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May 7th First News: SWAIA Announces New (Interim) Chief Operating Officer (Listen)

The Southwest Association for Indian Arts announced a new interim chief operating officer Tuesday. Artist and attorney Dallin Maybee will lead SWAIA through the 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market this summer. Maybee notes the fragile national economy that has gripped New Mexico and the nation has had an effect on artists’ financial success. *****050714-Maybee-2 (Q: as a non-profit.” :26)***** The announcement of Maybee’s appointment follows some uncertainty for SWAIA, which has been rocked by resignations and a new, competing market that’ll be held the same weekend as Santa Fe Indian Market.

Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for two people they say fired upon a Santa Fe Police Department vehicle in while in Albuquerque last night. The incident took place around 9:30 pm, when the vehicle was traveling south on Second Street.  BCSO reports the vehicle was shot-at by two individuals, who then ran into a nearby trailer park. No one was injured.

Residential water use in Santa Fe declined last year, something the City is pleased with. City of Santa Fe spokeswoman Jodi McGinnis-Porter: *****050714-McGinnis-Porter-1 (Q: this time of drought) :17*****  The City reported to the Office of the State Engineer that water customers have decreased average daily water use from 106 gallons to 101 gallons per person per day, a decrease of five-percent. Despite experiencing three of the driest years on record, Santa Fe surpasses its annual one-percent water reduction goal.

One of the 15 behavioral health care providers suspended by the New Mexico Human Services Department over allegations of Medicaid Fraud last year has been cleared of wrongdoing by New Mexico’s Attorney General. Gary King announced Tuesday that his investigation cleared the Santa Fe-based Easter Seals El Mirador organization. However, King did say that investigators found that the non-profit over-billed Medicaid by more than 34-thousand dollars… something he says will be up to the HSD to handle. The organization was among more than a dozen nonprofit providers of mental health and substance abuse services that had Medicaid payments suspended last year because of the allegations. After stopping payments to providers, Governor Susana Martinez's administration hired Arizona companies to take over.

Santa Fe Community College reports summer-session registration is underway. Summer classes at SFCC allow students to “explore a broad variety of interests, covering the gamut from Adobe Construction to Zumba. Info’s available at SFCC-dot-edu.

Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny and windy today, with a high near 61. Tonight Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 34. Tomorrow: A slight chance of showers, otherwise partly sunny, with a high near 55. Currently, it's ____.