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First News: Santa Fe City Council will seek to recover lodger's taxes. (listen)
(2012-05-09)
(KSFR) - Among agenda items when city council meets tonight is a resolution to develop a plan to recover unpaid lodger's taxes from local hotels. It would give staff a three-month deadline to determine how best to collect unpaid balances as they arise. Hotels owe the city 7 percent of rental income. That amounts to about $8 million a year. They'll also discuss other unpaid debts, including outstanding payments for utility bills and fines levied by the city.

Council members will also discuss a resolution asking the Obama administration NOT to bomb Iran. Peace groups helped draft the measure. They say they hope to end the saber-rattling because there is no evidence Iran has tried to develop a nuclear weapon.

The authorities have put down the pet dog suspected of killing its owner in Santa Fe last week. The son of 74-year-old Clifford Wright gave his permission to have the pit bull euthanized. The dog was found near Wright's badly mauled body when the son returned home and called police. Detectives say they have no reason for the mauling death other than the dog.

Gov. Susana Martinez and a group of investors have announced that Hobbs in Lea County will be the site of a new $1 billion scientific ghost town where researchers will be able to test everything from renewable energy innovations to intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks. Called CITE as in the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation and to be built by Washington-based Pegasus Global Holdings, the project is expected to create at least 350 direct jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs. The project will be financed entirely by private-sector investment.

It will be batter-up tonight at Fort Marcy Park when Santa Fe's new baseball team takes to the field. The Santa Fe Fuegos are part of the start-up Pecos League. Team Manager Bill Moore told KSFR News why he enjoys the game so much. *** The season opener is tonight at 7 at Fort Marcy Park.

Eleven public schools in Santa Fe are among 50 statewide participating today in the inaugural National Bike to School Day. The initiative is a nationwide bike-focused celebration to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling & walking while also promoting greater physical activity among children. The program is being supported the state departments of Health, Transportation and Public Education.

New Mexico is about to embark on a long-range study of the state's film incentives to assess their impacts on tourism, finances and jobs. Today's Albuquerque Journal reports that Governor Susana Martinez is about to make overtures to companies that will assist in doing the research. The study was approved by the state legislature back in 2011 though no allocation for its financing was made at the time. Two previous studies in recent years arrived at greatly differing conclusions over the financial benefits the state receives from offering rebates and credits to the entertainment industry. The program is currently capped at $50 million annually.

Weather for Santa Fe - there's a 30% chance for scattered thundershowers today under partly cloudy skies. Highs in the upper 60s. Mostly sunny Thursday with just a 20% chance for light precipitation with highs in the low 70s. A slightly better chance for showers arrives Friday.
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