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Dark Canyon: Trust and Betrayal in the Northern New Mexico Church

For the second feature-length installment of our series, our reporters go to Northern New Mexico where Catholicism has been a central part of life for centuries, since the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. The list of 74 credibly accused priests, brothers and deacons released by the Archbishop last month names more than a dozen priests who served the parishes in the Taos area. St. Francis de Asis church in Ranchos de Taos is Rita Daniels begins the story. Ellen Berkovitch picks up from there...

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Dark Canyon: A Follow-Up Interview with Cody Hooks

Rita Daniels reaches Cody Hooks, deputy editor of the Taos News, to discuss in greater detail the dozen names of priests, brothers and deacons who served in northern New Mexico churches -- and who appeared on the list of 74 credibly accused clergy released by Archbishop John Wester on September 12. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/101217-DkCanyonRitaD.mp3 Here is Cody Hooks's story from September 21 detailing some of what he talks with Rita about today. http://www.taosnews.com/stories/taos...

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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.

On Monday's midday report: A look at the Colorado River basin. During this continued drought, can it continue to meet demand? ... Illegal dumping in some parts of New Mexico is not only hurting the environment, it's costing some communities millions to clean up.  The question now is how to prevent it...  From the U.S. Senate a heated exchange over immigration reform...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...

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Monday, October 16 - New Hope for Compensation for Downwinders of the Trinity Nuclear Test?
Two big differences between the Trinity atomic bomb test in New Mexico and the later series of tests in Nevada. The Nevada tests were public displays, the Trinity test was a secret, and while downwind people made sick by the Nevada tests have gotten federal money, the Trinity downwinders haven’t. Santa Fe investigative reporter Dennis Carroll updates the story. Tuesday, October 17 - Does Coal...

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