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Morning Word: Shots Fired

June 15, 2017, 12:00 am
Land commissioner's truck hit in SF shooting
State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn says a bullet tore through the windshield of a truck he'd parked outside his home on Canyon Road. Dunn wasn't in the truck at the time, and police don't think he was targeted. It happened on Tuesday afternoon. Several people reported hearing gunshots, but police say no one was hit. They're still investigating.

Pearce at practice
"From my vantage point, I could see much of it unfolding," explains New Mexico congressman Steve Pearce in a video he posted on Facebook about the shooting yesterday at baseball practice for the congressional Republican team ahead of a charity ballgame. Pearce wasn't hit by the gunman. He delivered his statement about what happened from his desk, but wearing a t-shirt and ball cap. Pearce says he plans to play in tonight's baseball game.

Sorry, we're not closed
Reports of the demise of Santa Fe night spot Skylight were exaggerated. But not greatly. The downtown spot for concerts and DJ events said this spring it planned to close after hosting the events it had already scheduled. Now, the owner tells SFR, Skylight may have found a way to keep the doors open.

State pension funds fall billions short

New Mexico's two largest public pension funds are $12.6 billion short of meeting all the obligations they have to current and future retirees. Fund managers recently lowered expectations for returns from the funds' investments, widening a gap that has existed for years. The list of possible solutions includes reducing payouts or increasing contributions from the state or employees or a combination of both.

State says NM wasn't hit by Russian election hackers
Elections officials say they don't believe New Mexico was among the 39 states that were targeted by Russian hackers during the last election cycle. The state uses a paper ballot system that isn't connected to the internet during voting. The Secretary of State's Office says none of the reviews done by staff show tampering and the office hasn't been notified by the feds that hacking is suspected.

Pipeline project portends traffic woes
The drive to Taos through the Rio Grande Gorge will take a while longer this summer. The New Mexico Gas Company is going to be working on the pipeline between Rinconada and Pilar. The area is considered too unstable for the current pipeline. That means traffic will have to be stopped or slowed on the two-lane highway that's the fastest way to Taos from Santa Fe. The work is scheduled to start August 1.

Thanks for reading! The Word apologizes for writing that a drum of nuclear waste caused a fire at WIPP. It did not. While the drum did "explode" after a chemical reaction, there was no fire in that incident. A salt-hauling truck at WIPP did catch fire nine days before that, but the incidents aren't related. While it's tempting to blame Brian Williams for conflating the two things, the error is mine. (Matt Grubs)

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