Zélie Pollon

News Director

Zélie Pollon is an award-winning independent journalist who has focused much of her work on social and humanitarian issues around conflict and reconstruction.  For over a decade, Pollon has reported on issues of international significance, publishing hundreds of articles for Reuters, The Dallas Morning News, People Magazine and other major publications.  She has studied, worked, and served on boards across the globe, from Iraq to Sri Lanka.  Pollon’s professional experiences are wide ranging, and include serving as Managing Editor for Curve Magazine; working as a trainer for journalists in Africa to promote democracy and free speech; and translating lectures by the Dalai Lama from French recordings into English.  Her recent research looked at oral history and the role it plays in Transitional Justice and post conflict rebuilding -- and most importantly, post conflict healing  -- in both Baghdad, Iraq, and more recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Pollon has garnered international recognition for her work, including such esteemed awards as the Rotary World Peace Fellowship and honors from the National Press Foundation.

 

Among the measures moving through the legislature is HJR 5, a proposal for an independent ethics commission. But even after a House a vote in favor of the resolution, there’s still some doubt that it will move forward.

Methane and methane gas leaks have become a common conversation in New Mexico, particularly since the Four Corners region showed up on a NASA map as a global hot spot due to methane leaks. New rules proposed by the Bureau of Land Management to be presented in Farmington next week are hoping to help cut back on these extra emissions. Such measures could save and oil and gas companies millions of dollars– while presumably buffering our state coffers.

This week Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the results of his investigation into ten health care providers that were accused of fraud by the state’s health department in 2013. We’ve heard response from some of the health care providers that were ultimately put out of business, leaving thousands of families without critical services. Today we hear from the Attorney General about the investigation he conducted and how he came to exonerate these providers.

Tonight Mayor Javier Gonzales will give his state of the city address. He joins us on KSFR to give a preview of tonight’s speech.

In a recent letter to the editor by City Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, he laid out some specific ideas the city can use to close its 15 million dollar deficit. KSFR's Zelie Pollon talked to Councilor Dominguez about those strategies. 

As legislative bills make their way through the session -- which comes to an end on February 18 - we wanted to hear about some issues receiving less coverage, including a restrictive abortion bill and one that calls for reform of bail bond procedures in the state. Matt Reichbach is editor of New Mexico Political Report. He spoke with KSFR's Zélie Pollon, and gives us an update on this week's important bills.

Yesterday marked the deadline for when bills could be introduced in the New Mexico legislature. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Think New Mexico's Fred Nathan, and League of Women Voters President Meredith Machen, about which bills they’re watching as they make their way through committees.

Today is Voting Day. On the ballot is an initiative to continue funding for technology in Santa Fe’s public schools.

I spoke with Superintendent Dr. Joel Boyd about the bond, called Education Technology Note, which will allot $11 million this year to improve teacher training and increase computer access for some of Santa Fe’s most underprivileged students.

Just over a month after PNM's plan to replace electricity from San Juan Generating Station received regulators' approval, the state's largest utility is back in hot water with local climate activists New Energy Economy. Mariel Nanasi, New Energy Economy's executive director, told KSFR her organization is filing a motion to dismiss part of PNM's proposed rate increase. Nanasi explained what that rate increase could mean for residential PNM customers. 

Friday marked Renewable Energy Day at the Roundhouse. Elementary school students involved in the local climate change prevention group Global Warming Express headed to the legislature, where they asked their peers, some grownups, and even a state lawmaker to respond to the same question: what can legislators do to prevent climate change today? 

One week into this years legislative session and KSFR spoke with several Senate leaders about theiur thoughts and priorities on how this 30-day budget session was progressing. KSFR's Zelie Pollon first spoke with Democratic Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla.

As we cover voices and groups from Santa Fe’s state capitol during this year’s legislative session, we hear today from New Mexicans who gathered for Public Lands Day held on Friday.

KSFR will be following any proposed land transfer bills along with all others during this legislative session.

Local Solar company Positive Energy announced today it is partnering with global solar technology leader SunPower. By becoming a part of the larger company’s Master dealer’s network, Positive Energy now garners international audience. I asked marketing director Karen Paramanadam to explain in greater deal what this means to a popular local business.

Just before the New Year, a group of scientists studying river flows in the west released a new paper – and as usual, the news for New Mexico’s water source, the Rio Grande, doesn’t bode well. In fact, the river, which currently doesn’t have any intrinsic rights, could be headed for “permanent drought.” I spoke to journalist Laura Paskus who reviewed the report for New Mexico In Depth.
 

Another game commission meeting today meant bad news for the wolf recovery project at Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch in South central New Mexico. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon was at the meeting and brings us this report.

The issue of Public Banking has been a big topic of discussion in New Mexico, led by our own late and great Craig Barnes and the group We Are People Here! I first spoke with Barnes and Nico Liken on the Radio Café in 2013. At that time Barnes described the growing interest in Public Banking and how it might fit into New Mexico’s economy.

Oregon. The leaders of the occupation are sons of Cliven Bundy, whose standoff with federal officials in 2014 in Nevada may have emboldened his sons to repeat the effort. Bundy's sons have accused the Bureau of Land Management of harming the livelihood of ranchers--this after two ranchers were sentenced to short prison sentences for setting fires on public grazing land.


On Tuesday evening North Korea successfully detonated what it is calling a hydrogen bomb. The exact kind of bomb is still being debated but the impact on international negotiations and fear levels has been serious.

KSFR asked Nuclear Watch New Mexico Executive Director Jay Coughlin for his response to the test.

In the wake of the North Korean government's announcement that they have detonated what they claim is a hydrogen bomb, KSFR spoke to Santa Fe resident, filmmaker, and nuclear disarmament activist Gay Dillingham about her take on this revelation. 
 

Officials are still trying to assess the damage following New Mexico’s devastating --what some call “historic” -- snowstorm. New Mexico’s farm service agency wants New Mexicans to know about available disaster assistance.  Farmers and Ranchers have been the most impacted by the snow with estimates that 20,000 head of cattle may have perished.  Molly Manzanares, the state executive director of the new Mexico farm service agency, those numbers are still being researched.

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