Friday, August 10, 2012


Two days in the Mountains of Pendairies, NM was a great tonic.  I limped and drove around the golf course on my bad knee and we generally enjoyed our selves. This video is of the diabolical 10th hole. By the way, the summer chef at the restaurant at the small hotel in Pendairies is really a master.  If you go up there to play golf or look around be sure and stop in for dinner.

I read this morning that the City Council will, at Brad Winter's urging, try and issue bonds for the Paseo/I-25 interchange with out going to a vote.  This whole mismanaged affair just gets more ridiculous.  I can remember Winters insisting that the public should vote on everything when I was Mayor.  He demanded it and we complied.  Now, he  has a change of  heart.  I hope the city council just rejects this and either funds a mail in ballot question or waits until next year.  With low interest rates I would go for the mail in ballot right now.  It would likely pay for itself.

What is more interesting is the city council dragging its feet on issuing a decision on the ill advised location of a Walmart on Coors and Montano.  I know this game.  They are trying to outlast the opponents.  Then they can give a go ahead to the project which will force a future Mayor and Council to go through another ordeal like the Paseo/I-25 fiasco because the interchange at Montano will need rebuilding to the tunes of tens of millions of dollars.  Corporate America seems to own some of these players on the Council.

The same with the County Commission who is handing out incentives to Lowes Home Improvement Centers.   Even after their blatant discrimination against the Islamic community last year.  You will remember they pulled advertising from a reality show about an American Islamic family after getting pressure from right wing Christian fundamentalists.  Not a peep from the Commissioners about this.  At least Lowes' champion, Maggie Hart Stebbins, could ask for some guarantees from the company that this kind of behavior won't happen again.

1 comment:

Rodney said...

Pandairies is the one attractive northern NM course I've not made it to yet and that will have to change soon. AFTER a Monterey Ca. trip first though!

As for the Paseo/I-25 interchange? JUST SAY NO. No, until Rio Rancho and Sandoval County are on the hook for as least as much as the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County residents are. Other than Rio Rancho having finally formed their own school system, they continue to be a parasite on Albuquerque. It's like, what's up with Bernalillo County residents being the only county liable for vehicle emmissions inspection while Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance county drivers who commute to ABQ daily getting a pass?