A just-released federal audit of the Los Alamos Laboratory faults its radioactive waste treatment operation for cost overruns and missed deadlines. Back in 2004, the facility was to be rebuilt over a five year period. The report cites that though some 56 million-dollars has already been spent in preparation, no actual work has begun.  It's now thought that the project is unlikely to be finished until 2020 at well more than double the initial cost estimates. The Department of Energy says the project is just one example among many indicating management inefficiencies at LANL.

In today's features after our local news: Downtown Santa Fe will soon have six new monitoring wells drilled to determine to what extent underground contaminants may be lurking or on the move.  We also speak with our state's Tourism Secretary about Balloon Fiesta's major role in New Mexico's annual take of tourist dollars.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

  New wells are to be drilled in downtown Santa Fe to check for groundwater contamination. The Journal Santa Fe says the City will work with the state Environment Department on the project with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency. A decades-old underground petroleum plume was found some years ago as construction began on downtown's new county courthouse.  More recently, workers at the Public Education Dept. building have complained of exposure to contaminants in basement offices.

In today's features: A conversation with Dr. JR Damron, chair of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange on this first day of enrollment.  And a talk with Fred Nathan, executive director of Santa Fe-based Think New Mexico.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján is decrying the federal government shutdown forced by Republican resistance to the nation's Affordable Care Act. Luján's statement says in part, "The longer the Tea Party shutdown lasts, the longer the people of New Mexico will pay the price."  Effects of the shutdown will be felt immediately here in New Mexico with its many military installations as half of all federal civilian employees are furloughed. Kirtland Air Force Base alone has more than 37-hundred federal civilian workers.

In today's features after our local news:  The state's Human Services Department is rolling out its multi-million dollar new communications system. And Albuquerque's Eclipse Aerospace, the reincarnation of the collapsed Eclipse Aviation, is enjoying good and growing success.  These stories and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

Starting tomorrow, New Mexico individuals and small businesses can start shopping for health insurance using the state's new health insurance exchange that offers a variety of plans. Enrollment can be accomplished online, by telephone or in person at about 160 locations across the state. Although the uninsured are the main target of the exchange, it's available to others as well. Coverage will begin in January--in the meantime, individuals who buy their own insurance can go to the exchange to look for a range of options. The exchange's website is: NMHIX.com.

In today's features after local news: A continuation of KSFR's interview with Santa Fe County's Katherine Miller and Adam Leigland. We also hear about accreditation at UNM's Cancer Center.  And the street drug Ecstasy is making a comeback in New Mexico.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.

Five Santa Feans have been arrested on a 16-count federal indictment charging them with oxycodone trafficking offenses.  The charges against the defendants are the result of “Operation High Desert Bash,” an investigation initiated in January 2013 by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad in Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Police Department. If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a one-million dollar fine on each of the oxycodone charges.  All five are scheduled to make their initial appearances in Albuquerque federal court this morning.

  Among today's many features:A conversation about a Legislative Finance Committee audit report on the efficacy of pre-K efforts in New Mexico. A healthy flow in the Santa Fe River is the result of several factors. And Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller speaks to KSFR about a number of topics of local importance.  Those items and more plus 60 Seconds with Christopher Hagen.


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