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September 22, 2018
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First News: Preliminary numbers seem to indicate early voting totals here are lower than 2008. (listen)
(KSFR) - Reports from around the country say that people have turned out in record numbers to vote early before tomorrow's official election day. Here in Santa Fe, final numbers are not in yet but there are indications it could be less than four years ago. Nearly 50 percent of county voters cast early ballots in 2008. Early voting ended at the clerk's office and at satellite locations on Saturday. Regular polling places will be open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A number of state and Albuquerque economic officials are saying that the aviation industry should be a focus of economic development. A survey shows that several hundred aviation companies already operate in New Mexico. They Albuquerque Journal says they generate nearly $2 billion in revenue a year and employ nearly 7,000 people. As KSFR was first to report, an Albuquerque company has developed the first proven biofuel for jet aircraft. John Maestas of Applied Research Associates says the first-ever jet flight using a biofuel flew the skies over Canada just last week. ***

Politicians will be criss-crossing New Mexico today, making their final pitch for votes ahead of tomorrow's general election. In the race to fill the seat of retiring five-term democratic senator Jeff Bingaman, it's republican Heather Wilson versus democratic congressman Martin Heinrich. Heinrich spends today at numerous rallies concentrated in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo area. Wilson, also appearing in the Duke City, will be joined by Governor Susana Martinez at additional stops in Santa Fe, Clovis, Hobbs, Las Cruces and Farmington.

A 54-year-old man identified as an employee of the national lab at Los Alamos is dead following what appears to have been a hiking accident in the Jemez Mountains. Authorities say the body of Thomas Ilg was found at the base of a 100-foot cliff Saturday morning. They say he was an experienced hiker who was familiar with the area.

Wild Earth Guardians is among a host of conservation groups decrying a two-day coyote kill scheduled November 17 & 18th championed by a Los Lunas gunstore. Gunhawk Firearms is charging a $50 entry fee for contestants. The one who brings in the most coyote dead bodies will receive an assault rifle. Reuters is reporting that some 15,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the event. Coyote hunting is unregulated in New Mexico and requires no license. The Sierra Club says the contest raises alarming ethical and conservation issues for all New Mexicans.

Santa Fe Trails bus service will be free tomorrow to help get folks to polling stations. The bus line also expects to welcome its one-millionth rider of the year sometime in the next few days. That rider will be getting a specially marked ticket and will receive a free one-year pass along with $100 and other prizes. A special event will be held Saturday, November 10th to mark 20 years of Santa Fe trails service throughout the area.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny and dry all week with highs in the low-to-mid 60s and overnight lows in the upper 30s. The long range forecast says much colder temperatures could arrive for the weekend along with a slight chance for precipitation.
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