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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

after midnight

Today has been interesting thus far as SFR writers Nate Dinsdale and Dan Frosch both attended the Santa Fe City Council meeting that went from 7 pn to 4:30 am and then started writing their news stories at 8 am. Thus communicating with each of them today has been funny (Nate last seen was slumped over on the floor). Still, you can't really pay people enough for that level of obsessed dedication. Of course, the council and city staff were there too, as were many members of the public. Kind of crazy really. For our deadline purposes, I wish all the council meetings were on Mondays rather than Wednesdays, as now we'll have fresh coverage and, when they meet on Wednesdays, anything we do is already a week old. Unless we publish it on our Web site that is. Our new website that is, that allows me to publish web extra at my discretion. It's crazy, though, to think of city business, big city business involving massive Wal-Marts and affordable housing happening between midnight and 4 am. If they'd sold beer the City could have gotten itself enough revenues to pay for its golf course I bet.
Of course the other crazy news story of the day is the story about the city court records found blowing in the wind. What's weird to me is both The New Mex and The Journal have stories that say a custodian, unnamed, saw the documents and both have stories that say the cops, a prosecutor and The New Mexican reporter (presumably Jason Auslander who has been following the story) picked up the documents that were flying around. The Journal, however, has another story, posted earlier (and in the print edition) that says:

[Chief Beverly]Lennen said that a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican called her to report what appeared to be court documents in the street.
    New Mexican city editor Howard Houghton would not discuss specifically what was in the documents. But he said the reporter "called the police chief because what appeared to be very interesting documents related to law enforcement were blowing around outside," near the police station.

Weird though that the new mex doesn't make it clear they are the ones that notified the police.
I'm trying to think about whether I would have done the same thing, or instructed a reporter rather, to call the cops if I saw a bunch of court documents flying around in the wind.