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City of Santa Fe sues Country Club over water use |


City sues country club

The City of Santa Fe filed a lawsuit against the Santa Fe Country Club and Golf Association alleging breach of contract by the latter. The lawsuit seeks both damages for the breaches as well as a declaratory judgment allowing the city to terminate its contract with the country club. As explained in a city press release yesterday, a 60-year-old agreement between the city and the club provides free treated effluent to the club – more than 5 billion gallons of free treated effluent so far – in exchange for which the public benefits from access to the club and reduced green fees. The city alleges the country club between 2018 and 2021 exceeded its 700,000-per-day limit on 143 different days for a total of more than 22 million gallons. Additionally, city officials say the country club refuses to discuss any contract revisions that would include payment or a fixed term, despite attempts by the city to do so. “The city does not wish to terminate the Santa Fe County club’s access to water,” the press release read. “The City is seeking a new contractual arrangement that is fair and reasonable…the contract no longer represents a fair deal for City ratepayers, and it conflicts with current municipal code. »

SF school board picks Abeyta for vacant seat

Last night, members of the Santa Fe Public Schools Board unanimously selected former District 3 Councilman Roman “Tiger” Abeyta to fill the vacant SFPS District 4 seat. Abeyta narrowly lost his seat on the city council in a surprise upset by current councilor Lee Garcia in last year’s municipal elections. At a special meeting last night, board members heard from five candidates for the seat, which has been vacant since Rudy Garcia resigned last month. In Abeyta’s public interview with the board (around an hour and a half), Abeyta described himself as “an advocate for young people and families”, especially young people from the Southside, where Abeyta has said he grew up in poverty, graduated from Capital High School and became a teenage father. He began working for Santa Fe County in the animal control division, eventually becoming the county executive at the end of his government career. He is currently the Professional Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte.

Recent internet outage causes incalculable losses

A week ago today, many residents in Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties lost internet service for most of the day after a dump truck cut the lines. How many? Who knows. Comcast, the parent company of Xfinity, does not publish the number of customers affected by the outages, spokeswoman Julianne Phares told SFR. But she says the incident impacted all Xfinity customers in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, as many people testify. “In the middle of a work week, in the middle of a work day, the cost to my productivity was immense and across Santa Fe it was incalculable,” said GreenMoney.com Founder and Publisher Cliff Feigenbaum. . He estimates Wednesday’s outage cost him thousands of dollars in potential advertising revenue as well as media attention during GreenMoney’s 30th anniversary year. The outage also underscored the need for more Internet service options and backup systems. “It really pulls back the curtain on the vulnerability of our society,” said Brian Williams, director of emergency management for the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Emergency Management. The city uses CenturyLink and has not been impacted. ; the state uses multiple vendors and is otherwise protected against outages. Nonetheless, Department of Information Technology spokeswoman Renee Narvaiz said the department “is concerned about any outages and even the potential for outages. A brief outage can become an emergency. Consider a doctor who doesn’t cannot safely access a patient’s record or a person unable to make a phone call for emergency services.

COVID-19 in numbers

Reported July 26

New cases: 963; 587,656 total cases

Deaths: 11; Santa Fe County has recorded 328 total deaths; there were 8,207 total deaths statewide. Statewide hospitalizations: 194. Patients on ventilators: Seven

Rates per case: According to the state health department’s latest geographic trends report, released yesterday, for the seven-day period July 18-24, Roosevelt County had the highest daily case rate per 100,000 population. : 67.5, followed by Cibola County at 67.2 and McKinley County at 61.1; Santa Fe County’s case rate was 46.6, an increase from 44.3 last week. The state recorded 6,642 total new cases in the past seven days, comparable to last week.

Community levels: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest update for COVID-19 “community levels,” updated every Thursday, shows that more than twice as many counties in New Mexico now have red or “levels.” high” compared to last week. The CDC framework combines case rates with two hospital metrics and shows, for the seven-day period July 14-20, 17 New Mexico counties — 10 more than last week — now have “red” levels or high. Santa Fe County remains “yellow” or average. Only four counties now have “green” or low levels, down from nine last week. CDC recommendations include indoor masking for people living in high community counties. The Community Levels page comes with recommendations at the bottom of the page. The CDC also provides a quarantine and isolation calculator.

Resources: Registration of vaccines; Booster registration Free at home rapid antigen tests; Report a positive COVID-19 test result to the health department; Covid-19 treatment info: oral treatments Paxlovid (12 years and +) and Molnupiravir (18 years and +); and monoclonal antibody treatments. Toolkit for immunocompromised people. People seeking treatment who do not have a medical provider can call the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Vaccines for children: Parents of children 6 months to 5 years old can now schedule vaccinations at VaccineNM.org.

You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.


The League of Women Voters of New Mexico and the New Mexico Humanities Council are offering a program today, in person at Santa Fe Prep or via Zoom, on New Mexico Women: Heritage and Innovation. Historians will “explore the roles played by women from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds in the development of New Mexico and their contributions to our state’s unique multicultural environment.” Speakers include: Assistant State Historian Nicolasa Chavez; Dr. Sylvia Ramos Cruz, retired surgeon, poet and expert on women’s suffrage; Robin Farwell Gavin, curator emeritus of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts and author of Converging Streams: Southwestern Hispanic and Native American Art; Frances Levine, former director of the New Mexico Museum of History; and Lisa Nordstrum, Santa Fe Prep history professor and educator/curriculum developer for the state’s Department of Cultural Affairs and School of Advanced Research. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

All safety money can buy

If $30 million sounds like a good price for a fortress, you’re in luck. The Wall Street Journal features a 312-acre ranch “built with survival in mind” just outside of Taos. Namely: reinforced concrete; its own water supply; one year’s worth of propane; a solar energy system; several backup generators; a herd of yaks. The property’s realtors say it’s the most expensive listing in New Mexico. Owner Howard Mintz, 72, a retired real estate developer and earthquake building expert, says he spent two decades building it, but tells the WSJ he’s not a “psycho” survivalist: ” I’m not building an underground bunker with bunk beds and eating cans of beans and oatmeal for the rest of my life,” he said. On the other hand: “If hell breaks unleash, you can come here and you’ll be fine.” As for the yak, which Mintz describes as “smarter than cows, far less dangerous than buffalo,” they’re also for sale with the property, which includes a guest house, where Mintz lived as the main house – 4,000 square feet of it – is still only 85% complete after many years of delays, some work-related (he apparently laid off more 80 people.) As for Mintz, he plans to leave New Mexico, having “grew up to be there”. living off the ocean and fishing.

And the winners are…

Earlier this month, Travel & Leisure announced its “Best in the World” awards, with Santa Fe ranking third among the best cities in the United States. T&L followed up this week by asking Kim Peone, executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, to share her picks for “the best” local arts and dishes. We congratulate T&L to turn to a local for recommendations. We’re doing the same this week in a massive way with the 2022 edition of SFR’s Best of Santa Fe, on the streets and online today, with hundreds of recommendations from locals. You’ll find arts and food, as well as business, shopping, kids, pets, cannabis – the list goes on (books, bands, hiking trails). You’ll find this year’s winner for best public servant (Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for the third year in a row); best bar (kudos Tumbleroot!); best Instagram feed, even. Come celebrate the winners with us from 5-9 p.m. this Friday, July 29 at the Railyard, for a free party featuring food stalls, a beer garden, games, giveaways, and this year’s free Santa Fe Salutes tribute concert. year at the Beatles from 7 p.m. You can also pre-order this year’s BOSF t-shirt, featuring original artwork by Emma Bagley.

To assault

The National Weather Service forecast a 40% chance of rain today and tonight, mostly after noon and before midnight, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Today will otherwise be mostly sunny, with highs near 85 degrees and 5-15 mph northeast winds changing to southwest in the afternoon. Last night’s thunderstorm brought heavy rain and severe flooding in Tesuque– we could look like heavy rain again in the area starting tomorrow.

Thanks for reading! The Word’s reading list was already out of control even before yesterday’s announcement of The long list of the Booker Prize 2022.