Highlands Gets $2.9 Million to Strengthen STEM

Dec 2, 2016

New Mexico Highlands University was awarded a $2.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to support students pursuing math, science and technology education. Gil Gallegos, a professor of computer science and engineering and the grant's lead investigator, tells KSFR how the money will be spent.

Radioactive Waste Will Soon Be Re-packaged

Dec 2, 2016
(U.S. Department of Energy via AP)

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced plans to re-package 60 barrels of radioactive waste next spring. The containers have been under surveillance since 2014, when one barrel ruptured and forced the shut-down of a waste isolation plant south of Carlsbad, NM.

Local News At Noon

Dec 2, 2016

Top-of-the-hour local news for Friday, December 2.

Ricardo Cate'

Edition One of our new weekly roundup of what’s happening in visual art, film and music in Santa Fe this weekend.

-The Song was "La Bajada" by Brian Hardgroove. "Surf by Southwest" will play this Saturday at Skylight Lounge in Santa Fe starting at 8 p.m.

-Anthony Hassett’s show "People Are Terrific" opens at PHIL Space tomorrow Friday, December 2 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. PHIL Space is at 1410 Second Street.

December 1 is World AIDS Day-- a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the first published reports of what would come to be known as HIV/AIDS.  This disease has caused more than 35 million deaths around the world.

In the United States, 675,000 people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Today, infection is on the decline, but more than 1.2 million people still live with HIV. Roughly one in eight people are not aware they carry the virus.

Sandra Fish is our colleague and the data journalist at New Mexico In Depth. She joins us most Thursdays to talk all things politics. Today is no exception.

New to Santa Fe, Nonprofit Speaks Up for Wildlife

Nov 30, 2016
Katherine Mast

Defenders of wildlife has been an environmental nonprofit since 1947. It has a new office in Santa Fe and a mission to call the community to action around issues from wildlife trafficking to environmental advocacy and hands on habitat restoration. Katherine Mast has the story.

Amy Marash

Yesterday President Elect Donald Trump nominated House Budget Committee Chairman and six-term Georgia Representative Tom Price for secretary of Health and Human Services. The Atlantic reported this morning that Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare began in with this nomination of Price who has been one of the most consistent opponents of the Affordable Care Act in Congress.

In a statement released on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico called on President Obama to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline. Senator Heinrich said that “the recent escalation against members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and those standing in solidarity with them is fundamentally wrong and must be condemned.”

Ellen Berkovitch spoke to the Senator by phone yesterday afternoon.

#GivingTuesday in New Mexico

Nov 29, 2016
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Today is the global day of giving known as "Giving Tuesday." The Giving Tuesday movement formed in 2012 partly as a response to the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events.

Chris Felver

Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday at age 90. Castro dominated his country for more than 50 years from the moment he entered Havana in triumph in January 1959 until 2006 when he stepped aside because of illness.

Americans’  knowledge of the Cuban people became greatly constrained after 1961 when diplomatic relations were severed between our two countries. President Barack Obama reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015.

The Boston Globe has reported that 88 percent of American teens ages 13 to 17 have a mobile phone. Seventy-three percent of the teens have smartphones. And of that number, 24 percent say they go online “almost constantly.”

Robert Nott reported in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican that Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe is almost halfway through its first school-year policy of banning cell phone use at the school.

Local News At Noon

Nov 28, 2016

Top-of-the-hour local news for Monday, November 28.

We Are Grateful for You, Michelle Obama!

Nov 23, 2016

Yesterday afternoon we were here at KSFR News discussing the many things we were grateful for. Ellen said she's extremely grateful to have been able to attend Michelle Obama’s second to last graduation speech as First Lady of the U.S.  – and the only one she made to a graduating high school class. She spoke to the graduates of the Santa Fe Indian School in a speech that made many on the press riser do what is just not done among this hard-boiled crowd: Reach for a hankie.

One population is thriving in New Mexico—wild turkeys. Matt Miller of the Nature Conservancy has written that the restoration of the American wild turkey may be "the greatest wildlife conservation story ever." The birds were on the brink of collapse with a population of just 30,000 about a century ago. Today there are 7 million wild turkeys in the U.S.The NM Department of Game and Fish told Jenna Marshall that its conservation and habitat restoration budget derives in large part from issuing of hunting licenses to those who want to bag their thanksgiving bird for themselves.

In New Mexico, 46% of pre school age children receive federal food assistance benefits-- the largest percentage of any state in the nation. But the face of hunger is not always obvious from the outside. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall visited the Food Depot in Santa Fe last week. The Food Depot largely acts as a redistribution agency of food supplies for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and youth and senior citizen programs. It also runs a mobile food pantry in northern New Mexico that serves 7000 people a year.

Our Children's Trust

Our Children’s Trust is an Oregon group that supports youth in bringing legal action in the courts and to state agencies to ensure a stable climate on their behalf of themselves and future generations.

In 2015 a group of 21 young people ranging in age from nine to 20 filed a climate lawsuit in federal court in the District of Oregon against the Obama administration. On November 10, 2016  U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of the youth plaintiffs.

Last Thursday in Española, Tewa Women United hosted a solar celebration of their renewable energy installation. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll was there.

SFCC Faculty Talk Unionization

Nov 22, 2016

Last Friday afternoon, the full-time faculty of the Santa Fe Community College met for the first time to discuss unionization. Jenna Marshall spoke with a full time SFCC professor, Marci Eannarino, who is organizing the faculty's conversation about whether they will join the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Local News At Noon

Nov 22, 2016

Top-of-the-hour local news for Tuesday, November 22.