News, August 10: “Bikes in the Woods”
We All Ride Together
Mountain bikers didn’t mourn the establishment of the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Area, as was reported. Instead, we celebrated, along with the rest of the community, the permanent protection of a spectacular area and the establishment of a new 20-mile loop trail.
With less than 2 percent wilderness, New Mexico has relatively less wilderness than other Western states. Wilderness advocates and mountain bikers share a lot of common ground and I consider myself both, just like thousands of others who cherish our country’s natural treasures. ... Without the pristine views, clean water, and abundant wildlife, our life in Santa Fe would be very different.
Opponents of federal public lands, like Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), will use any means to attempt to divide and conquer these groups for the purpose of allowing commercial development of our public lands. Instead, let’s continue work together to honor these last wild places and also promote healthy outdoor activities for all citizens.
News, August 17: “Short Supply”
Let Them Have Meds
This isn’t the first time that SFR has reported about shortages of medications. The regulators’ conservative philosophies are clearly more important to them than the act legalizing cannabis as medication. They’re creating bigger health care disparities for low-income residents around the state. Kelly O’Donnell’s market report is a real wake-up call for the industry. ... Peter St. Cyr needs to find out if lawmakers have the will to hold the bureaucrats responsible or at least provide critical oversight.
Cover, August 17: “Cannabusted”
Trust the Men in Blue
Different parts of government aren’t talking to each other. Cops should be able to arrest people for barbaric behavior disruptive to the welfare of the community. If pot is involved it would be a coincidence. Santa Fe cops can’t be expected to perform intelligently under conflicting regulations. I will continue to trust their mostly good judgement.
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