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August 19, 2018
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Folk Art Market sales up, attendance down (Listen)
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Word from the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is that sales were up but attendance was down at the annual event that concluded this past weekend. They say sales increased 7 percent to $2.5 million over last year. The average artist's booth took in more than $18,000. But attendance dropped nearly 6 percent. They say some 19,500 people attended the event -- 1,800 of them at the opening party. The market brings artists to Santa Fe from mostly developing countries around the world.

There's a report that the Air Force will not be able to meet its deadline in an important step of stopping an oil spill in Albuquerque. They apparently have lost one of the contractors hired to drill new wells to draw the contaminants out of the ground. The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that state officials ordered Kirtland Air Force base to have three new wells ready for testing by next week. Now, it seems that part of the project has been delayed until November. The latest estimates put the amount of oil in the acquifer beneath the base at as much as 24 million gallons.

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have asked national intelligence agency officials how many New Mexicans may have had their telephone and email communications monitored. They say they are concerned that the Congress and the public don't fully understand the impact of the government's foreign intelligence act. The act could allow the government to collect information on U.S. citizens inside America as well as on non-citizens in other countries.
The new president of Santa Fe Community College will earn a higher salary than the current president and more than she earned at her previous post. The college says it will pay Ana Guzman $196,000 a year. That's $23,000 more than was paid to outgoing president Sheila Ortego (OR-te-go). It's also $10,000 more than Guzman made as head of Palo Alto College in San Antonio.
A meeting on the quality of drinking water in the Santa Fe area continues tonight at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola. It began yesterday at the Santa Fe convention center with discussion of whether storm runoff from the Los Alamos national lab is carrying radioactive waste into acquifers and into the Rio Grande. The conference is being run by a coalition of environmental, community and pueblo groups.

Federal drug officials say 10 people in New Mexico are among 90 arrested nationwide in a bust of a synthetic marijuana ring. Agents seized tens of thousands of packets of the substance in raids in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell and Alamagordo.
A daredevil skydiver has completed a freefall jump of 18 miles and has landed safely in the southern New Mexico desert. Felix Baumgartner has been doing test jumps in preparation for going for his goal jumping from a height of 22 miles and breaking the sound barrier. Baumgartner is from Austria.
Weather: Upper 80s for highs. There could be a chance for a thundershower somewhere in the area but the chance for rain diminishes over the next several days.
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