The search for missing 5-year-old Renezmae Calzada in Rio Arriba County has ended after her body was found in the Rio Grande. Yesterday evening, about 500 people gathered at Española's plaza for what was originally planned to be a rallying gathering for volunteers to help search, but that turned into a somber vigil ($ TNM). Authorities aren't revealing the exact location that she was found, but the Rio Grande Sun reports that it was near Santa Clara Pueblo.
In case you're living under a rock, FYI: The president is coming to visit New Mexico and will be holding a rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on Monday Sept. 16. Turns out Santa Ana Pueblo has been getting a lot of angry phone calls about hosting the commander in chief, and a pueblo official had to announce that the pueblo actually has nothing to do with the multipurpose arena—it just has the naming rights. The Santa Ana Star Center is owned by the city of Rio Rancho and managed by an outside entity. Side note: All city offices and schools in Rio Rancho will be closed Monday.
In a situation in Madrid that has continued to escalate, a man on aptly named Wild Dog Road has been accused of allowing his aggressive dogs to roam and attack other dogs and livestock, even killing some of the animals. A community meeting was held after Madrid resident Sarah Leamy started a Change.org petition to prompt action from Santa Fe County Animal Control. Residents plan to file a civil lawsuit against the owner of the roaming dogs, and then work on strengthening the county's ordinance on restraining dogs, which was last amended in 2014.
Gov walks it back
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has apologized publicly for a reference to New Mexico's "tricultural" community in a document that came out shortly after she took office. She says future references will call New Mexico "multicultural," and said in a letter to Harold Bailey, president of the NAACP's Albuquerque branch, that "no group should ever be minimized by failing to embrace that we are a multicultural state, and we should take every single opportunity to promote the benefits of multiculturalism."
Coming from far away
An East Coast consulting firm has been hired to assess what should be done next with Santa Fe's troublesome Midtown Campus, but at least one city councilor expressed concern at how a company from thousands of miles away will be able to understand the cultural nuances in our city.
IRBs are in like Flynn
Last week, SFR answered the question, "WTF is an IRB?" This week, we learn that City Council has approved IRBs (aka industrial revenue bonds) for the El Castillo assisted living facility, which will impact the taxes it pays as the company constructs a new facility downtown. Three councilors who voted against it cited concerns about affordability, balking because El Castillo has not allocated any of its units as "affordable;" El Castillo CEO Al Jahner said the price of units at the facility will range from $98,000 to $420,000.
Sick vape, bro
Since mid-August, New Mexico has seen 12 vaping-related illnesses, following a new national trend. Heidi Krapfl, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health, says that "this is very severe lung disease, particularly affecting younger people," and discourages people from vaping products containing THC. Here's what we know and what we don't know about the national trend, courtesy CNN.
It'll be between 5 and 10 degrees cooler than yesterday across Northern New Mexico today. Bless it. Is anyone else ready to whip out the fuzzy boots? Because the Word is getting ready to whip out the fuzzy boots. Perhaps prematurely, but it is what it is.