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May 20 First News: Approaching Wet Weather Appears To Be El Niño (Listen)

It will seem like summer in New Mexico this coming holiday weekend—At least that’s what weather patterns from the National Weather Service indicate. Meteorologists at the Albuquerque weather service office say that while we’re in store for normal temperatures and low humidity for the next couple of days—boosting fire danger—a storm system that’s coming appears wet. Andy Church—at the N-W-S in Albuquerque—says this looks like the start of some sort of El Nino—but he adds that the moisture-laden weather pattern hasn’t been officially declared.*****052014-Church-1 (q: from those storms) :32***** Church says we won’t know for sure if we’re seeing El Nino until the end of the summer. The weather pattern typically brings more moisture to New Mexico.

There’s trouble brewing at the Albuquerque Veteran’s Administration Hospital. KSFR’s Dave Marash has the story: ****** 1:15 (q: std) *****

President Barack Obama tomorrow plans to designate the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico as a national monument. Local officials say the designation will generate more than seven-point-four million-dollars in additional annual economic activity, double the number of jobs supported by outdoor recreation and tourism, and protect natural, cultural and historical sites in Doña Ana County.

Monday’s DNA-testing effort to try and identify a match for a bone-marrow transplant that could save an OjoCaliente teen lady’s life drew more than 100 people to the Santa Fe Police Department, which hosted the six-hour long effort. The volunteers were seeking to assist 16-year-old Miquela Martinez, who is in a Lubbock, Texas hospital with blood disorders. SFPD says city employees, community members, at least 30 SFPD officers, area law enforcement, and residents from as far away as Espanola, Chimayo and even Taos had their mouths swabbed. The family should know in a couple of weeks if a match is identified.

The New Mexico Environment Department says Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 containers of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter thought to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled repository. The Department Secretary gave the lab two days to submit a plan for fixing the problem.

The Albuquerque city council has voted to approve a measure that would allow councilors to have more say on the hiring of a police chief. The measure requires councilors to confirm a police chief selected by the mayor, and the council could remove the chief by a two-thirds of the council vote. The move comes as Albuquerque faces more protests from police critics who are angry that officials aren't doing enough as the process begins to implement reforms recommended by the U.S. Justice Department.

One of New Mexico’s best-kept historical secrets is soon to become common knowledge. KSFR’s Mindy McGovern has the story: *****051914-Manhattan TV Project (q: std)  :60*****

Santa Fe Weather: Sunny, with a high near 80. Tonight-Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 77.