Top-of-the-hour local news for Monday, November 28.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:12pm MDT

Cuban leader Fidel Castro died on Friday at age 90. Castro dominated his country for more than 50 years from the moment he entered Havana in triumph in January 1959 until 2006 when he stepped aside because of illness.

Americans’  knowledge of the Cuban people became greatly constrained after 1961 when diplomatic relations were severed between our two countries. President Barack Obama reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in July 2015.

“Anyone who wants to know what Cubans are thinking and doing should read Cuban poetry.” So said Margaret Randall in Santa Fe on November 15th.

Margaret Randall lived and worked in Cuba for 11 years beginning in the 1970s.

Only the Road/Solo El Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry is Randall’s new poetry anthology published in October by Duke University Press. 

Margaret Randall’s archive of literary journals is included in SITElines 2016. That is SITE Santa Fe’s 2016 biennial dedicated to presenting contemporary art from the Americas. She spoke as part of SITE Santa Fe’s SITE Center programming. Deborah Begel was there.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:42pm MDT

The Boston Globe has reported that 88 percent of American teens ages 13 to 17 have a mobile phone. Seventy-three percent of the teens have smartphones. And of that number, 24 percent say they go online “almost constantly.”


Robert Nott reported in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican that Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe is almost halfway through its first school-year policy of banning cell phone use at the school.


This is a big issue nationwide as well. Some US classrooms have embraced a teaching shift that finds students practicing BYOD – bring your own device – to school.


But there is no nationwide consensus on whether classrooms should be full of phones or free of them. The New York Department of Education lifted a decade-long ban on cellphones in classrooms in 2015. Boston Public Schools prohibit them.  In Santa Fe Public Schools it’s decided by each school’s administration.


Robert Jessen is head learner of Monte del Sol. He said the idea for their ban came from his visit in 2015 to Oakland Unity High School.

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