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May 2 First News: Zozobra To Burn On Friday August 29th (Listen)

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is bringing the burning of Zozobra back to a Friday night. The club’s Zozobra Committee Chair, Raymond Sandoval says the City has approved the date of August 29th. Sandoval says the returning the burning of “old man gloom” to Friday will boost attendance at the event. He says this year’s burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra is the beginning of something new: *****050214-Sandoval-1 :37 (q: our 100th anniversary)***** Sandoval says it took a lot of time and compromise to move the event back to Fridays.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that felons in New Mexico can hold public office if they received a deferred sentence and charges are dismissed. The court issued the decision Thursday in answering a state law question from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver in a New Mexico man's appeal over a federal charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. Judges can defer sentencing until an offender completes a period of probation, and charges are dismissed if the individual complies with the probation conditions. The conviction remains in court records, but the justices say a person's civil rights are restored, including the ability to hold public office.

Starting today at nine a-m, motorists north of town on U-S highway 84/285 will be detoured at the North Tesuque Interchange. The New Mexico Department of Transportation says the exit itself will be closed as through traffic is routed through the off and on ramps. Traffic will return to normal by Monday morning, but the bridge rehabilitation work and detour will resume the following weekend.

Governor Susana Martinez will be in Espanola today to discuss a program designed to help children who face the threat of going without a meal once school lets out for the summer. Martinez announced this year's food service program during a visit to Albuquerque on Thursday. Since 2010, the governor's office says 36 new sites have been added, and the program expects to serve more than two-million meals across New Mexico this year. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and operated by the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department. The state agency reimburses sponsoring organizations for the administration and service of meals at approved sites when school is out. The meals are free and no registration.

Santa Fe and northern New Mexico businesses can get help establishing an online presence at Warehouse 21 today from 9am to noon. The ‘New Mexico Get Your Business Online’ event features Google experts helping businesses get a website. Free web hosting for a year is included. It’s estimated that fewer than half of New Mexico small businesses have a website.

As Santa Fe enters a fourth year of drought, City water managers are reminding residents that seasonal water restrictions are in effect from through the end of October. Watering is prohibited from ten-a-m to six-p-m and limited to three times per week. Repeat violations can incur fines up to 200-dollars.

Santa Fe Weather: Sunny today, with a high near 65. It’ll be mostly clear tonight, with a low around 42. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.