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Santa Fe County Holding Special Election Today

Santa Fe County is holding a special election Tuesday to decide whether to raise the gross receipts tax to fund behavioral health services. If voters approve the measure, taxes in the county will go up one sixteenth of one percent. Officials estimate that will add up to about $2 million a year, which will go to pay for behavioral health services as well as more public safety positions.

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Crime And The Election In Albuquerque

Let’s Talk New Mexico 9/21 8a: It’s the No. 1 issue on voters’ minds heading into the municipal election on October 3. Some mayoral and Council candidates in Albuquerque are calling for more police officers on the force and a new police chief. What do you think it will take to decrease the number of violent crimes and property crimes?

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Los Reyes de Albuquerque - Part 4

Paul Ingles and Genevieve Russell

Albuquerque, NM – Since 1962, when the family of Roberto and Ramona Martinez moved to Albuquerque, the whole Martinez family has had an important presence in both preserving traditional Hispanic music of Mexico and Northern New Mexico, as well as creating new music that both honors the past and updates traditional styles to the present.

Los Reyes de Albuquerque - Part 3

Paul Ingles and Genevieve Russell

Albuquerque, NM – Since its inception in 1962, Los Reyes de Alburquerque, sustained by the musical Martinez family of Albuquerque, has been preserving and presenting the community Hispanic music of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Los Reyes de Albuquerque - Part 1

Paul Ingles and Genevieve Russel

Albuquerque, NM – In 1962, Roberto Martinez, a civilian Air Force employee working at Kirtland Air Force Base, put together a little musical group to moonlight in the evenings and on the weekends. He and his trumpet-playing friend Ray Flores called the band they founded Los Reyes de Albuquerque.

Los Reyes de Albuquerque is one of the longest lived and influential traditional New Mexican Hispanic musical groups. Co-founded in 1962 by Roberto Martinez Sr. and Ray Flores, Los Reyes has been presenting and preserving traditional New Mexican and Mexican folk music ever since.

The number of U.S. soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder continues to grow as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commentator Craig Barnes says soldiers who suffer from PTSD deserve assistance and understanding.

Craig Barnes is a writer, playwright, and former international negotiator. He lives in Santa Fe.

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Every Friday we hear from writers at the New Mexico Business weekly. This week KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with reporter Dennis Domrzalski about the week's business news.

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Each week we hear from writers at the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines. KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel spoke with senior writer Trip Jennings about aid for states in the House health care bill and the possibility of a deposition for Governor Richardson about a bond default at the state housing authority.

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The economic woes of New Mexico have been big news in recent months. State lawmakers cut the budgets of several agencies and Governor Bill Richardson recently ordered furloughs for some state workers.

But the tough economy is also putting extra pressure on young people who are homeless.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus recently sat down with Karen Rowell, director of Youth Shelters, a Santa Fe based nonprofit.

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Southern New Mexico farmers are in the final stages of this year's chile harvest and unlike previous years, fewer field workers are needed to gather red pods for market. That's because in U.S. chile-growing regions, machine harvesters are steadily replacing workers in the red chile harvest.

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KUNM's Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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Public Health New Mexico

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HSD Moves Ahead With Unpopular Medicaid Changes

The New Mexico Human Services Department has been considering charging Medicaid recipients copays in an effort to save money from the state’s cash-strapped budget. The proposals were met with strong opposition in public meetings earlier this year. But the state is moving forward with the changes anyway.

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BernCo To Sue Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

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Advocates: Convert Diesel Buses To Electric With VW Settlement