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August 17, 2018
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First News: A Santa Fe man and the La Fonda hotel are at odds over renovation plans. (listen)
(KSFR) - A Santa Fe man and the La Fonda hotel are at odds over the remodeling work the historic hotel plans to do. As a result, the hotel is suing Michael Moquin to keep him off the property. Moquin says plans to remodel the hotel will replace rather than preserve historic design features constructed in the 1920s. The city's historic review board has given the hotel the green light to proceed. Moquin told KSFR News he testified about his concerns before the historic review board.

A progressive New Mexico group claims that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will unveil plans in Hobbs this morning to end incentives for New Mexico's alternative energy industry. The group Progress Now says they obtained a policy paper that contains Romney's blueprint. They say he will also announce plans to encourage oil and gas drilling in national parks and other public lands with states getting the power to override any federal regulations that would prevent such activity.

The former Santa Fe attorney convicted of a deadly hit and run is on his way to Los Angeles. Carlos Fierro was released from prison yesterday and ordered to report to a probation officer in California. Fierro was approved for early parole but must serve out the remaining four years of his seven-year sentence on probation. He was found guilty in the hit and run death of William Tenorio four years ago.

A new report shows that New Mexico is still near the bottom of the list of states when it comes to how well students did on the national ACT college entrance exam. Only Mississippi did worse. Massachusetts students tested best overall.

Santa Fean Scott Owens, acquitted of drunken driving in a 2009 car crash that killed four local teenagers, has pleaded guilty to DWI stemming from a March traffic stop. Before final sentencing is pronounced, Judge Ann Yalman will have to decide whether Owen's offense will be treated as his 1st or 2nd such infraction. That decision will depend on review of a 2001 DWI incident and not the fatal car crash of 3 years ago. At minimum, Owens will serve one year of supervised probation and perform community service while being enrolled in an alcohol & drug court rehabilitation program. If found to be a 2nd conviction, he faces additional fines and possible jail time.

A public hearing takes place this evening in Santa Fe on Department of Energy plans to bring 13 metric tons of "surplus plutonium" from around the US to New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL is currently converting 2 metric tons of the surplus to plutonium oxide for use as fuel for nuclear reactors. The hearing will focus on the plan's Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and begins at 5:30 at the Marriott Courtyard on Cerrillos Road.

Weather for Santa Fe - heavy rainfall will be possible in and around the Santa Fe area later today as a strong low pressure trough moves across New Mexico. Todd Shoemake with the National Weather Service tells us more .****clip Becoming mostly cloudy later with highs in the mid 70s. Precipitation probabilities are pegged at 60%, rising to 70% this evening. Partly sunny tomorrow with just a 30% chance of showers.
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