Cops come home
As of last week, only half of Santa Fe's police officers (that's 72) actually live in our city, with the other half commuting in (and their commutes are subsidized up to 60 miles). While to some people, it feels like common sense that officers should live in the communities they patrol, both the mayor and Santa Fe Police Officers Association President Tony Trujillo don't really see the point. "I have yet to have anybody give me a reason why that would be beneficial," Trujillo said. "I haven't heard a valid reason why officers should live here."
Mayor’s response to bigtory
Mayor Alan Webber responded last week to reports of a man intimidating and harassing Plaza vendors, saying that he's working with various city offices to gather information about the incidents, and has also contacted the governor's office to support a constitutional amendment to allow localities to create gun legislation that is more restrictive than the state's.
No mine in Pecos?
About 125 residents packed the Pecos Municipal Building for a meeting about a proposed copper, zinc and gold mine in their area ($ TNM). Members of the Upper Pecos Watershed Association are worried about water quality, while Mike Haynes, CEO of mining company New World Cobalt, said he thinks "hysteria and misinformation" are behind the community's opposition to the outfit.
New school year, new school
Seems like everyone is raving about New Mexico School for the Arts' new facility in the former Sanbusco Center shopping mall. SFR reports (with tons of pictures) that the school, which until now had been housed in the former—and aging—St. Francis Cathedral School building on West Alameda, will be able to serve more students and offer more classes in the attractive new building. The Albuquerque Journal also reports its take on the building, calling it an "unfinished symphony."
I’m just stressed out, man
The Word told you last week that New Mexico has pretty high water stress, and a reader alerted us to a Washington Post report that goes much more in-depth ($) about America's water stress as a whole (which means how likely we are to use all our available water in a year). New Mexico is the only state with "extremely high" water risk, with California coming in second at "high," and with places like Washington, DC, Maine and Michigan coming in least-stressed. The article points out that New Mexico has "the same alarming score (4.26 on a five-point scale) as the United Arab Emirates, which was the 10th most-stressed in the world."
Nine is even more of a crowd than seven
Yet another Dem has joined the battle to represent New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District. Former Deputy Secretary of State John Blair joins eight other candidates ($ TNM) hopeful to succeed US Rep. Ben Ray Luján. Blair, who is gay, says he would work to promote increased LGBTQ+ rights in Congress. (Last week the Word told you that seven people were running for this spot, but we missed one. That linked article has the full list.)
A church in Albuquerque known for championing the LGBTQ+ community has been vandalized six times in two weeks. But, speaking the way churchfolk should speak, Rev. Judith Maynard told KOAT: "If the person walked in the door right now and said, 'I did the windows,' we would embrace that person, love them, ask them what was wrong, what can we do to help you."
You might get wet
Eastern New Mexico can expect some rain today, but Santa Fe is looking at another hot, dry one. The National Weather Service says a break in high temps is on the way, so hold out for the coolness.
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