Tom Trowbridge presents Santa Fe local news at noon.

The American Automobile Association predicts that more than 35 thousand New Mexicans will hit the roads, rails and skies this Labor Day weekend. 86-percent of those will travel by automobile.  KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper asked AAA to give our listeners tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

It has been close to 9 years now, since then-Mexican President Felipe Calderon began his heavily militarized war on drugs.  When he was replaced by Enrique Pena Nieto, the tactics changed, but the war went on.  Has it worked?  Has it reduced the supply or demand for drugs or the profits from them for Mexico's drug cartels?  Researcher Molly Molloy of New Mexico State University, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE 

As you’ve been hearing on KSFR’s hourly newscasts, Republican Michael-H Romero announced today on the Roundhouse steps earlier today that he’s running for Congress in the third congressional district.

Sept. 3 - News At Noon

Sep 3, 2015

KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

Late Wednesday the non-profit New Energy Economy filed a motion seeking to disqualify four of the five members of the Public Regulation Commission from ruling on PNM’s plan for the coal fired San Juan Generating Station. I spoke with Mariel Nanasi New Energy Economy’s Executive Director today about the evidence she found in the 65-page motion that they filed in Court.

The recent announcement by managers of Blue Cross Blue Shield that it will drop coverage on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange isn’t going to have a large impact on policy holders here.  There are two main reasons, as we hear from KSFR’s Deborah Martinez.

A program to help young people who dropped out of high school is looking for more recruits. Youthbuild is run out of the Santa Fe Community College and gives young people valuable trade skills while helping them graduate. Youthbuild organizer Jeffrey Hood explains more.

Sept. 2 - News At Noon

Sep 2, 2015

KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland today became the 34th Democrat to indicate her favor of a deal with Iran, assuring that President Barack Obama has secured the necessary votes to survive any Congressional challenge. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have said they support the deal, while Senator Pearce has criticized the move saying it will hurt New Mexico’s oil economy.


For the past several weeks hundreds of volunteers have been building a giant marionette of sticks and muslin that will be burned in effigy at Fort Marcy Park this Friday.  The figure goes by the name Zozobra, and for 91 years the tradition has heralded the beginning of the annual Santa Fe Fiesta on the Plaza.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more on the making of Zozobra and what he means to Santa Fe.

With global oil prices in the dumpster, the Iraqi National Government is broke.  Worse, it is even more bankrupt when it comes to public credibility and confidence.  To address that issue, US-backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has proposed large-scale reforms.  Amman, Jordan-based Iraq analyst Kirk Sowell told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that at least the outlines of what al-Abadi is proposing are known. 

September 2, 2015-Update-Missing Hiker Found Dead

Sep 2, 2015

We have a confirmed report that missing Rio Rancho hiker Bryan Conkling has been found dead this morning. The 40-year old paramedic and experienced rock climber didn’t return from a weekend trip to the Sandia Mountains, prompting a massive search effort.

Tune to KSFR for updated information on this tragic story during our newscasts at the top of each hour.

Canine teams are being used due to rugged terrain with jagged inclines, deep canyons and rocky peaks along with dense vegetation as they continue searching this morning for 40-year old Bryan Conkling of Rio Rancho, who’s a paramedic as well as a rock climber. Conkling took off for an overnight trip last Saturday in the Sandia Mountains, and family reported him missing Sunday night.  The New Mexico State Police are leading the search. Here’s State Police Sergeant Elizabeth Armijo: *****090215-Armijo-2 :27*****

John Calef presents Santa Fe local news at noon

Santa Fe City is hosting a public meeting later today on the Acequia Trail Underpass project, which city officials say is a major step in improving the City Different’s bike-ability.