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September 19, 2018
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First News: County Assessor to begin a look at all homes. (listen)
(KSFR) - The county assessor's office is scheduled to begin a project today that will make sure that all residential properties in the county are listed correctly on the property-tax rolls. Deputy Assessor Gary Perez tells KSFR they have accurate information on about a third of all homes. He says the assessor's goal is to get the balance by the end of the year *** They've hired an outside contractor to make photos and draw sketches of all outstanding properties. In some cases, the workers may have to knock on doors or gates to get entry to the property.

The state attorney general's office says it plans to oppose a proposal by Blue Cross/Blue Shield to raise rates on some policy holders by about 7 percent. That word came as the insurance commission heard testimony from the insurance company over the weekend about its need to increase rates for some 30,000 New Mexicans. They have individual policies not connected with large groups of people. Blue Cross says it's been losing money on this segment of the population and needs the increase rates to avoid having to eliminate the individual-policy service. Company officials have said that without the rate increase, they might have to pull out of rural areas.

The eastern reaches of the Santa Fe River have had a modest flow of water from the snowpack runoff, and now the river is set to get more water. The city plans to begin releasing a measured amount of water into the river from its Canyon Road reservoirs. That's scheduled to start today. City Council approved a plan to release 600-acre feet of water into the river this year. That equals about 195 million gallons.

"Inadequate." That's the word used by the New Mexico Environment Department to describe the efforts by Kirtland Air Force Base to monitor the underground spread of jet fuel contaminants threatening the Albuquerque water table. Today's Albuquerque Journal says the state is demanding that Kirtland create new and deeper monitoring wells. They say the base hasn't taken the necessary steps to determine the full extent of an area most likely to threaten Duke City water supplies. As much as 8 million gallons of fuel pollution may be present, having leaked for decades prior to its initial discovery in the 1990s. In 2007, the Air Force found that the plume of contaminants had spread away from the base and was approaching the city's water wells. The Environment Department now wants 33 new monitoring wells with the first nine of those to be completed by the end of July.

The newspaper in Las Vegas, New Mexico, is reporting that the mayor has decided not to sign a new ordinance that would ban chemical fracking in gas wells. The ordinance was approved in a 3 to 1 vote by city council two weeks ago. At the time, the city attorney said he opposed the ordinance as violating the city charter.

This week in Santa Fe, there are some candidate forums taking place. Set for 6PM tonight is a county commission forum for district 4 with Kathy Holian and Victor Baca. Wednesday sees another PRC debate also at 6PM. And candidates for District Attorney debate Thursday. All events take place at the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.

The Catholic community in Santa Fe will be seeing some pastoral reassignments as the rector of the basilica of St. Francis's Monsignor Jerome Martinez y Alire leaves that post after more than 12 years. The New Mexican reports that he'll take over Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe in Pojoaque while the current pastor at Santa Maria de la Paz will head downtown in his place. Meanwhile, a priest from Raton will be taking charge of Santa Maria when the new assignments begin in June.

Weather for Santa Fe - a sunny and dry week in store with temperatures on the rebound. Highs today in the mid 50s rise to the mid 60s Tuesday. Low 70s by Wednesday. Overnight lows tonight in the mid 30s, then the mid 40s by midweek.
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