The State Senate on Thursday approved an anti-bullying measure spurred by the 2013 suicide of a teenager who was bullied at school. Albuquerque Senator Jacob Candelaria’s measure, the Carlos Vigil Memorial Act, would create a fund to be administered by the University Of New Mexico Board Of Regents and creates a five-member board to oversee grant applications to eradicate bullying in New Mexico schools, colleges and communities. Candelaria discussed the bill’s namesake during debate on the bill. The Senate ended up approving the bill on a 32 to zero vote. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge reports.
A recent audit reveals that a U.S. Department of Defense program that provides surplus military gear to local law enforcement agencies has sent more than ten-million dollars’ worth of weapons, helicopters and armored trucks to New Mexico. The audit by the Pentagon office responsible for the program shows that the equipment went to 32 agencies. One of them was the Santa Fe Police Department.
There is, Foreign Policy Magazine Senior Reporter for global energy issues Keith Johnson told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, a consensus on oil prices, they will stay between 30 to 50% lower than last summer's peak for at least the next 5 years or more. But Johnson says, even with this price outlook, the future of the fast-growing American oil industry, and especially the part based in Southeastern New Mexico, looks pretty secure. Russia, says Johnson is being hit with an energy industry double-whammy. Falling prices have hurt the Russian budget and sanctions have cut the Russians
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque is the sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for regulation of the sale, production, processing, transportation, as well as details including the taxation of cannabis that would be determined by the state legislature. The Democrat has also sponsored several other bills this session on the topic of cannabis, with his second consecutive attempt at legalizing it through a constitutional amendment grabbing the most attention of the lot.
We hear from an early member of Al-Qaeda—he was a key figure in its operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere. And what’s more remarkable about Amen Dean is that in 1998 he was recruited by British intelligence to spy on Al-Qaeda. He worked as an agent until his cover was broken in 2006. He’s decided to speak publicly because he wants to confront jihadists. The BBC’s Peter Marshall interviews undercover agent Amen Dean. Listen Here
Climate change is affecting people around the world, including Native American communities. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke recently with Ann Marie Chischilly (Chiss- chilly), Executive Director of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University, who works closely with indigenous communities on environmental issues. To learn more about this work go to the ITEP website at http://www4.nau.edu/itep/.
What does Norway have in common with Iran and North Korea? Well, the answer until recently could be found in a boxing ring—or perhaps not, because professional boxing has been illegal in all three countries. Although now Norway’s Center-right government has lifted the ban and it's seconds-out on the first professional bout on Norwegian soil in more than three decades. Lars Pvanger reports for the BBC. Listen Here
This weekend the living wage in Santa Fe increases from $10.66 an hour to $10.84 an hour, one of the highest living wages in the nation. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Assistant City Attorney Zachary Shandler about the ordinance and efforts the city is making to ensure all businesses comply. Listen Here
The tens of thousands of children who gave themselves up to immigration officials on the American border with Mexico in 2013 and 2014 weren't just running towards a better life. They were, journalist Peter Katel told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, running from a frightening menace...youth gangs that have come to dominate every aspect of poor people's lives in the neighborhoods of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders reports that up to 24 million people worldwide suffer from eating disorders. With the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, eating disorders are as misunderstood as they are dangerous. KSFR's Kate Powell spoke to Deborah Schweiger-Whalen, founder and executive director of Zephyrus of Santa Fe, an intensive outpatient treatment center. Listen Here.