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Morning Word: Feds Plan Expanded Land Use Policy Review at Chaco Canyon

October 21, 2016, 12:00 am
Feds to Expand Land Lease Policy Review
After a year of deferring oil and gas leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon, the federal government now plans to expand its public land management policy review in northwestern New Mexico “to address concerns about oil and gas development surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park,” reports Susan Bryant Montoya at the Associated Press.
Native American groups, archaeologists and environmentalists have been pushing for years for the Bureau of Land Management to consider the historical and cultural significance of the area as it develops a new resource management plan for the San Juan Basin, one of the largest natural gas fields in the nation.
Attorney General Will Prosecute Accused Cop Killer
KOAT’s Nancy Laflin reports, “New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas will serve as special prosecutor in the state’s case against Davon Lymon, the man accused of fatally shooting an Albuquerque police officer in 2015.”

Las Vegas Mayor Could Face Recall
The Las Vegas Optic reports a group of Las Vegas citizens are seeking to recall Tonita Gurule-Giron, the city's first elected female mayor, over allegations of broken campaign promises and refusal to protect animals. They also claim that Gurule-Giron “is responsible for losing more than $4 million from stopped water projects and for terminating employees without providing explanations.”

UNM Professor Faces Termination
The University of New Mexico, according to KOB 4, plans to fire controversial anthropology professor Cristobal Valencia, who was accused of sexually harassing some of his students.

Pence Toes Trump Line
Donald Trump and his 2016 running mate, Gov. Mike Pence, don’t always see eye to eye on the issues and often make conflicting statements, including whether they’ll challenge the Nov. 8 election results if Trump doesn't win. Yet, at a voter rally Thursday in Albuquerque, Pence “toed the Trump line.”

What’s in a Name?
We’ve all laughed when new broadcast reporters come to New Mexico and struggle to pronounce some of the state’s Spanish and Native American-named streets and towns. It’s also tough for tourists. Now, there’s a funny video showing people stumbling through local pronunciations. Watch it here.


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