Governor Susana Martinez has signed a six-billion dollar state budget but used her line-item veto power to reduce about 27 million-dollars from the spending plan. Vetoed were more than two-million dollars that would have provided pay raises for judges, district attorneys and appointed government workers. The Governor also eliminated 15-million dollars in school funding and four-million dollars for a college endowment fund.
The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month. However, federal officials say four more employees have tested positive for low levels of contamination, adding to the 13 tested immediately after the leak. Authorities say none should suffer health effects. WIPP officials say they may send personnel into the mine this week for the first time since the February 14th radiation leak.
Award-Winning Journalists to Lead KSFR's News Team
Santa Fe, N.M. -- KSFR’s live coverage of Santa Fe’s municipal elections 2014 marked the debut of the public radio station’s new news directing team, Dave Marash and Zélie Pollon.
Dave Marash has worked in all news media and is the winner of eleven Emmy awards, an overseas Press Club award and a DuPont award, among others. He has covered war, terrorism, international health, and a myriad of national and local issues.
Santa Fe voters elected Former New Mexico Democratic Party chair Javier Gonzales to be the City Different's next mayor on Tuesday. Gonzales easily out-distanced City Councilors Patti Bushee and Bill Dimas, taking more than 43-percent of the vote.
Winners in the four city council races were Sig Lindell in District One, Joseph Maestas in District Two, while third-district Councilor Carmichael Dominguez and the fourth district's Ron Trujillo, who ran unopposed, were re-elected.
Today is Santa Fe's municipal Election Day, as voters will choose its next mayor, city councilors and several proposed charter amendments. And word from City Clerk Yolanda Vigil is that the City Different has set a new mark for early-voting. ******030414-Vigil-2 :32*****Vigil asks that voters call the Clerk's office or check the New Mexican for their polling place, which may differ than county-run primary or general elections.
Test results reveal that 13 employees of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were exposed to radiation the day a radiation leak was detected at the southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste repository. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the workers tested positive for americium-241, one of the radiation particles emitted from the transuranic waste deposited at the facility. Elevated radiation levels have also been detected in the air around the plant, but officials say there is no public health threat.