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When public schools budgets in New Mexico were cut by $46-million dollars in last fall’s special legislative session, educators’ morale sank. Yesterday, though, dozens from around the state expressed a glimmer of hope, after a House committee approved a spending bill that would put some of that money back into the classroom. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, legislators vowed to support public education and the rallying cry, “no more cuts.”

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:23am MST

Last week the Santa Fe Council on International Relations presented a session titled “Islam in the Time of Trump” The keynote speaker was Salam Al Mar-EE-atti, who is President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Rob Morlino reports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:22am MST

The United States increased the amount of carbon pumped into the atmosphere every year over decades.  But emissions began to decline in 2007 with the great Recession.  That trend might have continued, because at the end of the Obama Administration last year, the Bureau of Land management enacted stiffer rules that require oil and gas companies to capture methane emissions on federal and tribal lands.  However, a U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee met in late January to discuss rolling back the venting and flaring rule.  House Joint Resolution 36 was sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop, a Republican from Utah. It was co-sponsored by 33 other Republican representatives, including NM Representative Steve Pearce.  The New Mexico congressman also published an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal recently praising the rollback.  Deborah Begel put Pearce’s assertions supporting the rollback of the Venting and Flaring Rule to Jon Goldstein, who is Senior Energy Policy Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund in Boulder. 


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 7:32am MST

The writer James Baldwin is has been dead for 30 years but his oratory ideas and anger have been brought back to life in I am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck. Playing at the CCA Cinematheque. David D’Arcy has this review.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:54am MST

More Mexican Gray Wolves are roaming the Southwest now than at any time since 1998 – the year that the federal government began trying to introduce the gray wolf in southwestern New Mexico and southeast Arizona. Findings by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that were released Friday documented 113 wolves in New Mexico and AZ compared to 97 the previous year.

Fish and Wildlife department regional director Benjamin Tuggle called the results “encouraging” in a statement. But he said more work needs to be done to ensure the population grows by roughly 10 percent a year.

The state of NM is in a battle with a federal court over release of more wolves this spring. Derrick Toledo reports on what conservationists have to say.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:52am MST

“Water protectors are everywhere.” Those words came this morning from Jenni Monet. Jenni Monet is a journalist from Laguna Pueblo who has been reporting on the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in Cannonball, ND since last September. I reached Jenni Monet this morning by telephone for breaking news and an update on her arrest of February 1st.

Jenni Monet said that the ND officials and the National Guard accelerating the protectors’ camp evacuations, starting today, intend to moved 50 industrial dumpsters out of the main camps a day.

She mentioned divestment as a powerful ongoing tool of resistance.

 Wells Fargo Bank is the second largest financier of DAPL parent Energy Transfer Partners with more than $400 million invested The first American cities to approve fossil fuel divestment included Seattle, Washington whose city council voted unanimously to divest last week. Seattle was followed by Davis, California. Their Wells Fargo divestments amount to $3 billion. Cities including Minneapolis, Minnesota; Boulder, Colorado, Portland, Oregon and Santa Fe have indicated they are considering divestment from Wells Fargo Bank as well.



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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:19pm MST

Senator Cisco McSorley has had success in moving two of his bills through the NM Senate as the Legislature reaches the halfway mark of this year’s 60 day session. Sandra Fish reports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:13pm MST

Mayor Javier Gonzales delivered his State of the City address last night. Subjects covered included early childhood education, a raise for city employees, and Santa Fe's new resolution to be a "welcoming city" for immigrants.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:11pm MST

Yesterday, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock and Cheyenne Sioux Tribes’ injunction against President Trump’s move last week to fast-track approval for completing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The ruling means few legal moves remain for those protesting the pipeline, although many have vowed to stay at Standing Rock and continue their opposition. This morning, I spoke to Santa Fe attorney Jeffrey Haas who has represented members of the protest movement.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 8:08am MST

Across the U.S., hundreds of people have been deported in the last week in immigration raids that President Trump called a keeping of his campaign promises.

In Santa Fe, Mayor Javier Gonzalez previously vowed that the city will remain a so-called sanctuary city. But local advocates are going a step further.

Last night a resolution to strengthen Santa Fe’s status as a “welcoming” community for immigrants cleared a major hurdle in the city Finance Committee.

KSFR’s Hannah Colton has this look at one family in Santa Fe's immigrant community.

A note: the version of the resolution that passed in committee last night removed the term “sanctuary” in favor of calling Santa Fe a “welcoming” community.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 8:03am MST