Time to spend

New Mexico's state budget could swell some 13 percent under a proposal from the new governor. Michelle Lujan Grisham's first executive budget recommends $500 million in additional spending for schools and $300 million to pay off a backlog in film and television production incentives. It also increases the minimum wage for public schools and state jobs to $12 an hour.

Give it back

Well, it seems former Gov. Susana Martinez now fully understands the Native squash blossom necklace situation and will indeed return it to the state ($). Museum collection curators didn't find it during an inventory of the governor's mansion and Martinez said through a staff member that it hadn't actually been donated. Thom Cole of The New Mexican reported the matter yesterday. The former governor said shortly thereafter (through a former Cabinet head) that she would return the necklace.

While I’m at it …

As long as her name was in the news, the former governor apparently decided yesterday was a good day to offer support for the president's border wall. Martinez told Fox News that it was "disgusting" not to call the situation on the southern border a crisis. She also said the president's plan is more reasonable than it's been in the past—when she roundly criticized it—and Democrats can't support it because they're beholden to the far left wing of the party.

Banned

The new state land commissioner has banned killing contests on some 9 million acres of state trust land. Most frequently associated with coyotes, the controversial contests involve killing as many animals as possible during a fixed time period. The office has reportedly banned the practice twice before under Democratic commissioners.

We’ll take it

Despite its president complaining that $4,700 retention bonuses for staying on the job through June were tantamount to a slap in the face, Santa Fe's police union widely voted to accept the money ($). The city is trying to keep officers from leaving for other higher-paying police jobs, namely in Albuquerque. The bonuses cost taxpayers $600,000 out of the existing city budget. The union's president, a detective, told a reporter he didn't know what the final vote was.

Here they come

The legislative session starts next Tuesday, and you'll be inundated with previews in publications of all types. Allow SFR to add its name to the mix, with our cover story—an easy-to-read offering that lets you see the key issues without having to devote your entire Sunday morning to the affair.

Bobbittses

If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about a desperate search for something valuable that's missing, it's John Wayne Bobbitt. Yep. That guy. And while the John and Lorena Bobbitt case from the '90s raised serious questions about domestic violence and marital rape, it's taken another strange turn. Seems John Wayne Bobbitt is a fan of Forrest Fenn's treasure hunt, which he told ABC's 20/20 the other night.

Burque on Canyon Road

Photographer Frank Blazquez isn't from Albuquerque, but you'd never know it. The drug addict-turned-photographer has a stunning eye for the people who populate Burque and his work, entitled Barrios de Nuevo Mexico: Southwest Stories of Vindication is on display at Canyon Road's El Zaguán starting at 5 pm tonight. It's free.

Thanks for reading! The Word believes that if Frank Blazquez can take those pictures after just three years with a camera, then most of us should discover something new about ourselves.

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