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August 18, 2018
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First News: Finance Committee again looks at buying St. Catherine's campus. (listen)
(KSFR) - (A reminder that today is President's Day. Federal offices are closed as is the postal service. Santa Fe Public Schools are not in session.)

The city's finance committee meets this evening. Expected to be presented is an updated report on gross receipt taxes collected for December and a lodger's tax report covering January. There will also be further discussion of financing the city's purchase of the old St. Catherine's Indian school campus. The 11-acre tract has been appraised at $1.9 million. Committee members will also hear a novel resolution for assisting in collection of donations for non-profit entities. A program called "Change for Change" would have retired parking meters placed on city property for fundraising purposes.

With the 2012 legislative session concluded, a state senator from Clovis has announced his retirement. Republican Clint Harden has been in the senate for 10 years and was the secretary of the state labor department during the Gary Johnson administration.

With the Roundhouse no longer dominating the news, Santa Fe is ramping up its attention to the March 6th municipal election. Half of city council's eight seats are up for grabs with only District 1 incumbent Patti Bushee seeking re-election. 3 districts will be electing either newcomers or a former city councilor. Also on the ballot will be municipal bond issues. One of those highlighted by Sunday's New Mexican is a $5 million package for a new fire station and improvements to police headquarters. City voters will be asked their approval of funding the initiative with an increase in property taxes.

Meanwhile, early voting got underway last week and continues through March 2nd. That takes place in-person at the city clerk's office from 8Am to 5PM Monday through Friday.

The Democratic Party of Santa Fe County is informing the public that District 4 of the Public Education Commission currently has no candidates offering to be elected. District 4 includes parts of Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Bernalillo Counties. The Public Education Commission replaced the State Board of Education. Its duties are limited but it does play an important role with charter schools. Any eventual candidate will need 438 petition signatures to be filed on March 20.

A Sunday afternoon skiing accident at the Sandia Peak ski area has left an unidentified man dead. He apparently collided with a friend as they went down the slope and the spill resulted in the man hitting a ski lift tower. He was transported to UNM hospital where he died from his injuries.

Weather for Santa Fe - Just a dusting of snow fell in town last night while the skis basin picked up four inches. There's a 20% chance for a brief passing snowshower through the morning hours. Otherwise, mostly sunny, breezy and cold today with highs only in the upper 30s. Partly cloudy tonight with a low of 15. Sunny and warmer Tuesday with highs in the mid 40s, rising to 50 degrees by Wednesday.
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