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First News: Whitewater Baldy Complex Firefighters hope for further containment today. (listen)
(2012-06-01)
(KSFR) - Firefighters battling the Whitewater-Baldy fire in southwestern New Mexico hope to be able to improve the containment rate sometime today. The latest official report put the containment at just 5 percent. Higher humidity levels and more favorable winds are giving firefighters an assist. The latest report shows that the fire has burned nearly 200,000 acres. A new report is due out this morning.

A former Santa Fe County official will be on next week's primary election ballot, even though his court date on charges of committing fraud won't come up for more than a month. Oliver Garcia is on the ballot for the post of county treasurer. He was fired as assistant treasurer after being charged with allegedly using fake coupons to get free car washes. The Democratic Party has asked Garcia to publicly announce that he'll pull out of the race, but he has refused. Even if he did pull out, election officials say it's too late remove his name from the ballot.

City Hall says work on a sewer line on West Alameda Street has now been completed. Traffic was disrupted on the street beginning in mid-May when they discovered emergency repairs were needed on a main sewer line. They eventually had to replace more than 700 feet of pipe.

The New Mexico Department of Finance & Administration says about 22,000 state government employees may not see direct payroll deposits scheduled for today, June 1st, due to an error by a payroll bureau employee. The problem was corrected Thursday but may still delay some payments until tomorrow. Most likely to be affected are customers of smaller banking institutions. They're being advised to monitor their accounts ahead of any automatically scheduled withdrawals that occur on the 1st of the month.

Today sees Monsignor Jerome y Alire relinquish his 12-year role as rector of Santa Fe's Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. It was announced back in April that he would be assuming pastoral duties for a Pojoaque parish. Next week, the pastor of Santa Maria de la Paz, Adam Ortega y Ortiz, moves downtown to assume his duties as new rector at the cathedral.

A reminder that ahead of Tuesday's primaries in New Mexico, tomorrow is the last day for absentee and early voting. ***** Denise Lamb, County Elections Director.

Weather for Santa Fe - today and the weekend will be mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s. Tomorrow sees a very slight chance for an isolated shower during the afternoon and evening hours. Overnight lows throughout the period in the mid 50s. The outlook for next week calls for sunny and dry days.
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