May 6 First News:Water to flow in SF River; how much and for how long to be determined. (listen)
City water managers have been letting a trickle of water flow from the reservoirs into the Santa Fe River over the past few days. Plans call for assessing how much water is flowing from snowmelt into the reservoir today. Then, according to the New Mexican, they'll decide whether to allow the trickle to continue. A city ordinance allows 1,000 acre feet of water into the river during the year, providing there's enough in the reservoirs.
Santa Fe city council has been poring over a draft of next year's city budget ahead of a vote this Wednesday, May 8th. The finance committee wrapped up work on the spending plan that anticipates about the same amount of income as this year. Reportedly, the budget provides no wage increases and would eliminate some city jobs that are currently vacant.
Regents of New Mexico State University are scheduled to select a new president of the school today. Former Gov. Garrey Carruthers, current dean of NMSU's College of Business, is among the finalists. Others come from universities in Nevada, Texas and Colorado.
Santa Fe Community College will be among a number of institutions taking part in a renewable energy project. It's funded by a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The project will focus on how New Mexico can take advantage of abundant sunshine to produce more energy, more efficiently.
In other news, SFCC has announced that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be the keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony on May 22nd. A 38-year-old San Antonio native, Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.
In Santa Fe, Bishops Lodge Road re-opens today as the $1.9 million roadway overhaul near the intersection with Paseo de Peralta continues. Washington Avenue will now close to auto traffic between Paseo and Federal Place. Motorists can access businesses, the U.S. Postal Office, and Federal Government entities utilizing Grant Avenue and Marcy Street.
Weather for Santa Fe – Forecasters have backed off a bit from their more active forecast of rain and thundershowers for today. Still, Todd Shoemake with the Weather service office in Albuquerque says we can still expect some measurable precipitation….**** A 60% chance for showers today with highs in the mid 60s. A 30% chance for rain tonight with lows in the low 40s. Sunny Tuesday with highs in the upper 60s.