Mar. 21 First News: County Panel Rejects Re-Zone Request For Gravel Mine (Listen)

Mar 21, 2014


The Santa Fe County Development Review Committee on Thursday rejected a bid for a 50-thousand acre gravel mining operation on La Bajada Mesa. The proposal by Buena Vista Estates and Rockology, LLC drew a large crowd to the County Commission chambers in downtown Santa Fe, filled mostly with opponents of the plan. The Development Review Committee voted 5-2 against the request to re-zone the acreage from its current agricultural status.


City of Santa Fe officials, including Mayor Javier Gonzales, was among many welcoming “The Wall that Heals,” a portable replica of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial to Santa Fe Thursday. The memorial will be at Santa Fe's Fort Marcy Park through Monday. The Vietnam veteran who conceived of the wall 35 years ago, Jan Scruggs, spoke with KSFR's Zelie Pollon: ******032114-Scruggs-2  :35***** Scruggs also discussed the cold reception Vietnam Veterans received upon their return home, after serving their country as ably as all their armed service predecessors, as well as the prevalence of PTSD: post-traumatic stress disorder. Ann Carson of Santa Fe is a nurse who helped bring a replica of the Women's Vietnam Vets' memorial, and knows PTSD has no gender preference: *****032114-Carson-2 :22***** The Wall that Heals will be on display at Fort Marcy Field through Monday evening.


The firm that runs the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico wants to temporarily store waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory in rural West Texas until WIPP reopens. The nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad was shut down last month due to incidents including a radiation leak last month that contaminated 17 workers. Nuclear Waste Partnership says it and the Department of Energy propose to ship the Los Alamos waste to a site in West Texas. The partnership says the waste would go to the New Mexico plant for final disposal once it reopens. Los Alamos has promised the state it will get the last of thousands of barrels of plutonium-contaminated debris off Lab property by June.


The New Mexico State Aggies are one and done in the national college basketball championship tournament, losing in overtime to San Diego State Thursday night, the University of New Mexico Lobos are prepping to take on Stanford in St. Louis tonight. trying for the first time ever to make it past the N-C-double-A men's basketball tournament's first weekend. The players are student-athletes, and the championship tournament's extra action complicates matters. Natalie Williams is the Lobos' academic adviser: *****032114-Williams-3  :27***** Williams says N-C-double-A and UNM rules preclude student-athletes from missing more than 20-percent of classes a semester. She says basketball season is the toughest because it begins during the fall semester and continues through the spring semester.


Santa Fe Weather: Sunny today, with a high of 61. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with the low near 30. For tomorrow, it'll be mostly sunny with the high in the mid-50s