Proposed rules would stop ‘light pollution’
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An ordinance that would require outdoor light fixtures to have shields to prevent light from shining off the property passed the first of two readings Wednesday night.

The vote came at the Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting Wednesday night at City Hall.

The ordinance aims for outdoor lighting that conforms to the Night Sky Protection Act, use best practices and curtail light pollution, meaning light that goes past the area it’s intended to illuminate and causes problems. In some cases it’s stricter than the state’s law.

Councilor Mark Scott, who owns a lighting business, said the ordinance incorporated recommendations from a recent city task force, the NAIOP commercial development organization, PNM and Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company. It’s similar to the rules in Santa Fe, Corrales and other cities in the nation.

“So this isn’t something brand new,” Scott said. “It’s been adopted in many, many places.”

The rules would require new outdoor lights and replacements of existing fixtures to be shielded so the light couldn’t spill off the property to annoy or blind neighbors or passers-by, and so that the night sky could remain dark. It also li…………… continues on Albuquerque Journal

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The debris of change: Vortex Theatre transforms former art supply store
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The new Vortex Theatre will be located in a building long occupied by Langell’s Art Supplies on Carlisle NE. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

In the 2010 production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” members of the Vortex Theatre were reduced to mopping up water from the stage during a summer monsoon.

By Friday, Sept. 5, that leaky roof will dissolve into anecdotes from the theater’s past.

After spending nearly 36 years near the University of New Mexico, the theater has landed into its own $ 875,000 home in what was once an art supply store at 2900 Carlisle NE.

The 7,500-square-foot space is a building in transition. While workers have plastered the familiar Vortex name and spiral logo onto its street side, a faded brown Langell’s Art Supplies sign still reigns over the parking lot. The store closed i…………… continues on Albuquerque Journal

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