Governor Susana Martinez’s high regard in the Republican Party—she’s been identified as a potential Vice-Presidential candidate—is reflected in the news that two GOP stars will be campaigning on her behalf in the near future. Martinez’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Artesia and Carlsbad on May 29th in support of Martinez. And the New Mexico Telegram political blog reports that former Vice-President Dick Cheney will stump for Martinez in Las Cruces on June 14th.
New Mexico environmental groups, including the Sierra Club of the Rio Grande, plan a rally tomorrow morning in Albuquerque at the scene of the annual meeting of the Public Service Company of New Mexico shareholders. Sierra Club spokeswoman Camilla Fiebelman wants the shareholders to consider alternative energy sources when deciding how to replace the energy lost when PNM mothballs two coal-burning plants in the Four Corners. *****051414-Fiebelman-3 (q: as an alternative) :26***** PNM is New Mexico’s largest public utility.
Santa Fe police are seeking the public’s help to locate a 32-year-old woman who may require “immediate medical attention.” Police say relatives of Sarah Averill last saw her May fifth and that the woman has “urgent medical conditions which require medication.” The family reported Averill missing on May 10. Family members told police they believe that she is in “immediate danger,” and that she may still be in the city. Police have asked that anyone with information about Averill or her whereabouts call Sgt. Michele Williams at 955-5227.
In the Gila National Forest, a 27-hundred-acre fire near Silver City has grown rapidly and has forced some evacuations. It’s called the Signal Fire, and a Forest Service spokeswoman says that structures are threatened, and some ranches, a campground and a lookout were evacuated Sunday afternoon about 15 miles north of Silver City. 100 firefighters, three air tankers and four helicopters are battling the blaze. A cause hasn't been determined. Additional firefighters and resources are expected to join the battle against the Signal Fire today.
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.