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August 15, 2018
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First News: A 360 acre wildfire is uncontained some 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport. (listen)
(KSFR) - Widely visible across Santa Fe last evening was smoke from what's been dubbed the Colorado Peak Fire. It encompasses more than 360 acres on the Caja del Rio plateau some 10 miles northwest of the Santa Fe Airport. The cause is under investigation as some 160 firefighting personnel battle the blaze with no containment yet reported. Meanwhile, the Bear Springs Fire near Jemez Springs is at 75% containment. That lightning-sparked blaze has charred some 620 acres. Further progress is expected today by the 190 firefighters on scene.

Santa Fe City Council is expected to discuss fluoride in the water supply when they meet next week. The question is whether to continue adding fluoride or stop the practice. Federal officials say they intend to lower the recommended level of fluoride in public water supplies. The New Mexican reports that councilors are considering not adopting the new federal standards. Some local residents have raised questions about possible health effects of fluoridation.

A new report from the Federal Reserve indicates that economic conditions in northern New Mexico and neighboring states has improved over the past two months. The report says hotel occupancy is holding steady and room rates are up slightly. It also notes that residential real estate activity is up, even though housing starts are down from the previous survey. It also says that bankers report a slight increase in loan demand.

The coming onslaught of political advertising in New Mexico could involve a big campaign by environmental groups. The national Politico blog reports word of a campaign that could cost upwards of a million dollars. It's believed the ads will be focused on helping Democrat Martin Heinrich as he faces Republican Heather Wilson in November for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Investigators have uncovered a scheme wherein Mexican nationals used rental homes in Portales and Clovis to fraudulently obtain more than 50 state drivers licenses for illegal aliens. Today's Albuquerque Journal reports that an investigation was triggered after an inquiry to the MVD by a Brazilian woman living in Georgia who allegedly paid $4000 in the scheme asking the agency why she hadn't yet received a permanent license. A Clovis District Attorney says that a Mexican family used the rental properties as addresses from which their clients could be issued rental agreements and utility bills that would enable them to get a New Mexico drivers license. So far, two members of the ring have been arrested and put on a $10,000 cash-only bond. Two more are scheduled to turn themselves in with five remaining at large.

Weather for Santa Fe - Warm, sunny and dry days take us through the weekend with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. No precipitation expected until Monday at the earliest.
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