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Deborah Martinez

Deborah grew up in northern New Mexico (Chimayo and Los Alamos), and has had a long career in radio and television news across the US (Albuquerque, El Paso, Miami, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Fe), picking up Associated Press and NM Broadcast Association awards along the way. She is also a professional actor, with co-starring roles in numerous TV shows (The Night Shift, Breaking Bad, Killer Women, In Plain Sight) and motion pictures (The Missing, Astronaut Farmer, Undocumented, The Resident). 

She is happy to be a part of the KSFR news team, and she welcomes your story ideas at dmartinez@ksfr.org.

When Congress began debating the Affordable Care Act more than five years ago, 50-million Americans were uninsured.  Since then, according to the federal government, almost 16-and-a-half million of those people have enrolled.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports that as the third year of enrollment gets underway, Santa Fe has added a help center on Rodeo Road, with experts eager to help more people signed up for health insurance coverage and avoid costly penalties.

 

A small number of Santa Feans donned winter coats to waive at veterans parading downtown yesterday.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, some of those vets and their families had to leave a subsequent gathering at the Bataan Building before speeches began, because of a screeching fire alarm that interrupted the festivities.

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A new gauge has just been installed to measure the amount of water in the ground in the hills of La Cienega – the rural community just south of Santa Fe.  Residents have been clamoring for the gauge for decades, as they watched their unique spring-fed ditches, or Acequias, dwindle.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the state-funded, water-measuring tool symbolizes the struggle of northern New Mexico’s communities to balance tradition and growth.

In January of this year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Mexican gray wolf an endangered species.  In doing so, the agency sought to revive the population that had dwindled to just a few animals left in the wildlands of the southwest.  On its website, the service notes, “Once common throughout portions of the southwestern US, the Mexican wolf was all but eliminated from the wild by the 1970s, when it began efforts to conserve the species.

  That smoke Santa Fe and surrounding communities have been breathing is the residual effect of this week’s prescribed burn in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  That’s where one-half dozen local and foreign firefighting teams are joining forces to thin the forest surrounding Santa Fe’s watershed.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was at the watershed during the second day of the prescribed burn operation that involved aircraft to reduce the chance of catastrophic fires.

A climate vigil took place this afternoon in Santa Fe, in support of Pope Francis’s address to Congress this morning.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the vigil was sponsored and led by a coalition of faith-based and environmental groups. Deborah joined KSFR's At Noon hosts live on air from the St. Francis Cathedral downtown. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s formative volunteer organizations known as VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America.  For the dozens of VISTA volunteers in New Mexico, regrouping at one of the celebrations held here in Santa Fe on Wednesday, it was a chance to look back on how they’ve helped improve the lives of New Mexicans.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports from the event that was hosted by famous author and former VISTA volunteer George RR Martin.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, embezzlement and misuse of campaign funds, among other counts in District court in Santa Fe today.  At the same time, legislators convened to begin the process of impeachment of the secretary of state. 

 

KSFR's Deborah Martinez attended the court hearing and the legislative meeting, and joined KSFR's At Noon hosts live on Tuesday.

The recent announcement by managers of Blue Cross Blue Shield that it will drop coverage on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange isn’t going to have a large impact on policy holders here.  There are two main reasons, as we hear from KSFR’s Deborah Martinez.

  

For the past several weeks hundreds of volunteers have been building a giant marionette of sticks and muslin that will be burned in effigy at Fort Marcy Park this Friday.  The figure goes by the name Zozobra, and for 91 years the tradition has heralded the beginning of the annual Santa Fe Fiesta on the Plaza.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more on the making of Zozobra and what he means to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe’s nonprofit animal shelter has joined with other groups across the country to rein in the proliferation of feral, or wild cats having kittens and creating public nuisances and health hazards.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports in this two-part series, the Gatos program, as it’s called, has resulted in smaller numbers of feral cats in Santa Fe, and increasing community support.

In the first segment of her KSFR series, reporter Deborah Martinez took a look at how the child hunger issue has evolved, and what several government and nonprofit agencies have historically done to alleviate the pain of poverty and hunger.   Today’s focus is on what’s happening right now in Santa Fe and New Mexico to help parents make healthy choices, double their dollars, and get beyond their day-to-day struggles with hunger through job training and early education.

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