Cover, Aug. 6: “Divert & Conquer”


Thank you, Laura Paskus, for such a great article about the Gila diversion proposal! A complex proposal distilled to its utterly senseless essence.


Cover, July 30: “Shattered”

Purest Form

I was shocked when I moved here from the Midwest last year to find how minimal and inconvenient Santa Fe's recycling program is. Towns where I have previously lived provided one 60-gallon toter for garbage and one 90-gallon toter for single-stream recycling (including No. 3-7 plastics, cereal-type boxes and corrugated cardboard that didn't require cutting down and binding). In some towns, recycling pickup was free, but there was a per-bag charge for garbage, which definitely encouraged recycling.



We have homes in both Claremont, Calif., and Nambé. We recycle in both places. But the rules are so different. In Claremont, we put everything recyclable into one single bin—papers, glass, plastic, cans—and the city sorts it out. In Santa Fe it is the individual who is responsible for the sorting. Sure, some non-recyclable stuff gets included in the bin in Claremont and has to be separated out by the city—they try to minimize that by sending a notice every year of what can and cannot be included but they aren't too strict about adherence to the policy if the stuff is in the ball park: The individual does not have to discriminate between what paper goods are or not acceptable, what plastics are or are not recyclable. Guess which of the two has greater participation in recycling?

Merrill Ring

News, Aug. 6: “Young, Smart”


Interns in the city program include Phil Davies and Zack Quintero, who is from Las Cruces. A story in last week's edition gave their wrong name and hometown, repectively.

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