The biggest money-maker in Hawaiian agriculture is no longer pineapples, or sugar cane.  The biggest thing, Al Jazeera America Science reporter Jacob Ward told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, is the development of experimental seeds for global farming.  The problem he says are the chemicals sprayed to keep fields of seeds healthy.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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On a recent episode of KSFR's Santa Fe Radio Cafe, host Mary-Charlotte Domandi presented the third part of her series with the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. She talked to Sheila Lewis, former president of that organization and retired public defender, as well as Barry Porter, criminal defense and civil rights attorney with the Albuquerque firm Burgess and Porter, about the obstacles formerly incarcerated New Mexicans face as they attempt to rebuild their lives. 



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In this edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk turns her attention to the first Republican presidential debate, scheduled to take place in Cleveland, Ohio August 6th. How will contenders handle issues affecting the largest population of American voters--that is, women? 

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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One of the main topics in last night’s Santa Fe City Council meeting was the approval of a planned senior living facility on Old Pecos Trail. Since the plan was first introduced, it’s drawn criticism from residents of the surrounding neighborhood. Mayor Javier Gonzales cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the facility in the City Council’s July 8th meeting, but told councilors last night he now wants to remand the decision to the Planning Commission. KSFR’s Kate Powell brings us some highlights from the council’s conversation. 

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The Thoma Art Foundation has been serving the Santa Fe Art Community for many years now with the purpose of shifting perceptions, sparking creativity, and connecting people across cultures. One of the ways that The Thoma Foundation is currently doing this is by bringing rare digital art to their Santa Fe Gallery ART House on 231 Delgado St. KSFR’s Sebastian Huerta went to the Art House to meet with one of The Thoma Foundations Curators, Mira Burack, and learn more about digital art.

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Over the past month, the global price of oil has taken another huge drop, with the price of American oil, the so-called West Texas Intermediate, falling from 60-dollars to below 50-dollars a barrel.  But Janie Chermak, the Chair of the Economics Department at UNM told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, this might not be the bottom.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Although most observers speak of the situation in Ukraine as "a frozen war," the former US Ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, secessionist forces, supported by Russia have become more and more aggressive in the south and east of the country.  He says the US and the West need to be tougher on confronting this.  But he says, when it comes to the crucial matter of reforming Ukraine's politics and economy, there are reasons for real optimism.

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When Cheesemongers of Santa Fe opened on Marcy Street in downtown Santa Fe, many wondered if a city of our size could sustain a specialty cheese shop. More than seven months later, it looks like the pungent boutique near the offices of the Santa Fe New Mexican isn’t going anywhere. KSFR’s Alan Dee paid Cheesemongers a visit, and brings us this report. 

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In this week’s Medical Insights feature, Dr. Erica Elliot discusses what she calls the “nocebo” effect.

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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In This Week’s “The Sporting Life,” Dan DeFrancesco wonders if we are heading for Robot Umpires !!??

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A community library in Northern New Mexico has received a National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Located in Dixon, the heart of the state's organic farming community, the Embudo Valley Community Library has been recognized for its outstanding contribution to its community, and for its innovative approach to public service. Adrienne Rosenberg is a new friend of KSFR living and working in Dixon, and she brings us this report.

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We’ve been talking a lot lately about the detonation of the first atomic bomb, which took place 70 years ago this month. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon spoke with Rushmore Denooyer, director of a two-hour PBS special on the bomb airing tonight—about what drew him to his project, and what surprised him most as he learned about the early days of nuclear technology. 

KSFR’s Zelie Pollon reporting. The Bomb airs tonight, from 7-9 pm on New Mexico PBS—that’s Channel 5.1.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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Pop-Up Galleries are one of the ways in which artist of today are finding resourceful ways to spread their art to communities. Through these pop-up galleries artist are able to sidestep the large overheads that come with traditional galleries along with staying flexible due to the short-term aspect of them. Pop-ups also offer a more accessible opportunity for those who want to learn about or collect art, but are perhaps intimidated or uncomfortable in the traditional gallery setting.  KSFR’s Sebastian Huerta visited one of these pop-up galleries in the Santa Fe Railyard on its opening day. 

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In New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, dis-enchantment can be just a glance away.  Reporter Margaret Wright of The New Mexican told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, abandoned household garbage, furniture and appliances not only mar the beauty of the state's landscape, they can harm the environment. 

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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The second installment of KSFR's look at changes to federal law that could affect the livelihood of New Mexico artists. Kate Powell talks to Talia Kosh of New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts to get an attorney's perspective on proposed changes copyright law. 

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon.

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Santa Fe is a major hub of the international art world. We’re also home to a large community of local artists and designers, many of whom manage their own creative works. Until recently, what you didn’t know about copyright law couldn’t really hurt you. But that might soon change. Congress recently received recommendations from the US Copyright Office to replace present copyright law with something new—including a revival of legislation first introduced in 2006 called the Orphaned Works Act.

KSFR’s Kate Powell spoke to artist and activist Brad Holland about orphaned works legislation, and how it stands to impact artists in New Mexico and across the country. 

To learn more about this issue, or to write a letter to the Copyright Office, visit asip-repro.org . 

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's local news at noon presented by Kate Powell

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Tuesday’s ‘At Noon’ is when we hear from Dr. Erica Elliot for her “Medical Insights” feature.    

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In his encyclical and on his three-nation tour of South America, Pope Francis preached that humanity and the environment cannot be separated, and that both are due higher levels of protection and care.  But, veteran Catholic News Service Vatican Correspondent John Thavis told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the Pope also had a second message:  of inclusion, of bringing all people of good will, -- gays and straights, the married and divorced, -- into the family of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The results are in--and New Mexico has held its ranking—of 49th in the nation—for child well-being among the 50 states. New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director Veronica Garcia helped KSFR's Kate Powell understand why our state is almost dead-last in its ability to give kids what they need to survive and succeed.    

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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Dozens of New Mexicans sounded off at a State Human Services Department hearing in Santa Fe on Friday, as Governor Susana Martinez’s administration gets ready to expand requirements for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, formerly known as food stamps.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez attended the meeting and brings us this report.

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 A new photo exhibition at Verve Gallery presents visitors with an opportunity to experience visually the impact of climate change. KSFR's Zelie Pollon reports. 

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In this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan DeFrancesco ponders Major League Baseball’s lull during the all-star game, followed by its frenzied and widened race for the playoffs… Plus, a plug for Yogi Berra as one of the top four major leaguers of all time.

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Monday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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While government groups and nonprofits like the Department of Agriculture and the Food Depot manage to fill families’ immediate needs for good nutrition, long-term solutions are the key to ending child hunger and the poverty that often causes it.  KSFR’s Deborah Martinez this week has shown us the history and current action underway, and in this final part of her series she explores efforts to change policy, and other larger solutions to hunger that hits one in seven households in the U.S.

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With strong disagreements still evident among the leaders of Germany and the International Monetary Fund, the Greek financial crisis may not be over.  After weeks of diplomatic wrangling and parliamentary reversals, Al Jazeera America Economic Correspondent Patricia Sabga told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, most of the people she's been talking with in Athens are both demoralized and frightened.

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St. Johns College has been celebrating its 50th year with event offerings all summer, but some people may still be unaware of its rich history and the study it offers. Sebastian Huerta has more.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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As people celebrate today the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb, it's important to remember those impacted by the radioactive fallout. Many in New Mexico want to make sure the human story is given the same if not more importance than the science. 

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In the first segment of her KSFR series, reporter Deborah Martinez took a look at how the child hunger issue has evolved, and what several government and nonprofit agencies have historically done to alleviate the pain of poverty and hunger.   Today’s focus is on what’s happening right now in Santa Fe and New Mexico to help parents make healthy choices, double their dollars, and get beyond their day-to-day struggles with hunger through job training and early education.

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A new study from the journal Nature finds that living near trees has major health benefits. Luckily for Santa Feans we live in a landscape d full of forests. And to celebrate our arboreal friends you can head over to the centennial celebration of the Santa Fe National Forest. KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik spoke to Julie-Ann Overton from the Forest Service for details on the event.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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One in every five New Mexico Families lives in poverty, and for many of those families, help with their children’s meals is vital.  But are we failing to feed the most vulnerable segment of our population?  In this three-part series, Deborah Martinez sorts out the data on child hunger, who’s doing something about it, and how families struggle to overcome the odds.



In part one, Deborah looks at the history of the problem, the part public assistance has played and the link between a living wage and hunger in New Mexico.

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After more than a year away, one of Santa Fe's favorite breakfast and brunch spots is back in business. KSFR's Kate Powell talked to Tecolote Café owners Katie and Matt Atkins about the challenging road that got them where they are today

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The recent PBS Frontline documentary Rape on the Night Shift revealed an apparently widespread problem of unpunished sexual predation in the national janitorial services industry.  To tell this story, Producer Daffodil Altan (All-TAHN) told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, she had to find victims who were credible, coherent, and willing to tell their painful stories in the presence of cameras and microphones.


Daffodil Altahn, one of the leader producers of the PBS Frontline television documentary Rape on the Night Shift, speaking on KSFR’s HERE AND THERE with Dave Marash, which airs right after the 5 o'clock news.


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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Today an historic agreement was reached with Iran concerning their nuclear program. The deal, which spans 20 months of negotiations, has been a focus for President Barak Obama – and he stated earlier today that he would veto any legislation by Congress that would block this deal. The agreement basically says that in exchange for limits on its nuclear activites, sanctions on the country would be lifted. The country would still be able to practice its nuclear program toward “peaceful” purposes. US Senator Tom Udall this morning spoke about the agreement calling it an historic deal with great input from New Mexico’s national labs.

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As the negotiations with Iran over restraints on the next 10 to 15 years of nuclear developments hover ever-closer to the finish, fewer and fewer details have been leaking out.  Al Jazeera America's Ali Velshi, host of the business and economic news program On Target told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, there are some important things about the talks that no outsiders know. 


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Today on our segment Medical Insights Dr. Elliott speaks about Sinusitis.

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Tuesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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US Senator Martin Heinrich today unveiled a bill to promote clean energy development in Indian country, saying it was time to level the playing field. KSFR's Kate Powell has more.

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Senator Heinrich’s announcement comes on the heels of a three-part plan announced by the Federal government last week to extend solar power benefits to low and middle income Americans.  In some ways, the plan parallels initiatives both the city and the county of Santa Fe called for some two years ago.  KSFR’s Alan Dee takes a look at where the local efforts stand.

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KSFR’s new program Through Our Eyes airs Wednesdays from 4-5pm and focuses on Native communities. Recently IAIA Marketing & Communications Director and show host Eric Davis interviewed renowned historian Zoni Gorman on The Navajo Code Talkers. Sebastian Huerta has more from that interview.

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in this edition of The Sporting Life, host Dan Defrancesco talks about the importance of women’s soccer for aspiring young female players.


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Two nearby pueblos have gained control of their school curriculums. Acoma and Santa Clara Pueblos have received federal funding to create their own curriculums, giving pueblo educators an opportunity to emphasize subjects like indigenous language learning. According to the Albuquerque Journal, these pueblos have been trying to gain input in their students’ learning for some time, and are among five tribes nationwide that recently received federal funds to make it happen. But tribal officials say a good financial plan will need to be in place to make sure that funding goes as far as it should—Acoma and Santa Clara pueblos are assuming responsibility not only of planning coursework, but also of organizing transportation, food service, and security for their schools.

Three New Mexico cities are being ranked among the top five metropolitan areas in the country with the most export growth. Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday that Las Cruces, Farmington, and Santa Fe broke records for export growth according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Las Cruces and Farmington came in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Santa Fe was ranked fifth. Martinez says the rankings confirm the state's strides to diversify its economy and grow in the private sector. According to a Department of Commerce review, the Las Cruces area dominated other cities with an export growth of more than 210 percent in the last year. That amounts to a gain of $913 million. A majority of the exports were to markets where the U.S. has trade agreements.

The father of one of the teens accused of gunning down an Albuquerque man in his driveway says he is sorry for the victim's family but his son "is not an animal." Police reports show that four of the six teenage boys charged in the killing of 60-year-old Steve Gerecke came from troubled homes with parents who had run-ins with the law too. Police say the four had a history of running away from home or accusing an adult family member of abuse. Only five have a previous criminal history. Meanwhile, more than 100 people attended a memorial Saturday for Gerecke. His family says they blame the teens' parents for his death.

The father of a New Mexico lawmaker has settled two lawsuits in which he claims he was wrongfully arrested for drunk driving and assaulting an officer. Luciano Trujillo, whose son is state Rep. Carl Trujillo, will receive $85,000 from Santa Fe County's insurer. Trujillo filed a lawsuit in federal court against individual officers and one in state District Court against Santa Fe County and Sheriff Robert Garcia. In his federal suit, Trujillo says a law enforcement employee ran a check on the license plate of the vehicle he was driving 15 minutes before he was stopped by Pojoaque tribal police in 2011. Tribal police had been commissioned to enforce traffic laws in that area. Prosecutors dismissed the charges against the then 70-year-old.

The FBI in New Mexico is seeking potential victims of a Florida man who they say tricked hundreds of females into giving him sexually explicit images of themselves. 26-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, of St. Johns, Florida, pleaded guilty last year to several counts of child pornography production but 250 images he had remain unidentified. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher says the images may involve New Mexico teens. According to Fisher, Chansler operated a "sextortion" scheme dating back to 2007. He posed as a teenage boy on social media sites and manipulated girls into sending photos or exposing themselves. He then threatened to post or share them if they didn't send more pictures or videos. The FBI previously identified victims from New Mexico in other images.

Federal authorities say the remains of a man who went missing in May have been unearthed at a home in northern New Mexico. Prosecutors are charging 66-year-old Jack Patterson Jr. in the murder of 29-year-old Benjamin Youngbear. Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs investigators excavated Youngbear's remains in a shallow grave at Patterson's Chamita home last week. According to a criminal complaint, Patterson admitted to shooting and killing Youngbear in self-defense once the remains were recovered. Tribal police say Youngbear, of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, was reported missing May 27. The U.S. Attorney's Office says an alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Antonio Valdez, remains at large. Valdez is facing charges of aiding and abetting in a murder.

The International Folk Art Market is headed for another banner year, and dozens of artisans — many from developing countries — are reaping the benefits as they work to start their own businesses and improve their communities. Now in its 12th year, the three-day market entered its final stretch Sunday. Thousands of people crowded onto Santa Fe's Museum Hill to browse the booths of more than 150 artists from around the globe. Everything from hand-woven baskets to carved gourds and rugs made of recycled clothes were on display. Organizers say the first two days were sold out and more than $700,000 in art was sold in less than four hours during the first night, a 12-percent increase over 2014. Last year, sales topped $3 million for the weekend. To hear interviews with some of the artisans who graced the market this year, visit KSFR.org.

And in national news….

A report says more than 1,800 immigrants that the government wanted to deport were nevertheless released from local jails and later re-arrested for various crimes. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement report released Monday says that the re-arrested immigrants were among 8,145 people who were freed between January and August 2014, despite requests from federal agents that they be held for deportation. The report provided by the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies says about 23 percent were eventually taken into custody again. The center actively opposes illegal immigration. Many jurisdictions have stopped honoring so-called immigration detainers, saying they can't hold arrestees without probable cause. In a case drawing national attention to the issue, authorities say a woman was shot to death in San Francisco this month by a suspect who was released from jail despite an immigration detainer.

Thousands of people have rallied in central Florida in support of flying the Confederate flag. Police estimated 2,000 vehicles, mostly motorcycles and trucks adorned with the Civil War-era flag, took part in Sunday's gathering in Ocala. The event was being held to back a decision by Marion County to return the Confederate flag to a display outside its government complex. Participants wore shirts with phrases including "heritage not hate" and talked of defending Southern traditions as the flag's symbolism is widely debated. South Carolina removed a Confederate battle flag Friday that flew near its Statehouse, weeks after nine shooting deaths at a historically black church there. Police have charged a man shown in pictures with a Confederate flag, who they say was motivated by hate.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 20%.The overnight low, 60 degrees.


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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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This week we’ve been hearing voices from the international Folk Art Market, which begins tonight with a sold out viewing at Museum Hill. KSFR's Zelie Pollon talked to one artist from Oaxaca who is making her first appearance at the market tonight.

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KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke with Sylvia Obledo, who is the director of Ambiance and decor at the market. For those who‘ve attended before, décor is an exceptionally important and popular part of the market itself.  Obleda describes this year’s color and imagery that will be seen throughout this year’s market.

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In this edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk takes Republican presidential candidates to task for their condemnation of gay marriage's legalization as an assault on "religious freedom." 

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Last week, President Obama announced his Administration was changing the way it would deal with the holding of American hostages by terrorists abroad.  A new Fusion Cell comprised of experts from the FBI, the intelligence services, the State Department and the Defense Department would direct efforts, backed by a watchdog group from the National Security Agency, and a special liaison between government and the families of the hostages. Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation, lone one of America's top experts on terrorism told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, the process that built this new structure was a good one.

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Officials at the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department are firing back after the state auditor raised questions about senior-level officials inappropriately exerting influence over tax matters. Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says the allegations are nothing more than unsubstantiated claims being driven by disgruntled former employees. He also accused State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat, of playing politics. Keller announced Thursday that he forwarded allegations of wrongdoing to the state attorney general's office. Keller didn't release many details, but his office looked into whether officials used their positions to pressure employees to obtain differential treatment for a certain taxpayer. Other questions included whether these actions were taken to protect a high-level official from individual liability stemming from previous work for the taxpayer and whether the state lost revenue as a result. KSFR spoke with Keller yesterday. He says findings from his initial investigation  are troubling. INS KELLER-1 :18 New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas says he doesn't want New Mexico communities to be pitted against one another as water resources dwindle and an interstate legal challenge over the Rio Grande looms. So Balderas announced Thursday during a visit to Las Cruces that his office is partnering with the Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University. Balderas says the goal is to be more innovative when dealing with water planning and the use of water in general. He also wants to find a reasonable resolution to the fight with Texas over the Rio Grande but still protect the rights of New Mexico citizens. As part of the partnership, the attorney general's office is investing $1 million from its consumer protection fund in the water research institute.

A man awaiting trial in the fatal shooting of a Rio Rancho police officer has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for violating his probation. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Andrew Romero was given the maximum sentence Thursday. They say Romero has a lengthy criminal history that includes a manslaughter conviction. He originally was charged with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle in November 2013. Court records show Romero also has faced charges of drug trafficking and armed robbery. Romero could get life in prison without parole if convicted in the May 25 shooting death of Officer Gregg Benner. He's pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and nine other charges. At the time of the shooting, Romero was wanted for failing to participate in a court-ordered drug treatment program.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled that workers aren't entitled to overtime pay under New Mexico's minimum wage law for travel between their homes and job sites. The case involved workers who were based in Artesia but who traveled at least an hour a day to and from job sites in the Permian Basin oil field in southeastern New Mexico. The Court of Appeals' June 25 decision upheld a trial judge's pretrial ruling in favor of the workers' former employer, J.W. Drilling Inc. The workers contended they were entitled to overtime because the travel required them to work over 40 hours a week. The appellate court rejected the argument, ruling that it would expand the state minimum wage to include requiring employers to compensate workers for travel time.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of an injured worker in a medical marijuana case. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the recent decision marks the third time in a year the court has sided with a medical marijuana patient in a workers' compensation claim. According to the ruling issued in late June, a patient in the medical marijuana program who is injured on the job must be reimbursed by an employer for the expense of marijuana used for treatment. Appellate Judge James Wechsler wrote that a workers' compensation judge was correct in ruling that American General Media, which owns several radio stations in New Mexico, had to reimburse Sandra Lewis of Albuquerque. The company had argued that the state's medical marijuana law created a conflict with federal law.

Federal officials will host a series of public meetings this summer on the U.S. government's coal program after criticism that corporations are profiting off publicly-owned reserves of the fuel at the expense of taxpayers. Thursday's announcement comes as coal companies and their allies in Congress have tried to thwart the Obama administration's initial attempts to change longstanding industry practices. That includes recent legislation from Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke that would block an Interior Department proposal to overhaul coal royalty payments. Under rules in place since the 1980s, companies can sell coal to affiliates and pay royalties to the government on that price, then turn around and sell the coal for more overseas. One of the public meetings will take place in Farmington on August 20th. Other public meetings are planned in Washington, D.C., Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.

In national news…

Today, the confederate flag that has flown in front of the South Carolina Statehouse since 1961 will be taken down. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she's proud of how her state responded to the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston last month. Haley told NBC's "Today" show Friday morning that she'll be thinking of the shooting victims as the flag is removed at a 10 a.m. ceremony. Haley said South Carolinians honor tradition and history but the Confederate flag belongs in a museum where people can honor it appropriately. Haley said: "No one should ever drive by the Statehouse and feel pain. No one should ever drive by the Statehouse and feel like they don't belong."

American Samoa stands as the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage. But as the Pacific island's attorney general reviews the decision, legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately. As of Thursday, no one has applied for a same sex marriage license in American Samoa, according to the island's Office of Vital Statistics. But Rose Cuison Villazor, a professor at University of California, Davis' law school and an expert on territorial law, says the lack of marriage license applications by same-sex couples shouldn't be taken to mean no one in American Samoa desires gay marriage.

And the weather in Santa Fe: Chance of thunderstorms today is 40%, the high today, 77 degrees. Tonight, that chance of thunderstorms continues, with an overnight low in the mid-50s. On Saturday and Sunday, the chance of rain drops to 30%, dropping to 20% on Monday. 

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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State Auditor Tim Keller today said his office has conducted an initial investigation into alleged wrongdoing by senior-level officials of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. That investigation was sparked by tips from anonymous callers. KSFR's Zelie Pollon talked to the State Auditor to find out more. 

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Given yesterday’s weather, it wasn’t a sure thing that the unofficial launch of the International Folk Art market would take place.

But the skies cleared and hundreds of folk artists joined the procession up at the St John’s field. We spoke with several of the artists, some of whom were glad to be away from a home country at war. KSFR's Zelie Pollon has the story. 

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The biggest farmworkers' strike in recent American history ended about a month ago, but the outcome is still not clear.  By one measure fruit and vegetable pickers who had been making $8 a day, may now be paid 10, 11 or 12 dollars a day, although some of that money may come not just from the growers but from Mexican taxpayers.  Josh Rushing, correspondent of Al Jazeera America's newsmagazine Fault Lines described for KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE the work done for those paltry wages.

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Officers stationed at the Santa Teresa port of entry have seized more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana from inside a flatbed trailer. Port Director Ray Provencio says the drugs were found July 1 when a commercial tractor hauling the empty trailer entered the port from Mexico. An officer at the primary inspection station selected the rig for an X-ray scan, which revealed a dense area in the floor of the trailer. A drug-sniffing dog also alerted to the trailer's floor. Officers drilled into the floor and discovered a green substance that tested positive for marijuana. Officers removed 687 bundles from the trailer bed. The estimated value topped $2.7 million. The driver, who was from Ciudad Juarez, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

A man who allegedly fired shots at Albuquerque police before taking a hostage and holding up in an apartment for hours has been arrested. Police say 21-year-old Justin Brouillette was taken into custodyWednesday afternoon. They say no officers were hit in the shooting and police didn't fire their weapons. The hostage was able to escape before police arrested Brouillette. A SWAT team was called to negotiate with Brouillette, who police say was wanted on four felony warrants including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say the man was stopped earlier Wednesday for not having license plates or tags on his vehicle. He got out of the car and shot at officers, then carjacked another vehicle and fired more shots before breaking into a home and taking a hostage.

Santa Fe City Councilors have asked the Transportation Department to slow down the finalization of remodel plans for the municipal airport. According to the Santa Fe Reporter, those who have spoken out against the design protested the lack of forums for public comment on the plan, and said they felt architects could do better in reconfiguring the interior space use at the one-terminal airport. City Councilor Signe Lindell said she wants to make sure Santa Fe doesn’t end up paying twice to get a workable remodel. City Councilor Patti Bushee pointed out that vendors at the airport, such as rental car companies, have been consulted in the process, but community members who use the airport have not. Transportation Director Jon Bulthuis has agreed to arrange a public notice and meeting on the renovation plans before moving forward.

A Rio Rancho man indicted on charges that he falsified EMT records is being asked to appear before a judge later this month for arraignment. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 47-year-old David Phillips hasn't been arrested but is suspected of altering a certificate to pass himself off as an emergency medical technician from September 2013 to February 2014. No phone listing could be found for Phillips in the Rio Rancho area and it couldn't immediately be determined Wednesday whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegations. Health Department spokesman Kenny Vigil said in an email that the Emergency Medical Services Bureau confirmed Phillips was not and had never been licensed to provide emergency medical care. The bureau encourages agencies statewide to verify EMT licenses.

A former New Mexico Supreme Court judge is dead at age 89. Harry Stowers died Wednesday morning. His widow says Stowers was in a car crash in June 2014 and doctors who treated him discovered he had cancer. Joyce Stowers says her husband ultimately died of complications from the disease. Harry Stowers was a native New Mexican who served on the state Supreme Court from 1982 to 1989. He previously worked as a prosecutor and city attorney in Albuquerque, as a judge in the 2nd Judicial District and an attorney in private practice. After leaving the Supreme Court, Stowers was elected mayor of the Village of Los Ranchos for one term. Besides his wife, he's survived by two daughters, one son and a sister.

Yesterday brought heavy rain, two rounds of hail, and flash-flooding to Santa Fe. And according to the Albuquerque Journal, yesterday was the light day in a week of intense precipitation— Deirdre Kann of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque says there’s plenty more to come today and tomorrow.

State game officials say heavy rain has washed away any tracks of a bear sought after it bit a teenage girl who was inside a tent near Raton. The Game and Fish Department the teenage girl was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to her arm and ear after the bear bit her through the tent's wall early Monday. The incident occurred during a family gathering at a home and the homeowner fired warning shots to scare at the bear, which was described as young. By the time officers were called to the scene later Monday morning, a heavy rainstorm had washed away any tracks and scent that might have helped officers find the bear. The department says officers set a trap in case the bear returns.

In National news…

Native American youth from across the nation are gathering in Washington, D.C., for a special summit called by the White House. More than 875 teens representing 230 tribes will meet Thursday with First Lady Michelle Obama and cabinet members to discuss economic opportunity, education, cultural issues and other topics. It's part of Generation Indigenous, or Gen-I, a White House initiative that kicked off earlier this year with a brainstorming session in Albuquerque. The initiative stems from a visit last year by the Obamas to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which straddles the border between the Dakotas. Meetings followed, cabinet members conducted listening tours, and tribal youth were chosen as ambassadors. Officials say the goal is to remove barriers blocking tribal youth from reaching their potential.

The long-expected moment when Latinos surpass whites as California's largest racial or ethnic group has come and gone. According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in late June, Hispanic Californians began to narrowly outnumber white Californians sometime in the first half of 2014. As of July 1, 2014, the state had about 15 million Latinos to about 14.9 million non-Hispanic whites. Demographers had expected the shift for decades as the state's Hispanic population boomed due to immigration and birth rates. Many thought it would happen sooner than it did, but a slight decline in population pushed it to last year. California joins New Mexico as the second state with a Latino plurality. Hawaii, with its large Asian population, is the third state where whites are not the largest ethnic group.

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This past weekend KSFR in partnership with Rotary Santa Fe and their annual Pancakes on the plaza fundraising event, broadcast live from the Plaza. Our Times with Craig Barnes had a surprise visit from not only Mayor Javier Gonzales but also New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio who was vacationing in the city different. Barnes spoke with both mayors about income equality and a subject on the agenda at this evening’s city council meeting, Public banking. Barnes interviews DeBlasio first.

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This year will be the 10th year that Afghan artist Rangina Hamidi and the cooperative she represents called Khandahar treasure will be at the International Folk Art Market which begins on Friday. Initially supported by Santa Fe business owners Ira and Sylvia Seret, the response to their textiles was so overwhelming they were invited back every year. Rangina begins by describing her textile work.


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In partnership with the New Mexico Attorney General's office, KSFR has launched a series of reports on consumer protection issues.  Today's story on mortgage foreclosure is the first in that series. 

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New Mexico is embarking on the final phase of an effort to modernize the state's election management and voter registration system, but officials say some changes won't be fully implemented until after the 2016 general election. The secretary of state's office briefed lawmakers on its progress during a meeting this week in Albuquerque. The agency already has updated the candidate filing system and streamlined the reporting of election results, but work has yet to start on revamping voter registration. The agency's technology chief, Kari Fresquez, says one of the goals is to make it easier for voters to access and update their information online, look up election dates, find polling places and read sample ballots. The Legislature has approved $1.4 million for the agency to finish the project.

An Albuquerque man who pleaded guilty to providing state driver's licenses to immigrants who were in the country illegally has been sentenced to three years of probation. 34-year-old Eduardo Chavez pleaded guilty to forgery and possession of an altered, forged or fictitious license and was sentenced Tuesday. Court documents state that Chavez was indicted on six charges in January. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested him in November 2014 on suspicion of selling false residency documents to immigrants, which were then used to obtain licenses. Since 2003, New Mexico has allowed foreign nationals to get driver's licenses in the state, regardless of immigration status, upon passing driving tests and proving residency. Chavez said Tuesday that people coming here illegally are doing so because they have to.

"Better Call Saul" is coming back for a second season. New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Tuesday that AMC has renewed the "Breaking Bad" spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk and it again will be filmed in Albuquerque. Officials say "Better Call Saul," produced by Sony Pictures Television, will employ at least 75 New Mexico crewmembers. "Better Call Saul" follows Jimmy McGill, played by Odenkirk, who later changes his name to Saul Goodman and becomes an attorney for drug lords in "Breaking Bad." Odenkirk played the lawyer of Bryan Cranston's character, methamphetamine lord Walter White, in "Breaking Bad." That AMC series was also filmed in Albuquerque.

US Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico wants federal data centers to become more energy-efficient. Heinrich teamed up with Jim Risch of Idaho, a Republican colleague from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in introducing a measure Tuesday that aims to save taxpayer dollars and shrink the federal government’s carbon footprint. The Energy Efficient Government Technology Act would require the federal government to come up with strategies to reduce energy consumption at data centers. According to a release from Heinrich’s office, these data centers consume more than six billion kilowatt-hours of energy every year. That’s about what it would take to power 530,000 households, and costs taxpayers over 600 million dollars annually.

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will host his first Twitter Town Hall tomorrow, July 8th, between 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Use the hashtag #TwitterTownHall to tweet your questions, and he’ll reply to as many as time allows using the same hashtag. Mayor Gonzales looks forward to questions about his goals for Santa Fe, and how things work at City Hall, as well as suggestions for how he and his staff can better serve Santa Feans.

Community groups will hold a Town Hall meeting in Albuquerque to organize opposition to Governor Susana Martinez’s plan to reduce food assistance to certain demographics. The meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday July 8th, from 6-8 PM at the South Broadway Cultural Center. On May 29th, the Governor’s office released a proposed regulation to require work activities as a condition for parents, teenagers, and adults over 50 to receive SNAP benefits. These changes would create the most austere regulations allowed by law. The “Fight the Hunger, Not the Hungry” Town Hall Meeting is planned as an opportunity for those who cannot attend a Human Services Department hearing on July 17th to share their concerns. Comments will be collected at the town hall and then submitted to the Human Services Department.

In National News…

A Navajo Nation utility has been fined $25,000 for discharging more pollutants into a waterway than its permit allowed. The fine was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its counterpart on the Navajo Nation. Under settlements with the agencies, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority must bring its Window Rock treatment plant into full compliance by the end of the year. The utility also agreed to build new infrastructure for the treatment plant. The EPA says an inspection revealed that the tribal utility had been sending too many pollutants into the Black Creek, a tributary of the Puerco River, since at least 2011. The tribe's Water Quality program brought an enforcement action. The treatment plant serves more than 13,000 people in Apache County on the reservation.

House Republicans are proposing that some wildfires be treated like federal disasters, an attempt to win broader support for legislation that targets overgrown national forest lands. The bill set to be considered by the House on Thursday would speed up timbering projects to improve the health of forests. The disaster language would allow federal agencies to tap into a disaster fund if they run out of money allocated for fighting fires. The Obama administration has also proposed tapping disaster money for certain wildfires. Currently, agencies have to divert funds from other programs if the firefighting money is exhausted. But that practice delays the very efforts designed to prevent fires, such as thinning dead trees. The administration calls the House bill a step forward, but says it doesn't go far enough.

And the weather in Santa Fe: Today, Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Tonight and tomorrow, the chance of thunderstorms at 50%, with an overnight low of 55.

Taking a look at the rest of the week: the chance of thunderstorms remains high through Friday evening, dropping to 30% on Saturday and tapering over the weekend. Expect daytime highs in the high 70s to low 80s.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon. 

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Americans have used fireworks to commemorate Independence Day since July 4th, 1777, the first anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Every city worth its salt has a fireworks display. But here in Northern New Mexico, the threat of wildfires makes it impossible to take the using fireworks for granted. KSFR’s Kate Powell has the information you need to stay safe if you plan to light your own fireworks this weekend. 

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If you decide to head up to Taos and cooler temperatures for your 4th of July weekend, there’s plenty of celebrations going on. Melody Romancito has the story.

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Some people in Santa Fe will be celebrating the 4th of July in a different way this year, by reading the famous Frederick Douglass speech delivered before a white audience in 1852. Reading organizer Sunshine Muse says the speech by the African American abolitionist and former slave called “What to the Slave is the 4th of July” is as relevant today as it ever was.

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In this Independence Day edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk reflects on Abigail Adams' entreaty to her Founding Father husband, John Adams: All men may be created equal, but don't forget the ladies! 

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Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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KSFR's Jeremy Zeilik brings you local news at noon.

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According to our state’s economic development department, this year’s Special legislative session brought an unprecedented opportunity to bring new businesses to New Mexico. I spoke with Juan Torres with the State Economic Development Department about the LEDA program and why Santa Fe is still such a difficult place to run a business.


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There’s a new community project in Taos that is aimed at bridging the generation gap while teaching old and new technologies. Melody Romancito has the story.

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As part of a recently-reached settlement between the State of New Mexico and the Federal Department of Energy, the State will get 73-million dollars to compensate for the mistakes at the Los Alamos National Lab and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant that produced an explosion that forced the WIPP site to close for as much as 5 years, at a cost of more than half a billion dollars.  Past of that money will go to a new plan for oversight of the Labs.  On HERE AND THERE, KSFR'S Dave Marash asked reporter Staci Matlock of The New Mexican about how that new oversight would work. 

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A number of New Mexico representatives are in town this week, including US Senator Martin Heinrich. KSFR’s Zelie Pollon brings us this story.

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The US Department of Justice said the Albuquerque Police Department culture fostered too much officer violence against citizens, and the APD says it is complying with orders to change that.  But Retired Albuquerque Police Sergeant Dan Klein told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE that the record shows, little has actually changed, counterproductive recourse to violence continues.

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Among the businesses awarded for excellence this year by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce was newcomer Sweet Lily Bakery, located just near the O’Keefe museum. We paid a visit to the bakery which smelled of fresh baked sweets and asked owner Melinda Gipson to tell us about her road to success.

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Thursday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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Wednesday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

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