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Morning Word: Crescit Eundo (Yeah, we said it)

January 27, 2017, 7:30 am

It Grows as it Goes
What the heck does that mean? New Mexicans have been wondering that ever since it became the state motto (Crescit eundo in Latin). Democrats at the Legislature may have an idea. They've introduced a stimulus package that involves legalizing the growing of hemp and the going up of the state minimum wage. Both proposals are familiar, but the theory seems to be that the more desperate the state is for revenue, the more likely they are to pass.

They're Gonna Pay for it! Well, You're Gonna Pay for it. 
Newly minted leader of the country Donald J Trump has signed a bunch of stuff announcing his intent to build a wall along the border with Mexico. The country still refuses to pay for the wall, so the White House announced a potential 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico. That means US consumers who buy those products would pay for the wall. The tax would hurt Mexico's exports, though, so potentially it's just a bargaining tactic. But now we're trying to get inside President Trump's head and ... just, no.

Driving Bill
New Mexico doesn't have a law specifically written for drugged driving, and an Albuquerque lawmaker thinks that should change. Rep. Bill Rehm wants to set standards for how much marijuana, meth, cocaine and heroin drivers are allowed to have in their system before being considered impaired. New Mexico already has a law on the books that might apply and the state says one in eight DWI stops involves a primary drug other than alcohol.

All Together Now
During her State of the State address, Gov. Martinez raised the possibility of combining state agencies. Since then, rumors have been swirling as to what might get smooshed together. A potential mashup of the Tourism and Economic Development Departments might be in the offing, but lawmakers would have to sign off on the plan and nobody's seen a bill yet.

Can We Pay You in Bronze?
Shidoni, the Tesuque foundry and onetime artists collective, owes more than $300,000 in back taxes to the state and the feds. The walk-through gardens are a popular stop for locals and tourists. Unpaid bills could lead to liens and potentially foreclosure.

Ranching Discrimination Case Heads to Federal Judge
A court case filed by a group of longtime Hispanic ranching families says the US Forest Service broke the law when it limited grazing on historic land grants. The case has roots that grow back to the Spanish colonial days and run through the 1972 raid on the Tierra Amarilla courthouse.

What the McConaugheck?
The latest offering from erstwhile bro Matthew McConaughey, Gold, had a few scenes filmed in Albuquerque. The actor, known for pumping iron in the hills overlooking the Malibu coast, packed on the pounds for the gig and thinned out his blond mane. Cool. But not as cool as his weird Lincoln ads.

NMSU Wants Beer and Wine in the Student Union
Really, how much more do you need to know about this story? Revenue versus drunk college kids.

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