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August 19, 2018
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First News: City officials reconsider bonus incentives for police. (listen)
(KSFR) - City councilors have changed their minds about incentives for police officers to live in the city. They say the proposal is causing dissention among firefighters who were not considered for the same benefit. The proposal had called for a $350 month bonus for police officers who live within 15 miles of city limits. According to today's New Mexican, nearly 40 percent of the city's police force live farther away.

A senior official with the state health department says she may have been forced out of her job because she made comments on television about teens using condoms. Dr. Erin Bouquin appeared on KOAT television last week talking about teen reproductive health. She says superiors told her almost immediately she was not meeting the governor's expectations and should resign. The governor's office says the health department is simply reorganizing its operations.

More than 50 Santa Feans showed up at an early notification meeting to express their disapproval of AT&T's desire to put up a new 64 foot antenna pole at St. Francis and Alameda Street. Some of the citizens' objections focused on negative health effects they believe such communication towers cause. They were told by a Santa Fe city planner that questions of health impacts fall outside municipal regulation. AT&T's chosen site is zoned for towers up to 100 feet in height. The area is also part of a historic district and will require approval by the Historic Design Review Board.

Former Santa Fe attorney Carlos Fierro, serving time for a 2008 vehicular homicide, has been granted parole says today's Journal Santa Fe. Attorney Ray Twohig says the timing and circumstances for Fierro's release remain uncertain but that his client hopes to be paroled to California. Fierro, serving a seven-year sentence, was to have been eligible for parole in April. But the Corrections Department said he was subject to losing some "good time" credits for improperly contacting news media to talk about his case, thereby possibly extending his incarceration into September. Fierro's attorney says officials have been heavy-handed in the matter and he will litigate his client's sentence-reducing credits if need be.

The New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau is proposing changes to the state's water quality standards for the Santa Fe River and Nichols and McClure reservoirs, all part of the city's water supply systems. Nichols and McClure are currently classified as streams and that would be changed to official reservoir status for public water supply. Another change would create a new segment for the river from Nichols reservoir to San Isidro crossing, which will support the Santa Fe's recently-adopted Target Flow or "Living River" Ordinance. The Surface Water Quality Bureau is holding two public meetings on the proposed changes. The first comes up this week at 5:30 Wednesday at the La Cienega Community Center.

Santa Fe is among the New Mexico school districts planning to serve free lunches and breakfasts for kids again this summer. A federal report ranks New Mexico 13th when it comes to food insecurity with one in five children unsure where their next meal will come from.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny and very warm the next few days with highs near 85 degrees. West winds will be brisk later today to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts. There's a Red Flag Warning in effect for Wednesday as winds further strengthen to 35 miles per hour and gusts to 50. Periods of blowing dust are expected throughout the afternoon and evening hours.
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