State officials who license and regulate building permits in New Mexico say they are still enforcing revised building standards as of this morning, despite a court motion filed last week against their action.
Santa Fe has increased the number of city parks but the parks division is using more water and spending more money to pay for it. The New Mexican reports that city hall pays the same rate for water as homeowners do. But they are beginning to talk about giving the parks division a break in what they pay. The division is using 35 percent more water at present and paying 48 percent more in water bills.
4/14/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Gulp and Love Episode” includes the poems “Splinters” by Rosalind Brackenbury (from The Joy of the Nearly Old, Hanging Loose Press); “Untitled (Times there were…)” by Susan Wheeler (from Meme, University of Iowa Press); and “Marblehead” by Rebecca Lindenberg (from Love, An Index, McSweeney’s Press).
Advocates for energy efficiency have asked the state court of appeals to find the Martinez administration in contempt for its delay in restoring old energy efficiency building standards.
The court earlier this week decided the state had improperly repealed the standards that had been put into effect before Gov. Martinez took office. Today’s motion comes after the state agency said it would make its own decision whether to restore the old standards.
On Friday's midday report: At least one privately owned cancer center in New Mexico is cutting off hundreds of Medicare cancer patients because of the federal sequster. What about the biggest cancer center, the one at UNM?...A recent traffic fatality in New Mexico has been attributed to Road Rage. We'll have a report on what can lead to road rage and why the act of driving a vehicle could be seen as a major public health issue...And watch that open burning in the national forest.
A number of vagrants camping on open land on Santa Fe's Northeast side have been told to clear out. The new owner of the property and the fire department took the action as prolonged drought is leading to higher fire danger. The area known locally as Hobo Hill is between Hyde Park and Bishops Lodge roads. People have been camping there for years. The New Mexican reports that the new owner of the property has already cleared out a thousand bags of camping refuse.
Another busy night at Santa Fe city hall as debate continued over a same-sex marriage resolution. We'll hear some of the comments from people in the audience...One of the bills that Gov. Martinez has signed into law is one that would give pregnant teenagers some help in taking care of family and completing their education...And in Santa Fe, there may be no angel quite like a Kitchen Angel...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...
Under President Obama's budget proposal, the national lab at Los Alamos would get more funds for overall operations and for radioactive waste cleanup. But the cleanup proposal contains less funding than advocates had hoped for. The federal plan would also cut the budget at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, where the Los Alamos waste is sent. Meanwhile, Sandia National Laboratories in Los Alamos would see a budget for next year equal to this year's spending plan.
On Tuesday's midday report: Gov. Martinez vetoes a bill that could have saved the state capitol complex nearly $200,000 a year...Talk is getting louder about the fire danger facing Santa Feans. It may be a good idea to make sure you’re signed up to get a reverse 911 call if one happens…This is the anniversary of the infamous Bataan Death March during WWII...What’s coming up in New Mexico on Earth Day...headlines...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen...