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Morning Word: We're out. What's next?

June 2, 2017, 7:30 am

Sayonara, suckers
The United States now intends to formally pull out of the Paris climate agreement on Thursday because of what the president says are potential economic problems. Local officials are predictably aghast (or celebrating), and promising to do something about harmful carbon emissions on the local level. Since holding our breath might be good given the air quality, we'll be doing the same while we wait for those promises to lose their loft. PNM, meanwhile, tells the Journal that the news won't impact electricity rates here. 

Exodus
New Mexico In Depth looks at what's ahead for University of New Mexico graduates this year. For many of them, it's a move. Often, citing a lack of opportunity in their major field of study, hitting the road is the only way forward. New Mexico leads the nation in unemployment.

Deep Howl
Meanwhile, state Auditor Tim Keller says he will apply scrutiny to the cash flow for Lobos sports programs at UNM. Keller, who is also running for mayor of Albuquerque, sent a letter to the school in the wake of news about spendy fundraising junkets promoted by Athletics Director Paul Krebs. He says a "deep dive" is on the way. 

It's a plant, man
At least one of the state's medical cannabis producers is not going to take it lying down. Ultra Health filed a lawsuit this week against Expo New Mexico arguing that the state fair infringed on free speech by refusing the display of cannabis-related materials. The nonprofit that's managed by an Arizona firm and run by a former New Mexico cabinet secretary is the same one that's also sued the Department of Health over limits on production. 

Tomasita's expands southward
Like, to Albuquerque. The famed Santa Fe eatery plans to open a restaurant along I-25 near Jefferson. Tomasita's owner says he's been itching to open a Duke City location and he had a real estate broker looking for about a year before he found the right spot. He hopes to open in October.

NM to stay in the dark on campaign money
Baffling oversights in online state campaign finance reporting systems won't likely get corrected any time soon now that the Secretary of State’s office again lost money that had been earmarked to upgrade its website. Legislators axed the cash for the second year in a row, sending it instead to help stuff the bigger statewide budget hole. 

Dream practically 
With Santa Fe University of Art and Design's private operator Laureate ready to close the school next year, some eyes are turning to the excellent live theater venue on the city-owned land and what its fate will be. SFR's Acting Out columnist Charlotte Jusinski debunks some theories as she explores questions about whether anyone can #SavetheGreer.
 
Save this too
There are 11 Keres words to describe fat people, and seven for skinny ones. This and other fun facts as we listen in with KUNM to fluent speakers of the Keres language from Acoma Pueblo who are working to preserve the tongue with a written dictionary, and in doing so preserve memory, tradition and community wisdom. 

Thanks for reading! The Word is playing hooky for the rest of the day. It's been a long, short week and it needs to build lung capacity.  

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