Give it a rest

The suspension on your ride, that is. Santa Fe's notoriously rutted roads have become a bone of contention between exasperated drivers and their city councilors. Restoring competent basic services has even become an issue in the mayoral race. While he's not running, Javier Gonzales has proposed a $12 million bond package that would borrow now, inject money into construction projects over the next two years, and be paid off in a decade. That's a little more than a quarter of the total work needed on city streets, according to staff.

Widow in Chan shooting files suit

Sarah Martin, whose husband, Jeremy, was gunned down by fellow Santa Fe County Sheriff's Deputy Tai Chan, has filed suit against both Chan and the Las Cruces bar where the pair drank before the killing. Chan shot Jeremy Martin in 2014 during an overnight stay as the two returned from a prisoner transport trip to Arizona. Chan will sit for his third trial for the killings in April, after the first two resulted in hung juries.

Five-time suspected drunken driver headed to prison

Dale Valdez will get a five-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to driving drunk in an Española crash that put his then-girlfriend on life support and severely injured a man who drove the car Valdez smashed into in the April crash. Valdez was driving on a suspended license and arguing with his girlfriend when he drove into Alfredo Flores' vehicle. Flores told the court he had to close the mechanic's shop he had just opened because of injuries from the crash.

Local boys make good

The World Series begins tonight, and two kids from Albuquerque have key roles for the American League's Houston Astros. Ken Giles, who went to Rio Grande High School, is the team's premier relief pitcher and Alex Bregman, a standout at Albuquerque Academy, is Houston's starting third baseman. They and their teammates face the team of destiny (which also happens to be the Word's lifelong favorite team), the Los Angeles Dodgers, when the best-of-seven series starts tonight.

That sounds gran

Santa Fe's tourism gurus want to bring a sort of cycling equivalent of a Formula 1 race to the city. It's a 100-miler called a Gran Fondo. The race would be part of a global series of such rides that culminates each year in New York. The city estimates the ride would be self-sufficient by its third year.

State higher ed in trouble

A new Legislative Finance Committee report says a drop in both enrollment and state funding at public colleges and universities could lead to unsustainable tuition hikes if something isn't done. The LFC told lawmakers that schools need to be allowed to combine services to cut costs and that a larger share of state funding needs to be attached to performance measures to ensure schools are rewarded for producing graduates.

Descanso burned

It's a crime to desecrate a descanso in New Mexico. The roadside memorials to the dead are part of the fabric of life in the state. Overnight Sunday, someone set fire to the memorial to Tommy Martinez on Highway 76 near Chimayo. His family is dismayed and state police are looking for suspects.

Thanks for reading! Forgive the boosterism, but the Word was in seventh grade the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series.

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