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September 20, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe to stop adding fluoride to water supply. (listen)
(KSFR) - On a 6/1 vote, Santa Fe City Council has decided to stop the practice of adding fluoride to the city's water supply, noting that the naturally occurring amount of the substance is close enough to new federal recommendations. Those suggested that fluoride be at 0.7 parts per million. The local water supply ranges between 0.2 and 0.5. Councilor Chris calvert gave an argument for discontinuing the practice .**** Santa Fe has been practicing fluoridation since 1955. Fluoride has been widely accepted as an aid to better pediatric dental health.

We'll know later this morning who will take on the presidency of Santa Fe Community College. The college's board will announce who will succeed current President Sheila Ortego, who is retiring. Three finalists have been vying for the job. Theyare Dr. Ana Guzman from San Antonio, Dr. Margie Huerta of Las Cruces, and Dr. Leslie Navarro of Chicago.

A federal oversight board says the Los Alamos national lab could leak more radiation than has been estimated if a major fire or earthquake hits vulnerable locations at the facility. They say the leakage could be as much as four times greater than the lab has estimated. Most vulnerable is the area where work with plutonium has been underway since the 1970s. The oversight board has issued several reports on possible dangers over the past four years.

Home sales have been on the upswing in Albuquerque. The Realtors association there says the number of homes sold in June increased 4 percent in June compared with the year before. Sales of existing homes showed the greatest growth, rising 12 percent. They say the reasons appear to be historically low mortgage rates as well as lower asking prices.

Responding to recent reports of pet dogs being approached or attacked by coyotes while hiking, the Santa Fe National Forest has issued an advisory statement on avoiding potential wildlife encounters. They remind folks that a county ordinance requires pets to be leashed and under an owner's control unless otherwise posted. They note that while coyotes will usually seek to avoid human confrontation, free-roaming dogs may not be so fortunate. Recent wildfires and drought are thought to be responsible for coyotes more aggressive behavior as the animals are under stress. On Tuesday, a Santa Fe couple saw their unleashed dog attacked while hiking along a service road at the Ski basin. The dog was not seriously injured.

What was once one of New Mexico's more notable technological wonders has had a change of fortunes. The multi-million dollar Encanto supercomputer, at one time the world's third fastest now ranks at 128th place. Today's Albuquerque Journal says it's about to undergo a long-promised reposession by the Martinez administration while also facing eviction from its home at Rio Rancho's Intel Corp. The governor's office says that the non-profit established to operate Encanto can't meet the financial responsibility of maintenance.

Weather for Santa Fe - Mostly sunny for the next few days with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. There's a 20-to-30% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers through Saturday.
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