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August 20, 2018
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First News: NNSA approves LANL workforce reduction plans. (listen)
(KSFR) - The National Nuclear Security Administration has given approval to Los Alamos National Laboratory plans to reduce its workforce by some 400-to-800 employees this spring. Seeking to avoid involuntary layoffs, the Lab will now implement a voluntary separation program for eligible employees among its 7600 members of the regular workforce. The plan will offer a severance package based on years of service, ranging from 1 to 39 weeks. Workers can apply as of next Monday, March 5th with departure by eligible workers to be completed by April 5th. The job cuts were announced a week ago with LANL spokesman Fred DeSousa telling KSFR that they were made necessary by federal spending cuts....*****clip

The husband of a staff member of senatorial candidate Heather Wilson's campaign has been identified as the man who falsely registered his dog to vote in Bernalillo County. The county clerk says she may file voter fraud charges against Republican Tom Tolbert. The man appeared on television in Albuquerque several days ago, saying he wanted to expose problems with New Mexico's voter registration system by showing that even a dog could be registered. A progressive group identified the man and his connection with Heather Wilson's campaign. He has since apologized for the prank. The county clerk is warning other would-be pranksters that actions like this constitute illegal fraud.

Private companies that operate some of New Mexico's prisons have been fined nearly $1.4 million by the state for failing to perform adequately. The New Mexican reports that a Tennessee-based corrections company got a nearly $12,000 fine this week while a Florida company has gotten more than a million in penalties over the past year. The corrections department levied the fines based on findings that the companies had failed in performing up to standards.

A federal appeals court has determined that PNM must go ahead with plans to install pollution control equipment at its San Juan generating plant as ordered by the EPA. The company had asked the court to consider holding off on the requirement while it worked to develop what it called a lower-cost pollution control method and while they challenged the EPA decision in court. The EPA requirement calls for PNM to reduce pollution at the coal-fired plant by 80 percent.

Next week, Santa Fe County & City along with the Bureau of Reclamation plans a free public workshop on the impacts of climate change within the Santa fe Watershed. Tuesday's daylong event will be staged from 8AM through 5PM at the downtown Community Convention Center. A number of climatologists and conservationists will present information on expected local changes to climate and how the local community might respond to diminished water resources. Though the event is free, registration is required and can be performed online at either the county or city's website.

Democratic US congressman Martin Heinrich will be in Santa Fe today for a conference on strengthening Social Security & Medicare for New Mexico's seniors. The 4PM event will be held at the Center for Progress & Justice at 1420 Cerrillos Road. Heinrich is seeking to replace outgoing senior senator Jeff Bingaman in the November General election.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny, windy and unseasonably cold today with a 20% chance for a passing snowshower. Highs only in the mid 30s and overnight lows in the mid teens. Sunny tomorrow with temperatures rising to the low 40s and into the mid 50s by Sunday.
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