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Weekend PicksFriday, May 22, 2015 by SFR

One Hundred Years of Pottery and Paintings

This collection features art from a century of artists' work from the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. Through June 30

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The Moment of Yes!

Theater Grottesco presents this theatrical event blending music, drama and dance designed to explore communication and culture. For tickets, visit santafeplayhouse.org

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Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

Over 200 artists working in different media present museum-quality pieces during this huge show and sale. For more info, visit nativetreasures.org

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Harvey Girls Day

Artist, Willard Clark, creates commemorative placemats in honor of "Harvey Girls Day." At front desk, only while supplies lasts.

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents Stars in the Dark

Stars in the Dark pays tribute to the refugee filmmakers who bled for film noir, and your pals at the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival provide film, cabaret, salons and more at the CCA and various other venues. See Film for more info.

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The Jme Russell

Jaimie Russell takes a break from Chango to play solo. Expect an appearance from Keith Moon's drum-set.

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Morning Word: Defense Bill Includes Millions for New Mexico Base

National Defense Authorization Act also authorizes labs nuclear weapon's program money

Morning WordFriday, May 22, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
There might not be any capital outlay money for state construction jobs in New Mexico this year, but the economy in Clovis could be getting a big boost if Congress approves funding for big dollar projects at Cannon Air Force Base. That plus the Tapia-Padilla family feud continues.

It's Friday, May 22, 2015

US Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, voted to advance funding for big-dollar projects at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis.
The money breakdown: $7.8 million for a new entry control gatehouse; $20.4 million for new pump house and fuel storage; $11.65 million for a new operations and training center for trainers; $13.14 million for a new building to train special operations forces; $480 million for remotely piloted aircraft missions at Cannon and Holloman AFB. There’s also a provision in a new Senate bill requiring the secretary of defense to submit a comprehensive 5-year plan for the Melrose Bombing Range. 
Read more here.

The New Mexico Board of Finance has decided to provide the Office of the Public Defender an emergency $400,000 loan they need to continue to provide defendants legal representation through the end of June. But the courts have denied funds for magistrate courts, which will have to solve their budget crunch another way.

Read it at the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The state of New Mexico has reached a settlement with two advocacy groups, which claimed people with developmental disabilities were denied access to care.
Jim Jackson, executive director of Disability Rights New Mexico, said that under the agreement, program participants who are denied or have limitations on services imposed will have a better appeal process. “In the meantime, people can regain access to therapies and other services that had been denied under the current system.” 
Steve Terrell has details.

Despite testimony that shows renewable energy sources are a reliable and cost-efficient energy source, business leaders are rallying behind the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s plan to continue using coal and imported nuclear power.

Read it at ABQ Business First. 

A Terrier Black Brant missile test was aborted at White Sands Missile Range on Thursday after its flight trajectory failed.

"It was brought down over the range, where no damage to anyone or anything could be done," said Cammy Montory, WSMR spokeswoman. "A sweep of US [Highway] 70 was also conducted to make sure no debris from the rocket fell on the road. No debris were found on the highway."

The Las Cruces Sun-News has more. 

The US Air Force wants to incinerate targets such as incoming missiles with laser weapons mounted on C-17s by 2023, and a lot of the development on the weapon’s system is being done in New Mexico.
The High Energy Laser, or HEL, is being tested by the Air Force Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base. Ground tests are slated for later this year [at White Sands Missile Range] as part of a plan to precede air-launched laser weapons firing evaluations, Mica Endsley, Air Force Chief Scientist, told Military.com in an interview. 

Read more here. 

That’s not the only system being developed here. The Army is also developing its air defense system at the range.

Read more here. 

Those new state-mandated teacher evaluations are supposed to help educators improve and develop their classroom skills, but close to two dozen teachers in Taos have burned their evaluations, claiming they’re riddled with errors.

Cody Hooks reports. 

Meanwhile, Albuquerque Public School Board members have voted not to pay the state for PARCC testing.

Read it here. 

The widow of boxing champ Johnny Tapia continues to battle the Padilla family in Albuquerque. She’s suing them for trademark infringement. Yesterday, Tapia admitted to felony drug convictions and told reporters she’s in fear for her life. She didn’t list any specific threats or mention that her cousin Pamela Chavez testified in court earlier this week that she believed that Tapia has forged her notary signature on legal documents.

See it at KOB.com. 

Television’s “Judge Judy” Sheindlin delivered the commencement speech to graduates in Shiprock. She told the students to enjoy their life’s journey.

See the video here. 

Like you, we’re headed out to enjoy a long 3-day holiday weekend, so there won’t be a Morning Word on Monday. We’ll be back on Tuesday with a big state news recap.

Drug Hotline Gets 400 Calls

Councilor Bill Dimas wants evaluation of whether city tip line for narcotics leads to arrests

Local NewsThursday, May 21, 2015 by Thomas Ragan

Do hotlines actually work?

It has been a little over a year since Santa Fe’s regional drug tip hotline has been in operation, and now the city councilor behind it is asking for a review of all tips to see how effective they’ve been.

Councilor Bill Dimas, who also chairs the city’s Public Safety Committee, wants Ken Martinez, the director of the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Center, to look into hundreds of tips that have come in since April of last year and whether they have led to any arrests or convictions.

“It’s something that’s near and dear to my heart—stopping drug trafficking,” says Dimas, a former judge and police officer who lost his daughter, Brandi, four years ago, to drug abuse at the age of 32.

“You name it, she used it,”  adds Dimas, who made the hotline a part of his platform in his unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2014.  “I don’t know if you know this, but Santa Fe has a huge heroin problem, as does much of the country, and it’s time we tried to put a stop to it.”

In the last 13 months, about 400 calls have come into the hotline, averaging roughly 30 calls per per month, Martinez told members of the committee on May 19.

Yet Martinez says it’s going to take some detective work to track down how many tips have actually resulted in arrests, something he plans to look into in the coming months before reporting back to Dimas and the committee.

“What we do know for sure,” Martinez tells SFR, “is that when a tip is called in, if it’s in progress, then we try to send an officer over there right away.”

But if the tip deals with something along the lines of, “I think my neighbor is selling drugs,” then the complaint is forwarded to the investigations unit of the appropriate law enforcement agency, Martinez says.

Sgt. Andrea Dobyns, a public information officer for the Santa Fe police department, says narcotics investigators usually conduct surveillance based on the tip if it seems credible. Everything takes time when it comes to drug busts, she says, especially if deals are not in progress and officers are going off a tip.

“It’s not like we can go in and bust a door down based on a tip,” says Dobyns, who uses the police department Facebook to advertise the hotline. “But the hotline is definitely helping in determining places where there might be suspicious activities.”

Seven dispatchers answer the hotline, which is run out of the RECC. The service area includes the city of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County and the town of Edgewood. The line has a distinctive ring to it, and dispatchers on duty tend to it over the course of their shifts.

“There was no cost implement it,” Martinez notes. “The only costs really are personnel costs; answering it is factored into their job duties.”

Martinez says he thinks the hotline is an important law enforcement tool because it gives the public “an avenue” to call law enforcement on suspicious activity as it relates to drugs.

“We’re talking about everything and anything,” Martinez says, adding: “It’s important for the citizens to reach out to us if they think something illegal is going on.”

This is not the first time the center has used a special hotline, Martinez says. He says about seven years ago officials called for a rape hotline to deal with what seemed to be an increase in sexual assaults in the city and the county. That hotline has since been disconnected, and it didn’t last as long as the drug tip hotline, Martinez says.

Want to narc you neighbor? The drug hotline number is 428-3737.

Morning Word: Udall Pushes Energy Diversification

National standard would save consumers billions

Morning WordThursday, May 21, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
A national debate is heating up over who should determine energy policies in the future. New Mexico's two senators support a national standard with more renewable sources, but critics say that takes regulatory power away from the states. Despite the cool temperatures, it's almost be time for summer and that means baseball is back in Santa Fe. Go Fuego!

It's Thursday, May 21, 2015

US Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, a co-sponsor of a bill that would require utilities like the Public Service Company of New Mexico, to generate 30 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other renewable sources, says that a new national standard would slow electric rate increases and create thousands of new jobs.
“Investing in homegrown clean energy jobs just makes sense, and that’s why I’m continuing my fight for a national RES,” Udall said. “More than half the states — including New Mexico — have widely successful RES policies, and it’s time to go all in. I’ve long pushed for a ‘do it all, do it right’ energy policy, and a RES will help us get there.” 
Sen. Martin Heinrich is also a bill co-sponsor.

Reporter Sarah Matott has details. 

Meanwhile, Heinrich has joined forces with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to oppose the renewal of the US Patriot Act.

Read it here

Debra Haaland, the chairwoman of the New Mexico Democratic Party, wants Secretary of State Dianna Duran and Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate the state GOP’s use of the state seal on a controversial email.

Read her letter. 

The state’s Republican Party wants all of State Auditor Tim Keller’s emails and expense reports since taking office in January, but claims their request is being ignored. Keller’s staff says it’s responding to the “burdensome” request.

Read it here. 

Former Educational Retirement Board Chairman Bruce Malott’s civil racketeering lawsuit against financial firms and investment advisors has been dismissed.
State District Judge Matthew J. Wilson of Santa Fe threw out the case with prejudice, which means it can’t be refiled unless the ruling is overturned on appeal. Wilson said in an order filed last week that many of the wide-ranging alleged criminal activities alleged in Malott’s lawsuit were not directed at him or directly caused harm to his reputation. The judge also said none of the defendants in Malott’s case has been charged with a crime because of the alleged schemes he outlined. 
Mike Gallagher has the scoop. 

A new report found that a large portion of New Mexico’s seniors live in poverty. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report ranked New Mexico 47th in the country for the number of seniors living in poverty, at nearly 12 percent.

Read it at the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

A national nursing home wants Balderas to dismiss a lawsuit pushed by private lawyers exposed in The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning article.
The suit against the Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group — one of the largest nursing home chains in the country — alleges the business has skimpy staffing levels that make it impossible to provide good care to residents of the nursing homes. 
Read it here. 

Following the deadly biker gang shootout in Texas, New Mexico State Police plan an increased presence at this weekend’s rally in Red River as the Bandidos roll into town.

See more at KOB.com

Local bikers tell journalist Staci Matlock the violence in Texas ;won't "taint" this weekend's annual event in Northern New Mexico.

Read it here.

Boaters and RV’ers are already showing up at Elephant Butte for the holiday weekend.

Read it at the Deming Headlight. 

What will it take to make the New Mexico State Fairgrounds a competitive venue for national and regional events? Auditor Tim Keller has some ideas.

Read them at ABQ Business First.

Speaking of improvements, a group of consultants are sharing their ideas for $2 million dollars worth of Main Street revitalization projects in downtown Farmington.

Read it at the Daily Times. 

A new tourism marketing director in Taos has resigned after just two months.

Read it at the Taos News. 

New Mexico Highlands University regents have decided which of the six finalists they want to hire as the school’s next president, but they’re keeping their selection quiet until negotiations with the individual have been completed.
After meeting behind closed doors for several hours on Monday, regents emerged to announce that board chairman Leveo Sanchez and board member Frank Marchi had been given authority to begin negotiations with the individual selected. 
Read it at the Las Vegas Optic.  

A group of Millennial business leaders wants the PRC to reconsider their recents votes on Uber and Lyft’s ride-sharing services.
 "We're all under 35. We're the future of business, and we're trying to take a leadership role," said Josh Rogers, the development project manager for Titan Development and leader of the NAIOP group. "As young developing leaders of the business community, we'd like to see the PRC make regulations that are appropriate in the market, and let the market decide the restrictions on Uber and Lyft that have caused Lyft to already leave the market, and lets let the market decide what transportation options are available and not let a regulation decide that.” 
Dan Mayfield has the story. 

A national law journal has laid out its analysis of what “Breaking Bad” character Walter White’s trial might have looked like if he had survived and had been convicted. In New Mexico, he wouldn’t have faced the death penalty,  since that law was repealed a few years ago.

Read it at KOAT. 

Baseball is back in Santa Fe for the summer and the Fuego team is off to a fast start. More than 500 fans watched them trounce the Las Vegas Train Robbers, 10 to 5.

Morning Word: Where's the Beef?

State workers wait months for back pay.

Morning WordWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Peter St. Cyr
State employees say they want back pay awarded to them in a settlement sooner than later. But officials says calculations are difficult to sort out. That, plus Santa Fe police will be getting 90 new body cameras soon.

It's Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A few thousand state government employees are still owed back pay, and it doesn’t look like anyone is in a rush to cut checks.

Read it at the Las Cruces Sun-News. 

At least the state’s back roads are well maintained and highly ranked.

Read it at the Santa Fe New Mexican. 

We all had already pretty much figured this out, but all those rain storms are helping to “fend off” wildfires. Still, the precipitation won’t be a “drought buster.”

Justin Horwath reports. 

Mexican gray wolf supporters rallied in Santa Fe yesterday. They’re upset about a state Game and Fish Department decision to deny the renewal permit at Ted Turner’s ranch.
One rally-goer held a sign accusing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez – who appoints the commission – of a “war on wildlife.” 
Read it at the ABQ Journal. 

The Santa Fe Public Safety Committee is recommending the police force purchase up to 90 body cameras for its police officers.

Uriel J Garcia has the story. 

Las Cruces police officers will also be equipped with body cameras, and the folks at the Las Cruces Sun-News think that’s a great idea.
"They help build trust between police and the community. Now, when there is a dispute as to what happened during a search or an arrest, it will no longer be the officer's word, backed up by fellow officers, against the suspect's word, backed up by his or her friends and family. Cameras provide an objective perspective.” 
Read more here. 

Two Las Cruces police officers have been fired after an investigation into a suspect’s beating in a holding cell.

Read it here. 

Albuquerque's new police oversight board is off to a slow start and has delayed reviewing complaints against officers until it gets more training and clarifies its rules.

Ryan Boetel reports. 

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin will appear before the state Board of Finance Thursday to request emergency funding of $750,000 for operations of magistrate courts through June.
In April, the governor vetoed a $750,000 supplemental appropriation approved by the Legislature to address underfunding partly caused by a loss of revenues from vetoes in 2014. 
Read it online. 

The Albuquerque Journal is defending its decision to release information about a confidential investigation into District Attorney Kari Brandenburg.
The Journal took the position that releasing the file was the right decision under the law and something APD was required to do. Stonewalling would only have prompted [an] outcry about flouting the law and a coverup. Under the alternative reality, conduct by the DA that Balderas found to be out of line possibly would have been buried forever. Ultimately, APD should not be faulted for following evidence wherever it leads–even if that is to high places – or for following the state’s IPRA law. 
Read their editorial here. 

Access to a historical mining camp in the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe will be restricted soon.
SFR’s Thomas Ragan reports there’s only one more public trip planned and its already sold out.

Read why here.

The Santa Fe Community College’s planetarium remains closed to the public due to a lack of funding.
Barney Magrath, who has taught astronomy as an adjunct at the college for the last five years, says that’s a shame. Even though the planetarium’s technology, from its construction in the 1980s, is out of date, the facility could still be a great resource and gathering place, Magrath says. But he wasn’t invited to teach classes again next year, and he says that’s in part because he’s been making noise about the planetarium’s closing. “It’s shameful and disgraceful that they can’t come up with funds to keep it open,” he tells SFR. “It just languishes with no plan. They are determined to keep it closed, from my point of view.” 
Julie Ann Grimm has the scoop. 

That’s it for today. But we’ll be back tomorrow. There’s always more news.

7 Days

05.20.15

7 DaysWednesday, May 20, 2015 by SFR
1

PNM LOSES RATE CASE

Don’t get excited. The electricity giants vow to try, try again.

2

SF LAWYER WANTS DAVE CHAPPELLE TO TESTIFY IN ASSAULT TRIAL

If he’s not too busy bombing another show.

3

COPS TARGET TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL IN BOOK-THROWING INCIDENT

Setting off community debate about safe alternatives to duct tape for unruly middle schoolers.

4

RANCH STORE OPENS ON ST. MIKE’S

With cowboy boots, shovels and fertilizer on the shelves, it’s got all you need for a government meeting.

5

WAS THAT SNOW?

The fishing derby and the Bike & Brew carried on, just like the US Postal Service.  

6

MAYOR SAYS PARKS BOND REPORT DUE IN “A FEW SHORT DAYS”

A week ago. Still no report.

7

AMERICAN AIRLINES NIXES DIRECT FLIGHT FROM SF TO LA

And Spaceport America won’t get you there either.


Street View

05.20.15

Street ViewWednesday, May 20, 2015 by SFR
Agua Fría Street is a dangerous place to bike. Maybe this sign change will help.


Send your horizontal shots to streetview@sfreporter.com or share with #SFRStreetview for a chance to win free movie passes to the CCA Cinematheque.

Frontiersman and Frontiersboy

'Slow West'. Because Fast East isn’t a thing

OkWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Scottishly, John Maclean’s first feature is a bit of a brooder that can’t keep from sometimes cracking itself up. It follows a wayward teen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) through 1800s Colorado (2000s New Zealand), chasing the girl he likes (Caren Pistorius) and not realizing that his gruff bounty-hunter guide (Michael Fassbender) wants to find her too, for professional reasons. So the kid’s sort of a chump, but that doesn’t keep us from hoping things somehow might work out for him or that he’ll at least wise up if they don’t. Being maybe a softie at heart, the bounty hunter seems to share this view.

 

This territory isn't new, of course. Maclean’s insight is to treat all his characters as random players on the front lines of manifest destiny, half-consciously wondering if they’re the butt of a cosmic joke. Sample dialogue: “East, what news?” “Violence and suffering. West?” “Dreams, and toil.” Or, another exchange, between the two main characters, as they mosey on horseback through the barrens: “We could have taken them in.” “In where?” Good point.

 

The movie looks great, in a meaningful way. Robbie Ryan’s beauty-attuned cinematography gives us a gradual focus pull from the haze of romantic hope to the cutting clarity of disillusionment. Not that tone control is always perfect here; the point-of-insight moment in Slow West’s climactic shootout seems like something Joel and Ethan Coen might have dared each other not to cut from an early draft. It’s a gag, at the protagonist’s expense, and it goes too far, even for a film that culminates in a wheat field whack-a-mole gunfight. But it’s not wholly inconsistent, as other piquant bits include a felled tree pinning the spread-armed skeleton of the man who chopped it down, and a bad guy played by Ben Mendelsohn as if trying hard not to burst into a Gary Oldman impression. 

 

Meanwhile, Fassbender seems less antsy about channeling Clint Eastwood, and so he inherits the mantle of Western anti-hero archetype smoothly, as we always knew he would. Smit-McPhee, by now a veteran of movie frontier treks (see also The Road, Young Ones, All the Wilderness), never puts a foot wrong. The two of them together is an odd and compelling sight to behold, an encouraging sign of fresh buddy-movie blood. They have a knack for making their stylized conversations sound natural. 

 

“Dry your eyes, kid, let’s drift,” says the bounty hunter in one of many quotables, expounding what we know is an unsustainable worldview. Their path proves to be a trail of bodies, through which the movie—no longer jesting—backtracks in silence just before it ends.

 

In its best moments, Slow West manages to take the piss out of genre-mandated laconicism without losing sight of why we like it. At other times, the tone gets garbled, as if Maclean hasn’t yet figured out what great comment on Westerns in general he really wants to make. That’s OK, though; it’s about the journey, right?

 


SLOW WEST

Directed by John Maclean

With Fassbender, Smit-McPhee and Mendelsohn 

CCA Cinematheque

R

84 min.


The Kids Are…Well, They’re OK

Meet the Who’s managers in 'Lambert & Stamp'

OkWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Managing the Who was a means to an end: Who knew? Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp wanted to make a movie and figured it should be about something, so they designed a superstar rock band. As James D Cooper’s sprawling documentary reveals, this was a daunting and thrilling prospect in war-scarred, class-stratified England of the ’60s. 

 

What it takes to produce a great quartet of gear-smashing mod rockers is this: on the one hand, a gay, Oxford-educated son of a composer, and on the other, yes, the kid brother to the future General Zod. (Terence Stamp does pop up here, essentially to affirm Chris’ East End street-tough credentials.)

 

And so we see Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey’s long journey from scuzzy London dives to Kennedy Center honors. Along the way came casualties, including bandmates Keith Moon and John Entwistle—and eventually Lambert and Stamp. 

 

Townshend is the movie’s most lucid raconteur, but Cooper lets in many voices. At times, it feels a little like being cornered by some geezer rock snob at a party—just when a song you like comes on, he’s all, “Interesting story about this one…” Some of the stories are interesting, absolutely, but after a few, you want to say, “Hey, think we could just listen to the music for a sec?” But then what would a Who movie be without some excess noise?

 


LAMBERT & STAMP

Directed by James D Cooper

UA DeVargas 6

R

120 min.


Hardy Appetites

A gal has her choices in 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

YayWednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jonathan Kiefer

Tonight’s episode of The Dating Game transpires in 19th century England, where our bachelorette, one Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), has just come into possession of some land and some options. Bachelor Number One, a steadfast shepherd (Matthias Schoenaerts), already has proposed, even before Bathsheba inherited her uncle’s farm. Number Two is a volatile soldier (Tom Sturridge) whose previous fiancée (Juno Temple) jilted him accidentally, by going to the wrong church. Number Three is Bathsheba’s neighbor (Michael Sheen), who wouldn’t give her the time of day before but now can’t get her out of his mind. Each has his plusses and minuses, as she is self-empowered to discover. 

 

When Thomas Hardy’s novel was new, most readers heard in its heroine’s first name a Biblical allusion to King David’s adulterous lover; now, her last name evokes the heroine of The Hunger Games. So it’s a weird cultural moment for a new movie of this old book. Director Thomas Vinterberg, working from a script by David Nicholls, builds his love trapezoid sturdily, with intelligently understated performances holding up well amid sometimes far-fetched turns of plot. This may not be the most innovative literary update, but as a new episode of an old game show, it’s a swoon-worthy knockout.

 

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

With Mulligan, Schoenaerts and Sheen

Violet Crown Cinema

PG-13 

118 min.


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