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When President Obama announced his "surge" in American forces in Afghanistan at the end of 2009, he made 2 big mistakes, former CIA Afghanistan station chief Robert Grenier told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE: he committed too few troops, for too short a period, to have a realistic chance at success.

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Wednesday morning't top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Reel Fathers, now seven years strong, is a local organization focusing on empowering fathers to be involved in their families as active co-parents, as well as supporting youth in understanding their relationships with their fathers, through storytelling. Reel is spelled R-E-E-L, like a film reel, because the organization primarily uses video and film to catalyze dialogue among fathers and families. And the leaders of Reel Fathers have joined forces with the United Way's new Early Learning Center to bring Santa Fe a special new program. Reel Fathers director Deborah Bolt and program facilitator Roberto Aponte sat down with Elsa on a recent edition of KSFR's Nuestra America. They said the power of Reel Fathers lies not only in the relationships between fathers and their children, but also in the way that fathers of young children learn from each other. 

To sign up for Fathers In Focus, Deborah Bolt says you can call the Early Learning Center at 505-819-5484, or stop by the program's kickoff event at 3164 Agua Fria Street tonight, Tuesday the 6th, at 5:10 PM. 

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As part of KSFR's series on consumer protection, we took a look at the do's and don'ts for consumers who are thinking about buying a used car. Mary Lou Cooper brings us the story.

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In this edition of Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliott talks about brain health and other causes for what may seem to be dementia.

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Tuesday's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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New Energy Economy today filed with the New Mexico Supreme Court a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus requiring four Public Regulation Commissioners to be disqualified from any further participation in the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM’s) application for approval of its replacement power plan for San Juan Generating Station. We asked New Energy Economy Director Mariel Nanasi to explain more.

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The U-S Supreme Court’s new term, which began today, is widely expected to see Justices jump right back into high-profile constitutional battles like voting rights, affirmative action and the death penalty, as well as a new attack on public-sector labor unions. And the New York Times reports the Court may well agree to take up issues of abortion and contraception again, in cases that could further strip away reproductive rights.

Among the notable in its most recent session, the high court ruled that same-sex marriage is granted by the Constitution. It also decided the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act in a case on mercury emissions from power plans. The Court’s majority ruled the agency had failed to undertake a cost-benefit analysis in deciding whether to set limits on emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants. University of New Mexico Law Professor Cliff Villa thinks there will be a final rule to address mercury and other toxic air substances from the power plants under the clean air act, and that the EPA will provide the court-requested information.

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The controlled burn to thin out the national forest where part of Santa Fe’s water supply originates is being called a success, although smoke from it prompted numerous calls to the US Forest Service from concerned residents last week.  On Friday we brought you part one of a series on the fire lines and how a prescription burn is carried out.  That piece, by Deborah Martinez, is posted at ksfr.org. Today Deborah introduces us to two women in a field of male firefighting professionals, and how others are taking New Mexico’s fire management techniques to other, Spanish-speaking countries.

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Beirut’s performance included songs from earlier albums, as well as singles from the newly-released “No, No, No,” which is receiving widespread radio airplay. Condon, who’s 29, the band’s leader and composer, smiled broadly through the show. Early on in the concert, Condon acknowledged and thanked his parents who were standing at the foot of the stage.

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The arrival of autumn heralds the end of the MLB regular season. In this week's edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco looks ahead to the playoffs. 

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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This week’s announcement of the discovery of flowing water on Mars has thrilled space-lovers world-wide. And this discovery has a New Mexico connection. Roger Wiens leads a team at Los Alamos National Lab that developed ChemCam, an instrument aboard Curiosity that allows the rover to rapidly identify what Martian rocks and soil are made of. Roger and his team are hard at work on an even more powerful instrument, the SuperCam, to be installed on a rover that will be launched in 2020.

He took some time out this week to talk to KSFR about the discovery of water on the red planet, and the potential role of his work in answering the next big question about Mars: whether the planet is home to living organisms. 

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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That smoke Santa Fe and surrounding communities have been breathing is the residual effect of this week’s prescribed burn in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  That’s where one-half dozen local and foreign firefighting teams are joining forces to thin the forest surrounding Santa Fe’s watershed.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez was at the watershed during the second day of the prescribed burn operation that involved aircraft to reduce the chance of catastrophic fires.

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One of Santa Fe’s first Charter schools is celebrating 15 years this weekend with a party open to everyone. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke with Monte Del Sol Charter School’s head learner as he’s called, Robert Jessen, to find out more.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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With recent revelations that Volkswagen rigged its diesel cars to avoid accurate emissions testings, questions abound as to who knew what and for how long. What remains clear is that those who bought the vehicles thinking they were getting an environmentally clean car were completely duped. In a class action lawsuit filed this week attorneys are taking aim at the New Mexico car dealerships that sold the cars, saying they should have known the environmental claims were false. Attorney John Day with the firm Egolf, Ferlic and Day, explains the suit.

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"Dieselgate" is the term being used to describe the most recent news from the automotive sector of the business world these days.  As KSFR’s been reporting, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused Volkswagen of installing software on certain diesel fuel engine cars to circumvent federal emission standards.   The EPA says as a result, almost half a million U.S. autos may have emitted thousand tons of nitrogen oxides as a result of the devices. The emissions can have serious health effects, especially for children, the elderly and those who suffer from respiratory problems. And, the scandal has rocked V-W, the world’s second largest automaker, whose chief executive stepped down this week. 

KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper takes a look at some of the local implications of emissions-cheating devices on VW cars.

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Downtown Santa Fe will be getting a facelift of sorts when the Sanbusco Market, home to such institutions as Pranzo Italian restaurant, Kiote clothes, or Teca Tu, that store for animals with style – is taken over by the New Mexico School for the Arts. The Institute that helps fund the art school purchased the downtown market center recently. But administrators are eager for Santa Feans to know that no big changes will be occurring before the Christmas season comes to a close. NMSA Institute Board Chair Ned Bennett tells residents what to expect in the coming months.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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The New Mexico Republican Party is banking on an effort aimed at building a “grassroots” movement to assist the GOP presidential nominee and keep the New Mexico House under Republican control.               

State Republican Communications Director Pat Garrett says it’s called the “New Mexico Grassroots Initiative,” noting that the days of party staff coming in three to four months before an election to organize are long gone. Garrett says the new plan will see local party activists given the chance to organize and cultivate a volunteer network.

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Renting a room or an apartment has always been an option for travelers. The rental option can offer many conveniences and typically comes at a bargain price. Recently, with the proliferation of web sites such as AirBnB, VRBO and Craigslist, the number of short term rentals has exploded.

However, the increased options for travelers usually means that cities lose important sources of revenue, in New Mexico it’s the lodgers’ and city gross receipts taxes. New York, New Orleans, and Paris are among cities around the world currently grappling with the issue and trying to come up with fair and equitable responses for all concerned. Santa Fe is the latest city looking at the issue and seeking a solution.

Tonight, the City Council will consider a resolution from Councilor Joseph Maestas that would get the ball rolling here. KSFR's Alan Dee takes a look at the local situation and outlines the possible response.

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As the stream of refugees from the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan has spilled across Europe, every plan by leaders of the European Union for humanitarian aid and shelter has been overwhelmed by the growing size of the migration.  Al Jazeera English Correspondent Rob Reynolds, who has been covering the story, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, what's been driving the massive rush to re-settle in Europe. 

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Members of New Mexico’s Game Commission met this morning in Albuquerque to decide whether to allow the US Fish and game service to release more Mexican wolves into the New Mexico wilderness. Today’s decision was specifically to hear an appeal by the US Fish and Wildlife Service after the commission decided in 2011 not to release any more wolves as required under the Federal Endangered Species Act. As we hear from Mary Katherine Ray and Former Mayor David Coss, both of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, the appeal was denied.

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Making public schools better for Santa Fe’s children is a subject very much on the table this week, as we hear in this report from KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch.

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Former GOP State Senator and Secretary of State Staffer under Dianna Duran, Rod Adair, recently published on his blog an op-ed calling for Duran’s resignation.

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In this week’s “Medical Insights,” Dr. Erica Elliot has interesting information about dementia.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Among those attending the speech of Pope Francis to Congress last week was our own Mayor Javier Gonzales. The Mayor, who grew up in a traditional Catholic home, recently wrote about his experience listening to the Pope from the White House lawn. He called the Pope’s speech a “wake up call”. KSFR's Zelie Pollon asked him to describe that call to our listeners.

 

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Antiques Roadshow is coming to New Mexico! Or rather, it came to New Mexico last year, and footage of the event is just now airing on PBS stations nationwide. KSFR's Kate Powell got a preview of upcoming New Mexico episodes from Marsha Bemko, executive producer of the popular appraisal show, now in its 20th year.

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In this week’s edition of The Sporting Life, Host Dan DeFrancesco looks back at the life and times of Yogi Berra.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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You may be wondering how to spend the upcoming weekend. Partying to save the rainforest probably isn't on your list of plans. But it could be! A non-profit organization called the Borneo Project is in New Mexico for the weekend, with events in Santa Fe on Saturday and Albuquerque on Sunday. They're trying to raise money and awareness for indigenous-led actions preventing corruption and greed from destroying rainforests and traditional communities. 

Borneo Project Executive Director Jettie Word told KSFR's Kate Powell how the Borneo Project got started over two decades ago.

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This weekend is Tewa Women United’s Gathering for Mother Earth at San Ildelfonso and Pojoaque Pueblos. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon has more.

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This Sunday, as part of Mayor Javier Gonzales’ People to the Plaza Initiative, there will be a special farmer’s market on the plaza. Farmers market director Paolo Speirn, tells us more.

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's Kate Powell brings you local news at noon. 

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Today on Capitol Hill Pope Francis spoke to a full house, with hundreds of thousands more people, Catholic and not, listening in. He spoke of religious freedom, immigration, poverty, and healing the world’s open wounds. We also listened in to the historic speech and here share some of his remarks.

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Senator Tom Udall was inside the chamber and shared his response to the Pope's speech before a joint session of Congress this morning. 

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Feminist author and political psychologist Martha Burk, host of Equal Time on KSFR, sat down with us to discuss Pope Francis' visit to the United States. As Burk told Zelie Pollon, while the Pope is moving things in the right direction--preaching forgiveness for women who've had abortions and calling on Catholics to shelter refugees--The Church still has quite a way to go. 

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A climate vigil took place this afternoon in Santa Fe, in support of Pope Francis’s address to Congress this morning.  As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, the vigil was sponsored and led by a coalition of faith-based and environmental groups. Deborah joined KSFR's At Noon hosts live on air from the St. Francis Cathedral downtown. 

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Pope Francis had wanted to enter the United States by walking across the Mexican border.  The White House said no.  So he arrived in the U-S by way of Cuba.  Either entrance, according to journalist and author John Thavis told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, would have been typical of a Pope who is careful to make his every public appearance exemplary of how the leader of the Catholic Church and all of its followers should act.

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Santa Fe has been named the number one destination for ‘culturephiles’ by USA today. Santa Fe surpassed such cultural destinations as Indianapolis (number 2), Minneapolis (number 5), New York (number 6) Philadelphia (number 7) and Chicago (number 10). USA Today specifically mentioned Santa Fe’s 400 year history and tri-cultural make up. It took specific note of our acclaimed cultural gems including the Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and of course the internationally-known Santa Fe Opera.  And, as the Santa Fe Opera closed its doors on yet another season, KSFR’s Alan Dee sat down with Tom Morris, the Opera’s Director of Administration. While the Santa Fe Opera continues to be heralded as a cultural success, we wanted to hear how it did on the business end.  

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American women did not became full citizens with Voting Rights until 1920 – that’s 95 years ago. That was an extraordinary accomplishment say a vocal coalition of New Mexican organizations. But there’s still along way to go: Equality won't be realized until the U.S. Congress guarantees women's equality in the U.S. Constitution through the ratification of the ERA, the Equal Rights Amendment. In fact, recently Hollywood actresses Meryl Streep and Jane Fonda weighed in calling for Congress and Presidential candidates to support the ERA.

KSFR’s Marguerite Kearns attended a late-summer rally in Albuquerque to generate support for the ERA and send a message to members of the state's Congressional delegation that their help is urgently needed to move the issue forward nationally. 

 

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced that he’s adding suicide prevention to the list of topics covered in educational trainings offered across the state by the Attorney General’s office. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in New Mexico among young adults age 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death nationally. The Attorney General joined KSFR At Noon hosts Tom Trowbridge and Zelie Pollon live on air Tuesday. 

 

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Title Nine is the federal Act adopted in 1972 that bans gender discrimination in any federally-funded education program or activity. The law among the topics during a recent discussion at Santa Fe’s Lensic Theatre that included law professor Anita Hill of Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Yes, the same Anita Hill who became a national figure in 1991 during the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. Hill and feminist-activist-scholar Professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall led the conversation. KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch caught-up with Professor Hill at the event.

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In this week’s edition of Medical Insights with Dr. Erica Elliott, we hear the second installment of how to protect your brain from dementia.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Lawyers for a New Mexico Public education department are in a Santa Fe courtroom today defending a teacher evaluation system from teachers' unions who call it ineffective. Unions want the system, which is based on standardized student testing, to be stopped immediately, before it does more damage. Already, opponents of the system claim, it has pushed many veteran teachers to retire early or have their licenses jeopardized. Among those who testified last week in favor of the injunction was Santa Fe public schools superintendent Joel Boyd. Boyd had previously called for the evaluation system to be halted until what he called ”obvious problems" could be worked out. In a commentary he wrote for the Santa Fe New Mexican he said he initially supported the idea of this evaluation system but that the execution was deeply flawed. Among those problems was timing and also a lack of funding for proper analysis of data.

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There’s a move afoot both in New Mexico and nationwide pushing for the concept of open primary elections. The effort centers on what supporters call a simple, yet radical idea: that no American should be required to join a political party to exercise their right to vote. 

Supporters point out that during the 1920's, partisan primary elections were enacted to curb the power of party bosses and bring voters into the process of selecting party nominees. But today, they note that 40-percent of U-S voters do not wish to enroll in a political party, and closed primaries bar them from voting.  They also say closed primaries make it more difficult for new coalitions to form and for Americans--both voters and elected officials--to come together across ideological lines. Bob Perls is a former Democratic New Mexico State Representative as well as founder and executive director of the non-profit New Mexico Open Primaries. Perls says the problem in both New Mexico and nationwide is what he terms the “hyper-partisanship” and political gridlock, resulting in a government that seems more interested in winning the next election rather than governing and problem-solving.

Governor Susana Martinez is on the record saying she’d support a plan allowing voters without a party affiliation to vote in the state’s primary elections. Martinez telling the Albuquerque Journal she supports the idea because it is important for all voters to be allowed to participate in primaries, and added, quote:  “Just because they don’t see themselves as completely Republican or completely a Democrat doesn’t mean that they don’t have candidates that they want to vote for, but because they haven’t declared a party aren’t able to vote at all.”

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In this week’s “The Sporting Life,” host Dan DeFrancesco discusses the propensity for hits to the head during National Football League games.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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 It’s called the “southwest-area node”—or SWAN Park, the City of Santa Fe’s newest park facility. And there’s a day-long block party scheduled for tomorrow in its honor. Carlos Sanchez is with the City’s Parks and Rec Division.

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After wildly successful openings in New York and Boston, the film Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution opens today in theaters across the country—including the CCA here in Santa Fe. KSFR’s Kate Powell spoke with the film’s director, Stanley Nelson, and brings us this report. 

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Would it surprise you to learn that in Qum, the home of Iran's Ayatollah's there is a university department that studies Judaism?  It surprised a lot of top Jewish scholars in the U-S.  But Larry Cohler-Esses of America's leading Jewish newspaper, the Daily Forward in New York, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, that's only one example. 

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In this edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk considers the Republican Party's treatment of its only female candidate for President, Carly Fiorina. 

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Today in Part Two of our conversation with Attorney General Hector Balderas we hear more about his first sixth months in office, including the 64 counts he recently filed against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

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Since Democrats in the US Senate were able to defeat a Republican measure to reject the nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama's way seems clear to sign it.  In Iran, to date, there is not yet such a clear path.  The Iranian Parliament is preparing for what will be a bitter debate, and the man whose opinion counts more than any other, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has not yet issued his final judgment. That said, foreign correspondent and author Reese Ehrlich, recently back from a reporting trip to Iran, told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, there are many reasons to believe the agreement will also get Iran's approval.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s formative volunteer organizations known as VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America.  For the dozens of VISTA volunteers in New Mexico, regrouping at one of the celebrations held here in Santa Fe on Wednesday, it was a chance to look back on how they’ve helped improve the lives of New Mexicans.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports from the event that was hosted by famous author and former VISTA volunteer George RR Martin.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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It’s been six months since Attorney General Hector Balderas has been on the job. He is a former state representative and State auditor. In fact when he was elected in 2006, Balderas, at 33, was the youngest statewide Hispanic elected official in the nation. I sat down with the Attorney General to review his first six months in office.

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With nearly 22 years of service, City Counselor Patti Bushee is the longest-serving city councilor member. Just this week she announced she would not seek reelection and was stepping aside to allow for a new candidate to take her place. I spoke with Bushee about her tenure and why she chose this year to step aside.

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Management at Sandia National Laboratories called it a "mistake."  Department of Energy investigators called it an intentional abuse, and slapped the Lab with a sizable fine.  A still open question, being considered by Justice Department prosecutors is...was it a crime?  Investigative Reporter Patrick Malone of the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, about a scheme to use taxpayer dollars that were supposed to go for research or development to lobby the Obama Administration to eliminate all competition for the job of managing Sandia National Labs.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, embezzlement and misuse of campaign funds, among other counts in District court in Santa Fe today.  At the same time, legislators convened to begin the process of impeachment of the secretary of state. 

 

 

KSFR's Deborah Martinez attended the court hearing and the legislative meeting, and joined KSFR's At Noon hosts live on Tuesday.

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The Monroe Gallery of Photography in downtown Santa Fe will present a special panel discussion Friday on the role of photojournalism in the civil rights movement to the present day. The discussion featuring photographer Whitney Curtis, veteran LIFE magazine reporter Richard Stolley and the interim director of the UNM Art Museum Kymberly Pinder, is set for 5:30-pm Friday. The event highlights the gallery’s current show, titled “The Long Road from Selma to Ferguson,” that’s running through September 27th. KSFR's Tom Trowbridge spoke with gallery co-owner Michele Monroe, and brings us this report. 

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In this edition of Medical Insights, Dr. Erica Elliott talks about some ways you can protect your brain from dementia. 

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Tomorrow is the first district court appearance scheduled for New Mexico’s Secretary of State Dianna Duran.  She has been indicted on 64 counts of misuse of campaign funds, fraud, and other charges, and her preliminary hearing will be in front of First Judicial District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington in Santa Fe.  Just down the street from the state district courthouse, Duran will also be the subject of discussion, as lawmakers convene at the Roundhouse to determine whether she should be impeached.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez has more on that process and what voters are saying about whether the Secretary of State should resign.

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Today we continue our conversation with Senator Tom Udall covering Iran, his visits with Navajo landowners near the Gold King mine spill, and his push for a Constitutional Amendment to reform Campaign finance.

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In this week’s edition of “The Sporting Life,”  Dan DeFrancesco turns his attention—for the first time ever—to professional tennis.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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Conservationists and state representatives gathered earlier this week at the Valles Caldera – a sprawling 89-thousand acre preserve in northern New Mexico- to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. This fund, which has preserved land in every state funding more than 40000 state and local conservation projects, is set to expire at the end of the month. Senator Tom Udall was among those gathered. He explains the importance of the Fund.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:36pm MST

In part four, our last in a weeklong series on youth suicide, we look at specific interventions applied in schools and by The Sky Center.

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Chelsea Manning passed along hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents and some embarrassing military videos to WikiLeaks and the world.  For doing this, she is presently serving a 35 year sentence in military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Recently, she was spared threatened solitary confinement for breaching prison discipline -- by using toothpaste past its sell-by date and failing to write her name on the flyleaf of her books and magazines.  This, she and her attorney Nancy Hollander of Albuquerque, call harassment.  Hollander told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE that Manning also feels hampered in her communications with the world beyond her prison cell. 

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Chelsea Manning passed along hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents and some embarrassing military videos to WikiLeaks and the world.  For doing this, she is presently serving a 35 year sentence in military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Recently, she was spared threatened solitary confinement for breaching prison discipline -- by using toothpaste past its sell-by date and failing to write her name on the flyleaf of her books and magazines.  This, she and her attorney Nancy Hollander of Albuquerque, call harassment.  Hollander told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE that Manning also feels hampered in her communications with the world beyond her prison cell. 

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR's Tom Trowbridge.

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KSFR's John Calef brings you local news at noon. 

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In Labor Day’s edition of the New York Times, veteran reporter Steven Greenhouse details the efforts of a Santa Fe non-profit to fill the vacuum of sorts created by the weakening of the nation’s traditional labor unions in recent decades.

 

 

 

Marcela Diaz, director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says the immigrant-rights advocacy organization back in 2008 “stumbled upon” a resource made available through the National Labor Relations Act. The federal law, approved in 1935, protects the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy. Diaz says the NLRA is considerably more expansive than covering just the relationship between labor unions and employers.

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