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Santa Fe State Senator Peter Wirth says he will sponsor a proposed constitutional amendment to reform the state's bail system, which he calls "broken." Wirth, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says his bill will be introduced during the 2015 30-day session of the State Legislature. The Democrat's proposal puts forward two key reforms, one of which would allow judges to deny bail before trial for the most high-risk, dangerous defendants.

  The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish meets at Santa Fe Community College later this morning. On the agenda are efforts to increase by 25 percent the number of bears hunters can kill annually, easing the rules for trapping cougars on private lands, and expanding cougar trapping to millions of acres of state trust lands. The cougar changes would discontinue a requirement that hunters get a special permit to use traps or foot snares to snag cougars on private land. The proposed changes have drawn opposition from animal rights groups.

New Mexico is pushing back the timeline for certain low-income adults who will have to meet work and job-training requirements to keep getting food stamps. State Human Services Secretary Brent Earnest tells The Associated Press his department decided to delay implementation of the requirements and make some changes in response to concerns voiced during recent public meetings. Social service advocates have argued that many people stand to lose their benefits because there aren't enough jobs or meaningful training opportunities in the poverty-stricken- state.

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

The honors for the 2015 Indian Market Best of Show were announced this afternoon, and KSFR's Zelie Pollon was on site to talk to some of the artists whose works were considered for the awards. 

The overall Best Of Show award this year went to a basket by Northern Arapahoe-Seminole basket weaver Carol Emarthle-Douglas. 

Government officials and southwestern residents last week observed the copper colored toxic spill as it made its way down the Animas River from Colorado and through New Mexico. There is extensive finger pointing as to who is responsible for the accidental release of more than three-million gallons of heavy metal sludge. Yet the conditions that set the stage for this mishap have been in the making for decades - and those conditions are very different in Colorado from what exists today in New Mexico.

 

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon.

New Mexico U-S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are joining a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in Colorado and Utah to urge the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General to examine a critical set of questions regarding the Gold King Mine spill that occurred in the Animas River earlier this month. The Senators’ announcement came as New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez ordered the New Mexico Environment Department to investigate the waste spill that impacted the Animas River in Northwest New Mexico and Southwest Colorado.  

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

School started this week for all of Santa Fe's public schools. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon sat down with Santa Fe public school superintendent Joel Boyd to get a sense of what this new school year will bring.

Start with Fentanyl, a well-known pain-killing drug which is both effective and addictive.  Make it so it can be taken as a spray under the tongue and it becomes more effective and potentially even more addictive.  That's a recipe for trouble, as Roddy Boyd for the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that was made even more dangerous when selling it was put into the hands of a man named Alec Burlakoff.

You've probably heard the famous quote that "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."  Well, it's true.  Rain or shine, we KSFR weather junkies can't stop talking about the weather.  Today, reporter Mary Lou Cooper takes a look at 2015 New Mexico weather--where we've been and what's ahead.

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

On Friday Judge James Browning denied a request by several state environmental groups for an injunction to ban oil and gas drilling near the cultural site of Chaco Canyon in the four corners region. I spoke with one of the plaintiffs, John Horning, Director of Wild Earth Guardians, about the ruling and any next steps.

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