If you live in the unincorporated area of Santa Fe County and earn the minimum wage, you might be in for a raise soon. The County Commission tonight holds its first public hearing on a living-wage proposal sponsored by Commissioners Miguel Chavez and Liz Stefanics. Their proposal would boost the minimum wage in Santa Fe County from the current seven-fifty an hour to ten-fifty. The ordinance provides for annual adjustments to be made based on the federal consumer price index.
Santa Fe Police are investigating what may be the city’s second murder of 2014. SFPD calls the death of a man unofficially identified as 51 year old Narcisco Gonzales suspicious. Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says his body was found at his home in the 17-hundred block of Espinacitas Street early Wednesday. Westervelt says officers discovered “suspicious evidence” at the scene.
Check the recent additions to KSFR's News page—http://ksfr.org/news and hear feature stories from KSFR's daily At Noon news hour. Among the new entries: Reporter Joe Gallegos on an “urban art” exhibit depicting downtown Albuquerque that opens soon; and Reporter Joe Day with a two-part interview with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall.
2014 is an election year in New Mexico and elsewhere. And one of New Mexico's United States Senators, Tom Udall, is running for a second, six-year term. KSFR Reporter Joe Day checked-in to see how he sees things at the start of the year, and last weekend caught up with him in Edgewood in southern Santa Fe County.
Yesterday KSFR's “At Noon” aired part one of reporter Joe Day's interview with Senator Tom Udall, who is running for a second term in this election year…Here is part two of that interview.
The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee is recommending a state budget totaling more than six billion dollars. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge spoke with Santa Fe State Representative Lucky Varela about the proposed spending plan, who begins this feature discussing how the budget proposals differs from last year's state budget.
The New Mexico Economic Development Department's Job Training Incentive Program recently announced an award of $400,000 to create 24 new jobs and Step-Up training for 24 current employees in New Mexico to receive new skills.
KSFR's Tom Trowbridge has more about the JTIP program:
Santa Fe Police say Don Diego has reopened in all directions between Cordova and W. Buena Vista following a suspicious death investigation in the 800-block of Don Diego. 74-year old Larry Roybal was found dead Wednesday in the home, and police said the house appeared as if it had been rummaged through. Roybal's family had reported him missing earlier this week. The roadway had been closed for a 22-hour stretch as detectives gathered evidence to construct a case.
A Santa Fe grand jury has found New Mexico State Police were justified in last year's fatal shooting of a woman after a car chase. Jeanette Anaya was shot in the head and back after police say she aggressively backed her car toward an officer in November. Medical examiners determined the 39-year-old Santa Fe woman had cocaine in her system at the time. Meantime, an attorney for Anaya's family says he doesn't believe the shooting was justified and is asking for an independent investigation from some other agency.
Governor Susana Martinez is proposing a budget containing a three-percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees. Instead, about a third of the state workforce will be in for raises. Her spending plan also calls for making permanent the Job Training Incentive Program, and ten million dollars for grants to help the state and local communities invest in infrastructure projects to attract specific companies to the state.