March 4, 2014 First News: Today is Election Day in Santa Fe (Listen)

Mar 4, 2014

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.


Mayoral Candidate Javier Gonzales meantime, will be joined by supporters at the Hotel Santa Fe as results come in after the polls close tonight. ******030414-Gonzales-2 :36***** One of Gonzales' two mayoral opponents, Patti Bushee, will join with supporters at Osteria, the restaurant located near city hall. *****030414-Bushee-2 :27***** No word on the gathering location for candidate Bill Dimas.


Municipal elections are also being held in a number of cities and towns statewide, including Rio Rancho, Espanola and Taos.


Albuquerque city councilors voted 7-2 last night to officially oppose the filming of the TV show 'COPS' in the city. KOB-TV reports the resolution states the position of the council is strongly in opposition to the filming of the series and urges the Bernalillo County Sheriff to reconsider his decision to allow filming. For his part, Sheriff Dan Houston says the show will follow his deputies starting next month. He says there is no way to prove the show will negatively impact the city's image.


Governor Susana Martinez on Monday signed into law a bill that supporters believe will help New Mexico's aviation industry. The measure will remove the state's gross receipts tax from the sale of commercial aircraft. The signing took place in Roswell, where two firms work on commercial airliners. The governor also signed legislation to require testing of newborns for heart disorders and a measure to regulate third-party pharmacy benefit managers that administer prescription drug insurance plans.


Police in Santa Fe are looking for a man who was wearing a Mexican-style wrestling mask and was armed with a handgun Saturday night when he approached a clerk at the Fill ‘Er Up gas station in the 26-hundred block of Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe around 10pm and robbed the store. Police say the suspect didn't speak, but handed the clerk a threatening note demanding cash from the register and safe, which he got. Police say video indicates the suspect is about five-feet, 11-inches tall.... the clerk reported he had blue eyes.


The Rio Metro Regional Transit District, the agency that runs the New Mexico Rail Runner, plans on unveiling a new mascot for the commuter train in May and wants the public's help naming it. You can check out the mascot and submit names for it on the New Mexico Rail Runner website at nmrailrunner-dot-com, where you can also find submission rules for the contest. On Monday, March 17th, finalists will be announced and voting will begin. The contest winner and mascot name will be revealed at the Albuquerque Isotopes game on Friday, May second. Rio Metro says prizes will be awarded.... but didn't provide details.


Santa Fe Weather: Partly sunny today, with a high near 56. Tonight, mostly cloudy, with a low of 32. Tomorrow: Sunny with a high near 58.