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September 20, 2018
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Telephone, email down at Santa Fe County offices (Listen)
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10 a.m. -- Santa Fe County is reporting that its telephone and email communications are not operating. As a result, they have canceled all meetings scheduled for today. The director of emergency communications tells KSFR the problem seems to be in switching equipment for county phone numbers beginning with 986 and 992. He says the emergency 911 line is operating as usual.

The state attorney general's office says local governments like Santa Fe cannot keep drafts and other documents secret just because they are not in a final form of completion. The decision settles a dispute between the New Mexican and city hall over the newspaper's questions about several city issues. At the time the newspaper made the public records request, city officials said they could not release the documents because they were still unfinished and in draft form. The city attorney now says the attorney general's opinion clarifies that virtually every document at city hall should be open for public inspection.

Gov. Susana Martinez is obeying a judge's ruling to remove the names and salaries of hourly workers from the state's Sunshine Portal, but she's re-posting the same information on another state website. The judge had agreed with a complaint by the state employees union that the information posted about hourly workers was not part of the state law authorizing the Sunshine Portal. The governor's office says the judge's decision about that particular website does not mean the names and salaries cannot be posted elsewhere.

Santa Fe's Historic Districts Review Board has greenlighted La Fonda Hotel's renovation plan. The Journal Santa Fe reports that the decision allows La Fonda to proceed with exterior remodeling that includes a Water Street entrance, a makeover for the hotel's bell tower and stucco & woodwork changes. Interior-wise, the renovation will see a redo of almost all of the hotel's 180-or-so rooms in a project expected to last for eight months beginning in January. The hotel has previously said it expects to remain fully operational throughout the work period.

A prison inmate work crew that included Carlos Fierro, the former Santa Fe attorney serving time for vehicular homicide, came to the aid of a stricken truck driver along Interstate 10. The inmates approached the vehicle after it left the roadway and the driver was observed to be having heart trouble. Fierro administered CPR until medical assistance arrived. He's completing the final days of his incarceration at the Southern New Mexico Correctional facility in Las Cruces and is scheduled for release next week.

Tomorrow brings a field hearing in Santa Fe by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the topic of climate change and its ramifications for the inter-mountain West, The event will be hosted at Santa Fe Community College at 10AM and will feature a witness panel comprising the governor Santa Clara Pueblo, ecological and environmental researchers from Los Alamos and the deputy director of the Western regional Climate Center. Topics of discussion will include wildfire frequency and drought among others.

Dr. Michael Landen has been named the state's new epidemiologist. In that capacity, he'll direct the New Mexico Department of Health's Epidemiology and Response Division, which tracks infectious diseases, health conditions related to the environment, and responds to public health emergencies. Landen replaces Dr. Mack Sewell alongside whom he served as deputy epidemiologist since 2004. Sewell took a new job in Wyoming back in June. Dr. Landen has worked for the state health department since 1997.

The Santa Fe youth that shot and killed another teen two years ago at the Santa Fe Place Mall parking lot will be held by juvenile authorities until the age of 21. Prosecutors had wanted to charge Michael Trujillo as an adult for the crime committed when he was 16. Trujillo shot 18 year old Chris Aguayo over his friendship with Trujillo's girlfriend. Had the court sentenced him as an adult, he faced upwards of 16 years in prison. As a youthful offender, however, he'll instead spend the next three years at the Camino Nuevo Youth Center in Albuquerque.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with highs in the mid 80s and a 40% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers. Both Friday and Saturday see a 50% chance for some rain under partly cloudy skies.
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