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The PRC's Insurance Division has denied Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico's request for a 9.9% insurance rate hike.
(2011-10-12)
(KSFR) - The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission's Division of Insurance has denied a 9.9% rate increase hike sought by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. The Insurance Division says the company failed to provide adequate actuarial support for its financial reasoning supplied in its filing for the hike. PRC Commissioner Jason Marks says that Blue Cross subscribers have been subjected to repeated, outsized increases over the past few years, forcing many families to drop health coverage or otherwise go without other necessities.

Santa Fe City Council tonight will hear that request to permit beer sales at Fort Marcy Park during professional ball games. The Pecos League wants to start a Santa Fe team by May of 2012 but only if the city will amend the current ordinance that bans the sale of alcohol in city parks. The matter is supported by city councilor Robert Trujillo. Back in September, the city's Public Safety Committee gave its nod of assent only to have the city's Public Works Committee express disapproval. Since then, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce has emerged as a strong supporter of the measure. If eventually passed, sales of beer at those games will be under the purview of the city manager's office.

Virgin Galactic, the space tourism enterprise dedicating its headquarters at New Mexico's Spaceport America next week has named a former NASA executive as it Vice president of Operations. Michael P. Moses most recently served at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the Launch Integration Manager from 2008 until the landing of the final Shuttle mission in July 2011. For Virgin Galactic at the Spaceport, Moses will act as team leader responsible for spaceship operations and logistics, flight crew operations, customer training, and spaceport ground operations.

Governor Susana Martinez has signed legislation that provides approximately $86 million in funding for capital projects throughout New Mexico. Included in the legislation is funding for the Human Services Department to upgrade computer technologies used for providing information for Medicaid and other social services, as well as law enforcement and senior citizen needs. The money will also be applied to upgrades for state corrections and health facilities, and a scaled down set of statewide construction projects.

A word to Santa Fe motorists who are also parking ticket scofflaws-- your days of freedom may be numbered. The city has launched a new program to try and recover some millions of dollars in unpaid fines. Upon receiving a ticket, the new plan provides notice by mail to pay the fine within fifteen days or see the penalty double. Failure to respond will result in a summons. Failure to appear will result in a second summons. After that, it'll be a bench warrant for your arrest. Those procedures will not apply, however, to tickets issued before the new program went operational. City officials may employ a collection agency to round up monies owed on past long-ignored tickets.

The city of Santa Fe is boasting of its selection as 3rd most popular travel city in the US. Conde Nast's magazine has just published its 2011 Readers' Choice Awards which has the City Different in the number three slot for the second year in a row. Santa Fe has been included as one of the top U.S. travel destinations by the Conde Nast poll since 1992 when Santa Fe grabbed the number 1 position. This year, that went to Charleston, South Carolina with San Francisco in 2nd place. Readers rated cities based on categories such as atmosphere and ambience, friendliness and cultural sites.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and seasonably warm weather is forecast to stretch into next week. Highs today in the mid 60s will rise to the low 70s by the weekend.
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