June 12 First News: No Santa Fe County Decision Yet On Controverial La Bajada Mine (Listen)

Jun 12, 2014

After a public hearing of more than six hours on a controversial proposal to re-zone 50-acres of La Bajada Mesa to allow a gravel mine, Santa Fe County Commissioners made no decision. Commissioner Danny Mayfield spoke with KSFR after Wednesday’s hearing. *****061214-Mayfield-1 (q:our county attorney) :19***** An estimated crowd of 600 packed the Santa Fe Convention Center to take-in the hearing, with most in attendance clearly in opposition to the mining request.

New Mexico's highest court has overturned a veto by Governor Susana Martinez and ordered a five-percent pay raise for judges across the state. The state Supreme Court made the ruling Wednesday in a dispute focusing on the governor's power to veto spending in the state budget.The Legislature approved two provisions intended to provide judges an eight-percent pay increase starting in July. Martinez vetoed one section that would have spelled out the higher salaries for judges. The governor left intact another budget provision that allocated part of the money needed for the raises. Two Democratic legislators and a group representing judges contended the governor's partial veto was unconstitutional. They said the governor wiped out only part of the raise and judges are still entitled to a five-percent salary increase. The court agreed.

Two-and-a-half years following the death of a pedestrian along a major Santa Fe street, City crews are constructing a sidewalk where there was none before. The city has announced that a contractor is building a walkway and retaining wall along the north side of West Alameda Street between Ephriam and Moore Streets. The construction is in the area where 55-year old Georgia Morgan was struck and killed in December 2011, apparently while crossing the street. The project will include daily shoulder work and may require intermittent flagging operations along West Alameda Street.

A New Mexican bicyclist prepares to ride the distance of the Great Divide in the name of wild wolves…. KSFR’s Tilcara Webb has the story.*****Webb-1*****

The Oscar-nominated actress Martha Hyer, who starred alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, had died in Santa Fe. Raymond Lucero of Rivera Funeral Home says Hyer died May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 89. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, the easygoing blonde began her movie career with a small role in the 1946 movie "The Locket" but got her big break in the 1954 comedy "Sabrina," starring Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. As a star of the 1950s, she once turned down a date request from a young Senator John F. Kennedy She was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her role in 1958's "Some Came Running," starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.

Children can participate in a free fishing derby in Santa Fe sponsored by the city and the state Game and Fish Department. Saturday's event runs from 7 a.m. until noon and is open to children under the age of 12, who don't require a fishing license. There are prizes for the children catching the first 10 tagged fish. Fishing will be allowed on a section of the Santa Fe River between Don Gaspar Avenue near the state Supreme Court building to Old Santa Fe Trail near the State Land Office building. The department is stocking the river with 500 rainbow trout. Anyone 12 or older with a valid fishing license can fish for trout remaining in the river after the derby ends.

 Santa Fe Weather: Mostly sunny today, with a high of 83. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 55. Tomorrow: Partly sunny and a high of 81. There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms today through tomorrow.