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September 20, 2018
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Frist News: Las Campanas ownership changes hands. (listen)
(KSFR) - A large part of the Las Campanas luxury subdivision is now in the hands of a group of private investors. They say it's all paid for in cash and won't reveal what they paid for more than 300 lots and a 45-acre commercial tract. The lots are already approved for building. The company that originally owned Las Campanas had to step out when the residential property market fell.

A government watchdog group in Washington says a defense department review of the Los Alamos national lab and other labs finds them riddled with waste and redundancies. It also calls their scientific standards lackluster. The Project on Goverment Oversight group says they got a leaked copy of the review which was a defense department memo. The group says they've also learned that the directors of three labs run by private corporations are paid much more than when the labs were operated by nonprofits. In the case of Los Alamos, they say the director makes more than $1 million a year. That's triple the amount the director got under the previous plan.

New Mexico's medical advisory board has been told not to correspond with the federal government about medical marijuana. The board had voted to ask the U.S. attorney general to remove restrictions on marijuana that prevent studies of its therapeutic effects. But the New Mexican reports that the state health department told the advisory board not to send the letter. The department claims it would have violated rules designed to keep state officials from lobbying for specific causes.

Water service has been restored to some 7,000 residents of Bernalillo who went without service yesterday after a main broke at US 550. The outage forced schools there to close at 10AM and repairs snarled traffic throughout most of the day. The section of water line affected had been in place since the 1950s.

Down in the border community of Sunland Park, rocked by scandal in city government, city councilors met Wednesday night to address the vacant mayoral office. In an unexpected move, they voted to appoint 24-year-old Javier Perea as mayor, a local resident who showed up with his resume and made a pitch for the job during the meeting's public input session. The Las Cruces Sun News reports that city council heard arguments supporting the selection of Gerardo Hernandez who placed 2nd in the mayoral race back in March but they voted him down. Sunland Park has been rocked by scandal with criminal investigations of former city officials including alleged bribery, extortion, voting fraud and illegal spending of taxpayer dollars. The new mayor says he'll begin an in-depth study of city government next week.

Santa Fe city councilor Patti Bushee says it's not clear to her what she's being accused of and, as such, pending actions are viewed as extortion. Bushee finds herself under scrutiny for personal business dealings with a contractor who also received work for the Railyard. She's had her attorney send a letter to the city manager asking him by what authority does the city initiate an investigation of potential wrongdoing.

Weather for Santa Fe - A long stretch of sunny, dry and warm days are in store. Highs today and Friday in the mid 60s, rising to the mid 70s early next week. Overnight lows in the mid 40s.
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