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August 17, 2018
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As possible impeachment proceedings gather steam, the PRC's Jerome Block, Jr. alludes to his possible resignation.
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(KSFR) - As a committee of New Mexico lawmakers considers impeachment proceedings against Jerome Block, Jr., Block himself is hinting that he might resign first. He told the Santa Fe reporter that quitting would save taxpayers a lot of money. Meanwhile, the committee is poised to ask the full House to issue subpoenas for the information it needs to determine if impeachment is warranted. If the committee recommends impeachment proceedings, the legislature would have to call itself into extraordinary session.

Members of the state House of Representatives will be considering a bill to tighten up on the rules that companies must follow to qualify for state contracts. The senate has already unanimously approved the measure. It would close loopholes that some out-of-state companies have used to get around the preference for in-state companies to get contracts.

Former Gov. Gary Johnson has finally gotten his chance to be part of the Republican presidential debates. Johnson won a spot on the Thursday debates by scoring just enough potential voter support to qualify.(Listen)

A number of state agencies, including the environment and health departments, are embarking on an environmental study of stormwater runoff effects in areas affected by the 150,000-acre Las Conchas Fire. The most immediate risk from ash debris is from flash flooding it can cause as it clogs waterways. However, earlier studies in the aftermath of large wildfires point to an increased health risk over decades from the consumption of plant products cultivated in ash-containing soils. Such sediments routinely contain higher concentrations of metals such as copper, manganese, iron, and zinc than would be otherwise found in a pristine environment. In contrast, short-term contact with waters fouled by ash have not been associated with detrimental health effects.

New data from the New Mexico Dept. of Workforce Solutions show the state's unemployment rate at 6.6% continues its downward trend, as does Santa Fe at 5.4%. Nationally, the rate remains at 9.1%. Further analysis shows, however, that most sectors have lost jobs over the past three years. If labor force participation had remained at pre-recession levels, the measured unemployment rate would have continued to show an increasing trend over the past several months.

A "Heads Up" to Santa Fe motorists today through Sunday as roadway rehabilitation gets underway...the 599 to US 84/285 on ramp will be closed and traffic detoured through Tesuque. Also set to be closed is both the north and southbound approaches to US 84/285 from Guadalupe Street with traffic re-routed via Paseo de Peralta and Alamo Drive.

Weather for Santa Fe - this first day of autumn ushers in a period of sunny, warm and dry days. Look for highs today in the upper 70s. Lows tonight will fall to the lower 40s. Highs tomorrow will be in the low 80s.
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