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August 20, 2018
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First News: Homes sales up in Santa Fe while median prices are down. (listen)
(KSFR) - The Santa Fe Area Realtors Association is out with its latest report on home sales for the most recent three month period, and they are up slightly. The greatest sales increase came inside the city of Santa Fe where sales of single family homes posted an increase of more than 10 percent. Sales outside city limits were slower, with only a point-six percentage point increase. Median prices were down across the board -- 7 percent off in the city and more than 3 percent down in the county.

The historic campus of the former St. Catherine's Indian School in Santa Fe seems destined to be empty for the foreseeable future. Both the city and the New Mexico School for the Arts say that attempts to buy the property and convert it to a high school campus have taken too long, and both say they are backing away. Mayor David Coss had been trying to negotiate a deal to buy the land from developer Max Tofoya and lease it back to the high school. But Tofoya has rejected the city's offer of nearly $2 million.

The FBI is expected to join the investigation of charges that the state's finance authority faked its own financial audit last year. The Finance Authority handles billions of dollars wending their way through various government agencies for capital projects in New Mexico. State Auditor Hector Balderas says investors and the public may have used the audit to evaluate the organization's financial health. The head of the authority is blaming a former official who left his job last month.

Santa Fe Community College gets a new president at the beginning of September. She's Dr.Ana Guzm n who has been president of Palo Alto College in San Antonio for the past 12 years. *** Guzm n succeeds Dr. Sheila Ortego who is retiring.

The Santa Clara Tribal Council has declared a state of emergency in the wake of flooding July 5 and again Wednesday when 1.5 inches of rain fell with a half hour. That caused runoff over the Las Conchas Fire burn scar to run up to 6 feet deep. The deluge exposed a gas line and forced evacuation of a senior center and a government building. The emergency declaration allows the tribe to seek emergency funding from FEMA.

Two men have been taken into custody regarding a May homicide in Santa Fe. 34-year-old Oscar Ornelas was reported missing in early May and was later found dead from a likely gunshot wound to the head in an area near a shooting range. Investigators aren't releasing a lot of the details leading to the arrests as the crime remains under investigation but one of the men arrested, 22-year-old Luis Para-Solis has been charged with an open count of murder while 24-year-old Jesus Rodelas-Castillo has been charged as an accessory to the crime. Both men also face evidence-tampering charges.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today and through the weekend with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Just a 20% chance for isolated afternoon showers as the monsoonal flow shifts further to our west over the next few days.
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