ‘undone’ on Santa Fe’s Oldest House.  I remember Groucho’s comment: “Stucco?  Oh how you can get stuck-o.”  Cement stucco destroys adobe, whereas ‘old fashioned’ mud plastering each year preserves it.

10/21/05 • 08:47 AM • DesignEnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments
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