The Santa Fe County Commission today considers a resolution in support of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. The action comes as county clerk Geraldine Salazar is named in a lawsuit for her refusal to issue a marriage license to a male couple. The county is the entity that must defend her actions. County Commissioner Liz Stefanics, a marriage equality supporter, says passage of the resolution would signal the courts to offer more guidance…****clip
County Commissioner Liz Stefanics as the Board prepares to hear a resolution on same-sex marriage; Santa Fe Finance Director Marcos Tapia on that possible downgrading of city bonds by Moody's; Santa Fe Fire Chief Erik Litzenberg heads to DC to speak before Congress on climate change & wildfires. All that and more including 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In features, we talk about a "curanderismo" course being offered by UNM. We also hear from a SFCC dean on new programs and certificates being offered in the upcoming term. And...we hear of deserted tunnels and tours thereof at the Los Alamos National Lab. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
In features today, a talk with PNM about their plans to build 3 more solar array facilities in NM next year. The Wilderness Society is launching a campaign to prevent oil and gas drilling near Chaco Canyon and Otero Mesa. And LANL's Bradbury Science Museum is opening some new exhibits Friday -- one of those pointing toward algae as a power source of the future. All that and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Both of New Mexico's senators were among the majority of their colleagues voting to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. That will save some $1400 for each of New Mexico's 46,000 undergraduates. Back on July 1st, the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The bill's provisions are retro-active, resetting the rate to 3.8%. Interest rates will be tied to the 10-year Treasury bill plus a percentage for the life of the loans. The bill now heads to the US House.
In today's features, we'll explore how telemedicine can provide quality healthcare to rural New Mexicans. We also catch up with Attorney General Gary King on moves to halt the opening of that equine slaughterhouse down Roswell way. And...music & environmental concerns take to Santa Fe's Bandstand tonight. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
On Tuesday's midday report: The state auditor says he wants results of an independent audit allegedly showing Medicaid fraud in a state agency... Santa Fe police say they have a new program to further cut the rate of burglaries...Sen. Tom Udall files new legislation he says will help home-based businesses...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...