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School purchase plan up in the air (Listen)
(2012-01-31)
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Santa Fe city hall is working on how to finance the purchase of the historic St. Catherine's Indian School. But there's no word yet whether the owner of the property will agree to the price. The plan is for the city to buy the school and lease it to the charter New Mexico School for the Arts. The city's appraisal suggests it is worth nearly $2 million. However, the owner has not yet backed off his position that it's worth several times that amount.

At the Roundhouse, House Democrats this morning plan to unveil a budget plan for the coming year. Committee negotiations broke down yesterday when some Republicans on the finance committee complained that some of Gov. Martinez' initiatives might get left behind if projections for new revenue don't materialize.

Confirmation of four State Fair Commissioners has come to a halt after the governor temporarily withdrew their names from consideration. The action came after senate committee members went through a round of harsh questions concerning the process by which they approved a contract to build and run a casino at the state fairgrounds. Critics of the contract allege the Martinez administration appointed a commission that would approve the deal without question. One of the commissioners up for confirmation said she was denied the detailed information that would have allowed her to make an independent decision.

Voting for Santa Fe's March municipal election begins today with absentee ballots being taken either in person or by mail to the Office of the City Clerk on Lincoln Avenue. Collected ballots will be kept in a locked ballot box until the March 6th election day. Early voting begins Wednesday February 15th. The last day for registration to vote in the March elections is one week from today, February 7th. Four city council seats out of eight are on the ballot as well as a number of bond issues.

The Santa Fe man accused of a double homicide allegedly precipitated by an altercation over $100 in back due rent was arraigned Monday on two counts of murder. 54 year old Arthur Anaya did not enter a plea and remains jailed on a $1 million bond. Anaya's attorney referenced his client's history of mental health problems, indicating the issue of competency will likely play a role in the case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week. Anaya is accused of killing 16-year-old Austin Urban (er-BAHN) and 51-year-old Theresa Vigil last week. He was taken into custody last Friday after a brief SWAT team standoff at an abandoned mobile home in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Community College Presidential Search Committee have begun meeting with a variety of groups this week to kick off the process of replacing current President Sheila Ortego. Ortego has announced her retirement effective August 31, 2012.

The state's Film Office has announced that a new hour-long cable television series called Longmire will begin production in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. Ten episodes will be filmed by the A&E network, expected to employ at least 130 New Mexico crew members and more than 160 principal and background talent. Two other made-in-New Mexico television series are both scheduled to exit the state later this year as they complete their final seasons. "Breaking Bad" and "In Plain Sight" have been longtime occupants of Albuquerque Studios.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny through Thursday with daytime highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. Overnight lows in the upper 20s. A very slight chance for snowshowers moves in Thursday night through Friday with daytime highs dropping into the upper 30s.
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