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For years, New Mexico’s child welfare department has not had enough social workers in its protective services offices.  The vacancy rate remained at around 25-percent.  But department officials say that number has recently dropped significantly, thereby reducing the caseloads on overburdened workers unable to keep up with increasing reports of child abuse and neglect.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:14am MDT

Last Friday afternoon in Santa Fe, First Judicial District Court judge Sarah Singleton ruled on a Confidentiality and Protective Order — a CPO for short — that  the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was seeking to govern discovery proceedings in a lawsuit brought against it by seven John Doe plaintiffs last December. The suit by the plaintiffs names the Archdiocese and Our Lady of Sorrows church in Las Vegas. The suit alleges that Monsignor Hubert Lomme who was a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows sexually abused the seven pre-teen boys from 1959 to 1964.

We asked Archdiocese attorney Robert Warburton for comment after the ruling but he declined. Paul Linnenburger of Rothstein Donatelli- the lawyer for the John Doe plaintiffs —  had this to say.

Then we reached Erik de la Garza of Courthouse News Service on the phone from San Antonio to update us on pretrial developments concerning John Feit, a former priest.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:12am MDT

We are back with Wake Up Call and now we go to another news-breaking story:  Ellen Lockyer on claims of mismanaged funds at the Navajo Housing Authority, after Sen. John McCain's office issued a report last week.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:09am MDT

Ellen Berkovitch got Senator Martin Heinrich's (D-NM) take on the President's intent to withdraw from the Paris Accord.

The Senator, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, also discussed the anticipated testimony of former FBI Director James Comey concerning the ongoing probe into Russian activity during the 2016 election.

Comey will testify tomorrow beginning at 8 am MDT; KSFR will air the hearing live during the 8 o'clock hour.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:37am MDT

Joel Aalberts, executive director for the Lensic Performing Arts Center, stopped by the studio to tell about their just-announced 2017-18 season, which kicks off August 26 with Ricky Skaggs.

2017 Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will headline at the Lensic this Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 pm.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:22pm MDT

Hannah Colton interviews Jacquette Timmons of Sterling Investment Management, who will be hosted this weekend by the Women's International Study Center for a talk on how women can examine and improve their money management choices and habits.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:10pm MDT

Hannah Colton spoke with Laura Paskus of the New Mexico Political Report, who's done a great deal of footwork in the flame-scarred landscapes of the Jemez. She talked fire safety, conservation, and the ecological picture in years to come.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:03pm MDT

And it’s time for Science Monday with a topic dealing in the germophobe culture we live in and that has given our consumer choices ever more injurious products — measured by their effects on their environment. Last Tuesday though the NRDC won a legal challenge to an anti-microbial pesticide’s having been fast tracked through an EPA approval process. I spoke to Jennifer Sass late last week.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:50am MDT

Today June 5th is the 50th anniversary of the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid . This date remains forever linked with the land grant movement in northern New Mexico. And with the charismatic activist, revolutionary and evangelist for the restoration of land rights to Chicano peoples of Northern New Mexico who was Reies Lopez Tijerina. 

Tijerina founded the Alianza Federal de Mercedes in NM in 1963 — and held meetings in many Rio Arriba county villages of with men and women invigorated by resistance.  The Federal Alliance of Land Grants had as its mission to reverse the theft of Hispano lands by Anglos who had violated the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Yesterday saw an event at the Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque — part of the Radical Southwest program of the Voices of Counterculture exhibition. It brought together many people who today are involved in scholarship. Analyzing what the TA raid half means a century later. And with remembrance and documentation of the land grant movement as something still pertinent today.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:48am MDT

Scott Wilber is the ED of New Mexico Land Conservancy. He joins me in the studio to talk about the Land Conservancy's 15th anniversary and the work of conservation easements and collaboration with ranchers and farmers in NM.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:46am MDT