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September 25, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe River receives new water allocation. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe City Council has approved a measure that will allow the Santa Fe River to have a small flow of water even when it's not raining or the snow isn't melting. The ordinance calls for an allocation of 1,000 acre feet a year to be given to the river. It also provides for reducing that amount in the event drought conditions get worse. Mayor David Coss last night said he was excited that the measure was approved. Water for the river has been one of his priorities at city hall for years.

A coalition of labor and citizens groups is putting pressure on Gov. Martinez to sign into law a bill that would require big-box retailers to pay New Mexico income tax. The group says it will deliver a petition to her this morning, containing some 5,000 names. The bill sponsored by state Senator Peter Wirth of Santa Fe would close a loophole in state tax law that allows out-of-state corporations to select whether they would pay taxes on income they make in New Mexico or merely report it to other states that don't have a corporate income tax. The bill passed the legislature only after it was altered to target just big-box retailers, not all out of state companies.

Santa Fe is losing some more jobs. The New Mexican is reporting that Christies International Real Estate is laying off nearly two dozen employees and transferring a number of jobs to New York City. Santa Fe was home to some top executives of the high-profile real estate firm. The local office also produced real estate marketing materials and at one time had some 40 people on its Santa Fe staff.

More details have been released regarding the death of local artist Ethaan Boyer last week. Search warrant documents of Boyer's West Alameda street residence say the 34 year old man was found by his wife lying face down in a hallway and it appeared that a guest bedroom's dresser had been ransacked. Anne Oxenhandler lifted her husband's shirt and saw what appeared to be a bullet wound to his lower left torso. Santa Fe's first homicide of the year is suspected to be a case of Boyer arriving home while a robbery was in progress. The police investigation continues with no suspects at this time.

Nearby Bandelier National Monument re-opens access to the park's popular Alcove House today, the first time since last year's devastating Las Conchas fire. Debris from the fire had washed down Frijoles Canyon during summer rains, taking out bridges crossing the canyon's creek and obstructing trails leading to the site. Alcove House is accessed by a series of ladders climbing some 140 feet above the canyon floor. Visitors should be prepared to cross the creek a minimum of three times without the aid of bridges.

Weather for Santa Fe -- A mostly dry cold front makes its way across our area today. Mostly sunny with a high near 50 degrees and strong winds later between 25-and-30 miles per hour with higher gusts. Winds pull back a bit in the overnight hours with lows in the mid 20s and a 10% chance for snowshowers.
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