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August 20, 2018
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First News: All candidates for public office declared as deadline arrives. (listen)
(KSFR) - The list of candidates for local and statewide offices in the June primary elections is complete, now that the deadline to file for office has passed. Santa Fe Mayor David Coss has confirmed he will be running for the House of Representatives seat being vacated by Ben Lujan. Lujan's district includes a portion of Santa Fe. Coss will face fellow Democrat Carl Trujillo who nearly beat Lujan in the previous election. The race for the local seat for the Public Regulation Commission has become crowded. County Commissioner Virginia Vigil and County Clerk Valerie Espinoza are running. Also filing for the office are former congressional aide Danny Maki, mortgage banker Brad Gallegos and Ronald Rees of Rio Rancho.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit has been filed challenging the PRC's newly redefined districts as approved by a state court judge. The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens has filed in federal court seeking to have the new districts invalidated. The new boundaries have San Miguel and Mora counties now part of a largely Anglo Republican district whereas they previously were part of a Democratic district that included Santa Fe and a greater Hispanic demographic. LULAC says the change will dilute minority representation.

A judge has sentenced a former Corrections Department official six years in prison for accepting bribes from a company hired to do roofing work on prison buildings. Laurie Chapman was the facilities manager of the department for a short period beginning in 1999. She was found guilty of accepting more than $200,000 in bribes from the company she selected to do the work.

The brother of the Santa Fe man whose body was found last week near Torreon Park has been charged with an open count of murder. Arrested Tuesday at his West Alameda Street residence, 42-year-old Felix Martinez is alleged to have shot his brother David while the two argued at the Ephraim street home of Sam Leyba, previously identified as a person of interest in the case. Leyba, too, has now been charged with murder and is believed to have helped move the dead man's body to Torreon Park. Leyba is also a suspect in an unrelated property crimes case. The homicide occurred just weeks after another neighborhood resident, Ethan Boyer, was found murdered in his home and believed to have interrupted a burglary in process. Police are still investigating whether the two crimes are related.

Federal officials say it is safe, but in a few months New Mexico school districts will no longer serve beef containing what's called "pink slime." It's a filler material beef processors create by treating scraps of meat with chemicals to kill bacteria. The process leads to a slippery, pinkish appearance. The issue hit the national news recently and New Mexico's Human Services Department has decided to not allow schools to serve it.

Today finds President Barack Obama putting in an appearance in New Mexico. Obama will be in Carlsbad, visiting oil and gas production fields on federal lands there. Obama plans to discuss his administration's commitment to improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps the US leverage domestic fuel resources.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and breezy at times today as temperatures begin to climb back to seasonable norms. Highs today in the low 50s rising to 60 degrees Thursday and on to the upper 60s for the remainder of the week. Overnight lows tonight in the mid 30s with low 40s thereafter.
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