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
With the start of tax-filing season just eight days away, the New Mexico State Forestry Division wants to raise awareness for its Re-Leaf program, a tree-planting initiative funded in large part by private donations made on State Tax return forms. KSFR's Kate Powell talked to Dan Ware, State Forestry Division Outreach Program Manager, about the impact of the ReLeaf program. Listen Here
Next week, the New Mexico Court of Appeals will hear a precedent setting case as to whether the state has the responsibility to protect the air, as a trustee of our natural resources. This so called Atmospheric Trust litigation is based on the public trust doctrine and will be heard next Tuesday, January 27th. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with attorney Samantha Ruscavage-Barz who is representing plaintiffs Akilah Sanders Reed and WildEarth Guardians. Listen Here
On Tuesday a federal judge overturned Mora County’s ordinance banning oil and natural gas drilling. District Judge James Browning’s 199 page order declared the County’s ordinance invalid. Attorney Jeffery Haas has been representing Mora County and some of the interveners in the case. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke to him about the Judge’s ruling. Listen Here
During this session of the New Mexico Legislature, lawmakers will debate several bills related to the state’s behavioral health system. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, those bills and others sure to be added to the list aim to improve the ailing system that’s been the subject of controversy and various management schemes for decades. Listen Here