There will be no plastic grocery bags in Santa Fe six months from now. City council last night approved an ordinance outlawing the bags while still allowing heavier plastic shopping bags to be used in other retail stores. Paper grocery bags will be available but each one will cost 10 cents. Councilor Ron Trujillo cast the only “no” vote against the ordinance. He said the plastic bag ban should apply uniformly throughout the city, regardless of the type of bag being used.
Just before airtime, we learned that San Miguel County will now become the fourth in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses. That item mentioned in our local news segment. In features, we speak with Progress Now New Mexico about Duke City Mayor Richard Berry's call for employers to voluntarily comply with equal pay compensation for women. We also talk to a Dept. Of Labor representative at they join with the Mexican consulate to address wage-theft and other workplace abuses in New Mexico. Those items and more plus 60 seconds with Christopher Hagen.
This morning, the Bernalillo County Clerk will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Late Tuesday afternoon, a state district court judge in Albuquerque ruled that not recognizing marriage equality for gay couples is unconstitutional. With that, Bernalillo County now joins two other counties in their legal recognition of same-sex marriage. Doña Ana County began the practice last Wednesday, followed by Santa Fe on Friday.
In today's features, we speak with the union head of CWA Local 7076 about "sick" state buildings causing illness among workers. We also catch up with the UNM doctoral student who co-authored a study on wage theft and other workplace abuses inflicted on Mexican national employees in New Mexico, both undocumented and those here legally. Those items and more...plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Same-sex marriage licenses may begin to be issued today in a 3rd New Mexico County. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says its heard of 1000 new gender-neutral marriage licenses ordered by Bernalillo’s County Clerk. A hearing in district court there this afternoon may order their issuance. If so, Bernalillo County will join Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties in asserting marriage equality since last week.
8/25/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Boats and Trains Episode” includes the poems “Phattafacia Stupenda” by Adam Fitzgerald (from The Late Parade, W.W. Norton); “In Passing” by Bob Holman (from Sing This One Back to Me, Coffee House Press); and “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” by Jeffrey Skinner (from Glaciology, Southern Illinois University Press)
In features, we talk about the state's new initiative to provide more resources to caregivers of those with Alzheimer's. We also catch up with the state's Human Service department for an update in the ongoing investigation of providers of mental health & substance abuse services. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe District Court Judge Sarah Singleton has today ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Progressive advocacy group Progress Now New Mexico says the judge offered Salazar an option: begin issuing licenses or have a hearing. In her order, Judge Singleton also references the same equal protection clauses of the state constitution city by Doña Ana’s county clerk as he began issuing licenses on Wednesday.
In today's features, we speak to Santa Fe County about the series of upcoming meetings on new capital improvement projects. We also hear a report on a vast water project in Israel's Kidron Valley, a place where indigenous people share a connection to the land not unlike here in New Mexico. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.