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September 26, 2018
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First News: The investigation of the New Mexico Finance Authority is gathering steam. (listen)
(KSFR) - The investigation of the New Mexico Finance Authority is gathering steam. The agency is being audited by the state auditor and now the securities division has obtained a search warrant to seize financial records and other documents. The investigation is focused on an internal audit of the finance authority that is believed to have been falsified by a former employee. The state securities division is getting involved because the fake audit could be a violation of state securities laws.

Santa Fe's Public Utilities Committee has gone on record with unanimous support to stop fluoridation of the city's water supply. The matter is once again wending its way through city hall as a previous vote by full city council last month to stop the practice was rescinded. They'll reconsider at their August 28th meeting which will also field a public hearing. Fluoride is considered an asset in promoting good pediatric dental health. New federal guidelines recommend it at a level of 0.7 parts per million. Santa Fe water naturally contains between 0.2 and 0.4 parts per million.

Santa Feans who hike along a popular east side trail say they have been surprised to see signs warning of herbicides being applied to the area. Robert Wood at city hall says it's an effort to reduce the growth of stubborn weeds and trees that could help fuel a wildfire in the watershed. *** Wood says the herbicide being used is mildly toxic and shouldn't pose a significant threat. The area being treated is at the intersection of Upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road.

New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce was among a dozen Republican House members railing against Wednesday's start of new, women's wellness healthcare benefits under the national Affordable Care Act. Republican Pearce and his colleagues said the benefits are an attack on religious freedom as insurance companies are now directed to provide for contraceptive services. For those employers who hold religious convictions opposing contraception, however, such as Catholic Church- affiliated businesses, an Obama administration compromise instead orders their insurance companies to offer such coverage rather than the employer itself. Pearce said its not an issue of birth control but one of government control and vowed to stand beside Catholic opposition to the healthcare law....*****clip

Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico has introduced a bill that seeks to create a new procedure when the federal government looks for a site to dump waste nuclear material. The bill stems from a recommendation made earlier this year by a blue ribbon commission. It would call for the government to ask for the cooperation of states being reviewed as possible dump sites. The recommendation results from stiff opposition in Nevada to use of Yucca Mountain as the nation's primary waste dump

New Mexico's Spaceport America has announced it has chosen a site in Truth or Consequences for a Welcome Center. The just over 6 acre site is half a mile off Interstate 25 and was purchased from T or C for some $150,000. Altogether, six potential sites were submitted for consideration with one in Hatch losing out due to its lack of access roads and other infrastructure needs. However, Spaceport's board will continue to work with Hatch toward finding an alternative location for another Welcome Center.

Today marks the start of the annual Santa Fe County Fair, offering youth and adults an opportunity to enter their crafts, food and animals. The free event runs through Sunday and is located between the Rodeo Grounds and the Genoveva Chavez Community Center off Rodeo Road.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny for the next few days with high temperatures in the upper 80s. A 20% chance for afternoon and evening showers today slowly increasing to 40% over the weekend.
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