Five Santa Feans have been arrested on a 16-count federal indictment charging them with oxycodone trafficking offenses. The charges against the defendants are the result of “Operation High Desert Bash,” an investigation initiated in January 2013 by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad in Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Police Department. If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine on each of the oxycodone charges. All five are scheduled to make their initial appearances in Albuquerque federal court this morning.
Among today's many features:A conversation about a Legislative Finance Committee audit report on the efficacy of pre-K efforts in New Mexico. A healthy flow in the Santa Fe River is the result of several factors. And Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller speaks to KSFR about a number of topics of local importance. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In today's features following our local news: we talk with Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela about the state's JTIP program. We also hear about how those folks collecting disability can return to gainful employment with risking much needed benefits. And...Bigfoot in the Valles Caldera? Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In today's features after local news headlines: LANL spokesman Fred DeSousa details the damages known thus far to the Lab's properties after historic rainfall there caused flooding. We also speak with Land Commissioner Ray Power about a new wind energy project for New Mexico, a portion of which will be built on state lands. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Due to today's technical difficulties, our AT NOON podcast is abbreviated, limited to today's top local news headlines at mid-day and 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen. We are expecting our OTA signal to be restored shortly.
The federal government has authorized $2 million in “quick release” emergency funds for New Mexico roadways & bridges damaged by our recent bout of heavy rains. According to the U.S. DOT, repairs from the September storms are so far estimated to be at least $9 million. That number is expected to rise with future damage assessments.
Among today's features: We hear from New Mexico Voices For Children on the persistence of poverty levels in our state. We also speak with the director of the Interstate Stream Commission as--for the first time in years -- the Pecos River does not require augmentation of its water flows. And KSFR News reporter Marion Cox wraps up her conversation with Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian; today they talk about the new animal control ordinance being prepared. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
New Mexico’s three house members have voted along party lines on cuts to food stamps. Ben Ray Luján voted against the republican sponsored bill that would cut $39 billion from SNAP, the supplemental nutritional assistance program. The national program helps 179,000 households here in New Mexico. Congressman Luján took to the floor of the House to speak against the cuts. *** District One’s Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham also voted against the cuts. Congressman Steve Pearce joined fellow republicans in support of the cuts, which passed on a 217-210 vote.
In feature stories after our local news report: A conversation with the NM Environment Department about the hazards to drinking water wells in areas hit with flooding and how to decontaminate them. We also speak with the Human Services Department as New Mexico receives relatively good marks for delivering Medicaid services to a high percentage of our state's eligible children. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In Rio Arriba County, the Chama River has spilled into the town of Hernandez after heavy rains. A dozen or more homes were partially submerged by rising waters. The flooding began late yesterday about 10 miles north of Española near the junction of US 84 and 285. The Red Cross has established a shelter for all those displaced. County officials say the heavy rains of last week caused channels to become clogged with debris, sending the Chama over its banks with Wednesday's downpours.
Among today's features after our local news: ABQ City Councilor Ken Sanchez tells KSFR he wants strict enforcement of the Duke City's minimum wage law. We also speak with Deborah Bussmeyer at the Con Alma Foundation and its quest to find worthy "healthcare heroes." Those items and more--plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.