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August 19, 2018
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First News: Santa Fe's anti-property crime initiative all ready seeing results. (listen)
(KSFR) - The Santa Fe police department's newest effort to find and arrest burglars appears to be making progress. Just four days after the department announced the "Full Court Press" initiative, officers have made a dozen arrests related to property crimes. The New Mexican is reporting that the effort has already recovered more than $30,000 worth of jewelry and electronics among other items.

The owners of a Santa Fe asphalt company want the authorities to return more than $100,000 in cash seized in a raid of their business. Their attorneys say the seizure of the cash from the company offices was not related to an investigation of Advantage Asphalt on allegations of defrauding Santa Fe County out of $1 million. The judge has given prosecutors until next week to show evidence why the cash should remain impounded.

A state legislative report says New Mexico could save upwards of $8 million if it could cut down slightly on the number of prisoners released from prison who eventually return within a few years. The report says over the past three years nearly half of released prisoners have since returned to prison.

A controversy is taking shape over new actions by the governor to post salary information about state employees online in her so-called "Sunshine" portal. The major employees union argues in a lawsuit against the governor that she has no legal authority to reveal the names along with the salaries of rank-and-file employees. The Journal North is reporting that only salaries of jobs were posted initially but now names have been added.

The Little Bear Fire down Ruidoso way is at 45% containment. The 38,000 acre blaze has about 1450 personnel working on scene. No additional structures have been burned beyond the 224 all ready reported.

Meanwhile, a small fire that broke out Thursday morning just west of Manzano was rapidly contained after burning some 12 acres. A small team of firefighters worked overnight to extinguish hotspots.

New Mexico senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have introduced legislation that would designate Manhattan Project sites around the country as a National Historical Park. From December 1942 until September 1945, the Manhattan Project was a largely secret $2.2 billion effort that employed 130,000 workers to create nuclear weapons.Both the National Park Service and the Department of Energy endorse preserving the Manhattan Project's legacy by Congress establishing a national historical park at the three sites where most of the work occurred. Besides nearby Los Alamos, that includes Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington.

As meteorologists run computer models on the upcoming southwest monsoon season, they're cautioning that normal precipitation or even slightly above during the typically rainy season will do little to alleviate the effects of long-standing drought in New Mexico. The National Weather Service office in Albuquerque says that a combined boil down of multiple computer models is leading to expectations of near-normal summer rainfall with odds very slightly in favor of above-average. They further note, however, that the monsoon may not be uniform across the southwest, with eastern portions of New Mexico possibly seeing less rainfall. Here in northern New Mexico, the monsoonal weather typically sets up just after the 4th of July holiday period.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today with a high near 90 degrees. Tomorrow sees a 20% chance for isolated showers or thunderstorms, increasing to 30% Saturday evening. High temperatures Saturday in the mid 80s. Sunny and dry Sunday with highs in the mid 80s with that forecast likely to hold through next week.
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