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Santa Fe Opera leases mineral rights on its land
(2009-09-25)
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-- Sept. 25, 7 a.m. -- The Santa Fe Opera has leased some 26,000 acres of property it owns in San Miguel and Mora counties to an oil and gas exploration company for exploitation of mineral rights. The environmental advocacy group, Drilling Santa Fe, reports that the contract between the Opera and the J Bar Cane Company contains no clauses regarding environmental protections or restrictions on drilling methods. The lease arrangement was made back in April and filed with San Miguel County in August. The terms of the contract calls for the Opera to receive an eighth of the proceeds from oil and gas production.

It's been two weeks since employees at Las Campanas were put on furlough. They'll be back at work soon. The Journal Santa Fe is reporting that the Club at Las Campanas is scheduled to reopen tomorrow. The shutdown affected 178 employees at the upscale residential community. It came as the Lloyds Banking Group of Britain took over the amenities after the developer defaulted on loans. Home owners have been working to buy out the rights of the club. They say that might happen in October.

A panel of jurors have had the chance to take a look at the car driven by a Santa Fe man accused of vehicular homicide. Carlos Fierro's BMW was hauled to the county courthouse parking lot yesterday so jurors could inspect it. It has a caved-in windshield, showing how the pedestrian who was killed last November was thrown. Defense lawyers are not disputing evidence showing that Fierro's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit at the time. The trial goes into its fifth day today.

The jobless rate in Santa Fe has gotten worse since last year at this time. The state's Department of Workforce Solutions says the unemployment rate for Santa Fe stands at more than 6 percent. That's compared with a rate of just under 4 percent last year. They say Santa Fe lost 2,200 jobs over the 12-month period covering all sectors, except educational and health services. For the state as a whole, unemployment jumped to 7.5 percent, versus 4.3 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. The unemployment numbers don't necessarily reflect the total number of people who've given up looking for a job.

Both senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are touting an amendment they wrote and sponsored for the 2010 Interior Appropriations Bill that would give New Mexico some $16 million in funding for public lands initiatives. The senators crafted their measure to ensure that there is adequate federal funding in place to help pay for fighting wildland fires. Also included are substantial sums dedicated to responsible water usage. Of the larger allocations, $3.5 million will go to the Valles Caldera National Preserve for operations and $3 million for land acquisitions in the La Cienega area of Santa Fe County.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's office says they'll be part of a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional DWI operation tomorrow night. Deputies and officers will not only be looking for impaired drivers but for other traffic violations as vehicles pass through Check Point locations. The purpose is to increase the public's awareness for DWI Enforcement as well as to combine the resources of the participating agencies. The operation targets northern Santa Fe County into portions of southern Rio Arriba county with local and state police coordinating efforts with tribal law enforcement.

Santa Fe County has created a page at its website dedicated to information about the upcoming flu season. The hope to keep residents appraised of county illness statistics and manners of prevention on a "seasonal and H1N1 Flu" page. The site can be accessed at santefecounty--dot--org by clicking the embedded "flu" hyperlink.

Weather for Santa Fe .a return to warmer temperatures and sunny skies today through the weekend. Highs today in the low 70s, rising to near 80 degrees by Sunday. Overnight lows will be in the upper 40s.

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