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August 18, 2018
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City Council: Surveillance cameras, water for golf courses, revisiting fluoride (Listen)
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Santa Feans will be looking at more surveillance cameras before long, and the cameras will be looking at them as well as at would-be thieves. City Council has agreed to go ahead with getting cost estimates on a plan to install security cameras at 19 more locations. They include parking facilities, several city parks and a number of trail heads where car break-ins have taken place. The cost of adding the 38 cameras could be about $400,000. Council rejected an option that would have placed some 180 cameras at more locations at a cost in excess of $1 million.

City council has set late-August as the date for another vote on the question of fluoride in the city's drinking water supply. They voted to rescind their most recent decision to eliminate the additive completely because the vote was not legal. That particular question was not part of the proposal being discussed two weeks ago. At issue then was whether to adopt new federal standards for fluoride. But instead of voting on that issue at that particular meeting, they agreed nearly unanimously to stop adding fluoride completely.

In other action, the governing body approved an emergency request from the luxury Las Campanas development to provide city well water for that community's golf courses. The emergency issue came up because Las Campanas had been using Rio Grande water for irrigation until the Buckman project stopped pumping because of sediment in the river. City councilors including Chris Calvert said they were in a tough spot because of a complex water agreement among the city, the county and Las Campanas. *** The city has been relying on well water during that period and the lack of flow from the Rio Grande had dried out the Las Campanas golf courses.

New Mexico's two U.S. Senators say they both voted yes on a proposal to extend federal tax cuts for lower and middle income wage earners and to eliminate the cuts for people making more than $200,000 a year. They say 98 percent of New Mexico families would benefit. The issue goes next to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives where it is expected to fail.

The case of drug-cartel money laundering at New Mexico's Ruidoso Downs racetrack is set to go to trial in October. The case will be heard in Austin where eight members of the powerful Zetas drug cartel will face a federal and jury. The men are accused of buying and training racehorses to launder drug profits.

Weather: Mid 80s for highs and a 40 percent chance for rain once again. The airport weather station reports 4/100ths of an inch of rain yesterday.

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