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September 22, 2018
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First News: PNM is sending crews to the East Coast to help restore power. (listen)
(KSFR) - A convoy of PNM employees and trucks is on its way to help East Coast power companies restore electricity in the wake of hurricane Sandy. PNM says the team consists of more than three dozen workers together with bucket trucks and other vehicles typically used in repairing damaged line. The crews come from Santa Fe, Albuquerque and other cities around New Mexico. They expect to arrive sometime Thursday,

Former Gov. Bill Richardson is back in the news after being hired as a consultant to help California with its spaceport operations. Today's Albuquerque Journal says he will advise the state on legislation that would protect manufacturers and suppliers from liability in civil lawsuits. Similar legislation has failed to be adopted by lawmakers in New Mexico. Industry leaders say that without liability protection, progress at spaceports may move more slowly.

After 100 days on the job, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd has issued a report evaluating strengths and weaknesses throughout the school system. The report notes that a systemic lack of urgency in tackling problems, described as a "culture of mana a", accounts for lacklustre student performance. Boyd hopes to implement a new set of teacher evaluation standards in the coming weeks. The report is to be made public on the website.

Santa Fe Community College is urging people who take fitness classes as auditors - to enroll instead for credit in the coming semester. College President Ana Guzman (goos-MAHN) says these students will pay more for the same swimming and other fitness classes unless they become credit students. That's because the legislature has eliminated state funding for people who audit versus people enrolled for credit. *** Guzman says the college could lose $1 million a year in state funding because 70 percent of people enrolled in fitness center classes are on the rolls as auditors.

A city council committee has voted against having a fiscal impact study before implementing a new rule that says city jobs costing more than $500,000 must either be performed by union labor or under union guidelines. The Public Works Committee did not back the proposal at their meeting Monday and the matter will therefore not be taken up tonight by full city council. The Community Workforce Agreement became effective October 1st but has not yet been applied to any project. Another resolution in the pipeline calls for repeal of the agreement but no action will be taken on that until late November.

Meanwhile, a proposal that city council addresses tonight would reconfigure the dais at which councilors sit. The idea is that it would allow for better visibility and interaction with the public.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and seasonably warm the next few days. Look for highs in the upper 60s and overnight lows in the upper 30s.
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