Some $750,000 in disaster aid funds were included in an emergency order issued by the governor back on Friday due to flood damages across New Mexico. It's expected that more money will be allocated shortly as weekend rains caused additional flood impacts. The money will go toward rebuilding roads and other infrastructure and is made available to the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist local communities in recovery efforts.
In today's features, we speak with New Mexico Voices for Children spotlighting a study saying NM ranks 5th in the nation for its cuts to K-thru-12 education in recent years. We also hear from the state department of Aging & Long Term Services on a Senior Celebration and Awareness Day coming up at the State Fair that will address future needs of our state's seniors. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Competing radio ads are airing in New Mexico regarding the Human Services Department cut-off of Medicaid payments to in-state providers of mental health and substance-abuse services pending an investigation of fraud. One by non-profit group, New Mexico Competes, lauds the Martinez administration for cracking down on Medicaid abuses. The other, by non-profit Resources for Change Policy Works, criticizes Martinez for creating unnecessary havoc for the state's recipients of behavioral healthcare without having strong evidence of wrong-doing by providers.
In today's features, a conversation with the Chief Business Officer for Santa Fe Public Schools about tonight's community meeting on the Atalaya School. A re-designed gymnasium is to be presented. We also hear from the New Mexico State University Vice President of Student Affairs about a continuing decline in enrollment across all campuses. Those and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A former Santa Fe builder has been indicted by a state grand jury on multiple felony fraud charges that victims say amount to millions of dollars. William "Kal" Kalinowski was the force behind Barranca Builders and a number of other local companies. In 2008, he defaulted on bank loans made for multiple high-end home construction projects at Las Campanas, leaving sub-contractors and home buyers holding the bag. He filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The 68-year-old Kalinowski, now living in Massachusetts, has been ordered to appear in a Santa Fe District Court on October 7th.
In today's features, we hear from the New Mexico Environmental Law Center about their opposition to newly-approved rules governing copper mining in our state. We also hear from a New Mexico State Fair representative as the annual event kicks off its Diamond Jubilee today. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen all here for you At Noon.
And a reminder that KSFR will carry today's City Council meeting live beginning at 5PM.
The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission has approved modifications to the Environment Department’s Copper Rules. Tuesday’s newly approved rules were developed by the Environment Department with an industry outreach process along with bi-partisan support of a group of state lawmakers. After years of litigation by copper mining concerns, law required the state to develop regulations that clearly set forth the appropriate controls to prevent or abate ground water pollution.
In today's features, we hear from the Sierra Club opposing any amendments to the state's Renewable Energy Act being heard today in Santa Fe. We also hear from a Western Resource Advocates spokesperson petitioning the PRC to reward in-state companies for making good carbon-reduction efforts. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Senator Martin Heinrich has announced he will support President Obama’s request for authorization of military force against Syria. In a highly nuanced press release, Heinrich first makes clear that he expects his decision to be an unpopular one among constituents. The senator notes that even though the US may be war-weary, the nation has a moral obligation to deter Assad and others from using internationally prohibited weapons. The full text of Heinrich’s comments can be found at heinrich.senate.gov.
In today's features, a conversation with an analyst from the New Mexico Environment Department on two days of public meetings regarding air quality in the state's Four Corners region. Also, an exclusive interview with New Mexico Senator Tom Udall who remains steadfastly opposed to US military action in Syria. Those items among today's many feature stories for you plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.