State officials are reporting that nearly 35-thousand New Mexicans have signed up for health insurance through a federal online marketplace that became available last October. The figures released last week are based on enrollment information supplied to the state's insurance regulator by private insurance companies offering health plans through the exchange. New Mexico has used a federally operated website to enroll individuals since October, but will switch to a state-based computer system for individuals later this year for the next open enrollment period.
4/27/14 — Audio Saucepan: “The Episode That Takes It Like a Man” includes “ Gift a Sea” by Lenelle Moïse (from Haiti Glass, City Lights Press); “Regret” by Jason Sommer (from The Laughter of Adam and Eve, Southern Illinois University Press); and an excerpt of “Jacks” by David Lee (from Last Call, Wings Press)
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On April 17th, the years-long trial of the nine-eleven bombing suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba once again ground to a complete halt. When it will re-start is at this point unknown, but it won’t be for weeks
KSFR’s co-news Director Dave Marash spoke this week with Eugene Fidell, who teaches Military Justice at Yale University Law School, on why this happened and about the trial itself.
A Department of Energy report blames lack of proper oversight for the radiation release that closed down the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in February. The report notes that many employees indicated a reluctance to report problems due to a fear of retribution and the perception that no remedial action would be taken. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich issued a statement demanding corrective action to ensure safe operation of WIPP
Students at Santa Fe Community College will be paying the same rate of tuition next school year as this. The SFCC Governing Board’s budget approved Wednesday also calls for a one-and-a-half percent pay raise starting July first. Interim College President Randy Grissom noting that out of New Mexico’s 18 Community Colleges, SFCC sports the fifth-lowest when it comes to tuition costs.
Crownpoint State Representative Sandra Jeff’s re-election plans will be decided by the New Mexico Supreme Court. The court next Tuesday will hear Jeff’s challenge of this week’s District Court ruling that she failed to submit enough signatures required to have her name on the June Democratic Party Primary ballot. A Santa Fe non-profit, Conservation Voters of New Mexico, is behind the effort to see Jeff’s legislative career terminated. The C-V-N-M is highly critical of Jeff’s legislative record on environmental issues.
We expect to know later this morning the identity of the Santa Fe female bicyclist who died Saturday when struck by a southbound Rail Runner Train at the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Zia Road. Santa Fe Police say they had identified the 60-year old woman and were notifying next of kin Sunday. The mid-morning crash closed the intersection for hours while officers investigated. Passengers aboard the Rail Runner were bussed to the Highway 599 station and caught connecting routes there.
4/20/14—Audio Saucepan: “The Black Beans and Bacon Episode” includes an excerpt of Alice Notley’s “Beginning with a Stain” (from Women Poets on Mentorship, ed. Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, University of Iowa Press), and the poems “Why I No Longer Skype” by Jillian Weisse (from The Book of Goodbyes, BOA Editions, Ltd.) and “In Defense of Nothing” by Peter Gizzi from a book of the same name (Wesleyan University Press)