A conversation with KSFR News reporter Marion Cox, a longtime attendee of Santa Fe's International Folk Art Market whose 10th annual event is currently underway. Then, we speak with the Exec. Dir. of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness who says an important federal fund is empty. And we catch up with Congressman Ben Ray Luján on activity in Washington with impacts here. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
New Mexico's public schools have received their 2013 report cards and show overall improvement with letter grades higher than last year. Statewide, some 70% of schools maintained their grades or received higher ones. Gains were best for high schools. Here in Santa Fe, that was reflected in Capital High moving from a "D" to a "B" and Santa Fe High turning last year's "C" also into a "B". Less impressive were grades for local elementary schools. Four of those earned "F"s as opposed to just one last year.
After local news, we talk with a staff scientist at LANL regarding a joint study with UNM that says our local forests may be drastically reduced as soon as 2050. We also speak with a representative from the Alliance For Excellent Education who says cutting our state's high school dropout rate by half would result in annual Medicaid savings of some $46 million. And...as always...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe City Council has moved to create a new, small park downtown adjacent to the Water street parking lot. The 240 square foot area will be known as Cerletti Park, named for the late Tourism Secretary Mike Cerletti who had also managed the St. Francis Hotel just across the street. In other action, the governing body denied a density-rezoning request made by the Civic Housing Authority regarding some vacant land off Siringo Road. The Authority was seeking to create new rental units, some of which would have been part of the city’s affordable housing program.
A report on the rising instances here in New Mexico of babies born with an opiate addiction. We talk to a LANL researcher on his findings that large wildfires cause more warming of the atmosphere than previously thought. And homeowners near the Hondo Fire department could soon see a downward revision of their home insurance policies. And as always...60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Florida-based TECO Energy has applied to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for approval of its acquisition of New Mexico Gas Company. In May, TECO Energy entered into a stock purchase agreement to buy the company for $950 million. The transaction is expected to close in early 2014, pending approval from regulators. TECO Energy’s main subsidiaries are the Tampa Electric Company in West Central Florida, ad TECO Coal in Kentucky and Virginia.
A conversation with the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico as they begin a campaign to de-stigmatize military veterans needing use of medical marijuana. We catch up with senator tom Udall on several items of interest to New Mexico and Santa Fe city councilor Rebecca Wurzburger weighs in on making the mayoral post a full-time, fully salaried position. Plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.
Santa Fe's mid-afternoon cloudburst Monday is being blamed for the death of a 51 year old woman who apparently got caught in turbulent flash-flooding of an arroyo near Siringo Road. Tina Vigil's body was spotted around 6PM. Extremely heavy rain and hail caused channels leading to the Arroyo Chamisos to flood to an estimated depth of eight feet at the storm’s peak run-off.
An interview with Rob Dean, retiring editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican on the job for 21 years. A report on the "Long Walk" 150 years ago when the US Government forcibly relocated Navajo and Apache people. And a feature on trying to maintain a local habitat for jaguars. All that plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.