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Morning Word: After Scare, Police Find No Bombs at Meow Wolf

August 15, 2016, 12:00 am
Meow Wolf Bomb Scare 
A vague letter that referenced suicide bombers led to Meow Wolf’s interactive exhibits being evacuated in Santa Fe Sunday afternoon. Bomb technicians with the Santa Fe Police Department say no explosive devices were found onsite. Now cops want to talk to a man seen driving away from the facility in a SUV.

Detox Center in Taos Faces New Funding Challenge
A Taos drug detoxification center, which had planned to use state funding to get back up and running, is stalled out again after the Behavioral Health Sciences Division notified officials they won’t provide state money after all. Cody Hooks reports Taos has been without such services since November, when an eight-bed facility run by Tri-County Community Services closed its doors after damage to a furnace.

Pension Fund Beats National Average; Falls Short of Goal
The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board’s large diversified pension fund is beating similar funds in big state like California, earning twice the national average with a 2.6 percent return so far in 2016. Still, that’s well short of the 7.7 percent goal for the past two years.

LANL’s Plutonium Project Questioned
“The U.S. Government Accountability Office is raising questions about whether a project underway at Los Alamos National Laboratory can meet a mandate to ramp up production of plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons–a key part of the federal government’s effort to modernize the nation’s nuclear arsenal over the next two decades,” reports Mark Oswald.

Judge Tosses Cannabis Border Crossing Lawsuit
Raymundo Marrufo, a registered medical cannabis patient from Deming, won’t be allowed to carry his medication with him across the international border with Mexico. A federal judge dismissed Marrufo's lawsuit as basically seeking authorization to get past US Border Patrol agents “without repercussions.”
In the lawsuit, Marrufo sought an injunction on the agency to stop it from questioning people at checkpoints about whether they have medical marijuana. 
The case had garnered attention throughout the medical marijuana community because cannabis — regardless of whether it's recreational or medicinal — is considered a controlled substance under federal law, something reaffirmed by the US Drug Enforcement Agency just last week.
Historic Church Reopens in Questa
It took 41,000 hours and nearly a million dollars to rebuild collapsed walls, but a historic Catholic church has reopened in Questa.

Balloon Fiesta Hosts US Women’s National Championship
For the first time, women hot air balloon pilots will compete for the US National Championship during the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta this fall. In a sport dominated by men, only about 15 percent of pilots are women. KOAT reports that a practice round didn’t get off the ground this weekend due to bad weather.


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Morning Word: Santa Fe Proposal Aims to Protect Native American Art Consumers

Morning Word Local businesses would be required to prove they are selling authentic Native American art if the proposal is approved by city councilors.  ... More

Oct. 18, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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