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September 22, 2018
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First News: SF County elections director Denise Lamb worries about absentee ballots in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (listen)
(KSFR) - With the Nov 6th election just around the corner, the question is what if any impact will the big storm have on the outcome. Saturday is the last day for early voting. Absentee ballots have to be in by 7pm Tuesday the 6th. Here in Santa Fe, county elections director Denise Lamb said that early voting has been going well but adds she is concerned about the absentee voting.******

A voters guide published by the non-partisan Santa Fe League of Women Voters won't be available for voters entering polling places. According to today's New Mexican, the guide has been banned by the Secretary of State's office. They call it electioneering material. The 16-page guide has been published by the Santa Fe league and leagues in other cities throughout the state for years. It contains a short statement from every candidate on their qualifications for office and position on issues. League officials say they are dismayed at the decision to ban the guide, which they see as a service to voters.

A 56-year-old Santa Fe man is in jail on charges of forging prescriptions for amphetamines. The authorities allege that John Higson has been using prescription forms taken from a doctor's office to get the drugs. The doctor whose name appears on the form moved away from Santa Fe six years ago. Higson was apprehended at an Albertson's pharmacy after he had dropped off a prescription.

Two people have been arrested on murder charges after the body of an older man was found at Santa Fe's Luisa Senior Center on Tuesday. The victim, George Ortiz, is believed to have been beaten to death before his body was set on fire. Charged with open counts of murder are Jeannie Sandoval, believed to be the victim's granddaughter and her boyfriend, Anthony Yepez. Police have not publicly speculated on a motive for the crime.

Actor and local resident Gene Hackman has been involved in an altercation with a homeless man in downtown Santa Fe. Hackman and his wife were accosted by the man at the corner of Marcy and Lincoln. He made belligerent comments to the couple and when he became threateningly aggressive, Hackman slapped 63 year old Bruce Becker in the face. That prompted Becker to call police. Hackman remained at the scene for a police report and no charges have been filed.

Santa Fe City Council has approved a resolution that would reconfigure the dais at which councilors sit for meetings. They'd like a redesign that would allow for greater visibility and interaction with members of the public. They'll now move forward for estimating costs of the project and possibly take action before the end of the year.

The Santa Fe National Forest reports that the Chaparral prescribed burn near Jemez Springs has been going well and will likely conclude today, weather permitting. About 1000 acres have been treated so far with 365 acres remaining. The area will be ignited by both hand and aerial means. Smoke will likely once again be widely visible across much of our area.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny and dry today through Friday with highs in the upper 60s and overnight lows in the mid 30s.
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