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August 19, 2018
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First News: Between 5-and-10 inches of snow has prompted 2 hr. delays for schools as well as city, county and some state & federal offices in Santa Fe. (listen)
(KSFR) - All city, county, and some state and federal offices are on a two-hour delay this morning after up to five-to-ten inches of snow fell across the Santa Fe region late Sunday. Also delayed until 10AM are Santa Fe Public Schools along with private schools and colleges. Schools in Taos, Las Vegas and Pecos are also on a late start. City of Santa Fe recreation centers will open at 10AM.

Democrats in the state senate have nominated Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas for the job of president pro tem. That's the senate's top position. Campos would replace Sen. Tim Jennings who was defeated at the polls in November. The final vote for or against Campos will come
in January when the full senate votes to elect its top leader. Democrats in the House will meet at the end of this week to choose their leaders. Steve Terrell of the New Mexican says House Majority Leader Kenny Martinez of Grants is expected to get the job. He would replace long-time House Speaker Ben Lujan who is retiring.

Just one contest from the November elections remains to be settled but that is expected to come today. The state canvassing board will meet to certify the results of a runoff race for a seat in the House from Albuquerque. At last count, Republican Paul Pacheco was leading Democrat Marci Blaze by 66 votes. Meanwhile, the secretary of state says just 63 percent of the state's registered voters turned out to vote in the November general elections.

Santa Fe's Public Works Committee today considers that proposed ordinance by councilor Ron Trujillo which would increase fines and penalties for jaywalking in Santa Fe. Fines could go from the current $25 to $300, with the offense requiring a mandatory court appearance. A number of other city councilors say the measure goes too far. Last week, the Finance Committee refused to vote on it and pass the measure on to full council.

It should be a good week for local ski areas - most have been waiting to officially open as they only had machine-made snow on a limited number of slopes. The storm brought 16 inches of snow to the Santa Fe Ski basin - they previously announced that they expect to open about 48 hours after any appreciable snowfall. Ski Taos reports 13 inches - so, too Angel Fire. Red River received 7 inches.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny and very cold today and Tuesday. Highs today near 30 degrees with overnight lows around 12. Mid 30s for highs tomorrow. The remainder of the week will see temperatures rebound to the mid 40s. There's a slight chance for some precipitation to arrive by the end of the week though temperatures are not expected to be as cold.
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