The Santa Fe County Development Review Committee on Thursday rejected a bid for a 50-thousand acre gravel mining operation on La Bajada Mesa. The proposal by Buena Vista Estates and Rockology, LLC drew a large crowd to the County Commission chambers in downtown Santa Fe, filled mostly with opponents of the plan. The Development Review Committee voted 5-2 against the request to re-zone the acreage from its current agricultural status.
Florida-based Atlantic Education Partners has received the go-ahead from the Santa Fe School Board to launch its program targeting high school dropouts and getting them to meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma. The Board voted four-to-one Tuesday night in favor of the deal to fund the “Engage Santa Fe” effort. Atlantic Education Partners will be implementing its program for students aged 16-21 next January.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is appealing a court ruling that terminally ill patients can seek a physician's help in dying. King tells the Albuquerque Journal that one of the problems with District Judge Jan Nash's January ruling is that it doesn't apply statewide. King adds that he wants to protect the assisted suicide law. That law classifies helping with suicide as a felony.
Governor Susana Martinez has signed a six-billion dollar state budget but used her line-item veto power to reduce about 27 million-dollars from the spending plan. Vetoed were more than two-million dollars that would have provided pay raises for judges, district attorneys and appointed government workers. The Governor also eliminated 15-million dollars in school funding and four-million dollars for a college endowment fund.
The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month. However, federal officials say four more employees have tested positive for low levels of contamination, adding to the 13 tested immediately after the leak. Authorities say none should suffer health effects. WIPP officials say they may send personnel into the mine this week for the first time since the February 14th radiation leak.
A new television drama about the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb will start filming in Sana Fe later this month. Governor Susana Martinez says the series "Manhattan" will premiere on WGN-America in July. The series of one-hour dramas centers on brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives. The production will employ about 200 New Mexico crew members, as well as more than three-thousand actors and background talent over the course of the series.
Santa Fe voters elected Former New Mexico Democratic Party chair Javier Gonzales to be the City Different's next mayor on Tuesday. Gonzales easily out-distanced City Councilors Patti Bushee and Bill Dimas, taking more than 43-percent of the vote.
Winners in the four city council races were Sig Lindell in District One, Joseph Maestas in District Two, while third-district Councilor Carmichael Dominguez and the fourth district's Ron Trujillo, who ran unopposed, were re-elected.
Today is Santa Fe's municipal Election Day, as voters will choose its next mayor, city councilors and several proposed charter amendments. And word from City Clerk Yolanda Vigil is that the City Different has set a new mark for early-voting. ******030414-Vigil-2 :32*****Vigil asks that voters call the Clerk's office or check the New Mexican for their polling place, which may differ than county-run primary or general elections.