In today's features, a conversation with a state senator wondering how monies allocated by the legislature ended up unspent and not aiding the intended recipients. Rabbi Malka Drucker explains Rosh Hashanah. And a report on a decline in the New Mexico death rate attributed to opioid use. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
George Weston, who has served the station as interim manager since the retirement of Bill Dupuy in early September, has now been appointed to the position of Station Manager. George is an electrical engineer by training and enjoyed a 36-year career in the utility business. He retired in 2000 from a senior management position at a three-state gas and electric holding company. He has been with KSFR for 9 years as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for programming, volunteer activities, financial affairs and the day-to-day operation of the station.
Republican Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover appears in the First Judicial District Court this morning to explain why she is defying an order to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was ordered to begin doing so last week. Stover says her refusal is based on the fact that the licenses issued by her office require a male and female or bride and groom applicant. Stover says the forms are outdated and deficient but updating them is a matter for the state legislature to fix and not a judge or clerk.
Rescue crews are actively searching the Santa Fe National Forest in the Jemez for a wildland firefighter missing since Friday. Token Adams was part of a crew responding to reports of a small fire in the area. The crew dispersed to investigate and Token has not been seen since. Some 250 individuals comprising National Guard, State Police and New Mexico Search & Rescue members have been conducting a search on foot and by helicopter assistance.
9/1/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Departing Episode” includes the poems “A Drink of Water” by Seamus Heaney (from Field Work, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; “[Among the blossoms …] by Nathaniel Tarn (from The Beautiful Contradictions, New Directions Books); and “The Way the Cards Fall” by Yusef Komunyakaa (from Neon Vernacular, Wesleyan University Press)
On Friday's midday report: We’ll talk with one of the staff members at the Public Regulation Commission to find out why the regulators have opened a door that could allow Century Link to decide how much to charge some customers… Following news that Washington plans to lay off on states that allow marijuana use, we’ll ask the top advocacy group what that decision might mean for New Mexico.. And how the city of Santa Fe helps local artists on the historic downtown plaza….60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...headlines...
The race for mayor of Santa Fe has another contestant. Former Democratic state chairman Javier Gonzales says he plans to run for the post in March. Gonzales earlier served on the county commission. His entry into the race brings to seven the number of candidates seeking the office.
Christus St. Vincent hospital says it plans to provide some $600,000 in funds to help local community health programs. In all, there are nearly 30 agencies that will benefit from the grants. Included are those serving pregnant women, young children and teens at risk of suicide, among others.