The prosecution rested yesterday in the trial of former Albuquerque Police Department officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez. They both are charged in the 2014 on-duty shooting death of homeless man James Boyd in the Albuquerque foothills. This morning KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch spoke with journalist Jeff Proctor who covers the Justice Project for New Mexico In Depth and has written about this case for the New York Times.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:12pm MDT

Shortly before last night’s news that the legislature will reconvene tomorrow, KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper caught up with Representative Jimmie Hall. Hall is a House Republican who is Republican vice chair of the Legislative Finance Committee.


Hall also told Mary Lou Cooper that among the things off the table for the Republican caucus are cuts to Children Youth and Families Department, the state police and public safety, and Medicaid.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:10pm MDT

New Mexico’s budget hole sits at nearly $450 million – the largest since 2009 and the start of the Great Recession. Added together, the projected shortfall for Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 is $650 million. That figure represents a $220 million shortfall from the fiscal year just ended in June – and an expected shortfall of up to $430 million by the end of the current fiscal year in 2017.


The Governor announced the long awaited Special Legislative Session late Wednesday night. Sandra Fish of New Mexico In Depth comments on the announcement and its implications for campaign fundraising.



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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:49pm MDT

Women are 53% of the American electorate. That according to Ellen Malcolm, who founded Emily’s List in 1985 with a mission to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office and to balance not only the face of the government but the voice of power.


This Friday Ellen Malcolm will be appearing in Santa Fe to speak on the Rise of Women in American Politics for the Women’s International Study Center (WISC’s) Women and Money Series. KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch spoke to Ellen Malcolm by phone from her office in Washington, DC last week.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:52am MDT

Today at 1:30 the New Mexico Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case that goes by the shorthand, the Copper Rule, and which concerns the water quality control act and the regulation of water pollution by industrial polluters. One of the appellants in that case is the Gila Resources Information Project. KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch spoke to the director Allyson Siwik.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:24am MDT

Author and ethicist Lee Ellis says he learned a lot about leadership during his 5 years of captivity in the so-called Hanoi Hilton where was held alongside future Senator John McCain.  He applied some of those lessons in discussing the Wells Fargo Bank scandal with KSFR's Dave Marash on yesterday’s HERE & THERE.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:06am MDT

New Mexico GOP communications director Tucker Keene comments on the first presidential debate.

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

Last Saturday Washington DC ‘s National Mall celebrated a historic first: the opening of the Smithsonian’s new museum—the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

KSFR interviews artist Cey Adams, who engaged in live painting of One Nation, a 12 x 6 foot mural of a black American flag. The painting will become part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. For more information on Cey, visit CeyAdams.com.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:24pm MDT

Last night found Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton facing off against Republican nominee Donald Trump on the stage of Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. Lester Holt of NBC moderated.

For a morning after analysis, KSFR contacted the Democratic and Republican parties of New Mexico. We start with Debra Haaland, state chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. We then interview Tucker Keene, who is communications director of the New Mexico GOP.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:07pm MDT

The Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series is an annual event that brings world-class scientists to Santa Fe to talk about novel research. This year Seth Lloyd, a professor of quantum mechanical engineering at MIT, introduced a new theory that sees cosmology, physics, biology, and even finance through the lens of information. In advance of the second lecture, Lloyd speaks to KSFR about "The Information Edge: Creation and Destruction in Life, the Economy, and the Universe."

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:47pm MDT

"A far more serious problem than 2009." That’ s how Democratic Senator John Arthur Smith who chairs the New Mexico Senate Finance Committee described New Mexico’s Budget deficit to KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper.

Since 2014 oil and natural gas prices in New Mexico have dropped precipitously.  While consumers welcome the prices at the pump, the impact on the New Mexico budget which typically receives up to 25% of general fund revenue from oil and gas has been devastating.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:19pm MDT

St. John’s College is a non-denominational, private liberal arts college with a campus in Santa Fe and one in Annapolis, MD. Students at St. John’s all study the same “great books program,” which teaches philosophy, mathematics, history of science, and language from original texts spanning Homer’s Iliad and Artistotle’s De Anima to Watson & Crick’s 1953 paper on the structure of DNA.

This September, the college inaugurated a new president, Mark Roosevelt. KSFR caught up with Roosevelt on September 20th, following his inauguration ceremony. We asked him about his vision for St. John’s, and about the state of the college in light of it's reported structural deficit.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:45pm MDT

New Mexico in Depth data journalist Sandra Fish joins us for a conversation about the NM State Legislature's pending special budget session, and the magnitude of the crisis to be addressed.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:02am MDT

'Bridgegate' is the scandal of an intentional traffic jam that paralyzed the George Washington Bridge three years ago. The jam was created by aides to Governor Chris Christie, who go on trial this week. Today, Dave Marash speaks to Statehouse Correspondent Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press to sort out who tied up the busiest highway bridge in America, whom they thought they were punishing, and why.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:45am MDT

In this second of our two-part story, we bring you a conversation with Sybil, a survivor of the Diocese of Gallup sexual abuse. Sybil was also a member of the unsecured creditors' committee that negotiated commitments from the Gallup Diocese to meet non-monetary provisions as a condition of its bankruptcy reorganization.



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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:34am MDT

The story of the movie Spotlight is the story of clergy sexual abuse and its coverup by the Roman Catholic church in Boston. The similar story of the Diocese of Gallup tells a decades-long history of clergy sexual abuse in a very different place-- large rural swaths of the southwest and Native American communities in particular. In Part I of our two-part story, Ellen Berkovitch speaks with journalist Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola of the Gallup Independent and the National Catholic Reporter about conditions that facilitated predatory behavior.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:18am MDT

Last year, in Brazil and Columbia, the number of Zika cases began to spike and on February 1, the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency.

The very next day, the very first Zika case was reported in the United States, and doctors said the virus was transmitted not by mosquito bite, but by sex. Today, Dave Marash speaks with Seema Yasmin of the Dallas Morning News about how and how quickly the virus spreads.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am MDT

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, making it one of the costliest chronic diseases to society. Nearly one in every five Medicaid dollars is spent on treating Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or other dementias. By the year 2050, this cost to Medicare is projected to rise to one in every three dollars, unless an effective treatment is found.

Last week, an Alzheimer’s expert from MD Anderson Cancer Center held a free public seminar in Santa Fe to inform the public about the most current, and promising research on AD. KSFR’s Dennis Carrol attended the event and brings insights from Jim Ray, director of the research collaboration.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:49pm MDT

Last Thursday Martin Salazar and Mercy Lopez reported for the Las Vegas Optic that seven public school personnel licensed by the New Mexico Public Education Department  hold deficient licenses. One of the people named in the investigation is Boris Costa-Guerra who is principal of Kearny Elementary School in the Santa Fe Public Schools. This morning KSFR’s John Calef spoke to former Kearny teacher Ana Swearo. Swearo told KSFR that she and a colleague filed a complaint about Costa-Guerra last spring. 

KSFR also reached out to Robert McEntyre of the Public Education Department. He had not returned calls seeking comment by air time.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm MDT

Once again, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity has been proven correct. In 2015, astronomers in the LIGO/Virgo collaboration announced the first direct detection of waves predicted by Einstein’s 1916 Theory of General Relativity. The theory, which has passed every real-world test to date, says that major cosmic events should produce waves in the fabric of spacetime that propagate throughout the universe like ripples in a pond. The discovery is also making waves in the scientific community, as it promises to open up a new field of astronomy based on “listening” to gravitational waves.

Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez of the LIGO/Virgo collaboration delivers a free public lecture October 19 in Santa Fe, in the ballroom of the El Dorado Hotel. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m. More about the event here.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:41pm MDT

Emerging producer Lisa Powers brings us a feature story about a profession at risk of being forgotten in today's fast-changing world.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:56am MDT

Food shortages have gotten so bad in Venezuela that delegates to this week's conference of the Non-Aligned Movement have been told to bring in their own supplies. The Associated Press Bureau Chief for Venezuela (and two other countries) Joshua Goodman told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE & THERE, the cost of dog food for a month is half a government worker's monthly salary.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:42am MDT

New Mexico in Depth data journalist Sandra Fish joins us for a conversation about the many reports coming out on poll numbers in the presidential race this year.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

A recent BBC News report asked: Is retirement over? The notion of retirement began in the late 19th century in Germany, and it appears to be an idea that could very well be on its way out. That retirement is threatened is even more true for private-sector workers in New Mexico.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:01am MDT

The New Mexico Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the lead plaintiff in a voting rights case. At issue is a history of adults of voting age who have been excluded from the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of New Mexico was the lead plaintiff in the case. They argued that the New Mexico Compilation Commission had made an error in failing to put constitutional amendments approved by New Mexico voters — amendments that expanded the right to vote —  into state law.

KSFR spoke to representatives of Drug Policy Alliance New Mexico — one of the groups that had filed an amicus brief with the court in support of the League of Women Voters. The others included Common Cause New Mexico, the NM Association of Counties and the Center for Disability Rights.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:18pm MDT

For our last StoryCorps segment from Nuestras Historias we have a conversation between Lebeo Martinez one of the pillars of the Dixon community, and his good friend and series narrator, Joe Cidio. They review growing up in Dixon in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:39pm MDT

Members of the La Montanita Coop have launched a website and petition to "Take Back the Coop" from alleged corporate control. The member activists claim that a national consulting firm is influencing small food coops in New Mexico and across the nation against the interests and values of the member-owners. Senior management for La Montanita contends that the democratic process is alive and well.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:36pm MDT

Rio Arriba county including Espanola and Chimayo have a heroin  overdose rate that is five times the national rate. Now a brand new community center has opened, focused on the idea that addiction is a soul sickness and requires a new approach in order to succeed. I visited them yesterday. Lupe Salazar who is board president of Barrios Unidos is seeking help from the community and invites interested listeners from northern New Mexico to send her an email at lupe.salazar67@gmail.com


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:04pm MDT

Yesterday marked 15 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Dave Marash speaks today to Vice News investigative reporter Jason Leopold about a little covered aspect of the 9/11 investigations. Those concern the 29 pages of a 2002 Congressional investigation detailing the possible role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks. Courtesy of our colleague Dave Marash, here is a preview of Jason Leopold of Vice News speaking to Dave on Here and There about the money trail connecting two of the terrorists to the Saudi Ambassador in Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:02pm MDT

Legally speaking, Friday was a day of whiplash for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the people following the tribe-led protests against Dakota Access Pipeline. Santa Fe Santa Fe civil rights lawyer Jeffrey Haas was on the scene in Cannonball, ND Friday as two back-to-back events occurred.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:01pm MDT

Mabel Dodge Luhan brought modern art to Taos with her arrival in 1918.

This is the story behind “Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company: American Moderns and the West.” The exhibition has had a run this summer at the Harwood Museum in Taos. it runs at the Harwood through this Sunday.  I spoke to MaLin Wilson-Powell who co-curated the show with Lois Rudnick, the author of the definitive Mabel Dodge Luhan biography.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:13pm MDT

When an unaccompanied minor is caught illegally crossing the American border, that child goes into the custody of the Department of Homeland Security. The federal government has standards for how these kids are treated before they are released. But Susan Terrio, the author of WHOSE CHILD AM I?, told Dave Marash those standards are not always upheld.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:13pm MDT

Sandra Fish is the data journalist for New Mexico In Depth. We continue our conversations today about money in New Mexico politics and the strange routes money can take from origin to destination.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:12pm MDT

20 million people get their drinking water from the Missouri River. In North Dakota the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would be built beneath the river and the drinking water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Yesterday we spoke with Sarah Knopp a Santa Fe citizen activist who is there. Today I reached Jeffrey Haas.  Haas has been in ND since last week.  He updates us about the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers — and a second lawsuit by the pipeline operator against the protesters.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:11pm MDT

What has happened to welfare benefits in the U.S. and which Americans are on the rolls?

Kathryn Edin, coauthor of TWO DOLLARS A DAY, talks to KSFR’s Dave Marash  about the stubborn notion that a lifetime welfare net still exists in the U.S.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:09pm MDT

Santa Fe citizens have traveled to Cannonball, ND. They are there to join in the No DAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protests concentrate on concerns by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about their water supply and sacred sites.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:07pm MDT

Amos Kamil wrote "Great Is the Truth," after uncovering systemic sexual predation at his own alma mater, New York's prestigious Horace Mann School.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 4:00pm MDT

Disclosed and undisclosed money in New Mexico politics is our subject today. New Mexico in Depth invites listeners to upload images of campaign flyers they receive in the mail or on their doorknobs to: http://ftm.nmindepth.com.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:58pm MDT

The National Safety Council estimates more than 400 drivers will die on U.S. roads this Labor Day weekend. Don't let road rage be one of the reasons. Mary Lou Cooper speaks with a AAA official.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:54pm MDT

Reunity Resources is a Santa Fe-based company that has stepped into the national arena in which many cities are contemplating what to do with the enormous problem of food waste. Some 40% of the food supply goes uneaten in the U.S. annually. Ellen Berkovitch researched this story as part of KSFR’s Solutions Journalism Network grant initiative. Juliana Ciano, Outreach Coordinator of ReUnity Resources, was live with Ellen in the studio for a call-in segment.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:32pm MDT

Parking rates in downtown Santa Fe have increased by 100percent and city merchants are not happy about it. On Monday Mayor Javier Gonzales convened a listening session over the new parking rates. He encountered a vocal group of local business owners.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:29pm MDT

Ivan Barnett of Patina Gallery is not convinced that establishing a working group will staunch the fallout from the new parking tariffs

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:25pm MDT

The interior department is not even considering climate change in its oil and gas leasing decisions. So said Kyle Tisdel of Western Environmental Law Center, which has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Wild Earth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility Against the Obama Administration. The suit asks that federal policy for oil and gas leases address climate change concerns

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:17pm MDT

There are now Seven counties in southern and southeastern New Mexico where mosquitoes capable of transmitting the Zika virus have been identified. New epidemiologist David Selvidge says

risk of local transmission in New Mexico remains low, but DOH is urging pregnant women or women of childbearing age to avoid travel to countries where Zika transmission is prevalent

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:13pm MDT

Gerald Moore’s journalism career started in Albuquerque New Mexico and took him to LIFE magazine. Dave Marash spoke with Moore on Here and There

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:10pm MDT

KSFR News has been covering the upcoming closure of the Cibola County Correctional Facility in Milan New Mexico that will put 257 workers into unemployment. The prison is scheduled to close on September 30th. The prison closure is part of a federal decision to not renew private prison contracts. Sen. Tom Udall’s spokesperson Jen Talhelm described the letter that Senators Udall and Heinrich sent to deputy atty general Sally Yates on Friday. The unemployment rate in Cibola county is 9 percent.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:08pm MDT

Jeremy Zeilik revisits the sci-fi masterpiece

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:05pm MDT