May 17 First News: SF Railyard movie complex will not compete with local art houses. (listen)

The developer of the proposed new movie complex in Santa Fe's Railyard has said his enterprise will not harm already existing art-house cinemas here. Bill Banowsky of Austin, Texas-based Violet Crown told attendees at an Early Neighborhood Notification meeting that his company's 30,000 square-foot, 11-screen movie theater will primarily show 1st run films with optional reserved seating. The complex will also feature an attached restaurant and bar. After securing all necessary city approvals, Banowsky hopes to be up and running by the end of 2014.

New Mexico is one of six states getting a score of "zero" in a study on whether states monitor all campaign spending. The report comes from a watchdog group named the National Institute for Money in State Politics. Denise Barber worked on the study and says New Mexico has no laws to require that outside political groups report their spending on attack television ads. …*** Besides New Mexico, other states scoring no points in the study are Alabama, Indiana, New York, North Dakota and South Carolina.

Sandia National Laboratories has been fined millions of dollars by the federal government as a result of a report criticizing the lab's safety record. KRQE television reports that the government's audit called Sandia's response to one safety incident as “disingenuous,” “disturbing” and “reckless.”

US House representative Steve Pearce of New Mexico's 2nd congressional district joined fellow republicans in their 37th attempt to repeal the nation's Affordable Care Act. Pearce co-sponsored this most recent repeal measure which passed Thursday on a party line vote of 229 to 195. The congressman says the law hurts the middle class by raising taxes and making health insurance more expensive and will also force businesses to cut jobs.

Meanwhile, the New Mexico agency charged with implementing the federal Affordable Care Act has approved spending some $20 million to market the program to the state's residents. The money will come from a federal grant awarded to the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange.  The program is supposed to begin October 1st, but some health exchange board members believe that may be impossible because the state got off to a late start in its planning.  

Homeowners worried about possible foreclosure will be able to get some advice at a series of workshops beginning today in Santa Fe. They're sponsored by the Attorney General's office and will be held all day today and tomorrow at the University of Art and Design.  

Santa Fe's new baseball team has lost the first game of its second season. The Fuego went down 17 to 8 in the home opener against the new Taos Blizzard team. The Fuego are scheduled to play again at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fort Marcy Ballpark.  

State police have arrested a 17-year-old Glorieta girl on extortion charges.  Selena Velasquez is alleged to have engaged in consensual sex with a 43-year-old Santa Fe man. Since that encounter, the man told authorities that Velasquez has been threatening to charge him with rape if he did not give her $1500. Police set up a monitored phone call in which they were able to confirm the blackmail threats.  She was arrested after showing up for an arranged payment at Wal-Mart's parking lot. A court date has been set for June.

Weather for Santa Fe – sunny and dry today with highs in the upper 70s.  A very slight chance for an afternoon or evening thundershower tomorrow with highs in the mid 70s.  Sunny and a bit cooler Sunday with a high in the low 70s. Overnight lows tonight in the low 50s, mid 40s by late in the weekend.