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August 19, 2018
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First News: In 2013, jaywalking in Santa Fe could cost you $300. (listen)
(KSFR) - A committee of Santa Fe city council is recommending tougher penalties for people who jaywalk. If their proposal is approved by the full council in January, jaywalkers would face a fine of $300 and as much as 90 days in jail. The current penalty is a fine of $25 and court fees. The Journal North reports that discussion at the Public Works Committee meeting focused on the number of jaywalkers being hit at busy intersections.

KSFR News has been reporting that a state district court has stopped an attempt by a private company to acquire 54,000 acre feet of water, a year, in Catron County. Now, we're learning that the businessman behind the plan is from Italy. Bruce Frederick of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center in Santa Fe helped defeat the attempt. But he says they don't know much of anything about the speculator. *** 54,000 acre feet of water is equal to 17 billion gallons, enough to serve a city of 350,000 a year.

Santa Fe is set to receive a $500,000 grant from the Department of Energy to develop needed infrastructure for vehicles running on alternative fuels. The monies, just part of an $11 million allocation nationwide, will be disbursed to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Focus will be on vehicles utilizing compressed natural gas and propane in hopes of reducing petroleum consumption, thus limiting pollution while saving money.

Albuquerque is receiving a $2 million federal grant for renovation of its downtown 4th street mall. KOB-TV reports that the Duke City's Chief Administrative Officer hopes to see the facelift completed over the next year. The area has been in decline for some time with empty storefronts and hopes are that it can be revitalized for retail, cultural and youth activities. Plans call for establishing a one-way vehicle access road through the now pedestrian-only mall.

Triple A New Mexico says some 3.3 million people living in New Mexico and seven other western states will be making car trips averaging some 600 miles between today and Sunday. That's up 0.6% over last year. Meanwhile, the average price of regular unleaded gas across New Mexico stands at $3.35 per gallon. That's 22 cents higher than a year ago. The auto club also notes that air travel during this Thanksgiving holiday period is expected to be off by 1.8%.

For the first time in several years, the Rail Runner commuter line will operate on Friday ,albeit on a shortened Saturday schedule. Friday sees the annual lighting of Santa Fe's Plaza with thousands of ornamental lights for the holiday season. Plaza events begin at 3PM with the lights switched on at 5:45.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today and throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Highs today in the low 50s rise to the mid 50s tomorrow. Cooler Friday with highs only in the mid 40s. Overnight lows throughout the next several days in the mid 20s.
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