The Associated Press http://kunm.org en Rain Prompts Forests To Lift Some Restrictions http://kunm.org/post/rain-prompts-forests-lift-some-restrictions <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Three national forests in New Mexico have decided to lift some fire restrictions thanks to recent rains.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Gila National Forest in southern New Mexico says it will be lifting its fire restrictions Tuesday morning. That means forest visitors will be able to have campfires again in undeveloped areas across the forest.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:50:32 +0000 The Associated Press 47670 at http://kunm.org Rain Prompts Forests To Lift Some Restrictions US Marshals Deputy Fatally Shoots Fugitive In NM http://kunm.org/post/us-marshals-deputy-fatally-shoots-fugitive-nm <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Marshals Service says a deputy has fatally shot a fugitive in southwest Albuquerque while trying to serve a federal arrest warrant.</span></p><p class="p1">They say deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers from the District of New Mexico weren't injured in Wednesday's incident.</p><p class="p1">Details of the shooting weren't immediately released.</p><p class="p1">KOB-TV reports Albuquerque police responded to the scene on reports of a possible dead body along with the Office of the Medical Investigator.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:47:55 +0000 The Associated Press 47494 at http://kunm.org Insurer To Acquire Lovelace Health Plan Customers http://kunm.org/post/insurer-acquire-lovelace-health-plan-customers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">New Mexico's largest commercial health insurer is expanding.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico announced Wednesday it has obtained final regulatory approval for its acquisition of Lovelace Health Plan and Lovelace's Medicare Advantage contract.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:25:10 +0000 The Associated Press 45902 at http://kunm.org Insurer To Acquire Lovelace Health Plan Customers Biofuel Facility On Fire In Southern New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/biofuel-facility-fire-southern-new-mexico <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Authorities in southern New Mexico say a <a href="http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_25842993/car-fire-closes-n-m-460-anthony">biofuel facility is on fire</a> near the town of Anthony, and a half-mile area around the plant is being evacuated.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:12:39 +0000 The Associated Press 45804 at http://kunm.org Teacher Retirements Increasing In Albuquerque http://kunm.org/post/teacher-retirements-increasing-albuquerque <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Albuquerque's public school district is seeing a spike in teacher retirements and resignations.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>School district data show a nearly 19 percent increase in retirement filings as of early May over last year and a 44 percent increase over the year before that.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:01:33 +0000 The Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal 45802 at http://kunm.org Teacher Retirements Increasing In Albuquerque Udall Calls For Investigation Of Albuquerque VA Hospital http://kunm.org/post/udall-calls-investigation-albuquerque-va-hospital <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:150%">U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has called for federal authorities to broaden their investigation into alleged secret waiting lists at VA hospitals to include Albuquerque after <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/18/exclusive-v-a-scandal-hits-new-hospital.html">whistleblower reports</a> that the VA hospital in New Mexico's largest city is plagued with problems.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:31:01 +0000 The Associated Press & KUNM News 45517 at http://kunm.org Udall Calls For Investigation Of Albuquerque VA Hospital NM To Hold Meetings On Dairy Rule http://kunm.org/post/nm-hold-meetings-dairy-rule <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Environmentalists are taking aim at efforts to revamp rules that govern how the New Mexico dairy industry deals with waste water.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 23:33:10 +0000 The Associated Press 45229 at http://kunm.org NM To Hold Meetings On Dairy Rule What's Next For Troubled Albuquerque Police? http://kunm.org/post/whats-next-troubled-albuquerque-police <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Outcry over recent police shootings continues to rattle New Mexico's largest city, spreading from street protests to rowdy demonstrations in government buildings.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:38:25 +0000 The Associated Press 44939 at http://kunm.org What's Next For Troubled Albuquerque Police? Democrats In Governor's Race Meet In Forum http://kunm.org/post/democrats-governors-race-meet-forum <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Democrats running for governor directed a barrage of criticism at Republican incumbent Susana Martinez at a candidate forum rather than sniping at each other.</span></p> Sun, 04 May 2014 14:12:47 +0000 The Associated Press & Barry Massey 44756 at http://kunm.org Police Investigating Man's Death During Standoff http://kunm.org/post/police-investigating-mans-death-during-standoff <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">UPDATE Mon. 5/5 5:30a - Albuquerque police said Sunday that an officer shot a man during a long SWAT standoff, but it remains unconfirmed if that caused the man's death.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><p>Police said that 50-year-old Armand Martin walked out of an Albuquerque home Saturday and fired two handguns.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 13:50:48 +0000 The Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal 44755 at http://kunm.org Police Investigating Man's Death During Standoff Forecasters Warn Of Damaging Winds http://kunm.org/post/forecasters-warn-damaging-winds <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Forecasters with the National Weather Service are warning New Mexicans that it could be a windy weekend.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><p>They say a strong cold front will be sweeping into the state late Saturday through Sunday, bringing with it potentially damaging winds for much of the area.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:24:58 +0000 The Associated Press 44363 at http://kunm.org Forecasters Warn Of Damaging Winds Management, Safety Cited For Radiation Release At WIPP http://kunm.org/post/management-safety-cited-radiation-release-wipp <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Department of Energy investigators say a radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico was the result of a slow erosion of safety at the 15-year-old site.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:18:26 +0000 The Associated Press & Jeri Clausing 44361 at http://kunm.org Management, Safety Cited For Radiation Release At WIPP Chief Has Few Answers On Latest Police Shooting http://kunm.org/post/chief-has-few-answers-latest-police-shooting <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>UPDATE 4/23 1:45 p: Two days after Albuquerque police shot and killed a 19-year-old female who was suspected of truck theft, the chief of the troubled department says he has little information about the latest shooting.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:21:29 +0000 The Associated Press 44148 at http://kunm.org Chief Has Few Answers On Latest Police Shooting Recordings Surface In New Mexico Governor Race http://kunm.org/post/recordings-surface-new-mexico-governor-race <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:13:37 +0000 The Associated Press 43978 at http://kunm.org Recordings Surface In New Mexico Governor Race 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 Samples Show Low Concentrations At Nuclear Site http://kunm.org/post/samples-show-low-concentrations-nuclear-site <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">The results of new monitoring data show slightly elevated levels of airborne radiation at and around the U.S. government's nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico.</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:53:23 +0000 The Associated Press 41742 at http://kunm.org Samples Show Low Concentrations At Nuclear Site 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 DOE: Crews Monitors NM Nuclear Site For Radiation http://kunm.org/post/doe-crews-monitors-nm-nuclear-site-radiation <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Department of Energy stressed Sunday that no surface contamination has been found after airborne radiation was detected underground at a southeastern New Mexico site where the government stores low-grade nuclear waste.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:32:41 +0000 The Associated Press 41438 at http://kunm.org DOE: Crews Monitors NM Nuclear Site For Radiation Senate Panel Rejects Gun Restrictions In Capitol http://kunm.org/post/senate-panel-rejects-gun-restrictions-capitol <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;">A Senate panel has rejected a proposal to restrict firearms in the New Mexico Capitol.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;">The Rules Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday against a measure that would have banned firearms, except by law enforcement officers, in the Senate chambers, galleries and committee rooms.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:26:56 +0000 The Associated Press 40981 at http://kunm.org Senate Panel Rejects Gun Restrictions In Capitol Officials: Air In Underground Nuclear Waste Facility Is Safe, Fire Is Out http://kunm.org/post/officials-air-underground-nuclear-waste-facility-safe-fire-out <p>UPDATE 5:30p 2/6:&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Work has resumed at southeastern New Mexico's nuclear waste repository. But officials say they don't yet know what caused the truck fire that forced an evacuation of the underground site.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:18:58 +0000 Christine Trudeau & The Associated Press 40966 at http://kunm.org Officials: Air In Underground Nuclear Waste Facility Is Safe, Fire Is Out 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 Teacher Who Stopped Roswell Shooter Had Participated In Active Shooter Training http://kunm.org/post/teacher-who-stopped-roswell-shooter-had-participated-active-shooter-training <p>Gov. Susana Martinez says a boy shot by a classmate at their middle school underwent a second surgery and a girl who was wounded is now in stable condition.</p><p>Martinez said at a press conference late Tuesday that the girl has been identified as 13-year-old Kendal Sanders. The wounded boy is in critical condition.</p><p>Authorities say the two were shot when a 12-year-old boy opened fire at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell Tuesday morning.</p><p>Martinez says the boy pointed the gun at a teacher, who talked him into dropping the weapon. The boy was taken into custody.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:10:29 +0000 The Associated Press & Santa Fe New Mexican 40104 at http://kunm.org Newspaper: Records Withheld In Police Shootings http://kunm.org/post/newspaper-records-withheld-police-shootings <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">A newspaper reports that the Albuquerque Police Department is withholding numerous documents and other material requested in connection with officer-involved police shootings.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:59:27 +0000 The Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal 39921 at http://kunm.org Newspaper: Records Withheld In Police Shootings Gov. Susana Martinez Proposes 3 Percent Budget Increase http://kunm.org/post/gov-susana-martinez-proposes-3-percent-budget-increase <p class="p1">Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Susana Martinez is proposing a 3 percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees.</span></p><p class="p1">The Republican governor on Monday released the administration's budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July, an increase of almost $179 million.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:57:58 +0000 The Associated Press 39774 at http://kunm.org Gov. Susana Martinez Proposes 3 Percent Budget Increase Horse Slaughterhouse To Sue AG For Slander http://kunm.org/post/horse-slaughterhouse-sue-ag-slander <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A spokesman for New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says a threatened lawsuit by a company that wants to open a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell is an attempt at intimidation.</span></p><p class="p1">Spokesman Phil Sisneros says King has taken "a very strong stance" against horse slaughter.</p><p class="p1">Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn Monday sent letters to the state risk management division, giving the required 30-day notice of its planned legal filing.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:56:20 +0000 The Associated Press 39773 at http://kunm.org Navajo To Appeal Ruling On Religious Sites Access http://kunm.org/post/navajo-appeal-ruling-religious-sites-access <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Navajo Nation is challenging a decision in a federal case involving property rights and access to religious sites.</span></p><p class="p1">The tribe and its Hopi neighbor agreed in 2006 not to interfere with each other's religious practices when they ended a decades-long land dispute.</p><p class="p1">The Hopi Tribe sued after the Navajo Nation cited a Hopi religious practitioner for trespassing, alleging breach of the compact.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:54:24 +0000 The Associated Press 39772 at http://kunm.org Santa Fe Archdiocese Incorporating Many Parishes http://kunm.org/post/santa-fe-archdiocese-incorporating-many-parishes <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Archdiocese of Santa Fe of the Roman Catholic Church has incorporated dozens of its parishes as nonprofits, a move that an attorney who has represented victims of clerical sexual abuse says could be an attempt to protect church assets.</span></p><p class="p1">Attorney James Stang of Los Angeles says incorporating parishes as separate entities allows them to argue they have no responsibility for abuses at other parishes.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:52:22 +0000 The Associated Press & The Albuquerque Journal 39771 at http://kunm.org Suspect In NM Police Shooting Identified http://kunm.org/post/suspect-nm-police-shooting-identified <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The motorist who refused to stop during a northern New Mexico police chase on Interstate 25 and was later shot by state police has been identified.</span></p><p class="p1">New Mexico State Police said Monday that the motorist was identified as 72-year-old Albert Urban, of Hamburg, N.Y.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:50:00 +0000 The Associated Press 39770 at http://kunm.org DOJ To Hold Meeting On Albuquerque Police Probe http://kunm.org/post/doj-hold-meeting-albuquerque-police-probe <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Justice is set to hold an invite-only meeting with community activists over its pending investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department.</span></p><p class="p1">Federal authorities have scheduled the closed-door gathering Tuesday in Albuquerque after the number of shootings by officers jumped at the end of 2013.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:48:12 +0000 The Associated Press 39769 at http://kunm.org Santa Fe Adds 13,200 Residents With Annexation http://kunm.org/post/santa-fe-adds-13200-residents-annexation <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Santa Fe officials say the northern New Mexico city's population now stands at approximately 82,000 following a major annexation.</span></p><p class="p1">Santa Fe officials say 13,200 people became city residents when the latest phase of annexation added 4,100 acres on Thursday.</p><p class="p1">The annexation effort began in earnest in 2006 and is expected to continue for five more years.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 04:45:10 +0000 The Associated Press 39768 at http://kunm.org