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Navajo Nation Council Approves Funds For Veterans Health Center

Getting health care when you’re a veteran living on the Navajo reservation can be an all-day affair, starting with hours of driving to Albuquerque. Last week, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved more than $2 million to fund a veterans service center on tribal land.

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Let's Talk Access To SNAP

Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: We're talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and whether people in our state can access it. We'll also talk about the Farm Bill proposed in Congress, which would increase work requirements for people using SNAP, along with other changes. Have you applied for SNAP? How did the process go for you? Or what do you think of work requirements for people participating in this programs? How can people in New Mexico get the food they need? Email letstalk@KUNM.org , tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show.

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State Of Change

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Meet The New Mexico Towns Where Less Connectivity Is More

Hillsboro and Kingston, tiny mountain towns on the edge of the Gila National Forest in Southern New Mexico, have a rare quality. It comes from the night skies. The stars shine bright at this elevation. The nearest city lights are 31 miles from Hillsboro in Truth or Consequences and 41 miles away in Hatch.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: We're talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and whether people in our state can access it. We'll also talk about the Farm Bill proposed in Congress, which would increase work requirements for people using SNAP, along with other changes. Have you applied for SNAP? How did the process go for you? Or what do you think of work requirements for people participating in this programs? How can people in New Mexico get the food they need? Email letstalk@KUNM.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention PlanThe Associated Press

New Mexico public schools officials are moving forward with a proposal that would require schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.

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Getting health care when you’re a veteran living on the Navajo reservation can be an all-day affair, starting with hours of driving to Albuquerque. Last week, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved more than $2 million to fund a veterans service center on tribal land.   

Meet The New Mexico Towns Where Less Connectivity Is More

Apr 23, 2018
Heath Haussamen / nmpolitics.net

Hillsboro and Kingston, tiny mountain towns on the edge of the Gila National Forest in Southern New Mexico, have a rare quality.

It comes from the night skies. The stars shine bright at this elevation. The nearest city lights are 31 miles from Hillsboro in Truth or Consequences and 41 miles away in Hatch.

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In New Mexico, computer science courses are not mandated by the state. Many schools in metropolitan areas offer these courses, but few rural school districts do. However, one rural school district has turned to New Mexico’s Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering competition, to offer computer science education.

In Small Towns, A Way To Make Remote Work, Work

Apr 23, 2018
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Dilapidated motels line the entrance to Grants, New Mexico, signs of the boom that came and went in this town of 9,000 people. 

Reclamation work continues at the mines that once earned Grants the nickname “uranium capital of the world,” but federal figures show the mining industry employs a fraction of what it once did in the historic U.S. Route 66 town. “The uranium mines were good to us,” said Sarah Pena, 71, a lifelong Grants resident. “They brought the economy up, and there are a lot of people who are still here, who stayed.”

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New Mexico Mayor Who Urged Saving Water Using A LotThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

A New Mexico mayor who campaigned on reducing water consumption appears to use significantly more water than most of his neighbors.

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Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million For Veterans Facility – Associated Press

The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care.

Book cover illustration © Zeke Peña 2018

Photographer Graciela Iturbide has spent her career documenting what she calls the "Mexican Tempo" -- a world that's at once ancient and modern, realistic and otherworldly.  A major collector of Iturbide's work, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, has just published a biography of the artist.  Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide is a collaboration between writer Isabel Quintero and cartoonist Zeke Peña.

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Official Apologizes For Prescribed Burn That Start WildfireThe Associated Press & The Gallup Independent

A Cibola National Forest official has apologized for approving a prescribed burn that started a wildfire that has burned 14.5 square miles (37.56 sq. kilometers) on a northwestern New Mexico mountain.

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NM Education Officials Pursue School Retention Plan, Drought Forces Ranchers To Scramble For Feed

New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention Plan – The Associated Press New Mexico public schools officials are moving forward with a proposal that would require schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.

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Live In Studio: Gathering Of Nations Performers

Thurs. 4/26 1:30p. Thursday April 26th marks the opening of the 35th Annual Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. It is the largest event of its kind in North America, dedicated to celebrating and sharing indigenous culture. Join Afternoon Freeform host Brandon Kennedy as he welcomes local native performers into the KUNM studios for live performance and conversation. Guests include Colleen Gorman, DDAT , JJ Otero , Sunburnt Stone and Nizhoni Girls.

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Public Health New Mexico

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State Buries Official's School Gun Violence Findings

The head of the state department that oversees behavioral health services is at odds with Governor Susana Martinez’s administration over how to handle gun violence in local schools.

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ABQ's Cannabis Decriminalization Could Be Boon For Patients

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UNMH Receives Flying Colors In LGBTQ Health Equity Survey