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September 18, 2018
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First News: Thousands of New mexico skywatchers witness annular eclipse. (listen)
(KSFR) - Several western states were treated to the sight of an annular eclipse Sunday, the first visible in the US in eighteen years. Santa Fe was in the path of annularity with Albuquerque nearly dead center in the 185 mile swath of the moon's shadow. Thousands gathered at both Ballooon Fiesta Park and the Duke City's National Museum of Nuclear Science and History to observe the event at its maximum shortly after 7:30PM.

A Mexican national, Jaime Sanchez-Ramos, has been arraigned on federal bank robbery charges in connection to the hold-up of four banks in Santa Fe this year. He was arrested back in April following the robbery of a US Bank branch on Cerrillos Road. The cases were investigated by both the FBI and the Santa Fe Police Department and is being prosecuted by an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Mexico. The string of robberies began back in January and continued each month until the man's April detainment by law enforcement. Sanchez-Ramos entered a plea of "not guilty" at his arraignment. Conviction on each of the four offenses carry 20 years prison time and a $250,000 fine.

The cost of student health insurance for University of New Mexico may rise by up to 30% next year as mandated provisions of the Affordable Care Act has insurers raising rates. Sunday's Albuquerque Journal noted that one of the reasons for the hike is the fact that insurance providers must expand coverage under the nation's new healthcare law. In 2013, they're obligated to provide at least $100,000 in costs, moving to $500,000 in 2014 and no limit in 2015 and beyond. Some 2,000 UNM students are currently covered by the school's insurance program carrying an average current cost of $1400 a year. Just how much prices may rise won't be known until UNM selects a vendor but other institutions nationwide have seen student insurance costs rise between 20-and-30%.

Coming up tonight is that public notification meeting regarding Telecom provider AT&T's request to erect a new 64-foot tall antenna pole in Santa Fe to improve communication services. The proposed location is near St. Francis Drive and Alameda Street. The area is zoned C-2, which permits such poles up to 100 feet in height. The property also falls, however, within a historic district and thus requires approval by the city's Historic Design Review Board. Tonight's meeting is at 5:30 at Warehouse 21 in the Railyard.

At today's meeting of Santa Fe's Finance Committee, there'll be more discussion of a resolution that would provide a $350 per month incentive for commissioned police personnel who reside within 15 miles of Santa Fe city limits. The measure also sets a mileage distance of the same 15 miles for personnel being allowed to take the force's vehicles home with them. The matter will find itself before full city council on May 30th.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports progress on the rehabilitation of the Taos Gorge Bridge. This week, the bridge on US 64 will be closed nights in both directions from 10:30PM to 7AM for additional work. Daytime traffic is limited to two-lane traffic with reduced speeds. Work is expected to be complete sometime in June.

Weather for Santa Fe - a largely warm, dry and windy week in store with temperatures today through Wednesday from the low-to-mid 80s. There's a slight chance today for afternoon and evening thundershowers. Cooler temperatures back in the mid 70s return late week.
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