Run, hide, fight

Santa Fe Public Schools is offering parents the chance to opt-out their children from viewing a video that gives instructions on how to outwit campus shooters. SFPS Superintendent Veronica Garcia said that parents wanted training on active shooter situations, so the video was made; but, after about 60 complaints, parents can now say no if they fear the video will be a detriment to their kids' well-being. The 13-minute video has not been shown in classrooms yet, but is posted about halfway down SFPS' homepage.

See ya later

A Santa Fe man has been caught keeping a 7-foot alligator at his business ($ TNM), cops say. And yeah, the Word is just as excited as you probably are to find out what business it was (how many times have I been in the same building as a 7-foot gator and never knew it?!), but the man's name and the name of the business are not yet being released as the case is "still active." The gator is likely to end up at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park in Mosca, Colorado. Jay Young, co-owner of the alligator farm and sanctuary, says alligators make terrible pets. "They get large and dangerous and eat all your other pets—and you, if you get close."

Southside vandals target Native poem

Residents of the far Southside neighborhood of Oshara Village are befuddled by an act of vandalism in a community sculpture garden. A sculpture of a bell emblazoned with a Lakota Sioux prayer on its base has had many of the prayer's letters chipped off, and Sara Miler, the resident responsible for the sculpture garden, says that the timing of the vandalism (right after Indian Market) is suspect, saying, "We just hope that it wasn't intentionally targeted against Native Americans."

Cop fired for misconduct

An Albuquerque police officer has been fired for use of excessive force after an incident in February in which a fellow police officer reported him for allegedly slamming a handcuffed man into a wall. Hill has pleaded not guilty to the charge, and Shaun Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, said Tuesday that the termination has been appealed.

Runaway horse

The family of a 28-year-old Farmington woman killed in an accident at a barrel racing competition is suing its organizers. Amanda Decker's family says that the event organizers knew that a 7-year-old competitor was unable to control her own horse, and then when said 7-year-old and her horse charged out of the arena and struck Decker's horse, causing Decker to fall and strike her head and eventually succumb to her injuries, this puts the event organizers at fault.

Santa Fe man killed in El Llano

A Santa Fe man is dead after a shooting at a house in El Llano, but it's unclear whether his death will be ruled a homicide. Cops were called to a home in Rio Arriba County where a 911 caller said that "somebody wants to stab somebody" ($ TNM) and there found one resident wielding a knife, and nearby, 32-year-old George Albert Lewis II laid in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the head. The other man in the house has not been charged with a crime.

Kick him out

US Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced Monday that he supports an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump—a position particularly notable given his close ties to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has long shied away from impeachment, despite mounting support for such actions in Washington; further, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is running against Luján for US Senate, pointed out that she supported impeachment before he did and that " New Mexico deserves a US Senator who will lead on the issues that truly matter."

BRB movin’ to Antarctica

That rain last night may help to cool things down a bit, as the predicted high for today is "only" 83 degrees (still too hot for the wannabe arctic creature that is The Word). Temps look to remain in the 80s for the rest of the week with low to no chance of rain.

Thanks for reading! The Word used to own a kilt, but no longer does.