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

Direct download: 082115-37057_NEWS_12pm__Newscast.mp3
Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:34pm MDT

The honors for the 2015 Indian Market Best of Show were announced this afternoon, and KSFR's Zelie Pollon was on site to talk to some of the artists whose works were considered for the awards. 

Direct download: 20150821120001.mp3
Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:34pm MDT

Earlier this week, Santa Fe Public Schools superintendent Joel Boyd told us, most people agree with the concept behind teacher evaluations--that is, making sure instructors are equipped to teach students effectively. But when it comes to the evaluation system New Mexico has created to ensure education quality, there's a lot less consensus. From annual ratings derived from student test outcomes in the previous school year--to the question of whether student test scores should be factors in teacher ratings at all, Boyd says teachers in Santa Fe schools aren't ready to accept the system the way it is. But that system, as well as compliance with state-mandated PARCC testing, is mostly out of Joel Boyd's control. One problem he can tackle, as he told KSFR's Zelie Pollon, is the issue of chronic truancy. 

Direct download: 082115-JoelBoydpt2.mp3
Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:31pm MDT

Government officials and southwestern residents last week observed the copper colored toxic spill as it made its way down the Animas River from Colorado and through New Mexico. There is extensive finger pointing as to who is responsible for the accidental release of more than three-million gallons of heavy metal sludge. Yet the conditions that set the stage for this mishap have been in the making for decades - and those conditions are very different in Colorado from what exists today in New Mexico.



KSFR's Marion Cox spoke with Amigos Bravos Interim Executive Director Rachel Conn about why New Mexico may be in a better place - for the moment - than Colorado to make sure mining disasters, such as the Gold King Mine incident, don't occur here. Conn warns however that New Mexico still faces major challenges in protecting its precious groundwater and surface water resources due to new legislative and regulatory initiatives the Martinez Administration is currently pursuing that would weaken protections we currently have - and that have been in place in New Mexico for decades.

Direct download: 082115-AmigosBravos.mp3
Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:30pm MDT

Friday morning's top news stories from KSFR.

Direct download: 082115-First_News.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37am MDT