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First News: Santa Fe homicide victim identified. (listen)
(2012-03-15)
(KSFR) - The man whose body was found near Torreon Park in Santa Fe on Monday has been identified as 53-year-old David Martinez. Meanwhile, law enforcement has spoken with a person of interest in the death named Sam Leyba, alleged to have known the decedent. They also investigated a home on Ephriam Street where Leyba resides with his mother. Police had prevuiously said they think Martinez met his death in a location differing from that where his body was found.

All's clear at the Los Alamos national lab this morning after an emergency team responded to a minor chemical leak yesterday. A worker was sampling the contents of a decades-old container when a chemical reaction occurred. They closed streets in the area for a short time until a hazmat team determined there was no widespread danger.

More New Mexicans say they're feeling the pinch of high gas prices. AAA New Mexico says a survey it conducted found that half of them are eating out at restaurants less and spending less on entertainment. Last year, 41 percent said that gas prices were affecting their total household budgets. This year, it's nearly 60 percent. Sen. Tom Udall says he's concerned about the rising price of gas and tells KSFR the problem is caused in large part by increased demand from other parts of the world. ***

A report from an association serving the nation's solar industry says 2011 was a record year for installations. Overall, the industry more than doubled the amount of electricity generated by the sun. It was enough to power nearly 400,000 homes. California and New Jersey led the way, followed by Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

Santa Fe County has a new fire chief as they've hired Deputy Chief David Sperling for the post. Sperling has been functioning as interim chief since Stan Holden retired last year. His resume boasts a four year stint as the city's fire chief some years back, first joining the force in 1987.

The Santa Fe New Mexican has announced it has partnered with the city to produce a 24-page color supplement promoting tourism in Santa Fe. It's due to appear with the April 8th edition of the newspaper and will be included in that day's editions of both the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. The city's Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Texas distribution hits a demographic considered most likely to visit Santa Fe. Some 350,000 copies of the glossy tabloid will be printed, the largest such undertaking in the New Mexican's history.

Weather for Santa Fe - our sunny, warm and dry weather continues through Saturday with highs in the mid 60s and overnight lows in the mid 30s. Sunday sees a slight chance for precipitation along with colder temperatures as a storm arrives in New Mexico early next week.
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