We expect to know later this morning the identity of the Santa Fe female bicyclist who died Saturday when struck by a southbound Rail Runner Train at the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Zia Road. Santa Fe Police say they had identified the 60-year old woman and were notifying next of kin Sunday. The mid-morning crash closed the intersection for hours while officers investigated. Passengers aboard the Rail Runner were bussed to the Highway 599 station and caught connecting routes there.
4/20/14—Audio Saucepan: “The Black Beans and Bacon Episode” includes an excerpt of Alice Notley’s “Beginning with a Stain” (from Women Poets on Mentorship, ed. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, University of Iowa Press), and the poems “Why I No Longer Skype” by Jillian Weisse (from The Book of Goodbyes, BOA Editions, Ltd.) and “In Defense of Nothing” by Peter Gizzi from a book of the same name (Wesleyan University Press)
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials have announced that they believe they’ve found the location of the radiation leak that prompted closure of the nuclear waste dump two months ago. Published reports say WIPP officials need to make more trips into the half-mile deep repository to further investigate the leak. The Department of Energy updated the community on the incident during a meeting held in Carlsbad last night.
Santa Fe County is reporting fewer alcohol-related auto fatalities. Peter Olson is Santa Fe County’s DWI Prevention Specialist. *****041614-Olson-1 :27 ***** The County has employed a multi-faceted approach combating drunken driving, combining increased law enforcement, early education and public information on an annual budget of close to one-million dollars, funded through liquor excise taxes. Olson also credits the public’s attitudinal shift about DWI over the past decade for the County’s improved statistics.
Google—not Facebook— has closed a deal to buy New Mexico’s Titan Aerospace. Last month, Facebook originally showed interest in the drone-making company, and planned to spend 60- million dollars on the company. KRQE-TV reports the social media giant ended up buying a UK-based drone maker for just one-third of that. Titan officials say they’re passionate believers in the potential for technology—in this case, atmospheric satellites—to improve people’s lives.
Senator Martin Heinrich says he wants to see Edward Snowden returned to the U-S to face charges related to his release of National Security Administration information. Heinrich telling KSFR many of the items Snowden released were un-necessary to the debate on protection of civil liberties. *****041414-Heinrich-4 :20***** The Democrat, commenting while in Santa Fe Friday, says while he’s optimistic about recent federal action on civil protections, Congressional action is needed on the subject due to Presidential administration variability on the issue.
4/13/14 — Audio Saucepan: “The Odd Instructions Episode” includes the poems “Once” by Saskia Hamilton (from Corridor, Graywolf Press); “The Wind That Blows Through Me” by Alicia Suskin Ostriker (from The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, University of Pittsburgh Press); and “Sound” by Yona Harvey (from Hemming the Water, Four Way Books)