Rita Daniels http://kunm.org en Medical Pot Program Rule Changes Softened http://kunm.org/post/medical-pot-program-rule-changes-softened <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">The state Department of Health will not be moving forward with two proposed rule changes to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program.&nbsp; The program’s advocates say it looks like the Governor Susana Martinez's administration is finally starting to see things from the patient’s point of view. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:27:11 +0000 Rita Daniels 48230 at http://kunm.org Medical Pot Program Rule Changes Softened Better Biking In 'Burque http://kunm.org/post/better-biking-burque <p></p><p>New Mexico's largest city has a plan to make cycling safer. It includes everything from expanding existing bike lanes to eliminating some of the hazards that cause flat tires.</p><p>For years, cyclists in Albuquerque have been navigating a disjointed system of trails and roads where bike lanes suddenly disappear in areas of heavy traffic and trails peter out into nothing.&nbsp; But now the city has come up with a proposal that would fill in those gaps.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:02:12 +0000 Rita Daniels 47908 at http://kunm.org Better Biking In 'Burque Recent Rain Didn't Relieve Drought, Or Even Come Close http://kunm.org/post/recent-rain-didnt-relieve-drought-or-even-come-close <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ve gotten some rain recently in New Mexico, but that doesn’t mean the drought is letting up. Climatologists say it’s going to take more than just a sprinkle or two.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:19:54 +0000 Rita Daniels 47853 at http://kunm.org Recent Rain Didn't Relieve Drought, Or Even Come Close Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus http://kunm.org/post/taos-teacher-rebuffs-bonus <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">A Taos High School Advanced Placement English teacher has turned down a $5,000 bonus from the state education department, criticizing Governor Susana Martinez’s education initiatives. </span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:49:07 +0000 Rita Daniels 47515 at http://kunm.org Taos Teacher Rebuffs Bonus New Plan For ABQBioPark Mimics Rivers Of The World http://kunm.org/post/new-plan-abqbiopark-mimics-rivers-world <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 01:11:55 +0000 Rita Daniels 47422 at http://kunm.org New Plan For ABQBioPark Mimics Rivers Of The World Deadline Extended For Kirtland Cleanup Plan http://kunm.org/post/deadline-extended-kirtland-cleanup-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirtland Air Force Base’s deadline to submit a plan to remove toxic chemicals from Albuquerque's groundwater has been extended by 30 days. The base is required to show the state that clean up of a decades old fuel leak is underway by the end of the year.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:01:25 +0000 Rita Daniels 47421 at http://kunm.org Deadline Extended For Kirtland Cleanup Plan Favorable Weather May Slow Wildfire http://kunm.org/post/favorable-weather-may-slow-wildfire <p></p><p>UPDATE 7/2 11:30a: The Associated Press reports a&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">wildfire burning in northern New Mexico's Jemez&nbsp;Mountains continues to expand but officials say expected favorable weather may help.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:11:10 +0000 Rita Daniels & Associated Press & KRQE-TV 47370 at http://kunm.org Favorable Weather May Slow Wildfire Advocates: Renewable Energy Saves Water http://kunm.org/post/advocates-renewable-energy-saves-water <p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:38:34 +0000 Rita Daniels 47161 at http://kunm.org Advocates: Renewable Energy Saves Water Albuquerque Water Utility Board Demands Clean Up Of Fuel Leak http://kunm.org/post/albuquerque-water-utility-board-demands-clean-fuel-leak <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">On Monday members of Bernalillo County's water utility gathered around what they call the purest and most productive water well in the entire county. They demanded that the U.S. Air Force implement a more aggressive approach to dealing with the underground jet fuel leak that threatens Albuquerque's water supply.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:41:21 +0000 Rita Daniels 46715 at http://kunm.org Albuquerque Water Utility Board Demands Clean Up Of Fuel Leak Public Speaks Up Regarding Medical Cannabis Regulations http://kunm.org/post/public-speaks-regarding-medical-cannabis-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On Monday the Department of Health will hear comments from the public on <a href="http://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/">proposed rule changes</a> to the state's medical marijuana program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month the agency published a hefty rewrite to the regulations that have been in place since 2010.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:53:02 +0000 Rita Daniels 46616 at http://kunm.org Public Speaks Up Regarding Medical Cannabis Regulations Swarming Locusts Confound Meteorologists http://kunm.org/post/swarming-locusts-confound-meteorologists <p></p><p><em>6/11/14 Editor's note: We are conducting follow-up research that may change the facts presented in this story. &nbsp;Look for a related story soon.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a week ago, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque noticed a spike of reflectivity on their radar equipment. The machine sends out pulses of electromagnetic energy, which bounce off whatever happens to be in the atmosphere. Usually, that's rain or hail. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:17:04 +0000 Rita Daniels 46248 at http://kunm.org Swarming Locusts Confound Meteorologists Advocacy Group Hosts Teach-In On Kirtland Fuel Spill http://kunm.org/post/advocacy-group-hosts-teach-kirtland-fuel-spill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 75 people gathered last night in Albuquerque's southeast heights for a teach-in about the </span>Kirtland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Air Force Base jet fuel leak.&nbsp;</span></p><p>A panel of elected officials, scientists and environmental activists went over what is and what is not being done to clean up the plume of millions of gallons of contamination creeping towards the city's drinking water supply wells at a rate that has many people alarmed.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:49:40 +0000 Rita Daniels 45652 at http://kunm.org Advocacy Group Hosts Teach-In On Kirtland Fuel Spill Tracking Oil And Gas Spills In New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/tracking-oil-and-gas-spills-new-mexico <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35);">The oil and gas industry is booming in New Mexico. Journalist Laura Paskus sat down with KUNM's Rita Daniels to talk about a new interactive map that&nbsp;shows where oil and gas spills have happened. <a href="http://spillmapper.westernpriorities.org/">The map</a>, which&nbsp;helps us visualize the impacts the energy explosion is having on the land, was&nbsp;created by the Center for Western Priorities. Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:07 +0000 Rita Daniels 45553 at http://kunm.org Tracking Oil And Gas Spills In New Mexico "Blunt Adjustments" To The State's Medical Marijuana Program Explained http://kunm.org/post/blunt-adjustments-states-medical-marijuana-program-explained <p style="margin-left:24.0pt;">After a <a href="http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-7902-chronic-shortage.html">survey</a> last fall of card carrying medical marijuana patients in New Mexico found demand out-stripped supply, the state <a href="http://nmhealth.org/about/mcp/svcs/info/">Department of Health</a> has been under direct orders from a district judge to solve an annual 8,000 pound medical marijuana shortage.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:05:45 +0000 Rita Daniels 45489 at http://kunm.org "Blunt Adjustments" To The State's Medical Marijuana Program Explained Some New Mexico Lawmakers Support Cutting Student Loan Interest Rates http://kunm.org/post/some-new-mexico-lawmakers-support-cutting-student-loan-interest-rates <p>With college graduation right around the corner some New Mexico lawmakers are drawing attention to a bill in Congress that would allow people to refinance their old student loans with the federal government for lower interest rates.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far 32 lawmakers have signed onto the measure, including New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich, who says the government shouldn’t be in the business of predatory lending.</span></p><p>“I don’t think we should be financing our government operations by charging high interest rates to student loans,” Heinrich said.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:42:43 +0000 Rita Daniels 45288 at http://kunm.org Some New Mexico Lawmakers Support Cutting Student Loan Interest Rates Solitary Confinement And Public Health http://kunm.org/post/solitary-confinement-and-public-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUNM's&nbsp;Public Health correspondent Marisa&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Demarco</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;recently completed a three part series on the use of solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A</span>&nbsp;recent report co-authored by the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the American Civil Liberties Union New Mexico found the practice to be not only ineffective, but inhumane and expensive. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:13:58 +0000 Rita Daniels 46127 at http://kunm.org Solitary Confinement And Public Health Border Patrol Line Hazy On Medical Marijuana http://kunm.org/post/border-patrol-line-hazy-medical-marijuana <p>New Mexico’s Democratic Congressional delegation is teaming up with a state lawmaker in an appeal to the US Customs and Border Patrol to change their policy of seizing medical marijuana.&nbsp;</p><p>The federal government has said <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/August/13-opa-974.html">as long as states abide by 8 specific guidelines</a> - like not selling marijuana to minors or allowing people to drive under the influence – they won’t prosecute for marijuana. However, Border Patrol agents continue to confiscate medical pot.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:14:47 +0000 Rita Daniels 44820 at http://kunm.org Border Patrol Line Hazy On Medical Marijuana Turning Food Trash Into Treasure http://kunm.org/post/turning-food-trash-treasure <p>Americans throw a <ins cite="mailto:Elaine" datetime="2014-04-24T14:32">lot</ins> of food away, <ins cite="mailto:Elaine" datetime="2014-04-24T14:32">and that’s </ins>having a huge impact on the environment.&nbsp; &nbsp;<a href="http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3347e/i3347e.pdf">A study by the UN Agriculture and Land commission</a> found that if buried food scraps in landfills were a country of their own they would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet. New Mexicans are working to keep food out of the landfill, but the efforts are ripe with challenge.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:07:29 +0000 Rita Daniels 44399 at http://kunm.org Turning Food Trash Into Treasure A Dark Sky Shines Bright At Chaco Canyon http://kunm.org/post/dark-sky-shines-bright-chaco-canyon <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">There are almost 100 miles of rural uninhabited land surrounding <a href="http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm">Chaco Culture National Historic Park</a> in North Western New Mexico. The area has long been known as an epic place to view the wonders of the night sky. On Thursday, the park is celebrating it's designation as an <a href="http://www.darksky.org/night-sky-conservation/dark-sky-parks">International Dark Sky</a> Park.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:28:39 +0000 Rita Daniels 44345 at http://kunm.org A Dark Sky Shines Bright At Chaco Canyon Feds Find Patterns of Excessive Force in APD http://kunm.org/post/feds-find-patterns-excessive-force-apd <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px;">A <a href="http://kunm.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/140410-DOJ-APD-Findings-Letter.pdf">scathing report</a> has been released by the Department of Justice that accuses Albuquerque Police Department of engaging in patterns and practices of excessive force.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:25:53 +0000 Rita Daniels 43718 at http://kunm.org Feds Find Patterns of Excessive Force in APD Antiques Roadshow Comes To New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/antiques-roadshow-comes-new-mexico <p>For the 3rd time since its inception, the reality public television series Antiques Roadshow is coming to Albuquerque. We go&nbsp;behind the scenes and explore&nbsp;what makes inanimate objects&nbsp;valuable. For a chance to win free tickets to the upcoming New Mexico event,&nbsp;<a href="http://pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/index.html">apply here</a>&nbsp;by Monday, April 7th.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:16:37 +0000 Rita Daniels 43456 at http://kunm.org Antiques Roadshow Comes To New Mexico Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Schools http://kunm.org/post/civil-rights-group-sues-new-mexico-over-schools <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(51, 50, 51);">On Tuesday a civil rights group filed what is the second lawsuit against the state of New Mexico, alleging that the public education system violates the constitutional rights of low-income children and those for whom English is a second language.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(51, 50, 51); min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 01:05:05 +0000 Rita Daniels & Associated Press 43297 at http://kunm.org Civil Rights Group Sues New Mexico Over Schools Momentum Builds at Sunday APD Demonstration http://kunm.org/post/momentum-builds-sunday-apd-demonstration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late Sunday night, protesters convened&nbsp;again in front of police headquarters, and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tear gas</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was dispersed for the second time.&nbsp;The group disbanded but vowed to return. Stay tuned to KUNM 89.9 and kunm.org for updates.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:56:41 +0000 Rita Daniels 43225 at http://kunm.org Momentum Builds at Sunday APD Demonstration Class Action Lawsuit On The Horizon After Citizens Take To Streets In Protest Of Police Shootings http://kunm.org/post/class-action-lawsuit-horizon-after-citizens-take-streets-protest-police-shootings <p>UPDATE: Sat., March 29, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.abqjournal.com/375868/news/new-evidence-surfaces-in-apd-shooting.html">FBI Looking at police recordings </a>of foothills shooting.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:06:47 +0000 Rita Daniels 43006 at http://kunm.org Class Action Lawsuit On The Horizon After Citizens Take To Streets In Protest Of Police Shootings Fatal Shooting Prompts Members Of ABQ Police Oversight Task Force To Call For Reform http://kunm.org/post/fatal-shooting-prompts-members-abq-police-oversight-task-force-call-reform <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(51, 50, 51);">Horrified by the recent deadly shooting of 38 year-old James Boyd, members of Albuquerque's Police Oversight Task Force addressed reporters this morning, calling for an independent investigation into the incident.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(51, 50, 51); min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:44:52 +0000 Rita Daniels 42971 at http://kunm.org Fatal Shooting Prompts Members Of ABQ Police Oversight Task Force To Call For Reform Lawsuit: Parents Demand More Money For Education http://kunm.org/post/lawsuit-parents-demand-more-money-education <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; color: rgb(51, 50, 51);">Parents frustrated by a lack of funding for public schools filed a lawsuit this week against the state of New Mexico, saying it's violating the constitution by not providing enough money for education.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:09:51 +0000 Rita Daniels 42918 at http://kunm.org Lawsuit: Parents Demand More Money For Education Prediction Models Differ On Kirtland Fuel Spill Advancement http://kunm.org/post/prediction-models-differ-kirtland-fuel-spill-advancement <div class="column"><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;">Regulators have been creating <a href="http://www.abqjournal.com/361433/news/models-of-kirtland-fuel-spill-confusing.html">various models</a> in order to try to predict when a plume of contamination from a decades old jet fuel leak at </span>Kirtland<span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Airforce<span style="font-family: ArialMT; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;"> Base will reach Albuquerque drinking water wel Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:03:04 +0000 Rita Daniels 42060 at http://kunm.org Prediction Models Differ On Kirtland Fuel Spill Advancement Retrofitting Our Vision Of Fire In The Face Of Climate Change And Drought http://kunm.org/post/retrofitting-our-vision-fire-face-climate-change-and-drought-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week President Obama introduced legislation that would change the way money is used to manage wildfires. It makes more funds available for fire prevention by shifting the source of cash needed to fight raging fires from the Department of Agriculture to the the disaster relief fund. &nbsp;It's a move that land managers have been calling for for some time.</span></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 05:26:33 +0000 Rita Daniels 41886 at http://kunm.org Retrofitting Our Vision Of Fire In The Face Of Climate Change And Drought It's A Wrap! 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns http://kunm.org/post/its-wrap-2014-legislative-session-adjourns <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; color: rgb(35, 35, 35);">Thursday marked the final day of the 2014 legislative session. During this year’s 30-day session lawmakers were tasked first and foremost with passing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:11:29 +0000 Rita Daniels 41579 at http://kunm.org It's A Wrap! 2014 Legislative Session Adjourns Secretary Of Education Skandera Still A Secretary-Designate http://kunm.org/post/secretary-education-skandera-still-secretary-designate <p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 50, 51); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">For the third time since her appointment in 2011, New Mexico Education Secretary-Designate Hanna </span>Skandera’s<span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 50, 51); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"> confirmation was blocked by lawmakers. </span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 03:19:52 +0000 Rita Daniels 41452 at http://kunm.org Secretary Of Education Skandera Still A Secretary-Designate