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August 15, 2018
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First News: A settlement has been reached between employees and the owner of a Santa Fe car wash sued for unfair treatment. (listen)
(KSFR) - A group of employees and a Santa Fe car wash operator have reached an agreement over a lawsuit the employees brought against him. Neither side will reveal details of the settlement, but it ends a dispute that came up when the workers claimed in a lawsuit they were unfairly treated. At the time, they said they were ordered to become temporary workers instead of full time employees.

The county board of commissioners has approved several bond issues totaling some $35 million for the November ballot. The general obligation bonds would be used for roads, water and wastewater projects, and for parks and trails. In a unanimous vote, the commissioners said all the projects are needed and property taxes should not go up.

A man who at one time was a successful Albuquerque real estate developer will hear in early September how long he must be in prison. Doug Vaughn faces up to 20 years behind bars for running a ponzi scheme that swindled investors out of $75 million. Vaughn is 64 years old. He pleaded guilty in a deal to avoid a longer sentence. He was tried last December and has been free since that time.

Governor Martinez is being urged to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program under provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. An umbrella group concerned with the welfare of working families called Organizers in the Land of Enchantment -- or OLE for short -- expressed displeasure with the governor's inaction on the matter thus far by delivering a plate of waffles to her office. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot be forced to expand Medicaid. However, the Affordable Care Act will pay 100% of 2014 expansion costs and 90% thereafter. Nearly 25% of New Mexicans depend on Medicaid for their healthcare. The program's expansion is likely to be a much-discussed matter in next year's legislative session.

Santa Fe's Public Utilities Committee meets this evening and on the agenda is a request to approve city plans to cease adding fluoride to the local water supply. The federal government recently recommended lower levels of the substance than in years past, saying that 0.7 parts per million is enough to promote pediatric dental health. Natural fluoride levels in Santa Fe's drinking water run between 0.2 and 0.4 parts per million. City Council approved the plan to stop fluoridation back on July 11th but has since rescinded its vote. A public hearing on the matter is now scheduled for August 28th.

Mid-August is the date set for Santa Fe's Historic District Review Board to hear about plans for a massive renovation of La Fonda hotel. Included are renovation of nearly all of the historic hotel's 190-plus rooms and other renovations inside and outside. The New Mexican reports the plan calls for work to begin in early January and be completed next year at this time.

Weather for Santa Fe - sunny and hot the next few days with a high temperature near 90 degrees. A 10% chance for precipitation today increases to 20% tomorrow and Friday.
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