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Morning Word: The Clock Ticketh

April 6, 2017, 7:30 am

Gov Has Yet to Act on 200+ Bills
From limiting the use of solitary confinement to restricting access to guns for domestic violence offenders to consolidating often low-turnout elections to, oh yeah, the budget, Gov. Martinez may have a busy couple of days ahead of her. There are scores of bills waiting for her action. She can also just ignore them and they will, in fact, go away; that process is called a pocket veto. The deadline for action is noon tomorrow.

Senate Panel Votes to Confirm Wilson as USAF Secretary
A Senate committee voted overwhelmingly to approve former New Mexico congresswoman Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force. Wilson, an Air Force Academy grad and former member of the National Security Council, came under questioning for her lobbying contracts for defense contractors that she'll now oversee if she's confirmed by the whole Senate.

Get Out of Jail Free
Honestly. This happened. An inmate at the Santa Fe County Detention Center faked her way out of jail over the weekend by telling guards she was someone else. That's literally all it took. Fortunately, someone realize the mistake and the jail is more or less in the middle of nowhere, so they caught up with the woman about an hour after they let her walk out the door.

Martinez Expected to Sign OD Drug Bill
The bill would require local police agencies, jails and state prisons to provide access to naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. But it doesn't provide funding for the drug and only requires access when it's financially feasible.

LANB Finds Skimmers on ATMs
The bank says several customers reported suspicious charges to their accounts and then a teller noticed things looked wonky on one of the drive-thru ATMs at the LANB on Cerrillos Road. The bank also found a skimmer, a device that steals your account information, on the ATM at the downtown Santa Fe branch, too.

Neal's Gone, Lobo Basketball Drama Remains
We suppose it shouldn't surprise anyone that fired Lobo basketball coach Craig Neal hasn't talked to local media since his dismissal last week. Neal has always been surly to the press—and sometimes his players, too. But UNM regents have also clammed up after the roughly $1 million buyout was activated by Neal's firing. That's public money and it's unclear what changed for the university, which promised Neal's return just weeks earlier. 

Shidon't Look Now
But it closed. Shidoni Foundry, that is. The iconic Tesuque business ran into tax trouble that it couldn't outrun. More than one dozen employees are out of a job. For now, word is that both galleries and the sculpture garden will stay open.

Scalped Makes Jump from Page to Screen
The graphic novel franchise will start shooting in and around Santa Fe soon. It features a largely Native cast, which many advocates say is a step in the right direction. 

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