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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Majority Democrats in the New Mexico Senate on Saturday ousted one of their members from a leadership post amid controversy over past sexual harassment allegations. The Senate Democratic caucus held a closed-door meeting Saturday and later released a statement saying a majority of Democratic senators voted "to vacate the position" of majority whip that had been held by Sen. Michael Padilla. The lawmakers didn't immediately pick a replacement for the upcoming legislative session.

Unique New Mexico Disease Strikes Colonist Descendants

Dec 15, 2017

A rare genetic mutation is at the root of a mysterious illness that attacks only descendants of a seventeenth century family of settlers in what is now New Mexico.  The ailment, a uniquely New Mexican disease, is often overlooked by physicians, while insurance companies balk at paying for treatment.

SFCC Media Art Students Defend Video Game Art

Dec 15, 2017

KSFR Reporter John Shannon speaks to Video Game Developers from Santa Fe Community College's Media Arts Department about the artistic merits of their creations.  Are video games art or  do they - as Film Critic Roger Ebert once claimed - represent nothing more than a loss of those precious hours we have available to make ourselves more cultured, civilized and empathetic?

 

Wake Up Call December 15, 2017

Dec 15, 2017

On today's show, we'll hear about the Baca Family Historical Project, sponsored by the Angioma Alliance, from our live guests, Joyce Gonzalez and Nora Chavez.  We speak with SFCC Media Arts Department students about their views on video games as art, and we'll hear a great deal of commentary regarding the Santa Fe mayor's proclamation regarding emergency cell phone towers.  All that on Wake Up Call.

Thursday afternoon, Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Warrants Agents picked up former New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. on an outstanding burglary warrant. According to a Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office news release, Block was located based on an anonymous tip to the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center. He was found at the Life Healing Center off Old Las Vegas Highway. He surrendered without incident. Block is currently being held without bond at the Santa Fe County Detention Center.

KSFR’s special reporting team began filing their series Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe this September.  They started off tracing the beginnings of the sexual abuse scandals in the Santa Fe Archdiocese dating to the founding of Servants of the Paraclete in 1947. That was 70 years ago this year. They’ve followed the recent Texas murder conviction of ex-priest and Servants of the Paraclete official John Feit.

Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Joseph Maestas visited the KSFR studios Wednesday to discuss his campaign with Tom Trowbridge on Thursday morning’s Wake-Up Call news magazine.

On today’s (December 14, 2017) KSFR Wake-Up Call, Tom Trowbridge speaks with Santa Fe mayoral candidate and City Councilor from District Two, Joseph Maestas. Also on Wake-Up Call, our special reporting team of Ellen Berkovitch and Hannah Colton has their final 2017 installment of their Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe series. 

At its meeting Thursday, it’s expected the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC, will do away with the concept of net neutrality. That’s the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.  KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge spoke on Tuesday with Senator Martin Heinrich about the anticipated move.

On Wednesday’s (December 13, 2017) Wake-Up Call, we’ll hear from Democratic New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich on the issue of net neutrality—a policy that’s threatened by the Federal Communications Commission under the leadership of its chairman, Ajit Pai. Senator Heinrich was among the 39 signatories on a letter to Pai on the matter. Also on the program: the Marketplace morning report. And Jack Loeffler will be on hand for episode seven of his series, “The Lore of the Land”

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MONDAY Dec. 11 - First the Department of Justice closes down the privately-run Cibola County Correctional Facility after 3 inmates die. Then The Department of Homeland security reopens it as a detention center for ICE. Sarah Macaraeg of Reveal and NM In Depth on what happened in between…one secret negotiation, one no-bid contract, and little State or public scrutiny TUESDAY Dec. 12 - Most people think of Equifax as a credit rating company, but actually it’s real source of income is data...

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