Mon June 3, 2013
June 3 First News: Thompson Fire now 1900 acres and Tres Lagunas at 7500. (listen)
The latest report has the Thompson Fire in the Jemez now just above 1900 acres. Some 310 personnel have been working to create fire lines around portions of the perimeter but there is no containment at present. The fire, which started Friday, is believed to have been caused by a downed power line. That’s the same ignition source cited for the Tres Lagunas Fire near Pecos which has now scorched at least 7500 acres. Over 400 firefighters are on scene with 5% containment.
Plans are afoot for the Santa Fe school board to file a lawsuit against the state for not providing what they call adequate funding for education. The school board has budgeted $100,000 for legal fees in the coming year, and the Journal North reports that they are looking for other school districts to join in on the lawsuit. Similar suits have been filed in other states, and some of them have been successful.
The story of hacked emails sent and received by the Martinez administration continues to unfold. Last week, a former campaign manager for the Republican governor was indicted on federal charges of commandeering the access to emails on the governor's 2010 election website. Now, the governor's former finance director confirms that she was interviewed by the FBI about emails related to a controversial decision about the contract to run the Downs Racino in Albuquerque.
A weekend standoff between a Santa Fe man and the police SWAT team has ended peacefully with the man in jail. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call late Saturday to find an armed 46-year-old man refusing to leave his house after allegedly battering his wife. The standoff ended when the SWAT team fired tear gas into the house, forcing the man out.
New Mexico's Sunday liquor-sales law will change in less than two weeks. Beginning June 14, it will be legal for restaurants and bars to sell alcohol at 11 a.m. instead of noon. Twelve o'clock will remain the time when alcohol can be sold in retail stores.
The endangered silvery minnow may get a drink of water, after all. The Albuquerque Bernalillo Water Authority says it will lease 40,000 acre feet of water to the federal government at a cost of $4 million. The water will be channeled as needed into the Rio Grande. It comes from the water authority's allotment provided by the San Juan-Chama project. It’s stored in Abiquiu’s reservoir.
Weather for Santa Fe – mostly sunny and warm today and Tuesday with highs in the low 80s. Overnight lows in the mid 50s.