$187,000 bridge has some fired up

A little bitty bridge with a great big pricetag has some Bernalillo County taxpayers upset. Full Story
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David Nicol

Albuquerque, NM

#43 Jul 18, 2008
I am embarrassed for Stuart Dyson and KOB news for the report on the expensive bridge. It was not reporting so much as it was a forum for Dyson to promote himself. For KOB to report it as news shows them to be a very carelessly run operation.

No one who was involved in the decision of placing the bridge there was interviewed. Why should we believe Dysonís statements about why the bridge was built? We only got the quotes from regular people who it appears were only informed about the bridge by Dyson right then, as though Dyson set they whole thing up.

He didnít interview the doctorís widow or her children to see what an effect it has had on their lives to not have him around anymore. He didnít interview any of the people who worked with the doctor in the ER of UNMH to find out how many lives he affected. In fact he was comfortable tossing off the death of this well respected doctor as just another everyday occurrence, punctuating his disregard for this doctorís life by using a rock as the doctorís stand-in.

One mistake was glaringly obvious to anyone who knows the facts of the doctorís death. The little planked bridge that he refers to, from which he dropped the rock, is the real bridge where the doctor died. So this bridge has not replaced that bridge at all. Was it really done for the reasons Dyson states? My guess is weíll never know. Again, this was a poor excuse for objective news and reporting and it reflects poorly on Stuart Dyson and KOB.
just thinking

Albuquerque, NM

#44 Jul 19, 2008
I think this is a real example of our system's over the top government regulations. In order to follow all the "safety" regulations for a simple little path bridge, everyone and their brother in the government has a rule... then add in the overpricing of materials, and work.. it goes on and on, and you end up with that bridge, and no one can sue anyone because all these rules are followed. Its a good example in the difference between governmental sense and common sense. As a tax payer, I can do one of three things, laugh, cry or get angry... since its already up, I think I will just laugh at it, and fire off my usual and numerous emails to our governmental representatives asking them to explain, I encourage everyone else to do the same..... the only way to stop such garbage is to let the elected know that the voters are watching what is allowed.
Lil Bush

Belen, NM

#45 Jul 19, 2008
David Nicol wrote:
I am embarrassed for Stuart Dyson and KOB news for the report on the expensive bridge. It was not reporting so much as it was a forum for Dyson to promote himself. For KOB to report it as news shows them to be a very carelessly run operation.
No one who was involved in the decision of placing the bridge there was interviewed. Why should we believe Dysonís statements about why the bridge was built? We only got the quotes from regular people who it appears were only informed about the bridge by Dyson right then, as though Dyson set they whole thing up.
He didnít interview the doctorís widow or her children to see what an effect it has had on their lives to not have him around anymore. He didnít interview any of the people who worked with the doctor in the ER of UNMH to find out how many lives he affected. In fact he was comfortable tossing off the death of this well respected doctor as just another everyday occurrence, punctuating his disregard for this doctorís life by using a rock as the doctorís stand-in.
One mistake was glaringly obvious to anyone who knows the facts of the doctorís death. The little planked bridge that he refers to, from which he dropped the rock, is the real bridge where the doctor died. So this bridge has not replaced that bridge at all. Was it really done for the reasons Dyson states? My guess is weíll never know. Again, this was a poor excuse for objective news and reporting and it reflects poorly on Stuart Dyson and KOB.
Dyson is an idiot. He reminds me of that goofball staunch broadcastor on Murphy Brown. I think he truly believes that blowing up a paperbag is onthe same level as blowing up the World Trade Center
Alison

Albuquerque, NM

#46 Jul 19, 2008
Woa! Slow down everyone. Many of you that are posting seem sure you know everything and are very willing to run off at the keyboard about whatever triggers your buttons. I believe you are connecting facts (many of which are wrong) that have little to do with one another. First the cost of the bridge and the memorial to Dr. McKinney are unconnected. The old plank footbridge has been a danger for years and many people have been trying to get it replaced. AND, did the article mention a lawsuit by the family?? I believe you are making assumptions. I happen to know the family did not sue the city but did request a memorial. Please remember your humanity when you are ranting and raving - a husband and father of two died in a tragic accident. Like this bridge or hate it - a new bridge was badly needed and I am grateful that it is there.

“"Dovie'andi se tovya sagain" ”

Since: Jul 07

MN -now- Hampton Roads

#47 Jul 20, 2008
Bridge Neighbor wrote:
This bridge to nowhere is part of a larger project called "Ditches with Trails".
State Senator Dede Feldman has secured well over one million tax dollars for these folks to play with. Unless the MRGCD stops this fiasco at their meeting on 7/28,you ain't seen nothing yet...
Well, if they got a million dollars for the trails, then they just spent almost 1/5 of it on a 20 foot bridge? Looks like a nice bridge though, solid and lots of space. Just seems like a lot of money for something that could of been a bit less solid - maybe a gaint concrete culvert and then pave the top of it - a lot cheaper.

“"Dovie'andi se tovya sagain" ”

Since: Jul 07

MN -now- Hampton Roads

#48 Jul 20, 2008
>>>Nan---David Nicol---Alison<<<
Nice information, thanks for puting it out, would of been nice to get some of that information in the story itself, but then it would not of been 'a story about wasteful gov't spending' I suppose. Thanks again.(why does my ISP bounce all over so much?)
Fred C Dobbs

Hayward, CA

#49 Jul 20, 2008
WOW! huge in depth article. Christ was that written by a 10yr old. Did someone force the doctor across the bridge? Did the bridge collapse? How do I get a ABQ contract? Really makes that old saying "I got a bridge to sell ya" ring home.
Fred C Dobbs

Hayward, CA

#50 Jul 20, 2008
Here is another question. Why doesn't KOB and their game show announcer man on the spot report this kinda BS while something can be done about it? That would be called investigative reporting. They are complicit in the crap going on around ABQ.
Lucia M

Albuquerque, NM

#51 Jul 20, 2008
I didn't see the report. Did Stuart at least have his shirt tucked in and his fly up this time? I swear, most of the times that dude looks like he rolled out of bed after a bender and headed to work.
Lucia M

Albuquerque, NM

#52 Jul 20, 2008
I just read up on this doctor and now feel bad to have used this place to dump on poor Stuart. Especially since today's the 5th anniversary of this man's death. Bad on me. Hope the family is doing well. Sorry. :-(
cops kid

Albuquerque, NM

#53 Jul 20, 2008
So how many months will this bridge last before they have to tear it up to repave? Again, they spend lots of money to build something that won't last.
CornDog

Albuquerque, NM

#54 Jul 20, 2008
Too bad people there can't use regular streets to cross the arroyo's like the rest of us in Abq do.
Michael Howard

Albuquerque, NM

#55 Jul 21, 2008
July 21, 2008
Letter to Stuart Dyson KOB-TV,
This week marks the 5 year anniversary of the loss of one of my dearest friends, Dr. Patrick McKinney. Pat was mountain biking alone on a summer evening and likely slid his front tire off the dusty two plank bridge that crosses the main ditch about a mile from his home. An unforgiving moment that went unwitnessed and unaided in a beautiful spot under the cottonwoods in the North Valley. When Pat was discovered his body was uninjured save a small cut under his left cheek where, I assume, he struck his face, rendering him unconscious and unable to save himself from the three feet of murky ditch water. Now, Patrick wonít get to parent his two sons into manhood, and he wonít grow old with his college sweetheart. None of us will get to benefit from his potential contributions to the health, welfare and safety of all New Mexicans as the statesí Poison Control Director and a as Professor of Emergency Medicine at UNM Hospital.
Now there is another thing that Patrick, and his family for that matter, will not be able to do. He wonít be able to counter the accusations and stem the controversy spurred by your report on July 17, 2008 ( http://kob.com/article/stories/S514447.shtml... ). If I might, perhaps I could help you to understand Patrick in that I know he would agree that $187,000 seems an exorbitant amount for a ditch crossing and the details of why and how this came about would to him seem to be the lost kernel of your story. Where in this does any fault lay with a citizen appealing for a safer place for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians to cross and a subtle memorial to a lost community leader? Pat would only ask that we make it safe and accessible so that all could enjoy the health and spiritual benefits of a brisk spin through the riparian wonder that surrounds us. Neither he, nor his family would leverage that price tag but they would appreciate the trail..
On this 5th anniversary of his tragic accident, it pains me to think his widow had to watch the image of your dropping a rock into the ditch at the very spot Patrick McKinney lost his life. I wonder if this was done out of callousness or with the shallow emotional impotence that seems to be sweep the evening news. Would you splash blood on the pavement at the site of a fatal accident? Is an apology for this lack of sensitivity and disrespect out of the question? Had you only had a chance to meet Dr. McKinney, as the patient listener to a toxicologic mystery, the adept clinician managing an emergency or the light-hearted, witty adventurer unraveling the miracles of the world around us so that you might have enjoy his bliss and truly understood how a modicum of kindness and consideration can improve our world.
Respectfully,
Michael Howard, MD, PhD
Taos NM

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