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Morning Word: The Bitter End

May 1, 2017, 7:30 am

Sugary-drink tax election's bitter end
Early voting is done—with a 15 percent turnout so far—and tomorrow is Election Day for Santa Fe's proposed 2-cents-an-ounce tax on the distribution of sugary drinks. The money, as you may have heard, is earmarked for the administration and classroom costs of expanded pre-kindergarten programs. Final campaign finance reports are due today and SFR will have updates once they're submitted.

Santa Fe officer shoots man in Eldorado
An SFPD officer investigating a stolen car on Saturday night shot and killed a suspect in an Eldorado driveway. State Police are investigating the case, which apparently took a turn for the worse when the suspect tried to steal the officer's car, dragging and briefly pinning him against a tree before the officer killed the man.

Krebs defends $39,000 golf trip
The University of New Mexico's athletic director says a trip to Scotland to golf at prestigious resorts with former Lobos coach Craig Neal alongside big donors was worth the $39,000 price tag. The 2015 trip is apparently the subject of a Larry Barker report to air on KRQE tomorrow, but the Journal saw ads for the story and looks to have found a leak in the athletic department. Neal, of course, no longer has a job. Krebs still does.

Santa Fe's own ... again
The ascendancy of Santa Fe in the Democratic Party continues. The state party elected Richard Ellenberg as its chairman over the weekend. Ellenberg will have to bring Sanders and Clinton factions of the party together in time to attempt to retake the governor's office and stave off a Republican resurgence in the state House.

Tour of the Gila crash claims rider's life
The annual five-stage bicycle race in southwestern New Mexico has become a staple of the US racing circuit, with its final stage proving challenging to established riders and a place for younger riders to prove their mettle. But an April 23 crash on the descent from Pinos Altos has proven fatal for 21-year-old Chad Young, who was airlifted to a Tucson hospital.

Fixer WIPPer
Millions of federal dollars will be used to improve roads around the state that handle shipments of transuranic nuclear waste headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Shipments just started up again, including some from Los Alamos, and the $74 million in improvements are part of a settlement between the state Environment Department and the feds.

We own this
One of the weekend's more interesting stories gave a look at the impressive collection of rare books, pottery, paintings and more that, because they were in the collection of the College of Santa Fe when the city bought the campus, belong to Santa Fe. It's not clear what will happen to the collection when the Santa Fe University of Art and Design closes in May 2018.

Return to spring
Winter showed up this weekend like an unwelcome house guest to thumb its nose at early season planting. Spring is back though, as temperatures are supposed to warm into the middle of the week.

Thanks for reading! Out of an abundance of caution, the Word will be wearing seersucker pants with a down jacket for most of the week.

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