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Morning Word: A Shooting at the Library in Clovis

August 29, 2017, 7:30 am

Gunman kills two at Clovis library
Police have released the bare minimum of details as they investigate why a young man walked into the Clovis public library, told people inside to run and then began shooting at them. Two library workers were killed and four people were injured. Police say the gunman didn't put up a fight when they arrested him. The Eastern New Mexico News has been on the story since yesterday at around 4 pm and says friends identified the shooter as a Clovis High School sophomore. Their website is getting a ton of traffic and may take a minute to load. Other stories are here and here.  

Taos police officer shoots woman
Monday was a violent day around New Mexico. In Taos, parole officers were tracking a man they believed had violated parole by not reporting his whereabouts to the state. When they walked up to the truck they had been tailing, a different man was behind the wheel. They called for backup and say the driver hit a parole officer as he tried to flee. The responding Taos Police Department officer fired a shot, critically injuring a woman who was in the truck.

History of religious sect
The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps has been around for decades. Its recent history at its Fence Lake compound in western New Mexico has been relatively quiet, but the cult is now under investigation for alleged child sex abuses and failing to report births and deaths to the state. It has also been the target of a million-dollar lawsuit and drawn the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which cataloged it as a hate group.

New Mexico crews head to Texas
As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to beat down on Houston and South Texas, New Mexico cities and aid groups are sending help to the state. The Red Cross has sent a disaster team to help and various law enforcement and rescue agencies say they have crews and equipment at the ready if they're called. Utility companies are also readying repair technicians to help restore services. 

'First one to arrive and the last one to leave'
Friends are mourning the loss of Santa Fe County Democratic Party Chair Susan Popovich. The Eldorado woman was killed over the weekend when a semi-truck hit her car in an intersection on Highway 285. Popovich, a retired teacher and union representative, took an active role in Democratic Party politics. Former state chair Deb Haaland remembered her as seemingly tireless. Police are investigating the accident and asking for witnesses to call them.

The coming fight over wireless broadband
As telecommunications companies get set to roll out 5G wireless service, Santa Fe is debating the benefits and potential health consequences. A proposed measure on Wednesday's City Council agenda would ease some of the restrictions and procedural steps for broadband wireless providers.

Bridge to somewhere
There's a fancy new bridge leading from Ft. Marcy Park over the arroyo to the ballfield. It's 90 feet wide and building it meant the city had to tear down more than a dozen mature trees. The structure is primarily for the massive crowds that will flood the park for Zozobra.

More storms
Santa Fe saw a few storms yesterday afternoon and evening. More could be on the way, along with big winds.

Thanks for reading! The Word can't believe how fast summer has gone. A change in season always means a change in the tone of national zeitgeist, right? Right?

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