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First News: Santa Fe's downtown Post office may be facing full or partial closure. (listen)
(2012-11-14)
(KSFR) - The U.S. Postal Service may be closing all or a part of its downtown Santa Fe building. KSFR News saw a notice posted at another location that officials would brief city council on possible plans at the council's Nov. 28th meeting. Details now are sketchy. The postal service has racked up huge losses, due in large part to a congressional mandate to fully fund its pension for decades into the future. A postal official in Montana told a newspaper there that one goal is to cut back on employee hours at a total of 31,000 post offices around the nation.

Santa Fe City hall is divided over whether to repeal that new agreement that would have all city-contracted projects over $500,000 either use union workers or abide by union rules. The Business and Quality of Life committee voted Tuesday to support repeal yet later in the day, the Public Works Committee rejected the idea. The Community Workforce Agreement became effective October 1st. So far, the only project likely to be subject to the rule is the city's renovation project for some offices in the Railyard. Repeal of the CWA next comes up at Monday's meeting of the Finance Committee.

The city of Santa Fe has lost a round in court in its attempts to restore the old St. Catherine's Indian School. A judge in Santa Fe denied a request from the city for a restraining order against Max Tofoya who owns the property. Santa Fe lawyers told the judge the property is being destroyed through neglect. But the judge refused to intervene, saying the issues are similar to those being heard in other court cases. Judge Barbara Vigil says the entire issue should be in front of one judge, not several.

A Santa Fe woman was injured and her pet dog killed in an attack by two pit bulls. 62-year-old Anne Stills was walking her 8-year old Chihuahua, Lillie along West Alameda Street Monday when two pit bulls jumped a fence and began to attack. Stills was taken to the hospital to be treated for the multiple puncture wounds she received as she tried to protect her dog who did not survive. An investigation is underway with the two pit bulls in quarantine.

Rancor is mounting over that Los Lunas gunstore's Coyote killing contest scheduled for this weekend. Today's Albuquerque Journal reports that the owner of Gunhawk Firearms says that all the protest has morphed the contest into a question of the right to hunt. 60 teams have signed up and paid a $50 entry fee for the Saturday-Sunday kill. The parties presenting the greatest number of dead coyotes will receive their choice of a shotgun or two semi-automatic rifles. More than 28,000 people have signed an online petition decrying the contest. Conservation groups including the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians have also condemned the event.

When Santa Fe City Council meets tonight they'll consider allocating another $90,000 for continuation of services by the private security firm deployed to the Railyard this summer to blunt crime. Santa Fe Police reported that crime has fallen in the area with incidents running well below last year's levels. If the spending is approved, the security detail would remain in place through June of 2013. Thus far, the city has spent $95,000 on the Railyard crime deterrent team.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny and dry is the rule for the next several days. Daytime highs in the mid 50s with overnight lows around 30 degrees.
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