Pence accidentally donates to NM progressive

Carol Miller should be a familiar face to Northern New Mexico voters. She's been active in public policy and has run for Congress three times—twice as under the Green Party banner and once as an independent. She shares a name, though, with a staunchly conservative congressional candidate in West Virginia. That's how she ended up with a $5,000 check for a decade-old campaign from Vice President Mike Pence's political action committee. Edmundo Carrillo runs down the mix-up for the Albuquerque Journal.

From Las Cruces to San Jose 

Catholic Bishop Oscar Cantú is headed to California. The pope assigned the 51-year-old to an administrative position in the Diocese of San Jose. He'll take over for the bishop there upon retirement or death. Cantú has been leading the Diocese from Las Cruces for the past five years.

Santa Fe vs. the US Census Bureau

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber plans to introduce a measure that would formally and firmly oppose the inclusion of a citizenship question ($) on the 2020 Census. Webber says the question discourages accurate reporting and could impact both federal funding and congressional district boundaries.

Contract redirect

New Mexico House candidate Andrea Romero has asked the City of Santa Fe to reassign a contract to oversee MIX Santa Fe, a young professionals networking organization, to the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce. Romero defeated incumbent Rep. Carl Trujillo in June. The reassignment inserts an administrative buffer into the city's contract by allowing the chamber to hire its own MIX director, instead of the city being able to hire its own person ($).

Joy Junction founder dies

The British-born man who built New Mexico's largest homeless shelter from the ground up and ran it as a Christian mission has died. Jeremy Reynalds, who lived in Santa Fe for a few years during the early 1980s, began Joy Junction in Albuquerque and eventually grew it into an organization with a $4 million annual budget. Reynalds was 60 and succumbed to cancer.

Tour stop

Students from Parkland, Florida, were in Albuquerque yesterday to raise awareness of gun violence and build a network of young voters to address the issue at the ballot box. The group is in the midst of a 20-state summer tour.

Questions for cops

Albuquerque's Police Oversight Board plans to question the department over its procedures for investigating crimes against children, after two high-profile cases revealed errors by detectives. Much of what the public thought it knew about the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens has turned out to be wrong. And police were criticized over their early involvement in a case that resulted in a young girl being allegedly prostituted by her parents. The board meets tonight.

The Cup stayeth over

The cry from England was to bring the World Cup home, but upstart Croatia had other ideas. The 4 million-person nation with a crackerjack soccer squad defeated Queen and country to advance to the World Cup finals. The match went into extra time. Croatia faces France on Sunday morning. England and Belgium play for third place on Saturday.

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