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September 20, 2018
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First News: St. Kate's Indian School owner to sue Santa Fe. (listen)
(KSFR) - Santa Fe city hall faces a lawsuit from the owner of the old St. Catherine's Indian School. The claim alleges the city and the Historic Design Review Board took a number of actions that reduced the value of the property. The city has been in negotiations to try to buy the property from owner Max Tafoya but he claims the city's $2 million assessment is below market value. In the meantime, the Historic Design Review Board has turned down his request to move four old buildings from the site so he could sell a piece of the property to the national cemetery. The Journal North reports that the lawsuit calls the city's actions a sham designed to force him to sell the property.

Meanwhile, the city has hired private investigators to look into what might have been an improper relationship between a city councilor and a contractor who has done work for the Railyard. The question is whether the owner of the primary development contractor for the city did contract plumbing work at the home of city councilor Patti Bushee. The ethics question involved is whether Bushee should have recused herself from voting on matters concerning the contractor.

The Academy for Technology and the Classics charter school has been greenlighted by Santa Fe's School Board to move into the former Kaune Elementary School on the eastside. The Board approved the move last night by a vote of 3-to-2 while unanimously approving a reinstatement of the financially-challenged school's charter. The move will alleviate the school's current high rent burden. ATC has some 360 students enrolled in grades 7-through-12 at its present location near the Community College. Kaune Elementary has been vacant since a 2010 consolidation of three small schools.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is the only shelter in New Mexico to make it into a nationwide competition for a grand prize of $100,000. The local shelter ranked 19th in nationwide, online voting. It got more than 12,000 votes from supporters. The national ASPCA is running the competition and says the grand prize will go to one of 50 shelters that saves the most lives of dogs and cats over the next three months.

New research could be good news for people with high cholesterol and for New Mexico pecan growers as well. A new study finds that people eating pecans daily showed a drop in their levels of bad cholesterol. The research is from New Mexico State University and California's Loma Linda University.

Women in New Mexico, on average, earn 79 cents for every $1 made by men in the state.The National Women's Law Center has released a detailed, comprehensive look at the wage gap in each of the 50 states. The wage gap is wider for African-American and Hispanic women in New Mexico, who earn only half of every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

Scientists have discovered a new species of freshwater shrimp, previously unknown to science in a cave northeast of Carlsbad. The discovery was made on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The shrimp are said to be related to a blind subterranean species known to live in a central Texas aquifer. The primitive marine species is thought to be descended from an ancient species that lived during the Cretaceous era that ended 65 million years ago. During that time, much of the inland US was covered by warm shallow seas.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny, dry and warm days continue through the weekend with highs ranging from the upper 60s to the low 70s throughout the period. Overnight lows in the mid 40s. Breezy this afternoon and tomorrow with west-to-northwest winds 15-to-20 miles per hour.
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