Morning Word: Clinton Accepts Nomination
The Democratic Party nominee tries to woo Sanders supportersMorning WordFriday, July 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton used her acceptance speech Thursday night to contrast her public service career and track record of working to solve the country’s problems with Donald Trump’s claim last week in Cleveland that only he can solve the country’s problems. Now we all have to brace for what Politico warns will be one of the “ugliest, most divisive elections in American history.”
Johnson Says Romney May Endorse Him
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson says Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, who is publicly opposed to Trump, is considering endorsing his Libertarian Party candidacy.
Incumbents Have Cash Advantage
Data journalist Sandra Fish discovered that incumbent candidates have a huge cash advantage over their opponents headed into the fall election: Incumbents account for 75 percent or more of the money raised, spent, loaned and still in the bank.
Sun Dries Up Rio Grande
The state is having another dry year and Laura Paskus reports that’s drying up large parts of the Rio Grande, including 17 miles south of Albuquerque.
Federal Judge Weighs A.R.T. Arguments
After listening to hours of testimony about the City of Albuquerque's plans to build a rapid transit line along Central, a federal judge is expected to decide Friday if construction on the A.R.T. project can start next week. Business owners have argued it will ruin their livelihoods. Others are concerned the bus line will forever alter the Mother Road: Route 66.
LANL Cleanup Costs Debated
Federal officials have estimated the cost to clean up decades old radioactive waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory will cost about $1 billion less than state officials estimate, Rebecca Moss reports. Nuclear watchdog groups and state officials disagree.
In March, New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn said the two decades of soil and water remediation and waste removal would cost at least $4 billion, or $255 million per year.Homeless Shower Facility Opens at Camp Hope
But Doug Hintze, manager of the Energy Department’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, said this week that an average of $153 million per year, or $2.9 billion through 2035, would be sufficient.
Homeless residents in Las Cruces now have a place to take a shower and clean up thanks to a brother and sister who wanted to honor their father, a taxi company owner who they said had gone out of his way to help the homeless.
Connie Mack World Series Underway
We’ve been following Alex Bregman’s Major League Baseball debut this week, but with 12 teams of 16- to18-year-olds from around the country headed to Farmington, it's time for amateur baseball.
Santa Fe’s Best Block Party Tonight
Head to the Railyard tonight for the Santa Fe Reporter’s third annual Best of Santa Fe block party from 5 pm to 9 pm. Julie Ann Grimm, our smart editor, will be there jamming to the Jayhawks who will play music by the water tower.