The Wright Amendment

Former Mayor of Albuquerque Jim Baca on his blog Only In New Mexico posts “Somebody Do Something“.

Mayor Berry and Governor Martinez. There is a new giant economic time bomb ticking for the Duke City and it will go off in one year. Next October a federal law known as the Wright amendment will sunset. This is the law that required Southwest Airlines to land their aircraft in bordering states before continuing on to any other destination. This amendment was a deal worked out decades ago to make sure that the new Dallas-Fort Worth Airport would be able to pay off their bonds by trying to force airlines to use its facilities. The amendment said any airline that flew out of the old Dallas Love field had to land in a neighboring state. Southwest stayed at Love Field. So Albuquerque became a major stop for all Southwest flights. Ever wonder why there were so many flights from here to Las Vegas? Because all flights out of Dallas Love had to stop here first.

More on the Wright Amendment from Wikipedia.

The Wright Amendment of 1979 is a federal law governing traffic at Dallas Love Field, an airport in Dallas, Texas, USA, with some provisions also applying to other airfields in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex including Fort Worth Meacham International Airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport and Addison Airport. It originally limited most non-stop flights to destinations within Texas and neighboring states. Additional states were added to the permissible area in 1997 and 2005. In 2006, the amendment was repealed but left some restrictions intact until October 16, 2014 but with an added restriction on the number of gates allowed.

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The Albuquerque McDonalds Hot Coffee Lawsuit Revisited

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The New York Times Video “Scalded by Coffee, Then News Media” looks at how the facts were misrepresented in the 1994 “Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants” lawsuit.

In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out there was more to the story.

The McDonalds restaurant is still at 5001 Gibson Boulevard S.E, Albuquerque, NM.

Western Refining Screws Up Gasoline Again

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In March 2008 I wrote Major Fuck-Up By Local Gasoline Distributor when Western Refining delivered diesel gas to regular gas pumps. This time the gas had water mixed in. From the Albuquerque Journal “Hotline set up for cars that got contaminated gasoline

The Giant gas station chain has set up a new claims hotline to help customers experiencing car trouble after buying bad fuel at two Albuquerque-area stations.

The Giant stores at 6570 Paradise NW and 1050 N.M. 528 in Rio Rancho each sold contaminated gas Tuesday, according to company spokesman Gary Hanson.

Drivers who bought it may notice a rough idle or have difficulty accelerating, Hanson said. The company plans to reimburse drivers for the repairs associated with the bad gas.

Hanson said officials believe a water leak into one of the Gallup refinery’s storage tanks is to blame, but the company is still investigating.

"Space Race" Reality Show To Film At Spaceport America

New Mexico will get another new show according to NBCnews.com “NBC teams up with Virgin Galactic for ‘Space Race’ reality TV show

NBC says it’s reached a deal with Virgin Galactic and reality TV producer Mark Burnett to create a television series called “Space Race,” which will follow contestants as they compete to win a flight into space aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane.

SpaceShipTwo is currently in the midst of flight tests at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port, and could take passengers on suborbital space rides as early as next year. But it’s too early to say when “Space Race” will air, or when the show’s winner would fly, said Clare Anne Darragh, a spokeswoman for Burnett’s production company, One Three Media.

More than 600 customers have made their reservations for SpaceShipTwo flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico, at a current price of $250,000 per seat.