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September 22, 2018
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First News: Los Alamos Bank customers won't be affected by tighter controls from federal regulators. (listen)
(KSFR) - The president of Los Alamos National Bank says customers will not be affected by tighter controls placed on the bank by federal regulators. Steve Wells says the officials found some evidence of unsound banking practices when they conducted a routine audit a few months ago. The issue reportedly involves some of the banks loans not being strictly evaluated. The Los Alamos board has agreed to step up its management oversight. The bank is state's largest mortgage lender.

New Mexico's latest jobs report shows that the Zia state was the only state in the region to have its economy slip backwards over the past year. New Mexico lost 4,900 jobs during the past 12 months. Nearly 4,000 of those lost jobs were in Albuquerque, giving the Duke City a negative 1 percent growth rate. Las Cruces lost 2,500 jobs but Santa Fe's economy grew by 700 jobs -- a 1.1 percent growth. Neighboring states all expanded during the period. Utah had the highest growth rate at 3.1 percent.

Two New Mexico legislators are dropping their attempts to require photo identification or a Social Security number to vote, one of the most contentious and partisan issues in New Mexico politics. Republican Representatives Dianne Hamilton and Cathrynn Brown said it would be futile to introduce any voter identification bills because Democrats have strengthened their hold on the state House of Representatives. More in today's New Mexican.

In the upcoming election for Santa Fe School Board seats, the race to replace District 5's Frank Montano has narrowed to just two candidates. Teacher Edward Worden has withdrawn, leaving the contest to Santa Fe Police Lt. Louis Carlos and former teacher Lorraine Price. The February 5th election will also cover District 3, as Barbara Gudwin joins Montano in deciding not to seek re-election.

Meanwhile, two seats on Santa Fe Community College's Governing Board will be up for grabs in a March election. Prospective candidates must be at least 21 years old and reside in the community college district. Declarations of candidacy must be filed with the county clerk by Wednesday, January 16th.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny and very cold today and Friday highs today in the mid 20s upper 20s tomorrow. Overnight lows in the single digits. A bit warmer for the weekend with highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Forecasters are keeping an eye on a potential winter storm that could arrive early next week.
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