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Morning Word, 12-20-12

I have had a few people ask what they can do to support New Mexico Telegram and keep this place running.

After speaking to these people and others, I’ve come up with a few ways to not only help New Mexico Telegram run for the foreseeable future — but to help send NM Telegram to Santa Fe to cover 2013’s 60-day session.

One of these is launching today — a subscription for first-access to the Morning Word.

The Morning Word will still be available in its free form, just slightly later in the day (instead of 7:00 am as it has been, it will be at 8:00 am). The current email list will send out but instead of being sent at 5:30, it will begin to be sent at 8:00 am.

But if you want to get first access to the Word in an email sent every weekday at 4:30 am — and select weekend days during the session — you can do so by subscribing to the new email list.

I’m not going to give it any weird name like “Insider” or something of that sort — it is just first-access to the Word.

To get this, it would be a monthly subscription and it will be a virtual pay-what-you-want model. You can pay anywhere from $5 per month to $30 per month. This gets you first access to the Word and perhaps a special bonus.



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If you want to support New Mexico Telegram but don’t care about getting the Word in your email inbox first, stay tuned. There will be some other big fundraising ideas coming soon.

On to the Word:

  • The Santa Fe New Mexican has its obituary of Ben Lujan.
  • Here is the Albuquerque Journal story on the legendary legislator’s passing.
  • Milan Simonich has his remembrances as well.
  • Capitol Report New Mexico has some videos and thoughts on Lujan’s passing.
  • The Rio Rancho Observer reported that Republicans dropped its lawsuit that asked to have Republican candidates be declared winners because of long lines in Rio Rancho. The move resutled in a lot of ridicule for the Republicans involved.
  • The Albuquerque Journal reports on Attorney General Gary King releasing emails from governor’s staff members to the Santa Fe Reporter after SFR requested them from IPRA. The governor’s office says the records are part of an ongoing FBI investigation and so should have been exempted from IPRA.
  • The Weekly Alibi had its first issue since laying off top editorial staff — and it wasn’t pretty. I counted three original pieces for the Alibi; a cover story that was about a third of the size you would normally see in an alt-weekly, a theater review and a movie review. I may have missed one or two things, but the paper was definitely dominated by ads and syndicated features.
  • Leslie Linthicum looks at the wide-ranging thoughts on gun control following the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT.
  • Meanwhile, the Albuquerque Journal reports that seven Manzano students were suspended for making false threats.
  • Business leaders are pushing for economic development bills to help bring companies to the state instead of other states.
    In the upcoming 60-day legislative session, [the Association of Commerce and Industry] will be supporting a variety of economic development legislation, including bills regarding a single-weighted-sales factor, right-to-work requirements, an economic development closing fund, and informed consent for flight from Spaceport America.

    [ACI President and CEO Beverlee] McClure said New Mexico needs to develop a state-wide economic development plan that identifies the jobs and industries it wants to attract. Once a plan is in place, lawmakers can work to pass tax and other bills to attract those industries, McClure said.

  • Las Cruces city councilors spoke about their budget and legislative priorities on Wednesday.
    They met with at least 10 southern New Mexico legislators for a breakfast meeting that included a presentation of legislative priorities city officials hope to obtain state funding for during the New Mexico Legislature’s 60-day session, which begins in January. That later segued into a 5-1/2-hour pre-budget retreat that included additional presentations on how city administrators will prepare an approximately $300 million budget the council will consider adopting for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • The Los Alamos County Council also set its legislative agenda in its last meeting of 2012.
  • The Albuquerque Police Department’s woes continues. Jeff Proctor at the Albuquerque Journal:
    The attorney for officer Daniel Burge on Wednesday denied charges that his client had kicked in the door of a West Side apartment and made off with a television.

    And officer Gregory Donofrio – who was roommates in that apartment on Eagle Ranch Road NW with the owner of the television – abruptly resigned. APD officials gave no explanation, although Donofrio has been on paid leave since last month while investigators looked into an incident in which he allowed two men to settle an ongoing dispute with their fists.

  • Leasing of federal lands for oil and gas drilling was especially high in parts of New Mexico.

    From The Balance Sheet blog at the Denver Post:

    The most activity was in New Mexico, where 80,494 acres sold for $112.9 million. “It has been the tale of two basins here,” said Steve Hincke, president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

    In the gas-rich San Juan Basin in northern New Mexico drilling activity is down 80 percent, Hincke said, but in the oil-rich Permian Basin “demand for permits and access is at an all-time high.”

  • The New Mexico Business Weekly has the numbers for oil and gas lease sales on state land.
    The New Mexico State Land Office said Wednesday that it earned $5.8 million at its most recent oil and gas lease sale.

    At the sale, 27 tracts changed hands. The highest bid of $1.37 million was made by GMT Exploration Co. of Denver for 280 acres in Lea County.

  • San Juan County opened its new $6.2 million district attorney’s office.
  • News from down in Alamogordo:
    The Alamogordo City Commission Tuesday night officially approved the Gross Receipts Investment Program that will now be available for existing and incoming businesses.

    The approval of the GRIP program which was also related to the proposed grocery store project located at 1300 10th Street has made it possible for the grocery-store chain Albertsons to come to the city.

  • Former newsman Sam Donaldson was arrested for a DWI in Delaware. Donaldson calls New Mexico his home.
  • New Mexico magazine, which is run by the New Mexico Tourism Department, is turning 90 in January.
  • Speaking of hte New Mexico Tourism Department, the department says the new “New Mexico True” advertising campaign has a three-to-one return on investment so far. The ad campaign was controversial because the department hired a firm out of Texas instead of in-state.
  • The wind blew the roof off a church in Clovis.
  • The Associated Press reports that tiles are falling from the facade of The Pit.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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