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

October 18, 2016, 7:30 am
Certified Art Rules Designed to Protect Buyers 
Santa Fe businesses would have to prove they are selling authentic Native American art if a new proposal is approved by city councilors.
The proposal, endorsed Monday by the City Council’s Finance Committee, would establish a Native American Arts or Crafts District and require businesses selling such merchandise to obtain a special business license from the city with new requirements.
UNM Agrees to Combat Sexual Assaults on Campus
On Monday, the University of New Mexico and US Department of Justice agreed to a formal three-year action plan to both combat and investigate sexual assaults and allegations of sexual harassment.

UNM Prepares for Higher Payroll
At the same time, UNM is preparing to pay a lot more out in employee wages. Chris Quintana reports, “Hundreds of University of New Mexico employees will soon become eligible for overtime while others will receive a raise to comply with a new US Department of Labor mandate for salaried workers–at a time when UNM is desperately seeking ways to cut costs in the midst of a budget crisis.”

Local Television Saturated with Campaign Ads
Data journalist Sandra Fish has the latest on what 2016 candidates are spending on television and radio ads. So far it’s adding up to more than $1 million and you might want to grab the remote, since more than 38 hours of broadcast time has been reserved since the end of September.

Acoma Pueblo Disputes Tax Bill
The Pueblo of Acoma is disputing that it owes any taxes to the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department on land donated to the tribe. The agency had filed a notice it was going to sell the land, claiming Acoma owes more than $30,000. The sale is on hold after a motion to halt the sale was filed in federal court last week.

It’s All Good, Man
The New Mexico Film Office confirmed that Saul Goodman, everyone’s favorite television attorney, is back in New Mexico filming the third season of “Better Call Saul.” We can wait to see the latest when it airs on AMC sometime next spring.

Cannabis Investments Boost Supplier’s Stock
Investors looking to put their money into the surging cannabis market are looking to Scotts Miracle Gro, which provides soil, specialty fertilizers and other supplies, like lighting, to growers.
After making big bets on pot, Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has seen its shares soar 30 percent to a record this year as polls indicate California, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Arizona are poised to approve referendums dramatically expanding legal U.S. cannabis use. California alone could triple the nation’s $6 billion legal marijuana industry if voters there approve recreational use next month, according to a Sept. 12 report from Cowen & Co.


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