Primary election voting is under way for registered Democratic and Republican voters in New Mexico. Santa Fe County Elections Bureau Chief Deputy Eric Barraza *****050814-Barraza-3 27***** Barraza says early and absentee voting in Santa Fe County allows voters to avoid potential long-lines on New Mexico Primary Election Day, which is June Third.
Santa Fe Police are investigating a fatal hit and run pedestrian crash that occurred around 10pm Sunday. The crash occurred just north of Sawmill Road. There are few details at this time. Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information about it is asked to call the Regional Emergency Communications Center at 505-428-3710. St. Francis Drive, which had been closed during the investigation, is now re-open to traffic.
Silver City, New Mexico may be the smallest city in America that still supports two newspapers. But at the beginning of this week, it looked like it would lose that distinction -- not to mention the 137 year old Silver City Daily Press.
But, as they used to say, "Hold the presses!" KSFR's Dave Marash has the story
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is bringing the burning of Zozobra back to a Friday night. The club’s Zozobra Committee Chair, Raymond Sandoval says the City has approved the date of August 29th. Sandoval says the returning the burning of “old man gloom” to Friday will boost attendance at the event. He says this year’s burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra is the beginning of something new: *****050214-Sandoval-1 :37 (q: our 100th anniversary)***** Sandoval says it took a lot of time and compromise to move the event back to Fridays.
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales is prominently mentioned in a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece about the current American political landscape that highlights several outposts of liberalism currently on display in cities including New York, Boston, Pittsburg, Minneapolis and Seattle. Gonzales reflected on the mention for KSFR: *****05014-Gonzales-1 :32 (q: can be for all of us.”)***** The Times article documenting various cities’ adoption of substantial, effective policies to benefit the poor and the working class appeared in Thursday’s online editions.
New Mexico’s transition to a managed-care approach for Medicaid-funded behavioral healthcare has failed to serve the people the system was designed to help. That from Albuquerque State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, who says the move has benefitted health maintenance organizations rather than people in need. Ortiz y Pino notes New Mexico is spending 650-million Medicaid dollars a year for behavioral health services, and says the new approach to those in need is apparent.
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales has amended his “People to the Plaza” resolution, which now calls for the Plaza to be closed to vehicle traffic from Memorial Day through Santa Fe Fiesta weekend. The City’s Public Works Committee met and heard testimony on the proposal Monday night. The New Mexican reports most of those attending were opposed to the plan, and quotes Committee Chair, City Councilor Ron Trujillo saying the resolution “is not ready.” The plan now moves on to hearings before two other Committees.
State officials are reporting that nearly 35-thousand New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance through a federal online marketplace that became available last October. The figures released last week are based on enrollment information supplied to the state's insurance regulator by private insurance companies offering health plans through the exchange. New Mexico has used a federally operated website to enroll individuals since October, but will switch to a state-based computer system for individuals later this year for the next open enrollment period.
On April 17th, the years-long trial of the nine-eleven bombing suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba once again ground to a complete halt. When it will re-start is at this point unknown, but it won’t be for weeks
KSFR’s co-news Director Dave Marash spoke this week with Eugene Fidell, who teaches Military Justice at Yale University Law School, on why this happened and about the trial itself.
A Department of Energy report blames lack of proper oversight for the radiation release that closed down the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in February. The report notes that many employees indicated a reluctance to report problems due to a fear of retribution and the perception that no remedial action would be taken. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued a statement demanding corrective action to ensure safe operation of WIPP
Students at Santa Fe Community College will be paying the same rate of tuition next school year as this. The SFCC Governing Board’s budget approved Wednesday also calls for a one-and-a-half percent pay raise starting July first. Interim College President Randy Grissom noting that out of New Mexico’s 18 Community Colleges, SFCC sports the fifth-lowest when it comes to tuition costs.
Crownpoint State Representative Sandra Jeff’s re-election plans will be decided by the New Mexico Supreme Court. The court next Tuesday will hear Jeff’s challenge of this week’s District Court ruling that she failed to submit enough signatures required to have her name on the June Democratic Party Primary ballot. A Santa Fe non-profit, Conservation Voters of New Mexico, is behind the effort to see Jeff’s legislative career terminated. The C-V-N-M is highly critical of Jeff’s legislative record on environmental issues.