Party in Santa Fe

As it is every time we get a new governor in this state, the New Year's Day party in Santa Fe was arguably better than the New Year's Eve one. Michelle Lujan Grisham took the oath of office at the Roundhouse just after midnight and partied just as late last night after a day of public festivities. The governor pushed an ambitious agenda, which sounded to some a lot like a campaign speech ($). And here's what she looked like dancing to Bruno Mars in a ball gown. Just watch.

Stormy start

Once again, a winter storm has socked New Mexico, closing parts of I-40, blanketing much of the state with several inches of snow, even producing snowfall in Las Cruces (which is gorgeous when that happens). Albuquerque finally got hit after dodging most of last week's storm. Albuquerque city offices, UNM and Sandia Labs are closed today and state offices in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Vegas plan to open at 10 this morning. Many courts and medical clinics are opening late, too. Expect temperatures to stay cold until Friday.

Slip slidin’ away

With all that snow blanketing our cities and towns, SFR's Aaron Cantú grabbed his stack of lawsuit settlements from the city of Santa Fe and determined that slips and falls accounted for more than $400,000 in costs to the city and its insurance carrier since the start of 2017. The cost to property owners may be larger, since most of the city's sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner to clear.

Fans in the stands

Millions of Americans flipped on the TV (phone, tablet, whatever) to watch tens of thousands of fans in the stands for college football bowl games. Football programs are king at most universities, and schools go out of their way to pack stadiums. If the University of New Mexico's Lobos want a chance to play in those bowl games—and they do—they must maintain a two-year rolling average of 15,000 fans. Daniel Libit, who runs NMFishbowl.com, investigated how the Lobos count attendance at football games as they scrap and claw their way to what the school hopes is a crowd of 15,000, even if just slightly more than 6,000 people actually bought tickets.

Healthier you

New Mexico has seen an uptick in reported flu illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the state as one of those seeing increased flu activity leading up to Christmas, which seems like a strong indicator that number will continue to rise. The spike came as an 8-year-old immigrant boy from Guatemala died in US Customs and Border Patrol custody.

Wildflower power

Pojoaque Pueblo has enlisted Santa Fe-based Wildflower International and Albuquerque's Silent Falcon UAS Technologies to monitor its land using drone aircraft. The Pueblo expects to improve its mapping of culturally important sites, better manage its herd of bison and its forests, and be an eye in the sky for search and rescue efforts.

Your agenda

Maybe today's main calendar listing for you is "Go to Gym!!!" And we understand if that's the case. But maybe you have a song that's been kicking around your brain and it's ready to come out. Or maybe you've told yourself you're going to get out more this year. Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery in Santa Fe hosts its open mic night starting at 7 pm. Sign up with songster and soundsmith Jason Reed starting at 6:30 pm.

Life to the extra

SFR intern Sarah Eddy checks in not only with photos from the inauguration, but a fun piece on what it's like to orbit the film and TV production industry in New Mexico as an extra. And the industry has such a strong pull that more than a few extras get sucked into not just acting, but behind-the-scenes work as well.

Thanks for reading! The Word is on the lookout for the most creative (or just weird) New Year's resolutions.

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