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August 19, 2018
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First News: New national unemployment numbers are out -- New Mexico numbers should be out later today. (listen)
(KSFR) - The latest unemployment numbers for New Mexico should be coming out in a few hours, following this morning's federal announcement that the national unemployment rate for October held steady at 7.9 percent. That's about what it was in September. The most recent report for New Mexico is from September and shows an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent.

Santa Fe Community College will hold a fair next week for local students interested in getting a bachelor's or master's degree without having to leave the city. The college's Higher Education Center offers the program in cooperation with UNM, Highlands University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. That fair will be Wednesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the community college will be in court next Tuesday in a hearing over whether the state has the authority to stop the building of a new facility to be home to the new center. Voters had already approved a $12 million bond for the building before state officials put it on hold.

A jury in Albuquerque has awarded nearly $4 million to a Florida man injured in a Balloon Fiesta accident three years ago. The 72-year-old man was seriously hurt when a balloon he was a passenger in dropped too low, hit a tent at the fiesta field and threw him out of the basket. The jury determined both the pilot and the fiesta were at fault.

Corrected from earlier:Tomorrow is the last day for early voting in Santa Fe County with polls open from 10AM through 6PM at satellite locations. Also, the county clerk's office downtown will be open during the same hours. Tuesday's voting hours at all locations are 7AM to 7PM. All Santa Fe Trails bus service will be free throughout the day.

Santa Fe County, working with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, is on a campaign to have more local cats and dogs licensed. The shelter has been overseeing the licensing issue for a number of years and today's New Mexican reports they'll be making a door-to-door canvassing effort for further compliance. Pets need a certificate from a current rabies vaccine in order to get a license. Fees for a one-year license are $8 for a spayed or neutered animal and $100 for those that are unaltered.

As of Monday, portions of the Santa Fe Plaza will be barricaded as a safety precaution while work crews begin to install holiday decorations. Workers will be using forklifts to install thousands of lights up to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Downtown motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes during the work period.

A reminder that Sunday marks the end of Daylight Saving Time set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny and dry today and through the weekend with temperatures at seasonable norms. Highs from the low-to-mid 60s with overnight lows in the mid 30s. And the same pattern is expected to persist throughout next week with no precipitation in the forecast.
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