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August 18, 2018
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Emergency water for Las Vegas, N.M., from Santa Fe (Listen)
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Santa Fe city council has approved a plan to sell tens of thousands of gallons of water to the city of Las Vegas in case of an emergency. Both the city and San Miguel County are fighting off the effects of the continuing drought and a deteriorating reservoir. The agreement calls for Santa Fe to supply a maximum of 40,000 gallons of water a month if it's needed.

Councilors are also taking another look at the question of fluoride in city water. Councilor Chris Calvert has proposed allowing fluoride to be used for the next three years while the city works with the state health department on a dental-health education program. A formal resolution is expected at a future council meeting.

A proposal before the county commission would see staff members work up a plan for the old Santa Fe Canyon Ranch near La Cienega. The county bought it several years ago from a developer for $7 million. But so far, no plan has been created for the 470-acre ranch.

First a vacancy at the state supreme court. Now, there's a vacancy at the county courthouse. District Judge Michael Vigil says he plans to retire at the end of September. He's been on the Santa Fe bench for the past 18 years. The dean of the UNM law school is chair of a committee seeking applicants for the job.

New Mexico's local banks are having good year. Profits are up substantially over last year. The New Mexico Business Weekly reports that the state's 49 community banks earned a total of $70 million in the first six months of 2012. That a nearly 50 percent increase over last year. But deposits and assets have barely budged over the past year.

Weather: The picture for the Santa Fe region remains unchanged. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

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