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August 20, 2018
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First News: Governor Martinez has filled a Supreme Court vacancy with a former high court justice. (listen)
(KSFR) - Governor Susana Martinez has filled a vacancy on New Mexico's Supreme Court with former court justice Paul Kennedy. The Albuquerque resident has been practicing law for over 30 years and has served as a public defender. He last served on the Supreme Court bench back in 2002. The court's vacancy was created when Justice Patricio Serna retired last week after some 16 years of service. His term runs through 2016 and a permanent replacement will be determined when New Mexicans vote for Supreme Court justices on the November general election ballot.

An effort to raise the minimum wage in Albuquerque may have hit a snag. City council was set to discuss a petition to raise the wage by a dollar to $8.50 an hour. But they discovered a typographical error that caused them to delay discussion. The author of the document must have accidentally substituted the word employer for employee, making the proposal sound like employers would be paid.

They're making pies today in Pie Town, New Mexico, and tomorrow thousands of visitors are expected to be there to buy them. The tiny town about 230 miles southwest of here is holding its 32nd annual pie festival tomorrow. Organizers say it's a community money maker. ***

The annual burning of Zozobra at Fort Marcy Park concluded later than usual as high winds kept Old Man Gloom from being torched until after 10PM. Fire officials on hand decided not to risk the chance that sparks and embers from Zozobra could ignite nearby dry scrub and trees. The event concluded at about 10:45, forcing Railrunner officials to delay their specially-scheduled last run out of Santa Fe until 11:30.

Today's recognition of the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe is a city holiday. No meetings are scheduled. The Genoveva Chavez Recreation Center will close its doors at 1:30. Meanwhile, Santa Fe County offices will shutter at 12 o'clock. At noon on the Plaza, state, city and county dignitaries will gather to officially kick off Fiesta weekend events. Fiestas de Santa Fe has been held annually since 1712 to celebrate the Reconquest of the city in 1692 by Spanish colonists after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today and Saturday with a 30% chance for afternoon and evening thundershowers both days. Highs today in the low-to-mid 80s cool to just the low 70s tomorrow as a cold front sweeps across the state. Mostly sunny Sunday with just a 10% chance for precipitation and highs in the upper 70s.
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