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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - July 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156years SATURDAY JULY 16 2005 FIFTY CENTS Santa Fe real estate fetching record money Prices in city which average are similar to those in Boston Jane Julee Brooke of French French shows a home to Jim and Elise Scheffel of Oregon on Friday afternoon Realestate prices In Santa Fe have hit another high The median cost for a house within the city is close to By BOB QUICK The New Mexican When Robbie Dobyns takes his dog to the Frank Ortiz Park popu larly known as the dog most of the people he meets there dont want to talk about their pets Real estate is on their minds pricey Santa Fe real estate and numbers released Friday indicate home prices are at an alltime high I get a lot of questions about real estate some of them arent too said Dobyns who knows the subject pretty well Hes a sales agent with French and French Fine Properties Sothebys International Realty and president of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors Secondquarter numbers show that the median sales price in the city of Santa Fe has reached the highest price ever Thats up 15 percent from the same period in 2004 The median sales price in Santa Fe County rose even more 17 percent to Those high prices move Santa Fe into almost the same price range as Boston where the median sales price for the first quarter of 2005 was according to the National Association of Realtors Sales numbers for the second quar ter of 2005 for Boston and other cities around the country wont be Please see PRICES Page A5 Median house prices Second quarter rates 2005 2004 Firstquarter rates Santa Fe City of Santa Fe Northeast Northwest Southeast Southwest Total for city County of Santa Fe North Southeast Southwest Total County included in Southeast total Elsewhere Boston Dallas Denver Chicago Houston Los Angetes New York area Oklahoma City Portland Ore San Francisco Washington Sources Santa Fe Association of Realtors National Association of Realtors Governor Rodellas actions in DWI case improper Staff and wire reports Gov Bill Richardson who earlier this year received intense criticism for his appointment of Rio Arriba Mag istrate Judge Tommy Rodella is extremely disappointed by a report that Rodella traveled lh hours on the Fourth of July to spring a family acquaintance charged with drunken driving out of jail Obviously the governor is said Richardsons chief of staff Dave Contarino on Friday If these accounts are true its an appearance of impropriety Its extremely dis Rodella a former statepolice commander and the husband of state Rep Debbie Rodella DSan Juan Pueblo set a bond over the telephone for Carlos R Manzanares 52 of Tierra Amarilla then hand carried a release order to the jail in Tierra Amarilla Tommy Rodella lives near Espanola Rodella according to the jail director in Tierra Amarilla eventually freed Manzanares to the custody of the suspects wife without having to post bail Rodella presided over the Wednesday arraignment of Manzanares who pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence and not wearing a seat belt Manzanares had failed three field sobriety tests and blew percent and percent on breathalcohol tests after being stopped July 4 according to documents filed in magistrate court in Chama The legal limit for driving while intoxicated is percent Manzanares was released to his wifes custody less than four hours after his arrest Rodella declined to comment on this story Friday The case drew criticism from a state leader in the antiDVVI movement Is Rodella going to do that for everybody said Linda Atkinson head of the Albuquerquebased DWI Resource Center If it were me there wouldnt be any judge trying to get me out The citizens really deserve an accountable government Please see DWI Page A8 Prosecutors finally find justice for corporate fraud By ERIN McCLAM Associated Press ANALYSIS NEW YORK In the summer of 2003 when a grand jury indicted Martha Stewart pundits asked why the government was going after her for a relatively small per sonal stock fat cats like WorldComs Ber nard Ebbers walked free Fast forward two years to a courtroom two floors above Martha Stewarts where Ebbers was reduced to tears this week as a fed eral judge handed down a 25year prison term for overseeing the billion fraud at the longdistance telephone company he founded In the latest wave of corporate scandals the days of reckoning are finally here Legal observers say years of hard and often deli work by prosecutors initially accused by some of dragging their feet are how beginning to pay off in highprofile sentencings These were a series of unprecedented cases which were going to take unprec edented resources to pros said Robert Mintz a former federal prosecutor in New Jersey The numbers in these cases were going off the Besides Ebbers five other WorldCom executives face over the next weeks The stiffest term is likely to go to Scott Sullivan the finance whiz who admitted carrying out the fraud on Ebbers orders In August the two Tyco International Ltd execu tives who were convicted of looting the company of million including exCEO L Dennis Kozlowski whose spending excesses made him a virtual icon of corporate fraud will learn their fates as well And in January a trial will start for three top execu tives of Enron the Please see FRAUD Page A5 Annies D5 Local News Cl Business D3 Lotteries C2 Cars Trucks El Mutuals D3 Classifieds E2 Opinion Comics A7 Crossword Heallh D6 Police notes C2 Scoreboard B2 Dl Sports Bl Hojoscope D5 Stocks D4 Todays obituaries Edwin Schurtz 43 July 10 Grant Kress 57 Santa Fe July 12 Katherine Ton VigilMon te ro 52 Page C2 The Wests OUed Newspaper Five sections 40 pages TV Book 56 pages 156th year Issue No 197 Publication No Late paper 9840363 Classified ads 98630OO News tips 9863030 Todays forecast Scattered afternoon thunder storms High 92 low 61 Page C8 Coming Sunday Special section The New Mexican traces the Santa Fe Animal Shelter Humane Societys history from 1939 to the present and explains why its new buildings represent what shelter director Kate Rindy cails the moral growth of a community In Travel Looking for the San Francisco treat Its not rice its the citys impressive array of Latin American restaurants Monsoon season might boost citys rainfall total By NATALIE STOREY The New Mexican As thunder boomed and clouds crowded the sky above the Plaza on Friday Cliff Mills contemplated whether he should spread a tarp over the photographs he was selling The vendor whos been selling handtinted pho tographs on the Plaza for about 10 years knows all too well that this time of the summer usually brings afternoon showers and occasionally ruined photo graphs Ive gotten thoroughly drenched he said But first I always try to save my At a pop he often finds himself scrambling to cover his photos during afternoons in July which typically is when Northern New Mexicos monsoon sea son begins But National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones said even though there have been a few thun derstorms in Santa Fe this week the real monsoon sea son wont start until at least the middle of next week Some areas have been seeing decent he said But for the most part its been hit or The differences at some reporting stations around town are significant At The New Mexicans downtown office which has a lower elevation inches of rain had been measured for the year to date At the airport which has a higher eleva tion the yeartodate rain fall was inches Jones said normal precipi tation so far this year should be between 7 and 8 inches Because of a wet winter most areas of Santa Fe were ahead in yeartodate pre cipitation until the recent dry spell started in early June Jones added While only about 13 of an inch of rainfall has fallen this week in Santa Please see BOOST Page A8   

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