The Santa Fe Railyard’s proposed new movie complex took a step forward as the city’s Planning Commissioners have greenlighted the builder’s blueprints. Austin-based Violet Crown can now proceed with their plans for a 25,000 square foot facility housing ten screening rooms and an adjacent restaurant. The company has previously stated it would like to be built out and open by the end of 2014.
Todays features: A talk with the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance on the CDC's report that teen drug use in New Mexico exceeds that of large metropolitan cities like Chicago and Detroit. We also speak with an organization seeking to entice dental students to our state in light of our chronic shortage. And a new Sierra Club initiative with the BLM hopes to provide New Mexico military members and their families with experiences of our great outdoors. Plus...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe City Council has unanimously approved a pre-booking diversion pilot program for some drug users known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion.. or "LEAD" for short. It identifies low-level drug offenders for whom probable cause exists for an arrest and redirects them from jail and prosecution by immediately providing links to treatment options. The program will begin early next year and is modeled after a similar effort used successfully in Seattle, Washington. Santa Fe Police say drug use fuels local property crime.
In today's features, we speak with New Mexico AARP about the dependence on Medicare by New Mexico's seniors and challenges facing the program. We also hear from the state Department of Health about West Nile Virus which has re-appeared in our state. And a look at a local non-profit, Esperanza. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe County Commissioners have passed a resolution of support for marriage equality in New Mexico. They also ask that state lawmakers address inequitable treatment of same-sex marriage that violates the state constitution’s equal protection clause. The move comes as Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar finds her refusal to issue a marriage license to a male couple the subject of a lawsuit. The county must defend her actions and hopes the resolution will now signal the courts to provide clear legal standing on the matter.
In today's features, we speak with Animal Protection of New Mexico about our state's stressed-out horse population. Senator Tom Udall speaks about doings important to New Mexico. And we hear about Santa Fe named as one of the best places in the US to live. Those items and 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The Santa Fe County Commission today considers a resolution in support of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. The action comes as county clerk Geraldine Salazar is named in a lawsuit for her refusal to issue a marriage license to a male couple. The county is the entity that must defend her actions. County Commissioner Liz Stefanics, a marriage equality supporter, says passage of the resolution would signal the courts to offer more guidance…****clip
County Commissioner Liz Stefanics as the Board prepares to hear a resolution on same-sex marriage; Santa Fe Finance Director Marcos Tapia on that possible downgrading of city bonds by Moody's; Santa Fe Fire Chief Erik Litzenberg heads to DC to speak before Congress on climate change & wildfires. All that and more including 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Albuquerque residents are still dealing with the aftermath of torrential rain and wind damage in the wake of Friday evening's storm. More than 2300 PNM customers are still without power with the utility calling in crews from other states to help with repairs. PNM says they hope to have some 99% of the more than 30,000 initially affected back online by late tomorrow. The storm brought a record-setting windgust of 89 miles per hour to the Albuquerque Sunport, downing trees and flooding streets with more than an inch and half of rain. Damage repair estimates are nearing $1 million.
In features, we talk about a "curanderismo" course being offered by UNM. We also hear from a SFCC dean on new programs and certificates being offered in the upcoming term. And...we hear of deserted tunnels and tours thereof at the Los Alamos National Lab. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Eight of the state's 15 providers of mental health & substance abuse services in New Mexico whose funds were cut off after an audit revealed possible Medicaid fraud have been denied a re-start of payments. A federal court has ruled that they failed to meet the standards for financial relief.
In features today, a talk with PNM about their plans to build 3 more solar array facilities in NM next year. The Wilderness Society is launching a campaign to prevent oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon and Otero Mesa. And LANL's Bradbury Science Museum is opening some new exhibits Friday -- one of those pointing toward algae as a power source of the future. All that and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Both of New Mexico's senators were among the majority of their colleagues voting to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. That will save some $1400 for each of New Mexico's 46,000 undergraduates. Back on July 1st, the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The bill's provisions are retro-active, resetting the rate to 3.8%. Interest rates will be tied to the 10-year Treasury bill plus a percentage for the life of the loans. The bill now heads to the US House.
In today's features, we'll explore how telemedicine can provide quality healthcare to rural New Mexicans. We also catch up with Attorney General Gary King on moves to halt the opening of that equine slaughterhouse down Roswell way. And...music & environmental concerns take to Santa Fe's Bandstand tonight. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.