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The Daily Word in Special Sessions, rate increases, long snakes, an astronaut and a catfish

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Our governor, Susana Martinez, will convene a special session of the legislature on Friday. Action items include managing a huge state budget shortfall as well as discussion and debate regarding the death penalty in New Mexico.

PNM customers (this means you, Burqueños) will soon see a 10-13 percent rate increase under a plan modified and approved by the state Public Utility Commission.

The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of now-retired Albuquerque police Detective Keith Sandy and former APD Officer Dominique Perez.

Yesterday, New Mexico's Supreme Court heard arguments related to the "Copper Rule," a controversial law that regulates the amount of pollution big mining operations in the state can produce. At issue: the massive amount of ground water pollution such operations generate. A decision is forthcoming.

Legalizing weed in the land of enchantment could produce over $400 million in revenue for state coffers during the first year of such a program. So says a new study published by Ultra Health.

Meanwhile, long snakes caused a power outage in Rio Rancho.

A US presidential candidate from the Socialist Party visited our state's flagship university on Tuesday.

An astronaut from Albuquerque recently appeared at Kirtland Air Force Base.

Finally, in state angling news outta Storrie Lake, "Nicholas Gonzales and Marcelino Zaragosa teamed up to land a 33-inch, 13-pound catfish on the night of Sept. 17. They were using chicken liver."

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The Daily Word in Sandy and Perez, Space and Missile Systems, Green Chile Cheeseburgers and Johnny Mango

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Here, the Durango Herald provides some details regarding the murder trial of former APD policemen Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez.

Last week at Burque's National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, representatives of the Kirtland Air Force Base Space and Missile Systems Center Advanced Systems and Development Directorate "showcased their work" to local citizens and students.

Robert Trapp, at the Rio Grande Sun, writes that it's a bad idea to close highway visitor centers across the state.

As part of a series on “Transformative Events and Processes in New Mexico’s Colonial History,” UNM Taos will be screening the new animated documentary “Frontera! Revolt and Rebelión on the Río Grande," tonight in Taos from 6-8pm.

The Feds say it will take 20 years and nearly $4 billion to clean up "legacy" nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Labs. A nuke watchdog group says those figures have been vastly underestimated.

The best green chile cheese burger at this year's New Mexico State Fair was the Laguna Burger.

Earlier this morning, I-25 near the Budaghers exit was shut down because a truck was leaking liquid oxygen. The hazmat situation has since been resolved and traffic flow restored.

The New Mexico Department of Health says overdose deaths in New Mexico have mostly declined over the past year.

Debate and change continue with regard to the University of New Mexico's controversial official seal.

DCF blogger Johnny Mango visited Navajo Lake and caught three rainbow trout.

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The Daily Word in Anaya, Diversity, Microwave Weapons and Hotdogs

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New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya will be honored with a National Humanities Medal at a Sept. 22 White House ceremony.

UNM has the highest number, per capita, of Hispanic and Native American faculty in the USA. But academia still lags with regard to instructor diversity, say experts.

Wise Pies may have to temporarily halt operations due to a beef the company has with state tax officials.

A state Republican lawmaker has filed an ethics complaint against a child advocacy group that ran satirical ads on the teevee.

Among this coming weekend's TedxABQ Talks: a discussion of combat-based nonlethal microwave weapons being developed at the local Air Force Research Lab.

The New Mexico Restaurant Association says Tatsu Miyazaki is our state's Chef of the Year; Pizza 9 also won a good neighbor award for being a positive force in our community, writes Las Cruces' newspaper of record.

The Texas Hornshell mussel is an endangered species struggling to spread its DNA in Southeastern New Mexican rivers.

Nearby Cibola County has seen a 50 percent decrease in precipitation over the past year.

Burque resident Anthony C. Osmond used a hotdog to catch and release a 28 inch tiger muskie.

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The Daily Word in ballistic nuclear missiles, weed plants at State Fairs and raining pennies on I-95

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While our neighbors to the north are welcoming pot plants at the state fair, the New Mexico Sate Fair kicked out the lone pot plant brought for competition.

Downtown Gallup is now designated as a historic district.

Police busted an incestuous mother/son couple.

Irvin Rosenfeld is going on his 34th year of smoking US Federal Government approved and provided joints.

A truck hauling 45,000 pennies on I-95 crashed and dumped its controversial coins onto the highway blocking traffic for 13 hours.

Learn how to clean your most fried chicken'd records using Elmer's Wood Glue.

Facebook changed its mind about removing a post that including the iconic photo of a naked little Vietnamese girl running and crying and covered in napalm.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the greater Native American community lost their fight to keep an oil pipeline from running thru part of their sacred lands.

North Korea detonated their largest nuclear weapon yet, then announced they would soon have the ability to launch ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.

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The Daily Word in Sosa, Luhan, Johnson, Balderas, the state fair and trout

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Influential New Mexican civil rights leader, former NM Supreme Court Justice, World War II fighter pilot and all around chingón Dan Sosa Jr. died at age 92. He passed through the gate while residing in the same home he was born at, an adobe home in Las Cruces built by his abuelo in the mid 19th century.

Over at the local daily, Winthrop Quigley writes lovingly about New Mexico icon Mabel Dodge Luhan and her inimitable influence on American intellectual and cultural thinking.

Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson took a serious, foreign-policy related stumble while visiting with the folks at MSNBC.

The New Mexico State Fair comes but once a year; now it's here, now it's here.

Our state's Attorney General, Hector Balderas, wrote to the US Department of Education yesterday, asking them to protect students following the sudden closure of for-profit college ITT Tech, which had a campus in Burque.

Netflix new Western, "Godless," began filming in the land of enchantment this week.

Meanwhile, Thomas Lee at the San Francisco Chronicle says a "demonstration city" to be built in New Mexico faces "long odds."

The economy of Milan, New Mexico may suffer because of the Department of Justice decision to phase out private prisons across the United States.

"Roylee Luna of Albuquerque caught and released a 22-inch lake trout while fishing the river below Heron Dam on Sunday. He was using a black woolly bugger."


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The Daily Word in antibacterial soap, Melania Trump's past and a bomb scare in downtown Albuquerque

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A comedy of errors on the streets of Albuquerque created a perfect storm of miscommunication, resulting in a bomb scare yesterday!

Here's an interesting and detailed story from KRQE that explains why traffic backs up every weekday from 5:00 to 5:30 on Coal Ave. between Broadway and 8th.

Leave early if you're heading to Santa Fe, Zozobra traffic is the pits!

Goodbye, antibacterial soap!

Donald Trump's wife is suing a blogger and the UK's Daily Mail newspaper for falsely reporting allegations Melania Trump was at one time a sex worker and that she may have met her current husband earlier than has been stated. Gawker fans will recognize Melania Trump's lawyer.

In a town in British Columbia, 9 people overdosed within 20 minutes of each other on what they thought was coke, but turned out to be skag.

Garrison Keiller wrote a mildly devastating critique of Donald Trump in the Chicago Tribune.

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The Daily Word In justified gun discharge, no big 12 and the return of Lyft

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An APD officer who suffered a broken femur and wrist in an encounter with a convicted felon and habitual offender was cleared of wrong doing in the incident.

UNM sports teams are out of the running to be part of the Big 12 Conference.

An affordable housing project called CUATRO opened on Fourth Street recently.

Albuquerque Public Schools is delaying some important remodeling and renovation projects because of a lawsuit calling into issue the district's funding process.

First the Isotopes eked one out; then the Bees bounced back.

The return of Lyft bodes well for the Duke City.

There are some really big Rainbow Trout in New Mexico lakes and someone from Burque caught one in the Pecos River "while fly-fishing with a bead-head, pheasant tail nymph."

Gary Johnson makes his pitch to hundreds in downtown Albuquerque.
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Gary Johnson's ABQ Rally

Low Riders and High Hopes

On Saturday August 20, Low Riders lined the walkway up to the convention center. The most popular third party candidate, Gary Johnson at 11% according to a recent four way poll by NBC News, riled up his supporters inside.

Loosely spaced in one of the convention center’s smaller rooms, over 600 people attended the rally. The turnout was a far cry from the thousands who attended Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump's rallies earlier this summer in Albuquerque. But those who did show up eagerly cheered Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, his vice presidential running mate, as they outlined their vision for a new America.

Weld took the stage and laid out the path to winning the presidency, which includes: advertising themselves and their platform over the next month to begin polling consistently over 15 percent which would qualify them to be part of the televised presidential debates. Then use the debates as a platform to reach a national audience and pitch their ideas and unique policy positions even further. Weld noted that the media will have a field day with a third party insurgency in the midst of this year’s already crazy presidential election, thus focusing the national dialogue back onto where they stand on the issues. Which will result in convincing over 50 percent of eligible voters to vote for them and winning the election.

High hopes for a third party, yet nonetheless Gary Johnson followed by summarizing what he would do differently on a range of issues as President of the United States in a refreshingly concise 25 minute speech.

“Let’s stop the military interventions that have resulted in a less safe, not more safe world.” Johnson began, “If we’re attacked we are going to attack back. But how about judicial use of our military? Let’s stop being the world’s policemen. The minute we inject ourselves into regime change there is always unintended consequences: Iraq, Syria, Libya.” Johnson’s anti-interventionist stance is in stark contrast to Clinton’s history of hawkishness and Trump’s bewildering statements saying that he may even nuke european nations in certain circumstances.

Pivoting from foreign policy, Johnson turned to the economy, stressing entrepreneurship and minimal regulation to spur job growth, “Create your own job, create jobs for others,” Johnson said, “You know, I think the model for the future is Airbnb; it’s the sharing economy...Uber everything: Uber doctor, Uber lawyer, Uber accountant, Uber electrician, Eliminating the middleman, allowing you the entrepreneur to directly provide your goods and services.” Johnson also said that he is the only candidate that supports free trade and the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

In addition, Johnson promised that he will submit a balanced budget to congress in the first 100 days of his presidency. Juxtaposed to the increased spending Clinton and Trump have planned, Johnson stressed fiscal responsibility by the government. As Weld had put it, “There is no such thing as government money, there is only tax payers money,”

Johnson enthusiastically embraced open immigration. Disagreeing with Trump, Johnson said, “We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this county and work to get a work visa.” Johnson lamented the inherent inefficiencies of immigration quotas, saying that a surplus of jobs and a demand for them is the driving cause of immigration and no quota will be able to stop the flow of migrants.

“I guess the Olympic pole vault finals are today, and Donald Trump is watching those very closely, determining how high the Mexican pole vaulters can go.” Johnson quipped, “Look building a fence across the border is crazy. That is not the country that we are.”

“I’m planning on voting for Johnson,” Jennifer Montano said as the crowd of supporters dispersed and the low riders vanished, “Everyone has chance.”

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Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department to conduct DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols this weekend

NM DOT announces two major weekend construction closures around the Big I

This weekend will see the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the county, with deputies on the lookout for aggressive driving, seatbelt use, proper child safety restraints, valid insurance and registration and driving under the influence.

These patrols and checkpoints begin today and will continue through Saturday, August 27th. The BCSO asks local media to make the public aware of their presence in the hopes of deterring these preventable driving practices.

Beginning at 9pm this evening, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the I-25 Northbound exit ramp at Lomas will be closed, as will the I-25 Northbound flyover ramp to Eastbound I-40. Detours will be posted near these work zones.

As always, avoiding a DWI is in motorists' hands.

Yellow Cab: 505-247-8888

Checker Cab: 505-243-7777

Safe Ride ABQ: 505-203-5386

Green Cab: 505-235-5140

ABQ Cab: 505-883-4888

UBER? use your app.

Lyft has regained permission to operate in New Mexico as well.

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The Daily Word in a horrific child murder, Phillippino assassins and KFC's top secret recipe

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A 10 year old girl was abused and murdered in a bizarre crime that resulted in the arrest of the girls mother and two other people.

Owners of the bankrupt Flying Star chain are not happy with a proposal that includes selling their restaurants.

From the Philippines comes this story about independent, government sanctioned assassins who kill drug dealers.

The FDA is recommending that blood banks screen donations for the Zika virus.

Donald Trump's The Apprentice required contestants to agree to an unusual and invasive set of contract demands.

Riders on New York City's D-Train spent thirty minutes atop a bridge in a stopped subway car without air conditioning, full of crickets and worms, with a screaming, urinating woman.

Did the nephew of Colonel Sanders divulge Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret recipe?

 

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