Sept. 23 First News: $2M in "quick release" federal emergency funds coming to NM. (listen)

  The federal government has authorized $2 million in “quick release” emergency funds for New Mexico roadways & bridges damaged by our recent bout of heavy rains. According to the U.S. DOT, repairs from the September storms are so far estimated to be at least $9 million.  That number is expected to rise with future damage assessments. 

Santa Fe’s Anna Gunn won an Emmy last night as Best Supporting Actress for her work in the made-in-New Mexico TV series “Breaking Bad.”  The popular show, featuring Albuquerque as its main location, also picked up an Emmy for Best Drama. The last episode of its fifth and final season airs next week.

The New Mexico State Fair has ended its 2013 run  and a Fair spokesman says final attendance figures for this year's New Mexico State Fair won't be known for a couple of weeks. But Fair spokesman Michael Heningsen told KSFR news yesterday he's optimistic.***CLIP Heningsen says Saturday's attendance might have been the biggest attendance day in the Fair's history.

Santa Fe’s Piñon Elementary School conducts a public forum tonight at 6PM to present designs for the school’s final phase of new construction. Substantial additions have been made over the past several years to accommodate its high enrollment rate which had forced students into portable classrooms adjacent to the main facility. This last phase of the remodeling work, which began back in 2009, will create several new classrooms and teaching spaces, and the last of the portables will be removed.

New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Luján is supporting President Obama's new proposal to limit carbon emissions on new power plants built in the U-S.  Meanwhile, the congressman is critical of his colleagues who oppose new environmental regulations.***Clip The President's proposal is the first federal attempt to impose limits on the pollution blamed for global warming by capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions.

Holloman Air Force Base near Alamagordo is expecting to soon say goodbye to  hundreds of personnel attached to flights of the 7th Fighter Squadron's  24 F-22 Raptor aircraft. The move could start as soon as next month as the military re-assigns the aircraft to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The changeover had originally been scheduled for March but sequestration cuts delayed the move. Personnel moves are set for October with the aircraft to follow in January.

Rain damages in the Pecos/Las Vegas area of the Santa Fe National Forest has required that certain roads and sites be closed for public safety now through the end of the year. A number of forest roads are impassible due to washouts and debris such as trees and branches covering roadways. The Santa Fe National Forest is advising folks to contact local ranger districts before setting out.

Weather for Santa Fe – a sunny and dry week in store.  Highs today in the upper 60s, overnight lows in the low 40s. Warmer tomorrow with highs in the mid 70s.