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Morning Word: Rio Arriba Wants Suspected Shooter Moved

July 24, 2017, 7:30 am

Sheriff says murder suspect attacked jail guards
Damian Herrera, the 21-year-old Ojo Caliente man accused of killing three family members and two strangers in a daylong string of shootings last month, apparently attacked two guards at the Rio Arriba County Jail last week. A report says Herrera tricked a guard into coming into his cell, then locked him inside while he attacked another guard with a flashlight. Now, county officials want him moved.

Man shot by police released by St. Vincent hours earlier
When two Santa Fe police officers shot and killed Anthony Benavidez after a violent standoff last week, it had been less than a day since he'd undergone a mental health evaluation at Christus St. Vincent hospital. The hospital discharged him. Police say he later stabbed a mental health caseworker before holing up in the apartment from which he'd just been evicted. His mother says the 24 year old was living with schizophrenia.

Indian Market application shuffles artists
The recent addition of a computer application process for Native artists to enter the juried Indian Market show means some familiar faces won't be selling at the August event. The market says 1,300 artists applied for 900 spaces and, this year, it's eliminating the tenure program that assured past winners and widely known artists a place at the market without having to apply. But some artists say the technological specifications are too rigorous for older artists who aren't as familiar with computers. 

Dylan Redwine's father charged with murder
Mark Redwine was arrested over the weekend and charged with second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his son, Dylan. The boy was 13 when he didn't return from a visit with his father near Durango. His remains were found the next summer in the forest. Redwine's mother credits a new sheriff and district attorney with advancing the case

Hatch hammered
The well-known chile-producing town was hit with a ton of rain over the weekend. Some estimates were as much as 3 inches. The mayor says city crews worked overtime on the weekend to sandbag critical areas. No word on if the chile harvest will be impacted.

Apo research
Democrat Jeff Apodaca is cruising around the state trying to drum up support as an outsider candidate for governor. He cruised through Deming and offered a few ideas, such as investing more money in Spaceport America to win over the satellite industry and attracting rural doctors by subsidizing their medical school if they stick around for seven years. That last idea is similar to another government program, which recently dropped to just two the number of years a doctor would have to live in a rural community to qualify.

Cervantes fights farmworkers lawsuit
State Sen. Joseph Cervantes, another Democrat running for governor, is defending one of his family's businesses in a lawsuit that claims a labor contractor for the agriculture business didn't try to fill jobs with US workers before asking for temporary visas. Lack of labor has long been a complaint of agriculture producers near the border, but the group filing the lawsuit says the wage offered by Cervantes was high enough that it would have attracted local workers.

This looks like it'll be a classic monsoonal moisture week in Santa Fe. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s and afternoon storms are likely. Santa Fe could get half an inch of moisture out of the pattern and the rest of New Mexico seems on track for rain, too. Cross your fingers for some great sunsets.

Thanks for reading! The Word reminds you that getting caught in the rain is okay sometimes. Like if you're Rupert Holmes and you're looking for a late-70s hit song. But other times, too. 

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