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September 21, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe is leaning toward action regarding merchant use of throwaway shopping bags. (listen)
(KSFR) - The idea of taking some action against throwaway shopping bags seems to be gaining attention in Santa Fe. Several dozen people showed up at a meeting of a citizens advisory committee yesterday to voice their opinions. No city councilor has taken an official position on a proposal yet, but recommendations range from banning plastic bags completely to adding a fee when a paper bag is used at the checkout counter. Luca Ceccarelli is a member of the city's Business and Quality of Life advisory committee. ***

The Santa Fe school district is losing one of its high school principals. Melanie Romero of Capital High is leaving to become a regional coordinator for the state education department.

The state's chief health officer is leaving her position. Catherine Torres is resigning as head of the state health department amid controversy about her tenure. Gov. Martinez praised Torres' work but critics say the department was wrought by employee dissatisfaction during her tenure. Among key workers who resigned was the chief medical officer who said she was pressured after talking on television about teen condom use and not just abstinence.

A survey by a progressive political group says that 80 percent of undecided voters in New Mexico and other western states will be watching tomorrow's presidential debates but won't make a decision until closer to election time. More than half say they would decide in the week just before voting polls open. That same survey shows Pres. Obama with a nine point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in New Mexico.

As California's governor, Jerry Brown, has just recommitted his state to spend $100 million a year through 2017 to recapture runaway film production, it appears New Mexico's film production is waning. The movie industry blog, Deadline--dot--com, says that after California, New York, Louisiana and Georgia now take the second, third and fourth spots nationwide due to their hefty incentive programs. It was just a few years ago that our state was second on the list and slipped to 3rd last year. New Mexico's film incentive program began back in 2003 when only five states total offered incentives. Now, 37 states are involved, offering a cumulative $1.2 billion in tax credits and rebates.

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents has officially accepted the resignation of president Barbara Couture. Couture went on an abrupt leave-of-absence last week. The Board of Regents says they've reached an agreement that will continue Couture's leave through the remainder of the year, receiving all salary and benefits up to December 31st. She'll also receive a $450,000 separation payout. Couture was contracted through 2014 and the reasons for her departure are not clear.

Santa Feans may notice smoke in the skies today as the Santa Fe National Forest plans a prescribed burn in our watershed about 3 miles east of the city. Some 200 acres are to be burned to offset risk of an uncontrolled wildfire that would imperil reservoirs. Any smoke will be most visible in morning and evening hours. The burn is to be conducted over two days, weather permitting.

Weather for Santa Fe - Dry, warm and sunny today and Wednesday. Highs in the mid 70s today and the upper 70s for tomorrow. Temperatures begin to cool later in the week with highs just in the mid 60s by the weekend.
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