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Pecos head-hunter wonders why he's on Top-Secret list (Listen again)
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-- July 19 -- 2 p.m. -- That list of top-secret work locations published by the Washington Post includes more than 130 government and private-company work locations in New Mexico. The Post article has become international news because it suggests that top-secret work and the numbers of people involved in it have grown dramatically. But one of the principals of a small head-hunting company based in Pecos is scratching his head about being included on the list. Bob Valade of Rainmaker Business Services says he doesn't have a top-secret clearance and doesn't do spy work. (Listen above

-- 7 a.m. -- It will cost more to close several Santa Fe elementary schools than originally thought. That's because the cost of remodeling other schools to take the students has suddenly gone up. Estimates of construction costs at the Atalaya Elementary School have gone up from $9 million to $14 million. That school would take the children who are now enrolled at the Acequia Madre elementary school. Costs to remodel the former Alameda Middle School have increased by a million dollars to a total of $6 million. That school will take children from three other elementary schools.

Meanwhile, there are questions whether the Santa Fe School Board should have gone back to voters to explain why money from the $160 million bond issue approved last year is now being used for these remodelings and other new purposes. Three state legislators from Santa Fe are asking the state attorney general for an opinion.

Navajo Nation lawmakers convene in Shiprock today to consider the question of whether judges should be elected to office. The matter may be put to vote in November. If the Navajo tribal council moves forward, voters would weigh in on a total of 20 Supreme Court justices and judges in the 2012 election cycle. Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor opposes the idea, saying that partisan elections and the attendant fundraising would harm judicial impartiality. Navajo sponsors of the referendum say electing judges helps to ensure accountability. Nationwide, more than 30 states hold some form of judicial elections.

The US government is funneling $1.3 million in federal funds to the village of Corrales for development of a solar power system that will power pumps needed for the town's fire hydrants. At present, the Corrales Fire Department depends on a series of water tanks with electrical pumps to fill fire trucks. New solar units installed at each tank will provide electrical backup in the event of a village-wide or wider power failure. Officials say the solar units also will guarantee backup power for critical government administration, police and fire communications.

At tomorrow's meeting of Santa Fe's Public Safety Committee, they'll entertain a proposal by the mayor and several city councilors to re-write the city's indecent exposure ordinance. The move comes after a June event used a naked bike ride through downtown to draw attention to world dependency on oil. Currently, Santa Fe's rules on what constitutes indecent exposure aligns with New Mexico state law. Primary genitalia must remain covered but bare buttocks and breasts are okay. City officials want more cover-up than that. The issue heads toward public comment on September 15th.

Weather for Santa Fe...the week begins with temperatures once again in the 90s, partly cloudy skies and just a slight chance for an isolated shower. A weak monsoonal flow sets up Tuesday evening, thereafter increasing the chances for precipitation for the latter part of the week.
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