As Albuquerque is mired in debate over a proposal to improve the I-25/Paseo del Norte interchange, local leaders have been hearing from a visitor with some different ideas about infrastructure and development. Chuck Marohn with the Minnesota-based organization Strong Towns, is an engineer and planner with a growing national audience.
For the last several years a diverse coalition has been working quietly to lay the groundwork for a new Wilderness Area near Taos. With New Mexico’s senior Senator and long-time wilderness advocate, Jeff Bingaman, set to retire soon, the group recently took its campaign public. KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard headed north to find out more.
Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve held their spring meeting today and expressed optimism about the ecosystem’s recovery after last summer’s Las Conchas fire. KUNM’s Carrie Jung has more.
Thu 3/15 8am: When it comes to recycling in New Mexico, there is nowhere to go but up. And that’s the plan! Major efforts are underway to improve the state’s recycling rate, but what will it take to get us caught up with the rest of the nation? What would it take to get YOU in the recycling spirit?
On a recent sustainability report card, Taos Ski Valley earned one of the worst scores in the western United States. But as KUNM’s Carrie Jung reports, it’s a grade that resort managers say only paints part of the picture.
The Bernalillo County Commission will consider a proposal to require inspections of aging septic systems next week. The commission scrapped one ordinance last year that would have required all older systems to be replaced by 2015. Advocates of the new measure say it’s a reasonable compromise. But opponents say it’s just unfair. KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.
Find a scedule of public meetings on this issue here.