August 15 First News: Santa Fe Police Investigate Apparent Homicide (Listen)

Aug 15, 2014

Santa Fe Police are investigating a shooting death. Police say a Hispanic man between the ages of 45 and 50 was shot dead at a home in the 11-hundred block of East Alameda around 8:30pm. They say one man is in custody, but that no charges have been filed yet. KSFR will keep you posted as details emerge.

Santa Fe property crimes hit an all-time low for the month of July. That word from Santa Fe Police Department spokeswoman Celina Espinoza, who says there were 78 total burglaries last month. KSFR asked Espinoza, what’s behind the drop?: *****081414-Espinoza-2 :54***** Celina Espinoza with the Santa Fe Police Department.

The Santa Fe Community College’s Board on Thursday unanimously Okayed a number of measures to handle a five-million dollar budget shortfall. The New Mexican reports the SFCC Board approved tuition hikes, staff and pay cuts. SFCC is still seeking a half-million dollar loan from the State Board of Finance. The College revealed its budgetary problems just last week. Fall Semester begins the week after next.

Speaking of budget gaps, San Juan County is facing a large one.  KSFR's Dave Marash explains.


TEXT: San Juan County owes $3 million to a statewide fund that helps hospitals pay for medical  care for uninsured patients.  The Farmington Daily Times reports that County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter presented county commissioners with several painful options for raising the money on Wednesday.  Among them: closing parks and golf courses, or raising the County sales tax. The county already reduced the health care assistance program's reimbursement rates by nearly half last month. The deficit was caused by a new state law requiring Counties to share the costs of medical care for the uninsured. For KSFR News, I'm Dave Marash

Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks faces an uncertain future as board members are set to discuss his contact. The board is scheduled to meet in closed session today to review Brooks' contract. The focus of the probe into Brooks remains a mystery and board members have refused to comment.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez traveled to Colorado to meet with business and government officials at a summit on manufacturing hosted by the world's largest retailer. The governor's office said Martinez went to Denver Thursday for the meeting hosted by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is to return to New Mexico on Friday. Martinez attended the inaugural summit last year in Florida. The governor's office said Martinez plans to talk about efforts to diversify New Mexico's economy, which is heavily dependent on the public sector and federal spending. New Mexico is one of several states competing for a battery factory planned by electric car maker Tesla Motors. Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said the governor was to attend a fundraiser Thursday evening for Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny today with showers and thunderstorms after noon and a high of 82. Tonight: Partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms and an overnight low of 59. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with showers and thunderstorms and a high of 86. There’s a 20-percent chance for precipitation today through tomorrow.