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September 22, 2018
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Dem Coss cries foul over Republican support of Dem Trujillo (Listen)
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A Republican political action committee is sponsoring a campaign on behalf of several Democratic candidates for the legislature. The campaign is against other Democratic candidates and some of them are filing ethics complaints over the tactic. Among them is Santa Fe Mayor David Coss. He's a candidate for the legislative seat held by Ben Lujan. Coss says the Republican PAC is supporting his opponent, Democratic newcomer Carl Trujillo. Jack Sullivan of Santa Fe County says the Republican PAC unfairly supports his rival, fellow Democrat and incumbent Phil Griego.

Two items of interest come up at today's meeting of the city's Finance Committee. One is a resolution to endorse efforts to maintain Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger service through Lamy. The future of operations has come into question as the Martinez administration seeks to back away from a Richardson-era agreement to purchase and maintain the 200 miles of track in New Mexico between Lamy and the Kansas border.

The other is an amendment to city code related to adding fluoride to the city's water supply. New federal guidelines are forthcoming expected to lower just how many parts per million should be in water for aiding dental health. The issue will see a public discussion at a mid-July city council meeting.

The downstate Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire now exceeds 241,000 acres with containment at 18%. Some 1200 personnel remain on scene. The Catron County Sheriff's Office has lifted its evacuation order for the community of Mogollon. It will be open to residents and business owners today and re-open to the public on Wednesday. Closer to home, meanwhile, lightning sparked three separate small fires in the Santa Fe National Forest on Sunday. Two of the three were near Pecos and the other near Jemez Springs. Firefighters were said to be working through the overnight hours.

Weather for Santa Fe -- partly sunny today with a high near 85 and a 20% chance for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Precipitation probability increases to 40% tonight. Tuesday brings a 20% chance for showers with a high near 80.

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