The 2014 campaign season for the March fourth Santa Fe Municipal elections heats up after the New Year with candidate forums sponsored by the non-profit Santa Fe Neighborhood Network. Sherry Johansen is the neighborhood network’s president: *****Dec. 30 Johansen-2 :13***** Johansen says all three forums will take place at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital’s conference room from 7:30 ‘til 9:30pm. The format consists of candidate remarks followed by a question and answer session.
12/29/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Episode that is Waiting for Harry” includes the poems “The Burial of a Friend” by Antonio Machado (from Times Alone, trans. Robert Bly, Wesleyan University Press); “A Common Incident” by Merimée Moffitt (from Making Little Edens); and “Waiting for Harry” by Gary Copeland Lilley (from The Subsequent Blues, Four Way Books)
Santa Fe City Officials this week wrapped up a months-long process of identifying issues to prioritize during the upcoming New Mexico 2014 Legislative Session. City Councilor Peter Ives:
*****Dec. 27 Ives-1 :13***** Ives says the legislative priorities for 2014 are: Changes to the hold-harmless gross receipts tax issue; Funding to expand the Santa Fe Airport Terminal; Funding for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion—or LEAD—Program; and city water priorities.
12/22/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Teabag and Dried Mango Episode” includes the poems “Landscape of Night” by Tom Hennen (from Darkness Sticks to Everything, Copper Canyon Press); “Christmas” by Robert Lowell (from The Sorrow Psalms, University of Iowa Press); and “Naming Things” by Rick Campbell (from Dixmont, Autumn House Press)
The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously affirmed on Thursday the right of same-sex partners to marry, reasoning that the “protections and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally” to them and to opposite-sex couples. With the ruling, which takes effect immediately, New Mexico becomes one of 17 states and the District of Columbia to permit same-sex marriage.
Santa Fe Police say a crash involving a wrong-way driver on I-25 near the St. Francis Drive exit sent four people, including the errant driver, to the hospital. Law enforcement officials suspect drunk-driving in the crash that occurred just before eight-pm. Santa Fe police say the driver was a 52-year-old local man whose Dodge Stratus crashed into a truck carrying three people – two men and a woman. All four were taken to the hospital, where one is listed in critical condition and another’s in serious condition. The Dodge driver was headed south in the northbound lanes.