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Morning Word: It Fireworked

July 5, 2017, 7:30 am

New SF fireworks venue goes off, with a couple hitches
It took nearly an hour to figure out how to turn off the parking lot lights at the Santa Fe Place Mall, so the fireworks didn't start until almost 10 pm, but the new venue—a combination of the mall and nearby Villa Linda Park—was popular with Santa Feans. In fact, mall parking filled up before the scheduled start and the mayor took to Twitter to encourage latecomers to park in the lots of nearby businesses.

Balancing act
New Mexico avoided a downgrade of its credit rating last week. That's good news, because the higher the state's bond rating, the cheaper it can borrow money. But Moody's warned the state not to get too comfortable; it pegged the outlook for the state's budget situation as negative. Say what you will about credit-rating agencies, but they have big influence.

Cervantes in for governor
State Sen. Joseph Cervantes plans to announce a run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination today. The attorney has been a fixture in the Roundhouse as both a representative and senator. Cervantes joins Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Jeff Apodaca and Peter DeBenedittis in the field for the 2018 nomination. 

Guadalupe redesign
Santa Fe hopes to use $375,000 in grant money to study a redesign of Guadalupe Street from the river north to basically the Blake's Lotaburger at Paseo de Peralta. The project wouldn't start for a couple of years and would have a price tag of more than $3.6 million. So start planning your detour now.

No borders underground
The Albuquerque Journal finishes its "Two Nations, One Aquifer" series that examines the demand for water and the pumping of the aquifer below southern New Mexico and northern Chihuahua. There's no international agreement in place and pumping water for cities and for irrigation has become a competition.

City councilor wants to ban circuses
Is there such a thing as fruit that is too low-hanging for jokes? Anyhow, Santa Fe City Councilor Signe Lindell is working on a proposal to ban circuses and other traveling animal acts. Lindell says the measure won't include rodeos; not necessarily because she feels they are different, but because the councilor says the measure wouldn't pass if it included rodeos.

SFR v. Gov
After April's three-day trial, state District Court Judge Sarah Singleton asked attorneys for SFR and Gov. Martinez to submit written closing arguments. Those are now filed and the judge will begin weighing what she heard—and read. The paper sued the administration for failing to follow the state's open-records law and for refusing to communicate after critical coverage of the governor.

Stormy day?
It's certainly possible. Yesterday was a boomer for eastern New Mexico and forecasters say that activity will shift toward the central part of the state today. It'll stay warm, with temperatures creeping up into the high 80s.

Thanks for reading! The Word hopes you escaped the Fourth without sunburn and with all of your fingers ... unless you're that guy in the Pontiac on Cerrillos, in which case we can think of one finger you could do without.

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