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Cost Of Energy In New Mexico

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/28 8a: We all need electricity. But what's a fair price for the energy that powers our homes and businesses? We want to hear what you think about energy prices. Could your family afford an increase in your electricity bill? Would you be willing to pay more if you knew the power was coming from alternative sources like wind and solar? Join our conversation about the cost of energy. Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments below or call in live during the show.
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Class Of 2015: Setting New Priorities

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Earth's Birthday

This Saturday on The Children's Hour, celebrate the Earth's Birthday. Plus we'll have folks from the Bees and Seeds festival, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, great music, and so much more. Wake up with us!
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Business Leaders Throw Support Behind Coal Plant Proposal - The Associated Press

Business leaders are throwing their support behind a utility's plan for dealing with a decades-old coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that provides power to more than 2 million customers in the Southwest.

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners Economic Development and other groups gathered Thursday in Albuquerque. They warned of economic turmoil if a settlement regarding the plant's future falls through.

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Some of the money from the Department of Energy’s settlement with New Mexico following a radiation leak at a nuclear waste storage facility last year will go to address storm water issues at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

PNM Rate Hike Rejected

May 13, 2015
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The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to reject PNM’s application to raise rates by 16 percent for residential users.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 5/14 8a:  

The Albuquerque City Council passed a pay equity ordinance last week that provides incentives to companies that pay women at least 90 percent of what they pay men in comparable jobs. The ordinance is being lauded as a national model, but does it go far enough? We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online or call in live during the show. 

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May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month, and since 2000 our state has seen its teen birth rate fall nearly 50 percent for teens age 15 to 17. 

A lot of factors contribute to the drop in teenage parenthood in New Mexico, like expanded access through Medicaid and improvement in birth control.

Rita Daniels

Hundreds of clean energy advocates marched in front of PNM headquarters on Tuesday during the utility’s annual shareholders meeting. The crowd called for New Mexico’s largest electricity provider to rethink its energy portfolio and continued investment in fossil fuels.

Leszek Teterycz wants PNM to replace all of the power that will be lost when two coal units are shuttered at the San Juan Generating Station with energy harnessed from the sun.

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Santolina developers and their opponents will appeal parts of the master plan for the 22-square-mile suburb at the Bernalillo County Commission meeting tonight.

Santolina was recommended for approval in December of 2014 by the planning commission.

Rita Daniels

Profits at New Mexico’s largest electric company have skyrocketed in the last few years, according to a new report, and demonstrators are planning to protest outside of PNM’s shareholder meeting Tuesday morning. 

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An environmental law firm in Santa Fe is petitioning the state Supreme Court to overturn a law that allows copper mines to pollute groundwater. 

As the law stands, companies can allow toxic drainage to seep into the groundwater beneath their copper mines, as long as the pollution stays within a designated perimeter. But New Mexico Environmental Law Center director Douglas Meiklejohn says that’s a violation of the state’s Water Quality Act.

U.S. Drought Mitigation Center

Drought conditions across much of New Mexico have been improving. According to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, 55 percent of the state is in moderate to severe drought. That’s down from 97 percent at this time last year.  

This May is already one of the wettest Mays on record in Albuquerque. Climatologist David Dubois says forecasts are showing above average rainfall will continue for most of New Mexico.

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Los Alamos Panel Holding Hearings On Plastic Bags Ban Plan – The Associated Press A Los Alamos panel is holding a hearing on a possible ban of single-use plastic bags. The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the Los Alamos County Environmental Sustainability Board is taking public comment on the proposed ban. A citizen petition on a ban in April was presented to the Los Alamos County Council who sent the proposal to the board for further discussion and options. The Santa Fe City Council voted in...
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Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Updated at 2:25 p.m. ETIreland has become the first-ever country to approve same-sex marriage by referendum, voting overwhelmingly to approve it despite opposition from clergy in the heavily Catholic nation, according to official results announced today.Reuters says in Friday's vote "more than 60 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot, the highest turnout at a referendum there in over two decades."Earlier, both sides in the debate acknowledged that the "yes" vote had succeeded.Leo...
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Public Health New Mexico

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Harvesting Health In The South Valley

Santiago Maestas has been growing fruits and vegetables on a small plot of land in the South Valley for over 40 years. He's standing by a centuries-old acequia near Isleta Boulevard south of Albuquerque—a modest, earthen ditch carrying slow-moving irrigation water away from the Rio Grande and into fields and gardens. This area was farmland years ago, before the city closed in around it. But for all the changes the neighborhood has gone through, the acequias have remained. Maestas says today...
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