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August 17, 2018
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First News: Yet another change in plans for the issue of fluoridation of Santa Fe's drinking water. (listen)
(KSFR) - There's another change in direction on the question of fluoride in Santa Fe's drinking water. City councilors meeting last night decided not to put the issue on a general election ballot, after all. And they have postponed a public hearing on the question that was originally set for the end of October. They are proposing now to consider the idea of allowing fluoride to be added to the water for a period of at least three years. During that period, they hope to develop a community-wide education program on oral hygiene.

Schools superintendent Joel Boyd has outlined what he calls an ambitious but realistic plan to evaluate the principals of the city's schools. He wants to hold them accountable for how well teachers and students are performing. The New Mexican says that Boyd's plan includes measuring principals on student achievement, community satisfaction, school operations and instructional leadership.

New Mexico's number two security official regularly carries a concealed weapon, but now she knows to double-check that she doesn't have it with her at the Albuquerque airport. According to KOB television, Anita Tallarico was caught with a loaded weapon in the airport security line. She told the authorities she forgot it was in her purse. She wasn't arrested but the gun was confiscated. A hearing is planned to determine whether charges will be filed.

A Santa Fe man long known as an opponent of wifi communications as he claimed to suffer adverse medical effects from electromagnetic fields has seen his lawsuit dismissed. Arthur Firstenberg's $1 million lawsuit against a neighbor's cellphone and computer use was ruled invalid by state district court judge Sarah Singleton. She said Firstenberg's claim was not supported by scientific study. While the case was in progress, it was proposed that Firstenberg take part in some tests to evaluate the validity of his claims but the plaintiff did not comply. He now has until October 1st to file an objection to the jude's ruling.

In the aftermath of much criticism for this year's annual burning of Zozobra two weeks ago, longtime event organizer Ray Valdez has resigned. Replacing him will be Raymond Sandoval, the attorney for the Kiwanis Club which sponsors the event. The post is a non-paid volunteer position. Valdez was at the center of numerous complaints from attendees about the event's escalating ticket price, the use of non-traditional music and lethargic pacing. Incoming organizer Sandoval plans to meet with city officials soon to discuss concerns and reforms.

Precipitation totals across New Mexico for the first eight months of the year make 2012 the 5th driest year on record. Statewide, precipitation was just 60% of normal. That comes atop 2011's worst-ever precipitation average of 52%. The federal Drought Monitor's most recent report lists the entire state as being in drought with 2/3s described as severe or worse. Meteorologists are cautiously hopeful that a developing El Nino may bring winter precipitation averaging close to statistical norms.

Weather for Santa Fe - our string of sunny, dry days continues into the weekend with highs each day in the upper 70s and overnight lows in the upper 40s. Friday could bring a slight chance for isolated showers.
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