Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

It's Hard to Say Goodbye.(Final)

Byline: Road Warrior D'Val Westphal Of the Journal

ALBUQUERQUE DRIVERS LOSE A FRIEND: I got my last e-mail from Ray Chavez on June 20.

As always, it was to the point but crammed with information. He'd found out when a city street was scheduled for repair, when work would finally wrap up on another, dispatched the pothole truck to a third, ordered a drainage grill adjustment to eliminate a bad bump on a fourth, and forwarded a question that was in the county's jurisdiction about a dip in the South Valley.

That will always be Ray Chavez to me. The only city Street Maintenance manager I've known since starting this column seven years ago, Chavez was someone you could go to with a stack of drivers' concerns and get answers. …

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