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September 24, 2018
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First News: Fierce winds cause power outages. (listen)
(KSFR) - Power has been restored to most of the households that lost electricity yesterday during the fierce winds that swept much of New Mexico. PNM says more than 30,000 customers were without power at one point Sunday. Most of the outages were from Albuquerque to the south. The high winds also led to a number of canceled flights at the Albuquerque Sunport. Flights appear to be on time this morning but it's always best to call and check in advance.

Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael says his department is working to recruit the 16 police officers needed to fill out the approved roster of more than 160. He told residents of the west side over the weekend they'll be stepping up patrols in the area where a homicide was discovered last week.

Lawyers representing environmentalists say they will likely appeal the decision by the Martinez administration to repeal a strict anti-pollution rule. The state's Environmental Improvement Board voted set aside the rule that would have required large carbon emitters to reduce emissions by three percent a year, beginning next year. Members of the same state agency appointed by former Governor Bill Richardson had put the rule into effect in the final days of his administration.

In New Mexico's Republican pre-primary convention over the weekend, Heather Wilson scored 83% of votes to be the GOP nominee to vie for the US Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Jeff Bingaman. With that, Wilson is the sole candidate guaranteed a spot on the June primary ballot. Placement on the ballot requires a showing of at least 20%. Rival candidate Greg Sowards will have to get more signatures if he is to also appear. In the line-up for the 1st district's US Congressional seat being vacated by democrat Martin Heinrich while he seeks to be Bingaman's replacement, former GOP state representative Janice Arnold Jones took 63% of votes with rival Duke City councilor Dan Lewis taking 34% of delegates.

When Santa Fe's Finance Committee meets this evening, there will be a request to approve a resolution allowing film and television productions enrolled in the state's film tax credit program to use city-owned properties at no cost. It's an economic development tactic supported by city councilor Rebecca Wurzburger to boost entertainment industry activity in the City Different. Wurzburger and Mayor David Coss are both advocates of the "Shoot Santa Fe" initiative that has both the city, county and surrounding areas aggressively courting film industry dollars. Coss and Wurzburger traveled to the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and plan a June trip to a Hollywood conference of location managers.

The parent company of Sears and Kmart says it plans to close as many as 170 stores nationwide. That's up from the 120 they announced earlier in the year. Santa Fe has both a Sears and a Kmart. The company has been losing money and for the full 2011 year lost more than $3 billion.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today and cold with highs in the upper 30s.
A 40% chance for snowshowers at times with west winds to 20 miles per hour.
Cold tonight with lows in the upper teens and a 20% chance for a passing snowshower.
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