May 1 First News: New downtown courthouse will begin move-in June 5th. (listen)

Court officials have set June 5th to begin the move into the new district courthouse.  Court administrator Steven Pacheco tells KSFR News that the move entails bringing existing courtroom seating from the old courthouse because new seating will not arrive until the end of July.  It was ordered late because of delays in funding.  Because of the move, court will be closed from June 5th, reopening on the 10th. 

Santa Fe Municipal Airport today sees an expansion of services as United Airlines begins twice daily flights to and from Denver. Great Lakes Airlines also introduces new direct service to Phoenix. Mayor David Coss and New Mexico Cabinet Secretaries from the Economic Development, Tourism and Transportation departments will be on hand for a 12:30 celebration.

Board members of New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange have decided to ask the federal government for a grant of $20 million to help the exchange begin meeting deadlines under the Affordable Care Act.  They already have $32 million in startup funds from an earlier grant. The state got off to a late start and The New Mexico Business Weekly reports that the exchange is meeting this week to struggle with all the requirements of the federal law.

The USDA will shortly give permission for a Roswell company to open a horse slaughtering operation for the foreign export of horsemeat. Valley Meat Company has been seeking the approval since last year and says it stands at the ready to start operations after passing the necessary USDA qualifying inspection last week .  Today's Albuquerque Journal reports US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as saying that unless Congress acts otherwise, the USDA is obligated to greenlight the enterprise.

Disagreement seems to be growing among members of the board of directors of the Lamy Railroad and History Museum. Board President Ed Pietras  told KSFR News that they asked the popular Legal Tender restaurant at the museum to close over a contract dispute, among other things. But now board member Joel Bernstein  says the full board never considered the question. *** The museum and the restaurant are located just steps from the Amtrak station in Lamy.  

Local immigrant rights advocacy group Somos un Pueblo Unido plans a 5PM march and celebration to mark the annual May 1st International Workers Day with support of  various labor organizations and unions. It’s just one of several events to be staged around New Mexico hoping to urge Congress to enact sensible immigration reform.

A southside Santa Fe accident involving a pick-up truck early Tuesday morning resulted in a horse being euthanized after sustaining grievous injuries. The mishap occurred as a newspaper deliveryman drove along Aviation Drive. A dog was chasing a horse and the animals suddenly jumped into the driver's lane. The dog avoided being hit but the horse suffered a broken leg and other injuries requiring a responding officer to put it down on scene. The horse's owner was cited for letting the animal run loose.

Weather for Santa Fe – mostly sunny today with highs in the low 70s.  Winds will be on the increase this afternoon as a backdoor cold front spills across the area. Windy tonight with areas of blowing dust at times and lows in the mid 30s. Tomorrow’s highs only near 50 degrees with more blowing dust. Overnight lows Thursday in the upper 20s.