June 14 First News: Jaraso Fire 20 miles NE of Santa Fe proving difficult to map. (listen)
The Jaroso Fire burning some 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe still has no containment. Estimates of its size range from 4-to-8 thousand acres but the intense heat of the blaze has been preventing accurate infra-red mapping. It's burning in very difficult terrain accessible only by helicopter. The area has almost a thousand acres of abundant ground fuels with vast stands of downed trees, felled by a severe wind incident some years ago.
Meanwhile, fire crews are mopping up operations in the area of the Tres Lagunas fire near Pecos as well as at the Thompson Ridge fire in the Jemez Mountains. A fourth fire in northern New Mexico is burning near the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. They say it's about 850 acres in a largely unpopulated area.
New Mexico’s ACLU is asking the Whole Foods supermarket chain to explain whether or not it has a language policy at work. ACLU says it represents two employees who were temporarily suspended from work after speaking Spanish with one another while on duty. Laura Ives with the ACLU tells KSFR News there appears to be no policy when it comes to languages other than Spanish. ***
Even though the new district courthouse has no public parking, Santa Fe city hall says there's plenty of it nearby. The new courthouse opened this week with some complaints from folks saying they couldn't find a place to park. The city say there are hundreds of parking meters and three parking garages downtown. There are also Santa Fe bus pick up stops nearby.
That company down Roswell way hoping to begin horse-slaughtering operations has been dealt a setback by the US House of Representatives. The Appropriations Committee has endorsed an amendment that would get rid of federal funding for the necessary USDA inspections. Valley Meat Company has been awaiting final approvals to open their facility which would produce horsemeat for export outside the US. New Mexico's Attorney General just this week issued an opinion that such action would be in violation of the New Mexico Food Act.
Santa Fean and Medal of Honor recipient, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, has had his likeness cast in bronze and the statue will officially be unveiled Monday on the lawn at Santa Fe City Hall. Titled "Hometown Hero", it honors Petry's heroics while deployed in Afghanistan in 2008 where he picked up a live grenade and tossed it away from his fellow soldiers. Petry lost his right hand in the incident. President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor in 2011.
A pre-cautionary "boil water" advisory is in place for the El Dorado Area Water & Sanitation District water system. It comes following a water system failure that caused a shut down and a lowering of water pressure to many of the more than 7,000 customers. After repairs, the system will chlorinate and take bacteriological samples. In the meantime, El Doradans should boil water for five minutes before drinking, cooking and dishwashing.
Weather for Santa Fe – high temperatures will be closer to seasonal norms today through the weekend, running from the low-to-mid 80s under sunny skies. There’s a 30% chance for both afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. That drops to 20% tomorrow and just 10% on Sunday.