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September 21, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe County is discussing plans to obtain water from the Rio Grande even when the Buckman Direct Diversion is not operating. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe city council is considering whether to ask voters to decide the question of eliminating fluoride in the city's water supply. The issue could come up for a vote in 2014. That's the same time that the city of Portland, Oregon, will begin adding fluoride for the first time. Stuart Oishi is with Portland city government. He says they are the last major city to use the substance for dental health. *** Oishi says Portland has only trace amounts of naturally occurring fluoride in its water. In Santa Fe, natural fluoride approaches levels considered beneficial for dental health.

A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal shows that 53% of respondents favor the Medicaid expansion offered by the nation's Affordable Care Act. 33% of the 400 or so people canvassed oppose the expansion with 11% undecided. Up to 170,000 additional New Mexicans would receive Medicaid should the state opt to participate. 100% of costs will be fully covered by the federal government for 3 years beginning in 2014, decreasing to 90% in years thereafter. This summer, the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to opt out of the expansion.

Meanwhile, today's New Mexican reports that Governor Martinez has had the state's Human Services Department send a letter of inquiry to federal health officials, seeking answers to questions about our state's possible participation. Among them, would New Mexico have to enroll all those newly eligible for Medicaid at the same time? Also, if the federal government provides a lesser amount of matching funds, can the state adjust the eligibility requirements? Martinez has asked for a timely response though there is no deadline for a final decision.

Ricotta cheese tainted with listeria is thought to be behind three deaths in other parts of the country. The imported cheese was sold to retailers and restaurants in New Mexico and a number of other states between June and August. It has been recalled by the distributor.

Santa Fe County is inviting folks to attend today's grand opening "wet down" ceremony for the new Rancho Viejo Fire Station, located at 37 Rancho Viejo Blvd. The 4PM event will see firefighters anoint the new 14,000 square foot facility with water from a fire truck. The new station is the second Regional Headquarters Fire Stations built by Santa Fe County with plans to break ground a third one in Edgewood in November.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny skies are set for today and the weekend. Highs today near 70 degrees with overnight lows in the low 40s. Warmer tomorrow, highs in the mid 70s and near 80 degrees on Sunday.
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