Among today's features after our local news: ABQ City Councilor Ken Sanchez tells KSFR he wants strict enforcement of the Duke City's minimum wage law. We also speak with Deborah Bussmeyer at the Con Alma Foundation and its quest to find worthy "healthcare heroes." Those items and more--plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Mounting frustration with the Human Services Department cut-off of Medicaid payments to in-state providers of behavioral health services now has seen the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government file a lawsuit. The organization, dedicated to transparency in government, wants release of the audit which set the cut-offs in motion, saying the report is too important to the citizens of New Mexico to be kept from public view. HSD has refused to release its data, saying it would jeopardize the active investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.
Among today's features: A conversation with a county representative about that questionnaire survey going out to some 3000 Santa Fe households. We also hear from Senator Tom Udall in Wash., DC on a number of topics. And County Commissioner Kathy Holian provides an updated view of the county's Sustainable Land Development Code. Those items and more -- plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The field of candidates for mayor of Santa Fe has dropped by one with the withdrawal of District 3 city councilor Chris Rivera. Rivera says his decision comes after discussion with family, friends and close supporters. The freshmen councilor is half way into his first term and serves on several committees including Public Works, Public Safety, and Business and Quality of Life. Rivera says he learned a lot while considering a mayoral run and plans now to continue to serve his district constituents.
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.