This morning, the Bernalillo County Clerk will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Late Tuesday afternoon, a state district court judge in Albuquerque ruled that not recognizing marriage equality for gay couples is unconstitutional. With that, Bernalillo County now joins two other counties in their legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Doña Ana County began the practice last Wednesday, followed by Santa Fe on Friday.
In today's features, we speak with the union head of CWA Local 7076 about "sick" state buildings causing illness among workers. We also catch up with the UNM doctoral student who co-authored a study on wage theft and other workplace abuses inflicted on Mexican national employees in New Mexico, both undocumented and those here legally. Those items and more...plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Same-sex marriage licenses may begin to be issued today in a 3rd New Mexico County. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says its heard of 1000 new gender-neutral marriage licenses ordered by Bernalillo’s County Clerk. A hearing in district court there this afternoon may order their issuance. If so, Bernalillo County will join Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties in asserting marriage equality since last week.
In features, we talk about the state's new initiative to provide more resources to caregivers of those with Alzheimer's. We also catch up with the state's Human Service department for an update in the ongoing investigation of providers of mental health & substance abuse services. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has today ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says the judge offered Salazar an option: begin issuing licenses or have a hearing. In her order, Judge Singleton also references the same equal protection clauses of the state constitution city by Doña Ana’s county clerk as he began issuing licenses on Wednesday.
In today's features, we speak to Santa Fe County about the series of upcoming meetings on new capital improvement projects. We also hear a report on a vast water project in Israel's Kidron Valley, a place where indigenous people share a connection to the land not unlike here in New Mexico. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In today's features, we talk with progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico as Doña Ana County begins to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- we also speak to the county clerk responsible. And the NM Department of Health talks about some strides made against obesity here in our state. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Teachers throughout the Santa Fe Public School District have had their first pay raise in six years ratified by the school board. They, along with some other staff, are getting a one-and-a-half percent increase in wages. 1% of that was made possible by state lawmakers during the legislative session in a raise for all state workers. The additional half-percent pay bump is expected to cost the school district about $400,000 annually.
Among today's features: A conversation with New Mexico Voices for Children as the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Fund nears depletion. Attorney General Gary King talks about issues of imporrtance for our state's seniors as a 2-day conference on ageing gets underway in Albuquerque. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Among today's features, the Audubon Society in New Mexico approves of Governor Martinez' plans to spend at least $1.5 million on river restoration efforts throughout the state. A partnership among the state's Economic Development Department and our two nearby nation laboratories seeks to help small businesses in need of their technical expertise. A new energy efficiency program is up and running at Santa Fe Community College. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Representative Stephen Easley tomorrow at 2PM in the Roundhouse rotunda. The Eldorado resident was a freshman democratic representative for District 50 and died at age 60 last week of undisclosed causes after a recent hospitalization. Easley’s district runs through Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Torrance and Valencia counties. Commissioners in each can nominate a replacement of their choosing irrespective of party affiliation with Governor Martinez making the final selection.
In our features, we speak with the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty about their discrimination suit filed against the Department of Workforce Solutions. We also speak with Santa Fe's Water Conservation Manager as residents have successfully reduced consumption. And Congressman Ben Ray Luján talks about the need for the US Dept. of Human Services to address New Mexican's concerns of the Medicaid payment freeze to providers of mental health services. Plus....60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Governor Martinez has announced that she plans to dedicate $1.5 million in capital outlay funding for river restoration efforts in New Mexico. The governor says she will seek to leverage those state funds to secure federal and local partner contributions of as much as $2.6 million in additional funding for what’s called the River Stewards Initiative. It will clear vegetation in river areas, lower river banklines, replant native species vegetation, and install erosion control measures.