Santa Fe Former Journalist/Activist Dies

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A former journalist, author and activist, has died after collapsing while removing dead trees along a trail east of Santa Fe.

Kingsley Hammett was a former business editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican in the early 1980s. He died (Friday) at the age of 63. The cause of his collapse was not known.

Previously, Hammett was part owner and founding publisher of the Washington Tribune, a free community tabloid in Washington, D.C.

In 1979, he covered the statehouse in Jefferson City, Mo., for the Missouri Press News, before working at The New Mexican.

After leaving journalism, Hammett wrote five books on New Mexico furniture and Santa Fe.

Hammett also was an active opponent of a proposed industrial park in Santa Fe in 1989 and a golf course in La Cienega in 1992. He also worked to keep weapons out of schools.

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