Five Santa Feans have been arrested on a 16-count federal indictment charging them with oxycodone trafficking offenses. The charges against the defendants are the result of “Operation High Desert Bash,” an investigation initiated in January 2013 by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad in Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Police Department. If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine on each of the oxycodone charges. All five are scheduled to make their initial appearances in Albuquerque federal court this morning.
Among today's many features:A conversation about a Legislative Finance Committee audit report on the efficacy of pre-K efforts in New Mexico. A healthy flow in the Santa Fe River is the result of several factors. And Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller speaks to KSFR about a number of topics of local importance. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
State Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez is calling for Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier’s resignation. Sanchez says Squier’s written response to a Draft Hunger Task Force report shows a lack of understanding of both her job and the people she serves. After reading the report, Squier wrote in an email that there has never been any significant evidence of hunger in New Mexico nor is there any at present. Squier says the focus should instead be on providing proper nutrition to citizens and that expanding government food programs is not productive.
In today's features following our local news: we talk with Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela about the state's JTIP program. We also hear about how those folks collecting disability can return to gainful employment with risking much needed benefits. And...Bigfoot in the Valles Caldera? Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
How much money should the mayor of Santa Fe receive for the job? That was among first items of discussion as Santa Fe City Council considers city charter amendments for voter consideration in a special election. At the first of three public meetings on the matter, the assembly demurred on setting a fixed amount but noted that earlier discussions cited an amount of more than $100,000 annually. The Charter Review Commission advocates making the mayoral post a fulltime position with expanded powers while also barring additional employment.
In today's features after local news headlines: LANL spokesman Fred DeSousa details the damages known thus far to the Lab's properties after historic rainfall there caused flooding. We also speak with Land Commissioner Ray Power about a new wind energy project for New Mexico, a portion of which will be built on state lands. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A special Santa Fe City Council meeting takes place this evening to discuss three resolutions concerning the Santa Fe Municipal Charter amendments. Those amendments could become ballot items for voter approval in a proposed special election that would be held in conjunction with our regular municipal election on March 4th, 2014. Among changes put forth is making the mayoral post a full-time position with higher pay and barring additional employment.
Due to today's technical difficulties, our AT NOON podcast is abbreviated, limited to today's top local news headlines at mid-day and 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen. We are expecting our OTA signal to be restored shortly.
The federal government has authorized $2 million in “quick release” emergency funds for New Mexico roadways & bridges damaged by our recent bout of heavy rains. According to the U.S. DOT, repairs from the September storms are so far estimated to be at least $9 million. That number is expected to rise with future damage assessments.