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Morning Word: Ad Blocker

July 6, 2017, 7:30 am

Ad blockers
New Mexico's 33 counties have been banned from using DWI Grant Council money to advertise their anti-DWI programs. Meanwhile, the governor's much touted—and generally well-received—"ENDWI" campaign is hard to miss on billboards and TV. Counties say letting people know about local programs for substance abuse, local laws on vehicle seizure or DWI checkpoints in the area are an important part of the fight against drunken drivers. 

Gov touts tourism numbers
An ad campaign that seems to be working very well is the state's "New Mexico True" effort. The governor says tourist visits in the state set a record last year, up more than 1 million visits over the year before.

Court props up federal methane rule
A federal Appeals Court in Washington, DC, has blocked the Trump administration's efforts to do away with a rule requiring oil and gas drillers to recapture methane gas released by inefficient operations. For years, New Mexico has been a hot spot for methane. But despite the court ruling, it's still up the EPA to enforce the rule, and the administrator has shown no taste for cracking down on leaky rigs and wells. In fact, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas just joined with California to file suit against the EPA for delays in enforcement.

Home prices, sales up in Santa Fe
Real estate brokers are selling more homes in both the city and county, and those homes cost more than they did a year ago. The Santa Fe Association of Realtors says closed deals are up nearly 10 percent from last year's second-quarter numbers.

SF grandmother drives off while baby dangles from car seat
Santa Fe police arrested 64-year-old Bertha Boling on the Fourth of July for driving away while her daughter tried to pull her child out of the truck. Police say the 9-month-old girl was still in the car seat, but was dangling outside the truck as Boling sped away.

State police arrest three dozen DWI over holiday weekend
The roads were packed with travelers and police over the Fourth of July. State police report arresting 37 drunken drivers. In Santa Fe, police arrested five suspected drunken drivers and the county reports a pair of DWI arrests.

Man drowns in Cochiti Lake
Big waves are apparently to blame for the drowning death of an Albuquerque man over the holiday. People with the man say the choppy water overwhelmed him, he went under and never resurfaced. A state police dive team pulled his body from the reservoir yesterday.

Warm week
Not much to report on the weather front, as Santa Fe highs will stay around 90 for most of the week. The good news is we're one of the cool spots in the state. There's also a chance of afternoon storms most days.

Thanks for reading! The Word thinks you should stay cool, stay safe and make lunch plans.

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