Governor Susana Martinez has announced the creation of a 70,000 acre, bi-national, master-planned community around the Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo border crossing. It’s the first of its kind venture to encompass two countries with infrastructure development for world-wide business relocations. Martinez noted the favorable location as the mid-way point between seaports in Long Beach, California and Houston, Texas. Chihuahua, Mexico Governor César Duarte also welcomes the project that will likely see launch of a pilot program of a Dual Customs Clearance facility between the U.S. and Mexico.
Audio Saucepan: “The Episode About Things” includes the poems “Praise Nothing” by Joshua Robbins (from Praise Nothing, The University of Arkansas Press); “Heroine as She Turns to Face Me” by Mary Szybist (from Incarnadine, Graywolf Press); and “Facts About Things” W.N. Herbert (from Omnesia, Bloodaxe Books)
In today's features, we speak with the union rep for Christus St.Vincent's nurses and the ongoing tussle over staffing levels at the hospital. We also hear about the health hazards presented by molds that have begun to appear as a result of our monsoonal moisture. And a look at the Santa Fe County Assessor's office and their door-to-door survey. And some local mariachis are headed to China. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Ending weeks of speculation, Santa Fe City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger has officially declared her candidacy for mayor in next year’s municipal election. She made her announcement before a group of friends and supporters gathered at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Thursday.
In features, we speak with the utilities engineer moderating public meetings for the proposed $200 million Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System. And we also speak with a LANL researcher on the relatively new field of biology known as epigenetics. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shows New Mexico has one of the lowest rates of hospital usage in the nation. It ranks 44th, with just 84 hospital admissions per 1,000 residents. The online Albuquerque Business First notes the national average is 112 per 1,000. New Mexico's numbers are also low for the number of patient days spent in hospitals. They're pegged at 414 for every 1000 patients versus 600 nationwide. Washington, DC tops the list with more than 1500 in-patient days per 1,000 residents.
In today's features, we speak with the state Human Services Department offering temporary amnesty to those citizens owing back childhood support payments. We also talk at length about prairie dogs as a Los Lunas gunstore launches a killing contest. Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Pending final approval, Santa Fe Public School teachers and staff are poised to get an overall 1.5% pay raise, the first such hike in six years. The newly-negotiated salary increase of one-half a percent comes atop a 1% increase approved back in May. The tentative agreement between the district and the National Education Association-Santa Fe represents the highest average salary increase in New Mexico. In contrast, the Santa Fe Public School district remains one of the state’s lowest funded on a per student basis.