Did you see the Santa Fe Reporter cover story?
The piece (by friend of the Word Peter St. Cyr) recounting some humiliating and degrading behavior at the Los Lunas Detention Center. The phrase "Nuts to Butts" was used
It is pretty much what you would expect it to be.
So let's go to the next, weird, part of the story.
Did you see the Santa Fe Reporter's cover art?
It featured the calves of staff writer Joey Peters with an orange prison jumpsuit at the ankles on the ground. It is tame compared to what is described in the article. This angered someone, as they decided to take all the copies off the street
so no one would see the offensive images of Peters' calves.
On to the Word:
Former State Rep. Joe Campos is considering a run at the 2nd Cognressional District spot currently held by Steve Pearce.
- Gov. Susana Martinez signed unemployment insurance legislation that would set the rates of raises in the system. It was designed to let businesses have better predictability in what they would pay into the fund.
- Martinez also signed into law a bill to tighten the state's sex-offender registry to require convicted sex offenders whose crimes occurred out of state to register in New Mexico.
- NM Telegram had some gun news on Tuesday. First the Albuquerque Teachers Federation came out against an NRA proposal to arm some school personnel. Shortly after that, NM Telegram reported on a study that showed New Mexico near the top of the nation when it comes to gun violence.
- UNM says that Steve Alford owes them $1 million. So this is going to be a big legal battle.
- Meanwhile his replacement Craig Neal was introduced today.
- The daily drought and water update (there needs to be a snazzier name for this feature):
The drought is expected to continue into August, KUNM reports.
- The Santa Fe Reporter reminds everyone that it is Earth Month.
- The United States Postal Service will be moving operations from Clovis to Lubbock ahead of schedule, the Clovis News Journal reports.
Hass said at first the realignment should have minimal effects on the slowing of first-class mail, but will eventually delay delivery by a day. He advised that customers pay attention to the final collection time at the post office, and make adjustments if necessary to avoid delays when the change happens.
- The Bernalillo District Attorney cleared an officer in a fatal shooting. You might recognize this officer because he was the one who listed "human waste disposal" as his job on Facebook.
- The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a three-percent tuition hike.
- Hey, a successful April Fool's Day prank -- and even better, newspapers actually contacted Los Alamos National Labs to confirm before running with the too-good-to-be-true story. The Los Alamos Daily Post:
Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the ChemCam Team, invited Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy and members of the Los Alamos Daily Post to visit with the actual ChemCam Team a day after the local online newspaper published an April Fool's Day story describing how during an official tour, Torpy "accidently" disabled the Mars Rover.
The April 1 story is available here.
It was all taken in good fun when media outlets contacted the Lab for details about the accident, only to be told that it was an April Fool's Day prank put on by the Los Alamos Daily Post.
- Jon Lipshutz was in deep red Otero County trying to get Democrats to run for office, the Alamogordo Daily-News reports.Lipshutz is part of the 501(c)4 non-profit New Mexico Prosperity that the Santa Fe Reporter wrote about where an early document from the group explicitly said it was designed to elect Democrats -- a no-no for non-profits.
Lipshutz addressed the Democratic Party Otero County Tuesday night about how to run for public office, especially in an area of the state that is not exactly a bastion of Democrats.
The ideal candidate for a run is someone who is already involved in his or her community, he said.
- A Forest Whitaker movie is filming in Luna County.
- Albuquerque Public Schools changed its residency policies to require proof of residency for students to be placed in certain schools.