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September 25, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe City Councilor Chris Calvert is offering a new proposal regarding fluoride in Santa Fe's drinking water. (listen)
(KSFR) - The question of fluoride in Santa Fe water seems to have taken a new turn. City Councilor Chris Calvert says he plans to introduce a new proposal to be considered. He tells the Journal North that he'll withdraw the present proposal to eliminate the use of fluoride completely. Instead, he wants the state health department to help Santa Fe with an education outreach program as a way of preventing tooth decay. The issue has been hotly contested at city hall with dentists urging the city to maintain the minimum federal level of fluoride in city water and some citizens asking for it to be removed, saying it is harmful.

Gov. Martinez' administration is being criticized by a powerful committee of state lawmakers for not ensuring that New Mexico takes full advantage of the tax breaks and incentives it offers businesses. Meeting in Angel Fire this week, the Legislative Finance Committee is giving the state a month to respond to its questions. Among them, why hasn't New Mexico's economic development department delivered the number of new jobs it promises in return for the give-aways. New Mexico reportedly loses hundreds of millions of dollars a year by giving away the breaks and incentives.

Popular local gardening business, Santa Fe Greenhouses, is going on a seven month hiatus at the close of business Sunday. It's the first time in the concern's 25 year history that they'll shutter the doors for the off-season, sidelining about 30 employees. Today's New Mexican reports company president David Salman as saying the decision was made due to drought and a down economy along with competition from large national chains like Home Depot and WalMart. The Rufina Street business expects to re-open in March.

It appears that citizens of Albuquerque have rounded up the needed number of signatures on a petition to raise the Duke City's minimum wage. They want to see a raise to $8.50 an hour versus the current $7.50. Upon certification of the petition's signatures, it'll be presented to city councilors who will have two weeks to act on the matter. Failure to act or outright rejection will trigger an election within 90 days.

The Mars Curiosity rover's ChemCam team, including scientists from New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory, have fired hundreds more laser shots on the Red Planet that have produced strong, clear data about the composition of the Martian surface. Los Alamos planetary scientist Roger Wiens says the instrument is performing well and producing results on Mars as good as anything observed in the equipment's use here on Earth.

The New Mexico Film Office has announced another feature film is about to shoot in various communities around the state. It's called "50 to 1" and it's the true account of New Mexico racehorse Mine That Bird and his 2009 Kentucky Derby win. The title refers to the odds of the horse taking that race. Principal photography starts next month in locations including Las Cruces, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, employing at least 100 New Mexico film workers. Producing and directing is Jim Wilson who shot the Kevin Costner film "Swing Vote" here in New Mexico some years back.

Weather for Santa Fe - the forecast for today and through the weekend calls for high temperatures from the upper 70s to the low 80s. Partly cloudy skies at times with a 30% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers.
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