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.
In today's features, we speak with childhood welfare advocates New Mexico Voices for Children and how coming federal cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will further harm our state's children, already classified as the most food needy in the nation. We also explore the dearth of minority organ donors in our state and what can be done to correct the situation. Those items and more...plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Downtown Santa Fe’s postal office may be moving to the Sanbusco Center as the cash-strapped US Postal Service prepares to leave its current location on Federal Place. Today’s New Mexican reports the move to Sanbusco was indicated in a Postal Service letter sent to Mayor David Coss. The mayor has a 30-day period during which he could voice disapproval of the proposed move. Coss says he won’t oppose the plan as Sanbusco would still be a downtown location.
Where: Unitarian Congregation, 107 West Barcelona St., Santa Fe
Who: Prof. Sidney Golub, chair of the University of California-Irvine Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. Golub says he is "particularly concerned with how we make and implement policy on human stem cells, including embryonic and other pluripotent stem cells. One aspect of this is exploring the differences between the states on stem cell policy. A related interest focuses on how to promote ethical principles within basic and translational research."
Sponsors: The Institute for Analytic Journalism and KSFR.
In features, we speak with State Senator Ortiz y Pino about the ongoing dust-up with NM mental health providers having their Medicaid payments suspended due to irregular audit findings. Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar offers a primer in "ranked choice voting" soon to be used by Santa Feans. Those items and more including 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Not opening today is Valley Meat Company’s horse slaughterhouse. Heading into the weekend, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against the Roswell facility, saying the USDA-approved operation must first perform necessary environmental impact reviews. Horse-slaughtering enterprises in the US ceased back in 2007. The judge’s order sidelines not only the New Mexico operation but a similar one preparing to open in Iowa.
In features, we talk about Santa Fe's plans for a treatment-rather-than-jail approach for some low-level drug offenders. And as the number of new law school applicants decreases, the dean of UNM Law School talks about approached to change that. Those items and more, plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
The Santa Fe Railyard’s proposed new movie complex took a step forward as the city’s Planning Commissioners have greenlighted the builder’s blueprints. Austin-based Violet Crown can now proceed with their plans for a 25,000 square foot facility housing ten screening rooms and an adjacent restaurant. The company has previously stated it would like to be built out and open by the end of 2014.
Todays features: A talk with the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance on the CDC's report that teen drug use in New Mexico exceeds that of large metropolitan cities like Chicago and Detroit. We also speak with an organization seeking to entice dental students to our state in light of our chronic shortage. And a new Sierra Club initiative with the BLM hopes to provide New Mexico military members and their families with experiences of our great outdoors. Plus...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe City Council has unanimously approved a pre-booking diversion pilot program for some drug users known as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion.. or "LEAD" for short. It identifies low-level drug offenders for whom probable cause exists for an arrest and redirects them from jail and prosecution by immediately providing links to treatment options. The program will begin early next year and is modeled after a similar effort used successfully in Seattle, Washington. Santa Fe Police say drug use fuels local property crime.