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 Stover says the forms are outdated and deficient but updating them is a matter for the state legislature to fix and not a judge or clerk.
Rescue crews are actively searching the Santa Fe National Forest in the Jemez for a wildland firefighter missing since Friday. Token Adams was part of a crew responding to reports of a small fire in the area. The crew dispersed to investigate and Token has not been seen since. Some 250 individuals comprising National Guard, State Police and New Mexico Search & Rescue members have been conducting a search on foot and by helicopter assistance.
On Friday's midday report: We’ll talk with one of the staff members at the Public Regulation Commission to find out why the regulators have opened a door that could allow Century Link to decide how much to charge some customers… Following news that Washington plans to lay off on states that allow marijuana use, we’ll ask the top advocacy group what that decision might mean for New Mexico.. And how the city of Santa Fe helps local artists on the historic downtown plaza….60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...headlines...
The race for mayor of Santa Fe has another contestant. Former Democratic state chairman Javier Gonzales says he plans to run for the post in March. Gonzales earlier served on the county commission. His entry into the race brings to seven the number of candidates seeking the office.
Christus St. Vincent hospital says it plans to provide some $600,000 in funds to help local community health programs. In all, there are nearly 30 agencies that will benefit from the grants. Included are those serving pregnant women, young children and teens at risk of suicide, among others.
On Thursday's midday report -- Neighbors say new school will be too tall, too noisy, too brightly lighted at night...Santa Fe Community College developing video games to instruct in green-building techniques...LANL scientists recognized...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Numbers of residents who live around a southeast side school are not happy with the school board’s plans to renovate the property. They turned out last night to protest the size, shape and other elements of Santa Fe’s Atalaya School now under construction. The school district is rebuilding much of the old facility at projected cost of more than $13 million. But nearby neighbors are asking for changes to be made to the plans that could turn out to be expensive. Superintendent Joel Boyd says he’ll go back to the drawing board and present alternatives at a future meeting.
There will be no plastic grocery bags in Santa Fe six months from now. City council last night approved an ordinance outlawing the bags while still allowing heavier plastic shopping bags to be used in other retail stores. Paper grocery bags will be available but each one will cost 10 cents. Councilor Ron Trujillo cast the only “no” vote against the ordinance. He said the plastic bag ban should apply uniformly throughout the city, regardless of the type of bag being used.
Just before airtime, we learned that San Miguel County will now become the fourth in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses. That item mentioned in our local news segment. In features, we speak with Progress Now New Mexico about Duke City Mayor Richard Berry's call for employers to voluntarily comply with equal pay compensation for women. We also talk to a Dept. Of Labor representative at they join with the Mexican consulate to address wage-theft and other workplace abuses in New Mexico. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
This morning, the Bernalillo County Clerk will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Late Tuesday afternoon, a state district court judge in Albuquerque ruled that not recognizing marriage equality for gay couples is unconstitutional. With that, Bernalillo County now joins two other counties in their legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Doña Ana County began the practice last Wednesday, followed by Santa Fe on Friday.