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Morning Word: School District Takeover Rumors Swirl in Española

October 13, 2016, 7:30 am
Rumors of School District Takeover Swirl in Española 
The embattled Española school district could face a takeover by the state Public Education Department, according to one of the district’s board members. 
The district and its board were thrown into chaos in April when then-superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez launched an investigation into popular high school basketball coach Richard Martinez and fired him. Gutierrez then resigned at the request of the board, who then hired a new superintendent Eric Martinez, who turned around and rehired the controversial coach. PED is working to strip the coach of his teaching license. 
Small Group Protests Police Officers' Murder Mistrial 
A group of anti-Albuquerque Police Department protesters demonstrated in front of the Bernalillo County District Courthouse on Wednesday evening to voice their frustration with police after a mistrial was declared in the murder of trail of two police officers charged with killing James Boyd, a homeless camper, in 2014. It could cost more than $83,000 if prosecutors decide to retry the officers.

Perez Wants APD Job Back
Former Albuquerque Police officer Dominique Perez, who faced murder charges for killing a homeless camper, is asking for his job back after a jury voted 9 to 3 to acquit him of murdering James Boyd in 2014.

Illegal Border Crossing Attempts Surge

The number of immigrants attempting to cross the US border is way up in New Mexico. Lauren Villagran reports, “This year, alone, apprehensions by Border Patrol in New Mexico have surged to 18,500 people in the 11 months through August, compared with 11,216 in all of fiscal 2015.”
About 7,900 of the migrants apprehended this year in New Mexico are classified by Border Patrol as “other than Mexican,” mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and, lately, Brazil – and they have accounted for much of the increase. 
The strength of the U.S. dollar, which makes basic goods more expensive in Latin America; stagnant wages and few job opportunities; and endemic violence, murder and extortion by criminal organizations continue to drive families from Central America.
Report: Someone arrested for drug possession every 25 seconds
It looks like voters in multiple states could vote to legalize marijuana next month. Right now, however, someone is still arrested and handcuffed for drug possession every 25 seconds in the United States, according to a report released by the Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday.

Nutty Year
It looks like it will be a good year to harvest piñon nuts in New Mexico. Ample rain and good weather conditions resulted in a bigger crop, and that means consumers will get a better pricing deal. Prices are around $12 a pound. That's ways down from last year's prices, which topped out at around $28 a pound.

Knockin’ on Nobel’s Door
Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan is this year’s Nobel Prize winner in literature.
Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed essay in The New York Times arguing for Mr. Dylan to get the award. “His lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”


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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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