The nearby Tres Lagunas Fire has been less active in the overnight hours but weather conditions today are not expected to be helpful, says Dan Ware with the State Forestry Division…***clip The 500 acre blaze 10 miles north of Pecos has prompted evacuations of some 134 seasonal homes in the area. The fire continues to burn to the north along both sides of highway 63. Some 200 personnel are currently assigned to the scene. The fire broke out Thursday afternoon, thought to have been started by a downed power line.
On Thursday's midday report: Following that bridge collapse outside Seattle, we’ll check in with the bridge inspection program director in New Mexico to check on bridges here… New Mexico has a poor high school graduation rate. Now comes word that the number of expulsions of children from preschools makes New Mexico the worst in the nation …and a former Martinez aide is indicted on federal charges of email hacking….headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
The Santa Fe man found guilty of double homicide in a $100 rent dispute has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Arthur Anaya fatally shot teenager Austin Urban and 51-year-old Theresa Vigil back in January 2012 at a mobile home they were renting from him. Anaya has a lengthy criminal record and is known to have mental problems. District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer presided at Anaya’s sentencing in district court which, at minimum, requires serving 66 years in jail. The defendant plans to appeal.
After local news headlines, a conversation with new Santa Fe Fire Chief Erik Litzenberg. We also speak to some 9th graders from Taos competing for a top national science prize -- they've discovered a Native American medicinal plant has promising anti-cancer properties. And Red Flag Warnings for critical fire conditions around the state through Friday; we speak with meteorologist Brent Wachter with the NWS office in Albuquerque.
On Tuesday's midday report: We'll take a look at drone aircraft over New Mexico. It turns out the Zia state is the only one, so far at least, with FAA approval to use airspace to test drones...If you want to know how bad the drought is, just ask a farmer. That's what our reporter did at the Santa Fe Farmers Market...Enterprising Santa Fe high school students study the effectiveness of ignition interlocks...And what's the country with the highest rating for happiness in work and living. We'll find out it's not the U.S.
Florida-based Teco Energy Inc. is buying New Mexico Gas Company for $950 million. The purchase deal also includes assumption of New Mexico Gas Company's current $200 million in debt. Pending state and federal approvals, the deal is expected to close in the 1st quarter of 2014. Teco currently operates the Tampa Electric company. New Mexico Gas Company is currently a subsidiary of New York-based Continental Energy Systems LLC, which acquired it back in 2009 when PNM Resources sold it off for $620 million.