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July 19, 2016, 7:35 am
Earnest Could Face Contempt Charge
A federal magistrate judge in Las Cruces has recommended New Mexico Human Services Department Secretary Brent Earnest be held in contempt in order to force the state agency to come into compliance with Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations.

Rodriguez Named DFA Secretary 
Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped Dorothy “Duffy” Rodriguez to lead the Department of Finance and Administration. Rodriguez has been acting secretary since Tom Clifford retired in May.
The department is the state’s central budget agency, and the DFA secretary is a member of the State Investment Council and presides over Board of Finance meetings.

Rodriguez, 63, began her career in 1975 as an aide to U.S. Sen. Joseph Montoya, D-N.M., and has worked in the administrations of every New Mexico governor – Democratic and Republican – since the late 1970s.

She was the state taxation and revenue secretary in 2010, during the final six months of the administration of Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, and deputy secretary of the Department of Health from 2006 to 2010.
Republicans Slam Clinton in RNC Speeches
The Republican National Convention got off to a rough start Monday in Cleveland and if you tuned it out in favor of a Netflix movie, like we did, CNN has a pretty good recap (and fact check) of the first day’s speeches, including Melania Trump’s address. It included some lines that appear very similar to parts of a speech Michelle Obama made at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. Gov. Martinez may not have a prime time speaking spot this week in Cleveland, but Dr. Lisa Shin, an Asian-American eye doctor from Los Alamos, does. Shin is a member of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

Silver City Police Chief Apologizes
Two Silver City police officers won't be fired for allowing Francesca Estevez, the district attorney for Grant, Luna and Hidalgo counties, to drive away after stopping her for suspected drunk driving. Police Chief Ed Reynolds says he’ll discipline them internally. A state police officer was also reprimanded after video of the incident was broadcast on KOB.

Towering Concerns
Residents in one Santa Fe neighborhood are expressing safety concerns over a 80 foot broadband tower installed by a local internet company near Cerrillos Road and St. Michael's Drive. City officials say SurfNet didn’t have approval to put them up. The owner says he applied for a permit last year.

Casino Launches Hotel Construction
Santa Ana Pueblo is planning a big expansion and will construct a $50 million hotel next to the Santa Ana Star Casino. 

Ford Puts Ranch on Market
Fashion designer Tom Ford’s 22,000-acre Cerro Pelon Ranch in Galisteo is on the market for an estimated $75 million.

Real Estate Market Heats Up
Speaking of real estate, it looks like the housing market is heating up in Albuquerque. The median price for a home, according to reports, is $199,000.
The number of homes sold continued to climb, according to data provided by the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors. The median price for June was 4.3 percent higher than June 2015, according to the association. A total of 1,076 homes closed in June, up 9.3 percent from last year.
'Preacher’s Daughter' Ready to Fight
Holly Holm, who is making the media rounds ahead of her fight in Chicago this weekend, says she has no regrets fighting Miesha Tate a few months after winning the UFC title belt, rather than waiting for a rematch with Ronda Rousey. Holm says if she had decided to wait for a rematch, she’d “still be waiting.”

Baseball Double Header Set
The summer monsoons are off to a late start, but Monday’s rain means the Albuquerque Isotopes will have a double header today against the Nashville Sound. The first game starts at 4:35 pm.


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