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Mora County Sues Over Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic has racked up enormous costs for local governments in New Mexico, as cities and counties struggle to pay for medical care, law enforcement and treatment services for people dealing with addiction. In recent years a growing number of local governments have been taking opioid manufacturers and distributors to court over those costs—including Mora County northeast of Santa Fe.

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A Conversation With Wilco's Nels Cline

Thu. 9/21 1: 30p : We'll hear highlights from a recent conversation Scott Denton had with Nels Cline, bandleader, composer, improviser & lead guitarist for Wilco who appear at the Santa Fe Opera on 9-26.

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Extent Of Los Alamos Chromium Contamination Still Uncertain – Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A top official with the U.S. Energy Department says the agency is still uncertain about the extent of contamination from a massive plume of chromium that resulted from decades of poor waste management at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Santolina Developer Funded Attack AdThe Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque Journal reports a controversial attack ad criticizing mayoral candidate State Auditor Tim Keller was funded partially by Western Albuquerque Land Holdings which owns Santolina.

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The opioid epidemic has racked up enormous costs for local governments in New Mexico, as cities and counties struggle to pay for medical care, law enforcement and treatment services for people dealing with addiction.

In recent years a growing number of local governments have been taking opioid manufacturers and distributors to court over those costs—including Mora County northeast of Santa Fe. 

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Archaeologists: More Protections Needed For Chaco Region Associated Press

Archaeologists and other researchers are calling for more protections of an expansive area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

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On the night of September 23, the facade of the historic La Fonda Hotel in Taos will be illuminated by patterns and images created by the Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist Motomichi.  The display is part of the Paseo, Taos's 4th annual celebration of art and community.  And projected right alongside Motomichi's display, and complementing it, will be art created by Taos students. 

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New Mexico Insurance Regulator Opposes GOP Health OverhaulAssociated Press

New Mexico's top insurance regulator says a Republican drive to erase the Affordable Care Act would cripple the state's efforts to provide health coverage to the poor.

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New Mexico Lawmaker Calls For Inquiry Into Investment DealsThe Associated Press

A Democratic state lawmaker is calling for an investigation after questions were raised about political donations made by financial firms that were awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in investments by the state of New Mexico.

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Santa Fe County Voters Turn Down Proposed Sales Tax IncreaseThe Associated Press

Santa Fe County voters have soundly rejected a proposed sales tax increase that would have raised money for behavioral health services and public safety jobs.

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Santa Fe County is holding a special election Tuesday to decide whether to raise the gross receipts tax to fund behavioral health services.

If voters approve the measure, taxes in the county will go up one sixteenth of one percent. Officials estimate that will add up to about $2 million a year, which will go to pay for behavioral health services as well as more public safety positions.

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New Mexico’s poverty rate is getting even worse for children under five years old, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Now some child advocates and state legislators are renewing their calls to use money from the state’s permanent fund to pay for childhood programs. 

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Questions Surround Chromium At LANL, $9M Project Brings More Water To Navajo Communities

Extent Of Los Alamos Chromium Contamination Still Uncertain – Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press A top official with the U.S. Energy Department says the agency is still uncertain about the extent of contamination from a massive plume of chromium that resulted from decades of poor waste management at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Crime And The Election In Albuquerque

Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/21 8a: It’s the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds heading into the municipal election on October 3. Some mayoral and Council candidates in Albuquerque are calling for more police officers on the force and a new police chief. What do you think it will take to decrease the number of violent crimes and property crimes?

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HSD Moves Ahead With Unpopular Medicaid Changes

The New Mexico Human Services Department has been considering charging Medicaid recipients copays in an effort to save money from the state’s cash-strapped budget. The proposals were met with strong opposition in public meetings earlier this year. But the state is moving forward with the changes anyway.

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BernCo To Sue Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

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Advocates: Convert Diesel Buses To Electric With VW Settlement