Morning Word: State Sues EPAMorning WordTuesday, May 24, 2016
New Mexico is suing the federal government and the owners of two mines over environmental and economic damages caused by the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado mine.
New Mexico is demanding the defendants "abate the imminent and substantial threats" from the Sunnyside Mine network and remediate residual contamination from mine releases. The state is also seeking compensation for environmental and economic damages.Testimony Begins
The first day of the Tai Chan murder trial in Las Cruces was an emotional one. Prosecutors told jurors they’ll prove the former sheriff’s deputy killed his partner, Jeremy Martin, after a heated hotel argument. But Chan’s attorneys suggested that Chan acted in self-defense.
Centurion Lands Corrections Contract
Justin Horwath reports, “The Corrections Department announced late Monday that it has awarded both the medical services and pharmaceutical contracts to Centurion LLC, to provide care for some 7,200 state prison inmates.”
Reviews Taking Too Long
A new police oversight board says 2nd Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg’s office isn’t completing officer-involved shooting investigations quickly enough. KOAT’s Matt Howerton reports 16 cases are still pending.
We asked Brandenburg's office about the issue and were only sent a statement that read, "OIS reports are a top priority and we are working as hard and quickly as we can with the resources available to us."Ashman Returns to Santa Fe
Some city councilors have just introduced legislation to speed this process up. If the bill were to pass, the CPOA and APD Internal Affairs would be allowed to review cases surrounding officers for policy violations without waiting for Brandenburg's office.
Former New Mexico Secretary of Cultural Affairs Stuart Ashman is returning to Santa Fe to head the Center for Contemporary Arts after working as president and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, for five years.
Trump Starts Fundraising in Albuquerque
If you don’t want to wait in line to attend Donald Trump’s big rally in Albuquerque tonight and have an extra $10,000 lying around, you can join the billionaire and about 25 other people for a private fundraising dinner, Matt Reichbach reports. It’s a deal, since Trump’s next private dinner, in Los Angeles, is $25,000. Gov. Susana Martinez, who still hasn’t endorsed her party’s presumptive nominee, told KOB she’s too busy to attend the rally.
Clinton Campaigns for Hillary
Around the same time that protesters line up to speak out against Trump, former President Bill Clinton will be in Española, campaigning for Hillary Clinton. He'll also be in Albuquerque on Wednesday ahead of the June 7 primary.
Fuego Lose Home Opener
About 300 people showed up for the Santa Fe Fuego’s home opener last night, but the team continued its losing streak, falling 17-7 to Trinidad in a four-hour-long game.
SFR Cruises Downtown for Lowrider Day (Video)Pop CultureMonday, May 23, 2016
Did you make it down to the Plaza for Lowrider Day on Sunday, May 22? We sure hope you did because it was straight excellent.
Over 130 cars sporting unbelievable levels of customization and artistry paraded from Fort Marcy, down and around the Plaza and then parked for the perusal of any and all interested parties. While certainly a celebration in its own right, the community event was also arranged in part to promote concurrent exhibits at the New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art, titled Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods and Con Cariño, respectively.
SFR was there taking photos for our Facebook and Instagram feeds and broadcasting live from our brand-spanking-new Periscope account. Not only were the cars gorgeous, the tight-knit feeling of community was strong. From the beautiful paint jobs and engraved everything to plush seats and painstakingly planned interiors, one simple fact was pervasive throughout the day: New Mexicans love lowriders. Mayor Javier Gonzales (who was kind enough to take over our Instagram feed during the early hours of the gathering) declared May 22 Lowrider Day in Santa Fe and this summer the “Summer of Lowriders.” Pretty neat, huh?
Check our newest video from local filmmaker Aaron Anglin for a look into the art, culture and family at play on Sunday and follow all of SFR's social media by clicking the links above. There you'll find more photos, a playback of the parade broadcasts and much more.
You can also find our cover story on lowrider arts and culture, "Slow Ride," by clicking right here.
Game of Thrones for Noobs XV
Season VI Episode V: The DoorPop CultureMonday, May 23, 2016
The Story Thus Far (Heavy Spoilers)
Last week’s episode sucked worse than the rest of the episodes of this season, and that’s saying something because, if you’ve noticed, even your most ardent GoT-lovin’ friends are giving you a bunch of guff about how this season has been pretty boring. But then they, like, try to make up for it because they feel like they owe it to the show, and they say stuff like, “But they’re leading to something ... so …” Anyway, here’s what happened: Jon Snow and Sansa Stark met up, and that was apparently a big deal according to the internet chatter since the episode. Baelish brought Adrian Brody Jr. a hawk and told everyone to shut up, while Ramsay was downing apples and slashing throats. Oat-Bran Stark continued to see visions from the past, Tyrion gave the slavers seven years to get their shit together, Arya got her eyes back and Dragon Tits’ bodyguards found finally found her, but it didn’t ultimately matter, because she was too busy setting fools on fire in the nude. Why doesn’t her hair burn? Dumb. Oh, and Ramsay sent Snow a letter that was all, “I’m gonna slash every throat you’ve ever loved,” and the weirder part was that his personalized sigil was a pair of eyes being all spooky.
Sansa may be busy lending a hand as a seamstress, but she still gets mail from Mole’s Town. Now, I don’t know if that’s some underground village that ... aw, fuck, they already cut to it, and it’s just where Peter “Quantum Break” Baelish is hanging. It’s snowy, and it sucks. Sansa tells Baelish some serious-ass shit about Ramsay while Brienne stands there, brooding. Baelish plays dumb, or is dumb, and she describes what Ramsay did to her. Maybe this is supposed to be some thing where the writers are trying to freak us out, but it’s basically another nail in the feminism coffin that this show built lo those six years ago. The good news is that Sansa is way snippy now, and Baelish sucks for sure. Still, his hair’s good, and he’s totally prepared to die, a sentence that no one can possibly read or write without thinking of Mandy Patinkin. The point, though, is this: Mole’s Town sucks. Baelish tells her to put together an army, but apparently she already has one.
Elswhere, Arya is still learning the ways of GI J.O.E.’s Jinx, and that snippy little girl who lives in the House of Black and White tells her she sucks at fighting. Arya’s eyes look much better now, but she’s getting her ass beat constantly. The wizard who’s in charge of things stops by to look all sad, like he does, and to make speeches about the history of their whole, uh, thing they do with the no-faces. Setting aside how she just asked a bunch of questions, and it’s silly because people always like things, it’s cool that the wizard tells her to go kill an actress.
The wizard dude sends her to watch this play in the village square, and there is some serious Lannister-and-Stark shit in the dialog. The actor who plays Ned Stark makes the headless and lifeless lord look like an idiot, and Arya doesn’t like that one bit. Ruh-roh, did the wizard send Arya to watch this thing because it’s a lesson in playing it cool? There’s a lot of farting in the play, too, way more than in most plays. The people seem to like it, though, even when some stupid theater version of Sansa takes the stage, and she has to rewatch her dad’s decapitation. But then there’s boobs, so it’s way OK. Arya goes backstage to find out who she’s supposed to kill and learns an important lesson while she’s at it: All actors are terrible people. Good thing she overhears that bit about how the woman she’s going to kill is the only one who drinks rum, so now she knows to poison it. Seriously, that was stupid. The line may as well have been, “Oh man, as the only person who drinks this rum, I, who also like to say my name repeatedly out loud, sure hope that it never gets poisoned!” Jeeze.
Meanwhile, Oat-Bran is having one of those Max von Sydow-curated visions in what looks like that fucking swamp where Artax the horse drowned and thereby ruined the childhoods of an entire generation. Oh dang, but in the vision, he sees these wood nypmhs creating the ice zombies. It makes sense, since wood nymphs would probably hate it when dudes come and build castles and such.
Across the land in that one seaside town, the daughter of the murdered king (it was Professor Phuck-Phace on the bridge with the throwing-off-of-the-bridge) tosses her hat in the king ring, but everyone wishes it was Theon. Maybe they don’t realize he spent the last bunch of years crying in Winterfell. For one second, it looks like he’s gonna fuck her on the whole king thing, but then he makes a speech about how she’s awesome instead. This would’ve been good about a bazillion episodes ago, and one does wonder if this was in response to these very recaps and their powerful pointing out that it sometimes seems the women of this show are written by drunk children. It looks good for a moment, but then that dude who killed the king shows up to make fun of Theon’s lack of dick (which might be real?) and is, like, acting all tough. Thank goodness that the new queen knows he killed her dad, and he isn’t even pretending he didn’t! Damn! He’s not even sorry. Even worse, he keeps reminding everyone that Theon’s dick got cut off. Ice cold. Ice zombie cold. And that is cold. Speeches are made, and it’s, like, sooooo boring. The dude talks a bunch of shit on Daenerys and her dragons, but he probably didn’t hear she’s been out and about, setting fools ablaze. The crowd likes the sound of that, and it pretty much seems like the queen position is not to be for that one girl. But I think we all know Theon is going to have to do something crazy soon, or we’ll just start hating him worse than ever. And so they make him king by basically drowning him.
That’s a stupid ritual. Ohhhhhh. I get it! They kill him because they think that dead people can’t be killed. Someone should tell that to the ice zombies. Or the guy he just killed the other day, who also went through this ritual. He’s ready to kill Theon and his sister, She-on, but they stole a bunch of good boats, I guess.
Over in Horse-Guy-o-Polis, Dragon Tits is wearing some super-nice clothes and finally consorting with those idiot bodyguards of hers. He shows her that he’s suffering from stone-monster-itis, and even though she banished him before (twice, even), she cries and apologizes. Jeeze, she should make up her mind. He professes his love and is like, “My only regret is that I have stone-monster-itis,” before he sets out onto the open plains. She doesn’t want him to, but he can’t touch anyone, and what the hell kind of life is that?
She commands him to heal himself and cries some more, and I’m just, like, wondering what the hell? From below the horse statues they ride, back to Meereen (maybe) and back to where her pet dragons live.
Speaking of Meereen, Tyrion and Varys and their new best friends the former slaves run over dates and numbers and talk policy. Peter Dinklage grows a mean beard to be sure, and it kind of curls when some other red witch shows up. Is she also old? Does she also have problems with her clothes always falling off? Can she bring people back to life? Will she fight the other red witch? Do they have a group or something? The red witch explains to them the stuff they already know, even going so far as to say, “But you’ve heard this before,” and Tyrion puts her on the payroll to help him make Daenerys look cool. She’s psyched to have a job but still sasses Varys about being a eunuch. Man, this episode is all about salting the dick wounds of sad bastards. Varys totally doesn’t like her at all.
While this is going down, Oat-Bran is still tree hangin’ and smack dab in the middle of a snowy vision. Oh damn, I just remembered, he can’t walk in his real life. Anyway, yeah—snow visions! He takes note of this massive army of ice zombies, who all look kind of sad or, at the very least, seem awfully quiet for a bunch that usually is busy stabbin’. Only their leaders get horses, and we’ll be kind enough to not point out their similarities to the Nazgul. Oh damn, though, because even though it was only a vision, the king of the ice zombies could see him in the vision. Somehow this translates to their position being known to all ice zombies which, in turn, translates to Oat-Bran having to become Max von-Tree-Dow.
Over on the Wall, a strategic meeting takes place to discuss their options in fighting Ramsay. Jon Snow is there, but he’s keeping quiet while Sansa explains to Daavos that he sucks at knowing what regional people are like. Basically, they’re gonna use the Stark name to draft themselves an army from all over the place. Brienne is awfully quiet through the meeting but then lectures Sansa on how she needs to play it the fuck cool from time to time. She jokes about Snow’s emo-ness and advises Sansa to not be so crazy. In fact, she’s got some shit-talk for basically everyone around, and that, my friends, is intense, although she is pretty good at killing fools, so she can probably back that trash talk up and then some. Snow’s got himself a new fur coat, and Sansa made him a belt or something. The leader of the Wildlings makes googly eyes at Brienne, because he’s probably attracted to people who know how to kick an ass, and then before you know it, they’re off on their ride to find people who’ll help them fuck up Ramsay’s shit. It looks cold.
They cut back to Hodor and Oat-Bran and this one girl who is all about eggs, but even though that sounds pretty good, ice zombies have cometh to the cave, and shit’s about to get so real. The wood nymphs, who we just learned built these lousy ice jerks, jump to their aid for some reason, while Hodor Hodors it up furiously. Uh-oh, though, because Bran is still vision-ing. Luckily, the ice guys move pretty slowly, and the nymphs have hand grenades (somehow). It’s also probably lucky that the bad guys’ swords and spears are made out of ice, because you could probably just break ice, y’know? It’s pretty cool that they have those skeletons around to do their bidding, but it’d be a lot better if everyone could just get the hell out of there.
In this last vision, Bran is learning what it means to be a Stark, but his timing could not be worse. There are even ice nosferatus clinging to the ceiling, and von Sydow just kind of watches quietly. Bran “wargs” into Hodor, which I guess is a real thing that allows him to control the gentle giant, but that wolf of theirs gets it good! Oh damn, finally some action! These ice jerks don’t much care for the vision-causing tree punk, and they cut him down. Good thing that last nymph was there to set off one of her grenades. Yikes. It’s also a good thing that the ice zombie foot soldiers’ one weakness is a closed door.
It also turns out that "Hodor" is shorthand for “hold the door,” a phrase the young version of Hodor picked up when he somehow saw through time and space and stroked out because of it. Oh, and then he gets his face clawed the eff up in the present. Maybe this was a startling revelation to some, and I’m all for time travel paradoxes and explanations, but for those of us who don't know what the fuck, it was mostly, like, not that big a deal.
Finally, an episode that showed us what’s what, with all kinds of people and with a fuck-ton of action! Ice zombies, Hodor explanations, nymph grenades and boobs. Zam!
No complaints here this week. This is the Game of Thrones my jerk-ass friends must’ve been talking about when they said I’d like it.
The Grade: A
Sometimes people need to die, and sometimes those ice jerks need to send skeletons after the good guys, and that is something that will always be enjoyable. Well done, GoT. Well done.
Morning Word: Chan Murder Trial Gets UnderwayMorning WordMonday, May 23, 2016
A trial is set to get underway this week for Tai Chan, a former Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy, who is accused of fatally shooting his partner, Jeremy Martin, following an alcohol-fueled fight at a hotel in Las Cruces where they were staying after dropping off an inmate in Arizona.
The state’s plan to merge six databases into a new Criminal History Clearinghouse could cost more than expected and take longer to implement than planned. The clearinghouse is supposed to help judges quickly review a person’s criminal history before setting bail.
Clifford Tenders Resignation
Department of Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford has reportedly given Gov. Susana Martinez notice that he is quitting at the end of the week.
Yates Ousts Rogers
It wasn’t a good weekend for Martinez. Her choice for Republican National Committeeman, Pat Rogers, was soundly defeated by Harvey Yates at the party’s state convention. Martinez herself got less than 50 percent of the delegate votes for an at-large delegate spot, but she got just enough to lead the state’s delegation to the national convention in Cleveland later this summer.
Sanders Woos Crowds
After visiting Santa Fe and Albuquerque on Friday, Bernie Sanders spent Saturday morning energizing crowds in Las Cruces. Now, police officers are preparing for potential protests during Donald Trump’s visit to Albuquerque tomorrow.
Navajo Water Pipeline Breaks
The Associated Press reports, “The largest farm on the Navajo Nation has been without water for more than a week after a pipeline break, endangering food crops worth millions of dollars and threatening jobs.”
Most of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry near Farmington were planted just before the concrete pipe failed, cutting off water to 72,000 acres of farmland. Officials have pegged June 11 as the date to have repairs completed, with water flowing through a canal system days later.
The Albuquerque Journal has an interesting look at the booming craft brew industry in New Mexico, where 50 breweries employee about 2,000 people.
Bernie Sanders Rally in PhotosLocal NewsFriday, May 20, 2016 Share Link
Mr. Sanders Comes to Santa Fe
Get a blow-by-blow of Bernie's first stop in NM, which shares a penultimate primary day with California and other key statesLocal NewsFriday, May 20, 2016
Early Friday morning, Lucas Jimenez sat on a concrete slab outside Santa Fe Community College, waiting to rally behind his presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, the senator who has ridden a populist wave railing against big banks and the “corrupt” campaign finance system, and picking up more than 40 percent of Democratic delegates in the process (so far). Jiminez wore a gray t-shirt emblazoned with the now-famous image of Sanders as a young civil rights activist in 1963, getting dragged away by Chicago police.
It’s not unusual for Jimenez, 24, to be on campus at 8 am. He studies here full-time, working towards an associate’s degree in welding. Jimenez says his t-shirt symbolizes Sanders’ authenticity—“That he isn’t just talk. He’s real. He’s honest.”
His comments echo a common refrain among Sanders supporters, who view the candidate as an outsider, uncorrupted by moneyed interests. As the crowd grew through the day, SFR spoke with a number of Bernie followers who described the septuagenarian senator as “honest,” “genuine” or “a man of conviction,” a contrast to the establishment politics that Hillary Clinton represents. Several supporters called the former secretary of state a “liar.”
Still, Clinton has secured an almost insurmountable lead in the race for the Democratic nomination. The penultimate primary day comes up on June 7, when voters from California, New Jersey, New Mexico and three other states check off their ballots. Despite trailing in delegates and the polls, the Sanders campaigned has vowed to fight till the end.
Sanders’ rally in Santa Fe was one of three scheduled in New Mexico this weekend. He was next planning on making a swing down to Albuquerque for dinnertime campaigning. And tomorrow morning, he’ll make a stop in the town of Vado before heading off to California.
Near Jimenez, a group of noticeably older supporters, decked out in New Mexico yellow, formed a circle at the entrance to the college’s fitness center. Paul Gibson, the campaign’s Santa Fe coordinator, rallied his volunteer corps, using words like “uphill climb” and “it’s not over.” When asked the average age of local volunteers, Gibson says, “Too old. Most of us are retired or semi-retired, so we have the time to do this.”
“I’m not retired!” interjects Joanna Corti, a doctor of oriental medicine, who woke up at 5 this morning to ship herbs to clients before rushing over to today’s rally.
Another nonretired volunteer, Jackson Miller, will be graduating from Santa Fe High School later this month before heading off to Stanford University in the fall.
“I just think his economic policy is the best for our country,” the teenager says. “It will redistribute wealth and help close the poverty gap. We should reach for the sky.” Clinton, in Miller’s eyes, has more experience than Sanders, especially in the realm of foreign policy. “But a lot of it is bad, like regime change and Obama’s drone program.”
(Note: Sanders also supports the limited use of military drones in counter-terrorism operations.)
A self-described ex-hippie named Cat Dancing sat on a lawn chair, eating penne pesto out of a tin can. Yesterday, she drove down from Tres Piedras with a friend, and spent the night at a motel in Albuquerque before returning to Santa Fe. “Even though he calls this a political revolution, it’s actually a spiritual revolution,” the 69-year-old woman says.
Two hours before Sanders was scheduled to speak, the sun beamed down hard, and the line of supporters gradually wrapped around the gymnasium building, stretching for the equivalent of about four or five blocks. A man in a black baseball cap walked among the crowd, announcing that no “vaping devices” or water bottles would be allowed in the building. Later, we saw the same man hawking “100% organic and GMO-free” campaign buttons.
A ragtag band of drummers and cowbell players sounded a beat, while 18-year-old Jackson Miller led the crowd in a chant: “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”
Cat Dancing danced.
Four Highlands University students, who call themselves the Trippy Kitty Movement (“sponsored by the Catnip Coalition”), sported tie-dye tops, fronted with what can only be described as a psychedelic swirl of feline faces. “I think Bernie would like them. He would wear them as pajamas,” says Mia Ramirez.
Another Trippy Kitty comrade, Dyna Amaya, tells SFR, “Honestly, Bernie Sanders reflects all the political causes I am for. Going against the 1 percent. I am a socialist democrat because I believe in creating an equitable society.”
“You go, girl!” a third friend, Lily Okoye, chimes in.
The doors opened at 1 pm, and the crowd shuffled inside the gymnasium, filling half a basketball court. The senator’s campaign reports that 2,849 people filled the room, while 600 supporters listened to Sanders’ speech outside.
A stay-at-home mom named Claudia Brookshire sat on a tarp with her 2-year-old daughter Hazel, who was coloring. As a singer belted out the national anthem, Claudia directed Hazel to place her right hand over her heart.
“I thought it would be a great experience for her,” Brookshire says. Before the 30-year-old had her daughter, she worked for the National Park Service, so the environment is one of her top issues. She’s also concerned about the centrality of money in political campaigns. “If you’re qualified and have experience, you should be able to run. You shouldn’t have to be a millionaire. You shouldn’t have to have a Super PAC.”
Organizers lead a diverse, young cohort onto bleachers directly behind a podium etched with the Zia symbol. We see all four members of the Trippy Kitty Movement back there, holding signs that say “A Future to Believe in” as anticipation builds.
Again, the crowd chanted “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” followed by “Si se puede! Si se puede!”
After a brief and underwhelming introduction from the activist Jim Hightower, Sanders finally walked on stage with his wife, Jane, to roaring applause around 3:30 pm. “Thank you, New Mexico!” he called out.
During a wide-ranging speech that lasted over an hour, the senator hunched his signature hunch and gestured with gusto, characteristically waving his index finger to accentuate each point. Before diving into the issues, Sanders celebrated the victories he’s claimed so far: 20 state primaries, 46 percent of pledged delegates, and more than 9 million votes.
“With a large turnout in New Mexico, we are going to win this state,” he continued, acknowledging that his path to the nomination is a “steep road.”
Interspersed with his usual stump lines on big banks, health care and the criminal justice system, Sanders played up issues that seemed to be specifically tailored to this state. He emphasized his support for tribal sovereignty.
“Everybody here knows, if you’ve studied five minutes of American history, that before this country became this country, the Native American people were lied to,” he said to applause. “And the treaties they signed were broken.”
Sanders also spoke directly to the Latino community, calling for greater protections for undocumented immigrants. “There are 11 million undocumented people in this country,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them are in this room right now.”
“In New Mexico, 30 percent of children are living in poverty, while millionaires and billionaires see their wealth increase every day,” Sanders said. “That is not what America is about."
For the rest of Sanders’ speech, we took note of when his audience applauded, as well as when they booed.
Among the ideas and lines that received applause: overturning Citizens United, a $15 federal minimum wage, closing the gender wealth gap, demilitarizing police forces, “rethinking the so-called War on Drugs,” treating substance abuse as a health issue, “a Medicare-for-all health care system,” expanding Social Security, politicized youth, tuition-free college, refinancing student loans, taxing Wall Street speculation, respecting sovereign rights for Native American tribes, the abolitionist movement, the women’s suffrage movement and the LGBT rights movement.
And boos: the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Walmart, the “world of superdelegates,” the fact that the top one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, offshore bank accounts, the US prison population (the highest in the world), opiate addiction, the Republican effort to cut Social Security, New Mexico’s childhood poverty rate (the highest in the nation), New Mexico’s high school graduation rate (the lowest in the nation) and Donald Trump’s “rhetoric of rounding up” 11 million undocumented Americans.
Sanders ended his speech with another call to action, pleading for supporters to
get their family and friends to the polls. “Let New Mexico go on record as
saying this beautiful state will help lead this country into the political
revolution,” he concluded, before walking off stage to David Bowie’s “Starman.”
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
Everyone filed out of the gym.
Nuevo Mexico Por Vida!Weekend PicksFriday, May 20, 2016
Join us in a step-by-step, guided painting class inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe!
Check out this collective of young emerging artists at this show that focuses on workspaces and many young artists' lack of studio space (see A&C).
Celebrating the centennial of the Native American artist's birth, this exhibit features works from IAIA faculty and alumni from 1960 to present (see SFR Picks).
Lafser, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, brings along all the usual suspects (Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Roger Miller, etc.) to her Americana sound. Bluegrass act Railyard Reunion opens.
This activity-packed day has options for the whole family. Participate in art-making activities led by Native artists Nani Chacon and Eliza Naranjo Morse. Bring an old tee and silkscreen it with Jacob Meders, spend the final hour snacking and listening to the storytelling of Emmett Shekeme Garcia.
Santa Fe's one and only Led Zeppelin cover band welcomes special guests and surprises to celebrate guitarist/local music icon Mikey Baker's 50th birthday. Happy Birthday, Mikey—we effing love you.
Eat all the little water bugs your heart desires at this fifth-annual weekend-long event that offers live blues to accompany your chow-down.
Who wants to miss Mayor Javier Gonzales proclaiming Lowrider Day in Santa Fe and a hopper demo. Not us.
Joe West, radio show producer, rock opera composer and Santa Fe musician extraordinaire, and his local band perform "theatrical folk" music. With Joe's combination of country, rock and entertainment, there's something for everyone.
Get more information about how to spend your fun days when you sign up for the SFR Weekend newsletter, delivered to your inbox each Friday afternoon.
Morning Word: PNM Rate Case on Hold
Conservation efforts at Intel reduce water usageMorning WordFriday, May 20, 2016
The Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request to raise consumer electric rates 16 percent is on hold, according to the Associated Press.
The move was spurred by what the officer described as “significant unanswered discrepancies” that arose after the utility recalculated the net book value of power purchased from one of the units at the Arizona plant.Conservation Efforts Work
PNM valued the power at just over $83 million, nearly $20 million less than what utility officials had testified to during a hearing last month, according to an order issued by the hearing officer on Wednesday.
Environmentalists, who have been raising questions about the costs, said the overvaluation could have amounted to a $100 million burden for ratepayers over the life of the plant.
KOAT's Mike Springer reports that Intel is using a lot less water these days at its Rio Rancho plant.
In 2012, the plant bought almost 650 million gallons of water, records show. In 2013, the plant bought 248 million gallons.Las Cruces Withholds Public Records
It continued to drop again to 44 million gallons of water in 2014 and 26 million gallons of water in 2015, according to documents.
City officials didn’t say what’s causing the drop, but Intel officials said it’s because of conservation efforts and being more efficient with water usage, not workforce reductions.
Heath Haussamen reports, “The City of Las Cruces has released résumés and letters submitted by 11 government administrators in New Mexico and elsewhere who applied to be the next city manager. But the city is withholding dozens other applications, claiming they are not public records."
But state law doesn’t allow such confidentiality. As NMPolitics.net reported earlier this month, a high-profile case involving the City of Farmington established in 2009 that the public has the right to see all applications for a city manager job in New Mexico.Trump Stump
New York billionaire Donald Trump is bringing his presidential campaign to New Mexico next week. He’ll appear at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Tuesday at 7 pm. Joe Monahan says Trump may be trying to soften his image with Latino voters after launching his campaign with disparaging remarks about many Mexican immigrants being criminals and rapists.
Sanders Adds Las Cruces Stop
Bernie Sanders, who has rallies in Santa Fe and Albuquerque today, has also added a stop in southern New Mexico tomorrow morning. Many south county residents hope Sanders’ visit helps to raise awareness for issues facing Doña Ana County colonias, including Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett.
“I don’t know what Bernie’s going to say, but based on my experience working in our colonias like Vado, it’s very difficult to get the necessary resources to make improvements,” Garrett said. “The people who live there are trying to work their way out of poverty, but can’t access the public resources available to other communities in the county. From my perspective, this is an example of how economics and politics don’t jive very well with social justice. His visit to Vado should shine some light that disparity, and the reality that people are faced with.”‘Plan C’
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s show featured a long segment about Gary Johnson’s vice presidential pick and says the Koch brothers may put up millions to support the Libertarian Party ticket this year.
Former Prison Guard Gets Light Sentence
Justice reporter Jeff Proctor has an important story about a former New Mexico Corrections Department prison guard who was sentenced to less than a year after admitting he raped an inmate.
Preacher puts spotlight on New Mexico
Ahead of Sunday’s premiere, Adrian Gomez has a preview of AMC’s new series Preacher, which is shot in New Mexico.
Heads Together on Mental HealthLocal NewsThursday, May 19, 2016
There are probably 200 things that need to happen to improve mental health care in Northern New Mexico, says Pamela Hyde, President Obama’s former appointee to head the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Administration. “The question is, What are one or two things we can do right now?”
Hyde spoke with SFR during a daylong meeting she facilitated at the Eldorado Hotel downtown. For the better part of Thursday, a diverse mix of professionals—including police, nurses, firefighters, judges, health care providers, corrections workers, hospital administrators, mental health advocates and county-level elected officials—gathered in an open convention room to share ideas on treating behavioral health issues. They sipped coffee and ate roast beef sandwiches.
Santa Fe County officials organized the invite-only summit to improve collaboration with Rio Arriba, Taos and Los Alamos counties and fix the region's mental health system, one that was decimated by the 2013 behavioral health shakeup that forced many local nonprofits to close their doors, in favor of an out-of-state corporation that has since pulled up stakes here.
During a late afternoon panel discussion, representatives from the four counties shared what has worked in their communities. Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk touted two programs that connect youth and families to basic resources like food and clothing, as well as mental health services. “Anytime you can get a group to collaborate, you add strength,” Kirk tells SFR.Rio Arriba Health and Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt spoke about Pathways, a care-coordination model that focuses on specific groups of people, from pregnant women with substance abuse problems to frequent ER visitors.
Taos County Manager Leandro Cordova said he has been taking cues from some of the bigger counties in the room. “Santa Fe County has been working on this for a while,” Cordova tells SFR. “We can learn from them instead of re-inventing the wheel and wasting taxpayer dollars.”
Led by Hyde, the 60 or so attendees brainstormed seven priorities for the counties to work on, which were plastered over a wall on easel-sized paper. The ideas ranged from broad, like “economic intervention,” to specific, like implementing campus-style triage systems to address crises and offering universal behavioral health screening for youth.
The group’s recommendations will eventually be compiled into a report. But first, Hyde says, “more work will be done” to narrow the scope of their broader priorities.
County Commissioner Miguel Chavez, who sponsored the summit, says he hopes this will be the first of four meetings, though no additional sessions have been scheduled yet.