Santa Fe Mayor David Coss has just announced he will not seek a third term in office. That leaves the field wide open for aspiring candidates to the city's top post in next year's election.
Coss says he has yet to make any decisions regarding his future political life but told Hutton Broadcasting this morning that his decision could be seen as clearing a path for seeking other office in the future.
Coss made an attempt to run for New Mexico’s House of Representatives District 46 last year but was defeated in the primary.
Santa Fe has more than a half-million dollars in unpaid water bills, and plans are developing to collect it. City council's Public Utilities Committee has begun looking at options. An ordinance on the books allows the city to disconnect delinquent customers after 90 days but procedures for doing it are not clear. The New Mexican reports that the city of Rio Rancho begins taking steps to cut off delinquent customers after two to three weeks.
In today's features, a talk with new Santa Fe Airport Manager Francey Jesson as new services begin. Mora County has a ban on oil and gas extractions -- the first such action in the nation. And New Mexicans with outstanding warrants are being offered a sort of amnesty.
Court officials have set June 5th to begin the move into the new district courthouse. Court administrator Steven Pacheco tells KSFR News that the move entails bringing existing courtroom seating from the old courthouse because new seating will not arrive until the end of July. It was ordered late because of delays in funding. Because of the move, court will be closed from June 5th, reopening on the 10th.
Court officials have set June 5th to begin the move into the new district courthouse.
Court administrator Steven Pacheco tells KSFR News that the move entails bringing existing courtroom seating from the old courthouse because new seating will not arrive until the end of July. It was ordered late because of delays in funding.
Because of the move, court will be closed from June 5th, reopening on the 10th.
On Tuesday's midday report: A fight seems to be brewing among board members of the Lamy Railroad and History Museum over the decision to close the Legal Tender restaurant...A state elected leaders call for job expansion, reports say UNM's hospital is outsourcing 50 clerical jobs out of state...Fire restrictions for both the city and the county of Santa Fe are on the way...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen....
Santa Fe city council will be getting a draft of next year's city budget in time for a vote on May 8th. The finance committee has wrapped up work on the spending plan that anticipates about the same amount of income as this year. The New Mexican reports the budget provides no wage increases and would eliminate some city jobs that are currently vacant. The plan also doesn't call for increasing taxes.
On Monday's midday report: The Lamy Rail Road and History museum has told the Legal Tender restaurant that operates in the museum to shut down. We'll speak with the museum's president to find out why...A Santa Fe-based think tank responsible for any number of new state laws and policies is on a new quest to open up New Mexico's primary elections to all registered voters, not just those in the two major parties...And details on the police department's giveaway of free gun locks...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Former police chief Arik Wheeler is under investigation on allegations he improperly released a pickup truck from the city's impound lot. The vehicle had been seized in a DWI incident. The allegations say that Wheeler released the vehicle to the owner without authority. Wheeler is now a police captain who served for a little more than a year as chief.
On Friday's midday report: We’ll take a trip down to southern New Mexico to learn about the latest development that brings suborbital space travel a step closer…Santa Fe County is holding another program where locals can get rid of unwanted, unused prescription drugs – some of them deadly if they fall into the wrong hands…Things may be looking up for solving those delays in air travel, now that both the Senate and the House have approved bills to restore some funding to the FAA...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Santa Fe Police report that they're hearing from more clients of "El Dentista," the man who illegally practiced dentistry out of his car throughout the local area. At least five people have come forward since last weekend's arrest of 36-year-old Eliver Kestler. One woman claims she sought a simple cleaning but Kestler instead removed four of her teeth, resulting in a serious infection. Police say that apart from the illegality of Kestler performing dentistry without a license, there are also health concerns for anyone having received his services.
On Thursday's midday report: Excerpts of city councilors explaining their vote on the gay-marriage resolution...chair of U.S. Senate appropriations committee questions operations of LANL and another national lab after privatization...what happens after a forest fire...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Santa Fe city councilors have approved a non-binding resolution urging county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. The 5-3 vote came at the end of a discussion that lasted more than an hour at yesterday afternoon's meeting. City council chambers were packed to capacity by both opponents and supporters of the measure. *** The resolution came up after Mayor David Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee announced that state law is neutral on the question of who can get a civil marriage license. A full report At Noon on KSFR 101.1.
After local news headlines, a talk with the New Mexico Agriculture Secretary on continuing drought impacts on our state's ranchers and farmers. Then, we billboard the vote on Santa Fe's marriage equality resolution coming up tonight with a special report from KSFR reporter Marion Cox in Paris. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe's Jean Cocteau movie theater near the Railyard which closed back in 2006 will be resurrected sometime this summer. That's the word from the building's new owner, Santa Fe writer George R.R. Martin whose work is the basis for HBO's popular "Game of Thrones." Martin says the theater is being upgraded to present both classic and first run films in new digital format. The cinema will be managed by former Santa Fe Film Festival director Jon Bowman.
On Tuesday's midday report: Santa Fe has a new airport manager. We'll speak with Francey Jesson about how the city different stacks up against some of her other jobs, among them San Francisco and most recently Roanoke, Virginia....After years of planning, fund raising and overcoming objections from the governor's office, Santa Fe Community College's new Higher Education Center is a step closer to reality with today's ground breaking... The U.S. Senate could be voting later this week to have online retailers charge sales taxes, and Sen.
The finance committee of Santa Fe's City Council is meeting again today to grapple with a shortfall of $9 million in next year's budget. The city manager says spending is expected to rise next year to a level that is $6 million more than regular revenue will cover. The council also has to find a way to fill an expected gap of about $3 million in gross receipts taxes. City manager Robert Romero says the overall shortfall could be covered by modest spending cuts, including leaving some vacant positions open and adjusting some department budgets.
On Monday's midday report: A look at the Colorado River basin. During this continued drought, can it continue to meet demand? ... Illegal dumping in some parts of New Mexico is not only hurting the environment, it's costing some communities millions to clean up. The question now is how to prevent it... From the U.S. Senate a heated exchange over immigration reform...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
State officials say the unemployment picture for Santa Fe and the rest of the state hasn't changed much from last year. Santa Fe's rate stood at 5.5 percent both years while the New Mexico unemployment rate for both periods was 6.9 percent.