In a statement released on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico called on President Obama to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline. Senator Heinrich said that “the recent escalation against members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and those standing in solidarity with them is fundamentally wrong and must be condemned.”

Ellen Berkovitch spoke to the Senator by phone yesterday afternoon.

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Today is the global day of giving known as "Giving Tuesday." The Giving Tuesday movement formed in 2012 partly as a response to the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events.

The Santa Fe Community Foundation serves six counties in northern New Mexico. It helps philanthropists and individuals allocate their charitable giving in Northern New Mexico. KSFR asked Santa Fe Community Foundation's Christa Coggins about charitable giving in our community on this #GivingTuesday.


Other resources for donors:

NM Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Share NM


Charity Navigator

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

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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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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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Ellen Berkovitch revisits this radio feature that she originally produced for Women's Focus on KUNM. Michelle Obama's second to last graduation speech as First Lady of the United States.

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:56am MDT

There's a population that is thriving in New Mexico—wild turkeys. Matt Miller of the Nature Conservancy has written that the restoration of the American wild turkey may be quote the greatest wildlife conservation story ever. The birds were on the brink of collapse with a population of just 30,000 about a century ago. Today there are 7 million wild turkeys in the U.S.The NM Department of Game and Fish told Jenna Marshall that its conservation and habitat restoration budget derives in large part from issuing of hunting licenses to those who want to bag their Thanksgiving bird for themselves.


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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 10:54am MDT

New Mexico, 46% of pre school age children receive federal food assistance benefits-- the largest percentage of any state in the nation. But the face of hunger is not always obvious from the outside. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall visited the Food Depot in Santa Fe last week. The Food Depot largely acts as a redistribution agency of food supplies for food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and youth and senior citizen programs. It also runs a mobile food pantry in northern New Mexico that serves 7000 people a year. Visit the Food Depot dot org to learn more.

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Top-of-the-hour local news for Tuesday, November 22.

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Our Children’s Trust is an Oregon group that supports youth in bringing legal action in the courts and to state agencies to ensure a stable climate on their behalf of themselves and future generations.

In 2015 a group of 21 young people ranging in age from nine to 20 filed a climate lawsuit in federal court in the District of Oregon against the Obama administration. On November 10th  US District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of the youth plaintiffs.

University of Oregon environmental law professor Mary Wood directs the University of Oregon’s nationally known Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She did not have legal involvement in this case. She spoke in Santa Fe last week at a program of the Agrarian Trust, which works to foster land access for next generation farmers. Ellen Berkovitch spoke to her by telephone yesterday.

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Last Thursday in Española, Tewa Women United hosted a solar celebration  of their installation of renewable energy. KSFR’s Dennis Carroll was there.

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Last Friday afternoon, the full-time faculty of the Santa Fe Community College met for the first time to discuss unionization. Jenna Marshall spoke with a full time SFCC professor who is organizing the faculty's conversation about whether they will join the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

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Category:KSFR News -- posted at: 1:26pm MDT

For the second part of Mary Lou Cooper’s series on compulsive gambling in seniors, she spoke with the New Mexico Council on Problem Gambling. The council's annual budget hovers slightly below $1 million. Its funding comes from the gaming industry including state lotteries, tribally owned casinos, racetracks, and nonprofit fraternal orders that  operate slot machines in their facilities.

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Last month Minneapolis journalist John Rosengren published "The Casino Trap" in AARP Bulletin. The story focused on aggressive marketing tactics that casinos are using to attract seniors. Rosengren explained that seniors fill off-peak hours in many of the casinos.

Mary Lou Cooper brings us part one of this two-part story.

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Tribal members and tribal governments in New Mexico gathered last week at the Res Economic Summit at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino.

What was on their mind has been on the mind of a lot of Americans: Generating new business. And helping entrepreneurs  to access capital and new markets. News Director Ellen Berkovitch dropped by.

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The 2016 elections turned New Mexico's Legislature solidly blue. Sandra Fish, data journalist of NM in Depth, joins Ellen Berkovitch for Politics Thursday.

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Earlier this year the Washington Post reported a series of stories on mortality in America, "Unnatural Causes." One of those unnatural causes is the epidemic of opioid abuse that often leads to heroin addiction. Washington Post investigative reporter Lenny Bernstein spoke to Dave Marash on Here and There yesterday about how the opioid epidemic got started, with practices in the pharmaceutical industry segueing into a new focus on pain management in medicine.

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In reporting from Khapo Community School on Santa Clara Pueblo as part of our Solutions Journalism Network collaboration, Ellen Berkovitch spoke with teachers, administrators and students. She also reached out to a national education leader at the University of Minnesota, James Bequette, whose field is what is called “culturally responsive education.” It marks an effort to discover how teachers who tend to be white women can be responsive to multicultural classrooms. And how speaking to those students in ways that privilege their cultural understandings can help keep those kids in school.



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The Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting tonight in Hernandez, NM to take public input on an application by a Texas power company to construct a new 33- mile electrical transmission line. The proposed line would traverse rural Jacona, Jaconita, and pueblo lands of northern New Mexico. Verde Transmission and its parent company Hunt Power want to construct the 345-volt line to interconnect two PNM substations, one in Rio Arriba county to one in Santa Fe county

A newly organized group opposing the project is Stop Verde Project NM. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall speaks with Dan Valdez, a Pojoaque resident and member of Stop Verde Project.

Ellen Berkovitch speaks to Santa Clara governor Michael Chavarria, who speaks for the pueblo government of Santa Clara in favor of the transmission line. The pueblo governments of Ohkay Owingeh and Pojoaque are also in favor. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, San Ildefonso Pueblo does not want the line to impact its sacred site at Black Mesa, or neighboring El Rancho.

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KSFR News has partnered this year with Solutions Journalism Network. The collaborative Small Towns, Big Change project reports on rural communities challenges -- and solutions that are manifesting positive actions. 

The elementary school on Santa Clara Pueblo was formerly the Santa Clara Day School. After a two-year planning process, the  K-6 school has come under tribal control, and became Khapo Community School this July. Ellen Berkovitch reports.



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This morning the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its methane rule. The rule marks one of the last Obama administration rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production on public and tribal lands. The San Juan Basin has the highest concentration of methane in the US. Environmental experts attribute the emissions to leaking wells and consider methane to be a potent greenhouse gas implicated in climate change.

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Today is a National Day of Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. For an update on the situation in North Dakota, News Director Ellen Berkovitch turns to Santa Fe civil rights attorney Jeffrey Haas.

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In these first days after  the election of Donald Trump as the next US  President large crowds have marched tens of thousand strong in protest across the country. Over the weekend marchers thronged Trump buildings including the future president’s residence -- Trump Tower in New York – where more than 20000 people gathered. In Santa Fe one message resonated strongly: Trump’s vow to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. KSFR’s Katherine Mast reports from a Saturday event at Cheesemongers that brought out 1000 Santa Feans to have their portraits taken in support of immigrants in Santa Fe.

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Shane Bauer is an undercover investigative reporter for Mother Jones magazine. Bauer spent several months inside of patriotic militia groups, first training with the California State Militia. Next Bauer spent a week on the Mexican border with Arizona with the 3UP, the 3% United Patriots of Colorado.  He spoke to Dave Marash on Here and There last Monday the day before many U.S. voters went to the polls.

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More bad news for smokers. New research out of Los Alamos National Lab quantifies the genetic damage that accumulates with every pack of cigarettes smoked. The research team compared tumor DNA from smokers and non-smokers and identified smoking- specific genetic mutations. KSFR’s Jenna Marshall spoke to Ludmil Alexandrov, who co-authored the study.

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Two organizations are teaming up to offer free technology training for veterans next Saturday, November 19 at the Albuquerque Veterans Suite. Jenna Marshall speaks to Veteran Gary Kather and 'Teenior' Maxwell Kasperzak.

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The days leading up to November 14 promise a rare opportunity to view the supermoon—the closest, brightest moon since 1948. NASA's Nayessda Castro tells KSFR what to look for.

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La Montañita Co-op’s annual board member election is open until November 14. Member-owners reading the board candidate profiles may be wondering what to make of the "board slate interview process" and "code of conduct" referenced atop each profile.

KSFR's Jenna Marshall asks a Gina Dennis—a lawyer, and an incumbent candidate endorsed by the current board and by the take-back movement-- to explain.


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"We all said before that if the election went the other way, we hoped Donald Trump and his supporters would get behind Hillary Clinton. It's only fair that we wish him well and do what we can to support him in doing a good job," NM State Representative Brian Egolf tells KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch the morning after the election. Poised now to lead a Democratic majority in the state legislature, Egolf also discusses next steps for NM.

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"We all said before that if the election went the other way, we hoped Donald Trump and his supporters would get behind Hillary Clinton. It's only fair that we wish him well and do what we can to support him in doing a good job," NM State Representative Brian Egolf tells KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch the morning after the election. Poised now to lead a Democratic majority in the state legislature, Egolf also discusses next steps for NM.

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The Washington Post reported on Sunday that 4 million more Hispanic voters are eligible to cast votes than they were four years ago. In the 2012 presidential race, 11.2 million Hispanics voted. Early votes in five states with surging Hispanic populations –Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Nevada – showed that turnout numbers exceeded 50% of this group’s 2012 turnout. Jenna Marshall speaks to Gabe Sanchez of Latino Decisions and the University of New Mexico about this voter bloc in New Mexico.

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In Rio Arriba county that there are three polls on Native American land where anyone registered in the county can go to vote. These include polls in Dulce on the Jicarilla Apache reservation; at  Ohkay Owingeh; and at Santa Clara pueblo. An Ohkay Owingeh polling official said 400 people had participated in early voting, and 150 more voters are expected at that poll tomorrow.

Derrick Toledo has our first story on the Native American vote in New Mexico.

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“Citizens should be provided with free unbiased information when they go to vote.”

This from Walker McKusick of voter site Project Vote Smart. The website helps voters sort through were politicians stand on the issues. Mary Lou Cooper has the story.

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Here's Brian Sanderoff, the president of Research and Polling Inc., that polls for the Albuquerque Journal. One of only two local polling firms in NM, Research and Polling Inc. also conducts polling that is closely watched by FiveThirtyEight.com, Nate Silver's political and polling site. Ellen Berkovitch reached Sanderoff by phone Thursday to talk about the state of national and New Mexico races that he's watching before next Tuesday.

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Election forecasts in the media, or on prediction sites, often express a candidate’s 'chance of winning' as a percentage. But what does that expression actually mean? KSFR's Jenna Marshall joined social scientist Mirta Galesic at the Santa Fe Institute to find out.

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The trial of two Albuquerque Police officers for the caught-on-viral-video fatal shooting of the mentally ill James Boyd ended in a hung jury, 9 for acquittal, 3 for conviction of Detective Keith Sandy and Officer Dominique Perez on charges of second degree murder.  Jeff Proctor covered the trial for the NY Times.

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In Politics Thursday Sandra Fish, data journalist for New Mexico In Depth, talks with KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch. They discuss the last-minute audit release for the town of Estancia, NM political advertising campaigns, and more.

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“Our intent is to be incognito and undercover," Stewart Rhodes said, speaking to KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper about his group the Oath Keepers whom he has urged to go undercover at polling places on November 8th. The Oath Keepers has representation in New Mexico and is active in most United States. Their membership is said to exceed 30,000. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports the Oath Keepers as one of 998 active, extreme antigovernment groups that it identified in 2015. For the second part of this story, KSFR's Mary Lou Cooper spoke with the SPLC's Ryan Lenz.

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In August 2015 the Washington Post reported that shortly after Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in June, Trump adviser Roger Stone wrote 13-page memo. That memo urged Trump onto a talking point that “the system is rigged against the citizens.”  Trump once uttered the word rigged seven times in just over a minute to describe the US political system.


In August, Trump claims that the presidential election would be “rigged” began to catch fire in his stump speeches, These claims have fed into the views of antigovernment militaristic groups including The Oath Keepers. Elmer Stewart Rhodes, a Yale Law School graduate, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009. The group's manifesto that includes a list of “10 Orders We Will Not Obey.”


On October 25th Rhodes commanded his followers to go undercover to the polls on election day. He spoke to KSFR's Mary Lou Cooper.

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In the tight race for Senate District 39, incumbent Republican Ted Barela of Estancia faces Democrat Liz Stefanics. Both candidates were able to make their case at KSFR's studios in Santa Fe. Sandra Fish was the moderator.

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Appearing on the election ballot this November 8th is a proposed amendment to the New Mexico constitution. Amendment 1 considers the cash bond system that applies to many indigent defendants in New Mexico jails who cannot come up with the cash to pay bail bond. Investigative journalist Jeff Proctor has published a new report at both New Mexico In Depth and for Reveal – the radio show of the Center for Investigative Reporting --  on the cash bond system that is at issue in Amendment 1.

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“The Odds of an Electoral College-Popular Vote Split Are Increasing.” That headline comes from Nate Silver, who this morning posted it on the influential political website FiveThirtyEight.com. Fluctuations in state voting trends reported by pollsters who cover the presidential election can feel like a roller coaster ride, but the outcome of the election does not lie directly with we the people, actually, but rather with the electoral college. Mary Lou Cooper illuminates this 200-year-old system’s mysteries.

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