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September 18, 2018
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First News: New polling shows Obama with a 9 point lead over Romney in New Mexico. (listen)
(KSFR) - The latest poll from the Albuquerque Journal shows President Obama continuing to hold a 9-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney. The same poll shows Congressman Martin Heinrich still ahead in the race for the U.S. Senate with an 8 point lead over Republican Heather Wilson. Wilson gained three points in that poll, narrowing Heinrich's lead somewhat. They are both seeking the senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

A Santa Fe city council committee today takes up the issue of an ordinance requiring some contractors to abide by union rules. Committee members will consider one resolution that would put the ordinance on hold pending further fiscal study. That delay will be considered by full city council tomorrow. Another proposal being looked at today seeks an outright repeal of the measure. That option is scheduled to be taken up by City Hall at the end of November. The ordinance is named the Community Workforce Agreement became effective October 1st and says that any city work projects over $500,000 be performed either by union laborers or under union guidelines.

Santa Fe water managers are studying a plan to make major repairs to the city's two reservoirs. The project could cost $6 million and begin next year at this time. Robert Jargenson of the water department says it would take months to complete and require emptying the reservoirs. *** The reservoirs supply about 40 percent of Santa Fe's water.

The Albuquerque Sunport likely faces a day of travel disruption as Hurricane Sandy on the east coast has forced the cancellation of some 7000 flights today. All ready this morning, the Sunport says an 8:05 United flight to Washington, Dulles has been cancelled along with a 10AM Southwest Airlines flight to Baltimore.

Efforts by the Santa Fe Retailing Project may be cutting down on merchant sales of alcohol to people all ready intoxicated. The group uses actors who try to make purchases while pretending to be drunk. An investigative report by KRQE-TV says that about 20% of businesses make such illegal sales, down from about 30% just a few years ago.

The Santa Fe National Forest plans to begin the Chaparral prescribed burn today. Nearly 1400 acres near Jemez Springs are to be treated with aerial ignitions over a three day period. Smoke will be widely visible throughout the local area.

Weather for Santa Fe - a sunny and dry week in store. Daytime highs slightly above normal for this time of year, highs in the mid 60s. Overnight lows throughout the period in the mid to upper 30s.
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