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.
In features today, a conversation with the US Small Business Administration about federal loans for concerns suffering financial damages in the wake of the nearby Tres Lagunas Fire. We also speak with the UNM College of Nursing as $5 million has been awarded to prepare nurses to work with veterans' health needs. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The suspension of Medicaid payments to in-state providers of mental health and substance abuse services in the wake of fraud allegations now has democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation calling for a public forum. Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham say they’ve heard too many reports of services delayed and/or cancelled. They’ve asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to meet with constituents in the next two weeks to hear their grievances and concerns.
In today's features, we talk with the State Investment Council on the state's good returns for Fiscal Year 2013. We also have a talk with the NM Environmental Law Center as the Bureau of Land Management plans to change rules regarding fracking on public lands. Those items and more, plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The Board of Directors of KSFR and the Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation has elected two new members, both with extensive nonprofit and fund raising experience, according to board chair Marilyn Mason.
An alleged embezzlement has seen the Santa Fe Fiesta Council approach the Police Department for further investigation. The matter involves deposit of some $6,000 of the non-profit's money into the personal bank account of Deborah Leyba Dominguez, a committee member. She has resigned from her duties as the matter comes to light and repaid the entire amount. Leyba Dominguez is the wife of city councilor Carmichael Dominguez and the couple has a longtime association with Fiesta activities. No charges have been filed.
In today's features, we hear about the bold, new "Technology Transfer" initiative at Santa Fe Community College in collaboration with the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. We also get a status update on New Mexico's Medical Cannibis program. And...Santa Fe Public Schools starts the new term tomorrow -- we get some parent and student safety advice from the SFPD. Those items plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
A move to promote urban agriculture in Santa Fe has been approved by the city's Public Works and Land Use Committee. The resolution would have the City collaborate with local non-profit organizations to create farm stands, which would sell fresh produce from community gardens and orchards. The matter is headed to full city council at the end of the month and has already received support from the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission and the Food Policy Council.
In today's features: HUD gives $5.4 million to New Mexico Public Housing Authorities; a Santa Fe County resident has found a way to beat the high, free-market cost of propane; Santa Fe Police are providing public access to their "Hot Sheets." Those items plus 60 Seconds With Christopher Hagen.