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September 19, 2018
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First News: President Obama holds a 5% lead over Mitt Romney in New Mexico. (listen)
(KSFR) - If the presidential election took place today in New Mexico, Pres. Barack Obama would beat Republican Mitt Romney by five percentage points. That's the indication coming out of a poll of likely voters conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. The poll of just under 700 people finds that Obama's victory would be pushed by the Hispanic vote. He gets support from 56 percent of that group in the poll. More Anglo voters would vote for Romney than for Obama.

In the U.S. Senate race, the poll shows that Democrat Martin Heinrich has a seven point lead over Republican Heather Wilson. Both are going for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

The poll indicates that Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham would take the congressional seat Heinrich is leaving, while Democrat Ben Ray Lujan would retain his seat in congress by a wide margin.

The board of the New Mexico Finance Authority is scheduled to meet today and could consider firing its chief executive officer. But the Journal North reports that Rick May is threatening a lawsuit if that happens. The finance authority is under fire in the wake of revelations that other top officials faked its most recent financial audit. May has been on administrative leave while an investigation of the issue is being conducted.

Improvements for the Santa Fe Municipal Airport top the agenda for today's meeting of the city's Public Works and Land Use Committee meeting. A $400,000 bid for a runway lighting project will be considered. The allocation is contingent upon a grant award from the Federal Aviation Administration. Construction of the runway itself also hinges on an FAA grant of $477,000 for which the committee will make a decision for application. They'll also clear the way for the mayor or -- in his absence-- the airport manager to accept the grants once formally offered in order to adhere to deadlines.

Opening Friday of this week is a new Santa Fe collection center for hazardous household waste. Located at the Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station, the 2,400-square foot facility will provide space for the handling and storage of residential waste that is toxic or corrosive such as drain cleaners, motor oil, and pesticides. The facility will be open year round on Fridays and Saturdays. Disposal fees run at $50 per ton based on 20-pound increments. At that rate, 20 lbs. or less carry a charge of 55 cents. More information can be found at

Superintendent of Santa Fe Schools, Joel Boyd, this week begins a series of nine community forums to gain feedback on how best to serve both Santa Fe students and schools. The 1st one is scheduled for tomorrow evening at Capshaw Middle School on W. Zia Road. Spanish interpretation will be provided and the district invites assistance requests for those with childcare concerns during the 6-to-8PM gathering.

Weather for Santa Fe - today and tomorrow will be the warmest of the workweek with highs both days in the upper 70s. Mostly sunny with a 20-to-30% chance for isolated, afternoon and evening showers. A better chance for precipitation arrives by Wednesday with a 50% chance for thunderstorms.
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