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Oct. 2 - News At Noon

3 hours ago

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

That smoke Santa Fe and surrounding communities have been breathing is the residual effect of this week’s prescribed burn in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  That’s where one-half dozen local and foreign firefighting teams are joining forces to thin the forest surrounding Santa Fe’s watershed.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was at the watershed during the second day of the prescribed burn operation that involved aircraft to reduce the chance of catastrophic fires.

One of Santa Fe’s first Charter schools is celebrating 15 years this weekend with a party open to everyone. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke with Monte Del Sol Charter School’s head learner as he’s called, Robert Jessen, to find out more.

This week’s announcement of the discovery of flowing water on Mars has thrilled space-lovers world-wide. And this discovery has a New Mexico connection. Roger Wiens leads a team at Los Alamos National Lab that developed ChemCam, an instrument aboard Curiosity that allows the rover to rapidly identify what Martian rocks and soil are made of. Roger and his team are hard at work on an even more powerful instrument, the SuperCam, to be installed on a rover that will be launched in 2020.

Oct. 1 - News At Noon

Oct 1, 2015

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

With recent revelations that Volkswagen rigged its diesel cars to avoid accurate emissions testings, questions abound as to who knew what and for how long. What remains clear is that those who bought the vehicles thinking they were getting an environmentally clean car were completely duped. In a class action lawsuit filed this week attorneys are taking aim at the New Mexico car dealerships that sold the cars, saying they should have known the environmental claims were false. Attorney John Day with the firm Egolf, Ferlic and Day, explains the suit.

Downtown Santa Fe will be getting a facelift of sorts when the Sanbusco Market, home to such institutions as Pranzo Italian restaurant, Kiote clothes, or Teca Tu, that store for animals with style – is taken over by the New Mexico School for the Arts. The Institute that helps fund the art school purchased the downtown market center recently. But administrators are eager for Santa Feans to know that no big changes will be occurring before the Christmas season comes to a close. NMSA Institute Board Chair Ned Bennett tells residents what to expect in the coming months.

Sept. 30 - News At Noon

Sep 30, 2015

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

The New Mexico Republican Party is banking on an effort aimed at building a “grassroots” movement to assist the GOP presidential nominee and keep the New Mexico House under Republican control.               

State Republican Communications Director Pat Garrett says it’s called the “New Mexico Grassroots Initiative,” noting that the days of party staff coming in three to four months before an election to organize are long gone. Garrett says the new plan will see local party activists given the chance to organize and cultivate a volunteer network.

Renting a room or an apartment has always been an option for travelers. The rental option can offer many conveniences and typically comes at a bargain price. Recently, with the proliferation of web sites such as AirBnB, VRBO and Craigslist, the number of short term rentals has exploded.

As the stream of refugees from the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan has spilled across Europe, every plan by leaders of the European Union for humanitarian aid and shelter has been overwhelmed by the growing size of the migration.  Al Jazeera English Correspondent Rob Reynolds, who has been covering the story, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, what's been driving the massive rush to re-settle in Europe. 

Sept. 29 - News At Noon

Sep 29, 2015

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

Members of New Mexico’s Game Commission met this morning in Albuquerque to decide whether to allow the US Fish and game service to release more Mexican wolves into the New Mexico wilderness. Today’s decision was specifically to hear an appeal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service after the commission decided in 2011 not to release any more wolves as required under the Federal Endangered Species Act. As we hear from Mary Katherine Ray and Former Mayor David Coss, both of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, the appeal was denied.

Making public schools better for Santa Fe’s children is a subject very much on the table this week, as we hear in this report from KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch.

Former GOP State Senator and Secretary of State Staffer under Dianna Duran, Rod Adair, recently published on his blog an op-ed calling for Duran’s resignation.

In this week’s “Medical Insights,” Dr. Erica Elliot has interesting information about certain types of reversible dementia.