On Wednesday's midday report: Santa Fe's school board votes to sue the state over the level of education funding ... The Affordable Care Act is about 100 days away. The head of a national group tells us what to look out for ... UNM cancer researchers are looking for effective treatments for specific childhood leukemia patients...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Santa Fe’s school board has approved an allocation of $100,000 to file a lawsuit against the state over funding for public schools. They say the legislature has not committed enough money to satisfy the requirement that education be sufficiently funded. The board is looking for other school districts to join the lawsuit.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall on constitutional amendment to void high court decision...AARP New Mexico applauds Supreme Court decision on "pay to delay" generic drugs...A state lawmaker from Albuquerque tried but failed to ban fireworks during high fire periods...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico has introduced legislation that could lead to overturning that controversial Supreme Court decision that essentially says money equals speech and corporations are actually people.
The legislation calls for a constitutional amendment that would give Congress, not the courts, power over how elections are financed.
Constitutional amendments require approval by two-thirds of both the House and Senate, after which they would have to be approved by state legislatures in at least 38 states
A court hearing has been set for Thursday over the dispute between the Legal Tender restaurant in Lamy and the Lamy Railroad and History Museum. The operators claim the museum doesn't have the authority to evict them. The restaurant closed at the end of May, following demands from the museum's board that they leave.
Now that wildfires some miles from Santa Fe seem to be dissipating, we’ll take a look at a closer, very dry site for a potential blaze – the lower Santa Fe watershed…. Some recent rain doesn’t mean the drought is over just yet. We’ll get some tips for how to conserve even more of it…headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
The Jaroso Fire burning some 20 miles NE of Santa Fe is at 3500 acres in extremely rugged terrain. The area is largely inaccessible to ground crews. Potential for growth is considered high as there are large swaths of dead and downed trees throughout the region. Meanwhile, good progress has been made at the 24,000 acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez with containment at 80%. The Tres Lagunas Fire near Pecos is 90% contained.
On Friday's midday report: As Santa Feans face restrictions on how many days a week they can water their vegetation, the small community of Mora County faces a near disaster because of the drought…On really hot days, more air cooling units ask for more electricity to deliver consumers more cool air. But PNM has a way of helping solve the peak demand problem, one air conditioner at a time….And Santa Fe says there’s plenty of parking around the new district courthouse. But not in its own garage…headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
The Jaroso Fire burning some 20 miles northeast of Santa Fe still has no containment. Estimates of its size range from 4-to-8 thousand acres but the intense heat of the blaze has been preventing accurate infra-red mapping. It's burning in very difficult terrain accessible only by helicopter. The area has almost a thousand acres of abundant ground fuels with vast stands of downed trees, felled by a severe wind incident some years ago.
On Thursday's midday report: More on the Whole Foods question of different languages being spoken in their stores. The ACLU is asking whether it's OK to speak Tibetan but not Spanish at work.... As police in Santa Fe continue to cite drivers for talking on a hand-held phone, the national AAA organization finds that hands-free is no safer....US Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico calls for senate action on climate change….headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Still no containment to report in the 8,000 acre-plus Jaroso Fire burning east of Española. The fire is in extremely difficult terrain accessible only be helicopter in a region with abundant ground fuels for further growth. A special tactical team takes on management of the fire as of today. Meanwhile, at the 23,000-acre Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez, containment has reached 60%. Current burning is occurring within its established perimeter line. Near Pecos, the Tres Lagunas Fire is at 80% containment and on track for full suppression this weekend.
After local news, a talk with The New Mexico Environmental Law Center on new, less restrictive "pit rules" for oil & gas developers. And we'll hear about record-breaking heat around the state and ways to avoid getting ill from it. plus...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen
The newest fire in the Santa Fe area has ballooned in size to more than 6,000 acres. The latest report on the Jaroso fire in the Pecos Wildnerness came late last night before new infrared mapping could be done. A huge pyrocumulus cloud erupted from the area, creating opportunity for photographers and causing concern among local residents. But Santa Fe city hall has tried to calm fears, saying it is some 20 miles in a straight line from the city. It's burning in rugged terrain accessible only by helicopter. Only 60 personnel are assigned thus far and there is no containment.
The latest report of the Jaroso fire burning in the Pecos Wilderness came from overnight infrared mapping and put its size at 360 acres. But the size of the plume visible from Santa Fe today suggests growth.
A Santa Fe fire manager estimates it to be 500 acres at 12 noon.