Oct. 11First News: Tainted gasoline sold in Santa Fe (Listen)

Western Refining Company of Gallup is now saying batches of contaminated gasoline were delivered to Giant stations in Santa Fe, Gallup, Farmington, Kirtland, Jamestown as well as Albuquerque. Originally, the refiner said it sent water-contaminated fuel to two gas stations in Albuquerque, but later conceded the number was 11. It says at least 100-motorists complained of serious mechanical issues after filling up with the tainted gasoline. Western Refining says it will reimburse anyone with a legitimate claim.

One of the state’s largest health care providers has plans for a large outpatient medical facility in Santa Fe. The New Mexican reports Presbyterian Health Care is proposing a facility on St. Michael’s Drive, across the street from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Presbyterian operates eight hospitals in the state. A neighborhood notification meeting to discuss preliminary plans is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Santa Fe Residence Inn.

A national publication has hailed Taos as a top retirement destination. The editor of "Where to Retire" includes Taos as one of eight locations most desirable for retirees seeking creative inspiration with a focus on writing. Other cities on the list are Amherst, Massachusetts and Key West, Florida.

With government furlough impacts high in New Mexico and just ahead of the announced forthcoming closure dates for the Sandia and Los Alamos Laboratories, a statewide financial institution is touting special assistance loans. New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union says loans of up to six-thousand dollars at zero-percent interest for a year are available. The member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative partners with multiple organizations, including the Department of Energy and its contractors. 18-thousand employees at LANL and Sandia have been told of closures set for Oct. 21st

 KSFR was among the nearly 18-hundred PNM customers in the dark yesterday afternoon in a weather-related outage affecting Santa Fe customers in the south part of town. A utility spokesman says some of the downtown area was also affected by the outage.  PNM blames a faulty “lightning arrestor device,”  which protects the electrical system from surges when lightning, strikes a pole or line. Crews replaced the part, and by late afternoon, power was restored to all the customers affected.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History has made special note of the passing of Mercury Program astronaut Scott Carpenter. The second American to make a multi-orbital flight back in 1962, Carpenter passed away Thursday in Denver. He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in 1981. Of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, John Glenn is now sole surviving member.

A reminder that Monday, October 14th is Columbus Day, a federal holiday. All city, county and state offices will be closed along with Santa Fe Public Schools. No bus service for the holiday but the Rail Runner will be operating on it's Saturday schedule.

Santa Fe Weather: Sunny today, with a high near 58, and Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 33.