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August 19, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe's Sanbusco Center to face foreclosure. (listen)
(KSFR) - The Sanbusco Market Center in the Santa Fe Railyard could be the latest victim of the recession. Owner Joe Schepps is $9 million in debt and the center's lender is asking the courts to foreclose on the property. The financial problem became acute when the Borders bookstore chain closed its outlet there early last year. Borders was Sanbusco's anchor tenant. Schepps has owned the property since 1984.

Smoke is expected to obscure skies in Santa Fe and elsewhere today as the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire rages across more than 70,000 acres in the Gila National Forest. A number of lightning-sparked fires in the area have been joined by high winds into a blaze that now encompasses more than 110 square miles. 12 homes along with a number of other structures have been destroyed. The fire remains at 0% containment due to extreme fire conditions with no improvement expected until the weekend.

The University of New Mexico is set to become the first higher education institution in the state to offer the public salary information on most of its employees. The university's sunshine portal could be online as early as this afternoon. The Albuquerque Journal says the site will eventually ask for a user ID and password, but that won't be the case today. Other financial information will include contracts of $20,000 or more.

From a federal court in Las Cruces comes word of a five year prison sentence for a gun store owner in Chapparal, New Mexico on charges of conspiring to smuggle 200 firearms to Mexican drug cartels. 52-year-old Ian Garland had pleaded guilty back in July 2011 to multiple charges and is among 12 defendants total. Garland allowed people to make false statements on federal firearm purchase forms that made assurances that the guns were for themselves though he had full knowledge they were to be run across the border. Two of those people included the former mayor of Columbus along with a village trustee.

Motorists driving I-25 from Santa Fe south to Cochiti will be facing slowdowns today and tomorrow morning. The state transportation department is resurfacing the southbound section of the interstate. They expect to have the project completed by Saturday afternoon.

A reminder that along with all the usual closures of local, state and federal government offices on Monday's observance of Memorial Day, there will be no bus service from either Santa Fe Trails or Santa Fe Ride.

Weather for Santa Fe - Dangerously dry and windy fire weather continues today and into the holiday weekend. Highs today in the low 80s with southwest winds to 30 miles per hour at times. Those winds will be funneling smoke from downstate's Whitewater-Baldy Fire across much of our area today and Saturday along with bouts of blowing dust at times. Westerly winds Sunday will allow for clearer skies and high temperatures fall back to near 70 degrees. Memorial Day sees winds abating with highs in the mid 70s.
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