Aug 30 First News: Santa Fe mayoral race expands

Aug 30, 2013

  The race for mayor of Santa Fe has another contestant. Former Democratic state chairman Javier Gonzales says he plans to run for the post in March.  Gonzales earlier served on the county commission.  His entry into the race brings to seven the number of candidates seeking the office.

Christus St. Vincent hospital says it plans to provide some $600,000 in funds to help local community health programs.  In all, there are nearly 30 agencies that will benefit from the grants.  Included are those serving pregnant women, young children and teens at risk of suicide, among others. 

A new report indicates the severity of drought in New Mexico is abating. There is 78% less land under exceptional drought than three months ago and extreme drought has declined 40%. Despite this improvement over 90% of the state remains afflicted by severe drought or worse

Summer monsoons may have brought some relief from the drought, but a UNM allergist says the rains are also responsible for what seems to be an increase in allergies.  Dr. Marc Schuyler tells KOB television that symptoms of sneezing, coughing and watery eyes probably won’t go away until the first frost.

Locally owned banks in New Mexico are seeing a healthy rise in profits.  The federal reserve’s latest quarterly report says the 48 banks with headquarters in New Mexico saw combined profits increase 8 percent during the second quarter and 13 percent for the first six months of the year. 

As debate over same-sex marriages continues, the IRS has come out with new rules, saying that same-sex couples will be able to file tax returns as couples rather than individuals.  But they must have been married in states where their marriages were legal.  They can live anywhere. 

Plans are being laid for next Thursday’s annual Zozobra celebration and Rail Runner officials say train schedules will allow people visiting from the south to get home after the event. The last train will leave Santa Fe a bit later than usual and will leave at 11 p.m.

Weather:  Chances for precipitation today and over the next few days is looking good. 30 percent today, 40 percent tonight and 50 percent on Sunday.