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August 19, 2018
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First News: Former PRC member Jerome Block, Jr. briefly jailed for probation violation. (listen)
(KSFR) - The question today is, what's next for Jerome Block, Jr. The former Public Regulation Commissioner was booked into jail again late Friday on a probation violation. He apparently tested positive for having alcohol in his system. Block had avoided a prison term by agreeing to undergo treatment for substance abuse. Before that arrangement in March, Block had violated probation several other times by failing to meet the requirements of a court-ordered drug court. Block was expected to be released late Sunday.

The International Folk Art Market is over for another year and early reports indicate another success. Market organizers say that going into the weekend, participants had already sold more than a half-million dollars in art of all types. Gallery owner and volunteer Sarah Garman told KSFR News that artists can go home with as much as 90 percent of their sales. *** Last year's market saw artists taking in more than $2 million in sales. The 150 artists in this year's show were mostly from developing countries.

There's likely to be at least three, if not four or more, televised debates between senate hopefuls republican Heather Wilson and democrat Martin Heinrich. The locations and formats have yet to be finalized but four New Mexico TV stations have set October dates for the events. Wilson has accepted invitations for three thus far with Heinrich agreeing to four. The two candidates are vying for the seat to be vacated by retiring five-term democratic senator Jeff Bingaman.

The Santa Clara Pueblo's declaration of disaster in the wake of recent heavy rains causing extensive damage has senators Udall and Bingaman along with congressman Lujan urging FEMA to quickly release federal assistance funds. The trio signed a letter to multiple agencies citing safety concerns and went on to note that Santa Clara has received only $379,000, a fraction of their requested $31 million. Heavy monsoonal showers are causing flood damage as the rain falls on acreage scarred by last year's devastating Las Conchas Fire. That rendered much of the land unable to absorb moisture.

Expected to be revealed at today's meeting of Santa Fe's Finance committee are both the gross receipts' and lodgers' tax report for activity in May. City Finance Director Mel Morgan will present the information along with the latest monthly unemployment statistics.

13 year old Jansen Lyons of Rio Rancho is being credited with the discovery of a 2 lb. meteorite. Using a metal detector built by his grandfather, Lyons came across the rock in September. The LA Times reports he took it to UNM's Institute of Meteoritics a couple of weeks ago. They have confirmed its extraterrestrial origin and say it has likely been on the ground for about 10,000 years. Lyons and his family have not disclosed the exact location where the teen made his find. He's keeping most of the nickel-iron metal space rock, although a small chunk will be displayed at the museum as the Rio Rancho meteorite.

Weather for Santa Fe - today and tomorrow bring the best chances for precipitation for our area. Partly sunny both days with highs in the low 80s. A 40% chance today for afternoon showers and thunderstorms increases to 50% this evening and Tuesday.
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