Bing bang boom
According to new revenue figures released Wednesday, New Mexico will have an $8 billion budget next year; that means an estimated $907 million in "new" money from unprecedented oil production levels and related economic growth in southeast New Mexico. In addition to that influx, it's estimated that the state will have nearly $2.3 billion in reserves at the end of the current budget year. Economists warn, of course, that this boom is temporary ($ TNM), so it must be handled with care.
Update to mining code
Santa Fe County has updated its land use code to more tightly regulate what kind of mines can be established here, and environmentalists are pleased. The federal government controls zoning and the ability to determine issues of land use on its turf, but the state and counties have jurisdiction over environmental regulation of mining activities; the county can't ban mining in general from an area, but a specific mine proposed on federal land within county boundaries must meet the regulations set by the county to get approved. That means our strong rules are aimed at protecting Santa Fe County's natural environment, water quality and, arguably, quality of life.
Santa Fe skyscrapers
City Council decided last night that buildings in the Midtown overlay district will be allowed to be 52 feet tall; that's 14 feet higher than the citywide height limit of 38 feet. Councilor Peter Ives, sponsor of the amendment, says he hopes it will spur development; conversation about the change resulted in more than two hours of conversation among councilors, but was ultimately approved.
No thanks, Alan
Looking for a job? The City of Santa Fe's highest-paid position is up for grabs, and in a month, fewer than a dozen people have applied ($ TNM). Mayor Alan Webber said of the city manager position, "This is a job that has very, very high levels of responsibility and an enormous amount of pressure, stress, and I think a lot of people who are serious about it need to think hard about whether it's something they want to take on." Well, okay, when he tries to sell it like that, it's clear why so few people want it, right?
I value you
"Value-added" products (think salsa versus tomatoes, or jerky versus beef) are an aspect of farming that make it possible for small operations to stay in business, but a lack of facilities to create said products have been a barrier, especially to young farmers. A new food facility in Santa Fe (from the folks who brought you Verde juice) could help to change that. SFR's Leah Cantor reports.
Cannabis on campus
School's already solidly back in session in New Mexico, but parents of kids who need to take medical cannabis still don't have clear rules on how it can be administered on school property. They're a step closer to knowing, however, as the Public Education Department has finalized its policy on medical cannabis on campus, and school districts must now follow suit and draft their own rules. Unfortunately, the PED rules are still a bit vague, and push a lot of the rule-making back onto the districts, so inconsistency between districts will likely be a problem in the coming months as the kinks get ironed out.
Snap some snaps of that snapper
We're coming down to the last few days of SFR's Food Foto Contest; you have until Aug. 31 to submit pictures of your prettiest meals and drinks for possible publication in our Restaurant Guide this autumn, and one grand prize winner will get a bunch of gift certificates to local watering holes to continue on the photo-takin' goodness. (Or just to eat even more.)
Eatin’ those words
The Word said that weather should stick in the 80s for the foreseeable future, but looks like the gods have changed their minds and we're headed back to 90s territory. Sorry if that's a disappointment to you. It almost feels futile to report on anything other than "it's gonna be hot."
Thanks for reading! The Word felt woefully underdressed at the Kacey Musgraves concert at the opera last night. Some of you beautiful Santafesinas really know how to pull out the stops.