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September 22, 2018
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First News: In New Mexico, it's Obama by 53%, Romney getting 43% and former governor Gary Johnson at 4%. (listen)
(KSFR) - New Mexico is among the states voting to give President Barack Obama a 2nd term. With almost all numbers in, Obama received 53% of the vote here in our state with republican challenger Mitt Romney garnering 43%. Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson running as the Libertarian candidate, received 4%.

The vote for Obama was particularly heavy in Santa Fe County, with 73 percent of the turnout going for Obama.

In the race for the U.S, Senate, Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich defeated Republican Heather Wilson. Heinrich will succeed retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan handily won his reelection bid to keep his seat in the U.S. House, while Democrat Michelle Lujan Grishman defeated Republican Janice Arnold Jones in the fight for the congressional seat from Albuquerque.

New Mexico voters also approved all five constitutional amendments. Three of them will change the structure of the Public Regulation Commission and give the legislature the job of creating a broader set of qualifications for PRC candidates to meet in future elections.

Unofficial returns from around New Mexico indicate that Democrats will retain control of the state Senate.

In Albuquerque, voters overwhelmingly approved a boost in the minimun wage, raising it by a dollar to $8.50 an hour.

Santa Fe Community College has won its fight to build a facility to house its new Higher Education Center. A district court judge ruled Tuesday that the Martinez administration's objections to the move were invalid. County voters had already approved a $12 million bond issue for the project before state officials put up roadblocks. The judge said the college was clearly following state law as it tried to move the four-year degree project forward. College President Ana Guzman says she wants to move ahead quickly. ***

Santa Fe's Public Utilities Committee meets this evening and will hear a preliminary assessment of climate change impacts on the Santa Fe Watershed, presented by the city's water resources coordinator Claudia Borchert. Earlier this year, the convention center was the scene of a climate change workshop with experts discussing its potential impacts here and throughout the southwest.

New Mexico's RailRunner Express has announced that, for the first time in a few years, it will run trains the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23rd. They'll follow their usual Saturday schedule that day as they'll also be doing for this coming Monday's Veteran's Day observance.

Santa Fe County residents are invited to today's 2PM groundbreaking for the Santa Fe River restoration at San Isidro Park on the Santa Fe River Greenway. It'll kick off Phase Two of the project expected to be completed by next summer. The work is intended to stabilize the Santa Fe river channel and address off-site drainage issues. When completed, the River Greenway will span some 15 miles from downtown Santa Fe to the Wastewater Treatment Plant west of NM 599. The project is funded by gross receipts taxes and has a total price-tag of about $1.2 million.

Weather for Santa Fe - mid 60s for highs both today and Thursday under sunny skies. A storm begins to approach the state Friday, dropping highs to near 60 degrees and bringing a 10% chance for showers. Turning sharply colder for the weekend with a 20-to-30% chance for rain and snowshowers.
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