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Trump Paints Dark Picture

July 22, 2016, 7:30 am
Trump Applauds Himself 
Donald Trump used his acceptance speech Thursday night to fire up delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. That came just two hours after New Mexico delegate Lisa Shin, head of Korean Americans for Trump, took the stage at Quicken Loans Arena. The Los Alamos eye doctor told the crowd she believes that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is a "direct threat to the American dream."  

Lujan Grisham to Speak at DNC
It looks like US Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is the only New Mexican currently scheduled to speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Matthew Reichbach reports it’s still not clear what role Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, will have at the convention.

Black Lives Matter Rally Attracts Dozens in Santa Fe
About 60 people rallied in Santa Fe Thursday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The purpose of the action is to call upon Santa Fe residents to see and confront the many manifestations of state violence against Black communities whether in racial discrimination in policing and the courts, the lack of jobs and affordable housing, or the biases rampant in K-12 education,” organizers said in a news release.
Fish and Wildlife Refutes Wolf Program Criticism
Officials at the US Fish and Wildlife Service are disputing a report claiming they’ve mismanaged the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program in New Mexico.
Residents interviewed for the report, including livestock owners in the area, said the service had failed to effectively communicate with the community about the presence or threat posed by wolves in the area, failed to fully compensate ranchers for livestock losses as a result of predatory wolves and did not record or effectively respond to nuisance complaints filed about wolves. Residents also alleged that the service had deliberately disposed of slaughtered livestock without alerting the ranchers.
US Rep. Steve Pearce, R-NM, called the report “damning.”

Geothermal Exploration Study Delayed 
US Forest Service officials have decided to seek more public input before they launch a study to determine if land around the Valles Caldera National Preserve would be suitable for geothermal energy exploration and development.

APS Short Hundreds of Teachers
Less than a month before the start of the new school year, officials in the state’s largest school district are still scrambling to recruit teachers.

Morales Urges District Attorney to Resign 
State Sen. Howie Morales, D-Silver City, wants 6th Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez to resign after  a lapel camera video appeared to show her intoxicated during a traffic stop, according to a KRQE report.  Morales sent this letter to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, asking him to investigate why police officers let her drive away.

THC Found in Colorado Water Well 
If you’re headed to Colorado this weekend, you may want to bring some bottled water. Lincoln County officials say they’ve found traces of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, in the town of Hugo’s water supply. 

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend and if you see Gwyneth Doland out and about buy her a beer margarita (—ed.) for getting up early to copy edit the Morning Word. 

 

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