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August 15, 2018
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A sky-diving stunt over southern New Mexico is on hold because of windy conditions at high altitutes. Felix Baumgartner is attempting a new altitude record for a human free-fall this morning. He hopes to jump from a helium balloon at an altitude of 23 miles. If he makes it, he could break the sound barrier.

If history is a guide, more than half of New Mexicans will cast their ballots before the official election day of November 6. Here in Santa Fe County, early voting begins today at the county clerk's office downtown. It's also the last day to get an absentee ballot or to register to vote. County elections director Denise Lamb says more early voting sites will be open around the county on October 20.

State health officials are not commenting on a KSFR News report that some patients in the medical marijuana program have had to go to the street for their medications because the state's program of production is not keeping pace. The number of authorized growers of medical pot has gone down while the number of licensed patients has nearly doubled.

Five gas-filled balloons are still in the air some 37 hours after lifting off Sunday night from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. A team from the U.S. is at the border of Arkansas and Mississippi. They hold a slight lead over a Russian team just north of them. All of the teams are being carried by winds at speeds of between 25 and 30 miles per hour.

The board of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts has taken the first step toward what they hope will be a total restructuring of the organization. They's named John Torres-Nez chief operating officer. He succeeds Bruce Bernstein who resigned immediately after the most recent Indian Market event. Board members say it's a move to building lon-term financial stability for SWAIA. Torres-Nez was the director of artist services.

Weather: Mostly sunny skies for today and tomorrow with highs in the low 70s. Prospects of precipitation by Friday are getting better with probabilities now set at about 50-50.

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