Thursday Evening Roundup

Jul 18, 2013

NM To Auction Unclaimed PropertyThe Associated Press

A gold bar and coins are among the valuables and other objects that the state of New Mexico plans to auction.

Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday announced that the state Taxation and Revenue Department will hold an unclaimed property auction July 27 in Albuquerque.

That auction will feature nearly 800 lots of items, including a 7-pound gold bar, more than 220 U.S. and foreign gold coins, nearly 1,900 U.S. silver dollars and a number of pieces of American Indian art.

Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Demesia Padilla says the state could bring in around "$1 million to millions" from the live auction.

The state will also hold a week-long online auction of thousands of items.

Summer Rains Provide Some Drought Relief For NM- The Associated Press The bad news: New Mexico is still on top when it comes to having the worst and most widespread drought conditions in the nation.

The good news: Recent rains have offered some relief for the parched state.

A map released Thursday by federal forecasters shows less than two-fifths of New Mexico is now suffering from exceptional drought. It has been more than two months since the state has dropped below that 40 percent mark.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say June finally produced above-normal precipitation over a large portion of the state. Still, many communities saw only a fraction of their normal snow and rain for the first six months of the year.

Forecasters say the 36-month period ending in June was both the driest and warmest on record.

Three New Film Productions Come To New Mexico-The Associated Press Three new films projects are coming to New Mexico.

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis on Wednesday announced that a dramatic thriller called "The Guest," will be filming through the end of August in Moriarty, Edgewood and Estancia.

Starring Downtown Abbey's Dan Stephens, "The Guest" is about a family that takes in a houseguest who claims to have been friends with their deceased eldest son.

Also being filmed in the state this month and next is a political drama called "Persecuted," and a movie called "Dry Lake.

"Persecuted" is the story of a contemporary evangelist who is framed for murder by a senator and his allies. Stars include James Remar, Bruce Davison, Fred Thompson, Raoul Trujillo and Natalie Grant.

"Dry Lake" is about three Native American teenagers, an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous friend trying to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.