Teachers throughout the Santa Fe Public School District have had their first pay raise in six years ratified by the school board. They, along with some other staff, are getting a one-and-a-half percent increase in wages. 1% of that was made possible by state lawmakers during the legislative session in a raise for all state workers. The additional half-percent pay bump is expected to cost the school district about $400,000 annually.
Among today's features: A conversation with New Mexico Voices for Children as the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship Fund nears depletion. Attorney General Gary King talks about issues of imporrtance for our state's seniors as a 2-day conference on ageing gets underway in Albuquerque. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Senator Martin Heinrich is urging the US Department of the Interior to support the 500-mile long SunZia Southwest Transmission Line's route across southern New Mexico as it stands. The Army's White Sands Missile Range has voiced opposition, saying a 45-mile stretch of it will disrupt vital operations there. The SunZia project manager has warned that any re-routing will likely kill the enterprise as it would require new environmental impact studies that would take years to complete.
Among today's features, the Audubon Society in New Mexico approves of Governor Martinez' plans to spend at least $1.5 million on river restoration efforts throughout the state. A partnership among the state's Economic Development Department and our two nearby nation laboratories seeks to help small businesses in need of their technical expertise. A new energy efficiency program is up and running at Santa Fe Community College. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Representative Stephen Easley tomorrow at 2PM in the Roundhouse rotunda. The Eldorado resident was a freshman democratic representative for District 50 and died at age 60 last week of undisclosed causes after a recent hospitalization. Easley’s district runs through Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Torrance and Valencia counties. Commissioners in each can nominate a replacement of their choosing irrespective of party affiliation with Governor Martinez making the final selection.
8/18/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Boyhood Episode” includes the poems “Yolk” by Adrie Kusserow (from Refuge, BOA Editions, Ltd.); “The Poet at Seven” by Donald Justice (from Collected Poems, Alfred A. Knopf); and “In My Lifetime” by Mai Mang (from New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, Tupelo Press)
In our features, we speak with the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty about their discrimination suit filed against the Department of Workforce Solutions. We also speak with Santa Fe's Water Conservation Manager as residents have successfully reduced consumption. And Congressman Ben Ray Luján talks about the need for the US Dept. of Human Services to address New Mexican's concerns of the Medicaid payment freeze to providers of mental health services. Plus....60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
August 16, 2013 -- KSFR 101.1 FM, Santa Fe public radio, has completed the first two steps in a financial challenge from the Lannan Foundation named “$90,000 in 90 Days” to benefit the radio station.
The KSFR Board of Directors successfully raised in excess of $30,000 from individuals, other foundations and businesses in a three-week period in order to match Lannan’s original challenge of the same amount, said Marilyn Mason, chair of the KSFR board.
Governor Martinez has announced that she plans to dedicate $1.5 million in capital outlay funding for river restoration efforts in New Mexico. The governor says she will seek to leverage those state funds to secure federal and local partner contributions of as much as $2.6 million in additional funding for what’s called the River Stewards Initiative. It will clear vegetation in river areas, lower river banklines, replant native species vegetation, and install erosion control measures.