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August 19, 2018
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Santa Fe Indian School could develop land (Listen)
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New retail development is among the possibilities for the Santa Fe Indian School property facing Cerrillos Road. A bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives could open the way for any number of different types of development on the school's property. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan is the sponsor of the bill. He says the school needs the tools to enable itself to offer a quality education The bill would lift most if not all of the restrictions on how the tribe can use the land for economic development. The pueblo cleared the property facing Cerrillos Road of trees and old historic buildings a few years ago.

Gov. Martinez has told her staff to use their official, government email addresses for all official matters. The action comes after she and members of her administration faced criticism for using private email accounts for official business. Critics said the private emails could not be open for public scrutiny and the practice should be abandoned. Among other things, the governor and her staff are accused of using private email accounts to gather information on state employees and send it to consultants, presumably for political purposes.

Gross receipts taxes coming into the city treasury have taken a slight dip for the first time in nine months. Receipts coming in during April were more than 6 percent below last year's number. The New Mexican is reporting that city officials don't seem to be worried because for the year as a whole the budget is on target. The report from the city's finance director says despite the dip, April tax receipts were still ahead of receipts for the same month in 2010 and 2009.

The latest report from the Little Bear fire in Ruidoso puts the number of structures burned at more than 250. That's a new record, surpassing even the Cerro Gordo fire that burned around Los Alamos more than a decade ago. But firefighters have been able to keep the fire from spreading. It's still at 38,000 acres. The number of personnel on the scene is now fewer than 1,000. Most recently, nearly 1,500 fighters were engaged.

The state's largest home insurer says they have already begun processing the first claims from that fire. Angela Thorpe of State Farm Insurance says it's important for property owners to be able to document the personal items they have lost. ***

Weather: A few degrees cooler today. Look for highs in the mid 80s, but it will be back to the 90s tomorrow.

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