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September 19, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe to consider a $3.6 million Railyard purchase tonight. (listen)
(KSFR) - Among items to be addressed at tonight's meeting of Santa Fe City Council is a $3.6 million acquisition of a portion of a private building in the Railyard. Such a purchase by the city would settle a potential lawsuit by the Railyard Company charging that city delays in the development process caused millions of dollars in damages for the company. If approved, the purchase would have the city establish offices on the 2nd floor of Market Station. The deal also would see the Railyard Company let go of an adjacent parcel intended for a movie complex they couldn't get off the ground, freeing it for development by someone else.

The next superintendent of Santa Fe public schools could be making as much as $190,000 a year. That would be two-thirds more than outgoing superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez makes and the second highest superintendent salary in the state. The New Mexican is reporting that the salary level is in the discussion stage at the moment. The school board could finalize it next week. Consultants say a higher salary may be necessary because the field of candidates has shrunken and the job has gotten tougher. The board in February did not renew Bobbie Gutierrez's contract.

There'll be no open fires in Santa Fe County for the next several months, at least. The county commission has adopted an ordinance declaring hazardous fire conditions. That means restrictions on open fires, smoking and other sources of ignition. The city adopted a similar ordinance last year but has not taken action yet for this year.

And the award for the cleanest air in the nation goes to? Santa Fe. That's according to the most recent study by the American Lung Association. Santa Fe topped the list of U.S.cities with the least particle pollution in the air year round. Cheyene, Wyoming, is second on that list, and Albuquerque is number 5. As for the dirtiest air, Las Cruces is on the list of the 25 worst in the nation.

The City of Santa Fe will celebrate the opening of new segments of the Santa Fe River Trail and the completion of stabilization improvements along the river's banks. The newly completed sections of the River Trail add 1.3 miles to the city's urban trail network for pedestrians and bicyclists for a total of 2.1 miles along the river's edge. Saturday's 9:30AM ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the southwest corner of Calle Don Jose and the Santa Fe River Road. The $4.5-million project was paid for with funds provided by the state of New Mexico, plus city of Santa Fe bond funds that voters approved for the development of the city's urban trail system.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with a high near 75 degrees. Clouds will move in overnight with lows in the 50s. A 20% chance for thundershowers tomorrow and becoming windy with west winds to 30 miles per hour. Highs in the low 70s. Thundershowers still possible Wednesday night with a low near 40 degrees.
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