Sept. 24 First News: A special SF City Council meeting today for special election items. (listen)

 A special Santa Fe City Council meeting takes place this evening to discuss three resolutions concerning the Santa Fe Municipal Charter amendments. Those amendments could become ballot items for voter approval in a proposed special election that would be held in conjunction with our regular municipal election on March 4th, 2014. Among changes put forth is making the mayoral post a full-time position with higher pay and barring additional employment. Water conservation, tax increases and campaign contribution limits are also being looked at.  The meeting begins at 5:30 at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.

 Lovelace Health Systems says it will not be offering primary healthcare coverage to the spouses of its 4000 employees if their own place of employment offers a health plan. Today's Albuquerque Journal says Lovelace will, however, provide secondary coverage for those people. Domestic partners and spouses without any job-related health insurance will continue to be offered coverage. The Lovelace Health System includes six hospitals and operates 11 pharmacies in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe.

Tomorrow afternoon sees a host of local and state agencies partnering with city, state and federal officials to combat Santa Fe Public Schools’ high drop-out rate. Our city’s ranking for drop-outs is among the top 3 in the state, which itself also nears the top of the list for same across the nation. The gathering is under the umbrella of Santa Fe’s Children & Youth Commission and takes place at Zona Del Sol on Valentine Way at 3PM Wednesady

Foreclosure and late mortgage payment rates continue to decline in Santa Fe.  That according to national real estate data clearinghouse, CoreLogic. Their just-released report says foreclosures are down almost one full percentage point as measured from July of this year versus 2012.  Mortgage delinquencies also dropped by a similar amount. CoreLogic notes that the current foreclosure rate in Santa Fe is 2.57%, slightly higher than the national average of 2.43 %.

The Department of Game and Fish has announced it will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife-law violations. New Mexico’s hunting seasons for deer, elk and small game are under way. Seasons for waterfowl and upland birds will open soon. Conservation officers will be checking for compliance of the Off Highway Motor Vehicle and the Aquatic Invasive Species Control Acts.

A "heads up" for folks driving on New Mexico 599 – the Santa Fe relief route. The highway will be closed today and Wednesday near Camino la Tierra between 8PM and 4AM both days. State Police are requesting motorists to use alternate routes.

Weather for Santa Fe – Sunny and dry for the next few days.  Highs in the mid 70s with overnight lows in the upper 40s. Friday and the weekend expected to be a bit cooler.