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September 25, 2018
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First News: The future use of plastic bags by retailers is a subject of review by a Santa Fe citizens committee. (listen)
(KSFR) - A citizens committee meets this morning at the Santa Fe convention center to gather public input on the question of plastic bags at retail stores. The Business and Quality of Life Committee hopes to take the pulse of Santa Feans as a way of determining whether the city should take some official action over using them. Options range from outright banning, to mandatory recycling, to no action at all. Some stores have already begun promoting alternatives to throw-away bags. Others reportedly are beginning a campaign to keep them.

Another public meeting takes place tomorrow at city hall. This one will be about the new city ordinance requiring some contractors doing work for the city to either employ union workers or abide by union rules. The ordinance was passed during the winter but takes effect beginning this week. In the meantime, some city councilors have decided to take another look at it. The ordinance applies to contracts of $500,000 or more. Proponents say it would create a more skilled workforce. Opponents say it would cost the city more money and put some contractors in an awkward business position .****

Santa Feans have gotten a first look at a new cancer center at Christus St. Vincent Hospital. Officials showed off the facility during a weekend open house. It provides chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatment services. The center is the result of a collaboration of oncologists at the hospital and in local, private practice.

Santa Fe's Finance Committee meets today and on the agenda is issuance and sale of more than $5 million in revenue bonds that would be used to acquire, construct and improve the Railyard's Market Station Condominium complex for future city facilities. Santa Fe city council voted back in April to purchase the property for $3.6 million and earmarked another $1.4 million for building. It was originally planned that monies would come from a New Mexico Finance Authority loan but the financial scandal there has halted loans to municipalities.

The end of the week will see the start of the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta first held back in 1972. With some 600 hot air balloons participating, it's the largest festival of its kind in the world and a major tourist draw for New Mexico. Events kick off Saturday with the start of the America's Challenge balloon race. That endurance-and-distance event has only 5 teams this year as participants are dependent on helium instead of hot air. That lighter-than-air element is in short supply and the price has soared. Hydrogen can also be used but balloons must be built specifically for that gas.

A two week road reconstruction project will impact commuters to and from Los Alamos this week and next. Two miles of NM 502 will close for several hours each day starting tomorrow and continue through the 14th, weather permitting. The work is taking place from mile marker 4 through 6. Motorists are advised to use the Highway 4/East Jemez Road truck route as an alternate route.

Weather for Santa Fe - a seasonably warm and sunny week in store with highs each day in the low-to-mid 70s and overnight lows in the mid 40s.
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