The City of Santa Fe reports that a crowd of more than 40-thousand, 300-people — a new attendance record — was on hand to see the burning of Zozobra. The police also report making zero arrests—significant because the event had been celebrated on Thursdays since 1998 following a shooting death the previous year. The City is crediting its employees as well as assistance from several law enforcement agencies, the Kiwanis Club and visitors.
Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico are planning two town halls to discuss health care and disability claims with veterans and their families. The back-to-back town halls will be held next Wednesday at the New Mexico Veterans' Memorial in Albuquerque. Following whistleblower complaints, investigators earlier this year uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics around the country scheduled veterans for appointments. Thousands of patients were forced to wait months for appointments.
The A and E network series Longmire, which is filmed at Santa Fe’s Garson Theatres, has ended the series’ run. However, the series that focuses on the daily life of fictional Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire, is being shopped around to other networks. The show has employed many Santa Feans over its three year run on A and E
The Santa Fe County Commission has voted unanimously to place a ballot question to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana before City of Santa Fe voters in November. However, there’s the matter of whether there’s enough space on the County’s ballot for the proposal. The Secretary of State seems to think there’s not, but reports indicate that County Clerk Geraldine Salazar is confident the ballot space issues can be overcome.