Last night Creative Santa Fe unveiled preliminary designs for the Arts and Creativity Center, a live work development of artists’ affordable housing that is being planned for city-donated land on Siler Road. This project has been in the works for several years now. Deborah Begel reached Creative Santa Fe Executive Director Cyndi Conn this morning for more.

Remembering Ciel Bergman

Jan 19, 2017
Tasha Ostrander

Painter Ciel Bergman passed away on January 11, 2017 in California. She was 78.

She delivered a lecture, Notes on a Pilgrimage to Beauty  in 1993 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. I am joined by Tasha Ostrander and Ben Lincoln of  Brave Art Consulting to discuss the meanings and legacies of Ciel Bergman's life in art.

She wrote in her artist statement:

David D’Arcy reviews The Founder, a new film about the man who made the Big Mac famous -- but might be more famous for the line, “I’m not in the hamburger business, I’m in the real estate business.”

Yesterday was opening day at the New Mexico State Legislature. Governor Susana Martinez delivered her state of the state address. Sandra Fish was there and has this report on what the governor said. Then she caught up to five freshmen legislators for their responses.

There were notes of hope tucked inside the latest report on child well-being in New Mexico that was released yesterday on the first day of the state legislature.  Advocates hope that both the gains, and areas that still need improvement, will spur lawmakers to provide more funding to fight child poverty – a persistent problem in the state.  As Deborah Martinez reports, the KIDS COUNT report shows children’s health has improved, but in several other indicators, New Mexico remains second to last among United States.

This fall, in the course of reporting on the problem of compulsive gambling in seniors, KSFR learned that some people who have this problem of compulsive gambling may be  adversely affected by drugs used to treat Parkinson’s Disease and Restless Leg Syndrome.

Mary Lou Cooper goes deeper into the story and a proposal to amp up the warnings on the medications and inform consumers.

Effective Activism: Conversations with Writers

Jan 17, 2017

With this news feature we launch a continuation, with a twist, of our Effective Activism series that we’ll be continuing over the first one hundred days of the Donald J. Trump presidency. Melissa Chadburn was formerly a union organizer with SEIU, the Service Employees International Union that represents 1.5 million public service workers including hospital staff, nurses, building service providers and security guards. She has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Jezebel, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America, and dozens of other outlets.

A growing body of research shows that kids who enroll in quality pre-kindergarten programs are likely to do better in grade school and beyond. Those benefits prompted the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership to set an ambitious goal: they want 80% of New Mexico’s 3-and-4-year-olds in pre-K by about 2020 – a big jump from the 30% currently enrolled.

Deborah Martinez

New Mexico’s uninsured rate has fallen by 44-percent over the last six years, and 178,000 residents now have healthcare coverage, according to US government figures.  Another 884,000 people are covered through their employer.  Yesterday hundreds of people gathered at Santa Fe’s Unitarian Church to declare their support for the Affordable Care Act, applauding those advancements and urging Congress not to repeal it.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was there, and she brings us this report.

Derrick Toledo interviews Hope about her path from homelessness to nonviolent resistance on this 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Ovarian Cancer Trial Begins at UNM Cancer Center

Jan 16, 2017

Dr. Sarah Adams, a gynecologic oncologist at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses the new trial that has begun there for patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.

Local News at Noon. January 12 Edition.

Deborah Begel caught up with Rep. Brian Egolf who will become Speaker of the New Mexico House next week, to close out this week's series of interviews we’ve aired with NM legislative leaders from both parties.

Efforts to reach Rep. Nate Gentry were not successful.

Santa Fe Chamber Hosts Legislative Preview 2017

Jan 12, 2017

We lead today with our continuing legislative preview and the rapidly morphing news of what’s changing in the path of the bouncing ball of how to solve the budget deficit of $69 million projected in this current fiscal year—with zero at this time in the state reserves. I’n here with Dennis Carroll who joined me on Tuesday evening for the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Legislative Preview.

Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth laying out the shape of the new New Mexico Legislature:

Review: Burn Country

Jan 12, 2017

An Afghan transplanted to Northern California in a film that is being shown at CCA Cinematheque.

David D'Arcy reports.