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August 16, 2018
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Democrats in New Mexico's congressional dlegation question the future of Santa Fe's downtown postal facility. (listen)
(KSFR) - The Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation are raising questions about the possibility of changes at Santa Fe's downtown post office. Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman, together with Congressman Ben Ray Lujan are asking the U.S. Postal Service for more information and to consider the importance of the facility to downtown Santa Fe. A post office spokesman told KSFR News late Wednesday that nothing is decided yet but that they guarantee the downtown area will have rental mail boxes and other services.

City council has decided that the busy St. Francis-Cerrillos Rd. intersection should have an underpass for pedestrians, not an overpass. The next step following last night's vote is for designers to create plans for the project. The only funding set aside so far is about a half million dollars for planning. Managers haven't decided yet on the source of funding for the estimated total cost of the project, now estimated at $4 million.

Also coming out of City Hall was a rejection of further funding of a security detail at the Railyard to blunt crime. The program was begun this summer at a cost of $95,000 and recent police reports indicate there has been a downturn in crime. Heading into last night's city council meeting, the measure to provide another $90,000 to continue the security team's presence through June of next year had already been approved by the Finance committee. In the end, three of five city councilors in attendance voted against continuation.

The Martinez administration now says that a tax cut for some businesses the legislature was encouraged to pass will probably result in New Mexico losing nearly double the amount of tax revenue than originally thought. That's according to today's Albuquerque Journal. The newest estimates put the total lost at more than $90 million when the tax deal is fully in place by 2018. When it came up for debate by lawmakers this past winter, the estimate was forecast at $48 million. The administration says their forecast was based on faulty data.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry used his state-of-the-city address to announce that another airline is setting up shop at the Sunport, re-establishing non-stop daily service to New York for the first time in five years. Beginning in April 2013, Jet Blue will have a daily red-eye flight to John F. Kennedy International, departing the Sunport just before midnight. Continental Airlines had a similar run to Newark's Liberty Airport until 2008. New York-based Jet Blue is seen as a competitor to Southwest Airlines and may further expand operations at the Sunport.

Even as the New Mexico Department of Health and Human Services announces that our state will set up its own Health Insurance exchange, Attorney General Gary King is reviewing whether the plan requires new and specific action by the state legislature. That according to today's New Mexican. The nation's Affordable Care Act directs each state to create such exchanges to assist small business and individuals in accessing low-cost health insurance. However, the Supreme Court ruled this summer that states can opt not to do so. In that case, the federal government will instead take on the responsibility. Here in New Mexico, the exchange is to be overseen by the Health Insurance Alliance, a non-profit with a majority of its board appointed by the governor.

By proclamation, Mayor David Coss has designated today as "America Recycles Day" in Santa Fe. Coss will recognize those local businesses that have committed to recycling, are protecting the environment, and saving money. The mayor says the proclamation serves to reinforce the city's commitment to protecting and preserving our natural resources.

Weather for Santa Fe - some meteorologists have taken to calling New Mexico's current weather pattern "La Nada" neither El Nino which tilts us toward wetter weather nor La Nina, usually associated with windy, dry conditions. Well into next week expect sunny days with highs in the mid 50s and overnight lows near 30.
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