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August 16, 2018
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First News: LANL jobs reduction effort is complete. (listen)
(KSFR) - Officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory say the voluntary workforce reduction program is complete. More than 550 employees signed up for the plan. Depending on their years of service, they will get up to 39 weeks of pay and access to the lab's healthcare insurance for a limited time. The employees who were made the offer come from the lab's regular workforce of more than 7,000 employees. Thousands more are considered contractors or term employees, and lab officials say this pool may also be tapped for separation if budget conditions require it.

Sen. Tom Udall has introduced legislation that he says would make horse racing safer. His bill follows a scathing report in the New York Times that identified New Mexico as among the worst states for inhumane treatment of race horses. Udall says the investigations points out that horse racing has reached an alarming level of corruption and exploitation. His bill calls for national standards of regulation and oversight that he says have been missing for decades.

The debate over mandatory insurance has been settled in the southern New Mexico town of Elephant Butte. City officials there have approved a plan to require owners of pit bulls and two other breeds to have insurance -- at least $100,000 worth. The city manager says there's evidence that pit bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds are the three breeds most likely to attack people. The law follows a fatal mauling by a pit bull in nearby Truth or Consequences last year.

An arraignment on fraud charges against a former Christus St. Vincent hospital executive was postponed after the hearing's judge recused himself. Bernalillo County District judge Robert Schwartz gave no reason for his Monday decision which delays arraignment for Richard Crabtree until early April. Crabtree is accused of fraud for approving outlays of $2.5 million for non-existent work some years ago and funneling the money into his own bank accounts. He's alleged to have been aided in the scheme by Loretta Mares who pleaded "not guilty" at her own arraignment two weeks ago.

A prescribed burn of some 144 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest gets underway today, weather permitting. Crews plan hand ignition of woodland debris about 12 miles south of Pecos. The Southwest Barbero Burn is expected to take two days or so with smoke visible in Pecos, Las Vegas and along nearby portions of I-25.

The City of Santa Fe says that water to residences and businesses on Old Pecos and Old Santa Fe Trail to Camino Corrales will be off between 9AM and 3PM as crews replace a main water valve in that area. Residents should draw water before the shutoff and not attempt use while the work is underway.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and warm right through Saturday. Daytime highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s with overnight lows near 40 degrees. A big cooldown arrives Sunday with highs only in the 40s.
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