April 16 First News: Some 80 New Mexicans took part in Boston Marathon-no word on injuries. (listen)
There's no word of any New Mexican injured in the Boston Marathon explosions. Eighty or more people from the Zia state took part in the race, most of them from Albuquerque. A half dozen or so Santa Feans took part.
Its all clear on East Palace Avenue this morning after the police bomb squad removed a WWII-era grenade from a residence. A woman living at the home had found it and called the authorities. Celina Westervelt of the police department told KSFR they locked down the immediate neighborhood while they investigated. ***
Gov. Martinez may be changing her mind about the New Mexico film industry. In a tour of a television set at Santa Fe's Greer Garson Studios, Martinez called the industry important to the state and said she might support a boost in film subsidies. But during the most recent legislative session, she insisted the cap on film incentives remain at $50 million. New Mexico currently offers a 25 percent rebate to film companies for most direct, in-state expenditures. Under the newly-approved legislation, long-running television programs will be eligible for an additional 5 percent credit — or 30 percent in all.
The current Secretary for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department, John H. Bemis, retires as of today. Governor Martinez has appointed New Mexico Environment Secretary F. David Martin as his replacement. Martin, in turn, will be replaced by the Environment Department's General Counsel, Ryan Flynn.
As Congress looks at immigration reform, Thursday will see Santa Fe hosting a town hall on the issue at the Convention Center. Mayor David Coss hosts the event that begins at 6PM along with local community groups. Focus will be on the draft legislation expected to be unveiled shortly by the so-called "Gang of Eight" in Washington and what effects it may have on New Mexico.
Weather for Santa Fe – low humidity readings and brisk winds have most of our area under a red flag warning today. Sunny skies with highs in the low 70s. Very windy late in the day into the evening with blowing dust, overnight lows in the upper 30s. More wind and dust tomorrow and sharply cooler, too with highs only in the upper 50s, falling to the mid 20s tomorrow night with a 10% chance of snowshowers.