Competing radio ads are airing in New Mexico regarding the Human Services Department cut-off of Medicaid payments to in-state providers of mental health and substance-abuse services pending an investigation of fraud. One by non-profit group, New Mexico Competes, lauds the Martinez administration for cracking down on Medicaid abuses. The other, by non-profit Resources for Change Policy Works, criticizes Martinez for creating unnecessary havoc for the state's recipients of behavioral healthcare without having strong evidence of wrong-doing by providers.
In today's features, a conversation with the Chief Business Officer for Santa Fe Public Schools about tonight's community meeting on the Atalaya School. A re-designed gymnasium is to be presented. We also hear from the New Mexico State University Vice President of Student Affairs about a continuing decline in enrollment across all campuses. Those and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A former Santa Fe builder has been indicted by a state grand jury on multiple felony fraud charges that victims say amount to millions of dollars. William "Kal" Kalinowski was the force behind Barranca Builders and a number of other local companies. In 2008, he defaulted on bank loans made for multiple high-end home construction projects at Las Campanas, leaving sub-contractors and home buyers holding the bag. He filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The 68-year-old Kalinowski, now living in Massachusetts, has been ordered to appear in a Santa Fe District Court on October 7th.
In today's features, we hear from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center about their opposition to newly-approved rules governing copper mining in our state. We also hear from a New Mexico State Fair representative as the annual event kicks off its Diamond Jubilee today. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen all here for you At Noon.
And a reminder that KSFR will carry today's City Council meeting live beginning at 5PM.
The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission has approved modifications to the Environment Department’s Copper Rules. Tuesday’s newly approved rules were developed by the Environment Department with an industry outreach process along with bi-partisan support of a group of state lawmakers. After years of litigation by copper mining concerns, law required the state to develop regulations that clearly set forth the appropriate controls to prevent or abate ground water pollution.
In today's features, we hear from the Sierra Club opposing any amendments to the state's Renewable Energy Act being heard today in Santa Fe. We also hear from a Western Resource Advocates spokesperson petitioning the PRC to reward in-state companies for making good carbon-reduction efforts. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Senator Martin Heinrich has announced he will support President Obama’s request for authorization of military force against Syria. In a highly nuanced press release, Heinrich first makes clear that he expects his decision to be an unpopular one among constituents. The senator notes that even though the US may be war-weary, the nation has a moral obligation to deter Assad and others from using internationally prohibited weapons. The full text of Heinrich’s comments can be found at heinrich.senate.gov.
In today's features, a conversation with an analyst from the New Mexico Environment Department on two days of public meetings regarding air quality in the state's Four Corners region. Also, an exclusive interview with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall who remains steadfastly opposed to US military action in Syria. Those items among today's many feature stories for you plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The US senate will vote this week on whether to approve military retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is one of two democrats on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee who voted last week against such actions, saying he feared it would lead to further US involvement in Syria's civil war. Udall tells KSFR he remains opposed to the Obama administration’s proposal and instead favors greater diplomatic and international pressure to address the matter...*****
In today's features, a conversation with the local office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service offering assistance to farmers and agricultural concerns dealing with long-term effects of drought. We also speak with the New Mexico Department of Health as they begin their annual campaign encouraging citizens to get flu vaccinations. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
On a unanimous 6 member vote, the Environmental Improvement Board has approved plans for PNM to shut down two of four coal-fired units at the San Juan Generating Station. The State of New Mexico, PNM and the Environmental Protection Agency have been working out differences in approaches to addressing air quality issues in the Four Corners area. The EIB-approved agreement also includes installation by PNM of emission control technology on the two other units that will remain in operation.
In today's feature stories, we speak with PNM representative Pahl Shipley about the company's presentation today to the state Environmental Improvement Board on the utility's plans to shut down two of the four coal-fired units at the San Juan Generating Station. Then, a conversation with a UNM doctor about the diagnostic difficulties associated with the growing problem of Alzheimer's. Those energy drinks sold everywhere may pose health threats says the New Mexico Poison Control Center. ...Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is among those on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voting to oppose a resolution authorizing military action in Syria. Still, the resolution passed the committee Wednesday by a vote of 10-7. Udall says that he’s heard from hundreds of New Mexicans on the matter, the majority of them opposed to US military involvement in Syria. Udall’s vote was consistent with his previously stated opposition to sending heavy weapons to the Syrian rebels and further involving the US in the Syrian civil war.
In today's features, a conversation with a state senator wondering how monies allocated by the legislature ended up unspent and not aiding the intended recipients. Rabbi Malka Drucker explains Rosh Hashanah. And a report on a decline in the New Mexico death rate attributed to opioid use. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Republican Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover appears in the First Judicial District Court this morning to explain why she is defying an order to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was ordered to begin doing so last week. Stover says her refusal is based on the fact that the licenses issued by her office require a male and female or bride and groom applicant. Stover says the forms are outdated and deficient but updating them is a matter for the state legislature to fix and not a judge or clerk.