9/1/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Departing Episode” includes the poems “A Drink of Water” by Seamus Heaney (from Field Work, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; “[Among the blossoms …] by Nathaniel Tarn (from The Beautiful Contradictions, New Directions Books); and “The Way the Cards Fall” by Yusef Komunyakaa (from Neon Vernacular, Wesleyan University Press)
On Friday's midday report: We’ll talk with one of the staff members at the Public Regulation Commission to find out why the regulators have opened a door that could allow Century Link to decide how much to charge some customers… Following news that Washington plans to lay off on states that allow marijuana use, we’ll ask the top advocacy group what that decision might mean for New Mexico.. And how the city of Santa Fe helps local artists on the historic downtown plaza….60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...headlines...
The race for mayor of Santa Fe has another contestant. Former Democratic state chairman Javier Gonzales says he plans to run for the post in March. Gonzales earlier served on the county commission. His entry into the race brings to seven the number of candidates seeking the office.
On Thursday's midday report -- Neighbors say new school will be too tall, too noisy, too brightly lighted at night...Santa Fe Community College developing video games to instruct in green-building techniques...LANL scientists recognized...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Numbers of residents who live around a southeast side school are not happy with the school board’s plans to renovate the property. They turned out last night to protest the size, shape and other elements of Santa Fe’s Atalaya School now under construction. The school district is rebuilding much of the old facility at projected cost of more than $13 million. But nearby neighbors are asking for changes to be made to the plans that could turn out to be expensive. Superintendent Joel Boyd says he’ll go back to the drawing board and present alternatives at a future meeting.
There will be no plastic grocery bags in Santa Fe six months from now. City council last night approved an ordinance outlawing the bags while still allowing heavier plastic shopping bags to be used in other retail stores. Paper grocery bags will be available but each one will cost 10 cents. Councilor Ron Trujillo cast the only “no” vote against the ordinance. He said the plastic bag ban should apply uniformly throughout the city, regardless of the type of bag being used.
Just before airtime, we learned that San Miguel County will now become the fourth in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses. That item mentioned in our local news segment. In features, we speak with Progress Now New Mexico about Duke City Mayor Richard Berry's call for employers to voluntarily comply with equal pay compensation for women. We also talk to a Dept. Of Labor representative at they join with the Mexican consulate to address wage-theft and other workplace abuses in New Mexico. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
This morning, the Bernalillo County Clerk will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Late Tuesday afternoon, a state district court judge in Albuquerque ruled that not recognizing marriage equality for gay couples is unconstitutional. With that, Bernalillo County now joins two other counties in their legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Doña Ana County began the practice last Wednesday, followed by Santa Fe on Friday.
In today's features, we speak with the union head of CWA Local 7076 about "sick" state buildings causing illness among workers. We also catch up with the UNM doctoral student who co-authored a study on wage theft and other workplace abuses inflicted on Mexican national employees in New Mexico, both undocumented and those here legally. Those items and more...plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.