Midtown updates

The City of Santa Fe says it has received 21 proposals in response to its call for ideas in redeveloping the Midtown campus ($TNM). The city now plans to evaluate those ideas, dividing them into four categories: master developers for the whole campus; project developers for smaller portions of the property; business tenants and business owners; and academic institutions. The city will first decide on a master developer for the project from the seven applicants in that realm. In a statement, officials noted all of the master development applicants "have strong local partners in Santa Fe" and that all the applicants in the other categories are Santa Fe-based. The city plans to initiate another public engagement process in January, 2020.

Indigenous education

Santa Fe Public Schools will receive $200,000 through a new Indigenous Education Initiative from the state Public Education Department in response to the Yazzie-Martinez court case. SFPS is one of four school districts receiving funds, which it will use to fund three new positions in service of the district's 400 Native American students; current Native American Student Services (NASS) programs; and programs at Amy Biehl Community School and Santa Fe High School.

NM redistricting: expensive and messy

New Mexico won't start redistricting until 2021, which gives everyone just enough time to dive in and understand the process. At least, understand it to the degree that a process with almost no rules can be understood. Journalist Gwyneth Doland, a term faculty member in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico, recently produced a report on the history of redistricting in New Mexico for New Mexico In Depth, which, as she says, "describes a history of abuse and identifies structural weaknesses that allow personal and partisan motives to distort the process."

Prepare for Takeoff

Los Alamos County has a $9.7 million plan for its airport, which would largely allow it to address safety concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration. These include: re-situating the airport's lone taxiway, which is too close to the airport's runway; addressing the row of commercial hangers that are violating the airspace around the airport; and dealing with the multiple, direct access pathways to the runway, which represent a federal violation. "What you want at a safe airport is to reduce the possibility of an aircraft accidentally taxiing on to the runway," Los Alamos County Airport Manager Cameron Humphries told the Los Alamos Transportation Board last week. Humphries said the FAA would fund approximately $8.47 million, the state Department of Transportation would fund $470,000 and the county would fund $830,000. The board agreed to discuss the funding proposal at a later date.

All aboard!

The latest and final installment from the first season of SFR's Reported podcast takes listeners aboard the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad for a journey through New Mexico and Colorado. SFR Editor and Publisher Julie Ann Grimm took the scenic and historic ride twice in advance of next year's 50th anniversary. You've got another chance this year to ride the longest and highest narrow gauge railroad in the nation: Dec. 7-8, Cumbres & Toltec departs from Chama with $10 tickets for the Santa train, with passengers asked to bring a non-perishable food item or an unwrapped new toy as a donation for local families.

Small boy, big fish

As the headline says, this is a story about a small boy catching a big fish. Specifically, 9-year-old Alex Flores caught a 42-pound blue catfish yesterday at Elephant Butte Reservoir, beating his father Kris' record from a previous 36-pound catch. Alex named his fish Wailord (after a Pokemón character), and released him back into the water after documenting his catch.

Calling All Entrepreneurs

Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off today in Santa Fe, starting with open office hours with Mayor Alan Webber from 1-2:30 pm at La Cocina de Doña Clara (4350 Airport Road). Other events this week include investor office hours at the Santa Fe Business Incubator; a discussion on the future of work in the fourth industrial revolution; patent information from patent lawyer Victor Johnson; and a slew of other public talks, workshops and activities related to workforce, artists, social media and myriad other topics. Scope the schedule here.

Rain or shine

Sunny with a high near 59 today, accompanied by north wind 10 to 15 mph. About the same on Tuesday during the day, but chances of rain after 11 pm tomorrow are in the 50% range. The chance of rain during the day on Wednesday currently sits at 80%, and that's rain, not snow, maybe even a thunderstorm. Thursday also predicted to be rainy, with Thursday evening looking like the best chance for snow this week.

Thanks for reading! The Word understands why Mayor Alan Webber was "initially reluctant" to discuss his penchant for hats ($TNM).