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A6 ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL METRO & NM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 to run and climb to avoid predators, not having horns that are valuable on the black market, as rhino horns or elephant tusks are, and that they are widely distributed through their habitat range. The end result is a “stable population,” Tupa said. Klipspringers live for about 15 years and form lifelong pairs. “Once a baby reaches eight months to a year, the parents chase it out, which is why we typically only have a breeding pair on display at the zoo,” she said. “We would never have a herd of klipspringers.” The birth of Zeelie is the third for mother Raisin and is part of the Klipspringer Species Survival Plan, managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Zeelie, Raisin and Pogo are currently the only klipspringers residing at the zoo. We welcome suggestions for the daily Bright Spot. Send to newsroom@abqjournal.com. tion aimed at simplifying New Mexico’s tax code and eliminating tax breaks that diminish the state’s revenue stream. The ultimate goal of some legislators is to reduce the gross receipts tax rate — now nearing 8% in much of the state — and make up the revenue by eliminating a host of deductions, exemptions and credits. At least one high profile tax credit — covering film production — is expected to get some extra scrutiny in the next year. Jon Clark, deputy secretary of the Eco- nomic Development Department, said his agency is required by law to carry out an objective assessment of the effectiveness of the film credit. The requirement is part of 2019 legisla- tion that more than doubled New Mexico’s annual spending cap on film rebates, from $50 million to $110 million. Some incentive spending isn’t subject to the cap. Clark estimated the state will pay out roughly $83 million in film incentives this fiscal year but just $45 million next year — because of the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lag in paying out credits. The payouts are expected to fluctuate between $111 million and $115 million in the three years after that. Direct spending by the film industry is expected to range from roughly $408 million this year to over $530 million in future years. Clark said the industry provides strong wages — exceeding $56,000 a year on aver- age, or more than $10,000 higher than the average for private industry in New Mexico. The case against Bassett and the town of Edgewood was filed in Febru- ary by town residents Thomas McGill, Jerry Powers and Howard Calkins. According to them, Bassett is no longer the mayor of Edgewood. “I believe that a reasonable interpre- tation of the court’s judgment is that he is no longer Mayor for the town of Edge- wood,” said Adrian Terry, attorney for the plaintiffs. “That judgment has not been executed by force, as in the sher- iff executing a writ, but we are going to request that a writ be issued if the mayor intends to proceed any further in local government.” The court case aside, Edgewood res- idents voted in August to transition from a council-mayor to a commis- sion-manager form of government. The transition could take more than a year to take effect. The parties must now prepare an order to determine how, and if, the town plans to proceed with the lawsuit, which is due Friday. Bassett said he plans to appeal any decision against him, claiming he still hasn’t had his day in court and wasn’t properly served with the court case. Sanchez-Gagne ruled in Tuesday’s hearing that the defendants were prop- erly served. “Well, the charges in the lawsuit are totally bogus,” Bassett said. “They’ve conjured them up from a number of events and things that happened over the period of my term here. And then they turn them around and they reverse engineer them, claiming there’s some kind of giant conspiracy or criminal enterprise that I’m run- ning. Nothing could be further from the truth.” Bassett accused the plaintiffs in the case of working with the water compa- ny EPCOR to get him removed because the town, under his direction, was try- ing to purchase the utility company. Terry refuted that allegation. Bassett also said Huppertz was serving on the commission under the previous mayor and he just continued with her approval. He said he thought everyone knew she was his first cousin. UNM regents choose new design for school seal BY SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN ASSOCIATED PRESS Regents at New Mexico’s largest univer- sity have decided on a new design for the school’s official seal to replace one that had sparked protests. University of New Mexico officials confirmed Monday that the decision was made during a recent meeting, but that it will likely take more than a year for the new seal to be fully rolled out and put to use. More meetings are planned this week to discuss each use of the seal and how to phase out the previous graphic. The fight over the seal has spanned years. The university began using an interim seal in 2017 following protests by Native Ameri- can student groups over concerns that the seal, which had been used for decades, fea- tured a sword-carrying Spanish conquista- dor and a rifle-toting frontiersman. The university proposed five options ear- lier this year, giving the public a chance to vote. The most popular design had a howl- ing Lobo and the Sandia Mountains in the background. Regents instead went with the recom- mendation of a committee, which chose a more simplified design that officials said would better reflect the university on diplo- mas and graduation apparel. Regent Sandra Begay said the yearslong process saw considerable input. “I think the process was trying to be inclusive of everybody’s voice. A popular vote was a marker. I don’t think it was ever said that would be the winner,” she said. “The decision of the seal is for the regents to decide.” University officials had said the goal was to choose a design that was more inclu- sive, aspirational and reflected the aca- demic mission of New Mexico’s flagship institution. Some of the regents during last week’s virtual meeting questioned the process, saying students and the public were under the impression the design favored in the poll would be forwarded to the regents for consideration. Regent Kim Sanchez Rael said the poll was meant as a way to gather input to help inform the process, and that officials had to consider the scale and size of the design for reproduction purposes. Ethan Rule, director of marketing for the university, said the implementation process will take time because of the pro- duction schedules for so many of the items where the seal appears. That includes diploma frames and diplomas, which are preprinted for each class. That means the new seal will not be on the fall 2020 batch of diplomas. “It will also take some time to trademark the seal because it must be in circulation and have proof of use before we can apply for a trademark,” he said. The university also uses the seal on tran- scripts, banners, commencement regalia and other university documents. Conquistador on current version sparked protests COURTESY OF UNM The new University of New Mexico seal. Edgewood mayor faces removal after judge’s ruling Zoo welcomes new baby klipspringer New Mexico tax breaks cost $1B in state revenue From PAGE A5 From PAGE A5 From PAGE A5 Clint Eastwood to bring ‘Cry Macho’ to NM Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal BY ADRIAN GOMEZ JOURNAL ARTS EDITOR It may be cold outside, but the New Mexico film industry will be heating up soon. The Warner Bros. produc- tion, “Cry Macho,” will set up shop in New Mexico to film. Attached to it is Oscar win- ner Clint Eastwood, who will direct and star. No other cast member has been announced. Production is expected to take place November through December. The film is based on the book of the same name by Richard Nash. The 90-year-old actor will play a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who takes a job from a former boss to bring the man’s young son home — all taking place in 1978. It follows their journey of crossing rural Mexico on their way back to Texas as the unlikely pair faces an unex- pectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman may find his own sense of redemption. Eastwood was last in New Mexico in 2018 with the pro- duction of “The Mule,” which filmed scenes in Las Cruces. According to the Motion Pic- ture Association of America, the production filmed for six days in the Las Cruces area, spending nearly $1.3 million locally. Extras casting is currently underway for the project. According to the casting agency, the film will be in pro- duction from Nov. 4 through Dec. 16 in the Albuquerque area. It’s looking for the following: n Background actors of all ages, sizes and ethnicities — full diversity. Rate of pay: $120 for eight hours. n Stand-ins: Rate of pay: $160 for eight hours. n Older vehicles (cars and trucks) 1960s to 1978. Must be drivable. Rate of pay: $120 for eight hour for driver plus $250 for vehicle. The story takes place in 1978 — hair and facial hair may need to be adjusted for the time period. Email two current photos (close up and full body length); include your name, age, cell number, city/state of residence, height/weight, jacket size, neck/sleeve, casual clothing sizes, shoe size and descrip- tion of any visible tattoos and/ or piercings. For vehicles, also email two photos along with a brief description to cmextrascast- ing@gmail.com. JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION Oscar winner Clint Eastwood will bring his latest project, “Cry Macho,” to film in New Mexico in November. JOURNAL AND WIRE REPORTS PRC extends utility cutoff moratorium until January The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted Oct. 21 to extend its current moratorium on all utility disconnections for residential gas, electric and water services through Jan. 6. It also adopted a final rule change that revises three previous rules pertaining to disconnection of those services. The change now allows the commission to continue issuing subsequent temporary orders prohibiting disconnections for residential customers during any public health emergency. The commission expects to re-evaluate the moratorium on a regular basis going forward. Police identify 3 men recently killed in ABQ Detectives have released the names of three men killed in separate incidents across the city over the past month. Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said the deceased were Gerald Abeita, 33, Christopher Flores, 27, and Nehemiah Lovato, 28. No arrests have been made in any of the cases. On Oct. 13, officers responded around 10:15 p.m. to a shooting at the Blake’s Lotaburger on Carlisle NE near I-40. Police found Abeita and another man shot. Abeita died at a hospital. On Oct. 24, police responded around 7 a.m. to reports of an unconscious man on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of Fourth SW, north of Bridge. Officers found the body of Flores “with signs of trauma.” The following day, officers responded around 10 p.m. to an alert from a ShotSpotter — a gunshot detection system — in the 200 block of Valencia SE. Police found Lovato unresponsive in the area, and he was pronounced dead. Native American council selects new chairman A leadership council that represents Native American pueblos across New Mexico has a new chairman. The All Pueblo Council of Governors announced Tuesday that Wilfred Herrera Jr. of Laguna Pueblo will serve as chairman after J. Michael Chavarria of Santa Clara Pueblo submitted his resignation. Chavarria cited personal reasons for his decision to step down but didn’t provide any details. The council is considering whether to hold a special election early next year to fill the remainder of Chavarria’s two- year term. During his time on the council, Chavarria has been outspoken about issues ranging from education to the protection of cultural sites. He had testified numerous times before state and federal officials this year about extending protection to areas outside the boundaries of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. Chavarria also has served in many roles within his pueblo, including several terms as governor. Cherry Hills Library closed due to COVID-19 case The Cherry Hills Library is closed until Nov. 7 after a library employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 27, according to a City of Albuquerque news release. Kinsey Cooper, spokeswoman for the city, said the employee was asymptomatic when they last reported to work on Oct. 24. The library, since Tuesday, has been closed for a “thorough sanitation” following OSHA and state Department of Health guidelines. The Albuquerque Public Library website advises patrons to not use the library’s book drop. All items returned at this location will be checked in after Nov. 7; late fees will be waived. Any items on hold at the Cherry Hills Library will be extended through Nov. 16. Due to the library’s COVID-19 precautions, patrons who visited the library prior to its closure are not listed as “close contact.” “In addition to social distancing, employees wear masks, have sneeze guards, clean high touch surfaces regularly, and quarantine materials for 72 hours,” Albuquerque Public Library Director Dean Smith said. Judge OKs agreement on spotted owl, logging A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day after the sides announced they had reached the resolution. The court had limited tree-cutting and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona last year pending the outcome of a battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. WildEarth Guardians had accused the U.S. Forest Service of failing to comply with the Endangered Species Act by not regularly monitoring the owl population Under the agreement, federal managers will track population trends through 2025 and conduct research to better understand the effects on the owl of thinning and prescribed burning in forests. Surveys also will be done prior to ground-disturbing activities and known owl habitat will be protected. The agreement applies to all 11 national forests in New Mexico and Arizona. The resolution follows another agreement reached over the summer with the Center for Biological Diversity that included a set of recommendations and other provisions aimed at protecting the owl while allowing thinning projects to move forward. NEW MEXICO

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