Newly elected Las Cruces City Council members Becki Graham and Becky Corran discussed their expectations upon joining the council. Their wins in the November election, along with that of incumbent Yvonne Flores, will mean that all six council members will be women for the first time in the city’s history.
Rep. Nathan Small, vice chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, discussed the nearly $500 million spent in the special session that recently concluded, and looked ahead to the 30-day session that starts Jan. 18, when lawmakers are expected to have about $1.6 billion in additional revenue compared to this year.
Local resident Bob Hearn will discuss the dispute between Sheriff Kim Stewart and County Manager Fernando Macias. She is opposing his order to require all employees to return to the workplace.
Walt Rubel and Peter Goodman started the show talking about several topics, including their memories of John Madden and Harry Reid.
This morning's guest, Rob Baur, shares some of his thinking on genuinely fundamental human considerations. His thoughts touch on parenting, the importance of being clear and candid with ourselves about who we really are, and what we bring to the world around us. The conversation also explores the influence of media that amplify angst and consternation - and why we may benefit from the practice of immersing ourselves, at least equally, in gratitude, joy, awe and wonder.
Stuart Kelter interviews Susannah Sirkin, the director of policy and a senior advisor at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), where she has worked since 1987. From 1992 to 2001 she served as a member of the Coordination Committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace. She has organized health and human rights investigations in dozens of countries, documenting genocide and systematic rape in Darfur, Sudan; exhumations of mass graves in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; attacks on health care facilities in Syria, Yemen, and other war zones; and Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s. In 2019 and again in 2020, she addressed the U.N. Security Council about the deliberate targeting of hospitals in Syria.
Take On Faith: Co-Host Year End In Review
Take On Faith co-hosts, Rev. Xolani Kacela and Rev. Carolyn Wilkins, engage one another for a year-in-review conversation about 2021. They discuss the events that influenced them, their religious communities, and the world beyond Las Cruces. Join in for a lively discussion.
All About Books: Kris Neri
Kris Neri, award-winning writer and instructor, talked with Lynn Moorer about Dem Bones’ Revenge, the second book in her Tracy Eaton Mystery series. Characterizing her book as one of the most enjoyable to write, Kris created another madcap adventure centered around Tracy Eaton, a mystery writer and wannabe detective whose aging movie star mother, Martha Collins—the bane of Tracy’s existence, is accused of killing an untalented script writer. Tracy’s attorney husband, Drew, becomes involved as well as her movie star father, Alec Grainger—each trying to clear Martha’s name. In her search for the truth, Tracy’s unorthodox detecting digs up secrets and resentments in her mother’s past which threaten her life.
NM House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos discussed the special session of the Legislature, which ended Friday. The special session focused primarily on redistricting, but also included the appropriation of nearly $500 million in federal relief funding. Sen. Joseph Cervantes joined us later in the hour.
Speak Up Las Cruces: Local News Fund
Diana Alba Soular and Rashad Mahmood of the Local News Fund discussed their efforts to fill in the gaps in community journalism caused by the decline of traditional media like hometown newspapers and radio stations. KTAL Is among those who have been helped by the fund.
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