Swickard started in talk radio on this day in 2002

My start in daily talk radio came eleven years ago today. It likewise was a Thursday and it had nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. Rather, we wanted to try the show for Thursday and Friday and then have two days to make adjustments, if need be. Actually, we were fine.
     In the years of talk I have gained lots of stories and interviewed hundreds upon hundreds of people. The time has passed very fast but I would be remiss to not thank some people who have been essential to my development as a talk show host.
     First is the General Manager of Radio of Las Cruces who saw something in me that no one else saw. My friends thought I had lost all of my good sense stepping away from being a college professor to be a radio talker. Al Lumeyer, for better or worse, allowed me to develop into who I am on the radio. I also have been very supported by friends and family. Even when I was quite rough around the edges those first months… or years… they stuck with me.
     Most of all I could not be a talk show host if no one listened. Thank you for listening and caring.

New Santa Fe courthouse has something missing

From KOB-TV.com - By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4  - The Santa Fe County Courthouse hasn't opened on time or on budget. Now, after a County Commission vote last night, taxpayers are being told there's something else they might not be happy about. No parking. It's an issue for anyone at anytime in the "city different". Kathy Green has a business in the downtown area a lot. She figures it to go from bad to much worse with the court opening. "Oh, yeah. I circle the block probably three times and then I hope I have quarters," Green said. She might need a lot of quarters. There will be NO public parking at the new courthouse.
Security concerns led the Santa Fe County Commission to vote against public parking. County commissioner Liz Stefanics voted against parking. She had some advice for would be court goers. "They will need to make a little time to walk 4 or 5 blocks if there are disabled people. There will be disabled spaces in those parking garages. And they can drop off people here at the entrance."
It still doesn't set well with Melander-Dayton. "It seems to me that they should be able to address the legitimate security concerns and have a place for the public to park. This is the public’s building. You know, this is my courthouse." The new courthouse is due to open in March or April. It replaces the old courthouse, which is old and considered unsafe. Read more