Elaine Baumgartel http://kunm.org en Violence Against Albuquerque Homeless Commonplace http://kunm.org/post/violence-against-albuquerque-homeless-commonplace <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE from The Associated Press:&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;">Violence Against Albuquerque Homeless Commonplace&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:00:24 +0000 The Associated Press & Elaine Baumgartel 48328 at http://kunm.org Violence Against Albuquerque Homeless Commonplace Heinrich, Pearce On Border Migrant Crisis http://kunm.org/post/heinrich-pearce-border-migrant-crisis <p>Senator Martin Heinrich discussed the Central American migrant crisis along the U.S./Mexico border Wednesday on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C.</p><p>"We have a human crisis at our southern border that requires immediate but compassionate response," the New Mexico Democrat said. He&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">called on his Republican colleagues in the Senate to work with President Obama to deal with the crisis and demand that</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> House Republicans bring the Senate’s immigration bill to the House floor for debate.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:55:35 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Associated Press 48124 at http://kunm.org Heinrich, Pearce On Border Migrant Crisis FOG: High Public Records Fees Are A Deterrent http://kunm.org/post/fog-high-public-records-fees-are-deterrent <p>People who request audio or video from the Albuquerque Police Department under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act will no longer have to pay as much for DVDs or CDs. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Executive Director Susan </span>Boe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said the City of Albuquerque has implemented a new policy after receiving complaints about high fees from media outlets and individuals.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:28:34 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 47785 at http://kunm.org FOG: High Public Records Fees Are A Deterrent Capitol Steps 4th July Special http://kunm.org/post/capitol-steps-4th-july-special <p class="p1">KUNM Special Thu. 7/3 8a and Sun. 7/6 11a: The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes! There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea?” and Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let it Go” when it comes to running for President. It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!</p><p class="p1"><em>The KUNM Call In Show will be back on Thursday July 10.&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:25:10 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 47490 at http://kunm.org Capitol Steps 4th July Special Maturing Queens And Meeting Beeks: Beekeeping In New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/maturing-queens-and-meeting-beeks-beekeeping-new-mexico <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUNM Call In Show Thu. 6/19 </span>8a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: 277-5866 or toll-free 877-899-5866</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do you want to start keeping bees? Or would you rather just eat local honey and support local bee colonies from afar? It's National Pollinator Awareness Week and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">we'll hear from local beekeepers and educators about how to keep honey flowing and flowers pollinated.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:18:01 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 46766 at http://kunm.org Maturing Queens And Meeting Beeks: Beekeeping In New Mexico KUNM Responds To Question From CPB Ombuds On Funding, Plagiarism http://kunm.org/post/kunm-responds-question-cpb-ombuds-funding-plagiarism <p>UPDATE 5/8: CPB Ombudsman Joel Kaplan praised KUNM for "reconsider[ing] what the station should have done and will do in the future."</p><p>You can read his second report <a href="http://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/display.php?id=199">here</a>.</p><p>***</p><p>Joel Kaplan, Ombudsman for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, recently forwarded a question he received asking whether the KUNM’s response to recent plagiarism allegations was delayed because of a concern about funding for KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico reporting project.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:04:32 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 44681 at http://kunm.org KUNM Responds To Question From CPB Ombuds On Funding, Plagiarism KUNM Takes 7 Awards In Society of Professional Journalists Competition http://kunm.org/post/kunm-takes-7-awards-society-professional-journalists-competition <p>KUNM News won 7 awards last night at the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Top of the Rockies Awards Banquet.</p><p>Thanks for all your hard work, news team!</p><p></p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 44423 at http://kunm.org KUNM Takes 7 Awards In Society of Professional Journalists Competition Your Trust Is KUNM's Greatest Asset http://kunm.org/post/your-trust-kunms-greatest-asset <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">In the&nbsp;</span>KUNM<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;Newsroom, we work hard every day to bring you important, impactful and meaningful news coverage. It’s really all about you.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:32:08 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 44043 at http://kunm.org Your Trust Is KUNM's Greatest Asset Officials Say Air Testing At Nuclear Dump Shows No Contamination http://kunm.org/post/officials-say-air-testing-nuclear-dump-shows-no-contamination <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE 3/10 7a:&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Department of Energy says new air testing in the nation's only underground nuclear repository shows no detectable radioactive contamination from a leak last month.</span></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:04:39 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Associated Press 42190 at http://kunm.org Officials Say Air Testing At Nuclear Dump Shows No Contamination Officials Confirm Nuclear Waste Leak http://kunm.org/post/officials-confirm-nuclear-waste-leak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UPDATE</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7:20p 02/21:</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:56:37 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Associated Press 41541 at http://kunm.org Officials Confirm Nuclear Waste Leak Drought Worsens In New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/drought-worsens-new-mexico <p>Drought conditions across the Southwest have gotten significantly worse over the last few weeks, including in New Mexico.</p><p>Take a look at the newest update of the <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/">U.S. Drought Monitor</a> map, and you’ll see orange and red smears all across the southwest showing where the drought is impacting the country the most.</p><p>Albuquerque hasn’t had a drop of rain for 40 straight days. Chuck Jones is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:57:08 +0000 The Associated Press, Elaine Baumgartel & Natalia Jácquez 40756 at http://kunm.org Drought Worsens In New Mexico NM Delegation Splits Along Party Lines On President's Address http://kunm.org/post/nm-delegation-splits-along-party-lines-presidents-address <p>New Mexico’s Democratic Congressional delegation cheered President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and his announcement yesterday that new federal contract workers would see an increase in their minimum wage.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Martin Heinrich for an increase in the minimum wage across the board, saying people who work full time shouldn’t be living in poverty. Heinrich noted an increase would disproportionately affect women.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:56:09 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Albuquerque Journal 40654 at http://kunm.org Police: All Clear After Bomb Threat At UNM http://kunm.org/post/police-all-clear-after-bomb-threat-unm <p>UPDATE 10:20a: UNM Police say classes can return to normal after an anonymous bomb threat was called in Tuesday morning. The LoboAlert system sent an "All Clear" message at 10:15a thanking the campus for its cooperation.</p><p>***</p><p>UNM's Mitchell, Ortega and Popejoy Halls were evacuated at 8:20a&nbsp;Tuesday. According to a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://loboalerts.unm.edu/">UNM Emergency Alert </a>text message sent to staff and students, police are investigating </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">an anonymous bomb threat.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:42:37 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 38432 at http://kunm.org Storm Dumps Snow, Leaves 1 Dead In New Mexico, 7 Others Dead Across West http://kunm.org/post/storm-dumps-snow-leaves-1-dead-new-mexico-7-others-dead-across-west <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; ">UPDATE Mon 6:30a: Snow accumulation with gusty winds are expected today as wintry weather tapers off through tonight.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; ">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; ">Snow showers crossing into New Mexico will continue through much of the morning. Local accumulations could reach 1-2"</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; ">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 01:43:02 +0000 Rita Daniels, The Associated Press & Elaine Baumgartel & The Santa Fe New Mexican & The National Weather Service 37993 at http://kunm.org Storm Dumps Snow, Leaves 1 Dead In New Mexico, 7 Others Dead Across West Definition Of Right To Marry Argued Before New Mexico Supreme Court http://kunm.org/post/definition-right-marry-argued-new-mexico-supreme-court <p>New Mexico's highest court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a historic case that could decide whether same-sex marriage is legal in all counties across the state. One of the key issues is what the fundamental right to marry consists of.&nbsp;</p><p>Justices, and lawyers from both sides, agreed that a fundamental right to marry does exist under state law, but that's where the agreement stopped short.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:51:27 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 36698 at http://kunm.org Definition Of Right To Marry Argued Before New Mexico Supreme Court Game And Fish Dept. Ordered To Return To Mexican Wolf Program Discussions http://kunm.org/post/game-and-fish-dept-ordered-return-mexican-wolf-program-discussions <p></p><p>The team of agencies managing the Mexican grey wolf recovery program has a new player, or rather, a returning one.</p><p>The New Mexico Game and Fish department was ordered this week by the state Game Commission to return to the negotiating table nearly two years after pulling out of discussions about <a href="http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/mexicanwolf/pdf/Proposed_Revision_Wolf_10(j)_78_FR_35719_June-13-2013.pdf">proposed rule changes</a>.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:01:41 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & Natalia Jácquez 35585 at http://kunm.org Game And Fish Dept. Ordered To Return To Mexican Wolf Program Discussions LIVE On KUNM: NPR News Coverage Of President Obama's Remarks On Syria http://kunm.org/post/live-kunm-npr-news-coverage-president-obamas-remarks-syria <p></p><p>We're carrying NPR's live coverage of President Obama's statement on Syria, and providing analysis. The President is expected to take the podium shortly.</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:45:59 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 34358 at http://kunm.org LIVE On KUNM: NPR News Coverage Of President Obama's Remarks On Syria As Couples Gather At Civic Plaza, Two More Counties Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses http://kunm.org/post/couples-gather-civic-plaza-two-more-counties-issue-same-sex-marriage-licenses <p>UPDATE 8/27 12p:&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;Two more New Mexico counties say they'll begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">The clerks in San Miguel and Valencia counties say they've ordered gender-neutral forms so they can follow the state's three population centers in recognizing gay and lesbian marriages.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:43:16 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Associated Press 34019 at http://kunm.org As Couples Gather At Civic Plaza, Two More Counties Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses AG Releases Heavily Redacted Audit Protocol Document http://kunm.org/post/ag-releases-heavily-redacted-audit-protocol-document <p>The State Attorney General's Office released parts of&nbsp; an audit Thursday of 15 behavioral health providers who have been accused of over-billing and Medicaid fraud by the Human Services Department.</p><p><a href="http://www.abqjournal.com/251996/news/few-details-forthcoming-from-human-services-audit.html?paperboy=loggedin630am">The Albuquerque Journal reports</a> 8 of 13 pages of the "Audit Protocols" document were completely redacted while 4 other pages were almost completely redacted.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:53:34 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Albuquerque Journal 33982 at http://kunm.org AG Releases Heavily Redacted Audit Protocol Document 12 Things You Should Know About The Behavioral Health Audit And Funding Freeze http://kunm.org/post/12-things-you-should-know-about-behavioral-health-audit-and-funding-freeze <p>There are still a lot of questions about the New Mexico Human Services Department's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nmindepth.com/2013/07/11/state-didnt-have-to-halt-medicaid-payments-to-providers/">abrupt halt of Medicaid funding</a> to 15 behavioral health providers and the state's contracts with Arizona firms to take over provider management.</p><p>Here's some of what we do know.</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:10:08 +0000 Deborah Martinez & Elaine Baumgartel 33721 at http://kunm.org 12 Things You Should Know About The Behavioral Health Audit And Funding Freeze Veteran Journalist Calls Out Governor On Transparency In Behavioral Health Audit http://kunm.org/post/veteran-journalist-calls-out-governor-transparency-behavioral-health-audit <p>There are still many unanswered questions about the state Human Services Department's decision to <a href="http://www.kunm.org/post/gov-martinezs-administration-arizona-behavioral-health-providers-are-here-stay">freeze funding for 15 behavioral health service providers</a> after an audit found evidence of alleged Medicaid fraud.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:08:17 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 33694 at http://kunm.org Veteran Journalist Calls Out Governor On Transparency In Behavioral Health Audit Funding For Arizona Behavioral Health Providers Delayed http://kunm.org/post/funding-arizona-behavioral-health-providers-delayed <p>A transfer of over $10 million to Arizona behavioral health contractors has been put on hold by the state Legislative Finance Committee.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.nmindepth.com/2013/08/09/legislative-committee-delays-payment-to-ariz-providers/">NMInDepth.com reports</a> LFC&nbsp;Director David Abbey has stopped the transfer so that the committee can review the request from the Human Services Department.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:58:05 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & NMInDepth.com 33380 at http://kunm.org Funding For Arizona Behavioral Health Providers Delayed Rally In Albuquerque For Action On Climate Change http://kunm.org/post/rally-albuquerque-action-climate-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of local groups is planning to rally Saturday morning in Albuquerque to call for immediate action to stop human-caused climate change.</span></p><p>Joan Brown is the Executive Director of New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, a multi-faith based organization focused on climate change issues. "We need to act and do our individual part but we also need to act collectively," Brown said. "The very future of our living here in this beautiful state with our family and friends depends upon it."</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:55:05 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 33059 at http://kunm.org Rally In Albuquerque For Action On Climate Change Wrapping Our Brains Around Climate Change http://kunm.org/post/wrapping-our-brains-around-climate-change <p>KUNM Call In Show 8/1 8a:&nbsp;We've known about climate change for 30 years, why are we still debating the topic?</p><p>This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss the challenges climate change activists face in their work.</p><p>We'd like to hear from you! What do you do with your knowledge of climate change? Do you change your habits? Do you feel powerless in the face of such a huge global process?&nbsp;</p><p>Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show!</p><p>Guests:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:37:48 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 32943 at http://kunm.org Wrapping Our Brains Around Climate Change Neighbors Jump To Assist With Abq Storm Clean Up http://kunm.org/post/neighbors-jump-assist-abq-storm-clean <p>The thunderstorm that ravaged areas of Albuquerque on Friday night clocked 90mph&nbsp;winds at the Sunport, downed power lines, cut electricity to over 27,000 PNM customers, and caused dangerous flooding.&nbsp;</p><p>In SE Albuquerque, neighbors helped each other clear downed trees and make use of what the storm left behind.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:57:48 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 32781 at http://kunm.org Neighbors Jump To Assist With Abq Storm Clean Up Mom Worries About Behavioral Health Services For Her Son With Schizophrenia http://kunm.org/post/mom-worries-about-behavioral-health-services-her-son-schizophrenia <p>Many clients of the providers who've had their funding frozen are considered some of the most fragile residents of the state. Gay Finlayson's son Neil was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 20. Doctors told the family it was one of the most difficult mental health conditions to treat.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:13:44 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 32834 at http://kunm.org NMPBS Show 'Public Square' Tackles Children's Healthcare Issues http://kunm.org/post/nmpbs-show-public-square-tackles-childrens-healthcare-issues <p></p><p>New Mexico has long struggled to make sure that children get access to healthcare. The state has lingered at the bottom of nationwide state rankings on a series of child welfare factors. We ranked dead last in the latest Kids Count report. Meanwhile, the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid, and creating a state health exchange are some big changes coming to the state soon.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:11:22 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 32665 at http://kunm.org NMPBS Show 'Public Square' Tackles Children's Healthcare Issues Wednesday Morning Roundup http://kunm.org/post/wednesday-morning-roundup-0 <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;"><strong>Martinez Urges July 4th&nbsp;Fireworks Ban Amid Drought</strong> - <em>The Associated Press</em></span></p><p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;line-height:150%">Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that all fireworks and campfires will be banned on state lands as July 4th approaches and crews continue to battle wildfires across New Mexico.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:44:23 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 31627 at http://kunm.org Providers Targeted By State Audit Express Concerns About Interruption of Behavioral Health Services http://kunm.org/post/providers-targeted-state-audit-express-concerns-about-interruption-behavioral-health-services <p>Providers of mental health and drug abuse counseling targeted by a state audit are expressing concern about interruption of services.</p><p><a href="http://www.nmindepth.com/2013/06/27/behavioral-health-services-at-risk-during-medicaid-probe/">NMInDepth.Com reports</a> 15 behavioral health providers are having their Medicaid payments suspended while the state investigates over-billing, potential fraud , and other violations.</p><p>New Mexico Human Services Department officials say they're working to line up assistance for the organizations, but no details are yet available.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:36:21 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 31378 at http://kunm.org Jaroso Fire Races Towards Pecos River Headwaters http://kunm.org/post/jaroso-fire-races-towards-pecos-river-headwaters <p>The Jaroso Fire that is raging uncontrolled in the Pecos Wilderness grew aggressively over the last 24 hours, devouring 5 square miles of forest. The wildfire is encroaching on the headwaters of the Pecos River which is known for its fishing and scenic camping areas.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:39:11 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel & The Albuquerque Journal 31330 at http://kunm.org Jaroso Fire Races Towards Pecos River Headwaters