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August 17, 2018
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The question of commercial development on the land of the Santa Fe Indian School could come up before the U.S. Congress when the new congress convenes next year. The school has already gotten the support of Rep. Ben Ray Lujan who sponsored a bill allowing the school to develop some commercial activity on trust land along Cerrillos Road. But retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman was against it. Lujan tells KSFR this morning that he's in agreement with newly elected Sen. Martin Heinrich that the school should be allowed to expand its scope if there's enough community agreement.

More than a dozen states have decriminalized recreational use of marijuana, and now an advocacy group wants New Mexico to do the same. The Drug Policy Alliance is proposing that state lawmakers decrease penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and eliminating any penalty for having less than an ounce. At present, possession of up to 8 ounces carries a $1,000 penalty and up teo ao year in jail. They argue it's a waste of time and money for the authorities and the courts to pursue people having small amounts. But at a meeting of legislators yesterday, some lawmakers said decriminalization could make the state's drug problem worse.

A judge has given a former top officer of the state finance authority five years probation instead of jail time for faking the agency's annual financial audit. Former controller Greg Campbell pleaded guilty but said it was the pressure of the job that led him to take short cuts. No money went missing. The Albuquerque Journal reports that prosecutors agreed that the case did not rise to the level of giving Campbell prison time. He could have gotten 30 years in prison.

New Mexico has 41 new police officers. They graduated from training class yesterday at the Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. They come from big and small police departments, from Santa Fe to Carlsbad, Taos and small towns.

A survey by a nationwide real estate company shows that Santa Fe has the most expensive homes in New Mexico while Deming has the most affordable. Other most expensive towns in the state are Farmington and Ruidoso. Among those with the least expensive homes are Belen and Las Cruces. As for the most expensive in the nation, Coldwell Banker Real Estate says it's Silicon Valley.

A heads up for motorists on I-25 today. The north bound off-ramp to St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Crews are working to complete bridge work.

Weather: Mostly sunny today and through the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 50s.

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