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September 20, 2018
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First News: State Supreme Court decides candidates will remain on primary ballot. (listen)
(KSFR) - The state's Supreme Court has decided that information omitted from candidate signature-petition forms is not enough reason to kick some 10 candidates off the June primary election ballot. Challengers to the candidates had gone to court to have them removed because some petition forms did not identify the districts in which they are running. But the court said Tuesday these were unintentional errors and not reason enough to disenfranchise voters who had chosen to nominate the candidates. Two local candidates included in the issue and who will remain on the ballot are State Rep. Lucky Varela of Santa Fe and County Commissioner Virginia Vigil.

A national public policy group has calculated how much each state would lose in federal healthcare support if the Republican budget plan wins approval. Budget cuts would affect healthcare for Medicare recipients and for the needy who benefit from Medicaid. Ron Pollack is executive director of the group Families USA. He says the Medicaid cuts to New Mexico would be enormous. *** Pollock says his group's numbers are the first to show the impact of the budget cuts.

The State Public Education Department has given its approval to the Santa Fe School Board's offer of a $168,000 buyout of superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez' contract. That clears the way for her exit in June and also allows the board to proceed with plans to have an Iowa-based firm recruit her replacement. That company will work with the school district's appointed search committee in trying to have a new superintendent in place by the start of the next school year.

Santa Fe's Historic Design Review Board heard plans Tuesday regarding a new downtown state office building. Today's New Mexican reports there was balking at a proposal to tear down four existing buildings along Don Gaspar to accommodate the project. If they're not razed, the 56,000 square foot state building would have to rise to a height of five stories on its lot just north of the new state parking garage between Don Gaspar and Galisteo at Paseo de Peralta. If the structures were to be demolished, the new building would need be only three stories high. The four structures in question hail from the 1930s and are currently owned by the state for use as offices. A 2009 state law and city ordinance subjects the state to municipal historic design regulations. Public hearings on the matter are forthcoming.

Taos has been awarded $70,000 in capital outlay funding to go toward the master planning of its Historic Plaza District. Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela made the announcement Tuesday, noting the monies were made available during last year's special session of the legislature as part of New Mexico's Main Street Program. Taos mayor Darren Cordova hailed the grant saying it will allow for completion of a Town of Taos downtown, historic district master plan.

All's clear in Rancho Viejo after a brief scare during the noon hour yesterday. The authorities evacuated several homes in the southside subdivision after an open gas line was detected. The problem was fixed in an hour.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny and breezy today with highs in the low 70s and east winds to 20 miles per hour. Winds continue in the overnight hours with temperatures in the low 40s. A cooldown begins tomorrow with highs near 60 degrees, eventually falling to the 40s by the weekend along with a chance for showers.
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