After a public hearing of more than six hours on a controversial proposal to re-zone 50-acres of La Bajada Mesa to allow a gravel mine, Santa Fe County Commissioners made no decision. Commissioner Danny Mayfield spoke with KSFR after Wednesday’s hearing. *****061214-Mayfield-1 (q:our county attorney) :19***** An estimated crowd of 600 packed the Santa Fe Convention Center to take-in the hearing, with most in attendance clearly in opposition to the mining request.
New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Espanola Saturday that left a 16-year old boy dead. State Police say Victor Vialpando was shot after pointing a weapon at an Espanola City Police officer around 10 a.m. Saturday near Riverside Drive and Corlett Road. Vialpando was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Two police officers initially responded to a report of a suspicious person in Rio Arriba County.
Santa Fe’s Christus-St. Vincent Hospital, which is negotiating a contract with the union representing its nurses, is pushing a provision that calls for punishment of any employee who reveals hospital staffing information. Sam Acuff is with the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees: *****060614-Acuff-1 (q: that to happen) :39***** As for the hospital, it maintains that patient privacy might be compromised with release of staffing information.
November’s race for Governor of New Mexico will feature Democrat Gary King versus incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. King taking a clear advantage in the five-way race among Democrats for Governor, and telling KSFR: *****060414-King-2 (q: to talk about) :35***** King launches his campaign for Governor as an underdog financially, with the incumbent accumulating more than four-million dollars while the five-way Democratic race largely exhausted their funding in the primary.
Several 2014 New Mexico political campaigns enter their final day today, while those that win get to do it all over again and gear up for November’s general election. So it is on Primary election day—the polls are open until 7pm, and that’s when KSFR’s live coverage begins with segments at the top and bottom of the hours until 10:30pm.
Officials say severe weather and large hail has caused multiple car wrecks in northern New Mexico. The National Weather Service says the hail struck Las Vegas on Thursday and snarled traffic along Interstate 25. Meanwhile, eastern New Mexico remained under a "slight risk" for severe storms thanks to a storm system that brought "quarter-size" hail and damaging 60 mph winds. In addition, the Sangre de Cristo, Sandia and Manzano mountain chains in central New Mexico are expected to experience scattered thunderstorms.