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August 19, 2018
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First News:Questions abound about Election Day polling place performance in Rio Rancho. (listen)
(KSFR) - More questions are being raised about the way the polls were operated in Rio Rancho and Sandoval County. The county commission is scheduled this afternoon to canvass all the ballots cast in the election. This follows a judge's order to have the ballots impounded and sent directly to the county commission. The Albuquerque Journal says the judge acted after a group of Republicans filed a lawsuit over the way the election was conducted. The state attorney general is also investigating what led to lines that made some voters wait for hours to cast ballots,.

A go-green initiative is being launched for Santa Fe hotels and B&Bs, thanks to a plan developed by the Santa Fe Watershed Association. They say the goal is to conserve water and reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the watershed. A $50,000 EPA grant will help pay for the program. It's designed to train lodging providers in green practices that can improve their operations and give them a marketing advantage.

New efforts are being mounted to encourage state lawmakers to pass legislation to limit financial liability for companies operating out of Spaceport America. A group of Spaceport supporters says a number of other states have passed so-called "informed consent" legislation as a way of gaining an advantage in the fledgling space industry. The legislation they seek would exempt Virgin Galactic and other companies from extra liabilities if an accident happens.

Participants in that Los Lunas gunstore's coyote killing contest this weekend have been banned from state trust lands. Land Commissioner Ray Powell Jr. says any hunters violating the ban will be charged with trespassing. Powell sent the warning statement to the owner of Gunhawks Firearms. The store has collected $50 entry fees from some 60 teams who will compete for gun prizes based on the number of coyotes they kill tomorrow and Sunday. The contest has spurred protest from tens of thousands registering their outrage via online petition. Coyote hunting is unregulated in New Mexico and no license is needed.

Governor Susana Martinez has voiced criticism of Mitt Romney's views on immigration reform and the Latino community. Martinez has been in Las Vegas, Nevada, attending a conference of the Republican Governors Association. She expressed disdain to Politico and Yahoo News over Romney's claim that President Obama won re-election by offering "gifts" to minorities and younger voters. She said such poorly thought-through comments are a set back for the republican party. Martinez stumped for the Romney/Ryan ticket, making campaign appearances in both Nevada and Colorado.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan has been elected First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus by his colleagues. Lujan says he will follow an agenda that helps Hispanics and all Americans by growing the economy, spurring job creation, and investing in education. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was founded in December 1976. The incoming 113th Congress we will have 30 Latinos among its members.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny and dry today all the way through next week's Thanksgiving holiday. Daytime highs in the mid 50s and overnight lows from the low-to-mid 30s.
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