Today sees a ribbon-cutting ceremony as Santa Fe County begins to provide water to the State Penitentiary complex on Highway 14. For years, the facility, which includes the New Mexico Corrections Training Academy, has relied on the same well water system as residents of La Cienega and surrounding areas. All tolled, New Mexico Corrections Department has monthly water usage between 2.6 and 6 million gallons. It’s expected that NMCD will pay some $200,000 annually for its use of county water.
By Bill Dupuy News Director and Interim Executive Director
These past days have been trying times for the family of people you hear on KSFR, Santa Fe public radio. We lost two friends and colleagues through the death of Journey Home host Diego Mulligan and the departure of our general manager, Linda Highhill. They brought huge measures of dedication and camaraderie to our studios and played important roles in helping us succeed in our mission. (Continued)
After local news, we have a conversation with a PNM rep about the electric utility's plans to bring online more energy from renewables sources such as solar and wind. We also speak with the event coordinator behind tomorrow's annual 4th of July "Pancakes on the Plaza." And New Mexico has improved its roadways -- now, more needs to be done about its drivers. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen here for you AT NOON.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed charges against Whole Foods Market with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau for allegedly discriminating against Spanish speaking personnel. Two Hispanic employees at an Albuquerque Whole Foods were admonished last month for speaking to each other in their native language. They have alleged that the store’s “English-only” policy is in effect a “No Spanish” policy as some other workers routinely speak in their first language without criticism.
After local news, a conversation with the New Mexico center on Law & Poverty and their disturbing assessment of conditions for our state's agricultural workers. A conversation with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham of NM about her bill to reform how 501(c) (4)s operate. And a look at a potentially dangerous new fad -- alcohol inhalation. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
More local expressions of grief and condolences are being expressed by state and local officials regarding the deaths of 19 members of Arizona's Granite Mountain Hotshots, killed as they battled a wildfire north of Phoenix. That team had worked with the City of Santa Fe's Fire Department and had also been deployed to the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez last month. Governor Martinez has ordered flags to be flown at half staff today through Friday in the team's honor.
After local news, a talk with a member of Santa Fe's Food Policy Council concerned with the nutrition of area residents. Valerie Espinosa of the PRC talks about a national energy policy she attended. And a report with the state veterinarian on the rise of the bacterial illness tularemia here in New Mexico. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
It's July 1st and a number of new laws go into effect here in New Mexico. Among them is a higher tax rebate for film & TV productions that create six or more episodes here. The rate for those rises to 30% from 25%. Corporate tax cuts take the state's rate from 7.9%--which was among the highest in the southwest -- down to 5.9% over the course of five years. And another new law closes the loophole that previously allowed some out-of-state sex offenders who moved here to avoid registration with authorities.
A talk with Rick Carpenter, Water Resources and Conservation Manager for Santa Fe as the City prepares to draw down water reserves from our two reservoirs. LANL has come up with a new imaging device. And some rain may be headed our way courtesy of a "reverse" monsoon. Plus, 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Still no containment to report in the nearby 10,100 acre Jaroso Fire burning in the Pecos Wilderness. The latest reports say that fire activity that had appeared to be approaching the headwaters of the Pecos River diminished on Thursday with greater activity instead observed on the fire’s northeastern flank. Some 132 personnel are currently assigned to the blaze which is burning in difficult terrain not suitable for ground crews.
After local news, a conversation with theHuman Service department on troubling findings of improprieties among 15 providers of services to citizens facing mental health and substance abuse issues. We also talk to the Economic development department about an on-going initiative to rescue and renovate historic movie theaters in our state. And...as always...the irrepressible 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe City Hall has voted 6-to-2 against a proposal to ban large capacity ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds for firearms within city limits. The proposal was brought forward by Mayor Coss and councilor Patti Bushee as well as councilor Ron Trujillo who, at the last, withdrew his support. Some 70 citizens provided public comment on the matter, the vast majority in opposition to it. Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael told the assembly he thought the ordinance would be problematic....****clip
After local news, a talk with Steve Allen, Policy Director for the ACLU in NM, about today's marriage equality rulings from the Supreme Court. We also hear from SFPD spokesperson Celina Westervelt on Santa Fe's "most wanted" list. And Bioponics...what is it and where can you find out more about it? Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The Jaroso Fire northeast of Santa Fe has grown to 10,400 acres. Containment is at zero percent as the fire covers extremely rugged terrain not accessible by ground crews. The fire is said to be very hot on its south side and progressing toward the east, on the west side of the Pecos River. The entire Pecos Wilderness area is now closed to the public. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe National Forest has ordered a Wildland Fire Management Team to assume command of Jaroso firefighting operations as of tomorrow.
In today's features, we speak with Barbara Webber of Health Action New Mexico about state residents availing themselves of the Health Insurance Exchange. A report on road debris and how to avoid it and/or...cause it. And New Mexicans have a new route toward film education.