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September 20, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe County may seek water rights from Estancia. (listen)
(KSFR) - There's a report that Santa Fe County may be seeking water rights from the Estancia Basin. The Albuquerque Journal reports that Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya asked basin officials for information about opportunities for rights from the basin. The newspaper also says that Anaya also asked about which resources Santa Fe County has historically provided to the water basin committee. The city of Santa Fe reportedly tried to get Estancia water in the late 1990s, but Estancia residents worked to defeat the effort.

The state agency that manages Medicaid is beginning a series of public meetings today on a controversial plan to revamp the program that serves a half million low income residents. The Human Services Department has applied to the federal government to overhaul the state's $4 billion Medicaid program in a move contested by some hospitals. The state says the plan could serve more people while also cutting costs. But the state hospital association says one proposed change alone could cost Albuquerque's major hospital systems $48 million a year in lost revenue.

One of two fires that broke out Sunday in Santa Fe County has been extinguished--that's the West Arroyo Alamo Fire. We're still awaiting word on the other, the Rio Vista Run Fire, estimated to have burned some 5 acres as of last night. That one prompted evacuations within a 2 mile radius with crews said to have been able to stop further spread. Both fires erupted near La Puebla at the Rio Arriba County line and burned dense vegetation in the bosque there. The incidents caused some power disruptions.

Power has been restored for the more than 7,000 PNM customers in the East Mountains of Albuquerque that went without power Sunday when a transmission line failed. It caused a brief brush fire that was rapidly put out. PNM crews were able to restore service by late evening.

Traffic flow on Santa Fe's famed Canyon Road will be the topic of a brief public hearing at today's meeting of the Public Works Committee. A resolution sponsored by councilors Wurzburger and Ives would implement a one-year trial of one-way, eastbound traffic only on Canyon between Paseo de Peralta and Delgado Street. The matter goes before full city council next month.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny, dry and continued hot this week. Highs each day in the low 90s. A very slight chance for showers moves in by Wednesday evening and may persist into the weekend.
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