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August 16, 2018
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First News: NM Democratic Party delegates have named their choices. (listen)
(KSFR) - Delegates to the state Democratic party convention have made their selections for the June primary ballot. Among them, Congressman Martin Heinrich has gotten more delegates votes than state auditor Hector Balderas for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Bingaman. For the congressional seat from Albuquerque, they selected state lawmaker Eric Griego. He had been facing Martin Chavez and Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Officials of the national lab at Los Alamos have set tonight for the first in a series of public meetings on the plan to reduce the lab's workforce. They say they want to cut back by 400 to 800 workers through voluntary separation. Tonight's meeting will be at 6 at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

New Mexico is at the bottom of yet another list. A study finds that New Mexico has made the deepest cuts to funding for public schools than any other state. The report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities say New Mexico school children will be getting $700 less per student this year than last year. The study says New Mexico has cut nearly $1,200 per student over the past four years.

The annual conference of the New Mexico Sheriffs' and Police Association convenes this morning in Albuquerque. Governor Martinez will be present as it gets underway, thanking law enforcement officers for their hard work and dedication. The gathering will also recognize law enforcement's pick for "Officer of the Year."

This evening at Santa Fe's Lensic theater, the city's three, newly-elected councilors along with returning incumbent Patti Bushee, will take their oaths of office. Peter Ives of District 2, Christopher Rivera of District 3 and Bill Dimas of District 4, will be sworn in at the 6PM event. Also partaking will be Municipal Judge Ann Yalman who was unopposed in last week's election. The city will provide free parking at its Sandoval Parking Garage across the street from the Lensic.

Heading into the weekend, Santa Fe Community College held its first meeting of those on its Presidential Search Committee charged with finding a successor for the outgoing Sheila Ortego who plans to step down before the next school year begins. Assisting the committee in the search is Dr. Preston Pulliams of Gold Hill Associates, a community college search firm based in Asheville, North Carolina. The committee hopes to begin reviewing applications by late April.

Santa Fe County has received a Sunshine Award for its government website from the national nonprofit organization, Sunshine Review, earning the top grade of A+. The organization reviews over 6,000 local government websites nationwide and selected just over 200 for recognition. The A+ ranking has been reached just two years after Santa Fe County was graded as D minus. Eight other entities in New Mexico also received awards including the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Public Schools.

Weather for Santa Fe - a sunny and dry week in store with temperatures near and slightly above normal. Highs today in the mid-to-upper 50s rising to the mid 60s by Wednesday.
Overnight lows throughout the period are expected to remain above freezing with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s.
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