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First News: Governor Martinez heads to LANL today, the 1st anniversary of the devastating Las Conchas Fire. (listen)
(2012-06-26)
(KSFR) - Governor Susana Martinez appears at the Los Alamos National Lab today to mark the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire. That 156,000 acre blaze was the largest ever in our state until this year's near 300,000 acre Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire. While at Los Alamos, the governor will also note the 1,000th shipment of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. When last year's fire threatened Lab property, there was concern about the 20,000 or more barrels of radioactive waste stored above ground there. That prompted the governor to work with the US Dept. of Energy in agreeing to have all such waste removed from the Lab's grounds by 2014.

New Mexico is taking first steps in adopting a provision of the nation's Affordable Care Act just a day before the Supreme Court rules on the issue. A newly-formed New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Task Force will meet for the first time tomorrow in Santa Fe. The exchange will help individuals and small businesses purchase health insurance. The state exchange is backed by some $34 million provided to Medicare and Medicaid to enroll qualified individuals between October of next year and the start of 2014. Of New Mexico's population of two million, almost half are either on Medicaid or uninsured.

The Santa Fe school board is interviewing two finalists for the job of superintendent of schools and say they hope to make a decision within days. They are Joel Boyd from Philadelphia and Michael McKie of Sugar Land, Texas. In the meantime, they have put an interim superintendent in place. He's Tom Sullivan who was superintendent of Farmington schools in the 1990s.

A stretch of Santa Fe's famed Canyon Road will remain a two-way thoroughfare for the time being after a contentious public hearing at the city's Public Works Committee. Action on a resolution that would make for one-way, eastbound-only traffic from Paseo de Peralta to Delgado Street has been put on hold while city staff reviews other options for public safety. Numerous area residents appeared at the hearing, saying the one-way plan would force more traffic onto adjacent neighborhood streets.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, hot and dry today and Wednesday with highs in the low 90s. A very slight chance for showers arrives for tomorrow evening and Thursday.
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