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New Mexico Lowriders: State of the Subculture, Cinco de Mayo 2017

A long parade of slow-cruising, glittery, low-slung classic cars was once a common encounter on Friday nights in the Española valley. Today the action has slowed, and New Mexico low-lows are typically only seen at car shows and special events—but could the subculture be perched for a renaissance? KSFR's Dylan Syverson spoke with Don Usner, a Santa Fe-based writer-photographer, and Daniel Kosharek, who curates the photo archives at the Palace of the Governors. They talked about what makes...

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CASA Lends Kids a Hand in Painful Times

When children are removed from their homes and the case goes to court, they get entangled in an odyssey that can add to trauma. But for 22 years now, a nonprofit group has been working on behalf of kids in the courts. It’s called Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/dmcasa.mp3 So what’s it like to be a CASA volunteer? Nancy Benkof has worked with children and adults alike, sharing their experience of crisis. She says the role of a court appointed...

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On Monday's midday report:  The Lamy Rail Road and History museum has told the Legal Tender restaurant that operates in the museum to shut down. We'll speak with the museum's president to find out why...A Santa Fe-based think tank responsible for any number of new state laws and policies is on a new quest to open up New Mexico's primary elections to all registered voters, not just those in the two major parties...And details on the police department's giveaway of free gun locks...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

Former police chief Arik Wheeler is under investigation on allegations he improperly released a pickup truck from the city's impound lot. The vehicle had been seized in a DWI incident.  The allegations say that Wheeler released the vehicle to the owner without authority.  Wheeler is now a police captain who served for a little more than a year as chief.  

On Friday's midday report: We’ll take a trip down to southern New Mexico to learn about the latest development that brings suborbital space travel a step closer…Santa Fe County is holding another program where locals can get rid of unwanted,  unused prescription drugs – some of them deadly if they fall into the wrong hands…Things may be looking up for solving those delays in air travel, now that both the Senate and the House have approved bills to restore some funding to the FAA...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

Santa Fe Police report that they're hearing from more clients of "El Dentista," the man who illegally practiced dentistry out of his car throughout the local area. At least five people have come forward since last weekend's arrest of 36-year-old Eliver Kestler. One woman claims she sought a simple cleaning but Kestler instead removed four of her teeth, resulting in a serious infection. Police say that apart from the illegality of Kestler performing dentistry without a license, there are also health concerns for anyone having received his services.

On Thursday's midday report: Excerpts of city councilors explaining their vote on the gay-marriage resolution...chair of U.S. Senate appropriations committee questions operations of LANL and another national lab after privatization...what happens after a forest fire...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

Santa Fe city councilors have approved a non-binding resolution urging county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. The 5-3 vote came at the end of a discussion that lasted more than an hour at yesterday afternoon's meeting. City council chambers were packed to capacity by both opponents and supporters of the measure. *** The resolution came up after Mayor David Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee announced that state law is neutral on the question of who can get a civil marriage license. A full report At Noon on KSFR 101.1.

 

  After local news headlines, a talk with the New Mexico Agriculture Secretary on continuing drought impacts on our state's ranchers and farmers. Then, we billboard the vote on Santa Fe's marriage equality resolution coming up tonight with a special report from KSFR reporter Marion Cox in Paris.  Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

Santa Fe's Jean Cocteau movie theater near the Railyard which closed back in 2006 will be resurrected sometime this summer.  That's the word from the building's new owner, Santa Fe writer George R.R. Martin whose work is the basis for HBO's popular "Game of Thrones."  Martin says the theater is being upgraded to present both classic and first run films in new digital format. The cinema will be managed by former Santa Fe Film Festival director Jon Bowman.

  On Tuesday's midday report: Santa Fe has a new airport manager. We'll speak with Francey Jesson about how the city different stacks up against some of her other jobs, among them San Francisco and most recently Roanoke, Virginia....After years of planning, fund raising and overcoming objections from the governor's office, Santa Fe Community College's new Higher Education Center is a step closer to reality with today's ground breaking... The U.S. Senate could be voting later this week to have online retailers charge sales taxes, and Sen.

The finance committee of Santa Fe's City Council is meeting again today to grapple with a shortfall of $9 million in next year's budget.  The city manager says spending is expected to rise next year to a level that is $6 million more than regular revenue will cover. The council also has to find a way to fill an expected gap of about $3 million in gross receipts taxes.  City manager Robert Romero says the overall shortfall could be covered by modest spending cuts, including leaving some vacant positions open and adjusting some department budgets.

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Here and There with Dave Marash

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MONDAY May 8 - Whether or not the House-passed repeal, replace and ruin of Obamacare bill ever gets through the Senate, American health care will remain the world’s most expensive, and nowhere near the world’s best. Journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal, herself an experienced physician, has written a new best-selling book, An American Sickness, which we’ll talk about, in depth. TUESDAY May 9 - You get what you pay for, which makes the NM State Legislature a bargain, since it’s members get no...

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