April 24 First News: Local writer will resurrect Jean Cocteau Cinema near Railyard. (listen)
Santa Fe's Jean Cocteau movie theater near the Railyard which closed back in 2006 will be resurrected sometime this summer. That's the word from the building's new owner, Santa Fe writer George R.R. Martin whose work is the basis for HBO's popular "Game of Thrones." Martin says the theater is being upgraded to present both classic and first run films in new digital format. The cinema will be managed by former Santa Fe Film Festival director Jon Bowman.
Santa Fe has a new airport manager, who succeeds the retiring Jim Montman. Francey Jesson comes to Santa Fe from her most recent job as the manager of the Roanoke, Virginia, airport. She says Santa Fe is adding a lot more flights, and that makes this an exciting time to take the new job. ***
Both supporters and opponents of the right for same-sex partners to marry in New Mexico plan to be at today’s Santa Fe City Council meeting. That's when a resolution comes up for a vote that asserts New Mexico's marriage statute language is gender-neutral and county clerks can legally issue licenses to same-sex partners. New Mexico recognizes the validity of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and supporters say New Mexicans deserve the same rights.
City Hall will also be looking at creating a citywide security video camera surveillance system with an initial installation of 34 cameras at 15 sites including parks, trails and parking facilities. Chavez Security of Santa Fe has presented a bid of some $250,000 for the project.
Santa Fe Community College officials have broken ground for a new education center that will allow Santa Feans to get a four-college degree without leaving town. The 31,000-square-foot facility will be located on the edge of the University of Art and Design, near the Screen cinema. College President Cha Guzman (goose-MAHN) says plans include offering advanced degrees from different universities as well. ***
A proposed horse-slaughtering operation in Roswell has received a long-awaited and important clearance by the USDA. Valley Meat Company wants to open an equine slaughterhouse for the purpose of exporting horsemeat outside the US. Such operations in the US ceased years ago after Congress defunded the necessary USDA inspectors. That federal stipulation has since lapsed and several other such operations have sought to open in other states. Tuesday's USDA inspection and recommendation have Valley Meat on track to begin operations shortly.
The Santa Fe man at the center of an odd assault case and known as the "toe biter" is to remain jailed on a $100,00 cash-only bond. That comes after 27-year-old Daniel Anaya was arraigned in state district court Tuesday. He entered a plea of not guilty to nine charges related to attacks on his former girlfriend wherein he allegedly bit and mutilated the woman's toes. He's being held on an additional $50,000 bond at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County as his last attack took place in Albuquerque.
Weather for Santa Fe – mostly sunny today with a high near 60. Overnight lows in the low 40s. Mostly sunny and breezy tomorrow along with a 20% chance for a thundershower during the afternoon and evening hours.