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Morning Word: Protests Aplenty

January 30, 2017, 7:30 am

Immigration Protests in Albuquerque
Our weekend began with President Trump (still real) signing an executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. By Sunday night, hundreds and possibly thousands in Albuquerque had joined with hundreds of thousands across the country to protest the move. The group gathered by UNM and marched to the Sunport.

How Milo can you go?
Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at UNM as planned on Friday night. The event was packed with both those who wanted to hear what he had to say and those who wished he wouldn't have opened his mouth in the first place.

New Mexico's the best! Who's with me? Uh...
One of the weekend's more fascinating reads was a deeper dive into New Mexico's declining population. Taking into account the fact that our state should naturally have gained residents, New Mexico has seen a net population drop. The primary reason, experts say, is that we just don't have the jobs to attract people.

Martinez mum on wall critique
Gov. Susana Martinez withheld comment on Donald Trump's border wall plan. The Associated Press asked her about it on Friday. Through a spokesman, the governor expressed support for putting more agents on the border and giving the federal government "a variety of tools" to protect the border. Is a wall a tool? Ask her if you see her, because the AP couldn't get the governor's office to say.

State Ponders Plans for Garrett's Desert Inn
After acquiring the property underneath the iconic downtown Santa Fe motor inn, the State Land Commissioner is entertaining ideas about what to do with it. The current lease fetches only about $20,000 annually, a number that could rise maybe 15 times over, the state estimates. The motel might stay, get modified or the whole property off Old Santa Fe Trail could become senior apartments. No word on what would happen to the Bobcat...er, Santa Fe Bite.

We Find It To Be a Fascinating Play Between Light and Dark
Nope, not Rogue One and not whatever you sipped box wine in front of at Friday's gallery opening. It's state Sen. Cliff Pirtle's annual bill to set New Mexico permanently on daylight saving time. Pirtle, whose Brooklynesque hipster beard betrays a deep-seated desire to craft bespoke riding britches or hand-hammered farm implements, has stood by the effort to keep us from having to spring forward or fall back or wonder if our phone is displaying the proper time.

The Winner, After a Spell
In an event that lasted three and a half hours, fifth grader Akansha Nanda rocked "lamprey" to take the title of champion speller of Santa Fe County. It was apparently quite the affair, replete with audience controversy including coughing fits and inappropriate cell phone use. 

Councilor Wants to Change Alcohol Rule on City Property
A Santa Fe city councilor wants to update the city's process for serving alcohol at special events on city property. The rules would be changed to allow more reasonable sizes of high-alcohol beers like craft brews. It also would allow hard cider to be served. Still no booze, and the Plaza is off limits.

Thanks for reading! The Word's bringing donuts today, but it's the quick-pick dozen. You get what you get!

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