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August 19, 2018
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First News: Democrats in New Mexico will retain control of both the House and the Senate. (listen)
(KSFR) - The political picture at the New Mexico Roundhouse is becoming clearer two days after the elections. At least one seat in the House of Representatives is so close, it requires a recount. That's in Las Cruces. But most if not all other positions appear to be final. Democrats could wind up with 39 seats in the House versus 31 for Republicans. The senate also remains in Democratic control.

Water managers at city hall are warning that climate change is bound to make big changes to the Santa Fe watershed and the city's water supply unless early action is taken. The first of several city council meetings on the subject took place last night when water manager Claudia Borchert told the committee that she believes there are ways to stave off the worst effects of climate change. Among them is to expand harvesting of rainfall. She says property owners should not let a drop leave their property. Borchert says the watershed will certainly see the same impacts being faced elsewhere. ***

The crime rate at Santa Fe's Railyard and surrounding neighborhoods has decreased slightly according to police reports. Total criminal incidents of all types by October 2011 numbered 93. As of October this year, the number fell to 87. Aggravated assault and battery cases, residential burglaries and auto thefts are well below last year's levels. Today's New Mexican says that city councilors next week will consider whether to continue paying the private security firm they deployed this summer for the remainder of the coming fiscal year. So far, the city has provided $95,000 to the effort; another $89,000 would continue services through June 2013.

Newly-installed Santa Fe School superintendent Joel Boyd is catching heat for drawing attention to teacher absenteeism in a report he issued last week. At Wednesday night's school board meeting, the head of the local teacher's union said it damages reputations. Boyd said the mention of absenteeism came from a report readied by his transition team and perhaps should have been left out pending further study. Meanwhile, five forums are getting underway today through November 19th examining the report. Boyd plans a "state of the schools" address on November 26th.

Down Duke City way, some employees of UNM Hospital plan an informational picket today. Workers represented by the National Union Of Hospital And Health Care Employees - District 1199 NM have been in contract negotiations with the hospital since May . They hope today's activity will help inform the public of working conditions and the status of negotiations.

Spaceport America in southern New Mexico says it has awarded two new contracts as part of its Phase 2 efforts. The contracts are valued at some $650,000 for work to be carried out over the next 18 months. Much of that work is focused on runway extension and the buildout of the Spaceport's Visitor Experience facility. The contracts were awarded to two Albuquerque businesses with Spaceport's director Christene Anderson saying they're proud to create more New Mexico jobs.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny today with a high in the mid 60s. A storm system begins to cross the Rockies tomorrow which will bring windy conditions, much colder temperatures and a slight chance for precipitation. Friday's high in the upper 50s under partly cloudy skies with a 10% chance for showers. Mostly cloudy Saturday with highs in the upper 40s and a 30% chance for showers. By Sunday, highs will only make the upper 30s with a 20% chance for snow flurries.
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