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September 22, 2018
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First News: International Folk Art Market officials plan for revenue increases in the future. (listen)
(KSFR) - Plans are already underway for next summer's International Folk Art Market and for the years beyond. The New Mexican reports that the market hopes that total sales by its artists will increase to $32 million by the year 2018. Market officials also hope to raise $6 million to expand its activities. Among them is the possibility of opening up similar markets in other U.S. cities.

A national market research firm is predicting that Santa Fe's new housing starts will continue to show slow but steady progress. A study of housing starts by the Metrostudy firm counted more than 200 new homes being built in the first nine months of this year. That was a 14 percent increase over last year's period. Sixty-two of the new starts came in the third quarter. At the peak of the market, Santa Fe had 1,000 new homes built in 2007.

New Mexico is poised to be among the states committing to running its own health insurance exchange as the next step in the implementation of the nation's Affordable Care Act. This Friday, November 16th is the deadline for states to submit their plan or have it run by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Open enrollment for exchange plans is scheduled to start Oct. 1, 2013, and coverage will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Meanwhile, still to be answered is whether Governor Martinez will opt to have New Mexico participate in the Medicaid expansion provision of Obamacare. Nick Estes of the advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children predicts that New Mexico will eventually adopt it. *** The Supreme Court gave states the right to opt out of that particular part of the law.

About two dozen protestors showed up outside a Los Lunas gun store this weekend to protest a coyote killing contest they're sponsoring next weekend. Gunhawk Firearms has been barraged with criticism by animal advocacy groups across the state as they plan to award prizes to the parties presenting the greatest number of dead coyotes. Over 40 teams have signed up for participation thus far but, due to the public furor, will redeem the carcasses at an undisclosed location. Coyote killing is unregulated in New Mexico and requires no license.

As Veterans Day fell on Sunday this year, many observances take place today. Santa Fe City & County offices are closed along with city recreation centers, libraries and the Municipal Court. Santa Fe Trails buses are following a Saturday schedule as are RailRunner commuter trains.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny this week with temperatures moderating somewhat although still below seasonable norms. Today will be cold with highs only in the mid-to-upper 40s. Temperatures slowly climb toward the mid 50s later in the period. Overnight lows tonight in the mid 20s.
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