PNM’s energy plan is in the news continually these days – and it’s not very popular. but what are some of the alternatives? City Councilor Patti Bushee on this program introduced a plan that looked at partnering with PNM as an interim step to creating a Municipal Utility. She based her proposal on a Minneapolis blueprint.
Two upcoming elections could greatly influence the school system in Santa Fe. The elections for Santa Fe school board and Santa Fe community college board candidates will be held on Feb 3d with early voting occurring now through Jan 30. League of Women Voters president Donna Reynolds explains the importance of this election for citizens wanting to influence local politics.
The crash in global oil prices has hurt Russia, Iran and Venezuela, countries that were already in economic trouble, and are heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues to cover their budgets. Does that also describe New Mexico? UNM oil economist Janie Chermak told Dave Marash on Here and There that it does, and that the fall in energy prices is hitting the Land of Enchantment right in its state budget.
It is a month since the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's majority report on the CIA's used of terror after 9/11 was grabbing headlines and stirring debate. But already, the deeply-documented report seems to be sliding into oblivion. Karen Greenberg, head of the Center for National Security at Fordham University Law School told KSFR's Dave Marash on Here and There, part of the report's problem is that it largely contradicts a false "success" story that has been sold by the CIA, the White House and Hollywood.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez helped the American Cancer Society in promoting its “Suits and Sneakers” coaches challenge on Monday. Tom Trowbridge covered the event from the Roundhouse. Listen Here
Last month, the Republican Party of New Mexico’s State Central Committee chose Party officers who’ll serve for the next two years. The Committee had to find a successor to John Billingsley, who had led the party through the 2014 election and selected Debbie Maestas as the new chair. Maestas, from Albuquerque, has a background in business. She’s also the daughter of Allen Weh, the 2014 GOP Senate candidate.Tom Trowbridge spoke with Maestas about her new post. Listen Here
This week, a new 5-nation African army is being formed to confront the threat of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. For it to function, Associated Press Nigeria Bureau Chief Michelle Faul told Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, a lot of rivalries among the states involved-- Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin and Nigeria, must be overcome, especially to overcome an enemy as fierce as Boko Haram, which has killed or kidnapped thousands of Nigeria men, women and children over the last 5 years.
Ethics and transparency are essential aspects of the democratic process. But New Mexico is once again falling down. In a new Legislative Guide, New Mexico In Depth Director Trip Jennings and several contributors explore the state's political transparency levels and make some strong suggestions for improvement. Listen Here