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September 19, 2018
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AG opinion sought on Santa Fe courthouse (Listen)
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A state representative from Santa Fe is asking the state attorney general for an opinion on who should pay for furnishing the new Santa Fe court house. Rep. Brian Egolf says he believes the state is legally required to pay for the furnishings and equipment. But the governor says it's the responsibility of the county. She vetoed an appropriation to do the job. While the issue is worked out, county officials are asking for an emergency loan of more than a million dollars from the state Board of Finance.

New Mexico's Republican Party is crying foul over a campaign mounted by a liberal PAC against Gov. Susana Martinez. They have filed a complaint with federal authorities, claiming that the PAC violated the law by spending nearly $130,000 on ads critical of the governor. But the head of the PAC says federal courts have ruled that independent groups like his are exempt from caps on political spending.

Santa Fe police now say they believe a pet pit bull was responsible for killing a man at his home earlier this week. And they've identified the victim as 74-year-old Cliff Wright who lived on the northeast side. The authorities say the grizzly injuries indicate there was no other reason for Wright's death. A final medical examiner's report is not yet out.

The first of six public forums is set for Monday for the public to hear from the candidates being considered to head up the Santa Fe Community College. Dr. Eugene Duran is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon at 2 in the college's Jemez Room. Duran is now president of Oxnard College in California.

State Game and Fish officials say that some 6,000 bears live in New Mexico, and they're beginning to come out from winter hibernation. On their minds is one thing - food. They're asking homeowners to make sure that trash cans with food inside are securely locked inside a shed or garage. They say that keeps people safe and it also helps bears. That's because bears caught in residential areas have to be tranquilized and then taken away. Often, that's far from where they normally live.

A heads up for people driving to Santa Fe on the interstate. Today is the second day that the northbound I-25 exit ramp at St. Francis Drive is closed for repairs. Drivers should prepare to enter Santa Fe at the 599 exit, the Cerrillos Road exit or the one at Old Pecos Trail.

Weather: Sunny, dry and warm today and in the days ahead. Highs in the 70s.
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