The FBI is reportedly looking into allegations that the sheriff's office in Rio Arriba County fixed traffic tickets in exchange for donations to a so-called sheriff's scholarship fund. News reports say the FBI had a search warrant to enter the sheriff's office in Espanola. The authorities are not confirming the ticket-fixing allegations but another county official says if there is a sheriff's scholarship fund, it was set up without approval by the county commission.
On Thursday's midday report: Major gun control legislation fails in the U.S. Senate but two minor pieces succeed...In New Mexico, we’ll speak with an Albuquerque lawyer who is frustrated at the military’s legal system after a decade of providing defense counsel to several Guantanamo prisoners…a forest fire burning in the Lincoln National Forest…and a town hall meeting in Santa Fe on immigration reform set for this evening...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen....
Both of New Mexico's U.S. senators say they are unhappy that there were not enough votes to pass gun control legislation yesterday. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich were in the majority voting for a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers. But the majority was not enough to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.
After local news, a talk with the NM Dept. of Health about teen suicide in our state with data from a new report. Then, a conversation with soon-to-retire Santa Fe Airport manager Jim Montman. And Actor Wes Studi talks to KSFR ahead of an upcoming honor.
Santa Fe's Railyard may get a cinema within the coming year and a half. The board of the organization that operates the Railyard property has approved a proposal by a movie theater company from Austin for a 16,000 square-foot theater complex devoted to arts and Spanish-language films. The site would have 11 cinemas, nearly all of them with just 50 seats. A competing proposal would have required destroying El Museo de Cultural and the popular Santa Fe Clay. But the winning plan offered by the Violet Crown company would allow those entities to remain.
On Tuesday's midday report: The latest on the Boston bombings ...Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico says he's cautiously optimistic gun control legislation will come up before the U.S. Senate...A coalition of Western conservation groups call out Santa Fe for efforts to conserve water...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
There's no word of any New Mexican injured in the Boston Marathon explosions. Eighty or more people from the Zia state took part in the race, most of them from Albuquerque. A half dozen or so Santa Feans took part.
Its all clear on East Palace Avenue this morning after the police bomb squad removed a WWII-era grenade from a residence. A woman living at the home had found it and called the authorities. Celina Westervelt of the police department told KSFR they locked down the immediate neighborhood while they investigated. ***
Santa Fe police have reopened East Palace Ave., after it was closed for a neighborhood lockdown. They have removed a WWII grenade found by the owner of a local residence. The device has been taken for investigation.
On Monday's midday report: The Martinez administration is standing its ground today as environmentalists file a motion for contempt of court over the state's building standards...The forest service has a new map showing thousands of miles of roads available to motorized vehicles...Santa Fe's Underage Drinking Alliance working to prevent post-prom teenage DWI fatalities...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
State officials who license and regulate building permits in New Mexico say they are still enforcing revised building standards as of this morning, despite a court motion filed last week against their action.
Santa Fe has increased the number of city parks but the parks division is using more water and spending more money to pay for it. The New Mexican reports that city hall pays the same rate for water as homeowners do. But they are beginning to talk about giving the parks division a break in what they pay. The division is using 35 percent more water at present and paying 48 percent more in water bills.
Advocates for energy efficiency have asked the state court of appeals to find the Martinez administration in contempt for its delay in restoring old energy efficiency building standards.
The court earlier this week decided the state had improperly repealed the standards that had been put into effect before Gov. Martinez took office. Today’s motion comes after the state agency said it would make its own decision whether to restore the old standards.
On Friday's midday report: At least one privately owned cancer center in New Mexico is cutting off hundreds of Medicare cancer patients because of the federal sequster. What about the biggest cancer center, the one at UNM?...A recent traffic fatality in New Mexico has been attributed to Road Rage. We'll have a report on what can lead to road rage and why the act of driving a vehicle could be seen as a major public health issue...And watch that open burning in the national forest.
A number of vagrants camping on open land on Santa Fe's Northeast side have been told to clear out. The new owner of the property and the fire department took the action as prolonged drought is leading to higher fire danger. The area known locally as Hobo Hill is between Hyde Park and Bishops Lodge roads. People have been camping there for years. The New Mexican reports that the new owner of the property has already cleared out a thousand bags of camping refuse.
Another busy night at Santa Fe city hall as debate continued over a same-sex marriage resolution. We'll hear some of the comments from people in the audience...One of the bills that Gov. Martinez has signed into law is one that would give pregnant teenagers some help in taking care of family and completing their education...And in Santa Fe, there may be no angel quite like a Kitchen Angel...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...