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First News: Santa Fe's annexation of some 10,000 acres with more than 10,000 residents could see Phase 2 completion by July 2013. (listen)
(2012-07-20)
(KSFR) - Officials of both Santa Fe City and County have made a tentative agreement to complete Phase 2 annexation plans by July 2013. That would bring some 10,000 acres currently adjacent to Santa Fe's southwestern limits into the city. The area is home to more than 10,000 residents and annexation plans were first laid out back in 2008. A number of challenges arose which prevented Phase 2 plans from reaching their end-of-2011 deadline. The final 3rd phase could see completion by 2016. At a joint meeting Thursday evening, officials wrangled with questions of shared police and fire operations, road maintenance and utilities.

The Santa Fe police department is one of only two law enforcement agencies in the state found to be in full compliance with laws prohibiting racial profiling. That's according to a study of more than 90 agencies statewide released by the immigrant rights group Somos un Pueblo Unido. The study found that half of law enforcement agencies have a written policy on biased-based policing, but less than a quarter offer clear definitions of types of people protected by law. Attorney General Gary King says he is going to make sure all law enforcement agencies understand their responsibilities. ***

The Public Regulation Commission has ordered PNM to explain by next week why some 3,000 Santa Fe customers were overcharged on their electric bills. PNM has said the error was the result of faulty, estimated meter readings. The company has already promised to reimburse the customers. But the PRC has set next Thursday as the deadline for PNM to come up with more information on the error.

New Mexico's Department of Transportation says it plans to take away its bond portfolio from the state finance authority and manage it on their own. They say the allegations of fraud in the finance authority forced the action. The transportation department's portfolio has nearly $2 billion in debt. The Albuquerque Journal reports the switchover could save the transportation department money because they pay a fee to the finance authority for each transaction.

Around New Mexico, while sheriffs are elected at the polls, police chiefs are usually appointed. An Albuquerque city councilor would like to change that. KOAT television reports that the councilor is proposing a charter amendment to allow voters to elect their police chief. He says any number of communities around the country already do this.

The county sheriff's department has been interviewing a young woman in connection with the discovery of a dead newborn baby in Eldorado. They believe she may be the child's mother. The baby's remains were found by a local resident who was walking his dogs near his home.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny, warm and dry today with highs in the upper 80s. Saturday and Sunday both bring a 20% chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms, highs again in the upper 80s. The weekend pattern is expected to persist well into next week.
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