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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico NEW OCTOBER SATURDAY INSIDE TODAY Santa Fe has plenty to offer longtime resi dents and first time visitors For a complete rundown on whats avail able in the City Different take a look at the 2005 edition of Santa Fe Life inside todays New Mexican Citys housing market coolin Home sales in county rise 34 percent over 2005 By Bob Quick The New Mexican Santa Fes vibrant realestate market emit ted some mixed signals in the third quarter of the year with median sales prices in both the city and county up from the same quar ter in 2004 and home sales way up in the county On the other hand the number of homes sold in the city dropped and the citys median sales price of was well below the record price of in the second quarter of 2005 The sales and price information comes from the Santa Fe Association of Realtors which always cautions that not all sales are reported to the association That can skew the figures especially since some of the unreported sales are made by builders and nonprofit groups and tend to be lower The association has received a grant from the National Association of Realtors to improve its database by including sales fay Please see MARKET Page A5 MEDIAN SALES PRICES Third Quarter Santa Fe city Northeast Northwest Southeast Southwest Total city Santa Fe county North Southeast Southwest Total county 2O05 2005 2004 2004 TREASURER SCANDAL Exjustice to help investigate Photos by Steve the New Mexican Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Paul Kennedy meets with the subcommittee of the House Rules Committee on Friday about the possible impeachment of Treasurer Robert Vigil WORKING RELATIONS Vigil staffs office with friends family Bjr Steve Terrell The New Mexican Although Robert Vigil rarely shows up at the state Treasurers Office since his arrest last month on federal extortion and racketeering charges several relatives and others close to him and his family remain Acting Treasurer Elaine Olah said this week that there is no problem with Vigil relatives at the office However some employees have complained to a reporter about cer tain family members intimidating people not in the clique and creat ing an atmosphere of mistrust in the office since Vigils Sept 16 arrest Please see RELATIONS Page A7 IMPEACHMENT Special counsel says situation urgent We have to be as fair and fast as Paul Kennedy By Steve Terrell The New Mexican A former state Supreme Court justice hired to help a state legisla tive panel investigate the possible impeachment of state Treasurer Robert Vigil said Friday that the House of Representatives should hear an impeachment case in about three weeks Its an urgent said for mer Justice Paul Kennedy an Albu querque criminaldefense lawyer hired Friday as special counsel to the subcommittee of the House Rules and Order of Business Committee that is looking into impeaching Vigil Please see COUNSEL Page A7 Taos police officer charged in burglary By Kevin Shank The Taos News A 15year veteran of the Taos Police Department was charged Friday with three felony counts related to an early morning breakin at the WesrernSky Cafe in Taos Malcolm James Martinez 40 of Taos was charged with aggravated burglary breaking and entering and larceny of more than Magistrate Betty Martinez who is not related to Malcolm Martinez set a cashonly bond Police allegedly recovered cash a 5poundbag of green chile and gift certificates from Malcolm Martinez of for the officer who was escorted from the court house in handcuffs and ordered held at the Taos County Adult Detention Center The judge entered a not guilty plea to all charges on the patrolmans behalf despite his repeated statement that he wanted to plead guilty When told Malcolm Mar tinez had made numerous threats against his own life the judge ordered that he be seen by mentalhealth officials He was described as being since his arrest Malcolm Martinez appeared in court wearing his dark blue police uniform pants and a white Tshirt He was arrested while on duty early Friday in the park ing lot of the WestemSky Cafe on Weimer Road According to a probable cause statement by Lt Daron Syling officers conducting a surveillance operation at saw Malcolm Martinez sitting in his police car on the west side of the cafe and then drive to the front of the restau rant and leave the vehicle They soon saw a flashlight See Page A6 Megan The New Mexican Taos police officers lead fellow Officer Malcolm James Marti nez from the Taos County Courthouse on Friday after he was arraigned in an alleged restaurant burglary GLOBETROTTING SHARK STUNS SCIENTISTS A great white shark logged more than miles swimming from Africa to Australia and back the first proof of a link between the two continentsshark populations researchers say Health Science Dl Index Annies Classifieds Comfcs Crossword Drive E4 Horoscope B5 Local Ei Dl B5 A tOCJMy OWRM IT y T C1 lA9 TWIST ON COLD REMEDIES Throat sprays thin strips that melt in your mouth and tasty freezer pops will help the medicine go down this season PageA3 2005 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency honored with award Page A4 TODAY Tstorm in High 72 low 46 Page C10 OBITUARIES Angeto Jimenez 66 Oct7 Devin Ristey 19 Oct 4 Page C2 Police Religion Time OutB5 T office Late paper 8 News 9833303 9840363 TV Book 56 pages 9863000 156th year Issue No 281 9863030 Publication No 596440 Serving New Mexico for 156 years L