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First News: Santa Fe's Recreation Division Director has been fired after an investigation into fraudulent activities. (listen)
(2012-08-08)
(KSFR) - City of Santa Fe Recreation Division Director Martin Lujan has been ousted from his post following an investigation into fraudulent activities. Today's New Mexican says that Lujan has been on paid leave since last month and will be terminated as of next week. Lujan had petitioned the city for funds to use in bringing a wrestling tournament to Santa Fe. The city manager gave tentative approval for use of $6000 for that purpose but invoices later submitted were above that amount. That led to accusations that Lujan was padding the contract to cover some travel expenses. Though the issue has resulted in Lujan's firing, city manager Robert Romero says no charges are forthcoming as the matter does not rise to the level of criminality.

Governor Susana Martinez has announced that more than $3 million is heading to New Mexico schools that have received a "D" or "F" under the new grading system. The money will be disbursed between schools and districts in a variety of ways from professional development & training for teachers to specific programs for individual schools. For example, schools will be able to submit proposals for technology that they believe will instill positive change or make requests for new instructional tools.

Home prices are on the rise again in Santa Fe. That according to statistics just released by real estate data clearinghouse CoreLogic. For the month of June 2012, Santa Fe home prices, including distressed sales, managed to eke up by 0.6% compared to June 2011. That uptick all but erases May's decline of 0.7%. For New Mexico as a whole, the home price index has increased some 2.8% for the June year-over-year period. When distressed sales are excluded, the increase is pegged at 5.4%

On tonight's agenda for city council is a resolution that would empower the city to sharply curtail or outright ban the use of fireworks and other fire-associated hazards during proclaimed periods of severe or extreme drought. State law currently allows municipalities to adopt restrictions for 30 days at a time. The council will be considering making the drought proclamation yet again in order to retain control over those activities representing high risk of starting a fire.

The city of Santa Fe has declared today Joe Schepps Day. The proclamation lauds the local developer for his achievements which include developing the Sanbusco Market Center into a lively retail hub. Schepps got the project off the ground back in 1984 and Sanbusco's success is viewed as a contributing factor in the rise of other businesses in the surrounding area. Schepps ran into financial trouble earlier this year as Sanbusco's anchor tenant, Borders Bookstore, went out of business and forced the shopping area into foreclosure. Schepps and his family will attend the 5PM city council meeting to accept the proclamation.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny skies today and Thursday with only a very slight chance for any monsoonal precipitation. High temperatures in the mid 80s. Friday will see a 30% chance for showers or thunderstorms.
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