The patriarchy isn’t going to smash itself
Women only constitute approximately one-quarter of the City of Santa Fe's workforce, according to a new report examining gender equity at the city ($TNM). The findings were one page of a $260,000 employment study from city contractor Springsted Inc. That report, according to an email written by interim City Manager Jarel LaPan Hill, is "based on incomplete and, in some cases, inconsistent supporting information" and therefore not useful for decision-making. Previously, the city appeared either unable or unwilling to make the report public ($TNM). In her email, LaPan Hill informed city councilors of the female-to-male ratio of the city's 1,400 employees (28 versus 72 percent); those female employees make on average 43 cents more per hour.
Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, sponsored by New Mexico's congressional delegation, and designed to prevent future mineral leasing on federally-owned lands around Chaco Canyon. Specifically, the law withdraws from future leasing and development approximately 316,0000 acres of minerals owned by the federal government within a 10-acre area designated as the Proposed Chaco Protection Zone. US Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, as well as US Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, all were involved earlier this year in securing a one-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling near Chaco. All three have called on the US Senate to also pass protective measures. Yesterday's House approval received praise from numerous Native American leaders. "The bill aims to protect the land, structures, and environment from any unanticipated adverse effects associated with unchecked oil and gas development in the region," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
And then there were two
Democrat Linda M. Serrato has jumped into the June 2020 primary race to replace state Rep. Jim Trujillo, who is not seeking re-election for District 45. Former city councilor and school board member Carmichael Dominguez also has announced he will seek election for the seat. Serrato currently works as the political director for US Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's US senatorial bid, although tomorrow purportedly is her last day in that position ($TNM). Previously, the 34-year-old worked at Lujan's congressional office, as well as a New Mexico community organizer for President Barack Obama's campaign.
Due process not so much
Out-of-state sex offenders say New Mexico isn't treating them fairly since their relocations. Eight of them, using the John Doe moniker, are suing the state Department of Public Safety and various sheriffs departments. Attorneys say the sex offenders want their state-required case reviews in order to determine whether they are required to register as sex offenders in the state, which the lawsuit describes as having "significant burdens." According to Liberty and Justice Coalition Attorney Barett G. Porter, many convicted sex offenders who move here have not received that review and, in one case, a sex offender who only had to register for 10 years in Colorado was required to register for life in New Mexico.
Smashing pumpkin records
Has Los Alamos broken a pumpkin-related world record? Stay tuned. More than 1,060 people participated in at least trying to break that record in an event over the weekend. It will apparently take 12 to 15 weeks to determine if Los Alamos is the new Guinness World Record holder for "Most People Carving Pumpkins Simultaneously," an honor previously bestowed on the city of Rio Rancho in 2013.
Wherever this Halloween night takes you (and you can use SFR's handy online calendar to help you decide), be sure to check out SFR Pick The Haunted Forest, a neighborhood haunted house created by local artist Alex Streeper, Eric Streeper, Samuel Dabbs of Soul Punk Studios and dozens of others who just felt like making a free haunted house for the rest of us. And it's kid-friendly.
Ski Santa Fe's Totemoff's bar is one of 20 spots in the running for USA Today's best aprés-ski spots in the country. You can vote once a day until voting ends at noon, Nov. 18. The top 10 bars will be announced on Nov. 29. If all goes well, the bar and the ski area will be open by then, and Totemoff's has remodeled inside and installed a Tram Car bar for busier days. Totemoff's also made the top three in SFR's Best of Santa Fe awards last year for best bar.
Slightly warmer today, Santa Fe, and sunny, with a high near 48. The National Weather Service however reports "wind chill values as low as -2 early." So … don't go outside too early. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Bundle up if you're trick or treating this evening, as the low will hit 21. The weather heads back into the 50s on Friday, with a predicted high of 55, then 50 on Saturday, and then a high of 60 on Sunday.
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