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September 18, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe City Hall will hear of Postal Service plans for the downtown facility. (listen)
(KSFR) - Tonight's meeting of Santa Fe City Council could shed more light on what the postal service has in mind for its downtown facility. A representative of the postal system has arranged a briefing to provide information on options they're considering. Previously, he told KSFR News the options included moving out of the building completely while maintaining rental mail boxes and a retail operation somewhere else in the downtown area. The post office faces a $5 billion budget deficit caused in large part by a congressional mandate to fund employee pension plans decades into the future.

Meanwhile, the 7PM portion of tonight's meeting is largely dedicated to review of the city ordinance governing mobile home parks. One change being considered is that manufactured home developments be required meet all the same standards of traditional home zones such as sidewalks and proper drainage.

A new report says a power company owned by the city and the county could mean big savings for customers in the years ahead. The study was funded by grants from the city and the county and the McCune Foundation. It says the savings would come from more aggressive use of energy efficiency measures and lower operating costs because there would be no corporate profits or executive compensation. The Journal Santa Fe reports that customers might see savings of 30 percent on their electricity bills within 15 years.

Federal officials have launched an investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department after civil rights groups complained of too many cases of possible officer misconduct. There have been more than two dozen shootings by officers in recent years -- 17 of them fatal. The complaints also allege a pattern of abuse and racial profiling. The U.S. Justice Department says it is conducting similar investigations in other cities.

This morning in Santa Fe will see a meeting of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force as work continues apace on establishing a state-based health insurance exchange as part of the national Affordable Care Act. The task force comprises thirteen members working in concert with the State Human Services Department. Today's 8:30 through 11AM meeting is open to the public at HSD offices, 37 Plaza la Prensa. Some of the items under discussion are program integration and employer participation in the eventual exchange.

Santa Fe area motorists are advised of some lane closures on NM599 beginning today. Drivers will encounter single lane closures on the northbound and southbound right lanes of the highway between mile marker 6 and 7. That's where new overpasses and roundabouts are are being completed for County Road 62. The lane closures will be in effect for three weeks.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny and dry today through the weekend with his from the mid-to-upper 50s and overnight lows in the low 30s.
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