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Jenna Marshall

Jenna Marshall was KSFR's News Assistant from September 2016 to January 2017. She resigned her position to become Acting Manager of Communications at Santa Fe Institute. In her time at KSFR, she produced newsmaker interviews, including with U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. She developed a series on apprenticeships as an alternative to college education for emerging workforce needs. She holds a master's degree in science and medical journalism from Boston University, and gained her undergraduate degree from St. John's College in Santa Fe.

What opportunities are at hand for the US workforce is a subject dominating the national news. In New Mexico there are new measures being put in place to open pathways to high paying jobs without a college education.

We ran part 1 of Jenna Marshall’s two part series on Apprenticeships back in December.  Today in Part 2 we focus on how apprenticeship training that has been focused on training people in construction trades is being applied to new industries.

In January 2017, the Santa Fe City Council will vote on whether to appoint a public bank task force. Such a task force would consist of both city finance officials and local bankers and financiers, all appointed by the mayor.

A public bank would be owned by the City of Santa Fe, and run by professional bankers. The city itself would be the bank’s sole depositor and lender.

December 1 is World AIDS Day-- a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the first published reports of what would come to be known as HIV/AIDS.  This disease has caused more than 35 million deaths around the world.

In the United States, 675,000 people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Today, infection is on the decline, but more than 1.2 million people still live with HIV. Roughly one in eight people are not aware they carry the virus.

One population is thriving in New Mexico—wild turkeys. Matt Miller of the Nature Conservancy has written that the restoration of the American wild turkey may be "the greatest wildlife conservation story ever." The birds were on the brink of collapse with a population of just 30,000 about a century ago. Today there are 7 million wild turkeys in the U.S.The NM Department of Game and Fish told Jenna Marshall that its conservation and habitat restoration budget derives in large part from issuing of hunting licenses to those who want to bag their thanksgiving bird for themselves.

In New Mexico, 46% of pre school age children receive federal food assistance benefits-- the largest percentage of any state in the nation. But the face of hunger is not always obvious from the outside. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall visited the Food Depot in Santa Fe last week. The Food Depot largely acts as a redistribution agency of food supplies for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and youth and senior citizen programs. It also runs a mobile food pantry in northern New Mexico that serves 7000 people a year.

Hunt Power

The Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting tonight in Hernandez, NM to take public input on an application by a Texas power company to construct a new 33- mile electrical transmission line. The proposed line would traverse rural Jacona, Jaconita, and pueblo lands of northern New Mexico. Verde Transmission and its parent company Hunt Power want to construct the 345-volt line to interconnect two PNM substations, one in Rio Arriba county to one in Santa Fe county

La Montañita Co-op’s annual board member election is open until November 14. Member-owners reading the board candidate profiles may be wondering what to make of the "board slate interview process" and "code of conduct" referenced atop each profile.

KSFR's Jenna Marshall asks a Gina Dennis—a lawyer, and an incumbent candidate endorsed by the current board and by the take-back movement-- to explain.

 

 

 

The New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is sometimes referred to as “the FAME school” for its arts-intensive curriculum. Last month, NMSA was awarded National Blue Ribbon School status not for its trademark arts program, but for its academic excellence. NMSA is the first Santa Fe high school to receive the award. KSFR's Jenna Marshall caught up with Cindy Montoya, head of school, to find out what sets it apart.

Members of the La Montanita Coop have launched a website and petition to "Take Back the Coop" from alleged corporate control. The member activists claim that a national consulting firm is influencing small food coops in New Mexico and across the nation against the interests and values of the member-owners. Senior management for La Montanita contends that the democratic process is alive and well.