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August 15, 2018
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First News: An improperly installed security system at LANL has seen its price tag double to $41 million. (listen)
(KSFR) - The cost of fixing an already-expensive security system at the Los Alamos national lab has gone up again. In fact, it has doubled to $41 million. Employees doing a recent check of the system before turning it on found that parts of it had been installed improperly. The system is made up of cameras, sensors and other technologies to protect a nuclear weapons plutonium laboratory. The Albuquerque Journal says the lab's director told employees that the glitch may have ruined the lab's credibility.

An historic building is for sale in downtown Albuquerque. A classic Sears store built in 1936 is on the market for nearly $4 million. About half of the 56,000 square foot building has been leased to the military since 1991. Sears closed the store a few years before that.

Our city's Santa Fe trails bus system, has designated its one millionth rider of the year. Ruben Montoya was so designated during his morning commute Thursday. He wins a free annual bus pass, $100 in cash and other prizes. Mayor Coss will present the prizes to Montoya at the transit facility tomorrow in an event celebrating 20 years of Santa Fe Trails service.

Final numbers are not yet certified for total New Mexico ballots cast on Election Day but it appears turnout was below that of 2008 when 70% of eligible voters went to the polls. The Secretary of State's office reports that more than 452,000 people had cast their ballots before Election Day either by absentee or early in-person voting.

Russell Harris, who admitted fatally shooting 24 year old Julian Cordova after an altercation at a southside Santa Fe apartment complex back in 2010, has been found not guilty of second-degree murder. A state district court jury acquitted Harris Thursday after a two day trial, accepting the defense's argument that the shooting was made in self-defense.

A protest is planned in Los Lunas tomorrow against a coyote-killing contest to take place there next weekend sponsored by a local gunstore. The event has been harshly criticized by a number of animal advocay groups including WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club. Now, Animal Protection of New Mexico is asking opponents to show up Saturday at a Los Lunas shopping center. Gunhawk Firearms is behind next weekend's 2-day kill, offering the person presenting the greatest number of coyote carcasses prizes including an assault rifle. The killing of coyotes in New Mexico is unregulated and no license is needed.

This Sunday, November 11th, Santa Fe celebrates Veterans Day with a parade beginning at 10:30 at the fire station on Murales Road, coursing through the Plaza and finishing at the Bataan Building. There, an 11AM ceremony will take place. For the activities, the city partners with New Mexico's Department of Veterans Affairs and the Santa Fe chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

As the federal holiday falls on a Sunday this year, some observances will take place Monday. Santa Fe City & County offices will be closed along with city recreation centers, libraries and the Municipal Court. Santa Fe Trails busses will be on a Saturday schedule.

Weather for Santa Fe - As a storm skirts northern New Mexico starting today, some big weather changes are in store, mostly in the way of colder temperatures and windy conditions. Partly cloudy today with a high in the upper 50s and 20% chance for a shower. Mostly cloudy Saturday with winds of 30-to-40 miles per hour, gusting to 50. High temperatures in the upper 40s with a 40% chance for precipitation. Lows Saturday night in the mid 20s with a 20% chance for a snowshower. Mostly sunny and very cold Sunday with a high only near 33 degrees and still a 20% chance for snowshowers.
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