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Morning Word: Evidence Shows Griego's Involvement in Real Estate Deal

July 6, 2016, 7:00 am
Evidence Presented in Griego Case
Prosecutors at a preliminary hearing Monday presented former state Sen. Phil Griego as a sophisticated politician who knew what he was doing when he ushered through the sale of a piece of land he later made a profit on. State District Judge Brett Loveless heard from four witnesses—including this reporter—to determine if Griego should stand trial on 10 political corruption charges.

Boyd Leaving Santa Fe Schools
After being considered for top jobs in Dallas and Nashville, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd is leaving for California. He’s accepted a job with a San Francisco-based educational software company.

Food Assistance Delays Impact New Mexicans' Lives 
Ahead of another day of hearings in federal court in Las Cruces today, KUNM’s Marisa Demarco reports on how the delays processing Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program applications in New Mexico have impacted some New Mexicans’ lives.

Bosque del Apache Fire Continues to Burn
The 700-acre wildfire burning in the Bosque del Apache is only 10 percent contained this morning. KRQE reports no structures are threatened:
Fire officials say about 120 personnel working the fire right now from various agencies including, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Socorro County Fire. In additional to other crews, officials say San Antonio Volunteer Firefighters and Midway Volunteer firefighters are assisting. They were among the first to arrive. 
Officials Consider Water Delivery Alternatives
Tribal officials in northwestern New Mexico are talking to federal officials about conducting a study to develop irrigation contingency plans in the event of another toxic chemical spill, like last year’s Gold King Mine dump into the Animas River.

Bale Set to Film in New Mexico
Actor Christian Bale is coming to New Mexico to work on director Scott Cooper’s new film Hostiles, a big budget production featuring Santa Fe actor Wes Studi. The state’s film office estimates that about 350 New Mexico crew members will be hired for the project, along with local actors.

Bear Sightings Increase
The actors need to be on the lookout for wildlife while they’re shooting the film in Los Alamos County. Officials there report an increase in bear sightings, according to KOB.

Paying Tribute
We missed this over the Fourth of July holiday, but the Los Angeles Times profiled a Santa Fe drag queen who paid tribute to his seamstress grandmother at her funeral by wearing a black veil and dress.

 

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Morning Word: Death Penalty Reinstatement Would Cost State Millions

Morning Word At the same time New Mexico lawmakers are trying to shore up the state’s budget, the New Mexico Public Defender's Office is questioning the costs associated with reinstating the death penalty.  ... More

Sept. 22, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr

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