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September 24, 2018
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First News: Governor Martinez will file a "friend of the court" brief in defense of a Maryland DNA law for US Supreme Court review. (listen)
(KSFR) - Governor Martinez says she will file an amicus brief in support of Maryland's DNA collection law that will be reviewed by the US Supreme Court. The governor plans to point to New Mexico's success with its "Katie's Law" that requires collection of DNA from anyone charged with a felony. 25 other states have similar statutes. Martinez was the prosecutor of Katie Sepich's murderer. Sepich was an NMSU student who was raped and murdered in 2003, but whose killer was not identified until DNA evidence was collected after he was convicted of another crime three years later.

The Santa Fe police department has hired a captain who will keep an eye on professional standards of officers. He is Patrick Gallagher who most recently was the police chief in Truth or Consequences. Santa Fe chief Ray Rael tells the Journal North that he wanted someone without connections in the department to conduct internal investigations of officers facing complaints or allegations of wrong doing.

A Santa Fe man has been charged with misdemeanors after his two pit bulls attacked a woman while she walked her dog. 62 year old Anne Stills was mauled and her chihuahua was killed in the attack last week. Now, police have charged 23 year old Gerard Matthews with keeping vicious animals and allowing them to run at large. The two pit bulls are being kept at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and could be euthanized pending a judge's ruling. The dogs are alleged to have been involved in another incident earlier this month. Stills says she will pursue getting the city to adopt a ban on pit bulls.

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts launches its Winter Market this week at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Some 150 native atists from around the nation are scheduled to show their wares. Events include film screenings, native fashion and demonstrations by artists.

The Rail Runner will not operate on Thanksgiving day but it will run on Friday -- on a shortened Saturday schedule.

A state drought meeting on Monday hearing reports from various state and federal authorities sees no relief coming our way during the upcoming winter months. Hydrologists noted that New Mexico's snowpack is only half of what it should be this time of year. The Office of the State Engineer notes that our reservoirs are perilously low and is setting the stage for the 2013 agricultural season to begin with water for irrigation in short supply. Meteorologists say temperatures for winter should be above normal. Precipitation patterns have equal chances of being at normal, above or below.

Our long stretch of dry, sunny days has forced Ski Santa Fe to announce that they will not open on their annual hoped-for start on Thanksgiving. Overnight temperatures have been conducive for snowmaking and the ski basin says they'll be ready to open 48 hours after any significant snowfall.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny and dry today with highs in the upper 50s. Tonight's low around 32. Partly sunny tomorrow, highs again in the upper 50s with a very slight chance for a passing shower. Thanksgiving Day will be sunny with highs nearing 60 degrees.
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