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July 22, 2018
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First News: SF doctor charged with soliciting prostitute in Albuquerque. (listen)
(KSFR) - A prominent Santa Fe physician has been arrested by Albuquerque police after he was caught with a prostitute and what police believe is cocaine. Dr. Richard Lieberman is known for his service as an emergency physician at St. Vincent Hospital where he ran the ER and also served as the hospital's medical chief of staff. He's the founder and medical director of Urgent Care in Santa Fe and the Medical Director for the Santa Fe Ski Patrol. Liberman has been charged with patronizing a prostitute and could face drug charges after official test results come back from the lab.

Half a dozen environmental groups are calling on Gov. Martinez and PNM to discuss a new approach to reducing pollution from the San Juan Generating Station. They say it would cost less, reduce more pollution than the EPA requires, and spur the transition to clean energy as a replacement for the Coal burning plant. Nellis Kennedy Howard of the Sierra Club's beyond Coal Campaign explains what their ultimate goal is ***.

A 26-year-old Santa Fe man on law enforcement's list of the top 100 local criminal offenders has died after a shooting at Monica Lucero Park. The circumstances surrounding Wednesday's late night shooting of Juan Soto are unknown at this time. A second man suffered injury in the incident and was treated with police saying he is not considered a suspect but rather another victim. The shooting was discovered as a gravely injured Soto slumped at the front door of a Bellamah Drive residence seeking assistance. The homeowner summoned emergency aid but Soto later died from his chest wound at St. Vincent Hospital. Soto had a long rap sheet for burglary and drug possession going back to 2006.

A team of some 20 firefighters from New Mexico has been sent to help with wildfires now burning in Arizona. They come from several municipal fire departments and state forestry units. They are assigned to the Gladiator and Sunflower wildfires that have burned more than 18,000 acres north of Phoenix. New Mexico itself was hit hard by wildfires last year, with more than a million acres of state and private lands burned.

Republicans on the Senate Energy Committee are pushing back against a clean energy bill introduced by New Mexico's Sen. Jeff Bingaman. He says his bill would modernize the country's power sector and help it move to generating electricity with cleaner energy. But political opponents said in a committee hearing they believe the job market is still too shaky to change procedures and that the new approach could lead to higher prices several years out.

The grand finale to this past week's celebration of cycling is a Bike-to-Work Day Gala at the Railyard at 4pm. Among hosts are Mayor David Coss and City Councilor Patti Bushee. Sunday brings more serious riding the 27th annual Santa Fe Century kicks off at 7:00 am with rides up to 100 miles leaving from the parking lot of Christus St. Vincent.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today through Sunday with highs in the upper 70s.
Skies will be hazy today as high altitude smoke from wildfires in Arizona and southern New Mexico are steered over north central portions of our state today by winds. A slight chance for precipitation moves in Sunday evening and persists into the first part of next week.
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