Our society is not very good at maintenance, especially when it comes to infrastructure!

We are so screwed on repairing roads, airports, water facilities, electrical facilities, bridges, buildings, museums, schools, parking lots, sewers, and so much more. We let them slide and now we should start to fix them but money is tight.

It is like owning a house. There are things you know need fixing but you don’t have the money or time. Now we have to fix EVERYTHING! Things are far beyond their lifespan and are running on borrowed time.

Some of our streets have potholes in potholes. Our sewer system is old and is constantly breaking and flooding causing millions of dollars in damage. After each winter, airports have runway damage. They have buildings that don’t make it anymore – remember that water pipe that burst during holiday traffic?

Our electrical system goes down and is really susceptible to hacks. In summer, it can’t handle air-conditioners and other uses.

So, we have to start fixing everything. Our politicians who were supposed to be stewards of our infrastructure were asleep at the wheel. They were too busy fighting with each other. What cost a major amount of money when it was built now costs a lot more to fix. And when things were built we were just inconvenienced in one area. Now it is everywhere. But we have to start somewhere. We are so screwed.

Barbe Awalt


FRANCELLE ALEXANDER ("Albuquerque's North Valley")
Feb 15: Bookworks, Rio Grande Blvd, 6pm
Feb 17: Los Ranchos Village Hall, 11am to 1pm
Feb 18: Treasure House Books, Old Town Plaza, 1pm
Mar 13: North Valley Senior Center, 10a to 12 noon, Albuquerque
May 5: Albuquerque's North Valley, Hispanic Genealogy Research Center, 10:30am at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Feb 10: "Space Pioneers," 10:30am at Special Collection Library, Albuquerque

Feb 3: Capt Maxilliano Luna at Hispanic Genealogy Research Center, 10:30am at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
Feb 17: Capt Maxilliano Luna at Los Lunas Museum, 2pm, Los Lunas, NM

Feb 6: Film clip-illustrated talk, Hollywood’s Visions Trips and Crowded Rooms, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UNM Continuing Education, South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE 1-3pm
Feb 17: “Green Burial Options in New Mexico,” Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria Road NW, Albuquerque 2pm
Mar 9-11: The Newly-Dead Game® and the documentary “Grandpa’s in the TUFF Shed,”
Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado

Mar 3: Historic Route 66, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 10:30am, Albuquerque

ROSS VAN DUSEN ("What Makes the Lightning?", "How the Crocka Dog Came to Be"; and "Lyle Got Stuck in a Tree")

Feb 22: Special Assembly on How the Crocka Dog Came to Be at Piñon Elementary School White Rock, NM
Apr 28: Battle of the Books at Los Lunas Schools, 8am-1pm
Jun 2: Book signing at Treasure House Books, 2012 South Plaza, Albuquerque Old Town,