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Morning Word: Johnson Relishes Spoiler Role

July 8, 2016, 12:00 am
Johnson Relishes Spoiler Role 
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson says he won’t lose any sleep if he costs Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton the White House. This year’s presidential campaign is the “perfect opportunity to disrupt the status quo," he said Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

America Is ‘Horrified’
A day after making a passionate speech about race, justice and the disproportionate number of black men who die at the hands of police, President Barack Obama told the nation he was “horrified” by a sniper shooting of five law enforcement officers in Dallas. 

Ethics Violations Ruled Relevant
Phil Griego’s signed admission that he violated the constitution, submitted to a legislative ethics committee, is relevant to his criminal prosecution, a judge ruled Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to wrap up today in Santa Fe. Griego will be bound over for trial if District Judge Brett Loveless determines prosecutors have enough evidence to establish probable cause in the case. 

State Employees Allege Retaliation
Two HSD employees who testified that the department was forging emergency food stamp applications told a judge Thursday that the agency retaliated against them, reports Joey Peters. 
Santa Fe Insiders Apply for Superintendent Post
“At least two high-ranking administrators in the Santa Fe school district are interested in replacing Joel Boyd as superintendent, and board members could move as soon as Friday afternoon in choosing his interim successor," Robert Nott reports in the Santa Fe New Mexican

Prison Transport Vans Upgraded
The New Mexico Corrections Department has retrofitted a dozen prison inmate transport vehicles after two inmates were able to escape from one last year. The department spent $700,000 buying new vans, buses and a medical transport truck, according to the Associated Press. 

Off the Grid 
Picuris Pueblo is set to become the country's first fully solar-powered tribe. A $1 million federal grant is funding a 1-megawatt solar array that will provide 100 percent of the Northern New Mexico community’s energy.

New Chief
The Navajo Nation has a new police chief. Phillip Francisco is the first person to fill the position since 2008, the Farmington Daily Times reports.

Folk Art Festival 
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you should check out the Santa Fe Folk Art Festival, which USA Today ranks No. 1 in the Top 10 Best Art Festivals.


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