Editorial Note: These articles and images have been revisited (and some reprinted) as part of our "Editors' Picks" issue. The pieces can be viewed by clicking the links listed below. This issue was created with the intent of showcasing some of the Daily Lobo's best work from Aug. 2016 until now. Our news, sports, culture, photo and music editors — along with our Editor-in-Chief — selected some of the most memorable pieces and moments to compile this year-in-review style issue. Although we were unable to include everything in print, more of our favorites can be found online and in our archives.

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It was only a few months ago that UNM was under fire for the Scotland golf trip scandal — the athletic director at the time, Paul Krebs, allegedly used public funds from UNM to finance a golf trip for himself, coworkers and business friends.

Now, the focus has shifted to a new scandal involving perhaps the university’s most recognizable venue, “The Pit," recently renamed Dreamstyle Arena.

Many reports have suggested there are uncollected skybox ticket revenues that date back as far as 2010 and total $432,000.

The Lobo Club, the branch of UNM athletics charged with independent fundraising as well as financial management of the luxury suites, has come under heavy scrutiny for what appears to be errant and disorganized managing practices.

A local refugee choir performed traditional African dances, songs and drumming before exhibiting varieties of traditional dress in a captivating fashion show on July 16.

Co-founders of the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque, as well as New Mexico Women's Global Pathways, Lungile Sinandile and his wife Nkazi Sinandile organized the The Matunda Ya Yesu African Refugee Youth Choir performance and fashion show.

The event was held to benefit displaced youth from South African refugee camps. Each choir member spent weeks preparing for the event, sewing their own garments and handcrafting their own jewelry. Items were placed on sale, and proceeds aimed to benefit the youth choir members and their families, assisting them with living and back-to-school costs.

Temperatures recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport this summer maxed out at 103 degrees in June, posing a danger to the city’s homeless population.

Without regular and reliable opportunities to find air-conditioning, access to shade or regular hydration, the blistering heat of Albuquerque summers sends many homeless persons to emergency rooms with heat stroke and dehydration.

“The possibility of dehydration is always an issue during the summer months,” said Kathy Sotelo the executive assistant at Joy Junction, a local shelter. “But nothing changes when the weather changes, only the conditions do.”


AllOutVR STEM learning camps put on hold

STEM learning camps brought to life by UNM professor Elan Colello in partnership with VR Junkies at AllOutVR have been put on hold due to lack of participation.

The learning camps were originally scheduled to take place in two different segments between June 19 and 23, and July 17 and 21, but only four students registered for the program.

AllOutVR’s website advertises that “VR Days of Summer is the first STEM-based virtual reality camp in the nation.”

This collaboration between UNM and VR Junkies, while unique and cutting-edge, represents a continuation in a long tradition of using games, simulation and role play to enhance learning.

APD officer expected to live after shooting in NE ABQ

Following an hours-long standoff with SWAT, a man has been taken into custody after opening fire on APD officers responding to a domestic dispute late Wednesday night, injuring one officer.

When a man fired three rounds at officers setting a perimeter around the scene of a domestic violence dispatch, one officer was hit in the shoulder and taken by ambulance to UNMH.

Facing charges of aggravated battery on a police officer, false imprisonment, child abuse and misdemeanor domestic violence charges, Maximilano Villegas, 38, was booked into the county jail Thursday morning.

Trump repeal proposal affects at least 280,000 New Mexicans' drinking water

Last month, the Trump administration released a proposal to repeal the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States policy, which protected roughly 60 percent of U.S. streams from pollution under the Clean Water Rule, a policy under the Clean Water Act.

Trump signed an executive order in February instructing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to revise the policy. Fossil fuel companies, farmers and other groups opposed the Clean Water Rule, but without it some groups fear negative environmental impact.

UNM emeritus professor Bruce Thomson said the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, protecting various surface waters throughout the U.S. with a loose definition. Over the next 20 years, it was interpreted to be waters used in commerce and their tributaries. In 2015, the Clean Water Rule created a clear definition of which waters within the U.S. are protected.

Crime Briefs for July 10

Battery on a healthcare worker at UNMH

On the afternoon of June 17, a police officer was dispatched to the UNMH ER Mental Health Isolation Unit, regarding a patient intentionally smearing blood on a nurse. Upon arrival, the nurse involved in the incident told the officer a patient was placed in this unit after an ambulance brought him to the hospital for a suicide attempt. The officer saw the patient was restrained to a hospital bed, calm and sedated.

The nurse said the patient was initially non-cooperative, as he pulled off his hospital gown and pulse oximeter. He later calmed down and agreed to be placed on the oximeter again; while the nurse was doing so, she said he smeared blood from his open wound onto the left side of her face. The nurse said she washed the blood off immediately and notified her supervisor before calling police.

Local nonprofit provides legal help for environmental issues

The New Mexico Environmental Law Center held their second annual Beer with a Barrister event Wednesday night at Monks’ Corner Taproom to promote their organization as well as thank their supporters.

Nonprofit NMELC was founded 30 years ago by Executive Director Douglas Meiklejohn, who defines it as a space that “provides free legal services for protection of communities and the environment in New Mexico.”

In the Albuquerque area, the group is working with Kirtland Air Force Base to clean up their fuel spill in a timely and efficient manner. They are also working on a case involving a proposed development on the West Mesa, called Santolina, where more than 90,000 people live without an adequate water supply.

New regent chosen by Martinez

Former President and CEO of Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Alex Romero has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill the open seat on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

For nearly 50 years Romero has gained experience in New Mexico’s business community. He is a retired bank executive who spent 35 years in the banking industry in the Albuquerque area.

Romero is also the former Executive Vice President of Bank of America’s New Mexico Consumer Market Division, making him responsible for the bank’s marketing outreach and its New Mexico Banking Centers.

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