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The Red Turtle is the animated story of a shipwreck that begins the journey of finding one’s place in the world, even if that place is a deserted island. It’s playing at the CCA. David D’Arcy has this review.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:54pm MDT

The New Mexico School for the Arts is set to become the anchor tenant of Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts district occupying the Sanbusco Center property. NMSA has coordinated with Creative Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and the Santa Fe Arts Commission to invite Greenville, SC, mayor Knox White to Santa Fe next Wednesday to speak on arts students’ role in urban revitalization. Greenville’s municipal population at about 70,000 is roughly equal to that of Santa Fe. 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:52pm MDT

Last weekend more than 169 graves in a Jewish Cemetery in St. Louis were vandalized. On Monday, bomb threats were called in to eleven Jewish Community Centers across the United States, including one in Albuquerque.  They turned out to be hoaxes; the FBI however is investigating the incidents.  This marks the third wave of bomb threats this year against 54 Jewish community centers in 27 states and one Canadian province. 

Deborah Begel interviews Suki Halevi, the New Mexico regional director of the Anti-Defamation League or ADL in Albuquerque about what happened after the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque received the bomb threat.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:51pm MDT

This week US Senator Martin Heinrich joined the Taos Pueblo Warchief, outdoor guidesmen, and leaders from Northern New Mexico to celebrate the more than one and a half million acres of public lands in the region.

On Tuesday morning hundreds of people from around Taos packed themselves into a local brewery - the event was put on by a coalition of environmental groups and was touted as keeping public land in public hands. Of course we know that Senator Heinrich has been a long time advocate of public lands and since Trump took office there has been talk of privatizing those lands, and doing undoing the designation of two national monuments here in New Mexico that garnered protection from President Obama under the antiquities act about five years ago. One of those is the Oregon Mountains Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico and the other one is the Rio Grande del North National Monument near Taos which came about through a lot of hard work and collaboration between our tribal leaders on the pueblo, environmental groups, acequia associations, outdoor guides, town government, senator heinrich and of course obama. so to get things going, the war chief Curtis Sandoval from Taos Pueblo who’s duty it is to protect and manage natural resources for the tribe, opened the gathering with a prayer in his native tongue of Tiwa and then he went on to talk about how in uncertain times we have to stay united and work together.


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

When public schools budgets in New Mexico were cut by $46-million dollars in last fall’s special legislative session, educators’ morale sank. Yesterday, though, dozens from around the state expressed a glimmer of hope, after a House committee approved a spending bill that would put some of that money back into the classroom. As KSFR’s Deborah Martinez reports, legislators vowed to support public education and the rallying cry, “no more cuts.”

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:23am MDT

Last week the Santa Fe Council on International Relations presented a session titled “Islam in the Time of Trump” The keynote speaker was Salam Al Mar-EE-atti, who is President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Rob Morlino reports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:22am MDT

The United States increased the amount of carbon pumped into the atmosphere every year over decades.  But emissions began to decline in 2007 with the great Recession.  That trend might have continued, because at the end of the Obama Administration last year, the Bureau of Land management enacted stiffer rules that require oil and gas companies to capture methane emissions on federal and tribal lands.  However, a U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee met in late January to discuss rolling back the venting and flaring rule.  House Joint Resolution 36 was sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop, a Republican from Utah. It was co-sponsored by 33 other Republican representatives, including NM Representative Steve Pearce.  The New Mexico congressman also published an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal recently praising the rollback.  Deborah Begel put Pearce’s assertions supporting the rollback of the Venting and Flaring Rule to Jon Goldstein, who is Senior Energy Policy Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund in Boulder. 


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 7:32am MDT

The writer James Baldwin is has been dead for 30 years but his oratory ideas and anger have been brought back to life in I am Not Your Negro by Raoul Peck. Playing at the CCA Cinematheque. David D’Arcy has this review.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:54am MDT

More Mexican Gray Wolves are roaming the Southwest now than at any time since 1998 – the year that the federal government began trying to introduce the gray wolf in southwestern New Mexico and southeast Arizona. Findings by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that were released Friday documented 113 wolves in New Mexico and AZ compared to 97 the previous year.

Fish and Wildlife department regional director Benjamin Tuggle called the results “encouraging” in a statement. But he said more work needs to be done to ensure the population grows by roughly 10 percent a year.

The state of NM is in a battle with a federal court over release of more wolves this spring. Derrick Toledo reports on what conservationists have to say.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:52am MDT

“Water protectors are everywhere.” Those words came this morning from Jenni Monet. Jenni Monet is a journalist from Laguna Pueblo who has been reporting on the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in Cannonball, ND since last September. I reached Jenni Monet this morning by telephone for breaking news and an update on her arrest of February 1st.

Jenni Monet said that the ND officials and the National Guard accelerating the protectors’ camp evacuations, starting today, intend to moved 50 industrial dumpsters out of the main camps a day.

She mentioned divestment as a powerful ongoing tool of resistance.

 Wells Fargo Bank is the second largest financier of DAPL parent Energy Transfer Partners with more than $400 million invested The first American cities to approve fossil fuel divestment included Seattle, Washington whose city council voted unanimously to divest last week. Seattle was followed by Davis, California. Their Wells Fargo divestments amount to $3 billion. Cities including Minneapolis, Minnesota; Boulder, Colorado, Portland, Oregon and Santa Fe have indicated they are considering divestment from Wells Fargo Bank as well.



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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:19pm MDT

Senator Cisco McSorley has had success in moving two of his bills through the NM Senate as the Legislature reaches the halfway mark of this year’s 60 day session. Sandra Fish reports.

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

Mayor Javier Gonzales delivered his State of the City address last night. Subjects covered included early childhood education, a raise for city employees, and Santa Fe's new resolution to be a "welcoming city" for immigrants.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 2:11pm MDT

Yesterday, a federal judge denied the Standing Rock and Cheyenne Sioux Tribes’ injunction against President Trump’s move last week to fast-track approval for completing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The ruling means few legal moves remain for those protesting the pipeline, although many have vowed to stay at Standing Rock and continue their opposition. This morning, I spoke to Santa Fe attorney Jeffrey Haas who has represented members of the protest movement.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 8:08am MDT

Across the U.S., hundreds of people have been deported in the last week in immigration raids that President Trump called a keeping of his campaign promises.

In Santa Fe, Mayor Javier Gonzalez previously vowed that the city will remain a so-called sanctuary city. But local advocates are going a step further.

Last night a resolution to strengthen Santa Fe’s status as a “welcoming” community for immigrants cleared a major hurdle in the city Finance Committee.

KSFR’s Hannah Colton has this look at one family in Santa Fe's immigrant community.

A note: the version of the resolution that passed in committee last night removed the term “sanctuary” in favor of calling Santa Fe a “welcoming” community.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 8:03am MDT

Today's story on IRS impersonation is the second in Mary Lou Cooper's series on tax scams by individuals masquerading as IRS agents. Here are some surefire ways to know that you do not actually have an IRS employee on the line. Tax scams in New Mexico amount to more than $100,000 a year. But that's mild compared to California, which clocks in at $11 million in the scams.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 7:55am MDT

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and a coalition of groups that wants to increase opportunities for New Mexico children is staging a Circle of Love  at the Roundhouse.  Groups including New Mexico Voices for Children, Moving Arts Espanola, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico and the Ojo Sarco Community Center plan to gather at 11 am tomorrow on the east side of the state capitol – by the Old Santa Fe Trail.  From there they will join hands and circle the capitol to bear witness to the fact that one out of three New Mexico children lives in poverty.  Deborah Begel spoke to one of the event organizers, Carol Miller.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 7:53am MDT

The film Neruda looks at the life of the Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize and the Lenin Prize at a time when Pablo Neruda first became an enemy of the state.  Artists may be on the barricades in this country, but Neruda takes a comic oblique nostalgic look at political opposition. David D’Arcy has this review.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:35am MDT

Think New Mexico the Santa Fe based think thank has thrown its support behind HB 250. The bipartisan bill would increase lottery dollars for scholarships for NM students attending institutions of higher learning. Rob Morlino reports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:52am MDT

Establishing an Internet sales tax has been much in the news as a revenue generating measure that has won bipartisan support. Santa Fe Representative Carl Trujillo’s HB 202 is expected to advance to the House Taxation and Revenue Committee tomorrow or Monday. Dylan Syverson KSFR’s news assistant has the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:51am MDT

Dennis Carroll reports on a package of bills supported by a coalition of NM Womens’ organizations that support access to reproductive healthcare, including access to contraception and abortion in New Mexico.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:50am MDT

A state judge last week ordered the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to suspend some of its reasons for refusing to investigate wage theft claims. The temporary restraining order came just two weeks after workers and advocacy groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the agency. KSFR’s Hannah Colton has more.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:26am MDT

A federal court will soon decide who has control of the Endangered Species Act -- the federal government or the states.  At issue is  the future success or the extinction of the Mexican Grey Wolf.  In January, the federal government asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to overturn an order that bars the release of endangered wolves in New Mexico without the state’s permission. Deborah Begel spoke with Brian Bird, the Southwest Program Director at Defenders of Wildlife. Defenders supports the reintroduction of Mexican grey wolves to their original range in New Mexico and Arizona. 


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:24am MDT

The Salesman, by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, is a tale of family and revenge. It’s nominated for the best foreign language film Academy award, although its director won’t be coming from Iran for the Oscars ceremony. The Salesman is playing at CCA Cinematheque. Our critic, David D’Arcy, says it’s a must-see.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:22am MDT

In December 2001, CNN obtained over 1500 tapes recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Kandahar, Afghanistan. They featured voice recordings of bin Laden as well as of numerous Al-Qaeda operatives.


Today, President Trump’s executive orders restricting travel have rekindled the debate on counterterrorism methods. Scholars like UC Davis Associate Professor Flagg Miller continue to examine the bin Laden’s motives and those of other Al-qaeda leaders. Miller discussed his research in a talk sponsored by the School for Advanced Research on the tapes on January 26.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:55pm MDT

Last summer an explosion started a fire at a WPX Energy site, an oil production site off US Highway 550 south of Nageezi. The fire burned five days and forced more than 55 evacuations from residents of the Nageezi chapter of Navajo Nation

Derrick Toledo reports today on the BLM recent sale of new leases of land for oil and gas exploration near Chaco Culture Historical Park.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 3:52pm MDT

A flier urging voters to vote no on a bond issue benefiting public schools in Santa Fe appeared in residents mailboxes Saturday. It was an anonymous dark money mailer sent by an unknown entity – probably an organization or a group.

SFPS Superintendent Veronica Garcia was in the KSFR studio last week to discuss the $100 million GO Bond.

We reached her again this morning for comment on the mailer.


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Derrick Toledo reports on this tournament held late last year that augments sports opportunities for college-bound Native youth.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:29am MDT

Tuesday February 7th is voting day for education in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Public Schools have a General Obligation bond, a GO bond, on the ballot that will allocate $100 million mostly for infrastructure improvements.

I sat down this morning with Santa Fe School Superintendent Veronica Garcia, and Public Information Officer Jeff Gephardt, to talk about the GO Bond and many other issues facing the public schools.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:28am MDT

New Mexico is the only state in the US that lets legislators earmark specific projects to benefit from capital outlay spending. Sandra Fish reports on attempts to reform the capital outlay process, and talks to Fred Nathan from Think New Mexico. As well as to two NM legislators.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:27am MDT