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Jun 24, 2015

Local news with Kate Powell

Will younger generations of Santa Fe residents be able to live closer to downtown than some of their parents who have been pushed to the southside as housing has become less affordable?  That’s the question developers of a multi-story apartment complex pledge to answer with their sustainable project planned for Agua Fria Street.  But as KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the plan has not been endorsed by the city’s planning commission or by some property owners living in the area.

Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of Gov. Susana Martinez's 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with New Mexico InDepth’s Sandra Fish who wrote about the Governor’s vetoes in this year’s Capital Outlay.

Tonight is opening night for one of Santa Fe’s most family friendly events: The Rodeo De Santa Fe. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with rodeo spokesman Jess Franks about this year’s event.

Today on Dr. Erica Elliott’s Medical Insights we take a look at Vegan and vegetarianism -- when it works and when it doesn’t.

New Mexico’s State Police are issued reverse opiod drug, Naloxone. They are trained to respond to Heroin Overdoses. Juan Rios spoke with KSFR’s Sebastian Huerta about this new plan. It’s called Narcan.

Starting a small business is a challenge pretty much anywhere and at any time. Managing that small business in Santa Fe, by many accounts, you can multiply those challenges. So when a business lasts five ten and then 20 years, it’s worth celebrating. Take Sarcon construction, run by Peter Brill, which just marked its 20th year.

Basketball star Jamaal Wilkes has lived a life of many changes. His very successful athletic career was ended prematurely by a devastating knee injury.  And, he told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, his spiritual life, begun under the tutelage of  a father who was a Christian minister, moved through Islam and a touch of Buddhism, back to Christianity today.

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In Today's "The Sporting Life," KSFR's Dan DeFrancesco discusses parades held by newly-crowned championship teams.

The City of Santa Fe recently launched a new sample tourism advertising campaign. But, as KSFR’s Alan Dee tells us, the new effort has created a stir.

Representatives of New Mexico and Texas’ oil and gas industry, electric cooperatives and utilities recently heard from Governor Susana Martinez on energy issues.  Martinez on Friday citing as her energy accomplishments the relaxing of environmental regulations and the reduced permitting time for oil and gas exploration.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez shares with us some of the highlights of the Governor’s remarks to the region’s energy council meeting held in Santa Fe through the weekend.

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If several groups of plaintiffs' attorney and Federal investigators have it right, a massive fraud helped place inferior counterfeit spinal rods and screws inside hundreds of unsuspecting patients, some of whom say they are in pain, and some doctors add, may be in real danger.  Investigative reporter Karen Foshay OF AL JAZEERA AMERICA told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, as many as 15 surgeons and 17 hospitals may have been involved in a scam that allegedly bilked insurance companies of hundreds of millions of dollars. 

In Part 1 of KSFR’s story about on-line dating scams, reporter Mary Lou Cooper spoke with AARP fraud specialist Dr. Doug Shadel.  Shadel told  the story of “Amy,” a widow who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to an anonymous romance scammer.  In today’s follow-up piece, we learn more about Amy and about the love con artists who prey on vulnerable men and women.

Earlier this week the Bernalillo County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the first step for a Master plan for a controversial housing development called Santolina. Critics opposed to the plan say it will take more than its share of water and is unnecessary considering the lack of growth in the Albuqueque area. Douglas Meiklejohn of the Environmental Law Center spoke to us on wednesday about their pending lawsuit. Representatives of the plan also wanted their voices heard.

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