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September 22, 2018
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First News: Two men from the New Mexico Finance Authority have been charged with multiple counts of wrongdoing over a fake audit. (listen)
(KSFR) - Multiple criminal charges have been filed against two men in the faked audit scandal at the New Mexico Finance Authority. Greg Campbell, the former controller for NMFA, has been charged with eight counts of securities fraud, four counts of forgery and one count each of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering. John Duff, the current chief operating officer for NMFA, has been charged as an accessory on eight counts of securities fraud and racketeering. Both men were arrested Wednesday and later released on a $20,000 bond. The affair threatens to lower the state's bond rating.

A tie vote at Santa Fe City Hall Wednesday regarding water supplies to Las Campanas golf courses was broken by Mayor Coss giving assent to continuing deliveries in the short term. That will allow for using water drawn from well fields when raw river water cannot be supplied by the Buckman Direct Diversion Project. Such is currently the case as summer rains have caused enough ash debris in the Rio Grande to temporarily shut down river diversion. That saw Las Campanas make an emergency appeal to the city for assistance. The arrangement is in place for 30 days during which time there will be further discussion of the matter.

There is a challenge to the Secretary of State's mailing of 177,000 postcards to citizens listed on voters rolls requiring address confirmation by return mail. State Senator Linda M. Lopez, Chairman of the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee that is charged with oversight of state election laws, says that a warning included in the mailing will only serve to confuse voters and that there is no authorization under law for it. The address confirmation cards contain the statement that--quote-"You may be required to confirm your current address at the polls on Election Day if this card is not returned"--end quote. Senator Lopez fears that secretary of state Diana Duran's mailing nears the threshhold of subverting the voting process.

Meanwhile, under the National Voter Registration Act , the Secretary of State is required to mail a notice to voters whose election mail has been previously returned as "undeliverable." Recipients who then fail to return a confirmation card with their current address and who do not vote in any general election through 2014 will have their names stricken from voter rolls.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman have announced that New Mexico farmers will receive immediate relief from the historic drought conditions across the state. The USDA's National Resources Conservation Service will make more than $600,000 available for prescribed grazing, livestock watering facilities and water conservation practices. Currently, farmers and ranchers in all 33 of New Mexico's counties are eligible for federal assistance due to moderate to extreme drought conditions.

The La Bajada Rest Area located alongside northbound Interstate 25 just south of Santa Fe has been temporarily closed as equipment failure there has prompted immediate repairs. Electrical wiring and septic tank pumps must now be replaced. The department of transportation says the stop will have intermittent closures over the next several days.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today and Friday with highs near 90 degrees. Just a slight chance for afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms.
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