The Hero, with Sam Elliott, is about icons and aging. It’s also about the American West. It opens Friday at the CCA and David D’Arcy has this review.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

Early this week, the New Mexico Department of Health reported two recently confirmed cases of plague in Santa Fe County, bringing the total for reported cases in the county and state this year to three. Those cases occurred this month in two women and one man, all in their 50s or 60s. All were hospitalized and will fortunately survive.

Plague crops up with some regularity each summer around northern New Mexico. In fact, by national standards the state is a hotbed for the disease, with 70 percent of plague infections in the United States reported here. According to the State Health Department, 2015 and 16 each saw four cases reported; one of the 2015 cases proved fatal.

Dylan Syverson spoke to Dr. Kenneth Gage of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, who gave me some background on the disease and offered strategies for prevention.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

Ellen Berkovitch chatted with KSFR's frequent arts contributor David D'Arcy as he prepared to fly back to New York from Wisconsin, where he had viewed work by prolific Milwaukee outsider artist Eric Von Breunchenhein.

They discussed the state of art galleries today, from the Santa Fe locals to the worldwide giants that dot moneyed capital cities across the West and Asia.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am MDT

The annual cross-country Air Race Classic, one of the largest competitions in the world of women's aviation, soared from Frederick, Maryland, to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport last week. KSFR's Dylan Syverson reported from the tarmac as the race was winding down last Friday.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:39am MDT

Recently, more than 100 people gathered to hear about a new solution to providing wrap-around services and a place to live for Santa Fe’s homeless residents.  Though the idea hasn’t gelled, yet, participants—many from existing social service nonprofits—voiced support for the vision of a 10-to-15-acre home campus. The One Door blueprint is based on a program in Texas that’s aimed at reducing or even eliminating homelessness.  KSFR’s Deborah was at the meeting and brings us the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:29am MDT

When we talk about the health of the economy, we often focus on the availability of employment. But what about the quality of the jobs that are out there?

Here's KSFR's consumer reporter Mary Lou Cooper on the best and worst states for jobs across the country.

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

This week on Science Monday we have both a Science feature and some news about a new company bringing a force field of economic development to Santa Fe. The company is Descartes Labs. The CEO and co-founder is Mark Johnson. After being founded in Los Alamos they opened new headquarters in Santa Fe two weeks ago today.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:22am MDT

Finally today we have an analog story about a tradition still flourishing in Cochiti Pueblo.  Drum-maker Arnold Herrera and his family are helping to preserve an ancient culture by keeping  the heart of the drum beating.  KSFR's Ellen Lockyer reports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:21am MDT

Tony McCarty has been ED of Kitchen Angels for the past 24 years. Martha Romero is a board member. They joined me to talk over Kitchen Angels' 25th anniversary, and the rigors and rewards of delivering 170 meals a day to homebound adults in Santa Fe.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:19am MDT

Recently hired city Economic Development Director Matthew Brown sat down with KSFR's Julian Paras and Dylan Syverson to discuss his background and what he hopes to contribute in shaping Santa Fe's economic future.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:10am MDT

This week, both New Mexico's U.S. Senators spoke on Capitol Hill against Medicaid cuts thought to be included in the yet-to-be-released Senate GOP healthcare bill. The American Health Care Act, known as Trumpcare, is expected to see a vote before the July 4 recess.
KSFR's Dylan Syverson has this report.
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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:14am MDT

Worlds Through Words: A Multicultural Poetry Celebration was hosted by poet and activist Ebony Isis Booth and featured readings from poets Haleh Liza, Brynn Saito, Uche Nduka, and James Thomas Stevens. Special appearance and reading from New Mexico Senator Bill O’Neill.


These poets banded together to share their diverse cultural heritages and words of wisdom in a tumultuous political climate. Listen and let your own boundaries expand!

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:59am MDT

KSFR's correspondent, Rita Daniels, dives into the developments of Taos' solar plan to be 100% solar by 2022 which looks to be a model for rural America. Details of Taos also include a spending of $37 million to get out of a Tristate contract. 

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:15am MDT

Assistance Dogs of the West in Santa Fe trains Courthouse facility dogs to serve judicial districts and child advocacy centers around the country -- with the help of veterans returning from wars. Mary Lou Cooper reports.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:02am MDT

We reached Mayor Gonzales to talk about the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors, the announcement of the inaugural Verde Fund recipients, the aftermath of the soda tax vote, and the proposed infrastructure improvements to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:59am MDT

The 6th annual Santa Fe Fashion Week was held earlier this month at the Drury Plaza Hotel. KSFR's Derrick Toledo spoke with the show's organizers and models to learn about Santa Fe's status as an up-and-coming fashion haven.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:18am MDT

Senator Tom Udall filled us in on two bills he's sponsoring on Capitol Hill this session.

The first, S. 772, would implement AMBER Alert procedures on tribal lands. The measure was introduced by Arizona Senator John McCain in response to the death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted in the Navajo Nation near Shiprock in May 2016; the AMBER Alert for Ashlynne was not issued until she had been missing nearly a day.

The second of Udall's sponsored bills, the "No Hearing, No Vote" Act, would require that any legislation entered into the budget reconciliation process—that's a fast-track procedure typically meant for approving budget and tax tweaks—undergo public hearings before going to the Senate floor for a vote. Udall's bill, co-sponsored with fellow New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, targets the GOP's upcoming "Trumpcare" bill, which is slated to be passed through reconciliation.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

Dr. Wheeler is a professor of pathology, obsetrics and gynecology at UNM School of Medicine. Her research has been involved with HPV and the development of HPV vaccine for the past 30 years. She updates us.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:05am MDT

Our Nonprofit Monday focus looks at the work of an organization that relocates prairie dogs, a keystone ecological species.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:01am MDT

Mya Green has the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:58am MDT

As our literarily inclined listeners know, June 16 is Bloomsday, a celebration of the Irish author James Joyce, whose seminal novel Ulysses chronicles the experience on this very summer date in 1904 of fictitious Dubliner Leopold Bloom.

To help me go deeper into the manic mind of the author, KSFR's Dylan Syverson enlisted the help of Santa Fe's foremost James Joyce expert. Adam Harvey, a.k.a. the JoyceGeek, is creator of the one-man show DON'T PANIC: it's only Finnegans Wake and host of the JoyceGroup discussion circle held every Saturday at St. Johns College. Tonight at 8 pm, he'll be hosting the Bloomsday festivities at the Jean Cocteau Theater.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:04am MDT

KSFR's news intern Julian Paras visited with Forest Stewards Guild coordinators to learn about their Youth Corps program, which offers 16-to-19-year-olds opportunities to learn forestry and conservation skills through hands-on projects.

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

The School for Advanced Research will conclude its "Crossing Global Frontiers" lecture series this Thursday evening with a talk by Dr. F. Kent Reilly, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at Texas State.

That lecture, called "The Spiro Archaeological Site: Travels on the Path of Souls," will focus on his findings concerning a site near Spiro, Oklahoma, where a trove of artifacts from the ancient Caddoan culture was unearthed in the 1930s.

A reproduction of that collection will anchor an exhibit planned to open at SAR in 2019. KSFR's Dylan Syverson chatted with Dr. Reilly last week.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:27pm MDT

I had the pleasure last week of welcoming photographer Steve Reisch to our studio. He shot more than 3000 black and white photographs during a theater production of three short plays in Los Angeles in 1981. That production found film director John Cassavetes  turning his film auteur’s hand to the  stage. Reisch’s images include Cassavetes and actors Angelina Jolie, John Voight, Gena Rowlands, Nick Cassavetes and Peter Falk.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:26am MDT

Back in April I attended the Christian Association for Parent Educators or CAPE Convention, hosted in Albuquerque. I was fascinated with the conference topics. Like: Sessions titled Quote Raising An Army; The Sexual Agenda Against Your Child; and Quote What is the Role of Dad in Homeschool? I was also interested in what the policy preferences expressed by billionaire Betsy De Vos -- now U.S. education secretary under President Trump -- bode for religion penetrating public education. De Vos has said, quote  “There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.”  Unquote. A spokeswoman for DeVos has said she believes in the separation of church and state.

 Policy-wise, homeschool families overall seek not to have government vouchers available to them -- although vouchers are a staple of school choice and charter schools. Vouchers are state-backed coupons, that low-income parents or parents of children in quote unquote failing schools can use to send their kids to the school of their choice, even private and religiously affiliated schools.

Our live guest this morning, Will Estrada is the federal lobbyist for Home School Legal Defense Association in Purcellville, Virginia.  Before becoming the federal lobbyist, Will was homeschooled and became a lawyer. Then he served as the director of Generation Joshua -- whose vision is to quote raise up the next generation of Christian leaders and citizens according to their website.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:24am MDT

KSFR's Katherine Mast reports from the Next Generation Water Summit, which was held in Santa Fe June 4-6.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

Rita Daniels hits the open road -- we mean, the crowded trail.

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

Ellen Berkovitch speaks to Dr. Jennifer Raymond, a neurobiologist at Stanford University.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:16am MDT

For years, New Mexico’s child welfare department has not had enough social workers in its protective services offices.  The vacancy rate remained at around 25-percent.  But department officials say that number has recently dropped significantly, thereby reducing the caseloads on overburdened workers unable to keep up with increasing reports of child abuse and neglect.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:14am MDT

Last Friday afternoon in Santa Fe, First Judicial District Court judge Sarah Singleton ruled on a Confidentiality and Protective Order — a CPO for short — that  the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was seeking to govern discovery proceedings in a lawsuit brought against it by seven John Doe plaintiffs last December. The suit by the plaintiffs names the Archdiocese and Our Lady of Sorrows church in Las Vegas. The suit alleges that Monsignor Hubert Lomme who was a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows sexually abused the seven pre-teen boys from 1959 to 1964.

We asked Archdiocese attorney Robert Warburton for comment after the ruling but he declined. Paul Linnenburger of Rothstein Donatelli- the lawyer for the John Doe plaintiffs —  had this to say.

Then we reached Erik de la Garza of Courthouse News Service on the phone from San Antonio to update us on pretrial developments concerning John Feit, a former priest.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:12am MDT

We are back with Wake Up Call and now we go to another news-breaking story:  Ellen Lockyer on claims of mismanaged funds at the Navajo Housing Authority, after Sen. John McCain's office issued a report last week.

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

Ellen Berkovitch got Senator Martin Heinrich's (D-NM) take on the President's intent to withdraw from the Paris Accord.

The Senator, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, also discussed the anticipated testimony of former FBI Director James Comey concerning the ongoing probe into Russian activity during the 2016 election.

Comey will testify tomorrow beginning at 8 am MDT; KSFR will air the hearing live during the 8 o'clock hour.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:37am MDT

Joel Aalberts, executive director for the Lensic Performing Arts Center, stopped by the studio to tell about their just-announced 2017-18 season, which kicks off August 26 with Ricky Skaggs.

2017 Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will headline at the Lensic this Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 pm.

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

Hannah Colton interviews Jacquette Timmons of Sterling Investment Management, who will be hosted this weekend by the Women's International Study Center for a talk on how women can examine and improve their money management choices and habits.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:10pm MDT

Hannah Colton spoke with Laura Paskus of the New Mexico Political Report, who's done a great deal of footwork in the flame-scarred landscapes of the Jemez. She talked fire safety, conservation, and the ecological picture in years to come.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 12:03pm MDT

And it’s time for Science Monday with a topic dealing in the germophobe culture we live in and that has given our consumer choices ever more injurious products — measured by their effects on their environment. Last Tuesday though the NRDC won a legal challenge to an anti-microbial pesticide’s having been fast tracked through an EPA approval process. I spoke to Jennifer Sass late last week.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:50am MDT

Today June 5th is the 50th anniversary of the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid . This date remains forever linked with the land grant movement in northern New Mexico. And with the charismatic activist, revolutionary and evangelist for the restoration of land rights to Chicano peoples of Northern New Mexico who was Reies Lopez Tijerina. 

Tijerina founded the Alianza Federal de Mercedes in NM in 1963 — and held meetings in many Rio Arriba county villages of with men and women invigorated by resistance.  The Federal Alliance of Land Grants had as its mission to reverse the theft of Hispano lands by Anglos who had violated the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Yesterday saw an event at the Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque — part of the Radical Southwest program of the Voices of Counterculture exhibition. It brought together many people who today are involved in scholarship. Analyzing what the TA raid half means a century later. And with remembrance and documentation of the land grant movement as something still pertinent today.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:48am MDT

Scott Wilber is the ED of New Mexico Land Conservancy. He joins me in the studio to talk about the Land Conservancy's 15th anniversary and the work of conservation easements and collaboration with ranchers and farmers in NM.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 9:46am MDT

The Next Generation Water Summit will kick off at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center this Sunday, June 4. KSFR's Katherine Mast got the story.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

Derrick Toledo profiles Debra Haaland and her run for Michelle Lujan Grisham's U.S. House of Representatives seat.

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

Mya Green interviews Niccole Gonzales of Changing Woman Initative, and then speaks to New Mexico Women dot Org's Fatima von Hattum about the "Five Days of Gender Justice" beginning Monday on social media channels.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 11:08am MDT

Rob Morlino interviews Kathleen Christison, a former CIA analyst who is a member of Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine. Then he speaks with Susan Ziadeh who became U.S. Ambassador to Qatar in 2011. After the feature, Rob speaks with Ellen Berkovitch about the issues raised in the piece.

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