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The coldest February temperatures ever recorded in Santa Fe prompts another round of school delays.
(2011-02-03)
(KSFR) - It's not snow but, rather, record-breaking cold temperatures that have prompted many area schools to call a two-hour delay for the start of classes today. Santa Fe Public schools will have a late start; so, too, schools in Los Alamos and Pecos. Schools in Rio Rancho are closed. A temperature reported this hour of 14 degrees below zero at the Santa Fe airport is the coldest February temperature ever recorded for the city.

The cold weather has New Mexicans turning up the heat. But the New Mexico Gas Company says that is putting a huge load on the gas-delivery system. Monica Hussey at New Mexico Gas is asking people to lower their thermostats -- at least temporarily. Hussey says, except for a few spot outages, no one has been without natural gas yet.

The chief of staff for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, Michael Rivera, has announced his resignation effective tomorrow. Johnny Montoya will be interim chief of staff until the commission can find a permanent replacement.

A measure to require voters to show government ID before casting their ballots has been introduced in the state legislature. The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Dianne Hamilton of Silver City who says the proposed legislation would provide more integrity in state elections. Opponents say it would be a burden on a person's right to vote.

The superintendent of Albuquerque's public schools has a new one-year contract. But Winston Brooks didn't get a pay raise. He'll still make just over $280,000 a year and also keep a city car. The unanimous vote by the school board comes a month before two new members are sworn in.

And before we get to today's forecast a reminder that if you think it's cold, domestic animals are no different. State Veterinarian Dr. Paul Eddestadt says you should take precautions with them as well.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with a high near 20. Overnight lows near 4 degrees. There's a very slight chance for a passing snowshower Friday morning, otherwise mostly sunny with highs in the low 30s.
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