Oct. 15 First News: New Mexico will cover civilian national guard workers' payroll (Listen)

  Despite the lack of progress in Washington, there will be no furlough of 55 civilian state workers for the New Mexico National Guard.  Governor Susana Martinez's administration is halting any such furlough by using state dollars to cover their salaries this week while the federal government shutdown goes on. A National Guard spokesman says the state will pay more than 53-thousand dollars to cover the federal share of salaries. Should the shutdown continue into next week, funding sources will be reviewed.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is explaining her vote against a bill she says would harm Indian Country. The First-District Democrat is criticizing what she calls "deceitful legislation" that fails to fund many programs for Native Americans – including law enforcement, employment and training, housing and education programs. Lujan-Grisham is a member of the Congressional Native American Caucus. She utilized her vote against House Joint Resolution 80 to push for the spending compromise approved by the Senate.

A public hearing will be conducted during today's meeting of Santa Fe's Public Safety Committee on effective ways to get illegal drugs off the streets. The discussion flows from a resolution on health, safety and welfare of residents. City councilors are supporting a collaborative effort between Santa Fe Police and the community at large to combat drug use. The initiative is an adjunct to the LEAD program, which will divert some of those arrested for drugs into treatment programs instead of prosecution and incarceration.

Weather for Santa Fe – mostly sunny today with breezy winds at times, a high in the upper 50s. A small disturbance crosses our region this evening, bringing a 30-percent chance of precipitation alone with colder temperatures. Meteorologist Todd Shoemake with the National Weather Service says higher elevation snow is possible….*****clip.  Mostly cloudy Wednesday with showers still possible and a high only in the mid 40s.