The finance committee of Santa Fe's City Council is meeting again today to grapple with a shortfall of $9 million in next year's budget. The city manager says spending is expected to rise next year to a level that is $6 million more than regular revenue will cover. The council also has to find a way to fill an expected gap of about $3 million in gross receipts taxes. City manager Robert Romero says the overall shortfall could be covered by modest spending cuts, including leaving some vacant positions open and adjusting some department budgets.
On Monday's midday report: A look at the Colorado River basin. During this continued drought, can it continue to meet demand? ... Illegal dumping in some parts of New Mexico is not only hurting the environment, it's costing some communities millions to clean up. The question now is how to prevent it... From the U.S. Senate a heated exchange over immigration reform...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
State officials say the unemployment picture for Santa Fe and the rest of the state hasn't changed much from last year. Santa Fe's rate stood at 5.5 percent both years while the New Mexico unemployment rate for both periods was 6.9 percent.
The FBI is reportedly looking into allegations that the sheriff's office in Rio Arriba County fixed traffic tickets in exchange for donations to a so-called sheriff's scholarship fund. News reports say the FBI had a search warrant to enter the sheriff's office in Espanola. The authorities are not confirming the ticket-fixing allegations but another county official says if there is a sheriff's scholarship fund, it was set up without approval by the county commission.
On Thursday's midday report: Major gun control legislation fails in the U.S. Senate but two minor pieces succeed...In New Mexico, we’ll speak with an Albuquerque lawyer who is frustrated at the military’s legal system after a decade of providing defense counsel to several Guantanamo prisoners…a forest fire burning in the Lincoln National Forest…and a town hall meeting in Santa Fe on immigration reform set for this evening...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen....
Both of New Mexico's U.S. senators say they are unhappy that there were not enough votes to pass gun control legislation yesterday. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich were in the majority voting for a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers. But the majority was not enough to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.
After local news, a talk with the NM Dept. of Health about teen suicide in our state with data from a new report. Then, a conversation with soon-to-retire Santa Fe Airport manager Jim Montman. And Actor Wes Studi talks to KSFR ahead of an upcoming honor.