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Morning Word: Park Service Wants Valles Caldera Heat in the Ground

January 3, 2017, 7:30 am

Keep It Hot
Valles Caldera National Preserve would gain protections from nearby efforts to tap geothermal energy if the National Park Service carries out a new proposal. Keeping the steamy pockets underground could face opposition from others in New Mexico who want to encourage geothermal development, according to the AP

Carried Away 
Hearst Television and DirectTV are at an impasse in carriage negotiations, which means New Mexico subscribers to the cable service haven't been able to see KOAT Channel 7 since Jan. 1. 

Missing Boy
Police say a father set fire to a home and abducted his 2-year-old son near Las Cruces on Monday afternoon, prompting an Amber Alert. The child was returned to a grandparent later in the evening. 
Cash Manager Throws in Towel
The top finance official of the Navajo Nation resigned under threat of termination, reports the Farmington Daily Times. Now the governing council is scrambling to name a qualified controller. 

New Year, New Jobs
Halliburton aims to hire hundreds of new workers for oil operations in the Permian Basin region of southeast New Mexico and west Texas. Backers say the "pro-energy and pro-gas" incoming president helps the outlook for growth. 

Look at Los Alamos 
New exhibits and refreshed facilities await inside the Los Alamos History Museum, which has re-opened after being closed since November 2015. Had enough of the bomb? Curators say the focus here is on the people.

Rest in Peace
Carrie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds, made waves as some of the final high-profile celebrity deaths in 2016. The Denver Post compiled a slideshow of other notables.   

Goodbye, Hello

On the heels of a successful career as an independent journalist, Peter St. Cyr has been named executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. We wish him the very best in this important endeavor. Morning Word isn't going away, though. Our staff will keep delivering the news to your inbox every weekday. 


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