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August 19, 2018
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First News: RailRunner commuter trains expected to run normally today following a fatal accident Tuesday night. (listen)
(KSFR) - Rail Runner officials say trains should be back on schedule this morning after a fatal accident late Tuesday. A train hit and killed a woman who was walking along the tracks not far from the Kewa station at about 6 o'clock. They say she suddenly crossed the tracks in front of the train. It was moving at between 70 and 80 miles per hour. An investigation is underway.

Santa Fe city councilors are beginning to review an ordinance they passed this past winter. It would require that contractors working on projects of a half-million dollars or more either employ union workers or abide by union rules. City Council's Public Works Committee began the first review last night, taking comments from businesses opposed to it and workers who are in favor. The law took effect this week but so far no contract has come up requiring it to be put into effect. The New Mexican reports that a city project now in design phase could be the first test. But even some councilors who voted for the ordinance are now beginning to take another look at it.

A Santa Fe real estate developer is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court this morning on charges of embezzling millions of dollars of federal funds intended for pueblo development. Tom Keesling owns the Santa Fe Agency Real Estate company. He was arrested yesterday together with a former president of the Santa Ana Pueblo. The two are charged with conspiring to embezzle some $3.6 million from a company set up to help pueblos develop a property in Albuquerque.

The Martinez administration has offered a compromise to the Environmental Protection Agency's call for installation of technology at the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station to rein in smog and ozone pollution. In mid-July, the EPA asked Martinez and utility PNM to present their alternative plan within 90 days as they maintained the federal regulations were too costly. The new plan put forth would close two of San Juan's units by 2017 and remaining units would be outfitted with pollution controls. The alternative now must be approved by the EPA, a process likely to take some time. Meanwhile, the action comes just ahead of a delivery of thousand of petition signatures to Governor Martinez today from a coalition of environmental groups calling for a transition away from coal use at the San Juan facility.

The Santa Fe University of Art & Design has announced that it will be lowering tuition in four area of studies as of the spring semester of 2013. Affected are course fees for graphic design, creative writing, digital arts and arts management, dropping from their current costs of $28,800 to $17,800. The school says the cost reduction is intended to open up educational opportunities to a wider spectrum students of different financial means.

That prescribed burn in the Santa Fe watershed some 3 miles east of the city is expected to continue today. Some 200 acres are being burned to offset risk of an uncontrolled wildfire that would imperil reservoirs. Smoke again will be observed throughout much of the local area, settling into low level regions as sundown cooling occurs. Today's activity should complete the project.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny and very warm today with highs near 80 degrees. Overnight lows in the upper 40s. Sunny for the remainder of the workweek with highs in the mid 70s ahead of a weekend cool-down when highs will fall back to the low-to-mid 60s.
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