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August 19, 2018
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First News: SF County is looking for ways to avoid icing at the entrance to the new courthouse's parking garage. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe County officials are beginning to look at ways to prevent ice build up in the entrance to the parking garage of the new district court house. They admit the item was not included in the original design of the underground parking facility. The Journal North reports there is a risk of ice build-up at the bottom of the ramp leading into the garage. Two options are reportedly being considered. One is to pour another slab of concrete on top of the ramp's pavement. It would include radiant heating coils. The other option is an overhead heater. No word yet on cost of either solution.

A report from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives New Mexico an average grade for the state of its roads and bridges. The report says the state's infracstructure is not good and it has gotten worse since the last report in 2005. The group gives the state a grade of "C" for its roads, bridges and rail infrastructure and a grade of "D" for aviation and flood control. The state's schools got the highest grade -- a "B-minus."

The Dean of the University of New Mexico Law School has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the post of Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. Kevin Washburn will leave his job in Albuquerque to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Santa Fe's City Council will meet this evening instead of the usual Wednesday slot due to observance of Yom Kippur. Among agenda items councilors will be looking at is adopting a new panhandling ordinance for the city. It expands the definition of panhandling to include non-vocal solicitations and also amends the regulations for engaging in that activity on public property.

A public forum tonight at Santa Fe's Christus St. Vincent Hospital will examine the Affordable Care Act healthcare reform law and its possible impacts. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County, the event will see Alex Valdez, CEO, Christus St. Vincent Hospital discuss the effects of the ACA on hospitals and patients. Also speaking is the CEO of New Mexico Health Connections, a new consumer-oriented and operated health insurance plan that will be part of the state's health insurance exchange. The forum gets underway at 6PM at the Christus St. Vincent Medical Dental Building.

Albuquerque city councilors take part today in a demonstration of electric vehicles as they participate in National Plug-In Day. The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is organizing the event along with local EV owners, who will provide cars for the officials to test-drive. They'll get behind the wheels of a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and a converted electric Volkswagen Beetle, then discuss their experiences and steps the city can take to encourage electric vehicles. The event will be staged at 1:30 at the Duke City's EV charging station on 3rd Street.

A "heads up" to downtown Santa Fe motorists today as Paseo de Peralta between Marcy Street and Otero Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. That's due to the start of construction of a sidewalk and retaining wall along the north side of the Paseo between Hillside Avenue and Cross of the Martyrs. That closure will be in effect all weekdays during the project, expected to be complete by late October, weather permitting.

Weather for Santa Fe - cooler temperatures along with a slight daily chance for showers is forecast for much of this week. Highs today and Tuesday from the low-to-mid 70s with a 20% chance for afternoon and evening showers. Overnight lows from the upper 40s to the low 50s.
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