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First News: New downtown county courthouse is denied state funding for furnishings. (listen)
(2012-06-22)
(KSFR) - Officials of the Santa Fe County Court have failed in a second try to get state help in buying furnishings for the new facility downtown. The state board of finance has turned down a request for a loan of more than $800,000 to begin buying the needed items before the new courthouse opens. The development follows action by Gov. Susana Martinez where she vetoed a legislation appropriation for the expenses. The attorney general's office this week issued an opinion, saying it was the state's responsibility -- not the county's -- to pay for the costs.

Today may be the last day of hearings on New Mexico's hotly debated "pit rule" for oil and gas drillers. A state agency has been hearing testimony on whether the rule should be retained or overturned. The same agency during the Richardson administration approved the rule that requires waste water from drilling operations be deposited in pits lined with plastic, to prevent it seeping into the ground. But the new agency under Gov. Martinez has reopened the issue. There are nearly 100,000 of these pits in areas of the state where drilling takes place.

The national lab at Los Alamos is making more progress in trimming its workforce. They have eliminated more than 600 employees so far either through termination or voluntary separation. Now, another 80 jobs are set to be cut, all of them in the category they call contractors.

The New Mexico Racing Commission has voted unanimously to limit the use of drugs in the state's horse racing industry and to impose tougher penalties on those who don't follow its drug rules. The action follows an investigation by the New York Times that found widespread drug abuse of New Mexico race horses. The new rules set the lowest-allowable levels of pain suppressants that veterinarians say can lead to an injured horse being made to run without feeling pain.

Passing the US Senate last night was a resolution co-sponsored by New Mexico senior senator Jeff Bingaman celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that led to land-grant institutions such as New Mexico State University. An 1862 congressional act made each state eligible to receive 30,000 acres of federal land to fund educational institutions. That led to the 1889 establishment of the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the first degree awarding institution in our state's territorial days. The law remains a foundation for educating more than 5 million students annually and awarding nearly 1 million degrees. It also serves to support more than $37 billion in research every year.

Containment and mop up continues at the Romero fire in the Corrales Bosque just north of Albuquerque. The state's fourth declared fire disaster of the year covers nearly 360 acres with overall containment said to be 50%. The fire's advance was quickly halted on the Corrales side of the Rio Grande, with most of the burned acreage east of the river on Sandia Pueblo lands.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today and through the weekend with highs in the upper 80s. A 20% chance for isolated afternoon and evening showers today decreasing to 10% Saturday. Sunday is forecast to be dry.
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