Tue November 19, 2013
Nov. 19 First News: Duke City Voters Decide A Controversial Anti-Abortion Measure Today. (Listen)
Duke City voters go to the polls today to vote on an anti-abortion measure that would ban the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation. It makes no exception for cases of rape or incest though it does permit termination if the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Already, some 44-thousand voters have weighed in on the matter in early voting, almost double the number who did so for last month's mayoral election. It's the first time such a law has been presented for a city. Similar laws have been presented at the state level elsewhere and deemed unconstitutional.
Video of a routine New Mexico State Police traffic stop in late October near Taos that turned chaotic and led to officers shooting out the tires of a minivan loaded with children has drawn national attention over the use of police gunfire in such incidents. Dashboard camera video shows driver Oriana Farrell disobeying police orders and driving off, prompting a high speed chase and ending with police gunfire. The 39-year-old mother from Tennessee was pulled over again and the video shows two of her five children get out of the vehicle to confront an officer. State police are investigating the incident.
Santa Fe Community College’s Governing Board has decided to place President Ana “Cha” Guzman on administrative leave pending further action by the Board. The announcement emailed to KSFR last night stated that the board has appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs Randy Grissom as Acting President. The Board has its regularly scheduled meeting today at 5pm at the Santa Fe Community College Board Room.
The New Mexico Department of Health has announced results of a survey of parents who received personal, religious-belief vaccination exemptions for their children in 2011. It's the first such survey ever conducted in New Mexico and shows that exemptions have increased 194% between 1999 and 2011. On a demographic level, vaccination-exemptions occur most frequently among white, non-Hispanics with college educations. The most frequent reason given for seeking excusal is philosophical or personal belief, neither of which are legally recognized under current state rules.
Santa Fe’s mayoral candidates seeking to qualify for public campaign financing turned in contributions raised from hundreds of donations to the city clerk by Monday’s deadline. City Councilors Patti Bushee, Bill Dimas and Rebecca Wurzburger, former state Democratic chairman Javier Gonzales, and former Santa Fe County Manager Roman Abeyta are all seeking public money. Qualifying candidates will get 60-thousand dollars in city funds—each had to submit 600 five-dollar contributions.
State Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the state is off to a good start with a new program that provides a five-thousand dollar stipend for transferring from a top-ranked school to a low-rated one. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that 15 teachers from Espanola, Estancia, Gallup, Taos and Las Vegas City school districts have signed up for the effort. Qualifying teachers must have taught full-time at schools with A or B grades last year and must now teach full-time at schools with D or F grades, and stay through the next school year.
The City of Santa Fe is advising that sidewalk and water improvements begin today at various locations. The 30-40 day sidewalk construction from 9am til 3pm takes place at: Alameda Street at El Castillo; Camino de las Crucitas between Rio Vista and St Francis; and Sunset/Otero Street between Artist Road and Paseo de Peralta. And city crews will also conduct work requiring the water to be shut- off at Camino Sierra Vista, Kathryn St., Alarid St., and Rosita, from 9 am to 6 pm.
Weather for Santa Fe – Sunny today with highs in the low 50s, the last such day weatherwise until early next week. A very complicated weather pattern begins to move in tomorrow, with a slight chances for showers. Showers on the