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September 19, 2018
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First News: A new political districting map of NM is due today. (listen)
(KSFR) - Expected later today is a new map of political districts in New Mexico drawn by state district court judge James Hall. Hall has been looking at two models since the state's Supreme Court invalidated his previously offered map earlier this month. That one had been favored by Governor Martinez whose rejection of a map approved by state lawmakers last year threw the question of political redistricting into the judge's hands.
New Mexico's high court, however, found the judge's first map fostered political bias along with posing a risk to representation of minorities. Both of the new maps Judge Hall is considering would affect House of Representative districting for Eldorado, separating it from Santa Fe's district 47. For the purpose of Senate districting, however, both maps keep Eldorado under representation by Peter Wirth of Santa Fe.

A special grand jury in Santa Fe has handed down a number of indictments alleging the owners of a local paving company conspired to defraud the county's public works department. The indictments against the owners of Advantage Asphalt follow a lengthy investigation. Also included in the charges is a former county official, James Lujan. According to the allegations, Joe Anthony and Marlene Montoya who own Advantage submitted false invoices and made other misrepresentations to the county that amounted to more than a million dollars worth of bogus work.

Gov. Martinez apparently doesn't plan to find a new secretary of education. Despite the fact that secretary-designate Hanna Skandera has gone through two legislative sessions without being confirmed, she's still on the job. And the governor tells KOAT television she has no intention of nominating a new secretary. The governor says there are dozens of state board and commission members who haven't been confirmed either. She claims no state law requires confirmation by the state senate to serve in a high-level post.

The Japanese ambassador to the United States has been on a tour of energy facilities in New Mexico and says his country needs to rethink its energy development following the meltdown of several nuclear power plants. He toured a smart-grid project at the Mesa del Sol planned development in south central Albuquerque that Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is financing. The project is part of a $30 million Japanese investment in energy research and demonstration initiatives in New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Southern Railway, the 18-mile tourist excursion route out to Lamy, has announced it has a new manager in Bill King. King comes to the post formerly held by Carol Raymond with a background as an engineering consultant for STI-Global, the railway's principle shareholder. STI-GLOBAL plans to develop and manufacture multiple railway operational safety products, and use the railway as its development partner while still providing its regular runs. A Grand Re-Opening Celebration is planned for this weekend.

A "Heads Up" to Santa Fe motorists today as Canyon Road from Paseo de Peralta to Garcia Street will closed all day while a new sewer line is installed.

Weather for Santa Fe - fair and breezy today ahead of a strong front due in Tuesday. Highs today near 50 with winds from 15-to-25 miles per hour. Mostly cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 20s and a 30% of snowshowers after midnight. Brian Guyer with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque says Tuesday will bring dangerous high winds .*****clip
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