Marisa Demarco http://kunm.org en Three POC Members Resign http://kunm.org/post/three-poc-members-resign <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Three members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission resigned yesterday, saying the commission lacks the ability to provide real oversight of the city’s police force.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:13 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43953 at http://kunm.org Three POC Members Resign Oversight Commission: Our Hands Are Tied http://kunm.org/post/oversight-commission-our-hands-are-tied <p></p><p>The Police Oversight Commission met yesterday afternoon just hours after the Department of Justice released its <a href="http://kunm.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/140410-DOJ-APD-Findings-Letter.pdf">findings</a> on Albuquerque’s police force.</p><p>Chair *Jeffrey Peterson&nbsp;opened the regularly scheduled meeting with a statement about why the Police Oversight Commission has avoided commenting publicly on Albuquerque Police Department issues. He said the volunteer committee’s members have to skirt the appearance of bias.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:37:35 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43719 at http://kunm.org Oversight Commission: Our Hands Are Tied County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M. http://kunm.org/post/county-jail-largest-mental-health-provider-nm <p></p><p>Bernalillo County jail Chief Ramon Rustin’s resignation took effect Monday. After three years as the head of the largest jail in New Mexico, Rustin stepped down saying he needed to meet family obligations.&nbsp;</p><p>KUNM spoke with Rustin in February&nbsp;about mental health care at the Metropolitan Detention Center.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:12:26 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43597 at http://kunm.org County Jail: Largest Mental Health Provider in N.M. APD Review Officer Discusses Police Oversight http://kunm.org/post/apd-review-officer-discusses-police-oversight <p></p><p>Independent Review Officer Robin Hammer criticizes the city's Police Oversight Commission for failing to examine&nbsp;APD's&nbsp;overall policy on the use of force.</p><p>"The current commissioners have chosen not to use some of the powers they’ve already been given," she said in an interview with KUNM.&nbsp;"At no point in my 18 months has the Police Oversight Commission chosen to look at officer-involved shootings and to review what’s gone on."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:59:30 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43430 at http://kunm.org APD Review Officer Discusses Police Oversight Protesters Draw Up Demands for APD http://kunm.org/post/protesters-draw-demands-apd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Around 150 people gathered at the Center for Peace and Justice to create a list of demands on Monday night.</p><p>A block or so away, a couple dozen protesters gathered in front of the&nbsp;University of New Mexico Bookstore to continue to chant and call for reform of Albuquerque’s Police Department.</p><p>The center was wall-to-wall with activists from many backgrounds and organizations. Though opinions varied widely, the group eventually narrowed a list of 30-plus demands to three. They include:</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:25:24 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43241 at http://kunm.org Protesters Draw Up Demands for APD Mayor Berry: APD Showed Restraint http://kunm.org/post/mayor-berry-apd-showed-restraint <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Richard Berry and </span>APD<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Chief Gordon Eden addressed the media this afternoon regarding yesterday's protest, which the mayor earlier characterized as "mayhem."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At today's news conference, Berry reiterated that what happened was not productive and said demonstrators were attempting to escalate the situation.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:44:04 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43227 at http://kunm.org Video of Sunday's Protest from The Daily Lobo http://kunm.org/post/video-sundays-protest-daily-lobo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/Ag4a5UxcsBQ</span></p><p>UNM's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> student newspaper, the Daily Lobo, offered a special&nbsp;video report of yesterday's 12-hour protest of the Albuquerque Police Department. The newspaper creates a news broadcast show weekly called "The Howl," which is directed by Michael Warren. Scope the </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag4a5UxcsBQ" style="line-height: 1.5;">paper's coverage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43211 at http://kunm.org Video of Sunday's Protest from The Daily Lobo ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind http://kunm.org/post/aca-adviser-new-mexico-lags-behind <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The deadline to sign up for health care is Monday, March 31, and New Mexico lags behind just about every other state in the country in terms of enrollment.</span></p><p>Phil Schiliro is the adviser to President Obama on the Affordable Care Act. He moved his family to Santa Fe in 2012 and said enrollment is critical in New Mexico.</p><p>A study completed in 2012 showed more than 400,000 New Mexicans don’t have health insurance. Only about 15,000 have signed up on the exchange.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:50:55 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43065 at http://kunm.org ACA Adviser: New Mexico Lags Behind Big Picture: APD Shootings http://kunm.org/post/big-picture-apd-shootings <p>Someone has posted a YouTube video claiming to represent the hacker group Anonymous and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTsved6qgP0">promising to launch</a>&nbsp;an assault on the Albuquerque Police Department's&nbsp;websites.&nbsp;</p><p>As a Downtown protest against APD’s use of deadly force concluded Tuesday night, officers <a href="http://krqe.com/2014/03/26/video-morning-news-wednesday-march-26-2014/">opened fire</a> on a man on the Westside. He died Wednesday morning.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Marisa Demarco 43024 at http://kunm.org Big Picture: APD Shootings NCI to Study Effects of Trinity Test http://kunm.org/post/nci-study-effects-trinity-test <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The National Cancer Institute will come to New Mexico this spring to investigate how much radiation people were exposed to after the Trinity test in the southern part of the state nearly 70 years ago.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.lahdra.org">CDC</a>&nbsp;studied health hazards in the New Mexico and&nbsp;said state residents consumed radiation via water, milk, meat and produce grown here after July 16, 1945, when the U.S. Army detonated a nuclear weapon for the first time.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:16:12 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42953 at http://kunm.org NCI to Study Effects of Trinity Test WIPP - Failure To Communicate? http://kunm.org/post/wipp-failure-communicate <p>The director of an organization that evaluated the WIPP site for over 25 years said officials aren’t doing enough to inform New Mexicans.</p><p>Dr. Bob Neill led the <a href="http://www.wmsym.org/archives/1983/V1/17.pdf">Environmental Evaluation Group</a>, which provided independent technical evaluations of the WIPP project for more than two decades. He retired a year after the plant opened in 1999, and the group disbanded in 2004.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:55:57 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42901 at http://kunm.org WIPP - Failure To Communicate? Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas http://kunm.org/post/update-nuclear-waste-new-mexico-lab-may-go-texas <p><strong>03/20/14 Update:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: rgb(224, 224, 224); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Nuclear Waste&nbsp;From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas</span></strong><span style="background-color: rgb(224, 224, 224); color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;<em>The Associated Press</em></span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:00:38 +0000 Marisa Demarco & Associated Press 42685 at http://kunm.org Update: Nuclear Waste From New Mexico Lab May Go To Texas CDC: Excessive Drinking Kills New Mexicans http://kunm.org/post/cdc-excessive-drinking-kills-new-mexicans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Excessive drinking is among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., according to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6310a2.htm?s_cid=mm6310a2_w">a report</a> just released by the CDC.</p><p>Of the 11 states studied, New Mexico had the highest death rate due to alcohol use. For every 100,000 residents, there are about 51 deaths related to excessive drinking, which is almost double the median rate.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:38:20 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42632 at http://kunm.org CDC: Excessive Drinking Kills New Mexicans Senate Passes Military Sexual Assault Reforms http://kunm.org/post/senate-passes-military-sexual-assault-reforms <p>The U.S. Senate unanimously approved changes to the way sexual assault cases are handled by the military on Monday night—but stopped short of removing the chain of command from the process. Last week a measure that would have done just that <a href="http://kunm.org/post/senate-blocks-military-sexual-assault-reforms">failed by five votes</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:57:40 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42376 at http://kunm.org Senate Passes Military Sexual Assault Reforms Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act http://kunm.org/post/governor-signs-community-health-workers-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Community health workers can be paid through Medicaid after </span><a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=S&amp;legtype=B&amp;legno=%20%2058&amp;year=14" style="line-height: 1.5;">a measure</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> signed by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Susana Martinez on Sunday, March 9, goes into effect. As things stand, workers’ salaries are primarily funded by grants.</span></p><p>The legislation also creates a state certification program and funding for trainings.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:59:52 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42325 at http://kunm.org Governor Signs Community Health Workers Act Big Picture: WIPP Leak http://kunm.org/post/big-picture-wipp-leak <p>Just 26 miles east of Carlsbad, N.M., in the <a href="http://ddl.nmsu.edu/chihuahua.html">Chihuahuan Desert</a>, the United States buries its radioactive waste. Mostly, that’s the clothes, tools and rags that come into contact with elements heavier than uranium on the Periodic Table. But about <a href="http://energy.gov/em/waste-isolation-pilot-plant">4 percent of what’s dumped</a> at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is more toxic and has to be stored in lead casks.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:26:02 +0000 Marisa Demarco 42034 at http://kunm.org Big Picture: WIPP Leak Casualties: Public Health Bills That Didn’t Make It http://kunm.org/post/casualties-public-health-bills-didn-t-make-it <p>Among the governor’s goals in her 2014 State of the State Address: deal with the shortage of health care providers in New Mexico. Every county except one doesn’t have an adequate supply of physicians and dentists, according to the federal government. And about 170,000 more folks will be eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Though Gov. Susana Martinez has unrolled some plans to deal with the shortage, the Legislature wasn’t able to pass measures that would have boosted the state’s health care work force.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:25:19 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41722 at http://kunm.org Casualties: Public Health Bills That Didn’t Make It Survivors: Public Health Bills That Lived http://kunm.org/post/survivors-public-health-bills-lived <p>A 30-day legislative session—like the one that ended yesterday at noon—is mostly about hammering out a state budget. But other priorities sneak in, too, and 2014 saw a lot of public health-related bills. Here’s a look at the new laws and programs that made it out of Santa Fe alive.</p><p><strong>Newborn Heart Disease Testing—<a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&amp;legtype=B&amp;legno=%20%20%209&amp;year=14">HB 9</a></strong></p><p>• Adds a test for congenital heart disease to the list of evaluations a newborn undergoes before being discharged.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:40:48 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41630 at http://kunm.org Survivors: Public Health Bills That Lived Disability Rights In The Roundhouse http://kunm.org/post/disability-rights-roundhouse <p><em style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:17 a.m.:&nbsp;<a data-mce-="" href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=S&amp;LegType=B&amp;LegNo=55&amp;year=14" style="outline: none; color: rgb(51, 102, 153);">SB 55</a>&nbsp;is awaiting a vote by the Senate.</em></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:55:13 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41476 at http://kunm.org Disability Rights In The Roundhouse Senate OKs Plan To Fund Rural Hospitals http://kunm.org/post/senate-oks-plan-fund-rural-hospitals <p><em style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, 10:35 a.m.: This measure is in the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The state Senate approved <a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=S&amp;legtype=B&amp;legno=%20268&amp;year=14">a bill</a> last night that creates temporary funding for more than two dozen rural hospitals.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:44:39 +0000 Marisa Demarco 41451 at http://kunm.org Senate OKs Plan To Fund Rural Hospitals Lawmakers Try to Address Physician Shortage http://kunm.org/post/lawmakers-try-address-physician-shortage <p data-mce-style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;" style="margin-bottom: 0px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><em>UPDATE Feb. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:02:40 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40950 at http://kunm.org Lawmakers Try to Address Physician Shortage A Cancer Patient's Take on Aid in Dying http://kunm.org/post/cancer-patients-take-aid-dying <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Aja Riggs is on the road, visiting family and friends, and taking in some of the most beautiful natural places in the United States. She particularly loves what she calls "freaky natural things," like boiling mud coming out of the ground in Yellowstone and the organ pipe cacti near the Mexico border in Arizona.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 14px;">"I'm kind of part-jokingly calling my travels my 'No Regrets Remission Tour,' " she laughs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:45:46 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40718 at http://kunm.org A Cancer Patient's Take on Aid in Dying Breakdown Of 2014 Public Health Legislation http://kunm.org/post/breakdown-2014-public-health-legislation <p><em style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">UPDATE Feb. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:58:25 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40662 at http://kunm.org Breakdown Of 2014 Public Health Legislation Bill Would Fund Farm-Fresh School Lunches http://kunm.org/post/bill-would-fund-farm-fresh-school-lunches <p><em>UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.: <a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&amp;legtype=B&amp;legno=%20%2081&amp;year=14">HB 81</a> is stuck in committee.</em></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40575 at http://kunm.org Bill Would Fund Farm-Fresh School Lunches New Mexico in Last Place for Child Well-Being http://kunm.org/post/new-mexico-last-place-child-well-being <p><em>UPDATE Feb. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m.: <a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=S&amp;LegType=JR&amp;LegNo=12&amp;year=14">SJR 12</a> is stuck in committee. A measure that would <a href="http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=S&amp;legtype=JR&amp;legno=%20%2013&amp;year=14">tie the state's minimum wage to inflation</a> passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House.</em></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:40:21 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40332 at http://kunm.org New Mexico in Last Place for Child Well-Being Judge Rules Physician Aid in Dying is Legal http://kunm.org/post/judge-rules-physician-aid-dying-legal <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">A District Court judge </span><a href="https://newmexico.tylerhost.net/ServeDocument.ashx?SID=0730da82-c2ce-4331-9d34-98fe74190124&amp;RID=001664dd-e045-4d6c-b5ce-1294189b0a7a" style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;">ruled today</a><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal;"> that it's legal for doctors in New Mexico to prescribe medication so patients with terminal illnesses can end their own lives.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:56:01 +0000 Marisa Demarco 40039 at http://kunm.org Judge Rules Physician Aid in Dying is Legal New Mexico's Top 10 Public Health Stories In 2013 http://kunm.org/post/new-mexicos-top-10-public-health-stories-2013 <p>KUNM Public Health New Mexico reporter Marisa Demarco&nbsp;breaks it down with the highlights of public health news for 2013.</p><p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:05:56 +0000 Marisa Demarco 39935 at http://kunm.org New Mexico's Top 10 Public Health Stories In 2013 Behavioral Health Chief Steps Down http://kunm.org/post/behavioral-health-chief-steps-down <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The director of the state's <a href="http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/bhsd/">Behavioral Health Services Division</a> is resigning. Diana McWilliams submitted her resignation letter on Monday, Dec. 16, and her last day is tomorrow. She'll be heading back east to Philadelphia to become the chief operating officer for a nonprofit behavioral health and child welfare organization, she said.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:12:10 +0000 Marisa Demarco 39138 at http://kunm.org Behavioral Health Chief Steps Down Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare http://kunm.org/post/free-app-enrolls-new-mexicans-obamacare <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">Medical residents at </span>UNM<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">&nbsp;created a free app to help New Mexicans get hooked into health care.</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:54:16 +0000 Deborah Martinez & Marisa Demarco 39099 at http://kunm.org Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare