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September 20, 2018
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First News: Two school buildings in Santa Fe may get new owners. (listen)
(KSFR) - Two school buildings in Santa Fe may get new owners. That's according to today's New Mexican, which reports that a charter school is considering buying the building it now occupies in Rancho Viejo. The Academy for Technology and the Classics has a purchase agreement to buy its facility for $4.6 million. The academy has some 350 students and has been looking for a permanent home for some time.

The same report says a Chicago-based philanthropic foundation could be interested in buying the empty Manderfield school from the Santa Fe school district. If the deal goes through, the Thoma (toh-mah) Foundation would buy it for $1.4 million. The foundation may use it to create an educational and museum complex. The Manderfield school has sat empty since it closed its doors as an elementary school in the early 1970s.

The New Mexico Department of Health is reporting three additional confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. That brings this year's total to 31 cases with one fatality. August and September are peak times for the virus in our state. Nationwide, more than 3500 cases have been documented thus far, the highest number since 2003. 147 deaths have been reported. Nearly 38% of all cases have occurred in Texas.

The Sustainable Building Tax Credit for residential buildings in New Mexico is approaching the annual cap of $5,000,000. That credit is a tiered program for incorporating energy-efficient features in new residential and commercial buildings, providing thousands of dollars in incentives to offset taxes. Once the cap is met, builders or homeowners who expected to claim the tax credit on their 2012 taxes will have to wait until the following year. The Sustainable Building Tax Credit is due to sunset at the end of 2013 and its end could arrive sooner once next year's cap is reached.

State District Judge Michael Vigil of Santa Fe retires tomorrow after 18 years of service mostly presiding over adult criminal cases. He was appointed to the First Judicial District seat back in 1994 by Governor Bruce King. Vigil was celebrated by his colleagues on Wednesday at the Santa Fe courthouse. Meanwhile, the dean of the UNM law school is chair of the committee looking for Vigil's replacement. Those applying will be reviewed next month with finalists being recommended to Governor Martinez for appointment.

In one of his last rulings before retiring, Judge Michael Vigil has ordered a pay-day loan company to pay some $10 million in restitution for what he called predatory lending. Vigil found that the company named Fastbucks created their installment loan products to circumvent efforts by the state legislature to rein in payday loan abuses. Evidence presented during the case indicates that Fastbucks charged interest of between 500 and 650 percent a year.

Weather for Santa Fe - a 20% chance for isolated afternoon and evening showers today through Saturday. Highs from the low-to-mid 70s with overnight lows in the upper 40s.
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