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September 18, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe's burglary rate is declining. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe's residential burglary problem is continuing to improve. Police attribute the decline to their Operation Full Court Press. It's a concerted effort to target both criminals and the areas of the city most vulnerable to break-ins. The New Mexican reports that there were 33 burglaries last month, half the number recorded in both September and August. Before the operation began, police recorded more than 100 burglaries in May,

Meanwhile, Police Chief Ray Rael says his department has saved nearly $100,000 in overtime pay over the past year as a result of changing working hours. Officers have gone from working four 10-hour days to five 8-hour days a week.

A progressive political group says some Republicans have trained poll workers in tactics designed to keep some people from voting. The group named Progress Now says they obtained training materials used to train GOP poll workers in illegal methods for challenging voters at the polls. Among the methods is requiring some voters to show a utility bill or some other form of identification. State officials say that and other tactics in the training are illegal. The state-wide GOP says they don't condone the methods.

The 41st annual International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque begins tomorrow, just as the area is forecast to be raked by high winds, says meteorologist Brian Guyer ***clip

The scientists' new report thinks the next mega-drought may all ready be underway due to global climate change. The future health of forests here in New Mexico and throughout the southwest is looking very grim according to a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey and several other partner organizations. By comparing the tree-ring record to climate data collected in the Southwest since the late 1800s and factoring in the known megadroughts of centuries ago they conclude that current ecosystems will be replaced by more drought-tolerant plants and trees. Future forest drought-stress levels will reach or exceed those associated with the megadroughts of the 1200s and 1500s that decimated the forests of their day.

Governor Susana Martinez went into to citizen action after discovering a toddler left alone in a running car at a Santa Fe Walgreen's parking lot. Martinez alerted store security to put out a page and returned to the unlocked vehicle to check on the sleeping baby. When the father of the child emerged from the store, he explained he was just making a quick stop. He was not cited for any offense.

Weather for Santa Fe - A picture perfect day on tap with sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s. A cold front moves in tonight dropping temperatures into the upper 30s. Mostly cloudy and breezy Saturday with highs in the mid 60s and a 10% chance for showers. Colder Saturday night with lows near 34 degrees. Partly sunny Sunday with a high near 61.
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