5 Facts You Need to Know
- Bernalilo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg is off the controversial murder case, against APD Officer Domnique Perez and retired detective Keith Sandy. She charged the two with murder for the shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd. Yesterday, a judge disqualified her from prosecuting the case, arguing that there’s an appearance of a conflict of interest. This comes after the officers’ attorneys made the same argument because of other cases Brandenburg is involved, concerning APD. Brandenburg must now appeal the decision or appoint a special prosecutor
- There are now three candidates left in the pool for APS’ superintendent. This includes a current deputy superintendent for Santa Fe schools and a candidate from California and Texas. Last night, was the first of four community forums to ask the candidates questions. Another forum is scheduled for tonight.
- Today will be mostly sunny and breezy with highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows reaching down to the lower 40s to mid 30s.
- The editors of the Daily Lobo, a UNM campus publication, said they will use “zi and zir” when writing stories about people who do not identify as a male or female. The “zi” stands for he or she and the “zir” for his or her. The paper’s editor said using the word “it” to describe a person, carries a negative connotation.
- The APD officer, who was shot during a traffic stop, got a huge round of applause last night, when he threw out the first pitch for the Isotopes home-opener. Officer Lou Golson is still recovering from being shot four times by a suspected drunk driver, earlier this year. Last night, he took to the pitcher’s mound with his son.
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The days of buying mini bottles of alcohol in Santa Fe, will soon be over. The city council passed a bill 6 to 2 on Wednesday, banning the sale of alcoholic beverages with 8 ounces or less within city limits. Supporters say this will help keep Santa Fe clean, but an attorney who represents several liquor stores, said they’re working on a lawsuit to keep the ban from taking effect.
Yesterday, a new budget was approved by the governor. The $ 6.2 billion dollar spending plan includes a $2 an hour raise, which brings new state police officers’ salaries in line with APD. Those salaries are at around $41,000 a year. The budget also includes a pay increase for new teachers, $37 million in education initiatives, more money for job training programs, and more funding for CYFD.