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In a statement released on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico called on President Obama to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline. Senator Heinrich said that “the recent escalation against members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and those standing in solidarity with them is fundamentally wrong and must be condemned.”

Ellen Berkovitch spoke to the Senator by phone yesterday afternoon.

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Today is the global day of giving known as "Giving Tuesday." The Giving Tuesday movement formed in 2012 partly as a response to the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events.

The Santa Fe Community Foundation serves six counties in northern New Mexico. It helps philanthropists and individuals allocate their charitable giving in Northern New Mexico. KSFR asked Santa Fe Community Foundation's Christa Coggins about charitable giving in our community on this #GivingTuesday.


Other resources for donors:

NM Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Share NM


Charity Navigator

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Top-of-the-hour local news for Monday, November 28.

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Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday at age 90. Castro dominated his country for more than 50 years from the moment he entered Havana in triumph in January 1959 until 2006 when he stepped aside because of illness.

Americans’  knowledge of the Cuban people became greatly constrained after 1961 when diplomatic relations were severed between our two countries. President Barack Obama reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015.

“Anyone who wants to know what Cubans are thinking and doing should read Cuban poetry.” So said Margaret Randall in Santa Fe on November 15th.

Margaret Randall lived and worked in Cuba for 11 years beginning in the 1970s.

Only the Road/Solo El Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry is Randall’s new poetry anthology published in October by Duke University Press. 

Margaret Randall’s archive of literary journals is included in SITElines 2016. That is SITE Santa Fe’s 2016 biennial dedicated to presenting contemporary art from the Americas. She spoke as part of SITE Santa Fe’s SITE Center programming. Deborah Begel was there.

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The Boston Globe has reported that 88 percent of American teens ages 13 to 17 have a mobile phone. Seventy-three percent of the teens have smartphones. And of that number, 24 percent say they go online “almost constantly.”


Robert Nott reported in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican that Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe is almost halfway through its first school-year policy of banning cell phone use at the school.


This is a big issue nationwide as well. Some US classrooms have embraced a teaching shift that finds students practicing BYOD – bring your own device – to school.


But there is no nationwide consensus on whether classrooms should be full of phones or free of them. The New York Department of Education lifted a decade-long ban on cellphones in classrooms in 2015. Boston Public Schools prohibit them.  In Santa Fe Public Schools it’s decided by each school’s administration.


Robert Jessen is head learner of Monte del Sol. He said the idea for their ban came from his visit in 2015 to Oakland Unity High School.

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Ellen Berkovitch revisits this radio feature that she originally produced for Women's Focus on KUNM. Michelle Obama's second to last graduation speech as First Lady of the United States.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:56am MDT

There's a population that is thriving in New Mexico—wild turkeys. Matt Miller of the Nature Conservancy has written that the restoration of the American wild turkey may be quote the greatest wildlife conservation story ever. The birds were on the brink of collapse with a population of just 30,000 about a century ago. Today there are 7 million wild turkeys in the U.S.The NM Department of Game and Fish told Jenna Marshall that its conservation and habitat restoration budget derives in large part from issuing of hunting licenses to those who want to bag their Thanksgiving bird for themselves.


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New Mexico, 46% of pre school age children receive federal food assistance benefits-- the largest percentage of any state in the nation. But the face of hunger is not always obvious from the outside. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall visited the Food Depot in Santa Fe last week. The Food Depot largely acts as a redistribution agency of food supplies for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and youth and senior citizen programs. It also runs a mobile food pantry in northern New Mexico that serves 7000 people a year. Visit the Food Depot dot org to learn more.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:52am MDT

Top-of-the-hour local news for Tuesday, November 22.

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Our Children’s Trust is an Oregon group that supports youth in bringing legal action in the courts and to state agencies to ensure a stable climate on their behalf of themselves and future generations.

In 2015 a group of 21 young people ranging in age from nine to 20 filed a climate lawsuit in federal court in the District of Oregon against the Obama administration. On November 10th  US District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of the youth plaintiffs.

University of Oregon environmental law professor Mary Wood directs the University of Oregon’s nationally known Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She did not have legal involvement in this case. She spoke in Santa Fe last week at a program of the Agrarian Trust, which works to foster land access for next generation farmers. Ellen Berkovitch spoke to her by telephone yesterday.

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