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August 18, 2018
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First News: Ponzi scheme perpetrator Doug Vaughn is sentenced to 12 years in prison. (listen)
(KSFR) - Ponzi scheme perpetrator Doug Vaughn has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for wire and mail fraud charges. The former Albuquerque real estate tycoon learned his fate in a Santa Fe courtroom after having entered a guilty plea on charges he swindled more than 600 investors out of some $75 million. The US District judge in the case is allowing Vaughn to remain free until tomorrow to attend to personal affairs before his incarceration. Vaughn is likely to serve at least 10 years of the sentence after which he'll be on six years of supervised probation.

The debate over whether Santa Fe shall continue the practice of adding fluoride to the city's water supply may ultimately be decided by voters in 2014. That's the new wrinkle in the ongoing discussion after last night's meeting of the Public Utilities Committee. Currently wending its way through city hall is a proposal to continue fluoridation for the next three years with a final public hearing and decision scheduled by city council at the end of October. Four city councilors are now supporting a move to let city residents make the final determination by ballot in Santa Fe's 2014 municipal elections.

Santa Fe's new superintendent of schools is introducing a program geared to helping parents help their children get an education. Superintendent Joel Boyd calls it the Parent Academy. He says it's not a building but training programs that will help parents help their children and expand their own knowledge.

Santa Feans who attend the annual burning of Zozobra event will find a much higher ticket price this year. It has doubled since the most recent price hike two years ago and now stands at $20 a ticket for adults. The New Mexican reports the Kiwanis Club actually lost money on the event last year because of rising costs for security and a cap on attendance set by city council. Revenues from Zozobra go to more than two dozen local nonprofit organizations and to some students seeking college financial aid.

A jury trial has been scheduled for next May in the case of a former chief operating officer of St. Vincent hospital. Richard Crabtree is charged with fraud for allegedly conspiring to bilk the hospital out of $3 million. According to today's Journal North, Crabtree's lawyers argued that the statute of limitations leading to the charges had expired. But the judge decided not to dismiss the charges.

Now there's an app to help combat DWI in New Mexico. Governor Martinez has unveiled a mobile device application called ENDDWI. It allows for creation of a designated driver list of family & friends who can be contacted quickly if someone has had too much to drink or instantly locate and call the nearest taxi cab company. It also features a one-touch reporting capability when witnessing a motorist driving erratically. The free app is currently available for devices using the Android platform with an iPhone version to follow shortly.

The female black bear that took refuge along the river in downtown Santa Fe on Labor
Day is back in the wild. According to the NM Dept of Game and Fish, the 175 pound bear - nicknamed "Guadalupe"-- has been released near Mt. Taylor.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly sunny skies are forecast both today and Friday with highs in the low-to-mid 80s and a 20% chance for isolated afternoon and evening showers.
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