For the fifth time in as many years, state lawmakers on Monday debated whether to confirm Governor Susana Martinez’s choice as leader of New Mexico’s Public Education Department. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, this time, the full Senate voted, and Hannah Skandera was confirmed 22‐19, after a close committee vote earlier in the day. Listen Here
Two bills under consideration at the State Capitol seek to tackle problems related to New Mexico’s public schools and their administration. One bill, sponsored by Rio Rancho Rep. Craig Brandt, is a measure that calls for revoking driver’s licenses for students who are habitually truant has unanimously cleared the Senate Education Committee. Another, from freshman senator Javier Martinez, would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections.
Nigeria has postponed its Presidential elections for six weeks, till the end of March. It did so against the strongly-expressed advice of Secretary of State John Kerry, but the key facts, the State Department’s second-ranking diplomat for African Affairs, Ambassador Robert Jackson told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, are that the show must go on, and that the choices, between a somewhat ineffectual incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan and a former Army General, and some say, human rights abuser Muhammadou Buhari, are the choices.
Monday is Autism day at the roundhouse. where parents and others interested can get a wide range of information on autism and where to get help. I spoke with Zoe Miguel, who heads the only clinic in Santa Fe giving direct care to children with autism. Listen Here
Drinking and driving is a serious problem here in New Mexico as demonstrated by the fact that alcohol is involved in 40% of all traffic fatalities. In some New mexico counties like Bernalillo, alcohol is involved in more than 50% of fatal auto crashes. Tuesday at the state capitol, the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance will organize an event to remember those who have died or been injured in such crashes. Marchers also want to generate support for tougher restrictions on those who drink and drive. KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper talks with Doug Shupe of the American Automobile Association to g
The city of Albuquerque began bulldozing a path along the rio grande this week. The plan was to develop the bosque for public use --while keeping people on a developed path to protect the fragile vegetation and animal habitat. It turns out that this move shocked Members of the Bosque Action Team, local residents and environmentalists who had been working with the city on a public participation process to determine access to the bosque. Abigail Adler has details. Listen Here
Albuquerque's homeless camp, known as "Tent City" was in trouble until Wednesday night with threats of eviction from the city until community groups came up with a solution for the campers. KSFR's Joe Gallegos was there for the announcement. Listen Here
In an ongoing series of reports to help listeners get ready for tax season, KSFR welcomes back Special Agent Brian Watson with the Phoenix Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service. Reporter Mary Lou Cooper interviews Brian about tax scams and schemes and how to avoid them. Listen Here
In late January representatives from more than a dozen western states gathered in Santa Fe to discuss the impact of drought on western economies. High on the agenda were strategies for managing drought in the recreation and tourism sectors, upon which New Mexico heavily depends. We asked Carlee Brown, policy advisor for the Western Governors Association, to share some of the meetings findings and how others can benefit from the information shared. Listen Here
In his State of the City address last week, Mayor Javier Gonzales announced a proposal to convert single-occupancy public restrooms in Santa Fe to gender-neutral restrooms. He told Santa Feans that the proposal was a response to the needs of the local transgender community. The announcement sparked some confusion among Santa Feans. In an article in the Santa Fe New Mexican, business owners questioned whether the issue is significant enough to warrant the Mayor's attention, potentially at the expense of other important topics.
Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. And each year, our taxes certainly seem to get more complicated. So much so that more than half of US taxpayers hire a professional when tax time rolls around. Because these tax preparers have access to our most sensitive financial information, finding someone we trust is critical. Reporter Mary Lou Cooper begins a series on taxes today beginning with Brian Watson from the Phoenix Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service. He’ll help us pick the best tax preparers.
The process of civil forfeiture has been used to take some $2 billion from American citizens who have never been charged with a crime, much less tried and convicted. Albuquerque attorney Brad Cates helped administer a toughened-up civil forfeiture program as a Justice Department official in the Reagan era. But he told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, he now wants to see civil forfeiture abolished.