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.
In today's features, we speak with the union head of CWA Local 7076 about "sick" state buildings causing illness among workers. We also catch up with the UNM doctoral student who co-authored a study on wage theft and other workplace abuses inflicted on Mexican national employees in New Mexico, both undocumented and those here legally. Those items and more...plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Same-sex marriage licenses may begin to be issued today in a 3rd New Mexico County. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says its heard of 1000 new gender-neutral marriage licenses ordered by Bernalillo’s County Clerk. A hearing in district court there this afternoon may order their issuance. If so, Bernalillo County will join Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties in asserting marriage equality since last week.
In features, we talk about the state's new initiative to provide more resources to caregivers of those with Alzheimer's. We also catch up with the state's Human Service department for an update in the ongoing investigation of providers of mental health & substance abuse services. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has today ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says the judge offered Salazar an option: begin issuing licenses or have a hearing. In her order, Judge Singleton also references the same equal protection clauses of the state constitution city by Doña Ana’s county clerk as he began issuing licenses on Wednesday.
In today's features, we speak to Santa Fe County about the series of upcoming meetings on new capital improvement projects. We also hear a report on a vast water project in Israel's Kidron Valley, a place where indigenous people share a connection to the land not unlike here in New Mexico. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
New and more aggressive measures to clean up the massive underground jet fuel spill at Albuquerque's Kirtland Air Force Base have been announced. The Albuquerque Journal says that the New Mexico Environment Department and Air Force officials have agreed that 1.5 million gallons of contaminated water will be pumped from the ground by the end of October. The Air Force will also expand use of vacuum pumps to remove contaminated soils at the spill's epicenter.
In today's features, we talk with progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico as Doña Ana County begins to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- we also speak to the county clerk responsible. And the NM Department of Health talks about some strides made against obesity here in our state. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Teachers throughout the Santa Fe Public School District have had their first pay raise in six years ratified by the school board. They, along with some other staff, are getting a one-and-a-half percent increase in wages. 1% of that was made possible by state lawmakers during the legislative session in a raise for all state workers. The additional half-percent pay bump is expected to cost the school district about $400,000 annually.
Among today's features: A conversation with New Mexico Voices for Children as the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Fund nears depletion. Attorney General Gary King talks about issues of imporrtance for our state's seniors as a 2-day conference on ageing gets underway in Albuquerque. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Senator Martin Heinrich is urging the US Department of the Interior to support the 500-mile long SunZia Southwest Transmission Line's route across southern New Mexico as it stands. The Army's White Sands Missile Range has voiced opposition, saying a 45-mile stretch of it will disrupt vital operations there. The SunZia project manager has warned that any re-routing will likely kill the enterprise as it would require new environmental impact studies that would take years to complete.