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Morning Word: Nuts! Snow! Oscar Nominations!

January 24, 2017, 7:30 am

Off She Goes, Into the Wild Orange Yonder
Former New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson will be nominated as the next Secretary of the Air Force, the White House announced Monday. It'd be hard to find a more qualified candidate than the Air Force Academy grad, Rhodes Scholar, former National Security Council member and current university president. Wilson may face some confirmation questions about her consulting work.

Save Our Schools
Lawmakers in the House spent yesterday evening crafting their own fiscal fix for this year's budget. The plan eases the burden on school reserves and instead draws down local economic development funds and money for water projects. Republicans argued public pension funds should help foot the bill. The Senate has to approve the changes.

Our Schools Save
Plenty of school districts around the state have seen the lean years coming just like the rest of us. In Las Cruces, the district is considering changing its schedule for high schools to a more economic option. Of course, saving money usually means fewer teachers or staff members, which the district has acknowledged is a possibility.

Nuts to You
It doesn't fetch the obscenely high prices of the piñon or macadamia nut, but the pecan is no slouch, either. Definitely an upper-middle-class nut. And it's earning record-high paychecks for growers this year.

Chamber of Commerce Gives Tentative Nod to Tax Hike
You don't see this every day: The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce says it "will entertain discussion" of a tax increase after legislators have exhausted all other options to fix the crumbling state budget. The chamber's CEO says it's a first. We think she's right; it will be an entertaining discussion.

School Choice
The college you pick has an impact on how much you make in the decade after graduation. New Mexico Tech grads average well above $50,000 annually, while Lobos from UNM average just under $35,000 a year. You can probably read that as, "Pay attention in math and science class."

Brendan Fraser Headlines Cruces Film Fest
Is this a big deal? We can't tell. Actually, we can't tell if it says more about Brendan Fraser or Las Cruces. Kidding! (Have you seen that security guard he plays in The Affair? Scary.)

Oscar Nominations
Yes, nominations are in for the other thing in February besides the Super Bowl. No best picture or director nomination for Santa Fe native Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, though Michael Shannon earned a best supporting actor nomination for his work in the film.

It snowed!
Not quite as much as hoped for at the mountain in Santa Fe, but it's still fresh. And Taos has more than two and a half feet in the past week. For those of us who don't live on the slopes, it's gonna be cold for a few days.

Thanks for reading! The Word has an extra pair of mittens you can borrow.


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