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September 22, 2018
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First News: Court to ask SF County for a half million dollars for courthouse furnishings. (listen)
(KSFR) - Officials from the first district court will go to the Santa Fe County Commission next week to ask for as much as a half million dollars to help in buying furnishings for the new county courthouse. This comes after the state board of finance approved an emergency grant equaling just a third of the amount they say is needed. The dispute continues over who is responsible for paying the bill to equip the courthouse. Gov. Martinez vetoed a legislative appropriation of $1.6 million last year, saying furnishing the new building is the county's responsibility. The attorney general's office disagrees but so far no action has taken place to change the governor's stance.

Santa Fe isn't running short of water just yet, but the area could face a shortfall after next year if the drought continues. City water officials tell the New Mexican that Santa Fe's diversified resources of wells and reservoirs could take up any slack in the projected shortage of river water. The Bureau of Reclamation forecasts as much as 20 percent less in water supplies to the San Juan-Chama diversion project next year. That is expected to hurt farmers downstream. But
Santa Fe officials say the city's wells have not taken much water from the aquifer in several years and that the reservoirs are about 28 percent full.

The Public Regulation Commission meets this morning in Santa Fe. Among items on the agenda is a possible vote on allowing electric utility PNM to add solar-derived power to their Sky Blue program. That program currently allows customers supportive of renewable energy sources to voluntarily pay a bit extra for power created by wind farms. The PRC may also act on PNM's outline to have 10% of its overall energy-resource portfolio come from renewables in 2013. The meeting will be webcast live beginning at 9:30 at nmprc--dot-state--dot-nm--dot us.

A new report issued by the Legislative Finance Committee says colleges preparing folks for teaching careers are falling short of the mark. Today's Albuquerque Journal reports that the committee calls for higher standards to be applied to educator preparation programs. It also recommends that the State Education department provide more oversight and that the state set a higher passing score for the assessment test teachers must take to receive their credentials. The report noted that teachers educated at UNM later had students with higher achievement scores than those taught at New Mexico Highlands University.

Actor/director Robert Redford is creating two scholarship funds for the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. To be known as the Robert Redford / Milagro Initiative Scholarship program, it will provide for two categories. One will target aspiring Native American film students, providing 100% of tuition and housing costs for up to five years at about $34,000 annually. The other scholarship program will be open to all students in any fine arts major with an amount to vary based on field of study. The programs will begin in the fall 2013 semester.

Weather for Santa Fe - Sunny, dry and unseasonably warm again today and Friday with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Temperatures cool a bit for Saturday then plunge on Sunday with highs only in the mid 30s followed by overnight lows in the single digits.
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