KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

City Council Members last Wednesday voted to take money from the city water utility to pay for day-to-day operations at City Hall about --$5 million annually when you add in a million and a half dollars in city salaries. Councilor Patti Bushee was the one dissenting voice calling the vote a raid on the utility that was unfair and illegal. She and others argued that a better decision for the funds would be to lower city water rates. KSFR's Zelie Pollon asked Bushee to explain how she saw the issue.


On this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco asks one of the most challenging existential questions in hockey, then abruptly turns his attention toward corruption within the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (better known as FIFA). 

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon.

The United Health Foundation recently released their 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, and New Mexico improved its ranking from 38th last year to 33rd.  Seniors are of course an important demographic in Santa Fe, and KSFR’s David King spoke with Dr. Denise Leonardi, chief medical officer for United Healthcare of New Mexico, about the report’s implications for New Mexico’s senior citizens.

The satirical and highly political group the Yes Men will be in Santa Fe a week from Monday. If you’ve never heard of them, well, it’s about time you did. KSFR's Zelie Pollon reports. 

In this edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk ponders the "Pink Tax" -- the extra money women pay for products marketed to them but virtually identical to analogous products made for men. 

May 28 - News at Noon

May 28, 2015

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon.

Climate change plays favorites, and New Mexico journalist Laura Paskus told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, among the biggest victims of global warming have been the ecology and the people of the Navajo reservation. Rising temperatures and drought are threatening the existence of the birds, the animals and the plants that live on Navajo land.

Earlier this week we heard from CCA Cinematheque Director Jason Silverman about his new documentary, Sembene!  In today's installment, he talks to KSFR's Kate Powell about what makes Santa Fe a special place to show films, life for small theaters after the Violet Crown, and his hope for an emerging generation of creators learning to use film in new ways. 

On Wednesday The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled a Clean Water rule to restore pollution protections for tens of millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of streams all across the United States. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke with Kimberly Williams of Environment New Mexico a statewide environmental advocacy organization to find out more about the historic ruling.

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Just this morning, the Public Regulation Commission decided to allow PNM more time to plan its case for a replacement plan for the San Juan Generating Station. KSFR's Zelie Pollon attended the PRC meeting, and brings us this report. Listen Here

The announcement by New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller’s office that he will undertake a special audit of Santa Fe’s 2008 Parks Bond project comes as Mayor Javier Gonzales’s administration posts its own report on the city’s website, detailing how some of the money was spent. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the 15-page summary looked at how park improvements were planned and generally paid for during the first two years at dozens of the city’s parks. Listen Here  

New Mexico has been a leader in offering interpreting services to individuals with limited English proficiency and the deaf and hard of hearing in courtrooms to ensure equal access to justice. Also, the state is the only one with a constitutional right for citizens to serve on juries regardless of their ability to speak or read English. This status helped attract the conference of the Council of Language Access Coordinators to Santa Fe last week. Paula Couselo, senior statewide program manager of the New Mexico Center for Language Access, was among the presenters.